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Blockages, Qi Gong, and Essence Tai Chi

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In Chinese medicine, there is a saying that goes, “One is without illness when Qi flows freely along the meridians; pain follows when this flow is blocked.”

This is a fundamental aspect in Chinese medicine and reflects its wisdom that is still very true after thousands of years of practice. Some of the metaphors in Chinese Medicine need to be translated in order to be understood by people today.

Blockages and Chemical Toxins and Waste Accumulations- Sources of Chronic Diseases

In the human body a blockage can develop in any location. The stagnation or slowing of blood and qi flow in the body is a manifestation or a symptom of a blockage. So, when a blockage develops, the metabolism in the affected part of the body slows down and the localized as well as the general body structure becomes less energetic. This slow movement weakens the localized body systems making it difficult to eliminate toxins and chemical waste by lymph or blood and this in turn leads to more build up of these elements in the same area. These processes do not stop and without medical intervention, can damage the entire systems of the body. Chronic illness can develop once the local energy level goes under a certain threshold. Over time, the disease will become more and more severe if left untreated. Healthy muscles, for instance, tend to have a soft and very relaxed tone. There should be no swelling in the joint. But if your muscle tenses up and your elbow becomes swollen, pressure to the area will cause pain. These are symptoms suggesting that your elbow has developed a blockage of blood and qi.

The Meridians or Energy Channels in Chinese Medicine and the Connection between Blockage and Illness

A blockage is usually located in some part of the body when an emotional or physical illness occurs. This obstruction may not necessarily develop near or on the affected structure or organ. Chinese medicine was able to develop meridian systems that can explain most of these associations by a systematic mapping out of the acupuncture points. This is important since it allows practitioners to treat illnesses such headaches, for example, by using acupoints on the foot of the patient. The outcomes are usually immediate and profound.

Blocked Joints Do Frequently Occur

Interestingly, the joints are where most acupuncture points are closely located. And since the joints provide for movement this brings about a greater amount of stress to the joint structure than to the tissue around the joints. The circulation of blood and Qi should be adequate enough in order to resupply the energy required for joint movement. If this does not happen, a blockage develops which may be difficult for the body to treat on its own.

Opening Blockages – Treating Diseases

Our body preserves the knowledge of health blood and qi flow regardless of blockages that interrupt this flow. It regains the original healthy flow pattern of Qi once the blockages are opened and eliminated leading to the resolution of the disease. The unclosing of the blockage facilitates the pumping out of chemical waste deposits from the body through the process of sweating or excretion of body waste. Stimulation is essential in the opening up of blockages in the body. Chinese medicine practitioners achieve this through Qigong, Tuina, or Acupuncture therapy. The body is able to transport increased amounts of blood and Qi to specific parts of the body and toxins and wastes can be removed from the body once stimulation is provided. The increased energy helps pump the waste and toxins out of the body. In Qigong therapy, Qi is directly transported to the blocked area which usually opens up the area enabling toxins and wastes to be pumped out of the body efficiently and effectively.

Essence Tai Chi, a Great Way to Prevent Blockage

Being an extremely relaxing activity, Essence Tai Chi can help boost circulation and enhance breathing and metabolism. Within the deeper part of your body, Tai Chi can activate the cells, relax the joints, and massage the internal organs. When the joints are relaxed, blood and Qi can flow smoothly through the large joints and spine helping to maintain and/or promote health. On certain occasions, Tai Chi is used to cure certain illnesses. Essence Tai Chi is strongly recommended as it is a great way to boost and/or facilitate wellness and health.

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Written by Valerie

August 8th, 2017 at 1:01 am

Posted in Acupuncture

Using Silicone Cups For Cupping Therapy

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For thousands of years, health practitioners have been using Cupping therapy. The cups used were traditionally made of glass, a rigid delicate material. However, glass is difficult to use because the practitioner needs to start the fire within the cup and quickly apply them on the patient’s body to generate the sucking effect required to treat a condition. The healing sucking effect comes from the air cooling within the cup.

