Cupping Therapy And The Olympics

The titans at the last Olympics have never failed to amaze. We are smitten with admiration, wonder, and awe for the unbelievable levels of sustained laser focus, brutal training, and genius-level skills shown by those who ascended to Olympian heights. And then there are individuals like Usain Bolt, Simone Biles, Katie Ledecky, Michael Phelps, and other demigods, who you could not convince me as having been born on this planet. Something seems suspicious, and I pray Donald Trump will be asking questions soon, who have raised suspicions about these ubermenschen personalities who installed themselves among us mere mortals.

With regard to Michael Phelps, we need to ask a question: “What are those round bruise-like marks on his back?” A bit of research shows that Michael might be into some kind of alternative, New Age traditional integrative Chinese medicine stuff.

Is cupping therapy just a fad that has been thrust into the spotlight by sports and movie celebrities such as Michael Phelps and Gwyneth Paltrow?  Or is there really something to it that make these stars bold enough to seriously display it on their bodies and make them healthy and strong? 

According to Chinese medicine, cupping therapy enhances the flow circulation of a person’s life force in the body through the suction of heated glass bowls administered to the skin. Why do many American Olympians and other Olympic athletes flaunt their cups on prime time world TV if they’re not sure cupping really works? Surely, they have been using this ancient procedure long before the start of the Olympics simply for the fact that it truly works. Now this is hardly considered as a form of pseudoscience on the part of these people. The showing of cupping marks on winners conferred an air of legitimacy on potentially harmful and baseless therapies-all of it seared into the consciousness of gullible adults and impressionable children. I could care less.

Cupping therapy actually has no scientific or medical basis and it can cause injuries, many times resulting in infections and burns.

Olympic Superstitions

Has anyone noticed the indicators of irrational oral statements during interviews? No, I’m not talking about the hundred signs of the cross prior to or after events, (as if God would really prefer one over simply because that individual performed that gesture oftentimes, done hastily in an irreverent way) or the pointing of the fingers in the air as if a deity in the sky was watching the event or other signs that sports competitors believe and rely upon in vancouver acupuncture , cupping, homeopathy, and kinesiology tape.

Cupping basically involves the sticking of heated glass bulbs or suction cups on your skin. Olympic athletes sated they use cupping to alleviate soreness and pain so that they can do whatever they wanted cupping to do for them like run or swim faster, stay cooler, jump higher, or balance their chi and chakras. And the good thing about is that it works no matter whether they believe in it or not.

Aside from the ancient Chinese, it appears certain North American natives have used cupping therapy, as did Egyptians thousands of years ago. At one time, it was part of bloodletting that might now be considered as another type of alternative therapy that might make a comeback one of these days, if a Deepak, Dr. Oz, celebrity, or movie star recommends it.

Cupping therapy aside, there’s nothing but appreciation and wonder for the amazing performances exhibited by practically all the athletes who participated competitors. These competitors are indeed terrific.

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Paida Lajin Exercises For A Strong And Healthy Body

Paida lajin exercises are designed to free up your energy channels called meridians, helping improve sexual function, strengthening your immune system, cleansing your body of toxins, and treating illnesses. It can also increase your body length, uplift your appearance, help you lose unwanted weight, and reduce acne, wrinkles, and freckles. Body lengthening can occur in adolescents and in middle aged people; this benefits the elderly the most since a lot of them have stiffened tendons and suffer from a hunched back to varying degrees.

 The slapping and patting of the joints and skin which is part of the Paida lajin regimen helps stimulate the flow of vital energy called “Chi” giving vitality and life to your body. Paida lajin extracts the Yin chi or the negative Chi out of your body and invigorates you with Yang Chi or positive energy. Paida lajin stimulates your meridians with positive Chi which thus fills your body with vitality. The slapped and patted areas of your body will automatically activate blood and Chi enhancing their circulation. As a detoxifier, the increased Chi will scan your body to identify blocked energy channels and then clean them. The result is the clearing of tumors and the removal of toxic waste in your body.

