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Why is the Pulsed Electromagnetic Field Stimulator [PEMF] useful to help with one’s overall health terrain? Will it help a person dealing with cancer? In 1931 Dr. Warburg won his first Nobel Prize for proving cancer cells are low in oxygen primarily because they shift to a more primitive form of respiration which utilizes sugar
J What are those marks on Michael Phelps? By now the public is hearing the term ”cupping.” Since I was interviewed last year by Agence France Press to do a demonstration of this procedure for their global media outreach, I will explain cupping again. Seems the sighting of Gwyneth Paltrow and Jennifer Aniston with cupping
Our ancestral soul at Solstice time is geared for extra holiday joy but sometimes instead we plummet from seasonal stress, especially after the holiday. Is there a solution–even one for the whole year?
As described in my article in the Malibu Chronicle, (”Staying Balanced at the Winter Solstice, p. 49,) if our emotions are volatile and easily sabotaged, then we can look for cause and effect factors inside and out. There IS an emotional vortex in our middle section that has the potential of being boiled into a block–even though this area is called ”the solar plexus” and should have sunshine flowing out of it. Instead, this pressure cooker boiling in our middle causes heat to get trapped above.
This heat rising in the body is one of the main causal imbalances that an acupuncturist addresses. We can break up this quagmire to alleviate this polarizing of our energy. Sometimes it is just shut down–a dormant area, stifling the normal circulation of blood and chi through the body.
This dam of emotional plaque now results in a hot head and cold feet. Hot upper symptoms are headaches, heartburn, tight muscles, and even ringing in the ears, as the excess energy is under pressure above. Meanwhile below we might have low back pain, weak flaccid intestines, low libido, varicose veins, and cold feet. Heartburn, acid reflux or a hiatal hernia occur right in the emotional center.
In Part IV I will discuss how we can empty out the psychic plaque of our personal drama and be ready to refuel with these special cosmic energies pouring in all the time but especially at the Solstice season. Our solar plexus can again be a SUN radiating out to all parts of the body and out to others. The sunny chakra that knits the upper and lower halves back together. A bright solstice solar light to the world! Let’s drink to that Holiday Cheer and an amazing New Year!
Our ancestral soul at Solstice time is designed to be a blessing, not a curse. So how to avoid the Holiday blues?? While we carry on the traditions of gaeity and solemnity during this season, our emotional centers are often wrought with negative reactions to life’s (and the season’s) challenges, and we can become even more sensitive at this time of year. We may not be part of a circle of loved ones. As a result, we might suffer resentment since our culture programs us to focus on drama and conflict—in films, TV and in our own lives, which requires dramatic tension, adversity, crisis, and lots of pathos.
So the effects of stress are equally traumatic for the body whether we expose our poor nerves to our own real life dramas or to fictional ones; to bad memories of our life time or to the echos of our ancestors’ plights. Over the years the ‘plaque’ of so many griefs, grievances, and resentments collects in the heart and solar plexus area of the body, the center of our emotional life. This build-up creates an armoring across the middle. The free circulation of blood and lymph that we experienced as a child is now cut off at a chest-high bottleneck and no longer flows freely up and down from head to toe. In Part III, I will share how to address to create champagne from this bottleneck.
Why do I always include massage with acupuncture treatment? The combination of Acupuncture and Massage can accomplish more together than either separately to breathe life back into muscles. While normal muscles are able to contract and relax without restrictions, over the years they can become gummed up [thixotropy]. Without the ability to contract freely, the muscle becomes weak, tight, and often painful. Overused muscles become chronically shorter, a result of fibrous scar tissue. This then entraps the nerves running through the muscles, causing numbness and/or tingling sensations.
I apply several types of massage before and after needle or magnet application. While Acupuncture works directly on the laser beam-like meridians, GENTLE MASSAGE can nudge these muscles to let go and breathe again. My technique is to slowly allow the muscle to open up at its own speed without imposing painful pressure. Gradually I move into deeper massage that can access underlying muscle layers. I believe that ”Hurts Good” is far enough and I always listen to the patient’s feedback.
Stressed muscles can block nutrients and oxygen from getting to where they need to go, and this will cause inflammation that allows toxins to build up in your muscle tissue, a feedback loop that contributes to yet more pain and stress. The combination of Massage and Acupuncture breaks up and releases the built-up toxins. With the toxins released, blood and oxygen can circulate as they should through one’s body. Feel good endorphins are released, dopamine relaxes the brain, and the muscles then crave activity and exercise–as they did when they were part of a younger body! Start the ball rolling!
Did you know that your hand rules the brain, according to Korean Hand Acupuncture? Our human body never fails to impress us with its inner intelligence and its internal communication system. The ear, hand, and foot are each microcosms of the entire body. Each can serve as a keyboard to program and affect any other part of the body. Hand points can reveal real time information about the entire body and is a holographic record of the whole.
Hand acupuncture has developed due to the large role that the hand plays in the brain. This picture illustrates how the brain experiences the hands and mouth. The particularly high concentration of neurological connections between the hands and the brain means that the hand is the most able of all body parts to activate the brain. The brain will follow its direction and relay its neural messages to the body.
Here is an image of the cortical homunculus, a physical representation of the human body, located within the brain. The amount of brain cortex devoted to any given body region is proportional to how richly innervated that region is, not to the region’s physical size. Thus the brain devotes disproportionately larger space to the hands (grabbing, defending, feeding, working) and mouth (talking, breathing, eating, sucking).
Acupuncturist Dr. Tae Woo Yoo, OMD, Ph.D., of South Korea discovered the reflex potential of the hand and laid out the holographic mapping of the body on the hands.
For example, in Korean Hand Therapy [KHT], the little finger corresponds to the leg. Therefore, any leg problem will have a corresponding tender point on the little finger. Stimulation of that point on the pinkie will give pain relief and healing support on the leg. The most effect stimulation is the placement of a teeny magnet taped over that point, staying in place for at least 30 minutes. The treatment is simple, painless, fast acting, and easily repeated until the condition is resolved. Hands on!