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Home > Points Newsletter > April 2004

Points Newsletter - April 2004

Pros and Cons of Ephedra Ban
By Dr. Shawn Messonnier

As many of you are aware, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has removed ephedra-containing supplements from the shelves. This means that diet pills and body-building products that contain ephedra (ma huang) and similar "stimulant" supplements will no longer be available. More...


Classical Chinese Ophthalmology
By Cofe Fiakpui

The Yin hai jing wei or “Essential subtleties on the silver sea” is a classical Chinese text on ophthalmology that has traditionally been ascribed to Sun si Miao (581-682). However, recent evidence shows that this text was probably compiled in the 14th or 15th century and thus could not have been written by Dr. Sun but rather comes from the Ni family lineage. The eye being the window into the Shen is also the main window through which one’s Shen perceives the outer world and comes to describe and categorize his or her environment. Although the eye is most closely connected in TCM theory with the liver, heart and kidney, all of the organs are connected with the eye and thus various pathologies of the internal organs are manifested in the eyes. More...


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Q: Do you think that acupuncture could help restore a taste and smell disorder?

A: Kuei-Meng Wu writes: The answer is yes. From a TCM perspective (five element theory), both taste and smell have their own unique attributes related to specific zang-fu organs (e.g., Liv/H/Sp/L/K relate to respectively to rancid/scorch/fragrant/putrid/rotten and sour/bitter/sweet/pungent/salty)...

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