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The main clinical manifestations of allergic rhinitis are nasal congestion, a watery nasal discharge and sneezing. In a few cases it affects the eyes and the conjunctiva may become red and itchy.
Allergic rhinitis is due to an antigen-antibody reaction in the nasal mucosa. If the antigens responsible are only pollen particles then it is called seasonal allergic rhinitis (hay fever). If the antigens are dust, house-dust mites' faecal matter, fungal spores and animal dander, it is called perennial allergic rhinitis. As for furry animals such as dogs and cats, the most allergenic substances are protein from their skin, urine and saliva.
In perennial rhinitis the nose becomes more reactive to non-specific stimuli such as cigarette smoke, petrol fumes, perfumes...
In Traditional Chinese Medicine allergic rhinitis is due to an over-reactivity of the immune system to certain allergens. Like asthma, this is due, from the Chinese point of view, to a deficiency of the Lung and Kidney's Defensive-Qi (energy) systems, combined with retention of chronic Wind in the nose.
Asthma is a chronic disease that causes inflammation of the lungs and makes it hard to breath. asthma is known by its obvious symptoms, like wheezing, but it can be a silent and potentially fatal disease. The severity of asthma symptoms may not always reflect the severity of the disease.
Traditional Chinese Medicine has been treating asthma for thousands of years. In 1979, the World Health Organization listed forty diseases that can benefit from acupuncture. Respiratory tract diseases, including asthma and bronchitis, were included on that list. There are many studies relating to the success of acupuncture and Chinese herbs for the treatment of asthma in last twenty years.
In most of the cases, acupuncture and Chinese herbs are very effective. After a series of treatments, asthmatic symptoms such as wheezing, coughing, chest tightness and shortness of breath are reduced. The frequency of an asthmatic episode can also be minimized. In fact, many people can usually resume an active lifestyle.
According to the National Headache Foundation, over 45 million Americans suffer from chronic or recurring headaches and of these, 28 million suffer from migraines. About 20% of children and adolescents also have significant headaches. There are several types of headaches which below is a list of the most common ones:
TensIon: Also called chronic daily headaches or chronic non-progressive headaches, tension headaches are the most common type of headaches among adults and adolescents. These muscle contraction headaches cause mild to moderate pain and come and go over a prolonged period of time.
Cluster headaches: The least common, although the most severe type of primary headache, the pain of a cluster headache is intense and may be described as having a burning or piercing quality that is throbbing or constant. The pain is so severe that most cluster headache sufferers cannot sit still and will often pace during an attack. The pain is located behind one eye or in the eye region, without changing sides. The term "cluster headache" refers to headaches that have a characteristic grouping of attacks. Cluster headaches occur one to three times per day during a cluster period, which may last 2 weeks to 3 months. The headaches may disappear completely (go into "remission") for months or years, only to recur.
Sinus headaches: Sinus headaches are associated with a deep and constant pain in the cheekbones, forehead or bridge of the nose. The pain usually intensifies with sudden head movement or straining and usually occurs with other sinus symptoms, such as nasal discharge, feeling of fullness in the ears, fever, and facial swelling.
Migraines: are classified as one of two types: classic or common. Classic migraines include an aura (a subjective sensation that precedes the headache) which typically includes visual disturbances such as double vision, flashing lights patterns, or a partially blocked field of vision. Classic migraines are characterized by severe, throbbing, one-sided headache pain, usually behind the eye, frequently accompanied by nausea and/or vomiting. Sensitivity to light, sounds, and smells is common.
Those who suffer from migraines also may experience speech difficulty, mood changes, confusion, muscular weakness, tingling in the limbs, and clumsiness either before or during the headache. The attacks can last up to 72 hours. Given the severity of the symptoms, migraines can greatly undermine the quality of an individual’s life, requiring the use of medication, missed days from work, and disrupted family and personal time.
In Traditional Chinese Medicine, Migraine can be caused by a variety of imbalances, very often involving the Liver and Gallbladder organs and meridians. In the simplest terms, this imbalance can be characterized as too much or too little of a particular energy/substance. In clinical practice, both an excess and a deficiency can and do frequently co-exist. If a substance is either excess or deficient, this disrupts the flow of Qi (energy) and generates pain.
Chinese Medicine has beneficial effects on addiction to various substances. The most commonly treated addictions are smoking and alcoholism. Smoking has a severe impact on the circulatory, respiratory and digestive systems.
In TCM, smoking weakens the Lung’s function of commanding the overall movement of (energy) Qi and Blood. It creates Heat in the Lung and Stomach, which in turn will cause Fire in the Heart and/or stagnation of Liver (energy) Qi, hence withdrawal symptoms such as nausea, palpitations, mood swings and restlessness occur. Chinese medicine can reduce the craving for cigarettes. Experience shows that patients after treatment often report a metallic taste in their mouth or feeling of dislike for the smell of tobacco.
