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Dr Helen Hu OMD L.Ac San Diego Integrated Chinese and Western Medicine | Combat the H1N1 Flu with Chinese Medicine

See My Who Is  Dr Helen Hu OMD L.Ac San Diego Integrated Chinese and Western Medicine reminds us “From April 2009, the World Health Organization has tracked the virus around the world since the original cases were diagnosed.”

During the winter months in the Southern Hemisphere (June –September) the incident of infection of  H1N1 was marked by a sharp rise early in the season with a few benign numbers being reported later in the season. Normally in the United States, the seasonal flu runs from October to March with the peak months usually occurring in November and February.  We have to do whatever it takes to prevent and restrain H1N1 from spreading. It is especially important for those populations of younger, elderly and those with pre-existing medical conditions.

The follow most asked questions regarding the H1N1 flu:

  1. How is H1N1 virus transmitted and exposure precautions?

The limited data available indicates that this virus is transmitted in ways similar to other influenza virus. Seasonal human influenza virus are spread from person to person primarily through respiratory droplet ejected during sneezing and coughing.  Close contact is considered within about an 8 foot radius of an infected person.

The N1H1 virus can survive on a hard surface for up to 8 hours. Frequent hand washing is essential

  1. How contagious is the H1N1 virus?

Unlike the common cold, which attaches to the adenoids, the influenza virus attaches to the lung tissue itself. The lungs become inflamed and the body reacts with “flu-like symptoms”. The incubation for the H1N1 virus appears to be 1-4 days after exposure, with a possibility of being up to 7 days. Normally, an adult is contagious for about 24 hours after the fever has dropped below 100F/38C without the use of fever reducing medicine. Children can be contagious up to one week after the fever has dispersed

It is suggested that by using vinegar steam to treat a room space where the flu patient stayed.

  1. Recent  Discoveries for N1H1 virus from WHO.

The World Health Organization has determined that the novel  H1N1 virus has little or no resistance to neuraminidase inhibitors. Neuraminidase inhibitors interfere with virus’s ability to replicate. Since the replication of an influenza virus in the respiratory tract reaches its peak between 24 and 72 hours after the onset of the illness, early treatment with neuraminidase inhibitors can be very effective.

A handful of Chinese herbs have been shown to have strong neuraminidase inhibitory effects, most notably, Sophora root (Ku Shen) and isalis root(Ban lan gen)

Most Chinese family with children always have  Ban Lan Gen herbs during cold season. Take it after very early signs of a cold or even after contact with an infected individual.

  1. What are the options for Chinese Medicine to treat H1N1 influenza?

First of all, we have to understand that Chinese Medicine treats influenza (wind cold attack) with acupuncture, gua sha, cupping and varieties of herbal formula depending on the stage of the illness.

  1. Prevention: TCM believe: there may be no pathogen invasion if one has an intact defensive system. Supporting immune system in order to prevent the virus of a future exposure forming full attachment, such as Jade Screen formula that boosts immunity to fence off pathogen invasion.
  2. Early stage: When one contact the virus, or show every early signs such as sneezing, mild fatigue and discomfort, make sure to take Ban Lan Gen to fight virus replication with plenty of rest and fluid.
  3. However, once full blow of cold, TCM practitioner has to evaluate patterns of the influenza and apply different herbal formula accordingly.

 

Acupuncture combine with Gua Sha and cupping treatment can bring instant relief for some patients. Acupuncture along with herbal formula can fasten the healing process and ensure patients recovery from the flu.

Drinking more liquids, and bed rest are also important beside medical treatment.  If a person feeling more cold and congestion, can drink homemade warm soup with  fresh ginger and green onion with  little pepper and salt

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is being widely used to treat H1N1 flu patients in China, “China has been, so far, the only country worldwide to introduce traditional medicine, particularly the TCM, which had been practiced for thousands of years in the nation in the treatment of diseases,” said Ren Minghui, director of the international cooperation department of the Ministry of Health (MOH)

Keep in mind: if there are complications, or someone with pre-existing medical condition with flu, one should seek urgent medical help right way.
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Dr Helen Hu OMD L.Ac San Diego Integrated Chinese and Western Medicine
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Dr Helen Hu OMD L.Ac San Diego Integrated Chinese and Western Medicine Defines Chinese Food Therapy

Dr Helen Hu OMD L.Ac San Diego Integrated Chinese and Western Medicine says “TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine) teaches that food and herbs come from the same source. By using natural foods and herbs to balance the body, the body’s energy is restored which is crucial for wellness and longevity.”

