The human body is very complex and has a complicated self-adjusting system, whose functional substances have been recently known as the neuroendocrine immune network. The biggest difference between modern medicine and traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) is that the former is an allopathic system, in which the self-adjusting function of the human body has been overlooked, while the TCM particularly emphasizes on the regulation of the self adjusting function, which mainly covered by the functions of Qi and blood that circulating in the meridians and collaterals in TCM. Although the new Neuroendocrine Immunology found the interaction between the nervous, endocrine and immune systems, it has neglected the important role of the circulation to these three systems. Specifically, the nerve cells and cells in the endocrine glands as well as immune organs all need blood supply for nourishment with nutrients and excretion of metabolites. Both acupuncture and Chinese herbal formula are able to regulate the self adjusting function through improving the circulation of Qi and blood.
- Willow Liu
- Diamond Bar, California, United States
- I am currently an acupuncturist in my own clinc and a holder of diplomas of Oriental Medical Doctor and Chinese Herbology (NCCAOM). I got my B.S. of Chinese Materia Medica, M.S. of Medicine, Ph.D. of Natural Product Medicine in China, then trained as a post-doctoral research scientist in Columbia University in New York. I was a professor of Liaoning University of Traditional Chinese Medicine in China, an AvH research fellow in Dusseldorf University in Germany, a professor in South California University of Health Science in the U.S., and the editor and author of the book: Traditional Herbal Medicine Research Methods-Identification, Analysis, Bioassay, and Pharmacological and Clinical Studies (In English, contracted with John Wiley & Sons, will be published in January 2011). I enjoy to spent time to explore all aspects related to health and illness and to be challenged with diseases or symptoms that allopathic and other doctors failed to treat or relieve. I like to combine the knowledge of traditional and modern medicine in the treatment. Please drag down for the content!