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How To Cook And Serve The Highly Nutritious Chinese Taro The Traditional Chinese Way

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Long a staple in traditional, Chinese cooking Chinese taro has been used in a variety of ways and is valued for the nutrients and vitamins it supplies and exceptional taste. A lot of street vendors, in fact, sell Chinese taro because it is so easy and quick to prepare. After including this delectable morsel in your cooking, you’ll soon understand how despite eating so eat so well, the Chinese manage to stay so thin.

Even if Chinese cooking involves the use of a lot of various ingredients, Chinese taro is perhaps the most widely used in traditional Chinese cooking. The Chinese pattern a lot of their food after the festivals they commemorate, loud flavors and bright colors fill their plates; spring rolls, Manchurian, and lots more recipes are used.

Chinese taro is a starchy plant that grows in the ground underneath water rich soil. Its stems are thick and tall that end up in large triangle shaped leaves. The vegetable is high in thiamine, potassium, iron, vitamins b1 and c, and carbohydrates. The plant needs to be peeled to remove the muddy skin since it grows under the ground in wet soil. The vegetable is peeled until the white flesh appears and there are purple markings. The taro should be sliced to a fourth of an inch thick, at least.

Green Onions and Stewed Taro are two of the most popular Chinese dishes that that has Chinese taro. To make green onion stew, a savory side dish to accompany any meal, you need a pound of taro combined with green onions, hot water, soy sauce, peanut oil, and garlic. Important when using taro, it’s important to follow a few basic tips. When the wok starts to emit smoke, cover it with oil and it is ready to cook. You can put the taro on the wok and a light cooking of 15to 20 seconds, you can add garlic for flavoring. Add water to the pan till it almost covers the taro after the taro has browned. Bring the stew to a boil and cook on medium flame for 15 to 20 minutes constantly stirring to ensure that it doesn’t stick to the bottom of the wok. For an ideal Chinese meal the taro can be eaten along with steamed rice.

With a bit of patience and time and with just a few simple tips, you can easily master the art of cooking with Chinese taro; this plant is a traditional Chinese dish that is loaded with flavor and nutrients.

Blue Mountain Acupuncture
2200 Melrose St Suite 9
Walla Walla, WA 99362
Phone: (509) 876-4597

Written by Valerie

February 6th, 2018 at 1:45 pm

Falun Gong Can Help Prevent A Person From Relapsing In Addiction

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Falun Gong, also called Falun Dafa, is a traditional Chinese “cultivation system” or spiritual movement. This practice was first introduced in 1992 in China by Li Hongzhi. It was labeled a “heretical” practice and banned by the communist Chinese government in 1999. There are several news accounts of thousands of Falun dafa practitioners being imprisoned, tortured, and even killed by the Chinese government.

In its espousal of absence of rituals in daily worship and greater emphasis on theology and morality, Falun dafa is very different from other schools of qi gong. Its core tenets are truthfulness, compassion, and forbearance. It has been instrumental in transforming the lives of millions around the world and has redefined the existing schools of qigong schools to promote wisdom and good health.

Falun Dafa practitioners are prohibited from engaging in homosexuality, pre marital sex, drugs, alcohol, and smoking as part of the movement’s emphasis on morality and ethical behavior. They habits tend to defeat the goals of the practice and are considered to bring about negative Karma.

People who practice Falun Dafa should constantly strive to harmonize with their own being and with the universal tenets of truthfulness, compassion and forbearance. This is what cultivation essentially means. Falun dafa is comprised of five sets of exercises with gentle movements that are easy to learn and meditation to help one attain this harmony. These exercises are merely a supplement and the primary objective remains the cultivation of oneself. Besides having a profound inner meaning, they are very good ways to alleviate stress and anxiety.

The Objectives of the Exercise

The exercises’ primary goal is to imbibe energy within a short period of time whilst alleviating anxiety and stress.

The movements are easy to learn and simple and are all focused on all the meridians (energy channels) in the body. The exercises are designed to expand and open all meridians circulating through the body in order to promote the smooth flow of energy in the body especially in areas the flow is blocked. Practitioners can hope to gain from these exercises and increase their levels of energy levels within a short period of time.

