Thursday, December 27, 2012

Acupuncture for Arthritis

“Just as a door hinge will not rust if it is used, so the body will attain health by 

gently moving and exercising all of the limbs.”             -Hua Tuo        

TIP: Too much or no exercise can be a cause for arthritis, instead moderate exercise is best for over all health and longevity of the body.

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Acupuncture for Back Pain

Tip: Stretching the legs and massaging the feet improve back pain, because the back, legs and feet are an extension of one another.

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Acupuncture and the Immune System

Tip 1: Hot soup and tea are very easily digestible by the stomach, which can help improve digestion and in-turn improve immune function to battle fevers and colds. That's why moms chicken soup always did the trick!

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Acupuncture For Sinusitis

Sinusitis is inflammation of the tissue of the sinuses, which can cause lots of mucus build up and nasal polyps that can lead to congestion, loss of smell, bad breath and facial pain.

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Acupuncture For Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Point Location: This point is found at the wrist crease of either hand and is typically located between the two tendons. About 20% of the population only has one of these tendons; if this were the case the point would be located on the side of the tendon closer to the 5th finger.

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Healing Chakras with Acupuncture

Tip: To boost the immune system by way of the thymus gland and to stimulate the heart chakra you can tap the center of your Sternum (Chest) with the last 3 fingers of either hand a few times a day. The last 3 fingers are connected to the heart by other pathways, so using them to tap the sternum allows for a connection of heart energy to be made, amplifying the area.

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Acupuncture For Acid Reflux, Nausea and Vomiting

In Chinese Acupuncture acid reflux, nausea, vomiting and even hiccups are direct results of an imbalanced weak stomach. These pathologies are mainly of the stomach, but other organs and their associated meridians can also affect and cause these pathologies, but the stomach is the main focus.

The term most acupuncturists use to describe these issues is rebellious stomach qi/energy, a healthy strong stomach allows for its qi to descend downward. When there is a deficiency or excess affecting the stomach then the energy goes up and rebels against its natural pathway.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Acupuncture for Sciatica

What is Sciatica? Sciatica is a strong dull or burning ache that runs down the posterior (back) or lateral (side) sides of ones leg, which may also cause weakness, numbness or tingling in the area. The Sciatic nerve runs down both legs from the lower back. The Sciatica pain can be caused by pressure that gets pushed onto the Sciatic nerve from a slipped disc, or it can be caused by an inflamed or tight piriformis muscle in the buttocks, a tumor, or an injury.

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Acupuncture For Depression

Warning: Do not drink alcohol if you are taking anti-depressant medication, it may exaggerate the feelings of depression.

A little alcohol in general is actually healthy for you, but it is also toxic to the body especially combined with the effects of any anti-depressant medication. In Chinese medicine depression is attributed to the liver and heart, which can then cause issues in the lungs, kidneys and spleen. Since the liver is one of the main organs attributed to depression, taking a toxic medicinal substance (anti-depressant) plus alcohol gives the liver a lot of work to do, which over time can weaken it along with all the other organs in the body.

Monday, September 10, 2012

Acupuncture and Mother Nature for Cold and Flu Season

September is upon us and the transition into autumn is happening, we can feel it in the air, see it in the leaves and for some of us feel it in our noses.  This time of year is a perfect time to look into natural ways to boost the immune system. Both Mother Nature and Acupuncture can be used to greatly boost the immune system and resolve cold and flu symptoms, along with reducing the risk of catching one.

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Gall Bladder Disease

WAIT! Don’t get that surgery done just yet! Learn what you’re doctor may not know to tell you!

The most common cause of gall bladder disease is from a poor diet. If you want to avoid surgery, change your diet for the better. NO more greasy foods, or at least cut it down BIG time. That doesn’t just mean greasy fried foods, it means dairy too, too much dairy consumption can really weaken your system. Your doctor may tell you that after surgery you can eat whatever you want, but that is absolutely FALSE! Western doctors typically don't get trained on how foods affect the system, so they may not know to tell you what will harm you.

Monday, August 27, 2012

Acupuncture for Insomnia

Sleeping Tip:
            “the best sleeping position is lying on the right side, with legs slightly bent, the right arm bent and resting in front of the pillow and the left arm resting on the left thigh.”
  -Giovanni Maciocia

The reason for the above position to be the best is because a good nights rest depends on the ability of the organs to function at their optimal capability, especially the heart, liver and stomach. In this position the heart can pump blood through out the system more properly, the liver can collect the blood and root the spirit, and it’s easier for the stomach to keep food down.

