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Traditional Chinese Medicine for Yang Tonics

Yin-Yang is the generalization of the two opposite aspects of things or phenomena which are interrelated in the natural worlds. Yin and yang represent not only the two inter-opposite things or forces, but also the two intra-opposite aspects existing within one object [[1],[2]]. The Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) holds that the normal body metabolism is […]

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Dysmenorrhea – Painful menstruation

Dysmenorrhea (Greek term, meaning “painful menstruation”, is a medical condition of excessive menstrual pain during menstruation that interferes with daily activities (Fig. 1, [[i]]). It does not include the common situation of mild discomfort or pain during normal menstruation. The menstrual pain of dysmenorrhea is often described as menstrual cramps, also including sharp, throbbing, dull, […]

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Infertility

Infertility is fundamentally the inability to conceive a baby, including the inability of a male to provide normal sperms and the state of a female who is unable to carry a pregnancy to full term [[1]]. The causes of infertility include specific male causes, specific female causes, combined and unexplained infertility (Fig. 2, [1]). On […]

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Menopause

Menopause literally means the “end of monthly cycles” (the end of monthly periods aka menstruation), from the Greek word pausis (cessation) and the root men- (month). A woman’s period, once every 28 days on average, starting from around 14 years (menarche) and ending at around 50 years old (menopause), is a series physiological changes for […]

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From Mona Lisa to Multiple Sclerosis

When we stand in front of Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa in The Louvre museum, the optical image will be translated into electric pulses in the retina cells in the our eye. Those electric signals will move along the optic nerves, relay neurons, thalamus, to the visual cortex in the occipital lobe that is located […]

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Common childhood diseases and their treatments with Western medicine and traditional Chinese medicine – Part II/II

In addition to the weakness of child immune defense to the microorganisms during the development, the whole body is facing the challenges in the interactions of material metabolism to the outside world. Allergies The medical term of allergy is defined as the Type I hypersensitivity disorder of the immune system [[1]]. The rapid inflammatory response […]

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Common childhood diseases and their treatments with Western medicine and traditional Chinese medicine – Part I/II

From a newborn baby to an adult, all systems are developing, not only in size or weight, but their function also matures and modifies at different life stages, until the end of adolescence. This ongoing development of organs and systems is reflected in the amount of common diseases that children get, especially for the immune […]

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Si Ni San Bupleurum & Zhi Shi Formula 四逆散 (Frigid Extremities Powder)

Discussion: Si Ni San (Frigid Extremities Powder) was first mentioned in the Shang Han Lun, or Discussion of Cold Induced Disorders, where its use is confined to the treatment of cold extremities from shao yin syndrome. Here, it is due to yang collapse, where heat has entered the interior where it constrains yang qi, leading […]

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To feed or not to feed? – Taking TCM herbs while breastfeeding

Looking at the baby’s eyes filled with desire and trust (Fig. 1, [[1]]), every mother would face a dilemma whether to take the medicine or not, to feed the baby or not when the mom gets sick and has to breastfeed the baby. Take it? The drug might pass on to the baby by the […]

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TCM uses of Huang Qi and its formulas

Huang Qi (pronounced like huang chi; Chinese as 黄芪, or 黄耆; English as Astragalus, Fig. 1), is a genus name of perennial leguminous herbs. The main medicine sources are from the roots of Astragalus membranaceus (Fisch.) bge. and A. membranaceus (Fisch.) bge.var.mongpholicus (bge.) Hsiao.  The medicinal history of Huang Qi has been 2000 years. According […]

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