29. March 2018 · Comments Off on Tai Chi And Its Qi Gong Origins · Categories: Acupuncture, chinese medicine · Tags: ,

Initially Tai Chi began as a form of Chinese martial art totally different from the one practiced today. After hundreds of years, it gradually evolved to what we know and love as the graceful and smooth movements practiced by today’s Tai Chi masters. In fact, many of these masters are Europeans and not Chinese, although they have a deep devotion and love for this wonderful healing and mystical physical exercise that helps cultivate a total soul, body, and mind connection that increases inner peace, improves balance, tonifies, and rejuvenates.

Some of tai chi’s movements are almost meditative but incredibly strong as only an energetic, smooth, and quiet burst of pure energy can be. According to historians, Tai Chi is qi gong’s 2,500 year old descendant. It is the first Chinese self-defense healing art that helps foster inner peace. Would be attackers can be discerned and dealt with effectively, their threatening actions neutralized by an experienced and alert tai chi master who has knowledge in the use of technique of internal energy. He uses it to divert attacks by drawing just a small amount of his own energy to neutralize an attacker using a larger amount of force.

What is Qi?

The Chinese believe in the existence of life energy in the universe and the body they call Qi (pronounced chee). This Qi is believed to exist on a continuous interaction of five life-giving elements (namely earth, wood, water, metal, and fire). This belief connects all the organs of the body in much the same way as Qi’s five aspects. According to traditional Chinese belief, Qi is the inner bodily energy or life force that circulates within our bodies through energy channels called meridians. When this circulation moves freely and smoothly and qi is balanced due to the correct interface of all the five elements in the body, the body experiences optimum health.

What is Qigong?

Tai chi is believed to have come from Qigong, a discipline that integrates movement, breathing, and mind achieving a balance of peaceful energy that can be applied to fields of self-defense, professional endeavors, and leisure. Similar to Yoga, a very well-known type of holistic health principle and meditative exercise, Qigong has over 3,000 forms apart from the five major traditions that include medical, martial arts, Confucianism, Buddhism, and Taoism. This ancient Chinese art can be further sub-divided into “hard” and “soft” of which the latter qigong (also known as inner qigong) combines tai chi into one form.

Dr. Vickery is a licensed acupuncturist in Tarzana, CA., and the founder and clinical director of Vickery Health and Wellness.

29. March 2018 · Comments Off on Four Natural Alternative Therapies To Relieve Hyperthyroid Symptoms · Categories: Uncategorized

You are usually advised to refrain from any active exercises if you are diagnosed with Graves’ disease or hyperthyroidism. This is because exercising can give you breathing problems, makes you more “hyperactive,” and increases your palpitations. Rather, give these following alternative therapies a try to better your hyperthyroidism symptoms:

Meditation

A lot of individuals see meditation as another skill to study at an evening class, like pottery and aerobics. However, they often realize after a few sessions meditation is so much more. It can be a new way of seeing everything and a new way of living. You can see your past, present, and future as well as home, work, and relationships in a different and positive light. Meditation also promotes spiritual enlightenment, inner peace, better mental clarity, and deep relaxation in your life. Those are just some of the benefits you can gain if you decide to make meditation a part of your healing process vis-à-vis Graves’ disease or Hyperthyroidism.

Yoga

Yoga regulates the activities of your adrenal, pineal, pituitary, and thyroid glands through stimulation. It tonifies and reinforces the nervous system and stretches and limbers the neck. The thyroid gland is the organ that’s primarily responsible for your youthful appearance and proper weight (it governs metabolism). Yoga works by stimulating your thyroid gland so that it functions at maximum efficiency. It also stimulates your pituitary gland helping improve its function.

Qigong

This is an ancient Chinese style of cultivating internal energy but unlike yoga puts less importance on postures and stretching movements, and more on how to move and feel energy inside the body. While qigong is not known to be an intense aerobic workout, it nonetheless provides benefits that include a profound sense of relaxation, greater flexibility, and a strengthening of the body.