The exercises open up of the energy channels that will help boost one’s well being and stamina. They can also assist in the elimination of negative energy from the body and helps the mind focus on positive thoughts. Bu the most important aspect of the exercises is its emphasis on breathing and the gentleness of the movements. These two aspects help reduce the stress levels and anxiety in someone who has quit an addictive substance very recently. The exercise’s spiritual dimension can also help people from relapsing to their addiction.

Alexander Ezzati is a Board Certified Acupuncturist and Herbalist, and the founder of Balance Within – Acupuncture Clinic in Encino, CA.

Written by Valerie

February 6th, 2018 at 1:43 pm

Tai Chi Can Be A Viable Treatment For Osteoporosis

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In the treatment of osteoporosis treatment, the problem of bone mineral tissue loss must be addressed. According to the National Osteoporosis Foundation of USA, people should address their osteoporosis issue through either non-pharmaceutical or pharmaceutical means.

The bone density of a person is usually determined with the use of X-ray absorptiomety examination. You will be diagnosed as having osteopenia if your score in this examination is between one and two and a half; on the other hand, you are suffering from osteoporosis, if your score is below minus two and a half. Fortunately, the good news is that there are a number of treatment options to choose from for both osteoporosis and osteopenia that can bring back the health of your bones.

If your score is below minus two, you may need to take a supplement of approximately 1200 mg of basic calcium a day as well as between 400 and 800 international units of vitamin D. Furthermore, to help you lose weight, you may need to do physical exercises. Or, you can opt for antiresorptive and anabolic drugs.

But if you have decided to treat your osteoporosis with non-pharmaceutical products and have not experienced any appreciable benefits, then you may want to consider pharmaceutical products such as bisphopshorates.

You can also properly deal with your osteoporosis by performing weight- bearing exercises. These may include low-impact aerobics, dancing, walking, and even gardening. You can do these exercises for about 30 minutes each day. Exercises that help strengthen the muscles can also be beneficial and doing some strength exercises may in fact result in a slight increase in your bone density which is very good for your osteoporosis.

One type of non-Western exercises that can be very helpful in the treatment of osteoporosis are Tai Chi exercises. They are beneficial and very safe to do which can definitely do you a lot of good in getting relief from your osteoporosis pain.

These exercises can also help prevent the likelihood of fractures. It is important to know that people suffering from osteoporosis are highly susceptible to developing fractures.

Modifying your lifestyle and using pharmaceutical products can help lower the risk of fractures by as much as 50 percent. Females are the ones most likely to develop osteoporosis especially if they have a family history of this disease.

1245 West Broadway #302
Vancouver, BC V6H 1G7, Canada
(604) 733-2632

Written by Valerie

February 6th, 2018 at 1:38 pm

IBS And The Role Of The Spleen And Liver In Digestive Health

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Founded on the idea of harmony and balance between yin and yang, Chinese medicine uses an approach to digestive health quite different from that of modern Western medicine. Chinese medicine states that the liver is where the blood is stored. It is the organ system that normalizes the level of blood in circulation. Therefore, for nourishment, the liver’s health relies on the adequacy of blood flowing in the body.

In addition, the spleen has also a big role to play in the circulation of blood and energy or “chi.” Chi is the life energy in our bodies that flows inside the body through energy channels called meridians to various body parts and organs, thereby influential in transporting nutrients and oxygen for maintenance and nourishment of digestive health. Blood contributes to the circulation of body fluids inside the body.

Since IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome) is associated with transport and movement of fluid and food in the digestive system, the spleen then plays an important role in digestive health with regard to digestive disorders and digestion.

Also adequate spleen generates constructive spleen that nourished the flesh and muscles, especially in the four limbs, which therefore helps boost body movement and mobility, which promote digestion.

Over thinking and pensiveness, in Chinese medicine, impacts the spleen’s general health, leading appetite loss, and post prandial indigestion and bloating.

According to Chinese medicine, internal and external dampness can injure the spleen and weaken its functions. Foods such as dairy products and sugars, for instance, generate internal “dampness” of the spleen. The primary function of the spleen in the digestive system is to sort out the impure and pure part of the food and drink we take in. while the spleen delivers upward the pure part of the drink and food to the heart as blood and the lungs as chi, it likewise sends down the impure part of the drink and food to the abdomen and small intestine for removal to maximize digestive health.

