The main symptoms are:
And scanty dark urine;
Pain in the genital area;
Low back pain;
Fatigue and depression;
The prostate is a reproductive gland located below the bladder and in front of the rectum. Surrounds the urethra, the tube that carries urine from the bladder.
The prostate is the main producer of male semen.
To diagnose prostatitis, a physician must examine the patient's urine and the prostate through the rectal examination. He may also need to Recollect a sample of prostate fluid for analysis.
Prostatitis can be bacterial, nonbacterial acute and chronic.
The most common is non-bacterial. Symptoms may include frequent urination and pain in the lumbar region.
The causes of this type of prostatitis may be stress and irregular sexual activity.
The treatment for this type of prostatitis may include anti-inflammatory drugs, muscle relaxants, diet changes, fluid intake, and ejaculating frequently.
Acute bacterial prostatitis usually results from a bacterium or virus, or sexually transmitted diseases. Symptoms may include fever, pain in lower back, frequent urination and pain during urination, small amounts of urine and iregular urination.
These types of prostatitis are usually treated with antibiotics, fluids, and treatment for constipation.
Chronic prostatitis may be bacterial or the result of inflammation of the prostate.
Symptoms include frequent bladder infections, frequent urination and persistent pain in the abdomen or back.
This type of prostatitis is usually treated with antibiotics, dietary changes and supplements.
A treatment with excellent results is the herbal formula Ba Zheng San .
The actions of this formula in TCM are: Clear Dampness, heat and clear toxins. Purging pathogenic fire and relieve the stranguria.
This formula is used primarily to treat symptoms caused by heat in the Lower Jiao, aggravated by strangury hematuria, dysuria, abdominal distension, layer of yellow or red tongue and slippery pulse.
Among the modern treatments are included: urinary tract infections, cystitis, pyelitis, urolithiasis, prostatitis, kidney stones, etc.
The ingredients are:
Da Huang, Gan Cao, Che Qian Zi, Zhu Ling, Qu Mai, Zhi Zi, Hua Shi
Antibacterial effect: this formula has been shown to have a bacteriostatic effect on gonococcus with minimum inhibitory concentration less than 20 mg / ml. At 100 mg / ml, the formula can kill the gonococcus in 10 minutes, but the formula does not directly inhibits elcolibacillus urinary pathogens, which makes is to inhibit the adhesion of pathogens of urinary tract colibacillus and epithelial cells and therefore has the effect treatment of urinary tract infections caused by urinary pathogens colibacillus.
When administered to mice with cystopyelonephritis (bladder inflammation) Ba Zheng San increases urination and eliminates pathogenic bacteria in the urinary tract in the kidney. This formula can also increase the survival rate of rats infected with Proteus colibacilus mice.
Ba Zheng San has a bacteriostatic effect on the following bacteria: Staphylococcus aureus, Staphylococcus epidermidis, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Bacillus coli, Bacillus Proteus bacillus Flexner, Shiga Bacillus, Serratia marcescens, etc.
Prevention of urinary calculi: in vitro experiments showed that Ba Zheng San can inhibit or prevent crystallization and prevent the calculation of calcium oxalate is formed.
106 cases of various urinary tract infections were treated with Ba Zheng San in clinical studies. The results showed that the formula is effective in treating various types of urinary tract infections and prostatitis.
Adaptogenic herbs have unique properties that help soothe the soul while also providing the strength and vitality required for sustained physical or mental activity when needed. Adaptogenic herbs work to improve the body’s ability to adapt to stress, giving you energy, yet also allowing for clarity and calmness.
For centuries, adaptogenic herbs have been used to prevent and treat a wide variety of conditions. Known to help regulate the adrenal system, they can reduce levels of cortisol, the hormone that the adrenals produce during times of stress. prolonged high levels of cortisol due to chronic stress can be detrimental, leading to a wide range of health concerns, including poor sleep, autoimmune diseases, depression, anxiety, common colds and flu, hormone imbalance, cancer, thyroid conditions and digestive problems.
If you google "adaptogens, pubmed studies," thousands of entries will show up. The herbs that fall into this category have been used for thousands of years, but it was only in the late 1940s that a Russian scientist adopted the word "adaptogenic" to categorize them. A study published in 1999 defined an adaptogenic compound as a non-specific remedy "that increases resistance to a broad spectrum of harmful factors (stressors) of different physical, chemical and biological natures."
Some of the most common adaptogenic herbs are:
Other hierbas adaptogenic herbs present in various formulas:
Dang shen (codonopsis pilosula, c. tangshen)
Licorice (glycyrrhiza glabra, g. uralensis)
Rhodiola (Rhodiola rosea)
Schisandra (schisandra chinensis)
Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera)
JADE HERBAL products are safe and easy to use. The formulas are based on well-known traditional herbal combinations and have been specially adapted to our Western way of life.
Presented in 500mg tablets, with a concentration of 5: 1, which means that each tablet is equivalent to 2500mg.
The dosage is variable depending on the condition to be treated, as a minimum dose we advise 2 to 3 tablets, 2 times a day.
The Shen of the Heart plays a prominent role in memory partly by itself and partly because it coordinates the Yi of the Spleen and the Zhi of the Kidneys which also play a role in memory.
The Shen of the Heart plays a role in memory in the sense of memorizing but especially also in intrinsic memory (see below).
Information that we have to consciously work to remember is known as explicit memory, while information that we remember unconsciously is known as implicit memory. Implicit memory is not always unconscious as it includes what we call "muscle memory" which in psychology is called "procedural memory" (see below).
When we are trying to intentionally remember something (like the names of acupuncture points or a list of dates for a history class), this information is stored in our explicit memory. We use these memories every day, from remembering information for a test to recalling the date and time of a doctor's appointment. This type of memory is also known as declarative memory, since we can consciously recall and explain the information.
Some tasks that require the use of explicit memory include remembering what we learned in a class, recalling a phone number, writing a research paper, and remembering what time we are meeting a friend, etc.
There are two major types of explicit memory:
1. Episodic memory: These are our long-term memories of specific events, such as what we did the day before or our high school graduation.
2. Semantic memory: These are memories of facts, concepts, names, and other general knowledge information.
Things that we do not purposely try to remember are stored in implicit memory. This kind of memory is both unconscious and unintentional. Implicit memory is also sometimes referred to as non-declarative memory, since we are not able to consciously bring it into awareness.
