Wednesday, January 21, 2009, 05:17 PM - Health & HealingLooking for acupuncture in Pasadena, Arcadia, San Gabriel Valley area?
You can now look at http://acuchu.com for more information!
Our clinic has moved to:
1028 N. Lake Avenue, Suite 107
Pasadena, CA 91104
Pasadena Acupuncturist and Herbalist Robert Chu will help patients with infertility, Cancer treatment related side effects, cardiovascular problems, diabetes, thyroid issues, and pain.
Clinic hours are available, please call (626)345-0441 to schedule an appointment for a free consultation.
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Wednesday, March 15, 2006, 12:32 PM - Health & HealingAyurveda - world's oldest health care system
Ebooks on Ayurveda- Science of Life!
The principles of Ayurveda are an invaluable link to understanding, in detail, natural healthy living. People everywhere are realizing the importance and benefits of taking personal responsibility for one's own well being, making Ayurveda the perfect system of health knowledge for today's world.
Ayurveda is a science of life so to know more about it, we must know what is life? Life according to Ayurveda is a combination of senses, mind, body and soul. So it is clear from this definition of life that Ayurveda is not only limited to body or physical symptoms but also gives a comprehensive knowledge about spiritual, mental and social health.
The modern society, education, culture and the television- everything speaks about materialism. If this was everything why is it so that most of us are unhappy. There is unrest, anxiety, mental tension, fighting and terror every where despite best efforts being made to stop them. This is because some part of our body is not being nourished properly.
Ayurveda literally means "science of life and longevity." and is considered to be the traditional system of medicine of India.
Ayurveda is a science in the sense that it is a complete system. It is a qualitative, holistic science of health and longevity, a philosophy and system of healing the whole person, body and mind.
Ayurveda offers specific recommendations to each individual on lifestyle, diet, exercise and yoga, herbal therapy, and even spiritual practices to restore and maintain balance in body and mind. Ayurveda sees a strong connection between the mind and the body, a huge amount of information is available regarding this relationship.
To give through knowledge about the principles of Ayurveda, we are offering some great ebooks on Ayurveda. These ebooks are based on the profound knowledge of the great Ayurvedic seers from the past 5000 years. and I am confident that once you will read these ebooks carefully, you will have clear and better understanding of the Principles of Ayurveda , and the way Ayurveda treats the diseases COMPLETELY and PERMANENTLY without any SIDE EFFECTS. I have personally read these books and find them to be of great value and suggest if you want to learn more about natural healing to go ahead and look into them.
Just go to this website:
http://chusauli.shashipat.hop.clickbank.net >Ayurveda Ebook Store</a>
Robert Chu, L.Ac., QME, PhD
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Tuesday, January 3, 2006, 01:04 PM - Health & HealingThe package insert is often thrown out with the packaging or the print is so small and the language so unintelligible that the average consumer could not make heads or tails out of it. Often pharmacists don't have the time to consult you on all aspects of medication when they have long lines of other customers waiting.
Also if you're shopping around and always looking for a lower priced pharmacy, or following the popular trend of ordering online, going to Canada or Mexico to save money, you may not have access to a pharmacist to advise you. Medical Doctors (MD's) are not the authorities on medications in the health care industry, but pharmacists are. The ultimate say so regarding medications and interactions amongst multiple medications are pharmacists.
The ultimate say so amongst nutritional supplements, foods, herbs and medications is still ultimately the pharmacist, however, few pharmacists can know the biochemistry of all foods, nutritional supplements and herbs. In this case, it is still up to the consumer to be ultimately responsible for his or her health.
A good herbalist can help you make informed decisions about herb and drug interactions, but you must be upfront and detailed about what herbals, nutritional supplements and medications you are currently taking, the dosage, and the frequency. To be detailed with a list is to be prepared anytime you see a new healthcare practitioner.
I never offer herbal advice unless I have met with a prospective patient in person and know their entire health history. The reason is because I have to know their background and what they are taking now.
For example, if they take Viagra, a common drug for erectile dysfunction, I have to be careful not to give herbs that have a function of blood thinning, as that can cause an adverse effect. One has to be aware of possible adverse or "side" effects that can result from wrongly prescribing any form of medication. I want to stress that I am not against the use of medications because I am a labeled a "Complementary/Alternative Medicine" practitioner.
I feel that all medicines have their proper time and place, have their proper dosage, and will have a great effect when used specifically for an ailment. The problem is only when one paradigm of medicine seeks to outlaw or diminish another paradigm of medicine because they are threatened or worried about money.
One doctor that I admire, Alex Chen, OMD, PhD, once said, "It doesn't matter if the medicine is eastern or western, what counts is that it works." I firmly believe in that statement.
