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The Issue Regarding Cupping Therapy Body Marks

When it comes to cupping therapy, the most common issue regarding the use of this procedure is the marks it leaves on the body.

Bleeding often causes deep bruises when this treatment is administered and injuries develop deep in the muscle.  Edema also develops in the body part where there is coagulation of sticky proteins. The combined presence of these elements often leads to a slowdown in the blood flow to the area – resulting in chronic conditions, dysfunction, and pain.

The suction involved in the therapy pulls up the sticky fluids and stagnant old blood from the area, drawing the, away from the injury and bringing them towards the skin surface in order to restore free and healthy circulation to the site of treatment that in turn creates space for nutrients, healthy cells, and fresh oxygen for speedier recovery.

Toxins, pathogenic elements, cellular debris and dead stagnant lymph and blood develop where there are static and dead blood and lymph. Cupping creates marks suggesting the disease or stagnation has been moved to the skin surface from the deeper tissue layers.

This is a minor problem in many countries. Practitioners have experienced the amazing detoxifying effects of suction therapy themselves. However, in some developed nations, where allopathic treatments are the preferred forms of treatment over the more natural and holistic techniques, these skin discolorations are mistaken for injury rather than the result of negative elements being sucked to the surface of the skin. These discolorations are sometimes mistaken for bruises caused by injury to the body. However, once people know what these marks signify, their worries evaporate.

The marks’ pattern and color may vary based upon the degree of stagnation in the area, and may range from a bright reddish to dark purplish color that may last about four days to a week – or if the person is sedentary or very sick, even longer. If stagnation is present, there will only be some pink markings that vanish within a few minutes to a few hours.

If the person undergoing a procedure perspires a lot on every day – no marks may ever develop.

People who were exposed to a heavy dose of toxic material or have been playing, working, or living in a toxic environment may easily develop marks.

Areas where there is an old injury or old trauma may need many sessions of Cupping therapies in order to eliminate all forms of stagnation. In follow-up treatments, you may find marks getting lighter little by little as the pathogens are systemically expelled from the body. 

Ni Nan Gilbert is a licensed acupuncturist in Bellmore, NY with certification in Chinese Herbology and over 16 years experience in traditional Chinese medicine.

Tips On How To Eliminate Negative Energy In Your Home

How do you remove negative energy in your home? Succeed in this effort by applying feng shui cures and applications.

Determining Where the Problem Area Lies

We first need to determine if any negative energy exists in your home and if so, where that energy is located.

Types of Negative Energy

Negative energy can be caused by a variety of factors and can come in all shapes and forms. Remedy or rectify this negative energy with feng shui cures and solutions.

Obstructed Flow of Energy

Blocked energy is the most common cause of sha or negative energy.

More often than not, Sha’s main cause is clutter that traps energy and blocks its natural flow. Energy, like air, circulates throughout your home, and if it encounters clutter such as a stack of old newspapers, it won’t be able to move freely and can become trapped. Stagnant energy is then created which, until you get rid of the clutter, continues to build-up in your home.

Once the clutter is taken care of, the flow of energy is restored and you home once again enjoys a constant supply of natural positive chi and the Sha is carried away by the positive energy flow.

Stagnant Energy

A messy unclean home also generates stagnant energy.

Factors that can Produce Stagnant Energy in Your Home:

  • Pet fur or hair
  • Dust
  • Stack(s) of Dirty dishes in a sink
  • Pile(s) of Dirty clothes on the floor
  • Debris that comes in from the outside
  • Cobwebs

Solving this kind of energy problem is simple. Clean regularly. Avoid the piling of dirty dishes in the sink. Perform chores like doing the laundry. So that chi doesn’t stagnate and turn to sha in your home, dust frequently, vacuum, and wash the floors.

Obstructed Passages

Placing objects or furniture in a pathway is a huge factor in the creation of negative energy in your home. You can draw a layout of your home if you’re not too sure if it has blocked passages. Denote the location of each window and door. Now, from room to room and door to door, inspect the pathways. Do you and other people need to go around a furniture or object when you have to walk across the room to get to another room? Is there furniture or an object in the natural passage from the living room to the kitchen? If you can mentally observe chi entering your home and trying to maneuver around objects or furniture or other obstacles, you would surmise that its flow would slow down. It slows down even more when more and more objects block its natural flow through the room.

Windows can be another cause of blocked pathways in your home. If you place a bed in front of a window, the bed can disrupt the flow of energy in and out of the room, which can also disrupt your sleep. A sofa that blocks a part of a window also obstructs energy and generates sha.

Poison Arrows

Sharp columns, corners, and angles can generate a type of sha called poison arrows. Sharp angles rechannel chi funneling it into a mighty thrust that converts positive chi into negative chi. You’ll likely be plagued by ill health and sleeping problems if your bed is in the direct path of a poison arrow.

External Factors that Cause Negative Energy

From the point of view of feng shui, your outer surroundings are the most important factors which may influence the flow of positive chi into your home. If there are issues in your external surroundings that haven’t been addressed, the negative impact to you, your family, and your home can never be neutralized or countered with any amount or form of interior feng shui cures and applications.

