Characterized by hyperglycemia, Diabetes Mellitus is a syndrome caused by faulty or ineffective secretion of insulin by the body. Diabetes can lead to several complications such as nephropathy, retinopathy, peripheral arterial and atherosclerotic coronary disease as well as autonomic and peripheral neuropathies. Diabetes can be divided into two types: (Insulin Dependent) and Non insulin dependent (NIDDM).
Diabetes is known as Xiao Ke in Tarzana Traditional Chinese Medicine or TCM which believes that three important organs are responsible for this disease. They are the kidney, abdomen, and lungs. TCM has classified the three patterns or types of diabetes based on the symptomatic manifestations of the patient through diagnostic tongue and pulse examinations.
From a TCM standpoint, what exactly causes diabetes?
According to TCM, people who live a sedentary and unhealthy lifestyle and frequently consume greasy and/or sweet foods are at risk of developing diabetes. This lifestyle and dietary habit easily exhausts and obstructs the energy of the body. Stagnation occurs once the energy of the body becomes obstructed eventually leading to a buildup of toxic heat. The toxic heat will eventually use up all the fluids of the vital organ causing organ disharmony and dysfunction. The kidney, spleen, and lung organs haven’t been in harmony for a long time before diabetes sets in the body.
In preventing or treating diabetes, the first step in TCM is to begin practicing a form of Chinese nutritional therapy called Yao Shan and exercise on a regular basis. Recent studies show that during muscle exercise, our muscles distribute blood glucose to the cells to reduce the level of blood sugar without using insulin. This is why exercise is so vital in helping regulate blood sugar and in preventing diabetes. The improved blood flow helps and prevents the acceleration of neuropathy and other degenerating conditions.
In Chinese nutritional therapy, there are several ways to prevent or treat/cure diabetes.
If you’re confirmed of suffering from diabetes:
1. Eat lots of leafy green vegetables.
2. Eat lots of multi-whole grains such as barley, corn, black or brown, and buckwheat and try to stay away from processed carbohydrates.
3. As a rule, patients with diabetes ought to avoid spicy hot food that damage more yin body fluid. They also need to stay away from greasy and sweet foods and refrain from drinking alcohol. They should more bland food instead. According to TCM, smoking can damage even more lung yin fluid which can exacerbate the symptoms of diabetes.
4. Regular drinking of green tea can also help stave off diabetes. Make sure though that you don’t drink highly concentrated or too strong green tea, the consequence of which is the impairment of calcium absorption by your body. Some foods can help lower blood sugar. These are onion, bitter melon, kelp, shitake mushroom, bean sprout, white and black mushroom, bamboo, seaweed, and seafood.
5. Reduce consumption of fresh sweet fruits as they carry a high amount of sugar.
While TCM divides diabetes into three types based on their clinical symptoms, the human body in turn has three primary organ patterns based on the affected imbalanced organ; therefore, nutritional therapy should be directed toward the organ involved.
I. Pattern of Abdominal Heat Type of Diabetes
Scientifically, in this form of diabetes, the main symptom of the person is a savage appetite and extreme constant hunger. He may suffer from weight loss, experience constant thirst and frequently feel constipated and urinating. He may also suffer from blurred vision, dizziness and tinnitus. The objective of Chinese nutritional therapy is to expel heat in the abdominal organ.
Tofu Soup, Tomato and Fish:
250 g Tofu (slice into pieces)
250g Tomatoes (slice into pieces)
250g Fish meat (cover with wet starch and slice into pieces)
One stalk green onions and slice into tiny pieces
How to Cook: First use water to boil the tofu. Then a couple of minutes after, place all the tomatoes into the boiling soup. Then afterwards, throw in to the soup the fish coated with starch into soup until the fish is cooked. Finally, throw in the spices and green onions for flavor.
Eat the soup along with your meal.
II. Deficient Kidney and Liver yin pattern
This form of diabetes presents itself with the primary complaint of excess and frequent urination coupled with lingering illness. The urine may appear milky in color, look turbid, or smell sweet. Majority of patients may suffer from bilateral knee weakness (weakness in the two knees) and lower back soreness. Some patients may show other symptoms and signs like dry lips, itchy and dry skin, tinnitus, and dizziness.
Water chestnut carrot, soup:
250g Water chest nut, slice to half
250g Carrot, cut into square
500g Lean pork sliced into small cubes
How to Cook: place all the ingredients in a cerement pot along with water. Cook for hours at low temperature after first bringing to boil. Include the desired species before serving.
Eat as soup once a day. Take it warm.
III. Damaged body fluid with Lung Heat pattern
The major complaint of this pattern of disharmony is extreme thirst and after drinking a lot of water, the patient will still have a dry mouth and throat with pain or sensitivity in the throat. Signs and symptoms are dry stool and yellow urine. The tongue will appear red and have a light yellow fur due to excess heat in the organ.
Rice Mung Bean Soup
20g Mung bean
One dried or fresh Lotus leaf
How to Cook: to make rice soup, cook the mung bean and rice in water, and add then add the lotus leaf as a cover and lid. Cover the soup while cooking. Eat with your meal
Soy Bean Milk Soup:
20g spring rice
150ml Soy bean milk
How to Cook: First cook all the rice in water until it becomes soft. Afterwards include the soy bean milk into the water. Do not add sugar. Add another two minutes of cooking until the dish appears starchy.
Eat the soup with meal or for breakfast.