With a healthy abdomen and spleen the chi of the spleen goes upward, while the chi of the stomach goes downward in a coordinated and balanced manner. Chinese medicine all the time espouses the importance of balance particularly the balance between yin and yang. Yin and yang and balance form the foundations of Chinese medicine.

However, nausea, stomach distention, constipation, belching can develop if there is imbalance in the upward movement. Simultaneously, the imbalance may also disrupt the normal downward movement that can result in diarrhea and stomach distention.

The liver may play a very important role in our digestive health albeit in an indirect way. It can be influenced by our emotions. More often than not, we live our lives the way we like them and oftentimes we are met by heartbreak, disappointment, sadness, and frustration. This can naturally lead to emotional distress, which can stress our liver. A clear manifestation of a dysfunctional liver is irritability or anger.

The spleen can be weakened by a poor diet and too much work as well as a sedentary lifestyle, and too much worrying.

Chinese medicine in Orlando states the underlying reason for IBS is imbalance between the spleen and liver. Consequently, the liver governs the spleen due to the smooth functioning of the chi mechanism of the body which relies on the smooth circulation of liver “qi.” Hence, spleen is adversely affected when the liver becomes depressed; conversely, the liver becomes depressed also if the spleen weakens. To put in another way, the spleen and liver connected to each other when it comes to overall wellness and digestive health. To conclude, maximizing the health of the spleen and the liver is essential in the maintenance of good digestive health.

Cooking actually is a way of predigesting food before it’s taken inside the body. According to Chinese medicine, almost all foods ought to be cooked. This is why in Chinese restaurants you would not find any salad bars. While cooking can destroy some vital nutrients, it promotes the absorption of the surviving nutrients in the body. Cold drinks and foods can weaken the spleens, and can be damaging to digestive health.

Sweets and sugars have a direct negative impact on the spleen, because they are dampness by nature. They also can be bad to digestive health.

Other damp generating foods include wheat, pasta, noodles, and bread.

All fats and oils are also damp by nature, and are not good for the health of the spleen. The same applies to dairy products including milk. They create damp in the body and are harmful to digestive health.

To keep your spleen strong and healthy, stay away from dampening foods. Instead you can eat lightly cooked veggies, low fat meat, beans, brown rice and other unrefined grains. Optimum overall health implies good digestive health.

Written by Valerie

January 30th, 2018 at 2:37 pm

What is Cranial Sacral Massage Therapy?

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The cranial-sacral system of our body is composed of the cerebrospinal fluid and membranes that wraps and shield the vertebrae and brain. The fluid that flows through the (CNS) is the cerebrospinal fluid. It travels over the dural tube found between the skull and brain. This fluid carries nutrients to structures in the nervous system and eliminates wastes from the brain and spinal cord. The cerebrospinal fluid is mainly responsible for the detoxification of the nervous system and also functions as a shock absorber, safeguarding the vertebrae and brain from trauma caused by blows, falls, or movements that result in the body’s misalignment.

Stretching from the cranium (bones of the mouth, face, and skull) to the coccyx (tailbone area), the cranial sacral system can be affected by external factors that imbalance or restrict its function leading to a variety of motor, sensory, or neurological disabilities. Certain issues that may crop up from an imbalance in this system would include learning disabilities, motor coordination defects, scoliosis, eye problems, and chronic pain.

What is CST (Cranial Sacral Therapy)?

A healing technique that sprung out of Osteopathy, Craniosacral Therapy is the ancient healing modality of bone setting. It was reintroduced to the world by a doctor of osteopathy named John Upledger in 1970. CST is a hands-on and gentle approach of assessing and improving the performance of the craniosacral system. Cranial sacral therapy is oftentimes done with the patient fully clothed. A practitioner releases limitations in the craniosacral system with the use of soft touch no greater than five grams, which is roughly the weight of a nickel, in order to enhance how the CNS functions.

How Does CST Treat Illnesses?

CST is more and more preferred as a preventive health therapy due to its ability to strengthen resistance to disease and to active the body’s natural healing processes. It is very effective for a wide variety of medical conditions related to dysfunction and pain. They include:

• Migraine Headaches
• Motor-Coordination Disorders
• Chronic Neck and Back Pain
• Autism
• Colic
• Orthopedic Conditions
• CNS Problems
• Vertebral and Traumatic Brain Injuries
• Infantile Disorders
• Scoliosis
• Chronic Fatigue
• Learning Difficulties
• Tension and Stress-Related Problems
• Emotional Difficulties
• TMJ (Temporomandibular Joint Syndrome)
• Post-Surgical Dysfunction
• Fibromyalgia and other Connective-Tissue Disorders
• PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder)
• Neurovascular or Immune Disorders

What to Expect in a Cranial Sacral Massage Therapy?