As mentioned before, Paida Lajin improves sexual function, strengthens the immune system, and cleanses the body of toxins. In addition, this exercise therapy can cure or relieve problems in the reproductive and urinary systems.  It also is effective in dealing with gastroenteritis and other stomach problems; swelling and pain in the feet and hands; numbness in the body; problems affecting the cerebrovascular and cardiovascular systems; diabetes; dermatitis; and gallbladder and liver problems. 

But the biggest benefit of paida lajin is that you can do it yourself. It inexpensive and usually doesn’t cost you any money at all. You can learn in just a few minutes and can treat practically any type of disease. 

Thrive Wellness Center is an acupuncture clinic in Fort Lauderdale, FL with licensed acupuncturists, physicians and therapists.

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The Healthy Feng Shui Effects Of Live Plants In Your Area

A safe and wonderful home includes a lot of live plants throughout the entire house. It’s a fact that plants provide clean oxygen and help freshen the air. You may remember from your grade school biology subject of a process known as photosynthesis.

Plants may help keep you breathe easier by providing humidity. In winter, the air can quickly dry out by electric heating and woodstoves. Having healthy plants in the room can generate a small amount of moisture into the air.

The traditional Chinese technique of Feng Shui involves plants in its beautification. Plants give you a sense of health and freshness in an environment. By simply observing the and considering the beauty of a plant, your blood pressure can be dramatically reduced.

For some, caring for a live plant can also be a healing experience. Lots of individuals take pride in the way their plants look and love talking to them. The moments you spend caring and watering for your plants can be a cathartic experience and allows you to delight in the natural beauty of another living thing and helps you to relax. This contemplative act can help someone think straight and gather his thoughts together.

Some people believe that plants have the power to diminish the symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease. More and more hospitals are adding gardens in their interior to help surgery patients recuperate faster. For somebody who needs a little pick me up, mentally or physically, a plant makes an ideal gift.

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Moxibustion Therapy Standalone Treatment Or As Adjunct To Acupuncture Is Effective Both Ways



Most Westerners have heard about acupuncture but only a few have heard about a Chinese complementary therapy called moxibustion, which adds a new aspect to acupuncture.

Acupuncture vancouver has been recorded in Chinese medical documents that date as far back as the second Century BCE and is one of most ancient healing practices in the world. It’s a branch of a medical system known as TCM or traditional Chinese medicine. Acupuncture aims to preserve and restore health by innervating selected points on the body known as acupoints through the use of filiform needles.

But the thing is the Chinese character for acupuncture is (针灸), which in English translates to “acupuncture moxibustion.” Acupuncture, we know that, check. But what is moxibustion?

Moxibustion is an acupuncture variant that involves the administration of heat to the same acupoints, by means acupuncture needles or by direct application of heat on the points.

The Principle behind Acupuncture and Moxibustion

According to TCM, the human body is an organism that has two complementary and opposing forces called yin and yang. They exist in a delicate balance that helps keep the whole body in a good state of health. Yin represents the passive, slow, or cold principle, and yang, the active, excited, and hot principle. When balance is maintained between these two forces, good health is the result.

From the standpoint of Taoist philosophy (that, in turn, is the foundation of Chinese philosophy), each person is filled with a life force known as Chi or qi (pronounced “chee”). When the forces of yin and yang are in relative balance, chi is also in balance and equally distributed all over the body. Vital life energy then circulates harmoniously and smoothly across invisible energy channels in the body called meridians that are interconnected to 2,000 various acupoints throughout the body.

Every one of these acupoints influences certain parts or organs of the body. Health is impaired and negative symptoms begin to appear when the flow of chi is blocked or becomes imbalanced for whatever reason.

Based on TCM principles, disease is simply an internal imbalance of yin and yang resulting in a blockage to chi flow or an imbalance of chi. When the acupoints are stimulated throughout the meridians connected to the affected region of the body, acupuncturists will work on the patient’s health restoring the smooth flow of chi by eliminating the blockage to its flow. This will repair any imbalances and restore the chi of the body to its normal state.

What Transpires During an Acupuncture-moxibustion Therapy?

