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COMPLETE SHIATSU TREATMENT LINKS SHIATSU TREATMENT LINKS MACROBIOTICS MACROBIOTICS PART 2 Macrobiotics Part 3 Shiatsu Treatment35-36 Shiatsu Treatment37-38-39a-39b Shiatsu Treatment40-41-42-43 Shiatsu Treatment44-45-46-47 Shiatsu Treatment48-49-50-51 Shiatsu Treatment HIGH Causes of Illness Causes of Illness Part 2 UPPER BODY SHIATSU 1 UPPER BODY SHIATSU 2 UPPER BODY SHIATSU 3 UPPER BODY SHIATSU 4 UPPER BODY SHIATSU 5 UPPER BODY SHIATSU 6 UPPER BODY SHIATSU 7 UPPER BODY SHIATSU 8 UPPER BODY SHIATSU 9 Acupressure Techniques Acupressure Reflexology Reflexology Shiatsu and HIV/AIDS Acupressure Reiki Energy Works Inflamed Breast Treating Common Problems Internal Organs Treating Lung Treating Lung 2 Shiatsu treatment Large intestine Shiatsu Treatment Stomach IMPOTENCE Acupressure Point MOTION SICKNESS SHIATSU TREATMENT AIDS TREATMENT HYPOGLYCEMIA,DIABETES,DIZZINESS Cancer Shiatsu Treatment Heart and Acupressure More Info Bruising Easly Common Cold Heartburn
WHAT IS ACUPRESSURE? Acupressure More Points Acupressure Stop Smoking Acupressure Urinary Problem Acupressure Constipation Acupressure Obesity Acupressure Toothache Acupressure Chest Pain Acupressure Sinus Acupressure Insomnia Acupressure Fainting Acupressure Asthma Acupressure Abdominal Pain Acupressure and HIV/AIDS Acupressure point for drug addict Acupressure OCD Acupressure hypothalamus Acupressure Face Lift Acupressure G-Jo pressure Points Acupressure Weight Control Acupressure Chart Acupressure Breathing & Cautions Acupressure imunity Acupressure Chart Acupressure Sunstroke Acupressure Low Back Pain Acupressure Point Headache Acupressure for BABY Acupressure for Herat Attack Acupressure for Bronchitis
Acupressure for Pregnant Women Acupressure for Lovers Acupressure Back Ailment Acupressure Wrist Ailment Acupressure Knee Ailment Acupressure Ankle-Foot Ailment Acupressure Neck & Shoulder Ailment Acupressure Elbow Ailment Acupressure Impotence Acupressure Headache & Migraine Acupressure Menstrual Difficulties Acupressure Sore throat Acupressure Bed Wetting Acupressure Fainting Acupressure Excessive sweating Stone Massage Acupressure Sciatica Back Point Acupressure Low Back pain Acupressure Sciatica Muscle Acupressure Finger injuries Acupressure Trauma & Arthritis Acupressure Forearm Pain Acupressure Neck Injuries Acupressure Curbing Appetite Acupressure Nose Bleeding Acupressure Gall Bladder Discomfort Acupressure Visual Disturbance Acupressure Hypertension Acupressure Lower Extremity Acupressure Upper extremity Acupressure Convalescence CHILD DISORDERS COMMON DISORDERS ACUPRESSURE FOR LOVERS
Acupressure Point Fatigue Acupressure point GB-44(Timidity) Acupressure point LI-11(Anger) Acupressure point LIV-2(Anger) Acupressure point LIV-1(Self esteem,assertiveness) Acupressure point LI-4(calms) Acupressure point SP-6(gynaecological) Acupressure point ST-36(Stamina) Acupressure point SI-5(concentration) Acupressure point LIV-3(Relax, unblocking emoyions,depression) Acupressure point P-7(Joy,diminishing nervousness) Acupressure point LU-1(internal emptiness) Acupressure point LU-3(cough,astham) Acupressure point TB-5(expressiveness,sensitivity feelings) Acupressure point KI-3(lower backpain) Acupressure point KI-4(dark circle/willpower) Acupressure point KI-6(fear,vision) Acupressure point SI-19(Heart problems) Acupressure point LU-7(Grief) Acupressure point LU-9(spiritual emptiness) Acupressure point TB-17(less sensitivity) Acupressure Ajitation Acupressure Circulation Problem Acupressure Point for Weightloss
Acupressure G-Jo pressure Points Acupressure for Animals Top 10 Emotional reason breast cancer Acupressure and Kedney Stone Shiatsu treatment for over eating Acupressure and Travel Sickness Acupressure and Vomiting Acupressure and Vomiting after Surgery Acupressure for Labor Acupressure Labor Jianjing Acupressure Labor Ciliao Acupressure Labor Buttock Acupressure Labor Hand Acupressure Labor Yongquan Acupressure Labor Hegu Acupressure Labor Kunlun Acupressure Labor Sanyinjiao Acupressure Chronic Pain Acupressure Allergy and hay fever URINARY SYSTEM ACUPRESSURE Acupressure HEART GOVERNORTRIPLE HEATER Acupressure LADIES CONDITIONS Acupressure REPRODUCTIVE SYSTEM Acupressure Pain during Childbirth Acupressure inability to conceive Acupressure and frigidity Acupressure and Prostate Acupressure and Rib Pain Acupressure and Fatigue Shoulder pain,Arthritis pain,Bursitis Jet Lag and Acupressure point Numbness,Hemiplegia Acupressure Point for STRESS Acupressure Point for STRAIN Acupressure Point for Epilepsy,Tremor,Shaking Acupressure Point for Overweight,Big Hips
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Acupressure Cure for Common Diseases

Acupressure,literally the method of applying pressure to certain areas or nerves, is one of the safest, simplest and remarkably effective method for relief from pain and other common ailments.

Epilepsy, Tremor, Shaking

Oct 31, 2007

Epilepsy
Tremor
Shaking

In earlier times this illness was thought to be associated with possession by evil or even divine spirits. Actually, epilepsy is disorganized electrical activity in the brain. This leads to attacks of disturbed sen­sory or motor functions.



Shiatsu can be used to reduce the fre­quency and shorten the time of seizures. Diet
is also very important. The brain and the digestive system are re­lated.; if we can clean the intestines, then the brain will be benefi­cially affected.

Shiatsu

Full body treatment should be complet­ed. Frequently pounding the head with the fist, along with deep abdominal massage is helpful.
PressGV20,GB20, GV26



Moxibustion

Warm each point for 2-5 minutes. SP 6, ST 36, UB 13, UB 15, UB 23, CV 12.

Diet

Within the standard macrobiotic diet, more strengthening foods are taken in order to control epilepsy. In addition to fifty-sixty per cent whole grains like brown rice, eat many vegetables. Also the method of cooking should incorporate a longer cooking time such as baking and a waterless style. (See macrobiotic cook books.) However for those who are very tight and rigid, their cooking should also include lightly cooked vegetables in order to soften the body.




A major cause of seizures is the repeat­ed overconsumption of liquid. Therefore excessive drinking of wa­ter, fruit juice, milk, soft drinks, beer, wine, and alcoholic drinks should be avoided. Overeating is a common habit of people with epi­lepsy. Recreational activities other than eating should be encour­aged
posted by DSLR MASTER, 12:13 PM | link

Acupressure Point for Strain arms tension

Oct 30, 2007

Acupressure is a traditional healing practice that involves the application of finger pressure to specific acupuncture points on the body. This point stimulation promotes circulation, eases muscle tension, and stimulates the body's inherent healing ability, making it ideal for people who have arm tension and aches from prolonged keyboarding, writing, or any other repetitive movement.

