Chinese Medicine And The Innate Healing Power Of Your Body

When people ask me a question about acupuncture, the topic usually is about the needles used in the treatment. Some have asked is there something on the needles? I answer no and immediately explain to them why the needles are used and why it is the most important tool for acupuncturists. I basically tell people that the needles are inserted into points where nerves that are responsive to the needles are located. The nerves in turn, send signals to the brain telling the brain to release certain chemicals that would help relieve illnesses, pain, and ailments.

Chinese medicine acknowledges the tremendous healing power of the body and is able to set off these processes. The fact is, acupuncture doesn’t treat you per se – it assists your body to heal itself. The needles strengthen, prod, and assist those healing responses. Acupuncture in Vancouver helps balance the body and when the body is in balance, it works correctly allowing it to resolve any problems it may have.

This is the most important aspect of Chinese medicine in general, and acupuncture, in particular. Words such as natural and ‘holistic’ are thrown around a lot these days. But in Chinese medicine, these words take a very real meaning since the core belief of this ancient healing system is that each part of our mind and body are connected, and that we as person are inter connected to the people and the world around us.

Disease and illness is an indication of your body being in a state of imbalances. Disease and illness do not occur in isolation and the almost always have an underlying cause. Properly diagnosing and addressing that imbalance can only be possible when you look at your whole self on a larger perspective. This is essentially what holistic means – viewing the whole rather than the parts. This is what’s beautiful and true about Chinese medicine. Acupuncturists and other practitioners of Chinese medicine don’t do things to people, they work with them to regain that lost balance in the best way possible.

Most acupuncturists will give time to their patients for advice and recommendations on things that they can do themselves. These practitioners are skilled in the healing art of meditation, herbal medicine, acupressure, self massage, tui na, and qi gong. All these therapies are essentially balancing practices.

An imbalance (be it emotional, mental, or physical imbalance) in a specific part of the body, can affect all the others parts of the bodily systems and when your body is in balance, you keep sickness at bay and stay well.

Chinese medicine can do much more than merely keeping you healthy every day, it can help you become centered and grounded, calm, and balanced. You can do so much more than just relieve the pain in your back when your flow and balance is restored. You can also experience profound but subtle changes at the deepest level. Although the effects can sometimes feel magical, they are not and are the effects of what Chinese medicine and acupuncture can do for your whole being, physical, mental, and emotional.

So, I recommend that you try these ancient healing arts especially herbal medicine, acupuncture, and tui na in order to attain and maintain health and well-being. Let’s be thankful for these wonderful effective treatment modalities as they can help bring balance into our lives.

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A Typical Chinese Daily Workout Exercise

A typical Chinese daily workout exercise comprises of techniques and exercises and is holistic, meaning it benefits your spirit, mind and body. While it is worthwhile to have a flexible, toned, and body, if you’re not able to control your emotions and mind you don’t have harmonious, complete health! A holistic exercise is something martial artists, healing therapists, Taoists, and Eastern yogis have known and been doing for more than 2000 years.

A traditional day-to-day Chinese workout exercise schedule contains:

 Meditation and breathing techniques
 Self-massage practices
 Strengthening practices
 Stretching, loosening, and warm up exercises

The following are some of the benefits of a day-to-day Chinese style workout exercise:

 A heightened sense of general well-being
 Regular bowel movements
 Healthy digestion
 Clear eyes and skin
 Sound sleep
 Good balance and posture
 Increased blood flow
 Balanced emotions
 A calm mind
 Flexible, toned, and strong body

Can a day-to-day Chinese style workout exercise benefit me?

Anyone, regardless of state of health, sex, age, and race, can benefit from practicing daily Chinese health exercises. These techniques and exercises are derived from the principles of one of the most ancient unbroken practiced healing system in the world, Traditional Chinese Medicine. These techniques and exercises wouldn’t still be in use if they didn’t work, simple as that. You surely need to try Chinese style exercise it for yourself if you haven’t done it before. All it takes to start is a strong longing to boost your wellbeing and health. All you need is a suitable place to practice and fifteen to thirty minutes a day. You don’t need any training partners, equipment, classes, or gyms to this exercise!