Tai Chi

This active type of meditation is a fitness protocol designed to increase the circulation of energy inside the body. Tai Chi enhances coordination and balance, increases flexibility and range of motion, and improves muscle tone and strength via slow flowing movements. Traditional Chinese medicine practitioners believe that while these exercises are low intensity and low impact, they nevertheless have the ability to eliminate any blockages to energy flow, and restore the smooth flow of vital energy.

Integrating various alternative practices not only will help accelerate your healing process, it also will eventually cure your Hyperthyroidism without your resorting to surgery or RAI treatment.

Thrive Wellness Center is an acupuncture clinic in Fort Lauderdale, FL with licensed acupuncturists, physicians and therapists.

22. March 2018 · Comments Off on Using Food As Medicine In Chinese Nutritional Therapy · Categories: Acupuncture

It’s quite apparent that a chili pepper is a ‘Hot’ food, but did you know that in Chinese nutritional therapy, trout and lamb are considered hot foods too? Or that mango and seaweed are Cold foods?

In Chinese nutritional therapy, which is a branch of Chinese medicine, all foods can be classified based on their energetic temperature (i.e., Hot, Warm, Neutral, Cool, and Cold). It illustrates the impact of food on the body; or in simple terms, what it does to your body when you eat it. This is in accordance with the holistic perspective of Chinese Medicine, although it is a bit different with the theories of Western nutrition.

While Western nutritionists know that a banana, for example, is known to be rich in potassium, vitamins B6 and C and fiber, to a practitioner of Chinese medicine this is all irrelevant, since this information does not comprise a part of the medical foundation the practitioner is following. On the other hand, the idea that bananas nourish Yin and are Sweet and Cold is significant in Chinese medicine – since according to this Eastern medical concept, an individual who experiences constipation and who is on the Dry and Warm side, bananas would be an appropriate food to balance (treat) their condition although for a Damp and Cold person, they may exacerbate an existing condition.

Yin and Yang

Energetics is a major field of study in Chinese medicine. It mainly deals with a person’s energetic body: his Chi. Each healing modalities of Chinese medicine deals first and foremost with Chi, and Chinese Nutritional therapy, is no exception. Nutritional therapy follows an individual Chinese diagnosis based on a single or multiple ‘patterns of energetic disharmony’ much the same way as qi gong, tui na massage, Chinese herbal medicine, and acupuncture in Boca Raton.

This does not mean that there is no value in identifying the chemical composition of a food; in fact, the modern practitioner often needs to rely on this important information, but to him understanding the standard energetic descriptions of food is equal to an understanding of diet and the diagnosis and plan of treatment of Western nutritional therapy. This makes what you eat a fundamental and essential part of any therapy.

Foods are classified based on their temperature, actions, paths, and flavors. The food’s five flavors are associated with the five elements of Chinese Medicine, as well as to various organs:

1. Pungent: This flavor is associated with the Lung and the Metal element. It scatters stagnation and enhances the flow of Blood and Chi.

2. Sweet: It is associated with the Spleen and Earth. Of all the flavors, sweet is the most nourishing and building. We need to note that sweet refers to the natural sweet flavor of grains, fruits and root vegetables – although unmistakably extremely sweet, processed sweeteners such as sugar are devoid of any nourishing effects.

3. Bitter: This is associated with Heart and Fire. This flavor has a drying and draining quality. It is very helpful in excess patterns and weak on people for who are deficient and/or Cold.

4. Sour: Sour is associated with the Liver and Wood. It has an astringent effect, promoting absorption and contraction. This flavor is useful for overcoming stagnation.

5. Salty: It is associated with the Kidneys and Water. Salty promotes movement downwards and inwards and regulates fluid in the body. It detoxifies and softens.

