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Sunday, April 24, 2011

Chinese Herbal Medicine

With more than 3,000 years of empirical documentation and practice, Chinese medicine continues to be a highly effective treatment for numerous diseases and common ailments.

Traditional Chinese medicine is based on a rich, complex set of theories about Qi (loosely translated as “energy”) and Xue (blood). Today, the most common clinical diagnosis is a combination of excess and deficiency of these vital substances. Acupuncture is the painless insertion of fine needles into various points on the body to stimulate the flow of Qi and Xue.

It is the role of the practitioner of Chinese medicine to determine how the organs reflect excess and deficiency and to work with the patient in choosing a treatment plan to help restore balance. There are many theories in the diagnosis and treatment using Chinese medicine and it is beneficial to find a practitioner that you resonate with.

The World Health Organization endorses the use of Chinese medicine, and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) offers a long list of diseases successfully treated by acupuncture.

Published clinical trials and research on the efficacy of Chinese Medicine can be found on PubMed Central, an online repository for medical research managed by the NIH.

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