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Between 35 and 40 million Americans are affected by arthritis. It is one of the most prevalent chronic health problems in the United States with a cost of $64.8 billion per year in medical care and lost wages. Among those 65 years and older, arthritis is epidemic with an estimated 65-85% of all Americans in this age group suffering from joint pain ranging in severity from a minor inconvenience to a severely disabling disease. Even people under 45 may suffer from arthritis as the result of traumatic injury and/or surgery.
What is arthritis?
Arthritis means joint (arthr-) inflammation (-itis). When prefaced by the word osteo, it simply means inflammation of the joints of the bones. Other names for osteoarthritis (OA) are degenerative joint disease (DJD), osteoarthroses (i.e., bone joint condition), and hyperthrophic osteoarthritis. It is the most common of all forms of joint disease, typically first appearing asymptomatically in the 20s and 30s and becoming universal by age 70. As the authors of The Merck Manual, one of the "bibles" of Western MDs, says, "Almost all person by age 40 have some pathologic changes in the weight-bearing joints, although relatively few people are symptomatic [by that age]."
While both men and women get arthritis, the incidence in women is significantly higher Ė about two to one. However, its onset is typically higher in men than in women. Osteoarthritis is found in all climates throughout the world. In fact, OA occurs in almost all vertebrates. The only two mammals it does not occur in are bats and sloths which both spend much of their lives hanging upside down!
What causes arthritis?
According to modern Western medicine, its etiology or cause is unknown. OA appears to be due to a complex set of interacting mechanical, biological, biochemical, and enzymatic feedback loops. When one or more of these components fails to do its job properly, this sets in motion the changes in the tissue of the joints we call arthritis. Some of the factors which may contribute to the onset of arthritis are congenital joint abnormalities, genetic defects, infectious, metabolic, endocrine, and neuropathic diseases, virtually any disease which alters the normal structure and function of the cartilage covering the inner surfaces of the joint, and acute and chronic trauma affecting this cartilage. In terms of this last cause, we are talking about wear and tear. Any motion which repeatedly puts stress on the inner surfaces of the joint may result in micro-trauma continues year after year, as in certain occupations such as foundry workers and bus drivers, a whole series of micro-trauma sooner or later adds up to significant damage to the surfaces of the joints. Whether this happens sooner or later depends on other factors affecting our health, such as our metabolism, our hormones, our immune system, and various infectious diseases.
What are the signs and symptoms of arthritis?
The onset of arthritis is usually subtle and gradual and begins by affecting only one or two joints. Its first symptom is pain and this pain is typically made worse by exercise. When one wakes up in the morning, the affected joint may be stiff, but this improves with movement after 15-30 minutes. As the disease progresses, joint mobility becomes diminished and flexion contractures occur. One may hear a grating noise and feel a grating sensation within the joint when it is moved. This is called crepitus. Eventually, the affected joints become enlarged and may even become hot to the touch and red in color. As the ligaments holding the joint in place become lax, the joint may become increasingly unstable and increasingly painful. Tenderness on palpation around the affected joint and pain on passive motion (i.e., when someone else moves the joint for you) are late signs in the progression of this disease. Adding insult to the injury, muscular spasms add to the pain. Eventually, as the inflammatory process continues to affect the cartilage and underlying bone tissue, the joint may become deformed, the surrounding muscles may atrophy, and nodular pseudocysts may appear.
So what does Chinese medicine have to offer sufferers of arthritis?
Chinese medicine has a much more down to earth and immediately understandable vision of what causes joint pain and what you can do for it. For arthritis, Chinese medicine offers a whole range of natural treatments which help relieve pain but also promote healing of the tissues of the joints. These treatments include professionally prescribed and administered acupuncture and moxibustion, Chinese medical massage, and Chinese herbal medicine taken internally and externally on the affected area. In addition, there are a number of highly effective, time-tested Chinese home remedies and self-treatments for joint pain.
Allergy season is here again, and more than 35 million Americans will be suffering from sneezing, itchy eyes, runny nose, scratchy throat, and other miseries.
Americans spent over $1.5 billion on over-the-counter allergy remedies in 1999. Hay fever sufferers spent an additional $225 million on physician office visits and $297 million on prescription drugs.
