How To Be Patient- Meditation isn't What You Think It Is.

Does meditation sound complicated to you? Don’t be discouraged, meditation is a daily practice. It’s a moment to clear our mind, allow thoughts to flow and not stagnate. The help with certain devices can be useful. There are many apps that help us find peace inside. Whatever you choose to use, the secret is frequency. The more you meditate the more ideas can flow, your blood pressure decrease and your nervous system begins to relax. Your thought process is more clear and the things you have been battling become less bothersome. Meditation is taking our focus off of what is holding us back and putting or focus on the present moment.

Meditation is one of the five branches in Chinese medicine. It’s a very important practice and can be practiced with movement. It is considered, exercise of the mind.

I often reflect on books and videos to learn more about the perspective of other’s before me with a much more profound knowledge and experience with meditation. I like to listen to Wayne Dyer How To Meditiate and Ekarte Tolle.

Qi Gong is the most influential exercise especially as we continue to age.

I have used several resources to help me calm my thoughts and bring my focus to the present moment. In this same practice I learn to discern what I allow myself to put my attention on. Distraction is everywhere. Or phones, friends family and work. Time with self, is essential.

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This relaxing Meditation Music is perfect Mindfulness meditation and is influenced by Japanese meditation music, Indian meditation music, Tibetan music and Shamanic music. Some benefits include cleansing the Chakra, opening the Third Eye and increasing transcendental meditation skills.

Use this guide for future reference to help guide you throughout your practice of QiGong and Meditation.

You are a magnificent being created with a great purpose.

Exercise all the tools available to you to achieve optimal health.

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Add essential oils before and after your practice too and enjoy the journey. A great blend is

Peppermint

Basil

Geranium

Jasmine Flower

Together this creates a fresh, green herbal scent.

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Calming anxious feelings and essential oils



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.

History of Chinese Medicine

Acupuncture is a very ancient form of healing which pre-dates recorded history. The philosophy is rooted in the Taoist tradition which goes back over 8000 years. The people of this time period would meditate and observe the flow of energy within and without. They also were keen to observe man's relations with nature and the universe. There were many sages of this period, but the most legendary was Fu Hsi, who lived in the Yellow River area of China approximately 8000 years ago. By observing nature, he formulated the first two symbols, a broken line and unbroken line. These symbols represented the two major forces in the universe – creation and reception - and how their interaction forms life. This duality was named yin-yang and they represent the backbone of Chinese Medicine theory and application. Fu Hsi then discovered that when yin-yang fuse, a creative action occurs, and this gives birth to a third aspect. Fu Hsi then pondered on how this triplicity occurs eight times and this led to the eight trigrams and then 64 hexagrams of the I-Ching (Book of Change). The I-Ching shaped the thinking for years to come and every influential book on Chinese Medicine is based upon its fundamental philosophy. The primitive society of China is divided into two time periods- The Old Stone Age(10,000 years ago and beyond) and the New Stone Age (10,000-4000 years ago).During the Old Stone Age knives were made of stone and were used for certain medical procedures. During the New Stone Age, stones were refined into fine needles and served as instruments of healing. They were named bian stone - which means use of a sharp edged stone to treat disease. Many bian stone needles were excavated from ruins in China dating back to the New Stone Age.


The most significant milestone in the history of Acupuncture occurred during the period of Huang Di -The Yellow Emperor (2697-2597). In a famous dialogue between Huang Di and his physician Qi Bo, they discuss the whole spectrum of the Chinese Medical Arts. These conversations would later become the monumental text - The Nei Jing (The Yellow Emperors Classic of Internal Medicine). The Nei Jing is the earliest book written on Chinese Medicine. It was compiled around 305-204 B.C. and consists of two parts:

The Su Wen (Plain Questions) -9 volumes - 81 chapters The Su Wen introduces anatomy and physiology, etiology of disease, pathology, diagnosis, differentiation of syndromes, prevention, yin-yang, five elements, treatment, and man's relationship with nature and the cosmos. The Ling Shu (Miraculous Pivot, Spiritual Axis)- 81 Chapters The Ling Shu's focus is Acupuncture, description of the meridians, functions of the zang-fu organs, nine types of needles, functions of the acupuncture points, needling techniques, types of Qi, location of 160 points. In approximately 1000 BC, during the Shang Dynasty, hieroglyphs showed evidence of Acupuncture and Moxibustion. Bronze needles were excavated from ruins, but the bian stones remained the main form of needle.

