Falun Gong, An Excellent Holistic Practice For Your Spirit, Mind, And Body

Falun Dafa, more popularly known as Falun Gong, is an ancient Chinese practice for the spirit, body, and mind. Its traditional practices is made up meditation and soft, slow movements. It’s an honest structure to refine the three aspects of your being: spirit, body, and mind. The central theme consists of the universal principals of tolerance, benevolence, and truthfulness.

In 1922, Mr. Li Hongzhi first introduced this practice in China. By word-of-mouth, this practice has gained more and more followers throughout the years. Now it is being practiced by hundreds of millions of people in China and by million more others in the whole world. Mr. Li Hongzhi is considered as Teacher or Master of this healing art in Chinese tradition. He does not accept any money or material gifts nor does he receive special treatment from anyone. All he wants is to make this beneficial practice available to anyone without conditions and terms. From time to time, he is invited to deliver lectures in various countries like Switzerland, Canada, and the United States.

Falun Gong can be performed by people of all backgrounds, cultures, and ages. It is currently being practiced in more than 70 countries across the world. A majority of practitioners have reported improvement in their energy, health, and stress level.

Some of the exercises included in Falun Gong include:

1. The Falun Standing Stance

This stance involves a relaxing meditation that’s made up of four wheel-holding positions and is made up of easy to do movements. This stance can help speed up the opening of your entire body.

2. Buddha Revealing A Thousand Hands

The aim is to stretch the body so that the blocked areas of the body are freed up. Energy under and within the body is activated by the stretching. This allows the energy to briskly flow and automatically eat up a considerable amount of energy from the universe.

3. The Great Heavenly Circuit

This exercise can enable the energy in your body to flow over large areas. This is an intermediate-level exercise.

4. Strengthening Divine Powers

This is a multi-purpose tranquil civilization exercise that reinforces the gong potency and divine powers through the use of Buddha hand signs.

5. Penetrating The Two Cosmic Extremes

This exercise courses the energy of the universe with the energy of your body in order to intermingle with each other inside your body. In this exercise, a great deal of energy is forced out that give you the power to purify your body. It also clears out blockages in the passages under your feet and opens the crest on top of your head.

Since Falun Gong was introduced, hundreds of government representatives and world leaders have extolled the rewards that this practice has given their countries and communities. Since the 30th of January 2002, Queensland, Australia has been celebrating Falun Dafa Day. The State of New York has set aside a month and a day to Falun Dafa. Michigan, Kentucky, Alabama, Maryland, and other states are also known to have a Falun Dafa Day.

Blackhawk Acupuncture and Holistic Healing Center
1303 Fortino Blvd, Suite C
Pueblo, CO 81008
Phone (719) 582-1010
https://www.blackhawkacupuncture.com/

Posted in Acupuncture, Chinese Medicine | Tagged | Comments closed

Tai Chi, A Very Sensible Choice For Arthritis Pain Relief

What is Arthritis?

Literally meaning “inflammation of the joints,” arthritis is a condition resulting from the degeneration of the cartilage tissues inside the joints, either due to the buildup of uric acid crystals on the lining of the joint or to regular wear and tear associated with process of aging. This is a very disturbing disease of the bones because it leads to malfunction of body parts such as the feet, hands, knees, elbows, neck, back, and hips.

The most common complaint of people suffering from this joint disease is the pain. This is not just because of the discomfort that it causes; the pain is also chronic and in some cases, can become very severe and unbearable. The area surrounding the joint reddens, stiffens, swells, and throbs with pain. More worse in the fact is that is leaves the body unable to partake in certain activities.

What is Tai Chi?

Tai Chi is a form of alternative and complementary therapy that involves physical and mental exercise. This practice is often referred to as “moving-meditation”. It is an ancient Chinese martial and healing form of exercises that requires gentle and slow body movements combined with deep breathing and awareness.

The history of Tai Chi can be traced back in ancient China. It started as a form of self defense martial art. Later on, however, it became identified as a health boosting exercise due to its positive contribution to the quality of sleep, muscle strength, flexibility, balance, body coordination, relief of stiffness and pain, and to the general well being of the person.

Can Tai Chi Help in Relieving Arthritis Pain?

In a study conducted by researchers of the George Institute for International Health, it was shown that this Chinese traditional exercise has certain health benefits for musculoskeletal pain as it helped improved disability and pain among arthritis patients.

