Monday, April 30, 2007

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Saturday, April 28, 2007

Acupuncture Today Magazine Subscription

Acupuncture Today Archives - May, 2007 (Vol. 08, Issue 05)

Putting a HALT to the Hype Surrounding Black Cohosh
By Tina Beychok, Associate Editor
Dong Xia Bing Zhi: The Treatment of Winter Diseases in Summer
By Joseph Alban, MS, LAc
Is Asian More Pejorative Than Oriental?
By William Morris, DAOM
An Interview With Raymond Chang, MD
By Jennifer Waters, LAc, Dipl. Ac.
Hard Work Through Commitment and Action Creates Friendships
By Marilyn Allen, Editor
Ripples on the Pond: Unexpected Effects of Treatment
By Felice Dunas, PhD
Plotting Acute Cough
By Jake Paul Fratkin, OMD, LAc
Hospital Integration: The Art of Contracting
By Kristen Porter, MAc, LAc and Beth Sommers, MPH, LAc
The Cutting Edge
By Gregg St. Clair, BA, MSTOM, LAc
Business Trend: The Acupuncturist-Esthetician Practice
By Darren Starwynn, OMD, LAc
Ayurveda and Respiratory Health
By Craig Williams, LAc, AHG
Acupuncture and Medical Qigong: A Cutting-Edge Combination
By David J. Coon
Predictive Power of Meridian Theory
By Yin Lo, PhD
A Letter to the Profession
By Gene Bruno, OMD, LAc

Dong Xia Bing Zhi: The Treatment of Winter Diseases in Summer

By Joseph Alban, MS, LAc

After recently graduating from an American acupuncture and Oriental medicine school in New York, I came to China for postgraduate study at the Hunan University of Traditional Chinese Medicine. Hunan is a very green province in the central part of southern China – "the heartland," as they say. Hunan doctors, as well as patients, are still dedicated to using classical theories and treatments. It’s fitting that Changsha, the capital of the province, is the city where Zhang Zhong Jing wrote the seminal work the Shang Han Lun (Treaties on Cold Diseases) while serving as the governor of Hunan.

Today, more than 2,000 years later, watching doctors treat 30 patients or more each day (and that is only the morning) in the hospital in Changsha is well worth the experience. In addition to the sheer number of patients I am able to see, it also provides a chance to observe Chinese medicine techniques and traditions that tend not to be performed outside of China.

Every day, the hospital is filled with patients seeking relief from many types of diseases with the use of acupuncture, tuina and Chinese herbal medicine. Being in a hospital provides an interesting perspective on the country, unlike traveling or even coming to study Chinese. The acupuncture clinic is a social institution. People chat all day about their health, home remedies, life stories, their family, and just about everything under the sun. A strong sense of family fidelity and community still remains. Patients almost always are accompanied by their family or friends. Grandparents sometimes bring in their grandchildren every day for years, and by the same token, grandchildren come with their ailing grandparents. Sometimes, families travel from distant places to be treated by a reputable doctor or even move to Changsha for treatment of their children’s diseases. Teachers and students always are eager to share and teach, but also eager to test the knowledge and skill of an American-trained acupuncturist and Chinese medicine practitioner.

As an acupuncture student in New York, many of my teachers told me of the ancient tradition of dong xia bing zhi – the treatment of winter diseases in the summer. Recently, I was lucky enough to see this tradition in action.

Dong xia bing zhi utilizes an external plaster, consisting of heating herbs, applied to specific acupuncture points during the san fu – the three summer days of the most intense heat – in order to treat diseases of a chronic and cold nature, often occurring in the winter. This tradition of preventative medicine is most often used for diseases that are worse in the winter, such as those of the respiratory system, childhood diseases and those that tend to affect individuals with weak constitutions; as well as for chronic pain, such as arthritis. After three summers of treatment during the three hottest days, the disease should be cured or significantly better.

During each of the san fu, the front lobby was filled to capacity with hundreds of (perhaps even a thousand) people of all ages waiting for treatment. They left the hospital, receiving the herbal plaster patch on points such as Lu 1, Ren 22, and UB 13 for asthma; and Ren 4, Du 4, and UB 23 for kidney deficiency, back pain or frequent colds. Many people suffering from arthritis received application on local ashi points on the neck, arms or back in addition to nourishing the kidneys with UB 23. Those with digestive complaints used St 36 and Ren 12. Interestingly, these people were not all small and frail; a number of healthy looking men and women also received treatment, mostly for chronic pain.

