A mobile health unit in Toronto is combining traditional Indigenous treatments and modern medicine to help care for the city’s homeless and most vulnerable people.
Anishnawbe Health Toronto developed its mobile health unit after witnessing a rise in homelessness and overdoses brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic. The nurses, doctors and social workers tour the city’s homeless encampments and other areas to test and treat people in need of medical attention.
“We are providing COVID testing and for people that are homeless, transient and living rough, and also primary health care,” Jane Harrison with the Anishnawbe Health Toronto Mobile Unit told CTV News.
The system allows the health unit to track and care for the people who are experiencing homelessness and may have contracted COVID-19, while also affording them the ability to travel to where they’re needed most.
Now, the mobile health unit typically sees about 100 people per day.
“You can find 50 (to) 60 tents in some of these parks,” said Harvey Manning, director of Programs and Services at Anishnawbe Health Toronto. “What has happened is a lot of drop-in’s have closed. There’s fewer places for people to eat.”
Anishnawbe Health Toronto began in 1984 after its founder, Joe Sylvester, realized a “more comprehensive approach to health care” was needed among the Indigenous community in Toronto.
The health unit promotes traditional forms of Indigenous medicine and practices and offers its patients access to traditional healers, elders and medicine people, along with dentists, chiropractors and massage therapists. The health unit also helps people looking to “escape homelessness.”
“Anishnawbe Health has saved my life,” said Bonnie Gegwetch, a client of the organization.
For Gegwetch, having access to Anishnawbe Health Toronto has helped her to connect with her roots.
“I’m part of the 60s scoop,” she said. “This is my culture, this is where I found it.”
“Anishnawbe health has done an awesome job.”
The health unit is currently fundraising to put all of its services in one new building in downtown Toronto. Construction on the new facility is set to begin later this year.
Wiith files from CTV National News and Indigenous Circle reporter Donna Sound
A Russian woman applies moxibustion to a boy to prevent virus. Photo: Courtesy of Huang Guorong
The Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) has a history of more than 20 years spreading in Russia, especially among governmental officials and businessmen. With the development of COVID-19 epidemic in Russia, TCM has been gaining recognition in preventing virus and strengthening treatment.
The Global Times has learned that the wide use of TCM, such as Lianhua Qingwen Capsule, a Chinese herbal product, to treat COVID-19 has also helped TCM gain more attention in Russia.
As early as in April, Lianhua Qingwen capsule has been approved for use in COVID-19 treatments in China. Beijing TCM authorities said the capsule can alleviate COVID-19 symptoms such as fever, cough and fatigue.
Zhang Boli, an academician with the Chinese Academy of Engineering, told the media in April that Russia is considering approving the capsule as a medicine.
A Global Times reporter in Moscow noticed that a few Russian medicine websites translated the specification of the capsule in detail and the medicine can be purchased online.
Huang Guorong, a Moscow-based Chinese doctor who graduated from the Beijing University of Chinese Medicine, said that more Russians have been trying TCM to prevent COVID-19 since the epidemic developed in the country.
“Compared with the Western medicine using antibiotic, the TCM focuses on the mediation of the whole body, which defends the body through strengthening your immunity,” he told the Global Times.
Even though there have been introductions on TCM on Russia’s TV or newspapers from time to time, and most people in the country have heard about it, only a small number have tried it.
“In Russia, TCM is not cheap,” he said. “And some kinds of herbs have not been approved by the medicine authority in Russia yet.”
But it is understood that “the rich and powerful people would recommend their friends to try TCM once they found it useful,” Huang said.
Li Yunhai, another prestigious Chinese doctor in Moscow, said some Russian officials visited TCM doctors during the epidemic for prevention and treatment.
Li has received a Russian official who suffered from high blood pressure, weakness and asthma after recovering from COVID-19. Li gave him skin scraping, acupuncture and herbs, and after one course of treatment, the official recovered.
Huang would not disclose how many clients from the high-level government officials he has received, but said they include Moscow’s district officials and members of the State Duma.
Though he has not heard if President Putin has accepted TCM treatment, he does know a Russian friend who wrote to the president’s office to advocate the use of TCM in COVID-19 prevention and treatment across the country. “But we haven’t received a reply yet,” Huang said.
Former Russian president Boris Yeltsin had a TCM therapist, Huang said, adding that the 1990s was the time when the TCM was introduced to Russia and became popular among the officials and business people, he said.
