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In Taichung Taiwan, the China Medical University School of Nursing recently conducted a double-blind clinical trial involving premature infants who were administered acupressure (meridian massage) over a 10 ten period. The massage was given thrice a day 15 minute each session. The subjects in the treatment group received meridian massage, were rubbed on the tummies, and were given other acupressure kneading applications before they were fed.
Comparing the subjects who were given conventional care (the control group) to the treatment group the researchers saw some fascinating observations. Though there was no significant difference between the two groups during the initial week of the study, the next week revealed that the infants in the treatment group experienced a gain in weight that was significantly higher than the infants in the control group. The conclusion showed acupressure as a promising natural and effective treatment for premature infants that can stimulate growth and enhance health.
What is Acupressure?
A component of Chinese medicine, acupressure is a more ancient form of acupuncture that innervates pressure points along the energy channels of the body. It is a natural and noninvasive type of treatment that is known to eliminate blockages in the energy channels where life energy or Chi flows. This helps sets off the self-healing processes of the body and restores balance in the body.
Both a type of massage therapy and energy medicine, acupressure is a pain-free type of treatment. Unlike acupuncture, it does not use needles but only firm but gentle manual therapy.
Some Facts about Acupressure
Besides boosting wellness and health in premature infants, acupressure is an effective means of increasing blood circulation and immune system functioning, relieving stress, regaining balance in the body, ameliorating pain, and promoting the general wellbeing of children and adults.
Acupressure can help treat the following conditions:
• Back pain
• Nausea (particularly for people with cancer)
People Who Practice Acupressure
Though basic acupressure methods for self healing are usually offered in community courses, acupressure certification programs are being provided by a growing number of Oriental medicine colleges and massage treatment schools. Teachings on acupressure typically include the application and history of this therapy as well as philosophies of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) regardless if they’re offered as an individual training program or as advanced studies. Additional studies that may be included in acupressure training include pathology, physiology, anatomy, meridian therapy, and the theory of the Five Elements.
A national level acupressure certification can be attained by passing the Asian Bodywork Therapy exam, which is provided by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine.
Acupressure and other specialized and diverse training is now critical for both conventional and holistic health practitioners since massage therapy is increasing in demand day by day. Acupressure is now also being learned by vet technicians, veterinarians and other conventional medical practitioners to better serve their canine, feline, and equine patients. Certified acupressure therapists who are also massage therapists are much more able to provide more thorough bodywork procedures to clients, and can earn a significantly higher pay due to these techniques.
One of the stronger points of classical feng shui is to provide people the capacity to confirm how the dwelling may be affecting a person’s health in certain ways. This can be achieved in various aspects. One aspect is to determine the birth information of the dweller. Each individual has susceptibility to certain illnesses based on their personal gua or trigram. For instance, in the Qian trigram, men born in 1958 are likely to have issues related to the lungs or head. This vulnerability won’t change no matter where they decide to live, but the energy of the dwelling could either raise or reduce this vulnerability.
A second aspect is to ascertain whether any negative influence or “sha” exists in a certain direction. A southwest direction, for instance, specifically affects the stomach region; hence, if the southwest area of a dwelling contains a certain negative influence (i.e., a crack in the floor, ceiling, or wall), it could bring about stomach problems in any member of the family. Occasionally, a feng shui expert can foretell the family member who’ll most likely experience a health problem.
A third aspect is to consider the age of the structure, specific areas of the dwelling can lead to even more health predispositions. The localized influences can even have a greater impact when an individual spends a lot of time in a specific part of the dwelling. Hence, in classical feng shui, the most important part of a dwelling is the bedroom, obviously because people we spend one-third of their lives sleeping in this area.
The art of feng shui also encompasses the outside areas surrounding a dwelling and if these areas have some form of environmental sha, it can have a predictable, typical impact on health. For instance, some people believe that if you live in an area near an electrical transformer set atop a utility pole, the transformer’s EMF energy can have a negative effect on your health. In feng shui, if there is a potentially negative object just outside your dwelling, the direction where it lies is another aspect that can impact in you in certain ways. For instance, if there is something negative in the southern area of your dwelling, it can have a different impact when it is located in the northern side of your dwelling.
