Practice Qigong to Treat Hepatitis C
Hepatitis C is a form of hepatitis caused by an RNA (Ribo Nucleic Acid) virus, and accounts for most of the hepatitis cases previously referred to as non-A, non-B hepatitis. The Hepatitis C Virus (HCV) was first identified in 1988 and a hepatitis C antibody test (anti-HCV) to identify individuals exposed to HCV became available in 1990. In 1995 the hepatitis C virus was seen for the first time by using an electron microscope.
The hepatitis C virus has a high mutation rate. These ongoing changes in the virus make it difficult for the body's own immune system to fight it off, as by the time the immune system figures out the virus, it has changed to look different.
Hepatitis C is considered a bloodborn disease, and it is thought that many people with hepatitis C contracted it either through a blood transfusion or by receiving blood products that were contaminated with hepatitis C, or by sharing needles with intravenous drug users that were infected with hepatitis C. Thanks to HCV testing after 1990 the risk of acquiring hepatitis C from blood transfusion has been reduced tremendously.
Chronic Hepatitis C
Hepatitis C Virus (HCV) infection becomes chronic in about 60-80% of cases, therefore HCV is known to cause the most cases of Chronic Active Hepatitis.
Chronic hepatitis C behaves differently from hepatitis B. The disease is generally milder and most people are asymptomatic or have vague or no symptoms. Nevertheless, 10-15 years from the infection, the complications of cirrhosis appear in about one third of patients, sometimes unexpectedly. The percentage of patients who develop cirrhosis is much greater than in chronic hepatitis B, while primary liver cancer appears to be much less common.
About 80% of patients have abnormal aminotrasferase values. A characteristic feature of chronic hepatitis C is the fluctuation in aminotrasferase values seen in half of cases. Fluctuations seem to represent effects of mutations in the virus or episodic immune reactions. Transaminase values don't correlate well with histological features of disease.
>About one fifth of patients with positive diagnostic tests for HCV have persistently normal liver enzymes. Some of them progress to more advanced disease, in others infection appears to remain quiescent.
HCV has the property to involve bile duct epithelial cells, causing a significant cholestatic component, with abnormalities of serum Alkaline Phosphatase and Gamma Glutamyl Transferase (GGT) levels.
Diagnosis of Hepatitis C
Hepatitis C can be detected with a simple blood test.
Hepatitis C has been called the silent epidemic. That is, people who have the disease often do not know it. In fact, chronic hepatitis C may be discovered during a routine blood test, when it was not suspected. Now effective tests for detecting HCV in the blood were developed during this past decade.
A commonly used test is called an enzyme immunoassay (ELISA) for hepatitis C virus antibody. These tests look for antibodies, or chemicals, in the blood that the body produces in response to the hepatitis C virus.
If the test finds these antibodies, it means you may have been exposed and infected with the virus. These test results can be confirmed with other more scientifically advanced blood tests.
Interferon alfa, alone (monotherapy) or in combination with the drug ribavirin (combination therapy), may offer a potential cure for some patients. Indeed, combination therapy is now recognized as the new standard of treatment for hepatitis C.
As discussed before, there is no vaccine against hepatitis C. However, unlike most other viral diseases, hepatitis C, once detected, can be cured in some patients. That's where interferons come in. Interferons are naturally occurring proteins released by cells in the human body. Interferons have been found to interfere with a virus's ability to replicate itself in the body. This is called an antiviral effect. These proteins can now be mass produced, purified, and made available to help boost the body's response to the hepatitis C virus. One of these proteins, interferon alfa, has been found to have a number of antiviral effects, making it a powerful tool in fighting the hepatitis C virus.
Today, studies have shown that the effectiveness of interferon alfa is greater when it is used in combination with the antivirus drug ribavirin (combination therapy).
In Western conutries, a combination therapy has recently been approved for treatment of chronic HCV infection. The first in this new drug class is the combination of interferon alfa (Interferon alfa-2b) and the antivirus drug ribavirin. This drug combination is from the pharmaceutical company Schering-Plough and is called Rebetron.
Clinical studies have shown that when interferon alfa was combined with ribavirin, the beneficial effects of therapy lasted longer than when interferon alfa was used alone. In fact, clinical studies have shown that up to 40% of patients achieved a durable or sustained benefit with the combination of interferon alfa and ribavirin. When interferon alfa alone was used, clinical studies found that up to 15% of patients achieved this type of response. These results seem to suggest that the combination of interferon alfa and ribavirin may offer a longer-lasting benefit to more patients. Patients who remain free of the virus after treatment usually have a long-term remission and may be considered cured.
