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Maternity Acupressure Is An Excellent Way To Induce Labor

If you are pregnant, past your due date, and are achy and tired, you may need to schedule yourself for a medical induction. Perhaps, you thought about getting maternity acupressure therapy but still have some questions about its efficacy and safety. This article will help answer some burning questions you may have regarding maternity acupressure as it will furnish you with information, which you may need to finally meet your baby safely and naturally.

What is Acupressure?

A holistic type of therapy, acupressure can complement the natural self healing processes of your body. It is a multi-millennial Chinese healing modality that uses energetic points on the body called acupressure points. Acupressure therapists believe that these points are connected to energy channels that extend from the skin to the body’s various internal organ systems. Acupressure involves the application of pressure on certain points on the body using devices, elbows, or hands to generate a specific response.

How quickly do the pain relieving benefits of acupressure kick in? For mothers-to-be, maternity acupressure works almost immediately, usually within one or a couple of contractions. It will be apparent to you if the treatment is working if you start to experience a sense of relief, an easing of the severity of the contractions, and a growing sense of serenity and calm.

Applying the Proper Pressure

The vehicle to apply pressure on the points includes your knuckles, thumbs, fingers, etc. and the amount of pressure will vary from pressure point to pressure point and from woman to woman. Based on the reaction of the woman receiving the therapy, you will know whether the right amount of pressure is being applied. The woman should feel an intense but tingly and warm pressure. If she feels pain, then you are putting pressure on the wrong point.

There are certainly proper pressure points that should be used at different stages of labor. Certain indicated pressure points will need to be used as labor progresses through its various stages in order to attain the desired benefits. These points are clearly outlined in the guide to maternity acupressure therapy.

Anyone can perform maternity acupressure, even those without previous experience in performing acupressure so long as they follow the instructions listed in the guide to maternity acupressure therapy.

The only tools you need to perform maternity acupressure are your elbows, thumbs, fingers, etc.

Is there a danger when pressing the wrong points? There is no such thing as pressing the wrong points if you intend to induce pressure since the only points you need to press are those women find helpful in the induction of labor.

When is the best time to begin using Maternity Acupressure to encourage labor? Never attempt to induce labor before your due date through any means. Three to four days prior to a medical induction is the best time to avail of maternity acupressure.

Thrive Wellness Center is an acupuncture clinic in Fort Lauderdale, FL with licensed acupuncturists, physicians and therapists.

The Taoist-Inspired Styles Of Oriental Healing

Practitioners of Oriental medicine do certainly benefit a lot from the regular activity of meditation, Tai Chi, or Chi Kung (Qigong). Any of these practices can beef up and increase the circulation of your life energy (chi) as well as give your body additional defense to ward off disease and pain. According to a lot of the masters of these healing arts, selecting an acupuncturist who has the ability and skill to extend chi through his hands and the needles is one of the most important considerations a person seeking Oriental medicine treatment can make. This ability amplifies both the patient’s diagnostic and healing responsiveness. The use of Tai Chi weapons in practice, particularly the Tai Chi Ruler on the sword form and other higher chi fostering techniques may augment the healing potential of chi of the acupuncturist as well as enhance his style of needle insertion. Unfortunately, there are very few who tread this path.

It was believed that about 8,000 years ago, the Nei Kung Chi Liao (NKCL) was rediscovered by the legendary creator of the 8 Trigrams/Ba Gua and Path of Nature-Way of Tao, Fu She. Many would argue that this predated acupuncture by over three millennia and was probably China’s first ever healing art form. It was only around 200 B.C., during the Han Dynasty did Taoism start to become an institutionalized religion established by Chang Tao-ling. This tradition was a tightly kept secret which rarely, if ever, was disseminated outside of family style traditions or Taoist monasteries. Over hundreds of years, this tradition was passed down through generations until it was learned by one of the eight immortals, Lu Tung Bin, around 800 A.D. during the Tang Dynasty. A legendary Chinese Chi Kung-Nei Chia master and healer, Lu Tung Bin is also considered to be a major contributor in the creation of Tai Chi Chuan. Being a widely known Tai Chi master in China, his teachings were integrated by the Yellow Dragon Monastery established over seven centuries before. He was the one who developed the Taoist Elixir Style which contains the NKCL and other various healing arts.

