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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    Usnea species are classified as fruticose lichens, which are a symbiosis of fungus and algae. Usnea grows on the bark and wood of coniferous (e.g., spruces, firs, and pines) and deciduous hardwood (e.g., oak, hickory, walnut, apple, and other fruit trees) host trees throughout the northern hemisphere in Asia, Europe, and North America.

    Usnea has been used as a therapeutic agent in traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) for thousands of years.Usnea longissimais traditionally taken by mouth for lung and upper respiratory infections, and applied on the skin to treat surface infections or external ulcers. It is still used today in TCM in liquid extract and tincture form to treat tuberculosis lymphadenitis.

    Usnic acid is a secondary metabolite uniquely found in all lichens. Usnea or usnic acid has been used as a human papillomavirus (HPV) treatment and as an oral hygiene agent, with limited effectiveness.

    Usnic acid is also found in various oral (by mouth) dietary supplements, including Lipokinetix®, marketed as a weight loss agent. However, Lipokinetix® may not be safe and may cause liver damage. Lipokinetix®, now withdrawn from the market, contained phenylpropanolamine (PPA), caffeine, yohimbine hydrochloride, diiodothyronine and usnic acid.

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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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    Adults (18 years and older):

    There is no proven safe or effective dose. However, the German Commission E has approved 1 usnea lozenge (equivalent of 100 milligrams powdered usnea lichen) 3-6 times daily for mouth irritation. Usnea has also been taken by mouth as a powder (100 milligrams three times a day), tea, or tincture (3-4 milliliters three times daily). Usnea has also been applied on the affected area(s) of the skin two or three times daily.

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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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    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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    There is promising early evidence suggesting that internal Qi gong may help in the treatment of Parkinson's disease. However, the evidence is unclear and further research is needed.

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    Preliminary evidence suggests that Qi gong may be effective in treating young children with autism. Further studies are needed in this area before a conclusion can be made.

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    Sea buckthorn (Hippophae rhamnoides) is found in Europe and Asia, mainly in eastern Europe and central Asia. The plant's orange fruit and the oil from its pulp and seeds have been used in the past to treat many conditions, such as skin and digestive problems and coughs.
     
    According to the Chinese Pharmacopeia, sea buckthorn can be taken by mouth as a pain reliever, cough suppressant, expectorant, digestive tonic, and blood flow promoter. In traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), sea buckthorn is mainly used as an expectorant and demulcent (soothing agent).
     
    Antioxidant effects of sea buckthorn are well known. Promising evidence has been found for sea buckthorn's use for dry eyes, atopic dermatitis, and burns. More research is needed before a conclusion can be made.

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    Avoid in people with a known allergy or hypersensitivity to sea buckthorn, parts of this plant, or other bushes and shrubs from the Elaeagnaceae family.

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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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