In a regular acupuncture therapy session, the acupuncturist will stick clean stainless steel slender needles into selected acupoints in the patient’s body. Moxibustion complements this by administering heat therapy to the acupoints.

Acupuncturists administer heat to the points by burning a bunch of tightly bound plants called moxa. These herbs are produced by collecting dried mugwort leaves and shaping them into small cigar or cone-like shapes.

In European folk medicine, the mugwort plant has been used for centuries to heal a number of illnesses. Used traditionally for healing, mugwort is a ubiquitous plant that can be found along roads and streets and during ancient Roman times, is believed to bring good fortune to travelers who would place these plants in their shoes to soothe their tired aching feet. They were used in Pagan celebrations during the summer solstice, to bring protection for the rest of the year.

Initially, “direct” moxibustion therapy in association with acupuncture was first practiced in the cold, mountain areas of northern China whereby people lit a cone of moxa and directly placed it on the acupoints on the skin. This manner of heating the body was thought to facilitate healing and prevent illness.

Direct moxibustion was not obviously widely practiced since it was painful and has resulted in scarring.

Another moxibustion technique known as “Indirect” moxibustion involved the administration of heat to needle points from an electrical source or by burning of moxa on the upper tip of an acupuncture needle stuck on the patient’s skin. Acupuncturists usually hold the smoldering moxa over the patient’s skin or place a slice of salt, garlic, or ginger over the skin and then place the smoldering moxa on top of that. The result is a soothing, penetrating and profound therapeutic heat.

Other techniques include warm needle moxibustion, which uses heated acupuncture needles; incense thread moxibustion wherein the practitioner lights up thin strips of moxa; and lighter burnt match moxibustion whereby the therapist rapidly taps one or two points on the ear with the head of a burnt match.

But Isn’t Acupuncture Alone Strong Enough to Provide Adequate Treatment to Illnesses?

Good question. By using needles alone, acupuncture can be a powerful treatment for certain types of illnesses. However, practitioners believe that moxibustion is more effective than acupuncture in the treatment of menstrual cramps, spastic colon, colds and back pain. It’s even alleged to work for chronic diseases such as arthritis.

A lot of scientific research on moxibustion has so far been done in combination with acupuncture, so it is very difficult to isolate the cause and effect which makes it scientifically hard to ascertain whether moxibustion alone has a definite therapeutic effect on the body.

To be frank, scientists are still at a loss on how acupuncture exactly works, either. The only thing they know for sure is that it works. In fact, we have an incredible long list of health issues problems where acupuncture can be used — even in hospital settings.

Clinical studies have proven that moxibustion can help prevent breech births. This therapy has also shown to boost circulation of blood to the uterus and pelvis making it effective in the treatment of menstrual cramps. It also has an effect on prohibiting delivery of breech babies by helping the baby move into its proper position in preparation for a normal birth.

In an open controlled, randomized, clinical trial re moxibustion therapy use for the prevention breech birth, the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) reported in 1998 that moxibustion therapy in women resulted in the proper turning of breech presentation babies in 75 percent of women who received moxibustion therapy for seven to 14 weeks. In the control group that did not receive moxibustion therapy, only 47 percent of the babies turned.

Acupuncturists also use moxibustion to address inflamed regions of the body making this modality extremely helpful in treating ailments such as lower back pain. Moxibustion’s therapeutic heat serves as a safe analgesic to help alleviate stiff joints and painful muscles.

Because there are very few complications or contradictions related to indirect moxibustion and acupuncture, they should definitely be considered a treatment for painful conditions.

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The Amazing Versatility Of Acupressure Therapy

Some researchers believe that acupressure originated in China thousands of years ago, and there are ancient uncovered artifacts that show this healing technique practiced as early as the Neolithic Age!

In China, acupressure is often used to relieve post surgery nausea and vomiting in children. It also is known to alleviate nausea in cancer patients after undergoing chemotherapy. It can be administered anytime anywhere without the need for special equipment.

