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TCM And The Lung

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In Chinese medicine, the task of the Lung is to serve as a boundary between the outer and inner world. The internal environment has to be shielded by a clear boundary that both defines and defends the individual. Waste materials can be excreted and essential materials can be taken in across this boundary. Oxygen is the most obvious and important material that the Lung takes in; but as we shall see, in Chinese medicine, the Lungis more than the respiratory system. It also has to do with renewal, breath and boundary.

The Physical Domain of the Lung

Renewal, breath and boundary are expressed at the physical level as the colon, skin and the lungs. In Chinese medicine, the Lungpertains to the entire respiratory system and includes the sinuses and the nose. Oxygen is taken in across the Lung’s boundary and excreted as carbon dioxide, a waste material. The Lung is mainly responsible for the governance of Chi and vitality in the body since most energy comes from the air we breathe.

The pores are viewed as the doors of Chi and the skin is like an external Lung. In addition, the skin exchanges and breathes substances from the external environment. The healthy function of the Lungs is considered as a part of Lung function. Beneath the skin is the wei chi or protective energy that’s believed to circulate, and defend the body against infiltration of pathogenic elements.

The colon, which in Chinese medicine, is the paired organ of the Lung, is responsible for elimination and release. The colon and Lung together is associated with the protective boundary’s strength and with immunity. Pathogens can infiltrate the colon and the Lungs, via the digestive and respiratory systems,are responsible for keeping intact the integrity of these systems so that they won’t be infiltrated by invaders. The defensive energy of the body, from the viewpoint of Chinese medicine, is the wei chi and is directly contingent upon the strength of the Colon and Lung.

The Non-Physical Doman of the Lung

The physical expression of the Lung as the boundary between its environment and the organism,at the psychological level,can be viewed as some sort of an individual’s personal boundary. A clearly marked psychological boundary can help us know who we are and lead to powerful relationships. When we have a powerful sensation of boundary, we can learn from experience, via the boundary, and externally communicatethrough it; the boundary is responsive and flexible, cool to receiving ‘positive influences and filtering out ‘negative’ influences. It enables us to be optimistic and gives us a sense of self value. It also allows us to be receptive to what we want and ‘no’ to what we don’t want.

The spleen, on the other hand is archetypally associated with the mother, while the Lung is related archetypally to the father. It is traditionally the father teachinghis son the value of self-worth and assists him to leave home and find his place in the world. Boundary can be taught by good fathering, and aids in separation and individuation from the mother. Therefore, the Lung is concerned with respect and self-esteem both for themselves and for others. Taking our place in the world, believing in our own self-worth and knowing who we are aspects of the Lung’s domain.

It’s also believed that the Lung is where the Po or corporeal soul resides. The bodily soul is the soul’s most tangible and dense aspect that dies at death with the body. The role of Po or the physical rhythms of the body makes us realize our physical body, of the physical factors of our bodily life and of our own aliveness. Po, which means, vegetative soul, belongs to the realm of pure sensation and the material realmof pure sensation. The Hun, is Po’s counterpart. It resides in the liver that in turn belongs to the conscious and spiritual world, that resides in the Liver, the Hun belongs to consciousness and the spiritual world.

A Healthy Lung

Physical strong vitality is what plentifulLung energy expresses. In the chest of a healthy Lung, there is a sense of fullness and softness. Recuperating from sickness is often effective and quick. The immune system is boosted, therefor recuperating from a condition is effective and fast, the person with a healthy Lung will sport a glossy skin and a fresh and bright complexion.Usually, the breath is pleasant and clear.The gaze of a person’s look is bright, his gestures are expansive and clear and his presence,strong and clear. A person manifesting strong Lung energy often elicits a response of respect and admiration respect in each other.

When the Lung is in dysfunction, it is because it is either blocked or weak. Lung energy that is weak physically will reveal an unhealthy immune system and low vitality. The person’s breathing may not expand to the lower area of his Lungs. There may be respiratory problems in the lung’s lower region. The flow of blood and chi may be weak and the skin may look unhealthy and weak. In terms of emotions, there seems to be sadness and constraint, probably due to low self-esteem. The person may not have enough self-esteem and there seems to be a failure to open other people’s boundaries and to respect the boundaries of other people. Dignity can lead to false pride, which leaves a person feeling alone and separate. It can be difficult to claim a place in this world if you’re experiencing Lung dysfunction.

Nourishment of the Lung

The act of breathing nourishes the Lungs. Swimming, active exercises and taking in lots of fresh air is the best way to optimizeLung energy. Expansive movements that physically widen the chest can be also helpful. This is meant to release, bring tone and to stretch and release the muscles that are contracted around the rib cage. Through voice, it is quite possible to strengthen the Lung and you can also learn things such as learning to protect your voice or by singing.

Theskin is a component of the Lung system that can be enhanced by brushing. Using a brushless comb or rubbing the skin with a clean soft towel can help preserve the health of the skin and promote the immune system’s strength.Putting on natural fibers will help the skin to freely breathe; sometimes, going naked (when weather and circumstances permit) will allow to help the skin breath. The skin can be nourished through moderate sunbathing, but overexposure can be dangerous.

