30. March 2020 · Comments Off on Four Diagnostic Methods Of TCM · Categories: Acupuncture, chinese medicine · Tags:

Wang, Wen, Wen, Qie. In TCM, this means looking, listening, asking and feeling the pulse. These are the four methods a TCM doctor uses to determine a patient’s illness. Seems too simple to be true!

Dr. Wan Guowei is vice president of Beijing hospital of TCM. We ask him why TCM doctors use the four methods of diagnosis to determine illnesses. Dr. Guowei says, “observing a patient’s appearance could help TCM doctors discover the pattern and development of his illness. Does he have bright eyes? Does he have healthy skin or damaged skin?” The first diagnosis technique is Wang, or inspection in English. I asked them if you can really determine a patient’s illness by just observing his appearance? Guowei replied, “inspection contains four aspects: Spirit, complexion, physical conditions, and actions.”

Traditional Chinese medicine in Fort Lauderdale believes that the five sense organs of the face are reflections of the five major inner organs. The eyes reflect the diverse health; the nose reflects the lungs; lips reflect the spleen; ears the kidneys and the tongue the heart. Thus, a doctor can tell just by looking at the face if there is any health problem internally.

To see if the TCM specialist really can tell the quality of a person’s health just by looking at their face, I have brought some photos of some willing participants and I’ll let Dr. Guowei analyze the faces in the photos. Dr. Guowei first selected the photo of a man wearing eyeglasses. He looked at the photo and said, “this gentleman looks healthy, generally speaking.” Next, he looked at the photos of two children. He remarked, “as for these two children, they both have good figures. One girl sits straight, which indicates a healthy skeleton growth. And for this boy, you could see he looks tired. Clearly, he has been exhausted lately.” He looked at the last photo of a woman and said, “for this woman, her makeup is confusing because, when she goes to see a TCM doctor, she should wear no makeup.”

I asked Dr. Guowei what does “Wen” mean? He answered, “wen, or auscultation and olfaction in English, includes two aspects. First, TCM doctors will listen to the patient’s voice. If the patient suffers from poor digestion, or has been mentally ill, leading to bad breath, this is a manifestation of illness.”

I asked when is “Wen” about asking questions? He answered, “speaking of Wen, or inquiry in English, it’s more likely to show the doctor’s humanistic concerns. During the chat, you might feel relaxed as if you’re not seeing a doctor.”

My last question is about taking the pulse. I told him that since I used to be a lifeguard, I only feel the pulse to see whether a person is alive or not. So why does a TCM doctor take the pulse? Guowei replied, “pulse-taking is the essence of TCM as well as a distinguishing feature of TCM. For example, when feeling the pulse of a woman, the doctor may determine whether she’s pregnant or not and for how long.”

He added, “one example of a pulse examination is the Cun pulse. Cun, Guan, and Chi, three acupoints on the wrist, where the pulse is usually taken, are placed on the wrist from the outside to the inside. That is to say, they represent different organs, namely the heart, liver and kidney. Pulses on the right-hand represent lung, spleen and vital gate. Guess what is the most important part in the four methods of diagnosis? Check the coating on the tongue. In terms of tongue, TCM doctors regard it as a natural gastroscope.”

I asked if he could examine my tongue. He agreed. After observing, he commented “examining your tongue and pulse, I think you have heart-spleen deficiency. I guess you are really tired recently, and you should take some rest. You’ll be able recover after a good rest, you may not have any illness. The four methods of diagnosis come from daily life, and practice. Having accumulated experience for the past 2000 years, we have found that every detail in life will bring about a disease diagnosis. It is capturing the tiny changes of people that is the magic of traditional Chinese medicine.”

The four methods of diagnosis of traditional Chinese medicine is a direct, fast, convenient holistic approach to understanding a person’s individual situation even before symptoms present themselves, thus being able to bring the body back into good health without having to fight serious illness.

