Knee Pain and Chinese Medicine

Knee pain in Chinese Medicine is created by the Kidney energy and it is important to differentiate the difference whether of not it is due to Kidney deficiency or from a Painful Obstruction syndrome. When the pain is from a deficiency it is mainly bilateral meaning both sides of the knee and it usually develops gradually over a long period of time. Also if the knee feels weak and sometimes cold to the touch, then it is usually Kidney Yang deficiency. If it is a Kidney Yang deficiency it is usually never affected by the weather and also would never be swollen.

When the knee problem is from a pathogenic factor then you would see unilateral pain and it would start fairly suddenly. This type of knee problem would be affected by the weather, usually the rain or dampness, and the knee may be swollen as well.

In Chinese Medicine Painful obstruction usually can be several factors: one is the invasion of cold and damp due to weather conditions, and the other is from an injury which creates stagnation of Qi due to the injury. Usually when someone gets hurt the body takes it as a kind of shock and closes down somewhat from the trauma of the injury. This is why it is always a good thing to get an acupuncture treatment very soon after the injury since the body does not get that much of a chance to close down, thereby creating an instant flow of Qi. The other reason for knee pain is due to the stagnation of both Qi and Blood which takes place with the over usage of the joint. This is from either working out, running to hard, construction work or cleaning, and in Sonoma county I would venture to say gardening.

There are two types of pain, acute and chronic. The acute pain comes on suddenly and the chronic pain comes over a period of time. In Chinese Medicine they are both treated in similar ways. Depending on where the pain is determines which meridian will be used. The meridians are channel which run up and down the body. For example, the Stomach Meridian runs along the front of the body, above the knee and inside the joint itself, the Liver Meridian is on the back of the knee as well as the Spleen. The knee can have pain on the top, on the sides or in the back, in which case different Meridians would be used to move the Qi and Blood.

I just finished treating a man who has knee pain on the sides of his knees for about 10 years. He is 54 years old and has had no swelling but has pain deep within the joint. He also claims that it may be an old injury form a ski accident many years ago and has gone untreated since then since it has only begin to bother him rather recently. Since he is a bit older and the injury has been long standing, I decided to put him on a formula called Duo Huo Ji Sheng Tan. With eight treatments and taking the formula daily his knee pain has almost totally resolved. Through acupuncture and herbs most knee pain can be healed, the results I have gotten have been profound and lasting.

WOMEN, SEX AND CHINESE MEDICINE

Chinese medicine has always stressed the desire and importance of sexual activity. Sexual desire depends on the Minister Fire and a healthy sexual appetite indicates that the Fire is abundant. When sexual desire builds in the Minister Fire it blazes and accumulates energy and creates a normal flow of Qi. The stirring of the Minister Fire when sexual desire builds up affects the Mind and the Heart. To have a normal sex drive creates a balance and also creates a healthy mental attitude. There are many things written in Chinese medicine during the Qing dynasty, which talk about women’s emotional longing and loneliness. Among the emotional causes they talk about worry and pensiveness, depression and also stagnation due to sexual frustration. There are also many things written about satisfying the heart.

 

When the body is restricted due to lack of sexual desire it no longer receives that type of satisfaction. In my practice I have now seen so many women who not only have no sexual desire but because of their age are no longer interested in being intimate and sharing that experience. I believe that sometimes this can be due to a hormonal imbalance and sometimes it is due to emotional blockages, which have taken place over time. I feel it is important to have a natural sexual craving and to also be satisfied with the closeness, which can be achieved by this connection. The exchange of energy, which happens during sexual activity, is a beneficial time between two partners. I recently have spoken with so many women who have problems in this area that I have decided to write an article on how I have managed to heal this.

 

Over the past ten years I have given many women a hormone test and have found that there are three different things occurring. In menopause, the Minister Fire begins to burn out due to Kidney Yin deficiency and needs to be fed again. I have accomplished this by using alternative hormone treatment and several herbal supplements and have had really good luck. I believe as with all treatments that once the body is balanced, its natural state of being begins to unfold again. In Chinese medicine it is natural to have a sexual appetite and also beneficial to express that. The Kidney energy is related to the Ming Men Fire and helps to keep that fire alive. To be deficient in this only means that the body needs to be rebalanced with treatments and herbs. The good thing about Chinese Medicine is that it has the capacity to build up energy and organs by tonifying them. This is not done in the Western world and people suffer from many things throughout their entire lives because of this.

