Sep
29
2018

The Uses And Scientific Proof Of Auricular Acupuncture

The aim of ear acupuncture, auricular acupuncture or auriculotherapy is the stimulation of certain acupuncture points on the auricle or outer ear for diagnosis and treatment of health problems. Innervation of the ear points is achieved by sticking a few or numerous tiny needles into acupuncture points on the ear and they are left in place for about 10 – 30 minutes. Sometimes, the acupoints are stimulated through the use of electro-acupuncture although electronic devices, magnets, and lasers may also be used for stimulation. Adhesive items such as magnetic seeds or beads are often included for longstanding applications.

Some Familiar Health Problems that Can Be Resolved With Auricular Acupuncture:

Gynecological symptoms such as

Menstrual pain
Irregular menstruation

Psychological issues such as

Panic attacks
Addictions
ADD/ADHD
Fears
Manic disorders
Depression anxiety

Cardiovascular Disorders such as

High blood pressure
Stroke
Restless leg syndrome
Varicose veins

Neurological disorders such as

Headaches
Migraines
Stroke
Paralysis
Neuralgia
Bell’s plasy
Trigeminal nerve disorder

Musculoskeletal conditions such as

Tennis elbow
Sciatica
Acute injuries
Arthritis
Frozen shoulder
Whiplash
Back pain
Neck pain

Other conditions such as

Obesity
Diarrhea
Constipation
Infertility
Impotence
Tinnitus
Palpitations

Auricular Acupuncture – A History

Auricular acupuncture traces its roots back to ancient China. While most of what we know about this subject was lost due to the book burning purges of the Communists, it was believed that thousands of years ago, the ancient Chinese stimulated several acupoints on the auricle to restore health and repair the movement of chi or vital energy. According to the Nei Jing, the oldest medical document in the world, written around 450 B.C., there are several forms of ear acupuncture.

The ancient Greeks also practiced auricular acupuncture around this time. The Father of Modern Medicine, Hippocrates, was said to have brought about sterility in men by rupturing the ear’s backside. It is also believed that sciatica can be treated when one burns an acupoint on the anti-helix of the outer ear.

However, it is a French acupuncturist and doctor named Dr. Paul Nogier who is most responsible for developing the healing system of auriculotherapy. Half a century ago, mainly through trial and error, Dr. Nogier, formulated a theory proving that the shape and configuration of the outer ear roughly corresponded with that of an upside down fetus. The fetus’s head is situated on the protuberance or lobe of the ear while the curls on the inside of the auricle corresponded with the apex of the feet. He referred to this upside down map of a fetus as his “small person in the ear”. He found through intensive examinations that when a part of the body on the micro-systems of the auricle is stimulated, it had an effect on the matching part of the body. Also, he discovered that when additional points are stimulated, it relieved some of the symptoms of sciatica, diabetes, and high blood pressure. His accomplishments reaped awards in France and in the acupuncture society of Germany. His popularity made its way into China where eventually, the Chinese honored Dr. Nogier by naming him the “father of auricular acupuncture.”

it was discovered in the early 70’s that certain auricular acupuncture therapies proved effective in reducing withdrawal symptoms brought about by addiction to substances including tobacco, alcohol, cocaine, and heroin. A couple of clinics from both ends of the US (one in Haight Ashbury in San Francisco, Ca, and the other in South Bronx in New York) began using this therapy in their detoxification clinics with extreme effectiveness. They found out that inserting needles into five acupoints in the auricle produced a powerful sedating effect, reduced withdrawal symptoms, and helped relieve pain. These included the acupoints associated with the lung, liver, kidney, and sympathetic energy channels as well as the shen men point (spirit gate point). They were named the “five-point treatment protocol.” In 1985, the NADA or National Acupuncture Detoxification Association was founded in 1985 to train health professionals in the NADA auriculotherapy protocol. This protocol serves as one of the most potent treatment in the curing of substance abuse.

The United Nations through the World Health Organization in 1989 proclaimed auricular acupuncture to be a legitimate form of medical treatment. Modern clinical trials and studies also have proved the worth of this therapy as a way to address a wide range of disorders and diseases.

Some time ago, researchers at the UCLA School of Medicine led by Terry Olesen, Ph.D have demonstrated the certainty of auricular diagnosis. The doctor pursues his findings by using auricular acupuncture integrating both Western and Chinese practices into his treatment. He is an authority on auricular acupuncture today and has published a manual of the therapy in 1996.

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Sep
29
2018

The Spiritual And Physical Exercises Of Falun Dafa

With movements seen in qigong and t’ai chi exercises, Falun Gong is an exercise form that’s closely related to Falun Dafa, a recent spiritual movement that originated in the 1990s in China. According to the Falun Gong organization, Falun Dafa has a myriad of adherents globally.

