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Craniosacral Therapy Increases Resistance To Disease And Boosts Wellbeing And Health

CranioSacral Therapy (CST) basically helps heal the body through a non-invasive touch and about five grams of pressure which is roughly the weight of a nickel. A CranioSacral specialist’s job is to assess and uncover restrictions and imbalances in a patient’s body and heal the patient. The therapy frees these restrictions deep within the central nervous system so that the other bodily systems can heal themselves and relax. CranioSacral Therapy can help patients naturally free themselves of emotional discomfort, stress, and pain, reinforces their ability to resist disease, and boosts their wellbeing and health.

Just like the respiratory system and circulatory system, your CranioSacral system has a certain distinct pulse. This pulse beats about six to twelve times a minute. By using an extremely sensitive touch, you can virtually feel this pulse in every part of your body.

One important role of the CranioSacral system is the circulation, manufacture, and re-absorption of Cerebrospinal Fluid (CSF). The CSF supplies vital nutrients to the central nervous system, enabling it to maintain a constant balance even when the body’s other conditions are changing. Every crucial function that are controlled by your Central Nervous System rely on the provision of this fluid. The CSF is located within the Dura and around the spinal cord and brain protecting these two very important organs. It feeds nutrients to the spinal cord and brain and is extremely rich in information. Evaluating this fluid can tell a lot about the health of a person.

The membrane system is found within the CranioSacral System.  The membrane system is the lining around the cranium and dural tube that envelops the spinal cord. This system is also made up of the bones of the skull and the sacrum.

CranioSacral Therapy can significantly affect the Autonomic Nervous System, which is made up of the parasympathetic nervous system and sympathetic nervous system. This is quite helpful in our modern way of life where people are always on the move and have to deal with stress every day of their lives. The constant stress will eventually overtax our sympathetic nervous system. CranioSacral Therapy can soothe our sympathetic nervous system and kick in our parasympathetic nervous system to generate a more peaceful internal environment, which can help the cells of our body to function and develop properly. Every cell can benefit from our body being in balance or be in a state of homeostasis. However, if any of our bodily systems start to malfunction, our bodies will experience a breakdown of homeostasis. This will adversely affect our cells, which will result in illness, or even death if the collapse of homeostasis is severe enough and if this imbalance is left untreated.


One important tenet of CST is that every part of the body is interconnected to each other. This means that it’s impossible to affect one area of the body without affecting all of it.

One of the specialized systems of the body is the Fascia, which looks like a loose knit sweater or a spider web. The fascia is the body part that you need to cut through when you separate the skin of a chicken from the meat. It is a thermoplastic like covering that encloses every bone, muscle, artery, vein, and nerve as well as the internal organs of the lungs, heart, spinal cord and brain. The fascia system is more than a system of unconnected coverings. It practically is one unbroken structure that seamlessly stretches from your head to your toe.

So we now know that the fascia is the organ system that connects every area of your entire body, like the yarn in a sweater. Inflammatory reactions, surgery, and/or trauma can result in myofascial restrictions. The fascia becomes restricted and tight, which can limit the function of the energy channels (meridians), nerves, and the flow of blood within that organ or muscle. Longstanding restrictions can give rise to thick fibrous parts within the fascia that lead to dysfunction and eventually illness in the bodily systems. CST can help your fascia return to its healthy normal state, and help you to feel good and relaxed.

Function and structure are unseparable, and changes in one, will change the other to a certain degree. CST can help boost brain structure to the hilt, which in the end bolsters function.

What Can CranioSacral Therapy Treat?

CST is more and more used by people as a way to maintain health and prevent illness. It supports the natural self-healing abilities of the body since it reinforces resistance to illness, and works well against a broad gamut of medical conditions related to dysfunction and pain, some of which include:

  • Chronic pain
  • Headaches & migraines
  • Motor-coordination problems
  • Pregnancy difficulties 
  1. Autism 
  • Colic 
  • Orthopedic problems 
  • Central Nervous System disorders 
  • Scoliosis 
  • Traumatic Spinal Cord and Brain injuries
  • Chronic fatigue 
  • Learning disabilities 
  • Tension and stress related conditions
  • Emotional problems
  • TMJ 
  • Fibromyalgia & other connective-tissue conditions
  • Post-surgical dysfunction 
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder 

Everyone can avail of CranioSacral Therapy, even newborns.

