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The Theory Of Chinese Food Therapies

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Chinese food therapies depend upon the principles of Yin and Yang. Yin and Yang are interdependent, independent, and evolving constantly into each other. This is a repetitive arrangement of energy that occurs in the universe and in all life on earth. Yang is within Yin and Yin is within Yang. Each person is born with a unique constitution and the balance of energies of our Yin and Yang decides our dietary requirements that change as we grow older.

According to Chinese medicine principle, foods are chosen based on what the individual needs. Also the season, climate, and geography are considered, and whether there is presence of dis-ease, which is distinguished based on certain signs and symptoms. In its most basic form, people who are dry and cold need moistening, warm foods; people who are damp and hot require drying, cool foods; people suffering from congestion require decongesting foods; and people who are frail and weak need replenishing, nourishing foods. You can harmonize your internal environment with the right food choices if you have a clear understanding of your individual nature that you can use to synchronize and strengthen the flow of your body fluids, blood and Qi. As opposed to the Western nutrition perspective of ‘one size fits all,’ we need to understand that not everyone will equally benefit from foods that have the same amount of nutrients. In short, “one person’s meat is another person’s poison” implies there’s no worldwide standard for what comprises “good food” for any one person.

People in Western societies have the tendency to jump from one magic bullet to another but end up with zero solutions to their health problems. A great number are attracted by the allure (and availability) of trendy diets, prefabricated foods, or the latest herb (açai fruit, goji berries, etc.), mineral, or vitamin fad that promises the perfect health or the perfect body. One needs to make appropriate adjustments and to establish good eating habits, as the body changes with age, as soon as possible, or at an early age. For instance, the foods you have eaten when you were 20 may not be what you need when you are 40. The way a specific food impacts your longevity will be dependent on whether your body requires that food at a specific time.

In Chinese medicine in Winter Park, foods that can cause disease are classified as food injury: overeating (frequency and portion sizes) intoxication, or eating an excessive amounts of foods with cool/cold energetics are typical causes of this kind of injury. Also, long-term or too much intake of greasy foods block the smooth flow of body fluids, blood, and Qi will lead eventually to digestive dysfunction, thereby generating dampness and internal heat. This accumulation of heat and damp can cause loose stools, constipation, skin eruptions, and a slew of other health problems.

Written by Valerie

January 15th, 2019 at 4:26 am

Benefits Of TCM That Aren’t Provided By Western Medicine

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Most of us have probably heard about TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine) and acupuncture in Jacksonville, and a significant number have actually tried them; however, what many do not realize, is that these healing methods have benefits that go beyond the mere treatment of their conditions.

1. Traditional Chinese Medicine is a very specific system of healing that provides detailed diagnoses for common issues than Western Medicine. This can be perfectly illustrated in the case of the common cold.

Have you ever observed that each person gets a cold in his or her own way?

All of us suffer from colds every now and then. We say “I have a cold” based on the standpoint of Western medicine. In TCM, however, there can be a wide variety of colds with each having a different underlying cause. For instance you can have a “Wind Heat” or a “Wind Cold”, or even “Lung Heat”. To a practitioner of TCM, each case of cold is different and is treated differently. The practitioner prescribes a unique type of herbal remedy and uses a different acupuncture treatment to address each of the 15 or more kinds of colds. This healing system offers a much more accurate diagnosis and a much more accurate solution.

A lot of teachers are terrified of catching a cold, but since they deal with many young students they have no choice but to be exposed to colds on a daily basis. One client of mine who’s also a teacher says:

“I can’t afford to be sick since I’m an instructor. I need to take preventative measures whenever a flu or cold is circulating around at school. Nevertheless, I still succumb to the illness every now and again. My experiences from catching the flu or cold made me realize that, in order to recover from flu or cold, the quickest possible treatment is to undergo an acupuncture treatment and then follow it up with Chinese herbal formulas.”

He was intrigued about why she wasn’t prescribed the same herbal remedy each time he got ill. I told him that there are a wide variety of colds in TCM, and that we correlate both the acupuncture therapy and the herbal remedy to the specific symptoms we observe. A treatment for “Wind Heat” for a patient with a “Wind Cold” problem will not solve the illness and may even actually exacerbate the symptoms. It’s similar to a case in Western Medicine where a physician uses a remedy for a bacterial infection to treat a virus. It not only won’t solve the problem, it also may cause problems in the patient’s stomach.

