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:
Stone formation anywhere in the body is due to primarily excessive damp and heat in the middle jiao (gallstones) or lower jiao (kidney/bladder stones) and accompanied by some of the following imbalances:
• Qi stagnation
• Blood stagnation
• Qi deficiency of spleen, kidney
• Yin deficiency of liver, spleen, kidney
Chinese medicine is effective for treating small stones. Acupuncture is applied to open the affected energy channels, remove obstructions from the channels, and move qi and blood. Herbs will be used to dissolve the stones for passing out of the body.
** Chinese medicine is not effective for treating large stones which require surgery.
The course of treatment is six to twelve weeks or until stones are completely dissolved and passed out of the body via urine.
Prevention requires elimination of damp and heat from the system which requires changes to the diet and elimination of alcohol consumption.