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How Blocked Qi Derails Health And Well-Being

How Blocked Qi Derails Health And Well-Being

Mar 13, 2013 by

Although it sounds mystical and even nonsensical to Westerners, the concept of qi (also called chi) is part and parcel of Chinese culture and Eastern medicine. As an overriding concept, qi represents energy. It is the motive force of all that is, animating the world, the universe. It is what keeps the lungs expanding and contracting, the heart beating, the blood pumping, the fingers able to grasp something. Like air and electricity, it is not visible, so people find it hard to believe and understand. But you can feel the air as wind and feel the shock of electricity: In these cases and in the case of qi, feeling is believing. When the body hurts or illness takes hold, Chinese medicine...
Acupuncture For Hay Fever

Acupuncture For Hay Fever

Mar 13, 2013 by

If you suffer with the sniffles, stuffy nose, painful sinuses and other discomforts from pollen allergies, research into the benefits of acupuncture show that this traditional therapy may offer a modicum of relief. When scientists tested more than 400 people to see if acupuncture could help ease their hay fever symptoms, they found that treatment with acupuncture’s tiny needles did, indeed, offer measureable help. As a result, the people in the study who received acupuncture were less likely to have to use antihistamines to feel better. The only catch to the findings: The benefits of acupuncture seemed to wear off fairly quickly. To keep feeling better, the scientists found, you have...
Acupuncture Helps You Exercise

Acupuncture Helps You Exercise

Feb 26, 2013 by

The tiny needles used in acupuncture may be able to help you exercise with less pain, move more quickly and recover more rapidly. A review of research that looked at how acupuncture may help you with a workout finds that this ancient technique may have significant benefits. Although more studies need to be done, the exercise physiologists found evidence that acupuncture could ease recovery after physical activity, reduce blood lactate, improve heart rate and boost oxygen consumption. The researchers believe that double blind studies looking at acupuncture’s effects may confirm its...
Finding Balance After A Stroke

Finding Balance After A Stroke

Feb 11, 2013 by

Tai Chi, a martial art dating back to ancient China, may help adult stroke survivors avoid debilitating falls and improve quality of life, based on findings presented at the American Stroke Association’s International Stroke Conference. "Learning how to find and maintain your balance after a stroke is a challenge," says researcher Ruth E. Taylor-Piliae, Ph.D., at the University of Arizona College of Nursing in Tucson, Ariz. "Tai Chi is effective in improving both static and dynamic balance, which is important to prevent falls. Tai Chi is readily available in most U.S. cities and is relatively inexpensive." For the study, 89 stroke survivors with an average age of 70 were divided into...
Winter Wellness: Seasonal Vitality Secrets For Greater Health And Energy

Winter Wellness: Seasonal Vitality Secrets For Greater Health And Energy

Feb 08, 2013 by

The past months have delivered extremely cold arctic weather to much of the United States. With Groundhog Day behind us, experts forecast another six weeks of winter or more. In the face of this weather, bolstering immunity, protecting the heart and keeping spirits up are the main health concerns for most of us this time of year. But there’s greater wellness, energy and vitality to be had during the winter, according to traditional Chinese medicine (TCM). This elevated level of health can be reached by following time-honored practices that align us with nature, nourishing body, mind and spirit with the energies of each season. In the winter, this means slowing down, deeply...
Science Proves Ancient Chinese Herbal Remedy Works Wonders

Science Proves Ancient Chinese Herbal Remedy Works Wonders

Dec 27, 2012 by

For over 2,000 years a Chinese herbal medicine referred to as Chang Shan has been used to treat fevers associated with malaria.  Now research at The Scripps Research Institute(TSRI) has confirmed how and why this traditional remedy works. Information published in the journal Nature reveals that halofuginone, a compound found in Chang Shan, halts a process that allows organisms to synthesize a protein they need to live. It appears that the halofuginone-like chemical interferes with the same process in malaria parasites, killing them in an infected person’s bloodstream. “Our new results solved a mystery that has puzzled people about the mechanism of action of a medicine that has been...
Traditional Chinese Medicine Treats The Whole Person

Traditional Chinese Medicine Treats The Whole Person

Dec 12, 2012 by

In Western medicine, we often think in terms of individual symptoms of illness and look for their relief one at a time. If you have a headache, you seek an analgesic. If you experience acid reflux, you reach for an antacid. If you can’t sleep, you take a sleep aid. In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), that kind of nearsighted focus on a single specific health concern is considered an inferior sort of medicine. Eastern medicine is a holistic healing practice that sees the body as an interrelated whole. In TCM, a headache cannot be considered as separate from things like reflux and insomnia. Indeed, they are all part of a pattern of imbalance and, when grouped together, form a...
Modern Science Shows Ancient Secrets Of Chai Tea

Modern Science Shows Ancient Secrets Of Chai Tea

Dec 07, 2012 by

Chai tea has been a staple in India for thousands of years, and today it is enjoyed throughout the world as an uplifting and health-promoting beverage. But what is it that makes chai such an excellent wellness tonic? A powerful blend of tea, herbs and spices, chai has been cherished for centuries in the East as a soothing way to preserve health and increase peace of mind. But the more we learn about the ingredients in chai, the more benefits we discover. Chai improves digestion, enhances the immune system, fights inflammation and has antioxidant properties. It has also been suggested that chai has antibacterial and anti-cancer effects. Chai can be made using various recipes. Usually, the...
The Real Solutions To Your Pain And Health Problems

The Real Solutions To Your Pain And Health Problems

Nov 07, 2012 by

The other night, a close friend of mine had “the worst headache in his life.” When he told me about it a week later, he said the headache awakened him at 2 a.m. and left him up all night in pain, scraping his head against the carpet to find relief. Eventually, he vomited. He told me the headache lasted three days and he ended up experiencing severe stomach pain, acid reflux, burning in his intestines and diarrhea from the amount of medicine he took to relieve the pain. The pain meds did not work, but he kept trying and eventually took too many, leading to a new and different collateral issue. He called me to ask why the medications had not worked and how such a headache can last for so...
Acupuncture For Prostatitis

Acupuncture For Prostatitis

Nov 01, 2012 by

If you are experiencing pain and other symptoms of prostatitis, perhaps you are wondering why you would subject yourself to being stuck with needles. However, study after study has shown that acupuncture for prostatitis is an effective (and, yes, nearly painless) way to manage this common prostate disorder. What Is Prostatitis? Prostatitis is a general term for inflammation of the prostate gland. Estimates of how many men experience prostatitis vary, but autopsy studies have placed the prevalence at 64 to 86 percent. [1] Of the four types of prostatitis (acute bacterial, chronic bacterial, chronic nonbacterial prostatitis/chronic pelvic pain syndrome (CP/CPPS), and inflammatory...

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