Instructions:

With your thumb or middle finger at a 90 degree angle to the skin, apply gradually increasing pressure. Hold for 2-3 minutes. Each point will feel different; it may be achy, sore, or tense.
The pressure should not be painful or uncomfortable - don't try to bore a hole into your arm!
The points do not have to be used together to be effective, so choose the most tense points if you do not have time for the whole routine.


Try these Acupressure Points:

1.
Swamp of the Curve (LI 11)
Bend your arm so your palm faces your chest. The point is at the outer end of the elbow crease.

2.
Third Mile (LI 10)
From LI 11, draw an imaginary line to your thumb. The point is 3 finger widths down this line. Feel the area for the most tender point.




3.
Outer Marsh (LU 5)
Make a fist, bending your elbow slightly. The point is at the elbow crease on the outer side of the tendon.



4.
Bottom of the Valley (LI 4)
The point is at the highest spot of the muscle between the thumb and index finger when they are brought close together. Caution: do not use this point if you are pregnant.


5.
Inner Gate (PC 6) and Outer Pass (TW 5)
TW 5 is on the outer forearm, 3 finger widths up from the wrist crease and midway between the two long arm bones. PC 6 is exactly opposite, on the inner forearm between the two tendons.


6.
Great Mound (PC 7)
At the midpoint of the inner wrist crease, between the two tendons.


7.
Energy Pool (TW 4)
The point is in the hollow at the center of the wrist crease, on the back surface of the hand.




8.
Marsh at the Crook (PC 3)
Make a fist, bending your elbow slightly. The point is at the elbow crease on the inner side of the tendon.


The above demonstration should not be used as a substitute for treatment. It is intended to maintain health and prevent disease only. Any newly arising arm or wrist pain should be examined by a qualified practitioner.
posted by DSLR MASTER, 10:41 AM | link

Acupressure Point for Stress

Oct 29, 2007

Acupressure is similar to acupuncture in that it is derived from Traditional Chinese Medicine. Where it diverges from acupuncture is that it does not use needles but pressure to heal or relieve pain. The pressure can be applied with the tip of the finger or knuckle. The method involves applying a deep massaging type of pressure around various pressure points. This article will outline the theory behind acupressure and how it is used to relieve stress.

Chinese philosophy has talked about a life force that runs through the body for thousands of years and it is taken as one of the fundamental principles of traditional Chinese medicine. The life force is called chi. We are born with chi energy that is inherited from our parents. We can also create chi energy by eating and drinking.

The energy runs throughout our bodies from points in the body called meridians. The energy flows from one meridian to another to form a pathway of energy that is constantly flowing. This flow of energy gives a person their vitality. A free flowing chi indicates that the body is healthy.
The meridians are the areas where acupuncture and acupressure can be used to heal. If a person becomes stressed, is suffering from anxiety or some kind of everyday illness it is said that the chi is out of balance. This is described as bad energy, bad food or stress causing a blockage in the free flowing chi energy. By performing acupressure on specific meridians, the energy can be unblocked and the chi can flow freely again hence restoring health.

Chinese medicine has learned through trial and error over thousands of years which illnesses are related to certain meridians in the body. If you were to see a traditional Chinese medical practitioner they would ask about your problems and then work on the specific pressure point.
This can also be learned by the individual. There are many books that teach people about chi and where the meridians are for certain illnesses, organs in the body or parts of the body.
Acupressure and acupuncture are now widely recognized in western societies as effective therapies for a variety of complaints including stress related problems but scientific research still disputes the underlying theory of chi.
posted by DSLR MASTER, 9:24 AM | link

Numbness, Paralysis, Hemiplegia, Paraplegia

Oct 28, 2007

Numbness
Paralysis
Hemiplegia
Paraplegia

Paralysis is the loss of muscular function in a part of the body, caused by damage to the muscles themselves or to a part of the ner­vous system. There are many diseases that cause these symptoms, including muscular dystrophy, myasthenia gravis, diabetes, polio-myletis, and multiple sclerosis. The most common cause is stroke, which is caused by a hemorrhage (bleeding) or blood clot in the brain.

Hemiplegia is paralysis of one side of the body resulting from
damage to or disease of the part of the brain that controls the motor nervous system. The left side of the brain controls the right side of the body, and the right side of the brain controls the left side of the body. Stroke is the most common cause of this disease. After a stroke, the limbs are, at first, limp, but they soon become stiff and may suffer cramps.

Paraplegia is paralysis of the lower limbs, often accompanied by problems controlling the rectum and the bladder.

Treatment should be directed toward increasing circulation and muscle strength. Shiatsu and exercise can be helpful.

Shiatsu

Full body shiatsu with special emphasis on the affected area is necessary. Additionally, attention should be paid to the neck, spine, and kidney areas.
With the receiver lying face down, press, near the spine, the area from the shoulders down to the end of the shoulder blade. Hold each point for 3-5 seconds. Repeat many times.
Do the same type of treatment in the area near the kidneys.

Diet

Due to the causes of stroke, either he­morrhage or blood clots, the foods which help to promote these conditions must be eliminat­ed. These include saturated fats like those contained in meat, eggs, and dairy products, as well as sugar and other expansive (yin) foods. The standard macrobiotic diet will gradually dissolve the deposits of fat and cho­lesterol. Mineral rich foods like seaweeds and hard, green leafy vegetables will restore the blood vessels to their normal strength and flexibility. Oil use should also be limited, with occasional use of sesame, toasted sesame, or corn oil preferred.

posted by DSLR MASTER, 3:15 PM | link

Jet Lag and Acupressure Point

Oct 27, 2007

Jet lag

With the convenience of air travel, more and more people are taking advantage of flying greater distances. These long flights have a very real effect on the body. During a long flight, such as across the U.S. from one coast to the other, or a flight to Eu­rope, the physiological functions of the body are thrown out of kilter. The body becomes imbalanced.




The body has a certain rhythm in which it operates during a twenty four hour period. This is called the "arcadian" rhythm. During this cycle the body experiences slight changes of temperature, minor changes of sodium and potassium in blood lev­els, and changes in hormone secretions. Because of rapid time zone changes these normal functions are disrupted. How long it takes to return to normal function after a long flight depends on the individual. Some common symptoms of jet lag include: dry mouth, rac­ing pulse, disorientation, insomnia, and of­ten a loss of appetite.


Flights from the west to the east are more taxing. Evidence reveals that the trav­eler's ability to perform tasks is lower after long distance travel. It is best not to make important decisions soon after arrival.


To minimize the effects of jet lag while on the airplane, avoid alcoholic drinks, as these, along with a pressurized cabin, dehydrate you; sleep or rest as much as possible. Also try to sleep at the end of the journey rather that doing a lot of work immediately.


Shiatsu


Full body shiatsu relieves the stress of travel better then any­thing else. Especially press the acupoints on the neck, shoulders, and head, GB 20 and GV 20, Yintang and Taiyang.


Diet


Eat simply and be rested before the flight. Order non-dairy vegetarian meals when you make reservations for your trip. And for your stomach's sake, bring brown rice balls or sushi on the air­plane with you. Brown rice is satisfying and allows you to remain feeling light rather then stuffed. With some airlines it is best to avoid the meals altogether.


