I was diagnosed with asthma at a very young age and the frightening and very severe asthma attacks I suffered in my twenties made me appreciate any asthma sufferer who longs to discover a non-chemical solution to this potentially dangerous health issue.
As has been proven in clinical researches and based on personal experience, acupuncture has the ability to allay asthma symptoms. That said, acupuncture treatment will only turn out well when it is undertaken by a qualified practitioner who is also attune to the needs of his/her patients.
The Problem with Studies
Most acupuncture researches have been limited in a variety of ways. One can, for example, ask if the acupuncture techniques used in research is what’s really used in everyday clinical practice. Two forms of acupuncture can be used in studies which complicate the results even further.
The outcomes of a couple of small studies utilizing the two forms of acupuncture were featured in a Cochrane Library review regarding acupuncture treatment for asthma. The results were pooled but it was concluded that there was not enough data in order to expedite the extrapolation of the effectiveness of acupuncture with regards to the general population.
Since clinical trials are only given a limited amount of case studies, researchers will usually try to seek the combo of acupoints that’s most effective for the treatment of asthma. But the truth is, in both clinical practice and valuable books the approach is far more specific. Acupoints selected for treatment can be based on the type of deficiency and excess suffered by the body.
There are also several acupoints that are traditionally utilized for relieving asthmatic breathing that are located at the back and front of the ribcage; however, in clinical textbooks and trials, only a few of these are mentioned and only, from time to time.
Acupuncture Approach and Treatment of Asthma
So, despite the fact that a wealth of studies exists that could be used by practitioners and proponents of acupuncture and could provide proof the acupuncture works for asthma, sadly, this is not the case.
What do we need to do to help ourselves come up with an informed decision? We actually only need to accept the fact that in TCM, in general, and traditional acupuncture, in particular, a disease such as asthma is a sign of an underlying and deeper disharmony. So, when a person seeks treatment from a qualified acupuncturist with the power to diagnose and identify the root cause of the disharmony, then there is a really good chance that the condition and its underlying cause(s) are cured.
Having said that, it is not the job of the acupuncturist to tell asthma sufferers to completely stop taking their medications. If you suddenly suffer from a very serious asthma attack, having an inhaler on hand can spell the difference between life and death. The proper approach is to cautiously and gradually reduce the intake of the drugs and patients should have the choice to do what they feel comfortable with within the boundaries of safety.
TCM and Asthma
According to TCM theory, asthma can develop due to the disorders associated with the kidney, abdomen, and lungs. Hence, several possible acupoints that can be used to treat asthma happen to lie on the meridians of the kidney, abdomen, and lungs in addition to the bladder meridian.
On the back’s upper region part lie some bladder acupoints used in asthma treatment. A few of these points are extremely important as an obstruction of energy circulation in the back can have a crucial influence on the seriousness of asthmatic breathing.
In TCM, the organs are not deemed simply as western medicine tends to regard them – purely anatomical. Practitioners believe that they also govern the energetic, emotional, spiritual, and physical aspects of the person.
Based on the Five Element Theory of TCM, the various organ systems are intimately connected with each other and practitioners use this knowledge to identify patterns of disharmony. The five elements are water, metal, earth, fire, and wood.
The element metal is associated with the lungs, the color white, autumn season, and the large intestine. Skin problems and the function of respiration are controlled by the metal element. It also is responsible for waste removal. This element also controls respiration as well as skin issues. Imbalance can lead to feelings of grief and sadness, bowel issues, coughing, skin problems, shortness of breath, and asthma.
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In a fast paced and ever changing world, as our ideas of Western medicine have changed in recent years, individuals in this present day are clamoring for a more comprehensive plan of treatment from its doctors and medical care providers.
The reductionist style of assigning each symptom to the realm of a specific specialist that is detached from the whole person is now being slowly set aside for more adjunctive modes of healthcare like Chinese medicine and acupuncture. More and more people are starting to consider each individual as an integrated being. In determining treatment strategies The specific symptoms that brought the patient to treatment as well as dietary preferences, the types of relationships the person is currently in, exercise programs, and dietary choices are considered in order to determine the kind of treatment the patient will get..
It is my opinion that our eyesight is rooted in our totality and not an isolated phenomenon. Who we are is made up of our genetic composition, our work environment, the foods we eat, our belief systems, our exposure to toxins in the air, and our world. Each of us is unique and our senses, most especially, our eyesight are the means in which we take in the world. How we perceive the world is, to a certain extent, a mirror of who we are. The visual issues we exhibit also further mirrors who we are.
Our body is an integrated living dynamic system and works as a whole rather than an isolated set of parts. Each of our body’s cells possesses receptors for neurotransmitters; hence, every cell is practically a nerve cell. We do not think with our brains or see with our eyes, but instead have a “minding body.” The consciousness of our biological cells is actually the basis of vision, the power to find meaning from light which are electromagnetic patterns and to course our action according to this interpretation.
In Chinese medicine, the skin of our body is filled with tiny electric eyes known as acupuncture points or acupoints, for short. They run parallel along channels called meridians where energy flows. When energy in these channels flow smoothly, there is neither illness nor pain. When obstructions develop along the meridians, illness and pain occur. Each acupoint is a door to enhanced sensitivity near the skin’s surface, giving the acupuncturist easy access to the meridians to remove obstructions.
In our society, vision issues are reaching epidemic levels, the multi-billion dollar business that is the eye care industry offers as its major tools contact lenses, eye glasses, and eye surgery to virtually all peoples of the Western world.