18. September 2019 · Comments Off on Traditional Chinese Medicine Nutritional Therapy for Diabetes · Categories: chinese medicine · Tags: ,

Characterized by hyperglycemia, Diabetes Mellitus is a syndrome caused by faulty or ineffective secretion of insulin by the body. Diabetes can lead to several complications such as nephropathy, retinopathy, peripheral arterial and atherosclerotic coronary disease as well as autonomic and peripheral neuropathies. Diabetes can be divided into two types: (Insulin Dependent) and Non insulin dependent (NIDDM).

Diabetes is known as Xiao Ke in Tarzana Traditional Chinese Medicine or TCM which believes that three important organs are responsible for this disease. They are the kidney, abdomen, and lungs. TCM has classified the three patterns or types of diabetes based on the symptomatic manifestations of the patient through diagnostic tongue and pulse examinations.

From a TCM standpoint, what exactly causes diabetes?

According to TCM, people who live a sedentary and unhealthy lifestyle and frequently consume greasy and/or sweet foods are at risk of developing diabetes. This lifestyle and dietary habit easily exhausts and obstructs the energy of the body. Stagnation occurs once the energy of the body becomes obstructed eventually leading to a buildup of toxic heat. The toxic heat will eventually use up all the fluids of the vital organ causing organ disharmony and dysfunction. The kidney, spleen, and lung organs haven’t been in harmony for a long time before diabetes sets in the body.

In preventing or treating diabetes, the first step in TCM is to begin practicing a form of Chinese nutritional therapy called Yao Shan and exercise on a regular basis. Recent studies show that during muscle exercise, our muscles distribute blood glucose to the cells to reduce the level of blood sugar without using insulin. This is why exercise is so vital in helping regulate blood sugar and in preventing diabetes. The improved blood flow helps and prevents the acceleration of neuropathy and other degenerating conditions.

In Chinese nutritional therapy, there are several ways to prevent or treat/cure diabetes.

If you’re confirmed of suffering from diabetes:

1. Eat lots of leafy green vegetables.

2. Eat lots of multi-whole grains such as barley, corn, black or brown, and buckwheat and try to stay away from processed carbohydrates.

3. As a rule, patients with diabetes ought to avoid spicy hot food that damage more yin body fluid. They also need to stay away from greasy and sweet foods and refrain from drinking alcohol. They should more bland food instead. According to TCM, smoking can damage even more lung yin fluid which can exacerbate the symptoms of diabetes.

4. Regular drinking of green tea can also help stave off diabetes. Make sure though that you don’t drink highly concentrated or too strong green tea, the consequence of which is the impairment of calcium absorption by your body. Some foods can help lower blood sugar. These are onion, bitter melon, kelp, shitake mushroom, bean sprout, white and black mushroom, bamboo, seaweed, and seafood.

5. Reduce consumption of fresh sweet fruits as they carry a high amount of sugar.

While TCM divides diabetes into three types based on their clinical symptoms, the human body in turn has three primary organ patterns based on the affected imbalanced organ; therefore, nutritional therapy should be directed toward the organ involved.

I. Pattern of Abdominal Heat Type of Diabetes

Scientifically, in this form of diabetes, the main symptom of the person is a savage appetite and extreme constant hunger. He may suffer from weight loss, experience constant thirst and frequently feel constipated and urinating. He may also suffer from blurred vision, dizziness and tinnitus. The objective of Chinese nutritional therapy is to expel heat in the abdominal organ.

Tofu Soup, Tomato and Fish:

250 g Tofu (slice into pieces)
250g Tomatoes (slice into pieces)
250g Fish meat (cover with wet starch and slice into pieces)
One stalk green onions and slice into tiny pieces

How to Cook: First use water to boil the tofu. Then a couple of minutes after, place all the tomatoes into the boiling soup. Then afterwards, throw in to the soup the fish coated with starch into soup until the fish is cooked. Finally, throw in the spices and green onions for flavor.