If you're taking Lipitor or Atorvastatin, a common drug for people with high cholesterol or high trigycerides, there are many side effects of this medication. Not all people will experience adverse effects, nor will they experience all of the adverse effects. Properly used, Lipitor can save lives and help keep people healthy. However, a close look at the warning label suggests you contact your doctor immediately if you experience any of the following: skin rashes, blisters, peeling and swelling; chills; dark-colored urine; diarrhea; fever; itching; joint pain; red irritated eyes; redness, tenderness, itching, sore throat; sores, ulcers, or white spots in mouth or on lips, Headache; hoarseness; lower back or side pain; painful or difficult urination; pain or tenderness around eyes and cheekbones; stuffy or runny nose, Abdominal pain; back pain; belching or excessive gas; constipation; general feeling of discomfort or illness; heartburn, indigestion, or stomach discomfort; lack or loss of strength; loss of appetite; nausea; shivering; sweating; trouble sleeping; vomiting.
It makes me think wouldn't it be better to do some dietary and lifestyle changes than be on a medication with that many side effects?
Lipitor is supposed to be prescribed only when additional help is needed and is effective only when a schedule of diet and exercise is properly followed. It does not mean when you are taking Lipitor that you can freely eat what you want without a care in the world. The Drugs.com website writes, "Remember that this medicine will not cure your condition but it does help control it. Therefore, you must continue to take it as directed if you expect to keep your cholesterol levels down."
You should also be warned that you should avoid taking Atorvastatin with grapefruit juice or other grapefruit products because these may increase the concentrations of Atorvastatin in the body. Atorvastatin has also been linked to problems in the liver, such as jaundice, and increased liver enzymes. People who take Atorvastatin should also avoid alocohol. That in itself is warning enough to make changes in diet and lifestyle.
Warfarin (Coumadin) is another common medication that is necessary for the prevention of heart attack, stroke or obstruction of the blood vessels.
Basically it is an anti-coagulant, which thins the blood and prevents formation of blood clots, Unfortunately, this medication has numerous side effects and patients making a change in diet, adding supplements or vitamins and minerals have to be very careful when on this medication.
Problems include signs of unusual bleeding, such as bleeding while brushing teeth, urinating blood, unusual nosebleeds, small red spotting on the skin, easy bleeding or bruising, unusually heavy menstrual bleeding and the like. The risk is also for hidden bleeding internally in the internal organs such as the stomach or intestines, back pain, dark, tar-like stools, vomiting blood, chest pains, mental fugue, coughing up of blood and the like.
You are advised to see your MD immediately if you are having any of these side effects. It would be best for you to check the Advanced Consumer information on Warfarin at www.drugs.com for more detailed information.
Warfarin is one of those drugs that needs to be monitored closely. If you're considering going on a diet, or changing lifestyle and eating habits, it's best to check with a health care professional.
Taking common things like vitamins, minerals, other nutritional supplements like nutriceuticals or herbs like Dang Gui, Dandelion, Licorice, Nettles, Ginseng, Pau D'Arco, and Ginko Biloba can be hazardous to your health if you take Coumadin. Eating liver, broccoli, kale, spinach, cabbage, grapefruit juice, pineapple, garlic and onion can also be hazardous to your health if you take Warfarin/Coumadin. Because of the many adverse effects of this medication, I am often reluctant to advise any herbals, supplements or dietary changes to people on this medication. I strongly advise any one on this medication to discuss with their pharmacist and MD for any other safe alternatives to this medication.
Glucophage or Metformin is also a common medication for sufferers of diabetes, particularly Type II, Diabetes mellitus. Diabetes is better controlled through a strict diet, eating at regular intervals and maintaining a healthy lifestyle of frequent exercise.
Many side effects may include, cramping, diarrhea, shortness of breath, tiredness, low blood sugar, blurred vision, cold sweats, mental confusion, excessive hunger, tachycardia, headache, nausea, and lack of appetite.
These signs and symptoms may also indicate that Metformin is not working for you, and that your diabetes is getting worse. I strongly advise anyone with diabetes to visit with a nutritionist or registered dietician and make radical changes to the diet, avoiding excessive intake of carbohydrates, and balancing diet with complex carbohydrates, protein and fats.
There are herbal alternatives to the medications above, but each has to be balanced with diet and exercise and are to be diagnosed carefully on a case by case basis. It is best to consult with a licensed Acupuncturist/herbalist, Professional Member of the American Herbalists Guild (AHG), or Doctor of Naturopathy for this.