The patient should bring with him loose, comfortable clothing for the session. A typical CranioSacral Therapy starts with the patient comfortably lying down on a table fully clothed. The CranioSacral specialist will ask the patient to take his shoes off.

The treatment is usually done with the patient comfortably lying on a massage table. Sometimes, he may be told to seat or stand. The specialist will commence treatment by applying a light touch at the feet to evaluate where restrictions and other associated conditions are found in the patient’s body. The specialist then continues to work through other areas of the patient’s body.

What happens during a session?

Experiences during a CranioSacral session are as unique as the patients themselves and differ from session to session. Sometimes, you may feel deeply relaxed or even fall asleep, at other times you may keep on talking, expressing emotions or recollecting hidden memories. You may even remain motionless during the entire therapy, barely noticing the specialist’s assessment and treatment. Other patients may feel sensations within their bodies as the assessment course progresses.

Sometimes throughout the treatment, the specialist may need to support the spine and limbs of the patient while helping release pressure that has built up in the patient’s body. This method is known as Myofascial release or energy cyst release. During this procedure, the patient may occasionally remember events surrounding a past injury, trauma, or shock. Freeing and recalling previous hurts can help the body reverse dysfunctions and restore its former healthy range of movement. The specialist can re-create those previous dysfunctions and hurts. They have a term for this technique: SER or SomotoEmotional Release.

Because the affected bones are closely associated with the Sphenoid bone, it may be important for the specialist to perform, during a CranioSacral session, some related work in the mouth along with some of the face muscles. If these bones are out of balance, they may be the underlying reason of the dysfunction.

A follow-up session

Since patients respond to the therapy in different ways, the immediate outcomes can be just as diverse. The soothing experience may cause people to sleep for several hours post therapy, while some may feel a meaningful rise in their energy levels. An improvement in function or a significant decrease in pain may be immediately felt post therapy, or it may gradually develop over the next few days. It’s not uncommon for improvement to continue well after the therapy since CranioSacral Therapy causes the body to resume its natural self-healing processes. In the meantime, as their bodies adapt to the release of formerly held patterns, some patients may need to undergo an integration and reorganization (follow-up) phase.

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

Chinese Pediatric Tuina For Children’s Conditions

If you have children who often suffer from colic. The ancient art of Chinese Pediatric Tuina would be the best way to address their condition. Mothers who have tried this treatment have found it to be extremely helpful in healing colic and other children’s conditions, especially when it’s combined with Chinese herbal medicine. Both treatments have been used in China for over a thousand years. It is now slowly being seen as a safe and reliable form of pediatric treatment in the West.

One very effective Chinese Pediatric Tuina technique is called the “Grasping Belly Corner” technique or “Na Du Jiao.” It is one among many therapeutic massage techniques of Chinese Pediatric Tuina (traditional Chinese massage).

To treat physical ailments in children, the therapist will apply light pressure on certain pressure points on the body. These points are usually located on the extremities, back, face, and stomach. To ease the massage and/or protect the skin of the child, massage oils or lotions may be used. Each therapy may last for twenty to thirty minutes. In many cases, the therapy should be administered once a day or every other day. Since the technique used in pediatric tuina is very easy and simple to perform, therapists often teach the parents how to properly perform the techniques so that they can administer the treatments to their child at home.  