Eat the soup along with your meal.

II. Deficient Kidney and Liver yin pattern

This form of diabetes presents itself with the primary complaint of excess and frequent urination coupled with lingering illness. The urine may appear milky in color, look turbid, or smell sweet. Majority of patients may suffer from bilateral knee weakness (weakness in the two knees) and lower back soreness. Some patients may show other symptoms and signs like dry lips, itchy and dry skin, tinnitus, and dizziness.

Water chestnut carrot, soup:

250g Water chest nut, slice to half
250g Carrot, cut into square
500g Lean pork sliced into small cubes

How to Cook: place all the ingredients in a cerement pot along with water. Cook for hours at low temperature after first bringing to boil. Include the desired species before serving.

Eat as soup once a day. Take it warm.

III. Damaged body fluid with Lung Heat pattern

The major complaint of this pattern of disharmony is extreme thirst and after drinking a lot of water, the patient will still have a dry mouth and throat with pain or sensitivity in the throat. Signs and symptoms are dry stool and yellow urine. The tongue will appear red and have a light yellow fur due to excess heat in the organ.

Rice Mung Bean Soup

50g Rice
20g Mung bean
One dried or fresh Lotus leaf

How to Cook: to make rice soup, cook the mung bean and rice in water, and add then add the lotus leaf as a cover and lid. Cover the soup while cooking. Eat with your meal

Soy Bean Milk Soup:

20g spring rice
150ml Soy bean milk

How to Cook: First cook all the rice in water until it becomes soft. Afterwards include the soy bean milk into the water. Do not add sugar. Add another two minutes of cooking until the dish appears starchy.

Eat the soup with meal or for breakfast.

Mussel Soup with Bitter Melon:

100g Fresh mussel
250g Bitter melon (Remove seeds and slice into pieces)

To eliminate the muddy taste, dip fresh mussels in fresh water for a couple of days
How to Cook: To make soup, cook all ingredients in water. Then before serving, few drops sesame seed oil and a pinch of salt.

Eat with meal.

05. September 2019 · Comments Off on Twelve Essential Feng Shui Tips To Enhance The Health And Function Of Your Liver · Categories: chinese medicine · Tags: ,

In Feng Shui, the master of your body is your liver. It has similar requirements as your surroundings and will work well if those are met. Since it oscillates, your liver tends to be in a state of flow, it likes cool, and prefers a lot of space. It is your body’s control tower that directs traffic to and fro a couple of blood vessels, the portal vein (hepatic portal vein) and the hepatic artery which brings oxygen-infused blood from the heart. The liver contracts and expands by 40 percent every 24 hour period within the boundaries of our circadian rhythm. It’s a very busy organ that carries out functions second only to the brain. Age-old cultures such as the Greeks and Mesopotamians were aware of the importance of the liver. In fact, the English called Queen Elizabeth I the liver of the state rather than the head of the state.

Traditional Chinese Medicine provides important information on the elements through the practice of Feng shui in order to produce positive chi. By way of its various talents and intrepidity, the liver is in control of the body. Traditional Chinese Medicine or TCM associates the liver with the element of wood and makes the eyes the introspective doors of the body. We’re aware that this element is suited to everything that develops in nature, and the liver is the only organ that re-grows and regenerates itself when cut in half. Wood has introspective attributes that are focused on futuristic projects and decision-making. According to New York Times reporter Natalie Angier, “the liver plays the role of a military commander who is a master of military planning,” and since it requires foresight and vision to plan and decide, it’s only right that the liver is correlated and connected to our organ of vision, our eyes.”

