Acupuncture and Chinese
Acupressure, Chinese Herbology
is part of Traditional Chinese
Medicine (TCM), a complete
medical system that has diagnosed, treated and prevented illness for
TCM utilizes Acupuncture and
Herbs to treat all ailments, especially
those for which Western Medicine has little to offer or those with
which Western Medicine causes undesirable side effects. Unlike surgery
and medications, Acupuncture and Herbology have virtually no side
effects, yet it yields excellent results for a wide variety of
TCM also uses
(Ear Acupuncture) as an aid in treating
many conditions, as well as being an adjunct therapy to curtail
smoking, treat eating disorders, and drug and alcohol addiction. Chinese Medicinal
Cooking or Food Therapy is
tasty and nutritional, and can be geared both towards your health and
your tastes. Therapeutic use of diet and nutrition, tailored to the
individual, is a powerful tool to supplement any healing process.
incorporates Moxabustion Therapy.
This is a therapeutic method that prevents and treats diseases
applying heat to certain points on the body.
The heat is produced by burning a particular species of the
herb, known for its warmth and healing effects.
Another TCM method of treatment is Cupping Therapy. With this method, small glass cups are used
to stimulate blood circulation, usually to relieve pain.
medical conditions does it treat?
Chinese Medicine (TCM), which is a combination
of both Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine, is a complete medical
that can diagnose, treat, and prevent illness.
It is a system of medicine with a history of at least 2000
years!! Most Americans think of
acupuncture for the
treatment of pain, when in fact it is used to treat all medical
from acute, minor illnesses such as the common cold or influenza, or
viral and bacterial infections, to parasitic or fungal problems such as
Disease or Candida, to more serious ‘incurable’ conditions such as
hypertension, diabetes and arthritis.
Also, many Americans know about Acupuncture for helping in drug
programs, to help stop smoking or alcohol abuse, or to lose weight.
does it work? Or what is the theory
TCM is based on a
very strong theoretical foundation. The
Chinese medical theory is all based on the concept of ‘Qi’. Qi can be generally translated as referring
to Energy. For example, we receive Qi
from the air we breath and Qi from the food we eat.
Correspondingly, all organs and processes in
the body need Qi in order to perform their functions in our bodies
correctly. It is said that there are
energetic pathways or networks in the body, which correspond to various
in the body such as the Liver and Spleen, etc.
Each organ network, or meridian as they are called, has
tissues, emotions, and even seasons associated with it and therefore
corresponding patterns of disharmony.
These patterns of disharmony are what cause pain or a certain
a disease or
based on determining the pattern of
disharmony. I first look into this by
using what is called the ‘Eight Guiding Principles’.
These are four polar opposites by which I
can interpret the data received from the examination.
These include ‘Hot or Cold’, ‘External or
Internal’ and ‘Excess or Deficiency’, and ‘Yin and Yang’.
Hot and Cold signs and symptoms are easy to
understand. Someone may tend to be more
Hot or Cold, such as in actual temperature of the body, or may prefer
Cold weather or Hot or Cold drinks, or may have pain that has Hot or
sensations to it. External and Internal refer to the location in the
disharmony lies. An External condition
affects the body’s superficial layers of tissue, such as the skin and
areas such as the eyes, ears and teeth, where Internal conditions
layers of tissues and the internal organs.
Excess or Deficiency refers to hyper- or hypo-function of any
physiological process. A condition is of
Excess when there is obstruction in any organ or increased reactivity
or infection, whereas a condition is one of Deficiency if there is
resistance to stress or infection.
Secondly, I diagnose by taking the Pulse and looking at the
Tongue. In Chinese Medicine, we take the
pulse at three positions and on three levels on each wrist. This is because each position represents a
I also have patients show me their Tongue. I
look at both the shape and color of the
tongue, and the location and color of the tongue coating.
A normal, healthy tongue should be pink, with
a thin, white tongue coating. The organs
of the body are mapped on the tongue.
The front or tip of the tongue represents the Heart and Lung,
of the tongue represent the Liver and GB, the center of the tongue
the digestive system and the back of the tongue represents the
A diagnosis of the patient is then the combination of what
I have learned about the patient from discussion with them about their
current signs and symptoms, and from taking the pulse and looking at
tongue. A treatment plan is then based
on this diagnosis, determining which points are treated on the body and
herbal medications are prescribed.
What is Chinese Herbal Medicine?
In Chinese Herbology, over 360
plants, minerals and animal substances
are used. Herbal prescriptions consist of combining several herbs
customized to the patient's condition which are then traditionally
prepared as a tea or decoction. In addition to a complete raw herbal
pharmacy, for the convenience of the patient, I specialize in having
herbal prescriptions available in tincture form.
Herbal Medicine is unique from other types of herbology in that it is
Chinese Medical theory. Using Chinese
Medical theory, a diagnosis is made in order to determine what herbal
are the herbs dispensed?
Chinese Materia Medica includes thousands of herbs.
In my office, I have a complete herbal
pharmacy. Traditionally, a Chinese
herbal formula is a ‘decoction’ or tea of 10-14 herbs, which is cooked
drank at the usual dosage of 3 cups/day. This
is the most clinically effective way to take herbal
medicine. The tea is absorbed and
distributed to the body by the digestive system in a more gentle and
manner than when an herbal prescription is taken in a pill form.
However, in order to make customized herbal
formulas easier for my patients to take, I have also created a pharmacy
alcohol-extracted herbs, or tinctures.
In this case, a patient will take only a small dosage a day,
almost as clinically effective as drinking an herbal decoction or
And finally, I also carry standard Chinese
‘patent’ medicines which are already-made formulas in a pill
Some of these formulas are directly from
China and have been used for many generations, and some are more
equivalents from Chinese-American companies.
What are the typical costs of herbal prescriptions?
general, the cost of Chinese herbal prescriptions is very reasonable. This low cost is mainly due to the fact that
these herbs are coming directly from Taiwan or China.
The raw herbs I carry in my office, from
which decoctions or tinctures are made
from, are all tested and are free from pesticides and heavy toxic
as a decoction or tea are priced at a variable rate, based on the
weight of the
herbal formula. So if a complex formula
is prescribed for a complex condition or disease, the cost will be more
one for a simple case. The cost of
customized tinctures are $15 for a month’s dosage.
Ready-made pill formulas from China are in
the range of less than $10 for 100 pills, whereas American-made ones
about training to prescribe Herbal Medicine?
to practice and prescribe in the state of California, after receiving a
Master’s Degree in Oriental Medicine. Additionally,
I also have National
Certification in Chinese Herbology (NCCAOM).
This training has encompassed botany, pharmacology, and
interactions. Please feel free to call
herbal-related questions you may have!!
What is Homotoxicology?
Homeopathy is a natural healing
method for treating
all ailments. It
emerged in the late 1700's and is currently the alternative medicine of
choice in Germany, France and India. Homeopathic medicines are
specially prepared doses of plant and mineral substances which are used
to stimulate the body's innate healing mechanisms. Homotoxicology is a
form of Homeopathic Medicine based on the theoretical foundation that
diseases are the expression of our bodies combating poisons or
homotoxins,. Correspondingly, complex combinations of herbal
are used to either neutralize or excrete these toxins from the body.