We list some common health problems that could be solved with alternative medicine successfully.
Chest and Respiratory problems
It can be as simple as a major cold or as life-threatening as a heart attack. Respiratory problems can occur in the upper respiratory tract with sinusitis, sore throats, hay fever etc. or in the lower respiratory tract for bronchitis, asthma, and pneumonia etc.
Allergies are the common trigger of respiratory problems, the symptoms are a lot like cold symptoms, but they usually last longer. Pharmaceutical drugs could work in short-term, though the deficiency of lungs is the root to be treated. The herbal remedy is working on the symptoms and the inner cause for a longer-term recovery.
Cold/Flu happens year round and usually indicates a lower immunity. Slow recovery from cold/flu could leave lungs and intestine system in risk, with symptoms of coughing, indigestion, shallow breathing or sleeping disorders. Holistic views of the whole body system in Oriental Medicine started from cold treatment as recognizing how its side effects could weaken the wellness. Lung infections are also very risky for those with heart disease, liver or kidney problems. Check up post cold/flu attack for a full recovery is very important. If a common cold/flu not getting better in a week, you’d better have a further diagnosis.
A sore throat and tonsillitis are mostly caused by viruses and may occur with a cold or after a cold. Inflammations will deplete the general system and an herbal cleanse helps to clear it. It helps to correct the immune system and prevent later infections. Antibiotic and anti-inflammation pills may weaken the intestine and imbalance can be corrected with herbal treatments.
Bronchitis is an inflammation and irritation of the airways that lead to the lungs. Symptoms of bronchitis usually begin days after an upper respiratory infection. Dry cough, sputum, mild fever, fatigue, discomfort or tightness in the chest, and wheezing are common symptoms. All those indicate weaker lungs with kidney system not strong enough to hold the immune level. Oriental medicine works on the inner organ functions to eliminate disorder and moxibustion is a therapy suitable for home practice with professional direction.
Pneumonia is an infection or inflammation that affects the bronchial tubes and lungs. Having bronchitis and other lung diseases, such as asthma, may cause pneumonia with a productive cough, fever, chills, breathing disorder, rapid heartbeat or fatigue. Both liver and kidney systems are affected in pneumonia by the pathology of Oriental Medicine, therefore the complete recovery will demand general balance with specific formulas, usually including moxibustion therapy as well.
Asthma is a condition that causes long-term inflammation of the airways. Making a wheezing or whistling sound while breathing is a typical symptom, sometimes a chronic dry cough will be lingering through the night or early morning. Traditional Chinese Medicine has been well known for asthma recovery, when inhalers losing their effect.
Heart palpitations may be caused by a heart problem, they often occur because of stress, fatigue, caffeine or nicotine stimulation, anxiety or side effect from drugs. Weakness in lungs, liver, and heart could all trigger palpitations. Chinese medicine has known for its pulse taking diagnosis to check up the inner balance, palpitations could be interpreted with more complication conditions that need in time treatment. As for online consulting, the traditional way of diagnosis can be converted by clinical experience that works together with a heart rate monitor such as fitbit type wearable devices.
Eye and Ear problems
Dry eyes happen when the eye lacks enough moisture, which is a body fluid deficiency caused by liver or kidney system disorders. Low humidity, smoke, certain diseases or medications including antihistamines, antidepressants, and birth control pills etc. Most people use non-prescription artificial tear solution to help, but herbal formulas will treat the root cause of dry eyes.
Dizziness is a word often used to describe light-headedness and vertigo as well. Actually, light-headedness is a feeling that you are about to pass out, it can lead to fainting and nausea or vomiting. Light-headedness is common when you have the flu, a cold, or allergies. Vomiting, diarrhea, and fever can cause dehydration and light-headedness. Unexplained fainting needs to be evaluated by a health professional.
Vertigo is a sensation that you or your surroundings are spinning or moving though there is no actual movement.There are many different causes of vertigo which needs professional consulting.
