It is March 2020, so due to the International pandemic, immune system and immune power is in our everyday conversation. There are a umber of products out there to boost your immune system like a magic.
In this lecture, I will explain what is the “quickest” way to improve your true immune system. I will explains what is the concept of ‘Healthy” in Chinese Medicine, what is Yin and Yang as well as the theory of Anti-Pathogenic Qi generation.
Most of patients I see have some types of Indigestion issues. It is truly rare to see someone who has pains but has no digestive issues. If you don’t have any digestive issues and have optimum absorption of nutrition, your Zheng Qi, or healing energy would be adequate and would not need treatments.
In these videos, Yumi will explain how indigestion is understood and treated in Chinese Medicine.
She came to me to treat life long headache that she had had everyday for as long as she can remember.
Her headache was on the front of the head, side of the head, back of the head and top of the head. When she has a migraines, they usually started from the right temporal region, however, she could have regular headaches in both side. There is also throbbing nature in the temporal headache
Her headache was worsened with certain weather such as cold and damp day, with certain foods as she had digestive issues as well, and with stress and fatigue. She said the headache was sometime better with use of essential oil and pain relief medicines such as ibuprofen.
Other relevant symptoms
low energy 5/10
feel cold and warm (she feels cold until she has a hot flash)
poor body temperature control (always too hot or to cold)
upper body is warm and lower body cold
hands and feet cold
disliking being exposed to wind, cold and damp weather, humid hot (like Ontario summer)
spontaneous sweat and night sweat
neck and shoulder tightness and pain
constant low back pain that is better with resting,
hip pain that is better with exercise but cannot over do it
leg muscle clamps (once a month)
high pitch tinnitus,
bitterness in the mouth
cough and phlegm in a morning which is yellow phlegm
thirst with no desire to drink water
multiple thoughts in night time disturbing her sleep
hard to fall asleep, dreamful, disturbing dreams
wake up tired and heavy – it is better with exercise
constipation or dry stool w/o magnesium
sticky, smelly stools, occasional feeing of incompleteness
foggy head, confusion
poor mental stamina
frequent urination (water go through her)
poor night vision, dislike light during headache
history of uterine fibroids, dysmenorrhea (painful menstruation)
depression (not medically diagnosed but feeling of it)
sadness, grief, lack of joy
impatience, occasional uncontrollable anger
tongue – swollen, teeth marks, thick white tongue coating
pulse – thin weak hasty pulse
Her main concern is her headache that she gets in her forehead, right side which usually become migraines, and in the occipital area that radiates up. Frontal headache is due to damp retention in the frontal cortex. The dampness is often comes from the digestive system and it ascended to the head to cause the headache. Often dampy weather and pressure in the air can cause this type of headache. Pressure behind of eyes is the same logic. Side headache that happens in one side or both sides are usually from the poor circulation of Qi and the Blood, and can be triggered with stress, fatigue and at the end of the day. Occipital headache is from the tight muscle of the neck and the shoulder or from the getting a cold. Also top headache is often from the fatigue and Blood deficiency.
For her, her issues started from her digestion. Her poor digestion failed to digest food and undigested rheum started to accumulate. Eventually the dampness travelled up to her head and caused the frontal headache. Her ongoing stress impaired the Qi circulation and triggered the temporal headache. The stress and constant pain caused her muscle to be tense and that caused the occipital headache.
Diagnosis in Classical Chinese Medicine: Tai Yang, Shao Yang, Yang Ming, Tai Yin and Blood deficiency and the stasis.
Formula 1: Da Chai Hu Tang – With her temporal headache, one side tinnitus, bitter taste as well as poor digestion, she fits Shao Yang syndrome. With her difficulty in her bowel movements and bloating as well as her blood deficiency indicates for Da Chai Hu Tang.
Formula 2: Gui Zhi Fu Ling Wan – The history of fibroids and painful menstruation is the sign of blood stasis. Also her emotional challenges, warmth in the body and again her difficulties in defecation fits Gui Zhi Fu Ling Wan.