Monday, August 20, 2012

Cupping Therapy

Cupping therapy is an age-old therapy that not to long ago was a common global family practice. The elders of the family were usually the ones to perform the cupping on another to alleviate them of their issues.  Cupping was done with regular small drinking glasses and a small flame would quickly be placed into and taken out of the cup creating a vacuum in the cup. This vacuum effect would allow the cup to suction onto the surface of the body, which produces a variety of healing affects.

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Acupuncture For Anxiety

How can sticking tiny hair thin sterile needles into the body help with anxiety? It first starts with a proper diagnosis; there are multiple patterns that can be diagnosed coming from imbalances from the heart, lungs, liver, spleen and kidneys. To be diagnosed with anxiety an individual has to have uncontrollable worry that disrupts their every day lives. Also, in a 6-month period, this worry has to be present more days then not along with other symptoms.

Saturday, August 11, 2012

Acupuncture for Headaches

Did you know that there are at least 18 different types of headaches in Chinese medical theory, coming from at least 8 different causes? The causes can range from childbirth to stress.  Acupuncture can trace the cause of the headache to its internal roots where it can remove blockages allowing free flow energy to take place.

Friday, August 10, 2012

Acupuncture and Pain

Do you or some one you know suffer from pain, pain that inhibits them from doing daily activities? Do they have to take a pill to be able to move, a pill that causes unwanted side effects?  Have you questioned if acupuncture can help with pain? The answer is yes; acupuncture can help and has helped millions of people through out the world.

Monday, August 6, 2012

Acupuncture For Frozen Shoulder

Frozen Shoulder is a common complaint among those who have reached their 50’s and later, it is an issue that acupuncture has a good history of helping with.  Frozen shoulder is a difficulty of raising the arm, usually due to inflammation. 

The typical cause of shoulder inflammation is unknown, but in Chinese medicine it can be linked to asthma, constipation and even excessive worrying. This is because the lung and large intestine meridians pass through the shoulder; therefore an issue in one area can affect another. As for the worrying, each organ has an emotional aspect to them.  The lungs and large intestine are prone to worry and can suffer greatly from too much worrying.

If you or some you know suddenly comes down with frozen shoulder you might want to ask them if some thing emotionally stressful happened around the same time. Being able to cope with the world around us, letting go and not worrying is in a way the practice of preventative medicine.

As for acupuncture and frozen shoulder, there are many great points and acupuncturist can choose from to alleviate the issue. The sooner one goes for acupuncture the better, issues that have become chronic are a bit more difficult to treat and take longer.

Depending on where most of the pain is felt when lifting the arm, the acupuncturist can see what meridians pass through the area and choose points accordingly. Also, different points on the body are chosen according to the severity and type of discomfort felt. Is the pain dull or more on the sharp side? Does the arm feel heavy or cold?

Personally I have seen acupuncture help an acute frozen shoulder get 80% better within the first treatment. Such success is possible because that individual came in for a treatment within the first week of experiencing shoulder pain.  The longer one waits for treatment then more treatments will be needed for full recovery, but recovery is possible.

I hope you have enjoyed this week’s article and if you know anyone with some shoulder issues please go ahead and forward them this article. If you have any comments or questions please let me know. Have a great week!

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Increasing Longevity

Increasing longevity has been sought out by man for millennia, although living forever may not seem like a real possibility, the idea of living a bit longer and healthier is. In Chinese medicine it is the kidneys that are in charge of the aging process, the kidneys store the essence of life, they are the ultimate source of yin-yang energy in the body. Keeping the Kidneys healthy is key to increasing ones longevity of life.

In the theory of Acupuncture the Kidney pathway starts on the soles of your feet and rise to meet the collarbone.  Due to this pathway, it is important to note that the feet are a major factor in keeping the kidneys happy.

The kidneys control many functions in the body, which include:
            1.Storing Essence, Governing Reproduction & Development- the kidneys house the genetic blueprint and pass on any and all things hereditary. Those with strong kidneys can not only more easily reproduce, but also reproduce healthy children with strong teeth, bones and a healthy vital brain.

