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Friday, June 30, 2006

Number Of Hiv Infected Persons In China Increased

According to the prediction of the specialists, if the annual rate of increase of HIV infection is kept at 30 % in China, to the year of 2010 the total number of the HIV infected persons will reach one million. However, in 2001 the rate of increase of HIV infection already reached 40%! Not long ago, the responsible officers of the Ministry of Health announced that the present situation is of far apart from the objective of 10 % and reminded the urgency of further strengthening of working intensity for prevention and treatment measures against AIDS.
By the end of 2001, there were 30736 HIV infected persons reported from 31 provinces throughout the country, among them there were 1594 cases of AIDS and 684 cases died. The route of infection was chiefly blood-born transmission, accounting for 68.0% of intravenous drug users, 9.7 % in blood (plasma) collecting procedures, 1.5 % during blood transfusion or the injection of blood preparations and 7.2 % of sexual transmissions. Among the registered AIDS cases and the HIV infected, the males were predominantly 80.70 % and the females 18 % who were mainly the adolescents and those in their primes of life with the age range of 20-29 in 53.6 %. According to the accumulated data from various sources, the descending order of the incidence in the 9 provinces, municipalities and autonomous regions throughout the country is as follows: Yunnan, Xinjiang, Guangxi, Guangdong, Henan, Sichuan, Beijing, Anhui and Shanghai. Some related data show that at present the HIV infected persons in the Western regions are chiefly the drug users, in the central region, the persons with past history of blood (plasma) donation and in the South-Eastern regions, chiefly the sexual transmission among prostitutes.
Throughout last year, a total of 8219 cases of HIV infections were reported all over the country, of them the drug users accounted for 59.7 %, the number of HIV infection resulted from sexual transmissions increased by 3 folds as compared to that of last year. The sum in the annual report of the whole country increased by 58.0 % as compared to the previous year. The related responsible person of the bureau of disease control, Ministry of Health, pointed out that as a result of more HIV infected cases were seen after blood collection and donation around 1995, the actual annual increase of HIV infected person last year was 40.0 %. The specialist of the of STD and AIDS Prevention and Control Center, China Center for Disease Control and Prevention estimated that by the end of last year the number of HIV infected persons was accumulated to 8.5 hundred thousand, among them there were approximately 2 hundred thousand cases of AIDS and approximately 80-100 thousand are still alive, while approximately 10-120 thousand were already dead.
Qi Xiaoqiu, Director-general of the Bureau of Disease Control, Ministry of Health said "Wen Lou village is a place of serious HIV infection in China; the health sections of Chinese government at all levels had throw into massive manpower and material resources for the treatment and salvage, for the help of the livelihood of HIV infected and their family members." According to the latest statistics of the department of health, Henan Province, up to the present, the medical expense of AIDS patients in this village in the amount of 556 thousand RMB was exempted one after another; the armamentarium and medical therapeutic articles with a total price of 255 thousand RMB were supplied which basically satisfied the medical treatment requirement of the patients in that village.

Cell phone studies find no 'consistent evidence' of cancer link

A review of cell phone studies commissioned by the Swedish Radiation Protection Authority has found no "consistent evidence" of an increased risk of cancer from usage, the agency said.
Studies have differed on whether the use of mobile phones increases the risk of cancer as the handsets have become increasingly popular and efficient.
The governmental agency asked Dr. John D. Boice Jr. and Dr. Joseph K. McLaughlin of the International Epidemiology Institute in Rockville, Md., to evaluate published epidemiological research on the subject.
The review looked at nine studies since 1996 that included factors such as type of phone, duration and frequency of use and brain tumor location.
"No consistent evidence was observed for increased risk of brain cancer (or other forms)," the scientists said in the review, released Wednesday.
The agency acknowledged public concern about the issue and said many studies were still being performed and continued follow-up was needed on any possible carcinogenic effect linked to mobile phone usage.
"You can never say that something is without risk, but at least we can say that there is no scientific evidence for a causal association between the use of cellular phones and cancer," said Lars-Erik Paulsson, a radiation expert with the agency.
The review singled out research by Swedish oncologist Lennart Hardell, which said that long-term users of old-fashioned analog cell phones were at least 30% more likely than nonusers to develop brain tumors. Newer digital phones emit less radiation than older analog models of the sort studied.
Hardell, whose study was published recently in the European Journal of Cancer Prevention, studied 1,617 patients with brain tumors and compared them with a similar-size group of people without tumors.
The review said Hardell's study and some U.S. research with similar findings were "non-informative, either because the follow-up was too short and numbers of cancers too small, or because of serious methodological limitations."
It contrasted those with three studies in the United States, and studies in Finland and Denmark, which Paulsson said used more reliable sampling methods and were based on medical reports rather than interviews with patients.
Those studies found "a consistent picture ... that appears to rule out, with a reasonable degree of certainty, a causal association between cellular telephones and cancer to date," the agency said

