What You Should Know About Gua Sha Therapy

Most of us have never heard of gua sha — but if you experience persistent joint or muscle pain, especially in the shoulder, neck, or back, this hands-on drug-free form of treatment is definitely worth knowing about.

Gua sha therapy is an East Asian healing procedure that’s commonly administered by an acupuncturist, although it does not require the use of needles. The acupuncturist rather uses a handheld round-edged, tool on a specific part of the body to “press-stroke” (stroke while administering mild pressure) the skin over and over without breaking the skin.

The aim of gua sha therapy in Marlton is to relieve what in Chinese medicine is known as ‘blood stagnation.’ This symbolizes a form of capillary constriction near the surface of the skin and is related to persistent or fixed pain and occasionally, illness. Unblocking congested blood enhances blood flow to the organs, tissues, and muscles directly underneath the area being treated. Instant positive changes in mobility, stiffness, and are experienced by the patient.

According to Arya Nielsen, PhD, author of the book Gua Sha – A Traditional Technique for Modern Practice, the press-stroking movements in gua sha therapy force red blood cells to escape the tiny capillaries and enter into nearby tissues. There is no external bleeding and the capillaries are not broken, but the petechiae, (the several tiny reddish spots of blood) appear just underneath the surface of the skin, giving the site of treatment a rashlike appearance, (the petechiae is not the same as bruising, since according to Dr. Nielsen, a bruise symbolizes traumatic damage to the tissue and can take a week or more to heal; with gua sha however, the tissue remains undamaged). The red blood cells instantly start to be reabsorbed. The ensuing collapse of hemoglobin (the pigment in the red blood cells that contains oxygen) amplifies the reaction of a certain enzyme and the bile pigments biliverdin and bilirubin—all of which have anti-inflammatory qualities and activate the immune system, encouraging healing within a few days.

For those who are interested in trying gua sha therapy, you should know that it is usually administered on the hips, shoulder, neck, and back although from time to time it can be used on other parts of the body. In traditional Chinese medicine, the treated area is sometimes the painful spot itself, but other times, it is a body part that is associated with a certain meridian (body channel) or organ.

One session of gua sha session therapy typically lasts 10 minutes or so. The practitioner first palpates a body part in order to evaluate whether the tissue has ‘sha’ or stagnation. The site of treatment is then emolliated with a product like Badger Balm or oil.

The press-stroking comes next. The Chinese traditionally utilized a soup spoon with smooth edge; nowadays, however, practitioners often use a handheld device that looks like a metal cap with a smooth lip. When one undergoes gua sha therapy, there is a real albeit minimal risk of exposure to blood-borne microorganisms, gua sha instruments should therefore not be reused on other patients. According to Dr. Nielsen, practitioners often use simple and disposable metal caps, instead of the antiquated bone, stone, jade, coin, or spoon tool. Each specific narrow area of skin called “stroke-line,” is stroked with pressure six to ten times. The skin simply turns pink when there is no blood stagnation –the gua sha, causes the tiny red petechiae to appear where there is stagnation.

Dr. Nielsen says that gua sha feels invigorating to the patient. If done properly it will not hurt. She said that the treatment can also be administered on children and babies without any problem. The elevated red marks on the skin quickly start to change and dissipate, and within a few days are completely gone. After a session, it is best to drink water and moderate one’s activity. After a treatment, patients should avoid any hard labor, feasting, fasting, sex, alcohol, or drugs for the rest of the day. In other words, they should “chill.”

The amount of treatments required varies and depends on the condition or conditions of the patient. Some patients may feel lasting relief within just one or two treatments. Patients suffering from chronic conditions may need three sessions a week apart, followed by treatments every other week, as needed. As with most medical treatments, the treatment cost may vary based on the location and training of the practitioner. Call your insurance company and see if they pay for the treatment if it covers healthcare by an acupuncturist.

Gua sha is a very safe form of treatment for people suffering from serious conditions like diabetes. It can be administered on people taking anticoagulant drugs and for pregnant women although for safety’s sake, it is important that they seek treatment from a licensed qualified practitioner who specializes in gua sha. Acupuncturists often have such training, as do some massage therapists and physical therapists. To look for a qualified practitioner, Dr. Nielsen recommends phoning or going to the office of licensed acupuncturists near your area and ask them about the amount of experience they have with the therapy. You can find acupuncturists near your areas and ascertain their licensure through your state’s public health department, office of professional regulators, consumer affairs office, or similar agency.

