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Spiritual Weight Loss: 5 Ways to Rejuvenate Your Mind and Spirit so You Can Find More Joy

People carry weight for many different reasons, so identifying why you are struggling with a mental, spiritual, or physical burden can transform your life.

For example, Christmas should be a joyful family time, but for many people it’s anything but stress-free! By the time you’ve rushed from work to parties, bought presents, wrapped presents, agonised over how you’re going to deal with Aunt Mary and the rest of your dysfunctional relatives, consumed too much sugar, alcohol, and rich food, tidied the house, shopped, and planned your festive meal… you’re exhausted and it’s still not Christmas!  No wonder you’re noticing a bit of extra pudginess on your body!

Your mental, spiritual, and physical selves are closely intertwined and they all reflect your health, so here are a few tips to help you handle the holidays with more enjoyment and ease…

5 Ways to Release Your Mental, Physical, and Spiritual Burdens

   1. Take time to revisit your preoccupations and concerns and release them to the universe or a higher power or whatever works for you. Your internal anger, bitterness, resentment and fear are as toxic as any poison you could consume and they are responsible for all the drama in your life. The good news is that you can control what you hold onto and what you choose to release.

Maybe you need to write down all these things on a piece of paper then imagine yourself releasing each of them and moving forward. You may need to do this a few times for very old and deep hurts, but you’ll be amazed how much lighter and happier you feel and that lightness will show on your scales and in your mirror. (perhaps symbolically burn the paper afterwards) 

Or, with mindfulness, you can train your mind through observing it, rather than getting involved in the content of the thoughts. it’s like stepping back and witnessing your thoughts and feelings, without getting caught up in them.

   2. Free yourself from your perceived responsibility to others and focus on what you are called to do with your life. This isn’t about being selfish, it’s about being filled with joy that you can effortlessly pass onto others because it is the overflow of your inner feeling rather than an obligation manufactured out of a sense of duty.

That sense of duty can become a weight that you carry around in both your mind and body unconsciously, rather than a clean energy that transmits itself to others and brings life and joy to everyone around you.

   3. Love yourself and change the language you use when you talk to yourself. If you tune into the words you use when you talk to yourself, you may be shocked. Our brains are really good at focusing on negative stuff, regardless of our positive experiences. Most of us say things to ourselves that we would never say to any other person and that shows in our reactions and in our physical appearance (including our weight).

If you don’t love your body you simply won’t treat it right or provide it with the nutrition, exercise, rest, and care it deserves. Some common symptoms that spring from our negative self-talk are pain, shortness of breath, and lethargy. When you treat yourself with kindness and respect your health will improve.

   4. Be positive, joyful, and optimistic no matter what is going on around you. I know that circumstances can be tough, but when you practice looking for the ‘silver lining’ or the bright side of every situation it starts to come more naturally. Nobody but yourself controls the energy and perspective you bring to every situation and interaction, and even if you can’t control others’ behaviour you can control your own. Happiness comes from within.

As Viktor Frankl said of Auschwitz survivors: “For many, survival was a matter of choice of perspective… the last human freedom.

   5. Look for people who can help your specific condition. People carry weight for different reasons so identifying why you are struggling with a mental, spiritual, or physical burden can transform your results. Different interventions work for different body types and conditions… there really is no such thing as ‘one size fits all’. For example, acupuncture can be quite beneficial for some conditions.

So there it is… I can promise you that you that with a bit of spiritual weight loss will feel better and make a positive impact on more people if you follow these 5 simple tips and take control of your health and well-being.

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Gastrointestinal Motility Disorder

Gastrointestinal Motility Disorder

Electroacupuncture at LI11 acupoint promotes jejunal motility via the parasympathetic pathway

Background of this study:

Gastrointestinal Motility DisorderGastrointestinal motility disorder consists of multiple clinical symptoms and occurs in numerous diseases, including diarrhoea, constipation and irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).  Gastrointestinal motility disorders occur in many gastrointestinal and other systemic diseases. Current drug therapy is not particularly effective at controlling the symptoms, and people with the disorder require long-term drug therapy. This drug therapy increases patients’ economic burden and is associated with increased risks of possible drug side effects. Acupuncture has been reported to be an effective method of complementary and alternative medicine for the treatment of gastrointestinal motility disorders in numerous clinical studies.

