Brief History of Traditional Chinese Medicine

The English phrase “Traditional Chinese Medicine” (and its corresponding abbreviation TCM) were created in the 1950s by the People’s Republic of China (PRC) so that Chinese medicine could be exported (and hopefully adopted) throughout the world.

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is a range of diverse medical practices originating in China have been developed and practiced over several thousand years, and its history is long, detailed, and complex.
Instead of going into too much complex detail, we will restrict this discussion to a brief discussion of the history of two TCM treatments – Acupuncture and Chinese Food Therapy.

3,000 BC

What is Traditional Chinese Medicine

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is a range of diverse medical practices originating in China have been developed and practiced over several thousand years.

The English phrase “Traditional Chinese Medicine” (and its corresponding abbreviation TCM) were created in the 1950s by the People’s Republic of China (PRC) so that Chinese medicine could be exported (and hopefully adopted) throughout the world.

TCM is a compilation of diverse Traditional Chinese Medicine practices and techniques, which includes theories, diagnosis, and treatments in the following areas:

    • Chinese Herbal Medicine

    • Chinese Food Therapy

    • Acupuncture and Moxibustion

    • Tui Na (Massage Therapy)

    • Qigong (Breathing and Meditation Exercises)

    • Physical Exercise (Tai Chi Chuan)

    • Mental Health Therapy (Feng Shui and Chinese Astrology)

What is Iridology

Iridology is an alternative medical discipline which involves the diagnosis of disease by studying the iris of the eye. According to iridologists, the areas of the eye correspond to bodily systems and areas of the body. Changes in the iris, they say, can reflect problems in that area of the body.

Iridology is not a method of treatment, nor is it specifically diagnostic. According to those who study iridology, markings, patterns and abnormalities in the iris can highlight a tendency toward problems with a particular organ group or system, allowing them to prescribe treatments. Many practitioners of iridology use it in conjunction with a system of medicine such as reflexology or homeopathy.

Complementary and Alternative Medicine

Even as many complementary and alternative medical therapies approach acceptance in mainstream medicine, critics are heating up and continuing the debate about not only the methods, but the government agency that supports research into them. According to many critics, the NCCAM isn’t interested in seriously studying alternative medicine to debunk or prove the claims of proponents. Rather, the agency is dangerously biased in favor of alternative treatments to the point of neglecting to inform the public of dangers of some of the therapies that are often recommended.

Gullible Congressmen

3D Mammography, RFID Glucose Monitor, and Chronic Sinusitis

 Stereoscopic Digital Mammography And now, a recap of some of the most interesting blog posts from my readings this week.

Medgadget on a new radiological diagnostic tool called Stereoscopic Digital Mammography. BBN Technologies, which dates back to 1948, is the company behind this technique, now in clinical trials:

3D Mammography Improves Cancer Detection

Diabetes Mine on a company called VeriChip announcing an implantable RFID chip for glucose monitoring. The press release describes the device as ”a prototype self-contained implantable bio-sensing device included in an RFID microchip (the “Microchip”) that for the first time will have the ability to measure glucose levels in the human body.”

Postmenopause Insomnia Related to Higher Body Temperature

Sleeplessness and MenopauseAltered levels of both sex hormones and gonadotropins may contribute to sleep disturbance in older postmenopausal women, according to a study published in the December 1 issue of the journal SLEEP.

The study, authored by Patricia J. Murphy, PhD, of Weill Cornell Medical School, looked at 10 women between 57 and 71 years of age, at least five years past menopause, examining possible links between objective sleep measures, nocturnal sex hormone levels, and night time body temperatures.

Hormone Levels, Sleeplessness and Menopause

Risks of Bariatric Surgery

Bariatric weight loss surgery is often a good option for those wanting to lose a considerable amount of weight. Many people who have this type of surgery have tried numerous times to use diet, exercise and medications to lose the weight and have failed. Weight loss surgery is a life changing procedure and often results in a considerable amount of weight loss. While there are many benefits of this surgery, there are risks involved, as well.

Before a doctor recommends any patient to have weight loss surgery, he or she will carefully consider each patient and their case. Sometimes, even though a person is very overweight, he or she might not be an ideal candidate for the surgery. This is usually because that person has other health issues or illnesses that will become worse after this surgery. It is also so that they have a less chance of developing serious side effects and complications.

Post Surgery

Hep C Transmision

There is a lot of misinformation around about Hep C transmission of the virus, which is understandable. This is because the origin of how a person transmitted Hepatitis C to another in half of all cases is never found.

About thirty-five percent of infections are transmission by blood-to-blood contact; this is normally through sharing needles while using recreational drugs.

Although rare, a small proportion of infections are contracted by

    • Non-sterile body piercing and tattoo equipment
    • Sexual intercourse
    • Swapping bodily fluids like saliva
    • Sharing toothbrushes or razors
    • Blood transfusions in countries where screening for Hepatitis C is not carried out

Hepatitis Epidemic C?

Did you know that there is an estimated 270 to 300 million infected people worldwide and 9 out of 10 people infected are not aware?