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Diabetes is treatable! Chinese medicine has already provided a solution dated back 2000 years ago !

May 23, 2012

Do you suspect that you could have diabetes? If you are having the following symptoms you may already have diabetes.

Some diabetes symptoms include frequent urination, excessive thirst, extreme hunger, unusual weight loss, increased fatigue, irritability, and so on… 
Western medical professionals do not know the real cause of diabetes. The solution for people with high blood glucose is providing them with medication for lowering the blood glucose levels. Doctors are directing their treatment towards the symptoms of diabetes instead of the source of those symptoms. Since the treatment is not addressing the root of the problem you would need a greater dosage later on when the current one can no longer keep the blood glucose at a normal state. Once the medication is unable to control the rising of blood glucose an insulin injection would then be required. The side effects of those medications will be extremely toxic for your body, especially your liver and kidneys.  If kidney failure develops you will then be required to go on dialysis treatment 2-3 times a week.  The toxins in the liver will eventually cause blindness.  Your whole quality of life would dramatically drop once the complication of the diabetes has developed into this advanced stage.

Chinese medicine has already had the solution for diabetes dated back 2000 years ago!
In one classical Chinese medical text, compiled around 100 B.C. by Huandi Neijing, it mentions the condition know as Xiaoke, which is referring to diabetes as Wasting-Thirst syndrome. According to this ancient text the symptoms of Xiaoke or diabetes arise from consuming too much fatty, sweet, or rich food. Improper diet and sleeping after finishing a late dinner are the main contributors for the development of diabetes.

In another classical Chinese medical text written around 220 A.D. by Jingui Yaoluem it has a detailed description of symptoms and characteristics of uncontrolled diabetes.  There are also two formulas given in this book for diabetes treatment.

What can the Chinese herbal treatments do for diabetes?
When we can get a deep understanding of diabetes and the symptoms it causes we can then use customized formulas based on the teaching from those ancient Chinese medical texts. These medical practices can also diagnose and get an understanding of people on an individual basis.  The formula could be slightly altered to target a person with individual needs. These methods are not practiced by most Chinese medical practitioners nowadays.  They have been somewhat lost due to the western medicine influences on Chinese teachings.

What are some of the differences between the traditional Chinese treatments and the western approach?
According to western medicine the high blood glucose will damage the kidneys. From the point of view of Chinese medicine the high blood glucose and the treatment will damage the kidneys.  Once your spleen and your pancreas start having problems the next major organ to be targeted is your kidneys.  From the perspective of the high blood glucose causing the problem the west and east pretty much have the same point of view but the treatment of the diabetes is where the two systems differ. In Chinese medicine we use herbs to strengthen your kidneys so the high blood glucose won’t cause damage to the kidneys.  These herbs will also resolve the problem of frequent urination.  The main reason someone will experience excessive thirst and hunger with diabetes is the increase in speed of the intestine and stomach squirm. This creates a lot of heat and friction in the digestive tract resulting in a need for food and liquid replenishment sooner than normal. This heat then starts causing problems to the nearby pancreas so it also won’t be able to function normally.  Herbs have the ability to cool the excessive heat and add nutrients to the digestive system.  This will then calm down the intestines and stomach and bring the pancreas back to a normal state resolving the issue of excessive thirst and hunger. Once the disharmony in the organs is taken care of your blood sugar will go back to normal. In cases that the diabetes is in an advanced stage, having tingling and numbness in your hands, legs, and feet, and blurred vision, the herb treatment can help with this as well.

How long does it take for the herbal treatment? 
It really depends on the complications of your diabetes. For type II diabetes it generally takes 2-8 weeks for a raw herb treatment. For some people it may take a shorter time, others it may take longer. After the raw herbs we will use herbal powder or tablets for about a month to solidify the treatment. For type I diabetes our treatments may not be able to recover the normal function of the pancreas, but it will help to strenghten your organs to prevent further complications. It will also reduce the blood glucose level so the insulin injection dosage can be reduced to prevent more harm to all of your organs.

Will it come back again?  
If you still keep bad diet habits and take too many drugs to damage the spleen and pancreases the disease may come back again later on.   We want to point out that the real cause of type II diabetes is the bad diet habit and many harmful drugs introduced to your system.  If the cause of the disease can not be avoided chances are the disease will come back later on in your life.  In conclusion we are trying to emphasize using the traditional Chinese medicine treatments that have been practiced for over 2000 years is the best and most proven way to combat diabetes.

