Q: What does tremor or quivering in dogs mean in the TCVM?
A: Tremor, quivering, shuddering, shaking/trembling in dogs can be caused by one or more of the following patterns:
1) Internal Wind due to Liver Blood or Yin Deficiency leading to Liver Yang Rising, which causes tremor, or quivering;
2) Qi Deficiency, which fails to hold the body, leading tremor of the body, or limbs;
3) Qi or/and Blood Stagnation (the body is trying to shake stagnation away);
4) Fear or submissive behavioral issue which is associated with the disharmony between the Heart and Kidney.
Q: Are there the TCVM therapeutic that may help in cases of Headshaking Syndrome in horses?
A: If the causes of mechanical problems (cervical, TMJ etc) are ruled out, then headshaking in horses must be associated with behavior issue (Heart-Shen). Heart Blood and Yin anchor the Mind (Shen). Shen Disturbance including headshaking is often caused by Heart Blood or/and Yin Deficiency, Liver Qi Stagnation, Phlegm, and Excess Fire. The TCVM therapy is based on Pattern Differentiation (other clinical signs, tongue, pulse etc). If the pattern is NOT definite, I would do the following steps:
1) Points: Aquapuncture at An-shen (10 cc of saline per point) if applicable. Dry needle at PC-9, HT-9/7, BL-14/15/43/44/47/69, GB-44;
2) Herbal Medication: Shen Calmer, 30 g bid for 1 month. It can soothe Liver Qi, nourish heart blood and yin to calm the Mind;
3) Use cooling foods (barley, celery, watermelon rim etc);
About 80% of headshaking horses respond to above TCVM treatments. If no improvement in one month, you have to figure out the underlying PATTERN, and treat the pattern.
Q: What does polyphagia tell me?
A: Polyphagia can be caused by one or more of the following factors:
1) Excess Stomach Heat or Fire;
2) Global Heat (excess heat or false heat);
3) Strong Earth Constitution;
4) Fear to starve (associated with Shen Disturbance);
5) To calm down stress associated with Liver Qi Stagnation or Liver Yang Rising.
Q: What is the difference between Atractylodes Bai Zhu and Atractylodes Cang Zhu?
A: Atractylodes Cang Zhu and Bai Zhu are two main different herbs for the Spleen (going to Spleen Meridian). Their taste and actions are similar because they are very similar plants (the same family) even though not the same species. Cang Zhu is darker while Bai Zhu looks much pale. They can be substituted for each other in a shortage. However, Atractylodes Cang zhu is preferred to Atractylodes Bai Zhu for damp conditions, whereas Atractylodes Bai Zhu is preferred as a Spleen Qi tonic. In addition, Atractylodes Bai Zhu is more expensive.