Procedural memories, such as how to perform a specific task like swinging a baseball bat or sewing, are one type of implicit memory since we do not have to consciously recall how to perform these tasks. While implicit memories are not consciously recalled, they still have an influence on how we behave as well as our knowledge of different tasks.
Some examples of implicit memory include singing a familiar song, typing on our computer keyboard, daily habits, driving a car, riding a bicycle, sewing.
Riding a bicycle is another great example. Even after going years without riding one, most people are able to hop on a bike and ride it effortlessly.
The Shen of the Heart plays a role in both extrinsic and intrinsic memory but it is especially the one that is responsible for intrinsic memory, which the Yi of the Spleen and the Zhi of the Kidneys are not.
Heart-Blood deficiency and Heart-Yin deficiency are a common cause of poor memory.
Palpitations, dizziness, insomnia, dream-disturbed sleep, poor memory, anxiety, propensity to be startled, dull-pale complexion, pale lips.
Tongue: Pale, Thin, slightly dry.
Pulse: Choppy or Fine.
Key symptoms: palpitations, insomnia, poor memory, Pale tongue.
Points: HE-7 Shenmen, Ren-14 Juque, Ren-15 Jiuwei, Ren-4 Guanyuan, BL-17 Geshu (with moxa), BL-20 Pishu.
Method: all with reinforcing method. Moxa can be used.
Palpitations, insomnia, dream-disturbed sleep, propensity to be startled, poor memory, anxiety, mental restlessness, dry mouth and throat, night sweating.
Tongue: no coating, deep midline crack reaching the tip.
Key symptoms: palpitations, mental restlessness, night-sweating, tongue without coating.
Points: HE-7 Shenmen, Ren-14 Juque, Ren-15 Jiuwei, Ren-4 Guanyuan, HE-6 Yinxi, SP-6 Sanyinjiao.
Method: all with reinforcing method, no moxa.
THE YI OF THE SPLEEN
The Chinese character for the mental aspect of the Spleen is Yi which can mean "idea" or "intention".
The Yi resides in the Spleen and is responsible for applied thinking, studying, memorizing, focusing, concentrating and generating ideas.
The Post-Natal Qi and Blood are the physiological basis for the Yi. Thus if the Spleen is strong, thinking will be clear, memory good and the capacity for concentrating, studying and generating ideas will also be good.
If the Spleen is weak, the Yi will be dull, thinking will be slow, memory poor and the capacity for studying, concentrating and focusing will all be weak.
The Spleen is responsible for memory in the sense of studying, concentrating, focusing and memorizing data in the course of one's study or work.
Note that the Chinese character for "Yi" is based on the "heart" radical. This indicates two things. Firstly, it indicates that the memory of the Spleen depends also on the Heart. Secondly, it refers to the Shen's coordinating and integrating function in respect of the Hun, Po, Yi and Zhi.
Poor appetite, slight abdominal distension after eating, tiredness, lassitude, dull-pale complexion, weakness of the limbs, loose stools, poor memory, thin body, scanty periods or amenorrhoea.
Tongue: Pale, Thin and slightly dry.
Pulse: Choppy or Fine.
Key symptoms: tiredness, slight abdominal distension, scanty periods, Pale tongue.
Points: Ren-12 Zhongwan, ST-36 Zusanli, SP-6 Sanyinjiao, BL-20 Pishu, BL-21 Weishu, Ren-4 Guanyuan, BL-17 Geshu (with direct moxa).
Method: reinforcing method. Moxa is applicable.
THE ZHI OF THE KIDNEYS
The word Zhi has at least three meanings:
1. it indicates "memory"
2. it means "will power "
3. it is sometimes used to indicate the "five Zhi", i.e. the five mental aspects Shen, Hun, Po, Yi and Zhi itself.
In the first sense, the Kidneys influence our capacity for memorizing and storing data. Some of the ancient doctors even said that the Yi of the Spleen and the memory of the Kidneys are almost the same thing, except that the Yi is responsible for memorizing in the course of studying and the Zhi of the Kidneys is responsible for the storing of data over the long term.
Tang Zong Hai says: "Zhi indicates Yi with a capacity for storing [data]".
The character for Zhi is indicated below. It is composed of Shi on the upper part and the "Heart" in the lower part.
Dizziness, tinnitus, vertigo, poor memory, hardness of hearing, night-sweating, dry mouth and throat at night, lower backache, ache in bones, dark-scanty urine, infertility, premature ejaculation, tiredness, lassitude, slight anxiety.
Tongue: normal-coloured without coating.
Key symptoms: backache, night sweating.
Points: Ren-4 Guanyuan, KI-3 Taixi, KI-6 Zhaohai, KI-10 Yingu, KI-9 Zhubin, SP-6 Sanyinjiao, Ren-7 Yinjiao, LU-7 Lieque and KI-6 Zhaohai in combination (opening points of the Ren Mai).
Method: reinforcing method, no moxa.
In the sphere of thinking, remembering and memorizing there is considerable overlap between the Yi of Spleen, the Shen of Heart and the Zhi of Kidneys. The main differentiating factor is that the Spleen is responsible for memorizing data in the course of one's work or study.
For example, it is not uncommon for someone to have a brilliant memory in his or her field of study or research (a function of the Spleen), and yet be quite forgetful in daily life (a function of the Heart).
The Heart and Kidneys also contribute to this function, but they are also responsible for the memory of past events and implicit memory. In particular, the overlap between the Yi and the Shen in thinking activity is very close, so much so that the "Ling Shu" says in chapter 8: "The Heart function of recollecting is called Yi".
In turn, the memorizing function of the Yi is so closely related to the Zhi of the Kidneys that the same chapter continues: "The storing [of data] of the Yi is called Zhi".
These passages confirm that Shen, Yi and Zhi are a continuum.
Memory and sense of Self
In modern psychology, "memory" is more that just the ability to store facts and information in our brain. It is actually an essential part in which our consciousness exists, works and manifests itself and working memory plays an important role in our consciousness.
Even the thought "I live in the present" requires short-term memory. Even the immediate present requires involves memory - what we know about the one present moment is basically what is in our working memory.
Working memory allows us to know that the "here and now" is "here" and is happening "now". This insight underlies the notion, adopted by a number of cognitive scientists, that consciousness is the awareness of what is in working memory.
LeDoux says: "The self is in part made and maintained by memory and both implicit and explicit forms are involved."