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The Triple Burner Organ-Energy System

The Triple burner organ-energy system, which is not acknowledged in Western physiology, is known as the ‘Minister of Dredges and Dykes.’ It governs the transformation and movement of various fluids and solids throughout the system and for the circulation and production of protective energy (wei chi) and nourishing energy (ying chi). The Triple burner is not a single self-contained organ, but is instead a system of functional energy involved in the regulation of the activities of other organs. It is made up of three parts, called ‘burners’, each related with one of the three main cavities of the body: pelvis, stomach, and thorax. According to an ancient Chinese medical document, “the Lower Burner controls elimination, the Middle Burner controls transformation, and the Upper Burner controls intake”.

The Lower Burner starts from the pyloric valve, the anus and the urinary tract. It is responsible for absorbing nutrients, segregating the pure from the impure products of digestion, and eliminating liquid and solid wastes. It brings into harmony, the functions of the small intestines, large intestines, bladder, kidney, and liver and also regulates reproductive and sexual functions.

The Middle Burner starts from the entrance to the abdomen all the way down to its exit at the pyloric valve. It is responsible for digestion by harmonizing the functions of the pancreas, spleen, and stomach. The Middle Burner is responsible for drawing out nourishing energy from fluids and foods and distributing them through the meridian system to the lungs and other parts of the body.

The Upper Burner starts from the base of the tongue to the entrance to the abdomen and controls the intake of fluids, food, and air. It brings into harmony the functions of the lungs and heart, and regulates the allocation of protective energy to the external surfaces of the body, and controls respiration.

Western researchers believe that the Triple Burner is related to the hypothalamus, the area of the brain that normalizes blood pressure, heartbeat, body temperature, fluid balance, digestion, appetite, and other basic autonomous functions.

Sanjiao

Related organ: Pericardium
Peak Hours: 9pm-11pm
Color: orange red
Functions: normalizes transportation and transformation of bodily fluids,
Physical Branches: facial complexion, sweat, throat, tongue, blood

Sanjiao is made up of two Chinese words, ‘San’ means three, ‘Jiao’ means ‘burn’. Originally, it is referred to as the ‘Triple Burner’, but ‘Triple Heater’ and ‘Triple Warmer’ are also commonly used.

Psycho-Emotional Aspects of the Triple Burner

The Triple Burners are deemed to be “intermediaries” or Ambassadors for the Yuan (Original) Chi of the body. In psychological terms, they can be used to move Chi and cure depression resulting in Liver Chi stagnation. When the Triple Burners, that normalize the consciousness, are full, the Mind’s intent becomes kindhearted and benevolent and the consciousness becomes stable. People also link the Triple Burners with the Pericardium and Heart which are impacted by the emotion of joy. When the heart’s energy is pure, guiltless, and strong, and the thoughts and urges of people are at peace, then the energy of the sexual essence or Jing of the boy will spread into the Triple Burners, and the Blood may flourish within the vessels of individuals. If you fail to allow to heat your “fire of desire” and combine with the Triple Burners’ energy, your sexual essence will overflow, combining itself with the Mingmen energy and may leave the body through the reproductive tissues and organs. This may result in depletion of Chi and Jing.

The Triple Burner Internal Trajectories, Acupuncture Points, and Channel Pathway

Starting on the ring (fourth) finger, by the outside corner of the nail, the channel of the triple burner passes between the fourth and fifth fingers’ knuckles to the wrist. From there it rises between the forearm‘s two bones (the ulna and radius), through the elbow’s tip, and up the arm’s back to the shoulder. It joins the governing vessel channels and small intestine behind the top of the shoulder. Then it ascends over the shoulder to the region of the collarbone, internally goes down to the pericardium, and then to the middle and lower burners and abdomen. Re-appearing at the collarbone from the chest, the channel rises around the back of the ear to the side of the neck. One branch internally ascends to meet the forehead where the gallbladder channel is located, then goes down to join the channel of the small intestine on the cheek. The cursory branch continues to the ear front and across the eyebrow’s outer corner, where it meets the channel of the gallbladder once again.

