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Five element moving like a tree in Spring to help balancing hormone, benefiting endocrine system and lymphatic system.

by Trisha Han
  • Starting your favorite music, standing tall like a tree and breathing like a tree.
  • Lifting hand up to the air , holding together, and swaying side to side to work on GB and Liver M for 2 minutes; opening hands , fingers splitting and stretching hand and swaying from side to side for 2 minutes( to wake up Jing Well and Shu wood points). 
  • Circling the wrist in both ways, clockwise and counterclockwise to simulate all the yuan earth points on yin Meridian and Jing Metal River points on Yang meridian ( wrist reflect neck, pelvic )Can swaying from side to side. (2 minutes)
  • Twisting your arm and wrist inward and outward to move elbow, upper arm and shoulder.
  • Be a tree full of life and hope.

 

 

80% of Gynecological Illnesses can be Treated with Regulation of Menstrual Cycle

by Trisha Han

80% of gynecological illnesses are caused by irregular menstrual cycles. If the menstrual cycle can be regulated, then many of these gynecological illnesses would disappear by themselves. Ignoring menstrual irregularities is not smart, as they may cause many unforeseen problems later on in life. Some common menstrual problems include menstrual cramps, bloating, headaches, spotting, back pain, and irregular cycles, etc. If these problems are recognized early on and are treated without delay, they are not difficult issues to deal with.

In treating menstrual problems there are three organs that must be focused on: the liver, spleen and kidney. There are two important acupuncture points that, if applied pressure to daily for a couple of minutes, may be extremely beneficial in regulating menstrual cycles and getting rid of the painful symptoms.

1. The “San Yin Jiao”

San Yin Jiao is, from a gynecological standpoint, a panacea. It’s a remedy for just about any female-related illness, so it’s one whose abilities and importance we must value. The point has a two-way effectiveness; in other words, it can act as both a channel and an absorber, and can either evoke circulation of the blood or slow it, depending on an individual’s physique. It is very easy to find on the body, located around 7 centimeters above the inner ankle. To find the exact point, feel around the area for a spot of sensitivity.

 

2. The “Ci Liao” Point

This point is located at the base of the spine, and it is also a very important point when it comes to treating gynecological illnesses. As long as there’s a problem with the female reproductive system—no matter if it’s located in the uterus, ovaries, etc.—this spot will be sensitive when applied pressure to. If this point is massaged frequently, the pain around the point will gradually lessen and disappear, and the corresponding illness will also go away.

 

The points above are very effective external methods in curing gynecological illness; if the body’s internal cycles are regulated as well, the results will be even better. How to regulate these internal cycles then? You can take herbal medicines such as Free and Easy Wanderer, or Free and Easy Wanderer Plus (ask a local practitioner about these medicines). These two medicines are extremely helpful in getting rid of menstrual problems or illnesses causes by menstrual irregularities. It is effective in treating 70% or more of gynecological illnesses.

Free and Easy Wanderer Pills, just as the name suggests, promotes energy and raises spirit, eliminating depression. Many gynecological illnesses and reproductive problems are directly related to emotional stress and spiritual well-being.

What’s the difference between Free and Easy Wanderer Teapills and Free and Easy Wanderer Plus? The answer lies in the “Plus”. Free and Easy Wanderer Plus was created on the basis of Free and Easy Wanderer, with an addition of several herbs to reduce internal heat and relieve inflammation.

If you find that you are easily agitated or upset, often are thirsty and like to drink cold beverages, you should take Free and Easy Wanderer Plus. If you don’t like to drink water and are not often thirsty, it’s better to take Free and Easy Wanderer.

In general, you should begin taking the herbs 3 or 4 days before menstruation, and stop taking the herbs temporarily once menstruation begins. If you feel comfortable with the herbs, it’s okay to take them for an extra two days. By taking these herbs, you will feel that your menstruation period passes smoothly and without incident.