Lastly, the path of a food refers to what energy channel or meridian is impacted, while action pertains to a food’s other therapeutic effects (i.e., whether it improves Blood circulation, eliminates pathogenic Heat, or tonifies Chi). Combining the flavor, temperature, path, and actions of food provides a larger outline of food’s energetic attributes.

To illustrate this concept, we’ll use the Walnut as an example. Walnut is Sweet, Warm, and goes through the Kidney meridians. It clears Phlegm; neutralizes Cold; and tonifies Yin, Chi, and Yang. These properties and actions of Walnut can help us determine if it is helpful to a person who is deficient in Kidney Yin and Yang (walnut is just one of the few foods that can tonify both Yang and Yin simultaneously) and because it is Warm, it can help treat Deficient Kidney Yang.

A Healthy Diet

Several hundred years ago, the father or medicine Hippocrates uttered “Let food be your medicine and medicine your food.” When he said this, he was unaware that Chinese physicians at that time were thinking the same thing: that medicine and food come from the same source.

Nutritional therapy in ancient China was deemed the first treatment of choice for most health problems, and other methods such as tui na massage, herbal medicine, and acupuncture, were only considered when food therapy did not work. Today, in China the frequent use of medicinal foods is still practiced among the population in a more intelligent and complex manner than the West’s ‘an apple a day keeps the doctor away’ attitude. Medicinal foods are usually served as soups or other dishes to preserve a person’s wellbeing and health.

According to the Neijing, veggies and grains which should comprise the majority of a person’s diet, and meat and fruits that provide a secondary role. Because meat is cheap in the West, we tend to eat far too much of it. Eating a lot of meat can put a strain on our digestion. It can indeed strengthen our body but eating too much of it overburdens our digestive system and can be a factor in the rise of various health conditions.

On the other hand, a ‘clear’ and light diet as espoused by Chinese nutritional therapy, is made up of vegetables and whole grains, with a little stir fried or steamed meat, seeds, nuts, and fruit. Processed, heavy, and rich foods are minimally served since they contribute to pathogenic Dampness and Heat in the body.

How food is prepared and cooked is also essential to its energetic properties. In Chinese medicine, raw or cold foods (which include raw fruit, smoothies, and salads) have cold and detoxifying properties. Therefore, they can be useful for robust and strong people with a hot nature but should not be eaten in large amounts by people with digestive problems or people who are weak or cold.

Because the body expends too much energy trying to digest raw and/or cold food, people suffering from indigestion, IBS, bloating, food intolerance and other digestive disorders should avoid them and instead eat warm and/or cooked foods. Casseroles, stews, and soups that have been slowly cooked are ideal for most people since they can be digested easily, and reach the abdomen in a state where their Chi can readily be used.

The manner a person eats is also an essential aspect in Chinese nutritional therapy. People should focus and enjoy their food when they eat. They should eat in a relaxed and calm setting. Our digestion tends to slow down when we eat while reading or when watching TV. Unfortunately, many times, our modern way of living forces us to eat ‘on the run’ and we really don’t take pleasure in food anymore. But if you have the time, make it a point to sit in a table and take your sweet time to relish your food. This will help your Chi do its work without distraction which will benefit your digestion.

Aside from eating at a slower pace, chewing our food properly is also an important part of getting the most out of your food. A well chewed food makes it easy to digest which reduces the strain on your digestive system. Chewing your food a hundred times or ‘until it is water may be a bit of an exaggeration but we hope you get our point.

Lastly, one more important aspect to nutritional therapy is the time we eat our food. According to Adelle Davis, and American nutritionist, we need to ‘eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince, and dinner like a pauper’ which corresponds perfectly with the Chinese perspective of proper eating. The time from 7 am to 11am is when the digestive system is at its strongest and the time from 7 pm to 11 pm is when it’s at its weakest. Therefore, having a large breakfast in the morning and a small meal in the evening (preferably earlier than 7 pm) is a good idea. If you are attempting to lose weight, this becomes even more important. In fact, the reason Japanese sumo wrestlers are massive is that they eat large meals late in the evening to maintain their bulk, which is the opposite of losing weight.

