Unusual Tale of Acupuncture, Racism, and African American History in the USA

“The police surrounded us and we said we weren’t leaving. By day two, the takeover had spread by word of mouth and we had hundreds of people lined up wanting to get treatment for addiction. About a month later, the administration had to come to terms with the fact that we weren’t leaving.”- Interview with Vicente “Panama” Alba, by Molly Porzig

Panther Sister Medic at Lincoln Detox serving the people with free medical check up

Panther Sister Medic at Lincoln Detox serving the people with free medical check up

Prescription of Chinese Herbal Medicine in Pattern-Based Traditional Chinese Medicine Treatment for Depression: A Systematic Review

Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) treatments are often prescribed based on individuals' pattern diagnoses. A systematic review of randomized controlled trials in Chinese and English literatures on TCM pattern-based treatment for depression has therefore been conducted. A total of 61 studies, 2504 subjects, and 27 TCM patterns were included. Due to the large variation of TCM pattern among participants, we only analyzed the top four commonly studied TCM patterns: liver qi depression, liver depression and spleen deficiency, dual deficiency of the heart, and spleen and liver depression and qi stagnation.

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Image: Kamwo Meridian Herbs all rights reserved

Current Understanding on Antihepatocarcinoma Effects of Xiao Chai Hu Tang and Its Constituents

Xiao Chai Hu Tang (XCHT), a compound formula originally recorded in an ancient Chinese medical book Shanghanlun, has been used to treat chronic liver diseases for a long period of time in China. Although extensive studies have been demonstrated the efficacy of this formula to treat chronic hepatitis, hepatic fibrosis, and hepatocarcinoma, how it works against these diseases still awaits full understanding.

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Image: Kamwo Meridian Herbs all rights reserved.

A Love of Dermatology

Beginning in antiquity, the stylized heart has symbolized the spiritual, emotional, and moral core of human character. Over 2 millennia ago, the Roman surgeon Galen believed the heart to be the seat of emotion.1 Stoics taught that it physically represented the soul, and Aristotle considered the heart to be the origin of all logical thought, reason, and passion.1,2 What the traditional heart shape actually depicts remains unclear. Bearing only slight resemblance to the anatomic human heart, many claim the symbol arose from the ancient Sumerian cuneiform for woman.2 Nevertheless, the shape continues to represent romantic love the world over, as evidenced on St Valentine’s Day each February.

[Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

[Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Craniosacral Therapy May Ease Pelvic Girdle Pain

Pregnant women with pelvic girdle pain who received craniosacral therapy had lower pain intensity in the morning, as well as less deteriorated function, compared to a similar group of women who received standard care alone, according to recent research.

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Henry Vandyke Carter [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

The Rewarding Work of Massage for Addiction Recovery

When you say good-bye to clients at the end of a typical massage session, you probably invite them to re-book, or at least encourage them to return for another session so you can help maintain their pain or stress relief.When Shannon Scearce, C.M.T., says good-bye to clients, she sincerely hopes she will never see them again.

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Lubyanka [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
 

Spouts of Fury: Where Tea and Kung Fu collide

Ya'an, China, is home to some of the country's best tea. It's also home to the amazing long spout tea performers. This performance art, which dates back to 220 AD, mixes Kung Fu and the long spout metal teapot. Liu Xumin is a tea performer who has spent years mastering this ancient art form. His hope, he says, is to "achieve the integration of tea pot and human, of heaven and human, and of tea and human."

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By Thomas Berg from Oslo, Norway (More tea?) [CC BY-SA 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

Acupuncture in Cardiology

Acupuncture has been little known in the Western world until 1970s after U.S.
President Nixon’s historic visit to China in 1972 [4]. Following the initial excitement engen‐
dered by the press reports [5], acupuncture becomes one of the most popular treatments in
alternative medicine (Figure 1), and accounts for more than 10 million treatments given
annually in the United States [6]. Much interest was further engendered by tales by subsequent
visitors to China who witnessed surgical operations being successfully performed on con‐
scious patients under acupunctural anesthesia [7-15].

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By Heikenwaelder Hugo, heikenwaelder@aon.at, www.heikenwaelder.at [CC BY-SA 2.5 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.5)], via Wikimedia Commons

XING: On The Nature Of Herbs and the Misuse of the term Temperature

Temperature has a very distinct meaning in the Western world, as we speak of temperature on a daily basis in terms of the weather and indoor environment, water that we enter (e.g., swimming pool or spa), in relation to cooking of food, and our body.  These are references to measurements that have a consistent application and meaning in relation to thermal energy.  Because of the wide-spread use of the term, it carries with it certain connotations based on shared experiences.

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By ErgoSum88 (Own work) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

The Anticancer Properties and Apoptosis-inducing Mechanisms of Cinnamaldehyde and the Herbal Prescription Huang-Lian-Jie-Du-Tang (黃連解毒湯 Huáng Lián Jiě Dú Tang) in Human Hepatoma Cells

Hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) has long been one of the most important causes of cancer mortality in the world. Many natural products and traditional herbal medicines have been used to treat HCC in Asian countries such as Japan, Korea, Taiwan, and China. The present review aims to describe the anticancer properties and apoptotic mechanisms of cinnamaldehyde, the bioactive ingredient isolated from cinnamon trees, and the herbal prescription Huang-Lian-Jie-Du-Tang (黃連解毒湯 Huáng Lián Jiě Dú Tang; HLJDT) against human hepatoma cells in vitro and in vivo. Implication of their treatment for the development of targeted therapy against HCC is discussed.

Cistanches Herba: A Neuropharmacology Review

Cistanches Herba (family Orobanchaceae), commonly known as “desert ginseng” or Rou Cong Rong, is a global genus and commonly used for its neuroprotective, immunomodulatory, anti-oxidative, kidney impotence, laxative, anti-inflammatory, hepatoprotective, anti-bacterial, anti-viral, and anti-tumor effects in traditional herbal formulations in North Africa, Arabic, and Asian countries. The major bioactive compound present in this plant is phenylethanoid glycosides. In recent years, there has been great important in scientific investigation of the neuropharmacological effects of the bioactive compounds. The in vitro and in vivo studies suggests these compounds demonstrate neuropharmacological activities against a wide range of complex nervous system diseases which occurs through different mechanisms include improving immunity function and kidney aging, anti-lipid peroxidation, scavenging free radical, inducing the activation of caspase-3 and caspase-8.

Using the Spirits of the Points: The Heart Meridian

Certainly, the health of the body and mind are important. We can eat right, exercise, study and learn in order to strengthen these levels, and yet neglect the most essential part of ourselves: the spirit - who we are at the core of our identity.

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By Patrick J. Lynch, medical illustrator (Patrick J. Lynch, medical illustrator) [CC BY 2.5 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.5)], via Wikimedia Commons

Kidney 7 – Returning Current: Finding Faith in the Darkness

The character liu, meaning stream or current, has embedded in its ancient etymology a picture of a newborn baby upside down with four strands of hair hanging down from its head. This character tells us that this point is related to the moment of crowning during a birth. It brings us the gift of faith in the renewal of life, the awesome thundering of the soul that comes when the baby’s head first emerges from the mysterious darkness of the birth canal.

Photographer Spends Hours on Bridges to Capture Colorful Overhead Portraits of Street Vendors

Waking up at 4 am, the vendors—often female migrant workers—pack their bicycles to the brim with fresh flowers and fruit, walking miles throughout the course of the day to peddle their wares. Heerink lived in Vietnam for many years and became fascinated with these street vendors, so much so that she sought to capture their beauty in a unique way.