5 Alternative Therapy Perks About Acupuncture

5 Alternative Therapy Perks About Acupuncture

Acupuncture is a method of encouraging the body’ natural healing ability and to improve functioning. This is treat by inserting disposable stainless steel needles thin as a strand of hair and applying heat or electrical stimulation at precise acupuncture points. Acupuncture is a popular therapy that has been use for thousands of years which treat a wide variety of medical conditions. Here are five perks of acupuncture therapy over other treatments?

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Never Get Jet Lag Again

Never Get Jet Lag Again

The key to reducing the symptoms of jet lag is to restore energy flow and, to quickly return balance to the body's circadian rhythm. While at sea where I practice Acupuncture, people from around the world arrive to their cruise jet lag and with very little time to recover. I've helped many patients prevent and recover from jet lag 

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Understanding your Cycle for Millennials

 

Antonika Chanel LA.c

Antonika Chanel LA.c

One in five women bleed so heavily during their periods that they have to put their normal lives on hold just to deal with the heavy blood flow.

Bleeding is considered heavy if it interferes with normal activities. Blood loss during a normal menstrual period is about 5 tablespoons, but if you have heavy menstrual bleeding, you may bleed as much as 10 to 25 times that amount each month. You may have to change a tampon or pad every hour, for example, instead of three or four times a day.

Heavy menstrual bleeding can be common at various stages of your life—during your teen years when you first begin to menstruate and in your late 40s or early 50s, as you get closer to menopause. 

A few oils that help soothe the discomfort are Womens Blend whisper and Montly Blend Clary Calm.  

 

More over, the way we are understanding our menses and cycle is changing the way we feel and think about ourself. Kris LA.c and course creator of Feminine Cycle 101 express how sacred our cycle is. 

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) Looks at our cycles in a different way. The time from the start of your period to the start of the next one. It is a view that is guided by nature, Daoist principles and yin/yang theory. These principles are based on eating and living according to the rhythms of the seasons and your body’s own unique qualities, which leads to greater health and balance. By being mindful of how your cycle’s rhythms mirror the ebb and flow of the natural world, you can achieve a deeper, more intuitive understanding of your body.

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Enroll, understand what you body is telling you by learning about your cycle from Kris. It’s no secret and natrually we can evolve through our cycles mor organicly without all the painful mess. 

 Feminine Cycle 101

 

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 Join the discussion on how Chinese Medicine explains how using essential oils are a great option for a more natural solution during that time of the month. 

 

Love Your Pancreas: Pancreatic Support & Chinese Medicine

Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) is one of the most common complementary and alternative medicines used in the treatment of patients with cancer worldwide. However, the clinical effect of TCM on patients with pancreatic cancer remains unclear. In my Vblog I explain why I give great smoothie recipes, aromatherapy support that help and promote your existing health care lifestyle.

First, a little background about poor pancreatic health. 

Pancreatic cancer occurs when cells in the tissues of the pancreas form a malignant growth, or tumor. These cancerous cells are generally found in the ducts that carry pancreatic juices to the small intestine, however, a rare form of pancreatic cancer develops in the cells that form insulin. In the early stages of pancreatic cancer, an individual might not exhibit signs of illness, however as the cancer progresses, the following symptoms can appear: weight loss, weakness, loss of appetite, yellow discoloration of the skin and/or eyes due to jaundice, nausea, vomiting, and pain in the upper abdomen or back.
Chinese Medicine aims to treat the root cause and not just the symptom. In order to achieve this patterns in the body present themselves and are carefully diagnosied and treated with Acupuncture, Herbs, excercise and massage therapy and nutritional therapy. 
 
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Why Oriental Medicine?

WHY ORIENTAL MEDICINE?

In Oriental Medicine the Internal Organs are very important physiologically and pathologically.  The Channels which spread into all parts of the body transport Qi, Blood, connecting the internal organs, limbs, muscles, tendons, bones and other systems.  Chinese Medicine takes a look at the wholeness of the body by examining the local symptoms and seeks to understand how the Internal Organs are physiologically and pathologically related and affected. Chinese Medicine is consider holistic approach in order to prevent the transfer of pathogens to other organs or areas.

8 Quotes On Human Preserving Health and Energy

Chinese ancient culture is relevant in life today.  The questions that Emperors asked then are questions we seek answers for today. An Emperor of China once asked, 'I am told the people in ancient times could all survive to more than 100 years old, and they were healthy and strong. The people at present time are different. They are not so nimble in action when they are only 50. What is the reason? Is it due to the change of spiritual principles or caused by the artificial behavior of men?

A Taoist master replied with these 15 quote. 

5000yr old ancient practice, performed and experienced by the most highest and privileged individuals in history.  

5000yr old ancient practice, performed and experienced by the most highest and privileged individuals in history.  