Traditional Chinese Medicine and The West

western medicine can cure my ailments
Western medicine is generally the use of synthetically manufactured single compounds that are administered to the body in highly concentrated doses.These drugs can obviously be highly effective and cure many diseases.Interestingly, many conventional synthetic compounds are derived from plant materials.Aspirin and Cisplatin (one of the world’s leading anti cancer drugs) are both derived from trees.
Chinese herbal medicine uses lower dosages of more dilute herbal extracts to help the body retain or maintain its balance in a step-by-step fashion. Perhaps the philosophy of Chinese medicine is best expressed by the writings of one 7th-century physician:Superior treatment consists of dealing with an illness before it appears.Mediocre treatment consists of curing an illness on the point of revealing itself.Inferior treatment consists of curing the illness once it has manifested itself.
what's the difference
Conventional Western medicine and traditional Chinese medicine take different approaches to health and diseases. Each medicine develops its advantage in some areas, such as chronic diseases and syndromes; functional and emotional disorders; pain conditions; gynecological, neurological, muscular, and gastrointestinal problems for traditional Chinese medicine; trauma, acute conditions, and catastrophic problems for conventional Western medicine.
Traditional symptom-based approaches to disorders such as cough, palpitations, constipation, insomnia, vomiting, and pain are treated holistically using TCM internal medicine.
To determine when an herb, a food or an acupuncture point is appropriate for a patient, recognition of the right pattern from the patients’ constitutions, main complaints, general body conditions, and tongue and pulse is fundamental.

Traditional Chinese Medicine Came To The West

How did it come to the west?
There has been a record of significant interaction between Eastern and Western medical systems for several hundred years.References to acupuncture and pulse diagnosis occurred in the writings of Dutch physicians in the 17th century.
Much of what is now known as Swedish massage originated from China and there has been a long history of exchange in herbal products with Cinnamon bark being exported from China to ancient Rome and herbs such as American Ginseng being incorporated into the Chinese tradition in the nineteenth century.
The first part of the twentieth century however was very much a one way flow of information as the developments in Western medicine flooded into China and, in the spirit of “progress” threatened to overwhelm what was then perceived as a rather dated looking system of traditional medicine.
Things slowly started to change in the second half of the last century and a process of government support and medical standardisation began which has now resulted in the current situation in China and other Asian countries where TCM now operates in large teaching hospitals, side by side with the latest developments of Western medicine.
So why is it so popular now?
In Western countries TCM was relatively unknown until President Nixon’s groundbreaking visit to China in 1971 and the accounts of the use of acupuncture for pain control appeared in the New York Times.
Since then there has been a rapid growth in the awareness and use of TCM in Western countries so that currently Universities around the world are now teaching degrees in TCM and in the UK there are several thousand practitioners offering herbal medicines, acupuncture and other techniques within a Western clinical setting. (links to UK unis and colleges)
There are several reasons for this rapid rise in popularity. The initial appeal of the exotic was replaced by anecdotal and increasingly research reports indicating the effectiveness of TCM treatments. The groundbreaking studies on the successful use of Chinese herbal medicines in the treatment of eczema at Great Ormond Street Hospital hit the national headlines and learned medical journals (Sheehan MP, Rustin MHA, et al. Efficacy of traditional Chinese herbal therapy in adult atopic dermatitis. Lancet 1992).
TCM is now frequently used for this and many other forms of skin disease. Alongside the evidence supporting the use of TCM there was also a growing sense of dissatisfaction with the limitations of modern medical treatments. The lack of a holistic perspective, short consultation times and the often debilitating side effects of pharmaceutical drugs have meant that more and more people are seeking additional forms of health care.
In recent years improved standards of education and professional organisation, and a new emphasis on quality control have meant that now there is a network of well qualified TCM practitioners offering the benefits of this ancient tradition to the Western public. Sen primarily works with the Register of Chinese Herbal Medicine who support Government efforts on self-regulation of practitioners.

