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TCM Case Studies: Autoimmune Disease

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Language: English
Format: 25.8 x 18.2 x 1.4 cm
Publication Date: 08/2014
ISBN: 9787117188845
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Autoimmune disease refers to illnesses that occur when body tissues are attacked by its own immune system. Common autoimmune diseases include rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, Sjögren s syndrome, scleroderma, vasculitis, thrombocytopenic purpura, Graves disease, inflammatory bowel disease, psoriasis and other hard-to-cure diseases. Western medicines for autoimmune diseases include corticosteroids and immunosuppresants. While controlling symptoms quickly, long-term use increases the risk of infection and reduced adrenal function, and can affect the bone marrow. As patients become aware of these side effects, they seek treatment with Chinese herbal medicinals. TCM therapies do more than relieve symptoms; they slow or reverse disease development, and mitigate damage by Western medications. The Chinese approach is to boost vital qi by addressing deficiencies of qi, blood, yin or yang; addressing exogenous pathogenic factors such as heat toxins; and clearing accumulations of phlegm, damp or blood stasis. Professor Zeng Sheng-ping is a renowned specialist in autoimmune disease at the Chengdu University of Traditional Chinese Medicine. Jake Paul Fratkin, OMD, L.Ac. has been in practice since 1978, and is the author of Chinese Herbal Patent Medicines, The Clinical Desk Reference. In this volume, the authors discuss the etiology and physiology of nine different autoimmune diseases, citing 2 to 4 cases in each study, with detailed analysis of herbal prescriptions used for each case.
Table of Contents
General Introduction
Chapter 1 Rheumatoid Arthritis
Chapter 2 Systemic Lupus Erythematosus
Chapter 3 Scleroderma
Chapter 4 Sjogren's Syndrome
Chapter 5 Inflammatory Bowel Disease (UlcerativeColitis and Crohn's Disease)
Chapter 6 Autoimmune Thyroid Disorders: Graves' Disease and Hashimoto's Thyroiditis
Chapter 7 ldiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura (ITP)
Chapter 8 Psoriasis and PsoriaticArthritis
Chapter 9 Systemic Vasculitis (Including Polyarteritis Nodosa and Behcet's Syndrome)
Appendix I
Appendix II
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​Autoimmune disease refers to the illnesses that occur when body tissues are attacked by its own immune system. Common autoimmune diseases include theumatoid arthritis, systemic lupus erythematosus, Sjogren's syndrome, dermatomyositis, scleroderma, systemic vasculitis, idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura, autoimmune hemolytic anemia, autoimmune hepatitis, type 1 diabetes, Graves' disease, myasthenia gravis, inflammatory bowel disease, psoriasis and vitiligo, and other hard-to-cure diseases that are seen in various TCM departments. More and more uncertain and controversial diseases are gradually clarified to be autoimmune by advanced diagnostic techniques
and tests.
Medianes used frequently for autoimmune diseases are corticosteroids as well as immunosuppressants. They inlubit all lymphocytes and antibodies nonselectively, including autoreactive T-lymphocytes and corresponding antibodies involved in autoimmune response, as well as others, which work for routine immune functions. However, these medianes control symptoms quickly, but in long term use, they keep patients in a sub-healthy status with increased risks of uncontrollable infection and tumor. Some immunosuppressants inhibit bone marrow and damage the liver and kidney. Since more and more patients are aware of these side effects, they come to seek treatment of Chinese herbal medicinals.
Many TCM practitioners have little knowledge about treating autoimmune disorders, and a satisfying therapeutic effect is seldom achieved because practitioners apply their general clinic experiences to autoimmune diseases. This book introduces general principles and methods for treating autoimmune diseases, based on representative case-studies. With this guidance, TCM practitioners now have an opportunity to improve their therapeutic outcome.
This book is written by experts in Chengdu University of Traditional Chinese Medicine, sponsored by the People's Medical Publishing House. There are nine chapters, introducing representative autoimmune diseases including theumatoid arthrihs, systerruc lupus erythematosus, Sjogren's syndrome, scleroderma, systemic vasculitis, idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura,inflammatory bowel disease, autoimmune thyroid disorders, psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis. For each chapter, general understanding with biomedicine knowledge is introduced, followed by TCM understanding and methods. Then, cases of all common patterns are indicated to reveal complete treating process and experiences. At the end, questions and reference are quoted.
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