Volume 1; Issue 6

The Editor's Corner -- July 2, 2002

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

As is our 'occasional' tradition, we drift slightly this month, not away from the study of TCM, but to a new perspective, taken through the eyes of a writer - one willing to express the nature of his own affliction.

Eric Shapiro has penned a collection of short stories that delve into the varied experiences of twelve individuals struggling to live within a world tainted by disorder. Included in this month's edition of The TCM Journal is the very personal experience of the writer himself. The glimpse is poignant, and relevant in every sense, and should serve to provide our readers with a viewpoint that is refreshing, challenging, and ultimately, enlightening.

If you're a new subscriber, you may have missed previous, equally interesting, and informative editions of The TCM Journal. As such, we have assembled an archives area to allow review of past issues and articles, which is located here.

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Our Featured Article
No Picnic in Sight
by Eric Shapiro

Upon being diagnosed with Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, I saw the reality behind the greatest myth of mental illness, the myth that The Victim Is Unaware of His or Her Own Condition. A childhood flooded with media depictions of the mentally ill had lead me to believe that the afflicted had somehow been robbed of their objectivity, thrown into a dark hall-of-mirrors beyond the realm of rational perspective.

Nonsense. My rational mind remained intact, albeit uncomfortably so. From the lighter corner of my mind, I watched darkness flow in. Obsessive images of violence and amorality. Urges, or rather, "pseudo-urges" to do things I didn't want to. Yin (the rational mind) duking it out with yang (the imbalanced, irrational mind) on a daily basis. The word "Hell" was used often when describing this state...


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Featured Traditional Formula
Clear Stress - Ren Shen Yang Yin Tang
Principal Actions:
Useful in the management of stress related issues, including anxiety, anaemia, insomnia, chronic fatigue, and post surgical debility.

Clear Stress, or Ren Shen Yang Yin Tang, is considered one of the great Chinese tonics, and has been in use since the time of the SONG dynasty. The tonic is said to rebuild Qi slowly, increasing the body's ability to utilize energy effectively, maintaining an overall state of balance, and health.

Clear Stress is comprised of a careful selection of fine herbs, including Ginseng, Astragalus, Dang Gui, and Schisandra.

In western terms, the formula is an 'adaptogen', meaning that its components naturally adapt the vital functions of our systems to compensate for adverse conditions such as stress, malnutrition, pollution, and the degenerative issues associated with aging.

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Chinese Medicinal Herb of the Month

Pinyin: Huang Qi

Latin: Astragalus Membranaceus
Component of: Clear Stress , Clear The Pain , Resist
Western Medical View:
This herb is indicated in the treatment of immune deficiency disorders, chronic fatigue syndrome, anaemia and adrenal deficiency. Has diuretic actions. Effective in the treatment of spontaneous and night sweating, prolapse of the uterus, abscesses and chronic ulcers, chronic nephritis with edema.
Eastern Medical View:

Tonifies Qi and blood. Considered sweet, and warm. Said to enter the Spleen and Lung channels.

General Overview:

Huang Qi is officially listed in the Chinese Pharmacopeia as the dried root of Astragalus membranaceus. The drug is collected in spring and autumn, removed from rootlet and root stock, and dried in the sun.

Astragalus root is a very old and well known drug in traditional Chinese medicine, and is used mainly as an overall tonic component, and for the specific treatment of nephritis and diabetes.

It is also said that this herb enhances cellular metabolism, creating more energy for cellular activities. It provides rejuvenation to red blood cells, and increases intestinal absorption of nutrients.

Pharmacological Actions:

Huang Qi has been indicated to assist in immunological function, with evidence suggesting its ability to protect against even the common cold.

Some success has been achieved in reducing serum GPT levels in patients with chronic hepatitis, delivering a heightened level of comfort, and a sense of well being.

Cellular metabolism has been shown to be affected by Huang Qi, with a heightened number of living cells in treated areas, cells that achieve an individual life span almost double that of the untreated.



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