The marvellous thing about Traditional Chinese Medicine is that it includes many different modalities, such as acupuncture, moxibustion, cupping, gua sha and massage. This gives the flexibility to provide a customised treatment plan that best suits each individual, and which can evolve based on your specific needs.
Christine was visiting the clinic for neck and foot problems. Her practitioner was providing a combination treatment with both massage and acupuncture. Although Christine responded well to the massage and relaxed easily into the treatment, she seemed to be less comfortable with the acupuncture and was not getting the anticipated results.
So the suggestion was made to use moxibustion (moxa) instead of acupuncture. This involved the skilful use of a moxa stick above and around the affected areas, and also the related pressure points. The result was that Christine relaxed quickly into the moxibustion treatment and was able to receive the full benefit of the treatment.
At Bing’s Natural Health we focus on YOU, rather than just administering a treatment. We look at the whole person – including your past, present and body type. Finding the appropriate modality for each client is the essence of our practice. Talk to your practitioner about the most appropriate modality for you.
Traditional Chinese Medicine works quickly to relieve earache and eczema in children, which are conditions that make the whole family miserable.
At 9 months Jeff’s eczema was itchy and red and was all over his body, especially in the creases. His parents had already tried modifying his diet and removing potential allergens, but it hadn’t helped much.
At first he didn’t like the herbal tincture, but once he got used to it his rash cleared quickly and within 3 weeks had virtually disappeared. He (and his family) were able to sleep better, and so everyone’s mood improved.
Tiny Anna’s recurrent ear infections made her miserable, and her mother was not only worried, but was also worn out as a result of sleepless nights. She’d had several rounds of antibiotics, but they only gave her intermittent relief.
Her parents were looking for another solution so they talked to us about their options. We used local laser acupuncture around Anna’s ears, as well as general energy points, and mixed up a special tincture.
After the first treatment her fever went away and her mood improved. After 2 more treatments the infection cleared and we continued with acupuncture and healing remedies to boost her immune system.
Children respond incredibly quickly to treatment. This is probably because their energy hasn’t been blocked by the stresses of life and years of bad habits. Keeping those energy channels unblocked will help your child experience better health and greater happiness so don’t wait until they are sick. Children and Traditional Chinese Medicine are a great combination.
Acupuncture and Children: As you know we use acupuncture to treat many problems because it unblocks your energy and allows your body to heal itself.
There are some important differences between treating children and adults with acupuncture. The main thing you’ll notice is that we don’t leave the needles in the skin. We simply touch the point and then remove the needle. This is effective because a child’s energy is usually easily stimulated.
Laser Acupuncture: Although traditional acupuncture with needles is the best choice for adults (even those who don’t like needles are surprised when they try it and find it is painless), laser acupuncture is just as effective as regular acupuncture in children so we often use this instead.
Other Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) Treatments for Children: We have herbal tinctures and granules specially formulated for children, so if you are thinking of your own herbal formulas, don’t worry. Our children’s formulas have a slightly sweet taste and most children get used to it quickly.
What Conditions Can TCM Be Used for in Children? Apart from using TCM to maintain your child’s general health and protect their immune system, TCM is very powerful for relieving chronic eczema and earache – two very common problems which make children (and their parents) miserable!
I love seeing the wide smile from my patients after just one or two treatments, and hearing reports from their parents about the changes in their mood and behaviour.
Cupping benefits include relieving long-term muscle tension and releasing toxins from your body. Some people do get marks (even bruises), others don’t. The marks are often a sign that toxins have been drawn into the blood-stream where they can be dispersed.
What is Cupping? If you haven’t yet experienced cupping, you might like to talk to your practitioner about trying it. Glass cups are heated and applied to your skin where they create a vacuum that softens tight muscles and draws toxins to the surface.
What are the Benefits of using Cupping? Cupping is great for speeding the cycle of infections and viruses so that they pass quicker, and can even be used at the outset (with a dermal hammer) to relieve shingles and shorten the duration of an attack.
Regular cupping or sliding cupping (oil is rubbed into the skin so that the cup slides easily) are a fantastic preparation for acupuncture or massage. By softening the muscles and releasing the energy flow in advance, your massage or acupuncture will be even more effective.
What Does Cupping Feel Like? Many clients say that cupping feels weird the first time, but then they ask for it again. It’s an odd thing, but while many people love it, and a few just endure it, no-one hates it (yet!)
Further reading about Cupping Benefits:
Cupping therapy is also useful for neck, shoulder and back pain, arthritis, strains and sprains, musculoskeletal problems, general muscle imbalances and tightness and much more. To read more about how Cupping Therapy can help you, simply click on this Cupping Therapy link.
Click this link to see a great photo of Cupping’s Olympic Moment
It’s Easter, and we usually visit Wayne’s Dad on the farm at Easter. I love the space, the simplicity, the physical work, and the animals, as well as spending time with Wayne’s father, but this year, Wayne is going without me, and I’m going to China.
Why is that? My sister’s cancer, which was in remission, is active again and I want to spend time with her.
“But what does that have to do with mindfulness?” you wonder. Like Chinese medicine and acupuncture, mindfulness is a very powerful tool for balancing energy.
