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Qi Gong literally means energy exercise in English but many people don't understand how Qi Gong works with your body's energy.

Energy is not something mysterious. We experience it every day. When we wake up in the morning we either feel energetic or tired. As we continue throughout our day we also experience either states of elevated energy or depleted energy. Judging from the commercials on TV it seems many people experience low-energy in the afternoon.

Qi Gong can help you feel more energetic and less tired. Practicing in the afternoon can give your body the natural energy boost that it needs. While long-term practice of can enhance your body's overall system giving you extra energy and helping you feel more vibrant throughout the day. But how does this work?

The first way that Qi Gong helps your body's energy is that it keeps it flowing freely throughout all your vital systems. The movements of the exercises help to lead and guide the energy. Specific exercise sets have different goals but in general exercises for improving and maintaining good overall health lead and guide the energy throughout the entire body. In addition to circulating the energy throughout the entire system the movements also help to remove stagnation. So by practicing, you remove any stagnation that exists, keep the energy flowing freely, and make sure it reaches every part of the body. This is essential for maintaining the health and becoming healthier because it is this circulation that provides the nourishment that the body needs to function properly and repair itself.

Secondly, if your body is able to more efficiently circulate and use energy then you will experience an increase in your perceived energy level. When energy is flowing freely without stagnation to the entire body, your body is better able to repair itself from the normal wear and tear it experiences everyday. This means that by practicing Qi Gong your body will get healthier overtime.

These are just some general ways that Qi Gong affects your body's energy. By practicing you can enhance the way your body stores, circulates, and utilizes energy. The results you see from practicing Qi Gong can show themselves in many different ways. The best way is to practice and start experiencing the results for yourself.

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Scalp acupuncture has the closest acu-points to the brain. By using these points, the energy circulation of the body can be directed and stimulated most efficiently and most effectively. In ancient Chinese medicine, the brain is called "the sea of marrow". Let's imagine this sea of marrow is held on top of each person like a dam on top of a high mountain. Instead of water, it is energy contained in the dam. Imagine this dam have numerous gates. By opening the intended gate, the energy can go to whichever areas or organs purposefully. The passageway of the energy is like rivers, which are called meridians.

In Chinese medicine, obstructed meridians or rivers cause the pain or illnesses. There are numerous pathogenic differences, so there are many types of obstructions along the rivers. Those obstructions include: wood, lava, mud, minerals, iceberg, drought, flood, and typhoon.

When obstructions occurred, the energy flow is blocked partially. Depending on what types of obstruction or obstructions, different methods of clearing acupuncture techniques can be used.

Wood Obstruction:We can use metals to cut out those stiff lumbers
-Stiff neck, tight lower back, frozen shoulder etc

Lava Obstruction:We can use cold water to cool down those heated and enlarged rocks
-Inflammation of the knee, twisted ankle etc 

Mud Obstruction:We can use fresh water to clear out the sticky and polluted dirt
-Cough, diarrhea, dermatitis etc

Minerals Obstruction:We can use boiled water to melts those ores away
-Asthma, allergy etc

In 1989, a WHO Scientific Group proposed a standard acupuncture nomenclature for international use. The experts standardized for the scalp acupuncture lines and areas. By understanding the functions of the areas of the brain, we use acupuncture to stimulate intended areas or acu-lines to increase the blood and energy flow. Scalp acupuncture can be beneficiaries for people who have neurological problems such as: Cerebral Palsy, Epilepsy, Injury-Induced, Paraplegia, Multiple Sclerosis, Post-Stroke Syndromes.

Rudy Ju-Hsun Lee R. TCM Practitioner of BC R. Acupuncturist of BC Electra Health Floor 970 Burrard Street Vancouver BC 604 685 4325

Allow your body to relax naturally and easily. As you begin to rest and drift into peace, image yourself in a beautiful white room with a white healing table in the center. Everything around you feels soft, warm, safe and nurturing. The room is lit with a soft, glowing white light, and the window is open bringing in a warm summer breeze. Everything smells fresh like nature. You can hear the gentle sounds of a waterfall outside and a stream moving nearby.

