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Sunday, June 26, 2011

[AlternativeAnswers] Re: Question on Traditional Chinese Medicine

 

Good day, Lucia,

Thank you for your post! And I am grateful that you are apart of this community.

Yes, I treat hypertension and tachycardia often. With that said, the beauty of Chinese Medicine and acupuncture is that this medicine takes a look at disorders according to their pattern diagnosis. Another words, two people can be diagnosed with a Western diagnosis of hypertension and yet they could have two completely different patterns. This is what makes this medicine so individualized. In Western medicine, as you know, the patient is given antihypertensives, which are a class of drugs that are used to treat hypertension.

In Traditional Chinese Medicine, acupuncture is done along with an herbal decoction that is appropriate to YOUR pattern diagnosis. The great thing about this is, that as your body starts to find its own balance again, your pattern diagnosis will change. This is Western medicine falls short, as the antihypertensives drugs are a one-size-fits all perscription. Your acupuncture/herbalist can alter your herbal decoction as well as acu-points to fit your ever-changing pattern.

With that said... when dealing with any type of alternative, complimentary, or natural medicine, it may take time to see the results you want to see. Remember, you did not become ill (off balance) overnight, so your journey back to balance does not happen overnight either! I often find it very interesting when a patient will say to me, "oh ya, I tried natural medicine (acupuncture, herbal medicine, massage, ayurveda....) and it didn't work for me". It is often due to several things, but usually it is because the patient did not give it time to work, well.

This medicine is brilliant for so many conditions. Acute conditions can usually bounce back in 4-6 treatments. Chronic conditions can take anywhere between 3 months to a year. I have seen this over and over again in my years of practice. Unfortunately, we live in a world now where everyone wants everything, yesterday and the art of experiencing the moment and having patience gets lost very easily.

I would recommend seeking out a licensed acupuncturist and certified Chinese herbalist. You must do them both together in order for your condition to be treated fully.

You can find a local acupuncturist/herbalist on these reputable sites:

http://www.acufinder.com

http://www.citysearch.com

http://healthprofs.com/cam/prof_search.php

I hope this helps.

In happiness,

Andrew Pacholyk MS, L.Ac
http://www.peacefulmind.com
http://www.proacumed.com

--- In AlternativeAnswers@yahoogroups.com, Lucia <lucia_n36@...> wrote:
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> Hello Andrew, if you don't mind, I'd like to ask a question, as you are the only person dealing with Traditional Chinese Medicine I know. I am 59 and I have hypertension and tachycardia (between 90 and 100 heart beats) and I'd like to get off the medication I have been taking for several years. Do you think that Traditional Chinese Medicine could help me with this problem I have? I know next to nothing about this kind of medicine.
> My best,
> Lucia
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