Thursday, June 29, 2006

Secondhand smoke may increase risk of breast cancer

California regulators became the first in the U.S. Thursday to classify tobacco smoke as a "toxic air contaminant", a move
that could toughen state regulations on cigarette smoke.
Being exposed to secondhand smoke may increase the risk of breast cancer for women under 50, study found.
The unanimous decision by the state Air Resources Board relied on a September report that found a sharply increased risk
of breast cancer in young women exposed to secondhand smoke.
The report also links drifting smoke to premature births, asthma and heart disease, as well as other cancers and
numerous health problems in children.
"If people are serious about breast cancer, they have to deal with secondhand smoke," said Dr. Stanton Glantz, director
of the Center for Tobacco Control, Research and Education at the University of California, San Francisco.
The report was done by scientists at California's Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment.
Its key new finding is that women under 50 exposed to secondhand smoke had a 68% to 120% greater risk of breast cancer
than women who weren't exposed. Women past menopause, however, were not at significantly higher risk.
The report also found that secondhand smoke concentrations in vehicles with smokers is 10 times higher than in the homes
of smokers.
Major cancer groups, including the American Cancer Society and the National Cancer Institute, said evidence that
secondhand smoke causes breast cancer is inconclusive. The disease kills about 40,000 women in the U.S. each year.
Tobacco companies, in public comments filed with the board, said the report gave too little weight to studies that found
no link to breast cancer. Chinese album.

FDA approves Pfizer drug treating stomach, kidney cancer

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Thursday approved the Pfizer drug Sunitinib that treats a rare stomach cancer
and advanced kidney cancer.
The FDA said the drug, to be sold under the name of Sutent, is the first cancer drug to simultaneously win its approval
for two conditions.
Sutent, which received a priority review and was approved in less than six months, works by depriving tumor cells of the
blood and nutrients needed to grow. It is meant to treat gastrointestinal stromal tumors (GIST) and advanced kidney cancer.
The FDA said Sutent should be used by GIST patients whose disease has progressed or who are unable to tolerate Gleevec,
the current treatment for GIST patients. Studies show Sutent slows the growth of tumors in those patients.
The agency based its approval for Sutent in the treatment of patients with advanced renal cell carcinoma (RCC) on its
ability to reduce the size of the tumors.
The FDA said it worked with Pfizer to make the drug available to patients not involved in the clinical trial before
approval. Currently, more than 1,700 patients are being treated with the drug, it added.
The most commonly reported side effects of Sutent included diarrhea, skin discoloration, mouth irritation, weakness, and
altered taste.Chinese album.

Wednesday, June 28, 2006

Traditional Chinese Medicine

The roots of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) date back more than 2000 years. Its rich history tells of the many influences on its development, including the Japanese, Europeans, and the Communist revolution. The changes that followed these influences explain why both terms--Traditional Chinese Medicine and Traditional Oriental Medicine (TOM)--are seen in the literature. Although these two terms are sometimes used interchangeably, TOM generally refers to the system of Chinese medicine practiced until the early 1900s.
Before western medicine had been brought in modern China, the Chinese people knew only one system of medicine; Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). With a practiced history as long as the Chinese civilization itself, this was the sole means of treatment for countless people and generations. Its tried and true methods are found at the core of our modern treatment principals. The using of Chinese medicine is the treasure of our traditional culture. With a history of 2000 to 3000 years, Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) has formed a unique system to diagnose and cure illness. The TCM approach is fundamentally different from that of Western medicine. In TCM, the understanding of the human body is based on the holistic understanding of the universe as described in Daoism, and the treatment of illness is based primarily on the diagnosis and differentiation of syndromes.
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is a comprehensive system of medicine based on thousands of years of knowledge and understanding of the human body and mind. It joins the power of acupuncture, Chinese herbs, and energetic exercises to right imbalances found in the body. This not only allows the body to heal itself but also prevents further illness from starting. It is accepted around the globe as a safe, effective and holistic complement to conventional western medicine.

