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CHINESE MEDICINE – Issues and Information

Chinese Medicine has been the primary care Medicine in Asia for more than 2000 years. The question is often asked, “what does it help”? In short…EVERYTHING.

I have seen success in everything from common cold to cancer and AIDS. As a system it is important to understand its strengths and weaknesses, whether the system is, Western Alopathic Medicine or Chinese Medicine. In further analysis both systems are quite complementary and there is a time and place for either.

Western Medicine has its strength in modern science: microbiology, bio-chemistry. It is most effective in dealing with concrete, structural issues like, heart attack, broken bone, virus.

The strength of Chinese Medicine lies in its treatment of internal medicine and diseases which often have many variables. (Genetic issues, lifestyle issues, external pathogens, internal pathogens, emotions are all variables that contribute to health or disease) The goal of Chinese medicine is to recognize these different variables and to treat the disease as well as strengthen the individual.

Pharmaceutical drugs manage a disease and its symptoms. Diabetes, high blood pressure are all managed by drugs. These drugs have a very important place within medicine. Yet it should be noted that they are managing and not curing.

With the combination of food, herbs, and therapy, Chinese Medicine attempts to increase vitality and wellness and alleviate the body of disease.

The National Institute for Health and the World Health Organization recognize Chinese Medicine’s
 ability to treat the following medical conditions:
AIDS
Addictions (Substance Abuse / alcohol, nicotine, other drugs)
Allergies / Asthma
Anemia
Arthritis / Joint problems
Attention Deficit Disorder
Back pain / Sciatica
Bed Wetting
Blood Pressure
Bladder / Kidney problems (Urinary Issues)
Bronchial Conditions
Bursitis
Cancer
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Colitis
Cardiovascular
Circulatory Issues
Common colds / Flu
Constipation / Diarrhea
Cough / Bronchitis
Depression
Detoxification
Dermatology (Skin problems / Acne)
Diarrhea
Diverticulitis
Ears, Nose, Throat, Eyes
Emphysema
Endocrine/Immune
Fatigue
Fibromyalgia
Flu
Gall Bladder disorders
Gastrointestinal (Ulcers / Indigestion / IBS)
Gynecological disorders (irregular menstruation, menopause, PMS)
Headaches / Migraines
High blood pressure
Immune system deficiency
Infertility
Insomnia / Sleep disorders
Knee pain
Musculoskeletal issues
Neck stiffness
Psychological Issues (Anxiety / Depression)
Pain / Numbness / Poor circulation / Nervous System
Respiratory System
Rheumatism
Sexual dysfunction / Impotence
Sinusitis
Sciatica
Skin disorders
Stress / Tension
TMJ
Trauma
Ulcers
Weight Loss
Whiplash
Women’s/Men’s Health

Below are links for common Chinese medical patterns. Each has their own specific signs and symptoms along with nutritional recommendations of how to manage each issue.

Spleen Qi Deficiency
Liver Blood Deficiency
Kidney Yang Deficiency
Kidney Yin Deficiency
Kidney Jing (essence) Deficiency

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