External Poison Arrows

Yes, certain external factors can also become poison arrows pointed at your home. The home of a neighbor or an outbuilding having sharp corners that directly point to your home is a poison arrow. Places affiliated with negative energy such as a hospital, landfill, or cemetery generate poison arrows as well. Intersecting roads and streets directly across your home produces a poison-arrow effect aimed at your home. Hanging a bagua mirror outside a window directly facing the poison arrows is the best way to neutralize external poison arrows from another edifice or structure. The mirror bounces the poison back to its place of origin and protects your home.

An intersection or a dead-end road in front of your driveway can create a poison arrow at your home. Placing a large rock with a couple or more trees in a berm-effect between the road or street and your home can mitigate the effect of the poison arrow. Just be sure the landscape you create is an attractive one. The sha can also be weakened by creating a space of tranquility between the street and your home.

Negative Chi and Flying Star

According to feng shui practitioners, because it makes use of the date your home was built, the Xuan Kong Flying Star is the most accurate way to create a chart. The movement of the stars can bring about negative effects in places that were previously filled with positive chi. Feng shui experts can create charts based on monthly, yearly, or 20-year periods.

Negative Effects of Flying Star and the Cures

You can rectify the adverse effects of flying stars by filling a glass container with water and salt. Then place six Chinese coins tied together by a red ribbon into the salt water and wait until your chart shows that the star has moved.

Eliminating Negative Energy in Your Home

You can convert sha into positive chi in your home by following these helpful tips:

  • Replace worn out equipment
  • Repair broken fixtures, locks, doors
  • Remove plants with pointed or sharp leaves
  • Make your bed each morning
  • Keep drawers organized and free of clutter
  • Keep bathroom door closed at all times and hang a full-length mirror on the inside of your door
  • Keep appliances in good working order
  • Keep all drains and faucets in good working order
  • Fix any drips or leaks
  • Remove floral arrangements that have dried and take out of dead flowers
  • Close toilet lid after flushing and keep closed when not in use

Living without Sha

It may seem like a huge task eliminating any trace of negative energy in your home, but with resolve and constant effort, you can.

Christina Prieto is an Orlando acupuncturist, a certified Yoga instructor and the founder of Harmony Wellness center in central Florida.

Erotic Massage For A More Satisfying And Gratifying Sexual Experience

The technique of giving a sexual or sensual massage to your partner to give him or her a night to remember is actually an art form. First, along with dim lights, you need to make the environment comfortable but stimulating. Light you room with red or yellow candles and clean it. To set the proper mood, play some soft romantic music. Then, begin the art of sensual massage by rubbing softly your partner’s head and face. Avoid oils!

Comb his or her hair with your fingers and then gently put your tongue in his ears. The ears are the most sensual/erotic spot in the body that easily arouses a person! Then, make your partner lie down and massage her/his upper back and neck.

Gently massage the abdomen and chest and avoid hurting him/her. When your hands are getting closer to the genitals, tighten your grip because in this area you need your touch to be pleasurable but strong. Smile naughtily at him/her and use your mouth and hands to make them crazy and arouse their erogenous areas.

To make them lounge for more and increase their anticipation, start over with the sensitive areas with very gentle touches, all these after giving this sensual massage. Be bold trying out techniques of your own, if you have one. Your own creativity is sometimes much better than the instructions from a book! You know the things that sexually arouses your partner and how to turn them on in the right way. So be imaginative and master the art of sensual massage!

Also known as sexual or sensual massage, erotic massage is a method to create sensuousness in the body. These techniques were used for medical purposes before but now, sexual partners use these techniques for lovemaking. These massages are administered in certain regions of the body to raise sexual feelings. In men, the genitals are the most important areas, while in women, it is their crotch and breasts.

Erotic massage is mainly used for sex therapy, it facilitates the capacity of a man to respond to the sensitivities and arouses the sensuousness. These sexual massages are used to the hilt on men to treat premature ejaculation and erectile dysfunction. Premature ejaculation often frustrates the woman since she ends up unsatisfied. The techniques promoted in sexual massage is to relax the muscle structure of his pelvic girdle, which prolongs foreplay and boost satisfaction.

One can find erotic massages at parlors that provide sex services or at erotic massage parlors. Standard massage do not offer these services. Since they are discreetly hidden from view, you need to search online for the nearest sexual massage parlors in your area. Erotic massage is a technique to help you gain or achieve orgasm through sexual intercourse, oral sex, or masturbation.

Blue Mountain Acupuncture
2200 Melrose St Suite 9
Walla Walla, WA 99362
Phone: (509) 876-4597

Treat Thyroid Disorders The Natural Way With Acupressure Therapy

Acupressure therapy plays an important role in the treatment of diseases like thyroid conditions that don’t often reveal any symptoms at earlier stages. Thyroid problems are not uncommon in some people. The thyroid gland produces hormones that help regulate the metabolism of our body and virtually affect every organ system in the body. These hormones are responsible for how slow or fast the organs should work. They also auto correct the production of heat and oxygen consumption of the body. An underactive or overactive thyroid and other thyroid disorders, can impact metabolism severely.