As long as you are familiar with the instructions given to you by a qualified acupuncturist or acupressure therapist, you can safely administer acupressure on yourself and on others. Acupressure allows the body to relax, alleviates pain and tension, and enhances blood flow throughout the body, if it’s properly done. It can also foster wellness and reinforce your immune system.

This therapy should be done gently and slowly since performing it too vigorously or quickly can result in some damage, particularly when it is applied in the stomach area. Extra caution and care is essential when the therapy is administered on pregnant women or on people suffering from recent injuries, infections, or burns.

In many ways, for most patients suffering from low back pain, acupressure has been proven to be more effective than physical therapy. Acupressure therapy on the ear can help alleviate anxiety and stress. Body acupressure can help lessen anxiety and fear of pre-operative care patients and in victims of trauma.

These are the conditions that can be potentially treated with Acupressure:

• Migraine Headaches
• Tension Headaches
• Shoulder and Neck Pain
• Earache, Toothache, Jaw Pain
• Arm Hand, and Wrist, pain
• Loss of Voice, Sinus Infection, Sore throat, Flu, Colds,
• Foot, Ankle, Knee, Hip, and Back pain and ache
• Nervousness and Panic Attacks
• Allergies
• Insomnia
• Depression
• Hiccups
• Fainting
• High Blood Pressure, Heart Palpitations, and Angina
• Poor Concentration and Memory
• Painful Periods and PMS
• Stomach pain, Heartburn, Diarrhea and Constipation
• Urinary retention, Incontinence, Bed-wetting
• Hangover, Low Libido, Asthma, Itching, Nose bleeds
• Morning Sickness, Pregnancy Discomfort, Hot Flashes

Anyone can learn to administer acupressure at home to augment/complement professional treatment. It is especially helpful when you suddenly experience pain or illness and you can’t immediately go to the doctor.

Thrive Wellness Center is an acupuncture clinic in Fort Lauderdale, FL with licensed acupuncturists, physicians and therapists.

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Substance Abuse Treatment Using Auricular Acupuncture

Acupuncturist vancouver specializing in detoxification therapy are particularly interested in addressing the drug and alcohol addiction problem in their respective communities. They are equipped with pertinent historical information on how they are resolved based on auricular acupuncture therapy and use this treatment a complementary natural treatment to currently used therapies such as focused self help groups and addiction counseling.

The information below can also clear up the reason why acupuncture can be one of the alternative health options that can be unified with the already existing counseling centers or conventional drug and alcohol programs. However, we ought to consider this suggestion objectively without prejudice and with an open mind given the social and economic dilemma the present drug problem has vexed this country.

In Europe and America, there are hundreds of detoxification programs that follow the methods used by doctors at New York’s Lincoln Hospital, where every day, 250 addicts are treated with auricular acupuncture. The principle underlying this therapy is the belief that the human body can be activated by stimulating acupoints on the auricle or outer ear. Doctors have noticed that craving and withdrawal symptoms wane within minutes of auricular acupuncture therapy. Equally noticed is a meaningful decrease in hostility and panic typically observed in drug-rehab settings – transformations that make addicts more willing to undergo counseling.

This is not to say acupuncture is a cure all. It just implies that it’s a very good complement to counseling.

The NADA or National Acupuncture Detoxification Association was established by medical specialists and practitioners in 1985 who wished to propagate the modalities used in Lincoln Hospital into other treatment environments. Acupuncturists specializing in detoxification therapy follow protocols set by the NADA that are widely recognized in the realm of drug dependency. Today, in many areas of the US and Canada, acupuncture is considered a legitimate primary health care specialty.

American specialists in the field of chemical dependency in both the criminal justice system and private sector have expressed interest in NADA related programs especially programs used in the Lincoln Hospital. The integration of an acupuncture element to a currently used program offers an inexpensive way to provide outpatient therapy to a majority of drug addicts, whilst boosting the efficacy of current detoxification programs.

Irrespective of the substance abused and the treatment setting, auricular acupuncture has shown to work well in the detoxification of a patient. It achieves this by promoting the process of elimination in the main organs of the body, which helps accelerate the removal of toxins in the body. Auricular acupuncture offers the patient a sense of serenity and calmness and enhances their mental clarity and their capacity to focus. This promotes a better receptivity to counseling.