Implementing This Practice

If you are new to Chinese nutritional therapy, you may be overwhelmed by the amount of information there is t know about foods, especially if you know little or nothing about Chinese medicine. You don’t need to know a lot about Chinese medicine in general or about Chinese nutritional therapy in particular in order to enjoy the benefits of foods. You only need to know and apply some of its basic principles. For a healthy diet, the basic recommendation is perhaps eating plenty of vegetables and whole grains, eating warm and/or cooked foods and minimizing consumption of raw and cold foods, avoidance or lessening the intake of artificial and refined foods, eating breakfast, chewing your food well, being relaxed while eating, and enjoying your meals.

In addition, make small adjustments to the foods you eat although you shouldn’t get too hung up in the details. It’s first important to know your energetic state – your underlying energetic imbalance(s). You need a qualified Chinese Medicine practitioner for that. This person should have training in dietary therapy in various levels and with lots of experience and knowledge and an understanding of what other types of therapies whether it be qi gong, herbal medicine acupuncture, etc., that could perfectly complement their main mode of intervention

Once you have been diagnosed, make a list of foods that tend to worsen your condition and foods that will make it better. Modification should be gentle, and oftentimes within a varied and with range of diet that should include all of the temperatures and tastes or flavors of food. According to Daverick Leggett, a Chinese Nutrition author, this gentle adjustment as known as the ‘dietary tilt’ – a slight but marked modification to your diet that directs it toward the right direction for healing.

You can delight in eating a wide variety of foods in this manner, foods that will improve your specific energetic state, increasing your overall well-being and health, but without restricting yourself to a strict regimen. This will lead to the betterment of a specific condition, as your body is able to gain more Chi from your food and your digestive function significantly improves. You begin to experience greater levels of energy, get better sleep, stronger immunity, and many other benefits, enabling you to discover what medicine and food really do ‘come from the same source,’ really means.

22. March 2018 · Comments Off on Evidence Of The Efficacy Of Moxibustion And Acupuncture In Correcting Breech Baby Positions · Categories: Acupuncture, chinese medicine · Tags:

A proper birth means the baby is born with first the head coming out. Breech baby is a condition in which the baby is positioned in the womb of the mother feet or bottom down instead of head down. About three to four percent of babies are in breech near the final phase of their mother’s pregnancy at about 37 weeks. Lot of breech babies turn around prior to or even during labor on their own. However, some breech babies need help in the turning process.

For hundreds of years, moxibustion has been documented and used by the Chinese although there are several various natural ways to turn a breech baby. Moxibustion is a branch of traditional Chinese medicine that involves burning a moxa stick near an acupoint called Bl 67 found on the foot’s small toe. The following are some of the cases of breech babies treated with moxibustion and acupuncture.

Case 1

On a routine pregnancy examination of the 36th week of pregnancy, baby engaged and head down. Mother felt the strong movement of the baby four days later. Baby was found to be in breech upon check up on the 37th week. Mother became worried and anxious.

During this period, lots of baby movement was felt. But baby is unable to turn. During caesarean, the right ovary of the mother was found to have a grape fruit-sized pre-cancerous tumor which did not appear on any of the previous ultrasounds because of its position. The required medical intervention therefore was immediately performed. It appeared that the baby saved its mother’s life by “declining to turn”.

Treatment: Acupuncture relaxation therapy and moxibustion. Problem heating up both sides of Shi Yin acupoint; the session lasted over 40 minutes, taught for use at home, “Pelvic tilt position”.

Case 2

Baby was found to be in breech at 37th week of gestation.

Mother planned to have her birth done at home. She was very anxious since the breech baby implied that the baby would need to be born in the hospital and the physicians were now preparing for a caesarean delivery.

