Some Facts About Chinese Herbal Medicine

One very important branch of Chinese medicine is Chinese herbal medicine that utilizes herbal therapies found on the Chinese mainland to resolve various types of health conditions.

To distinguish Chinese herbs, you can use unique methods of classification that are customized to the Chinese medicine practice. Experienced practitioners of Chinese herbal classify herbs according to the meridians, Five Tastes, and Four Natures.

Chinese patent medicine is one particular type of Chinese herbal medicine that pulverizes several herbs and packages them into capsule or pill form and holds them together with honey. The capsules or pills are made available in the market for addressing different kinds of health conditions. Although these products are not patented, they are protected by copyright laws. Chinese medicine currently uses over 300 herbs. Most of these herbs have been continuously used for more than 2,000 years.

Some herbs have very powerful and useful medicinal qualities and in Chinese medicine, they take precedence over others. Some of these potent herbs include salvia, peony, licorice, ginger, bupleurum, wolfberry, dang gui, and astralagus.

Some herbs have no English names, only Chinese names. Some of the Chinese herbs that have been anglicized are Indian stringbush, Chinese cucumber, costus, golden larch, Peking surge, Korean mint, and Tea Plant.

Chinese patent medicine also brings together individual herbs to generate a more powerful healing effect. Some of these combinations and formulas were created by medical practitioners thousand years ago; some formulas are brand new and produced daily.

Some Chinese herbal formulas are derived from several parts of a single plant or from a few parts of a plant. These parts include root, flower, stem, and leaf. Unfortunately, the Chinese government allows parts of animals that are highly endangered like the horn of the white and black rhinoceros. This needs to be addressed as soon as possible to save these animals from extinction. There are various ways to prepare and take Chinese herbs. They can be taken as tinctures, drank as tea, or even eaten in raw form.

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Suction or Fire Cupping Therapy Can Produce Tremendous Healing Benefits

Lately some bizarre round marks were left on the back of new mom and actress Gwyneth Paltrow. According to Acupuncture Society of New York president, Michael Gaeta, these mystery round marks are nothing more than the after effects of cupping therapy, an alternative type of pain treatment.

In a television show, Gaeta showed the same cupping marks seen on Ms. Paltrow, on the back of one of his patients.

Gaeta describes cupping therapy “As a treatment in which the healer generates suction in a cup and then applies that cup to the body. The suction effect then draws the skin on the cup.”

Fire is used in the traditional method of this therapy. Gaeta picks up a cotton ball and soaks it with alcohol. He then lights up the alcohol-soaked cotton ball and drops it in the cup.

He states, “One type of Cupping uses fire to generate a suction effect in the cup – the flame is placed on the cup.” The suction sucks up the skin causing the blood to rush up to the skin”.

Gaeta continues, “Cupping sends fresh blood to the targeted part of the body helping improve the flow of blood to the ailing parts of the body. It also helps benefits the lungs and opens up the chest as well as treats digestive and menstrual problems. In most cases, cupping is utilized to relieve various types of pains and aches as well as wheezing coughs, and other respiratory problems.”

People who have tried cupping say the procedure can feel a bit strange although they felt no pain. They said the procedure feels like “someone pulling at their skin”.

According to Gaeta, “Many acupuncturists combine cupping with needling therapy. Both therapies have been integral components of Chinese medicine for more than two and a half millennia. The first cups used in the therapy were animal horns. Later on, bamboo, ceramic, and brass cups were used.”

Gaeta says the procedure looks like something out of medieval alchemy, but it is actually harmless that’s classified under alternative medicine.

He said, “the most effective and traditional type of cupping is fire cupping. There are some healers who prefer the suction cup technique in which the healer pumps up the suction cup to create a suction effect.”

Some of the conditions in which cupping is contraindicated include a tendency to bleed easily, skin disease, or high fever.

A typical cupping session may last for 10 – 15 minutes and once the marks are cleared, sometimes the procedure is repeated until the ailment is treated. Gaeta advises people interested in trying out cupping therapy to seek treatment from a licensed acupuncturist in Tarzana.

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The Use Of Moxibustion For Pain And Cold Conditions Among Others

Balance was the primary goal of healing for ancient healers.

Of course, a person who is weak and cold would require strength and warmth. For this condition, traditional Chinese medicine healers recommend a technique called moxibustion.

Moxibustion works by providing the body with deep, penetrating heat to neutralize the underlying cold. Cold usually builds up in the GI tract, lower stomach, or uterus, moxibustion can help supply heat to those parts.

In moxibustion therapy, a moxa plant is burned and applied on specific parts of the body. Usually, the moxa is shaped into cones or cigars, set alit, and placed near the body.

Moxibustion is believed to have originated more than 3,000 years ago in northern China. Long before acupuncture needles were used, moxa was burned on acupuncture points to address a variety of diseases. These include reproductive problems, menstrual irregularities, chronic digestive disorders, and serious conditions like Lyme disease, tuberculosis, and cancer.