            2.Controls Water Metabolism- along with helping the bladder hold and release fluids the kidneys regulate all bodily fluids.  Edema for instance is a kidney deficiency sign.

            3.Receives & Grasps Qi- This basically means that the kidneys help the rest of the organs and body perform daily tasks. The kidneys are also what allow us to inhale; they are deeply intertwined with the functions of the lungs.

            4.Opens Into the Ear and manifests in the hair- the ears and head hair are external reflections of the kidneys. The ability to hear reflects the health of the kidneys, as does the color and thickness of ones hair.

            5.Houses Will Power- The kidneys are said to be the storehouse of our will power, people who are afraid and have little self-control are believed to have kidney deficiency. This always makes me think of the super hero Green Lantern, who uses his will power to fight and over come evil.

As you can tell, together the functions of the kidneys are major; they basically are the source of our lives. As I mentioned earlier the feet play a big role in keeping the kidneys happy. So a simple way to increase longevity is to have a foot massage, go get some reflexology done, get a pedicure, soak your feet in hot water, roll the soles of your feet over a tennis ball, but nothing harder then that or it might hurt.

Take five minutes a day or a few times a week to show your feet how much you appreciate them. Manipulating the feet in some comfortable manner stimulates the kidneys to help create balance of all the organ systems in the body.  It is that simple, love your body and your body will be healthy.

Thank you for reading this week’s article, I hope you’ve enjoyed it and I hope you have a wonderful day. Pease leave any comments or questions.

Monday, July 23, 2012

Hand Massage

Have you ever had to sit in one place longer then you’d like, as in an airplane or in a classroom?
 Have your legs ever felt like they’ve gotten stiff from sitting there to long?  According to reflexology or Korean hand acupuncture you can easily affect those stiff areas by applying pressure to your hands.

The hand is a micro system of your body, it’s an extension of your being and therefore it’s intrically connected to the rest of you.  According to Korean hand acupuncture your hand is like a mirror image of your body. Applying pressure to the hand will direct better blood circulation and release hormones throughout the body, which can improve multiple systems at once.

Above is a diagram of where each organ and body part lies in your hand, if an area is bothering you its good to apply pressure to that area a few times a day for a few minutes. Although, just massaging the entire hand or even just squeezing the tips of each finger on a daily basis can and will help the rest of the body maintain a level of balance.

Hand Massage is one of the easiest ways to promote relaxation and good health through out the body. If you work with your hands a lot too, a daily two-minute hand massage will bring about better circulation throughout the joints and tendons of the hand keeping them limber and strong.

A hand massage doesn’t take long and can feel pretty good with the right pressure, making it a habit and doing it on a daily basis can over time bring relief to troubled areas.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this week’s article, if you have any comments or questions please let me know. Otherwise I hope you have a great week ahead.

Monday, July 16, 2012

How To Improve Digestion

Ever just eat a little too much and get a little bloated and felt tired afterwards? Well I do, especially after every holiday.  Although in every day life when you eat that wrong thing or just had one too many pieces of chocolate. You might get a little nauseous, or have some uncomfortable acid reflux.  Here is a simple acupressure massage technique to improve digestion.

There is an acupressure point just below the knee on the lateral side of the shinbone (tibia) that can do wonders for the digestive system. The point is called Stomach 36 , or Leg Three Mile or  Zusanli in Chinese. This point is actually one of the most used points during most acupuncture treatments because of its ability to strengthen digestion and has a very strong ripple effect upon all other organs and the body as a whole.

The point lies one hand width or four fingers width below the knee cap on the outside of the shin.  A good way to massage this point is to just cross your leg over the other and to squeeze the area with your fingers and hand. Don’t worry about being accurate; the stomach channel passes down the whole outside of the tibia, so you’ll be creating an effect on the stomach even if you’re completely off of the point.

Within 5 minutes of doing this massage you should be able to feel or hear your stomach grumble, especially after eating. In general this point is good for a great variety of issues, which include stomach pain, GERD, indigestion, nausea, vomiting, hiccups, bloating, gas, diarrhea, constipation, mastitis, depression, asthma, cough and even insomnia.

Good digestion is key to over all good health; doing this a few times a week can help keep a body healthy and balanced.

Thank you for your time, I hope this has been a useful and interesting read for you. Please leave any comments or questions below and I hope you have a great week!

