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The Season Of Autumn And The TCM Element Of Metal

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Autumn is a time of gathering and harvesting and Metal is the element it is associated with. This is the time when we crave foods that are warm in nature and the time when the weather turns cooler. Nature starts moving downward and inward; plants wither and leaves fall off trees. Fruits and nuts fall to the ground as rhizomes and roots of plants collect energies in their roots, which for our fall menu are ready to harvest. More root veggies become accessible, as well as fungi/mushrooms that nourishes and reinforces digestive fire, enabling us to “digest” ideas, thoughts, and foods better. Those foods strengthen also our Defensive Qi (immunity) against pathogenic infiltrations. Because autumn is a dryer season, keeping food moist by cooking with liquids is key to preventing dry organs, tissues, and skin. The taste of autumn is pungent; to avoid drying out keep, it to a minimum. To aid in the internal flow of energy, add in small amounts to your diet foods that are sour. Set on your table moistening and warming foods such as rosemary, thyme, savory, sage, garlic, olive oils, hemps, nut butters, tofu, cauliflower, radish, leek, barley, and mushrooms.

The season of the Large Intestine/Lung organ system is autumn and to make them function optimally, we need to keep these organs moist. How you cook will and prepare food will depend on climate and geographic location. Cooking with a little alcohol (sherry/wine), broth, or water, for a longer period of time at a lower temperature, as in using a crock pot /slow-cooker is highly recommended. Other good choices would be simmering, roasting, and covered baking on the stove. Late fall would be a good time to start adding salty and bitter foods to the diet to prepare for winter. Those foods have a downward/inward moving and contracting direction that which can help preserve our energies for the long winter.

Foods That Have a Pungent Taste

Functions: Boost Chi circulation (outward and upward, to the body’s periphery), dispel Wind, disperse mucus (Phlegm/Damp) and stimulate digestion.

Foods: cabbage, cauliflower, mustard greens, parsnip, kohlrabi, rutabaga/turnip, taro, horseradish, romaine lettuce, radish, and onion family.

Spices/Herbs: cilantro, chive, parsley, garlic, rosemary, basil, cinnamon, ginger, anise, dandelion, caraway, black peppercorn, cardamom, coriander, cumin, clove, fennel, dill, mint family (lemon balm, basil, spearmint, peppermint, etc.)

The Emotion of Metal – Grief

The emotion associated with the Metal element is grief which is also the emotion associated with Autumn. People with healthy lungs have the ability to keep commitments and hold onto their principles. When the time comes time to let go of something (physical or emotional, like a relationship) they let go without any repression of their emotions. They give themselves the freedom to grieve (feel the loss), resolve the loss, and then move on. People having weak lungs (sadness/repressed grief) have a real hard time letting go and may hold on to irrational fondness to another person or to their possessions. Suppressed grief can cause the lungs to over-expand, generating Chi stagnation in the upper cavity, which prevents the free movement of Chi. This can create problems such as disorders of the lymphatic and venous (vascular) systems, dehydration, skin problems, intestinal disorders (especially the colon), and respiratory disorders. The emotion of Grief is very important and can be used in a productive way to help us get through difficult times; physical manifestations will only arise when we refuse to let it go (at a profound internal level).

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February 26th, 2019 at 1:58 pm

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Acupressure For Curing Nose Pressure And Sinusitis

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Chronic sinusitis can lead to congestion and pain in your nose and your whole face. To cure the pressure on your face, there are many natural remedies you can consider.

Acupressure is a treatment technique closely affiliated with acupuncture in Bellingham. Although this procedure can be administered in-office, anyone can also use it on themselves on a limited basis.

Acupressure is closely based on acupuncture that uses the same principle of activating certain pressure points in the body. The biggest difference between the two modalities is that instead of using acupuncture needles, acupressure treatments can stimulate the pressure points without the need for needles.

Around the inner rim of your eyes is one of the most beneficial parts of the body areas to begin your journey to acupressure relief. And anyone, including you, can perform this is one style on yourself.

