April Bui Acupuncture
Memorial / Spring Branch
Chinese Medicine Terminology
Below are brief explanations of some common terms and concepts in Chinese medicine diagnosis that you would come across in a reading. Although Chinese medicine concept can be abstract, this helps you to understand better the discussion on this page.
Chinese Medicine Diagnosis:
According to Chinese medicine, urinary tract infection, yeast infection, vaginitis, Herpes I and II all have common causes of imbalance that manifest predominantly in the lower jiao (area below the navel) and along digestive system channels due to one or more of the following imbalances:
• Qi stagnation
• Blood stagnation (blood in urine, painful urination)
• Excess damp build up
• Excess heat and toxicities (with foul odor, colored discharge, blood in urine, red and painful eruptions)
• Cold deficient type (yeast infection without foul odor and clear discharge)
• Spleen qi deficiency
• Yang deficiency of spleen, kidney (yeast infection without foul odor and clear discharge)
We use acupuncture and herbs to treat open the affected energy channels, regulate qi and blood and remove obstructions, clear heat, toxicities, and damp, expel cold.
Strengthening and supporting spleen qi is very important to abate recurrence. Ongoing effort to clear damp from the body is needed with herbal therapy, eliminating damp producing foods from diet, and exercise. Eliminating stress is a must especially regarding herpes.
The initial course of treatment is six weekly sessions and followed by a period of maintenance. Eventually patients should rely on a clean diet, periodic detox, and healthy lifestyle choices to support healing and prevention.