Chinese Medicine Intro

Hi – Welcome to my site. Consider it a resource for both basic and more in-depth information on Chinese Medicine. Updates will occur as regularly as I can.

An intro to Chinese Medicine: Chinese Medicine has been used to treat people for thousands of years. Practitioners used qi gong/tai chi exercise, diet, herbs, and needles to treat hundreds of maladies. The doctrines of Chinese medicine are rooted in books such as the Neijing (Yellow Emperor’s Inner Canon) and the Shang Han Lun (Treatise on Cold Damage). Chinese medicine views the body as a landscape, and the points of many of the acupuncture points are named accordingly.

Health in Chinese Medicine is perceived as harmonious interaction of the function of your body with the outside world, disease is interpreted as a disharmony in interaction. It is important to have the body in a good flow, with no stagnation- this is why qi gong and tai chi are very important in Chinese culture. Diagnosis consists in tracing symptoms to patterns of an underlying disharmony, mainly by palpating the pulse and inspecting the tongue.

Qi gong and Tai Chi exercises are ways to cultivate your qi, your life energy. There are simple and complex exercises to move qi within your body, to remove blockages, and to generate more energy. Cultivating your Qi can take as little as 10 minutes and the benefits are very worthwhile. Cultivating your Qi will help your kidneys which will help all aspects of your life; it is also helpful for asthma, high blood pressure, breast tumors, and pain amongst many other maladies. I use Qi Gong therapy on almost every patient and have noticed that it works better than with needles alone as it balances the body and removes many stagnations. Some patients who have been in pain for years have had instantaneous results. I have also had amazing Qi Gong therapy done on my body from a Master in Hawaii and have felt healing white light pass through my body and clear blockages.

Diet includes eating what is right for your body and avoiding what does not work for your body. Though the Western diet varies greatly, Chinese medicine advocates for avoidance of dairy and sweets and it is not evident in their culture. A Chinese medicine diet may recommend certain vegetables, meats, or teas to combat an illness.

Herbs are used as supplements when nutrition is inadequate. Herbal formulas can combat many problems including menstrual irregularity, digestive issues, pain, and colds amongst others.

Acupuncture is an aid in moving the qi and using the body’s own immune system to correct itself. Acupuncture treats the cause not the symptom. Conventional medicine may be fast acting but it has side effects; acupuncture uses the body’s own immune system to repair itself and though it may take longer there are no side effects.

These are disorders that Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine can help with:

 Eye, Ear, Nose, Throat Disorders

  • Sinusitis
  • Sore Throat
  • Hay Fever
  • Earache
  • Nerve Deafness
  • Ringing in the Ears
  • Dizziness
  • Poor Eyesight

Circulatory Disorders

  • High Blood Pressure
  • Angina Pectoris
  • Arteriosclerosis
  • Anemia

Gastrointestinal Disorders

  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome
  • Spastic colon
  • Colitis
  • Constipation
  • Diarrhea
  • Food Allergies
  • Ulcers
  • Gastritis
  • Abdominal Bloating
  • Hemorrhoids

Gynecological / Genitourinary Disorders

  • Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS)
  • Irregular, Heavy or Painful Menstruation
  • Endometriosis
  • Menopause
  • Fibroids
  • Chronic Bladder Infection
  • Complications in Pregnancy
  • Morning Sickness
  • Kidney Stones
  • Impotence
  • Infertility in Men and Women
  • Sexual Dysfunction

Respiratory Disorders

  • Asthma
  • Emphysema
  • Bronchitis
  • Colds and Flus

Immune Disorders

  • Candida
  • Chronic Fatigue
  • HIV and AIDS
  • Epstein Barr Virus
  • Allergies
  • Lupus
  • MS
  • Hepatitis

Addiction

  • Smoking Cessation
  • Drugs
  • Alcohol

Emotional and Psychological Disorders

  • Anxiety
  • Insomnia
  • Depression
  • Stress

Musculo-skeletal and Neurological Disorders

  • Arthritis
  • Neuralgia
  • Sciatica
  • Back Pain
  • Bursitis
  • Tendonitis
  • Stiff Neck
  • Bell’s Palsy
  • Trigeminal Neuralgia
  • Headaches and Migraines
  • Stroke
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Polio
  • Sprains
  • Muscle Spasms
  • Shingles

Acupuncture Also Treats

  • Chemotherapy/Radiation Side Effects
  • Diabetes
  • Dermatological Disorders
  • Weight Control

 

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