The History, Uses, And Risks Of Acupressure Therapy

As far back as 5000 years ago, the Indians were the first people practicing the art of Acupressure Therapy. Unfortunately, it was not appropriately preserved and went to Ceylon (now Sri Lanka) in the form of Acupuncture. This therapy was taken to China from Sri Lanka, and to Japan by nomadic Aryans or Buddhist monks. Today, China is the leading promoter of acupuncture to the world. Way back in the 16th century, acupressure was already known to the Red Indians. Researches in the US in the 20th century have significantly contributed to the growth of this therapy. Acupressure is administered by a lot of naturopathic and allopathic doctors there. In the 1960’s, the World Health Organization began to take notice of this easy and simple healing technique.

Acupressure and acupuncture in Austin are very similar to each other. Acu = needle and puncture = prick. Acupuncture is defined as the practice of treating diseases by inserting needles into certain points in the body. Acupressure is defined as the art of treating diseases by administering pressure on certain acupoints through the use of a rubber or wooden stick, or the fingers.

Purpose

Acupressure is designed to bolster the natural healing power of the body. When crucial pressure points on the skin surface are pressed, tension in the muscles is released, and blood flow as well as chi or vital energy flow in the body is promoted. Acupressure has been known to treat several conditions including stress, shoulder, neck pain, menstrual disorders, headaches, fatigue, back pain, anxiety, allergies, pains, and aches.

Precautions

Acupressure is contraindicated for conditions that require medical care, such as serious infections, ulcers, or serious burns. Care should be taken with the use of pressure points in the stomach, especially if the patient is pregnant or has a life threatening illness, such as intestinal cancer or when he or she is sick and the stomach area is to be avoided.

Description

Acupressure usually applies pressure on the acupoints using a jimmy, fingers, or the thumb. The obstruction of energy flow along the energy channels (meridians) within the body can cause stress, tension, pain or physical discomfort. Activation of the points eliminates obstruction by easing the muscles, and restoring the free flow of blood. Acupressure can release an emotional block by relieving built up tension. The therapy causes the release of lactic acid that has built up in the muscle tissues. During vigorous exercise, muscles produce lactic acid which is usually eliminated by the liver through the blood. Sometimes, it stays stuck in the muscle. A variety of acupressure techniques are used in the West including:

Shiatsu: An intense acupressure method involving rhythmic pressing of acupoints.

Jin Shin Jyutsu: A form of self-administered acupressure involving light touch of the body instead of massage like movements.

Acu-Yoga: A whole bodywork technique involving Yoga postures and stretches that stimulate and press acupoints on the energy channels.

Do-In: Another type of self-administered acupressure involving massaging of muscles and acupoints as well as stretching exercises, exercise movements, and deep breathing techniques.

Gentle to medium pressure is used on the acupoints during therapy. The pressure is administered in a tight circular motion. This is mainly done with the hands, thumbs, and fingers. Occasionally, knees or elbows are used to press vital acupoints. Because the most sensitive points are tender or very delicate when pressed, this reaction can identify the correct location. If the reaction is not felt, the pressure may not be strong enough or the location of the acupoint is incorrect. The proper level of sensitivity experienced during an acupressure session should fall some-where between pain and pleasure.

Acupressure’s Triple Benefits:

Diagnosis: correct and immediate diagnosis – clinical checkup minus any tests.

Treatment: treatment of all forms of diseases including that of brain problems/cancer.

Prevention: Prevention of paralysis, heart disease, and even cancer and all forms of diseases.

The World from the Perspective of Health Can Be Divided Into:

Approximately 15 percent – Number of people needs medicine, medical attention, and surgery. The world doesn’t have enough hospitals and practitioners that can provide treatment for these people. Later on, with the use of acupressure, they can also be prevented from getting sick.

Approximately 25 percent – The number of individuals presently suffering can be inexpensively treated with the help of acupressure and prevented from getting sick again.

Approximately 60 percent – The number of healthy people (including unborn babies) who are at risk of falling into disease. Their illness can be avoided through regular sessions of acupressure therapy.

Risks: Although acupressure may be utilized to complement other forms of healing, it is not intended to be a replacement for required medical treatment.

