Traditonal Chinese Medicine as Applied to All Life

March 26, 2010 by  
Filed under Energy Healing Systems, New Posts

 

Balance In All Things

by Susan Pipes 

 

I am delighted to introduce Susan Pipes, a fellow Animal Communicator who is also a practitioner of Traditional  Chinese Medicine.  In this guest blog, she will be introducing us to the basic concepts of Traditional Chinese Medicine.

 

Susan Pipes

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is one of the oldest holistic and preventative healing systems that is still in practice today. Believed to be over 3000 years old it has a rich and fascinating history that explains the relationship of health and all life to the dynamic forces of nature.

Created as a preventative health care system it could adapt to changes that manifested in the body. This philosophy and healing system evolved to explain treat and prevent illness and disease using natures elements and influences. This holistic view of all life sought to bring balance and harmony between living things and the universe.

The ancient doctors were paid when the patient was healthy, if the patient was sick the doctor no longer received his fee. He would then treat the person with the four distinct methods of treatment to bring balance and harmony back in the body.

  • Herbology – the use of plants and nature’s gifts taken internally or sometimes applied externally to bring balance in the body
  • Acupuncture – using fine pre-sterilized needles placed at certain pre determined points along meridians or channels in the body to bring about balance
  • Manipulative therapy ( tui na massage, qi gong, tai chi) Using manual techniques to unblock and move qi
  • Food cures (diet therapy) – foods and meal preparation techniques used to assist and support the body according to the principles of yin/yang, excess/deficiency, interior/exterior and warm and cold as they apply to the organ system.

TCM was originally based on the theory of yin, yang and qi. This was later expanded to include the 5 elements or five phases theory which is based on the 5 elements, wood, fire, earth, metal and water. Although this theory was easy to explain it is very complex and is still used today as a basis for differentiation and treatment or healing.

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Yin and yang are present in all life and are so interconnected and related that one cannot survive without the other. They are constantly changing and reflecting the complex patterns that can occur in the body at any given time. The ancient Chinese believe that the key to mastering health is to regulate the yin and yang of the body.

This was done by careful observation and knowledge of qi, blood and jin ye (body fluids). Qi is known today as energy but actually means manifested life force energy as given from the heaven and the earth. There are many types of qi in the body and a disruption can cause a disharmony changing the careful balance of yin and yang.

Everything is related and is based on the free flow of qi. If you have a blockage then disharmony will exist, remove the blockage and then balance will return.

There is a saying in Chinese medicine that “qi is the mother of blood and blood is the mother of qi” this statement illustrates the complexities and simplicity of the healing art. What does that mean? It means they are interdependent and inseparable.

Although Chinese medicine can be very effective it is important to address what the body is presenting by paying close attention to the signs and symptoms When you or your animal companion go to see a Chinese practitioner or doctor she will take your pulses, observe your tongue and classify yin and yang signs and symptoms. The six external pathogens start with the big brother wind, he can bring cold, summer heat, dryness, dampness or fire.

She will carefully ask you about the seven emotions that are related to the organs.

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Further investigation will reveal the three treasures: essence, qi and shen (spirit). Together these qualities reflect the health, strength, happiness and mental qualities of clarity and stability. Good health is dependent on this harmonious balance and interaction. One of the first things your Dr. will notice is the quality of your shen. It is said that the shen lives in the mind but will shows its sparkle. The importance of the health of the body mind and spirit are valued.

If there is a collapse or complete separation of yin and yang then the jing or essence and the shen (spirit) will also leave each other. If they cannot live harmoniously the death will occur. I have heard people say that they have no yin or qi and of course that is impossible. This quality is reflected in the 8 principles and would be called a yin or qi deficiency.

The eight principles are used to understand the nature of the disharmony, they will not all be seen together or even be involved.

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It is not unusual for an older dog or person to exhibit qi deficiency or kidney yin deficiency. The Dr. may want to nourish kidney yin and tonify qi using acupuncture and herbs or a different treatment method.

The internal organ concept is complex and as we have seen can involve emotions, tissues, sense organs and more according to this Five Element Chart. It is important to note that this does not necessarily refer to the actual organ but to the organ system and how it works. We will learn more about the organs and how they relate to the meridians or channels later.

Western medicine as we know it today trends to focus on the treatment of symptoms (biao) where TCM is root (bao) based on will go the source cause of the disharmony or disease. Western medicine is more useful for first aid and surgery while Chinese medicine may bring longer lasting results with chronic or multi layered conditions. Acupuncture is proven to be very effective for not only pain but for many conditions according to the WHO ( World Heath Organization).

It is much easier to maintain the balance than to try and bring balance back to a body with a multi layered illness. Chinese medicine and acupuncture is all about balance, in the home, in health and in life. People are now taking an active role in the preventative care and maintenance with not only their own health but in their animals as well.

Living a balanced life brings good health and harmony.

Living a life of moderation is key to keeping this equation.

We have seen how TCM seeks to obtain balance but how do we achieve that? Well, it is not a mystery, it is a mastery! A mastery of one’s self and all the theories. When we live a balanced life we affect everything in it. We have become the one that can affect the whole. Sometimes it is as simple as making changes to your diet, eating steamed vegetables and nourishing yin foods. Learning to express grief or anger so it does not collect and injure the channels.

