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Volume 1; Issue 9

The Editor's Corner -- October 1, 2002

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

In this month's edition:

Featured Article - Meditation for Beginners
Our Sponsor - 365 Daily Taoist Meditations
Traditional Formula of the Month - Migraine Relief
Chinese Medicinal Herb of the Month - Chuan Xiong

Meditation is an art of internal and external exploration that has been practiced for thousands of years, and across countless cultures. It's ability to calm, cleanse, and centre one's thoughts has transcended time, and offers those who focus on its practice an opportunity of discovery unlike any other.

This month's article, Meditation for Beginners, outlines one man's decision to make meditation a part of his daily life, as well as an explanation of some of his favorite techniques, and his views on the ultimate value of the practice. Take a moment to explore his musings, and please, let us know your thoughts on the article.

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
Meditation for Beginners
by Glen P. Kewser

I am a scientist. A physicist, to be precise. I have had an abiding respect for the scientific technique and for the elements of logic, precision, and rigor that it entails. At the same time, I have nurtured an interest in matters spiritual, in the quest to understand the realm of consciousness that transcends the domain of physical science. Thus, it might seem that I am caught on the horns of a dilemma, unable to resolve the differences between two seemingly disparate areas of human endeavor, namely science and spirituality.

There is a way out, though. The resolution can be found in the Bhagavad Gita, which I consider one of the finest scientific texts ever written...

read the entire article>>>

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Featured Traditional Formula
Migraine Relief - Ridgecrest
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Migraine Relief works quickly and effectively, and contains safe, effective homeopathic plant extracts. The science of homeopathy is hundreds of years old and is widely used in Europe and Asia. It has recently gained popularity in the United States.

Migraine Relief also contains a proprietary Chinese herbal formula. Ridgecrest research shows that combining herbs and homeopathics into one formula creates a synergistic effect that significantly enhances the effectiveness of the formula.

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Chinese Medicinal Herb of the Month

Pinyin: Chuan Xiong

Latin: Radix Ligustici chuanxiong
Component of: Migraine Relief
Western Medical View:
Commonly indicated for such disorders as headache, rheumatic arthralgia, swelling and pain due to traumatic injury, arthralgia due to cold, spasm of tendons, menstrual disorders, dysmenorrhea.
Eastern Medical View:

Considered to regulate & invigorate the blood, dispel wind and relieve pain. Pungent, and warm in properties. Enters through the Liver, Gallbladder, and Pericardium channels.

General Overview:

Rhizoma Ligustici chuanxiong is officially listed in the Chinese Pharmacopoeia as the dried rhizome of Ligusticum chuanxiong.

The drug is collected in summer when the node of the stem becomes obviously swollen and purplish, is removed from the soil, baked gently to dryness after sundried, and removed from the rootlet.

It is most commonly used as an analgesic in the treatment of cold, headache and rheumatic pain.

Pharmacological Actions:

In studies dating back as far as 1958, Radix Ligustici chuanxiong has proven effective in the treatment of headaches.

Radix Ligustici chuanxiong has been shown to decrease vascular resistance, while increasing blood flow in the brain, femoral artery and lower limbs.

This herb has also shown an ability to counteract vitamin E deficiency.



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