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Nutrients in Chinese Medicine – Part 2, B vitamins

B vitamins are a group of nutrients that are essential to numerous processes in the body. The list consists of thiamine (B1), riboflavin (B2), niacin (B3), pantothenic acid (B5), pyridoxine (B6), biotin (B7), folate (B9), and cobalamin (B12). Most of us know about them, as they are an essential part of every multivitamin supplement. As a group they are involved primarily in the chemical reactions of energy metabolism, as well as synthesis of a variety of compounds necessary to life. In an attempt to understand these vitamins as a system, let’s examine them as a group, looking for commonalities of function, and common symptoms of deficiency. Individual aspects can be explored if necessary.
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Nutrients in Chinese Medicine – Part 1, Introduction

This is the introduction to a new blog series examining the qualities of essential nutrients from both a Western and Chinese Medicine perspective. The field of nutrition is an area of medicine that will benefit tremendously from combining the wisdom of Chinese Medicine and the science of modern biochemistry. Chinese Medicine is able to create a complete, holistic system that encompasses all phenomenon, and Western biochemistry is able to fill in the gaps and details that are left unclear. By utilizing information and theories from both sides, a more complete picture is revealed.

Anatomy of Acupuncture Channels

In western thought the most important question is typically “what is it?” This question has been asked of acupuncture channels since the West first became aware of them. Various ideas and theories have come out to explain the physical basis for channels, to try and tie them into western anatomical structures. However, all of these theories miss something. The fact is that there are multiple different types of channels that are considered to exist at different levels of the body, and most of these theories are looking at only one level, the level of the primary channels. In fact, not including cutaneous regions, there are five different types of channels.

Headaches in Chinese Medicine

Who doesn’t love a good headache? If you’ve ever been to the doctor about a headache, you might have heard of the different types of headaches according to biomedicine. However, headaches can also be understood through Chinese Medicine, which can often be a more helpful way to approach these dreaded occurrences. Chinese Medicine allows for more individualization with both diagnosis and treatment, and has good models for completely resolving many types of headaches.

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