02. May 2019 · Comments Off on Chinese Medicine – Getting To Know Your Lungs · Categories: Acupuncture · Tags:

In this article, I’m going be sharing with you that Chinese medical theory, physiology and philosophy behind your lungs and your breath. Once you have an understanding for the Chinese medical side of your organs (in this case, your lung organ as well as the lung channel), you’re going to develop a whole new relationship with your lungs, and the health of your breath. It’s really going to help you every single day and change your relationship with some of the signs and symptoms that you might be suffering from on a day-to-day basis.

In Chinese medicine, there are channel systems that we refer to as meridians. There are 12 of them and they run from superficial to deep within the body. The lungs are the first channel within that system. The lung channel starts in the abdominals, goes down to connect with the large intestine, and then ascends up to connect with the lungs and moves out towards the axilla or the armpit area.

This is where the first lung point or Lung 1 begins. The channel continues on the inside of the arm, or the more Yin side of the arm, where it ascends down to the shoulder, the elbow and the wrist, into the pad of the thumb, which is known as the thenar eminence, and ends at Lung 10, which is going to be at the tip of the thumb.

The lungs, being that they are the first channel system within the meridian series, they’re all about how we interact with the world – we interact with the word through sense; we smell different things, breathe in oxygen every day throughout our existence. As a matter of fact, the lungs are the first channel system to be activated when we are born.

When we come into the world, we take that first breath and then we cry and scream, and activate our lungs through that scream, taking in and out the oxygen that’s just been made available to us in this new world. The lungs are also how we interact with people. Often times, when you meet somebody new, you reach out and take their hand, your thumb wrapped over their hand, and through this process, your entire lung channel is activated.

So, not only are you taking in their physical being with your eyesight, you are also connecting with them energetically and your lungs are taking in their presence. So the next time you meet somebody new and you shake their hand, notice, do you hold your breath, do you constrict, do they make you feel nervous, or do you actually find yourself breathing with ease, and taking in more air?

Since the lung channel is the first channel within the meridian system, it’s going to be extremely important to the health of the other organs and channels within the meridian system within our body. According to Chinese medicine physiology, the air that we take in, the oxygen, acts as a little rain storm or raindrops, did the rest of our organs.

Our breath in is what nourishes all the other organs within our system. If you suffer from constipation, shortness of breath or tightening within the chest, I want to encourage you to focus on your inhale, and visualize the raindrops dropping to all of your organs, especially your large intestine. If you remember, I mentioned earlier that the lung channel starts in the center of the abdomen and descends down to connect to the large intestine.

We need moisture in order for our bowels to move and release property. That moisture, one of the ways that we receive it, is through the oxygen that we breathe. Similarly, in shortness of breath and tightness in the chest, anxiety or even palpitations, it is set in Chinese medicine classics that the beat of the heart follows the pace of the breath. So it’s our breath that sets the pace of the heart.

If we’re tight, constricted or short of breath, our heart is going to need to work harder, it has to pump more efficiently because it’s just simply not getting enough oxygen. Same thing, if we are exercising, and our heart rate is picking up, so is our breath. So our heart and our breath want to be in sync with one another, and it is the breath that sets the pace of the heart.

So again, if you suffer from palpitations, shortness of breath or tightness in the chest, use your breath to open the chest and slow down the heart.

Our breath and our lungs are part of the autonomic nervous system within our body. It’s going to happen no matter what we do, but when we’re in situations where we just don’t feel like we’re taking in enough air, or we need the help of our lungs to calm our system or to simply bring in more oxygen in, we can control the autonomic nervous system.

We can use it and guide it and instruct it to act in a certain way that is to our benefit; to the benefits of our whole body, mind and even our spiritual self.

Now I’m going to take you through just a short breath exercise that you can do at any point in your day. This breath exercise is one that you can use to prime and condition the body. So the more often that you do it, the more comfortable that you become with it, and make it your own, the more effective and stronger your breath is going to be, and the more your body’s going to benefit from these breathing exercises.

What I recommend is that you set a timer, whether it’s on your phone or your computer, for just a couple of minutes as you do these exercises. I do want to suggest that you take a seat, so whether that’s on the floor or on the edge of a chair, so that your feet are planted firmly on the ground.

To begin, roll your shoulders back and tuck your chin so that your spine is nice and long. We really want to open the chest and allow for the air to come in through the diaphragm, and down through the rest of our organs and channel systems.

