Category Archives: Q&A

When I can’t fall asleep…?

Q: Dear Dr. Mao, When I can’t fall asleep, should I stay in bed and keep trying or get up and do something? A: It is important to prepare yourself for the resting period at night. Follow this simple regime: • Do not eat at least two hours prior to going to bed; in fact,…

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Chronic Insomnia

Q: Dear Dr. Mao, I’ve been suffering from insomnia for more than 10 years now. It’s catching up with me now and has affected my family life in a lot of ways, especially with my children. I want to do more things and activities with them and it has shortened my temper and patience because…

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Impact of loved ones on longevity?

Q: Dear Dr. Mao, What impact can our families and loved ones have on our longevity? A: Our families, loved ones, pets, neighbors, coworkers, and even the local store clerk where we do our shopping all have an impact on our lives. Some more, some less, but as the Tao says, we are all interconnected…

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Thoughts on healthy foods for kidney stones?

Q: Dear Dr. Mao, I used to eat all the right foods: yams, pumpkin soup, parsley, cilantro, green leafy vegetables, and almonds. Then I got a kidney stone. All the foods that have been called healthy are now supposedly unhealthy. What are your thoughts on this? A: It is true that some of these foods…

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Major stomach and digestive problems?

Q: Dear Dr. Mao, I suffer from major stomach and digestive problems; my symptoms include bloating, gas, nausea, as well as pain in the intestinal area. I have been to several doctors and they have reached different conclusions, from irritable bowel (IB) syndrome to diverticulitis. What is the best thing for me, and what type…

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Alleviate gas discomfort?

Q: Dear Dr. Mao, What can you suggest to alleviate gas discomfort, and what foods should one stay away from if you suffer from this? A: Gas is indicative of digestive function deficiency and stagnation of qi (Chi). This can be alleviated with reducing the foods that produce gas, increasing physical activity, and maintaining a…

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Recommendation for sarcoidosis?

Q: Dear Dr. Mao, I am in my early fifties and have recently been diagnosed with sarcoidosis. I am experiencing tiredness and achy joints. I am also post-menopausal with frequent hot flashes. Can you recommend what to do for my condition? A: There are many causes for sarcoidosis, including viral infections, toxic substances, and autoimmune…

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Traditional Chinese medicine for MRSA?

Q: Dear Dr. Mao, I have been suffering from MRSA for seven months. I have been on antibiotics, but they overwork my immune system without any results; I’m still having frequent MRSA outbreaks. Do you have any suggestions from traditional Chinese medicine that could help? A: MRSA (methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus) is a serious condition. I…

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Colonics?

Q: Dear Dr. Mao,
Do you believe that colonics work and produce good results? A: Traditional Chinese medicine relies more on the body’s internal mechanisms to cleanse itself, rather than externally invasive procedures. We tend to use delicately prepared herbal preparations to achieve similar affects as the colonics. However, there are instances where colonics have been…

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Is colon hydrotherapy a good thing?

Q: I just completed a series of five cleanses with hydrotherapy and am having good results. Is colon hydrotherapy a good thing and how often should I do it? A: Colon hydrotherapy has a specific and useful role in health and wellness. However, like everything else, it can have adverse effects if overdone. Remember, every…

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