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Acupuncture and Energy Medicine

Acupuncture works by mobilizing and regulating the energetic system of the body to prevent and treat disease. Drop a pebble into a pond and you see ripples. The effects of acupuncture are just as immediately felt. The medicine I offer is 'rooted in the Spirit', meaning that the emotional, psychological, and spiritual aspects are always taken into consideration in understanding and treating a disease.
 
Complex and difficult conditions become treatable when we understand that they are not separate entities but stages of transformation. Whether the problem is migraines, high blood pressure, low back pain, anxiety, insomnia, low energy, or hair loss, knowing how diseases move and mutate within the body to affect different functions and organs points the way to cure. Energy medicine is not deterministic. It is an open system that allows for transformation. There are always alternative ways to understand and solve a problem. There are always possibilities for change.
 
Lok-Kwan has two office locations. The Lincoln Park office is right by Lakeview and DePaul and only ten minutes from downtown Chicago. The Wilmette office is centrally located to serve Evanston, Winnetka, Glenview, and Glencoe. Weekend and evening hours are available. To request an appointment, use the 'forms' link on the top menu, or call 847 323-9297.
 
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Chinese TCM doctor wins Nobel prize for discovery of malaria drug

This is without doubt the top TCM news story of 2015. That a TCM doctor is the key person for the discovery of a pharmaceutical drug is quite astounding. Please view Tu Youyou's lecture on Nobelprize.org. It's a fascinating drug discovery story. 

The drug is artemisinin, a derivative from the plant qinghao, artemisia annua, also known as sweet mugwort. Interesting thing is that Dr. Tu did it by combing Chinese medical literature for herbs and formulas for malaria and testing them. She obtained extractions from qinghao in different ways but they did not work. Finally she was tipped off by a closer reading of one line in Ge Hong's 341 AD text "Emergency Formulas to Keep Up One's Sleeve" (shown in above photo from Dr. Tu's Nobel lecture presentation) that says Qinghao should be soaked in water and the juice squeezed out of it for treating malaria: vs. boiling it which is the common decoction method. She then started to explore cool extraction methods that finally led to success. Ge Hong was a most renowned Daoist scholar and philosopher. Actually he had one foot on Daoism and the other squarely on Confucianism but that is another story. Without a doubt, Ge Hong himself experimented with different extraction methods to find the most effective one for preparing qinghao for malaria.