 

As we get older many things begin to get deficient and many old patterns become very cemented in the body causing stagnation. All of these things can be addressed through treatment. I recently had a patient that had some emotional problems around the idea of sex since she got married very young and had five children so sex for her was about recreating and being a Mom, not about pleasure. She has been put on several things for hormone balancing as well as some herbs to soothe her Liver energy. In four months she has begun to really relax and enjoy intimacy in a different way. My other patient had complained of painful sex along with no sexual appetite and we were also able to not only get rid of the pain but to also reestablish a normal sexual appetite. This took about three to four months but so far she is doing much better. I believe that most people want to feel that closeness with their partner and share that deep connection. It is only natural. To see this being resolved in many patients has been astounding to me. Please know that Chinese Medicine helps to rebalance the body and also helps to bring it back to a place of joy with a normal expression of love.

 

 

Wellness and Chinese Medicine

Chinese Medicine was originally created for wellness not illness. It was understood that a person could keep himself or herself well by taking herbs daily and undergoing acupuncture treatments once or twice a week. In our society however, there is a lot of western medicine, which approaches the patient when they are ill and handles health only when something is wrong. My personal experience with western medicine has been lucky. When I was forty years old, my soon had a severe case of acne and I had just begun being a student of Chinese Medicine. He wanted to go to the western doctor for acne medication and I decided to honor his request. At the time I had a small pimple-like thing on my face right below my right eye that had been there for about a year or so. After his treatment I asked the doctor to please take a slice of it and send it into the lab. She did not want to do this since she said it looked like it was nothing and further more I was a brunette with olive skin and it was fine. At the time, I insisted and she took a sample and sent it off. Two days later I received a phone call notifying me that I had melanoma and to schedule a “mose” surgery immediately. This type of surgery takes one slice at a time, examines it under a microscope until the slice that is taken is cancer free. After the mose surgery I was taken to a friend of mine who stitched it up, he had just opened up a plastic surgery clinic in Beverly Hills. I did this because it was from my eye down my entire cheek and wanted it to look good when it healed. I had asked my Chinese teachers at school what to do and they all said to have it taken out and then do Chinese medicine afterwards to build my system back up again.

 

I of course survived the surgery and went on to heal myself of it ever reoccurring again. I studied many ideas about cancer and its reoccurrence and to this day I remain healthy, strong and my white blood cell count is perfect. I did this all through Chinese herbs and treatments. I believe that today the amount of ill health, western medications, cancer etc. has been overwhelming. I do believe that some people need to do a western treatment first but can regain the health through alternative means. There are several products I now put all of my patients on. To begin with they all take a green drink in the morning with protein powder and sometimes chlorophyll and they all are taking a mushroom formula for their immune system. I try to have my patients eat organically, stay away from antibiotics or replace them with something similar but not as harsh like grape seed extract. For every western medication there is an eastern or holistic alternative which will work just as well and has no side effects. There is also the possibility of totally healing and illness instead creating it as a lifetime illness.

 

Our bodies are the only thing we have and we need to take care of it. I have a patient recently that has been taking Lipitor as well as sleeping pills. The Lipitor is for high cholesterol and is so harsh that this patient had to take a blood test every two months to make sure his liver was all right. So over a period of six months with alternative herbs and formulas and weekly treatments, this patient is not only off the Lipitor and has cholesterol of 160 but also is no longer on sleeping pills at all and sleeps much better. It was Dr. Stiller the creator of osteopathy who claimed that the body has the ability to heal itself and not to interrupt it with medication. Now with this same patient, we are going to work on his weight so that we can get him healthier through severaldetox programs that will help him with his food choices and firm up his body more.

 

My other recent patient came in with acid regurgitation as well as severe stomach problems. Her western doctor had her on medication “forever.” Now after ten treatments she is eating better, taking Chinese herbs to heal her stomach and taking the daily protocol of herbs and vitamins. She is totally pain free. She has already completed one detox program and was just put on her second one.

