The Use of Preventive Strategies for Bone Loss

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Date: Annual 2005
From: American Journal of Chinese Medicine(Vol. 33, Issue 02)
Publisher: World Scientific Publishing Co. Pte Ltd.
Document Type: Article
Length: 217 words

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To access, purchase, authenticate, or subscribe to the full-text of this article, please visit this link: Byline: Hong Xu, David Lawson, Annette Kras, Damien Ryan Osteoporosis is a worldwide problem that is increasing significantly as the global population both increases and ages. While osteoporosis has been extensively studied in recent years, the utilization of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) for the diagnosis, prevention and treatment of this condition has seldom been examined. This paper examines the theories and the literature that relate to diagnosis, prevention and treatment of bone loss at the time of menopause according to the principles of TCM. It also considers practical developments in these areas as illustrated by the authors' research findings in recent studies. TCM diagnosis attributes a number of different underlying patterns to menopausal bone loss. A very common pattern in this situation is a Kidney qi and yin deficiency pattern. TCM analysis can be used as an early determinant of those persons who are potentially at risk of bone loss. Acupuncture, herbal medicine and Tai Ji exercise can then be applied to prevent and treat osteoporosis. These treatments can be effective, if they are applied correctly. The therapies may also be used in the treatment and prevention of osteoporosis, as well as the general maintenance of women's health during menopause.

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