22. February 2018 · Comments Off on The Various Health Benefits That Come With Practicing Qi Gong · Categories: Acupuncture, chinese medicine · Tags:

Qi Gong is one major component of Chinese treatment or medicine. It has been in use for over three thousand years but is often associated with the beginning of the cultural revolution of post-Mao China.

Qi gong is made up of two Chinese words ‘qi’ which means gas or breath and by ‘cosmic breath,’ ‘energy’ and ‘life force’ and gong which means work often associated with resultant level of skill or a discipline. Qi gong therefore means ‘energy work’ or ‘breath work’.

Qi gong is considered by some people to be a series of breathing exercises and movements that result in healthful benefits as it is an activity deigned to reduce stress. Others see it in a more ‘metaphysical’ perspective, as they believe that cosmic qi can be absorbed by the body and circulated through energy pathways called meridians.

Today, qi gong is regularly used as a health maintenance exercise by millions of people around the world. Since 1989, this practice has been officially recognized by Chinese hospitals as a legitimate form of medical treatment.

In 1996, after several years of debate, the Chinese government decided to officially control the practice of qi gong through government regulation. They made it a part of their National Health Plan.

For its practitioners, qi gong can help with the management of their stress. This is done by breathing through the diaphragm. This is an essential part of the relaxation response. Instead of diaphragmatic breathing, the type of Qi gong practiced by Taoists utilizes the inverse breath of inhaling to the back of the thoracic cavity. It is believed that the diaphragmatic style of breathing can bring about reproductive problems in women.

Some practitioners believe that that in order for qi gong to be fully accepted in Western cultures fully, it needs to hurdle the prerequisites of scientific studies. In the mid 1980s, some of them started systematic study of qi gong in institutions of studies in both the United States and China. at the time of this writing, over 20 research trials have been published.

Both Western and Chinese medicine practitioners in Encino agree that qi gong can help improve and preserve health, by enhancing the range of movement, boosting resiliency and flexibility of the joints, and promoting movement of the practitioners.

22. February 2018 · Comments Off on Combining Chinese Medicine And Holistic Aromatherapy To Treat Flatulence And Constipation · Categories: Acupuncture, chinese medicine · Tags:

In Chinese medicine, one outstanding method in acquiring best results with clients is to use essential oils.

A case study will provide the reader a rundown of how to work with the Stomach and Spleen (Earth Element).

In Chinese medicine, Cold and Damp are two notable pathogenic elements that can cause the sluggish movement of vital energy (chi) in the body. And when this flow or movement slows down or stagnates, the body starts to manifest symptoms and signs of illness or disease.

The Earth organ systems of the Stomach and Spleen are primarily designed to transport and convert postnatal chi. This type of chi is related to diet that involves the things we absorb from our environment. According to TCM physiology, the stomach lowers the impure postnatal chi while the Spleen elevates the pure postnatal chi. So, the Spleen is unable to perform its function properly if the chi is deficient which leads to stagnation. Flatulence is an obvious sign of Spleen Chi Stagnation and Deficiency. This was what happened with a 43 year old female client of mine.

The follow case study exemplifies the healing modalities in resolving flatulence related to Spleen Chi Deficiency combined with the secondary complaint of weak sex drive.

The primary complaint of the client was too much flatulence that got worse with damp and cold weather. The flatulence was difficult to control and this became a problem when she needed to leave her home. Her flatulence could occur as frequently as 1 to 2 times per minute that would last for 12 minutes. Whether she drank iced or hot tea, coffee, green tea, or black tea, this complicated her condition considerably.

The treatment modalities were administered within a TCM context to a great extent. Her symptoms were successfully treated by using a combination of the following remedies:

• A drop of Lavandula angustifolia (lavender) in 10 ml of olive oil
• Salvia sclarea (clary sage) one drop
• Lavandula latifolia (spike lavender) one drop
• Elettaria cardamomum (cardamom) one drop
• Zingiber officinale (ginger) 2 drops

The calming properties of Lavender oil can help relieve the main cause of flatulence: digestive tension. Clary sage oil has also calming properties that helps soothe the central nervous system. It helped relieve the stress and anxiety of my client. Additionally, it can stimulate the immune system – which can bring the body back to normal. Spike Lavender is added to help clear dampness in the lungs.

