30. March 2020 · Comments Off on Four Diagnostic Methods Of TCM · Categories: Acupuncture, chinese medicine · Tags:

Wang, Wen, Wen, Qie. In TCM, this means looking, listening, asking and feeling the pulse. These are the four methods a TCM doctor uses to determine a patient’s illness. Seems too simple to be true!

Dr. Wan Guowei is vice president of Beijing hospital of TCM. We ask him why TCM doctors use the four methods of diagnosis to determine illnesses. Dr. Guowei says, “observing a patient’s appearance could help TCM doctors discover the pattern and development of his illness. Does he have bright eyes? Does he have healthy skin or damaged skin?” The first diagnosis technique is Wang, or inspection in English. I asked them if you can really determine a patient’s illness by just observing his appearance? Guowei replied, “inspection contains four aspects: Spirit, complexion, physical conditions, and actions.”

Traditional Chinese medicine in Fort Lauderdale believes that the five sense organs of the face are reflections of the five major inner organs. The eyes reflect the diverse health; the nose reflects the lungs; lips reflect the spleen; ears the kidneys and the tongue the heart. Thus, a doctor can tell just by looking at the face if there is any health problem internally.

To see if the TCM specialist really can tell the quality of a person’s health just by looking at their face, I have brought some photos of some willing participants and I’ll let Dr. Guowei analyze the faces in the photos. Dr. Guowei first selected the photo of a man wearing eyeglasses. He looked at the photo and said, “this gentleman looks healthy, generally speaking.” Next, he looked at the photos of two children. He remarked, “as for these two children, they both have good figures. One girl sits straight, which indicates a healthy skeleton growth. And for this boy, you could see he looks tired. Clearly, he has been exhausted lately.” He looked at the last photo of a woman and said, “for this woman, her makeup is confusing because, when she goes to see a TCM doctor, she should wear no makeup.”

I asked Dr. Guowei what does “Wen” mean? He answered, “wen, or auscultation and olfaction in English, includes two aspects. First, TCM doctors will listen to the patient’s voice. If the patient suffers from poor digestion, or has been mentally ill, leading to bad breath, this is a manifestation of illness.”

I asked when is “Wen” about asking questions? He answered, “speaking of Wen, or inquiry in English, it’s more likely to show the doctor’s humanistic concerns. During the chat, you might feel relaxed as if you’re not seeing a doctor.”

My last question is about taking the pulse. I told him that since I used to be a lifeguard, I only feel the pulse to see whether a person is alive or not. So why does a TCM doctor take the pulse? Guowei replied, “pulse-taking is the essence of TCM as well as a distinguishing feature of TCM. For example, when feeling the pulse of a woman, the doctor may determine whether she’s pregnant or not and for how long.”

He added, “one example of a pulse examination is the Cun pulse. Cun, Guan, and Chi, three acupoints on the wrist, where the pulse is usually taken, are placed on the wrist from the outside to the inside. That is to say, they represent different organs, namely the heart, liver and kidney. Pulses on the right-hand represent lung, spleen and vital gate. Guess what is the most important part in the four methods of diagnosis? Check the coating on the tongue. In terms of tongue, TCM doctors regard it as a natural gastroscope.”

I asked if he could examine my tongue. He agreed. After observing, he commented “examining your tongue and pulse, I think you have heart-spleen deficiency. I guess you are really tired recently, and you should take some rest. You’ll be able recover after a good rest, you may not have any illness. The four methods of diagnosis come from daily life, and practice. Having accumulated experience for the past 2000 years, we have found that every detail in life will bring about a disease diagnosis. It is capturing the tiny changes of people that is the magic of traditional Chinese medicine.”

The four methods of diagnosis of traditional Chinese medicine is a direct, fast, convenient holistic approach to understanding a person’s individual situation even before symptoms present themselves, thus being able to bring the body back into good health without having to fight serious illness.

23. March 2020 · Comments Off on What Does Qi Gong Mean? · Categories: Acupuncture, chinese medicine · Tags:

Qi Gong’s or Chi Kung’s history can be traced back to ancient China 5,000 years ago. During that time, emperors were not contented on being called emperor.  They had a knack of giving themselves another lofty title that often included anything pertaining to the heavens. Some emperors gave themselves the title “Son of the Sky” (this was used to fool the common folks since “Sky” during those times in China was often associated with “God.”) This was done deliberately to make the people believe that the emperors were selected by Divine Providence to rule over them. Of course, since most of the people there at that time were uneducated, they listened and obeyed their ruler who over time wanted more privilege, wealth, position, and power so much so that their ultimate quest turned to the attainment of immortality.

