What Are Falun Dafa Exercises?

Falun Dafa is a progressive form of qi gong. It is somewhat different and yet similar to Tai Chi. It is different in the sense that it is easy to learn and it is similar in the sense that it involves gentle and slow movements.

Falun Dafa has only five easy to learn, simple, and gentle exercises that even a very old person or a small child could learn and do. It is free to learn and you don’t have to pay monthly dues. You can learn it from volunteer teachers or you can watch videos of it from a Falun Dafa web site.

You can find volunteer teachers who teach Falun Dafa for free in the bigger cities in the United States. Yes, learning this incredibly health promoting, invigorating, wonderful exercises is totally free.

Many practitioners with chronic or persistent back pain have been cured of their condition or have found relief after a few months of practice. Most of them have previously tried various forms of treatment without success.

Falun Dafa Exercises

The first exercise involves gentle stretching exercises from head to toe. It takes about three to four minutes to complete one cycle of exercise. This exercise is performed from a standing position with the hips and knees relaxed. Repeat this exercise three times. Usually, it may take about 13 minutes to accomplish three cycles of exercise.

In the next exercise, you are required to perform four positions in a standing position. Depending on your ability, you can maintain each position for a certain period of time. If you are doing this exercise for the first time, it would be okay to hold each position for a minute or less depending on your comfort zone and ability.

If you have been doing this exercise for some time, you may be able to hold a position for as long as seven minutes or more. Eventually, you’ll be able to increase your time based on your ability.

The third exercise is a gentle activity wherein you move your arms up and down in front of the body. Your hands move in opposite directions in the first half of this exercise. In the second half, your arms move in the same direction. It usually takes three minutes to do one cycle of this exercise. Usually, practitioners complete three cycles of this exercise in approximately nine minutes.

The fourth exercise is about the same as the third. The difference is that the practitioner’s hands trace a path around the whole body. The path goes along the body’s front and then upward the back of the body. The hands reach approximately the mid-back level prior to being brought in the front of the body once more. Typically, this exercise is repeated three times. The total time spent in doing three cycles of this exercise is about twelve minutes.

In the fifth exercise, you are required to sit in a cross-legged position. Depending on your comfort zone and ability, the crossing of the legs can be a simple “Indian” style or a slightly more advanced style depending on your comfort zone and ability.

In the beginning of the fifth exercise, you need to perform a bunch of hand gestures and need to maintain certain positions. The length of time holding the hand positions varies. Once again, how long the exercise will last will be determined by the practitioner. Both the overall duration of the exercise and how long the hand positions can be maintained totally depend on the discretion of the practitioner.

A beginner may only be able to practice the fifth exercise for a few minutes while more experienced practitioners can do it an hour or more.

These are just a few very basic discussions of Falun Dafa exercises. You can read Falun Gong by Li, Hongzhi if you want a more accurate and detailed descriptions of the exercises. Or you may also visit the Falun Dafa web site to watch his instruction videos.
The book, Zhuan Falun, also written by Mr. Li, talks about the qualities of the universe: Tolerance-Compassion-Truthfulness. These three qualities should be treated as one and not as three separate entities. The book expounds them in a much more profound way.

You may perform Falun Dafa in a group without paying recurring or initial fees. It can be a much better option for other exercises that ask for money to join in. But whether you enjoy exercising alone or in a group setting, your mind, spirit, and body will definitely tremendously benefit from the exercises.

Some people prefer practicing Falun Dafa in both group and individual settings. There are several cities in the US that have group practices, if you are lucky you may be able to find a group practicing near your area.

On a more serious note, it seems that the communist government in China can’t stand to see others enjoy something good. Since the time of Jiang Zemin, the government has been persecuting Falun Gong practitioners for no apparent reason. We really don’t know why exactly this practice is hated by the communist regime. Perhaps, it is the deep spirituality and moral code of the exercise which is diametrically opposed to the core beliefs held by the Communists. The brutal persecution of Falun Gong followers in China continues unabated.

You can visit faluninfo.net if you want to learn more about the Chinese government’s persecution of Falun Gong followers.

We sincerely hope you get to enjoy all the benefits that Falun Dafa practice offers, which include a profound sense of well-being and peace and a healthy body.

Dr. Jeda Boughton is a licensed acupuncture physician and the medical director of BodaHealth in Vancouver, BC.

Cool/Cold Or Yin Nature Foods Are Required For A Hot Type Or Yang Type Person

There are a couple of fundamental theoretical frameworks of Yin and Yang, Chinese Medicine, and the Five Phases, in which FPNT (Five Phases Nutrition Therapy) is based on.

This article will discuss the holistic approach to nutrition and is not about a method to lose weight. It encourages the consuming of foods that promote the vital energy or chi of the body by recommending a wide variety of food selections consistent with the overall state of health of the body.

In Chinese medicine, Yin and Yang are the two basic components that maintain homeostasis in the body.

What is Yin-Yang?

Yin-yang is a Taoist philosophical concept found in Asian medicine, martial arts, painting, calligraphy, art and in all aspects of Asian thought. It presupposes that all things in the Universe, living or non-living, have complementary opposites.

For instance, cold/hot, evil/good, down/up, white black, and female/male. Since everything can be further divided into components of yin-yang, the list can go on ad infinitum.

