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Moxibustion Therapy To Warm And Heal The Body

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After the acupuncturist in Bellmore inserts needles into carefully chosen points, he proceeds to put blobs of moxa on the upper tip of needles and then lit each of the needles. While it was quite alarming to be turned into the equivalent of a birthday cake, the ensuing heat penetrated deep into my body, rejuvenating my energy levels and relaxing the muscles.

As heat from the moxibustion therapy cooled down, it was as if the concerns and stresses that had been bottled up inside me had gone away.

Much later, almost a year of monthly treatments, it told a rather different story. The patient lit the moxa sticks and I immediately realized that her treatment was using a very different kind of heat, getting towards being uncomfortably hot.

When I talked about this to Rose, she told me it was a sign that my energy levels were nearing peak levels and that I was getting better, physically, mentally, spiritually. The first time she remembered, she was treated with moxibustion – she was damp and so cold inside that she was treated with three lumps of moxa on the same needle in order to feel any warmth at all.

Moxibustion is an integral part of Traditional Chinese Medicine which utilizes moxa made from the herb, mugwort. The mugwort is aged and then ground to a fluff which practitioners compress into a ball or form into cones.

They are then placed on the needle or directly on the acupuncture point and burnt to produce a nourishing, penetrating warmth similar to the heat from the sun.

Moxa can also be formed into larger cigar-like sticks which when lit are used to heat up larger areas of the patient’s body. Moxibustion is essentially the relaxing deep heat treatment of Chinese Medicine.

When applied to specific acupuncture points in combination with acupuncture, direct moxibustion enhances the effect of acupuncture. In Chinese Medicine, this is known as tonification – boosting the body. The extra heat generated is a mean of providing patients with something “extra”. Therefore, it is especially effective for people who are suffering from energy depletion or feeling run down.

The heat generated by moxibustion has a stimulating effect that can help increase circulation. In Chinese Medicine, this is known as dispersal – movement of stuck energy or blood or. Therefore, moxibustion very much works in treating a wide variety of problems, this may also be peculiar for some women. It is mugwort is widely known as an emmenagogue – which is something that activated the flow of blood the uterus and pelvic area. Hence it is specifically useful for menstrual and gynecological problems.

Moxibustion created a dry comforting dry heat that helps remove cold and dampness in the body, relieving general pains and aches and encouraging aging joints to combat problems such as arthritis and rheumatism.

Written by Valerie

May 28th, 2019 at 8:37 pm

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Chinese Music Therapy For The Treatment Of Hearing Conditions

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Thousands of years ago China, Chinese music therapy was deemed to be a holistic type of therapy. Nowadays, in modern-day China, physicians are getting interested in this traditional art and recommending it to their patients. Chinese physicians are researching on ancient practices to health conditions. A few years ago, music therapy has been slowly becoming a way to help three patients suffering from hearing conditions.

In traditional Chinese medicine in Tarzana, the five notes from ancient Chinese music are considered to relate to the five primary organs of the body: the kidney, heart, liver, lungs and spleen. Music therapy, in particular,is being used to address a condition of repeated ringing and hearing in the ears with no external source: this condition is called tinnitus.

Ear and throat Chinese physician specialist Dr. Li Ming has been studying the potential use of music therapy for the treatment of other conditions. Dr Li Ming says, “In addition to the current musical therapy modalities, Chinese music therapy is his focus in the treatment of energy imbalances in our body that can result in psychological discomforts.”

“By listening to the tradition of Chinese notes, we are serving whether there are any issues with the five primary organs.” Music therapy’s goal is to heal holistically external and internal problems. Patients have benefited from the mental aspect of the therapy even though some of them claim it is not physically effective.

Longtime tinnitus sufferer, Hu Ping says, “I don’t think that music therapy directly affects my tinnitus, however, it replaces music with the ringing sensation in my ear and brain which is better. I am aware that they can never cure my problem, but the most important thing for me is its psychological aspect. Everything else does not matter as long as you address the psychological problems.”

In administering Chinese music therapy, the patient’sare told to listen three times a day to a 30-minute track. There are patients who will suffer from tinnitus their whole lives but Dr. Li is confident that Chinese music therapy can help alleviate some of their tinnitus symptoms.