Thus, in a broader sense, Zhi is much more than "memory" in the sense of being able to remember past events. The Zhi (together with the Shen) contributes to our working memory and also to the long-term memory. Together with the Shen of the Heart, this contributes to creating our consciousness and sense of self.
Treatment of poor memory
Memory can be stimulated by treating:
Heart (Shen): HE-7, HE-3, BL-15, BL-44 Shentang
Kidneys (Zhi): KI-3, BL-23, BL-52 Zhishi
Spleen (Yi): SP-3, BL-20, BL-49 Yishe
Du Mai (Brain/Sea of Marrow): SI-3/BL-62, Du-16, Du-20.
The Du Mai and memory
Another factor in memory is the Du Mai for three reasons.
1) It flows through the Heart and therefore affects Shen.
2) It originates from the Kidneys and therefore affects Zhi.
3) It is the vessel through which the Kidneys' Sea of Marrow reaches the Brain.
The three main points are Du-11 Shendao, Du-20 Baihui and Du-24 Shenting.
The Lungs and memory
However, remember that there are other factors at work in memory, e.g. the Lungs affect memory by regulating the amount of Qi reaching the head.
Thus LU-7 and LU-3 are important for poor memory due to Qi not reaching the head.
The "Explanation of the Acupuncture Points" says that LU-3 can make Qi rise to treat forgetfulness, sadness and weeping due to Qi not rising to head.
Forgetfulness is an important indication for this point: this is forgetfulness due to clear Qi not rising to the head. According to the "Explanation of the Acupuncture Points", this point treats forgetfulness by stimulating the ascending of Qi of both Lungs and Heart.
Phlegm and Blood stasis in memory
Finally, it is important to remember that memory is affected by Full conditions, especially Phlegm and Blood stasis obstructing the Brain. This happens especially in the elderly.
In particular, Phlegm is a common cause of poor memory: when it is, poor memory is accompanied by dizziness and a feeling of heaviness and muzziness (fuzziness) of the head. The tongue is swollen.
Points for Phlegm obstructing the Brain and affecting memory are: Du-20 Baihui, Du-24 Shenting, ST-40 Fenglong, LU-7 Lieque, Ren-9 Shuifen, Ren-5 Shimen, BL-22 Sanjiaoshu, P-5 Jianshi.
 Joseph Ledoux, The Emotional Brain, Simon and Shuster, NY, 1996, p. 278.
 An Explanation of the Acupuncture Points (Jing Xue Jie), pp. 26-7.
 Ibid., p. 27.
By: Giovanni Maciocia
Cordyceps is a rare and exotic medicinal mushroom, known in China for centuries. One that reportedly
has a number of far reaching medicinal effects. Most people in the West have come to know this rare
herbal medicine in only the last twenty years or so. During that time, modern scientific investigation into
its seemingly miraculous range of healing powers has proven what Chinese practitioners have noted for
centuries: That it works well in combating a myriad of medicals problems.
Much of what is known about Cordyceps sinensis we owe to the research of Dr. Georges Halpern, a physician and professor emeritus with the University of Hong Kong, and author of several books about Cordyceps.
Research suggests that Cordyceps may improve the BIO ENERGY status of animals humans. This would happen because Cordyceps improves the internal balance mechanism, thus making the utilization of OXYGEN more efficient. These properties may account for the overall physical enhancement, the added endurance, and the anti-fatigue effects which are seen in humans using the Cordyceps supplement.
1. Cordyceps Improves the Respiratory Function
Several scientific studies have demonstrated the benefits of Cordyceps sinensis in alleviating the symptoms of several respiratory illnesses including chronic bronchitis and asthma (Reference 2, Chapter “Effects on the Respiratory System”, pages 429-432). In a double blind, placebo controlled study with 30 elderly volunteers Cordyceps significantly improved the maximum amount of oxygen these people were able to assimilate (Reference 4).
2. Cordyceps increases cellular Oxygen Absorption by up to 40%
(Lou Y, Liao X, Lu Y. Cardiovascular pharmacological studies of ethanol extracts of Cordyceps mycelia and Cordyceps fermentation solution. Chinese Traditional and Herbal Drugs 1986;17(5):17-21,209-213) Chronic obstructive pulmonary diseases improvement of 40% after Cordyceps supplement. (Wang WQ. J. Administration Traditional Chinese Med 1995;5 (supp;):24)
3. Cordyceps Improves the Functioning of the Heart
Numerous studies have demonstrated the benefits of Cordyceps sinensis on heart rhythm disturbances, such as cardiac arrhythmias and chronic heart failure (Reference 2, Chapter “Effects on the Cardiovascular System”, pages 436 – 441).
An even more vigorous study was conducted using “in vivo” mouse model induced acute Pulmonary Edema (Pneumonia) which causes systemic lack of oxygen, acidic body, and death. Research results show that animals taking Cordyceps had a significantly greater survival rate of 20% mortality vs. 80% mortality in 30 minutes. This is a startling 400% improvement. (From Wan F, Zhang S. Clinical observations of fermented Cordyceps sinensis (Cs-4) in antitussive, expectorant, and antathematic effects. Collection on the Basic Medicinal and Clinical Studies of Submerged Culture Cordyceps sinensis. Beijing, Nanchang, China:Jiangxi TCM/IMM, 1985:35-39)
4. Cordyceps Helps Maintain Cholesterol
Four excellent studies have demonstrated that Cordyceps sinensis helps to lower total cholesterol by 10 to 21% and triglycerides by 9 to 26%. At the same time it helps to increase HDL-cholesterol (“good cholesterol”) by 27 to 30% (Reference 1, Chapter “Effects on blood lipid metabolism and arteriosclerosis”, pages 299 – 301).
Blood Cells – Improves Blood Cell Viability & Function.
Genetic – Promotes DNA Repair
Liver Protection - Improves Liver Functions, helps with Hepatitis and Cirrhosis Sub chronic and chronic hepatitis on related liver diseases are more prevalent than most people think. Liver is the living filter of the human body, cleaning the blood and all other fluids of impurities. There is no way for you to survive, much less feel healthy, without a functioning liver.