  1. Those who knew the way of keeping good health in ancient times always kept their behavior in daily life in accordance with nature.  
  2. When one concentrates his spirit internally and keeps a sound mind how can illness occur? 
  3. Those who have a quiet spirit, their primordial energy will be moderate. They do not seek or admire the material comfortable life of others so they are plain and honest.  
  4. People who are good at prrserving health live quietly and comfortably in the natural environment of the universe. 
  5. Always keep your mind in cheerful mood and contented with your own circumstances. 
  6. Adapt to the behaviors and the change of nature.
  7. Have a quiet and stable mind. 
  8. Master the practice of preserving a good health.

 

Chinese Herbal Medicine

Chinese Herbal Medicine

Herbal medicine is one of the most essential elements of Traditional. Chinese Medicine, and provides an important compliment to acupuncture treatment. While acupuncture stimulates the flow of energy and blood, herbal formulas are designed to nourish and replenish deficiencies in the metabolic, endocrine and immune systems.

In Western medicine pharmaceutical drugs are prescribed to treat a specific disease. Chinese herbal formulas, however, are individually compounded to treat the whole patient and their particular underlying disorder or deficiency. The formulas, which may contain up to 15 different herbs, generally contain both herbs to naturally increase general health and to deal with the specific ailment.

Using Herbs to treat Cancer: Traditional Medicine in a Modern World

The simple fact that plants are a major source of many drugs is not a surprise to most. Penicillin comes from mold, coumadin from sweet clover and aspirin from the bark of the white willow. Many of the most effective cancer drugs are also plant derived such as Vincristine (from periwinkle), Etoposide (from mayapple) and Taxol (from the pacific yew tree). In China and Japan, the mainstream medical opinion is that supplementing chemotherapy with traditional herbal formulas can improve survival rates and life expectancy of cancer patients. Skeptics might doubt any herbal effect but for cancer patients, it raises a very simple question, “What does the research say?”

Coriolis versicolor, the common turkey tail mushroom, has over 400 published studies including several long term human clinical trials confirming its cancer killing, anti-metastatic, and immune enhancing effects. (1-9) It is referred to as a Biological Response Modifier as it improves the patients own anti-tumor response (10). Researchers at the St. Mary’s Medical Center in San Francisco reviewed several randomized clinical trials and agreed with the Japanese Ministry of Health that this common mushroom significantly improves survival rates and lifespan for gastric, esophageal, colorectal, breast and lung cancers (9).

Coptis chinensis (Huang Lian) is a favorite herb of traditional Chinese medicine for signs of infection associated with heat or inflammation. Researchers at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (MSKCC) have demonstrated effects on hepatoma, gastric, colon, and breast cancer cells in the lab. Researchers also discovered that the whole herb is more effective than the single major constituent, berberine (11). A phase one clinical trial is currently underway on the effects of Huang Lian on solid tumors at MSKCC.

Artemisinin annua (Qing Hao), commonly known as sweet wormwood, has recently gained fame as the best treatment for quinine resistant malaria. A University of Washington study shows Artemisinin selectively kills several cancer cell lines in the test tube. It worked against breast cancer cells but was most effective for aggressive forms of pancreatic and leukemia cell lines (14,15). Artemisinin damages cell membranes by reacting with iron, high concentrations of which are found in both the malaria parasite and quickly dividing cancer cells. Researchers observed cancer cells resistant to chemotherapy were still killed by aremisinin (16).

Oldenlandia (Bai Hua She She Cao) is used traditionally for snakebite or any conditions of heat due to toxin. The Journal of Herbal Pharmacotherapy published an article in 2004 that showed oral doses of Bai Hua She She Cao inhibited lung cancer growth and metastasis in rats and eight other cancer cell lines in the test tube (12).

In the near future, America’s healthcare will be very similar to what is found in China and Japan: an integrative system that takes the best of all worlds for the benefit of the patient. Clearly, herbs can be potent medicines and in the case of the turkey tail mushroom a clinically proven complementary option for stomach, colon, lung and throat cancer.

When searching for an Acupuncturist, look for one that prescribe Chinese herbs. I intern in a clinic where Dr. Fudi prescribe patients with Chinese herbal decoction. These decoctions are often mixtures of single herbs to treat a number of symptoms. There are over 10,000 medicinal herbs in Chinese medicine. Homeopathic medicines and Ayurveda are also alternative options. However Chinese Herbs are the best.