In 1999, the Communist government of China has banned the practice and labeled the movement as subversive and “evil”. Followers of Falun Dafa have had to endure persecution and reports have surfaced, which the government repeatedly and vehemently denies, that officials have nabbed Falun Dafa practitioners and have harvested their organs and put thousands of its followers to death. Since then, assistance for practitioners in the West has made Falun Dafa wildly popular.

Westerners practice Falun Dafa on the National Mall in Washington and in school campuses and parks in some of the major cities in the US. However, they don’t realize that this Falun Dafa is actually derived from an unusual creed and that many t’ai chi and qigong masters have denigrated this exercise as mere fantasy.

While based on the millennia-old exercises of t’ai chi and qigong, Falun Dafa was actually only recently invented twenty years ago in 1992 by Li Hongshi. And while t’ai chi beefs up the body, it is claimed that Falun Dafa reinforces the spirit for redemption by channeling energy from various dimensions in the universe.

Falun Dafa is based on the premise that by performing simple stretching workouts, a person can foster a knowledgeable golden-colored individual known as the falun that dwells in the gut of a person within an alternate dimension and rotates constantly, imbibing energy from far flung areas of parallel universes making the body invulnerable to disease.

Residing in New York, the elusive Li Hongshi, claims that David Copperfield (yes, that high profile magician) has a whole lot of falun in him that gives him the ability to perform magic and penetrate walls. In Li’s book “Falun Gong” he states:

“David Copperfield, an American magician who has supernormal powers once walked through China’s Great Wall. He cover himself with a white cloth when he was about to go through the Wall, and then went ahead going through it. He did this because it would make people believe they were watching a magical show. The feat should be done this way since he believed there are lots of Chinese people with superhuman abilities. He covered himself before going through the wall because he was worried that there might be interference from these people.”

According to Li, a person with a spinning and well functioning falun can beat all types of disease, tolerate all kinds of infirmities, and live for hundreds of years.

What about the exercises?

There is a significant difference between Falun Dafa and tai chi and qigong. With Tai chi, all movements are precise and deliberate and are designed to optimize the circulation of vital energy which in Chinese is called chi. With qigong, movements are methodic and slow which essentially is the central basis of qigong. Practitioners of Falun Dafa are not too particular about precision. To promote chi, the stretching of falun is not intended to be strenuous; but instead encourages universal energy, with the falun spinning in a clockwise direction.

There is one meditative sitting pose and four standing postures in Falun Gong. The meditative pose is known as the “Path of Reinforcing Supernormal Power,” and is the same as qigong meditative exercises which have been deemed to reduce blood pressure. In The four standing postures the upper body is stretched and the same was as qigong postures that have been proven to increase circulation. The “Piercing the Two Cosmic Boundaries” falun Dafa exercise, for instance, can be a bit refreshing. In this exercise, the arms of a person move up and down slowly like pistons.

The exercise known as “Buddha Revealing the Thousand Hands” mainly evokes t’ai chi exercises that stretch both arms from one side to another. The ” Standing Falun posture” exercise builds up power in the shoulders and arms. The person’s arms remain stationary for a number of minutes in an arc shaped position over the head. And then there is the “Celestial Falun Circulation” exercise which entails running the person’s hands under and over the whole body some inches above the ground.

One factor segregating Falun Dafa from t’ai chi and qigong is Hsinghsing, which is a law of morality that should be practiced lest the exercises become null and void.

Falun Gong Scientific Validation

With regard to the health benefits of Falun Gong, no high-caliber have been published, other than articles extolling its popularity. The Cultural Diversity Journal in 2003 published a commentary warning about the choice of hard core adherents of Falun Dafa to not take medications, since medications prove disbelief in the healing ability of the falun.

Researchers at the Baylor College of Medicine in Houston and the Southwestern University Medical Center in Dallas Texas in 2005, features a study in the JACAM (Journal of Complementary and Alternative Medicine) regarding six practitioners of Falun Dafa (which they erroneously labeled as “ancient qigong”). The practitioners exhibited slight increases in metabolic rates and immunity. There was zero follow-up research after this.

Anyone can see that going outdoors to do soothing workouts with kindred spirits would generate mental and physical health benefits. However, we no one should assume that the watered-down version of Falun Dafa exercises are helpful alternatives to the seasoned activities of tai chi, which have been recorded to provide various health benefits, which include symptomatic treatment of Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, fibromyalgia, stroke, mental health, general cardiovascular health, blood pressure, stamina, flexibility, and balance.