During the Warren States Era (421-221 B.C.) metal needles replaced the bian stones. Four gold needles and five silver needles were found in an ancient tomb dating back to 113B.C. The Miraculous Pivot names nine types of Acupuncture needles. The Historical Records notes many physicians practicing Acupuncture during this time. Another milestone for this period was the compilation of the Nan Jing (Book of Difficult Questions). The Nan Jing discusses five element theory, hara diagnosis, eight extra meridians, and other important topics.

From 260-265 A.D., the famous physician Huang Fu Mi, organized all of the ancient literature into his classic text - Systematic Classics of Acupuncture and Moxibustion. The text is twelve volumes and describes 349 Acupuncture points. It is organized according to the theory of: zang fu, Qi and blood, channels and collaterals, acupuncture points, and clinical application. This book is noted to be one of the most influential texts in the history of Chinese Medicine.

Acupuncture was very popular during the Jin, Northern, Southern, Dynasties (265-581A.D.). For generations the Xu Xi family were known as the experts in the art of Acupuncture. During this time period important texts and charts enhanced knowledge and application.

Acupuncture experienced great development during the Sui (581-618) and Tang (618-907) Dynasties. Upon request from the Tang Government (627-649A.D.), the famous physician Zhen Quan revised the important Acupuncture texts and charts. Another famous physician of the time, Sun Simio, wrote Prescription with a Thousand Gold for Emergencies (650-692). This text includes data on Acupuncture from various scholars. During this period Acupuncture became a special branch of medicine and practitioners were named Acupuncturists. Acupuncture schools appeared, and Acupuncture education became part of the Imperial Medical Bureau.

During the Song Dynasty (960-1279), the famous physician Wang Weiyi wrote, The Illustrated Manual on Points for Acupuncture and Moxibustion. This book included the description of 657 points. He also casted two bronze statues on which meridians and points were engraved for teaching purposes.

The Ming Dynasty (1568-1644) was the enlightening period for the advancement of Acupuncture. Many new developments included:

Revision of the classic texts Refinement of Acupuncture techniques and manipulation Development of Moxa sticks for indirect treatment Development of extra points outside the main meridians The encyclopedic work of 120 volumes- Principle and Practice of Medicine was written by the famous physician Wang Gendung 1601 - Yang Jizhou wrote Zhenjin Dacheng (Principles of Acupuncture and Moxibustion). This great treatise on Acupuncture reinforced the principles of the Nei Jing and Nan Jing. This work was the foundation of the teachings of G.Soulie de Morant who introduced Acupuncture into Europe. From the Qing Dynasty to the Opium Wars (1644-1840), herbal medicine became the main tool of physicians and Acupuncture was suppressed.

Following the Revolution of 1911, Western Medicine was introduced and Acupuncture and Chinese Herbology were suppressed. Due to the large population and need for medical care, Acupuncture and herbs remained popular among the folk people, and the "barefoot doctor" emerged.

Acupuncture was used exclusively during the Long March (1934-35) and despite harsh conditions it helped maintain the health of the army. This led Mao Zedong, the leader of the Communist Party, to see that Acupuncture remained an important element in China's medical system. In 1950 Chairman Mao officially united Traditional Chinese Medicine with Western Medicine, and acupuncture became established in many hospitals. In the same year Comrade Zhu De reinforced Traditional Chinese Medicine with his book New Acupuncture.

In the late 1950's to the 1960's Acupuncture research continued with - further study of the ancient texts, clinical effect on various diseases, acupuncture anesthesia, and acupuncture's effect on the internal organs.

