Tiger Tooth Liniment for Arthritis

Arthritis

Expanding on a line of natural health care products prepared locally, Tiger Tooth Liniment Company is unveiling  a topical liniment specifically for arthritis pain.

This formulation, like all forthcoming Tiger Tooth products, has been meticulously produced and thoroughly evaluated for effectiveness, ease of use, and aesthetic properties. The Arthritis Formula contains many of the same potent ingredients as the Tiger Tooth: Signature Formula but has been crafted to stand out above all similar products.

  • All natural
  • Alleviates pain quickly
  • No unpleasant smell

There was no cutting corners; no compromises made to spare expense in the preparation of this product. Tiger Tooth Liniment for Arthritis is indeed all natural. The base is grain alcohol- as opposed to the isopropyl alcohol most companies use to manufacture topical liniments inexpensively. Herbs are acquired from FDA approved sources. The creation process of all Tiger Tooth products combines time proven wisdom with modern technological prosesses to deliver exceptionally highly concentrated herbal products. Tiger Tooth: Arthritis incorporates the finest essential oil of lavender available; soothingly aromatic and leaving a fresh, silky finish on the skin.

Regular application as directed can have a profound impact on arthritis pain however, having your particular condition assessed by a pracitioner of Traditional Chinese Medicine is highly recommended to address the root cause.

Tiger Tooth products are currently available at: Sacred Healing Tree and the Good Stuff store.

Relief for Menopause and Other Stuff

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The overwhelming demand has led me to formulate a tincture (a medicine made by dissolving herbs in alcohol) specifically targeted at menopause symptoms.

This formulation is a combination of ancient formulas designed to address the deficiencies of Kidneys and Spleen as we grow older. The Spleen and Kidneys together regulate digestion, control blood production and viscosity, provide oxygen and nutrients to all parts of the body, regulate hormone production of all the hormone secreting glands, and ensure proper fluid flow throughout the body.

When there is a significant imbalance in Spleen and Kidney function certain symptoms inevitably and predictably arise.

Because “The Tincture” has such a broad range of applications, it has been used successfully for many different symptoms; high blood pressure, blood sugar imbalances, digestive disorders, “hot flashes”, night sweats, poor concentration, mood swings, extreme fatigue, anxiety, heart palpitations, tinnitus due to blood deficiency and insomnia.

Deficiencies of the Spleen and Kidneys are not isolated to the aging populous. Contributing factors to Spleen / Kidney deficiency are prevalent in college students. Lack of sleep, poor eating habits, stress all play a key role in depleting Spleen and Kidney function and similar symptoms can arise at any time.

The Tincture was formulated to provide long term relief and is not just a temporary fix. Its powerful ingredients have the capacity to provide relief from symptoms in as little as 2 weeks. It’s well worth looking into!

Colds, Allergies, Bronchitis, Asthma, Pneumonia and Upper Respiratory Infections

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You don’t have to suffer from symptoms, take allergy test and shots, or consume medications on a long term basis. There’s a very simple explanation of these ailments and an even simpler solution; Chinese Medicine.

Chinese Medical diagnosis can determine a cause specific to the individual and a very specific treatment directed at resolving the root cause the afflication.

An experienced practitioner of Chinese Medicine can identify the root cause of any condition. This root cause is a temporary imbalance in normal body functions and may be described as acute or chronic. According to one’s own inherent strengths and weaknesses (constitution) certain people are predisposed to coming down with specific ailments. In any case, bodywork and herbal therapies provide a safe, effective, cost-efficient alternative to modern medicine.

According to Chinese Medicine, the Lungs and Spleen comprise a substantial working portion of what is referred to as the “immune system” in modern medicine. These organs are the last to develop in children and their strength is determined early in their stages of development.

In adults the more common taxations on the immune system are stress, exposure to extreme variances in temperature, poor diet, lack of sleep… Often, people choose just to offset the symptoms because they can’t change their circumstances or environment. Easy peasey!