Amy-SuiQun Lui, L.Ac.
Asian Health Center
27059 Grand Army of the Republic Hwy
Cleveland, OH 44143
Tel: (440) 833-0983
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Apr
14
2018

The Five Elements And Its Role In Chinese Nutritional Therapy

We’ve heard them all. “Avoid drinking more than two cups of coffee per day.” “Eat garlic because it is good for you,” “Eat 5-8 servings a day of …”, or “drink milk to maintain healthy bones.” Too many rules, guidelines, and phrases! What’s enough? What is too much? What’s right? It’s enough to cause anxiety and confusion.

TCM or Traditional Chinese Medicine studies food and its effects on your health in an entirely different way, without the involvement of numerical guidelines. TCM nutritional therapy concerns itself with the qualities/attributes of food and how food can be used as medicine in order to treat and prevent illness, and to maintain health.

Everything in TCM is viewed from the perspective of yin and yang with the goal of attaining total balance between these two concepts. To maintain and achieve that balance, food is used as medicine by simply removing or adding certain kinds of food from one’s diet. The internal organs and the body are also related with the five elements, five colors and five seasons: white (metal), water (blue/black), wood (green), fire (red), and earth (yellow). Food also follows the five elements theory and is grouped into five main categories, nature, and taste or flavor.

The metal element is associated with the season of autumn and the hot and pungent flavor. The skin, large intestine, and lungs are “Metal” organs. Consuming pungent foods such as ginger, onions, garlic, and peppers will typically cause a person to sweat. Include pungent foods into your diet if you want to boost speed digestion and appetite.

The water element is associated with winter and the salty taste. This element is associated with the bladder and kidney organs. Overconsumption of watery and salt foods such as pickles, watermelon, olives, soy sauce, mung and kidney beans, mushrooms, or miso will result in hunger, thirst, anxiety, and water retention. We trend to eat a lot of water element foods in winter.

The wood element dominates during spring. This element is associated with the gallbladder and liver and has a detoxifying effect on the body especially if one eats foods such as green lentils, green veggies, citrus fruits, apples, wheat, rye, and oats. For instance, when one takes a cup of warm water with lemon juice after a rich heavy meal, it can help process fats in the body.

The fire element is related to summer time. It’s associated with the small intestine and heart and with the bitter taste. Bitter flavored foods have a laxative and cooling quality and are usually stimulating. Overconsumption of fire/bitter things and foods such as cigarettes, green tea, corn, plain chocolate, black tea and black coffee can dehydrate the body, have a negative impact on the nervous systems and eventually weaken the digestive systems and heart.

In the late summer, the earth element dominates. It is related to the spleen and stomach and with the sweet flavor/taste. This element has a nourishing quality. In Chinese nutritional therapy, the mouth is deemed to be the door to the abdomen, during times of stress, we usually tend to consume sweet tasting foods to reduce that stress. Sweet foods such as cheese, sweet fruit, breads, pasta, and refined sugar all have phlegm-producing, lethargic, and sedating qualities. Overconsumption of these foods can result in bloating and interfere with digestion.

After reading this article, try to evaluate your eating habits. For instance, do you crave salty or sweet sweets foods or do you use too much spice? Do you need coffee to wake up? What flavor or taste do you prefer more than others? This will give a clue of where you’re out of balance.

Here are some tips you should consider:

• Balance all five tastes and colors on your meal

• Chew your food well

• Sit down when eating your meal

• Be sure to consume foods appropriate for the current season.

Thrive Wellness Center is an acupuncture clinic in Boca Raton, FL providing Chinese medicine treatments for many health conditions.

Apr
14
2018

The Holistic Approach Of Oriental Medicine Towards Women’s Health

For thousands of years, Oriental medicine has understood women’s health, and the issues associated with it. Today, this comprehensive approach to well-being and health is remarkably effective in the treatment of women’s health problems including all forms of menstrual-related problems like depression, mood swings, headaches, and cramping, and all types of reproductive and post-reproductive problems such as post-partum depression, childbirth-related problems among many others.

One-of-a-kind Bodies

The basic approach of Oriental medicine towards maintenance of health and prevention of disease is to consider the uniqueness of each person, and according to this approach, there is no such thing as a ‘one-size-fits-all’ solution to a health problem. There are, however, Chinese herbal remedies that are designed to treat the specific needs of young women, and herbal formulas that are designed to specifically target issues affecting women in their post-reproductive years.

One-of-a-kind Problems

Women have their own unique reproductive systems that are susceptible to specific types of health problems. For instance, as a group, women are more prone to kidney-related illnesses and conditions than men: Oriental medicine is ferociously effectively in addressing these problems through a combination of Chinese nutritional therapy, Chi Kung or Qi gong, acupressure, acupuncture, and Chinese medical herbs. All these are natural effective therapies that come with zero side effects.