The Lung is enhanced emotionally by respect. Knowing how to really care for what we do or who we really are will give respect from the people surrounding our lives. Exploring deeply the things and the people that we value, and looking for ways to manifest values in the world, can help us open our Lungenergy.

In the external world, we can give meaning to our environment by correcting the way we live and by cleaning up our environment so that we can externally support the function of the Lung and simultaneously give clarity to both our mental and emotional life. The aesthetic life of a person is to attend to order and beauty and is an external expression of the Lung, making art of both life and our everyday environment that can help nourish and support the Lung.

Lastly and metaphorically, the role of the Lungas the keeper of boundaries can also extend to the limits concerning our physical home. The domestic manifestations of Lung energy can include a well-designed exterior, clean windows, good security and properly maintained fences.

Foods that Nourish the Lungs

Aneating style that positively supports the Lung, concerns food aesthetics and a high regard to food in everyday life. A delight in eating’s simple rituals and a high regard for the value of food can help increase support for the Lung.

Chi is governed by the Lung, and so a food plan that focuses on the nourishing of the Lung will involve several kinds of Chi-rich fresh foods and ‘Chi tonic foods’. A meal with lots of organic and fresh vegetables some with some grains and sprouted seeds can be very healthy to the lung. Protein is also important to the lungs, and a longing for protein usually means a deficiency in LungChi. All in all, thebest protein is white meat, beans tofu and other low fat protein products for the lungs.

The lungs can also be strengthened by eating dairy produce (when tolerated). However, in most instances, this can cause a buildup of phlegm in the Lung and can lead to congestion.You can minimize dairy and instead use sheep or goat products. To stimulate the function of the lungs and open the lungs, eating certain pungent tasting foods can be helpful. Foods to avoid are the ones that can lead to congestion. This would include denatured or processed foods and fatty and rich foods.

Finally, light colored and white foods our good for the lungs; therefore foods like white meats,white mushrooms and radish are beneficial for the health of the Lungs.

Heather Shultz Acupuncture
100 Brick Rd Suite 212
Marlton, NJ 08053
Phone: (856) 452-1782

Written by Valerie

April 30th, 2019 at 2:28 am

Beyond Chinese Herbal Medicine And Acupuncture

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I’d like to discuss the spiritual aspect of the practice of medicine and how it relates to Chinese medical gynecology since so many of our patients come to gynecology through fertility, and fertility issues are very, very difficult and stressful for many patients. While working in a Western fertility clinic, what I see are these repeated attempts to get pregnant and the repeated losses of pregnancy or no implantation.

There’s so much that affects the affect of the person and what it does to the person emotionally, psychological and spiritually issomething that most of us in the clinical practice of Chinese medicine don’t really get a great opportunity to help with. We want to make suggestions about Qigong or about meditation, and there are some that certainly do that.

The point of this article very briefly is to encourage people to take some extra time with your patients and help them cultivate a mindfulness practice of some kind, if they don’t have it, and meet them where they are. You don’t need to introduce a new form of spirituality or a new form of religion, but just simply help them find their breath and learn to count their breath as well as to focus on being in that moment.

This is because we’ve seen studies coming out of Harvard over the years that talk about your plasticity and the ability to quite literally change your mind through the practice of mindfulness meditation. I couldn’t agree more, but it doesn’t have to be a strictly scientific approach either. It’s our natural state to be into stillness, to be in silence.

However, over the course of our lives, we pile on so much conditioning and sense of identity that we come to believe that is who we really are. Over time and through the process of meditation, that begins to quiet down and the layers begin to fall away. What you are now left with is the original stillness of mind.

That may sound lofty or esoteric but I can assure you that through very simple mindfulness practices, your patients will begin to experience that frame and state of mind. So, my advice is to encourage your patients to do that. It will work wonders with regard to fertility, it will work wonders with regard to gynecological complaints.

In the end, I personally believe, beyond herbal medicine, beyond acupuncture in Austin, beyond these external interventions, it’s the internal exploration of our minds and our spirits that really holds the key to long lasting change for our patients as well as for us practitioners. Take care of yourself too.

Written by Valerie

April 30th, 2019 at 2:20 am

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Chinese Medicine And Taoist Philosophy

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Chinese Medicine is founded on the ancient philosophy of Taoism which believes that a part can only be understood in its association with the whole. This holistic approach, in which an individual who’s living in harmony with nature enjoys spiritual, physical, and mental balance, is the basis of Chinese Medicine. The entire psychological and physiological aspects of a person are all factored into the diagnosis when a person develops an imbalance. The goal of Chinese medicine is to bring back harmony and balance to the body.

The orderly manner of differentiating the patterns of disharmony in Chinese Medicine helps the practitioner learn more about the connections between all the symptoms and signs of the imbalances of the patient, and suggesting a solution to restore balance in the patient’s body. Chinese Medicine is about enhancement of longevity and disease prevention.