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Wednesday, December 28, 2005, 07:25 PM - Health & HealingEveryone needs downtime to relax and just do nothing. It’s a way of recharging ourselves and a way to help us reflect on life and time to heal. In this column, we will examine the best way to give yourself a short 20 minute vacation. Use it when you’re feeling stressed out, emotional, tired, confused, or for a brief break after the holiday parties. Perhaps you just need a recharge, or a calm moment. This practice involves allowing yourself to completely relax and breath and guide your attention at various areas of your body. You can even use this method to reduce pain, or discomfort from a chronic disease.
First of all, you are going to lie down in the yoga asana (posture) called Savasana or “corpse pose”. If you’re offended by that, we’ll call it the “final resting position”. We lie on a mat, carpet, bed, or even the couch will do. All you have to do is lie down and close your eyes. Start breathing deep from the abdomen – you slowly inhale fully, pause, slowly exhale fully, then pause, and then cycle again. Try this for at least six breaths.
Next, bring your attention to your toes and allow them to relax totally. If you have to wiggle, crunch them, snap, or pop them, now’s the time to do it. Then relax totally for six more breaths.
From here, we move to the heels, bringing our attention there. We may relax, wiggle, adjust ourselves into comfort, then relax for six complete cycles of inhale, pause, exhale, pause.
We then shift our attention to the ankles, allowing ourselves to rotate, shake, stretch the ankles, then complete a cycle of six full breaths.
Bringing our attention to the lower leg, we relax completely, allowing the calf muscles sink into the ground (bed, floor, etc.), and complete six cycles of breathing.
Moving to the knees, we adjust ourselves and allow the articulation of the knee to completely relax and feel the space. Breathe for six more cycles.
Our attention then shifts to the thighs, allowing each muscle to first tighten, then relax completely. Breathing all along for six complete breaths.
Coming to the buttocks, we feel the gravity pulling us into the ground. The tailbone tucked and feeling fully relaxed. We breath and hold our attention here for six complete cycles.
Shifting to the lower back, we can feel the small of our back and realize the curvature there. We dissolve all our tension and tightness there, releasing that breath by breath for six breaths.
It is at the midback where we feel a sense of our breathing massaging us into the ground (bed, floor, etc.), and breath by breath feeling the embrace of Mother Earth. Six breaths and we feel revitalized.
Now at the upper back, we completely relax and feel our chest relaxed and sink. With every breath, the shoulder blades melt into the ground and we feel our tensions and frustrations melting away. We maintain our attention here for six full breaths.
Reaching the shoulders, we realize we have no burdens to shoulder right now, allowing ourselves ease of spirit. Breathing deeply, we completely relax for six complete cycles.
Our upper arms sink into the ground, as if a weight has been lifted off our shoulders. Completely flaccid and relaxed, we continue for a full six breaths.
At the elbows, we feel the space of our joint, and breathing deeply and slowly, we feel completely relaxed for six cycles of inhale – pause – exhale - pause.
Coming down to the forearms and wrists, we let go of any tension, any desire for control, and completely allow ourselves to relax. In and out, we breathe, fully for six cycles.
When we reach our hands, we realize we have to let go completely. Our hands are not stiff and straight, neither clenched and closed. In letting go, we erase all tension trying to control things in our lives. Be breathe and practice letting go for six complete breaths.
We bring our attention to the neck now, allowing all tension to be erased. Our head feels so heavy – as heavy as a boulder and we struggle to maintain our consciousness. We have not felt so completely relaxed in months. Six breaths.
Our scalp is completely relaxed. Our brows unfurrowed. There is no face to maintain, only the bliss of our relaxation. Our face is completely serene, reflecting the calmness within us. We breathe in and out, inhaling good thoughts, exhaling bad thoughts. Inhaling good energy, exhaling bad energy. Inhaling the good, exhaling the bad. Calmly breathing in and out…
You can get up when you wish to…
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Wednesday, December 28, 2005, 07:22 PM - Health & HealingDr. Li Dong Yuan of Jin Dynasty propagated the principles of the tonify Spleen and Stomach school of Chinese Medicine. Li’s theories expounded that chronic diseases are largely a part from improper diet and malnutrition. His solution was to treat the Spleen and Stomach organs through herbals and acupuncture for chronic diseases. I regularly use Li’s herbal prescriptions and principles in my acupuncture, as I practice the Tung style of Acupuncture, and heavily treat the Spleen and Stomach channels to prevent disease, as well as treat chronic diseases like asthma, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, and cancer. In Chinese Medicine, Earth is representative of the Spleen and Stomach and is believed to be in the center. As such, it is believed that by treating the Spleen and Stomach, one can treat everything.
