Disease Encyclopedia

Note: Although this section lists specific methods of treatment for specific diseases, syndromes and pattern, it requires a qualified practitioner to properly administer these treatments. The unique variations of each individual and the incredible complexity of the human body makes natural medicine one of the most difficult human disciplines. Furthermore, no one can guarantee a cure, and listing a treatment that works for some people does not mean it will work for you. To use this information you need to know what you know, know what you don’t know, and, most importantly, know what you don’t know you don’t know. In other words, seek the help of a qualified practitioner.

The adrenal glands, situated over the kidneys, are generally most responsible for the body’s response to stress. Their regulatory function ...
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A weakened immune system can alter the function of the central nervous system through the neuroendocrine immunomodulation network. Animal studies ...
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Chronic allergy is a hypersensitivity caused by exposure to an allergen resulting in a marked increase in immune system reactivity ...
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Currently, more than 4 million people in the United States suffer from Alzheimer’s disease (AD) or other dementias. AD affects ...
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Note: Anxiety and depression are often severe problems that require a qualified expert, such as a psychiatrist, to treat. Herbal ...
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Asthma is a chronic lung condition characterized by airway obstruction, spasm and hyper-responsiveness in the bronchial tubes, or inflammation and ...
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Attention deficit disorder (ADD) and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) are clinical names for symptoms typically related to problems with ...
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Ayurvedic medicine is divided into eight basic sections. The Rasayana Tantra is the section on rejuvenating medicines. Study in this ...
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Low back pain occurs when the connective tissues and discs go into spasm or become damaged and/or inflamed. A complex ...
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Benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH, also known as benign prostatic hypertrophy) or swelling of the prostate, is characterized by symptoms of ...
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In the same way the blood draws gases from the air, the blood draws its nutrient supply from the Earth ...
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To heal bruises quickly, use 1-3 grams of tien chi root twice per day. This even helps speed up healing ...
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In 1987, Dr. Mana completed a five year personal research project resulting in the publication of his book, The Ayurvedic ...
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Written records of the Chinese experience with cancer treatment date back to the time of the Yellow Emperor's Inner Classic ...
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I first heard about the work of the Dr. Eli Jones while listening to a lecture by David Winston, one ...
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The Western or allopathic treatment of cancer is based upon three major methods, surgery, radiation and chemotherapy. Surgical removal of ...
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"The miracle is not to walk on water. The miracle is to walk on the green earth, dwelling deeply in ...
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The median nerve passes through the space formed by the arch of the wrist bones and surrounding ligament (the flexor ...
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Note: treatment of existing cataracts is always or almost always unsuccessful with purely nutritional methods, so our discussion will focus ...
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Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFIDS) is an immune system dysfunction characterized by severe unrelenting fatigue, low body temperature, sore throat, lymphadenopathy, ...
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Sinusitis is a general term for inflammation of the sinus, commonly caused by bacterial or viral infection or allergy. Other ...
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Elevated levels of cholesterol and other blood fats in response to inflammation can contribute to heart disease, arterial clogging and ...
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The Large Intestine The large intestine is wrapped in a layer of fat, which acts like a thermal blanket, helping ...
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Diabetes is a disorder of carbohydrate metabolism caused by inadequate production or utilization of insulin, the hormone secreted by beta ...
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Almost half of the estimated 16 million people in the United States who have diabetes will develop some degree of ...
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Diverticulosis, a condition characterized by sacs or pockets in the colon with no inflammation, is a disease seen most frequently ...
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Many people experience inadequate tear supply or eye discomfort some time in their lives, perhaps on an airplane, in a ...
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Dysmenorrhea is the medical term for pain and cramping associated with menstruation. The pain and cramping usually appears with the ...
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Data from worldwide epidemiological studies have shown that the prevalence of many allergic conditions have steadily increased every decade since ...
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Endometriosis is a condition that occurs most commonly in women of reproductive age, whereby endometrial tissue appears in abnormal locations ...
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Conjunctivitis, caused by the common adenovirus, is a common plague of the schoolyard and office also known as pinkeye. Some ...
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Female infertility can have many causes. In cases with mechanical blockages such as scarring of the fallopian tubes, herbal medicines ...
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The symptoms of fibrocystic breast disease (FBD) are swelling, pain, and tenderness of the breast, and the presence of small ...
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Gallstone formation (cholelithiasis) is another disease with a very low incidence in primitive societies, yet in modern society it affects ...
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Genital herpes simplex is a virus, spread by direct skin to skin contact. As with most chronic viral diseases, once ...
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Glaucoma is the leading cause of blindness in the elderly. There are several types of this disease, all of which ...
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Gout is a form of arthritis caused by an increase in the production of uric acid and its deposition in ...
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Chinese martial artists have known for centuries that herbs can help speed recovery from athletic or traumatic injury. Such herbs ...
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The term “hepatitis” is actually a catchall for inflammation of the liver.  About 90% of patients with serous liver disease ...
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Patricia A. Cassano of Cornell University reported, “The difference in lung function between people who consumed above-average amounts of four ...
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Herbalists pay a lot of attention to the liver, not just for outright liver diseases, but for general well-being - ...
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Hives (Urticaria) are raised red skin wheals caused by allergy (mast cell degranulation. They usually appear suddenly and disappear rapidly, ...
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Hyperthyroidism is the primary manifestation of a group of diseases characterized by an over-active thyroid gland and increased production of ...
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Poor carbohydrate metabolism or poor glycogen storage in the liver often cause hypoglycemia, because both make it difficult for the ...