Tinnitus likes ringing in the ear that usually last only a few minutes for short term experience. If it becomes persistent, you may have tinnitus that caused by nerves damage, or from the view of Oriental Medicine, liver and kidney disorder especially when it goes together with other symptoms. Modern medicine still thinks there is no cure for tinnitus, but formulas from Oriental medicine could alter the condition or even cure it in time.
Headaches are one of the most common health complaints. Most headaches that occur without other symptoms are caused by tension and respond well to home treatment with directions. If it happens repeatedly or unusual, you should consult a health professional. In Oriental Medicine, the headaches include migraine will be divided into different types according to its property and locations. Each type is related with different organ system that indicates disorder on demand of treatment.
Acne is the term for blemishes that commonly form on the face, chest, upper back or shoulders. Acne usually starts during the teen years and often persists into adulthood when hormonal imbalance happens. Doctors normally will prescribe stronger topical medication, antibiotics, pills to treat severe or persistent cases, though side effects exist. Oriental medicine takes the lungs and intestines as the cause for acne problems and has dedicated remedy to detox and refresh the skin.
Eczema has a formal name as Atopic Dermatitis(AD), is a chronic skin disorder that often develops in people who have asthma, hay fever, and other allergies. It is claimed no cure by conventional medicine, though management is done mostly by steroids which have obvious side effects. Oriental medicine thinks eczema is caused by dampness raised toxic that affecting liver and blood, therefore detox treatment will clear eczema for long-term recovery.
Psoriasis is a chronic skin condition the causes raised red patches topped with silvery, scaling skin. Stress may contribute to psoriasis. Usage of hydrocortisone creams could help small patches, but not much help for the bigger area or longer term. Detox herbal remedy could treat the root cause of psoriasis and reduce reoccurrence.
Shingles are caused by the reactivation of the chicken pox virus in the body years after the initial illness. People with weakened immune systems usually have shingles, though no traditional knows what makes the virus active again. The clear up of shingles could be over many weeks, Chinese medicine has proven effects on shingles treatment with specific herbal remedy includes cream that reduces pain and rash.
Sunburn is usually a first-degree burn that involves the outer surface of the skin. Sunburns are painful but can usually be treated at home unless they are extensive. There is a specific herbal cream that successfully treats burn include sunburn.
Hair loss is natural though thinning hair can signal problems such as thyroid disease or lupus. Emotional or physical stress can cause short-term hair loss, as can change hormone levels during pregnancy and menopause. Alopecia could see sudden balding spots mostly due to toxic reaction or stress. Chinese medicine takes hair as the terminal of blood circulation system, which related to liver and kidney energy performance. Supplements for hair growth will save hair loss problems in time and correct imbalance within inner organs.
Scar marks include wounds, acne scars, or commonly surgical scars such as from C-section. Scar tissues could last for years if not treated in time. Cosmetic laser treatment could help, though the healing still depends on local blood circulation. There are herbal remedies that could help both for topical application and internal blood circulation improvement.
Digestive and Urinary Problems
Constipation occurs when stools are difficult to pass. It may occur with cramping and pain in the rectum caused by straining to pass hard, dry stools. There may be some bloating, nausea, small bleeding from slight tears in the anus. Causes of constipation could be many conditions including intestine disorder, hormonal changes, liver or lungs dysfunctions etc. Today’s office work with long hours sitting is another common cause as well. In Oriental medicine, the treatment will consider the whole system performance, not just limited to the bowel movement.
Diarrhea occurs when the intestines push stools through before the water in the stools can be reabsorbed by the body.Watery and loose stools usually go together with abdominal cramps and nausea. To pinpoint the exact cause of diarrhea need a health professional, as the list of causes could be bad food, virus, indigestion, emotional stress, anxiety or drugs.
Early morning diarrhea indicates weakness in spleen or kidney system. Antibiotic could leave the intestine with microbe disorders, which need to be saved in time, otherwise, may induce other problems.
Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is one of the most common disorders of the digestive tract. Symptoms of IBS often increase with stress or after eating and include:
Abdominal bloating, pain, and gas;
Mucus in the stool;
Feeling as if a bowel movement hasn’t been completed;
Irregular bowel habits, with constipation, diarrhea, or both.
Western medicine does not know the cause of IBS, though Oriental medicine sees it as liver disorders that pressure level inside intestines goes irregular. Different type of causes will need specific herbal formula or moxibustion therapy to recover.
Gall attack and Gallstones
Gallbladder disorders will cause gallstones usually made of cholesterol that form in the gallbladder. Symptoms of gall attack include cramping pain, fever and vomiting due to the inflamed gallbladder. Gallstones that don’t cause symptoms don’t require treatment in Western medicine, while severe gall attack will be treated with surgery. Remove of the gallbladder sometimes doesn’t solve the problems, as the dysfunctions of gall system mostly goes with liver. The liver and intestine system also take the function of gall when it is removed. Herbal remedy can help the symptoms of gall disorder which may recover without surgery, or even works on post-surgery disorders.
Heartburn occurs when there is an abnormal back flows of stomach juices into the esophagus, the tube that leads from the mouth to the stomach. The reflux causes a feeling of burning, warmth, or heat beneath the breastbone. Symptoms often start after you eat. It is important to visit a health professional if you have frequent heartburn and over counter medicine does not relieve the discomfort. Oriental medicine takes stomach and heart as a unit, heartburn sometimes indicates heart disorders that need to be ruled out. Liver and gall disorders could behind the heartburn and it might be related to cholesterol problems. If heartburn goes together with gas or bloating, mostly indicate a liver disorder exist.
Stomach flu and food poisoning are different ailments with different causes, which are common concerns in travel medicine as well. However, many people confuse the two because the symptoms are so similar.
Stomach flu is usually caused by a viral infection in the digestive system. Food poisoning is usually caused by a toxin produced by bacteria in food.
Stomachache, nausea, and vomiting with diarrhea are common symptoms. Drinking warm water and fasting are ways to home treat the problems. Herbal remedies that detoxify and enhance stomach function are effective and even preventive if you could take before travel.
Hemorrhoids are enlarged and inflamed veins that may develop inside or outside the anus. It generally lasts several days and often recurs. Persistently bleeding will be treated with surgery, though herbal remedy could be helpful to stop bleeding and eliminate uncomfortable symptoms. Both internal and external treatment will help the root cause of hemorrhoids. The herbal remedy also helps anal fissure which usually causes pain during bowel movements and streaks of blood on stools.
Urinary tract infections (UTIs), including bladder infections and kidney infections, are generally caused by bacteria that are normally present in the digestive system. Early symptoms of a UTI may include burning or pain during urination as well as itching or pain in the urethra. The urine may be cloudy or reddish in color and may have an unusual odor. You may feel some discomfort in the lower abdomen or back and have a frequent urge to urinate without being able to pass much urine.
Men who have enlarged prostates, women who have had multiple pregnancies, people with kidney stones or diabetes and those who are paralyzed may be at higher risk for chronic urinary tract infections.
Avoiding caffeine and include cranberry, cherry and blueberry juice in the diet are easy home treatment. As the kidney is the main organ supporting bladder, herbal remedy that enhances kidney energy will help recovery without the side effect of antibiotics.
Crohn’s disease is a chronic inflammatory bowel disease that causes parts of the digestive tract to swell and develop sores. Its main symptoms are abdominal pain, rectal bleeding, and diarrhea. Constipation, fever, and loss of appetite may also occur. There is no effective treatment other than surgery in modern medicine, though Chinese medicine could help to regular the intestine function by enhancing stomach and spleen powers.
