Anxiety

By |2013-04-30T12:00:13+00:00April 30th, 2013|Modern Imbalances, Traditional Chinese Medicine|

In Traditional Chinese Medicine, the Heart is considered the Emperor of emotions.  A fair and balanced ruler will preside over a fair and balanced country.  If you are experiencing anxiety, chances are your emperor is unbalanced. Day-to-day, healthy individuals experience anxiety and stress.  In those times, recovery is smooth and easy.  Our normal lives resume with not much effort.  If the Heart is unbalanced, though, anxiety can stay in the system and uncomfortable symptoms will manifest — persistent worry, insomnia, shortness of breath, restlessness, poor concentration, irritability, muscle tension, overreacting or being easily startled and even the feeling of a repetitive, intense perceptible heartbeat (also called "heart palpitations").  These symptoms can often creep up on us — feeling as if they come out of nowhere.  Other's report that they can associate their symptoms with certain triggers. What causes the Heart to become unbalanced?  To [...]

Allergies

By |2013-04-24T12:00:06+00:00April 24th, 2013|Modern Imbalances, Traditional Chinese Medicine|

If you are like 10-25% of the world, Spring-time brings on sneezing, runny nose, itchy eyes and congestion.  Whether you are dealing with acute or chronic allergies, these symptoms are no doubt uncomfortable.  Conventional medicine used nasal decongestants, pain relievers, antihistamines, drugs that thin mucus and even antibiotics.  Sometimes these drugs are ineffective and some can even cause dependency. Traditional Chinese Medicine sees an underlying constitutional deficiency in people who suffer from allergies.  There is a defense system (called Wei Qi) that circulates around our body, protecting us from exterior invasion.  Allergic symptoms point to this defensive Qi being weakened.  Though it is best to address this weakened state before allergy season begins, there are still somethings that can be done today that can ease suffering. 1. Stinging Nettle is a natural alternative to antihistamines and doesn't have the uncomfortable side effects of drowsiness [...]

Breathing

By |2013-04-23T12:00:28+00:00April 23rd, 2013|Qigong, Meditation, Tai Chi|

I can think of nothing more basic or necessary for our survival than breathing.  It's hardwired into our subconscious system so that we don't even need to think about it.  Of course, though, we can choose to control our breath.  Many believe the simple act of focusing on your breathing can provide us with incredible health benefits such as improving the quality of blood, increasing digestion and assimilation of food, strengthening the heart and lungs, boosting energy levels and assisting in weight control. To gain these health benefits, one must practice deep breathing.  Often, due to stress, bad posture or various other reasons, we find ourselves breathing shallowly into our chest.  Allowing the breath to pass the diaphragm and fill the abdomen brings fresh oxygen to the bottom parts of our lungs - a place not always reached during a shallow breath.  This allows [...]

Basics of Nutrition

By |2013-04-16T12:00:08+00:00April 16th, 2013|Modern Imbalances, Traditional Chinese Medicine|

More and more, I am finding myself discussing nutrition with my patients.  I find it foundational to health and unavoidable.  We are, indeed, what we eat.  Luckily, nutrition is all about choices.  Below, I've written a list of ten choices I recommend to those who ask: 1. Chew.  If we chew our food more, it keeps us from shoveling too much into our mouths.  It also stimulates digestive enzymes released in our mouth, starting the digestive process immediately.  If we don't chew, our body has to work harder to digest our food.  Wouldn't you rather that energy be used elsewhere? 2. Read labels.  It shouldn't be difficult to read the list of ingredients on the label of your groceries.  If you can't pronounce it, or don't know what it is (preservatives, sweeteners, food colorings, etc.), chances are, it is not healthy for you to [...]

Tao Te Ching – Chapter 58

By |2013-04-09T12:00:07+00:00April 9th, 2013|Tao Te Ching|

When the government's dull and confused, the people are placid. When the government's sharp and keen, the people are discontented. Alas! misery lies under happiness, and happiness sits on misery, alas! Who know where it will end? Nothing is certain. The normal changes into the monstrous, the fortunate into the unfortunate, and our bewilderment goes on and on. And so the wise shape without cutting, Square without sawing, true without forcing. They are the light the does not shine. - ursula le guin ______________________ When the ruler knows his own heart the people are simple and pure When he meddles with their lives they become restless and disturbed. Bad fortune, yes — it rests upon good fortune Good fortune, yes — it hides within bad fortune Oh the things that heaven sends — Who can know their final aim? Who can tell of their [...]

Building Blood

By |2013-04-02T12:00:45+00:00April 2nd, 2013|Qigong, Meditation, Tai Chi|

Are you finding yourself with poor concentration and memory?  Maybe you are dizzy or have blurry vision or floaters?  Is your complexion pale and your hair and nails lacking luster?  If you have a uterus, is your menstruation irregular? No, I haven't been following you around.  No, I'm not reading your mind, these are standard symptoms someone would feel if they have Blood Deficiency.  In Chinese Medicine, Blood is a vital substance.  It not only nourishes and moistens all types of tissues, it also is the foundation of all of our mental faculties.  More than just conventional medicines idea of Anemia, the Chinese see Blood Deficiency as a systemic condition and needs to be addressed. The building blocks of Blood come from two sources.  One of those is what we consume.  It would be impossible to address blood deficiency without offering some guidance in [...]