Chinese Formulas for Treating Hepatitis C
1.Yin Chen Decoction
Chinese Herbal Medicine: Hepatitis Recovery Capsule
Qigong, an ancient science and art of health, is a traditional form of Chinese energy excise and healing art for the body, mind, and spirit. Qigong is ideal for establishing emotional balance in today's stressful lifestyle and for helping to heal seriously ill people--those struggling with chronic degenerative conditions such as paralysis, cancer, asthma, cardiovascular and other more.
People will ask us what the mechanism of qigong is. Generally speaking, like in a rice field, western medicine always have the trend of using all their means to kill the weeds. But in the meantime the rice shoots incur damage, more or less. Most patients know what the results is when they receive radiotherapy and chemotherapy. But for qigong practice, at beginning it will directly strengthen patients immune system and more deep concerning inner energy system. In a word, it seeks to harmonize the relationship of all internal organs and drop the idea to distinguish which is friend and which is enemy. How to achieve such aim, you may ask? For a tree, at the very beginning there is no division of which is normal and which abnormal for it stays at initiative stage of the very root. But later different branches develop into various forms, and good, bad, long, short, etc. come into being. By adopting special means we can reverse the process of growing up and take the course of sailing against the life current to return back to the very beginning. Once we reach that state there should be no any "branches" possibly existing to wield effects upon our physical existence. Qigong is just the method of how to take the reversing course.
As like to let the rice shoots get stronger and stronger, the weeds will have less and less effects upon the rice shoots. As the process continues, sometime the weeds will have no effect upon the rice shoots. Later the time will come of the rice shoots overpowering weeds. And people naturally know why qigong can prolong patients' life expectancy, at least. If patients can properly proceed with the practice, qigong can bring them much more than they could expect, especially the serene happiness general people could never have the chance to experience throughout their life time. Yes, somebody may ridicule at the theory, but no proper practice for a certain period people will never know what the qigong is. Qigong is the study of practice rather than just a theory. Qigong theory will be always beyond the thinking sphere of the persons who never seriously join the practice for a time.
2. Qigong Treatment Course
2-1. Taking Chinese Herbal Medicine
Patients with hepatitis C are advised to take some Chinese medicine which can help open up channels and collaterals quickly and strengthen immune system. Here we recommend Hepatitis Recovery Capsule. In most of the herbal formulas the herbs should work together to open up channels in a quick way and strenghten Yin and Yang, make for the balance of Yin and Yang, quicken the blood flow, enhance the presence of Defensive Qi and Operative Qi, enrich the blood and Qi. Etc. Taking such herbal medicine can lay a good foundation for Qigong practice to quickly take effect: first is the Yang Qi can have a play ground to arise and reside in. Second, Qi can arise quickly in large amount. When Qi arises from the very deep Qi Ocean the internal organs would function more harmoniously with each other and they would like more to behave as like an integrated unit which can effect incredible power in launching overwhelming force against any potential pathogenic factors.
2-2. Persistent Self-Practice
When channels are opened up and evil Qi is driven away, the excellent environment for Qi to arise comes to be ready and patients should pracitice diligently with the practice every day. Many patients failed to gain final success because they don't have a strong will power in persisting in the practice every day. Qigong practice pay much attention upon how to discipline the false heart. There exist no diseases that cannot be cured, yet there always exist the false heart that could not be dead. So the first step for qigong practice is to discipline the false heart. Zhong Liu once said:" I am a dead man still alive. I can see nothing, I can hear nothing, my thinking ability is gong. I have no consciousness of my existence." All these mean I am dead, yet my mind-will still keeps its presence motionlessly in the infinite emptiness. What am I? I have been dead for thousands of years."
The key for successfully achieving incredible progress lies in rapid storing up adequate Yang Qi, then with it to open up the twelve meridians, Ren channels and Du channel, and the eight extra meridians. When Yang Qi and Primeval Qi smoothly circulate in all channels and collaterals, all evil pathogenic factors will be gradually die out.
There are about many postures available for treating AIDS in Qigong. If patients persist in practicing these postures six hours every day in a proper way, and keep free from all other stray thoughts intruding upon the heart, there will be no despair anymore. When our heart, as like the root of a tree, falls ' ill,' our body will fall ill. When our heart keeps away from all 'diseases,' our body will be healthy always!
Lee, Xuhan, a great Qigong master accomplished in Tao, once said: " When only the last breath is left along there still exists the opportunity for the patient to recuperate their health again."
For proper Qigong practice, the following lists all the essential things patients should pay attention to:
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