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Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

I wrote this long article because many women were approaching me for help related to complaints of fatigue. Yet, they did not present with the Chinese medicine diagnosis I expected. Some were self-treating with substances [including Chinese herbals] that were dis-harmonious with their constitution, making accurate diagnosis and treatment difficult. While women are mostly impacted by CFS, 20% of sufferers are men who remain undiagnosed [Clayton, 2015, p.

Inflammatory Pain

Inflammation is a protective nonspecific response to such things as injury, infection, chemicals & toxins, foreign bodies, autoimmune responses etc. Inflammation may produce pain, swelling, redness, blisters, pus, ulcers, necrotic or fibrous tissue. It proceeds in a sequential and orderly fashion until resolution of the problem.Except when it does not- resulting in permanent tissue dysfunction from scarring, or chronic inflammation. Sequence:

  1. vasodilatation (redness & heat)

Vitamin D: The Right Dose




Got vitamin D from sunshine and diet? If not, are you taking the proper dose of a vitamin D supplement?





These are good questions to ask given the emerging role vitamin D potentially plays in health maintenance, and disease prevention. This includes improving bone mass density, enhancing immunity against respiratory infection; decreasing the risk for diabetes, certain cancers, and cardiovascular disease; preventing bone spurs in osteoarthritis. Vitamin D is actually a hormone [cholecalciferol], but will be referred to as a vitamin throughout this article.

Acupuncture for Stroke Rehab

Scalp acupuncture can assists with recovery from cerebral vascular accident (CVA, stroke), by assisting MANY process that connect the central & peripheral nervous systems [i]. Scalp acupuncture, along with body acupuncture, herbs and physical therapies can improve quality of life by ameliorating such things as hemiplegia, aphasias, weakness, spasticity, and pain etc. The role of Acupuncture vs Western Medicine in stroke rehab is really a matter of semantics, and have the same ends in mind [ii]:

Back Pain Part II - Drugs

In Part 1 I discussed the non pharmacologic. Yet, the most practical approach to treating chronic pain may be combiningthe non pharmacologic with the pharmacologic [i]. This is because Western drugs. are easy and accessible compared to the non pharmacologic alternatives. However, of the many drugs used for pain management, the evidence remains insufficient to identify one drug as offering a clear advantage [ii]. The drugs with the best evidence of effectiveness are:
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