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WESTERN THERAPEUTIC ACTIONS
CHINESE THERAPEUTIC ACTIONS
Magnolia Clear Sinus is formulated to treat allergies, sinusitis or rhinitis due to wind-cold and fluid congestion. Clinically, patients will have a stuffy nose, clear watery discharge, sneezing, loss of smell and headache.
Xin Yi Hua (Flos Magnoliae) unblocks nasal congestion and treats loss of smell with its pungent, dispersing and warming properties.
Cang Er Zi (Fructus Xanthii) helps Xin Yi Hua (Flos Magnoliae) to relieve allergy symptoms of sneezing, white watery nasal discharge, and/or nasal obstruction.
Bai Zhi (Radix Angelicae Dahuricae), Gao Ben (Rhizoma Ligustici), and Chuan Xiong (Rhizoma Ligustici Chuanxiong) are used to alleviate sinus pain and headache.
Gan Jiang (Rhizoma Zingiberis) warms the interior, transforms congested fluids and dispels nasal congestion.
Jing Jie (Herba Schizonepetae) and Fang Feng (Radix Saposhnikoviae) expel lingering pathogenic factors and prevent allergies from turning into a cold or triggering an asthma attack. With its ascending property,
Sheng Ma (Rhizoma Cimicifugae) is used as a guiding herb.
Che Qian Cao (Herba Plantaginis) drains nasal obstruction and postnasal drip caused by dampness and water congestion through diuresis.
Zhi Shi (Fructus Aurantii Immaturus) unblocks sinus congestion by regulating qi, while
Jie Geng (Radix Platycodonis) dispels phlegm, expands the chest, and relieves constipation.
To counter-balance the strong dispersing property of this formula, a small amount of Wu Wei Zi (Fructus Schisandrae Chinensis) is added to prevent the leakage of Lung qi.
Lu Cha (Folium Camellia Sinensis) is used to relieve sinus headaches commonly associated with sinus congestion. Lastly,
Gan Cao (Radix Glycyrrhizae) harmonizes the formula.
Traditional Chinese Medicine Approach
Rhinitis and sinusitis are effectively treated with herbs that drain the sinus cavity, reduce nasal mucous secretions, and desensitize allergenic reactions. These herbs may be given before, during, and after episodes of sinusitis and rhinitis. These herbs are very effective, and do not have the stimulating side effects that drugs have.
In addition to using drugs or herbs to treat rhinitis and sinusitis, it is also important to identify the cause, especially in individuals with allergic rhinitis and sinusitis. Whenever possible, avoid or minimize exposure to these allergens. It is important to remember that drugs and herbs do not cure allergy, they are only effective as preventative and symptomatic treatments.
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Posted by: Scott Stewart, MSAc., Dipl.Ac., LAc.
In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), the uterus is called zi bao and is located in the lower dantian (lower abdomen) between the urinary bladder and the anus; and between the acupoints Ren 4 and Ren 6, which are 1 hand-breadth below the umbilicus and 3cm below the umbilicus respectively. In TCM, the uterus incorporates all the woman’s reproductive parts including the Fallopian tubes and ovaries.
The Chinese character for zi bao is made-up of two separate characters. The character on the left is zi, which represents flesh and muscle or connective tissue. On the right we have the image bao that represents the concept of wrapping, in terms of a container, bag or sack; something that can wrap around an embryo so that it is protected and contained within the mother’s womb.
The Uterus as an Extraordinary Organ
retaining, storing, binding and condensing Qi and later letting it rise as a mist to form clouds in the heavens.
In keeping with this metaphor, the body’s tissues are nourished by the same processes, which are performed on Qi, Blood, Jing, Shen, Marrow and Body Fluids by the 6 Extraordinary Organs.
Why is the Uterus extra special
The uterus is extra special, because it functions both as a Yin and a Yang organ. To clarify, Yang organs (fu: Urinary Bladder, Stomach, Lg. and Sm. Intestines, Gallbladder and San Jiao) perform the task of receiving, transforming and transporting substances. Yin organs (zang: Lungs, Liver, Spleen, Heart and Kidneys) store and reserve substances.
In the case of the uterus, its Yin functions consist of storing blood and the embryo / fetus, while its Yang activity includes discharging blood during menstruation and the baby at childbirth.
Physiological functions of the Uterus
Stay tuned for our next installment, which will cover the relationship between the uterus & heart and the uterus & the Kidneys.
When Evidence Says No, but Doctors Say Yes
Long after research contradicts common medical practices, patients continue to demand them and physicians continue to deliver. The result is an epidemic of unnecessary and unhelpful treatments.
Over the last 10+ years I have lectured (long rants) patients, friends, family and colleagues about the fraudulent practices of Western medicine, and continuously provided evidence that disputes the ignorant and bias articles that claim acupuncture as quackery, when in fact, the evidence clearly shows that conventional medicine follows a clear path contradictory to evidence-based medicine; and is much truer to the definition of quackery than acupuncture ever will be.
Kudos to David Epstein for this excellent article that highlights many of the unethical practices normalized by Western medicine, such as unnecessary procedures and the use of drugs not supported by research, etc., etc.
A must read!
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