Moreover, Tibetan medicine, similar in some ways to
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Traditional Chinese medicine maker soars after top respiratory expert backs drug in potentially inhibiting coronavirus
Shares of a traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) company jumped after receiving validation from the nation’s top respiratory expert on its drug’s effect against the coronavirus, joining two other peers that have enjoyed huge gains this year.
Guangzhou Baiyunshan Pharmaceutical Holdings soared 13 per cent to HK$21.75 in Hong Kong and by 10 per cent to 34.18 yuan in Shanghai on Friday, after Zhong Nanshan, the public face of China’s fight against the Covid-19 pandemic, said one of its products could potentially inhibit the coronavirus.
Researchers led by Zhong found that Banlangen granules, a herbal medicine popular in China for treating common cold and flu, was effective against the virus in a series of in-vitro studies, Chinese newspaper Nanfang Daily quoted him as saying during a conference on Tuesday in Guangzhou. The drug was also widely used in the country during the 2003 severe acute respiratory syndrome (Sars) outbreak.
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Investors latched on to the hype surrounding the company even though the studies were still at an early stage and Zhong did not disclose whether or when any research paper or preclinical data will be published. The stock’s advance in Hong Kong marked its biggest daily jump since October 2018, while turnover ballooned 24 times to HK$240 million (US$31 million) from Thursday, according to Refinitiv data.
Many pointed to the speculative nature of the surge on Friday. “In-vitro studies data is usually the weakest among preclinical data,” wrote Huang Jianping, general manager at asset management firm Shanghai Leader Capital, in a post published on online stocks forum Xueqiu.
Normally, pharmaceutical companies have to go through three phases of clinical trials on humans to establish the efficacy of the drugs, on top of evidence from animal experiments, he said. “If a Nasdaq-listed company said their drug was found to inhibit the virus in in-vitro studies, the company would be despised by the market.”
China relied heavily on traditional medicine to combat the virus earlier this year. Despite the government’s efforts to promote the use of such herbal remedies abroad, experts have warned that there is not enough evidence from clinical trials to establish their effectiveness.
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And this is not the first time Zhong’s comments have contributed to a drug maker’s fortunes. Two Shenzhen-listed TCM companies, Shijiazhuang Yiling Pharmaceutical and Tianjin Chase Sun Pharmaceutical, reaped huge profits this year, after their drugs were included in the national standard therapy for Covid-19 patients and were recommended by Zhong.
Shares of Shijiazhuang Yiling have risen 94 per cent since a March
111 to be the Omni-channel Drug Commercialization Partner of Xiangxu Pharmaceutical for Traditional Chinese Medicine
SHANGHAI, Oct. 15, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — On September 24, 111, Inc. (the “Company” or “111″) and Guangzhou Xiangxue Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd. (“Xiangxue Pharmaceutical”) officially signed a strategic partnership agreement (the “Agreement”) to deepen collaboration to further develop the “Internet + Medicine” model for China’s traditional Chinese medicine industry.
Per the Agreement, 111 will become an omni-channel commercialization partner of Xiangxue Pharmaceutical. Through the integration of Smart Supply Chain, digital marketing, data capabilities, and cloud services, Xiangxue Pharmaceutical will be able to promote its abundant traditional Chinese medicine products into new markets through online and offline platforms, as well as expanding into existing markets.
As the pioneer in “Internet + Medicine” platform, 111 has built China’s largest digital healthcare platform that combines both online and offline channels covering 280,000 pharmacies nationwide. In the often underserved tier 3-6 cities, 111 covers over 63% of retail pharmacies. The Agreement aims to combine the strength of 111′s omni-channel drug commercialization platform and Xiangxue Pharmaceutical’s expansive portfolio of products to drive the growth of traditional Chinese medicine. Both companies are excited to embark on this symbiotic partnership that aims further strengthen 111′s capabilities of connecting pharmaceutical companies with patients in need of their medicine.
Mr. ZHU Pengcheng, Co-COO of 111, commented that he has full confidence in this mutually beneficial partnership that leverages the expertise of both companies to service and promote the traditional Chinese medicine industry by combining 111′s leading digital healthcare platform and Xiangxue Pharmaceutical’s innovative product line. The two parties will collaborate in big data application, digital marketing of traditional Chinese medicine, brand building, and patient health management to optimize operations and better serve patients’ needs.
