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Maintaining Health in Winter with Chinese Medicine

The ancient Chinese believed that living in harmony with the seasons of nature could prevent disease and promote health.  Winter is the most yin season when the flow of energy is cold, damp, slow and inward.  The days are shorter, and darkness comes early.

The organs associated with winter are the kidneys and bladder. Today, I want to discuss the kidneys.  The kidneys hold our body’s fundamental energy, the Jing chi or essence.  To strengthen kidney energy, it is important to get adequate rest and spend time in self-reflection and meditation.  Practices such as Tai Chi and yoga help to relax body, mind, and spirit, and connect us to our inner selves.

The kidney energy is also associated with our ears and bones.  Our hearing ability is connected to the health of the kidneys.  We can hear more clearly in the stillness of winter than in the activity of the spring and summer.

Bone broths are a good way to tonify kidney energy and nourish the bones which produce Jing Chi.  Other foods which support the kidneys include:

  • rye
  • oats
  • miso
  • quinoa
  • seaweeds
  • salt
  • warm
  • hearty soups
  • roasted nuts
  • black beans
  • black rice

Prolonged extreme stress harms the kidneys. It is also recommended to avoid excess salt and anything in excess.

www. Chinesemedicineliving.com/Living According to the winter season…

Treating Kidney Stones with Chinese Medicine

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Kidney stones is a condition which has become much more prevalent in recent times.  A New York Times article by Laurie Tarkan on October 28, 2008, cites that urologists in some parts of the USA are reporting a noticeable increase in kidney stones, especially in women and children.  Recent statistics reported that 12% of men and 7% of women get kidney stones at some time in their life. These statistics also suggested that the percentage of women with kidney stones was higher than reported.

Kidney and urinary stones are created when minerals in the body combine with other substances and accumulate in the small ducts and tissues of the organ “eventually forming a thick sludge then stones.” Many times, these stones have no symptoms and pass through the ureter unnoticed.

The problem comes when the stones cannot be passed into the urine.  Some reasons for the inability of the stones to be passed are: size, inflammation, and scarring of the ducts, hardness, and sharpness of the stones.

An excess of certain chemicals in the body which are unable to be broken down completely along with poor diet, inadequate fluid ingestion, metabolic deficiencies, genetic predisposition, obesity, and chronic inflammation play a role in the formation of kidney stones.  The most important factors though are healthy liver and kidney function, regulation of acidity or alkalinity, hormonal regulation of the body’s minerals and the health of the large intestine.

There are many different types of kidney stones, so it is vital to have a comprehensive, individualized approach to preventing and healing them.  Finding the right healthcare practitioners is of utmost importance in treating this painful and at times debilitating condition.

“It is estimated that 350,000 Americans visit the emergency room each year to deal with kidney stones.” Most of these stones are made up of calcium oxalate.

Last week I spoke of some of the causative factors for kidney stones.  There are four types of stones and myriad causative factors and predispositions creating them.  The four types of stones are:

  • calcium stones– These are the most common and account for ¾ of all kidney stones. They are composed of calcium oxalate.
  • uric acid stones-These are found in gout and genetic disorders. They are caused by faulty protein metabolism.
  • Struvite stones– These are found in women with frequent urinary tract infections.
  • Cystine stones– The least frequent type, they are caused by a genetic disorder.

Traditional Chinese Medicine takes into consideration a person’s lifestyle, diet and constitution when treating any medical condition. Finding the causative factors is key in effective treatment and each person is unique.  The treatment goal will be to dissolve the hard masses, drain dampness/congestion and promote the free flow of energy(chi).

Current dietary recommendations include;

1) Reduce high oxalate foods in your diet. Some of these foods include:

  • Almonds
  • Beets
  • Black beans
  • Black tea

  • Carrots
  • Cannellini beans
  • Chocolate
  • Cornmeal
  • Eggs
  • Eggplant
  • Potato chips
  • Peanuts

2) Reduce your sugar intake.  Sugar causes the body to excrete calcium.
3) Limit your consumption of alcohol.  Alcohol creates heat in the body which add to the toxicity and accumulation of wastes.

woman with back pain

It is recommended to keep your diet at 40-50 mg of oxalate a day or less for prevention of stones.

  • Limit consumption of carbonated drinks– i.e. soda, seltzer.  The bubbles are very acidic and if you are creating stones your body is too acidic.
  • Reduce animal protein consumption– rich foods are part of the problem. Recommended -3-5oz, 3-5x a week of clean, lean meat
  • Reduce consumption of eggs– they are rich and can promote dampness if eaten too often.
  • Avoid processed and refined foods– cold cuts and hot dogs contain too many chemicals that will overburden the system.
  • Reduce dairy, it creates phlegm

You’re probably wondering what to eat at this point.  It will depend on the type of kidney stones that are being produced but here is a list of things you can do:

  • Increase water consumption to about 2 liters a day, if athletic you may need more
  • Increase calcium-magnesium ratio foods;     avocado, banana, bran, brown rice, dark chocolate, lima beans, oats, potatoes, barley, coconut, cashews, rye, sesame seeds, soy
  • Get your calcium from sources other than dairy, such as kelp or broccoli
  • Add B6, magnesium, cranberries- very beneficial
  • Add foods that dissolve hard masses; crab, agar, kelp, miso, nettles, octopus, spirulina, tofu, wheat grass
  • Choose low oxalate foods; alfalfa sprouts, cauliflower, chives, cherries, boiled asparagus, chestnuts, cucumber to name a few

The most important is to be followed by a medical professional. Acupuncturists will treat someone with just oxalate stones differently than someone with oxalate and uric acid stones or someone with kidney stones and high blood pressure.

