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Friday, 23 October 2020
Acupuncture have an instantly effect of releasing muscle spasm. For example, a 52-year-old lady had sudden upper back pain when she carried a heavy bag. This pain was persisting for a few days and she could not move her back and neck. Pain killers did not help. She had one acupuncture treatment and most of the pain had gone immediately after the treatment.
Friday, 16 October 2020
1, Soak equal amount of three beans which you can get from Chinese supermarkets in warm water for a couple of hours.
2, Boil the beans in plenty of water in low heat for a couple of hours.
3, It is ready to drink. You can add honey, if you have sweet tooth.
1, Soak three beans in the warm water as above.
2, Grand the mixture and boil it.
3, It is ready to drink. You can add honey, if you have sweet tooth.
Small red beans are neutral in nature, a bit sour in taste. They contain plenty of proteins, minerals etc. They have detoxification effect and eliminate water retention.
Small black beans are neutral in nature, sweet in taste. They nourish the blood, detoxify and eliminate water retention and bloating.
Small green beans are neutral in nature, sweet in taste. They contain plenty of proteins, phospholipids. They have lowering cholesterols and antihistamine effects.
Saturday, 10 October 2020
Abdominal acupuncture is a type of acupuncture in which acupuncture needles are inserted into the certain points on the abdomen. It helps boosting fertility. It also helps eliminate certain pain and stress in the body.
Back acupuncture is a type of acupuncture in which acupuncture needles are inserted into the certain points on the back. It helps releasing pain at the back from neck to the low back. It also helps energy flow.
Scalp acupuncture is a type of acupuncture in which acupuncture needles are inserted into the certain points on the scalp. It helps brain related conditions, such as parkinson’s, stroke rehabilitation etc. It also helps releasing stress, anxiety and depression.
Auricular acupuncture or ear acupuncture is a type of acupuncture treatment that’s limited to the ears. It helps releasing stress and anxiety and insomnia.
Wednesday, 7 October 2020
Here are some insurance company information
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BHSF: www.bhsf.co.uk 0800622552 firstname.lastname@example.org
Monday, 5 October 2020
Friday, 2 October 2020
Acupuncture potentially affect fertility in a few ways suggested by research.First, acupuncture can induce vasodilation and blood flow to the uterus and ovaries, which are vital to reproduction. By inhibiting central sympathetic nerve tone.
Acupuncture also makes the body produce endorphins relieving the stress response associated with infertility and infertility-related treatment.
Acupuncture balances hormones. The release of neurotransmitters—such as dopamine, serotonin, neuropeptides, and oxytocin initiated by acupuncture could influence the hypothalamus–pituitary–ovarian axis to promote ovulation, regulate menstrual cycles, and increase overall fertility.
Acupuncture could affect glucose uptake in the skeletal tissue, decrease hyperinsulinemia, and might increase insulin clearance in polycystic ovary syndrome.
Recent data-analyses found that Acupuncture has been effective for increasing clinical pregnancy rates by 28%–32%, Ongoing pregnancy rate by 42%, and Live birth rate by 30%, compared to no treatment. Acupuncture does not increase the risk of miscarriage. Some analysis has shown that acupuncture reduced the miscarriage rate by 43%. Additionally, acupuncture was 42% more effective to increase live births when women had previously failed a cycle, and baseline pregnancy rate continues to mediate acupuncture's effects.
Lee E. Hullender Rubin, Med Acupunct. December 2019; 31(6): 329–333.
Tuesday, 29 September 2020
For a wound to heal successfully, all four phases must occur in the proper sequence and time frame. Many factors can interfere with one or more phases of this process, thus causing improper or impaired wound healing. Generally, the factors that influence repair can be categorized into local and systemic. Local factors are those that directly influence the characteristics of the wound itself, such as oxygenation, infection, foreign body and venous sufficiency; while systemic factors are the overall health or disease state of the individual that affect his or her ability to heal such as age and hormones, stress, diabetes, ischemia, diseases, diabetes, obesity, medications including sterioids, chemotherapy, immunity deficiency, alcoholism, smoking, and nutrition.
S Guo et al J Dent Res. 2010 Mar; 89(3): 219–229.
Saturday, 26 September 2020
Primary insomnia is that people have difficulty in falling sleep and difficulty in maintaining sleep. People with insomnia has caused an increased incidence of serious medical conditions, such as obesity, heart disease, high blood pressure and diabetes.
Acupuncture has been proven to be effective for insomnia with minor side-effects and has been increasingly used in private clinics located in 46 states in the United States as a treatment for insomnia.
Previous studies on the mechanism of acupuncture have revealed that acupuncture can affect the activation in brain regions. The activation in brain regions at 15 min after acupuncture stimuli were greater than the activation at 5 min after acupuncture stimuli.
A recent study recruited 129 patients with insomnia and examined the effect of acupuncture on insomnia. After the 5-week acupuncture treatment, patients sleep quality was improved significantly.
fMRI scan has shown that in the following brain regions are rrelated to sleep quality: right cerebellum posterior lobe, temporal gyrus (left middle temporal gyrus, left superior temporal gyrus), left extra-nuclear, right anterior cingulate, left parahippocampa gyrus, frontal gyrus (bilateral inferior frontal gyrus, left middle frontal gyrus, bilateral superior frontal gyrus), parietal lobule (right precentral gyrus, left postcentral gyrus, left supramarginal gyrus, left inferior parietal lobule, left superior parietal lobule, left precuneus). After acupuncture treatment, activities in these regions are altered.
Yu-Kai Wang et al BMC Complement Med Ther. 2020; 20: 254.
Wednesday, 23 September 2020
Sunday, 20 September 2020
Recent studies have shown that acupuncture can quickly reduce inflammation, relieve local tissue edema, congestion, exudation, adhesions, and other pathological changes. The white blood cell value changes significantly before and after acupuncture treatment. The white blood cell count of patients treated with acupuncture was significantly higher, indicating that acupuncture can promote the proliferation of white blood cells, thereby promoting the absorption of inflammation and playing a role in anti-inflammatory and anti-infection. Acupuncture has the function of promoting the absorption of chronic inflammation, which can destroy the diseased tissue and stimulate the body's absorption of necrotic tissue. Promote blood circulation: Local microcirculation problem and local skin lesions are present in acne. This was improved after acupuncture treatment. Acupuncture can help the absorption of inflammation and improve local blood circulation. It can improve the body's metabolic level.
