Meridian Analysis Device Makes a Tiger With a Pair of Wings

Chinese medicine is focus on treating root problems, not just symptoms. We all know that four traditional Chinese medicine diagnostic techniques are 望聞問切 , which are inspection, auscultation/olfaction, inquiry, and palpation. Those diagnostic techniques require years to master, especially for palpation is very hard to distinguish the patterns if you just learn by books. Is there any testing tool to assist the diagnosis which could provide objective numbers? The answer is yes. Meridian analysis device use a non-invasive health examination to measure the energy of the 24 meridian points of the human body within five minutes, then the practitioners can do further analysis based on those readings. The device can visualized patient’s Meridian status and make diagnostic more objective. I call it Makes a Tiger With a Pair of Wings.

Let’s use a case study to show how it helps. A male patient came here complain about lacking of energy, especially around 5pm to 7pm feels very tired, it lasted for a while. Without the meridian analysis device, the first thought came to my mind is the problem should be kidney meridian problem, as 5pm to 7pm is typical kidney meridian time of day. After using Meridian Analysis Device to check, here’s the chart

meridian testing 1

meridian testing result

meridian testing result

meridian testing result in pie

meridian testing result in pie

As shown above the patient currently body energy is low, and from the chart/diagram obviously problem came from liver and gallbladder meridians.

After needle right 太冲(LR3) and left 光明(GB37) with tonifying method for 35 minutes, here’s the new chart

meridian testing result

meridian testing result

Energy number jump from 21.4 to 72.7 , and balance from 62.3 to 73.9 , what a big change! Liver and gallbladder meridians energy also up a lot.

Does the better reading really mean improvement? The answer is YES. This patient came to me one month later for other issue(shoulder pain) and I asked him about his energy issue, he replied after that treatment the problem gone. He feels good.

Meridian Analysis Device Makes a Tiger With a Pair of Wings, we use it at our Brampton clinic daily. I strongly recommend other Acupuncturists add this device to their practice.

 

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Where do you put your needles?

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That’s the interesting question I got asked by a patient. He never came to me before and like to book appointment to treat his neck pain. Over the phone, he asked me” For my neck pain where you will put your needles” I answered “your hand” and he replied back “Right answer!” His reply made me laugh a lot. Late in the day when I met him and had chance to explain to him ” There’s numerous way to treat your neck by acupuncture, like I can put needles in your neck, or in your hands or in your foot or in your head or by acupressure only, why you think my answer was the right one? “He explained he had neck issue before and the acupuncturist inserted need in his hand and 5 minutes later he could turn his neck and his problem gone. That particle point is so effective that made him believe it’s the only right answer for neck pain. I knew the point he’s talking about is 后溪. To prove my point I treated him with Acupressure and he also got immediately result. At the end of the treatment he even asked me for  some needles so he can self treat himself by using that point in the future. I admire his courage and I have to admit I like this type of patients, because he understand the fact that health is in your own hands!

 

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Acupuncture for sciatica

Sciatica is painful, to find proper treatment for sciatica also painful. Medication? Injections? Surgery? Chiropractor? Massage? Self exercise? Acupuncture? …We feel your pain.

Now we will make your choice less painful- We will treat your sciatica with Acupuncture. If you don’t see noticeable improvement for your first treatment at our clinic, you don’t need to pay.

 

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Acupuncture for knee pain

Knee pain is a common complain people has and Acupuncture treatment for knee pain is quite effective. For some patients who are so scared of needles we even can do it without needle but  Acupressure only. If you live in Brampton or Mississauga suffering knee pain and very skeptical about Acupuncture effectiveness, we encourage you to give us a try. If you don’t see improvement after your first treatment session, you don’t need to pay. That’s how confident we are about our service.

 

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Summer is the good time to treat Fibromyalgia Syndrome (FMS)

If you live in Brampton or Mississauga area and like to treat your Fibromyalgia Syndrome (FMS) with acupuncture, summer is the good time of year to do the treatment.

