Chinese Medicine

This includes various traditional medical practices that originated in ancient China. It is a general part of medical system in East Asia, but is regarded as an alternative medical care in Western countries. Chinese medical practices include acupuncture, herbal medicine, dietary therapy, and tuī-nǎ massage.

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Why is systems auricle medicine related to the great changes of 21st century?

Auricular Medicine is a scientific medical system which can diagnose and treat many different diseases of the body and the mind solely through the ears. After more than 40 years of research and practice. Dr. Li-Chun Huang, an internationally renown physician, and Dr. William S. Huang founded this unique art of healing.

This practice can as of date, diagnose and assist in the healing of over 700 ailments. Massive positives of this method are;

-Low cost, and high efficiency

-No need for costly, and hard to procure medical instruments

-Very little risk of malpractice

-No injections, medications, drugs etc

These changes have helped shift much scientific thought awayf ROM the traditional "western" healing methods, and now much research is being put into simpler, cheaper, and more readily available treatment methods.

Food & Cooking
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Can you eat turnip when taking Chinese Medicine?

if it includes ginseng,gen-seng,radix codonopsitis(Dang Shen) or other medicine that to supplement Qi (a kind of gas in our body callde qi in Chinese), you can't eat any turnip,especially the white one.

PS: my English is poor,but i hope it is helpful.

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Drug Side Effects

What are the side effects of cloves?

Herbal Medicine: Cloves are a naturally occurring spice, and there are no side effects. Cloves are used in both Chinese and herbal medicine. The essential oil is used as a anodyne (pain killer) for some dental emergencies, and cloves are used as a tranquilizer due to their ability to calm the nerves. They increase hydrochloric acid in the stomach and to improve peristalsis (a type of muscle contraction). They are also said to be a natural anthelmintic (expelling parasites).

Chinese Medicine: Tropical application over the stomach or abdomen will warm the digestive tract. The herb is so 'warming' it is not advised in anybody with fire symptoms and should not be used for anything except cold from yang deficiency. As such, it is used in Chinese medicine to eliminate impotence and clear vaginal discharge, as the effects of 'yang deficiency'. It is used for morning sickness together with ginseng and patchouli, and for vomiting and diarrhea due to spleen and stomach coldness.

In Tibetan Medicine, cloves are used internally as a tea for Multiple Sclerosis. They are also used occasionally to help with autoimmune diseases.

Safety: Actually, cloves in high doses can cause vomiting, seizures, kidney damage and problems with breathing. It is especially dangerous for young children or the elderly. Anyone with kidney or liver disorders or who have had seizures should not take cloves or clove oil. Just because something is 'naturally occurring' doesn't mean it's completely safe.

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Traditional Chinese medicine to cure Herpes?

As an external wash: Chinese herbs such as Ban Lan Gen- for it's anti microbial effects (amongst others) Huang Bai- Inhibits infection, stops itching Bai Xian Pi - Good for external skin problems Ku Shen- Clears heat, dries dampness Ye Ju Hua - Clears heat, relieves toxicity Tu Fu Ling- Relieves Toxicity and dampness

Herpes is a damp heat toxin, so dampness must be treated.

Chinese formulas such as: Long Dan Xie Gan Wan, to clear damp heat and : Wu Wei Xiao Du Yin, to clear toxins. (good for acute stages.)

-Avoid sugars (that creates dampness), caffeine, alcohol, spicy, greasy foods. -Keep immune system strong -Avoid stress and anger -Get adequate sleep

Chinese Medicine to cure Genital HerpesCure Genital Herpes with LongDan XieGan Wan

This is an ancient Chinese herbal medicinal formula that is widely used to treat instances of genital herpes. The pattern followed is referred to as the damp-heat clearing process. It addresses the outbreaks triggered by poor eating habits, consumption of too much alcohol, and eating greasy and spicy foods.

Herbal Remedy for Genital Herpes with WuWei Xiao DuYin

This remedy is referred to as the Chinese medicine formula for toxin clearing. It is an herbal concoction that is best used for acute genital herpes. The formula is recommended for genital herpes outbreaks that are caused by repressed anger, strong emotions, and eating of too much hot and spicy foods.

Treat Genital Herpes with ZhiBai DiHuang Wan

This is another Chinese herbal formula that follows the water and fire balance. Its forte is to keep genital herpes outbreaks from recurring. It is best used for fluid-filled blisters that are associated with back pains and soreness of the joints.

