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Saturday, April 30, 2011

In Transition the World Opens Through Us...

And for us individually, what we choose to create in the transition states of our lives will determine the realms of consciousness that are opened to us.- Creation is Love

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

The WHO and NHI recognize over 200 conditions that Traditional Chinese Medicine can effectively treat.

Gynecological
-Infertility
-PMS
-Dysmennorhea
-Ammenorrhea
-Fibrocystic Breasts
-Lactation Insufficiency
-Menopausal Symptoms
-Pregnancy Symptoms
-Ovarian Cysts

Digestive
-Abdominal Pain
-Acid Regurgitation
-Colitis
-Constipation
-Diarrhea
-Flu
-Indigestion/Bloating
-Nausea/Vomiting

Miscellaneous-
- Athletic Performance
-Weight Loss
-Addiction
-Stress
-Chronic Fatigue -Anxiety
-Smoking Cessasion -Fibromyalgia
-Tinnitus
-High Cholesterol - High Blood Pressure

Mental/Emotional
-Depression
-Anxiety/Panic
-Anger
-Insomnia
-Grief
-Mania

Respiratory-
-Allergies
-Asthma
-Bronchitis
-Common Cold
-Cough
-Hay Fever
-Sinusitis
-Tonsilitis

What can Oriental Medicine Treat?

The World Health Organization and National Institute of Health recognize over 200 conditions that Traditional Chinese Medicine can effectively treat. Here are just a few…

Musculoskeletal
-Arthritis
-Auto Injury
-Back Pain
-Carpel Tunnel
-Foot Pain
-Hand Pain
-Joint Pain
-Muscle Pain/Cramping
-Sciatica
-Sprains
-Weakness

Neurological
-Dizziness
-Facial Paralysis
-Headaches
-Migraines
-Parkinson's Disease
-Peripheral Neuropathy
-Stroke
-Trigeminal Neuralgia
-TMJ

Autoimmune
- Grave's Disease
-Hashimoto's
-Lupus
-Multiple Sclerosis
- Rheumatoid Arthritis
- Sjogren's Syndrome

Monday, April 25, 2011

Auricular Acupuncture

Auricular Acupuncture utilizes the ear as a representation of the whole body. It symbolizes an inverted fetus. This type of acupuncture is one of the more widely used microsystems within eastern medicine. Microsystems use one aspect of the body - for example, the ears, hands or feet - to treat conditions that are present anywhere in the body. Auricular acupuncture may be used as a primary mode of treatment or in conjunction with other treatments such as acupuncture, bodywork or herbal medicine. On the ear there are hundreds of acupuncture points that effectively treat things such as organ disorders, addictions, emotional and mental imbalances, physical ailments, neurological disorders, as well as symptoms of high blood pressure and fever. Practitioners are able to use needles or seeds depending on the condition present.

Gua Sha

Gua Sha

Gua Sha is a Traditional Chinese modality, similar in effect to cupping. Gua stands for rubbing or friction. Sha stands for congested or stagnant blood at the surface of the body. When friction is applied in repeated, even strokes, the sha surfaces as small red petechiae. Typically a Chinese soup spoon is used to create this effect. It is very effective at treating stiff upper necks and backs, reducing the effects of everyday stress, alleviates asthmatic symptoms, assists with breaking up congestion in the lungs, and others. Gua Sha is included in an acupuncture visit usually at the end of te session or can be done separately.

Moxibustion

The Moxa herb is used by TCM practitioners for its warming and tonifying characteristics. Moxibustion (the process of burning Moxa) either on a needle or directly on the skin helps build the Qi and rid the body of excess moisture. Patients usually enjoy this sensation of warmth and find it very relaxing. The heat never gets close enough to the skin to burn.

Moxa can effectively treat digestive imbalances, cold and flus, body aches and pains, menstrual irregularities, fatigue and many more...

Where appropriate, Moxibustion is included with an acupuncture visit. Moxibustion treatments, by themselves, are also available.

CUPPING

What is Cupping?

Cupping is an ancient technique performed in both Asia and the West. The process traditionally uses glass jars, heated to create a vacuum, and placed on the upper back to relieve acute illnesses such as colds and fevers. Cupping can also be done all over the body to invigorate the flow of Qi and to relieve tension and pain. It is often used for treating upper and lower back ache, chronic nausea & vomiting, sciatica, frozen shoulder, cellulite, menstrual imbalances, relaxation, stress reduction and many more...

