31. January 2019 · Comments Off on Qi Gong, A Natural Anti Aging Form Of Exercise · Categories: Acupuncture · Tags:

One of the most powerful ways for nourishing longevity and staying young is by performing Qi gong. But how does it work?

Qi Gong Enhances Suppleness and Internal Strength

Qi Gong is very different from conventional western exercises because it trains the body’s energy to revitalize internal organs to extend youthful appearance and bring about balanced health.

For example, in Chinese medicine, the spleen organ system is believed to govern the muscles of the body. Some movements in qi gong activate the spleen organ and its related energy channels. So, when you perform movements that are designed to target the spleen, the muscles become rejuvenated which then prevents wrinkles (especially the facial muscles) and makes the skin supple.

Since qi gong also involves deep breathing exercises, higher levels of oxygen go into the bloodstream to help reinvigorate the internal organs on a cellular level.

Finally, energetically speaking, it is believed that our jing or essential energy is responsible for our youthfulness and is housed in the kidney organ system. The energy of kidneys is nourished by the movements. This is the reason several masters of qi gong possess strong kidneys and they often appear to be untouched by time.

Qi Gong Produces Brain Cells that are Young

At the University of California at Irvine, scientists have observed that a greater perfusion of blood occurs inside the brain when chi is emitted by qi gong masters.

The brain cells are well-nourished by the greater perfusion of blood that could prevent the rise of mental and cognitive conditions related to aging such as Alzheimer’s and dementia. So, when a person performs qi gong, he is helping his mind and brain stay vibrant and young.

Qi Gong Hinders Factors that Cause your body to Age Prematurely

Besides promoting greater states of relaxation, Qi gong prevents the rise of heath conditions that are related to stress such as high blood pressure, premature graying, and some forms of immunity imbalances. These issues develop less in people practicing qi gong.

Qi Gong Resolves and Manages Factors that Age the Body

Circle walking Qi gong exercises works extremely well as a healing tool for people suffering from cancer which is a major contributor in premature aging and degeneration of cells. Dr Arnold Tayam, head teacher at Stanford University’s qi gong program, has utilized a unique type of qi gong circle walking to encourage rejuvenation and greater states of relaxation and to help promote greater healing in patients with cancer.

Qi Gong Nourishes the Body and the Spirit

Qi Gong expedites a relationship with a higher power through and meditation.

Dr. David Felton, immunologist at the University of California conducted a study that proved spiritual practices strengthened the immune system.

As a spiritual practice, qi gong can therefore play a role in keeping the immunity system in balance to ward off diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis which is commonly related to aging although juvenile forms can also arise.

Qi Gong Generates Youthful Bones

There are a couple of ways Qi gong nourishes the bones. First, it reinforces the internal organ of the kidneys, which in the Chinese medicine system is believed to govern the bones. Because of this, bones are likely to heal quicker and are better protected against osteoporosis and degeneration. Qi Gong also reinforces by generating movements that have an isometric strengthening affect on fascia and bones.

In a case study of a 74 year old female patient who performed her qi gong exercises daily, following ankle surgery, she was able to have her cast removed two weeks ahead of schedule because her bones healed much quicker. Compare that to a patient half her age with the same problem who was not into qi gong exercise. This patient took two months longer for her injury to mend.

In conclusion, qi gong can extend longevity and bring about greater states of youthfulness by nourishing the skeletal and muscular systems and internal organs of the body, and by promoting higher spiritual and mental balance.

Dr. Jignesh Panchal is an acupuncturist in Winter Park, FL who customizes treatment plans using Chinese medicine, Ayurvedic medicine or Ozone Therapy.

31. January 2019 · Comments Off on A Beginner’s Guide To Traditional Chinese Medicine Diagnosis · Categories: Acupuncture · Tags:

One of the most common questions I get is how does traditional Chinese medicine in Jacksonville actually diagnose illness? People have a lot of misconceptions about medicine and I’ve had multiple people ask me, so do you just look at a person’s aura or have a yin-yang that somehow diagnosis disease? I don’t think people realize just how scientific Chinese medicine actually is. So in this article, I want to share with you the four key diagnostic methods that almost every Chinese medical doctor will use and what you can expect honestly in your first appointment.

