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Acupuncture Orlando and the Meridian Systems

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Ancient Chinese medicine for thousands of years have known of  pathways or distribution networks for the force of chi.  Though similar to the body systems of the blood and neural networks, meridian systems cannot be seen physically and thus have no tangible anatomic map in western biological science.

These distribution networks are called meridian systems and they look more like electronic circuits in a motherboard or a huge spider web.  Meridian lines connect different areas of our body together. These networks supply chi energy to every part of the body. It is the meridian system that enables us to live, grow and reproduce.  It also explains how we become sick.

Interestingly, the earth has also meridian lines crisscrossing its surface.  The Chinese call these lines as ley lines. The ancients have known earth energy in ley lines that intersect.  They have been attempting to harness and use this earth energy by building structures like Stonehenge and the Pyramids of Gaza, being the most popular ones, to contain the powerful energy contained therein.

Unlike blood, chi can not be seen.  It can only manifest its existence by the state of the person’s well being.  Chi stagnating in one part of the body would make a person suffer diseases related to that part of the body.

The closest analogy to chi and the meridian systems would be the body’s nervous system where invisible electrical pulses crisscross the body’s neural network to transmit command signals from the brain to various parts of the body.

Researchers have been in the process of mapping out the body’s meridian networks for decades and someday a detailed intricate map of the meridian systems will be developed to better understand the chi’s influence on the person’s whole being.

Many theories abound of how the meridians were discovered.  In ancient times, the Chinese would observe that by inserting a needle in certain parts of the body, it would elicit reactions, moods and physiological changes from the subject.  This observation prompted them to further experiment and record their findings, which would eventually become part of the archival knowledge of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM).

Thus, meridians are basically, a collection of Orlando acupuncture points.  The meridian networks have specific acupuncture points in certain of the skin’s surface.  Needles applied on these acupuncture points affect the internal organic processes of our body.

Organs are classified as yin or yang organs.  Yin organs are known by the absence of any cavity in them.  The liver, heart, spleen, lungs, and kidneys are yin organs. Yang organs such as the gall bladder, small intestine, stomach, large intestine and bladder each have an empty cavity.  Meridians are linked to either the yin organs or yang organs, and they are known obviously, as yin meridians or yang meridians.

Acupuncture NYC and the Body’s Yin and Yang

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In traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), yin and yang are two opposite principles in nature that oppose and complement each other at the same time.  Generally, anything that moves, ascends, gives brilliance, evolves and is hyperactive relates to yang.  The state of quietness, descent, darkness, devolution or degeneration and hypoactivity, relates to yin.

In short, the principles of yin and yang relate to the duality existing in the universe, most lucidly seen in the duality of electricity: the positive and negative charge.  Yin and yang underlies TCM dogma to explain the physiological function and pathological activities of the human body and to serve as guide for diagnosis of treatment.

The theory of yin and yang states that the human body is the whole aggregate of the sum of its parts and there is an interconnection between all tissues and structures. Each of the tissues and structures has both the opposite aspects of yin and yang in them.

TCM believes that the body from the waist up is associated with yang and that below relates to yin; the body’s exterior associates with yang, while the interior relates to yin; the back is yang’s domain while the front, yin’s; and the lateral aspect of the body is governed by yang while the medial is governed by yin.

The zang-fu organs also have yin and yang aspects.  Zang corresponds to the organs that are yin in nature.  Fu corresponds to the yang-oriented organs.  All these organs themselves can again be classified into yin or yang.  Thus, there is a heart yin and a heart yang, a kidney yin and a kidney yang, a liver yin and a liver yang and so forth.

A healthy body means a balance of yin and yang.  An imbalance leads to the occurrence and the development of a disease.  If the disease is caused by yang imbalance, a cold syndrome results. This manifests as chills, cold extremities, tastelessness, inability to feel thirst, paleness, sudden profuse sweating, frequent urination, loose stool or pale tongue.

Yin deficiency, then leads to a heat syndrome, which manifests as fevers in the late afternoons and early evenings, irritability, sleeplessness, night sweats, dry mouth and throat, oliguria, dry stool, red tongue with scant white coating or a rapid pulse.

Acupuncture New York treatment and herbal medicine resets yin and yang to their state of balance. Usually, treatment for heat syndromes means application of herbs of a “cold” nature. Cold syndromes are treated with herbs with a “hot” nature.  Acupuncture works both ways in that meridians that designate the areas of yin or yang deficiencies are treated with specific needles designed to balance the cold and hot nature of these two principles.

Written by Valerie

February 25th, 2011 at 10:25 am

The Kidneys Role in Traditional Chinese Medicine in Philadelphia

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One of the fundamental differences between traditional Chinese medicine  in Philadelphia and western medicine is their perspective towards the organs of the human body.  Whereas western medicine sees a body organ with a clearly delineated and specific function, such as the kidney used for blood filtration or the heart used for blood circulation, etc., TCM sees the kidney as not only an organ for excreting waste materials but an integral part of the reproductive process as well and much more; or the heart responsible as well for the mental and emotional aspects of the person.

