Chinese Herbal Medicine

Chinese Herbal Medicine is, along with Acupuncture, the primary method of treatment of disease in Traditional Chinese Medicine. Chinese Herbal Medicine is not folk medicine. It is a complete method of natural treatment that is both rational and empirical, with a 2,000 year written history of clinical texts and case studies that our learning is based on. What is unique about Chinese Herbal Medicine is that it is based on identifying your unique pattern of disharmony at a given moment in time. Chinese Herbal Medicine is often more effective than Bio-Medicine because unlike drug-based Western Bio-Medicine it treats both the symptoms of your disease, and the causes of your symptoms. Equally important, Chinese Herbal Medicine is free of the terrible side effects of modern drug-based medicine. All the Chinese Herbs that I dispense are tested in the USA and certified free of pesticide residue, bacterial contaminants, and heavy metal contamination. Almost any disease can be treated with Chinese Herbal Medicine. Please give me a call at 619-296-7951 or email info AT bodymindwellnesscenter DOT com if you would like to know whether I can help your particular disorder.

Cold Causes Stagnation Heat Causes Movement

Posted by on Aug 13, 2017

From today’s newspaper comes this cool article about a fruitcake that has survived, in nearly edible condition (probably actually edible, as all that is reported is a slightly rancid butter smell), for 100 years at the South Pole in Antarctica. Which brings to mind one of the cardinal teachings in Chinese Medicine.  In Chinese Medicine Cold Causes Stagnation Heat Causes Movement. Cold preserves, and heat metabolizes. This essence of Yin and Yang is actually the application of Yin Yang theory from Chinese Philosophy in Classical Chinese Medicine Physiological Cold and Heat versus Pathological Cold and Heat in Chinese Medicine Theory When...

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Is Daily Sweating Important for Health?

Posted by on May 19, 2017

Someone asked me the other day, “Why is daily sweating important for health?” My response was, “Is it?” I don’t think there is any scientific evidence that sweating is especially beneficial for health. I have seen claims made, but I have not seen hard core research.  But sweating is certainly used in some cultures, and to a small extent in Ayurvedic Panchakarma therapy for SOME doshas. Some folk sweat more easily than others when its hot or when they exercise, some folks sweat with anxiety, especially in the arm pits and hands, but even all over, some folk don’t...

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Perseid Meteor Shower: Five Elements in Ayurveda and Chinese Medicine

Posted by on Aug 12, 2016

Tonight’s annual Perseid meteor shower got me thinking about the power of cold and the theory of dosha and the five elements in Ayurveda and Chinese medicine.. Chinese medicine describe life as a warm process of transformation of food and oxygen into energy.  This is a kind of movement, the breakdown of things from one into another, from food and air into blood and Qi and waste product. This is what fire does in nature, as well, it breaks things down, it turns wood into smoke and ash. The transformative nature of Agni, which lives in spades in Pitta...

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Twelve Ways to Heal Eczema Naturally

Posted by on Jul 25, 2016

Twelve Ways to Heal Eczema Naturally Here are twelve ways to heal eczema naturally that I have developed over 24 years of specializing in the natural treatment of skin disorders with Chinese Medicine and Ayurveda. One of my first cases in the clinic as a student was a newborn baby from Israel with scalp eczema. I treated him with Chinese herbal medicine alone, which the mom took and he got through her breast milk. He was all better within three weeks. I am still in touch with the mom, who returned to Israel, and 24 years later she reports...

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Irritable Bowel Syndrome Treatment: Acupuncture, Ayurveda, and Chinese Herbal Medicine

Posted by on Jun 16, 2016

What is Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)? Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is a functional disorder of the Large Intestine (Colon) intestines that causes diarrhea and/or constipation, abdominal pain and/or cramps, bloating, and gas. Most people with IBS that I have seen in the past 24 years have bloating and pain, and many have constipation and diarrhea that alternates like a see-saw.  Others will have diarrhea on a regular basis with occasional constipation, while still others have constant severe constipation with only rare diarrhea. The abdominal pain is often compared to menstrual cramp pain, while some will describe a different kind...

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Qi, Sweating, and Fear

Posted by on Apr 20, 2016

What Is Qi What the Chinese call Qi , and what Ayurveda calls Prana, is the Vital Life Force that moves things, quite literally, and also that creates growth and decay. Qi and Prana are what moves things quite literally on so many levels.  Its only a living body that can move, that can walk, that can breathe, whose blood circulates, that can think, all processes involving literal physical movement, whether on the gross level, as with walking and breathing, and on a smaller, even microscopic level, in the case of the enzymatic processes in the cell involved in...

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Menopause Natural Treatment: Ayurveda and Chinese Medicine

Posted by on Apr 1, 2016

In Chinese Medicine and Ayurveda Menopause Natural Treatment begins with the premise that menopause, and andropause, like puberty, like the transitions that occurs around ages 2, 5, and 36, are just that, transitions, not diseases. Change is hard on human beings. Moving from one city is a stressor. Even traveling on a plane to Hawaii for a wonderful vacation has certain elements of stress. Its always nice to come home. But what if you carried “home” with you, wherever you were, whatever stage of life you were in. How Change Affects the Body Mind in Ayurveda:Vata In Ayurveda change...