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

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Acupuncture Treatment For Drug Addiction Can Help Reduce Anxiety And Withdrawal Symptoms

Acupuncture has been an extremely versatile form of treatment that has served the Chinese people well for over 2,500 years. Although still regarded by most western cultures as “alternative” medicine, acupuncture is fast gaining notoriety for its efficiency in treating drug addiction and alcoholism in drug and alcohol rehabilitation centers. Acupuncture has been recognized by the World Health Organization (WHO) as a viable form of treatment for anxiety and other various forms of disease and ailments. Results from a Yale University study showed that acupuncture boosts the rate of success of drug rehab therapy by 200 percent. A different form of acupuncture called ear acupuncture has been shown to help lessen detox symptoms and increase relaxation. Due to its effectiveness, ear acupuncture is now being used by many detox facilities all around the world as well as in over 300 court-mandated drug rehab centers in the US.

Most drug rehab centers mainly use holistic types of treatment such as acupuncture as complementary to conventional western medicine. Almost all of them have a resident acupuncturist with at least, a degree in Oriental Medicine who provides patients with customized ear acupuncture and body acupuncture treatments to alleviate detox symptoms.

How Does Acupuncture Work?

Our body is made up of an intricate network of bioelectrical energy that through ultrasound technology has been proven to exist. Energy channels in our body called meridians can actually be identified in this manner. Normally, this bioelectrical network of energy referred to as Chi or Qi, is in a constant state of uninterrupted smooth flow, but this oftentimes gets interrupted caused by a development of blockage in the meridians. The movement of blood stagnates whenever the Chi is blocked and this hinders the oxygen-rich blood from being transported and prevents vital nutrients from reaching the vital organs and tissues causing the body to malfunction that in turn, can result in a variety of symptoms including depression, anxiety, insomnia, indigestion, headaches, and many others. These meridians can be accessed via acupuncture needles inserted along 350 pressure points to stimulate Chi that can then stimulate the flow of blood and energy enabling the natural stimulation of the body’s own natural healing processes.

Illness can be treated and prevented by acupuncture due to the fact that this treatment helps improve the overall functioning of the immune, energy, organ, endocrine, and energy blood systems of the body. Chinese herbal medicine can also be included as an accompaniment to boost the long-term success and overall benefits of acupuncture. Herbal treatments that soothe the spirit help stabilize the pleasure chemicals of the brain that affect mood, the neurotransmitters. The process of restoring balance in the body is known as regulation.

Encino’s Acupuncture in the Treatment of Drug Addiction

Drug addiction and alcoholism is a three-part illness that harms the individual spiritually, mentally, and physically. The use of acupuncture in treating drug addiction involves accessing the meridians to activate the Chi of the body. Pressure points where the needles are inserted are located along the meridians and when stimulated each acupoint can produce a distinct effect on the body. For the treatment of drug addiction, specific points are identified, used, and stimulated. Stimulating certain points on the auricle or outer ear has been proven to decrease withdrawal symptoms and generate a calming effect. A Minneapolis-based research group did a controlled study that involved acupuncture detox modalities in a conventional acupuncture drug addiction therapy group and a control group in which the needles were inserted just a few millimeters away from the suggested pressure points on the ear. A 93 percent rate of completion was seen in the conventional acupuncture group while only a 2.5 percent rate was reported in the control group. The control group also experienced twice as many drinking episodes and the people in that group had to be admitted to detox more than twice as often during follow-up treatment six months after the end of the study.

It is extremely important to have a resident licensed acupuncturist in a drug rehab facility in order to provide patients with a plan of treatment that’s based on the patient’s specific needs in order to help them recover from drug addiction. Patients will receive personal acupuncture treatment as well as herbal therapy, if needed. To assist with detox symptoms, they also receive ear acupuncture on a weekly basis. More often than not, acupuncture treatment is combined with additional holistic detoxification therapies such as massage and mediation for overall well-being and relaxation.