Clinical Studies Prove the Benefits of Chinese Musical Therapy in Depression, SAD, and Cancer

For ages, the rejuvenating, romantic, relaxing, cathartic, emancipating and energizing power of music has touched the emotional aspects of human beings. Physicians in ancient China have established a methodical system that incorporates the power of music into the healing process.

Having been documented 2,300 years ago in The Yellow Emperor’s Classic of Medicine, the first medical document in China, the use of music as therapy was known and utilized by healing practitioners to relieve depression, stress and anxiety in their patients. Music therapy is considered a branch of Chinese medicine in Austin, and is one dimension of the Five-Element theory, which is the basis of TCM or traditional Chinese medicine. According to this theory, nature is manifested in five elements: water, fire, metal, earth, and wood. There are several corresponding aspects to each of these elements, such as a musical note, color, internal organ, season of the year, etc. Chinese classical music is made up of five sounds or notes — zhi, jiao, yu, shang and gong — and was performed on Chinese classical musical instruments: the flute, drum, zither and gong. This association between the five-element correspondences, such as musical notes, and the internal organs was used in Chinese medicine is used to bring about a variety of healing functions.

According to the Five-Element theory, the “zhi” sound (which corresponds to Western music’s G note) is associated with the fire element. This note affects the heart and is the sound of summer. It invigorates blood circulation and nourishes the Heart. The “jiao” sound (which is affiliated with the E note in Western music) is associated with the wood element. This sound specifically affects the Liver and is the sound of spring. The jiao note facilitates the healthy function of Liver Chi, which is specifically intended to treat depression. The “yu” sound (which corresponds to the A note) is related to the water element. It helps lessen Lung fire, protect Kidney essence, and nourishes the yin of the Kidney. The “yu” sound is the sound of winter. The “shang” sound (which corresponds to the D note) is related to the metal element. It provides nourishment and protection to Lung yin and is the sound of autumn. The “gong” sound (corresponds to the C note) is related to the element of earth, reinforces the Spleen and belongs to late summer.

Three Chinese clinical trials a few years back, experimented on the healing abilities of five-element Chinese classical music. A Taiwanese study whose results were published in March 2014, in the Nursing Practice International Journal was intended to analyze the impacts of Chinese five-element music therapy on nursing students who were experiencing depression symptoms. Randomly assigned to either a control group or a five-element musical therapy were 71 nursing students all suffering from depression. While being given different therapies, both groups still led the same routine lifestyles. The two groups were evaluated by analyzing their salivary cortisol levels and through the Adolescence Depression Mood Self-Report Inventory. Over time, the trial showed a meaningful decrease in the severity of depression in the music group, based on salivary cortisol levels and on initial and after therapy test scores.

A second research investigated the impact of five-element music therapy on old patients suffering from SAD or seasonal affective disorder. In a Chinese nursing home in Beijing, 50 patients were randomly but equally designated to either a control group or a musical therapy group. Over an eight-week period, the musical therapy group listened to five-element music for one to a couple of hours each week. According to the HAMD or Hamilton depression scale and the SDS or self-rating depression scale, which were used to evaluate the patients’ pre and post treatment, no major discrepancies were found between the two groups prior to treatment. However, eight weeks after, the HAMD and SDS score of the musical therapy group were shown to be substantially lesser than those of the control group (04/14, Traditional Chinese Medicine Journal).

A third research was conducted to assess five-element music’s influence on the quality of life of patients with advanced cancer. Patients with advanced-stage cancer were designated randomly to one of three groups: the group that weren’t treated with music therapy (34 subjects); the group subjected to Western-music therapy (68 subjects); and the group treated with five-element music (68 subjects). For three weeks, five days a week, thirty minutes each day, both the Western-music groups and music five-element listened to the music they were assigned to. Before and after treatment, all patients were evaluated using the KPS or Karnofsky Performance Score and the HQOLI-R or Hospice Quality of Life Index-Revised.

The outcomes revealed major discrepancies in the KPS and HQOLI-R scores post treatment between the other two groups and the five-element music group. This research concluded that five-element music therapy can better the KPS and the quality of life of advanced cancer patients (10/13, Chinese Journal of Integrative Medicine).

Several other researches reveal that music can influence stress hormones, brain circulation, and brain waves. Music therapy apparently works in lowering the physical effects of stress: it can bolster the immune system, slow down breathing and heart rate, lower blood pressure. In addition, music can also expand the mind. A research published in the April 1998 edition of Nature magazine showed that the brain region used to assess a musical note’s pitch can be increased through experience and practice by twenty five percent.