Place your thumbs about halfway up on both nostrils of your nose. Firmly press the thumbs against the cartilage of your nose. Hold this for thirty seconds (make sure it’s 30 seconds for it can seem like a long time when you’re in this position!)

Repeat this procedure as often as possible.

There is one other acupressure technique that can help clear your sinus cavities and restore sinus drainage. Press your index finger and left thumb on both sides of the bridge of your nose on the areas next to your inner eyes.

Using the heel and fingers of your right hand, reach for the muscles on the two sides of your spine at the back of your neck. On all four points, apply pressure for about a minute. (And if people ask what you’re doing, you can say to them that it’s a new yoga move!)

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February 26th, 2019 at 1:56 pm

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Acupressure: Age-Old TCM Technique For Relaxation And Health

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What is acupressure in Bellmore?

Acupressure is a bodywork healing method from TCM or traditional Chinese medicine that has roots from thousands of years ago. There are mentions and detailed usages of acupressure in Ayurveda, which has an even more ancient history. Acupressure involves applying pressure on precise parts of the body and is said to be even better at stimulating body parts than acupuncture (which uses needles).

Acupressure in traditional Chinese medicine is based on the theory of the five elements and various meridians/channels within our body. It involves the application of pressure to special energy points (called acupressure points) on the body. There are hundreds of acupressure points on our body, which belong to the 12 major energy meridians lines, which in turn connect to all our vital organs.

During an acupressure session, one typically lies with a clothed on a soft massage table. The practitioner then gently presses on the acupressure points with their fingers, palms, elbows or special tools. Since in acupressure, the apply pressure to specific and acupoints in our body, it can easily be used as a simple self-healing technique.

The key benefit of receiving acupressure treatment is: stress relief, a feeling of joy for relaxation and well-being. Acupressure also helps with improving circulation, elevating energy levels within our body, reducing aches and pains along with encouraging health and healing, by vitalizing the body’s intrinsic healing abilities.

Acupressure can be a great preventative in healing technique, particularly to help balance your body and address chronic issues and problems.

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February 19th, 2019 at 11:31 am

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Holistic Medicine Treatments Restore Your State Of Wellbeing And Balance

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Holistic medicine treatments have been used for ages throughout Asia and the Pacific Rim and now, it is becoming more and more practiced all around the United States. One specific treatment that is acquiring a reputation for providing a wide range of healing benefits to people is acupuncture to speed up the process of recovery and to regenerate and restore the body. The application of filiform needles helps people suffering from cancer restore their immune function service, help prevent loss of energy, and reduce the effects of fatigue associated with chemotherapy.

Acupuncture clinics can help relieve stress and alleviate the tension caused by trauma and headaches and offer relief from depression and anxiety. They also relieve ailments caused by sore muscles that are tight and/or have been constricted. To aid in the healing of stiffness and joint pain in the back and neck, acupuncture therapy in Tarzana is used as a complement or alternative to chiropractic medicine. In some institutions, acupuncture is administered alongside spinal adjustment to provide a complete alignment of the back and vertebrae and help center the body as tensions are released and muscles are eased.

Also taken into consideration are the digestive, respiratory, and cardiovascular systems that each receives enhanced benefits from the life affirming therapies originating from the orient. The practice of holistic medicine combined with meditative music and herbs relax and strengthen the body providing people general well being and health and restore them into a state of balance so that their energy can move more smoothly.

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February 19th, 2019 at 11:24 am

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Acupuncture and Physical Rehabilitation Combined Yielded Great Results In The Treatment Of Infantile Cerebral Palsy

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Acupuncture in King of Prussia coupled with physical rehabilitation can help improve the results of young patients suffering from infantile cerebral palsy.

Heilongjiang TCM University researchers found acupuncture an effective way of treating infantile cerebral palsy. Physical rehabilitation plus acupuncture treatment boosts the positive results of patients. Children with cerebral palsy benefit from getting both forms of treatment as healing modalities but the combination approach generates better clinical results.

