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Have you ever had an inexplicable ringing in your ears, but don’t know why or how to get rid of it? Talk about annoying! You may have a condition called Tinitus and there are a wide array of causes, but it is a difficult phenomenon to treat for Western and East Asian medicine doctors, but not incurable.
In Chinese medicine, chronic Tinnitus is believed to be caused by kidney weakness, according to Pacific College of Oriental Medicine Faculty Member Dr. Mohammed Javaherian. Acupuncture is recommended and treatments will focus most likely on the kidney meridians, as well as on points along the liver and gallbladder meridians to help strengthen the root of the problem.
Along with acupuncture, Chinese herbs can be prescribed. Example formulas are: Tian Ma Gou Teng Yin and Er Ming Zuo Ci Wan. “Sometimes a combination of chrysanthemum flower with mint might help,” Dr. Javaherian said.
As with all Chinese medicine treatments, there’s not a one-size-fits-all prescription, so patients should make an appointment with an acupuncturist to see what’s right for them. The Pacific College of Oriental Medicine Clinic is open for appointments and offers discounted rates for everyone.
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Have you ever wondered what the difference is between Chinese and Japanese acupuncture? Is one better than the other? Maybe you’ve never had acupuncture before and you’re not sure who to go to…well, today we’re going behind the scenes with Japanese Acupuncturist/Pacific College Faculty Member KC Conover and Chinese Acupuncturist/Pacific College Clinic Director Dr. Greg Sperber to uncover some of the unique qualities that distinguish these two acupuncture styles.
First off, let’s look briefly at the history of acupuncture. This healing method originated in ancient China and from there, expanded into Japan, Korea, and Taiwan. Every culture since then has developed their own signature style of acupuncture, but the roots remain grounded in Chinese medicine (CM). This means that Japanese acupuncturists are taught CM to begin with and from there pursue a Japanese traditional, apprentice-style training to develop the Japanese style.
One of the most frequently asked questions by first time acupuncture patients is: which one hurts less? First thing readers should know is: all acupuncturists use ultra fine needles, about 1/100th the width of a normal syringe needle, according to Sperber. Acupuncture needles are also not hollow and do not have a cutting edge; all of these traits combine to create a pain-free or close to it experience for the patient.
With that said, there are notable differences between Chinese and Japanese “needling” techniques.
· Japanese acupuncture tends to use finer needles than Chinese acupuncture and the needling is more surface-level and not as deep.
· Chinese needles tend to be slightly thicker, and the needling is deeper and stronger. Both Sperber and Conover agree that for a first-time acupuncture patient who is worried about needles, Japanese acupuncture might be the style to try first because it tends to be more comfortable for the patient.
(PR News Channel) — In “The Photographic Story of Mihdi Joon and the Mission to Save a Child’s Life”, Marvin Brock Sr. recounts the journey of a lifetime to save his infant son.
When their child was born, Mihdi Joon’s parents were told to make him comfortable as it was doubtful he would live to a double-digit age. Refusing to take the advice of medical professionals who had essentially put an expiration date on their son, the parents hit the road in search of a cure.
The father and son crossed North America numerous times in search of a solution. “The Photographic Story of Mihdi Joon and the Mission to Save a Child’s Life” chronicles the various alternatives they found.
What the parents ultimately ended up choosing to cure their son was a combination of Chinese medicine deployed alongside traditional Western medicine. The dual healing system allowed them to treat the blood clots that were occurring in their son’s brain, an existence revealed by magnetic imaging. While doctors told the skeptical parents that Mihdi Joon would have to be on blood thinners for the rest of his life, the resourceful family found an alternative that allowed them to mitigate this reality.
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You’ll probably recognize most of these spices…they’re pretty common to have in the spice cabinet, but make sure you keep them stocked up. The healing qualities will transform your spice cabinet into a medicine cabinet as well!
- Cayenne - Very powerful herb, known for stimulating the cardiovascular system, can increase blood flow, speed digestion, and also be applied externally to wounds to stop bleeding.
- Cinnamon - A great antioxidant, and also helps with digestion and circulation.
- Ginger - This one can aid in digestion and also soothe a sore throat and relieve congestion…makes a great tea!
- Pepper - Like Cayenne, it boosts energy and circulation, and warms the body.
- Cloves - They help soothe mouth pain and kill bacteria. In tea, they help reduce fevers and can also be applied to burns and skin irritations.
- Oregano - A proven immune booster, it can also settle the stomach, fight infection, and be taken in a tea at night to settle the mind for a good night’s sleep.
- Basil - It’s known as a sleep aid and can reduce tension and anxiety.
- Bay leaves - Another good one for improving digestion.
- Sage - It can remedy a cough, aid digestion, act as an antibiotic, and it’s even known to ward off evil spirits…
- Garlic - Excellent source of antibiotics and immune booster.
These are just 10, but other good ones include: peppermint, rosemary, thyme, fennel, and turmeric.