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Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) has thousands years history. It has unique basic theories and diagnostic methods. It is a very effective therapy in treating many chronic diseases and some acute diseases. If you are interested in TCM, welcome to pop in to this TCM forum, let's discuss on any topic about Chinese herbal medicine and acupuncture. If you have any health problem, you are welcome to visit my clinic Knowhow Acupuncture at No.1 Harley street, London. If you are far away from London, you can pop in my online clinic to get some help. If you like this blog please share it to your friends.

Tuesday, 4 February 2020

My ten year blogger journey

Tiejun Tang

Ten years ago, I opened my TCM blog Chinese Medicine Forum, during which I published over 80 posts. All the posts are related to Chinese medicine and acupuncture, and the topics range from clinical treatment to theoretical discussionand research review. I never expected this small blog could attract so many readers from all over the world. My readers include patients, TCM students & practitioners, doctors and researchers. Many readers received practical suggestion about their disease or health issues.
The pageviews of my blog have reached 318,253. 

The readers came from over 30 different countries.The top 10 countries are:



The following shows the posts concerning clinic treatment which received more pageviews.



The readers left 157 comments on my blog. Here are a few comments:

Williams wrote on Can acupuncture treat Parkinson’s disease?  "I wanted to thank you for this great Information and knowledge, I definitely loved every little bit of it. I have you bookmarked your web site to check out the latest stuff you post. Your blog is eye-catching. I get pleasure from it."

Alex wrote on How to treat Raynaud's Phenomenon with Chinese Medicine?  "It’s really nice and meanful. It’s really cool blog. Linking is very useful thing, you have really helped lots of people who visit blog and provide them useful information."

Leslie wrote on How to treat rheumatoid arthritis with Chinese medicine? I am really a big fan of Chinese medicine and I have been self studying about it. This article is very helpful. It gives total insight to the viewers when it comes to RA. It gives comparison and guide on how to deal with RA. "

Davy wrote on Acupuncture Pain Clinic in Whittington Hospital:  "Nice post. I read your article and found useful information regarding Acupuncture Pain Clinic. I would like to say thanks for sharing this. Keep sharing."

Anonymous wrote on Acupuncture Pain Clinic in Whittington Hospital: "This is a great posting of blog and thanks sharing, It was an one of the great treatment in acupuncture therapies, its useful for relaxation and infertility acupuncture etc."

Savannah wrote on Acupuncture Pain Clinic in Whittington Hospital:  "I have to say that the information here was the most complete that I found anywhere. I am definitely bookmarking this to come back and read later. Really impressed! "

Mendes wrote on Glandular fever and its TCM treatment: "This is a great article thanks for sharing this informative information. I will visit your blog regularly for some latest post. "

Williams wrote on How to treat urinary tract infection with Chinese herbal medicine?  "I have being researching about urinary tract infection and reading your blog, I found your post very helpful."

Greenjjade wrote on Hashimoto’s disease and its TCM treatment: "Hi Dr Tang, As a non-Chinese speaking student of TCM, I just wanted to express a very big thank you for freely sharing your clinical knowledge and expertise and writing about such interesting topics."

I am really appreciated all the comments.  Your feedback has encouraged me to keep on posting for the past 10years. I have been dedicated to TCM for more than 40 years, and deeply believe that Traditional Chinese medicine is a precious resource. The aim of this blog is to share my TCM knowledge and experience to English readers of the whole World. I will continue to post new articles in 2020, and readers are very welcome to leave their comments or share this blog with their friends. If this blog can make you and your family healthier, that is my best hope.

Thursday, 23 January 2020

How to prevent coronavirus infection?

Tiejun Tang


We are all aware of the new Coronavirus spreading from Wuhan across China and beyond.. This disease is very similar to the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) epidemic of 2003 which originated in China and spread to 37 countries with 8098 cases and 774 fatalities. The pathogens are from a different subtype of coronavirus; Its incubation period is longer than SARS and its symptoms are slightly different.

SARS initially spread from Guangzhou in Southern China, and I was working in that city when SARS started to spread. Our hospital is one of the leading hospitals in Guangzhou, so we accepted and treated many patients. When patients were diagnosed with SARS they were isolated and treated with modern medicine. My PhD tutor, Professor Deng Tietao suggested to central government to use traditional Chinese medicine and after the Chinese herbal medicine was involved the mortality rate significantly reduced.
Chinese herbal medicine was widely used to prevent SARS infection. Many people took herbal decoction of Banlangen (Radix isatidis) which has proven to have an antiviral function.’[1] During the epidemic period of SARS in Hong Kong there were 2,601 medical staff administered with Kandu Bufei  DecoctionIt was confirmed that 1,063 people had taken it for a successive two weeks according to the request and had returned the questionnaire monitoring effectiveness They were regarded as the treatment groupThe control group consisted of 15,374 subjects who didn’t take Chinese herbal medicineResults: No one in the herbal treatment group contracted the SARS infection while in the control group, 64(0.4%) were infected.[2]
Extensive pharmacological research has shown that many Chinese herbal medicines have very good antiviral effects in their different ways.[3] Chinese herbal medicine could prevent the occurrence of coronavirus infection. It is possibly improving symptoms through enhancing the immunity of body. The ingredients of Kandu Bufei Decoction were based on the classical formula of Yupingfeng San, which is recorded from Yuan Dynasty in 1345 AD. Yupingfeng in Chinese means jade screen.  It means that like a jade screen this medicine can protect people from wind evils.  Modern research has shown that a modified Yupingfeng San formula can inhibit respiratory viral infections in vitro and in vivo.[4]
Coronavirus infection is preventable. Wearing a mask, washing hands and drinking plenty of water can help to prevent infection but the best way to prevent coronavirus infection is to take some Chinese herbal decoction. You can access your local Chinese herb clinic to get your jade screen. It will help you to stay safe from the risk of coronavirus.
Reference:
1. Zhou W Research progress of Chinese herbal medicineRadix isatidis (banlangen).
      Am J Chin Med. 2013;41(4):743-64.
2. Liu Dehui. Clinical Observation on the Preventive Effect of KangduBufei Decoction on AcuteSevere Respiratory Syndrome. Chinese Journal of Integrated Traditional and Western Medicine. 2004; 24(8): 685-688.
3.  Jun Huang. Antiviral Herbs -Present and Future. Infectious Disorders – Drug Targets, 2014, 14, 61-73.