As this popular morning ritual offers different movements particularly with regard to proper posture, the bones, breathing, and concentration, people looking to relieve ailments such as rheumatoid arthritis pain, can find Tai Chi extremely helpful. It raises the body’s threshold of pain, gives more strength to the bones, and enhances the flexibility of the body.

Furthermore, as it is commonly performed in a group it is a highly recommended activity if you are seeking for a way to socially interact with other individuals. It can fit into your daily activities as it can be easily done anywhere anytime. Since arthritis is affecting more and more individuals each year and is becoming a global problem, tai chi is getting a very popular choice for arthritis pain relief since it is enjoyable, convenient, inexpensive and effective and even can provide you with certain psychological benefits.

Dr. Guoen Wang is a licensed acupuncturist, herbalist and doctor of Chinese medicine in Austin Texas.

Posted in Acupuncture, Chinese Medicine | Tagged , | Comments closed

The Importance Of A House’s Main Door In Feng Shui

We sometimes use metaphors like “window of opportunity” or “the door to your future” to conjure up a sense of hope and optimism for the future. These sayings stir up all kinds of images and in the world of mysticism, the door is a symbolic portal or gateway to higher consciousness.

In a purely physical sense, a house’s main door acts like a mouth. In Feng Shui terminology, this opening is referred to as a “qi gate”. The qi is the furnisher of energy and it (qi) is derived from air currents. There is usually a blending of exterior and interior energies at the door. For instance, if the main door of a house is directly aligned to a road, the exterior force may amplify whatever type of energy there is at the door, which may be good or bad. This is caused by the circulation of air movement or currents (just like the wind from a fan). When a door and road are aligned directly, this is usually considered negative although from time to time, this may not be the case. It can actually be a very lucky arrangement for some people.

Invisible energies are produced in a house depending partly on the house’s exact magnetic compass alignment and when it was built. The effect of electromagnetism on animals and people can be tracked by Feng Shui and on the compass there are 24 different sectors to determine orientation. The Hsuan Kong Fei Hsing Flying Star School is the more popular classical school that considers direction and time. In the luo pan or Chinese Compass, there is also another ring that divides the 360 degree of circle into even smaller segments of 5.6 degrees that are each designated one of the 60 Hexagrams in the I Ching (Yi Jing). Part of Chinese divination and metaphysics for thousands of years is the use of the compass and long before Chinese officially invented the compass, masters were already using rudimentary forms of directionology to distinguish between the magnetic North and True North.

Where a door exactly opens related to the house’s geometric center can reveal a number of things like how poorly or how well an occupant can repel or attract material wealth or success. The door may also disclose the types of health problems an occupant may experience while living there. These forecasts are usually connected to the occupant’s birth information.

The energy that dwells in the house just behind the door is not restricted to the entry point. This energy may latch on to an unknowing person and may be dragged to other rooms and around the house. This is why in a Feng Shui audit, the energy field residing at the main door is taken very seriously. This door energy is often ranked significantly higher in importance than the energies residing in a bathroom or dining room.

There are practical things you can do to improve the energies at your door. One includes lots of natural and unblocked clear access to natural light. But other than that, whatever element you decide to have at your door, outside or inside, may depend in large part on what the Xuan Kong refers to as the non-obvious, “flying stars.” One writer believes that if you place a fountain just outside a main door, it can lead to infidelity to your marriage.

A door can also be divided into two different directions. This may be akin to entering a room with two sides having two different temperatures. It can compromise sense of security and equilibrium. If a Feng Shui adviser is in the design phase of a project, this is one design flaw he should make sure does not happen.

People often speculate if a door’s color can determine what kind of luck they can repel or draw in. Compared to an average sized painting, a door has a bigger surface area. A door with a solid color may vibrate with the energy of that color. You can decide to paint your door white, blue, or white partly based on the orientation of the house. This means you should not be influenced by blanket beliefs like “a red door is lucky.” These sayings are mere superstitions or cultural myths.

