Acupuncture & Oriental Med

Dances with Mushrooms: Clinical Researchers Discover Maitake Medicine

By Florence M. Rollwagen, PhD | Contributing Writer - Vol. 3, No. 2. , 2002

Maitake literally translates as “Dancing Mushroom,” so named for the joy experienced by Japanese mushroom lovers on finding a thick cluster of these delicacies. Maitakes are not only delicious; they contain powerful immunomodulating compounds that are proving effective in the management of insulin resistance and diabetes, and certain types of cancer.

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Kampo: Japan’s Herbal Tradition Emerges in US

By Meg Jordan, PhD, RN | Contributing Writer - Vol. 3, No. 2. , 2002

Kampo is a form of Japanese botanical medicine that has its roots in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). Kampo formulas are widely used by medical doctors in Japan, and recently, a Japanese herbal medicine company called Honso introduced Sho-Saiko-to, a formula for liver disorders, and a whole series of Kampo formulas, into the US.

Tibetan Medicine Information Is Food: Reckoning with the Mental-Emotional Digestive System

By August West | Contributing Writer - Vol. 3, No. 1. , 2002

The principles of Tibetan traditional medicine hold that just as the physical body has a digestive system for food, the mental-emotional “body” has a digestive system to process information and emotions. This system, known as the Purusa, plays a key role in health and illness, explains Vladimir Badmaev, MD, an expert on Tibetan medicine.

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Six Chinese Herbs Every Doctor Should Know

By Erik L. Goldman | Editor-in-Chief - Vol. 2, No. 3. , 2001

Chinese medicine makes use of hundreds of different herbs. But only a handful are in common use in the US. Astragalus, Aconite, Ephedra and Panax Ginseng are among the big six described by Michael Arnold, MD, a physician who practices Chinese herbal medicine.

New Acupuncture Site Quells Claims of “No Research”

By Staff Writer - Vol. 2, No. 3. , 2001

The often-heard claim that “there’s no science” to support acupuncture, are rapidly dashed by a quick visit to www.acubriefs.com, a comprehensive online compendium of worldwide acupuncture research, sponsored by the American Academy of Medical Acupuncture.

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Extracts of Coriolus Improve Survival in GI, Lung, Breast Cancer Patients

By Janet Gulland | Staff Writer - Vol. 2, No. 3. , 2001

The coriolus or “Turkey Tail” mushroom is a common denizen of dead tree stumps worldwide. But it is proving to be uncommon medicine for a number of cancer types. Used for centuries in Asian medicine, coriolus extracts are now being studied in modern medical settings.

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Ignorance, Simple-Mindedness Are the True Dangers with Chinese Herbs

By Erik L. Goldman | Editor-in-Chief - Vol. 2, No. 3. , 2001

The potential dangers associated with traditional Chinese botanical medicine are highly overstated in the media, said Michael Arnold, MD, a physician and Chinese medicine practitioner. When used properly under guidance of a qualified practitioner, TCM herbs are quite safe and effective. Failure to properly understand the complexities of Chinese herbal science, and overt misuse of certain herbs like ephedra, are the real dangers.

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Tibetan Study Had Roots in Personal Experience

By Staff Writer - Vol. 2, No. 2. , 2001

UCSF’s landmark study of Tibetan herbal medicine in the treatment of breast cancer had its roots in one woman’s personal struggle with the disease. When UCSF cytogeneticist, Helene Smith, was diagnosed with breast cancer, she turned to the services of Yeshi Dhonden, a Tibetan Buddhist physician, and one of the major exponents of Tibetan medical traditions.

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UCSF Breast Cancer Study Puts Tibetan Medicine on Trial

By Erik L. Goldman | Editor in Chief - Vol. 2, No. 2. , 2001

The University of California, San Francisco recently sponsored the first ever collaboration between allopathic medical oncologists and a traditional Tibetan physician. Dr. Yeshi Dhonden, the Dalai Lama’s personal physician, was invited to participate in the treatment of women with advanced breast cancer, as part of an investigation of the efficacy of Tibetan herbal medicine for cancer.

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New SPES Formula Offers Promise for Liver Cancer

By Erik L. Goldman | Editor in Chief - Vol. 2, No. 2. , 2001

A combination of herbs based on a traditional Chinese formula, is proving effective in inducing necrosis in various types of liver cancer cells.

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