All About Chinese Medicine

Understanding Chinese Medicine & Qi Gong

Kay Hutchinson - Chinese Medicine Expert
Vital Health Zone is proud to announce Kay Hutchinson, who is our resident chinese medicine and qi gong expert and who is available to answer all your questions about chinese medicine and alternative health.

Kay has a private practice and is available for distance consultation, via telephone or email.

Kay answers all your chinese medicine and qi gong questions below:

Q: I have geographic tongue and tonsil stones. My tongue hurts most of the time. Eating is an issue.

What can I do to make them go away or heal?


A: Essentially, the issue is one of toxicity and poor digestion creating the tonsil issues.  So, I'd recommend reducing or eliminating foods that create toxicity in the body or excessive acidity such as red meats, white flour products, white sugar, high fat items such as fried foods and butter, and dairy.

Also, bring in more of the antioxidant foods such as turnips, blueberries, raspberries, pomegranate, cabbage and carrots.  Freshly made carrot juice with ginger can also be helpful in detoxifying the body. 

On an herbal level, you might check with a local herbalist and ask for a custom formula to strengthen the digestive system and gently detoxify the intestinal tract and liver.

Herbs such as gu ya (sprouted brown rice) and mu xiang can help support the digestion system to reduce toxicity manifesting in the tonsils by helping food move through the body more quickly instead of stagnating to create toxicity.  Ask also about detox herbs such as bai hua she she cao, she gan, and ban lan gen, and herbs that  clear mucus such as bai fu zi, chen pi, and ban xia.

I would not recommend the detox products that emphasize mostly cooler nature foods and herbs such as chlorophyll or spirulina as they also deplete the digestive energies and may create stagnation of food which can lead to more toxicity.

Also, make certain that oral hygiene is high - as bacteria can move from the mouth to the tonsils.  You may wish to swish regularly and gargle with a solution of 1 tsp of apple cider vinegar in 4 ounces of water and 2 tsp of lemon juice.  You can add a few drops of peppermint extract for flavor. Good luck with your healing process!

Please note that the information provided is for educational purposes only and is not meant to diagnose or treat medical conditions. Consult with your medical physician regarding appropriateness of using herbs in your healing process.

Contact Kay Hutchinson, CAMQ, CAMT at Aiki Healing today for a consultation for a custom herbal formulation.


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