Research clinical trials on 33 patients with Hepatitis “B” and on another 8 patients with cirrhosis taking Cordyceps supplement showed 71.9% improvement on “Thymol Turbidity Test” and 78.6% improvement in” SGPT Test” both of these are enzyme test showing improving functions of the liver. (Zhou LT, Yang YZ, Xu YM, Zhu QY, Zhu YR, Ge XY, Gao JD. Short term curative effect of cultured Cordyceps sinensis (Berk.) Sacc. Mycelia in chronic hepatitis B. China J Chinese Materia Medica 1990;15(1):53-55)
5. Chronic kidney diseases improvement
(3) Chronic kidney diseases improvement of 51% after only one month with Cordyceps supplement.(Jiang JC, Gao YF. J Administration Traditional Chinese Med 1995;5(suppl):23-24)
6. Cordyceps Reduces Tumor Size in Cancer Patients
Several clinical studies have been conducted in China and Japan with cancer patients (References 1 and 2). The studies were done with CSE (Cordyceps sinensis mycelium) using a therapeutic dose of 6 grams per day (= 4 capsules twice daily). In one study with 50 lung cancer patients administered CSE in conjunction with chemotherapy, tumors reduced in size in 46% of patients. A study in cancer patients with various types of tumors found CSE (6 g/day for over 2 months) improved subjective symptoms in the majority of patients. White blood cell counts were maintained and tumor size was significantly reduced in about half of the patients. Researchers in Japan reported that CSE enhances the general reactivity of the immune system in individuals with cancer. To discover this, they subcutaneously injected mice with cancerous (lymphoma) cells and then orally administered CSE. This lead to a reduction of tumor size and prolongation of the host survival time. CSE also improved the antibody responses.
7. Immune System
Increases NK cell activity, makes more MUSCLE – Increases Power, builds better/younger cells.
Recharge the Protective Army of NK cells – Your body’s ability to fight infections and tumors depends on the availability of Natural Killer (NK) Cells. These are essential first lines of defense for our body’s protection mechanisms commonly known as the Immune System.
Several scientific studies of Cordyceps have especially focused on Natural Killer (NK) cells and Cordyceps effect on them and cancer formation. One such in-vitro study demonstrated Cordyceps adding significant enhancement of NK cell activity in normal individuals as well as leukemia stricken individuals. (Liu C, Lu S, Ji MR, Xie Y. effects of Cordyceps sinensis on in-vitro natural killer cells.
Chinese J Integrated Traditional Western Med (Chung-Kuo Chung His I Chieh Ho Tsa Chih) 1992;12(5):267-269) showed that natural Cordyceps enhanced the NK cell activity of normal patients by 74% and increased the NK activity of leukemia patients by 400% and similar improvements of NK cell activities was found in big melanoma cancer (Xu RH, Peng XE, Chen GZ, Chen GL. Effects of Cordyceps sinensis on natural killer activity and colony formation of B16 melanoma. Chinese Med J 1992;105(2):97-101)
8. Improvements in the Immune System
The improvements in the Immune System were so impressive that Dr. Zhu at the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine 1998 stated: “Because of the above profound influence on immune functions, natural Cordyceps products have been used in many clinical conditions in patients with altered immune functions.”
The First Anti-Aging Supplement Known to Mankind
It’s An Anti-Aging Fighter with clinical research proof in controlled studies which showed that elderly patients suffering from fatigue and some senility related symptoms reported. (1) Improvements in the reduction of fatigue 92%, of feeling cold 89%, in dizziness 83%, after taking Cordyceps for 30 days. Patients with respiratory/breathing problems felt physically stronger and some were able to jog for 600 ft. (Cao A, Wen Y. J Applied Traditional Chinese Med 1993;1:32-33)
10. Cordyceps Protects against Free Radical Damage
Several studies have shown that Cordyceps sinensis protects against the damages caused by free radicals, and as such has powerful antioxidant properties (Reference 1, Chapter “Äntisenescence and Oxygen-Free Radical Scavenging Activity”)
11. Cordyceps Reduces Fatigue
Several studies with animals have demonstrated that Cordyceps sinensis increases the cellular energy production and oxygen supply. A double blind, placebo controlled investigation showed a marked reduction in fatigue in elderly patients when they were given three grams of Cordyceps daily. In another study, Cordyceps sinensis improved shortness of breath and reduced fatigue in patients suffering from chronic heart failure (Reference 1, Chapter “Improvement of physical performance and quality of life”, pages 293 – 295).
12. Cordyceps Helps Discomforts from Tired Legs
Several studies have shown that Cordyceps sinensis improves the flow of blood in the body by relaxing the smooth muscles of the blood vessels allowing them to expand. Cordyceps also improves the functioning of the heart and lungs (see above). Cordyceps therefore prevents or reduces the contraction of blood vessels which interferes with the flow of blood vessels in the legs, the main cause of tired legs (Reference 2, Chapter “Effect on the Cardiovascular System”, pages 436 – 441).
13. Endurance & Stamina
Reduces muscle Soreness, Enhances Recovery, Promotes Better Oxygen efficiency,
Increases ATP Synthesis, Promotes Faster Energy Recovery, Reduces Fatigue, Improves Physical Function, Provides More Stamina.
15. Cordyceps Improves Stamina and Athletic Performance
Several studies with animals have shown that Cordyceps sinensis increases the cellular energy production and oxygen uptake ( Reference 1, Chapter “Improvement of physical performance and quality of life”, pages 293 – 295). A study with mice demonstrated their improved swimming capabilities after six weeks of Cordyceps supplementation compared with a control group (Reference 3, page 260).
16. Cordyceps radically increases cellular energy
Cellular energy, which is also known scientifically as the ATP/IP ratio. Cordyceps has been clinically proven to increase cellular Bio-Energy by as much as 55% (Reported XU C.F et al in ZHU J-S, Halpern GM, Jones K. The Scientific rediscovery of a precious ancient Chinese herbal regimen: Cordyceps sinensis: Part I. J Alt Comp Med 1998;4(3):289-303.)
17. Cordyceps Combats Sexual Dysfunction
Three separate Chinese double blind and placebo-controlled studies with over 200 men with “reduced libido and other sexual problems” showed remarkably similar results. On average, 64% of the Cordyceps sinensis users reported significant improvement at the conclusion of the experimental period compared with 24% of the placebo group. In another double blind, placebo controlled study conducted with 21 elderly women with similar complaints, 90% reported improvements of their condition following the use of Cordyceps, compared with none in the control group (Reference 1).
18. Hormones – Adrenal Thymus, Mitochondrial energy.
Dramatic Natural Improvements are seen in endocrine hormone levels, in fertility, and in Sexual Libido for men and women.