As of late, I have been paying attention to my diet and nutrition and have been regularly exercising when I have time. Often, with my schedule, I do some exercise between my patients and clients. Eating late at night is a taboo and I try to stay away from it. I also avoid excessive consumption of cold beverages and sweetened soft drinks like soda or bottled ice teas, preferring to take unsweetened ice tea (without ice) and room temperature bottled water. This is because the Spleen does not like the cold in Chinese Medicine, and cold inhibits the Spleen’s function of transformation of food into energy and transportation of energy in the body. As such, a diet of cold foods can surely affect your energy with weight gain, edema, lethargy, abdominal bloating, indigestion, constipation or diarrhea. It is better to avoid them, or at least, balance when you eat something cold like a salad or sandwich, accompany your meal with a warm beverage or hot soup.
Of course, foods prepared with ginger or cinnamon can also help warm the body and help with tonifying the Spleen and Stomach functions. This is why Chinese food is almost always cooked with ginger. Ginger also acts as a detoxicant and is particularly helpful to cook with foods like seafood and vegetables.
When eating, never eat to the maximum of being full – always aim for two thirds full. It is important to chew your food well before swallowing. Eating should be done at a leisurely pace, and not rushed. In the Chinese tradition, not too much talking should be done at the dinner table, as it can upset the Spleen’s digestive function, particularly if strong emotions such as anger, fear, fright, and grief are the result of too much talking. Also too much thinking or pensiveness is bad for the digestive function, so it is best to not do work, watch television, or video games when one is eating. The idea of television and dinner is a poor one. Sex and eating also are not good companions for the very same reason.
Of course, on rare occasions, it is okay to go to a salad bar or buffet, but even then, restraint is necessary. Eat warm foods first, perhaps a soup to start with, then eat salads, your entrees and then a small dessert. I believe it is a strategy for certain restaurants to bring ice water to your table and offer cold salad first, as you tend to get full faster on these items. As for dessert, only a bit of fresh fruit is better than ice cream, pies, cakes, cookies or other sweetened items. A small piece of watermelon can help move the bowels, relieve thirst and provide the Spleen with the craving of the sweet it desires. It is said in Chinese Medicine that the Spleen craves sweetness, and that the sweet flavor tonifies the Spleen. Overeating and abnormal consumption of sweets can inhibit the Spleen’s normal function.
After eating, rubbing the abdomen in a clockwise manner thirty six times can help settle the meal and stimulate the body’s natural energy for digestion. It was said that if one takes 100 steps after you eat, you can live to be 100. Of course, taking a short walk after eating a meal can help digestion, help move the bowels, promote circulation and burn off some the energy from the calories you ingested.
Followed properly, these little pearls of wisdom can certainly help you live to a ripe old age.
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Wednesday, December 28, 2005, 06:17 PM - Health & HealingI am a practitioner of Master Tung’s Acupuncture, which differs greatly from Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) Acupuncture that is typically taught in schools here in the USA and in China. Many people might wonder who Master Tung was, and my information here will introduce him to readers here.
Master Tung Ching-chang was probably the greatest Acupuncturist in the last generation in Taiwan. So great was his fame, that he literally had over 100 patients per day which he saw in his small clinic. His fame was due to his extreme efficacy with acupuncture needles, and he only used a few per treatment.
Master Tung arrived in Taiwan after the Communists took over in China in 1949 along with Chiang Kai-shek’s Nationalist party and began a successful practice in Taipei, Taiwan. He was an Acupuncturist in Taiwan for 26 years, and throughout that time, he allegedly treated over 400,000 patients, with about a fourth of them treated at no charge. For these humanitarian deeds, Master Tung was decorated with an award of “Representative of Fine People and Fine Deeds” in Taiwan.
As the personal acupuncturist to Taiwan President Chang Kai Shek, his reputation was so great that he was asked to visit Cambodia between 1971 and 1974 to treat Cambodian President Long Nuo, who suffered from hemiplegia due to a stroke.
Master Tung was also decorated by President Chang Kai Shek with a “Certificate of Honor” in the field of Chinese Medicine, which is an amazing accomplishment because initially the Nationalist Party was not responsive to Chinese Medicine, due to the fact that Sun Yat Sen was a Western trained physician.
Master Tung’s Acupuncture is truly a living treasure and storehouse of Chinese Medicine, untouched by modern TCM, and a glimpse into the family systems of Chinese Medicine as taught in previous generations. It is itself a conglomerate of classical acupuncture and pricking methods, flexibly applied, and proven clinically with practical, often with quick and dramatic results. Currently many practitioners of acupuncture may use a lot of needles and needle around the local area. Not so with Master Tung’s Acupuncture. For example, if a person has neck pain, a TCM trained acupuncturist would typically needle the neck area. But a Master Tung acupuncturist will apply a few needles to either the wrist, ankle, knee, shoulder, hip, or thigh to treat the pain. The advantage is very clear, as you can give feedback immediately to your acupuncturist upon insertion. When needles are in the neck, one has to wait until they are removed to give feedback! For the acupuncturist, the flexibility of the method is extremely attractive.
