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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.

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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.

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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

Chinese Medicine Treatment And Care After A Traumatic Injury

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It’s a common belief that if you seem okay after an accident or a traumatic injury that you probably are; however, in most instances, after an accident or traumatic injury, your symptoms manifest several days, a couple of weeks, to even months after the injury. In this article, I want to take some time to educate you in how to care for a traumatic injury or accident, should you ever be in one.

One thing to realize after you’ve had an accident or experience a traumatic injury is that your body actually releases hormone-like morphine called endorphins and this gives you the false sense of everything is okay. What this is actually doing is protecting you from the pain that might be manifesting from the inflammation process that is probably occurring if you’ve been injured

This is why initially, you don’t necessarily feel the impact of the injury you have just experienced and it’s really important at this time to receive Western medical care to make sure everything is okay because you’re not able to feel it. Now, after the endorphin effect wears off, this is when your symptoms will begin to manifest because the inflammation will become more and more evident.

After you’ve ruled out the chance of sustaining a major internal injury, if you experience tightness of muscles, locking of muscles, pain or a restriction of movement, this is a sign that trauma is still most likely trapped in your body. This is where alternative medicine such as Chinese medicine can really help you. The Chinese people are no stranger to traumatic injuries.

Chinese medicine is wonderful when it comes to traumatic care because with a combination of acupuncture therapy in Boca Raton and herbal care, you can really bring down the inflammation and swelling around an injury as well as release any emotional stress that may be locked in that area of complaint. One of the benefits of Chinese medicine is to help prevent this area from becoming a weakened or injury prone area in the future.

It also helps to offset this area from becoming prone to an arthritic condition. So, there you have it. I hope this article will give you some insight as to how to care for yourself if you or your loved one is every in an accident, which I hope will be never the case.

Written by Valerie

May 21st, 2019 at 1:33 am

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TCM And The Lung

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In Chinese medicine, the task of the Lung is to serve as a boundary between the outer and inner world. The internal environment has to be shielded by a clear boundary that both defines and defends the individual. Waste materials can be excreted and essential materials can be taken in across this boundary. Oxygen is the most obvious and important material that the Lung takes in; but as we shall see, in Chinese medicine, the Lungis more than the respiratory system. It also has to do with renewal, breath and boundary.

The Physical Domain of the Lung

Renewal, breath and boundary are expressed at the physical level as the colon, skin and the lungs. In Chinese medicine, the Lungpertains to the entire respiratory system and includes the sinuses and the nose. Oxygen is taken in across the Lung’s boundary and excreted as carbon dioxide, a waste material. The Lung is mainly responsible for the governance of Chi and vitality in the body since most energy comes from the air we breathe.

The pores are viewed as the doors of Chi and the skin is like an external Lung. In addition, the skin exchanges and breathes substances from the external environment. The healthy function of the Lungs is considered as a part of Lung function. Beneath the skin is the wei chi or protective energy that’s believed to circulate, and defend the body against infiltration of pathogenic elements.

The colon, which in Chinese medicine, is the paired organ of the Lung, is responsible for elimination and release. The colon and Lung together is associated with the protective boundary’s strength and with immunity. Pathogens can infiltrate the colon and the Lungs, via the digestive and respiratory systems,are responsible for keeping intact the integrity of these systems so that they won’t be infiltrated by invaders. The defensive energy of the body, from the viewpoint of Chinese medicine, is the wei chi and is directly contingent upon the strength of the Colon and Lung.

The Non-Physical Doman of the Lung

The physical expression of the Lung as the boundary between its environment and the organism,at the psychological level,can be viewed as some sort of an individual’s personal boundary. A clearly marked psychological boundary can help us know who we are and lead to powerful relationships. When we have a powerful sensation of boundary, we can learn from experience, via the boundary, and externally communicatethrough it; the boundary is responsive and flexible, cool to receiving ‘positive influences and filtering out ‘negative’ influences. It enables us to be optimistic and gives us a sense of self value. It also allows us to be receptive to what we want and ‘no’ to what we don’t want.