It has been well-known for millennia that Oriental Medicine has a lot of excellent health advantages that a person can enjoy. In the Eight Branches Style of Chinese Medicine, the practitioner and patient can derive certain amazing benefits.

1. The Taoist style of meditation is known to increase chi, which metaphorically is known as “the light”
2. The battery that creates chi is Chi Kung
3. The fuel that moves chi is the Tai Chi Chuan/Nei Chia
4. The lubricant is the reeling spiral activities of Chan Su Jin-silk
5. The light bulb that receives and uses chi for enlightenment is the shen (spirit/mind/heart).

While acupuncture in Tarzana activates the physical energies, the spirit and body are influenced by Tui Na, intellect is augmented by herbal medicine, and the heart shen is excited by touch. More often than not, these elements of the Eight System of the Healing Practices of Taoism overlap.

To allow yourself to easily experience spontaneity, you need to learn the self-cultivating arts of softness, looseness, and openness. Your body has the Shen, Chi, and Jing which play an indispensible role in your alchemical metamorphosis development and self cultivation. They are comparable to the wave, vapor-gas, and liquid states of matter and so are essential in the balancing, reinvigorating, and restoring of wellbeing and state of health of your body and mind. In other words, based on the quality and quantity of your vital bio-magneto-electrical energy (chi) that affects your states of consciousness and nervous system, your body and mind can either be in a state of imbalance or balance.

You can experience consistent changes in states of matter and energy from the base to more graduated levels when practicing Shen Kung practices especially when you are in the Alpha state. The term Tzu Ran is used by Taoists to describe a beautiful image reflecting the meditative state of self spontaneity. Instead of cracking your being or outer shell, soften it and by that you avoid pre-conditioning. Another term used by Taoists is Wu Wei that depicts a flexible body and mind, spontaneity in harmony with nature, and effortless movement that goes with the flow.

Some of the Taoist philosophies that reflect this idea are as follows:

• “The Tao is just nearby, but everyone looks far away.”
• “Work out things by yourself, and don’t depend on any kind of expert.”
• “The truth gets more and more distant of you look for it outside of yourself.”

You can start to experience an Alpha state of mind when you perform advanced chi cultivation techniques every day. It may be the first step of a greater balance in your body/ mind which leads to greater wisdom and knowledge. The advanced Taoist master believes that a person eventually starts to live more and more in Wu Wei and Tzu Ran until they eventually become an established way of life. Through practices like Shen Kung, all of these concepts, which are a part of the ancients’ natural life medicine, can be experienced first-hand.

Basically, chi kung has five major schools of thought: medical, martial arts, Confucian, Buddhist, and Taoist. In the United States, spontaneous chi kung practices that have no set forms have become increasingly popular in recent years. Shen Kung, Nei Kung, Chi Kung, and Jing Kung are known as the four degrees of chi cultivation. The lying down, sitting, and standing positions carried out in both moving and stationary forms are the three styles of chi kung practice. The NKCL element of “healing thyself” is administered through Shen Kung which is the higher degrees of chi kung. You first need to learn the 31 foundation exercises of the Taoist Elixir Style if you have no idea what Tai Chi or chi kung is or if you’re just starting out.

The advanced exercises of the Shen Kung are made up of six seated methods and six standing methods, including the “quiet sitting” or Earth Meditation to balance and harmonize the body-mind via the eight psychic or extra energy channels (meridians). These energy channels are the repositories and deeper chi movements that carry the ancestral energy, jing chi that bring about and provide nourishment to the twelve organ energy channels. The jing chi is a regulating energy and plays a major role in the programming of the body-mind at the RNA, DNA, and cellular level.

There are several, more pervasive associations between the Eight Trigrams of the Mysterious Turtle (Ba Dua) and the eight extra energy channels, as gleaned by Fu She 8000 years ago. He was also responsible for enriching all of the Eight Branches, notably Feng Shui, Tui Na, hebal medicine, and acupuncture with the same universal principles that fuse the chi kung-nei chia and trigrams energy channels.

