Category Archives: Acupuncture

What is Acupuncture and how might it help me?

getty_rf_photo_of_acupuncture_needles_in_womanAcupuncture is based on Asian medicine; which has been in existence for thousands of years.  The purpose of acupuncture is to preserve health along with diagnose, treat and prevent illness.

Acupuncture can restore proper balance to the Qi (pronounced “chee”) through a network of channels or meridians which are connected to all parts of the body including your organs.

The potential benefits of acupuncture include:

  • increasing peripheral circulation
  • augmenting skin and muscle blood flow
  • decreasing heart rate
  • reducing elevated blood pressure
  • helping autonomic nervous system
  • boosting immune function
  • balancing reproductive hormones

Other benefits of acupuncture are:

  • very few side effects
  • very effective combination treatment (such as with chiropractic treatment)
  • help patients who do not respond to pain medications or do not wish to take pain medications

Treatments such as acupressure, auriculotherapy, herbal medicine, therapeutic cupping, Gua Sha, moxibustion, Tui Na, and nutritional modification are known to be beneficial when accompanied with acupuncture.

The Mighty Little Sesame Seeds

The Mighty Little Sesame Seeds
Black Sesame Seeds

“Taking black sesame seeds can heal all the chronic illness after 100 days, improve skin tone on body and face after 1 year, reverse gray hair after 2 years and regrow teeth after 3 years,” says the Compendium of Materia Medica, the largest and most comprehensive medical writings in the history of Tradional Chinese medicine (TCM).

Experiements show that the content of vitamin E contain in black sesame seeds is the hightest in all foods of plant orgin.  It is well know that vitamin E can promote cell division and delay cell senescence. Long-term use can counteract or neutralize the delay againg and extend life expectancy.  Main chemical constituents of black sesame seed are up to 55% fatty oil, sesamin, sesamolin, sesamol, itamin E, phytosterols, lecithin, pedaliin, protein, oligosaccharides, planteose, sesamose, and small amounts of phosphorus, potassium and cytochrome C, folic acid, nicotinic acid, sucrose, pentosan and large amounts of calicum content.  In additon, fatty oil mainly contains approimately 48% oleic acid, approximately 37% linoleic acid, palmitic acid, stearic acid, arachidonic acid, and glycerolipid of lignoceric acid.

White sesame see is better for edible purpose but the black version is perferable if used for medicinal purpose.  To be specific, as the tonic black one is good at nourishing the liver and kidney and improving hair growth and hair color while white one is expert in relaxing bowel, nourishing yin and moisturizing to the skin.  Besides valuable seasmin and melanin.  As a result, it is widely used in treating hear loss and grey hair, inhibiting the growth of skin cancer cells from UV rays, lowering blood prssure, helping weight loss, improving fertility, and so on.  And its pharmacololgical actions can reflect these effects well.

1. It has anti aging effect, which postpone the aging phenomenon in experimental animals;
2. Linoleic acid can reduce blood cholesterol level, prevent and treat atherosclerosis;
3.  Linoleic acid can inhibit the adrenal coretex function to a certain degree in experimental animals;
4.  Linoleic acid can reduce blood sugar, increase glycogen content in liver and muscle, but decrese glycogen content in large does;
5. Fatty oil can lubricate intestines and relieve constipation.


Ping Shuai Gong Qi Gong

平甩功Follow up the holiday season with healthy habits, for example, practice Ping Shuai Gong Qi Gong.

Below  is a link to an instructional video on Ping Shuai Gong Qi Gong. You will feel the benefits right away, especially if you’ve been chomping at cookies, feasting with home cooked meals and sitting around too much these holidays.

Qi Gong exercises can help you with your digestion, back aches, leg and knee pains, and many other illnesses. Start with 10 minutes, then 20 minutes and eventually 30 minutes. The video has been translated in many languages. When you are familiar with the exercise, you can swing twice and then squat. Enjoy. (english is in subtitles)

Image credit from swinghandexercisepingshuaigong.