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Happy May!

Happy belated mother's day to all the mothers out there! We hope you had a wonderful day!This month we conclude our discussion on Chinese Medicine and Cancer, we have the second installment of External Qi Healing and an article on 5 Ways to Cleanse Your Energy Field. This month we also introduce a new contributor - Cindy Mai from Root + Spring with a delicious and nutritious Chinese medicine recipe - Stress Relief Herbal Soup. Yay! Be well and we will see you in June. :)

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Here Are This Month's Articles...

Chinese Medicine & Cancer - Part 2

Chinese Medicine & Cancer - Part 3

By Emma Suttie, D.Ac, AP

The Treatment of Cancer with Chinese Medicine

Because of the way that Chinese medicine looks at health and the human body, the treatments for any disease in Chinese medicine are varied and complex. In Chinese medicine, a practitioner is not treating cancer, they are treating YOUR cancer. And they are not in effect treating the cancer, they are treating you. In essence, Chinese medicine works to treat the person, not the disease. And although this might sound like a nice tagline, it is the way Chinese medicine works, and why it is so effective.

When a patient comes in with a diagnosis from a Western doctor of cancer, the first thing we do, is to look at what is happening in the body and what is causing the cancer. We do not just treat the cancer, because if you treat the cancer without fully understanding why it has occurred in the first place, then even if you do manage to get rid of the cancer, the factors that created it are still present and the cancer will return. This is the reason why looking at absolutely everything about a persons health, be it physical, emotional and especially their lifestyle is integral to successfully treating any disease in Chinese medicine. The cancer is the symptom, so we must, as practitioners, find the root.

There are literally an infinite amount of factors that contribute to diseases, especially one as complex as cancer, so the search for the cause or, more likely, causes is not an easy task. Many factors are things I wrote about previously in this article - nutrition, toxins, unresolved or unexpressed emotions, the quality of our water, stress, the list goes on. This vast ocean of potential causes is the reason why the practitioner of TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine) does such a thorough intake and asks many questions at each session, trying to collect as much information as possible. Something I always tell my patients when we are talking is that they should tell me everything, no matter how silly or seemingly irrelevant it may seem, because in my experience, everything is significant and is another piece of the puzzle that I am trying to create for each patient to get to the bottom of their present condition.

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5 Ways to Cleanse Your Energy Field

5 Ways to Cleanse Your Energy Field

By Emma Suttie, D.Ac, AP

Everything is the universe is made of energy; from the planets, to rocks, to human beings. Energy affects all of us, which is why it is a good idea to keep your personal energy field clean and free of negative influences and vibrations. For a healer this is extremely important, so many healers have rituals they they perform to ready their energy for the healing session as well as cleansing their energy afterwards. I know that before I see a patient, before I even enter the room with them I make sure that I take a moment to clear my head, ground myself and set an intention for the session. After the session, I make sure to cleanse my energy so that I am not carrying any remnants of the previous persons energy to the next patient, as well it is a sort of recalibration, or reboot of your energy field so that you are starting fresh with each patient. For me, what ritual, meditation, intention or objects you may use are not as important as doing it in the first place. There are many, many ways that you can cleanse and restore balance to your energy field, you just need to find the one that is right for you.

I like using crystals and stones in my treatment room and sometimes with patients for healing specific issues and attracting certain energies to the space. I burn a lot of incense and sage, especially after a particularly intense or emotional session. I always make sure to wash my hands constantly throughout the treatment and certainly after each patient. I use Qi Gong regularly with patients (with their permission). I have salt lamps in my treatment room for cleansing and purification of energies and I like to use colours for activating certain chakras and building certain energies that will help in my treatments. Below are just a few things you can use to cleanse your energy field. Try them out and see which ones resonate with you.

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External Qi Healing - Part 1

External Qi Healing - Part 2

By John Voigt

**Disclaimer. This article is written for educational purposes only.  It is not offered for the healing of any serious illnesses.  If  a person is sick he or she must see a proper professional, in either (or both) western or traditional Chinese medicine.**

C - The Sending. 

It is important to be relaxed, both physically, mentally and emotionally.  Never send healing qi if you are fatigued, sick, or mentally distressed; your client could become sicker, and possibly you could more easily infected with their illness.  Proceed in the following manner:

1)  Ground yourself, center, and connect to your sources of spiritual energy.  Breathe fully, softly, deeply.  Have a hint of a smile at the corners of the mouth.  Gently tighten the muscles in the perineum area.

