Volume 1; Issue 3

The Editor's Corner -- April 1, 2002

A hearty welcome to all long time, and new subscribers!

The April issue of the TCM Journal will focus on a tradition of healing outside the immediate circle of eastern medicine. When launched, we had promised to maintain a rounded approach to our mailing via articles on additional alternatives, and it now seems time to deliver on that commitment.

This month's article is entitled 'Yoga Firms Your Body', and focuses on the contribution that this ancient practice can make to both your spiritual, and physical state of health.

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Our Featured Article
Yoga Firms the Body
by Sam Dworkis

Approaching middle age and beyond, we complain about losing our youth, vitality, and our firm and youthful-looking bodies. As we age, skin loses its resilience and begins to wrinkle and sag. Before we know it, our face is affected; excess skin gathers around our bellies and on the backsides of our arms. It reminds us that if we don’t do something soon, we’ll look much older than we feel.

Although cosmetic surgery can restore our youthful appearance, it cannot reverse aging. We might look better, but it doesn’t improve health. An argument can be made that improved appearance makes us “feel” better, but looking good is; well, only an illusion of good health. There is no substitute for actually being healthy.

Loss of body tone is a natural phenomenon of aging and goes beyond making us look older. It impedes circulation and contributes to ill health. There are many ways to counter the loss of body tone and improve circulation. Most involve physical activities; such as running, jogging, racquet sports, swimming, gym workouts, and so on. All are effective, yet not everyone wants to be outside during inclement weather or have gym or swimming pool access...

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Featured Traditional Formula
Clear PMS - Hei Xiao Yao San
Principal Actions:
Feminine oriented formula, renowned in the treatment of excessive menstruation, fibroid cysts, irregular bleeding, endometriosis, and general pms related symptoms.

Clear PMS is based on the formula, Hei Xiao Yao San, an herbal recipe documented in the Concise Book on Six Medical Disciplines, which was revised in 1151 during the Song dynasty. Since these early times, Clear PMS has been in constant use, and is said to be the most famous gynecological formula in traditional eastern medicine.

As well as offering effective treatment for premenstrual syndrome, the formula is a broad spectrum women's formula which serves as a preventative to many common female concerns, while preparing women for a gentle menopause.

For additional information on this formula, click here

Chinese Medicinal Herb of the Month

Pinyin: Dang Gui

Latin: Angelica Sinensis
Component of: Clear Menopause , Clear PMS , Clear Stress
Western Medical View:
Has strong uterine, analgesic, and anti-inflammatory actions. Often indicated for such disorders as headache, chest and abdominal pain, constipation, menstrual disorders, amenorrhoea, menorrhalgia, dysmenorrhea, functional bleeding, anemia and palpitations.
Eastern Medical View:

Tonifies the blood, and is said to be sweet, pungent, and warm. Dang Gui enters the heart, liver, and spleen channels.

General Overview:

Dang Gui is listed in the Chinese pharmacopoeia as the dried root of Angelica Sinensis. The drug is collected in late autumn, removed from rootlet and soil, slightly dried and tied up in small bundle, placed on a shelf and smoke dried.

Angelica Sinensis is most commonly indicated in the treatment of gynecological disorders, and in the treatment of anemia and rheumatism.

Considered one of the preeminent gynecological herbs, Dang Gui nourishes the blood, while playing a role in regulating menstruation, alleviating abdominal cramping, and generally balancing the reproductive system.

Pharmacological Actions:

In clinical testing, Dang Gui has indicated strong uterine, anti-inflammatory, and analgesic actions.

It has been shown effective in controlling uterine contraction, allowing for muscular relaxation, and thus improved blood flow to the area.

It's anti-inflammatory actions have been shown most effective when delivered in a water based solution, with effects that are considerably stronger than some commonly used western medications.

Use of an essential oil based on this herb have indicated antibacterial properties as well.



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