Latest issue no. 101 - February 2013
Features & Articles in this issue
Ashi Points in Clinical Practice
The use of ashi points constitutes the most practical approach to clinical acupuncture, particularly in terms of the treatment of musculoskeletal pain and dysfunction. In this article the author documents the historical context of the use of ashi points, before describing the associated basic theory and their use in clinical practice.
The Treatment of Recurrent Spontaneous Miscarriage
Author: Liqin Zhao
Recurrent spontaneous miscarriage (RSM) is one of the most common and complicated medical conditions amongst pregnant women. In recent years miscarriage rates have been progressively increasing, due to women trying to conceive later in life and the higher risk of pregnancy loss from in vitro fertilisation (IVF) and intra-uterine insemination (IUI). Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) is often able to treat and prevent RSM. In this article the aetiology and pathology of RSM are analysed from an integrated perspective of TCM and modern biomedicine, and a TCM treatment programme using acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine is presented.
The Treatment of Postnatal Depression with Chinese Herbal Medicine and Acupuncture
Author: Steven Clavey
The condition ‘postnatal depression’ does not appear in the historical texts of Chinese medicine as such. In this article the author investigates the treatment of postnatal depression using Chinese herbal medicine and acupuncture, with particular reference to the Ji Yin Gang Mu (Compendium of Benefits to Women) and Zhen Jiu Da Cheng (Great Compendium of Acupuncture and Moxibustion). Specific treatments for postnatal aphonia and ‘postnatal intemperate speech and delirium’ are documented, as well as acupuncture treatments for postnatal pathology. The theory is illustrated by two case histories from the author’s clinical practice.
Clinical Experience in the Treatment of Rheumatoid Arthritis with Chinese Medicine
Author: Shen Pi'an
Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is the second most common form of arthritis after osteoarthritis and affects approximately one per cent of the population worldwide, manifesting with both articular and non-articular symptoms. Based on the author’s 50 years of clinical experience in treating RA patients with Chinese medicine, this article summarises the aetiology and pathology of RA, offers insight into the key issues involved in treatment, and discusses the traditional and biomedical characteristics of Chinese materia medica and the use of acupuncture and moxibustion for RA. The article ends with two representative case studies illustrating the role played by Chinese medicine in treating long-term RA patients.
The Treatment of Primary Hypertension Using Plum Blossom Needle Therapy
Author: Frank Yurasek and Brett Martin
The purpose of this study was to evaluate the efficacy of seven star plum blossom needle therapy on a patient with primary hypertension. Although conventional treatment of primary hypertension with medications is frequently successful, many of these drugs produce harmful side effects, so there is a demand for efficient and safe alternative methods of regulating blood pressure. The patient in this case was a 55-year-old Caucasian male who had suffered from chronic hypertension since the age of 30, with a 40-year history of smoking and a 30-year history of heavy alcohol consumption. The patient also suffered from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and reported palpitations and shortness of breath on exertion. A seven star plum blossom needle hammer was used to stimulate various acupuncture points twice a week for six weeks. The patient’s blood pressure was evaluated before and after treatment during the six-week treatment period and during a subsequent 19-day monitoring period. This resulted in a reduction in both systolic and diastolic blood pressure over the six-week period, which was sustained during the 19-day follow up. The authors conclude that seven star plum blossom needle hammer therapy effectively lowered the patient’s blood pressure to pre-hypertensive values, and that the efficacy and safety of this treatment method should be further evaluated in a larger controlled clinical trial.
Sustainability of Chinese Herbs: a discussion
Author: Nina Zhao-Seiler
Demand for Chinese medicinal herbs has grown rapidly over past decades. Practitioners are starting to be concerned not only about the quality of the herbs they use, but also about their sustainability. This article discusses some of the complex relationships and divergence of interests among herb-market participants and looks at initiatives that can work towards a sustainable future for Chinese medicinal herbs.
