28. December 2017 · Comments Off on Chinese Nutritional Therapy, Herbal Medicine, and Blood Typing · Categories: chinese medicine · Tags: , ,

Chinese medicine practitioners in Jacksonville are trained to know the right herbs and herbal remedies to use in order to treat a specific health problem. They may also use other modalities like nutritional/diet therapy, massage therapy, acupressure/acupuncture, and Qi gong. There was hardly ever a need for surgery for illnesses in the Chinese medical system, unless an emergency arose. Hundreds of years ago, the Chinese had no real understanding of anatomy; they instead relied on the energy channels called meridians within the body to resolve a condition. Now, modern science has revealed that our material bodies not solid at all, as perceived through our senses, and are nothing but a swirling and vibrating mass of energy. Those meridians are believed to transport blood, energy from one organ system to another in a free, continuous, and smooth flow. But to have this kind of flow, we need to live a satisfied, emotionally balanced life. We also need to perform daily exercises and take in the right foods and drinks. Only then can we be assured of a life free of disease free life and, barring any unfortunate accidents, a long one at that.

Unfortunately, most of us do not eat a healthy diet nor do we perform daily exercises. Habits like overindulgence of pleasurable activities, drinking alcohol, and smoking have been clinically proven to be extremely harmful to our health. Sex does also play a huge role in the state of our mental and physical well being as well as in longevity. After we pass the age of 40, we need to be especially concerned about our sexual health, and for men, this is especially true.

Each person is different in his/her own unique way, despite the fact that we all come from the same human species. The distinctions all the way down to our genetic makeup are familial, religious, cultural, and geographic. In blood types for instance, – we have types like O, A, AB, B, hence the constitution of our blood may not be the same as our friend, neighbor, and lover. Studies show that the drinks and foods that we take in affect us bio-medically in different ways, especially when our blood type is taken into account. For instance, studies have shown that A blood types may seldom live longer than 60 years of age. These people tend to have a high risk of heart disease and cancer that kill these people at a very early age. The suspected culprit is a diet containing high saturated fats. For A blood types, would it be a good idea to recommend a vegetarian diet? It’s certainly worth considering. This is where the dietary advisor comes into the picture that sometimes, may be more important than your own doctor.

When it comes to real nutrition, blood typing must be analyzed for your nutritional needs. Herbs and foods are the biggest sources for good health. They must be customized based on your own specific needs. For those who are suffering from chronic illnesses and for those who believe they are healthy but have not been checked properly for their nutritional requirements, this is extremely important. In its approach to health, Chinese Herbal Medicine is a truly holistic form of therapy. It considers the individual and all the organ systems in the body, including the mind and heart as a whole. Balance is extremely necessary and you are definitely not in balance if you’re suffering from dis-ease. Most of the time, there are several things that need to be addressed and Traditional Chinese Medicine definitely addresses the wholeness of your being.

28. December 2017 · Comments Off on What is the Dit-Da jow Liniment? · Categories: chinese medicine

In your day to day life, you must have come across skin damages, some sore muscles, bruises, and certain. These are ailments that bring about swelling and pain once their effect reaches the deeper tissues. Pain can be sometimes felt in body parts far away from the site of injury. This is due to the trigger points that set off pain signals in the other parts of the body. Infection may set in if those bruise and cuts are not treated on time, which may then cause impairment to some of the internal organs. These problems are most commonly treated by applying some type of ointment on the surface of skin. The healing ingredients in the ointment, penetrates deep inside the tissues that helps quell the ailment.

In Traditional Chinese medicine, we are offered a solution for external injuries in the form of a liniment called Dit-Da jow. This embrocation has a viscosity that’s less than cream or ointment but similar to lotions. The main difference between liniment and ointment is that liniment is rubbed rapidly so much so that its ingredients penetrate deep inside while ointment is merely applied on the skin surface.

When applied on the skin, the Dit-Da jow liniment provides relief to bruises, muscle soreness, and cuts. It works by reducing stiffness and relieving pain in the muscles restoring normal function and flexibility. This liniment can also help relieve arthritis pain. The ingredients in Dit-Da jow is a carefully guarded secret that have been passed on from generation to generation through western sciences, practitioners of martial arts, and traditional Chinese medicines documents. According to Chinese legend, the origin of Chinese medicine came from a Chinese god named Divine Plowman. The earliest known medical document in the world is the Nei Jing or the Yellow Emperor’s medical text. It was mostly used by martial artists during their practice.

The Dit-Da jow is made up of a blend of herbs that varies based on the severity and type of injury. Also added into the mixture are several aromatic herbs like ginseng and myrrh. The liniment is some sort analgesic that helps relieve inflammation, swelling, and pain. It is also known to open energy channels that have been blocked helping restore the smooth flow of energy and blood in the body. Researchers have discovered that it can treat aching muscles, arthritis, and rheumatism.