There are several other medicinal regulating methods that also give pretty good results:

Because menstruation uses up a lot of the body’s energy, after menstruation many people will feel light-headed and weak, having symptoms such as a sore back or leg pain. This problem is easily solved. When menstruation is just about to end, take Liu Wei Di Huang teapills. People who easily get cold can take Shi Quan Da Bu teapills as an alternative, because this can prevent a weak body and energy deficiency.

If spotting occurs, it’s often because the spleen is weak or has weak circulation. This problem can be solved by taking Bu Zhong Yi Qi teapills and eating Chinese red dates/jujubes. During menstruation, you can also take San Qi in powder form and Ba Zhen. People who get cold easily can also add some brown sugar while taking the herbs.

If you are not familiar with Chinese Medicine, please ask a local practitioner/acupuncturist about the herbs. As long as you follow the above methods, I’m sure your gynecological illnesses will be solved.

Women’s Health Issue (Gynecology) #1 – Coldness

by Trisha Han

  Self-Help Topics, Wellness & Prevention

In the ancient times, women’s health was often a thorny issue in Chinese medicine, much like in Western Medicine not too long ago. Women were often reluctant to discuss their problems and lifestyles openly with male doctors, and because of this, could not get the most accurate diagnosis of their conditions. Although modern women are more open with their doctors, and there are many female doctors as well, there has also been a significant increase in illness in female patients compared to a few thousand years ago–several conditions in particular. It includes coldness, blood stagnation, Qi stagnation. Today we only talk about the first issue – coldness.

The first is excess cold, or conditions derived from being exposed to the cold for too long. Through the tens of thousands of years that humans have existed, we have developed an aptitude for adapting to all sorts of temperatures, and our bodies have become used to the temperature cycles in spring, summer, fall and winter. But technology brought something so different from what we had adapted to in nature–air conditioning. With A.C., we can go from the sweltering heat to the freezing cold in less than a minute, just by stepping into a room. Only a hundred years ago, it took the course of many months from summer to winter to accomplish that same temperature change.

These days, every single building has air conditioning installed–whether it’s the supermarket, your house, your workplace, or the gym. And our bodies have not been able to adapt to such sudden temperature changes yet. One piece of evidence is the rise of skin diseases such as ezcema and acne. Part of it, I believe, comes from the food we eat, but another large factor is the fluctuating temperature environments caused by air conditioning.

For example, if you’re walking outside during the summer and sweat is pouring down your face, then you suddenly walk into an air-conditioned room, what’s going to happen to all the sweat that was supposed to continue pouring down your face? Your sweat pores close unexpectedly because of the temperature change, and all the sweat collects underneath the skin and traps debris and oil that can’t be transported out. If this scenario continues for many days, months and years, it will eventually lead to various types of skin conditions, infections and rashes.

Being exposed to rapid temperature changes can also cause digestive problems. In the summertime, we usually wear less clothes because the temperatures are high outside–chances are, our limbs are usually exposed. When we walk into a cold building, the cold easily enters through our hands and feet and go into our visceral organs, including our digestive organs. Many people have sensitive stomachs during the summertime, and will have indigestion or an upset stomach due to one small thing–it is all because there is excess cold in the organs because of the A.C.

But the people most easily affected by the cold are women, because women usually wear less clothing during the summer, at times even exposing the stomach–upon walking into a cold room, the cold will immediately seep into her body through the exposed areas.

According to Chinese Medicine, women’s bodies cannot afford to have stagnant blood and Qi, because a woman’s reproductive organs all depend on the circulation and warmth of blood. Stagnant blood and Qi could cause irregular or absent menstrual cycles, which leads to infertility and other gynecological conditions. This is why I always tell my infertility patients not to drink ice water and drink warm water instead.

When I first became acquainted with gynecology, I was confused: why do women who are not experiencing heat deficiency often have to take warm-natured herbs to regulate their conditions? Finally I realized that a woman’s uterus thrives in warmth–even if there is malignant and excessive heat present, caution must be taken so that the warmth is not countered completely by cold-natured herbs; that is why women must take warm-natured herbs, even in regulating a heat-related illness.

