01. August 2019 · Comments Off on Practice Tai Chi Everyday And Live A Stress-Free Life · Categories: Acupuncture · Tags:

When a person starts practicing tai chi, the thing that he will first experience is its power or at least the promise of its power. There is nothing particularly esoteric or mystical about the power of tai chi. It is simply about following its principles and witnessing what will rise within you. Practicing a form (a series of movements) is never exactly similar, but it’s always beneficial.

Despite being known as a gentle meditation exercise, Tai Chi is actually a form of martial art. Tai chi in
English, means “the supreme ultimate” and “Tai chi chuan,” means the “supreme ultimate fist.” This ancient art is both powerful and effective when performed as a martial art. When learning Tai Chi, the principal focus is to use the power of your mind combined with the power and energy of your body to unleash a force (in wherever direction you want).

Enhanced wellbeing, balance, posture, blood flow, and coordination and just some of the wonderful benefits of Tai Chi. Your nervous system becomes calmer and so will you simply because tai chi is practiced with a relaxed focus and is performed slowly. The meditation aspect of tai chi can give you a clearer mental perspective, and in our present frenetic and fast world, this can be a huge benefit. The stress calming qualities are actually one of the major reasons individuals practice Tai Chi since it provides them with a sense of spiritual, emotional, and physical health and a calm mind.

Tai Chi began thousands of years ago, and it gradually evolved and developed into what we now perform today. The gradual process of change that has occurred to tai chi over the centuries is reflected in the manner it is performed i.e. with no hurry to finish its engrossing and intricate movements and at a meditative pace. Its flow and smoothness help practitioners relax – it can be a reinvigorating form of relaxation. People are buzzing with Chi at the end of a Tai Chi class since the practice enables your chi or energy to circulate better and blockages and tension just seem to disappear. It all sounds very beautiful and blissful, which it is, although you do need to put a little effort in to gain the benefits.

It’s hard to imagine something that elegant and graceful is also used for self defense, but then again there is an old Chinese proverb that goes ‘the best fighters never fight’ (implying that there is no need for conflict if you have no external or internal enemies). Taoism is the philosophy behind Tai Chi which is very useful and includes the belief that a conflict will only get worse if you fight force with force. Taoism espouses flexibility and yielding in order to conquer any situation. This can defuse a situation leaving room for dialogue and negotiation. When you take to heart take something like this in your daily life, you then have acquired a definite advantage. Yielding leads to listening and you gain more information when you listen making it easier to see where someone is coming from. Applying such a strategy in the workplace would bring less stress for everyone!

The effect tai chi has on our joints, lymphatic system, and brain is part of its physiological aspect. Modern neurological studies have demonstrated that practicing tai chi stimulates the brain to function more efficiently. This is due in part to the brain getting more oxygenated blood (as tai chi’s breathing technique enhances lung elasticity and capacity) and also in part, due to the calming, meditative effect of tai chi, changing the frequency of the brain from beta (waking normal active waves) to alpha (receptive between awake and sleep and waves which are associated with better capacity to remember and learn).

Partly responsible for blood detoxification, the lymphatic system is activated by the mild muscle work of tai chi. Tai Chi massage’s relaxed and soft movements of the lymph nodes improve the function of the lymph nodes and boost the immune system. The joints of your body are usually the areas where pain and aches first develop and so keeping the joints active and healthy is essential at any age. Because the body’s weight-bearing joints are properly aligned, when you practicing Tai Chi, they are never greatly impacted upon nor abused. The joints’ function and health is protected while the flow of blood in and around the joints is bolstered.

On the whole, Tai Chi can provide us with a unique way to alleviate stress and to learn valuable and new skills.

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01. August 2019 · Comments Off on Relieve Ailments By Lying Down On An Acupressure Mat · Categories: Acupuncture · Tags:

Pain is the body signaling you that something is wrong within you. It is an essential warning system for and from the body.

Whether you are hurting as a result of a stress-related illness like sleeping problems, depression, chronic pain, or fatigue, or due to a physical injury, you are sure to immediately seek for anything that would lessen the pain. In the West, people all too often turn to what they are familiar with. They look to drugs for an instant fix. This instant relief, unfortunately, never goes to the underlying cause of the problem and people end up spending a small fortune on medical bills and painkillers since the pain keeps coming back. One can get off this quick fix merry-go-round, and the solution could be as simple as lying on an acupressure mat.


Acupressure is similar to acupuncture in Maitland and is a bona fide form of touch therapy that relies on pressure rather than needles to puncture the skin to bolster flow of blood and chi (vital energy). This procedure is a natural treatment designed to not only alleviate discomfort and pain, but also to jumpstart the healing processes of the body. Acupressure is usually undertaken in a clinical setting by a therapist, and treatments can be inconvenient and costly.