Moxibustion therapy is extremely effective against types of pain that may not be well-addressed with acupuncture. Unfortunately, many Western practitioners of Chinese medicine have abandoned the art of moxibustion and instead mainly focused on Chinese herbal medicine and acupuncture.

In the United States, the therapy is not as popular as in Korea, Japan, and China. A lot of American acupuncturists have decided not to practice this modality after they graduate. One can learn the practice of moxibustion in Chinese medicine schools.

The main issue with moxibustion is the smell. A typical moxibustion session produces an aromatic smoke that many people falsely attribute as marijuana smoke.

Although the smoke may be too much for some people, it doesn’t change the fact that the therapy is very effective.

Primary Mode of Treatment

Unlike acupuncture, there’s not been much research done about moxibustion although there is enough literature describing its positive effects on immunity, the blood, and in the regeneration of tissue. The JAMA (Journal of the American Medical Association) published a study in 1998 revealing that three quarters of pregnant women with breech babies turned to the normal position when moxibustion therapy was used on an acupuncture point situated on their pinky toes.

Moxibustion is widely regarded by ancient doctors but in the West, Chinese medicine practitioners only consider it a minor part of their practice. According to the prominent document of Chinese medicine, the Nei Jing, moxibustion “can do what the needle cannot.”

To their credit some modern practitioners are imbibing this principle into their practice. One acupuncturist described a specific case about a woman whom he recently treated with moxibustion. The patient was involved in multiple car accidents, and despite being treated for months at a time with acupuncture from different practitioners, she only gained negligible improvements.

However, after just one session of moxibustion, she immediately experienced very substantial results.

Experts in Chinese medicine believe that if treated with moxibustion on a daily basis, a lot of people suffering from chronic or severe illnesses would be able to reverse their condition.

They also believe that the fear of burning their patient accidentally is what prevents a lot of American acupuncturists in Boca Raton from utilizing moxibustion. This therapy may entail a certain skill on the part of the practitioner in order to perform it in a therapeutic and proficient manner.

Mugwort

Moxa is derived from an abundantly growing weed known as mugwort. This weed is commonly prescribed in Chinese herbal medicine for treatment of circulatory, hormonal, and digestive problems, as well as for heavy bleeding, menstrual cramping, labor pain, and uterine problems.

When used in moxibustion therapy, mugwort is converted into a spongy substance called moxa wool.

Lorraine Wilcox, an author of a couple of books on the clinical use of moxibustion state that ancient Chinese healers use mugwort because of its positive qualities: it easily burns, and generates a slow and stable flame.

In a 2014 podcast, Wilcox said that the magical qualities of mugwort make it one of the biggest reasons it was specially selected by practitioners.

She said “According to ancient books, mugwort was used to neutralize poison from scorpion or snake bites and to ward off evil spirits and qi (energy), which made it some sort of magical practice.”

Some people do enjoy the aroma generated by moxibustion. It helps calm their anxiety and fear and relaxes their nervous systems. Some patients may actually enjoy the treatment once they get over the funky smell.

According to Stuardi, there are patients that experience a pleasant euphoric rest during the treatment.

Practically anyone can benefit from moxibustion although there are occasions when it should be used. People with signs and symptoms of excess heat like those with eczema, infection, or fever should avoid moxibustion. Women in the early stages of pregnancy Points should not have moxibustion of the lower back and stomach.

Direct and Indirect Moxibustion

There are two forms of moxibustion: direct and indirect. Direct moxibustion requires a highly skilled practitioner as it involves directly applying a burning moxa on the skin. On the other hand, indirect moxibustion entails the hovering of a hot burning moxa about an inch above the body.

It’s easy to learn the indirect technique; a practitioner oftentimes will treat a patient by holding a smoldering moxa cigar over an acupuncture point. With instructions from his/her practitioner, the patient can continue this treatment at home.

Hover the burning moxa over the selected acupuncture point, and when the sensation gets too hot pull it away. Resume treatment after giving the treatment site a few seconds to cool.

Stuardi advises patient to tolerate the superficial sensation of warmth up to the point when the heat reaches deep into the tissue. She says “You will know that you have correctly done the technique once heat is felt penetrating deep within your body and then you can put out the flame”. One session of moxibustion usually lasts around 5 to 10 minutes.

You can purchase moxa supplies online, in acupuncture schools, and in Chinatown shops. Moxa is available in different sizes and shapes: from loose moxa wool to cigarette butt-sized stumps with an adhesive tip. For people wanting to avoid the smell and smoke, a moxa stick that is smokeless and charcoal-based smokeless is also available although according to Stuardi they are less effective.

Ibuki Gold Mountain, a high-quality Japanese moxa is highly recommended for people with allergies or asthma. This type of moxa generates a very pleasant smell that most people can tolerate very well.