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Heartburn Medication Linked to Increased Risk for Dementia

Posted by on Mar 22, 2016

Proton Pump Inhibitors Linked to Higher Dementia Risk: What Are The Alternatives? We face a national epidemic of Dementia as baby boomers who have spent years on Heartburn Medication like Prilosec, Protonixx, and Nexium,  hit their 60’s and 70’s, while at the same time medical researchers are now showing that heartburn medication is linked to increased risk for dementia and other cognitive problems.  Here is today’s Harvard Health Letter letter reporting on the latest research Research published online on February 15 in JAMA Neurology showed that there may be an association between chronic use of PPIs and an increased...

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Winter and Sleep in Chinese Medicine: Kidney Qi

Posted by on Dec 22, 2015

Winter and Sleep in Chinese Medicine: Kidney Qi Winter and Sleep In the Classics of Chinese Medicine Its Winter. Classical Chinese Medicine has this to say about it. “Go to sleep early, but get up LATE, after the sun has risen.” Makes total sense because as an animal you don’t want to waste your valuable energy heating your body up against the cold morning, when you can wait for the sun to do its job first. Its also about respecting the biorhythms of the biological clock. Kidney Qi in Chinese Medicine: Metaphor for the Deepest Levels of Vitality Winter...

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Chinese Herbal Chicken Bone Broth for Recovery from Bronchitis

Posted by on Dec 2, 2015

Chinese Herbal Chicken Bone Broth for Recovery from Bronchitis, Colds, Flu and Pneumonia Not counting the home made Chicken soup I grew up with, made by my grandmother and mother, I discovered Chinese Herbal Chicken bone broth in 1991, when I was in my second year studying Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture and was going to school full time, while also working full time as an apprentice in two very busy San Diego Acupuncture Clinics under the world renowned Acupuncturist and Chinese Herbalist, the late Alex Tiberi, may his soul be blessed, and the other under Orthopedic Specialist Mark Kastner....

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Ginger Root In Ayurveda and Chinese Medicine

Posted by on Mar 30, 2015

Ginger Root in Ayurveda and Chinese Medicine There are no panaceas in medicine, but if there were going to be one, it would have to be the humble Ginger root. Ginger is called “Vishabhesaj” in Ayurveda, which Ayurvedic physician Vasant Lad translates as “universal medicine.” That is both because of its wide applicability, its common use in medicine and kitchen, and its value for promotion of health. One of the basic rules for promoting longevity and wellness in both Ayurveda and Chinese medicine is to promote good digestion. In fact, this is a tenant of health promotion in just...

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Bone Marrow Soup in Winter: Part 1

Posted by on Dec 17, 2014

Bone broth, or what we call bone marrow soup in Chinese Medicine is just the rage right now, and for good reason. Extracting the essence of solid things, like bones and root vegetables, into liquid, or bone marrow soup, is the fastest way to nourish our own deepest essence, called Jing in Chinese medicine.  In Ayurveda this is called nourishing the deepest level of the tissues, or dhatus.  Like builds like in Chinese medicine and Ayurveda, so that the minerals and building blocks locked into the deepest recesses of an animal, its bones, and a plant, its roots, are said...

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A Case of Vertigo and Headache treated with Dry Needling and Classical Chinese Acupuncture

Posted by on May 12, 2014

Vertigo and headache treated with dry needling and classical Chinese acupuncture combines the best of two worlds– the “dry needling” de-activation of anatomically described trigger points and motor points, with the manipulation of Qi and Blood through the related  Acupuncture Channels as described in Classical Chinese Medicine. But there is more to medicine than the mere physical. “Where this is stagnation there is pain and where there is pain there is stagnation (of Qi, Blood, and Fluids)” so says the ancient classics of Chinese acupuncture theory. They also say that, “the mind leads the qi.” These two pithy aphorisms describe...

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Chinese Herbal Medicine and Acupuncture for Acute Compartment Syndrome

Posted by on Feb 27, 2014

Interesting article today in Scientific American on acute compartment syndrome, a potentially devastating injury that can even lead to amputation of a limb, and that also gives a glimpse into the role of the fascia in organizing the tissues of the body. Releasing the fascia is a big part of what myo-fascial acupuncture does. And when i treat people with soft tissue pain involving restrictions of the circulation, such as in Raynaud’s disease, but even just if their hands and or feet are cold to the touch or reported as cold, I almost always use a Chinese medicine herbal formula...

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Hormonal Acne Treatment with Acupuncture, Ayurveda, and Chinese Medicine

Posted by on Dec 22, 2011

Hormonal Acne Treatment with Acupuncture, Ayurveda, and Chinese Medicine

Hormonal Acne Treatment with Acupuncture, Ayurveda, and Chinese Medicine When considering Hormonal Acne Treatment with Acupuncture, Ayurveda, or Chinese Medicine,  its worth noting that in a certain sense all acne is hormonal– teenaged acne is associated with increased levels of testosterone and progesterone, whereas adult acne is associated with hormonal fluctuation, in both men and women– either the monthly fluctuations of estrogen and progesterone, or the daily fluctuations of stress hormones Cortisol and Adrenalin, which in turn strongly affect both estrogen and progesterone, as well as testosterone.  The most common adult hormonal fluctuation associated with acne is the menstrual...

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