Fibromyalgia syndrome (FMS) is a form of fibromyalgia where pain and stiffness occurs in muscles, tendons, and ligaments throughout the body, accompanied by other generalized symptoms such as fatigue, sleep disruption or unrefreshing sleep, mood disorder, and cognitive difficulties such as poor memory or mental “fogginess.”

In Chinese medicine there is a term call “冬病夏治” which means to treat winter disease in summer. The reason is summer we have the most Yang factor and it gives the most boost to treat those cold, deficiency problems. For Fibromyalgia syndrome most patient find winter or cold make their condition worse, and it is suitable to treat in summer than winter. I have been visiting Fibromyalgia syndrome patients in winter and some of them their home temperature is pretty low and frankly their treating results are not optimum. For those cold related illness we should take good use of season factor and same is true for Fibromyalgia syndrome.

For modern medicine The cause of fibromyalgia is not yet known. In Chinese Medicine, fibromyalgia is system-wide imbalance. For Chinese medicine we even don’t care too much about those modern medicine diagnosis and terms, we find the root for the problem, balance Yin and Yang, clear meridians stagnation, harmonize internal organs. Fibromyalgia syndrome should see good results but compare to other acute pain it may need more time to recover.

 

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22 Steps Will Help Boost Your Happiness

happyHAPPINESS plays a very important role in ones health. As a matter of fact, a big portion of our illness come from unhealthy emotions,like depression, stress, angry, fear etc. As a health practitioner, I find out it’s much easier to treat pure physical problems than those illness caused by emotions,because the latter you need your patients willing and be able to change their bad emotions to get good results. Give you an example,a patient had migraines which Doctors not sure what’s the cause,had different treatments which were not successful until one day her migraines disappeared and she found out the cause herself–she used to live with her mother in law and they never getting along with each other well, after she and her husband moved out,her migraines disappeared right away. So you get my point, be happy and you already your own best doctor. Here’s an article I read which explores 22 steps to help boost your happiness. I like it and share with you here.

source: www.usnews.com

These 22 steps will help boost your happiness.
Research suggests that happiness can be cultivated by focusing on relationships, constant learning, and feeling grateful and optimistic, among other strategies. These 22 steps can help you foster a sense of happiness in your own life:

ALL AGES

Cultivate these twelve behaviors, which Sonja Lyubomirsky, author of the How of Happiness, has identified as practices that help people lead happier lives: Express gratitude; cultivate optimism; avoid overthinking and social comparison; practice acts of kindness; nurture social relationships; develop strategies for coping; learn to forgive; increase flow experiences, or intense focus on the present moment; savor life’s joys; commit to your goals; practice religion and spirituality; and take care of your body. Review your values. Intrinsic values include self-improvement, helping others, and making the world a better place. Extrinsic values include wealth and material accomplishments, physical appearance, and the appearance and reality of social influence. People say that intrinsic values make them happier, but most actually adopt extrinsic values in their lives. Invest in your relationships. Spouses, lovers, friends, and family are the keys to what gives our life meaning and happiness. Assess whether you’re lonely. More and more people live alone, while others can be lonely in an unhappy household. Whether you are living alone or with others, are you lonely and isolated, or is your living arrangement bringing you all the benefits you’d hoped? If your home life is not what you’d wish, evaluate how and when you might be able to change it. Having a strong social network is good for our health and happiness. Consider the role work plays in your identity. Whether you’re a “work to live” or “live to work” type, there’s no question that working can be central to your identity and sense of value. It’s important to have a realistic sense of what work means to you and to have the self-awareness and confidence to judge whether your work life is satisfactory or needs to be changed. Evaluate how well you cope with adversity, which is a reliable indicator of happiness. Make a list of the major problems you’ve faced in the past year. How did you deal with them, and what have you learned about yourself as a result? If you’re stuck, it might be time to seek professional help. Engage in life. Learning new things and being engaged in a variety of meaningful activities are essential to happiness at all stages of life. Are you fully engaged with life or are there areas where you’ve checked out”? Has your level of engagement changed substantially in recent years? If something is “missing,” what do you plan to do about it?

