Barefoot Doctor's Journal

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For 5000 years Traditional Chinese Medicine has help people to relieve pain and achieve a healthy longevity naturally.

A comprehensive guide to natural health and healing, the Barefoot Doctor’s Journal seeks to empower it's readers to take control of their own health, find their own inspiration, help create healthier communities and share the adventure with whoever is interested. Internationally recognized experts in the fields of healthy aging and Traditional Chinese Medicine, the Living Younger Longer Institute has helped hundreds of people each year to live healthy naturally.

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March 11, 2019
Joe Brady

Diabetes in Traditional Chinese Medicine

A disease of accelerated aging, more than 29 million people in the United States have diabetes and 86 million adults aged 20 years and older have prediabetes.

In ancient China diabetes used to be a fairly rare disease occurring only in old age because people were physically active. Still diabetes (Xiao Ke) was treated as far back as the Yellow Emperors classic and many of China’s top anti aging remedies such as ginseng were used. Much modern research shows that these remedies were somewhat effective and may be of real use in modern times helping folks with what is considered pre-diabetes manage their health and avoid full blown diabetes with more natural methods.

March 3, 2019
Joe Brady

Evidence-Based Chinese Medicine for Hypertension

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) has a long history, literally thousands of years, and abundant experience with regard to treating hypertension or high blood pressure (BP). TCM also has a unique way of diagnosing and treating this disease with a variety of techniques including Chinese herbal formulas, acupuncture, moxibustion, cupping, qigong, Tai Chi, diet and exercise therapy. Current research demonstrates that Chinese herbal formulas possess the advantage of treating the whole person including the stress and other factors that can aggravate hypertension. Chinese herbal formulas have been shown to help stabilize BP but also improve related symptoms, such as insomnia, constipation, mood swings, obesity, and pain. Antihypertensive therapy research on Chinese herbal formulas for treating hypertension has made rapid progress over the past 30 years, but certain problems remain that seriously limit the progress of this research the clinical hypertensive treatment trials using TCM have been limited to small samples and multicenter, large-scale random samples with controlled methods are rarely employed.

February 24, 2019
Joe Brady

Meditation and Aging

Recent research has shown improvements in brain structure in long-term meditation practitioners compared to controls. This is not an isolated study and, over the past decade, evidence suggests that meditation may help us keep our brains younger. None of us are getting any younger and daily meditation could be an effective means to better maintain brain tissue, preserve cognitive, and emotional function and to diminish the risk of dementia and other age-related neurodegenerative diseases.

February 16, 2019
Joe Brady

Mind-body practices for post traumatic stress disorder

Tai Chi and Qigong Viable for Post traumatic Stress Disorder (review of 16 studies)

Mind-body practices are increasingly used to provide stress reduction for posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Mind-body practice encompasses activities with the intent to use the mind to impact physical functioning and improve health.

Researchers conducted a literature review of 16 studies in the published literature on Traumatic Stress to identify the effects of mind-body intervention modalities, such as yoga, tai chi, qigong, mindfulness-based stress reduction, meditation, and deep breathing, as interventions for PTSD.

February 10, 2019
Joe Brady

Evidence Base of Clinical Studies on T’ai Chi

One of the hottest topics in modern biomedical research is also the world’s oldest and most popular forms of exercise used as medicine. According to the Harvard Medical Health Publication “T’ai chi is often described as meditation in motion, but it might well be called medication in motion”. Tai Chi has value in treating or preventing many health problems. One review of 507 studies and randomized clinical trials 94% reported positive effects of T’ai Chi on hypertension, diabetes, arthritis, osteoporosis, cancer, COPD, heart disease, depression and even schizophrenia. Many more studies are underway to explore the medical benefits of this mind/body exercise.

The quantity and evidence base of clinical studies on T’ai Chi is substantial.  A total of 507 studies on T’ai Chi have been published between 1958 and 2013. The top 10 diseases/conditions was hypertension, diabetes, osteoarthritis, osteoporosis or osteopenia, breast cancer, heart failure, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, coronary heart disease, schizophrenia, and depression.