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Chinese Nutritional Therapy’s Answer To Weak Digestion

There is heated debate as to what’s healthier to eat: cooked foods or raw foods. In Chinese nutritional therapy, it is essential that foods must be cooked. This is directly the opposite of the view of the West which claims that cooking destroys raw enzymes and ‘denatures’ food. However, there are people who cannot tolerate raw foods. In people with weak digestive systems, eating raw foods can result in too much flatulence and/or stomach aches.

Other topics of debate are about fasting and vegetarianism. Despite the nearness of China to India and the exchange of ideas that have been going on between these two countries for centuries, there still remain certain fundamental differences between diet and eating habits. In ancient Indian healing system, abstaining from food for a short while (fasting) is encouraged in order to detoxify the body and rest the digestive system. In Chinese nutritional therapy, however, fasting is not promoted because it is suspected to weaken the digestive system. What are recommended for illness are the consumption of herbal teas as well as plain, simple, and easily digestible foods. In India, practicing vegetarianism is commonplace but it is seldom practiced in mainland China.

In general, the Chinese are not vegetarians except for the monks and Taoists. Meat tonifies both the yin and yang of the body and is considered an important part of a healthy diet. Mealtimes, in Chinese culture, usually involve a combination of noodles or rice, fish, meats, and vegetables.

This doesn’t mean that the Chinese are right and the Indians wrong and vice versa. Both ways of eating bring about disadvantages and benefits to these people. What this implies is that when it comes to eating habits and food there are no fast and hard rules.

Another more critical factor to consider is that good digestion is based not merely on the quality of food consumed, but also on the body’s ability to digest it. If a person suffers from weak digestion, he may not be able to fully absorb the nutrients from the foods. In Chinese medicine, the Stomach and Spleen energy channels govern digestion. So if these channels are weak, then the person may experience symptoms of tiredness or bloating after eating, food intolerances, stomach aches, diarrhea, or rumblings in the intestines and may suffer from low energy. The improper absorption of food may result in a thin body and low energy. Conversely, food absorbed extremely well but is inefficiently converted into energy will lead to tiredness (again) and weight gain.

We can eat the world’s best food and it will go to waste in this manner. People with strong digestion can consume an order of large fries and big mac and benefit from it. But if they suffer from a weak digestion they can consume a Jamie Oliver meal and derive minimal benefits from it.

Sometimes your digestion can be weakened from an illness. When this occurs, Chinese nutritional therapy would recommend eating easily digestible and very simple foods. Each culture has some form of this. The Japanese and Chinese have rice porridge or congee – a very simple meal that is served in Chinese restaurants. The recipe for congee is as follows:


 One teaspoonful salt
 Nine cups of water
 Three quarters long grain rice

How to Prepare Congee:

Put rice and water in a large pot and boil.

When the rice starts to boil, reduce the heat to low. Cover the pot with a lid and tilt it to let steam escape.

With the heat set to low, stir the pot periodically until the rice has a porridge-like texture – creamy and thick. Cook for about one to two hours then serve. For taste, add a little soya, garnishes, seasonings, and/or salt.

For a more nutritious congee, instead of white rice you can use wholegrain brown rice although this may increase cooking time for about three to four hours. You can also opt to cook your congee using a pressure cooker. This will only take about an hour to cook.

Dr. Marco Dibonaventura – Board Certified Acupuncturist and Herbalist in King of Prussia, PA

How Food Impacts The Body In Various Ways Based On TCM

Perhaps, one of the most contradictory and complex discussions pertaining health is the relationship of health to food. So many diverging dietary plans, perspectives, and theories as well as several industrial and corporate entities have turned what should have been a simple discussion into a seriously convoluted topic.

For instance, a Western scientific ‘dietician’, bases a healthy diet on the consumption of sufficient amounts of RDA (recommended daily allowance) of minerals, vitamins, fiber, proteins, and carbohydrates. It is irrelevant whether the vitamins and carbohydrates come from sweet potatoes or from fortified sugary cereal. There are several schools of ‘Nutritionist’ that are customarily more imaginative with diets and may advocate a diet more natural nutritionally based diet that emphasizes the taking of various supplements and on the consumption of lean meats, whole grains, pulses, and vegetables. Then, we have the highly specialized naturopaths or nutritionists who may advocate specific styles of eating emphasizing certain food groups like Candida diets, low carb diets, high fiber diets, raw food diets, food combining, or fasting. And who can’t forget the weight loss diets, which obviously are designed to make us lose weight? In developing countries, these diets are unknown or are not promoted.