Gastrointestinal motility disorder has been demonstrated to be regulated by acupuncture treatment. However, in contrast to other acupoints for regulating gastrointestinal motility, such as ST36 (Zusanli) and ST25 (Tianshu), more evidence from basic research regarding the use of LI11 in acupuncture is needed. LI11 (Quchi) is a useful acupoint on the arm that is often used to treat gastrointestinal diseases. 

The mechanisms underlying the effects of acupuncture stimulation of abdominal and lower limb acupoints on gastrointestinal motility have been thoroughly studied; however, the physiology underlying the effects of acupuncture on the forelimbs to mediate gastrointestinal motility requires further exploration. The aim of this study was to determine whether electroacupuncture at the LI11 (Quchi) acupoint promotes jejunal motility, whether the parasympathetic pathway participates in this effect, and if so, which somatic afferent nerve fibres are involved.

Methods of this study:

Electroacupuncture is a variant of manual acupuncture in which electrical stimulation is applied through needles. Owing to the ease of modulating its stimulation frequency and intensity, electroacupuncture is recognized as a quantifiable treatment and is widely used in clinical and experimental research. For this reason, we chose electroacupuncture as the stimulation method in this study.

Results of this study:

Electroacupuncture at the LI11 acupoint increased the contractile amplitude of jejunal motility in the majority of both rats and mice. However, electroacupuncture at LI11 did not enhance jejunal motility in rats administered atropine, rats that underwent vagotomy, and M2M3 −‍‍/− mice (at all intensities). In wild-type mice, electroacupuncture at LI11 significantly increased jejunal motility at all intensities except 1 mA, and a plateau was reached at intensities greater than 4 mA.

All experimental manipulations were undertaken in accordance with the Principles of Laboratory Animal Care and the Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals, published by the National Science Council, China.

Conclusion of this study:

Our results suggest that electroacupuncture at the LI11 acupoint promotes jejunal motility primarily by exciting the parasympathetic pathway, and that Aδ-fibres and C-fibres may play important roles in the process.

©  The Author(s). 2017

  • Xuanming Hu,
  • Mengqian Yuan,
  • Yin Yin,
  • Yidan Wang,
  • Yuqin Li,
  • Na Zhang,
  • Xueyi Sun,
  • Zhi Yu
  • Bin Xu

BMC Complementary and Alternative MedicineBMC series – open, inclusive and trusted 201717:329


©  The Author(s). 2017

  • Received: 21 October 2016
  • Accepted: 6 June 2017
  • Published: 21 June 2017
Prevention of Natural Cerebral Aging

Prevention of Natural Cerebral Aging

Change in the P300 index – a pilot randomised controlled trial of low-frequency electrical stimulation of acupuncture points in middle-aged men and women

Background of this study:Scientific Research Prevention of Natural Cerebral Aging

The P300 is a major index used to evaluate improvements in brain function. Although a few studies have reported evaluating the effectiveness of  manual acupuncture  or  electro-acupuncture  by monitoring the P300, research in this field is not yet very active. The aim of this study was to investigate the effects of periodic low-frequency electrical stimulation applied to BL62 and KI6 acupuncture points on brain activity by analysing the P300.

Method of this study:

The study was conducted as a randomized double-blind test of 55 subjects in their 50s, including 26 males and 29 females. Each subject received 12 sessions of stimulation over a one-month period. In each session, low-frequency electrical stimulation at an average of 24 μA and 2 Hz was applied to the acupuncture points BL62 and KI6, and event-related potentials were measured before the first session and after the last session of the electrical stimulation.

Results of this study:

The results of a chi-square test indicated that the double-blind test was conducted correctly. Compared to the Sham group, all the subjects in the Real stimulation group showed a tendency toward a decreasing P300 latency and increasing P300 amplitude after all 12 sessions of stimulation. In the women, the amplitude significantly increased at Fz, Fcz, Cz, Cpz, and Pz.

Conclusions of this study:

With this experiment, the low-frequency electrical stimulation of two acupuncture points (BL62 and K16) was confirmed to have a positive influence on the prevention of natural cerebral aging.

