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The Importance Of Yin & Yang In Traditional Chinese Medicine

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Traditional Chinese medicine can be quite complicated for people who have relied on Western medicine for a long time. Don’t the planets revolve around the Sun and doesn’t each of them have their own moons that orbit around them? Isn’t our own Milky Way a lenticular type of galaxy that spins like a giant cartwheel in space?

Let’s take a look at our Earth. In summer, it gets very hot in many places but when you fetch water from a well, the water is quite cool. In winter, this planet tends to get cold on both the northern and southern hemispheres. The well’s water may be frozen in winter, but in caves and deep excavations sites where miners work, the temperature can become extremely hot. Plants grow and blossom in spring but lose most of their leaves in autumn. Aren’t these mysteries of Nature an indication that there are dual forms of energy on earth which are flowing and transforming each other?

This invitation to observe the earth and the universe is not an exhortation to study or learn astronomy, but to show that while the flowing movements within the human body are invisible to the naked human eye, traditional Chinese medicine in Vancouver can only have recourse to analogy with the universe to assist people in understanding and perceiving the internal mechanisms of the human body.

The ancient Chinese were aware of these phenomena and since man is a product of Mother Nature, he is also subject to her laws. There are circulating movements in the human body similar to those of the planets in our solar system. The Chinese espoused a viewpoint of “harmony between human beings and the natural environment”, of which the easiest example is that a person essentially enjoys good health if he wakes up for work with the rising of the sun and goes home to rest with the setting of the sun.

This observation of humans made the ancient Chinese realize that the circulating movements within the human body depend on energy, known as yin and yang, that this energy is a dual force the flows in a linear direction and that the human body enjoys good health if the two forms of energy that completely change into each other in circulating movements are equal and if such equality is lacking, the human body is likely to suffer from certain types of disease.

What is “Chi”?

We all are aware that air is invisible but we sense its power whenever a typhoon passes by? The ancient Chinese suspected that air must be made of matter that carried energy. They concluded that since man depended on water, food, and inhaled air for the energy needed by their bodies, this energy is generated by these three factors. In traditional Chinese medicine, this energy is called “blood and chi.” The circular movements inside the human body for sustaining the equality between yin and yang is based on the invisible energy of chi and the energy of visible blood for momentum. This may also be depicted as the mechanical activities of viscera such as the kidneys, traditionally manifested as “kidney chi”. Chi is the term that denotes the vital energy within a person – his life-power.

Written by Valerie

January 15th, 2019 at 4:19 am

Traditional Chinese Medicine And The Different Nature Of Foods

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Practitioners of traditional Chinese medicine in Bellmore address infertility with all-natural approaches, by diagnosing the hidden causes and treating body as a whole and viewing each patient as a unique entity. Based on what condition has been diagnosed, the sufferer may be advised to not consume certain kinds of food that may adversely affect their fertility. We will discuss how foods are categorized in traditional Chinese medicine.

Hot Foods

Foods that have a hot nature are usually helpful in strengthening the immune system in combating against the rise of viruses, bacteria, and free radicals and to enhance the flow of blood flow throughout to the body especially the reproductive organs. However, too much consumption of these foods may deplete kidney yin and yin qi that can result in hormonal imbalance that, in turn, may affect the process of fertility.

Some hot-natured foods include:

1. Cinnamon powder
2. Green onion
3. Onion
4. Pepper
5. Ginger
6. Garlic

Warm Foods

Warm foods are labeled as such because they tend to have warming effects in the body. For pregnant women, warm foods are very important in that they can help preserve a healthy pregnancy and prevent a miscarriage. Yang qi and body temperature increase with warm foods helping to boost fertility level of man and women alike.

Some warm-natured foods include:

1. Chicken
2. Raspberry
3. Peach
4. Leek
5. Chive
6. Cherry
7. Black tea

Cold Foods

According to traditional Chinese medicine, cold types of food activate the colding effects in the body, consuming the yang (heat) qi as the body is forced to balance the cold with further use of yang qi. Eating these types of food for a long period of time without balancing them with hot or warm foods may lead to deficient kidney yang and yang qi that disrupts the normal function of the reproductive organs and reduces the level of fertility in woman and men alike. Women attempting to conceive should totally stay away from cold or cool foods or at least, balance them with equal amounts of hot foods.

Some cold-natured foods include:

1. Bitter melon
2. Watermelon
3. Seaweed
4. Clams
5. Grape fruit
6. Banana
7. Bamboo

Cool Foods

Cool foods can exhaust the yang qi but not as much as cold foods; hence, to prevent kidney yang and yang qi deficiency, consuming these kinds of foods should be balanced by eating warming foods. Women striving to get pregnant are advised to consume only moderate amounts of cool foods and for nutritional purposes only or else their level of fertility can be reduced.

Some cool-natured foods include:

1. Lettuce
2. Apple
3. Pear
4. Cucumber
5. Strawberry
6. Spinach
7. Tomato

Neutral Foods

While neutral foods such as potato, grains, and rice are foods that have no effects in the ying and yang qi of the body, it still can bring about certain side effects that may impair the production of insulin by the spleen and disrupt the ability of the liver to metabolize carbohydrates. Your herbalist will inform you if these kinds of foods can affect the level of your fertility.
Some neutral foods include:

1. Beet
2. Apricot
3. Celery
4. All types of meat
5. Rice
6. Honey
7. Bread

Lastly, most foods that are salty, sour, and bitter are considered yin foods while a lot of sweet and hot foods are considered yang.

