Liver wind, in TCM or traditional Chinese medicine, partly refers to liver to pain and also to jerks, shaking, spasms, or seizures and other uncontrolled movements in Parkinson`s. It also corresponds to pain such as fibromyalgia that travels from one body area to another. Used for hundreds of years to keep seizures such as grand mal away and reduce pain, Corydalis Yan Hu Su accomplishes this by helping control liver wind and moving the blood. This TCM way of managing pain has long been used in Eastern cultures more so when other herbs complement the Corydalis to the affected part of the body.
This effect has been investigated by drug companies and as expected, their response is one of jealousy. They have attempted to isolate the essential active ingredient and create a synthetic drug that they will patent and make money out of regardless if it safe to use or not. These are their findings:
The root of corydalis Yan Hu Su has an active compound known as THP or dl-tetrahydropalmatine. It was tried on how it affects amygdala development that was electrically kindled, which was meant to mimic the effects of seizures on the brain. An ultrasonic machine was used to measure the vertical motion of the seizure activity. To prevent the occurrence of kindling, an Injection of THP intraperitoneally half an hour before the everyday kindling stimulus was applied.
The motion responses that usually occur during electrical kindling and the score for behavioral seizure decreased below their original values. This indicates that when applied to rats that were electrically kindled, THP is an extremely effective anticonvulsant and antiepileptogenic agent.
However, when dl-tetrahydropalmatine is isolated, it turns toxic and may result in liver disorders such as hepatitis. It never occurred to these companies that Mother Nature didn’t intend these chemical compounds hidden in certain plants to be extracted just like that. There is a certain way that corydalis Yan Hu Su can be safely used. This is how it’s done:
Create a gram of corydalis crystal extract from 5 grams of raw herb. The crystal can then be easily dissolved in any liquid and processed with alcohol and natural water using low heat and organic fresh cordyalis.
Added to the herbal formulas He Shu Wu and Tien Ma Guo Teng, Corydalis has been successfully used to treat Parkinson`s when it’s boiled daily and taken as water tonic. But, it is also tastes bad and patients may find it difficult to prepare. The TCM protocol presently followed for treating Parkinson`s disease is to take 2 grams of corydalis two times a day in a five to one ratio extract powder combined with He Shou Wu (in liquid or powder extract)and Tien Ma Guo Teng Wan which is an herbal pill formula taken for the rest of the patient’s `s life.
Besides seizures and pain, Corydalis along with other herbal formulas, has been used for centuries for the management of pain to affected parts of the body.
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Try face-lift acupuncture treatment if you want to look good and don’t like to be injected with Botox or go under the knife.
Acupuncture Face-Lift Procedure
The acupuncturist will ask you several questions at your first visit the acupuncturist. These questions may, for example, be about how much water you drink and how many times a day you go to the bathroom. Along with diagnostic examinations, this will enable the practitioner to make an accurate diagnosis and come up with a proper individualized treatment for your needs.
The acupuncturist will next make you recline or lie down in a position you are comfortable with. Then a few needles may be stuck into acupoints along certain areas of your body. The needles help stimulate the circulation of blood and activate the sluggish organs into vitality. One the Qi (life energy) is strengthened by the needles, your acupuncturist will then initiate the needling of your facial tissue. Acupuncture needles are not the same as those used for injections and transfusions. They are finer and thinner and are gently placed into the skin along the parts of the body that need a little rejuvenation. Some patients may request to have their “smile lines” softened or perhaps tone down that small furrow in their brow. A mild electrical stimulation may sometimes be needed to enhance the needles’ effect just enough to enhance the new production of elastin and collagen in the problem area.
The course of the treatment may differ from person to person although most patients say that they feel an overall sense of vitality in the face, which is in accordance with the treatment’s goal: facial rejuvenation. Besides this, there is a tangible diminution of those ugly fine lines without the patient ever experiencing the dangers and nasty side effects of chemical injections and surgery.
Reduction of Cellulite
An ideal traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) cosmetic treatment to eradicate or lessen undesirable cellulite is cupping. This inexpensive procedure is a much better alternative to cellulite creams and chemical injections that your cosmetic physician is wont to recommend.