In the case of my own daughter… she was born with exceptionally small lungs and predisposed to illnesses related to the lungs. When she was 5 years old she had strep throat seven times in one year. She was taken to the doctor and prescribed antibiotics each time. That was my wife’s idea. During her seventh doctor’s visit for the same ailment it was recommended that her tonsils and adenoids be removed. My wife deliberated the matter at length and decided against the procedure to remove tonsils and adenoids.

After 90 days of herbal therapy she has only had strep once in 7 years subsequent to her last day of herbal treatment. The cost… about $100. That’s less than the co-pays for all the doctors visits and medication, not to mention time off work, and- NO SURGERIES! Heck of a deal! Don’t you think?

So, whether you suffer from allergic rhinitis or viral/bacterial pneumonia, schedule an appointment and let’s get that taken care (for good) so you can get on with your life!

Staying Healthy in Winter

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The ancient Chinese believed that human beings should live in harmony with the natural cycles of their environment. Changes in the weather provoke changes in the body. The body requires time to adapt. Difficulty in adapting to weather conditions is often a contributing factor to seasonal illness. With the wind, rain, and snows of winter come the colds, flu, aches, and pains.

Winter is inactive, cold and damp by nature. The cold and darkness of winter cause a natural slowing of the body’s internal processes; a form of hibernation if you will. Everybody wants to instinctively stay under the covers on those cold, blustery winter days.

According to Chinese philosophy winter is ruled by the Water Element, which is associated with the Kidney and Bladder organs. The Kidneys are considered a vital source of all energy within the body. They also store reserve energy to be used in times of stress and change, to heal, prevent illness and age gracefully. Winter is the time of year to reflect on our health, replenish our energy, and conserve our strength in preparation for the burst of new life and growth in the spring.

Winter Foods

The body is conditioned to store fat in the winter in preparation for ideal developmental and growth conditions in the spring. So, wintertime is not the ideal time to begin a weight loss diet. People gain excessive amounts of weight in winter because they do not change their eating habits accordingly. Overindulging is common during the holidays, however, exercising a little restraint goes a long way towards maintaining a balanced health model.

Raw foods, clod foods and heavy, rich foods tax the digestive system more than normal and deplete energy reserves. Avoid raw foods during winter as much as possible.

During winter emphasize the warming foods (like grandma used to tell you).

  • Soups, stews and chili
  • Root vegetables
  • All kinds of beans
  • Spices like garlic, cloves, ginger and cinnamon
  • Teas and other warm drinks

A Few Simple Tips to Stay Healthy This Winter

A few good habits during wintertime can make the transition much less taxing and promote good health throughout.

  • Cover up. Chinese Medicine doctrine dictates that cold  that can lead to illness enters the body from the neck and shoulders so, it is very important the keep your neck and shoulders warm when outdoors. Most body heat escapes through the head. Consider wearing something to cover your head. Do not let parts of your body come in direct contact with cold surfaces. Pathogenic cold can enter the body through direct contact with cold surfaces causing roaming aches and pains that are aggravated by cold temperatures. This particular syndrome is impossible to detect via conventional medical methods and often mistaken for other illnesses.
  • Get plenty of sleep. Getting plenty of sleep (at night) enables your body to conserve energy used for healing and warming the body when exposed to colder climates.
  • Don’t eat too much. Your body’s natural tendency is to store fat in winter. Eating less will prevent excessive weight gain. Eating smaller more frequent meal will help maintain energy levels and moderate blood sugar levels.
  • Reduce stress. As difficult as it may seem, find a simple way to relax and release stress on a daily basis. Meditation or taking a long hot bath… choose your own method. Stress, frustration, and unresolved anger can easily deplete the immune system allowing illness to invade the body more easily.

 

Asian Bodywork Therapy vs. Massage Therapy

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What’s In a Name?

“Asian Bodywork Therapy” and “Massage Therapy” are indeed two different things. There has been much debate between professionals and professional organizations about what techniques, philosophies and descriptions cross over from one modality to the other and where certain seperations lie.  “Bodywork” is a general term that applies to a vast group of manual manipulation forms.