In allopathic medicine, seasonal allergy symptoms are called allergic rhinitis, believed to be caused by hypersensitivity to airborne dust, mold, pollen, fur or feathers.
These allergens produce an exaggerated immune response leading to upper respiratory inflammation and congestion. Patients are usually prescribed antihistamines or corticosteroids.
Chinese medicine offers many wonderful alternatives to drugs which often leave patients drowsy and dried-out. Chinese herbal remedies are also safer, gentler, and less expensive than pharmaceutical remedies.
On an important note, the best effect is achieved by taking the acupuncture and herbs treatments before the allergy season starts.
Naomi Judd, 55 - mother of country singer Wynonna, 37, and actress Ashley, 33 - was diagnosed with chronic hepatitis C, a liver infection, in 1990. She endured futile treatments before Dr. Bruce Bacon of St. Louis University began alfa-interferon injections. Judd has used yoga, acupuncture and meditation, too. Considered "cured," she's now a motivational speaker. Judd also has resumed singing, put out a CD with Wynonna and appeared in Ashley's film Someone Like You.
- PARADE, Chicago Tribune, June 10, 2001
Healthy Menopause: A Second Spring
Menopause is a naturally occurring transition. As a physiological event, it is not a disease and it need not be accompanied by any discomfort. Indeed, statistics show that in 20% of all American women, there are no symptoms at all, and in cultures where age brings power and status to women, close to 100% of menopausal women have reported no symptoms. (Lyttleton, Jane, op.cit., p. 5)
However, in Western societies where older women are less valued and respected than their younger sisters, approximately 80% of women do have symptoms, ranging from mild and quite transient to severe and debilitating.
Going through menopause does not automatically mean that symptoms will arise. Just on the Physical level, if a womanís diet is good, if she exercises moderately but regularly, if she limits stress in her life where possible and has an effective way of dealing with stress when it does arise, that woman is less likely to experience symptoms when she reaches menopause or at any other time for that matter! There are women who sail through menopause with little or no discomfort whatsoever.
Menopausal women need not believe that they are doomed to years of hormonal nightmare. Pre-menopausal women need not anticipate with dread the menopausal years. All women, however, need to act with intelligence to bring their being into a state of health whereby menopausal discomforts may be reduced or eliminated. On the one hand, it I important for all of us to recognize and accept the facts of aging and decline. These are part of the human condition and used to be accepted as such. On the other hand, we need not believe that either menopause of the post-menopausal years doom us to several decades of excessive and continual suffering. It is up to us to determine how these years will be experienced, and it is up to us to act upon that determination.
Many menopausal complaints respond very well to correctly prescribed and administered acupuncture. Acupuncture also includes several other methods of stimulating acupuncture points, thus regulating the flow of qi in the body. The main other modality is moxibustion. This means the warming of acupuncture points mainly by burning dried, aged Oriental mugwort on, near, or over acupuncture points. The purposes of this warming treatment are: 1) to even more strongly stimulate the flow of qi and blood, 2) add warmth to areas of body which are too cold, and 3) add yang qi to the body to supplement a yang qi deficiency. Other acupuncture modalities are to apply suction cups over points, to prick the points to allow a drop or two of blood to exit, to apply Chinese medicinals to the points, to apply magnets to the points, and to stimulate the points by either electricity or laser.
One of the best things about the acupuncture treatment of menopausal complaints I that its effects are often immediate. Since many of the mechanisms of menopausal syndrome have to do with stuck qi, as soon as the qi is made to flow, the symptoms disappear. Therefore, many patients begin to feel better after the very first treatment.
Patients with irritability and nervous tension will feel an immediate relief of these symptoms while still on the table. Typically, one will feel a pronounced tranquillity and relaxation within five to ten minutes of the insertion of the needles. Many patients do drop off to sleep for a few minutes while the needles are in place.