Mother had been doing self-therapies at home for the past five days two times a day and underwent two moxibustion treatments. She did one of the daily self-treatments by herself because her husband was only able to do the night treatment. Two days before consultation with the acupuncturist, the baby managed to turn but after less than a day reverted back to breech.

The mother complained of some pains around ribs under her breasts at the time of consultation. She also complained about discomfort when sleeping due to poor posture related to pregnancy.

Treatment: Moxibustion applied on both sides of Shi Yin acupoint, acupuncture relaxation therapy. Decreased home self-treatment to once per day and only to be performed by her husband, after moxibustion she performed “pelvic tilt position” taught by her acupuncturist. After treatment at the clinic, the baby turned and stayed in the right position. Mother was happy and relaxed. The mother had a natural birth at home and the baby was well.

Case 3

At the last week of gestation baby was found to be in breech. The baby turned prior to labor with a treatment in the clinic. The mother gave a natural birth to her baby and both are well.

Case 4

Baby was found to be in breech during consultation exactly a week before due date. Ultrasound was scheduled before day of delivery to determine if a caesarean is required.

Examination of the mother indicated to use of moxibustion treatment.

Treatment: five to ten minute of moxibustion on both sides of Shi Yin acupoint. The Fremont acupuncturist taught the mother moxibustion self therapy which she did everyday at home. She was also taught “Pelvic tilt position” which she performed everyday at home after moxibustion. Three days later, the baby turned. He was ten days past his due date but nevertheless, was born naturally. Both baby and mother were well.

15. March 2018 · Comments Off on Chinese Holistic Exercise For A Healthier Body, Mind, And Spirit · Categories: chinese medicine

A traditional everyday Chinese holistic exercise workout is made up of techniques and exercises to develop the spirit, mind, and body. Why do we need holistic exercises? Well, if you don’t have control over your emotions and mind even if you own a flexible and well-toned body, which of course is desirable and healthy, you simply haven’t achieved total harmonious health. You’ve only accomplished a third of what you could and should be doing for your overall well being and health! Being healthy physically, mentally, and spiritually is something Eastern martial artists, medical practitioners, daoists, and yogis have been striving for thousands of years.

A common Chinese daily workout schedule involves:

  • Meditation and breathing exercises
  • Self-massaging activities
  • Strengthening exercises
  • Warming up, loosening, and stretching exercises

The following are some of the benefits that can be gained in doing daily Chinese style exercises:

  • Regular bowel movements
  • Good digestion
  • Clear eyes and skin
  • Adequate quality sleep
  • Good balance and posture
  • Increased blood circulation
  • Balanced emotions
  • Peaceful mind
  • A flexible, toned, and strong body
  • A general sense of health and well-being, and more

Will a daily Chinese style exercise help me?

Anyone regardless of state of health, sex, age, and race can attain the benefits of Chinese health exercises. The techniques and workouts are derived from the theories of TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine) which is the world’s continuously practiced and most ancient medical system. These techniques and workouts wouldn’t still be practiced today if they didn’t work. Chinese style exercises are totally safe so there’s no harm in trying it. The only thing you need is the drive to better your wellbeing and health, 15 to 30 minutes of your time each day, and a safe and quiet place to work out. No need for training partners, equipment, classes, or gyms to these exercises!

Ni Nan Healing Art Center
2579 Merrick Rd
Bellmore, NY 11710
(516) 442-7408
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15. March 2018 · Comments Off on Moxibustion Therapy Rejuvenates Energy Levels And Relaxes The Muscles · Categories: Acupuncture, chinese medicine · Tags:

After your acupuncturist has inserted needles into carefully chosen points in your body, he proceeds to put blobs of moxa on the top end of the inserted needles and then lights each one up. The ensuing warmth then penetrates deep into your body, rejuvenating your energy levels and relaxing your muscles.

As the needles cool down, it was as if the concerns and stresses that had been bottled up inside you had melted away.