 

I mention these two cases without telling you what the diagnosis is in Chinese medicine. The first diagnosis would be stuck liver qi with a stomach yin deficiency and the second case would be spleen deficiency and spleen going upward instead of downward. The real cure for all of these is for me trying to get people healthy and I believe part of that is getting people off their western medications so that their body can begin to heal naturally. I know that from working in the hospital in Santa Monica with two oncologists that some medications may be needed and some people are frightened by the idea getting off of their meds…. but there is a way to incorporate both western and eastern and I do believe that people do not have to be on medication forever. Some western medications actually cripple the health of the patient and doesn’t allow for wellness. It is time to take your health into your own hands, educate yourselves about the meds you are taking and see if there is an alternative approach that would work and would be healthier.

 

TREATMENT OF STRESS IN CHINESES MEDICINE

The treatment of stress in Chinese Medicine covers all the organ systems in different ways. What happens during the time of stress is that the Qi (energy) either gets trapped somehow or gets somewhat twisted and out of sorts. The idea in Chinese Medicine is to keep the Qi smooth and flowing. However, when there is stress involved, the energy becomes stagnant and begins to have an affect on the organs. To begin with, we can discuss different organs and their individual responses. The Lung organ is in charge of breathing and the emotion involved with it is grief. In a situation where someone is caring for a loved one who is older and not doing well, there is a deep area which gets very depleted and over whelmed. I have seen this recently in several of my patients who are caring for their elderly parents and the responsibility becomes very intense. I have two patients now who are in similar position and they both come in for weekly treatments and herbs and they are able to handle things much better. They are given a combination of liver herbs to smooth the energy out and heart herbs to calm and center their spirits. They both claim that they are calmer and can handle things much better. The Lung energy naturally has a descending motion but in this case the Qi does not descend and people have trouble breathing or can have a slight asthma reaction.

 

Another organ which is affected by stress is the Heart. During intense times of stress the Heart houses the Mind and Blood in Chinese medicine and because of this, mentally someone can go through emotional and mental turmoil, bad dreams, and an unbalanced emotional state that is devoid of joy. The patient can also experience heart palpitations and an energy weakness as well. Since the Heart houses the blood it is important to have the blood flowing smoothly so it can nourish the heart and the body. If the Heart Qi is strong, the blood vessels will be full and regular. If the heart Qi is weak, the pulse will be feeble and irregular. The state of the blood can also be reflected in someone’s complexion. If the blood is strong and flowing the complexion will be rosy. It is very common for someone to begin forgetting things when their heart Qi is running so low. This can also be reflected in mental restlessness as well.

 

The Liver energy has a lot to do with courage and anxiety. The Liver organ stores the blood and has it go to the sinews and bones and also opens up to the eyes. It is a self-regulating organ, which is co-coordinated with physical activity. In many ways it is best to make sure one’s Qi is moved by physical energy so that it does not get stuck. When the Liver operates well and with nourishment…the feet can walk, the hands can hold and the fingers can grasp. In a situation of depletion the body will become extremely tired and will not be able to fight off exterior pathogens. The individual can become easily ill, the muscles can begin to cramp, the eyes will begin to hurt and the emotion will be filled with anger. I have gotten tremendous results in relaxing and nurturing the Liver energy so that it flows downward and is smooth. This organ can actually be responsible for depression on top of a stress reaction towards life. I believe Chinese medicine can get immediate results with even one treatment.

 

The Spleen and Stomach meridians can be grouped together in order to understand the effects of stress. They are the two organs responsible for transforming and transporting food. The Spleen energy has to do with worry. The Spleen and Stomach direct Qi downwards so in times of stress, the energy or Qi of these organs can move upwards causing belching, acid reflux or indigestion. The Spleen is in charge of holding the blood together in the vessels. When a patient is over-worrying or over-thinking, this alone can throw the digestive system off. Things are no longer digested, go through the system and then are expelled. Instead, the system begins to shut down and not only can constipation occur but food will not be digested properly and nutrition will not be absorbed by the system. The Spleen and Stomach together create a “lifting” experience and when they are not working properly there could be a form of prolapse occurring. The Spleen is the residence of thought so meditation would help to create a calmness and clarity.