From the 1970's to the present, Acupuncture continues to play an important role in China's medical system. China has taken the lead in researching all aspects of acupuncture’s application and clinical effects. Although acupuncture has become modernized, it will never lose its connection to a philosophy established thousands of years ago.

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.

Genital Herpes in TCM

Genital herpes is an acute inflammatory disease caused by infection with the herpes simplex virus. This virus has become extremely common because of its ease of transmission. Sexually transmitted diseases(STDs), including genital herpes, are on the increase in the United States both among heterosexual people and among homosexual people. An estimated 40 million Americans are thought to have genital herpes, with more than 500,000 new cases expected each year. Some typical signs and symptoms of genital herpes include: small, fluid-filled sacs (vesicles), lesions around the genital area, shallow and painful genital ulcers, redness, marked edema, and tender lymph nodes in the inguinal area. In the United States, approximately one in every five 30-year-old white females has the herpes simplex virus, which is a member of the family of viruses responsible for chicken pox, shingles, and infectious mononucleosis. In traditional Chinese medicine, genital herpes is discussed in the categories of "hot sores" (re chuang) or "genital carbuncle" (yin chuang). Because sexual contact is the primary factor in contracting genital herpes, you are more likely to get herpes if you or your partner have multiple or casual sexual partners. Traditional Chinese medicine does not have a "germ theory" of disease, but perceives pathogens as environmental factors such as cold, heat, dampness, dryness, etc. The internal organs of the body are divided into Yin organs and Yang organs. Each organ system tends to be more or less susceptible to the various pathogenic environmental factors, as well as being susceptible to characteristic emotional disturbances.

The most common pathogenic factors are dampness and heat, and also the emotion of anger. The key internal organs are the Liver and Gallbladder (Yin/Yang partners), and the Kidneys (with their Yang partner, the Urinary Bladder). The overall Chinese medicine diagnosis of genital herpes is active toxic damp heat. Within this larger category, three specific patterns are differentiated: damp heat pouring down; toxic heat accumulation; and Liver and Kidney deficiency.

Blistering and erosion of genital tissue, plus burning and itching are the key symptoms of the pattern of damp heat pouring down. Outbreaks are considered to be precipitated by the over-consumption of candy and sugar, which promote the formation of active damp heat. Recurrent outbreaks are due to poor dietary habits, including the eating of hot, spicy foods, heavy, greasy foods, and alcohol. The leading Chinese herbal formula to treat this pattern is Damp Heat Clearing (Long Dan Xie Gan Wan).

Erosion of genital blisters and fever are the key symptoms for the pattern of toxic heat accumulation, in which the outbreaks are triggered by unexpressed anger and emotional upset, as well as the over-consumption of hot, spicy foods. A time-tested Chinese herbal formula for this pattern is Toxin Clearing (Wu Wei Xiao Du Yin). This is a powerful formula for the acute stage of genital herpes.

The Liver and Kidney deficiency pattern has less fluid-filled blisters, but is characterized by frequent outbreaks, back pain, and joint soreness. The recurrent outbreaks are caused by constitutional weakness, stress, fatigue, episodes of cold or flu, menstruation changes, and seasonal changes. A renown formula for this pattern is Water Fire Balance (Zhi Bai Di Huang Wan). This is also an excellent preventive formula for recurrent outbreaks of genital herpes.

Leading Herbs for Genital Herpes

This section contains a list of Chinese herbs which are of proven effectiveness in dealing with damp heat conditions such as genital herpes, urinary bladder infections, skin conditions, etc. Several of these herbs have scientifically documented anti-microbial effects. When used externally, the herbs are boiled, and the liquid is then strained off and used as a wash to the affected area. When taken internally, the herbs are usually used in a formula with other herbs and can be taken as capsules or as raw herbs that are boiled in water. It is best to consult with a Chinese medicine practitioner or an herbologist before using herbs to treat any condition.