Every day, patients proud of the local doctors and the culture's medical tradition enjoy telling me the history of their disease and how Chinese medicine has helped. This particularly was true during the dong xia bing zhi. One woman in her 60s told me this was her second year coming for treatment and that her bronchitis was much better. And her husband said it had helped his back pain. A mother of a 10-year-old girl informed me this was the third year of bringing her daughter in for treatment. Not only is the child’s digestion much better than before, but her frequent winter colds and cough have been reduced to about one episode per year. Another woman in her 60s told me that with intermittent acupuncture treatment, her neck pain is now under control.

In the study of Chinese medicine, we often are taught to avoid excess heating during the summer. However, this is an exception. The treatment is based on the principle "in the summer, nourish yang, in the winter nourish yin." Warm and pungent herbs are used to disperse cold and transform phlegm, warm the lungs, boost the kidney, and secure the root of qi. The tradition says the use of warming herbs of these special times allow, us to treat the root of the disease rather than the branch, thereby eliminating the disease or preventing the symptoms before the winter arrives.

Chronic diseases will take a long time to treat. Therefore, patients should come on each of the san fu for three consecutive years. This treatment is good for all diseases cold in nature – respiratory diseases such as chronic bronchitis, asthma, chronic cough, emphysema, those easily chilled or catching frequent colds, chronic rhinitis, sinusitis and pharyngitis, in addition to patients with a generally weak constitution. This particularly is true for the elderly and children under the age of 14 who suffer from respiratory diseases. Other diseases include chronic diarrhea and enteritis, arthritis caused by cold dampness (particularly in the elderly), dribbling or frequent urination, numbness, facial paralysis and subsequent to stroke.

Often referred to as cold moxa because of the warming effect of the herbs, although there is no actual heat added; the general formula always consists of warming and pungent herbs. As such, there are many possible formulas for this treatment. The formula used at the Hunan University Hospital was designed by doctors from the internal medicine and acupuncture departments, and includes rou gui, zhi fu zi, xi xin, chen xiang, and zhi cao wu, in addition to other herbs.

Grind the herbs and add water to make a plaster. On each of the san fu, apply a small amount on relevant acupuncture points, which the practitioner can individualize for each patient. If your patient cannot come in on the san fu, the plaster can be applied on the day directly before or after the fu. Commonly used points are back shu points and front mu points to tonify specific organs. The use of the Du 4, Ren 4, Ren 6, and UB 23 are especially good for nourishing the kidney, while St 36 and Ren 12 focus on the spleen stomach. Lu 1, Ub 13, Lu 7, and Ren 22 can focus the treatment on the lung diseases. St 36 can be added to tonify qi, while ding chuan and Du 14 can help in the treatment of asthma and wheezing. GB 34 can be added for diseases of the joints and tendons. The command points, which frequently are used to focus the acupuncture treatment, also should be utilized. For example, St 36 treats digestive diseases, LI 4 diseases of the face, Lu 7 diseases of the lungs and throat, and UB 40 the lower back. Local ashi points should be added for pain syndromes.

The procedure is simple, but caution should be shown in the preparation of the plaster and education of patients in self-care. Before applying the plaster, clean the skin. Use gauze or a small bandage to apply an amount slightly smaller than a quarter. Do not overfill, as all the herbal plaster will fall out. Before applying, the practitioner must inform the patient that these hot herbs may irritate the skin and may cause a burn or a blister. Obviously, the plaster is only for external use, and patients should be instructed never to ingest these herbs, as well as to be careful about washing their hands before eating. The plaster should be left on for four to six hours. The appropriate feeling is a warming and tingling sensation. When the plaster is dry, it can be removed. However, if the patient feels a burning or painful sensation, the application should be removed to avoid irritation.

Any patient with decreased sensation, such as those with diabetes and some elderly individuals, should avoid the treatment, as they might not detect if their skin is being irritated or burnt. If the patient has a skin disease, allergies to the herbs, recent vomiting or significant bleeding, or has other heat conditions, the treatment should be avoided.