Children are classified as “pure Yang constitution,” in Maitland Chinese medicine. This means they develop quickly in intelligence and physique. Simultaneously, they also are “Yang and Yin young constitution,” which implies they still have imperfect physical bodies and organic function, which is the reason they easily get sick, especially with regard to respiratory and digestive problems. Being a parent myself, my child seems to often suffer from colds (allergies, asthma, coughing) or tummy aches (due to diarrhea, constipation, nausea, vomiting, and bloating). Crying at night and bed wetting are also common problems during childhood.  

Pediatric tuina is a manual and safe therapy; its techniques produces no side effects and are light. It is an ideal way to alleviate many ailments felt during childhood. In addition, the therapy is an extremely powerful way to prevent diseases. Administering simple and regular pediatric tuina to your kids can help boost their natural body constitution and enhance their immune and digestive systems. It is especially effective for children who catch colds easily and for those who have picky appetites. It is a perfect treatment for newly born children and for kids up to seven years old. When combined with acupuncture, this technique comes highly recommended for older kids.   Chinese herbs are also prescribed most of the time to bring about even faster and better results.  

Things to know when your child is getting pediatric tuina and acupuncture:

  1. We advise that your child shouldn’t come to treatment on a full or empty stomach.
  2. After undergoing a session of acupuncture therapy, your child may feel a bit “woozy” or lightheaded.
  3. Make your child relaxed and comfortable during a treatment.
  4. To help calm your child, have him or her sit in our waiting area for a while, pretty soon he/she will be clear-headed and relaxed.

Promote Balance To Your Health By Following Five Element Nutrition Theory Chinese Medicine

TCM Traditional Chinese Medicine in Bellmore teaches that we are surrounded by five fields of energy. These five elemental environments – wood, water, metal, earth, and fire – are each related to certain body organs, that include the gall bladder, urinary bladder, abdomen, intestines, liver, lungs, spleen, and heart. The five different elements are also affiliated with the different seasons of the year: wood=spring, water=winter, metal=fall, earth=late summer, and fire= summer. These five elements depend and interact with each other.

Therefore, in order to preserve balance in all the elements and promote harmony in our health and surroundings, we need to eat foods that are associated with each of the elements. Five element foods recommended are fruits, vegetables, beans, tubers, and grains. Foods to avoid include wine, beer, liquor, deep-fried foods, chemical foods, processed foods, sugary foods, and meat.

Example of Everyday Dishes

Breakfast: Oats loaded with blueberries and walnuts
Lunch: Black bean salad corn with Grilled shrimp
Snack non-microwave popcorn
Dinner: stir-fried tofu and broccoli with brown rice
Dessert: Watermelon

To promote balance in the body, practitioners of traditional Chinese medicine advice eating foods appropriate to the season as well as foods associated with each of the elements.


The season of spring is associated with the element of wood and with morning. It is essential to eat a diet that cleanses and strengthens the gallbladder and liver because spring is associated with these organs. Wood veggies include leafy greens, parsley, sprouts, zucchini, string beans, carrots, broccoli, and artichokes. Purification is the effect of wood in your body.


Summer is the season related to Fire and high noon (12 p.m.). Its associated organs are the small intestine and heart. Fire veggies include tomatoes, scallions, dandelion, chives, Brussels sprouts, and asparagus. Fire generates blood flow in the body.

Late Summer

Late Summer is associated the earth element and with the afternoon. Its related organs are the pancreas and abdomen. Earth veggies include sweet potato, squash, parsnips, collards, and chard. Earth is responsible for digestion.


Autumn is the season of the Metal element, the lung organs specifically respond to it. Metal veggies are among others, radishes, daikon, cucumber, celery, cauliflower, and cabbage, cauliflower, celery, cucumber, daikon and radishes. Tempeh, tofu, spirulina, and peppermint all belong to the metal family. Respiration is its associated bodily function.

Winter associates with the water element, especially affects the bladder and kidneys, and is related to night time. Water veggies include burdock, beets, kale, and sea vegetables. Tamari, salt, and miso are also water foods. Winter relates to the bodily function of Elimination.