Yin represents the female/negative principle while yang, the male/positive principle. Moreover, each individual, regardless of gender, is also comprised of these complementary opposites. The back of the body is yang and the front is yin. The feet are yin in relation to the head which is yang. The right side is yin and the left side is yang. The skin is considered yang in relation to the organs which are yin.

The qualities of yin-yang go beyond the visible structures within the body. This theory is also applicable to the hormones, chemicals in the brain, body fluids, and to all the cells in every organism. Tears and other fluids that are viscous and thin are yang while mucus and other thick body fluids are usually deemed as yin.

With regard to hormones, estrogen and testosterone are yin and yang hormones respectively. Brain chemicals such as serotonin are yin while dopamine is considered yang.

With regards to dietary matters, which are the main topic of this article, the metabolism of the body is also seen within the aspects of yin-yang. An individual with hypo-metabolism is in a cold or yin state while a person with hyper-metabolism is considered a yang/hot person.

FPNT (Five Phases Nutrition Therapy) plays a huge role in the normalization of these last two yin/yang opposites (cold/hot). Classifying foods as either yin or yang can lead to an infinite variety of food combinations and choices.

In FPNT, yin/yang foods are classified into five groups that are intimately associated with Chinese medicine’s Five Phases table of correspondences. In the West, this Five Phases table of correspondences is known as the Five Elements. However, “elements” is a poor translation of “xing,” which is the original Chinese word. A much better word is phases because it is the word that most closely relates to a constant state of flux or ‘change’.

Obviously, a “Hot-type individual” is a person who often feels hot. This person constantly thirsts for cold drinks, is susceptible to infections or rashes, has an excess amount of energy, has a reddish tongue or face, or who sweats freely. In Five Element Nutritional therapy, a “hot-type individual” is a “yang” person who needs more cooling or yin foods.

A yang type or hot type person will manifest signs and symptoms that may include an outgoing or aggressive personality, insomnia, irritability, easily angered, constipation, strong appetite, dry mouth, thirst, and a loud voice. Yang/hot type females may suffer from menstrual disorders.

Cold nature or cool foods have a balancing effect to the heat in the body. These foods generate a cooling reaction from the body. The following are some of the yin foods in Five Element Nutrition. They help lower/balance one’s metabolism.


A list of Cooling carbs and veggies in Five Phases Nutrition

• Winter Melon Seed
• Eggplant (Cooling)
• Winter Melon
• Dandelion
• Watercress
• Daikon Radish
• Turnip
• Cucumber
• Corn
• Yam or Sweet Potato
• Cilantro
• Squash (Zucchini, Summer Squash)
• Chinese Wax Gourd
• Spinach
• Chinese Cabbage
• Soybean Sprout
• Celery
• Snow Pea
• Cauliflower
• Carrot
• Seaweed
• Red & Green Cabbage
• Radish
• Burdock Root (Gobo
• Pumpkin
• Winter Squash
• Broccoli
• Potato
• Bok Choy
• Beet
• Mushrooms
• Bamboo Shoot
• Lotus Root
• Asparagus
• Alfalfa

A list of Cold veggies:

• White Mushroom
• Bitter Gourd

A list of Neutral carbs/veggies:

• Taro Root
• Shitake Mushroom
• Chinese Black Mushroom
• Lotus Seed
• Lettuce

According to the Five Phases Nutrition, a yang type or hot type person requires relatively cooling (yin) foods.


A list of cooling fruits in Five Phases Nutrition:

• Tomato (Slightly cooling)
• Tangerine
• Strawberry
• Persimmon
• Peach (very cooling)
• Orange
• Lemon
• Hawthorn Berry
• Fig
• Chinese Prune
• Chinese Date (Red or Black Jujube)
• Apricot (toxic at high levels)
• Apple

A list of Cold fruits:

• Watermelon
• Starfruit
• Pear
• Muskmelon
• Mulberry (Slightly cold)
• Grapefruit
• Cantaloupe
• Banana

A list of neutral fruits:

• Papaya
• Mango
• Loquat

A list of Cooling grains:

• Legumes, nuts, and seeds
• Wheat bran
• Mung bean (Very Cooling)
• Hops
• Wheat
• Soybean
• Pearl Barley
• Persimmon

A list of Neutral grains:

• Buckwheat
• Peanut
• Almond
• Pea
• Azuki (red) Bean
• Sunflower Seed
• Brown Rice

Miscellaneous Foods

A list of Cooling animal products (poultry, fish, & meat) and miscellaneous foods:

• Tofu
• Chicken Egg
• Peppermint
• Marjoram

A list of Cold miscellaneous foods:

• Clams
• Sugar cane
• Pork (Slightly Cold)
• Crab
• Salt
• Crab

A list of Neutral miscellaneous foods:

• Honey (Neutral, unless heated)
• Milk & Milk Products

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The Right Acupressure Methods Can Provide The Same Outcomes As Cosmetic Surgery

Our bodies are constantly being taxed by the demands of modern technology. People in offices work for many hours in front of their computers, straining their eyes to see the screen and typing away at a computer keyboard; all these eventually result in shallow breathing, backaches, stiff neck, tense shoulders, and repetitive afflictions such as carpal tunnel syndrome.