In the Eastern medical system known as TCM or Traditional Chinese Medicine, food is based on its specific energetic qualities. Some foods are considered cooling foods in that they cool the body, some foods are heating foods because they warm or heat the body. Some foods are damp causing foods as they trigger the production of mucus or phlegm, or increase weight. There are foods that nourish the yin of the body and foods that increase yang. There are foods that are neutral. All foods essentially possess energetic qualities that impact the body in certain ways.

Sugar, oil, and dairy are considered damp forming foods. Raw fish, egg plant, cucumber are cooling foods. Lamb, red meat, and spices are heat generating foods.

There are foods that either weaken or tonify the organs of the body. Sweet tasting foods, for example, impacts the abdomen and spleen, which controls the digestive system. Brown and white grains and other naturally sweet foods tonify the abdomen and spleen. But cakes, candies, refined sugar and other excessively sweet foods can weaken these organs.

Classifying foods based on yin and yang can have several aspects and can be quite complicated. One way of distinguishing yin foods is their ability to increase the flesh and blood and other yin aspects of the body. Hence, fish and meat and other proteins build tissues and so are seen as yin. Yang foods such as refined sugar and alcohol are foods that quickly elevate energy. However, classifying yin and yang foods can also be relative. For instance, although meat can be seen as yin, red meats are categorized more as yang while fish and white meats are seen as yin.

Based on the Five Elements theory of TCM, foods can be classified based on their color. White colored foods, for instance, is believed to vibrate with the element of metal and the organs of the large intestine and the lungs. This implies that foods having a white color like white rice or cauliflower may be good for the lungs. Green tonifies the element of wood as well as the liver, and therefore green leafy veggies are good for the liver.

Foods can also be classified based on their shape. In TCM, since the kidney bean is shaped like the human kidney, it is believed to tonify the kidneys. The walnuts tonify the brain as they look like brains.

Like repairs like and so offal meat such as the animal intestines, kidney, and liver are believed to nurture their comparable human counterparts. Human blood can be nourished by pig blood.

Foods can also be classified based on their action. So, spicy foods, for instance promote sweating and perspiration. If your chi or energy is stagnant which manifests as being overweight or poor circulation, they can be addressed by eating spicy foods that open the pores and encourage circulation although, they are just quick fixes that don’s address the root problem. Eating a lot of yang or spicy foods eventually may result in excess yin (weight gain, phlegm, and mucus) that undermines the balance of yin and yang in the body.

Foods that cause damp are foods that promote the production of mucus or phlegm. Some individuals who can’t tolerate wheat or dairy may find phlegm building up in their throat or feces when they eat damp foods.

The way foods are cooked can impact their energetic attributes. For instance grilled, barbecued, and fried foods have a searing effect on the food and entail the use of more intense heat within a shorter period of time. Compared to steaming or boiling which soften the food and is deemed to be a yin way of cooking, grilled, barbecued, and fried foods are deemed to be yang. Frying, especially deep frying has both a damp forming and yang heating effect on food because it combines the use of oil (a damp food) and heat.

Deep fried fat foods can be very difficult to digest for people with frail digestive systems. In TCM, too much eating of this type of food can lead to damp heat within the body. This root condition, damp heat, points to any kind of painful inflammation or pus-filled inflammation in the body. This condition can usually be seen among fast food adolescent workers who consume for lunch free fries and hamburgers daily and eventually develop cystic acne.

Damp heat can also be seen among middle aged people who consume fried chicken, ribs, steaks, and rump everyday and develop swollen joints. Gout is one historical manifestation of damp heat. It is an arthritic condition affecting the foot and is quite painful. It was known as “the rich man’s disease” or “the disease of kings”. The portly King Henry the Eighth struggled from gout when he wasn’t busy beheading wives and destroying the church. He was a notorious alcoholic and often ate a lot of rich foods.

In TCM, another principle applies in which – a small amount of a flavor can strengthen a body function or an organ. Hence, eating a small amount of grains (sweet) can tonify the abdomen and spleen. A small amount of salt tonifies the kidneys, a small amount of sour foods tonifies the liver, a small amount of pungent foods tonifies the lungs, and a small amount of bitter tonifies the heart.

Conversely, eating too much of a flavor can weaken the same body function or organ. Too much curry (pungent) can impair the lungs and too much refined sugar (sugar) impairs digestion. After consuming strong curry, certain individuals may develop lots of phlegm or mucus later on in their throat.

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How Gua Sha Therapy And Chinese Medicine Can Help Treat Severe Case Of Arthritis

To know how and why Chinese Medicine heals arthritis, it is first essential to know the basis of why arthritis occurs in the first place.