Chinese history has shown that the Chinese emperors were hard to please. There were two groups of people who were assigned to research for a way to become immortal. The first group decided that medicine was the key to immortal life and so they ended up accidentally killing 11 emperors due to wrong prescription of a drug they called “Immortality Medicine.” The other group concluded that the best way to prolong life is actually hidden within our bodies the whole time, which can be activated through a series of techniques. Their job was to sell these techniques to the emperor which was sometimes successful and sometimes not. Today, people practicing these techniques tend to live longer lives although immortality is out of the question, which is okay for most people since hardly anyone I know really wants to live forever. This series of exercises is known as Qi Gong.

What is Qi Gong?

Qi Gong is a term made up of two words. Qi or Chi is the life energy of your body and Gong is roughly synonymous with movement. In Japan, Chi is called “Ki.” In India, it is known as Prana. In Europe, it is called Aura, and in the Philippines, it is called “Mana.” People throughout the world sensed that there was something mysterious they couldn’t see smell or touch, but nevertheless, affected their lives in a very profound way.

In some Qi Gong books, everything pertaining to Qi Gong is oftentimes discussed from the viewpoint of a lay person and not a scientist. This is to make the book easily understandable and easy to read. The difficult, abstract, and fancy Chinese terminologies are oftentimes omitted. There’s a term that’s more significant to the Western World when describing Chi. This term is called “bio-electricity.” Being conductors of electricity, our bodies are conduits, which can carry and distribute the flow of electricity from our body to other external objects. Eels know how to generate electricity, and our bodies do as well. However, why we don’t feel it. This is because the electricity that we generate is too weak to be felt.

But in certain circumstances, we may be able to feel this bioelectricity. There are some books that can teach you how to properly practice Qi Gong so that you can feel this bio-electricity flowing through your body that builds up to become stronger and stronger, till it finally flows along the energy channels led and driven by your “Intent.”

Thrive Wellness Center
2499 Glades Rd #305a
Boca Raton, FL 33431
Phone: (561) 416-4391

23. March 2020 · Comments Off on Five Element Qigong · Categories: Acupuncture, chinese medicine · Tags:

A therapeutic form of exercises emanating from the Taoist philosophy of theFive Elements, Five Element qigong is a unique form of healing especially designed for professional holistic therapists, Chinese Medicine practitioners (like acupuncturists vancouver), healers, somatic-based psychotherapists, and bodyworkers who directly work with patients. The movements can be learned by both the patient and practitioner and is used as part of a treatment plan, or recommended as “homework” for the patient to boost his or her healing processes on a spiritual and physical level. Certain qualifications are considered to see if a practitioner is eligible to practice medical qigong within their clinical discipline.

Pronounced “chee gung,” qigong is a set of simple energetic practices, massages, and tai chi-style movements that can help improve the balance and flow of energy of the body. Rather than using a continuous progression from one position to the next, as happens in tai chi, the movements in qigong are discrete and simple, often trimmed down to a stationary meditative pose or a repetitive pattern.

When one practices five-element qigong regularly, with mindful awareness and conscious breathing, it can stimulate the body’s innate healing powers of the body and promote the smooth flow of energy all across the body. Because of its regenerative qualities, qigong combined with health maintenance practices can be especially valuable for people suffering from spiritual/emotional imbalances, energy blockages, injuries, or severe or minor illnesses. The basic distinct movements are quite easy to learn and perform and with a modest investment of time, can provide a person with additional and incredible holistic benefits.

17. March 2020 · Comments Off on Studies Prove The Healing Effects Of 5-Element Music Therapy · Categories: Acupuncture, chinese medicine · Tags:

The language of music is a very powerful tool that on so many levels has the power to heal and destroy. After a tiring and long day, do you ever get exhausted or depressed? Perhaps, you become highly stressed or anxious while stuck in traffic as you go to work or go home after work. Due to music’s instant impact on the emotions, it has long been used to relieve depression and stress. Since ancient times, music and sound have been used by traditional Chinese medicine practitioners in order to exploit its healing powers. Over time, it developed into an art form known as 5-element music therapy.

Music naturally stimulates the production and release of the body’s own “feel good” neurotransmitters in the body called endorphins. It is not surprising that music is often integrated into different rehabilitation programs all over the globe. The healing power of 5-element music has demonstrated to uplift the quality of life of cancer patients.