The Power of Oriental Medicine

An example of Oriental medicine’s uncompromising effectiveness in helping improve women’s health can be seen in the case of a 33 year old woman whose menstrual period prematurely ceased. Using its own unique diagnostic techniques, Oriental medicine can determine exactly why her menstruation stopped and then avail of its own unique therapeutic strategies in order to restore her menstrual cycle.

A Better Quality of Life

Oriental medicine can help women maintain and regain their health by tackling their own unique health problems in a safe, effective and natural way.

Dr. Vickery is a licensed acupuncturist in Tarzana, CA., and the founder and clinical director of Vickery Health and Wellness.

Apr
7
2018

The Special Healing Abilities Of Tui Na Therapy

The popularity of Tui Na massage has been steadily rising in the West. While it has been around in Europe for three decades, it is only now these past ten years that its use has started to spread rapidly.

During the 1990’s many Europeans went to China to learn acupuncture at the important hospitals in Chengdu, Shanghai, and Beijing. This was the first time they were exposed to Tuina.

The newness of their experiences gave some of the top European practitioners the chance to witness patients enter into the Tuina department in poor health and leaving within the same week or in the same day all well and healthy. For most western Shiatsu practitioners in the West at that time, this would have taken them months to resolve. As tui na produced immediate results and was growing rapidly in popularity, the Tui Na department was the most fun to be in.

Tui Na has the ability to normalize all the systems of the body, but especially the endocrine system. It promotes the flow of Qi and blood and brings the body and mind together as one; when these two start to separate, disease then start to arise.

Just a few people in the West really understand what Tui Na is and in order to understand this system one needs to practice or receive it. Herbalists, acupuncturists, shiatsu therapists, and physiotherapists diagnose and treat disease but they will never understand what tui na is unless they integrate it into their physical therapy system.

For most Tui Na practitioners the physical interaction/hands-on approach towards the patient is more satisfying than using herbal medicine or sticking needles into the skin of people. If you also happen to have a solid background in the martial arts, this will give you certain advantages when you use Tui Na.

Some practitioners believe that there is a natural continuity or flow, or from one discipline to the other when performing tuina. It requires patience, relaxation, internal force, timing, good posture, and focus among other things.

Generally speaking, Tui Na possesses these following special qualities:

o Relieving anxiety
o Treating muscle spasm and promoting muscle relaxation
o Encouraging mental relaxation
o Preventing and treating injury
o Increasing Blood and Qi flow
o Increasing lymphatic drainage
o Improving removal of cellular waste
o Raising awareness of the body
o Enhancing flexibility and posture

All these can be achieved by using a blend of both Eastern and Western tools of diagnosis. This requires knowledge of Traditional Chinese medicine, pathology, physiology, anatomy, and body mechanics ultimately leading to a delivery of manipulations and techniques that are distinctly Tui Na.

In China, Tui Na is perhaps the most difficult of all the disciplines to master as a practitioner although when one masters it the results can be incredible.

Tui na is a rewarding and marvelous experience, regardless of whether you are giving or receiving the therapy.

It progresses into an ever more satisfying vocation for the practitioner. While any practitioner can become competent in the methods within a short period of time, realizing one’s own potential is in the field of passion, dedication, and time spent in good effort.

Most people who have gotten a general Tui Na therapy have become hooked. Actually many of them make it a point to have the treatment every day less to boost their health reasons, more because it makes them feel really good.

For people getting treatment for a specific condition, they will be surprised at how fast the treatment Tui Na spurs recovery.

In some instances, certain aspects of the therapy may be uncomfortable, but in traumatizing the body in a controlled manner, the natural healing ability of the body is set in motion.

Ni Nan Gilbert is a licensed acupuncturist in Bellmore, NY with certification in Chinese Herbology and over 16 years experience in traditional Chinese medicine.

Apr
7
2018

The Advantages Of Combining Various Oriental Bodywork Therapies Into Your Lifestyle

Although we can never be certain where the word “massage” came from, what we know for sure is that massage therapy provides incredible benefits for those who experience it. Some believe that “massage” came from the ancient Greek word “massin”, which means to knead, while others believe that it came from “mashesh,” a Hebrew word which means to press. Some of the most ancient documented touch therapies can be traced back as far back as 2500 years ago. All of these ancient bodywork treatments had oriental influences that current therapists are utilizing to come up with their own versions, including lymphatic drainage, deep tissue, sports massage, and acupressure.

Many people in the Western world and other countries outside of Asia enjoy the benefits of traditional Chinese therapy. A few of the most popular of these Asian therapies include Thai massage, acupressure, and shiatsu. In theory, the practice of oriental medicine is focused on a holistic treatment to balance the spirit, mind, and body as a whole and to prevent the development of disease. Traditional Chinese Medicine has been practiced for longer than three thousand years. It is an energetically-based form of treatment utilizing the 5 elements of earth, metal, wood, fire, and water to combat health problems. It mostly follows a Taoist philosophy in which everything is connected with each other and we have the power to influence them.