Ginger oil has warming properties that provides warmth to the Kidneys and tonifies the Spleen. This oil is important for two reasons; one is that the Spleen depends on the warming qualities of the Kidneys to furnish adequate Chi. The second reason is that the Kidneys are related to sexual drive. A weak libido usually means the person suffers from Deficient Kidney Chi. And so, when we closely observe this condition and combine the symptoms together, the real underlying problem we’ll see in Chinese medicine is Deficiency in both Spleen Chi and Kidney Chi.

As its essence is warm, Ginger tends to have a rising quality. This means that it is able to raise and support the Spleen Chi. Because the natural orientation of Lavender is upwards, it promotes the function of Ginger. Lavender has also a cooling nature that helps balance out the Ginger’s warming nature.

An extremely fragrant essential oil, Cardamon, has the ability to fragrantly open the Stomach and the Spleen (the Middle Jiao) and because of its ability to open, it can help relieve stagnation.

I advised the client to apply the formula to the back of her neck, her entire back, chest, and stomach. I told to place some of the formula to the posterior aspect of the neck and shoulders, her upper back, and chest. Her condition got better. After the first 15 minutes of treatment, she still was experiencing flatulence but with considerably less frequency. She only needed to apply formula every three hours; which gave here great relief.

I want back to another formula to relieve gas instead of relying on suppositories:

• Boswellia frereana (frankincense) 4 drops
• Zingiber officinale (ginger) 8 drops
• Jojoba wax 1.5 oz
• Beeswax 0.25

To help normalize the Chi and to warm the cold within the body, I concocted a formula that included the revitalizing and uplifting oil of Frankincense and the warming oil of ginger.

To formulate a salve I used the above mentioned formula. In applying this formula, I told my client to dip some butter using a Q-tip and put it on the perineum. This had a dual purpose: first, it was to help further stimulate good digestion and the second was to initiate treatment to increase her sex drive. Ginger’s warming essence is important in raising the libido in both men and women.

The treatment approach proved to work extremely well. All the symptoms vanished after my client followed the plan of treatment. I advised her to apply the treatment for an additional three days in order to guarantee total elimination of the symptoms. Later, she told me that this approach helped her enjoy her sexual life once again!

While the flatulence was cured and libido increased in my client, certain signs of constipation developed. Our bodies always attempt to create balance. One of the qualities of Chi is to hold, and ginger’s ability to warm the Yang as well as its warming natural may have possibly caused the constipation problem. The following was my strategy in relieving this problem:

• Olive oil 5 ml
• Cananga odorata (ylang ylang) 2 drops
• Salvia sclarea (Clary Sage) 1 drop
• Boswellia frereana (Frankincense) 1 drop
• Elettaria cardamomum (Cardamom) 1 drop

To boost libido and sexual desire, the extremely fragrant Ylang Ylang and its cooling oil was included in this formula. Clary Sage was added to promote libido and its anti – spasmodic property was appropriate for relieving constipation. Frankincense was for revitalizing while cardamom was primarily aimed at supporting the function of the Stomach and Spleen.

I advised my client to apply the formula to her lower back and stomach. This approach worked extremely for her and her complaints never returned afterwards.

Actually, there are several essential oils that can be combined to treat constipation. However, the most important thing before selecting the oils to use is to observe all the patient’s symptoms. By carefully observing my client, I decided to concoct a mixture made up of came Ylang Ylang and Clary Sage. I chose Clary Sage because it was the most appropriate oil to strengthen her libido and help relieve her constipation.

It’s important to look at the whole picture and to know that constipation was my client’s progression towards healing. After one symptom was resolved another one appeared and took its place. Chinese medicine and holistic aromatherapy has one huge benefit and that is to view the whole person and to treat beyond the symptoms.

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22. February 2018 · Comments Off on Qi Gong And The Way To A Happy And Long Life · Categories: Acupuncture · Tags:

Qi is the foundation from which Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) in Walla Walla stands. TCM encompasses the ancient healing techniques of acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine, Chinese massage or Tui Na, and qi gong, among others.