Never-ending work demands and a sedentary way of life have become chief causes of the obesity outbreak in the US. Poor posture, lack of exercise, chronic muscle tension, stress at home and/or at work, and bad eating habits have played a very big role in the rise of apathy, depression, and lethargy among many people in society. Acupressure can realign your internal systems, rebalance your body, and enable you to get by with the vicissitudes of modern life by restoring balance to your body and realigning your internal body.

The Procedures of Acupressure – Basis of Healing

This natural healing modality has no side effects whatsoever. The only tool or equipment you need is your hands. The pressure points that have been identified by Chinese medicine are manipulated by your own or your acupressure therapist’s hands to release natural pain relieving chemicals or hormones in your body called endorphins. These neurotransmitters come from the pituitary gland and are disseminated through the cerebral and spinal fluid into the bloodstream.

Merely applying firm steady pressure on an acupressure point for a few minutes will release those pain-relieving chemicals. Acupressure therapists think that the endorphins contribute in a major way in the promotion of both physical and emotional healing.

Pain and tension tend to build up at acupressure points. Muscular tension gives way to finger pressure as an acupoint is held. The muscle fibers lengthen allowing blood to circulate smoothly as the muscle relaxes. Toxins residing and accumulating in the muscle fibers are also freed and eliminated. When a person’s electrical and biological energies and his blood move freely within his body he experiences improved health and a greater sense of harmony. As a result, his symptoms are cured.

Acupressure Procedures – Specialized Points

Acupressure points possess extremely sensitive electrical conductivity at the skin surface.
The basic assumption of acupressure therapy is that applying pressure on a point permits and frees up chi or life energy to move smoothly through the body. Scientists use microvolt meters to quantify and prove the existence of this chi energy. These devices are able to monitor the waning and waxing of electrical charge in a person’s body.

The energy channels that connect acupressure points to the internal organs and to one another are called meridians. These meridians are where healing chi energy travels through all the systems of the body. The human body has twelve primary meridians that extend to both sides of the body and interact with certain organs. They comprise a system that connects the organs with all neural stimulation. In one part of the body, a certain acupressure point can transmit healing information via the meridian channel to other parts of the body. Bearing a certain amount of pressure on the appropriate points stimulates the motion of energy. These points are relatively remote from the part of the body that will receive the healing benefit.

The nexus of our emotions is located in the limbic system. This system needs energy to circulate through the meridians to properly function. Stress that brings about emotional strain slows down this energy flow. The ensuing tension builds up at the acupressure points. Blood circulation is reduced and disrupts bodily functions in the area as the tension from emotional stress increases.

Appropriate healing of the acupressure points on the body can resolve conflicts within the body and restore health.

This is a short summary of how acupressure is used and how it can eliminate toxins in the muscles and skin and ameliorate stresses successfully which leads to the rejuvenation of the skin to generate a more attractive youthful appearance.

Why need to subject yourself to painful and potentially dangerous surgery when you can avail yourself of acupressure facelift therapy that employs the right acupressure methods that can provide the same outcomes as surgery.

Christina Prieto is an Orlando acupuncturist, a certified Yoga instructor and the founder of Harmony Wellness center in central Florida.

Dr. Nogier’s Auriculotherapy

Not many people are aware of this but approximately 50 percent of Americans swallow a prescription medication for pain. Obviously, this statistic is quite alarming. Ear acupuncture, also called auricular acupuncture, auriculotherapy, or electro auricular therapy can be a safe and much better alternative to taking drugs. Electro auricular therapy is a new proven sophisticated system of treatment from Europe that is now practiced around the world. Practitioners of this system can treat your body for a wide range of health concerns and issues by the stimulation of specific ear acupuncture points.

Clinically studied both nationally and internationally, electro auricular therapy has been well documented and its results have been shown in various medical journals. It is just now beginning to make its impact in United States despite the fact that it has been widely used in several European countries for decades. In Germany, more than 30,000 physicians adopt electro auricular therapy on a daily basis in the treatment of patient health conditions. This therapy has been validated to provide pain relief and healing after all conventional medical treatments have proved unsuccessful.

In 1990, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared that auricular acupuncture is “perhaps the best documented and most scientifically developed and the most widely used and most practical, of all of acupuncture’s micro-systems.”

This UN organization also acknowledges auricular acupuncture as a healing option for more than 150 illnesses like:

o Tennis Elbow
o Sciatica
o Peripheral Neuropathy
o Cancer Pain
o Pain
o Migraines
o Meniere’s Disease
o Hot Flashes
o Facial Paralysis
o Dry Mouth
o Arthritis
o Allergies

Origins of Auricular Acupuncture

Auricular acupuncture is often thought of as a healing system that was developed by the Chinese; the truth is, this type of treatment was founded and developed fairly recently by a French doctor named Paul Nogier, in 1950. Since ancient times, the ear has been utilized to address diseases; the Chinese had some notion that this could be done but they were not the ones who developed the auricular system.

Dr. Paul Nogier

Dr. Nogier began to develop auricular therapy when he observed that some of his patients had a scar on their ear. After doing a little investigation, he found that a practitioner was cauterizing the spot on the ear for sciatica patients. With this information, he began to do more research about it. When he inserted needles in this spot on some of his patients, they experienced some improvement in their condition. Elated by his discovery, he decided to conduct more comprehensive studies. He started to wonder that if one area of the ear helped better sciatica symptoms, would the other areas of the ear also work on treating other areas of the body.