Bone, Muscle and Joint Problems
Aches and pains go everywhere of the body, making painkiller enjoy good market every day. Sports injuries and arthritis cause variety of joint problems with pain, swelling or stiffness. Carpal tunnel syndrome is very common today with computer usage inevitable everywhere in work and life. Tech neck is the main type of neck injury as well as car accident injury. With physiotherapy and painkillers, bone, muscle and joint problems could be managed, but a better recovery can also be benefited from herbal remedies that include lotion, formula, plaster and moxibustion to improve circulation in affected areas. In Oriental medicine, bone and tendons and ligaments are associated with kidney and liver system to enjoy nutritional support. From fibromyalgia to bone fractures, herbal remedies could relieve the pain better from enhancing the inner strength of cell renewal.
A concussion is very common in sports injuries and the symptoms could be complicated with a headache, dizziness, nausea, joint pain, numbness, vision disorders and even brain damage etc. It usually is related to different layers of the head tissues that blockage exists in between. Herbal remedies could help to clear the blockage and heal the soft tissue damage.
Type 2 diabetes occurs when the pancreas cannot make enough insulin or when the body does not use insulin properly. Many people with type 2 diabetes are able to control their blood sugar by getting regular exercise; eating a healthy diet; managing stress; maintaining a reasonable weight. An herbal remedy that enhances the spleen and kidney performance will help type 2 diabetes to be more manageable. People already with blood sugar disorders should prevent diabetes especially for those have a family history of diabetes.
If your blood pressure readings are consistently above 140 systolic and 90 diastolic, you have high blood pressure (hypertension). If your blood pressure reading is 120 to 139 systolic or 80 to 89 diastolic, you are more likely to develop high blood pressure.
High blood pressure is a silent killer, it increases your risk of heart attack, stroke, and kidney or eye damage. People may develop uncomfortable or disturbing side effects from medication taken for high blood pressure. The herbal remedy is an option to adjust blood pressure by open the better circulation in liver and kidney systems. Veins in liver and arteries in kidney have a dynamic impact on blood pressures.
Low blood pressure is not a normal condition either, as it indicates conditions like low iron, weakness in spleen or lungs, cardiac vascular circulation problems, and usually, goes with dizziness and fatigue. Low blood pressure is mainly caused by nutritional or circulation problems that can be helped by herbal remedies.
High Cholesterol in the blood can build up insides your arteries, causing them to narrow, which indicate the starting point for most heart and circulation problems. People with family history of heart disease, high blood pressure or diabetes, being a cigarette smoker need to do cholesterol screening and switch to healthy lifestyle. Regular exercise and a diet low in saturated fat are helpful to lower cholesterol. Herbal remedies that improve blood circulation and liver/gall functions will help to manage cholesterol from inner balance.
Thyroid problems happen when the thyroid gland produces too much thyroid hormone (hyperthyroidism) or too little of it( hypothyroidism). Long-term usage of drug prescribed for each condition is very common. In the ideas of Oriental medicine, thyroid problems usually indicate an imbalance between liver, spleen, and kidney. Hormonal changes in the timeline of life, correcting imbalance is more important than controlling the thyroid value.
Heart and stroke recovery is a long-term effort, normally medical doctors will follow up with regular medical exams and medicines to prevent reoccur. Blood thinner can cause fatigue for lower life quality. Herbal remedies that could boost energy and increase nutrition will help. There are many side syndromes post heart disease and stroke, which also could be treated with herbal medicine that not conflict with regular medications.
Your health before conception and during the first weeks after is particularly important for your baby’s health. Start helping your baby even before you become pregnant. Long-term use of pills and lifestyle change make infertility quite common today. Many women have to turn to IVF for pregnancy. Active reproductive energy and regular menstrual periods are taken as the important elements in conception by Oriental medicine. For thousands year, specific remedies have been applied to help conception. It also helps those who choose to do IVF, as prenatal health always demands better balance.
Menstrual cramps are suffered by many women, including mild to severe cramping in the lower abdomen, back area and may go with a headache, dizziness. IUD application could be one the cause for the first few month of use. Birth control pills can be used to treat but for those not applicable for pills, an herbal remedy will help. The herbal remedy works to improve circulation and hormonal system. It is also a way to treat women who have uterine fibroids which indicate stagnation in the uterus.
Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS) has been reported affected 40% of women in their lives. Both body and mind could show up symptoms in PMS. They can include breast swelling, water retention, bloating, weight gain, acne or skin disorders, depression, headaches, fatigue, irritability and sleep disorders. The liver and blood systems are taken as the root cause in Oriental medicine.
Irregular periods or even missed periods if not caused by pregnancy menopause, menarche or birth control pills, and it becomes persistent over 2-3 periods, consulting with a health professional is needed. For normal period running, a regular pattern means healthy balance. Usually, over 5-7 days earlier or later coming off periods indicate imbalance with the body system. There are specific Chinese herbs that work to regulate periods running.
Yeast Infections is caused by an excess growth of yeast organisms in the vagina. The symptoms include severe vaginal itching, abnormal discharge, and even pain when urinating and during sexual intercourse. It may happen together with UTIs. Antibiotic or steroid use is the common trigger. Oriental medicine explains it as dampness and toxic reaction.
Menopause happens when the female hormones begin to decline, occurring between 45 and 55. If the body could not deal with the change properly, symptoms of hot flashes, sleep disorders, emotional disorders and many other conditions could happen before or during menopause. Hormone therapy such as hormone replacement therapy (HRT) has side effects that not recommended for all women. The herbal remedy would be safe and effective in accordance with particular symptoms.
Anxiety can cause both physical and emotional symptoms. It can bring panic disorder with sweating, rapid heartbeat etc. It is normal to experience an anxious and nervous situation in life for a short term. Overwhelming anxiety needs treatment for mind-body wellness.
Oriental medicine explains the symptoms of anxiety to be related to lungs and heart system, where usually the disorders show in breathing disorders, palpitation and sleep disorders. The liver system could be overacting to cause anxiety as well. The different herbal formula will be applied to individual conditions.
Depression can range from a minor disorder to a major, risky illness. Long-term stress, life changes, chronic illness, seasonal affective disorder (SAD), sadness or grief could all cause depression. Antidepressant medicine may have side effects that not appropriate for long-term use. Gastrointestinal health is related to depression in Oriental medicine. Nowadays neuroscience already finds the link between microbes and neurons to be connected with depression.
Stress is part of common life, the way to react physically, mentally and emotionally to different conditions in work or life. If you can release the tension that comes with stress, no problems, otherwise the risk of physical and mental illness may increase. The tag of stress has been easily applied in doctor’s offices when no other significant reasons could be pin pointed with your health concerns. In Oriental medicine, becoming more stress-hardy demands a better balance between liver and spleen system. With a precise diagnosis, the specific herbal remedy will help to release tension and overcome stress.
Insomnia mainly includes trouble getting to sleep or awakening too early or too frequent. It could be caused by a physical condition like joint pains or muscle cramps reacting to pressures in sleep postures. Anxiety or stressful situation could cause sleep problems. Sinus congestion or sleep apnea could disturb sleep by a blockage in the upper airways. Most insomnia problems are related to internal disorders such as hormonal or digestive systems. Oriental medicine divides insomnia into 5 to 6 different types and specific herbal remedies could help for each of them.
Dementia and Alzheimer’s disease is the sixth-leading cause of death in the United States and the only cause of death among the top 10 in the United States that cannot be prevented, cured or even slowed. The brain deficiency disease has its own term in Oriental medicine which is recognized as lower energy in bio-energy channels that supplies the brain. Modern neuroscience research and clinical experience find certain herbs are effective in manage symptoms of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.
Child and infant health
The parent usually is the first person to provide care for child and infant health. Oriental medicine accumulated great experience to instruct home treatment by parents. Simple yet effective pointing therapy could help lots of conditions and easy to learn with online consulting. It can be applied to treat colic, cold, cough, diarrhea, vomiting, fever, sleep disorder etc. Herbal remedies are effective in treating baby eczema, skin problems, and many other concerns.