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Volume 1; Issue 11

The Editor's Corner -- December 1, 2002

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

In this month's edition:

Featured Article - The History of Acupuncture & Moxibustion
Our Sponsor - Zen Garden Tea Tree & Verbena
Traditional Formula of the Month - Blood Pressure Formula
Chinese Medicinal Herb of the Month - Du Zhong

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Our Featured Article
An Abbreviated History of Acupuncture & Moxibustion
by Michael S. Kaplan, PhD.

The science of acupuncture and moxibustion is a subject dealing with the prevention and treatment of diseases by needling and moxibustion methods. For thousands of years it has been accepted by the general Chinese population as an effective curative method for a wide range of indications, beaus of its simple application, low-cost and safety, among its other attributes.

Acupuncture and moxibustion are an important component of traditional Chinese medicine with a long history. As early as the new stone age in China, primitive human beings used the bian stone, the earliest acupuncture instrument, to treat diseases. Needles made of bone and bamboo appeared during the period of development of production techniques.

After the development of metal casting techniques, metal medical needles, such as bronze, iron, gold and silver needles were used. At present, stainless-steel needles are widely used by most western practitioners in the form of sterilized disposable needles of various gauges, determined by body type and reactivity.

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Featured Traditional Formula

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Chinese Medicinal Herb of the Month

Pinyin: Du Zhong

Latin: Cortex Eucommia ulmoides
Component of: Blood Pressure Formula
Western Medical View:
Indicated for such disorders as hypertension, impotence, lumbago, pain in the joints, frequent urination, weak sinews and bones, fatigue, spermatorrhea, and to prevent miscarriage.
Eastern Medical View:

Thought to tonify yang, kidneys, and liver, the herb is said to be sweet, acrid, and warm, and enters the body through the liver and kidney channels.

General Overview:

Du Zhong is a superb kidney and liver tonic; it enhances the vital essence and vital energy. It is recognized as one of China's preeminent tonic herbs and was discussed second only to Panax Ginseng in the first pharmacopoeia of China, that of Shen Nung, written about three thousand years ago.

The bark of a temperate zone rubber tree, Du Zhong has received tremendous attention in China, and by US drug companies. It has been found to contain an active principle that may be the most effective drug for treating, and perhaps preventing, high blood pressure.

The drug is collected from April to June, removed from its coarse outer layer, piled up until the inner surface becomes purplish brown, and dried in the sun.

Pharmacological Actions:

The herb has a direct dilatory action on the vascular musculature.

The herb has been shown to have an impact on blood vessels, at low dosage producing dilatation of the coronary and renal blood vessels.

In one study, two hundred and fifty cases of hypertension at various stages were exposed to a thirty day dose of Du Zhong. A marked improvement was documented in 125 cases, with an aggregate effective rate of 80% in the reduction in diastolic pressure.


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