Treating Chronic Inflammatory Diseases with Chinese Herbs: “Gu Syndrome” in Modern Clinical Practice

This article, by Heiner Fruhauf, describes a novel herbal treatment approach to auto-immune conditions and other chronic inflammatory disorders. This class of syndromes often points to aggressive helminthic, protozoan, fungal, spirochetal, or viral afflictions that have become systemic in an immune compromised patient. His approach may be utilized in many different degenerative chronic infections, such as those caused by HIV and Lyme disease. In addition, this approach is useful in other difficult chronic conditions such as fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome and GI disorders like IBS. This article covers symptoms typically seen in chronic inflammatory conditions, as well as the details involved in his approach to herbal therapy. At Red Sage Acupuncture, we carry the Classical Pearls formulas to help patients with these conditions.

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Pediatric Acupuncture In the News

Acupuncture’s beneficial effects on children is well documented and some recent headlines caught our eye. Did you know that acupuncture can help soothe colicky babies? Or reduce the pain of cerebral palsy? A recent study published in the journal Acupuncture in Medicine found that colicky babies cried less when they received acupuncture treatments for 2 weeks. Another new study in the journal of Medical Acupuncture found that acupuncture reduces cerebral palsy pain in children. We often see children for eczema, allergies, headaches and digestive issues. Herbal therapy and Shonishin (Japanese pediatric therapy) are two needle free options that can stand alone effectively to manage these symptoms.

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Women's Health: The Monthly Cycle

From an Eastern medicine perspective, a woman’s menstrual cycle tells so much about what is going on in the body. One patient came to me with a heavy flow she’d had for many years, for which surgery was recommended. After a couple of cycles with both acupuncture and herbal therapy, her cycles became more manageable and she lost much less blood. Losing less blood is a very good thing. You need that stuff! Want to know what to avoid during your cycle according to Traditional Chinese Medicine?

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