For example, a study recruited 36 participants with acne. They were offered 12 treatments over 6 weeks.
The result has shown that there was a significant reduction in the inflammatory acne lesion counts, the Skindex-29 scores and the subjective symptom scores.
Byeong-Kook Son et al Acupunct Med. 2010 Sep;28(3):126-9.
Le Kou et al. Medicine (Baltimore). 2020 May; 99(18): e19764.
Saturday, 19 September 2020
There are 4 main types of collagens out of 16.
Collagens are known as structural proteins that holds the body together to provide strength and structure.
Type I consist of 90% of the body’s collagen and is densely packed fibers. It provides structure to skin, bones, tendons, fibrous cartilage, connective tissue, and teeth.
Type II is more loosely packed and found in elastic cartilage of joints.
Type III supports the structure of muscles, organs, and arteries.
Type IV helps with filtration and is found in the layers of the skin.
With aging, the body produces less and lower quality collagen.
For example, the skin becomes less firm and elastic. Wrinkles form, Joint cartilage also weakens with age.
Thursday, 10 September 2020
Wednesday, 9 September 2020
How the skin looking, young or old depends on the nature and organization of dermal collagen and the elastic fibers network. The collagens give the mechanical strength of the skin, whereas the elastic fibers are responsible for elasticity to the skin. They give skin elasticity and provide firm skin so that skin can bounce back when stretched.
The patterns of collagen organisation depend on the collagen types and other characteristics such as fiber length, fiber volume fraction and collagen molecular stretching, as well as the tilt angle of collagens determining its orientation. These change with age, becoming denser and begin to disorganise and contribute to the appearance of wrinkles and sagging skin. Both elastin and collagen production decline as people age. These two proteins can also become deteriorated by external factors over time, such as: UV exposure, smoking, pollutants in the environment, excess alcohol, poor nutrition etc. Not taking care of your skin or health can speed up the process of skin aging. This can make your skin look saggy and wrinkled at a younger age. Saggy skin, on both the face and body, is also associated with the loss of fat.
Saggy skin can happen almost anywhere on the body. Common areas include eyelids, jaw, chin, throat, upper arms and stomach.
Acupuncture improves collagen and elastin production resulting in younger looking skin. This is proved by recent research study. In this study, 52 patients were participated. The result was assessed by an independent dermatologist. The result shows that skin laxity and tone had markedly improved in all patients resulting in a younger, fresher, healthier and brighter appearance of the patients' skin. Moreover, a reduction of wrinkles and fine lines was observed, as well as an increase in skin collagen and elasticity, with the skin looking more plumed and naturally ‘lifted’ without the aid of foreign substances that can sometimes alter facial features.
The laboratory analysed samples from a biopsy pre- and post-treatment and found that both the macroscopic, as well as histological characteristics of the skin were significantly improved. Trichrome staining demonstrated a more compact dermis, with a healthy matrix network Specifically, the collagen fibers were larger and thicker with a more ordered alignment of fibers of the treated skin as compared to the pre-treatment condition.This finding was also confirmed by electron microscopy which demonstrated an increased dermis thickness compared with the pre-treatment condition. collagen the fibers were disorganized and of poorer quality before treatment and were better organized, good quality fibers of a more ordered alignment after the treatment.
Maria Sifaki et al Exp Ther Med. 2020 Jan; 19(1): 717–721.
Tuesday, 8 September 2020
SI joint pain can occur. Other terms for SI joint pain include: SI joint dysfunction, SI joint syndrome, SI joint strain and SI joint inflammation. The SI joint is to account for 15-30% chronic lower back pain. Chronic SI joint pain persists for more than three months. Common symptoms include: pain in the lower back, pain in the buttocks, hips, and pelvis, pain in the groin, pain limited to just one of the SI joints, increased pain when standing up from a sitting position, stiffness or a burning sensation in the pelvis, numbness, weakness, pain radiating down into the thighs and upper legs.
Typically, it is dull, aching, lower back pain and can range from mild to severe. It may be felt all the time or worsen with certain activities. Lower back pain is typically felt only on one side, but in some cases may be felt on both sides. It can be a sharp, stabbing pain that radiates from the hips, buttocks, and/or groin and pelvis, up to the lower back, and down to the thighs. The pain is worsened when putting added pressure on the sacroiliac joint, such as climbing stairs, running, or jogging, and lying or putting weight on one side. Stiffness and reduced range-of-motion in the lower back, hips, pelvis, and groin may cause difficulty with movements such as walking upstairs or bending at the waist.
Acupuncture effectively reduces low back pain.
Thursday, 3 September 2020
An early miscarriage is the loss of pregnancy at ≤13 weeks’ pregnancy. About one in four pregnancies, where a woman has missed a menstrual period and has a positive pregnancy test, ends in early miscarriage. Nearly 125 000 early miscarriages occur annually in the UK, accounting for 50 000 hospital admissions.
Early miscarriage is usually diagnosed by pelvic ultrasound after a woman has experienced vaginal bleeding or abdominal pain. Women with a complete miscarriage, where expulsion of pregnancy tissue is complete, are managed conservatively without further intervention. Women with a missed or incomplete miscarriage may require further intervention.
Miscarriage can be a physical and emotional challenge. It is a major life event and can have a potentially devastating psychological impact on the woman in addition to the physical effects such as bleeding and pain.
There is a good chance that you will give birth to a healthy baby in the future. Only about 20% of women who have had a miscarriage have another miscarriage the next time they become pregnant.
What would you do to help for the recovery from a miscarriage?
After miscarriage, the women’s body need to recover from the event, get hormones rebalanced, get rid of the inflammation from the miscarriage, recover from the psychological impact that it caused.