Dark chocolate may help reduce blood

Natural yoghurt beats bad breath
Dark chocolate -- but not white chocolate - may help reduce blood pressure and boost the body's ability to metabolize sugar from food, according to the results of a small study.
Investigators from the University of L'Aquila in Italy found that after eating only 100 grams, or 3.5 ounces, of dark chocolate every day for 15 days, 15 healthy people had lower blood pressures and were more sensitive to insulin, an important factor in metabolizing sugar.
In contrast, eating roughly the same amount of white chocolate for the same period of time did not affect either blood pressure or insulin sensitivity.
This is not the first study to demonstrate potential health benefits of dark chocolate, which contains high levels of a kind of antioxidant called flavonoids. Research shows that flavonoids that can help maintain a healthy heart and good circulation and reduce blood clotting, which can lead to heart attacks and stroke.
Dr. Claudio Ferri and co-investigators explained that flavonoids help the body by neutralizing potentially cell-damaging substances known as oxygen-free radicals, which are a normal byproduct of metabolism.
However, despite dark chocolate's apparent benefits, Ferri urges caution when interpreting the results. Dark chocolate contains antioxidants, but also a lot of fat and calories, Ferri said, and people who want to add some chocolate to their diet need to subtract an equivalent amount of calories by cutting back on other foods, to avoid weight gain.
He added that each 100 grams of dark chocolate contains roughly 500 calories.
Other research validates that when it comes to chocolate, type does matter. One study found that eating milk chocolate did little to raise antioxidant levels in the blood, perhaps because milk interferes with the absorption of antioxidants from chocolate.
Another study showed that elderly people with high blood pressure experienced a drop in pressure after eating dark chocolate bars, but not white chocolate, which contains no flavonoids.
Ferri and colleagues asked 7 men and 8 women, all healthy, to eat 100 grams of dark chocolate or 90 grams of white chocolate every day for 15 days. The subjects consumed no chocolate for the next 7 days and then switched to the other chocolate type for 15 days.
"The identification of healthy foods and the understanding of how food components influence normal physiology will help to improve the health of the population," Dr. Cesar G. Fraga of the University of California, Davis, notes in an editorial.


Cola not coffee linked to blood pressure

Women who love drinking coffee can keep on loving it, researchers say.
BEIJING, Nov. 9 (Xinhuanet) -- Drinking coffee will not result in high blood pressure in women, however, there is a link between hypertension and colas consumptions, said a new study on Tuesday.
"We found strong evidence to refute speculation that coffee consumption is associated with an increased risk of hypertension in women," said the study, which was published in the Nov. 9 issue of Journal of the American Medical Association.
In fact, women who consume the most coffee may even get a protective cardiovascular effect.
However, there was an association found between hypertension and consumption of caffeinated colas, independent of whether the soft drinks were sugared or diet. The current study did not look at non-cola soft drinks.
"We speculate that it is not caffeine but perhaps some other compound contained in soda-type soft drinks that may be responsible for the increased risk in hypertension," wrote study author Wolfgang Winkelmayer of Brigham and Women's Hospital and the Harvard School of Public Health.
"This is good news for women who enjoy drinking coffee," said Dr. Winkelmayer. Enditem

