Chinese Foods And Healthy Eating

Generally speaking, Chinese foods are very good for health as they are cooked with the aim of boosting certain health benefits, such as medicinal value, healing powers, and longevity. Wide experience and thorough knowledge is required in the preparation of Oriental cuisine. Chinese foods are cooked without the use of milk based ingredients like cheese, butter, or cream and with the use of poly unsaturated oils. While meat is also used, it is used in minimal amounts to avoid the buildup of bad cholesterol and high amounts of animal fat in the body that can lead to excessive body weight or obesity, diabetes, and cardiovascular conditions. Genuine Chinese food is usually associated with good health. A traditional Chinese meal or diet must include vegetables, noodles, and rice.

The manner of serving the food requires a very special approach. Cutting the food into small portions before serving is almost statutory, and you will not see any knives at the dining table. It is imperative that there is a proper combination of things like condiments and herbs. The texture and color of the food should be tempting and the food should be enjoyed in peace. There should be a wide variety of dishes with varying nutritional value to choose from. Vegetables and beef or chicken are a good combination. In lieu of sesame chicken and other fried dishes, you can have broccoli, or cashew beef or chicken. These dishes are highly nutritious as opposed to unhealthy traditional foods such as lo mien with noodles soaked in carbohydrates, fats, and oil.

Instead of fried rice, you can choose brown rice in order to avoid high levels of carbohydrates and cholesterol. Foods and condiments high in sodium content like soy sauce are a staple in Chinese food. But since we all know that too much sodium is very bad for the body, you can minimize the use of soy sauce and opt for steamed dishes, vegetables, and stir fried foods that are cooked with no or little oil. You can choose a healthy diet that contains vegetable based dishes combined with steamed rice and certain sauces. Then, eat the fortune cookies to consummate the meal.

In conclusion, a Chinese meal low in salt and comprised of lots of snow peas and vegetables is considered a healthy meal. Your choice of restaurant will determine the quality of food you eat. It may be a high end restaurant or a low-priced one. What really matters though is the kind of dishes you choose and their nutritional value. So, if you are a practical person, you can eat at a low priced Chinese restaurant that serves lightly cooked highly nutritious and healthy foods.


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Combine Eco-Friendly Gardening And Chinese Medicine For A Healthy Balanced Life

Eco-friendly gardening and Chinese medicine share something in common: they both emphasize food as medicine to balance the body. Sustainable and organic form of gardening is a way of growing foods that can be used to heal and balance the body. Chinese medicine, on the other hand, promotes the concept that the human body is a microcosm of nature. So, with these two systems, we can reconnect with nature in a deep way and give ourselves the power to enhance both our diet and health. Eco-friendly gardening and Chinese medicine bring or restore balance to the smooth natural movement of energy in our bodies.

By using cinderblocks to create elevated garden beds, you can create an eco-friendly sustainable, garden and raise a wide array of veggies that can help heal the body in a variety of ways. For instance, people are more likely to experience insomnia, tendon and joint pain, high blood pressure, and headaches, in the springtime. If you plant vegetables and herbs like cucumber, peppermint, leafy green veggies, mustard green, Swiss chard, and dandelion in your garden that are known to help relieve those problems, it can provide you a great opportunity to create real “herbal pharmacies” that can help improve your wellness and health by allowing you to include healing foods into your daily meals.

When we practice organic gardening, we can access foods that can help detoxify our bodies because the foods that we grow organically are free of toxins and pesticides that may cause or aggravate existing acute or chronic health problems. Moreover, organic gardening techniques can help restore harmony in the ecosystem in a manner that improves our capacity to contribute to nourishing the planet and other life forms and boosts our sense of centeredness. Hence, we’re able to experience a greater sense of connection to the earth that can help promote calm mental states within.