All those aforementioned studies do not definitely prove that neither the “shang” note, in five-element theory, can nourish the Lung nor the “zhi” note can calm the Heart. Nonetheless, they definitely provide scientific validation to the sage Chinese physicians who developed a type of music therapy over two millennia ago!

The Easy To Learn And Effective Chinese Healing Art Of Gua Sha Therapy

The past few decades have seen a steady rise in the popularity of Traditional Chinese Medicine or TCM in Jacksonville. Most people have heard about acupuncture and reflexology, but only a few know about a centuries old healing technique known as “gua sha therapy.” Westerners sometimes refer to this technique as “spooning” or “coining” because it sometimes involves the use of a spoon or coin to scrape the surface of the skin in order to reinvigorate, refresh, and detoxify the body. While the West is just beginning to realize the awesomeness of this therapy for a myriad of ailments and illnesses, gua sha has been used in Asia for ages since its results are immediate and the technique itself is easy to administer.

According to TCM, injuries and sore muscles are basically obstacles in the flow of blood and chi. it doesn’t matter whether you believe in chi or not, it’s a fact that when you experience soreness in your muscles, rubbing the problems area to increase circulation will help alleviate the pain. This is basically what gua sha therapy does. It begins with a sauna or warm bath, and then, your massage therapist will run a scraping tool after he or she applies massage oils in the affected part of your body. The Chinese believe this frees the blockages to chi flow, and Western medicine explains this as a release of metabolic waste that has accumulated in congested muscles and tissue. The scraping may feel like an intense form of exfoliation, and will result in redness and marks. Don’t be alarmed, these marks and redness will dissipate within a few days after the therapy

Some of the issues plaguing society that can be treated with Chinese gua sha therapy as as follows:

1. PMS

Besides being a perfect way to relieve sore muscles, Gua Sha can also help alleviate patients suffering painful monthly periods. When the principles of reflexology are followed, your massage therapist will scrape other areas of your body to ameliorate the soreness in your stomach.

2. Head colds

Illness affecting the upper respiratory tract has affected us all at one time or another especially during winter when the weather traffic is closed. Your massage therapist will apply the scraping device on your neck, shoulders, and upper back

3. Tired Muscles

People who’ve had a hard workout know very well the horrible feeling that sets in the next day – Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness or DOMS. The awful DOMS is a practically an inescapable by-product of exercise more so when you’re trying to get back in shape after an extended break. To offset this severe muscle soreness, you need to complement your hard workout with lots of water, stretching, and a round of gua sha therapy to eliminate all the lactic acid in your body and provide the space for new muscles to grow! Gua sha works very well for any type of muscle stiffness, soreness, and fatigue.

If you intend to try gua sha therapy soon, talk to your local acupuncturist or you can use a spoon or purchase a simple gua sha tool and try it at home on yourself.

Clinical Trials Prove The Efficacy Of Auricular Acupuncture In The Treatment Of Insomnia

According to a study published in the JAMA (Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine), ear acupuncture or auricular acupuncture can be a viable treatment for sleeping difficulties/insomnia. Researchers who conducted the study collected data from 6 controlled randomized trials, which were all done in Hong Kong or mainland China. One was in English and five were in Chinese. Four hundred two (402) out of the six hundred seventy three (673) participants were given auricular acupuncture therapy. Western medication was used in the control group in four of the trials, standard routine unit care in one trial, and fake auricular acupuncture was given in one trial also.

Results at the end of the study showed the group treated with auricular acupuncture experienced better improvement compared to the control group. In addition, auricular acupuncture generated a higher rate of recovery insomnia compared to the Western medication group that used diazepam. The choice of treatment of those researchers over the control treatments for augmenting sleep durations to 6 hours per night as well as for preventing sleep disruptions during the night, and for feeling fresh and filled with energy upon waking was auricular acupuncture.

The drug Diazepam is a commonly used intervention therapy for treating insomnia, anxiety, alcohol withdrawal and seizures. It was first sold under the name Valium.

