25. April 2019 · Comments Off on Chinese Medicine And The Five Elements And Phases · Categories: Acupuncture · Tags:

Chinese medicine is based on the natural and rhythms of nature. The seasons are recognized and observed and each season possesses its own qualities and energy that in turn affects all facets of health and life. These qualities are portrayed in the Five Elements of Chinese medicine, Fire, Water, Metal, Earth and Water, each of which symbolizes the essence of each season.

We experience each Phase to varying degrees just as we go through every season to finish the year. In addition, the way a specific Phase functions within a person affects the manner the other Phase functions that affects him are done.

Within the external and internal factors that influence each season and Phase, Chinese medicine is constantly attempting to attain balance in a person. There’s no way disease can develop when a person is in tune with nature.

Below are the different Phases and their holistic effects within nature and the body.


Fire represents Summer and the South. It mirrors nature’s lushness and exuberance in full bloom. High noon and Summer solstice are the embodiment of this element.

The organs systems, pericardium and Heart are directly related to Fire, as well as the Triple Burner and Small Intestine.

Yellow, orange and red are the colors affiliated with Fire. The body part affected by Fire will turn red due to too much heat in his body. From a Western-medical viewpoint, Fire is associated with the word “inflammation” which mirrors Fire blazing inside the body.

Gratitude, joy and love are the emotions related to unimpeded Fire. When a person manifests hatred, it means there is a problem with the Fire element of that person.

If you have a Fire constitution, it may sound as if you’re always laughing. Your constitution may be similar to the Sanguine constitution of the Greeks, who say people with this type of constitution excel at forming friendships, connecting with others, and are often the life of the party. One good example is Santa Claus.


Water represents the Winter Season and the North. This is the Phase of retreat, hibernation, stillness and darkness. Water symbolizes storage in which where energy is collected and saved in preparation for the energy required in the Spring. Water symbolizes Winter, which represents death, a concept that’s echoed in Western culture when people say that the aged are in the “winter of their lives.”

The Bladder and the Kidneys are the organs affiliated with Water. This can be gleaned in the function of the urinary system.

In Chinese medicine, Water is associated with the black or deep purple color. A person’s face may look as though he’s always in a shadow if he suffers from an imbalanced Water Phase.

People with a Water constitution are loyal and unwavering. They have an innate wisdom and aren’t likely to speak more than is required. If you have a solid Water constitution, you are impassive and delight in “going with the flow”.

If you have a weak Water constitution, you tend to do things half-heartedly and be easily dismayed. On the hand, if you have an overabundant Water constitution, you’re likely to assume superiority over others, be extremely ambitious, and overwork yourself that usually end up in severe stress. Unbalanced Water can also lead to fearfulness, causing the person to cope with anxiety, phobias, adrenal exhaustion and panic attacks.

The Water model may best be exemplified by a crone, grandparent, or sage who has acquired great skill and wisdom and can easily adapt to the challenges of life.


The West is where the Metal Phase preponderates and it’s the Phase associated with the Autumn season. Metal mirrors the dryness and crispness of the air and the leaves, the setting of the sun, the glow that can be observed in the mountain rock as the trees grow bare. It’s at this Phase when things start to turn still and activity and reproduction gradually slows down. Autumn is the time to let go of what is no longer needed and the time to re-evaluate yourself.

The Large Intestine and the Lungs are the organs associated with Metal, and the color it represents is white. Metal is also associated with grief and loss due to its affiliation with Autumn, which is also a metaphor for the process of dying. More often than not, a person with a Metal weakness may find himself holding on to grief longer than required and may develop lung problems like emphysema or chronic cough.

If your Metal constitution is strong and when you’re in balance, you tend to appreciate justice, structure, refinement, integrity, and clearness. An imbalanced Metal constitution will lead to hypocrisy, jealousy, unwillingness to change, rigidity, grief and materialism.

Extroverted people who have a Metal constitution tend to become good lawyers, judges, police officers, and professors while the introverted will tend to be artistic and melancholic and make excellent painters, poets and musicians.