Qi Gong

Qi Gong is one of the pillars of Classical Chinese Medicine and historically, it is where the later branches of oriental medicine have originated. Drawings that are 3,500 years old at least portraying Qigong movements have been discovered in Chinese tombs and some drawings have been dated as far back as 5000 years or more. Based on this, Qi gong may be the grandparent of a lot of Oriental energetic healing treatments such as deep organ massage (chi nei tsang), meridian massage (tui na), acupressure, and acupuncture. It probably was used to develop the Chinese internal martial arts of Ba Gua Chuan and Tai Chi Chuan, and the many Korean/ Japanese healing art offshoots of Do-in and shiatsu, as well as the several martial outgrowths of Judo, Aikido, etc. Some researchers believe that Qigong was also introduced in India where it was integrated into sacred temple dance training and the movements of yoga. So, we can see that since the dawn of history Chinese medicine was mainly derived from Qigong.

The Han Dynasty and the Yellow Emperor

The Huang Di Neijing or The Yellow Emperor’s Classic of Medicine written around 240 BC during the Han Dynasty is the world’s earliest medical text and it is the first document to mention Qigong as a healing practice. It states that classical Chinese medicine is a semi-religious system that heavily depends on ancient principles and a few ancient texts that promote a notion of harmony and balance between the environment and humanity. It depicts the basic natural principles that result in good health, implying that all the world’s phenomena depress, subdue, tonify, or stimulate one’s chi or natural life force, and that all of humanity are children of the universe and are therefore subordinate to its principles:

During ancient times, people followed the Way of Life or the Tao. They were able to comprehend the idea of balance and of yin and yang, as symbolized by the changes of the energies of the universe. Because of this, they were able to develop Qigong or Dao-in, both exercises that integrated breathing, massaging, and stretching techniques that help boost the flow of life energy, and meditation to harmonize and maintain balance with the universe.

On a regular basis, they ate a balanced diet, rose up and slept at regular hours, made it a point not to overstress their minds and bodies, and avoided intemperance of all kinds. They preserved the well-being of their mind and body; and so, it was no surprise that they were able to live past a hundred years.

The way to a happy and long life is this: Only when one remains centered in spirit can well-being and health be achieved, preventing life energy from being squandered, nurturing the smooth flow of blood and chi, preserving the harmonized balance of yin and yang, adjusting to the changing seasonal and annual macrocosmic factors, and feeding the self preventively.

08. February 2018 · Comments Off on Various Health Issues Can Be Addressed With Moxibustion Therapy · Categories: Acupuncture, chinese medicine · Tags:

Moxibustion is an alternative therapy involving the burning of herbs and applying the smoldering herb on certain points on the body. It is a healing tradition used in Tibetan and traditional Chinese medicine typically administered alongside acupuncture treatment.

Moxibustion – Its Applications

According to practitioners of alternative medicine in Jacksonville, the heat produced in moxibustion therapy helps boosts the circulation of chi or vital energy within the body through energy pathways called meridians.

According to traditional Chinese medicine, achieving wellness and health can be achieved by stimulating the flow of chi. In fact, mental and physical health conditions are believed to arise partly due to obstructions in the circulation of chi.

Promoters of alternative medicine assert that moxibustion can effectively treat the following health issues:

  • Back pain
  • Ulcers
  • Arthritis
  • Tendonitis
  • Digestive problems
  • Muscle stiffness
  • Headaches
  • Menstrual cramps
  • Migraines
  • Cancer
  • Infertility

Different Types of Moxibustion

The two main types of moxibustion are direct moxibustion and indirect moxibustion. Indirect moxibustion is the most commonly used moxibustion technique today. It involves the burning of moxa (which is created from dried leaves of the wormwood or mugwort herb) on the head of an acupuncture needle. However, in certain instances, practitioners may place the smoldering moxa over a layer of salt, garlic, or ginger set on the patient’s skin to prevent the skin from being burned. Other methods may involve the application of heat to acupoints from hovering a burning moxa for several minutes just above the skin and to the use of an electrical source.

In direct moxibustion, the skin is in direct contact with the burning moxa. Today, this technique is very rarely used since it can result in scarring and pain.

The Benefits of Moxibustion

At the present time, studies showing the efficacy and safety of moxibustion therapy in the treatment of any health condition have been scarce.

Some of the health issues that are known to respond to moxibustion include:

1. Breech Birth

Moxibustion practitioners often tout their therapy as a way to reduce the chance of a breech birth. However, in a 2005 published report, researchers were unable to find evidence that moxibustion can correct a breech presentation. The authors of the report assessed three clinical trials (involving the participation of 597 women) and came to the conclusion that more studies are needed before moxibustion should be considered by women seeking a way to avoid a breech birth.

