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Chua Ka Self Massage To Heal Deep-Seated Tension And Stress In The Mind And Body

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Do it yourself massage, a splendid way to feel good without having to pay for a massage! Sure, it’s not exactly the same and it may not even feel as good. But, it sure does benefit your whole being and gives you the power to heal yourself.

The value of self-massage was acknowledged by the ancient Mongolian warriors who, before setting off to battle, gave themselves a form of deep tissue massage called Chua Ka. According to them, life experiences generate a web of muscle pain and tension that are recollected as fears in the body. For them, life itself is so arduous that it forces the body to retain fears, injuries, and stresses learned from those trauma and wounds within muscular tissue. Because it is important for them to fight or go into battle without fear, they believed that deep massage was a good way to liberate those deeply rooted fears within their body and psyche.

The healing power of Chua Ka allows for the release of both mental tension and physical tension in a person. During the peak of Mongolian empire, which was by far even more vast than the empire of Alexander the Great, warriors would utilize stones and sticks to burrow slowly deep into the body. They did this because they believed that it brings the mind and body into a condition of intensified awareness and sensitivity and it provides them with additional benefits that can be crucial for victory when heading off to battle.

There is a lot to say about the benefits of massaging yourself. You don’t need to know how the Mongolians were able to discover and develop Chua Ka and how they came to the realization that massage can help prepare them for war in order to gain the benefits of self-massage. In our modern age, people get massage for various reasons. Numerous studies have revealed that massage definitely helps detoxify the body, increases circulation, allays stress, promotes relaxation, produces long-term health benefits, and last but not least, is easily accessible and very affordable, more so if you do it on yourself.

For the incredibly successful and strong ancient Mongolian warriors, stones and sticks were perfect tools that honed and turned their bodies into efficient killing machines. Today, very few people realize that there are a few common household items that may be used to relieve mental and muscular tension.

If you have ache or pain in your forearm due to typing too much, you may utilize the ends of a rolling pin or even a drum stick in order to apply pressure to relieve the part of the body where discomfort or pain is felt.

Speaking of rolling pins, you can read a helpful article in the Elephant Journal that explains how rolling a foam pillow over your body can help alleviate over-used and sore muscles.

Are you experiencing knots or pain in your back? Relieve it by simply lying on the floor and placing a tennis ball along the problematic part of your spine. To either lessen or add pressure on your back to relieve muscle ache or pain within minutes, you can simply use your own body weight and slowly move your body.

I would be remiss if I failed to mention yoga when writing about self-massage. The reason yoga is one of the most practiced activity in the world is because it is one of the best forms of self-massage ever.

The warriors of ancient Mongolia knew that the mind and body were closely connected and it was necessary to take care of the body not just for mental health but also for their very own survival. The warriors of today realize that self-massage is a great way to take care of the body, which can help them flourish in other areas of their lives.


Dr. Yelena Pakula is a licensed acupuncture doctor and the medical director of Vita-Health Acupuncture and Wellness Center in Pembroke Pines, FL.

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January 9th, 2018 at 5:33 pm

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The Four Categories Of Chinese Nutritional Therapy

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Chinese nutritional therapy in Austin is an ancient system of healing. As far back as 200 BC in China, during the Han Dynasty, medical documents reveal that this system was used to maintain health and cure chronic illnesses. It was continuously used through the succeeding dynasties and it eventually evolved into a practical and distinct nutritional science. Chinese nutritional therapy is not merely a simple combination of traditional medicine and food; it is also a unique culinary art composed of medicinal ingredients and food based on the principles of Chinese medicine.

Aside from being a means of health-preservation among the people of China, Chinese nutritional therapy also spread abroad and was used by more millions of people, especially in Southeast Asia. Due to people who desire to learn more about alternative medicine interest, the popularity of Chinese nutritional therapy has been growing by the day so much so that regular conventions have been held to promote this form of healing science.

There are a variety of foods used in several different ways for fostering well-being and health. According to online health websites, there are over 600 different kinds of foods ranging from marine products, meats, vegetables, fruits, and cereals. A lot of these are unknown to foreigners who may be hesitant to try them; all these foods, however, are quite effective and valuable in the realm of food therapy. Various types of ingredients are used to strengthen the effects and enhance the appeal of the cuisine. Honey, vinegar, salt, oil, sugar, and wine, as well as peanuts, orange, mandarin, almonds and other commonly available items are all used in the cooking process.

