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The Flavor And Thermal Nature Of Food In Chinese Medicine

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According to Chinese medicine in King of Prussia, a well balanced diet consists of about 20 percent of each of the following five flavors or tastes: salty, spicy, bitter, sour, and sweet. The standard American diet is imbalanced with way too many sweet and salty tastes. Why is this important, you may ask? Well, in Chinese medicine, the health of a person is based on achieving harmony, moderation, and balance in all facets of an individual’s health and well-being. As a society, we often ignore and overlook our choices of food in the maintenance of our health. Chinese medicine combines dietary and food principles to maintain or restore health.

In Chinese medicine, both foods and herbs are classified based on their innate qualities. In choosing a food or herb to address a specific condition, two of the most common standards that are considered are their sensory and thermal qualities. The categorization of foods by temperature in Chinese medicine is assessed in how the way the food is prepared and in the thermal nature of the food itself. This thermal nature of food, which can be cold, cool, hot, warm, or neutral, indicates the influence a specific food has on the body when taken in. This shows how the way we use food as a form of thermal treatment to either cool or warm a certain part of the body in order to reverse a specific condition.

In Chinese medicine, the Five Tastes is one way of categorizing food. The five tastes, in the same way as food temperatures, refer to the type of energy an herb or food during the act of ingestion and in the process of digestion. Each taste has an energetic association and relationship to a specific internal organ. This produces another level of personalization and precision in the choosing of herbs and foods to treat a person with a certain condition.

The job of a Chinese medicine practitioner is to evaluate your symptoms, health, and dietary habits that can help him come up with a proper diagnosis. Dietary prescriptions are often given to support and augment your treatment plan.

Written by Valerie

February 28th, 2018 at 9:57 am

Chinese Food Therapy And The Nutritional Value Of Certain Foods

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For the past five millennia, historical documents point to the fact that the Chinese people have been constantly searching for medical cures and the secrets of health in food.

If we pore through the pages of Chinese history, we can observe that in the kitchens of each of the emperors of China, there always was a medical consultant to assist the chef.

Chinese food therapy in Overland Park works on the theory that mirrors that of Chinese herbal medicine and, obviously, food therapy, is not a recommended form of treatment for medical emergencies. Nonetheless, its aim is to help strengthen and maintain the health of the body in the long term. For example, while certain medication can help treat mild abdominal conditions, they can also be treated by avoiding certain types of food and by following the right eating habits. Therefore, you can avoid drugs if you know there is an equally effective and safer alternative.

In China, the meaning of ‘healthy eating’ is totally different from that in the States. Healthy eating is not about practicing healthy eating habits or eating healthy food, what it actually means is to eat certain dishes or ‘give your body a much needed nutritious boost’, to help mitigate health problems.

Thousands of years ago, the Chinese people have started looking at all these beneficial ‘healthy recipes’. Today, there are restaurants in China that exclusively serve these kinds of special dishes, and some other conventional restaurants have begun incorporating some of them in their menus.

In the book stores and online stores in that country, you will find the word ‘Yang Sheng’ everywhere. This term traditionally means to prevent illness, boost the health of the body and maintain health in order to have a long healthy life. ‘Yang’ refers to ‘nourishing the body, and for nursing problems, and maintenance while ‘Sheng’ refers to ‘growth, existence, and life.’

Half a decade ago, most of the Chinese people were living a much poorer life, and the most important thing for them was to put food on the table every day. Today, with the rise of the Chinese economy, you can now buy all kinds of foods in the markets. The foods that were once “rich” and only available to royalty were no longer unattainable by the masses. Definitely, the food culture in that country has been considerably ‘revamped’.

Those royal recipes can be different to what one would prepare on an everyday basis. The means of mixing the ingredients is different, as well as the method of combining various recipes in a single meal. There are ingredients that are difficult to find and are quite expensive but most foods are widely available in the markets and sold at very reasonable prices.

Some hard to find and expensive foods such as rare wild mushrooms may need to be cooked and combined with other ingredients in a certain way, or else, they will not give out the desired benefits. On the other hand, when they are cooked in the right way and mixed with the right ingredients cheaper food products, can have the same nutritional value as the more expensive ones. But if the combination is wrong, then the result might not be as good as one might want. For instance, beef or lamb are extremely good for nourishing the blood in your body, but if you eat watermelon or fresh red veggies afterwards, then the nutritional value of the beef or lamb can be reduced.

