Posts tagged ‘TCM’

August 29, 2013

Meridians Are Proven Physical Pathways

I have been in so many car accidents (and no I wasn’t the one driving) I probably wouldn’t be walking if it wasn’t for yoga, shiatsu massage and acupuncture.
If you have read my blog on comparing natural health therapies you know that Shiatsu is a part of Traditional Chinese Medicine
The body has several energy systems mapped by ancient sages that are recognized in cultures from around the world.

Shiatsu is an ancient massage therapy that has a lot of empirical and documented evidence. Massage therapies have been proven to give benefits to many ailments. The lymphatic system in our body can only be moved by exercise, stretching or massage, so massage is important for people that don’t get exercise for whatever reason.

Shiatsu is acupressure, which uses the hands instead of the needles of acupuncture to follow the same meridian energy pathways.

The meridian system is like an “energy bloodstream” and the pressure points or “hot spots” are tiny reservoirs of electromagnetic energy. Science states that everything is made up of energy including us.

The body is electromagnetic in nature. The heart system runs on an electric current system. The body is magnetic, just like the magnetic properties shown in animals to help navigate, migrate and connect with the earth.
These electromagnetic points are stimulated with hands, fingers, elbows or needles to release and balance the flow of energy, while giving the immune system a boost. The immune reaction induces self-healing mechanisms, while relieving congestion and blocks that cause pain.

The meridians are really one long energy highway that moves through the twelve organ systems, and have now been detected by modern technology.

Recent CT scans show acupuncture points just like ancient maps show.
Radioactive isotopes have been injected in acupuncture points that show threadlike tubules 0.5-1.5 microns in diameter and matched ancient meridian maps.
These meridian transmissions of light have also shown up in infrared photography as “hot spots” that match the acupuncture points on the meridians.

There are two other meridians that zip up the centre line of the body, front and back. They open more out to the environment than the deeper running meridians that travel through muscle and organ groups. The organ/ meridian systems are paired in the Philosophy of the Chinese Five Elements to show the dynamic connected relationships in the body.

I find all massage techniques really beneficial along with the healing power of touch. While other massages are mostly skin contact, shiatsu is done through a sheet or in comfortable fitting clothes if you prefer not to have skin on skin contact.

To balance your meridians you can learn to trace your own meridians and hold, tap and massage pressure points or get an acupuncture or acupressure shiatsu massage.

I wish you much healing on your journey.

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    New CT scans reveal acupuncture points

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    October 25, 2011

    Comparing Various Natural Health Therapies

    Descriptions of Natural Therapies and


    Herbalists are usually trained to identify and collect plants and may use plants in a variety of ways including: for first aid and medicine in the form of poultices, compresses, salves, teas, tinctures, and so forth.

    Herbalists strictly use herbs and usually make their own herbal tinctures/extracts and other plant medicinal preparations like teas, salves and poultices. Tincture/extracts are herbs that have been macerated in a mixture of alcohol and water and then strained. The tincture is not diluted
    further and all of the active chemical constituents of the plant are left in the liquid. Glycerin may also be used to tincture if alcohol is not desirable.

    Herbalists may prescribe further nutritional diet, vitamin/mineral supplementation, but liquid forms of consumption are preferred over pills because they absorb better depending on the condition.

    Herbalists do not give needle injections or use animal parts for medicine. Traditional Chinese Medicine herbalists and other cultural herbal modalities may use animal products and minerals, but many herbalists tend to stick to vegetable matter only.


    Aromatherapy is a natural therapy that uses essential oils. Essential oils are aromatic water-insoluble oily liquids that are derived from single botanical sources including herbs, seeds, fruit
    peels, berries, roots, resins, wood and branches. They are extracted using a
    variety of methods, the primary extraction method being steam distillation. In
    this method steam is driven through the plant material and condensed until the
    water, also known as a hydrosol, is separated from the oil soluble parts.

    The origins of aromatherapy date back centuries. The use of plants and herbs is the
    oldest method of healing disease, alleviating pain and beautifying the body.

    The main difference between Aromatherapists and Aromatologists is that Aromatherapists are taught how to apply essential oils in massage applications, aromatologists tend to focus on making products.

    TCM- Traditional Chinese Medicine

    Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) has the oldest records of plant medicines, which is no surprise considering paper was invented in the Orient. Shen Nong’s Herbal Classic is a 2000-year old book that has the earliest Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) documentation about plant medicine. TCM has developed over thousands of years and incorporates the use of plants, minerals and animals for medicinal purposes.

    All herbs are usually used dried and some are made into powders, and are prescribed as teas. Acupuncture, acupressure, tuina massage and wuxing (the five elements) are also a part of the energetic philosophy of TCM. Acupuncture and acupressure work with the meridian energy system. Acupuncture uses needles, and acupressure is performed by touching with the hands along the meridian pathways in the body. Tuina is a form of massage that encompasses pressure points and all are based on the philosophy of the five elements, which is a model that serves as a diagnostic tool.


    Homeopathy is a relatively new natural therapy. It was invented in 1796 by a German physician named Samuel Hahnemann. It uses minerals and plants that are highly diluted and shaken, in a
    process called succession and dilution. The water that the plant or mineral is macerated in is diluted over and over again until there is only a trace amount left in the liquid water. The liquid is then dropped onto small sugar and lactose pills and consumed orally. Homeopathy follows the philosophy of the principles that “like will cure like,” meaning that if a plant can cause a
    fever then if you have a fever it will cure the fever.

    Although there has been a lot of controversy over homeopathy and whether there are enough active ingredients in the pills to make it work. There is still controversy about if water contains memory, but there is an imprint of the remedy even though it is in very small amounts.

    his is vibrational medicine that works on an energetic level.
    More research does need to be done into the placebo effect.

    Flower Essences

    Flower essences work on the same principle as homeopathy although liquid is used instead of sugar lactose pills.

    The Bach Flower remedies are the most popular flower essences, named for Edward Bach. He placed flowers in a bowl of water with a small amount of brandy in it, and let it sit in the sun and then strained the liquid for use with emotional disturbances such as shock. The essences are not diluted as much as the homeopathy pills but are diluted more than herbal liquid tinctures/extracts.


    Naturopaths can encompass a wide range of services. They incorporate a TCM approach and may use acupuncture or may do chiropractic work. Naturopaths prescribe a lot of nutritional vitamin and mineral pill supplementation and may give vitamin needle injections.

    Naturopaths usually sell their own herbal pills and vitamin pill supplements, or will send you to buy
    your own herbs to make tea. Some Naturopaths will send you to an herbalist to
    get an herbal formula or will buy tinctures from an herbalist.

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