Lie down comfortably on the soft, fluffy cushions of the healing table, and start to anticipate a powerful healing. Open yourself to receive. The room fills slowly with a light mist carrying a minty scent. Breathe it in and be refreshed. As the minty green mist enters your lungs, it charges your blood, skin, heart and brain , and internal organs with oxygen and life-giving energy. Continue to breathe it in and feel the peace that it brings.

The body is malleable. That is it can be changed and reconstructed easily through the direction of the mind as well as its innate ability and nature of continuously shedding and constructing new cells. The mind can mold the body in its continuous process of change and renewal. Expect positive change!

Let go now, and place your body in the hands of the Divine spirit within you that can do miracles. Allow your body to be re-formed, re-patterned, and healed. Get a mental picture of yourself in excellent health. Rest in this picture and notice how natural it feels. Allow angelic healing hands to touch your body soothing, healing and instantly transforming areas of pain or congestion. Feel any discomfort reduce and gradually disappear.

Feel the light pressure of the angel's fingers; feel them massaging your body, light in spots, deep in other areas.

Now feel detached from your body, and observe it being healed. What's taking place? These healers are real. The healing energy and power of the divine are real. Trust it to do its work. Intend for your body to be changed, healed. New colors are entering your body from above specifically to heal areas of stress and pain. Feel electrical currents sparking through your body and brain adjusting your nervous system to perfect balance and harmony. Allow your body's chemistry to alter and change as toxins are removed, and your blood and body are cleansed. Experience this in your own unique way. New shapes and patterns are forming within your DNA, bringing you peace and strength. There are powerful symbols of healing coming into your awareness through these designs. Enjoy them.

Now, look up and see an angelic being holding a lit candle moving toward you. Look into that candle flame and see illuminated there a deep part of yourself. What do you see? What is it telling you? Listen to the meaning.

The angel sets the candle down on a table by your bedside. All is very quiet, and the flickering flame dances across the walls. Be still. Go deeper. Someone is calling your name. Who is it? She or he has healing words for you. Listen to them carefully. Now, a song begins to play. What is it? How does it apply to your healing?

A woman walks up to your bedside and places her hands on your head. She moves it gently from side to side, rolling it rhythmically. She touches the center of your forehead and says, "See what you need to see, understand what's important now." "Get your answers." Be open and receptive to knowing. It will come naturally to you now.

Now feel a bright, shiny, glittering gold liquid come into the bottom of your feet and move up your legs, into your torso and arms, and higher into your neck and head. This liquid has an accelerated frequency and intelligence that brings you higher awareness, new insights, rejuvenation, elimination of the old, and deep healing change in your body and mind. Enjoy it as it penetrates your cells and DNA.

Realize that your cells, tissue, organs, are being made new and better, healed. Glow with the golden color of spirituality and triumph. Focus the gold on a particular part of your body that needs attention. Let it go deep, to the root of the problem. Experience the shift, the change.

Give thanks and return to this room when you're ready.

Healing Meditation © by Carole Cravath

Carole Cravath (B.A.) is a counselor and teacher, and does private consultations on Somatic Visualizing. She teaches the Perceptive Awareness Technique Workshops which link the Intuitive and Conceptual Minds for rapid control of higher awareness in 3 days. Visit and She also teaches the powerful new healing technique called Soma Pi, originated by gifted spiritual teacher Consuella C. Newton. Call Carole at (507) 287-0884 for details.

Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) has been around for more than 2000 years and is effective at treating several skin conditions including acne. Acne is a skin condition that affects approximately 60% of the American population. Although the cause of acne is unknown, genetic predisposition and hormonal changes are believed to be related to the cause of acne skin conditions. Acne is more prevalent in males and can be aggravated by sweating, oral contraceptives, poor skin hygiene, cosmetics, face creams, exercise, and lack of sunlight. Traditional Chinese philosophy believes that an imbalance in the body, mind or spirit can cause physical symptoms of disease. The TCM believes that an excess of internal heat and dampness causes acne and the symptoms of acne. To alleviate acne you must clear the heat and drain the dampness from the body.