Medical studies have validated that 5-element music therapy positively affects people suffering from chronic fatigue syndrome, seasonal affective disorder, and depression.

What Is 5-Element Music Therapy?

The Nei Jing, (The medicine classic of the Yellow Emperor), written over 2,200 years ago, was the first document to mention music as a form of therapy. The healing power of music is a major component of traditional Chinese medicine. Its role within TCM is directly associated with the 5-element principle.

This principle is a way to describe the process of change within the bodily systems. This process is represented in the 5 elements of nature: water, metal, wood, fire, and earth. Each element is connected to various aspects, which include emotion, climate, time of day, season, taste, internal organ, and a musical note.

In Chinese classical music, there are only 5 sounds/notes that correspond to a specific element. These sounds include gong, shi, jiao, yu, and zhang. They are traditionally played on Chinese classical musical instruments that include the flute, zither, drum, and gong. Playing 5-element music has shown to lead to a variety of amazing healing benefits.

Here is a brief summary of 5-element therapy, including the Chinese musical sounds/notes and their health benefits.

  1. Water

Water is associated with fear, winter, cold, and black and the energetic organs of the kidney and bladder. In Western music, it is equal to the A note and makes a ‘la’ sound. In Chinese 5-element music theory, water affiliates with the ‘yu’ sound and this sound has the power to lessen lung fire, protect kidney essence, and nourish the kidneys.

  • Metal

Metal associates with emotion of grief, the season of autumn, the quality of dryness, the color white and the musical sound of zhang. The zhang note corresponds with the ‘D’ note of Western music and produces a ‘re’ tone. The zhang note nourishes and protects the lungs and large intestine.

  • Fire

In general, fire is related to joy, summer, heat, the color white, and the ‘shi’ sound (corresponds to the ‘G’ note). Shi creates a “so” musical sound and nourishes the small intestine and heart.

  • Earth

The Earth element associates with pensiveness, late summer, dampness, yellow, and the ‘gong’ sound. This sound or note corresponds to the ‘C’ note in Western musical notation. Gong generates a “do” sound and help strengthen the abdomen and spleen.

  • Wood

Wood affiliates with anger, springtime, wind, blue and green, and the ‘Jiao’ sound, which influences the gallbladder and liver. In Western musical notation, Jiao corresponds to the “E” note, and it generates a ‘mi’ sound. The Jiao note promotes smooth chi flow and treats depression.

Four Benefits of 5-Element Music Therapy 

Medical research efforts have strove to study the health benefits of 5-element music therapy. This Eastern therapeutic system benefits patients suffering from chronic fatigue syndrome, seasonal affective disorder, depression, and cancer.

  1. 5-Element Music Therapy alleviates chronic fatigue syndrome

Chronic fatigue is diagnosed as extreme fatigue that endures for over six months. Other symptoms can include sleep problems, difficulty concentrating, anxiety, depression, exhaustion following mild exercise, and loss of appetite.

In 2015, the Journal of Traditional Chinese Medicine in Maitland published a study showing that a combination gong (earth) and jiao (wood) sounds plus a dish of lixujieyu led to the significant alleviation of the symptoms of chronic fatigue syndrome especially of joint and muscle pain.

The study arbitrarily  divided patients suffering from chronic fatigue syndrome into 5 groups. The first group used the lixujieyu dish with a distinct elemental note, including shi, zhang, yu, jiao, and gong. The second group was only given the lixujieyu dish.

  • Treats Depression

About a tenth of Americans suffer from clinical depression, with women twice at risk of developing depression than men. People with depression often have the feeling of worthlessness, irritability, anger, hopelessness, and guilt. This condition can also weaken the immune system, while often going hand-in-hand with other chronic illnesses. Persistent ideations of suicide and death are also common.

In 2015, the Int’l Journal of Nursing Practice published a recent study revealing the positive effect of 5-element music therapy in reducing the levels of depression levels in 71 nursing students suffering from depression. The control group made up of 40 students did not listen to music while the 31 students listened to the 5-element TCM music therapy group.

Saliva samples were taken by the researchers from the students to measure their cortisol levels. They also used the Self-Report Depression Mood Inventory for Adolescents to evaluate the students. Based on their salivary cortisol levels, the group who listened to music therapy group reported a meaningful decrease in the severity of their depression.

  • Relieves SAD (seasonal affective disorder)

SAD is a type of depression that occurs in the dark months of winter that tend to disappear during spring and summer. Sufferers of SAD struggle with more than a bad mood. Additional symptoms include strong cravings for cravings for carbs and sweets, low sex drive, weight gain, concentration difficulty, lethargy, fatigue, and a desire to sleep more.