Close your eyes and place your hands in your lap, or if you want, you can place them out in kind of an open position. Either hand position you’re in, you’re going to be activating that lung channel, which is extremely important so you don’t want your hands to be down, you want the lung channel open and receptive to that breath.

But will be doing is taking in air by inhaling through your nose and exhaling out your mouth. We going to do that three times, and feel free to make that exhale out your mouth a strong as you want it to be, or a subtle and relaxed as you want it to be. After those three exhales, we going to take, at least three inhales through our nose and exhales out our mouth as well.

So let’s begin, close your eyes, take a big inhale, and exhale out your mouth. Big inhale, feel your belly expand out. Exhale, pull your belly in as the air comes up and out of the abdominals. Inhale, belly expands, exhale, pull the abdominals in as the air comes up and out. Inhale in, belly expands, exhale out your nose. As the abdomen is pulled in, the breath is pushed up and out your nose. Inhale, exhale out the nose. Do this exercise four or five more times.

Great job, that was excellent! You followed along so well. I want to encourage you that if you find situations where the breath is getting stuck, just imagine those raindrops going right past that stuckness and tightness.

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02. May 2019 · Comments Off on Breast Health In Chinese Medicine · Categories: Acupuncture · Tags: ,

In addition to certain nutritional and lifestyle modifications, there are numerous Chinese herbs which can improve the health of the breast, and which may help to prevent the development of breast cancer. These days, a lot of women face challenges with a wide variety breast problems with breast cancer being the most serious.

Estimate show that as many as 1 in 7 American women will have breast cancer at some point in their lives. Firstly, we’ll discuss about certain basic lifestyle suggestions that can maintain breast health. Ingredients in anti-perspirants and deodorants and that are used in the armpit area need to be aluminum-based free.

There are a large number of lymph nodes in the area of the armpit that branch out towards the breast. Many potential toxins, including aluminum, may be absorbed into this region through the skin. It is also important to wear bras that are not too tight, because this can inhibit the flow of lymph as well as blood circulation in this area.

Underwire bras may be particularly bad for this reason. Sports bras and other bras that are made of more flexible material can be much better for allowing proper circulation in the area of the breasts. The functioning of the liver in Chinese medicine, has a huge impact on the health of the breasts.

Stress and abuse as well as environmental and nutritional toxins are major factors that can adversely influence the health of the liver. Hence, maintaining proper breast health is essential in order to manage or reduce stress in a healthy way. avoiding emotionally abusive and toxic situations is also vitally important as well as reducing contact with harmful substances within our environment.

Drinking spring water or purified water or consuming vegetables and fruits that are free of pesticides, eating meat that are hormone free and avoiding harsh perfumes, dyes and chemicals can all help as it prevents carcinogenic substances from getting inside our body in the first place.Predominantly, the breasts are made up of fatty tissue that store easily all kinds of toxins that,over time, eventually can become carcinogenic.

One herb that has proven useful for breast health maintaining is pugongying or dandelion. Also, taking the herb manjingzi or vitexagnuscastus, over time, is extremely helpful for fibrocystic breasts. When regularly taken more than 4 to 6 months, it can help cure fibrocystic breast conditions. XiaoyoawanFree and Easy Wanderer is a Chinese herbal formula touted to be effective in curing fibrocystic breast problems.

Certain Chinese herbs proven to have anticancer effects in the breast areas include dahuangor Chinese rhubarb and she shecao, baihua or oldenlandia.

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25. April 2019 · Comments Off on Chinese Medicine And The Five Elements And Phases · Categories: Acupuncture · Tags:

Chinese medicine is based on the natural and rhythms of nature. The seasons are recognized and observed and each season possesses its own qualities and energy that in turn affects all facets of health and life. These qualities are portrayed in the Five Elements of Chinese medicine, Fire, Water, Metal, Earth and Water, each of which symbolizes the essence of each season.

We experience each Phase to varying degrees just as we go through every season to finish the year. In addition, the way a specific Phase functions within a person affects the manner the other Phase functions that affects him are done.

Within the external and internal factors that influence each season and Phase, Chinese medicine is constantly attempting to attain balance in a person. There’s no way disease can develop when a person is in tune with nature.

Below are the different Phases and their holistic effects within nature and the body.


Fire represents Summer and the South. It mirrors nature’s lushness and exuberance in full bloom. High noon and Summer solstice are the embodiment of this element.