Vita-Health Acupuncture and Wellness Center
12301 Taft St #200
Pembroke Pines, FL 33026
Phone: (954) 880-0090
http://www.vitahealthmedspa.com

Posted in Acupuncture, Chinese Medicine | Tagged | Comments closed

The Versatile Treatment Known As Cranio-Sacral Therapy

The system of re-establishing symmetry of joint mobility and soft tissue tension is known as cranio-sacral balancing. This type of therapy is a gentle type of holistic healing technique that originated from Oriental therapies, cranial osteopathy, and bodywork. It practices light touch to assess and treat problems in the cranio-sacral system (i.e. the membranes and the cerebrospinal fluid, which protect the spinal cord and brain) helping bring about a sense of balance from the apex of the head to the bottom of the spine.

A practitioner of cranio-sacral therapy (CST) monitors the cranio-sacral rhythm of the wavelike motion of the cerebro-spinal fluid. He then applies a gentle touch on the interconnected membranes of the brain, the sacrum, and the cranial bones. This is a very light technique that is very non-invasive, yet very exact. After a session, you will feel deeply relaxed & balanced. Cranio-sacral balancing is often used at the end of a general massage or other treatment session.

The patient is treated on a massage table wearing full clothing or a gown. The therapist then lightly palpates the areas of the body (including the head, and the sacrum at the bottom of the spine), feeling the cerebrospinal fluid’s CRI or cranial rhythmic impulse using a very light touch. The aim of the treatment is to reestablish balance by eliminating the restrictions to the flow of the CRI to promote the self-healing processes of the body. A session of CST usually lasts around 30 minutes to an hour. It is a safe procedure that everyone, including the elderly, babies, children, and teens can avail of.

Cranio sacral therapy lessens the risk of tightness and pain returning and minimizes post treatment soreness. It is especially helpful for lower back and neck pain, TMJ, and headaches. It can help treat various conditions as it has the ability to affect all aspects of the body by improving spinal cord and brain function, alleviating stress, and boosting overall health. It can also be used for conditions such as hormonal imbalances, hyperactivity, birth trauma, brain injury, digestive and nervous system disorders, depression, sports injuries, postsurgical care, coordination problems, scoliosis, and chronic pain. If you suffer from issues for which your healthcare provider can find no cause, Craniosacral Therapy, can be of help to you.

Jubal J Bewick, EAMP, MSAOM – Board Certified Acupuncturist and Herbalist in Walla Walla, WA

Posted in Chinese Medicine | Tagged | Comments closed

Cranio-Sacral Therapy For Immune Deficiencies, Sinus Disorders, And Migraine Headaches

CST (Cranio-Sacral Therapy) is a gentle manipulation therapy targeting the physiological system of the body known as the cranio-sacral system. This is a system that is made up of the pelvis, the spine, and the bones and soft tissue of the cranium. Massage therapists who use CST also work on the cerebrospinal fluids and membranes that encase and protect the spinal cord and brain from injury during treatment.

There are quite a number of health professionals (usually chiropractors, massage therapists, and physical therapists) who practice cranio-sacral therapy. It requires a gentle touch equal to the weight of a nickel. It is a light approach that many who have tried it have claimed to fall asleep during the session.

Cranio-sacral therapy works on the notion that when blockages develop in the flow of the spinal fluid, the body can experience an imbalance, emotional problems, joint and muscle strain, and a dysfunction of the central nervous system and organs of the body. According to practitioners, until the spinal fluid is naturally allowed to freely move throughout the body, the muscles, other major organs, and central nervous system of the body will be out of balance and be at risk at risk of injury and sickness.

During a session of CST, the patient will be told to lie down on a massage table face up. They can choose to be treated fully clothed or to undress and wear a gown. The massage therapist then manipulates the various areas of the patient’s body including his soft tissues, pelvis, spine, skull, and bones in a gentle way. This is to remove any blockages in the flow of the cerebrospinal fluid in order to move in a smooth and natural way.

Normally, a session of CST would last a minimum of 20 minutes although there are some cases in which a session would take an hour. This will depend on the severity of the patient’s condition. CST has been used by various therapists to treat various health problems like immune deficiencies, sinus disorders, and migraine headaches. It is also used as a preventative measure in instances wherein a patient has a weak immune system.

Chronic headaches and other minor ailments can easily be treated with a few CST sessions. But for more severe health problems that cause chronic disease or severe pain should be undertaken over a number of weekly CST sessions.

Dr. Jeda Boughton is a licensed acupuncture physician and the medical director of BodaHealth in Vancouver, BC.