2)  With your creative imagination, build an Energy Shield all around yourself to prevent the entry of any pathogenic qi.  Rub your hands together.  Stretch open your palms and wiggle your fingers.   

3)  Bend your knees and crouch down a little to better ground yourself and to increase, solidify and intensify the qi in your body.  Look directly at the area or areas on the client that you are about to send to (qi follows sight)  and form a “Tiger’s Claw” with your right hand.  The left hand is held by the left side.  [see picture].

4)  Send qi to the acupuncture points related to the condition.  Use your eyes as well as your hands to direct sharp pointed beams of radiant qi-energy.  As with acupuncture treatments, simultaneously send to as many points and places as the condition requires.  The healer’s “sent qi” will become the client’s “internal qi” and dissolve and drain out pathogenic elements.

5)  When engaged in a send it is proper to feel heat, especially in the hands, and even to heavily sweat.  But if you feel cold then stop.  Do a qigong closing form and try again at some future time.

 

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Quote of the Month

Quote of the Month

The mind acts like an enemy for those who do not control it.

~ The Bhagavad Ghita


Inspiration

Inspiration

Small Town in Canada Spent 10 Years and $2.7 Million to Save Turtles

The salvation of these tiny baby turtles may have come with a $2.7 million price tag and ten years of hard work, but the town responsible for the project knows it was all worth it.

Ever since the Long Point Causeway in southern Ontario was constructed a little over a century ago, it is estimated that thousands of turtles and endangered reptiles have been killed by oncoming cars traveling to see the beautiful beaches of the Long Point Peninsula.

And in 2006, one Long Point resident decided to do something about it.

Rick Levick, along with some other empowered locals, started campaigning for culverts to be installed underneath the dangerous 2-mile road. Culverts are tiny tunnels that allow critters to cross from one side of the road to the other without being in harm’s way.

Though $2.7 million seems like a hefty price, the determined residents sought funding from numerous wildlife agencies and organizations. One local author published a children’s book, to help cover some of the costs.

Then, in 2008, the town started construction of the culverts – the last of which was built in January.

Researchers are excited to announce that since the 12 culverts were created, turtle and snake deaths have fallen by 80%.

“We did have some opposition,” Levick told VICE Motherboard. “It was people very skeptical that we could do anything that said: ‘Well we’ve been running over turtles for years, and they’re still here, so why bother?’ Of course, that’s probably what they said just before the buffalo disappeared.”


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Acupuncture & Chinese Medicine in the News

Acupuncture & Chinese Medicine in the News

43 Mozambicans to be Trained in Chinese Traditional Medicine

Buddhist Medicine Class Start in Beijing

The Finer Points of Acupuncture - Harvard Med

Acupuncture for Pet Therapy

Acupuncture Benefits Patients with Asthma

FDA Recommends Doctors Learn More About Acupuncture

TCM Recipes to Keep Summer Irritants at Bay

Acupuncture Therapy Relieves Pain in Polio Paralysis Patients

Why Women Have Been Using Acupuncture for Fertility

Pilot Area Launched for Internationaliztion of TCM Education

Is This Ancient Chinese Practice the Answer to Acne?

Acupuncture Surpasses Drug for Hot Flashes and Insomnia

The Dilemma Facing Hong Kong's Expectant Mum's: Follow Traditional Chinese Beliefs or the Ways of the West?

An Ancient Traditional Chinese Medicinal Herb is Being Used to Treat Malaria Patients in Africa

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If you would like to read about the latest scienntific studies involving Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine, please see our "Current Research" page to find all the latest. :)

Recipe of the Month with NourishU

Recipe Of The Month with Root + Spring

Stress Relief Herbal Soup Recipe

INGREDIENTS

  • 2-3 pounds of chicken, pork bones, or beef bones
  • 43 grams of Poria
  • 31 grams of Chinese Wild Yam
  • 29 grams of White Lotus Seeds
  • 26 grams of Euryale Seeds
  • 8 - 10 cups of water
  • Salt (optional)

DIRECTIONS

  1. Lightly rinse herbs.
  2. In a pot, combine herbs, meat, and water.
  3. Bring to a boil before covering and simmering for 1.5 hours on stove-top or 20 minutes in pressure cooker.
  4. Salt to taste.

 

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