This is one of my favorite Qigong meditations for healing. This video is Kris Deva North explaining the basic concepts of energy-flow in what the Taoist Classics describe as the 'Small Heavenly Cycle,' or 'Lesser Circulation.' This ancient practice was adapted for modern usage by Kris's teacher and co-author Grandmaster Mantak Chia as the 'Microcosmic Orbit.' For more details see "Overview".
Lower back pain is a problem for many. There are some acupuncture points that can work to help relieve the pain in the lower back. You can do self-massage of certain acupuncture points to help stimulate the Qi (chee) and get the blood flowing. This stimulation helps take away the stagnation (which is what is causing the pain) and it also helps bring in the good energy and nutrients to get your back to heal. In other words, it is what will help relieve the back pain.
The areas marked with a red dot in the body image above, are the areas that correspond to an acupuncture point in the body that would help lower back pain.
For example, the top red dot on the image is UB20 (Urinary Bladder point 20) and located laterally about 1.5 inches from the spine and at the 11th thoracic rib. To stimulate that acupuncture point, press and knead that area with your knuckles. That rubbing will help trigger messages to get the Qi and the blood moving to the lower back and clear out the stagnation and pain.
On point UB23, the next lower red dot on the image, is another point in the lumbar area of your back you can knead, rub, and even scrub. In fact, you can massage and scrub around the entire lower area of the back and this will help send energy to that area.
Behind your knees is another point that can be used to help back pain. This point, known as urinary bladder 40 (or UB40) is point you can knead and press. That action will also help stimulate the blood and Qi to flow and help your back pain.
There is also an area between your Achilles heel at your ankle (nestled between the Achilles and your bones), also known as Kidney-3 (KI 3) and UB 60. You can pull and press this area and this, too, will help your lower back pain and help work on that pain.
There are things you can do to help relieve your back pain. You can massage and stimulate the key acupuncture points in your body that are associated with your lower back.
(Special thanks to Dr. Suzanne Friedman for being the source of this information).
In one of my Qi Cultivation Classes, I asked the participants to let me know what medical problems they would be interested in learning about. In one of our classes we discussed food and how it could be used to help treat different illness. I provided information about what foods to eat based on those identified medical problems. In this Qi Cultivation Class, information was shared about supplements and which ones are beneficial for those same illnesses.
LOW ENERGY /MILD FATIGUE/LACK OF ENERGY
HEARTBURN / ACID REFLUX
Source: Dr. Andrew Weil for Acid Reflux
SINUS (Postnasal Drip)
Source: Dr. Andrew Weil, MD, for Postnasal Drip
MENTAL CLARITY & MEMORY
Source: Dr. Andrew Weil Bets for Memory Sharpening
Source: Dr. Andrew Weil, MD, Depression http://www.drweil.com/drw/u/ART00696/depression-treatment
Source: Dr. Andrew Weil
Source: Dr. Andrew Weil, MD, Parkinsons-Disease
Source: Dr. Andrew Weil, MD, Multiple Sclerosis
Source: Dr. Andrew Weil, MD, Kidney Stones
INTERUPTED SLEEP/INSOMNIA due to Menopause
One of the things that amazes me is how much of how we feel is based on the type of food we eat. When I first started to learn Qigong, we needed to learn to tune in and sense subtle energy (Qi) and its flow. As I did this, I started to sense this energy flow in my own body, too. I started to pay attention to how I was feeling, and then analyzed those times when I felt lousy, moody, or had pain (headaches, joint pain, etc). I also noticed the times when I felt great. I recognized the times I felt FAB were usually the times I was eating real food (fruits, vegies, no processed foods) and the times I felt like CRAP were the times I ate processed foods (foods for the microwave, fast foods, sweets, sodas, etc).
Real foods are processed and used more completely by the body than processed foods. As a result, eating real foods will keep Qi flowing, and that regular flow is what makes a difference in how good we feel. Qi flow is also based on Qi quality, so if you eat real food, your Qi is a better quality.
I would say probably 50-60% of our Qi quality and flow is based on the quality of our food, so when we eat processed foods and/or fast foods it will impact our sense of wellness. It also will impact our moods and emotions. At first we will probably recognize we don't have much energy; we are tired, lethargic, and moody (sad, depressed, angry, worry, weird laughter). As more Qi becomes stagnant in different organs, we will feel more discomfort and possibly pain (joint pain, headaches, menstrual pain, back pain, etc). Then, over more time, the stagnation may create a temporary illness, almost as an alert or wake up call to please pay attention to this matter. Then, if other conditions are right, a more chronic disease can become created.
In this TED video of Dr. Terry Wahls describes her experience with Multiple Sclerosis and how she changed the course of this disease by changing her diet. It is an inspiring video of how the course of a disease can be changed by eating the right food.
Here is a recap of Dr. Wahls recommended diet discussed in this video:
BEFORE you have any grain & dairy, eat the above first.
In Chinese Medicine, the Spleen (along with the pancreas and stomach) is the organ that is responsible for fluid and fuel transformation. The Spleen's role is to help metabolize food. Food is what is used to nourish the blood. So if a person is tired, easily fatigued, anemic, or having problems with bleeding, or bruising, one should focus on nourishing and fortifying the spleen.
According to Chinese Medicine, the spleen also controls the muscles & four limbs, so if there are muscle problems or limb problems, attention should be placed on the spleen.
Exercise and a healthy diet are the primary tools to benefit spleen related symptoms, but other tools, such as acupuncture, herbs, and tuina also can benefit and help the spleen, too.
Spleen Qi (chi or chee) is supposed to move in an upward direction, so if a person is experiencing any organs that are not in their proper place, such as hemorrhoids, or a sagging uterus, or a hernia, or having stress incontinence, this means the Spleen Qi is weak and needs to be fortified.