National Acupuncture Detoxification Association (NADA) has been developed a particular protocol to treat the addiction/ alcoholism/ drug dependencies. This method is performing by insertion of five needles in each auricle through the points correspond to the following internal organs, liver, spleen, kidney, lung and also shenmen (Gate of Spirit) and Parasympathetic.
Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
IBS is a disorder of the intestines. It causes belly pain, cramping or bloating, and diarrhea or constipation. Irritable bowel syndrome is a long-term problem, but there are things you can do to reduce your symptoms.
IBS is quite common. Most people's symptoms are so mild that they never see a doctor for treatment. But some people may have troublesome symptoms, especially stomach cramps, bloating, and diarrhea.
In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), irritable bowel syndrome is considered to be primarily a disorder of the (energy) Qi pertaining to the Liver and Spleen.
During periods of emotional turmoil or disharmony, the Liver (energy) Qi, which is responsible for the free flow of (energy) Qi in the body, may become stagnant. This stagnation may cause constipation, abdominal pain, and cramping, which is considered to be an intestinal Wind. Factors such as overwork, poor diet, insufficient rest, or excessive worry may cause the Spleen (energy) Qi to become weakened, which can lead to diarrhea, abdominal pain, and distention. In Chinese Medicine Spleen and Liver are the major organs involved in IBS and the relationship between them differentiated to three types:
1. Liver Qi Stagnation
2. Spleen Qi Deficiency
3. Liver Invading the Spleen
Chinese Medicine balances the entire body by strengthening and harmonizing the digestive system, and helps avoid the disruptions of IBS episodes.
Insomnia is a sleep disorder characterized by an inability to sleep and/or inability to remain asleep for a reasonable period. It can be caused by fear, stress, anxiety, medications, herbs, caffeine, depression, or bipolar disorder and sometimes occurs for no apparent reason. An overactive mind or physical pain may also be causes. Finding the underlying cause of insomnia is usually necessary to cure it.
Three types of insomnia exist: transient, acute, and chronic
Transient insomnia lasts from one night to a few weeks. Most people occasionally suffer from transient insomnia due to such causes as jet lag or short-term anxiety. If this form of insomnia continues to occur from time to time, the insomnia is classified as intermittent.
Acute insomnia is the inability to consistently sleep well for a period of between three weeks to six months.
Chronic insomnia is regarded as the most serious; persists almost nightly for at least a month.
In Traditional Chinese Medicine, the term "insomnia" covers a number of different problems such as inability to fall asleep easily, waking up during the night, sleeping restlessly, waking up early in the morning and dream-disturbed sleep.
The amount and quality of sleep depends on the state of the Mind (Shen). The Mind is rooted in the Heart and specifically in Heart-Blood and Heart-Yin. If the Heart is healthy and the Blood abundant, the Mind is properly rooted and sleep will be sound. If the Heart is deficient or if it is agitated by pathogenic factors such as Fire, the Mind is not properly rooted and sleep will be affected.
Fibromyalgia is a non-life-threatening, chronic disorder of the muscles and related soft tissue, including ligaments and tendons. Its main symptoms are muscle pain, fatigue, sleep disturbances, and tender points at certain parts of the body. Many people describe Fibromyalgia as feeling like a persistent flu.
Muscle pain, either throughout the body or only at certain points, is the primary symptom. It may range from mild discomfort to pain severe enough to limit work, social activities, and everyday tasks. Pain commonly occurs in the neck, shoulders, chest, rib cage, lower back and thighs and may feel like a burning, gnawing, throbbing, stabbing, or aching sensation and may develop gradually. It usually seems worse when a person is trying to relax and is less noticeable during activity.
A related, key aspect of Fibromyalgia is the presence of "tender points," muscles and tendons that are tender when pressed. Typically, tender points are located in the neck, back, knee, shoulder, elbow, and hip.
In conventional medicine still we do not know what causes Fibromyalgia. There are several theories about possible causes or triggers. Inadequate sleep is a possible trigger. Another is suffering an injury or physical or emotional trauma that affects the brain, spine, and nerves. Some experts believe that a viral or bacterial infection plays a part.
In Traditional Chinese Medicine, Fibromyalgia is a type of Bi syndrome which by definition Bi means obstruction and could be caused by wind, cold and dampness. Due to the obstruction of channels (energy) Qi and Blood cannot circulate so that Painful Obstruction Syndrome will develop.
Painful Obstruction Syndrome is due to the combined invasion of Wind, Cold and Dampness, causing swelling and pain. It is due to a weak body condition and the space between skin and muscles being open, which allows the Wind to penetrate
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