In China, acupuncture treatments are given every day of every other day, three to five times a week depending on the nature and severity of the condition. In the West however, health care delivery differs greatly form China, making it financially unfeasible for most patients to receive as many treatments per week. Western patients suffering from menopausal complaints typically respond very well to acupuncture treatment performed twice a week for another several weeks. After that, a maintenance course of monthly sessions is highly recommended. In severe, stubborn cases, acupuncture treatment may have to continue for several months. In general, one can expect their improvement from acupuncture to be gradual and progressive. Based on my clinical experience, if acupuncture is combined with diet and life-style changes, Chinese herbs, and a selection of the self-care treatments recommended above the results will be even quicker and the relief of symptoms even more complete.
Chinese Herbal Medicine for Menopause
Chinese herbal medicine is one of the most effective natural methods of treating menopausal complaints or preventing their arisal. Studies on the effectiveness of herbal medicine for treating menopausal women for a variety of symptoms are written about in Traditional Chinese Medical journals on a regular basis. Typical amelioration rates of these studies are in the 80-95% range. In professionally practiced Chinese medicine, herbs are rarely used singly. Most formulas, whether prepared as a powder, pill, tincture, or tea are a combination of from six to twenty herbs.
Herbs are effective in cases of vacuity because they can actually add qi, blood, yin, and/or yang to the body. Since most menopausal health issues relate to the blood and yin and to insufficiency or vacuity, herbs are often an appropriate choice. Herbs have the added advantage of being whole and biochemically complex substances made up of a balance of various synergistic chemical parts and hormone precursors. This means that they are easier for the body to utilize than single, synthesized drugs, and that in turn means they are less likely to cause side effects.
However, such freedom from side effects is based on correct administration in turn based on a correct professional diagnosis.
This is why it is usually a good idea not to self-medicate. Do not make the mistake of thinking that since herbal medicines are natural substances, herbs are completely benign. The wrong herbs or the wrong dosage can make a person sick or worsen their health.
So if you are seriously interested in taking herbs for preventive of remedial menopausal care, it is wise to seek professional assistance in choosing the appropriate formulas.
One of the best things about the acupuncture treatment of menopausal complains is that its effects are often immediate. Since many of the mechanisms of menopausal syndrome have to do with stuck qi, as soon as the qi is made to flow, the symptoms begin to feel better after the very first treatment.
Patients with irritability and nervous tension will feel an immediate relief while still on the table. Typically, one will feel a pronounced tranquillity and relaxation within five to ten minutes of the insertion of the needles. Many patients do drop off to sleep for a few minutes while the needles are in place.
According to traditional Chinese medicine, PMS is most definitely classified as a valid gynecological complaint or disease. The good news is that Chinese doctors (including acupuncturists) have been curing womenís PMS for centuries if not millennia.
I will explain to you the diagnosis and treatment of PMS with Chinese medicine. You will learn what causes PMS and what you can do a bout it. I will be able to share with you a number of self-help techniques which can minimize your monthly discomfort. I have been specializing in the Chinese medical treatment of gynecological complains for 10 years, and I have helped Western women cure or relive their PMS. Chinese medicine cannot cure every gynecological disease, but when it comes to PMS, Chinese medicine is the best alternative I know. If a woman follows my advice, together we can cure or at least reduce her premenstrual signs and symptoms.
What is PMS?
According to The Merck Manual, PMS is a "condition characterized by nervousness, irritability, emotional instability, depression, and possibly headaches, edema, and mastalgia; it occurs seven to ten days before menstruation and disappear a few hours after the onset of menstrual flow." When nervousness, irritability, depression and emotional instability or lability are the main symptoms, this disease is also referred to as PMT or premenstrual tension, and PMDD, premenstrual dysphoric disorder. In actual clinical fact the list of accompanying signs and symptoms is much longer than the one presented above. Some womenís PMS includes dozens of symptoms and complaints. In fact, more than 150 symptoms have been reported in the Western medical literature association with PMS. It is also true that, although the authors of The Merck Manual say PMS begins seven to ten days before each menses, in some women it may begin two weeks or more before each period. Though the symptoms of PMS vary from woman to woman, they do occur during a specific and relatively constant time of the menstrual cycle and have clear beginning and end.
