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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    In traditional Chinese medicine, meridians are channels that form a network in the body, through which qi (vital energy) flows. Blocked qi causes pain or illness. The flow of qi is restored by using pressure, needles, suction, or heat at hundreds of specific points along the meridians.

    This answer is based on source information from the National Cancer Institute.

     

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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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    If I take corydalis supplements, how much should I take?
    Corydalis can be taken in granular form or pill form, but the dosage should be 3-9 grams per day, maximum. In this video, oriental medicine expert Daniel Hsu, DAOM, explains why he thinks the granular form is an ideal way to take this herb. 
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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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    How are acupuncture and acupressure different?

    Acupuncture involves the insertion of a needle to stimulate a point, while acupressure can be performed with your fingertips, making it easy to do anytime. Watch acupuncturist Janet Tsai explain the difference between acupuncture and acupressure.

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    What does Qi gong help treat?

    Qigong helps treat a wide variety of illnesses from diabetes to sleep disorders; the breathing involved in the exercises helps to reduce stress and clear the mind. Watch Kung Fu, Tai Chi and Qigong expert Sifu Karl Romain explain the health benefits.

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    Dr. Stephen Atkins - What are meridians?

    In traditional Chinese medicine, meridians are energy pathways that flow throughout the body. In this video, Dr. Stephen Atkins, an integrative medicine specialist, explains how meridians are thought to work.

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    In Chinese medicine, the emphasis is always on treating the whole person -- mind, body and spirit -- rather than just the body part that isn’t functioning well. "Chinese doctors use a combination of natural techniques to maintain a healthy balance, including herbal medicine, diet, tai chi and acupuncture.

    This content originally appeared on doctoroz.com.
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    Tuina is a massage-like healing art dates back to the Shang Dynasty of China, 1700 BC. There is indication that tuina massage was used to treat diseases in children and digestive complaints in adults. Acupressure is the pressing of acupoints, but Tuina (pronounced "twee-nah")  uses different strokes that are applied to specific points, muscle groups, and meridians. Tuina goes beyond the physical touch effect to rely on the physical expression of Qi or energy flow from the giver to the receiver for ultimate healing.

    To stimulate health, a Tuina practitioner uses:
     
    • Hand techniques to massage the soft tissue of the body
    • Acupressure to touch specific points that affect the flow of Qi
    • Manipulation techniques to realign the musculoskeletal system.
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    Using feng shui in the bedroom is said to balance Chi (energy) and improve the space as the mind and body are prepared for deep, healing sleep. Consider the following suggestions:

    • Whether at work or at home, excessive clutter has a strong, negative impact. Clean out excess clutter in the bedroom, focusing on the closet, under the bed, and chest of drawers to boost positive relaxation at nighttime.  
    • Electro-magnetic energy in the bedroom might result in poor health, according to feng shui practitioners. To keep the bedroom peaceful and a haven for rest, move the television, computer, radio, and answering machine to another room. If there are electronics in the bedroom, place them at least six feet away from the bed. 
    • Have a healthy plant or two in the bedroom. Feng shui practitioners believe that plants absorb stress and have a positive impact in the healing process.  
    • While preparing for bed, play soft music or a “sounds of nature” CD to create a tranquil, spa-like environment in the room. 
    • Feng shui practitioners believe that sharp edges or corners on walls, furniture, and rooflines are symbolic of poison arrows. Soften sharp corners of the bedroom by hanging a plant or wind chime from the ceiling.
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