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Acupressure A Useful Treatment For Migraines And Headaches

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For most practitioners, acupuncture is the best treatment for headaches, but they also believe that acupressure can be also a powerful treatment for headaches and one of its best features is that it is easy to learn and can be done safely at home. The differential patterns for the various types of headaches may depend on whatever organ system(s) is affected although almost always it is the Gallbladder meridian that’s affected.

The Gallbladder meridian is located near the eye’s outer edge and it radiates towards and upwards the back of the head. This meridian travels across the top of the shoulders and at the top of the trapezius muscles where it stretches downwards through the occipital area. This is the area midway between the shoulder joint’s topmost part and the base of the neck. For people suffering from chronic headaches, this meridian is usually tight; when it’s stressed, it even gets tighter. The Gallbladder meridian then runs from the shoulder and downward the side of the body, passing the gluteal area, then to both leg’s lateral aspect, and stops at the fourth toe.

According to Chinese medicine, the Gallbladder and Liver play major roles in the development of migraines and headaches. These two organs are closely connected to each other so much so that if one organ has a problem, the other is sure to be affected as well. This is why when practitioners treat one organ, they usually also address the other. The Liver meridian also impacts the top of the head and can be responsible for pain behind the eyes. Because both these meridians can affect the back, sides, and front of the head, they are often used to effectively treat migraines and headaches.

The following is a very simple acupressure procedure which you can perform at home to cure or reduce a headache:

  1. First, sit on a stool or chair without a backrest. You can also sit on the floor or on a coffee table.
  2. Then tell someone to stand behind you (about two to three inches away from their chest to your back).
  3. Your companion then places his/her thumbs on your trapezius muscle’s highest point (this will again be about middle between your shoulder joint and the base of your neck).
  4. Once your companion’s thumbs are in place, tell him to push using a moderate amount of pressure straight towards the floor. You and your companion should be in constant communication with each other. Tell him/her if you’re not getting enough pressure or if there’s too much of it. You will know how much pressure you can tolerate. The treatment should not hurt but you definitely will feel some pressure on your muscles.
  5. Keep on applying steady pressure on the muscle for about two to four minutes.
  6. Repeat the process as much as you can.

This simple acupressure procedure should take care of your migraine or headache. When performing this therapy, act with caution and to avoid injury, make sure you are constantly communicating with your companion.

Ni Nan Gilbert is a licensed acupuncturist in Bellmore, NY with certification in Chinese Herbology and over 16 years experience in traditional Chinese medicine.

 

Written by Valerie

January 16th, 2018 at 4:41 pm

A Tai-Chi Session Each Week Can Help You Stay Fit And Healthy Until Your Golden Years

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According to American researchers, the exercises in Chinese Tai-Chi can benefit your health and well being by boosting your self confidence and increasing muscle resistance. If you are looking for a way to maintain strong bones and good health, even when you`re past 60, we recommend that you include a few Tai-Chi exercises into your weekly workout sessions. One thing you can expect from this is a lessened risk of fractures or injuries.

The researchers evaluated the results of two groups of older people with ages over seventy years old: one group did not perform any Tai Chi exercises while the other group had Tai Chi exercises thrice a week for three months. The researchers observed that the group that had practiced Tai-Chi showed a significant improvement in flexibility, mobility, muscle strength, and knee resistance.

According to another US study, after a person passes 65 years of age, his muscular mass decreases by about two percent each year. They can consider doing Tai-Chi workouts in order to avoid this undesirable consequence of the aging process.

Tai-Chi is based on breathing techniques and fosters a balanced lifestyle to maintain the health of the lungs, especially if you are a smoker or live a stressful life.

This ancient healing practice can also lower your susceptibility to cardiovascular diseases. It can also be an efficient way to enhance memory and mental function especially for people who suffer from memory loss or who are unable to concentrate well enough.

It`s time to make positive changes to your lifestyle if you consider yourself an active person and are willing to stay fit and healthy until your golden years. A Tai-Chi session each week can make you feel and look great.