Due to advances in technology these days, cups made from silicone materials have been created that are practically unbreakable and elastic. But the best thing about them is that the amount of suction can be easily controlled by merely squeezing the cups more gently or firmly based on the needs of the patient.

This technological innovation combines modern science with a multi-millennial healing practice, bringing you the best of both worlds.

How Does Chinese Cupping Therapy Work?

In cupping therapy, the practitioner heats up the inside of a cup with fire to create a vacuum or sucking effect. The cooling of the air within the cup draws the blood, tissues, and skin from the body. Cupping therapy gently decompresses tissues and muscles. This is different from massage or acupuncture therapy which compresses the treated parts of the body. This decompression promotes the flow of lymph, tonifies tissues and the skin, increases circulation, and generates space.

Also, the procedure is quite relaxing and a lot of people who have tried it claim that it feels just like getting a deep tissue massage.

Cupping therapy is part of an ancient healing system known as traditional Chinese medicine and is often used to alleviate respiratory clogging by applying cups on the chest. Some of the health benefits of cupping are as follows:

o Promotes the flow of stagnant or sluggish moving fluids
o Increases the elasticity of tissues
o Enhances circulation

Silicone cups used in cupping are very safe to use on practically any part of the body, including the face, ankles, wrists, neck, arms, chest, stomach, back, and legs. The cups used can be of varying sizes. The smaller cups are specifically used on the wrists, neck and face and the larger cups on the wider parts of your body.

The practitioner leaves the cups on the patient’s for 10 – 20 minutes. This will produce a reddish purple blood circulation pattern on the treated part of the skin. This is the sign of the cup’s suction drawing blood to the surface of the skin, and it is part of the treatment. So, unless you want people to see those marks, tell your practitioner to not leave the cups on your skin for more than a minute.

Massaging Yourself Using Silicone Cups

Cupping therapy can be administered in a stationary manner with the cups staying in one place. It also can be done in a dynamic way by first applying body oil and then using gentle movement on the site of treatment.

After the cups are applied and the appropriate degree of suction is activated, while maintaining the air-tight seal of the cup, carefully move the cup across the length of your spine, leg, arm or other parts of your body. The gentle movement can be profound and can be felt in the deeper tissues, the same effects when you get a deep massage. This helps rejuvenate and refresh your muscles and skin and increases the flow of blood conveying fresh blood and bringing nourishment to the tissues.

You can also do Cupping therapy in the shower. Apply organic Castile soap on your calves, thighs, or arms, and then perform cupping therapy to massage those parts of the body including areas where there are stretch marks or cellulite. This will make you feel reinvigorated and refreshed!

Cupping therapy in Pembroke Pines is very affordable. It is even less expensive than a single massage session. Its effects are almost immediate. It is also very safe and can give you so many wonderful health benefits.

Written by Valerie

August 8th, 2017 at 12:59 am

Posted in Acupuncture

Chinese Massage Combines The TCM Techniques Of Acupressure Qi Qong, Nutrition, And Herbs

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Chinese massage has the unique ability of calming down tired nerves and relaxing a fatigued body. Moreover, this over two and a half millennia old therapy is an efficient combination of the power of acupressure and essential oils infused with healing qualities. The aim of Chinese massage in Reading is to provide deep tissue treatment and rejuvenate the body. It applies the theories of the five elements, fluid-blood-qi, and Yin and Yang all of which are deeply ingrained in Oriental medicine. It is still widely practiced and is a unique inheritor of the abundant knowledge healing practices that were handed down from generation to generation to heal the tired. Chinese massage is actually the precursor of Japanese Shiatsu, Swedish massage, and the other types of relaxing massages.

A holistic system of complete health care, Chinese massage applies the Chinese traditional medicine techniques of qigong, nutrition, and herbs. It combines herbal therapy and massage with the aim of stimulating the channels and networks of energy or qi within the body and to streamline the spiritual aspects and the wayward emotions and thoughts of a person. In Chinese medicine, Qi is known as the life force of the body and is closely related to ‘breath’. The lungs obtain qi from the air it inhales while the digestive system obtains it from water and food. The water and food is broken down and converted into qi and flows through the jing luo or meridians.