HAPPINESS | Annual To-Do List

20s and 30s

Review the number, quality, and status of your important friendships. Whether it’s with family members, work colleagues, social acquaintances, or college friends, having roughly half a dozen strong friendships (there is no magic number) will pay big dividends for the rest of your life. If you live alone (and even if you don’t), think about the way you are living and whether you’re lonely—lots of empty evenings by yourself, no one to share special or even ordinary events with, and the like. If you don’t like the quality of your life, make changes by reaching out to groups or social networks.
While careers can be intense and all-consuming passions in your earlier working years, it’s not too early to begin thinking about work-family balance. Work rarely tops family in people’s rankings of life’s most important achievements. If parents want good relationships with their kids later in life, the foundations of those relationships are built now. Review the values you are passing onto your children. Engage them at a young age in volunteer activities that help other people, and you will be increasing their lifelong odds of being happier. Evaluating the value and health of your marriage or other romantic relationship probably requires at least a daily checkup! It’s important not to take things for granted. No relationship brings more happiness or, potentially, sadness, than the one with your closest partner.

40s and 50s

Children-centric relationships change and o”fen fade when the kids are grown. It’s important to work at replacing these parts of your social network. Take stock of your relationship with your grown children and your parents. You are, increasingly, the key decision-maker for both of these generations. What kind of a job are you doing? Are you stuck in one or more ruts in middle-age? Review the activities and  ow of your life and, as needed, build a plan to  nd new activities, experiences, and friends. Replacing the time and emotional pull of raising children is a huge task for many people. Review how you’re spending your time.  is is a good time to build and expand community and volunteer activities. Think about whether you have a great career or just a job. Either path can lead to happiness, but only if you accept a role for your working life that meshes with your aspirations and values. Understanding yourself and how work fits in with your life is increasingly important at this age.

60s and Up

Review how well you’ve matched your long-term aspirations with your  nancial resources. You don’t need buckets of money to be happy. But you need some money. More importantly, happiness requires a balance of what you want to do and what you can do. How is your lifestyle balance faring?
Consider expanding your volunteer activities. It’s a great way to match your interests and values with new things to do and interesting people.
Make a spring-cleaning plan. As we get older, households tend to get cluttered with possessions we no longer need and which, if we admit it, no one in our family needs, either. Regular downsizing is a good practice.
Is your spiritual gas tank full or running on fumes? It is natural and healthy in later years to begin thinking about issues that transcend daily living.
Use it or lose it! Build a fitness plan or, if you’ve got one, review how you’re doing. Even into old age, vigorous exercise can help your physical and mental health.

Sleep problems? Try natural sleep remedies before you seek doctor for insomnia cures

natural sleep remedies

natural sleep remedies

Insomnia is one of the very common problems patients seeking Acupuncture for help, and Acupuncture do have very good results for insomnia, but as usual I always recommend them to try natural sleep remedies first before they come to Doctors for insomnia cures. To use drugs only as a last resort, as many can figure out all those side effects by themselves.

The most used and effective natural sleep remedies are:

  • Good sleep rules

Set bedtime routines, not thinking and make it as a habit. Some people like to think things or even discuss issues before sleep, that contribute an active mind state and get them hard to go to sleep. Same reason why don’t watch thrilling movies before bed.

  • Get Massage or sex

Have someone give you a massage just before going to sleep can make a big difference. If they can do a full body massage gently yet firm, you will feel the tension out of your muscles gone and soothe you to sleep soundly. Even a quick backrub and facial massage can be a big help. Same apply to sex. Good sex works wonder and can help both sleep easily and sleep well.