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Acupuncture And Moxibustion For Various Types Of Health Issues

When people think about acupuncture, most of them think about needles, which sadly, is the most common reason why a lot of them are reluctant to try it. It is only natural to have a dislike of needles since it causes pain when they’re stuck into your body. Children and some adults with a toothache who need their tooth or teeth pulled out dread going to the dentist because of the novocaine injection they have to undergo, ironically, in order to extract their decayed tooth. But in acupuncture, the needles used are nowhere near the size of syringe or dental needles. They are extremely thin, almost as thin as the metal filament you find in a light bulb. The fact is it would take about four acupuncture needles together to make up the shaft size of a syringe needle. The needles in acupuncture are not designed to draw out blood, they are tools to help move the energy within your body.

People who have been receiving acupuncture for some time now know this and despite this, have from to time felt the needles being inserted into their body. They describe the sensation as a quick pinch. But they have found that the benefits of the therapy greatly outweigh the quick pinch and many of them in fact come in for regular sessions.

Now that you know how an acupuncture needle may feel when inserted into your skin, we will now talk about how acupuncture in Maitland can be of benefit to you. Within each person’s body, there are smaller canals or pathways of energy interacting and moving. These canals are called meridians and they comprise an intricate system that travel from your organs to your legs and arms and all through the other parts of your body. These meridians are found practically everywhere in your body. The points above the meridians that are just below the skin surface are called ‘acupuncture points.’ When a small needle is stuck into a specific acupuncture point, your body is stimulated to remove stagnating blood and energy along a meridian or strengthens the energy of the meridian or even gives the body’s energy the ability to do what it needs to do. If your energy accumulates or stagnates in one area, your spirit, mind, or body may be wracked with issues like anger, sadness, weight gain, difficulty in focusing, tightness, pain, etc.

A practitioner of acupuncture does not just treat the symptoms of people he also addresses the root cause of the symptoms. Acupuncturists can do this because of the nature of the therapy they practice and because of their knowledge of energy. When they apply a needle into the skin of their patient, the needle not only touches the patient’s body but also his mind, spirit, and body. The acupuncturist inserts the needle and the body does the healing. Your acupuncturist does not make your body do what it does not want to. He gives your body a proposition based on your symptoms. Acupuncture treatment is an easy and gentle procedure that touches you in a lasting and profound way.

We will discuss a specific acupuncture point that is used for people who have trouble nourishing themselves. This acupoint is the St 36 point or Hsusanli or “Leg Three Miles” point. It is associated with the Stomach meridian. The St 36 is “an ideal enriching and strengthening point for the Body, Spirit, and Mind. When you are strong and grounded you are able to provide nourishment appropriately and comes back to yourself in a smooth way. You can take in and process foods optimally when your abdomen is strong. You are also able to digest information and process it with clarity. The St 36 can be needled when you have issues in taking in and processing food and information. This point can be activated with either moxibustion or a needle.

Most practitioners treat patients using a combination of moxibustion and acupuncture. Moxibustion is a greatly nourishing treatment meant to build energy, or warm a meridian, an acupuncture point or the body. In this procedure, the mugwort herb is used and turned to a paste called moxa. The paste is rolled into a cigar like wand or small cones and lit. The burning moxa is then hovered a few inches above the skin, over specific meridians to add and build warmth. It is also used to warm the lower back, the bottom of the feet and other areas of the body that suffer due to cold. It can be used to warm the whole body after you’ve been out on the cold and snow for a longtime. It is a great modality to use during cold seasons. Nowadays, moxa can come in various forms such as pre-made cones that can sit on your skin or on an acupuncture needle. You can also buy smokeless moxa if you want to lessen the amount of smoke in the treatment room.

Acupuncture, moxibustion, and even herbs can greatly improve anyone’s health. Also playing an important role in health is your lifestyle which can include the way you eat and the foods you eat. Acupuncturists work with people who take a proactive role in their healing process and who may require a little bit of love, nudge, and support.

