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Chinese Herbal Medicine

Chinese Herbal Medicine is an essential component of Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM). Individualized formulas that are modified to respond to changing symptoms and treatment goals are the heart of professional herbal medicine. Traditionally, these were composed of dried plant, mineral and animal products that were boiled into “decoctions” and drunk twice a day. In modern times, many people desire a more convenient method of administration and higher standards of safety.  At Abacus Integrative Medicine we use concentrated granules that are manufactured to the highest quality standards and rigorously tested to ensure purity and efficacy.   We have the most comprehensive Chinese herbal medicine granule pharmacy in the lower Midwest. More about the line of professional products we use can be found at www.evherbs.com.

herbtray1Chinese Herbal Medicine may be used to treat a wide range of conditions and to promote wellness and prevent disease. A course of treatment may last from only a few days, as when treating a cold or flu, or may continue for weeks or months when the condition is chronic. Under proper care, the patient may potentially be able to work with their physician to reduce the use of prescription medicines.

Integrative Chinese Herbal Medicine is based on the concepts of health and disease found in traditional Chinese medicine and modern allopathic medicine. Formulas are therefore prescribed based on an integrative pulse and auricular (ear) diagnosis, as well as signs, symptoms, history and chief complaint. Unlike western medications, the balance and interaction of all the ingredients are considered more important than the effect of individual ingredients alone. This is why extensive knowledge and experience are necessary to master the skills required to apply formulas effectively to complex clinical cases.

Auricular Medicine

Auricular Medicine is a scientific medical system which can diagnose and treat many different diseases of the body and mind specifically through observation, testing and treating the ears.  Unlike auricular therapy, Auricular medicine is a complete system of diagnosis and treatment based on Western medicine diagnosis.   Its diagnostic methods are rooted in the neurological, vascular and lymphatic systems, not limited to the understanding of the Western physiological model.  Auricular medicine also integrates theories of Chinese medicine and other methods of diagnosis including: embryology, pathomorphology, genetics, and immunology.

Conditions of the past, present, and symptomless developing conditions can be detected of over 300 diseases and symptoms.

Ear (auricular) diagnosis is based on points, zones, lines, grooves and channels.  In addition, ear diagnosis utilizes point detection and a method of the whole system called “linear mobile touching method” (LMTM).  There are four essential steps to diagnosis inspection:

  • Visual Diagnosis
  • Palpation
  • Electrical detection (LMTM)
  • Differentiation

For more than 45 years, Li-Chun Huang, MD (China) has been an internationally renowned physician, instructor and primary founder of “Auricular Medicine. She introduces her work of a lifetime to doctors around the planet.

For more information go to www.earmedicine.us

Jeffrey C. Russell, DOM, is a Master of Auricular Medicine under the close tutelage of Dr. Li-Chun Huang, MD


Russell has studied acupuncture styles extensively in the USA and in Asia.  His preferred practice includes the method taught by Grand Master Tung (董景昌大師) [pronounced “Dong”]. Master Tung’s approach to acupuncture treatment is a highly effective system that uses points distal to the affected area. This ancient system survived the Cultural Revolution and the movement to “systematize” acupuncture in 1960’s China, and therefore differs significantly from the “Westernized” version of acupuncture taught by most colleges and universities today in Western and Asian academic institutions. Dr.Young Wei-jia is the foremost teacher and practitioner of this style. Susan Johnson L.Ac is has played a pivotal role in teaching and practicing Tung’s acupuncture in the United States and is Russell’s main teacher for this style.

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