Acupuncture combined with physical rehabilitation therapy produces a synergistic effect that benefits infants suffering from cerebral palsy. After conducting a controlled clinical trial, the researchers concluded that acupuncture plus rehabilitation works great in the treatment of infantile cerebral palsy. This condition is a non-progressive issue brought about by brain damage due to various causes. At any point of time up to a month before birth, there is a chance that this condition can occur.

Infantile cerebral palsy symptoms may include speech impairment, mental retardation, abnormal posture and congenital motor dysfunction. Nowadays, the main form of treatment for patients with this condition is to undergo physical rehabilitation. Past clinical studies has shown that acupuncture can be a significant factor in the treatment of infantile cerebral palsy. Because of this, researchers started their investigation to assess the correctness of previous findings.

Infantile cerebral palsy acupuncture treatment involves individually determined acupoints and scalp acupuncture. Scalp acupuncture stimulates neural cells and dredges the energy channels helping the patient to regain reflex functioning. This type of acupuncture helps improves speech abilities and restores limb motor functioning. All in all, acupuncture improves quality of life scores and significantly reduces the intensity of the cerebral palsy. Early diagnosis and therapy are the most important elements to consider when guaranteeing successful results. The cooperation of the parents in the process of treatment is just as important and is very much needed.

The Heilongjiang TCM University researchers have noticed that patients given acupuncture plus rehabilitation attained a higher Barthel rating and GMFM (Gross Motor Function Measure) score than the patients that only received acupuncture treatment. While both groups of participants positively responded to the therapy, these scores showed that the group given the combined treatment had a better ability to do day-to-day activities and had better motor functioning of the limbs.

The study involved the participation of 54 patients all suffering from infantile cerebral palsy. They were randomly and equally grouped into two: control group and treatment group. The control group was treated with acupuncture while the treatment group was given both rehabilitation and acupuncture.

For both groups the main acupoints chosen were the same:

GB7 Qubin
GV20 Baihui

Secondary acupoints were chosen based on the symptoms. For a weak kidney and liver:
GV4 (Mingmen)
Bl23 (Shenshu)
St41 (Jiexi)
Lv3 (Taichong)

For phlegm stagnation:

Bl17 (Geshu)
St37 (Shangjuxu)
St40 (Fenglong)
St36 (Zusanli)

For speech impairment:

CV23 (Lianquan)

For salivation dysfunction:
St4 (Dicang)

For a weak spleen and heart:

TB5 (Waiguan)
St25 (Tianshu)
LI4 (Hegu)
St36 (Zusanli)
Pc6 (Neiguan)
EX (Yintang)
Bl15 (Xinshu)

For weak eyesight:

St2 (Sibai)
GB14 (Yangbai)

For hearing impairment:

GB12 (Wangu)
Sl19 (Tinggong)
GB2 (Tinghui)
TB21 (Ermen)

the Tou Si Liu Zhen needling approach was utilized for the Qubin and Baihui points. In a straight line via the Baihui towards Qubin, a 1½ to– 2 inch needle (28 gauge) was stuck on one side of the head. The needle was pierced at 30° to the scalp and rotated constantly for 2 minutes at a speed of 200 rpm. On the other side of the head, the process was then repeated through the Baihui to the Qubin. A 50-minute needle retention time was followed. The needle was rotated once during this time.

The needling technique known as the Dian Si Bu Liu Shen was used for the other acupuncture points. A 128 gauge, 1.5 inch acupuncture needle was used in this treatment. The needle was quickly insertedand removed from the points without any needle retention time. Two consecutive weeks of consecutive of acupuncture sessions made up one entire treatment cycle. Before beginning the next cycle of treatment, a two day break was observed. For the entire treatment course, a total of six cycles of treatment given.

With the assistance of the parents of the patients, head rehabilitation was performed. The patients were given 1 of 3 various kinds of rehabilitation based on the patient’s conditions: muscle hypotonia, athetosis, spasms. For spasm suffererers, the parent will hold the head of the patient using their palm on each side of the patient’s head. Then they were told to pull the neck of the patient upwards. Simultaneously, they pressed downwards the shoulders of the patient using their forearms. For patients suffering from muscle hypotonia, parents were told to push the shoulders of the patient with their thumbs applying pressure against the chest of the patient, in order to lift the head of the patient and place it in the middle. For patients suffering from athetosis, parents were told to straighten the arms of the patient, press them slightly downwards, and turn the arms inwards to help rectify the outward turn.