When one knows what element is associated with which season, foods, and bodily functions, they can figure out what part of the body is out of balance and how to treat it. For instance, if you are experiencing constipation in the middle of winter, drinking more water and eating lots of sea vegetables water can treat your problem since winter is the season of water.

Based on the theory of the Five Elements, the manner the food is cooked also alters the food’s energy. Barbecuing and grilling add fire energy to the food, steaming adds earth energy to the food, deep frying and stir-frying give food a wood energy, and baking adds metal energy to the food.

Keep a record of the food you eat and try to eat foods from each element every day if you are seriously considering this kind of dietary program.

Some Chinese Nutritional Therapy Tips To Healthy Living

According to TCM or traditional Chinese medicine in Bellingham, each person is unique and there are no ‘bad’ foods or ‘good’ foods; there are just foods that may be or maybe not appropriate per individual, just as there are suitable plants and herbs for each person based on what his or her health needs are. Warming yang tonic herbs would be the right stuff for people suffering from fatigue and cold; however, for someone who is deficient in yin and suffering from night sweats and constant thirst, these same warming nourishing herbs may only cause headaches and irritation to that person. Foods, like herbs, have varying energetic attributes; they can, for instance, be cooling or warming. Nutritional therapy, in TCM, is just one branch of a larger tree of medicine, which includes herbal medicine and acupuncture.

Raw Foods  

Thirty years ago, well-meaning health food advocates promoted the advantages of eating raw foods and the significance of enzymes from eating raw food. In TCM, this logic contains three fundamental errors:

People eating excess amounts of raw foods often experience loose bowel movements throughout the day. This means that the enzymes make their digestive systems purge more efficiently, which is actually, a TCM sign of Spleen damage.

There is no universal nutritional guideline that’s going to be appropriate for all people.

Raw foods are ‘cold’ by nature and so, too much eating of these foods will injure the Spleen organ energetic system. This energetic system, in TCM, is paired with the Abdomen energetic system and is very important in the normal absorption and digestion of food. So, a meal containing too much juiced vegetables, raw vegetables, fruit juices, and raw fruits is going to have the opposite effect on your health.

Foods for Internal Dampness and Deficient Spleen Qi

  • Aduki bean
  • Yams
  • Amaranth
  • Winter squash
  • Asparagus
  • Turnip
  • Beans
  • Sunflower seeds
  • Bitter greens such as dandelion and arugula
  • Rye
  • Cooked carrots
  • Radish  
  • Cooked celery
  • Pumpkin
  • Cooked soy
  • Millet
  • Garlic
  • Green onions
  • Horseradish
  • Kasha

We recommend the herbal formula Restore the Middle Way

Use or avoid in small amounts: meat, dairy, tofu, eggs, refined carbohydrates, sweets, fried foods, cucumber, watermelon, fruit juices and fruits.

The negative side of drinking too much water

According to TCM, while drinking too much water everyday may seem beneficial as it helps you to stay hydrated, forcing fluids into your body each day may be only putting an extra burden on your Kidneys. In addition, long-term thirst and dryness are most probably a sign of Deficient Yin where your cells are not absorbing water properly. If you are Yin Deficient, Yin foods and tonic herbs should be used to bolster the permeability of the cells so that the water you drink can actually be used by the cells.

One very sure way to shock your acupuncturist would be to say that you’re drinking huge amounts of iced water because you read in some magazines that it would help you lose weight by speeding up your metabolism. According to Chinese medicine, this is actually false since besides injuring the Spleen, it also weakens the energetic systems of your Kidney; the outcome would be more severe imbalances that may take years to repair as well as a gain in weight.

Foods to Treat Deficient Yin

Short grain brown rice, goji berry, amaranth grain, white mulberry, beets, quinoa, string beans, millet, spirulina, wheat germ, seaweed, barley, tofu, mung beans, black beans, kidney beans, tofu. In moderation: pork, raspberry, clam, blackberry, eggs, sardine, oysters.  For severe conditions: dairy products, grapes, watermelon, banana.

We recommend using an herbal formula called Yin Valley.

