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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Mar
17
2018

Chinese Nutritional Therapy And How To Eat Healthy

From the viewpoint of Chinese medicine in Marlton, digestion is necessary for good health and immunity. We need to remember that for strength and vitality, it is not just the kind of food we eat, but the way we digest food as well. Visualize for an instant your stomach as a cauldron with a flame furnishing heat from below to break down the food in order to absorb all the essential nutrients. The efficiency of this metabolic process relies on the strength of the fire. If we have weak digestive fire, we won’t be able to derive the things we need from our food. In addition, incomplete digestion leads to metabolic waste that in Chinese medicine is known as phlegm or dampness.

The following is a list of tips to consider:

1. The consumption of organic, fresh, steamed or lightly cooked vegetables should be emphasized. Legumes and small portions of lean animal proteins should be thoroughly cooked and served as soups or stews. Also recommended are moderate amounts of oats, millet, quinoa, brown rice, and other whole grains for fiber.

2. Avoid or at least minimize the consumption of foods that are known allergens or difficult to digest. These may include wheat products, sweeteners, dairy products, and refined oils and sugars. Seeing as a huge chunk of the standard American diet comprises these items, it may a take a bit of research to look for appropriate alternatives. Healthy sweeteners include small amounts of natural raw cane juice sugar or maple syrup, barley malt extract, rice syrup, and Stevia extract (which you can easily find in health food stores). In lieu of wheat products, you can try brown rice or corn pasta, millet, oats, rice cakes, and rye bread. Dairy products substitutes include organic cheese, sheep or goat dairy, almond or rice milk, or soy.

3. Refrain from late night meals or from over eating. Generally speaking, one should eat to the point of being two thirds full. If you eat more than this, you will likely become sluggish or feel sleepy later on. The digestive system is at its weakest at this time. It is advised that you eat your supper or last meal three hours before you go to sleep.

4. Avoid distractions while eating. When eating, avoid arguments, work, or TV. Enjoy the foods you eat and the company you have when you’re eating.

5. Get in touch with your feeling before and after eating. Doing so will help you become more aware of your food choices. If you’ve eaten too many sweets, instead of feeling guilty for it, just notice how you feel later on. You will, over time, want to naturally consume foods that make you feel good, instead of being driven by shame or guilt to eat better. Your choice of food is usually directed by unconscious needs for comfort or gratification instead of the need for nourishment. Bringing these subconscious patterns to the surface will sooner or later dis-empower them.

6. Refrain from eating raw food especially during winter. In Chinese medicine, raw foods are by nature cooling foods and when they’re eaten in large amounts can extinguish the digestive fire in your body. To preserve natural enzymes, it is a good idea to cook or steam lightly your vegetables. Foods that are easy to digest include soups, gruels, and stews.

7. Go outdoors and be physically active. Walking and other light physical exercises boost circulation and peristalsis that benefits the digestion process.

8. In the morning, it is advised to activate your gastrointestinal system. When you wake up in the morning, drink a cup of warm lemon water half an hour before breakfast,. This will prepare your digestive system for your daily meals.

Important Note

When combining food, here are some guidelines to follow:

1. Keep your meals simple as possible, with an emphasis on legume or lean based proteins and fresh vegetables.

2. During meals, try to separate the proteins from fruit and sugar. The more proteins and ingredients are in the meal or the more complex the meal is, the more it will be difficult to digest it.

Helpful Products

1. Green Super Foods – Green super foods are extremely detoxifying and have the ability to harmonize body acidity. They are rich in necessary nutrients that restore and feed normal cell function. Spirulina, wild blue green algae, alfalfa, barley grass, and chlorella are some examples of useful greens. Take green food with your meals one to two times a day.

2. Digestive enzymes – These substances aid in the decrease metabolic wastes and the assimilation of nutrients. A digestive enzyme (full spectrum) taken with each meal is suggested.

3. Probiotics. These foods produce beneficial intestinal flora that are crucial in the assimilation of nutrients from food. This is especially important after taking in antibiotics. Good probiotics include spore based probiotics such as L Sporogenes and B. laterosporus as well as Acidophilus.