The herbs that are used in Dit-Da jow will depend on the specific condition of the patient. Each liniment produced has a certain energy frequency related to it, which has a unique effect on a specific organ. A variety of hot and cool herbs are included in the concoction. Hot herbs stimulate energy points to promote the smooth flow of energy. They also boost blood circulation, and relieve pain. Cooling herbs, on the other hand, can help reduce inflammation and swelling. Sometimes certain herbs are also included to either neutralize the strong effect of another herb or to boost its potency.

Sometimes athletes and martial artists will just allow minor injuries to heal themselves. However, this injury is only healed superficially and may be prone to infection. When athletes experience repeated injury in one part of their body, it may result in the stagnation blood of and energy (chi) that could lead to bigger problems that may even become permanent. Strong trauma liniments need to be prepared for such conditions.

This unique Chinese treatment for injuries has proven to work extremely well, especially for injuries that do not respond to conventional Western therapies. The Dit-Da jow liniment can be bought online. Because there are a lot of fake products available in the market with the same tag and label, due diligence is required when you buy to ascertain the purity of the product.

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14. December 2017 · Comments Off on The Healing and Martial Aspects of Tai Chi · Categories: Acupuncture, chinese medicine · Tags:

The gentle and soft internal martial art of Tai Chi can and ought to be performed in a flowing way for all practitioners regardless of age. Nowadays, in East Asia and especially in China, more and more people over 50 years of age are taking up Tai Chi while the younger generations are not that interested in taking up this ancient healing art.

Tai Chi has been practiced for about 3,000 years. New medical studies show that Tai Chi and qi gong (Tai Chi is considered a complete form qigong) benefit the health of people practicing them. Total recuperation from health conditions ranging from the common cold to cancer has been recorded through constant performing of Tai Chi.

Arthritis can also be controlled by practicing Tai Chi. In order to get the best possible benefits from this exercise, you need to learn it from a well-experienced teacher, who has more than a decade of experience and has been trained by a well-known Chinese master with verifiable “lineage”. This will make sure that what you learn is real Tai Chi which will lead to a healthier body, clearer mind, and stable recovery from any health problems you may be currently experiencing.

In English, Tai Chi chuan translates to “paramount optimum fist”. Tai Chi is all about cultivating the spirit, body, mind, and energy. The last is a concept that has no equivalent in the West. The energy referred to is called chi or internal energy. It exists in the body from birth and is derived from the food and air we take in. There is also such a thing as external energy and this is the energy of the universe. When we practice Tai Chi, we build up the chi in our bodies which then leads to the improvement of our health. This is the medical side to Tai Chi practice. Tai Chi also has a martial arts side in which we learn how to utilize external energy for defense.

Although Tai Chi has been practiced for 3,000 years, it actually has been invented 5,000 years ago by a Taoist monk named Chang Seng Feng. His knowledge was allegedly passed by a group of people believed to have been 7 ft tall to the ancient Chinese people. These tall people were called “the children of reflected light” and according to legend they taught the art of Tai Chi to the Chinese. This contributed greatly to the advance of Chinese civilization 3,000 year ago as depicted in silk items and porcelain unearthed by archaeologists.

It was believed that Chang Seng Feng designed Tai Chi based on observations of nature. He was an eyewitness to a fight between a snake and a crane and closely observed the striking and yielding qualities of these two creatures. This is reflected in the way Tai Chi is performed which is an ever changing and slow manner much like the “flow of a river” that leads to greater health and longevity. Who moves fast and quick? Is it the elephant or the tortoise? How long do these animals live? To increase the likelihood of us living long lives, should we not then relax and slow down our lives like these long-living creatures do?

In Tai Chi exercises, we mimic the movements of several animals. We perform a series of postures or movements or postures that flow into each other. These strengthening and stretching exercises each come with poetic names: Fair Lady Weaving the Shuttles, Golden Cock Standing on One Leg, White Crane Spreading Its Wings, etc.

Tai Chi boosts blood flow and is an extremely healthy exercise. It can be used to help heart attack patients recover. Tai Chi includes movement, breathing, stretching of ligaments, tendons, and muscles and internal massage of the organs of the body. It is important to keep a clear mind when practicing and because the exercise is not strenuous (anaerobic) the person can feel energy flowing in the body and can feel energized after proper practice. There is no need to overdo the exercise. The two most important things to consider in Tai Chi are to practice it every day and to take total responsibility for your health.