Written by Valerie

February 28th, 2018 at 9:34 am

Traditional Chinese Medicine And The Different Nature Of Foods

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Practitioners of traditional Chinese medicine in Bellmore address infertility with all-natural approaches, by diagnosing the hidden causes and treating body as a whole and viewing each patient as a unique entity. Based on what condition has been diagnosed, the sufferer may be advised to not consume certain kinds of food that may adversely affect their fertility. We will discuss how foods are categorized in traditional Chinese medicine.

Hot Foods

Foods that have a hot nature are usually helpful in strengthening the immune system in combating against the rise of viruses, bacteria, and free radicals and to enhance the flow of blood flow throughout to the body especially the reproductive organs. However, too much consumption of these foods may deplete kidney yin and yin qi that can result in hormonal imbalance that, in turn, may affect the process of fertility.

Some hot-natured foods include:

1. Cinnamon powder
2. Green onion
3. Onion
4. Pepper
5. Ginger
6. Garlic

Warm Foods

Warm foods are labeled as such because they tend to have warming effects in the body. For pregnant women, warm foods are very important in that they can help preserve a healthy pregnancy and prevent a miscarriage. Yang qi and body temperature increase with warm foods helping to boost fertility level of man and women alike.

Some warm-natured foods include:

1. Chicken
2. Raspberry
3. Peach
4. Leek
5. Chive
6. Cherry
7. Black tea

Cold Foods

According to traditional Chinese medicine, cold types of food activate the colding effects in the body, consuming the yang (heat) qi as the body is forced to balance the cold with further use of yang qi. Eating these types of food for a long period of time without balancing them with hot or warm foods may lead to deficient kidney yang and yang qi that disrupts the normal function of the reproductive organs and reduces the level of fertility in woman and men alike. Women attempting to conceive should totally stay away from cold or cool foods or at least, balance them with equal amounts of hot foods.

Some cold-natured foods include:

1. Bitter melon
2. Watermelon
3. Seaweed
4. Clams
5. Grape fruit
6. Banana
7. Bamboo

Cool Foods

Cool foods can exhaust the yang qi but not as much as cold foods; hence, to prevent kidney yang and yang qi deficiency, consuming these kinds of foods should be balanced by eating warming foods. Women striving to get pregnant are advised to consume only moderate amounts of cool foods and for nutritional purposes only or else their level of fertility can be reduced.

Some cool-natured foods include:

1. Lettuce
2. Apple
3. Pear
4. Cucumber
5. Strawberry
6. Spinach
7. Tomato

Neutral Foods

While neutral foods such as potato, grains, and rice are foods that have no effects in the ying and yang qi of the body, it still can bring about certain side effects that may impair the production of insulin by the spleen and disrupt the ability of the liver to metabolize carbohydrates. Your herbalist will inform you if these kinds of foods can affect the level of your fertility.
Some neutral foods include:

1. Beet
2. Apricot
3. Celery
4. All types of meat
5. Rice
6. Honey
7. Bread

Lastly, most foods that are salty, sour, and bitter are considered yin foods while a lot of sweet and hot foods are considered yang.

Written by Valerie

February 27th, 2018 at 9:48 am

The Power Of Ginger To Eliminate Cold And Dampness In The Body

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Traditional Chinese Medicine in Cleveland considers Candidiasis as a symptom of underlying dampness. According to Ayurvedic therapy, things that have a sweet taste can cause dampness. It believes that dampness contributes to coldness, because when your shirt gets wet on a cold day, you’re highly likely to freeze. If sweetness promotes dampness, sugar allows yeast to thrive, and since yeast is a damp condition, then it is only a good idea to not only avoid sweetness/dampness but directly work to dry out that cold.

People who are cold are likely to be also cold emotionally and physically. In Chinese Medicine, there’s such a condition called Coldness. According to an article in the Herbs for Health weekly magazine, some doctors advise people with an underlying cold condition to avoid fruit that causes cold and recommend ginger to bring warmth in the body.

Several studies indicate that ginger can help remove dampness in the body. In the Herbs for Health article, a recipe to combat dampness is included and is as follow: boil six slices of Panax or red ginseng in a covered pot and six teaspoonfuls of root of dried ginger in two quarts of water for fifteen minutes. Allow the brew to boil for another fifteen minutes. Before each meal drink one cup of the brew (perhaps two to three cups each day).

