The channels that pass through the extremities can be functionally regulated via the internal organs. This article describes the differentiation, treatment principles, and formulas of common health concerns associated with the limbs and extremities.
Edema of the extremities
Stiffness of the extremities
Flaccid paralysis of extremities “wei syndrome”
Varicose veins of the lower extremities
Metabolic disorders are functional and systemic health issues for which Chinese medicine has many well-developed differentiations, treatment principles, and herbal formulas.
The diagnostic “Ten Asking Song” pays particular attention to the chest and back. This article describes common complaints that arise from these areas, along with their differential diagnosis and herbal treatments.
Weakness of the lower back and knees
Mass Formation in the abdomen
Early on in my own CM training, I began to recognize the value of getting very clear on underlying theories and mechanisms. As a practitioner, understanding mechanisms allows you much more flexibility in the use of herbal medicines as well.
How sciatica is treated by acupuncture and Chinese herbs.
One of the more frustrating problems Chinese medicine folks have in the English speaking world is getting past translations of pulse terms to arrive at less ambiguous descriptions of these different pulses.
The Normal Pulse The normal pulse is defined as: neither deep nor superficial, wide nor thin, forceful nor forceless, with a regular rhythm, between 60-90 beats per minute.
These first six pairs of ridiculously simple pulse measurements don’t rely on intuition, self-cultivation, or psychic abilities.
Depth: deep-superficial The deep pulse is associated with either a deficiency of yang qi to lift the pulse upward, or an obstruction to the yang qi that prevents it from rising systemically and lifting the pulse.
The slow pulse is due to a deficiency of pulse power as manifest in its rate rather than strength.