Sunday, November 28, 2010
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Labels: Acupuncture, Acupuncture and Headaches, Acupuncture and Migraines, Acupuncture and pain, Acupuncture and PTSD, Acupuncture and Stress, Acupuncture and The Military, Acupuncture and Traumatic Brain Injury, Chinese Medicine, Healthcare, PTSD
Wednesday, November 24, 2010
Tuesday, November 23, 2010
The Doctor is in, more good advice from Dr. Linda Edelstein. Read this BEFORE you begin your holiday shopping!
I’ve been invited back to my favorite blog to talk about simplifying your life. The timing for this topic is perfect. We are entering a month long spree that ought to be named, “Adding Excess to My Life, to My Hips and to My Credit Card Balance”. The binge begins this week and continues through the remainder of 2011. You don’t even have to know how to read (you can just look at the pictures) to be swept up in the frenzy of consumption. You are being begged to go on a bender strangely titled “Black Friday” (an inexplicable name for the busiest shopping day of the USA year). Buy, Buy, Buy.
I am here to make the opposing argument. I expect to be contacted by Homeland Security for being unAmerican. My response to exhortations of Buy, Buy, Buy is DECLUTTER (which I write only once to avoid cluttering the page). Instead of getting your pleasure from dragging home bags of must-have items, try finding joy in unloading the stuff you already own.
You have too many things that you don’t need, that no longer fit (either physically or emotionally), and that remain in your possession (in your head or in your home) only because you are afraid to get rid of them. Before you can begin to DECLUTTER let’s take a moment to examine
The 2 Main Reasons That Prevent DECLUTTERING.
1. You believe that you will need these things. You worry that one day you will wake up filled with desire for the Winter, 2004 issue of your Alumni magazine. Or, you will get dressed and realize that life is incomplete without the sweater you bought several bra sizes ago. You will not need these things. You will forget them. You will have a happy, healthy life without them. Your 6th pair of jeans (darker than some, lighter than others) can find a new home. The one sweet letter that your former lover sent you before you found out that he was cheating isn’t really a keeper either. And, there are jean stores and other lovers to explore.
2. You believe that these things have meaning. In psychology, we are big on meaning. It is my business to appreciate, to make and to understand meaning so, if I say, don’t overdo meaning, trust me. Sure, your grandmother’s necklace has meaning but, does the soap that you took from the Marriott? Does the single leopard print sock? Does the tee shirt from college? Do these things have significance? Probably not, and even if they do, isn’t it time to make room for new meanings?
Be brave, get rid of stuff. Declutter. Make room. Create some space. Allow something new to enter your life.
*To read more from Dr. Edelstein check out her new blog Life Ain't For Sissies
Monday, November 22, 2010
Sunday, November 21, 2010
*As with all herbal remedies this is a general recommendation so check with a Chinese Medicine practioner before you begin.
Friday, November 19, 2010
Thursday, November 18, 2010
The American Journal of Gastroenterology Reports; Chinese Medicine Is An Effective Treatment For Constipation
The American Journal of Gastroenterology, (2 November 2010) just published a study that found a Chinese Herbal Medicine – the hemp seed pill – to be an effective treatment for constipation. Trial 1 determined the optimal dosage of hemp seed pill from among three dosages. Trial 2, a randomized double-blind study, compared 2 sets of participants (experimental and placebo) for 2 weeks and 8 weeks with an an 8-week follow-up. The group receiving the Chinese Medicine showed a statistically significant decrease in severity of constipation and straining of evacuation, and effective reduction in the use of rescue therapy when compared with placebo.
Tuesday, November 16, 2010
Monday, November 15, 2010
Qigong (also spelled Ch'i Kung and pronounced chee-gong,) means “energy work." It is both an art and science that uses breathing techniques, gentle, almost dance like movements, and meditation to clear, strengthen, and circulate the energy (Qi) in your body. It is a powerful system of healing developed in China that is finding its way into the U.S.. I know that many of you have heard about it and some of you have taken classes and workshops to learn the techniques.
