Journal of Acuherb in medicine

Monthly Archives: August 2011

Hyperthyroidism Workup

Approach Considerations The most reliable screening measure of thyroid function is TSH level. TSH levels usually are suppressed to immeasurable levels (< 0.05  IU/mL) in thyrotoxicosis. Third-generation TSH assays are recommended for screening purposes. The most specific autoantibody test for autoimmune thyroiditis is an enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) test for anti-TPO antibody. Hyperthyroidism in older […]

Chinese classic herbal formula

  Chinese classic herbal formulas (Chinese: 经方) are a form of Chinese herbology, where herbs are combined for greater efficiency, compared to individual herbs. They are the basic herbal formulas that students of Traditional Chinese medicine learn. Later these students will adapt these classic formulas to match the needs of each patient. History Many of these formulas were created […]

Are there risks or side effects to acupuncture?

Are there risks or side effects to acupuncture? Usually not. Acupuncture is a very safe method of encouraging the body to promote natural healing and improve function. Done properly, acupuncture rarely causes serious side effects. Many people feel a brief stinging sensation, like a pinprick, during insertion of the needles. Others experience a dull ache […]

Combating Feelings of Holiday Stress, Anxiety and Depression with Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine

While the holidays are depicted in movies as a time of idyllic serenity and joy, we have all felt the realities of holiday stress. Financial concerns, gift giving, busy schedules, family obligations, weight gain and lack of exercise all play into the holiday cheer.  These pressures can affect us physically, emotionally and spiritually often leading […]

Acupuncture for Weight Loss

How to Lose the Weight and Keep It Off with Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine. Weight loss comes under the topic of “Weight Control”, because we are concerned with the loss and MAINTENANCE of loss of weight. This is a multi-faceted problem, and a good program involves diet, exercise and stress reduction techniques. Chinese acupressure and […]

Thyroid Treatment With TCM and Acupuncture

    The health of your thyroid gland truly makes or breaks your daily energy level, the ability to sustain a healthy weight for your frame, overall metabolic function, and can even affect your emotional life (if thyroid function is low, depression can result; if thyroid function is high, anxiety can result). Your thyroid is […]

Concept of disease

In general, disease is perceived as a disharmony (or imbalance) in the functions or interactions of yin, yang, qi, xu?, zang-fu?, meridians etc. and/or of the interaction between the human body and the environment. Therapy is based on which “pattern of disharmony” can be identified.Thus, “pattern discrimination” is the most important step in TCM diagnosis. […]

TCM model of the body

TCM’s view of the human body is only marginally concerned with anatomical structures, but focuses primarily on the body’s functions[ (such as digestion, breathing, temperature maintenance, etc.): “The tendency of Chinese thought is to seek out dynamic functional activity rather than to look for the fixed somatic structures that perform the activities. Because of this, […]

Five Elements theory

Five Phases theory Five Phases (五行, pinyin: wu xíng), sometimes also translated as the “Five Elements”  theory, presumes that all phenomena of the universe and nature can be broken down into five elemental qualities – represented by wood (木, pinyin: mù), fire (火pinyin: huǒ), earth (土, pinyin: tǔ), metal (金, pinyin: jīn), and water (水, pinyin: shuǐ).  In this way, lines of correspondence can be drawn: Phenomenon Wood […]

The Vital Substances

Jing (Essence)The refined and precious substance that is the material basis for all life. It influences our constitution, reproduction, growth and development, and our longevity. It is the foundation for the production of Qi and aids in the production of marrow. There is both Prenatal and Postnatal Jing.  Xue (Blood)Blood is the densest of the vital substances, […]

Huangdi Neijing

Huangdi Neijing (simplified Chinese:; traditional Chinese:  pinyin: Huangdi  Neij?ng), also known as�The Inner Canon of Huangdi or Yellow Emperor’s Inner Canon, is an ancient Chinese medical text that has been treated as the fundamental doctrinal source forChinese medicine for more than two millennia and until today. It is comparable in importance to the Hippocratic Corpus in Greek medicine or the […]

Four Tiers of Asian Medicine

Food Therapy Herbal Therapy Exercise: Tai Chi & Qi Gong Acupuncture & Cupping I. FOOD THERAPY “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.” – Hippocrates circa 431 B.C. Traditional Asian Medicine first employs food as a therapeutic tool. Why? Because we are very pre-occupied with food. Our stomachs will let us know […]

Add a navigation menu to WordPress

This tutorial will explain how to add a simple HorizontalNavigation Menuto WordPress. The navigation menu or bar will allow your visitors to obtain easy access to your site and all of it’s content directly from the top of each page or post.   Note:There is now a great plugin available that supersedes this tutorial. The […]

Acupuncture Treatment For Allergies in Acuherb Clinic

What Every Person Suffering From Allergies Ought To Know-About Acupuncture. There’s a Natural, Safe, Effective, and Drug FreeAlternative” by Dr. Kenneth Wang If seeing your first robin or watching the crocus beginning to surface makes you cringe, you are likely one of the millions of people that suffer from spring allergies in Davis every year. […]

WP-dTree plugin

Dynamic tree-widgets to replace the standard archives, categories, pages and link lists. Description Installation FAQ Screenshots Other Notes Changelog Stats This plugin provides?dynamic navigation trees?to replace the standard archives, categories, pages and link lists. They’re widgets so you can setup?the awesome tree navigation?with drag & drop ease, but it also exposes several?new template tags?for developers. […]

Getting Traffic to Your Blog

The number one rule is to create valuable content. This is really important. You want people to keep returning to your site. But, how do you get them there in the first place? Time and lots of effort. If you keep at it, using these suggestions below, you will grow your site. I?ll cover both […]

Introduce traditional Chinese medicine

What is Traditional Chinese Medicine? Traditional Chinese medicine refers to health practices, approaches, knowledge and beliefs incorporating plant, animal and mineral based medicines, spiritual therapies, manual techniques and exercises, applied singularly or in combination to treat, diagnose and prevent illnesses or maintain well-being. Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is an ancient medical system, which has existed […]

Infertility Treatment Philosophy

Cultivate the soil before planting the seed. While infertility may appear to be the core problem, it is actually the manifestation of a deeper underlying imbalance. Through our approach of creating a healthy and fertile body, we correct the imbalance and leave it to the body to do what it was created to do: live […]

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