Amy-SuiQun Lui, L.Ac.
Asian Health Center
27059 Grand Army of the Republic Hwy
Cleveland, OH 44143
Tel: (440) 833-0983
http://www.clevelandacupunctureclinic.com

Written by Valerie

January 16th, 2018 at 4:23 pm

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Qi Gong Is Designed To Treat Sicknesses And Maintain General Health

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Qi Gong is essentially a series of Energy Exercises. Qi Gong is made up of two Chinese words that literally mean energy and exercises or work. So, Qi Gong basically means exercises for your energy.

Qi Gong is a relatively recent term. The exercises in this ancient practice have been collectively called Dao Yin or Nei Gong for thousands of years. Dao Yin means Guiding and Leading due to the fact that the postures guide and lead your life energy or Qi through the body for various purposes based on the set of exercise or exercise. Nei Kung means Internal Exercises.

Although Qi Gong is a blanket term for several various exercises. It has thousands of exclusive styles. Hence, Qi Gong is a term that’s not specifically descriptive. It is similar to the word “transportation,” which is a general term that may refer to various modes of transportation (car, bus, train, plane, rocket, etc.) Each form of transport is the same in that entails going from point A to point B but beyond that each type of transportation may be quite different. The same goes with Qi Gong.

However, what these styles all share in common is that they involve working with the Qi or energy of the body. There are Qi Gong styles that exclusively have stationary exercises and there are styles that make up of moving exercises only. There are styles that target specific sicknesses and there are styles designed to maintain general health. There are exercises designed for the martial arts like the Iron Palm. They may all be different but they all work with the Qi of the body.

Some of the systems of Qi Gong are thousands of years old, having been passed down from generation to generation. Some systems are fairly modern. Most people practicing Qi Gong derive various benefits from both types. People extol the age old systems as having passed the test of time and the inventors of the modern systems cite innovation and improvement as their inspiration.

It is vital that you need to understand the style you are interested in if you are just embarking on your practice for the first time. You need to know its history, attributes, and objectives.

If you have been practicing a style of Qi Gong for some time, you may need to look at the other styles that are distinctively different in style, approach, attributes and objectives.

 

Five Points Acupuncture & Wellness
20 Pondmeadow Dr #107
Reading, MA 01867
(781) 944-3000
http://www.fivepointsacupuncture.com

Written by Valerie

January 9th, 2018 at 6:11 pm

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Tap Your Natural Healing Power With Jin Shin Do

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You should never underrate the power of human touch. All of us posses this innate gift and power to heal. Many choose not to use it, but for people who are willing to share this gift for the benefit of humanity, the Oriental healing art of Jin Shin Do can be a great place to learn. Learning the sequence of movements and the pressure points used in Jin Shin Do can set you on the right track to become a natural healer who’s able to use that inherent power and energy to heal others in a positive way.

A form of acupressure, Jin Shin Do is very easy and simple to learn and perform. It is centered on the Japanese style of acupressure that focuses energies from an emotional point of empathy and compassion. We develop an increasing awareness of our own system of vital energy and conditions and through the reception and giving of treatments. Jin Shin Do can help us become more acutely consciously aware of the things that throw our lives out of balance. This gives us an insight on what necessary changes and steps we need to take to further develop our personal growth.

Designed to nourish and rejuvenate the energies or “chi of the body, Jin Shin Do strengthens and balances our physical bodies and spirit. It is a mindset firmly entrenched in Chinese medicine. Jin (which means compassion) is seen as “the mystical key that unlocks the true power of a person’s spirit”. The healing benefits of Jin Shin Do cannot be experienced without this compassion for others and ourselves. The healer needs to acknowledge wholeheartedly the strengths and weaknesses of the human race without biases or prejudices.

The second word, Shin, means spirit. This is the spirit in which energy moves from us to another. However, this spirit is not innately and exclusively “ours;” it flows within and through us and in the entire universe. Shin does not refer to a “self-centered” reality but a humbling route of self realization, that’s in harmony with the oneness of all things and nature.