The spleen, on the other hand is archetypally associated with the mother, while the Lung is related archetypally to the father. It is traditionally the father teachinghis son the value of self-worth and assists him to leave home and find his place in the world. Boundary can be taught by good fathering, and aids in separation and individuation from the mother. Therefore, the Lung is concerned with respect and self-esteem both for themselves and for others. Taking our place in the world, believing in our own self-worth and knowing who we are aspects of the Lung’s domain.

It’s also believed that the Lung is where the Po or corporeal soul resides. The bodily soul is the soul’s most tangible and dense aspect that dies at death with the body. The role of Po or the physical rhythms of the body makes us realize our physical body, of the physical factors of our bodily life and of our own aliveness. Po, which means, vegetative soul, belongs to the realm of pure sensation and the material realmof pure sensation. The Hun, is Po’s counterpart. It resides in the liver that in turn belongs to the conscious and spiritual world, that resides in the Liver, the Hun belongs to consciousness and the spiritual world.

A Healthy Lung

Physical strong vitality is what plentifulLung energy expresses. In the chest of a healthy Lung, there is a sense of fullness and softness. Recuperating from sickness is often effective and quick. The immune system is boosted, therefor recuperating from a condition is effective and fast, the person with a healthy Lung will sport a glossy skin and a fresh and bright complexion.Usually, the breath is pleasant and clear.The gaze of a person’s look is bright, his gestures are expansive and clear and his presence,strong and clear. A person manifesting strong Lung energy often elicits a response of respect and admiration respect in each other.

When the Lung is in dysfunction, it is because it is either blocked or weak. Lung energy that is weak physically will reveal an unhealthy immune system and low vitality. The person’s breathing may not expand to the lower area of his Lungs. There may be respiratory problems in the lung’s lower region. The flow of blood and chi may be weak and the skin may look unhealthy and weak. In terms of emotions, there seems to be sadness and constraint, probably due to low self-esteem. The person may not have enough self-esteem and there seems to be a failure to open other people’s boundaries and to respect the boundaries of other people. Dignity can lead to false pride, which leaves a person feeling alone and separate. It can be difficult to claim a place in this world if you’re experiencing Lung dysfunction.

Nourishment of the Lung

The act of breathing nourishes the Lungs. Swimming, active exercises and taking in lots of fresh air is the best way to optimizeLung energy. Expansive movements that physically widen the chest can be also helpful. This is meant to release, bring tone and to stretch and release the muscles that are contracted around the rib cage. Through voice, it is quite possible to strengthen the Lung and you can also learn things such as learning to protect your voice or by singing.

Theskin is a component of the Lung system that can be enhanced by brushing. Using a brushless comb or rubbing the skin with a clean soft towel can help preserve the health of the skin and promote the immune system’s strength.Putting on natural fibers will help the skin to freely breathe; sometimes, going naked (when weather and circumstances permit) will allow to help the skin breath. The skin can be nourished through moderate sunbathing, but overexposure can be dangerous.

The Lung is enhanced emotionally by respect. Knowing how to really care for what we do or who we really are will give respect from the people surrounding our lives. Exploring deeply the things and the people that we value, and looking for ways to manifest values in the world, can help us open our Lungenergy.

In the external world, we can give meaning to our environment by correcting the way we live and by cleaning up our environment so that we can externally support the function of the Lung and simultaneously give clarity to both our mental and emotional life. The aesthetic life of a person is to attend to order and beauty and is an external expression of the Lung, making art of both life and our everyday environment that can help nourish and support the Lung.

Lastly and metaphorically, the role of the Lungas the keeper of boundaries can also extend to the limits concerning our physical home. The domestic manifestations of Lung energy can include a well-designed exterior, clean windows, good security and properly maintained fences.

Foods that Nourish the Lungs

Aneating style that positively supports the Lung, concerns food aesthetics and a high regard to food in everyday life. A delight in eating’s simple rituals and a high regard for the value of food can help increase support for the Lung.