Heat can be caused by different sources such as our over consumption of stimulating foods, hormonal changes, physical activity, inability for blood to clean toxins, agitated thoughts, hot weather, or imbalance of qi. Heat can appear as inflammation, over stimulation, and hyperactivity and is reflected on the skin through rashes, pimples, infections, and redness. Dampness is excess water in the tissues of the body. Dampness can be caused by water accumulation in the digestive tract, excess oil, fatty, cold or raw foods, irregular eating habits, insufficient sweating, damp environment, and insufficient heat. Bacteria, fungus and viruses thrive in excessively damp environments even in the body. Dampness can be reflected through the skin as swelling, cysts, pimples, pus, and fluid discharge.

A traditional Chinese herbalist should be consulted when determining which Chinese herbal supplements to take to clear up your acne. Although there are minimal side effects, you will not see the results you want by indulging in every Chinese herb on the market. Specific concoctions of herbs will work for certain people. An herbalist will determine which concoction of herbs is right for each individual person and their specific symptoms. TCM can use leaves, flowers, fruit, bark, minerals and roots from plants in their acne treatments.  There are several different ways to take herbs in decoctions or teas, powders, tinctures, pills, syrups, and plasters. Here are some specific herbs that have been used in TCM for thousands of years to treat acne. If you experience nausea, vomiting, diarrhea or a skin rash after taking herbal supplements, stop taking them immediately and consult your herbalist.


Cai Feng Zhen Zhu an Chuang Wan/ Margarite Acne Pills: This is an excellent remedy to clear up acne.  This product comes ina pill form and is used to clear heat, expel toxins, cool the blood, and regenerate skin cells. Some of its ingredients include Pearl, Honeysuckle Flower, Dandelion Herb, Glehniz Root, Chinese Foxglove Root, Ningpo Figwort Root, Chinese Rhubarb Root and Lucid Gannoderma Sclerotium.


Jin Yin Hua/ Honeysuckle- Can be used in conjunction with chrysanthemum and dandelion to clear excess heat in the blood and stomach. It is a great detoxifier and increases perspiration. It can be consumed as an infusion or applied externally to the skin.


Dandelion Root- Is a blood cleanser which stimulates liver function to cleanse the body. Dandelion root should be drunk in a tea by mixing 2-3 teaspoons of dried dandelion to 1 cup of water. Dandelion leaves can also be eaten in a salad, which aid in digestion but only 2 leaves should be eaten daily.


Dahurian Angelica- Reduces swelling and expels dampness from the body. Should be drunk in a tea by mixing 1 ounce of dried root into 1 pint of water or can be consumed as 1/2 teaspoon diluted in 1 cup water. This root can also be combined with Chrysanthemum and drank.


Skullcap- Clears heat as well as damp heat. Drank as a tea. Combine 1 ounce dried root to 1 pint of water.


Burdock Root- Cleans the blood by detoxifying the body. Acts as an anti-inflammatory. Should be applied topically.


Spica Prunellae/ Prunella Spike- Common herb found in TCM. Boil 1 ounce of dried herb in 1 pint of water. Add honey and drink daily.


Other herbs used in TCM to treat acne include neem, chaste tree berry, chamomile, sarsaparilla, milk thistle, yellow dock, Echinacea root, loquat leaf, rehmania root, moutan bark, forsythia fruit, peach kernel, safflower, Stellaria Root, Purslane, and peppermint.


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Acupuncture is a very ancient Chinese therapy that is used for relieving pain and stress. It's a complete health care program that does not involve any harmful medication. It is done by inserting pointed needles in the acupuncture points of the body. These points are located in the meridians which are energy pathways for smooth flow of positive energy throughout the body. This has been beneficial for all the body systems like circulatory, respiratory, digestive, reproductive etc. along with this acupuncture treatment gives very good results of the problems related to women.

Women have always been associated with power. Right form the puberty; she bears pain of menopause, pregnancy, infertility, menstrual irregularities and along with this emotional stress due to these problems. These are unavoidable problems of a woman. Chinese concept of medication believes that woman no need to undergo through this pain. These are due to some imbalance in the body which can be bringing back to equilibrium through acupuncture treatment. Acupuncture for women's health involves solving issues related to fertility, pregnancy, Amenorrhea, Endometriosis, Polycystic Ovary Syndrome, Uterine Fibroids, fibrocystic breasts etc. Acupuncture releases muscle tension. Increases blood and lymph flow, enhances oxygen transport to tissues, unblock the energy pathways thus solving all the body problems.