Although a lot different from Western methods, several of the healing treatments we use today have their origins in these ancient healing modalities. Modern physiotherapy was founded by an Anma student who inculcated them into the techniques of traditional Chinese medicine. Practiced for thousands of years old, the healing art of Anma is a Chinese form of massage designed to balance the body. Two thousand years ago, it was widely used in the time of Emperor Huang. It is now called Tuina, which uses the push/pull technique to balance and align the body. Anma is actually made up of two words: “an” means “to press” and “mo” means “to rub.” On the other hand, Tuina is comprised of two words: “tui” means “to push” and “na” means “to grasp”, ergo, the push/pull technique. All current osteopathic and chiropractic studies were shaped by a Japanese body correction treatment known as Seitai that was practiced during the Meiji era (18th century).

Amatsu, a 5000 year old Japanese body work therapy designed to improve movement and align the posture is one other Japanese version of anma that has applications still appropriate today. In Korea, there is Jin Shin Do, Su Jok, and Jin Shin Jyutsu, all ancient therapies that can help harmonize the body through gentle touch. Most of these modalities combine the same philosophies, eliminating the three causes of illness: stagnation, excess, and deficiency and focusing on meridians or energy channels.

These days, lots of oriental therapies have been integrated into the modern world. The Stanford Cancer Center has now integrated Thai massage (Nuad Bo’rarn) and Shiatsu into their cancer treatment program. Using touch and being touched as a healing therapy brings about an inherent calming reaction. These alternative healing modalities has been utilized by the Stanford Cancer Center to boost the emotional and physical well being of their patients, with a high degree of effectiveness. Obviously, they are only used with the approval of a doctor, and are not intended to be replacements to conventional cancer therapy. If necessary, talk about with your doctor other options, as most medical professionals now have a favorable view of combining massage therapy with Western conventional cancer therapy.

A lot of experienced massage therapists have applied the positive aspects of various therapies in order to come up with their own style and connection with their clients. It doesn’t matter if they’re client is a one-time patient or a regular patron of massage therapy. The responsibility of the therapist is to keep on educating himself or herself, so that the therapist can pass on that knowledge on to their clients and better help them to achieve whatever objectives they are pursuing with us.

Lots of therapists are attracted to the theory and mystery of eastern massage and lifestyle practices. Some have spent some time in Southeast Asia just to learn traditional Thai massage, from very experienced teachers and healers of this ancient healing technique. Some of them have studied, tested and experimented with various protocols and theories of Thai massage. Most of these therapies have been combined in order to create a Yogic massage system known as Ki Shen Heiken, which generally means “energy of balance and spirit “. Ki Shen Heiken consists of Swedish style massage, deep compression, rocking, acupressure, stretching, pulling, and pushing therapies. A few practitioners have developed a protocol that uses balancing rope or bars tied over the massage table. The therapist uses this to do manipulations whilst balancing on and above the body.

There are several other treatments that use an Asian bar system. Integrating rocking compression and Thai stretching techniques as well as holistic relaxation of several different therapies have proved quite successful for most of my clients. They received greater and additional benefits than they had originally expected from an alternative treatment. I have also added thermal therapy along with traditional Thai Herbal ball compressions, to augment healing and relaxation. Some therapists will have their have clients try new therapies and widen both the clients’ massage knowledge and spa experience, creating a long-term and more sophisticated client. This type of therapy will bring about physical benefits that include open wind channels, increased flexibility, release of emotional and physical tension, and body alignment. The objective of opening wind channels is to dispel the infiltration of wind in the meridians that can lead to colds, sinus problems, headaches, and imbalance in the body.

Amy-SuiQun Lui, L.Ac. is a Board Certified and Licensed Acupuncturist in Cleveland, OH.

Mar
31
2018

External And Internal Kung Fu Exercises To Increase The Energy Of The Body

This article will discuss External and Internal Kung Fu Exercises drills and routines that promote greatest physique and bodyweight. These exercises are designed to improve the body’s Effectiveness, Efficiency, and Economy, using Ethics originating from Shaolin Chan and Classical Taoism.

Definitions:

Economy of movement – Greater ease of movement

Ethics – The system of values supporting the arrangement of routines.

Efficiency – Less effort to achieve more

Effectiveness – The balance of functions within the body that inevitably influences physical form aids you in reaching your goal

Kung Fu styles include External Qigong drills, Wu Shu massage, posture and stance exercises, and Internal Kung Fu Routines.

External Qigong & Wu Shu Massage

The weight in your thighs depicts a readily tapped possible reservoir of energy. The fat in your thighs can be metabolized and utilized for purposes of Martial Arts. Regular massaging of this area can make them fit to burn via internal bodily processes, activated by exercises performed later on.