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Susan Pipes from AnimalSpiritCommunication.com offers guided intuitive animal communication, long distance Reiki, and focused energy healing. She also shares personal messages that your animal friend may have for you regarding personal growth and the reason for your journey together. She is a Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioner and Reiki Master offering energetic healing for body mind and soul. Contact Susan at susanpipes@gmail.com or visit her website http://www.animalspiritcommunication.com.

 

Iroquois Prayer of Thanksgiving

October 13, 2009 by  
Filed under Food for Thought, New Posts

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We return thanks to our mother, the earth, which sustains us.

We return thanks to the rivers and streams,
which supply us with water.

We return thanks to all herbs,
which furnish medicines for the cure of our diseases.

We return thanks to the corn,
and to her sisters, the beans and squash,
which give us life.

We return thanks to the bushes and trees,
which provide us with fruit.

We return thanks to the wind,
which, moving the air,
has banished diseases.

We return thanks to the moon and the stars,
which have given us their light
when the sun was gone.

We return thanks to our grandfather He-no,
who has given to us his rain.

We return thanks to the sun,
that he has looked upon the earth
with a beneficent eye.

Lastly, we return thanks to the Great Spirit,
in whom is embodied all goodness,
and who directs all things
for the good of his children.

 

Namaste,
Nedda

Creating a Green Canine and Feline Footprint

June 17, 2009 by  
Filed under Animals and Nature Kingdoms, New Posts

 

HELP YOURSELF, HELP THE ANIMALS, HELP THE EARTH

 

How can having a greener footprint benefit our animals?  Here are some of my thoughts and insights that have changed the way I care for my animal family members.

Feed Your Animals Naturally

Have you ever read the labels on your cat and dog food packages?  Admittedly, you may need a magnifying glass to do so, but it is well worth the $10 or so investment to discover what you are actually feeding them. 

Unfortunately, most of the pet foods readily available and promoted on TV are really full of things that no animal should be eating:  chemical preservatives, artificial flavoring, meat by-products, and so on.  Do you know what the big, long, barely pronounceable words in the contents list actually stand for?  I challenge you to look them up online and discover what you are feeding your animals.

The expression, “You are what you eat” is correct, and today we and our animals are sicker than ever before.  A lot of it has to do with what we are eating.

It’s time to tell the corporations that we want to feed our animals natural foods, not foods filled with industrial waste products.   Companies are getting rid of industrial waste by putting it into your pet’s food. 

Feeding organic foods (and some “all natural” foods) will mean healthier dogs and cats.  Animals need foods filled with nutritious substances that are readily available to their bodies. 

For example, what is a “meat by-product”?  Do you ever see it in the meat section of your supermarket?  Do you know that it’s the parts of the slaughtered animal that is considered unfit for human consumptionIf humans shouldn’t be eating it, neither should our animals!!

Do you know WHY some pet food have artificial flavorings?  Because no animal would touch the food if the real flavoring wasn’t covered up.  Dogs and cats use their noses to determine what to eat.  So they are being tricked by the contents of the food into eating things they would not otherwise consume.  Also, pet food companies want to addict your pet to their foods so that, if you try to feed them something better, they won’t touch it.

A greener world to me means that animals are killed for consumption with kindness and love and appreciation and honor and gratitude, and their body parts are consumed the same way, and our family animals are feed the highest quality of diet so that they remain healthy.

Preventing Dental Problems Naturally

If your dog or cat has suffered from gum disease, heavy tartar, and has needed dental surgery, you know how expensive this is for your pocket.  But do you also know that using all those drugs – antibiotics, anesthesia, and other medications – and medical equipment causes pollution?  Are you aware that there is a big problem getting rid of medical waste?

Help your pets and the environment by using natural products that will keep their teeth and gums healthier.  I know of two such products that you can choose from, both available online.  Using either of this products on a regular basis makes a gigantic difference for your animal, for your pocket book, and for the planet.

The two products are PetzLife Oral Care (spray and cream) and Leba III (spray only).  Both are made from natural substances, not chemicals.  PetzLife has a much stronger flavor, but is less expensive than Leba III.   I’ve tried both of these with my cats, and they work equally well.  However, Violet (Siamese) much prefers the Leba III, and when using homeopathic remedies, I feel better using something with a milder taste so it won’t interfere with the homeopathic process.

Natural Cat Litters

Are you still using cat litters made from clay or from man-made substances?  I realize that keeping cats indoors has the challenge of maintaining a sanitary environment while allowing your felines to eliminate body waste in their preferred way.  I’ve actually heard that some cats can be trained to use the toilet seat, but frankly, for most of us, just making sure they are happy with their litter box is a big enough deal.

So how can you make things greener in the litter box department?

Self-cleaing litter boxes use electricity.  I don’t recommend them for that reason alone.  They also can injure cats if they start up while the cat is using the box.