The Treatment of Infertility with Chinese and Western Medicine: A Discussion
Author: Yuning Wu, Michael Haeberle, Celine Leonard, Esther Denz, Peter Deadman and Inga Heese
In late Spring 2012 a group of Chinese and Western medical experts in the treatment of infertility came together in Zurich. The meeting was the result of their collaboration on a forthcoming textbook on the treatment of infertility with Chinese medicine. The primary author, Professor Yuning Wu - one of the most eminent fertility specialists and gynaecologists working in China - is the chief doctor and professor of integrated Chinese and Western medicine at the Beijing Hospital of Traditional Chinese Medicine. The other authors are Michael Haeberle, a reproductive endocrinologist, and Celine Leonard and Esther Denz, both senior students of Professor Wu and clinicians specialising in the Chinese medical treatment of infertility. Finally, Inga Heese, a Chinese medicine practitioner working extensively with infertility, and Peter Deadman, co-editor of the Journal of Chinese Medicine - both editors of the forthcoming book - were on hand to ask questions and engage in the discussion.
Book Reviews in this issue
- The Moon Over Matsushima: Insights Into Moxa and Mugwort
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JTCM Abstracts in this issue (from March 2012)
- Influence of acupuncture on cognitive function and markers of oxidative DNA damage in patients with vascular dementia, by Shi Guang-xia et al.
- The infrared radiation spectrum of acupoint Taiyuan (LU-9) in asthma patients, by Zhou Yu et al.
- Clinical curative ef fect of electroacupuncture combined with Zhizhukuanzhong Capsules for treating gastroesophageal reflux disease, by Zhang Chaoxian et al.
- Data mining-based detection of acupuncture treatment on juvenile myopia, by Yang Xuming et al.
- Influencing factors on efficacy of summer acupoint application treatment for allergic rhinitis: a retrospective study, by Peng Jin et al.
- Pathologic analysis on hyperplasia of mammary gland with different syndromes based on infrared radiation temperature of acupoints, by Wang Yafang et al.
- Therapeutic effect of acupuncture and massage for shoulder-hand syndrome in hemiplegia patients: a clinical two-center randomized controlled trial, by Li Ning et al.
- Mortality and recurrence of vascular disease among stroke patients treated with combined TCM therapy, by Zhao Xiao-feng et al.
- Acupuncture therapy on apopleptive aphasia rehabilitation, by Sun You-zhi et al.
- Relative specificity of acupuncture reinforcing and reducing methods, by Gao Xiyan et al.
- Development and evaluation of a traditional Chinese medicine syndrome questionnaire for measuring sub-optimal health status in China, by Zhao Hui et al.
- Meta-analysis of Chinese medicine for prevention and treatment of radiation esophagitis, by Lu Jun-zhang et al.
- Designing and implementing multicentre clinical randomised controlled trials on moxibustion with large samples, by Chen Ming-ren et al.
- Duration of viral shedding of Influenza A (H1N1) virus infection treated with oseltamivir and/or traditional Chinese medicine in China: a retrospective analysis, by Wang Yu-guang et al.
- A traditional Chinese herbal medicine compound preparation versus interventional therapy after resection of small hepatocellular carcinoma: 22-year follow up, by Sun Zhen et al.
- A clinical study of Weining granules in the treatment of gastic pre-cancerous lesions, by Deng Xin et al.
- Prognostic factors for community acquired pneumonia in middle-aged and elderly patients treated with integrated medicine, by Li Jian-sheng et al.
- Protective effects of modified Lingui Zhugan Decoction combined with short-term very low calorie diets on cardiovascular risk factors in obese patients with impaired glucose tolerance, by Ke Bin et al.
- The effects of Chinese Yam-Epimedium mixture on respiratory function and quality of life in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, by Zhao Ya-ling et al.
- Potential advantages of a combination of Chinese medicine and bone marrow mesenchymal stem cell transplantation for removing blood stasis and stimulating neogenesis during ischemic stroke treatment, by Zhao Yong-hua et al.
- Understanding the viscera-related theory that the lung and large intestine are exterior-interiorly related, by Ni Jin-xia et al.
- Application of traditional Chinese medicine injection in treatment of primary liver cancer: a
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