Moxibustion and Dysmenorrhea

A study conducted by Chengdu University of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) has determined that the use of moxibustion at specific days during a woman’s menstrual cycle can decrease pain associated with menstruation. Dysmenorrhea or painful menstruation is a big problem for many women. This study used moxibustion, an accessory modality of TCM, to treat the pain associated with menstruation. The study and its systematic review showed moxibustion treatments were more effective at relieving pain only when the moxibustion began prior to the onset of actual menstruation. This is also the theory behind Traditional Chinese Medicine, that it should be used as preventive care. The efficacy of using moxibustion during the premenstrual time period holds great promise for those who are debilitated by dysmenorrhea. continue reading »

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Psoriasis is a frequently encountered chronic inflammatory dermal disease. The duration of this disease is long, and occurs mostly in young adults. The etiology and pathogenesis of this disease is still unknown and may be related to genetic, infective, and metabolic, endocrine, nervous, mental, and immmunological disturbance. In Chinese medicine this disease is called “Bai Pei” and “Song Pi Xian”. It is mostly caused by Blood Heat, Blood Dryness or Blood Stasis. If prolonged accumulation of blood heat is attacked by pathogeneic damp toxin simultaneously, it can cause complication of heat toxin mixed with dampness. If the meridians and collaterals are obstructed by exogenous wind, dampness and heat toxin, it can lead to joint affection.

Treatment based on Syndrome Differentiation:
-Blood Heat and Excessive Wind Syndrome -> tx: clear away heat, dissolve toxin, cool blood and expel wind; Formula: Tu Huai Drink
-Blood Deficiency and Wind Dryness Syndrome -> tx: nourish blood, replenish yin, expel wind and moisten dryness; Formula: Yang Xue Run Fu Drink
-Qi Stagnation and Blood Stasis Syndrome -> tx: promote qi flow, dissolve stagnation, activate blood and dredge collaterals; Formula: Tao Hong Si Wu Tang
-Syndrome of Dysfunction of Thoroughfare Vessel and Conception Vessel -> Replenish qi and blood, regulate Thoroughfare Vessel and Conception Vessel; Formula: Si Wu Tang
-Syndrome of Obstruction of Collaterals by Wind and Dampness -> tx: disperse wind, expel dampness, dissolve toxins and dredge collaterals; Formula: Duhuo Jisheng Tang
-Syndrome of Mixture of Heat-Toxin and Dampness -> tx: clear away heat, cool blood, dissolve toxin and remove dampness; Formula: Huanglian Jie DU Tang
-Excessive Heat-Toxin Syndrome -> tx: clear away fire, dissolve toxin, cool blood and protect yin; Formula: Qing Wen Bai Du Ying

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Acupuncture for Boosting Your Circulation

Healthy blood circulation is a vital component of life for human beings. Without proper blood flow, life would cease to exist. Blood isn’t the only thing that’s important, it’s what the blood is carrying that makes circulation so important. Blood carries fresh oxygen, hormones and nutrients that we absorb from our food. Without these components, the organs and tissues of the body become depleted, weakened and eventually stop functioning. Any blockages in the veins and arteries can deprive the brain and the rest of the body from the needed oxygen, which can then lead to a plethora of other medical issues. continue reading »

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Herpes Zoster

Herpes zoster is an acute herpetic dermal disease caused by varicella -zoster virus, clinically characterized by a cluster of blisters distributed like a belt along one side of the body, and is very painful. Clinically, those with primary infection are manifested by chickenpox of insidious infection. When virus enters the cutaneous sensory neural endings, it moves toward center along neural fibers and is persistently latent in the neurons of ganglions on the posterior spinal neural roots. When immune function of host cell subsides, for instance, in malignant tumors, traumatic injury, radiotherapy, side effect of certain medications, and overstrain, virus is activated to cause the attacked ganglion inflamed and necrotic, leading to neuralgia. Virus migrates along peripheral nerve fiber to the skin to present segmental herpes.

In Chinese Medicine,  Herpes Zoster belongs to “Fire Blister along the Lumbus.” The onset is often caused by internal pathogenic dampness due to internal accumulation of dampness and heat in the liver meridian or failure of the spleen in transportation and invasion of exogenous toxins and transmission of pathogenic dampness and heat to the skin along the meridians, and also by obstruction in the meridians. If anti-pathogenic ability becomes deficient and qi and blood are stagnant, pain can last continuously.

Treatment Based on Syndrome Differentiation:

-Syndrome of Dampness and Heat in Liver Meridian -> tx: clear away fire from liver, dissolve toxins and remove dampness; Formula: Longdan Xie Gan Decoction

-Syndrome of Accumulation of Dampness due to Spleen Deficiency -> tx: strengthen the spleen, regulate qi, dissolve toxins and remove dampness; Formula: Chu Shi Wei Ling Decoction

-Qi Stagnation and Blood-Stasis Syndrome -> tx: invigorate blood, dissolve stasis, regulate qi and stop pain; Formula: Xue Fu Zhu Yu Decoction




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5 Acupoints to Help You Navigate Your Stress This Winter

There are several acupressure points that are known to treat stress and stress related symptoms. It’s important to understand that acupressure is not the only form of treatment and having a balanced diet, exercise regime and lifestyle will also decrease the chances of stress being a factor in your life. continue reading »

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