Through thousands of years of evolution and modification, Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) has become a well-developed and widely practiced medical system that helps human health tremendously. Its unique approach to the human body makes TCM a great medicine in restoring the body’s general condition. TCM has also been proven to be an effective medicine in enhancing fertilization. Before we discuss how TCM works to improve fertility, let’s take a closer look at the mechanisms of infertility as well as the modern fertility treatments used today.
There are many interesting and effective dietary tips to draw from the teachings of Traditional Chinese Medicine. TCM often describes the world as a harmonious and holistic entity where all living beings are viewed in relation to the surrounding environment and that mankind is part of this holistic entity. We are influenced directly and indirectly by changes in weather and our bodies make corresponding physiological and pathological responses to these changes. An example of this is that a change of season causes the rate, rhythm, volume, and tension of your heart’s pulse to vary. According to TCM philosophies, if we consume seasonal foods that are similar in nature to the external environment, we remain in harmony with the environment, adapt better to changes in season and stay healthy. There are numerous underlying principles regarding TCM’s dietary teachings such as how each flavor corresponds to a certain organ of the body but the basic applying principle is "nourishing yang in spring and summer time, and nourishing yin in autumn and winter time." To apply this principle, try following the simplified dietary advice below for each season.
At ACU4U, one of the most common problems that our visitors suffer from is chronic pain. An analysis funded by the National Institutes of Health’s National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH) and published in The Journal of Pain (2010) indicated that an estimated 25.3 million adults (11.2%) experience chronic pain and nearly 40 million adults (17.6 %) experience severe levels of pain1. Chronic pain --- from headache, low back pain, joints pain, neurologic pain to cancer pain --- represents a major clinical, social and economic problem. The impact of pain on economies is enormous, with the cost of back pain alone equivalent to more than a fifth of one country's total health expenditure.
Proper nutrition in the form of lifestyle diet habits are key to promoting well-being and for treating disharmonies in the body.
Dietary therapy is often quite effective at treating common pathologies based on an Oriental Medicine diagnosis like qi deficiency or blood deficiency, but sometimes dietary therapy alone may not be enough. This is often seen in diagnoses like qi stagnation or blood stasis. Dietary therapy can, however, be an excellent supplemental therapy used in conjunction with other Oriental Medicine modalities like acupuncture and herbal prescriptions. The dietary principles discussed here can be applied to any type of cuisine worldwide.
When one considers all the stresses that come from living in a busy sprawling city like Houston, it is no wonder that many Houstonians suffer from migraines or are prone to migraines.
Here at ACU4U, Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine Clinic, we are preventing and treating migraines through acupuncture. Our impressive patients’ success stories and reviews are are backed up by these clinical trials that demonstrated the effectiveness of acupuncture as a prophylaxis, or preventative treatment, of migraine.