As gleaned in the explosion of drug-related problems in the past few decades such as a rising number of mental health problems, criminal offenses, and HIV infections, standard assisted western substance abuse therapy will only be effective if the patient remains in treatment for a long time; unfortunately, few patients are willing to wait that long. Long term follow-up research work has concluded that even long term therapy eventually leads to low rates of success.

While auricular acupuncture has much to offer, based on my three decades of dealing with substance abuse, the best approach is to detoxify the patient with auricular therapy combined with counseling, EFT or Emotional Freedom Technique, Chinese herbal medicine, qigong and Chi healing.

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Massage Therapies To Help Relieve Stress And Reinvigorate The Body

Do you feel that your life is just one endless mess and stress is just too much? You have to work in a job you don’t like, deal with stressful environment, rising prices and problems at home that you’ve got no time for yourself, not time to take a break, to find balance and to just simply relax. Whenever you find yourself in this predicament, where can you go that will help soothe your mind and body? Perhaps, the best place for you to forget your problems is going to a massage parlor near you.

For people suffering from tensions and stresses in life, a massage parlor offering Swedish massage or any other therapeutic massages may help them forget their problems for a while and reinvigorate and relax their bodies. Swedish massage includes long gentle strokes and kneading pressure that are administered to the skin to alleviate tension in the connective tissues and muscles. Very often, Swedish massage involves aromatherapy in the form of massage oils or candles. During a massage session, the aroma can be a good way to reduce stress. In addition, a relaxing aromatherapy massage is a really heavenly experience.

To alleviate muscle pain and stress, a combo of massage procedures can be helpful. These procedures, which can include, shiatsu which boosts the flow energy in the body through the application of strong pressure to specific acupoints; trigger point therapy which eliminates muscle spasm from affected areas and deep tissue massage which relieves tensions from the connective tissues and deeper muscles might help stressed out people to relax and fully reenergize.

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Cupping Therapy As A Complement To Acupuncture And Massage

Cupping therapy is a technique of vacuuming and suctioning areas of the meridian system of the body in order to draw out toxins, control pain, increase blood flow, help a person relax, and facilitate a smoother movement of qi energies.

Originally attributed to Chinese civilization, the beginnings of cupping is actually unknown. It is a practice that has been historically noted in places that include North America (by the Native Americans), ancient Greece and Egypt, and throughout Europe.

Cupping as a form of treatment was first recorded by Ge Hong, a Chinese alchemist. Because of this, this system is sometimes known as Chinese Cupping Therapy. The Chinese have definitely used this therapy to a large degree. It’s classified as a branch of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). Other components of TCM are Tuina, acupressure, herbal medicine, acupuncture, Qigong, and Moxibustion.

Cupping Therapy as a Complement to Acupuncture and Massage

The acupuncturist vancouver or massage therapist will lubricate your skin with baby oil or massage oil before they place the cups on the skin. The air within each cup is heated before placing the cup upside down directly on the skin. The cups create a vacuum effect making them attach to the body. These cups are left on the body for a certain period of time.

The cups are usually applied on the back of the patient, but will be applied occasionally on other areas of the body including the neck, thighs, and abdomen.

Purplish discolorations and round welt-like marks is the effect of the therapy. Following treatment, those marks may remain on the skin for a couple of weeks. Although these marks may appear alarming, it is a healthy sign that the treatment works. To cover them if you need to go out, simply wear clothing that can hide these skin discolorations.

Modern Day Cups versus Traditional Cups

Cups used for hundreds of years for cupping therapy were created from hollowed out animal horns or bamboo. These days, a range of cupping sets are offered in the market, most of them are made of glass, and some are made of silicone and plastic. The newest cupping sets include the use of vacuum pump and magnets in place of using fire. Some cupping practitioners use silicone cups and call the therapy baguanfa.