Dr. Christopher Lowry, a neuroscientist discovered that a harmless bacteria normally found in dirt called mycobacterium vaccae, can increase the production of serotonin and stimulate the immune system of mice that play a huge role in affecting moods. According to the doctor, studies indicate that doing gardening, where we use bare hands in working with organic earth or soil, can increase serotonin levels and help prevent anxiety and depression. This just proves that gardening is probably one of the best natural cures for anxiety and depression and when we spend time gardening on sunny days, it can also help raise serotonin levels in our body.

Chinese medicine in the form of qi gong, tai chi, and other energetic healing exercises can help prepare your body for gardening tasks. These ancient therapeutic practices can help prevent us from developing aches, pain, and other ailments that a lot of gardeners tend to experience. Qi gong and tai chi are ideal approaches to warm our spine and joints, parts of the body that usually stress out due to frequent bending when doing gardening chores (even if they are elevated beds). Moreover, both qi gong and tai chi exercises activate the flow of energy flows that give us greater sensitivity to the movements going on in nature. These very old types of healing exercises help our energy bodies access the higher frequencies within the world of plants. This is one reason qi gong or tai chi is usually practiced in nature and in beautiful gardens where plants are abundant. In Asian cultures, diets are usually composed of a few meat products and a large amount of vegetables, which is congruent to a healthy lifestyle that reduces the risk of chronic illnesses like cancer and heart disease.

So, during this coming spring, adopt a different style to your gardening chores by consciously creating gardens that raise “medicinal foods” and combining healing approaches as part of the process of working with the enhancement of the energy of plants and the earth.

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Bodywork Therapies And Their Applications In The Modern World

Bodywork is a blanket term used to describe a massive range of hundreds of natural therapies and medicines. They range from to meditation and yoga and other breathing techniques to massage and other types of manipulative therapies, and to Reiki and other forms of energy medicine. To establish a mind-body connection, bodywork therapies that work with both the physical body and energy fields can be used.

There are two forms of bodywork therapies:

1. Manipulative techniques: They include among others Shiatsu, reflexology, chiropractic, Bowen technique, bioenergetics, applied kinesiology, Alexander technique, and massage therapy.

2. Non-touch bodywork: Includes breathing exercises, tai chi, Reiki, and yoga.

Rather than merely treating the problem area, bodywork practices also treat physical and mental ailments and the person as a whole. Practitioners of bodywork therapy use various techniques to release negative emotions, anxiety, and stress. The techniques may involve breathing exercises, a session of yoga, or a simple relaxing massage. It is widely believed in bodywork circles that emotions play a huge role in the rise of common ailments and disease can take the appearance of illnesses, pains, and aches in the body. Calming the emotions by means of manipulative and non-touch techniques can therefore create and enhanced sense of well-being and a healthier client.

Some of the more popular bodywork practices include:

1. Aromatherapy: This involves the use of essential oils and plant to enhance physical and psychological well-being

2. Acupuncture: Treatment of disease or pain through the sticking of fine needles into specific areas of the skin

3. Massage: Kneading; smooth long strokes; and other movements administered on superficial layers of muscle, relaxes mind and body

4. Tai Chi: This is an ancient Chinese technique involving of slow meditative physical exercise to balance the balance and relax the body and improve health

5. Yoga: This is a holistic exercise system that and stretches the body. Requires flexibility, strength, and balance

The following are some of the less popular bodywork practices:

1. Rolfing: This technique involves the manipulation of the connective tissues of the body to eliminate stress in the mind and body.

2. Kahuna healing: A system of energy healing founded on ancient Hawaiian shamanic methods and wisdom.

3. Cranio-Sacral: This treatment involves the therapist placing their hands on the patient in order to determine the patient’s craniosacral rhythm. The therapist gently manipulates the patient’s fascia, diaphragms, skull, spine and cranial sutures. Cranio-Sacral therapy can be used to treat TMJ, migraine, back pain, neck pain, and mental stress.