Cellulite Reduction Procedure
Cupping has been traditionally used by TCM practitioners in their everyday practice for relieving backaches, reducing headaches, and preventing the flu and colds. As the benefits of this treatment are being known by more and more patients, other novel applications for this safe and simple procedure are being developed.
Regular cupping treatment can safely and quickly promote metabolic waste elimination through the lymphatic system at substantially less cost and time than chemical injections, topical creams, and endermologie. With just a single or a couple of treatments, one can expect a smoother skin. Frequency and duration of treatment is determined by the patient’s needs.
Some of the most tenacious and common dermatological conditions afflicting humans are yeast and fungal infections. These infections are created by parasitic organisms that thrive on the skin of susceptible people. They especially like moist body parts such as the groin and feet. If the person has not had the infection before and if the infection is recent, it can be cured easily with minimal price and effort using tree tea oil preparations or conventional drug store creams.
If the infection has persisted for years, or if they keep on recurring, then a more intensive or complex treatment is needed in order to treat the patient’s internal environment. The pH of the skin becomes an ideal place for the fungal pathogens to live in if the internal environment is excessively damp and moist. These organisms can be reduced if you optimize digestion, cleanse the colon, and detoxify and dry up the skin.
Fungal infections are generally categorized as tineas. These include nail fungus (Tinea unguium), jock itch (Tinea cruris), athlete’s foot (Tinea pedis), and ringworm (Tinea corporis).
Athlete’s foot is the most common fungal infection which now more than ever thrives in the age of hot yoga, sauna, and steam rooms. Men are more prone to this condition than women – children rarely develop it. Athlete’s foot being contagious as it is, people suffering from it should always wear flip-flops when going to pools or gyms and need to thoroughly dry off. One good way to prevent the rise of athlete’s foot is to immerse your feet in plain white vinegar once a week.
The Three Distinct Manifestations of Athlete’s Foot and Their Corresponding Treatments
1. Initial signs of athlete’s foot are seen when the skin between the 4th and 5th toes turns grayish white and soggy, and splits or peels open. The affected region becomes itchy and painful – an issue that further degrades when sweating or wearing tight shoes. A mineral powder and herb made up of strong anti-fungals such as indigo powder and rhubarb root sprinkled right on the affected skin can effectively close the skin and restore the tissues to health. But to ensure that the fungus is totally eliminated, we need to follow the treatment up by soaking the foot for a couple of weeks with white vinegar and herb. Strong anti-fungals like plain white vinegar can be an ideal home remedy; however, if the infection persists, you may want to add with herbs such as gleditisia vine and schizonepeta leaf to the treatment. These herbs and similar ingredients need to be soaked for a week in the vinegar, and the solution can then be used as a foot bath every day.
2. Other manifestations of athlete’s foot can involve secondary eczematous infection and large blisters developing over the sole and occasionally on the top of the foot. Walking may be difficult due to the crusting and oozing developing in the infection. These symptoms require soaking the foot into a solution filled with a mineral salt known as alum, such as the one found in crystal deodorant stones. This formula magically dries up blisters and the oozing within a day or two. But since we also need to prevent blisters from recurring, this needs to be followed up with herbs taken internally to clear out the toxins and infection. Phellodendron, gentian, dandelion and other herbs that have strong anti-toxin qualities can be used. They are boiled and drank as herbal soup.
3. Lastly, for a condition that has lasted for several years, the infection can turn into a tender, fissured, flaky, red, and itchy affliction on the soles of the feet. Soggy cracks and blisters can also develop especially when the person engages in work that require standing for long periods of time, such as postal workers or cooks or during humid weather.
Internal therapy as well as the vinegar foot soak is needed if the infection has lasted for years since it means that the fungus loves the environment of your body and has decided to make it its home. The skin is stripped of its beneficial hydrating components by this chronic condition. Moisturizing herbs taken internally like rehmannia root and dictamnus bark, with has powerful anti-itch properties combined together can serve as an ideal treatment for this problem.
