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Dong Quai is also known by its scientific name, Angelica Sinensis. The root is frequently used in Chinese traditional medicine. In China, women suffering from disorders in the reproductive system are often treated with Dong quai. The herb is, in fact, also known as the female ginseng. The Chinese also believe that Dong quai improves circulation. Dong quai belongs to the Apiaceae family and is usually found in China, Japan and Korea.

How is it Used?

The herb is most commonly ingested as a tablet or in liquid form. It is the root part of the herb that is medicinally valuable and this portion is removed and boiled to get an extract which is then ingested by the patient. This root may also be soaked in wine, which is later consumed after removing the root. In some cases, Dong quai may also be taken in natural form as the raw root, but only under medical supervision.

What are its Benefits?

It is believed that different parts of the Dong quai root have different benefits to offer. The top portion or the head of the root helps control bleeding. The middle part or body of the root enriches blood and helps digestion by keeping the bowels moistened. The ends of the root are believed to be effective in dealing with blood pooling or stagnation. In addition, Dong quai is believed to be an excellent tonic for women and has the effect of balancing the female hormone system.

Dong quai for the Elderly

Dong quai is known for its beneficial effects in strengthening the immune system. For the elderly, regular ingestion of Dong quai infusions results in greater resistance to common ailments leading to an overall improvement in general health.

Constipation, which is a common complaint among older people, can also be cured by Dong quai. The herb helps in bowel movement and thus ensures proper functioning of the digestive and excretory systems in elderly people.

Dong quai is also used with good effect in those people who are suffering from heart related ailments and discomfort. While the herb has been found to have analgesic properties, it is particularly beneficial for reducing chest pains in people who have heart ailments. The fact that the root of Dong quai also has anti coagulant properties makes this a popular treatment for people who have been diagnosed with arterial blockages.

Common old age problems that arise from poor blood circulation can also be effectively treated using Dong quai. The head portion of the Dong quai root promotes circulation to the head and neck of the human body. The root also offers relief to those suffering from high blood pressure.

Although Dong quai is most commonly used to treat women with menstrual disorders or Amenorrhea, the root is also very effective in alleviating several problems that are common in old age. It is important to consult a trained physician before taking the Dong quai roots because each part of the root has a distinctly different effect on the human body. The manner in which Dong quai should be consumed also has great impact on the root’s effects. By choosing an experienced medical practitioner who has adequate knowledge of this root, you can gain its best benefits.

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Travelling on the Northern Line into the City is possibly one of the most stressful commutes one could have.  But, using meditation, I often made my journey so positive and joyful that I was sad to get off the train.  You can use many other meditations here, most of them, even a gong meditation if you have an iPod would be fine.  But there is a little extra "trick" to improving any meditation you undertake while travelling.  Some people say that you shouldn't meditate while driving, however a little gentle mental exercise can be very helpful if you are stuck in traffic or having trouble with another road user (although don't close your eyes!)


Breathe in gently through your nose and out through the mouth.


Focus on the people around you.  The tube or bus passengers or the other drivers.  Feel how you are all united in your shared objective, that you are all on the same journey, that you are all in this together.  Relax, knowing that despite the seeming competition, who gets off the train first, or who goes first at the lights, you are all travelling together, and a few minutes don't really matter in the big scheme of things.


Relax and let go, enjoying the calm and peace.


You can choose to feel the energy of the people on your journey, feel all of their hopes and fears.  Send them love, and breathe in their love and energy.


You can choose to look at the people around you, each one and repeat silently "I love you" to each one.


You can choose to relax and let them go first, smile as you say "After you", share your calmness and peace.  You could even choose to stand up and let someone else take your seat, enjoying the gift you are able to give.


If you feel that someone is pushing or trying to jump ahead of you, let them, maybe they do need to be somewhere faster.  If there is nowhere for you to go, turn and look them in the eye and just say calmly "Sorry, but we have to wait for the people in front to get off." with a smile.


Enjoy your journey, knowing that you are not racing against everyone else, but travelling together.


As you leave the train, or as others leave, silently send your fellow passengers love and wish them a great day.


About the author:

Pearl Howie ( runs Pearl Escapes a website devoted to finding safe, easy and affordable escapes - holidays, spa treatments, days out, etc. and providing great advice at every step of your journey.


In order to give the best possible information Pearl only includes things that she has actually tried - whether it is a spa, hotel or flight.


For more about meditation visit her meditation section and read the original article in context


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Qigong Zhineng is an old Chinese discipline composed of meditations and exercises which improve the mind and body, allowing you to feel calm and more vigorous in performing daily activities. There are many advantages in this practice so we’ve listed down the top 5 reasons why you should learn qigong exercises.

