Chinese Traditional Medicine

Chinese Traditional Medicine

Use of Chinese traditional medicine is useful when combined with conventional therapies to treat addiction, headaches, menstrual cramps, tennis elbow, fibromyalgia, myofascial pain, osteoarthritis, lower back pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, and asthma; and to assist in stroke rehabilitation.

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    The word for Chinese medicine in Chinese is "Zhong Yi." Although we usually translate it as "Chinese Medicine," it literally means "Medicine of the Center" since its main goal is to bring balance and homeostasis back to a patient's health. Chinese medicine is a complete approach to health care that has a 3,000 year old pedigree and covers a wide range of therapies including acupuncture, herbal medicines, manual therapies and joint manipulation, dietary counseling, and exercise therapy. In the US Chinese medicine is mainly practiced by licensed acupuncturists, although some physicians may also use some Chinese medical therapies.

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    What is Qi gong?

    Qigong is a series of exercises that uses the body's natural energy to promote healing and restore balance; breathe, movement and sound are all key elements. Watch as Kung Fu, Tai Chi and Qigong expert Sifu Karl Romain describes this practice. 

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    Feng shui translates to wind and water and is an ancient Chinese system of design based on the flow of chi (or energy) throughout the home or other environment. Feng shui students are taught to examine the unique energy blueprint of their home or building in order to reveal its past, present, and future potential.

    The goal of Feng shui is to create an environment that is in harmony with the healing forces of nature, a space that is supportive and nurturing. Through harmonious chi flow, space clearing, yin and yang, and Lo-Shu, (dividing a space into eight equal sectors of radiating energy) Feng shui practitioners offer suggestions for improving health, vitality, prosperity, and relationships. Obtaining balance and flow within your surroundings and eliminating clutter may influence the way you act, think, and feel.
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    The most common traditional Chinese healing therapy in the US is acupuncture, although in China the most common therapy is herbal medicine. However, in addition to these two most common ones, there are many others.

    Cupping: Cupping is a type of therapy that uses glass cups (or sometimes bamboo or other materials), to apply suction to different parts of the body. This is commonly used to treat conditions such as the common cold or other breathing problems. It is also commonly used to treat pain conditions, and research has shown that it can be very effective for this.

    Tuina: Tuina is a type of massage therapy that also combines acupressure, and joint mobilization similar to what chiropractors do. It is also commonly used to treat pain.

    Moxibustion: Moxibustion is a type of heat therapy. In moxibustion a special material made out of an herb leaf (called moxa) is burned at acupuncture points to heat them up. In Chinese medicine moxibustion is thought to have a strengthening effect on the body. In 1998 the Journal of the American Medical Association published a study that showed moxibustion can be useful for turning breech babies!

    Diet and Lifestyle: One of the most important traditional Chinese healing therapies is teaching people how to eat well and live a healthy lifestyle. Since each person is different, each patient usually gets a different diet recommendation.

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    What can Chinese face reading reveal about my health?
    In Chinese face reading, different areas of the face correspond to different areas of your body, which can reveal health issues and help prevent onset of illness. Watch as Chinese medicine expert, Mao Shing Ni, L.Ac. & PhD, explains this concept.
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    What are yin and yang in traditional Chinese medicine?
    In Chinese medicine, yin and yang represent the law of polarity, the continual cycle of complimentary forces and energies in our world. Watch Chinese medicine expert, Mao Shing Ni, L.Ac. & PhD, discuss how yin and yang create balance in our lives.
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    What Are Corydalis Supplements?
    Corydalis is a natural painkiller that people have been taking for centuries to relieve pain. Watch Dr. Oz and oriental medicine expert Daniel Hsu, LAC, describe how corydalis supplements are a non-addictive solution to chronic pain.
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    Both acupuncture and acupressure can be powerful tools for treating illness. However, there has been much more research on the use of acupuncture in treating disease, mainly because acupuncture is used in settings such as clinics and hospitals. Acupuncture should only be performed by a licensed health care provider, although acupressure is safe and easy enough to be used by just about anyone as a home therapy. The best option for patients is to find an acupuncturist who can teach you to do acupressure as a home therapy in conjunction to acupuncture.

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    The following are some of the more common conditions treatable by Chinese medicine and acupuncture, as outlined by the World Health Organization (WHO):
    • Upper Respiratory Tract: Acute sinusitis, acute rhinitis, common cold, acute tonsillitis
    • Respiratory System: Acute bronchitis, bronchial asthma (most effective in children and in patients without complicating diseases)
    • Disorders of the Eye: Acute conjunctivitis, central retinitis, myopia (in children), cataract (without complications)
    • Disorders of the Mouth: Toothache, post-extraction pain, gingivitis, acute and chronic pharyngitis
    • Gastrointestinal Disorders: Spasms of esophagus and cardia, hiccough, gastroptosis, acute and chronic gastritis, gastric hyperacidity, chronic duodenal ulcer (pain relief), acute duodenal ulcer (without complications), acute and chronic colitis, acute bacillary dysentery, constipation, diarrhea, paralytic ileus
    • Neurological and Musculoskeletal Disorders: Headache and migraine, trigeminal neuralgia, facial palsy (early stage, i.e. within three to six months), pareses following a stroke, peripheral neuropathies, sequelae of poliomyelitis (early stage, i.e., within six months), Meniere's disease, neurogenic bladder dysfunction, nocturnal enuresis, intercostal neuralgia, cervicobrachial syndrome, "frozen shoulder," "tennis elbow," sciatica, low back pain, osteoarthritis
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    Acupuncture utilizes slender needles to syimulate various key points on the body. Acupressure is non-invasive, and uses only fingertip pressure.
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