Classically in Chinese medicine, there are four diagnostic skills known as Wang, Wen, Wen, and Qie.

Wang

Wang stands for observation. What observation means is we observe the complexion of the patient’s face. So complexion is obviously, what does the patient’s face look like? Is it more red like a person’s who’s very sweaty and easily gets hot or is it very pale? Are there spots anywhere? Is there a certain color like green or yellow?

The second thing we look at after complexion is the tongue. The observed the tongue’s size, color and coating. Are there any little red spots on the tongue? Are there any scalloping on the side of the tongue?

Wen

Wen pertains to smelling or listening. In smelling and listening, we not only listen to the patient’s words, the way they speak (they could be talking very loud very strong or very weak). Those things are actually diagnostically very important because they will indicate where the state of the patient’s health is. So if you have this stereotypically big businessman who is suffering from acid reflux or indigestion and he is talking really loud, he is likely not suffering from a deficient condition. Therefore, Wen is very useful. We listen to coughing, breathing and smells that the patient gives off.

The second Wen is inquiry, which is the classic intake form. In inquiry, we ask questions like what do you prefer? Do you prefer warm drinks or cold drinks? Do you tend to run hot or run cool? Do you like extra blankets when you sleep or the always wake up kicking them off you? Are you thirsty? Are there any issues with your urination? Is there frequency or burning? How are your bowel movements? Are they more solid or more loose? Do you feel hot or cold? How is your periods or menses? Is there bleeding or spotting, pain?

These are all important questions we use to figure out very important diagnostic criteria in regard to how Chinese medicine diagnoses illness and disease.

Qie

Qie refers to palpation. The most famous Qie is pulse diagnosis and channel palpation. In pulse diagnosis, the physician is actually feeling three areas of the radial artery. We’re feeling not only the strength, depth and the width of the pulse, we’re also feeling each individual position of the pulse.

The first position is known as the cun, the second is the guan and the third is the chi. Each of these positions correlates to certain organs in the person’s body. So at the end of this large intake, we are given all of these diverse data and we have to put this into a concrete diagnosis altogether and then we do our pattern differentiation and our differential diagnosis as well.

All of these are very important in Chinese medicine. This is much more concrete than, “do we diagnose through aura, or do we use yin-yang diagnose an illness?” To the last question, technically yes since we want to know if the patient is hot or cold or is he more deficient or more excess. All of these are very important information in Chinese medicine.

31. January 2019 · Comments Off on Acudetox Therapy · Categories: Acupuncture · Tags:

Acupuncture is a form of Chinese medicine that’s over 5000 years old. It is still being used simply because it works. The principle behind acupuncture lies in the belief that there is a flow of energy or Chi in every body. This energy of life flows through specific channels called meridians. Treatment can be done with beads, seeds, needles, needles attached to an electrical device and needles with specific Chinese herbs burned, which is called moxibustion.

The needles seem to work the best and that it’s got an amazingly calming effect. Patients describe it as being washed over with a wave of well-being unlike anything they’ve ever felt in their lives. It’s very common to see people coming in who are just really stressed out. When the needles are put in, the acupuncturist leaves them for a little bit and when they come back, they see the patient splayed out across the chair with their tongue hanging out looking like roadkill.

The effect of acupuncture is so amazingly relaxing. People just love it when they come in especially when they are very stressed, jittery, upset, anxious and have a million problems on their mind and their brain can’t shut down. The insertion of the needles is pretty much painless and when they are put in, the effect is nothing short of amazing.

In acupuncture vancouver detoxification therapy or acudetox therapy, it does not matter what substance has been infused by the patient, the therapy has a calming effect across all the different parts of the brain and works for all the different substances of abuse.