Reference: Www.SacredLotus.com

Ulcerative Colitis

Abstract

Colitis is a term used to describe inflammation of the colon. Ulcerative colitis is a inflammatory ulcerative disease of the colon and rectum. Infections, poor blood supply, and autoimmune reactions cause colitis. Acupuncture has traditionally been used in treatment for inflammatory bowel disease in China. The objective of this study is to investigate the efficiency of acupuncture and moxibustion in the treatment of ulcerative colitis (UC). This report will identify the causes of colitis and identify how one can find healing through dietary changes, allopathy, acupuncture and herbal prescription. ayuvadic, food therapy, the biomat and the importance of alkaline water will be considered why they should be use as form of treatment.

Anatomy of the Colon

The colon is divided into six parts, the cecum, the ascending colon, the transverse, the sigmoid, the rectum, and the anus. The colon is responsible for collecting and storing waste and pushing undigested food towards the anus for elimination. Food is digested in the stomach, it passes through the small intestine where the nutrients are absorbed into the body for use. The wall of the colon has numerous layers. There is a smooth muscle layer that wraps the outside and is responsible for squeezing the undigested food through the length of the colon. The inner layer, or mucosa, comes into contact with the fluid and allows the absorption of water and electrolytes, which helps to solidify the feces. The mucosal layer is where the colon inflammation occurs and is responsible for the symptoms of colitis. The colon has a blood supply with arteries delivering oxygen rich blood and nutrients to it, and veins that drain carbon dioxide and lactic acid from it. Diseases, viruses or bacteria can cause colitis by decreasing the blood supply causing inflammation of the colon.

The Causes of Colitis

Viruses and bacteria can cause colon infections, several types exists, most are food-borne illnesses. Common bacterial such as Shigella, E Coli, Salmonella and Campylobacter can cause bloody diarrhea and can result in significant dehydration. Parasites such as giardia can cause significant diarrhea. The parasite can enter the body when infected water is swallowed. The source may be from recreational water such as rivers, lakes, and swimming pools. It may also be contaminated from a water well or cistern.

Pseudomembranous colitis is caused by the bacteria Clostridium difficile. Clostridium difficile is seen in patients who have recently been taking antibiotics for an infection. Antibiotic alters the normal bacteria present in the colon and allows an overgrowth of the Clostridium bacteria which produce a toxin that causes diarrhea. This type of diarrhea is usually not bloody.

Ischemic Colitis occurs when the arteries that supply blood to the colon have the potential to become narrow due to atherosclerosis. When these arteries become narrow, the colon may loose its blood supply and become inflamed. The colon can also lose its blood supply for mechanical reasons. A couple of examples include volvulus, where the bowel twists on itself, or an incarcerated hernia, where a portion of the colon gets trapped in an out pouching of the abdominal wall, which prevents blood from flowing to the affected portion. Ischemia or lack of blood supply causes significant pain, fever, and bloody bowel movements. In individuals who are at risk for decreased blood flow to the colon, ischemic colitis can occur if the blood pressure falls. This may occur with dehydration, anemia, or shock.

Ulcerative colitis is thought to be an autoimmune illness in which the body's immune system attacks the colon and causes inflammation. Ulcerative colitis begins in the rectum and may gradually spread throughout the colon. The signs and symptoms include abdominal pain and bloody bowel movements. Crohn's disease may involve any part of the digestive tract from the esophagus and stomach, through to the small and large intestine all the way to the rectum. It often has skip lesions, that is diseased areas are interspersed with healthy areas of tissue. Two diseases that make up Microscopic Colitis are collagenous colitis and lymphocytic colitis. Inflammation is caused when the colon wall becomes engorged with either collagen or lymphocytes. Watery, non-bloody diarrhea is the most common symptom. This illness is seen more frequently in older women. The cause is unknown but an autoimmune potential may exist.

 

Chemical Colitishappens when chemicals are instilled into the colon, inflammation and damage can occur. One of the complications of an enema is inflammation of the mucosal lining of the colon caused by harsh chemicals.

Symptoms of colitis will depend upon the type of colitis that is present, but in general, colitis most often is associated with abdominal pain and diarrhea. Other symptoms of colitis can include blood in the bowel movement may or may not be present. Diarrhea can sometimes cause hemorrhoids, which can bleed. Tenesmus, the constant urge to have a bowel movement may exist. Abdominal pain may come in waves, building to diarrhea, and then waning. There may be constant pain. Fever, chills, and other signs of infection and inflammation may be present depending upon the cause of colitis.

Blood in stools, colon cancer is another important cause of blood in the stool, and this symptom should not be ignored. The time of onset of symptoms, the duration of pain, the frequency of diarrhea, and whether there are any other associated complaints are questions that should be considered upon patient interview. It would also be important to know the lifestyle of an individual with, if an infectious cause is being considered. Recent travel, unusual diet, recent use of antibiotics may be consider as the cause. Medical history is also important to assess the risk factors for peripheral vascular disease or narrowing of the arteries. These include smoking, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and diabetes. This may give direction to explore the cause for colitis.