Posted in Acupuncture, Chinese Medicine | Tagged | Comments closed

A Precisely Blended Chinese Herbs Promote The Wonderful Feeling Of Health

Chinese medicine adopts an integrative strategy to well-being and health by combining Chi Kung (qi gong), acupressure, acupuncture, and Chinese herbs. For thousands of years, these potent healing remedies have been utilized and are extremely useful for treating a wide range of illnesses, as well as for maintaining and cultivating long-term health.

Chinese Herbal Medicine

Human and herbs have a primeval relationship, one so important that without these medicinal plants. Humanity might not exist today since our ancestors relied on them for health and strength.

Chinese herbs compose a specific system of herbal medicine, in which the herbal practitioner blends a unique concoction of single herbs in order to resolve a health problem. This herbal therapy approach is based on the age-old saying that goes “the whole is greater than the sum of its parts.”

Chinese medicinal herbs constitute an uncommon structure of herbal medicine. A Chinese herbal remedy that exemplifies this ancient knowledge is like a symphony that integrates a broad range of instruments to attain a musical effect unattainable by a single instrument playing on its own. A qualified and reputable Chinese medicinal herbalist will know how to properly mix the correct herbs to produce a more potent degree of healing, and like a gifted “composer” can modify commonly used formulas, to specifically treat the person’s health problem.

A precisely concocted Chinese herbal remedy in Boca Raton will promote the wonderful feeling of health just as a skillfully conducted orchestra produces beautiful music.

Thrive Wellness Center is an acupuncture clinic in Boca Raton, FL providing Chinese medicine treatments for many health conditions.

Posted in Acupuncture, Chinese Medicine | Tagged | Comments closed

A Malfunctioning Liver Leads To Irritability, Frustration, And Anger

We usually encounter problems related to mental health issues such as anxiety and depression as well as widespread illnesses, but spending one day out in the big city or having to go through rush hour traffic and it immediately becomes apparent we are also in the center of an epidemic of anger, frustration, and irritability. Some people believe that extreme acts of violence such as mass shootings are signs of a society’s inability to comprehend, process, and liberate itself from anger rather than being an ideologically driven phenomenon we’ve been led to believe.

Anger and other strong emotions can be indications that can help identify physical illnesses before they totally manifest as extreme and out of control problems. Anger has long been associated with the health of the organs in the biliary system, particularly the liver. The biliary system is the system that separates toxins from the blood and helps in the breakdown of fats during digestion.

A blocked or clogged biliary system or an improperly functioning liver are the first things to be perceived in a patient’s behavior as chronic irritation and frustration, fits of rage, and irrational anger.

The Liver’s Role in Preserving Vitality

The liver is situated above the stomach, on the right side of your stomach cavity, just below the diaphragm at the base of the rib cage. The liver works with the gallbladder to produce bile, a fluid of green-yellow color that consists of bile salts, cholesterol and waste products. The liver is also considered as some kind of a warehouse that controls blood circulation to the heart.

When it comes to metabolism and vitality, the liver and the related organs play a very important role, and when it becomes stagnant or are over-taxed, this can manifest in several ways in the mind and body. Signs may include:

• Itching, rashes, and other skin problems
• Fatigue
• Vision problems
• Above average levels of frustration, irritability, and anger

Tranquil Living by Following Ancient Wisdom

Traditional cultures hundreds of years followed a totally different approach in diagnosing health, usually interpreting emotional signs as indication on how the physical body was functioning. If an individual manifested signs of imbalance that favored one emotion over the entire gamut of human emotions, this warranted a more in depth diagnosis. Used to be people didn’t need to depend on the outset of pain prior to realizing that their health required treatment.

The Tushu Bian written during the Ming Dynasty states “The element wood is related to the liver. The liver is the organ that houses the blood and ids where the hun spirits reside. Only anger, out of the seven emotions of men, is of an intense nature. It exhausts the hun spirits and dries up the blood. Therefore, an individual who comprehends the way of nourishing the liver will never throw fits of anger.”

The relationship between the detoxifying function of the liver and anger is acknowledged in the English language. This relationship helps convert toxicity into bile that is then expelled out of the body via the excretory system. In an English dictionary, the word ‘bile’ is a noun that is described as an alkaline fluid with a brown-greenish color. It is secreted by the liver, assists in digestion, and is saved in the gallbladder. Bile also means irritability or anger.