According to Chinese Medicine in Walla Walla, the human body has a natural ability to remove most of the toxins it takes in. If we breathe in or eat something toxic that’s no problem for the body as it is able to process and expel the toxins. Chinese Medicine also espouses the belief that negative emotions (resentment, fear, bitterness, sadness, anger, etc.) can be toxic and therefore need to be also removed from the body.

But when you are going through a really tough time in your life, physically or emotionally, the natural ability of your body to expel toxins might be overwhelmed during that difficult period of time. The toxins may remain within your body, and your body may be figuring out what it needs to do to expel them or at least, control their effects. Chinese medicine believes that the human body is quite smart. The body prevents the toxins from harming the internal organs by housing the toxins in areas that will keep them inactive and dormant (and keep you alive). Those areas are the joints. Some practitioners and physicians are aware of this and they tell their patient with joint pain how fortunate they are that their body is keeping them safe by putting their toxins in those joints rather than allowing them to put their lives at risk.

One of the remarkable things about the body is how they store these toxins. You just don’t wake up with pain in your fingers one day. It’s not arthritis if you do feel pain in your fingers in one day; it’s probably a sign of severe stress due to a hard day of physical work. With arthritis, the joint pains are usually on the neck, low back, and knees. Those body areas are related to the Bladder Meridian, which is the meridian that first diverts toxins away from the organs to the joints. This meridian is known as a divergent meridian

Divergent Meridians

In Chinese medicine, the divergent Meridians are the body’s way of preventing toxins from accumulating in the center, to keep you safe and alive.

As you age, your neck, low back, or knees could be affected by toxins and by wear and tear. Toxins keep on building up in your body and eventually your body will be unable to cope. As more and more toxins come in, the Bladder Divergent Meridian stores them in different joints until all the joints are filled up. So, the next option of the body is to store the toxins on the shoulders and hips, which is related to the Gall Bladder Divergent Meridian. If the toxins fill up the shoulders and hips, it will go into the feet and hands, which is associated with the Stomach Divergent Meridian. This is when you start to see some swelling appearing in your hands and feet. Deformities may also arise besides the swellings. Eventually, the toxins will affect your overall health.

Chinese Medicine treats arthritis by eliminating the toxins from the places where they’re stored. This means treatment will target the Divergent Meridians. One of the most effective treatments for the elimination of toxins in the body is Gua Sha therapy. This is a scraping procedure that helps cleanse out toxins by passing them out through the skin.

However, in order to make this treatment maximally effective, you first need to be relatively strong as well as healthy physically and emotionally. Your body needs to do the process of elimination, (with a little help from the gua sha therapy), which has become almost impossible once it was overrun by the toxins. And this process is not only done through defecation and urination but sometimes even through extreme emotions or skin rashes.

The Process of Healing

It takes quite a bit of time to fully recover from a severe case of arthritis. Factors that can cause your joints to deform may require time to get better. The Divergent Meridians are only able to eliminate the toxins from your joints. However, there are other procedures that can also be of help. I used to have a patient suffering from severe Rheumatoid Arthritis. When she first came in for treatment, she was hardly able to walk and hold a pen. I could see that her knees and hands were extremely knotted and swollen. She now is able to jump up and down and is considering going back to work in an office. She still suffers from very little pain and her joints appear and function normally once more. I used gua sha therapy to expel the toxins from her joint. To liberate the stuck patterns, I also applied the same therapy to work on her very tight muscles that had upheld the deformed joints. Once the inflammation was treated, I then used Moxibustion to transport fluids to the joints. And to bring back qi flow and vitality, I performed some acupressure techniques that helped restored the strength of her knees and hands.

Gua Sha Treatment For PMS, Head Colds, And Tired Muscles

Over the past decade, there has been a growing interest in learning TCM or Traditional Chinese Medicine in Vancouver, especially acupuncture and Chinese reflexology. Hover, there is another form of TCM that you probably may never have heard of but is one of the best ways ever to detoxify the body. This therapy is called “gua sha.” Some Westerners also refer to it as “spooning” or “coining”. Gua sha therapy involves the scraping of the skin surface in order to refresh and detoxify the body. Because it’s so easy to perform and produce amazing and quick results, gua sha is quite popular in Asia despite it still being a relatively unknown treatment in the West.