Asian Bodywork refers specifically to the application of manipulation techniques for the purpose of moving /balancing Qi to maintain or restore health and whose origins stem from Asia. Asian Bodywork Therapy is one of the four branches that comprise Traditional Chinese Medicine. The other three branches are Acupuncture, Medical Qigong, and Chinese Herbal Therapy. Professionally accredited practitioners of Asian forms of manual manipulation refer to their practice as “Asian Bodywork”. Under this broad umbrella are several uniquely individual “forms”.

Asian Bodywork forms officially recognized by the AOBTA are:

Acupressure, Amma, AMMA Therapy, Chi Nei Tsang, Five Element Shiatsu, Integrative Eclectic Shiatsu, Japanese Shiatsu, Jin Shin Do, Bodymind Acupressure, Jin Shou Tuina, Macrobiotic Shiatsu, Medical Qigong, Nuad Bo ‘Rarn (Traditional Thai Bodywork), Shiatsu Anma Therapy, Tuina, Zen Shiatsu

“Massage” is the manipulation of muscle and connective tissue to enhance function, aid in the healing process, and promote relaxation and well-being. Massage therapy forms have many, many names; Swedish Massage, Reflexology, and Rolfing for example. Many other names indicate intended purpose, place of origin or the addition of adjunct therapies covered or not otherwise excluded by the massage therapy scope of practice.

Aromatherapy Massage, Chair Massage, Deep Tissue massage, Equine Massage, Fijian Massage, Hot Stone Massage, Sports Massage

Certain establishments advertise “Asian massage” or ”Oriental massage”. These terms are misnomers or perhaps even a deliberate attempt to mislead consumers. These inferences to therapeutic bodywork are often NOT massage or Asian Bodywork establishments as defined by the Texas Department of State Health Services. They may, in fact, be one of the many establishments that engage in activities of a sexual nature that specifically use these terms to cloak illegal enterprises that legitimate bodywork professionals do not want to be associated with.

Requirements to Practice Asian Bodywork Therapy or Massage (In Texas)

The Department of State Health Services has set forth the requirements to practice bodywork in the state of Texas.

Asian Bodywork Therapists are excluded from any license requirement (in Texas) but, must meet minimum education requirements and hold a certification from American Organization of Bodywork Therapies of Asia (AOBTA) or Asian Bodywork diploma from the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM).

Massage therapists must meet minimum education requirements, pass an exam administered by the Federation of State Massage Therapy Boards (FSTMB) or the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCTMB) and are required to have a State issued license.

How to Tell the Difference According to Terminology

Buzz words are an indicator. They tell you something about the person you are listening to. Buzz words can tell you whether or not you are listening to a trained professional Asian Bodywork Therapist or Massage Therapist.

There are always new buzz words with ties to massage – “myofascial release”,” cranio sacral”, “trigger points”, “ lymphatic drainage” are a few of the newer ones. The terms are too many to list and are constantly changing. New terms are typically added to specify techniques or generate renewed interest in the art by redefining or remodeling to accommodate the needs of consumers.

Asian Bodywork Therapy originated thousands of years ago and traditional terminology has changed very little. A few of the most commonly used terms in Asian Bodywork are: “Yin”, “Yang”, “balance”, “imbalance”, “qi”, “excess”, and “deficiency”.

The Key Similarity

Massage therapy and Asian Bodywork therapies use techniques of physical manipulation that promote the proper flow of Qi and Blood. Stagnant Qi and Blood are the source of all illness according to Chinese Medicine theory.

The Fundamental Difference

Asian Bodywork Therapists are specifically trained to ascertain areas of energetic imbalance that are the root cause of illness according to Chinese Medicine theory and provide specific therapies to bring about the balance necessary to restore health. Asian Bodywork Therapists are trained to assess and provide specific therapy for internal disorders even if the disorders are undetectable or undefined in Western medical terms by moderating and balancing energy (qi) flow.

Massage therapists are not specifically trained to assess or address the root cause of systemic illness in a direct manner.

Changing Times

Massage related therapies are routinely adapted and modified to fit the demands and changes in thinking associated with current times. That’s why there are so many massage forms. In fact, modern day massage has roots in the Orient that go back more than 5,000 years.

Asian Bodywork principles have changed very little over the centuries.  There have been very few changes because the theory and correct application of techniques has remained sound over many centuries and is still effective in this day and age. But, now is the time to make necessary changes to accommodate modern health concerns and evolve Asian Bodywork Therapy to a higher level.