As reflected in the principles of yin-yang of natural harmony and balance, the life-nourishing and Taoist art of Shen Kung is performed to heal oneself. The practitioner uses Medical Chi Kung–NKCL to heal others. This healing without needles technique is a brilliant system deemed to be ancient China’s very first healing art. It is extremely simple to perform but very profound which is congruent to Taoist philosophy. If you have the drive and desire to learn and understand it, you’ll be able to apply it to others.

Chinese Dietary Therapy Can Be used To Help Resolve Imbalances Within The Body

We’ve heard them all, “Eat lots of spinach every day because it’s good for you “Drink milk to have strong healthy bones.” Drink lots of water each day to keep you well-hydrated and to wash away toxins off your body.” So many rules and advises to follow. What’s too little? What’s too much? Sometimes, all these can result in anxiety and confusion.

Compared to Western medicine, traditional Chinese medicine views food and how it impacts our health in a different way. Traditional Chinese medicine has a component that espouses the importance of dietary therapy as a form of medicine to treat and prevent illness and to preserve health.

Traditional Chinese medicine or TCM, for short, is seen from the perspective of opposing energetic forces known as yin and yang and the importance of achieving and maintaining balance between the two to bring about or preserve health and well-being and to treat disease. As a type of medicine, food is used as a tool by TCM to balance yin and yang through the exclusion or adding of specific types of food from a person’s diet. The internal organs of the body are associated with the five colors and elements of TCM: white/metal, blue & black/water, yellow/earth, red/fire, and green/wood as well as the five TCM seasons. Food follows these same rules and is grouped based on nature and flavor and arranged into five main categories.

The metal element is affiliated with the season of autumn and foods associated with it have a hot and pungent taste. The skin, large intestine, and lungs are considered “metal” organs and consuming foods that are pungent like ginger, onions, garlic, and peppers usually will make one sweat. Include pungent foods in your diet if you want to speed up your digestion and strengthen your appetite.

The winter season is associated with the “Water” element. The foods of this element are salty in taste. Water is related to the bladder and kidney organs in the body. Excessive consumption of water and salty foods such as pickles, watermelon, olives, soy sauce, mung and kidney beans, mushrooms, and miso can lead to issues like anxiety, water retention, hunger, and thirst. In the winter, our bodies usually crave foods related to the element of water.

Wood is the element that becomes prominent during spring, especially foods such as green lentils, green vegetables, citrus fruits, apples, wheat, rye, and oats. They all affect the gallbladder and liver and have a detoxifying effect on the body. Drinking a cup of lemon juice with warm water after a rich and heavy meal, for example, can help process fats.

Summer time and the element of fire go hand in hand and they’re associated with foods that are bitter and with the organs of the small intestine and heart. Foods that are bitter to the taste tend to be stimulating and have a laxative and cooling characteristic. They include green tea, corn, plain chocolate, black tea, and black coffee. Dehydration is the result of overconsumption of “fire” or bitter foods. It can also adversely impact the nervous systems that weaken the function of the digestive system and the heart.

In the late summer the earth element becomes preponderant. Foods it is associated with have a sweet taste and a nourishing quality. Earth element equates to the spleen and stomach organs. In TCM, the gateway to the abdomen is the mouth and during times of stress, people tend to eat more, or indulge in sweet foods to mitigate the stress. Foods that have phlegm-generating, lethargic, and sedating properties include cheese, sweet fruit, breads, pasta, and refined sugar. Consuming excess amounts of these can impair digestion and lead to bloating.

After you read this article, you may want to assess your eating habits. Do you, for example, like eating salty, sweet or spicy foods? Do you drink coffee to wake yourself up in the morning? Observe the taste you tend to crave and consume more than others. This will give you an indication of where you are out of balance.

Here are a few simple tips to consider when selecting the foods to eat to address a specific imbalance in your body:

1. Try to balance all five colors and tastes on your diet or eat foods that are affiliated with the present season
2. Chew your food properly
3. Always sit down when eating meals, make sure you eat foods associated with the current season

Thrive Wellness Center
2499 Glades Rd #305a
Boca Raton, FL 33431
Phone: (561) 416-4391

What is Cupping Therapy?