One of the most stubborn infections to cure that necessitates dedication and patience on the part of the sufferer is nail fungus. The vinegar and herb soak needs to be used every night for six months to a year or even longer while filing away and cutting the thickened, yellow affected regions. Those long periods of time are what it takes for normal nails to grow completely. Prematurely halting the treatment causes the remaining fungi to grow abundantly once more.
Oregano and tree tea oils and other antifungal plants can be good alternatives to the vinegar soak, although dedication and perseverance is also needed to completely eradicate the infection.
Yeast infections generally develop on the genitals, scalp, or body. One of the most common forms of this type of infection is Tinea versicolor (Malasezzia furfur/(Pytiriasis versicolor) which usually develops on the back and trunk. It is a scaly, multi-hued infection. Other forms of yeast infections include Candida albicans, a recurring infection that strikes women more than men and often affects the genitals; and Pityosporum ovale, usually developing on the scalp of persons with dandruff. All these infections are longstanding and hard to get rid of. You may need to invest several weeks of your time to completely cure yourself of these infections.
Yeast infections also need a combo of external and internal washes and teas to completely kill the fungi and also to stop the itch, and clear inflammation (dampness) and heat.
Candida Albicans: This fungal disease can be treated effectively with traditional Chinese medicine (TCM). If the patient has a sexual partner, the partner may be treated (at least, topically), as well, to prevent the passing of the infection back to the partner and perhaps to other people. A lot of women may strive to treat themselves of their infections through diet therapy (garlic and acidophilus) but the infection may be transmitted to them by their male partner who may not know they are infected due an absence of symptoms. A white vinegar solution or a simple herbal wash can help rid his infection.
For TCM practitioners Candida infection is an internal problem caused by an excessive dampening diet, dysfunctional or weak digestion, and excessive damp heat. This jibes with Western medicine’s notion that candida overgrowth starts in the intestine. The overgrowth can then infect the adjacent vaginal canal. Practitioners do not think that avoiding alcohol, fruit juices, pastries, sweets and other foods that feed candida can completely cure the infection. They believe that the key to cure is to improve digestion and absorption in order for the person to tolerate more foods.
For this purpose, the use of internal herbal treatment for recurring or chronic candida is two-fold. Firstly, one needs to eliminate the damp heat (candida colonies) through the use of Gentiana scabra, Phellodendron amurense, Sophora flavescentis and other strong bitters. For really severe forms of Candidiasis, herbal tablet formulas can act as suppositories that usually contain a powerful ingredient for all types of genital itches and infections, the cnidium seed. The second phase of the treatment can begin once the discharges, burning, and itching have been alleviated. This phase involves strengthening the digestive function.
Anti -candida herbs such as the sour plum Mume, the Poria mushroom, aromatics such as orange peel and cardamom, and acrid herbs such as Atractylodis root can be used. Besides battling Candidiasis, these herbs, also normalize the intestinal membranes and boost the intestine’s assimilative function. Once the digestion is strong and healthy, the body stops producing too much mucus and inflammation that induces the Candida to thrive.
Tinea Versicolor: a slice of cucumber slightly immersed in a solution of typhonium root , sulphur, and others, and then applied on the affected region until it becomes slightly flushed is one unusual but effective treatment for this infection. It takes a few days for the skin to start returning to normal, which is quite fantastic if your infection has lasted for several years. Internal treatment is also needed to completely cure the infection and to prevent its recurrence in the future. TCM practitioners should use alum, typhonium, sulphur, and several other TCM topical medicines that should not be taken internally.
Individuals who are highly susceptible to yeast and fungal infections should not consume ‘dampening’ drinks and foods such as alcohol, fruit juices, sardines, salmons, other types of fatty fishes, shellfish, tropical fruits, sweets, and tofu. Instead of synthetic outfits such as spandex, wear cotton to keep your skin dry. To prevent excessive perspiration, use body powder such as cornstarch or rice powder.
When they think about acupuncture, most individuals mentally conjure up a diversity of concepts and definitions that are included in the practice. When applied to helping with ailments and to healing, Chinese medicine is limited by a specific set of procedure or principles. There are in fact, certain methods that are used within Chinese medicine practice that are applicable in any area.