To help with intestinal conditions, concoct a powerful ginger tea by boiling a couple of teaspoonful of root of dried ginger in two cups of water for fifteen minutes. Boil for another fifteen minutes and allow the tea to cool off a bit. Immerse a washcloth in the warm tea and apply it on the ailing stomach area.

Written by Valerie

February 27th, 2018 at 9:34 am

Pain And Injury In Chinese Sports Medicine

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Both the Chinese and Western medicine way of examining a sports injury, like a strain or sprain, may on the surface seem very similar, but when they are carefully observed, they actually are quite different.

The movement of blood and vital energy (qi) in a specific part of the body may be influenced by some impact or force exerted on the body. This impact may be due to a fall and may result in a sprain or wrenching or twisting force, like of whiplash that can cause the body to stretch and snap violently back into place. Whatever the cause, the impact or force can be great enough to severely affect the body part where it occurs, as well as the distant parts.

The flow of qi, blood, and other fluids in this area may then slow down and stagnate after the impact or force, thereby interfering with circulation which leads to pain and swelling and a number of more profound consequences. One must really comprehend the relationship between qi and blood to completely understand these consequences.

The body’s life energy is called Qi which makes all body movement possible. This life energy is important as it is needed for the blood to flow in the blood vessels, and for the fluids to through tissues which are essential for digestion, respiration, hormone release and production, etc. Qi moves through an intricate network in the muscles, tendons, flesh, and skin similar to the circulatory system. It transports fluids and blood to the tissues throughout the body and nourishes and moisturizes the tissues, imparting the skin with a vitalized and shiny appearance and tendons and muscles with the capacity to move and contract uniformly and smoothly. Qi also plays a role in the way the body acclimatizes itself to modifications in temperature, managing the opening and closing of the skin pores to warm the external part of the body. The relationship between qi and blood can be basically described in this manner: qi is the captain of blood and blood is the mother of qi. This means that without the qi commanding it, blood cannot move and, to be nurtured by the blood, qi needs to rely on the organs that produce the blood.

When qi stagnates, which also stagnates the flow of fluids and blood, pain and swelling occurs more so after the body experiences trauma (an impact or force). Pain, according to the theory of Chinese sports medicine is caused by the stagnation of qi. A good analogy of qi would be like a dam, holding back blood and fluids from the other parts of the body. But as blood and fluids buildup behind the dam, it results in a swelling or lump and pain. Due to the warming action caused by the gradual build of qi, also causes the injured part to become hot or warm.

According to Chinese medicine, the desire to rub an injured body part is a natural body reaction to help restore flow by pushing the buildup of fluids, blood, and qi throughout the body, which then destroys the metaphorical dam that brings back the smooth flow of energy, fluids, and blood throughout the body which then reduces and eventually heals the pain and swelling.

The body usually is inflicted with ruptured blood vessels and/or structural damage from broken bones, torn ligaments and other more severe injuries. In cases like these, the interruption of circulation as well as the level of stagnated qi and blood is even greater, which results in a higher degree of pain, heat, and swelling. In injures which causes the blood vessels to rupture, bruising will almost certainly be visually apparent.

Blood stagnation tends to occur and accumulate between layers of tissue. It congeals there and sticks the surrounding tissues together. This is known as an adhesion and occurs when the tissues catch or stick to each other whereas normally, they should be sliding smoothly. Because adhesions tend to interfere with normal movement and functioning it can lead to pain.

The problem body part may not have as much qi if the qi, blood, and fluid that have stagnated aren’t cleared which makes normal circulation impossible. The body may need to expend a lot more energy in order to force circulation through and around the area, even after the swelling and inflammation has dissipated. Partly because of this poor circulation, the affected part can eventually feel numb, have periodic instances of swelling, and become hypersensitive to cold and damp weather. Sickness, tiredness, stress, and other elements that decrease the body’s energy, can exacerbate both existing pain and pain that has already subsided.

The injury is now considered as bi syndrome in Chinese medicine at this point. This means the injured body part has an energy blockage that has become chronic. This bi syndrome almost often affects the joints and may occasionally impact the muscles. This may be due to the fibrous dense tissues that comprise the joint capsule that can inhibit the circulation of blood and fluids to the interior capsule. Bi syndrome takes a greater time to heal because the interior layer is almost made up of cartilage which is not directly furnished with blood. This is the reason a torn knee cartilage or torn meniscus or other such conditions take a long time to recuperate.