The best thing about TCM is that the teacher patient recovered faster than her colleagues which she thrillingly reported:

“When it comes to acupuncture and TCM, the amazing thing is I always recover more quickly than my colleagues who have sought treatment from Western medicine, and after I have completely recovered, I actually feel even stronger than before.”

2. Traditional Chinese Medicine and acupuncture are holistic therapies: it considers the whole person and takes into account the things happening in his whole life.

Medical exams from another patient of mine who was suffering from painful back pain showed no cause for his ailment. After we talked for a while, it became obvious that the real cause was his job. His employer recently significantly shortened his work hours and he became extremely anxious about how he would pay his bills. He really sought to solve the problem with his job and what steps he needed to do to address the problem. Aside from using acupuncture to treat his back pain, we worked together to devise a plan of action to remedy his job problem.

Oftentimes, pain is the way our body tells us that we need to pay attention to something, whether it’s arthritis, a physical injury, or some other condition.

Another patient I saw suffered from severe arthritis. He was a professional athlete but now retired and was experiencing arthritis in his legs and hips. The pain became so severe that he had a difficult time walking. I questioned Henry about his diet, because I had a feeling that perhaps there was something in his diet that was responsible for the kind of arthritis he was experiencing. When I questioned him about his diet, I asked whether he drank alcohol, ate a lot of lot of dairy products or a lot of sugar. He confessed that he did take a significant amount of alcohol, and he asked if I wanted him to cut back. I told him, “Actually, I wanted you to try a little experiment here. I recommend that you reduce your alcohol consumption and see what happens.” So he very meaningfully reduced his alcohol intake, and he observed that the more he reduced it, the more the swelling and pain went down in his hips and leg. He was willing to make the changes and was able to see the connection between his lifestyle and the result he didn’t want. He decided finally to reduce his alcohol intake on an ongoing basis so that it could help relieve his pain and increase his ability to walk.

3. My patients are often excited to discover that certain Chinese diagnoses that are not used in other types of medicine can actually describe their problems quite accurately.

One female patient of mine was an extremely health conscious lady. She told me that she recently visited an older sister in another state. After spending a week at the home of her sister, she returned home suffering from a very unusual cough. She told me that visiting her sister always made her tense and stressful and this visit was no exception. Her cough was puzzling because it felt as if she had something in her throat and she can’t get it to go down her throat and neither could she cough it up. I told her that this is a classical case of “plum pit throat,” which is a condition that exists in traditional Chinese medicine. She was astonished that her condition had a name. I treated her with acupuncture treatment and Chinese herbs which worked marvelously.

Another instance of a TCM diagnosis and treatment that proved extremely effective involved a young graduate student who was suffering from strange digestive symptoms associated with stress. Symptoms included stabbing, fixed pain. She underwent every possible medical test for her symptoms, including an endoscopy to verify that she wasn’t suffering from stomach cancer; however, there was no one who could come up with a conclusive diagnosis. One of my very skillful and experienced teachers diagnosed this young woman as suffering from “blood stagnation” which he cured with a couple of Chinese herbal formulas and acupuncture. The symptoms that plagued her for over a year vanished entirely.

4. More often than not, Chinese herbal formulas are more effective than medications and utilize non-pharmaceutical solutions. A recent patient who suffered from extreme work-related stress reported that she was experiencing a lot of UTIs or urinary tract infections. She would get a secondary infection whenever she used antibiotics to address her symptoms. This is because the antibiotics destroyed both the bad and good bacteria in her body. She got better faster and never got a secondary infection when I used acupuncture and Chinese herbal antibiotics to treat her.

Compared to conventional Western medicine Traditional Chinese Medicine is a more powerful form of treatment because it considers the person as a whole and takes into account everything that is happening in a person’s life. A lot of the diagnoses and recommendations for common illnesses provided by TCM are more specific compared to those provided by Western Medicine. TCM even includes diagnoses and treatments for problems not identified by Western Medicine. Chinese herbal remedies provide non-pharmaceutical solutions that are often more potent than pharmaceutical remedies.

Written by Valerie

January 15th, 2019 at 4:23 am

Feng Shui Remedies To Offset The Negative Chi In Your Home

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As per the principles of yin and yang, as there are Feng Shui violations, so too are there remedies that can be used to neutralize the adverse effects of negative chi. Those aids pertain to the internal, external, and historical, factors of a structure.