Based on its specific functions, Chinese nutritional therapy is divided into four categories: therapeutic cuisine, healing cuisine, prevention cuisine, and health maintenance cuisine.

Therapeutic Cuisine: This therapy targets the specific condition. Tuckahoe with carp soup can strengthen the blood plasma albumen to help treat swelling while fried potatoes with vinegar can prevent restrain hypertension and adjust the organ.

Healing Cuisine: This type of food therapy is used for rehabilitation after severe illness. Angelica in braised mutton or rose in broiled sheep’s heart can help rebuild a healthy constitution.

Prevention Cuisine: Establishes resistance to certain ailments. Pears, chestnuts, yams, and lotus seeds can, in winter, help strengthen one’s resistance to cold and in autumn, aid in the prevention of dryness. In summer mung bean soup can be beneficial in the prevention of heat strokes.

Health Maintenance Cuisine: This applies to reinforcement of necessary nutritional food in order to preserve organic health. Almonds and pumpkin soup can be a delicious way to lose weight; ginseng congee can strengthen the body; and carp and soup of angelica can enhance beauty.

Written by Valerie

January 2nd, 2018 at 5:29 am

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

Chua-Ka Massage Therapy And The Benefits It Can Provide Your Health

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The Mongolian massage known as Chua-Ka is a form of body work that most closely resembles Tui Na massage. A deep tissue massage therapy, Chua-ka is used to release trapped tension and pain in the body whilst liberating the psyche of its corresponding preoccupations and fears. Hence, this ancient form of massage is useful for the relief of both physical and psychological problems.

According to the philosophy underlying Chua-ka, all people are born supple and smooth creatures. As we age, we accumulate memories of pain, build up metabolic waste products in our body, and lose the suppleness and smoothness (which can be spiritual, mental, and physical) we are born with. The mind and body form a single unit and everything that occurs in the body can be manifested in the mind and vice versa.

The objective of Chua-ka massage therapy is to eliminate the stored memories and deposits in the mind and body in order to promote an enhanced sense of awareness and good health. On your first visit with a Chua-ka therapist, you will be asked some questions regarding your medical history and lifestyle and dietary habits so that the therapist can be devise a plan of treatment that addresses your specific needs.

Certain thumb techniques are used during the session to manipulate and massage the deep tissue. Your skin may be also massaged using smooth and long strokes to help restore the original elasticity of your skin and stimulate your circulatory system. The massage is deep, yet gentle and fosters a general sense of well-being.

Towels are used for warmth and comfort. Chua-ka works for best for people seeking to improve their health and self-awareness.

Chua-ka can help treat the following conditions:

 Stress and related symptoms
 Cellulite
 Digestive disorders
 Headaches and migraines
 Insomnia
 PMS (premenstrual syndrome)
 Muscle pain
 Back pain

Christina Prieto is an Orlando acupuncturist, a certified Yoga instructor and the founder of Harmony Wellness center in central Florida.

Written by Valerie

December 26th, 2017 at 6:39 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

Studies Reveal Moxibustion-Acupuncture’s Effectiveness In Treating Cervical Spondylosis

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As an alternative therapy, acupuncture has long been quite a popular way to relieve neck pain; on the other hand, moxibustion acupuncture may be a new and a bit scary for even acupuncture enthusiasts. Some people may seem that the thought of setting fire to a substance (moxa) at the top end of an acupuncture needle may seem like a step too far, so why is this multi-millennia old technique still practiced? More importantly, can moxibustion acupuncture work in treating neck pain?

A component of an ancient Oriental medical system known as traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), moxibustion is a healing method that usually involves the use of an herb widely known for its healing qualities, mugwort. The truth is acupuncture’s Chinese character actually translates to acupuncture-moxibustion, as this therapy was designed to stimulate energy (qi), boost the blood, and support overall wellbeing and health.

A common practice to stimulate the uterus, moxibustion acupuncture is also used to rectify other issues associated with the female reproductive system such as menstrual cramping and breech births. In recent years, it has likewise been researched to ascertain the possible risks and benefits for neck pain and other physical conditions.