According to TCM, muscle injuries and soreness are basically due to obstructions in the flow of qi and blood. There’s no mystery in knowing that muscle soreness and pain can be relieved by rubbing the ailing part of the body to boost blood flow in the area; you don’t need to know what qi is for that. Gua sha therapy begins by taking a sauna or warm bath. Afterwards, your therapist applies massage oils on the part of your body to be treated. Then, your therapist will run a scraping tool over the treatment area. The Chinese believe this helps release the blocked qi. Western medicine believes the therapy expels metabolic wastes that have gathered in congested muscles and tissue. The scraping acts like a radical form of exfoliation, and tend to leave redness and marks in the body, that fade a few days after treatment.

Chinese gua sha used for the treatment of:

1. PMS

Because gua sha is an extremely efficient treatment for painful muscles, it can also be an ideal treatment menstrual pain and aches. It works on the same principles used in reflexology. Your therapist will scrape the different areas of your body to alleviate soreness and pain in your lower stomach.

2. Head colds

From time to time, especially in winter, upper respiratory illnesses can afflict many of us. One of the most enjoyable ways to treat the flu of cold is by having a sauna or hot bath followed by gua sha therapy. To eliminate fluids and release congestion in your chest you therapist may run a scraping tool on your shoulders, neck, and upper back. You’ll be able to experience almost immediate relief from this therapy.

3. Tired Muscles

People who who’ve been working hard forever, know the dreaded feeling that tend to set in the next day – Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness (DOMS). This condition tends to occur when you’re trying to get back in to shape after a long break and then plunge into intensive exercises. If you want to prevent DOMS from occuring, you need to follow a hard work out by drinking lots of water, stretching, and a treatment of gua sha to eliminate the lactic acid that that have build up in your body and to make room for new muscle to build! Gua sha therapy is ideal for any type of muscle fatigue, stiffness, or soreness.

How To Perform Falun Gong Or Falun Dafa

Exercise One – Buddha Stretching a Thousand Arms

The heart of this exercise is to stretch in order to open up the meridians or energy pathways of the body. The Buddha Stretching a Thousand Arms can help beginners gain energy within a short span of time, while those who have been practicing for some time may facilitate improvement. Prior to the start of this exercise, all the energy channels need to be opened up to help practitioners perform faster at a higher level. The Buddha Stretching a Thousand Arms is made up of movements that are really simple since the Chinese believe a Great Way should be easy and simple to learn. Although the movements are quite uncomplicated, they influence everything that plays a part in the cultivation system. Your body will feel warm when you do this exercise, and you will feel a new sensation something like a powerful energy field surrounding your body. These experiences are brought about by the stretching and dilating of all the meridians all over the body. The goal is to access the areas where the flow of energy is obstructed to restore the smooth and free flow of energy, to move the energy under the skin and all over the body in a vigorous manner, and to take in from the universe a significant amount of energy. At the same time, this exercise assists the practitioner in quickly achieving the state of acquiring a qi gong energy field. Considered as the most basic Falun Gong exercise, the Buddha Stretching a Thousand Arms is traditionally the exercise that’s first performed when practicing Falun Gong. If you want to build up your cultivation, this is one of the best methods to achieve it.

Exercise Two – Falun Standing Stance

The Falun Standing Stance is the second exercise in Falun Gong. It is a standing still exercise that involves four wheel-holding positions. The movements are few and you may need to hold each position for some time. If you are doing this exercise for the first time, your arms might at first feel achy and heavy. But afterwards, your entire body won’t actually feel any fatigue usually associated with the performing of physical work; in fact, it will make you feel extremely relaxed. If you decide to notch up the duration and frequency of the exercise, you may feel a Law Wheel spinning between your arms. Frequent practice of this exercise may completely open your entire body, and boost the strength of your gong. It can be a means to cultivate your supernatural powers, energy levels, and wisdom. Nothing is left out in the movements that are simple. You can gain so much from them even if they are simple exercises. When doing the Falun Standing Stance, perform the movements as naturally as possible — don’t sway although you may move slightly which is normal. Also, be aware that you are performing them. Since the Law Wheel does not stop spinning, the end of this exercise, as with the other exercises of Falun Gong, does not mean that the practice has ended. While it’s true that the longer you do the exercise, the greater benefits you attain, the length of each exercise may depend on the person performing it.