The kidney holds a very important place in TCM that rivals both the heart and the brain.  The kidney is vital for birth, growth and reproduction.  What we term kidney is quite different in concept to what TCM terms as kidney.  Kidney for TCM, encompasses kidney chi, kidney yin and yang and kidney essence Kidney essence is what is distinct from chi.  The kidney is the only organ in the body that possesses the essence quality.

The kidney essence controls the sexual processes like sexual maturation; sexual energy and fertility; and the reproductive process.  It also controls body growth and is responsible for hair, teeth and bone growth.  If the kidney essence has vitality, hair growth is healthy and if it is weak, hair texture becomes flimsy and its color turns to gray.

The kidney has an aspect called yin and yang.  TCM calls the kidney the origin of life or congenital foundation since it is believed that the kidney is where our whole genetic makeup is found and it provides the body with all the needed substances a person needs during birth.

The kidney yin is called primordial yin or true water and it “irrigates” the body with the yin fluid to nourish and keep moist all the body organs and tissues.  Kidney yin deficiency manifests itself as soreness and weak knees, vertigo, tinnitus, hearing difficulties, dry mouth and throat, a burning sensation in the palms and chest and constipation, and involuntary sperm emission.

Kidney yang (also called primordial yang) or true fire, on the other hand, provides the body with warmth and gives energy to all bodily organs and tissues.  Kidney yang deficiency is responsible for intolerance of the cold, cold extremities, malaise, difficulty in urination, incontinence, declining libido, or impotence in severe cases; female sterility, and general edema may also appear.

The strong emotions of fear and anxiety causes chi to be blocked or stagnate in the kidney.  The normal flow of chi dispels fears and anxieties and reanimates not only the body but the strength of the soul as well in the form of strong resolve and will power, which are necessary traits to counter addiction in one form or another.

The kidney has quite a number of meridian points in it and some of them are connected to the meridian system of the ear.  Ear acupuncture is one of the more popular and highly effective treatments for various forms of addiction.

Written by Valerie

February 20th, 2011 at 1:19 pm

Acupuncture and Infertility in Seattle

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Acupuncture for infertility in Seattle is growing in popularity for the simple reason that it works.  Acupuncture is a form of treatment where reed-thin needles are inserted in specific parts of the body.  These needles work threefold:  First, they remove the blockages in the networks where vital energy, called chi flow freely throughout the body. These blockages cause imbalance, illness and poor health in the body.  Chi is the force the keeps the body healthy and makes it grow.  Second, acupuncture heightens the body’s energy level, enhancing body metabolism, promoting good blood flow and vitalizing the body’s organs and tissues allowing them to function optimally.  Third, acupuncture stimulates the brain to release endorphins and other “feel-good” chemicals to allow the body to relax and heal itself and cure the psychological and emotional problems of the individual.

Chi flows through networks called meridians.  These are intangible series of pathways that functions just like the body’s nervous and circulatory systems.  Western medicine denies that chi or the meridian systems exist because they can not be empirically proven by means of Western technology.  Acupuncture works for female infertility by regulating hormone production and assisting in the maturation of the eggs.  It regulates the secretion of hormones so that hormones that make pregnancy difficult, is normalized making conception more likely to succeed.  Symptoms associated with hormonal infertility can be treated with acupuncture.  Menstrual irregularities can also be treated with acupuncture even such serious cases such as polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) or anovulation.

Acupuncture decreases PMS symptoms, such as anxiety, stress, and frustrations related to repeated unsuccessful conceptions.  As mentioned, acupuncture enhances blood flow, which benefits the womb, helping to build endometrium or uterine lining for implantation. Acupuncture reinforces the lining of the uterine walls, which minimizes the occurrence of miscarriages.  For male infertility, acupuncture has proven to cure sperm defects, increase sperm count and improve sperm quality.

Acupuncture has proven to be a good complementary modality to some mainstream assisted reproductive modalities. Acupuncture has become a very crucial part of these treatments especially for stressful invasive procedures such as In Vitro Fertilization (IVF).  Pre IVF procedures entail individuals to be oriented to acupuncture treatment.  Acupuncture helps the patient relax during the stressful phase of IVF.

A healthy psychological and emotional state is crucial for women who want to get pregnant since stressful and traumatic experiences can directly affect hormonal balance.  Acupuncture’s benefit on the psychological and emotional stability of the individual can assist in the hormonal balance, ovulation, egg maturation, and the reduction of anxiety and stress of the individual.  Acupuncture also assists women using fertility medications to reduce side effects and filter out the toxins associated with pharmaceutical drugs, giving the body a very healthy state to improve the odds of successful conception through assisted reproductive procedures.

Written by Valerie

February 18th, 2011 at 1:54 pm