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Monday, June 27, 2011

RE: [AlternativeAnswers] Re: Question on Traditional Chinese Medicine

 

I will second Andrew's comment, not from a practitioner's perspective but
from a patients. I have had psoriasis for many years. About five years ago
the worst flare up I have ever experienced began. I learned how a food
allergy was contributing, and eliminated dairy from my diet. Over the past
few years I have been moving my diet from a very unhealthy one (which I will
spare you the details of!) to a whole-foods based diet rich in fruits and
veggies, and trading out carbs for protein. I've also been realizing the
importance of exercise.

I've been seeing an acupuncturist, who was actually my TCM professor at
school. She is wonderful, and gave me a combination of herbs and
acupuncture treatments, as well as making some dietary and lifestyle
recommendations. The results have been really remarkable. My skin is
clearing for the first time in almost 5 years, but better yet is the way I
FEEL. I feel healthier and happier than I can ever remember feeling, and I
know that my psoriasis treatments are not only treating my psoriasis
symptoms, but my whole self.correcting my particular imbalance that led to
the psoriasis rather than just taking a pill or shot that makes the symptoms
go away without ever addressing the underlying cause.

Definitely seek out a qualified practitioner, TCM does indeed have a lot to
offer in terms of rebalancing and eliminating chronic disease!

Shannon Brese

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From: AlternativeAnswers@yahoogroups.com
[mailto:AlternativeAnswers@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of Andrew Pacholyk
Sent: Saturday, June 25, 2011 6:10 PM
To: AlternativeAnswers@yahoogroups.com
Subject: [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
<mailto:AlternativeAnswers%40yahoogroups.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
>
> --- On Sun, 6/19/11, Andrew Pacholyk <yogiguruji@...> wrote:
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> Good Morning!
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> Summer Solstice Week: Traditional Chinese Medicine
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> In Traditional Chinese Medicine, we have a healing methodology called the
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