Written by Sophia Tang

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Treating colds and the flu with Classical Chinese Medicine

May 22, 2012

Is there any cure for colds or the flu, the answer is yes if you are asking this question from an authentic Chinese Medicine practitioner. Thousands of years ago, Chinese medicine already knew how to effectively treat colds and the flu. I would tend to believe that most western medicine doctor would tell you “No”  and say there is no cure for colds and the flu. The only thing that you can do is to rest and drink more fluids, enduring all uncomfortable symptoms, which should be getting better when your immune system wins the battle. Some people may take some over-the-counter drugs like acetaminophen and ibuprofen to reduce the uncomfortable symptoms such as headache, body aching and sore throat. Usually it may take about a week to recover from a cold, and a little longer for the flu if you do not receive any treatment, but with an accurate diagnosis and treatment from a well trained authentic Chinese medicine practitioner, most uncomfortable symptoms including headache, fever, chills, body aches, sore throat, fatigue, etc. , should be already better just with one or two cups of herbal tea , You should be recovered  within 1-2 days.

What happens if I do not get treatments for colds and the flu?

Due to uncomfortable symptoms, you may not able to do anything other than getting some rest. Children, the elderly, and people with chronic disease or weak immune systems may quite easily get some other complications such as sinusitis, bronchitis, ear infection, asthma attack or even pneumonia. A residual pathogenic substance such as wind cold energy, viruses, etc, could become the source of any future health problems.

Prevention for colds and the flu with Acupuncture and Chinese medicine.

Gui Zhi Tang is the most important formula in the classical medical text  “Shang Han Lun” , which translated in English means ‘On Cold Damage’ or ‘Treatise on Cold Injury’. This formula can be taken regularly to harmonize your Yin and Yang, and to strengthen your immune system. During cold and flu season, getting acupuncture once a week to strengthen the body immune system, it is also a very good way to prevent  colds and the flu.

How does Chinese medicine treat colds and flu?

If you are just getting a cold with minor symptoms, sometimes with just acupuncture , you can recover very quickly. But if you are getting the flu with severe symptoms, the herbal medicine is needed to help you to relieve all uncomfortable symptoms within 1-2 days.

An authentic Chinese medicine does not prescribe the formulas for colds and the flu according to what kind of viruses you get. The formulas are chosen by what kind of symptoms you have. The treatment principle is to expel pathogens such as viruses or wind cold energy through sweating, urination, and strengthening your immune system.

Here are six most common used classical formulas to treat colds and flu

Gui Zhi Tang

Gui Zhi (Ramulus Cinnamomi Cassiae)10 g
Shao Yao (Radix Paeoniae)10 g
Sheng Jiang (Rhizoma Zingiberis Officinalis Recens)2 slices
Da Zao (Fructus Zizyphi Jujubae)10 dates
Zhi Gan Cao (Honey fried Radix Glycyrrhizae Uralensis)10g

Cook these raw herbs using 6 cups of water over a good sized flame. Cook down to 2 cups of water. An adult drinks one cup of herbal tea every 3 hour with an empty stomach. For kids, just give them a half a cup each time. You will sweat a little bit after taking herbal tea. Eating some hot steamed rice soup will be helpful to increase the effectiveness of this herbal tea.

When to use this formula:

Main symptoms are sweating, aversion to wind, muscle aches, with a little bit fever and loss of appetite. Usually, after taking the herbal tea, all uncomfortable symptoms should be gone and your appetite will return the following day. This means that you already have recovered from a cold or the flu.

Ma Huang Tang

Ma Huang (Herba Ephedrae) 5g
Gui Zhi (Ramulus Cinnamomi Cassiae)10g
Xing Ren (Semen Pruni Armeniacae)5g
Zhi Gan Cao (Honey fried Radix Glycyrrhizae Uralensis)10g

Cook these raw herbs using 3 cups of water under a good sized flame. Cook down to 1 cups of water. Drink this cup of herbal tea with empty stomach. If you have any record of heart disease, you cannot take this formula.

