Chinese medicine articles
BBC News November 12, 1998
A Chinese remedy for breech births which involves burning a herb at the toe of a pregnant woman actually works, clinical tests have shown.
A study by Italian obstetrician and acupuncturist Dr Francesco Cardini found that the remedy, known as moxibustion, was successful in preventing breech births.
A study of 130 women, using ultrasound tests, found that moxibustion worked in 75% of cases, compared with 48% of babies who got no treatment. Read more »
By Julie Neal
This paper looks at the research into the effect of acupuncture on sperm parameters. To date little acupuncture research has been done in this area and even less to a good clinical research standard. Infertility is a growing problem and there is little available treatment, so research into a possible treatment is an important area. Thirteen papers were found on the subject of acupuncture and male infertility, all of which had a very positive outcome. Three of these papers were of better but still varying clinical research standard and this paper concentrates on them. These papers showed that motility, density and vitality were all encouraged with acupuncture. Gerhard (1992) found particularly good effect in younger men, non smokers and varicocele carriers. Whereas Siterman (1997 and 2000) found azoospermia and genital tract inflammation had the best results. These results are encouraging and hopefully will lead to further studies to validate these findings and move forward the understanding the role acupuncture could have in treating male infertility.
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Infertility is when a couple fails to conceive (get pregnant) despite having regular unprotected sex. Although one in seven couples has difficulty conceiving, the number of couples who are actually infertile is relatively low. Read more »
How does it work?
In Chinese Medicine view, a person’s face is affected selectively by his or her internal organs. Facial features reflect organic strengths. As internal organs are fine-tuned by acupuncture, one’s face reflects the improvement. Beside addressing problems holistically, the acupuncturist will also apply treatment locally, inserting ultra-fine needles into–and around–specific wrinkles, acu-points or muscle points, depending on the technique employed.
The stimulation brings blood rushing to the face, which makes it look flushed. Apparently, after a few sessions, eyes brighten, skin feels firmer, lips become plumper and blemishes vanish.
Today, Facial acupuncture is the Hollywood star’s shortcut to younger looking skin. Precious Williams tries it. Please view this article from Telegraph on more information: view document »
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Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) dates back to before the 21st century BC. With over thousands of years of practice and development, Chinese medicine possesses a unique and integrated theory. It is a complete medicine system. More and more research of modern medicine proves that Chinese medicine has distinctive effects on most forms of ill heath.
There are many side effects caused by taking antibiotics, steroids, painkillers and other synthetic chemical drugs for long period or at high dosage. Today, people are looking for an alternative way to get fit and healthy. More and more people in Western countries use and prefer Chinese medicine. It is estimated that a quarter of the world’s population currently use Chinese medicine all around the world. In the United Kingdom, Chinese medicine has become the most popular complementary medicine. Almost half the population, 47% of those surveyed, have used or would consider the use of complementary medicine. According to the recent news on TV and radio, the NHS is now considering using Chinese medicine to help some problems: pain, Asthma, Eczema, etc. and to reduce the waiting list due to the shortage of doctors.
The fundamental principle of Chinese medicine is that the human body is considered as a whole system.
Yin & Yang
The balance of Yin –Yang (life forces) in a human body is the basic condition of human health, and thus the imbalance of Yin and Yang by any means will result in ill health. The purpose of Chinese medicine treatments is to analyse all symptoms and experiences of patients while taking into account age, sex, life style, physical and emotional traits and as well as other aspects of an individual. An overall picture of the patient is then set up. The medical treatment is to re-balance Yin and Yang in human body rather than to just treat symptoms.
The medical materials of Chinese medicine are natural plants and minerals. Compared to chemical synthetic drugs, Chinese medicine is safer and has fewer side effects.
Today, a well-trained practitioner not only uses the traditional way of diagnosis, but is also able to use other approaches integrated with conventional western medicine.
Chinese medicine has three basic forms of treatment – Acupuncture, Chinese Herbal Therapy and Acupressure. Chinese medicine treats both acute and chronic conditions, and is suitable for all age groups from young babies to the elderly and even pregnant women.
Chinese reflexology is the massaging of areas on the feet that correspond to the organs of the body. By applying pressure to these areas it is possible to regulate the function of the organs, clear toxins from the body and prevent illnesses from developing
Chinese Herbal Therapy is an important treatment in Chinese medicine. It was largely unexplored outside China until this decade.
There are over 400 Chinese herbs suitable for use in the United Kingdom as they have well-documented and understood functions. Chinese herbs are said to balance the Yin-Yang (life forces) to regulate internal organs and to enhance the immune system.
Much research, however, has shown that function groups of some herbal combinations have the same effects as chemical synthetic drugs, such as killing bacteria, restraining viruses, relieving fever, stopping pain, balancing the hormones, reducing glucose level in blood, etc.
Herbal treatment includes: dry herbs to be taken as tea, in tablet and capsule format as well as powders, creams and lotions for external use. With or without acupuncture, Chinese herbs can be powerful therapy.
The effectiveness of using Chinese medicine, however, depends heavily on the experience and qualifications of the practitioner and on his/her understanding of patient’s health conditions.
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