Feng shui practitioners use the term “modern Feng Shui hazards” to characterize a number of negative influences for exteriors and interiors that are distinctly modern phenomena, and not the kind depicted about in ancient Chinese scrolls. The synthetic substances used in the making of furnishings and homes can have an impact on health as much as chemtrails and outdoor air pollution. The fluoride that is being placed in our water systems, the genetically modified foods that are being sold in the supermarkets, and the harmful electromagnetic energy and radiations generated by our appliances, cell phones, and computers all can be very deadly to us. Even the so-called environment friendly hybrid cars can be a health hazard if you drive or ride on one every day for at least a couple hours.
So, if you are wondering whether the feng Shui influences of a real estate can suggest a probability of cancer, the answer to that is yes. One also has to deal with geopathic stress besides the cancer-causing elements that plague modern societies today. This geopathic stress may be caused by “natural” events like underground turbulences that can negatively affect the health of a person over the course of time. These commotions occurring underground and within mountains have been known by Chinese geomancers for thousands of years. Those ancient feng shui artists used some very mysterious and cryptic terms like “dragon veins” to depict the qi anomalies going on in the natural world.
When a structure has been built, it creates a magnetic field. Feng shui uses the flying stars, which is the digital systematization of a magnetic field in order to determine whether the energy is likely to cause a specific health problem in a person, which unless addressed, can turn into a deadly illness like cancer. For instance, a practitioner can perform a classical Feng Shui audit on a structure even without the need to personally see the structure, and turn to the space-time calculations in the audit. A structure built in 1970, facing magnetic northeast at 45 degrees, for instance, will likely have an energy field in its eastern portion that may worsen a health condition and may even likely help bring about cancer. This may be more likely to occur if a person spends a lot of time in that (eastern) part of the structure.
The Five Yellow Star depictions are well-known by people who practice the Xuan Kong Flying Star. These depictions are related to the multiplying and dividing processes of cells dividing and to pain. There is a high correlation of people with cancer whose bedrooms are within an area having the Five Yellow Star qi. Some cancer patients sleep in rooms that have the 2 star, which in feng shui is also related to illness in general. For several decades, the 2 star energy has been connected to illness and even death, but in 2024, it will start an upward cycle that will transform its negative energy into a positive one that will last six decades. These “stars” are merely energies and they undergo major cycles of negativity and positivity.
Since there is such a thing as bad feng shui that can contribute to or cause cancer, there is also such a thing as good Feng Shui that can aid in the remission of cancer. You obviously need medical help if you have cancer in order to destroy the malignant cancer cells in your. You also need to also eat a healthy diet filled with minerals and vitamins as well as live in a clean; radiation-, toxic-, and stress-free; and oxygen-rich environment, which is also one aspect of feng shui.
People with cancer who have made the proper modifications to their living spaces with the help of feng shui practitioners can experience an improvement in their condition. But since cancer can spring from several causes some of which cannot be controlled like, genetics, modifying one’s dwelling and environment alone may not be enough to cure it.
The term Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) refers to a wide variety of therapeutic techniques from various parts of Asia. TCM is a widely accepted and longstanding healing practice although it is viewed as an alternative type of treatment in Western countries. What is exactly TCM?
A holistic form of treatment, Traditional Chinese Medicine addresses problems affecting the spirit, body, and mind, aspects of an individual that are interconnected together. Illness arises when any one part of a person gets out of balance – in both the meta-physical and physical sense.
TCM is based on the theory of yin-yang, which is all about balance. According to this theory, all things in the universe can be categorized into two complementary yet opposing parts. The opposites of dark/light, moon/sun, cold/hot, female/male are some of the more common examples of this. In TCM, however, there is no good or bad, only principles that are parts of the whole. The goal of Traditional Chinese Medicine is to maintain balance and bring about health and well-being.
The Meridians and Chi
Chi or Qi pertains to the life energy or vital energy of the body. Some people mistakenly attribute it as the “soul” or “spirit.” Actually, chi is more similar to the energetic circulation of blood moving across the body. Chi travels all over the body along the energy channels called meridians and through other channels.
This article will not discuss the details of chi as it would take a lifetime of research to understand them. All one needs to know is that chi is the energy that moves through the body and its existence is the foundation upon which Chinese medicine stands.