When to use this formula:

Main symptoms are feeling the chills, fever, muscle and joint aches, without any sweating.

Ge Gen Tang

Ge Gen (Radix Puerariae or Kudzu)15g
Ma Huang (Hb.Ephedrae)5g
Gui Zhi (Ramulus Cinnamomi Cassiae)10 g
Shao Yao (Radix Paeoniae)10 g
Sheng Jiang (Rhizoma Zingiberis Officinalis Recens)2 slices
Da Zao (Fructus Zizyphi Jujubae)10 dates
Zhi Gan Cao (Honey fried Radix Glycyrrhizae Uralensis)10g

Cook these raw herbs using 6 cups of water under a good sized flame. Cook down to 2 cups of water. An adult drinks one cup of herbal tea every 3 hour with an empty stomach. For kids, just give them a half a cup each time. You will sweat a little bit after taking the herbal tea.

When to use this formula:

Main symptoms are stiff neck and upperback, headache, aversion to wind, muscle aches, sore throat, thirsty, etc. Usually kids can easily get this kind of cold or the flu.

Da Qing Long Tang

Ma Huang (Herba Ephedrae)10g
Gui Zhi (Ramulus Cinnamomi Cassiae)15g
Sheng Jiang (Rhizoma Zingiberis Officinalis Recens)2 slices
Shi Gao ( Gypsum) 20g
Xing Ren (Semen Pruni Armeniacae)10g
Zhi Gan Cao (Honey fried Radix Glycyrrhizae Uralensis)10g
Da Zao (Fructus Zizyphi Jujubae)10 dates

Cook these raw herbs using 6 cups of water with a good sized flame. Cook down to 2 cups of water. An adult drinks one cup of herbal tea every 3 hour with an empty stomach. For kids, just give them a half a cup each time. You will sweat a little bit after taking the herbal tea.

When to use this formula:

Main symptoms are fever, coughing with thicker yellow phlegm, body aches, thirsty, loss of appetite, no sweating, feeling a chill, but feels very hot inside of body. In ancient time, this formula is the most popular one to treat epidemic diseases

Xiao Qing Long Tang

Ma Huang (Herba Ephedrae)10g
Gui Zhi (Ramulus Cinnamomi Cassiae)15g
Gan Jiang (dried Rhizoma Zingiberis Officinalis)5g
Xi Xin (Herba cum Radice Asari)5g
Wu Wei Zi (Fructus Schisandrae Chinensis)10g
Bai Shao (Radix Paeoniae Laciflorae)10g
Ban Xia (Rhizoma Pinelliae Ternatae)10g
Zhi Gan Cao (honey fried Radix Glycyrrhizae Uralensis)10 g

Cook these raw herbs using 6 cups of water under a good sized flame. Cook down to 2 cups of water. An adult drinks one cup of herbal tea every 3 hour with empty stomach. For kids, just give them a half a cup each time. You will sweat a little bit after taking the herbal tea.

When to use this formula:

Main symptoms are fever, coughing with watery white phlegm, body aches, itchy throat, no thirsty, no sweating, feeling very chills inside of body.

Xiao Chai Hu Tang

Chai Hu (Radix bupleuri)15g
Huang Qin (Radix scutellariae)15g
Ban Xia (Rhizome pinelliae ternatae)15g
Sheng Jiang (Rhizome zingiberis officinalis recens)2 slices
Dang shen (Radix Codonopsis )15g
Zhi Gan Cao (Honey fried radix glycyrrhizae uralensis)10g
Da Zao (Fructus Zizyphi Jujubae)10 dates

Cook these raw herbs using 6 cups of water under a good sized flame. Cook down to 2 cups of water. An adult drinks one cup of herbal tea before breakfast and dinner with empty stomach. For kids, just give them a half a cup each time.

When to use this formula:

Main symptoms are the alternate attacks of chills and fever, feeling of fullness and discomfort in chest and the upper lateral region of the abdomen, and nausea. Any women who get a cold or the flu during the menstrual cycle, do not use other formulas. This is the only formula to be used to recover the sickness.

Reference: The treatment for colds and flu from Dr. Hai- Sha Ni

Note: This article is for educational purpose. Please get the diagnosis from your Chinese medicine doctor to get the customized formula to treat your cold or the flu.

Written by Sophia Tang