For every Feng Shui violation that concerns the outside factors and history of a structure, there is a corresponding remedy. It can be a rapid development of a structure on a property that’s been burned to the ground. In such a situation, extract a meter of the property’s topsoil and substitute it with a new one from a good source. This is one way of balancing the negative chi and rectifying the pattern of the energy of the property. If you have a house with a rear lower than the level of the front street, at the back area of your house, install a pole with a 24-hour low wattage lamp on top that measures above the level of the street. This will help bring up positive chi at the back to a level higher than the front of the house. Reorient the house so that its entrance is on the rear. This means the living rooms and the main door are located at the back part of your home so that when entering the house this will give a psychological effect of going up instead of going down.

Property slopes downward to the rear of your house should be emptied. The back portion of your house should be filled up in order to make the back higher than the front. A straight street leads to a home at a Y- or T-junction. So as not to face the road directly, reposition the door and put up a wall to block the sha. In front of the door, you can also put in a flowing fountain in front of the door to diffuse the flow of negative chi and plant tall shrubs to soften the Chiong. If the aforementioned Feng Shui aids cannot be implemented for whatever reason, hang a convex mirror or Ba Gua on the door’s top to redirect the sha. If your house is situated at the dead end of an inverted T-junction, install a concave mirror on top of the door. House fronting a residential subdivision’s entrance. Plant shrubs and transfer the main door of your home to serve as a sha absorber. Consider moving to a more peaceful residential area if your house is located in an industrial complex.

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Written by Valerie

December 25th, 2018 at 5:13 am

The Re-Emergence of Gua Sha Therapy In China

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Scraping therapy or gua sha therapy started out as a form of folk medicine in China. Wei Yi Lin, a doctor whole lived during the Yuan Dynasty wrote a book called the Effective Formulas Handed Down for Generations. In the book, the doctor wrote, “Use wet hemp to scrape the surface of the knee, wrist, neck, and elbow until there is only slight bleeding of the skin. Clothe the body with quilts and thick clothing and then feed the patient with fresh Chinese onion tea, fermented soybean and Chinese green onion decoction. This will help loosen the skin make him feel extremely relaxed.”

We Yi Lin accurately described the healing art of gua sha therapy. This process involves the scraping of the skin surface on selected parts of the body opening up the pores in order to expel toxins and accumulated waste material for the treatment of diseases and illnesses.

Expect some miliary bleeding below several layers of the skin after the scraping. Gua sha therapy started out as a folk treatment without any theoretical methodical basis. It is commonly administered for treatment of leg pain, back pain, and shoulder pain, as well as for fever, acute entero-gastritis, heat strokes, the common cold, and many others.

The tools used in gua sha therapy in Tarzana include jade tool, buffalo horn, jade tool, silver coins, chinaware bamboo plates, and various other tools with smooth edges. Prior to the scraping, the practitioner may lubricate the skin with vegetable oil, alcohol, or water.

The ancient folk treatment of gua sha therapy gradually lost its popularity with the advent of modern medical science and with the use of modern medical techniques. This was true in the major cities of China except in rural areas where there was a shortage of modern medical services. It is still used to treat simple illnesses and ailments in those regions.

Today, while people are experiencing good health, thanks to the advancement of modern medicine and the introduction of the latest medical skills, they are also being damaged by the effects of ecological disasters, pharmaceutical medications, and environmental pollution.

According to a report published by China’s Adverse Drug Reaction Monitoring Center of the Health Ministry, in recent years, there have been about 191,000 deaths each year among hospitalized patients caused by the side effects of pharmaceutical drugs. In China, medication-related deaths are ten times greater than the deaths caused by infectious diseases.

This alarming data has caused a huge dilemma in the field of medical treatment. People are starting to realize that a more serious crisis is arising as medical techniques become more advanced. This has forced medical workers to opt for natural modes of treatment rather than allopathic treatments as the new standards of medical therapies. Because of this, Gua sha or scraping therapy is becoming a preferred mode of treatment more and more due to its zero side effects, simple use, and well-known effectiveness.

Written by Valerie

December 25th, 2018 at 5:07 am

Cupping Therapy For The Treatment Of Lung And Respiratory Conditions

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Perhaps, a lot of people may already know a handful of the more popular treatments of TCM or traditional Chinese medicine. These may likely include herbal medicine, massage, and acupuncture in Walla Walla. But are you aware that there exists a lesser-known plan of treatment called cupping therapy that can help alleviate scores of illnesses?