Done properly, Master Tung’s acupuncture is painless, quick, efficient and requires only a few treatments if problems are acute. A full range of problems are treated, including allergies, anxiety, arthritis, asthma, back pain and sciatica, Bell’s Palsy, bronchitis, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, high blood pressure, colitis, common cold and flu, constipation, diarrhea, ear pain and ringing, eczema and other skin problems, edema, frozen shoulder, GERD, headaches, IBS, impotence, insomnia, laryngitis, menstrual problems, menopause, nausea and vomiting, numbness and neuropathy, pain of all types, PMS, prostate problems, rheumatism, stress, stroke, tennis elbow, TMJ, and Trigeminal Neuralgia with just a few needles. It is almost inconceivable as to the efficacy of this form of acupuncture. In my own daily practice, I am still amazed at the immediate results I see with this system of acupuncture.
Master Tung’s Acupuncture in the USA is practiced by Young Wei-chieh of Rowland Heights, CA, Esther Su of San Jose, CA, Jim Maher of Oklahoma City, OK, and myself. I had the fortune of learning from Young Wei-chieh and Esther Su, and did extensive research in this system of acupuncture and practice it daily in Pasadena, CA. Currently, I am sharing with this great system with acupuncturists and Medical Doctors nationally and internationally through my organization called ITARA - International Tung’s Acupuncture Research Association. We seek to preserve, educate, research and pass on the legacy of Master Tung’s work through seminars, private trainings, and other mediums.
As students and practitioners of Master Tung’s Acupuncture, our practice is to benefit others in a practical, simple, direct, economical manner and it is hoped that the reader can use seek out a Master Tung Acupuncture practitioner to experience these amazing points - the same points I use daily in my clinic with amazing results!
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Wednesday, December 28, 2005, 05:09 PM - Health & HealingWhy Acupuncture and Herbal Therapy for Cancer patients?
Acupuncture and Herbal Therapy can help those suffering with cancer to prolong life, enhance quality of life, and aid in recovery. In China, Acupuncture and Herbal Therapy are used as primary treatments for the treatment of cancer, in this country there are legal ramifications with this approach, so most western cancer patients often choose to combine their biomedical treatment with alternative therapies. They are not quite sure where to turn to and may try any treatment alleged to treat cancer, or even self medicate with herbs and other substances. Often chemotherapy, surgery and radiation cause damage to healthy tissues, as well as diseased tissues, and weakens the immune system. This is where Chinese medicine can be very helpful. Chinese herbal medicine is the therapy of choice in treating the side-effects experienced by oncological treatments, and is proven in its effectiveness.
According to Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) theory, cancer is caused by the stagnation of energy and blood in the body due to strong emotions, poor exercise, poor diet, inadequate rest and hereditary factors which are triggered from poor health. Acupuncture and Herbal Therapy eradicates disease through the balancing and moving stagnant energy and blood. .
How Does Acupuncture Work?
According to the principles of TCM, energy flows through the body via 12 primary meridians and 8 extra channels. To strengthen the flow of energy , or remove blockages in the meridians, acupuncturists insert a few disposable tiny, sterile, flexible needles just under the skin at certain specific points (called acupoints) along these channels. These acupoints are associated with specific body function, and when stimulated, they trigger the immunity system to provide almost instantaneous pain relief and cessation of symptoms ailing the patient. For example, if you are suffering from nausea and vomiting from radiation or chemotherapy, a few carefully selected points might be stimulated on your ear, scalp, hands, feet, wrist or ankle. TCM practitioners believe that acupuncture stimulates the body's internal regulatory system to nurture a natural healing response without having to directly treat the site of injury.
Acupuncture stimulates the body's internal regulatory system to nurture a natural healing response.
Centuries of empirical observation indicate that acupuncture leads to real changes in the body. The insertion of acupuncture needles has an effect on the autonomic nervous system and homeostatis. Recently, numerous studies have shown that acupuncture stimulates nerves, send a signal up the spinal cord to the brain, leading to the release of endorphins and monoamines, which are natural chemicals in the body that block pain signals. This may be one explanation why acupuncture is so good at stopping pain, but does not fully explain the healing response one has with other disorders. More research is needed to fully explain the acupuncture mechanism.
What To Expect
When first visiting a practitioner, there will be a thorough medical history inquiry, the pulse is taken on both wrists, the tongue is examined, and the body may be palpated to check the site of disease or pain. A treatment plan will be discussed. Depending on your ailment, you may also have your first acupuncture treatment and Herbal Therapy prescription at that first visit. In general, visits occur initially two or three times a week until therapeutic results and stabilization have occurred. After that, follow up visits will be scheduled as needed. Therapeutic exercise and meditation may also be prescribed to aid in overall well being.
