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Volume 1; Issue 7

The Editor's Corner -- August 1, 2002
 

A warm welcome to each of our past, and new subscribers!

In our quest for refreshing ways to connect our readership with an improved understanding of the various forms of Chinese Medicine, we are always on the lookout for approaches and perspectives that may illuminate, and educate.

On the recommendation of one of our loyal readers, we are pleased to bring you an article detailing the workings of Acupuncture, in terms that bridge traditional and modern perceptions, by Dr. Sung S. Kim.

Actively practicing in the Cincinnati area for over 20 years, Dr. Kim's writings have been published many times within the American Journal of Acupuncture. His approaches are well documented and respected within both the TCM community, and his loyal circle of patients. We trust that you will enjoy the article, and invite you to explore his website here.

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.

Check below for the usual links to TCM related news articles that we have assembled for your perusal, and don't forget to check on the right to see if your name is mentioned as this month's lucky winner of a $50 shopping certificate!

Explore the Journal, and discover what the ancient practice of TCM can do for you. As always, we openly invite your feedback and special requests, and look forward to developing the journal to meet your requirements.

Your needs continue to be our sole inspiration.

Sincerely,

The TCM Journal Editors
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Our Featured Article
 
Acupuncture Works - Like a Computer!
by Sung S. Kim, M.D.

During my thirteen years as a physician specializing in acupuncture, I have come to expect my patients' most common question: "How does acupuncture work?"

How strange! They never ask how aspirin works, even though no one can give a satisfactory answer WHY aspirin works! They never ask how digitalis works on the heart. They know it works by slowing down the rate of beating and increasing its force, but its exact mechanism remains a matter of empirical conjecture. No one asks how adrenaline works or cortisone or any medicine; yet, everyone asks, "How does acupuncture work?"

I believe their intention in asking is twofold. One: The questioner simply accepts that a modern medicine works, but he or she wants to know how acupuncture works to satisfy their curiosity. Acupuncture seems "mysterious." Second: They think the doctor of acupuncture must know how it works. By asking this "sacred" question," they are giving the doctor the chance to "redeem" himself with the answer...

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Western Medical View:
Traditionally used for menopausal syndrome, as well as estrogen deficiency, Yin Yang Huo is considered a reproductive restorative, and is used to treat depression, fatigue, and hypertension associated with menopause. It is also considered a hormonal regulator, with both androgenic, and estrogenic actions. Outside of its menopausal focus, Yin Yang Huo has shown value in boosting overall immune system strength, assisting with anaemia, and leukopenia.
Eastern Medical View:

Tonifies yang, tonifies kidneys. Indicated for deficient kidney yang patterns. Acrid, sweet, warm. Enters the liver and kidney meridians.

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Epimedium sagittatum is listed in the Chinese Pharmacopoeia as the dried aerial part of Epimedium brevicornum Maxim., Epimedium sagittatum Maxim.

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The herb has been used traditionally in the treatment of menopause, as well as hypothyroidism, hypertension, and immune relative disorder.

Pharmacological Actions:

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