Chi is governed by the Lung, and so a food plan that focuses on the nourishing of the Lung will involve several kinds of Chi-rich fresh foods and ‘Chi tonic foods’. A meal with lots of organic and fresh vegetables some with some grains and sprouted seeds can be very healthy to the lung. Protein is also important to the lungs, and a longing for protein usually means a deficiency in LungChi. All in all, thebest protein is white meat, beans tofu and other low fat protein products for the lungs.

The lungs can also be strengthened by eating dairy produce (when tolerated). However, in most instances, this can cause a buildup of phlegm in the Lung and can lead to congestion.You can minimize dairy and instead use sheep or goat products. To stimulate the function of the lungs and open the lungs, eating certain pungent tasting foods can be helpful. Foods to avoid are the ones that can lead to congestion. This would include denatured or processed foods and fatty and rich foods.

Finally, light colored and white foods our good for the lungs; therefore foods like white meats,white mushrooms and radish are beneficial for the health of the Lungs.

Heather Shultz Acupuncture
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Written by Valerie

April 30th, 2019 at 2:28 am

Beyond Chinese Herbal Medicine And Acupuncture

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I’d like to discuss the spiritual aspect of the practice of medicine and how it relates to Chinese medical gynecology since so many of our patients come to gynecology through fertility, and fertility issues are very, very difficult and stressful for many patients. While working in a Western fertility clinic, what I see are these repeated attempts to get pregnant and the repeated losses of pregnancy or no implantation.

There’s so much that affects the affect of the person and what it does to the person emotionally, psychological and spiritually issomething that most of us in the clinical practice of Chinese medicine don’t really get a great opportunity to help with. We want to make suggestions about Qigong or about meditation, and there are some that certainly do that.

The point of this article very briefly is to encourage people to take some extra time with your patients and help them cultivate a mindfulness practice of some kind, if they don’t have it, and meet them where they are. You don’t need to introduce a new form of spirituality or a new form of religion, but just simply help them find their breath and learn to count their breath as well as to focus on being in that moment.

This is because we’ve seen studies coming out of Harvard over the years that talk about your plasticity and the ability to quite literally change your mind through the practice of mindfulness meditation. I couldn’t agree more, but it doesn’t have to be a strictly scientific approach either. It’s our natural state to be into stillness, to be in silence.

However, over the course of our lives, we pile on so much conditioning and sense of identity that we come to believe that is who we really are. Over time and through the process of meditation, that begins to quiet down and the layers begin to fall away. What you are now left with is the original stillness of mind.

That may sound lofty or esoteric but I can assure you that through very simple mindfulness practices, your patients will begin to experience that frame and state of mind. So, my advice is to encourage your patients to do that. It will work wonders with regard to fertility, it will work wonders with regard to gynecological complaints.

In the end, I personally believe, beyond herbal medicine, beyond acupuncture in Austin, beyond these external interventions, it’s the internal exploration of our minds and our spirits that really holds the key to long lasting change for our patients as well as for us practitioners. Take care of yourself too.

Written by Valerie

April 30th, 2019 at 2:20 am

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Chinese Medicine And Taoist Philosophy

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Chinese Medicine is founded on the ancient philosophy of Taoism which believes that a part can only be understood in its association with the whole. This holistic approach, in which an individual who’s living in harmony with nature enjoys spiritual, physical, and mental balance, is the basis of Chinese Medicine. The entire psychological and physiological aspects of a person are all factored into the diagnosis when a person develops an imbalance. The goal of Chinese medicine is to bring back harmony and balance to the body.

The orderly manner of differentiating the patterns of disharmony in Chinese Medicine helps the practitioner learn more about the connections between all the symptoms and signs of the imbalances of the patient, and suggesting a solution to restore balance in the patient’s body. Chinese Medicine is about enhancement of longevity and disease prevention.

Due to the essentiality of Taoism to acupuncture therapy, it was not surprising that students of Chinese Medicine are first taught about the principles of Taoism in their first year of training. It is a door that opens the mind to a new way of treating disease and viewing health.