You first will be told to lay face up fully dressed on a massage table. Before you come in for the therapy your practitioner will remind you to wear comfortable loose clothing. A typical CST session last about an hour. The therapy brings about a sense of profound and deep relaxation according to people who undergone it. CST helps remind us what a real state of relaxation is like. This therapy uses a very gentle but at the same time, very powerful touch. It’s unlike other conventional forms of bodywork such as Rolfing or deep tissue massage. The outcomes are often much deeper, and interestingly, this is due to the lighter touch. The inherent wisdom of our body, our inner doctor, is what guides the session – enabling the body to unwind and release as it needs in order to recuperate or enhance health. It may look like that your nervous system has a reset button that has been pushed.

Harmony Wellness Center
110 N Orlando Ave
Maitland, FL 32751
(407) 234-6454

Written by Valerie

January 30th, 2018 at 2:25 pm

What’s The Daily Recommended Daily Dosage Of Resveratrol?

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If you’re in the hunt for a prescribed dosage of Resveratrol for a specific health condition, you may ask a practitioner of Chinese herbal or traditional Japanese medicine about the proper dosage of Japanese knotweed. Normally, however, they would just advise you to use the plant as a laxative, to restore regularity or to alleviate constipation.

Japanese knotweed is the source for a lot of dietary supplements and is the most concentrated source of resveratrol among all plants and herbs. You can also find it in peanuts and grape skins. This supplement only appeared on health stores after news reports revealed that it was “the” ingredient in red wine that accounted for the beverage’s health benefits.

After a while, conflicting studies concluded that the concentration was too low and they proclaimed that it could not account for the benefits. This was never reported by the corporate media. Vineyards wanted to have red wine classified as “health food” when the studies about it were released. People seeking ways to improve their health, were prone to follow the hoopla and raise the demand for supplements, beverages, and foods. In 2006, that’s what happened with resveratrol supplements.

Despite the proliferation of different resveratrol supplements in the market, a daily recommended resveratrol dosage has yet to be established. If you are looking for this type of dietary supplement, you obviously are interested with its preventative and/or protective benefits, such as those that help prevent cancer or relate to the health of heart. However, you need to know that if you highly exceed the amount that is found in nature, there could be a problem.

There is just a mere 12.5 mg of resveratrol contained in a liter of red wine with the highest concentration. The root of dried Japanese knotweed may contain as much as .187mg/gram or 187mg/kg. So, if your practitioner prescribed 24 grams to alleviate severe constipation, you probably would only receive about 4.49 mg of the compound.

If a company that produces supplements itemizes a recommended dosage of resveratrol at 200mg or higher, taking it may result in diarrhea, that is turn may lead to dehydration. If you take supplements with higher dosages, which are found in some of the supplements on the market, all the benefits of this powerful antioxidant are invalidated, because it becomes a pro-oxidant, meaning that turns into something like a free radical, which is what antioxidants typically eliminate.

Unfortunately, the internet is full of false information about resveratrol. This ingredient provides long-term health benefits of cardiovascular health and reduced risk of cancer risk, and a 20 to 50 mg dosage a day is good enough.

According to naturopaths and alternative medicine practitioners in Vancouver, the recommended dosage of resveratrol can be combined with other essential nutrients and beneficial extracts that can help you feel better and perhaps, live longer.

Written by Valerie

January 2nd, 2018 at 12:47 am

Gua Sha Therapy To Relieve Both Chronic And Acute Pain

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An ancient Chinese healing technique, Gua sha is used by a lot of traditional Chinese medicine therapists. It is a procedure that involves the application of massage oil or any other lubricating medium on the site(s) of treatment and the use of a smooth-edged tool to scrape the skin, usually on the back parallel to the spine or in the area of pain to relieve various types of ailments. This scraping movement produces ecchymosis (raised bruising) and/or petechiae (redness).