Tuesday, June 27, 2006

How to use Korean ginseng

Ginseng, known in many Asian countries as the king of all herbs, is a knobby root light tan in color. Occasionally the center part of the root is said to resemble the human body as string like shoots stem off from the root and can be seen as arms and legs.
Due to Korean ginseng's unique appearance, herb doctors who lived centuries ago interpreted this perception to mean that ginseng was a cure-all for the entirety of human illness; subsequently many cultures do use ginseng to treat almost anything. Ginseng is also used by the Chinese culture to not only cure nearly everything, but also as a symbol of longevity, strength, and wisdom to its users.
The ginseng plant is identified by its leaves that form a circular pattern growing around its straight stem. Yellowish-green flowers bloom in the center of the plant and produce red berries from their umbrella-like blossoms. It is important to note that the age of the plant can be identified by counting the number of wrinkles around the plant’s neck, seeing as the ginseng root is only ready for use once it has completed approximately 4-6 years of maturity. Panax ginseng, commonly known as adaptogen, is a substance that offers some assistance in helping individuals who are dealing with physical and/or emotional stress. Ginseng, the traditional cure-all, has been said to relieve almost every ailment from anxiety to cancer and panax, according to traditional Chinese medicine. At present, several Asian countries are prescribing this particular type of Ginseng as treatment for several illnesses, including heart conditions and to enhance overall health.
Studies of Western herbal medicine show that panax ginseng’s ability to regulate the immune system has potential advantages in effectively preventing colds, flu, and some forms of cancer. Case studies show that panax ginseng proves effective in lowering the sugar content in the blood and cholesterol levels. Consequently, panax ginseng may prove beneficial when used in connection with type 2 diabetes and those suffering from high cholesterol. All potential uses of the ginseng root have not been fully defined; however, in both laboratory studies of humans and animals, panax ginseng proved successful in relaxing the muscles of the lungs. By relaxing the muscles of the lungs that control the airway, ginseng may be able to provide some relief for the symptoms associated with asthma, constriction of the airways, and other lung diseases. Further studies show that a combination of panax ginseng and gingko may increase memory capacity and enhance the thinking processes. However these are merely possible effects that are undergoing more research at present.
Panax ginseng can be given orally or topically. Direct application to the male genitalia may prove beneficial in treating erectile dysfunction in men. One large study involving the oral application of panax ginseng resulted in the increase of sperm count, quality, and movement, ultimately improving male fertility. An exact and thorough explanation for panax ginseng’s ability to improve fertility in males has yet to be determined. However, it is hypothesized that the chemical make up of panax ginseng helps activate certain hormones in the body leading to induced or increased production. This theory has led to the addition of panax ginseng in popular sports drinks or supplements in an attempt to increase athletic performance, despite the fact that no substantial evidence has been given to supports this use.
Ginseng supplements are mostly made from the ginseng root’s long, thin offshoots called root hairs. The main chemical ingredients in Asian ginseng are the ginsenosides (Rg1 as marker); glycans (panaxans); polysaccharide fraction DPG-3-2; peptides; maltol; and volatile oil.
Korean Ginseng Dosage Recommendations
The suggested dose for Korean ginseng is 1,000 to 2,000 mg of fresh root, 600 to 2,000 mg of dried root, or 200 to 600 mg of liquid extract daily. If you are healthy and are using ginseng to increase your physical or mental performance, to prevent illness, or to improve resistance to stress, you should take ginseng at the recommended dosage in cycles. For example, take 1,000 to 2,000 mg fresh root, 600 to 2,000 mg dried root, or 200 to 600 mg liquid extract daily for 15 to 20 days, followed by two weeks without taking ginseng.
For help recovering from an illness, the elderly should either take 500 mg twice a day for three months and then stop or take 500 mg twice a day for a month, followed by a two-month break. Repeat if desired.
When taking ginseng, use only standardized products. Standardization is the only way we have of assuring quality in herbal products. Choose white or red ginseng, standardized to 1.5 percent ginsenosides, designated as Rg1.


Ginseng is probably the most famous chinese herb. It has been used in Asia for more than 5,000 years. In China, ginseng has been treasured since the dawn of written history. In the Qing Dynasty of ancient China, ginseng was prized more than gold.
Ginseng is available in literally thousands of tonic formulations and it is featuring the most of the traditional preventative herbal remedies. Many people seeking to improve energy and vitality use ginseng daily.
Ginseng requires about six years to mature, but it is difficult and expensive to grow. Its value is found in its stained root which contains a complex mixture of carbohydrate compounds, nitrogenous compounds, fat-soluble compounds, vitamins and minerals. The curative powers of ginseng are unique in the way they affect the whole body. Ginseng has also been recognized as a potent immune system tonic by modern researchers.
There are several types of ginseng available: Asian ginseng, also called panax ginseng, American ginseng, Siberian ginseng (Eleutherococcus senticosus), and Japanese ginseng (Panax japonicum). Panax ginseng, which is grown especially in Korea, China and Japan, is the most widely used. American ginseng grows commonly in wooded areas from Quebec to Minnesota and south to Georgia and Oklahoma. Siberian ginseng grows in forests of Russia, China, Korea, and Japan.
Only Asian and American ginseng are known for their exceptional curative properties. These two species of ginseng look very similar and have also similar chemical compositions. These days, North American Ginseng is cultivated in British Colombia, Ontario, and Wisconsin, and is a valuable export. North American ginseng is often considered the most valuable and beneficial.

