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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    Some evidence suggests that internal Qi gong may be useful in the treatment of gastritis. Further research is needed.

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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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    Energy psychology is based on applied kinesiology, which was developed in the early 1960s by George J. Goodheart, Jr. Applied kinesiology is a chiropractic diagnostic method that uses manual muscle-strength testing for medical diagnosis, in order to give feedback on the body's functional status.

    The theory behind energy psychology is that emotional conflicts and trauma from early childhood remain in the unconscious mind throughout adulthood. These emotional issues may go back as far as intra-uterine and birth traumas; they may also include traumatic events that occurred during infancy, childhood, and adolescence. Emotional experiences are thought to cause imbalanced qi; imbalanced qi may lead to vasoconstriction, chronic biochemical and electromagnetic changes, alterations of the immune system, and illness.

    Roger Callahan believes that thoughts or experiences associated with an emotional problem are contained within a "thought field." Proponents of energy psychology claim that these emotional problems may lead to physical illnesses if untreated. A thought field becomes activated whenever a person thinks about his or her problem. Associated negative emotions correspond to meridian points on the body (Callahan calls this an isomorphism). In order to eliminate the patient's emotional upset, a precise sequence of meridian points must be tapped. Callahan theorizes that the process of tapping unblocks or balances the flow of qi.

    High heart rate variability may be used as an indicator of stress or illness. Callahan has published data from studies suggesting that energy psychology is able to lower heart rate variability. However, many scientists argue that Callahan did not properly perform his studies. The American Psychological Association (APA) has stated that energy psychology "lacks a scientific basis." In a survey published in an APA journal, psychologists generally consider energy psychology to be pseudoscience, indicating that it is based on false scientific claims.

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    Avoid in individuals with a known allergy or sensitivity to Cordyceps species, their parts, or members of the Clavicipitaceae family, as well as other molds or fungi.

    • A drug allergy occurred after an oral dose of cordyceps (five jinshuibao capsules, three times daily) in a 54 year-old male suffering from chronic bronchitis (lung disease). Tightness in the chest, skin rash, wheezing, dizziness, and heart palpitations were reported. The patient improved after being given an antihistamine (allergy medicine).
    • Five cases of food allergy to Cordyceps sinensis were reported that showed a cross-reactivity with silkworm

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    Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) herbs are a popular complementary therapy in human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS). However, study results conflict. More studies are needed before the potential benefits of TCM herbs in HIV/AIDS can be established.

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    It has been reported that a combination of acupuncture, moxibustion, and enema of Chinese herbs in combination with Western medicine was more effective at treating stroke than Western medicine alone. However, Danqi Piantan Jiaonang (NeuroAid™), a traditional Chinese medicine a mixture of 14 herbal and natural extracts, was ineffective in treating stroke. More studies need to be conducted in this area.

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    Danshen (Salvia miltiorrhiza) is widely used in traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), often in combination with other herbs. Remedies containing danshen are used traditionally to treat a diversity of ailments, particularly cardiac (heart) and vascular (blood vessel) disorders such as atherosclerosis ("hardening" of the arteries with cholesterol plaques) or blood clotting abnormalities.

    The ability of danshen to "thin" the blood and reduce blood clotting is well documented, although the herb's purported ability to "invigorate" the blood or improve circulation has not been demonstrated in high-quality human trials. Because danshen can inhibit platelet aggregation and has been reported to potentiate (increase) the blood-thinning effects of warfarin, it should be avoided in patients with bleeding disorders, prior to some surgical procedures, or when taking anticoagulant (blood-thinning) drugs, herbs, or supplements.

    In the mid-1980s, scientific interest was raised in danshen's possible cardiovascular benefits, particularly in patients with ischemic stroke or coronary artery disease/angina. More recent studies have focused on possible roles in liver disease (hepatitis and cirrhosis) and as an antioxidant. However, the available research in these areas largely consists of animal studies and small human trials of poor quality. Therefore, firm evidence-based conclusions are not possible at this time about the effects of danshen for any medical condition.

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    Avoid in individuals with a known allergy or hypersensitivity to usnea, its constituents, or related lichens. Usnea and its constituents have been reported to cause allergic reactions, such as skin rash, in individuals handling usnea, or using usnic acid vaginally. Deodorant sprays containing usnic acid have been linked to allergic contact eczema.

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    Traditional tai chi and Qi gong (TQ) practice has been shown to improve the immune response to influenza vaccine in older adults. Further study is needed to determine the effect of Qi gong alone.

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    Preliminary data suggests that Qi gong coupled with group support may improve functional quality of life for patients undergoing cardiovascular rehabilitation. Additional studies of the effect of Qi gong alone are needed before a conclusion can be made.

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