No conclusions have been made about the efficacy of long-term insomnia treatment of auricular acupuncture because of the lack of follow-up information. The same lack of information was also cited with regard to the negative side effects and safety of administering auricular acupuncture for the treatment of insomnia.

A typical condition marked by problems staying and falling asleep, insomnia is usually associated with functional disablement while awake. Mechanical disablement during the day related to insomnia includes irritability, drowsiness, occupational impairment and depression.

Based on a WHO (World Health Organization) study, 16 percent of those surveyed said they had problems falling asleep and a quarter said they either woke up too early or had problems staying asleep. Estimates gathered by the U.S. Dep’t Health and Human Services show that about 60 million US citizens suffer from insomnia, with men accounting for 30 percent and women, 40 percent.

Izumi “Zoe” Schutz is a licensed acupuncturist and the founder of Morning Quail Acupuncture in Austin, Texas.

The Many Applications And Benefits Of Auricular Acupuncture

Auricular acupuncture is the therapeutic stimulation of the outer ear without the use of needles. It’s used for evaluation of a body system and a treatment of the microsystems of the body.

Auricular acupuncture is also known as “ear seeds therapy” since tiny seeds rather than needles, are utilized to apply pressure on the acupoints.

Auricular acupuncture is an ideal therapy for acute pain conditions problems and can treat pain within a day or two or almost immediately.

One therapy session may last for half an hour without any side effects.

In several countries and especially in China, auricular acupuncture is a highly regarded medical treatment. A theory that explains how this technique works is that the stimulation of specific nerves on the auricle or outer ear conveys signals to the brain that then generates a “response” to the region of the body required for treatment.

Some familiar conditions that auricular acupuncture can help treat include:

Obesity/weight gain
Smoking addiction
Alcohol addiction
Sleeping problems
Pain management: sports injuries, headaches, etc.
High blood pressure
Cardiovascular system, genitourinary and gastrointestinal dysfunctions
Depression
Spinal stenosis and other chronic painful conditions
Rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis as well as other chronic degenerative conditions
Multiple sclerosis and other chronic central nervous system disorders
Asthma
Anxiety
Allergies

Auricular acupuncture is not intended to be a replacement for acute conventional medical care in life-threatening situations.

How frequently should I get auricular acupuncture therapy?

For most chronic conditions, treatment is typically once a week

Auricular Acupuncture for Weight Loss

This technique has helped many people lose weight by:

Strengthening will power
Reducing food cravings
Helping people stick to diets more easily than they normally would
Controlling appetite

Auricular Acupuncture for Fertility Enhancement

The Gynecological Endocrinology journal published a study that concluded auricular acupuncture appears to offer meaningful positive results in treatment of female infertility related to hormone disorders.

Auricular Acupuncture for Sleeping problems and Insomnia

The Journal of Advanced Nursing published a review showing that “acupuncture to be an effective treatment for the alleviation of insomnia,” based on studies that show the use of the therapy for treatment of insomnia.

Morning Quail Acupuncture
300 Beardsley Ln Bldg. E Ste. 7
Austin, TX 78746
(512) 293-1311
https://www.morningquailacupuncture.com/

Eight Guidelines To Help You Avoid Injury And Get You On The Right Path When Practicing Tai Chi

Tai chi is an excellent choice for beginners and for those who haven’t exercised in a long time. However, despite its reputation for being the supreme “gentle workout,” tai chi can cause injury if one doesn’t perform the correct approach. The following are some tips to help you avoid pain and injury and to help you optimize your new body-mind fitness workout.

1. You first need to be cleared by your healthcare provider or medical physician. If you’ve recently suffered an injury, had undergone surgery or physical therapy or are currently taking medication, talk to your physician about the movements you need to avoid or need to be extra cautious.

2. Consult with your tai chi instructor. See to it that your instructor has a solid background working with individuals with physical handicaps or challenges. While there may be really skilled instructors out there, there also are a lot of mediocre ones. Make sure that just because someone is Chinese or “pleasant,” doesn’t mean that person is the best one to help you learn tai chi.

3. Don’t overexert yourself when performing tai chi for the first time. Take your time to learn tai chi in safely by holding back a little in the beginning and then adding intensity later on. It’s much more difficult to start out with zeal and enthusiasm and then find out that you hurt yourself or overdid it the next day. You’ll then have to spend time to heal and cope with the vexation it causes.