Also administered for these three groups is sitting rehabilitation. For patients suffering from spasms, the patient was told to lean forward and split both legs. Then the trainer used both his hands to straighten the lower limbs of the patient.

For patients suffering from athetosis, the shoulders of the patient were held by the trainer with both hands and faced it frontwards. Subsequently, the patient was guided to lift himself with his hands. For patients suffering from muscle hypotonia, the trainer made use of his two hands to download press on both sides of the patient’s spine using the thumb of the trainer to help straighten the body and head of the patient. The patient was pushed in the right left, back and front directions to build and train his or her sense of balance after the sitting position of the patient was in order.

In limb rehabilitation, the lower and upper limbs were exercised. The lower limbs often experience tenseness and stiffness. When the knee joints were utilized as a point of control, the two legs were outwardly turned to separate the legs. Hip joints were bent and rotated if the tenseness intensified. For the upper limbs, the fingers of the patient where relaxed and their arms were turned outwards, straightened and lifted upwards. The elbow was inwardly rotated before the straightening of the arms if the elbow of the patient was significantly bent.

Before and after treatment, the Barthel ratings and GMFM score of the patients were documented. The Barthel rating was utilized to determine the ability of the patient to do day-to-day activities. TheGMFM score helped measure the motor function of the limbs. The outcome showed that acupuncture generates favorable results in the healing of infantile cerebral palsy. Applying acupuncture and rehabilitation together are shown to generate even greater outcomes. It was concluded that combining rehabilitation with acupuncture boosts the positive results in patients suffering from infantile cerebral palsy.

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February 12th, 2019 at 11:19 am

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Acupuncture And Moxibustion For Healing The Various Ailing Areas Of The Human Body

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Chinese medicine can involve acupressure, moxibustion, herbal medicine and acupuncture. These modalities are meant to reinstall the flow of energy in the pathways that make up our qi which is the energy or vital force of the body. The human body has 14 energy channels, called Meridians that comprise the life force of the body, which is the essence of life. When we are healthy, energy steadily flows through these meridians. We experience sickness, pain, and symptoms of illnesses when there is a blockage in the flow in one or more of these meridians. The fields of energy that circulate through every layer of our body can be controlled through touch, pressure, electrical stimulation, needle punctures, and other ways so that the movement flow of energy can be restored in the blocked meridians. There are acupuncture points along these Meridians, which are found in our ears, feet, skin, and muscles, and are close enough to the body surface to control for the process of healing.

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Acupuncture is one such technique to exploit the Acupuncture Points (acupoints). Acupuncture is a method that involves the placement of slender needles into the skin along the acupoints of Meridians. Despite the lack of evidence of the existence of these energy channels, there are resources available that delineate the paths these meridians take within our body and where the acupoints exactly are. Each of these channels, fortunately, has its own acupoints on the surface of the skin to give us the means to heal all joints, organ systems, and other components of our musculoskeletal system. These sources of information can be found in pictures, books, diagrams and illustrations.

The needles used in acupuncture have a tiny diameter and are made of stainless steel, as opposed to hypodermic needles used to draw blood which are much larger. Acupuncture needles are also hollow; hypodermic needles are solid. The needles are inserted into the skin about an inch to four inches deep. A normal treatment session may necessitate the use of five to fifteen needles.

Acupuncturists recommend a series of treatments to build up a cumulative effect for it to work in the relief of stress and pain. This implies that as the treatments continue, the benefits of the treatment will increase and last longer with each additional session.

Some doctors have integrated conventional acupuncture procedures in order to boost the results of their treatment, as well as to increase the time intervals that patients undergo without experiencing relapses of symptoms of disease or pain. Doctors have experimented with both new and old technologies and medicines in order to augment the benefits of their therapies.

