Traditional Chinese Medicine In Your Daily Life

Posted on December 13, 2017 in Uncategorized

Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) divides the year into five seasons–fall, winter, spring, summer and late summer. Summer and late summer offers a special time of abundance. The natural growth of green and growing things surrounds everything; fresh foods are readily available nearly everywhere.

During summer when the natural world bursts into full bloom the universal energy is at its highest point. A plant’s highest Qi or vital energy occurs when it flowers, according to TCM principles.

TCM views all foods from an energy perspective. Behind the food…beyond nutrition, beyond vitamins, beyond calories–is energy. Each food vibrates at a specific energy frequency that corresponds to a specific organ or meridian. Foods grow in variable weather, at diverse locations within distinct energy fields. A fruit or vegetable carries energy patterns relating to these various influences. In other words, the energy or ‘intelligence’ of a plant or ‘food’ knows how to thrive in a given situation. It is this energy (not caloriofunction) which relates to different organs. The essence and the organ or meridian have a matching energy frequency. One enhances the other–in fact, they seek each other out much like a magnet.

This understanding of Qi and essences is a result of thousands of years of observation of how vital energy works. These insights were usually achieved through deep meditation and experiencing Universal energy. The knowledge has been passed down through generations. Depending on how they are used, foods can act as herbs. They can help increase or decrease vital energy. For example, using the flower of a plant like the sunflower causes energy to rise, while using the root of a plant channels energy down through the body’s meridians or internal energy network. Each flower part can play a role in helping the knowledgeable TCM practitioner achieve the goal of balancing a person’s energy toward prevention and wellness.

TCM principles regard food as medicine; it is energy that is the real healing tool. If certain issues need herbs, the skillful use of a particular food’s Qi can help dramatically. While Western medicine focuses on calories or nutritional content, it is easy to see from the way foods and herbs are used in TCM that something is going on behind these things that can help restore health. For example, many food and herbs are often mixed together and cooked for hours–thus the nutritional value has long been processed out–the mixture can still be highly effective in treating various conditions. It is the essence or remaining energy that is of value.

TCM principles believe foods can influence something extraordinarily important in the body–and that is energy. With TCM, allergy sufferers are made to understand that the offending food is not the problem, it usually means that the food carries a special energy or is vibrating at a specific frequency that the body cannot handle. The solution:–bring the affected organ back into harmony or balance with the rest of the body. TCM offers very effective ways to accomplish this.

The Universe has provided a powerful, yet natural way to maintain good health and help when good health fails. Experiencing TCM in your daily life is connected to an understanding of the critical role food plays in strengthening the house we have chosen for the spirit.

TCM uses the knowledge in its ancient organized system to examine the various factors that contribute to a condition of disharmony. The goal of TCM is to seek a permanent solution to the issue, rather than just treating the symptoms. That is why you won’t hear a TCM practitioner say, “Just take this prescription for ten days and call for another appointment if you need a refill.”

Soda Can Kill Your Sex Life

Posted on December 10, 2017 in Uncategorized

Shirley came in for an appointment last week. I gave her a tour around the office and the first thing she asked was, “Doctor, can you do anything for my back pain?” As we sat down, I asked how her energy was. Does she sleep well? How is your appetite and digestion? Where is the pain? How long has it been going on and so forth?

She told me that she was suffering from osteoporosis. That’s a disease in which bones become fragile and more likely to break, typically in the hip, spine, and wrist. It can impair a person’s ability to walk and may cause prolonged or permanent disability or even death.

She said that she lost two inches in height over the years from her disease and had no idea why this was happening. I continued asking questions about her health and lifestyle.

Do you ever drink soft drinks? She replied, “Yes I do!” Six to eight cans a day, but just diet soda. I always watch my weight. Right away I knew what was leaching all the calcium out of her bones. If you think you’re doing yourself a favor by drinking diet soda instead of the real deal, think again. You may be protecting your waistline, but you are beating up your kidneys.

In Chinese medicine, the main physiological functions and indicators of the kidneys are:
• Vitality
• Sexual Power and Libido
• Growth and Development
• Controlling Metabolism
• Receiving Qi
• Producing Bone Marrow
• Brain Function
• Manufacturing blood
• Hair Luster
• Hearing

That’s quite a bit that you don’t want to mess up. If you are drinking two or more diet sodas a day, that will cause a significant dip in the kidneys and age you quicker causing your sexual energy to fade.