Chinese medicine, during its millennia of evolution, has integrated an ever increasing array of ideologies and methods that can assist in the enhancement of one’s health. Chinese medicine is essentially a philosophy that guides one to a holistic style of living. Its practice involves the spiritual and emotional aspects of a person that is as equally considered as the physical aspect of his/her health and bringing these three aspects to peak levels leading to optimal health. The practitioner finds indication of disharmony to try to prevent, understand, and prevent the specific disease and/or illness.
Using principles of natural law, this type of alternative medicine and other holistic methods can accelerate and enhance the healing process. A person’s body, according to Chinese medicine, is inversely proportional to the laws of the universe. Chinese medicine practitioners consider these two to be a reflection of each other and because of these every process within the Universe as well as the Universe itself, is in a constant process of balancing itself. Regardless of what Chinese medicine mode of treatment you are considering (Qi gong, Chinese herbs, or acupuncture, for example), you can be sure that natural law will be the basis for understanding how your body works.
Chinese medicine then moves into procedures concerning energy once the holistic lifestyle of the person and an understanding of natural law has been considered. This type of healing tradition, at all degrees, is one of the most important universal laws that can be applied. It is hypothesized within this practice that there are certain energies that are linked and when unified these energies maintain their flow in a natural and complete way. This is principle behind Chinese medicine.
Following a balanced lifestyle in which the correct type of energy flows appropriately is the key to healthy living and general well-being. Your well –being and health is not only enhanced with Chinese medicine, it also enhances all areas of your life.
Dr. Nelya de Brun, AP, DAOM
Classical Oriental Medicine, LLC
3459 Woolbright Rd
Boynton Beach, FL 33436
Bell’s palsy is a condition that more often than not affects one side of the face resulting from damage to the facial nerve (7th cranial facial nerve). The development is quick and can occur overnight, with a slight weakness to complete paralysis that can result in the drooping of the affected side of the face making facial expressions such as smiling difficult. It usually impairs the ability to shut the eye on the affected part of the face.
Bell’s palsy can cause pain behind the ear or around the jaw, lessening the sense of taste and altering the manufacture of tears and saliva. The sufferer often is incapable of closing his/her eye in order to lubricate it. And to be able to sleep, the patient may need to tape it shut.
There is no known cause as to why Bell’s palsy develops though scientists suspect prior viral infections such as respiratory illness, Epstein Barr, shingles, chickenpox, or herpes can make the condition likely to appear.
In TCM or traditional Chinese medicine, Bell’s palsy diagnosis is external cold-wind invading the meridians of the face. This means that the patient has a weak immune system or an underlying qi (vital energy) deficiency. The condition may sometimes be triggered by being out on windy days, sitting under a fan, or by sweating.
Recovery from Bell’s palsy can be achieved with TCM, which has been used for thousands of years to help in the recovery of patients with this condition. Acupuncture along with three weeks to a full month of electro-stimulation, can enhance nerve function, help accelerate the reduction of the paralysis, and calm the patient from the very uncomfortable and upsetting emotional aspect of the disorder that usually results in depression.
Acupuncturists in Louisville are known to achieve full recovery of their patients or gain significant improvement of their condition who have been suffering from Bell’s palsy for years. With just a few needles, patients with longstanding symptoms have been able to fully recover.
TCM treatment for Bell’s palsy uses herbs to heal the problematic nerves, relieve stress (which can also trigger symptoms), and bring about optimal functioning of the nervous system. Zinc, vitamins B12 and B6 and other supplements can help improve nerve growth and bring about speedy recovery of the affected facial nerve.
Performing daily facial exercises and massage of the afflicted parts can also assist in the alleviation of symptoms. Electro-acupuncture or TENS stimulation of the problematic muscles coupled with physical therapy can also be beneficial.