Gua sha is most commonly used for both chronic and acute pain. According to traditional Chinese medicine, pain is usually the result of blood stagnation in the area of discomfort. Practitioners of this therapy believe that Gua sha has the ability to promote the smooth flow of blood in the area boost the unfettered circulation of blood in the area and to eliminate stagnation which then leads to the relief of pain.

Gua sha is often indicated for the relief of pain; however, it is also sometimes used by traditional Chinese medicine practitioners to treat problems such as muscle spasms, sprains, strains, fibromyalgia, heatstroke, fever, flu, colds, bronchitis, and asthma.

Most experts believe that Gua sha works because it boosts microcirculation (blood flow) in the soft tissues, sets off the release of endorphins, natural pain-relieving chemicals of the body, and obstruct the pathways of pain response. All these result in the relief of pain.

Gua sha is considered by some as a type of folk medicine; interestingly however, scientific research community has come to its defense! Harvard medicine researchers have revealed the effectiveness of the treatment and have provided insight as to how it works. The journal Pain Medicine in 2011 published a study showing how gua sha was able to reduce pain among chronic neck pain patients. They noted that “After a week the severity of the neck pain significantly improved better in the group treated with gua sha compared with the group treated with heat therapy (control group).”

Doppler images and other techniques were used by the researchers, to prove that microcirculation has indeed improved in the site of treatment, which then led to the reduction of both distal and local areas of pain. In animal studies, gua sha was shown to affect the Heme Oxygenase-enzyme which has an antioxidative effect in the cells in mice. One human study revealed that gua sha can lower inflammatory markers of a Hepatitis B patient with liver injury which suggests that the treatment may even have a beneficial effect on the liver.

For those who are interested in getting gua sha treatment, you need to look for an Orlando experienced and licensed acupuncturist in or near your area. During your initial consultation, your acupuncturist will first conduct an exhaustive assessment to make sure you are eligible for this form of treatment. You may find an acupuncturist near you by going online and visiting the website of the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine.

Written by Valerie

December 12th, 2017 at 6:57 am

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Some Important Details Regarding Gua Sha Therapy

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The Chinese medicine technique known as Gua Sha is derived from two Chinese characters, ‘Gua’ which means ‘to rub or ‘scrape’, and ‘Sha’, a term used to depict a ‘petechiae’ or ‘millet-like, raised, reddish, skin rash.’ Gua Sha is a therapeutic procedure in which a petechiae is applied pressure and scraped with a handheld instrument with a curved surface, like a coin or a soup spoon.

A majority of practitioners though, use the traditional tool of a smooth water buffalo horn that’s precisely designed for the therapy. The tool is placed on the problematic parts of the skin and body that have been made slippery with massage oil and with firm pressure scraped over and over. The force of the scraping elevates the soft tissue causing a ‘Sha,’ leaving on the skin what appear to be bruises.

People oftentimes mistake this bruising as a result of a painful injury, but it is actually totally painless. Within two or three days, the marks usually dissipate rapidly, and are actually considered an essential part of the treatment. The ‘Sha’ is important as it provides the practitioner with a visual sign of the state of blood circulation in the site of the treatment. This diagnostic sign can serve as feedback before treatment is initiated for conditions ranging from neck pain to sciatica.

The administration of Gua Sha therapy requires a certain understanding of how the body muscles move together and connect with each other. A practitioner won’t be able to do much for the patient without having an understanding of the anatomy of the human body. But if the practitioner is well versed in human physiology and anatomy and has been well-trained in the art of Gua Sha treatment, he will be able to diagnose and treat conditions and illnesses caused by stress, tension, and disease.

Under the hands of a skilled and experienced practitioner, Gua Sha therapy can be applied on a lot of bodily problems. The therapy is often administered on the neck, shoulders, buttocks, and back. It can be used to eliminate toxins from the body, treat common conditions such as colds, and boost the immune system. The therapy can quickly treat sciatic relieving the pain and numbness brought about by the pathological bearing of pressure on the sciatic nerve.

Some practitioners use Gua Sha alongside acupuncture treatment. The red marks produced by the technique are often used to denote conditions such as stagnation of chi or vital energy, lack of oxygen, and bodily toxins on those areas. After the acupuncturist performs Gua Sha treatment, he may be able to easily interpret the diagnostic signs and customize an acupuncture plan of treatment to treat the diagnosed problems. This determination and narrowing of the site of treatment can be a very helpful diagnostic aid, enabling the practitioner to have a more focused treatment when performing acupuncture for the management of stress or any other type of problem that needs to be addressed.