Natural Treatment for Genital Herpes with Woad Root

Woad root is a stand-alone Chinese herb that can whisk away viral infections. It can inhibit the growth of the virus that causes genital herpes. Woad root is also lethal to hemolytic streptococcus, salmonella typhi, and shigella flexneri.

Natural Treatment for Genital Herpes with Philodendron

Also referred to as the Huang Bai in Chinese, this herb is also popular for inhibiting bacterial, yeast, and viral growth. It can contain all the harmful organisms in the body and flush them away. This herb can also address the itching associated to genital herpes.

To the above I would add two points of caution. First is that many research labs (as ConsumerLabs) have determined that many Chinese herbal products are not standardized for active ingredients, or even for purity. Some have been contaminated with heavy metals or toxic substances, and are not reviewed by the FDA. Second is that many viral infections do not really have a "cure." Some viruses adapt so they live permanently in the body, HIV and herpes being among this group. They may be active or dormant, but they tend to be permanent after initial infection. Herpes may in fact be kept in near-complete remission by use of chronic suppressive therapy with daily doses of antiviral meds like Zovirax or Valtrex.

Conditions and Diseases
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Do Chinese antiviral herbs help treat cancer?

No. They don't treat viruses either, with a few minor exceptions. And, those exceptions require some processing to access the active compounds. Of all conditions which the herbalist/traditional Chinese medical doctor may treat, cancer represents a major test of the herbal tools we have at our disposal. A common and largely accurate perception of the damaging effects of malignancy is that "if the cancer doesn't kill you, the biomedical treatments for it will." This statement, while accurate in some regards, doesn't take into account the growing effectiveness of chemotherapy against many forms of cancer. Determining the effectiveness of biomedicine must be considered within a long-term perspective, however; survival rates are commonly measured in 5- and 10-year intervals, while a "cure" is considered when a cancer survivor has been cancer-free for seven years after cessation of treatment. The issues surrounding human health and the sequelae of malignancy are not as simple as these statistics suggest, however. While some rapidly growing forms of cancer may develop within ten days to two weeks of cancercell implantation (malignant melanoma, for example), other slower-growing tumors (consider prostate cancer) may take up to ten years to make themselves detectable. To use the term "cured" for a patient who remains cancer-free after seven years is both unrealistic and arbitrary, given the unpredictability of cancer.

Medication and Drugs
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Tamarind use as medication for cough?

Tamarind (tamarindus indica) has not been said to be used for cough in any of the herbal reference material I researched.

Conditions and Diseases
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Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Can acupuncture Cure carpal tunnel syndrome?

This is impossible to answer.

Classical or traditional Cchinese acupuncture treats the dynamic body as a whole and not a symtom (CTS).

But expereince tells us that: Yes, it might well cure your problem. But nothing can be said as to the length of treatment. If it is accompanied by Tui Na (chinese physiotherpay) then acupuncture would stand a very good chance of curing CTS but it will probably not work on its own ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Most reputable medical experts would say no...acupuncture and massage therapy and yoga etc..have been studied over the years and none of them have proven to "cure" carpal tunnel syndrome. Can they relieve carpal tunnel symptoms? absolutley! much depends on the cause of your CTS and how severe of a case you have, your age, how long have you had it before treatment etc...

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Can acupuncture help in gastric problems?

Yes acupuncture can help with all kinds of gastrointestinal disorders. Sometimes herbal therapy is also required.

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Head, Ears, and Nose
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Herbal Medicine

What herbs can you take for allergies?

Quoted from an online ezine article: Natural Herbs for Allergies - Treat Allergies Without Medication by Willhelm Williams "Modern medicine has made many advances over the years in treating allergy symptoms. Sometimes the cure may be worse than the illness. Many decongestants will lead to a dry mouth and a rise in blood pressure. Antihistamines tend to make you drowsy and groggy. Are there any natural herbs that will help treat the symptoms of allergies without all of the unpleasant side effects? The good news is that you can find many natural herbs for allergies that will offer relief from your symptoms the holistic way. Natural herbs that will actually help to prevent the symptoms rather than treating them once they start. This can be an effective way of managing many of the seasonal allergies that a number of people suffer from. I have heard about antihistamines, but what are they? Antihistamines prevent the body from producing histamines. Histamines are a chemical by product when antibodies attack a foreign substance in the body. For allergy suffers, the body has mistakenly identified a benign substance to be a threat to the body. The immune system has created an antibody to attack and destroy this threat. Histamines create the allergy symptoms like runny nose, watery eyes and coughing, so when your body cannot produce as many, your symptoms are reduced as well." The above is part of an online ezine article: Natural Herbs for Allergies - Treat Allergies Without Medication by Willhelm Williams

Chinese Medicine

Will acupuncture relieve pain for broken ribs?

