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Prostate Cancer

By Dr. Ken Y Wang Prostate cancer is one of the most common cancers affecting men, especially elderly men in their sixties, seventies and eighties. It has been suggested that if every man lives long enough, he will eventually develop prostate cancer. In western countries, it is the cancer most frequently found in men after […]

Osteoporosis

Osteoporosis is a debilitating condition of skeletal fragility that predominantly affects women and is particularly common in the elderly. It is a metabolic bone disease characterized by a parallel reduction in bone mineral density and bone matrix, leading to deterioration of the micro-architecture of bone tissue and impairment of the structural integrity of trabecular bone (the inner […]

Myasthenia Gravis

By Dr. Ken. Wang Myasthenia gravis is a chronic disorder of neuromuscular junction function that causes muscles to become weak and to tire easily. The specific pattern of muscle involvement is often important to diagnosis.  The Brain and Nervous System The central nervous system comprises the brain and spinal cord. Nerves are attached to the spinal cord […]

Ménière’s Disease

By Dr. Ken. Y. Wang   Picture of ear anatomy Eardrum, malleus, incus and stapes are hearing organs. Semicircular canal (labyrinth), vestibular nerve and cochlea are balancing organs. (Stedmans’s Medical Dictionary 27th edition copyright 1999) Ménière’s disease is a disease of the inner ear. Build-up of fluid in the inner ear creates excess pressure and causes […]

Lung Cancer

By Dr. Ken.  Wang Lung cancer is the most comm only fatal of all cancers, killing more than half a million people worldwide every year. A majority of lung cancers are linked to tobacco use. As this habit becomes more prevalent, lung cancer numbers rise. It is the leading fatal cancer among adult males and is rapidly […]

Liver Cancer

Liver Cancer by Dr. Ken Wang The liver is a large wedge shaped organ found in the upper right side of the abdominal cavity. It is essential for the digestion and metabolism of food, breakdown of toxins and drugs, production of blood clotting factors and storage of blood. Liver cancer is one of the most […]

Atherosclerosis

Atherosclerosis   Atherosclerosis of the heart, better known as coronary heart disease, is classified in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) as chest pain syndrome. It is characterized by pain in the chest, which may progress towards the back. Patients can also have shortness of breath, especially when lying flat. Symptoms of heart atherosclerosis have been mentioned in […]

Allergic Rhinitis

Allergic Rhinitis   Allergic rhinitis or hay fever is a disorder characterized by acute attacks of nasal itching, congestion, watery nasal discharge, and sneezing. The episodes occur frequently with short intervals, or remission periods, between attacks. Attacks commonly occur in the morning and at night. Affected individuals are completely normal between episodes. The disorder is […]

Asthma

 Asthma   Asthma is classified, in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), as wheezing and/or panting syndromes. It was first described in the ancient medical book Summary of the Golden Chamber. Asthma was mentioned as a kind of “cough resulting from the ascending movement of qi (panting).” A narrowed airway caused a whistling sound during breathing, which was described as […]

Human body constitutions in TCM

Human body constitutions in TCM The constitution of each person is influenced by congenital and acquired factors, and this varies from person to person. In the other words, the body’s metabolism, functioning of organs and organ structure all combine to determine our susceptibility to pathogenic factors.In TCM, there are five different types of physical constitutions: […]

All about TCM Kidney

An Overview of TCM Kidney The TCM understanding of the kidney is more extensive than the Western understanding of the anatomical kidney, regarding it as the root of life and the origin of our individuality as human beings. It is no wonder that the kidneys are considered to be one of the most important organs […]

TCM Theory, Immunity and Dual Treatment

  TCM Theory, Immunity and Dual Treatment In the history of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), the documentary records for the Chinese word “immune” was first seen in the 18th century in the bookMian Yi Lei Fang (Formulas for the Immunity from Plague). “Plague” had been a common term used by ancient Chinese to refer to […]

Four examination methods: Questioning/history taking, inspection, auscultation (listening) & olfaction (smelling), and palpation.

The four methods have their unique clinical functions and cannot be replaced by one another. Sometimes, false manifestations of a disease occur which emphasize the importance of integrating all diagnostic methods. The above methods are esential to determine the cause and origin of the problem from which an individual suffers. As has been discussed in […]

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. […]

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, […]