Woad Root (Ban Lan Gen). As a top antiviral herb, woad root has a very broad spectrum of antimicrobial activity. Studies have shown that woad root has an inhibitory effect against Shigella dysenteriae, Shigella flexneri, Salmonella typhi, and Salmonella enteritidis, and hemolytic Streptococcus.

Philodendron (Huang Bai). As one of the most widely used herbs in Chinese medicine, phellodendron has been proven to have properties of inhibiting and containing bacterial, viral and yeast infections. It is a powerful herb for stopping genital itching.

Dittany Bark (Bai Xian Pi). As one of the most popular herbs for external use, dittany bark works wonderfully for many skin problems ranging from itching and eczema to inflammation.

Sophora (Ku Shen). Renowned for "clearing up heat, drying up dampness, reliving itch and destroying worms" in classical Chinese herbal medicine texts, sophora is extensively used for external applications. This bitter-flavored and cold-property herb is widely used to treat furuncles, carbuncles and genital itch in women.

Wild Chrysanthemum Flower (Ye Ju Hua). This autumn blooming flower has a property of clearing heat and relieving toxicity. It has shown an inhibitory effect in vitro against Staphylococcus aureus, Shigella spp., and some ECHO viruses.

Smilax (Tu Fu Ling). As a leading herb of relieving toxicity and eliminating dampness in Chinese medicine, it is widely used for recurrent ulcers and skin lesions due to damp-heat.

For more references on the herbs quoted in this blog visit www.chinesemedicinecure.com

The Origin and Development of Chinese Herbal Medicine

In China 80% of TCM doctors work with herbal medicine and only 20% of them work with acupuncture. The total amount of Chinese herbal medicines used is 12,807. 11,146 are of plant origin. 1581 are of animal origin and 80 are from minerals. Because most Chinese medicines are from plants the are called 'herbs'. From prehistoric times to the early 20th century, Chinese herbs have lead in preventing and treating disease for Chinese people, they have saved many lives and its the reason why the Chinese population is the largest in the world. Chinese Herbal Medicine originated in ancient times when people were looking for food. A ruller called Shen Nong taught his people how to cultivate grains as food to avoid killing animals. He tasted 70 herbs a day to test their medical value for his people. Shen Nong is considered to be the father of Chinese agriculture and herbal medicine. During the Zhou Dynasty Wan Wu( means everything in the world) was written, 70 herbs were described in it. Jin Dynasty -Ben Cao Jin Ji Zhu and Pao Jiu Lun were later written.

Sui and Tang Dynasty (581-907) Chinese Herbal Medicine Xin Xiu Ben Cao was published. Shin Nong Ben Cao Jing (Divine Husbandman's Classic of Chinese Herbal Medicine) is the earliest and one of the most valuable books of Chinese Herbal Medicine. More than 200 herbs in current herbal text books are from the Hing Nong Ben Cao Jing. In total it contains details of 365 herbs.

By 960 up until 1368 a total of 1700 different kinds of herbal medicine were established. From 1368 to 1644 the Ben Cao Gang Mu ( Grand Chinese Herbal Medicine was written in 1590 AD. It contains 1892 chinese herbal medications. The Encyclopedia of Chinese Herbal Medicine was compiled. It included 4300 detailed herbs. Since 1956 TCM universities have been established in China. Since then TCM pharmacology department's have existed within the universities. Zhong Hua Ben Cao (Book of Chinese Herbal Medicine) has been published since then. It list 8534 herbal medicines.

Habitat and Collection of Chinese Herbal Medicine

Habitats of Chinese herbal medication are based on Soil, Water, Climate, Sunshine and Rainfall. Best quality of herbs that come from a specific are are called 'Dao Di Yao Cai'. Best Ren Shen is from Northeast of China, Best FU Ling is from Yun Nan province, Best Huang Lian is from Si Chuan province, Best Di Huang is from He Nan province, Best Er Jiao is from Shan Dong province.

