Where does Modern medicine is going to carry us go? More and more people begin to suspect whether our Medicine is going on the right direction. Western medicine in treating disease, but also brought us more medical risks, people began to seek natural ways to get healthy. Acupuncture is the first oriental therapy to get Western's attention. In addition to acupuncture, in the past two or three decades, Chinese herbal medicine has become increasingly popular.

However, as food and nutritional supplements, some of the nature of Chinese herbs is stronger, prone to some side effects. Which led many people to wonder, do not know whether to eat the Chinese herbs. For example, it was said, Ephedra is a poison, has led to high blood pressure, heart disease. So a few years ago, FDA has issued a decree prohibiting Ephedrine imports. It was also said that Ephedra can help people increase metabolism, thus lose weight and after FDA import ban Ephedra, people can not get the Ephedra products, so, there were many complaints.

In fact, thousands of years, the Chinese people have been using Chinese herbs as medicines to treat patients, rather than as a food supplement. As we all know, medicine should not be casually consumed. Most of the traditional Chinese herbs, the use of them, need to consult Chinese medicine practitioners. But in the West, no rules to manage herbs. Because of the nature of the majority of Chinese medicine is very mild, so the Chinese medicine has been placed on the management of food supplements category.

These food and supplements as Chinese medicine, some of them, there are strong features, side effects to the people, their function is the same with drugs; some have only a minor feature, without any side effects, that is entirely of food and nutritional supplements. In view of this, I suggest you, before the consumption of any Chinese herbal supplements, you are better to see a Chinese medicine practitioners to seek medical advice.

Food and medicine homologous, here, I would like to recommend you some very safe "treatment methods": with food instead of drugs( for some of minor problems), make you more healthy. Foods, including grain, vegetables, fruits, meat. They are not drugs, they are not even nutritional supplements, they are the food, everyone can eat them, they may be in your refrigerator, you readily available, very convenient. When you occasionally have a cough, cold, sore throat, constipation and water retention, sleep disturbance, these are common problems that occur every day, when randomly selected for consumption, not only solve your temporary and minor problems, and also your smaller illness will not cause real disease, thus, to improve your health.

I am committed to carrying forward the oriental culture, the promoting of integrative Western and Eastern medicine, committing to cultivating Chinese medical talent, disseminating of medical knowledge, improving public health and reducing health care costs. My motto is: “Dedicated to teaching, serious medical treatment, to be a honest person.”


The abuse of Chinese medicine

The abuse of Chinese medicine

In the hometown of Chinese herbal medicine, China, no one take Chinese herbal medicine as a game. But in America, I see the development of Chinese medicine are abnormal. Some people, eating Pinellia beads as peanuts, this is my personally see. I asked him why, he said: he sow the Internet, they said that it can dispels cough, and dissolve phlegm. I told him it was medicine, not casually eat, you need to see a Chinese medical doctor, get a prescription to take it. He said that it is the food and supplement, casually eating is no problems. He feels that I am wrong, and have actually think I want to make his money. In his concept, the food supplement is safe, it can casually eat.

On the Web, television, newspapers, I often can see the Chinese herbal medicine for business purposes of the false propaganda, and people's blind faith for Superstition.

In a television advertisement, they said: Ginseng and deer horn, can lower blood pressure. I do not know if anyone got lower their blood pressure by eating ginseng or deer horn. But as a Chinese medicine doctor, I know, ginseng and antler can elevate blood pressure, and Hypertensive patients eat ginseng or deer horn, it would be very dangerous. That ad actually aired on TV several years before it stopped, it simply is danger to public health.

