TCM Cupping Therapy
Traditional Chinese Medicine is rooted in the ancient philosophy of Taoism and dates back more than 2,500 years. TCM is better known for the use of herbs, acupuncture/moxibustion, massage therapy, TuiNa and Tai Chi to treat and even prevent illness. Although Cupping is a lesser-known treatment it is a big part of Oriental Medicine. Cupping is a term applied to a technique that uses small glass cups or bamboo jars as suction devices that are placed on the skin. Once suction has been established, the cups either sit stationary over a particular point, such as the Shu Points, along the back or may be gently glided along the skin. The suction of the cups causes the skin and superficial muscle layer to be lightly drawn upward. Cupping is much like the inverse of massage, rather than applying pressure to a muscle, it uses gentle suction to pull the muscle and surrounding tissue upward. Generally, cupping is combined with acupuncture in one treatment, but it can also be used alone. The suction and negative pressure provided by cupping can encourage blood flow and promote healing. In addition it will help break adhesions between the skin and underlying connective tissue, allowing for freer moving joints and looser muscles.
§ Blood disorders such as anemia & hemophilia
§ Rheumatic diseases such as arthritis & fibromyalgia
§ Fertility and gynecological disorders
§ Skin problems such as eczema & acne
§ High blood pressure (hypertension)
§ Anxiety and depression
§ Bronchial congestion caused by allergies or asthma
§ Varicose veins
While cupping is considered reasonably safe especially air cupping, which does not include the risks involved with fire. There are still things to consider before using cupping therapy. Patients with inflamed skin, cases of high fever or patients who bleed easily are not suitable candidates for cupping. In addition pregnant women should not have cupping on their stomach or lower back. And if you are moving the cup along someone’s skin it should not cross any bony areas such as the ridges of the spine or the shoulder blades. The bruises that appear are a result of the skin being drawn up into the cup where the blood vessels at the surface of the skin expand; leaving circular marks anywhere a cup was applied. These bruises however are usually painless and disappear within a few days of the treatment. Leaving the clients body feeling looser, detoxed and well on their way to healing.
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Massage for High Blood Pressure
By K McCarty, Student
Benefits of massage include reducing hypertension and lowering blood pressure.
Symptoms: Most people do not notice problems with their blood pressure. Numbness, headache, and stiff neck, hands, and feet are common signs.
It is possible that blood pressure can increase due to tension. It is necessary to warm up before therapeutic massages by massaging softly first. Avoid applying intense pressure.
Vascular massage is a way to help to lower blood pressure.
For example, a 15 minute vascular massage would look like the following:
Arms: Using the whole palm, twist the forearm between the wrist and shoulder.
Legs: Twist the legs from the toes to the thighs in the same manner in which the fingers and arms are massaged.
Head: Use the palm of the hand and massage in a circular motion, between the forehead and the temple.
Step by Step Instructions for Doing an EnemaBy Becky Makool, guest blogger
WHAT IS AN ENEMA?
An enema is the injection of a large amount of liquid into the rectum to flush out and cleanse the colon.
Here are a couple great resources to check out before you try your first enema:
" How to Do an Enema Safely from Home (Kimberly Davidson)
" Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Giving Yourself an Enema and Were Afraid to Ask
WHEN TO DO AN ENEMA
" When you have privacy and time to relax without distractions
" Preferably anytime after you have emptied your bowels that day
- A hot water bottle kit from Walgreens or any large pharmacy (costs less than $20)
- Hot water bottle
- Rubber hose P Plug P Hook P Shut-off clamp
- Nozzle (enema pipe or rectal tip)
- Organic coffee or tea or another recommended product (organic Chamomile tea works great)
- A gallon of distilled water
- KY lubricating jelly or an organic oil such as olive oil or coconut oil
- A large towel
How to Prepare (in the Kitchen) It can save a little time to do all of the following steps in the kitchen:
" Set out the items above from the hot water bottle kit.
" Attach the clamp about 6 to 8 inches from the end of the hose. You want the clamp to be positioned near the end of the hose so you can reach it easily to control or stop the flow of the fluid while youre administering the enema. Its also important to attach the clamp correctly so that fluid doesnt leak out while youre getting set up. The part of the clamp that opens and closes is the bottom of the clamp. Run the hose through the hole at the top of the clamp and out through the hole in the bottom. Then close the clamp tightly.
" Insert the hook into the small hole at the top of the hot water bottle.
" The hot water bottle holds 64 ounces (half a gallon) of fluid. Heat 64 ounces of distilled water and prepare the coffee or tea following the instructions on the package. If you boil the water to make the tea or coffee, you must either add more cold water to the finished product or allow the tea or coffee to cool down to a comfortably warm temperature before you pour it into the hot water bottle. WARNING: You could easily burn yourself if the water is too hot when you administer the enema.
" Pour the fluid into the hot water bottle (using a kitchen funnel makes this easier).
" Screw the plug tightly into the hot water bottle and continue to hold the bottle upside down or else the fluid will pour out through the hole in the plug.
" Attach the upper end of the hose to the plug (after double-checking to make sure that the clamp is tightly closed at the other end of the hose).
" Turn the hot water bottle over so the hook is on top and head to the bathroom.
" Place a large towel on the bottom of the bathtub.
" Set the tube of KY jelly (or the oil) on the edge of the bathtub so its within easy reach.
