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The Eight Mansion Directions Of Feng Shui

In Chinese, Feng Shui literally means Wind and Water. It is a technique designed to bring in harmony and balance and harmony between our environment and us. Feng Shui, just like the forces of Yin and Yang, is all about balance. Where there is darkness, there is also light; where there is water, there is also fire; where there is darkness, there will also be darkness; etc..

Feng Shui tells us that each person interfaces in a different way to their environment. At times, a specific environment – such as an office or house – is so appropriate for you so much so you notice that everything in your life is well and good. However, it is highly possible that between your environment and yourself there is some kind of imbalance or discord if you are burdened by financial woes or problematic relationships manifesting in your everyday life.

By finely altering your environment, you’ll be able to bring back this balance that will eventually improve your life. This changing of your environment can be as easy as changing the position or angle of your work table, or by purchasing mandarin ducks and other Feng Shui items and putting them in appropriate locations in your office or home.

Genuine traditional Feng Shui has several systems. This article will only talk about one system, the Hsuan Kong system. Hsuan Kong (literally translated as “Mysterious Void” in Chinese) is a comprehensive system made up of convoluted formulae to determine an environment’s optimal composition and positioning.

FengShui School of Pa-Kua (Eight Mansion)

Within the Hsuan Kong system, there are a few sub-schools, including the well-known school of Flying Stars. The depictions in this work are derived from the Eight Mansion or Pa-Kua school. In the Eight Mansion technique, the compass is split into eight directions, with each direction detailed by a trigram. Each of these directions has their own corresponding significance. One of the Eight Mansion directions, for instance, is the relationship or personal direction, which for a person with problematic relationship will be of great interest. The importance of each direction is different for every person depending on what they need in their lives at that moment.

To know how each Eight Mansion direction personally affects you, you’ll need to determine your Kua Number.

Your Kua Number will be determined by the calculator, and more importantly, what each Eight Mansion direction means to you. In other words, four of those directions will have negative overtones and the other four will be favorable or positive to you.

One can briefly summarize the eight Mansion directions this way:

1. Total Loss (Chueh Ming) – This is your death and loss direction. In order to lessen physical death and loss around you, you need to focus on this direction.

2. Six Killings (Liu Sha) – This is an “evil” direction. To defend yourself against evil in your environment, you need to focus on this direction.

3. Five Ghosts (Wu Gwei) – To prevent financial woes and theft, this direction is the one you need to focus on since it is the financial loss direction.

4. Misfortunes (Ho Hai) – if you want to minimize unforeseen loss or accidents, this is the direction you need to focus on. The Ho Hai is the first negative Eight Mansion direction and is your mishap or accident direction.

5. Stability (Fu Wei) – Turn your attention to this direction if you want to attain knowledge and tranquility. This is your direction for knowledge and stability.

6. Relationships (Nien Yin) – If you want to improve your marriage or love life or are in a troubled relationship, you need to focus on this direction which is your relationships direction.

7. Heavenly Doctor (Tien Yi) – If you are interested in physical and health matters this is the direction you need to focus on as it is your health direction.

8. Life Generating (Sheng Chi) – This Eight Mansion direction is your wealth and prosperity direction. If you are interested in financial strength, this is the direction you need to focus on.

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Selecting The Right Foods When Ordering In Chinese Restaurants

You may not know this but eating at a Chinese restaurant can offer you various ways to maintain good health; although it can also provide you many ways to ruin it. Correct choices can result in a guilt-free, nutritious dining experience. Improper choices that you may find with typical Chinese fare are not as worse as that of standard Western dishes, but nevertheless, can still adversely affect your health.


One of the greatest benefits of eating Chinese food is that it’s low in trans fat and saturated fat. Foods that are high in these unhealthy fats elevates blood cholesterol, which, according to the American Heart Association, can lead to heart disease. Chinese dishes are low in unhealthy fats because they have no cheese, are cooked on vegetable oil, and often contain vegetables, poultry, and seafood.


According to the Center for Science in the Public Interest, the unhealthiest thing about Chinese food is that it is usually filled with packed with calories and sodium. The culpable ingredients typically used in Chinese foods are deep-fried breading oil, salty sauces, and fried cooked noodles.