So far, using an acupressure mat is the most practical and simplest way to experience acupressure. These mats are easy to use and can be easily incorporated into your daily activities. You can use them anywhere you want and in any way you prefer. You can place your Acupressure Mat on a sofa, a chair, on the floor, or any other flat surface.

Your mind can be relaxed and tiredness reduced by lying on these acupressure mats.

Much like acupressure and massage, the circulation in your body is enhanced and the toxins that have accumulated from tension and stress are released as a point is pressed transporting more nutrients and oxygen to every cell in your body. Acupressure has a number of benefits to your health. They include: alleviating muscle tension and pain, helping your body feel more energized, strengthening your immune system, and speeding up the healing processes of your body. You can also simply use it to relax and wind down.

The simple act of relaxing and lying down on an acupressure mat will naturally stimulate the release of pain relief hormones of the body: oxytocin and endorphins. Released during excitement, touch, or exercise, these euphoric-inducing hormones, can provide comfort to aching muscles, give you a natural high, relieve stress, and help bring about a general sense of mental and physical well being.

Acupressure mats can provide the following benefits:

• Boost digestion and metabolism
• Alleviate asthma, flu, and colds
• Mobilize the immune system
• Treat migraine headaches
• Increase energy levels in your body
• Provide a more restorative and deeper sleep

You need to take into account the following facts if you still doubt whether using an acupressure mat is right for you. Acupressure mats are:

Safe — no chemicals, no needles, no side effects, no risk
Private – you can do it yourself in the comfort of your own home
Effective – Acupressure mats have a user satisfaction rate of 97 percent
Easy to use – amply relax and lie down
Cost effective – much cheaper than getting acupuncture
Convenient – you can perform it any time you need it

A brand of acupressure mat called Acuswedemat has over 14,000 acupressure points; as opposed to 8,000 in the closest competitor. The Swedish National Dressage Squad Elite Riders use this type of mat regularly for both “winding down” and training.

Acupressure has been shown as a valid type of therapy as there are several clinical studies done to attest to its efficacy. These studies were conducted in Russia, the US and Sweden; they proved scientifically that the patient subjects experienced a measurable and significant decrease in pain intensity with zero side effects.

25. July 2019 · Comments Off on Studies Show The Benefits Of Qigong And Tai Chi On The Behavior And Performance Of School Children · Categories: Acupuncture · Tags:

The results of a controlled study involving 156 7th graders with ages 13 and 14 years old results were published in 2010, September. In the study, the students learned and were told to practice qigong moving meditation during school. They were divided into two groups. One group was told to practice qigong for eight weeks twice a week for 25 minutes each day. The other group performed their everyday school activities. Before and after the study, all 156 students answered surveys to evaluate stress, self-image, psychological distress, and well-being at school. The group that practiced qigong showed less stress and psychological distress, and had better self-image than the control group. Also, all the students needed to answer an open question on whether practicing qigong practice affected them in any way. The answers were all positive in favor of qigong. They included statements like: “I feel more awake and alert” or “It gives you an opportunity to calm down” or “I work better after qigong” or “I am more focused.” (Terjestam 2010).

About 34 percent of the children weren’t interested in performing the exercises. For them, qigong exercises were boring. Either the school made it mandatory for these students to practice or it needed to encourage the students to participate in moving meditation or meditation exercise like yoga, tai chi, or qigong. The positive results of these exercises for students have been recorded in a number of past research work. A second grade elementary school study revealed that students who practiced qigong led to higher grades and better behavior (Witt 2005). One other study showed that aggression was significantly reduced in both elementary and high school students who practiced qigong. This exercise had an energizing and calming effect on the students (Witt 2007). Similar benefits were also seen when the students practiced Tai chi. Among adolescents, tai chi was seen to help improve conduct, anxiety, and hyperactivity, with fewer expressions of improper emotions (Reif-Hernandez, 2001).

In students, depression, stress responses, and anxiety are typical symptoms. Responses to stress such as abdominal pain, headaches, and sleeping problems are also fairly ordinary during adolescence. Any exercises that can calm students would be good to help them reduce stress. Qigong has been known to relieve headaches, improve sleep, and have a positive effect on health problems such as cardiovascular disease (Jahnke, 2010). These forms of moving meditation are especially helpful for students who are susceptible to the increasing stress of school.

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25. July 2019 · Comments Off on Tai Chi Is “Meditation In Motion” · Categories: Acupuncture · Tags:

Sometimes called “meditation in motion,” Tai chi is a form of self defense that was originally developed in China. This elegant type of exercise has existed for over two millennia and its global popularity only seems to grow year by year. People perform tai chi either as a complement to other health care methods or as a basic exercise program or both. Health benefits include increased flexibility (particularly for seniors), improved balance, and the alleviation of stress.