I often received phone calls, asked me if I sell a certain Chinese herbal medicine, such as Polygonum, Lycium fruits (or Chinese Wolfberry fruits), Ephedra, Oldenlandia, Pinellia Est. I asked them why they want eat these herbs, they said the Internet said, Polygonum can black hair, Chinese wolfberry fruits can make eyes bright, Ephedra can lose weight, Oldenlandia can treat cancer, Pinellia can dispels cough, and dissolve phlegm. I said that Chinese medicines are generally not used alone, must be placed in a prescription in order to cure. The Chinese herbal medicine recipe composed of about a dozen herbs. The prescription formula can increase the effectiveness of one flavor, reduce the side effects of a single herb, Chinese medicine doctors need to see patients and then write out a prescription formula. Many people will think: I do not understand, some people think that I would like to make money, so do not talk to me on that any more. Some people also do not want to pay the consultation fee to see Chinese medicine doctors; and some say that: in online, everywhere are talking about these herbs can do, you are not even know that, so ignorant. When I say please do not use ephedra to lose weight, it is not safe, one person even said: "you don't know,!" I secretly thought the ridiculous, I had in the highest university of Chinese medicine to the system studied traditional Chinese medicine for years, I treat patients with traditional Chinese medicine nearly 40 years, I would become "do not know", and he saw a message on the Internet, he dare to say that “I do not know”.

Some people put food in ephedra as a diet food for sale. When Ephedra Increased the blood pressure and boost heart rate and other side effects were found, Ephedra has been considered a poison that can trigger heart disease, and was being banned. So all herbs containing ephedrine had been in the customs "ban."

Years ago, the Belgian weight lose clinic abuse of Chinese herbal medicine. They mixed with traditional Chinese medicine and Western medicine, gave their patients long-term use this mixture, in order to lose weight. Later, renal failure was found in many patients. At this time, some Western researchers and the media began to report that
said: Chinese medicine has kidney toxicity, some of the Chinese herbs is poison. All Chinese medicine containing aristolochic acid have all been "ban."

Many traditional Chinese herbs have great medical potential, but after inspection in the U.S. import customs, they were considered poison, and were burned as opium.
And the company have to pay the full cost of "the destruction of drugs,"

What are they destroyed? “One product was a coix formula (yi yi ren tang), the other was a major bupleurum formula (da chai hu tang).” “a formula called Minor Blue Dragon formula, the coix formula again, and ephedra, apricot kernel, gypsum and licorice formula.” A disappointed vendor, said: “Ephedra, ma huang, is one of the effective ingredients that practitioners use to treat respiratory disorders, so we've automatically lost a tool, a major tool, against these diseases. Once we start losing, one by one, these types of useful tools, what kind of profession are we going to end up being? That's the concern I have here. We're probably going to go back to a state where we can only use needles someday. ”
Extracted from<>Oct.2004

The abuse of Chinese herbal medicine, resulting in prohibiting the use of traditional Chinese medicine. This is abnormal development of Chinese herbal medicine. This is not only detrimental to the proper transmission of Chinese medicine, it also undermines the public's health, should arouse great attention the relevant departments.


Chinese medicine is drug, drugs are toxic

Chinese medicine is drug, drugs are toxic

As long as drugs, there is some toxicity. Ancient Chinese medicine has been known as "poison."

“for diseases, some are protracted and some are newly contracted; for prescriptions, some have a large quantity and some have a small quantity; for properties, some medical herbs are strong, even toxicant and some are not; and there are certain rules to take them. Medical herbs with strong medical properties should be ceased when the disease is cured by 60%; medical herbs with not so strong medical properties should be ceased when the disease is cured by 70%; common medical herbs should be ceased when the disease is cured by 80%; medical herbs without toxicity should be ceased when the disease is cured by 90%. After the medical herbs are ceased, the patients should take cereals, meats, fruits and vegetables to maintain healthy body energy, and to increase a self healing ability to eliminate all the remaining evil disease. All medical herbs should not be overtaken; it will be harmful to our health”. (Quoted from <> Original Note (Tang Dynasty) Bing Wang).

Traditional Chinese medicine has always been drug, not food. What kind of drugs have no "toxic"? You can not just eat lisinopril without prescription? You can not just take antibiotics without prescription. Can you put Penicillin mixed with food, to be a food or a supplement to fight infection? Mixing sleeping pills with drink, as a drink of sleeping helper.

On the other hand, Does all kind of food is no "poison" for every one? As the saying: "eat too salty, it may increase blood pressure”. Can you say salt poisonous? Some people eating radish diarrhea, eating lamb mouth sores, eating pepper hemorrhoids, take peanuts will be allergic or asthma, and some even eat peanut allergy died, and how no one said radishes, lamb, peppers, peanuts poisonous then?