This doesn’t mean your kidneys are safe, however, if you choose regular sodas. Studies show that if you are drinking a few cans of “regular” soda a day, you are twice as likely to suffer from early signs of kidney disease.

I suspect it has to do with the intake of large amounts of high fructose corn syrup. I suggested that she stop drinking soda all together. She said, “I could never do that. I am addicted to it.” Many of us have habits and addictions that aren’t good for us, but there is a way to change those nasty little habits.

First, start an exercise program, take fried foods out of your diet, eat at least three servings of fruit and vegetables a day, drink plenty of water 6-8 oz, smile everyday and make sure that your self-talk is all positive. Always have at least one meal a day with a friend this will be a good start and soon you’ll be back on track.

Wishing you the Best in health, wealth and happiness.

Dr. Wu Dhi

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‘Use it Or Lose It’ – This Article Isn’t About Sex!

Posted on December 7, 2017 in Uncategorized

By adulthood the brain is crisscrossed with more than 100 billion neurons, each reaching out to thousands of others so that, all told, the brain has more than 100 trillion connections. It is those connections – more than the number of galaxies in the known universe – that give the brain its unrivaled powers.

Yet, once wired, there are limits to the brain’s ability to create itself. Time limits, called “critical periods,” which are windows of opportunity that nature flings open, starting before birth, and then slams shut, one by one, with every additional candle on the child’s birthday cake. In the experiments that gave birth to this paradigm in the 1970s, Torsten Wiesel and David Hubel found that sewing shut one eye of a newborn kitten rewired its brain: so few neurons connected from the shut eye to the visual cortex that the animal was blind even after its eye was reopened. Such rewiring did not occur in adult cats whose eyes were shut. Conclusion: there is a short, early period when circuits connect the retina to the visual cortex.

But, does the same thing happen to humans? Yes it does! For example, if an adult has a vision-impairing cataract removed from his eye, chances are his sight will be restored. However, a child born with a cataract that isn’t removed promptly will retain forever sightless in that eye, because the necessary connections between the eye and the brain’s visual centers were never made. And there’s a large emotional component to brain development: Children who are rarely played with or touched as infants develop brains 20 to 30 percent smaller than normal for their age, according to researchers at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston.

Hence, when brain regions mature dictates how long they stay malleable. Sensory areas mature in early childhood; the emotional limbic system is wired by puberty; the frontal lobes – seat of understanding – develop at least through the age of 16. The implications of this new understanding are at once promising and disturbing. They suggest that, with the right input at the right time, almost anything is possible. But they imply, too, that if you miss the window you’re playing with a handicap.

These findings suggest that “the brain develops on a ‘use it or lose it’ principle,” explains Harry Chugani, M.D., a pediatric neurologist at Children’s Hospital of Wayne State University in Detroit and a leading expert on infant brain development. “There are critical periods when the brain must be used in order for certain kinds of development to tale place” – like sight, language, emotion, and movement.

Consequently, the best time to master a skill associated with a system is just when a system is coming on line in your brain. Language is a good example. It’s very easy for a 2- or 3-year old to learn any language. But if that person waits until 18 or 30, learning a new language will be more difficult because the systems governing this have been used for something else. This explains why the gains a toddler makes in head start are so often evanescent: this intensive instruction begins too late to fundamentally rewire the brain. And this makes clear the mistake of postponing instruction in a second language. As Chugani asks, “What idiot decreed that foreign-language instruction not begin until high school?”

What’s more, the latest research has revealed that, between birth and age 3, more brain activity occurs than anyone – proud parent or scientist – ever previously imagined. For example, babies as young as 5 months already have a basic understanding of quantity. Between birth and 4 months, babies appear to have an innate sense of the rudimentary laws of physics – the way in which physical objects interact.

As for those parents whose children have passed through the critical years from birth to age 3 and who are wondering if they did all they should have to get those brain synapses Dr. Chugani says it’s never too late to stimulate a child’s intellect. “Although the tremendous growth of a child’s brain begins to slow at age 3, the brain remains amazingly plastic and adaptable into adolescence,” he says.

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