The Triple Warmer Meridian’s Internal Trajectories

After passing the arms’ lateral aspect from the ring finger, the triple warmer meridian travels to St 12:

[It] enters ST-12, then down to CV-17, diffuses into the chest, and goes down into the pericardium. The Triple Warmer then goes down over the diaphragm, permeates and rounds down through the triple warmers. A branch beginning at CV-17 reaches up to St 12.

The meridian is like a pervasive spray when it “diffuses” into the chest. The stream becomes less dense and widens, the scenario is one of rain moistening and covering instead of a river passing through. One can also observe that the meridian does not wrap the pericardium spirally. Instead, it goes down as it is filtered through after diffusing into the chest in CV-17.

This concept assists us to observe the relationship of the breathing process to the triple warmer. Probably, this connection to the movement of breath and breath itself goes down into the belly button is associated with the action of “diffusion into the chest.” Upon inhalation, air is sucked into the lungs; air then mingles with the triple warmer pathway once its inside the chest (inside the lungs), which is diffusing into the chest. Then, it is filtered down into the pericardium. From there it may circle downward through the triple warmers. This downward motion via the triple warmers may well be the means by which the Chi of breathing travels underneath the umbilicus where it is a vital ingredient in the nourishment of the source and the creation of the source Chi.

Dr. Hailing Fu is a doctor or Oriental medicine and the founder of Ling’s Acupuncture, Inc., in Orlando, FL. She has also served as professor and clinic director at the Florida College of Integrative Medicine in Central Florida.

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Benefits Of Mastering The Art Of Qi Gong

The age-old techniques of qigong, phonetically pronounced as “chee goong”, is a healing art that strengthens and increases the flow of vital energy or chi and cleanses the body through the use of gentle movement, meditation, and proper breathing techniques. Used for a long time in China, written texts date the use of this healing art as far back as 600 B.C. Qi gong in Winter Park has a wide variety of uses. Some are a bit profound and many are for health purposes. It is a way to control the Chi of your body.

This wondrous control enables a practitioner, who is in control of his chi, to generate electrical energy and discharge it to others. People who practice qigong attain that control via a number of meditative exercises. While they may be as short as a five minute set, others are hard to remember and are lengthy. Fortunately, the simple to perform and repetitious exercises and the ones most often used.

Qi gong is an art as well as a self-sustaining process. It builds and instructs both will power and concentration. The body allows chi energy to circulate through the use of yi that integrates concentration, focused intent, and visualization. This cultivates your ability to strengthen your will power even more and focus more intently. Qi gong practice helps the mind and body reach higher levels. When not practicing qigong, the abilities gained boost these same skills.

There are many skills that qi gong encompasses once it’s mastered. Some experts avail of the power of chi to perform both distance healing and healing in person. Other masters use it for out of body experiences, telekinesis, and clairvoyance. For a master of qi gong, it is not uncommon to attain the skills to move objects with the energy force, start fires, or heal others.

The mastery and use of qigong also cultivates the intelligence as proven in several studies. It advances the neural channels between the bran’s two sides so the practitioner is able to use the function of his entire brain. This combines the logical with the creative and develops new patterns of problem solving and thinking. Clinical research also reveals that meditation alters brain frequency patterns until it is mostly the alpha wave that exists. This is the best state of mind in which to perform and learn different PSI skills.

Research shows that the rise in psychic skills in children is faster than in adults. The reason perhaps being that children still use their stomach for breathing, which is one of the fundamental practices of qi gong. One study involved a piece of paper containing Chinese words. The paper was then crumpled into a ball. The researchers then gave the paper ball to a child who was given instructions to read the letter using their brain, without uncrambling the ball to see the words. More than 60 % of the children could do this with uncanny precision.

When one learns the easy technique of qigong, it can not only help him relax, it can also expand the abilities of his mind. These include application for health, happiness, goal achievement, and business.

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The Five Phases Of Chinese Nutritional Therapy

The Five Phases of Chinese Nutritional Therapy (FPNT) depends on a couple of basic frameworks of the Five Phases, Yin/Yang, and Chinese Medicine in Jacksonville. Most of the information in this article is derived from various sources including Chinese medicine school text books.