Cupping therapy involves the application of small jars or cups to the skin to suction dirty blood and heat away from the body. This method has been practiced since 1500 B.C., when people in ancient Egypt used it to address a wide range of health problems like pain, weak appetite, menstrual disorders, vertigo, and fever. Taoist herbal concoctions were used later along with cupping to help people relax, remove toxins from the body, and encourage healthy circulation of blood, among several other uses.

These days, this highly versatile but simple therapy still works for almost all types of health issues making it an ideal alternative to surgery and medications for a lot of people. Be they made of modern materials like silicon, or bamboo or glass, bamboo, these useful little cups have a verified successful record of clinical effectiveness that warrants further investigation.

How does one perform Chinese cupping therapy?

A practitioner of TCM, according to the PCOM (Pacific College of Oriental Medicine), a TCM practitioner will first generate a vacuum effect inside the cups. One technique by which this is done is to apply rubbing alcohol and ignite the bottom of the cups with fire. When the fire is extinguished and the created heat cools eventually, the air within the cups condenses to produce a natural suction.

Then the practitioner places the cups on the skin and either keeps the cups isolated and gently lifted or he moves them across the body in a continuous motion which is a technique known as gliding cupping. In both procedures, the vacuum within the cups draws the skin away from the body to generate negative pressure, as opposed to the positive pressure generated by massage. The nervous system is sedated, healthy blood circulation is enhanced, and muscle tissue is loosened by this negative pressure.

PCOM explains that cupping and acupuncture are basically combined into one treatment, although it can also be used as a standalone treatment.” Cupping can be utilized to alleviate neck and back pains, rheumatism, migraines, fatigue, anxiety, stiff muscles, and even cellulite.”

Amazing relief of ailments can be provided by cupping therapy combined with acupuncture

One reason cupping therapy is usually added in acupuncture treatment is that both modalities follow the natural meridian lines of the body. These meridians are known to be the channels by which qi or life energy flows. The five meridian lines of the back are usually used in cupping therapy since it traditionally is used on the back. This is designed to relax the qi and align and open up all the meridians through which qi flows.

PCOM adds, “Cupping is perhaps the therapy for best deep-tissue massage that a person can take.” “It is believed to influence tissues as deep as four inches from the epidermis. Arteries and veins are refreshed, blockages can be cleared, and toxins can be flushed out within these four inches of affected materials. One can even cup the ankles, legs, wrists, and hands, thus using the therapy to heal organs that are associated with these points.”

Respiratory and lung conditions such as the common cold and asthma have been also known to respond very well to cupping therapy. Actually, respiratory conditions are among the first documented conditions for which cupping therapy was considered to successfully work.

Written by Valerie

December 11th, 2018 at 1:05 pm

Cultivation Of Morality In Chinese Philosophy

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One thing anyone can say about Chinese philosophy is that it just didn’t have an effect on a chosen few in the Western world who desire it as a philosophy. It has influenced and involved various cultures for thousands and thousands of years whether they have embraced it or not. While this introduction may not be so flattering, they are realities that, when taken into account, can have significant consequences for the topic at hand, which are the various techniques of moral cultivation created by ancient Chinese sages. This is not some trivial topic that can be ignored or relegated to be no value. It has spread throughout all eastern religions as well as several in western ones. It has molded the daily lifestyles, government, and education of several countries throughout the world. It can illuminate all those who venture within its domain. We realize that most people are well aware of its scope but we still find it imperative to restate it for the sole intention of emphasizing the weight of the topic to be discussed.

Among the Chinese people, the cultivation of morality was a very important aspect of their culture and they were determined about doing it correctly. There was one important school of thought that historically has supervised all the others. This was Confucianism and indeed it did involve an unusual exhausting discourse by which people could develop their morality. This article will present this topic and attempt to clarify it. Still, it may be difficult to talk about Confucius without tackling the teaching and ideas of Zhu Xi, a sage who’s deemed to be the most prominent neo-Confucianist thinker of his age. The correct course of self cultivation was also taught by Zhu Xi although it may vary in some way to that of Confucius. In order to determine the importance in their differences and in what they have to offer, we may need to discuss the two courses and equate them both.

