Alternative Medicine and PaillSpectrum
Contributor for this Article: Back To Top Dr XxxxxC
Kinkajou: The only tools that traditional Chinese doctors had to work with years ago, were their minds in quiet contemplation. The "truths" they found may still relate to the real world, better than modern medicine does today.
DR Xxxxx : This article has been contributed by barefoot Chinese doctor mate of Dr. Xxxxx’s,
Dr XxxxxC undertook a course of training in Traditional #hinese Medicine and practices as a “#hinese Barefoot Doctor”, with subspecialties of Acupuncture, #hinese Herbs, Oriental Medicine and Counselling. He has been busily in private practice for over ten years and has an established and loyal patient base. Dr XxxxxC describes his business as growing by word of mouth and does not advertise. Dr XxxxxC is currently in process of retiring. Back To Top
DR Xxxxx : #hinese Medicine is an organ-based system of pathology. In the Traditional #hinese Medical system, a celiac patient is someone who has compromised digestion. This digestion problem refers to a “spleen – stomach” imbalance. In #hinese medicine, the spleen is the primary organ for digestion (physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually). It is the crucial link between the transformation of food and drink into “CHI” or energy and blood for the entire body. Thus the spleen is of huge importance in the health of the body.
The spleen is particularly injured by “dampness”. The issue of dampness is complex in the Traditional #hinese medical model, so I will not deal with this issue here.
The traditional model gives that if the stomach- spleen mechanism is overworked by foods that are not being digested, the spleen “mulls’ over the food. When the stomach – spleen mechanism gives up, phlegm and mucous form and lodge in the body: in the intestines, the gallbladder, the stomach, in the sinuses, in the lungs and in the vaginal area. In the vaginal area there is a resultant overgrowth of thrush and Candida. This condition is called “damp” and affects the body in a similar way to the “rising damp” in a building. (Link 2)
The body is now “damp” and because the spleen controls the muscles, the muscles carry this moisture and one feels “pudgy”. I was taught that damp is the hardest thing to dislodge. Exercise won’t do it, which is frustrating for people on a good exercise regime. Those living in a moist humid area are particularly affected by this condition.Most Celiacs would relate to the above information and are aware of gluten intolerance, but this is only part of the story. The biggest issue I find with Celiacs is that they do not understand the whole picture because of a lack of information. Basically one needs to give the stomach – spleen mechanism foods that it can digest e.g. macrobiotic foods. (Link 3) Back To Top
The Spleen likes cooked – not raw.
The spleen likes warm or hot – not cold.
The heavy grains (wheat is the densest grain nutritionally), compromise digestion as do all the above items. Milled flour quickly oxidizes and is a deadening food. It greatly contributes to obesity, stagnation, formation of mucous and congestion.
These products can cause an allergic reaction OR compromise digestion. I am finding that many more children, particularly have dairy intolerance, and that probability is that they may be allergic or sensitive to the grains also. Back To Top
DR Xxxxx : The first place to start correcting spleen imbalances is with food- not just gluten! Remember that you do not have to come out in a rash to be sensitive to a food product. Allergies or sensitivities can in fact show up in many ways. Behaviour change is common, feeling unwell or tired, low energy, feeling heavy if you do exercise, uncomfortable especially after exercise, excessive sleepiness, malaise, aches and pains, stomach and digestion problems: gut cramps, bloating, or stomach discomfort. (Link 7)
Traditional medicine studies on what are the effects of damp are likely to surprised and shock you.
Vitamin B deficiencies especially vitamin B12 or folic acid, or iron deficiencies, excessive cholesterol, excessive triglycerides, blood disorders and diabetes should be considered to be spleen disorders and can be addressed as macrobiotic issues as well. I.e. Feed the organ with the foods that it can break down and digest easily. A cholesterol problem should be addressed not only by cutting out fat, but by cutting out wheat and dairy as well. (As well as the other foods listed). This comment will be
contentious, but the problem is more of digestion, than of fats. (Link 8)
Celiacs and those with digestive problems often improve their health by trial and error but we are told things like nuts and bananas are great for us because of the vitamins and fibre, but our poor old stomachs can’t do much with them if our digestive system is compromised.
Remember 40 years ago, our mothers soaked rolled oats overnight and then cooked them for ages. Now we eat oats raw as in for example muesli or almost raw as in such foods as one-minute oats. And then we wonder why we are having digestive problems!
