Integrative Cardiovascular Chinese Medicine

1st Edition

A Prevention and Personalized Medicine Perspective

Authors: Anika Al-Shura
Hardcover ISBN: 9780124200142
eBook ISBN: 9780124200777
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 13th June 2014
Page Count: 354
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Combining the research and study of integrative Chinese and Western Medicine, Integrative Cardiovascular Chinese Medicine: A Prevention and Personalized Medicine Perspective presents a clear, structured base to guide clinical practice and encourage collaboration between Chinese medicine and Western medicine practitioners.

This complete reference work thoroughly covers the pathophysiology of cardiology-related diseases, and compares, juxtaposes, and integrates Western and traditional Chinese medicine (TCM). Anika Niambi Al-Shura provides a realistic scope of cardiology treatment and the integration of Western and Chinese medicine, establishing a basis for standardization and a rationale for the inclusion of TCM in cardiology, and identifying and inspiring ideas for future research.

Key Features

  • Integrates Western and Chinese medicine for a realistic scope of cardiology treatment
  • Establishes basis for standardization and rationale for the inclusion of traditional Chinese medicine in cardiology
  • "Clinical pearls" provide a guiding base of traditional Chinese medicine in clinical use
  • Offers a reference section that lists the latest in published studies
  • Presents easy access to the medicines and herbs used in both Chinese and Western medicine, including photos and information about the current patents


Researchers of Alternative Medicine and Cardiology, Cardiologists, Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) Doctors.

Table of Contents

  • In Memory
  • Dedication
  • Special Thanks
  • Illustrators
  • Acknowledgements
  • Part I: Personalizing Medicine

    • Chapter 1. Holism

      • Chapter Objectives
      • Overview
      • Perspectives of the Human Body
      • Pathology: Vital Qi Versus Pathogenic Qi
      • Five-Element Theory
      • Essence, Qi, Blood and Body Fluids
      • The Interconnections of the Cardiovascular System
      • The Five-Element Organ/Viscera System (Table 1.2)
      • The Practical Aspects of Holism
      • Holistic Model for Integrative Cardiovascular Chinese Medicine (Figure 1.9)
      • Holistic Life Outlook
      • Humanity in Medicine
      • Summary in the Context of Holism for Personalizing Medicine
      • Further Reading
    • Chapter 2. Medical Empathy

      • Chapter Objectives
      • Overview
      • Virtuous Qualities
      • Knowledgeable Qualities
      • Understanding Qualities
      • The Patient Narrative
      • Summary in the Context of Medical Empathy for Personalizing Medicine
      • Further Reading
    • Chapter 3. Patient Perspectives

      • Chapter Objectives
      • Overview
      • Issues in the Patient–Health Practitioner Relationship
      • The Body’s Constitutional System
      • The Organized Patient
      • Recovery Methods for Pathologic Constitution Types According to Chinese Medicine
      • Summary in the Context of Patient Perspectives for Personalizing Medicine
      • Further Reading
    • Chapter 4. Significance of Cardiovascular Symptoms

      • Chapter objectives
      • Overview
      • Introduction
      • Causes of Symptoms
      • Summary in the Context of Personalizing Medicine
      • Further Reading
    • Chapter 5. Hematology

      • Chapter Objectives
      • Overview
      • Integrating Theories and Sciences
      • The Immune System
      • Types of White Blood Cell</li


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About the Author

Anika Al-Shura

Anika Niambi Al-Shura, MSOM, PhD is originally from Louisville, KY and founded Niambi Wellness Institute, LLC in 1994. Since that time Dr. Anika has been transitioning practice perspectives from alternative healthcare in medical massage therapy to integrative Chinese medicine. In 2004, Dr. Anika earned her bachelors in Professional Health Sciences and masters degree in Oriental Medicine from East West College of Natural Medicine, travelled to China and continued her 10 year medical study and a career in teaching until 2014. Dr. Anika studied at Shandong University of Traditional Chinese Medicine Hospital, Jujiiang Medical University Hospital and Tianjin University of Traditional Chinese Medicine Hospital. She earned study certificates in Chinese internal medicine, internal medicine and general surgery, and a specialty in Chinese medicine cardiology. During her teaching career, Dr. Anika taught medical subjects and research at Shandong Medical University, Jiujiang Medical College and Tianjin Medical University. While teaching, she completed her dissertation on Integrative Cardiovascular Chinese Medicine, and received her doctorate in medical education in 2014. Since 2014, Dr. Anika has been living in Florida, where she is developing the Integrative Cardiovascular Chinese Medicine (ICCM) study program at Niambi Wellness. There are 8 courses in the program which were approved by NCCAOM and Florida Medical Board of Acupuncture for awarding CE credits to licensed practitioners. The course textbooks for the program were published by Elsevier Academic Press. Eligibility and registration information can be found at

Affiliations and Expertise

Director, CEU Instructor, Niambi Wellness Institute, LLC, Nanjing University of Chinese Medicine