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Healthy Eating During the Holidays
Written By: Dr. Tianying Sun
We all have mixed feelings about the holidays: on one hand, we hope everyone enjoys the time with family and friends; on the other hand, the holiday feast may induce new health issues or the reoccurrence of pre-existing ones. So building up a dietary balance for the holiday will be more beneficial for everyone.
Here are a few smart tips will help you get a “green pass” during the holidays:
1. Be smart on the food selection:
As we are exposed to a wider variety of food, while we may turn them down other days, avoiding them this time a year may come as a bigger challenge. I would encourage you to reach more for vegetable-based or fiber-rich foods instead of heavy, oily, fried and meaty products. Green tea, Oolong tea, and Pu’er tea can all help to reduce the extra fatty part from food and ease up extra work put on the digestive tract;
2. Smart on the portion of food:
“Moderation, moderation, moderation.” Some dishes are really excellent in taste which make your taste buds happy, however, the stomach may say another thing. Indigestion, bloating and gas are all signs of overdo. Once you feel full, that’s it;
3. Smart on exercise:
Cold weather sometimes stops us from outdoor activities, how about indoor? Treadmill, elliptical, stationary bicycle, yoga, Pilates, indoor swimming etc. are good alternatives to keep the body in input-output balance.
From October 15th through November 20th
It’s that time of year again! We’re running our in-office food drive where all non-perishable goods will be brought to the Rhode Island Food Bank just in time for Thanksgiving!
When you donate at our office, you receive 50% off of 6 Bemer Treatments and a gift certificate for 35% off the first set of acupuncture visits to give to a loved one!
The Immune System and Classical Chinese Medicine (CCM)
Discussion of treatment of common cold and flu
Written By Dr. Tianying Sun, DAOM
“Not all heroes wear capes”, the immune system is one of them. Every day, thousands of bacteria, microbes, viruses and toxins introduced into our body via breathing and eating, others invades us through scratches or tiny cuts like paper cuts. It is a continuous battle that we do not notice it’s happening, but often unappreciated it. It is one of the key systems to keep us alive and in good health.
The word, “immunology” comes from Latin, “immunis”. It was originally a law concept, meaning “not subject to an obligation imposed to others”, e.g. immune from taxation. It is not an organ or pathway, but a collection of various cells which made up of two major categories.: innate immune response (phagocyte, NK cells, granulocytes and physical barrier) and acquired immune response (T&B lymphocytes). The innate response is the first line of defense and non-specific mechanism while the stronger immune response (acquired) acts up to recognize the specific binding site of the foreign invader to produce antibodies and form memory to that invader. The process of immune response can be briefly understood as self-discrimination and elimination of foreign bodies in an attempt to create an internal balance and provide normal protection for the body. The disorders of the immune system can be less pervasive such as pollen allergy, while others are extensive. Some disorders we hear often are autoimmune diseases, such as type 1 diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis (RA), systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) and inflammatory bowel disease (IBD).
In the Esoteric Scripture of the Yellow Emperor, the Bible of CCM which written since 771 BC, CCM had the records of the theory and practice of immunology: If the defensive Qi is deficient, malfunctioned and weak in its protection, the body is susceptible to external evil Qi to get sick. CCM has its own perspectives on viewing the immune system:
1. Zheng Qi (healthy Qi). Benefits from the existence of Zheng Qi (healthy Qi), the body has its own disease defense ability and cover us up for weather change, harmful microbes and shield us from external invasive diseases. As the another statement in Yellow Emperor puts, when healthy energy is well stored inside the body, no evils can cause interference, Zheng QI is the body’s natural resistance against disease that is a blessing at the time of creating;
2. Holism. As our body composed of multiple systems, it functions as an organic whole. CCM has employed holistic approaches to set the body in the state of mutual balance. The internal integral stability and harmony is the root of body defense and health maintenance. Any disturbance in this equilibrium will cause the occurrence of illness.