While Gua Sha is considered a safe healing technique and may be used as a treatment for various forms of conditions and ailments, it should not be used:

• On pregnant women
• On people with weak constitutions
• On people with bleeding disorders
• On skin diseases, open wounds, and varicose veins
• On patients taking anti-coagulant drugs like warfarin
• Immediately following surgery

Some Measures to Take Following a Gua Sha Procedure

After you have undergone a Gua Sha treatment, it’s important to drink some warm water and rest for a short while. You also should not take a bath or a shower for at least an hour after the treatment, and for at least 24 hours, you need to avoid taking a cold shower or bath. Also following treatment, you need to keep the treatment sites protected, warm, and covered up from cold and wind at all times.

Ivelisse DeJongh is a Miami acupuncturist and the medical director at DeJongh Acupuncture Clinic.

Written by Valerie

December 12th, 2017 at 6:32 am

The Five Different Techniques Of Chinese Massage Therapy

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Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) practitioners in Jacksonville apply Chinese Massage Therapy, a general term for all tissue manipulation methods to loosen muscle tension and relieve muscular aches and pain. This specific component of TCM is made up of five popular techniques that include manipulation of organ systems and internal and of inner fascia, nerves, joints, tendons, muscles, and external skin.

Chinese massage therapy has been practiced for thousands of years as a preventive as well as a healing modality. Through the application of certain procedures of tissue manipulations, blockages in the energy pathways can be eliminated, increasing and promoting both the flow of blood and energy (chi).

The aim of Chinese massage therapy is to enhance the body’s structural alignment and on treating injuries in the soft tissue. It also remedies any wayward functions of the joints, nerves, and internal organs. Chinese tissue and bodywork therapy are the foundational source for modern therapeutic neuromuscular therapy, reflexology, myofascial trigger point therapy, and Swedish massage therapy.

There are five different schools of thought in Chinese massage therapy: Jing Point, An Mo, Gua Sha, Tui Na, and Jie Gu therapy. Gua Sha, Tui Na, and Jie Cu utilize external tissue manipulations and all three external manipulations are used to treat fevers as well as problems in the tendons, ligaments, muscles, and bones. Jing Point and An Mo therapy use soft-tissue manipulation. These therapeutic intervention are the same as those used in massage therapy, Western physical therapy, osteopathy, and chiropractic medicine.

To treat nerves and organs, these two internal manipulations are commonly used.

1. Jing Point Therapy: This helps regulate the internal organs and meridians of the body. Jing point therapy makes use of tapping, clapping, pinching, and pressing techniques on targeted energetic meridians and points. These procedures are used to eliminate pathogens, dredge the meridians, tonify weak organs, balance the yin and yang energy of the body , and increase blood and chi flow in the body .

2. An Mo Therapy: Helps in regulating the function of internal organs. An Mo mainly focuses on internal organ and soft tissue manipulation and chi extension. While An Mo, literal means “to press and rub,” it mainly focuses on internal visceral regulation, primarily dealing with treatment of certain internal diseases.

External manipulation techniques used to treat tendons, ligaments, muscles, and bones as well as fever.

1. Gua Sha Therapy: This can be used to resolve musculoskeletal conditions and to address febrile conditions, such as malaria, cholera, and flu. Gua Sha literally means “to scratch or scrape” and sand-like maculae (pertaining to the red skin discoloration that is raised on the surface from the scraping of the skin) or “cholera,” respectively. This technique mainly uses external surface tissue scraping, often around the thorax, and neck regions. It is commonly used for boosting blood and chi circulation, dissolving masses, eliminating stagnation, cooling the blood, expelling heat, and removing toxins. A jade scraper (spoon, bowl, or coin) is used to convert the spirit (shen) and purify chi. For drawing toxins and heat on the surface of the skin of the patient, a horn from a water buffalo horn is oftentimes used (never plastic or glass, but sometimes ceramic).