Year after year, patients with worsening vision go to their eye doctors who tell them that their problem is a typical consequence of aging and there is nothing they can do to prevent that visual decline. They, especially those diagnosed with glaucoma, are usually placed on medications for a lifetime.
Listed below are some examples of common mainstream advice or treatments that holistic therapies can equally measure up to for the prevention of deteriorating vision.
1. A lifetime of drugs is immediately prescribed by doctors for patients suffering from early stages of glaucoma or they advised to wait and see if the condition gets worse. Meanwhile, those patients are not informed of any other preventative steps that could be taken.
2. The patient’s prescriptions are being increased each year, as required by their eye care providers. The professional usually blames the aging process for the degradation of eyesight even in children.
3. Doctors tell people suffering from macular degeneration that there is nothing that can be done about their problem, and that some of them eventually will go blind.
4. Cataract sufferers are told that there is nothing that can stop the growth of their cataracts and all they can do is to wait until the cataract “ripens,” which can then be removed via surgery.
What about, education, prevention, and rehabilitation? An abundance of peer-review studies provably shows that these vision problems can respond to nutritional supplements, lifestyle modifications, and proper diet and that vision can be preserved in these people. Herbalists, acupuncturists, and other leaders of the complementary health care profession, can easily adapt to the role of helping preserve people’s eye sight.
Surgery and drugs are at times needed and can save vision in certain acute instances. Western medicine’s role in saving vision and lives is remarkable. In practice however, modern Western medicine is devoid of the preventive and holistic measures that can easily make the need for drugs and surgery totally unnecessary. People suffering from macular degeneration and other such conditions Western mainstream medicine cannot treat and has virtually nothing to offer these people. This is an excellent reason why holistic therapies should be at the frontline of medicine instead of being at the tail end.
Eye Care and Chinese Medicine
An organic and truly sophisticated unit, the human body, its organs and tissues are mutually dependent and interconnected with each other. Hence, the eyes’ health, as the body’s visual organ, can be affected and can also affect any organ in the body.
In the treatment of a wide range of optical conditions including optic atrophy, optic neuritis, macular degeneration, cataracts, and glaucoma, acupuncture has been proven to work extremely well. There is a fundamental difference between the Western and Eastern medical approach.
Western medicine specifies eye disease based on the process of the pathophysiological disease (“X” causes “Y”), and designates a specific diagnosis to specify the underlying problem. Once a diagnosis has been determined, the therapy and drugs are usually uniformly prescribed for patients with the same diagnoses, in spite of differing symptoms. For acute issues, this approach can work well, but won’t work for chronic conditions in which the reason (s) for the symptoms cannot be identified.
In Chinese medicine, each individual is deemed as unique. Practitioners focus on identifying a patient’s patterns of disharmony in order to determine the relationship between “X” and “Y.” Treatment is not based on knowing how X causes Y, but on how the interrelationship works between the X’s and the Y’s. Diseases are not labeled in Chinese medicine; instead, treatment is determined based on the pattern of symptoms exhibited by the patient.
TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine) believes that all eye conditions are intimately affiliated with the liver. Also, it is believed that the eye gets its nourishment from all internal organs in the body. Basically, the iris and cornea of the eye associates with the liver, the top eyelid to the spleen, the eye’s veins and arteries to the heart, the sclera to the lungs, and the pupil and lens to the kidney. The Abdomen and Spleen also govern blood flow in the eyes and when an imbalance in any of the internal organs occurs, the final consequence may be eye disease.
People’s experiences show that visual health is a dynamic process that includes such considerations as:
• Attitude, lifestyle, including whether we exercise, drink coffee or alcohol, and smoke cigarettes, etc.
• Adaptation to stress
• Health conditions
• Diet including how well our bodies absorb nutrients and what we eat
• Computer use
• Our work (10% of farmers are nearsighted while 90% of accountants are nearsighted)
Common Acupressure Eye Acupoints
Surrounding the eyes lie several acupressure/acupuncture. This includes the points surrounding the orbits of the eyes which are basically the bones around the eyeballs.
1. Stomach (St) 1 Chengchi right under the pupil on the bone of the infraorbital ridge. This is an important point for all eye conditions, including those caused by an overactive Liver Yang, Wind Heat, and Wind Cold.
2. Chiuhou right in the middle between Gallbladder (GB) 1 and St 1 along the eyes’ orbit.
3. Gall Bladder (GB) 1 Tonghsiliao located outside corner cavities of the eye sockets. Ideal for issues such as lateral headaches, blurred vision, early onset of cataracts, itchy dry eyes, photophobia, sore red eyes, and conjunctivitis.
4. Triple Burner Channel Sl 23 Sanjiao or Sizhukong found in the cavity at the eyebrow’s outside end. For facial and eye problems, this is a good local point, for issues related to Liver Yang and Fire or Wind invasion.
5. Yuyaoin on the cavity located right in the middle of the eyebrow. Ideal for mental strain, excessive study, and worry related to eye problems.
6. Urinary Bladder (UB) 2 Zanzhu found in the cavities at the eyebrows’ inner ends. Bladder 1 and Bladder 2 are probably the best acupoints for all types of eye conditions from earliest onset of glaucoma or cataracts or glaucoma to vision loss with hysteria. UB 1 and UB 2 can also be used for conjunctivitis related to Liver Heat and Wind-Heat, to foggy vision among seniors caused by Deficient Blood and Jing.
