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newNY_2011Oriental Medicine Journal Winter/Water 2011

During this most yin  time of year, we again take a look into our archives and select several articles that have gone out of print and return them to active copyright status. We think of it as stimulating the seed of the yang within the yin, so that the yin will ascend and become yang. It is also a way of renewing the life of a valuable article that should remain available to OM practitioners.

Many excellent articles appeared in Oriental Medicine Journal in the years before publishing became a digital, electronic process. When there are no more copies of those issues available, the information is, for all practical purposes, gone. Republishing these articles not only makes them available to a new generation of readers, it makes them available for as long as the digital records exist, which we hope will be a very long time.

The first article, by Andrew Gaeddert, discusses Chinese herbal treatments for chronic digestive disorders, including ulcerative colitis, Crohn’s disease, peptic ulcers, irritable bowel syndrome, and other common symptoms. Andrew reviews etiology and differential diagnosis and discusses appropriate herbal formulae and their clinical applications.

Our second article, by Dan Plovanich, explains the two types of coma and provides detailed information on how to treat the two types. Dan was the founder and first editor of OMJ. This article appeared in the Premier issue of OMJ. Jiang Jing takes us on a journey to the past of OM, giving us a history lesson in the development of herbal medicine in China. In particular, he discusses how and why the ancients used numerics and alchemy to develop herbal medicine into the
form we know it today. It is a fascinating journey. Jing also takes us on a journey of another kind, in an article written under the name of Sung Baek, by which he is perhaps better known. Baek discusses the anatomy of the Lung Meridian and how to use it to treat digestive and circulatory problems as well as respiratory problems.

Finally we have an article on the use of moxibustion, by Elliot Wagner, who explains both direct and indirect moxa, and how it can be used to treat both Cold and Heat conditions.

We hope you find these articles useful and inspiring. We think they represent classical OM at its best.

Have a good year.