This article should not be seen as a way to lose weight and does not pertain to any specific type of diet. Instead, it is a holistic approach to nutrition that promotes the eating of foods that develops the vital energy of the body by providing a wide variety of food selections based on the general state of being of a person.

Based on the principle of Chinese medicine, the two fundamental forces that keep the body in a state of homeostasis are Yin and Yang. It would be beyond the scope of this article and would take an entire volume to understand what these two forces are; however, it is essential to give a brief introduction to these two principles in this article.

Yin/yang is an important philosophical concept that applies to all aspects of Asian thought including medicine, martial arts, painting, calligraphy, and art. It supposes that all living and non-living things are an extension of two opposing and complimentary sides. For instance cold/hot, evil/good, down/up, black/white, female/male.

Since virtually anything can be further classified into yin-yang forces, the list can go ad infinitum. This yin/yang concept also applies to humans. Females are yin and males are yang. In addition, each individual, regardless of gender, is also comprised of these opposing compliments. The yin is the front of the body, the yang is the back.

The feet are yin relative to the head which is yang. The body’s right side is yin while its left side is yang. The organs are yin relative to the yang which is the skin. The qualities of yin/yang can be applied to visible parts of the body. This theory is also applicable to literally all living cells in every organism including hormones, chemicals in the brain, and fluids of the body.

Mucus and other thick body fluids are usually deemed as yin while tears and other viscous and thin fluids are yang. Estrogen and other female hormones are yin relative to male hormones such as testosterone which is yang. Chemicals such as serotonin are classified as yin while dopamine can be grouped as yang.

When talking about dietary matters, which are the main topic of this article, the metabolism of the body is also seen through the principles of yin/yang. In Chinese medicine theory, a person with a hyper-metabolic body is a yang or hot individual while a person who is hypo-metabolic has a cold or yin body. The normalization of these last two cold/hot or yin/yang forces is where Five Phase Chinese Nutritional Therapy plays an essential role.

When classifying nutrients as either yin or yang, we are venturing into a never ending field of food combinations and selections. Five Phase Chinese nutritional therapy (FPCNT) classifies yin/yang foods into five groups that are intimately connected to the Chinese medicine Five Phases table of correspondences. These correspondences have been translated as the Five Elements in the West.

The term “elements,” however is a poor translation because it provides an unchanging connotation to “xing,” which is the original Chinese word. A better translation is “phases” is because it implies a continuous state of flux or ‘change’.

A person with a naturally “Hot-type” body is someone who often feels hot, is prone to skin infections or rashes, always desires cold drinks, sometimes has a red tongue or face, perspires easily, and has too much energy in his body. According to the Five Element Nutrition, a yang or “hot-type” person requires more relatively cooling or yin foods.

In a yang or hot type person, signs and symptoms include an outgoing or aggressive personality, insomnia, easily irritated or angered, constipation, strong appetite, dry mouth thirst, and a loud voice. Yang type females may suffer from menstrual disorders. Naturally cold or cool foods can neutralize the effect of heat in the body, meaning, they can generate a cooling reaction from the body.

Foods that balance/lower metabolism are deemed to be “yin” in nature in Five Element Nutrition. Thomas Edison years ago said, “In the future, physicians will prescribe no medicine, but will provide their patients in the care of the human frame, in the prevention and cause of disease, and in diet.”

Vegetables

These are considered cool/cold foods in the Five Phases Nutrition:

Cooling

Alfalfa, Lotus Root, Button Mushrooms (Slightly Cooling), Beet, Bok Choy, Broccoli, Gobo Burdock Root, Potato, Green And Red Cabbage, Winter Squash And Pumpkin, Carrot, Radish, Cauliflower, Celery, Soybean Sprout, Napa Cabbage, Chinese Cabbage, Spinach, Chinese Wax Gourd, Zucchini, Summer Squash, Cilantro, Yam or Sweet Potato, Corn, Cucumber, Turnip, White Carrot, Daikon Radish, Watercress, Dandelion, Eggplant, Winter Melon, Eggplant, Seed of Winter Melon, and Bamboo Shoots