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A Few Things To Consider When Setting Up A Tai Chi Falls Prevention Class

Tai Chi has been seen to help reduce the risk of falls in the elderly is an effective practice for addressing the problems of falls among the elderly by about 40 to 50 percent. But despite the fact that this ancient Chinese practice itself works well, it may not be appropriate for everyone. Several contextual factors need to be taken into consideration which may enhance the practice’s acceptance to participants. These factors may include the quality of social interactions and the amount of social time built into the class schedule. Moreover, it is clearly essential to create a Tai Chi lesson plan rooted on exercises designed to improve mobility and balance as well as doable within the capacities of the participants.

It seems that Tai Chi works really well when people are self-disciplined and self-motivated. Since it is a skill, the student needs to completely absorb himself into the process. To assist him and the class, he may need to have an occasional observer in the class to help the group maintain their focus and appropriate behavior during the learning process.

Topics to be considered in creating a Falls Prevention program

Some are very motivated. Not everyone is self- motivated

The age group of some of the members of a Tai Chi may range from 50 plus to even 90 plus years old. The class may also widely differ in terms of physical capability as well as intellectual and emotional capability. One needs to consider how this affects the participants’ compatibility to the plan. Some of the participants may be of borderline capacity that may ultimately question the purpose of the program, which is rehabilitation and prevention. In both the pre-program assessment/selection phase and during the beginning of classes, they will need to be considered.


1. Urging students to research for themselves
2. Carefulness in movement.
3. Observing and discovering how to look after oneself.

The approach

1. Learning to take care of oneself
2. Taking personal responsibility

Dealing with the problems of each participants

1. Intellectual difficulties
2. Attitude problems
3. Temperament
4. Psychological issues
5. Disability/injury
6. Stiffness

These can be tackled by acknowledging them and helping the participants to learn how to cope with them within the framework of Tai Chi or through other approaches like:

1. Supplements/nutrition
2. Counseling
3. Meditation
4. Pilates
5. Yoga


Hearing problems

A class having senior members may have problems hearing the instructor. To address this, a small sound damped room can help students hear much more clearly without the need for the instructor to shout which defeats the idea a relaxed atmosphere.


May be provided by the participants themselves as well as care stakeholders


There will be usually some students dropping out in the class but if there is a high dropout rate, some kind of safety net should be considered to help students who feel they’re not suited to the program but would like to explore other approaches.


Answering the demand for Tai Chi falls prevention in the day time. Once the initial program has ended, on-going classes may still be available.


A qualitative and quantitative evaluation of the student and of the program itself

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Acupuncture Treatment For Various Issues Related To Pregnancy

Acupuncture is an ancient Chinese practice of applying tiny needles to stimulate certain energy channels called meridians in the body to rebalance the chi or energy of the body. Because it is quite effective in treating chronic illnesses, several pregnant women are using acupuncture to avail themselves of drug-free relief from various unwanted pregnancy symptoms.

An acupuncture study done in Australia revealed that before their 14th week of pregnancy, women who were treated with acupuncture on a regular basis experienced shorter episodes of morning sickness and had less nausea compared to women who were not treated with acupuncture. Acupuncture was also shown to work in alleviating hyperemesis gravidarum, a condition that lingers throughout pregnancy that causes serious vomiting.

Acupuncture can be used to treat hemorrhoids and heartburn during the second trimester. It can help relieve carpal tunnel syndrome, joint pain, and sciatica that can appear during the third trimester and which a lot of women tend to experience late in pregnancy. During labor and delivery acupuncture in Miami can also be used to eliminate pain.

If you’re pregnant and want to receive acupuncture for conditions experienced during pregnancy, it is important to seek out a qualified and licensed acupuncturist who has experience treating the condition(s) you’re suffering from. Acupuncture treatment for ankle swelling or edema, for example, can help cure the condition but although this treatment can be used to treat edema, the edema itself can be a sign of a more serious problem. Your acupuncturist should be able to recognize this problem and ask you to see your obstetrician.