Mar
17
2018

The Nutritional Requirements Of The Kidney Organ System

Chinese medicine in Austin puts great emphasis on nutrition in order to foster and generate the health of the individual. There are certain foods that correspond to each organ system (including the metal, spleen, heart, liver, and kidneys) that help reinforce their respective organ system. Each of these systems plays a specific role in the functioning of the body. This article will only discuss the nutritional requirements of the kidney organ system.

In Chinese medicine, the primary role of the kidney organs system is to house life essence, maintain the strength of a person’s willpower, control urine flow, optimize the function of the brain, preserve the health of the bones, and control growth and reproduction.

In Chinese medicine, the kidneys are also very important to all the other organ systems of the body. When the kidney system is out of balance the following symptoms may arise: hearing problems such as ear disease, ear infections, and loss of hearing; bone problems especially related to the teeth, lower back, and knees.

Hair problems are another manifestation of kidney imbalance. These issues may include premature aging and graying, split ends, and hair loss. One other sign of kidney problems include severe insecurity and fear, poor development and growth, and premature ovarian failure.

In order to beef up the kidney organ system, one of the most important but interestingly, simplest thing to do is drink water. Water is the element that’s closely related to the kidneys. And so, remember to always keep your body well hydrated by drinking water throughout the day.

The kidney organ system can also benefit by the consumption of salty flavored foods like kimchi (a Korean dish made up of cultured vegetables) sauerkraut, miso, tamari, seaweed, and sea salt.

To balance your salt intake, remember not to switch from table salt to sea salt or over consume salt.

Chinese medicine follows the doctrine of signatures that states foods and herbs that resemble a specific part of the body can be eaten or taken to treat conditions of that part of the body. Thus, eating kidney shaped foods (foods that resemble the shape of the kidney) order to treat conditions affecting the kidneys is recommended. Kidney shaped foods include kidney beans, black beans, and most beans.

Black and blue foods can also bolster kidney function. They include black/blue figs, black beans, mulberry, blackberry, and blueberry among others. The blue and black color is associated with the water element of the kidneys. By selecting these corresponding colors, one can reinforce the organs and the elements.

Other foods that support the kidneys include seafood like seaweed, shrimp, fish, oysters, mussels, fresh water clams and crab. Meat products like chicken, duck, duck eggs, and pork can also benefit the kidneys.

The kidneys control fertility and growth and seeds are associated with fertility and growth. This means that eating seeds such as black sesame seeds, sunflower seeds, flax seeds, and pumpkin seeds can also help strengthen the kidneys.

Mar
17
2018

Some Guidelines To Consider In The Chinese Nutritional Model To Health

In the East, one approach in the improvement of health that has been used just as much as medicinal herbs for thousands of years is Chinese nutritional therapy. Food was not only used as a means to sustain life but also as a way to heal diseases and prevent its development. This insured the preservation and continuance of the human race.

The Chinese nutritional model to health provides a holistic and qualitative concept of specifically prescribed foods that emphasize on the flavor and thermal nature of foods as well as their energetic properties. This therapeutic strategy works since it is grounded in natural law’s fundamental principles, and is an easy to follow common sense diet that involves most of the foods we eat anyway. The main principle is simple: to add where there is too little, to lessen where there is excess, to cool the heat, and to warm the cold, energetically.

A dietary plan and food energetics are formulated based on a person’s symptoms, medical history, and unique constitution. The plan will contain foods to avoid and foods to eat, how to combine different flavors and how to prepare them. If a person has an existing health problem that needs to be resolved, the dietary plan will be specifically designed to introduce foods that promote natural homeostatic balance and eliminate any aggravating drinks and foods.

A typical diet usually should consist of:

1. 5 percent raw foods like fruit and salads, except in summer.

2. 5 percent fish, chicken, game, beef, lamb-meat

3. 30 to 40 percent cooked vegetables like fennel, lentils, cabbage, beans, carrots, and potatoes.