Cultural changes over the centuries, modern thinking and the demand for clear and concise alternative therapy options warrants the development and implementation of legitimately revised forms of Asian Bodywork Therapy. The revisions to these ancient forms should address modern day health concerns and include explanations that reasonably explain how the therapy works. Changes or modifications to traditional techniques should reflect a modern understanding of how the body functions. Technological advances require that practitioners be able to provide clients with the assurance that these therapies that can safely be used in conjunction with modern therapies reflecting an appropriate level of growth and understanding by practitioners and patrons. Just as Summer or Winter cannot last forever, so must the face of Chinese Medicine transform to accommodate the freshness of expansion and growth required to remain viable and effective for centuries to come.

The overwhelming effectiveness of acupuncture has only recently prompted investigation into how principles of Traditional Chinese Medicine work scientifically. The results have inspired a new found respect for the usefulness of ancient healing arts. However, there remains an element of unidentified origins which lends an air of mystery to the effective application of Asian Bodywork Therapy. Society is only now beginning to reach with some degree of blind faith towards alternative forms of healing because of growing disdain for the modern medical establishment and the stories of those who have had miraculous healing experiences with alternative forms of therapy.

Fybromyalgia: A Chinese Medicine Point of View

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Explanation of Fibromyalgia Symptoms According to Chinese Medicine

Fibromyalgia simply isn’t the great mystery doctors make it out to be nor is any other disease. All disease follows a pattern as predicated by the foundations of Chinese Medicine. In fact, there can be many causes of fibromyalgia symptoms which can be accurately assessed and effectively treated by an experienced Chinese Medicine practitioner.

Causes according to Chinese Medicine may include:

  • Blood Deficiency
  • Qi Deficiency
  • Qi and Blood Deficiency
  • Dampness
  • Disharmony of Spleen, Kidney, Heart

These causes may be further influenced by drug use, stress, dietary or other factors.

 

The Truth about Fibromyalgia

Western medicine doctors diagnose fibromyalgia by process of elimination.

“Fibromyalgia” is often diagnosed when no other condition, such as arthritis, can be positively identified by objective medical tests.

The cardinal feature of fibromyalgia is chronic, widespread pain that is not explained by another rheumatic or systemic disorder. Explicit in this definition is the exclusion of other conditions that can present with widespread pain.

Low thyroid levels (hypothyroidism), polymyalgia rheumatica, rheumatoid arthritis and lupus, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Lyme disease, Restless Leg Syndrome, major depression, Myofascial Pain Syndrome can all cause symptoms that may be diagnosed as fibromyalgia.

Symptoms include pain which may appear in several or many areas of the body. The same areas of the body may not be painful all the time and precipitating factors can increase the intensity or frequency of painful episodes. Symptoms may also get worse with fatigue, inactivity, changes in the weather, cold or drafty conditions, overexertion, hormonal fluctuations (such as just before menstruation or during menopause), stress, depression, or other emotional factors.

Symptoms of fibromyalgia may include:

  • Chronic muscle pain, muscle spasms or tightness
  • Moderate or severe fatigue and decreased energy
  • Insomnia or waking up feeling just as tired as when you went to sleep
  • Stiffness upon waking or after staying in one position for too long
  • Difficulty remembering, concentrating, and performing simple mental tasks
  • Abdominal pain, bloating, nausea, and constipation alternating with diarrhea (Irritable Bowel Syndrome)
  • Tension or migraine headaches
  • Jaw and facial tenderness
  • Sensitivity to one or more of the following: odors, noise, bright lights, medications, certain foods, and cold
  • Feeling anxious or depressed
  • Numbness or tingling in the face, arms, hands, legs, or feet
  • Increase in urinary urgency or frequency (irritable bladder)
  • Reduced tolerance for exercise and muscle pain after exercise
  • A feeling of swelling (without actual swelling) in the hands and feet

 

Western medicine views certain symptoms categorically as “fibromyalgia” symptoms while other symptoms may not have any specific relationship to fibromyalgia making a definitive diagnosis difficult. If the condition is not diagnosed and treated early, symptoms can go on indefinitely, or they may disappear for months and then recur.

