Chinese Nutritional Therapy And An Underlying Imbalance In Self-Realization

When we explore Oriental medicine in general and Chinese nutritional therapy in Boca Raton, in particular, we are learning how to attain balance in our lives through balanced eating that can provide us the energy we need to live the life we want to live.

According to great sage Lao Tse, “The journey of a thousand miles begins with the first step.”

Health is a Balancing Act

If someone asks you “How balanced are you?” How will you answer? Most people associate balance with not falling while riding a bicycle or not falling while standing or walking. Asking one how balanced he/she is in the framework of Chinese medicine may mean if he/she is balanced not only physically but emotionally and psychologically, as well.

“You Are What You eat”

If your diet is energetically and nutritionally balanced, so are you. From the perspective of Oriental medicine, you may want to include in your checklist the questions: Am I ‘energetically’ balanced?, or Am I ‘nutritionally’ balanced?; your food provides you with the energy you need to be balanced energetically and nutritionally balanced — and you’re healthy in terms of spirit, mind, and body when you consider yourself an energetically and nutritionally balanced person.

The Five Flavors

A diet that’s energetically and nutritionally balanced may include foods that combine the following five flavors:

1. Spicy
2. Sweet
3. Bitter
4. Sour
5. Salty

A Balanced Feeling

Lots of individuals ‘think’ they’re balanced. But obviously there’s a huge difference between ‘thinking’ and ‘knowing,’ just as there’s a definite distinction between thinking that you just ate something nutritious compared to knowing you did. When it comes to knowing if you are indeed energetically and nutritionally balanced, the most important factor to consider is that you FEEL energetically and nutritionally balanced.

Intellectually, it is easy to demonstrate the difference between feeling and thinking, but because our culture espouses the development of our mental faculties, whilst tending to abandon the fostering of our intuition and feelings, it’s a little bit hard to know what balance feels like. This irrational and unhealthy imbalance can hilariously manifest in a normal conversation when a person genuinely asks someone “Are you really feeling okay?” and the other wryly responds, “I think so.”

Even this underlying imbalance in self-realization can be addressed with the power of Chinese nutritional therapy.

Six Highly Nutritious Foods Commonly Used In Chinese Cooking

Traditional Chinese cooking focuses more on having more vegetables than meat and because of this, it is considered a healthy way of eating. It also fosters a variety of crisp and colorful vegetables that can be a part of a healthy recipe. The following are some of the popular Chinese cooking herbs, spices, and ingredients that can assist you in choosing the right flavors to your Chinese meals, if you are interested in learning how to cook Chinese recipes at home

1. Mushroom

As one of the more highly popular Chinese cooking ingredients that can add more taste to your recipes, mushrooms are very easy to find that you can buy in markets. Some of them can actually be bought right after they’re harvested from their natural environment. You can also use dried mushrooms for your stir fried recipes and for soups and stew.

2. Tofu

Bean curd or tofu is also a very commonly used ingredient in Chinese cooking and is widely used in vegetarian recipes. This type of food originated in China and is now a very popular recipe ingredient in a lot of Asian diets. This food possesses little smell or flavor and prior to use one should drain it to allow it to absorb the spices and flavors of the other ingredients in the dish. For vegans and vegetarians, it is usually a replacement for meat since it is considered to be a good source of iron and protein but low in fat and calories. Because tofu is soft and tender, it can be easily digested.

3. Bok Choy

Another commonly used vegetable in Chinese cooking and a very popular food throughout the world. Bok Choy is a vegetable commonly used in stir-fried dishes, soups, and stews

4. Dried fungus

This is one dried ingredient commonly used in Chinese cooking. Dried fungus is commonly used in stir-fry cooking and is often cooked with onions, celery, chicken, and tofu. Its size is small when you buy it in the market, but it expands after you soak them in hot water for about 15 minutes. After they are soaked, you can cook them along with the other ingredients.

5. Ginger

Ginger is one of the most popular spices used not only in Chinese cooking but in other dishes throughout the world. Because of its biting, pungent, and aromatic flavor, it is one of the most basic flavorings in Chinese cooking. At times, instead of fennel, ginger is included in the five-spice powder. Besides enhancing flavor to your food, ginger also provides certain benefits to health such as its ability to prevent nausea and motion sickness, and in fostering good digestion.

6. The five-spice powder

One of the very popular ingredients in Chinese cooking, five-spice powder is usually utilized as food seasoning which you can include to your dish like pepper. Five-spice powder, as its name indicates, is comprised of five spices that typically include cloves, cinnamon, fennel, start anise, and Szechuan peppercorn. This powder is typically used as seasoning for fatty meats as well as in vegetarian recipes.

