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Ginger healing: hair loss, common cold and flu


In western culture, I don't see ginger as a common food but more for seasoning . But in Chinese or Asian community, ginger plays a very critical role in cooking. It's because of both its great culinary and medicinal value. It's commonly used for seafood cooking especially steaming fish in order to get rid of the fishiness. Its medicinal value is even more important. Chinese use ginger to heal many diseases. Ginger root is the major one we always use, but ginger skin, ginger leaves and even dried ginger all have different medicinal uses.

Chinese consider cold or flu to be an attack of "coldness" inserting our skin and other organs and reach the inside our body. The property of ginger is "warm" (yeah, it's spicy so you can tell), which helps open up the tiny pores of skin again to release the "coldness" that got us sick. So whoever starts to get a cold or flu, just make some hot tea with ginger boiled and drink it. It's going to help a lot. There's always a typical recipe we use in our own family - hot ginger coke. You boil a can of coca-cola with a few slices of ginger and then drink it before going to rest. It works pretty much every time for us.

Very few people know that hair loss and alopecia can be healed by ginger as well. It's also based on the theory of refreshing the pore on the skin. There are few ways of healing alopecia and hair loss with ginger:

1. Ginger skin (dried by baking) and Ginseng 30 grams each.  Grind them into powder. Cut some ginger slices to smear the hair losing area with the powder. Do it every other day.

2. Grind a piece of fresh ginger, heat it up and smear it on the head 2-3 times. Make sure you don't burn your skin though.

3. Probably the easiest way: Cut a few slices of ginger and smear some alcohol (like brandy) on your head. About 2-3 times a day. Or another way is put a few slices of aged ginger into a glass of alcohol for 2-3 days, then smear these ginger slices onto the area of alopecia or hair loss every day, normally 2-3 weeks hair will grow again.

There are even more complicated ginger uses for hair loss, I just provided these three ways. I hope it helps certain people. Ginger still have plenty of medicinal uses. And since it's a pretty easy thing to find in the market, I'll try to bring up some more uses later on.


Hand Acupressure/Reflexology Basics, Part 6

The keys of hand acupressure/reflexology (continued):

Usually, hand acupressure/reflexology treatments can be done by anybody and anytime without any danger. However, if the following symptoms or disceases occur, we should avoid the stimulation or massage:

1. Fever with temperature higher than 38 °C (100.4°F);

2. Messy, unstable pulses;

3. Long term use of hormone products;

4. Extremely tired or exhausted;

5. After hemoptysis or coughing blood;

6. After Cerebral hemorrhage;

7. Active pulmonary tuberculosis;

8. Syphilis or Gonorrhea;

9. Legal/official infectious diseases;

10. malignant tumors (cancer)

And those patients with serious heart problems, liver disorders and kidney disorders should consult their doctors first before doing the hand therapy.

(to be continued)


Hand Acupressure/Reflexology Basics, Part 5

The keys of hand acupressure/reflexology (continued):

However, sometimes we feel some pain on our hand that doesn't show on the diagram, or we don't know what body parts the painful point referring to, or when we don't feel well, we forget where the reflexive areas are. In that case, lift your hands to the chest level, and look at your hands from sideway (like you're about to chop something with your hands). You can pretend that our body reflects on the whole hand as if you're looking at your body from the side. In this case, the finger tips reflect the head, then the eyes reflected a little below the head...the root of fingers are the reflexive area for shoulders...etc. Estimate which body parts reflected by which reflexive areas on your hand. Of course, it's not as accurate as the diagrams. But the best part of this reflexive therapy is that you just need an approximation after all.

After examination of the hands, we can start treating the reflexive areas that are particularly painful. Keep the hands clean and would be better if the fingernails are trimmed. Treatment time doesn't really matter, but we should avoid doing the massages on hand right after meal, alcohol and shower/bath. Because different stimulation have different effects, some stimulation may get the nerve excited and make us unable to sleep. So we should avoid the stimulation 30 minutes before going to bed as well. We can do the acupressure/massage during a bus ride to work, in the boring meetings, watching TV, or simply when you're taking a break.

