Winter’s on the way, Time to shape up your body.

Overweight and Obesity are considered a disease in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) rather than just the imbalance of energy intake and expense. They were mentioned in Chinese medicine in the Yellow Emperor’s Internal Classic of Medicine: “When treating exhaustion syndromes, sudden syncope, hemiplegia, atrophy, or rapid respiration conditions that occur in obese patients, recognize that these are usually due to overindulgence in rich foods.”

The main factors that cause overweight and obesity in Chinese medicine are phlegm and dampness.  Because phlegm and dampness is the major contributor to fat in Chinese medicine, the spleen is the major organ because of the spleen’s physiological function. However, there is also another factor that may cause obesity is qi and blood stagnation.

According to the differentiation of syndromes, overweight and obesity have 5 major patterns, which are “spleen deficiency with dampness accumulation”, “hyperactive stomach with hypoactive spleen”, “phlegm-dampness obstruction in the middle burner”, “qi and blood stagnation”, and “Yang deficiency in spleen and kidney “. Mostly, clinical overweight and obese are a result of mixed types.

Herbal Treatment. The plan for treatment will be based upon each individual’s constitution and differentiation of syndromes. The main focus for all treatment is to transform dampness and phlegm, tonify spleen, and facilitate the free flow of qi and blood.

Acupuncture Treatment. The acupuncture points are relatively similar for all of the different types of differentiation. The main points that are used are ST 34, SP4, ST 40, and ST 36. The supplement points for spleen and kidney yang deficiency used are Ren 4, KD 3, qi stagnation and blood stasis SJ 4, SP 10, and phlegm heat SJ 6, LI 11. The auricular points used are stomach, endocrine, spleen and shen men.15 The suggested empirical Chinese acupuncture point prescription is St 25, Sp 15, St 23, St 27, Gb 25, Ren 12, Ren 10, St 36, Sp 6, St 40, and Li 11.

“Weightloss” in Chinese medicine is not merely considered as the downwards of weight. It means back to healthy status, being away of diseases, and better shaped body. The reduction of the weight will come eventually. In China, we say “shape up” instead of “lose weight”.

 

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Be happy. “open heart”

T.L. came to me after two cancellations of previous bookings, and was looking pale and unhappy.

She bought a deal for footmassage, and it was my colleague who took her.

After the treatment, she told me where she had felt pain during the treatment in her feet. And I explained her why and told her her potential health problems. She was surprised to hear all what I was saying: they’re true! Since I can find her problems without asking, she decided to continue the treatment.

Few days later, she came again for her first treatment in the treatment package. As a routine, I asked how she had felt after last treatment.

Replied her:” I was feeling good, and for the first time in a long period of time, I really laughed that evening when seeing my kids’ drawings. I haven’t been laughing like that for soooo long.” continued her:” so, I really feel good.”

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After several treatments, she looked better and better on her face. She seemed to be happier, and repeatedly, she told me:” I cry much less now, not like before. I feel happier.”

She also told me abit about her current life situation, and I realised it’s not easy for her. However, she still seems happy even when telling me the tough life. I started to really notice her grow of happiness.

In Chinese characters, we have different ways to express “happy”, one of which is ” open heart” (开心.开 means open, 心 means heart.).

When we can “open our hearts”, we’re happy, or even happier.  We accept more things when we open our hearts; we’re more tolerant when opening our hearts; and we’re positive when we decide to open our hearts.

However, sometimes, our hearts are unconciously closed due to the imbalance of our body, as a negative result of our daily lives. Every possible tiny factor can be the reason, and even the enviroment outside of our body.  When the body is out of control, we need external help, that is treatment, to open the heart.

Clear the obstacles, and open every channel which is closed.

Wish us all know the way to “open the heart”, be happy, thus a healthier body can follow as a consequence.

Recent cases

– Elisabeth, had right shoulder and arm pain with movement restriction for more than 7 months, went to hospital and got 3 cortison injections with no effect at all, has a visit planned in the end of Febuary with hospital to see if an operation can help.

She comes to us for three times.

Feb,16:  After the first treatment, pain has released alot.

Feb,18: Don’t feel the pain in shoulder, but arms and hands still painful.

Feb 20: The movement has improved a lot. Pain in all parts has decreased a lot.

– Jan, come with asthma, lower extremity edema, and neck pain.

 

 

Tui Na

We had a deal on Tui Na, so a lot of people recently come for Tui Na. A lot more of them surprisingly find this is something completely new: it’s not a common massage they had before in different places. Yes, it’s completely different. Instead of explaining to everyone repeatedly, we’d like to write something on this topic today.

-What is Tui Na?