The idea of living a proper way of life that’s simple, balanced, and in tune with nature, is called the “Tao,” which means “the path” or the “way.” One of the founding fathers of Taoism is Lao Tsu who wrote the book, the Tao Te Ching where a person can read his wise lessons on the subject of living the way of the Tao. In the book, the three aspects that illuminate the teachings of Lao Tsu are: living with humility, in moderation, and compassion.

Yin and Yang

The concept of yin and yang is derived from the Taoist philosophy. It’s one way of seeing the world and viewing that all things are parts of an entirety. Yin goes into yang, and yang goes into yin, and vice versa: this is the natural flow of life. The never ending conversion of yin into yang and yang into yin is what defines Chinese Medicine and acupuncture and is the source of life.

Yin is represented as a slope’s shady side. Yin is rest, the cold, the moon, the darkness, the feminine, and the inward. Yang is symbolized by slope’s sunny side. Yang is active, the warm, the sun, the light, the masculine and the vigor.

All of us are constantly in a state of flux wherein yin moves into yang and yang moves into yin. They rely on each other for definition and are inseparable. The aim of Chinese Medicine is to balance yin and yang.

In the Nei Jing, Lao Tsu encapsulated the manner of observing the interweaving of these two contradictory forces:

Non-being and being create each other;

Easy and difficult complete each other;

Short and long differentiate each other;

Low and high determine each other;

Voice and sound reconcile each other;

Back and front follow each other.”

The Nei Jing is an ancient medical document that holds the theoretical formulations and knowledge that form the very groundwork of traditional Chinese medicine. This document presupposes that lifestyle, diet, environment and emotions all have an effect on wellbeing and health. The Nei Jing says:

“When treating sickness, it is important to closely examine the symptoms, analyze the whole context, and monitor the attitudes and emotions.”

According to the Nei Jing, medicine should foster the development of life force, which is known as Chi.  The document’s most vital message is how to create more Chi as well as preserve it by means of a healthy lifestyle in our everyday lives. The document recommends tools such as herbs, exercise, tai chi, meditation, acupressure, acupuncture in Fremont, breathing exercises and diet to bring about vibrant health and longevity.

Breathing Techniques

Ancient Taoists considered “Breathing Techniques” to be the gateway to special powers and advanced knowledge as well as to longevity. These techniques have been passed down from generation to generation for the benefit of humankind. One breathing method that helps move energy or chi through the meridians or energy vessels is the Microcosmic Orbit.

Chi circulation starts at the umbilicus on the Ren energy vessel (front of the body) and then circulates down to the perineum and toward the spine into the (back of the body) the Du Meridian. Afterwards, it circulates to the head then goes down the front via the tongue, throat, and then back down to the again to the umbilicus. These two meridians hold a powerful energy flow that strongly affects the normalization of the body.

How to perform the Microcosmic Orbit

In performing the Microcosmic Orbit, you first need to sit with your back straight, hands relaxed on your lap, and feet planted firmly on the ground. Stay relaxed and comfortable and then bring your attention to your center of energy (dantien) which is located just below your umbilicus, and imagine a light of energy starting to grow at your dantien. Then, concentrate and make your breath even, smooth, and deeply flowing into your dantien. At this point, you’re now ready to commence with the circular breathing pattern.

Imagine Breathing out a breath of chi and light qi into your anal or genital area or pelvic base (Hui Yin) and then into your tail bone.

Then, breathe in and draw the breath of chi and light up into your vertebrae. Do a single breathing out to move the chi all the way up to your brain’s core.

Feel the flow of Chi descend the center of your face like a waterfall on your next breathing out. Visualize the chi penetrate the core of your heart, and start the next breathing cycle.

Strive to finish ten sets of these exercises and from there, you can develop your practice.

Enjoy reaping the benefits of greater energy, chi, mental clarity and health.

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April 23rd, 2019 at 12:45 pm

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Chinese Medicine Music Therapy

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Empowering, energizing, relaxing, cathartic, rejuvenating, romantic: human beings have been touched by the emotional chords of music for thousands of years. The doctors in ancient China have formulated a systematic way of integrating musical notes into the art of healing.