The duration of the therapy should be around 15-20 minutes for both hands massage time added up together.  That's the most effective time. If you don't have time, shorten it a bit is not a big deal. In the case when we feel sudden problems such as  headache, nausea etc, we should stimulate hard until the problem is relieved.

(to be continued)


Hand Acupressure/Reflexology Basics, Part 4

The keys of hand acupressure/reflexology:

Whether you massage palm or back of your hands, there are no harms toward your body. However, if you want to have better results, the most efficient ways are of course stimulate the particular reflexive areas that are responsible for the disordered part of your body.

Firstly, use your thumb to press and massage on the palm of your whole hand. If you find certain areas that feel a little pain, that means there's something wrong with your body that is related to your painful reflexive area. Check out the reflexology diagrams for the relevant body parts and pay some attention to those potential health issues.

Do the same thing on the back of the hand. Hardened muscle/tissues or weird skin tone should pay more attention to examine.

Left hand and right hand are mostly symmetric, but there are organs only relevant to one hand or another, such as heart, liver and those who're on one side of our body. Do both hands will need to be examined.

(to be cont'd)


Dr. Ni’s funny comments on certain patients he refuses to treat

If you guys remember, I posted something about Chinese doctor Dr. Ni, like his view on alternative healing in America and his rules of thumb for patients. He's very good at Healthy Check, but the way he presents in his articles are always controversial and emotional. I read a list about what kinds of patients he refuses to treat and made me giggle. Somehow I understand why he set the list, but it's still quite funny and a little vigorous.

1. People who request that they can recover the next day taking Chinese medicine or acupuncture. These actually don't believe in traditional Healthy Check at all.

2. Patients who have doubt and suspect the doctor.

3. Taking western medicine while taking Chinese medicine at the same time.

4. Patients who know about simple Chinese medicine and keep questioning about the prescriptions.

5. Patients who don't take medicine in a timely manner.

6. Patients who listen to the Chinese pharmacists more than the Chinese doctor and let the comments from pharmacists intercept the prescriptions.

7. Patients who don't listen to the suggestions from the doctor and think taking medicine can heal everything. For example, liver cirrhosis is caused by alcohol, but if the patient still drink even after taking medicine, how could he be healed?

8. Patients who repeat asking the same questions - which means they don't trust the doctor.

9. When the patient got serious health problem, he/she just listens to whoever's suggestions and take a lot of different medicine without any caution.

10. Patients who take a lot of unnecessary diet supplements and vitamins - they come to the doctor when they're sick, but still ask the doctor what supplements and vitamins they can still take - these people are causing more unnecessary troubles to their health.

11. Patients who got so nervous coming to the Chinese doctor after seeing western doctor and found out their health problem, and consider that as an emergency. That actually means they still trust western doctor better.

12. Patients who tried chemotherapy or certain western treatments first before coming to Chinese doctor. Because if they don't get cured, they just blame Chinese doctor and never blamed the western treatment.

Dr. Ni said he refuses to treat these 12 kinds of patients and he suggests that all traditional Chinese doctors should avoid these patients as well because these patients won't thank the doctors at all even if they're healed. If they don't get cured, it's the Chinese doctors fault. They never consider how they get the disease. However when they go to the western doctors, they'll listen to whatever they say like a pet.

It sounds a bit harsh to a lot of people, but the conclusion here is all about trust and confidence with Healthy Check. I'd say if you really want to try Healthy Check methods, you just have to believe it and give full respect, or it's better don't bother trying at all.