Foods to stay away from: red meat, fats, spices, coffee, alcohol

Myth:  one way to detox the body is by drinking large amounts of water.

Many people believe that drinking copious amounts of water is going to bathe the tissue and cells and can help cleanse the body of waste materials. The fact is, just the quantity of fluids needed for healthy cellular physiological function is going to infiltrate into the tissue; the remainder will be eliminated through urination. Again, when fluids are forced into the body, over time, it will lead to Deficient Kidney Qi and poor health and interrupt the balance of Yin and Yang of the body.

Liver Imbalances Cured by Nutritional Therapy

Expel Liver Wind – celery, chamomile, basil, western skullcap, sage, lemon, fennel, cold-pressed flax oil, ginger, coconut, anise, vinegar, oats, pine nuts, black soybean, and black sesame seed

Stay away from eggs, buckwheat, and crab meat

Cool Liver Heat – raw green vegetable juices, mung beans, daikon radish, mung sprouts, radish, nettle, rhubarb, celery, mushrooms, seaweed, plums, lettuce, chees, rye bread, tofu, quinoa, watercress, amaranth, cucumber, and millet.

Tonify Liver Blood – animal liver, greens, beef, spirulina, pork, red grapes, eggs, blackberries, chicken soup, blueberries, oysters, blackstrap molasses, sesame seed, gelatin, mulberry fruit, cardoon, dates, artichoke, nettle, red beets, avocado, kelp, and avocado.

Warming Foods for Deficient Qi or Yang – aduki beans, basil, beef, black beans, black pepper, butter, chicken, chili peppers, cinnamon, cloves, cumin, fennel, garlic, ginger, kale, lamb, lentils, molasses, mussel, mustard leaf, onion, rosemary, sesame seeds, shrimp, trout, vinegar, walnuts, winter squash,

cooked fruit: guava, coconut, peach, raspberry, cherry, date.

We recommend using an herbal formula called Ancestor Treasure.

Stay away from dairy, raw fruits, wheat, juices and veggies, asparagus, eggplant, wheat and asparagus.

Congee Therapeutic Dishes

If you are recuperating from a severe chronic condition, congees are highly recommended for eating if you want to rebuild your health. Consume grain or rice cereal combined with tonic herbs and the right foods. This form of healing porridge is light on your digestive system and is well-suited for people who are depleted with chronic illness. Cook as you would grain or rice.

Congee dish for recipe cancer recovery:

  • A pinch of salt
  • Two cups water
  • One Tablespoon each goji berries, astragalus, and grounded codonopsis, (or three tablespoons of powdered herb formula called Zenergy)
  • One cup brown rice

Congee Dish for Cleansing and Detoxification:

  • A pinch of salt
  • Two cups water
  • One Tablespoon each ground coriander seed, turmeric, and burdock root, (or three tablespoons of a powdered herbal formula called Central River)
  • One cup barley rice

Congee dish for weak digestion:

  • A pinch of salt
  • Two cups water
  • One tablespoon each ground fennel seed, hawthorn berries, and codonopsis
  • One cup brown rice

Chinese Nutritional Therapy and a Healthy Diet

Remember, it’s always important to take care of your Spleen. Your Spleen is responsible for the distribution and conversion of fluids and foods after the abdomen has ripened and rotted them. Simply put, the Spleen decides the way foods are used in the body and it contributes a lot in safe reduction of weight. Using tonic herbs to nourish the Spleen increases the efficiency of the Spleen energetic system. The Spleen is also where the pancreas is located, controls blood sugar levels and regulates the usage of blood sugar. In Chinese medicine, the cravings for sweets is due to Deficient Spleen Qi. The Spleen can be injured by eating damp generating foods and by Dampness itself. Foods to avoid would be raw foods, fried foods, iced drinks, and sugars; interestingly, too much fruits, juicing, and salad can lead to an increase in weight and injure the Spleen.