The organs systems, pericardium and Heart are directly related to Fire, as well as the Triple Burner and Small Intestine.

Yellow, orange and red are the colors affiliated with Fire. The body part affected by Fire will turn red due to too much heat in his body. From a Western-medical viewpoint, Fire is associated with the word “inflammation” which mirrors Fire blazing inside the body.

Gratitude, joy and love are the emotions related to unimpeded Fire. When a person manifests hatred, it means there is a problem with the Fire element of that person.

If you have a Fire constitution, it may sound as if you’re always laughing. Your constitution may be similar to the Sanguine constitution of the Greeks, who say people with this type of constitution excel at forming friendships, connecting with others, and are often the life of the party. One good example is Santa Claus.


Water represents the Winter Season and the North. This is the Phase of retreat, hibernation, stillness and darkness. Water symbolizes storage in which where energy is collected and saved in preparation for the energy required in the Spring. Water symbolizes Winter, which represents death, a concept that’s echoed in Western culture when people say that the aged are in the “winter of their lives.”

The Bladder and the Kidneys are the organs affiliated with Water. This can be gleaned in the function of the urinary system.

In Chinese medicine, Water is associated with the black or deep purple color. A person’s face may look as though he’s always in a shadow if he suffers from an imbalanced Water Phase.

People with a Water constitution are loyal and unwavering. They have an innate wisdom and aren’t likely to speak more than is required. If you have a solid Water constitution, you are impassive and delight in “going with the flow”.

If you have a weak Water constitution, you tend to do things half-heartedly and be easily dismayed. On the hand, if you have an overabundant Water constitution, you’re likely to assume superiority over others, be extremely ambitious, and overwork yourself that usually end up in severe stress. Unbalanced Water can also lead to fearfulness, causing the person to cope with anxiety, phobias, adrenal exhaustion and panic attacks.

The Water model may best be exemplified by a crone, grandparent, or sage who has acquired great skill and wisdom and can easily adapt to the challenges of life.


The West is where the Metal Phase preponderates and it’s the Phase associated with the Autumn season. Metal mirrors the dryness and crispness of the air and the leaves, the setting of the sun, the glow that can be observed in the mountain rock as the trees grow bare. It’s at this Phase when things start to turn still and activity and reproduction gradually slows down. Autumn is the time to let go of what is no longer needed and the time to re-evaluate yourself.

The Large Intestine and the Lungs are the organs associated with Metal, and the color it represents is white. Metal is also associated with grief and loss due to its affiliation with Autumn, which is also a metaphor for the process of dying. More often than not, a person with a Metal weakness may find himself holding on to grief longer than required and may develop lung problems like emphysema or chronic cough.

If your Metal constitution is strong and when you’re in balance, you tend to appreciate justice, structure, refinement, integrity, and clearness. An imbalanced Metal constitution will lead to hypocrisy, jealousy, unwillingness to change, rigidity, grief and materialism.

Extroverted people who have a Metal constitution tend to become good lawyers, judges, police officers, and professors while the introverted will tend to be artistic and melancholic and make excellent painters, poets and musicians.


In a number of Chinese medicine traditions, this Phase is unique in terms of classification in that it’s uniquely placed. Certain people put Earth in the South-West of the compass while others at the center. Some believe that the Earth is in a transitory Phase that will turn into the next Phase. These days, the three theories are considered true and applicable.

Earth mirrors a mother’s love and the sustenance of harvest time. The Abdomen and Spleen are the organs related to Earth. They represent the storage and welcoming of food inside the body, and the transferring and conversion of food so it may be used to nourish the rest of the body. That concept can be applied beyond food and can include all forms of physical, emotional, and spiritual sustenance.

Earth is represented by a lot of colors including, brown, yellow, light orange, beige and the like, which, from a psychological viewpoint, is the reason yellow boosts appetite.

The Earth constitution, in Chinese medicine, is similar to the Ayurvedic Kapha system. A person with this constitution is likely to have a sing-song voice, a thicker body, and an agreeable and nourishing disposition.

A person with an unbalanced Earth constitution may likely manifest clinginess, bloating, worry, and indigestion.


This phase is affiliated with the season of Spring and the East direction. It represents the expansive pushing upward power required to generate new life, like the dawn in the morning when the sun starts to ascend the sky.

Wood is affiliated with the Gallbladder and Liver organ systems, which may be gleaned in the creative and inherent regenerative abilities of the Liver.