7. UB 1 Jingming, found in the area where the nose meets the eyes’ inner corner. Same as 6.
How to Do Acupressure on Yourself for the Health of Your Eyes
Mildly massage each acupoint around the eye’s orbit, beginning with Bl 1. Massaging each acupoint as you go outward and upward. Massage each point for around five to ten seconds. Massage both eyes simultaneously, if you desire. During the course of the day, you can perform this massage as often as you want. In terms of sensitivity, you may feel that each point has different degrees of sensitivity.
As you massage, do some deep breathing. This helps increase oxygen in the cells of your eyes crucial for healing. Do slow and long stomach breathing whilst massaging the acupoints.
Warning: Consult a qualified practitioner before performing acupressure on yourself if you are pregnant. Never massage a body part that has an infection, burn, or scar.
Since most of us believe that most eye conditions is a reflection of our body’s general state of health, diet and lifestyle choices can be a crucial factor in maintaining and attaining good vision. The following are some vital health tips:
1. Stay away from foods you are allergic to: In a study involving 113 participants suffering from chronic simple glaucoma, results revealed rapid IOP elevation when these people ate foods they were allergic to. Alleviate stress by doing activities that can help you relax. This can include tai chi, yoga, and meditation. Some believe glaucoma to be a stress related problem.
2. Eye exercises can increase the flow of blood and energy to the eyes, which helps remove congestion and washes away toxins from the eyes.
3. Exercise every day: Do aerobic exercise at least 20 minutes each day. Two other ideal forms of exercise are swimming and walking.
4. The Vision Diet. In some studies, patients show that with an improved supplementary and diet program, eye pressure in the eyes can be reduced by 5 – 7 mm. Basically, a diet rich in sulfur-bearing amino acids, vitamins C & E, and beta-carotene are recommended. Foods having those nutrients include tomatoes, oranges, apples, seaweed, leafy green vegetables, orange and yellow vegetables, turnips, celery, spinach, onions, beans, and garlic are also advisable.
5. Control stress – Pray daily, do visualization techniques, practice yoga, talk a walk in the park, or meditate.
6. Drink lots of water – This means drinking eight to ten glasses of purified water each day. Avoid alcoholic, carbonated, and caffeinated beverages as they can actually dehydrate the eyes.
7. Juice daily (organic if possible) – At least one pint a day. For healing, to two to eight pints a day. Choose vegetables that are dark and leafy green.
CAUTION: Talk to a qualified acupuncturist before doing self-healing techniques especially if you are pregnant. Never massage an area with an infection, burn, or scar.
Did you know that besides cosmetic surgery and Botox there’s a safe and natural way to make you look young again? In the age when consumers are constantly besieged with ads of miracle cures that guarantee to restore a youthful-looking appearance, an ancient Chinese medical procedure known as facial/cosmetic acupuncture really works for a problem as old as humanity itself.
Facial/cosmetic acupuncture is a procedure that rejuvenates the face that entails no recovery time and is quite painless as opposed to the swelling, bruising, and long process of recovery connected to plastic surgery,
Despite being a recent entry to western culture, the methods applied in facial/cosmetic acupuncture were exploited for thousands of years by Chinese nobility. To attain a toned and youthful looking skin, it takes a whole-body approach without the need for electrical stimulation, surgery, or drugs. This is precisely what acupuncture does, working remarkably well on the stomach and face.
Mei Zen is a type of facial/cosmetic acupuncture that is slowly gaining popularity in the United States. Acupuncturists who specialize in Mei Zen both follow unusual needling techniques and a very precise protocol. The principles behind the treatment are based on ancient Chinese medical texts that specify the appropriate configuration and location of needles in order to restore balance in the body and rejuvenate the complexion of the patient. The needles’ strategic placements are designed to generate physiological changes in three ways: 1) the increased production of elastin and collagen that reduce wrinkles; 2) the underlying improvement of health that is naturally manifested in our appearance and 3) improved chi (energy) and blood circulation through local blood vessel dilation leading to better movement and distribution of nutrients to the cells to aid regeneration.
A typical session of facial rejuvenation acupuncture treatment in New York involves a couple of one-hour sessions a week lasting at least, five weeks. During the procedure, thinner-than-hair, tiny, solid needles are superficially stuck into specified points of the skin.
The following are the after effects of facial/cosmetic acupuncture:
• Deep lines are reduced
• Fine lines vanish
• There is a general improvement in complexion.
Even acne, rosacea and other skin conditions can be addressed with facial/cosmetic acupuncture. Since the basis of acupuncture lies on the premise that when the body’s systems are in balance, optimal health is attained, the treatment can produce other extra benefits, as well. Women, for example, who try facial/cosmetic acupuncture, may also experience fewer night sweats and hot flashes, better sleep cycles and digestion, and less anxiety and depression. People who choose stomach acupuncture can expect a boost in their sex drive and an increase in fertility. People who have tried cosmetic/facial acupuncture usually experience sensations of lifting, lightness, tingling, and warmth, and an overall feeling of wellness immediately following a treatment.
The treatment is growing in popularity, and there are studies that prove it works. The International Journal of Clinical Acupuncture released a study showing 90% of the 300 volunteers who were treated with facial acupuncture, experienced substantive outcomes just within a first course of treatment.
From the viewpoint of consumers, cost is one of the most compelling features of cosmetic/facial acupuncture. This treatment is a fraction of most other types of cosmetic augmentation. Moreover, maintenance is also quite inexpensive.