Tried acupuncture? Acupuncture can help reduce stress and release the emotions, rebalance hormones, reduce inflammation to get you ready to get pregnant again. Some women have difficulty to conceive after miscarriage and acupuncture can help to get pregnant faster.
Wednesday, 19 August 2020
A few days later after his arrival, he was told this news. James Reston suddenly felt a stabbing pain in his groin. He went to see doctors in Peking Union Medical College Hospital, Anti-Imperialist Hospital and was diagnosed as acute appendicitis. Next day after an appendectomy surgery, he was in considerable uncomfortable and received acupuncture from Dr Zhangyuan Li. The needles were inserted into his right elbow and below his knees. The needles sent twinges of pain through Reston’s limbs and diverted his attention from the distress in his stomach. Meanwhile he also received moxibustion on his abdomen. There was noticeable relaxation of the pressure and distension within an hour and no recurrence of the problem thereafter. Reston wrote an article entitled Now, About My Operation in Peking in his hospital bed in China and this article appeared on the front page of the New York Times the next day along with the Apollo 15 lift-off on July 26,1971.
What a wonderful story for millions of Americans who were so curious about what was happening in China after its doors have been closed for more than twenty years. Reston's article was the first genuine American acupuncture experience in P. R. China to appear in the mainstream Western media. His story of the ‘Oriental Apollo’ unintentionally sparked widespread ‘acupuncture fever’ across the United States in the coming years. In early 70s, acupuncture stories appeared in many major American media and publications, including Time, People, Life, Newsweek and many more.
Since then acupuncture has become more and more popular. In 1997 a Consensus Development Conference on Acupuncture reported that acupuncture is widely practiced by thousands of physicians, dentists, acupuncturists, and other practitioners. In 2007 NIH Survey estimated that 3.7 US adults and 150 000 children had used acupuncture in 2006 and that between 2002 and 2007, acupuncture use among adults increased by approximately one million people.
The numbers would speak themselves. Acupuncture is one of the most utilized forms of complementary integrative medicine interventions in the United States. During the past 40 years, more than 10 million acupuncture treatments are administered annually in the United States alone. This can be attributed to its effectiveness for pain relief which is proved by scientific studies. Acupuncture for pain management has changed so many people's lives for the better.
Yongming Li Journal of traditional Chinese medical sciences 2014 1:81-83
Jason Jishun Hao, and Michele Mittelman, Glob Adv Health Med. 2014 Jul; 3(4): 6–8.
Monday, 17 August 2020
Acupuncture has traditionally been used in the treatment of inflammatory bowel disease in China and is increasingly applied in Western countries. This is a study investigated the effect of acupuncture in the treatment of ulcerative colitis. 29 patients with mild to moderately active UC (mean age 37.8 +/- 12.0 years) were recruited. They received treatments of 10 sessions over a period of 5 weeks and followed-up for 16 weeks. The results suggested that acupuncture seem to offer an additional therapeutic benefit in patients with mild to moderately active UC.
Stefanie Joos Scand J Gastroenterol. 2006 Sep;41(9):1056-63.
Thursday, 13 August 2020
A study suggested that absorbed plant MIR2911 in honeysuckle decoction inhibits SARS-CoV-2 replication and accelerates the negative conversion of infected patients
A new study indicated that this absorbed MIR2911 directly and sufficiently inhibits SARS-CoV-2 replication which causes Covid-19. The clinical study assessed the antiviral effect of MIR2911 in HD on COVID-19 patients. This study were involved in seventy-five moderate type COVID-19 patients who received routine antiviral therapy (RT) at Nanjing Second Hospital from January 2020 to March 2020. Their result suggest that absorbed plant MIR2911 in HD inhibits SARS-CoV-2 replication and accelerates the negative conversion of infected patients. HD treatment might greatly help cure infected patients and stop the COVID-19 pandemic.
Tuesday, 11 August 2020
NICE guidelines are evidence-based recommendations for health and care in England.
They set out the care and services suitable for most people with a specific condition or need, and people in particular circumstances or settings.
The guidelines help health and social care professionals to: prevent ill health, promote and protect good health, improve the quality of care and services, adapt and provide health and social care services.
Chronic pain is often difficult to treat and can have a significant impact on individuals and their families and carers. Chronic pain may affect between 30% and 50% of the population.
A number of commonly used drug treatments for chronic primary pain have little or no evidence that they work and shouldn’t be prescribed.
A draft clinical guidance for Chronic primary pain was published on 3 August 2020 for public consultation until 14th September 2020. Acupuncture is recommended as an option for some people with chronic primary pain, provided it is delivered within certain, clearly defined parameters.
What is your opinions about acupuncture? Get involved and have your say by making comment of consultation.
In this draft of Chronic pain: assessment and management, 240 research papers were analysed to provide evidence review for the effectiveness of acupuncture for chronic pain. Acupuncture for chronic primary pain was assessed here. What is the clinical and cost? effectiveness of acupuncture or dry needling for the management of chronic primary pain? These questions are answered.
The committee’s opinions:
The committee discussed the applicability of the evidence to clinical practice, and noted that there was variation among the interventions included within the review. They agreed that this was reflected in current practice, which showed a similarly wide variation in terms of type of acupuncture, length of sessions and duration of treatment programme. The committee considered the overall benefit of acupuncture, particularly for reducing pain and improving quality of life, in combination with the lack of harm, other than discontinuation from the therapy. The committee agreed that although there was some uncertainty within some of the outcomes (with a small proportion of outcomes crossing the line of no effect), there was generally a benefit of acupuncture seen within the evidence when compared to both usual care and sham. The committee considered that the evidence base was large enough to justify a recommendation, and therefore agreed to recommend the use of acupuncture in clinical practice for people with chronic primary pain.
Thursday, 16 July 2020
There are 5 reasons to gain most benefits for our mind and body when we have yoga alongside with acupuncture.