You may discover vital energy or chi to be a useful element of your program. If you’re attempting to bolster your overall wellbeing and health, Tai chi can help you attain this. It is considered a safe practice for people of all levels of fitness and ages. Research has shown that tai chi can reduce the risk of falls and improve balance for seniors. Tai chi is appealing to lots of older adults because it puts minimal stress on your muscles and joints and its movements are low impact. Because of these, the person may find it useful if he suffers from a disease such as arthritis or if he’s recuperating from an injury.

When practiced regularly and understood properly, tai chi seems to be a very good form of exercise. It’s noncompetitive and self-paced and one doesn’t require special clothing or equipment or a large physical space. People can practice tai chi anyplace anytime. Since tai chi is gentle and slow, it practically has no adverse side effects. It may be possible that anyone would strain himself when first learning, but with the right instruction, this shouldn’t hinder you from practicing tai chi.

To reduce the risk of injury and attain optimal benefits, learn the proper way to perform the movements and postures. Paying attention to your breathing and body position are essential; therefore, the best way to best to study is directly under a teacher instead of videos and books. Your instructor can personally guide you and rectify many issues in your technique before they turn into a habit As you attend a series of classes and practice, you’ll learn how to do tai chi without needing to strain your joints and muscles

Once you get the hang of the basics, you’ll feel more you’re comfortable with the fundamental movements of tai chi, and you’re now ready to do this practice by yourself. You may find practicing tai chi at the same and in the same place every day. You’ll probably experience certain health benefits almost immediately, but perhaps, they won’t be very dramatic. Health benefits build up every time, so, be patient.

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18. July 2019 · Comments Off on Tai Chi For Caregivers · Categories: Acupuncture · Tags:

The ancient Chinese self-defense art of Tai Chi has received much exposure from a growing body of research that supports these personal reports and also due to the benefits reported by its practitioners.

In the many decades of their general martial arts experience and specifically about tai chi, some practitioners can experience growing benefits to their health. This article will talk about the very first level of tai chi practice – what benefits can first time practitioners and people with disabilities can expect from the exercise. This may include people suffering from Alzheimer’s or Parkinson’s, as well as people going through rehabilitation or with falls associated with muscle weakness or people simply suffering from deterioration brought about by old age.

It’s been clear that there is a wide range of abilities between people who aren’t able to walk or stand up or aren’t able to practice tai chi even for a few minutes for whatever reason and people to those who are able to exercise for an hour or more. It is to this former group and their caregivers that this article is addressed, since they are the ones to most likely benefit from short regular periods of caregiver-assisted practice even if it’s only a fifteen to twenty minute session – and thereupon, it is through these caregivers that Tai Chi practice should best be conveyed.

Once the movement routines of basic exercises are learned, what’s next required is daily physical mindful practice i.e. with thought, awareness, and motivation. The instructor model of “staying one step ahead of the student” subsequently corresponds to the idea of patient and caregiver (and “in knowledge participation and in knowing together”) since the mindful practice of proper exercises is the one that appears to be the most beneficial.

Let us consider necessity and suitability:

Exercise – what’s required is a few basic simple exercises grounded on the principles of Tai Chi: fluidity of movement, grounding, posture, and balance regarding the center of the body.

A basic comprehension of Tai Chi practice and movement as it applies at this level.

1. Every day practice for a certain period and in a manner that’s best suited for the person – usually comprising a single or multiple short sessions.

2. Transference of the principles of Tai Chi learned from the exercises into daily activities via constant mindfulness of physical movement.

3. A cycle of learning feedback between patient and caregiver in which the caregiver offers an external reference to help the patient in his/her internal mindfulness – For instance, by making observations about the manner exercises are being done and by providing support and encouragement to the patient.

4. Provision of a caregiver mentoring and training program to enable and support the caregiver to cultivate his practice and understanding

This would make an appropriate level of Tai Chi accessible to a maximum number of people on a regular basis, thus providing the proper degree of practice to the greatest number of individuals. At a minimum, a single Tai Chi instructor, teaching four seminars each day in a year to ten people (themselves able to pass on the learning to ten caregivers) could effectively allow 400 people to attain proper activity level.

Other Options

1. Transporting patients to a Tai Chi class: Besides timing problems with care homes and transport difficulties, a tai chi class would often include an hour or more of walking, standing, etc. which some patients would find impossible.

2. Recruiting a Tai Chi instructor to care homes: Impractical for reasons of cost and availability. Other problems that might crop up:

3. The patients might not feel it important to exercise when they think there’s no risk likely to affect their health. Tai Chi is basically a remedial therapy that takes a great deal of resource and personal motivation to achieve progress at a certain level. In other words – it is usually too late by the time it is needed. Practicing Tai Chi is a skill best learned before it is needed.