So, in a sense, a thing is food, nutrition supplements, or medicine, to a large extent depends on the dose and whether symptomatic.

Food, nutrition supplements, drugs, no clear boundaries between them, but there are strict distinction. According to their effect on the strength of the human body, can be given the following coordinates:

From the above table we can see that some Chinese herbal medicine can be food, some can be a nutritional supplement, some are just drugs.



Drug - Supplement - Food
A surge of the return to basics in food and medicine, a trend of back to nature quietly surging around the world. Chinese medicine is the surf boat of the trend, the United States are a pioneer positions. More and more Americans believe in natural medicine, herbal supplements, they buy herbal health care products. They tired for chemical and Knifes. In the shopping malls, pharmacies, online, everywhere efforts to promote sales Chinese health care products. Some even think that application of herbal supplements as fashion.
As a Chinese medical practitioner, I saw the opportunities of Chinese medicine benefit to human, and also feel confusion in the development of Chinese medicine.
What are Herbs and Supplements?
As we all know, Chinese herbal medicine in the United States managed by FDA ( U.S. Food and Drug administration) as a food and supplement .
There are two categories of food and drug in the United States and all western country:
1, food and supplement;
2, medicine, ( drug and Chemical medicine)
Concept in the West, the drug basically refers to Chemical drugs, herbal medicine is not medicine, but only food supplement.
Concept of oriental , since ancient time, the medicine has been including herbal drug that those are not chemical processing, called natural medicine.
Since centuries, the Western chemical drug were into China, our Asians in the concept, the food and drug divided into three categories:
1, food;
2, herbal medicine(natural drug);
3, chemical medicine(chemical drug).
In other words, there are two kind of drugs: Western medicine(the drugs have been getting chemical processing); and herbal medicine (natural drugs or say organic medicine). We call medicine rather than supplement, emphasize that they are for the purpose of medical treatment.
In American classification, for the purpose of seeking medical treatment were classified as drugs, it is Medical Doctor’s patent. Therefore, if counted as herbal medicine, there will be a strange phenomenon: MD does not know how to use herbal medicine, but they have the right to use them; and as Chinese medical practitioner, we know how to use herbal medicine, but have no right to prescribe the herbal medicine. Therefore, Chinese herbal medicine into the U.S. market as a first step, we can only put them as herbal supplement. This is understandable and wise. Indeed, many herbal medicine are also food. And the fact, it is successful, for example, Red yeast rice low cholesterol, Chinese dates help sleep, Chrysanthemum would help eyes, Angelica regulation gynecological problems……they have been benefit of people of the United States.
But with extensive promotion of Traditional Chinese medicine, Chinese medicine as such to the management of food and supplement, have more and more prominent side effects: the abuse and the banned in Chinese herbal medicine.


How Does Acupuncture Work

How Does Acupuncture Work
By Yiming Wang

The general theory of acupuncture is based on the idea that there is Qi, which flows through our bodies and which is essential for our health. The disorder of this flow is believed to be responsible for diseases. Acupuncture can adjust the imbalances of this flow at acupoints close to skin.
What is Qi?
There is both a common meaning and medical meaning for Qi.
The common meaning of Qi in Chinese is something that can be felt or detected, but may not be seen. For example, air, energy, coldness, dampness, hotness, etc.
The meaning of Qi in Chinese medicine refers to the two kinds of Qi in the human body which are beneficial Qi and evil Qi.
Beneficial Qi is: the life force, vital energy, self healing ability, natural healing ability, and all of the functions of the internal organs, etc.
Evil Qi are: the various factors that cause illness, it is also called illness Qi.

The Qi, either beneficial Qi or evil Qi, flows in the meridians.
A Meridian is the route which the Qi flows.
If the Qi flows too fast, too slow, stops (which we call Qi stagnation), or if the Qi goes the wrong way (for example, comes down when it should go up, or goes up when it should come down), or if the beneficial Qi is weak, or if the evil Qi is too strong, all this can lead to disease.