However, the authors were unable to find that moxibustion can lessen the need for specific medical procedures commonly used to rectify breech presentation.

2. Ulcerative Colitis

In terms of scientific evidence, there is no still definite conclusion of moxibustion therapy having a real effect on ulcerative colitis.

3. Hot Flashes

In a clinical study conducted in 2009, researchers discovered that the 51 postmenopausal women who participated reported a decrease in the severity and frequency of their hot flashes after 14 sessions of moxibustion.


Moxibustion is not recommended for people suffering from diabetes. Also, when taken internally, oils from wormwood and mugwort can lead to adverse reactions.

Make sure you first talk to your doctor before undergoing moxibustion therapy if you’re considering using it for any type of health condition. If you’re pregnant, it’s extremely important to consult with your doctor first if you’re considering undergoing moxibustion therapy.

08. February 2018 · Comments Off on Knee Osteoarthritis Pain Can Be Significantly Relieved With Moxibustion Therapy · Categories: Acupuncture, chinese medicine · Tags: ,

Moxibustion is an Oriental medical treatment in Bellingham that has been practiced in China for thousands of years and other East Asian countries and for over a hundred years, the rest of the world. It is a form of heat therapy used as a way to prevent or treat ailments and diseases.

Moxibustion involves the burning of a small, spongy herb called mugwort (Artemisia vulgaris) very close to the skin at energy channels (acupoints) to promote healing and restore the smooth movement of vital energy or qi in the body.

In a commonly applied moxibustion procedure, the moxa is shaped into a small pillar that’s placed in a cylindrical hollow base and set on an acupoint. The base has tiny holes that allow heat and smoke from the smoldering moxa to escape and make contact with the acupoint.

Chinese researchers did a study to scientifically prove the effectiveness of moxibustion in relieving knee osteoarthritis pain. They recruited 100 people all suffering from painful knee osteoarthritis. Genuine moxibustion treatment was administered on 50 percent of the participants while the other half was given a sham treatment. Both groups received their respective treatments thrice a week for six weeks. In the sham treatment, moxa was burned in its cylinder but the holes at the bottom of the cylinder were covered by a secret internal membrane that prevented the heat and smoke to escape. All the participants were unaware of the type of treatment (genuine or sham) they were getting. The therapists who administered the treatments were also were kept in the dark of what type of treatment they were giving their patients in order to prevent any biases that may compromise the results of the study.

Within three weeks of the study, the group treated with genuine moxibustion, on average, registered a 25 percent decrease in pain, while the sham treatment group merely showed a 3 percent decrease. Decrease in pain, by the end of treatment, in the real moxibustion group more than doubled to 53 percent while it was 24 percent in the sham group. These outcomes lingered for quite a while after the end of the study. Twenty four weeks after the end of the study, the members of the real moxibustion group reported 51 percent less pain than before the study, while members in the sham group experienced 20 percent less pain.

In the use of their knee, the participants also showed an improvement in that aspect. Function rose by 40 percent six weeks after the end of the study in the moxibustion group and after six weeks, by 50 percent. For the sham group, function increased by just 12 percent six weeks after the end of the study and saw no more improvement beyond that.

Here’s a helpful time marker for anyone hoping to better an arthritic knee,—in terms of function, the improvement level for knee osteoarthritis started to go down 18 weeks after the study, indicating that six weeks of moxibustion therapy can have healing effects that could last 4.5 months.

The only negative effect of moxibustion was the temporal redness at the site of treatment.

All of these are obviously, sensational outcomes. Science cannot explain how and why moxibustion works, although one theory states that the heat produced by the smoldering moxa activates the skin at the acupoint that, in turn, triggers the nervous system to produce and release endorphins, the natural feel good hormones of the body that obstruct the feeling of pain. One other theory is that the heat produced by the moxa, which is not that strong enough to bring about injury, can be irritating enough so as to activate the body into launching a healing response. Tradition is the answer if you’ll ask why moxa is used rather than any number of herbs. The burning of moxa is believed to bring about a warming therapeutic effect on the body that fosters pain relief and blood circulation in Chinese medicine.

01. February 2018 · Comments Off on Feng Shui And Other Energy Healing Techniques Such As Can Help Your Overcome Stress And Illnesses · Categories: Acupuncture, chinese medicine · Tags:

A break from life is a great way to rejuvenate yourself and to release stress. Energy healing techniques such as Reiki, EFT, and Feng Shui are the healing techniques of the future. The life that is found everywhere in nature is imbued with energy. Here are some the secrets that can help you draw into their energy and yours to boost your stamina and health.