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14. December 2017 · Comments Off on The Benefits Of Tai Chi And Qi Gong For Diabetes Sufferers · Categories: Acupuncture, chinese medicine · Tags:

There are not so many articles online that discuss the benefits of Tai Chi for diabetes. Besides enhancing microcirculation, practitioners of this ancient Chinese exercise say that it is a very potent way to manage stress and has helped them burn a considerable amount of calories allowing them to lose weight rapidly. Tai Chi can actually aid the body in attaining homeostatic chemical levels. One example of this was revealed in a study showing how Tai Chi helped participants attain a “balancing effect” on the hormonal chemistry of their sex hormones that elevated the inordinately low levels of estrogen in older women while reducing the inordinately high levels of estrogen in older men.

Other studies also produced similar results which suggest that perhaps, significant research had been done on the benefits of Tai Chi (as well as Qigong) for people suffering from diabetes, provided that the results in other studies initially and at the minimum, indicate Tai Chi (and Qigong) provide lots of benefits for diabetes sufferers. In Western medical research, there doesn’t appear to be much study on the use of tai chi and qigong as an adjunctive therapy for diabetes.

However, studies conducted in Chinese medical institutions showed really incredible results. One study performed in the Beijing University of Chinese Medicine and Pharmacology discovered that levels of blood sugar could be successfully reduced through performing Qi Gong exercises. In the study, 42.9 percent of patients were able to reduce their intake of medications and were able to increase their consumption of staple foods. Another study performed by researchers at the Nanjing University discovered that geriatric obesity with metabolic disorder of type 2 diabetes mellitus can be regulated by doing Tai Chi exercise. It was found that Tai chi helped regulate the endocrine-nervous system of the patients.

Based on these amazing results, why hasn’t Western medicine attempted any medical research on this?

In the United States only less than half of one percent of NIH funding goes to research on complementary and alternative therapies. This means that homeopathy, herbal medicine, meditation, yoga, acupuncture, etc., all get a tiny allocation of the NIH budget. A lot of the benefits enjoyed by people suffering from various conditions from the practice of Tai Chi and Qigong will never be experienced by others having the same conditions unless the NIH allocates enough funding research for these two ancient healing arts. Until adequate research is done, majority of doctors will not have the knowledge needed to inform their patients of the possible benefits and use of Tai Chi and Qigong as a viable treatment for their conditions.

Nonetheless, it is possible to request your doctor to do some research on Tai chi and qi gong for you. But, in the meantime, we can discuss current prescriptions for treatment of diabetes therapy, which we can then compare them to the benefits that Tai Chi provides to determine if tai chi is indeed a good therapeutic option for diabetes. We need to emphasize that it is not an option to self-treat. We highly recommend that you talk to your doctor and medical research institutions to appeal on your behalf for more research on tai chi and other effective natural health therapies in order that you could have the widest possible options for strengthening, restoring, or maintaining your health.

The Post Graduate Medicine Online website posted an article written by several doctors which state that “Exercise, diet, and the quest for the ideal body weight are the most important elements of any plan of treatment for type 2 diabetes. . .” Besides providing cardiovascular benefits that’s almost the same as moderate impact aerobics, Tai Chi exercise surprisingly (given its low impact nature) can help a person burn a considerable amount of calories. The amount of calories it can be burn can be as almost as much as downhill skiing and even much more than surfing. For people with diabetes, these cardiovascular benefits and amazing calorie burning capacity provided by gentle Tai chi exercises can be extremely important in the management or even cure of their disease.

Information regarding diabetes provided by the health website Top5plus5.com disclosed that the kind of exercise practiced by a patient is vital to their health and well being. According to the website, “People suffering from active diabetic retinopathy should not perform exercises involving any heavy lifting or straining since these activities can elicit eye damage. They need to also realize that nerve injury brought about by high levels of blood sugar can result in sensation loss of the feet that, later on, may lead to ulceration and blistering. People suffering from progressive heart damage brought about by high blood sugar need to be aware of their risk of sudden heart failure and death.” With regards to the health of the heart, Tai Chi may provide some benefits that are so vital for people with diabetes. The BBC news reported on October 9, 2004, that Tai Chi may remedy heart failure. The BBC also said that the British Heart Foundation thought that this was “excellent news,” and in the future, Tai Chi could be into integrated in the treatment programmes in the UK.

We need to stress once again that you should never treat yourself. Also, we recommend that you need to always consider all possible treatments in consultation with your doctor. This article is meant to foster a dialogue between your doctor and you, and optimistically between your doctor and health organizations. Hopefully, this will result in a more commonsensical distribution of funding of medical research towards natural health therapies such as Tai Chi and Qigong.

We hope that in the not so distant future, doctors, will discover for themselves what Tai Chi and Qigong can offer a person in terms of health. Hopefully, we may see the inclusion of Tai Chi and natural health therapies courses in medical colleges and universities. There is really no reason why there should be a war between conventional therapies and alternative therapies. In the future, conventional therapies could expand to include modes of treatment that works best for the patient. A great number of people in the medical profession do advocate for such a vision.

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