The acupuncture needles are inserted in the acupoints on the meridians close to the skin. It can adjust the imbalances of the flow of Qi.

We have an instinct that makes the flow of Qi tend to balance through a self healing ability. Acupuncture treatments assist this natural healing ability to eliminate evil Qi, remove Qi stagnation and strengthen beneficial Qi, and make the body Qi flow freely, so that the body will become healthy.
Acupuncture and Herb Clinic
Yiming Wang, O.M.D.
Licensed Acupuncturist in Texas
National Board Diplomate (NCCA)
18170 Dallas Parkway, #102
Dallas, Texas 75287
(972) 680-0121
Web: us-acupuncture.com
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Biographical Overview of Yiming Wang

Biographical Overview of Yiming Wang
Oriental Medical Doctor
Professor of Chinese Medicine
Licensed Acupuncturist in Texas
Herbal Specialist
National Board Diplomate (NCCAOM)

Yiming Wang majored in traditional Chinese medicine at the Beijing College of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) in Beijing, China, now the Beijing University of Chinese Medicine, and received a diploma. She received both Western and Chinese medical training there. She has worked in medicine since the early 1970's, and began lecturing as Associate Professor at the Beijing College of TCM in China. She taught basic theories of TCM, the science of TCM formulas, and acupuncture theory.

From the mid-1970's to 1991, Dr. Yiming Wang was a doctor of TCM, clinical practitioner and an acupuncturist in China. She has worked on laboratory experiments in basic theories of TCM for 10 years, and participated in a study project on application of TCM to genetic/biological methodology in anti-AIDS, anti-cancer, and anti-magnetic field damage efforts at the Beijing College of Traditional Chinese Medicine.
In China she was an examiner of National TCM self-study exam and an associate professor of TCM, specializing in acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine. To help students to understand Eastern medicine and acupuncture, she has directed a televised documentary: "Phlegm and Water". Dr. Yiming Wang has authored 6 books and 30 papers on the subject of Chinese acupuncture and herbal medicine in China. Some of her books include:
Family Health Care and Herbal Diet. Beijing: Beijing Publishing House, 1993.
Selected Classic Prescriptions. (edited) Shanghai: Publishing House of Shanghai, College of Traditional Chinese Medicine, 1991.
Science of Traditional Chinese Medical Formula. (Textbook for Correspondence Education) Beijing: Traditional Chinese Medicine Science/Technology Publishing House, 1988.
Solution of Multiple Choice Questions in Traditional Chinese Medical Formula. ( A Supplement to Textbook of Traditional Chinese Medicine) Beijing: Publishing House for Books of Traditional Chinese Medicine, 1987.

In 1991 she came to the United States and practiced acupuncture while teaching acupuncture / herbology at the Beijing School of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine in Fort Worth, Texas. In 1992 she moved to Richardson and began a private practice in acupuncture and herbology. She was the director of the Dallas Institute of Chinese Medicine. She was an item writer for the Chinese herbology exam for the National Commission for the Certification of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM). In 2008 she moved to Dallas area. Her office address: 18170 Dallas Parkway., #102, Dallas TX 75287. Currently in the US, she is a licensed acupuncturist and herbalist in the state of Texas and a National Board Diplomate of Herbology.

In the United States she has taught acupuncture and Chinese medicine in the Dallas Institute of Chinese Medicine in Richardson and several of her students have received state acupuncture licenses. She has taught Chinese medicine at the Third Coast Institute of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. She has taught seminars on acupuncture at North Texas University, University of Texas in Dallas, and Richland College of Dallas. She has also been invited to several other seminars to teach acupuncture and herbal medicine.
Since she came to the U.S., she found that patients often asked her, "how does acupuncture work," so to answer this question, she has also written a book named "How Does Acupuncture Work" in English in 2003.

Yiming Wang's current areas of expertise include clinical practice of acupuncture as an acupuncturist and a doctor of TCM; continuing the writing of articles to introduce acupuncture and Chinese medicine; and working to introduce how to use herbal diet to improve the body's health. She advocates the integration of Traditional Chinese and Western Medicine as a philosophy of health-care.