During pregnancy, one risk of acupuncture is that if improperly performed, it may induce labor. This risk can be significantly reduced if you choose an experienced acupuncturist. The truth is a lot of women now use acupuncture to stimulate labor intentionally when delivery is overdue. Some of them have discovered that stimulating labor through acupuncture is a lot better than inducing labor through medications like Pitocin.

Besides the benefits that acupuncture can provide during pregnancy, labor and childbirth, the treatment can also help treat infertility and boost fertility. In a study conducted in Germany, women who were treated with acupuncture as adjunct to in vitro fertilization had a rate of success of 42.5 percent compared to only 26.3 percent in women who underwent in vitro fertilization without acupuncture. Fertility researchers ascribe this to the general betterment of health derived from regular acupuncture sessions.

Lastly, acupuncture can also provide benefits for women suffering from post-partum depression. While there are still no studies that would prove the effectiveness of acupuncture therapies on post-partum depression, there are a lot of anecdotal evidences showing that many women, in fact, gain certain health benefits from acupuncture when it’s used as a complementary treatment.

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The US Olympic Team Uses Cupping Therapy To Help Improve Their Performance

If you happened to watch an American swimmer named Michael Phelps and the other American swimmers in the Rio Games win the gold medal in the 4×100-meter swimming relay, you would have noticed the red circle marks on their skin. These are telltale signs of an ancient Chinese healing therapy known as cupping.

Practitioners of this millennia-old healing technique (which can also be self-performed by the athletes themselves) place specially designed cups on the skin. They then either use an air pump or heat to create a suctioning effect between the skin and the cup. The suctioning force pulls the skin towards the cup and away from the muscles under the skin.

Although the procedure usually lasts for only a couple of minutes, it’s good enough time to bring on the rupturing of the capillaries just under the skin surface. This is how the obvious round bruises occur on Phelps and his fellow American swimmers that can even be seen in the members of the US men’s gymnastics team. This bruising is similar to the bruising you can get when one sucks and leaves a hickey on your neck.

Phelps said “Before every meet I participate in, I or my trainer does it (cupping).” “Because I was sore yesterday, I requested for a little cupping and the trainer did the treatment quite hard and these bruises are proof.”

The aim of cupping therapy is to accelerate the healing and relieve the soreness of overworked tired muscles by drawing blood to the ailing area. Those who use it swear by it because they say it speeds up recovery and prevents them from being injured. Several purple marks were seen Phelps’ shoulders. He has actually recently appeared in a video for a sponsor to recommend cupping therapy , whose shoulders were dotted with purple marks as he powered the relay team, featured a cupping treatment in a recent video for a sponsor. Phelps also sent an Instagram photo of swimming teammate Allison Schmitt and himself stretched on a table with a number of cups on the back of his thighs.

Keenan Robinson, Phelps’ personal trainer say that Michael has been doing cupping for about two years now as it makes him feel good psychologically and anything that can make one’s body feel good just as long as it is done through an educated approach, can make a big difference when competing.

It is beyond any doubt that a lot of athletes, trainers, and coaches and trainers believe in cupping and one doesn’t need science to prove whether it produces a placebo effect or provides real positive physiological effects on athletes.

Talking about study, one that was done in 2012 that involved the participation 61 individuals suffering from chronic neck pain tested the effectiveness of cupping over a procedure called PMR (progressive muscle relaxation). The PMR is a technique in which a patient tenses his muscles intentionally and then focuses on relaxing them. Cupping was used by 50 percent of the patients while the other half was told to use PMR. After 12 weeks of therapy, similar amelioration of pain was experienced by both groups. However, the group that used cupping experienced lesser pain when the area was applied with pressure and scored higher on levels of well-being. The researchers, however, suggested more research to determine the other benefits that can be gained from cupping.