In acudetox, there are five acupuncture points in the outer ear that are treated. They are:

1. The Shenmen point or heavenly gate: when stimulated, this point calms the spirit, decreases anxiety and relieves insomnia and pain.

2. The Sympathetic point: this calms the fight or flight response or the body’s reaction to stress. It’s also good for balancing the sympathetic nervous system.

3. Kidney point: this point deals with fear and emotions.

4. Liver point: the liver point detoxifies and unblocks stuck energy. It heals both emotional and physical stress and treats people with chronic anger issues.

5. Lung point: this point allows us to let go of things especially grief, sadness and anger as well.

There’s also a point behind the Shenmen point, on the other side of the ear, and it’s very useful for treating attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. This issue can be treated with a type of ear acupuncture that simply uses acupuncture beads that are taped in place and the patient can leave the office with it. It’s also helpful for people having difficulty focusing and concentrating.All patient’s to do is touch the bead and press on it when they need to concentrate or focus better.

24. January 2019 · Comments Off on What You Need To Know About Tuina Massage Therapy · Categories: Acupuncture · Tags: ,

Tui Na is a major component of Oriental medicine. In Chinese, tui na literally means “pushing hand to straighten the bone.” It is a very old form of musculoskeletal manipulation and Chinese massage involving the use of various massage techniques to bring back balance to the body.

As one of the four major components of Oriental medicine, Tui na stimulates the body to heal itself naturally:

Today, the type of tui na practiced in China is similar to the work of physical therapists and chiropractors than to those of massage therapists. It is learned as an equal but separate field of study in Oriental medicine schools, requiring the same degree of training as herbalists and acupuncturists. A practitioner of tui na is educated in the theories of Oriental medicine such as the Five elements, Chi, and Yin/Yang. They go through a thorough education in order to become adept to skill and theories required for medical diagnosis and treatment.

The Five Elements, Chi, and Yin/Yang

While several of the techniques may seem similar to Western massage therapy, a major difference is in the philosophy and principles behind the massage. Tui na healers need to know the 12 major meridians, the 20 blood vessels, as well as the 8 secondary meridians located throughout the body. Each major meridian is associated with a bodily function or an organ. There are a number of acupuncture points along the blood vessels where the flow of blood is nearest to the skin surface, and these points are stimulated using massage, acupressure, and acupuncture. By activating both the acupoints and blood vessels, circulation is stimulated. This boosts the nutrient and oxygen flow throughout the body that, in turn, increases the circulation of Chi or vital energy.

This article will discuss the different tui na methods and how they are different from western massage methods, and what a person can expect from an ordinary session. We’ll also talk about the different conditions that tui na can effectively treat.

Tui Na Methods

Tuina differs from Swedish massage and other western massage therapies which are commonly used to encourage stress relief and relaxation. Tui na is classified as a type of therapeutic treatment. As it grows in popularity among Westerners, the techniques have been altered to become a more remedial part of conventional western massage techniques in order to treat certain physical ailments and illnesses. A lot of tui na practitioners trained in the West do not administer the realignment of ligaments and joints (bonesetting) as their counterparts in China do.

Tui na has a much closer affiliation to shiatsu massage. Like shiatsu, tui na utilizes harmonized compression along the body, as well as methods that lubricate and manipulate the joints, including:

Tui (pressing/pushing)
Na (grasping/pulling)
Zhen (vibrating) Cuo (rubbing/twisting)
Yao (rotating)
Tina (lifting/grasping)
Tao (vigorous pinching pressure)
Rou (kneading)
Pai (patting/tapping)
Nien (pinching/nipping)
Nie (kneading)
Moa (rubbing)
Mo (wiping)
Ji (drumming/beating)
Gun (rolling)
Dou (shaking)
Dian (finger pressure)
Ca (rubbing)
Boyun (forearm kneading)
Bashen (extending)
Ban (pulling)
Anrou (kneading/pressing)
An (quick, rhythmic pressing)

During treatment, tui na healers utilize the following techniques:

Administering Massage on the 20 Vessels and Acupoints

This is the activation of acupoints and blood vessels to regulate the flow of blood. Since every acupoint is associated with a certain body organ, several internal diseases can be treated through their stimulation (e.g. digestive problems, respiratory disorders, and hormonal disorders, etc.). A tui na healer senses the body of the client with his hands to ascertain where circulation is excessive, depleted or weak or where blockages exist.