After getting regular monthly treatments, you will notice that when the needles are lit, you’ll immediately be aware that you’re feeling a different type of heat that gets close to getting unbearably hot.

The reason for this is that your body is now much better and your energy levels are almost at a maximum. You may then recall the first time you received moxibustion, you were feeling so damp and cold inside that it took a few lumps of moxa on the needle for you to feel any warmth at all.

Being a major component of Traditional Chinese Medicine, moxibustion is a treatment that uses moxa derived from the weed, mugwort. This mugwort is matured and then turned into a fluff which practitioners turn into cones or squeeze into a ball.

There are then placed directly on the acupuncture point or on the tip of a needle and then burned to generate deeply penetrating and nourishing warmth.

The moxa can be turned into cigar shaped sticks that when burned can be used to warm larger areas of a patient’s body. Essentially, moxibustion is the deep heat therapy of Chinese Medicine.

When combined with acupuncture, direct moxibustion therapy makes the healing effect of acupuncture more powerful. In Chinese medicine, this is known as tonification. The extra heat generated is especially useful for people weakened by energy depletion or for people who are feeling run down.

The heat from the moxa has a stimulating effect on the body that helps improve blood flow. In Chinese medicine, this is known as dispersal, which means the flow of energy and blood is dispersed. Moxibustion is also quite effective for treating problems related to women. The mugwort herb is considered an emmenagogue, which is anything the increases the flow of blood to the uterus and pelvic region and hence is particularly useful for menstrual and gynecological conditions.

Moxibustion therapy creates a dry comfortable heat that helps remove cold and dampness in the body, relieving pain and aches and protecting aging joints that can help prevent arthritis and rheumatism in older people.

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

01. March 2018 · Comments Off on Traditional Chinese Medicine Treatments For Psycho-Emotional Disorders · Categories: Acupuncture, chinese medicine · Tags:

In traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) in Fremont, the liver is responsible for the flow of energy or qi in the body. It is also the organ that affects decision making and strategy, controls the emotions of frustration, irritability, and anger, controls the relaxation and contraction of muscles, and stores blood (which it discharges to other part of the body, when needed). Practitioners and followers of TCM believe that the Hun or ethereal soul resides in the liver. This Hun departs the body when a person dies and is also what causes the person to focus on long term objectives and goals. The statement in the Nei Jing “blame the liver in adults” means that adults are by definition people who have now come to live with “delayed gratification” compared to a child who longs for “instant gratification”. This social limitation of being unable able to do what you want to do whenever and wherever you want to, is due to the restraint of the qi mechanism, that in turn brings qi to stagnation. The function of the liver is to control the flow of qi. Stagnation of qi then affects the liver first manifesting on a mental emotional level in symptoms such as irritability, frustration, and anger. And since the liver is also interconnected with the other organs, physical symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, and abdominal cramping can also manifest as well as other symptoms based on what system or organ becomes affected from the accumulation of qi in the liver.

The traditional characteristic that arises when one or more of the above symptoms are caused by stagnant Liver qi is that the symptoms become worse when there is stress in the body. Therefore, it may be helpful to ask: “Is it worse for stress?” In other words, the practitioner may need to ask the patient if he or she is living a highly stressed out life besides the need to observe the abovementioned symptoms.

For stagnant liver qi, the acupuncture points that a practitioner selects should include the Ren 12, LI 14, Liver 3, Liver 13, and UB 18. Herbal remedies to treat the underlying problem include Bu Shong Yi Chi Tang, Chai Hu Shu Gan San, and Hsao Yao San, especially when stagnant liver is accompanied by deficient Spleen qi.

The organ or organ system most often implicated in psycho-emotional conditions is the liver although some other organs or organ systems can also have the same associations. They may include:

Heart – The heart can be injured by too much joy. This can slow down the flow of qi or cause qi to “slacken.” If the person has an existing heart problem, this can become fatal.