Bluish green is the color of Wood, and, if a person has a Wood problem, some areas of his complexion might sometimes look greenish.

The emotions related to an optimal Wood constitution are enthusiasm and benevolence. An inhibited wood can result in frustration and anger. As they are in the Wood Phase of their lives, young children are the ones who most clearly express these emotions.

If you’re constitution is woody, you’re likely to have a booming loud voice and a distinct gait. This constitution is the same as the Greek Choleric constitution type who’s gifted with directing and planning talents and projects his vision into the world.

In summary, there are a variety of seasons to each person just as each year is made up of all the seasons. Some people will clearly manifest what phase governs their constitution, while others aren’t so easy to pin down.

In Chinese medicine, attempting to fit a person into a certain category isn’t as good as observing the current presenting symptom, which may be a bit complex. However, understanding the Phases of a person is a good starting point in order to learn the interactions and composition that generate the living matrix.

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25. April 2019 · Comments Off on Cancer From The Eyes Of Chinese Medicine · Categories: Acupuncture · Tags:

Cancer is a very old human problem. There is mention of cancers and tumors in ancient Chinese literature. Chinese medicine doctors have been trying to invent ways of treating cancer and helping people with cancer for very long time. In Chinese medicine terms, cancer is defined as a kind of poisonous accumulation or entanglement of what may have been originally normal, healthy things in the body, normal healthy qi, blood and tissue.

But for some reason and under some conditions, these healthy normal things become scrambled, and in a sense, they lose their identity. If you think about what cancer really is, cancer is us, but it’s a part of us that has lost touch with the rest of us – it’s no longer subject to the interests of the whole. It’s self-seeking, self-serving as if the rest of us didn’t exist.

This points to a very important idea, the idea of coherence or integrity, that is, all parts of the organism are in a relation to, and interacting with all the other parts of the organism. For some reason, one of these parts gets out of contact with the rest of the body. It’s not communicating nor is it integrating with the rest of the body and begins to have a life of its own.

But it is part of us, and it is utilizing all of our resources for its own growth and development, although it’s no longer in the interest of us as a whole. The way Chinese medicine can help people with cancer is that it can help people with any problem – essentially all problems are resolved from the same causes, which is a lack of coherence, integrity or harmonious movement of qi and blood.

There are many medicines in the pharmacopeia of Chinese medicine that are known to have antitumor effects. In Chinese medicine terms, they are things that break up, dissolve or carry masses out of the body. In fact, what investigations show that many of these substances, for example, medicinal mushrooms, have been used to treat tumors for hundreds of years.

We now know that medicinal mushrooms have the property of modulating our immune response. The immune system is a way, that we as human beings, to know ourselves, to be in touch with ourselves. It’s a method of surveillance, a mechanism for keeping touch and track every cell in our body. So when we lose the ability to keep track of those cells, and keep them within the community of the body as a whole, then we have the possibility of developing cancer.

We have the possibility of something growing and being alive without any of the constraints of the community of which it’s a part. What Chinese medicine does is it uses acupuncture in Orlando, herbs, nutrition, physical exercise like qigong, tai chi or calisthenics; whatever it can, it uses to help reorganize the body in such a way that these organs or tissues that have come out of touch are brought back into touch with the rest of the body.

We know this is possible because of what are called spontaneous remissions. Some people don’t have any treatment at all and their cancers go away. So we know that we have this capacity and we believe very strongly that Chinese medicine can activate this mechanism that we have innately to bring ourselves back into communication with ourselves and make the cancer go away or keep it at bay.

The other thing that Chinese medicine does is it can help to keep a person healthy while they are undergoing conventional therapy. One of the challenges of radiation therapy, chemotherapy and surgery is that it can be very injurious to the healthy parts of the body. Chinese medicine can help cancer patients maintain their health during the process of conventional care, so that when it’s over, they regain their health and their quality of life.

Many studies have shown that when Chinese medicine is combined with conventional therapy, cancer patients have a better quality of life. Their results, in terms of tumor regression are as good or better than people undergoing either chemotherapy or radiation therapy, and that they live longer.

17. January 2019 · Comments Off on The Incredible Benefits Offered By Classical Chinese Medicine · Categories: Acupuncture · Tags:

Chinese medicine in Bellingham, especially when it’s done in a classically-based manner, works very well. In their long years of clinical observation, a great number of practitioners have witnessed miracles transpire. Some have witnessed individuals burdened by certain conditions, sometimes almost all their lives, be immediately changed after only a few treatment sessions. Perhaps, a lot of you have observed this as well. Classical Chinese medicine really helps patients get well – and that’s what medicine is supposed to do.