Blood testing will help assess the stability of the patient and look for potential issues associated with colitis. Stool samples should be collected for culture, looking for infection as the cause of colitis. If a specific cause of colitis is not apparent, colonoscopy may be considered. Biopsies (small pieces of tissue) may be taken from the lining of the colon and examined by a pathologist.

IV fluids: Intravenous (IV) fluid may be required, especially if the patient cannot drink enough fluids by mouth. For some illnesses like ischemic colitis, in which blood flow to the bowel is already compromised, adequate hydration is a key element in treatment. Electrolyte replacement may be required in some patients who have significant dehydration.

After diagnosis, there are several effective treatments that can be considered. Of the many, North Americans are more familiar with Allopathic treatments. This type of treatment include Aminosalicylates (sulfasalazine, mesalamine), Corticosteroids (prednisone, budesonide), Immunomodulators (eg, azathioprine, 6-mercaptopurine), Antibiotics (eg, metronidazole, ciprofloxacin), Probiotics (Lactobacillus GG, Saccharomyces boulardii) and Biological agents (eg, infliximab) etc...

However these Allopathic treatments do not cure Colitis. They are merely a way of suppressing symptoms.[1] Alternative treatments have been proven to be more effective than taking a pill with associated side effects. We will now take a look at Chinese Medicine Ayurveda and food based healing.

Acupuncture

Spleen is the key organ involved in gastro-intestinal disorders. The Spleen has primary responsibility for "transforming" and "transporting" food essence in the body, and the excretion of waste. The Spleen needs to be moist in order to function well, but if it becomes deficient in Qi, it will become overwhelmed by moisture, and a pathological condition of Dampness (or Damp Heat) can settle into the body. The Stomach, on the other hand, needs to be on the dry side to function well, and when its balance is upset, it can easily overheat, and a painful condition of Stomach Fire can develop. Other organs, especially the Liver, can also contribute to gastro-intestinal distress.

The four most common patterns seen in Chinese Medicine are, Spleen Chi Deficiency, caused by chronic fatigue or chronic illness; Damp Heat Retention, caused by improper diet, environmental factors, or infections; Disharmony of Liver and Spleen, caused by emotional disturbance; and Spleen and Kidney Yang Deficiency, caused by chronic illness or aging. Healing techniques to treat patients with ulcerative colitis such as, Acupuncture, herbal formula and moxibustion. These modalities balance Yin and Yang, harmonize Qi and Blood, nourish the organs, and eliminate Damp Heat.

Point protocols include the following points.

KD4,5, UB23, Liv 11, 2,8 St 25,27, Ren 12.

RN4, Sp9, KD2 UB65, Lu9, UB54/40 LI11, St 36,SP1, SP3.

St 44, SP4, GB41, SP14, KD14, K7, RN9, UB35.

Herbal Formula

Xiao Yao San- For liver Qi stagnation with Liver Blood deficiency. Smooths liver Qi reduces irritation, strengthens Spleen tonifies blood.

Si Shen Wan- for Spleen Kidney Yang Deficiency; Day Break Diarrhea. For patients with poor appetite, chronic diarrhea, undigested food in stool, abdominal low back pain, colitis, Crohn’s disease. Warms and tonifies Spleen and Kidney Yang, astringes the intestines, stops diarrhea. Other herbal formulas include Shu Gan Wan, Chai Hu Shu Gan Wan, Jia Wai Xiao Yao San, Xiang LIan Wan, Zi Sheng Wan, and Xiang Shun Qi Wan.

Moxibustion

Moxibustion has been proven to be effective against certain types of inflammation such as colitis. Moxa is used to warm up cold conditions or tonify deficient conditions. [2] study done at Shanghai Acupuncture and Meridian Institute showed that moxibustion at acupuncture points St 36, Ren 12, and Ren 6 could effectively treat chronic ulcerative colitis. Colon mucus were observed under a microscope, the results showed that chronic mucositis (inflammation of the mucous layer of the intestinal wall) was decreased, neutrophil infiltration in epithelial cells disappeared, and crypt abscess and/or mucous ulceration were eliminated.