Does it hurt?
Acupuncture needles do not hurt like hypodermic needles used to give injections or draw blood. The needles are hair-thin, and may feel like a tiny prick or pinch upon insertion. Sterile disposable needles are always used. Once the needles are inserted, the practitioner may manipulate them manually or send a weak electrical current through them to increase the energy flow. The needles are typically retained for 20 - 45 minutes, depending on the ailment. Different people experience sensations of a "tingling", "distended", "electrical" or "full" feeling, whereas others may feel numbness or nothing at all. Most find the sessions relaxing, and fall asleep during the treatment, waking up refreshed and feeling great.
Herbal Therapy in a nutshell
In our society, herbs have now come into vogue, but there are dangers. Although herbs are natural substances, they can be dangerous if wrongly or self prescribed. Herbs are combined with other herbs of similar function to reduce the danger of toxicity and increase synergistic effect. In our clinic, we use the finest Herbal Therapy formulas in pill and powder form for convenience. There is no need to be inconvenienced by the taste, smell and time preparing raw herbs. There are also herbal lotions, liniments, herbal wraps, patches and pastes that may be used externally, depending on your condition.
Other Physical Medicine
Practitioners may also use moxibustion, a form of heat therapy on acupoints, to stimulate healing, depending upon the ailment. Other techniques include cupping, Gua Sha (scraping), massage and manipulation therapy, often complimented with dietary advice.
How soon can I expect results?
Some patients notice rapid improvement after just a few sessions. In acute pain cases, one or two treatments may lead to dramatic results. In chronic conditions that may have taken years to develop, treatment may take longer.
Acupuncture and Herbal Therapy effectively treats:
Back Pain and Sciatica
Chemo and Radiation therapy Side Effects
Ear Pain and Ringing
Eczema and other Skin Problems
Nausea and Vomiting
Numbness and Neuropathy
PAIN of all types
Does my Insurance Cover treatments?
Currently many insurance carriers cover treatments. If your insurance company has acupuncture benefits, you may qualify for treatment.
Acupuncture and Herbal Therapy can help prevent cancer by strengthening the immunity system, insuring adequate rest, balancing strong emotions, promoting proper diet, and avoiding hereditary triggers that can lead to developing tumors.
During oncological treatments of surgery, radiation and chemotherapy, Acupuncture and Herbal Therapy can be a safe adjunct for an already taxed immunity system. We can boost immunity, help dissolve nodules, reduce anxiety, stop headaches, treat nausea, vomiting, dizziness, lack of energy, prevent peripheral neuropathy, treat chemo induced menopause, and restore hair loss to maintain quality of life and give you time with your loved ones and put your business in order.
After you've gone through treatments of surgery, radiation and chemotherapy, we can restore you to good health and help you recover from whatever symptom is ailing you.
In summary, Acupuncture and Herbal Therapy can help you before during and after treatment of cancer.
About Robert Chu, L.Ac., QME, MSOM, PhD:
Robert Chu (Chu Sau Lei) began practicing the martial and Chinese healing arts since childhood. Robert is a Licensed Acupuncturist and Herbalist, specializing in the Master Tung Acupuncture and Optimal Acupuncture methods in which he effectively treats pain, industrial injuries, sports injuries, and neuromusculoskeletal disorders. Dr. Chu also treats a wide variety of internal diseases including hypertension, hyperlipidemia, diabetes, psoriasis, thyroid disorders, gynecological disorders and side-effects from cancer treatments. He is appointed by the Industrial Medical Council as a Qualified Medical Evaluator (QME).
Dr. Chu was formerly affiliated with the St. Vincent Medical Center , as the first fulltime Acupuncturist on staff and treated cancer patients with Acupuncture, Herbal Therapy, Qigong and Tai Chi. Dr. Chu is a former faculty member of Samra University of Oriental Medicine in Los Angeles, where he taught acupuncture. He has also taught Tai Chi and Qigong at Loyola Law School . Dr. Chu volunteers at Pasadena's Wellness Community , where he does monthly lectures for cancer patients and a weekly lifestyle/nutrition and Qi Gong class. He is occasionally featured as a speaker for the American Cancer Society . In July of 2004, Dr. Chu was selected as the Acupuncturist to Olympic athletes at the Olympic Trials held in Sacramento, CA.