The main thing is to find a cat litter that is made from a natural, renewable resource and that biodegrade easily.  I know of two that meet this requirement.  “Swheat Scoop” is made from wheat.  “World’s Best Cat Litter” is made from corn.  Both can be flushed into a city toilet because they will completely degrade.  Both clump quite nicely.  Both are pretty easily available where I live, but if you can’t find them, be sure to ask in stores where you shop to get those stores to start carrying them.

Toys Without Chemicals or Poisons or Cruelty to Other Animals

Most of the toys we buy for our animals do not come with labels saying what is in them, on them, or even what they are made from.  Isn’t it time you started asking the companies what they are using to create toys that your animals hold in their mouths and chew on?

For example, if a chew toy is made from plastic, what off-gassing is occurring from that plastic that your animal is breathing in as s/he hold it in her mouth?  If the toy is made from animal skin (otherwise known as leather), has it been processed with chemicals that might poison your animal – even long term, accumulating over a lifetime?  Some rawhide chew-toys contain chemical poisons that can make your dogs very sick. 

You will find many articles online about safe toys for your dog.  When you read them, also think about the environment.  If a toy is safe for your animal, is it also safe for the environment?   What is involved in the creation and production of this toy?

Household Cleaners and Your Animal Friends

There has been much written about how using environmentally safe cleaners in your home are helpful to the environment.  Please also consider that using they create a safer and healthier environment for you and your animal companions.

I only use non-scented laundry detergent and no fabric softeners.  I do this because I became allergic to the artificial scents and some of the other chemicals in these products.  But once I had removed them from my home, I began to realize that whenever I purchased new items made from cloth I was bringing more chemicals into my house.

All fabrics – whether in new clothing for people or pets, whether in draperies or furniture, whether in cat or dog beds, carpets, cat trees, and so on – all fabrics are full of formaldehyde to preserve them in the warehouses before we even get to see them in the stores.  In addition, to make fabrics non-flammable they are sprayed with neurotoxins.  Neurotoxins are chemicals that can destroy or badly damage the nervous system.

Please consider that those doggie and kitty noses are closer to the carpet, the bed, and the chair cushion than your nose is.  

I propose that you can reduce your carbon footprint by choosing natural products that are safer, healthier, and chemical free.  Don’t you owe it to your beloved animal friend and to yourself to do this?  Otherwise, these toxins can build up in the liver and contribute to ill health.

So start now creating a healthier, greener world right in your own home.  Vote with your wallet.  You and your animals will all benefit, and so will the Earth, our Mother.

Behind the Scenes: Creating the Illusion

November 26, 2008 by  
Filed under Food for Thought

Each year I give myself a holiday gift around mid-winter.  This year, I bought myself the entire extended edition of the Lord of the Rings trilogy on DVD.  

If you are a fan of the Tolkien books – or not; if you are a fan of the movies made from these books – or not; if you just want to understand how far movie-making technology has advanced – or not; or if you just want to understand more about the illusion we live in – then I highly recommend this set of DVD’s.

Peter Jackson and his associates have created a film in which Middle Earth and the beings who inhabit it seem as real as any place or people you and I know.  On 6 DVD’s you can visit that world.  On 6 other DVD’s you are told and shown just how that world was created.

The blend of technologies and art are so completely interwoven that while watching the films, you cannot tell a living person from a computer generated person.  Same for horses, buildings, background views, and even entire scenes.  Amazingly, one of the central characters of the story named (Gollum/Smeagle) is a blend of actor and computer generation with some very sophisticated techniques combined.  You cannot tell stunt doubles from actors.  Due to variations in the size of the many characters, some  are actually played by 3 different people.  Camera angles and other tricks (and there are MANY) used to create this illusion are explained and demonstrated.  All of this and more are seamlessly integrated so that the viewer has NO IDEA what went on “behind the scenes” to create the illusion while watching the films.

I wonder . . . are the same or similar techniques being used to create what we are told is “news”? 

How would we ever know?

By now, if you have been reading my blogs for awhile, you know I have a questioning mind.  That old message from the 1960’s, “Question Authority” has become for me, “Question Reality” – or at least the version of it that is being fed to us by so-called authorities, including TV and the media and the politicians and the religious leaders and educators and anyone else who claims that you should just lap up whatever crummy drug they serve your brain and go to sleep.

What if everything we see around us is just a movie?  What if it is created in the same way that films are made?  How would we know?

“Impossible,” you might respond. 

Really?  Just consider the possibility.  You don’t have to believe in it.  Just consider it.

Look at all the lies we have been told since 9/11.  If you are not familiar with this, search the internet and give yourself a peek at some of the UTUBE videos that challenge the official view of this event.  Allow yourself to experience some “cognitive dissonance” – big words that mean that we humans tend to feel uncomfortable when we hear or read or watch anything that challenges our view of reality.

So you are not Columbus?  Remember Columbus.  He challengee the idea that the world was flat.  That was the world view of his time.  There still is a Flat Earth Society which firmly believes in that world view.  They even had a website.

Maybe you are like Columbus.  Maybe you are ready to challenge your own existing views of reality.  Can’t hurt to think for yourself.  Really.  Give it try.

Nedda