The use of acupuncture for pain relief is gaining acceptance from conventional medicine. Studies utilising magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) have shown that the brain activity asociated with pain can be reduced by acupuncture.

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Can acupuncture help to quit smoking?

Yes; most acupuncturists utilize Auricular Therapy (ear acupuncture) with specific points that affect the brain, and the craving for nicotine. This therapy is most effectively combined with herbs that lower cravings for cigarettes and are then followed up with an herbal Lung tonic to restore the Lung health, such as White Tiger Return.

Ear acupuncture is the most common form of acupuncture treatment to help quit smoking. Consider finding an acupuncturist or community acupuncture clinic where you can receive treatment several times per week; when your cravings return, you will want to return to the acupuncturist. Often, small ear seeds can be placed with tape over the useful points in the ear, and allow you to stimulate these points at home between treatments.

It should also be taken into account that by far the most important part of quitting smoking is the desire of the smoker to quit, and their belief in them self, and their ability to succeed. For this reason it does not actually matter if the acupuncture has a physical effect or not, it's the smokers belief that it will work that is most important. This is not intended to suggest that acupuncture has no physical effects or benefits, just that by far the most important part of quitting is a positive mental attitude. As such, if the acupuncture improves the mental attitude it is "working."


Acupuncture is a recognized therapy that are very useful in curing various diseases. It is effective in quit smoking but result can vary from person to person. If person has desire to quit smoking then acupuncture can be more effective in quit smoking.

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What is kombucha?

kombucha is detoxifying or cleansing fermented beverageIt is actually a yeast which, when fermenting sugars, releases many healthy and detoxifying substances.

Heart Rate
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When you are measuring your pulse rate why don't you use your thumb?

Thumbs have more blood flow than your fingers and could mess up your timing when checking your pulse.

The thumb has a pulse point of its own, so you would be feeling two conflicting pulses at the same time.

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Are Kylie and Kendall Kardashian Jenner twins?

No, they are just sisters.

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Where can you buy frankincense on the internet?

I found both frankincense and myrrh oils and raw resins at the website: Ismaelimports. It can also be bought at the website: Bulkfoods.
You can order it directly from Oman ( Frankincense land ) Oman Frankincense Exporters ( )

Pure frankincense is hard to get. I've purchased from -- it's a non-profit that sells frankincense oils, hydrosols and resins. There's also extensive information about it's usage and healing properties. Plus, all their products are TAX-DEDUCTIBLE since it's a non-profit. If you haven't had frankincense before they also offer FREE SAMPLES...
Good luck!

Conditions and Diseases
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Best Chinese medicine for diabetes?

It would depend on firstly a constitutional analysis of the patient, in other words, how the body/mind is functioning, remember that pancreatic dysfunction within Chinese Medicine can have a range of diagnosis.

The greatest difference, of course, would be whether it is Type 1, or Type 2, the nature of the onset and precipitating factors. I would not self-medicate with any herbs for this condition without seeking out a well qualified and competent practitioner.

More inputThese are some of the more effective herbs: source

Atractylodes-bai zhu

Atractylodes is an important Qi tonic famous for regulating the digestive functions. It is a powerful energy booster and is widely used in China by athletes, in weight control programs, and for diabetes. It has a mild diuretic action and drains dampness.

Oplopanax horridus-Devil's Club Root Bark

An exceptional Native American herb that restores pancreatic function and has been known to cure type 2 diabetes. It lowers blood sugar levels in the treatment of diabetes. It also has a tonic effect on the blood and liver.

Gynostemma pentaphyllum-jiao gu lan

Gynostemma is used to slow down aging and to prevent feebleness and senility; to reduce fatigue, to increase vigor; to improve digestion; to strengthen the mind; and to improve sex functions. It generally reinforces overall health and is viewed as a virtual "cure-all" in Asia. Ongoing use of Gynostemma has a protective quality strengthening the adaptive capacity of the person at every level of their life. Gynostemma is useful in a number of mental conditions, including simple depression and anxiety. It has developed an enormous reputation in Asia as a major aid in weight control programs. It also moderates blood sugar and reduces blood fat.

Astragalus-Huang qi

Astragalus is potent immune system and has been used for over 2000 years to strengthen the body as a whole. As a Spleen Qi tonic, Astragalus strengthens muscle, builds blood and improves all bodily functions.