The teachings of Confucius in Analects 8.8 regarding the course of moral cultivation states, “Get your start with the Odes, the Master said; obtain a solid standing through ritual; finish the process with music”. This passage means that Confucius recognizes three distinct stages by which an individual needs to undergo in order to arrive at the level of sage hood which is the highest level of moral cultivation.

The Odes is moral cultivation’s point of origin that is made up of old Chinese songs or poetry considered by Confucius as ways to inspire the mind. While poems may not appear as prefect models for the start of a transformative momentous journey, Confucius was firm in his decision to use this as his starting point. The words “enable you to respect customs, prepare you in analogy, train you to be sociable, instruct you to articulate anger” are inscribed within these classical writings. This excites the mind so much so that it triggers us to ponder what is morally right and contemplates over basic issues that concern the soul. With the aim of becoming cultivated morally, it seems proper that the start is made up of something that advances such thoughts.

What is made up of the middle stage is putting that which has been considered within the mind to be morally right and good into action. Practicing what is right in the physical sense can embed itself even more in the soul and mind and can lead to a proper understanding of concepts that are morally right. For instance, you can go through your entire life just knowing it is only proper to respect your parents. You may not however be able to really comprehend just how essential it is until you actually do it, or even see it practiced by your own children. Actions that are morally good have been integrated into a culture via what is known as ritual. A ritual, according to Confucius, is deemed to be extremely necessary to the development of the soul due to the long term effect it can have that’s impossible to come about in any other way.

Music is the final stage by which the completion of the process is attained. Always a social event, music is where a congregation of people connect with each other on an equal level. When properly performed, it’s a manifestation of what is really found within the soul and metaphorically affirms the accomplishment of moral cultivation. In Analects 3.23, Confucius illuminates us more, “One can understand music this way. First the players play in unison, then harmonizing freely, carrying on from one another or playing separately, and therefore the piece is achieved”. This describes how the cultivation of morality is realized from a congregation of individuals onto a person. In the cultivation of the soul, a group renders each other as it is properly managed, the person then has the skill to do it individually without interrupting the harmony or, in other words, without deviating from the right path.

The method of Zhu Xi is the other course of moral cultivation that needs to be discussed. His technique is perfectly articulated in 5.42of Learning To Be A Sage, “In learning, we need to first set up the great foundation: learning at the outset ought to be largely concerned with what’s vital; mainly with breadth in the middle stage, and with what is vital again in the end”. We also see here that Zhu Xi espouses three different stages by which a person needs to go undergo in order to truly cultivate himself morally.

It starts with which what Zhu Xi refers to as the essential. He especially considers the books, the Doctrine of the Mean, the Greater Learning, the Book of Mencius, and the Analects to be the sole authority on how to properly cultivate one’s morality. He argues that there needs to be a point of origin and reading the writings of people that have already acquired sagacity is an ideal place to start. By so doing, a person can be exposed to that which is widely recognized as correct and therefore, he or she can be aware of what to fixate his attention on.

The second stage involves observing “mainly with breadth” which literally and metaphorically translates as “widely”. Literally speaking, looking widely is observing everything in the external environment that is all around you. Observing the way food is prepared, perceiving the flow of the water in a river, and taking into account the manner in which animals behave all have definitive awareness to the cultivation of morality. What makes all these seemingly unimportant happenings so important is the notion of li. Li is the celestial principle that exists in every matter in the universe including each individual and to comprehend the li within the self we need to observe it in other things.

Bringing together the prior stages into the third stage is the most important. Finishing again with what is essential, but with a totally different meaning. This kind of essential is directly alluding to the self. It entails taking what you’ve observed and read and integrating it thoroughly into the soul in order to become what the sages actually wrote about and the celestial principle that spreads throughout everything. This can be manifested through action, which is much greater than merely the internal knowledge declared by Zhu Xi, “A dialogue arose that dealt with action and knowledge. According to the Master, when one knows something but he doesn’t act on it, his knowledge of it is still without depth. After one has experienced it in person, its meaning will not be the same from what it used to be and his understanding of it will become significantly clearer”. The manner by which a person can truly gauge his morality is through action.