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The Several Health Benefits Provided By Cupping Therapy

Every human being who has ever lived has at one time or another experienced at least one form of body pain. Basically, pain is the body’s way of telling you that you suffer from some kind of imbalance or disorder brought about by certain internal or external causes. From the dawn of history to the present time, various forms of healing modalities and medicines have evolved to relieve different pains in different areas of the body. Many of the therapies used today are modern versions of ancient ones that utilize more sophisticated or efficient methods although the basic logic or concept behind them remains unchanged.

Cupping is a branch of Chinese medicine and is a 3500 year old or more practice used to treat body pain. It usually uses grass or plastic cups to generate a vacuum on the treatment site to help boost lymph and blood circulation on the tissues. Thousands of years ago, heat was created among the bamboo or glass cups that were placed on the painful area of the body. This heat promotes healing in that area.

Cupping therapy primarily influences the meridian channels. These meridians radiate all across the body reaching to all organs and tissues. The chi within our body exclusively moves through these channels. Any obstruction in this movement will bring about a certain type of disorder in the body. Cupping is exactly designed to eliminate the blockages in the energy pathways by increasing the flow of oxygen and blood and streamlining the function of the lymphatic system. It is primarily performed on the back as this is the body part where the most number of meridians (five) are found. Furthermore, cupping helps release toxins from our organs and tissues. The suction effect reaches deep in the body affecting the tissues and cells forcing the toxins to move out of the cells.

Cupping therapy can be conducted in two ways: Moving and Stationary. In both methods, oil is first applied the body to move the cups smoothly across the body. In moving cupping therapy, vacuum pumps are constantly moved on a wide area of the body. In the stationary method, the cups are left unmoved on a specific part of the body for five to seven minutes. Sometimes, practitioners apply five to six cups on various body areas all at once and then cyclically removed. This type of cupping called Flash Cupping.

You may feel tingling and some sensation deep in the tissues once the procedure is over. This is a sign that your blood is flowing rapidly in your body. Right after the therapy, it is recommended that you apply essential oils so they may reach inside the tissues. The oils nourish the skin and tissues making the skin shine and glow.

Chinese cupping therapy has several health benefits. It can:

• Boost the immune system giving the body the strength to combat disease
• Reduce weight gain
• Promote Healthy skin
• Eliminate skin problems
• Balances and regulates the hormones
• Relieve fatigue, headache, and back pain
• Treat constipation
• Help in ovulation in women

Visit a health center that provides a complete package if you are interested in trying this therapy for yourself. You can also go online to get instructions on how to perform cupping. You may need a cupping that you can buy online or from a medical supplier. Chinese cupping therapy is being used by a growing number of people due to its powerful and various healing effects.

 

Dr. Nelya de Brun, AP, DAOM
Classical Oriental Medicine, LLC
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Acupressure Is A Great Way To Address Sinus Infections

For sinus infections, one of the latest and effective therapeutic alternatives is acupressure which is being sought after by many people these days. These people are constantly in the search for a treatment option for their sinus infections, which is one of the most commonly occurring health issues in the world. More often than not, people are not often aware they’re infected with a sinus condition despite its common occurrence. As acupressure therapy is effective in treating a sinus infection, there’s no need to be alarmed if you suffer from it.

When the sinus, the air filled cavities located in the cranium, become infected by bacteria, sinus infections develop. The hollow spaces are important as they help move air through the nasal tract and normalize the pressure exerted on the cranium. Sometimes, blockages develop in the nasal passages that cause an accumulation of bacteria in the passage resulting in a sinus infection.

When a blockage in the nasal passage occurs, it traps air inside the sinuses creating an environment for bacteria to thrive. The added pressure the blockage causes can also create severe pain felt in the face. This problem affects tens of millions of people all over the world. To help boost circulation inside the head, acupressure treatments can be used to prevent nasal blockage and for better nasal drainage.

Acupressure involves the application of pressure on the specific pressure points in the body. When properly administered, the pressure can enhance the function of the organs, boost the well-being of the body, and increase overall health. Acupressure can also bring about a healthy immune system which is one of the most important prerequisites in warding off sinus infections.

The effects of the symptoms sinusitis-associated symptoms can be minimized though the proper application of acupressure therapy. In sinusitis, the common symptoms that may arise that can be treated with acupressure include fever, coughs, headaches, nasal blockage, and a stuffy nose. However, for best results, it is important that you find a professional who could carry out this type of treatment.

There are actually also several forms of home remedies that have been in used for ages to treat sinusitis aside from acupressure. These healing modalities are also extremely effective in treating infections and are still being used today. One of the biggest advantages in using these modalities is that they can be done with the use of simple items that can be found in almost every home.