The principle behind Chinese massage is the concept of xue (hsue) and jing-Luo. According to Chinese medicine, within the human body is a structured network of meridians (jing-luo) that run across the body and meet at points called the xue which are known as acupuncture points or just acupoints. The purpose of these interlinking channels is to connect the exterior organs to the internal, normalize the yin and yang (respectively, the sedating and stimulating) forces in the body, to transport qi and blood, and to boost the immune function of the body. The cause of physical pain in the corresponding area is due to a disruption or blockage in the free flow of qi energy in the jing-Luo. The disruption can manifest in various types of symptoms which are actually the expressions of the internally standardized development of an ailment. Chinese massage works by relaxing the joints, ligaments, and soft connective tissues (which, in Chinese medicine are collectively known as the Jin) that play a role in promoting the movement of qi along the meridians.

Chinese massage pushes the proper movement of qi and blood through the channels and activates acupoints eliminating blockages in the Jing-Luo and abetting the self healing processes of the body in order to resolve any wayward irregularities. It accomplishes this by utilizing robust pushing and rubbing techniques. Methods such as the use of pressure points in clockwise and anti-clockwise direction, manual strokes, and kneading are also employed based on the needs of the patient. Apart from this regulated use of moving and deep pressure that has a profoundly penetrating effect, Chinese massage also aids in the stimulation of the stagnant acupoints and meridian channels.

The result of all these is the healing of stress and of certain disorders related to the reproductive, musculoskeletal, and digestive systems. Extreme proper care should be taken for people with infections, lesions, open wounds, or fractures.

Written by Valerie

August 8th, 2017 at 12:55 am

Posted in Acupuncture

The Advantages In Attaining A Certification To Practice Acupressure

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Recently in Taichung, Taiwan, the China Medical University School of Nursing did a double-blind clinical trial on premature infants who were given meridian acupressure massage over a course of 10 days, 15 minutes each day, three times a day. During the procedures, which were administered before the feedings, the premature babies in the study group were given abdominal meridian massage, had their stomachs rubbed, and received other acupressure kneading procedures.

Researchers observed that both the control group (who were given standard care) and study group showed some significant improvements. At the first week of the trial, no marked difference between the two groups was observed; the week after, the weight of the infants in the study group was significantly higher than the control group. These outcomes are promising and seem to indicate that acupressure in Austin can be a beneficial mode of treatment that neonatal nurses can perform even in premature infants to stimulate growth and boost health.

What is acupressure?

Like acupuncture, acupressure originated from the ancient form of Chinese medicine. As a natural and noninvasive health care treatment, acupressure has been known to eliminate blockages from Chi (life energy/force). This promotes self-healing abilities and restores balance to the body.

Acupressure is a type of massage therapy and is also an energy medicine that does not cause pain. Furthermore, needles are not needed in this firm but gentle touch therapy.

FAQs about Acupressure

Besides aiding in the promotion of wellness and health among premature infants, acupressure is often used to help alleviate pain, boost blood flow, enhance the function of the immune system, lower stress, and bring back balance in the bodies of children as well as adults.

Some of the common health problems that acupressure can be useful in treating include arthritis, lumbar pain, fibromyalgia, and nausea (especially in patients with cancer), among many others.

Can Anyone Do Acupressure?

Although community courses are offered for learning basic acupressure procedures to heal oneself, there are a lot of colleges of Oriental Medicine and schools of massage therapy that provide certification programs for acupressure. Regardless if what’s offered is an individual training program or an advanced study in acupressure, the training basically involves the application and background of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) philosophies and of course, the acupressure treatment itself. Also included in the studies are pathology, physiology, anatomy, meridian treatment, and the theory of the Five Elements.

Acupressure certification on the national level is contingent upon the student passing of the Asian Bodywork Therapy (ABT) exam, which is provided by the NCCAOM (National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine). To ensure that your training meets all educational and State training requirements (National certification level) it is important that you first carefully examine your prospective course of study before enrolling in it.