You can use acupuncture effectively as a nonconventional treatment for pain if you know how it works. An acupuncture practitioner in Portland sticks extremely thin needles into certain points known as acupoints on your body. Acupuncture originated in China more than 3,000 years ago. This treatment became a household word in the United States in the early 1970s when it was introduced as a way to relieve postsurgical pain. This article will talk about the various theories that try to explain how acupuncture works.
Theories of Traditional Chinese Acupuncture
There is a big difference in the way the Chinese explains how acupuncture works than the theories provided by Western medical experts. Based on the belief of TCM (traditional Chinese medicine) practitioners, the universe, nature and the human body possess two complementary and at the same time opposing forces known as yin and yang. Yang is the active force while yin, the passive.
These practitioners also believe that the body is alive and thrives due to continuous flow of energy known as Qi (pronounced chee). This Qi flows through energy channels known as meridians branching out all over in the human body. An area or organ of the body is associated with one or more of these meridians. The correct and uninterrupted flow of QI (energy) and the proper balance of yin and yang equal good health. When Qi is disrupted or blocked in some way, an imbalance of yin yang results, which in turn, leads to illness.
The flow of Qi can be manipulated using around 400 acupoints on the body. Each of these points are connected in one way or another with one or more meridians. These acupoints are found near the skin’s surface. To bring back the normal flow of Q, an acupuncturist needs to stick extremely fine needles into designated acupoints, using a variety of combinations.
Theories of Western Acupuncture
Western researchers have a very different explanation on how acupuncture heals the body. One suggestion is that during an acupuncture treatment “feel-good” chemicals are produced and released into the spinal cord and the brain (central nervous system) which alleviates pain. The researchers have found that acupuncture activates nerves in the spinal column that release neurotransmitters, that helps ameliorate pain. This theory has actually been validated by one medical study that used brain images revealing acupuncture does in fact enhances a person’s threshold for pain.
One other theory of Western medicine is that acupuncture helps enhance the circulation of blood around body regions being treated. This boost of blood flow betters the removal of toxins and supplies nutrients in the body. Western researchers have also discovered that acupoints conduct electromagnetic signals in the body. When an acupuncture needle stimulates an acupoint, this accelerates the speed in which bio-electromagnetic signals are sent. The signals then dispatch natural opioids, such as endorphins, to the injured or ailing part of the body, which in turn, lessens the sensation of pain.
The United States National Institute of Health released a report stating that acupuncture was a valid treatment for several different types of medical conditions. This modality of healing was particularly potent in the decrease of dental pain post-surgically. The institute also said that acupuncture is a valid treatment for the reduction of vomiting and nausea associated with anesthesia or chemotherapy. It also added that the treatment was found to work for tennis elbow, addictions, stroke, menstrual cramps, osteoarthritis, lower back pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, and asthma among several others. The report also revealed that the side effects of acupuncture are less adverse than those caused by surgery or prescription medications. Acupuncture is slowly being considered by a growing number of people in the United States who are dissatisfied with Western conventional medicine or fear the adverse side effects of drugs, or both. Universities such as the UCLA have added acupuncture classes in their school curriculum. The United States Food and Drug Administration in 1995 began the regulation of acupuncture needles in order to prevent or at least minimize the rise of injuries, accidents, or infection related to acupuncture needle use. Learning more about acupuncture and how it works can result in better management of pain and ultimately healing.
TCM or Traditional Chinese Medicine is an ancient form of treatment that is slowly but surely gaining acceptance in the United States. It has been accepted for centuries in Europe. Far from being considered as an alternative system, TCM is an integral component in the healthcare systems of Korea and mainland China.
TCM is practiced by qualified professional Chinese physicians in the treatment of both Type I and Type II diabetes. Usually based alongside several different herbs and principles and used in conjunction with acupuncture, TCM has been helpful for the improvement of the condition of diabetes sufferers in certain cases.
Chinese Medicine Claims to Diabetes Treatment
Practitioners of TCM believe that treatments should begin at the early onset of diabetes to optimize the efficacy of the treatment. The major benefit of TCM treatment for diabetes is its capacity to improve the circulation of blood throughout the body. This enhanced level of blood flow is important to help slow down or even stop the debilitating start of diabetic neuropathy.