Ni Nan Gilbert is a licensed acupuncturist in Bellmore, NY with certification in Chinese Herbology and over 16 years experience in traditional Chinese medicine.

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Acupressure Can Be A Practical Way To Relieve Gout Pain

Although an ideal way to prevent gout, exercise isn’t the best option when it comes to relieving a gout attack. This doesn’t mean, however, that drugs are necessarily the answer to your discomfort and pain. You may want to try various complementary and alternative remedies available that are safer and just as effective. One of the easiest, most inexpensive, and effective of these alternative therapies is acupressure.

What is acupressure?

More commonly known as Shiatsu massage, acupressure, is a Chinese medicine procedure that has been practiced over a thousand years ago that is grounded on the same theory as acupuncture. According to this theory, the human body has about 2000 pressure points that are connected throughout the body through 20 major energy channels called meridians. These meridians are vessels wherein life energy called Qi or Chi flows through between the internal organs and the surface of the body. Chi affects all of the pressure points in a unique way and its flow brings balance to both the body and mind.

Chi becomes unbalanced when the body suffers illness or injury. If acupressure is done on the specific pressure points associated with the affected part of the body, these points can be utilized to influence the nervous system to enhance blood circulation and release muscle tension to the injured parts, essentially restoring balance in the body and relieving gout pain.

The methodology of the treatment is the main difference between acupressure and acupuncture. In acupressure, the thumbs or fingers are used to bear pressure on the pressure points, while acupuncture uses needles to promote blood flow and self-healing in the body.

What are Acupressure’s Benefits for Gout Sufferers?

Acupressure can provide gout sufferers relief from pain brought about by inflammation of the joints infected by gout. Besides this, acupressure can also:

• Maintain health
• Help the body experience deep relaxation
• Alleviate stress
• Relieve tension
• Boost blood flow

How is Acupressure Performed?

Acupressure involves the application of firm but gentle pressure over a certain pressure point using the knuckle, thumb, or finger. This pressure is maintained for about 15 to 30 seconds. You have discovered a pressure point when you feel a sharp jolt on the point followed quickly by a numbing or tingling sensation. This sensation is typical and usually lessens over time. When you release pressure to the point, you often experience instant pain relief.

Despite being a treatment that doesn’t use any oils, equipment, or tools to work, it is important to know that acupressure should be properly administered by a professional. You can also perform the treatment on yourself provided you have been properly educated about the procedure. You can find lots of self-help guides and online resources that can instruct you on how to perform acupressure. However, the best way to learn this therapy is from an experienced and qualified acupressure therapist.

For example, you can look at a diagram that shows every acupressure pressure point on the body. But not all points can lead to a cure from the gout discomfort and pain. Every sickness has unique pressure points associated with it.

The following are some of the acupressure points that can be stimulated to alleviate gout pain:

1. Leg Three Li point (Stomach 36 point) – This point is found between the femur and tibia in the knee. Besides relieving gout pain and discomfort, the Stomach 36 point can also treat weak digestion, constipation and diarrhea, nausea, bloating, general weakness, and poor immunity.

2. Three Yin Intersection point (Spleen 6 point) – This point is located at the intersection of the Spleen, Liver, and Kidney meridians three fingers width above the medial malleolus. This point is used for many types of diseases including gout.

3. Middle of the Back of the Knee Point

4. The Beautiful Bulge point (Stomach 40) – This point is located a finger’s width lateral to the tibia, moving towards the fibula near the knee. This point can also be useful for treating breathing problems like laryngitis, sore throat, and asthma.

5. The Supreme White point (Spleen 3) – Found at the big toe’s head. This location has a small depression; hold the point about 1½ minutes.

However, based on the kind of gout symptom you are experiencing, not all of these pressure points need to be treated.

You can go online and search for a qualified acupressure therapist in using “acupressure therapist” and your city name as the keyword search or check the yellow pages or talk to a physiotherapist or doctor.

Amy-SuiQun Lui, L.Ac.
Asian Health Center
27059 Grand Army of the Republic Hwy
Cleveland, OH 44143
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Some Things You Need To Know About The Ancient Chinese Therapy Known As Moxibustion

During ancient times, balance was the healer’s main guiding principle to health. Hence, a person feeling weak and cold is given warmth and strength. The type of treatment given for a cold affliction in traditional Chinese medicine would be moxibustion. Moxibustion is a healing technique involving the burning of moxa or mugwort plant to provide the patient with penetrating therapeutic heat for an underlying cold problem.

For most people with this problem, the cold usually settles in the gastrointestinal tract, lower stomach, or uterus. Moxibustion is an ideal way of sending heat to these body regions. The word moxibustion is derived from “mogusa,” a Japanese word meaning “burning herbs.” This practice uses medicinal cones or cigars burned and applied near or on the body.

