Warfarin and Chinese Herbs: Concern or Knee-jerk Conservatism?

These studies support my clinical experience, and are in line with others that have concluded many common herbs are safe to use with warfarin. There is a prevailing trend to over focus on in vitro studies and theoretical concerns about drug-herb interactions that do not account for the complex interactions found in Chinese herbal formulations.

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The Technician and the Scholar Physician – by Z’ev Rosenberg

Chinese medicine is based largely on scholarship and a literary tradition, with the requirement to study essential classical texts, quote and debate them. The foundations of Chinese medicine are based on principles (yin yang, five phase, six channels) that require a philosophical and philological approach to the body of knowledge. Traditionally, a physician-in-training needed to study such texts as the Su Wen/Simple Questions, Ling Shu/Divine Pivot, and Nan Jing/Classic of Difficulties to understand channel/connecting vessel theory, the Shang Han Za Bing Lun/Treatise on Cold Damage and Miscellaneous Diseases to diagnose progressions of disease parts and practice internal medicine.

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Case History: A Year With Acupuncture 40 y/o Male, 30+ Year History of Autoimmune Disorder

The patient presented with a complex array of symptoms that could easily overwhelm a practitioner or confuse the diagnosis. However, the presentation painted a clear picture of weakened Center Qi and an accumulation of dampness and heat in the Liver and Gallbladder systems. The tongue color confirmed the illness and the pulse its location. When treating the Liver one cannot address it solely or directly – restoring the Spleen is paramount. Akin to growing a garden this process takes time, the efficacy of which is clearly portrayed in the case history.

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Case History: 66 y/o Female, Elevated Pancreatic Enzymes, Candidate for Gall Bladder Surgery

After 6 weeks of treatment amylase reduced from 197 to 165, lipase 156 to 83. Bowels are brown color, no mucus. As of 9/14/15 amylase at 136, lipase 65; both values considered normal depending on the lab range values utilized. CT scan of abdomen revealed no acute disease. Complete metabolic panel shows low sodium and chloride (danger of restricted salt intake). Gall bladder and biliary scan revealed normal gallbladder ejection fraction, gall bladder organ thin-walled, free of stones and sludge. Vitamin D in normal range (86), cholesterol in normal range. No abdominal pain or distress, bowels are well-formed with no abnormality.

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Exploring the Role of Chinese Medicine in Today’s Health Care

With its long-established, systematic approach toward modulating the biochemical environment, Chinese medicine assists the body mechanic in returning to a state of efficiency and homeostasis. Though the treatment length can be longer than that of pharmaceutical intervention, the therapy invoked is that of actual, lasting change.

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Sex, Health, and Fertility in Traditional Chinese Medicine: Libido as a Barometer of Health Status

Libido is a state reflecting overall health and wellness in an organism. Low libido or sexual performance can indicate a weakened endocrine, digestive, and detoxification systems. Western correlations include adrenal exhaustion, chronic elevated stress, chronic inflammatory bowel disorders, arteriosclerosis, heart disease, poor diet, poor sleep.

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