While both courses are somewhat identical to each other, some important differences remain. We will concentrate on a topic that needs to be discussed and by so doing can further delineate the significance of this specific step in the cultivation of morality. The core topic is the role that action and practice play in each course. The way they are carried out and the timing by which they are made known are very important concepts. In regard to Confucius, ritual or the action aspect conveys a powerful compliant-like submissiveness connoting a belief in a higher power. In Analects 12.1, Confucius clearly commands a person to never disregard ritual, “Don’t look at it, if it is opposed to ritual. Don’t listen to it if, it is opposed to ritual.” It may seem that that rules are clearly lined out and a person expresses morality in a genuine manner when he follows them appropriately. This helps people act in a dignified way which is good; nonetheless, there some things that make this certainly wrong. How can anyone be sure that a certain ritual is the proper and true way to behave morally? What if a ritual (i.e., some form of funeral ritual that was handed down from generation to generation) while it is considered tradition, is also wrong. Overemphasizing ritual could actually impair the development of positive morality.

This is why Zhu Xi stresses the need to first observe celestial principle from every source and then later on to act upon it. The celestial principle will be constantly found in everything if something is truly correct and in harmony with it. After one has observed genuine principle and incorporates it into his soul, then it is advantageous that proper action be executed, thusly being in agreement with the celestial principle.

Zhu Xi is right to say that a person needs to first adhere to morally correct principle and nurture it within prior to being able to act properly based on genuine moral standards. Most of us living ordinary lives who struggle with moral cultivation can find this to be a bit hard to follow; however, in the long run, it could also result in rewarding outcomes because once we cultivate proper morality and celestial principle within us, each of us can then become morally good individuals not just people who obey rituals and rules that simply allow us to act in a morally good way.

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Written by Valerie

December 11th, 2018 at 12:59 pm

Chinese Yoga And Its Effects On Our Spiritual, Physical, And Mental Health

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In life, we’ve all experienced moments where we become overpowered by the shadow feelings of anger, disappointment, heartache, despair, or sadness.

Yet, most people load these feelings deep inside their bodies and ignore them, unaware that the energy or frequency of these emotions can affect their spiritual, physical, and mental health.

For people who are always on the go, they may find it a bit difficult to concentrate on any one thing for very long be it a dietary strategy, an exercise program, or even activities within your daily life or work. They can be someone who uses a frantic pace of life to dodge dealing with shadow emotions.

One sign that you may be utilizing activity to restrain feelings that have negative thoughts and shadow feelings are when you find yourself excessively tired or when you allow some down time when slowing down.

Suppressing deep seated feelings requires adrenaline, yet when one slows down, the amount of adrenaline in the bloodstream drops. The effect of an adrenaline rush when moving through life is that while it may prevent you from experiencing challenging emotions by spurring you into action, it can also fatigue your thyroid and adrenal glands and significantly contribute to chronic diseases such as high cholesterol and high blood pressure.

Qi gong or Chinese yoga is an ideal tool that anyone can incorporate into their daily lives to rid of shadow emotions, which also can lead to issues of toxicity such as depression, chronic pain or illness, depression, and cancer.

Building Consciousness of Emotional States with Chinese Yoga

Chinese yoga can produce a deeper realization of our emotional layers. The first step in healing and releasing shadow emotions is realization or awareness. A lot of times, these shadow layers within our bodies and minds may be physically held in the body leading to excess weight in our bodies, especially around our waist and stomach.

Dao yin or Chinese yoga breath supports the slowing down of our thoughts and breath in order for us to come into a realization of the emotions we are holding, and start processing and liberating them.

There are people who asked to deepen their breath begin to feel irritable, anxious, or impatient. These feelings are windows into our emotional responsiveness and they provide us with information about how we may be unconsciously reacting to experience.

Likewise, people tend to hurry through the movements when they’re asked to do qi gong exercises, as opposed to allowing and lingering themselves to observe the sensations of emotions that occur when the body is in motion. Qi gong can therefore be a very helpful way of generating a consciousness of feelings and relating emotions to the physical states.

The movements in Chinese Yoga liberate emotions that are connected to certain body organs. These organs are associated with specific emotions within Chinese medicine.

Kidneys: Fears, discipline/will and courage

Liver: Frustration/anger or compassion.

Spleen: Anxiety, calmness, centeredness.

Heart: Over excitation or joy.

Lungs: Sadness/grief/perseverance.

Fremont Chinese medicine practitioners can teach a series of qi gong movements that lightly target each of the organs with gentle body twists and slow leg and arm movements mixed with breathing.

One can perform these movements for a mere two or three minutes scattered throughout the day to help process and liberate layers of feelings. When it’s regularly practiced, this form of prescriptive qi gong can be an ideal tool or a great complement to conventional drug therapies or psychotherapy.