After arrival at your destination, the rule of eating simply should be adhered to for at least one day.
posted by DSLR MASTER, 12:53 PM | link

Site Map

Oct 26, 2007

COMPLETE SHIATSU TREATMENT LINKS
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MACROBIOTICS
MACROBIOTICS PART 2
Macrobiotics Part 3
Shiatsu Treatment35-36
Shiatsu Treatment37-38-39a-39b
Shiatsu Treatment40-41-42-43
Shiatsu Treatment44-45-46-47
Shiatsu Treatment48-49-50-51
Shiatsu Treatment HIGH
Causes of Illness
Causes of Illness Part 2
UPPER BODY SHIATSU 1
UPPER BODY SHIATSU 2
UPPER BODY SHIATSU 3
UPPER BODY SHIATSU 4
UPPER BODY SHIATSU 5
UPPER BODY SHIATSU 6
UPPER BODY SHIATSU 7
UPPER BODY SHIATSU 8
UPPER BODY SHIATSU 9
Acupressure Techniques
Acupressure Reflexology
Reflexology
Shiatsu and HIV/AIDS
Acupressure Reiki Energy Works
Inflamed Breast
Treating Common Problems
Internal Organs
Treating Lung
Treating Lung 2
Shiatsu treatment Large intestine
Shiatsu Treatment Stomach
IMPOTENCE Acupressure Point
MOTION SICKNESS SHIATSU TREATMENT
AIDS TREATMENT
HYPOGLYCEMIA,DIABETES,DIZZINESS
Cancer Shiatsu Treatment
Heart and Acupressure More Info
Bruising Easly
Common Cold
WHAT IS ACUPRESSURE?
Acupressure More Points
Acupressure Stop Smoking
Acupressure Urinary Problem
Acupressure Constipation
Acupressure Obesity
Acupressure Toothache
Acupressure Chest Pain
Acupressure Sinus
Acupressure Insomnia
Acupressure Fainting
Acupressure Asthma
Acupressure Abdominal Pain
Acupressure and HIV/AIDS
Acupressure point for drug addict
Acupressure OCD
Acupressure hypothalamus
Acupressure Face Lift
Acupressure G-Jo pressure Points
Acupressure Weight Control
Acupressure Chart
Acupressure Breathing & Cautions
Acupressure imunity
Acupressure Chart
Acupressure Sunstroke
Acupressure Low Back Pain
Acupressure Point Headache
Acupressure for BABY
Acupressure for Herat Attack
Acupressure for Bronchitis
Acupressure for Pregnant Women
Acupressure for Lovers
Acupressure Back Ailment
Acupressure Wrist Ailment
Acupressure Knee Ailment
Acupressure Ankle-Foot Ailment
Acupressure Neck & Shoulder Ailment
Acupressure Elbow Ailment
Acupressure Impotence
Acupressure Headache & Migraine
Acupressure Menstrual Difficulties
Acupressure Sore throat
Acupressure Bed Wetting
Acupressure Fainting
Acupressure Excessive sweating
Stone Massage
Acupressure Sciatica Back Point
Acupressure Low Back pain
Acupressure Sciatica Muscle
Acupressure Finger injuries
Acupressure Trauma & Arthritis
Acupressure Forearm Pain
Acupressure Neck Injuries
Acupressure Curbing Appetite
Acupressure Nose Bleeding
Acupressure Gall Bladder Discomfort
Acupressure Visual Disturbance
Acupressure Hypertension
Acupressure Lower Extremity
Acupressure Upper extremity
Acupressure Convalescence
CHILD DISORDERS
COMMON DISORDERS
Acupressure Point Fatigue
Acupressure point GB-44(Timidity)
Acupressure point LI-11(Anger)
Acupressure point LIV-2(Anger)
Acupressure point LIV-1(Self esteem,assertiveness)
Acupressure point LI-4(calms)
Acupressure point SP-6(gynaecological)
Acupressure point ST-36(Stamina)
Acupressure point SI-5(concentration)
Acupressure point LIV-3(Relax, unblocking emoyions,depression)
Acupressure point P-7(Joy,diminishing nervousness)
Acupressure point LU-1(internal emptiness)
Acupressure point LU-3(cough,astham)
Acupressure point TB-5(expressiveness,sensitivity feelings)
Acupressure point KI-3(lower backpain)
Acupressure point KI-4(dark circle/willpower)
Acupressure point KI-6(fear,vision)
Acupressure point SI-19(Heart problems)
Acupressure point LU-7(Grief)
Acupressure point LU-9(spiritual emptiness)
Acupressure point TB-17(less sensitivity)
Acupressure Ajitation
Acupressure Circulation Problem
Acupressure G-Jo pressure Points
Acupressure for Animals
Top 10 Emotional reason breast cancer
Acupressure and Kedney Stone
Shiatsu treatment for over eating
Acupressure and Travel Sickness
Acupressure and Vomiting
Acupressure and Vomiting after Surgery
Acupressure for Labor
Acupressure Labor Jianjing
Acupressure Labor Ciliao
Acupressure Labor Buttock
Acupressure Labor Hand
Acupressure Labor Yongquan
Acupressure Labor Hegu
Acupressure Labor Kunlun
Acupressure Labor Sanyinjiao
Acupressure Chronic Pain
Acupressure Allergy and hay fever
URINARY SYSTEM ACUPRESSURE
Acupressure HEART GOVERNORTRIPLE HEATER
Acupressure LADIES CONDITIONS
Acupressure REPRODUCTIVE SYSTEM
Acupressure Pain during Childbirth
Acupressure inability to conceive
Acupressure and frigidity
Acupressure and Prostate
Acupressure and Rib Pain
Acupressure and Fatigue
Shoulder pain,Arthritis pain,Bursitis
posted by DSLR MASTER, 9:53 AM | link

Arthritis pain, shoulder pain, bursitis, tennis elbow, pain and tightness between the shoulder blades, swelling

Arthritis pain

Shoulder pain

Bursitis

Tennis elbow

Pain and tightness between the shoulder blades
Swelling (edema)

Injury to a joint, such as the elbow or shoulder, or arthritic in­flammation can be quite painful. A combination of diet and shiatsu effectively deals with these common problems.

If an injury has occurred, shiatsu can inhibit swelling. It can also reduce the pain.

In the case of arthritis, the macrobiotic diet is the key in alle­viating the symptoms. Extremes of food aggravate arthritic symp­toms. Beef, eggs and other animal foods, fruits, fruit juice (especial­ly tropical varieties), spices, stimulant and aromatic herbs, soft drinks, sugar, honey, chocolate, vinegar, and especially the entire nightshade family (tomato, potato, eggplant, bell pepper, and tobac­co) have been linked with increased arthritic pain. In addition, oil and fat contribute to arthritis. Its symptoms are also aggravated by excessive intake of liquid and icy drinks such as soda and beer. Be­cause of its dairy base, high sugar content, and frozen nature, ice cream is also a major exacerbating factor.

Shiatsu is also helpful in the case of arthritis., However, the diet must be followed to have lasting relief.

Diet

The standard macrobiotic diet is recommended for any joint injury and especially in the case of arthritis. Whole grains, such as millet, barley, brown rice, oats, whole wheat, rye, corn, and buck­wheat should make up the majority of the diet. All vegetables should be cooked. With vegetable selection, take care to avoid tomatoes, po­tatoes, eggplant, asparagus, spinach, chard, avocados, beets, zucchi­ni, and mushrooms. Cooked dried daikon with miso is beneficial and can be taken regularly. As a table seasoning, scallions cooked with miso and a few drops of sesame-oil can be used. The remain­der of the diet should consist of beans, seaweed, soup, and a small volume offish and cooked fruit occasionally (perhaps once or twice per week). All food should be chewed thoroughly.