1, Maximize brain and body communications from different pathways. The communication pathway between the brain and body is two-way traffic via motor system and sensory systems of nerves. The brain influences and controls the body via motor system, while the body sends signals to the brain via sensory system. Yoga is a movement therapy in which the benefit is through motor system by movement (physical poses and breathing); acupuncture instead is non-movement therapy in which the needle sensation is sent to the brain via sensory system. Yoga with add on acupuncture provides synergy effects of balance and harmony.
2, Integrate balance of the mind, the face, and the body. When we say the mind body connection, we forget the face. All our emotions, anxieties and stresses can be accumulated on the face which ages the face and affects the brain and mind. Yoga’s movements are mainly involved in the body movements; it does nothing to the face. Facial acupuncture can release all the emotions, anxieties, and stresses to rejuvenate the face and restore harmony in the mind and relax the body. Therefore, having yoga combined with facial acupuncture can benefit the most to integrate the balance of the mind, body, and face.
3, Unblock energy before it can be moved. In the modern practice of yoga, we use movement, breathing and meditation to move energy in a direction that nourishes us. However, if there is a blockage on the energy pathway, the energy cannot get through. So, it is easy to understand that we use acupuncture to sort out any blockages to clear up energy pathway. In this way we can benefit the most from yoga to move the energy around. For example, if there is pain and inflammation on any part of the body where the energy is blocked, this part of the body cannot move because the body automatically protect itself from moving and causing pain. Acupuncture can release pain and inflammation to remove the blockage and make the energy move freely. Then we can do yoga without pain.
4, Acupuncture reduces anxiety and stress to help yoga breathing. Breathing is the core technique of yoga practice which should be rhythmic, deep, and slow to create harmony and balance within the body and mind. If we are anxious and stressed, our breathing patterns tend to be irregular which is tense, shallow, and erratic. Acupuncture releases anxiety and stress effectively to help restore regular breathing patterns and relaxation state to benefit yoga practice.
5, Acupuncture releases tension to help yoga stretching and strengthening. During yoga, our body is going through a full range and variety of motion to get best poses by stretching and strengthening techniques. If some muscles are in tense, stretching and strengthening these muscles can cause injury or simply they are not relaxing and cannot be stretched, let alone strengthening. Acupuncture can release tension from the muscles to make sure all muscles are ready for yoga practice.
Tuesday, 14 July 2020
Fu Ling (Wolfiporia cocos, Poria Mushrooms) is an edible and medicinal fungus that grows in association with pine trees.
This is the first story about Fu Ling. Once upon a time, a councillor had a daughter named Ling. He had a strong lad named Fu to help look after the household. Fu was hard working guy, the councillor’s daughter loved him secretly. When the councillor knew this, he was extremely unhappy. He said that they were not in the same class and could not get married. He fired Fu and grounded his own daughter and made her engaged to a guy from a rich family. Fu and Ling heard this and they both ran away from the family and lived in a small village. Later, Ling had rheumatism and could not get out of the bed. Fu was looking after her day after day. One day Fu went to the mountain to pick up herbs for Ling. Suddenly there was a hare in front of him. His arrow hit a hind leg of the hare. The injured hare ran and Fu chased it closely. When they reached felled pine forest, the hare disappeared. Fu looked for the hare, but he could not find it. Instead he found his arrow inserted into a black ball shaped mushroom. He pulled out his arrow from it and found that something white came out from hole of the black ball mushroom skin. He picked up whole mushroom and cooked for Ling to eat. Next day Ling felt better. Fu was so happy and picked up lots of this mushroom for Ling to eat. Gradually Ling’s rheumatism was getting better and she was completely recovered. Fu and Ling was the first to find this and they were name Fu Ling.
Another story about Fu Ling. Genghis Khan leaded his army to fight in the war in central plain in China. It was raining for a few months. Most of the soldiers suffered from rheumatism. They faced to be defeated and extremely worried. By accidents, a few soldiers had Fu Ling and their rheumatism was healed. Having heard this Genghis Khan was incredibly happy and get some people went to Luo Tian town where Fu Ling were produced to buy Fu Ling. All soldiers and officers ate Fu Ling and recovered from rheumatism. Therefore, they had won the battle.
Poria Mushrooms are produced in Yun Nan, An Hui, Hu Bei provinces etc. in China. They are light in flavour and neutral in nature. Daily dose is 10-15 g. They are attributed to heart, lung, spleen, spleen and kidney meridians. They have diuretic effects and remove dampness, nourish spleen and calm the mind.
Pharmacological study has demonstrated they have diuretic effect, anti-inflammatory effects and inhibit edema; they also regulate immune function through the regulation of immune molecules such as cytokines; they also have antioxidant, antibacterial, anti-hypertonic stress activities, relax smooth muscles.
Rios J. L. (2011). Planta Med. 77 681–691. 10.1055/s-0030-1270823
Yuan-Zhong Wang J Ethnopharmacol. 2013 May 20;147(2):265-76.
Thursday, 9 July 2020
Another story told how Gan Cao got its name. In a remote village, a Chinese medicine doctor went for home visit, meanwhile many patients came to his place waiting to see him. His wife didn’t know when he would come back. She tasted the dry plant for cooking fire and it was sweet. She chopped the liquorice and gave them to those patients. A few days later those patients came back with gifts for the Chinese medicine doctor and told him they felt better after taking his herbs. His wife told him what happened when he was out to see patients. He asked what symptoms those patients had. They told him that some of them had weak stomach, some of them had coughing with phlegm and some of them had sore throat. After taking the herb, all their symptoms had gone. Since then this Chinese medicine doctor used this herb to treat those symptoms. This herb was called Gan Cao which means sweet plant.
Gan Cao are the dried root of liquorice. They are sweet in flavour and neutral in nature. Daily dose is 2-10 g. They are attributed to twelve meridians. They nourish spleen and Lung, reduce coughing, detoxify and reconcile all herbs.
Pharmacological studies have confirmed that Gan Cao exhibit a broad range of biological activities.
1, The antimicrobial activity includes antibacterial activity against various strains, antiviral and antifungal activities.
2, Anti inflammatory effects. Gan Cao has also been used to treat allergies and other inflammatory diseases. It was reported steroid-like anti-inflammatory activity of constituents derived from licorice root, similar to the action of hydrocortisone.