As human awareness functions on a continuum, flowing between the high-end of the spectrum where harmony and peace reside, and the lower end where negative emotions reside, anger is a representation of the lower frequency modes, which, Chinese medicine considers as one of the seven emotions.

According to traditional Chinese medicine or TCM, anger is a blanket term that can pertain to any of the several negative emotions of frustration, irritability, and resentment. Too much rich blood in the body makes a person highly susceptible to anger. Anger tends to significantly impact the liver leading to stagnant liver vital energy (qi). This then can result in liver energy going upwards to the head resulting in symptoms such as dizziness, and headaches.

In the sciences of Ayurvedic medicine and TCM, the theory of a relationship between the feelings of rage, frustration, and anger and the health of the liver has been well-documented for several generations. This relationship refers to obstructions in the body’s detox systems as a wood deficiency in the theory of the five elements that relates to human health.

About the element of wood:

What happens to people with a chronically imbalanced Wood element? Besides the various issues that can develop in relationship to the gall bladder and liver, imagine the constant frustration and anger of people who feel obstructed in all directions, to which every interaction is a confrontation. Such individuals would never experience rebirth and growth would neither experience springtime internally; they’re aware of change and growth happening all around them yet are stuck inside themselves, they live such chaotic lives they’re unable know how to begin or even see a plan, or direction. One can also imagine how a person, who can’t see the forest from the trees, is so discriminating that he can’t get started on anything.

The accumulation of liver toxicity and the ensuing anger, along with the process of detoxifying the liver, is briefly depicted here:

The liver weighs about five pounds and is the size of a football. It is found in the right upper region of the stomach beneath the diaphragm. It’s a very intricate, complex and fascinating organ — second only to the brain in terms of complexity.

Your liver, to a very large degree, controls your vitality and general health. It shouldn’t be ignored and should be taken care to boost and improve its function. The liver is your body’s hardest working organ and is associated with every bodily function in some way.

One of the liver’s biggest roles is the elimination of dangerous toxins from the body. It may require cleansing itself from time to time, just like any filter. Eliminating toxins from the body is extremely important because if they to stay in the body for a long period of time, it may lead to the rise of cancer.

There are three ways toxins can enter the body: through the skin, breathing, and digestion. A weak functioning liver can cause the toxins to build up in the body, and can then enter the bloodstream, and poison your body to the point of death.

A Culture of Angry Gluttons

One can always identify an angry person just by looking at them, and you can tell if they also consume a huge amount of alcohol, as their nose and face are often red. This present day society thrives on over-consumption and excess, and most of us have wide access to processed and abundant rich foods; however, this society also consumes sugar and drinks alcohol to the max and this is further exacerbated with the consumption of chemical additives, processed foods, and fried foods.

According to Slate magazine, one of the major sources of violence in our world today is over-reacting, and socially, some of the greatest threats to peace are angry adults.

“The adult who is improperly regulated and has a great impulsivity and reactivity, and is in a constant state of fight or flight in every interaction, views the potential for being harmed and thus has the urge to constantly defend himself. The less clear is his thinking, the angrier he feels. His responses are often disproportionate to the circumstance, and he becomes highly susceptible to violence. He never blames himself for his perception and instead blames others including his children, spouse, government, neighbors, and everyone else including people of every culture, religion, nationality, and race. As he is unable to normalize his emotions and is always aggressive, blaming, and angry, he becomes a danger to himself and others.

Individuals who are unable to modulate and regulate their reaction to perceived danger are the ones likely to commit violent crimes. This is a provable fact and not just a hypothesis. A person who doesn’t have the necessary ability to use more sophisticated emotional stabilization, perspective-taking and reasoning, to fine-tune his primitive aggressive impulses and fear will time and time again fall into the pattern of aggressive overreaction, usually with intensified degrees of violence.

Conclusion

The pharmaceutical industry would like us to believe that the key to wellness and health is to be found at the pharmacy and to reinforce this deception they are now developing an ‘anger pill‘ that can help calm people down. They tout it as being powerful enough to take the steam out of even the Incredible Hulk.

The truth is that, understanding how your body works is the real key to better living. It can be the best approach to attaining happiness and health.