4. Berrywork: This technique uses a combination of corrective stretches involving the joints, cartilage, and fascia. Berrywork was named for its creator Lauren Berry, a physical therapist.

5. AMMA therapy: This therapy involves push-pull techniques and focuses on the more subtle vibrations of the human body. The work Amma is an ancient Asian word to describe massage. Its aim is to balance the movement of energy.
With the intent of obtaining therapeutic results, the stimulation of a person’s energy fields or pressure points on the body has been a technique that has been used in a lot of ancient healing systems around the world for thousands of years. As gleaned from the aforementioned examples, there are a wide range of ancient and modern bodywork techniques that can be used to boost the functional capacity of the body in order to rectify energetic and physical dysfunctions.

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

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Some Of The Benefits One Can Expect In Chinese Massage

The Chinese Massage is grounded on the theory of Chinese traditional medicine. It is a unique technique in which the therapist or masseuse applies pressure using the hands, feet, elbows, and arms, on the special points or areas of the client. It utilizes so many effective techniques that the client doesn’t need to undress.

Chinese Massage is an ancient form of massage. It has been used for over 3,000 years in China to relieve stress and pain.

These special point or areas are called acupuncture points. According to Chinese medicine, these acupuncture points are located just above energy channels called meridians where life energy called Chi or Qi flows. The sluggish movement of Chi in the body causes fatigue or stress, and the obstruction of the movement of Chi will result in all sorts of pain.

To improve the flow of Chi, the meridians where energy movement is sluggish or blocked are stimulated to restore the normal flow of Chi or eliminate the blockage, in order to alleviate stress and pain. Chinese Massage may involve various forms of manipulations: pointing, pressing pushing, rubbing, or rolling. These actions both work on a superficial and profound level affecting even the joints, tissues, and vital organs deep in the body. This is the biggest difference between Chinese Massage and the other forms of massage. In many instances, the person receiving Chinese Massage become energetic again and can feel almost instantaneous relief of pain. Chinese Massage can also treat insomnia, feeling of panic, stress, sciatica, migraines, and headaches, among many others. It also relieves the symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome and accelerates healing of injuries. It can help stabilize the health of people suffering from chronic illnesses by strengthening their immune systems.


One of the most popular forms of Chinese massage is acupressure which works by using the thumb or finger to apply pressure to an acupoint or series of acupoints associated with an illness. Both massage techniques and acupressure are components of Chinese Massage.

The following are some of the conditions that can be treated with Chinese Massage:

 Weak digestion
 Stress disorder
 Low energy
 Insomnia
 Fatigue
 Sports injuries
 Headaches and migraines
 Shoulder pain
 Back pain
 Neck pain

Increased Energy

Chinese massage raise energy levels and stimulates energy within the body by reestablishing the smooth flow of Chi in the body. Its stress-alleviating benefits can also result in a feeling of general well-being and lead to improved sleep.

Treatment of Soft Tissue Injuries

Chinese massage techniques are therapeutic manipulations of the soft tissues of the body that can relieve pain and stiffness related to a variety of soft tissue injuries that may include sciatica, low back pain, and frozen shoulder.

Improved Emotional Health

Chinese massage is extremely relaxing on a physical level. It enhances feelings of well-being and alleviates tension and stress. Chinese massage therapists/masseuse believe that when the flow of Chi in the body is blocked it can disrupt mental well being which can lead to depression and anxiety. Chinese massage works by restoring Chi flow and eliminating layers of emotional stress that can accumulate in the body over time.

Circulatory Issues

The primary objective of Chinese massage is to restore that smooth flow of Chi throughout the body, which is necessary for circulatory health. With the use of specific pressure points and various hand techniques, the circulatory system can be re-energized and stimulated.

Break-down of Scar Tissue

Chinese massage can effectively break down scar tissue in people who have lost mobility due to chronic stiffness or pain in joints or muscles which can result in a better range of movement and the relief of soreness.