Acupressure is an ancient Eastern form of medicine that can help treat health problems like thyroid conditions whose symptoms don’t often appear at earlier stages.  A person with a problematic thyroid gland may gain a lot of weight because of weak metabolism and be more noticeably tired.

Thyroid disorders can lead to obesity and changes in metabolism among other problems. In certain scientific studies, hypothyroidism, a thyroid disorder has been proven to cause weight gain. The thyroid hormones are important endocrine hormones required for a number of physiological functions. They are also needed for synthesis of certain enzymes and increasing the rate of metabolism in the body.

Fortunately, there are natural cures for hypothyroidism, which include acupressure, naturopathy, and yoga, although lab tests must first be done in order to confirm its diagnosis.

The thyroid gland is located on the front of the nick just under the skin. It is responsible for how the body functions and for controlling metabolism. It achieves these responsibilities by manufacturing hormones that tell the body how to use energy and how fast to work. Energy that was not utilized is converted into fat.

A malfunctioning thyroid produces hormones that cause the body to slow down and bring about the following symptoms:

  • Hair loss
  • Weight gain
  • Fatigue
  • Difficulty remembering and concentrating
  • Depression
  • Constipation
  • Cold feet and hands
  • Anxiety

The list can go on and may include disorders in the female reproductive system, including endometriosis, menstrual disorders, and breast cancer.

Hypothyroidism leads to the underproduction of thyroid hormones. Since thyroid hormones govern metabolism and jump start energy production, their deficiency can lead to fatigue followed by lethargy and apathy.

Using Acupressure Therapy to Detect Thyroid Problems  

One major benefit of acupressure is that both treatment and detection of disease are performed the same way. Pain or tenderness in the area of the thyroid gland can point to a thyroid problem.

For treatment of thyroid conditions, the therapist will use certain acupressure points in the patient’s body. One acupressure point or acupoint that can help treat thyroid problems is found between the center of the eyes. This point can activate the function of the pituitary gland.

The K 27 is a thyroid acupoint commonly used in the treatment of thyroid disorders. For three times each day, apply pressure on the K 27 acupoints bilaterally eight to ten times.

One other acupoint that can be used to treat thyroid conditions can be found on the back of your neck, (just over the vertebra that when you tilt your head forward, forms a bump). Stimulating this point will result in the freeing of any accumulated energy and bring back the smooth flow of chi to the thyroid gland. Feel the parts on both sides of your body as well as  the bony protrusion until you feel tender areas. Massage these points first, then press and hold them until you experience a soothing numbness emanating from these points. It may take a few minutes before relief is felt in this area if you haven’t worked on these acupoints before.               

The acupoints near your feet’s big toes should also be pressed.

Remember to seek acupressure treatment only from a qualified Chinese medicine therapist or practitioner for your thyroid problems.

When you learn how to activate your own acupressure points, you can alleviate light to moderate ailments on your own, and lessen the intake of prescription and nonprescription medications. With acupressure therapy, relief is usually instantaneous, unlike most drugs.

Acupuncture Health Center
1303 Astor St #101
Bellingham, WA 98225
(360) 715-1824

Overcoming Grief Through Chinese Nutritional Therapy

Last August, my younger brother passed away. My mother died 24 years ago and my dad, almost a decade since. The death of my brother was especially painful considering he was only 54 years old when he died of a heart attack, which the autopsy allegedly revealed.  Several years back, I also lost the mother of my children as well as my youngest child due to childbirth difficulties. We never married but she was the mother of my children. The death of my youngest was devastating. She entered the world suffering from severe cerebral palsy, and the part of her brain that controlled motor functions was damaged.  She was placed in the ICU for newborn babies where she never came out alive. Her complications were so severe that she could not perform basic physiological functions like gagging when something was forced down her throat. Her breathing was so feeble that she needed a respirator to survive. She had a special nurse who attended to her most basic needs. She died three months after she was born. Both my parents died young also. My mother barely reached 60 years of age before she succumbed to complications brought about by breast cancer, and my dad suffered a massive heart attack in his early 70s. I am no stranger to grief.

We all have lost people and animals we love. It is part of life. The promise of seeing all of them someday is the only thing that gives me the solace and what I need to prevent falling into sadness and despair. Their loss has taught me to love the ones I love even more. My eldest daughter Mary is the treasure of my life and my pet beloved cat Kitty Witty is the only soul who stays with me in every single day of my life here on earth. I dread the thought of my daughter departing from me one day as well as the thought of leaving her all alone in this dog eat dog world.

I admit there were people close to me who have left this world that I have not fully grieved. I did not cry when my mom passed away since I knew she wanted to die and that her cancer was at the terminal stage and that she wanted to end all her sufferings.  She hid her cancer from us, her family, which indicated that she was not happy with her life. I could not blame my father for my mother’s unhappiness since he himself was the product of a harsh and brutal life. In fact, it was the death of my father that me made cry so hard I almost fainted from grief. You see, when he died, I was living in another country and although he had been suffering from heart disease for years, his death still caught me by surprise. I had an issue with my passport then that prevented me from going home to attend his funeral and burial.  