Cold

Bitter Gourd, White Mushroom, Seaweed, and Snow Pea

Neutral

Shitake or Chinese Black Mushroom, Taro Root, and Lotus Seed

Fruits

Cooling

Apple, Apricot (toxic at high levels), Black Jujube (very cooling), Peach (very cooling), Chinese date (very cooling), Chinese Prune, Fig, Persimmon, Hawthorn Berry, Tangerine, Lemon, Strawberry, and Tomato (Slightly cooling)

Cold

Mulberry (Slightly cold), Muskmelon, Cantaloupe, Pear, Grapefruit, Starfruit, Watermelon, Banana,

Neutral

Papaya, Loquat, Mango

Legumes, Nuts, Seeds, and Grains

Mung bean (Very Cooling), Soybean, Persimmon, Pearl Barley, Wheat, Hops, and Wheat Bran

Neutral

Almond, Pea, Azuki, Red Bean, Sunflower Seed, Peanut, Brown Rice, and Buckwheat

Miscellaneous Animal Products: Poultry, Fish, and Meat

Cooling

Chicken Egg, Marjoram, Peppermint, Tofu, Sesame Oil

Cold

Clams, Pork, Crab, Salt, Sugar Cane

Neutral

Milk & Milk Products, Unheated Honey, Olives

A person who often feels cold, is susceptible to edema and dizziness, usually prefers warm drinks, has low energy, and has a whitish or pale complexion, is a “Cold-type” person. This person, in Five Phases Nutrition, would require relatively warming or yang foods.

The symptoms and signs of a yin or cold type person could include excessive sleep, introverted personality, loose stools, lack of appetite, drinking of little fluids, and a weak or feeble voice. Naturally hot and warm foods can have a neutralizing effect on a cold body, i.e., generate a warming reaction from the body.

According to Five Phases Nutrition, the following foods are deemed naturally warm or hot foods that can balance and/or improve metabolism.

Hot Foods

Garlic, Scallion, Pineapple, Soybean Oil

Warm

Leek, Mustard Green, Coconut, Beef, Liver, Chicken, Mussels, Eel, Mutton, Ham, Sheep’s Milk, Kidney, Shrimp, Coffee, Coriander, Spearmint, Dillseed, Wine

Warming

Bell Pepper (Slightly Warming), Green Bean, Chinese Chive, Parsley (Slightly Warming), Kale, Vegetables Cherry, Kumquat, Litchi Fruit, Grape, Hawthorne Fruit, Raspberry (Slightly Warming), Black & Red Date, Guava, Fruit Oats, Plum (Slightly Warming), Sweet Rice, Anise, Fennel

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Falun Gong And The Cultivation Of A Compassionate Heart

A spiritual practice purely in accordance with the cultivation of a compassionate heart, Falun Gong assists in the liberation of karmic blockages that result in illness and disease to restore well being and good health.

The practice of Falun Gong originated from an energy-based form of Buddhist Qigong that since then has become quite popular throughout the world. It was first introduced to the public in 1992 in China. Around 1999, the number of people practicing Falun Gong grew to about a hundred million people. This holistic practice is made up of a combination of three universal principles – forbearance, compassion, and truthfulness as well as five physical exercises. It is now practiced in 67 countries around the world.

Qi Gong was invented by the Gautama Buddha himself. In the early days, Buddhism, via the practice of Qi Gong, instructed people how to cultivate important human virtues within themselves.

Today, it is Master Li Hongzhi who is responsible for the development of the Falun Gong system, which instructs us how to assimilate perfect virtues into everyday living. Falun Gong is not a religion, a philosophy, nor a theory. Rather, it is way of helping us learn how to adjust our behavior and mind to our everyday life in accordance with eternal celestial principles.

Cultivating the Kind Spirit

Applying the principles of forbearance, compassion, and truthfulness in our modern way of life produces benefits on various levels. The mind becomes more benevolent through the cultivation of Falun Gong. It creates a more prosperous and better society and cleanses the physical body; in addition, it helps us attain wholeness of being in order to achieve our highest destiny.

The cultivation of the main spirit – our genuine essence – is one of the more important aspects of Falun Gong. This is gained through the development of our own consciousness and a clear awareness about our own conduct. Compared to other forms of meditation, this is one of the greatest advantages of Falun Gong.

