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:
Liver is an especially important organ in our body. When the liver begins to malfunction, the condition usually is complex and involves other organs as well. According to Chinese medicine, liver disorders result from a combination of the following imbalances.
• Yin deficiency of liver, heart, spleen, stomach, kidney
• Heat in liver, gallbladder, heart, stomach, small intestine, large intestine, bladder
• Qi deficiency of spleen, kidney
• Yang deficiency of spleen, kidney (with edema, ascites)
• Blood deficiency
• Qi stagnation of liver, gallbladder, heart, stomach, small intestine, large intestine, bladder
• Blood stagnation in upper, middle, lower jiao
• Excess damp, phlegm, and toxicities of middle and lower jiao
• Aggravated internal wind
• Aggravated liver yang
In treating liver disorders, we use acupuncture and herbs to clear the excess heat, toxicities, damp, phlegm, remove qi and blood obstructions, drain fluid, regulate qi and blood flow through the affected channels, nourish yin, blood, qi, and yang. Chinese medicine treatment helps to restore functional vitality to mainly the liver and other associated organs and to help rebuild new liver cells and tissue.
* A very important herbal formula that we use for most liver treatments consists of five different medicinal mushrooms. This formula is nothing short of miraculous in healing all liver conditions that we have treated at our clinic. This formula is gentle yet strongly effective, is used for remedial purpose as well as liver health support. A person with a healthy liver can also use this formula to further support, detox, and enhance liver functions.
Diet, exercise, and stress must be regulated. Alcohol consumption, smoking, and drug use must be eliminated totally from one's life. This is a very important part of the treatment program, otherwise any liver treatment would be ineffectual.
The initial course of treatment is six to 12 weekly sessions depending on the severity of condition. Continuing maintenance is necessary because liver healing requires an extensive period of time.