As far as I know, only humans are capable of feeling grief when a loved one dies. Other mammaIs like the elephant also exhibit this trait, but we really don’t know for sure if it’s grief they are experiencing when a member of their herd dies.  The natural, complex cycle of life and death and the fact that we can’t change it is how we accept, adapt, and move on in a world that is in constant change. Yet somehow, we can’t seem to get over it completely.

In Marlton traditional Chinese medicine, grief is the emotion of the Metal element/Lung organ system (large intestine/lung). The Lung system pertains to release or letting go (large intestine is to bowel movements, and lungs is to expiration) and moving on. When it comes to the Five Element theory, people have their own unique constitution in which they are more of a certain element than any other element.  When I evaluated myself, I found out I was more of a Metal element person. This implied I was prone to avoiding disappointments, self-criticism, obsessive-compulsive behavior, inability to let go (as evidenced by constantly tight muscles), inflammation & sinus discomfort, and to hold on to the idea of how things ought to be rather than as they are (unresolved issues, living in the past).

Grief that is unreleased causes problems in letting go and weakens the lungs. We may manifest illogical predilections and be concerned about things unrelated to us. Unreleased grief forces the lungs to generate stagnation (constriction/tension) in the upper chest cavity, which prevents Chi from flowing smoothly throughout the body. This can lead to a number of issues: conditions in the lymphatic, vascular, skin (integumentary), and respiratory systems.

Depending on your imbalance, which for me is an excess of the Metal element, you’ll realize that there are certain foods that are good and foods that are bad for you. For an excess Metal person, foods that should not be eaten are bitter/warming foods (several autumn vegetables), sour foods (pickled foods) and warming/bitter drinks (herbal/decaf coffee). In my case, I prefer Fire element (spicy) foods, since the climate these days is colder and I catch cold more easily. I need to consume lots of Earth element foods from the sweet full section to shield myself against dryness, and to moisten and warm myself. Some Earth element foods include almonds, wheat, alfalfa sprouts, walnuts, apples, sweet potato/yam, bananas, squash, bok choy, rice, brown sugar, red meat, cauliflower, pears, chicken, peaches, coconut, papaya, corn, mushrooms (shiitake, white fungus), cucumber, molasses, dates, millet, eggplant, legumes, figs, and honey.

Also included in my diet are cooking herbs which many are my favorites: nutmeg, anise, licorice root, cardamom, ginger, fennel, clove, and cinnamon

Once the imbalance is rectified, to overcome my grief and strengthen my lungs, I can add a few pungent foods from the Metal element category.

Paida And Lajin Self-Healing Therapeutic Exercises

The best way to good health is to remain healthy.  But in the event you become ill, the conventional way we handle things, both in Cleveland TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine) and Western medicine, is to go see a physician and have him or her prescribe some type of medication for you or perform some kind of surgery on you.  For addressing sickness, the conventional paradigm requires medical attention and help from traditionally, a licensed medical practitioner/doctor.  Wouldn’t it be a good idea if you have the means to cure your illnesses by yourself?  Is this merely wishful thinking just a fantasy?  Maybe, maybe not.  A man named Hongchi Xiao with a very interesting background, who in over the last decade, had been taught by several renowned medical doctors and masters throughout China and other countries of the world, including a lot recluses but with unique skills in the healing arts.  He not only learned acupressure, acupuncture and traditional Chinese medicine, but has been taught and mastered Paida and Lajin self-healing therapies.  In Chinese, Paida means to slap and pat a person’s body parts and Laijin means to stretch your ligaments and tendons.

Hongchi Xiao has helped to resuscitate and made accessible to the public these age-old self-healing practices.  He has helped set up over a hundred successful workshops in various locations in Taiwan and China, as well as in the U.S, Switzerland, Germany, Malaysia, and Singapore. Legions have participated and benefited tremendously from these workshops.  In addition, aside from its effectiveness in curing illnesses, they also can detect health problems including the ones that have not obviously manifested.  Hence, these same group of exercises can be utilized to recognize and treat diseases, cure illnesses, and help maintain good health.  This article is an introduction to these exercises.

Before we proceed with the exercises, we need to discuss the background of Mr. Hongchi Xiao.  He was born in the Chinese province of Hubei and graduated from the University of Int’l Business and Economics in 1985. He worked in Jiangxi, Beijing and Tibet as a village school teacher, government official, and university lecturer. He later, he went to the States and acquired his MBA in 1990 from the American Graduate School of Int’l Management.  Then for more than ten years, Mr.  Xiao worked as an investment banker in Los Angeles, New York, Hong Kong, Shanghai and Beijing.

He collaborated with legendary director Ang Lee in 2006, and made a fruitful pitch for the concept proposal for the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

Although he has no educational background in medicine, he always had some connection to medicine, as his mother is a Western medical physician and his uncle, a Chinese doctor.  He had a special interest in TCM ever since he was a child.  Beginning around ten years ago, a chain of events caused him to take an extraordinary mission throughout China, and in other countries of the world, to rediscover and learn TCM.  He moved about aimlessly as a vagabond to temples, monasteries, and even in the forests of China and other areas of the world to search for and reach out to masters of TCM.  From them, he was able to learn and eventually master a wide variety of TCM practices, including unusual acupressure and acupuncture techniques and theories, Paida and Lajin self-healing therapies, needle-knife technique, and bone-setting therapies.