Mr. TAN Guanghua, General Manager of the Marketing Center of Xiangxue Pharmaceutical, commented that 111, as China’s leading digital healthcare platform, has tremendous competitive advantages in its technology-enabled Smart Supply Chain, omni-channel drug commercialization capabilities, and smart technology and integrated online-offline infrastructure that leverages the latest in AI, cloud-based solutions, and big data. The Agreement combines the expertise of both companies and he has full confidence that the strategic partnership will be a success in achieving significant annual sales growth for Xiangxue Pharmaceutical.
About Xiangxue Pharmaceutical
Xiangxue Pharmaceutical is specialized in the health industry, covering fields such as traditional Chinese medicine decoction pieces, Chinese patent medicine, functional healthcare products, biomedical engineering, and life science research. It has built large GAP medicinal materials planting bases and GMP production bases, building an integrated industrial chain that includes traditional Chinese medicine resources development, new drug R&D and production, advanced manufacturing of traditional Chinese medicine, and modern logistics and distribution. The company has become a leading traditional Chinese medicine modernization company with proprietary intellectual property rights, its brands and self-dependent innovation ability.
About 111, Inc.
111, Inc. (NASDAQ: YI) (“111” or the “Company”) is a leading digital healthcare platform committed to digitally connecting patients with healthcare products and services in China. The Company provides consumers with better access to pharmaceutical products and healthcare services directly through its online retail pharmacy,
The use of essential oils based on Chinese medicine has proven to be an exceptional modality in gaining maximum results with clients. This ancient healing system naturally adopts the use of essential oils.
This case study will give the reader an overview of how to work with the Spleen and Stomach (Earth Element).
Two of the major pathogenic factors in Chinese medicine are Damp and Cold. These influences cause stagnation of Qi. In short, when there is stagnant qi the energy does not flow properly and the body will experience signs and symptoms that mirror this.
According to Chinese medicine a primary function of the Earth element (Spleen and Stomach) is to transform and transport postnatal qi. Our postnatal qi is associated with diet, which includes what we absorb from our environment. (Gian 2015) (1) TCM physiology states, that the Spleen ascends the pure postnatal qi and the stomach descends the impure. So, if the Qi is deficient the Spleen will not be able to do its proper job and this causes stagnation. A cardinal sign of Spleen Qi Deficiency and Stagnation is flatulence. This was the case with one of the clients, a 35 year old woman.
The below case study illustrates the healing protocols in dealing with flatulence as a symptom of Spleen Qi Deficiency accompanied by the secondary complaint of low libido.
A client had the chief complaint of excessive flatulence that worsened with cold and damp weather. Her flatulence was hard to control, and made her feel embarrassed when she was not home. The frequency could be high, as in 1 to 2 minutes per time for 10 minutes. It further complicated the condition when she drank black tea, green tea, coffee, iced tea – both hot and cold.
To a great extent, the healing protocols were done within a TCM context. I successfully treated the symptoms with the blend below:
2 drops of Ginger (Zingiber officinale)
1 drop of Cardamom (Elettaria cardamomum)
1 drop of Spike Lavender (Lavandula latifolia)
1 drop of Clary Sage (Salvia sclarea)
1 drop of Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia) 10 ml Olive Oil
Ginger is carminative, which can help to prevent gas. It can also warm the body and improve the circulation. The high ester content is beneficial to prevent gas. It is warming, so it can help improve circulation and bring the Qi upwards. It aids digestion and tones the body. I added Spike Lavender for the purpose of removing dampness from the lungs. Clary sage is a very calming oil which can calm the CNS. It helps to relieve the stress and anxiety of my client. Additionally, it can stimulate the immune system – which can bring the body back to normal. Lavender is a calming oil which can help ease the digestive tension (which could be a leading cause to the gas emission problem of the client).
Ginger is a warming oil that assists in strengthening the Spleen and warms the Kidneys. Ginger is integral for two reasons, one …
Chinese Medicine believes that there are several types of tinnitus. These are related to different energetic issues associated with the energy flow and proper function of several organs including the kidney, liver, and gallbladder. There are always several ways that Traditional Chinese Medicine can repair a symptom or disease. The ancient art of Tuina can be used to relieve hearing loss and tinnitus. Tuina is oriental body work that may seem similar to massage with hard pressure hand movements on muscles or tendons combined with acupressure. Medical Qi Gong may also heal tinnitus for some people. Auricular acupuncture and scalp acupuncture are other options for treat tinnitus in Traditional Chinese Medicine. Moxa may be added as part of an overall treatment plan.