Sunday, June 25, 2006

Breastfeeding may lower women's diabetes risk: Study

BEIJING, Nov. 23 -- A US study has found that the longer women nursed the lower their risk of developing type 2 diabetes. The new study, published in Wednesday's Journal of the American Medical Association, involved 157,000 nurses who participated in two long-running health studies. They filled out periodic health questionnaires and were followed for at least 12 years. Researchers found that women who breast-fed for at least one year were about 15 percent less likely to develop type 2 diabetes than those who never breast-fed. For each additional year of breast-feeding, there was an additional 15 percent decreased risk. "We took into account diet, exercise, smoking status, whether or not the women took multivitamins -- which is a marker of whether they are health-conscious or not -- and we still found that 15-percent benefit," said Dr. Alison Stuebe, the study's lead author and a researcher at Boston's Brigham and Women's Hospital. "Beyond 15 years after the last birth there wasn't so much of a benefit, but for at least the first 15 years there seems to be some long-term association that protects women from diabetes," Stuebe added. The researchers say breast-feeding may change mothers' metabolism and these metabolic changes may help keep blood sugar levels stable and make the body more sensitive to the blood sugar-regulating hormone insulin. Breast-feeding has numerous health benefits for babies, too, so encouraging mothers to nurse "is kind of a win-win from a public health standpoint," Stuebe said. Enditem

Non-Drug therapy---Acupuncture and Moxibustion, Massage, Cupping.

(P = 病人 D = 医生)
(P = patient D = doctor)
D:Hello, Mr. Smith. How are you felling today?
P: Much better, thank you! I can sit straight today. The acupuncture is really great.
D:Yes, Chinese Traditional Medicine (TCM)has a history of more than 5,000 years. It has a complete theory about the occurrence, development and treatment of diseases.
Acupuncture is only one of the most effective ways to treat diseases such as your pleurapophysis.
P:All the same, many of my colleagues feel much puzzled about TCM. Would you please tell me more about it?
D:Sure. According to TCM theory, the occurrence of diseases is the incoordination between Yin and Yang and the treatment of diseases is the reestablishement of the equilibrium between them.
P:Oh, what's Yin and Yang?
医生:它们是中国古代哲学的两个概念并代表一切事物的两个对立面。中医学运用阴阳理论来解释人体的生理和病理现象。同时, 阴阳也是诊断和治疗疾病的法则。
D:They are the two concepts from ancient Chinese philosophy and they represent the two contradictories in everything. In TCM theory, Yin and Yang are used to explain physiological and pathological phenomena of the body. They are also the principles of diagnosing and treating diseases.
P:Then how do you Chinese doctors treat your patients by using this theory?
D:Roughly speaking, there are two common ways of TCM curing diseases: drug therapy and non-drug therapy.
P:That's very interesting. What drugs do you often apply?
医生:至于药物治疗, 中医常用草药,矿物质,动物药等。
D:As for drug therapy, traditional medicines are used such as herbs, mineral, animals, etc.
P:And how about non-drug therapy?
D:As for non-drug therapy, there are acupuncture and moxibustion, massage, cupping.
P:I know a little about acupuncture and massage. What's cupping?
D:It is a congeted treatment using a vacuum cup sucked firmly on the skin. Usually, the doctor fires an alcohol sponge and puts it inside the cup for a short while to make the cup a vacuum one, then he places the vacuum cup instantly over the selected spot of the skin.
P:Is it effective?
D:Just as effective as acupuncture which we are using to treat you. But cupping therapy is specially good for pains.
P:That's really fantastic.
D:To tell the truth, according to statistics, Traditional Chinese Medicine is better for the treatment of diseases of viral infections, immune system, cardio-cerebrovascular system and nervous system without causing any side-effects compared with western medicine.
P:Thank you very much! Doctor. I've got a better understanding of TCM now.
Related Sentence
Is there any relation between the pain and the weather?
The pain becomes more intense when the weather is bad.
Acupuncture may cause a little pain, and it also causes a certain feeling of numbness and distention.
Acupuncture may have effect, but a prolonged treatment is needed.
Insomnia can be cured by massage and the cure rate is very high.
Your disease should be treated with combined therapy of traditional Chinese and Western medicine.
1. The acupuncture is really great. 针灸的确很棒。
2.Chinese Traditional Medicine (CTM) has a history of more than 5,000 years. It has a complete theory about the occurrence, development and treatment of diseases.
Acupuncture is only one of the most effective ways to treat diseases such as your pleurapophysis.
3.According to CTM theory, the occurrence of diseases is the incoordination between Yin and Yang and the treatment of diseases is the reestablishement of the equilibrium between them.
4.They are the two concepts from ancient Chinese philosophy and they represent the two contradictories in everything. In CTM theory, Yin and Yang are used to explain physiological and pathological phenomena of the body. They are also the principles of diagnosing and treating diseases.
5. There are two common ways of CTM curing diseases: drug therapy and non-drug therapy.
6.As for drug therapy, traditional medicines are used such as herbs, mineral, animals, etc.
7. As for non-drug therapy, there are acupuncture and moxibustion, massage, and cupping.
8.Cupping therapy is a treatment using a vacuum cup sucked firmly on the skin. Usually, the doctor fires an alcohol sponge and puts it inside the cup for a short while to make the cup a vacuum one, and then he places the vacuum cup instantly over the selected spot of the skin.
9. Just as effective as acupuncture which we are using to treat you. But cupping therapy is specially good for pains.
10.To tell the truth, according to statistics, Traditional Chinese Medicine is better for the treatment of diseases of viral infections, immune system, cardio-cerebrovascular system and nervous system without causing any side-effects compared with western medicine.