Thus, for CCM practitioner deal with immune system disorders, the essence is to boost up Zheng Qi and reset the broken imbalance within the body in a holistic manner (acupuncture, herbal formula, lifestyle alternations, Guasha, Tuina). If Zheng Qi is weak, then CCM can strengthen them; if the immune system is over reactive, in the case of allergies, IBD, SLE or RA etc., then CCM regulates your body’s reactions back to a normal level.
In China, Bashun, et el. recruited 62 (male: 20, female 42) patients who diagnosis with RA ranged from 3-7 years with active symptoms (morning stiffness, symmetrical pain, swelling and deformity on wrists, hands, knees and elbows; positive lab report (RF+, elevated SD rate, elevated CRP), X-ray showed narrowed joints space or bone damage. After 30-60 treatments, they showed impro
vement: 7 patients met the criteria as cure as no pain and morning stiffness, lab reports revealed RF negative (<1:10), SD rate (male: 0-15mm/1h, female 0-20mm/1h), CRP <8mg/L; 45 patients had significant improvement as disappearance of pain and swelling, good function of joints, lab reports RF negative or weak positive, 50% drop in SD rate and CRP level; 10 patients showed mild improvements as lab reports assays decreased less than 30%. Overall the efficacy was 96.8% via treatment of acupuncture and moxa.  Yongjian conducted randomized controlled to total 56 RA patients, treatment group (n=28) received firing needle technique while controlled group (n=28) received regular needle technique. The efficacy of clinical symptoms are: 85.86% vs. 56.47% (P<0.01). 
For common cold, students and staff in five Japanese acupuncture school (n=326) in 2004 were recruited into a study to determine the preventive and curative effects of manual acupuncture on the common cold. They were randomly allocated to acupuncture and non-treatment control groups and received 2-week experimental period with 2-week follow-up period.
A common diary and a questionnaire were scored and used for following analysis. Statistically significantly fewer symptoms were reported in the questionnaire by the acupuncture group than control group (P=0.024, general linear model) which means a significantly positive effect of acupuncture was demonstrated in the summed questionnaire data. 
In a summary on clinical application treated influenza with CCM, multiple CCM practitioners reported by forming individual herbal formula with various composition and dosage, the efficacy ranges from 92%-94.23%; acupuncture with TDP lamp, cupping and bleeding on 50 cases, the efficacy of acupuncture is 70% comparing to control group 20% (P<0.01). 
Immune system problems are basically divided into 2 major categories: autoimmune and chronic immune weakness; resulting in chronic infections such as – mononucleosis, Lyme disease, chronic viral infections, chronic bronchitis, hepatitis C and many more. Low immunity is also at the basis of any cancer formation. Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine have been proven to work very well on all above health problems. Studies after studies show the major effect on various parts of immune system. Therefore, CCM (Classical Chinese Medicine) can be used as a primary medical treatment for a whole range of immune system disorders as well as an adjacent therapy. Unlike other therapies, CCM has virtually no side effects and yet it renders great clinical results as the studies above are showing.
If you suffer from any of the chronic immune system health problems and simply want to strengthen your immune system, we are here to help you. At CIMH we continue accepting new patients and providing them the best possible treatments CCM can offer. We are specialized in treating a root/cause not just a symptoms. We also offer an individual health assessments and unique quantitative examination.
That missing one-hour comes back! Is it really a time to celebrate?
The number of people seeking help for depression spikes 8% following the Daylight Savings ends based on a 2016 study published in Epidemiology. Researchers believe moving the hour of daylight from evening to morning may trigger the incident. This sudden addition of an hour to the day will impact on the circadian rhythm, known as internal clock that control sleep and energy. People may intentionally go to sleep one hour late after checking the clock, however, does your body know the fact? It won’t response to this external change right away. It needs time to readjust and adapt a new pattern of sleep. Additionally, research shows there are increasing incidents of heart attacks and stroke around the change.
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