Although cosmetic acupuncture is a safe and effective treatment, it is not for everyone. The acupuncturist needs to thoroughly evaluate a patient to see if the therapy is proper and whether any underlying imbalances exist that need to be addressed. People suffering from high blood pressure, seizure disorders, serious chronic diseases, or those who have suffered a stroke cannot have this procedure, although in other types of Chinese medicine, they can find relief from these conditions.
Because Mei Zen Cosmetic acupuncture provides a lot of supportive aspects to its five week procedure, it’s considered a comprehensive medical program. One vital aspect of the treatment is the inclusion of Chinese herbal remedies. These remedies are made up of herbs that are known to treat imbalances in the body and benefit the skin. These formulas are quite specific and made in accordance with each patient’s specific requirements. Food therapy is one other important complementary therapy in which the patient follows a customized program of foods that’s meant restore balance in the body whilst the skin is nourished. Along with this plan of treatment, Qi Gong exercises can be added to facilitate the restoration of vitality and health.
The results of facial/cosmetic acupuncture treatment vary from person to person; nevertheless significant improvements will always be expected from this holistic approach. A person may prolong the benefits depending on how well he/she addresses other areas off attention. This may include stress reduction, exercise, and nutrition. Facial/ cosmetic acupuncture is a sensible alternative that can restore a radiant glow both inside and out at a fraction of the cost of surgery.
Restless leg syndrome (RLS) is a condition affecting your legs in which a certain sensation or pain compels you to move them always; if pain is involved, it may cause sleeping problems. RLS can be treated with acupressure which helps alleviate the lag/back pain and help you get good quality sleep. According to Chinese medicine, the human body has 14 channels of energy known as meridians that are responsible for maintaining health. When a blockage develops in one or more of the meridians, a health condition arises. In RLS, The bladder and gallbladder meridians are the channels affected, therefore tapping or putting pressure on the correct acupuncture points associated with these energy channels can set into motion the healing mechanisms of the body. Clearing out or redirecting the stagnant energy (qi) responsible for the back ailment will result in legs free of pain.
Various forms of acupressure can address the underlying issues that causes restless leg syndrome
Conditions and Patterns of Disharmony Responsible for RLS
A lot of people are plagued by restless leg syndrome and at times, what may cause the problem may be something simple as alcohol, tobacco, caffeine, or flu or cold medicines. Any of those can lead to RLS. If you want a completely safe and natural cure, you should consider acupressure for the relief of your pain, discomfort, and symptoms. However, if the cause of RLS is medication, acupressure unfortunately, may not be a longstanding solution. Other conditions can also give rise to restless leg syndrome. They include kidney problems, diabetes, peripheral neuropathy, and Parkinson’s disease.
What Is Acupressure?
The meridians in the body can be likened to lines of electricity and the acupressure points or trigger points that normally are located just above the meridians, as breakers. When a trigger point is applied with acupressure, it activates the meridians, like flipping the switch of a breaker back on in order for the electricity to circulate once more. When a meridian is activated or stimulated by applied pressure, it allows the Qi to flow freely once again generating well-being and good health. If Qi flow is interrupted for whatever reason, the body can become imbalanced, weak, and sick. Certain factors like the emotions, stress, trauma, and negative thoughts get stuck in the energy channel, causing the blockage. Acupressure is a healing technique that applies pressure on the acupoint with the fingertips for mildly tapping, holding, or pushing certain acupoints or breakers. Those acupoints are the same points used in acupuncture treatment although instead of pressure, needles are applied to stimulate the channels. Occasionally, magnets may be also taped to the acupoints for more serious issues that require continuous stimulation.
Gall Bladder Meridian
To activate the gallbladder meridian, start applying gentle pressure at the crease of the eye’s side. Gently massage that part for about 15 – 20 seconds, concentrating intently on the frustrations and feeling that you’re experiencing and on your restless leg syndrome.
To apply acupressure on the bladder channel, repeat the same procedure as the one done on the gallbladder meridian but this time, commence at the nose indent, inside of the eyebrow. Hold or tap the point until the pain subsides or for around 15 – 20 seconds. Be aware of the force of the pressure that you exert. After holding the acupoint, press once more and determine if you need to push harder to feel the same painful response. Usually, you will feel the pain disappear and when you press, all that’s left to feel is the pressure.
Pressing on the correct pressure points loosens a tense muscle. A relaxed loose healthy muscle won’t ache nor is it painful. When lactic acid builds up in the body it creates pain. With acupressure, this acid starts to flow out of the affected part of the body and is replaced with new oxygen and blood. After an acupressure session, have a few glasses of water to wash away the lactic acid out of your body. To lengthen those newly healthy flexible muscles, perform some stretching exercises.
Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT)
Being a type of meridian/acupressure treatment, EFT is a healing method practitioners use to help patients overcome physical and emotional issues. It is an extremely easy technique to do which anyone can use at home without needing to know what energy channel is responsible for his/her condition. EFT is an amazing treatment, but entails the use of a few more breaker-tapping for accelerating recovery. Basically, the treatment makes use of all 14 channels; each pressure point needs to be tapped or massaged seven times until resolved. You can actually activate the acupoint faster if you do 40 more taps to the affected energy channel. If you’re not able to address your condition, you may have overlooked or missed an aspect of the problem.
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Tarzana, CA 91356
GERD (Gastro-esophageal Reflux Disease) is a functional disorder in which the LES (lower esophageal sphincter), which is the valve between the esophagus and the abdomen, opens when it shouldn’t, causing stomach acid and content backflow.