The practice of Falun gong is designed to help cultivate our own heart that, in turn, augments our main spirit. Cultivating the heart is a process that involves freeing ourselves of attachments. This is stated in the book, Zhuan (or Shuan) Falun.

Falun Gong is accessible to everyone who aspires to evolve to a higher level – they are available to both rich and poor and you don’t need to fill up any forms nor do you have to donate or pay any fees or membership.

When one lets go of negative emotional attachments that may manifest as fear, anger, and/or jealousy, the heart becomes compassionate and benevolent. The process of letting go is a journey of steady learning and passes through a lot of levels.

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What Is Chinese Moxibustion-Acupuncture Therapy?

Chinese moxibustion-acupuncture therapy is a very old Chinese path to good health. It has been used by the Chinese for thousands of years and has a long history.

Only a few people are aware of this. In fact, most people know that acupuncture only involves the use of needles. The fact is, there is another aspect to Chinese acupuncture, which is the use of fire. The utilization of both fire and needle helps make acupuncture a more potent treatment against illness and disease.

Chinese moxibustion acupuncture in Encino is designed to curing illness with the use of heat or fire. This is why the original word for acupuncture in Chinese is Shen Jiu (Shen = fire, Jiu = acupuncture).

Fu Hsi’s discovery of the illness curing using stone needles and the invention of moxibustion and Chinese acupuncture by Huang Di are the two of the most famous legends about acupuncture. Obviously, there are also other lesser known legends.

For most people, it is difficult to believe that Chinese moxibustion acupuncture was actually discovered by a Chinese housewife (whose name sadly was not included in history). While she was cooking, she realized that her aches were not as painful as before she started cooking. She believed that the fire from the stove had somehow relieved her pain. This happened during the Neolithic age and since then Chinese moxibustion acupuncture has evolved to include the use of herbs that have medicinal properties and, of course fire and even smoke the restore the body back to health.

In moxibustion therapy, the items used are cups and moxa cones. The treatment basically uses a glass cup to cover the affected part of the body and allow the heated air inside the cup to cool down sucking the body into the cup.

The heating of the inside of the cup forces the air out of the jar. This causes a suction vortex similar to a vacuum cleaner which has the cup sticking onto the body. The procedure causes a massage effect that benefits the internal organs and improves the flow of blood in the patient’s body. The moxa cone also provides the same therapeutic effect.

The application of the cups in Chinese moxibustion acupuncture must target the important meridians or acupuncture points of the body in order for the disease to be cured.

To boost the efficacy of moxibustion, herbs, mashed garlic, or ginger may be used during treatment. The cupping procedure usually takes between 15 to 20 minutes to finish. Moreover, it is vital that the therapy be performed over a certain time period so that the effect can be experienced.

Chinese moxibustion acupuncture techniques have been improving by leaps and bounds over the decades. It is typical to see the use of new equipments including acupoint magnetotherapy, microwave needle moxibustion, acupoint injection, and electronic needle moxibustion, among others.

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What Is Tui Na Bodywork Therapy?

Tui na or Tuina is a Chinese Bodywork Therapy that’s been practiced for over 2,000 years. It utilizes the classical Chinese medical concept of Chi or energy flow energy channels (called meridians) as its fundamental healing orientation. Via the application of manipulation and massage techniques, Tui Na aims to bring about a more balanced flow of Chi through a system of collaterals and channels, giving the body the means to heal itself naturally.

The procedures used in Tui Na include bone setting or manipulation procedures to realign the ligamentous and musculoskeletal systems, acupressure methods to directly impact Chi circulation, and the use of massage manual techniques to the tendons and muscles and the other soft tissue in the body. To augment the treatment, external herbal salves, liniments, compresses, and poultices are also used.

Tui Na therapy uses a diverse range of systems that espouse certain elements of these healing principles. In China, the major medical schools have integrated the rolling method which specializes in muscle sprains and joint injuries, advocated soft tissue procedures, promoted the one finger pushing method that stresses techniques for the treatment of internal diseases, and the use of acupressure. These schools also promote the Nei Gung method that emphasizes the practice of Nei Gong Chi energy generation exercises and certain massage techniques for refreshing exhausted energy systems, the bone setting technique that advances manipulation procedures to realign the ligamentous and musculoskeletal systems and specializes in nerve pain and joint injuries.