Not all clinical studies done on classical Chinese medicine are perfect. There have been studies that were thoroughly lambasted in a number of different ways by a great number of people. Chinese medicine works in an entirely different manner than Western medicine. In fact, it’s so different that double blind placebo controlled studies basically don’t work in showing what it is that Chinese medicine can do. Clinical research is another matter, and many of them have demonstrated the great effectiveness of Chinese medicine. Where those studies have been inconclusive or negative, it probably has something to do with the degree of Chinese medicine being performed in the study. This is the reason we’re hoping to perform trial studies through the Helfgott Research Institute.

When one consults with a Chinese doctor for the first time, they may be shocked at the intake process. The procedure is very much detailed, and Chinese doctors or practitioners address all of your problems under advisement – not merely the children who neatly fall into a basic diagnostic category. Doctors of Chinese medicine will not ignore your concerns as “psychosomatic” or “irrelevant”, they instead will assimilate each sign and symptom of disease into an entire diagnosis that will lead to a therapy to repair your ENTIRE bodily system’s balance.

Classical Chinese medicine doesn’t as the saying goes “rob Peter to pay Paul”. When a patient’s main your complaint is resolved, it is resolved in order to consolidate your entire being – spirit, mind, and body. Hence, for example, your current therapy for seasonal allergies will not give you an overwhelming feeling of anxiety, make it difficult for you to sleep, or generate dryness in your mucus membranes. This may lower your general discomfort and keep expenses at a minimum – you wouldn’t need to buy drugs to rectify the problems that the drugs caused!

Chinese medicine also doesn’t use any synthetic chemicals or pharmaceuticals for carrying out chemicals or treatment. One of the most significant problems we face today is pollutants that are dumped by the pharmaceutical industry into our waterways. That being said, there are very real environmental problems practitioners of Chinese medicine must deal with, including the issues inherent in importing Chinese herbal products in the West. While they are most certainly an item in itself – we want to underscore the fact that a lot of American companies are working to invent sustainably produced and pesticide-free herbal products.

We now are aware that, the rising costs of healthcare are leaving a lot of Americans uninsured, resulting in nearly intolerable pressure on the sustainably produced hospital system. It’s a big shame that the richest nation on earth leaves so many people without access to basic care. Natural medicine as a whole symbolizes an answer to this problem. Doctors of Chinese medicine offer so many treatments such as inexpensive herbal supplements and food therapy. In addition, you will discover that the typical office consultation for a Chinese medicine physician is quite reasonable what with the incredible depth of care a person receives. Insurance companies are starting to pay for the cost of these office visits which is a promising sign.

Classical Chinese Medicine definitely has some great reasons why it should be your medicine of choice – although we hope this article will provide you with some options as you think about your health care choices.

13. December 2018 · Comments Off on The “Healing Sounds” Of Chinese Medicine · Categories: chinese medicine · Tags:

These days, we’re far more aware of the ideas of sound frequencies, the continuous vibrating state of sounds, and the sounds of all matter in the universe. To peer inside the human body, eliminate kidney stones and gall stones, unlock and search for oil, or search other secret hidden deep inside the earth, we know use the technology of ultra sound waves.

It may seem that sound frequencies are totally unrelated to the healing of the body but in Chinese medicine in Orlando, there are various very old fantastic ways to cure and heal the body that are rarely known today. One such healing method is called “The Six Syllable Secret” or the “The Six Healing sounds”.

The initially three of these sounds were “SHHHHH,” “WUUUUUU,” and “SSSSSS” for the liver, kidneys, and lungs respectively. Then, we need to discuss the last three sounds for the spleen, heart, and Triple B, which is a vital system for balancing energy.

The Six Sounds

1. The Spleen – When doing the sound of the spleen, you need inhale deeply, then breathe out and utter the sound WHOOOOOOOOOO. Deeply breathe in into the abdomen, pancreas, and spleen while visualizing a yellow and bright light with the aspects of musical creation, compassion, and fairness entering them. Perform this sound three to six times.

2. The Heart – When doing the sound for the heart, you need to first perform some few deep inhalations, then shut your eyes and become cognizant of your heart. You can start producing the sound for the heart after a few breaths by leaning your head back while looking up, then upon breathing out, you utter the sound HAWWWWWWWWWWWW.