Again, as mentioned a while ago, there are only inappropriate foods, no ‘bad foods’. Certainly, there are sodas and other non-foods that are ‘bad’ for you. Real natural foods, however, if eaten moderately or appropriately, have a place in our lives. A luxurious slice of pecan pie may not be considered in the list below as a suitable acceptable part of your daily diet, but one must feed the spirit once in a while. Be confident of the wisdom of your body that it will use and absorb all essential nutrients and remove all unhealthy substances. If you tend to reprimand yourself every time you eat pecan pie reminding yourself that it does not contain any vital nutrients and is only going to increase your weight, it definitely will harm your health. Conversely, if you trust the wisdom of your body and relish it, it can’t do any harm to your body (provided it is eaten in moderation).

Useful Dietary Advices

Most advancements in nutritional therapy have more to do enhancing the preparation of food. Most of the listed food needs to be prepared. Taking time for food preparation that will enable you or others to heal is part of the method of treating oneself. Dining out occasionally while making appropriate dietary choices will work temporarily, but if you want long-term wellness, you’ll perhaps need to develop skills in preparing food (unless you have several healthy restaurants near your place).

The next part of the learning process is take your sweet time relishing your meal. You’re likely to derive more nutritional benefits out of a BLT (bacon lettuce tomato) sandwich that you carefully prepared, and ate with gusto in peace and quiet than a tofu burger you smelled while cruising down the highway.

Try to eat, at least, half a cup each of cooked berries, leafy greens, onions-mushrooms, legumes-beans, seeds-nuts, and vegetables everyday; this limits lessens your craving for unhealthy food choices.

Because the Spleen is at its most active in the morning, it is essential that breakfast be added as part of a treatment regimen, as it is a traditional component of Chinese nutritional Therapy, more so if you’re attempting to shed weight.

To avoid eating snacks between meals, you might want to try eatinf miso soup or broths instead. Meals should be eaten before 8 PM.

Eat locally grown or organic foods, as much as possible or when available.

General guidelines to healthy eating to preserve well-being:

This is not a comprehensive list of foods but it could be a starter guideline.

Fruits (5 percent)

Eat many tablespoons of berries daily if possible.

Eat a lot of tomatoes and avocadoes

Moderately consume: apples, apricot, bananas, blackberry pineapple, cantaloupe, cooked peaches, cooked pears, cranberry, figs, goji berry, grapefruit, grapes, guava, honeydew melon, lemon, mulberry, oranges, papaya, plums, pomegranate, quince, raisins, raspberry, stewed apples, strawberries, tangerine, watermelon,

Stay away from all processed/refined fruit juices

Animal Meat (5 to 10 percent)

Moderately consume: cold water fish, eggs, lamb, lean pork, organic beef, organic chicken, quail, seafood

Stay away from canned meats, meat fats, and luncheon meat

Beverages (3 percent caloric)

Consume lots of clean room temperature water, green tea, and herbal teas

Moderately consume: black tea, coffee, oat milk, organic milk, red wine, rice milk, soy milk

Star away from alcohol, beer, forcing liquids, iced beverages, iced tea, iced water, juice, sodas

Dairy (2 to 5 percent)

Moderately consume: cottage cheese, ghee, light sour cream, organic one percent milk, unprocessed cheese, yogurt

Stay away from sweetened yogurts, frozen yogurt, ice cream

Oils (5 percent) – eating foods that are fried only adds to Dampness in the body

Moderately consume: camolina oil, coconut oil, ghee, unrefined/unprocessed canola oil, unrefined/unprocessed oleic safflower oil, unrefined/unprocessed oleic sunflower oil, unrefined/unprocessed olive oil, unrefined/unprocessed sesame oil

Stay away from shortening, refined vegetable oils, refined canola oil, peanut oil, partially hydrogenated vegetable oil, palm oil, margarine, hydrogenated vegetable oil, fried foods, cottonseed oil, corn oil, animal fats

