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Lyme Disease and Modern Chinese Medicine Paperback – March 1, 2006
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“This is a comprehensive book on the cause and treatment of Lyme disease using modern Chinese medicine..., --Andrew Weil, M.D. February, 2006
“The authors have done an outstanding job with combining traditional Chinese medicine and Western medicine together.” --Scott Mulliken, N.D. February, 2006
“… tell your colleagues that Chinese medicine might be one way to help enhance the clinical outcomes of Lyme treatment …” --Virginia Sherr, M.D. February, 2006
About the Author
About the Author – Dr. Qingcai Zhang Following graduation from Shanghai Second Medical University in 1962, Dr. Qingcai Zhang worked as a physician at the Medical University’s Reijing Hospital, conducting clinical and laboratory research to integrate Chinese and Western medicine. He later became an associate professor of medicine at Shanghai Second Medical University. In 1980, he was awarded a World Health Organization scholarship, which supported his two-year fellowship at Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital. In 1984 he worked as a research fellow at the Wakai Clinic in Nagoya, Japan. A year later, he received a one-year appointment from the University of California at Davis as a visiting professor. From 1986 to 1992, Dr. Zhang was the primary researcher at the Oriental Healing Arts Institute in Long Beach, California, where he conducted research on treating AIDS with Chinese medicine, designed herbal formulas for the treatment of AIDS, and published two books on AIDS and Chinese medicine. He began his private practice in 1990, first in Cypress, California, and then in New York City. He is the founder of Zhang’s Clinic in New York City and White Plains, New York. Since 1987, he has been focusing on treating chronic viral infections, such as viral hepatitis and AIDS; infectious diseases such as Lyme disease; and autoimmune diseases, such as inflammatory bowel disease, psoriasis, and rheumatoid arthritis. Dr. Zhang is a member of the Hepatitis C Caring Ambassadors World Class Brainstorming Team, the Advisory Committee of the Science of Polaris Corporation, Dr. Weil’s web site, and the Silvia Science Pharmaceutical Corporation. He has given lectures on modern Chinese medicine and AIDS, hepatitis, and Lyme disease nationwide. Also by the author: AIDS and Chinese Medicine: Applications of the Oldest Medicine to the Newest Disease, Compound Q – Trichosanthin and its Clinical Applications, and Healing Hepatitis C with Modern Chinese Medicine. He is a contributing author of the following books: Hepatitis C Choices – Distinctive Viewpoints on Choices for Your Hepatitis C Journey, Alternative Medicine –The Definitive Guide, and Family Guide to Natural Medicine.
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Dr Zhang apparently pioneered Artemisinin treatment for Babesia and developed higher potency Artemisinin. He provides an excellent description of how Artemisinin destroys food vacuole and cell membranes of Babesia piroplasms. Babesia may be acquiring some resistance to Artmisinin and many patients seem to require higher doses and length of treatment than Dr. Zhang recommends.
Dr. Zhang provides treatment protocols which are fairly easy to follow, considering the complexity of the Lyme spirochete. His Hepapro company also provides a one stop shopping capability for patients wanting to follow his treatment protocols. Hepapro also provides a free consultation with Dr. Zhang, after a certain length of time using his products.
Zhang also discusses using accupuncture, in combination with herbal Lyme Disease treatment.
Four patient case histories provide much needed encouragement.
The herbals recommended in this book are more expensive than herbals recommended by Buhner, and do not seem as effective. You can expect to spend around $300 monthly for Dr. Zhangs herbal Lyme Disease regimen and might not see any improvement, in three months.
This book fails to mention lumbrokinase, which has proven very effective for reducing excess clotting, caused by Lyme Disease and Babesia. This is surprising since earthworm powder, which lumbrokinase is produced from, has been used in China effectively for over one thousand years. Apparently, only Chinese HERBAL medicine and acupuncture are discussed, in this book.
The discussion of Cordyceps actions was very helpful and informative.
This book does not appear to discuss Bartonella or Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, which are two common Lyme Disease coinfections.
The HH extract, recommended by Dr. Zhang causes indigestion and gastric distress in almost everyone who tries it. HH increases toxic acetaldehyde levels.
Smilax is very liver protective and Buhner also recommends it to reduce dieoff severity.
Buhner provides far more information in Healing Lyme. The Lyme Cure, by Singleton, is also a better Lyme Disease book. Ironically, the best discussion of effective Lyme Disease treatment I have seen is two paragraphs, in Curing the Incurable, by Thomas Levy, MD, JD.
Some of the book is devoted to discussion of the pharmacological properties of the herbs, which I feel is less useful to the layperson and perhaps more useful to a physician or biochemist. I would have liked to have read more about his approach to diet and lifestyle but the book is otherwise excellent. He outlines a full protocol for treating Lyme so that if one wishes to pursue healing without the aid of a physician, this book makes that possible.
Thank you, Dr. Zhang!
The subtitle says it all: AN ALTERNATIVE TREATMENT STRATEGY DEVELOPED BY ZHANG'S CLINIC . . . many traditional approaches to cure the disease just don't seem to be working, so Dr. Zhang has developed a procedure that involves a combination of various systems of medicine:
* Since the modernization movement of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) in the last 1950s, three major systems of medicine are now practiced in China: Western medicine, TCM, and integrative Chinese and Western medicine. We refer to the latter as modern Chinese medicine (MCM).
He further points out that to treat Lyme disease:
* MCM uses a TCM principle, known as fu zheng qui xie, which has been applied for centuries to treat infectious diseases. . . . Both homeopathic and allopathic, [it] is a constitutional approach that emphasizes the immune system in fighting diseases.
What I particularly liked about the above is that it doesn't involve the use of antibiotics and, as such, uses herbal formulas that have little to no toxicity. In fact, the following are the guidelines for the herbal products that are used:
* The active ingredient is identifiable.
The potency is measurable.
The therapeutic action is predictable.
The clinical outcome is repeatable.
Some of LYME DISEASE gets a bit technical . . . however, an excellent Appendix of Frequently Asked Questions does a great job in summarizing what has been written . . . and will go a long way toward helping anybody decide if this approach is one to at least consider.