Ginger compress

In the case of arthritis, the intestines are usually hard and
stagnant. A ginger compress on the abdominal area is helpful to soften the congestion there. You can also rub up and down the spine with a hot ginger towel.

Compresses can be placed directly on the affected arthritic parts such as hands and feet. Daily compresses will accelerate blood and body fluid circulation and soften up the hardened parts. Or per­haps, if a large area is affected, you can soak either the hands or feet in a ginger bath.

Shiatsu

Shiatsu can be given to whichever area of the body has the pain. You can follow the instructions for giving a full body treat­ment or, if time is limited, you can use your common sense and massage the individual part. Massage must be gentle enough so as not to cause unnecessary suffering. For example, if someone has arthritis of the hand, use shiatsu on the hand according to the in­structions in the treatment part of this book. Remember that the aim of treatment is to alleviate the person's suffering and increase cir­culation. The pressure should be firm yet yielding. That is, if the pressure is too much for the receiver, then go lighter but repeat the movement more often.

In the case of shoulder or neck trouble, be sure to include rota­tion and movement of the affected part. This will shorten the recov­ery time.

For the swelling that frequently occurs after mastectomy, light shiatsu on the upper shoulder and the lower arm of the affected side will encourage reabsorption of fluid. In addition, a buckwheat plaster can be used to pull out excess water (edema). (See appendix.)

posted by DSLR MASTER, 4:30 AM | link

Common Cold and Shiatsu Treatment

Oct 25, 2007

Common cold and Shiatsu Treatment


One of the most frequent illnesses is the common cold. Contrary to popular belief, cold weather does not actually appear to cause them. Studies with volunteers in the Arctic and those exposed to cold weather have not shown any increase in the number of colds. They tend to come in waves; in the U.S., the first outbreak is usually in the autumn a few weeks after schools have opened. The second wave occurs in midwinter and the third wave is in the spring.





Research has revealed that any one of over a hundred differ­ent viruses are present when someone has a cold. The illness itself is a viral infection of the upper respiratory passages.


The frequency of colds is staggering. Pre-school children have an average of six to twelve per year. Parents with small chil­dren get about six per year; other adults usually get only two to three. Half of all Americans will get a cold during the winter season.


Symptoms of colds vary with the individual. Usually there is the feeling of being ill along with sneezing and headache. This is followed by feeling chilled, a sore throat, and heavy nasal dis­charge. A thin, clear nasal discharge turns into a thick, yellow-green one with time. The cold can last from one to two weeks.



Because colds are so short-term and the immune system deals with them naturally, they are considered a non-medical problem. Home self-treatment is effective in lessening symptoms, as well as strengthening the body's defenses to minimize or prevent colds in the future. Having excessive mucus in the lungs and breathing pas­sages encourages the spread of the viruses that are present with colds. Dairy foods, beef and other fatty foods, sugar, and fruit juices create excessive mucus in the body. This serves as a breeding ground for the viruses to multiply and spread. It is the fight between your body's defenses and the virus that creates the fever and other symptoms that we associate with a cold. The goal of treatment is not only to eliminate symptoms, but to strengthen the defenses so as to avoid future colds.


Shiatsu


The full body treatment serves as a preventive measure for a colds. Once one is present emphasize treatment on the back and the neck/head area.




Have the receiver He face down. Standing astride the per­son, beginning at the level of the shoulder near the spine, lean your body weight into each point hold­ing for three to five seconds. Move your thumbs down the spine to­ward the waist about two inches at a time, Do shiatsu on the entire area from the shoulder down to the waist. This is the urinary bladder channel. Within this area are found the referral points to all the
internal organs. The area between the shoul­der blades may be sore, as this is the lung area. Work this area well to relieve conges­tion in the breathing passages and the lungs.


After completing the back, have the re­ceiver sit in a chair or sit up on the floor. The giver places one hand on the forehead and the other at the back of the neck, and, with the thumb, press the lines on the sides of the neck. Directly under the skull are two places (GB 20)—one on each side of the neck—that are very good for relieving the cold's symp­toms. In the Orient one does not catch a cold,
one "catches wind." It is said that the wind resides in GB 20, "the
wind pond." Stimulation of this point can disperse the wind or cold
from the body.





On the front of the face, press points around the eyes, nose, and
forehead. Hold each point with the thumb for several seconds mak­ing spiral motions. To clear the sinus, acu-point LI 21), "welcome fragrance," is good. Finally, manipulating the entire hand is good to increase circulation to the lungs and upper body. Especially press acupoint LI 4 for headaches.


Diet


The overconsumption of foods like cold drinks, fruit, ice cream, sugar, and fatty foods like beef, cheese etc., contribute to the symptoms of a cold. The standard macro­biotic diet will help to prevent frequent colds.






Warm foods are especially good when a cold is present. A daily cup or two of fresh miso soup (see appendix) with a small portion of seaweed helps to strengthen the blood and tastes delicious. If the appetite is not so strong, then eat only soup. However if you have an appetite, then include whole grains and cooked beans and vegetables.


Moxibustion

Moxa on leg point ST 36 stimulates the immune system. Warm each leg for ten minutes using the bird-pecking style.





Foot Bath

Soaking the feet in a hot ginger foot bath before bed increases circulation and warms the entire body. It encourages restful sleep during which your body can heal itself.

posted by DSLR MASTER, 4:15 AM | link

Circulation problem, Cold hands and feet, Hot and sweaty hands and feet, Aftereffects of stroke

Oct 24, 2007

Circulation problems
Cold hands and feet
Hot and sweaty hands and feet
Aftereffects of stroke



Full body shiatsu can be used for all these conditions. Additionally a brisk body rub with a wet towel (either hot or cold which­ever temperature that you prefer), loofa sponge or natural fiber brush will enhance circulation. It also provide an avenue for toxic material within the blood and lymph fluid to leave the body.



Cold hands and feet—use ginger hand and foot baths, alternating first hot and then
cold. Sweaty hands and feet—avoid sugar, dairy, fruit juices.



Stroke and all circulation problems—avoid dairy and all fat­ty foods. Include shiitake mushrooms, daikon radish, or turnip. Ex­ercise whenever possible as your condition permits. Use ginger foot bath.
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Acupressure and Fatigue

Oct 23, 2007

Fatigue



Full body shiatsu is most effective in treating fatigue. If you are short on time, you can press the bottom of the foot in the middle at acupoint KD 1. Press with a spiral movement for up to one minute.Press both feet.

After a warm shower follow with a short cold shower. This will increase vitality as it produces an alkaline condition in the blood. Deep breathing dispels Co2 thereby leaving the body alkaline.


Moxibustion

Apply moxa to acupoints ST 36, SP 6, and CV 6. Heat each point for three to five minutes, everyday or every other day until normal energy returns. Tests have shown that stimulation of these points will increase both red and white blood cell count. The red blood ceils reach their peak three days after ST 3ft the first treatment.

Special Drinks

Twig tea with tamari. Place 1/2-1 tea­spoon of tamari or good quality soy sauce into a hot cup of twig tea. This beverage creates an alkaline condition in the blood and allevi­ates fatigue.