Lubricating the Joints and Stretching the Body

This process is designed to treat both chronic and acute pain associated with the skeletal system, joints, and muscles and to stretch specific parts of the body. This technique is quite helpful for arthritis, joint pain, nerve pain, muscle spasms, sciatica, and pain in the shoulders, neck, and back. The procedures also treat migraines and headaches, and alleviate tension in the body related to stress. Bonesetting and other manipulation therapies may also be used to rebalance the musculoskeletal system.

Using External Aids

Salves, liniments, compresses, and herbal poultices are sometimes used in addition to other techniques.

Aside from correcting problems, tui na and the other components of traditional Chinese medicine are also used for preventative maintenance which guarantees a steady flow of blood free of any obstructions.

Tui na is a non-invasive and natural therapy that’s safe for infants, pregnant women, and the elderly. Except for the occasional soreness after treatment, it has no side effects. It can be used in conjunction with mainstream medicine or as a stand-alone treatment. Most people who seek tui na treatments suffer from health problems that do not respond to modern medical solutions, or that traditional physicians have difficulty formally diagnosing or recommending surgery for.

A Typical Tui Na Treatment Session

Tui na therapy is usually performed on either a mat, floor pad, or table. During a session, the patient is required to remove his shoes and to wear loose clothing. Clothing should be comfortable, with skirt/pants and top as separate articles of clothing to give the practitioner the liberty to reach easily the different parts of the body. Clothing may be removed from time to time in order to expose an area that may require direct skin contact.

Health issues and conditions as well as current medicines are discussed by both the practitioner and the patient. Then, the practitioner performs a physical examination of the entire body as well as any specific illnesses being treated. The primary point of attention is on the joints, muscles, blood vessels, acupoints, and pain sites. There will be practitioners who will use Chinese herbs to promote faster healing.

While the practitioner administers tui na therapy, he also regulates the breathing of the patient and, using his hands, holds the intention to activate the circulation of vital energy and oxygen in the body’s blood vessels. This activates stagnant blood flow and helps release blockages.

A treatment session may last for 30 minutes to an hour. Additional therapies are often required depending on the underlying cause of the problem. In regard to chronic illnesses, this is especially the case. Tui na is not performed on compound fractures, on areas where there are malignant tumors, and on external wounds. On pregnant women, it should also not be performed on the stomach area.

Tui na therapy is far from a relaxing and light form of massage. It actually can be very intense. A substantial amount of pressure is sometimes needed during manipulation and massage that can feel uncomfortable and vigorous. If there is very intense friction from stroking or rubbing, the practitioner can use a special type of massage oil or lotion, sesame oil, or talcum powder.

In between sessions, the practitioner may teach the patient self-massage techniques to be performed at home, as well as for preventative maintenance and overall well-being.

After eating a meal, patients should wait at least an hour before going through the therapy.

In the US, A typical Tui na session may cost anywhere from $50 to $100 depending on the location of the clinic and the practitioner. Some practitioners provide incentives and discounts based on the number of sessions needed. These days, many insurance companies cover pain management treatments which include physical therapy, chiropractic, and massage. Some companies cover all the four pillars of Oriental medicine. If Chinese massage is covered by your insurance company, then you are fortunate indeed.

What to Expect After a Treatment Session

After treatment, the patient usually experiences a sense of relaxation and calmness, just like after a conventional massage. The experience may sometimes be energizing, and a body part may sometimes feel sore or tender. On body parts where deep massage was performed, some slight bruising may arise. If the bowels and bladder are stimulated there may be a need to use the bathroom. Pain relief may be meaningfully experienced during the first session, although it may take a number of sessions to experience lasting and significant results.

