Category TCM Education

Are you new to Chinese Medicine/acupuncture?

What is a treatment like?

Normally a treatment consists of a one and a half hour session. There is an intake with tongue and pulse reading, general questions, and palpation. I will work on a treatment plan for the issue at hand as well as any underlying ailments.

I use treatment tables for your comfort. The needles should feel comfortable. Sometimes there is a dull ache which means the qi is flowing to an area that needs it. If anything is uncomfortable please let me know. Feedback is key.

First time, what should I do?

Wear loose fitting clothing.

Have a light meal or snack before the treatment to prevent any lightheadedness.

Drink an adequate amount of water prior to treatment as well as drink more afterwards. Hydration is key to flush your body of toxins.

Bring a list of any medications ...

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I Ching: throwing coins to follow your path

Not quite Hansel and Gretel but almost…  The I Ching [Yi (E) Jing] is also known as the Book of Changes. It is likely written in 2000-3000 BC and is one of the bases for Daoism. I find it a wonderful help in guiding me through some of life’s questions. It is meant to assist you on your path so you can be in tune with your own nature. It is really and truly wonderful

The Daoist ideal is to have crystal-clear perception that enables you to move naturally at the right time. Wasting no effort, and having clarity. Wu Wei – the art of ‘doing without action’ or doing nothing yet accomplishing everything. It means to be so in touch with our environment and the people in it that our actions flow naturally from the situation – go with the flow...

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Nutrition input

Comprehensive Nutrition information!

Want to know what to eat and how the foods you’re already eating will help? I can’t think of a better more comprehensive list. Click here!

MEATS
Five element differentiation

Wood-chicken
Fire-lamb
Earth-cow
Metal-venison
Water-pig

Beef: neutral, sweet, Sp & St Qi & Blood Tonic

Lamb: warm, sweet, Sp, Ki, Qi Tonic, Warms Interior

Venison: warm, salty, Sp Qi Tonic, Produces fluids, subdues Reb. Qi

Pork: neutral, sweet & salty, Sp, St, Ki, Lubricates dryness (Ni: sl. cold)

POULTRY
Duck: neutral, sweet & salty, Lu, Ki, Facilitates water passage, reduces, swellings

Chicken: warm, sweet, Sp, St, Qi Tonic, Warms Interior

EGGS
Chicken egg: neutral, sweet, Blood tonic, lubricates dryness

Egg white: cool, sweet, detoxifies, lubricates Lu, cools hot sensations, ben...

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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!

Freedom

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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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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