Fibromyalgia Pain: A Chinese Medicine Point of View

Quite simply, where there’s pain, there is lack of sufficiently flowing energy (qi) or blood.

Pain is caused by the stagnation of energy or fluids (blood). When flow is restrained or interrupted, pain occurs, alerting us to a problem. Three causes of pain are:

1. Obstruction (The flow of qi or blood becomes blocked in a specific area of the body due to injury, swelling, oversupply.)
2. Constraint (Qi and/or blood can become restricted and fluid flow inhibited due to emotional, or psychological factors.)
3. Deficiency (There is insufficient qi to promote the flow of blood or, there is insufficient blood volume to support all the body’s natural functions.)

Successful treatment for fibromyalgia symptoms requires consultation with a skilled practitioner of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). To effectively address fibromyalgia symptoms, the TCM physician must accurately diagnose the root cause of the pain. This is done largely according to by tongue and pulse examination which can provide substantially more information than any blood tests, or MRIs.

Practitioners of Chinese Medicine assess symptoms related to fibromyalgia very differently than Western medical doctors. Fibromyalgia, according to Traditional Chinese Medicine, is not a disease, but one or more specific patterns of imbalance, each with very distinct symptoms that can be traced to the dysfunction of specific internal organs. Western doctors, unaware of these patterns, diagnose collective symptoms as “fibromyalgia”.

One specific pattern according to Chinese Medicine is described as “dampness”, or the accumulation of fluids in various parts of the body. If these fluids accumulate in the head, for example, they can cause unclear thinking, a sensation of heaviness, vision problems, or vertigo. Fluids that collect in the muscles and joints can cause pain and stiffness, even to the point of immobility.

Historically, Acupuncture, Asian Bodywork Therapy and Chinese Herbal Therapy have been very successful in eliminating the root causes of fibromyalgia.

Bunions: More Information From A Chinese Medicine Perspective

More About Bunions!

I have received many e-mails about my bunion blog with questions about how to circumvent the combined procedures I recommended to properly address bunions. Look at it this way. You wouldn’t ask a brain surgeon to eliminate important procedures to save time or cut costs, would you?

Temporary pain relief can be gained by following one or another of my recommendations but, I’d like to explain in more detail the vital importance of each as part of a combined therapy.

First, let’s review. A bunion is a deformity characterized by lateral deviation of the great toe, often erroneously described as an enlargement of bone or tissue around the joint at the head of the big toe (metatarso-phalangeal joint).

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There is disagreement among medical professionals about the cause of bunions; some see them as primarily caused by the long-term use of shoes, particularly tight-fitting shoes with pointed toes, while others believe that the problem stems from genetic factors that are exacerbated by simply wearing shoes.

People from cultures that do not wear shoes do not get bunions!

 

How Bunions Occur From a Chinese Medical Perspective

Neck 1All muscles including the muscles that hold the bones of the foot in place may weaken due to the inability of the Spleen to properly nourish muscle. Arches fall as a result of weakened muscles and the toes begin to “spread out”. When feet are repeatedly forced into shoes that used to fit, deformity occurs.

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As the toes spread out they become “molded” by the shoes in a process that occurs slowly over time.

The lack of circulation and irritation in the local area from walking in shoes that no longer fit properly results in a “bunion”.

The “bump” itself is partly due to the inflamed and swollen bursa. The largest part of the bump is the distal head of the first metatarsal bone where it joins with the proximal phalange which has been projected laterally to cause its protrusion. In cases where poor systemic blood circulation is an issue, mineral deposits can form in the area enlarging the joint and lending to stiffness and persistent pain.  Similar deposits often occur in other joints of the hands or feet. Left without treatment this situation can cause the joint(s) to become immobile. The described deformity of the foot can occur over such a long period of time that it is not noticeable until it is causing intense and frequent pain. At that point, it is imperative to obtain properly fitting shoes.