Due to the essentiality of Taoism to acupuncture therapy, it was not surprising that students of Chinese Medicine are first taught about the principles of Taoism in their first year of training. It is a door that opens the mind to a new way of treating disease and viewing health.

The idea of living a proper way of life that’s simple, balanced, and in tune with nature, is called the “Tao,” which means “the path” or the “way.” One of the founding fathers of Taoism is Lao Tsu who wrote the book, the Tao Te Ching where a person can read his wise lessons on the subject of living the way of the Tao. In the book, the three aspects that illuminate the teachings of Lao Tsu are: living with humility, in moderation, and compassion.

Yin and Yang

The concept of yin and yang is derived from the Taoist philosophy. It’s one way of seeing the world and viewing that all things are parts of an entirety. Yin goes into yang, and yang goes into yin, and vice versa: this is the natural flow of life. The never ending conversion of yin into yang and yang into yin is what defines Chinese Medicine and acupuncture and is the source of life.

Yin is represented as a slope’s shady side. Yin is rest, the cold, the moon, the darkness, the feminine, and the inward. Yang is symbolized by slope’s sunny side. Yang is active, the warm, the sun, the light, the masculine and the vigor.

All of us are constantly in a state of flux wherein yin moves into yang and yang moves into yin. They rely on each other for definition and are inseparable. The aim of Chinese Medicine is to balance yin and yang.

In the Nei Jing, Lao Tsu encapsulated the manner of observing the interweaving of these two contradictory forces:

Non-being and being create each other;

Easy and difficult complete each other;

Short and long differentiate each other;

Low and high determine each other;

Voice and sound reconcile each other;

Back and front follow each other.”

The Nei Jing is an ancient medical document that holds the theoretical formulations and knowledge that form the very groundwork of traditional Chinese medicine. This document presupposes that lifestyle, diet, environment and emotions all have an effect on wellbeing and health. The Nei Jing says:

“When treating sickness, it is important to closely examine the symptoms, analyze the whole context, and monitor the attitudes and emotions.”

According to the Nei Jing, medicine should foster the development of life force, which is known as Chi.  The document’s most vital message is how to create more Chi as well as preserve it by means of a healthy lifestyle in our everyday lives. The document recommends tools such as herbs, exercise, tai chi, meditation, acupressure, acupuncture in Fremont, breathing exercises and diet to bring about vibrant health and longevity.

Breathing Techniques

Ancient Taoists considered “Breathing Techniques” to be the gateway to special powers and advanced knowledge as well as to longevity. These techniques have been passed down from generation to generation for the benefit of humankind. One breathing method that helps move energy or chi through the meridians or energy vessels is the Microcosmic Orbit.

Chi circulation starts at the umbilicus on the Ren energy vessel (front of the body) and then circulates down to the perineum and toward the spine into the (back of the body) the Du Meridian. Afterwards, it circulates to the head then goes down the front via the tongue, throat, and then back down to the again to the umbilicus. These two meridians hold a powerful energy flow that strongly affects the normalization of the body.

How to perform the Microcosmic Orbit

In performing the Microcosmic Orbit, you first need to sit with your back straight, hands relaxed on your lap, and feet planted firmly on the ground. Stay relaxed and comfortable and then bring your attention to your center of energy (dantien) which is located just below your umbilicus, and imagine a light of energy starting to grow at your dantien. Then, concentrate and make your breath even, smooth, and deeply flowing into your dantien. At this point, you’re now ready to commence with the circular breathing pattern.

Imagine Breathing out a breath of chi and light qi into your anal or genital area or pelvic base (Hui Yin) and then into your tail bone.

Then, breathe in and draw the breath of chi and light up into your vertebrae. Do a single breathing out to move the chi all the way up to your brain’s core.

Feel the flow of Chi descend the center of your face like a waterfall on your next breathing out. Visualize the chi penetrate the core of your heart, and start the next breathing cycle.

Strive to finish ten sets of these exercises and from there, you can develop your practice.

Enjoy reaping the benefits of greater energy, chi, mental clarity and health.

Written by Valerie

April 23rd, 2019 at 12:45 pm

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Chinese Medicine Music Therapy

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Empowering, energizing, relaxing, cathartic, rejuvenating, romantic: human beings have been touched by the emotional chords of music for thousands of years. The doctors in ancient China have formulated a systematic way of integrating musical notes into the art of healing.

The Nei Jing or Yellow Emperor’s classic of medicine was the first document to refer to music as a form of therapy about 2500 years ago. A component of the five-element theory, Chinese music therapy is also an important branch of traditional Chinese medicine. The elements of wood, metal, fire, water and earth can be found in nature. Every one of these elements has their own corresponding elements, such as musical note, color, internal organ, season of the year, etc. The five sounds or notes of Classical Chinese music are — jiao, shi, gong, zhang, and yu. They are played on classical Chinese musical instruments such as the flute, gong, drum and zither. The relationship between the five-element correspondences (that include the musical notes) and the internal organs is used in Chinese medicine to attain a number of healing objectives.