Of all the therapies that he learned, the Paida and Lajin self-healing techniques were the most interesting to him, simply due to the fact it is a DIY or a do-it-yourself method.  You are the captain of your own health; these practices will help you perform diagnostics on your health and help treat your illnesses.

The primary recorded study of TCM is the Yellow Emperor’s Journal of Internal Medicine or the Huang Di Nei Jing written over two millennia ago.  The Paida and Lajin self-healing techniques is founded on the principles of TCM (meridians, qi or chi, yin and yang) in which illnesses and disease are caused by imbalances and problems in the flow of these TCM concepts.  The human body has 14 primary energy channels or meridians.  Some of the benefits of Paida and Lajin self-healing techniques is that it isn’t necessary for you to know where each of the meridians are located, since they impact all the meridians anyway.

As earlier mentioned, Paida means to slap or pat parts of your body.  This exercise forces out and eliminates toxic substances in the body to bring back health and promotes unobstructed flow of chi in the meridians of the body.  The slapped and patted body areas will automatically gather blood and chi together, and then speed up circulation.  The accelerated chi flow can scan the body and clear out the blocked meridians, leading to a clearing of tumors, illnesses, and toxic body waste.  After Paida, symptoms of those illnesses and toxic body waste are manifested in the skin as greyish or darkish dots or spots.  Therefore, performing the Paida exercises can also help you be aware of early signs of sickness, occasionally, at an early stage when Western medicine methods may not be able to identify them.

Lajin means to stretch your ligaments and tendons.  Some practitioners say that stretching your ligaments and tendons (Jin) just by an inch will extend your lifespan by ten years.  A person dies when his Jin totally degenerates.  A set of Lajin exercises increases the flow of blood and chi within the body.  Good health is the product of a flexible Jin.  When this Jin dwindles, the body will exhibit a variety of symptoms including an inability to bend or extend the elbow, inability to squat down, muscle atrophy and contraction, back pain and stiffness, and neck pain and stiffness among others.  Therefore, performing Lajin exercises would help you be more aware of illness in your body, and many times, at an early stage when Western medicine techniques might not be able to detect them.

What health problems can be treated by the self-healing techniques of Paida and Lajin?  They can treat a wide range of illnesses because they blanket all the meridians.  In addition, because someone diagnosed with a certain illness may have multiple problems, you need to be careful with the name of a condition.  For instance, if you suffer from high blood pressure (or hypertension) you will often be told to take anti-hypertensive prescription medications.  However, many anti-hypertensive medications are also diuretics that could negatively affect the functions of the kidney.  This means, a person should really know the underlying issues that are causing his high blood pressure and use techniques to eliminate those underlying issues.

As we have mentioned at the start, Xiao has done over a hundred workshops in many parts of the world during the last three years.  The outcomes have been very encouraging.  For instance, here’s a part of the summary report from the organizers of Soweto Old Age Home workshop in South Africa:  “All the participants experienced benefits from the Paida and Lajin classes.  They are no longer dependent on others and can move again without outside help.  Some who are wheelchair bound can now walk without walkers.  What‘s noteworthy is that the patients who suffered strokes are much improved and are expected to fully recover over the coming months.  Noted also is that their spirit and mood have improved a lot.”

In fact, the outcomes have been so promising that many people asked the organizers whether they’re only announcing the treatments that are successful.  Xiao and his collaborators have asked medical experts to come to his workshops to document observations, perform tests, and take measurements.  No one has yet taken up his offers, unfortunately.

We believe that it won’t take long before the medical establishment takes seriously what Xiao and his team are claiming.  They are willing to perform the required experiments and observations.  These claims will be modified, refuted or verified.  If the Paida and Lajing self-healing exercises show even just a fraction of the benefits that Xiao and his team are asserting, then this will be already considered a major turn of events and will have huge benefits with respect to the cost of our healthcare and our health.

Health Benefits For The Elderly Offered Through Kung Fu Practice

The earlier in life you begin performing internal styles of kung fu, the greater your mental and physical abilities will be in old age. Unfortunately, many individuals ignore this fact not until their physical strength and natural healing abilities start to weaken.

Just to Feel Better or a Wake-up Call

Suddenly, you wake up in the middle of the night. Your body is under extreme discomfort and pain from an injury that you thought would heal within a couple of days still persists for more than a week now. You feel totally run down for days until the weekend when your body, already exhausted due to lack of rest or sleep, can rest and sleep for a few days. Or perhaps, you’ve been frequently suffering from a viral infection like the cold or flu for a while now. Anxiety and overall stress appear to linger for an extended period of time while your libido declines.

If you experience problems like these, it means the aging process has taken its toll on your body due to unhealthy habits, which you’ve been doing when you were young . Now those signs of a poor unhealthy lifestyle are catching up with you.