Benefits of Acupressure massage therapy:

The main function of acupressure is to relax and heal the body by restoring the continuous flow of Chi throughout the body. Acupressure can:

 Help the body relax deeply
 Help maintain regular menstrual cycles
 Help relieve labor pains
 Alleviate tension and stress
 Cure problems associated with depression and relieve anxiety
 Lower blood pressure
 Elevate spiritual and mental and awareness

By alleviating stress, acupressure increases the body’s defense against disease and fosters wellness. It helps resist illness and allows the body to adapt to environmental changes. Specific acupoints can help you breathe in a deep way and are known relieve tension in the chest.

Acupressure can also be used to enhance beauty by relaxing and toning the facial muscles, which can help reduce facial wrinkles.

It is an ideal treatment for sinus problems and is sometimes by psychotherapists to help calm their patients. It can help release the built up tension in the body caused by repressed feelings restoring emotional balance.

Acupressure massage assists the body in restoring its natural balance and promotes its natural self healing abilities. It fosters a harmonious life and a healthy body and enhances the overall system of the body.

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

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Chinese Medicine And Autism

One of the most common brain development disorders is autism. These days, for every 166 child born, one will be diagnosed with some type of autism. Autistic children often suffer from auto immune problems and have weak immune systems. While autism is defined in conventional Western medicine as a medical condition in which a child suffers from impairments in communication, social and speech skills and manifests repetitive behavior and limited interest, traditional Chinese medicine considers autism as a disorder caused by middle burner stagnation, five weakness, and five delays.

1. Middle burner stagnation (ganji)

Middle burner stagnation also includes conditions affecting the organs located below the lung and heart and above the umbilicus, including the spleen and diaphragm. Signs of middle burner stagnation include food stagnation and malnutrition.

2. Five weakness (wuruan)

This also includes the five types of flaccidity represented in the softness and weakness of the lower and upper extremities, muscles, mouth, and neck.

3. Five delays (wuchi)

This also includes five types of retardation represented in the slow development of speaking, walking, standing, teeth eruption, and hair growth.

Some of symptoms of autism include:

➢ A Rapid-wiry pulse
➢ Vomiting
➢ Schizoid personality behavior
➢ Excessive phlegm
➢ Peptic ulcer
➢ Nausea
➢ Dizziness
➢ Distension of the chest
➢ Chronic hepatitis
➢ Chronic gastritis
➢ Slippery-rapid pulse
➢ Yellow greasy tongue coating
➢ Red tongue
➢ Slight thirst
➢ Shyness
➢ Loss of consciousness
➢ Bitter taste
➢ Anxiety
➢ Chronic bronchitis

Scalp Acupuncture

In Maitland Chinese medicine all meridians or energy channels reach the head, which explains why some acupuncturists refer to the head as the Sea of Meridians. There are approximately 365 acupuncture points on the surface of the body (of which about 18 percent are located on the head) and are associated with various viscera and organ (fu and zang) functions. Scalp acupuncture was developed based on bio-holography and neurophysiology theories and on modern anatomy. Scalp acupuncture treats disease through the precise application of needles on specific areas of the head. This type of acupuncture has been proven the best way to treat central nerve damage. It was seen in newly concluded human and animal studies that acupuncture treatment had a direct effect in endocrine signals, immunological markers, neural stimulation, and in the increase of endorphins and other neurotransmitters that helped lessen the symptoms of autism.

Although they do not indicate the probability of total cures, traditional acupuncture therapies for autism have certainly produced some positive results. In certain cases, patients improved to such a degree that some were able to live a relatively normal life. The areas recommended for scalp acupuncture treatment for autism include the Du acupuncture points, Gallbladder acupoints, reproductive areas, Vertigo-auditory area, speech area, and sensory area. Sometimes, body acupoints are used to complement scalp acupuncture. To attain the desired results, appropriate manipulation techniques are also included in the treatment plan. The needles are typically left in place for 15 – 30 minutes with stimulation every minute or so through a rotational technique every 5 – 10 minutes. Patients are required to undergo treatment at least once a week although it’s recommended that they come in for treatment twice or thrice a week.