One other study, this time with 40 patients suffering from knee arthritis showed that after four months, folks treated with cupping experienced less pain compared to arthritis patients in a control group who did not get treatment. This was not a blind study since the group given cupping therapy knew they were being treated which would not prove whether the effect was genuine or was mainly due to a placebo effect.

Placebo effects are not all that bad, since they can still provide a certain benefit. And even one benefit that can enhance an athlete’s performance may spell the difference between the ecstasy of victory or the agony of defeat in high level competition especially, the Olympics. And if it means showing up with purplish red-bruises on your body, the outcome may be all worth it.

DeMarcus Ware, outside linebacker of the Denver Broncos posted on Instagram a photo of himself showing 19 clear cups on his back with a therapist holding a flame to heat the cup prior to applying it on the skin. Even Gwyneth Paltrow, Jennifer Aniston, and other Hollywood celebrities have photos showing their skin seared with cupping marks.

The sports magazine Swimming World noted a year ago that certain college programs had started the use of cupping therapy. More than a year before Phelps recent cupping revelation, Natalie Coughlin, a former Olympian, posted a number of photos of herself getting cupping therapy.

Mr. Robinson states that scientific studies prove that cupping isn’t detrimental and it does work. He exposes his athletes to the treatment for years so that they may make it a habit.

The coach of Olympic swimmer Missy Franklin, Todd Schmitz said that she (Ms. Franklin) began using cupping when she joined the Cal-Berkeley swim team. He believes that like ice baths, some people believe that cupping serves no purpose whatsoever. But if you find that it helps you, you then integrate it into your repertoire.

A prominent purple dot was also seen on the shoulder US men’s gymnastics member Alexander Naddour while performing his routines on Saturday during the qualifying phase of the competition in Rio. He said his DIY (do-it-yourself) cupping kit was purchased in He explained that cupping is the secret to what keeps him healthy throughout the year and said, “It was a whole lot better than any money I’ve spent on anything else.”

US swimming team chiropractor, Kevin Rindal, is just one out of the four chiropractors Phelps only trusts in care of his health. According to Kevin, the DIY cupping kit is sold for $30 at Amazon.

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The “Chinese Heart”

In Western medicine, the Heart is simply seen as an organ that pumps blood throughout our body and becomes prone to heart attacks as we age. The health of our heart is in the back of our minds whenever we exercise, check our cholesterol, and regulate our blood pressure to benefit our health.

In Chinese medicine, the Heart goes beyond the circulation of blood throughout the body. Its other function includes being the place where spirit or Shen is housed. This Shen refers to our heart spirit, consciousness, memory, and mind. In Western medicine, consciousness, memory, and mind are usually associated with the brain while the heart is an organ associated with spirituality and feeling. In the West, the heart is actually referred to as an organ of feeling. Symbols such as the Valentine’s heart and terms such as being “heartbroken” or “knowing things in your heart, or someone “tugging on our heartstrings” all infer to an emotional organ instead of a muscle that merely pumps blood. The heart is primarily seen as an organ that pumps blood. Of course, the pumping blood is the heart’s primary function in Western medicine, but in Chinese medicine, its role in housing our Shen takes precedence over its function of pumping blood in the body.

Your face can actually mirror the health of your heart. It’ believed that the Shen or spirit of a person can be seen through the person’s eyes. The tongue is the sensory organ that’s affiliated with the heart and its ability to form words is a way of projecting Shen.

Fire is the element related to the Chinese heart, which makes it such an active and warm organ. And as mentioned before, it is responsible for the flow of blood throughout the body. The heart also animates you as a human being by being the warmth of your body and the activity of your mind.

According to Chinese medicine, the organ systems are connected to a certain emotion. The heart organ system is connected to the emotion of joy. In Chinese medicine, too much joy is not good because it can lead to mania.

As the place that houses Shen, your heart is also connected to the universe, your spirituality, and your relationship to the divine.