Exercise Three – Coursing Between the Two Poles

This exercise is designed to merge and combine the energy of the universe with the energy that resides in your body. A significant volume of energy is spewed out and absorbed in. Practitioners within a short span of time can eject the black and negative qi from their bodies and absorb a huge amount of energy from the universe in this exercise, permitting the purification of the body and advance the “Pure-White Body” state of being. Also, whilst you move your arms up and down, the exercise can promote the “opening of the top of your head” and clears the passages of obstructions under your feet. Prior to the start of this exercise, visualize yourself as a couple of upright very tall and gigantic empty large barrels that’s between earth and heaven. The energy in your body rushes straight to the top of your head with every upward movement of your arms going towards to the universe’s upper pole; and with every downward movement of your arms your energy exits through the bottoms of the feet traveling to the universe’s lower pole. After performing these arm movements both poles of the universe energy is dispatched towards the opposite direction and returns to the inside of your body. Then, move your arms up and down nine times each in opposite directions. Then after the ninth movement, your left arm should be held up (the right arm, for females) and remain in the air, the other arm is then brought up next. Afterwards, move both arms downward together. As the arms move along the body, qi is delivered to the lower pole, and then again to the upper pole. After you have moved your arms nine times in an upward and downward motion, your qi is transported back into your body. At the lower stomach, the Law Wheel is moved clockwise (as you face the front) four times rotating the energy outside back into the body. To conclude this exercise, the hands are linked in Jieyin, which is not the function of gong.

Exercise Four – Falun Cosmic Orbit

The Falun Cosmic Orbit stimulates the energy of the body helping it to move over large areas. Instead of flowing over one or a number of channels, the energy moves over and over again from the whole yin region of the body to the entire yang side. Going way beyond the small and great cosmic orbits and the conventional methods of opening up the energy channels, this exercise is one of the middle-level exercises in Falun Gong. The Falun Cosmic Orbit is meant to open up the great cosmic orbit and all the channels of qi throughout the body and uses the three aforementioned exercises as a base. It gradually promotes the connection of all the meridians from the top of the head to the bottom of the feet. This exercise’s best feature is its use of the spinning Law Wheel to treat all illnesses in the human body restoring the human body, a microcosm of the universe, to its original healthy state, and allowing qi to flow smoothly and freely within the body. Practitioners can reach an extremely high level of cultivation of Triple-World-Law when this is attained and, if they have an inherent tremendous spiritual potential, can progress in cultivating the Dafa or the Great Way. The Falun Cosmic Orbit can dramatically increase the supernatural powers and gong strength of practitioners. Your hands need to follow the energy mechanisms when performing this exercise. The movements should be smooth, slow, and not hurried.

Exercise Five – Reinforcing Supernatural Powers

This multipurpose exercise is one of the most calming cultivation exercises for practitioners of Falun gong. It’s intended to reinforce a practitioner’s gong strength and supernatural powers using “hand signs” or Buddha mudras to spin the Law Wheel. Initially, the Reinforcing Supernatural Powers exercise was a well kept secret. It is higher than the middle level exercises. In this exercise, the practitioner meditates in a full-lotus position. While the full-lotus position is an ideal posture for meditation, the half-lotus position can also be a fine posture for some practitioners. The field of energy surrounding your body enlarges and Qi circulation becomes robust during this exercise. The movement of your hands is guided by the energy mechanisms fostered by your shifu. Your heart is guided by the movement of your thoughts when you initiate your hand movements. When you’re increasing your supernatural powers, keep your mind blank, and focus slightly on both palms. You will feel a sensation of heaviness in the centers of your palms as if you’re holding something heavy. You’ll also experience a feeling of numbness, electricity, and warmth in the palms. You don’t need to seek any of these sensations it will just naturally be felt, in time. The greater benefits you get the longer your legs are crossed. The faster your energy develops the more intense you exercise and the longer you meditate. When performing the Reinforcing Supernatural Powers, don’t think about anything. Your mind should be calm, still, and devoid of any thought. From the active state that may seem calm, but is not really stillness, slowly move into stillness. Your dominant consciousness should realize that you’re performing this exercise.

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Fighting Menopause And Breast Cancer With Traditional Chinese Medicine

Women are turning to alternative remedies in droves more than ever. They prefer “natural” solutions for the uncomfortable symptoms of menopause. However, all things natural may not always mean they are safe to use. In fact, researchers have found out that certain herbs may actually increase the risk of breast cancer in women.

While there’s no information that would directly prove that using herbs could lessen or raise the risk of breast cancer, theoretically, there are several herbs that possess estrogen-mimicking abilities which when used for a considerable period of time can increase the risk of breast cancer in women, especially women who have a family history of breast cancer. Some of these herbs include: ginseng, dong quai, dang gui, chasteberry, blue cohosh, and black cohosh.

What about the Chinese drugs that are often used by traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) practitioners?

While there is no word or term for cancer, in the annals of Traditional Chinese Medicine; however, there are various illnesses with traditional names that can be considered today as cancer by physicians.

