Traditional Chinese Medicine in the Treatment of Diabetes

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Maggie B. Covington The Chinese language includes two terms for diabetes. The traditional name, Xiao-ke, correlates closely with diabetes in most instances. Xiao-ke syndrome means “wasting and thirsting.” The more modern term, Tang-niao-bing, means “sugar urine illness.” Diabetes is classically divided into three types: upper, middle, and lower Xiao-ke. Each has characteristic symptoms. The upper […]

Gout in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM)

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Jonathan Clogstoun-Willmott Gout in TCM was written about nearly 2000 years ago, so those ancient Chinese had problems just like us! We now know it is a form of arthritis, caused by excess uric acid which gets deposited in the joints, often starting with that of the big toe. … Actions or factors that increase propensity to […]

How Traditional Chinese Medicine Views and Treats Peptic Ulcer

Peptic ulcers are western medical terminology to describe the open sores that develop on the inside lining of your stomach (Gastric ulcers) and the upper portion of your small intestine (Duodenal ulcers ). In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), they are categorized as “stomach ache” or “epigastric pain” according to the nature of their symptoms. … […]

Understanding Cough and Its Remedies: A TCM Perspective

Tan Kang Ting Coughing is your body’s natural reaction to clear irritants in your throat and airways. According to Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) theory, the lungs are delicate organs and are most susceptible to external pathogens or factors. … In TCM, there are 2 main categories of cough: Cough induced by external pathogens or external […]

Traditional Chinese Medicine: A Promising Candidate for the Treatment of Alzheimer’s Disease

Zhi-Kun Sun, Hong-Qi Yang and Sheng-Di Chen Alzheimer’s disease (AD) is an age-related neurodegenerative disorder, characterized clinically by insidious onset of memory and cognition impairment, emergence of psychiatric symptoms and behavioral disorder, and impairment of activities of daily living (ADL). Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) is practiced in the Chinese health care system for more than […]

Autoimmune Diseases in Chinese Medicine – Part 2

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Giovanni Maciocia Obviously there is no theory of “autoimmune” diseases in Chinese medicine. However, by analyzing the nature of autoimmunity and of the Chinese correspondent of the immune system (which I shall call “defence system”) , we can formulate certain theories. In my opinion, autoimmunity implies seven aspects from a Chinese perspective which set it […]

The Treatment of Autoimmune Diseases with TCM – Part 1

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Giovanni Maciocia Chinese medicine does not have a single explanation of the autoimmune pathology as obviously ancient Chinese medicine could not have such a view of the immune system. One can of course use a Chinese identification of patterns for each of these diseases and treat them successfully, but that does not really explain the […]

TCM Dampness and Food Therapy

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Edward F. Block IV One of the most central concepts of TCM is that of the intimate connection between the body and the environment. The physiology of the cells, tissues, zang-fu organs and meridian system of the body is in dynamic internal equilibrium and constantly adjusts to the vagaries of the external environment. There is […]