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One function of the Spleen in Chinese Medicine is to nourish the muscle and tissues that “hold things up and in place”. In these terms, it means that the Spleen is responsible for preventing the weakness of muscle and tissues that cause typically result in hernias, hemorrhoids, prolapsed uterus or bladder, rectal prolapse and varicose veins. So, if you have bunions you may have an imbalance that can cause other problems. Some of the symptoms of Spleen Qi Deficiency might include extreme sleepiness after meals, heaviness and lethargy, easy bruising, loose stools, a gassy and bloated feeling after eating, other digestive problems.

Often Spleen Qi Deficiency is seen in combination with an imbalance specifically related to a   deficiency of the Kidneys. So, it is not uncommon for bunions to accompany kidney stones or diabetes.

What’s the worst that can happen?

When standing, the feet support the weight of the entire body and act as the foundation for other structures. The body is a living structure. As such, it will adjust in the attempt to compensate for structural deficiencies.

When a building starts crumbling at its foundation the rest of the building will follow suit. But, the damage is not confined to only the area where the foundation caves in. The visible damage spreads to the ceiling and walls of various parts of the house because the beams and other support structures connected to the foundation shift.  Over time, a similar reaction can occur in the human body.

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How Chinese Medicine Addresses Bunions (or any other ailment)

Chinese Medicine considers the body as a functioning whole; not individual parts. All areas must be addressed with equal importance to achieve the most desirable effect. My initial recommendations for effective treatment of bunions were made with this in mind.

My Personal Therapeutic Recommendations for Bunions

This combination of therapies is what I recommend because I’ve tried other ways and this is what I’ve found to be the most effective therapy for bunions… so far.

Moxibustion Moxa Zigarre

Moxa in stick form is applied to the Spleen meridian of both feet and ankles for up to an hour paying extra attention to an acupuncture point known as Spleen 3. Moxa is one of the best therapies for bunions. Its warming action “activates” the Spleen meridian and restores flexibility to tendons. The heat promotes the movement of stagnant Blood and Qi away from the area allowing fresh Qi and Blood to revitalize the local area and stimulate the anatomic Spleen.

 

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In combination with other therapies, expert manual manipulation serves to restore proper circulation and placement of the toes while improving flexibility and range of motion. Certain techniques can be employed to separate muscle fibers to permit nourishing fluids to permeate areas where blood flow has become restricted due to poor circulation. Cumulative deposits of minerals which may impede movement and cause sharp pain can be located easily, gently disintegrated and reincorporated into the circulatory system and properly eliminated with the help of recommended adjunct therapies. Only a trained professional can reposition the toes and facilitate proper movement without causing injury.


TigerToothTopical herbs

I abundantly recommend application of one of my specially formulated liniments (Tiger Tooth) to strongly move Qi and Blood to reduce the pain and inflammation of bunions. This particular liniment works immediately to alleviate pain. Prolonged and proper use has profound healing effects for any injury. Formulas with similar properties are mentioned on the internet in many articles. They do not work nearly as well.

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Diet and Internal herbs

Cold foods, raw foods and processed sugar are really, really bad for the Spleen. Bu Zhong Yi Qi Wan is the traditional base formula administered to nourish the Spleen in the event body structures are “sagging” or out of place due to lack of nutrition being provided to the muscles. Modifications to this formula can be made by a knowledgeable herbalist to address the specific health needs of any individual. Increasing the daily intake of water assists in removing mineral deposits built up in the affected joints.

 

Orthotics

Arch Correction

What I’ve seen people purchase most often to provide temporary relief are cushions of various kinds, a myriad of “splinting” devices and arch supports. These devices may certainly help lessen pain between Asian Bodywork Therapy sessions and will contribute to the long term therapeutic effect; however, there is no amount of liniment, herbs or energy work that will support the weight of your body until your foot heals. You must have a structural support!

A pedorthist can determine if other deformities are prevalent and provide appropriate foot care advice.

“Certified Pedorthist” is the title of a specialist educated in the use of footwear and supportive devices to address conditions which affect the feet and lower limbs. They are trained in the assessment of lower limb anatomy and bio-mechanics, and the appropriate use of corrective footwear including shoes, shoe modifications, foot orthoticsand other pedorthic devices. There is absolutely no need to waste hundreds of dollars on ugly shoes and “off-the-shelf” orthotics. Many “off-the-shelf” orthotic products may suit your needs and your budget but, it’s best to have a professional make that determination. In the United States, there are a number of states requiring professional licensure. See the State Licensure Map.