If diabetic neuropathy ensues, the effects may be severe and crippling and the person may at least, suffer from pain and swelling or worse, one of his/her body part ends being amputated during the advanced stages of this condition. TCM can potentially relieve the pain. Other benefits patients with diabetes can expect from TCM include the stabilizing of their blood sugar levels (for Type II diabetics) which is a very important factor in diabetic health.
TCM Helps Improve the Function of the Endocrine System
It does this by helping establish order within the endocrine system. Acupuncture is the practice of inserting reed-thin needles into specific points in the body to boost the functions of the body organs and is seen to aid in the treatment of diabetes.
Acupuncture can help stop the severe effects of diabetic neuropathy. Equally important, the treatment has been known to improve the function of the pancreas. Acupuncture has also been seen to lower the autoimmune factor key to diabetes.
Some people claim that the utilization of Cleveland acupuncture for the treatment of diabetes can help lessen the need for insulin. Auriculotherapy or ear acupuncture of the ears can help stimulate the nervous system and be beneficial for type II diabetes treatment.
Acupuncture and TCM, although proven to be useful for diabetics in the past, should be used only after consultation with a physician and must be used carefully. They should be used as adjunctive therapies along with Western modes of treatment, not as a standalone treatment for diabetes.
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is a powerful form of natural treatment that can be used for a myriad of purposes. Not only can acupuncture and Chinese herbs, which are both very important components of traditional Chinese medicine, make you overcome scores of physical ailments such as insomnia, backache, or arthritis, believe it o not, they can also be extremely effective in helping resolve personal issues such as the breakup of a relationship.
How Does TCM Achieve This?
TCM modes of treatment can definitely help save your marriage or make your relationship with your partner stronger by reducing stress in your mind and body, support the function of your body organs, calm your emotions and mind, and aid you in being clear about your energetic patterns and about yourself.
There are many ways Chinese medicine can help calm your mind. Acupuncture releases neurotransmitters known as endorphins that help relieve anxiety and improve the flow of vital energy called chi or qi to the brain so you can make the right decisions, feel more relaxed, and have a better way of handling your emotional triggers.
Allow your acupuncturist to understand the emotional struggles you are undergoing so he/ she may select the right combination of acupoints to be stimulated to help ease the emotional turmoil of your spirit, calm your mind, remove angry feelings, and clear stuck liver energy in your body.
To make you feel relaxed and emotionally clear, acupoints such as those directly on the top of your head and in between your eyebrows are chosen for treatment. Needles are inserted into these points to help lessen anger or resolve sad emotions. You can actually stimulate these points yourself by rubbing them manually.
Chinese herbal remedies such as the Happy Wanderer formula (Hsiao Yao Wan) can be used to release stuck emotions of anger or frustration and nourish the blood. Talk to a licensed herbalist to know what type of herbal remedy is right for you. If your relationship problem keeps you awake at night you may be given herbs to help you sleep. Some herbs to strengthen your emotional boundaries are used if you need to better handle resentment from other people.
You can also try other TCM treatments such as the beautiful exercises of tai chi and Qi gong to calm your mind and remove stress in your body. Tai chi has gentle movements that takes you away from your immediate problems and usual thought patterns and aids you in improving your breathing and the movement of your body.
You can experience a short respite from your issues with these exercises. Try taking a few moments to quietly sit and focus on a deep inhalation. Then while you exhale, visualize at the same time that you are releasing all your troubles with your breath.
Acupuncture and TCM in New York also can help resolve relationship problems through their support of bodily functions such as food digestion in order to increase the absorption of nutrients in your body as well as improve the quality of your sleep. The more nutrients are absorbed, the less stress and emotions you experience. TCM also assists your body systems to function more smoothly. When you body is running well, you can become kinder, more reasonable, and calmer.
TCM and acupuncture have a lot of tools to help determine the constitution and emotional make-up of a person. You’ll be able to see the negative patterns in yourself which you can then change if you know how to respond properly to certain issues.
