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Asian Ginseng for Erectile Dysfunction and Menopause

Asian Ginseng for Erectile Dysfunction and Menopause

Asian Ginseng improves mental and physical performance; treating erectile dysfunction, hepatitis C, and symptoms related to menopause; and lowering blood glucose and controlling blood pressure. ...

Chinese Medicine to Allay Anxiety

Chinese Medicine to Allay Anxiety

By Shoshanna Katzman, MS, L.Ac., Dipl. Ac. & CHChinese medicine is an excellent treatment for anxiety, a condition that is highly common as a result of today’s fast-paced, high-pressure society. According to Chinese medicine, anxiety is derived from a disharmony within either one or a combination of the heart, kidney, spleen and liver organ systems. Chinese medicine treatments such as acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine, combined with the exercises of qigong or tai chi are excellent options for restoring balance, peace, and harmony when anxiety has become an issue.These treatment approaches are appropriately directed to rebalance the energetics of the particular organ systems involved to restore calm and balance to the body, mind, and spirit. In general, they work by an opening flow of qi...

Inner Wisdom & Clarity through Chinese Exercise

Inner Wisdom and Clarity through Chinese Exercise

By Shoshanna Katzman, MS, L.Ac., Dipl. Ac & CH Qigong and tai chi are Chinese exercises traditionally practiced for physical fitness, increased energy, and health and wellbeing. However, they are also powerful exercises for development of mental power and inner wisdom leading to increased focus, clarity, self-confidence, inner knowingness, and emotional stability. These qualities exist within each individual but to varying degrees. The first step toward strengthening them is to recognize one’s personal capacity for such development. The second step is to begin to practice the gentle, flowing movements of qigong or tai chi with care and purpose. How to Begin It is best to begin slowly with one or two exercises, and then progressively add more when comfortable. Development of mental clarity and inner wisdom comes through...

Chinese Medicine: Yin Yang Balancing Act

Chinese Medicine: Yin Yang Balancing Act

By Shoshanna Katzman, MS, L.Ac., Dipl. Ac & CH The metaphysical definition of balance is “a desirable point between two or more opposite forces which minimizes the negatives of both. “ When applied to Chinese Medicine, this definition relates to the state of being achieved through the balancing of two complementary, yet opposing forces of yin and yang. When the creation of a desirable middle point is established between yin and yang, it leads to a vibrant flow of vital energy commonly known as qi. As this flow strengthens over time it leads to an individual’s positional shift along the yin/yang continuum that positively affects one’s life existence, interaction, and function. This is precisely how Chinese medicine works with the energies of the body to affect...

Chinese Medicine: A Foundation for Health

Chinese Medicine: A Foundation for Health

By Shoshanna Katzman, MS, Dipl., L.Ac. & CH Chinese medicine is an ancient system of medical wisdom and clinical tradition developed approximately 4,000 years ago to restore health and wellbeing. Over 15 million Americans have turned to it as a form of alternative/complementary medicine. Its main premise is that illness arises when the cyclical flow of qi becomes unbalanced, blocked, or depleted. Within this paradigm, quality of health depends on how and where this energy flows. Its primary goal is to adjust and balance the energetic system to establish and maintain a free flow of qi (vital energy) throughout the body, thus working to address physical symptoms. This state of free flowing energy promotes blood flow, which transports nourishment to the vital organs, glands, and tissues....

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Cupping Therapy – Is it Safe?

[embed]https://youtu.be/U6r5MHKFZKE[/embed] How It Works According to Jennifer Dubowsky, a licensed acupuncturist and cupping practitioner, the purpose of cupping is “to enhance circulation, help relieve pain, remove heat and pull out the toxins that linger in your body’s tissues.” (11)Cupping involves the use of cups applied to a patient’s back in a series of positions in order to produce suction. The vacuum effect targets areas of skin and deep tissue within the back, which is beneficial for dulling pain, breaking up deep scar tissue, and relaxing tender muscles or connective tissue. In this way, cupping is almost like the opposite of getting a massage since instead of applying pressure to swollen areas, it draws pressure out. For this reason, cupping is often done in patients who experience chronic lower...

Traditional Chinese Medicine and Weight Loss: 7 Ways to Lose Weight

Traditional Chinese Medicine and Weight Loss: 7 Ways to Lose Weight

Weight for Chinese Medicine By Shoshanna Katzman, MS, L.Ac, Dipl. Ac & CHChinese medicine can be of help to the millions of Americans struggling with their weight, due to how it identifies and rectifies the deeper underlying root causes of this important issue. Regardless of whether it is a matter of excessive or deficient weight, Chinese medicine works to bring the body back into balance. It establishes healing from “the inside out,” while forging a solid connection between the mind and body. As a holistic approach to weight management, Chinese medicine activates the energetics of the stomach, spleen, liver, kidney, heart, large intestine, and small intestine organ systems.It provides a multifaceted approach that addresses the body, mind, emotions, energetic and spiritual components of an individual....

Chinese Medicine and Power of a Happy Heart

Chinese Medicine and Power of a Happy Heart

By Shoshanna Katzman, MS, L.Ac., Dipl. Ac. & CH According to Five Element Theory, joy is the positive emotion of the heart, whereas sadness or lack of joy is negative. Experiencing joy in daily life is nourishing to the heart as well as a state of being that is highly desirable on many levels. Such joy is exemplified by a forward-arched chest, spring in one’s step, and ease with laughter combined with kind, loving interaction with self and others. Its attainment is derived through establishing balanced energy within the heart organ system, the cornerstone of Chinese medicine treatments directed toward heart health and emotional balance. Chinese medicine Chinese medicine teaches that the heart stores the Shen, also known as spirit. Shen health leads to clear consciousness, intention,...