Based on this principle, the “jiao” sound (that corresponds to the Western musical notation of E) is connected to the wood element, affects the liver and is the sound of spring. This note facilitates the smooth flow of Liver Qi, which helps alleviate depression. The “shi” note (that corresponds to the Western musical notation of G) is associated with the fire element, affects the heart and is the sound of summer. This sound reinforces blood circulation and nourishes the Heart. The “gong” note (that corresponds to the Western musical notation of C) is associated with the earth element, reinforces the Spleen and is the sound of late summer. The “zhang” note (that corresponds to the Western musical notation of D) is affiliated with the metal element, nourishes and protects Lung yin and is the sound of autumn. The “yu” note (that corresponds to the Western musical notation of A) belongs to the water element, reduces lung fire, protects Kidney essence, helps nourishes Kidney yin and is the sound of winter.

Three clinical trials were recently conducted in China to test the healing efficacy of classical Chinese five-element music. In March 2014, a Taiwanese study was conducted and published in the International Journal of Nursing Practice in order to assess the impacts of Chinese five-element music therapy on nursing students who were experiencing depression. The number of students who participated were 21 and all were suffering from depression. They were randomly divided into a control group and a “music group” that use the five-element musical therapy. The two groups performed their routine lifestyles. Researchers used the Depression Mood Self-Report Inventory for Adolescence to measure their progress. Also measured were the two groups’ salivary cortisol levels. Over time, based on salivary cortisol levels and on pre- and post-treatment test scores,the researchers discovered that in the music group, there was a meaningful decrease in levels of depression.

The second research observed the impacts of five-element music therapy on seniors suffering from SAD or seasonal affective disorder. In a nursing home in Beijing, 50 elderly patients were randomly and equally divided into a control group and a musical therapy group. Each week, for one to two hours, over an eight-week period, the music group listened to five-element music. Researchers utilized the HAMD or Hamilton depression scale and the SDS or self-rating depression scale to evaluate the patients before and after therapy.

Between both groups before the therapy, no meaningful disparity in the HAMD and SDS scores was found. Eight weeks after, the HAMD and SDS scores of the music therapy group were meaningfully less, than in that of the control group.

A third study was conducted that was designed to assess the impacts of the five-element music therapy on the quality of life of patients with advanced cancer. The patients were randomly divided into three groups: the group that received no music therapy; the group that was treated with Western-music therapy; and the group treated with five-element music therapy. For three weeks, five days a week, taking minutes a day, both the Western-music and five-element groups listened to their respective music. Researchers used the KPS or Karnofsky Performance Score and the HQLIR or Hospice Quality of Life Index-Revised to evaluate the patients before and after therapy.

Results revealed that meaningful differences in the KPS and HQOLI-R scores post therapy between the five-element music group and the two other groups. It was concluded that that five-element music therapy could can replace the KPS and the quality of life of patients suffering from advanced cancer.

Researchers believe that music can influence stress hormones, brain circulation and brain waves. Musical therapy appears to be quite good in lessening the physiological impacts of stress: it can strengthen the immune system, lower breathing rate, reduce blood pressure and slow heart rate. This therapy can also expand the mind. A 1997 study indicated that the part of the brain responsible for analyzing the pitch of a musical note can be enlarged by 25% via experience and practice of music.

The researchers aforementioned don’t specifically provide evidence that the “zhang” sound nourishes the lungs are the “shi” sound calms the Heart. However, they definitely provide scientific validation to the wise Chinese physicians who developed a type of music therapy over 2500 years ago!

Eastern Healing Solutions, LLC
10875 Grandview St #2200
Overland Park, KS 66210
(913) 549-4322

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April 23rd, 2019 at 12:36 pm

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Chinese Medicine Prescription For Hemorrhoids

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This topic will deal with Chinese medicine treatment for hemorrhoids. Let me begin by asking what causes hemorrhoids in the first place?

The common reasons for hemorrhoids include:

  • Hard stools that scratch the skin
  • Painful bowel movements
  • Hard and rough toilet paper
  • Inadvertent scratch during cleansing or washing of the anus
  • Reckless sexual activity

After making a scratch on the anus, why does the scratch not heal?

  1. It may be because of poor hygiene. You need to do some gentle washing at least once a day.
  2. It may be due to swimming or washing dirty water.
  3. Sitting for a long time on heated seats or on a bike. For those of you who happen to live in tropical area where bicycles or motorcycles are very common and are left outside under the sun and their seats become very hot, when you ride them you are at risk of this disorder.
  4. Hemorrhoid can develop if you suffer from constipation since constipation results in hard stools that scratch the wound even more.
  5. It can also be due to consuming too much hot or spicy foods
  6. Frequent reckless sexual activities such as anal sex that can exacerbate the hemorrhoids.