Alternative Therapy for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder: The Asian Bodywork Connection

qua·le – [kwah-lee, kwey-lee] –noun, plural -li·a [-lee-uh] Philosophy. A sense-datum or feeling having a distinctive quality.

How can anyone adequately describe an experience of a personal nature unless the persons you’re speaking to have an adequate frame of reference with which to relate such an experience?

The symptoms of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) are a result of a traumatic experience as unique to any individual as the experience itself. Can any drugs or therapies “cure” someone of an experience?

PTSD cannot be categorized as specifically emotional or psychological. The nature of this imbalance is emotional, psychological and pathological. “Pathological” meaning changes occurring in the tissues or organs. Anyone can be susceptible to long term effects resulting from a traumatic experience. Even an infant can suffer a lifetime of physical and psychological effects caused by a single frightening event.

From the aspect of Traditional Chinese Medicine, pathological changes resulting in illness are due to imbalances in the collective function of the internal organs. These imbalances may manifest as any combination of emotional, psychological or physical ailments which vary from person to person according to their constitution (a conglomerate of inherent strengths and weaknesses).

According to Chinese Medicine the heart acts as an “Emperor” in a manner of speaking. The heart is responsible for coordinating the functions of all other internal organs (Ministers) and has a profound influence over the conscious and subconscious mind. Each organ has a unique association with specific emotions and bodily functions in addition to a distinct and balanced correlation with various facets contributory to the integrative aspects of a complete and healthy mind.

When one experiences sudden fright, the energy (Qi) allocated to the heart scatters. The resulting feeling of energy trying to return to the heart can best be described as a tingling sensation in the chest. Depending on one’s constitution (inherent strengths or weaknesses) the full amount of scattered energy may not return to the heart. As a result, the Emperor loses the ability to appropriately dictate to the Ministers. Hence, a Dominant Minister, as dictated by one’s constitution, will struggle to subjugate the other organs until the organ becomes depleted. The resulting turmoil as another Dominant Minister struggles to gain control perpetuates a continuous cycle of imbalance affecting all-inclusive aspects of the body. The resulting emotional changes vary to include overwhelming fear, anger, worry, sorrow and confusion. Continuous emotional and psychological turmoil often give rise to physical ailments such as heart problems, digestive disorders, skin disorders, migraines, immune system problems- even cancer.

The organs depicted in the diagram are Yin organs. Each has a mutually paired Yang organ directly influenced by any internal imbalances. Each organ pair has a distinctly related emotion.

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Heart         Small Intestine  (Joy)
Spleen           Stomach     (Worry)
Lung     Large Intestine (Sorrow)
Kidney                Bladder     (Fear)
Liver         Gall Bladder    (Anger)

Improvements to health conditions can be made by positively influencing emotional, psychological or physical aspects of the body. However, since one cannot directly touch the emotions or mind, the physical body is a sensible area to begin therapy.

Asian Bodywork Therapy can help safely restore proper order to the imbalances associated with PTSD and substantially compliments all other therapies. Any effective treatment plan should vary according to each individual’s specific needs at any given time. Chinese Medicine concedes that the body is constantly changing in accordance with outside stimuli. As such, an Asian Bodywork treatment will be different every time.

The definition of Asian Bodywork Therapy (ABT) as defined by the AOBTA (American Organization for Bodywork Therapies of Asia) is…

“…the treatment of the human body/mind/spirit, including the electromagnetic or energetic field which surrounds, infuses and brings that body to life, by using pressure and/or manipulation. Asian Bodywork is based upon Chinese Medical principles for assessing and evaluating the body’s energetic system. It uses traditional Asian techniques and treatment strategies to primarily affect and balance the energetic system for the purpose of treating the human body, emotions, mind, energy field and spirit for the promotion, maintenance and restoration of health.”

