Category Archives: Q&A

Natural way to fall asleep?

Q: Dear Dr. Mao, I cannot fall asleep. Is there a natural way to help my insomnia problem? 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, your last meal should be…

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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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Relaxation technique for sleeping?

Q: Dear Dr. Mao, Can you recommend a relaxation technique that might clear my mind of anxiety and worry to help me fall asleep more easily? 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…

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Recommend for restless sleep?

Q: Dear Dr. Mao, What would you recommend for restless sleep? According to my partner, I toss and turn all night. Then I sleep excessively—sometimes 12 hours a day; 8 hours just doesn’t seem to be enough. Is my bad quality of sleep causing me this fatigue and desire to sleep all day? A: I…

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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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Difference between ki and qi deficiency?

Q: Dear Dr. Mao, In traditional Chinese medicine, is there a difference between “ki deficiency” and “qi deficiency”? A: “Ki” in this case refers to “kidney”. There are many differences between kidney deficiency and qi deficiency. The kidneys are the root of the person and house the primordial essence, which in turn drives the body’s…

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How to lower creatinine in blood?

Q: Dear Dr. Mao, The creatinine in my blood has been measured at 5.8. How can I lower the creatinine in my blood? A: Creatinine is a breakdown byproduct of creatine phosphate, which is produced in the muscle at a constant rate. The kidneys are responsible for filtering this byproduct out and excreting it through…

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How to avoid kidney stones?

Q: Dear Dr. Mao, Can you explain what a kidney stone is and how it can be avoided? A: The kidneys help remove toxins from the body through urination. Sometimes, excess calcium and other minerals in the body become stuck in the tiny vessels within the kidney where the filtration of the blood and urine…

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What to do for sore knees?

Q: Dear Dr. Mao, My daughter, not yet 30, often complains of sore knees. She has been complaining about her knees since she was very young; at that time, the doctor believed it was merely growing pains. Is there anything that traditional Chinese medicine can do? A: First, get tested by your primary physician to…

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Painful physical therapy for Baker’s cysts?

Q: Dear Dr. Mao, I was recently diagnosed with Baker’s cysts and was referred to an orthopedic doctor; he recommended I try physical therapy. I am finding the physical therapy terribly painful. Should I still be doing PT with so much pain? This physical therapy seems to be worsening my situation. I would appreciate a…

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