Today, physicians are beginning to discover that cancer is not merely a single disease but a bunch of isolated diseases. Today, this viewpoint has now been adopted in Traditional Chinese Medicine.

The treatment of cancer in traditional Chinese medicine is based on the theory of Fu Sheng Gu Ben which means fortifying what is correct. In Chinese medicine, “Gu Ben” means repair and regeneration.

Cancer treatment using Chinese herbal medicine in Maitland requires diagnosing the likely causes of the cancer, which will then determine a proper plan of treatment. The completion of the diagnosis will be based on the four examinations. The objective of the treatment is to kill the cancer cells and to balance the patient.

Healthy Eating Following The Guidelines Used In Chinese Nutritional Therapy

Healthy eating is the most fundamental requirement for one’s overall health. The thing is there is so much confusing information available that choosing the right one can be a bit of a challenge. This article will give you a background of some basic principles of Chinese Nutritional therapy in Fort Lauderdale so that you may have an idea of what foods are appropriate to eat in order to maintain or restore your health and well being.

A Chinese diet may be quite complicated and some features may even involve diagnosis prior to prescription of a certain food. The following are some fundamental guidelines that a person can integrate into his/her regular habits.

According to Chinese medicine, there are three parts to any proper diet:

1. Basic body constitution
2. Current state of health
3. Environment

These three should be considered at all times. Chinese medicine does not classify whether a food is bad or good. For them, food is just food.

The concept of vital energy known as Qi or Chi is one of the cornerstones of Chinese medicine. This energy in our bodies should flow smoothly at all times. Otherwise, our body will succumb to pain, illnesses, and diseases. The unfettered flow of Chi is the main goal of Chinese herbal medicine, acupuncture, Qi Gong, and Chinese nutritional therapy.

With regard to food, Chinese medicine theory states that the human body reduces Chi from food through different stages, until there is no more left, and can be excreted as stool and urine. Because of this, Chinese medicine’s primary goal is to beef up the body in order for it to use the Chi contained in the food. This is opposite to Western nutrition that focuses on nutrient supplementation.

1. Basic constitution

Each of us has a unique basic constitution. Some of us prefer a cold climate and some a hot climate. Some people prefer coke, pepsi, and other cold drinks while some may prefer tea, hot chocolate, and other hot drinks. The seasons definitely contribute to this preference and so another question to ask is whether one prefers winter or summer.

2. Current state of health

If a person has a deficiency in Chi, for example, he will tend to feel cold more often and his deficiency will only get worse if he wakes up in the morning and eats cereal with cold milk from the fridge, or if he eats a lot of salad.

3. Environment

This crucial component is what is completely omitted from the typical Western diet. Since foods can be warm, neutral, or cold in Chinese nutritional therapy, eating a certain kind of food at a specific season can make a huge difference to your health. For instance, during winter, a lot of people are unable to eat a raw food diet. This is explainable, since being cold in nature raw foods can be too much for the body to handle when they’re eaten in winter on in a cold environment. Al this changes in the summer when raw foods are now good choices to eat as they help balance the hot or warm environment.

Chinese nutritional therapy classifies food into: hot, warm, neutral, cool, and cold. In addition, any type of food can be modified by cooking.

The following foods are generally classified into:

 Hot – Alcohol, beef, lamb, and other meat products

 Warm – Onion, pork, goose, duck, red wine, and coffee

 Neutral – wheat, potato, rice, and other staple products

 Cool – Sour cream, sprouts, cucumber, and yogurt

 Cold – Most vegetables, dairy products (apart from butter, which is considered warm), and seafood

How Does Cooking Modify Food?

The more Yang energy is infused in the food the higher the temperature you cook it in. Steaming or boiling is quite gentle while barbecuing or deep frying increases a significant level of Yang energy.

How Can You Combine All these Principles?

If you have a cold constitution or have cold feet and hands, you should eat foods that are cooked (especially in winter). You should also eat cooked foods when you feel tired or have a cold.

If you have a warm constitution, avoid eating spicy foods. We also recommended that you eat foods that have been gently cooked, especially in summer.

Generally speaking, each person should eat lots of uncooked vegetables and fruits in the summer, and in winter, eat more cooked ones.

The meals that you eat should always be balanced. This can mean that along with barbecued steak, you should include steamed vegetables (rather than French fries) and chips and fish should be combined with coleslaw.


Eating hot food and drinking ice cold drinks is NOT a balanced meal. In Chinese nutritional therapy, the Stomach dislikes cold and likes a moist and warm environment. Even from the perspective of Western chemistry mixing hot foods and ice cold drinks is not a good idea, since digestion and bodily processes move slower at lower temperature.