While the need is urgent, the motivation and time left to people to learn the skills of Tai Chi is sometimes short; hence, it is only practically to set a lower goal to maximize opportunities for achievement.

4. Communication problems are usually experienced by students in these situations, while communication from instructor to caregiver may be quite clear – caregivers should then be trained to convey information to their patients based on time availability, opportunity, relationship, and personal knowledge. As long as the messages are proper and simple, conveyance through caregivers may be a totally appropriate mode of communication given the constrained objectives.

5. Degree of personal capacity. Tai Chi is essentially learning to look after oneself. In a class environment, this is usually not understood easily since students in class may construe guidance as a command, so placing the responsibility for their education on the teacher. Caregivers may have a different perspective and are perhaps the best ones able to judge their patient’s ability – when to reassure, and when and how to do so and not to do so.

6. Having a bunch of vulnerable people together in class to give them enough time to practice daily or weekly practice can expend a whole lot of resource. One the other hand, getting able-bodied caregivers to periodic seminars is much more feasible and can generate a group of individuals that work in the caring community to teach appropriate Tai Chi to many more individuals (including perhaps chiropodists, hairdressers, relatives, physiotherapists, and even the entire staff of a care home). Professional caregivers who may be visiting might find this a suitable skill supplement. This situation can bring in the biggest “bang per buck” – or the most efficient use of resources.

7. Since the bulk of research pertaining to tai chi is mostly about short-term trials (like the 2011 falls prevention program that involved ten and fifteen weekly classes done at the Letchworth Center for Healthy Living) – we now know a comparatively small activity can generate highly meaningful benefits for the people concerned. We can also surmise, based on experience, that stronger benefits are attained with regular practice. Therefore, we may assume that a few daily periods of mindful practice are the best ways to attain the most rapid and best possible results.

8. Approach and Practice – On the onset, it may be enough to be simply motivated to perform Tai Chi exercises without knowing anything about it. Eventually however, it would be essential to cultivate the understanding that the exercises of Tai Chi are connected to a framework that allows people to grow based on a logical approach. Aside from helping maintain interest as “mystery” gives way to “science”, it is also important for a person to imbibe optimal benefits from the exercises themselves. Practice without the understanding and the thought that’s derived from tai chi can only obtain half the careful consideration, mindfulness, and package of the technique instead of completely developing/learning the practice.

How can such an approach materialize? A daily seminar program can convey Tai Chi awareness to caregivers within a day or two. Doing these seminars frequently can lead to the proper teaching and skill development of Tai Chi exercises, while at the same time developing a follow up program that include telephone, online, and face-to-face tutoring.

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18. July 2019 · Comments Off on Do Feng Shui Cures Really Work? · Categories: Acupuncture · Tags:

An ancient Chinese practice that has been utilized for thousands of years, Feng Shui is based on the concept that all things in the world should have harmony or “balance”. Everything in the environment has its proper place. A disturbance can arise if the balance in the environment or if something is out of place, this disturbance can manifest in the people around it as a feeling of uneasiness, or as lack of prosperity or violence in the area.

In all its diverse forms, Feng Shui is aimed at restoring that harmony and balance. This balance can manifest in different ways and may affect a person’s love life, wealth, prosperity, and health. And a lot of it truly works. Compared to the Philippines, Burma, Laos, and their other neighbors, the cities of Singapore and Hong Kong are wealthy capitals because they are situated in areas where the Feng Shui is ideal for a thriving metropolis. Even the residence of the alleged richest man in the world, Bill Gates, is believed to be situated in the hills in a perfect location that brings its owner staggering wealth.

But why doesn’t Feng Shui work for some people?

To address that question, we need to look at the history of Feng Shui.

The History Of Feng Shui

Feng Shui traces its roots in ancient China, a land that cultivated arts and skills such as martial arts, medicine, and the beginnings of chemical warfare. The learning of these skills were highly valued, and the adepts at these skills clearly refused to share their secrets with others, lest that the knowledge would be used for evil purposes, or that the adepts would lose their prestige and status once the knowledge became widely known.

It was therefore obvious that the adepts were not ready to hand down all that important information to their students who might have garnered whatever information they had, and guessed the rest that they did not learn from their masters. Some of those students were geniuses, capable of replicating the amazing deeds their masters had performed. Some students, who weren’t as gifted as the brighter students, exploited whatever knowledge they gained to make a living for themselves. When applied to Feng Shui, this scenario makes it understandable why different Feng Shui schools exist today. While some schools produce very little observable effect, others do work wonders.