After applying the herbal moxa, patients should be instructed not to eat cold, fatty, sweet or greasy food, or spicy pungent foods. If a blister or burn occurs, the patient should keep the area dry and clean, and should not pop the blister. If necessary, they should consult their acupuncturist or physician.

In closing, I would like to ack-nowledge my teachers for their contributions to this article, including Dr. Chan Jun Jun for providing the formula and Mrs. Fang Yuan for help with translation of the dong xia bing zhi guidelines. The following abstract regarding chronic renal failure was conducted during my six months of study at the Hunan teaching hospital.

The influence of Treating Failing Kidney Granule on lipid metabolism of chronic renal failure patients.

Wang Xiao Juan, Joseph Alban, Peng Lei, Lei Ying, Guo Jian Sheng, Guo Xuan
The First Affiliated Hospital of Hunan University of TCM, Changsha, China.

Objective: To investigate the influence of Treating Failing Kidney Granule on total cholesterol blood levels (CHO), triglyceride levels (TRI), low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C), blood urea nitrogen (BUN) and serum creatinine (Scr) of the chronic renal failure patients.

Methods: Chronic renal insufficiency patients were divided into the treatment group and control group at random, instructed to take a high quality, low protein and low phosphorus diet. The treatment group took 9 grams of a dehydrated Chinese herbal formula created by the Hunan University Hospital of Traditional Chinese Medicine, called Treating Failing Kidney Granule. The preparation was taken orally three times a day after meals and once at night. The formula includes the herbs of shu di huang (20%), su ye (20%), ban zhi lian (15%) fu ling from Yunnan province of China (10%), huang qi (10%), da huang (10%), san qi (2%), fo shou (7%), and fu zi (4%). The control group took a placebo.

Result: After treatment, BUN and Scr in both groups have reduced dramatically (P<0.01)>

Conclusion: Treatment with Treating Failing Kidney Granule orally may improve the CRF patient’s lipid metabolism disorder and the renal function.

Keywords: Chinese medicine, chronic renal failure, lipid metabolism disorder.

Thursday, April 26, 2007

The Web That Has No Weaver : Understanding Chinese Medicine

Book Description

Completely and thoroughly revised, The Web That Has No Weaver is the classic, comprehensive guide on the theory and practice of Chinese medicine. This accessible and invaluable resource has earned its place as the foremost authority in the synthesizing of Western and Eastern healing practices.

Book Info
Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA. Classic, comprehensive guide to the theory and practice of Chinese medicine. Including reviews of scientific developments in the study of acupuncture and herbal medicine and a discussion of the possible adverse effects of these therapies. Previous edition: c1982. Softcover.

Classic?, August 19, 2000
Reviewer:Phylis Wheeler, LAc (Granada Hills, CA USA) - See all my reviews
This book is considered required reading for every acupuncture student and is often recommended for patients who are interested in learning more about the medicine. I find it too difficult for the layman. and the text becomes laborious. Exploring the wonders of Chinese medicine should be exciting and enjoyable. There are many books which fulfill this with excellent illustrations. As students we found the book less than helpful and few ever finished reading this tome. As a practitioner, it sits on my shelf, but I have never referred to it.
My recommendations for the beginner in these studies are:
1. The Complete Illustrated Guide to Chinese Medicine by Tom Williams
Great pictures, easy to read. Have it my waiting room. Most read by my patients (next to the Chinese astrology books).
2. The Chinese Way to Healing: Many Paths to Wholeness by Mischa Cohen, LAc
Mischa presents the medicine clearly and has easy to follow suggestions for self care.
3. Healing With Whole Foods, Oriental Traditions and Modern Nutrition by Paul Pitcford<
Integrates Oriental and Western nutritional knowledge. Excellent resource for layperson and practitioner alike.
4. ANYTHING by Giovanni Maciocia or Dan Bensky
5. A Manual of Acupuncture by Peter Deadman and Mazin Al-Khafaji
As a professor of acupuncture, I have found this textbook to be one of the best attempts to integrate all of the translated material and organize it into a very readable reference. Excellent, invaluable resource for students and practitioners alike.

Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Acupuncture Stick-on Moxa

Product Features

Easy and ready to apply to the skin with extra cover sheet for skin protection.
Unique design , rigid moxa stick.

Contains unique blend of herbs: Mugworth, Wormwood and Sage

A breathing hole 4mm. in the center at the base allows the smoke to "down draft" to the base of the skin.