Conditions That Can Be Treated Through Cupping Therapy:

  • Frail immune systems
  • Sports medicine
  • Back pain and sciatica
  • Rheumatic conditions
  • Muscular pains and aches
  • Migraines
  • Headaches
  • Arthritis
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Chinese Nutritional Therapy For Various TCM Syndromes And Conditions

There’s no such thing as ‘bad’ food or ‘good’ food in Chinese medicine. There are inappropriate foods for a certain individual, just as there are appropriate herbs for a specific individual depending on what their health needs are. For a fatigued and cold person, warm Yang tonic herbs would be a bit helpful; however, these same warming nourishing herbs may lead to headaches and irritation in someone experiencing night sweats and thirst, which are typical telltale signs of Yin Deficiency. Foods, like herbs, have unique energetic qualities; they can, for instance, be cooling or warming. Chinese nutritional therapy which is a component of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) is just a larger system of medicine that includes herbal medicine and Fremont acupuncture.

During the past three decades, well-meaning health food advocates extolled praise to the importance of enzymes from raw food for digestion as well as to the benefits of raw foods. However, proponents of TCM believe there are three very critical flaws in this logic:

There isn’t one dietary guideline that is going to be appropriate for all people, meaning, when it comes to foods and herbs, there is no such thing as one universal guideline that can treat all the various health conditions of people.

The Spleen energetic system can be severely affected when one over-consumes raw foods, since these foods are known to possess a ‘Cold’ quality. The Spleen is connected to the Abdomen, in Chinese medicine, and is extremely vital in the normal digestion and absorption of food. Hence, overconsumption of fruit juices, raw fruits, juiced vegetables, and raw vegetables will have an opposite effect on your health than previously believed.

People who eat large quantities of raw foods usually suffer from loose bowel movements the whole day.  This is a sign that the digestive system is too efficiently purging due to enzymes; in TCM, loose bowel movements are actually an indication of damage in the Spleen.

 Foods for Internal Dampness and Deficient Spleen Qi

Rye, sunflower seeds, kasha, yams, amaranth, winter squash, aduki bean, pumpkin, cooked soy beans, garlic, millet, bitter greens such as dandelion and arugula (eaten in moderation as they are cold), horseradish, cooked celery, cooked carrots, turnip, green onions, radish, and asparagus.

Consider the herbal formula, Restore the Middle Way.

Use in small amounts or avoid: fruit juices and fruits, watermelon, cucumber, sweets, refined and processed carbohydrates, fried foods, tofu, eggs, meat, and dairy.

While it is important that you want to maintain hydration; according to TCM, drinking too much liquid such as forcing yourself to drink ‘8 glasses of water’ a day just because you think it is healthy to do so may only be putting an extra burden on your Kidneys. In addition, chronic thirst and dryness tend to be signs of Deficient Yin wherein your cells aren’t absorbing properly the water that you are drinking. If you can visualize your cells as dried peat moss; when you put water to the peat moss, the water just rolls off. If you are suffering from Yin Deficiency, Yin foods and tonic herbs can be used to enhance the permeability of the cells so that the water you drink can actually be utilized by the cells.

A perfect way to observe all of the blood drain out of your acupuncturist’s face would be to say to him or her that you’ve been drinking enormous amounts of iced water because you’ve heard that it can boost your metabolism and help you lose weight. In Chinese medicine, this most recent totally flawed logic connects the ability to compromise the Kidney energetic systems and damage the Spleen; the outcome would be additional weight for the person and more severe imbalances that may take years to fix.

Foods for Deficient Yin

Goji berry, rice (preferably brown short grain), white mulberry, amaranth grain, quinoa, beets, millet, string beans, wheat germ, spirulina, barley, seaweed, black beans, mung beans, tofu, and kidney beans. In moderation: raspberry, pork, blackberry, clam, eggs, sardine, and oysters. With more extreme conditions: grapes, banana, watermelon, dairy products. Consider herbal formula, Yin Valley.

