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HERBS THAT CLEAR HEAT AND COOL BLOOD   Herbs that cool the blood are most commonly used for Hot Blood patterns as a result of febrile conditions entering the blood. Symptoms include rashes, nosebleed, vomiting or spitting up blood, cough up blood and blood presence in the stool or urine. This “reckless marauding of Hot Blood” is the result of congested, inflamed organs in febrile conditions with resultant increase in blood flow throughout the body and increased permeability of the capillaries. Nosebleed and spitting up blood are the most commonly occurring symptoms.  &n..
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HERBS TO CLEAR HEAT AND QUELL FIRE   Heat, in TCM, refers not only to febrile conditions, but also to any condition that manifests with Heat symptoms that include dry throat, red face, red eyes, dry stool, dark and scanty urine, yellow fur on the tongue, rapid pulse and a sensation of warmth in the five centers (i.e. the soles of the feet, the palms of the hand and the sternum). Heat is also further divided into Exterior and Interior Heat. While Exterior Heat is symptomized by fevers, chills, headache, thirst, moderate sweating and a floating, rapid pulse; Interior Heat is sympathiz..
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Warm Acrid Herbs Dispel External Pathogens
Certain herbs work to release conditions regarded as existing at the superficial levels of the body and caused by wind heat, wind cold, wind damp or summer heat. These can invade the body, lodging in superficial exterior aspects and creating symptoms such as chills, fever, headache, stiff neck, general muscle ache along with either sweating or the absence of sweating.  Herbs that work to release these exterior conditions are diaphoretics, releasing or expelling the external pathogenic influence through sweating. When more internalized and sweating has not brought consideral benefi..
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  FENG: The Meaning of Wind in Chinese Medicine with special attention to acupoint fengchi (GB-20) by Subhuti Dharmananda, Ph.D., Director, Institute for Traditional Medicine, Portland, Oregon A term in the field of traditional Chinese medicine that causes considerable difficulty for modern practitioners is wind (feng).  It is known as: one of the six external causes of disease (six qi or six yin); one of the conditions associated with the five elements systematic correspondences (wind associated with the wood e..
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Edema is a common symptom of diseases like congestive heart failure, nephritis, endocrine disease, ascites, trauma or bi syndrome (i.e. arthritis and rheumatism). Edema indicates accumulation of fluid in the body and manifests as swelling of the eyelids, face, limbs, trunk or the entire body. Edema can be caused by exogenous pathogenic attack. More often, edema signals internal stagnation disorders of the lung, spleen or kidneys or involves blood obstruction of the water passages of the sanjiao.  Gentle diurectics found in TCM benefit the movement of water to disperse sw..
0 comments on this article - view comments Aggarwal BB1, Sundaram C, Malani N, Ichikawa H. Author information 1Department of Experimental Therapeutics, The University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX 77030, USA. Curcumin: The Indian Solid Gold Abstract Turmeric, derived from the plant Curcuma longa, is a gold-colored spice commonly used in the Indian subcontinent, not only for health care but also for the preservation of food and as a yellow dye for textiles. Curcumin, which gives the yellow ..
0 comments on this article - view comments Biosci Trends. 2010 Dec;4(6):297-307. Chinese herbal medicines as adjuvant treatment during chemo- or radio-therapy for cancer. Qi F1, Li A, Inagaki Y, Gao J, Li J, Kokudo N, Li XK, Tang W. Author information   Abstract Numerous studies have indicated that in cancer treatment Chinese herbal medicines in combination with chemo- or radio-therapy can be used to enhance the efficacy of and diminish the side effects and complications caused by chemo- and radio-therapy. Therefore, a..
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Medical Acupuncture Med Acupunct. 2013 Jun; 25(3): 232–237.  doi:  10.1089/acu.2012.0911 PMCID: PMC3689170 Recurrent Pregnancy Loss and Traditional Chinese Medicine Lee Hullender Rubin, DAOM, Dara Cantor, BS, and  Benjamin L. Marx, MAcOM Author information ► Copyright and License information ►   This article has been cited by other articles in PMC.   Go to: Abstract Background Recurrent pregnancy loss (RPL) can present with coe.. DRUGS AND NURSING A typical summary comment to be found about drugs and breastfeeding is: "Most medications are safe to take during breastfeeding, but there are a few that can be dangerous for the baby." Examples of commonly consumed substances that can pass through the milk are alcohol and caffeine. These can affect the nervous system of the infant (in the same manner as it can affect adults, with caffeine causing stimulation and alcohol causing sedation), so consumption of beverages containing these substances should be limited (but need not be ..
0 comments on this article - view comments Evid Based Complement Alternat Med. 2016; 2016: 7078351.  Published online 2016 Sep 25. doi:  10.1155/2016/7078351 PMCID: PMC5046000 Evidence Based Alternative Medicines in Pain Management 2016 Haroon Khan, 1 , * Vincenzo De Feo, 2 Najeeb Ur Rehman, 3 and  Agnieszka Najda 4 Author information ► Article notes ► Copyright and License information ▼ Copyright © 2016 Haroon Khan et al. ..
Latin for "set afire," inflammation is healthy when it's a natural response from the immune system to ward off injury and infection. When inflammation becomes chronic as in Rheumatoid Arthritis where there is pain, redness and swelling or in heart disease, Alzheimer's or diabetes, a normal immune system response has gone haywire and actually becomes disease perpetuator. For example, inflamed arteries are common in heart disease. Fats building up along the walls of the coronary arteries causes the body to retaliate with inflammatory chemicals that trigger blood clots causing..
Myth 1: You should drink 8 glasses of water per day. In fact, the Institute of Medicine recommends approximately 125 ounces (15 cups equivalent) for men and 91 ounces (about 11.4 cups) for women. However this can include water from foods and beverages. The average person gets enough hydration unless there is heat stress or long periods of activity to upset the daily balance. Myth 2: There's not much water in food. In fact, the average person gets 20% of their daily water allowance from food. Considering an apple is 84% water, bananas are 74% water, broccoli is 91% water, a p..
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