In a number of Chinese medicine traditions, this Phase is unique in terms of classification in that it’s uniquely placed. Certain people put Earth in the South-West of the compass while others at the center. Some believe that the Earth is in a transitory Phase that will turn into the next Phase. These days, the three theories are considered true and applicable.

Earth mirrors a mother’s love and the sustenance of harvest time. The Abdomen and Spleen are the organs related to Earth. They represent the storage and welcoming of food inside the body, and the transferring and conversion of food so it may be used to nourish the rest of the body. That concept can be applied beyond food and can include all forms of physical, emotional, and spiritual sustenance.

Earth is represented by a lot of colors including, brown, yellow, light orange, beige and the like, which, from a psychological viewpoint, is the reason yellow boosts appetite.

The Earth constitution, in Chinese medicine, is similar to the Ayurvedic Kapha system. A person with this constitution is likely to have a sing-song voice, a thicker body, and an agreeable and nourishing disposition.

A person with an unbalanced Earth constitution may likely manifest clinginess, bloating, worry, and indigestion.


This phase is affiliated with the season of Spring and the East direction. It represents the expansive pushing upward power required to generate new life, like the dawn in the morning when the sun starts to ascend the sky.

Wood is affiliated with the Gallbladder and Liver organ systems, which may be gleaned in the creative and inherent regenerative abilities of the Liver.

Bluish green is the color of Wood, and, if a person has a Wood problem, some areas of his complexion might sometimes look greenish.

The emotions related to an optimal Wood constitution are enthusiasm and benevolence. An inhibited wood can result in frustration and anger. As they are in the Wood Phase of their lives, young children are the ones who most clearly express these emotions.

If you’re constitution is woody, you’re likely to have a booming loud voice and a distinct gait. This constitution is the same as the Greek Choleric constitution type who’s gifted with directing and planning talents and projects his vision into the world.

In summary, there are a variety of seasons to each person just as each year is made up of all the seasons. Some people will clearly manifest what phase governs their constitution, while others aren’t so easy to pin down.

In Chinese medicine, attempting to fit a person into a certain category isn’t as good as observing the current presenting symptom, which may be a bit complex. However, understanding the Phases of a person is a good starting point in order to learn the interactions and composition that generate the living matrix.

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25. April 2019 · Comments Off on Cancer From The Eyes Of Chinese Medicine · Categories: Acupuncture · Tags:

Cancer is a very old human problem. There is mention of cancers and tumors in ancient Chinese literature. Chinese medicine doctors have been trying to invent ways of treating cancer and helping people with cancer for very long time. In Chinese medicine terms, cancer is defined as a kind of poisonous accumulation or entanglement of what may have been originally normal, healthy things in the body, normal healthy qi, blood and tissue.

But for some reason and under some conditions, these healthy normal things become scrambled, and in a sense, they lose their identity. If you think about what cancer really is, cancer is us, but it’s a part of us that has lost touch with the rest of us – it’s no longer subject to the interests of the whole. It’s self-seeking, self-serving as if the rest of us didn’t exist.

This points to a very important idea, the idea of coherence or integrity, that is, all parts of the organism are in a relation to, and interacting with all the other parts of the organism. For some reason, one of these parts gets out of contact with the rest of the body. It’s not communicating nor is it integrating with the rest of the body and begins to have a life of its own.

But it is part of us, and it is utilizing all of our resources for its own growth and development, although it’s no longer in the interest of us as a whole. The way Chinese medicine can help people with cancer is that it can help people with any problem – essentially all problems are resolved from the same causes, which is a lack of coherence, integrity or harmonious movement of qi and blood.

There are many medicines in the pharmacopeia of Chinese medicine that are known to have antitumor effects. In Chinese medicine terms, they are things that break up, dissolve or carry masses out of the body. In fact, what investigations show that many of these substances, for example, medicinal mushrooms, have been used to treat tumors for hundreds of years.