These wake-up calls manifest themselves usually when a person is in his 50s. Sadly, we now hear of people in their 20s, 30s, and 40s burning out and succumbing to these problems.

You can stay in denial or ignore the warning signs, or you can start becoming proactive and begin reinvigorating your spirit, mind, and body, while reversing the damage, regardless of your age.

The Internal kung fu Solution

Now, you could be in your 50s and can still be quite healthy. This is obviously brought about by a healthy lifestyle and an avoidance of stressful events that drain your energy and weaken your immune system. maintaining well-being and health will allow you to continue enjoying an fulfilling and active life.

Being aware of the full realization of your dreams and making helpful contributions to society and your family all begins with your health.

The Benefits of Wing Chun for Over Fifty Practitioners

While anyone who practices kung fu is sure to gain related health benefits, people over 50 stand to gain the greatest benefits of the various forms of internal kung fu. Some of the benefits they can expect include the:

Restoration of sexual vitality

Lowering and regulating of blood pressure

Restoration of bio-mechanical alignments

Promotion of good quality sleep

Increase of physical balance

Boosting of circulation

Several medical studies done in the West and China reveal how meditation and kung fu practices bolster people’s health.

Ni Nan Healing Art Center
2579 Merrick Rd
Bellmore, NY 11710
(516) 442-7408

The Uses And Benefits Of Cupping Therapy

A major branch of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) in Bellingham used to stimulate the flow of vital energy (Chi) and eliminate stagnation, Cupping therapy involves the warming and applying of medicinal cups, usually made of glass, on the skin to heal certain ailments and illnesses in the body. Chi naturally freely flows throughout the body and can be found in the world around us, if this flow is disturbed or blocked, it can lead to an imbalance or stagnation in the body.

What is Massage Cupping?

Massage cupping therapy is a deep tissue massage plus the warming and application of cups on certain areas of the body. A vacuum is produced when the air inside the cup is heated and when the cup is quickly applied to the skin, the pressure inside the cup draws the patient’s skin into it. This stimulates healing by causing blood flow to increase and loosening the connective tissue or fascia in the site of treatment. The deep tissue massage is designed to relieve pain and break up scar tissue. More often than not, the cups are placed on the site of pain, shoulders, neck, or back. Cupping may result in temporary some soreness and bruising, depending on the strength of suction generated by the vacuum and the degree of stagnation in the body. From the standpoint of TCM, this is a desired outcome since it means that treatment was successful in clearing stagnation and removing toxins from the body. To take out the cups, the practitioner lifts one edge of the cup allowing air into the cup breaking the seal and vacuum.

Various Forms of Cupping Therapy

Cupping therapy can have different forms and the acupuncturist will choose the one that best meets the goals of the treatment. The cups also come in different types although glass cups are the ones most commonly used. Over a thousand years ago, however, practitioners used cups made of animal horns, clay, or bamboo.

Dry or Fire Cupping

Veteran acupuncturist and TCM practitioner Ann Michelle Casco, L.Ac., said that the cupping technique traditionally used was called ba guan zhi, or dry or fire cupping. This type of cupping entails placement of cups over an ashi point or ailing or painful acupuncture point on the body located along an energy channel called meridian. After the cups are applied in the area of treatment, they are left in place for about 5 to 20 minutes depending on the severity of the patient’s condition. Typically, a round of treatment may involve 4 to 6 sessions at intervals beginning from 3 to 10 day gaps.

Sliding Cups Technique

Another cupping technique called sliding cups is specifically designed to treat muscle spasms and pain. It’s usually administered on large muscle groups of the back. Prior to the placement of the cups, massage oil is applied to the skin which helps the cups to easily glide over the skin surface.

Air Cupping

Air cupping can be an optional substitute for fire cupping. This technique involves the use of a portable manual suction pump that extracts air from the inside of the cups, creating a vacuum without the need for heat. In China, some clinical studies show this novel approach in cupping technology provides more comfort to patients than fire cupping.

Wet Cupping

This form of cupping is distinguished via the inclusion of an acupuncture technique called bleeding. The therapist uses a lancet to pierce the skin before cupping therapy is administered. This causes a small amount of blood to come out of the treatment site. Wet cupping is designed to remove internal toxins from the body. Chinese practitioners of TCM utilize this method to help “cool” inflammatory problems.

What Can Cupping Therapy Do?

According to TCM, the stagnation of blood and chi leads to disease and pain. Cupping bolsters local blood and chi circulation in the treatment area, relieving tension, pain, and swelling. By pulling toxins and impurities to the skin surface, it cleanses and purifies the body. From the standpoint of Western physiology, cupping helps stimulate blood flow to the surface and relaxes fascia or connective tissue. It promotes better cell-to-cell communication and brings about tissue relaxation. Studies conducted by American acupuncturist and physiologist Helene Langevin showed that changes in cell-level recorded in an ultrasound camera implied that alternative treatment modalities like massage, acupuncture, and cupping can help lower inflammation markers and relax tissue. Chemical messengers called cytokines that facilitate relaxation and healing are increased while inflammatory cytokines are lessened.