3, Antioxidant effect and anti-aging effects.
4, activities to protect the brain and liver, Anti-ulcer and antitumor effects etc.
Nazim A. Mamedov and Dilfuza Egamberdieva Plant and Human Health, Volume 3. 2019 Feb 12 : 1–21.
Wednesday, 8 July 2020
Coronavirus is far from over. Some countries bring the infections down, but others are still dealing with large epidemics.
Those currently controlling the virus fear the second wave.
The infection cases are like waves on the sea. The number of infections goes up and then comes back down – this is one cycle which is one "wave" of coronavirus. For one wave to end, the virus would have been brought under control and cases fallen substantially. For a second wave to start a sustained rise in infections would be seen.
The second phase of Spanish flu a century ago was deadlier than the first. The question is a second wave of coronavirus inevitable like Spanish flu? And how bad could it be?
Thursday, 2 July 2020
Acupuncture, which has drawn researchers’ attention in recent years, is widely accepted for its noninvasiveness and safety has been widely used in diabetes-related neuropathy and carpal tunnel syndrome as well as CIPN.
A recent study analysed the effects of acupuncture from 6 high quality randomized control trials with 386 cancer patients. They found that acupuncture led to significant improvements in pain score, acupuncture can effectively relieve CIPN pain and functional limitation.
Tsai-Ju Chien, et al Integr Cancer Ther. 2019; 18: 1534735419886662.
Wednesday, 1 July 2020
A recent study analysed a total of 434 participants in the eight RCTs. All participants were diagnosed with atopic eczema. The age of the participants ranged from 18 to 70 years and the course of AE ranged from 6 months to 35 years.
The results of one included RCT showed that acupuncture was better than no treatment at reducing itch intensity measured using a visual analogue scale in patients with AE. The combined results of six RCTs showed that acupuncture was better than conventional medicine at reducing the eczema area and severity index (EASI) and the combined results of seven RCTs showed that acupuncture was better than conventional medicine in terms of global symptom improvement in AE.
The conclusion was that acupuncture might be effective at reducing itch intensity and may be more effective than conventional medicine at reducing EASI and improving the global symptoms of AE.
Ruimin Jiao,et al Acupunct Med. 2020 Feb; 38(1): 3–14.
Sunday, 28 June 2020
A blocked milk duct leading to milk trapped in the breast is one of the main causes of mastitis. If a breast doesn't completely empty at feedings, one of your milk ducts can become clogged. The blockage causes milk to back up, leading to breast infection. The inflammation results in breast pain, swelling, warmth and redness. You might also have fever and chills.
Chinese herbs are often used for unblocking the milk duct
Bai Zhi ( Dahurica Angelica root), Chi Shao (Red Peony Root), Dang Gui (Angelica root), Gan Cao (Liquorice), Gan Jiang (Dried ginger), Gou Qi Zi (Goji berries), Gua Lou (Trichosanthis Fruits), Jie Geng (Platycodon root), Jin Yin Hua (Honeysuckle flowers), Ju Hua (Chrysanthemum flowers), Lu Lu Tong ( Fructus Liquidambaris ), Pu Gong Ying (Dandelions), Niu Bang Zi (Greater burdock fruits), Mei Gui Hua (Rose flower), Tong Cao (Ricepaperplant Pith), Rou Gui (Cinnamon bark), Ru Xiang (Frankincense), Si Gua Luo (Sponge gourd), Wang Bu Liu Xin (Vaccariae Seeds), Zi Hua Di Ding (Viola herb).
Saturday, 27 June 2020
The Benefits of Breastfeeding for the Baby: Breast milk provides perfect natural nutrition including vitamins, proteins and energy for baby’s needs to grow. Breast milk contains antibodies that help your baby fight off viruses and bacteria and have fewer infections. Breastfeeding lowers your baby's risk of having asthma or allergies. The physical closeness, skin-to-skin touching, and eye contact all help the baby bond with mother and feel secure. Breastfeeding has been linked to higher IQ scores in later childhood in some studies.
Breastfeeding Benefits for the Mother:
Breastfeeding burns extra calories helping lose pregnancy weight faster. It releases the hormone oxytocin, which helps the uterus return to its none pregnancy size and may reduce uterine bleeding after birth.
We use natural herbal ingredients in Chinese herbal medicine to boost milk production and help breastfeeding.
Chinese herbs are often used for lactation (breast milk boost)
Bai Shao (White Peony Root), Bai Zhi (Dahurica Angelica root), Dang Gui (Angelica root), Fu Ling (Poria Mushroom), Gan Cao (Liquorice),Ge Geng (Kudzu root), Huang Jing (Polygonatum Rhizome), Huang Qi (Astragalus Root), Long Yan Rou (Longan Fruit), Jie Geng (Balloon Flower Root), Lu Lu Tong ( Fructus Liquidambaris ), Mei Gui Hua (Rose flower), Mu Gua (Flowering quince),Rou Gui (Cinnamon bark), Sha Ren (Amomum fruit), Shan Yao (Chinese Yam), Si Gua Luo (Sponge gourd), Shu Di (Processed Rehmannia Root), Tong Cao (Ricepaperplant Pith), Wang Bu Liu Xin (Vaccariae Seeds), Yu Zhu (Angular solomon's seal root)
All herbs are used for lactation without artificial aroma, preservative, or sugar. They are 100% natural plants. They are good for both mothers and babies.
Sunday, 21 June 2020
Fatigue is one of the most chief complaints in clinical settings. There are two main types of fatigue: physical and mental. With physical fatigue you may find it physically hard to do the things you usually do, such as walking, climbing the stairs. With mental fatigue, you may find it harder to concentrate on things and stay focused. You may feel sleepy or have difficulty staying awake while working. Physical and mental fatigue are different, but they often occur together. Repeated physical exhaustion can lead to mental fatigue over time and vice versa. The main symptom of fatigue is exhaustion with physical or mental activity. You don’t feel refreshed after resting or sleeping and hard to carry on daily activities. The symptoms of fatigue may be physical, mental, or emotional. Common symptoms associated with fatigue can include: muscles aching, a lack of motivation, drowsiness, difficulty concentrating or learning new tasks, gastrointestinal problems, such as bloating, abdominal pain, constipation or diarrhea, headaches, mood changes, irritability and slowed reaction etc. Poor sleep, stress anxiety, imbalanced hormones, chronic pain often are associated to the fatigue.