Like other types of Chinese medicine, tuina therapy may bring about different reactions on different people. This will depend on how well the person responds to the treatment and on the specific constitution of the patient. Tuina therapy recognizes all parts of the body are interconnected, and it focuses on holistically restoring the entire body back into balance.

Selecting a Qualified and Experienced Practitioner in Fort Lauderdale

Tui na is not regulated in Western countries; nonetheless, it is taught in schools that provide professional degrees in Oriental medicine. These degrees guarantee that the students are educated about the various branches and principles of Oriental medicine.

Benefits of Tui Na

Tui na is a safe type of treatment for the elderly young children and people of all ages. It is particularly useful in managing and reducing the discomfort of various conditions related to aging. It is works extremely well in the treatment of chronic pain related to musculoskeletal disorders including:

Muscle spasms
Sports injuries
Stress relief
Arthritis and joint pain
General fatigue
Sciatica
Circulation issues
Migraines and headaches
Respiratory issues
Constipation

24. January 2019 · Comments Off on Practicing Tai Chi Using The Tai Chi Chen Sword · Categories: Acupuncture · Tags:

When you are practicing Tai Chi Chen moves, you may use various types of Tai Chi weapons. When people think of Tai Chi Chen, they usually imagine people in a transitive state, sort of like in a stance, slowly moving in a sort of ritualistic dance. We often think that Tai Chi is just for old people who aren’t able to practice real martial arts. This is actually far from the truth. While movement is ritualistic and slow in Tai Chi Chen, it possesses a lot of spiritual, body, and mental benefits that can be actualized by beginners and experts alike. Most people, however, are unaware that Tai Chi can also be performed using a wide array of weapons. For example, the Tai Chi sword is a popular Kung Fu weapon that’s used in Tai Chi practice. The Tai Chi sword is used as an extension of your hands which transfers the energy from your body into the lethal weapon itself. It’s a marvelous option to the weaponless Tai Chi practice although care should be taken so that you don’t injure yourself while performing this very old oriental art form.

How to Use the Sword of Tai Chi Chen

For those learning Tai Chi Chen with the intent of using a Tai Chi sword, we do not recommend that you just pick up a weapon and start brandishing it around. You’ve got to follow certain fundamentals and techniques that accompany the use of the Tai Chi sword. Some of you may be learning Tai Chi through books and video tapes; however, learning from an actual Tai Chi master is the best way, bar none, to learn how to use a Tai Chi sword. There are several Tai Chi classes that can teach you how to practice using weapons, but that doesn’t certainly make them superior to the unarmed version. All are from the same martial art, although learning tai chi with a Tai Chi sword is a more advanced form of Tai Chi Chen.

Before anyone learns using the Tai Chi sword, they should first become well versed in the moves of Tai Chi. It’s only by learning the Tai Chi body, foot, and hand movements can anyone hope to integrate them whilst also wielding a sword at the same time. You can be taught how to use the other weapons involved with Tai Chi once you’ve become an expert at the unarmed version of Tai Chi movement. This includes the sword of Tai Chi and the other weapons of Tai Chi.

When you use the sword of Tai Chi, it’s just like practicing Tai Chi movements unarmed. You go through the ebb and flow of the mind and body’s natural energy, learning the yin and the yang, and the same fluid moves of Tai Chi. however, when you practice with the Tai Chi sword, it can help you to better understand a number of the Tai Chi movements itself. You’ll be able to transfer the energy into the sword’s blade, thinking of the sword as merely an extension of your arm. This will make it a very lethal and powerful weapon indeed.

The main reason why people practice with a sword is not so much they’re out to deliberately hurt someone with a weapon, it’s more of a way for them to meditate better where one gets in touch with their inner soul – spirit, body, and mind, as one cohesive unit. The sword merely turns into an extension of that and can function like a lightning rod, transferring effectively even more inner energy into a person’s body than they’d be able to realize with the unarmed version of this powerful art.

