Understanding Chinese Medicine

Understanding Chinese Medicine

Chinese Medicine dates back almost 5000 years to such legendary figures as Shen Nong (The Divine Farmer), and Huang Di (The Yellow Emperor). It’s  basic concepts were established at a time when people lived closer to nature and the changing seasons – perhaps they were more in harmony with their surroundings than we are today. Energy flow, close association with basic elemental forces, and the influence of heat and cold, were all believed to have a great influence on well-being. Read more

Tips To Keep Healthy In The Winter

Traditional Chinese Medicine states that people should live in harmony with their environment.

During winter, this means slowing down in the colder months, deeply nourishing yourself, and keeping warm and well rested in order to plant the seeds for renewed vitality in the new year.

According to Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), the different seasons are associated with the five elements: Fire, Earth, Wood, Metal and Water.

The winter season is connected to the Water element.

Winter is the season for inward reflection; a time to replenish ones mind, body and spirit.

With busy schedules and hectic lives we cannot expect our bodies to keep up without giving it the time and rest it needs.

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What is Moxibustion Traditional Therapy

If you’ve spent any time researching Chinese medicine, you might have come across a therapy called moxibustion. In general, moxibustion doesn’t get as much press coverage as acupuncture or some Chinese herbal treatments, but this soothing technique has a wealth of health benefit.

Medical experiments have shown that Moxibustion exerts much wider and stronger effect on overall biochemical changes in the body than acupuncture:

  • It increases the production of white blood cells.
  • Moxa increases the production of red blood cells and hemoglobin.
  • Moxa improves the overall blood and lymph circulations and the capacity to produce antibodies.

It may be worth your while to come try moxibustion, particularly if you suffer from stubborn health problems. Huang Di Nei Jing Ling Shu, a Chinese medical text from around 100 BCE, states that “A disease that may not be treated by acupuncture may be treated by moxibustion.” Today, moxibustion is often used for those who have found no success with (or are too sensitive to) either drug treatments or acupuncture. Read more

Treating Menstrual Problems The Traditional Chinese Medicine Way

Every woman has a menstrual period, but not every woman has an smooth, regular or painless one. Mentrual problems are the most common disease in gynecology.

What is a normal menstrual cycle?

  • A normal cycle is from 21-35 days in length (most common is 28 days).
  • Day 1 is considered to be when the menstrual bleeding begins.
  • The menstrual bleeding should be free from pain and discomforts and last from 2-6 days.
  • Average blood loss of 20-60ml

Menstrual problems refer to problems involving:

  • Length of cycle
  • Amount of menstrual bleeding
  • Painful menstruation
  • PMS: Premenstrual syndrome

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Preventing Breast Cancer the Traditional Chinese Medicine Way

The National Cancer Institute estimates that 1 in 8 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime.  So what alternatives does Chinese medicine offer for breast cancer prevention?

When we consider cancer in Chinese medicine, we characterize tumors as an accumulation of stagnant Qi and Blood, and usually phlegm and dampness, that has become very dense. This long-standing mass of static Blood builds up heat over time due to the lack of free flow – so much heat that it damages the surrounding tissue.

We call this toxic heat or heat toxicity. This is typically allowed to happen against a backdrop of inherent Qi deficiency, meaning the immune function is too weak to break up these clumps of toxic heat and Blood, ie. cancer cells.

The breasts are governed by the Liver, with the Liver Meridian passing directly through the breast tissue. As you may know, the Liver is the organ responsible for ensuring free flow of Qi and Blood through the Meridians, and so dysfunction of the Liver leads to Qi stagnation.

The Liver meridian itself is particularly susceptible to stagnation – that is why women experience breast tenderness or develop (temporary) breast lumps during their premenstrual period.

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