If you have a Wood personality, you may want your liver to be always working although you may temper it with moderation since you would not want to overload it with too much work and too many toxic substances since this can eventually lead to sclerosis and liver failure. It is actually a good idea to nourish your liver with helpful tips from our depository of feng shui knowledge:

1. Since water feeds wood, place a fountain in a proper area.

2. If required, include wind chimes, air cleaning plants, and aromatic scents such as eucalyptus or geranium.

3. With your bagua in hand, examine your layout and search for areas associated with the wood element.

4. Studies indicate that the liver may take a reactive and also a proactive role as in the control of food choice and appetite. Hence, it is wise to eat vegetables in your next meal. Prepare a cancer-preventing green soup or make yourself a green smoothie.

5. If we allow ourselves to pay attention to the soft subtle whispers of our liver, it may guide us to the right dietary choices.

6. Being the commander in chief in the circulation of blood, our liver monitors the moment to moment energy demands of our body and provides nutrients to areas that require nourishment.

7. Make it a point to observe whether chi smoothly circulates throughout your area and keep in mind that the state of flow of your mind, body, and surroundings is responsible for healthy immune responses and circulation on a cellular level. Tune in your mind/ body to your environment.

8. Check for balance! If your there is too much or too little wood-related aromas, sounds, colors or shapes, then they try to properly balance what is little and what is too much.

9. Add a fanciful gem turquoise stone in your jewelry.

10. In Feng Shui, turquoise is a color that can enhance your immunity. Therefore, wear a lush combo blue for water and green for wood.

11. Bear in mind that your liver is the drug manufacturer of the enzymes, hormones, immune molecules, clotting factors, and blood chemistry in your body. Provide your liver with a toxin-free, clean and healthy environment.

12. Finally, if you need more advice in generating space for your, liver consult with a feng shui expert.

Vickery Health & Wellness
18455 Burbank Blvd #306
Tarzana, CA 91356
(818) 578-6730


15. August 2019 · Comments Off on The Role Of Yin Yang In The Nutritional And Health Needs Of Men And Women · Categories: Acupuncture · Tags:

According to Chinese philosophy and theory, yin and yang are opposite yet appreciative energies in the world and the universe. Yang represents everything masculine, controlling, or positive and yin, the other energy, is characterized as feminine, passive, or earthy. One is neither greater nor less than the other; yin and yang represent the ideal state of harmony, union, and balance as both energies are prerequisites for balancing the world. The attributes of these two energies perfectly depict the female and male qualities. Yin and yang, in traditional Chinese medicine in Orlando, are referred to energy flows and energies within the body. The insight of these teachings is to attain a healthy state of body and mind, brought about by the proper balance of yin and yang. One must select the appropriate food and nourishment in order to acquire longevity and wellbeing. The concept of yin and yang is a spiritual and philosophical approach to garnering health through food; it conveys a comprehension of balanced nutrition for female and male, taking into account the differences in gender.

Both the female and male gender requires a daily intake of essential minerals and vitamins when it boils down to nutrient needs. The requirements of this intake, however, differ with age and gender. Although women and men need almost similar set of vitamins each day, nutritional needs are different between the sexes. Women and men have different muscle mass and body size. Certain disorders typically are only females and males, and some conditions occur more often by one gender or the other. Men, for instance, don’t experience menstrual periods and pregnancy, whereas women will never experience prostate cancer. Biological differences can command the amount of certain minerals and vitamins for both sexes.

The Harvard Medical School stated that health issues in men can range from Alzheimer’s, certain lung illnesses, high blood pressure, heart disease, and diabetes to wellness concerns such as emotional health, weight control, nutrition, fitness, and exercise. Men may become more concerned with the effects of prostate changes and health and aging. As they sexually mature, men may become more concerned with the effects of changes in sexuality, prostate health, and aging. Lifespan also plays a huge role. The average man, for instance, lives five years fewer than the average woman, due in part by rigorous activities and higher levels of stress. Women encounter difficulties at different stages of their lives. Other medical problems play a huge role in women’s health apart from the common conditions of pregnancy, cervical cancer, ovarian cancer, and menopause. Osteoporosis and breast cancer are seen as women’s health concerns, although they happen in men as well, from time to time. To both women and men, heart disease in a serious concern, but preventive strategies and risk factors may be different in women. Women may experience different symptoms of an impending heart attack than men. They may have greater concerns regarding aging, care giving, emotional health issues, and skin care as well as an impending heart attack