The chronic blockage of qi or energy described above may be caused by frequent exposure of the body to dampness and cold or an already debilitated body part that’s repeatedly exposed to cold and dampness. In both cases, this exposure hinders the effort of the body to warm and protect itself.

People who have no idea of the relationship between qi and blood and their interactions during injury are usually dismissive of the aforementioned explanation deeming them nonsense and unscientific, even though it completely answers this question, “Why do some injuries, like fractures and sprains generate more pain in damp or cold environments?” Unfortunately, most people only know how to counter these problems with prescription strength or over-the-counter pain medications which do not cure the pain especially when the weather changes.

To properly heal, the injured tissue needs to regenerate. This takes place in the damaged tissue as it’s replaced with healthy normally functioning tissue. However, if normal circulation is not restored in order for sufficient amount of nutrients and energy to reach the injured area, this will never occur. If the injury reoccurs and you suffer from chronic inflammation, thick fibrous tissue or scar may then replace the growth of normal tissue in the injured area. Chronic inflammation may cause the unnatural buildup of calcium in the tendons, joints, and muscles, which only exacerbates the inflammation. Hence, you can see how the injured areas can be caught in this cycle of injury, stagnation, pain inflammation, re-injury, and so on and so forth.

Minor bruises and sprains are usually dismissed as things that tend to heal minus intervention. Still, it’s easy to deduce the extreme importance of addressing even the most insignificant injury immediately, by merely observing how an acute injury can develop into a chronic injury. That is, if you prefer to avoid chronic blockage, stop the reoccurrence of injury, and go back and enjoy sports or your regular activities.

Western medicine has still been unable to answer why with just a little rest, injures can significantly subside and heal, while other injuries even with rest tend to turn into chronic problems? To answer this question, one needs to factor in the existence and of qi in the body which in Western medicine is not accepted.

While the word qi or vital energy is not used in Western medicine, people in Western societies usually pertain to some people as being resistant or more resilient to disease or having the “will to live”. The concept is somewhat similar to qi’s effect on people. It’s usually the case that when a similar treatment is applied to people for the similar illness, the results are almost often not exactly the same. The reason for this is that each person has varying levels of qi, which tend to bring about different treatment outcomes. People with different levels of qi or vital energy don’t recover at the same rate.

It is often difficult for people with very bad injuries who have suffered significant structural damage to have their functionality restored. Injuries that are difficult to heal or simply won’t heal are often that way because the qi is impaired. This impairment can be due to several possible causes, but most of the time, it is caused by stress. Besides reducing or avoiding stress, it’s essential to get fresh air and rest and eat a healthy diet in order for the body to concentrate its vast reservoir of resources towards healing.

Our modern way of life has forced us to live with little rest and more play and work. This is true, even in injury, in which after an illness, surgery, or injury we are forced to go back to work ASAP due to employer pressure, or out of monetary necessity. After an injury, a lot of people also tend to have an urge to go back to a previously personal stressful lifestyle immediately, even if their bodies aren’t yet strong enough to handle the stress. We also need to factor in the effect of an unhealthy diet (usually the result of eating junk, GMO, and processed foods). Most of us do not go out enough to breathe in fresh air. These factors deplete the body and starve it off the resources and nutrients it requires to repair an injured area.

Unfortunately, one very important element in healing is age. Young people have an abundant amount of life energy and you can see this by the constant running, jumping and playing of young children. In certain ways, children are more delicate than adults; however, the usually recover and heal much faster from an injury. And since their bones and muscles are still very flexible, they also are less prone to injury. Even with the aforementioned stressors, the abundant life energy of young people will help them recover much faster.

Most of us understand why returning to sport or a certain activity the soonest time possible is important. But in today’s society, it is rare to get the time needed to allow our bodies to heal. Most people attempt to continue wherever it is they were doing as soon as the pain abates. But, just because the pain has somewhat subsided, won’t mean your sprained ankle is 100 or even 50 percent ready. Overstretched or torn ligaments in a sprained ankle should tell you to slow down and give time for them to return to full or normal functionality. Movement increases when the swelling and pain is reduced. Walking without limping without any help should be the next step. Afterwards, you can do some strengthening and flexibility exercises, adding the intensity little by little. Always make it a point to continue therapy and rehabilitation until pain is gone during regular or sport activities. Talk to a medical doctor or your healthcare if the pain persists.