Reiki is a stress relieving technique that helps replenish or maintain your universal life energy. It is an excellent way to manage stress and can be used to balance your emotional and physical body. Reiki attunement is usually compared to adjusting an old radio tuner. You hear static from the radio as you turn the knob to your desired station. Practitioners acquiring attunement tend to experience euphoria and relaxation as the smooth energy flow in their body is increased and enhanced.

EFT or Emotional Freedom Technique can clear out the negative emotion that can impede the circulation of energy in your body. By utilizing the points that are associated with the energy channels of your body, negative emotions are released and the flow of energy courses through the body unhindered by any blockages. People who have tried EFT feel a tingling sensation as energy in their bodies is released.

When we are children, we would spend hours in quiet contemplation and may retreat in nature and feel the energy flowing in birds, animals and plants. But by being quiet, how then can nature teach you about energy especially about medicinal energy like Feng Shui? How is this energy associated with your health? Feng Shui is about how the energy of your environment affects your body and life how it is the energy of your environment itself. If this energy is peaceful and balanced, your health by affected positively. And, conversely, if you environment like your workplace or home lacks order and cluttered, it can drain your body and life of energy.

Take a break from your everyday routine to tap into your energy and see what is blocking the flow of energy in your body and what is out of balance. If you seem stuck and may not be able to “feel” your energy you probably require professional help. If you are interested in Reiki, EFT, or Feng Shui medicine, you need to find a qualified practitioner of these energy healing techniques. You can go online and search for many qualified healers in social media websites like MySpace or Facebook or in search engines like Duckduckgo or startpage.com.

You may be wondering what kind Energy Medicine techniques you should try first? This will be based on what kind of issue you are experiencing in life. Reiki and EFT are two of the three techniques mentioned above that are perhaps the easiest to learn and practice. You may find a number of good books for these two energy healing methods which may help you understand them better. You may be able to find easy to use techniques to balance and heal your environment, and sooner or later master the art of energy medicine. To improve your health and to master your emotions, energy healing is one of the most important tools you can avail of.

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01. February 2018 · Comments Off on Craniosacral Therapy Can Help You Conceive And Reach Full Term In Your Pregnancy · Categories: Acupuncture, chinese medicine · Tags: ,

The consummation of a healthy pregnancy is probably one of the most thrilling moments in the life of a couple. This is the time when you are able to hold your newborn baby for the first time. Unfortunately, for many couples, this milestone does not come easily. For couples for whom the experience of pregnancy and conception has become a long and arduous and even impossible affair, Cranial Sacral Therapy can play a big role in helping them realize their dream.

Fertility issues can have a number of potential causes, and in each instance, there have been couples who have tried Craniosacral Therapy (CST) who were able to complement and improve their fertility process. This can apply to couples who are undergoing a medical fertility program, and for couples who have opted to try other treatment modalities.

How does Craniosacral Therapy Work?

Craniosacral Therapy works by releasing physical tensions and stresses as well as lesions in the fascia (a layer of tissue) that wraps our nervous system and all our organs. These tensions can weaken the function of the nerves – which are the primary pathways where information is passed all over the body. The hormonal system, which is responsible for the maintenance and timing of a pregnancy, can also be affected by these fascial restrictions. Tensions can decrease the function of the womb and internal organs affecting the body’s ability to adapt or heal to the changes that happen during pregnancy as fascia can also enwrap these parts of the body.

Because of inflammation, surgery, or illness, fascia can become stressed. This is the body’s reaction in order to shield itself from further injury.

CST is a gentle and calm procedure; it boosts the ability of your body to function properly, greatly reducing the fascial layer tensions within. It also restores balance to your nervous and hormonal systems allowing them to optimally function and enhances blood circulation resulting in stronger and more efficient organ function, as more oxygen is able to reach them. This increases increase your energy, reducing your stress levels even further and accelerating your body’s ability to repair and heal itself.

CranioSacral Therapy promotes the freedom and mobility of your internal organs to adjust to the needs of the body during pregnancy. Combine all of these benefits together, and the likelihood of you conceiving and reaching full term tremendously rises. Treatment can be in lieu or in conjunction with your chosen fertility program.

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