An herbal prescription for hemorrhoids should be able to achieve five things:

  1. It should lessen inflammation
  2. Decrease excess body heat
  3. Nourish the skin
  4. Cleanse the blood
  5. Alleviate constipation (in case you suffer from it)

To reduce inflammation, three herbs are used. They are:

  1. Huang Qin
  2. Huai Hua
  3. Bai TouWeng

To eliminate excessive body heat, we use:

  1. Shi Mu
  2. Di Gu Pi

To cleanse the blood, herbs used are:

  1. Ban Shi Lian
  2. Sheng Di Huang

To nourish the skin, herbs used are:

  1. Shao Ren
  2. Yu zhu

Why do we have to nourish the skin? Because in Chinese medicine, hemorrhoids is considered one among many skin problems.

If you have a constipation problem, the herbs that will be used are:

  1. Da Huang
  2. Fan Xie Ye

To reduce hemorrhoid flare-ups, you need to

  1. Maintain good hygiene and wash yourself daily
  2. Have soft bowel movements every day
  3. Limit consumption of shellfish (clams, crabs, etc.) and spicy foods.
  4. Stand up for five minutes after sitting an hour or more.
  5. Refrain from doing activities that can scratch and exacerbate the hemorrhoids.

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

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April 16th, 2019 at 10:09 am

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Chinese Medicine Microbiome: The Digestive System

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As a health practitioner, I talk to patients all the time about digestion and find myself sharing with them one principle over and over again and that’s what I wanted to share with you.

This article is designed to help you understand the gut from a Chinese medicine perspective and my huge tip at the end will help you regulate your digestion and give you more energy. Now understand that you can eat the best quality food like food grown on the side of the Himalayas or foods picked out at the vernal equinox but if your digestion is weak, you can’t absorb all the nutrients and energy it has to offer.

The benefits of having good digestion include:

  • Decrease in upper G.I. issues like acid reflux, belching, bad breath
  • Decrease in lower G.I. issues like bloating, gas, diarrhea, constipation
  • Decrease in skin irritation – our skin is our largest organ and so if there’s something going on in your gut, it’s going to show up on your skin.
  • More energy
  • Better sleep 
  • Proper weight
  • Improved infertility

So from a Chinese medicine perspective, good digestion is the cornerstone of health. It helps our body produce all the things it needs that go on at the cellular level all the time forever. In the West, we talk a lot about the microbiome, which was kind of like a buzzy word for a few years, and in the East, we talk about the spleen.

So I want to introduce it to the five elements and these elements represent the transformation that occurs in the environment. They are metaphors for describing how things interrelate and connect with each other and our body, if nothing else, is an internal system where everything is connected and interrelated.

The five elements are:

  • Wood
  • Fire
  • Earth
  • Metal
  • Water

Each of these elements is present all the time and this is what makes up our constitution; it’s kind of like our genetic makeup. When the elements are in harmony, we experience great health, and when they are out of balance, not so much. The elements are interconnected and because they are connected the way they are, it creates a system of checks and balances, which is great because the body’s amazing.

In each of these elements are organ systems or channels called meridians in Chinese medicine. So the earth element is in charge of the stomach and the spleen. We all know the stomach takes in the food, helps decompose it and helps turns it up. The spleen in Chinese medicine is responsible for transformation and it’s probably the most crucial element in digestion because it assimilates the food to create the Chi, the blood and the fluids we need to make our body run smoothly.

So when the spleen is not running so smoothly or is weak, cold or just doesn’t have enough energy, we start to see symptoms such as:

Chi level

Belching, nausea, some fatigue, acid reflux, gas, bloating, abdominal pain, pale tongue

Fluid level

Poor appetite, lack of thirst, heavy sensation, excessive vagina discharge, bladder and bowel issues, incontinence, chronic diarrhea,

Blood level

Dry eyes, dry skin and scalp, tight muscles, bleed/bruise easily and menstrual changes.

Symptoms at the Chi level can be easily corrected; the fluid and the blood level, we need to do a little bit more to correct the imbalance. When the digestive system gets cold and doesn’t have enough and is leaking, that cold can shift to other organs. So in the fluid level, when the cold shifts to the bladder for large intestine, we can get diarrhea, incontinence or a lot of frequent urination.

When the cold gets into the blood level, we can experience things like bruising easily and issues with menstruation, reproductive and fertility. A lot of people say, “Well, what does my digestion have to do with fertility?” Well, in order to be a healthy fertile man or woman, you need warm blood flow to your reproductive organs.

In Chinese medicine, cold reproductive organs is actually one of the things that we commonly treat for infertility. Here is the big tip and all Chinese medicine practitioners know this and it is that raw or undercooked food is not the best for everybody all the time.

Let’s use the analogy of rice in a pot because rice, in its original form, is difficult to digest. It needs to be cooked and softened in order for us to absorb its energy. I want you to think of your spleen and your stomach as your body’s kitchen.

These organs prepare the meal for the rest of your body’s energy. I wanted to think about your spleen as the flame. The spleen is the organ that provides energy for the transformation of the food to take place. So imagine that this flame is teeny tiny and that it’s just barely visible and then you’re dumping a lot of cold, raw fibrous vegetables into the pot.