Another thing is that food processing virtually strips away the Chi in the food, and so when you consume products that are highly processed food (such as canned soup or hot dogs) you are practically eating nothing or junk. Everyone should avoid processed food as much as possible. We instead recommend eating locally produced fresh foods (ones that did not stay in containers for several days) and foods that grow with the season.

If you follow only a few of these very simple guidelines, they can do a lot for your health.

Why do Orientals like to stir fry their food?

Because stir fry foods are considered perfect food: the short high temperature adds a moderate amount of Yang energy to the food, while the Yin energy is preserved in the partially cooked core. This results in a well-balanced meal.

The Numerous Benefits Of Acupressure To Women’s Health

The traditional Chinese healing technique of Acupressure in Tarzana is essentially similar to acupuncture except that instead of needles, the acupressure therapist applies manual pressure to pre-determined pressure points in the body. Acupressure is often mistaken for massage, which by comparison is a bit simplistic.

More and more scientific studies and data are proving the effectiveness of acupressure in terms of its benefits to health. These research and data affirm and explain the efficacy of this natural healing technique.

Acupressure is especially fitting for women, so much in its inherent nature (for women, the emotional/psychological/physical, as well mind and body spheres are deeply intertwined), than in its mode of treatment (administered without the need to undress, and as a non-invasive and soft approach). This practice is a customized answer to fit a woman’s specific needs.

Overall Health

Acupressure can help relieve ailments that women commonly suffer from: anemia, eating disorders, vaginal and bladder infections, pelvic inflammation, mastitis, endometriosis, hyperthyroidism, cystitis, ovarian cysts, infertility, menstrual cycle issues, mood swings, cramps, and PMS. It can be a helpful complementary therapy to regulate the female genito-urinary system, and can be a powerful tool to balance emotions.

1. Emotional release

For biological and other sundry reasons, women tend to have a close contact with their emotions, and they need to process and manage them on a daily basis. Acupressure can be an efficient way to help women reestablish balance in their emotional life more so if their daily life is wracked with emotional turmoil.

2. Harassment and Violence

Verbal violence (emotional abuse and blackmail, humiliation, or harassment) as well as physical violence (sexual abuse, assault, or battery) tend to leave deep scars in a woman’s psyche and body. Along with psychotherapy and other verbal therapies, Acupressure, especially when practiced in a context of warmth, compassion, and trust, can prove to be a valuable tool in the long and difficult process of healing.

3. Suffering, depression, and low spirits

Statistics gleaned from different parts of the world reveal that there are twice as many women as there are men who suffer from depression. Moreover, women tend to succumb more to atypical forms of depression like compulsive buying, hypersomnia, and bulimia more than men. While it has been scientifically established that depression may be triggered by hormones (winter blues, post partum, menopause, etc.), experts agree that hormones alone do not explain everything. They believe that both men women are equally prone to depression; the difference is that women express it more than men. While it may be true that women generally express themselves and consult with therapists more than men, one has to admit that they also are often burdened with huge responsibilities and heavy pressure. Stress can impact the “hormones of happiness,” (endorphins, serotonin, noradrenalin, and melatonin) that control a person’s well-being and mood. Acupressure can help activate these hormones enabling a person to relax and be relieved of stress.

4. Menopause

The tangible aspects of the hormonal storm that rampages within the body of a woman can manifest in the form of menopausal symptoms. Since acupressure is known to bring in balance within the body, it can help quell the storm and support the mind, spirit and body of a woman during this important milestone of her life.

5. Prenatal

Acupressure alleviates the physical symptoms related to pregnancy including high blood pressure, nausea, vomiting, headaches, sciatica, hip pain, back pain, neck pain, muscle cramping, water retention and edema, and bloating. It can help strengthen the bond between mother and child, and balance feelings and mood, release tension and stress, and help relax the mother-to-be.

6. Maternity

Acupressure can help the expectant mother deal with the specific ailments, risks, and changes that come with pregnancy, from conception to delivery, and even during the post-partum phase of her pregnancy.

7. Delivery

Acupressure helps induce labor even in a late delivery. It can help ameliorate pain during delivery and facilitate the expulsion process.

8. Postnatal

Acupressure is able to reinforce the body’s natural ability to heal after an abdominal or vaginal delivery. After birth of their child, a lot of women tend to develop issues like genital disorders, lactation difficulties, postnatal depression, fatigue and stress, and tension in their shoulders and neck. Post delivery acupressure therapy can help reduce those symptoms in a safe and natural way.