During a Tui Na Therapy Session

The client wears no shoes and loose clothing in a typical session. He is told to lie on a floor mat or table. The client’s specific problems are then examined by a practitioner who starts to apply a certain type of treatment protocol. Areas targeted for treatment include the joints and muscles, acupressure points, and specific areas of pain. To facilitate faster healing, practitioners of advanced Tui Na may also utilize Chinese herbs. A treatment session may from 30 minutes to an hour. The client may need to come back for additional treatments based on the type of problem he’s suffering from. After the treatment, the client usually ends up relaxed and energized.

Growing Popularity

Tui Na therapy is fast becoming a popular form of treatment in the US. It is a powerful complementary treatment for conventional western massage procedures. Its focus on specific problems instead of being a more generalized therapy and its simplicity make it both an ideal extension and/or alternative of Swedish-style massage. By using shorter treatments, Tui na can be used in a lot of settings, including hospitals, clinics, or homes. It is an appropriate form of treatment for both the active, health conscious person and for the professional massage therapist.

You can search for a Tuina practitioner near your area by calling or going online and searching for the Acupuncture Colleges of the American Oriental Bodywork Therapy Association.

History

The history of Tui Na therapy goes as far back as 1700 B.C in China to the Shang Dynasty of China. Oracle bones suggest that tui na massage was used for the treatment of children’s digestive complaints and diseases in both adults and children. It was integrated as a separate department in the Imperial Medical College Imperial Medical College by 600 A.D. The therapy prospered all over China until the Ch’ing Dynasty where along with other Chinese cultural arts it was strictly restrained. After the Communists came into power, tui na, along with other classical medical arts, was reestablished and integrated into the current system of Traditional Medicine Colleges.

Today, tui na is taught in the important traditional Chinese medical schools as an equal but separate field of study. Tui na physicians acquire the same rigorous training as herbalists and acupuncturists in Fort Lauderdale and garner the same degree of professional respect.

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Why Buffers Can Be Very Important In Your Life

In life, buffers can be very important. During the course of your life, you tend to discover that there are certain things in which you have absolutely no control of. You will find that there are events in your life that are beyond your control. You don’t have too much control over the things that occur in your life and you shouldn’t try to control anyone. A positive attitude can help you manage your life and the things you do the right way. Buffers need to be created in order to accept the fact that you do not have control over some situations that affect your life.

When creating buffers, you probably will need to talk to friends to assist you get through certain circumstances. To get through hard times, you might want to talk to a therapist or a counselor. A lot of people perform meditation to help them accept the truth that there are just things they do not have control of. You may want to develop your own support system so that when something bad happens, you have someone to talk to, to get through difficult times.

Speaking of meditation, you can visit the website of Falun Dafa for great qigong and meditation exercises that can work on your mind and body to make you feel good and positive good about yourself and be more compassionate to people around you. This is a type of benevolent force that can have an effect not just on yourself, but on the people in your life. This is life transforming the whole world through your environment.

Whatever buffer you choose in life, you can be assured that you are taking the right steps to better the quality of your life. In the end, doing this will be all worth it since the rewards you will reap will be greater than the effort that you’ve put in it.

Christina Prieto is an Orlando acupuncturist, a certified Yoga instructor and the founder of Harmony Wellness center in central Florida.

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How To Apply Qi Gong In Your Life

Chi Kung or Qi Gong is a multimillennial-old type of body posture and movement that cleanses, bolsters, and increases the flow of vital energy known as chi or qi in the body via gentle movement and meditation. Documents in China dating back thousands of years show that Qi Gong has been practiced as far back as the 6th century B.C. Today, hundreds of thousands of Americans perform this activity mainly for health reasons and for meditating. Qi Gong works by increasing and controlling the flow of chi in the body.

This activity’s mystical and controlled movements allow the practitioner to discharge electrical energy onto others so long as they are in control of their chi. Qigong practitioners develop this gift by undergoing a set of meditative exercises. Some exercises may be as short as a five minute set while some may be too long and some can be too difficult to memorize. The redundant and simple exercises are fortunately, the ones people most frequently use.