With the use of both palms massage the inside and front of each thigh counterclockwise five times a week. To rev up the practice, double increase the massage to the thighs as well as the lower-leg. It takes time to process and burn the initial fatty deposits so be patient and press on. This practice can also eliminate and help prevent cellulite.

Routines of Internal Kung Fu

A lot of the routines of internal Qigong are designed to energize and intensify internal bodily functions. Classic Brain and Bone-Marrow Washing or Shi Soei Jing Bodhidharma and other Shaolin Routines can metabolize even seemingly permanent fatty deposits, to produce energy for the body. Over time, power-charged vital internal processes can melt away stubborn fat deposits.

Understanding and realizing the key principles that underpin such routines makes it much easier to perform these routines on a regular basis and to commit effort and time to them.

These routines may require an hour to perform although 20 minutes is usually the norm. They oftentimes harmonize, balance, and strengthen the functions of the spleen, heart, liver, kidneys, and lungs, the five Major Internal Organs based on the Five Elements Wu Hsing Internal Kung Fu.

Balance, Posture, and Stance

Standing on your toes for a long period, helps decrease the buildup of fatty deposits around the midriff through gravity.

1. With your heels together, stand on your toes for 30 seconds. Repeat this three times

2. With your feet apart, perform a horse-stance on your toes. With your fingers and arms at shoulder-height and outstretched, bounce up-and-down, back straight, and knees bent. Rest and then repeat this exercise fifty times.

3. Link hands by overlapping your palms, your hands outstretched, and the tip of your thumbs joined in a triangle, perform and repeat number 2.

4. With the back of your head, shoulders, and buttocks touching the wall, stand with your heels. Then inhale 12 deep-breaths that expand the chest and fully contract the stomach. When exhaling, compress the chest and expand the stomach. Next, for 30 seconds, stand using your toes, arms and fingers stretched out at shoulder height, legs slightly apart, and knees bent.

Conclusion

Those workouts, originating from Internal Kung Fu practice are also related to longevity training and overall improvement of health.

Amy-SuiQun Lui, L.Ac. is a Board Certified and Licensed Acupuncturist in Cleveland, OH.

Mar
31
2018

Helpful Feng Shui Tips To Allow Positive Energy Flow In Your Home Or Office

Your house can have an optimal flow of positive energy in Feng Shui design. It enables you to take effective and beneficial actions in your living space or home.

This article will discuss Feng Shui design ideas that can help Feng Shui newbies to learn some of the basic Feng Shui principles and how they can be used to enhance their lives and homes.

As yin and yang or negative and positive energies exist in nature, every home and room has also both negative and positive areas. Just as there are weaknesses, there are strengths that already exist. The modifications in Feng Shui design carried out in a house are often meant to help decrease Chi that is too strong and enhance the weak areas, which eventually brings about a harmonious, balanced feeling that is the foundation of a successful and contented life

Power Areas and Feng Shui Design

An idea oftentimes utilized in a Feng Shui design is the notion of ‘power’ areas. In Feng Shui theory, there are nine power areas known inside buildings. Some have negative adverse energy while some have positive supportive energy.

A part of the home that can be as small as a little tiny nook or as big as a room is called a power spot. This area however, has strong connections with your life that are important to you at a certain point in time. Power spots of Feng Shui are different from home to home, family to family, and from person to person. They are decided not only by the architecture and design of a particular living space but also by the things that are presently going on in the life of a person.

The following are some simple tips that may be useful as you are starting out with your design ideas on your comfort space. You may get very helpful tips on selecting the proper colors for the walls, recommended designs for your carpets, the best shapes for your curtains, and sensible recommendation on bathrooms and bookshelves.

The use of Feng Shu for Interior decoration is about selecting for the right corners the correct colors. The following color/corner palette can be used to paint your home’s interior:

North Corner – Main Colors: Blue, Black. Secondary Colors: Metallic, White. No-No Colors: Beige, Yellow

South Corner – Main colors: black and blue: Orange Secondary Color: Red, Yellow, Green. No Colors: Black, Blue

East Corner – Main Colors: Brown, Green. Secondary colors: Metallic, White. No-no colors: black and blue

West Corner – Main Colors: Grey, White. Secondary colors: yellow, metallic. No-No Colors: Orange.

Southeast Corner – Main Colors: Light Green. Secondary Color: Light Blue. No-No Colors: White, grey.