According to Wekipedia, Tui na or tuina pronounced (tōō•ē nä) (Chinese: 推拏 or 推拿; pinyin: tuī ná), is a form of Chinese manipulative therapy often used in conjunction with acupuncture, moxibustion, fire cupping, Chinese herbalism, t’ai chi, and qigong. Tui na is a hands-on body treatment that uses Chinese taoist and martial arts principles in an effort to bring the eight principles of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) into balance. The practitioner may brush, knead, roll/press, and rub the areas between each of the joints, known as the eight gates, to attempt to open the body’s defensive (wei) chi and get the energy moving in the meridians and the muscles. The practitioner can then use range of motion, traction, andmassage, with the stimulation of acupressure points. These techniques are claimed to aid in the treatment of both acute and chronic musculoskeletal conditions, as well as many non-musculoskeletal conditions.

The above explanation is quite correct. Tui Na is a part of Traditional Chinese Medicine(TCM); it’s a requested course in TCM Universities, and used in TCM hospitals in China. It’s performed under the guidance of TCM fundemental theory, focuses on meridian and acupoints, and requires in-depth force from practitioner to patients’ muscle layer, even deeper part of the body. In China, when you go to hospitals, you find Department of Tui Na. For people with different symptoms will get Tui Na differently based on dignosis. Hardly two people will get the same Tuina. Also you won’t be asked to take off all your clothes since you’re in a public place, also because the manipulation is requested to deep enough so there’s no need to take of clothes. When having Tui Na, special herbal oil killing the pain can be used, but never just oil or aroma oil.

Since focuses on Meridians, Tui Na also can be used as a way of relaxation together with Yangsheng effect.

To learn Tui Na, people should firstly learn basic TCM knowledge since it’s based on TCM philosophy. Secondly, people should train themselves, such as some martial arts and certain techniques, to enable their manipulation going deep to patients’ body. Normally it takes quite long time. Mostly in China, male are working on this as a profession, for it takes too much energy. However, female with practice can be able to work on it as well.

– Difference between Tui Na and Massage

Tui Na is from Chinese culture, history record can be found in Huang Di Nei Jing, written in around 700 B.C. It’s performed under the guidance of TCM fundamental theory, focusing on meridians and acupoints. There’s no need to take off all clothes and without oil.

Massage is from different countries with different techniques. Currently in the market in Stockholm, there’re Swedish Massage, Thai Massage, India Massage, and so on. They have different theoretical philosophies, and mostly oil is used.

Hope this can be something of use to you. Please consult us in this if you need anything.

TCM v.s IBS

IBS, irritable bowel syndrome, is a symptom-based diagnosis characterized by diarrhea, constipation, cramps, bloating, etc.These patterns are well documented in the annals of TCM: Spleen Qi Deficiency, Spleen Yang Deficiency, Damp Heat in the Large Intestine, Liver Qi Stagnation, Liver Invades Spleen, and Liver Invades Stomach. Obviously, IBS is related to spleen and liver mostly according to TCM. The curing focus is smooth liver, nourish spleen, and balance their relation. 

In most cases, this can be greatly improved by 3 times of acupuncture and 7 days of herbal medicine. Follow-up treatments is required after a period of time to enable you the most stable stomoch:) 

 

TCM v.s Quitting Smoking

Long-term smoking will cause the change in your body on its quality and component.  Without a cigarette, you may just feel it’s the end of the life: irritated,anxious, body shaking, grief, restless,tired,often hungry, sweating, and etc. With a smoking of cigarette, these are all released, and you’re back to normal. However, this is just a temporary relax, soon the suffering comes back. You’re played by this vicious circle. You smoke more and more, be addicted.

 

Smoking creates ” heat” in the body; normally i say it’s a “fake energy””bad energy”. The uneasy “heat” goes in the body, like a moths trapped in a crystal small container put in a place full of light flying in all directions bombing  the inner surface of the container, radiating to all organization systems. It goes to the “lung”* : you have asthma, tumor in lung, chronic inflammation in lung or bronchus, allergy, and etc. It goes to the “Spleen”*: you have slam, feel often hungry,and etc. … Corresponding symptoms will show up when this “heat” reach certain place. This is the harm of smoking.

(*: this is an organization system, not just the signal organization.)

 

Traditional Chinese Medicine helps with quitting smoking. It both cures health symptoms caused by smoking and reduces the suffering from stop smoking. With the help of acupuncture together with herbal medicine, you won’t feel it so difficult when you try stop smoking, also your bad symptoms caused by smoking will gradually disappear. However, you should have the mindset that you should stop smoking, and actually do it. From the first day of acupuncture, you can feel the change and start controlling reducing smoking. The sincere you try, the better result you’ll get.

 

When it comes to TCM treatments, a frequent acupuncture will be requested. In addition, you should follow the doctor’s advice on herbal medicine. Please give yourself a longer term as 3-6 months on this that you can permanently quit smoking and live another lifestyle.