Dr. Chu also lectures nationally and internationally on Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine to provide continuing education to MD's and Acupuncturists. In 2003, he founded the International Association of Optimal Acupuncture and Clinical Chinese Medicine to spread his effective clinical system. He also serves as President of the ITARA - International Tung's Acupuncture Research Association, which he founded in 2005, to preserve, standardize, educate, and research new applications of the Tung family system of Acupuncture with integrity, open sharing, and a goal to help end suffering in fellow beings. He has been decorated as an honorary member of the Finnish Traditional Chinese Medicine Society of Acupuncture and Herbs and a therapist member of the National Register of Acupuncture Therapists in Finland. Dr. Chu is also listed as a Master Practitioner of Oriental Bodywork Therapy and Master Practitioner of Tui-Na Manipulations, awarded by the International Association of Tui-Na Therapies in London, England. He has lectured at Emperor's College of TCM , CSOMA , and other functions as a dynamic and entertaining speaker.
In 2004, Robert was awarded a Ph.D. in Buddhist Ayurveda from the non-profit college Ayurveda Healing Arts Institute in Berkeley, California.
Currently, 40 - 60% of Dr. Chu's practice is devoted to treating breast and prostate cancer patients. He may be contacted at:
Robert Chu, L.Ac., QME, MSOM, PhD, AHG
Oasis Vitality Center
2502 E. Washington Blvd
Pasadena, CA 91104
Cell/Voice Mail: (626) 487-1815
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Wednesday, December 28, 2005, 05:07 PM - Health & HealingWhat led me to a study of TCM was a lifelong practice of martial arts. In martial arts, aside from the artistic perfection of strikes, kicks, joint locking, throwing and ground fighting, the health giving benefits of opening up the channels and collaterals for qi flow, learning meditation to calm the mind, we specialize in trauma, both healing and inflicting. My sifu said, "it's easy learn how to injure someone, but is difficult to learn how to heal someone." How correct he was. A punch to Ren 17 can have devastating effects, a kick to UB 40 can bring an attacker to his knees in practice. As a consequence, in order to survive the training, many martial arts teachers specialize in die da shang ke - literally "fall and strike traumatology", which are overlapped by TCM's wai ke (External diseases) and gu shang ke (Orthopedics and Traumatology). I was fortunate to be able to study the rudiments of die da shang ke under my Wing Chun sifu, Kwan Jong Yuen and my Hung Ga sifu, Yee Chi Wai. Through the years I also met other famous martial artists and TCM doctors like Kenny Gong, Lui Yon Sang, Chan Tai Shan and others. My study of martial arts was interspersed with the study of traditional formulas for traumatology, including powders, wines, pastes, decoctions and pills, their applications, modifications and processing. Many martial artists are also known for their specialty in tui na, as basic exercises to develop the body in the tui na like Shaolin neigong (Internal training) or yi jin jing (Sinew Changing Classic) are part of the traditional martial arts. These exercises develop the limbs so that a martial artist trained in tui na can produce better results and a martial artist would probably know the body better than a non martial artist in movement and cause of injury.
In this article, I would like to introduce how to create a basic die da jiu (fall or strike wine) which can be used as a topical liniment for common contusions and bruises. Here is a list of herbs you will need:
Ru Xiang (Gummi Olibanum) 12 g
Mo Yao (Myrrh) 12 g
Chi Shao (Radix Paeoniae Rubra) 12 g
Mu Xiang (Radix Saussureae seu Vladimiriae) 12 g
Hong Hua (Flos Carthami Tinctorii) 9 g
Tao Ren (Semen Persicae) 9 g
Dang Gui Wei (Radix Angelicae Sinensis)12 g
Pu Huang (Pollen Typhae) 12 g
Da Huang Tan (Rhizoma Rhei - Charred) 9 g
Tian Qi (Radix Pseudoginseng) 12 g
Xue Ji (Sanguois Draconis) 9 g
Ding Xiang (Flos Caryophylli) 9 g
Those of you who know your Bensky Formulas, might recognize this Rx is very similar to qi li san (seven thousandths of a tael powder) from Liang fang ji ye (Small collection of fine Rx) or even the die da wan from Quan guo cheng yao chu fang ji (Collection of Country's Prepared Herbals) but addresses pain, blood movement and stop bleeding more. The measurements of the herbs is also different because this is more of an external use liniment. This Rx is fine for bruises, minor contusions, and sprains, but to make it a better Rx, we should modify the Rx according to our uses. For example, if there are broken bones, we should add Xu Duan (Radix Dipsaci Asperi), Wei Ling Xian (Radix Clematidis), and Tu Bie Chong (Eupolyphaga seu Opisthoplatia). If our focus is pain, add chuan xiong (Radix Ligustici), yan hu suo (Rhizoma Corydalis), yu jin (Curcumae), jiang huang (Rhozoma Curcumae