The hallmark of professional Chinese medicine is what is known as "treatment based on pattern of discrimination." Modern Western medicine bases its treatment on a disease diagnosis. This means that two patients diagnosed as suffering from the same disease will get he same treatment. Traditional Chinese medicine also takes the patientís disease diagnosis into account. However, the choice of treatment is not based on the disease so much as it is on what is called the patientís pattern, and it is treatment based on pattern discrimination which is what makes Chinese Medicine the holistic, safe, and effective medicine it is.
In order to explain the difference between a disease and a pattern, let us take headache for example. Everyone who is diagnosed as suffering from a headache has to, by definition, have some pain in their head. In modern Western medicine and other medical systems which primarily prescribe on the basis of a disease diagnosis, one can talk about "headache medicines." However, amongst headache sufferers, one may be a man and the other a woman. One may be old and the other young. One may be fat and the other skinny. One may have pain on the right side of her head and the other may have pain on the left. In one case, the pain may be throbbing and continuous, while the other personís pain may be very sharp but intermittent. In one case, they may also have indigestion, a tendency to loose stools, lack of warmth in their feet, red eyes, a dry mouth and desire for cold drinks, while the other person has a wet, weeping, rusty skin rash with red borders, a tendency to hay fever, ringing in their ears, and dizziness when they stand up. In Chinese medicine just as in modern Western medicine, both these patients suffer from headache. That I their disease diagnosis. However, they also suffer from a whole host of other complaints, have very different types of headaches, and very different constitutions, ages, and sex.
Thus, in Chinese medicine, the pattern describes the totality of the person as a unique individual. And in Chinese medicine, treatment is designed to rebalance that entire pattern of imbalance as well as address the major complaint or disease.
Menís Sexual Vitality
Men have as many health problems as women. Decrease in sexual vitality caused by stress or other reasons is even more common among men compared to women. So why are they avoiding the use of acupuncture and Oriental Medicine?
The axiom "If itís not broke, donít fix it," accurately describes many menís feelings about health care, but it is often too late to fix if itís already broke. This is especially true with menís potency and sexual vitality
Men die an average of seven years earlier than women. Lack of preventative health care may be part of the reason. Menís reluctance to visit a health practitioner about health concerns may be hurting them.
Studies have shown that women are more likely than men to practice preventative health maintenance, and to have early sign of potential disease examined. In contrast, men tend to ignore health care problems as long as possible, hoping they will go away. David Shapiro, internist and regional medical director of the integrative health program at Columbia West Hospital, says that men typically endure impotency for at least one year before speaking about it with a professional. Everyday, he sees men who have waited too long before telling him about their problems. In holistic family practice the ratio of male to female patients is one to five or one to four. Women use complementary medicine a lot more than men. Why? Perhaps they are more comfortable with complementary medicineís emphasis on treating the whole person, mind, body and spirit Ė emotionally and physically Ė than are men. When men do seek out alternative therapies, they tend to gravitate toward musculoskeletal practices, like chiropractic or massage therapy, rather than acupuncture or oriental medicine.
Communication with men is trickier than with women. Itís different and it takes awhile. Itís the perfect sort of male stereotype played out in society.
While womenís health centers have sprung up like weeds in the past few yeas, clinics devoted to menís health are virtually non-existent. Our office is the only one place in Chicago that offers specialized treatment to restore and enhance sexual vitality by using ancient recipes of Oriental Medicine.
Is Viagra the right answer to your problems with sexual vitality?
Viagra is the most successfully released drug in the history of medicine. Why? Has a miracle cure for the problem of menís sexual vitality been found? Viagra is an effective medication, and in two out of three men with physical erectile problems it does indeed help to produce an erection.
Viagra has truly improved the lives of millions of men. The more important positive effect of the "Viagra revolution" is cultural, not medical. Viagra has managed to do what countless doctors have been unable to do for decades: it has finally removed the taboo from the subject of impotence and made it an acceptable topic of discussion Ė in the media, in the home, and with a doctor.
Before Viagra, it is estimated that for every one man brave enough to actually broach the subject with his doctor, there were nine others who suffered in silence. In 1997, the year before Viagraís approval by the FDA, 2.8 million men in the United States visited their doctors because of erectile dysfunction. In 1998, with Viagra dominating the media and available for prescription, that number jumped to 4.8 million. But we still have a long way to go before all of he estimated 30 million men in the United States with erectile dysfunction will have sought help.