This Warming Moxa heat builds slowly to a momentary acute heat and then recedes gradually.


Monday, April 23, 2007

Acupuncture Needles Comparison

Acupuncture Needles by Millennia

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  • Needle Size: 1.5" x #5/32 Gauge
  • Millennia Disposable Sterile Acupuncture Needles
  • 100 per Box
  • Metal Spiral Handle
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Millennia Sterile Acupuncture Needles NEW! Sterile Disposable Acupuncture Needles. This painless needle features a metal spiral handle, insertion tube and individually packaged in boxes of 100. It is available in several sizes and gauges.

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  • Gauge #32
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Acupuncture Needles by Seirin

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  • #1 Gauge 30 mm Red J-Type
  • Seirin Disposable Sterile Needles
  • 100 per Box
  • Available Only In United States For Shipment
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Seirin Sterile Acupuncture Needles The SEIRIN disposable acupuncture needles with a new technology allows for smooth painless insertion using less pressure and features an easy grip, color coded, lightweight plastic handle with a soft touch top. The Seirin Acupuncture needles are packaged 100 needles per box. D-Type needles are only available in 15 mm and have no insertion tube. J-Type needles are available in 30mm, 40mm, 50mm and include insertion tubes. Seirin Needles are only available for shipment in the United States.

Acupuncture Facial Needle (SA-11)

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Sunday, April 22, 2007

Planetary Formulas Liver Defense, 600 mg, Tablets, 120 tablets

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Not for use by pregnant or breastfeeding women. Consult your physician before use if you are currently using Interferon, birth control medication, any prescription drug, or if you have family history of hypertension. Discontinue use immediately and consult your physician if you develop a fever or dry cough, or have difficulty breathing. Do not use if either tamper-evident seal is broken or missing. Keep out of the reach of children.
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Herbal Supplement. Minor Bupleurum plus Silymarin, Astragalus and Schisandra. Planetary Formulas Liver Defense is based on the thoroughly researched Chinese formula Minor Bupleurum, also known as Sho-Saiko-To in Japan. Modern studies show that Sho-Saiko-To supports healthy liver function and enhanced immune response. Astragalus, Milk Thistle, and Schisandra are also included for broad-spectrum liver maintenance and protection. (These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.)

Saturday, April 21, 2007

Acupuncture Point Diagram

Product Description
Front, back and side views include the 14 main meridians and points of traditional Chinese medicine and over 110 anatomical landmarks and muscle references commonly used when describing acupoint locations. Laminated. Size: 24" x 36".

Friday, April 20, 2007

A Manual of Acupuncture

Book Description
Once in a great while an extraordinary book is published that sets an entirely new standard in its field. A Manual of Acupuncture, published by Journal of Chinese Medicine Publications, is just such a book. Painstakingly researched over many years by Peter Deadman, editor-in-chief of The Journal of Chinese Medicine, and colleagues Mazin Al-Khafaji and Kevin Baker, this book is certain to become the primary reference in the West for the study of acupuncture points and channels.
Introductory chapters describe and illustrate the channels and collaterals, the various categories of points, and methods of selection, location, and needling. Ensuing chapters present each of the points of the 14 channels as well as the extra (miscellaneous) points, identified by their English and pinyin names, and Chinese characters. Each point is located in accordance with the most exacting anatomical standards to be found in any Western textbook.
For each point there is a dedicated drawing, followed by regional body drawings. The quality of the 500 drawings is far superior to those in any other TCM text. There are also practical pointers for finding and needling the points, and cautionary information about what to avoid. In addition to point indexes by their English and pinyin names, there is an index identifying every part of the body reached by each of the channels, and separate indexes of point indications listed according to both TCM and biomedical symptoms.

