Chinese herbal medicine is a systematic approach to treating disease through plants, animals and minerals. Chinese herbalism is well researched with many herbs being incorporated into orthodox medicine. In contrast to orthodox medicine where “active ingredients” are isolated forming the basis of proprietary products, Chinese herbalism uses the whole herb. While the use of whole herbs can be slower in action, there are also few side-effects. Below is a brief introduction to some of the forms that Chinese herbalism and they treat.
Acupuncture involves inserting hair-thin needles into the body to affect the flow of energy. As with the whole of Chinese medicine, acupuncture’s explicit purpose is to balance the body by up- and down-regulating channels and organs. The National Institutes of Health and the World Health Organization have recognized its use as effective for a range of conditions. Below are some of evidential bases for just how it works.
The best way to approach Bassist Shoulder is holistically. This means getting a sense of the big picture in terms of 1) how the bassist interacts with his instrument posturally, 2) what the existing state of the musculature is, and 3) how the body compensates for the weight of the bass.
Shen is defined by it relation to the heart; it dwells within heart. Shen functionally relates to consciousness during wakefulness and unconsciousness during sleep. It also includes pathological states of unconsciousness. Presence of shen is evident in the brightness of the eyes, clarity of visage, and clear, upright bearing. Shen vitality is the index of overall health mentally and physically.
M. is 52 yo married female who came to me with a toothache, which arose about two weeks after having a dental procedure performed on the lower right teeth. Pain was at the opposite of side of the mouth, flaring up in the early evening, getting progressively worse as the night wore on, making sleep difficult and agitating her person.
M was given four bags of a modified version of the Chinese formula Jade Woman Decoction, which addresses Stomach and Kidney yin deficiency. Here are the ingredients:
Acupuncture isn’t for everyone, but for those in Los Angeles seeking natural remedies to pain, it can be “just what the doctor ordered.” Let’s take a glimpse of some actual cases. Patients names are fictitious to protect privacy.Marsha, 65, came in with severe arthritis in her hands: she couldn’t button her sweater and felt shooting arm pain at night. Depressed and fearful of her ability to work, Marsha committed to a three session a week for three months, then taping to twice and then once a week for 10 months. The swelling in her hands is gone and, despite a few previous surgeries, are strong and pain-free for her work as master gardener.
This is the case of a professional female in her late 40s suffering from chronic halitosis. She experiences mortifying workplace interactions because of the way colleagues react when she speaks with them. Mints make the symptoms worse. I had previously treated her for heart palpitations using Chinese herbs based on a phone interview. Earlier attempts to quell the halitosis with herbs had proven unsuccessful.
This blog entry seeks to “take the edge off” as it were by introducing some base assumptions governing Chinese medicine. These are the “ropes” which, as on a sailboat, guide and direct diagnosis and treatment.
Auricular acupuncture is the treatment of physical, emotional, and hormonal conditions through the ears, which are but one of several micro-systems. The eyes, feet, hand and even teeth are others. Micro-systems are based upon established relationships between the part (an organ) to the whole (the body) for purposes of diagnosis and treatment. Auricular/ear acupuncture is the most researched of all micro-systems, particularly for addiction.
Classical– This style is based on the ancient Chinese Classics. These points serve as the foundation for TCM acupuncture. Classical acupuncture is a name given to the practice of acupuncture before the formation of the People’s Republic of China, though there is no single body of Classical acupuncture. This general category then stands in distinction to regional and family traditions that are not based in textual scholarship.