We now know that medicinal mushrooms have the property of modulating our immune response. The immune system is a way, that we as human beings, to know ourselves, to be in touch with ourselves. It’s a method of surveillance, a mechanism for keeping touch and track every cell in our body. So when we lose the ability to keep track of those cells, and keep them within the community of the body as a whole, then we have the possibility of developing cancer.

We have the possibility of something growing and being alive without any of the constraints of the community of which it’s a part. What Chinese medicine does is it uses acupuncture in Orlando, herbs, nutrition, physical exercise like qigong, tai chi or calisthenics; whatever it can, it uses to help reorganize the body in such a way that these organs or tissues that have come out of touch are brought back into touch with the rest of the body.

We know this is possible because of what are called spontaneous remissions. Some people don’t have any treatment at all and their cancers go away. So we know that we have this capacity and we believe very strongly that Chinese medicine can activate this mechanism that we have innately to bring ourselves back into communication with ourselves and make the cancer go away or keep it at bay.

The other thing that Chinese medicine does is it can help to keep a person healthy while they are undergoing conventional therapy. One of the challenges of radiation therapy, chemotherapy and surgery is that it can be very injurious to the healthy parts of the body. Chinese medicine can help cancer patients maintain their health during the process of conventional care, so that when it’s over, they regain their health and their quality of life.

Many studies have shown that when Chinese medicine is combined with conventional therapy, cancer patients have a better quality of life. Their results, in terms of tumor regression are as good or better than people undergoing either chemotherapy or radiation therapy, and that they live longer.

18. April 2019 · Comments Off on Acupuncture Can Cleanse The Body Of Toxins In A Safe And Healthy Way · Categories: Acupuncture

Acupuncture in Marlton is a natural form of therapy that can detoxify your body in a major way. This modality is component of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), a form of Eastern medicine that has been practiced for over 3,000 years. The body’s functions are nourished and balance by the harmonizing Chi, a vital life that exists all throughout nature and the universe. This Chi balance is the underlying basis behind acupuncture.

Ancient Chinese physicians firmly believed that “a better healer is a person who cures a disease before it manifests symptoms, while an inferior physician treats a disease only after it has caused pain and discomfort.” These ancient doctors suggested that prevention ought to be a doctor’s first priority for health rather than the treatment of a disease. Acupuncture was first used as a form of preventive medicine.

Acupuncture has a natural diuretic effect on the body. It helps in the detoxification of the body by removing toxins through the urinary tract. This is why the use of this treatment for detoxifying the body is increasing by the day.

Appetites and cravings can be mitigated with acupuncture even as this treatment eliminates Chi blockages in the body. Once the person’s appetite is restored, they may not have as much desire for foods that are heavily processed and filled with toxins. Consuming foods that are toxic can give you an instant feeling of heaviness in the body, since the flow of Chi is once more interrupted and slowed down. When a person consumes proper food, their body will continue to feel energized. Their bodies will quickly learn what foods can provide it with the most nutrients. This is the reason acupuncture is used to cleanse the body in an effective and powerful way.

It’s also believe that acupuncture can be a helpful way to relieve pain and all kinds of painful conditions. However, the mention of needles in some people may be enough to send a tingle down their spines. Unfortunately, the staking of needles into the body is the only effective way to really stimulate the acupuncture points. The needle can be stuck in between muscle spaces, joint or tendon. But under the skilled hands of an experienced and reputable acupuncturist, the treatment can be a very satisfying and less painful experience.

Acupuncture can generate sensations that can range from a sensation of heaviness, numbness tingling or aching as a needle comes into contact with an acupoint. This is sensation in Chinese medicine is known as de qi, which is a good sign that the treatment is working. Some people may think that the needle causes pain. When a person experiences pain, this means that the body has full of toxins within it. These toxins may have entered the body by breathing put you that the air, consuming foods that contain harmful additives or by drinking polluted water. Even simple bad habits can lead to the buildup of toxins in the body.

Acupuncture is very much recommended as a way to detoxify the body. Acupuncture is the that the more toxins you have in the body, the stronger the effect of the treatment will be. Most patients don’t really feel pain and if there is pain, it is merely perceived than actually felt. In fact, discomfort is what’s actually felt, a discomfort that instantly dissipates after the needle is inserted in the body.