First: Qigong is pretty economical. Unlike other exercises, you won’t need any costly equipment or tool in order to work with the exercise routines. And if you want to enroll on qigong meditation classes, most of them are relatively affordable and there are no hidden fees. It’s a valuable tiny investment to learn exercises that improve your overall health condition and these can be practiced and mastered as long as you want to.
Second: Qigong doesn’t take up too much space and can be done practically anywhere. Other exercises will require you to go to the gym, or have enough working space for moving around. With qigong exercises, you will only need about 30 sq. meters of space wherever you like to do it, indoors or outdoors. You can even do the routines in a tight space as long as you can stand and bend properly.
Third: Qigong is simple and can be easily learned. There are various stages of Qigong exercises and you can work your way up step by step. The basic meditations can last around five minutes and it keeps getting longer as you move to the higher stages. However, there’s no need to fret because almost all the movements are easy to do and fun. There are even exercises which are repetitive so you can easily remember them.
Fourth: Qigong exercises can accommodate almost any schedule. Only got 5 minutes to spare? No problem! You can still perform the 5-minute exercises and still reap the benefits. Or you can also do it for 30 minutes to 1 hour. A lot of people enjoy doing qigong exercises that they don’t notice the time.
Fifth: Qigong has numerous health benefits. Studies show that qigong exercises can help augment the treatment regimen for sicknesses such as hypertension, heart disease, and cancer. It allows the person to have more physiological control, so one experiences better breathing patterns, blood pressure, hormonal levels, and heart rate. Qigong exercises have a positive impact on all the body systems. It doesn’t only increase your life span; it can also give more life to your years. Unlike other exercises, it also has an effect on the human mind allowing us to feel more relaxed. If people are more relaxed, they are less stressed and can perform better. Finally, practicing qigong will improve intelligence. There are researches that any meditation can improve the way the human mind works. It enhances the neural pathways produced in the left and right brain hemispheres. This allows the brain to function as a whole, which improves a person’s intuition, creativity, and memory. 
There are many more reasons why you should learn qigong exercises, and those mentioned above are only five of them. You will understand more once you learn the art and discipline of qigong zhineng.

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Acupuncture is an ancient method of healing evolved from china. It is an important part of the traditional Chinese system of medication. Since ages this is frequently used to reduce body pain, stress and various disorders in the body. The principle behind working of the acupuncture is that energy within the body flows in definite channels. Theses channels are located all along the body and are termed as meridians. This energy is termed as chi and for an individual to be healthy; balance of this energy is required. Acupuncture believes that any disorder in body is caused due to disruption in the path of energy flow.

Acupuncture works to open the blockages in these pathways by inserting needles in the acupuncture points lying on the meridians. These needles activate the points which are associated with body organs. This activation maintains smooth flow of energy and increases circulation in blood. It also enhances muscle movement so that stiffness and strain in muscles are reduced.

Although concept behind acupuncture remains the same but it has different application in the whole body:

Cosmetic acupuncture: this helps in toning the face muscles and providing them elasticity so that wrinkles are flattened. This makes an individual look young and healthy. It also works on dark spots, pimples, acne, loose skin and dark circles. It improves the complexion of skin.
Auricular acupuncture: this involves insertion of needles in the outer or auricular part of the ear. It is believed that auricular part contains acupuncture points that are connected to all the body parts therefore acupuncture performed in this area helps in treatment of disorders occurring in any system.
Stress acupuncture: in this stress suppressing hormones are released which gives a deep relaxing feeling and also reduces concentration of cortisol i.e. stress inducing hormone. This makes a person feel calm and happy.
Neurological disorders: various disorders of brain have effective results from acupuncture. It reduces intensity of headache including migraine and cluster headache. It prevents frequent repetition of pain, activates the blocked nerves, helps in brain surgery and causes somewhat effect in tumors also.
Digestive disorders: indigestion, constipation, gastritis, gastrointestinal infection, bleeding and ulcers. It stimulates release of gastric hormones and other intestinal hormones.
Circulatory disorders: acupuncture is very effective in increasing efficiency and functional capacity of heart. It maintains proper rhythm of heat beat removes blockage in arteries and veins, releases hypertension. Smoothen the hard arteries and provides cure for various lethal diseases.
Respiratory disorders: acupuncture relaxes the lung muscles thus improving contraction and relaxation of lungs. This causes deep breathe and proper inhale and exhale of oxygen. With this it cures diseases like bronchitis, asthma, sinusitis and other pulmonary diseases.
Women problems: here it stimulates release of female hormones on time and in suitable concentration thus maintain a balance in menstrual periods. It helps in relieving pain during pregnancy and prepares a woman for labor.

Thus the above are the different application of acupuncture. A slight pain is felt when needles are inserted in the points otherwise it is very safe and natural method of healing without any side effects and intake of harmful medicines if performed by experienced acupuncturist.


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