The Nei Jing or Yellow Emperor’s classic of medicine was the first document to refer to music as a form of therapy about 2500 years ago. A component of the five-element theory, Chinese music therapy is also an important branch of traditional Chinese medicine. The elements of wood, metal, fire, water and earth can be found in nature. Every one of these elements has their own corresponding elements, such as musical note, color, internal organ, season of the year, etc. The five sounds or notes of Classical Chinese music are — jiao, shi, gong, zhang, and yu. They are played on classical Chinese musical instruments such as the flute, gong, drum and zither. The relationship between the five-element correspondences (that include the musical notes) and the internal organs is used in Chinese medicine to attain a number of healing objectives.

Based on this principle, the “jiao” sound (that corresponds to the Western musical notation of E) is connected to the wood element, affects the liver and is the sound of spring. This note facilitates the smooth flow of Liver Qi, which helps alleviate depression. The “shi” note (that corresponds to the Western musical notation of G) is associated with the fire element, affects the heart and is the sound of summer. This sound reinforces blood circulation and nourishes the Heart. The “gong” note (that corresponds to the Western musical notation of C) is associated with the earth element, reinforces the Spleen and is the sound of late summer. The “zhang” note (that corresponds to the Western musical notation of D) is affiliated with the metal element, nourishes and protects Lung yin and is the sound of autumn. The “yu” note (that corresponds to the Western musical notation of A) belongs to the water element, reduces lung fire, protects Kidney essence, helps nourishes Kidney yin and is the sound of winter.

Three clinical trials were recently conducted in China to test the healing efficacy of classical Chinese five-element music. In March 2014, a Taiwanese study was conducted and published in the International Journal of Nursing Practice in order to assess the impacts of Chinese five-element music therapy on nursing students who were experiencing depression. The number of students who participated were 21 and all were suffering from depression. They were randomly divided into a control group and a “music group” that use the five-element musical therapy. The two groups performed their routine lifestyles. Researchers used the Depression Mood Self-Report Inventory for Adolescence to measure their progress. Also measured were the two groups’ salivary cortisol levels. Over time, based on salivary cortisol levels and on pre- and post-treatment test scores,the researchers discovered that in the music group, there was a meaningful decrease in levels of depression.

The second research observed the impacts of five-element music therapy on seniors suffering from SAD or seasonal affective disorder. In a nursing home in Beijing, 50 elderly patients were randomly and equally divided into a control group and a musical therapy group. Each week, for one to two hours, over an eight-week period, the music group listened to five-element music. Researchers utilized the HAMD or Hamilton depression scale and the SDS or self-rating depression scale to evaluate the patients before and after therapy.

Between both groups before the therapy, no meaningful disparity in the HAMD and SDS scores was found. Eight weeks after, the HAMD and SDS scores of the music therapy group were meaningfully less, than in that of the control group.

A third study was conducted that was designed to assess the impacts of the five-element music therapy on the quality of life of patients with advanced cancer. The patients were randomly divided into three groups: the group that received no music therapy; the group that was treated with Western-music therapy; and the group treated with five-element music therapy. For three weeks, five days a week, taking minutes a day, both the Western-music and five-element groups listened to their respective music. Researchers used the KPS or Karnofsky Performance Score and the HQLIR or Hospice Quality of Life Index-Revised to evaluate the patients before and after therapy.

Results revealed that meaningful differences in the KPS and HQOLI-R scores post therapy between the five-element music group and the two other groups. It was concluded that that five-element music therapy could can replace the KPS and the quality of life of patients suffering from advanced cancer.

Researchers believe that music can influence stress hormones, brain circulation and brain waves. Musical therapy appears to be quite good in lessening the physiological impacts of stress: it can strengthen the immune system, lower breathing rate, reduce blood pressure and slow heart rate. This therapy can also expand the mind. A 1997 study indicated that the part of the brain responsible for analyzing the pitch of a musical note can be enlarged by 25% via experience and practice of music.

The researchers aforementioned don’t specifically provide evidence that the “zhang” sound nourishes the lungs are the “shi” sound calms the Heart. However, they definitely provide scientific validation to the wise Chinese physicians who developed a type of music therapy over 2500 years ago!

