By Ping-Chung Leung, Yung-Chi Cheng, Charlie Changli Xue
This quantity is geared toward those who find themselves enthusiastic about chinese language medication - the way it works, what its present nation is and, most crucial, how one can make complete use of it. The viewers for that reason comprises clinicians who are looking to serve their sufferers greater and sufferers who're wanting to complement their very own traditional remedy. The authors of the e-book belong to 3 varied fields, glossy medication, chinese language medication and pharmacology. they supply details from their parts of workmanship and challenge, trying to make it finished for clients. The procedure is macroscopic and philosophical; readers confident of the philosophy are to hunt particular advice.
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Herbs are also said to have a directional tendency: they tend to rise or float, sink or fall (Bensky and Gamble, 1993). Flowers tend to ascend and are often used to treat conditions of the head including headache and sore throat. An example is the herb ju hua or chrysanthemum flower that is often used to treat headache. This herb is acrid, sweet, bitter and slightly cold and also enters the Lung and Liver meridians. The eye is the sense organ associated with the Liver. Ju hua is commonly used in prescriptions that treat eye disorders because of its ability to target the eyes.
The angle, direction and depth of needle insertion are all important factors in acupuncture technique. The needle may be inserted at right angles (90°) to the body surface, or inserted obliquely (approximately 45° to the body surface) or transversely (at an angle of 15°) (Cai et al, 1997). A transverse insertion is usually used where the muscle coverage is thin, such as acupoints on the head and face (Qiu et al, 1993). An oblique insertion is usually used when the needle is to be inserted into acupoints near important organs or close to bones (Cai et al, 1997).
Sweet herbs like licorice root (the Chinese herb gan cao) or ginseng nourish and tonify, and may be useful in treating conditions in which there is deficiency of qi, for example. Bland herbs such as poria (Chinese herb fit ling) can leach out dampness and promote urination: many are diuretics that help eliminate water from the body (Lin et al, 1985; Bensky and Gamble, 1993). Sour herbs have an astringent action and help prevent the loss of fluids and essence and qi from the body (Lin et al, 1985).