Direct and Indirect Moxibustion Acupuncture

In Western cultures, direct moxibustion is rarely practiced as there is a danger of scarring and blisters. Direct moxibustion entails the placing of a small amount of mugwort, that’s converted into moxa, on top of an acupuncture point, lit up, and allowed to burn out. Practitioners of this procedure can also take out the moxa before it completely burns out, thereby limiting any skin burning. If the moxa is removed at the right time scarring, blistering, and pain could be avoided. Instead, a pleasurable feeling of heat should penetrate the skin and help release tension and pain.

Indirect moxibustion is the more preferred moxibustion procedure used in Western acupuncture treatments. The procedure entails the application of moxa to the top end of an acupuncture needle that has been inserted into an acupoint. The moxa is then set on fire in order to warm the needle. After the completion of the treatment, the burning moxa is put out and the needle removed. One other type of indirect moxibustion involves the burning of a moxa stick that’s held for a few minutes very near the targeted acupoint until the skin turns red. This type of moxibustion and the indirect form are both deemed to pose a much lower risk of burning or pain compared to direct moxibustion.

When Should Be Moxibustion Used?

Based on TCM principles, moxibustion acupuncture should only be used for stagnant or cold conditions and not for issues where there is too much heat. In the treatment of neck pain, this therapy may be useful for people whose pain is considered to be the result of blocked qi (energy), tension, weak blood flow, and not for inflammatory conditions.

As usual, any person performing moxibustion acupuncture or any alternative treatment for neck pain should have undergone proper education. In moxibustion acupuncture, the practitioner should hold a traditional Chinese medicine degree or should be a qualified acupuncturist. In the US, you could only practice moxibustion if you have an acupuncture license. If your patient has a respiratory condition, the practitioner can use smokeless moxa sticks as the odor and smoke a burning moxa can be overwhelming.

Can Neck Pain Be Cured With Moxibustion Acupuncture?

A few years ago a study was published that specifically dealt with the use of moxibustion acupuncture in the treatment of neck pain due to arthritis in the neck (or cervical spondylosis). The 145 subjects who participated in the study were divided into three groups in this randomized clinical trial: 48 subjects in the moxibustion group, 48 subjects in the acupuncture group, and 49 subjects in the acupuncture-moxibustion group.

All subjects were treated using the TE 3 (Shongshu), Sl 15 (Chiangshongshu), GV 14 (Dashui), and Extra (Bailao) acupoints. For the moxibustion group, at each of these acupoints, three cones and seed-size moxa were applied. Twenty minute needling session in all of these acupoints was administered in the acupuncture group. Both protocols were utilized for the combination group.

All subjects were treated in the prescribed manner once every three days and within four weeks, they should have undergone 10 treatments. Three months later, they were required to undergo a follow-up period. Evaluations were done using the MPQ (McGill Pain Questionnaire) and NPQ (Northwick Park Pain Questionnaire).

Compared to baseline, outcomes revealed that after three months, all three groups had lower MPQ and NPQ scores; however the group that was treated with acupuncture-moxibustion had lower scores compared to the groups treated with either moxibustion or acupuncture alone. There was a significant difference in the efficacy of the treatment in all three groups, although it was seen that all of them experienced substantial alleviation of pain caused by cervical spondylosis.

Neck Pain Treatment Using Direct Moxibustion

In another published study in recent years, the efficacy of moxibustion on treatment of cervical spondylosis of the vertebral artery was tested and observed. The study involved the participation of 60 patients who were assigned randomly to a group. One group was treated with a regular dosage of moxa and the other group received a saturated dosage of moxa. Two acupoints wherein heat sensitivity (thermo-sensitization) was considered to be strongest were selected for moxibustion treatment. In the saturated treatment group, moxibustion time was gauged by the loss of heat sensitivity, while in the regular dose group a 15 minute standard therapy was administered on each acupoint. Both groups during the first four days were given a couple of treatments each day, then for the next 10 days, treatments were given once a day.