The doctor finally found out that the ear is energetically related, to the outer body—also denoted as a “micro-system,” which is a system representing one small part of the body. As his research progressed, he began to realize that the ear corresponded to an upside down fetus. If you can imagine the ear as an upside down fetus, then by stimulating the part of the ear that represents the fetus’s knee, you can treat problems of the knee! On the ear’s auricle or outer ear, he found that every part of the human body could be actually mapped out.

In 1957, Dr. Nogier announced his findings in France. The Germans acknowledged this information, followed by the Chinese. In 1958, the Chinese did research that validated his work. They bestowed Dr. Nogier with the title “Father of Auricular Therapy.” They developed his theory further in their own way but Dr. Nogier did not stop developing his work and actually advanced it further beyond what the Chinese have done.

With the aid of his research team, Dr. Nogier discovered that the ear’s surface is a three-dimensional holographic energetic extrapolation of the human physiology and anatomy.

A hologram represents a three-dimensional photographic image of an object.

Now that Nogier saw that the ear is a three-dimensional representation of a human fetus generated by energy interference patterns, he began to create three distinguishable mappings of the body on the ear. Where the zone or point is located on the ear depends on whether the illness is degenerative, chronic, or acute. In other words, for each tissue or organ, there is a specific area of the auricle that represents it.

It is very rare to find acupuncturists who are using Dr. Nogier’s sophisticated and complex auricular acupuncture’s three phase approach. Most acupuncturists, inclusive of those utilizing the Chinese system, only use the one phase approach. Moreover, Dr. Nogier’s advanced system of bio energetic testing called Auricular Medicine has been adopted by even fewer acupuncturists in their practice.

If conventional medicine has had no answer for your health problem, auricular acupuncture can be the kind of treatment that would be effective in treating your problem.

Western allopathic medicine considers the ear as the body organ in your body that helps us with balance and allows us to hear. Dr. Nogier’s work has now proven that the auricle has an added and very important function. It has a complicated neural network system that enables the body, ear, and brain to communicate with each other. When your body suffers from an illness, an acupuncturist who uses the system of Dr. Nogier can electrically detect any imbalance on the acupuncture points in your ear related to the tissue or organs affected. The acupuncturist can energetically set off a natural healing reaction by stimulating the specific ear acupoints.

How Does Auricular Therapy Work?

In Dr. Nogier’s system of auricular acupuncture, there are actually no direct neural connections between the ear and the body. However, the ear has nerves that connect to the brain’s reflex centers. These reflex centers transmit signal down to the spinal cord and then to the nerves that are tied to the targeted areas of the body.

It is only now that the ancient therapies that have been used by countless number of people throughout history are being scientifically proven to work by modern science. This is certainly the case with acupuncture. In fact, MRI technology has shown that auricular therapy does indeed generate a healing effect in certain regions of the brain that conform to a specific area on the auricle.

Auricular acupuncture has been a scientifically proven treatment and this cannot be disproved by skeptics. There is a huge volume of documented medical studies of auricular therapy and acupuncture published in various medical journals throughout the world. Acupuncture has been effectively used thousands of years before the first pharmaceutical drug was manufactured and used.

Medical Studies

Auricular acupuncture has been practiced in continental Europe for more than four decades. The volume of worldwide research about it is outstanding. In the US and China, clinical studies have validated the accuracy of auricular diagnosis:

In a UCLA study, a 75 percent rate of accuracy was attained in 40 patients properly diagnosed in finding the area of their musculoskeletal pain problems. The World Health Organization formed expert panels that led to international standardization of designation of ear acupoints.

Auricular therapy is also now used to address pain suffered by cancer patients that cannot be relieved by prescription drugs. In the Nov 2003 issue of the Journal of Clinical Oncology, a research study was published that showed 90 cancer patients benefited from auricular acupuncture in significantly relieving pain associated with cancer.

In a Chinese study involving 2,000 patients specific ear acupoints were used that led to a decrease of these patients’ medical symptoms.

Another Chinese study published in Feb 27 2007 in the Zhongguo Zhen Jiu medical journal indicated success in the alleviation of lower back pain. Research has shown the success of auricular therapy in curing and drug addiction.

Undergoing Auricular Therapy

Chinese acupuncture entails the insertion of needles into specific acupuncture points in the body. Each ear acupoint is just a few millimeters or less from each other and there are actually more acupuncture points on the ear than there are on the body. Acupuncturists can now use a device that can find the acupuncture points with utmost precision, thanks to recent advanced technology. The device can sense a lessening or increasing of electrical skin conductivity, and when that occurs, the acupoint is considered said to be active. An acupoint only becomes active if there is a problem with a related tissue or organ.

The most advanced and latest devices can also identify the polarity of the active acupoints that tells the acupuncturist what the body exactly requires to treat the problem. The acupuncturist needs to ascertain what frequency to stimulate the acupoints with and D. Nogier has developed seven frequencies. The success of the treatment depends on the skill of the practitioner in using this vital component.

In Germany, around 26,000 medical doctors use a device that can identify imbalances in the body. A doctor gently examines the patient’s auricle to look for signs like tenderness, dryness, bumps, discoloration, etc, while the patient lies down on the table. The doctor then uses the device and places it against certain points on the auricle and sees if the device locates any imbalances. Each active acupoint is treated for about 8 seconds to a couple of minutes. This treatment is absolutely painless although you may experience a slight prickling or tingling sensation but no pain.