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The thyroid is a two-lobed gland usually situated in the front of the lower neck.  It stores and secretes thyroid ...
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Sometimes just nourishing the blood is not enough.  In spite of a good diet and adequate digestion, I often get ...
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Inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD) include Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis.  Crohn’s disease involves diarrhea, weakness, occasional bleeding, and a diffuse ...
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The Journal of Otolaryngology reported in 1998 that we spend over three billion dollars per year to treat acute otitis ...
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Insomnia is extraordinarily common in Western society, affecting as much as 30% of the population, with 12% having moderate to ...
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Interstitial cystitis is a chronic bladder inflammation characterized by deterioration and tightening of the urinary bladder.  The symptoms are painful, ...
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Intestinal dysbiosis is an emerging medical term for imbalances in the intestinal flora, a concept pioneered by holistic and naturopathic ...
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Irritable Bowel Syndrome accounts for up to 50% of all visits to gastrointestinal doctors (Pittler MH et al. 1998).  Typical ...
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There are many nutrient and herbal methods for avoiding heart problems, along with the well known benefits of exercise and ...
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Formation of stones in the kidney or the urinary tract is a frequent problem, affecting 5-10% of Americans in their ...
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Laryngitis is inflammation of the laryngeal mucous membrane and vocal cords, and pharyngitis is inflammation of the pharyngeal mucous membranes.  ...
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In keeping with the traditions of my practice, the first thing I tell patients is that menopause, the cessation of ...
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Menorrhagia is a term for excessive blood loss due to heavy menstrual bleeding or an extended menstrual period.  Decline in ...
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Morning sickness is the characteristic nausea experienced by many pregnant women upon awakening in the morning.  Herbs can be very ...
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Digestive weakness is the most common cause of muscle atrophy.  Most cases occur in the elderly and in young children, ...
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Spasms and cramps affect both the smooth and skeletal muscles. Small vessels that enter the muscles and subdivide into permeating ...
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"Basically, I no longer work for anything but the sensation I have while working." - sculptor Albert Giacometti - Our ...
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In TAM and TCM medical theory, the Qi (or Prana) increases when there is mind-body harmony.  Conversely, signs of Qi ...
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Peripheral nerves can get the same types of problems as other tissues, inflammation, toxicity, swelling, permeability, etc. However, there are ...
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Nourishing the blood is one of the strategies that I use most often in my clinic. It is an underlying ...
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Optic neuritis is an acute or chronic inflammation of the optic nerve. Often a nerve demyelination (destruction of the protective ...
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To increase our understanding of how the nervous system operates, and to give us some additional insights into how to ...
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Osteoarthritis is a degenerative disease of the joints associated with aging. The disease mostly affects the spine and large weight-bearing ...
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Osteoporosis refers to a gradual and generalized loss of numerous components of bone substance that results in decreased bone mass.  ...
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The skin is our largest sense organ.  The outer layer, the epidermis, covers our skeleton and protects us against injuries ...
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Gingivitis describes an inflammatory condition of the gums, wherein the gums become swollen, spongy and have the tendency to bleed.  ...
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Premenstrual syndrome is the constellation of symptoms that appear in the days prior to the onset of a menstrual period.  ...
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Progressive hearing loss leading to deafness is one of the four most prevalent chronic conditions in the elderly. Until the ...
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Psoriasis is a chronic skin disease characterized by dry, scaly and inflamed elevated areas (papules and plaques) of various sizes ...
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My clinical experience with patients who are attempting to stop smoking indicated that most are unable to succeed for whatever ...
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Myopia or near-sightedness is defined as seeing better at close ranges than at a distance. This is because the eye ...
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Inflammation is one of the body’s primary mechanisms for removing metabolic byproducts, debris and foreign agents.  It enables the body ...
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Note: This disease is very difficult to treat, and my clinical results have not been satisfactory to me. I am ...
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The connective tissues are fabric-like substances that form a matrix that wraps and fills all the spaces in the body, ...
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The sciatic nerve is the largest nerve in the body, running from the lumbar and sacral plexuses, running from the ...
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We now know, almost intuitively, that strengthening the immune system benefits general good health and may contribute to longevity.  This ...
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I remember one particularly instructive case early in my apprenticeship with my wife Nai-shing.  We saw a gentleman who had ...
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You can treat tension headaches with the same herbs and nutrients used for muscle spasms, especially magnesium and kudzu root.  ...
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"People demand freedom of speech to make up for the freedom of thought which they avoid." - Soren Aabye Kierkegaard ...
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"If you gaze long into an abyss, the abyss will gaze back into you." - Friedrich Nietzsche - The close ...
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Tinnitus is the condition where the patients hears noise such as ringing, buzzing, hissing, whistling or roaring, in the absence ...
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The liver is a vascular, secretory and metabolic organ that resides in the upper abdomen.  It receives a dual blood ...
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There are more than 200 different rhinoviruses that cause upper respiratory infections, and many more microorganisms that can infect the ...
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The urinary tract includes the kidneys, bladder, ureters (the tubes that connect the kidney to the bladder), and urethra (the ...
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The uvea or uveal tract is the middle layer of the eye.  The mid to back part of the uveal ...
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Vaginal yeast infection results from overgrowth of Candida albicans, a type of yeast normally present in small amounts in the ...
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After the arteries and capillaries deliver nutrients to the cells, the veins return the blood to the heart and lungs ...
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The stomach produces about two liters of digestive secretions per day. Insufficient activity of the nerves that control the stomach ...
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