Qigong’s healing technique is a measure of self-maintenance. It develops and cultivates both focus/concentration and will power. The activities are a blend of focused intent, concentration, and visualization that helps chi energy to flow uninterrupted throughout the body. Qi Gong also helps practitioners develop their will power even more and promote a much more resolute focus. Each practice permits the body and mind to attain higher levels of consciousness. The abilities achieved hone these same skills even when the practitioners are not performing Qi Gong.

Once it’s mastered, Qi Gong enables a person to integrate a number of highly desired skills into their lives. A few extremely skilled practitioners have the ability to tap into the power of qi to provide healing at a distance or near people. Some master practitioners have developed the ability to experience telekinesis, clairvoyance, and out of body experiences. For a master of qigong, it is not uncommon to see them heal people, start fires, or move objects at a distance.

Several studies have revealed that the performance and understanding of Qi Gong also helps increase intelligence. This technique has been shown to help develop the nerve tracts between the brain hemispheres giving the practitioner the ability to make use of 100 percent of his brain function. This enables the practitioner to fully use the creative and logical aspects of the mind and to create amazing lucid patterns of thinking and extremely sophisticated problem solving skills. Scientific studies have also shown that during meditation, the brain’s wave patterns get altered until only the alpha wave exists. This type of wave frequency is the best frequency in which to perform a number of psi tasks and to optimize learning.

Additional studies have shown the Qi Gong is the best way to develop psychic skills in children. Perhaps, this is because children still breathe mainly through their abdomen which is a requirement when performing Qi Gong and the children still have not been taught to breathe in another way. Researchers conducted a test involving a piece of paper that contained a Chinese letter written on the paper. The paper was crumpled into a ball. The researchers gave the paper ball to a child and without opening the ball to see the word that was in it, the child was told to read the letter in his thoughts. A stunning 60 percent of the children were able to read the letter accurately.

Qi Gong not only helps you to relax by learning its simple and basic practices, it can also expand the powers of your mind. This applies to goal achievement, happiness, health, and business.

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What Is Genuine Chinese Food?

Some people believe that Chinese food, as it is prepared with the purpose of providing meaningful benefits, promotes longevity and has certain medicinal and healing qualities. To cook an Oriental cuisine requires experience and knowledge. Chinese food is cooked without the use of milk based ingredients such as cheese, butter, or cream and poly unsaturated oils. While meat is also served, it is not done in excess amounts to avoid high levels of cholesterol and animal fat. This type of cuisine is termed genuine Chinese food, and is really an ideal way to keep trim and healthy. Chinese food traditionally includes vegetable, noodles, and rice.

There is a very special way of serving Chinese food. Before it is served, it is almost required to cut the food into small pieces, and no knives are set at the dining table. The ideal combination of condiments and herbs is extremely important. The food should be alluring in terms of texture and color and ought to be devoured in peace. There is a wide selection of dishes with various nutritional values to choose from. Vegetables, beef, and chicken are a perfect combination. You can enjoy broccoli and cashew beef or chicken in lieu of sesame chicken and other fried dishes. The dishes are extremely nutritious while traditional foods such as lo mein that come with noodles and drenched in carbohydrates, fats, and oils, is bad for your health.

Instead of fried rice, you can have brown rice so as to avoid high levels of carbohydrates and cholesterol. Additives high in sodium content such as soy sauce are essentially used in Chinese food and as anyone knows, too much sodium can be bad for the health. Therefore, in order to avoid using too much soy sauce, opt instead for stir fried vegetables and steamed dishes that use no or minimal amount of oil. Choose a healthy diet made up of vegetable based foods with steamed rice and sauces to lower fat calories. Eating one fortune cookie at the end of your meal would be great.

In conclusion, Chinese food with lots of snow peas and vegetables, and low in sodium is deemed to be a healthy way to eat. Food quality can also be based on the type of restaurant you choose, regardless if it’s a high end or a low-priced restaurant. The manager or waiter should be willing to recommend the type of dishes they serve and inform you of their nutritional value. Therefore, choosing the right place and the right things to eat is very important for your well being and health.

Scott Paglia is a licensed and board certified acupuncturist in Bellingham, WA and provides master level pulse diagnosis, Chinese herbal medicine and acupuncture in Whatcom County, WA.

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