Hollywood star Jennifer Aniston caused quite a media frenzy when she stepped out onto the red carpet bearing the marks of an ancient healing technique. Many were curious if she was a victim of a burning injury or has been physically abused by someone

For people who know a thing or two about cupping treatment, the marks were a confirmation that Miss Aniston firmly believes in the healing efficacy of cupping therapy. This modality is a three millennia-old procedure that is still leaving its mark in Modern Western medicine today.

What can one expect from a cupping therapy? These days, the treatment mainly uses glass cups although about three thousand years ago, bamboo wood and animal horns were used. In fact, during that time, the ancient Chinese referred to cupping as ‘horning’.

To decrease the pressure inside the cups, they are traditionally heated with fire and alcohol on the inside then applied onto the skin. The skin is suctioned towards the cup as the cup cools down.

A pump action is cupping therapy’s newest innovation which does away with the dangerous fire. It is also a more precise way of measuring the force of suction and obviously, takes out the risk of burning.

Cupping is used by Japanese shiatsu therapists and traditional Chinese medicine practitioners. They apply the cups onto different areas of the body where meridian channels lie underneath. These meridians are the same channels used in acupuncture treatment. In the back, practitioners usually target five meridians particularly the one associated with the bladder system.

The ankles, legs, and hands can also be cupped since they have meridian channels that can be targeted to treat certain types of illnesses.

Practitioners often use cupping when they determine cold energy residing in the meridian channels of the patient. Cupping generates warmth that stimulates the skin. Suction moves blood to the affected areas promoting localized healing. The chi is warmed and starts to flow freely down the meridians.

Cupping therapy has the power to treat several disorders and diseases. The earliest writings from ancient China that first mentioned cupping discussed its use in the treatment of pulmonary tuberculosis.

Nowadays, practitioners still use cupping to treat respiratory disease and other health conditions such as lymphatic obstructions, dizziness, headaches, gynecological conditions, and digestive disorders. Cupping can also help treat the common cold as well as soft tissue injuries and insomnia.

Cupping causes bruises that only last for two days and are not painful. If you desire to try out this therapy for yourself, it’s very important to seek treatment from a trained practitioner who can tell you where you need a bit of extra energy and where you don’t.

During ancient times, the Chinese and Japanese cultures were not the only ones to exclusively use cupping for various therapeutic reasons. The Arabs were also practicing this therapy at those times, which they called Al-hijamah. Now that it has been introduced by Hollywood stars and recently by US Olympic athletes, it will probably be now used by millions of people over the world.

So, the next time you see Jennifer walking on the red carpet covered in bruises, you know that she wasn’t just physically attacked by someone or anything like that. She just invested a little of effort and time into her health.

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

Get Rid Of Halitosis (Bad Breath) Once And For All With Acupuncture

Perhaps the most unorthodox way to cure halitosis (bad breath) is through acupuncture in Cleveland. This is the practice of using very slender needles stuck into the skin in strategic points to hinder certain nerves to alter the flow of Chi. This Chi is thought to be the life energy that flows through our bodies to give us the power to feel, work, move, and think.

For thousands of years, Chinese medicine has been used by countless number of people to help restore or upgrade their health and wellbeing. The approach used by Chinese medicine is a whole lot different than the one used by the West. According to Chinese medicine, the mind, body, and spirit is all connected through Chi. One of the most important tenets of Chinese medicine is the theory of Yin and Yang, specifically, the balance of Yin and Yang. Good health is engendered and more importantly, life is born between the balanced interaction of Yin and Yang. When this balance is off, the whole body suffers from ill-health and pain. In Chinese medicine health and balance go hand in hand.