Women and men require a distinct balance of sex hormones to modulate the manufacture of testosterone, estrogen, and progesterone that play a major role in their sexual and mental health. We can’t modulate testosterone production although there are specific nutrients that can aid a person to modulate the manufacture of progesterone, estrogen, and testosterone that play a critical role in mental and sexual health. Mood swings and low libido may often occur when hormonal imbalance in a person leads to and can affect fertility and pregnancy in women. Healthy diet and lifestyle changes can help maintain wellbeing and good health.

18. April 2019 · Comments Off on Chinese Medicine, A 5000 Year History · Categories: Acupuncture · Tags:

Traditional Chinese medicine in Austin, more simply known as TCM has a history of over 4000 years but is taken until quite recently for the techniques to catch on outside China. Still, these days combining TCM with Western diagnosis and treatments is growing in popularity around the world.

China’s 5000 years of history gave birth to the extensive and profound culture of traditional Chinese medicine. It is seen as one of the most valuable treasures of Chinese civilization. It was said that a man named Xiandi taught people how to cultivate and harvest crops more than 4000 years ago. He was called Shennong, the god of agriculture.

Beyond just introducing farming, Xiandi also experimented with all these plants to see whether some of them could cure diseases. This is the origin of traditional Chinese medicine, also called TCM, for short. Wu Honzhou, curator of the Shanghai Museum of TCM says, “People accumulated valuable experiences in the fight against diseases. More than 2000 years ago, they started summing it up in documents, which became the theory of traditional Chinese medicine. On the basis of these theories, TCM has continued to develop.”

Considered the grand master of TCM, Bien Chie made a very special contribution to its development. Living in the fourth century, Bien Chiedrew upon all he had learned from his predecessors and created a unique method of medical diagnosis based on four principle techniques. The first is wang, meaning observing. The second is wen, which is a bit more complex. The character for wen actually has two meanings with the same pronunciation, which in English translates into smelling or hearing and wen means inquiring.

The final technique is called chie meaning feeling. TCM physician Wu Yaoqing says that, “Since people show different complexions were different diseases, smelling or hearing makes a diagnosis by judging different smells or sounds of the sick. For example, the smell of vomit or the sound of your breath can tell what is wrong with your body. Inquiring is to talk with the patient about things like physical condition, reviews symptoms or previous health records. Feeling is used by checking your pulse.”

Internal medicine had been well-developed long before surgery. Since people believed their parents created their bodies, they didn’t have the right to damage them. As a result, TCM surgery practices developed very slowly. Perhaps, most famous of all early surgeons was Hua Tuo who lived in the second century. Hua Tuo was not only good that diagnosing and prescribing medicine or acupuncture, he also had a profound understanding of surgery.

The famous novel, “The Romance of the Three Kingdoms,” tells a grand tale of his superb medical skills. One of the heroes in the novel, Guan Yu, was wounded in his right arm by a poisoned arrow. The poisoned quickly seeped in. Soon Guan could no longer feel his arm and the hero’s life was in jeopardy. Hua Tuo made an incision. He cut all the way to Guan’s bone and scraped away the infection. Soon Guan Yu recovered from his injury.

Mr. Wu added, “There was a famous surgeon named Hua Tuo in the second century. It was said that he was capable of operating abdominal surgeries. Hua Tuo also used Ma feisan, kind of herbal medicine that functioned as an anesthetic.”

Acupuncture is another type of TCM with a long history in China. Nobody knows exactly when people began to use acupuncture to release pain. It was said that primitive men found that occasionally using something with a sharp point to stimulate somewhere on your body could help ease pain elsewhere. More than 1000 years ago, a famous man named Wang Wei Yi formalized the practice.