The Advantages of Cupping Therapy

Muscle relaxation and local pain relief are just two of the benefits offered by cupping therapy. This ancient Chinese healing art enhances overall health by clearing the obstacles to chi flow that TCM practitioners have determined as hindrances to the circulation of positive chi or healthy energy. Athletes can also benefit from this therapy as it helps improve blood flow to a specific muscle group or help relieve pain. Several athletes, prominently, the members of the great U.S. swim team, during the 2016 Rio Olympics, have unabashedly and proudly displayed their cupping marks to the world.

Some Illnesses and Ailments that can be treated through Cupping Therapy

Cupping is often used in the treatment of conditions such as:


Stomach pain



Bronchial congestion



Researchers in Chinese have mainly studied cupping, finding benefit in problems like





Back pain

Herpes zoster (shingles)

Varicose veins


High blood pressure







Although the quality of these clinical studies is not at par to U.S. standards, the results of actual benefit are substantial, especially when the low risk of side effects is taken into account.

What Kind of People Administer Cupping?

Cupping is generally done by traditional Chinese medicine practitioners.

Cupping procedures can be found and are depicted in TCM texts that are more than a 1000 years old. If you are considering cupping therapy for yourself or for others, look for a skilled and licensed practitioner such as an acupuncturist who is licensed to by the NCCAOM (National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine) or the State of California Board of Acupuncture. Certified practitioners have undergone more than 3,000 hours of training at a distinguished institution and hurdled examinations required for the legal andsafe practice of cupping and acupuncture.

Does Cupping Therapy Produce Side Effects?

Expect to have marks on the skin when getting cupping therapy. This is brought about when the procedure brings blood to the skin surface, which may appear like a bruise. This treatment may not be your best option if you are currently taking anticoagulants or if you are suffering from hemophilia or any other bleeding disorder. People with these issues should talk about the advantages and disadvantages of the treatment with their doctor or acupuncturist before the undergo treatment. Practitioners would not administer cupping on skin areas where there are open wounds, infection, burns, or active inflammation. Some level of pain or discomfort may result but they are not deemed a side effect. Temporary medium discomfort may be expected as stagnation is cleared and muscles as well as connective tissue are relaxed.

Western healthcare providers and practitioners should consider cupping as a mode of treatment. However, the discolorations and bruising in children expected after treatment may be mistaken as signs of child abuse.

How long does the bruising last?

Bruises associated with cupping therapy may linger for a few days to a couple of weeks. Casco, a practitioner of TCM stated that after a number of weeks of continuous cupping treatment sessions, the bruising will be gradually reduced as the stagnation heals. This suggests a fruitful cupping plan of treatment.

Naturally Banish Stress with These Qigong Exercises

Stress can come in different forms and in varying degrees since most of us have experienced it at some point in our lives. Some people experience stress as a physical feeling that can take the form of a tight back muscles, headache, fatigue, or stiff neck while others may experience it as a type of mental stress such as too much worrying about family, work, or school that can keep them awake late into the night and prevent them from falling asleep. Emotional stress can also come in the form of strong negative emotions such as loss, grief, depression, sadness, anger, fear, irritability, frustration, worry, chaos, nervousness and indecisiveness, just to name a few and is not any easier to handle. Some may suffer from the whole spectrum of stress that can affect them emotionally, mentally and physically. Fortunately, many of us have found a way to alleviate the stresses in our lives and for sure there is something that works really well for each of us. More and more people in the States have found Qigong a blessing in their lives helping them banish stress in a natural way within just a few minutes and without the need for drugs. But in order to achieve long lasting benefits, one must practice Qigong on a regular basis.

Pronounced Chee-Kung, Qigong is an age-old Chinese healing technique that combines deep breathing techniques similar to Tai Chi with graceful coordinated movements. Qigong is where acupuncture in Walla Walla and Tai Chi originated thousands of years ago. The word Qigong is derived from two Chinese words: “Qi,” which means vital energy, breath of life, or air that moves within all things everywhere and “Gong” which means the ability of self discipline, cultivating, or working with. Put together, Qi and gong means the technique of cultivating one’s life force. Qigong can help enhance the amount of positive qi or good oxygen in the body and blood, improving metabolism to help burn calories more efficiently and strengthening the immune systems to word off illness and disease. Another advantage in practicing Qigong is that it relieves stress naturally as one exhales while transforming the air inhaled into healing qi.

Practicing Qigong helps enhance qi vital energy to bring you health, longevity, weight loss inner peace, and to lower stress. It banishes stress in the body be it emotional stress, mental stress, or physical stress. It also increases the amount of oxygen in your body which helps balance the emotions, melt away muscular aches and pains, and endow one with optimal health. The breathing exercises is an aspect of this practice’s mystery that allows us full deep breaths which raise and fill the stomach and makes use of gravity to push gently the air out as we breathe out just like little babies do when sleeping.

