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• Meridian System
•Yin & Yang
Yin & Yang
...are the principles used in Traditional Chinese Medicine to explain
human physiological functions and pathological changes.
Yin and yang express a system of relationships, patterns and functions
with regard to a dynamic equilibrium.
Yin is the feminine and Yang is the masculine assertive side of nature.
Yin signifies female attributes, such as passivity, darkness, cold, and
moistness. Yang signifies male attributes such as light, activity, warmth,
Yin and Yang are opposing forces, that are harmonious when properly balanced.
Nothing in our world is solely either yin or yang. Everything has some
internal, negative, quiet, or cold (yin) aspect while also possessing
an external, positive, active, or hot (yang) aspect.
Also, these two attributes of one's being continually interchange and
complement one another. When the yin and yang are in balance there is
harmony in the individual with a healthy state of body, mind, and spirit.
Any upset in the balance will result in sickness or disease in human beings.
Chinese medicine the body is perceived as a possessing a finite sum of
yin and yang. When one's yin or negative energy decreases, one's yang
or positive energy increases.
TCM practitioners work to achieve balance of these two forces by using
acupuncture, acupressure, and herbal medicine.
Forexample, when one is depressed, the force of yin is greater than that
of yang. So the doctor would concentrate his or her efforts on enhancing
the patient's yang.
If the reverse situation were true (yang forces overshadow those of yin),
then the TCM practitioner would advocate nourishment of yin with herbs
and food, acupuncture, acupressure, and other natural means.
...is the word used for the flow of the body's energy.
It is the energetic force that activates, enlivens and animates the body.
Qi is received from the heavens, inherited from our parents and absorbed
from the food and water we take. Qi is also absorbed through specialized
points in the skin known as acupuncture points.
The acupuncture points exist along meridians that serve as circulatory
pathways within the body connecting qi energy to specific organ systems
and external surface.
Chinese medicine modifies the flow of qi through the insertion of acupuncture
needles at particular points of the body or through administering herbs
pertaining to one or more of the meridians or organs.
The chief functions of qi are to nourish, protect, and warm the organism.
Hence, the function of various organs is expressed in terms of qi. For
instance, if one's heart qi is inadequate, then the person will probably
suffer from heart problems if the condition exists over a long period
energetic currents of qi can even be detected with special frequency devices
that are alerted when energy is concentrated in one part of the body or
if it is deficient in another area.
Furthermore, qi works in the same manner as yin and yang in that if it
is excessive or scare in a part of the body, then that particular region
is prone to illness.
On the other hand, qi, unlike yin and yang, can become blocked and the
stagnation of energy will also cause discomfort.
... is the essence of the living body as it oversees the transformation
of a being from a fertilized egg, embryo, fetus, infant, child, adolescent,
and finally into an adult.
Jing consists of matter within the nervous system, bone marrow, and reproductive
substance such as hormones. Thus, it also governs our ability to reproduce.
Since Jing is not as easily generated as other bodily fluids, it must
be preserved. In fact, according to TCM, Jing conservation is intricately
related to longevity and the anti-aging process.
Jing disorders are often severe problems involving growth and development,
inherited disorders, and infertility.
The Meridian System...
... is made up of the channels on the body surface that qi or energy travels
These channels called "meridians" run through the body and nourish
the tissues. They form a network and link the tissues and organs into
an organic whole.
The Meridian System is an interconnection of pathways for qi and blood
flow between the circulatory, nervous, and lymphatic systems.
Its apparent manifestations are similar to that of the nervous system.
However, the meridian system is far more complex as it transports both
basic circulatory substances such as blood and less tangible substances
such as qi energy.
Acupuncture points are places along the Meridians that give access to
energy streams. The meridians act to circulate Qi and blood throughout
the body, protecting and nourishing the appropriate meridians to restore
the body's harmony.
For some especially sensitive people, their meridian systems can even
be detected with x-rays.
constantly flows up and down these pathways. When pathways become obstructed,
deficient, excessive, or just unbalanced, the qi that runs through the
meridians is like a dam that backs up the flow in one part of the body
and restricts the flow in other parts.
This causes illness, as yin and yang are thrown out of balance. Chinese
medicine restores the balance of yin and yang in the body by manipulating
the qi in the body along the Meridian system.
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For some facelift customers, a bunch of tiny needles beats one big one filled
By Charlie Neibergall, AP
Forget the knife and syringe. The tool of choice for a growing
number of wrinkle-phobes is a needle — scores of them.
Cosmetic acupuncture practitioners and patients swear by the results:
Foreheads are smoothed, tummies tucked, breasts lifted and double chins
become single once again. And as tales of botched Botox injections spread
— the lawsuit filed by a sickened Beverly Hills socialite; at least
four Botox recipients now seriously ill with botulism — acupuncturists
say their non-toxic technique is proving ever more alluring.
"A lot of women are just afraid," says Martha Lucas, who says
the number seeking treatment has quadrupled since she opened her Denver
practice three years ago. (Lucas guesses that the number going under the
needle nationally constitutes a "small fraction" of the more
than 128,000 Americans who, according to the American Society of Plastic
Surgeons, had face lifts in 2003.) "They don't want to take the chance
they're going to come out not only with an ice bag on but with some potentially
more serious side effect."
And there's the argument that cosmetic acupuncture, like traditional
acupuncture, takes a holistic approach to treatment, so not only do eyebrows
unfurrow, but "you feel better overall," says Christine Kleinschmidt,
who practices in St. Louis. "You're sleeping better, you've got more
energy and better digestion. ... It's not just skin-deep."
Physicians find the fountain-of-youth claims far-fetched. "To be
fair, most people look better after a good night's sleep, after a vacation
or after being outside in fresh air, so I'm not saying there can't be
some benefit," says ASPS president Scott Spear. But "I personally
have not seen any evidence that cosmetic acupuncture has any significant
or long-term benefits."
Lucas' protocol of 10 treatments over five weeks goes for $1,200, less
than one-quarter of the cost of the average face lift, although the results,
which Lucas says last three to five years, are far from permanent. Each
session takes 45 to 60 minutes and involves 60 to 70 needles. Kleinschmidt
charges $1,800 for a typical course of 12 treatments, not including monthly
or bimonthly maintenance sessions.
MaryAgnes Klock calls Lucas a "miracle worker." The Dallas
resident says her jowls are gone, her eyelids aren't drooping, and she
has dropped 35 pounds. Klock, who works in sales, won't divulge her age,
but she will say that the other day someone guessed she was 40.
Acupuncturists say that while business is busy for weddings and holidays,
the future lies in preventive procedures.
"I wish I'd known," Klock says. "I would have had it done
in my 30s."
Barbara Ashton 604.805.5869
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