Kinkajou: Why cooked rather than raw? DR Xxxxx : Well in simple terms the spleen has to do less work in breaking down the food. Back To Top
Kinkajou: Why not cold? DR Xxxxx : The spleen does not like cold.
Kinkajou: Why not dairy? DR Xxxxx : A cow forces its calf to eat grass at a very early age as it knows that milk is not a good food for its digestion, and cows do have a fantastic digestive system in order to produce the pure product milk.
DR Xxxxx : If you like alcohol, try Tequila or Gin. They are made from plants, not grains. Whisky and other common alcoholic spirits are often made from grains. Even Vodka is rarely made from potatoes these days. It is also often made from grains. If you like beer, for the sake of your energy consider perhaps the American product Budweiser. It is apparently brewed from rice.
The spleen is affected by us dwelling on things for too long- just like it is affected by dwelling on food for too long. So in the traditional medicine model, there is a mental and emotional association with all of this as well. (Link 9)
My experience is that people with spleen disorders are worriers- so the whole processing mechanism needs to be addressed. (Link 10) Back To Top
Traditional #hinese medicine focuses on a holistic understanding of the person in their environment.
Kinkajou: Reporter Reports: Modern Medicine's View
DR Xxxxx : Dr XxxxxC also mentioned that in the traditional model, the liver is the mother of a thousand diseases. In Dr XxxxxC's experience in talking with medical practitioners, the modern model of western style medicine attributes around 500 functions or ailments to the liver. Whichever way you look at it, the liver relates to many diseases , but it is in traditional #hinese medicine that the role of the liver in disease is much more paramount. Dr XxxxxC relates that in the traditional model of #hinese medicine, many eye diseases are attributable to liver dysfunction. The reason for this is that the liver meridian, which acupuncture treats, "opens into the eyes". Acupuncture acts to rebalance the liver and rebalance the energy or “Qui”. Back To Top
Changing the liver energy, can affect conditions such as ingrown toenails. Dr. Xxxxx expressed some surprise that it would be possible to treat a condition such as ingrown toenails by treating the liver, but our Chinese doctor stated that his success rate with his method of treatment was excellent, 100% in fact. Bad nails or broken nails in the traditional model relate in fact to compromised liver energy.
Could traditional medicine have some answers that modern medicine may not, is the question that comes to mind?
Comments: So how do "normal" modern medical practitioners see all this?
Erasmus : The standard medical model would regard all the ideas embraced by Traditional #hinese medicine as encapsulated by the above story as “absolute rubbish”. Yet, strangely, the Traditional #hinese Medicine model has persisted for thousands of years and been embraced by large numbers of practitioners with at least some success. One would expect that if the model failed to treat people or to have a beneficial effect on its patients, it should have been abandoned by now. And yet, in spite of its apparent total lack of connection with reality and understanding of pathology, (as most normal medical doctors who practice today, understand pathology), the model persists and functions and surprisingly is accepted by many people from a number of different walks of life. In fact, parts of traditional #hinese medicine such as Acupuncture have even entered the mainstream of medical acceptance by the populace and even by other “normal” medical doctors. So what can these people who accept this ancient model of medicine be seeing, as working that normal medical doctors do not.If the traditional medicine model is “rubbish”, treatments dictated by the model should be useless or ineffective. It becomes very strange indeed that an alternate medicine practitioner says he has an excellent success rate in using traditional treatments such as acupuncture or herbs in curing conditions as mundane as “ingrown toenails”. Dietary intervention may also assist in improving the "wellness" of the liver. Back To Top
Feng Shui is another aspect
of how the environment influences our lives.
Inanimate objects can have a profound effect
on life and health in traditional #hinese views.
Kinkajou: Comparing the Concepts : Modern vs. Traditional Medicine
DR Xxxxx : Dr. Xxxxx’s opinion is that we should look at what these practitioners do, perhaps not so closely at what they say. Over the last thousand years, our understanding of how the body works has changed substantially. We routinely use concepts today to explain our physical world that did not exist in then world of the past. That there needs to be a hard yet “accepting” look at what traditional medicine does, is inherent in the understanding that this model of medicine has stood the test of time. Over a thousand years, many people and doctors have used this model of understanding to manipulate or change the progression of disease with sufficient success to warrant teaching others and in these people teaching others in turn. Back To Top
One should not get caught up in the concepts or the words that are used to explain “chains of causation” or “disease processes”. Yes traditional explanations do not make sense to the modern doctor. That is because many of these concepts were created to explain observations made by health carers, albeit thousands of years ago. Because the way they understood the physical world and the body were so different, it is not surprising that the way they explain things is very different indeed.