4. 50 to 80 percent grains: wheat, spelt, rice, oats, millet, barley, and corn.

The following are some recommendations to healthy eating:

1. Avoid eating when you are preoccupied with certain things (like talking to someone on a phone, reading a book, or watching TV, or when at the desk or in front of a computer).

2. Chew your food well and do not hurry your meals.

3. Do not eat when upset, angry, or stressed.

4. If possible, eat organic, unprocessed and high quality foods.

5. Eat foods that are appropriate for the season.

6. During large meals, drink minimal amounts of liquids. Dinking lots of liquids can prevent proper absorption and dilute the process of digestion. This will lead to a lack of vital energy and tiredness.

7. Make it a habit to consume food in smaller portions, and eat one cooked meal a day, at least. If your digestion is impaired for any reason, you should eat food that is easy to digest and is easily transported throughout the tissues.

5. For vegans and vegetarians, it is important to include energetically warming foods recommended by a qualified practitioner.

For most practitioners, the most important part of formulating a plan of treatment for their patients is a proper dietary arrangement.

Because the common western diet is very different from Chinese medicine diet, there are often a lot of changes that need to be made. This is especially truly when it comes to cooked foods and raw foods.

Dietary modifications should, however, be made in small, gradual attainable stages in order for the body to get used little by little to the new ways. This approach works 100 percent, as it is easy to adjust and is designed to address the unique constitutional requirements of the patient.

Vita-Health Acupuncture and Wellness Center
12301 Taft St #200
Pembroke Pines, FL 33026
Phone: (954) 880-0090
http://www.vitahealthmedspa.com

Mar
3
2018

Tai Chi, Qi Gong, And Kung Fu Can Help Improve Your Breathing Techniques

It is commonly perceived that if you work in the fitness industry you must be very healthy. This is true, in a lot of ways. Sure, if you work as a fitness instructor, you certainly get a lot of exercise, a lot more than the average Joe in the street does. However, what most people don’t realize is that this work also carries a great deal of risks to health, albeit of a different kind. People working in the fitness industry can be more susceptible to health risks related to too much exercise. While exercise is a bit as much about aesthetics as it is about health, some of fitness industry workers might fall victims to unhealthy body image standards.

If you look at the lifestyle of a fitness employee, you will see someone sometimes spotting for a client, helping maintain the machines, and doing a full shift that lasts several times as long as the regular gym members visit. Unlike those he trains, the fitness employee may not need to spend all his time working up a sweat. But throughout the day, all his work adds up, which at the end of the day can be very exhausting and stressful. You probably may have a more difficult day if you are an aerobic or yoga instructor. In a single day, you might need to teach several sessions. This means you need to maintain high energy levels and find a way to stay in shape for several hours a day.

Breathing techniques and vocal exercises might help improve your breathing. At least, you’ll not need to work overtime to bulk up since you’ll be making use of the muscles you already have.

If you work at a fitness center or gym, it is important to stay health mentally healthy besides being physically healthy. You’ll likely be assisting a lot of clients who are obsessed with how their body look or have poor body image issues. After working for some time, you might consider yourself hardened against such things, but what you may not realize is that their attitudes may have a subliminal effect on you and your co workers that you may not be aware of till you are having real issues. If you are having these problems, you may need to assess yourself. You can find relief by taking mood-enhancing pills, going to a therapist, or through spa treatments. Breathing exercises, especially the ones yoga practitioners use, can help you maintain mental clarity and stay calm. You’ll also be able to tap in the natural processes of your body, instead of screwing them up with chemicals causing a variety of side effects that might harm your body for a long period of time.

If you want to learn breathing exercises, you may be interested to know that Asian meditative exercises and martial arts such tai chi, qi gong, and kung fu include a great deal of preparation that involves breathing techniques. You can integrate these activities into your own physical and mental fitness program, even if you have no intention of learning the martial art itself. That is, if have no issue imbibing a little spiritualism or religion along with your well being.

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