Anyone can receive auricular acupuncture. As long as they can remain still for half a minute, children can be treated with auricular acupuncture. However, this treatment is contraindicated for people implanted with electronic implanted devices, pacemakers, or cochlear implants.

People react to this treatment in different ways. Each person is unique and there are several factors that should be taken into account such as the severity of the condition and how long the condition has been present. The natural healing abilities of the body can be jumpstarted with electro auricular therapy. When the body is burdened with illness, it generates different channels to circumvent the illness. Electro auricular therapy makes the body remember to handle the problem that plagues it and helps restore balance in the body.

Some people may require multiple treatment sessions while there are many who experience immediate relief. When treating pain, a decrease of pain is usually felt within the next few hours or before the patient leaves the office.

The outer ear has more than 400 acupuncture points on the ear and many of these point overlap.

Does Auricular Acupuncture Have Any Side Effects?

At the site of the treatment, you may develop a small sore or redness or feel some bit of tenderness. After the session, you may either feel tired or energized as if your symptoms have flared up. If you felt the latter, your body should start to calm down after a day or two. Patients also commonly experience a deeper sleep quality at night after the treatment. Some may also experience vivid dreams at night after treatment.

Dr. Hailing Fu is a doctor or Oriental medicine and the founder of Ling’s Acupuncture in Orlando, FL. She has also served as professor and clinic director at the Florida College of Integrative Medicine in Central Florida. College of Integrative Medicine in Central Florida.

Acupressure Can Actually Help In The Reduction Of Gout Pain

Gout is a condition caused by an accumulation of crystallized uric acid in the blood that results in pain and inflammation of the joints. Gout is commonly caused by a family history of gout, daily consumption of alcohol, high blood pressure, or high cholesterol. Foods rich in uric acid content include coffee, beer, alcohol, certain kinds of vegetables, white meats, and red meats. If you want to lessen the amount of uric acid in your blood, you need to avoid or at least minimize the eating of these foods. Most gout sufferers address their pain by taking analgesics (painkillers); however, alternative treatments such as acupressure are available that can be very effective and safe in treating gout pain.

Acupressure is a form of massage that has been used for more than 5,000 years as an easy and safe way to alleviate pain. It is a natural form of treatment for gout pain that can be used by people who are not keen on using drugs that contain chemical substances. In several hospitals across America, acupressure is considered a viable treatment for pain and many other health conditions. It involves a deep massaging of specific body areas to help get the body functioning properly and to quell pain.

Pain can be alleviated rather swiftly based on how much uric acid and pain are present in your body, although there are people who may require multiple acupuncture session for the treatment of gout pain. To instruct you on what acupressure points on the body to be used to relieve gout pain and to avoid injuries, you need to consult with a qualified acupuncturist or practitioner of acupressure. On areas where there is injury, caution must always be used.

However, despite the fact that this healing modality is effective for a lot of people, it may work for everyone. Acupressure is a natural remedy that’s worth your money and time if it helps reduce your pain. The number of gout attacks will definitely decrease if you lessen or totally avoid the consumption of foods high in uric acid and by having a good plan of treatment.

Ivelisse DeJongh is a Miami acupuncturist and the medical director at DeJongh Acupuncture Clinic.

The Various Healing Forms Of Traditional Chinese Medicine

The third oldest type of medicine in the world is Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). This ancient system of healing includes treatment modalities such as meditation techniques, diet therapy, Tui Na massage, herbal medicine, and acupuncture in Jacksonville to heal the body. TCM has been used for thousands of years and the fact that it is still used today just proves its real effectiveness and usefulness as a form of healthcare.

The very foundation of Traditional Chinese Medicine is natural medicine. A practitioner of Chinese medicine can provide a lot of medicinal herbs that have been studied and used over several centuries. The utilization of these herbs includes pharmacology and diagnostics, and is especially customized to the needs of the person. The idea of treating the root of the problem or the underlying problem of the patient is a very important tenet of Chinese Medicine. The within the person the branch of symptoms displayed are external signs of a profound root cause. When the underlying cause of the problem is being resolved the “branches” will unfailingly clear up.

In this vast traditional system of healthcare is acupuncture whose beginnings go as far back as 2,500 years ago, in the Han Dynasty where it was developed. Ancient Chinese doctors historically used acupuncture to balance the natural energy system of the body. People would succumb to “dis-ease” when this system becomes out of balance.

In the West as in Modern China today, Acupuncture is utilized used as a stand-alone therapy or an integrative medicine to treat a broad spectrum of problems. This therapy involves the sticking of small non-invasive needles into predetermined anatomical points scattered across the body. A naturally occurring healing response is created when acupuncture needles are applied into specific acupuncture points. Acupuncture encourages the body to enhance its functions and bring about natural healing.

A traditional healing art that has been used for hundreds of years in the Orient is Cupping. This form of treatment is ideal for improving the flow of blood in the body and to alleviate inflammation. It technique works by creating a suction effect through the placement of heated glass cups over the skin. The cup generates a sucking on the skin, stimulating the area, and strengthening blood flow.