These days, there are individuals that refer to themselves Feng Shui masters, especially now with the rise of the internet. So how can a person tell the ones that can really aid you? The truth is, it is highly unlikely that there is anything one can do. Any person can claim they are a master of a prestigious Feng Shui school while they are, in fact, mere charlatans. Remembering the name of the Feng Shui practitioner who helped them and finding a person who has had their lives improved through Feng Shui is the best thing we can do.

Belief is Essential

Another important factor in order get Feng Shui to work for you is to have faith in it. Much like the Cross of the Christians and the stone idols of the ancient Aztecs, Feng Shui artefacts and figurines serve as “focuses”. If you believe in it, it will work for you.

For instance, in recent pharmaceutical experiments, researchers always state that a medicine works because it was effective on a large section (around 75 percent) of their test subjects. But why didn’t the drug work for the 25 percent if it was truly effective? It might be because the physiology of their body was different. But in a lot instances, the psychological aspect of the person is to blame. If one really believes that the drug, no matter how good it is, will not cure them, it won’t. As psychologists like to say “It’s all in the mind.”

The same principle applies to Feng Shui. If one purchases a Feng Shui artifact but really believes the art of Feng Shui is just some hocus-pocus magic that most likely won’t work, rest assured that it will not work for them. One needs to have faith for the practice to work. If a person believes that Feng Shui can help him better his life, it will.

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30. May 2019 · Comments Off on Healthy Living Through Moxibustion, Acupuncture And Herbs · Categories: Acupuncture · Tags: , ,

When you hear the word acupuncture, what is the first thing that comes to mind? If you say needles, then you are among the majority. The needles are the reason most people are reluctant to try acupuncture in Fremont. This is totally understandable. For me, one of my obstacles in studying acupuncture was my personal dislike of needles. From kid to adulthood, I had a fear of getting my blood drawn. My palms get sweaty whenever this epic moment comes. My insides get queasy and I start to take really deep breaths while telling myself “everything will be ok”. Fortunately, I have learned that the needles used in acupuncture are nowhere near the size of syringe needles. An acupuncture needle is almost the size of a stand of hair. To make up the shaft size of a syringe needle it would actually require a minimum of four acupuncture needles together. An acupuncture needle is a tool used not to pull blood out of the body but to help move your energy.

People who come for treatment on a regular basis, have come to understand this and have found they sometimes feel the discomfort as the needle is being inserted into their skin. They say the sensation feels like a quick pinch when they do feel it. They also say that the benefits they are gaining from acupuncture, greatly counterbalance the quick pinch and make another appointment.

Now that we have cleared that up, we could talk about more about how acupuncture can help you. As a human being, you are a ball of energy. Within your body, there are smaller circuits of energy that comprise the body moving and interacting. These meridians or energy circuits, make up a complex system that travels from the organs down to your arms and legs, across your face and skull up your torso and down your buttocks and back. They are basically everywhere. Along the meridians, we call specific points ‘acupuncture points’ or just acupoints. Your body may be prompted to eliminate stagnation by placing into a certain point a small pin allowing the energy of your body to decide what it needs, build energy of the meridian, and eliminate stagnation along the meridians. If your energy accumulates in one area or gets stuck in one area Your spirit, mind, or body may call out with anger, sadness, weight gain pain, tightness, inability to focus, weight gain, sadness, anger, etc.

Practitioners not only treat symptoms they also treat the underlying cause of the symptoms as well. They can do this due to an understanding of energy and because of the medicine’s nature. When the skin is pricked with a pin, it not just touches his body but also his spirit and mind.

The practitioner inserts the pin and you do the work. He does not make your body do what it does not want to. Based on the symptoms you are experiencing, he is offering your body a suggestion. Acupuncture touches you in a deep yet gentle and lasting way.

We will use a certain point – the Zusanli or St 36 point to elucidate more. This acupoint located along the Stomach energy channel, known in English as “Leg Three Miles”, is not just used for constipation, indigestion, nausea, and vomiting, but also for someone who is having a hard time nourishing himself. They may help and take care of others consistently while not doing the same for themselves. A blockage along the meridian may be present if the meridian is too weak to move the energy or if there is stagnation. They may be stuck in life in other ways both physically & mentally which can manifest as cloudy thinking or extra weight. The Zusanli acupoint is “an amazing enriching and strengthening point for the Spirit, Body, and Mind.” When you are strong and grounded, you are able to properly derive nourishment and come back smoothly to yourself. You can eat and process foods in a healthy way when your stomach is strong. You may also be able take in information and process it with clarity. You may have one or more of these issues and let your body decide what it needs. The zusanli is an extremely potent acupoint that can be stimulated with either moxibustion or a pin.