Monday, July 9, 2012

Does Acupuncture Work?

I hear this question all the time. The answer is yes acupuncture works, but its effectiveness depends on many factors.  Age, general health, well being, how long and severe the issue is, along with diet and lifestyle all have to be taken into consideration.  

Acupuncture can do wonders for issues that haven’t been around to long like the common cold or any acute injury. If its something more severe like chronic back pain then acupuncture can and will help, but it will take more treatments.

The best part of having an acupuncture treatment is that there are no negative side effects, matter of fact acupuncture can help reduce unwanted side effects from medications. It works because acupuncture works in conjunction with the bodies own healing system, placing needles in specific points all over the body stimulate the central nervous system to release hormones and natural pain relieving opioids.

 In general these same hormones and opioids are released during the sleep state. Due to this acupuncture is really good for issues like stress because the release of these hormones force the body to relax and heal itself.

Here is a short list of how many treatments it may take for various issues:

Headaches- May go away with only one treatment
Recent injury-  1- 5 treatments
Acute back pain- 1-6 treatments
Allergies- 6-12 treatments
Insomnia-  6-12 treatments
Chronic back pain-  20- 30 treatments
Arthritis- research had shown a 50% pain reduction in 3 treatments, 10-15 treatments
Stroke- 25-30 treatments with in six months after stroke
Anxiety- 10-15 treatments
Depression- 10-20 treatments, with occasional follow up treatments

I hope this article has been an interesting read for you, please leave any comments or questions below. Thanks and have a great week!

Monday, July 2, 2012

Improve Eyesight Naturally

"The liver acupuncture meridian passes through and thereby influences the tissues surrounding the eyes, the eyes are directly affected by the liver in many ways"

In his book Take Off Your Glasses And See author Jacob Liberman, an optometrist, takes a revolutionary new look at keeping eyes healthy with out glasses.

The book goes to say that wearing a pair of glasses all day every day is like wearing crutches all day every day. For optimal health eyes need to be able to move in all directions with ease. Wearing glasses keeps the eyes focused through one specific focal point, which inhibits them from getting better and causes atrophy over time. This is a big reason as to why peoples glasses get thicker as they age.

In other words wearing glasses long term is worse for your eyes, it is better to use them only when necessary, like for driving at night.  The book goes on to talk about acupressure points around the eyes that when stimulated daily will improve eyesight over time.  There are at least 5 specific acupressure points around each eye, 3 in the eyebrow, one on the temple and another in a depression under the eye.  To stimulate them, you don’t need to know exactly where they are. Just rubbing the areas around the eyes for a few minutes every day or every other day will improve eyesight. If you do this and feel any tender areas, then you have found a blockage and this is a great area to massage daily until it goes away. Doing this will improve your eyesight.

In Chinese medicine the eyes are also directly connected to the liver, the liver works very hard to keep the body healthy.  Its job is to remove toxins from the blood and improve blood circulation. So the health of the eyes really depends on the health of the liver, granted the older one gets the harder it is to keep the body in perfect working condition. Although keeping a decent healthy diet and a little exercise can go a long way to keeping the liver and eyes healthy. Too much alchohol, like any toxin is bad for the liver, it reduces the livers ability to clean out the blood and improve circulation.  Alcohol taken in moderation is the best way to go, but if over done too much alcohol will diminish eyesight over time.

Good blood circulation is also more of a factor for good eye sight then most people realize. When we are more awake, our circulation is better and faster, which allows us to see better. In the morning or at night we are more tired and there fore our eyesight diminishes. That is why wearing glasses at night while driving is a good time to wear them. Although, a little weekly exercise can do wonders for circulation and eye sight.

Over all, wearing glasses when not necessary can do more harm on your eyes, it is better to wear them when necessary. To improve eyesight massaging the outside of the eyes, a good diet and a little exercise can really do wonders. For more tips, I suggest reading the book Take Off Your Glasses And See, which can be found in the book section of this blog.

I hope this has been a useful and interesting read, please leave any comments or questions, and I hope you have a wonderful week. Thank you!

Monday, June 25, 2012

Sea Band

"Natural forces within us are the true healers of disease."

Nauseous? Feeling nervous, maybe a little stress in the chest? Perhaps having some trouble taking a deep breath. There is a nifty little wrist band out there that can take care of that for you, especially useful for those who don’t want to take any type of medication to get over the issue.