Hand Acupressure/Reflexology Basics, Part 3

(continue  from Part 2)

When we thinking about it, most of us should remember once or twice that when we didn't feel well or something went wrong in our body, that showed on our sensitive hands. For example, when we are watching an exciting ball game or movie, our hands will be sweating involuntarily. Or after a fever, our hands may feel dry and some skin may even peel off. Long time ago there was a very simple lie detector created according to the sweating of palm, which related to the activities of the brain and the nerve system. I'm not saying this lie detector is very accurate, but I'd like to point out that our hands don't really exist as individual body parts, they have close relationship with internal organs. If the reflexology treatment will be more effective if we can confirm certain reflexive areas more accurately corresponding to certain body parts.

Let's say if we want to calm down an anxious person, we need to calm down this person's unstable nervous system. We can stimulate thyroid and pituitary gland reflexive areas to calm down the vigorous emotions.

There is a saying that people who always use their hands live longer. Some say that artists, carpenters live longer and healthier. Many of them still keep working on their masterpieces when they're already old. A lot of smart people use their hands very often too. The stimulations on the hands help activate the brain and the organs, as the body gets stronger, the brain runs even more actively. In the old days, housewives used their hands frequently for household works such as sewing and washing clothes helped the stimulations as well. But since we have more work done by machines, household work doesn't stimulate our hands as much as before. So "working" with our hands actually help our longevity, and spending some time massaging our hands everyday will benefit even more, especially today we don't even do that many "hard" household work with hands.


Hand Acupressure/Reflexology Basics, Part 2

32 reflexive areas on your hands and fingers

Why does massages on hand can make such a big difference, make us feel good, keep us strong, and even cure problems in our body?

Firstly, we need to figure out the basics of reflexology. The status of our head, our organs, limbs , muscles and all parts of body will be reflected on the reflexive areas on our hand. There must be a relevant reflexive areas on our hands, either on the palm or the back of the hand. Most of the time, unlike acupoints on meridians, these areas are called as the same as the organs or body parts they reflect. For example, stomach is still called stomach reflexive area on the hand, lungs are called lungs reflexive areas.

The concept here is simple: as long as we understand the status of body parts can be reflected to the hands (actually, for reflexology, feet as well), so the stimulations on these reflexive areas are going to "activate" the corresponding body parts and organs. If we do this every day, there will certainly be a healing effect. For example, stomach-ache can be healed by massaging the stomach reflexive area on the hand, there will be a good regulation. Same as sore throat, etc...

On the contrary, if we find it painful of an area on our hands, that may be an indication of the disorder of the relevant body parts or organs. We can actually use this method to find out if there's any problem in our body. For example, if a person feel very painful when applying pressure to the kidneys reflexive areas,  there may be a kidney disorder going on. In that case, carefully massage the reflexive areas and stimulate to resolve and break down the body waste, lactic acid and uric acid, and then discharge with urination.  That's going to help healing the problem with the kidneys.


Hand Acupressure/Reflexology Basics, Part 1

I remember a few months ago I had a brief introduction of Hand Acupressure. After that, we just jumped right into those practical hand therapies without talking deeper. I guess it's about time to continue talking about some basics of hand acupressure I learned from some Chinese resources. However, I still would recommend you spend 1-2 minutes reading that brief introduction I posted few months ago before reading this. It described what "Acupoints" and meridians (or channels) are, and introduced different ways of stimulation on those acupressure points (acupoints). Basically, we have 370k to 380k small channels that form 10-14 major meridians in our body. These meridians connect internal organs for Qi (Chi) and blood flow. When there's a disorder with an internal organ, there will be a "reflex" on these meridians. When we stimulate certain points on these meridians (acupoints), we can treat the disorder.

For hand acupressure, there are meridians on our fingers. Each finger has a meridian that somehow responsible for certain inner systems. Let's briefly introduce the meridians on these fingers.

Thumb meridian - regulates respiratory system and catalyzes metabolism;

Index finger meridian - regulates functions of liver, stomach and pancreas;

Middle finger meridian - regulates heart and blood flow etc. ;

Ring finger meridian - related to nerve system, visual system etc;

Little finger meridian - regulate functions of lungs and reproductive system.