The demand for massage therapy is growing by the day. This type of holistic treatment is vital to both allopathic medicine and holistic therapy practitioners. In the aforementioned clinical trial, nurses who have received training in acupressure therapy for infants are at an advantage in getting work in neonatal units. Veterinary technicians, veterinarians and other conventional medicine practitioners are integrating acupressure into their practice and get training to better handle the needs of their canine equine patients. Acupressure certification attained by massage therapists make these therapists better equipped to provide clients with more in-depth bodywork therapies; and thus by adding these educational credentials to their resume, they can earn a substantially higher income.

Written by Valerie

August 1st, 2017 at 7:59 am

Posted in Acupuncture

The Importance Of Nutritional Therapy In Chinese Medicine

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One of the foundations of Chinese medicine is Nutritional or Dietary therapy. Chinese medicine has been focusing on foods that have been curing illnesses for thousands of years.

With regard to nutritional therapy, Western medicine and Chinese medicine have at least one major difference. In Western medicine, nutritional therapy is seldom used to treat symptoms but it’s widely used for treating obesity and excess weight problems; in Chinese medicine, it is used to cure lots of diseases.

Another difference is that Chinese medicine not only takes into account the energies, flavors, and the movements of foods as it relates to various body organs but also the nutritional content of foods such as minerals, vitamins, proteins, and carbohydrates.

There are five food flavors in Chinese medicine: sweet, sour, salty, pungent, and bitter. These flavors have an impact on the internal organs and not just give you the taste.

1. Sweet tasting foods can include watermelon, chestnut, beef, banana, and, of course, sugar. They all can affect your spleen and stomach. They can help address toxicity from other foods and slow down acute symptoms. Sweet foods, in Western medicine, tend to increase your weight due to the fact that they are loaded with “empty calories.” Practitioners of Chinese medicine believe that sweet foods can negatively affect your spleen and stomach and impair your digestive functions, which cause you to eat more and thus, increase your weight.

2. Sour tasting foods like plum, pear, lemon, and mango can impact your gallbladder and liver and block movements. They are ideal for controlling excessive sweating and for treating diarrhea.

3. Your bladder and kidneys can be affected if you regularly eat salty foods such as seaweed, kelp, and salt. These types of food can soften hardness, and therefore can be used for symptomatic treatment related to muscle tension and stiffness.

4. Foods that have a pungent flavor tend to affect the large intestine and lungs. They include peppermint, parsley, ginger, coriander, clove, and chive and they all impact the large intestine and lungs. Pungent tasting foods can boost energy circulation and induce perspiration.

5. You small intestine and heart can be affected by bitter tasting foods such as radish, lettuce, and bitter melon. These foods can dry body fluids and increase body heat. This may explain why herbs utilized to treat diarrhea and fever always have a bitter taste because of their “drying” properties.

One should note that there are foods that possess more than one flavor, which is quite common (i.e., pork is both sweet and salty).

Foods, according to Chinese medicine, are also considered for their energies because they can produce cold or heat; this means they generate sensation of cold or heat to the human body. Drinking a glass of water, for example, will make your body feel cold but only for a short while, the sensations from foods, on the other hand, lasts significantly longer.

Regardless if they’re cold or hot, foods tend to produce a more enduring sensation on the body. They have five energies: neutral, cool, warm, cold, or hot. Interestingly, even when served in hot water, tea generates cold energy. Even if it is chilled, pepper gives out hot energy. While corn has neutral energy, chicken provides warm energy that is neither cold nor hot. Correspondingly, if you tend to suffer from acute and severe arthritis pain in cold winter days, then, to lessen the cold in your joints, you need to eat more foods that generate warm or hot energy.

Foods also have four movements: the downward movement that resolves asthma or vomiting, the upward movement that treats diarrhea, the inward movement that treats bowel movements, and the outward movement that relieves pain and induces perspiration.

The basis of Chinese medicine is harmony and balance. Nutritional therapy in Vancouver can contribute greatly to good health through its movements, energies, and flavors. This type of therapy has been used by the Chinese in curing imbalances within the body for thousands of years.

Written by Valerie

August 1st, 2017 at 7:57 am

Posted in Acupuncture