18. April 2019 · Comments Off on Chinese Medicine, A 5000 Year History · Categories: Acupuncture · Tags:

Traditional Chinese medicine in Austin, more simply known as TCM has a history of over 4000 years but is taken until quite recently for the techniques to catch on outside China. Still, these days combining TCM with Western diagnosis and treatments is growing in popularity around the world.

China’s 5000 years of history gave birth to the extensive and profound culture of traditional Chinese medicine. It is seen as one of the most valuable treasures of Chinese civilization. It was said that a man named Xiandi taught people how to cultivate and harvest crops more than 4000 years ago. He was called Shennong, the god of agriculture.

Beyond just introducing farming, Xiandi also experimented with all these plants to see whether some of them could cure diseases. This is the origin of traditional Chinese medicine, also called TCM, for short. Wu Honzhou, curator of the Shanghai Museum of TCM says, “People accumulated valuable experiences in the fight against diseases. More than 2000 years ago, they started summing it up in documents, which became the theory of traditional Chinese medicine. On the basis of these theories, TCM has continued to develop.”

Considered the grand master of TCM, Bien Chie made a very special contribution to its development. Living in the fourth century, Bien Chiedrew upon all he had learned from his predecessors and created a unique method of medical diagnosis based on four principle techniques. The first is wang, meaning observing. The second is wen, which is a bit more complex. The character for wen actually has two meanings with the same pronunciation, which in English translates into smelling or hearing and wen means inquiring.

The final technique is called chie meaning feeling. TCM physician Wu Yaoqing says that, “Since people show different complexions were different diseases, smelling or hearing makes a diagnosis by judging different smells or sounds of the sick. For example, the smell of vomit or the sound of your breath can tell what is wrong with your body. Inquiring is to talk with the patient about things like physical condition, reviews symptoms or previous health records. Feeling is used by checking your pulse.”

Internal medicine had been well-developed long before surgery. Since people believed their parents created their bodies, they didn’t have the right to damage them. As a result, TCM surgery practices developed very slowly. Perhaps, most famous of all early surgeons was Hua Tuo who lived in the second century. Hua Tuo was not only good that diagnosing and prescribing medicine or acupuncture, he also had a profound understanding of surgery.

The famous novel, “The Romance of the Three Kingdoms,” tells a grand tale of his superb medical skills. One of the heroes in the novel, Guan Yu, was wounded in his right arm by a poisoned arrow. The poisoned quickly seeped in. Soon Guan could no longer feel his arm and the hero’s life was in jeopardy. Hua Tuo made an incision. He cut all the way to Guan’s bone and scraped away the infection. Soon Guan Yu recovered from his injury.

Mr. Wu added, “There was a famous surgeon named Hua Tuo in the second century. It was said that he was capable of operating abdominal surgeries. Hua Tuo also used Ma feisan, kind of herbal medicine that functioned as an anesthetic.”

Acupuncture is another type of TCM with a long history in China. Nobody knows exactly when people began to use acupuncture to release pain. It was said that primitive men found that occasionally using something with a sharp point to stimulate somewhere on your body could help ease pain elsewhere. More than 1000 years ago, a famous man named Wang Wei Yi formalized the practice.

He made two bronze acupuncture figures for teaching and practicing. From that point on, the techniques has flourished into a modern form still widely practiced today. Even today, as Shanghai is rapidly modernizing, more and more people are attracted by TCM. Mr. Hoop is one of them. He likes acupuncture very much. Visiting TCM doctors is always part of his busy schedule.

Mr. Hoop says, “We find more and more that the combination of the two types of medicine is very helpful so we start understanding the advantages of Chinese medicine, in particular, acupressure and acupuncture, which is very popular in Europe. Since we’re now here for business in Shanghai, I thought we could take the opportunity to also visit a traditional Chinese pharmacy shop and also get some small treatment from a Chinese doctor,and have him analyze what is good and what is not so good with our body and health.”