The Center for Science in the Public Interest has revealed General Tso’s chicken served in some Chinese restaurants as one of the worst Chinese foods served to the public. General Tso’s chicken is fried chicken basically with a dash of vegetables. A usual dinner meal has 3.200 grams of sodium and 1,300 calories. Fried rice contains 2.7 grams of sodium and 1,500 calories while orange beef has about 3.1 grams of sodium and 1,500 calories.


If you eat Chinese food too often, the surfeit calories can lead to weight gain. A typical human being requires just 2,000 calories a day to live, although requirements differ. According to the Stanford Hospital and Clinics, obesity results in dangerously unhealthy side effects like cancer, heart disease, diabetes, and high blood pressure. The American Heart Association advices people to limit their sodium intake to 1.5 grams a day, thus, a single Chinese food meal can easily have two days’ worth of sodium. This association has stated that diets filled with sodium lead to high blood pressure which increases the risk of stroke and heart disease.


The Committee for Science in the Public Interest recommends that instead of ordering deep-fried items when eating in Chinese restaurants, select tofu or seafood items, and chicken instead that is lightly stir-fried. A much better recommendation is to order less meat and more vegetables. Avoid the following sauces:

 Soy sauce – One tablespoon of sodium contains one gram of sodium

 Hoisin sauce – One tablespoon of this sauce contains 250 mg of sodium

 Duck sauce – One tablespoon of duck sauce contains 100 mg of sodium

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Auricular Acupuncture For Treating Digestive Conditions, Insomnia, Pain And Others

One of the most sensitive nerve-filled parts of your body is your outer ear. These nerves are directly connected to your brain, and so when they’re properly stimulated, it can reach any part of your body through the. Mankind has developed, through diligent research, the techniques to utilize your ear as a means of healing your whole body. Ear acupuncture in Cleveland, also called auricular acupuncture, is often used on patients searching for a way to treat digestive conditions, insomnia, pain, to lose weight, and to quit smoking among many others.

Used in China for thousands of years, auricular acupuncture was further refined in the 1950’s by French neurologist Paul Nogier. This type of treatment requires the sticking of small acupuncture needles on specific acupoints of the auricle or outer to stimulate acupoints. In auricular acupuncture, the practitioner inserts a 0.18mm thick, 0.5-inch, needle on your ear rather than the standard 0.22mm thick 1-inch that’s used on your body. This reduces the sensation of needling on your ear, as well as gives your practitioner more ease in utilizing using different acupoints on your ear, which usually is small and difficult to manipulate.

The needles may also include or be replaced by using the small seeds of the vaccaria plant that can also help address stagnation and strengthen the blood. The practitioner may also use healing magnets to either complement the treatment or in lieu of the auricular acupuncture needles. According to traditional Chinese medicine, the ear is a miniature representation of the entire human body. This means that stimulating certain acupoints on your ear can help treat any disorder that otherwise could be resolved with the acupoints located on your body. In truth, the shape of the ear looks like an inverted fetus with its feet and hands directed towards the top of your ear and with its head located on your lobe. Intriguingly, a lot of auricular acupoints match with this general pattern. Shoulder acupoints, for example, are located where the shoulder of the fetus would be.

Oftentimes, auricular acupuncture is administered along with acupoints on specific parts of your body. A practitioner of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) usually utilizes acupoints on the body as well as acupoints on the ear, and then after treatment, tapes ear seeds on similar or the same acupoints of your ear. The magnets or seeds are taped with a bandage-like adhesive material. The matching acupoints can then be stimulated a few times a day by the patient, until they fall off by themselves naturally, which is usually about three or four days later. Over the next few days, this extra stimulation boosts the effectiveness of your acupuncture treatment.

While mapping the acupoints on your ear is easy, we do not recommend using them to treat another person or yourself. It is important that you receive auricular acupuncture only from a licensed qualified TCM Practitioner, who has been trained in all forms of Chinese medicine modalities, and knows the best way of diagnosing you effectively and correctly.

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.