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, ADD and ADHD are the results of constitutional deficiencies. Chinese medicine can be effective for this condition but requires long commitment to the treatment.
The principle to treat for deficiencies is to replenish, and the process of replenishing and rebuilding often requires time. Progress is gradual but Chinese medicine is one of the best natural medicine for this condition, especially for children.
ADD, ADHD result from one or more of the following imbalances:
• Heart and kidney yin deficiency
• Spleen qi deficiency
• Liver qi stagnation
• Yin deficiency heat (especially in ADHD)
• Excess damp and/or phlegm
• Aggravation of internal wind
In treating ADD and ADHD, we use acupuncture and Chinese herbs to achieve the following effects:
• Fortify heart yin, kidney yin, spleen qi.
• Regulate heart qi.
• Regulate and soothe liver qi.
• Clear heat.
• Clear damp, phlegm.
• Subdue internal wind.
The initial course of treatment constitutes six weekly acupuncture sessions and followed by a maintenance program. For children age 10 or under, only herbal therapy is used - we do not apply acupuncture unless the condition is severe. A proper diet and nutritional program must also be incorporated.
This treatment is long term. We encourage patience and commitment to the process especially on the part of the parents.