As mentioned in Part 1, gluten sensitivity is easier to diagnose and treat than gluten intolerance in Western medicine. However, in Chinese medicine there are MANY herbal formulas to address this problem. They are composed of herbs that "Regulate Qi" and relieve "Food Stagnation". Ironically, "sprouted" grains & seeds, fruits, and fermentation are HEALING and indispensable:
fu xiao mai [wheat]
yi yi ren [pearl barley]is not believed to be allergenic
“The Cleveland Clinic, one of the country's top
hospitals, is a surprising venue for the dispensing of herbs, a practice that
is well established in China and other Eastern countries but has yet to make
inroads in the U.S.…Patients must be referred by a doctor and will be monitored
to ensure that there are no drug-herbal interactions or other complication”
Street Journal, 2014).
Now that the
Cleveland Clinic has introduced Chinese herbal medicine into mainstream
practice, consumers may become more interested in the many aspects that
contribute to the safe and sound use of Chinese herbs.
Allergy medications are among the most frequently used drugs. Some are over-the-counter, while others require a prescription. There are also herbal alternatives.
The immunology of secretions in airway mucosa is the first barrier against environmental irritants and pathogens. Hence it is important to keep them moist. Many of the drugs and herbal alternative listed below are warming, cooling and/or drying - and not very MOISTENING to airway mucosa.Sinus and respiratory problems that are precipitated by "dryness or dry-heat" may become worse with some of them.
Menopause is when menstruation stops and the body goes through changes that no longer support pregnancy- a natural event that normally occurs at age 45 to 55 (MedlinePlus, 2014). Menopause is complete when a period has not occurred for 1 year (MedlinePlus).
The discomforts of the transition through menopause can exist many years before (peri-menopause) and after (post-menopause) menstruation ceases. Common discomforts are hot flashes, night sweats, difficulty sleeping, amenorrhea or irregular menstrual cycles & bleeding patterns.
There are many non-pharmacological alternatives available for the various causes of chronic pain. Common causes of lower back pain (LBP) are:
- degenerative disk disease (osteoarthritis, herniation, osteoporosis)
- radiculopathy & sciatica
- muscle spasm/strain (repetitive stress & poor ergonomics)
Less common is back pain from ligament tears, rheumatoid arthritis (RA), tumors & multiple myeloma. Back pain can also be a symptom of kidney stones, gastric ulcers, pelvic inflammatory disease etc.