Kuzu Drink. Dissolve a heaping tea­spoon of kuzu powder into one cup of cold wa­ter. Bring the mixture to a boil, reduce the heat and stir until the liquid becomes thick and transparent. Add 1/2-1 teaspoon tamari or soy sauce and drink while hot.

When digestive trouble accompanies fatigue you can add 1/2- 1 umeboshi (salted plum)
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Rib Pain, Gall Stone Pain, Hepatitis, Jaundice and Acupressure

Oct 22, 2007




Liver and Gall Bladder


Rib pain (intercostal neuralgia)
Gall stone pain
Hepatitis
Jaundice

The liver and gall bladder system play an important role in maintaining health. The liver is the largest gland in the body, situ­ated in the uppermost part of the abdominal cavity on the right side beneath the diaphragm. It is largely protected by the ribs. The liver develops in the embryo as an outgrowth of the intestine and always retains a close link with the digestive system. We can think of the
liver as the largest chemical factory in the body in that it carries out most of the intermediate metabolism. That is, it changes the nutri­ents absorbed from the small intestine and makes them suitable for use by the body tissues. The liver also modifies waste products and toxic substances to make them suitable for excretion in the bile or the urine. Enzymes in the liver stimulate the production of glycogen (a complex sugar), which is derived from carbohydrate foods such as whole grains and vegetables. This substance is stored temporarily by the liver cells and converted back into glucose (a simple sugar) by enzyme action when needed by the body tissue. Along with this liver function, insulin, a secretion by the pancreas, controls the blood sugar level at the normal level of 80-100 mg/lOOcc of blood. Some of the materials in bile ( a digester of fats) are made in the liver.

When the liver receives the building blocks of protein (amino acids) it separates the nitrogen from the amino acid part. This nitrogen in the form of ammonia is converted into urea (a waste product). Urea is removed from the body by the kidneys and excreted in the urine.

The liver makes substances essential for blood clotting. It also stores and distributes glycogen, fat, vitamins, and iron. The liver also maintains body temperature and protects the body as a whole. As a detoxifier, it removes drugs, alcohol, waste products formed from protein metabolism, and other harmful substances from the blood stream.

The gall bladder is a pear-shaped muscular bag situated on the undersurface of the liver. It is about 3-4 inches in length and holds about two fluid ounces of bile. The gall bladder acts as a storage place for bile. It also serves to concentrate the bile that is stored in it.

Within half an hour of taking food, bile flows into the lower
part of the duodenum which connects with the stomach. The flow is not continuous but occurs only when foods enter this lower part. Bile is an alkaline fluid made by the liver cells. Pigments in the bile color the stool. Bile salts digest fats and aid in their absorption.

The liver and gall bladder are subject to various troubles. The liver may be ruptured by injury which can cause serious bleeding. Toxic degeneration and cirrhosis (hardening, sometimes associat­ed with alcohol consumption) affect the liver. Its function is im­paired when congestive heart disease, as well as cancer, produces symptoms of jaundice, vomiting, and fluid retention in the abdo­men (ascites).

The gall bladder can become infected or can be blocked by the presence of gall stones. Stones in the gall bladder and the cystic duct do not cause jaundice. But when they block the common bile duct, jaundice can occur. If a stone passes down the bile duct it may cause severe pain called biliary colic. Stone production has been linked to excessive cholesterol and calcium in the body.


Diet


Liver trouble is often the result of overeating. Therefore, in treating the liver and gall bladder, it is best to perhaps fast or eat small amounts for a period of time. Also chewing well is important. The food should be liquid by the time it is to be swallowed. When se­vere pain is present the diet should be restricted to brown rice soup with cooked green leafy vegetables. Salty foods and animal prod­ucts should be avoided. After several days the diet can be widened to include regular macrobiotic foods, but fish and other animal foods should be avoided until symptoms have subsided.

In the case of jaundice the individual should avoid all dairy foods, eggs, sugar, and oily or greasy foods, and should eat the stan­dard macrobiotic diet. Daikon radish can be eaten daily as it helps
to dissolve mucus or fat accumulations in the blood stream and body. The sour flavour en­hances the liver's function, therefore foods such as sauerkraut, salted plums (umeboshi), plum extract tea, and mugwort tea can be used beneficially. Traditional Oriental medicine has used the extract of clam for treatment of jaundice. This extract is known as "cobicula" and is available in natural food stores.



In the case of gall stones, foods which contribute to mucus or fat formation should be discontinued. Beef and cheese are examples of high fat and choles­terol foods. By-products from protein and fat digestion join with cal­cium to form calcium carbonate and calcium phosphate, these are the major ingredients of gall stones. These hard stones are either formed or lodged in the gall bladder, creating gall bladder pain and inflammation. Fall and winter sweet squashes such as acorn, but­tercup, blue hubbard, butternut, and banana can be eaten regularly to help prevent stones from being formed. The passing of a stone can be extremely painful. When the stone be­gins to move, you can place hot ginger com­presses on the painful area and drink several cups of hot twig tea. This will relax the mus­cles, expand the duct, and allow the stone to pass through more freely. For this condition shiitake mushroom tea can be used as an al­ternative to twig tea.




Ginger Compress

In all conditions involving the liver and gall bladder, ginger compress can be used. In the case of a painful and swollen liver, the ginger compress can be followed by a taro potato plaster. If there is water trapped in the abdomen, then the ginger compress can be followed by a buckwheat plas­ter which can remove this retained fluid.

Shiatsu



In Oriental medicine the liver function is to maintain the unrestricted flow of vital energy. When the liver fails in this function we observe depression, irritability, or fits of anger. It is because the liver energy is stag­nant and unable to move freely that symptoms arise. Shiatsu is effective in reestablishing the free circulation of vital energy, thereby strengthening the liver.
When possible complete a full shiatsu session. If you can only apply shiatsu to specific areas, choose the fol­lowing:

Have the receiver lie face down. Near the spine begin at Ty and continue until L^. Do thumb shiatsu pressing down leaning your body weight into the back while the receiver is exhaling. Repeat the two bladder lines which travel down the back. The first line is located 11/2 inches from the vertebrae and the second line is 3 inches away from the spine. You will find several very tender spots at the level of Tg.TjQ on the back. These are liver acupoints.

Massage the bottoms of the feet and each toe.

Have the receiver lie on the back. The area under the right rib cage is where the liver and gall bladder are located. This area will

be tender. The right shoulder and top of the right eye may be tender in the case of gall stones. Press around the liver with the tips of your right hand to evaluate the degree of pain present. If the receiver can tolerate pressure, press with the thumb along the edge of the rib. If the pain is too intense for shiatsu, you can apply palm healing here.
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Prostate and Acupressure

Oct 21, 2007

Swollen and tight prostate

Prostate pain

Difficulty in passing urine


The prostate gland in the male is about the size of a large walnut. It lies below the bladder, surrounding the urethra, and is made up of glands, tubes, and muscle. The prostate secretes a fluid which mingles with the secretion of the testes. When the prostate becomes enlarged, it obstructs the urethra and causes retention of urine.






Diet


A diet high in fat, protein, sugar, and coffee will enlarge the prostate. This is a very common occurrence in men past the age of 45. Acupressure treatment is aimed at reducing the size of the prostate and in­creasing overall body strength.


It is best to avoid the fatty animal foods such as beef, poultry, cheese, milk, and eggs. Not only animal food, but also sugar, honey, chocolate, and all sugary foods should be discontinued. All stimulants including mustard, pepper, curry, mint, peppermint, spices, alcohol, and coffee should be avoided. All vegetables and fruits that cause a swelling effect should be avoid­ed. These include potato, tomato, eggplant, and tropical fruits.