As the residence of consciousness, your heart also has some connection to emotional problems particularly, insomnia and anxiety. Your heart is involved in one way or another when you become out of touch with reality and become mentally ill. Your heart can be connected to physical pathologies such as gum problems, chest pain, vivid dreams, insomnia, and palpitations. Heart problems may also indicate the fire element and too much heat in your body that manifest as a red face, craving for cold drinks and foods, dark urine, thirst, and a hot feeling.

Connection or reaching out is a way to nourish the heart. This means that reaching to the divine through meditation or prayer, reaching out or connecting with others in social occasions, and having a sense of purpose through self-exploration and journaling can all bring the nourishment to your heart. You connect with creation by spending time in nature or celebrating the seasons. You honor your Shen and your Heart by searching for ways to be joyous.

With regards to nutrition, feed your heart with foods that bring you joy. Gathering with family and friends for a meal, foods that you love to eat, and meals that have been prepared with love all lead to the nourishment of your heart. Bitter is the taste associated with the heart; basically, bitter is a taste that has been burned by elemental fire. Stimulate your heart with bitter greens, dark chocolate, and other bitter foods. You heart is also associated with the color red, which means red beverages and foods can be extremely nourishing to your Chinese heart. Therefore, stock up on red wine, red peppers, red tomatoes but eat very little red meat.

In Chinese medicine, your heart is the storehouse of all your feelings. Always remember that the next time you feel something with all your heart or you are filled with joy.

Dr. Vickery is a licensed acupuncturist in Tarzana, CA., and the founder and clinical director of Vickery Health and Wellness.

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Acupuncture, A Great Way To Relieve Arthritis Pain

A lot of people who suffer from arthritis tend to experience a severe throbbing pain that can only be assuaged using the most powerful and newest painkillers. Unknown to many, acupuncture for the treatment of arthritis is another great but much safer way to relieve the painful symptoms of arthritis.

What is Acupuncture Treatment in Reading for Arthritis?

As with the other types of needle piercing procedures, acupuncture treatment for arthritis provides relief from pain by rectifying the chemical imbalances that underlies the symptoms of arthritis. By adjusting the energy in the body relief is attained; and when balance in all the body systems is restored, cure from the disease can be achieved.

A Great Way to Relieve Pain

For an overwhelming number of people, drugs are the most convenient and expedient way to alleviate pain. But for thousands of years in China, the traditional way to relieve maladies and diseases is through Chinese medicine, particularly Chinese herbal medicine and acupuncture.

Acupuncture is mainly used to liberate a person from all the adverse imbalances within his body. This treatment involves needle piercing to the skin to restore normality to all bodily functions. Despite the fact that medical science has failed to prove its efficacy in clinical studies, acupuncture nevertheless has been proven to be extremely effective in curing health issues in a person; and arthritis treatment is currently one of the most popular acupuncture based therapies there is now.

When directed over the ankles and knees acupuncture treatment for arthritis is quite efficient and arthritis sufferers who have themselves tried acupuncture claim that it is a great way to free oneself of pain. Usually, treatment is conducted regularly and each session can last for about 30 minutes. The treatment may not yet prove effective after the initial session. It may require two or more sessions before one can eventually experience relief of pain and discomfort. This is one reason why patients should comply to the advice and guidance of the acupuncturist conducting the treatment.

Can Acupuncture Be An Alternative To Painkillers?

Questions pertaining to medication protocols are often asked by people interested in getting acupuncture treatment for arthritis. All acupuncturists would advise their patents to not stopping taking the medications prescribed to them by their doctors. Keep in mind that acupuncture for the treatment of arthritis works best when it is used in conjunction with drug therapy and may not be as effective when used as a standalone treatment except for milder cases.

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Traditional Chinese Medicine Suggestions On How To Prevent Or Treat Ear Infections

Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) is based on the premise that the universe is a combination of opposites: yin (cleansing, cold) and yang (building, hot), a lot of which is controlled through thought, environment, sex, exercise, diet, etc.

