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Acupuncture New York - Herbology

We at  Acupuncture New York are always looking to provide the most comprehensive Oriental Medical treatment to the public. We have at our disposal the very latest in innovation and technology that enable the classical formulas and custom formulas to treat various imbalances and dis-ease through Traditional Chinese Diagnosis (TCM) to be delivered to your doorstep via UPS or USPS from our partners Crane Herb or Emerson Ecologics.

Our Treatment Center also stock the most reputable lines of ready made Chinese Medicine such as "Health Concern" , "Golden Flower" and "Blue Poppy" .

Herbs have been relied upon for the healing of ailments for thousands of years. The focus of herbalism is to support he body’s self healing ability. Herbs nourish us physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. When we take herbs the essence enters the acupuncture meridian and adjust the vital flow of energy in the body. Herbs are strong foods, so by eating them we enrich ourselves with a vast array of nutrients. The energetic classification of herbs is a science which has been refined over the last 3000 years. Today, we see further refinement due to the changing profile of disease.

The history of Chinese Medicine dates back to the writings of the Yellow Emperors Inner Classics (Huang Di Nei Jing). This work of art is a dialogue between the Yellow Emperor(2697 - 2597 B.C.) and his physician Qi Bo , in which they discuss the whole spectrum of Chinese Medicine – including topics such as Acupuncture, YinYang, Five Elements pathology, diagnosis, and etiology of disease. The work was compiled around  305 -204  B.C. the Inner Classic is the foundation for theory and philosophy of Traditional  Chinese Medicine. Chinese Herbal Medicine is a compilation of experimentation and research dating back to a tribal chief named Sheng Nong who resided in China along the great Yellow River Plateau (2700B.C.). He is famous for ingesting many substances to record first hand their effect. In all he recorded around 365 healing substances and wrote the first book on Traditional Chinese Medicine(The Classic of Material Medica - Shen Nong Ben Cao Jing). The work was compiled around 206 B.C. The historical tradition continued with the work of famous physician who lived around the third century  A.D. named Zhang Zhong Jing. He was one of the most celebrated Chinese physicians who compiled two classics – (Shang Han Lun – discussion of cold induced disease) and (Jing Gui Yao Lun – Synopsis of Prescriptions of the Golden Chamber) These works are still referenced today for the diagnosis, treatment, and differentiation of yin-yang and 6 stages Chinese Medicine is a branch of the Taoist healing arts which include Acupuncture, Tai Qi Chuan, Meditation, Qi Gong, Astrology, I-Ching, and Geomancy. Around 452 A.D. a taoist named Tao Hong Jing contributed to Chinese Herbal Medicine by editing the original Classics of Materia Medica according to kingdom – plants, animals etc. He also increased the total substances to 730 substances. In 1618 A.D. during the Tang  Dynasty the government contributed by compiling the first Official Materia Medica named Xin Xiu Ben Cao. This great work includes 844 illustrated  pages. During the Sung Dynasty (960 – 1279 A.D.) a physician named Tang Shen Wei increased in the Material Medica to 1746 substances. By 1590 A.D. the most comprehensive medical book named Grand Material Medica – (Ben Cao Gang Mu) was compiled by Li Shi Zhen with over 52 volumes, and  30 years over research, it includes 1892 substances with over 100 illustration and 10,000 prescription Today the Material Medica is being further refined by  clinical and scientific data. Most of the research is being done in China . Each herb is listed with the properties, acupuncture meridian entered , functions, clinical use, major combinations, dosages and pharmacological  research such as anti-microbial effect, anti-viral effect, anti-fungal effect, effect on blood pressure, effect on smooth muscle, endocrine effect, central nervous system effect, use in gynecology, etc.

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The following is a list of the Qualities of herbs.

FOUR ENERGIES  

The four energies are Hot, Cold, Warm, and Cool. There is also a neutral category. For illness with a cool nature the formula will be warm. For disorders with a hot nature the formula will be cold etc.

FIVE TASTES  

The five tastes are sour, bitter, pungent, sweet and salty. Sour is astringent and herbs in this category consolidate Qi and secretions Sour herbs nourish the Liver and Gallbladder. Bitter herbs are drying, detoxifying, antibiotic, and drain Qi downward. Bitter herbs strengthen the Heart and Small Intestine. Sweet herbs are tonic, nourishing, relaxing and slow Qi down. Sweet herbs harmonize Spleen and Stomach. Pungent herbs stimulate, warm, raise Qi from the interior to the exterior. Pungent herbs strengthen the Lungs and Large Intestines.

ACTIONS (lifting, lowering floating and sinking)

Actions of lifting, lowering floating and sinking refer to the upward, downward, outward or inward directions in which herbs tend to act on the body. Lifting means going up or sending up while lowering means just the opposite. Floating means going outward or sending to the surface, whereas sinking means going inside or purging away. Lifting and floating herbs have upward and outward actions and are used for elevating yang, relieving exterior syndromes by means of diaphoresis, dispelling superficial wind and cold, inducing vomiting, causing resuscitation, etc. Lowering and sinking herbs have downward and inward actions and are used for clearing heat, purgation, promoting micturition, removing dampness, checking the exuberance of yang, sending down an adverse flow of qi to stop vomiting, relieving cough and asthma, improving digestion to remove stagnated food, tranquilizing the mind with heavy properties, etc. As the locations of diseases are different with some in the upper part of the body and some in the lower, some in the interior and some in the exterior, and as the tendencies of disease are divided into upward (as with vomiting), downward (e.g. diarrhea, metrorrhagia, metrostaxis and proctoptosis), outward (e.g.. spontaneous or night sweating) and inward (e.g. internal transmission of exterior syndrome), the lifting, lowering, floating and sinking actions of herbs are used in correspondence with the locations of diseases but in opposition to the tendencies of diseases. Generally speaking, for the diseases located in the upper part or the exterior, it is appropriate to use lifting and floating herbs instead of the lowering and sinking.

