1. Chronic hepatitis
The term chronic hepatitis means active, ongoing inflammation of the liver persisting for more than six months that is detectable by biochemical and histologic means. By far, the commonest cause of chronic hepatitis is viral infections of the liver. Other causes include autoimmune hepatitis, drug-induced hepatitis, Wilson's disease, a1-antitrypsin deficiency and steatohepatitis, etc. The biochemical hallmarks of chronic hepatitis are increased serum aminotransferases (AST and ALT) with minimal elevation of alkaline phosphatase. When the inflammation is severe and/or prolonged, hepatic dysfunction may become apparent with an increase in serum bilirubin and INR/prothrombin time, and decrease in serum albumin.
In oriental medicine, the goals of treatment are improvement of symptoms and maintaining normal aminotransferase level. In all cases, regardless of the cause, healthy diet and taking a good rest are essential to recover from it. Intake of potein and vitamins are helpful too.
2. Liver cirrhosis
Cirrhosis is a consequence of chronic liver disease characterized by replacement of liver tissue by fibrous scar tissue as well as regenerative nodules (lumps that occur as a result of a process in which damaged tissue is regenerated), leading to progressive loss of liver function. Cirrhosis is commonly caused by alcoholism, hepatitis B and C and fatty liver disease but has many other possible causes as well. Some cases are cryptogenic, i.e, of unknown cause, but most of these are probably due to previously unrecognised fatty liver disease.
We expect improvement of liver function test, increasing urine output, reducing of ascites and bleeding tendoncy by treatment. Light physical activity as well as proper diet and rest can help stop or delay cirrhosis as well.
3. Liver cancer
Liver cancer is the fifth most common cancer in the world.
In early stage, hepatic artery embolization or other operations are indispensable, and additional oriental care can be helpful. When the patient is undergoing antitumor chemotherapy or radiotherapy, we can reduce side effects and help recovery through herb medication.
There are several basic herb formulas and various additions according to the patient's medical histories, symptoms and constitution.
4. Fatty liver
Fatty liver, also known as fatty liver disease (FLD), steatorrhoeic hepatosis, or steatohepatitis, is a reversible condition where large vacuoles of triglyceride fat accumulate in liver cells via the process of steatosis. Despite having multiple causes, fatty liver can be considered as a single disease that occurs worldwide in those with excessive alcohol intake and those who are obese (with or without effects of insulin resistance). Major treatment of Oriental medicine about fatty liver is to remove damp-phragm. And we try to remove the primary causes, use herb medication, regulate diet and manage exercise to heal the fatty liver effectively.
5. Alcoholic liver diease
Alcoholic liver disease is the major cause of liver disease in Western countries. It arises from excessive ingestion of alcohol. Fatty change and alcoholic hepatitis are reversible. The later stages of fibrosis and cirrhosis tend to be irreversible but can usually be quite well managed for long periods of time. We are running Temperance Clinic to solve these problems.
6. Hemopoietic disease
Anemia, one of the most common blood disorders, occurs when the level of healthy red blood cells (RBCs) in the body becomes too low. This can lead to health problems because RBCs contain hemoglobin, which carries oxygen to the body's tissues. anemia can cause variety of complications, including fatigue and stress on bodily organs.
Anemia can be caused by many things, but the three main bodily mechanisms that produce it are: excessive destruction of RBCs, blood loss, inadequate production of RBCs. Among many other causes, anemia can result from inherited disorders, nutritional problems (such as iron or vitamin deficiencies), infections, some kinds of cancer, or exposure to certain drugs or toxins.
The first symptoms of anemia might be mild skin palor, and decreased pinkness of the lips and nailbeds. These changes happen gradually, though, so they may be difficult to notice. Other common signs of anemia include:irritability, fatigue,
dizziness, lightheadedness, and a rapid heartbeat.
We classify these anemias according to reasons, patient's constitutions and symptoms; and we apply various treatment according to each categories. Among these categories anemias due to malnutrition are got better comparatively easily. Leukemia and aplastic anemia are fatal diseases. So it is recommended to take western medical care -prevention of infection, transfusion etc. as well- for these cases. Especially in cases of aplastic anemia, treatments of oriental medicine show comparatively good results like prolongation of transfusion interval.
7. Specialized Clinics
1) Tonification Clinic
Tonification is one of the Oriental remedies that supply human body with deficient factors. There are four important factors -yin/yang, qi/xie- in human body. These factors not only constitute human bodies but also prevent various diseases by keeping human body in good conditions. But diseases, aging, bad customs(life style) can make these factors deficient or unbalanced. As a result, in this condition(deficiency of yin/yang/qi/xie), the human body feels fatigue earlier or get sick easily. We designed a questionnaire that could evaluate these factors' sufficiency and balance. We use this questionnaire, counselings, medical instruments in order to find what factor is deficient. And then we can prevent diseases and maintain good health, as well as enhance recovery from diseases through the supplement of yin-yang, qi-xie.
2) Temperance Clinic
Persistent drinking damages liver directly and makes personality change. Therefore it brings big problems to individuals, families and society. We practice alcohol temperance therapy through consultations, ear-acupuncture and herbal Medicine.