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The Medicinal Value Of Green Tea And Mushrooms

For those crazy about Chinese food, here is a good piece of news: Two Chinese dietary staples green tea and mushrooms have been found to possess chemicals that can kill breast cancer cells. In the International Journal of Cancer, a study was published that showed taking in large amounts of green tea and mushrooms can prevent breast cancer and reduce by 90 percent the development of other cancers. The study gives ample evidence ascertaining that some chemicals in these foods boost the immune system of the body against cancer and inhibit the growth of tumor.

To extend life, ancient healers use extracts of a popular mushroom species called Phellinus linetus for several hundreds of years. Ample proof has now revealed that if taken for a month two times a day, those extracts can contribute in a huge way in slowing down the development of breast cancer cells. However, fresh mushrooms have been shown to produce more potent effects that dried mushrooms.

On the other hand, green tea has beneficial compounds called ‘polyphenols’ that have been proven to fight kill breast cancer cells in animals. In addition, green tea possesses antioxidants that are very much known to promote weight loss. Another tea called black tea, is also derived from the same plant as green tea but does not provide similar effects as green tea.

There is no doubt that that traditional Chinese foods, particularly green tea and mushrooms posses medicinal properties and, if taken regularly, can help prevent the rise of various diseases. However, according to medical researchers, more evidence is needed to erase all doubts regarding this research.

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Classifying Chinese Foods in Chinese Medicine

In Chinese medicine, a well balanced diet is roughly made up of 20 percent of each of the following five flavors or tastes: salty, spicy, bitter, sour, and sweet. The standard American diet is oftentimes improperly weighted with excessive amounts of sweet tastes and salt. As this type of diet leads to obesity and health imbalances in people, talking about eating the right diet does matter. Chinese or Oriental medicine is a health system whose objective is to attain harmony, moderation, and balance in all aspects of an individual’s health and well-being. Our society tends to ignore or underestimate food choices as an essential prerequisite in the restoration and maintenance of health. Chinese medicine totally incorporates dietary principles and food in the restoration and maintenance of health.

Chinese medicine classifies both foods and herbs depending on their inherent qualities. In choosing a food or herb to rectify a specific condition, two of the most common criteria used are the food/herb’s sensory and thermal attributes. Classifying foods by temperature in Chinese medicine is achieved by assessing both the food’s thermal quality and the manner it is prepared. This assessment – expressed as cold, cool, neutral, warm, or hot – is an energetic temperature indicating the effect a certain food will have on the body when consumed. This translates into how foods can be used as a thermal vehicle to either cool or warm certain parts of the body in order to treat or reverse a condition.

In Chinese medicine, another level of food classification is the Five Tastes. The Five Tastes is the same as food temperatures as it refers to the type of energy an herb or food produces in the act of ingestion and in the process of assimilation (digestion). Each taste in Chinese medicine has an energetic correspondence that affects specific internal organs. This generates another tier of personalization and accuracy in the choice of herbs and foods to address the specific complaints of a person.

In order to come up with a complete diagnosis, your Chinese medicine practitioner in Orlando will need to evaluate your dietary habits, symptoms, and health. Dietary prescriptions are usually made to support and supplement your plan of treatment.

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Chinese Nutritional Therapy For Athletes

Prevailing wisdom states nutrition for athletes should consider the specific sport they are preparing for. This is logical since athletic performance for activities based on strength, after all, entails various resources from the body besides endurance-based training.

But if you go past that conventional Western wisdom in nutrition and sports medicine, Chinese medicine has a lot to offer athletes – and everybody else – in the nurturing of their bodies with the proper food.