The standard macrobiotic diet should be followed. Dried shiitake mushrooms cooked with carrots or daikon can be eaten
frequently. One or two tablespoons of grated fresh raw daikon or carrot also can be used several times per week as a condiment at meals.

Shiatsu


Have the receiver lie face down. Press the acupoints near the spine on the lower hip region. Repeat this several times. Massage the bottoms of the feet with the thumbs vigor­ously. Massage up the inside of the legs.




Moxibustion

Heat applied to acupoints CV 3, CV 6, SP 6, KD 3 will bring rapid relief for difficulty in passing urine. Prostate pain is alleviated after 1-5 weeks of consistently eating the ma­crobiotic diet. It definitely is worth the effort of making the necessary changes in eating.

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Frigidity and Acupressure

Frigidity
Impotence



Healthy and enjoyable sexual relations enhance a couple's relationship. Unfortunately, the number of problems connected with the woman's menstrual cycle and the man's prostate and urinary functions interferes greatly with this pleasurable aspect of life, much to the detriment of many relationships.A full shiatsu treatment is the best method for increasing cir­culation and balancing the body. The stress of modern living or un­known psychological causes contribute to sexual problems. Acci­dents and the use of drugs and alcohol can contribute as well. Shiatsu is effective in dealing with these problems
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Acupressure schools and Training

Oct 20, 2007

These are some of the institues which gives training for acupressure


Utah College of Massage Therapy - Salt Lake City - 2 A campuses in Utah
The Utah College of Massage Therapy is proud to offer you state-of-the-art training in massage and bodywork therapies



Ashmead College - Vancouver
Ashmead provides an interactive learning environment with a foundation in both practical and theoretical skills


East-West Healing Arts Institute - Madison
With 766 hours offered in both Eastern and Western modalities, and a whole-person approach, we are the national leader in fully integrated therapeutic massage



Ashmead College - Fife
Ashmead provides an interactive learning environment with a foundation in both practical and theoretical skills



Ashmead College - Seattle
Ashmead provides an interactive learning environment with a foundation in both practical and theoretical skills



Utah College of Massage Therapy - Lindon - Lindon
The Utah College of Massage Therapy is proud to offer you state-of-the-art training in massage and bodywork therapies



Utah College of Massage Therapy - Salt Lake City - Salt Lake City
The Utah College of Massage Therapy is proud to offer you state-of-the-art training in massage and bodywork therapies



American College of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine - Houston
The American College of Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine offers a comprehensive education in acupuncture, herbology, and Western sciences



Lauterstein-Conway Massage School - Austin
LCMS provides 300, 550 and 750 hours of coursework in Swedish Massage, Anatomy, Physiology, Hydrotherapy, Deep Massage, Sports Massage, Shiatsu, Structural Bodywork, Zero Balancing, Psychology of Bodywork and the business, anatomical, and self-care skills you need to be fulfilled and successful



ATI Career Training Center - NRH - North Richland Hills
Known centuries ago as a cure for a multitude of ailments, the importance of massage therapy to overall health and well-being is now widely documented and acknowledged. With this, the demand for qualified massage therapists has greatly increased



Connecticut Center for Massage Therapy - Groton - Training in Groton, CT
Exclusively focused on massage therapy education since 1980 and offers a large source of jobs for licensed massage therapists in Connecticut



Ashmead College - Portland Area
Ashmead provides an interactive learning environment with a foundation in both practical and theoretical skills



Ashmead College - Tigard (Portland)
Ashmead provides an interactive learning environment with a foundation in both practical and theoretical skills.



Connecticut Center for Massage Therapy - Westport - Training in Westport, CT
Exclusively focused on massage therapy education since 1980 and offers a large source of jobs for licensed massage therapists in Connecticut



Everest Institute - South Plainfield - South Plainfield
A balance of academic knowledge, technical expertise, clinical skills and manual dexterity can provide you with a competitive advantage in this ever-changing field. You will acquire a solid base of knowledge through instruction and hands-on training in our well-rounded curriculum



Everest College - Gahanna - Gahanna
A balance of academic knowledge, technical expertise, clinical skills and manual dexterity can provide you with a competitive advantage in this ever-changing field. You will acquire a solid base of knowledge through instruction and hands-on training in our well-rounded curriculum



Sun Institute - Oradell/Bergen County
Sun Institute, formerly Dahn Healing Institute, is a place of healing yourself and others. You will learn everything from Swedish Massage to Energy Healing and Acupressure



Everest Institute - Eagan - Eagan
A balance of academic knowledge, technical expertise, clinical skills and manual dexterity can provide you with a competitive advantage in this ever-changing field. You will acquire a solid base of knowledge through instruction and hands-on training in our well-rounded curriculum



Utah College of Massage Therapy - Salt Lake City - 2 campuses in Utah
The Utah College of Massage Therapy is proud to offer you state-of-the-art training in massage and bodywork therapies



Acupressure Therapy Institute - Quincy
Our program in Asian Bodywork Therapy is the beginning of a journey in learning and self-discovery. We invite you to explore our listing & seek answers to questions you may have about Acupressure Therapy, our school, our faculty, our program or continuing education workshops



Connecticut Center for Massage Therapy - Newington - Training in Newington, CT
Exclusively focused on massage therapy education since 1980 and offers a large source of jobs for licensed massage therapists in Connecticut



Everest Institute - Brighton - Brighton
A balance of academic knowledge, technical expertise, clinical skills and manual dexterity can provide you with a competitive advantage in this ever-changing field. You will acquire a solid base of knowledge through instruction and hands-on training in our well-rounded curriculum



Everest Institute - Chelsea - Chelsea
A balance of academic knowledge, technical expertise, clinical skills and manual dexterity can provide you with a competitive advantage in this ever-changing field. You will acquire a solid base of knowledge through instruction and hands-on training in our well-rounded curriculum



Maui School of Therapeutic Massage - Makawao
Come to Maui for a world-class education in massage therapy that will change your life. MSTM's affordable, 650-hour professional training prepares you for a rewarding career as a Licensed Massage Therapist in most states and countries. Click to find out



Kaplan College - Merrillville - Merrillville
Massage therapy offers the opportunity for an independent, flexible career.



Connecticut Center for Massage Therapy - Groton - Groton
Exclusively focused on massage therapy education since 1980 and offers a large source of jobs for licensed massage therapists in Connecticut



Connecticut Center for Massage Therapy - Westport - Westport
Exclusively focused on massage therapy education since 1980 and offers a large source of jobs for licensed massage therapists in Connecticut



Connecticut Center for Massage Therapy - Newington - Newington
Exclusively focused on massage therapy education since 1980 and offers a large source of jobs for licensed massage therapists in Connecticut



Centre for Complementary Health Education - Mount Royal College - Calgary
The Centre for Complementary Health Education (CCHE) at Mount Royal College in Calgary is a centre of excellence



Okanagan Valley College of Massage Therapy - Vernon
The Okanagan Valley College of Massage Therapy is located in the beautiful Okanagan Valley. The school offers a massage therapy program with a variety of options designed to meet your career needs



AROMATICA Centre for Natural Therapies & Holistic Study - Vancouver
Whether you wish to go into practice for yourself, or seek employment in a spa or clinical setting, locally or afar, AROMATICA ensures you have the tools to succeed and to make a positive contribution to the burgeoning alternative health care field.