The Journal of Traditional Chinese Medicine recently published a study revealing that 5-element music therapy can relieve SAD symptoms among older people. The study recruited 50 patients half of whom were placed into a control group that did not listen to music and the other half designated to the 5-element music therapy group.

For eight straight weeks, one to two hours each week, the musical therapy group listened to music. The outcomes showed that 5-element music therapy reduced decreased psychological distress and bolstered inner peace.

Improves the quality of life of cancer patients

The quality of life of cancer patients gets drastically reduced when they begin undergoing radiation therapy and chemotherapy. In 2013, the Chinese Journal of Integrative Medicine published study showing that 5-element music therapy can help uplift the life quality of patients with advanced cancer. The study involved the participation of 170 patients who divided into three groups: 34 were placed in a group that did not listen to music at all, 68 were placed in a Western musical therapy group, and 68 were placed in the 5-element music group.

During the three-week study, the two music therapy groups listened to music 5 days a week half an hour each day. Before and after treatment the researchers evaluated the patients using the HQOLI-R (Hospice Life Quality Index-Revised) and KPS tests (Karnofsky Performance Score). Both techniques are utilized for cancer patients to measure their quality of life. Between the other groups, the 5-element musical therapy group showed marked differences in the scores of KPS and HQOLI-R.

The Difference between Western Music Therapy and 5-Element Music Therapy

In general, music is widely deemed to be extremely therapeutic and this is the reason why we need to discriminate between 5-element music therapy and Western music therapy since they really have certain differences. 5-element music therapy uses certain musical sounds, which pertains to a specific element that traditional Chinese medicine uses. On the other hand, Western music therapy works much like techniques such as physical therapy, psychotherapy, and occupational therapies, which involves a patient and therapist were individual improvements and responses may vary.

Western music therapy is made up of two major branches: passive and active. In passive music therapy, the patient rests while the therapist plays relaxing music. The therapist would then tell the patient to reflect on inner dialogue, feelings, and sensations and imagine soothing images. Active music therapy is an interactive process between the patient and therapist, and they work together with their voices, instruments, and their bodies, if needed.

5-element music therapy and Western music therapy are unrelated but it seems though that Western music therapy offers more proof that music has healing abilities for sure. Studies indicate that Western music therapy alleviates anxiety and stress, and because of this, reduces the need for prescribed medications such as tranquilizing or hypnotic drugs.

Research also connected Western music therapy to the proper management of Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease, the improvement of communication and self-expression, and decrease of schizophrenia symptoms and other psychological disorders. It has also proven to reduce anxiety in patients who went through cardiac procedures and has shown to work on a person’s mood after suffering a stroke. In addition, music therapy affects brain waves, stress hormones, and brain circulation.


To summarize, deeply rooted in the 5-element theory, 5-element music therapy is one important component of traditional Chinese medicine. The 5 elements pertain to the notes/sounds gong, shi, jiao, yu, and zhang, and each sound possesses a certain amount of healing.

Clinical studies reveal that 5-element had a beneficial effect on the quality life on patients suffering from cancer, and on patients suffering from chronic fatigue syndrome, seasonal affective disorder, and depression. To know how 5-element music therapy can benefit you, talk to a qualified practitioner of traditional Chinese medicine.

05. March 2020 · Comments Off on The Benefits Of Sports Cupping Massage · Categories: Acupuncture, chinese medicine · Tags:

Records are broken almost each year, and competition has been tougher than ever in today’s sports. In order to become faster, stronger and swifter, athletes have to train harder. As a result, their bodies take a lot of punishment and it takes a considerable time for them to recover. After competitions and practices, these athletes oftentimes need a faster time to recover. Most of them go for massage therapies to heal their bodies faster and return them into tip-top shape in no time at all.

What Is Sports Cupping Massage?

Having been around for some time, sports massage has become a regular healing technique for almost all athletes and active people. These include fitness enthusiasts, recreational runners, and gym goers. One branch of massage therapy that is slowly gaining popularity is a method called cupping massage. At first, some individuals were shocked to see round purple bruise like marks on the bodies of some Olympic athletes. They were eventually informed that those marks mean that the athletes have gone through cupping massage therapy. This healing technique helps sore tissue and muscles recover faster. It is also used to relieve joint pain and respiratory disorders among others.

