Volume 1; Issue 5

The Editor's Corner -- June 3, 2002

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This month's article is entitled 'What Conditions Can Acupuncture Treat, by Farah Khan, L. Ac. The practitioner summarizes the range of areas on which Acupuncture can have an impact - answering one of our most common visitor inquiries.

Although the article is constructed through a relatively general approach to TCM, it should be an excellent introduction to the basics of acupuncture, and is perfect for our newer subscribers.

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Our Featured Article
Conditions That Acupuncture Can Treat
by Farah Khan, L. Ac.

Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine can be used to treat many types of health conditions. It can also be used to enhance a person's energy level and sense of well being. It can reduce fatigue, increase the body's resistance to illness, and promote detoxification. Acupuncture and herbs work particularly well for many conditions that are aggravated by stress or low energy, such as:

  • Back pain and neck pain
  • High blood pressure
  • Migraines
  • Menstrual problems
  • Allergies and asthma
  • Digestive problems
  • Skin problems
  • Anxiety
  • Insomnia
  • Depression
  • Panic attacks
  • Chronic fatigue


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Featured Traditional Formula
Clear Digestion - Bao He Wan
Principal Actions:
Useful in the management of indigestion, chronic gastritis, constipation, diarrhea, nausea, bloating, and more.

Clear Digestion is one of the best known digestive formulas, developed and documented during the Yuan dynasty, in 281-358. It is said to restore the digestive system to a state of comfort and regularity, and has been formulated to allow for long term use.

On occasion, it has even been utilized prior to going to sleep in the prevention of hangovers.

The formula is comprised of a number of herbs, including Poria Cocos, or Fu Ling, a fungus based extract know to regulate the acid/alkaline pH balance within the body, assisting in the alleviation of heartburn.

Research has also shown that several of the herbs within this formula increase the gastric secretion of various digestive enzymes, thus improving overall digestion.

For additional information on this formula, click here

Chinese Medicinal Herb of the Month

Pinyin: Fu Ling

Latin: Poria Cocos
Component of: Clear Digestion , Clear Energy, Clear the Toxins
Western Medical View:
Traditionally used to manage edema with oliguria; dizziness and palpitation caused by fluid retention; diminished function of the spleen marked by anorexia, loose stools or diarrhea, restlessness and insomnia.
Eastern Medical View:

Benefits water, resolves dampness, is said to have a sweet flavour, entering the body through the Heart, Lung, Spleen, Stomach & Kidney meridians.

General Overview:

Fu Ling is officially listed in the Chinese Pharmacopoeia as the dried sclerotium of the fungus, and is collected mostly in July to September, removed from the soil, piled up, spread and air-dried on the surface. This operation is repeated several times until wrinkles appear and the inside water is evaporated, then dried in the shade.

Fu Ling grows underground on the roots of pine and other trees. It is often found infecting tree roots and stumps of hardwoods and conifers.

Pharmacological Actions:

Fu Ling has tested to provide a direct stimulant effect on the intestine, inhibiting gastric ulcer, decreasing gastric secretion and free acidity.

As with many other medicinal fungi, the polysaccharides of Fu Ling have been reported to inhibit tumors indirectly by stimulating immunological functions.

Injection of the decoction has markedly reduced spontaneous activity in animals; it also antagonized over-excitation due to caffeine.



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