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A Brief History of Qigong

Author: Peter Deadman

At the height of its popularity in China in the 1980s, it is estimated that one hundred million people were practising qigong in parks and public spaces. Crowds flocked to hear great masters speak and to be healed simply by being in their presence or hearing their words. Prime-time television showed miraculous acts being performed by the power of qi while China's top scientists and politicians were caught up in an extraordinary vision of qigong releasing the supernormal powers latent in human beings. This article attempts to describe how a self-cultivation practice - carried out in various forms for over two millennia with the aims of promoting physical, mental and spiritual well-being - gained tens of millions of followers at the height of 'qigong fever', and came to be associated with the development of super-powers such as distant healing, telekinesis and transformation of matter.

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Tung Lineage Bloodletting

Author: Henry McCann

Bloodletting predates the use of conventional filiform needles in acupuncture practice. Although historically it was a commonly utilised therapy, it has fallen into relative disuse amongst modern practitioners. This article discusses the basic theory of bloodletting therapy and its use in the Tung lineage of acupuncture. One of the unique features of the Tung lineage is the extensive use of bloodletting using specific points and zones on the trunk and extremities. This article documents the locations and functions of these points/zones to provide acupuncture practitioners with a map so that they can administer effective bloodletting treatment for most health conditions.

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Returning Our Focus to the Flavour and Nature of Herbs

Author: JulieAnn Nugent-Head

The foundational theories of Chinese herbal medicine originate in the Nei Jing (Inner Classic), which states that it is the flavour and nature of herbs that govern how they interact with the human body. However, this theory has more recently become superseded by theories of herbal actions, disease indications and modern research, which are invariably used in textbooks and by practitioners to inform prescription of herbal medicines. This article explains why these approaches to the practice of herbal medicine are incorrect, and how such approaches can easily damage the health of patients taking herbal medicines. The correct method of prescribing herbs based on the Nei Jing is described, and illustrated with various case examples.

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An Interview with Edward Neal

Author: Daniel Maxwell

Following the paradigm-shaking series of three articles recently written by Edward Neal for The Journal of Chinese Medicine (issues 100, 102 and 104), we wanted to follow up by interviewing Dr. Neal in order to tease out some of the threads arising. Dr. Neal has been practising and teaching Chinese medicine for over 20 years. Originally trained as a Western allopathic physician, he first studied traditional acupuncture with Dr. Anita Cignolini of Milan, Italy. He is currently Director and Senior Researcher for Neijing Studies at the Xinglin Institute, a multi-disciplinary research and educational institute dedicated to the study of early Chinese medical texts in order to find solutions to global health problems.

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Improvement in Lactation with Traditional Chinese Medicine and Western Herbal Medicine: A Case Study

Authors: Britton R. Mann and Haosheng Zhang

Delayed lactation, insufficient milk supply and other breast-feeding problems are common disorders worldwide, with research showing prevalence of up to 33 per cent. The aetiology of delayed lactation is multifactorial: primiparity is the most important contributor, but long duration of labour and inadequate breast-feeding education and support are also factors. Conventional medical treatment focuses on early postpartum education about proper breastfeeding technique. In the absence of organic pathology, women may be offered pharmaceutical galactogogues, some of which have undesirable side-effects. This case summarises the effects of acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine, tuina massage, cupping therapy and a Western herbal tincture on a 30 year-old primipara experiencing insufficient lactation. After four weeks of treatment, the patient reported better milk production and a more positive experience of nursing, as well as improvements in other health symptoms. No adverse events were observed. The authors conclude that Chinese medicine combined with Western herbal medicine may be a safe and effective treatment to address insufficient lactation and its underlying causes.

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The Psychological Dimension Of Ren Mai

Author: Carmen Martorell

The Extraordinary vessels have a leading role in human growth and development, from the embryologic stage throughout childhood. This article puts forth the view that the Extraordinary vessels govern not only the physical but also the psychological aspects of maturation. Environmental influences in early childhood are fundamental in the establishment of personality, and the Extraordinary vessels are frequently involved in adult emotional disorders that stem from childhood trauma. This paper analyses the psychological dimension of Ren mai (Conception vessel) by documenting the relevance of the Ren and Du mai (Directing vessel) and their associations with the concepts of Taiyin and Taiyang and the first yinyang polarities of the embryo. Parental influences upon the individual are also explored, before explaining the psychological resonances of Ren mai, which is postulated to represent the Mother archetype as comprehended in the ideogram 'ren' (任). This is followed by a description of the pathological repercussions of imbalance in these aspects of the individual. The theory is illustrated with clinical cases that were treated by needling single acupoints along Ren mai.

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Book Reviews

Book Reviews in this issue

Deadly Medicines and Organised Crime
Peter C Gotzsche
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Restoring Order in Health and Chinese Medicine - Studies of the development and use of qi and the channels
Stephen Birch
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Advanced Acupuncture: A Clinic Manual
Ann Cecil-Sterman
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JTCM Abstracts in this issue (from December 2013 and February 2013)

  • Effect of scraping therapy on weightlifting ability, By Wang Xingze et al.
  •  Effect of acupuncture anesthesia on acne vulgaris of pricking-bloodletting cupping: a single-blind randomized clinical trail, by Xu Jianfeng et al.
  • Safety and efficacy of Danqipiantan capsule for treatment of stroke: a systematic review, By Li Jiashen
  •  Efficacy of Chinese herbal medicine for lumbar disc herniation: a systematic review of randomized controlled trials, Luo Yi et al.
  • Reduning injection for fever, rash, and ulcers in children with mild hand, foot, and mouth disease: a randomized controlled clinical study, by Zhang Guoliang et al.
  • Regulatory effects of stage-treatment with established Chinese herbal formulas on inflammatory mediators in pediatric asthma, by Li Suhuan et al.
  • Successful treatment of latent autoimmune diabetes in adults with Traditional Chinese Medicine: a case report, by Tian Jiaxing et al.
  • Efficacy and safety of Traditional Chinese Medicine for the treatment of acquired immunodeficiency syndrome: a systematic review, by Deng Xin et al.
  • Effect of modified Taohongsiwu decoction on patients with chemotherapy-induced hand-foot syndrome, by Zhao Changlin et al.
  • Effects of Chinese herbs in children with Henoch-Schonlein purpura nephritis: a randomised controlled trial, by Ding Dandan et al.
  • Therapeutic effect in patients’ coronary heart disease based on information analysis from Traditional Chinese Medicine four diagnostic methods, by Yiqin Wang et al.
  • Effects of modified Lingguizhugan decoction combined with weekend fasting on metabolic syndrome, by Yang Yubin et al.
  • Research progress on synergistic antitumor mechanisms of compounds in Traditional Chinese Medicine, by Zhou Jing et al.

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