How Does Cupping Massage Therapy Work?

Cupping is so named because glass cups are used in the therapy, which is commonly made from silicone, glass, or plastic used and applied onto the body of a person. The glass comes in different shapes and sizes and is applied into different body parts. A cupping massage therapist uses the cups in one of two ways. One is through suction, utilizing a suction handle and the other is through a flammable substance such as alcohol to create negative suction inside the cup. Both procedures work well. The objective of the treatment is to suction air out of a glass. This creates negative pressure inside the cup and when applied to the body, pulls the skin inside the cup. Suction handles are now more commonly used. They are used right to the valve of the cup helping maintain the suction movement. Cups are applied at sites of restriction or adhesion, which is easily determined by any massage therapist. Depending on the effect the massage therapist wants to achieve, after the cups have been applied to the patient’s body, they are moved around the affected body parts or remain in one place. Before the cups are used, a lubricant such as cocoa butter may be applied to the treatment area to generate more surface tension.

What transpires during a session of massage cupping therapy?

Being a decompressive process, cupping massage pulls tissues gently apart so that the body can create more space between the tissue layers. The human body is structured into several layers like our skin. Underneath, there is the muscle layer, a deeper layer of myofascial, a fatty layer, and then a myofascial layer. When you become injured or stressed, some of your body parts become locked or fixated to each other and you acquire adhesions, which causes tissue inflammation. Cupping can be a way to treat and open up those sites. The circulation of blood is increased to the cupping area and a negative pull occurs inside the cup. The cups typically remain in the patient’s body for several minutes. This process is used many times alongside other massage treatments or therapies. While it might appear painful, the therapy may feel like a nice stretch and relaxes the muscles as well.

Who Can Administer Cupping Massage therapy?

A certified massage therapist can legally administer cupping massage therapy. This healing technique is widely sought by gymnasts and swimmers. It can be used by everyone and is a natural way to allow the body to heal itself. World-class sports competitors have been using this therapy for years, which definitely says a lot about its benefits. Chances are it will generate excellent benefits to your body!

Revive Acupuncture
43353 Mission Blvd #B
Fremont, CA 94539
(510) 438-0128

05. March 2020 · Comments Off on The Healing Benefits Of Auricular Acupuncture Throughout The Entire Body · Categories: Acupuncture, chinese medicine · Tags:

In all kinds of diseases, Tarzana traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) has always provided people with different and unique approaches to healing. These techniques are painless, safe, and natural, and don’t require the use of drugs. According to TCM, the human body is deemed to maintain a fine balance with its surroundings via the exchange of energy. Positive energy eliminates negative energy and always flows through the body. The entire system of the body works for this exchange just to preserve balance. One great method used in TCM to maintain balance is auricular acupuncture.

A Chinese medicine concept that focuses on the auricle or externa ear for treatment, auricular acupuncture uses the outer ear to treat illnesses or maintain health in the other parts of the body. Studies have shown that the auricle can be used as a system to control major activities of the body and body organs. This part of the head is comprised of many so-called acupuncture points that are in some or another connected to the entire body. Here filiform needles are stuck in these acupoints. The insertion results in the stimulation of these points which produces signals that reaches the brain, which in turn stimulates the organ in question. This stimulation boosts the functioning of that organ by enhanced muscle movement, increased blood flow and the removal of toxins from the body.

Auricular acupuncture works based on three theories:

  1. Meridian theory – This concept is mainly followed in Chinese herbal medicine. According to the meridian model, energy circulates through permanent energy channels called meridians. Any obstruction in any of the meridians is the underlying cause of illness; therefore, stimulation of the auricular acupoints leads to therapeutic effects on the meridians.
  • Delta reflex theory – According to this concept, the stimulation of acupoints in the auricle causes the body part in question to be stimulated. This leads to a rise in temperature of that body part as well as a temperature rise in the corresponding part of the auricle. They both function as lock and key in which the auricular acupoint serves as the key to the lock of the body organs.
  • Anatomical theory – This model states that the position of the auricular points on the map can be deemed as that of an upside-down fetus. Whatever information is conveyed to the body parts is also conveyed to the outer ear, which makes it bidirectional in movement.

Western medicine has adopted these Chinese ancient theories and techniques with a few tweaks in the form of upgrades. Auricular acupuncture is a branch of Chinese medicine that mainly uses needles to stimulate the meridians. Western medicine has upgraded it in the form of Auriculotherapy. This modern form of acupuncture uses advanced technologies such as electricity, pressure pellets, magnets, laser, and other things, to activate the energy channels in the auricle. Auriculotherapy was invented by Dr. Paul Nogier, a French neurologist.