4. Observe your structure. For individuals getting injured in tai chi, this is perhaps the biggest culprit. Your instructor should be a fusspot when it comes to your posture and structure due to the simple fact that the very essence of tai chi is built upon it. The top of your head should always be level with the ground, your ears in line with your shoulder and your head always straight with your ears. Instead of pulled back or hunched, your shoulders should be straight down and relaxed. Your pelvis needs to be tucked under lightly to take pressure off the wall of your stomach and to lessen the extra sway out of your low back. On any lunging stances, your knees should never buckle inward. Most importantly, make sure your instructor demonstrates these structural elements. How else can your teacher help you get better?

5. Allow your breath to be totally free and never hold it. When you learn or concentrate on difficult physical movements, you usually hold your breath a little bit. This can result in tension, headache, and dizziness. Make it a point to not hold your breath. Breathe out as if you’re sighing with a sense of relaxation and relief. Let it go.

6. Perform narrower and higher stances as best as possible. Observe how you feel the next day. If you feel okay, it means that you can go wider and a little deeper the next time. It’s okay to feel a little discomfort because this implies your body is changing – but pains and aches that are really bothering you are signs that you need to hold back a bit.

7. Never ever forget to take a pause from your routine if you need it. Listen to your body and never feel ashamed or embarrassed take time to relax when you really need it. If you’re in a traditional school, bow out respectfully and be polite in all your interactions in class. A good instructor tends to generate a learning atmosphere where the student is pushed and challenged, but he also knows when to tell a student to take a break if he or she really needs it. Always keep in mind that tai chi is not about self-harm but about self-development. “Protect yourself” is the first rule of tai chi.

8. Almost all masters of tai chi believe that with constant practice, a student will undergo major changes in his energy and body around three months. Some students who are sensitive to energy may undergo changes within a month. Consider your tai chi practice as like a garden wherein you regularly tend and care for it but without overdoing it. Cultivate it with the proper principles of tai chi. Do not attempt to hasten it or use force when you begin to see any indications of growth. Never give up and be patient. Only then will you reap the tremendous improvements in your body and mind wellness.

Tai chi is really all about “balance.” Never being challenged or doing too little will do nothing but impede your development. But more often than not, the issue that often plagues beginners in class is overdoing it and trying to “keep up with the Joneses”. Neither should you blame your instructor nor tai chi if you overdo it. More importantly, you should never blame yourself. Chalk it up to experience and understand that it’s a lesson that will make your wiser and all part of the learning process.

Apply ice to the area immediately if you feel pain after practice (a standard first aid procedure). If the pain persists, see a physician. Not all pain is bad, you know. In tai chi practice, pain might just indicate that your body is in a rebuilding process. However, you need to always treat your pain with respect. Don’t make it an excuse to quit, just ease up.

By always seeking a balanced approach when following these eight steps, you’ll start to realize the positive changes in your skills, body, and most of all, in your quality of life.

Jubal J Bewick, EAMP, MSAOM – Board Certified Acupuncturist and Herbalist in Walla Walla, WA

Traditional Chinese Medicinal Herbs And Breast Cancer

Alternative therapies are more well-liked than ever, and women in particular are now looking for “natural” ways to offset the unpleasant symptoms of menopause. But natural doesn’t necessarily always translate to safe. In fact, scientists have discovered that certain herbs may likely increase the risk of breast cancer in some women.

Although there seems to be no direct connection that the use of herbs could reduce or add to the risk of breast cancer, theoretically, some herbs possess estrogen-like qualities, which imply that they shouldn’t be used by women in the long-term or by women with a high risk or history of breast cancer. Some of these herbs include: ginseng, dong quai, dang gui, chasteberry, blue cohosh, and black cohosh.

While Traditional Chinese Medicine has no word for cancer, nowadays, there can be a variety of conditions with traditional names that could be identified by doctors as cancer.

Modern physicians are now beginning to realize that cancer is not a solitary illness, but is made up of a wide variety of illnesses. This recently adopted perception is similar to that of Traditional Chinese Medicine in Cleveland.

In the treatment of cancer, the traditional Chinese treatment is based on the theory of Fu Zheng Gu Ben which means reinforcing what is appropriate (Fu Zheng) and repairing and regeneration (Gu Ben).