Dr. Nelya de Brun, AP, DAOM
Classical Oriental Medicine, LLC
3459 Woolbright Rd
Boynton Beach, FL 33436
(561) 932-3905
http://www.acu-wellness.com/

Some Things You Should Know About Cupping Therapy

One of traditional Chinese medicine’s most ancient healing methods is Cupping Therapy. The use of this healing technique was first recorded when the renowned herbalist Ge Hong wrote in his book, A Handbook of Prescriptions, about a type of cupping in the early fourth century. Books later written during the Tang and Ch’ing dynasties depicted cupping in great detail; a whole chapter of a form of cupping called “fire jar qi,” which was able to relieve stomach pain, dizziness, and headaches was mentioned in one textbook.

Ancient practitioners first utilize animal horns that have been hollowed-out for cups, and put them over specific energy channels (meridians) and/or points. These days, thick plastic or glass cups are used by most acupuncturists in Bellmore, while in other countries, pottery, iron, and bamboo are still used. The preferred manner of delivery by far, are glass cups due to the fact that they do not break easily or deteriorate unlike pottery or bamboo, and they enable the acupuncturist to see the skin and assess the results of the treatment.

Cupping- How does it work? What conditions does it treat?

In a customary cupping procedure, the practitioner soaks up a cotton ball with alcohol, lights up the ball and then places the flaming ball inside the cup. The fire eats up all the oxygen in the cup creating a vacuum inside the cup.

As the fire burns, the cup is quickly placed upside down on the patient’s body. The vacuum in the cup causes a suction effect on the skin and draws the skin upward onto the cup as the air cools within the cup. The skin being pulled into the cup is believed to dilate the pores of the skin. This stimulates blood flow, eliminates blockages, realigns and balances the circulation of qi, and creates a path for toxins to be filtered out of the body.

The cups remain on the patient’s skin for five to ten minutes based on the problem being addressed. Numerous cups may be used all at once on a single treatment. There are practitioners who will apply small amounts of herbal oils or medicated oils on the skin prior to placing the cups on the body. This helps move the cups easily up and down on specific meridians or acupoints.

Cupping therapy performed in China is mainly used to address respiratory problems like congestion, asthma, and bronchitis; certain types of pain; and gastrointestinal conditions. Some practitioners are good at using cupping to decrease swelling and treat depression. The body’s fleshy areas, including the abdomen and back (and, to a lesser extent, the legs and arms), are frequent used areas of treatment.

Are there different types of cupping?

Aside from “dry” cupping”, which is the conventional type of cupping depicted above, there are practitioners who also use “air cupping” and “wet cupping”.

“Air” Cupping

Rather than using fire to heat the cup, the cup is placed to the skin, and a vacuum pump is connected to the side or end of the cup. The pump sucks out the air inside the cup creating a vacuum.

“Wet” Cupping

In this procedure, before the cups are applied on the body, the skin is first punctured. When the cups are applied and the skin is drawn to the cup, a tiny amount of blood may come out of the puncture site. This is deemed to remove toxins and harmful substances out of the body.

Does cupping therapy hurt? Is it safe?

In a cupping therapy procedure, the drawing of the skin to the cup cases the blood vessels at the skin surface to expand. This can lead to round small bruises on the site of treatment. However, the bruises are usually not painful and vanish a few days after treatment.

Cupping is deemed to be a safe form of treatment for most people, (especially air cupping as it does not involve the use of heat or fire). However, it can result in bruising and swelling on the skin

Moreover, there may be a number of occasions in which cupping should not be administered. During a cupping procedure, the cup should not cross bony areas, such as the shoulder blades or the ridges of the spine if the cups are being moved; pregnant women should not have cupping on their lower back or stomach; cupping should not be given to patients who easily bleed, patients who suffer from convulsions and high fever, and patients with inflamed skin.

Some Of The Problems Addressed By Chua K’a Massage

Chua K’a Massage was first developed by ancient Mongolian warriors, and was introduced in America through the work of Oscar Ichazo and the Arica Institute. This type of massage works on the theory that the body houses the memory of pain long after the healing of a wound. Knowing that not removing the memory of an injury made their bodies weaker and made them live in fear, the ancient Mongolian warriors utilized Chua K’a Massage to the areas of trauma to restore their wisdom, courage, and health of their bodies.

Chua K’a was initially used as a self massage. Using their hands as tools, practitioners helped liberate their bodies from injury, fatigue, and stress. After a person has performed Chua K’a on his body for several hours, he may experience a feeling that’s both profound and cathartic without any sensation of pain. By awakening the Spirit Body, the massage can bring about states of ecstasy and restore awareness to zones that were previously dormant. Various emotional fears are also set free with each Zone of the body. Chua K’a is highly recommended as an ideal form of deep skeletal-muscular therapy. The following are some of the problems that can be treated by this self massage technique:

• Frozen shoulder and shoulder pain
• Issues with grounding
• Old wounds that never felt totally healed
• Loss of range of movement and neck pain
• Lack of self acceptance and self awareness
• Indigestion
• Leg and foot pain
• Fear of failing and fear of dying
• Breathing difficulties
• Back aches

Amy-SuiQun Lui, L.Ac.
Asian Health Center
27059 Grand Army of the Republic Hwy
Cleveland, OH 44143
Tel: (440) 833-0983
http://www.clevelandacupunctureclinic.com/