Chinese herbs are often used for boosting energy, balance hormones and reduce anxiety
Bai Zhu ( White Atractylodes), Bai Zi Ren (Biota Seed), Chai Hu (Bupleurum Root), Chen Pi,(Sun Dried Tangerine Peels), Da Zao(Date), Chi Shao (Red Peony Root), Chuan Xiong (Sichuan Lovage Rhizome), Dan Shen (Red Sage Root), Dang Gui(Dong Quai), Dang Shen (Codonopsis Pilosula), Dong Chong (Cordyceps).Fu Ling (Poria Mushroom), Gan Cao (Licorice Root), Gou Qi Zi (Goji Berry), Han Lian Cao (Eclipta), He Shou Wu (Fo-Ti), Hong Jing Tian (A. Rhodiola), Huang Qi (Astragalus Root), Jie Geng (Balloon Flower Root), Long Yan Rou( Longan Fruit), Mu Dan Pi (Tree Peony Root Bark), Mai Men Dong (Radix Ophiopogonis), Mu Xiang (Costus Root ), Ren Shen (Ginseng), Sha Ren (Cardamom Seed), Shan Yao (Chinese Yam), Shan Yu Rou ( Cornus Fruit) , Sheng Jiang (Ginger), Shi Chang Pu (Acorus Root), Shu Di (Processed Rehmannia Root), Suan Zao Ren (Sour Jujube Seeds), Tian Men Dong (Wild Asparagus), Tu Si Zi (Dodder), Wu Wei Zi (Schisandra Berry), Xuan Shen (Ningpo Figwort), Yuan Zhi (Polygala Root), Ze Xie (Alisma).
Thursday, 18 June 2020
Sleep is a natural state of mind and body. During sleep, most of the body’s system are in an anabolic state, the consciousness is altered, sensory activity is inhibited, muscle activity is reduced and the body interaction with surroundings is reduced. Sleep helps to restore the immune, nervous, skeletal and muscular systems; It is also vital to maintain mood, memory and cognitive function. The internal circadian clock promotes sleep daily at night.
If you have regular problems of sleeping, this could be a sleep disorder. Insomnia is the most common type of sleep disorder. People with insomnia find it difficult to fall asleep, stay asleep, or both. They often don’t feel refreshed when they wake up from sleeping.
The symptoms of insomnia include trouble falling or staying asleep, waking too early in the morning, unrefreshing sleep. The accompanied symptoms include fatigue, mood changes, irritability, difficulty concentrating during the day.
Chinese herbs are often used for insomnia
Bai Zhu (White Atractylodes), Bai Zi Ren (Biota Seed), Da Zao(Date), Dang Gui(Dong Quai), Dang Shen (Codonopsis Pilosula), Dan Shen (Red Sage Root), Dong Chong (Cordyceps), Gan Cao (Licorice Root), Fu Ling (Poria Mushroom), Hong Hua (Safflower), Huang Qi(Astragalus Root), Jie Geng (Balloon Flower Root), Long Yan Rou( Longan Fruit), Mai Men Dong (Radix Ophiopogonis), Mu Xiang (Costus Root), Ren Shen (Ginseng), Sheng Jiang (Ginger), Shi Chang Pu (Acorus Root), Shu Di (Processed Rehmannia Root), Suan Zao Ren (Sour Jujube Seeds), Tao Ren (Peach Kernel), Tian Men Dong (Wild Asparagus), Wu Wei Zi (Schisandra Berry), Xuan Shen (Ningpo Figwort), Yuan Zhi(Polygala Root).
Saturday, 13 June 2020
Ai Ye (Mugwort Leaf), Ba Jie Tian ( Medicinal Morinda Root ), Bai Zhu (White Atractylodes), Bai Shao (White Peony Root), Chai Hu ( Bupleuri Radix),Chi Shao (Red Peony Root), Chuan Xiong (Lovage Tuber, Rhizoma Ligustici Wallachii), Da Zao (Date), Dang Gui (Angelica root), Dang Shen (Codonopsis Pilosula), Fu Ling (Poria Mushroom). Fu Pen Zi (Chinese Raspberry), Gan Cao (Licorice Root), Gou Qi Zi (Goji Berry), Han Lian Cao (Eclipta), He Shou Wu (Fo-Ti), Hong Hua ( Safflower), Hong Jing Tian (Rhodiola Rosea), Huang Jing (Polygonatum Rhizome), Huang Qi (Astragalus Root), Ji Xue Teng (Millettia), Lian Zi(Lotus Seed), Long Yan Rou (Longan Fruit), Lu Lu Tong ( Fructus Liquidambaris ), Mu Dan Pi (Tree Peony Root Bark), Mu Xiang (Costus Root), Ren Shen (Ginseng), Rou Gui (Cinnamon Bark), Sang Ji Sheng (Mulberry Mistletoe Stems), Shan Zhu Yu (Cornus), Shan Yao (Chinese Yam), Sheng Jiang (Ginger), Suan Zao Ren (Sour Jujube Seeds), Shu Di (Processed Rehmannia Root), Tao Ren ( Peach Kernel), Tu Si Zi (Chinese Dodder Seeds), Wu Wei Zi (Schisandra Berry), Xian Mao (Curculigo), Xiang Fu (Cyperus Rhizome), Xu Duan (Teasel Root), Yuan Zhi (Polygala Root), Ze Xie (Alisma).