 

These are some of the organ systems that are hampered from stress. All the organ systems work together in Chinese medicine to create balance and in times of stress it is important to see if you can get a couple treatments to help you through the hard times. I have seen remarkable results in just one or two treatments with acupuncture and herbs together. If you are in a situation that you need some help, please take of yourself first so that you can take care of situations with a greater amount of ease and harmony. This will help transform your experience of difficult events and times.

Sinus Problems and Chinese Medicine

In Chinese Medicine sinusitis corresponds to an old Chinese term by the name of Bi Yuan. This literally means “nose pool”. Bi Yuan is said to be brain discharge since it deals with profuse and purulent discharge from the nose which the Chinese felt comes from the brain. In my practice, I have seen numerous patients with severe amounts of discharge as well as postnasal drip in the back of their throats and pain in the sinus areas. I have also seen patients with headaches from their sinuses. As for brain discharge, I don’t feel as though this is quite accurate although its possible that the Gall Bladder channel is involved due to that it flows through the brain. The main symptoms of sinusitis are profuse discharge from the front and the back of the nose, and into the throat, facial pain, and a feeling of heaviness in the head. There is also local tenderness over the maxillary and the frontal sinus.

 

In this article I will explain different pathologies and how to go about transforming these. The first etiology is an invasion of Wind-Heat or Wind-Cold. Both of these are associated with the Lung Qi energy in the body. It is the Lung energy that when it blocked impairs the function of the Lungs to move the Qi downwards thus creating the fluids to stagnate in the nose and sinus passages. In Chinese Medicine, Wind-Heat enters through the front of the neck and Wind-Cold enters through the back of the neck. A cold or virus in Western medicine would enter through the front of the body and in an airplane or an open window with cold air would enter through the back of the neck. In fact a cold might not be cured all the way thus creating the next viral attack in an already infected area. Both of these symptoms are treated with the use of acupuncture and herbs and can also be treated once someone feels the first signs of these to lessen the extent of the illness.

 

The classic symptoms of Wind-Heat are stuffed nose, yellow phlegm, nasal discharge, headache, diminished sense of smell and aversion to cold and fever. The treatments involves clearing the heat, removing the wind and opening up the nasal passages. I have seen remarkable results in just one treatment and the herbal formulas are very effective. Under the heat category there is also Lung-Heat, which occurs as well. These symptoms include yellow purulent discharge, tenderness over sinuses, feeling of heat, headache and thirst. The patient has a chronic sinus condition with Wind-Heat and has an impaired system when it comes to creating a descending function of the Lungs. Many patients have come to me with this problem and they also have Phlegm-Heat as well with this condition. I have one female patient who had sinus infections all of her life and I treated her with acupuncture and herbs for all most one year and she now has very few occurrences after o lifetime of discomfort. The acupuncture and herbs helped to get rid of her phlegm and constant stuffy nose. The Chinese formulas and also the use of an amino acid that I find helps tremendously.

 

There is another antilogy in the heat category called, Liver-Gallbladder Fire. These symptoms include, red face, yellow discharge, and pain in sinus area, irritability and dry stools. For this patient I would clear the Liver fire raising to the nose clear the gall bladder channel and restore the Lung_Qi to its descending function. I currently have a male patient age 6 who has had chronic problems with his sinuses and we put him on a formula and gave him several treatments and after three times his phlegm began to dissipate as well as his irritability. It’s always interesting to heal what is underneath a symptom so that the patient can have a true healing. This man is in a very intense business and has a great amount of responsibility on his shoulders. The formulas for this patient made such a change in him that he also looks younger and has lost over 15 pounds during the treatment.

 

The last clinical manifestation is Stomach and Spleen Damp-Heat. This involves nasal discharge, dry lips, a feeling of heaviness and a feeling of oppression in the chest and upper abdomen. In this situation I would clear the heat, resolve the dampness and harmonize the Stomach and spleen. The formulas are very good for this and I feel that many people have this particular problem do to overuse of antibiotics and western medicines as children. It is my belief that these drugs have somewhat damaged the spleen and stomach and these organs need to be built back up again. Along with this the diet in Chinese medicine always need s to be addressed due to the heavy consumption of fried foods, sugar and also milk and cheese in the western diet. An excessive amount of phlegm leads to the formation of dam-heat in the Stomach and Spleen and can be carried upwards towards the sinus area. In fact one patient, who always had cereal and milk late at night as a treat was taken off this and in one week he noticed a tremdous difference from this alone.

