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How Do I Use Chinese Medicine for Liver Health?

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Using Chinese medicine for liver health and issues is a very common thing in China and in other parts of the world. Acupuncture, herbs and nutrition, and other methods are all used to treat the liver in Chinese medicine. Chinese medicine is a type of holistic medicine, which means it treats the different parts of the body as one whole. The belief in holistic medicine is that when one of the organs has something wrong with it, it affects the entire body. Chinese medicine describes whole syndromes associated with the various organs, including the liver.

The best way to use Chinese medicine for liver health is by finding a qualified practitioner. Most countries where Chinese medicine is practiced have a licensing procedure that requires the appropriate amount of schooling and exams. Licensed practitioners can give you a proper diagnosis and prescription for the treatment of the liver.

In Chinese medicine, the liver is associated with certain emotions, moods and pathologies. A practitioner will diagnose the issue by taking your pulse, looking at your tongue, and asking questions about any issues you are having. He will then determine what treatment to give you.

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Acupuncture is the main modality associated with Chinese Medicine for liver health. In Chinese medicine, the liver is associated with stress, which affects the liver by blocking the flow of blood and qi, the subtle energy that practitioners believe flows through the body. The small needles are inserted in specific points along the body that can affect the liver and promote the smooth flow of blood and qi.

If you are having other issues with the liver that are more pathological in nature, Chinese herbs may be prescribed. The herbs can help more serious issues that affect the health of the liver as well as promote smooth flow. Bupleurum, known as Chai Hu in Chinese, is commonly used to help with liver issues.

Other modalities that are used in Chinese Medicine for liver problems include cupping, acupressure, moxibustion, and tui na, or Chinese massage. A qualified practitioner may use one or more of these modalities together for optimal results. A doctor should be consulted before beginning any Chinese medicine for liver health treatment, especially if you are taking other prescription medications. Some herbs may interact with your medications.

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