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Outside the Medicine Cabinet

Chinese Medicines Approach to Disease

Presented by Lorne Brown

November 29, 2004

What is TCM?
Long History Balance Yin & Yang Qi and Meridians Pattern Discrimination vs. Disease Diagnosis Prevention Treatment

Hi tory of

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Health is the manifestation of balance Disease is the consequence of imbalance

Yin & Yang

What is Qi?
When Qi gathers, so the physical body is formed; when Qi disperses, so the body passes. Life force or energy Essential for living Circulates through meridians Nourishes every cell, tissue and organ of your body All Functions of body and mind are manifestations of Qi
Prana Ruach Spirit Chi (Qi)

M ri ia s ar Lik Riv rs

Within rivers there is water Wherever a river flows it brings water that nourishes the land, people and plants Water is necessary for life to grow and develop

What Aff
Health is determined by a sufficient, balanced and continuous flow of Qi When Qi flow is disrupted, the organ systems cannot function properly

ts th Fl w f Qi?

Pre ention
An ounce of prevention is worth more than a pound of cure Doctor is paid only while you are healthy

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Acupuncture Moxibustion Diet & Lifestyle Qi Gong/Tai Chi

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Cupping Acupressure/Tui Na (massage) Gwa Sha Herbal Medicine


Celebrity Cupping

Pattern Diagno i
One disease, different treatments. Different diseases, one treatment.

* Physical * Mental / Emotional * Spiritual *

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Interview/health history Observation Listen & smell Touch/palpation

Ill ss, Pai is as fr m a Chi s H alth P rsp tiv

Qi nourishes your body When the flow of Qi is disrupted, illness, pain and disease can occur You can have a disease but you do not have a pattern. You manifest or exhibit a pattern through your sign & symptoms When Qi is balanced and flowing throughout your body, there is health!

Mai O j tiv s f r A upu tur Tr atm t

Relieve pain Eliminate signs & symptoms of illness and disease Immune health Balance and harmonize organ systems Prevent illness Maintain and optimize your health

What Ca TCM A upu Tr at?

NIH acknowledge Acupuncture to be effective for variety of conditions:
Nausea and vomiting Osteoarthritis Myofascial pain




Stroke rehabilitation Headache

Low back pain

Menstrual cramps

Carpal tunnel syndrome

Tennis elbow


Studie Sugge t
Acupuncture is a safe, natural, and effective way to treat illness, disease, and pain. Evidence suggests that the holistic approach to Traditional Chinese Medicine is effective in the supportive care of cancer patients.1 Acupuncture can provide significant benefits and relief from pain.2 Acupuncture produces better relief from migraines and muscle tension headaches than standard drug therapies.3 Acupuncture is an effective alternative to drugs for the treatment of depression.4 Acupuncture provides a natural approach for asthma.5 Acupuncture can reduce psychological and behavioral problems that accompany morning sickness at the same time as it suppresses nausea and vomiting.6
ie , (4): 235-46. 1 Wang, R., Integration of Chinese medicine into supportive cancer care: a modern role for an ancient tradition. Cancer reat ent e 2 Comm., R, Wong, G., et. al., The acupuncture treatment of low back pain a randomized controlled study, erican Journal of Chine e edicine, (8): 181-189. 3 Loh, L., Nathan, P., et. al., Acupuncture versus medical treatments for migraine and muscle tension headaches, Journal of Neurology, Neuro urgery, and Psychiatry, (47): 333-337. 4 Yang, X., Luo, H., anf Jin, Y., Clinical observation on needling extra channel points in treating mental depression, Journal of raditional Chinese edicine, (14): 14-18. 5 Fung, KP., et. al., Attention to exercise-induced asthma by acupuncture, ancet, (2): 1419-1422. 6 Hyde, E., Acupressure therapy for morning sickness: A controlled clinical trial, Journal of Nurse id ifery, (34): 171-*178.



o ens Health
Conditions treated by Chinese medicine:

Menstrual Irregularities




Stages of Care
Acute Rehabilitative Wellness & Prevention

An Acupuncture ifestyle
Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine is a balanced and holistic approach toward achieving good health & wellbeing. Adopting an Acupuncture lifestyle can be supported by incorporating other tools into your life that can contribute to the holistic effects this ancient medicine has to offer. Herbs, Vitamins & inerals Smiles Yoga Exercise Balanced, Healthy Diet Nature


To Your Health

Acubalance ellness Centre

Lorne Brown Suite 250 - 828 West 8th Avenue Vancouver, British Columbia V5Z 1E2 Canada
(604) 678-8600

The Elemental Associations

The Elemental Cycles

W st r Th ri s f A upu tur
Placebo Bioelectromagnetism Neurological Gate Theory Neurohumoral

Gross s. Net Absorption

Gross units of energy Energy required for digestion Net absorption

Raw Cooked
100 40 60 80 10 70

T Sum It Up
Used continuously for over 5,000 years No Drugs, Natural & Effective Safe & minimal Side-Effects when practiced correctly! Uses a variety of diagnostic tools Pain, illness and disease are the result of an imbalance or insufficient supply of Qi TCM practitioner focus upon rebalancing Qi flow Diagnosis is focused at getting to the root of the problem Holistic approach for body, mind and spirit health care