 

Sinusitis is a stubborn, chronic disease, which may need long-term treatments, but with acupuncture and herbs it is possible to get rid of the problems and tonify the patient to wellness.

Sciatica and Chinese Medicine

The lower back in Chinese Medicine is the residence of the Kidneys. If the back pain radiates down the leg from the back it indicates a more Full condition, usually from Damp-Cold in the leg channels. Occasionally it may also be due to Damp-Heat. The pain may also only occur in the leg without affecting the back. This syndrome of back pain is called Sciatica. It is important to try and find out what channels are involved so that certain acupuncture points can be used. As mentioned in many of my other articles, pain can be caused by both a deficiency or an excess condition as well as be an acute problem, which occurs suddenly or a chronic problem which continually occurs over time. Chronic conditions are always due to Kidney deficiency which can be combined with retention of Damp-Cold or stagnation of Qi and Blood.

 

Throughout my eighteen years in acupuncture, I have seen many types of Sciatica and the use of both Acupuncture and Herbs have gotten some very quick results. Many times there is a radiating leg pain in the very back of the leg or on the side of the leg. It usually occurs down one leg only and can be resolved in just a few treatments. The use of the herbs helps to release the cold, nourish the Kidneys and remove the dampness. Along with these treatments, I have given herbs to many patients to take for several months afterwards to minimize further back problems. It is also interesting to look at the function of the back, which helps us to stand erect in the world and move forward. In times of stress, many people experience back problems.

 

When a backache is accompanied by sciatica it usually takes a little longer to treat. As mentioned above, Sciatica is usually caused by Wind-Cold in both acute and chronic cases. The pain is usually worse in the morning and better with light exercise and movement. The pain can be relieved by an application of heat and is worse when the weather is cold and damp. During an acupuncture treatment I use both a special heat lamp and a warming herb called moxa. When Cold predominates there may be stiffness and contraction of the back muscles and the pain is more aggravated by rest and stagnation. When Dampness predominates there may be swelling, numbness and a feeling of heaviness.

 

My 55 year old patient complained of an acute backache, which had started after working at one of her jobs as a gardener. The pain was intense and was centered around the lower left kidney area. It radiated downwards to the left buttocks and the back of the leg. She was so uncomfortable that she came directly from work to see if she could get some relief so that she could go back to her job the following day. We even did her verbal intake with her standing up rather than sitting. The muscles on her left side were in spasm and the entire area felt very stiff. She was treated with both distal points and local points for a period of 45 minutes with both needles and moxa. I also sent her home with a fabulous Chinese formula for Sciatica. Upon getting off the table 80% of all her pain was gone and in the next couple days we gave her one more treatment and she took the herbs for four days. After the last treatment she was totally pain free.

 

Lower backache and Sciatica can be treated perfectly, adequately and successfully according to Chinese Medicine. The results are profound with no Western pain medications or treatments.

BONE FRACTURES AND CHINESE MEDICINE

Bone in Chinese Medicine has to do with the kidney meridian. The matrix of bones, bone marrow, brain and spinal cord are all generated by the kidney essence. The marrow is the basis for the formation of bone marrow, which nourishes the bones. Thus the kidneys also govern the bone marrow and bones. If the kidney essence is strong, the bones will be strong, and the teeth will be firm. If the kidney essence is weak, the bones will be brittle and the teeth loose. The Kidney-Essence has also an important influence on vitality and mental vigor. This means that the Kidneys determine both the physical and mental strength of an individual. They also determine our will power. This article is very personal for me because in the beginning of December I fell at a local grocery store and fractured my right hand, specifically the long bone on my pinky and the attachment to the fourth finger. The fall was so bas that my tissue damage was severe and the pain was excruciating due to the fact that the long bone continued to move and could not be stationary for a period of over two weeks.

 

There are so many components to being injured. There is the physical pain, the emotional felling of being scattered as well as the psychological implications of being out of work and feeling so vulnerable and actually not being able to care for one self. The main problem of an injury that happens immediately is pain and usually swelling which is followed by the response of the physical body almost turning off to protect itself. It is a very important time to not only see a medical doctor to confirm the fractures or injury but is also a time to get the body’s Qi functioning again. It helps to get an acupuncture treatment just to reestablish the balance and to also get things moving. The herbs are also very important at this time since they can be taken three times a day and can help the body with its inflammation responses, bruising and also pain. I am not an advocate of western pain medication since I feel that there are so many alternatives that work that are beneficial.

