What is the form of Qi that circulates in the body?
It is called True or Normal Qi (Zhen Qi) and is made up of:
- Nutritive Qi which flows through the acupuncture channels
- Defensive Qi which flows mostly between the skin and muscle
True or false: Blood is yin (cold) in nature
True or false: Qi is yang in nature (hot)
True or false: body fluids are Yin (cold) in nature
What is Essence?
Essence is an extremely condensed form of Qi, and is Yin (cold) in nature. There are 2 types:
- Pre-heavenly essence (what you are born with)
- Post heavenly essence (what occurs during the life cycle)
True or false:
Shen (spirit) is yang in nature
How many acupuncture channels are there?
What are the 8 principles?
They are 4 pairs:
- Exterior | Interior
- Hot | Cold
- Full | Empty
- Yang | Yin
Where is heat normally seen in the body?
Heat is normally seen in the uppermost or superficial body parts i.e skin, blood, muscles, hair etc
List 4 alkaline forming foods
What foods should Blood Type O avoid, and what foods should they eat more of?
AVOID: Cow's Milk, Wheat, Corn
INCLUDE: Organic beef, rice, walnuts
What foods should Blood Type A's avoid, and what foods should they eat more of?
AVOID: Cow's milk, oranges, bananas
INCLUDE: Peanuts, almonds, lentils
What foods should Blood Type B's avoid, and what foods should they eat more of?
AVOID: Pork, bacon, sweetcorn
INCLUDE: dairy foods, papaya, millet
What foods should Blood Type AB avoid, and what foods should they eat more of?
AVOID: Cow's milk, oranges, bananas
INCLUDE: Cauliflower, cranberry, celery (3 C's)
In homeopathy, how does one prepare a remedy?
By diluting the substance, shaking or banging the vial, and then diluting it again. This process can be done again and again. We call it "succussion and dilution".
*Note: succussion means to shake a solution vigorously.
The higher dilutions, or higher potencies, are diluted hundreds or thousands of times. The more you dilute and success a remedy, the more potent it becomes. In fact, the effect of a very high potency remedy can occasionally be too powerful for a patient in a weakened condition and it is preferable to begin with a lower potency.
In homeopathy, what is potency?
Potency = the strength of a homeopathic remedy. Determined by how many times the remedy has been succussed and diluted during preparation. A number and a letter are associated with the remedy name to indicate which potency scale has been used.
In homeopathy, what are the different scales of potency?
The different scales of potency are as follows:
In homeopathy, what are the most common potencies in England?
The most common potencies in England are the C potencies. The most common are:
- 1000C (1M)
What is the classification of homeopathic potencies on a scale of low to high?
Lower potency - 1C to 30C
Middle potency - 30c to 1M
High potency - above 1M
If somebody is using heavy medication or is in a very sensitive state, there is a special potency called "LM Potency" which can be repeated daily. The bottle is successes before each dose, which slightly increases the potency each time.
In homeopathy, what does "+++ lemons" mean?
A very strong desire for lemons
In homeopathy, what does "- milk" stand for?
The person has an aversion to milk.
In homeopathy, what does ">hot drinks" stand for?
The patient's symptoms are better for having hot drinks.
In homeopathy, what does, "<Alcohol" stand for?
The symptoms are worsened when drinking alcohol.
In homeopathy, remedies come in several forms. They are usually absorbed orally under the tongue but can be applied differently as well. List the different forms below:
- Liquid Potencies
- Sucrose Pills
- Lactose Tablets
In homeopathy, where does Apis come from and what has it been used to treat?
Apis (animal) comes from the honey bee and has been used to treat:
- Allergies / Anaphylaxis
- Swelling, redness, oedema
- Burning and stinging pains
In homeopathy, what is Arnica used to treat?
- Bruising Injuries
- Muscle soreness
- Bleeding under the skin
- After a long run/ marathon
In homeopathy, what is another term for Hypericum and what is this used to treat?
Another name for Hypericum is St John's Wort, and it is a mental nerve remedy. It is used for emotional healing as well as nerve injuries.
It can help:
- Injury to nerve rich areas - fingers, toenails
- Car door injury
What is homeopathic proving?
When a homeopath takes a small dose of a plant and observes the symptoms that they get. These are then the symptoms that the diluted and successes homeopathic preparation is used to treat. It is a testing process.
