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Phone: 702-481-6216
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2400 N Tenaya Way Suite 117
Las Vegas, NV 89128

Chinese Herbal Medicine

Millions of people have benefitted medically from the use of Chinese herbal medicine (CHM). Prescribed for thousands of years, CHM has been used safely and effectively on hundreds of medical problems from the common cold to serious and difficult to treat diseases such as autoimmune diseases. Currently PUBMED, the database for medical research, contains thousands of research articles demonstrating the effectiveness of hundreds of Chinese herbs on various medical problems.

Each of the various Chinese herbs has specific effects of the body. Some behave similarly to modern drugs performing such functions as controlling inflammation, decreasing pain or reversing stress. Others help to increase energy, promote sleep and help with tissue growth and repair.

Chinese herbal medicine is prescribed in "formulas" which consist of a group of herbs designed to have a very specific effect or series of effects.  While standardized formulas do exist, a specific formula can also be custom designed to treat an individual's unique or complex case and needs.

If you have any questions about Chinese Herbal Medicine, please feel free to contact me.

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Making yan hu suo a more effective pain reliever.

Pain is one of the major reasons people come for acupuncture. Where acupuncture can effectively help alleviate pain, many times we also prescribe herbs to help treat the pain.  One of the best herbs to help alleviate pain is yan hu suo/corydalis. The analgesic properties from yan hu suo come in large part from its alkaloids, specifically one called Dl-tetrahydropalmatine(dl-THP).

Within limits, the more dl-THP there is in the blood stream, the better yan hu suo's effect at relieving pain. Research is beginning to demonstrate that the coumarins and volatile oils in Bai zhi/Angelica dahurica can increase the level of dl-THP that makes it into the bloodstream, increasing yan hu suo's pain relieving effect. Hence combining bai zhi and yan hu suo will have a stronger analgesic effect.

TWO IMPORTANT NOTES: 

1. Notice that the components from Bai zhi in this process are 1. Coumarins and 2. Volatile oils.  As such a water based tea will not work because it will not extract the volatile oils since they are hydrophobic. You will need a strong alcohol to extract the volatile oils. (Remember that alcohol is amphipathic and can extract both hydrophobic and hydrophilic substances within limits.)

2. Notice the word "coumarins" from bai zhi. You need to make sure the patient is not on blood thinners if you are prescribing bai zhi.

Source of Research: Liao ZG et al. Correlation between synergistic action of Radix Angelica dahurica extracts on analgesic effects of Corydalis alkaloid and plasma concentration of dl-THP. See comment in PubMed Commons belowJournal of  Ethnopharmacology 2010 May 4;129(1):115-2

I'll post new applications/strategies every few days.  We want to keep everyone learning and excelling.  Any suggestions or anything you want to learn about, let me know.

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Food Allergies / Food Sensitivities:

A research based Chinese herbal approach

Food sensitivities are becoming more and more prevalent and many of you may have patients coming in with this problem.   From my perspective, trying to use the terms commonly used  in oriental medicine and calling this "fire" or "dampness" or other such terms prevents an in- depth understanding of what is actually happening in the body and how to most effectively treat this problem. Simply prescribing herbs to "clear heat" or "dampness" will have a haphazard effect at best.  As in all things medical, precision is key to have the most beneficial effects.

In food sensitivities, Immunoglobulins (antibodies for the older crowd) react to the antigens on specific foods and elicit an immunological/allergic response and through the usual cascade effect, inflammation in the local tissues is seen. Beyond the irritating symptoms experienced by the patient, this has more profound effects for treatment.  The inflammatory response damages the villi and microvilli of the small intestine, effectively decreasing absorption of both food and any medicinal teas prescribed. Since it is through the food and medicinal teas that the body obtains the biochemical resources it needs for correction of physiological malfunction and repair of tissues, this will decrease the rate or even the possibility of the patient healing.  In many cases the GI system may need to be addressed before focusing on other medical problems.

A formula named FAHF-2 has been developed for food allergies, or more specifically for food allergies that are severe enough that they may result in an anaphylactic reaction.  This formula is in phase 2 testing and has been shown to decrease histamine levels, decrease vascular leakage, decrease food specific IgE levels, and decrease IL4, IL 5, IL 13, and interferon gamma levels to name a few of its effects. In other words, it is interfering with the signals of an immunological response that is both excessive and inappropriate.  The effects of this formula have been shown to last up to four weeks. (Srivastata et al, The Chinese herbal medicine formula FAHF-2 completely blocks anaphylactic reactions in a murine model of peanut allergy. Journal of allergic clinical immunology. 2005 January; 115(1): 171-178.)

The formula has been patented. So for legal reasons, I will not list them here but you can find the ingredients as well as the the relevant proportions of each herb (page 3), research, physiological explanations at the following web address: http://www.jacionline.org/article/S0091-6749(04)02620-X/pdf .

Note: While this research on FAHF-2 is showing strong efficacy in treating food based anaphylactic reactions, I might suggest you use this only on non-life threatening food allergies until more research is done.

I have also listed some additional herbs and their effects in helping treat food sensitivities.

Huang qin/ Scutellaria Baicalensis- helps regulate T helper response to decrease food sensitivity reaction (Shin et al, Preventive effects of skullcap (Scutellaria baicalensis) extract in a mouse model of food allergy. Journal of Ethnopharmacololgy. 2014 May 14;153(3):667-73)

Sha ren/Amomum xanthiodes – decreases mast cell activity (Kim et al. Suppression of mast cell-mediated allergic reaction by Amomum xanthiodes. Food Chemical toxicology 2007 Nov; 45(11):2138-44

Jiang huang/Curcumin -  decreases both IgE mediated allergic response and mast cell activity (Lee et al, Curcumin, a constituent of curry, suppresses IgE-mediated allergic response and mast cell activation at the level of Syk. Journal of allergic clinical Immunology. 2008 May; 121(5):1225-