Dr. Nelya de Brun, AP, DAOM
Classical Oriental Medicine, LLC
3459 Woolbright Rd
Boynton Beach, FL 33436
(561) 932-3905
http://www.acu-wellness.com

Posted in Acupuncture, Chinese Medicine | Tagged , , | Comments closed

Chua K’a Massage Therapy

Chua K’a massage therapy is a technique developed by Oscar Ichazo. Its aim is to eliminate mental, emotional, and physical stress in the body through the concentrated use of ‘conscious realization’ and physical pressure. It is a three part bodywork holistic healing technique of releasing muscle tension and the cleansing and clearing of the emotions and mind. Chua K’a massage therapy is mainly used as a form of self-massage.

This practice is taught by certified teachers trained in the Arica Institute. Chua K’a is a self-performed profound massage therapy that helps body to develop to its optimal level of realization and sensitivity. The effect of life experience can generate networks of muscle pain and tension which are recollected fears. Tension can be relieved and heat and energy can be conveyed through the manipulation of the tissues. Psychic (emotional and mental) tension is released when physical tension is released.

According to Chua K’a therapy, the body is divided into 27 regions known as zones of karma, with each region connected to specific psychic fear manifestations, whose memory is held in these zones. The fear of death, for instance, can appear as “a feeling of weakness in the knees”; a feeling of revulsion may cause us to clench our jaws; shame can make our cheeks go red; or we may feel carrying the weight of the world on our shoulders.

A full massage of the body’s 27 zones equals to a complete Chua K’a procedure. This is followed by skin rolling, and finally, the use of the k’a stick. In the skin rolling technique, which was set up by Ichazo, the skin and its subcutaneous layers tissues are rolled over the deep structures, elevating the hypodermis and dermis off the deeper fascia. This method has been known to stimulate lymph drainage and blood circulation. These physical aspects of massage therapy are combined with a methodical practice of ‘conscious realization’ through the three-part Chua K’a method that directly applies the circulation of vital energy in the body, starting from the point in the lower stomach (known in martial arts and medicine as tan t’ien).

Chua K’a was first introduced in Chile in the 1960s, by Oscar Ichazo to a group of Chilean students and later on to Americans residing in Arica, Chile. When teaching Chua k’a Ichazo spoke of an ancient tale of Mongolian warriors who were believed to have found a way of curing bodily tension and pain that allowed them to fearlessly come back to battle. The same manner applies to Chua K’a in that the tension and/or pain as well as the concomitant psychic fear would be removed, enabling the person to live and approach life bereft of the constraints of these mental and physical distractions. No record or document exists that mentions or shows the use of Chua K’a before Ichazo.

However, it was thought that Chua Ka was practiced by the Huns who believed it would increase their chances of success in battle. Nowadays, it is sometimes practiced to increase success and clear cellular memory in whatever personal challenges in life one may encounter. Cellular memory is the physical recollection of happenings that were not removed on the mental and emotional levels. These can manifest in the form of past injuries, but by and large, they are merely those dull recurring aches that arise from time to time.

Occasionally, during massage, we can become emotional since massage can set off (and also remove) cellular memory. Some clients experience a sudden act of emotion because an emotion that had been repressed or hidden is now seeking expression because of Chua K’a. The therapist usually does not know what the client is experiencing. After the client releases his emotion, he usually feels a lot better emotionally. The result can be evident in the increased range of motion and movement in the body region that was massaged.

Sometimes, a client may not immediately experience a better range of motion; this may come later on in life. What this means is that a release of cellular memory is usually accompanied by a new response to an experience that has already oftentimes happened in the person’s lifetime.

If a person, for example, once played softball when was as a kid and he got injured in the arm with the ball, the person may not be able to express the pain he was feeling at that moment (perhaps, due to embarrassment or some other reason). He may be unaware that he was carrying that cellular memory all those times until it is released. If a therapist treats that person and if the person cries due to the massage, the next time the person is asked to play softball, he may agree to play even though, previous to the emotional release, he had been refusing to play for years.

Chua K’a means “cleaning the bones” and was practiced by the Huns. When a person has faced a challenge and then decided to energetically hold on to old issues and experiences, those experiences would hold him back psychically mentally, physically, and emotionally and will fail to resolve the challenge the best way possible.