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April 23rd, 2019 at 12:36 pm

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Chinese Medicine Prescription For Hemorrhoids

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This topic will deal with Chinese medicine treatment for hemorrhoids. Let me begin by asking what causes hemorrhoids in the first place?

The common reasons for hemorrhoids include:

  • Hard stools that scratch the skin
  • Painful bowel movements
  • Hard and rough toilet paper
  • Inadvertent scratch during cleansing or washing of the anus
  • Reckless sexual activity

After making a scratch on the anus, why does the scratch not heal?

  1. It may be because of poor hygiene. You need to do some gentle washing at least once a day.
  2. It may be due to swimming or washing dirty water.
  3. Sitting for a long time on heated seats or on a bike. For those of you who happen to live in tropical area where bicycles or motorcycles are very common and are left outside under the sun and their seats become very hot, when you ride them you are at risk of this disorder.
  4. Hemorrhoid can develop if you suffer from constipation since constipation results in hard stools that scratch the wound even more.
  5. It can also be due to consuming too much hot or spicy foods
  6. Frequent reckless sexual activities such as anal sex that can exacerbate the hemorrhoids.

An herbal prescription for hemorrhoids should be able to achieve five things:

  1. It should lessen inflammation
  2. Decrease excess body heat
  3. Nourish the skin
  4. Cleanse the blood
  5. Alleviate constipation (in case you suffer from it)

To reduce inflammation, three herbs are used. They are:

  1. Huang Qin
  2. Huai Hua
  3. Bai TouWeng

To eliminate excessive body heat, we use:

  1. Shi Mu
  2. Di Gu Pi

To cleanse the blood, herbs used are:

  1. Ban Shi Lian
  2. Sheng Di Huang

To nourish the skin, herbs used are:

  1. Shao Ren
  2. Yu zhu

Why do we have to nourish the skin? Because in Chinese medicine, hemorrhoids is considered one among many skin problems.

If you have a constipation problem, the herbs that will be used are:

  1. Da Huang
  2. Fan Xie Ye

To reduce hemorrhoid flare-ups, you need to

  1. Maintain good hygiene and wash yourself daily
  2. Have soft bowel movements every day
  3. Limit consumption of shellfish (clams, crabs, etc.) and spicy foods.
  4. Stand up for five minutes after sitting an hour or more.
  5. Refrain from doing activities that can scratch and exacerbate the hemorrhoids.

Jubal J Bewick, EAMP, MSAOM – Board Certified Acupuncturist and Herbalist in Walla Walla, WA

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April 16th, 2019 at 10:09 am

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Chinese Medicine Microbiome: The Digestive System

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As a health practitioner, I talk to patients all the time about digestion and find myself sharing with them one principle over and over again and that’s what I wanted to share with you.

This article is designed to help you understand the gut from a Chinese medicine perspective and my huge tip at the end will help you regulate your digestion and give you more energy. Now understand that you can eat the best quality food like food grown on the side of the Himalayas or foods picked out at the vernal equinox but if your digestion is weak, you can’t absorb all the nutrients and energy it has to offer.

The benefits of having good digestion include:

  • Decrease in upper G.I. issues like acid reflux, belching, bad breath
  • Decrease in lower G.I. issues like bloating, gas, diarrhea, constipation
  • Decrease in skin irritation – our skin is our largest organ and so if there’s something going on in your gut, it’s going to show up on your skin.
  • More energy
  • Better sleep 
  • Proper weight
  • Improved infertility

So from a Chinese medicine perspective, good digestion is the cornerstone of health. It helps our body produce all the things it needs that go on at the cellular level all the time forever. In the West, we talk a lot about the microbiome, which was kind of like a buzzy word for a few years, and in the East, we talk about the spleen.

So I want to introduce it to the five elements and these elements represent the transformation that occurs in the environment. They are metaphors for describing how things interrelate and connect with each other and our body, if nothing else, is an internal system where everything is connected and interrelated.