Modification: Shi Gao (for irritability, bleeding gums and dry mouth), Sun Zao Ren (for her difficulties in falling asleep), Chuan Xiong (for her headaches and is a part of Suan Zao Ren Tang), Zhi Zi (for her negative thinking and feeling of “stuck in ife”), Long Gu & Mu Li (to stop spontaneous and night sweating), Jie Geng (sinus congestion)
Chai Hu 12, Huang Qin 10, Ban Xia 18, Zhi Shi 10, Bai SHao 20, Da Zao 20, Sheng Jiang 15, Zi gan cao 6, Da Huang 6, Gu ZHi 15, Fu Ling 20, Chi Shao 15, Mu Dan Pi 10, Tao ren 10, Shi Gao 45, Suan Zao Ren 20, Zhi ZI 10, Jie Geng 12, Long Gu 30, Mu Li 30, Chuan Xiong 6
Scalp Acupuncture: Du 20, and Liver lines (on her temples)
Body Acupuncture: Wheel of Life (RN12, 6, 4, ST25, 21), ST36, GB34, SJ5, SJ6, LI4, LR3, SP9, Hand Shao Yang Water (to nourish KD water)
Result: After her first week dose of herbs and the acupuncture treatment, her headache disappeared. Also her night sweating and tinnitus disappeared. Back/knee pain, alternating chills and warmth of body temperature improved. her emotion and cognition as well as bloating is about 50% improved. Sinus congestion still fully remained.
Follow-up treatments: same acupuncture + SJ2. Same herbs with increased Jie Geng.
Every week, she shows improvements. She is enjoying her life without headache at all!!
He is extremely sensitive with chemical smell. There is a plastic factory near his house, and the smell gives him daily. He feel if nothing helps he has to move! He even suffers from the smell of the heater in his car during winter time.
MC: headache and tight chest due to certain smell for 7 years
Smell is mostly chemical smell, developed working in a factory he was working.
Also he has daily headache and tight chest from factory smell near the house.
His reaction is immediate.
Nothing alleviates the symptoms. Just avoiding the smell is only way to cope with the issue, so close the windows and such
worse with staying in the environment
No western diagnose, went through a few tests, but all came negative.
Pain – Low back (diagnosed with degenerative disc, and was very severe and had to quit working. No surgery was done. Better now with some training and acupuncture)
Usually pain is 1/10 but if he moves and do something wrong, can give 6/10 pain, which is better with rest, heat and acupuncture.
Pain 2 – shoulder and arm – numbness, pins and needle feeling. He thinks it is from knots in the shoulder. better over time.
No tremor, No skin issues.
Night sweat once a while, not often.
Aversion to cold, damp cold, and summer heat (like dry heat)
Cough with phlegm, easy to expectorate, rice porridge like chunks (clear, yellow, can be brown)
Sore throat last 2-3 days, often clearing throat
No thirst particularly, but like drinking warm all day. Summer drinks lots of cold. But like drinking cold beer. occasional coffee, 10-15 beers a week.
Appetite OK, no symptoms before and after meal. Eat breakfast ok.
2-3 meals a day with fast food lunch 1/week. Feel binge eating once a month.
Urination is 4-6 times a day, but more with coffee. 0-2 night time urination.
Stool is loose with vegetarian food which he eats everyday, but if he eats any animal (meat, tuna) stool is formed. Everyday 1-2 a day.
Sleep good. often remember dream, but no issues with sleeping.
Easy to get overwhelmed, stressed out, irritable, once a while get angry.
Libido ok, but takes effort to have an orgasm.
Pulse: Not rapid, not, wiry, not slippery, not tight or thin… may be large?
Tongue Pink, swollen, crack
Diagnosis: Three Yang Tai Yin
Tai Yang – Back and Shoulder pain, Night Sweat
Yang Ming (Secondary Damp Heat –> most severe) – Aversion to heat, summer heat, irritable, Night Sweat, vivid dreams
Shao Yang (mild) – upper heat
Tai Yin body fluid deficiency –> root cause – sensitive smell, loose stool, frequent urination, phlegm, easily overwhelmed
Formula: Chai Hu Jia Long Gu Mu Li Tang minus Da Huang plus Zhi Zi, Jie Geng, Hou Po, Shi Gao, Cang Zhu
Chai hu 12g, Huang qin 10g, dang shen 10g, Ban xia 25g Sheng jiang 15g, Da zao 20g, Gui zhi 20g, Fu ling 15g, Long gu 20g, Mu li 20g, Cang zhu 20g, Zhi zi 15g, Jie geng 12g, Hou po 10g, Shi gao 45g.
One months later: No shoulder pain or any pain, Phlegm changed to thicker and sticker brown phlegm. The neighbour plastic factory was still generating the chemical smell, so headache was still there. However, he said his mood is much better.
Continued the same herb for another month. Then his night sweat disappeared. No aversion to wind and cold. His mood and irritability is still remain good. I added Da Huang 3g and Huang Lian 3g. He had loose stool, but with the low dosage Da Huang moves stagnation of Qi, Blood and Dampness.
One month later he said he did not have headache from his car this winter.