For instance, the University of California, School of Medicine did a recent study that found people 69 years of age or older suffering from depression experiencing greater effects from anti-depressant drugs, when they were learned a basic and easy set of tai chi.

As the mother art of tai chi, qi gong or Chinese yoga is a much easier art to learn, yet is as powerful in terms of positively affecting emotional states.

Written by Valerie

December 4th, 2018 at 2:40 am

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Chinese Style Home Remedies For Coughing

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There are several home remedies for coughing. Actually, there’s an assortment of natural cough remedies to choose from depending on the kind of cough you have. They all are eff ective, safe, and easy to create. One such method is a first rate breathing technique to boost the effects of the other remedies. This breathing technique saturates your system with fresh oxygen and clears your airways and lungs. Of course, in order to give these home cough remedies a chance to work well and quickly, you need to at least lessen or totally eliminate the aggravating factors or the cause(s) of the cough.

Coughing Home Remedies

Select a remedy and continue using it for a few days. Try another one if it doesn’t work.

Remedy # 1 Cane Sugar & Garlic Drink

Ground half a kilogram of fresh garlic into paste. Combine one or two teaspoonfuls of cane sugar with one or two teaspoonfuls of the paste in a cup of hot water and drink twice a day. Keep the rest of the garlic paste in a jar for future use. Ideal for cough related to the common cold.

Remedy # 2: Malt Sugar & Ginger Drink

To make ½ tablespoon of the juice, ground fresh ginger and throw in a teaspoonful of brown sugar and malt and into the juice. Mix the juice in a cup of warm water and drink it twice or thrice times a day. It is works well for the elderly suffering from chronic coughing.

Remedy # 3: Tangerine Peel Tea

For 10 minutes, immerse four to five grams of green tea and six 6 grams of tangerine peel in a cup of hot water. While the tea is brewing, the cup should be covered. Throughout the day, drink liberally by adding hot fresh water each time. This tea is suitable for coughing with white, sticky, and profuse phlegm. Tangerine peel tea is a very popular traditional Chinese home remedy in Austin.

Remedy # 4: Whole Lemon Drink

Place half a lemon through a juice extractor (seeds and skin included). Combine the juice with the same amount of warm water. Then slowly sip, allowing it to just trickle down the throat. Add water without sugar if the juice is too bitter. Drink the juice two to three times a day. Besides coughing, whole Lemon Drink is also a great home remedy for sore throat, profuse phlegm, sinus congestion, and chest congestion.

Remedy # 5: Egg & Honey Drink

Open an egg and beat it evenly in a bowl. Into a small pot of water, include 35 grams of honey and bring to a boil. Include the honey water to the egg bowl and mix. Drink while warm once or twice a day. Although there are people who may not want to eat a lot of eggs, the Egg & Honey Drink potion is traditionally a popular home remedy for coughing in China that works well for hoarse voice and dry cough.

Remedy # 6: Pineapple Throat Gargle

Pour a cup of fresh pineapple juice into a juice extractor or simply crush pieces of pineapple into a juice. Without swallowing the juice, use as gargle many times a day. This remedy can helps sooth and ease cough.

Aside from availing yourself of any of these coughing home remedies, you also should avoid phlegm-producing foods and alter your diet. Refrain from eating dairy products (especially if you suffer from phlegmy, damp cough), overly cooked meats, cakes, white bread, and refined starches. Consume foods that are as close to their natural state as possible.

Written by Valerie

December 4th, 2018 at 2:35 am

Choosing The Qi Gong System That Works Best For You

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One should not assume that a specific system of Qi Gong would be appropriate for everyone; rather, it is up to the individual to search for a system that best suits his goals and requirements.

What one should get out of Qi Gong practice is the first thing any person interested in qi gong should think about. They should select a system that will give them what it is they want.

It ‘s important to be really clear what it is that one wishes to gain, what kind of practice a person is interested in, and how much time does he have to devote each day.

There are certainly many systems that are designed to develop certain skills or to attain certain goals along with the goal of boosting a person’s overall health. Iron Body Qi Gong would be one such example. These kinds of systems focus on enhancing the ability of the body to withstand blows. While the system may not be for everyone, it is an ideal way to train people interested in martial arts. Some systems are designed to help strengthen or enhance a certain organ system. If you have an underlying health problem or an imbalance that needs to be addressed, this type of training would be of tremendous benefit for you. Being clear about what it is that you expect from your practice and what it is that you know and want from your practice are the most important things when choosing the right system of qi gong for you.