Normally, via peristalsis, food moves down the esophagus, the LES eases up to enable the passing of food into the abdomen and then shuts immediately once more. Reflux occurs if the sphincter valve relaxes when it shouldn’t or doesn’t completely close. This backflow is painful since the stomach contents are highly acidic. Over time, this can lead to damage to the esophagus lining or wall. Practically everyone gets heartburn from time to time, but when this happens several times a week and on a regular basis, and leads to chronic irritation of the esophagus, this can be an indication of GERD, which is a far worse condition. Heartburn is the most common symptom of GERD. Dysphagia, a lumping sensation in the throat, enhanced production of saliva, a sour taste in the mouth, frequent burping, and regurgitation are the other common symptoms of GERD. Dysphagia can affect your swallowing function and can set off chronic coughing to clear the throat.
According to the AGA (American Gastroenterological Association), GERD affects around 33% of Americans. Be that as it may, this condition can strike people of all ages although the risk rises after 40.
The symptoms manifested by the patient are the bases in which GERD is usually diagnosed. Diagnostic examinations such as x-ray with barium swallow, pressure testing of the lower esophageal sphincter, test of esophageal acidity, and endoscopy are usually performed in patients who do not respond to drugs, or to rule other issues such as cancer of the esophagus or Barrett’s esophagus.
Heartburn and reflux can be triggered by certain foods including spicy foods like onions and garlic, fried or fatty foods, and acidic foods like citrus or tomatoes. Alcohol, soda, and coffee boost the production of stomach acid, which worsens the condition. Cigarette, alcohol, chocolate, and peppermint can cause the LES to relax which can worsen the reflux. Pregnancy, obesity, and hiatal hernia, a condition in which a part of the abdomen upwardly protrudes through can arise and facilitate the occurrence of GERD.
So far, there are no treatments that can cure GERD, therefore, the aim of treatment is to allay the symptoms and minimize damage. Although not recommended as a first-line treatment, surgery can be performed to tighten the LES. The Western conventional way of caring for GERD is the use of Nexium, Prilosec, and other proton pump inhibitors to lessen stomach acid production to a greater degree compared to the older version of drugs (Histamine-2 blockers), which then leads to a better degree of healing.
Proton pump inhibitors generally bring about good symptomatic relief from GERD; unfortunately, on extended courses of treatment, several issues from the use of the drugs can be a matter of concern to individuals. To help heal the ulcers that develop in the esophagus, the acidity in the stomach needs to be significantly decreased for one month to three months. Even if proton pump inhibitors are good at this, the ulcers can turn chronic and may necessitate repeated courses of therapy. There is proof to indicate that protracted use of proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) can lead to issues like inefficient absorption of calcium and vitamin B12 due to the longstanding suppression of stomach acid. This eventually can result in vitamin deficiency and disrupt with the cycle re-absorption and creation of bones, which leads to increased bone fragility. For menopausal women, this may be a problem since it may worsen loss of bone density associated with their menopause. Continued usage of PPIs is also associated with an increased rise of gastric polyps. There is also proof showing that continued use of PPIs can develop dependency, with resulting significant rebound symptoms upon cessation.
According to Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), GERD is a manifestation of an internal systemic imbalance. Reflux and heartburn symptoms are oftentimes almost seen as a conflict between the abdomen and the liver. The liver, in TCM, is responsible for keeping everything in the body (blood, digestion, emotions, energy) smoothly flowing in the appropriate directions. The liver can fail to preserve the smooth flowing of blood, digestion, emotions, energy and it starts to rebel when it is severely taxed beyond its comfort zone, usually due to long term stress; instead of the normal downward flow of energy, when the liver rebels, it flows sideways. The liver’s rebellious energy affects the abdomen causing the upward movement of energy in the stomach. This may result in chronic signs and symptoms such as a greasy and thick tongue fur, heartburn, reflux, and burping. The lumping sensation in the throat is known as “plum pit qi” and is a sure sign of stagnated liver qi.
In contrast to the way Western medicine treats the symptoms of GERD, TCM takes the impact of stress in the body very seriously. The foundation of the principles of TCM is built on the development of pathology. TCM uses a differential diagnosis that looks at the effects of stress on the interactions between the body’s organ systems and the resulting rise in imbalances. The manifested symptoms and the imbalances are then addressed.
The plan of treatment for the reflux and heartburn symptoms may differ and are based on the patient’s specific presentation. The plan, in general, is to normalize and relax the liver, remove the stress that causes the liver to turn on its neighbor the abdomen, bring back the downward normal movement of stomach qi, and dissipate the heat and convert the dampness that will likely accumulate due to the disruption of stomach qi. Both Chinese herbal therapy and acupuncture are ideal treatments for these objectives. You may elect to do both or chose either based on the severity of your symptoms. Depending on preference, lifestyle, and severity of symptoms you may choose either or elect to do both. You might also opt to utilize either treatment to manage the symptoms, to lessen the side effects of your drugs, to decrease the dose of your medications or to minimize their side effects.
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10875 Grandview St #2200
Overland Park, KS 66210
Because of food lacking in nutritional value and poor eating habits, digestive disorders are on the rise among people of all ages. Sadly, more and more children are eating processed foods and being “treated” with junk foods by their parents and this trend doesn’t seem like it’s going to slow down in the near future. This is why digestive disorders are becoming more and more common among children and young adults. A dear friend of mine phoned to ask me if I can treat her daughter’s constipation. She has had this problem since birth and has tried tons of treatments to no avail. Proper diet and fiber helped somehow but have not cured the problem. She often cries because the cramping and pain in her stomach is oftentimes too much to bear.