It is important to look at other factors which can cause or contribute to hearing loss and tinnitus. Heavy metal toxins can be a very big factor. These should have diagnostic testing and be treated with oral chelation or IV chelation in very severe cases. Oral chelation requires a longer period of time and is more gentle on the body. IV chelation requires electrolyte supplementation. It is important to have vitamin and antioxidants to support the body when undergoing any type of chelation. Carbonated beverages or beer may be connected with higher levels of aluminum in your body. Cigarettes may also contribute to ear ringing. Chelation may require four to nine months for the detoxification of heavy metals and toxins from your body. The use of far infrared sauna during this time can speed your detoxification process. Do not do more than two per week when taking chelation therapy. It is also important to drink pure water and flush your kidneys during this time.
Chinese Patent formulas that are useful in treating this disease include:
• Wai Gan Fen Re Xing (respiratory infection),
• Er Long Zuo Ci Wan (for aging of kidney and liver)
• Shen Jing Shai Ruo Wan (for insomnia, fatigue, insomnia, and tinnitus)
• Jiang Ya Wan (for dizziness, hypertension, and tinnitus)
• Da Bu Yin Wan (for nights sweats, hyperthyroidism, and tinnitus)
• An Shen Bu Xin Wan (for insomnia, memory, palpitations, and tinnitus)
• Shen jing Kui Xu Xing (kidney dysfunction)
• Pi Qi Xu Ruo Xing (abnormal spleen function)
The Japanese herbal formula Yoku-kan-san may be useful in treating tinnitus.
The addition of scalp acupuncture is great and may speed the healing process if the tinnitus is due to a deficiency condition. If the problem is an excess condition, body acupuncture and asian bodywork may be more effective. Try medical qi gong and qi gong for healing tinnitus, hearing loss, and eye problems.
© Dr R Stone, MD-India
In this article I'm going to talk about traditional hematoma treatment as well as alternative medicine.
A hematoma takes places when blood builds outside a blood vessel and they can happen anywhere. It usually happens when there is an accident or trauma, such as falling off a ramp when skateboarding or getting hit by a post office truck.
Other causes could be drugs, diseases, high blood pressure and cancer. You might be wondering, how do you know if you have a hematoma.
Well the skin can change colors such as become darker, there could be pain, inflammation and swelling.
Traditional treatment usually involves RICE Have you heard of RICE Before? It stands for rest which is when the body heals itself, so many times it might just be the best medicine. Elevation, ice and compression which all reduce the inflammation and improve the healing.
If the injury is really red, there is pus coming out of it or if it's in an eye, it's best to see a doctor.
Plus if you notice hematomas occurring without any injury it's best to get it checked by a doctor because it could be serious.
If you are wondering if there are better treatments or alternative medicines the good news is that there are tons.
One of my favorite things is coconut oil, which has millions of uses. In a study at the US National Library of Medicine they took rats and split them into groups. Some received coconut oil and some did not. Wounds treated with coconut oil healed much faster.
Another idea is bromalean which can help a lot. In a study by the third medical university at China researchers took 16 pigs and shot them with high velocity rifles. They divided them into groups and the group that received bromalean healed much more.
The way it works is it increases the flow of blood and oxygen to the wound and reduces inflammation. Plus it activates growth factors, which are needed for healing.
If that wasn't enough it helps with burns. In Bursheba Israel they took pigs, burned a few and bromalean really improved the healing. It's seems like they have something against pigs right? They are shooting them and burning them, poor pigs.
If you really want to heal a hematoma or a skin injury believe it or not they even have a stem cell gun. It takes an hour and a half to isolate the cells and spray the skin. Then it only takes a few days for the treatment to work and the skin is brand new again.
What Are the Acupuncture Points?
The English translation of ‘acupuncture points’ is not very accurate. Acupuncture is one of the many healing methods used in traditional Chinese Medicine. It inserts fine needles into the sensitive points on the body to stimulate Jingluos (meridians) to cure diseases. These sensitive points are called ‘Shuxue’ or ‘Xuewei’ in Chinese Medicine, meaning ‘the transmitting points’. However, this name has been so widely used, there is no point to change it now for our discussion.
