14. March 2019 · Comments Off on Bazi And Feng Shui – Classic Chinese Biological Science · Categories: Acupuncture

Feng shui first appeared as an organized science during the early part of the Han Dynasty (fl. 200 BC). It has a long history and a complex discipline with great attention to detail. Altogether, it probably has a history of more than 6000 years. In the authoritative Cihai encyclopedia, fengshui is entered under the label Kanyu. XuChen, the famous scholar of the Eastern Han Dynasty explains Kan as the “Dao of Heaven” in his Showenjiezi dictionary. Yu is explained as the Dao of earth.

No matter whether Heavenly or Earthly Dao, what he emphasizes here is the word Dao.

What is Dao?

Dao is a principle that governs everything (li); it is an all-encompassing method (fa); it is a mystery technique (qiao); it is love (qing); and it is purpose (yi), it is power (qi), it is polar force (yin-yang), and it is nature (ziran). Anything that works in cyclical patterns and can be explained in rational theory is worthy of being called Dao.

In our universe replete with myriad creatures and phenomena, people often ask a common question: what is the greatest? Some people say, “Heaven is the greatest.” Some people say, “Earth is the greatest.” Some people say, “Mountains are the greatest; the ocean is the greatest; or the human being is the greatest.”

I think that none of these answers is quite right. I think it is the Dao that is most great. Dao is the soul of the universe, and of all creatures and things contained within it. Without Dao, everything would be without substance and foundation, and lack the power of attraction and believability. Therefore, I think that the Dao is the greatest of all things in the universe.

In China, the cradle of fengshui development is located in the times of the Qin, Han, Wei and Jin dynasties. The development of fengshui was during the dynasties of the Tang and Song. During the following Ming and Qing dynasties fengshui science develop even further and reached its heyday. In modern times, fengshui has not seen any further advances.

For a long time, fengshui was even labeled as feudal superstition, as witchcraft, as the garbage byproduct of cultural evolution. In academic circles, it has thus been a while since it was recognized as a genuine science. The valuable art of fengshui, therefore, has existed in a state of oblivion, especially during the 1960s and 1970s. True fengshui knowledge has thus been scattered into the wind.

I personally believe that fengshui is an important an extremely valuable part of Chinese folk culture. It is a science that uses the philosophical thought of the I Ching as a foundation, to determine the energetics of place and person environment. It is a science with a rich theoretical background. Feng shui occupies an incredibly important place in the hearts and minds of our ancestors.

It is a culture of science that includes spiritual values, as well as the very tangible assessment of our situation in the material world. Feng shui is not limited to China, but is a widespread cultural phenomenon in most of East Asia. Overall, we can therefore say that fengshui is a discipline that has displayed an incredible survival force during the past millennia.

China’s ancient science the stars in the heavens, the geographical features on earth and the correlating physiology of the human body are three main pillars of the science that I call fengshui. In my opinion, it is easy to differentiate the superstitious and the scientific elements of fengshui. As I just mentioned, the I Ching is a book that is revered as a classical work in the Eastern Hemisphere.

It contains the theoretical basis for all practical applications of fengshui. It incorporates the ancient knowledge of all heavenly constellations, all earthly shapes, the science of polar opposites called Yin and Yang, the symbolic categorization called the five phase elements, observations on the movements of the five planets, the six climate patterns on earth, the categorization of all material phenomena called the eight trigrams (bagua), the science of assessing one’s personal situation at any given moment in time (zhanpu) and finally,the craft called fengshui. It is, in essence, the grand signs of correlating the cycle of macrocosmic movement with the microcosm of our human life.

What does the unity of macrocosm and microcosm mean?

Resonance – the fact that we are in constant co-vibration and unity with heaven, which is to say that we are all one with the universe. There is no separation whatsoever. In the ancient work of Hou Han Shu (Book of the Latter Han), in the Annals of Craftsmanship, specifically those on universal mastery, it is said: “In the heavens, we can observe the movements of 780,000 stars. As a reflection thereof, the human body has 780,000 pores. In heaven, there is the moon and the sun.”

“Similarly, humans have the faculties of inner and outer sight. Heaven has wind, clouds, rain, thunder and lightning. Correspondingly, humans have the five functional networks of the heart, liver, spleen, lungs and kidneys.” Heaven is the universe and everything within it. Humanity is a microcosmic reflection thereof. Ancient thinkers always thought correlatively, and connected the mountains in nature with the element, which is most material and firm in humans, namely our flesh and muscle layer.

In the universe at large, moreover, there is the vital element of water, which can circulate ceaselessly in nature, day after day, month after month. The human body, in turn, contains the vital circulating substance of blood. Just like water in the universal space of nature, blood circulates through veins and arteries generating, nourishing and repairing, day after day and month after month.

Just like there are stones in the macrocosm, the ancients thought, there are bones within the human body. There are four seasons in nature, and four extremities in us humans. The ancient sages thus recognized correctly that we humans are never separate from the universe, and are therefore subject to its seasonal changes.