So with barely any flame to heat it, soften it, cook it and transform it, it’s going to tax your digestive system. It’s going to take longer and require more energy to get any nutrients out of those foods because it doesn’t have enough energy to do what it’s supposed to do. To make it easily digestible, food that is raw, cold and uncooked needs to be partially cooked or prepared.

If your digestion is already weak or if you’re having any of those symptoms mentioned a while ago in this article, you need to eat more warm foods. If your digestive system doesn’t have enough energy to do with it takes to do, it’ll pull from the other systems, which is kind of significant if you’re needing a lot of energy for something else, like you’re training for a marathon or you’re trying to have a baby, etc.

People who suffer from pre-existing digestive issues or chronic fatigue would do well to eat little or no raw food for a while. I’m not saying you can’t have salad ever again but just unburden your digestive system little by little and that can help a lot. So opt for cooked veggies over raw produce, at soups, stews, casseroles over raw salads.

We just want to make sure that you do not douse your digestive fire since it’s so important to your health and well-being.

How to eat for a happy healthy spleen?

  1. Steam or saute veggies instead of eating them raw – stir fries are great. Also crock-pot, and insta-pot among others.
  2. Drink cool or room temperature water.
  3. Don’t eat things that will make you feel bad.

You can start to see why the spleen is so important and how it can get easily overburdened and snuff out our digestive fire. Hopefully, this will help you and your other body symptoms too. In general, that’s how eating better and gentler can help increase your energy overall and just support the health of your entire body, your holistic self.

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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April 16th, 2019 at 10:00 am

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Boost Creativity And Productivity With These Few Simple Feng Shui Tips

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Literally meaning “wind” and “water,” Feng Shui is the traditional Chinese art of living that has been utilized by a growing number of people in other countries in their offices and homes. According to Feng Shui principles, people can tap into chi or natural energies for better chance of harmony, prosperity, health, and success in their lives.

Suggestions For Your Office

To enhance your workplace, there are a few time tested basic tips that you can use. These may involve the use of Feng Shui colors such as blues, purples, and reds. The use of the appropriate colors can make you feel a lot secure. You attract negative energy by having clutter at your workplace. Clearing up clutter can free yourself of mental burden and make you feel lighter. Green is the color that according to Feng Shui principles, help stimulate creativity and therefore placing plants in your workspace can help inspire creativity and at the same time, help you stay connected with the natural world. Some Feng Shui experts also say that a picture of your relatives, especially your father, can be good for inherited businesses. Placing an aquarium in the north side of your workspace can help jumpstart your business. It’s believed that blue and black fish help absorb and thus offset negative energy.

Things to Avoid For Your Office

From the standpoint of Feng Shui, you should not face away from the door (more so when you’re working from home) since this symbolically suggests your workspace rejecting business. Do not also sit at a position that looks out to toilets, closets or stairs. Refrain from placing sharp plants such as cacti on your desk. Do not sit in line with the door as this is the path of negative energy. As mops and brooms are believed to “sweep” success away, store them away from your workspace.

Dr. Jignesh Panchal is an acupuncturist in Winter Park, FL who customizes treatment plans using Chinese medicine, Ayurvedic medicine or Ozone Therapy.

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April 9th, 2019 at 9:34 am

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Chi Kung Simply Explained

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What is Chi-Kung?

Chi-Kung more commonly known as Qi Gong is an age-old Chinese system of exercises, postures, meditations,and breathing techniques. Its methods are meant to bolster and improve the energy or chi of the body. Chi, from the standpoint of Chinese Taoist philosophy, is the basic life energy responsible for vitality and health of a person.

Believed to be five to seven millennia old, Chi-Kung was passed down in secrecy from teachers and monks to students for thousands of years and has survived the upheavals of the Communist Revolution which prohibited the practices of these arts. In the 1980’s Chi-Kung was brought to the West to promote longevity and self-healing and to prevent illness. These days, millions of people all over the world practice this gentle and tranquil art. Chi-kung is an exhortation to find what works best for your whole being.

Chi-Kung was deeply influenced by the martial arts and many of them likewise evolved from Chi-Kung. Acupressure and acupuncture in Orlando both use the same energy acupuncture points that the practice of chi-kung stimulates and clears.

Chi translates to the vital energy responsible for life. We can find Chi in the food we eat, air we breathe and in sunlight. Chi is the body’s invisible life force that engenders and sustains life. Kung roughly translates to motion or movement. Chi Kung, therefore, means moving with the vital energy or moving the energies.

The motions are meant to facilitate the movement of this energy within the body. This movement triggers the self-healing abilities of the body. When this “significant movement” of energy is obstructed –illness or pain ensues. The constant practice of Chi movements enhances the movement of energy and gives you longevity and vitality. Chi-Kung is available to all, the less able, the able, the old, and the young.