He made two bronze acupuncture figures for teaching and practicing. From that point on, the techniques has flourished into a modern form still widely practiced today. Even today, as Shanghai is rapidly modernizing, more and more people are attracted by TCM. Mr. Hoop is one of them. He likes acupuncture very much. Visiting TCM doctors is always part of his busy schedule.

Mr. Hoop says, “We find more and more that the combination of the two types of medicine is very helpful so we start understanding the advantages of Chinese medicine, in particular, acupressure and acupuncture, which is very popular in Europe. Since we’re now here for business in Shanghai, I thought we could take the opportunity to also visit a traditional Chinese pharmacy shop and also get some small treatment from a Chinese doctor,and have him analyze what is good and what is not so good with our body and health.”

Nowadays, people believe that the combination of Chinese and Western medicine is a good way to cure diseases, but Western medicine triggered a lot of different opinions in the medical field when it was introduced into China in the 19th century. According to Mr. Wu, “Some people firmly believed in Western medicine, which was unfortunate. Western medicine is subject and a science, as well. Some people approved of it and thus denied traditional Chinese medicine. We considered it as a kind of nihilism for the nation. Others had the view that we should combine both medicines, and that became widely accepted at the time.”

While the popularity of TCM continues to grow, we must keep in mind its historical tradition. First, we inherit it and then we may continue to develop the art of TCM. By combining both Chinese and Western medicine, we may just find more ways to help cure people’s physical problems.

31. January 2019 · Comments Off on A Beginner’s Guide To Traditional Chinese Medicine Diagnosis · Categories: Acupuncture · Tags:

One of the most common questions I get is how does traditional Chinese medicine in Jacksonville actually diagnose illness? People have a lot of misconceptions about medicine and I’ve had multiple people ask me, so do you just look at a person’s aura or have a yin-yang that somehow diagnosis disease? I don’t think people realize just how scientific Chinese medicine actually is. So in this article, I want to share with you the four key diagnostic methods that almost every Chinese medical doctor will use and what you can expect honestly in your first appointment.

Classically in Chinese medicine, there are four diagnostic skills known as Wang, Wen, Wen, and Qie.


Wang stands for observation. What observation means is we observe the complexion of the patient’s face. So complexion is obviously, what does the patient’s face look like? Is it more red like a person’s who’s very sweaty and easily gets hot or is it very pale? Are there spots anywhere? Is there a certain color like green or yellow?

The second thing we look at after complexion is the tongue. The observed the tongue’s size, color and coating. Are there any little red spots on the tongue? Are there any scalloping on the side of the tongue?


Wen pertains to smelling or listening. In smelling and listening, we not only listen to the patient’s words, the way they speak (they could be talking very loud very strong or very weak). Those things are actually diagnostically very important because they will indicate where the state of the patient’s health is. So if you have this stereotypically big businessman who is suffering from acid reflux or indigestion and he is talking really loud, he is likely not suffering from a deficient condition. Therefore, Wen is very useful. We listen to coughing, breathing and smells that the patient gives off.

The second Wen is inquiry, which is the classic intake form. In inquiry, we ask questions like what do you prefer? Do you prefer warm drinks or cold drinks? Do you tend to run hot or run cool? Do you like extra blankets when you sleep or the always wake up kicking them off you? Are you thirsty? Are there any issues with your urination? Is there frequency or burning? How are your bowel movements? Are they more solid or more loose? Do you feel hot or cold? How is your periods or menses? Is there bleeding or spotting, pain?

These are all important questions we use to figure out very important diagnostic criteria in regard to how Chinese medicine diagnoses illness and disease.


Qie refers to palpation. The most famous Qie is pulse diagnosis and channel palpation. In pulse diagnosis, the physician is actually feeling three areas of the radial artery. We’re feeling not only the strength, depth and the width of the pulse, we’re also feeling each individual position of the pulse.