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17. January 2019 · Comments Off on A Natural Treatment For Thyroid Problems · Categories: Acupuncture · Tags:

Individuals diagnosed with a thyroid problem are obviously aware that this tiny gland plays a very big role in their overall well being and health. The fact is, your thyroid gland is accountable for the manufacture of two important hormones: triiodothyronine and thyroxin. These hormones are vital for general health, making it reasonable for people suffering with such problems to seek a natural therapy for their malfunctioning thyroid.

Aside from stimulating metabolism, the gland created-hormones also help keep the other organs functioning correctly, stabilize the temperature of the body, and boost the energy of the body, whilst ensuring normal development and growth.

In the creation of the thyroid hormone, iodine is essentially required, which in the end, means it is indispensible for metabolism. A condition known as hypothyroidism arises when the body does not manufacture adequate TH or thyroid hormone (which is usually known as the metabolic hormone of the body). The opposite of hypothyroidism is hyperthyroidism which is a condition in which the body produces too much TH hormone.

Fortunately, there is iodine in iodized salt, medications, nutritional supplements and in the foods we eat (ground beef, water, milk, and seaweed). Chinese herbal formulas such as bladder wrack also contain iodine. However, we need selenium to adequately utilize iodine. Consuming just two or three Brazil nuts each day can give us all the selenium we need; this element is also sold as a supplement. It appears that a natural treatment for thyroid problems does exist after all and we see that there are several options available!

Thrive Wellness Center is an acupuncture clinic in Boca Raton, FL providing Chinese medicine treatments for many health conditions.

17. January 2019 · Comments Off on The Incredible Benefits Offered By Classical Chinese Medicine · Categories: Acupuncture · Tags:

Chinese medicine in Bellingham, especially when it’s done in a classically-based manner, works very well. In their long years of clinical observation, a great number of practitioners have witnessed miracles transpire. Some have witnessed individuals burdened by certain conditions, sometimes almost all their lives, be immediately changed after only a few treatment sessions. Perhaps, a lot of you have observed this as well. Classical Chinese medicine really helps patients get well – and that’s what medicine is supposed to do.

Not all clinical studies done on classical Chinese medicine are perfect. There have been studies that were thoroughly lambasted in a number of different ways by a great number of people. Chinese medicine works in an entirely different manner than Western medicine. In fact, it’s so different that double blind placebo controlled studies basically don’t work in showing what it is that Chinese medicine can do. Clinical research is another matter, and many of them have demonstrated the great effectiveness of Chinese medicine. Where those studies have been inconclusive or negative, it probably has something to do with the degree of Chinese medicine being performed in the study. This is the reason we’re hoping to perform trial studies through the Helfgott Research Institute.

When one consults with a Chinese doctor for the first time, they may be shocked at the intake process. The procedure is very much detailed, and Chinese doctors or practitioners address all of your problems under advisement – not merely the children who neatly fall into a basic diagnostic category. Doctors of Chinese medicine will not ignore your concerns as “psychosomatic” or “irrelevant”, they instead will assimilate each sign and symptom of disease into an entire diagnosis that will lead to a therapy to repair your ENTIRE bodily system’s balance.

Classical Chinese medicine doesn’t as the saying goes “rob Peter to pay Paul”. When a patient’s main your complaint is resolved, it is resolved in order to consolidate your entire being – spirit, mind, and body. Hence, for example, your current therapy for seasonal allergies will not give you an overwhelming feeling of anxiety, make it difficult for you to sleep, or generate dryness in your mucus membranes. This may lower your general discomfort and keep expenses at a minimum – you wouldn’t need to buy drugs to rectify the problems that the drugs caused!

Chinese medicine also doesn’t use any synthetic chemicals or pharmaceuticals for carrying out chemicals or treatment. One of the most significant problems we face today is pollutants that are dumped by the pharmaceutical industry into our waterways. That being said, there are very real environmental problems practitioners of Chinese medicine must deal with, including the issues inherent in importing Chinese herbal products in the West. While they are most certainly an item in itself – we want to underscore the fact that a lot of American companies are working to invent sustainably produced and pesticide-free herbal products.