Written by Valerie

February 27th, 2018 at 9:48 am

The Advantages and Disadvantages Of Using Traditional Chinese Medicine

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For over 4,000 years TCM or Traditional Chinese Medicine has a long history of treating diverse forms of illnesses and maintaining health. The Chinese and other people in East Asia have relied on this versatile modality for centuries. Two of the most popular TCM treatments in Encino, CA are acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine. They have been used for ages to help with a variety of ailments, from the serious ones to the not so serious including heart diseases, diabetes, depression, cholesterol, cancer, arthritis to wrinkles, excess weight, menopause, insomnia, dandruff, cellulite and acne.

Ying and Yang

TCM practitioners believe that Qi or organ energy imbalances may result in health conditions. Their treatment approach is fundamentally different from Western medicine treatments. The human body, from the viewpoint of TCM, is grounded on the holistic understanding of the universe as espoused by Taoist philosophy. Their treatment of illnesses is mainly based on the differentiation and diagnosis of syndromes. TCM’s goal is to harmonize and adjust Yin and Yang – which are the principles of body and mind, cold and heat, and wet and dry. Treatment is attained by the normalization of Qi and Blood and Moisture in the Organ channels. Dryness is then moistened, agitation is calmed, tightness is loosened, cold is warmed, heat is cooled, and congested channels are opened to flow.

Traditional Chinese Medicine – Its Advantages

Western medicine has as very different viewpoint and angle in its approach to well being and health. Rather than proactive, it is reactive. Symptoms and science and are its primary drivers. Western medicine dissects and examines to understand the body’s health problems and strives to utilize external therapies such as synthetic medications to treat a condition. On the other hand, TCM concentrates on the reasons for the dysfunction of the body and utilizes specific herbal formulas to restore and rejuvenate the body to its natural state. Synthetic medications, in the long term, always create harmful side effects and cause other diseases to develop whilst treating the other.

Traditional Chinese Medicine – Its Disadvantages

TCM is not a perfect healing art and it has also some shortcomings of its own one of which is that it lacks clinical research in the field of heavy metals and toxins. This is due to the fact that when TCM was established, there was no epidemic of toxic chemicals and industrial waste and pollution like what we’re now witnessing today. One other disadvantage is the lack of standardization when dealing with traditional Chinese herbs as well as the potential toxicity that some of these herbs possess. Several instances of potentially dangerous levels of mercury and arsenic in TCM medicines have also been verified. If you are buying Chinese medicines, it is advisable to purchase them from reputable sources that are known to adhere to strict local health certifications and meet the guidelines set by the FDA.

Written by Valerie

October 11th, 2016 at 11:48 am

The Liver Organ System as Seen by Traditional Chinese Medicine

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The function of the liver in Western medicine is to manufacture and produce bile. Bile is important for the detoxification of blood and the breaking down of fat. In traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), however, the liver has functions that are quite different from that described by Western medicine. In TCM, this organ’s responsibilities include the control of the circulatory system, the autonomic nervous system (the part of the nervous system that govern actions that the person has no voluntary control of), and the central nervous system of the body. Besides these, the liver also governs the function of sight.

The liver, in TCM, is the organ system that is responsible for the dissemination and flow movements going on in the body. The proper flow of things is stimulated by the liver. It guarantees and sets the proper movement of body fluids, blood, and qi as well as their distribution all throughout the body. The liver performs three specific functions with regards to its spreading and flowing responsibilities: it improves the digestive attributes of the spleen, regulates emotions, and also regulates qi.

Qi Flow Normalization

The performance of the meridians and the organs are dependent on the flow of qi. The dissemination and flow of qi all through the body in turn depend on the liver’s normalizing capacity. A dysfunctional liver can mean that something is disrupting qi flow resulting in imbalance and disharmony. When these problems become systemic, illnesses and other health conditions follow.

The Regulation of Emotions

Emotions are normal when the liver is in balance. The health of one’s emotions is based on the harmony of blood and qi. A normal and uninterrupted liver qi flow generates a relaxed emotional environment inside. So if the flow of liver qi stagnates due to liver disharmony, then anger, depression, and other forms of emotional disturbances can develop.

Improving the Digestive Function of the Spleen

The spreading and flowing attributes of the liver helps readjust the spleen’s digestive functions. A dysfunctional liver would mean that spleen qi flow is poor. The effect of this is poor conveyance and transformation of digested food leading to symptoms such as diarrhea, belching, nausea, stomach pain and other complications.

Liver is Where Blood is Stored

The liver is the organ that regulates blood flow and stores blood. The blood moves and leaves the liver when a person exercises. The blood then travels to the area of the body that needs it. When the person rests, the blood goes back to the liver for it to be stored once more. If there is insufficient blood in the liver, the eyes are usually the one’s to first suffer from this deficiency. The eyes receive inadequate nutrition and become dry and rough. The person can begin to experience headaches from this blood inadequacy.

The liver Opens Into the Eyes

The lover and the eyes have a close relationship with each other. This is because they both are connected to the energy channel of the liver. Vision quality depends on how much nourishment the eye receives, this nourishment comes from blood which is stored in the liver. We can always glean if a person has a liver problem by observing the health of the person’s eyes. Blurred vision, for example, is usually caused by inadequate liver blood. Heat and dampness in the gallbladder and liver can lead to jaundice, a health condition that manifests as yellow eyes.

The Tendons are Also Governed by the Liver

Liver function is closely tied to tendon movement. If there is insufficient blood stored in the liver, it may result in the poor nourishment of the tendons. This can result in stretching or bending difficulty, limb numbness, and spasms. The health of the toenails and fingernails rely also on nutrients on the blood stored in the liver. When a person has an adequate liver blood supply, his/her nails will appear moist and pink; blood insufficiency will cause the nails to look pale, brittle, and thin.

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

Written by Valerie

November 10th, 2015 at 3:07 pm