Lungs – The lungs can be weakened by sadness and grief and since these organs play a huge role in the production of qi in the body, their weakness usually results in qi deficiency that can appear in the form of asthma, shortness of breath, and chronic fatigue.

Kidneys – The kidney is where a person’s Zhi or willpower resides. This organ’s emotion is fear and therefore, when the kidney is weak, inordinate fear and lack of willpower usually appear. Too much fear or fright may also result in kidney weakness that may then lead to impotence, incontinence, and bedwetting.

Stomach/Spleen – The stomach/spleen can be injured by too much worrying resulting in symptoms such as weak appetite, profuse bleeding, metrorhaggia, loose stools, and in long term cases may lead to various autoimmune dysfunctions. People with this underlying problem are susceptible to obsessive behaviors and can have difficulty in making decisions.

Occasionally, TCM practitioners may treat patients with a pre-diagnosed psychiatric condition or a specific psycho-emotional condition. They are well-trained in resolving such disorders due to the new tools and approaches they have at their disposal

The following are the more common patterns that underlie many of these conditions and some recommendations on how to treat them:

Withdrawal: This is usually caused by either weak kidney yang which means that the issue is the lack of willpower to interact with the outside world or phlegm-cold that blocks the pathways of the heart which oftentimes presents with a white thick coating in the tongue that almost wraps the entire surface of the tongue.

Treatment: Stimulation of the acupoints: Yintang or St 40 for phlegm and K 7 and UB 23 for weak kidney yang. Herbal remedies: Ban Hsia Bai Zhu Tian Ma Wan and Fu Gui Ba Wei Wan for phlegm.

SAD or Seasonal Affective Disorder: All too often caused by weak kidney yang

Paranoia: More to do with blood stasis although deficient blood vacuity may sometimes be also the cause.

Anxiety: Usually caused by either deficient yin or deficient blood.

Mania: Can either be caused by phlegm-fire blocking the heart or liver-fire.

Treatment: St 40 for phlegm and Liv 2 for Liver-fire. Herbal remedies: Wen Den Tang for phlegm and Long Dan Hsie Gan Wan for Liver fire.

Obsessive-compulsive tendencies/disorders: This problem is usually associated with spleen weakness resulting in the buildup of dampness.

Treatment: Sp 3 and St 40. Herbal remedies Modified Si Jun Hsi Tang.

To conclude, it must be noted that while acupuncture and Chinese Herbal therapy can treat a lot of many psycho-emotional problems, the practitioner should not replace the role of the psychologist or psychotherapist.

01. March 2018 · Comments Off on The Difference Between The Average Western Diet And The Typical Chinese Diet · Categories: Acupuncture, chinese medicine · Tags:

Research has demonstrated that more and more people in the West are falling to man-made illnesses each year brought about by unhealthy diets, negative mindsets, and bad habits. It may appear that the Chinese have been able to gather a greater respect and better understanding of the human body that allows them to live not only healthier but longer lives as well. The following is a list of why this is so:

1. The Chinese consider food as medicine and use them as such. They would rather eat the right foods than take toxin- loaded medications to cure their ailments. For instance, the Chinese eat garlic as a way to neutralize the effect of toxins in their body and chillies to aid digestion and treat colds.

2. The Chinese do not view food as an enemy unlike in Western countries where women starve themselves to death in order to attain the thin emaciated look of highly paid but sickly looking supermodels. The Chinese use food not as a means to gain unwanted weight but as a way to nourish themselves.

3. While the West has exercise, which is shunned by many like a plague and is seen as a sweat-fest, the Chinese practice tai chi, a very gentle activity that is in tune with the natural tendencies and rhythm of the body. Tai chi’s gentle and slow movements make it an activity that practically anyone can do at anytime and anyplace. The easy slow easy pace helps declutter the mind and uplifts the spirit. Maintaining natural body-mind balance is emphasized rather than in correcting the damage done by over eating.