Written by Valerie

May 28th, 2019 at 8:33 pm

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In TCM, The Outcome Of Proper Nutrition Is The Prevention Of Diseases

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Chinese philosophy during ancient times was based on the principle of two complementary yet opposing forces known as, ‘yin and yang,’ which together comprise a balanced whole. The more conserving and passive force is ‘Yin,’ while the more thrusting positive force is ‘yang’. Disease occurs when the yin and yang of a person are not in perfect balance. Treatment focuses on building up the deficiency of either of these two forces rather focusing on the symptoms. The same rule applies to food potency to an herbal practitioner. Each food has certain properties that that influence the equilibrium of yin and yang. Aside from the symptoms, Chinese herbal medicine also needs to address the root cause. They all need to be known and treated with a diet that brings back the equilibrium.

The Tradition

The system of Taoism sprang forth from more than five millennia of human experience. The system’s main objective is the restoration of energetic and functional balance and the prevention of disease. During ancient times, Chinese naturalists have believed that the human being is a tiny mirror of the universe influenced by periodical patterns ruled by the principles of natural change.

People follow these same laws of natural changes that make possible the processes of birth, development, storage, harvest, and warehousing just as a plant develops from a seed, generate fruits, and collect its energy back to the root until the following growing season; these same laws of natural changes govern people allowing for the processes of birth, development, maturation, harvest, and storage. Based on these observations, the ancient sages learned the secrets to happy, healthy, and long life and formulated principles and their importance that portrayed the interrelationships between the natural world and people. They also concocted food formulas to help individuals to adapt effectively to nature.

The Healing Herbs

The trees, flowers, sunshine, pure air, collectively known as Nature, is the healing doctor. From the “Traditions of the Tao,” there are herbs that are low in fat, high in fiber, and contain high amounts of nutrient, minerals, and vitamins classified by modern medicine as being very intense vegetables. In addition, Chinese diagnosis is aware of the gentle qualities of some herb-foods as well as their Qi or Chi (life energy) attributes. In modern times, the herb-food’s qualities can be bolstered through appropriate herbal combinations. Insofar as the herb-food generates four directional reactions: downwards, outwards, inwards, and upwards, they ought to impact the proper organ with the necessary foods such as, among others, carrots for the eyes (these serve as vehicles to distribute nutrients from the herbs). The herbs that are used as dietary supplements that provide the right nourishment to the body are required to face the challenges of modern daily living.

The Five Elements

Metaphorically named the elements of Wood, Water, Metal, Earth, and Fire, the fundamental energy phases mirror the same composition of the five basic elements within the human body that further associate with the different aspects, systems, and organs of each person. In Chinese nutrition, formulas were designed as a natural and balanced whole food, putting special emphasis on one or more of these Elemental aspects. The Five Element formulas, when eaten in combination, can provide balanced and synergistic nourishment that harmonizes all the interdependent systems of the body.

Some say that the various flavors have a unique effect on the different body organs. These flavors and their affiliated organs include: salty for the kidneys, pungent for the lungs, sweet for the stomach and spleen, sour for the liver, and bitter foods for the heart. The correct herbs very much control this balance, restoring and rejuvenating our bodies to immaculate health.

Chinese Diagnosis

Much of what we know about oriental techniques come from TCM or traditional Chinese medicine in Bellingham that considers good health as a harmonious state between the ‘Yin and Yang’ phases in the act of change that occur constantly in the body and the balance in the Chi or energy of the body.

According to TCM, Chi circulates along an unseen network of channels called “meridians” that connect all organs and bodily systems. Any imbalance or blockage in the network is believed to lead to mental or physical illness. The aim of this diagnosis is to ascertain any blockages or trouble areas on the meridians in order to implement proper treatment.

A number of complicated techniques, many going back thousands of years, are utilized to make the diagnosis aside from asking questions about the way of life, habits, history, and symptoms of the patient. The practitioner carefully observes and takes notes about the color and texture of the skin, the sound of the patient’s voice, smell of the patient, as well as his breathing patterns and posture.

All these are taken into consideration to establish a detailed picture of the person’s health, although more emphasis is given to two specific procedures – the tongue and pulse diagnosis.

In reality, there are simple roots and herbs that every person can use. We are provided by Nature with antidotes for illnesses in simple plants. It is clearly understood that the outcome of proper nutrition is the prevention of these diseases.

Written by Valerie

May 21st, 2019 at 11:34 pm