People can practice Chi-Kung on a daily basis to improve overall well-being and health,and to extend longevity and prevent disease. It can be used to relieve stress and boost energy. It fosters balance; develops feelings of well being, strength and health; and enhances the energies of the body. Chi Kung exploits the natural functions of the body to reinforce stamina, coordination, and flexibility; release stress; and heal chronic back and joint problems. The underlying principle of Chi Kung is to amass and develop Chi. Chi-Kung is used is China in combination with other medical modalities for different chronic conditions, including allergies, asthma, cancer, AIDS, depression, headaches, strokes,mental illness, and heart disease.The constant practice of this traditional art increases one’s energy flow and enhances longevity and vitality.

Practicing Chi-Kung

Chi-Kung is made up of movements, postures, mental exercises, and breathing techniques. The movements are meantto stretch, strengthen, and tone the body and to increase the flow of energy. Postures involve lying down, sitting, or standing. Mental exercises and Meditations are meant to move chi throughout the body and clear the mind. Most of these exercises are visualizations that focus on certain parts of the body. One such mental exercise is termed the “Inner Smile.”

The benefits derived from Chi Kung exercises are accruing. The results and effects of the practices increaseas one practices through the year. Your spirits are uplifted and health improves not to mention your body becoming stronger and more relaxed as you practice Chi Kung on a daily basis.

Chi-Kung will provide you with these positives:

 Improve your health
 Increase your well being and health
 Help you feel relaxed and happy
 Feel you with energy

Written by Valerie

April 9th, 2019 at 9:29 am

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Auricular Medicine

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The medical system known as Auricular Medicine can determine and address a wide range of diseases of the mind and body mainly through the ears. Li-Chun Huang, M.D. developed this special form of healing, after more than three decades of study and practice.

In over 200 illnesses and symptoms,ears to health issues of the past can be diagnosed and also predicted. Moreover, this diagnostic technique is based on the Sympathetic and Peripheral Nerve Systems, Pathomorphology, Immunology, Genetics, Fluidism, Embryology, Autonomic Nerves, Anatomy, Etc.

Ear Diagnosis depends upon zones, points, lines, grooves, and channels. Moreover, it is a process of detection of the entire system known as linear mobile touching method as well as point detection.

Ear Diagnosis techniques can be condensed into four methods: Diagnosis Vision, Tenderness Technique of Palpation, Electric Detection, Differentiation.

A patient’s health problems can be diagnosed through Auricular Medicine,absent the medical complaints of the patient, the patient’s medical history and records, expensive medical costs investment and a long waiting list for medical tests.

Here are some of the benefits of Auricular Medicine:

1. Auricular Diagnosis is inexpensive but has high medical value.

2. Provides both the benefits of Western and Eastern Medicine.

3. Special Practice: diagnosis and therapy are administered at the same time.

4. Is a holistic body treatment. It benefits the person spiritually, emotionally, functionally, physically, etc.

5. Is a valid medical scientifically proven system.

6. Naturopathic Medicine: a healing practice that does not use drugs, vitamins, herbs, and needles.

7. Alternative Medicine: safe and natural form of healing without any adverse effects.

What is Auricular Medicine?

An extremely refined diagnosis and treatment system, Auricular Medicine is designed to locate and identify illnesses in any part of the human body. By deftly observing the ear, a qualified specialist and practitioner can properly discover the underlying roots of a patient’s disease and symptoms.

Auricular medicine observes the physical conditions of a person in an inexpensive, very simple, but correct way unlike any other medical systems in existence. The practitioner can gain data about a person’s health condition just by observing his or her acupuncture points. What’s more important is that this form of therapy can also provide the history information of the illnesses and predict the probability of health conditions such as diabetes arising. Other therapies systems are time consuming, costly, complex, or imprecise.

Compared to most medicinal systems, auricular Medicine has a lot of advantages due to the special techniques used in diagnosing and treating a person:

1. Effective: Auricular Medicine may be simple to use, yet it has shown to work very well in diagnosing and treating a person.

2. Inexpensive: since Auricular Medicine does not need any prescription and no complicated instrument, it is a much less costly technique compared to other medicinal systems.

3. Simple: diagnosis and treatment by means of Auricular Medicine, is much cheaper and easier. Auricular Diagnosis uses an extremely simple diagnostic technique by observing the color and shape changes and variations in electrical signals. On the other hand, Auricular therapy (or auriculotherapy)merely treats the patient with massage and seed and massage.

4. Painless: while Auricular Medicine may share a lot of common characteristics with traditional Acupuncture in Winter Park, it is a painless procedure due to the fact that it does not penetrate the skin.

5. Natural: no clinical diagnosis and treatment of illness is required in Auricular Medicine.

Auricular Diagnosis

This is the condensation of Auricular Medicine’s diagnosis techniques. This special characteristic of Auricular Diagnosis makes it possible to check the health condition of a patient by simply checking his health through the ear. By using some acupoints to check the electrical signal changes, shape, and color of a patient, the health practitioner can determine whether any health problems are found there, or the probability of certain physical changes.