About the Author
Peter Deadman studied acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine in England and China, and for the past 20 years has been in private practice in Brighton, England. In 1979 he founded The Journal of Chinese Medicine which he edits, writes for, and publishes. He has also been a teacher of acupuncture and Chinese medicine, and has lectured widely throughout the United Kingdom, Europe, Israel, Australia, and the United States.
Mazin Al-Khafaji studied acupuncture in England and China, followed by intensive studies in modern and medical Chinese in Taiwan. In 1987 he graduated as a Doctor of Chinese Medicine from the Shanghai College of Traditional Chinese Medicine, and has since been in private practice in Brighton where he specializes in dermatology. Dr. Al-Khafaji is also a frequent lecturer in Chinese medicine in the United Kingdom and Europe.
Kevin Baker qualified in Medicine at Cambridge University and St. George's Hospital Medical School in 1979, subsequently specializing in Accident and Emergency Medicine and Surgery. He became a member of the Royal College of Physicians in London in 1983, and a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons in Edinburgh in 1986. Thereafter, he pursued studies in acupuncture in England and China, which he currently practices in addition to psychotherapy and general medicine.

46 of 50 people found the following review helpful:

Better than Chinese Texts, March 30, 2003
Reviewer: Jonathan Bailey (Lawton, OK USA)

This is the only text that I have on the subject of acupuncture. I am not a practitioner, but had hoped that this one (expensive) text would be sufficient to give me a total foundation in the discipline and would eventually allow me to use acupressure or some rudiments of the field in my own efforts to promote good health.
I was a little dissappointed that the introductory and foundational material was lacking in the book, and that there were no separate sections on diagnosis or expositions of the nature of pathogens. The book is essentially a description of each and every one of the 360 or so primary acupuncture points of Traditional Chinese Medicine. There is a good bit of material about methodology of point selection, but the real gem of this book is the intelligent and thorough descriptions of the points, their properties, and how to locate and needle them. The reason that I gave the book five stars is that it is far more complete and logical in its point descriptions than any of the Chinese texts used by my acupuncturist, a Chinese chiropractor who was a medical doctor Shanghai for eight years before coming to the US and becoming a chiropractor. Often when a discipline is translated from one language and culture to another, the highly systematized translation is more complete and sensible than the eclectic literature corpus upon which it is based. Those who devised this book have created a phenomenally comprehensive synthesis of over 3,000 years of Chinese medical tradition. They have taken on a monumental task and succeeded brilliantly. The quality of this reference is so high that I would even recommend it to practitioners from the orient who are coming to the US or other English-speaking countries to start a practice. First, it will it help them learn the English vocabulary of acupuncture jargon and help them understand our butchered pronunciations of the many Chinese words in an English acupuncturist's vocabulary. Second, they will be able to better communicate their activities to their patients. Finally, the book is as high a quality reference as anything they will have brought with them from Asia.

32 of 34 people found the following review helpful:

The Bible of Acupuncture!!!, December 22, 2001
Reviewer:Mauricio C. Quintana "cintain" (Mexico City, DF Mexico)

At last! This book is not a manual of acupuncture, it is THE manual.
Students of TCM, don't let the price tag intimidate you, and let me assure you that it is worth every penny. This hefty and handsome volume leaves nothing unsaid, and meticulously provides detailed information, plenty of informative quotes from a wealth of classical sources, and is a joy to handle, browse, and read from. Of particular interest and value are the sections which describe the special point groupings, because they not only provide the lists of points which belong to these categories, but also systematized and coherent explanations behind the workings of cleft-xi, yuan-source, luo-connecting, and many other point categories. Also of great value are the commentaries pertaining to each individual point, because they describe relationships and important pointers regarding the workings of each individual point, how their use and indications developed through history, and other tidbits of information which will open new avenues of investigation and application for astute students and practitioners. The commentaries on the points provide not only information, but are written in a lucid prose, the style of which aids memorization and learning of important information.
The point location information is accurate, albeit in a few cases too brief, in my opinion. The illustrations are very detailed and actually useful (unlike in other texts) in locating the points. The notes and cautions on needling of points in sensitive areas are placed where they are readily visible, and provide information on the local anatomy of the point, and what the consequences of inappropriate insertion could be.
There are charts which show major points per anatomical region (which are actually legible and understandable), and indexes aplenty: pinyin and chinese point names, english point names, and a particularly interesting point indications index. There is also a Glossary of the Wisemanese-seeming terminology used by the authors, which although similar to that of A Practical Dictionary, is not exactly the same.Should you buy this book? ABSOLUTELY!!! You will never need another acupoint book, EVER. There is a companion set of Point cards by the same authors, which uses the same illustrations and a summary of point information based on the contents of the book. One word of advice, though: if it stays standing on the shelf for too long, the pages tend to sag. However, given the amount of use this book has, that's unlikely to happen.


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