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Written by Valerie

February 20th, 2018 at 10:15 pm

Tui Na Massage Makes You Feel Enlivened, Happy, And Re-Energized

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The ancient healing art of Tui Na massage has been an integral part of Traditional Chinese Medicine in Overland Park for the past four millennia.

The term Tui Na is derived from two Chinese words, Tui which means “to push” and Na, which means “to grasp”. It is used as treatment for conditions that in western medicine would normally require an osteopath, chiropractor, or a physiotherapist.

While Tui Na usually works on the joints and muscles, it also affects the body at a deeper level, specifically to enhance the flow of life energy within the body. This ‘life energy’ is called qi in China and aside from the body, it can be found in the whole Universe and is considered to be the activating force for all life.

Qi flows in the body via energy pathways known as “Meridians”. These meridians transport Qi energy to the mind, body tissues, and organs. Tui Na is applied by the practitioner to stimulate the Meridians and specific points on the body to balance and smooth the flow of Qi in the body.

According to Traditional Chinese Medicine, disease is mostly due to an imbalance in the flow of Qi. A balanced and smooth Qi flow makes you feel energetic and confident and boosts your physical, spiritual, intellectual, and emotional well being.

Before starting the treatment, the practitioner will first need to ask you questions about your lifestyle and past medical history. In Tui Na therapy, it is important for you and the practitioner to communicate with each other. During the therapy, the practitioner may need feedback from you to guide him into using the right the amount of pressure and the points that need to be treated.

After the treatment, the patient usually feels enlivened, happy, and re-energized. He can also experience a release of blocked emotional energy. This may cause the patient to feel emotional later on.

In general, Tui Na is deemed to be an extremely safe treatment; however there can be occasions when it should not be administered to patients. Tui Na may not be administered on:

• The stomach or lower back during pregnancy
• Broken or inflamed skin
• The hip area where an artificial joint is fitted
• People with cancer or serious heart disease
• People with osteoporosis or brittle bones
• Children below the age of 5 (this is because their energy systems have not yet fully developed)

Written by Valerie

February 20th, 2018 at 10:05 pm

How To Cook And Serve The Highly Nutritious Chinese Taro The Traditional Chinese Way

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Long a staple in traditional, Chinese cooking Chinese taro has been used in a variety of ways and is valued for the nutrients and vitamins it supplies and exceptional taste. A lot of street vendors, in fact, sell Chinese taro because it is so easy and quick to prepare. After including this delectable morsel in your cooking, you’ll soon understand how despite eating so eat so well, the Chinese manage to stay so thin.

Even if Chinese cooking involves the use of a lot of various ingredients, Chinese taro is perhaps the most widely used in traditional Chinese cooking. The Chinese pattern a lot of their food after the festivals they commemorate, loud flavors and bright colors fill their plates; spring rolls, Manchurian, and lots more recipes are used.

Chinese taro is a starchy plant that grows in the ground underneath water rich soil. Its stems are thick and tall that end up in large triangle shaped leaves. The vegetable is high in thiamine, potassium, iron, vitamins b1 and c, and carbohydrates. The plant needs to be peeled to remove the muddy skin since it grows under the ground in wet soil. The vegetable is peeled until the white flesh appears and there are purple markings. The taro should be sliced to a fourth of an inch thick, at least.

Green Onions and Stewed Taro are two of the most popular Chinese dishes that that has Chinese taro. To make green onion stew, a savory side dish to accompany any meal, you need a pound of taro combined with green onions, hot water, soy sauce, peanut oil, and garlic. Important when using taro, it’s important to follow a few basic tips. When the wok starts to emit smoke, cover it with oil and it is ready to cook. You can put the taro on the wok and a light cooking of 15to 20 seconds, you can add garlic for flavoring. Add water to the pan till it almost covers the taro after the taro has browned. Bring the stew to a boil and cook on medium flame for 15 to 20 minutes constantly stirring to ensure that it doesn’t stick to the bottom of the wok. For an ideal Chinese meal the taro can be eaten along with steamed rice.

With a bit of patience and time and with just a few simple tips, you can easily master the art of cooking with Chinese taro; this plant is a traditional Chinese dish that is loaded with flavor and nutrients.