The first position is known as the cun, the second is the guan and the third is the chi. Each of these positions correlates to certain organs in the person’s body. So at the end of this large intake, we are given all of these diverse data and we have to put this into a concrete diagnosis altogether and then we do our pattern differentiation and our differential diagnosis as well.

All of these are very important in Chinese medicine. This is much more concrete than, “do we diagnose through aura, or do we use yin-yang diagnose an illness?” To the last question, technically yes since we want to know if the patient is hot or cold or is he more deficient or more excess. All of these are very important information in Chinese medicine.

20. December 2018 · Comments Off on Traditional Chinese Medicine Can Reduce The Harmful Effects Of Modern Life · Categories: Acupuncture · Tags:

All over America, people have been turning to Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) more and more to assist them with problems related to the modern age. As the workdays lengthen and the pace of life accelerates, personal time that used to be spent for nourishment and relaxation has now become a prohibitive luxury in most people’s schedule. The modern way of life provides us with many diversions and amenities but it usually comes at the expense of our spiritual, mental, and physical health. This has led to people seeking alternative ways to help overcome the stresses and dangers that come with modern living. The recent incredible boom in TCM, the widespread popularity of Buddhism, and the resurgence of Yoga exemplify that the ancient wisdoms have a place in the Modern Age. This is because these philosophies can help reduce the harmful effects of modern life and bring back harmony and balance to the body.

As a TCM practitioner myself, I have frequently observed how profoundly this ancient healing system can benefit people by bringing balance into their life. This is because one of the basic principles of this system lies on the harmonious interplay of the forces of nature and life. This philosophy basically acknowledges that a lot of things in our everyday life affect our health and that it is essential that we keep these forces in harmony and balance. The activities we do, the foods we eat, our emotions, work life, home life, and our environment would be a few examples.

When one visits a practitioner of TCM to treat a certain illness, the practitioner will look deeply into the origin of the disease to determine the forces that are out of balance. Approaching an illness this way can lead to the treatment of the underlying “root” of a problem and result in a lasting and profound type of healing. Carpal Tunnel disease would be a perfect example. The practitioner will set out to determine the underlying cause of this illness by questioning the patient to find out: what makes the illness better or worse, what activities they do on a regular basis, what type of work they do, if a certain event caused the problem, etc. Any of the following TCM modalities can then be used by the practitioner: lifestyle advice, exercise therapy, massage, Chinese herbs, and acupuncture in Austin, in order to treat not only the pain, but also to help rectify the underlying imbalance. The patient delightfully leaves the office with his symptoms reduced and a feeling that enables him to take charge of his wellbeing.

This is just a few ways in which TCM can be utilized to help bring back balance harmony to our hectic modern way of living. If you are searching for a way to balance the forces acting within your life, traditional Chinese medicine can be a powerful resource. TCM can support the need to observe the disharmonies and imbalance, the insight to resolve them, and the tools needed to bring about a lasting and positive change.

01. March 2018 · Comments Off on Traditional Chinese Medicine Treatments For Psycho-Emotional Disorders · Categories: Acupuncture, chinese medicine · Tags:

In traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) in Fremont, the liver is responsible for the flow of energy or qi in the body. It is also the organ that affects decision making and strategy, controls the emotions of frustration, irritability, and anger, controls the relaxation and contraction of muscles, and stores blood (which it discharges to other part of the body, when needed). Practitioners and followers of TCM believe that the Hun or ethereal soul resides in the liver. This Hun departs the body when a person dies and is also what causes the person to focus on long term objectives and goals. The statement in the Nei Jing “blame the liver in adults” means that adults are by definition people who have now come to live with “delayed gratification” compared to a child who longs for “instant gratification”. This social limitation of being unable able to do what you want to do whenever and wherever you want to, is due to the restraint of the qi mechanism, that in turn brings qi to stagnation. The function of the liver is to control the flow of qi. Stagnation of qi then affects the liver first manifesting on a mental emotional level in symptoms such as irritability, frustration, and anger. And since the liver is also interconnected with the other organs, physical symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, and abdominal cramping can also manifest as well as other symptoms based on what system or organ becomes affected from the accumulation of qi in the liver.