Using Chinese herbs to treat cancer requires diagnosing the most plausible causes of the cancer, and then choosing the appropriate plan of treatment. Diagnosis is done based on the four examinations. The objective of the treatment is to balance the patient and to kill the cancer cells.

Health Concerns In Chinese Nutritional Therapy

Chinese nutritional therapy in Bellmore works on the premise that consuming a more balance diet based on one’s own constitution can resolve an underlying pattern of imbalance. The aim of creating the best nutritional diet is to know that there is no one best diet for every person. Each person’s rate of metabolism is different, our levels of physical activity vary, and the climates that we live in also vary. In addition, all of us have distinctively unique health patterns. While some people seldom become ill, others are always sick. Also, parts of the body in some people that are affected by the same pathogen may differ in others. Each of us has some basic needs in common and Chinese nutritional therapy begins with these basics in mind.

Chinese Nutritional Principles

A Chinese Medicinal diet depends on energetic principles that helps promote clean burning digestion, balance, and a well-functioning body full of energy and free of diseases. In Chinese medicinal training, we are taught how to bring back balance in our bodies after it has become off-balanced and are now experiencing disease or pain. In Chinese Medicinal therapy, herbs or needles are used to restore this balance, although it can also avail of a wide variety of tools such as tai chi, qi gong, and nutritional therapy. While these techniques can treat illness by repairing imbalances, the primary objective is to prevent the body from becoming imbalanced in the first place.

From the viewpoint of traditional Chinese energetics consuming an insignificant amount of meat once a day was deemed to be beneficial. Even Tibetan Buddhist monks, who affirm the inviolability of all living things, would occasionally eat meat in order to preserve warmth in their bodies against the cold, severe Himalayan winters. Most of us lead hectic lives with demanding schedules, and meat provides the nutrition and energy we need to function and survive. Alternative choices for obtaining protein are available for vegetarians. These people procure energy and nutrition through various foods that contain a healthy nutritional balance and good energy. As vegetarians, some people can possibly obtain adequate nutrition from a variety of non meat products. While most people in our culture do not follow a vegetarian diet, a lot of us who strive to eliminate or limit meat from their diet end up actually eating an excess amount of milk, cheese, yogurt and other dairy products.

According to Chinese nutritional theory, children are the only ones who should consume milk. These days, a preponderance of dampness is one of the most common energetic imbalances Chinese medicine practitioners diagnose. Aside from being extremely allergenic substances, dairy products are not appropriate for people with this type of imbalance and should be avoided. Cheese, in particular, has an inherently extremely warming property and also creates dampness in the body. People manifesting a pattern or dampness may benefit by eating a tiny portion of meat, or by knowing how to properly derive protein from vegetable sources, rather than by deriving it from dairy products.

One other Chinese nutritional theory is that all foods are supposed to be consumed while hot or warm. Our bodies must first bring food to body temperature in order to utilize the energy obtained from it. So, if food is eaten while hot, the body can transform it into energy much faster. This is the reason icy drinks, or drinks taken from the refrigerator, are not recommended in Chinese nutritional therapy. All drinks, including water, should preferably be drunk hot, even though this is neither always practical nor desirable. Request drinks without ice when you eat. At home, simply allow refrigerated drinks to warm to room temperature or simply do not put ice in drinks before drinking. Since fluids expedite the conversion of food into energy, during meals, herbal tea or hot water rather than cold drinks should be taken.

Since the process of cooking breaks down the cell walls of vegetables (where most of the nutrients and vitamins are found) cooking your food really helps with digestion. By mainly consuming hot or warm food, a person will have fewer digestive problems and will feel more energetic.

Chewing your food slowly and carefully is one other aspect of Chinese nutritional therapy and one that is common to a lot of spiritual traditions. Most people chew with reckless abandon and then swallow their food with the aid of liquids. When you take the time to chew (for each bite, usually seven times or more), digestion, as is the way you enjoy the food, can be enhanced. You shouldn’t be pressured to finish your meals and they should be eaten in a relaxed mode. The Chinese also recommend eating food when they’re in season. If you’re healthy, this means eating cool food when the temperature is warm and eating hot food when the climate is cold. People who are not in good health should only eat hot food. Fruits should not be taken as juices since they tend to be overly concentrated and should be eaten whole.