Here are some spleen related symptoms:
Fertility issues can occur for many different reasons, but getting your body, mind, and spirit in balance is a way to improve your ability to conceive.
Qigong can assist with fertility. Qigong treatments can help remove blockages as well as provided nourishment from the life force to your major organs. Qigong treatments can also be a way to help connect the mind, body, and spirit together in the process to support conception.
In addition, Qigong exercises can help you continue to nourish your organs, help you make the effort to focus your thoughts, movement, and energy with the love to continually restore balance into your life.
Acupressure and Acupuncture
Acupressure self massage is another step you can take which will help to keep the Qi flowing in the vital organs that contribute to fertility. If you have access to an acupuncturist, this is also a very valuable tool to use to help improve your ability to get pregnant
Other steps you can take are to help you conceive are to reduce the stress in your life. Sometimes this can be accomplished through meditation. Sometimes it means taking more drastic steps, like quitting or changing your job.
You can also make changes and tweaks in your diet, such as eating more plant based proteins and more fats, especially from avocados and nuts. Here is a summary of some helpful aids which may assist your fertility.
There are some differences in how Western Medicine treats nosebleeds (epistaxis) vs what Eastern Medicine does for treatment. In Western Medicine, the treatment for frequent or chronic nose bleeds will be cauterization of the blood vessels in the the nose. In Chinese Medicine, treatments are initially focused on changes in diet, use of Chinese herbs, and acupuncture (or acupressure) for self massage.
If you are looking for a way to deal with your chronic nose bleeds, here are some suggestions of what you may want to try from the Eastern Medicine point of view.
Your diet should be balanced with complex carbohydrates such as buckwheat, wholesome proteins such as soy products, green leafy vegetables such as spinach and kale, and other foods such as celery, bamboo shoots, seaweed, bananas, honey, mung beans, sunflower seeds, cassia seeds, and lotus root. Here are some specific foods to consume which can also help treat nose bleeds:
I will often recommend taking probiotics to my clients because so much of our health comes from our diet, and the typical American diet isn't usually rich in fermented foods and enough fruit and vegetables. Probiotics are linked to helping with depression, allergies, reducing cholesterol, and improving our resistance to disease.
Recently I was giving a Qigong medical treatment, and I often will request help from some nonphysical helpers; an old Chinese Master of Acupuncture and a Being I call "the mMicrobiologist" who helps with diseases or problems at the cellular level.
During a recent Qigong medical treatment, the old Chinese Master recommended the client be on probiotics so at the end of the treatment, I shared this information. During her next treatment, which was about ten days later, we were nourishing her organs and the "Microbiologist" said in a matter-of-fact manner, "she's now on proobiotics". He then went on to say,"there is now an improvement in her cells." He then showed me the cells he was looking at, and it was as if I was looking through a microscope and seeing how the cells and agreed, they really had changed and were improved.
I was amazed and impressed that in a rather short period of time, her body was already making great strides and changes and it was in large part due to now taking probiotics.
One of my Acupuncturist's shared her dietary recommendations as a means of not only helping a person lose weight, but to also kick-start the metabolism, and improve the over all sense of wellness:
Dupuytren's contracture disease is an inherited proliferative connective tissue disorder with fixed flexion contractures of the hand. The fingers bend towards the palm but cannot be fully extended and straightened. It is a disease without cure, but there are alternative and complimentary therapies which work with Western Medicine to help a person better manage this ailment. Here are some suggestions:
1. HEAT & HAND STRETCHING
This includes soaking hands in hot water for 15–20 minutes every morning and then doing stretching exercises on the affected finger(s). In addition, try adding Epsom salts to the water. After the hot water soaking, then do some vigorous regular stretching and massage by hyperextending the fingers. This will help the tissues to reduce the fibrous binding. In addition, you may also want to use massage cream or oil—such as red flower oil —into the affected area.
Some sources recommend refraining from coffee, wheat, dairy when you have this disease.
3. REDUCE STRESS
Sound meditations can help reduce stress. Use the sound of “Chuuuuuu” and then the sound of “Shoooooo” whenever you are feeling stressed. These are the sounds that are most appropriate for the liver and the spleen, which are the organs closely tied with Dupuytren's contracture. You can use sound to help release stress and emotions.
From a Chinese Medicine point of view, Dupuytren's contractures are related to liver qi stagnation, so doing self massage of the Liver 2 point, which is located on the foot, between the big toe and the second toe, a half thumb width from the margin of the web. To massage this point, move your finger in counterclockwise direction over this point.
Also, having weekly Tuina massage on your back, shoulders, arms can also help. This type of massage can help stimulate the blood flow to the hands. If the practitioner does moxa treatments, have her/him add moxa to the treatment regime, too. If the practitioner uses cupping have her/him add cupping.
Acupuncture is a resource to add to your treatment regime. Some of the literature states electrical stimulation with acupuncture needles has been shown to help control the disease.
6. QIGONG EXERCISES & MEDITATION
Qigong exercises are great to help keep Qi and blood flowing. Adding Qigong meditations is something that will also help direct healing energy to the places of need. For this type of Qigong meditation, when you are in a meditative state of mind, focus your thoughts on healing, wellness, strength, flexibility, vibrancy and then direct that energy to your hands and the affected areas. Spend time sending this healing energy to this spot and then add on the feeling of love, your love, to this spot in your body. Continue sending healing thoughts and love to this area for several minutes. Do these focused exercises and meditations at least daily. Within a couple of weeks, if you do these meditations daily, you should feel an inner change within you.
Even though dupuytren's contractures is a chronic disease, there are some actions you can use to help you better manage this disease.
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