In Eastern philosophy, the Universe has two opposite and complementary forces known as Yin and Yang. Yin represents the quiet, passive, negative, and female side, while the Yang, the active, positive and male side. Yin attributes include darkness, peace, dampness, and coolness. Yan energetic properties include light, movement, dryness, and warmth.

All creatures possess a combination of both energies. But from time to time, we become deficient in yin or yang energy which causes our bodies to fall out of balance. More often than not, conventional sports medicine just rely recommending therapies or on healing injuries to resolve the problems of imbalance.

But when using Chinese medicine, selecting the correct foods to offset deficiencies of yin and yang can enhance your overall health that, in turn, can raise your athletic performance.

If you want to know if you’re inherently yin or yang, you need to take into account your natural constitution. If you chill (relax) easily and are more laid-back, you tend toward yin, and conversely, you are relatively yang if you have a tendency to run hot in temperature and personality.

An athlete’s nutrition should consider how much his/her competitor expends energy in daily training. Most athletic effort tends to be yang – the flowing out of energy. For athletes who constantly train, they’re likely to be deficient in yang. For athletes, proper nutrition should include balance.

Linda Prout, nutritionist and author of the magnificent article, Yin-Yang Balance and Food Choice, explains the differences between Chinese Food therapy and the Western food pyramid. The following is a checklist of the foods that can balance deficiencies in yin and yang:

Patterns of Imbalance Related to Yin


  • Cloudy urine
  • Postnasal drip
  • Stuffy nose,
  • Strong aversion to humidity
  • Fluid retention (edema)
  • Puffy face or eyes
  • Soft fat, overweight, or obesity
  • Mental fogginess
  • Little hunger or thirst
  • Health weakens in humid/damp weather
  • Sensation of heaviness particularly in the lower body
  • Easily short of breath
  • Bloating in the stomach

Foods that can offset dampness include kale, asparagus, turnip greens, broccoli, and lightly cooked greens. Balancing foods include poultry, roasted or grilled meats and fish. For damp pattern of disharmony, the best grains are sprouted grains, basmati, rice, jasmine, and rye. Herbs, bitter foods, green tea, pumpkin seeds, turnips, and radishes can help drain dampness.

Foods to avoid for dampness include milk, white bread, lasagna, ice cream and all starchy foods, dairy, and sweets.


  • Clear urine
  • Like heat, tendency to dress warmly
  • Tendency to defecate loose stools
  • Feeling of depression
  • A feeling of chillness
  • Fleshy soft muscles
  • Weak metabolism
  • Rarely thirsty
  • Withdrawn, quiet
  • Tendency to consume warm food/drinks
  • Tiredness, sleeps a lot
  • Health weakens in cold pressed weather
  • Likes heat, dresses warmly

Foods that dispel cold include wild salmon, trout, eel, free-range eggs, meat-based stews and soups, dark poultry, warm beef or lamb dishes.

Grains appropriate for this imbalance include buckwheat, quinoa, and oatmeal. Ideal vegetables include mustard greens, onions, baked winter squash, and cooked root veggies. Warming foods include pepper, turmeric, ginger, cinnamon, butter, and seeds and nuts. Drinks and foods are best eaten when warm and cooked. Avoid iced beverages, white flour, pasta, frozen desserts, raw fruits, and salads.

Patterns of Imbalance Related to Yang


  • Thin body type
  • Rosy cheeks, particularly post exercise
  • Likeness for warm liquids in small sips
  • Night sweating
  • Menopause
  • Frustrated, irritated, or stressed easily
  • Dry eyes or throat
  • Constipation
  • Dry stools
  • Dandruff, dry skin
  • Cravings for sweets
  • Easily becomes both cold or hot

Stews and soups containing grass-fed animal fats are beneficial for this condition. Recommended foods for dryness include avocado, nuts, pork, dark poultry meat, coconut and olive oil, goat and sheep cheeses and butter, free-range eggs, and fatty fish. Beneficial fats are extremely important.