We can start by pressing our tongue on the upper palette of our mouth just behind our upper teeth while gently breathing with our nose, and at the same time relaxing our body as we breathe. Start to become conscious of where your breath begins and ends. Are you pulling your breath downward to your stomach filling it first or is your chest rising first? You will know the answer by placing one hand on your stomach and the other hand on your chest, while you deeply breathe in through your nose and breathe out gently through your nose. Breathe a few more times if you find yourself breathing from your chest. Imagine your breath coming in through your nose and flowing down into your stomach. Imagine your stomach inflating like a beach ball, and imagine when breathing out, you use gravity to allow the stomach to fall gently towards your spine. Perfect, you have just done Qigong breathing.

The other aspect of Qigong wherein we utilize the tools and wisdom of qigong training to gather more life force or qi is known as Cultivation.

Qigong stance

Pelvic tuck forward, feet shoulder width apart while standing, knees bent slightly, toes aligned with your shoulders while facing straight forward and relaxing your buttocks while your stand straight as if you’re rooted like a tree planted firmly into the ground. With elbows bent, place your arms at your sides and your palms should face the outer part of your thighs keeping space between your fingers. Now visualize that you’re carrying under each arm a bag of rice. Maintain the Qigong deep breathing, and be aware as you breathe, your stomach rising and notice when breathing out, it gently falls back toward your spine. Relax your hands, arms, chest, and shoulders, maintaining a rounded shape with your arms at the sides and palms facing the outer part of your thigh and relax at the legs, buttocks, and waist. Next move out your hands in front on the level of your bellybutton, align the finger tips as you make a rounded shape with your arms as if you’re hugging a person. Then relax your shoulders and keep on doing for nine deep breaths, the Qigong deep stomach breathing.

At this point inhale and raise your arms outward laterally and upward towards the sky with your palms facing high up over your head. Bend your elbows as you exhale and lower your arms down to your front with your palms facing down. Perform this activity a few times. This is known as pulling down the heavens movement and it’s designed to purify your energy downward to the ground. This exercise can help lower high blood pressure, headaches, and stress. When treating high blood pressure, perform a longer exhale and a shorter inhale and as well as the movement of pulling down the heavens.

Finally, we’ll end the Qigong practice by bringing our two hands onto our bellybutton one over the other. Concentrate on the area under your hands and feel the warmth generated by your hands focused into the center of your bellybutton. Imagine the sun glowing brightly from your hands into the center of your belly button filling your lower stomach with brilliant light and gentle warmth. Perform 3 more Qigong deep breaths, with your bellybutton covered by your hands. Good work, you have just cultivated your qi for health successfully within just a few short moments.

Moxibustion Is A Healing Art To Treat And Prevent Flu Strains And Cold

Moxibustion is an alternative healing art that uses heat from a burning dried plant called “moxa” which is placed very close to the surface of the skin. It works by invigorating and warming the flow of blood and energy (Chi) in the body to remove certain pathogenic elements.

Moxa is often derived from the dried leaves of the Artemesia vulgaris or Artemesia argyi plant, aka Chinese mugwort although it can be made out of other substances as well.

How is Moxibustion administered?

Generally, moxibustion practitioners in the U.S. hold a stick of burning moxa stick very near the skin careful to avoid the stick from touching the surface of the patient’s skin.

The moxa stick is made by compressing the moxa material into a pole or stick or pole, making it look like a big cigar that can be ignited and allowed to smolder, generating a therapeutic type of extremely penetrating heat.

The flaming moxa stick is hovered over the site of treatment usually, though not always, associated with specific acupuncture points or acupoints. The moxa stick’s glowing end is held about one or a couple of inches above the skin surface until the site becomes saturated with warmth and reddens.

What can patients expect from the treatment?

Patients undergoing moxibustion therapy often experience an unexpected inundation of warmth that rapidly travels along a certain pathway (that oftentimes correspond to the jing luo meridian being treated) away from the area of treatment. This suggests a positive result, since this is a sign that the flow of xue and Chi has been released from the meridian.

What are the uses of moxibustion?

Moxibustion is used for:

  • Treatment and prevention against flu strains and cold
  • Conditions affecting women including breech presentation in late term pregnancy
  • Irregular bowel movement and digestive conditions
  • Pain caused by arthritis or injury, particularly when the application of heat leads to natural pain relief

Practitioners often perform moxibustion and Tarzana acupuncture together in the same treatment session proper to the diagnosis and plan of treatment. They think that when used together, the treatments augment each other’s effectiveness.

Moxibustion can be easily performed at home, not like acupuncture, which is often done in a clinic setting by a qualified acupuncturist. Chinese moxibustion practitioners, usually help teach their patients to use moxa for self-administration to boost the effects of the treatments between appointment sessions.

What smell does moxibustion create?

One small disadvantage of moxibustion therapy is the odor and smoke it produces. While there are “smokeless” forms of moxa, when burned, the chosen real moxa (produced from mugwort) produces a lot of smoke. Many TCM clinics are properly well equipped with a good air purification and ventilation system ventilation, so this is not a major issue.

Nevertheless, the prevailing smoke generated smells unfortunately a bit like marijuana. Many US practitioners of TCM, place signs in their office walls informing visitors and patients about the real nature of the smell that they may be smelling.