Acupuncture: Acupuncture involves the placing of very thin, threadlike needles in points along the energy pathways of the body. This action unblocks stagnant energy (qi or chi, pronounced chee) and helps the body to rebalance itself. It promotes natural healing and strengthens immunity. Often patients feel an emotional release and a sense of peace. Most patients fall asleep on the treament table. In addition to body Acupuncture, Auricular (ear) Acupuncture is an effective, complete microsystem that our armed forces are now using on the battlefield. It is very popular in France and Germany. I was very fortunate to have one of the top U.S practioners, Tom Corbin, AP, as my teacher.
Cupping: Suction cups are used to move the blood and energy to soothe sore muscle, release tension, and to treat common cold congestion. Cupping can leave round red or purple marks for several days. It’s used most often on the back, so the marks are hidden.
Gua Sha: Gua Sha basically functions like cupping, but uses a small device that is gently rubbed over oiled skin. People who can’t even take massage, because it’s too painful, can handle Gua Sha. Gua sha releases qi and blood stagnation, and this relieves pain and stiffness. If blood is blocked, it allows the capillaries to release the trapped blood under the skin. This “sha” (petechiae) or “red sand,” as the Chinese call it, usually disappears within a few days. If just energy is blocked, there will be no sha. Gua Sha can also help coughs, wheezing, etc.
Some patients having amazing results after gua sha. Several have had pain disappear after having suffered for weeks, even months. One patient said it was the first real relief she had in 2 years after a major traumatic accident!
Moxibustion: The herb mugwart is burned above the skin to stimulate circulation, dispel cold, and promote healing.
Tui Na: Tui Na (twee na) is a type of bodywork or massage that involves kneading, pressing, rolling, shaking, and stretching of the body. It can be done the traditional way with a towel placed over a patient’s fully-clothed body or it can be done directly on the skin with oil. Tui Na regulates the flow of qi (vital energy) and can improve the function of tendons, bones, and joints by focusing on acupuncture points on the body’s energy pathways (meridians).
Herbs: I use Blue Poppy, Evergreen, and KPC herbal formulas because they are effective, thoroughly tested, and affordable for most of my patients.
“All Blue Poppy Formulas® are laboratory tested first in China, then sampled and retested in an FDA-approved lab in the United States to ensure freedom from heavy metals, microbial contamination, as well as pesticide residues. They have been legally imported into the United States under the strict supervision of the Food and Drug Administration and the U.S. Department of agriculture.”
Qigong: Qigong (or Chi Kung, pronounced chee gung) is an internal meditative practice that uses slow movements and controlled breathing techniques to promote the circulation of qi (chi, or bioelectric energy) in the body and enhance overall health.
One form of Qigong I teach, Zhan Zhuang (standing meditation), involves no external movements or controlled breathing, and yet, some call it the “million dollar secret” in martial arts. It is very effective for treating many conditions. It is a must if you suffer from neck and upper back pain and/or poor posture. My patients and I have experienced this ourselves. The internal energy generated relaxes muscle tightness and unblocks stagnant qi (chi).
The other forms I teach are Ba Duan Jin (8 Pieces of the Brocade), Tai Chi Qigong, and Organ Cleansing Qigong. My first teacher in 1989 was Duong Van Bang (also known as Charles Avery). He taught Tai Chi Qigong and Yang Style Tai Chi for free at dawn by the lake in Seminole Park. He taught for free, because he was so grateful that these arts allowed him to overcome a serious illness. My other main teacher was Professor Hsinpo Chen, a passionate proponent of Chinese culture and language at the Atlantic Institute of Oriental Medicine.
In addition to these teachers, I have exchanged knowledge with several other Qigong teachers and practitioners over the years. Also, I believe I have read most of the books by the leading Qigong teachers and writers who have written in English, and I recommend these authors to you: Master Lam Kam Chuen, B. K. Frantzis, Michael Winn, Ken Cohen, Mantak Chia, Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming, Wong Kiew Kit, Jou, Ju Tsung Hwa, Jan Diepersloot, Stuart Olson, Michael Lomax, (Francesco) Gary Garripoli, Roger Jahnke, Mark Johnson, Kosta Danaos, Dr. Stephen Chang, Daniel P. Reid, Zong Wu and Li Mao, Deng Ming-Dao, Glenn Morris, Paul Dong and Thomas Raffill, and Peter Meech.
It is well known in China that those doctors who practice Qigong have better results with their patients.
Tai Chi Chuan: I teach the Simplified-24-Movement Yang Short Form to one student at a time.
Food Therapy: “Let food be your medicine and medicine be your food.” (Hippocrates) Many of the famous Chinese doctors agree with him. Diet recommendations are made according to Chinese food therapy to rebalance the body