  • Listen to relaxing Music

Play some soft, soothing music can make one feel relaxed and get ready  to sleep. It’s very easy to find this kind of music. You can try this

  • Soak your feet

To soak your feet with warm/hot water for 10-15 minutes. If you combined with feet/ toes rubbing the results will get even better.

  • Combination of the above

There are other ways like due to noisy put earplugs, keep quiet, counting numbers, don’t eat too full or hungry before bed… they are all common sense knowledge which can help you have a good night sleep.

But if you have a serious insomnia and those natural sleep remedies can’t help you enough, then go to see Doctors.

Good luck and have a good night sleep!

natural sleep remedies

Medication or Meditation?

Those two words look so similar, but they are totally two different approaches regard our health. No doubt medication is the dominant practice to “fix” our body problems nowadays, in the meantime meditation has become more popular- A 2007 study by the U.S. government found that nearly 9.4% of U.S. adults (over 20 million) had practiced meditation within the past 12 months, up from 7.6% (more than 15 million people) in 2002  Meditation practiced for many reasons, such as to increase calmness and physical relaxation, to improve psychological balance, to cope with illness, or to enhance overall health and well-being.

If we say medication is outward oriented because we seek help from those pharmaceutical, then Meditation is generally an inwardly oriented, personal practice, which individuals do by themselves. Definition for meditation from Wikipedia is that any form of a family of practices in which practitioners train their minds or self-induce a mode of consciousness to realize some benefit.  A review of scientific studies identified relaxation, concentration, an altered state of awareness, a suspension of logical thought and the maintenance of a self-observing attitude as the behavioral components of meditation, it is accompanied by a host of biochemical and physical changes in the body that alter metabolism, heart rate, respiration, blood pressure and brain activation. Meditation has been used in clinical settings as a method of stress and pain reduction. Meditation has also been studied specifically for its effects on stress.

In Chinese medicine we greatly emphasize the status of our heart and mind. In the book <黄帝内经> which is an ancient Chinese medical text that has been treated as the fundamental doctrinal source for Chinese medicine for more than two millennia, it pointed out that “恬淡虚无,真气从之,精神内守,病安从来?” means if you have a peaceful calm mind, your Qi follows and energy kept inside well, you won’t catch illness. In contrary, people who worry, tension, stress, panic, anger, unhappy will have all kinds of health issues. Meditation is a very good practice to achieve inner peaceful. I recommend everyone should have at lease 10 minutes meditation a day to gain benefit from it. Let me give you an example, when you use your computer, you open this window, open that application, and open another one, all at a sudden, you computer freeze, what do you do to fix the problem? Simple, re-start your PC! Our mind is like a running rabbit, you are keep thinking so many different issues like computer running so many different applications, one day when you feel something wrong with your body, it’s not hardware problems which equivalent to your physical body. It’s the software problem which is your mind. To restart to have a clear mindset, you can achieve that by Meditation, vacation, Chinese Qigong, Tai ji, golfing, Yoga, pray and much more.

As a Acupuncturist, I know so well that human’s mind play a big role in our health, and it is the source cause for many of our illness. So please well maintain our mentality, be happy!

 

You are your best Doctor

Some people don’t believe what I told them here. They are just thinking they are NOT doctor, they know nothing about medicine. They need doctor to help them. The reality is that their doctor don’t cure their illness, medicine don’t cure their illness, the real power to cure their illness is their own body.

Except hereditary disease, most of our illness comes from our lifestyle. Like how we diet, sleep, exercise and our mood. For all of that Doctors really can’t do anything for you except giving some advice. If you don’t want any of these bad root cause accumulate to a point that Doctor’s scalpel take control of your body, you have to be taking control of your own health earlier -By eating well, sleep/rest well, having daily exercise and in good mood. You have to be responsible for yourself.

Like all other important aspects in life, we need to be responsible for our financial, health, relationship. If you depend on government / accountant/ tax expert to look after your financial, depend on Doctor to take care of your health, someone work your relationship out… Good Luck!

Remember, you get what you give.