In direct moxibustion: mugwort or moxa herb shaped like a cone is placed over the acupuncture point. Moxibustion is deemed to be one of TCM’s very best therapies. In a study conducted was at Kyushu University in Japan, it was seen that moxibustion specifically affects the immune system. Japanese physician Dr. Shimetaro recognized its benefits as early as 1927. Beyond Japan, however, it is never administered on a regular basis. Direct moxibustion tends to cause undesirable results like scars and burns, and blistering on the site of the treatment. To prevent this problem from occurring, some practitioners choose burning moxa between medium (topical paste, slice ginger, etc.) before the flame reaches the skin. Direct Moxibustion should not be recommended due to the probable outcome directly derived from the primary effect of such therapy.

The Healing Art Of Wet Cupping Or Hijamah

Derived from the Arabic word “ha ja ma,” Hijamah means “to lessen in quantity.” It alludes to the suction procedure used to draw blood from the body or to decrease the amount of blood in the body. The sayings of the prophet Mohammed concerning hijamah indicates to the pulling of blood from the body for healing purposes, either to cure a specific ailment or illness or to maintain health.

The suction or vacuum effect can be attained through various processes including the utilization of instruments such as animal horns that were used during ancient times, the use of a leech to suck blood over a wound (especially in instances of poisonous bites) or a cut, or the use of more modern techniques such as bamboo, plastic or glass cups either with a suction pump mechanism or with fire.

The process of employing a partial vacuum through these methods causes the tissues within the cup to be pulled up and swell, thereby boosting the flow of blood to the problem area. This blood flow boost draws toxins and impurities out from the adjacent organs and tissues and towards the skin surface where it can be eliminated through cracks in the skin layer that were created by incisions made before the cup was applied.

Though, among English speaking people, Hijamah is usually interpreted as “cupping”, this translation is not really an exact one because in the modern sense, cupping can refer to a both wet (which is precisely Hijamah) and “dry” (no blood is shed or eliminated) procedure. Cupping is a healing technique that uses cups to generate a vacuum effect at the surface of the skin in order to pull blood to the surface that can then be eliminated, in the case of “wet” cupping.

History shows that the ancient Egyptians were the first people to practice Hijamah. Around 1550 BC, one of the most ancient Egyptian medical documents was written. It described the use of “bleeding” to ‘expel pathogens from the body’. There is proof that bloodletting was used as a remedy for virtually any type of disease and an important way of maintaining good life and health.

Two of history’s greatest advocates of Hijamah were Galen and Hippocrates. According to Galen, the principal objective for bloodletting is to divert blood or remove residues from one part of the body to another. Two Unani ideas that were accepted at that time were the bases of his approach. In one idea, blood doesn’t flow well in the body, and eventually becomes stagnant until it was “drawn out.” The other idea believed that the balance of the four humors (yellow bile, black bile, phlegm, and blood) was the basis of illness or health, in which instance bloodletting can be availed of to foster balance between the humors. Galen was able to map out the body’s blood vessels and would cut his patients in different regions of the body, based on what region of the body he needed to treat.

Bloodletting during the time of Hippocrates was not used in accordance with the 4 humors theory. For certain illnesses, specific points were bled.

Wet cupping and bloodletting practice in the East always was an essential component of the medical practices, and to this day, remains so. According to the ancient Chinese medical text, the Inner Classic or Nei jing, “stagnation must first be addressed before bloodletting before the use of moxibustion or acupuncture.”

However, by the mid to late 18th century, bloodletting was very much excoriated by the medical establishment which led to its falling away as a commonly used treatment method. As the technique was not being administered appropriately, it became culpable for a large number of deaths and thus was even more criticized by modern medicine. In order to attain medical dominance, modern medicine also started to vilify other long established traditional treatments.

But in the last two to three decades among the Muslim communities, there was an enormous revival in the healing art of Hijamah, and in countries such as the UK, courses are being offered to both the public and medical practitioners.

While Hijamah is a medical technique involving the handling of body fluids and blood and thus has various applications in the treatment of disease and for general health, it should be administered by someone who has been trained in Hijamah as well as in the related medical sciences so as to avert unwanted after effects from the treatment.

Scott Paglia is a licensed and board certified acupuncturist in Bellingham, WA and provides master level pulse diagnosis, Chinese herbal medicine and acupuncture in Whatcom County, WA.

What Is The Human Energy Channel (Meridian) System?

A human being, from the point of view of traditional Chinese medicine, is a small universe in itself. The reality of the human energy channel (meridian) system, with its collaterals and pathways, was ascertained by relentless observations of an entire human being and by compiling the outcomes of such observations. The human body’s meridian system is no other than an invisible entity composed of interconnected and definite pathways by which vital energy called chi is transported. It cannot be empirically proven even if you dissect a cadaver looking for it, because in that manner anatomy would take a mere lifeless body of flesh as its object of study. The concept of the meridian system of the human body has been shown to be a reality in the course of thousands of years of medical practice. The Chinese medical system of medical massage, moxibustion, acupuncture, and deep-breathing exercises were all established based on the theory of the meridian system of the human body.

Scholars and scientists of Traditional Chinese medicine thousands of years ago discovered that there were close associations between time and man and between the seasons and man.

