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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    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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    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 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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    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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    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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    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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    In Chinese face reading, which areas of the face indicate health issues?
    In Chinese face reading, there are zones of the face that correspond to areas of the body: chin, cheeks, nose, forehead and ears. Watch Chinese medicine expert, Mao Shing Ni, L.Ac. & PhD, explain how these facial zones can uncover health issues.
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    Both acupressure and acupuncture are powerful and subtle tools used by traditional Chinese doctors to treat illness and help the body heal itself. These methods both use the paradigm of Chinese medical theory, including the meridian theory, in order to treat illness. I encourage you to look for a practitioner that uses both acupressure and acupuncture to find the strengths and benefits of both acupressure and 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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    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.