Moxibustion therapy is believed to have started over 3,000 years ago in China, long before the use of needles, fire was used to stimulate the acupuncture points. Nowadays, moxibustion is utilized to address a wide range of problems that can include cancer, Lyme disease, tuberculosis, reproductive disorders, menstrual problems, and chronic digestive issues.

This technique is an extremely effective treatment for pain and many people seen by Chinese medicine practitioners who are in a lot of pain may sometimes not get adequate relief with acupuncture treatment.

In Korea, Japan, and China, moxibustion plays a huge role in these countries’ medical system, but in the United States, it seems that this procedure has not attracted a lot of people. In schools of Chinese medicine, moxibustion therapy is included in the curriculum, but once the students graduate, they rarely practice or even abandon this type of treatment.

The smell of the lit moxa and the risk of burning a patient are the two biggest issues in moxibustion therapy. The smoke from burning moxa is aromatic but oftentimes people mistake it for marijuana. What’s important though is that the treatment works well for various types of conditions.

In a moxibustion procedure, small moxa cones are placed on specific acupuncture points along the spine and then burned for strength and warmth.

Breech Baby Moxibustion Treatment

There is little research done on the effects of moxibustion compared to those done on acupuncture. The few moxibustion studies that have been conducted indicate that the therapy has positive effects on the regeneration of tissue, immunity, and blood. In 1998, the Journal of the American Medical Association published a study showing that with the help of moxibustion treatment targeted on the pinky toe acupuncture point, three quarters of pregnant women with breech fetuses turned to the normal position.

In Western cultures, moxibustion is considered an inessential part of Chinese medicine; ancient doctors on the other hand, held it in high regard. According to the ancient Chinese medicine document, Nei Jing, moxibustion can accomplish “what the needle cannot.”

Some Chinese medicine healers in the States have confirmed this age-old notion as true. One acupuncturist described treating a woman suffered injuries from multiple car accidents with moxibustion treatment. Initially, she was treated with acupuncture for several months but it seemed that her acupuncture treatments only led to minor improvements. Her acupuncturist then decided to try moxibustion and after just one treatment session, the patient experienced instant and dramatic results.

Most acupuncturists worry about using moxibustion on their patients for fear of burning them. This fear needs to be overcome by simply following to a tee the skills they learned during their training.

The Mugwort Plant

Mugwort is a weed that is commonly found in lawns, flower beds, or waste areas. This plant is where moxa is derived. Moxa has a wide variety of uses. It is often prescribed by therapists and healers to treat circulatory problems, hormonal disorders, digestive issues, heavy bleeding, menstrual cramps, labor pains, and uterine complaints.

Mugwort is turned into a spongy material called moxa wool for moxibustion purposes. The burning moxa wool contains a moxa burner and the wool is hovered over the body about an inch high.

According to researchers, ancient Chinese medicine healers use mugwort because of its many positive qualities: it burns with little flame and smoke and generates a slow and steady burning heat. They also used mugowrt because they believe this plant has magical properties. It has been used to treat people poisoned by scorpion stings or snake bites and to ward off evils spirits or ghosts.

The smoke of mugwort can help soothe the nervous system of a person. A lot of people actually enjoy the smell and feel relaxed by it. Some feel so soothed that they doze off for the rest of the session.

Almost anyone can benefit from moxibustion. However, it may not be an appropriate treatment for those suffering from signs of excessive heat such as eczema, infection, or fever. In the early stages of pregnancy, acupuncture points on the lower back and stomach need to be avoided.

Indirect and Direct Moxibustion

There are two types of moxibustion: indirect and direct. In the indirect method, a burning moxa is held about an inch away from the body. This is the most form of moxibustion. Direct moxibustion means that the burning moxa is placed directly on the skin. A highly skilled practitioner is required for this risky technique.

In indirect moxibustion, the healer may allow the patient to continue treatment at home. He may provide the patient with a moxa stick and instruct the patient on what acupuncture point to target for treatment.

Usually, the practitioner holds the lit moxa above the prescribed point. He pulls it away when the flame gets too hot for the patient to tolerate. The practitioner allows the patient to cool and then resumes treatment.

Most practitioners tell their patients to transcend the superficiality of the warmth sensation until the heat goes deep into their tissue. Once the heat is felt deep within the body, the effects are considered achieved and the lit moxa stick is extinguished. Ordinarily, one moxibustion session lasts for five to ten minutes.

You can purchase the materials you need to perform moxubstion over the Internet, at acupuncture schools, or in Chinatown stores. The moxa can come in a variety of sizes and shapes: from loose moxa wall, to stumps that are the size of cigarette butts and with an adhesive end.

For patients sensitive to smoke, practitioners may use smokeless moxa sticks that are charcoal-based. However, it is believed that these smokeless sticks are not as potent as the ones that produce smoke.

Still there are high-quality Japanese-made smokeless moxa sticks like Ibuki Gold Mountain that can be bought and used for people with allergies or asthma. This stick produces very little smell and most people tend to tolerate it well.