19. Sexual Function
Improves Libido and Quality of Life in Men & Women, Fights infertility, Increases Sperm Count, Increases Sperm Survival.
(1) Research on animal studies shows cordyceps increases natural sex hormones(Wan F, Guo Y, Deng X. Chinese Traditional Patented Med 1988;9:29-31)
(2) Prevention and improvement of adrenal glands and thymus hormones, and infertile sperm count improve by 300% after cordyceps supplement.(Huang Y, Lu J, Zhu B, Wen Q, Jia F, Zeng S, Chen T, Li Y, Xheng G, Yi Z.. Zhongchengyao Yanjiu 1987;(10):24-25)
(3) Human clinical studies involving both men and women of 189 patients with decreased libido and desire showed improvement of symptoms and desire of 66% (Wan F, Guo Y, Deng X. Chinese Traditional Patented Med 1988;9:29-31) and
(4) Another double blind study by the Institute of Materia Medica in Beijing, China showed a woman improvement of libido and desire at 86%. (JIA-SHI ZHU, M.D., Ph.D. The Journal of Alternative & Complementary Medicine, Vol.4, Number 3, 1998, pp.289-303)
(5) The most dramatic physical proof came from Fertility Study (Guo YZ. J Modern Diagnostics Therapeutics 1986;(1):60-65) involving a clinical research of 22 males showed that cordyceps supplement increased clear evidence of 33% increase in sperm count, decreased 29% incidence of sperm malformations, and a 79% increase in survival rate after 8 weeks of cordyceps supplement.
Today we receive mixed signals from doctors about how to treat common colds and flu. The fear of widespread antibiotic resistance has many people avoiding the doctor altogether when they get sick. Left with over the counter medicines to treat symptoms so that we may continue working or school, it often can take up to two weeks for a cold to resolve. Chinese herbs and Acupuncture can be a valuable resource in the prevention of colds and flu and can also help us recover from them quickly and easily.
It is possible to use Chinese medicine to prevent the infections of colds and flu altogether or when caught early, to prevent them from turning into full-blown infections. Studies have shown that certain acupuncture points are effective in boosting the immune system. Herbal medicine can be prescribed to enhance your immune system. When people around you are getting sick, taking preventive herbs will increase your ability to fight off illness and remain healthy.
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If you do happen to catch a cold or the flu, Chinese herbs can help lessen the severity and speed the recovery time of illness. If you take action at the first signs of a cold or flu, such as sore throat, earache, fatigue or body aches, herbal medicine will help to relieve symptoms and repair your immunity so that your body can fight off the infection.
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It is common knowledge in Chinese medicine that it is possible to recover from an illness and be stronger for it. Using acupuncture and Chinese herbs during the recovery stage of infection is a good way to ensure you are completely over the infection and that your immune system is intact and ready to fight off the next bout of sickness that makes its way through your home or work environment. Symptoms like lingering cough or phlegm or an irregularity in your elimination are common complaints after a severe bout with the flu.
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The Benefits of an Alternative
Chinese medicine was developed to treat many different illnesses, but made particular advancements in its medical history when doctors began to look specifically at the treatment of viral and bacterial infections. Now, the ancient wisdom of Chinese medicine is combined with what modern acupuncturists know about viral infections such as the flu. Complimentary and alternative medicine is receiving a lot of attention right now because of the fear of a wide-spread flu outbreak. With the benefits of vaccines uncertain, people are wisely looking for other ways to protect themselves against serious illness during the cold and flu months. It is our hope that, after reading this article, you now know that it is easy to use Chinese herbs as an effective way to prevent and treat colds and flu.
Safe and effective treatments for Thyroid Disorders
There are two main thyroid disorders: hyperthyroidism and hypothyroidism. Hyperthyroidism is a condition in which the thyroid gland is overactive and produces too much thyroid hormone. Typical symptoms of hyperthyroidism include: high blood pressure; fast heartbeat; moist skin; increased sweating; tremor; nervousness; increased appetite with weight loss; diarrhea and/or frequent bowel movements; weakness; eyes that seem to bulge out of their sockets; and sensitivity of the eyes to light. Hypothyroidism is a condition in which the thyroid gland is under-active and produces too little thyroid hormone. Typical symptoms of hypothyroidism include: hoarse voice; slowed speech; puffy face; drooping eyelids; intolerance of cold conditions; constipation; weight gain; dry hair; dry skin; and depression.
Thyroid Disorders in Chinese Medicine
In traditional Chinese medicine, both hyperthyroidism and hypothyroidism are considered to be a Yin/Yang imbalance. In Chinese philosophical and medical theory, Yin and Yang are the essential components of the material universe. Everything that exists is Yin or Yang (generally a combination of both in a characteristic balance). The Yin principle is dark, moist, receptive, female, sinking, and its electrical charge is negative. The Yang principle is light, fiery, active, male, outward-expanding, and its electrical charge is positive. A very basic principle of Chinese medicine is to keep the Yin and Yang in balance, since the balance of Yin and Yang represents the healthy state of the body. A treatment intervention by traditional Chinese medicine (which includes acupuncture, herbal medicine, and dietary therapy) is designed to bring the Yin and Yang back to a normal balance. In Western terms, an overproduction or underproduction of thyroid hormone alters the body s chemical balance and causes hyper- or hypothyroidism. In Chinese terms, when Yin is deficient it cannot control the Yang energy from escaping outward and upward, and this "reckless" movement of Yang brings about the characteristic symptoms of hyperthyroidism. When Yang is deficient, it simply cannot produce the vital energy necessary to keep the body functioning well, and symptoms of hypothyroidism result.
Recent research, by both Western and Chinese scientists, offers several exciting theories to reinforce ancient ideas about Yin and Yang balance in the body.
Patterns and Treatment of Thyroid Disorders in Chinese Medicine
Hyperthyroidism Three patterns of Yin Deficiency are differentiated for hyperthyroidism: Kidney Yin Deficiency with Excess Heat; Heart/Liver Yin Deficiency; and Heart/Kidney Yin Deficiency. In the pattern of Kidney Yin Deficiency with Excess Heat, typical symptoms are: enlarged, soft, smooth thyroid; anxiety; anger; aversion to heat; flushed, warm face; dry mouth with a bitter taste; increased appetite; bulging eyes; tremor; increased volume of bowel movements, a red tongue body with a dry, yellow coating; and a wiry, rapid pulse.