Between each repetition, take a short rest and perform a few normal breaths. While your eyes are kept shut, visualize a bright red color along with the aspects of creativity, honor, sincerity, and joy with each inhalation entering your heart. Do omit this as this is a very important step.

Perform the sound for the heart for three to six 6 times. If you suffer from heart pains, heart disease, swelling in the tongue or gums, or have cold sores or a sore throat, or if you’re encountering jumpiness or moodiness, or to detoxify the heart, you need to perform this exercise nine to 36 times.

Make this sound nine to 36 times if you’re also desirous of detoxifying your spleen or have diarrhea, nausea, or indigestion. This sound is healthier and more effective than taking antacids. This is the sound that can be done right after eating.

3. The Triple Burner. The triple burner sound is a very simple sound. It is similar to the word “He” but the “e” sound is prolonged for the rest of the breath. This is the sound HEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE. The sound for the Triple Burner, as with the other sounds, needs to be uttered “sub vocally” or very softly which means you need only to exhale and open your mouth as if making the sound, but without vibrating the vocal chords or actually making a sound. The sound for the triple burner can help normalize heartbeat and Chinese martial artists often use it to help slow down their heartbeat during strenuous exercises or either after or during or a fight.

The triple burner sound may also be helpful in the treatment of insomnia. It can be performed for three to nine repetitions per set. For each set, repeat several times if you need to calm down your entire system or to help slow your heart.

22. February 2018 · Comments Off on Combining Chinese Medicine And Holistic Aromatherapy To Treat Flatulence And Constipation · Categories: Acupuncture, chinese medicine · Tags:

In Chinese medicine, one outstanding method in acquiring best results with clients is to use essential oils.

A case study will provide the reader a rundown of how to work with the Stomach and Spleen (Earth Element).

In Chinese medicine, Cold and Damp are two notable pathogenic elements that can cause the sluggish movement of vital energy (chi) in the body. And when this flow or movement slows down or stagnates, the body starts to manifest symptoms and signs of illness or disease.

The Earth organ systems of the Stomach and Spleen are primarily designed to transport and convert postnatal chi. This type of chi is related to diet that involves the things we absorb from our environment. According to TCM physiology, the stomach lowers the impure postnatal chi while the Spleen elevates the pure postnatal chi. So, the Spleen is unable to perform its function properly if the chi is deficient which leads to stagnation. Flatulence is an obvious sign of Spleen Chi Stagnation and Deficiency. This was what happened with a 43 year old female client of mine.

The follow case study exemplifies the healing modalities in resolving flatulence related to Spleen Chi Deficiency combined with the secondary complaint of weak sex drive.

The primary complaint of the client was too much flatulence that got worse with damp and cold weather. The flatulence was difficult to control and this became a problem when she needed to leave her home. Her flatulence could occur as frequently as 1 to 2 times per minute that would last for 12 minutes. Whether she drank iced or hot tea, coffee, green tea, or black tea, this complicated her condition considerably.

The treatment modalities were administered within a TCM context to a great extent. Her symptoms were successfully treated by using a combination of the following remedies:

• A drop of Lavandula angustifolia (lavender) in 10 ml of olive oil
• Salvia sclarea (clary sage) one drop
• Lavandula latifolia (spike lavender) one drop
• Elettaria cardamomum (cardamom) one drop
• Zingiber officinale (ginger) 2 drops

The calming properties of Lavender oil can help relieve the main cause of flatulence: digestive tension. Clary sage oil has also calming properties that helps soothe the central nervous system. It helped relieve the stress and anxiety of my client. Additionally, it can stimulate the immune system – which can bring the body back to normal. Spike Lavender is added to help clear dampness in the lungs.

Ginger oil has warming properties that provides warmth to the Kidneys and tonifies the Spleen. This oil is important for two reasons; one is that the Spleen depends on the warming qualities of the Kidneys to furnish adequate Chi. The second reason is that the Kidneys are related to sexual drive. A weak libido usually means the person suffers from Deficient Kidney Chi. And so, when we closely observe this condition and combine the symptoms together, the real underlying problem we’ll see in Chinese medicine is Deficiency in both Spleen Chi and Kidney Chi.

As its essence is warm, Ginger tends to have a rising quality. This means that it is able to raise and support the Spleen Chi. Because the natural orientation of Lavender is upwards, it promotes the function of Ginger. Lavender has also a cooling nature that helps balance out the Ginger’s warming nature.