Another cause of malignant cold is drinking ice water. While air conditioning is considered “inner heat, outer cold”, drinking ice water is just the opposite–“outer heat, inner cold”. You could be outside in 100 degrees, and then drink some cold water in hopes to relieve the heat, but all it does is make your stomach very confused. Drinking ice water is another habit that our ancestors couldn’t have even imagined–but now, especially here in America, it has become ingrained into our daily lifestyles, and our bodies simply have not adjusted.

Drinking ice water also has a large impact on women’s health, because the coldness that we ingest causes harm to our organs almost immediately. The coldness will cause blood and Qi stagnation in the uterus, and obstruct menses flow. If the stagnation is ignored, it will accumulate, causes various types of gynecological illnesses.

So, in general, we must all be careful of our daily habits, because they can gradually build and affect us for a lifetime. But women, especially, must take care to avoid excess cold from entering their bodies. Instead of drinking ice water, try drinking room temperature or warm water instead. Always keep a light jacket or sweater on hand, for the times you have to enter an air-conditioned building after being outside in the sun. And eat some ginger snaps as a snack, or some ginger chew candies (ginger is warm-natured), just to be safe.

Most of Your Problems will be Gone after Balancing Your Yin and Yang

by Trisha Han

 

The many living creatures on planet Earth all share one thing in common–their properties of Yin and Yang. Yin and Yang can be understood as two opposing forces, two polar energies that exist interdependently. While one is right, the other is left; one up, the other down; and so forth. Yin and Yang characterize all essential opposites in nature, like male and female, day and night, sky and earth. Yin is associated with the moon, and is characterized by dampness, darkness, and an inhibitory nature. Yang is associated with the sun, and is characterized by liveliness, fire, and an excitatory nature. However, the key to understanding Yin and Yang is to know that one cannot exist without the other. Everything in nature has energy belonging to both Yin and Yang; nothing is solely Yin or solely Yang.

Although the human body and its physiological processes are often complex and difficult to understand, they can also be broken down into two simple components: Yin and Yang energy. These control the many changes occurring within the body, including the aging process. Life, in the simplest terms, is the balance created from the complementary energies of Yin and Yang. Therefore, a person can only be healthy if this balance is maintained. That is why Chinese Medicine focuses on regulating the Yin-Yang balance in order to treat and prevent illness.

Every organ has its own Yin and Yang energies–the kidneys, the lungs, the heart, and so on, all have a balance that must be maintained. For example, if there is a lack of Yin energy in the liver, then the individual may experience symptoms like pressing headaches, anxiety, and redness of the face. A prolonged Yin-Yang imbalance with excess Yang can often lead to disorders like high blood pressure.

Likewise, the lungs, stomach and kidneys must also maintain proper Yin-Yang balance. If their Yang energy outbalances their Yin energy, then a person would likely feel dehydrated, hungry, and urinate excessively. Let’s look at why this makes sense. Yang is the body’s fire; Yin is the body’s water. If Yang is excessive in the lungs, the body does not produce enough fluids and mucus, causing a feeling of constant thirst and dryness. When Yang is excessive in the stomach, it causes more rapid digestion and a difficulty controlling appetite. When Yang is excessive in the kidneys, then the kidneys have difficulty retaining and controlling water in the body, and so excessive urination occurs. These symptoms are collectively a sign of diabetes.

Additionally, the heart’s Yin-Yang balance is also crucial to health. If there is excess Yang, then the body easily feels cold and lacks energy, because there is poor circulation; this often develops into edema and later heart disease. If there is excess Yin, the body will also experience fatigue, insomnia and shortness of breath, which also can develop into heart disease.

The Yin-Yang balance can affect anything from more severe conditions like heart disease and high blood pressure to less severe illnesses like the common cold. All illnesses, no matter how different they may all seem, arise from a common source: Yin-Yang imbalance. That is why understanding how to regulate Yin-Yang balance is such an important step in living a long and healthy life.

Please visit my separate blogs about what food has Yang properties and what food has Yin properties. This way you can try to balance your Yin and Yang by yourself in your daily life.