Ahern Massage Therapy School - Mariposa - Yosemite/Mariposa
The most important thing that I teach is compassion, and you will learn to work from your heart. Anyone who has a body, and anyone who plans on touching someone who has a body, should learn massage therapy. Why? Because we all have the right to good health



Everest College - Torrance - Torrance
A balance of academic knowledge, technical expertise, clinical skills and manual dexterity can provide you with a competitive advantage in this ever-changing field. You will acquire a solid base of knowledge through instruction and hands-on training in our well-rounded curriculum



Everest College - San Jose - San Jose
A balance of academic knowledge, technical expertise, clinical skills and manual dexterity can provide you with a competitive advantage in this ever-changing field. You will acquire a solid base of knowledge through instruction and hands-on training in our well-rounded curriculum



United Education Institute - San Diego
We are dedicated to providing quality education and training for individuals in pursuit of promoting inner peace and harmony



Everest College - San Francisco - San Francisco
A balance of academic knowledge, technical expertise, clinical skills and manual dexterity can provide you with a competitive advantage in this ever-changing field. You will acquire a solid base of knowledge through instruction and hands-on training in our well-rounded curriculum



Everest College - Reseda - Reseda
A balance of academic knowledge, technical expertise, clinical skills and manual dexterity can provide you with a competitive advantage in this ever-changing field. You will acquire a solid base of knowledge through instruction and hands-on training in our well-rounded curriculum


Everest College - San Bernardino - San Bernardino
A balance of academic knowledge, technical expertise, clinical skills and manual dexterity can provide you with a competitive advantage in this ever-changing field. You will acquire a solid base of knowledge through instruction and hands-on training in our well-rounded curriculum



Everest College - Ontario - Ontario
A balance of academic knowledge, technical expertise, clinical skills and manual dexterity can provide you with a competitive advantage in this ever-changing field. You will acquire a solid base of knowledge through instruction and hands-on training in our well-rounded curriculum




Everest College - Hayward - Hayward
A balance of academic knowledge, technical expertise, clinical skills and manual dexterity can provide you with a competitive advantage in this ever-changing field. You will acquire a solid base of knowledge through instruction and hands-on training in our well-rounded curriculum



Everest College - West Los Angeles - Los Angeles
A balance of academic knowledge, technical expertise, clinical skills and manual dexterity can provide you with a competitive advantage in this ever-changing field. You will acquire a solid base of knowledge through instruction and hands-on training in our well-rounded curriculum



Everest College - City of Industry - City of Industry
A balance of academic knowledge, technical expertise, clinical skills and manual dexterity can provide you with a competitive advantage in this ever-changing field. You will acquire a solid base of knowledge through instruction and hands-on training in our well-rounded curriculum



Everest College - Gardena - Gardena
A balance of academic knowledge, technical expertise, clinical skills and manual dexterity can provide you with a competitive advantage in this ever-changing field. You will acquire a solid base of knowledge through instruction and hands-on training in our well-rounded curriculum



Everest College - Alhambra - Alhambra
A balance of academic knowledge, technical expertise, clinical skills and manual dexterity can provide you with a competitive advantage in this ever-changing field. You will acquire a solid base of knowledge through instruction and hands-on training in our well-rounded curriculum



Everest College - Anaheim - Anaheim
A balance of academic knowledge, technical expertise, clinical skills and manual dexterity can provide you with a competitive advantage in this ever-changing field. You will acquire a solid base of knowledge through instruction and hands-on training in our well-rounded curriculum



Cortiva Institute - Desert Institute of the Healing Arts - A campus in Tucson, AZ
The Desert Institute of the Healing Arts is dedicated to providing quality instruction in massage therapy and shiatsu



Ahern Massage Therapy School - Ahwahnee
The most important thing that I teach is compassion, and you will learn to work from your heart. Anyone who has a body, and anyone who plans on touching someone who has a body, should learn massage therapy. Why? Because we all have the right to good health
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Baby Bottle Toxic or Not?

Your baby's bottles may not be as safe as they seem. According to a new report from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, certain types of plastic bottles contain a potentially dangerous chemical called bisphenol A (BPA), which has been linked to a number of health conditions in animals, including early onset of puberty, increased diabetes risk, hyperactivity, and certain cancers. Freaked out a little? So were we. Because it can be downright scary and confusing to digest these health risks (especially amid conflicting statements from the plastics industry), we tapped expert researchers to understand the real deal. Here, answers to your major concerns:



Q. Why the sudden bad rap for bottles?



A. Here's what we know for sure: BPA is a hormone-disrupting chemical found in hard, clear plastic baby bottles; over time, it can seep into the containers and into your baby's milk. Here's what we don't know: "We haven't yet found definitive long-term health consequences in people," says Rebecca Roberts, PhD, an associate professor of biology at Ursinus College in Collegeville, Pennsylvania, who studies BPA. Yet there are enough tangible risks -- especially for young babies and children, because they're still developing -- to be concerned. "I'm a mom too, and I believe it's important to balance your lifestyle with what the science says," Roberts says. "I can't say that my kid lives a completely BPA-free life, but I can minimize her contact."





Q. How can I tell if the bottles we use contain BPA?





A. Flip them over, says Roberts. Often, polycarbonate plastics -- the ones that contain BPA -- are marked by the recycling symbols #7 or PC. But the absence of these marks is not a guarantee of safety -- if the bottle is hard and clear, check with the manufacturer to be sure.





Q. What can I do to reduce my baby's exposure?





A. Consider BPA-free alternatives, like glass or softer, cloudy-looking plastic bottles (check out our finds below). "And if you are using bottles made with BPA, try not to microwave them or put them in the dishwasher," says Roberts, since heat can break down the plastic and trigger the chemicals to leach more readily. Also, toss bottles when they start to look scratched -- another sign of plastic degrading. According to one recent report, BPA may leach after as few as 50 to100 washings.





Q. Are there any other sources of BPA that could affect my baby?





A. There is some evidence that BPA is found in the lining of metal cans, including ready-to-feed formula. "To lessen the risk, it's best to opt for powdered formula, which is usually not sold in metal cans," says Sonya Lunder, MPH, an analyst at the Environmental Working Group. In a paper separate from the NIEHS study, the Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit found detected some BPA in liquid formula packaged in steel cans from companies including Enfamil and Similac. (Even though powdered formula containers may look like they're metal, most are actually made from a very stiff paperboard material). But if you're not sure whether your container is safe, then hold a magnet up to it, says Lunder. "If it sticks, then the can is metal and you should try to avoid it."





Q. I'm pregnant. Should I be worried?





A. BPA isn't just a baby bottles issue, says Phillip Landrigan, MD, a Parents advisory board member and a professor of pediatrics and community and preventive medicine at Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York. "The chemical can cross the placenta, so if you're exposed during pregnancy, there's a chance it can impact your developing fetus." The best ways to protect your health while you're expecting: Avoid heating and dishwashing food containers made from polycarbonate (flip the storage container and look for the recycling symbols #1, #2, or #5 instead -- all safer forms of plastic) and Nalgene water bottles. "Luckily, BPA is not everywhere," says Roberts. "And there are plastic alternatives that are totally fine for moms and babies to use."


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Acupressure and Pain during Childbirth

Pain during childbirth




For pom during childbirth, massage the area near the ankle on the inside of the leg (SP 6). and the area around the back of the hips (same as preceding treatment). The acu-points of the hands (LI 4) are helpful.