This is just a 9 year old with a really serious health problem. But, as with any 9 year old, she is scared and anxious of needles. Good thing that the trust she had in me was stronger than her dislike of needles. I calmly explained to her mom and to her about the procedure she would undergo and what outcomes she and her mom should expect.
Both mom and daughter agreed to the treatment. Then, while I showed the child the needles to be used I also explained to her that the needles are sterile, single use medical instruments. She looked at the needles and gently touched them then pondered for a few minutes. Then, she laid down on the table and closed her eyes. Stoically, she told me that she was ready for the pain. I started out by inserting a few needles in her legs and stomach. As the needles went in, she opened her eyes and told her mother, “Mom, it feels more like a mosquito bite but without the itch.”
After finishing inserting the needles, I shut the lights off and left the room with her mom at her side. Her mom came out 10 minutes later telling me that her daughter is asleep. About 40 minutes later, I started taking out the needles. She woke up sleepy but very much relaxed. It told her her mom to include in her diet fiber and probiotics. Both left my office happy and by the looks of their smile seemed to have enjoyed the whole experience. I received a text message three hours later from her mom stating that her child had bowel movement without discomfort or pain. I gave her six more treatments the following weeks, which all led to wonderful results. That was more than a year ago. Today, she still has daily bowel movements that were all normal without any pain or discomfort. The child was very happy about the whole outcome that she tells me she loves acupuncture. She tells me things like, “I have a headache today, should I have acupuncture treatment for it?”
Harmony Wellness Center
110 N Orlando Ave
Maitland, FL 32751
I worked for over two years at a pain clinic that happened to be connected to a long term care facility for senior patients whom a lot of them were my patients. I found that acupuncture was really incredibly helpful on my patients even if their treatments at the clinic were multidisciplinary (cared for by different physicians and getting different types of remedies based on their conditions.
In terms of health conditions, older patients seem to suffer from unique problems. For one, a lot of them are on a wide variety of drugs due to myriad conditions. I discovered that I need really to sit down with them, and in the initial consultation,take the time to document what drugs they were on and then do some studies to ensure that none of these drugs are the ones causing any of the problems they were coming to see me for and if these drugs were reacting adversely with each other. The so many medications my elderly patients were taking truly astounded me. Most were not really what they were for, and some had been taking them for so long that they had forgotten why they were prescribed.
According to traditional Chinese medicine or TCM, as people age, their life force or vital energy (jing) gradually declines. This is a natural part of aging and is normal and healthy. But since this jing is not infinite, it slowly is exhausted. How it is used more or less reflects the way we live our lives,regardless if it was used wiselyor not. This can be gleaned on someone who has done drugs, did a lot of drinking, smoked a lot, did a lot of partying and has lived hard… this person appears to be worn out and usually looks older than he/she actually is. This person has been exhausting his/her Jing resulting in premature aging.
I noticed one other thing about my senior patients. When I took the time to sit down and talk with them it made a huge impact in the quality and speed of their recovery. Showing that I was really listening to them and establishing a connection with them made a huge difference in their treatment and their prognosis. Most of us have failed to see what a little act of kindness can do to people, especially, in the medical profession, and specifically, with seniors. Sadly, a lot of doctors don’t give the time to really listen to their older patients. Yes, they are the authorities when it comes to illness and disease but most are skeptical of treatments they know little or nothing about. Giving your patient an opportunity to relay to you his/her experience of what is causing their ailment, or what is out of balance is a key part of the treatment and the subsequent healing process.
I noticed also that my elderly patients were very seldom touched. An extremely crucial aspect of our lives is touch. Physiologically, touch is important for stimulating, the immune system and an emotional feeling of purpose, affection, and connectedness. Sometimes, I also noticed that they would hold my hand as they tell me how they were doing just to feel a connection with another person. Therefore, I always strive to integrate some massage into the therapy which they always really like. Acupuncture and massage are extremely stimulating and moving to the body helping seniors treat stagnation and keep things flowing freely since these people often suffer from energy and blood stagnation.
Why Acupuncture in Austin Can be Very Beneficial for the Elderly
Acupuncture works extremely well because of all these factors. To the elderly, drug interactions can be potentially dangerous. With acupuncture, you don’t have to worry about this concern since it can be applied in a gentle way, based on the patient’s needs.
Due to their tendency to suffer from long term deficiencies, the elderly are not as sensitive and by the time a symptom is felt, it is usually already very serious. Acupuncture is a powerful treatment which can be used on very deficient or sensitive patients. Besides acupuncture, TCM has many modes of treatment including exercise, which is extremely important, emotional wellness (which I was attending to by allowing them to express what they were feeling and talking to them), and dietary therapy (I noticed that a lot of elderly people were not eating a balanced meal). A lot of them don’t move around much or go out. I always recommend walking as a part of their treatment even if it is just walking around the halls, although I prefer that they go outside and breathe some fresh air and enjoy the beauty of nature. This is helpful for improving mood, getting the blood to circulate, and for the movement of energy in the body.
In the clinic, I and a physiotherapist set up a program for a female elderly patient. We told her to go to the next door three times a week to participate in an exercise class with the seniors. This class was always packed and the staff noticed a significant improvement in the mood and overall health of the patients.