Why is it that many healthy people early in the morning rush to the lavatory to make stool? According to Traditional Chinese medicine, the human body has 12 meridians in this energy channel system and that each of these meridians, has its main period of day for passage. As five to seven a.m. is the period at which the movement of chi in the body enters the meridian of the large intestine, a great number of people feel the need to pass stool at this time period. In a related manner, why do some individuals talk of the need to “adjust the time difference”? That’s because energy passes through each channel based on what time of the day it is. People intuitively feel an urge to do some adjustment of their daily habits when they arrive at a new place, in order for their body to become accustomed to the changes of the main time when energy passes through each of the meridians.

Traditional Chinese medicine practitioners are able to evaluate the internal health condition of a patient by interpreting the patient’s external characteristics. But how do they do it?

We can use as an example a simple observation of the internal condition of a watermelon when we want to purchase one from among dozens of watermelons at a market stall. A stallholder in China typically provides his customers gratuitous service which means you will have a wide variety of good products to choose from. People who plant and sell watermelons all their lives would have the knowledge and experience to pick the best watermelon in that stall. In a similar way, experienced practitioners of Chinese medicine can visually evaluate the internal condition of their patient by relying on their personal experience, apart from their knowledge of traditional Chinese medicine, which is very crucial in their profession. The natural science that is traditional Chinese medicine has a long history of evolution that involved never ending observation and practice.

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Studies Show That Acupressure Can Help Lessen Relaxations Of The Lower Esophageal Sphincter

Acupressure is acupuncture minus the needles. Certain parts and organs of the body can be treated successfully through the use of pressure to the acupoints indicated by ancient Chinese medicine. In this type of medicine, the vital energy flowing in the energy channels system called Qi and Yin and Yang is brought into harmony and balance enabling the body to heal itself.

For more than two thousand years, Traditional Chinese acupuncture has been used to treat a wide range of digestive disorders. Studies conducted recently indicate that electrical acupoint stimulation, acupressure, and acupuncture applied to the P6 (Pericardium 6) acupuncture point can help lessen the relaxations of the LES or lower esophageal sphincter. LES relaxation is the main reason for acid reflux. Research on electrical acupoint stimulation revealed a 40 percent decrease of these LES relaxations in a majority of the cases studied. This is an amazing assertion and could be the start of one of the most important finding ever made for acid reflux treatment.

The P6 acupoint, which in Chinese is named the Neiguan point, is found between the two tendons on the wrist’s underside. The P6 is found in the midpoint of the middle about two finger-widths from the crease where the arm and hand meet.

What is the Lower Esophageal Sphincter?

The lower esophageal sphincter or LES is a muscular valve located between the esophagus and stomach. It opens up to enable foods and liquids to enter into the stomach. A well functioning LES shuts tightly preventing gastric fluids in the stomach to flow back to the esophagus. But if the LES relaxes when it shouldn’t acid reflux occurs. There can be several factors that can cause the LES to relax: stress, chocolate, tobacco, alcohol, carbonated beverages, alcohol, and acidic foods, to name a few.

Administering acupressure to the P6 point has been used for thousands of years to alleviate nausea and vomiting. It has been recently used to treat postsurgical nausea, morning sickness in pregnant women, sea sickness, and traveler’s motion sickness.

Your fingers are your main tools in performing acupressure. Remember that when you employ pressure to the P6 point, you should feel a sensation of slight numbness instead of a sharp pain. All the pressure points are either beside or in between tendons, ligaments, and bones. You will never find them on arteries, blood vessels, or bones, but beside or between depressions.

The Neiguan or P6 point interestingly, can also be used to treat acid reflux, nausea, vomiting, and even migraines, fever, epilepsy, chest pain, and insomnia. Activating this point may produce varying levels of health benefits to the entire body.

In Chinese medicine theory, the acupoints are connected to the internal channels of energy and when these points are stimulated, it speeds up the flow of energy. Allopathic treatments, on the other hand, are just starting to understand these principles. They ascribe the positive effects of acupuncture to chemicals released by the central nervous system and nerve signals in the body, although they cannot fully explain how it works. In due time, Western medical science will hopefully catch up with those age-old healing modalities.

Acupuncture really does work regardless if you believe in it or not. It is absolutely pain free and extremely relaxing. The acupuncture needles used are so thin that when they’re stuck in the skin, you would hardly feel any sensation. Acupressure is an alternative and simple variation of acupuncture by which we can heal illness minus expensive acupuncture sessions and the use of needles. You can use it on yourself or on others. It also works extremely well in animals and pets.

People suffering from gastrointestinal reflux disease (GERD) can try P6 wrist bands that can be purchased online to relieve their condition. Placing the wrist band on your wrist can help lessen acid reflux, since the wrist is where the P6 point is exactly located. This band is worth trying even if you just have a 35 percent chance of success.

Besides the internet, GERD wrist bands can also be purchased at health food stores at reasonable prices. You can also get a massage from a Boynton Beach therapist or practitioner who specializes in acupressure and ask them to perform acupressure treatment on the P6.

Relieving Muscle Tension And A Slew Of Ailments With Acupressure

Like acupuncture, acupressure is a traditional Chinese healing technique that helps remove blockages to the flow of energy and blood and restores balance in the body. Unlike acupuncture, acupressure does not use needles to treat conditions but instead uses gentle but firm manual pressure through the help of various devices, the foot, elbow or hand. This pressure is employed to specific pressure points on the body to attain the required therapeutic effect. Acupressure is widely used by a lot of East Asian martial artists to disable their foes. According to historians, acupuncture is a relatively recent technique compared to acupressure although acupressure lost popularity when acupuncture was came into being. Still, it remains one of the most effective ways to tension associated with pain and ailments.