Mussel Soup with Bitter Melon:
100g Fresh mussel
250g Bitter melon (Remove seeds and slice into pieces)
To eliminate the muddy taste, dip fresh mussels in fresh water for a couple of days
How to Cook: To make soup, cook all ingredients in water. Then before serving, few drops sesame seed oil and a pinch of salt.
Eat with meal.
An amazing therapy to combine with acupuncture, the ancient medical treatment of moxibustion can be used for a broad range of ailments and illnesses. The Chinese character for acupuncture is actually Shen Jiu, which literally means needle-moxibustion. Without moxibustion, acupuncture treatment is like playing a piano with one hand. Unfortunately, most acupuncture clinics in the States no longer utilize moxibustion due to new regulations in buildings related to the issue of ventilation. Moxibustion with acupuncture is absolutely necessary whenever you need to exponentially boost your treatment.
Sometimes, a smokeless type of moxa is used by practitioners in their therapy. Moxa is made from Chinese mugwort or Artemisiae Argyi, a compressed type of herb. A moxa stick will be used on specific acupuncture points (the burning stick does not touch your skin). This technique is referred to as indirect Moxa as there are procedures in which the practitioner puts the moxa directly on the skin surface. Indirect moxibustion is considered the safest moxibustion technique.
In acupuncture moxibustion therapy, the smoldering moxa generates heat around the area where the needle has been inserted. The needle distributes the heat into the deeper tissues and the surrounding skin surface gets a boost in blood circulation as it brings about a localized, slow vasodilation reaction. The warmth the therapy generates is extremely relaxing and offers a comforting and soothing sensation that patients say is extremely relaxing. There are patients who feel the heat pleasantly radiating to other parts of their body’s freeing obstructed energies.
Moxibustion gives off a peculiar type of heat. The heat gives off infrared energy with short waves that can go through even deeper into the body. This stimulates the selected acupuncture points and disseminates messages to the brain of the patient brain to further gain entry to the several different self-healing processes of their bodies enabling an appropriate indirect moxibustion procedure to be experienced.
Moxibustion is so soothing that many patients can’t help but fall asleep on the acupuncture table.
We need to understand why some patients suffer a lot from a respiratory condition is because their practitioners simply do not use moxibustion to treat them.
Blue Mountain Acupuncture
2200 Melrose St Suite 9
Walla Walla, WA 99362
Phone: (509) 876-4597
In Feng Shui, the master of your body is your liver. It has similar requirements as your surroundings and will work well if those are met. Since it oscillates, your liver tends to be in a state of flow, it likes cool, and prefers a lot of space. It is your body’s control tower that directs traffic to and fro a couple of blood vessels, the portal vein (hepatic portal vein) and the hepatic artery which brings oxygen-infused blood from the heart. The liver contracts and expands by 40 percent every 24 hour period within the boundaries of our circadian rhythm. It’s a very busy organ that carries out functions second only to the brain. Age-old cultures such as the Greeks and Mesopotamians were aware of the importance of the liver. In fact, the English called Queen Elizabeth I the liver of the state rather than the head of the state.
Traditional Chinese Medicine provides important information on the elements through the practice of Feng shui in order to produce positive chi. By way of its various talents and intrepidity, the liver is in control of the body. Traditional Chinese Medicine or TCM associates the liver with the element of wood and makes the eyes the introspective doors of the body. We’re aware that this element is suited to everything that develops in nature, and the liver is the only organ that re-grows and regenerates itself when cut in half. Wood has introspective attributes that are focused on futuristic projects and decision-making. According to New York Times reporter Natalie Angier, “the liver plays the role of a military commander who is a master of military planning,” and since it requires foresight and vision to plan and decide, it’s only right that the liver is correlated and connected to our organ of vision, our eyes.”
If you have a Wood personality, you may want your liver to be always working although you may temper it with moderation since you would not want to overload it with too much work and too many toxic substances since this can eventually lead to sclerosis and liver failure. It is actually a good idea to nourish your liver with helpful tips from our depository of feng shui knowledge:
1. Since water feeds wood, place a fountain in a proper area.
2. If required, include wind chimes, air cleaning plants, and aromatic scents such as eucalyptus or geranium.
3. With your bagua in hand, examine your layout and search for areas associated with the wood element.
4. Studies indicate that the liver may take a reactive and also a proactive role as in the control of food choice and appetite. Hence, it is wise to eat vegetables in your next meal. Prepare a cancer-preventing green soup or make yourself a green smoothie.
5. If we allow ourselves to pay attention to the soft subtle whispers of our liver, it may guide us to the right dietary choices.
6. Being the commander in chief in the circulation of blood, our liver monitors the moment to moment energy demands of our body and provides nutrients to areas that require nourishment.
7. Make it a point to observe whether chi smoothly circulates throughout your area and keep in mind that the state of flow of your mind, body, and surroundings is responsible for healthy immune responses and circulation on a cellular level. Tune in your mind/ body to your environment.
8. Check for balance! If your there is too much or too little wood-related aromas, sounds, colors or shapes, then they try to properly balance what is little and what is too much.
9. Add a fanciful gem turquoise stone in your jewelry.
10. In Feng Shui, turquoise is a color that can enhance your immunity. Therefore, wear a lush combo blue for water and green for wood.
11. Bear in mind that your liver is the drug manufacturer of the enzymes, hormones, immune molecules, clotting factors, and blood chemistry in your body. Provide your liver with a toxin-free, clean and healthy environment.
12. Finally, if you need more advice in generating space for your, liver consult with a feng shui expert.
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18455 Burbank Blvd #306
Tarzana, CA 91356