Ancient Wisdom

During the Jin dynasty, a famous physician named Li Dongguan, stated that the foundation of life is the primordial Qi of the abdomen and spleen. Pathogenic injury of the abdomen and spleen can result in a number of diseases. Li recommended moderation in drink and food as well consuming less meat and more cereals, avoiding desire and worry, and being satisfied with life without wealth and fame. A person should avoid overexertion, cold, and wind and keep himself warm in order to foster his primordial Qi.

In the Qing dynasty, in his Four Essentials of Health Preservation, Chen Shongling suggested moderation in drinking and eating, shunning anger, “sparing the mind,” and avoiding infiltration of cold and wind. Chinese medicine states that problems in the flow of blood and Chi will increase if the mind isn’t calm. A person needs to consider the ancient Chinese adage: “Anger hastens your death, distress causes your hair to become gray, and laughter makes you ten years younger.” A famous Chinese poet once said, “… with the mind in a pleasant frame and the spirit improved, disease can be cured.”

Tea

In the West, millions of people drink substantial amounts of coffee every day. However, besides being a stimulant with almost instantaneous effects, coffee causes the overstimulation of the adrenal gland which can result in a delayed fatigue sensation. In addition, coffee contains acids that can cause digestive issues. Coffee is considered warm and sweet in Chinese nutritional therapy, which is the reason lots of coffee drinkers suffer from an overabundance of dampness in their system. Tea, on the other hand, is a bit cool and bitter which makes it a vital component of any Asian (including Chinese) diet.

While tea has a number of varieties, the more common ones are herbal, black, and green tea. Jasmine tea and other herbal teas may be drunk during all seasons. Black tea is especially recommended in winter since it warms the abdomen and spleen. Green tea has a cooling quality which makes it an ideal drink in summer and is capable of reducing fever.

Lu Tong, a poet of the Tang dynasty once said, “Seven advantages is brought by drinking seven bowls of tea: One, it ensures longevity; two, it boosts memory and stimulates thinking; three, it helps people lose weight; four, it induces sweating to alleviate colds; five, it promotes digestion; six, it refreshes the mind; and seven, it quenches thirst and increases the production of body fluids,.”

Dietary Rules and Regulations

1. So as not to bring on new illnesses, worsen existing conditions, or cause imbalance, dietary modification should be slowly implemented. To move immediately from junk food and/or high protein diet to a diet that mainly consists of grains and vegetables is unwise.

2. It is important to not overeat; a much better way is to stop eating before you become full and to eat smaller portions of foods and eat them more frequently.

3. Dinner should just be a light meal while breakfast and lunch should be your main meals.

Listed below are guidelines based on Chinese nutritional therapy principles that can help a person improve his health.

Processed beverages and foods should be avoided:

o Diet foods and sweets
o Cane juice, white sugar, refined sugars,
o Raw foods (except in warm climates or during summer months)
o Junk food
o Ice cold beverages and foods
o Fried and greasy foods
o Fruit juices
o Alcohol (except for people with cold patterns)

Recommended healthy alternatives and foods:

o Vegetables — with skins retained (for irritable bowel sufferers, skinless) stir-fried, lightly cooked or fresh
o Unrefined cold pressed flax oil, sesame oil, olive oil,
o Unrefined cane powder or juice
o Soups, casseroles, stews,
o Rice syrup
o Peas, beans, and oats
o Lean meat — 2 oz./day
o Green stevia powder, extract
o Grains — should be the staple of the diet, including corn (if not allergic), buckwheat, wheat (if not allergic), whole grains (if not allergic), rice, or millet
o Fruits — whole (not recommended for candidiasis sufferers)
o Eggs — in moderation

Foods that need to assessed:

o Citrus fruit
o Yeast-containing foods
o Cereals (may aggravate digestive issues)
o Vinegar
o Fermented foods
o Tomato products
o Nuts
o Spicy foods
o Soy products
o Shellfish

Qigong Practice Group Can Generate Powerful Health Benefits That Can Positively Affect Others

Pronounced chee-gong, the ancient Chinese health technique of Qigong was developed from tai-chi. The teachings and forms of this practice were a closely guarded secret until recent times and were only transmitted to one’s own family members. So how does qigong work and what is it all about?