Depression is another common issue. Most senior citizens live in facilities such as the place I work in because they lost a spouse, are unable to care of themselves, and/or are sick. This can impact the psyche big time hence, depression is common. On its own, any of these can be a big adjustment, but since these factors oftentimes come together, it is easy to see why a lot of people become depressed. Some shut down and withdraw, some become depressed and sad, and some are frustrated and angry at their plight. I noticed that people fared better when they are more connected to other people and to the world. They become more balanced and happy, and health-wise, really good if they went on outings, saw their children and friends, and had visitors.
TCM and acupuncture thankfully, have a lot of ways to treat depression. In TCM, depression can manifest in different types and reasons. The patient can be on the way to recovery by means of an accurate diagnosis and a thorough intake. I witnessed lots of patients dramatically get better and seeing them improve perhaps was the most rewarding of my career. My elderly patients were the most appreciative and most kind hearted patients I have ever met.
Sadly, our society does not think highly of its seniors the way most cultures do. The oldest members of the village, family, or town, in several cultures around the world are highly revered since they possess something the younger individuals do not… wisdom. This kind of wisdom can only be attained by living, therefore, among them are the wise. Our Western culture does not have the same reverence for our elderly. If it had, they would not be placed in homes and not forgotten, and abandoned. They have so much to offer and teach us.
Baking soda is probably the most inexpensive health remedy in the world. Its uses are wide and varied: from the common cold to cancer.It can be used as a deodorant or improve oral health, among many other uses. It should be an indispensable part of your home pharmacy. Baking soda’s health benefits include drug detoxification and the prevention or reduced risk of peptic ulcer, acidity, metabolic acidosis, and diarrhea. It has antipruritic,anti-itch qualities and can help maintain a healthy skin. It can remove plague and be a practical treatment for the flu and cold. Baking soda is rich in sodium and can help prevent kidney stones, bladder infection, and hyperkalemia. This article will discuss the uses of baking soda. The ones that you probably haven’t heard before:
Baking Soda as Remedy for Acid Reflux
Mix two tablespoons of organic apple cider vinegar or fresh lemon juice with half a teaspoon of baking soda. If you make this mixture, you need to use a bigger cup as the mixture tends to fizz. The moment the bubbling ceases, add the mixture with 8 oz. water. This remedy must be drunk all at once. It can help neutralize the pH which relieves the acid reflux and creates analkaline environment in your body.
Baking soda can also be used for GERD and heartburn symptoms. The only thing you need to do is to add half a teaspoonful of baking soda with 16 oz. of water.
Old Wives’ Remedy
1. After a rigorous and hard exercise, you can relieve your tired and aching muscles by drinking water mixed with baking soda.
2. To remove odor and alleviate soreness and itching, add into warm water a mixture of one tablespoon salt, essential oil, one tablespoon peppermint oil, and three tablespoons baking soda. Soak your feet and hands into this mixture for about 25 minutes.
3. For fresh breath, mix water to baking soda and then gargle with it.
4. Apply a small amount of baking soda on a used nail brush and use it for scrubbing your nails to clean away nail fungus and grime.
5. Apply a mixture of water and baking soda-water mixture to herpes and canker sores to rapidly dry them out.
6. Baking soda can be used to soothe itching from oak, poison ivy, insect bites, bee stings, etc.
7. Use a baking soda scrub on your face to clean out dead skin cells and excess facial oil. Mix one teaspoonful water with one tablespoon baking soda. Use it to scrub your face gently.
8. You can use baking soda to clean your teeth. Sprinkle a few amounts of baking soda on your toothbrush and brush your teeth with it. Your teeth will be cleaned and your breath will smell fresh.
Other Baking Soda Home Remedies
Mark Sircus. M.D., wrote a book entitled, Sodium Bicarbonate, and in this book, he discusses the findings of Dr. Simoncini, findings that are associated with the overgrowth of cancer. He talks about alternative therapies utilizing baking soda as the active ingredient. Dr. Sircus says that if a person wants protect himself from cancer and diabetes and wants to prevent systematic fungal infections, he should use a mixture of molasses and baking soda.
1. To kill candida fungi and stop itching, douche with a mixture of warm water and baking soda.
2. To relieve thrombosis, you can also use apple cider or lemon juice and mix it with baking soda.
3. You can treat urinary tract infection by drinking a mixture of one half teaspoonful baking soda with 8 oz. water, twice a day.
4. To remove oral thrush, gargle with a mixture of water and baking soda.
Children under five years old as well as pregnant or nursing women should not use baking soda remedies. Even if it’s safe to use, one should be very careful when using baking soda. Always use this product as directed. Some adverse side effects can occur when you take baking soda along with prescription drugs. Before you begin using any of the baking soda home remedies, you need to consult with your doctor first. One other relevant thing to remember is that baking soda after it’s been dissolved in liquid can still be used, but once it’s used in dry form, you cannot use it again. If you are on a low sodium diet you should not use baking soda home remedies since it may deprive your body of essential minerals and vitamins. Also, baking soda remedies should not be used for more than 14 days unless your doctor says otherwise.
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TRADITIONAL CHINESE MEDICINE – AN INTRODUCTION
In traditional Chinese Medicine, (TCM) The Five Elements Phases (or these systems???) correspond to the five elements of nature: Fire, Wood, Earth, Water, and Metal. According to TCM, the organs are interconnected with the fours seasons of the year, tastes, temperatures, and colors, which are all essential to our well-being and health. The Kidney, for example, is very sensitive to damp and cold, Heart conditions many manifest as a “red” complexion and sour is the taste considered good for the health of the Liver. Our interconnectedness is one of the key aspects of the Five Element’s Theory. When we consider TCM as the basis of our health, we are tapping into thousands of years of accumulated knowledge and wisdom which gives us a motivation to proactively care for and maintain our personal health and well-being.