Poria cocos-fu ling

Poria is a fungus that grows on the roots of pine trees widely used in Chinese herbalism to leach out dampness, drain phlegm, and move fluid stagnation. It is traditionally used as a Qi tonic to strengthen Spleen function and is highly nourishing. Poria has important immune enhancing ability.

Momordica charantia-ku gua-Bitter Melon

At least three different groups of constituents in bitter melon have been reported to have hypoglycemic (blood sugar lowering) or other actions of potential benefit in diabetes mellitus.

Rehmannia glutinosa-shu di Huang

A Kidney tonic and longevity herb and is found in "anti-aging" formulations for longevity, and rejuvenation. It is a first-class blood tonic and benefits sexual functions in men and women. It is the main ingredient in the best selling diabetes formula in Japan.

Eleutherococcus senticosus- Wu jia pi

Eleuthro is a famous adaptogenic tonic herb used for thousands of years in China to enhance immune function, protect the body from stresses and build vital energy. It increases physical and mental endurance, builds blood and to improves memory. It aids in the recovery of over exertion of the body or mind. It is widely used to regulate blood sugar levels.

Cochlearia armoracia-Horseradish Root

Warms the middle, supports Spleen Yang, and resolves mucous damp in the digestive tract.

Trigonella foenum-hu lu ba-Fenugreek Seed

Warms the Kidney energy and enhances sexual function. Traditionally used for diabetes and high cholesterol.

Inula helenium-Elecampane root

A distinguished Native American energy tonic that affects the Spleen, Lungs and Heart. Useful for any deficiency of the respiratory system. Clears damp conditions of the lung and digestive tract. It has traditionally used to strengthen the immune function.

Salvia miltiorrhiza-dan shen-Red Sage Root

Salvia is a famed longevity herb. Studies show a prolonged hypoglycemic effect making Red Salvia an important herb for diabetes.

Alisma plantago-aquatica-ze xie-Water Plantain Root

Alisma is helps strengthen water metabolism and rids the body of excess dampness through the urinary tract. It is safe with mild tonic qualities, especially affecting the Kidney/Bladder, and the Spleen/Stomach. It is often used for obesity, especially for people who carry a lot of water weight. It is also commonly used by people who have difficulty urinating and by diabetics.

More inputCure Diabetes With Yu Xiao San 8805This Chinese medicine is designed to bring back the health and normal functions of the pancreas. The formula will also enhance the production of the insulin-producing cells of the body. Taking the therapy on a regular basis will effectively lower one's blood sugar levels while increasing the secretion of insulin for better management of the disease. It also regulates the metabolism of carbohydrates, improves the circulation of the blood, and lowers blood cholesterol. The Yu Xiao San 8805 formula contains herbs like Radix Ginseng, and Clemetidis Chinensis, among others. Chinese Herb Berberine For DiabetesBerberine appears in the list of Chinese herbs that can be used for diabetes. It can be obtained from the bark and roots of Chinese medicinal plants. If the plant can be used to heal wounds, chances are, it has high berberine content. For diabeticpatients, berberine works by activating a body enzyme that increases the sensitivity of the body tissues to insulin. The effect is lowered blood sugar level. Recent medical research had proven the potency of this substance to diabetic patients. Treat Diabetes With Astragalus MembranaceusAstragalus membranaceus has been used by countless of generations in treating diabetes, as far as Chinese heritage is concerned. This medicine could reduce the blood sugar level of the body, while improving kidney functions and ensuring the health of the nerves. When put to a test, this medicine had faired a high score of 97% effectiveness against type II diabetes. Answer:

Dietetic Chinese Drugs

Oyster shell (Concha Ostreae) This recipe is also named "rijia Decoction." Grind 60g of it into fine powder, then add 600 ml of water, cook it until 200 ml is left. Take it warm.

Chinese yam (Rhizoma Dioscoreae) This recipe is also named Single Ingredient Chinese Yam Drink. Make a decoction of 1500ml with 120g of Chinese yam. Sip it warm as a drink at short intervals.

Mulberry (Fructus Mori) Press the fresh fruit of mulberry to get the juice. Take 15 ml at a time.

Sarcocarp of dogwood fruit (Fructus Corni) Make a concentrated decoction with 30g of sarcocarp of dogwood fruit and take it as a drink.

The above-mentioned drugs are applicable to the type of deficiency and exhaustion of vital essence due to unconsolidation of the lower-jiao. They can be used either alone or in combination.

Snow pear (Pyrus nivalis) Cut one sweet and juicy snow pear into thin slices and soak it in cool water freshly drawn from the well for half a day; drink it frequently.