In TCM, the tongue has 4 distinct areas (back, centre, sides, tip). Without looking at the image, see if you can try and remember which organs are associated with which areas.
In TCM, what do we look for in terms of tongue signs?
Spots / lumps/ sublingual veins
In TCM, what are the indicators for different types of tongue shape?
Tongue-shaped = Normal
Swollen = Damp, Phlegm
Thin = Blood deficiency
Deviated = Wind
Teeth Marks = Weak digestion
In TCM, what are the indicators for different body colours of the tongue?
Pale pink = normal
Red = heat
Pale & Moist = Yang deficiency
Pale & Dry = Blood deficiency
Purple = Blood stasis
Purple / red = Blood stasis with heat
Mauve / blue = Blood stasis with cold
In TCM, what are the indicators for coating/ moisture of the tongue?
Thin white = normal
Dry yellow = excess heat
Greasy yellow = damp heat
No coat = yin deficiency
Peeled = yin deficiency
Cracked = yin deficiency
*Note = diagnose by area that the cracks appear in
In TCM, what are the indicators for spots and lumps?
Red Spots = Heat
Purple Spots = Blood Stasis
Raised Lumps = Stagnation
Purple Sublingual Veins = Blood Stasis
Yellow Sublingual Veins = Dampness
In TCM, the pulse positions and depths relate to different organs. Please list.
Superficial = Yang Organs (HEAT)
Deep = Yin Organs (COLD)
Positions Nearest The Wrists = Chest
Positions In The Middle = Epigastrium
Positions Towards The Elbow = Lower Abdomen
In TCM, what do we assess for with the pulse?
In TCM, what indicators to we gain from speed of the pulse?
Slow = under 60BPM = Cold/Yang Deficiency
Relaxed = 60-80 BPM = Normal
Rapid = 90-120 BPM = Heat
Racing = Over 120 BPM = Extreme Heat
In TCM, what indicators do we gain from regularity of the pulse?
Regular = Normal
Irregularly Regular = Blood Stasis
Regularly Irregular = *Red Flag = may be a serious heart condition so refer.
In TCM, what indicators do we gain from force in the pulse?
Very forceful = Excess
Moderate = Health
Weak = Qi Deficiency
Thin/Thready/Fine = Blood Deficiency
Hidden = Extreme Yang Deficiency
In TCM, what indicators do we gain from depth of the pulse?
Superficial (felt on light touch) = Yin deficiency if weak, or an external pathogen if full
Middle (felt on moderate touch) = Normal
Deep (only felt on heavy touch) = Yang deficiency, disease is on the interior
Give some common signs and symptoms of yin deficiency.
Also known as 'cold deficiency', symptoms are:
- Low grade fever or feeling of heat in the afternoon
- Dry throat at night
- Night sweats
- Malar flush (cheeks)
The tongue is normally red, peeled, cracked and dry, and the pulse is normally floating empty, possibly rapid. (A very YANG condition)
Give 4 common signs and symptoms of Liver Qi stagnation
Feeling of distension
Abdominal masses that appear and disappear
*aetiology is anger, frustration and resentment
What naturopathic advice would you give to somebody with liver qi stagnation?
Note* liver qi stagnation with yin deficiency may progress into liver yang rising, or extreme liver qi stagnation can progress into liver fire blazing!
Give 4 signs and symptoms of Spleen Qi deficiency.
Distention after eating
*Note spleen qi deficiency can progress into qi sinking
What advice would you give to somebody with spleen qi deficiency?
Avoid fried foods
Eat qi nourishing foods - eggs, potato, pumpkin
Avoid cold and hard to digest foods - dairy
Eat regularly in a relaxed environment
In herbal medicine, what does Astringent mean?
Astringent means to cause the contraction of cells and body tissues, it aids the process of 'drying out'.
Astringent herbs promote a feeling of dryness in the mouth, dries out wounds, mucous membranes, reduces excess discharges, tones and strengthens the tissues. First aid treatment for wounds
Please list 3 Astringent herbs. (ARM)
In herbal medicine, what does Bitter mean?
Having a sharp, pungent taste or smell.
Bitter herbs trigger production of saliva, digestive juices and bile. They stimulate liver function and detoxification.
Please list 3 Bitter herbs (GBW)
In herbal medicine, how does one make an infusion?
Infusions are for delicate parts of leaves and flowers.
Place the herb in a warm teapot, add boiled water, cover and leave 10-15 minutes, strain and drink.