4. The Chinese have Green Tea that can help eliminate free radicals known to damage and age the cells and cause cancer.

5. The standard American diet tends to be very dry and the liquids being ingested are mainly alcohol or carbonated drinks that accompany a meal. The Chinese always accompany their meal with a soup based dish that’s loaded with nutrients and also fills the stomach before the meal which can help prevent over eating.

6. The Chinese eat until they are comfortably full and satiated. People in the West tend to eat too little or too much. When a person’s personal goals are not based on satisfaction, need, and health he may find himself changing and chopping with the whims of the diet industry whose sole purpose obviously isn’t for the benefit of our health.

7. Compared to our genetically modified and processed foods that are bereft of nutrients and cause health problems later, the foods eaten by the Chinese are a lot fresher when they arrive on the table. As a result, they get the full dose of goodness from their meal.

8. In a typical Chinese diet, vegetables play a more prominent role than meat (protein) and carbs (rice, potatoes, etc.). Vegetables are considered meals in their own right.

9. The word calorie has no equivalent word or meaning in the Chinese language.

10. Compared to people in the West, the Chinese are generally fitter and slimmer although they are known to actually take in more calories from their meals than people in the West do in their diets. Also the Chinese were generally not necessarily more active than the people in the West. This is because the foods the Chinese eat are packed with more nutrients and calories compared to the empty calories people in the West regularly eat. Hence, there was never an issue about weight and general health was better.

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Austin, TX 78759
(512) 453-5352
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01. March 2018 · Comments Off on Chinese Food Therapy Tips That Can Help Treat Or Prevent Night Sweats And Hot Flashes In Women · Categories: Acupuncture, chinese medicine · Tags: ,

Chinese medicine in Pembroke Pines has certain food ingredients and teas that women can take to prevent night sweating and hot flashes. Practitioners of traditional Chinese medicine advice women experiencing night sweating and hot flashes should stay away from having spicy and hot foods.

They should avoid eating avoid spices like mustard, ginger, cinnamon, pepper, and fennel and foods such as lychees and mutton. Instead they are instructed to eat foods that are cooling and nourishing that can help control yang and tonify yin.

Nourishing and cooling foods include tomato, loquat fruit, radish, lotus seed, Chinese cabbage, water chestnut, orange, soybean sprout, peachpear, honey, lotus root, white fungi, and lily bulb. In addition, they should also eat cuttlefish, eel, duck, conch, oyster, sea cucumber, and animal liver.

There are certain Chinese medicinal teas that are also proven to be beneficial for night sweats. These teas are a concoction made up of shriveled wheat, mulberry leaf, red dates, and smoked plum. The teas are boiled in water for about an hour and then drunk.

One other type of tea made up of red dates and dried immature peach can also be prescribed for night sweats. This tea is boiled in water, cooled, and then drunk. Other medicinal teas include those made with red dates, hairyvein agrimonia herb, processed rehmannia rhizome and smoked plums mixed with honey for a sweet taste.

Some soups can be helpful in the treatment of night sweats in women. One of these soups is made using mulberry leaves (dried or baked) that are pulverized into fine powder and then mixed in a bowl of rice soup.

Another beneficial soup for night sweats is made up of white fungi, lily bulbs, rock sugar, and rice. Other highly nutritious soups that can help treat night sweats include catfish and black soybean soup and chicken soup combined with rehmannia radix and malt sugar. Women who eat meat may want to try rabbit meat soup added with coastal glehnia roots and fragrant Solomonseal rhizome.

Besides all these, one other important aspect to treat or prevent night sweats and hot flashes is to having a good work life balance. This is the reason some Chinese medical practitioners advise women to exercise regularly and to manage their stress. They are also advised to frequently change clothes and stay in rooms that are well-ventilated as well as to drink lots of water every day and take a bath regularly to keep their bodies well hydrated.