" Hang the hot water bottle on the back of the bathroom door (on the doorknob) if the door is near the bathtub. If not, hang it on something else near the tub. You can hang it from the showerhead if thats all thats available, but the height of the hot water bottle determines the rate of flow of the fluid. The fluid flows more slowly if the hot water bottle is closer to you. The farther away it is, the faster the fluid will flow. It feels more comfortable when the fluid is flowing more slowly. Pressure from the intake of the fluid doesnt build up as quickly when the flow is slower, so it tends to be easier to take in more fluid. The more you can take in, the better. The goal is to continue to take in the fluid until the hot water bottle is empty.
How to Administer the Enema:
" Sit down on the towel in the bathtub with your knees drawn up.
" Rub some KY jelly or oil on the nozzle and on your rectum.
" Insert the nozzle into your rectum, keeping your knees up, and open the clamp so the fluid will begin to flow.
" Keep your hand on the clamp or hose to prevent the nozzle from coming out as the fluid flows into your colon. You can recline back as much as possible while still holding the hose.
" Take some deep breaths and relax. The more you can relax, the easier it will be to take in more fluid. You can feel the pressure build as the fluid goes in. If the pressure is building too quickly, you can close the clamp for a minute to allow the pressure to lessen or you can partially close it to slow down the flow. Again, the goal is to take in all of the fluid. It may require a little practice (two or three enemas done over time) before you can take in all 64 ounces of fluid.
" Remove the nozzle and lay back on the towel (still keeping your knees up) after youve taken in all of the fluid or as much as possible.
" Continue to focus on breathing deeply as you hold the fluid in and begin to rotate your body 360 degrees from right to left. Rotating your body in this manner will allow the fluid to fully coat your colon. Lie on your right side first and try to hold that position for about 15 seconds. Then turn and lie on your stomach for about 15 seconds (or kneel and lean your forehead down on the towel if your tub is too short to permit you to stretch out). Then rotate again and lie on your left side for about 15 seconds. Finish by rotating back to your original position.
" Hold the fluid in for as long as possible. The goal is to keep it in for at least 5 minutes (up to 15 minutes), but it will probably require some practice to gradually build up to that. It helps to continue to breathe deeply and focus on relaxing while holding in the fluid. Sometimes repeating a simple mantra in your head (such as I can, I can, I can) can help you to relax and hold the fluid in longer, too.
" Move to the toilet when you know that you cant hold it in any longer. Although the colon will empty fairly quickly, you may need to stay put there for 5 to 10 minutes. The colon will probably release fluid at least two or three times, if not more often.
How to Clean Up:
" Hold the hot water bottle over the bathtub or set it down in the tub and remove all of the attachments (except the hook). That way, any fluid remaining in the bottle and hose will drain into the tub and not onto your floor.
" Set the small attachments in the bathroom sink or on a washcloth or hand towel near the sink. Leave the hose in the tub.
" Rinse out the hot water bottle immediatelyso the tea or coffee residue inside wont have time to dryby running warm water (not too hot) into it from the bathtub faucet and using a mild soap like a liquid hand soap or dish detergent. Then rinse the bottle thoroughly with warm water and hang it by the hook on the showerhead to drain and dry.
" Hold one end of the hose under the faucet and run warm water through it. Then take a sponge or a washcloth with some mild soap on it and thoroughly wipe off the outside of the hose. Rinse it in warm water and hang it over the showerhead to drain and dry.
" Wash all of the small attachments thoroughly with hot water and soap and place them on a clean towel to dry.
" Pack the hose and attachments back in the box that they came in when everything is dry and store the box under your bathroom sink or wherever you have room for it. The hot water bottle should be stored flat in a dark, cool, and dry place, so if it fits, it can go under the sink, too. Dont place anything heavy or sharp on top of it.
" Gather up all of the dirty towels and washclothes and toss them in the washing machine.
Massage Therapy for IBS
What is IBS?
Even though the cause of IBS(Irritable Bowel Syndrome) is not known, there are ways to help relieve the pain. IBS is a sensitivity of the intestines which may be caused by diet, antibiotics, stress, and genetics.
Mucus in Stool
Anxiety or Depression
Treating IBS The Natural Way!
Stress is a big factor when it comes to imbalance of the body. Getting a massage helps relax the body and forget about the stress of life. When getting a massage the body releases a chemical called serotonin. Serotonin is the "'good" feeling the body gets when its relaxed and happy. The muscles in the intestines cease up from pain or stress which makes it hard for blood and nutrients to flow through the body. Without the flow of blood through the intestines, it makes it hard for the intestines to absorb nutrition from the food we eat. So, massage helps relax those tense muscles enabling blood to flow more smoothly.
Massage therapists can also massage the abdominal area to help break up and move stool if they have constipation. Massage can also relieve people of IBS symptoms if they have diarrhea. These massage techniques can be done at home. Have your massage therapist show you how to relieve your symptoms of IBS with massage.
Relief At Home!
If you're having constipation or diarrhea problems you can massage your large intestine to get relief. Your ascending colon starts on the right side of your abdomen, comes up just below your rib cage, and descends down the left side of your abdomen. Here's a massage that you can do at home:
Start from your descending colon to help clear out stuck stool.
Make a fist and massage down towards your feet a couple inches at a time. Massaging until you get to your ascending colon.
Then, at your ascending colon take an open palm and follow your ascending colon to your descending colon in one smooth stroke.
Take both fists and run them down both sides of your abdomen (only going in a downward direction).
Repeat steps 1-4.
Use oil (Almond, Vegetable, etc.) to lubricate your abdominal area so it's easier to massage. I found it easier to do this colon massage when laying down.
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