Electro-acupuncture is an updated version of traditional acupuncture whereby an electric current is transported to Acupuncture needles. The current settings that apparently can provide the best outcomes are the high-intensity, low-frequency currents. They are highly likely to provide the body with more benefits and comfort, and endow benefits that persist long after the session is over. The high-intensity low-frequency currents are the settings that tend to generate a cumulative effect for the relief of pain. The acupuncturist inserting the needles to the acupoints has control over the current’s intensity and frequency.

PENS Acupuncture is another modern form of acupuncture. It entails the attachment of electrodes to acupuncture needles. Electricity is then sent to the needles inserted in the body.

Moxibustion

Moxibustion is a healing method whereby heat from flaming herbs is directly applied over each acupoint during a treatment session. This branch of Chinese medicine involves the treatment of acupoints along the Meridians whereby the flow of energy is believed to be obstructed. The acupoints do not have to be stimulated manually for the meridians to be affected. In certain instances, nutritional and herbal therapies can work as well. In moxibustion therapy, a plant known as mugwort or moxa is lit over acupoints on the head acupuncture needles that are inserted in the body. The lit moxa has healing properties believed to promote healing by reinvigorating the flow of qi and increasing the flow of blood.

There are two types of moxibustion: indirect and direct. In Indirect moxibustion, the end of a moxa stick is lit, and then placed near the acupoint for many seconds.

In the direct method, a small cone-shaped moxa is directly placed on the acupuncture point. There are two sub-classifications of this treatment: non-scarring and scarring.

The non-scarring version involves igniting and placing the moxa directly on then and then quickly removed before it burns the skin. The scarring version involves placing a piece of moxa on the skin and then setting it on fire.

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February 12th, 2019 at 11:05 am

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Acupressure Therapy A Terrific Alternative Therapy Used To Resolve Pain Related Conditions

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Acupressure in Walla Walla is a very old healing technique that uses the fingers to stimulate acupressure points. It’s utilized for the self-treatment of disease and overall preservation of health. The seven relevant acupressure points discussed below, when activated effectively triggers the natural self-healing capacities of the human body.

Commonly known for its ability to relieve physical pain, acupressure can be also used to treat other ailments such as back pain and headaches. For issues such as emotional pain, the healing benefits of this therapy are only now starting to get the attention it deserves.

Aside for its uses for pain, the acupressure (acupoints) have also been known to enhance a person’s physical appearance for millennia. An acupressure beauty treatment can enhance blood and energy flow, alleviate stress, and increase muscle tone.

The following are the seven important acupressure points that should be stimulated by women if they want to attain enduring beauty and general emotional health.

1. Liver 3 or Tai Chong point (Lv 3) – This point helps subdue irritability, anger, and impatience that can lead to acne, enduring furrows between the eyebrows, irregular menses and PMS. The Lv 3 acupoint is found between the second toe and the big toe, about an inch inward from the top foot’s webbing.

2. Stomach 36 or Susanli (St 36) – Alleviates pensiveness, anxiety, and over-thinking that leads to with digestive pain, deep wrinkles on the forehead, fatigue, and headaches. The St 36 acupoint is situated three inches under the knee cap, and a finger breadth sideward to the shin bone.

3. Gallbladder 34 or Yang Ling Quan (GB 34) – Assists in making decisions and alleviates timidity. The typical ‘hunch-back’ can be the due to a refusal of taking charge of one’s life. This acupoint always should be used if physical pain is felt. It is situated just under the knee cap, between the shin bone and the fibula bone.

4. Spleen 6 or San Yin Jiao (Sp 6) – Ameliorates all worries, angers, fears, and associated emotions. Those emotions eventually deprive a person of experiencing a fulfilling life. They also can lead to high blood pressure, urinary problems, and thyroid problems among many others. The Sp 6 is found three inches over the bone of the inner ankle.

5. The Large Intestine 4 or He Gu (LI 4) – This acupoint is also effective in treating emotional stress. It’s extremely important for the skin and for the health of the skin and facial muscles. It also works in relieving menstrual disorders and issues with the large bowel. The LI 4 is found in the muscle between the pointy finger and the thumb.