 

To suffer a severe injury is very difficult on the body and the body needs to get plenty of rest, eat a healthy diet that is filled with vital foods and also honor the process of truly healing. There is a very old remedy for swelling and pain that entails using hot water, not more that 98 degrees and cold water and alternating these two for five minutes at a time so that the body begins to pump blood and begins to move a bit more. It can also help with remaining swelling that won’t go down. Aside from acupuncture, if the patient is too sensitive, there is an electro-stim machine, which can be used with adhesive patches to help the healing process instead of needles. This healing process is so important since if this does not occur fully than it can develop into degenerative joint disease, arthritis, or even carpal tunnel syndrome. In the case of the pinky it is called ulnar compression, which can not only lead to arthritis but also can also shorten the length of the finger due to the injury and cause the finger to not close properly on the hand.

 

The hand is one of the most important mechanisms of human expression. In the hand-foot pair, the hand represents the yang aspect, which enables us to act on the world, to transform it, to seize it, but also to protect us from it. The hand expresses ideas in action, as well as power and domination, strength and authority. Square in shape, it is centered on the point Heart 8 and symbolizes creation and potential. In every tradition, the hand is always linked to knowledge. The heart is linked to intuitive knowledge; the hand itself is linked to experimental knowledge. It is interesting to note that the word hand in Latin means manifestation. The hand is and expression of the Heart as we can see in fine paintings. The hand is also linked to an energetic micro system. Through the hand we exchange between the human Qi and the outside world. In Chinese medicine it can again be broken down into Yin, Yang, Deficiency, Excess, Cold and Heat in order to form a correct diagnosis. There are acupuncutre points which do not have to be applied at the site but can be used as distal points in order to heal. There are formulas for fractures as well as healing the kidney energy and mending the bones so that they heal strong and don’t cause problems down the line. In Chinese Medicine even if someone has an old injury, they can be built up and strengthened over time.

 

It is very important to handle our bodies gracefully and take the time and energy to heal properly. My own healing has not only been profound but has also enabled me to heal many personal things on a deep level given the opportunity of truly seeing things in a different light. Please honor yourself and your body by making sure it gets the right treatments, herbs and nutrition during such an important time.

EMOTIONS AND CHINESE MEDICINE

In my previous articles I have discussed the benefit of acupuncture and herbs for physical problems. Recently I have seen many patients who have been experiencing some major shifts in their lives due to relationship problems, the economy and also their work. At this level of acupuncture it is important for me to ask some vital questions, “Who is this unique and individual patient? How is this patient? What does this patient need to become whole and complete on all levels?” It seems that for now I am interested in my patients mental and spiritual well-being. Any symptom can be the result of imbalance and once there is imbalance in one organ, there is imbalance in all of them. In Chinese Medicine all the organs have an emotion attached to them. For instance the Liver is connected to anger and anxiety, the Heart is connected to joy, the Spleen is worry, Kidney is fear, and the Lungs are grief. When someone gets in the position of over using these emotions, they create excess in that particular organ. My job is to balance out the organs so that my patient feels a sense of balance and relief.

 

In Chinese Medicine, emotions are mental stimuli, which disturb the Mind and the Ethereal and Corporeal Souls. These in turn alter the balance of the internal organs, which affects the harmony of the Qi and Blood. The Heart’s fear anxiety and pensiveness injure the Mind…the Spleen’s worry, injures the intellect, the Liver’s sadness and shock injures the Ethereal Soul, the Lung’s excessive joy injures the Corporeal Soul and the Kidney’s anger injures the will-power to move forward. In some cases, guilt may also arise from repressed anger and may go inwards and cause an attitude of self-punishment. An imbalance starts on an emotional level and/or mental level and begins to disturb “the shen” which is the heart. This in turn causes Qi stagnation and /or blood stagnation that affect our spirit as well as our organs.