Auricular Points that Alleviate UC Symptoms

The large intestine, occiput, Rectum.C Shen Men, Small Intestine, Spleen C, Stomach and Sympathetic Autonomic Point of the ear are areas that should be considered for needling. The large intestine point clears excess heat from the bowel, it is used for constipation, diarrhea, enteritis, dysentery and respiratory diseases. Chad Bailey LA and Qi Gong instructor said, ‘A master of acupuncture treat disease as 98% of diseases emotionally related’. The Occiput region connects directly with the brain and the spinal cord. This point tranquilizes the mind, addresses headache, emotional disorders that can be affected by an infection as an additional point for healing. Rectum C affects the distal portion of the colon, hemorrhoids, hernia, colitis, fissures, fecal incontinence and regulates peristalsis. However medical attention is required if diarrhea, dehydration, fever, significant abdominal pain and blood in the stool exist. [3]

The use of Ayurveda for Ulcerative Colitis

There are two major forms of treatments in Ayurveda for ulcerative colitis, Vasti therapy (enemata) and oral medications. Normally, vasti therapy is administered first and followed by several months of oral medications. Panchakarma Therapies of varying duration are also strongly advised. There is no causative factor greater than Vata in the manifestation of diseases in the peripheral tissues, viscera of the thorax and abdomen, marma (vital points), upper region of the body, travelling throughout the entire body and those effecting individual parts.

Vasti (enema therapy) is regarded by all the ancient vaidyas as the most important panchakarma procedure. The reason in part is that vasti promotes the elimination of excess Vata dosha from the body, and Vata dosha is the root of the majority of diseases, which afflicts mankind. It is the moving force in the physiology, which governs the formation, interaction, spread, and elimination of all biological substances and waste products. It is also the force that propels the other disease out of their normal seats and shrotas into the peripheral tissues. Being the principal treatment of this most influential of biological energies, Vasti Karma is of paramount importance in any regimen of panchakarma Therapies. Two types of vastis are always used: anuvasana (oil-based) and niruha (decoction-based). They are given for a period of either eight or sixteen days in alternating order. [4]

The following specific foods are generally recommended in Ayurveda for patients of ulcerative colitis. Old basmati rice for three months, barley, saffron, coriander, cumin, fennel, navy beans, kidney beans, green lentils, cow's milk and butter, goat's milk and butter, almonds, water chestnut, pomegranate, banana, mango, limes, and kiwi fruit. Foods to be reduced or avoided are all leftovers, spicy foods, white sugar, wheat, pasta, red grapes, vinegar, mustard, salty and acidic foods.

Food Based Healing Protocol

The most recurrent gastric ulcer reported in 1994 were caused by H. Pylori bacteria. H pylori bacteria weakens the protective mucous coating of the stomach and duodenum which allows acid to get through to the sensitive lining. The bacteria and stomach acid irritate the lining causing sores or ulcers. UMF is a phytochemical that comes from nectar of the Manuka flower, honey made from the Manuka help people with ulcers and other bacterial infections. Mastic Gum kill H. Pylori. The following are recommended food choices while fighting UC.

In a blender mix fruit and veggie smoothie made with bananas, blueberries, Cabbages is the mighty stomach healer, high in anino acid glutamine and enough water to get it going. Bowl of porridge made with white rice (2 cups of water for 1 cup of rice), a small handful of raisins (cooked for at least 5 minutes), and a sprinkle of cinnamon and 1 teaspoon of raw or unpasteurized honey. Green smoothie made with 2-3 peaches, 2 tablespoons of blueberries or blackberries, 2 big handfuls of spinach, and enough water to blend everything together.

Steamed sweet potato, avocado, and one or two soft boiled eggs. Steamed zucchini, avocado, and a potato-based soup. Please see our archive of healthy soup recipes for several potato-based soup ideas. White rice (1.5 cups of water for 1 cup of rice), steamed cabbage, and hummus. Quinoa (2 cups of water for 1 cup of quinoa), avocado, and steamed butternut or acorn squash. I recommend taking one teaspoon of cod liver oil per 50 pounds of body weight right before or with dinner. White rice (1.5 cups of water for 1 cup of rice) with chickpeas and avocado, dressed with extra virgin olive oil and fresh lemon juice, to taste. Avocado-orange salad with raw or steamed wild salmon. Quinoa (2 cups of water for 1 cup of quinoa) with mashed garlic sweet potatoes and avocado. Steamed zucchini, steamed carrots, steamed red beets, and sardines.[5]

In addition to food based healing, it is important to note the amount of toxins that accumulate in the body preventing adequate absorption of nutrients while undergoing a complete healing regime. It would be wised to consider using other tools for healing such as hydrotherapy, the use of a Biomat. Biomat technology is a combination of far infrared rays that produce negative ions effect through amethyst crystals delivering heat while stimulate the regeneration of damages cells in the body. It helps improve antioxidant levels, leaves the body and mind relaxed. The Biomat is efficient in body detoxification and immune system resilience. I would send patients home with free bottles of high alkaline drinking water. Alkaline water restores balanced and improved immune function and resistant to acidic environment. Ionized water neutralizes the build up of acidity in the body and restores the pH balance to an ideal range between 7.35 and 7.45. It encourage detoxification and plaque breakup that clog our systems that prevent nutrients from being absorbed, so that the body can process the nutrients it needs for better heath. Often patients dealing with colitis will be need to frequently dehydrate. Alkaline water molecules are reduced in size, more complete cellular absorption and rehydrates more efficiently.