Southwest Corner – Main Colors: Beige, Yellow. Secondary Color: Orange, Red. No-No Colors: Brown, Green

Northeast Corner – Main Colors: Beige, Yellow. Secondary Color: Orange, Red. No-No Colors: Brown, Green

Northwest Corner – Main Colors: Metallic, White. Secondary Color: Yellow, Grey. No-No Colors: Orange, Red

The following is a list of tips for picking the correct shapes of curtain:

1. For rooms situated in east corners green curtains are appropriate.
2. For rooms located in south corners red curtains with triangle-shaped patterns will work very well
3. For rooms located in north corners, blue curtains with wavy patterns are suitable
4. For rooms in the west corners, White curtains with dominant round shapes are appropriate

Try to avoid carpets that have confusing over-sized patterns. Select carpets with beautiful details like the ones found on Persians carpets.

For bookshelves, try to select the ones that are closed or concealed but are attractive to look at.

When decorating bathrooms one should not go overboard with the design. A bathroom is an area where the chi or energy gets flushed down; therefore, one should keep the decorations to the barest minimum.

We hope you find some of these simple tips helpful to get you started. When designing your personal space, the most important thing to have is a working compass.

Ni Nan Gilbert is a licensed acupuncturist in Bellmore, NY with certification in Chinese Herbology and over 16 years experience in traditional Chinese medicine.

Mar
24
2018

Gua Sha, An Ideal Treatment For Various Acute And Chronic Health Problems

Practitioners apply Gua Sha therapy in King of Prussiaby rubbing across the surface of the skin a smooth-edged instrument where an imbalance or a subcutaneous injury has occurred. A sha, which is a distinct efficacious reddening of the skin, develops when there is a positive response. This brings prompt and lasting benefits to the body that includes pain relief from the upper and deeper levels of the body, dispelling of coldness and wind, and a decrease of inflammation and heat.

Gua sha works ideally for various acute and chronic health problems including heat exhaustion, fibromyalgia, joint pain, injury, dizziness, indigestion, headache, fever, flu, and colds. It is sought by some as a way to alleviate fatigue and tiredness and soothe aching and tensed muscles. Gua sha therapists perform a stroking action to the acupuncture channels (meridians) and points as a way to enhance health. It is oftentimes performed through light clothing (without any intent of elevating sha).

What does Gua Sha mean?

In the US, Canada, and UK, gua sha therapy is sometimes referred to as “scraping,” “coining,” or “spooning. However, all these labels do not accurately describe the meaning of gua sha in the Chinese language. There are two characters that comprise gua sha. Gua, the first character, translates to scrape or rub, and sha, the second character is so named due to the peculiar type of discoloration and red dotting that develops at the surface of the skin during and after treatment. Therefore, Gua sha means to rub out sha.

In the rural areas of China, Gua sha is known as gua feng which means to “grate out the wind”. In Vietnam gua sha is referred to as cao gio which also means “to scrape or grate out wind”. These Chinese and Vietnamese names for gua sha are fascinating since it stipulates the underlying cause of the problem being resolved: wind, which, in traditional or rural communities, is usually the culprit for just about every kind of common sickness.

History of Gua Sha

As with several medical traditions, gua sha was believed to be used as a type of folk medicine way long before its first written recording, which researchers estimate is around 220 CE in China. Some historians believe it was discovered during prehistoric times when someone repeatedly rubbed a painful body part against a stone protruding out from a cave wall and remarked that along with the reduction of their pain, a distinctive type of color also arose on their skin.

Throughout Asia, especially in rural areas of Indonesia, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam, Taiwan, and China, gua sha is widely performed. During the mid to the end of the 1970’s, the Pol Pot regime in Cambodia strictly prohibited the practice of all Western medical treatments and traditional medical treatments, including all Chinese medical techniques, except for gua sha. People caught performing any treatment apart from gua sha were either sent to prison or executed.

Although experienced practitioners have been able to devise a wide range of uses for gua sha therapy, it is seen by most people as a first-aid or preventative measure for a lot of common health issues. Gua sha is mostly utilized as a folk healing domestic technique. At home, both parents and sometimes even a grandparent know how to practice it.

Knowledge of the treatment has been handed from generation to generation through oral and visual tradition, not from knowledge gained in reading books. Its practice is applicable for and can be performed by both genders. In Asia, women mostly perform this practice since they traditionally play the role of caregivers in that part of the world. Because it is an inexpensive, effective, and safe healing therapy, gua sha is promoted by the Chinese Government in the broad social setting, in recent times.
However, gua sha is not exclusively practiced in Asia. In some European countries, like Greece, this therapy is also used as a medical procedure mostly, by elder practitioners.

The discoloration and the associated Sha also include the pathogenic elements that contribute to the blockage, and when this blockage has been cleared, the problematic area of the body starts to get well.

What is Sha?

Sha refers to the small reddish spots that appear from the deeper or superficial layers of the body to the surface of the skin during gua sha therapy. In Western medicine, dermatologists call sha as petichiae, and they only see it as a pathologic irregularity. In Western conventional medicine, bruising or ecchymosis, a type of redness pattern which is more dispersed, also develops, and is also considered only as irregular or abnormal.

