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Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) for Non-Specific Low Back Pain

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What is the primary goal in treating non-specific Low Back Pain (LBP)?

To find the underlying cause of the condition

According to Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), what is the characteristic of non-specific LBP associated with kidney Qi deficiency?

Dull ache and weakness

What is the primary indication for Korean Red Ginseng in small doses?

Debility and convalescence

What is the family of the Korean Red Ginseng plant?

Araliaceae

What is one of the key actions of Korean Red Ginseng?

Stimulating adaptogen

What is the primary use of American Ginseng?

Reducing chronic infections

What is the common action of Ashwagandha and Rhodiola?

Adaptogen

Which herbal remedy is contraindicated in hypertension and other heat conditions?

Cardiotonic Triterpene

What is the chemical composition of Eleutherococcus senticosus?

Triterpenoid glycosides (Eleutheroside A)

What is the recommended usage of Rhodiola rosea?

3-week cycles

Which of the following herbal remedies is not a stimulant?

Ashwagandha

What is the indicated use of Sarsaparilla?

Treating skin conditions

Which herbal remedy is paired with Ganoderma lucidum for depression?

Cardiotonic Triterpene

What is the primary action of Cardiotonic Triterpene?

Fortifying and whole-system adaptogen

Which herbal remedy is considered safe for pregnancy?

Ashwagandha

What is the primary indication for the use of Chaga (Inonotus obliquus)?

Active cancers and viral infections

What is the common name of the Ganoderma lucidum mushroom?

Reishi

What is the primary action of the herb Rehmannia?

Adaptogen

What is the main constituent of the Turkey Tail mushroom responsible for its anti-tumour activity?

PSK

What is the primary indication for the use of Shiitake mushroom?

Anemia of chronic disease

What is the main action of a carminative herbal remedy?

Relieves bloating and gas

What is the primary approach to treating IBS?

All of the above

What is the primary indication for the use of Rehmannia?

Convalescence and patterns of deficiency

What is the primary action of a stimulating laxative herbal remedy?

Promotes bowel movements by causing an influx of water into the lumen

What is the primary action of an antispasmodic herbal remedy?

Relaxes smooth muscles and relieves spasms and cramping

Which of the following herbs is not specifically indicated for indigestion?

Psyllium

What is the primary active compound responsible for the carminative action of peppermint?

Menthol

Which of the following herbs is known to aggravate reflux?

Peppermint

What is the primary action of psyllium?

Bulk laxative

Which of the following herbs is contraindicated in pregnancy?

Senna

What is the primary action of senna?

Stimulating laxative

Which of the following herbs is specifically indicated for infectious diarrhea?

Barberry

What is the primary action of flax seed?

Bulk laxative

Which of the following herbs is known to cause melanosis of the bowel?

Senna

What is the consequence of using berberine in individuals with stomach ulcers?

GI irritation leading to nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea

Which of the following herbs is contraindicated in children under 12 years old?

Senna

What is the primary action of Gentian?

Bitter tonic

Which of the following is a contraindication for Centaury?

All of the above

What is the effect of Artichoke on cardiovascular disease?

Has a hypolipidemic effect

What is the primary indication for Marshmallow?

Protecting and soothing irritated mucous membranes

What is the active compound responsible for the bitter action of Gentian?

Seco-iridoid derivative

What is the effect of berberine on diarrhea-predominant IBS?

Reduces symptoms

What is the primary action of Centaury?

Bitter tonic

What is the effect of Artichoke on gallbladder disease?

Reduces gallstones

What is the active compound responsible for the anti-inflammatory action of Artichoke?

Phenylpropanoids

Which herbal remedy is known for its demulcent and bulk laxative properties?

Psyllium

What is the primary indication for Aloe Vera gel?

Burns and wounds

Which phytochemical is found in Licorice?

Triterpenoid saponin

What is the primary indication for Meadowsweet?

Heartburn and stomach ulcers

What is the primary action of Cayenne?

Stimulant

Which herbal remedy is contraindicated in individuals with salicylate sensitivities?

Meadowsweet

What is the primary indication for Slippery Elm?

Inflammation and irritation of the GI tract

Which phytochemical is found in Aloe Vera?

Anthraquinone glycosides

What is the primary action of Licorice?

Demulcent

Which herbal remedy is known for its bulk laxative properties and may cause bloating and gas?

Psyllium

What is the primary action of Capsaicinoids?

Pain relief via local topical substance-P depletion

Which herb is often used to improve palatability of a formula?

Hibiscus sabdariffa

What is the primary indication for Convallaria majalis?

All of the above

Which herb is a reliable and abundant hypotensive in North America?

Convallaria majalis

What is the primary action of Gingko biloba?

All of the above

Which herb is contraindicated in pregnancy?

Convallaria majalis

What is the primary action of Leonurus cardiaca?

All of the above

Which herb is often used to improve cognitive performance?

Gingko biloba

What is the primary action of Crataegus oxyacantha?

All of the above

Which herb is a mild uterine tonic and may be indicated for recurrent miscarriages?

Hibiscus sabdariffa

What is the primary indication for the use of Valeriana officinalis?

Deficient pattern anxiety and insomnia

What is the action of the chemical constituent capsaicinoids in Capsicum frutescens?

Pain relief via local topical substance-P depletion

What is the primary indication for the use of Viscum album?

Hypertension and angina pectoris

What is the safety consideration for the use of Viscum album during pregnancy?

Contraindicated during pregnancy

What is the primary action of Ceanothus americanus?

Lymphatic and alterative

What is the pairing herb for Valeriana officinalis in treating cold-pattern URTIs?

Syzgium aromaticum

What is the potential side effect of high doses of Valeriana officinalis?

Grogginess next morning

What is the primary action of the chemical constituent iridoids in Valeriana officinalis?

Sedative and nervine

What is the goal of therapy in treating erectile dysfunction according to Traditional Chinese Medicine?

Improve frequency of arousal and improve ability to sustain and maintain an erection

What is the pairing herb for Viscum album in treating CHF or refractory hypertension?

Convallaria majalis

What is the primary action of Lobelia?

Antispasmodic

Which herb is contraindicated in pregnancy?

Snake Root

What is the primary indication for Passionflower?

Insomnia

Which herb pairs well with Crataegus oxyacantha and Gingko biloba in cardiovascular presentations?

Lobelia

What is the chemical composition of Snake Root?

Indole alkaloids

Which herb is used to treat anxiety and panic attacks?

All of the above

What is the primary action of Lindin?

All of the above

Which herb is paired with Artemisia absinthium and Passiflora incarnata for acute treatment of panic attacks?

Lobelia

What is the primary indication for Skullcap?

Anxiety

Which herb is used to treat hypertension and cardiovascular conditions?

Lindin

Learn about the key actions and treatment principles for non-specific low back pain, including finding the cause, ruling out injury, and incorporating physical activity into the treatment plan. Explore how TCM approaches this condition, including the role of kidney Qi and adrenal treatment.

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