How to Properly Practice Chua Ka

Being a very slow type of massage therapy, Chua Ka can take at least an hour to finish. Although it was believed that the Huns spent several hours ‘cleaning’ every bone in their body, some therapists may recommend that you start from the feet (since each foot has 26 bones, this will take some time,) and work your way up. It is better to take your sweet time than to hurry the therapy.

Chua Ka can also be practiced as a type of ritual. For instance, a person may take a salt bath ahead of time, release a few drops of aromatherapy essential oils into a burner, light some candles then dim or turn off the lights, and then play a CD with some soothing instrumental music.

Relax in the bath and breathe deeply. Do this for at least five minutes. After that, you may ground your energy. If you don’t know how to do that, at least become conscious of the energy field around you. You can visualize a bubble of colored or white surrounding you, ten feet in all directions, and then visualize and a cord appearing at the top of your head that connects you to the infinite heavens and a cord appearing at the bottom of your spine that connects you to the center of the earth.

Now put your hand gently on the bone you have selected for massage. Leave your hand on the bone for awhile and become conscious of the different levels there: the bone and soft tissue.

Slowly and steadily increase pressure. Visualize your hand actually going through your flesh, through many layers of fascia. You may feel as if your hand has plunged into the body and that you are touching the bone’s hard surface if you perform this technique properly and slowly enough.

This part may entail some bit of creativity. In the Chua Ka ritual, when a person gets to the part when he “touches bone,” he may visualize a white light shining from the tips of his fingers. Some therapists consider this to be energy taken from the earth and hauled down through the heavens using the cords mentioned earlier. The person may imagine the white light enwrapping the bone or (if you’re working on the femur or any big bone) a part of the bone and the light is cleansing out all debris on the bone. He can imagine the debris slowly dropping into the ground to be neutralized. Then he conveys love to that body area through this light.

Ni Nan Healing Art Center
2579 Merrick Rd
Bellmore, NY 11710
(516) 442-7408
http://www.ninanhealing.com

Posted in Acupuncture, Chinese Medicine | Tagged | Comments closed

Chinese Nutritional Therapy, One Of The Best Ways To Prevent And Treat Disease

For thousands of years, Chinese nutritional therapy in Cleveland has been used as a way to improve health just as much as herbal medicine. To cure disease and prevent its occurrence, food was used by practitioners and healers for much of human history. This has resulted in the maintenance, preservation, and thriving of the human race.

The nutritional model of healing offers a holistic and qualitative concept of specifically recommended foods based on their energetic qualities, taste, and thermal nature. Chinese nutritional therapy works and will always work because it is a very practical healing art and the foods that are recommended are the ones that we usually eat anyway. It is also grounded in the fundamental principles of natural laws. The fundamental principle is simple: to cool the heat, to warm the cold, to add where there is too little, and to lessen where there is excess, energetically.

A Chinese nutritional therapist will come up with a plan of treatment that combines a dietary plan and food energetics based on the symptoms, past medical history, and personal constitution of the patient. The plan will include a list of foods to avoid and foods to eat, how to prepare food, and how to mix various flavors. If the patient has any pre existing health issues that need to be resolved, the dietary plan will involve inclusion of foods that bring about a natural homeostatic balance and will specifically recommend the exclusion of drinks and foods that may aggravate the condition.

Basic Suggestions

A diet should be comprised of:

 5 percent raw foods such as fruits and salads (except in summer)
 5 percent meat such as fish, chicken, game, beef, and lamb
 30 to 40 percent cooked vegetables such as fennel, lentils, cabbage, beans, carrots, potatoes
 50 to -80 percent grains: wheat, spelt, rice, oats, millet, barley, corn

Some Tips to Consider

 Eat foods that are appropriate for the season
 During a meal, drink small amounts of liquids – large amounts can weaken the digestive process and inhibit proper absorption, resulting in lack of vital energy and tiredness.
 Avoid eating while you are preoccupied: do not eat in front of your personal computer, r while watching TV, etc.
 Chew your food properly and do not hurry up meals
 Do not eat while upset, angry or stressed
 Choose organic foods, unprocessed or high quality foods as much as possible
 Eat at least one cooked meal a day and east smaller food portions. If your digestion is weak, it is important to eat foods that are easily digestible and easily transported through tissues
 For vegetarians, it’s important to include energetically warming foods that are especially prescribed by a qualified therapist in your diet

A significant part of formulating a treatment plan for patients is a proper dietary plan.