 

Autointoxication is the result from being poisoned by one’s own waste, incomplete elimination of waste matter from the intestines turns parts of the body in to an area of accumulated toxins. Clear fluid/liquid diet allows the colon to rest, since the fluid is absorbed in the stomach and none is passed into the colon to be processed as stool.

 

Hydrotherapy is an effective colon cleaning therapy that eliminates large amount of waste that has been trap for several years. It removes toxic waste, tones hydrates and rejuvenates the colon muscle. Colonic irrigation help restore the colon’s natural shape, stimulates the reflex points that connect the colon with other parts of the body. 70-80 percent of the immune tissue resides in the intestines. Cleaning the colon from immune suppressive toxic wastes will improve nutritional absorption, and any other health programs will become more effective.

 

Hydration: Adequate hydration an individual can lose a significant amount of fluid with each diarrheal bowel movement.

 

Conclusion

Considering a more alternative route will lead to a long lasting recovery. However the decision is life changing and will require developing better eating habits. I would encourage a patient to consider a detox in addition to following an Alternative Medicine Therapy plan before considering the Allopathic route. All methods should be considered with guidance. I would recommend a protocol that would start with a Detox, followed by food based healing and juicing. Juicing will improve the digestive tract health and eliminate toxins and provide nutrition to the cells that have been damage. However Many colitis patients are underweight and would not be able to sustain a juice therapy fast of several days.

What juices are best for juice therapy? Carrot and apple juice are the top choices. During the liquid juice therapy fast, two types of herbal tea – slippery elm and comfrey – may be consumed. Both teas should be taken warm. I would also recommend regularly eat foods that are rich in omega-3 fatty acids. Ulcerative colitis is strongly associated with immune system dysfunction. An adequate blood level of Vitamin D is necessary to optimally support a healthy immune system. Vitamin D can be obtained from healthy exposure to the sun. It can also be obtained from healthy food sources such as wild salmon, organic eggs, a high quality source of cod liver oil, and sardines. Minimize intake of sugar and refined carbohydrates. Most importantly, give careful consideration to chronic emotional stressors.

Simultaneously, then introduce the Chinese Medicine for emotional and physical health for the long term or until symptoms have completely subsided.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

References

Medicine, Wei Liu TCMD, Gastrointestinal Disorders in Chinese www.tcmpage.com/hypgastrotinest.html

 

National Institute of Ayurvedic Medicine, www.niam.com

 

Auriculo HD Application, Miridia Technology

 

Conquering Any Disease The Ultimate High Phytochemical Food Healing System, Jeff Primack.

 

www.altmeds.com/juice-therapy/articles/juice-therapy-to-treat-ulcerative-colitis

 


[1] Colitis Alternative Treatment, www.Curezone.com

[2]Medicine, Wei Liu TCMD, Gastrointestinal Disorders in Chinese www.tcmpage.com/hypgastrotinest.html

[3] Auriculo HD Version 2 Miridia Technology

[4] National Institute of Ayurvedic Medicine, www.niam.com

[5] Dr. Ben Kim, Ulcerative Colitis Diet Plan, www.drbenkim.com/articles-ulcerative-colitis-diet.htm

 

The Spleen and Its Function

Spleens (Yin) main function is to assist the Stomach digestion by transporting and transforming (T&T) food essence.  It is the central organ in the production of Qi from the food and drink ingested and the basis for the formation of Blood.  Food Qi produced by the spleen combines with air in the Lungs to form Gathering Qi.  Spleen is referred to as the Granary official from where the five taste are derived.  Spleen Stomach is the center of physiology and pathology.  Irregular diet and overwork injure Stomach and Spleen causing numerous disease. Food enters the Stomach(Yang) the refined part goes to the Liver the excess goes to the sinews. Unrefined part goes to the Heart the excess goes to the blood vessels.  The upper part goes to the Spleen which transports the refined essence upwards to the Lungs.  T&T is crucial to the process of digestion and the production of Qi and Blood.  If this function is impaired poor appetite, bad digestion, abdominal distention and loose stools result.  St36 Zusanli and SP6 Sanyinjiao are effective combinations to tonify Spleen Qi in digestive problems.

Spleen controls the separation and movement of fluids.  The clear part goes up to the lungs to be distributed to the skin and the space between the skin and muscles.  The turbid part goes down where it is further separated. If this is impaired the fluids will not be transformed or transported properly and may accumulate to form Dampness or Phlegm or cause oedema.

Spleen must always be treated where there is dampness, phlegm or oedema.  Dampness impairs the function of transformation and transportation.

