WHAT IS CHINESE MEDICINE?

When we think of medicine we think of our medicine, western, modern, or allopathic medicine.   Images that may come to mind may be a doctor in a white coat taking our pulse, checking our blood pressure, or writing us a script.  Maybe we think of the taste of some liquid our mom made us drink as a kid, or of a loved one ill in a hospital.  More recently we may think of Obamacare.  

Long before modern medicine, there were several other medical systems dating back thousands of years.  I’m not just talking about some pre-historic person using a plant to heal a wound or settle a stomach.  I’m talking about complete systems of medicine that recognize and define medical conditions as we do today, have complete diagnostic and prognostic guidelines as we do today, and utilize complex preparations of medicinals to treat these conditions, as we do today...   READ MORE 

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FLU SEASON - A CHINESE MEDICINE PERSPECTIVE

Many of you commented on last year’s Flu Facts article I sent out. Since then I’ve been digging a little deeper into the lingering effects of externally contracted illnesses.

One of the central theories of externally contracted disorders in Chinese Medicine is called wen bing. It means warm disease. Usually the flu and other highly contagious epidemics are categorized as, “wen bing” or, “warm pathogen diseases.” This means that the nature of the bacteria or virus is warm, hot, or toxic. Warm pathogen diseases usually come on fairly quickly and can cause any range of symptoms such as body aches, fever, chills, dark urine, nasal/sinus/lung congestion, cough, nausea, malaise, vomiting, dizziness, sweating, thirst, perceptual disorders, diarrhea, etc...

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FLU SEASON FACTS

In January 2013, Boston declared a health emergency because of the massive influx of flu sufferers into its ER’s. Many of the people seeking aid and relief were dehydrated, as well as experiencing flu symptoms, and many had already received the flu shot.

The flu shot is not a guarantee against contracting the flu. It only gives you a 60% chance that you will be protected from it. As time goes on, the virus mutates and may become a strain that you are not protected from...

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WHAT IS ACUPUNCTURE?

Acupuncture is part of the larger practice of Traditional Chinese Medicine. It involves the placement of hair thin, filiform needles that are placed at various points around the body to help induce healing. The needles are inserted at special acupuncture points, which are located along 20 - meridian energy channels (subtle electromagnetic lines) that flow through the limbs, organs, and spinal regions of the body. These meridians carry the "chi" to all regions of the body, keeping them supplied with the electromagnetic energy they need to be healthy and strong...

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