Additional moistening foods include shellfish, fermented soy, whole wheat, millet, sea vegetables, yams, winter squash, Napa cabbage, green beans, and black beans.


  • Dark urine
  • Aversion to hot weather
  • Ruddy complexion
  • Easily angered, irritable, or impatient
  • A feeling of feel warmness
  • Tendency to talk a lot
  • Restless sleep, disturbing dreams
  • Often thirsty and craving for cold drinks
  • Bleeding, nose bleeds, headaches
  • Canker sores, fever blisters
  • Constipation
  • High blood pressure
  • Dresses in short sleeves

Foods that can offset excess heat include cooked leafy greens including watercress and spinach, cucumbers, and salads. Meats should be avoided while vegetables of all kinds are recommended.

Additional cooling foods include non-spicy soups, sushi, mung beans, bean dishes, pears, and melons. Drink lots of water. Avoid sugar and alcohol. Avoid onions, ginger, garlic, and pepper while mint, which is a beneficial cooling herb is recommended.

Knowing your balance of yin and yang allows you to become more aware of your own constitution helping you to react to your environment in the proper way.

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Labor Acupressure Prepares The Baby And Mother For Very Safe, Painless, and Natural Birth

Developed in Asia more than 5,000 years ago, acupressure is an ancient healing art that deals with the flow of natural energy within the body and with the human body itself. Practitioners of this remedial technique consider the body as a system of energy that strives to alleviate symptoms by freeing obstructed centers of energy in the body. These centers are known as acupoints and are located just above energy channels called meridians.

Somewhat the same as acupuncture, acupressure in Bellingham merely utilizes the thumbs and fingers to activate specific acupoints in lieu of needles. Used long before the advent of needles, acupressure is often deemed to be the mother of acupuncture.
An acupressure procedure is oftentimes performed using the hand although from time to time, various hand-held devices and even the elbow are also used. The obstructed energy begins to free up through the use of gentle but deep finger pressure on certain acupoints allowing the mind and body to relax.

Considered a beneficial way to heal various health problems, acupressure is known to help pregnant women attain a safe and normal birthing experience. It also increases overall wellbeing, stimulates the speedy recovery of injuries, boosts levels of energy, relieves shoulder, neck and head aches and pain, and relieves tension and stress.

How can pregnant women benefit from labor or maternity acupressure?

Labor or maternity acupressure is a holistic mode of therapy that can bring about positive repercussions that can prepare the baby and mother for birth. This therapy helps to induce labor in a natural way. It also can be an effective and safe way to relieve labor pains without the need for medications and drugs. Acupressure can help strengthen contractions during the process of birth, enabling the cervix to widen and help the mother stay calm and relax.

More and more pregnant women whose pregnancy is overdue are using labor acupressure practices to naturally induce labor. Labor induction with the help of acupressure is as simple as searching for sensitive spots on your skin and activating them by applying pressure to those points with your finger. The use of pressure on specific points on the skin is the only way acupressure induces labor; hence, with basic instructions, it can be safely used at home. Labor acupressure is very safe to use and is an extremely simple hands-on technique.

Research reveals that more than 80 percent of pregnant women who have used acupressure to naturally induce labor naturally experienced a natural and normal childbirth with considerably fewer complications compared to others who were not provided with this therapy. Labor acupressure was also able to significantly shorten the total time of labor. Women during pregnancy and childbirth who have used acupressure were very much satisfied with the benefits they received from this therapy.

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The Many Uses of Acupuncture, Acupressure, and Other Alternative Means of Stimulation

What is Acupuncture?

Acupuncture is an all-inclusive healthcare system that addresses chronic and acute diseases and disorders. It is widely believed to have originated in China more than 3,500 years ago. The philosophy of acupuncture, a healing art grounded on natural law, is to heal without side effects and in a safe way. The aim of this treatment is to advance the process of self healing.