An herbal heat therapy that is combined with acupuncture therapies, moxibustion is used to warm a meridian or an acupuncture point. It is greatly nourishing and helps build energy. Moxa refers to the actual herb used – mugwort, and the therapy. When dried, Mugwort, a common weed, is rolled into a cigar or small cones. This “cigar,” when lit, is placed above the skin along certain meridians to add and build warmth. Practitioners also use it to warm areas of the body, like the soles of the feet to warm the entire body after coming in from playing in the snow or the lower back for back pain associated with cold. Moxibustion is an ideal form of treatment for cold seasons. These days, moxa can come in pre-made cones and other shapes such as those that can sit on the needle or your skin. To help lessen the amount of smoke in the treatment room, there is even a “smokeless” type of moxa.

To help improve people’s health, practitioners may use moxa, acupuncture, and sometimes herbs. Lifestyle choices play an important role in health and therefore may be discussed between the practitioner and client after treatment sessions.

30. May 2019 · Comments Off on Delectable Recipes To Re-Build Yin And Blood And Calm Heart/Mind · Categories: Acupuncture

To calm your Heart/Mind and re-build Yin and Blood, here are some delectable, easy-to-make recipes.

Create your favorite graham cracker crust or pastry covered with pie weights and baking paper and pre-bake at 350° for 20 minutes. Put all ingredients in a blender and mix and pour into the pre-baked shell. For another 20 minutes bake at the same temperature. Cool for an hour and top with:

1 tsp. kudzu root or arrowroot
1 cup cherries
One half cup organic apple juice
A quarter tsp. of salt
A quarter cup of honey

Use a small saucepan to cook these ingredients together. Top cheesecake when thickened. Bring to room temperature.

Cherry Topping on Amasake Cheesecake

For Spleen Deficiency, the filling of sweet fermented rice can be an ideal tonic, while the cherries tonify Blood and Qi. It can also help cure rheumatic pain. It can also treat Blood Stagnation and Deficiency. Serves six to eight.

3 tsp. vanilla extract
2 cups prepared Amasake (available in different flavors in natural food stores)
2.5 tsp. agar flakes (in natural food stores)
1 tsp. umeboshi paste (in Asian and natural food stores)
1 T. lemon juice
1 T. barley malt or honey
1 ½ cup filtered water

Walnuts and Shrimp in Sweet Rice Congee

While not considered a diuretic as regular rice, sweet rice can be safely eaten by people susceptible to increased urination; the shrimp benefits and tones Blood and Qi while walnuts tonify the nerves.

Seven to ten crushed walnuts
4 cups filtered water
15 dried shrimp, drained and soaked
1 cup sweet rice (in Asian stores)

Use a large pot to cook together all the ingredients, put heat on simmer and leave overnight or eight hours. Stir the pot in the morning and serve warm or hot with a no or little salt.

Walnut and Chicken Sauté

5 small pieces dried Chinese black fungus, slivered and soaked
4 Chinese dried mushrooms, slivered, stemmed, soaked
10 walnuts, quartered or halved
1 tsp. tamari
1 tsp. minced scallion
1 T. cooking sherry
1 small green minced Chile pepper,
1 egg white
1 clove garlic, crushed
½ tsp. sea salt
½ tsp. fresh ginger, minced
½ tsp. unprocessed sugar or honey
½ to ¾ lb. chopped chicken meat (hormone-free)
½ cup toasted sesame seeds

Use hot water to soak walnuts until skins loosen. Peel the walnuts and with the chicken, fry the walnuts, one scrambled egg white, and the other ingredients in oil. Sauté for five to seven minutes and serve hot. Preparation time is thirty to forty minutes and serves two with rice.

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23. May 2019 · Comments Off on What Is Craniosacral Therapy? · Categories: Acupuncture · Tags:

Are you suffering from lower back pain, neck pain, chronic tension, or headaches? Is your mind often exceedingly busy? Do you experience anxiety or depression? Are you finding it difficult to sleep at night, enter into a state of calmness, or relax? Is your nervous system overworked? If you answer yes to any of these questions, then you may probably need Craniosacral Therapy (or Craniosacral Balancing) for your self-care. This therapy is a gentle yet powerful type of bodywork that involves subtle adjustments to eliminate restrictions to the vital albeit small movement of the bones of the sacrum, spinal column, and cranium that rhythmically float in flowing fluid of the cranio-sacral system. Craniosacral Therapy is a gentle but effective readjustment of the central nervous system and since the central nervous system is located in the cranio-sacral region, this therapy produces an enhanced sensation of well-being and peace along with improved body systems and brain functioning. The pituitary and pineal glands and the other glands benefit from Craniosacral Balancing. Lymph and blood are also increased through these techniques.