On other thing to consider is how much time each day you have to allot to your practice. There are practices that only take a few minutes to go through while others may require lots of hours or even more. It would be impractical to select a system that does not fit into a person’s daily schedule if he’s very busy. One should consider that a certain enthusiasm tends to fade with time when first starting on a practice. We should be realistic in assessing a person’s motivation and how much time he or she is willing to devote to the practice. For several weeks, about one and a half hours of practice each day is okay although we might begin looking for excuses as to why we’re unable to practice that day. Searching for a system to practice at the outset that requires less time would be more realistic. This can lead to benefits and outcomes that can help motivate us to endure and persevere.

The last thing to consider is what kind of things we’re interested in. All Qi Gong systems are not the same. If you find it a bit tedious to sit still for long periods of time then you should not select a system that requires this. If you’re unable to move energetically, then a system that requires that will be impractical for you, you need to choosing something that you find fun to practice and interesting.

If you find a system that provides the benefits that you’re looking, fits into your daily schedule, and one that you enjoy practicing, then you have found the Qi Gong system most suited for you.

Heather Shultz is a licensed acupuncturist in Marlton, NJ with advanced training in modern acupuncture techniques and traditional Asian therapies.

Written by Valerie

November 13th, 2018 at 2:11 pm

Chinese Medicine And Its Growing Role In The Health Of Western Society

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While Chinese medicine has been widely used as a healing system for over five millennia, Western medical research continues to ask whether this system can be seen as a rational mode of treatment. Nonetheless, a lot of Western medicine medical experts would fail to discover improbable claims: that qigong maintains health by promoting movement and relaxation, that Chinese herbal formulas may possibly contain potent biochemical agents, and that acupuncture alleviates discomfort by stimulating the manufacture or production of neurotransmitters.

If you’re yet unsure of just how effective Chinese medicine is and are considering trying it, you can view the various studies that have helped others reach their own conclusions about its benefits. Chinese medicine practices are known by many to be very potent, providing occasional relief where Western medicine’s best practices fail, especially for common illnesses such as allergies and flus, and to help eliminate the toxicity of chemically manufactured drugs.

Between the East and West, the most debated topic is the use of acupuncture as medicine. Acupuncture has been shown to be safe based on results gained by medical studies. The studies, at this point, did not result in any conclusions as to whether acupuncture can be deemed a science. Research at the same time shows that in acupuncture, the use of meridians has been successful in treatment. The researchers have also stated that given acupuncture is safe and widely used, it merely requires to have more investigations conducted concerning it. To check for additional areas in which acupuncture therapies can be helpful, additional probing is needed to identify additional areas in which acupuncture treatment can be helpful.

Another topic that’s been discussed by Western researchers is herbal therapies that are used in traditional methods of Chinese medicine. While there are a few of these have not been examined, other parts of the herbs are used in pharmaceutical drugs that are prescribed to patients. Chinese wormwood, Ephedra, and artemisinin are several examples of archaic treatments that have moved from Chinese ideals into Western medicine.

Chinese herbal therapy involves a wide range of compounds that are not used by Western medicine, and there is a keen interest in the use of these compounds aside from the concepts Chinese medicine practitioners use to decide which formula to recommend. It is likely that while herbs were at first chosen on misguided grounds, only compounds that have proven truly effective have stayed in use given the millennium evolution of Chinese medicine. Perhaps, it is possible that while plants and herbs were first and foremost chosen on misguided grounds, only herbs those have shown to be truly effective are the ones that have stayed in use.

In Western medical research, there is a consensus that, within the never-ending ideas of Chinese medicine, is the notion that the treatments are safe. All medical research shows that even if the remedies are not scientifically proven, most of them have few adverse effects and they still are not damaging to one’s wellbeing. This may be a proven fact to the holistic therapies, and many scientists tend to also claim that there is simply a shortage of the medicine used in the philosophies of the Chinese.

Chinese medicine in Pembroke Pines has been a hotly debated topic in Western society from politics to science. However, this can be a starting point to assess the theories that have been experimented with and applied over time. Chinese medicine continues to become an important part of Western society through its various systems due to the continuous use of people who are searching for holistic wellness.

Written by Valerie

November 13th, 2018 at 2:06 pm