In the pattern of Yin Deficiency with Heart and Liver Deficiency, the symptoms are: enlarged, swollen, soft, smooth thyroid; heart palpitations; anxiety; insomnia; increased appetite with weight loss; dry throat; a red tongue body with a yellow tongue coating or no coating; and a thin, rapid pulse.
In the pattern of Yin Deficiency with Heart and Kidney Deficiency, common symptoms are: enlarged, swollen thyroid; hand tremors; dry mouth and eyes; heart palpitations; increased appetite; irregular period or amenorrhea (for women); impotence or low sex drive (for men); weakness of the knees and lower back; a red tongue body without coating, and a deep, thin, rapid pulse.
Kidney Yin Tonic (Liu Wei Di Huang Wan) is the herbal formula most commonly used for the symptoms of hyperthyroidism. Other herbal formulas, such as Heart Yin Tonic (Tian Wang Xin Bu Dan) are also used, depending on the specific pattern.
Hypothyroidism Two patterns of Yang Deficiency are differentiated for hypothyroidism:: Spleen/Kidney Deficiency, and Heart/Kidney Deficiency. In the pattern of Yang Deficiency with Spleen and Kidney Deficiency, the key symptoms are: lassitude; sleepiness; poor memory; dizziness; ringing in the ears (tinnitus); weakness of the lower back and knees; aversion to cold; dry skin; dry hair; constipation; edema; impotence (men); irregular periods (women); pale, puffy tongue body with tooth marks along the edge; white, sticky tongue coating; and a pulse that is deep and thin or deep and slow.
In the pattern of Yang Deficiency with Heart and Kidney Deficiency, the characteristic symptoms are: heart palpitations; chest congestion and pain; sleepiness; feeling cold; pale, tender tongue body with a white, slippery coating; and a deep, slow pulse.
Warm the Menses is a variation of the well-known classical prescription Wen Jing Tang Warming the Menses Decoction by Zhang Zhong Jing (AD 150-219) from his book Jin Gui Yao Lue (Essential Prescriptions of the Golden Cabinet).
The original prescription is as follows:
Wu Zhu Yu Fructus Evodiae rutaecarpae
Gui Zhi Ramulus Cinnamomi cassiae
Dang Gui Radix Angelicae sinensis
Chuan Xiong Rhizoma Chuanxiong
Bai Shao Radix Paeoniae alba
E Jiao Gelatinum Corii Asini
Mai Men Dong Tuber Ophiopogonis
Mu Dan Pi Cortex Moutan radicis
Ren Shen Radix Ginseng
Ban Xia Rhizoma Pinelliae preparatum
Gan Cao Radix Glycyrrhizae uralensis
Sheng Jiang Rhizoma Zingiberis officinalis recens
The rationale behind it is as follows. When Cold obstructs the Uterus, it makes Blood stagnate. When Blood stagnates, new Blood has nowhere to go and it cannot be contained in the Uterus: this induces a deficiency of Blood.
A long-standing Blood deficiency may give rise to some Empty Heat signs, which may mistakenly be interpreted as Heat signs; but the Pale-Purple colour of the tongue clearly indicates that this is not so. In fact, the original text refers to a parched mouth and lips as the symptoms of Empty Heat from Blood deficiency.
When used for its proper pattern of long-standing internal Cold occurring against a background of Deficiency and leading to stasis of Blood, this formula is very effective. An essential sign for its use is that the tongue-body colour be Pale or Bluish-Purple.
- Wu Zhu Yu, Gui Zhi and Sheng Jiang warm the Uterus and expel Cold.
- Dang Gui, Chuan Xiong and Bai Shao nourish and invigorate Blood, which is necessary because the obstruction of the Uterus by Cold prevents new Blood from taking its proper place there.
- Ren Shen tonifies Qi to nourish Blood.
- Mai Men Dong and E Jiao nourish Blood and Yin.
- Mu Dan Pi clears any Empty Heat which might arise from Blood deficiency.
- Ban Xia harmonizes the Uterus via the Stomach channel to which it is connected through the Chong Mai.
- Gan Cao harmonizes.
The following are the ingredients of Warm the Menses:
Wu Zhu Yu Fructus Evodiae
Gui Zhi Ramulus Cinnamomi cassiae
Rou Gui Cortex Cinnamomi
Dang Gui Radix Angelicae sinensis
Chuan Xiong Rhizoma Chuanxiong
Bai Shao Radix Paeoniae alba
Dang Shen Radix Codonopsis
Mai Men Dong Radix Ophiopogonis
Mu Dan Pi Cortex Moutan radicis
Ban Xia Rhizoma Pinelliae preparatum
Zhi Gan Cao Radix Glycyrrhizae uralensis preparata
Shu Di Huang Radix Rehmanniae preparata
Yan Hu Suo Rhizoma Corydalis
Wu Yao Radix Linderae
Yi Mu Cao Herba Leonuri
Du Zhong Cortex Eucommiae ulmoidis
Patterns: Stagnation of Cold in the Uterus, stasis of Blood, Blood deficiency, Kidney-Yang deficiency.
Actions: Expel Cold, warm the Uterus, invigorate Blood, eliminate stasis, nourish Blood, tonify and warm Kidney-Yang.
Indications: very painful periods with pain of a spastic character that is alleviated by the application of heat (such as a hot-water bottle), red or dark menstrual blood with small, dark clots, a pronounced feeling of cold that is aggravated during the period, late periods, irregular periods, infertility from Cold obstructing the uterus, bright-pale complexion, weariness, tiredness, backache, frequent pale urination, occasionally a slight feeling of heat in the face and a dry mouth or lips.
Tongue: Pale, wet.
Pulse: Deep, Tight, slow.
IN A NUTSHELL: expel Cold from the Uterus, invigorate Blood, nourish Blood, tonify Kidney-Yang. The two main indications for this remedy are painful periods and infertility from Cold in the uterus.
The main differences from its classical antecedent are that it tonifies Kidney-Yang and it invigorates Blood.
By Giovanni Maciocia
Treating Insomnia With Chinese Herbal Medicine
Insomnia, or the inability to fall asleep or remain asleep, has been and continues to be treated using CHM to the present day.
