Tuesday August 21, 2007 JST

Dr. Gupta into Chinese Medicine

Dr. Gupta from CNN went to Beijing and visited a TCM clinic.

My first stop was something that I had been looking forward to for some time: a Traditional Chinese Medicine clinic. Immediately upon entering, I saw two young gentlemen in short white coats carrying around what appeared to be dried snakes on small white pieces of paper.

They quickly showed the “prescription” to the doctor and after getting her approval, they wrapped it up and handed it to the patient. “Was that dried snake?” I asked the doctor. She nodded, as if it were the most obvious thing in the world. Her attitude was not surprising given that 95 percent of people in China use what is called TCM, or Traditional Chinese Medicine. There are huge textbooks with descriptions of medications that vary from rhinoceros horn to turtle shells and yes, snakes.

In the book are not only doses, usually around 15 - 30 grams, but also specific uses such as “thins the blood, acts as a tonic” or my favorite, “restores the yang.”

Read more on his blog

Britain Establishes Chinese Medicine Institute

Britain is to establish a Confucius Institute for Chinese Medicine, the first in the world which offers courses in Chinese medicine. London South Bank University (LSBU) has negotiated terms of agreement with the Office of Chinese Language Council International, China (Hanban) to set up the Institute at its campus, according to officials of the University Tuesday.

The Confucius Institute will also offer courses in areas of worldwide developing interest including Chinese Massage, Acupuncture etc. Courses will be open for Applicants from both the UK and overseas and teaching will be in both Chinese and English.

Friday August 3, 2007 JST

Chinese Herbs Helps Control Eczema

A mixture of five traditional Chinese herbs can help control and manage eczema, a study by researchers in Hong Kong suggests.

Considered a chronic condition, eczema is the inflammation of the upper layers of the skin that results in rashes, dryness, itching, flaking, even blistering and bleeding.

While there is no definitive cure for it in Western medicine, traditional Chinese medicine has long held that eczema can be countered by clearing heat and removing dampness in one’s body and strengthening the spleen.

In an article published in the August issue of the British Journal of Dermatology, doctors at the Chinese University of Hong Kong described how they ascertained the efficacy of the five Chinese herbs which have long been used to treat eczema.

The five herbs are Flos lonicerae (Jinyinhua), Herba menthae (Bohe), Cortex moutan (Danpi), Rhizoma atractylodis (Cangzhu) and Cortex phellodendri (Huangbai)

Source: Javno

Saturday September 16, 2006 JST

Why should I use Cordyceps

  • It is a Chinese mushroom
  • Used by TCM to protect the lungs and reproductive organs since ancient times
  • It balances Qi - which is the energy of live
  • A 64% success rate among men suffering from impotence
  • It brings relief to asthma sufferers
  • It increases the lung function
  • It improves athletic performance
  • It increases the memory

Green Tea a Chinese Herb ?

One of the reasons why green tea has become so popular in recent years is because of the wide range of health benefits it’s been credited with.

These range from reducing the risk of cancer and treating multiple sclerosis, through to reducing the effects of cholesterol and increasing your metabolism. Japanese researchers have even claimed that if you drink five cups a day, you’ll burn an extra 70-80 calories. Multiple beneficial effects and it tastes nice as well.

Go make a cup of tea! It’s healthier than coffee.

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