Its called a sea band, based off of the principles of acupressure, its an elastic wrist band that has a tiny plastic nub attached to it that applies pressure into the skin over a specific point. The band is made specifically to be applied over an acupuncture point called Pericardium 6 or Inner Pass. This point is on a channel that connects to the hearts pericardium, a protective covering for the heart. This part of the body is in the chest area and lies above the diaphragm, which assists in breathing; the diaphragm is also above the stomach and liver. The heart, the diaphragm, stomach and liver are all closely connected, and the Inner Pass point is a direct connection to them all. Pressure on this point relaxes and stimulates all of the above organs.

When a feeling of nausea, vomiting, stress or trouble breathing arises due to pregnancy, frustration, airplane rides, riding in a car or of course being on a boat. Applying pressure to this point with the help of the sea band can make a world of difference.  Keep in mind that a change won’t take place right away, but after 5- 15 minutes relief should be felt.  For a more effective result a sea band should be worn on both wrists. You can wear it as long as you want, the pressure applied may cause some external discomfort after a while, but you can move it up or down slightly if you don’t want to remove it. Also, no side affects should occur, its like a constant massage pinpointed to the inside of the wrist.

The point specifically lies between two tendons above your wrist crease and two thumbs width up, the tendons are Palmaris Longus and Flexor Carpi Radialis. Not every one actually has the tendon Palmaris Longus, matter of fact 20% of the population does not have this tendon.  In this case the point lies inside(medial) to the Flexor Carpi Radialis tendon. 

In my opinion this band is perfect to use on other acupuncture points on the body as well. For instance if you place the band on the Inner Pass point and turn it around 180 degrees to the exact opposite side of the forearm. The plastic nub will apply pressure to a point called Triple Heater 5 or the Outer Pass. This point is good for migraines, earaches and stiffness on the lateral sides of the neck.

For more information on the Sea Band and how to get it I recommend going to their website .  I hope this has been a useful read for you, I hope you have a wonderful day. Please leave any comments or questions, thank you!

Monday, June 18, 2012

Acupuncture and Dreams

What does acupuncture have to do with dreams?  Helping form a diagnosis is what. When it comes to Traditional Chinese Medical (TCM) theory for acupuncture many things are taken into account before a diagnosis for treatment is made. For instance, how someone smells, sounds, talks and walks. Plus tongue and facial observation along with pulse taking are essential to forming a proper diagnosis. That’s half the battle; the other half of forming a diagnosis comes from the actual talking and intake before a treatment.

During the intake process it is good for a practitioner to question the patient’s dreams in order to look for a clue in finding something pathological or excessive.  Excessive dreaming for instance may be due to an imbalance in the body, which could mean an internal organ has a deficiency of some sort and the body is trying to tell you, through dreams, that something is wrong.

Each organ in the body has a mental and physical job to undertake, for instance the stomach not only takes in food and breaks it down for the body to make blood and have energy. The Stomach takes in life and allows an individual to digest the things that come their way.  If some one is having stomach related issues like acid reflux and is also dreaming of eating really big meals, it adds another check mark on the list to mean that the individual is having a stomach deficiency.

The dream is a clue to the imbalance; it helps the practitioner pinpoint a diagnosis. The dream also adds a general viewpoint on the patients view on reality. In this case the person may be having stomach issues because physical life is really becoming to much for them to handle. TCM does not separate the body from the mind, all acupuncture points on the body not only pierce the body, but affect the mental and emotional aspects of the being as well. Strengthening the stomach with the help of acupuncture can help some one-digest life, in general, more easily.

Each organ has its own mental/emotional aspect and when in excess or deficiency it may manifest in dreams. The following is a short list of organs and their corresponding pathologies and how they may appear in dreams.

Liver/gallbladder= Anger, indecision, seeing trees, forest
Heart/small intestine= Laughing, Joy, seeing fire
Lungs/large intestine= Sadness, grief- flying, being constipated
Kidneys/bladder= Fear, drowning, swimming
Spleen/ Stomach= Worry, eating, building a house

I hope you’ve enjoyed today’s article, if you have any comments please let me know!

Monday, June 11, 2012

Acupuncture for a Speedy Recovery

Whether its undergoing surgery, physical therapy, seeing a chiropractor or even taking medications to alleviate unwanted symptoms acupuncture can boost your bodies healing system for a speedy recovery.            