The traditional characteristic that arises when one or more of the above symptoms are caused by stagnant Liver qi is that the symptoms become worse when there is stress in the body. Therefore, it may be helpful to ask: “Is it worse for stress?” In other words, the practitioner may need to ask the patient if he or she is living a highly stressed out life besides the need to observe the abovementioned symptoms.

For stagnant liver qi, the acupuncture points that a practitioner selects should include the Ren 12, LI 14, Liver 3, Liver 13, and UB 18. Herbal remedies to treat the underlying problem include Bu Shong Yi Chi Tang, Chai Hu Shu Gan San, and Hsao Yao San, especially when stagnant liver is accompanied by deficient Spleen qi.

The organ or organ system most often implicated in psycho-emotional conditions is the liver although some other organs or organ systems can also have the same associations. They may include:

Heart – The heart can be injured by too much joy. This can slow down the flow of qi or cause qi to “slacken.” If the person has an existing heart problem, this can become fatal.

Lungs – The lungs can be weakened by sadness and grief and since these organs play a huge role in the production of qi in the body, their weakness usually results in qi deficiency that can appear in the form of asthma, shortness of breath, and chronic fatigue.

Kidneys – The kidney is where a person’s Zhi or willpower resides. This organ’s emotion is fear and therefore, when the kidney is weak, inordinate fear and lack of willpower usually appear. Too much fear or fright may also result in kidney weakness that may then lead to impotence, incontinence, and bedwetting.

Stomach/Spleen – The stomach/spleen can be injured by too much worrying resulting in symptoms such as weak appetite, profuse bleeding, metrorhaggia, loose stools, and in long term cases may lead to various autoimmune dysfunctions. People with this underlying problem are susceptible to obsessive behaviors and can have difficulty in making decisions.

Occasionally, TCM practitioners may treat patients with a pre-diagnosed psychiatric condition or a specific psycho-emotional condition. They are well-trained in resolving such disorders due to the new tools and approaches they have at their disposal

The following are the more common patterns that underlie many of these conditions and some recommendations on how to treat them:

Withdrawal: This is usually caused by either weak kidney yang which means that the issue is the lack of willpower to interact with the outside world or phlegm-cold that blocks the pathways of the heart which oftentimes presents with a white thick coating in the tongue that almost wraps the entire surface of the tongue.

Treatment: Stimulation of the acupoints: Yintang or St 40 for phlegm and K 7 and UB 23 for weak kidney yang. Herbal remedies: Ban Hsia Bai Zhu Tian Ma Wan and Fu Gui Ba Wei Wan for phlegm.

SAD or Seasonal Affective Disorder: All too often caused by weak kidney yang

Paranoia: More to do with blood stasis although deficient blood vacuity may sometimes be also the cause.

Anxiety: Usually caused by either deficient yin or deficient blood.

Mania: Can either be caused by phlegm-fire blocking the heart or liver-fire.

Treatment: St 40 for phlegm and Liv 2 for Liver-fire. Herbal remedies: Wen Den Tang for phlegm and Long Dan Hsie Gan Wan for Liver fire.

Obsessive-compulsive tendencies/disorders: This problem is usually associated with spleen weakness resulting in the buildup of dampness.

Treatment: Sp 3 and St 40. Herbal remedies Modified Si Jun Hsi Tang.

To conclude, it must be noted that while acupuncture and Chinese Herbal therapy can treat a lot of many psycho-emotional problems, the practitioner should not replace the role of the psychologist or psychotherapist.