An extremely fragrant essential oil, Cardamon, has the ability to fragrantly open the Stomach and the Spleen (the Middle Jiao) and because of its ability to open, it can help relieve stagnation.

I advised the client to apply the formula to the back of her neck, her entire back, chest, and stomach. I told to place some of the formula to the posterior aspect of the neck and shoulders, her upper back, and chest. Her condition got better. After the first 15 minutes of treatment, she still was experiencing flatulence but with considerably less frequency. She only needed to apply formula every three hours; which gave here great relief.

I want back to another formula to relieve gas instead of relying on suppositories:

• Boswellia frereana (frankincense) 4 drops
• Zingiber officinale (ginger) 8 drops
• Jojoba wax 1.5 oz
• Beeswax 0.25

To help normalize the Chi and to warm the cold within the body, I concocted a formula that included the revitalizing and uplifting oil of Frankincense and the warming oil of ginger.

To formulate a salve I used the above mentioned formula. In applying this formula, I told my client to dip some butter using a Q-tip and put it on the perineum. This had a dual purpose: first, it was to help further stimulate good digestion and the second was to initiate treatment to increase her sex drive. Ginger’s warming essence is important in raising the libido in both men and women.

The treatment approach proved to work extremely well. All the symptoms vanished after my client followed the plan of treatment. I advised her to apply the treatment for an additional three days in order to guarantee total elimination of the symptoms. Later, she told me that this approach helped her enjoy her sexual life once again!

While the flatulence was cured and libido increased in my client, certain signs of constipation developed. Our bodies always attempt to create balance. One of the qualities of Chi is to hold, and ginger’s ability to warm the Yang as well as its warming natural may have possibly caused the constipation problem. The following was my strategy in relieving this problem:

• Olive oil 5 ml
• Cananga odorata (ylang ylang) 2 drops
• Salvia sclarea (Clary Sage) 1 drop
• Boswellia frereana (Frankincense) 1 drop
• Elettaria cardamomum (Cardamom) 1 drop

To boost libido and sexual desire, the extremely fragrant Ylang Ylang and its cooling oil was included in this formula. Clary Sage was added to promote libido and its anti – spasmodic property was appropriate for relieving constipation. Frankincense was for revitalizing while cardamom was primarily aimed at supporting the function of the Stomach and Spleen.

I advised my client to apply the formula to her lower back and stomach. This approach worked extremely for her and her complaints never returned afterwards.

Actually, there are several essential oils that can be combined to treat constipation. However, the most important thing before selecting the oils to use is to observe all the patient’s symptoms. By carefully observing my client, I decided to concoct a mixture made up of came Ylang Ylang and Clary Sage. I chose Clary Sage because it was the most appropriate oil to strengthen her libido and help relieve her constipation.

It’s important to look at the whole picture and to know that constipation was my client’s progression towards healing. After one symptom was resolved another one appeared and took its place. Chinese medicine and holistic aromatherapy has one huge benefit and that is to view the whole person and to treat beyond the symptoms.

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12. October 2017 · Comments Off on Foods That Are Also Herbs Used In Chinese Medicine · Categories: Acupuncture, chinese medicine · Tags:

Most of us often think of acupuncture when we think about Encino Chinese medicine, but the fact is, herbal medicine is as important or even more important in Chinese medicine. The idea behind herbal medicine is that each herb has a number of different effects on the body through the organ or organs it affects, its actions, and its innate temperature.

Foods have the same healing properties as herbs although some foods affect the body even stronger and in fact are considered both herbs and foods. They include:

Chinese dates

They are known to tonify the Spleen organ system. The signs and symptoms of Spleen weakness include lack of energy, poor appetite, fatigue, and shortness of breath. Chinese dates can be added to dishes such as salads or eaten alone and can be purchased in health food stores can Asian markets.


A powerful food/herb that has parasite-killing qualities, garlic can be to treat symptoms such as dysentery and diarrhea. It can also help with food poisoning or toxicity and as a preventative measure against flu.


These are moving (dispersing) and warming foods. When boiled with ginger, scallions are commonly used to relieve the early stages of a cold. Before going to bed, drink the broth. This will help you to perspire mildly a mild sweat, which can disperse a cold before it worsens.


Besides used as flavoring, one of the most common uses of herbs is to relieve abdominal pain and discomfort. Ginger is known as an extremely warm herb that can be served as broth in broth combined with scallions in order to combat the early stages of the common cold.