Flesh of clam Get the flesh from live clams and mash it; boil it in water until it is done. Take it warm, several times a day.

The afore-listed two recipes are applicable to the type of dryness of the lung and impairment ofyin fluid.

Corn stigma (Stigma Maydis) Put 30g of corn stigma in 1500 ml of water to decoct it until 700 ml is left. Take half of it at a time, twice a day. This recipe is especially applicable to patients suffering from diabetes and hypertension concurrently.

Wheat bran (Exocarpium Fructi Tritici) Make gruel with wheat bran as food. It is applicable to diabetics with obvious symptoms of vexation.

Composite Recipes of Medicated Diet

Gruel of Reed Rhizome (Shenglugen Zhou)


fresh reed rhizome, Rhizoma Phragmitis Recens 30g

polished round-grained rice, Semen Oryzae Sativae 50g

PROCESS Decoct 30g of fresh reed rhizome in 1500ml of water to get 1000 ml of extract, and then add 50g of polished round-grained rice to make gruel for eating.

Gruel of Sea Cucumber (Haishen Zhou)


sea cucumber, Stichopus Faponicus 20g

polished round-grained rice, Semen Oryzae Sativae 50g

PROCESS Make gruel with 20g of sea cucumber and 50g of polished round-grained rice.

Drink of Five Juices (Wu Zhi rin Fang)


pear juice, Malum Piri

water chestnut juice, Bulbus Heleocharis Tuberosae

juice of fresh reed rhizome, Rhizoma Phragmitis Recens

juice of lilyturf root, Radix Ophiopogonis

lotus root juice, Rhizoma Nelumbinis

PROCESS Mix thoroughly the five kinds of juices, of pear, water chestnut, fresh reed rhizome, lilyturf root and lotus root.

DIRECTIONS Take it cool. The amount of each juice is decided spontaneously.

Coins and Paper Money
Chinese Medicine

What is shilling oil?

a Chinese remedy goods to rub on when you got a cold or aches.

Massage Therapy
Chinese Medicine
Herbal Medicine

What cultral factors can influence access to complimentary therapies?

in some cultres it might be seen as a wrong thing to do, and peolpe may say conditions should be cured naturally rather using substances.

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What are the cons of acupuncture?

None really. You can't make any problem worse as long as you go to a properly trained practitioner (CMIR registered in the UK). The only thing is that it might not be as effective as you hoped and you've spent a bit of money. I've found it really helpful.

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How does acupuncture work?

It is believed that when the needles are slightly inserted into the skin this stimulates the body's natural chemicals of healing to concentrate on that part of the body. However, this is one of many western medical explanations of acupuncture, which often fail to explain all of acupuncture's effects. A traditional explanation of "how acupuncture works" includes an understanding of meridian theory; meridians are energy pathways that connect internal organs and the surface of the body, to form a complex network. By stimulating specific points on the body along these meridians, the functioning of the body, including internal organs, the endocrine and nervous systems, as well as emotions can be altered. Selection and location of these acupuncture points is based upon a variety of systems, often specific to the style of the acupuncturist.

Endangered, Vulnerable, and Threatened Species
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Why do poachers kill tigers?

Poachers kill tigers for their valuable skin.

2nd Answer

Poachers alos kill tigers for their skulls, teeth, meat, and pelvis.

Another answer

Tigers are mainly killed for Chinese medicine. Tiger bone is very valuable on the Chinese black market. They are also killed for all of the reasons listed in the answers above.
for their fur and skin which is very valuble also elaphants are hunted for their tusks and the ivory trade is illigle and hunting tigers is iligle as well

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Herbal Medicine

Can you change eye colour through acupuncture?

No, eye color is determined by your DNA and acupuncture can't change that.

Chinese Medicine

How do you develop chi?

Firstly by eating a balanced diet.

Tai chi or Chi gung exercises will also help. Yoga will help. Some martial arts may also help particularly the various forms of kung fu.

Meditation can help as well but you would need to learn how to meditate in a way which improves chi.

Being around nature (ie a walk in the park rather than a walk along a street) will help.

For women having sex will improve chi, for men it reduces it.

Also you need to reduce stress.

Medication and Drugs
Chinese Medicine

Which Chinese medicine remedies contain iron?

The Chinese medicine remedies are dang gui (dang quai) or Angelica sinensis (the root of the angelica plant) as a decoction or tincture; foxglove root; Korean ginseng; and astragalus.

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What is shilling oil made from?

Usually corn. Some are mixed from all kinds of vegetables.


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