When spring arrives, we would get stifled and wear a thick fur coat. During the heat of summer, we put on light summer clothes. The same applies to fall and winter. All ancient treatises on medical hygiene and longevity practices emphasize that a different type of behavior, including clothing, is appropriate for different seasons.

To modern observers of the ancient record, some of this sort of data may seem contrived. In the Han shu (Book of Han) there is another entry reporting that the famous astronomer Zhang Heng once spent three years and nine months of his life counting all of the stars in heaven and then, meticulously drew a map of different regions of China where these stars would be reflected; and further, a map of the human body showing which regions of the body that were in direct resonance with these regions on Earth and the sky.

The point I am trying to make here is not how articulate the specifics of his calculations were, but how there is clear evidence of an ancient science that entails not only the profound fact that humans are an inextricable part of our cosmic environment, but also an enormous amount of detail, which is the hallmark of every genuine science.

When studying ancient sciences, we need to take into account the culture of the time they were created – otherwise nothing will never measure up to our present understanding of science. This correlative resonance between microcosm and macrocosm,in a nutshell, is the core essence of Taoist thought in China. It is its most important piece.

Heaven, therefore, is a name for the largest layer of the systems theory of the world. The human being comprises another very much related layer. Together, these substrata systems form a giant entity in which everything is related in an infinite web of relationships. Modern science calls these relationships within a super system. Therefore, it is my opinion that fengshui is a system of confirmed scientific value.

It is not a surprise the science of fengshui, just like other aspects of I Ching science, including the I Ching itself, the science of Chinese medicine in the craft of acupuncture in Boca Raton and moxibustion has proliferated in Europe, America and the world at large. The 21st century is a time when we are seeing a rapid development of all aspects of knowledge and technology, including space travel.

At the same time, the science of fengshui has the extremely powerful feature of assessing the energetics of space, measuring the Yin and Yang properties of a house and recommending specific room usage therein. Even this sort of useful detail can be entered and calculated. For people who understand the ramifications of climate changes expressed in the so-called heavenly stems and earthly branches, moreover, this device can act as a personal weather station and an indicator of the changes the different life cycles bring.

This includes the accurate prediction of subtle changes in the physical body that go along with larger macrocosmic transformations. With all of these capabilities, this kind of device can of course, be an extremely useful tool, especially in the building trade, as well as in the field of medicine and in certain areas of the business sector. Whenever non-beneficial energetics are encountered in time and space obstacles can be overcome more easily.

14. March 2019 · Comments Off on Chi Healing Explained · Categories: Acupuncture

How do practitioners exploit the power of chi to bring about healing? Chi is the Chinese word that signifies energy. According to Chinese medicine, it is the vital energy that keeps and maintains the life of human beings. We would just be a mass of organic matter and a collection of bones without Chi.

Chi is accountable for the therapeutic processes that take place within the body. Chi healing guarantees that more quality Chi enters the part of the body that needs healing. This is accomplished in a variety of ways. A Chinese medicine practitioner has the skill to eliminate hindrances in the flow of chi. Usually, there are regions of blockages or trauma around the wound when an injury occurs. This slows down the flow of Chi and retards the distribution of much needed blood and energy throughout the body. By eliminating the blockages or trauma, the practitioner can restore the smooth flow of Chi and by that, help heal a wound a lot faster. Also, the practitioner may simply concentrate Chi on the area requiring healing.

The following are the basic steps that a practitioner needs to follow to implement chi healing:

1. Scour the energetic field of the patients to search for deficiencies or imbalances in Chi. Qualified practitioners will recognize the energetic patterns that may indicate certain conditions by diagnosing a patient based on their energetic field. There are a wide gamut of sensations as there are maladies and injuries. A newbie student may need the help of a skilled practitioner in order to be able to do this properly. The energetic field of a healthy person will be consistent and smooth. No disturbances in energy or temperature throughout the field will be detected. But if there is a large bulge in the energy field or if one part area of the field feels extremely cold or hot, then the energy field of the patient needs to be balanced.

2. Once the patient’s condition has been ascertained by the practitioner, the negative energy or blockage can be removed. After that, the negative chi can be replaced with Universal or positive Chi. Another approach is for the practitioner to simply concentrate the Universal Chi on the area.

3. Finally, the practitioner will seal the site of treatment. This will enable the resumption of natural Chi flow in the patient.

Certain illnesses can be cured without the direct intervention of Chi. A majority of Americans follow a lifestyle that causes their energy to fall out of balance. As an example, lots of Americans do not drink enough water. This will cause their energy field to feel a bit hot in certain places. Unless urgent medical help is given, a practitioner can explain to the patient the condition and tell him that he needs to drink more water. Emotional issues and stress can also disrupt the energy field of a person. There are a variety of Chi Kung and breathing exercises for these that a practitioner can suggest.

A skilled practitioner of chi healing can surely help a patient by working with the patient’s Chi. In some instances this can significantly bolster the health of the patient. It is also essential that the patient live a healthy lifestyle and take good care of himself. The practitioner can also detect the causes of imbalances in the energy field of the patient and help make the necessary modifications to rectify them.

