20. November 2019 · Comments Off on Qigong Can Dramatically Change Your Life In A Good Way · Categories: chinese medicine · Tags:

Qigong is a branch of Traditional Chinese Medication and is used as a form of therapeutic and preventive health care. Qi is known as the life force of the body that helps maintain and strengthen life. Qigong physically trains a person to exercise and control his energy for his own good and if he becomes an expert qigong practitioner, he can even manipulate his qi to treat others.

Qigong is based on Taoist philosophy and has two forms called “hard” and “soft” qigong. One example of hard qigong is the very popular Shaolin kungfu. Tai chi is an example of “Soft” qigong, which also known as inner qigong.

Medical qigong is another aspect of qigong that involves meditation combined with exercises. The objective of qi exercises is to bring the practitioner to a state of meditation. Anxiety and despair are driven away during meditation. Great confidence combined with healthy thinking is affirmed. Focus is readily attained. This exercise will lead to the person gaining control of his body which then results in good feelings about his or her life. In turn, the flow of qi and blood will increase in his body.

Exercise is vital for patients and any age group who desire to attain good health and a peaceful mind. Qigong is very effective in the treatment of physical and mental stress. It allows people to gain increased amounts of stamina and energy, and helps slow down the aging process. However, it won’t work in medical emergencies and in the treatment of acute illness. It is however, effective in treating or preventing chronic disease, disabilities, and conditions.

The first World Conference for Qigong Medical Research was held Beijing, China in 1988. This was later followed by a series of conferences held in New York City, Berkeley, and Tokyo. This was the time when medical researchers, physiologists, and psychologists began to study qigong as an alternative form of treatment for health problems. To promote qigong exercise to other people, several qigong organizations have been established outside of China.

Qigong bolsters the mechanisms that help improve bowel movement, relieve stress, and the delivery of oxygen to the cells. Chinese physicians have utilized qigong in their clinics and hospitals to address the suffering of individuals from a range of ailments. These include arthritis, allergies, bowel problems, asthma, diabetes, constipation, gout, gastritis, heart disease, headaches and high blood pressure. The list is quite extensive and include among others liver disease, chronic kidney disease, myopia, lower back pain, neurasthenia, obesity, retinopathy, paralysis caused by external injury, sciatic neuralgia, rheumatism, stress, sleeplessness, peripheral vascular disease and ulcers.

Qigong is now used to treat cancer symptoms and eliminate or alleviate the side effects of chemotherapy and radiotherapy. It works well in the treatment of cerebral palsy, aphasia, Parkinson disease multiple sclerosis, and post-stroke syndrome as well in the treatment of all sorts of chronic disorders of the respiratory, digestive, nervous and cardiovascular systems and of chronic pain.

This ancient healing art can practically help combat any type of illness. It helps strengthen patients’ inner energy thereby increasing their chance to survive from many illnesses, which Western physicians may deem untreatable.

But as with any other therapy, qigong needs to be trained and learned under the supervision of a licensed Chinese medical physician. Beginners require help from a qigong practitioner or doctor who are willing to offer proper guidance and advice. Qigong requires persistence and discipline to attain desired results.

Ni Nan Gilbert is a licensed acupuncturist in Bellmore, NY with certification in Chinese Herbology and over 16 years experience in traditional Chinese medicine.

20. November 2019 · Comments Off on How Cranio-Sacral Therapy Can Treat Tinnitus · Categories: Uncategorized · Tags: ,

An extremely draining condition that can cause people to live a torturous life, tinnitus is a problem that involves perceived ringing sounds in the ear of person. This condition is especially common in the work environment of Western societies – repetitive mechanical noises in factories, personal music machines, background machines, loud concerts and other typical cultural leisure pursuits, tend to bring about hearing problems.

Some cases of tinnitus are so severe that patients can become suicidal. Their doctors offered them little hope of recovery since, more often than not, they have no real treatment to offer. Fortunately, though, some of these people have experienced relief and even complete cure of their tinnitus by practicing regular Cranio-sacral therapy as well as relaxation exercises.

For tinnitus sufferers, alternative medicine can offer you hope, even if your doctors don’t think so!

Physicians believe that when a person identified with tinnitus has no choice but to live with the noise, they obviously have not seen what other therapies can do against this condition. There are a lot of cases in which people have been successfully treated and healed for tinnitus using the enduring and gentle effects of Cranio-sacral therapy. Based on our experience, CranioSacral therapy is an ideal modality that can help resolve the underlying root of tinnitus.

When doctors or practitioners have helped patients who are suicidal go back to living a normal life again without any of the symptoms caused by tinnitus, they know that there are doing something worthwhile. The sad thing is that there are not enough doctors who are willing and prepared to know and learn the art of Craniosacral therapy which can help resolve a condition that they have almost no power to cure.

What is Tinnitus?