Saturday, June 17, 2006

A story of cinnamon bark

Today, we'll tell the story of paris. The herb was related with a pretty and brave girl and her seven brothers who had given their lives for the ordinary people in fighting the big boa. So, people named the herb "qiye-yizhi-hua" (one flower with seven leaves), i.e., paris. Now have a look at the story… Once upon a time, there lived an old couple in a small village called East Mountain in Yunnan. They had seven industrious and brave sons and a beautiful and pretty daughter. The family lived a very happy life by planting and breeding. The villagers all felt envy at them. One year, there appeared a big boa in the village. It was very fierce and cruel and often goes out to eat the sheep as well as the human, which made the people live in terror and uncertainty. In order to rid the people of an evil, the brave brother decided to wage a life-and-death battle against the boa. But they all lost their lives during the struggle against the boa unfortunately. The little sister was so sad that she made up her mind to avenge her brothers. So she got up very early and went to bed very late to practise martial arts. One day she wore her clothes weaved with the embroidery needles and went to struggle with the boa. She consumed all her strength and was swallowed by the boa at last. But the boa died the next day. It was because that the clothes the girl had on were weaved with the embroidery needles which stabbed the boa through its viscera. So the village was calm ever since. Some days had passed and a strange plant appeared where the big boa died. It had one flower on its top supported with seven pieces of leaves. While pounded and applied on the wounds or decocted and taken orally, it can treat swelling sores and the one who was bitten by poisonous snake. In order to make people remember the seven brave brothers and their sister, the villagers termed it

Friday, June 16, 2006

The Same Age Next Year

A grocer once had a daughter born to him. One day a friend of his made a match for his babygirl, and told him the future husband was only one year older than she was. The grocer discussed this marriage in private with his wife. "Our daughter is just one, the boy's
age is the double of hers; when she is twenty and gets married, her husband will be forty," be said. "How do we have the heart to marry off our daughter to such an old husband?" His wife smiled and said, "You're really dumb. Our daughter is now one year old, in one years time she'll be the same age as the boy, now won't she?"