Auricular acupuncture generates various healing benefits on the entire body since it targets the acupoints scattered across the body. It helps stabilize the emotions and mind and can treat insomnia, stress, depression, and anxiety. In addition, it can address ailments and pain like muscular tension and aches, headaches, migraines, backaches, and arthritis. Its association with the respiratory and digestion organs of the body makes it capable of treating constipation, bronchitis, asthma, colitis, and indigestion. Plus, it is a very good way of permanently eliminating vices such as alcohol and smoking from your system. Auricular acupuncture can also preserve the balance of women’s bodies during their menstrual periods.

You need a qualified acupuncturist who has trained or specialized in auricular acupuncture if you want to experience the best outcomes from the therapy. These specialists are totally aware of the over 200 acupuncture points located in your auricle. One important thing to note is that the needle should be stuck into the auditory channel reaching the inner ear. Inserting the wrong area with a needle may result in injury to the ear and might even lead to deafness to the patient’s ear. The treatment should be done on the fleshy part of the ear called the pinna.

01. March 2020 · Comments Off on How Moms-To-Be Can Benefit From Craniosacral Therapy · Categories: Acupuncture, Uncategorized · Tags:

A woman’s pregnancy is divided into three trimesters, each three months long (about 14 weeks each per trimester). It’s observed during each trimester that certain common symptoms occur among pregnant clients that can be relieved or resolved with CST or Craniosacral Therapy.

Let’s discuss the first, second, and third months of pregnancy or the first trimester of pregnancy.

After conception, the initial few weeks are the periods when the embryonic period takes place in which the systems and organs of the developing baby are formed. The embryo or undeveloped baby is smaller than your little toe at the first eight weeks, although at this time all the internal organs have already developed with some even functioning. Because these early weeks are so important in the development of the baby, some women come in for Craniosacral Therapy to prepare for conception.

Obviously, there are would-be mothers who may wonder if craniosacral treatments are safe to use when they are pregnant?

Yes, CST is safe as well as very helpful in their body’s adaptation to the changes through the entire 40-week process of pregnancy, and she needs to have her body functioning at its optimum to support and fully nourish her developing baby.

One other concern pregnant women ask is whether CST precipitates premature labor.

When done by a qualified craniosacral therapist in an appropriate and correct manner, craniosacral therapy never works against what your body needs to do. However, in the initial 12 weeks, if there is something wrong with the pregnancy, miscarriages do happen and this may occur because the body needs to terminate the fetus. CST merely assists the body in what it naturally needs to do.

In the early weeks, one typical complaint of pregnant women is nausea, which, can be activated by an increased sensitivity to certain foods and odors. Craniosacral therapy can address this symptom and when treated in the early stages of pregnancy, it enables you to forge a very close attachment with your growing baby, allows you to adapt to changes in your growing body, most importantly, and helps you to relax. Since a Craniosacral therapist only administers very gentle touches, this is the most appropriate treatment you can avail of during the first weeks of pregnancy.

Tiredness is another symptom that can be felt by the newly pregnant mother. When Mel was 10 weeks pregnant, she decided to come for CST. She worked full time and had a two-year-old toddler. During her therapies, she entered a deep state of relaxation and even slept occasionally via a number of relaxation-inducing touches. She felt better later and was able to adopt to her hectic timetable. At almost 40 weeks, she gave birth to a healthy baby girl, she named Sam.

Fourth, fifth, and six months of pregnancy (The Second Trimester).

For most of my clients at this time, the nausea and fatigue of the first trimester have disappeared. The next trimester will be the period for increasing their health and well-being. Acid reflux or heartburn is the condition my clients commonly experience at this stage. This happens because the developing baby is putting growing pressure on the woman’s abdomen.

Stella was expecting her third child when she entered my clinic suffering from reflux. She reported that during her past two pregnancies, she also had digestion issues and had read from an online article that Craniosacral therapy is one natural and safe way to relieve heartburn. I gently placed my hands on her lower ribs during our first session and within minutes, she could sense the tension surrounding her diaphragm loosen. Later, she told me the pressure on her esophagus had loosened, and she felt she had now more space for the baby. This easing off pressure helped decrease the acid flow from her abdomen to her throat. Besides CST, I recommended that she stay away from rich foods, eat smaller portion meals and wear loose clothing that will lessen the chance of reflux all the more.