Reflexology is somehow a western name, while it is kind of similar to the theory of Chinese acupressure. For normal people, it's not easy to understand how meridians work. But if you can at least understand which fingers belong to which system and just rub your fingers frequently, even if you didn't hit the right acupoints, it's still going to have certain effects.

We'll continue very soon.


6 signs to tell that you’re healthy again by Dr. Ni

Last post I talked about some rules of thumbs from Dr. Ni. I've been reading a speech he gave in Los Angeles a while ago. Certain things I kind of mentioned in my blog before that are quite similar. I'll take part of the speech that talked about how traditional Chinese doctor of Northern China decide whether you're healthy or not and translate for you guys:

  1. Sleep well without any interruption and wake up in the morning. However, if you can't sleep because you argue with your husband or wife, that's normal.
  2. Normal appetite. That doesn't mean a good appetite that keeps you eating. That means it's just about right enough to satisfy you. Not an appetite that keeps you want more food.
  3. The first thing wake up in the morning is a bathroom break to take a deuce. Breakfast after that.
  4. 5-7 times urination per day. Urine volume should be large, color should be light yellow.
  5. No matter what season or where you are, head/face/body stay cool, while limbs like hands feet, arms and legs are warm.
  6. In the morning, male have an erection while female has a sensitive breast as well.

When you take Chinese treatments whether it's herbs or acupuncture, once all these 6 good signs appear, that means you're quite healthy. If not, that means you're in a wrong medical direction.

If I found something more that's interesting in the speech and I can translate (actually that's quite a difficult task), I'll continue.


Dr. Ni’s rules of thumb for patients

Last week I had a few discussion about making alternative healing become mainstream. I referred to a famous Chinese doctor Hai-Sha Ni of what he said. He's an acupuncturist and a developer of new traditional Chinese medical theories and concepts from Taiwan and living in Florida now. He's famous because he's such an "anti-western medicine" representative. He's famous because a lot of his articles (which are in Chinese) written with emotional bias that made a lot of noises in the Taiwan community. Of course, he's also famous that he's a really good doctor who did cure a lot of people. As a Chinese medicine believer myself, a lot of his statements are very convincing, although I understand why many western medicine believers in Taiwan hate him. And the problem of his articles are the emotion and the lack of organized evidences. According to what he said, most western medicine theories, especially cancer cure, are not helping patients. Instead, a lot of these concepts actually destroy the patients' health. To me it seems like the only western healing ways he accepts are surgeries and western natural healings like herb healing or so.

I recently found what he taught the children (and adult as well) about rules of thumbs for patients:

  1. Stop taking vitamin pills and diet supplements.
  2. Stop taking calcium pills and medicines that lower cholesterol, steroid and anti-depression medicines.
  3. Don't consume and dairy food like milk, cheese, yogurt or ice-cream. Replace with soy milk if necessary.
  4. Stop any foods and drinks with artificial sugar like chocolate, cookies, candies and soda.
  5. People who like sweets can take natural cane sugar or honey to replace refined sugar.
  6. Take sea salt or "rock" salt to replace the refined salt.
  7. Don't drink coffee, drink green tea instead.
  8. Take natural food other than diet supplements, avoid foods with "extra nutrients"
  9. Drink more water, green tea and self-made natural fruit juice. Drink less wine and other artificial drinks.
  10. 10.  Patients with edema or kidney disorders have to take minimum salt diet.
  11. 11.  Patients with kidney disorders are prohibit to carambola. (well I guess other than Asian, other people wouldn't know what fruit it is. It's called "Star Fruit" as well because the way it looks.)
  12. 12.  Women should avoid any cold food or drinks during their period.

While most of these rules of thumb are about natural healing, some of them may sound quite strange to Americans or Europeans. However, after all traditional Chinese medicine is all about natural and balance. So these sort of make sense if you believe in TCM.