The Spleen Stomach is the heart of the middle burner.  They control the movement and direction of Qi in all burners.  Spleen Qi ascends Stomach Qi descends. If descending and acceding movements are impaired the clean Yang does not ascend, refined Qi extracted from food cannot be stored and turbid Qi cannot be excreted.  The Spleen is in charge of  holding the Blood together, It keeps the blood in the vessels. This makes the Spleen the essential organ for the production of both Qi and Blood.  In Menstrual Bleeding the most important organ in making Menstrual Blood are the Kidneys.

Food Qi nourishes all tissues in the body, this refined Qi is transported throughout the body by the Spleen.  If the Spleen Qi is weak the refined Qi can not be transported to the muscles and the person will feel wearty and the muscles will be weak and may atrophy.  The Spleen determines the amount of physical energy a person has.  Tiredness is a common complaint and in these cases Spleen must be tonifed.

Spleen houses the Intellect. It is responsible for applied thinking, studying, memorizing, focusing, concentrating and generating ideas.  Excessive studying mental work and concentration for sustained periods can weaken the Spleen.  Spleen influences our capacity for thinking.  The heart housed the mind but it influences thinking in the sense of being able to think clearly when faced with life problems and it affects long term memory of past events.  Kidney norish the brain and influences  short term memory in everyday life.  Spleen is affected by Pensiveness, it knots Qi. Pensiveness leads to obsessive thoughts.

Remember: Spleen governs the four limbs

Transforms fluid for the stomach

Is the root of Post Heaven Qi

The origin of Birth and Development

Raises the Clear Yang Upward

Loathes Dampness like Dryness

Read Tonifying the Centre and benefiting Qi Decoction by Yi Qi Tang. Identifies how to strengthen the Original Qi by tonifying Stomach and Spleen.

Foundations of Chinese Medicine, Second Edition,  Macicoia

The Spleen and Its Function.

via The Spleen and Its Function.

The Role of Juicing in Reversing Chronic Degenerative Disease

Less than 7% of MD’s have any nutritional training in medical. Those that do complete less than one semester of training in nutrition.  Treatment care relevant to reversing and healing the body is up to the patient.  There is a 75% chances that your disease is caused by your diet, the patient has no way of knowing this if they are not given the correct information. Correct the cause of your disease by changing your diet 

Treat the root cause of the disease you face to heal and reverse the disease you are battling.  Our illnesses lie in what we are not eating.  Turn back to nature.  The body needs plentiful supply of vitamins and minerals to function optimally, foods it can digest and eliminate effectively.  It also needs phytochemicals.  When the body consumes food packed with preservatives waste does not leave the body in a timely manner and it begins to putrefy. Give the body what it needs is vital to the prevention and treatment of the root cause of chronic degenerative disease.  Eat raw and living foods like juice, juice is very effective in treating degenerative disease.

Degenerative disease comes from the inability of the gastro intestinal tract cells to absorb nutrients and eliminate toxicity at the cellular level.  The cells swell with sodium and their ability to produce energy and function is diminished.  This caused cellular changes to happen and degenerative diseases to begin.  Fresh juice flush the cells of sodium and restore potassium levels at the cellular level and cells begin producing energy effectively again which will help heal and repair themselves.

Juice is rich in enzymes that are destroyed when heated.  Processed juices have been heated and all the enzymes are killed.  Enzymes are the catalyst within the body that make all internal processes work. Several meals cooked are enzyme deficient,  this caused the body to pull enzymes from other processes and those processes are slowed down.

Eat a diet that is at  comprised of at lease 50% of living fruit and vegetables, nuts seeds and sprouted grains. Flood the body with needed nutrients to help restore balance.

Phytochemical's are known for their anti-cancer properties.  There thousands of phytochemical's contained within one plant.  They are destroyed when they are heated.

PH- Most people are too acidic, this comes from diet and disease presented in the body.  When the body is acidic the body process and organs are worn down and disease thrive.  Disease thrive in acidic environment but can not live in alkaline environment. Juicing helps restore the body’s PH. An optimal pH level is 7.4  All vegetables are alkaline. They also improve brain and heart function.  Slow down the aging process, improve joint function, better digestion and provide a less acidic environment for disease to exist.

These are just a few things about juicing read the full article here.

The Role of Juicing in Reversing Chronic Degenerative Disease

http://lifeinalignment.blogspot.com/2011/09/role-of-juicing-in-reversing-chronic.html?m=1

“Let thy food be thy medicine and thy medicine be thy food.”

-Hippocrates (460-377 B.C.)

Chinese Medicine Diagnosis for Hiccup's

Main manifestations for hiccups caused by food retention are, loud hiccups, epigastric and abdominal distention, anorexia, thick stick tongue coating, rolling and forceful pulse. Stagnation of Qi continual hiccups, the attack of hiccups caused by emotional changes or in server cases. Symptoms also include distending pain and chest congestion, hypochondriac pain with think tongue coating, string-taught and forceful pulse.