Sweeteners (>1 percent) Refined/processed sugars generate Dampness in the body

Consume in small amounts: unrefined/unprocessed cane juice or powder, stevia,

small piece dark chocolate, rice syrup, molasses, maple syrup, local raw honey, date sugar, barley malt, agave

Stay away from any artificial sweeteners like Splenda™ and Nutrasweet™, brown sugar, candy, cane sugar or juice, fructose, high fructose corn syrup, sucrose, 

turbinado sugar, white sugar

Grains (5 to 15 percent)

Eat lots of: amaranth, barley, bran, brown rice, buckwheat, foods made with whole grains, kashi, millet, oats, rye, short grain brown rice, spelt, whole grain breads, wild rice

Moderately consume: polenta, maize, corn meal

Stay away from: cake, cereal, cookies, foods made w/white flour, French bread, noodles, pasta, potatoes, processed cereals, rolls, soft whole wheat breads, white bread, white rice

Seeds and Nuts (5 to 10 percent), if possible, eat one-fourth cup a day

Eat lots of: shelled seeds & nuts including walnut, sunflower seed, squash seeds, pumpkin seed, pistachio, pine nut, pecans, hummus, flax seed, chia seed, black sesame seed, almond

Stay away from: rancid nuts – *nuts quickly start to deteriorate when they are hulled or shelled, cashews, peanuts, processed peanut butter

Legumes – lentils, peas, beans (15 percent). Try to eat a minimum of half a cup of legumes a day

Eat lots of: whole peas, TVP textured vegetable protein, tofu, tempeh, split peas, soybean, sesame, pinto beans, mung bean, miso, lima beans, lentils, kidney beans, hummus, garbanzo, black-eyed peas, black bean, aduki bean

Vegetables (25 percent). Try to eat a wide variety of veggies, organic if available. Consume a minimum of half a cup of greens a day, half a cup of mixed vegetables a day and one salad.

Eat lots of: yam, winter squash, turnip greens, sweet potato, steamed zucchini, steamed summer squash, steamed celery, steamed cauliflower, steamed carrots, steamed broccoli, snap bean, shallots, seaweed, scallions, rutabagas, peppers, parsnips, turnips, onions, okra, Napa cabbage, mustard greens, mushrooms, leeks, lamb’s quarters, kohlrabi, kale, Jerusalem artichoke, green peas, green beans, grape leaves, gobo-burdock root, eggplant, cooked tomatoes, cooked spinach, cooked beets, collards, chard, cabbage, Brussels sprout, bok choy, asparagus, artichoke.

Moderately consume: raw vegetables, raw tomato, potatoes, lettuce, cucumber, corn.

Chua K’a Massage Cures A Variety Of Musculoskeletal Disorders

Evolved from the ancient practices of Mongolian warriors, Chua K’a Mongolian massage is a form of bodywork I have first experienced through the services of a spiritual school as a self-massage for releasing old injuries from the soul and body. Chua K’a is founded on the principle that the body stores any remembrances of pain long after a wound has healed. If they did not address the memory of a wound, the Mongolian warriors believed that it made their bodies weaker and they are overtaken with fear. When these sites of trauma are released, wisdom of life experiences as well as consciousness is restored.

Chua K’a massage was initially used as a form of self-massage. People would use tools made of wood, jade, stone, etc. or their own hands to free their bodies. After implementing this massage on my own body for almost a couple of weeks, the outcomes were so amazing that I started to implement it as a practicing technique for my clients.  The massage causes your body to feel like it’s being sculpted; it is performed using a touch that is not painful but cathartic and deep. This vigorous massage can lead to ecstatic states as it stimulates the Spirit-Body and restores consciousness to regions that were previously asleep. In certain areas where the body has been “released”, a variety of emotional fears are also set loose. I endorse Mongolian Massage for people suffering from certain musculoskeletal disorders. The benefits of Chua K’a Mongolian massage include:

