Foods According to Traditional Chinese Medicine Nuria Lorite Ayán
According to traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), food is a keystone for wellness and for the prevention of ill health. Choice of food is part of both prevention and treatment, and it is difficult to separate the study of foods and eating for everyday use from the study of medical nutrition. TCM has its own classification system for foods, so it is useful to know the rules that will lead to the use of one or another specific food, including knowing when it should be restricted. This paper presents the different groups of foods, not from the classical point of view, as in therapeutics and herbal medicine, but as a system of groups which more resembles our Western nutritional considerations.
How is Rising Obesity Tackled in China and Europe? Jane Wills and Tingting Liu
Overweight and obesity are a growing problem in China but their causes may be differently viewed as a consequence of globalisation and the development of an obesogenic environment or as a consequence of an individual’s wellbeing. This paper explores these different explanations and the ways that the problem is addressed in Sino and European policy and TCM practice. Obesity can be linked to an unhealthy diet and eating practices and a lack of activity, and behavioural changes as well as TCM treatments that address the gastrointestinal digestive function may be effective in altering this. Obesity is, however, also a complex and global issue that needs to be recognised as a social problem.
Roger Newman Turner In conversation with Jasmine Uddin
In a careeer that spans over 50 years Roger Newman Turner, naturopath, osteopath and acupuncturist, has seen many changes, for the acupuncture profession in particular. In this wide-ranging, reflective conversation with EJOM’s Editor, Jasmine Uddin, he looks back over the last half century, from the pioneering early days to the present, as well as forward to what he hopes for the future.
Improving Gut Flora with TCM Cathy Margolin
Every experienced gardener knows the health of your soil is the first step to a successful garden. Every Chinese medicine practitioner should ideally practise this same lesson. Attending to the soil in your patients means addressing the digestive system. The focus of this article is digestion and the growing body of research exploring our relationship with what we once referred to as germs; now commonly referred to as the human microbiome or healthy gut bacteria. TCM practitioners can help their patients improve and maintain this with acupuncture, herbs, lifestyle advice, and dietary suggestions.
Limiting Chemotherapy Side Effects by Using Moxa Beverley de Valois, Teresa Young, Rob Glynne-Jones, Clare Scarlett and Friedrich Staebler
This trial aims to investigate the feasibility of teaching cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy within the NHS to self-administer daily indirect moxibustion to St 36 Zu San Li. This will begin to assess whether this intervention can reduce chemotherapy induced pancytopenia, specifically neutropenia, anaemia, and thrombocytopenia, and facilitate patients completing chemotherapy without delays or dose reduction.
Picking the Low Hanging Fruit: Giving dietary advice that your patients can achieve Greg Lampert and Danny Blyth
This article considers how practitioners can help their patients to make achievable dietary changes, based on current lifestyle and mental patterns. It contains practical suggestions on stocking cupboards and customising favourite meals according to diagnostic patterns. There is also a section on using kitchen-based herbs and spices to alter meal energetics. The article includes a detailed case history pulling together all elements discussed.
Meridian Frequency Moxibustion with Ontake Warm Bamboo Part 2: Root and Branch Oran Kivity
Part 1 of this article described the origins of Ontake treatment: a dynamic moxibustion tool that applies heat, pressure and percussion while integrating Dr Manaka’s meridian frequencies to balance kyo and jitsu in the channels. Part 2 explores its practical applications.