6. Lung 7 or Lie Que (Lu 7) – Treats depression, grief, and sadness. The lively attractive feature of a woman suffers most from emotional problems. This acupoint can prevent the occurrence of various skin conditions, bad posture, and respiratory problems. The Lu 7 is found on the wrists’ thumb side, beside the head of the radial bone (just under the thumb base) about an inch from the wrist’s crease.

7. Pericardium 6 or Neiguan point (Pc 6) – Alleviates shallow breathing, worries, and stress that can result in circulatory problems and a tensed neck. The P5 acupoint is found on the interior of your wrist, about two finger widths from the wrist’s crease and between the two major tendons that can be palpated with the middle of the arm.

When acupressure is applied to all these points, make sure to use adequate pressure that does not cause pain. Keep administering pressure to these points twice a day for 20 to 30 seconds. It should be pointed out that all those points are found on both sides of the body.

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February 5th, 2019 at 10:19 am

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Removing Toxic Energy Stuck In The Body With Gua Sha Therapy

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According to a 2012 study entitled, “The Effects of Scraping Therapy on Blood Perfusion Volume and Local Temperature in Healthy Subjects,” Gua Sha “is a beneficial form of stimulation therapy performed on the skin.”

The article states that Gua Sha enhances tissue metabolism in the area scraped and in adjacent areas and relieves tension in the nerves and blood vessels.

The therapy can also reverse blockage to microcirculation. This means if something is obstructing the nutrients and oxygen from going into the tissue in that area, Gua Sha can then free the nutrients up.

The process of microcirculation also eliminates carbon dioxide from the tissues. Gua sha can remove the toxic energy stuck in that part of the body.

It also stimulates certain processes in the body, such as raising the temperature of the body region in order to facilitate healing.

In the Arya Nielsen article “The Science of Gua Sha,” she talks about studies that reveal a four-fold increase in the flow of blood on the skin surface, which is referred to as microperfusion. Nielsen states that aside from alleviating pain in the body parts where it is applied, gua sha can also have a beneficial effect on much more severe diseases, such as hepatitis.

Some practitioners believe that Gua Sha is mainly an energetic type of treatment. With a scooping light method, built up energy is removed from the fascia. As the energy or chi starts to move, the blood is activated and rises to the surface, resulting in a flush of both chi and blood rising to the surface. This is a cleansing of the region that’s been extremely stagnant and stuck. This is the reason red dots only appear on areas that are energetically blocked. One can perform Gua Sha on parts of the body that are not stuck and no Sha comes out, even after several minutes of repetitive strokes. On some people, only a few strokes on the site of pain immediately generates “sha”. Hence, the parts where the redness manifests are stuck, and the parts where redness doesn’t arise are not stuck. And because of the fact that you’re hardly required to scrape at all (even light-as-a-feather pressure on a stagnant area, generates the “sha”) is a puzzle that entails lots of big scientific words to try to explain!

Until now, no one has ever found any studies that address the mystery of sha only rising out of the stuck regions. It seems however, like an important factor as to why Gua Sha is so extremely effective!

Some major words explained:

The article uses some important medical terms to depict the things that occur when a practitioner performs Gua Sha. Some of the terms include:

Microcirculation

This word refers to the flow of blood in the tiniest blood vessels in the body. Microcirculation transports nutrients and oxygen and eliminates the carbon dioxide. It also normalizes tissue perfusion and flow of blood. This then beneficially impacts blood pressure and alleviates swelling and inflammation.

Perfusion

Perfusion refers to the body process that delivers blood to a capillary bed in tissues. It is vital to have sufficient perfusion in the body, and there are tests to see how well the body transports blood to the capillaries.

Ecchymosis

This is a term that describes a discoloration of the skin caused by bleeding underneath skin surface.

Hyperaemia

Hyperaemia means the boost in blood flow to various tissues in the body. This happens under the skin (subcutaneously).

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February 5th, 2019 at 10:13 am

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