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Chinese herbs and acupuncture for Lyme Disease

Chinese herbs and acupuncture can help for Lyme Disease

Lyme disease came about being called Lyme disease because it was first noticed in 1975 in Lyme, Connecticut. It can occur anywhere in the world including China. The disease is transmitted by a tick and can lead to a whole host of symptoms. The most common symptom is a rash and the second most ... Continue Reading >>

Orifice opening and related herbs in psychiatric practice- Dr Leon Hammer

The journal article originally appeared in the Pacific Journal of Oriental Medicine Spring 1995 No. 5 edition. This paper concerns itself with the use of herbs to treat those psychological disorders which are rooted in the dysfunction of Heart Fire energies. While the emphasis here is on the Orifice ... Continue Reading >>

Which acupuncture points are used for menstrual pain?

Often heat applied to lower abdomen can provide some relief of menstrual cramps

Research has shown that acupuncture points on the leg are more sensitive during the menstrual cycle.Treatment using acupuncture on specific acupuncture points also provided better and longer lasting pain relief than those taking Ibuprofen. There are many unwanted side effects from ... Continue Reading >>

Acupuncture for Dupuytren’s Contracture

Acupuncture can help Dupuytren's Contracture

Dupuytren's contractures  more commonly affects the 3rd and 4th fingers and is  more prevalent in males than females. It is also regarded as having a family history and has also been called the "Viking Disease" because men from Scandinavia have a higher incidence. The liver is also thought to play a ... Continue Reading >>

The Governor Vessel by Edward Obaidey

The acupuncture points of the Governor vessel

This article originally appeared in the Pacific Journal of Chinese Medicine,  in the Autumn Edition of 1995.Edward Obaidey lives and practices acupuncture in Tokyo and can be contacted here.The Governor vessel originates in the uterus for women and the kidneys for men, it then emerges between the ... Continue Reading >>

Moxibustion or Acupuncture for Disc Herniation (Slipped Disc)

Moxibustion being used to help a herniated disc

Traditional Chinese medicine uses a number of methods to treat herniated disc and one of them is moxibustion.The application of moxibustion provides intense heat to the area being treated.In western medical circles, they will often suggest an ice pack but this goes against the basic Chinese medicine ... Continue Reading >>

Acupuncture Therapy for High Fever Caused by Exopathy: A Study of 79 Cases

Acupuncture can help high fever

This article first appeared in the Pacific Journal of Oriental Medicine in the winter issue of 1994. It was written  by Zhang Xiaoling and Zhang Xiaofei and translated by G. Lunay. In general, high fevers from most causes respond equally well to Traditional Chinese Medicine or to Western Medicine. ... Continue Reading >>

An article by John Black that North and South magazine refused to publish

John Black second from the left, still eager to learn more

John Black is as rare as hens teeth, as he is one of few westerners from New Zealand who has studied traditional Chinese medicine full time in a Chinese university.Before going to live and study in China he learnt mandarin at Victoria University in Wellington.After spending many years in Shandong at ... Continue Reading >>

The Acupuncture Clinic Winter 2015 Newsletter

Winter in China- Photo by Ben Liu

Here in Napier, we actually had snow  for the first time ever and it was in the last weeks of Autumn!And now that I am writing the Winter newsletter, the weather is actually quite mild. Unpredictable weather is the norm as are unpredictable signs and symptoms affecting our health.Chinese medicine ... Continue Reading >>

Chinese Herbs and Acupuncture for Diverticulitis

Chinese herbs and acupuncture can help for diverticulitis

Diverticulitis can cause cramping and  pain in the lower left region of the abdomen.The large intestine can develop small pouches that bulge out like little sacs and these are called diverticula.As we age, the bowel develops more and more diverticula and then this is called diverticulosis.In fact, ... Continue Reading >>