We now are aware that, the rising costs of healthcare are leaving a lot of Americans uninsured, resulting in nearly intolerable pressure on the sustainably produced hospital system. It’s a big shame that the richest nation on earth leaves so many people without access to basic care. Natural medicine as a whole symbolizes an answer to this problem. Doctors of Chinese medicine offer so many treatments such as inexpensive herbal supplements and food therapy. In addition, you will discover that the typical office consultation for a Chinese medicine physician is quite reasonable what with the incredible depth of care a person receives. Insurance companies are starting to pay for the cost of these office visits which is a promising sign.

Classical Chinese Medicine definitely has some great reasons why it should be your medicine of choice – although we hope this article will provide you with some options as you think about your health care choices.

10. January 2019 · Comments Off on Overcoming Illnesses And Disease Using Auricular Acupuncture Therapy · Categories: Acupuncture · Tags:

Being an extremely sensitive part of your body, your outer ear is filled with nerves that connect to your brain, and thus with the proper stimulus can reach any part of your body. Through proper research, we have been able to develop tools to use on our ears as a way to treat our entire body. Auricular acupuncture in Bellmore is one such tool that can help patients overcome digestive disorders, insomnia, pain, lose weight, and quit smoking, among others.

Auricular acupuncture, also known as auricular therapy or ear acupuncture has been used in China for tens of centuries. It further evolved into a more refined therapy thanks to Paul Nogier, a French neurologist from the 1950’s. Auricular acupuncture involves the application of small acupuncture needles to into the outer ear or auricle to stimulate the acupuncture points on your ear. In this type of treatment, the acupuncturist uses a thick but smaller needle than the ones used in traditional acupuncture. This not only allows the patient to feel less discomfort or pain on the ear, it also enables the acupuncturist more ease to sue using a variety of acupoints on the patient’s ear, which is usually tricky and small to maneuver around.

Auricular acupuncture may also or instead use small magnetic beads or vaccaria plant seeds to cure stagnation and reinvigorate your blood in lieu or as a complement to the acupuncture needles in the ears. Practitioners of traditional Chinese medicine or TCM believe that the ear is a miniature representation of the entire human body, and so by stimulating the acupoints on your ear, any disorders can potentially be treated that otherwise could be addressed using the acupuncture points on your body.

Actually if one observes the ear, they can see how it might resemble an inverted fetus with its feet and hands pointing towards the top of your ear and the lobe representing the fetus’s head and the shoulder acupoints are located where the shoulder of the fetus would be.

Auricular acupuncture is often used along with acupoints on the other areas of the body. The practitioner use points on the patient’s body and points on the patient’s ear. He then may attach ear seeds on the same ear acupoints after treatment. The magnets pr seeds are tape to the patient’s ear using a bandage or adhesive-like material. This allows the patient to stimulate the corresponding acupoints a few times a day, which usually is three to four days after the last treatment. The extra stimulation boosts the effectiveness and benefits of your acupuncture treatment.

While it might be easy to find maps of the auricular acupoints, we do not recommend using them to treat another person or yourself. In fact, law states that auricular acupuncture should only be performed by a certified or qualified acupuncturist or TCM Practitioner.

10. January 2019 · Comments Off on Gua Sha Therapy As A Safe Alternative Treatment For Common Illnesses And Disease · Categories: Acupuncture · Tags:

Gua sha therapy in Tarzana or scraping therapy began as a type of folk healing technique. Its long history began in 1337 when a physician known as Wei Yilin wrote the book “Effective Formulas Handed Down for Generations” during the Yuan Dynasty. The book urges healers to scrape the surface of the wrist, knee, elbow, and neck of the patient with wet hemp until miliary cutaneous bleeding occurs. The body is then wrapped with quilts and thick clothes. Then, a decoction of fresh Chinese onion tea, fermented soybean and Chinese green onion, or little rice porridge is orally applied to the patient. The ailment will start to heal after the patient sweats. This is a great way to relax and loosen the skin.”

