LI-4 is the 4th point in the large intestine meridians in our body.
Meridian is the passage where the Qi (energy) circulate.
LI-4 acupressure point in Chinese is called “He Gu”
The point is located on the dorsum of the hand, it’s in the middle of the second metacarpal bone on the radial side.
When you press it, you will feel a sensation of a dull ache.
The point is good for ease general abodomin discomfort and pain, headahces, and constipation.
This is one of the most commonly used point in Chinese Medicine theory.
In Asia, LI-4 is very well-known for the public and it is considered as one of the longevity points in our body.
If you press this point on daily basis, it can help to promote good health.
The most famous phrase in Chinese Medicine is the concept of Qi.
So, what is “Qi” exactly?
The concept of Qi can be simple and also complex.
In general speaking, Qi is the essence of life and it’s the fundamental form of energy in all living things.
In Chinese Medicine, Qi can be considered as “functions” and “stability” in our system.
For example, “Heart Qi” is the function of the heart, “Stomach Qi” is the function of the stomach.
If you say someone have weak in Heart Qi, it can mean that their heart function is not as strong as they should be.
Chinese Medicine belives that Qi provides the longeivty of life.
When Qi itself is stable, energy will be proper in circulation and body will be nourished and maintain in good health.
When blood vessels in the rectum becomes swollen, they can develop into hemorrhoids. There’s internal and external difference when it comes to hemorrhoids. Internal hemorrhoid is within the rectum and the external hemorrhoid is within the anus.
Risk factors for causing hemorrhoids includes
3. Prolonged standing or sitting
4. Difficult bowel movements
5. Coughing, sneezing, vomiting
6. Holding breath while exerting something physically
You can lower down your risk by being more active, stay hydrated, eat more fiber, have regular diet and maintain regular bowel movement.
Diabetes is a type of disease that involves with activies of our hormone “insulin”.
Diabetes can occur when
1. Pancreas no longer produce insulin
2. Pancreas produce insufficient amount of insulin
3. When body don’t response properly to insulin (insulin resistance)
When this happens, blood sugar will rise and it can be dangerous.
Diabetes can have increase chance of atherosclerosis, stroke, CVD, kidney illness, loosing eye sight…etc
It is important for diabetic patients to check their blood sugar regularly, have a good diet, proper rest, proper exercise and see their doctors in regular visits.
There are many treatment strategies in Traditional Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture when it comes to diabetes.
General speaking, Traditional Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture focuses on the body to regulate blood sugar properly by strengthening the system in proper measure. However, it is important to have consultation with well-trained Chinese Medicine Doctor / Acupuncturist before proceeding into treatments. Treatment strategies can be different from person to person.
Lemon, the fruit of the summer.
So, what is lemon good for?
Here some quick tips about lemon that you will love to know
1. Helps with digestion
2. System cleanse, help to remove toxin in your body
3. Boost up immunity
4. Balance pH level in your system
5. Good for skin, help to reduce wrinkles and acne
6. Help you to heal faster
7. High in vitamin C
8. Help with pain and inflammations in joints
9. Lower down blood sugar
10. Good nutrients for the brain, helps to keep a clear mind
Gout is a form of arthritis and it’s more common in men than women.
The occurrence of gout is caused by excess amount of uric acid in the system.
High levels of uric acid levels can encourage crystallization of uric acid and may form crystals inside the joints and causes pain.
The accumulations of uric acid crystals often starts within the big toe and joints.
It can cause sharp pain, redness, inflammations and swelling.
In time, the uric acid can damage tendons, joints, tissues and even organs.
Gout can be caused by genetics, obesity, diuretics, over consuming of alcohol, over eating meats and over eating food that’s high in purines.
The most important way to avoid gout is life style.
Exercise, eat properly, rest properly and seek for medical help when you need to.
There are many ways that Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine can help to reduce the inflammation and lower down the levels of uric acid.
It is important to have proper diagnosis by trained professions before pursuit of treatments.
Calgary has been awfully hot lately and I think this is an important topic to consider.
So, what is heat stroke?
Heat stroke occurs when body has been exposed to high temperature for prolonged of time. It usually occurs in combination with dehydration. When body is dehydrated, the system will fail in controlling the temperature response. Common symptoms include dizziness, nausea, headaches, confusion, loss of consciousness, fainting, coma, red skin, hot body temperature, rapid heart rate and shallow breathing.
Heat stroke is a serious medical emergency condition that require attention right away. If there’s anyone suffering from heat stroke, call 911 immediately. While waiting for the paramedics to arrive, patient will need to be moved to a cooler environment, keep up with hydration, electrolytes, lie down, and raise the leg up to make the circulation easier.
Remember to keep up with hydration, electrolytes and dress properly according to the weather when going outside.
There are two types of stroke
1. Ischemic (caused by obstruction or blockages)
2. Hemorrhagic (caused by bleeding)
Always remember FAST (face, arms, speech and time)
act FAST when you spot a stroke and call 911
There are many pre-signal when it comes to stroke
Patient may have hypertension or hypotension for prolonged of time
Patient may experience headaches, dizziness, numbness in the facial area
Cholesterol may be high and patient may also have other types of health complications (heart diseases, kidney diseases…etc)
The golden time to treat a post-stroke is within the first 3 months
Recovery rate are much higher during the initial 3 months after an occurrence of a stroke
Acupuncture and Tradtional Chinese Medicine have many ways to help patient to recover from a post-stroke or to prevent a stroke with good treatment rate
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Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori) is a form of bacteria. These bacteria can enter your system and live in GI tract. Years after, H. pylori can cause inflammations, sores, and ulcers. The location can often occrured in the lining of stomach or the upper tract of small intestine. H. pylori is common, the rate of occurance is about 2/3 of the world’s population. For majoirty of people, H. pylori may not caused any symptoms or ulcers. There are medicines that can help to eliminate the bacterium and help to cure the ulcers. In Traditional Chinese Medicine and acupuncture, there are natural ways for treating such conditions in great success rate.
Today is National Donut Day
I don’t know much about coffee and donuts
but to me, a cup of Tim Horton’s French vanilla and a honey cruller donut always feel like home to me
Happy Friday and Happy National Donut Day everyone!