This field of treatment was developed through the work of Dr. John E. Upledger and Dr. William G. Sutherland and a host of other osteopaths. More and more massage therapists are learning and integrating Craniosacral Therapy into their practices mainly because of the efficacy and versatility of its technique. Some practitioners may find a variety of ways to integrate Craniosacral Therapy into their
Reiki, hypnotherapy, and massage sessions. Clients suffering from emotional/mental stress or severe muscle tension often visit these practitioners to request for these deep tissue techniques. Because these deep treatment methods benefit the soft tissues, they provide the client with an intense sensation that promotes the circulation of lymph and blood in their bodies. Some practitioners discover that Craniosacral Therapy techniques most of the time can be woven into the sessions that can actually help the client relax in a more efficient and profound way since these processes work from the inside out. This therapy is very helpful for clients who are in a frail or especially sensitive state since only a light touch is used, whereas pressure-applied massage therapy would be too much. The techniques used in Craniosacral Therapy can be used alongside other massage therapies within a session based on the needs of the client’s at that moment, adding another aspect, both physiological and energetic, to the massage therapy. As the treatment frees obstacles through the craniosacral movement, and the flow of fluids (lymph, blood, cranio-sacral) is increased, the circulation of Chi (also known as the body’s vital energy, in Traditional Chinese Medicine) is set flowing and is also freed of constriction, promoting balance and health.

Craniosacral therapy is often used to relieve hypertension, migraines, and headaches. It actually only took a few sessions of this healing method to reduce and relieve dramatically my chronic headaches. This is why I was totally blown away by the value of this therapy which is a very good way to relieve headaches, and as an extension, brain and mood functioning. While it’s often believed the cranium or skull is a single unit, the skull is actually composed of several bones that very slightly move while floating in cerebral-spinal fluid. Just as our breath and heart beat rhythmically contract and expand, so too does the cerebral-spinal fluid. The central nervous system, sacrum, spine, and brain all flow and move with the craniosacral tides. The cranio-sacral fluid’s density, interestingly, can be equated to that of the ocean, further pointing to the potential for this type of bodywork to restore balance and the natural rhythms, both energetic, chemical, and physical, as well as from without and within to the body and its various systems.

There are various causes of stuck stagnant tissues or “adhesions” in the cerebral-spinal column and cranium, and these adhesions are quite common. Decompressions can occur when adhesions are gently freed from the cranial bones literally resulting in the cerebro-spinal fluid’s ability to flow freely with the general craniosacral tide; enhanced flow of oxygen, lymph, and blood; and more space for the brain. All sorts of headaches can be ameliorated in this manner and different regions of the brain can better function after therapy. For instance, since the pituitary gland, which is the most important gland in the endocrine system, actually rests on the sphenoid, sphenoid bone adjustments can significantly boost the function of the pituitary gland. Since the sphenoid bone communicates with the optic nerve, adjustments to the craniosacral sphenoid can also improve vision. Eye strain-caused headaches may be reduced in this manner. Another example is the temporal bone. A host of symptoms can be resolved including epilepsy, TMJ inflammation, hearing and eye problems, dizziness, headaches, and even dyslexia when proper fluidity is restored to the temporal bones.

The techniques used in Craniosacral Balancing work extremely well for neck pain, more so when the first vertebrae (atlas) and the base of the skull (occiput) are misaligned or compressed. This typical pattern of restriction increases pressure on some cranial nerves, which impairs the function of the nervous system restricting the ability to relax, vitality, and focus.

Decompression by means of these methods can generate space between the vertebrae and occiput and espouse proper alignment. Restrictions and adhesions up and down the spinal column, can in fact be gently liberated via the process of unwinding and can promote realignment of the spine, resulting in the relief of back pain. The location of the base of the spine (the sacrum) can be also readjusted in craniosacral therapy, which contributes to the relief of lower back pain that resulted in misalignment which also impacts the hip or sacro-iliac joints. With craniosacral balancing, a direct relationship between the lower back, spine, and brain becomes clear. We are all aware that fluids and water conduct electricity (energy) and that electricity quickly moves through liquids. That energy can move up and down from the base of the spine with the same speed to the crown of the head, which in Vedic tradition, is known as the flow of Kundalini energy. With craniosacral treatments, blockages can be freed which is also serves to liberate Kundalini energy (as well as the energy centers or chakras of the body) whilst bolstering the physiological systems.