Nowadays, people believe that the combination of Chinese and Western medicine is a good way to cure diseases, but Western medicine triggered a lot of different opinions in the medical field when it was introduced into China in the 19th century. According to Mr. Wu, “Some people firmly believed in Western medicine, which was unfortunate. Western medicine is subject and a science, as well. Some people approved of it and thus denied traditional Chinese medicine. We considered it as a kind of nihilism for the nation. Others had the view that we should combine both medicines, and that became widely accepted at the time.”

While the popularity of TCM continues to grow, we must keep in mind its historical tradition. First, we inherit it and then we may continue to develop the art of TCM. By combining both Chinese and Western medicine, we may just find more ways to help cure people’s physical problems.

12. April 2019 · Comments Off on Breathing Exercises To Quickly Release Tension In Your Body · Categories: Acupuncture

In this article, I’m going to show you a little technique that will allow you to bring your body’s energy system back into balance, help you get rid of any emotional or physical pain that may be stuck in your body and just help you be in a relaxed, calm state. Many of the techniques that I share with you are from Chinese medicine philosophy. It just feels that your Chi or life force, which is the reason we’re alive and is because of our energy system our meridian system, which is like a super highway that runs through our body, brings energy to every cell, tissue and organ, similar to our arteries and veins, which bring blood to every organ, cell and tissue in our body.

So, seeing as it’s our life force, we want to find a way to keep it balanced because when it gets stuck, that’s the time when we end up with disease and illness. This is a simple way to do it.

The way I am going to teach comes actually from an Eastern philosophy called Jin Qin Jitsu. What we’re going to do is we are going to place our hands underneath our armpits and our thumbs will be resting right next our arms. Our arms are underneath our body and thumbs are resting. We are going to relax our shoulders and our whole body is relaxed.

Next, were going to be doing 36 breaths. What does those 36 breaths mean? A lot of Eastern medicine philosophies will have numbers attached to them. It may be for the amount of breaths you take or the number of times you do something. The thought behind it I can’t explain in detail because I’m not really sure. All of them have a certain meaning and for this one,it’s 36 breaths. I just follow that. I’ve done it for a while and it works great. If 36 breaths seem too much for you to start with, you could just break it down three times a day and do, for example, maybe nine breaths four times in different times of the day.

Do whatever feels comfortable for you because this whole exercise is supposed to help you feel relaxed and calm. So, our hands are under our armpits, we are breathing into our nose and laying that breath out. Remember that when breathing in, we take that breath all the way in and all the way down to our belly. When you take that breath in, I want you to think about any pain or tension you may be feeling your body,including any emotional pain or discomfort, and acknowledge that, and just let that breath that you’re taking in just flow or cascade over those issues.

And on your exhale, just pretend that you’re letting all of that discomfort and pain go, everything that doesn’t belong in your body, free them. While you’re doing this, concentrate while you’re counting 36 so the 36 will be one breath in and one exhale out, and then the next breath in and exhale, that’s two; so breathing an inhale and an exhale will equal one breath.

The other thing I suggest is you do this with your eyes closed. Eventually, if you practice this every day, several times a week, your body will start getting into that calm relaxed state as soon as you sit down and even start the exercise. This is just basically a way of retraining your brain. We live in a really fast-paced stressful world and we need to find ways to bring our body’s energy system back into balance. This is a simple way to do it. I hope you give it a try.

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11. April 2019 · Comments Off on Chinese Dietary Therapy – What To Eat Everyday · Categories: Acupuncture · Tags:

How should you really be eating, according to traditional or classical Chinese medicine in Maitland? In this article, I want to introduce you not only the foundations of dietetics or the traditional Chinese medicine diet, but also the overall encompassing theory of how diet plays into the underlying Chinese medical theory.

There’s a little bit of background theory we need to go through to talk about how diet is approached in classical Chinese medicine. So the very first thing is that organs are associated with certain natures and flavors. What this means is, for example, the spleen and the stomach are on organ pair that are linked and associated with the flavor or taste of sweet.