Five Points Acupuncture & Wellness
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Reading, MA 01867
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Some Of The Ways Qigong Exercises Promote And Maintain Health And Extend Longevity

Qigong specifically pertains to a set of exercise that originated in Ancient China. A lot of the practitioners of these exercises use it to increase longevity and boost their health.

What is Qigong?

The exercise performed in Qigong is designed for the mind, breath, and the entire body. Qigong is a very old practice that helps strengthen and restore balance in the body. It is an exercise with an extremely long history.

Qi Qong is a term made up of two Chinese words, Qi means energy and Gong means exercises or work. Hence, Qigong means exercises for your energy.

Actually the word Qigong is a fairly recent term. The exercises that comprise it were formerly called Dao Yin or Nei Gong which were the terms used to describe these practices for thousands of years. Dao Yin translates to Leading and Guiding and it is so named because the postures lead and guide the vital energy or Qi across the body for various reasons based on the set of exercise or exercise. Nei Kung literally means Internal Exercises.

In modern times, Qigong is a practice that is made of various exercises. This practice has literally thousands of different forms. Hence, Qi gong has no really specific type of exercise. It is akin to the term general transportation that designates a broad meaning and does not specify a certain mode or place of transport (space, automobile, rocket, train, water, air, etc.). Each form of transportation is the same and involves going to point B from point A; but other than that each means of transportation can be very different. The same goes with Qigong.

One thing the different styles of Qigong share in common is that they all work with the energy of the body. Other than that, the differences can be extreme. There are stationary Qi Gongs and moving Qi Gongs. Some like the Iron Palm are designed for certain disciplines like the martial arts. Some are for the maintenance of health. Some are to address certain health issues. But, once again each style works with the energy or qi of the body.

Some Qi gong practices have been recently developed while some practices are thousands of years old that have been passed down from generation to the generation. Both of these practices work for a lot of people. The developers of the modern styles and practices cite innovation and improvement as their inspiration while the Qi gong systems of the ancients have endured the test of time.

You need to learn and discover the style that interests you if you are a newcomer to Qigong. You might need to know the style’s objectives, attributes, and origins.

You also need to be aware that there are other styles that may be different from the one you are practicing, if you’ve been performing a specific style of Qi Gong for a while. They may have different objectives, attributes, and modes of practice compared to the style you chose to practice.

The Different Types of Qigong

These are a few of the most commonly practiced types of Qigong.

1. General Health Maintenance Qigong – Qi gong practices to maintain your health are well rounded. They target various aspects of you health in a holistic manner with the intention of enhancing well being, boosting the entire system, and generating better health. Practically everyone can benefit from this type of practice.

2. Martial Qigong – As its name implies Martial Qigong is a training that’s designed to provide you with some sort of skill. Some of its styles include the aforementioned Iron Palm, Iron Shirt, or some activity that will help you strike and/or kick better. These styles are oftentimes a part of an overall martial arts system and are mean to be a type of isolated training. Some trainings in the system are designed to help you avoid harm and injury and to help balance your body. You need the supervision of a qualified instructor for some of these practices and they should never be attempted alone.

3. Medical Qigong – This set of exercises are practiced in order to address disharmony and imbalance in the body. They are no longer required once the disharmony and imbalance is rectified. For certain purposes there are certain practices. Skill and training is required when choosing and performing this type of Qi gong. Medical Qigong is considered a branch of Traditional Chinese Medicine.

History of Qigong

Qigong has a history that goes way back to prehistoric times. As mentioned before, it was not always called Qigong and the ancients called the exercises Nei Kung and Dao Yin. Nei Kung refers to internal exercises or internal work while Dao Yin illustrates how the movements of the exercises guide and lead the flow of Qi all over the body

Interestingly, some researchers believe that dance, which was an essential part of society during ancient times, is one possible origin of Qi gong. Dance was a major part of Shamanic rituals, and of celebrations and ceremonies. Before the dawn of history, the Shamans were our ancestor’s doctors who were responsible for curing the sick and in the maintenance of health.

Some researchers believe that dance gradually developed into a system of movement that was designed to cure sickness and preserve health. Early Chinese texts dating as far back as 200 B.C. describe the use of Dao Yin to address certain illnesses. Later works and documents actually show the refinement of this system over time with exercises included to treat various types of illnesses and ailments. Besides the prescribed exercises, there were always practitioners and teachers who recommended additional general health maintenance practices which were integrated into the system. Eventually, Dao Yin encompassed the systems of static exercises, breathing exercises, movement exercises, and self massage all aimed at increasing longevity and maintaining good health.

A myriad of different Qigong systems have been developed over the years. A lot of these systems have been abandoned and have eventually vanished, but a lot also have survived and are still being practiced today.