So ED is out of the closet and recognized as the devastating and widespread health condition it is. Great. And everyone with he condition should get some Viagra and their problems will be solve, right? Wrong. If you have ED, something is wrong. Something needs fixing, and Viagra does not fix the problem, it jut enables you to keep doing what it is you want to do (have sex), while the problem slowly gets worse Ė to the point where the drug may not work anymore. If your muffler breaks on your car and the racket is so loud that you canít comfortably ride in it any longer, you donít simply turn up the radio and keep driving. And a pill that creates a limited window of time when an erection can occur tends to force the issue in ways not always in sync with the natural feelings of tenderness, love, and arousal of the manís partner, leading to emotional strain and conflict. If you want to know about alternatives that work on the health of the whole body and allow you to naturally attain an erection whenever you wan, acupuncture and herbs are for you.
Viagra is not an aphrodisiac. It has no effect on sex drive or libido. Thus it cannot cause an erection in the absence of stimulus: it doesnít send the message for an erection to occur, nor does it create extra blood to make the penis that much harder. So while the drug does facilitate an erection, it does not necessarily enhance one.
Good sex does not happen on its own. Yes, the penis is the focus of therapeutic attention. But the penis is connected to the body, which has a brain, and frequently that body Ė a partner. Regrettably, this I often forgotten in ED treatments. Restoring erectile function is one thing. For restoring good sex, it is essential to address personal and emotional factors in the sufferer, as well as conflicts in his relationship with his partner Ė all of which may be instrumental in causing or maintaining the present erectile disorder. Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine can be extremely useful, with or without use of natural or pharmaceutical "helpers."
For centuries, people throughout the world have used acupuncture and a wide variety of herbs to treat erectile dysfunction and low libido and to enhance the overall enjoyment of the sexual experience. Todayís TCM practitioners see ED as a symptom that challenges us to make lifestyle changes; rather than treating the symptom in isolation, herbalists realize that sexual dysfunction may have complicated roots, each of which needs to be addressed to restore health. While pharmaceutical solutions may act quickly, if the underlying causes of ED remain, one becomes dependent on the drugs to function sexually. On advantage of TCM is their gentle balancing nature. TCM may work in a more leisurely fashion, but his gives us the time to absorb the changes it supports.
Even when using solely herbal products, always take responsibility for your own health, because the market is only loosely regulated by the FDA. Herbal medicines can be very powerful, and while most do not have dangerous side effects, some are toxic, especially in large quantities. Do not assume that doubling the recommended dosage will yield better or faster results; herbal remedies must be taken in moderation and with patience. In addition, be sure to purchase herbal supplements from a reliable supplier since good results depend on reliable products. It is always wise to consult an experienced herbalist, naturopath, or physician with herbal knowledge before embarking on an herbal regimen to be certain that a particular herb will not have an adverse effect if combined with other prescription drugs or health conditions.
Traditional Chinese doctors have been treating insomnia safely and effectively for tens of centuries.
I have been a professional practitioner of Chinese medicine for almost 10 years, and I have helped scores of Western patients cure or relive their insomnia. Chinese medicine cannot cure every disease, but when it comes to insomnia, Chinese medicine is the best alternative I know. When someone calls and says that insomnia is their major complaint, I know that, if they follow my advice, together we can cure or at least reduce their difficulty getting a good nightís sleep.
I will be able to share with you a number of self-help techniques which can minimize your discomfort and may very well help you break the cycle of insomnia.
What is insomnia?
According to The Merck Manual, the clinical Bible of Western MDs, insomnia refers to "Difficulty in sleeping, or disturbed sleep patterns leaving the perception of insufficient sleep." Insomnia is a common symptom and may be due to a number of emotional and physical disorders.