Longae), ji xue teng (Radix et Caulis Jixueteng), san leng (Rhizoma Sparganii Stoloniferi) , mu tong (Caulis Mutong), di long (Lumbricus), su mu (Lignum Sappan), or wu ling zhi (Excrementum Trogopteri seu Pteromi) according to what your needs are. If there is pain in a certain area, we should add in Qiang Huo (Rhizoma et Radix Notopterygii) for the upper back, Du Huo (Radix Angelicae Pubecentis) for lower back, Bai Zhi (Radix Angelicae Dahuricae) for front of head, Tan Xiang (Lignum Sappan) for the chest, Niu Xi (Radix Achyrathis Bidentatae) to guide to the lower extremities, Xuan Fu Hua (Flos Inulae)to guide downwards, and Ma Huang (Herba Ephedrae) to guide upwards to the skin. We can even get more specific to use the guiding herbs enter particular channels by simply choosing herbs that go to that channel. For internal bleeding, add Di Yu (Radix Sanguisorbae Officinalis), Da Ji (Herba seu Radix Cirsii Japonici) and Xiao Ji (Herba Cephalanoploris). To make the Rx more fragrant to stop pain and open the orifices, add bing pian (Borneol) she xiang (Secret
Io Moschus Moschiferi) su he xiang (Styrax Liquidis), and to address wind, cold or damp Bi, you can also modify it with expel wind damp herbs, such as fang feng, gui zhi (Ramulus Cinnamoni) bai hua she (Agkistrodon seu Bungarus), hu gu (os tigris), lou shi teng (Caulis Trachelospermi Jasminoidis), hai feng teng (Caulis Piperis Futokadsurae), wu jia pi (Cortex Acanthopanacis Gracilistyli Radicis), and kuan jin teng (Flos Tussilaginis Farfarae). For more traumatic swellings, add Ban Xia (Rhizoma Pinelliae Ternatae), Chuan Wu (Radix Aconiti Carmichaeli), Cao Wu ( Radix Aconiti Kusnezoffii) and Tian Nan Xing (Rhizoma Arisaematis).
I caution the person who is not knowledgeable in herbology to not put all the ingredients together to form one "super die da jiu"! I'm not sure what he or she would create! Look up the proper dosage of the herbs to use, and choose what you need and for what specific use in mind. Just for some background information, sometimes herbs are substituted for one another based on local availability and for financial reasons. Be wise in choosing what you need. For example, Hu Gu (Os tigris) may not be available because it is illegal. Wu Shao She (Zaocys Dhumnades) and Bai Hua She make fine substitutes (and no, you don't need both) and whichever is less expensive will work fine. Pregnant women should not touch or use this medicine.
All in all, one small Rx can turn into literally thousands of variations from one functional base of herbs in a Rx. When others boast their secret die da recipe is the original or more secret, they're simply blowing smoke and trying to say they're the best. It depends on what the function of the formula is for. I have a saying, "Let application be your guide; let function rule over form." It is applicable to medicine or martial arts.
You will also need a clean glass gallon bottle or jar and enough gin or vodka to fill a gallon. If you prefer a more traditional approach, of equal parts alcohol and water, you may use 50% spring water and 50% Everclear grain alcohol to make one gallon. Traditionally, mi jiu tou (rice wine head) is used - again, a gallon's worth, but the alcohol content is weaker than vodka or gin. One prepares the herbs by parching them through pan frying (no oil) in a wok or simply toasting all the herbs in a toaster oven to enhance the blood moving effect. No need to char them excessively, lest you lose all the active ingredients. Place the herbs in the container and pour the alcohol over the herbs. The alcohol used is always of a good drinking quality (ethyl alcohol), in cases where traumatic injury may be also internal. (Of course, if your die da jiu has poisonous ingredients, it would not do well to ingest it internally.) Beware of going the cheap route with isopropyl alcohol, you are simply making a poison batch of die da jiu. Traditionally, we never use isopropyl alcohol. Seal the container so that it is air tight and date and mark the bottle, and store in a dark place. Shake the bottle occasionally. In about 3 - 4 months, your die da jiu will be ready and will be superior to any on the market because you made it and you know specifically what you designed it for.
The herbal wine you created can be used simply by massaging it in to the affected area, or for use with tui na. You can also use the wine in the technique of fire cupping (hou guan), by placing a small amount in a cup, just enough to wet the bottom, spread it evenly and ignite it, then apply to the affected area. In doing this, I would caution that practice and common sense be your guide - lest you burn and scar your patient and have a nice liability lawsuit on your hands.
This is a brief introduction to die da shang ke and the common herbs used. In future articles, I will focus on plasters, pills, decoctions, their applications and modifications and how to create them.
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