Qing Fei Pai Du Tang: Herbal Formula for Integrative COVID-19 Therapies in China

By Geoff D’Arcy Lic. Ac., DOM In this second of two editorials by Geoff D’Arcy Lic. Ac., DOM, he describes the history of treatment for COVID-19 in China using a combination of conventional medicine and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) therapies including Qing Fei Pai Du formula. Click here for partRead …

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Integration of Traditional Chinese Medicine in the Treatment and Support against the Coronavirus

In this editorial by Geoff D’Arcy Lic. Ac., DOM, he describes the history of treatment for COVID-19 in China using a combination of conventional medicine and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) therapies. The following is part one of a two-part series. The coronavirus (COVID 19) was born in December 2019 intoRead …

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Alkaloids from Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), Evodia rutaecarpa, May Cause Cardiac Arrhythmia

A medicinal plant frequently used in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), Evodia rutaecarpa, contains substances that can cause cardiac arrhythmia, according to researchers from the Universities of Basel, Vienna and Utrecht. The research was published in Pharmacological Research. Extracts of the plant Evodia rutaecarpa are used in TCM for a varietyRead …

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Shorter Flu Duration with Lianhuaqingwen

Rapid antigenic evolution in an influenza virus increases the likelihood of emergence of novel strains. Under the circumstances, if vaccines are not yet available, treatment plays a crucial role in control of the disease. In this meta-analysis, the authors have compared the efficacy and safety of Lianhuaqingwen capsule (LHQW-C) and oseltamivir in treating influenza A virus infection. By Pan Zhao MD et al, published in Alternative Therapies, Vol. 20, No. 2.

The Miracle of Mycelium from Medicinal Mushrooms

“From an evolutionary and survival point of view, it is safer to avoid that which is poorly understood yet so powerful.” Medicinal Mushrooms fall in this category, as some can save your life and others can kill you.   Paul Stamets, Dsc and Health Zwickey PhD writes in a recent commentary

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Perspective & Concern about Chinese Herbal Medicine in America

It is estimated by the World Health Organization that 80% of the world population uses herbal medicine. And as healthcare costs rise and incomes decline, many Americans who are not satisfied with western medicine, have turned to alternative and complementary medicine. The authors of this paper cite how Americans are

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Brown Algae For Medicine, From Food

Should you consider seaweed-derived therapies for your patients? For millennia, humans have been consuming seaweeds as vegetables and using them as traditional medicines. In modern times, extracted fractions have been found to contain compounds with useful properties as additives to foods and other products and with beneficial bioactivities in a

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Patient Attitudes on Integrative Therapies During Hospitalization

Outpatient settings are home to an increasing menu of integrative therapies and complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) treatments. A new study shows that a majority of hospitalized patients find these services helpful. And just like outpatient care, patients are willing to pay out of pocket for these services, according to

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Treatment For Seasonal Allergic Rhinitis By Chinese Herbal Medicine: A Randomized Placebo Control Trial

Charlie C L Xue, BMed, PhD, Francis C K Thien, MBBS, MD, Jerry J S Zhang, BMed, PhD, Cliff Da Costa, BSc, PhD, Chun G. Li, BMed, PhD Introduction Seasonal Allergic Rhinitis (SAR) is a common condition that significantly affects quality of life. The prevalence rate of SAR varies between

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Chinese Medicine for Mental Disorder and its Applications in Psychosomatic Diseases

With the development of modern medicine, an increasing awareness has developed regarding the limitations of a specialized and compartmentalized approach to clinical practice that largely ignores the interconnectedness of the mind, body, and spirit. Although contemporary medicine now accepts this interconnectedness, practitioners tend to think that the emotions play a secondary or excitatory role in producing disease rather than being a primary causative factor. Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), which stems from Confucianism, Buddhism, and Daoism, views the body and the spirit as inseparable…