Goji berries

Goji berries have been recently discovered to promote longevity and health. Goji berries are also called Chinese Wolfberries. They have sour and sweet taste and can be added to raisins or eaten alone. Goji berries are used by Chinese herbal practitioners to treat declining eyesight and blurred vision associated with aging. Besides being good for longevity, consuming Goji berries can also strengthen the Kidney organ system, which is also related to aging.


Cinnamon has an energy-moving and warm quality. It can be used to treat colds that come with plenty of pains and aches.

Mung beans

They can help relieve a condition known as Summerheat, a nauseous feeling you get when the weather’s really sticky and hot. The mung beans are boiled till they become soft and then drink the water they were cooked in. If you’d rather take it as soup, just add some vegetable and a little broth.


Watermelon is a sweet delicious fruit that is a treat to eat on a humid and hot day. It has moistening and cooling qualities and Chinese medicine practitioners sometimes use it to treat Summerheat.


Lately, walnuts have been getting raves as a rich source of Omega 3 fatty acids. But the thing is Chinese food therapy and herbal medicine also use it to treat constipation and emolliate the intestines. Walnuts can also prolong longevity and as they deemed to help tonify the Kidney organ system.

Hawthorne fruit

Hawthorne fruit can be bought as Hawflakes which is a type of sour candy or as a supplement in Asian markets. It is used to treat indigestion, which in Chinese medicine is known as food stagnation.

One of the main forms of treatment in traditional Chinese medicine is acupuncture. Like the traditional acupuncture, orlando acupuncture actually involves the utilization of very thin and sharp needles that are inserted in the body’s very specific points. This treatment is believed to alter and adjust the body’s energy flow into healthier patterns and this is used to treat a variety of health conditions and illnesses.

According to the World Health Organization suggests that acupuncture as an effective treatment for more than forty medical problems which includes respiratory conditions, allergies, nervous conditions, nose and throat, and childhood illnesses, among others. Aside from that, acupuncture has been used to treat alcohol addiction and substance abuse. It is an effective and low-cost treatment for headaches and acute and chronic pain, associated with problems like back injuries and arthritis. Acupuncture has been used to supplement invasive Western treatments like surgery and chemotherapy and it is generally most effective when used as prevention or before a health condition becomes acute.

The Yellow Emperor’s Classic Internal Medicine is the original text of Chinese medicine and it is almost 2,500 years old. Since then, Thousands of books have been written on the subject of Chinese healing, and its basic philosophies spread long ago to other Asian civilizations. In the West today, nearly all forms of Oriental medicine are used like acupressure massage, acupuncture, shiatsu and macrobiotics which all have roots in Chinese medicine. According to legend, acupuncture was developed by early Chinese physicians who have observed unpredicted effects of puncture wounds in many Chinese warriors. The Systematic Classic of Acupuncture dates back to 282 A.D are the oldest known text on acupuncture. Chinese medicine traditionally utilizes herbal remedies, dietary therapy, lifestyle changes and other means to treat patients but acupuncture is its best known technique.

Only a few Western physicians in the early 1900s, who have visited China, were fascinated by acupuncture. Outside the Asian-American communities, acupuncture became unknown until the 1970s when Richard Nixon became the first U.S. president to visit China. During Nixon’s trip, journalists were astonished to observe major operations being performed on patients without the use of anesthetics. Patients were being operated wide awake with only acupuncture needles inserted into them to control pain. A famous columnist for the New York Times, James Reston who was with President Nixon during the trip had to undergo surgery and elected to use acupuncture instead of pain medication, and he wrote some convincing stories on its success.

Nowadays, acupuncture is being practiced in all 50 states by over 9,000 practitioners and 4,000 of which are MDs including it in their practices. Acupuncture has shown notable accomplishment in treating many conditions and 15 million Americans have used it as a therapy but in some cases acupuncture remains largely unsupported by the medical establishment. The American Medical Association has been resistant to researching it, as it is based on concepts very different from the Western scientific model.

There are several forms of acupuncture being used today in America. Japanese acupuncture uses extremely thin needles and does not incorporate herbal medicine in its practice. Auricular acupuncture uses acupuncture points only on the ear, which are believed to stimulate and balance internal organs. In France, where acupuncture is very popular and more accepted by the medical establishment, neurologist Paul Nogier developed a system of acupuncture based on neuroendocrine theory rather than on traditional Chinese concepts, which is gaining some use in America.