HIV / AIDS Support
On this page you can find a brief discussion about HIV/AIDS according to Chinese medicine principles, the possible causes of this condition in terms of Chinese medicine diagnosis, and the treatment protocol at our clinic.
Please keep in mind that Chinese medicine is very different in principles, concepts, language, and treatment methods from western medicine. The information here is intended for the lay people who have no knowledge about Chinese medicine, therefore this discussion must be limited in scope and depth. The purpose is to impart the relevant information and to help you gain a general understanding, from your standpoint as a potential patient of Chinese medicine, how Chinese medicine views and diagnoses this condition of interest and what you can expect from a treatment if you decide to become a patient of our clinic.
Below are brief explanations of some common terms and concepts in Chinese medicine diagnosis that you would come across in a reading. This also helps you to understand better the discussion on this page.
- Qi - means energy. Qi is the universal energy that pervades within and without us everywhere in this realm of existence. Strictly speaking in our body, qi is the vital force that causes all movements, activities, functions, growth, development, control, check and balance, nourishment, protection, and transformation.
- Yin - pertains to the material basis of our body.
- Yang - pertains to the energetic, functional aspect of our body.
- Damp - refers to moisture in the body. The mentioning of damp in a diagnosis usually refers to an excessive accumulation that consequently produces problems.
- Heat, cold - temperature in our body. The mentioning of temperature in a diagnosis usually indicates an extreme level of imbalance.
- Wind - exists naturally in our body. The mentioning of wind in a diagnosis indicates an imbalance has occurred which causes the activity of wind to become excessive or in severe cases out of control.
- Meridian - another term for energy channel.
For HIV and AIDS, Chinese medicine has no cure but serves as a supportive therapy. The effects of the virus and medications cause these common imbalances in HIV/AIDS patients.
- Heat toxins in blood
- Excess damp and phlegm
- Yin deficiency
- Blood deficiency
- Qi deficiency
- Yang deficiency
- Qi and/or blood stagnation
Over the years, many HIV/AIDS patients have used Chinese medicine to successfully keep the viral load at a very low to undetectable level as well as improved on Cd4 count. Many are able to live a comfortable and quality life. Our goal is to support patients and their western medicine treatment, to give them relief from medication side-effects, and to enhance their overall health.
Acupuncture and Chinese herbs are used to achieve the following effects:
- Regulate the energy system.
- Move qi and blood.
- Disperse the stagnation of qi and/or blood.
- Clear heat and toxins.
- Nourish yin and blood.
- Tonify qi and yang with special emphasis on spleen qi.
- Clear damp and/or phlegm.
- Increase energy.
- Improve immune system.
The initial course of treatment is 6-12 weekly sessions depending on the severity of symptoms. Because the role of Chinese medicine is to support, patient shall continue treatment into the maintenance phase and it is ongoing for as long as the patient wants to stay with this medicine.
An in-depth assessment and individually tailored treatment recommendation are conducted in person as there may be pre/existing factors of one's health that influence the condition of interest.