Which leads to the real challenge: practicing mindfulness can be very hard! Especially when you are struggling with emotions and stress (which most of us are). The biggest challenge for many of us is to change or adopt new habits. Even if we know that these habits will make us much happier and healthier, it is likely that we just don’t do them, because often is just so much easier and more comfortable to stay with the familiar.
We tend to be in our heads a lot, thinking and worrying about the past or the future – the mind racing. Mindfulness is the art of coming back to what’s here, right now. Paying attention to the present moment with intention, openness and curiosity, and without judgement – with the positionality that there is no good and there is no bad – it all just is. We notice what is here, without being so reactive to what’s happening. It is a willingness to accept what is. It is a way to filter out distractions from your environment – and from your brain, and is certainly helpful for letting intuition come through.
David R. Hawkins, M.D.,Ph.D. says that mindfulness means being willing to put forth the energy to be watchful of ourselves and know when we are off course. Mindfulness is the inner honesty to take a personal inventory. It is the willingness to spot our defects of character and admit our shortcomings. It takes some effort to be watchful of ourselves and see some areas where we could improve. We don’t ignore our shortcomings, or make a big deal out of them, or go into a guilt spasm – we just notice and acknowledge them. (because guilt is a self indulgence and is narcissistic – so don’t waller in it) Mindfulness is taking responsibility for our own consciousness.
In the workplace, this means being fully present to the task at hand, and not thinking about a difficult boss, losing your job, what is piled up in the inbox, or what might appear there in the future. Sit quietly for a few minutes, and simply breathe in and out, focused on nothing but the breath – eliminate all other thoughts and just let calm return to the present. It is the energy of being aware of what is really happening in the present and of refocusing on your work and its purpose. In the daily work routine this can also mean increasing creativity, being more productive and less stressed.
Your emotions play an enormous part in your overall health and well-being, but we are taught to control and suppress them. Obviously we need to put our emotions aside to do our work and comfort others, but with mindfulness, we also need to set aside time to acknowledge them in ourselves, if we want to be truly healthy and able to serve others. Mindfulness and acupuncture work together to accomplish this by unblocking energy channels and helping us to acknowledge what we are feeling.
Mindfulness can have significant benefits for many chronic pain sufferers and research shows that practicing mindfulness results in positive changes in the brain. It can be time well spent for chronic pain sufferers to manage their pain and wellbeing through mindfulness. This is about helping people to understand that healing comes from inside, and giving people the strategies and the tools to find their own way.
The biggest challenge without a doubt is to keep up this peaceful practice. Everyone can see the enormous potential in practicing mindfulness and yet they find it hard to maintain this healthy change and deepen it. One of the problems is that other things keep grabbing our attention and become more important, such as getting things done, instant gratification, reacting, stressing, being driven by outcomes, pushing forward in our lives, towards what we think(and hope) will be and feel better – lots of “doing” rather than “being”. This is when we actually need more mindfulness, but are less likely to do it. Unfortunately some people only come back to mindfulness after accumulating a lot of intense pain in their lives, so that they can get the relief and benefits of inner peace, calm and wisdom, which are genuine longer term investments. They realise that the way that they have been living causes them pain and they no longer want that, and so they make the necessary changes. That is, they interrupt their “doingness” for more “beingness”. Once your intention is clear, remind yourself that change happens in small steps, one little step at a time. If you stop taking the steps, don’t berate yourself – instead be curious and kind to yourself, and investigate what happened, and how you can best get back onto the healthier stepping stones again.
Mindfulness in the clinic
We are working on a research project with researcher Elli Ioannou to enhance your treatment results at the clinic, and if you have visited us recently, you may have been asked to provide feedback on the video on the TV screen in the waiting room.
You may have been surprised to see a TV there and wondered whether we would be screening the news, or educational video footage. Instead you saw videos of nature without sound. We hope that you were mindful of this.
In the midst of our busy, screen-filled lives, even artificial reminders of the beauty, tranquillity, and detail of the natural world help us to achieve greater mindfulness, and that helps you to gain more benefits from your treatment and get better treatment results.
We know that when you come into the treatment room in a relaxed and mindful state your treatment is more beneficial. We also know how hard it is to let go of the pressures and invasions of the world, especially while you are checking your phone and responding to urgent messages. We hope that the natural images you see will help you set that aside, and see your time in the waiting room as an extension of your treatment because we all need to be more mindful.
. . . more about Elli Ioannou – Photo Media
If you spend time in waiting rooms – doctors, dentists, etc you’ll notice that there is often a TV showing the news, or other general programming, or possibly a video looping through an educational programme about the discipline.
If there is no TV, waiting patients are usually flicking through emails or social media on their phones, or reading out-of-date magazines. A couple of years ago, Elli spent a lot of time in medical waiting rooms and it occurred to her that these activities either countered the treatment she was receiving, or didn’t help prepare for it.
Elli was trying to practice mindfulness to accelerate the healing process, and none of the waiting rooms really helped her achieve this goal, so she decided to use her video and media skills to change things. “I’m hoping to launch a full-scale research project on the power of this video to affect patient outcomes in the future, but at present I’m looking for health practitioners who would like to provide waiting patients with a more mindful experience”.
If you know of any practitioners who would like to learn more, I’d love them to email me: [email protected] to discuss setting up a trial.
Getting better treatment results
Replenishing your energy
Looking after your Qi Energy
“Watching the grass wave in the wind transported me to another place and rested my mind.”