Modern concepts of disease are equally grounded in years of observation and science. But because the concepts are different, the way that they explain things is different also. Look at what is done, relate these to the symptoms seen, and then decide if there are underlying truths to the explanations given. Back To Top
Our forefathers who lived a thousand years ago were no less clever or inventive than people are today. They were definitely less technological in the modern scientific sense. They definitely had less tools of technology, than doctors do today. They would of course understand things differently than today. They would use different concepts to explain things than we use today. However, the observations that they have made and that they have tried to explain are as valid today as they were thousands of years ago, when they were made.
So what was observed by health carers thousands of years ago and how can this be related to the standard medical model of many diseases and conditions as practiced by licensed medical practitioners the world over, today? Could both models (Traditional and Modern Scientific Medical) be both right and wrong at the same time? Where is the match between the two models of disease?
The most likely interpretation is that the "meridians" of traditional #hinese medicine as for example used in acupuncture, is that the meridians are "functional associative disease linkages".In more simple terms, symptoms of diseases of the toe (e.g. ingrown toenail), may be affected by treatments to an another site (e.g. the liver), so because the symptoms and treatments affect both sites, they may be linked by a meridian. Back To Top
Our Chinese doctor would be the first to accept that there are definite occasions where it would be wise to take antibiotics as a first line treatment. If your wound is infected, antibiotics often work well and quickly.
However, both Dr. Xxxxx and our Chinese doctor would say that there are also occasions where the use of traditional #hinese medicine may be more effective in relieving a patient’s symptoms than modern medicine as practiced by many doctors today. Dr. Xxxxx would say that it is with the chronic disorders where traditional methods may achieve disease response or relief. Modern medicine is capable of producing dramatic symptoms relief for many chronic conditions. But is the course of the illness altered or changed? Are people any better off long-term for receiving modern medical therapy?
Kinkajou: What is the Paill Spectrum View on Traditional vs Modern Medicine?
DR Xxxxx : What is surprising is that traditional #hinese medicine is capable of achieving a disease response in acute conditions such as infected ingrown toenails. The physical mechanical model of this condition prevails in the medical world today. I.e. The nail grows into the skin and this then becomes infected. Treat it by cutting off a bit of the ingrowing nail to a small or large extent, and then perhaps use antibiotics to control local infection
So how is it possible that an alternative medicine practitioner should make claims that the traditional #hinese form of medicine is capable of causing remission of this condition? Our Chinese doctor says his treatment works 100% of the time. Back To Top
Traditional #hinese medicine places emphasis on body organs as dysfunctions coming from physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual areas. The liver is seen as being the deepest organ in the body, and on a deeper level houses the “Hun” – translated by us as the soul. Therefore, it could be considered diseases such as ingrown toenails or conjunctivitis could be considered as a result of a “pussed off soul”- (restated as a soul made purulent or poisoned by pus or infection), So, in terms of traditional #hinese medicine perhaps the toenail problem is a reflection of a deeper emotional situation rather than just a purely physical toenail problem itself. One of the liver acupuncture meridians starts in the toe and so any treatment that is directed towards changing the energy from the liver may also affect the health of the toenail.
DR Xxxxx : When Dr. Xxxxx considered this explanation, he suddenly realized that there might be in fact one very obvious aspect missing from the medical scientific model of ingrown toenails. The issue is moisture or dampness or sweating. This is an important aspect of traditional medical explanations, yet is overlooked in the standard scientific medical model. Back To Top
The Paill Spectrum model describes substantial sympathetic nervous system activation as being critical to many of the disease processes. (See Obesity, See Hypoglycemia, See Food and Fat: what went wrong?). One of the major important organs affected by this process is the liver. Patients who have sweaty hands (a major Paill Spectrum symptom) will often have sympathetic nervous activation which causes altered sugar processing metabolism. Patients who have sweaty hands usually also have sweaty feet; (Paill Spectrum causes the symptoms of sweatiness in both hands and of course feet).
An ingrowing nail will only be infected:
The toe, not in question?
DR Xxxxx : But it is much more likely to be infected if there is moisture from sweatiness present in the debris in the toe fold. Bacteria are aquatic organisms and water is an essential nutrient for their growth. In fact, bacteria will not grow unless there is moisture or sweat present.