Thursday, June 15, 2006

Having Cakes

A man was very hungry, and went to buy cakes at a snack bar. When he finished a cake, he found he hadn't had enough, and so ate a second one. He felt so hungry that after eating six cakes in succession, he still hadn't satisfied his hunger. Not till the seventh cake was eaten up, did he feel satisfied. Then, suddenly, he had a feeling of regret.
"Ah, if I had known this before, I would have eaten the seventh cake first and that would have been enough and there would not have been any need to eat those six others."

Thursday, June 08, 2006

A story of one of the four beauties in ancient China---Xi Shi

It is special to treat swelling sore of the throat with cinnamon bark. The cinnamon bark has the actions of invigorating primordial yang, warming spleen and stomach, eliminating cold accumulation, and making the meridians through. It contains cinnamic aldehyde which has apparent sedation action to the central nervous system. The compound aconite and cinnamon bark can treat renal hypertension. The cinnamic oil it contains has strong sterilization action and is especially effective to the gram-positive bacterium. If used by application, it can treat stomachache, flatulence, etc. and if taken orally, it can invigorate stomach and expelling wind.

It was said that Xi Shi, one of the four most beautiful women in ancient China, suddenly felt pain in the throat when she sang the Falling Leaves of Phoenix Tree. It was difficult to drink.1、相传中国古代四大美人之一的西施,抚琴吟唱自编的《梧叶落》时。

So she took large amount of heat-clearing and fire-purging drugs. The symptoms were relieved after taking the drugs but reoccurred if she stopped taking them.2、忽感咽喉疼痛,饮漱难下,遂用大量清热泻火之药,症状得以缓和,但药停即发。

She had to invite another famous doctor to treat her. After examining her, the doctor found that her four extremities was cool, the urine was clean, and the pulse was deep and thin, so he prescribed 1 jin (about 800 g) of cinnamon bark. 3、后另请一名医,见其四肢不温,小便清发,六脉沉细,乃开肉桂一斤。

The shopkeeper of the drugstore also knew the disease condition of Xi Shi. After seeing the prescription, he laughed grimly and said, "Xi Shi is suffered from swollen pain throat which pertains to heat syndrome. How can the cinnamon bark which is pungent and warm cure her?" So he didn't give the retinue the drug. The retinue had to return empty and reported the situation accurately. Xi Shi said, "The doctor was famous for his medical skill and he should be seriously. And I have no choice at present. I will take small amount of cinnamon bark at first to find whether it works."4、药店老板对西施之病略有所知,看罢处方,不禁冷笑:“喉间肿痛溃烂,乃大热之症,岂能食辛温之肉桂?”便不予捡药,侍人只得空手而归,如实回报。西施道:“此人医术高明,当无戏言。眼下别无他法,先用少量试之。”

Xi Shi took small piece of cinnamon bark at first and felt it sweet-smelling and delicious. After taking half jin of the cinnamon bark, she felt her throat painless and could take foods as usual. When the shopkeeper heard of that, he had to ask for the doctor's advice sincerely. The doctor said, "Xi Shi was suffered from pain throat which pertains to vacuity fire due to yin deficiency and it can be treated only by directing fire to its source." 5、西施先嚼一小块肉桂,感觉香甜可口,嚼完半斤,疼痛消失,进食无碍,大喜。药店老板闻讯,专程求教名医。名医答曰:“西施之患,乃虚寒阴火之喉疾,非用引火归元之法不能治也。”

Saturday, June 03, 2006

A story of crataegus (4)

Tang Xuanzong half believed and half doubted him. But the imperial concubine's disease was cured unexpectedly after taking the medicine for half a month

The crataegus was sweet and sour in taste, and warm in property. It has the actions of dispersing food accumulations, dissipating blood stasis, expelling tapeworm, and decreasing blood-lipid and activating blood. It is indicative for food accumulation of meat-type, dysentery, lumbago, hernia, and intestinal wind, especially for postpartum persistent flow of lochia, infantile feeding accumulation and hyperlipemia.

Thursday, June 01, 2006

A story of crataegus (4)

So, he prescribed ten crataegus and 15 g of malt sugar for her and then swaggered off.6、于是,挥毫写出:“棠球子十枚,红糖15克,熬汁饭前饭用,每日三次。”然后扬长而去。