The book is an organized account of how scraping therapy is done. The modality involves scraping the surface of the skin on ailing areas of the body in order to loosen pores to eliminate any existing pathological maladies for the purpose of treatment.

There should be miliary bleeding in different degrees beneath the skin after the scraping. Gua sha was and is still used as a form of folk medicine by rural people for the treatment of bodily pain, acute enterogastritis, heatstroke, flu, fever, and the common cold, among others.

The instruments used in the procedure have smooth edges and include such things as buffalo horn, jade tool, bamboo plates, silver coins, and chinaware, lubricated with vegetable oil, alcohol, or water.

However, over the course of time, this ancient folk medicine procedure was eventually forgotten due to the accumulation of medical knowledge and the development of modern medical science. In rural areas where there was a shortage of modem medical care, this therapy was preserved. It is still used to alleviate simple uncomplicated ailments.

And although people living in the modern world enjoy good health and the comforts of civilization brought about by new medical skills and high technology, they still suffer from the damages caused by the side-effects of pharmaceutical drugs, ecological imbalance, and environmental pollution.

According to the Health Ministry of China, patients that have been hospitalized and died in recent years rose to 192,000 a year and were mainly due to severe drug reactions. Deaths related to pharmaceutical medications are ten times greater than the deaths brought about by infectious diseases.

Based on these statistics, it seems that there exists a new crisis in the field of medical treatment. People are starting to realize that the more advanced the procedures are, the more severe the crisis becomes. Therefore, medical workers are forced to seek out natural methods from traditional medicine this is where gua sha therapy comes into the picture. It is now being welcomed more and more due to its simple application, safety, low cost, zero side effects, and because of its obvious effectiveness.

03. January 2019 · Comments Off on The Health Benefits Of Cordyceps Mushroom · Categories: chinese medicine · Tags:

Cordyceps was discovered over 1500 years ago in the mountains of Tibet, where natives became aware that their cattle became more energetic when they ate this small mushroom like grass. It didn’t take long that the natives begin taking this herb well as a supplement for treating boosting body resistance and treating various diseases. Nowadays, Cordyceps is considered one among three of the three best tonics in TCM or traditional Chinese medicine.

The herb is especially recommended to patients who are recuperating after childbirth, surgery, or from an illness and has a number of benefits. It can also be taken for treatment for shortness of breath, wheezing, coughs, weak lungs, and asthma. Cordyceps has unique enzymes useful for the treatment of respiratory problems and for the stimulation of the lung meridian. This herb is often used by practitioners to combat stress, tiredness, fatigue; boost endurance against a number of illnesses; and boost energy levels in the body. It can be taken as a great tonic to strengthen and rebuild the body’s immune system as well as to naturally treat disorders arising not only in the kidneys but in the lungs and immune system as well.

For over 1200 years, the cordyceps mushroom has been given the title ‘the miracle herb’ in Chinese medicine. Today, it is called ‘cold fire’ because of its naturally gentle curative effects and effectiveness. Current studies have demonstrated that the herb contains nutrients and natural antioxidants that can build and stimulate hormones in the body. One other huge benefit of this herb is its capacity to reduce high blood pressure and reinforce the cardiovascular system. Other important uses of this herb include:

• Raising levels of energy in the body
• Relief of fatigue and use as a powerful antioxidant
• Relief of stress due to its high antioxidant content
• Smooth flow of blood in the blood vessels and in the reduction of high blood pressure.
• Cure of infertility and impotence which recent research has shown.
• Treatment of tumors and cancers

Certain of cordyceps properties are also affective in combating AIDS and HIV since it helps reinforces strengthens the immune system by rebuilding.

While a lot of traditional Chinese medicines are used to treat high blood pressure and cure other diseases, Cordyceps has been labeled as the best among all because it contains natural compounds that combat several fronts in the body.

Dr. Marco Dibonaventura – Board Certified Acupuncturist and Herbalist in King of Prussia, PA