Acupuncture points are the responsive points or sensitive points on the meridians and other parts of the body. They are the special locations where energy is transmitted between the inner structures and the surface of the body. These spots can reflect disease or unhealthy conditions by giving forth painful sensations when touched or pressed. These points are (but not limited to) where the therapists apply treatments. When the body is deficient of positive energy, negative or harmful energy will be able to invade the body through these spots, causing illness. Stimulating the related points can boost and mobilize the positive energy, balance Yin/Yang energy and cure the disease. There are three types of points:
1. 14-main-meridian points
2. Extraordinary points
The 14-main-meridian points are the spots on the 12 main meridians plus the spots on the governor and conception vessels. Each spot has a unique name and a fixed location. They are the main acupuncture points. The extraordinary points are the points that have names and fixed locations. These locations are not on a particular meridian. ‘Yes’ points are also called pain points, but they don’t have names or fixed locations. They are the sensitive points related to the diseases. The ‘yes ‘name came from a story. When treating a patient, the doctor pressed a spot unintentionally, and the patient uttered ‘oh yes’.
There are approximately 360 acupuncture points in total on the human body. With so many tiny points to remember, one can easily be intimidated. As a matter of fact, for self -healing and caring purposes, we don’t have to memorize all these points. We only need to remember roughly 20 most used and effective points. If you need to use more points, just look for them using the meridian and acupuncture point charts. Each point has a unique and meaningful name, which gives some key information about this particular point, such as main function, usage, location, or other. In English, the English spelling of the Chinese names are directly used. For people who don’t understand Chinese, it is hard to comprehend the significance of each name and, therefore hard to remember all the foreign sounding names.The format of the international symbols for acupuncture points is fairly easy. Since most of the points belong to one specific meridian (Jing), it only makes sense that their symbols are associated with those meridians. You can take two abbreviation letters of that meridian’s name and number all the points along the way, from the starting point to the end …
In life there are many genuine reasons to grieve, to feel sad, to get angry or to feel resentful. The death of a loved one, the loss of a job, being disregarded in your work or personal life, the ongoing challenges of the material world that we live in, not feeling fulfilled, dysfunctional relationships, broken relationships, the loss of a pet… the list is almost endless.
What makes the situation even more difficult is that in today’s society we are often under so much stress that the emotion is not given permission to vent or surface properly, which can lead to other difficult emotions and stronger feelings of sadness, grief, anger etc. and it is a self perpetuating situation.
A Look At Sadness, Grieving & Western Medicine
If you are sad or grieving and you live in a "western civilised country" then you may consider going to a doctor. Friends and family may be supportive, but as the emotion/s persists you and your support group may feel there is no better option. In many cases, depending on how the patient expresses these emotions, the doctor may decide to prescribe anti-depressants to help them.
There may be some cases where as a temporary measure this can appear to help, and unfortunately many other cases where it is the slippery slope to a dependency on prescription drugs.
Of course there are also doctors who may recommend counselling or some form of talk therapy, to give the patient the opportunity to deal with and vent the emotion/s.
Regardless of the route that is chosen, Western medicine does not recognise that certain emotions are linked to specific organs, and can therefore have either a detrimental effect or a balancing effect, depending on the degree and type of emotion experienced.
Traditional Chinese Medicine Recognises Relationships Between Emotions And Organs
However traditional Chinese medicine does recognise the relationship between emotions and organs, and it is an integral aspect of how both traditional Chinese acupuncturists and herbalists practice.
Even if you have no interest in going to a traditional Chinese medical practitioner, I have found that even by observing shifts in general well being, when you understand the inter-relationships between emotions and organs, can give some helpful indications of how to begin re-balancing these imbalances.
For example, doing something creative that you enjoy can give you these type of signals. Walking in nature can also do the same, as can reading something enriching. These are only a handful of examples of potentially balancing activities. Please note that although these are helpful, it would be highly recommended to visit a good practitioner who will help you re-balance thoroughly.
In traditional Chinese Medicine there are 7 emotions which are:
Each of these is associated to a different organ or organs. Let’s look very briefly at what these are.
1. Anger which encompasses anger as we know it, as well as resentment, frustration and irritability is …