When we talk about acupuncture and acupressure, we unceasingly allude to acupuncture or acupressure points based on the principles of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM). According to these principles, the human body is seen and treated as a whole; the body stands for the different levels or jiaos of the ventral body cavity. An imbalance in the yin and yang forces in the body results in disease and the aim of treatment is to alter the activity of one or more systems of bodily function. According to TCM, acupressure or acupuncture works by regulating the smooth movement of vital energy (chi), body fluids, and blood throughout the body. The relief of pain is achieved by rectifying systemic or local deficiency or excess. The sensation of pain signifies stagnation or blockage in the circulation of fluids, blood, and/or chi. In TCM, the fragile balance between blood and chi is an important primary concern. Chi is the controller of blood and blood is the mother of chi. Blood and chi both work together to nourish and move the fluids of the body.

Acupuncture or acupressure points are found along different levels of channels, called the twelve main meridians or 12 energy channels. These meridians are found throughout the body. Aside from these energy channels, there are also eight unusual channels named sinew channels, divergent channels, luo vessels, and the Chi Jing Ba Mai. Ten of the main meridians are named after the different body organs of the body, while the name of the eleventh meridian is taken from the membrane that enfolds the heart; the San Jiao or ‘three spaces’ is the last meridian. The twelve main meridians run symmetrically, bilaterally, and vertically, and every meridian connects internally and corresponds to one of the twelve body organs. In total, there are six yang meridians and six yin meridians. There are three yin and yang meridians for each leg and on each arm, there are three yang and three yin meridians also present.

All the pressure points of a meridian are found on its external channel. The internal channels are located deeper than the external channels. They enter the cavities of the body as well as the associated organs. The twelve meridians’ external channels outline three complete body circuits, feet to chest, chest to hands, hands to head, head to feet, etc. Electronic devices that create a noise when the right acupuncture/acupressure point is pressed are now sold in the market. Muscular tension is relaxed by the pressure as soon as an acupoint is pressed. This allows the muscle fibers to relax and stretch, blood flow to increase, and toxins to be carried away by blood to be eliminated from the body through various bodily processes. The strengthening of blood flow also sends in nutrients and more oxygen to the problematic part of the body. This promotes a more vital, healthier, and longer life and reinforces the body’s ability to resist illness. A greater sense of well being, health, and harmony arises when the bioelectrical energy and blood flow properly. An acupressure practitioner in Boca Raton is able to distinguish what points to treat by questioning and observing the patient in order to come up with a diagnosis based on TCM. Four diagnostic methods are used by practitioners: palpation, inquiring, auscultation, and inspection.

A session of acupressure is generally pain free. Penetrating, steady, gradual pressure lasting about three minutes on the targeted acupoint is ideal after extended finger pressure has been directly applied on the acupoint. It is suggested that the pressure applied should be firm enough so that it borders between the sensation of firm, pleasant pressure and sheer pain. The finger that’s best suited for employing the right pressure is the middle finger as it is the strongest and longest of the fingers. Although the thumb also can apply strong pressure, it usually lacks the sensitivity that the middle finger has. Other tools, the fist, or knuckles can also be utilized based on the needs of the person. As a rule, firm but slow pressure should be applied on the acupoint at a 90 degree angle from the skin surface. It’s advised to employ and release finger pressure slowly as this give the tissues enough time to react, facilitating healing. The patient will start to sense a pulse at the acupoint after successive acupressure sessions involving various levels of pressure. This throbbing is a positive sign since it signifies that flow of blood has risen in the problem area. Each body and each body part necessitates a different degree of pressure.

Several types of acupressure procedures are being practiced at present. To date, all of these procedures still use same age-old acupoints. Different techniques, pressures, and rhythms generate different methods of acupressure. For example, the most well-known style of acupressure, Shiatsu, is traditionally vigorous, with strong pressure applied to each acupoint lasting only three to five seconds. One other type of acupressure holds gently each acupoint for a minute or so. Applying fast beating, intermittent pressure is stimulating while a slower pressure produces creates a profoundly calming effect on the body.

The heels of the hands as well as the finger and thumbs are used in slow motion kneading to firmly squash large group of muscles. This movement is akin to the kneading of a large mass of dough. The benefits of this type of acupressure include the alleviation of spasms in the calf muscles, constipation, neck and shoulder tension, and general muscle stiffness.

Vigorous rubbing produces friction to activate the flow of lymph and blood. Light rubbing is administered on the skin to boost circulation and alleviate numbness, swelling, and chilling, as well as to tonify the skin and strengthen the nerves.

Fingertips applying rapid tapping tend to stimulate the muscles on tender, unprotected areas of the body like the face. Loose fist is used on the buttocks, back and other larger parts of the body. This helps enhance nerve function and the inactive muscles in the region.

Acupressure can be extremely capable of relieving tension, muscle aches, arthritis, backaches, neck pain, sinus problems, eyestrains, and headaches due to stress. It also helps you get to sleep at night, and relieves anxiety, indigestion, constipation, low back pain, menstrual cramping, and ulcer pain. Perhaps, the best thing about the treatment is that it does not require the use of medications and drugs and therefore has no side effects.