Breech position of child before delivery


reach position of the fetus can be re­versed in a good number of cases. In China, studies have shown that by using moxibus-tion (see moxibustion section) on one acu-point, the fetus can move to the correct delivery position. This occurs in 90% of woman treated. Moxibustion is applied to UB 67 (Zhiyin) on both feet. The heating is con­trolled so as not to produce burning pain. It is applied once a day for 15 minutes. Most can be corrected within one to four treatments. Some take up to 10 treatments. It is assumed that stimulation of UB 67 increases secretion of the adrenal cortex which enhances uterine activity. At the time of treatment, the movement of the fetus increases. This favor the automatic correction of the fetal position.
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Help for making sure baby gets better.

Oct 19, 2007

Help for making sure baby gets better.



When you're giving medication to your baby, make sure to follow all of your doctor's directions as well as these additional safety tips:



  • Take the whole course of an antibiotic as prescribed, even if your child seems cured after a few days.


  • Don't reuse a prescription left over from a previous illness, even if you suspect it's another bout of the same sickness.


  • Measure medicine carefully -- even the difference of a mere milliliter can overdose a baby -- and use an appropriate dosing device rather than a kitchen spoon.


  • Don't call medicine "candy."


  • Don't forcibly squirt medicine down the back of your child's throat. A portion can get into the lungs, causing her to gag.


  • Call your doctor if the medicine doesn't seem to be working, your child's condition worsens, or you notice unexpected side effects.
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Acupressure and inability to conceive

Oct 18, 2007

Inability to conceive




There are many reasons why there can be difficulty for a couple to conceive and have children. Low sperm count is one condition affecting males, while blocked fallopian tubes or hormonal inbalances can affect the female making conception impossible. The ability to produce children depends on more






than physiological readiness. It requires a combination of correctly timed physical and hormonal events, a suitable mental attitude by both partners and many other less under­stood factors that we can just call luck. The habit of throwing rice after the wedding cere­mony is based on ancient "fertility rites."

Yet even though no physical problems can be found that should stop a couple from having children, there are times when con­ception does not occur, Shiatsu helps to regu­late the indidivuals and may be useful.



Shiatsu



Have the receiver lie face down. Use thumb pressure to treat the lower back region near the lumber vertebrae. Press around the hip bones and on the buttocks.
Have the receiver turn over onto the back. Massage the lower abdomen. Beneath the navel, press and hold. Move the thumbs down to the pubic bone, press around the pelvic bones.
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Agitation


Acupressure can relieve agitation levels in older dementia patients, according to research reported last month in the Journal of Clinical Nursing.

A study conducted at the National Yang-Ming University in Taiwan found that regular (15-minute) treatment sessions twice a day for five days a week over a period of four weeks, led to reductions in the patients' propensity to attack others, both verbally and physically.

Twenty patients were studied over a six-week period which began one week before treatment started and ended one week after treatment finished. All the patients lived in special care units in care facilities. Over half were classified as experiencing major behavioural disturbances.

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Ladies conditions and acupressure

Oct 17, 2007

Irregular menstruation
lack of menstruation (amenorrhea)
painful or difficult menstruation (dysmenorrhea)
pre-menstrual syndrome (PMS)
menopause problems


The incidence of menstrual difficulty is extraordinarily common. The normal female cycle is disrupted from its average period of 28 days by a number of disturbing symptoms. Some women do not menstruate while others have extended or severe bleeding. Symptoms during or just before the monthly cycle can include pain in the lower abdomen, pain in the lumbar region, headaches, and nausea. The breasts sometimes swell and are painful. Many wom­en are unable to continue with normal day to day functions and must go to bed and rest.


The symptoms of pre-menstrual syndrome can be even more debilitating than painful menstruation. The symptoms come on one to two weeks before actual menstruation. These can include mental tension, irritability, headache, depression, and edema (swelling). During this time admissions to psychiatric hospitals, suicides, and accidents are all found to occur more frequently for wom­en. Fortunately all of these symptoms are treata­ble with shiatsu, diet, and increased exercise.





Shiatsu


In many cases the symptoms associated with menstrual difficulties are aggravated by lack of sufficient exercise. A complete shiatau treatment stimulates circulation and removes the heavy, bloated feeling often associated with these female problems.


Specific shiatsu should be directed to the lower back, abdomen, and the inside of the legs.


Have the receiver lie face down. Stand over the person and place your thumbs about 1 1/2 inches on each side of the spine, breathe in and out with the receiver and on an exha­lation press down, leaning your body weight into the acupoint and hold for 2-5 seconds. Begin this press technique beneath the ribs at T^ and continue until the lower end of the tail bone. Repeat each point several times. With the palm of the hand massage in a circular movement over the kidney area.


Have the receiver turn over. Massage the lower section of the abdomen beneath the navel with the heel of the hand in a circular movement. Use care as this area may be tender and painful to the touch. Give the proper amount of pressure that will increase circula­tion and yet not create additional pain. Place one hand, palm down, on the navel and the other hand directly on top. You and the receiver should breathe in a deep full breath and on an exhalation press gently down until you find resistence. Hold for 1-5 seconds. Repeat at least 10 times. Finish by massaging the entire area again with the heel of the hand.





Massage the bottom of the feet and press with your thumb the lines on the inside of the legs. The channels found here are re-lated to the reproductive organs. Many times you will find tender­ness around the ankle and just below the knee on the inside. Any tender spots are worth massaging a little extra. Work up and down each line 2-5 times.


Moxibustion


Moxa treatment is very effective in re­laxing menstrual cramping and discomfort. Warm each acupoint from 2-5 minutes. Use the following acupoints: on the abdomen-—CV 6, CV 12; on the back—US 23, UB 31-34; on the legs—SP 9, SP 6, KD 3.




Diet


Foods that retard the circulation of blood and energy should be restricted when men­strual troubles are present. They include: fat­ty items such as beef, cheese, milk and other dairy products, avoca­do, potato chips, and other fried, greasy foods. Sugars, honey, and fruit juice should be avoided and, temporarily, fruits as well. Stay away from raw salads and other cold foods which tax digestion and cool down the inside making internal contractions severe and painful.


The diet should include energizing warm foods which will re­lax excessive muscle contractions. A high fiber diet, taken in the form of whole grains, vegetables, and beans, has the ability to re­move excessive estrogen from the body. The phytic acid present in fiber binds excess estrogen, thus removing this substance which is known to increase muscle cramping. This will help to establish the correct ratio of estrogen to progesterone (female hormones made by the ovaries) which is linked to the symptoms of pre-menstrual syndrome.


Miso soup taken daily supplies adequate protein and vitamins including "itamin Bj^- Wakame seaweed and daikon radish (or turnip) added to the soup add a delicious flavor and medicinal qual­ities.


Ginger Compress


Compresses can be placed on the lower abdomen and/or the lower back, whichever you feel is appropriate. The warm, stimulat­ing effect of the compress will help to alleviate pain rapidly.


Hip Bath


Prepare a hip bath in one of two ways. You may use dried rad­ish leaves (daikon preferred) and place 4-5 bunches in one gallon of water and simmer until the water turns brown. Add this liquid to a full bathtub.


The second method is to add a handful of seasalt to the bathtub.
Once the bath water is prepared, sit with the water level at least up to the waist. Cover the upper part of your body with a towel or blan­ket. Your body will become very warm and begin to sweat.This
takes about 10-20 minutes. Repeat this bath up to 10 days.
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