The Holistic Therapies of Chinese Medicine
Traditional Chinese Medicine offers an amazing range of treatments. They include:
1. Acupuncture: This therapeutic modality involves the inserting of ultra thin needles into specific parts of the body. In traditional acupuncture, the practitioner follows the thousands of years technique of sticking needles into the acupuncture points wherein lie the meridians; modern practitioners have integrated newer techniques to their methods. The most common uses of acupuncture are for treatment of nervous-system disorders, psychological disorders, and chronic pain. Adherents of this system will recommend it for just about any health issue.
2. Herbal medicine: A healing system that involves the use of mushrooms, roots, and herbs, as well as other natural products and minerals that possess medicinal qualities. Unfortunately, a lot of Chinese herbalists illegally utilize exotic animal parts and so they have become one of the biggest reasons why some animals are on the verge of extinction. There are a wide range of herbal medicines that can treat practically every health condition and illness known and unknown to modern medicine.
3. Breathing and Physical exercises: Practitioners of Traditional Chinese Medicine often advise their patients to embark in healthy exercise. However, not all exercises are designed for the balance proper movement of chi. The exercises promoted by TCM include the martial arts, meditation, yoga, qigong, and taichi as well as various breathing exercises and meditation exercises.
4. Gua sha: This is a bizarre treatment involving the rubbing of the skin with tusk, bone, stone, or with smooth bits of jade. Gua sha is a harsh type of massage in which the person usually ends up with painful red marks and/or bruising on the skin. It has broad therapeutic applications and may be used for cholera to hot weather among others. For people with a low threshold for pain, this is not a treatment they would consider.
5. Cupping- This type of therapy is a unique kind of detoxification/massage. Cupping uses special glass cups that have the air inside them heated by smoke or flame. The cups are applied on the back while they’re still warm inside. The cups generate a suction effect that draws the skin into the cup. A lot of Western Chinese medicine clinics now use cups that have pumps installed on them. If you plan to go to the beach or wear a backless gown for a certain occasion, you should avoid this treatment as it leaves big red purplish circles on your back. Cupping is used to eliminate toxins from the body.
Dr. Nelya de Brun, AP, DAOM
Classical Oriental Medicine, LLC
3459 Woolbright Rd
Boynton Beach, FL 33436
Acupuncture has been a blessing to the world especially for the Western world when one considers the alternative: pharmaceutical products that more or less wreak harm to the human body than the illness they profess to cure. In most cases, drugs manufactured by pharmaceutical corporations merely treat the symptom rather than the disease itself.
What western medicine essentially lacks is the acknowledgment that the human body essentially has dimensions, invisible but integral parts of the human body that western medicine discards because they demonstrate no empirical evidence of their existence.
Those in traditional Chinese medicine dimensions are Chi or life force and yin-yang. Chi acts like blood in the body. Blood nourishes the tissues, organs and all other parts of the body. Chi, acts in a similar manner but in Chinese medicine it, does more to the human body than blood does. An imbalance of chi, results not only in physiological illnesses but in psychological and emotional ailments, as well.
Chi is channeled through the body by networks called meridians. Meridian systems are invisible networks that are spread throughout the body to enable Chi to reach and energize each part of the body. Chi flow affects the whole aspect of the human being and if it is unimpeded, the person experiences good health. Due to environmental, physical and emotional causes, chi flow sometimes gets blocked or stagnates and diseases set in.
Yin-yang are the two principles of water and fire inherent in most organs in the human body. The ancient Chinese believed that activities of the body are the result of the yin and yang interaction. The relative balance of these two opposing principles constitutes well-being and harmony in the body. Yin carries the water or fluid principle and yang the fire principle. Organs with an open cavity are yang organs (gall bladder, intestines, stomach and bladder) and organs possessing no cavity are the yin organs (liver, heart, spleen, lung, kidneys). In a sense, the organs with little or no acid are the yin organs.
Western medicine, with a philosophy anchored on existential empiricism will always assume a skeptical stand regarding these beliefs. One thing they cannot explain, though, is the success traditional Chinese medicine has in healing ailments successfully, like infertility, obesity and addiction.
Acupuncture in Davis has been the main method of treatment for these three illnesses and it has millions of adherents testifying to its potency. Millions of Americans are suffering from either of these three illnesses and with a sickness like drug or alcohol addiction, the way back to recovery equals having a meaningful and complete life from the destruction wrought by these diseases.
Acupuncture is probably the surest route to their destination of getting their lives back from the abyss.