Craniosacral therapy has many approaches that can help relieve hypertension, anxiety, and depression. When adhesions are mobilized, oxygen and blood circulation are enhanced consequently changing the chemistry of the brain which has a beneficial and direct impact on emotion and mood. It widely known that the chemical composition of the brain is related directly to behavior and emotion. The brain’s chemistry rebalances and mood and emotion automatically shift as the central nervous system and brain use up nutrients from enhanced cerebrospinal fluid and blood flow. Craniosacral Therapy methods work with the cranial bones, sacrum, and the spine, and especially the deep bones in the cranium’s core, effectively resetting the nervous system by sending the craniosacral rhythm to a still point. Inducing this “stillpoint” temporarily to the craniosacral cycle of emptying and filling cerebrospinal fluid provides the nervous system a chance to rectify itself. Moreover, and perhaps most importantly, the nervous system reset results in a profound shift into a peaceful and calm state which is sometimes called a parasympathetic shift. Through this parasympathetic shift, anger, anxiety, depression, and tension can be transformed into more balanced and positive states of being whereby the unconscious mind shifts to a balanced state of well-being from a fight or flight mode. This process can lead to calm and peace from an otherwise overly-busy mind. As calm is established and the nerves are soothed, a positive climate well-suited to balance and healing is generated. Craniosacral work therapy can be very relaxing and work gently because, mostly, small micro-movements are being utilized and since the bone movements due to craniosacral emptying and filling are extremely small movements. While it may initially appear that from the receiving end, not much is happening, as the reset takes effect, the client often moves in an almost sleep-like, profound state.

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Walla Walla, WA 99362
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23. May 2019 · Comments Off on The TCM Season Of Spring Is The Time For Revitalization And Detoxification · Categories: Acupuncture

Noticing the shifting of the season, as the reflective and cold nature of winter starts to wane, spring all of a sudden breaks forth in explosive new growth. For centuries, TCM or Traditional Chinese Medicine has observed how the body is associated to the peculiar qualities for each time of year. The emotion of anger as well as the season of the gall bladder and liver is often related to Spring. Seasonal balance and harmony are promoted through connection with nature, bodywork, and the use of diet.

According to TCM, the element of wood stands out during the vitality of spring. This element is intimately connected to the energy of growth in living things such as physical bodies, plants, and trees. Also falling under the realm of the wood element are the gallbladder and liver. Our capacity to make sound judgments as well as having focus and clarity are also governed by this element. One can suffer aggression, frustration, and irritation, along with explosive rage and depression when the liver is not in balance. The body may be vulnerable to headaches, vertigo, dry eyes, and numbness. On the other hand, when the gallbladder and liver are functioning well, the person may be able to handle stress and anger in a healthy, positive way.

TCM strongly recommends the use of nutrition to maintain smooth circulation of Chi or vital energy within the body. Bitter foods such as quinoa, amaranth, rye, romaine lettuce, dark leafy greens, and asparagus all help bolster a healthy gall bladder/liver Chi. Also useful are herbs cardamom, chive, dill, cayenne, garlic, and basil. In addition, herbal teas that soothe excited energy may include orange peel, chrysanthemum, jasmine, and peppermint. During the yang expression of spring, plenty of raw foods and sunlight can be vigorously imbibed by the body.

In eliminating the stagnancy of the winter months, detoxification is probably the most effective way to achieve this during the season of spring. Light eating by ingesting easily digestible foods such as freshly made vegetable juices and sprouts all promote the rejuvenation of the gall bladder and liver. For springtime cleansing, leafy green juices/beet and apple/carrot are especially beneficial. Chlorella, spirulina, sea vegetables, green drinks, and cereal grass help the body get rid of accumulated waste. During the slow winter months, harmful elements such as the byproducts of over-indulgence, environmental pollutants, and toxic heavy metals are all removed from the body through the process of detoxification. This is the time to limit high-sodium, processed and fatty along with dairy and meat.

Unpasteurized apple cider vinegar with a small amount of honey can be an ideal liver tonic for those without heat signs (thirst, red face, and constipation). Combine both in a glass of water and take them in first thing in the morning. Liver stagnation can be unblocked through this simple drink. Replace grapefruit juice, lime, or lemon for the vinegar if you manifest signs of heat.

During spring, bodywork can be very important for keeping the energy channels flowing while aiding in the cleansing of the body. To invigorate a stagnant liver or soothe an overactive one, swimming in nature, hiking, or walking can be quite beneficial. The color green, from the viewpoint of TCM, brings harmony to the gall bladder/liver energy channels. The vividness of spring connects with the natural spaces whilst supporting balanced vitality. By nature, chi kung or qigong can be very effective for boosting emotional calmness. Acupuncture in Cleveland can be extremely beneficial as it specifically works with the energy of the season to preserve the equilibrium of Chi. Additionally, EFT or Emotional Freedom Technique is a very powerful tool for healing anger and other emotional imbalances.

We all have an opportunity to revitalize our well being and health during springtime, the season that erupts with renewed vibrancy and growth. The gall bladder and liver are rejuvenated, aggression, frustration, and anger are healed through the gentle promotion of a balanced wood element inside the body.