The large and long intestine are an organ pair and they are associated with the taste of spicy or acrid. The bladder and the kidney are considered on organ pair and they are associated with salty flavor. The liver and gallbladder are on organ pair and they are associated with the sour taste. The heart and the small intestine are an organ pair and they are associated with the bitter taste.

Now what this means is that among ancient physicians, there was a relationship between certain organs and certain foods. For instance, with acrid or spicy and the lung, this might be like some hippy stuff but if you think about what happens when you eat some really spicy chilies, what’s the first thing that happens?

Well, first of all your nasal passages open up and mucus begins coming out of your nose and your throat and you start salivating and your lungs open up more. This is due to the spicy nature of that food. This is what the ancients observed regarding how food affects physical organs in the body.

The first concept is understanding the energetics of food. What this simply means is understanding the Chi and the flavor. So, the Chi is typically the temperature of the food and the flavor is the five flavors we just mentioned. So the Chi could be for instance, hot, warm, neutral, cool and the flavors are typically sweet, spicy, sour, bitter and salty.

Some instances of the Chi or the temperature are something that’s hot such as alcohol, ginger, chilies or peppers. Cool could be fruit juices, tomatoes and bananas. As far as meats go, warmer meats are beef and chicken and then grains, for example, are typically on the cooler side of the spectrum like barley, tofu and wheat.

So now, when we expand this a little bit and we associate certain foods and tastes with certain organ systems, this is what it’s going to look like:

Spleen – Stomach – Sweet

The spleen and the stomach are associated with sweet, which in Chinese medicine are associated with:


Lung – Large intestine – Spicy

The lung and large intestine are associated with acrid or spicy and associated with foods like:


Bladder – Kidney – Salt

The kidney the bladder are associated with salty foods like:


Liver – Gallbladder – Sour

The liver and gallbladder are associated with sour foods like:

Some cheeses

Heart – Small Intestine – Bitter

The heart and the small intestine are associated with bitter foods like:

Celery root
Some teas
Certain lettuces

So what does all these actually have to do with illness and with medicine? There are two really important concepts that it comes down to. When it comes to what to eat, based on your body, constitution, your preferences and if you really have an illness are not, the first habit is to balance flavor and nature inside your own body based on what your body currently needs.

So let’s say, for example, you have heat symptoms in your body. You always run hot, your face gets flushed easily, you perspire easily.The foundational principle is to avoid eating too much hot and spicy food. Pretty obvious, right? If you’re already that hot, you probably don’t even crave eating spicy foods to begin with. But, you can also include the addition of more cooling foods such as cucumber, fruits, grains and a whole list of cooling foods.

The second habit is to basically eat in certain ways that are associated with the health of the organ that may be out of balance. Again, this is not the source really something that would show up on a biomedical blood test or an exam from your physician, this is a Chinese medical diagnosis. For example, some people have a condition known as Spleen Qi deficiency.

They show symptoms of bloating, constipation or even loose stools, paleness or have low energy making them sick and tired sometimes. This would be a dietary approach for someone with Spleen Qi deficiency. And some of the key habits fluid would be:

• Avoiding large meals – avoiding having larger meals because that by itself puts more stress on the digestive system.

• Avoiding too much sweet meals – people with Spleen Qi deficiency need to avoid the overall flavor of excessive sweet, sugar and sweet things because if you have a week spleen, your body is already having a hard time digesting those sweet foods.

• Avoiding cooling foods – avoiding too many cooling foods because again, your digestion overall, prefers warmth and more so in the case of a Spleen Qi deficient person.

• Avoiding dairy – dairy is considered cold and damp. Cold is bad for the spleen especially if there is already weakness, which in this case, is a person having a weak spleen. In addition, dampness is associated with phlegm and eating a whole bunch yogurt will result in excessive production of saliva and mucus, which is bad for a person with an already weak spleen.

• Eat more meat and fish – these foods are more warming.

• Eat more warming vegetables – these include warming teas and warming spices and flavors.

All these are considered a constitutional approach to wellness: the overall management as well as your unique constitution, they are specific processes and recommendations you should follow in addition to medical treatment.