Complementary Chinese Herbal Medicine Therapy Improves Survival of Patients With Pancreatic Cancer in Taiwan: A Nationwide Population-Based Cohort Study

 Pancreatic cancer is a difficult-to-treat cancer with a late presentation and poor prognosis. Some patients seek traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) consultation. We aimed to investigate the benefits of complementary Chinese herbal medicine (CHM) among patients with pancreatic cancer in Taiwan.

Taking Raw Herbs: Earth First by Thea Elijah

When a client doesn't want to take a raw formula that I've prescribed for them because it tastes too bad--and they either can't get it down or it comes back up again--my first thought is that it's my problem, not their problem, and that I gave them the wrong formula. I actually think that this is a very practical default position on client "resistance" to a treatment intervention, because 99% of the time that's exactly what it is--and I become a much better (and humbler) practitioner by approaching the situation with this bias. We think we know exactly what the client needs, but if we are willing to listen, we may find out something different.

Treating Fever Using Classical Thinking from the Shang Han Lun

by Suzanne Robidoux

This medical legacy from Zhang Zhongjing is clearly a gem for Chinese medicine clinicians. The only two major issues we’ve had since then are maintaining these classics, keeping them intact while understanding them correctly and using them effectively in clinic.

How to Cook Burdock Root: A Hot and Sour Soup Recipe

Burdock root is high in polysaccharides. One of the most prevalent, inulin, is a starchy substance that provides nutrients for beneficial gut flora. In other words, inulin is a PRE-biotic that supports the healthy gut flora that plays an important role in your immune system health. This is just the tip of the iceberg for burdock root. Herbalists also use it for people with skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis and acne and it’s also used for urinary health.

By National Institute of Korean Language [CC BY-SA 2.0 kr (], via Wikimedia Commons

By National Institute of Korean Language [CC BY-SA 2.0 kr (], via Wikimedia Commons

How to Make Happy Gut Sauerkraut with Fennel and Caraway

It should be known that sauerkraut making is a divinely wonderful way of working out frustrations.Imagine your current frustration as a head of cabbage that you get to slice, squeeze, smash to your heart’s content.

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By Gandydancer (original file) ; cropped by Off-shell (File:Saurkraut.JPG) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons

Effectiveness of acupuncture and related therapies for palliative care of cancer: overview of systematic reviews

Cancer is a major cause of disease burden worldwide. According to estimates from the International Agency for Research of Cancer1, the global adult population in 2012 included 14.1 million new cancer cases, 32.6 million existing cancer patients who had received a diagnosis within the previous 5 years and 8.2 million cancer deaths, accounting for 14.7% of all deaths. The incidence of cancer continues to increase. It is predicted that in 2035, approximately 24.0 million new cancer cases will be diagnosed and 14.6 million deaths will be attributable to cancer. This increasing cancer incidence and the continual improvement in cancer treatment will lead to an increase in the number of patients living with cancer. This will mandate progress in palliative care strategies for the control of symptoms related to cancer itself, as well as symptoms induced by cancer therapies.

Acupuncture for Treatment of Insomnia: A Systematic Review of Randomized Controlled Trials

Insomnia is one of the most common sleep disorders, with a prevalence of 40% in adults. It is generally believed that 10%–15% of the adult population suffers from chronic insomnia, and an additional 25%–35% have transient or occasional insomnia.1 The symptoms of insomnia may be difficult falling asleep, sleep latency more than 30 minutes, or sleep efficiency less than 85%, which usually happened more than 4 nights a week and occurred at least 3 weeks.2 Patients with insomnia may feel tired, tense, lazy, or have delayed reactions, distraction, or headache. The serious consequence of insomnia can be mental illness, and the worst mental illness is schizophrenia.

My Experience Using Acupuncture To Treat Addiction

One experience that brought this concept home for me was when I worked at a harm reduction agency in the Bronx, in what was called “The Sanctuary.” I provided an Ear Acupuncture protocol called NADA (National Acupuncture Detoxification Association). NADA refers to the five-point Ear Acupuncture protocol for recovery from addictions, particularly addiction to drugs, alcohol, nicotine, caffeine and even hunger cravings.

Chinese herbs in the field: How the Integrative Medicine Project uses herbs in its medical missions

During our clinics, which are typically a week long, we may deliver 1000 acupuncture treatments, yet there is a concern about follow-up with patients after the visiting clinic ends. In
addition there are many complaints better addressed with herbs. Having formulas to dispense for both acute as well as continued care is essential and while acupuncture is well accepted, many patients prefer herbal treatment to acupuncture.

Aromatic Herbal Baths of the Ancients

The earliest written information about therapy by bathing with decoctions of aromatic herbs is contained in the Indian Vedas dating back to 1500 b.c.e. Ancient Egyptians, Babylonians, Assyrians, and Hebrews widely applied this practice for hygienic and medicinal purposes.

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Rhythm of Breathing Affects Memory and Fear

Northwestern Medicine scientists have discovered for the first time that the rhythm of breathing creates electrical activity in the human brain that enhances emotional judgments and memory recall.

These effects on behavior depend critically on whether you inhale or exhale and whether you breathe through the nose or mouth.

In the study, individuals were able to identify a fearful face more quickly if they encountered the face when breathing in compared to breathing out. Individuals also were more likely to remember an object if they encountered it on the inhaled breath than the exhaled one. The effect disappeared if breathing was through the mouth.

Fear & Anxiety in Chinese Medicine

“Anxiety” is a modern term that does not have an exact equivalent in Chinese medicine.
There is no Chinese medicine term that corresponds exactly to what we call “anxiety” but several ancient Chinese disease entities closely resemble anxiety.  The four main disease entities that correspond  to Anxiety are:

“Fear and Palpitations” (Jing Ji)  惊 悸 
 “Panic Throbbing” (Zheng Chong)  怔 冲    
 “Mental restlessness” (Fan Zao)   烦 躁  
 “Agitation” (Zang Zao)   脏  躁 

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By John Hain [CC0 or CC0], via Wikimedia Commons

Unusual Heart Functions from the Nei Jing

Apart from the eyes being the orifice of the Heart from a Shen perspective, the Heart also influences the eyes on a physical level.  Chapter 11 of the Ling Shu describes the pathways of the Divergent channels and the Heart Divergent channel goes to the inner corner of the eyes.  A redness in the inner corner of the eyes often indicates Heart-Fire and not necessarily Liver-Fire as we may be inclined to conclude (given the close relationship between Liver and eyes).

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By Heikenwaelder Hugo,, [CC BY-SA 2.5 (], via Wikimedia Commons

Use of the Layer Analysis Method of the Yellow Emperor's Inner Classic in Modern Society

This article introduces the Layer Analysis Method of the Yellow Emperor's Inner Classic text to revive its use in modern acupuncture and medicine. This is a crucial concept, especially for the diagnosis and treatment of diseases by acupuncture. First, the rise and decline of this method is explored. Second, the differentiation of this method is described by symptoms, the affected organs, and the stage of the disease. Third, the treatment method is summarized into four categories: (1) equipment, (2) technique, (3) acupoint, and (4) pathology.

Fascia and Primo Vascular System

The anatomical basis for the concept of acupuncture points/meridians in traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) has not been resolved. This paper reviews the fascia research progress and the relationship among acupuncture points/meridians, primo vascular system (PVS), and fascia. Fascia is as a covering, with common origins of layers of the fascial system despite diverse names for individual parts. Fascia assists gliding and fluid flow and holds memory and is highly innervated. Fascia is intimately involved with nourishment of all cells of the body, including those of disease and cancer. The human body's fascia network may be the physical substrate represented by the meridians of TCM.