3 cups daily.
Usual dose - 1-2 heaped tsp per cup.
In herbal medicine, what are tinctures and fluid extracts?
These offer high extraction of chemicals and allow for good patient compliance.
They preserve for 3-5 years
Rapidly absorbed into the blood stream.
Alcohol content is reduced by adding boiling water or removed by simmering. Traditional maceration (soaking in liquid) for 1 lunar month, shaken daily, poured off, pressed.
Fluid extracts are 1:1 (1kg herb to 1 litre alcohol/water) made by cold percolation. Allow greater level of herbs in the daily dose.
In herbal medicine, herb names are always written in Italics. The first word always starts with a Capital letter, and the second word starts in lower case. For example:
(Generic name + descriptive epithet).
Please list the meanings of the following epithets (adjectives):
1) officinalis = medicinal
2) vulgaris = common
3) pratensis = of the meadow
4) purpurea = purple
5) millefolium = thousand leaved
Give 3 examples of sleep promoting herbs
Sleep promoting herbs are also known as sedatives, which calm the nerves and promote sleep.
What is the herbal approach to IBS?
IBS is treated with nervines and carminatives to relax the constricted colon.
Nervines - nutritive to the nervous system with varied actions (calming, relaxing)
Carminatives - relieve flatulence and gas and promotes digestion
- Angelica Root
What are the protein requirements for the following age brackets, per kg of their body weight?
Children (age 3-4)
Children (age 9-10)
Adolescents (age 13-14)
Young adult (>19)
Children (age 3-4) - 1.09g protein per kg of body weight
Children (age 9-10) - 0.99g protein per kg of body weight
Adolescents (age 13-14) - 0.95g protein per kg of body weight
Young adult (>19) - 0.75g protein per kg of body weight
Elderly - 0.75g protein per kg of body weight
List the 9 essential Amino Acids
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What supplements would you advise in pregnancy?
What is complete and incomplete protein?
Your body needs 22 types of Amino Acids to function properly. Adults can synthesise 13 of those in the body (non essential AAs) but the other 9 must come through diet (essential AAs). It is these ESSENTIAL AMINO ACIDS that derive the classification of protein as either complete or incomplete.
Complete proteins - are those that contain all of the Essential AAs in sufficient quantity - these are typically animal-based proteins. E.g. meat, fish, dairy, spirulina, soy
Incomplete proteins - are those that don't contain all Essential Amino Acids in sufficient quantity - and must be supplemented with other protein sources. These include nuts and seeds, legumes, grains, vegetables.
Just because they are incomplete does not make them inferior, though, they just need to be combined to provide the right balance of Essential AAs. Proteins that, in combination, make a complete Amino Acid profile are known as complementary proteins. For example, rice and beans, spinach salad with almonds, hummus and wholegrain pittas.
Give 4 of the Naturopathic Principles (there is 10 in total)
1. Prevention is preferable to cure
2. The root cause is treated, not the branches (symptoms)
3. The individual is unique; each person responds in a different way
4. The person is treated, NOT the disease!
What are nosodes?
In homeopathy, nosodes is when diseased tissue (e.g. Tuberculinum - products of tuberculosis) is used in homeopathic remedies.
What are sarcodes?
In homeopathy, this is when remedies are derived from glandular ssecretions of human, animal or plant origin.
Think S for SECRETIONS, S for SARCODES
What are imponderables?
This is in homeopathy, when remedies are derived from energies e.g. electricity, X rays, sun moon etc.
List the 5 vital substances and whether they are Ying/Yang.
Qi = YANG
Spirit (shen) = YANG
Blood = YIN
Body Fluids = YIN
Essence (Jing) =YIN
What is an anti-emetic?
In herbal medicine, this is something that reduces nausea and vomiting.
What are 4 functions of Vitamin A?
Growth & Development
Adrenal Hormone Synthesis
What does ORAC stand for?
Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity
Give 4 Yin nourishing foods
Give 4 Yang nourishing foods
Spices (ginger, cayenne)
Give 4 Qi nourishing foods
(Advise for SPLEEN QI DEFICIENCY - WE WANT TO BUILD THE QI)
Give 4 Qi Moving Foods (advise for Liver Qi Stagnation) - We want to get that Qi MOVING
What is organoleptic testing?
Involving use of the sense organs (smell, taste, texture, sight)