If cupping is deemed necessary for your condition, it is generally included in an acupuncture visit. A patient can also come in separately for a cupping treatment if he/she wishes.

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Qi is the Root of a human being...

"A human being results from the Qi of Heaven and Earth...the union of the Qi of Heaven and Earth is called human being."

- Giovanni Maciocia

Chinese Herbal Medicine

With more than 3,000 years of empirical documentation and practice, Chinese medicine continues to be a highly effective treatment for numerous diseases and common ailments.

Traditional Chinese medicine is based on a rich, complex set of theories about Qi (loosely translated as “energy”) and Xue (blood). Today, the most common clinical diagnosis is a combination of excess and deficiency of these vital substances. Acupuncture is the painless insertion of fine needles into various points on the body to stimulate the flow of Qi and Xue.

It is the role of the practitioner of Chinese medicine to determine how the organs reflect excess and deficiency and to work with the patient in choosing a treatment plan to help restore balance. There are many theories in the diagnosis and treatment using Chinese medicine and it is beneficial to find a practitioner that you resonate with.

The World Health Organization endorses the use of Chinese medicine, and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) offers a long list of diseases successfully treated by acupuncture.

Published clinical trials and research on the efficacy of Chinese Medicine can be found on PubMed Central, an online repository for medical research managed by the NIH.

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Thursday, April 21, 2011

What is Acupuncture?

What is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture is an ancient healing therapy that dates back over 2500 years. By inserting very thin, sterilized and disposable needles into acupoints along the body, practitioners aim to regulate the body’s natural energy or Qi (pronounced Chee) into a state of harmony that promotes optimal wellness.

Chinese Medicine theorizes that pain and sickness (whether physical, mental or emotional) arise from an imbalance of energy in the body. This imbalance can manifest as too much or not enough energy in a given area. Since energy travels through the body along channels, manipulation of acupoints along these channels can correct the flow of energy and restore health.

From a Western Medical standpoint we are only just finding out how acupuncture works. More and more research is being done showing the effectiveness of this healing modality. Presently, the World Health Organization supports the use of acupuncture for close to 60 health conditions.

We do know that acupuncture increases endorphin flow in the body which reduces pain and eases feelings of stress, anxiety and depression. Additionally, it decreases cortisol levels, the trigger hormone to weight gain, lowered immunity, adrenal fatigue, heart disease and inflammation. Inflammation in the body is now considered to be responsible for the majority of popular “Western” diseases.

Some of the more common disorders that Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine effectively treat are:

* Chronic Pain

* Headaches and Migraines

* Digestive Disorders

* Infertility

* PMS and Menstrual Disorders

* Stress Management

* Weight Loss

* Menopausal Symptoms

* and many many more...


Acupuncture has gained considerable popularity in this country for one simple reason… it works.

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Teachers open the door, but you must enter by yourself...

Well, I have just under a week til I graduate from Chinese Medicine School...I havent wrote about acupuncture, herbs, or anything related to Oriental Medicine lately, although it's all connected really...for the past 4+ months I have been very focused on completing this last little phase of the program. It has been one of the most unbelievable spiritual experiences I've had...reviewing all the material from the past few years, staying grounded and present in my life and in myself, logging in hours at school, showing up for people in my life, getting my head in the game so to speak, taking care of my basic needs, taking the national boards, then exit exams, and all the other little tests, midterms, quizzes, finals, evaluations, yada yada yada....it's enough to make your head spin!

Thankfully I was able to turn it into a beautiful growing experience. I will speak more it later but I will just say for now, all of us, each of us, every one of us are capable of anything and have the skill, finesse, ease, class, personality, brain cells, passion, drive, dedication, persistence, and desire to accomplish whatever it is we so want out of life. It has absolutely nothing to do with how smart we are or aren't, how much money we have, where we are from, what kind of shoes we wear, or what kind of degree we have...All it takes is tapping into the infinite flow and trusting that it will flow through you to carry you on your way. Let yourself be a channel. Whatever you're representing or invested in, allow yourself to be a fountain to it and be an extension of your art.