A recent study in Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine evaluated and reviewed the use of CHM for insomnia treatment in Taiwan. The study showed that there were 16,134 subjects who visited traditional Chinese Medicine clinics for insomnia in Taiwan during the year 2002. In addition, several studies have demonstrated that CHM treatments effectively benefit sleep quality, improve sleep duration, and exhibit reduced side effects in comparison to Western medicines.
One of the most efficient formulas is the "Resolve & Stabilize", indicated for the treatment of recalcitrant insomnia which has lasted for more than three months. It can be used when other, more conventional Chinese therapies for insomnia have failed. Patients may not be able to sleep at all or only 1-2 hours per night.
In 38 patients with recalcitrant insomnia lasting for more than three months, 23 were cured, 12 improved, and only three got no effect, for a total amelioration rate of 92.1%. The shortest course of treatment was 10 days, the longest was 49 days.
The most commonly prescribed Chinese herbal formula for insomnia was Suan Zao Ren Tang. This formula consists of 5 individual herbs grouped together for the most beneficial synergistic effect. The primary herb in this formula is Ziziphus spinosa, or Suan-zao-ren (a.k.a., sour jujube seed). This herb has been shown to cause a sedative effect at higher doses and an anxiolytic effect at lower doses.
Another study found that the formula Suan Zao Ren Tang produced an increase in non-rapid eye movement sleep, and it is believed that the mechanism was by the stimulation of serotonin receptors. The other herbs in this formula include Chuan-xiong (Szechuan lovage root), Fu-ling (poria), Zhi-mu (anemarrhena rhizome), and Gan-cao (licorice root).
It is important to note that whereas Western medicine attempts to treat insomnia as an isolated symptom, traditional Chinese medicine examines the condition of the body as a whole system, taking into consideration signs and symptoms ranging from appetite, thirst, mood, tongue color, and the quality of the pulse to reach a diagnosis.
Suan Zao Ren adults
Suan Zao Ren pediatrics
Cordyceps sinensis, or commonly known as catepillar fungus and dong chong xia cao (冬蟲夏草) in Chinese, is an expensive traditional Chinese medicine well-known for its anti-tumour, immunostimulant and antioxidantfunctions. The catepillar fungus has also been proven to be anti-diabetic.
The catepillar fungus has been used hundreds of years in TCM to boost the immune system of those who eat it. This is why after the outbreak of SARS in Hong Kong in 2002, the price of the fungus shot up to US$7,000/kg, half the price of gold. And the over heavesting of the fungus has significantly threatened the ecology of the Bhutanese wilderness.
What is Cordyceps sinensis? Cordyceps sinensis has long been used in folkmedicine throughout Asia. It has been used as an important nourishing tonic.
A kind of mold, cordyceps sinensis spawn invades into the body of a silkwormwhich is an insect and grows, multiplies making the protein of the insect its source of nutrition and makes the host insect a mummy. Passing by winter,Cordyceps sinesis forms a fruit body in the epidermis of the insect at the time when a temperature and a humidity becomes high and it becomes a mushroom. It has only been in the last few years however that science has had the ability to thoroughly analyze this mushroom, and identify the bioactive compounds present.
To prove the value of the catapillar fungus, one study found that a polysaccharide isolated from cordyceps sinensis protects PC12 cells, a cell line derived from an adrenal glandtumour, against hydrogen peroxide-induced injury.
The study was done by scientists from the Institute of Chinese Medical Sciences at the University of Macau Department and from the First Affiliated Hospital of Anhui Medical University.
The isolated polysaccharide, named CSP-1, which has strong anti-oxidation activity, contains glucose, mannose and galactose in the ratio of 1:0.6:0.75.
The researchers found that CSP-1 can significantly reduce blood glucose levels in diabetic mice. CSP-1 may stimulate pancreatic release of insulin and/or reduce insulin metabolism.
Another study done at the Department of Chemical Pathology of the Chinese University of Hong Kong established the biological functions of the fungus. The researchers used a cultivated strain of the caterpillar fungus to describes its immunomodulatory features through a series of in vitro and in vivo experiments. The researchers claim that this was the Bhutanese wilderness.
In vitro results demonstrated that the fungus induced the production of various cytokines and the tumour necrosis factor alpha (TNF-α). It also mobilized the alien fighters lymphocytes and monocytes. These are all key players in our immune system.
What are macrophages? Macrophages are cells within the tissues that originate from specific white blood cells called monocytes. Monocytes and macrophages are phagocytes, acting in both nonspecific defense (or innateimmunity) as well as specific defense (or cell-mediated immunity) of vertebrate animals. Their role is to phagocytize (engulf and then digest) cellular debris and pathogens either as stationary or mobile cells, and to stimulate lymphocytes and other immune cells to respond to the pathogen.
What are cytokines? Cytokines are a group of proteins and peptides that are used in organisms as signaling compounds. These chemical signals are similar to hormones and neurotransmitters and are used to allow one cell to communicate with another. While hormones are released from specific organs into the blood and neurotransmitters are released by nerves, cytokines are released by many types of cells. They are particularly important in both innate and adaptive immune responses. Due to their central role in the immune system, cytokines are involved in a variety of immunological, inflammatory and infectious diseases.
What is tumour necrosis factor? Tumour necrosis factor is a protein produced by several of the body’s cell types, such as white blood cells, red blood cells, and other cells that line the blood vessels. It promotes the destruction of some types of cancer cells. In addition to tumour cell-killing activity, TNF-α has been noted for its role in the inflammatory response and the body’s resistance to pathogens. Moreover, the use of pure recombinant TNF-α has demonstrated that this cytokine can inhibit the replication of several viruses including the influenza virus.
- It stimulates sexual desire (in women and men)
- Chronic fatigue or tiredness, feelings of extreme weakness. It is also used to improve athletic performance.
- Tonifies the sexual energy and has been used for impotence, espermatorrea, frigidity, etc..
- Strengthens the immune system. It helps our body fight different bacteria. Makes a natural antibiotic function.
- It was given anti-inflammatory properties and therefore very often mentioned, in traditional Chinese medicine for its use in cases of rheumatism, arthritis, lumbago.
- Strengthens the respiratory system and makes the role of mucolytic and antitussive. Used to treat asthma, bronchitis, respiratory failure, emphysema, tuberculosis.
- Can be supportive in the fight against cancer because it increases the resistance of the patient at the same time it strengthens the immune system.
- Allied of the circulatory system. It favors a good peripheral and cerebral blood flow, it is recommended in case of lack of memory, dizziness, cold feet, etc.