So the Paill Spectrum model would state that if a therapy can change sweatiness or dampness in the body (especially as measured at the hands or feet), it might in fact change the extent of an infected toenail. If a therapy can change the level of sweatiness in hands or feet, it is also likely to change the level of liver “activation” by sympathetic or glucagonic hormones. This is in fact likely to cause some substantial long-term health benefits. Back To Top
The basic observations relevant to the treatment of an ingrown toenail begin to tie together.
Patients with ingrown toenails may well have changes in their energy, "pussiness" (pus) of the liver and liver state as predicted by traditional #hinese medicine. In the Paill Spectrum Model, Changing the pathological process (Paill Spectrum) that underlies the extra sweatiness can cause beneficial changes in many conditions.
E.g. Less sweaty, less ingrown toenails
E.g. less sweaty, (less liver disease), less hypoglycemia, less alteration of gluconeogenesis.
Patients who have ingrown toenails therefore may have another often forgotten risk factor, namely local sweatiness that contributes to their infection, Back To Top. This problem of infected ingrowing nails seems to occur independent of the degree of humidity in the climate. Feet are sweaty when in shoes, no matter what country they are in. But some feet are definitely more prone to be sweaty than others. The standard medical model explaining the genesis of ingrown toenails, does not consider the contribution of a basic factor such as degree of foot sweatiness to the likelihood of a patient suffering from infected ingrown toenails.
In the Paill Spectrum model, sweatiness of hands or feet does not occur in isolation. This symptom only occurs in association with mood problems, irritability, perhaps poor judgement and temper , violence or rage issues. So the problem of the ingrown toenail begins to relate to issues of behaviour, the spirit and emotionality. This is the holistic appreciation of the problem that traditional #hinese medicine teaches. The Paill Spectrum model proposes that physical changes in the body caused by the Paill Spectrum organism, may be responsible for many widespread and apparently unrelated changes in the body such as behaviour, which at a superficial level appear to be totally unrelated to a basic physical complaint such as an ingrown toenail
It starts to become obvious that the observations made by the traditional method may in fact have some relation to reality. Paill Spectrum is a radical new model that could explain a number of medical conditions that currently have no known cause. Paill Spectrum is new and not accepted by many medical practitioners. In fact many medical practitioners have not even heard of it.
DR Xxxxx : Yet the Paill Spectrum model is heavily grounded in basic scientific medical science. Symptoms and signs of illness can be found and changes tracked. Blood tests can be done, interpreted according to a list of criteria (as set out in the theory) and can be used to guide treatment. Changes in illness and wellness can be predicted better than the standard scientific model of many diseases. In fact, surprisingly, it even lends some credibility to observations made by doctors schooled in traditional #hinese medicine, a form of medicine based on concepts thousands of years old. What is surprising is that Paill Spectrum in fact predicts that some of the disease concepts used in traditional medicine may have a scientifically measurable basis in reality. In short, the observations made by those ancient doctors, were not too far of the mark. There is indeed likely to be real fact mixed in with the fiction.
Most Celiacs would relate to the above information and are aware of gluten intolerance, but this is only part of the story. The biggest issue I find with Celiacs is that they do not understand the whole picture because of a lack of information. Basically one needs to give the stomach – spleen mechanism foods that it can digest e.g. macrobiotic foods.
Subspecialties of Acupuncture,
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Western medicine sources tell us that 60% of Australians are allergic or sensitive to wheat and dairy products. #hinese medicine tells us that this insensitivity comes about through stomach- spleen imbalances. #hinese medicine does not apologize for its “coat and lining” or “husband and wife” association with body organs. #hinese medicine is an organ-based study. It looks at energy flows and looks at treatments changing energy changing health.
So in the traditional #hinese medicine arena, the spleen is the organ that is spoken of often in considering its job assisting the stomach with digestion, amongst other jobs.
DR Xxxxx : In a nutshell, foods that fit into the hard to digest category include:
In traditional #hinese medicine, practitioners cut these products out of the diet and check the difference, as they all slow the digestive system. The traditional #hinese do not eat wheat. They worked out years ago that rice is the grain for digestion. Cooking and food preparation are very important in the #hinese traditional model of health.
As fine tuning:
The spleen loves warm: it hates cold
The spleen loves cooked, it hates raw.
DR Xxxxx : "Good Fortune" from Dr XxxxxC
Acupuncturist and Herbalist
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Erasmus : This web page discusses a new theory to explain many observations made in traditional Chinese medicine. There are some parallelisms between traditional Chinese medicine and the Pail Spectrum theory.