Friday, 12 June 2020
Bai Mao Gen (Woolly Grass Rhizome), Bai Shao (White Peony Root), Bai Zhu (White Atractylodes ), Bei Sha Shen (Radix Glehniae), Bo He (Peppermint), Cang Zhu (Rhizoma Atractylodis Lancea), Chai Hu (Bupleurum Root), Che Qian Zi (Plantago Seed, or Plaintain Seed), Chi Shao (Red Peony Root), Chuan Xin Lian (Andrographis), Dan Shen (Red Sage Root), Dang Gui (Radix Angelicae Sinensis), Di Fu Zi (Kochia Fruit), Lian Qiao (Forsythia Fruit), Ku Di Ding (Herba Violae), Fang Feng (Radix Ledeouriellae), Fu Ling (Poria Mushroom ),Gan Cao (Radix Glycyrrhizae, Licorice Root), Huang Qin (Radix Scutellaria), Jin Yin Hua (Honeysuckle Flower), Jing Jie (Herba Schizonepetae), Ku Shen (Redix Sophorae Flavescenti), Long Dan Cao (Chinese Gentian Root), Mu Dan Pi (Tree Peony Bark), Niu Bang Zi (Fructus Arctii), Pu Gong Ying (Dandelion), Da Huang (Rhubarb Root), Qian Cao (Madder Root), Sheng Di Huang (Raw Rehmannia Root), Tao Ren (Peach Kernel), Tong Cao (Rice Paper Pith), Tu Fu Ling(Sarsaparilla Root), Yi Yi Ren (Coix Seed), Ze Xie (Alisma), Zhi Mu (Rhizoma Anemarrhenae), Zhi Zi (Gardenia Fruit), Zhu Ye (Bamboo Leaves).
Tuesday, 9 June 2020
Friday, 5 June 2020
Thursday, 4 June 2020
from National Administration of Traditional Chinese Medicine
Macrophages a type of defence cells in the body play a dual role in host defence. They act as the first line of defence by mounting an inflammatory response to antigen exposure and also act as antigen presenting cells and initiate the adaptive immune response. They are also the primary infiltrating cells at the site of inflammation. Inhibition of macrophage activation is one of the possible approaches towards modulating inflammation. Ginger, an herbal product with broad anti inflammatory actions was shown that it regulates immune function by inhibiting macrophage activation. A study has shown that ginger ginger improves on cytotoxicity induced by paraben (p-hydroxybenzoic acid) on red blood cells (RBC) in vitro from healthy adult human beings (25-30 years).
Ginger can help protect human bronchial epithelial cells.
Traditionally, ginger is used as an antiinflammatory drug. A recent study tested the effect of ginger extract in inflammation of human bronchial epithelial cells. They found that ginger extracts can reduce inflammatory substances production and suggested that distinct ginger compounds could be used as antiinflammatory drugs in respiratory infections.
Ginger reduces inflammatory and oxidative stress
This review investigated the effects of ginger supplementation on markers of inflammatory and oxidative stress. They evaluated the effects of ginger on some inflammation markers including serum CRP (C-reactive protein), TNF-α (tumor necrosis factor-alpha), IL-6 (interleukin-6), PGE2 (prostaglandin E2), TAC (total antioxidant capacity), and MDA (malondialdehyde). The results of this study indicated a statistically significant effect of ginger on serum CRP, TNF-α, IL-6, TAC, and MDA levels following ginger supplementation in compared to the controls. Also, the effects of ginger on serum PGE2 was marginally significant. They suggested that ginger supplementation has a significant effects on serum inflammatory and oxidative stress markers.
Tripathi S et al BMC Complement Altern Med. 2008 Jan 3;8:1. doi: 10.1186/1472-6882-8-1.
Ginger extract inhibits LPS induced macrophage activation and function.
Asnani V, Verma RJ. Acta Pol Pharm. 2006 Mar-Apr;63(2):117-9. Aqueous ginger extract ameliorates paraben induced cytotoxicity.
Podlogar JA, Verspohl EJ. Phytother Res. 2012 Mar;26(3):333-6. doi: 10.1002/ptr.3558. Epub 2011 Jun 23. Antiinflammatory effects of ginger and some of its components in human bronchial epithelial (BEAS-2B) cells.
Jalali M et al Phytother Res. 2020 Mar 8. doi: 10.1002/ptr.6638. [Epub ahead of print]
The effects of ginger supplementation on markers of inflammatory and oxidative stress: A systematic review and meta-analysis of clinical trials.
Wednesday, 3 June 2020
Arreola R et al J Immunol Res. 2015;2015:401630. doi: 10.1155/2015/401630. Epub 2015 Apr 19.
Tuesday, 2 June 2020
There were proverbs about Da Zao: eating three Da Zao, you don’t need to see doctor; eating three Da Zao, you don’t look od at 100 year old; if you want sleep well, eat Da Zao before go to bed.
Another Da Zao story. A woman always felt sad and cried during the day every day without any reasons. Doctor gave her Hong Zao soup to take. Subsequently, she got better.
Jujube are the fruits of Ziziphus jujuba Mill and have been widely used as food and Chinese herbal medicine for over 3,000 years. In Huangdi Neijing (475-221 BC), an ancient Chinese book on herbal medicine, jujube was described as one of the five most valuable fruits in China. In Shennong Bencao Jing (300 BC-200 AD), an earlier book recoding medicinal herbs, jujube was considered as herbal medicines. Jujube are produced along the value of yellow river, Jujube from Xin Jiang province are the best. Jujube are sweet in flavour and warm in nature. They nourish blood, calm the mind, relieve mental tension, improve quality of sleep, and regulate digestive system.
Morden pharmacological effects of Jujube include
neuro protection, calming down the mind and improving quality of sleep, learning and memory.
containing amino acids, vitamins such as Vit C, minerals such as zinc.
Jianping Chen et al Evid Based Complement Alternat Med. 2017; 2017: 3019568.
Saturday, 30 May 2020
In Song dynasty, Zhongyan Fan, a famous official’s mother was sick, but she didn’t want to take Chinese medicine. Zhongyan Fan was worried. One day he went to see a doctor for his mother and the doctor asked him to fertilise Glutinous rice together with an herb for her mother. His mother drank this herbal tea and got better gradually. This herb was Chen Pi.