2. Tui Na Therapy: Helps adjust tendons and muscles and uses external tissue manipulation to rectify irregular flow of chi in the muscular system of the body. In Chinese language, Tui Na translates to “push and grasp.” It was mainly designed to rectify any misalignment of the muscles and bones of the body caused by traumatic physical injuries. Historically, reflexology has its roots in the use of Tui-Na therapy in Chinese pediatric care.

3. Jie Gu Therapy: Used to adjust body alignment and for bone setting. Jie Gu literally translates to “knotted bone,” that depicts the practice of manipulating the ligaments and bones to undo the blocked junctions of chi and blood channels in the joints of the patient.

Written by Valerie

November 28th, 2017 at 3:20 am

Yao Shan and The Healing Tradition Known As Chinese Nutritional Therapy

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An extremely important part of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) in Bellingham is the ancient healing tradition known as Chinese nutritional therapy. It nourishes and restores the body, helps promote healing, and maintains the general well-being of a person.

In the Chinese language, Chinese Food Therapy is known as Yao Shan. Some folks refer to it as Food as Medicine.

Being part of TCM, Yao Shan has gradually evolved through a long history of exploring numerous benefits from plants, particularly herbs, and natural foods. Chinese medical physicians working inside the Palace at the start of the Shou dynasty (1000 BC) serving the elite and royalty were classified based on four specialties. Yao Shan therapy was one of these specialties, which was customized to foster the well being of the Emperor, to encourage a long healthy life, and to prevent disease.

In Chinese medical history, the earliest book to mention foods and herbs as medicine is the Inner Classic (2600 B.C). According to this book, specific tastes of food have their own specific medicinal nutrients that restore or maintain balance to specific organs.

Yao in English means medicinal spices and herbs, while Shan loosely translates to food and the manner it is prepared. Yao Shan is a component of TCM that detoxifies, boosts circulation, increases energy, strengthens immunity, and supplies therapeutic nutrition to the body. A person’s health weakens and deteriorates if he does not consume the right kind of food appropriate for his physical condition. Yao Shan is not merely the mixing of herbs into foods.

The following are ways in which Yao Shan helps promote and restore well being and whole body immunity.

1. Yao Shan considers the body as a whole entity and treats it as such: Chinese medicine practitioners are required to understand each patient’s age, lifestyle, physical condition, the stage of his illness, and the patient’s constitution before formulating a Yao Shan plan of treatment for the patient. If the patient has, for example, chronic gastritis of a cold nature, he should be eating congee or grain soup (congee) filled with warm herbs like cinnamon bark and dry ginger. If a woman suffers from symptoms of menopause related to heat deficiency (hot flashes), she should take in cooling herbs like Chrysanthemum flowers in tea or wolfberry (goji) or eat soups laced with grains that nourish and cooling herbs that boost kidney yin energy and avoid spicy hot foods.

2. Yao Shan promotes well being, boosts energy, and enhances the immunity of the body. For a person suffering from chronic fatigue, low blood count a weak immune system, especially, after undergoing chemotherapy, Chinese medicine practitioners would often suggest eating a special kind of chicken soup of shitake mushrooms and a variety of herbs. A lot of Chinese families are familiar with the “Eight Treasure Congee” of the Ching Dynasty’s which they eat on a regular basis. Ingredients contained in the Eight Treasure Congee include red Chinese dates, hawthorn fruit, Lotus seeds, and wild Chinese yams.

3. Yao Shan helps you enjoy food far more than medicines. A lot of the recipes of Yao Shan are tasty, easily digested, possess therapeutic effects, and have no side effects. They are served in the form of main dishes, desserts, or soups.

4. Yao Shan is a healing art form. Coming up with a Yao Shan plan of treatment can be a work of art. It incorporates a wide range of herbs, plants, grains and sometimes meats selected by their taste, color, and property. According to some Chinese medicine healers, a specific flavor of food has a positive effect on specific organs. A sour taste, for example, directly affects the liver organ. Different color foods affect different energy channels. Red color foods, for example, nourish the heart energy channel (meridian), while the kidney meridian is nourished by foods that are black in color.

Generally speaking, foods that help raise the immunity of the body and promote well being are deemed as anti-aging foods. They include pearl barley, ginger, lily bulbs, grapes, Chinese red dates, Chinese yam, black walnut, Logan fruit, wolfberry, mulberry and black sesame seeds.

Written by Valerie

November 28th, 2017 at 3:09 am