We are all artists.

A Nice Thought...

Daily Law of Attraction Quotation
It's ever so much more satisfying to get into a blissful place and attract a blissful person and live blissfully hereafter than to be in a negative place and attract a negative partner and then try to get happy from that negative place.

--- Abraham

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Spring into a New Beginning

Spring is a time of new beginning- the time of year to rise with the sun and get outside and move around, participate in "yang" activities, which in turn reflect the expansive, active, growing nature of spring. If you look around, you will probably notice new buds on trees and annuals peeking through the soil after the dark, cold, "yin" winter. The vibrant green color of the newly bloomed plants nourishes the soul through the eyes, hence the need to eat as much naturally decreases, and thus the body begins to cleanse itself naturally, not only of food residue but also of toxic or unnecessary emotions, or excessive desire. Vision becomes clearer and things are seen in new ways. This is a perfect time for discovering you true nature and giving attention to self awareness and self-expression.

-Spring time is any time when the light increases within your mind and entire system. If you feel dark, heavy or depressed, then you can lighten up by fueling yourself with positive intentions, nutritious foods, and anything that sparks your feelings of love and abundance. Surround yourself with beautiful flowers, brighten the colors in your wardrobe and home, and draw back the curtains to let in natural light. You can paint a sunnier outlook within yourself, which will give rise to all sorts of new opportunities, since like attracts like. Feel more energized and powerful as you spruce up your inner and outer worlds. Then capitalize on this increased vigor by starting a new project that really makes your heart sing with excitement.

In Five-Element Theory Spring is associated with the Liver which is the Wood Element. In the Yin/Yang phase it is Yang within Yin, Spring emerging through Winter. Water which is the element of Winter, nourishes the Wood. The water moistens it and enriches it's ability to lengthen and emerge. The Wood Element houses the Ethereal Soul which is said to influence our capacity of planning our life and finding a sense of direction in life. It is the residence of life dreams, vision, aims, projects, and ideas.

Sailing the Seas...


I am not afraid of storms for I am learning how to sail my ship. - Louisa May Alcott -

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Everything Can Become a Devotion

Now matter what we are doing, it can become a devotion. This becomes a being process rather than a separation. Whatever it is whether it's planting a garden, driving down the street, studying for exams, running a race, going grocery shopping, talking to a friend, walking through the park....it can become a meditation.

When I focus my intent on the notion that I get to partake in an expansive experience rather than something I must or have to do, then it shifts. I also realize I always have a choice. If I am doing something, it is because I choose to. So there in lies the power. I am able to walk away if the situation is not parallel to my heart's calling.

By integrating a presence in to what we do, everything has the potential to blossom into a life-enriching adventure.

Sunday, April 3, 2011

OSHO on FEAR

A mature person should disconnect himself from anything that is connected with fear. That’s how maturity comes.

Just watch all your acts, all your beliefs, and find out whether they are based in reality, in experience, or based in fear. And anything based in fear has to be dropped immediately, without a second thought. It is your armor. I cannot melt it. I can simply show you how you can drop it.

We go on living out of fear — that’s why we go on poisoning every other experience. We love somebody, but out of fear: it spoils, it poisons. We seek truth, but if the search is out of fear then you are not going to find it.

Whatever you do, remember one thing: Out of fear you are not going to grow. You will only shrink and die. Fear is in the service of death.

Mahavira is right: he makes fearlessness a fundamental of a fearless person. And I can understand what he means by fearlessness. He means dropping all armor. A fearless person has everything that life wants to give to you as a gift. Now there is no barrier. You will be showered with gifts, and whatever you do you will have a strength, a power, a certainty, a tremendous feeling of authority.

A man living out of fear is always trembling inside. He is continuously on the point of going insane, because life is big, and if you are continuously in fear.... And there is every kind of fear. You can make a big list, and you will be surprised how many fears are there — and you are still alive! There are infections all around, diseases, dangers, kidnapping, terrorists...and such a small life. And finally there is death, which you cannot avoid. Your whole life will become dark.

Drop the fear! The fear was taken up by you in your childhood unconsciously; now consciously drop it and be mature. And then life can be a light which goes on deepening as you go on growing.