If the expectant mom is taking on more tasks than she can handle and/or is suffering from anxiety, this can bring about tension headaches. Many of my clients complaining of tension headaches also had backache problems and when their backaches had been addressed, they find that their headaches have likewise been resolved. With CST, the client can tune in with the message sent by her body. She may realize the real cause of her tension headache is just a lack of rest and anxieties about labor. CST gives you the insight to know what the problems in your body are and the means to acquire the answers to those problems.

Seventh, eighth and ninth month of pregnancy (The Third Trimester).

In the third trimester, the client often experiences shortness of breath problems, and their fatigue can once again appear. At this stage, her body will show signs of slowing down because of tiredness. Some of my clients seem to experience a stuffy nose in their late pregnancy. This occurs because hormones in their body (which are preparing the vagina for birth by lubricating it) can also affect the sinuses and nostrils. A gentle session of CST can help release their nasal and facial bones that specifically relieve these problems.

With the problem of congestion, some clients find that along with Craniosacral treatments, diet can also weaken the congestion. This type of sinusitis will eventually disappear once the baby is born.

In the final weeks of pregnancy, the most common condition problem I see in my pregnant clients is back pain, which can be felt at any phase of the pregnancy but more often than not occurs in the final trimester. CST is a perfect treatment for backache and just a few sessions along with swimming, yoga, stretching exercises can lead to fewer aches and pains and a better-quality sleep.

Some expectant moms see me just before their due date. At this late phase, one can still enjoy the benefits of CST as it prepares the body for labor even more. Sometimes, when the labor seems to take longer than usual, a session or two will provide the client with renewed energy.

Jamie Catlett is an acupuncturist in Jacksonville, FL and the founder of Jacksonville Acupuncture Clinic.

24. February 2020 · Comments Off on Traditional Tibetan Medicine To Relieve Physical Pain And Relax Overworked Bodies · Categories: Acupuncture · Tags:

The over four thousand years-old practice of Traditional Tibetan Medicine is designed to promote and restore mental and physical harmony. For people living a frenetic lifestyle, Traditional Tibetan Medicine is very helpful in reenergizing people’s overworked bodies, which often leads to emotional and physical stress.

According to this ancient healing system, a patient’s constitution is ascertained by way of the three bodily energies, Phlegm, Bile, and Wind – and impacted by the elements of Earth,
Water, Fire, Air, and Space. Diagnosis entails learning the constitution of the patient and how it’s influenced by the elements in order for administration of appropriate treatment.

Ku Nye is the Tibetan term for Traditional Tibetan Massage, which is the primary external treatment of Tibetan Medicine. Based on the kind of constitution of the patient, oils are utilized and infused with different spices and then applied with a number of methods.

For instance, if a person’s constitution is mostly Wind, then aniseed, nutmeg, and warm sesame oil are used and combined with relaxing and gentle methods to stimulate and nourish the energy and eliminate any blockage in the energy channels. Therapy may also involve Do Nye or hot stone massage in which salt rocks, and river stones are purified in Himalayan salt and warmed and utilized as well as aromatic oil, which is applied to the body.

To rejuvenate the face and gently relax the body, seashells combined with warm oils are used. Following the massage, to remove oils from the body, heat the body and alleviate pain, salt compresses may be used. Hor Me, a form of Mongolian moxibustion in which seeds, spices, and herbs are tied into a ball of cloth ball soaked in warm healing oil before it is applied to the body is used to restore and balance the energy of a person.

Me Tza moxibustion will be utilized to painful warm acupoints on the body and promote the flow of energy. Cupping will be used to facilitate harmonious flow of energy and relieve pain.

Thrive Wellness Center
1244 S Federal Hwy
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316
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24. February 2020 · Comments Off on How To Properly Administer Moxibustion Therapy · Categories: Acupuncture, chinese medicine · Tags:

If you’re a believer in vancouver acupuncture therapy, most likely you’ve heard about or have even been treated to moxibustion some time ago. However, if you don’t know anything moxibustion, you’re missing out on an extremely effective remedy. Moxibustion is an age-old healing are that’s part and parcel of an Eastern medicinal system known as TCM or Traditional Chinese Medicine. Moxibustion works by using heat therapy to reinforce your immune system, eliminate blockages in your body that are causing illness and pain, and stimulate blood circulation throughout your body. There are two commonly used forms of moxibustion: direct moxibustion and indirect moxibustion. Direct moxibustion is when an acupuncturist burns a cone-shaped small amount of moxa directly on the patient’s skin. Indirect moxibustion is the use of cigar-like moxa sticks to deliver non-contact heat therapy on the body of the patient. The latter is much safer than the former as well as a do-it-yourself technique that anyone can do in the comfort of their homes. Expose your body indirectly to the heat of a burning stick for at least five minutes, and you can feel the healing process of your body speeding up resulting in quick relief and treatment of cramps, colds, traumas, sprains, and even of digestive disorders!

