Monthly Archives December 2012

Four Pillars of Health

Four pillars of health

In Chinese Medicine there are four pillars of health. A good practitioner will start from top and work down, guiding the body to heal itself. Chinese Medicine is all natural, using your body’s immune system to help heal itself. There are no side effects or complications from complicated drug interactions. It may take longer, but the benefits are well-worth it!

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1. Perspective/spirituality/emotions

When the spirit is calm and the heart taken care of, health will persevere.

2. Food and nutrition

What we put in our bodies is incredibly important. What our bodies need and do not need affects the function of organs, blood, qi, and essence.

Books I recommend: The Tao of Food by &  “Healing with Whole Foods” by Paul Pitchford.

healing with whole food One suggested diet change: ...

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More on the Eight Spiritual (Extraordinary) Meridians

More on the Eight Spiritual (Extraordinary) Meridians. 

I love the spiritual (extraordinary) meridians, and I have been introduced to some great resources.

–This is a wonderful PDF excerpt from a conversation with Jeffrey Yuen, world reknowned Chinese Medicine practitioner and educator:

Jeffrey Yuen discusses eight Extraordinary Spiritual Meridians

Article of how the ying qi cycle is used to examine the way in which the paired extraordinary vessels and extraordinary fu may relate to the evolution of consciousness and the art of humanity.

–Very interesting article combining quantum energy, sacred geometry, chakras, and Chinese medicine.

8 spiritual meridians

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The 12 Main Meridians

meridian-channelsChinese Medicine 

is based on an intricate system of meridians. These meridians are similar to energy highways or rivers flowing throughout our body. There are 12 main meridians and eight extraordinary/spiritual meridians. The eight extraordinary meridians are spoken about here.

The 12 main meridians are:

  • Lung
  • Large Intestine
  • Stomach
  • Spleen
  • Heart
  • Small Intestine
  • Bladder
  • Kidney
  • Pericardium
  • San Jian (Triple Warmer)
  • Gallbladder
  • Liver

Each meridian is responsible to attend to a specific part of the body, to maintain health and homeostasis, and move qi, blood, or jing (essence). If congested, like a blocked river, the meridian will cause physical, emotional, or spiritual disease...

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Auricular Acupuncture

Good time to discuss Auricular Acupuncture. Auricular acupuncture is a microsystem, meaning you can treat disorders of the whole body on one section of the body. Ear seeds, generally made from Vaccaria plant seeds, are used for continual stimulation of acupuncture points. These are great for chronic pain, de-stressing, mood disorders, release of addiction cravings, weight loss, and colds amongst other issues. Palpating your ear for sore spots can give you insight into any areas that may need some extra TLC.

Auricular acupuncture is most notably used in the NADA protocol for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and substance abuse detox...

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Wart Care

WARTS:

Warts are a common contagious skin condition, a benign skin tumor, caused by the human papilloma virus (HPV). The virus can cause warts anywhere on the body and the most common are known as: common warts, flat warts, contagious warts, plantar warts and, venereal warts. In classic Chinese literature they are known as “one thousand day sores” (qian ri you).

Diagnosis:

Liver blood dryness, (wind or toxic pathogen attacks) or Kidney essence/Qi deficiency, with Phlegm and Blood deficiency.

Etiology:

  • Worry and depression injures Liver. Liver deficiency and blood dryness fail to nourish tendons. Wind evil enters in skin and muscle and give rise to warts.
  • Local trauma allows virus to invade the body when the immune system is deficient...
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Mother Roasting: Post-Partum Mother’s Box

Mother Roasting:

In most of America we do not have a culture that helps women through the process of women-hood. Menstruation is taboo, and most images we see of birthing involve screaming, crying, and panic. The wonderful process of birth is not treated with the respect, support, or the compassion that is needed. I have created a wonderful warming product and some informational material that I hope will help create a holistic culture to support women and the community, to give insight, confidence, and pleasure to the wonderful miracle of life.

What is Mother Roasting? A worldwide practice of warming moms immediately after giving birth and in the weeks that follow. It is very important to seal the gateways, which have been opened by birth, and to keep wind and cold from entering.

In cultu...

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Five Phase Theory

Five Phase (Element) Theory

is a backbone of Chinese Medicine.

There are two different models in which the theory works, one where the Earth element is an equal element, and one where Earth is an element that other elements return to in the 19 days before and after each cycle.

More to come on how each Phase affects each other.

5 elements

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Eight Spiritual (Extraordinary) Meridians

The Eight Spiritual (Extraordinary) Meridians

are meridians that flow deep within the body, act as reservoirs of qi and blood for the main meridians (filling and emptying as needed), circulate jing around the body, circulate defensive Wei Qi to increase immunity, and provide a connection between the 12 main meridians. The eight extraordinary meridians help with deep illness (physical, mental, or emotional). They are used to deal with issues of ancestral ties, fertility, life purpose, chronic illness, asthma, digestion, and much more. I find them extremely useful in clinical applications and use them on almost every patient I treat.

Ren: Conception Vessel:

Coupling pair: Lieque (Lu 7) and Zhaohai (Ki 6).

The Ren receives and transports the qi of all the yin meridians, and therefore regula...

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Inspiring quotes from my morning Yogi Tea

yogi tea

Inspiring quotes from my morning Yogi Tea:

  • Appreciate yourself and honor your soul.
  • A relaxed mind is a creative mind.
  • By honoring your words, you are honored in this world.
  • Delight the world with compassion, kindness and grace.
  • Gratitude is the open door to abundance.
  • Know whatever you are doing is the most beautiful thing.
  • Love is where compassion prevails and kindness rules.
  • Make yourself so happy that when others look at you
  • they become happy too.
  • Say it straight, simple, and with a smile.
  • Share your strengths, not your weaknesses.
  • The purpose of life is to enjoy every moment.
  • To learn, read. To know, write. To master, teach.
  • The body is a temple: take care of it.
  • The beauty of life is to experience yourself.
  • You are remembered for your goodness.
  • You will feel exalted when you do ...
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