Qigong to Extend Longevity and Preserve Health

A type of Chinese exercises, Qigong is designed to enhance your energy, mind, and body. Due to its effectiveness in increasing longevity and promoting health, it has been practiced for thousands of years and is still being used today by millions of people throughout the world. Qigong is followed by a growing number of people due to its aforementioned benefits (increasing longevity and promoting health) although most people think it is only used to help relieve and manage stress.

Qigong Helps Alleviate Tension and Stress

Qi gong movements involve stretching, extending, and twisting the various parts of your body. These physical activities help relieve stress and tension that might have built up within the body. One can prevent these minor tensions from turning into larger problems by consistently exercising the body using the styles of Qigong. The practitioner not only experiences physical relaxation and a sense of reinvigoration, he can also enjoy the mental benefits of Qigong like feeling calm and peaceful.

The Many Benefits of Deep Breathing

The benefits of deep breathing include:

• A state of profound relaxation
• A calm mind
• Strengthening and stimulation of the internal organs

Qigong Boosts the Flow of Blood and Qi in the Body

Qigong exercises can help release any stagnation that might arise and help facilitate the flow of blood and Qi in the body. The smooth unhindered flow of these two important life-giving elements is important for health and the maintenance of health. The body needs to constantly regenerate and repair itself even it is in good health. These tasks may not be possible without the necessary nutrients, oxygen, and energy supplied by blood and Qi. Qigong aids in the self-repair and self-maintenance of the body by facilitating the smooth unfettered flow of blood and Qi.

Besides furnishing the elements the body needs to repair and build itself. The smooth flow of blood and Qi also enables the removal of waste material from the body. When the body is unable to eliminate waste material, it can fall to illness and disease. Hence, the circulation and transport of blood and qi is extremely essential for good health and longevity.

Qigong Enhances the Function of the Central Nervous System

The Central Nervous System (CNS) and the spine are connected to all the internal organs and to every part of the body and so, the health of the body depends on the condition of the CNS and the spine. A lot of the movements of Qigong move and twist the spine which besides maintaining its strength, flexibility, and mobility, also boosts the flow of qi and blood to every part of the spine and beefs up the health of the CNS.

Qigong Helps Promote Quality Adequate Sleep

Qigong exercises can lead to longer quality sleep as they help stabilize the body functions, improve blood flow, and help relax the body. Qigong does ease muscle tension and relieves pain and soreness in the joints. Some Qigong exercises and practices are designed to help readjust the biorhythm of your body so that you can enjoy a night of rejuvenating and restful sleep. Because it helps regulate the hormones and contributes greatly to the maintenance and repair of the body, sleep is a very important part of our lives.

Qigong Supports Digestion and Elimination

The deep breathing and physical actions involved in Qigong exercises can bring about a healthy effect on the organs responsible for digestion and elimination. This benefits the body in a great way because it derives its nutrients and energy needed to repair and maintain itself from the air we breathe and the fluids and foods we take in. The body is able to optimally extract the nutrients and qi that it needs from digested food when our digestive system is functioning well. When the body is able to easily eliminate waste products, it helps prevent the rise of sickness and disease.

Qigong Maintains the Flexibility and Strength of the Joints

Since Qigong is a series of physical exercises, it helps keep the joints of the body strong and healthy allowing them to be strong, mobile, loose, and flexible. The exercises of the joints also make certain that there is adequate flow of blood to the tissue of the joints, which enables them to repair themselves, when needed, and keeps them healthy.

These are some of the examples of how Qigong Exercise can promote and maintain health and extend longevity. This article did not discuss the energetic and esoteric aspects of Qigong, only the physical. The body’s ability to maintain and repair itself is a very important part of our health and is a key factor in the increase of longevity and the establishment of good health and longevity as well as in our ability to recuperate rapidly if a problem in health arises.

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Some FAQs About Facial Rejuvenation Acupressure Exercises

Acupressure is a healing system that’s even much older than acupuncture which is believed to be around 5,000 years old. It works on the life energy of the body called chi that circulates all around our bodies. There are numerous energy channels or meridians that are located on our skull, neck, and face. When these meridians are massaged with acupressure, we can access our deeper levels (psychological, emotional, and physiological) and enhance our general well-being, which can be reflected on our faces. The health of the vital organs is also enhanced benefiting both our muscles and skin.

In acupressure treatment to rejuvenate the face, life energy or chi is the most important element to consider. Acupressure enhances how you look and how you feel and has a positive overall effect on your health.

Some of the questions commonly asked questions about how to use self-acupressure for eyebrow lift, eye lift, non surgical face lift, and facial rejuvenation and their corresponding answers are as follows:

Question: I am not a professional acupressure practitioner can I use acupressure on myself?

Answer: You can administer acupressure on yourself and even on others provided that you know where the acupoints are located and know what proper points are to be manipulated to address a specific issue. Talk to a professional acupressure practitioner if you want to learn about acupressure and the acupoints.