Burning Moxa Sticks to Melt Away Pain

Moxa sticks are mugwort herb shaped into cigars. This is an incredible healing agent that has been used in folk medicine for thousands of years. Medical studies confirm that moxibustion boosts the flow of blood flow in the body, particularly, the pelvic region which why it is widely used to relieve menstrual cramps and stimulate menstruation.

Based on TCM theory, blocked energy or life force, which is the energy that flows all over your body—foments all kinds of physical and mental conditions. Removing the blockage to chi flow so it flows freely once more is the basis of TCM therapy.

Moxibustion encourages optimal organ function because it eliminates damp and cold and stimulates blood flow within the body. Administering heat therapy based on moxibustion resolves:

o Arthritis pain
o Tendinitis
o Muscle stiffness and pain
o Infertility
o Sprains
o Cancer
o Congestion and Colds
o Ulcers
o Digestive upset
o Migraines and headaches

According to the Journal of the American Medical Association, a study on moxibustion showed that the therapy turned 75 percent of breech babies into a head-down normal position before birth.

Using a Moxa Stick

When you use a burning moxa stick, it’s important to follow carefully the these steps since you’re literally playing with fire.

Step 1

Burn one tip of the moxa stick with a lighted candle or lighter. The moxa may take some time to burn, and if it does, make sure you’ve correctly ignited the stick by holding the smoldering end two to three centimeters from the back of your hand. A pleasant warmth should be felt.

Step 2

Hold the smoldering end two to three centimeters over the site of treatment. For example, if you’re suffering from an ankle injury, apply the burning end of the stick close to your ankle for five to ten minutes. Slowly move the stick over the sore parts, making sure to avoid direct contact with your skin keeping a close distance as possible with the stick. The tolerance to heat varies per person.

Apply the same technique but spread out in a circular motion if you’re treating a larger area. For example, move the moxa stick in circles slowly across the lungs if you’re treating your lungs for allergies, flu, or congestion.

Use a glass or ceramic dish or simply a towel to catch the ashes or place the moxa stick.

Step 3

Use a glass jar to put out of the fire off what remains of the stick once you’ve saturated your infirmity with heat. Tightly seal the jar to kill the fire completely. You can also use a tinfoil to wrap the burning end of the moxa. Both techniques can help preserve the moxa for future use.

Note: Standard sticks come with a lot of smoke and a particular scent, which may be like that of marijuana. If you have an upper respiratory condition or are sensitive to smoke, you can avail of smokeless moxa sticks to lessen smoke fumes and odor.

18. February 2020 · Comments Off on Eliminate Stress Migraines And Headaches With Acupressure · Categories: Acupuncture, chinese medicine · Tags:

Have you ever experienced a migraine or headache that suddenly vanished moments after someone pressed specific areas on your hand? This healing method has been around for thousands of years and is known as acupressure.

Acupressure and acupuncture in Bellmore are healing techniques that follow the same Chinese medicine principles to stimulate a pressure point in order to bring about healing or to preserve health. However, acupressure has been practiced a lot longer than acupuncture. It makes use of pressure from the hands of a healer or practitioner. Pressure is applied to the acupoints in the body to relieve headaches and pain and to eliminate stress. On the other hand, acupuncture uses needles to stimulate the pressure system of the body in order to increase blood and energy flow throughout the body.

A wonderful new type of acupressure that can be performed without a practitioner’s help is through the use of a small mat called Nayoya Acupuncture mat. The origin of this mat is very similar to that of traditional deep tissue massage, reflexology, acupressure and acupuncture and is designed to relieve remove physical stress.

The principle behind these healing techniques is chi, a Chinese term for vital energy that circulates in the body of each living thing in the universe. Based on this principle, stress and disease have adverse effects on the body and mood of a person which causes blockage in the flow of chi. By applying pressure on certain acupressure points in the feet, back, and hands, chi flow is released or re-channeled to a certain part of the body, which promotes the healing processes of the body.

Some say acupressure therapy originated in ancient China, a country known for acupuncture and other natural healing solutions.