In Chinese nutritional therapy, there often a lot of changes that need to be made since there are fundamental differences in how foods are cooked and served in the West and in the Orient. This is especially true regarding raw foods versus cooked foods.

However, it is important to note that dietary changes should be made gradually and in small, attainable stages in order for the body to get used to the new ways. This approach never fails to bring about great results, as it is easy to adjust to the needs of the modern age and is created to satisfy a person’s unique constitutional requirement.

Posted in Acupuncture, Chinese Medicine | Tagged | Comments closed

Lighter Healthier Chinese Dishes That Won’t Hurt Your Figure

The menus served in Chinese restaurants are infamous for having items that are deep-fried and battered and filled with sugary, salty sauces. The dishes offered are usually massive amounts of fried rice or oily noodles coupled with fatty meats. But there also Chinese foods that are light and can be eaten by people who are looking for a well-balanced and healthy diet or for those who are watching their weight or trying to lose weight.

Here are some of the lighter healthier Chinese dishes that you can choose:

1. Vegetables Spring Rolls

For appetizers you can order veggie spring rolls that contain less than 85 calories per roll in lieu fried eggs rolls that have been cooked deep fried.

2. Wonton Soup or Hot & Sour Soup

One cup of these incredibly delicious starters will only add 80 – 100 calories to your body. It will also help squash your appetite. Studies have shown that before a meal, eating a broth-based soup can help you end up eating less food in total.

3. The Buddha’s Delight

This Chinese dish is packed with protein-rich tofu and vegetables. This low-calorie savory dish can leave you satisfied for as little as 200 calories.

4. Steamed Vegetable Dumplings

There are only 40 calories in a single steamed-cooked vegetable. So, a couple of this tasty filling appetizer before your main meal will only cost you 80 calories.

5. Moo Goo Gai Pan

This irresistible morsel is made from cubed or sliced chicken, spices, button mushrooms, and lightly-sautéed vegetables. There is about less than 280 calories is full cup of this fiber-rich menu. So, you will just be taking in 560 calories if you eat a couple of cups of this delectable stuff. These are far fewer calories than a much smaller serving of several other dishes found on a take-out menu.

6. Broccoli & Chicken

A cup of broccoli and chicken contains a mere 280 calories. Broccoli is a highly nutritious food. This cruciferous veggie is rich in antioxidants, fiber, calcium, vitamin A, and vitamin C.

7. Shrimp with Garlic Sauce

There is about 700 calories in one full order of this dish. So, you can just consume 350 calories of this if you share half of it with others. Moreover, this dish is extremely filling as it has lean protein from the shellfish and high in fiber from the vegetable.

8. Shrimp with Lobster Sauce

Shrimp contains lean protein and when it is combined with lobster sauce sounds, a fourth of a cup contains just an incredibly low 50 calories! A full dish may only be 450 calories, which is not too bad for such an exotic and mouthwatering dish.

9. Lean Protein & Steamed Vegetables

A dish comprised of lean protein (tofu or lean beef, fish, shrimp, scallops, or chicken) and steamed vegetables with sauce on the side is a menu that’s low in calories. Instead of filling you out it will fill you up.

10. Vegetables with Chicken or Steamed Shrimp

When they’re not deep-fried and breaded, both chicken and shrimp are good sources of high-grade lean protein. Protein is essential for maintaining and building muscle mass and enables you to stay full for longer.

11. Fortune Cookie

One fortune cookie contains only 30 calories and so you can enjoy this traditional after-meal treat without feeling guilty afterwards.

What Really Matters

Chinese food doesn’t necessarily have to be a diet disaster. Eat wisely by selecting dishes that are full of lightly stir-fried (you can request them to use very little oil) or steamed vegetables and lean proteins (lean beef, tofu, chicken, fish, shellfish). Eat slowly. You can use chopsticks for this. This will give your stomach plenty of time to transmit signals to your brain that you are sated.

 

Mark Whalen is a Licensed Acupuncturist and Board Certified Herbalist and the founder of Five Points Acupuncture and Wellness in Reading, MA.

Posted in Acupuncture, Chinese Medicine | Tagged | Comments closed