Scott Paglia is a licensed and board certified acupuncturist in Bellingham, WA and provides master level pulse diagnosis, Chinese herbal medicine and acupuncture in Whatcom County, WA.

07. March 2019 · Comments Off on Auriculotherapy Explained · Categories: Acupuncture · Tags:

Auriculotherapy in Bellmore is a health care technique in which the outer ear or auricle is stimulated to relieve health conditions in other areas of the body. While auriculotherapy’s original foundation is founded in traditional Chinese acupuncture, it was a French Neurologist by the name of Dr. Paul Nogier who developed the present protocols in France using a painless type of stimulation minus the acupuncture needles. Dr. Nogier observed in the 1950’s that many of his patients had a distinct scar on a certain part of their ear. The patients explained to him that the scar was due to a sciatica treatment that had afforded them relief within or hours of treatment. After observing this oddity, and researching on it, he started mapping the other parts of the body. This study gave rise to the principle of the inverted fetus which became the foundation for his diligent work to promote this protocol to what we know today.

Auriculotherapy is a therapeutic stimulation of the auricle without the use of needles for relieving dysfunction and pain in other areas of the body. It makes use of electricity for diagnosing and treating auricular acupuncture points or acupoints. The auricle is one of the body’s “microsystem,” which is like small representations of the entire body, situated in various locations on the body, which in this case, is the ear. The ear is a total microsystem of the body and all parts of the body are delineated as an upside down pattern on the ear. The ear is just one among many microsystems in the body although this specific part has, through research, been shown to be the most potent microsystem. This is because the type of tissue that constitutes the ear and because the ear is directly connected to the nervous system, which controls every bodily function and every cell in the body.

Auriculotherapy activates the central nervous system via the spinal nerves and cranial nerves on the external ear. This activation causes the stimulation of the neurotransmitters in the spinal cord and brain (the central nervous system) that, in turn, regulates nerve function and relieves pain. This begins the healing process of the affected body part or organ.

What is Auriculotherapy?

A practitioner or physician performs auriculotherapy using micro-current (electricity) as a way to determine and treat auricular points. Each ear has more than 200 acupoints that correspond to specific areas and various functional regions of the body.

The physician uses a small portable device that serves two purposes, it diagnoses by appraising the differences in the conductivity of the skin in relation to the acupuncture point, and to treat the point. The device appraises the negative and positive differential (polarity) of the surrounding tissue and the acupoint. The device will show the presence of a disease, pathology, or injury in that area of the body that corresponds to the acupoint when there is a significant difference in the differential, either negative or positive. If the acupoint is extremely positive or extremely negative, the device will electrically stimulate automatically the auricular acupoint negatively or positively as deemed necessary.

07. March 2019 · Comments Off on Asian Bodywork Therapy (Acupressure, Tuina, & Shiatsu) · Categories: Acupuncture · Tags: , ,

ABT or Asian Bodywork Therapy is an appropriate and gentle bodywork technique for people of all ages. This is a natural form of healing that balances the energy of the body and boosts its self-healing abilities. ABT is a five millennia old Chinese healing traditional that’s infused with the ancient knowledge of pathology, physiology, and anatomy.

ABT is a safe and non-invasive treatment that helps bring about wellbeing and health throughout the body.

A great way to relax, ABT can help you to wind down after a hard day’s work at the office or after a stressful day at school or at home.

It can be utilized for a wide range of emotional and musculoskeletal conditions. ABT can be used to enhance the function of your nervous system, aid in digestion, stimulate your skin, and relieve stiffness in your joints and muscle. It can treat sports injuries through pressure points and gentle stretches and it’s used by many as an effective sports therapy.

ABT has proven to work against discomfort and pain in many different chronic conditions. ABT can:

• Treat menstrual problems, morning sickness, PMS
• Help in the treatment of digestive disorders
• Help in the treatment of musculoskeletal problems
• Treat fibromyalgia
• Treat insomnia
• Treat fatigue
• Lower tension and stress as well as depression and anxiety
• Increases Circulation
• Treat sports injuries

Depending on the needs of the patient, the effect of ABT may be invigorating and stimulating or calming and sedative.

In the States, ABT is deemed as a subset of acupuncture or massage therapy; the fact is, its benefits are similar to both.

As stagnant energy is the very definition of why we feel pain, it can be considered an obstacle to wellness.

Touch can be a way for stress to have less control on our lives. Shiatsu literally means finger-pressure. My clients have wondered why I have lots of knots in my body. I told them these knots are due to ailments acquired on the mental, emotional, and physical level.

A person who worries a lot would make his energy flow in various directions, and because of this, will create knots and circles that will eventually hinder the smooth flow of blood, particularly in the chest, abdomen, and spleen.

This knotted energy will eventually transform into discomfort in the chest, breathlessness, tension in the shoulder, gastric problems, and stomach distention. If a person’s normal thought process is to worry, then chronic stomach problems and diseases will eventually result.

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