For example, for the exterior syndromes, lifting and floating herbs should be chosen. One the contrary, for the diseases located in the lower part or the interior, such as dry stool or constipation, it is proper to use lowering and sinking herbs, not the opposite. For the diseases of which the manifestations tend upward, herbs of lowering actins should be given rather than that of lifting, just as in the treatment of headache and vertigo due to hyperactivity of the liver-yang, herbs of lowering and sinking actions should be used to calm the liver and suppress hyperactivity of the liver-yang. On the contrary, for the diseases of which the manifestations tend downward, it is suitable to use lifting herbs instead of lowering herbs. For example, in the treatment of chronic diarrhea and proctoptosis due to sinking of qi of the middle-jiao, it is wise to choose lifting herbs to invigorate qi and lift yang.

The lifting, lowering, floating and sinking actions of herbs have close relationship with their properties and flavors. Most herbs which are pungent or sweet in flavor and warm or hot in property have lifting and floating actions, whereas most herbs, bitter, sour, or salty in flavor and cold or cool in property have lowering and sinking actions. The lifting, lowering, floating and sinking actions also have some relationship with the textures of herbs. Generally speaking. Most of the light substances have the actions of lifting and floating. In contrast, most of the heavy herbs have the actions of lowering and sinking. However, though some herbs are light, they have lowering and sinking actions; and conversely, some heavy herbs have lifting and floating actions. In addition, the lifting, lowering, floating and sinking actions can also be influenced or even altered through the processing and the joint use of herbs. For example, lowering and sinking herbs can have lifting and floating actions after processing with wine, while lifting and floating herbs can have lowering and sinking actions after preparation with salt solution. If lifting and floating herbs are dispensed together with a great amount of lowering and sinking herbs, they many also have lowering and sinking actions; and similarly, when lowering and sinking herbs are used together with a great amount of lifting and floating herbs, they may exhibit some lifting and floating character.

CHANNEL TROPISM

Channel tropism refers to a herb's selective therapeutic effects on a certain part of the body. A herb may exert obvious or specific therapeutic action on the pathological changes in a certain channel (including some viscera thereof) or several channels, but with little effects on the others. For instance, among the heat-clearing herbs, some only clear the heat either in the lung channel or in the liver channel or in the heart channel, etc. Again, among the tonics, some strengthen the lung while others strengthen the spleen or the kidney.

Channel tropism is based on the theory of viscera, the theory of channels and collaterals, and is summed up according to the curing particular diseases for which a herb is effective. The human body is an organic whole in which the channels and collaterals link up with the interior and exterior and all parts of the body. A pathological change in the exterior may affect the viscera while diseases in the viscera may, in turn, find expressions in the exterior of the body. For this reason, the symptoms and signs of diseases occurring in different parts of the body can be understood systematically according to the theory of channels and collaterals. For instance, the flaring up of stomach-fire may result in swollen gum; and whenever there is stagnation of liver-qi, pain in the hypochondriac region will be present. Since the swelling and pain of the gum disappear when gypsum is administered, and hypochondriac pain relieved with the use of bupleurum root, we may infer that gypsum acts on disorders of the stomach channel and bupleurum, the liver channel. The above examples show that the theory of channel tropism is summed up through clinical practice.

The channel tropism theory should be associated with the theories of the four properties and five flavors, and actions of lifting, lowering, floating and sinking of herbs. Different herbs acting on the same channel have different effects owing to their different properties, flavors and actions of lifting, lowering, floating and sinking. For example, scutellaria root, dried ginger, lily bulb, and lepidium seed all act on the lung channel, but scutellaria root can clear lung-heat, dried ginger can warm lung-cold, lily bulb can be used to make up for lung deficiency, and lepidium seed is used to soothe excess syndrome of the lung. Therefore, only when attention is paid to the different aspects of a herbs, can its actions be comprehensively analyzed and the herb correctly employed. Besides, according to the theory that viscera as well as channels and collaterals are physiologically related to one another, and pathologically affect one another, when there is pathological change in one channel, herbs acting on other channels should be used in addition to the prescription for the diseased channel itself. For in stance, for abnormalities in the lung channel, herbs for strengthening the spleen channel should be added, and in case of hyperactivity of the liver-yang, herbs for nourishing the kidney-yin should be used at the same time.

HERBAL FORMULATIONS

As the knowledge of single herbs increased, physicians refined herbology by combining herbs in formulas. This art can only be accomplished after one knows extensively the properties of the single herbs. When herbs are combined, the synergy enhances the scope of the therapeutic effect

We are pleased to provide  information on Chinese Herbology and our readiness to provide complementary and supplementary treatment  to our Acupuncture, Massage and Reflexology treatment to make it a truly holistic and economical treatment and prevention of diseases.

 

 

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