The treatment’s clinical efficacy, and the patients’ function and symptoms were documented prior to and post treatments as well on the follow-up treatment six months later. The group that received regular moxa dosage experienced symptomatic relief in 26.7 percent and 30 percent of the patients after treatment and after six months, respectively while for the saturated moxa treatment group, the efficacy rate was shown to be 56.7 percent post treatment and 60 percent six months post treatment. When it came to function and clinical symptoms, both groups experienced improvements post treatment and at follow-up, although, much greater improvement was shown in the saturated moxa group.

Current Research Constraints

All the above-mentioned studies indicate the inherent benefits of moxibustion acupuncture for relief of neck pain due to arthritis, but forethought is in order as those researches are not placebo-controlled (that could be performed with moxibustion or needling of non-acupoints) and are isolated. Additional studies are required to ascertain if the moxibustion acupuncture benefits can be applied to other issues that can result in neck pain, and whether a placebo effect is arising there. Neck pain direct moxibustion acupuncture treatment can also result in complications and long term or even permanent skin damage and so should only be performed by an experienced and qualified practitioner.

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Written by Valerie

November 21st, 2017 at 6:04 am

Learn Acupressure Techniques To Relieve Ailments And Promote Wellbeing To Other People

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Learning acupressure techniques in Tarzana that can provide you and other people a great massage to advance wellbeing and peace and to alleviate tension headaches is not really difficult to do.

Developed in Asia more than 4,500 years ago, acupressure is a very old art of healing that uses thumb, fingers, elbow, or hand to apply pressure on certain areas of the surface of the skin to accelerate healing in the body. Acupressure follows the same principles that underlie the practice of acupuncture, but instead of needles (used in acupuncture healing) uses finger pressure to stimulate specific points on the body. Acupressure is a means to release and access congested or obstructed energy centers within the body. It is usually performed in a similar way as traditional massage. Acupressure is considered a complementary therapy and is not meant to be a replacement for medical care. It is a preventative treatment that is ideal for fatigue. You will appreciate its benefits within a single or couple contractions as you learn to apply its techniques. Acupressure/Shiatsu is deeply relaxing, gentle, healing, nourishing, and soothing to the bones, blood, tissues, muscles, and nerves. It also brings hormonal balance to the body. If you want to learn acupressure, you need to know the points that generate the healing reaction for the health problems you want to repair.

How Can These Points Be Used in Acupressure and Where Are These Points Located in the Body?

The pressure points are massaged with medium pressure with the thumb or finger, and on certain instances, with a blunt object, in a rather swift circular motion. The ancient Chinese considered these points to be crossroads of meridian channels that convey chi or vital energy. In the West, scientists have also proven the existence of these points and have mapped them out through the use of electrical devices. There are acupressure points that are quite important as they’re associated to a certain part of the body; the other acupoints tend to have more general effects. When performing acupressure, the aim is usually to activate the self-recuperative powers of the body through the stimulation of specified acupoints on the body. The application of pressure on these points causes muscle tension to be released and the enhancement of Chi and blood flow to bring about healing. Acupressure and acupuncture utilize the same acupoints, but in acupressure firm but gentle feet and manual pressure is used while in acupuncture, needles are employed to stimulate the acupoints. Unfortunately, the more ancient practice of acupressure was abandoned by the Chinese as more technological ways for activating points like electricity were developed.

Acupressure Massage

An acupressure massage usually lasts for 5 to 15 minutes. Every point is massaged until you feeling a numbing sensation. Acupressure activates and stimulates the innate energies of the body to bring back harmony and help combat sickness. The feet, knees, elbows, hands, and fingers are often used to massage the body. In all instances, the techniques of acupressure massage are utilized in combination with other proper medical care. Prior to and after Olympic events, many athletes now use sports massage to help tune their body.

Learn Some Acupressure Techniques to Provide Relief and Comfort to Others

The body can be deeply relaxed and blood flow and tension can be respectively enhanced and reduced by the healing touch of acupressure. Acupressure techniques can advance healing and can allow the muscles to relax. For example, acupressure can help a person with cancer by helping to relieve some of the related anxiety and pain of the disease and can quicken the repair of a broken bone once it has been set. Each acupressure point can generate certain benefits to a number of symptoms and complaints because the activation of one acupoint can transmit a healing signal to other body parts.

Written by Valerie

November 21st, 2017 at 5:40 am