For more information refer to:

www.aprilcrowell.com/Treating Kidney Stones with Asian Medicine
and
acupunctureintegrated.com – kidney stone prevention

The Metal Element – Autumn

autumn brookIn autumn comes the end of the growing season.  The abundant energy and growth of summer is gone and the energy of the earth turns inward.  The leaves fall and enrich the soil, getting it ready for next year’s harvest.

Like nature, we have cycles of creating and releasing or letting go.  Holding on to what no longer serves us prevents us from moving forward gracefully.

The energy of this season promotes introspection.  What is most precious in our lives?  What is stale and outdated?  Who are we in our essence?

This is the season of the metal or air element.  The emotion of this season is grief.  When we experience loss we grieve.  The expression of grief helps to cleanse us of our sorrow.

When the metal energy is imbalanced our expression of grief is also imbalanced.  It may be extreme and ongoing or non-existent.  Either extreme will make it difficult to function, especially when trying to take deep breaths.

The two organs of the metal element are lung and large intestine. The lungs take in the crisp autumn air, the new and pure.  The large intestine eliminates waste.

When these two organs are out of balance we have symptoms of:

constipation, nasal congestion, cough, shortness of breath, diarrhea, and stomach pain to name a few.

Our mind and spirit also suffer if we are unable to eliminate waste and take in the new and pure; symptoms such as stubbornness, depression, isolation, and negativity appear.  We see the glass as half empty.  When metal is unbalanced we’re unable to sense our value; we seek fulfillment outside ourselves.

It is important to maintain balance in every season to live our best life.  In autumn:

  • Have your energy balanced with acupressure or acupuncture.
  • Live in balance with the season- dress for the weather. Don’t overexert your energy.
  • Clean out cluttered areas of your home- desks, closets, garage, etc.
  • Focus on releasing old hurts and resentments. Try to resolve issues around these emotions and let them go. If unable to resolve these issues with the other person (persons) write them down in detail and burn the paper, “symbolically releasing the content.”
  • Walk in nature and breathe deeply.

www.5elements.com/The Five Elements: Metal

Chinese Medicine and Sciatic Nerve Pain

Sciatica is a painful condition which begins in the lower back and radiates down one or both legs sometimes into the feet. It is caused by pressure on the sciatic nerve which extends from the lower back down the back of the leg.

Sciatica is usually cited as the result of a structural issue; a herniated or ruptured disc, muscle spasm of the low back or inflammation of the vertebrae or sacroiliac joint.

Traditional Chinese Medicine observes that this condition occurs more frequently during the cold damp weather of fall and winter.  Though structural problems are most often used to explain the pattern of pain, TCM also considers individual imbalances along with the external influences of cold, damp, heat or wind in combination as key in creating many painful conditions.

In TCM, sciatica and low back pain are thought to be the result of cold or damp blocking the body’s circulation, trauma creating energy and blood stagnation or from an underlying condition of deficiency in the body.

Acupressure and acupuncture are very effective in treating sciatica.  They help to identify the cause and contributing factors to the condition.  Muscle groups involved in creating the spasm can be successfully released. When the muscles lengthen they no longer pull on sensitive structures and the pain diminishes.

Though many people may present with sciatica, they may have different contributing factors or causes. Therefore, the treatment will depend on the individual’s specific symptoms.

Anxiety and Chinese Medicine – continued

Last week I spoke about the effectiveness of Chinese Medicine when treating anxiety.
Acupressure and acupuncture help to balance the body’s vital energy which affects the body, mind, and spirit.  Each yin organ energy pathway is associated with an emotion.  When an acupressure practitioner takes pulses during a session she/he determines where the energy imbalances lie.  They then treat the imbalance which will also help to balance the emotions.  Over time the anxiety will usually improve.

Kidney health is extremely important when dealing with anxiety.  When the kidneys are run down it slows the healing process.  The kidneys are weakened by overexposure to toxins, overwork, stress, eating too much meat, excessive alcohol consumption, poor sleeping habits, and some medications.  The emotion of fear, which plays a large role in anxiety, is associated with kidney energy.  In Traditional Chinese Medicine the kidneys and adrenal glands are the same organs.  The kidneys are also associated with the bones and hair.
Foods which help to support kidney energy will also help with anxiety.

These foods include:

  • grapes
  • plums
  • boysenberries
  • turnips
  • asparagus
  • millet
  • endive
  • cabbage
  • celery
  • black beans
  • watercress
  • amaranth
  • rye
  • quinoa
  • oats
  • kelp
  • nori
  • tangerines
  • cinnamon
  • dill seed
  • yams
  • chives

For further information refer to www.consciouslifestylemag.com/ Foods For Anxiety

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