The number of acupuncture points on the human body can range from nearly 400 to 10,000 depending on which practitioner you ask, but in general only 100 to 200  points are actually used to choose from and 10 to 60 points maybe actually used for treatment. That is because some points are more powerful then others and can affect many different parts of the body at once. All acupuncture point’s lie on pathways, commonly known as meridians, which are like highways that pass through out and over the body. Some of these pathways are longer then others and some are like major intersections that tie other pathways together.

All pathways are tied and intertwined to the internal organs, where they originate from; manipulating the outside of the body with tiny needles will alter and boost the workings of the internal organs. This manipulation in turn creates better blood flow , better circulation of all body fluids and reduces inflammation in and around the body. Endogenous opioids (natural body made drugs) are also released in the body that can reduce pain and cause a feeling of relief.

In general acupuncture is a holistic treatment that is based off of how the body works and therefore can boost the body’s own healing ability. This is what makes acupuncture a very effective adjunctive therapy to all other therapies and a great preventative therapy.

With a decent diet, a little exercise, and a good nights rest along with a positive outlook is usually all the body needs to stay healthy, but of course stuff happens and acupuncture is a safe and relaxing way of keeping the body healthy.

Thanks for reading and if you have any comments please let me know J

Monday, June 4, 2012

Headaches and Diet

“Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food”


Have you ever had a brain freeze from eating or drinking something to cold and to quick? Have you ever ate to much chocolate then felt a little dull pain in your forehead, or had to much cheese or soda and a migraine was triggered? How about a headache from dehydration? What about from quitting caffeine? Well, you’re not alone and if anyone ever says diet and headaches are not related, then you can ask them why and how any of the above occur.  

Some research says that a brain freeze occurs from extreme temperature change in your mouth, but that’s not totally conclusive and from a more in depth look at the internal connections of the body. The stomach and mouth are one thing and the stomach and head are intimately connected through other pathways. Did you know the saliva in your mouth is the first part of digestion that takes place, it’s full of enzymes that help breakdown food before its get to your stomach. That’s why chewing well is very important.

In general the best cure for a headache is to understand why they are occurring and to cure the root of the problem along with its painful manifestation. Medications are good for emergencies and a quick fix, but prevention is the way to go and diet is key.

First you have to ask yourself where is the headache? Is it in the front? Is it in the back of the head, above the neck? Is it at the top of the head? Is it on the sides of the head going on to the forehead or is it just directly over the temple area?

 All of these different areas are intricately connected to internal pathways, pathways that go in and out of various organs creating a web of connectivity throughout the body. Unless the headache is coming from something external as from a cold, heat exposure, invasion of dampness (exposure to cold wet weather) or even from a past physical trauma. The headache is coming from an internal imbalance that is taking place within the body.

All parts of the body are extensions of the internal organs, the forehead is an extension of the stomach, the temples and sides of the head are extensions of the liver and gall bladder, the top of the head is also and extension of the liver, and the back of the head and neck are extensions of the kidneys, bladder and gall bladder.

A frontal headache is directly diet (stomach) related, a headache on the sides has to do with blood (liver), the top can be linked to stress (liver) and the neck to a weak immune system (kidneys) or from stress (gallbladder and liver).  The liver is the biggest culprit to headaches because its energy rises directly to the head and touches the top the sides and has to do with both diet, metabolism, blood, circulation and stress.

From a western biomedical perspective the three most common headaches are Migraines, Tension headaches and Cluster headaches all of which have their own distinct ways of presenting themselves, but most of their causes are unknown. Migraines are the most understood and are thought to be due to blood vessel enlargement in the head that causes inflammation and therefore pain, but why does that happen?

One possibility is diet. Foods that are high in Tyramine such as sharp cheeses or foods high in Nitrates such as nuts and meats can be culprits. What else do these foods have in common? From a Chinese medical perspective, these foods are causes of dampness in the body. If not eaten in moderation, over time they slow down the digestive system and build up into dampness (like thick goo stuck in the system), which in turn slows down the bodies ability to function properly and will manifest as pain some where in the body. In this case the pain will appear in the head. Other forms of dampness come from excessive amounts of alcohol intake, smoking, too much dairy, also from excessive amounts of cold and raw foods like fruits and veggies. When it comes to diet, moderation is key!

