Monthly Archives: August 2011

Jumping kidney stones

Kidney stones, gallstones, and such calculi pose severe risks and create severe health problems.  We all know this.  Among the Chinese, there are many cases of calculi in the appendix.  The risk and the danger are due to the fact that … Continue reading

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The muscles in the arches of my feet are tight

Response to the enquiry:  “The muscles in the arches of my feet are tight.” The immediate remedy to alleviate tightness of the muscles in the arches of the feet is to apply some mentholated ointment over the arch of the feet … Continue reading

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ADHD, Vegetarianism and Cool Teas

This is a wholistic and multicultural discussion of ADHD, Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder.  The Buddhist justification for vegetarianism, the Chinese herbal theory about cool teas, and the benefits of meditation, tai chi and Chinese martial arts all deal directly … Continue reading

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Microstrokes

Nowadays, many doctors attribute certain episodes to what is being called microstrokes.  Microstrokes are ministrokes, not minor or major strokes that doctors of a generation ago were familiar with.  Although today’s doctors refer to certain episodes as the results of microstrokes, the specific … Continue reading

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Edema and Chinese medicine

Response to enquiry about “edema and Chinese medicine.” I am posting the response here because of its generality. In Chinese medicine, edema is 虚火 “virtual fire” and is related to the 陰 “yin” and 濕 “shi”, i.e., wetness.  Therefore, one … Continue reading

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Lower back muscles feel tense

Response to the enquiry:  “Lower back muscles feel tense.” I am posting the response here for ease of discussion and elaboration on the subject.  First, the causes of lower back pain are many, and a lot of them have been … Continue reading

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Partial facial sagging

In order to truly understand the following case of partial facial sagging, we must first understand something about Bell’s Palsy, TMJ disorder and Myasthenia gravis. The Merck Manual of Medical Information says:  “Bell’s Palsy is an abnormality of the facial nerve … Continue reading

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