Qigong focuses on repetitive movements and attention to breathing. This allows your mind to let go of intrusive thoughts and elicits the body’s relaxation response which includes a slower heart rate, lowered blood pressure, and drops in adrenaline and cortisol levels. Qigong practice can lead to better health and vitality and a more tranquil state of mind. In the past, qigong was also called nei gong (inner work) and dao yin (guiding energy).
Recently the Mayo clinic announced the results of two new studies which showed that this ancient practice can alleviate chronic pain.
Researchers from the University of Minnesota and the Mayo Clinic have found that an ancient Chinese practice can help patients’ chronic pain, specifically Qigong.
two new research studies, one by researchers from the University of Minnesota and the Mayo Clinic, have found that an ancient Chinese practice can help patients’ chronic pain. The practice is called Qigong. The specific style studied is Spring Forest Qigong.
“Subjects with chronic pain who received External Qigong experienced reduction in pain intensity following each Qigong treatment. This is especially impressive given the long duration of pain (>5 years), in the majority of subjects,” writes the study’s lead author, Ann Vincent, MD, MBBS, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN.
Seventy million Americans suffer with chronic pain everyday and as the doctors noted in their study, “Adequate clinical management of chronic pain is an on going challenge and a purely pharmaceutical approach has proven inadequate.”
Qigong is an ancient Chinese practice that promises to affect the body’s subtle energy system. Qi (pronounced – chee) also called ‘chi’ means energy. Gong means work. There are two types of Qigong, internal or personal practice and external. In external Qigong a practitioner uses his/her ability and knowledge to improve the flow of Qi for the person seeking help.
All of the external Qigong treatments in the study were conducted at the Spring Forest Qigong Center in Eden Prairie, MN. The treatments were provided primarily by Chunyi Lin, who is the creator of Spring Forest Qigong. His associate, Jim Nance, provided the remaining external qigong treatments. Nance is Lin’s student and both men are certified qigong masters.
Lin teaches both internal and external Qigong techniques to his students and maintains that he can teach anyone to do what he does. “Each and every one of us is born with the gift of healing. We can help ourselves to heal and we can help others to heal,” says Lin. “We just need to be made aware of this wonderful gift and learn how to use it.”
Lin has made public a training video where he explains the introductory, external Qigong technique he teaches to all of his students. His basic external Qigong technique is called “Sword Fingers.” You can view a 60 second introductory version of the video or the 9 minute teaching version at SwordFingers.com.
Another independent research study has found that Internal Qigong, or personal practice of Spring Forest Qigong techniques, also relieves chronic pain. This study, by nursing school professor Dr. Jane Coleman, is to be published in the Journal of Holistic Nursing. Dr. Coleman teaches nursing through the Minnesota Intercollegiate Nursing Consortium.
Read the story ~ Mayo Study Finds External Qigong Relieves Chronic Pain
Friday, November 12, 2010
Do you know what the stickers on your fruits and vegetables mean? I admit that until recently, I thought that they were placed on my apples to help the cashier scan items more efficiently. That may be true, but they are also useful to us and contain good information. Here is an article by Dr. Frank Lipman that explains the stickers very well.
~Although they seem like a nuisance, the stickers or labels attached to fruit and some vegetables have more of a function than helping scan the price at the checkout stand. The PLU code, or price lookup number printed on the sticker, also tells you how the fruit was grown. By reading the PLU code, you can tell if the fruit was genetically modified, organically grown or produced with chemical fertilizers, fungicides, or herbicides.
Here are the basics of what you should know:
- If there are only four numbers in the PLU, this means that the produce was grown conventionally or “traditionally” with the use of pesticides. The last four letters of the PLU code are simply what kind of vegetable or fruit. An example is that all bananas are labeled with the code of 4011.
- If there are five numbers in the PLU code, and the number starts with “8″, this tells you that the item is a genetically modified fruit or vegetable. Genetically modified fruits and vegetables trump being organic. So, it is possible to eat organic produce that are grown from genetically modified seeds. A genetically engineered (GE or GMO) banana would be: 84011
- If there are five numbers in the PLU code, and the number starts with “9″, this tells you that the produce was grown organically and is not genetically modified. An organic banana would be: 94011
Thursday, November 11, 2010
Tuesday, November 9, 2010
Recently I wrote about the inspiring work of the Acupuncture Relief Project in Nepal and have continued to stay informed about thier work. On their blog, Leith Nippes, volunteering for the 6th time, wrote about working during a monsoon. She says,
*Read more about Leith's adventures in Return To Nepal.