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2200 Melrose St Suite 9
Walla Walla, WA 99362
Phone: (509) 876-4597

Written by Valerie

February 6th, 2018 at 1:45 pm

Falun Gong Can Help Prevent A Person From Relapsing In Addiction

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Falun Gong, also called Falun Dafa, is a traditional Chinese “cultivation system” or spiritual movement. This practice was first introduced in 1992 in China by Li Hongzhi. It was labeled a “heretical” practice and banned by the communist Chinese government in 1999. There are several news accounts of thousands of Falun dafa practitioners being imprisoned, tortured, and even killed by the Chinese government.

In its espousal of absence of rituals in daily worship and greater emphasis on theology and morality, Falun dafa is very different from other schools of qi gong. Its core tenets are truthfulness, compassion, and forbearance. It has been instrumental in transforming the lives of millions around the world and has redefined the existing schools of qigong schools to promote wisdom and good health.

Falun Dafa practitioners are prohibited from engaging in homosexuality, pre marital sex, drugs, alcohol, and smoking as part of the movement’s emphasis on morality and ethical behavior. They habits tend to defeat the goals of the practice and are considered to bring about negative Karma.

People who practice Falun Dafa should constantly strive to harmonize with their own being and with the universal tenets of truthfulness, compassion and forbearance. This is what cultivation essentially means. Falun dafa is comprised of five sets of exercises with gentle movements that are easy to learn and meditation to help one attain this harmony. These exercises are merely a supplement and the primary objective remains the cultivation of oneself. Besides having a profound inner meaning, they are very good ways to alleviate stress and anxiety.

The Objectives of the Exercise

The exercises’ primary goal is to imbibe energy within a short period of time whilst alleviating anxiety and stress.

The movements are easy to learn and simple and are all focused on all the meridians (energy channels) in the body. The exercises are designed to expand and open all meridians circulating through the body in order to promote the smooth flow of energy in the body especially in areas the flow is blocked. Practitioners can hope to gain from these exercises and increase their levels of energy levels within a short period of time.

The exercises open up of the energy channels that will help boost one’s well being and stamina. They can also assist in the elimination of negative energy from the body and helps the mind focus on positive thoughts. Bu the most important aspect of the exercises is its emphasis on breathing and the gentleness of the movements. These two aspects help reduce the stress levels and anxiety in someone who has quit an addictive substance very recently. The exercise’s spiritual dimension can also help people from relapsing to their addiction.

Alexander Ezzati is a Board Certified Acupuncturist and Herbalist, and the founder of Balance Within – Acupuncture Clinic in Encino, CA.

Written by Valerie

February 6th, 2018 at 1:43 pm

Tai Chi Can Be A Viable Treatment For Osteoporosis

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In the treatment of osteoporosis treatment, the problem of bone mineral tissue loss must be addressed. According to the National Osteoporosis Foundation of USA, people should address their osteoporosis issue through either non-pharmaceutical or pharmaceutical means.

The bone density of a person is usually determined with the use of X-ray absorptiomety examination. You will be diagnosed as having osteopenia if your score in this examination is between one and two and a half; on the other hand, you are suffering from osteoporosis, if your score is below minus two and a half. Fortunately, the good news is that there are a number of treatment options to choose from for both osteoporosis and osteopenia that can bring back the health of your bones.

If your score is below minus two, you may need to take a supplement of approximately 1200 mg of basic calcium a day as well as between 400 and 800 international units of vitamin D. Furthermore, to help you lose weight, you may need to do physical exercises. Or, you can opt for antiresorptive and anabolic drugs.

But if you have decided to treat your osteoporosis with non-pharmaceutical products and have not experienced any appreciable benefits, then you may want to consider pharmaceutical products such as bisphopshorates.

You can also properly deal with your osteoporosis by performing weight- bearing exercises. These may include low-impact aerobics, dancing, walking, and even gardening. You can do these exercises for about 30 minutes each day. Exercises that help strengthen the muscles can also be beneficial and doing some strength exercises may in fact result in a slight increase in your bone density which is very good for your osteoporosis.

One type of non-Western exercises that can be very helpful in the treatment of osteoporosis are Tai Chi exercises. They are beneficial and very safe to do which can definitely do you a lot of good in getting relief from your osteoporosis pain.