Advantages of ABT:

  • No drugs
  • Non invasive
  • Cost effective
  • Individualized therapy
  • Accurate holistic assessment/ therapy
  • Safe adjunct therapy
  • Self-help inclusive
  • Alleviates related ailments
  • No negative side-effects

* Logical comparisons cannot be made between Western medicine and Chinese medicine diagnoses and therapies. Terminology cannot be adequately equated and basic foundational theories are radically different.

How Chinese Herbs Work

In this day and age there are few, if any, texts providing adequate information about the function of Chinese herbs in terms the average person can comprehend. Quite simply, Chinese herbs work by providing the body with nutrients vital to the body’s natural healing processes; nutrients not found in many common food sources.  Over the course of several thousand years the Chinese have cultivated and refined the knowledge of which natural plants and minerals have specific effects on the body’s many functions. The practice of treating illness with dietary and herbal therapy has played a vital role in Chinese culture for many centuries and is an integral part of Traditional Chinese Medicine as a whole. Both an art and a science, Chinese Medicine dictates, logically, that an initial assessment be made to determine the area of functional and energetic imbalance related to the internal organs. Specific herbs or herbal combinations are then applied to correct this imbalance. Chinese herbal therapy is a safe, viable and cost effective alternative to pharmaceuticals.

Chinese herbal formulas have proven especially effective for:

Acne *  Allergies * Alzheimer’s *  Arthritis * Asthma *  ADD/ADHD *  Back Pain * Bleeding *  Bronchitis * Burns * Cancer *  Cholesterol * Celiac Disease * Colds/Flu * Constipation * Cough * Cysts * Diabetes * Depression * Detox * Diarrhea * Digestion * Eczema * Energy * Epilepsy * Erectile Dysfunction * Eye Problems * Fertility * Fibromyalgia * Fungus * Gall Stones * Hair Loss * Headache * Heart Problems * Herpes Hepatitis * Hemorrhoids * High Blood Pressure * Irritable Bowel * Infertility * Insomnia * Kidney Stones * Memory * Menopause * Morning Sickness * Muscle Pain * PMS * Prostate * Shingles * Skin Problems* Stress * Thyroid * Weight Loss * Yeast Infection

Problems Caused By Poorly Fitting Bras

                          

  • Fybromyalgia symptoms
  • Circulation problems
  • Digestive problems
  • Breathing difficulty
  • Shoulder pain
  • Neck pain
  • Migraines

In my practice I find it abundantly necessary to examine and manipulate the muscles and tissues of the back and other areas of the torso in order to establish good blood and Qi flow from the top of the body to the bottom. Time after time I encounter blockages of blood and Qi in the upper torso; often in the same places. For some time now I have been postulating about contributing factors to the location of these blockages and came up with one distinctly common factor… poorly fitting bras.

I have consulted with experts in fashion and women’s undergarments and found that the most beneficial information comes from sales associates at Soma Intimates.

  • More than 60% of women are wearing a bra that is of the incorrect size.
  • As many as 80% of women who wear bras are wearing them incorrectly or improperly adjusted.
  • Most women have never been properly measured or fitted for a bra.

After being educated by a Soma Intimates sales associate as to the attributes of a quality product, I asked myself why anyone would consider buying anything else. A properly fitting bra is just as important to health and well-being as having properly fitting shoes. By wearing improperly fitted garments and accessories you run the risk of injuring your body. Without the knowledge of proper fitting you may find yourself pondering the reasons for various aches, pains and, in some cases, disfigurement.

Upon close inspection I found that Soma Intimates bras differ from the run-of the-mill bra in almost every way… fit, fashion, construction, and materials.

Whether you have any of the above mentioned ailments or not, it would still be beneficial to be properly fitted and educated by a professional. This is important enough for health reasons that for my clients in the San Antonio area and in association with Sacred Healing Tree I have arranged for free custom fittings at:

Soma Intimates at Alamo Quarry Market

255 E. Basse Rd., San Antonio, TX 78209.

Phone: (210) 824-0239

Their experienced sales representatives will see that you are properly measured and fitted regardless of whether you decide to purchase their products or not.  Drop in or call to make an appointment. I think you’ll be amazed at what you’ll learn about your undergarments.