AGING AND THE ELDERLY PATIENT ☯
In aging, one must be so careful with everything lest it affect a host of health-related backlash. In treatment of our aging and elderly patients, emphasis of treatment pertains significantly to declining Kidney essence. However, the most serious diseases of aging are also caused by phlegm, blood stasis and internal wind. The pulse of the elderly patient read in Chinese medicine is frequently found to be hard, wiry and slippery. These three factors play a role in the pathologies of aging from which stroke, coronary heart disease, cancer, high cholesterol, diabetes, hypertension, as well as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases are commonly occurring conditions.