Wednesday, October 21, 2020

China is promoting coronavirus treatments based on unproven traditional medicines

The Chinese government is heavily promoting traditional medicines as treatments for COVID-19. The remedies, a major part of China’s health-care system, are even being sent to countries including Iran and Italy as international aid. But scientists outside China say it is dangerous to support therapies that have yet to be proved safe and effective. There...

Is TCM Evidence-Based and Safe?

Traditional Chinese Medicine has undergone some of the most rigorous testing and research of all the treatment options offered by complementary and alternative therapies. Furthermore, the two treatments most often utilized in TCM clinical practice, acupuncture and herbal medicine, are supported as effective by many research studies. Although there is much work to be done...

Eight principles of diagnosis in Traditional Chinese Medicine

As our students learn at acupuncture school,  the functional entities are responsible for performing the five cardinal functions that maintain health within the body. They are: Actuation, Warming, Defense, Containment, and Transportation.

Reasoning of TCM Diagnosis

Diagnosis is a complicated process of logical thinking. Clinical syndromes make their appearance with different symptoms and signs, some apparent, some hidden, some with false implications, some with pathological changes of more than one organs. Some symptoms appear first, some others follow with the developments. Each individual patient has his own different conditions and...

Four Methods in TCM Diagnosis: Observation, listening, asking and pulse feeling

Observation, listening, asking and pulse feeling are the four basic methods in TCM diagnosis. They play an important role in the determination of disease and follow-up treatments.  An experienced doctor shall fully understand the importance of these four methods by looking closely into every details of the symptoms, the patient’s physical conditions, and other...

Six External Factors That Cause Diseases -01

The six factors here refer to wind, cold, summer heat, humidity, dryness and fire. TCM calls them the “six evils” because they are the main causes of all diseases. It is the excess of these factors that causes the human organs to malfunction. Under normal conditions, they are just six manifestations of nature as a...

TCM Treatment of Internal Diseases

Symptoms & disease TCM can be difficult for western researchers to study because its treatments are often complex and are based on ideas very different from those of modern Western medicine. It is better to use TCM herbal remedies under the supervision of your health care provider or a professional trained in herbal medicine than to try...

Diagnosis of Cancer -4

We now continue with the diagnosis of colorectal cancer. Known also as bowel cancer or colon cancer, it is the development of cancer from the colon (the large bowel)  or rectum (parts of the large intestine). Globally more than 1 million people get colon cancer every year. It is more common in developed countries. It is the second highest cause of cancer occurrence and death for...

Diagnosis of Cancer -3

Today we are going to talk about the diagnosis of liver cancer. The liver is the largest organ in the body, sits on the right side of the abdomen, next to the stomach. It manufactures bile and blood proteins, filters the blood, rids the body of harmful chemicals, and has other vital functions. Liver cancer can either...

Diagnosis of Cancer -2

Today we talk about the diagnosis of lung cancer. Lung cancer is one of the most common and serious types of cancer. It is a malignant tumour that grows in an uncontrolled way in one or both of the lungs. This growth can spread beyond the lung by the process of metastasis into nearby tissue or other parts of the body. The most common...
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