Trial registration

This study was registered at the Clinical Research Information Service (CRIS) of the National Research Institute of Health (https://cris.nih.go.kr/cris/search/search_result_st01_en.jsp?, Registration Number: KCT0001940). The date of registration was June 9, 2016.

©  The Author(s). 2017

  • Kwang-Ho Choi,
  • O Sang Kwon,
  • Seong Jin Cho,
  • Sanghun Lee,
  • Seok-Yun Kang and
  • Yeon Hee Ryu

BMC Complementary and Alternative MedicineBMC series – open, inclusive and trusted201717:246


©  The Author(s). 2017

  • Received: 24 November 2016
  • Accepted: 26 April 2017
  • Published: 3 May 2017


Qianggu Capsule for Primary Osteoporosis

Qianggu Capsule for Primary Osteoporosis

Chinese herbal medicine Qianggu Capsule for the treatment of primary osteoporosis: evidence from a Chinese patent medicine

Background of this study:Primary Osteoporosis Yu Ping Feng San for Allergic Rhinitis

Qianggu Capsule, a Chinese herbal patent medicine, has been widely applied in the clinical practice of primary osteoporosis in recent years. This study aims to summarise the effectiveness and safety of Qianggu Capsule in treating primary osteoporosis.

Methods of this study:

We searched seven electronic databases, all searches ended in 30 September, 2015. All randomised controlled trials comparing the efficacy of Chinese herbal medicine Qianggu Capsule treatment with no treatment, placebo or conventional therapy for primary osteoporosis were included. Combined therapies of Qianggu Capsule were also included. Cochrane risk of bias tool was used to assess methodological quality of primary studies.

Results of this study:

Ten trials were enrolled. However, the methodological quality of included studies was low. Constipation and dry mouth were the most common adverse drug reactions of Qianggu Capsule. Finally, the evidence level was evaluated to be low or very low.

Conclusions of this study:

The effect of for primary osteoporosis was supported in improving bone mineral density. Due to the methodological drawbacks of the included studies, the conclusions should be treated with caution for future research.

©  The Author(s). 2017

  • Xu Wei,
  • Aili Xu,
  • Hao Shen and
  • Yanming Xie

BMC Complementary and Alternative MedicineBMC series – open, inclusive and trusted201717:108


©  The Author(s). 2017

  • Received: 16 February 2016
  • Accepted: 2 February 2017
  • Published: 13 February 2017


Wet Cupping Therapy

Wet Cupping Therapy

Evaluation of Wet Cupping Therapy: Systematic Review of Randomized Clinical Trials.

Background for this Study:Cupping Therapy Wet Cupping Therapy

Wet cupping therapy is a widely used traditional therapy in many countries, which justifies a continuous scientific evaluation of its efficacy and safety.

 Objectives of this Study:

To perform a systematic review to critically evaluate and update the available evidence of wet cupping therapy in traditional and complementary medicine.

 Methods of this Study:

Ten electronic databases were searched from their inceptions to February 2016. Included studies were randomized clinical trials (RCTs) that evaluated wet cupping therapy against any type of control interventions in patients with any clinical condition, as well as healthy individuals. Cochrane risk of bias tool was used to appraise the included RCTs.

 Results of this Study:

Fourteen randomized clinical trials met the eligibility criteria. The included studies evaluated the following clinical conditions: nonspecific low back pain, hypertension, brachialgia, carpal tunnel syndrome, chronic neck pain, metabolic syndrome, migraine headaches, oxygen saturation in smokers with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and oral and genital ulcers due to Behçet disease.

Conclusions of this Study:

There is a promising evidence in favour of the use of wet cupping therapy for musculoskeletal pain – particularly for nonspecific low back pain, neck pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, and brachialgia. Better-quality trials are needed to generate solid evidence and firmly inform policy makers.

©  The Author(s)

  • Al Bedah AM
  • Khalil MK
  • Posadzki P
  • Sohaibani I
  • Aboushanab TS
  • AlQaed M
  • Ali GI

J Altern Complement Med. 2016 Oct;22(10):768-777. Epub 2016 Aug 24