However, practitioners are happy to see these discolorations appear in the skin of their patients as they are proof that the treatment has been effective. In gua sha, as in cupping therapy, we are forced to change our usual way of thinking about “irregular/abnormal markings” and see it as positive, far from being seen as “bruising.” In Eastern and Western medicine, these marks (that appear in gua sha and cupping therapy) are seen in completely contrasting ways. In the Western medical perspective, sha is not seen as the same body peculiarity as that in the East. The basis for what generates sha is hence best understood in how it is explained in traditional medical terms.

In TCM or traditional Chinese medicine, sha comes about when the normal circulation of blood and qi is blocked or becomes stagnant. This may be due to internal pathogenic elements or harmful climatic factors such as wind or an invasion of traumatic injury. The Chinese have a famous medical saying which states, “Where there is obstruction of blood and qi, there is also pain.”

By nature, blood and Qi are both warm, so when they become compressed, which what occurs during stagnation or blockage, heat appears and builds up into a new substance – sha. Sha as well as the related discoloration is also accompanied by pathogenic element(s) that contribute to the blockage, and when this blockage has been cleared, the smooth flow of blood and Qi is restored in that area which leads to the treatment of the health problem.

In musculoskeletal problems, a lot of people who are familiar with gua sha often consider it as their first-line of treatment, with the belief that eliminating the sha out of the body will also eliminate the adverse toxins that block and generate pain.

From a traditional well-informed point of view, massaging the part that’s meant for gua sha treatment is essential in order to break up any large build up of blood and qi that can generate painful knotting during therapy.

Mar
24
2018

Selecting The Right Chinese Foods To Eat To Increase Health And Well-Being

All foods may blend into a healthful diet that focuses on physical activity, moderation, and variety. Sensible consumers can find Chinese food a great option when it comes to healthy eating. When dining at a Chinese restaurant, follow these few helpful guidelines: minimize the intake sodium, fat, and sugar, and eat lots of lean proteins, whole grains, vegetables, and fruits.

Sodium

The sauces used to enhance the taste of Chinese food are often saturated in sodium, and eating too much of it can lead to high blood pressure in some people. Sauces that are high in sodium include duck sauce, hoisin, sweet and sour sauce, plum sauce, oyster sauce, and soy sauce. Curb the amount of sodium in Chinese food by refraining from spooning extra sauces over rice and entrees, ordering soy sauce with low sodium, and requesting that foods be served with just half the sauce.

Fat

According to the FDA, eating too much fat, especially saturated fat, increases your chance of developing heart disease. Fat is always high in calories while lean proteins such as seafood, fish, chicken breast, and beef tofu, have less fat than lamb, pork, and beef. Lower-fat appetizers include hot sour soup and egg drop soup while spareribs, fried dumplings, and fried egg rolls have high saturated fat content. Instead of oil-cooked fried rice, order steamed rice with your meals and refrain from crisp salad toppings that have been deep fried like shrimp chips, crispy noodles, and wonton chips. Before eating, take out the skin or any visible fat off poultry and meat as these are high in cholesterol and saturated fat.

Fiber and Vegetables

Chinese restaurants often have menus that contain lots of vegetables. Vegetables are good sources of fiber and nutrients, free of fat, and naturally low in calories. High-fiber diets have been known to reduce the chance of heart disease. Before ordering meat dishes, it’s a good idea to order lots of veggie Chinese dishes first. Many Chinese restaurants offer brown rice which is also rich in fiber.

MSG

The Food and Drug Administration considers monosodium glutamate or MSG, for short, a safe ingredient although some researchers have labeled it a neurotoxin and addictive. Chinese restaurants tend to use a lot of MSG to make their foods a lot tastier. MSG has been found to cause a wide variety of symptoms such as weakness, nausea, chest pain, heart palpitations, burning, tingling, numbness, sweating, flushing, and headache. People who are sensitive to the negative effects of MSG should request that dishes be prepared without this ingredient.

Calories

We all need calories that provide the energy to fuel our bodies. But, the United States Department of Agriculture has warned us that consuming excessive amounts of calories will lead to chronic illnesses, obesity, and weight gain. Refrain from eating too much by balancing lower-calorie dishes with high-calorie counterparts, eating lots of natural low-calorie foods like fresh vegetables and fruits, applying portion control, and sharing entrees. Order foods that have been baked, grilled, boiled, or steamed, since they contain lesser calories than foods that have been sautéed, fried, or deep fried. Eating slowly is also advised since, according to the American Dietetic Association, the brain receives satiety cues from the stomach at least 20 minutes after you eat, and fast eaters tend to overeat.

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