The Treatment of Pertussis (Whooping Cough) With Chinese Herbal Medicine.
Pertussis (whooping cough) is aptly called "the 100-day cough" (bai re ke) in Chinese medicine. Vaccinations against pertussis contained in the DPT (diphtheria-pertussis-tetanus) shot have reduced incidence in the United States significantly, but parental rejection of the vaccination has resulted in a re-emergence of the illness throughout the country. Both my city (Boulder) and state, (Colorado) hold the distinction of having the highest reported pertussis rates in the country. ("Colorado children are almost three times as likely to get whooping cough as children nationwide.")1 Subsequently, every winter I treat a handful of pertussis cases. The purpose of this paper is not only to talk about whooping cough and how to treat it, but also to discuss the treatment of cough in general. My opinion is that practitioners, in treating the various stages of cough, minimize the importance of addressing causative microbial agents, concentrating classically on the treatment of heat, dryness and phlegm. My approach recommends including Chinese herbs with strong antiviral or antibacterial effects.
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Treating Traumatic Injury and Pain with Plum Flower Products
Chinese herbal formulas for traumatic injury have their origins in a subspecialty of Chinese medicine called die da yao, literally “trauma medicine’, and sometimes translated as “hit medicine’. This subspecialty developed in the martial arts schools and the military, both as medicines for injuries due to training, or injuries sustained in actual combat. They have an impressive clinical history dating back at least 2500 years. These formulas use herbs that invigorate blood and break stasis, move qi and warm the channels. Unlike Western therapies which ices and immobilizes sites of injuries, the Chinese approach of moving qi and invigorating blood allows the qi and blood to flow in an unimpeded way, allowing an injury to heal quickly while overall pain is reduced.
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