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Posted: January 25, 2008
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Finally, it the relationship between the environment and good health is important. Thus, a bedroom decoration can lead, for example, to poor sleep if the Yin and Yang of the people living there is not balanced. The opposition between Yin and Yang, as well as the five elements (metal, wood, earth, water and fire) would lead to anxiety and affect sleep. Therefore, during the meeting, all the attendants had the opportunity to learn how a balanced Yin andYang may encourage harmony and balance with nature (Fig. 9).
Caption: Harmony and Colors During the Meeting
A key difference between TCM and Western medicine is that TCM is more individually focused and treats everybody according to their unique circumstances. Thus the East well-being is anchored in preserving health and extending longevity because of people always behave in ways that are harmonious with nature rather than counter to nature. And this philosophy of living dominated the event’s participants for the entire three day congress.
Treating Pigment Disorder with Traditional Chinese Medicine
Pigment disorders are numerous and occur as a result of both genetic and environmental factors. Among these disorders, hypermelanosis is frequent and particularly troubling to darker-skinned individuals such as Asian women.
Freckles, solar lentigines, melasma and post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation are among the most commonly seen problems. The knowledge of melanocyte biology and processes underlying melanin synthesis has made remarkable progress over the last few years, opening new paths in the physiologic and/or pharmacologic approach to the treatment of hyperpigmentation. Now, depigmentation can be achieved by regulating: the transcription and activity of tyrosinase, tyrosinase related protein-1, protein-2, and/or peroxidase; the uptake and distribution of melanosomes in recipient keranocytes; the melanin and melanosome degradation; and the turnover of pigmented keratinocytes.