The five elements are:

  • Wood
  • Fire
  • Earth
  • Metal
  • Water

Each of these elements is present all the time and this is what makes up our constitution; it’s kind of like our genetic makeup. When the elements are in harmony, we experience great health, and when they are out of balance, not so much. The elements are interconnected and because they are connected the way they are, it creates a system of checks and balances, which is great because the body’s amazing.

In each of these elements are organ systems or channels called meridians in Chinese medicine. So the earth element is in charge of the stomach and the spleen. We all know the stomach takes in the food, helps decompose it and helps turns it up. The spleen in Chinese medicine is responsible for transformation and it’s probably the most crucial element in digestion because it assimilates the food to create the Chi, the blood and the fluids we need to make our body run smoothly.

So when the spleen is not running so smoothly or is weak, cold or just doesn’t have enough energy, we start to see symptoms such as:

Chi level

Belching, nausea, some fatigue, acid reflux, gas, bloating, abdominal pain, pale tongue

Fluid level

Poor appetite, lack of thirst, heavy sensation, excessive vagina discharge, bladder and bowel issues, incontinence, chronic diarrhea,

Blood level

Dry eyes, dry skin and scalp, tight muscles, bleed/bruise easily and menstrual changes.

Symptoms at the Chi level can be easily corrected; the fluid and the blood level, we need to do a little bit more to correct the imbalance. When the digestive system gets cold and doesn’t have enough and is leaking, that cold can shift to other organs. So in the fluid level, when the cold shifts to the bladder for large intestine, we can get diarrhea, incontinence or a lot of frequent urination.

When the cold gets into the blood level, we can experience things like bruising easily and issues with menstruation, reproductive and fertility. A lot of people say, “Well, what does my digestion have to do with fertility?” Well, in order to be a healthy fertile man or woman, you need warm blood flow to your reproductive organs.

In Chinese medicine, cold reproductive organs is actually one of the things that we commonly treat for infertility. Here is the big tip and all Chinese medicine practitioners know this and it is that raw or undercooked food is not the best for everybody all the time.

Let’s use the analogy of rice in a pot because rice, in its original form, is difficult to digest. It needs to be cooked and softened in order for us to absorb its energy. I want you to think of your spleen and your stomach as your body’s kitchen.

These organs prepare the meal for the rest of your body’s energy. I wanted to think about your spleen as the flame. The spleen is the organ that provides energy for the transformation of the food to take place. So imagine that this flame is teeny tiny and that it’s just barely visible and then you’re dumping a lot of cold, raw fibrous vegetables into the pot.

So with barely any flame to heat it, soften it, cook it and transform it, it’s going to tax your digestive system. It’s going to take longer and require more energy to get any nutrients out of those foods because it doesn’t have enough energy to do what it’s supposed to do. To make it easily digestible, food that is raw, cold and uncooked needs to be partially cooked or prepared.

If your digestion is already weak or if you’re having any of those symptoms mentioned a while ago in this article, you need to eat more warm foods. If your digestive system doesn’t have enough energy to do with it takes to do, it’ll pull from the other systems, which is kind of significant if you’re needing a lot of energy for something else, like you’re training for a marathon or you’re trying to have a baby, etc.

People who suffer from pre-existing digestive issues or chronic fatigue would do well to eat little or no raw food for a while. I’m not saying you can’t have salad ever again but just unburden your digestive system little by little and that can help a lot. So opt for cooked veggies over raw produce, at soups, stews, casseroles over raw salads.

We just want to make sure that you do not douse your digestive fire since it’s so important to your health and well-being.

How to eat for a happy healthy spleen?

  1. Steam or saute veggies instead of eating them raw – stir fries are great. Also crock-pot, and insta-pot among others.
  2. Drink cool or room temperature water.
  3. Don’t eat things that will make you feel bad.

You can start to see why the spleen is so important and how it can get easily overburdened and snuff out our digestive fire. Hopefully, this will help you and your other body symptoms too. In general, that’s how eating better and gentler can help increase your energy overall and just support the health of your entire body, your holistic self.

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

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April 16th, 2019 at 10:00 am

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