A person with tinnitus suffers from a condition affecting the ears causing him to hear a ringing sound inside his ears or head when there is no actual sound to be heard.

For several tinnitus sufferers, there is no physical cause or problem that can be affiliated with the problem, although in some instances, tinnitus has been known to bring about the use of oral painkillers such as aspirin, foreign objects in the ear, or ear infections. Depending on the magnitude of the condition, tinnitus can lead to an extreme poor quality of life in many of its sufferers, a reduction of daily activity, disruption of quiet working times, and a reduction in their ability to sleep at night.

Tinnitus can also be directly caused by someone exposing himself to extremely loud noise such as a loud music concert or work machinery.

A clinical study done in 1953 observed 80 people without tinnitus who were taken and placed separately in a quiet room. After the end of the experiment, almost all of them, (over 90 percent) reported some symptoms of tinnitus. Researchers concluded that this ear condition can be due to the body intensifying its sense to the surrounding noise as well as instances where the signs and symptoms arise due to inordinately loud noise.

Treatment of Tinnitus through Cranial Sacral Therapy

By means of CranioSacral Therapy, both the causes and symptom of tinnitus can be cured or treated. Tinnitus is occasionally directly caused by an issue with the ear bone; in other occasions, it can be caused by pressure when the ear bone meets with the mandible (jaw bone). It may also be possible that the other bones that connect to the ear bone may lead to problems in the ear if constraints develop between the two bones.

In all these instances, CranioSacral therapy can be an ideal mode of treatment to eliminate or lessen the noise heard by the patient. The mild procedures will displace the built-up tensions surrounding the ear bone and enable the ear to function well.

There are also cases in which tinnitus is the result of the effects of an emotional, mental, or physical traumatic experience, such as a sudden incident in your life, a dangerous accident, fall, or auto crash. In cases when an individual’s ‘fight or flight’ reaction to life threatening situations becomes triggered and the nervous system is brought to a maximum state of alert – this may involve the ears becoming extremely sensitive to sound in order to safeguard the person from a dangerous situation or from attackers. For a lot of people, when the perceived danger disappears, so too will the reaction of the nervous system and the maximum sensitivity. But, some people may not be able to calm themselves down and so they remain on high alert even though the perceived danger has gone. In some of these people, ringing in the ears and tinnitus develop since their ears remain extremely sensitive to the sounds they are hearing.

During a session of CranioSacral treatment, the nervous system and body are told to relax and go back to a normal degree of sensitivity, which, in turn, heals and decreases the tinnitus symptoms felt by the client.

In a country like Palestine that is besieged by vicious enemies on a daily basis, there are a wide variety of reasons people suffer from this condition. A great number of Palestinians are exposed to midnight sirens and other loud noises coming from Israeli soldiers and machine gun fire and even missiles coming from Israeli planes that strafe Palestinian home and buildings for no reason at all, is a primary cause of tinnitus. In addition, life in Palestine has caused an overwhelming number of Palestinians to live short and traumatic lives during the many massacres done by Israelis to the Palestinians. Living in an open air prison that has taken rocket or mortar on a daily basis – more so in instances where missiles have destroyed homes and residences while people are still in them, which is a heinous war crime – results in an even higher risk of people developing tinnitus. This, plus the extraneous and sundry reasons that cause tinnitus to arise in people make life in Palestine extremely stressful and tense. Due to the everyday fear that their life or the life of their loved ones may be abruptly cut by an Israeli bullet and the world will never hear about it because of the control of the mass media by Zionists can all be potentially causes of tinnitus developing in many of these heroic and brave people.

What to expect from CranioSacral treatment for Tinnitus

When they come in for treatment, tinnitus sufferers will be interviewed and examined by the practitioner/therapist. The treatment often yields results after four to six sessions in the disorder of many Palestinians who have come for treatment. These positive outcomes include attainment of quiet for entire days or at least, a few hours a day; a sensation of a less invasive sound; a decrease in the ringing or loudness of the sound; and a change in the sound heard in the ears. The symptoms and causes of the tinnitus can be completely cured through regular and constant treatment.

Within four to six sessions, there is a meaningful betterment of the condition in a lot of tinnitus cases. This may involve the reduction of the pressure or invasiveness of the ringing, so much so that the noise or sound is far less severe inside the head or ear; a decrease in the intensity of the sounds heard without an alteration in the kind of ringing heard by the patient; and a decrease of the hissing or ringing perceived in the head or ear.

For complete normal hearing to come back, the number of treatments may typically require between 10 and 15 sessions, although in certain instances, therapy may for between six months to a year may be required based on the magnitude of the problem, how the patient responds to CranioSacral therapy, the age of the patient, and how long the symptoms have lasted.

Some patients believe that weekly therapies are too much; to address this issue, therapists can be separated at longer intervals, despite the fact this may also imply that the condition may take longer to be healed.