This TCM organ is associated with the spring season and the wood element. Spring is a time of new starts and activities. As an organ system the Liver is a very important body system in TCM as it is deemed to be the body’s energy factory, capable of handling more than 500 regulatory functions that allows the body to adapt and be flexible. In TCM theory, besides neutralizing toxins in the body, the Liver also balances out excess anger. It also controls microcirculation and is where Blood is stored. A healthy Liver means healthy eyes and healthy nails.
In TCM, the heart relates to the fire of summer, and is the season or time of abundance. The heart, according to Chinese philosophy, is where Shen is housed. Shen comprises the psychological, mental, and spiritual aspects of our body. If you have a healthy heart, you also enjoy a joyful countenance and a clear complexion.
The harvest of late summer and the earth all corresponds to the spleen. In TCM, this organ is mainly responsible for digestion. Qi is created from the food we eat. The spleen mixes the Qi with blood and sends it to the heart and lungs. A strong energy, healthy appetite, good muscle tone and good digestion are signs of a healthy Spleen. A weak Spleen will result in fatigue, diarrhea, abdominal distension, phlegm-related conditions, poor digestion, diarrhea, obesity, and edema. The lips and the Spleen are associated with each other. Signs that Spleen energy is out of harmony is if you keep on having dry and pale lips and a dull taste.
The autumn season and the metal element are related to the lungs. Taoist philosophy highly regards this organ system which is evident in Qi Gong, an exercise that promotes vitality and repulses disease through breathing exercises. From the Air, the Lungs extract the Essence. It then combines it with the Essence from food delivered by the Spleen. These two Essences combine to create vital energy or Qi which is distributed downward into the chest and stomach and outward toward the muscles, extremities, and skin. Traditional Chinese medicine refers to the skin as the “third lung” and a deficient lung Qi is deemed to be the cause of most skin conditions. The body’s first line of defense is the Wei Qi, which is alerted by the Lungs. The Wei Qi gives the body the opportunity to adapt to its environment and repulses infiltrators. The delivery of moisture to all parts of the body is also the responsibility of the Lungs. Strong Lungs guarantee a well functioning metabolism. The Kidneys which is associated with winter and water, is where the seed of continuous regeneration is kept. This seed or essence is called the Jing. In TCM, Jing is the primary essence that we inherited from our parents.
One of the most important organs of the body, the Kidneys is where bone marrow is produced and is responsible for healthy brain function, and strong teeth and bones. The Kidneys control the fluid balance of the body, filtering out waste water from the body. The Lungs send the Qi to the Kidneys. The Lungs also have the function of holding Qi down, which brings about healthy breathing.
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Liver Wind, in traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), is associated with pain and uncontrolled movement in the form of shaking, spasms, seizures, or jerks as in Parkinson`s. It may also frequently refer to pain akin to fibromyalgia –movement shifting from one part of the body to another. Corydalis Yan Hu Su has for centuries, been used to decrease pain and prevent the rise of seizures such as grand mal. It works by controlling liver wind and aiding the movement of blood. Corydalis has long been used by TCM practitioners to help control pain particularly when other herbs are added to guide the Corydalis to the affected part of the body.
Pharmaceutical companies have tried to exploit the potency of this herb, and, have endeavored to isolate its active ingredient it for synthesis and, obviously for financial gain. Their research led to the following:
The development of electrically kindled amygdala is where the influence of an active component isolated from corydalis yanhusu root, THP (dl-tetrahydropalmatine), was tested on. An ultrasonic system for vertical motion measurements measured the seizure activity. THP was injected intraperitoneally half an hour prior to the application of the daily kindling stimulus to prevent the progress of the kindling process.
The motion responses and the score of the behavioral seizure, which developed normally during electrical kindling,fell below their initial values.
The outcomes indicate that THP is an extremely potent ingredient with anticonvulsant and antiepileptogenicqualities when used on electrically kindled rats.
The issue was that the isolated dl-tetrahydropalmatinebecame toxic and this can lead to liver disorders such as hepatitis. It never occurred to them to just focus on the safe whole root extract and to prevent the rise of more problems.
It is strongly advised to take the corydalis herb is in a 5:1 ratio. Five grams raw herb= 1 gram crystals. This quickly dissolves any liquid and is made up of alcohol processes using very low heat,fresh organic herbs,and natural water.
Combined with Gou Teng and He Shu Wu, corydalis has been a highly successful TCM treatment for Parkinson`s.Aswater medicine, it should be boiled daily. The problem with this treatment is the cost. A lot of the raw herbs in Tien Ma GuTeng are quite expensive. Patients may also have difficulty in preparing the formula. The formula itself is not tasty at all so you have to tolerate its taste when you drink it. the current TCM protocol for Parkinson’s disease is to take two grams of Corydalis 5:1 extract powder (two grams twice daily) two times each day and an inexpensive version of the herbal remedy Tien Ma GuTeng Wan. These formulas need to be taken along with lots of He Shu Wu (liquid or powder extract) every day for the rest of your life.
Remember, cordyalis is not just for seizures and Parkinson`s. It has long been used in TCM as a way to control pain more so when other herbs are introduced to guide the Corydalis to the part of the body where it is needed.
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