A review of studies by Australian researchers found that treating female infertility with Chinese Herbal Medicine can improve pregnancy rates two-fold within three to six months, when compared to the success rates of Western medical fertility therapies.
In 2018, a team of Portuguese researchers reviewed thirteen western based scientific studies on acupuncture.
This review was published in the journal Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice and concluded that
“Overall, there is good scientific evidence encouraging acupuncture therapy to treat anxiety disorders as it yields effective outcomes, with fewer side effects than conventional treatment".
And also that “Pharmacology and psychotherapy stand for the conventional treatment for anxiety disorders but these present limited efficacy, especially in the case of chronic anxiety, with high relapse rates and often causing adverse side effects. Clinical research studies render acupuncture as a valid treatment therapy for anxiety disorders without significant adverse effects”.
In the East, Chinese Medicine – herbs, acupuncture and QiGong have all been successfully used for thousands of years to combat anxiety, depression, mood swings, stress, irritability and psychological disorders. They have been widely used for these issues of the mind and emotions on hundreds of millions of people ...
For thousands and thousands of years, Chinese Medicine has seen that the power of the mind is an incredibly potent and powerful force. It has the ability, through the medium of suggestion and belief to make the body strong and healthy or to make it weak and sick.
Methods of mastering, manipulating and controlling the conscious and subconscious minds have been written into and practiced in Chinese Medicine since its’ formation; from Qi Gong to meditations to Shen Gong to the art of Feng Shui.
Mind work is one of the many great pillars supporting the foundation of Chinese Medicine.
One of the best ways to increase your physical and mental health is to simply train your mind into a state of positivity; in this state your internal reactions, such as the building and upkeep of cells are performed at peak and productive levels.
You could imagine that if you have the opposite, a negative depressed mind, your body will slump and feel tired. Everything from your concentration to your digestion will become sluggish. And even the reproduction of your cells will be less efficient, causing weaker cells to be created, which in turn will cause you to slump even further and lay the grounds for possible future illnesses.
To clearly see the power of the mind in action, all we have to do is look at the placebo and nocebo effect in western science …
In the simplest form, Qi means energy and Gong means work. Qi Gong is the art of cultivating energy.
It's primarily a set of exercises which have the aim to increase the amount of energy in the body, mind and spirit.
This energy powers up all living parts, enhancing their functioning. This increased energy will further help to process food and air more effectively to help create more blood and nutrients to nourish and protect our physical bodies and calm and stimulate our minds. It will help to preserve cells, slow down ageing and increase general health and well-being.
During menopause many women in Western countries experience negative symptoms; such as hot flushes, night sweats, anxiety, insomnia, vaginal dryness, poor concentration and memory, nausea, depression, mood swings, irritability, feelings of anger, loss of libido, urinary tract infections, dry skin and hair, thirst, brittle nails, and loss of bone density.
Surprisingly in China, most women do not endure these discomforting symptoms at all. In the West it is estimated that approximately 75% of women are affected, whereas in China it is a mere 10%. The reasons behind this are believed to be from differences in diet and from the use of Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicines.
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The Common Cold ...
Western Medicine sees colds very differently to the way Chinese Medicine does. They believe that colds are solely to do with exposure to bacteria and viruses.
Whereas Chinese Medicine believes that if a bug is really virulent, many people may succumb to it and become infected. But in most cases for ordinary bugs that create common colds, the internal strength of the body, in particular the energy, is far more important to prevent them. If your energy is very strong you may even be able to avoid getting them altogether.
Acupuncture has been used for thousands of years in China to effectively combat pain and to promote healing. It is now being used frequently in the West for the same purpose.
For the last 25 years Western scientific and medical studies have been carried out which are proving time and time again the efficacy of Acupuncture in the treatment of many types of painful conditions. Such as lower back pain, arthritis, nerve pain, knee problems, muscle strains, migraine headaches, menstrual pain, tennis elbow and a host of other issues.
Western and Chinese Medicines still have different understandings of how Acupuncture rids pain and promotes healing, but there is now a consensus from all around the entire world that it does do this quite effectively...
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There is archaeological evidence to show that the Chinese have been studying foods and herbs for well over three thousand years. During that time, they refined and perfected a great system.
It is entirely different to the Western way of counting calories and dividing our foods into groups of carbohydrates, proteins and fats. It is instead very practical and useful in altering states and conditions, and even in treating and resolving illnesses in your body.
Once you understand the Chinese method, you can start to see why there are many flaws in current Western nutritional theories ...
The Western approach is nearly always to break foods down into smaller and smaller isolated chemicals, which are then categorized into similar groups. When you do this many elements start to appear to have the same qualities. However on the bigger level, the problem with this is quite clear.
A few examples should illustrate it ...
In the fruit category, a lemon is very obviously different in comparison to a banana. Indeed if you were to eat four bananas your intestines would feel and react very differently to if you were to eat four lemons. The lemons would have most people’s insides tied up in knots.
Moxibustion is used in Chinese Medicine to help in turning breech babies to their best position for a natural birth.
Western scientific and medical studies have shown its use is effective in accomplishing this.
It can also be used for helping babies who aren’t in optimal positions to achieve them, such as babies who are in a posterior position. This will help to ensure as little medical intervention as possible during the birth.
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This article explains how certain types of foods can have an effect of immediate and also long term cooling in your body.
Knowing this can be very helpful in treating conditions and illness related to excessive heat in the body; and also avoiding problems created by the opposite, of having too much cold in your body.
(If you have been reading the other articles in this blog you will know why this is so important. If you haven't been reading them, then I suggest you start with this article ... The Art Of Balance )
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