The idea of the existence of life energy called Chi or Qi is where the realignment of the energy field is based on. This energy circulates throughout the body to nourish and regenerate. It moves along energy channels called meridians and is produced by the internal organs of the body.

The whole body and the meridians are continuously “communicating” with each other that help completely maintain harmony to all the body functions. Hence, the muscular, digestive, nervous, and all the other systems of the body coordinate with each other through this network.

It is the responsibility of the acupuncturists to ascertain whether Chi is out of balance, stagnant, or weak that determines acupuncture points to be stimulated.

When Chi flows improperly throughout the body, sickness is created. There are acupuncture points along the meridians in which Chi can be influenced with acupuncture needles and other means of stimulation.

This helps Chi become invigorated and enhances its functions of protecting, transforming, and nourishing. Clinically speaking, acupuncture been tested by time to be a natural and safe way to maintain and restore health.

What is Acupressure?

Acupressure is a healing procedure that follows the same principles as acupuncture. Acupressure involves the application of physical pressure with the use of the elbow, hand, finger, or with the help of mechanical or electrical instruments on specific acupuncture points on the skin.

Simply put:

Acupressure is the massaging of certain acupuncture points. A practitioner can instruct you on how to properly perform acupressure on yourself and on others. This practice is very helpful when you suddenly become afflicted with pain or illness and you’re unable to quickly get to the doctor.

Acupressure can:

• Alleviate nausea in patients with cancer who are receiving chemotherapy
• Help relieve post-surgery nausea and vomiting in children
• Promote wellness and boost the immune system
• Relax the body, remove pain and tension, and enhance circulation when performed properly.
• Remove anxiety and fear in pre-operative care and in trauma victims.
• Be a more effective treatment than physical therapy for an overwhelming number of patients suffering from low back pain.
• Be performed anywhere with or without special equipment.

Electronic acupuncture-acupressure massagers

With the surfacing of AIDs and other similar forms of diseases, people are now scared of needles. Although acupuncture is really a very effective mode of treatment, this fear has also affected the number of people willing to try it. To address this problem, some acupuncturists use electronic or electric acupuncture (in which stimulations are conducted with mild pulses of electricity). As a result, the underlying effect of acupuncture remains the same as well as the outcomes.

Nowadays, people can avail of a few different kinds of electro acupuncture acupressure massagers.

In certain instances cases they are called electronic, in some electro. Let me explain this part first.

There is actually an electronic acupuncture machine that generates low current electrical pulses, that you can actually feel on your skin via electric pads (and other contrivances) attached to your body. Therefore, calling this type o acupuncture electronic or electro are both correct.

In essence, electro-acupuncture is the same as acupressure as the electrical pulses that are coursed to the acupuncture points also apply slight pressure on those acupoints.

These machines are called acupuncture massagers (AM) or electro acupuncture massagers (EAM).

What is EMS and TENS?

EMS or Electrical Muscle Stimulation

Wikipedia defines EMS as the stimulation of muscle contraction with the use of electric impulses. EMS is commonly used to treat injured or damaged nerves.


TENS is short for Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation. It is a drug-free non-invasive pain alleviation technique that is especially effective for the treatment of arthritis. TENS utilizes pulses that soothe the muscles. They are transmitted along the nerve fibers and by the pads through the skin. The pain signals sent to the brain are suppressed by the pads. TENS also promotes the production and release of body’s own natural pain killing chemicals known as encephalins and endorphins.

Usually the TENS pulses are in the range of 1 to 152 Hz

The AM or EMS pulses are have a lower range level of 1 to 52 Hz, but these pulses have with a higher level of strength.

According to a lot of traditional Chinese medicine practitioners and doctors, the higher range of frequencies ranges work better in treating certain illnesses and must be performed in the presence of a physician. On the other hand, the low range of frequencies is more appropriate for muscle stimulation and relief of pain.


Jamie Catlett is an acupuncturist in Jacksonville, FL and the founder of Jacksonville Acupuncture Clinic.

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