Plant origin herbs collection

Entire grass collected when flower is in full bloom, leaves are collected when their flowers are in bloom. Flowers are collected when they are blooming. Fruits are collected when they are ripe. Roots are collected in late autumn or spring. Barks are collected in spring or early summer. Animal origin herbs are collected at different times, mineral origin medication herbs are collected at any time.

The study of Chinese herbs is so in depth that the study of it is a life long application. In any TCM practice herbs accompany an acupuncture treatment and any other modality administered. In China there are about 30 pubic TCM universities. Graduates from these departments are pharmacist working for pharmaceutical companies. Chinese herbs have become more scientific and divided into sub sections with in the pharmaceutical umbrella.

In my opinion, when deciding on the right acupuncturist, look for who is knowledgable in chinese herbs or homeopathic. In addition to nutrition and acupuncture natural medicines can increase the effect of the treatment received. Chinese medicine has been proven to be the most effective.

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.

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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.

The Heart holds the office of emperor and is the issuer of spirit clarity. - Basic Questions

Applied Channel Theory and Spleen Pathology

Chinese Medicine is over 3000 thousand-year-old medicine that has been studied over the years that has helped the population of China thrive for so long. The different modalities practiced have preserved lives in China despite war and famine over the several thousands of years, making China the most populated country in the world.  If we can grasp the concept of how Chinese Medicine works and understand the medicinal properties of over 10000 herbs,  we can eradicate disease by getting back to nature.  But first we must understand the physiology of the body the way the Chinese define it. The Lung and spleen are synergistically involved in the metabolism body fluids and nutrition.  Excess damp that is not metabolized by the lung system reflect singes of Spleen Qi deficiency such ahs fatigue, low appetite edema which are conditions of excess. A lack of dampness in the body will affect the lungs and may cause dry cough or even atrophy disorder.

In Chinese medicine the concept of ‘organ’ s both anatomical and functional, each organ has a number of interrelated physiological functions.  For example the function of transforming dampness moving the qi, maintain the limbs, and storing intent are all interrelated aspects of the spleen ‘organ’.

Each organ Lung, Large Intestine, Stomach, Spleen, Heart, Small Intestine, Kidney and Liver are apart of groupings where each organ has a relationship with each other.  The Spleen is the provider of nutrition,

The Heart gives movement to the blood, the liver stores the blood in the deepest level, and the spleen governs the nutritive blood.  Dampness is a condition where fluid without beneficial qualities accumulates and develops pathology.  For example, a tendency to bruise easily implies a lack of beneficial substance in the blood by the spleen at the capillary level. The most external level of the internal environment is not being maintained. This applies to other dermatological conditions if the spleen fails to nourish the skin. The Tai yin spleen channel is important in treating chronic skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis.

Tai yin is responsible fore transformation of nutrition and dampness, the spleen is involved in removing pathogenic dampness while the spleen is involved in providing nourishing fluids.  Herbs that help remove dampness  and support the Spleen are herbs that are acrid and dry like Bai Zhu (Atractylodis macrocephalae Rhiozoma and Cang zhu (Atractylodis Rhizoma).  There are several different herbs , I will develop that topic in a future blog.

There is an effect of turning on the Spleen Qi.  Spleen Qi is the concept of moving qi moving the act of warming the organ to get the Qi moving.  This happens through respiration, absorbing nourishment, however it can also be achieved by being needled.

Another responsibility of the Spleen is nourishing the muscles when they become weak or atrophied, when they lack of nourishment from the spleen.  Accumulation of dampness in the Spleen can lead to atrophy.  Long term accumulation of dampness leads to the development of phlegm.  The psychic aspect of the Spleen is intent, reflection they are both stored and regulated by the spleen.  Over concentration is a loss of balance that becomes an obsession.  Over thinking leads one to spend more time sitting and less time exercising.  Tranquility and exercise are the basis for healthy thought and release a hormone that makes us feel happier.

Surround yourself with people who are smarter than yourself. They will shorten your road to success and help you avoid many costly mistakes.