Avoid: spices, coffee, alcohol, red meat, fats

Lots of people think that water drunk is going to moist their tissue and cells and as a result, cleanse the body. The truth is, only the quantity of fluids needed for healthy cellular function is going to be absorbed into the tissue; the extra water will be eliminated through the urine. Over time, forcing fluids will only lead to Deficient Kidney and poor health and disturb the balance of Yin-Yang in the body.

Chinese Nutritional Therapy for Liver Imbalances

Eliminate Liver Wind – chamomile, western skullcap, lemon, cold-pressed flaxseed oil, coconut, vinegar, pine nuts, black sesame seed, black soybean, oats, anise, ginger, fennel, sage, basil, celery. Avoid: buckwheat, crab meat, and eggs

Warming Foods for Deficient Qi or Deficient Yang

Aduki beans, black beans, lentils, sesame seeds, walnuts, molasses, shrimp, mussel, trout, chicken, beef, lamb, butter, mustard leaf, kale, winter squash, vinegar, onion, cumin, fennel, chili peppers, cloves, cinnamon, rosemary, basil, ginger, black pepper, and garlic; cooked fruit: guava, peach, cherry, date, raspberry, coconut.

Consider herbal formula, Ancestor Treasure.

Avoid: dairy, wheat, asparagus, eggplant, juices and vegetables, raw fruits.

Cool Liver Heat

Mung nettle, sprouts and beans; raw green vegetable juices; daikon radish and radish; rhubarb; mushrooms; plums; cheese; tofu; watercress; cucumber; millet; amaranth; quinoa; rye bread; lettuce; seaweed; and celery

Tonify Liver Blood

Animal and beef liver, pork, eggs, chicken soup, oysters, sesame seed, mulberry fruit, dates, nettle, avocado, kelp, alfalfa, red beets, artichoke, cardoon, gelatin, blackstrap molasses, blueberries, red grapes, spirulina, and greens.

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Craniosacral Therapy, What Is It?

CST or Craniosacral therapy works on the idea that with the application of light pressure on the craniosacral system, illness and afflictions can be reduced leading to health and wellbeing to people suffering from conditions affecting the spine, brain and other parts of the body.

The craniosacral system is comprised of the nerves, cerebrospinal fluid, cranial bones and membranes that surround the spinal cord and brain. CST is a holistic therapy that also strengthens the notion that the cranial bones can be moved and that this movement impacts the rhythm of the cerebrospinal fluid in the craniosacral system.

This alternative medicine perspective is different from the more conventional notion that pervades academic circles stating that during adolescence the bones that form the cranium fuse and therefore are unable to move.

CST History

It was Dr. William Sutherland who first proposed the idea of Craniosacral therapy around the beginning of the 19th century. Sutherland taught a post-graduate course at the American School of Osteopathy regarding his discoveries. In the 1980’s, Dr. John Upledger updated Sutherland’s research via a number clinical trials and published CST reports while serving as a clinical researcher and professor of biomechanics at the University of Michigan.

There is currently major debate among licensed CST practitioners, patients, scientists, and doctors as to whether CST can treat certain illnesses and whether the basis of the treatment holds up to clinical investigation.

Advocates of CST believe that the therapy has numerous benefits. These include relief of conditions such as migraines, chronic neck pain, chronic fatigue syndrome, back pain TMJ or temporomandibular joint disorder, fibromyalgia, and ADD or attention deficit disorder.

Lots of patients suffering from these conditions believe that CST therapy helped relieved their symptoms related to these disorders and diseases, allowing them to live pain free and healthier lives.

Objectors argue that the tenets, beliefs, and facts of CST are themselves erroneous, either due to indeterminate research or because accepted beliefs and practices in the medical field have been ignored. The belief that the cranial bones cannot move unless significant pressure is applied is a major argument against CST. They believe that the pressure, publicly supported by CST supporters, which is applied by fingertips alone, can help alleviate ailments and pain, does not hold up to accepted clinical practices.

The NIH (National Institutes of Health) is currently performing clinical trials to ascertain whether craniosacral therapy can alleviate migraines, which are very hard to treat in several patients even with drugs. The research, thus far, indicated that CST does provide relief to patients.

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