Dampness or sweating is a well recognised symptom of Paill Spectrum. It is also a concept associated with the spleen in traditional Chinese medicine. The spleen is host to many of the body’s lymphocytes. These cells are critical in immunity to the Paill Spectrum infection. So though the explanations of illness are different, they appear to be associating the same phenomena. Many of our modern concepts did not exist thousands of years ago, so simple concepts may well parallel our more complex concepts today.
Erasmus : Health professionals and Naturopaths can change many aspects of the disease or illness. The focus of these health providers on nutrition, (Vitamins: B12 and Folate; and minerals: zinc) is indeed likely to supercharge immunity and improve wellness.
Many modern medicines are merely symptom patch ups especially modern psychiatric medicines. In short, if you are being treated by a medical doctor and there is no addressing vitamin and mineral issues or food allergies, they will make no difference to your progressive deterioration.
Alternative holistic medicine: Traditional #hinese medicine seems unusually effective even in the modern era. The holistic approach and its success fits well with the scientific reasoning behind the Paill Spectrum model of disease. Nutritional therapy is a first line very healthful treatment or therapy. Paill Spectrum has specific risk factors namely Zinc deficiency, B12 deficiency folic acid deficiency, Celiac disease, gluten intolerance.
The ingrowing toenail as a case example illustrates some facets of meridians, linkages of organs and Chi energy. The Spleen in #hinese medicine is said to have difficulties processing (digesting) foods such as: Wheat, Oats, Rye, Barley, Brown Rice (unless cooked for a long time like a congee), Dairy, Nuts, and Banana. In modern terms, this may relate to possible immune disturbances arising from the foods we eat.
Erasmus : But if you want to preserve your health, you need to make the right decisions. Many of our health recommendations are based on what specific commercial interests are keen to sell us. “Good for You” in the Paill Spectrum model is a very specific thing. Many of the “healthy” recommendations made by friends or health professionals are potentially damaging to our health.
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Alternative Medicine PaillSpectrum Treatment New
Alternative holistic medicine : Traditional #hinese medicine seems unusually effective even in the modern era. The holistic approach and its success fits better with the scientific reasoning behind the Paill Spectrum model of disease. Nutritional therapy is a first line very healthful treatment or therapy. Paill Spectrum has specific risk factors namely Zinc deficiency, B12 deficiency folic acid deficiency, Celiac disease, gluten intolerance. The ingrowing toenail as a case example illustrates some facets of meridians, linkages of organs and Chi energy. Spleen in #hinese medicine finds hard to digest: wheat, Oats, Rye, Barley, Brown Rice (unless cooked for a long time like a congee), Dairy, Nuts, and Banana
This web page discusses a new theory to explain many observations made in traditional Chinese medicine: symptoms, signs, diagnosis, treatment , health professionals and Naturopaths can change many aspects of the disease or illness
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Disclaimer On the Paill Spectrum Model
The Paill Spectrum model fits in well with currently known and accepted medical opinion. The Paill Spectrum disease model pioneered by our genesis doctor Dr BXxxxx explains a great deal about how many idiopathic (cause unknown) medical conditions and events occur in the world we know. The model allows a number of predictions to be made regarding symptoms, prognosis, treatment and long term progression of many illnesses existing today.
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DR Xxxxx : Alternative holistic medicine : Traditional #hinese medicine seems unusually effective even in the modern era. The holistic approach and its success fits better with the scientific reasoning behind the Paill Spectrum model of disease. Nutritional therapy is a first line very healthful treatment or therapy. Paill Spectrum has specific risk factors namely Zinc deficiency, B12 deficiency folic acid deficiency, Celiac disease, gluten intolerance. The ingrowing toenail as a case example illustrates some facets of meridians, linkages of organs and Chi energy. Spleen in #hinese medicine finds hard to digest: wheat, Oats, Rye, Barley, Brown Rice (unless cooked for a long time like a congee), Dairy, Nuts, and Banana
Kinkajou: This web page discusses a new theory to explain many observations made in traditional Chinese medicine: symptoms, signs, diagnosis, treatment , health professionals and Naturopaths can change many aspects of the disease or illness. Traditional #hinese medicine and scientific western medicine are compared. The standard scientific medical model appears to have gaps in its explanation of many clinical illness events. The reasons why the #hinese model including nutritional therapy seems to be paradoxically effective in the modern world are discussed. Ingrowing toenails is used as a case example for a discussion of energy and meridian linkage in holistic medicine.