commonly treated conditions
Rheumatoid arthritis, is characterized by inflammation
(swelling, heat, redness and pain) in and around
joints. The degree of inflammation fluctuates,
possibly following changes in the stress levels
of the body. Rheumatoid arthritis is characterized
by periods of exacerbation and remission, but
pain often persists once the inflammation has
subsided. Acupuncture stimulates the adrenals
to produce natural steroids, which have an anti-inflammatory
effect. Since they are produced by the body, they
do not cause side effects. Acupuncture is very
effective at relieving this pain by inactivating
trigger points around the joints.
Osteoarthritis involves the gradual wearing
away of cartilage in joints along with the deposition
of calcium, which limits mobility of the joint.
Acupuncture stimulates the parathyroid glands
to produce the hormone that draws calcium out
of bones, only in this case, the hormone works
on the arthritic deposits. Research in China has
shown that bony spurs on the vertebrae of the
neck have disappeared after several courses of
acupuncture treatment. More research needs to
be done. When the joint reaches a certain level
of deterioration, acupuncture will not restore
it to a normal state. It is, however, extremely
effective at controlling the pain that often accompanies
Gouty arthritis is characterized by deposits
of oxalic acid that make movement of the joint
extremely painful. Gouty arthritis tends to come
and go with changes in stress levels and diet.
When it comes to arthritis pain relief, a 1997
consensus statement from the National Institutes
of Health listed several conditions, including
osteoarthritis, for which acupuncture "may
be useful" when combined with standard medical
Diabetes mellitus is a chronic disorder of carbohydrate
metabolism which is characterized by hyperglycemia.
Without proper management, diabetes can become
a serious health problem that can lead to heart
conditions, kidney failure, blindness, amputation
of the leg, impotence, and even death. Besides
Insulin, the western approach uses Hypoglycemic
Agentsare to lower blood sugar level directly
These agents can lower blood sugar temporarily.
Many diabetic patients have the experiences; they
rely on these agents repeatedly for many years.
However, a long-term drug (hypoglycemic Agents)
stimulation of the pathologic beta cells could
make into a fatigue state and inhibit the automatic
secretion of insulin. This is why the nearly diabetics
could be controlled by oral drugs, while the disease
became serious, the stronger dosage of drug must
be added and eventually insulin injection may
Acupuncture and Chinese herbal Therapy can offer
tremendous support for men and women suffering
from urinary problems not bothersome enough to
warrant surgery. They can provide the nutritional
support, strengthen one's ability to control,
and make the embarrassment go away. They work
to restore normal urinary flow by supporting the
energy (Qi) and function of kidneys and bladder
system. Chinese herbal formulas have been in use
to help the body balance itself for thousands
Using an herbal formula that contains nurturing
Chinese herbs may be very helpful if you suffer
from urinary incontinence. The Chinese approach
honors the kidneys as the master organs involved
in healthy bladder function. Acupuncture and Herbs
can enhance and nourish the kidneys' Qi. This
helps the bladder muscles to hold urine in for
such symptoms as frequent urination, urinary incontinence,
and dribbling of urine. Other benefits are stabilizing
the genitourinary tract, supporting the kidneys
in expelling water from the body, and strengthening
the cardiovascular system by supporting healthy
blood flow and blood pressure.
TCM views infertility as a state of Qi weakness
and Blood deficiency. Infertility is also a condition
stemming from systemic imbalance and aging. In
China, acupuncture has been utilized to manage
pain such as in dysmenorrhea, endometriosis, premenstrual
tension syndrome, breast pain, prostate pain and
bladder pain. Studies from China also showed that
acupuncture can be used to promote hormonal regulation
in uterine fibroids, dysfunctional uterine bleeding,
anovulation, and premature menopause. It is a
safe and effective treatment.
Herbs also not only contain many different varieties
of nutrients and vitamins which are essential
to the body, they facilitate the flow and growth
of Qi and blood. According to TCM theory, as Qi
and blood are invigorated in the womb, they create
fertile ground for seeds to grow and flourish.
They could also be helpful for women who have
lost muscle tone from repeated childbirths. Studies
from China have suggested the effectiveness of
herbal treatment in the areas of luteal phase
defect, endometriosis, immunological infertility
and male infertility.