Types of insomnia
Western medicine recognizes that at least three types of insomnia. The first is called initial insomnia. This refers to difficulty falling asleep after having laid down at night. The person cannot enter sleep at night. This is commonly associated with emotional disturbances, such as anxiety, a phobic state, or depression. The second type of insomnia is called matitudinal insomnia or early morning awakening. The person is able to fall asleep, but then they wake up early in the morning, several hours before it is time to arise. Once awake, they then cannot fall back asleep. This pattern of early awakening is a common phenomenon of aging. However, even though it is common, it is nonetheless painful for its sufferers. In some cases, this type of insomnia may also be associated with depression. The third type of insomnia is called inverted sleep rhythm. If older patients with insomnia overuse sedative medications, they may be drowsy in the morning and doze all day. Then, when it comes time to sleep at night, they no longer feel tired, if the dose of sedatives is increased, the patient may feel restless, clouded, dazed, or confused at night. If they suspend their sedative medication, their insomnia tends to return full force.
Causes of insomnia
Some people just sleep less than others. When insomnia is longstanding with little apparent relationship to immediate physical or psychological occurrences, this is called primary insomnia. If insomnia is due to pain, anxiety, or depression, this is called secondary insomnia. In other words, the insomnia is secondary to some other factor in the personís life. When insomnia is of relatively recent onset, it is usually due to current anxieties, such as marital strife, problems at work, financial troubles, or concern over oneís health. However, insomnia may follow a prolonged or extreme febrile (i.e., feverish) disease and may occur in women around the menses, after giving birth, or around or after menopause due to physical events associated with female physiology.
How Western medicine treats insomnia
When Western MD try to treat insomnia, they usually do so using a combination of nonspecific advice coupled with a prescription for one or more Western pharmaceutical. By nonspecific advice, I mean generic advice given to all sufferers of insomnia, such as getting more exercise, trying to relax, or drinking warm milk before bed. As we will see below, the Chinese doctor may also give the same advice but on an individualized basis. For some patients, getting more exercise may be good, while for others, it might aggravate their insomnia. Likewise, warm milk may help certain people sleep but worsen othersí restlessness at night. Therefore, Chinese doctors give very specific advice to each individual patient.
The Western medications most often prescribed for insomnia are called sedatives and hypnotics. Laypeople often refer to these as tranquilizers. Valium or Riazepam is probably the most often prescribed and best know of these. Unfortunately, all such drugs involve some risk of overdose and addiction. In addition, when discontinued, there are withdrawal symptom which can include the recurrence of insomnia. Further, because they are sedatives, it I important that persons taking these types of drugs not engage in any activity afterwards which requires mental alertness, judgment, or physical coordination, such as driving.
Some of the common adverse or unwanted side effects of sedatives and hypnotics are drowsiness, lethargy and "hangover." Less often, there can also be hives, nausea, and vomiting. Ironically, in older patients, any sedative may cause restlessness and overexcitement. It is also sad but true that many patients take higher doses than they should or will admit to, thus causing slurring of speech, lack of coordination, and shaking due overdose. And finally, sedatives are addicting in the same way that alcohol, opiates, antihistamines, and antidepressants are. Therefore, it is no wonder that many people are afraid or do not want to take sedatives.
Happily, Chinese medicine has a number of safe and effective, low cost and non-addictive alternatives which have been used in Asia for hundreds and thousands of years.
Some patients may be currently using Western sleep medications. These may be either over-the-counter nostrums or prescription sedatives and "tranquilizers." In general, it is not a good idea to discontinue such medication abruptly without checking with your Western physician. Your Western physician will be able to tell you whether or not you can stop taking a medication immediately or whether it needs to be tapered off at a certain schedule.
It is best if your Western MD and your Chinese medical practitioner can work hand in hand. Therefore, if you are currently taking any Western medication, whether prescription or over-the-counter, it is important to tell your Chinese medical practitioner what you are taking. In general, there is no problem with taking Western sedatives and tranquilizers with Chinese medicinals or at the same time as receiving acupuncture for insomnia. If anything, the Chinese medical treatment will make the Western medicines work better and with less side effects. What you should notice fairly quickly is that you need to take less and less of your Western medications to achieve the same or even better ability to go and stay asleep. Thus acupuncture and Chinese medicinals can actually help you get off Western sedatives and tranquilizers at the same time as addressing the root of your insomnia.
The Chinese teachings on health and longevity all are based on moderation.