In the Yellow Emperor, Ch’I Po asks, “What is the spirit? You cannot hear it with the ear. Your eyes must be attentive and open, and the spirit can then reveal itself in a sudden way via your own consciousness. You cannot express it through the mouth; your heart can only express everything that can be looked upon. You may abruptly lose this knowledge if you pay close attention. But the spirit or Shen clearly reveals itself to you as if the wind has blown the cloud away. Hence, it can be spoken as the spirit.” Jin Shin Do trains you to develop the ability to course universal chi (energy) via healing touch to bring about emotional harmony and balance in us and in the recipient.

Do, the third character, means Tao or “the way” and implies following all that is and the way of nature. The vision of “the way” drives humans to start to balance their lives and move with the changes that come with the flow of life.

Eastern Healing Solutions, LLC
10875 Grandview St #2200
Overland Park, KS 66210
(913) 549-4322
http://www.overlandparkacupuncturist.com

Written by Valerie

January 9th, 2018 at 6:10 pm

Chua Ka Self Massage To Heal Deep-Seated Tension And Stress In The Mind And Body

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Do it yourself massage, a splendid way to feel good without having to pay for a massage! Sure, it’s not exactly the same and it may not even feel as good. But, it sure does benefit your whole being and gives you the power to heal yourself.

The value of self-massage was acknowledged by the ancient Mongolian warriors who, before setting off to battle, gave themselves a form of deep tissue massage called Chua Ka. According to them, life experiences generate a web of muscle pain and tension that are recollected as fears in the body. For them, life itself is so arduous that it forces the body to retain fears, injuries, and stresses learned from those trauma and wounds within muscular tissue. Because it is important for them to fight or go into battle without fear, they believed that deep massage was a good way to liberate those deeply rooted fears within their body and psyche.

The healing power of Chua Ka allows for the release of both mental tension and physical tension in a person. During the peak of Mongolian empire, which was by far even more vast than the empire of Alexander the Great, warriors would utilize stones and sticks to burrow slowly deep into the body. They did this because they believed that it brings the mind and body into a condition of intensified awareness and sensitivity and it provides them with additional benefits that can be crucial for victory when heading off to battle.

There is a lot to say about the benefits of massaging yourself. You don’t need to know how the Mongolians were able to discover and develop Chua Ka and how they came to the realization that massage can help prepare them for war in order to gain the benefits of self-massage. In our modern age, people get massage for various reasons. Numerous studies have revealed that massage definitely helps detoxify the body, increases circulation, allays stress, promotes relaxation, produces long-term health benefits, and last but not least, is easily accessible and very affordable, more so if you do it on yourself.

For the incredibly successful and strong ancient Mongolian warriors, stones and sticks were perfect tools that honed and turned their bodies into efficient killing machines. Today, very few people realize that there are a few common household items that may be used to relieve mental and muscular tension.

If you have ache or pain in your forearm due to typing too much, you may utilize the ends of a rolling pin or even a drum stick in order to apply pressure to relieve the part of the body where discomfort or pain is felt.

Speaking of rolling pins, you can read a helpful article in the Elephant Journal that explains how rolling a foam pillow over your body can help alleviate over-used and sore muscles.

Are you experiencing knots or pain in your back? Relieve it by simply lying on the floor and placing a tennis ball along the problematic part of your spine. To either lessen or add pressure on your back to relieve muscle ache or pain within minutes, you can simply use your own body weight and slowly move your body.

I would be remiss if I failed to mention yoga when writing about self-massage. The reason yoga is one of the most practiced activity in the world is because it is one of the best forms of self-massage ever.

The warriors of ancient Mongolia knew that the mind and body were closely connected and it was necessary to take care of the body not just for mental health but also for their very own survival. The warriors of today realize that self-massage is a great way to take care of the body, which can help them flourish in other areas of their lives.

 

Dr. Yelena Pakula is a licensed acupuncture doctor and the medical director of Vita-Health Acupuncture and Wellness Center in Pembroke Pines, FL.

Written by Valerie

January 9th, 2018 at 5:33 pm

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