But it’s not really a problem if you don’t know what points to use since nothing dangerous or unhealthy can occur to you or your face if you miss the points.

Question: How does acupressure rejuvenate the skin and lift the face?

Answer: Acupressure is a manual pressure method that works as a facial massage treatment. Muscles can be relaxed and congestion can be relieved just by using basic finger pressure. Acupressure can also release and remove toxins from the body, which also can have a positive impact on our outward appearance.

As mentioned before, there are several energy channels that are located on our skull, neck, and face. When these channels are massaged it leads to various positive effects that can help improve your appearance.

Chi is important for facial rejuvenation because it governs our health and helps make our skin become smooth and healthy.

Question: Are the eyes area extremely sensitive to apply acupressure on them?

Answer: Acupressure applies steady manual pressure without stretching or moving the skin. It is not about massaging.

Question: Does acupressure have any side effects?

Answer: No. Acupressure is an extremely safe treatment to use. It is a natural form of treatment and unlike drugs, supports the natural self-healing processes of the body and strengthens the body in a natural way.

When performing facial rejuvenation exercises (better sleep, skin detox, etc.), if you have a healing reaction, just step the exercises for a few days and then resume. You will begin to see a healthy and youthful glow!

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Acupressure Techniques To Help Dementia Patients Fall Asleep And Maintain Sleep

In certain stages of our lives, there have been some who of us who have had real difficulties in sleeping at night. Whether it’s due to stress, drugs, hormones, or worries, not getting enough sleep can inflict various kinds of negativity on our bodies. Our ability to cope with life’s daily challenges can be impacted as well as our immune system which makes us more susceptible to illness and disease. Not getting enough sleep can also simply negatively affect our mood and/or make us gain weight.

For people suffering from dementia conditions such as Alzheimer’s disease, difficulty falling asleep or remaining asleep is quite a common experience. Those people tend to experience “sundowners” which means they become increasingly confused and agitated as their dementia symptoms get worse in the afternoon, late afternoon, or evening.

For caregivers tending to people with dementia, acupressure in Bellmore can be a safe, non-drug remedy that can help their patients sleep better. This therapeutic technique follows the same principles used in acupuncture and is a much preferred therapy because it is a hands implemented healing modality that does not use needles. Acupressure involves a gentle massage with the caregiver’s fingertips on a few specific areas on the patient’s forearm.

The pericardium 6 and the heart 7 acupuncture points are the two points that are the least intrusive and easiest to use to the patient. In Chinese medicine, they are respectively known as the “Inner Gate” and “Spirit Gate.” In Chinese medicine, the spirit associates with the mood of a patient and not to the spirit as seen in religion. These acupoints have been used for ages to assuage nervousness, soothe agitation, treat insomnia, and relieve anxiety.

Those two acupressure points can be maximally utilized when the patient is getting ready to go to sleep and is lying in bed. After getting the patient’s permission to touch him/her, take a sit next to them and put the patient’s forearm into your non-dominant hand while utilizing your dominant hand to massage the points.

The wrist’s underside is where you’ll find the pericardium 6 point. To locate this point go to the inner wrist’s center point, on the first crease where the wrist meets the hand, move up toward the crease of the inner elbow around three finger-widths. That’s where you’ll find the pericardium 6.

You can find the heart 7 acupoint on the first crease where the wrist meets the hand on the wrist’s underside. On the crease’s pinky side, there is a bony protuberance and the acupoint is just towards the middle of that bony protuberance. Your finger will land in what feels like a hole or a divot if you start at the inner wrist’s pinky side, and run your finger toward the wrist’s thumb side over the bony protuberance. That is the heart 7 acupoint.

Due to the location of these two points, use your thumb to massage them as it is more comfortable to use.

After locating each acupoint, gently massage one point a time and it doesn’t matter what point you massage first. Apply either a circular massaging movement or a steady pressure on the point. Try to avoid causing pain, although the patient will usually report a feeling that can be described as a strong pressure or “good hurt” but gentle sensation. Be particularly sensitive on how much pressure you apply when you use this technique on a patient with dementia. They may not be able to accurately describe whether you’re applying too much pressure or whether it hurts “good,” or they may not be entirely in touch with what you are doing. Massage slowly and add pressure to the massage as tolerated.

Hold gentle pressure on or massage each point for three to five minutes. Close the patient’s eyes and make them take a few deep slow breaths and allow them to relax.

For dementia and elderly patients, sleeping pills can be particularly vexatious and come with various side effects. One side effect is drowsiness that can come at the wrong time, which can raise the risk of falling and raise more problems for the patient in performing his or her activities of daily living and self-care.

This acupressure method is easy to do, safe, and works extremely well at assisting your dementia patient to sleep and maintain sleep for extended periods of time.

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