Also, some of my patients have decided that once they attain a state where the disruption of the ringing and sound has been lowered to levels that they can tolerate, they halt the therapy even while they still have to deal with ringing sound inside their head or ears.

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. November 2019 · Comments Off on Qigong, Tai Chi And Abdominal Breathing · Categories: Uncategorized · Tags: ,

Do you swim? Do you sing? Maybe, you do swim or sing or you do both. But what does this have to do with Tai Chi?

Well, let’s examine them one at a time…

Swimming

If you know how to swim, you surely know how to float and you need to breathe deeply whenever you submerge yourself under water and you breathe with your stomach.

Being able to float and breathing through your stomach are some of the first things that your swimming instructor would have taught you.

Sure there are people who know how to swim who don’t breathe into their stomach. They still can swim though, but probably with a bit more effort.

Singing

For a lot of people, singing is purely for entertainment and fun. But if your parents or you hire a teacher so that you can sing like a nightingale, you’ll be taught the proper way of projecting your voice and to breathe properly using your diaphragm or stomach.

This is the way you can increase the strength, power, and versatility into your singing. The muscles in your stomach are stronger than the muscles in your throat. Hence, by breathing through your stomach, you’ll have better vocal control and be able to ‘throw out’ or ‘project’ your voice.

Connecting these two to Qigong & Tai Chi

There’s one thing in common that Qigong, martial art, yoga, and meditation have with Tai Chi: All these practices focus on your breathing, and once again – they instruct you to breathe with your stomach.

Breathing with your stomach is called abdominal breathing.

Actually, one can perform Tai Chi or any passive exercise without worrying about how they breathe. But what they’re doing is depriving themselves of the maximum benefits that they can gain from practicing these exercises.

Qigong and Tai Chi are basically the same. Qi translates to energy or air in English … and air here pertains to your breathing. Therefore, the key to all these practices is abdominal breathing or simply the proper way to breathe.

So the common denominator to swimming, singing, and Tai Chi is abdominal breathing in order to derive the greatest benefits and effects.

But what does abdominal breathing has to do with me if I don’t swim, sing or practice Tai Chi?

Well, if you want to be healthy, stay healthy, increase your health, and live a healthy life, breathing through your stomach can help you inhale more oxygen into your blood increasing the amount of energy and oxygen to your cells which in turn makes your body stronger and healthier.

In Qigong and tai chi, the most important aspect of these practices is your breathing, abdominal breathing to be exact.

In other words, if you practice Qigong or Tai Chi, you’ll merely get the least benefits without breathing properly.

As mentioned a short while ago, breathing through your stomach can help you inhale more oxygen into your blood increasing the amount of energy and oxygen to your cells. And you’ll achieve this even without performing Qigong or Tai Chi although you’ll get a wider range of health benefits if you practice these two relaxing exercises.

It’s not too late to adjust your breathing pattern. You can do it anytime and still reap the benefits of proper breathing.

Abdominal breathing will help you stay as healthy as possible although we would recommend also doing Qigong or Tai Chi for even greater benefits.

It will be easy to concentrate, focus, and be alert at all times by simply performing abdominal breathing.

Heather Shultz is a licensed acupuncturist in Marlton, NJ with advanced training in modern acupuncture techniques and traditional Asian therapies.

07. November 2019 · Comments Off on Cloud Hands Tai Chi · Categories: Uncategorized · Tags:

Cloud Hands is a traditional tai chi form which moves from right to left as the arms circle and the feet step. Named after the Yang family who created it, the popular version is derived from the Yang Form Tai Chi. In this form, next to the left foot, the right foot steps as the person turns his arms around and passes across his body an imaginary ball from his left side to the right side through the shifting of his bodyweight. His left foot then laterally steps out while his arms are turned around the ball and his body swings to the left once more.

Although the Yang form merely completes three sets of Cloud Hands movements all at once, instructors often utilize this posture over and over to teach students its applications to martial art, or to assist them into a state of Tai Chi. Warding off energy (“Peng” structure) is to be kept all through the movements, and can be easily lost the instant a student starts to move.

A stiff or aching low back is a sign that you’ve lost peng and structure. This occurs when there is movement in your pelvis and hips and when you step sideways, shift weight, and turn your torso. The best way to address this problem is to re-tuck the pelvis gently with every movement. These tiny corrections are like the corrections an airplane or a rocket makes to stay on course.

Relaxing the ribcage completely is one other thing a student should do. This combining of – tension lessening off the chest (hanxiong) and elimination of unneeded tension (song) will bring the ribs, shoulders, and chest into a balance-fortifying but relaxed structure. Any excess tension in your feet and into the ground will be released through your back.

Relaxing your ribcage and re-tucking your pelvis is simple and should be done in a natural manner. All the benefits will be lost if a student slouches the thorax or over-tucks his pelvis. But if he mindfully releases excess tension and aligns with gravity, Cloud Hands can grant him a durable and solid physique and relieve any pain.

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