  • Loss of range of movement
  • Lack of self-acceptance and self-consciousness
  • Back aches
  • Fear of failing, Fear of dying,
  • Neck pain
  • Leg pain
  • Foot pain
  • Issues with grounding
  • Indigestion
  • Old injuries that never seem to completely heal
  • Frozen shoulder
  • Breathing difficulties
  • Shoulder pain

Heather Shultz Acupuncture
100 Brick Rd Suite 212
Marlton, NJ 08053
Phone: (856) 452-1782

The Incredible Benefits of Mongolian Chua Ka Massage

There’s a great way to avoid paying for a massage: Do it yourself!  It may not be exactly the same as another person doing it on your body and may not even feel as good. But, there’s no doubt that it gives you the power to heal yourself and it still is good for you. 

The warriors of ancient Mongolia know very well the value of self-massage.  They designed a type of deep tissue self-massage they named Chua Ka, which they administered on themselves before marching off into battle. They believed that the experiences in life created channels of pain and muscle tension that are recalled by the body in the form of fears.  In other words, these soldiers believed that life itself can become so difficult that the body has no choice but to store those fears, injuries, and stresses learned from the traumas inside the muscle tissue. Because it is important to enter into battle and fight without fear, the idea was to free those deep-seated fears by massaging them deeply away.  

The healing practice of Chua Ka believes that freeing physical tightness in the body allows us to lessen mental tightness as well.  The warriors during those eras would use stones and sticks to deeply delve slowly into the body.  This method was also believed to bring the mind and body into a state of heightened awareness and sensitivity, as well as other traits that can help them survive during times of conflict.

There’s still a lot to say for what modern man thinks of self-massage and conventional massage even if there’s truth to the notion that massage can help prepare a person for challenge or even if they do not believe that the Mongolians were on to something.  These days there are several reasons why we all need to get a massage. It has been shown to bring about long-term health benefits like:

  • Detoxification of the body
  • Increase blood flow
  • Eliminate stress
  • Promote relaxation

But the best thing about self-massage is it’s extremely affordable and you can do it on yourself.

Still perfect tools are stones and sticks, but today’s generation of warriors have been gifted with even more options.  Few people are aware of it, but within your home may be some common household items that can hold the key to your mental and muscle relief. 

Are you suffering from knots or pain in your back?  Lie on the floor and put a tennis ball along the ailing part of your spine. To lessen or increase pressure on your back, use your body weight.  Slowly move till you start to feel relief.

Do have a sore forearm after typing for several hours? You can use the poles of a rolling pin or even the sticks of a drum set to bear firm pressure to the body part that’s causing you discomfort and pain.

Not mentioning yoga while talking about self-massage is like being a lover of classical music and ignoring Beethoven.  The best form of self-massage, hands down, is Yoga.

The ancient warriors of Mongolia were aware that the mind and body were closely connected and that taking care of the body was important not only for mental health but for one’s very survival as well.  The warriors of our time know that self-massage can be a way to take care of the body so that the other areas of our life can flourish.

Amy-SuiQun Lui, L.Ac.
Asian Health Center
27059 Grand Army of the Republic Hwy
Cleveland, OH 44143
Tel: (440) 833-0983

The Issue Regarding Cupping Therapy Body Marks

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tips On How To Eliminate Negative Energy In Your Home

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

Determining Where the Problem Area Lies

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

Types of Negative Energy

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

Obstructed Flow of Energy

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

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

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

Stagnant Energy

A messy unclean home also generates stagnant energy.

Factors that can Produce Stagnant Energy in Your Home:

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

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

Obstructed Passages

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

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

Poison Arrows

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

External Factors that Cause Negative Energy

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

External Poison Arrows

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

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

Negative Chi and Flying Star

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

Negative Effects of Flying Star and the Cures

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

Eliminating Negative Energy in Your Home

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

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

Living without Sha

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

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

Treat Thyroid Disorders The Natural Way With Acupressure Therapy

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Using Acupressure Therapy to Detect Thyroid Problems  

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Overcoming Grief Through Chinese Nutritional Therapy

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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