Diet is more important then most people think and breakfast is the most important meal of the day! From the hours between 7 am and 11 am, the digestive system is at its highest level of functioning; eating at this time is the best, because as the day goes on digestion becomes weaker. The quote “Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and dinner like a pauperfrom Adelle Davis, is perfect in describing how to eat appropriately for the bodies own good on a daily basis.

Food through stomach and liver digestion also becomes blood. Issues like migraines and cluster headaches can arise from poor blood quality and circulation. If some one is eating sugary foods daily for breakfast, like pop tarts or donuts, the building blocks of the blood cells will be weak and circulation will be poor. Every second, 25 million cells in the human body die and the food we eat becomes the building blocks to create new cells. We literally are what we eat!

Tension headaches are more of a stress reaction, which is also liver and blood related and a good balanced diet with plenty of vegetables, which are full of vitamins, can help keep the body strong and energized to help combat stress. Headaches that affect the top of the head, the sides, and the sides of the neck are related to the liver, which controls and cleanses the blood. Green vegetables are very good for the liver. Not only do they provide great nutrients, but help strengthen the livers ability to provide good clean healthy blood and good circulation, which in the long run is good for those who lead stressful lives.

So in general diet is key and we eat every day so it is important to watch out what most of our daily diets consist of for a good healthy life. If you or some you know suffers from headaches, its good to first look at what or what not they are eating or drinking. Also, every one is different, so a good diet for one person is not necessarily a good diet for another.

Thanks for reading, I hope this has been a good informative read for you. Please leave any comments!

Thursday, February 16, 2012

The Power of the Subconscious

 “We don’t see things as they are, we see them as we are.”
-Anais Nin

Since birth everyone is trained with the opinions and ideas of those who raise them, we are given knowledge to understand the world and to see it with a certain perspective.

The knowledge we are given along with the experiences that life brings us turns into and becomes our subconscious knowledge base. The subconscious is a database of information that the conscious mind uses to make sense of the physical world around us. When we look out into the world we see things through the lens of our subconscious and therefore see things not as they are, but as an interpretation of what we think they are.

 As we grow and experience life on a conscious/physical level, the subconscious absorbs and grows filling itself with those experiences forming a unique outlook on the world. Two people looking upon the same thing may interpret what they see differently according to their unique outlook.

The subconscious is also the storehouse of our beliefs, which are ideas that have been reinforced and repeated over and over again like a habit. All ideas in the subconscious mind that become reinforced with repeat experiences become beliefs and shape the world around us. These beliefs not only direct our perspective, but lead to actions and patterns of behavior that become our lives. On a non-physical level the subconscious is who we really are and attracts to us events and people that fit our beliefs. 

It is my understanding that for someone to change their lives for the better or to attract different events and people into their lives they have to change their beliefs and patterns of behavior, which all lie in the subconscious. For this to be done a new desired idea has to be adopted and accepted consciously. This new idea has to be repeated and forced to be a belief on a regular basis until it becomes a real belief. The moment when something in physical reality follows suit with this new idea that is when we know that the idea has become or started to become more solidified as a belief.

“You have to fake until you make it”- Beck

The subconscious is also the storehouse of our emotions and how we react to things and to people. When something happens that we disagree with, which makes us feel uncomfortable it is because that which has occurred externally has provoked an internal idea that we hold onto in the subconscious. The issue may seem external, but the feelings are internal and come from an older experience, good or bad. Issues or feelings about anything external are merely a recognition of a subconscious idea that is stored and brought to the surface of the conscious mind.

Consciousness and its recognition and interaction with physical reality represents 10% of your life, the subconscious and how you perceive and believe physical reality to be is the other 90% of your life. Life is full of metaphors and the image of an iceberg is a good description of this concept, consciousness being above and the subconscious below the water. The subconscious is really the one in charge, consciousness is just the tip being used by the subconscious to interact with a physical world.

The subconscious has great power over are lives, because it is our life. What ever situation we find ourselves in it is always a manifestation of our beliefs in the subconscious. When we take the time to recognize this as a truth, it can give us great power to live a happy and better life. Its recognition also gives us great responsibility by making us aware that we as individuals are in control of our lives and what we do with our time here.

I hope this has been an interesting read and if you’d like more info check out the teachings of Abraham Hicks. Thank you.

-To heal, you must believe you can.