Auricular Treatment

Auricular Treatment or Auricular Therapy is a healing system that addesses health problems via stimulation of a specific acupoint. This therapy is a painless, simple, but very efficient mode of treatment.

The Bleeding techniques,Auricular Seed Methods, and Auricular Massage are the most commonly used styles of Auricular Treatments.

Ear Seed Therapy

This Therapy is also called the “seed-pressure” technique. It pertains to the application of a smooth and hard magnetic pellet taped on the auricle, or a drug, pill, or herb, to a chosen auricular acupoint, and applying proper pressure, to innervate the acupoint in order to heal certain illnesses. For the past 25 years, it has been the most widely used treatment under development.

From the techniques of Auricular Needle Embedding Therapy and Auricular Seed Therapy sprang the method called Auricular Filiform Needling.

Although Auricular Needling Imbedding Therapy and Auricular Filiform Needling therapy work extremely well in the treatment of several health conditions; insertion of needle definitely generates pain and this scares away lots of potential patients. Auricular Treatment or Therapy, however, is painless and safe. The patient even can continuously stimulate himself or herself by pressing the seeds taped to the points.

Auricular Therapy is well suited for kids and for others who fear painas well as for those who aren’t able to receive treatment everyday. In the records of medical practice, studies have validated Auricular Seed Therapy’s wide popularity due to its non-invasive and adequate healing benefits.

Auricular Point Massage

Also called “vigorous Auricular Point Massage,”this type of Massage can be performed in three ways: pressing and kneading, fingernail pressing, and point pressing.Point pressing involves pressing the treatment point associated with the illness with a probe or with the practitioner’s finger.

Pressing & Kneading

As the name suggests, pressing and kneading involves the pressing and kneading of a chosen acupoint or body part with a tender stick in a clockwise direction, or through the end of an index finger progressively harder until the patient experiences the feeling of comfort, distention, and heat. This technique is appropriate for patients with a weak constitution and for people suffering from indigestion, painful conditions, as well as for children and infants.

Finger Nail Pressing

This technique involves pressing a chosen acupoint with the nail thumb on the acupoint’s anterior, and with the index finger’s nail on the acupoint’s posterior, pressing slowly harder and harder. When applied on people with a sensitive constitution, light manipulation should be used. When treating people with strong constitutions, heavy manipulation is recommended.

One to three acupoints can be chosen for each therapy. This technique is an ideal way to cure painful ailments, such as the common cold, headache, hepatalgia, stomachache, and toothache

Point Pressing

This technique may be done using the Digital Maneuver Point Pressure, which is a feature of Qigong. Recommended to relieve ailments and pain, point pressing can be used to maintain health, prevent illnesses and relieve pain.

Auricular Bleeding Therapy

Auricular Bleeding Therapy is a system for treating illnesses. It involves piercing chosen auricular acupoints with an intradermal needle,auricular Filiform Needling, etc.

This therapy is recommended for treating colonic convolutions and high fever, dizziness, headaches, pain related to blood stasis, vertigo caused by liver yang hyperactivity, dermatosis resulting from too much heat of the large intestine and the lungs, constipation, conjunctiva pain, and swelling of the large intestine.

This method works exceedingly well in expelling heat, dredging the meridians, enhancing blood flow through the clearing away of blood stasis, alleviating pain and inflammation, and soothing the mind.

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March 12th, 2019 at 12:57 pm

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Addressing The Symptoms Of Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) Using Moxibustion Therapy

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Within Chinese Medicine circles, moxibustion in Jacksonville is an often used treatment mainly used to eliminate ailments and strengthen the body. In Shanghai, Fudan University researchers recently performed an animal experiment to clarify the effects of moxibustion on the colon.

There are two kinds of moxibustion commonly administered on humans: direct and indirect moxibustion. In this animal experiment, the indirect method using a moxa roll was used. The rats used in the study have developed CVH or chronic visceral hypersensitivity, a disease associated with IBS or Irritable Bowel Syndrome and affiliated symptoms in humans. For a period of seven days, thirty minutes a day, moxibustion was used on two bilateral acupuncture points – ST 25 (intestinal/digestive problems) and ST 37 (more acute intestinal/digestive conditions). To help in the experiment, a control group left untreated was included.

Evaluation was conducted and the CRH (hypothalamic corticotropin-relasing hormone) levels of mRNA and the rates of abdominal withdrawal reflex were analyzed. Among humans, an important factor in IBS is the Corticotropin-releasing hormone,which is associated with decreased motility of the colon under stress.

Researchers discovered that moxibustion led to a substantial reduction of CRH mRNA expression to normal levels and a decrease in the sensitivity of the colon.

Since it is easy to perform and considered safe to use, moxibustion can be used as a home/self-help remedy. These kinds of research works are important in order to understand better the internal functions of the therapy. A study similar to the aforementioned experiment have witnessed beneficial effects with the same results as electro-acupuncture therapy. More studies are recommended to further assess whether both therapies used in a human model would be better than a single therapy.

Written by Valerie

March 12th, 2019 at 12:55 pm