In Chinese medicine, resentment, anger and other negative emotions are considered to be huge contributors to disease. When you want to address your overall health using Chinese medicine, you can begin to better understand your thought patterns and respond to emotional different triggers judiciously. Emotional therapy through Chinese medicine can help release age old resentment and long held anger.
Interestingly, with Chinese medicine you can begin to explore the Chinese zodiac and know the zodiac signs of your partner and yourself. This ancient science sometimes has amazing secret clues that can help us know why we react to certain folks in a certain way. A couple might be elemental opposites and so may always encounter problems and challenges in their relationship. If the energy of the universe is presenting challenges on a couple whose zodiac signs are conflicting, they can at least know where some of the issues lie and therefore ought to be a little more gentle and understanding to each other.
Acupuncture and Chinese medicine can help clear your mind and make you aware of your inner desires and needs. Maybe, the relationship really needs to end for the betterment of you and your partner’s health. In this way, the ending of the relationship can be seen as a positive step for you, at least. Of course, it is always sad to see a marriage or a relationship end but if the breakup is in the best interest of both partners then it can be seen as a step in the right direction and can help improve flow of qi of both partners. In your quest for marital or relationship bliss, along with Chinese medicine, you can consult with a marriage counselor to help resolve the specific festering issues between your partner and yourself.
The number of red blood cells circulating in the body is reduced due to oxygen deprivation of the body tissues in a person suffering from anemia. Anemia has more than 400 different forms. This condition leads to symptoms such as loss of memory; depression; confusion; slick tongue; movement and/or balance problems; palm creases, pale eyelid linings, nail beds, or gums, bluish lips, and yellowish or pasty skin (strong signs of anemia); dizziness, faintness, shortness of breath, tiredness, and weakness (severe anemia); weakness, fatigue, and malaise (mild anemia); tingling sensation in the extremities (for pernicious anemia); and a burning tongue (vitamin B12 anemia). Other anemia symptoms may include headache; irregular heartbeat; concentration problems; low appetite; insomnia; and headache. Iron overload due to intake of too much iron supplements may lead to seizures; lethargy; jaundice; fever; bloody diarrhea; and vomiting.
In Chinese, anemia is known as deficient blood. It is addressed with herbal treatments and acupuncture in Overland Park. Dang gui is a powerful herb that has for thousands of years been used as a blood tonic. Asian ginseng is a general tonic to help treat fatigue. Astralagus or the root of Chinese foxglove may be combined with dang gui.
Chinese medicine and Acupuncture
A Chinese study conducted in 1990 by Zhou and Zhou (1990) examined the effectiveness of an anemia treatment using the principle of bu-shen yi-qi. Sixty people participated in this study and they all were suffering from a condition known as orthostatic dysregulation. They were divided randomly into a control group (given vitamins B1 and B6a nd oryzanol and) and a treatment group (administered with Chinese herbs under the principle of bu-shen yi-qi). The herbs used had high levels of trace elements, including zinc and iron (boosts red blood cell action). At the end of one month, the outcomes showed that only 4 members of the control group showed significant improvement compared to the 16 of the treatment group. Forty three out of a total sixty or 71%, also clinically manifested mild anemia. Before and after treatment, blood was extracted from the subjects. In the control group, 17 members remained unchanged in their condition while in the treatment group, 20 members had blood values (for red hyperchromia, hemoglobin, and blood cells) that significantly improved.
Another Chinese study done in 1992 examined the effectiveness of SQT (shi-quan-da-bu-tang or 10 significant tonic decoction) in treating general weakness, spleen and kidney insufficiency, fatigue, extreme fatigue, anorexia, and anemia. The study used SQT to improve immunity, and lessen the negative toxicity of anticancer agents in individuals diagnosed with cancer. The study showed that SQT lessens anemia symptoms, among other conditions. It does this by reinforcing vital energy (Qi) and tonifying the blood.
A study conducted in 1993 and led by Chen, He, and Su examined the safety and potency of an herbal formula known Man-Shen Ling, which is composed of Rehmannia and astragalus. The formula was strikingly effective in treating anemia and had no harmful effects on the gastrointestinal tract, heart, kidney, or liver functions.