 

I recently treated a patient who is in her thirties and whose companion was called to work in another city for an extended period of time. This arrangement brought up so much fear for her due to the fact that everything was changing and she began to feel unneeded, lonely and very emotional and this in turn created doubts regarding the relationship, her home and her work. She began to feel tremendous stress and became so stagnant that she didn’t even have the energy to get up in the morning. She claimed that even when she was young she felt this type of extreme sensitivity and was very emotional. It seems amazing for these emotions to come up so strongly and also to be so tied into one’s past and to see how someone still can respond in a similar way but they are thirty years older. Perhaps this becomes a time to heal past responses. For this patient I worked on the Kidney energy, which has to do with fear and also the Heart energy, having to do with the deep emotional upsets.

 

There are very good Chinese formulas that can calm the heart and nourish the Kidneys. Along with the treatments and the herbs I also changed her diet and gave her an exercise routine where she could get out in the morning. After two treatments she began to feel more stable and began to look at what she could do during this time to strengthen her own needs and become happier within. In three weeks she was able to create a healthier state of peace within herself and transform some old ideas about herself. I do not think this is an easy thing to do but I do feel that whatever is given us to handle is the very thing that we need to look at and embrace so that we can experience our own individual transformation. This is an important time for many people to do this type of work so they can move out of the old and into the new.

CHINESE MEDICINE AND DIABETES

Type 2 Diabetes, the most common form, often accompanies obesity. As we as a nation continue to gain weight, our rate of diabetes spirals out of control. In the eight years from 1990 to 1998, the incidence of diabetes has increased by30%. From this point forward it has touched over 10% of all adults and is now becoming an epidemic of over 150,000 young children. This translates to 16 million Americans. This situation is becoming serious enough for me to talk about Chinese Medicine for both children and adults and how it approaches diabetes.

 

Almost all cases of diabetes are either Type1 or Type 2. Type 1 is created at a young age although now in our society it is becoming more prevalent in adults. This type of diabetes is insulin dependent and lasts a lifetime. It is very difficult to always pay attention to sugar levels and there are many people who do not deal with this responsibly. Type 2 diabetes accounts for 90% of all cases and it interests me more since I have treated numerous people and have gotten incredible results. Both types of disease deal with the dysfunctional glucose metabolism. Usually food is digested and the carbohydrate part is broken down into simple sugars, much of which is glucose. The glucose enters the body and the pancreas manages its transport into the body to produce the insulin. The glucose is then converted to short-term energy for immediate cell use and then some is also stored for long-term energy and later use.

 

As a person develops diabetes, the metabolic process collapses and in Type 2 diabetes the insulin doesn’t do its job and the blood sugar is not metabolized properly. After you eat, your blood sugar rises and the distribution doesn’t occur throughout the body. Because of this, the body begins to break down and does not perform well. This creates a rise in blood sugar to dangerous levels. In Chinese Medicine this would have to do with the role of the Spleen or Earth and also its relationship with the Pancreas and Liver.

I have seen many patients come in with other ailments, which are created by this glucose metabolism problem. Many times patients are overweight, have heart problems, high blood pressure and even nervous system damage. Modern drugs offer no cure for diabetes so it becomes more treatable with alternative medicine. The treatments in Chinese Medicine involve balancing the energy and also nurturing the Spleen energy so that it can perform its function of transportation and transformation through the system. This also helps to create a balance in the Pancreas and the Liver. Through the use of acupuncture points and also some chinese herbs as well as a western blood sugar balancing formula, I have been able to reverse many of these adult onset conditions. It is also important to work with the diet which is a low-fat, high-carbohydrate, high-fiber, diet that also deletes all sugar and has a low consumption of animal fat. An exercise program is also recommended since it helps with weight control and also moving the Qi and helping digestion.

The idea in Chinese Medicine is always to create balance. If an organ system like the Spleen is not functioning properly it needs to be tonified. Overeating alone can blow out the spleen and make its job too big to handle. I have recently had a patient who was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes and her western doctor wanted to put her on shots. She gave me three months of treatment and after that time using acupuncture and herbs along with diet changes, her sugar levels became normal.

 

If you experience problems with this disease it is best to try an alternative program first before you begin to take drastic measures. It is amazing how natural medicine is so effective with both children and adults. Please don’t wait to create health and well being for yourself or someone in your family.