What is Modern Chinese Medicine ?

After read those slides of herbal products, readers may find that they have clear molecular structure and pharmacologic information, which can not see in herbology of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM). This post will explain why.

What is “Modern Chinese Medicine?”

People are more familiar with TCM and in the Western world most TCM practitioners are acupuncturists. In China the mainstay of TCM is herbology and acupuncture is considered as an adjunctive therapy. Since 1958 there was an integration movement to combine TCM and western medicine in China.

Modern Chinese Medicine (MCM) is the integration of Chinese and Western medicine and is the result of the modernization of TCM as seen through the lens of Western pathophysiology and phytopharma­cology. This integrative approach has developed in all medical specialties allows for the practice of both TCM and WM in the same medical settings by the same doctors for the same patients with greatly improved outcomes.

The integration of TCM with WM is a national movement in China, the purpose of which is to create a unified medicine to better serve patients. Begun in 1958, the merging of these two medicines means that TCM is taught in conjunction with conventional WM in every medical school in China. I was one of the first generation of Chinese medical students to be trained in both Western and Chinese medicine. I attended a Western medical school, Shanghai Second Medical College, which now is Medical School of Shanghai Jiaotong University. In 1958, during my second year of medical school, TCM became a required course. At first, my classmates were unwilling to learn this “unscientific medicine.” We had already learned anatomy, histology, biochemistry, physiology, microbiology, pathology, and pharmacology, but suddenly we were taught yin and yang, Theory of Five Elements, Hot and Cold, and Excess and Deficiency etc. We rejected those vague TCM concepts. Only when we entered our internships did we pick TCM up again because it works.

During this time, teaching hospitals set up TCM departments, and senior WM doctors were required to learn from TCM masters and to conduct research on TCM. Currently, three medicines are practiced in China: conventional Western medicine, TCM, and integrative Chinese and Western medicine, the latter of which I refer to as modern Chinese medicine (MCM).

                Besides the practical benefits of MCM, there are more profound philosophical reasons for adopting this integrative system. The two modalities are not simply piled atop each other but unified in such a way as to improve both. Since both TCM and WM are concerned with the health care of human beings, they can be integrated. Differences lie in their respective approaches to health, disease, and treatment made them difficult to integrate.

Lyme Disease Caused Immune Dysfunctions

One important aspect of pathology of LD is the infection caused patient to have immune dysfunctions which include immune deficiency, such as CD57 low it means the cellular immunity is compromised, and low ability to produce antibodies, this made many patients being misdiagnosed because of testing methods are not sensitive enough to detect the low-level antibodies in the serum. It means the humeral immunity is also compromised. This caused many false negatives tests that result in many cases of misdiagnosed chronic LD.

Another immune dysfunction is autoimmunity, which caused many secondary autoimmune complications of LD, such as Hashimoto, rheumatoid like arthritis, fibromyalgia, vasculitis, Reynaud’s Syndrome, myocarditis, Sjogren Syndrome, and autoimmune encephalitis… etc. Autoimmune also caused over sensitivities, many patients become sensitive to things they used could enjoy, such as gluten intolerant is very common in chronic LD patients. Immune dysfunction not only diminishes patients’ ability to eradicate the infection but also created complications and symptoms that deteriorate their life quality and making them sick. So, for an effective LD protocol, regulating immunity is one of necessity treatments.

For patient with autoimmune complications, to distinguish whether the autoimmunity is primary or secondary to the LD is vitally important. I have seen many patients being diagnosed as primary rheumatoid arthritis and treated with steroids or even methotrexate (MTX) without knowing that it was LD caused autoimmune arthritis. The immune suppressive treatments not only ineffective but also made the underlying causative LD almost intractable. Even LD patient with primary autoimmune disorders before the Lyme infection, the immune suppressive treatment should also be avoided until the LD has been well treated then to treat the primary autoimmune disorders. This sequence is vitally important to remember. Without treating the underlying LD, the immune suppressive treatments for autoimmune related complications will not work and makes LD patient sicker.  

Formula 5081 Capsule

Formula 5081 is formulated based on clinical treatment protocols designed for treating spirochete infections such as Syphilis and Leptospirosis. This formula was the main traditional Chinese medicine’s remedy for spirochete infections. It consists only four herbs and the efficacy of anti spirochete infection was quite high. In our protocol for Lyme disease it is used as second line treatment. �

HH Capsule

HH Capsule is the third most frequent used anti-infection herbal capsule. It has found specially good for treating Bartonella co-infection. Its pharmacological features will be presented in following slides. From this slide you can see that it is clearly defined pure substance and its molecular structure has been determined. Therefore it has been well studied.

Artemisia Capsule -2

This slid shows that the active ingredient of Artemisia Capsule, Artesunate, has very low toxicity and high therapeutic index. It is a very safe remedy that can be quickly metabolized and has no accumulation in the body. Its cure rate for malaria is almost 100%. We borrowed it for treating babesiosis, a malaria like protozoa and it also good for anti-virus, can suppress cytomegalovirus (CMV), herpes, and Epstein-Barr virus (EBV). Its wild spectrum anti-cancer effects have been used for helping cancer survivors to eradicate minimum residual cancer cells after oncotherapy. Its anti-autoimmune effects can be used for treating LD’s autoimmune complications, such as Hashimoto, arthralgia, vasculitis, and so on.

Artemisia Capsule -1

Artesunate is the second most frequently used anti-infection substance in our protocol, which is the first line anti-malaria medicine recommended by World Health Organization and it has saved millions of lives.

About 20 years ago I first borrowed it for treating babesiosis, which is a main co-infection of LD. It is protozoa that infects red blood cells like malaria. Because there was no special anti-babesiosis study has been done, I can only borrow this treatment from medication of malaria.  Conventional medicine did the same but adopted some out of dated anti-malaria drugs, such as Malarone (Atovaqyuone). They are not only ineffective, very expensive, and have a lot of side effects.

The Chinese discoverer of artemisinin, Prof. Du Youyou won 2015 Nobel Prize. Her team now is studying to use artemisinin and its molecular deliveries to treat systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) and rheumatoid arthritis. In 1995, the Washington State University in Seattle had published their findings that artemisinin and its deliveries have wild spectrum anti-cancer effects.