Sunday, November 7, 2010
If you, or anyone you know, has suffered from Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, you know what a debilitating, miserable disease it can be. People go through years of diagnosis and, until now, treatment has been spotty. One study has come out of China that suggests that acupuncture may possibly be efficient in treating chronic fatigue syndrome. Another study, conducted in the U.S., successfully used electro-acupuncture to combat Chronic Fatigue and a third study, using a meta analysis of 28 previous studies, also found acupuncture to be effective.
*You can read more about acupuncture and Chronic Fatigue here.
Friday, November 5, 2010
1. Have your water with no ice
"For digestion, our body needs the internal combustion of heat to transform the food and absorb the nutrients through our intestines. Ice, when ingested, becomes a coagulant and constricts our blood vessels and internal organs. The coldness of ice hinders the digestive process." ~ Sat Hon
2. Drink ginger tea
Ginger has been taken as a medicinal by numerous cultures for thousands of years. This amazing spice is anti-inflammatory and has the ability to relieve many ailments. Including; headaches, nausea, menstrual cramps, morning sickness and much more.
3. Live in harmony with the seasons
Autumn is the time to start slowing down and preparing for winter. The Winter months can be valuable for rest and rejuvenation. Spring, is a time to become more active again, leave your winter hibernation and appreciate nature beginning to blossom. Summer, a time we all look forward to here in Chicago, is the time to expand and expend the most energy in your activities. Than the cycle starts again...
4. Drink Green tea
There has been much research on the anti-carcinogenic qualities of green tea. Studies of people in Asia who drink copious amounts of green tea daily show a correlation between green tea consumption and lower rates of a variety of cancers. Green tea is easy to find and can be purchased in most grocery stores and health food stores. It is refreshing and can be drunk iced or hot. Green tea has a small amount of caffeine and can help anyone who is attempting to quit or cut back on coffee, caffeinated colas, or black tea.
5. Wear scarves around your neck and socks on your feet !
Keeping your feet warm is especially important for women during their menstrual cycle. Cold enters from the base of the neck and from bare feet on a cold floor. The advice of traditional Chinese medicine is: Any time you feel a breeze on the back of your neck, move away from it or cover up.
~ Kaibara Ekiken, 17th century Samurai & Acupuncturist (Yojokun: Life Lessons from a Samurai)
6. Get good sleep regularly.
Your body repairs best at night so allow plenty of time for it to do so. Good sleep patterns follow nature. Morning is bright and the most Yang time of day, indicating activity. Night is the dark period, a time to slow down and enter the Yin phase of the day.
Wednesday, November 3, 2010
Monday, November 1, 2010
Here in Chicago I use Chinese Medicine to improve the fertility of my patients all the time. Well it seems the starlets and songbirds of Hollywood are doing the same. Celine Dion recently gave birth to twins and credited acupuncture for helping her achieve her precious goal. Now Mariah Carey is saying that Celine inspired her to her to use acupuncture to conceive, and guess what... she's pregnant !
Mariah Carey has new mom Celine Dion to thank for her pregnancy - she tried acupuncture to help her conceive after hearing the Canadian superstar rave about the treatment.
After suffering a miscarriage in 2008, Carey started looking for fertility advice - and she found it in a most unlikely place.
The "Hero" singer tells Access Hollywood, "Celine was talking about acupuncture. I used to get acupuncture, and I had never thought (of it) with regards to the trying to conceive situation.
"I was (getting acupuncture), like, once a day at least. It was on a schedule, everything. For the first time in my life, I spent time in one place."
Carey admits the regular treatment helped her battle stress, and she's sure that helped her get pregnant.
The star adds, "People who know me would be like, 'You scheduled acupuncture at a certain time every day? You stayed in one place?"
Read more about Mariah's acupuncture treatment here.