The two types of ear infections (otitis/ear inflammation) are external otitis and internal otitis. External otitis affects the outer ear and is also called swimmer’s ear. It may be caused by an infection in the upper respiratory tract. Middle ear infection or otitis media occurs behind the eardrum and infants and children are most prone to this condition. The auditory tubes (connecting the ear to the nasal cavity) and Eustachian tube (connecting the middle ear to the naso-pharynx) regulate moisture, temperature, and air pressure. Colder temperature and low pressure have a tendency to increase moisture and produce water in the ears. Babies and young children are again prone to this. The moisture and water in the Eustachian tube and ear canal can build up, fester and stagnate, giving viruses and bacteria an environment in which to thrive that in turn, creates ear pressure and inflammation causing an earache and symptoms such as a high fever, a fullness sensation in the ear, and throbbing, dull, or sharp pain. The infection and discomfort exacerbate in colder temperature and high altitude.

The ears are quite vulnerable to an internal or external invasion of damp and cold. Damp and cold air is carried by the wind and can easily enter the ears, mouth, and nose. In highly damp or cold conditions, this can lead to condensation in the ears. During winter, cold solidifies and condenses water in air into snow, rain, and ice. Cold in the body causes the fluids in the ears, mouth, sinuses, throat, nose, and lungs, nose to condense into water, phlegm, and mucus. Viruses and bacteria abundantly grow in watery, stagnant mediums (urine, cysts, phlegm, mucus, etc.) prior to infecting and inflaming.

As mentioned before, children are very prone to middle ear infections. This is because their bodies are not yet fully developed making them susceptible to cold and internal and external dampness.

The human body is internally heated through locomotion, circulation, digestion, etc. They are all fueled and heated by fat, protein, nutrients, and blood. All body function and structure is actually fueled and built by fat and protein.

One of the largest sources of heat in the body is digestion. By eating three meals a day, we stimulate digestion, bile, enzymes, and acid in our abdomen and small intestines that create heat, much like a car engine heating the car. The heat naturally goes up into the throat, lungs, nose, mouth, ears, and sinuses drying and heating all these organs.

The sinuses, nose, throat and lungs are naturally moist. Water and moisture expedite the exchange of gases (carbon dioxide and oxygen). This exchange can be weakened when there is too little or too much water and moisture and this disrupts the breath causing inflammation and infection.

Less heat is created when digestion is weak (typical in children). This causes the temperature to drop, in turn, moistening and cooling the phlegm, mucus, and water in the throat, nose, and lungs. In nature, cold temperatures of night thicken and solidify the water in the air turning it into morning dew. During winter, the frigid temperatures also thicken and solidify water in the air turning into ice, rain, or snow. In the body, a cold climate thickens and solidifies water in the sinuses, throat, nose, and lungs increasing the phlegm and mucus in the body.

In cold temperatures, high carbohydrate diets, low fat (seeds, nuts, beans, cottage cheese, yogurt, and milk), and low protein foods cool, dilute, and weaken elimination (loose stools), immunity (susceptibility to colds), the ears (water, inflammation, infection), digestion (enzymes, acid), respiration (phlegm, mucus), etc. Orange juice, cereal, and milk create dampness. Building and warming can come from eating hot cereals with a little ginger or cinnamon and so are highly recommended.

Also recommended is a diet consisting of spices (cayenne, fennel, coriander, cumin, etc.) which can be used in desserts, stews, soups, etc. Spices help dry out dampness and boost digestion. They also prevent the development of cellulite, edema, loose stools, phlegm, and mucus. Fruits such as pineapples and apples and vegetables such as yams and carrots are also suggested and can be used to eliminate sugar cravings as well. Cold drinks, shakes, smoothies, tropical fruits, salads, ice cream, cottage cheese, yogurt, and milk moisten and cool the body while fat, protein, stews, soups, and cooked foods warm and stimulate the body.

Peppermint or garlic ear drops are widely used to treat and infection dry out dampness. Ear candles and cones are used for similar purposes. The candles are placed in the ear and lit. As the candle or cone burns, it dries the ear by absorbing water.

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