The time of pregnancy is the transforming stage for a woman in which she avoids harsh treatment and favors natural therapies. During pregnancy acupuncture proved to be a useful, safe and effective therapeutic technique for morning sickness, lower back pain, constipation, heart burn, anxiety and depression. With the approach of the due date it prepares patient for the labor. One treatment per week for starting 10-12 weeks and occasional visits after that can make your pregnancy period smooth and pain free.


Acupuncture can enhance fertility by increasing women's ability to conceive. It increases blood flow to uterus and ovaries so that more nutrients and oxygen could reach to the tissues; it promotes and regulates hormone secretion so that follicles no may increase. Chances of miscarriage are reduced, immune system strengthens, and makes patient emotionally and mentally stress free.


This acupuncture treatment is very effective for above problems of woman if performed safely. It can be also used for woman who do no respond in traditional medicines, or who do not want to take medicines. There are no side effects on patient and her baby (in case of pregnancy) in this treatment. On thing which is very important is that medication and session of treatment taken should be strictly followed according to the acupuncturist.


As everything has its pros and cons associated with it. Similarly acupuncture has few risks that can be vary lethal sometimes, mostly when it is not performed carefully. As needles are inserted inside the tissue, sometimes bleeding may occur so for patients who has bleeding disorder or who take blood thinners this can prove to be fatal. Needle inserted can be broken and thus harming any internal organ, disruption of lung may occur if inserted deep inside the chest or back, infected needles can lead to diseases. Considering these risks it is very essential that your acupuncturist is a very experienced and educated one. He should interview about your body disorders before starting acupuncture and should take all the precautions.


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Chinese alternative medicine is built on a number of eastern philosophies such as Buddhism, Neo-Confucianism and Taoism. Of these, Taoism has had the most influence on the traditional Chinese medicine guide.

Taoism holds that all the organs of the body jointly supplement each other. It is the balance of an individual's different organs that ensures that the person leads a healthy life. The balance is attained by the two forces of Ying and Yang being in harmony. Ying and Yang are believed to be the two opposite but complementary energies that influence all aspects of life. A different theory is that two vital energies ‘qi' and ‘chi' flow all over the body through certain passage ways. If the energies are blocked then disease is likely to occur. Bringing back the balance of these energies is essential to achieving wellness.


It is on the basis of these core theories that traditional Chinese medicine guide lists the different forms of treatment used in Chinese medicine:


Herbal medicines- There are over 500 different types of herbs available for treating various illnesses. The herbs are mixed into different formula combinations to meet the differing needs of patients. The herb mixture can be administered in the form of a powder, capsules or as an ingredient in herbal tea.


Acupuncture- One of the most recognizable forms of TCM, the acupuncturist injects around 20 fine needles into specific points in the patient's body. Acupuncture relieves pain, creates an optimal energy balance and increases overall blood flow.


Dietary therapy- The traditional Chinese medicine guide emphasizes the need to eat well for a healthier lifestyle. TCM identifies 5 flavor types that must be present in meals. A healthy and nutritional diet is achieved if all the five flavors are in balance.


Massage therapy- Here, the hands are used in rubbing, kneading and rolling muscles and joints of the body. Originally used by and on persons practicing martial arts, TCM massage helps treat injury and reduce muscle pain.


Traditional forms of treatment like TCM are fast gaining ground around the world. But understanding and gaining proficiency in Chinese medicine can a long time with the best known practitioners of TCM often having to undergo years of training. The traditional Chinese medicine guide has evolved over time due to the effects of modernization. This has seen the introduction of more herbs and plants in the medication used. Some TCM medication will include snakes, lizards, worms, fungi specimens and even frogs. A traditional Chinese medicine guide will cover the diseases that TCM can help in treating including asthma, obesity, insomnia, allergies and many other diseases.

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In treating various chronic diseases, Chinese herbs are found to be unparalleled in the medicine field. If you have a diarrhea, or bad body odor, or aging problem, each and every single problem has a solution in these herbal medicines. In case of allopathic medicine, it targets certain body parts and these medicines work on overcoming, curing or destroying every single part of the body. Different genetic drugs can even go one step further and concentrates on certain genes. But, in case of Chinese medicine, it is found to be that science of using the herbal treatments to restore wellness to the body, soul, mind and spirit. The main practice of this medicine has understood that all diverse modes of health are well-connected and thus, they need to know different causes of sickness in the whole human body.

