Chinese Medicine

Opioids For Chronic Pain

The use of opioids to assuage end-of-life cancer pain is the incontrovertible standard of care. The use of opioids to treat chronic non-malignant pain, defined as pain that has lasted longer than 3 months, which is the time necessary for normal tissue healing, is the subject of debate.

Chronic non-malignant pain in this post will be called chronic pain.

Problem Solving in Chinese Medicine

Evidence Based Medicine (EBM) has not eliminated the need for the somewhat elusive clinical mental activity called “problem-solving.” Every systematic review presents the interpretation of an “expert,” whose biases remain largely invisible to the consumer of the review. In addition, meta-analyses cannot generate evidence where there are no adequate randomized trials, and most of what clinicians face will never be thoroughly tested in a randomized trial.

Modern Medicine in China: Shanghai University of Traditional Chinese Medicine's Long Hua Hospital

Herbal medicine plays a mainstream role in insurance-reimbursed, government regulated, medical care in China and Japan. An estimated eighty five percent of Western trained allopathic physicians in Japan and China, use Kampō (Japanese traditional medicine) and traditional Chinese medicine respectively in daily practice. The standard of medical care is the same in Japan and China as it is in the United States.

Ma Huang (Herbae Ephedra): Setting the Record Straight

This paper entitled "Ma Huang (Herbae Ephedra): Setting the Record Straight" appeared in the Journal of Chinese Medicine, February 2016 issue. The article presents the Western biochemistry of ephedrine and pseudoephedrine (the pharmacologically active ingredients in Ephedra), and the Chinese medicine application of the whole herb, Ephedra. The paper reviews the proper uses of the Chinese herb in anti-asthmatic formulas, and the improper applications of the herb in combination with caffeine for weight loss.

Challenges and Thoughts About the Integration of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and Western Medicine

I recently read an article in Science [Science 346 (6216 Suppl) 2014] about the integration of TCM and Western medicine. In response, I would like to propose the following: TCM and Western medicine have different strengths and independent approaches to understanding and explaining health and disease, and therefore, they have the potential to be complementary. They are in no way mutually exclusive. Nobody will argue with the fact that in an emergent life-threatening situation, the best place to be is in a state-of-the-art American hospital. Western medicine excels at saving lives.

Don’t get sick this Fall by following these simple rules of TCM

One of the branches of Traditional Chinese Medicine is the theory of the Five Elements.

The Five Elements (Spring-Wood, Summer-Fire, Late Summer-Earth, Fall-Metal and Winter-Water) are based on the four seasons, with the addition of late summer to make five. Observations were made about the types of illness that abound during these seasons, and the practice of Traditional Chinese Medicine teaches that optimal health can be maintained by preparing for the changes that the seasons bring.

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