Feng Shui And Negative EMF Energy

Feng Shui practitioners need to know the problems that may have not existed when a structure was first created. One important Feng shui energy topic of discussion is electrical cables. These practitioners recommend that when building a home, the power cables should be kept away from your head where you most frequently sleep. My advice to a couple building a home is to place the cables at least 2 meters or 6 feet nearly off the floor behind the bed.

This prevents the head from being exposed to EMF or electromagnetic field generated by the cables. A digital clock also produces a strong EMF energy so my advice is to keep the clock on the other side of the room.

Personally, I find orange juicers, electric shavers and electric bed side clocks as the worst household appliances in a home. This is because you tend to be exposed to these appliances for a considerable length of time. But what about the assembly or factory, or the hairdressers and carpenters, or even office workers who are constantly in a strong EMF environment? It’s no wonder why cancer rates have been so high for several decades now.

If you have an office space in your home, this can be a huge health risk for you. You may have several transformers under your desk to run several office appliances. There is a measure of safety for electromagnetic fields in Sweden with 2 considered a safe rating.

In the 1990’s, an Australian medical journal published an article about the potential risk of EMFs. At that time, no one had any idea how dangerous EMFs were. Back then, it compared to the knowledge about cigarettes in the 1950’s. The danger potential was significant but how just harmful the problem was will only be determined by long term studies.
Be aware of high voltage power line, sub stations and electrical transformers if you are looking for a place to stay or a place to build your home. These vicinities are concentrated with very strong EMF and may also impact the resale value of your property as more people are starting to realize the potential health risks like cancer that people, especially children, may develop in living there.

This is one important health aspect of Feng Shui. Placing rock and water features, mirrors, and ornaments strategically can improve the appearance of your home and bring you and the others who live there prosperity and good luck.

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Seven Feng Shui Items That Can Increase Wealth And Happiness In Your Home

This article will talk about some of the ways that can help enhance your health using feng shui sound, color, light, air, plants, salt water cure, and fountains. These things may help reduce the negative energy Sha, increase healthy positive Chi or healthy energy, and cleanse the energy in your home, which can all help improve your health.

1. Sounds

Not many know that sounds can affect health. If you want to have relaxing and soothing environment, you can use an indoor water fountain, bells, or wind chimes to generate pleasing sounds inside and outside your home.

2. Colors

Studies have shown that colors can impact people’s feeling and mood. The color red, for example, is agitating and energizing, blue is soothing and relaxing, while green is neutral. If you think that the rooms in your home have the wrong colors (colors that you dislike), you probably should repaint those rooms with the colors that make you feel good.

3. Light

Light is a very important factor in a person’s life has a large impact on humans. For humans, the best is natural light, and the worst is the blinking fluorescent light. Most of our interiors are lit up with fluorescent light bulbs. Since these bulbs tend to last longer than incandescent light bulbs and are cheap, they are used in corridors, bathrooms, and kitchens. However, studies have shown that these fluorescent light bulbs are very harmful to our health. It has been proven to cause headaches, fatigue, mood swings, and dermatitis in some people. According to feng shui, these fluorescent bulbs should be replaced with regular incandescent light bulbs whenever possible so that you home is filled with more natural light.

4. Air

All human beings need air to exist. We breathe in air every few seconds. It can be compared to invisible fuel for our bodies. According to feng shui, even if it’s just for a few minutes at a time, the windows of your home or workplace need to be open frequently.

5. Plants

Plants foster promote positive Chi energy and purify the air as well. You can put them anywhere inside your home; according to feng shui, if you want to increase your wealth, put plants with round leaves in your home.

6. Salt water cure

This purifier helps improve health and traps the bad Sha Chi energy; it is a feng shui charm which you can make yourself or buy on Chinese stores. It can be made with water, six Chinese coins, salt, and a pilsner glass. Your put this purified anywhere in your home where you want to increase or purify energy. This can be in your career, love, wealth, or health zone. It’s important that this purifier is not moved or touched too much. The glass may begin to form crystals from the “trapped bad energy”; this purifier needs to be replaced when a number of larger crystals have accumulated; you need throw it away in a sealed container.

7. Fountains

One very powerful feng shui cure is a fountain. Fountain contains water and humans are mostly made up of water. Water is also the source of life. Fountains generate a relaxing and soothing sound that can help decrease daily tension and stress. Like nature, water can help you feel better. Fountains can also emit healthy negative ions and increase moisture to the air. Except for the bedroom where it can disrupt your sleep, fountains can be placed anywhere in your home.

Megan Dauphin is a California board certified acupuncturist and herbalist, with specialty certifications in infertility, sport’s medicine, and orthopedics.