These exercises can also help prevent the likelihood of fractures. It is important to know that people suffering from osteoporosis are highly susceptible to developing fractures.

Modifying your lifestyle and using pharmaceutical products can help lower the risk of fractures by as much as 50 percent. Females are the ones most likely to develop osteoporosis especially if they have a family history of this disease.

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Written by Valerie

February 6th, 2018 at 1:38 pm

IBS And The Role Of The Spleen And Liver In Digestive Health

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Founded on the idea of harmony and balance between yin and yang, Chinese medicine uses an approach to digestive health quite different from that of modern Western medicine. Chinese medicine states that the liver is where the blood is stored. It is the organ system that normalizes the level of blood in circulation. Therefore, for nourishment, the liver’s health relies on the adequacy of blood flowing in the body.

In addition, the spleen has also a big role to play in the circulation of blood and energy or “chi.” Chi is the life energy in our bodies that flows inside the body through energy channels called meridians to various body parts and organs, thereby influential in transporting nutrients and oxygen for maintenance and nourishment of digestive health. Blood contributes to the circulation of body fluids inside the body.

Since IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome) is associated with transport and movement of fluid and food in the digestive system, the spleen then plays an important role in digestive health with regard to digestive disorders and digestion.

Also adequate spleen generates constructive spleen that nourished the flesh and muscles, especially in the four limbs, which therefore helps boost body movement and mobility, which promote digestion.

Over thinking and pensiveness, in Chinese medicine, impacts the spleen’s general health, leading appetite loss, and post prandial indigestion and bloating.

According to Chinese medicine, internal and external dampness can injure the spleen and weaken its functions. Foods such as dairy products and sugars, for instance, generate internal “dampness” of the spleen. The primary function of the spleen in the digestive system is to sort out the impure and pure part of the food and drink we take in. while the spleen delivers upward the pure part of the drink and food to the heart as blood and the lungs as chi, it likewise sends down the impure part of the drink and food to the abdomen and small intestine for removal to maximize digestive health.

With a healthy abdomen and spleen the chi of the spleen goes upward, while the chi of the stomach goes downward in a coordinated and balanced manner. Chinese medicine all the time espouses the importance of balance particularly the balance between yin and yang. Yin and yang and balance form the foundations of Chinese medicine.

However, nausea, stomach distention, constipation, belching can develop if there is imbalance in the upward movement. Simultaneously, the imbalance may also disrupt the normal downward movement that can result in diarrhea and stomach distention.

The liver may play a very important role in our digestive health albeit in an indirect way. It can be influenced by our emotions. More often than not, we live our lives the way we like them and oftentimes we are met by heartbreak, disappointment, sadness, and frustration. This can naturally lead to emotional distress, which can stress our liver. A clear manifestation of a dysfunctional liver is irritability or anger.

The spleen can be weakened by a poor diet and too much work as well as a sedentary lifestyle, and too much worrying.

Chinese medicine in Orlando states the underlying reason for IBS is imbalance between the spleen and liver. Consequently, the liver governs the spleen due to the smooth functioning of the chi mechanism of the body which relies on the smooth circulation of liver “qi.” Hence, spleen is adversely affected when the liver becomes depressed; conversely, the liver becomes depressed also if the spleen weakens. To put in another way, the spleen and liver connected to each other when it comes to overall wellness and digestive health. To conclude, maximizing the health of the spleen and the liver is essential in the maintenance of good digestive health.

Cooking actually is a way of predigesting food before it’s taken inside the body. According to Chinese medicine, almost all foods ought to be cooked. This is why in Chinese restaurants you would not find any salad bars. While cooking can destroy some vital nutrients, it promotes the absorption of the surviving nutrients in the body. Cold drinks and foods can weaken the spleens, and can be damaging to digestive health.

Sweets and sugars have a direct negative impact on the spleen, because they are dampness by nature. They also can be bad to digestive health.

Other damp generating foods include wheat, pasta, noodles, and bread.

All fats and oils are also damp by nature, and are not good for the health of the spleen. The same applies to dairy products including milk. They create damp in the body and are harmful to digestive health.

To keep your spleen strong and healthy, stay away from dampening foods. Instead you can eat lightly cooked veggies, low fat meat, beans, brown rice and other unrefined grains. Optimum overall health implies good digestive health.

Written by Valerie

January 30th, 2018 at 2:37 pm