Learn how the Chinese Medical paradigm can help you gain the knowledge and tools to live the life you want to live. There are five main branches to Chinese Medicine and we may utilize many of them in te work we do together.
Come and understand optimal health and the potential level of performance you can have in your every day life. The wisdom of your body will awaken. You will start to remove blockages, change your patterns and habits. We will train your “second brain” in your abdomen to have the ability to connect with the life-giving power of the Universe.
Once you are centered, something more meaningful can enter our lives. Once you can access deep breathing and start utilizing all of your natural resources, you will be able to experience life from a different place. Superficial breathing ensures a superficial experience of ourselves.
It is through living in harmony with yourself that you will become free to discover and fulfill your physical, psychological and spiritual destiny. Chinese Medicine is very simple, yet complex. Simply put, we want you to be in harmony with the environment around you. We want you to feel good. This means peace in your mind, joy in your heart, ability to receive, ability to be present, sustained energy, restful sleep and so forth.
We are having a relationship with everything around us: Our clutter, Our finances, Our people — at work, at church, our neighbors, our roommates, Our sexuality, Our legacy, Our Self.
The most important relationship is with our self. Nothing outside of us can truly give us what we need and desire. Whatever is coming into your body has to support your life, has to be LIFE giving: the food you eat, the thoughts you think, the relationships you have, the movies you watch, the books you read and so on.
So ultimately, Chinese Medicine wants the ENERGY in YOUR LIFE to be flowing.
Traditional Chinese medicine is one of the oldest continuous systems of medicine in history, with recorded instances dating as far back as two thousand years before the birth of Christ. This is in sharp contrast to the American or Western forms of health care, which have been in existence for a much shorter time span (the American Medical Association, the largest health care member association in the United States, was formed in 1847, some 3,800 years after the first mention of traditional Chinese medicine).
Chinese medicine is quite complex and can be difficult for some people to comprehend. This is because TCM is based, at least in part, on the Daoist belief that we live in a universe in which everything is interconnected. What happens to one part of the body affects every other part of the body. The mind and body are not viewed separately, but as part of an energetic system. Similarly, organs and organ systems are viewed as interconnected structures that work together to keep the body functioning.
Food as Medicine
The science of Traditional Chinese medical dietary therapy involves the understanding the properties of foods and their affects on health as well the use of food for preserving health and preventing and treating illnesses. The nature of food is defined on the same basis as in Traditional Chinese Medicine. Foods, as with herbal medicines, are grouped by taste. The five principal categories taste are sour, sweet, bitter, pungent and salty. Based on the five element theory, Traditional Chinese Medicine holds that each taste favors an internal organ: sour favors the liver, sweet favors the spleen, bitter favors the heart, pungent favors the lungs, and salty favors the kidney. Generally, each taste has a different impact on the human body. The nature of food is a fundamental principle in Chinese dietary therapy. Foods are classified into coldness, coolness, warmth, and heat, “the four natures”. In practice, these natures divide into two basic kinds – cold and hot. Regulating the cold and hot of foods is an important aspect of diet regulation practiced by Chinese medical dietary therapy.
Chinese Herbal Medicine is one of the great herbal systems of the world, with an unbroken tradition going back to the 3rd century BC. Yet throughout its history it has continually developed in response to changing clinical conditions, and has been sustained by research into every aspect of its use. This process continues today with the development of modern medical diagnostic techniques and knowledge.
Because of its systematic approach and clinical effectiveness it has for centuries had a very great influence on the theory and practice of medicine in the East, and more recently has grown rapidly in popularity in the West. It still forms a major part of healthcare provision in China, and is provided in state hospitals alongside western medicine. Chinese medicine includes all oriental traditions emerging from Southeast Asia that have their origins in China.
Practitioners may work within a tradition that comes from Japan, Vietnam, Taiwan or Korea. It is a complete medical system that is capable of treating a very wide range of conditions. It includes herbal therapy, acupuncture, dietary therapy, and exercises in breathing and movement (tai chi and qi gong). Some or several of these may be employed in the course of treatment.
Chinese Herbal Medicine, along with the other components of Chinese medicine, is based on the concepts of Yin and Yang. It aims to understand and treat the many ways in which the fundamental balance and harmony between the two may be undermined and the ways in which a person’s Qi or vitality may be depleted or blocked. Clinical strategies are based upon diagnosis of patterns of signs and symptoms that reflect an imbalance.
However, the tradition as a whole places great emphasis on lifestyle management in order to prevent disease before it occurs. Chinese medicine recognises that health is more than just the absence of disease and it has a unique capacity to maintain and enhance our capacity for well being and happiness.
Many people often equate the practice of acupuncture with the practice of traditional Chinese medicine. This is not entirely true. While acupuncture is the most often practiced component of traditional Chinese medicine, it is simply that – a component, an important piece of a much larger puzzle.
Although the principles of traditional Chinese medicine may be difficult for some to comprehend, there is little doubt of TCM’s effectiveness. Several studies have reported on traditional Chinese medicine’s success in treating a wide range of conditions, from nausea and vomiting to skin disorders, tennis elbow and back pain.
We believe that there is a pattern to our lives that weaves us into the web of the universe
We believe that it is our lifetime’s purpose to discover what that unique pattern is so that our life may gain meaning within the context of all that is
We believe that, if we fail to find our unique purpose, our life becomes meaningless and empty, and we die unfulfilled
We believe there are many roads to self-discovery
Five element acupuncture is one of them.
Qigong is a generic term that refers to many methods by which we practice or cultivate energy for health maintenance, healing or increased vitality. Qigong is the cornerstone and the oldest form of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM).
Qigong practices can be classified as martial, medical, or spiritual. All styles involve a posture, (whether moving or stationary) and mental focus. Some include specific instructions about breathing. Others do not. Some practices increase the Qi; others circulate it, use it to cleanse and heal the body, store it, or emit Qi to help heal others.
Practices vary from the soft internal styles such as Dayan Qigong and Tai Chi; to the external, vigorous styles such as Kung Fu. However, the slow gentle movements of most qigong forms can be easily adapted, even for the physically challenged and can be practiced by all age groups.
Here are some other videos by Licensed Acupuncturist and Herbalist LeTa B. Jussila. Some are lectures and classes she has given, others are more curated content.
Learn about this chinese medical modality
Stimulating the body’s tissues with acupuncture needles activates neurological, muscular, endocrine, and immunological/inflammatory mechanisms. These responses promote healing and physical balance, alleviate pain, provide stress relief, and induce physical and psychological relaxation.
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