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Chinese Medicine for Relieving Allergies

Chinese Medicine for Relieving Allergies

Chinese Medicine for Relieving Allergies  Shoshanna Katzman, MS, L.Ac., Dipl. Ac & CH The predominant Chinese medicine view of disease is that illness is caused by an imbalance in the flow of qi, also known as vital energy. Allergies stem from the same, yet specifically involving a qi blockage of the nose and sinuses and referred to as bi yuan, which translates as “nose pool.” Allergies are said to occur when wei qi (defensive Qi) is weak and not able to protect the body from invasion of the external pernicious factor of the “evil wind.” Instead, wind enters the upper body bringing dampness in the form of a runny nose and congestion, and heat symptoms in the form of itchy eyes. Chinese Medicine diagnosis for allergies is...

Acupuncture: A Safe, Non-Drug Approach to Low Back Pain

Acupuncture: A Safe, Non-Drug Approach to Low Back Pain

By Bill Reddy, L.Ac., Dipl.Ac. Americans suffering from low back pain can rejoice.  A recent guideline published by The American College of Physicians (ACP) for the treatment of low back pain, named acupuncture as a first line non-pharmacologic approach.  The guideline points out that most American adults have experienced low back pain, with an estimated loss of over $100 billion in 2006. A 2016 report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) showed that over 20% of American adults have experienced back pain in the past 3 months lasting greater than one day.  Both the CDC and the World Health Organization (WHO) also recommend non-pharmacologic approaches as first line pain management tools in their guidelines for the treatment of pain. The ACP guidelines based their...

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Cupping Therapy vs. Acupuncture: How Are They Similar and Different?

[embed]https://youtu.be/5PaBEGhOO0A[/embed] Cupping and acupuncture are similar because they both promote optimal “Qi” by drawing energy and blood flow to areas of the body that are experiencing inflammation, prone to low lymphatic circulation or experiencing poor blood flow. Sometimes both practices are done together by placing an acupuncture needle into the patient’s skin and then covering the needle with a cup. In terms of their history and benefits, according to Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) cupping and acupuncture both help dispel stagnation, which can lead to disease. Cupping and acupuncture follow the body’s lines of “meridians” along the back, promoting relaxation and breaking up tension while boosting energy flow (known as Qi, the “life force”). In other words, they’re useful for blood and lymph flow, which is how they might help reduce...

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Anti-Tuberculosis Drug Disrupted by Botanical Supplement, Can Lead to Development of Disease

Doctors should know what supplements patients take to prevent interactions with medications Botanical supplements are used by people around the world to treat a wide range of physical and mental ailments. Some of these botanical supplements have high levels of antioxidants, which may have some positive health effects for certain conditions. However, a new study from the University of Missouri in partnership with scientists in Africa has uncovered evidence that these supplements and their antioxidants may reduce the effectiveness of prescription medications. The researchers examined the effects of a widely used African botanical supplement, called Sutherlandia, and found that it may disrupt the effectiveness of a common anti-tuberculosis drug. This could lead to the development of active tuberculosis and perhaps drug-resistant forms of the pathogen in...

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4 Dangerous Supplements that Should Be Avoided

Aconite Preparations made from this herb are used in very small doses in traditional Chinese medicine and the Ayurvedic tradition to treat pain related to conditions including arthritis, cancer, gout, inflammation, migraine headaches, neuralgia, rheumatism, and sciatica. Aconite comes from monkshood (Aconitum napellus), one of the most poisonous plants known. Studies of compounds from it have found no evidence to support claims for their usefulness as anesthetics or as treatments for circulatory and neurological conditions. Aconite can cause irregular heartbeat, heart failure, and death and even in topical form is dangerous. Country Mallow This herb (Sida cordifolia) contains ephedrine, a potentially dangerous stimulant. For this reason, in 2004, the FDA banned the sale of country mallow as well as ephedra (herb) and all products containing ephedrine. In announcing...