Articles and Perspectives on East Asian Medicine

Postnatal Depression

By Acupuncture, Case Histories, Clinical Perspectives , Herbal Medicine, Women's Health

  Over the years a number of people have contacted the editor looking for information on the Chinese treatment of post-natal depression. The question seems simple enough, straightforward; but simple questions do not always have simple answers. The different structuring of syndromes between Western medicine and Chinese medicine causes the difficulty which one has in locating information about a number of conditions, such as irritable bowel syndrome, chronic fatigue syndrome, premenstrual syndrome and so on. These and other similar conditions share several characteristics: a) they…

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Opening Through Stasis

By Classics, Clinical Perspectives , Herbal Medicine, Theory and Diagnosis, Women's Health

By way of introduction, I’d like to write a bit about women’s physiology and the tubular quality of the Ren vessel and the Bao Tai.  Though I have not heard of these pathways written or spoken of as “tubular” per se, thinking of them in this way has helped me to visualize and understand women’s physiology, patho-physiology and the use of herbs in formulas. So, please bear with me…If we think of the Ren vessel/Bao Tai as a tubular pathway extending from the upper body…

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The Awakening of Choice

By Clinical Perspectives , Emotion/Spirit, Theory and Diagnosis

  The only true medicine is consciousness awakening to its self. What a surprise when we discover that what is seeking is what’s being sought for. I have always recognized consciousness and spirit to be primary in the creation, sustenance, and development of the universe. My fundamental interest in medicine is in the degree to which it can support the liberation, and evolution, of consciousness in the individual and the collective. The increasing sense of urgency and passion I feel in this regard is motivated…

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Leaky Gut Syndrome A Modern Epidemic

By Acupuncture, Clinical Perspectives , Dietary Therapy, East/West Integration, Herbal Medicine, Internal Medicine, Theory and Diagnosis

Part 1: The Problem Leaky Gut Syndrome (LGS) is a major cause of disease and dysfunction in modern society, and in my practice accounts for at least 50% of chronic complaints, as confirmed by laboratory tests. In discussing LGS, I want to first describe the situation in terms of western physiology, and at the end of the article I will discuss aspects of LGS that are unique to Traditional Chinese Medicine. In LGS, the epithelium on the villi of the small intestine becomes inflamed and…

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On the Sublime Sincerity of the Eminent Physician

By Asian Culture, Classics, Clinical Perspectives 

  備急千金藥方 論大醫精誠第二 Volume One, Chapter Two: On the Sublime Sincerity of the Eminent Physician   LINE ONE (一)張湛曰 :夫經方之難精,由來尚矣。 (二)今病有內同而外異,亦有內異而外同。故五臟六腑之盈虛,血脈營衛之通塞 ,固非耳目之所察,必先診候以審之。 (三)而寸口 關尺有浮沉弦緊之亂,腧穴流注有高下淺深之差,肌膚筋骨有濃薄 剛柔之異。 (四)唯用心精微者,始可與言於茲矣。   1) Zhāng Zhàn (1) said: “The reason why the methods in the classics are so difficult to grasp in their essence is that they come from such a lofty origin.” 2) Nowadays, there are diseases that are identical on the inside but different on the outside, as well as diseases that are different on the inside but identical…

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Acupuncture in the Treatment of Premenstrual Syndrome

By Acupuncture, Clinical Perspectives , Theory and Diagnosis, Women's Health

  The occurrence of premenstrual physical and psychological changes was first mentioned in the writings of Hippocrates1, whilst premenstrual syndrome itself was first identified in the 1930’s by Frank2,3. Premenstrual syndrome (PMS) is defined as “a collection of differing signs and symptoms which occur only in the premenstruum, i.e. after ovulation, and is relieved by menstruation4”. Symptoms may therefore occur any time between 1 and 14 days (usually 7-10) before menstruation begins, and remit after the onset of bleeding5. The combination of symptoms seen in…

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Acupuncture and Herbal Medicine in the Treatment of Parkinson’s Disease

By Acupuncture, Clinical Perspectives , Herbal Medicine, Internal Medicine

The general treatment principle is “nourishing yin and extinguishing wind”. Nourishing liver and kidney yin treats the root and extinguishing wind focuses on eliminating its manifestation…..the specific treatment plan will be different in different stages of the disease and with different patients. Generally speaking, Parkinson’s disease is a chronic and difficult disease requiring a long period of treatment with acupuncture and herbs. In the acupuncture treatment of Parkinson’s disease,. although the selection of acupuncture points is prImarily based on patterns, some special empirical points are also important.

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Plantar Fasciitis Acupuncture Treatment of Heel Pain

By Acupuncture, Clinical Perspectives , Neuromusculoskelatal

Plantar fasciitis is the most common cause of heel pain, and occurs in all types of athletic and active individuals. However, simply walking and standing on a hard surface may also cause symptoms. Plantar fasciitis is an inflammation and irritation of the plantar fascia, the connective tissue that supports the arch. Some orthopedic texts suggest the possibility of micro-tears in the fascia at or near its attachment to the calcaneus. Fifty percent of patients may also have a calcaneal heel spur. Acupuncture treatment uses the…

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Expressions of the Heart

By Clinical Perspectives , Emotion/Spirit, Theory and Diagnosis

  In our last article, the reader was exposed to the history and origins of Contemporary Chinese Pulse Diagnosis (CCPD) and the entire methodology for analyzing, interpreting, managing and treating patients that we refer to as Contemporary Oriental Medicine (COM) as well as a few of its unique concepts. In this article, we shall further explore COM, with an emphasis on imbalances of the Heart, especially as it relates to one’s psychology as described in Dragon Rises, Red Bird Flies (DRRBF). The Heart holds the…

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High Fever and Antibiotics

By Case Histories, Clinical Perspectives , East/West Integration, Herbal Medicine

  Below is a case record from my clinical practice in Boulder, Colorado that highlights the strength of Chinese medicine’s treatment for common colds and flu. It also illustrates a problem with the health-care system in the U.S. and hopefully will spark a deeper much needed dialogue between Western and Chinese medicine. Case record (2011) [Patient] X, a male in his mid-30s, came in with a chief complaint of fevers of unknown origin that had persisted for six weeks. The fevers were severe in the…

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