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Dr. Bing Guan, M.D. (China), R.T.C.M.P | Traditional Chinese Medicine TCM Practioner | Originally trained and qualified as a Medical Doctor in the People's Republic of China | Registered with the College of Traditional Chinese Medicine TCM in BC, Canada
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Below is a Sample of a public education article written in English by Dr. Guan, on the topic of Chinese complimentary medical approaches to treating arthitis
A Practical Chinese Treatment Program for Arthritis from a TCM Practioner
If you, or someone you care for, is diagnosed with arthritis, you may be told that arthritis cannot be healed, that you must live with pain and painkillers the rest of your life. But, a diagnosis of arthritis does not mean you have to suffer constant pain and stiffness. You can still live a normal lifestyle with manageable pain and keep most of the function of your joints.
By understanding the factors that can improve the condition of an arthritic joint, the Chinese have developed a therapeutic program to help those with arthritis stay in good shape mentally and physically.
What are the positive approaches to arthritis (as seen by a "Traditional Chinese Medicine Practioner") ?
Number one: Relatively right/correct alignment.
Well-designed alignment is the foundation of a joint. No matter the cause of the arthritis, your joint's mechanical structure will go out of shape. That means the joint no longer has matching parts. The bones push against each other once you use the joint. This misalignment causes more inflammation on top of the arthritis. To reset and maintain the alignment, we use manipulative massage therapy. Misalignment also causes poor local circulation. Maintaining good alignment of the joint is essential care to prevent arthritis.
Number two: Circulation within the local structure.
When the joint is inflamed, it swells on the inside and outside. The swelling blocks the body's own anti-inflammatory system, leaving the joint relatively isolated from the blood stream - an important source of nutrition for tissues. Misalignment also impedes the flow of nutrition to the joint. Topical herbal application and massage with manipulation will help to improve flow of blood and lymph. At chronic periods, heat is recommended because of its enhancing blood flow effect. Once the circulation recovers, the joint has more chance to survive and inflammation will ease. Medicines will also be more easily transported to the "target joint"
Number three: Boost immunity and general system condition.
Whether or not the arthritis is related to issues of autoimmunity, it indicates that forces of destruction are greater than those of repair. We believe that herbal remedies and acupuncture can help regulate this imbalance and fine-tune your immune reaction.
Number four: Practice a balanced health lifestyle.
This is includes diet, exercise, and avoiding any activities that tax your immunity. When the alignment is set, exercise is very important for keeping muscles in shape. Muscular movement should be considered as a local pump to the tissues and structures around joints. Strong and healthy muscles also help to keep joints in alignment.
TO help you overcome arthritis and maintain a healthy lifestyle our clinic has set up a holistic therapeutic program for patients with arthritis. We practice:
By taking control of your health with these positive approaches, people with arthritis can easily live an active lifestyle and reduce the risk of the side-effects of painkillers [and/or anti-inflammatory medications].For more information, please contact:
Guan's TCM Clinic of Traditional Chinese Medicine
111 - 1026 Johnson Street,
Canada V8V 3N7
Phone: (250) 995-0028
© Copyright 2005, Dr. Bing Guan, Victoria, BC, Canada