If you have never had a panic attack, you cannot imagine the minutes or possibly hours of sheer terror that the person having one can experience. The typical medications used are anti-anxiety medications that do help ease or prevent anxiety, but can dull the person's mental state and can lead to physical dependence. In complete contrast to this, Chinese herbal medicine can help reduce the chances of a person having a panic attack, without the risk of unnecessary and unpleasant side effects. Chinese herbal medicine can build a comfort level in the body and nourish one's emotional and mental state, to prevent panic attacks from happening.
It is believed by many experts that mental and nervous exhaustion can make certain people prone to panic attacks and high levels of anxiety. Chinese herbal medicine can help nourish this mental and nervous fatigue, creating a feeling of well-being and calmness. In addition, there are many herbs that can promote an immediate feeling of calm and peace, to help bring one down from a panic attack.
If you have been diagnosed with an anxiety/panic disorder, your doctor is more than likely going to prescribe a mild sedative for you and recommend that you seek the services of a licensed therapist, to help you learn how to regain control of your life. While the therapist is a good idea as he can teach you relaxation techniques such as meditation and deep breathing exercises, the medication may not be a permanent option. Benzodiazepines are commonly prescribed such as Xanax (alprazolam), Klonopin (clonazepam), Valium (diazepam), Ativan (lorazepam). These drugs can help a person in that horrible anxious state, but they are merely a band-aid. Of course, lifestyle changes, learning new ways to deal with stress, being on a proper exercise program, eating healthy and nourishing foods, proper sleep, and taking the right supplements such as Chinese herbal medicine, can help a person truly heal from anxiety disorder or frequent panic attacks.
Benzodiazepines can cause drowsiness, light headedness, memory loss, nausea, and some people, especially on long term use can feel depressed. On the contrary, the proper Chinese herbal medicine formula to treat anxiety and panic attacks should have no side effects.
Chinese herbal medicine has been used for thousands of years to cure any number of ailments, so it should come as no surprise, that there is an herbal remedy available that can help to reduce panic attacks in someone diagnosed with an anxiety/panic disorder.
For almost one thousand years the herbal remedy called Rambling Powder (XIAO YAO SAN) , has been used to calm one's nerves and release tension. The goal of this formula was to foster a feeling of a free rambling spirit, with no tension, proceeding through life with ease. First recorded in 1638, another Chinese remedy, The Heavenly Emperor's Heart Nourishing Pills TIAN WANG BU XIN Dan has been used for centuries to calm restlessness and agitation, while nourishing the spirit. The ancient Chinese called this, "Calming and nourishing one's spiritual heart." Isn't that just how anxiety or a panic attacks feels? One's spiritual heart is in full agitation and the rug has been lifted up from under them. When your emotions and spiritual heart feels grounded, calm and nourished, anxiety is kept out. Combining these two formulas has been found to be very effective in helping those who suffer from panic attacks.
The most important thing to remember with all Chinese herbal medicine is that they are based on the knowledge accumulated over thousands of years and are made from 100% all natural pure ingredients. In most cases there are no known side effects and the scientific community is finally beginning to recognize their effectiveness.
Jeremy Speiser, L.Ac.
Wind-Heat invasions can be of two types: it may be what I call a "simple" Wind-Heat invasion, or it may be a Wind-Heat invasion of the Wen Bing type. For example: an acute mononucleosis would be a Wind-Heat invasion of the Wen Bing type.
From the pathology point of view, they are basically the same, but the Wen Bing Wind-Heat invasions are more severe and potentially more harmful.
The " Clear Metal " remedy can be used for both types of invasions. Whether the Wind-Heat invasion is Wen Bing or not, I always make a diagnosis based on the theory of the "4 levels": Wei, Qi, Ying and Xue. I think that the theory of the 4 levels is absolutely essential for the diagnosis and treatment of acute wind-heat invasions.
At the Wei level, the Wind-Heat is on the outside. The Wei level is characterized by a simultaneous aversion to cold and fever. That is to say, you observe the patient, maybe he is a child in bed, he has a fever and his forehead is very hot, but the child feels cold. This is the classic symptomatology of the acute state of a Wind-Heat invasion, which would be at the Wei level, of the 4 levels. "Clear" Metal "is NOT for the Wei level, I repeat: It's not for the Wei level.
At the Qi level, Heat has penetrated the interior, and the main difference is that the patient no longer has an aversion to cold. He no longer feels cold, but warmth. The child is in bed, you are going to check the child, and you notice that the child is sweating, and has removed the covers. This means that the Heat has penetrated to the next level, that is, to the Qi level, in which the patient still has a fever, but feels hot and thirsty, possibly sweating, and, generally, at this level Qi, the Heat It is in the lungs. So there is, either Heat in Lung, or Phlegm-Heat in Lung, and, then, there would be cough, with or without expectoration. The " Clear Metal " remedy is for this level, for Heat at the Qi level, which would be the second stage of a Wind-Heat invasion.
Another characteristic of Wind-Heat invasions, especially those of the Wen Bing type, is that they progress rapidly. So we have to see the patient more than once a day, because we must change the treatment as soon as the pathogenic factor goes from the Wei level to the Qi level, which is characterized, I repeat, by the fact that the patient is no longer feels cold, but feels hot. When this happens, we can use "Clear Metal", especially if the Heat is pronounced.
" Clear Metal " should be administered in a relatively high dose of, at least, 9 tablets a day. If the patient has clear symptoms of Phlegm-Heat in Lung, that is Heat in Lung with Phlegm, then the remedy to be used, more than "Clear Metal", would be "Ringing Metal" [Resonating Metal]. These two remedies are similar in that they treat the Qi level, but "Clear Metal" is better if the Heat is pronounced: the patient is very hot, thirsty and dry in the mouth. If the patient has cough with expectoration of mucus, then we can use the "Ringing Metal" remedy.
In summary, these two remedies are similar, in the sense that both treat the Qi level, but "Clear Metal" is especially better if the Heat is pronounced, and "Ringing Metal" is better if there is Phlegm-Heat in the Lungs.
By the way, another reason to use " Clear Metal " is that, if the Heat is pronounced, it could also progress to the next level, that is, to the Ying level, which would be a bad progression, because, potentially, there could be serious repercussions in the Ying level or in the Xue level. So it is very important to treat the Heat at the Qi level, and stop it at the Qi level, with the use of " Clear Metal ".
by: Giovanni Maciocia