Traditional Chinese Medicine views almost all
sleep disorders as stemming from either a deficiency
in yin or from a surplus of qi in body organs,
mainly the kidneys and heart. In the west, studies
have shown that some insomnia may be due to a
deficiency of endorphins (the body's own natural
painkillers), and thus acupuncture is often a
useful therapy. During acupuncture, patients tend
to become drowsy or even fall asleep, possibly
because of increased levels of central nervous
system endorphins. Traditional Chinese Medicine
also stresses the need to observe the body's natural
Chinese herbs treat insomnia by focusing on
bringing the yin and yang imbalances within the
body that cause those symptoms back to equilibrium.
For example, sedative herbs such as hops and valerian
are used to relax the nervous system to that you
enjoy natural, restorative sleep. Each herb contains
a variety of active constituents and has a main
action and several subsidiary actions which determine
the conditions for which it is most appropriate.
Menopause may occur anywhere between the ages
of forty-eight and fifty-two, but it can occur
as early as your late thirties, or as late as
your mid-fifties. Many women may experience hot
flashes, dizziness, night sweats, restless sleep,
low back pain, memory problems, and vaginal dryness.
Hormone replacement therapy has been a therapy
of choice for the treatment of these symptoms.
However, in July, 2002, a press release from National
Institute of Health stated, "The National
Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) of the
National Institutes of Health (NIH) has stopped
early a major clinical trial of the risks and
benefits of combined estrogen and progestin in
healthy menopausal women due to an increased risk
of invasive breast cancer." To offset the
risks, Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) can
safely be used together with hormone replacement
or on its own as a complete system of healing.
Taking into account of all physical and emotional
symptoms of menopause, a Chinese medical provider
administers an individualized treatment combining
the use of acupuncture, Chinese herbs, nutrition,
massage, and Tai Chi or Qi Gong to ease the body's
Qi and hormones back into balance.
Chinese herbs have been used as an effective
treatment of gynecological conditions and menopausal
symptoms for thousands of years in China. There
are many herbs that can help improve menopausal
symptoms and women's health conditions. Custom
herbal formulas are prescribed according to each
patient's body constitution and needs. Herbs can
provide the essence and nutrition to replenish
the body's fluids and nourish the body's Qi and
Blood back to harmony and balance.
The special effect of Acupuncture and Chinese
Herbs is that they can quickly improve the blood
circulation of cerebral and cerebellum cortices
and relieve the abnormally enlarged, contracted
or retarded cerebral blood vessels. They can help
patients achieve a complete and lasting remedy
for migraine, tense headache (nerve headache)
and various chronic headaches. The treatments
can also improve health, invigorate the brain
and prevent various brain and blood diseases without
any side effects.
Chinese Herbs are pure, peaceful and healthy.
They can improve the body functions and the supply
of oxygen to the brain cells and make people healthier
and more energetic. Some herbs can even be taken
by people without any headache to improve their
memory and concentration.
Both the United Nations World Health Organization
and the National Institutes of Health endorse
acupuncture as a treatment for stroke-related
disabilities. Successful acupuncture studies with
stroke patients have been conducted in Norway
and Sweden, with promising results. Besides increasing
the blood circulation in the brain, acupuncture
help relax the muscles and blood vessels.
Chinese Herbs are pure, peaceful and healthy.
Herbs contains anticoagulant compounds good for
heart attack prevention because of their blood-thinning
effect and their ability to help control high
blood pressure. These same effects also help prevent
ischemic stroke. Some herbs can even be taken
by people without any headache to improve their
memory and concentration. Herbs can improve the
body functions and the supply of oxygen to the
brain cells and make people healthier and more
There are many popular diet plans in the market
today from Dr. Arkins' high protein diet to Dr.
Dean Ornish's vegetarian diet. Many Americans
are looking for an effective weight control program,
but there is really no "one size fits all"
solution. Traditional Chinese Medicine sees overweight
problems as an imbalance in the Qi (energy) of
digestive system and endocrine system. In order
to bring our body back into balance and to lose
weight, one must focus not only on the body, but
on the mind. Acupuncture treatment is not just
to promote a general well-being, it can strengthen
our will power and Qi (energy). To lose weight,
we must discipline both our mind and body. With
a stronger will, and Qi, our blood will be gradually
purified through the elimination of fat and cholesterol
from our body.
People often read of a particular herb's ability
to make them thin, vital, or cure their illness.
This in most cases is misleading and a partial
truth. The claims made for energy enhancement
or weight loss will rarely work for all body types.
Different bodies are energetically different and
do not have the same energetic needs.
Chinese Herbs are tonics to your stomach and
intestines which will help them operate at their
optimum efficiency. Natural Qi from the herbs
will be carried through the blood to various parts
of the body where it will promote the breaking
down of fat which will then be disposed of through