Different Chinese herbs can be found in fixing different parts of our body. The main aim of this kind of medicine is found to heal the complete person. For example, any one herb can cure the heart, spleen, and blood. Few herbs are meant for curing thinking ability and improving the heart situation. Few are used for curing regular problems like, stomach pain. But, the same herb might become useful for excessive bleeding. Few herbs are found to be more generalized immune topics, which can make the body’s energy and resistance higher. And, they can also help reducing the blood pressure level.

Few Chinese herbs are found to be well-known in Western medicine and nutrition store circles than others. These herbs are proven in the lab as one of the most advantageous medicines for the human health. Any traditional Chinese medicine is found to be very popular these days. And, finding different Chinese herbs in the medical store or any other place like, pharmacy or supermarket would not be that difficult. But before buying, checking the quality or freshness of the product would be highly recommended; because, due to these factors, people can get several disorders, illnesses or even death. These herbs are segregated into three broad categories according to the properties – superior, medium and inferior. Superior herbs are found to be non-toxic in nature, and they can be taken in large amounts for extended periods.  Medium herbs are again found to be non-toxic in nature. Inferior herbs are highly toxic and taking them should be avoided for a longer period of time. As a caution, it is said that these pills should not be taken for long term or in excess. Taking dosage as per the doctor’s prescription would be advisable.

John Smith is a professional business writer specializing in pharmaceutical industry and has written authoritative articles which can help you to find chinese herbs, chinese herbs for weight loss, chinese herbal medicine and herbal supplements.

A 'Little China' Reunion
The action-adventure film stars Kurt Russell as truck driver Jack Burton, who helps his friend Wang Chi (Dennis Dun) rescue Wang's green-eyed fiancee (Suzee Pai) from bandits beneath the streets of San Francisco's Chinatown. The story involves magic ...
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Gang busted
With the arrest of the five by Guangdong authorities, all six members of the gang who allegedly abducted Queenie Rosita Law on April 25 from her Sai Kung home and hid her in a cave on Fei Ngo Shan are now in custody. One was arrested in Hong Kong, two ...
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Meditation requires an individual to sit in a particular position for longer period of time. This process has a lot of health and mental benefits on the meditator. However, there are also certain problems one faces while engaging in meditation. These include strain in Back, back pain, distraction, pain in the neck and the like.If you want to meditate, don't worry about these problems striking you at any time. There is a solution available for all the problems one faces while meditating.Meditation cushions have been invented to provide prefect meditation posture, proper alignment and comfort to the meditator. A meditation cushion can help deepen your meditation practice. It will facilitate you to enjoy deeper state of inner awareness.Most people do not understand why they require a meditation cushion. Meditation Cushion Sale is new arrival at

a)Proper support

When meditating, one requires adequate support. Without this the body will succumb to the shape of the surface on it rests. This usually results in a lot of damage to hips, shoulders, spine and head to misalign. This ultimately results in a lot of discomfort. Meditation cushions are used to enhance the posture and level of comfort while meditating.


Some of the common meditation postures include the half-lotus, traditional full-lotus, chair sitting, kneeling and lying postures. Meditators usually use more than one posture for meditation. This requires the ability to meditate in any of the sitting or kneeling postures. Meditation cushions help in improving great postures and engaging in various meditation postures.

c)Proper alignment

This is very important to sit in a proper position and get good benefits from it. The spine needs to be erect with the lower back curved inside, the upper back curved out slightly. The neck should be curved in slight and the head level.

c)Proper alignment

This is very important to sit in a proper position and get good benefits from it. The spine needs to be erect with the lower back curved inside, the upper back curved out slightly. The neck should be curved in slight and the head level.

The alignment lets you support the body in a natural way. A meditation cushion provides the best of comfort and also work towards minimizing stress one tends to experience on the spinal components.


No matter what position you desire to take on while meditating, you need to focus on your comfort level in order to benefit the most. Meditation cushions are specially designed in a fashion to provide great comfort to the meditator.

These are available in various styles, shapes and sizes. You would not face any discomfort such as back pain, stress, distraction, spinal problems or pain in the neck if you use meditation cushions while meditating.