In 1995 a Chinese study was done led by Fan, Shi, and Zhang on 43 children given fetal blood transfusion due to their aplastic anemia. The study tested the efficacy of vitamin C and Chinese herbal formulas on these children. The subjects were divided into three groups with the blood transfusion-only group showing a 46% improvement of their condition; and a 62.5% (those with acute aplastic anemia) and 88.9% (chronic aplastic anemia) improvement in the treatment group.
Supplements and Foods
For anemic people, the intake of copper and Vitamin C is required to promote iron absorption. Foods rich in iron are highly recommended. These include red meat, poultry, liver, almonds, dried fruits, blackstrap molasses, dried beans, tomatoes, broccoli, and parsley (this contains vitamin C, which boosts iron absorption).
Avoid drinking decaffeinated or caffeinated beverages such as coffee, tea, or cola. The tannin in black teas and caffeine weakens the body’s ability to absorb iron. Drink vitamin C rich juices instead like citrus juices to reinforce iron absorption. Chronic alcohol intake should also be avoided as they can impair the body’s ability to absorb folic acid.
Vegetarians are highly susceptible to vitamin B12 anemia since B12 can only be found in fermented foods and animal products. Vegetarians should incorporate into their diet tempsch, tofu, and miso. Certain vitamin and iron supplements can lead to iron overload and so caution must be taken whenever you use them.
The following foods should be minimally cooked or eaten fresh to preserve their folic acid content to improve red blood cell production: eggs, liver, pumpkin, brewer’s yeast, wheat germ, milk, and dark green vegetables. Mackerel and salmon are good sources of vitamin B12. Folate-rich foods include lentils, beans, and black-eyed peas.
More and more people are beginning to use acupuncture and traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) in the United States each year. It is a go-to treatment for conditions that Western medicine has had little success in treating. TCM treatments are grounded on the mystical principle that a cosmic energy known as chi, circulates throughout the body. When this circulation is disrupted, the result is illness and pain.
TCM and acupuncture bring back the normal flow of chi in the body which leads to the curing of the illness and the self healing of the body. by inserting needles into certain acupoints on the outside of the ear or on the body, acupuncturists attempt to restore the normal flow of chi. Recently, medical authorities have challenged the long held belief that TCM and acupuncture are free of risk even if these traditional treatment are deemed as very safe, having no or few risks or side effects.
Acupuncture treatments have been seen to have certain risks. Poor needle handling and improper needle manipulation can lead to localized bleeding (hematoma), punctured lung, fainting, localized infections, and convulsions. Besides that unclean needles can cause Hepatitis B infection. Additional risks include skin diseases and nerve damage. But as with any other medical treatment, if done by a qualified licensed practitioner/physician, acupuncture is a practically risk-free treatment.
The US Food and Drug Administration has not yet fully approved TCM and acupuncture standards but then again this organization has often manifested a hostility towards natural healing methods and so this fact shouldn’t come as a surprise. It goes without saying that acupuncture needles should never be used more than once. The problem is a lot “traditional” doctors perceive the process in becoming a certified acupuncturist as a sham and is geared more towards raking in money by exploiting the patient’s desperation who cannot find resolution of their condition using Western conventional modes of treatment.
This has caused the National Council Against Health Fraud to state that acupuncture is an unproven treatment modality whose procedure is unproven and backward and any improvement associated with this treatment is due to the patient’s own expectations and merely the result of the placebo effect.
Unlike acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine, on the other hand, has unexpectedly seen in a positive light by some researchers. It has been shown in studies that herbal remedies rarely have any negative reactions. These herbs are seen as much safer than almost all types of pharmaceutical medications. Traditional and modern herbal remedies are now commercially sold for treatment of various kinds of conditions.
Chinese herbal formulas are used to treat a diverse range of health problems including addictions like alcoholism and smoking; respiratory diseases such as asthma and COPD; allergic conditions, gynecological problems; digestive and immunity disorders; and for pain.
One of the best things about Chinese herbal medicine is its virtual zero risk when used by pregnant women to help them with their pregnancy problems.
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