I recently read an article in Science [Science 346 (6216 Suppl) 2014] about the integration of TCM and Western medicine. In response, I would like to propose the following: TCM and Western medicine have different strengths and independent approaches to understanding and explaining health and disease, and therefore, they have the potential to be complementary. They are in no way mutually exclusive. Nobody will argue with the fact that in an emergent life-threatening situation, the best place to be is in a state-of-the-art American hospital. Western medicine excels at saving lives.
In September 2013 a case report I authored was published in the peer-reviewed Journal of Chiropractic Medicine on the successful use of acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine to manage a case of chronic prostatitis with pelvic pain syndrome. This case report is an important contribution to the medical literature because it documents the use of a conservative treatment modality with no side effects to manage a chronic and incurable condition. The typical treatment to manage this condition is the long term use of pain killers.
Everybody can benefit from yoga. As long as you can breathe, you can practice yoga and experience the balance in body and mind that it offers. It smoothes and steadies our emotions, calms our nervous system, and works out areas of tightness in our musculoskeletal system.
One of the branches of Traditional Chinese Medicine is the theory of the Five Elements.
The Five Elements (Spring-Wood, Summer-Fire, Late Summer-Earth, Fall-Metal and Winter-Water) are based on the four seasons, with the addition of late summer to make five. Observations were made about the types of illness that abound during these seasons, and the practice of Traditional Chinese Medicine teaches that optimal health can be maintained by preparing for the changes that the seasons bring.
My second case report was published in the September 2012 Journal of Chiropractic Medicine. The title is “Combination of acupuncture and spinal manipulative therapy: management of a 32-year-old patient with chronic tension-type headache and migraine.”
It documents the complete resolution of daily headaches with superimposed migraines after five treatments. This is noteworthy because this patient had suffered from episodic migraines since she was a teenager.
Recent medical literature suggests that it is reasonable for all women with unexplained infertility to be tested for Celiac Disease (CD).1 The reasons for this are threefold: First, there is a strong association of infertility in women with CD, even in those who do not exhibit the typical signs and symptoms of CD. Secondly, the cost of testing for CD is far less than the cost of an infertility workup using Assisted Reproductive Techniques (ART) such as in vitro fertilization (IVF).
Low back pain (LBP) is the most common medical condition, affecting an estimated 50% of adults annually, and affecting 70-80% of adults at some point in their lives. In 1998, total health care expenditures incurred by individuals with low back pain were estimated at $91 billion (1% of gross domestic product).
I am very happy to announce that a case report I wrote as part of the Masters of Science program at the National University of Health Sciences, submitted in November 2010 and accepted in June 2011, has gone into publication in the peer-reviewed Journal of Chiropractic Medicine. The subject was considered very timely and interesting by the peer reviewers.
The statistics showing that 92% of babies in utero are head down at 34 weeks and 97% are head down at full term1 suggest that most babies present head first (cephalically) in preparation for labor and delivery. Complete or incomplete breech presentation, when the baby’s head is not down, occurs in 3-4% of all births, and most often leads to a caesarian section to avoid potential complications in labor and delivery.