Another story about Chen Pi was over two thousand years ago. A couple of Phoenixes was taking a citrus plant from heaven to earth. When they passed in Xin Hui a place in Guang Zhong province, they were amazed by the beauty of the scenery: a winding river surrounded the green mountains, sunset was falling on the lake, the water was sparkling as a diamond. They left the plant there and started to play. They went back to heaven when it was dark and forgot the citrus plant. Then the two plants grew by the lake in Xin Hui. The local people found out later that this orange skins had a great flavour, helped digestion, removed dampness and phlegm.
The third story was about Chen Pi and a famous Chinese medicine doctor Hua Tuo. One day Hua Tuo were doing home visits. When the boat passed Gang Jiang, he was suddenly ill caused by cold wind there. He had fever, coughing, dry mouth. At that time, his herbs for cold were run out. He saw the orange trees along the shore and thought that oranges can help reduce thirsty. He ate a few whole oranges with the skins. By the evening, he felt better not coughing that much. He was wondered if the oranges can be effective for coughing. Next day, the two boatmen were sick with coughing. He gave them orange to eat. But one boatman’s coughing stopped, but the other one’s didn’t. He asked them and found that the one who ate orange skin stopped coughing, the other one didn’t eat the orange skin. Since then, he kept the orange skin whenever he ate oranges and he found that the longer the orange skin was kept, the better it stopped coughing. This was why the aged orange skin was called Chen Pi meaning aged orange skin.
Citri Reticulatae Pericarpium is found mainly in major citrus-producing areas such as the Guangdong, Guangxi, Sichuan, Fujian, and Zhejiang Provinces of China. It has been widely used in traditional Chinese medicine prescription for about 2000 years up to now and has the function of strengthening spleen and stomach qi, eliminating dampness and phlegm. It is bitter in flavour and warm in nature. Daily dose is 3-10 g.
They have been used widely in clinical practice to treat nausea, vomiting, indigestion, diarrhea, loss of appetite, cough with phlegm.
Other pharmacological effects include having a beneficial effect on the cardiovascular, digestive, and respiratory systems, antioxidant, and anti-inflammatory properties, and a protective effect on the liver and nerve.
Xin Yu et al. J Ethnopharmacol. 2018 Jun 28;220:265-282.
Thursday, 28 May 2020
Angelicae Sinensis Radix (Dang Gui). Dang Gui means return in Chinese. In ancient China, there were a newly married couple. The husband decided to go to mountains to pick up some herbs. He and his wife had an agreement: if he didn’t come back in three years, she may marry to someone else. The wife missed her husband during the time and became ill with irregular periods, agitating and dizziness. After three years she married someone else. Before long his ex-husband came back and asked her why didn’t you wait for me to return? The wife cried and said that you should returned n three years, but you didn’t, also there was no letter at all; Now I had remarried and regretted so much. This guy then gave all his herbs to his ex-wife for her treatment. The wife took the herbs tea and got better afterwards. Since then, this herb was named Dang Gui.
Another story about Dang Gui was in Three Kingdom. After Liu Chan from Shu gave in, Jiang Wei who was a commander in Jiang Men had to fake his surrendering to find a chance later to rebuild Shu again. His mother didn’t know about his plan, sent a letter to blame his surrendering. Jiang Wei could say his plan to his mother, just in case this plan was leaked. He worked out how to tell his mother about his thought eventually. He sent two bags of Chinese herbs to his mother: one was Yuan Zhi meaning ambition; another one was Dang Gui meaning returning to home. His mother understood he had a great plan. Not to let him worry about her, she killed herself.
Angelicae Sinensis Radix, were firstly recorded in a classical masterpiece of TCM Shennong Bencao Jing (200–300 A.D., Han Dynasty). They are so-called “female ginseng”, well-known for treatment of intractable gynecological disorders. They are one of the most used Chinese herbs. It is said that nine out of ten herb formula comprise Angelicae Sinensis Radix. They are mainly produced in south east of Gan Su province. They are spicy in flavour and warm in nature. They are attributed to liver, goldbladder and Pericardium Meridians. They replenish and invigorate blood; regulate periods and alleviate period pain; relieve constipation. Daily dose is 6-12 g.
1, Angelicae Sinensis Radix are used for treating blood stasis, known as microcirculation problems in modern pathology. They have vasodilation effect and improving microcirculation; anti-arthrosclerosis effects; anti-platelet aggregation effects; anti-inflammatory effects; anti-oxidative effects
2, Angelicae Sinensis Radix mimic the effects of estrogen in the body and help balance women’s hormone levels, both restraining and supplementing the body’s production of estrogen as needed.
3,They are very widely used to help establish, support and maintain healthy menstrual balance in women.
4, They have analgesic and mild sedative (calming, relaxing) actions. They are used to treat menstrual and menopausal symptoms, including migraine, cramps, mood fluctuations, and hot flashes. It is also said to help speed a woman’s recovery from childbirth and symptoms of low energy/chronic fatigue.
Yi-Chian Wu & Ching-Liang Hsieh
Wednesday, 27 May 2020
In age 20-30, the muscles are in their maximum of physical capacity. In age 30-50 changes in muscle mass, power and strength are small. After age 50, muscle changes with aging process are pronounced which is more than 15% of strength loss per decade. In some research this could start from 40s.
Aging muscles with
Declined muscle fibers
muscle Type II fast twitch fibers appeared smaller and flatter. This results in reduced muscle power
Reduced muscle mass
Muscle mass loss is caused by reduced numbers of muscle fibers. This reduction in muscle cross-sectional area associated with decreases in contractile structures muscle fibers accompanied by increases in non contractile structures such as fat and connective tissue.
Decreased motor units
There were fewer motor unites and muscles are denervated.
Reduced muscle strength
Loss of muscle fibers and innervation reduces strength capacities, decreases muscle metabolism and increase risk of muscle damage. Synthesis rate of muscle protein decreases with aging process. muscle repair capacities are reduced with increased age.
The major cause of strength and muscle mass loss with aging process is endocrine changes, including increased insulin resistant, decreased growth hormone, reduction in oestrogen and testosterone, vitamin D deficiency, increased parathyroid hormone.
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