In Chinese medicine theory, a hot stomach is the cause of bad breath. This literally means that the stomach carries excess heat leading to problems such as frontal lobe headaches, mouth ulcers, gum swelling and disease, and bad breath. Too much heat in the stomach can be caused by various factors that can include eating food that has spoiled, stomach flu, an unhealthy diet, very high levels of stress and many others. Excess heat in the stomach is a common condition and most people are unaware that they have it. When symptoms arise, they just seem to tolerate it or sometimes take antacids for relief. Since antacids merely mask the symptoms and do not really address the underlying problem (excess heat in the stomach), the symptoms will often return. With acupuncture treatment, not only are the symptoms allayed but the root of the problem is removed curing your problem for good.

Having been practiced for thousands of years, acupuncture has evolved to be the extremely versatile and effective treatment that it is now. Acupuncture restores balance to your Yin and Yang that in turn helps restore the wellbeing and health of your body. In turn, this allows your stomach to return to its normal temperature level, which leads to the cure of your halitosis. But in order to get guaranteed results, you need to seek treatment from a licensed and qualified acupuncturist. You may be able to find one near your area by going online and searching for the NCCAOM (National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine) website. You can also talk to your doctor for referrals or from friends and family who have successfully sought acupuncture treatment for your halitosis problem.

Usually, people are scared of needles and most of us don’t find the idea of having needles stuck into our bodies that appealing. However, there are less invasive acupuncture procedures that are now available. Talk to your acupuncturist about them and get cured of your bad breath once and for all

A Chinese Therapy Drink That Can Help Treat Excessive Cold Imbalances

A hot drink from Chinese nutritional therapy is a natural and simple food that can mobilize sluggish vital energy (Qi) and dispel excessive “cold” imbalances. If you are sensitive or allergic to any of this drink’s ingredients, then you should obviously avoid it.

This recipe can be adjusted to your needs and taste and is very easy to make. It is warming and soothing and being quite “yang,” will assist a person who has too much yin or feels cold. For those suffering from chronic dryness or chronic constipation, this recipe is also not for you. This tonic drink is also believed to be useful for women seeking relief from menstrual cramps and for people recovering from a bout of food poisoning. It is ideally drunk in cold weather when someone is exposed to too much air conditioning, or feels unusually cold.

Here’s the recipe: one to two tablespoons of chopped peeled ginger root, two cups of hot water, 1/8 teaspoon or a pinch of cayenne powder, and juice of half a lemon. If you need to sweeten this drink, you can use stevia powder, cinnamon, or brown sugar. You may also add herbal, decaf or regular tea. Rooibus works quite nicely as do chamomile tea. These ingredients are all mixed together and allowed to steep for three to five minutes. Strain, and sip it as hot as possible. Once it’s made, you can modify the ingredients to your liking. It should make you feel good and warm you up – like the warmth that you get when drinking alcohol but without its toxicity and addiction.

The “yin” properties of lemon, in Chinese herbology, helps balance the very “yang” ingredients. Lemon can also help move stagnant liver qi and is a “detoxifying” ingredient. For the health of the digestive and respiratory systems, ginger is an ideal food to use. It can also be a good treatment for motion sickness and nausea and can rev up the immune system, open up skin pores, expel cold, soothe cramps, alleviate irritable bowel syndrome, soothe upset digestion, and warm the body. Cut back eating ginger if you suffer from constipation. Cayenne is believed to help tonify the abdomen and boost circulation, and is good for the heart. Capsaicin is believed to help uplift a person’s mood, relieve pain and like ginger, is very warming. Replace with cinnamon if you happen to be sensitive to cayenne. It is important that you use 100 percent real cinnamon. The FDA allows a very similar bark to be labeled as cinnamon and it is what most groceries carry. This bark is a close relative of cinnamon.

Brown sugar, in Chinese medicine, is known to bring the benefits of the herbs to the heart and carries out the benefits of the herbs. Use powdered stevia or cinnamon sticks as sweetener if you are overweight or have hypoglycemia or diabetes. Cinnamon has the ability to help lower blood sugar levels. Stevia tastes a bit similar to the poisons aspartame or saccharin, but is a safe 100 percent chemical-free and natural sweetener. It is ideal for a low-carb diet.

You can enjoy this hot tonic with or without meals. May you feel happy, comfortable, and warm!

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Overland Park, KS 66210
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