Cold in Stomach- Hiccup is alleviated by warmth and aggravated by cold, discomfort and pain the epigastrium, preference for warmth. Tongue has a thin white coating and pulse is slow.

Decline of Stomach Qi- Hiccup is low and weak, lassitude, emaciation, light tongue proper, enlarged tongue with teeth marks, thready pulse weak and irregular intermittent pulse.

Click here to view an illustrated version of Hiccup Flow Chart. All content provided by Dr. Tong at Atlantic Institute of Oriental Medicine.

Kapok

Bombax ceiba-Kapok: one of the most important tree species. Kapok is a tropical tree that grows in the Phillippines, India, China and in other asia and subtropical climates. Kapok means ‘raised up sky’, It is the giant of the Amazon Rainforest, it can grow to 200 feet. It has been considered sacred by the Mayans. The tree and its flower is frequently used by healers. Kapok bark has been use as a diretic, aphrodisiac and for headaches. It treats fever, applied to wounds, couhg, urethritis, and many other symptoms and diseases. The flowers blossom in January and March, they are visible from long distances.

antonikachanel:

“Even if conventional medicine tells you that your condition is incurable or that your only option is to live a life dependent on drugs with troublesome side effects, there is hope for improviing or reversing your condition.”

-Leon Chaitow, N.D., D.O.

It takes time to master the study of Oriental medicine. The subtleties of Oriental medicine are the hardest parts to understand but are the most interesting parts of this profession. Our body is made to heal and to be healthy. For any illness, there is hope to change if you correct the energy distortion of the body and life.
For many years I struggled with health concerns that affected me mentally and physically. I was introduced to Acupuncture in 2005 and became fascinated by the symptoms that it treated. For seven years I turned to Acupunture as my primary care because it is affordable.  Over time I became more passionately involved with ancient medicine and how it thrives in modern day.
This blog is designed to bring awareness to the symptoms that are commonly treated as I move along in my study of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. I seek to place Oriental medicine and all its modalities on a platform that everyone can understand.  Learn by this study rationally, mentally and physically, take this journey with me and explore this ancient but remarkable medicine founded 5,000 years ago.  
Antonika lives in Florida and is pursuing her Masters Degree in Oriental Medicine at the Atlantic Institute of Oriental Medicine in Fort Lauderdale.   

“The doctor of the future will give no medicine, but will interest his patients in the care of the human frame, in diet, and in the cause and prevention of disease.”

-Thomas Edison, Inventor


The Nature of Acupuncture Channels

“The greatest discovery of any generation is that human beings can alter their lives by altering the attitudes of their minds.” -Albert Schweitzer

The study of Acupuncture seems so complex, in reality it is so simple. 5,000 years ago illnesses were discribed in according to the qualities that man could relate to in nature.  Over thousands of years syndromes, diseases and ailment of many kinds manifested and were relieved through consistant qigong meditation, needling, guasha, tuna , cupping practice and observation of tongue, pulse and palpitation.

Let me explain how simple chinese medicine helps some of our most complex bodily situations.

The channels system connect internal organs to one another to the surface of the body an the environment. It unifies the digestive, lymphatic, nervous, reproductive and other systems into a coherent and responsive whole. The are viewed as conveyors of information about the external environment to the internal organs. When external pathogens invade the body it travels through the channels first.  The disease can move quickly from the channels to the organs.  When the organ or emotional dysfunction lead to internal generated disease the channels pathways are affected in some cases causing palpable changes on the body surface along the course of the channels.

The the channel system is able to respond to the changes in internal and external environments like changes in environmental temperature, organ metabolism or social conditions, disease or discomfort will result.  The channel system help restore the body function and normal metabolism through needling points together.

Each of the channels has an arm and a leg aspect.  Yin and Yang dictates the location of the channel as being on the posterior or anterior side of the body. Each channel is named after one of the twelve main visceras and place along the meridian according to depth within the whole.  The six levels that make up the building blocks of channel theory are, tai yang-greater yang, shao yang-lesser yang, yang ming-brightness yang, tai yin-greater yin, shaoyin-lesser yin and jue yin-reverting yin. Each level is deeper than the one before with tai yang at the surface of the body and jue yin laying deep in the blood.

The levels represent six

Chinese medicine is fascinating, so continue to join me by following my blog.  Travel with me, along this path in discovering God's incredible creation,... the Human Body.

Documenting my Life in Learning Ancient Medicine in a ModernWorld.

Antonika Chanel

“The art of medicine consists of amusing the patient while Nature cures the disease.”

“The art of medicine consists of amusing the patient while Nature cures the disease.”

-Voltaire