In our modern society, food and medicine are totally different entities. And nutritional values all point to supplements from vitamin A-Z, protein and fiber contents. Unfortunately, we use the same modern jargon to classify natural plants and food. However, we have left out something that doesn’t fit commercial jargon – the real healing power of food.

In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) the three most vital components for life are Jing (physical body), Qi (energy), and Shen (spirit). They are the so-called “Three Treasures.” A good diet not only nourishes our physical body and our organs, giving us vital energy, but it also nourishes our spirit. When Chinese medicine speaks of organs, it refers more to the energetic function of each organ than to anatomy only, as in Western medicine. If a person has a weakness in a certain organ and an imbalance between organs, as part of the treatment protocol, the diet can be modified to reestablish the balance and strength.

Food or prepared dishes should have attractive colors, smells, tastes and an attractive design. The formulation of a food therapy diet follows the same principle as when a TCM doctor writes a prescription for herbs, which is also an art form (there are the chief herb, the deputy herb, assistant herbs and convoy herbs that work together like a battalion on the battle field). This means that the TCM doctor prepares the TCM food therapy not only for its therapeutic effect, but also considers the way to prepare, considering the color, taste, body condition, and the seasonal changes, indeed a art form. There are thousands of dishes, soups, congees, desserts, and herbal wines, and hundreds of books through the different dynasties, up until today. TCM food therapy is a specialty within the whole of TCM and an important part of Yang Sheng (Nurturing life).

You can see more about and by Dr. Helen Hu on her Web Site http://omdweb.net/
On Small Business Trendsetters
http://smallbusinesstrendsetters.com/dr-helen-hu-omd-l-ac-san-diego-integrated-chinese-and-western-medicine-eliminating-the-pro-cancer-condition/

and on CNN iReport
http://ireport.cnn.com/docs/DOC-1154491

For more information visit Dr. Hu’s Who Is Page here in the Journal

Visit Dr. Helen Hu at her office,
Traditional Chinese Medicine Clinic
1267 Rosecrans Street, Ste C
San Diego, CA 92106
619 226 6506

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Dr Helen Hu OMD LAc San Diego – Blending Traditional Chinese Medicine and Western Medicine | The Best of Both Worlds

See My Who Is Dr Helen Hu OMD LAc San Diego says “Traditional Chinese Medicine (TMC) views a body in an energetic way, disorders do not show up in one day, the process involved in our own body imbalance that is enforced by inappropriate diet and life style along with body constitution. During the process of imbalance, Body itself will show many signs and symptoms which indicates something is going on in the body but not to the points of building up “evidence” detected by Machines and modern technology.”

Herbal medicine has been a large, important part of Chinese medicine throughout time and many alternative medicinal practices that fall within the Western medicine sphere incorporate some similar techniques. Much of the fusion between worlds, so to speak, falls outside of mainstream medicine but its presence is more than palpable in the Western world. Naturopathic medicine, acupuncture, massage therapy, and herb remedy shops are the most common, clear symbols of this fusion as they each stemmed from Chinese roots, having also evolved over time.

One large pharmaceutical company in Shanghai, Chi Med, has been working for more than ten years to recreate and simplify the healing power within traditional Chinese medicine while also passing it through the strict standards of the mainstream food and drug regulations. These botanical drug products have had considerable support and the company has even partnered with Nestle, a gigantic company in the United States. Several of the products, which are created with traditional Chinese ingredients, have passed the FDA’s strict analysis and testing periods and are now scientifically proven to show positive health results in the majority of patients.

This project represents a huge shift as pharmaceutical companies are beginning to look for alternative, more traditional methods and are tweaking them to more adequately suit the modern age. It also proves that consumers are interested in something different, although the ancient origins are far from new!

You can see more about and by Dr. Helen Hu on her Web Site http://omdweb.net/
On Small Business Trendsetters
http://smallbusinesstrendsetters.com/dr-helen-h-hu-omd-l-ac-san-diego-traditional-chinese-medicine-diet-therapy-restoring-a-body/

and on CNN iReport
http://ireport.cnn.com/docs/DOC-1154491

For more information visit Dr. Hu’s Who Is Page here in the Journal

Visit Dr. Helen Hu at her office,
Traditional Chinese Medicine Clinic
1267 Rosecrans Street, Ste C
San Diego, CA 92106
619 226 6506