Eating for longevity
To understand the Chinese teachings on healthy eating we must begin with an analogy.
Understand, that qi is made in part from the finest essence of the food we eat. Therefore proper diet is one of the most important facets of health preservation and cultivation of life. Especially in rich and developed countries, improper diet is a major cause of disease and mortality.
Although most Chinese authorities on the cultivation of life recommend a mostly vegetarian diet, they do not eschew all animal products.
Raw vs. Cooked Food
From the Chinese point of view, cooking food is nothing other than predigesting it since all food once it I eaten must be turned into 1000 F soup in the stomach. For thousands of years, Chinese have believed that the majority of food should be eaten cooked as opposed to raw. However, this does not mean that food should be overcooked. On the contrary, food should be freshly prepared and only lightly steamed or boiled. This light cooking makes digestion easier and the nutrients in foods more easily assimilable. In addition, cooking foods generally releases their flavor and aroma, thus stimulating the appetite. As one ages or if one is chronically ill, the appetite may become depressed. Therefore, lightly cooking foods helps maintain a healthy appetite in order that adequate qi may be created.
In particular, it is important to cook otherwise hard to digest foods, such as grains. Grains should first be washed and then cooked until soft to the teeth. They should not be hard or crunchy. The older or weaker person is, the more thoroughly grains should be cooked. This is in inverse proportion to the power of digestion.
In China, a favorite food for the young, the ill, or the aged, is shi fan or water rice. This is made by cooking rice in several more times more water than usual and typically overnight. This results in a thin rice soup. Then vegetables, eggs, fish, or Chinese herbs can be par-boiled in this soup just prior to serving as an especially easy to digest but nutritious food. Noodles are, likewise, an easily digestible form of gains
Li Dong-yuan, in his Pi Wei Lun (Treatise on the Spleen & Stomach), believed it was important not to eat or drink excessively cold foods and liquids. Since the process of digestion is a process of making 100 F soup, eating chilled or frozen liquids or drinking iced water or drinks can douse the fire of digestion. According to Li, in that case, clear and turbid are not separated and the result is turbid dampness and phlegm which obstructs the free flow of qi and blood. This than can give rise to a large number of diseases. In fact, Sun Bing-yan, a famous contemporary Chinese cancer specialist, believes that such cold and damp is at the root of most cancers. This is especially interesting since some Western cancer theorists believe that cancer patients lack adequate digestive enzymes.
All of my patients receive a chart that gives them an understanding of the type of energy in foods that are commonly eaten in the West. This knowledge will make it possible for you to create a personal diet.
The fountain of youth is within you!
Age is a state of mind long before it becomes a bodily condition. Anyone who would live longer and stay younger has to take advantage of Nature. Chronologically the years may pile up in the body, but not in the brain, and to revive glandular vitality and help yourself in health, beauty, and go-power, you have to use the power of Oriental Medicine.
Start by forgetting your chronological years. Wash the count out of your mind. You are as old as you make yourself feel, so why not make yourself feel younger?
Aging comes from neglect and failure,. Aging is what shows when one or more physiological links begin to weaken because youíre not keeping them under control. Youíre not using the fountains of youth within you.
The Orientals do have answers to the process of aging, via acupuncture and herbs, and by dealing directly with acupuncture points, you can reactivate your endocrine glands (testes, ovaries, adrenals, pituitary, thyroid, etc.). Through acupuncture points, you can revive glandular activity and restore function. Through acupuncture points, you can regenerate new cellular growth, and new cells of youth are born again. If you have the desire Ė if you have the will Ė to rejuvenate and recuperate, you can set this fountain of youth to flowing once more.
Acupuncture and herbs "booster shots", for women only!
Sexual response and more glorious living through "feeling like a woman again," is possible through secrets long hidden in the Orient and now made available to you through Acupuncture and Herbs. You can stay younger and live longer! You can have those added years of sex life that mean so much to a woman when she feels sheís "going downhill." To help in this matter, I brought back from the Orient eight techniques Ė "booster shots" Ė that could very possibly change the course of your life.
You may have Incontinence if you have any of the following:
Incontinence is treatable with Herbs and Acupuncture
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