First, we need to talk about where qigong came from: tai-chi. A seemingly slow form of dance, tai-chi is a practice that can endow great fighting ability and power to practitioners who have practiced it for several years. Its side effect includes vitality and strong energy. The ancients gradually developed qigong when they saw its awesome benefits in order to deal with health problems. When you practice qigong, the energy channels in your body open and life giving chi is distributed throughout the body. In addition, as a person channels his chi, he learns to manipulate the chi from the earth and the universe.

Just recently, the greatest adepts were the only ones who can learn and utilize chi for healing. Today, with the dawn of modern technology and science, machines have been invented that can quantify and monitor chi as it moves through the body. A person can gradually build up his own chi by himself through years of practice. He can tap into the chi energy of the earth and in the chi energy of the air and plants to replenish his energy. There are also are different qigong practice groups made up of large numbers of people all generating their chi freely and people who are ill can be healed immediately by merely being very near such groups.

Vickery Health & Wellness
18455 Burbank Blvd #306
Tarzana, CA 91356
(818) 578-6730
http://www.vickeryhealth.com/

Cupping Therapy Can Work For All Types Of Ailments

The medical industry has turned over a new leaf these past few decades. If people were to choose between invasive and allopathic therapies and alternative medicine, why would even one choose the former over the latter that ensures them good health without the unpleasant side effects of allopathic therapies?

Cupping therapy is one such alternative therapy that has grabbed a lot of attention. While still a relatively novel treatment protocol in the United States, cupping therapy is actually very old and has been widely practiced for years in Egypt, Middle East, China, and Eastern European cultures.

So, What Exactly is Cupping Therapy?

In Cupping Therapy, a trained Chinese medicine practitioner uses heated cups on specified regions of the patient’s body, usually muscular regions like the legs, arms, stomach, and back. The cups used may be made of plastic, glass or silicone.

Cupping therapy can be administered in a variety of ways. The first is the “fire cupping” or “dry cupping” technique. In fire cupping, the practitioner soaks a cotton ball in rubbing alcohol or any inflammable substance. The cotton ball is lit with a match or candle and used to heat the cups. Some practitioners heat the cups with oil or water.

The cups are quickly placed on the skin of the patient once they are well-heated. The skin completely seals off the cups as it rises. The heat generates a vacuum causing the muscles and skin to produce a small puff. For a few minutes, the cups are allowed to remain in their position before they’re safely removed. In another method called “moving cupping,” the cups do not remain in a stationary position, but are smoothly moved over different parts of the patient’s body. The practitioner first applies cream or oil to the skin before the cups are placed. The reddened sites are caused by the expansion and suction of the blood vessels.

Wet cupping method is the second technique. The practitioner creates small incisions to the skin after using and removing the cups. The suction is done many times to extract small amounts of blood. The third technique combines acupuncture in Fremont with cupping therapy. This technique is the most effective of all the three. It entails the insertion of needles before cups are placed on the skin.

Cupping therapy, as a mode of healing, works deep at the tissue level. Some of the benefits of this therapy include:

• Enhancing performance by activating the flow of energy throughout the body
• Strengthening immune function to help fight allergies, colds, and flu
• Eliminating toxins that have built up in the tissues
• Boosting blood flow which helps promote healing.
• Treating inflammation
• Relaxing the body by alleviating knotted and tensed muscles

Cupping Therapy and the Reduction of Pain

Cupping therapy is renowned for its various healing effects but its greatest use is for the reduction or cure of pain. Because of this, a lot of athletes swear by it for relief of pain and fatigue. Cupping is used for the following ailments:

• Decreased intensity of muscle and joint pains; which lead to the relief of muscle stiffness and injuries, neck pain, and back aches
• Alleviation of tension headaches and migraines
• For arthritis-induced pain and rheumatism, people suffering from these conditions can use cupping therapy as a long-term treatment
• It eases pain triggered by respiratory problems
• Surprisingly, cupping therapy can also be used to relieve toothaches
• Cupping therapy can be an effective alternative treatment for women who suffer severe menstrual cramps in lieu of pain medications.

As a type of alternative healing, Cupping Therapy can do so much for your body’s health. It can help with weight loss, promotes blood circulation, combats anxiety, relieves stiffness and pain, and aids in digestion. When combined with acupuncture, cupping therapy only makes the healing process much more effective.