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Acupuncture, Massage, Newsletter - November 2005 | Issue 14



In this issue you will find: Important PCOM Dates
  • November 16 - Chicago Massage Open House
  • November 19 - 20 Treatment of Orthopedic Disorders and Sports Related Injuries with Yefin Gamgoneishvili,
  • December 1 - New York Open House

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Great American Smokeout 2005: Change Your Life Today

Smokers who quit smoking gain almost immediate benefits, regardless of age, or how long you have been smoking. Within 20 minutes, blood pressure and pulse rates drop to normal. Eight hours after quitting, the oxygen level in the blood increases to normal. One day after quitting, the odds of having a heart attack start to drop. Within 48 hours nerve endings start re-growing and the ability to smell and taste is enhanced. Within two weeks, lung function will have increased by up to 30 percent. Two weeks to 3 months after quitting, circulation improves and walking becomes easier. One year, the body's energy level increases and the risk of coronary heart disease will be half that of a smoker.

Since 1977, the American Cancer Society and Citizens for a Smokefree America have sponsored the Great American Smokeout TM , an event based on the idea that smokers who can manage to quit for a day can quit for good.

Cigarette smoking is the most preventable cause of death in the U.S. , says the American Cancer Society, but each year it kills more Americans than AIDS, alcohol, car accidents, suicides, murders and fires combined. According to the American Lung Association, smoking-related diseases claim an estimated 440,000 American lives each year. Cigarettes and cigarette smoke contain over 4,000 chemicals, including 60 known to cause cancer. Smoking greatly increases the risk of heart attack, stroke, cancer, heart disease, asthma, and women's reproductive disorders.

Millions of Americans will stub out their cigarettes on November 18. For individuals truly motivated to stop smoking, acupuncture can be just the help they need. Join Pacific College and make the Great American Smokeout the first day of your smoke-free life!

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Nuad Bo'Rarn: The Traditional Healing Massage of Thailand
By: Richard Gold, Ph.D., L.Ac.

The traditional medicine of Thailand is the result of a long historical and cultural development dating back at least 2500 years. As with many indigenous peoples that were capable of establishing a specific cultural expression, the Thai people created their own unique synthesis of traditions and techniques. The Thai people were able to reach a level of societal stability which included the ability to competently treat disease and disharmony of physical, emotional, and spiritual origins. The medicine developed in Thailand evolved into four major branches. These are:

Herbal medicine Nutritional Medicine and Food Cures Spiritual Practices (essentially from the Theravada Buddhist tradition) Physical Medicine: Nuad Bo'Rarn (Traditional Medical Massage)

Thai medicine represents a coherent traditional medicine that has developed and been refined over the past 25 centuries. Thai medicine has been strongly influenced by both the Ayurvedic tradition of India and the traditional medicine of China . Within this synthesis, there are important components that are purely Thai. Many of the primary techniques to treat the wide range of disorders that afflict people are contained within the practice of Nuad Bo'Rarn, the physical medicine of Thailand . Although Nuad Bo'Rarn is often considered to be a form of massage, it contains elements and techniques that are quite different from the common notions of massage and would more correctly be categorized as a form of peripheral stimulation. Contained within these techniques are the direct and clear intentions of the practitioner to effect the physiology and energetics of the body and mind of the recipient.

Nuad Bo'Rarn, the traditional physical medicine of Thailand , is practiced very slowly, with an emphasis on both the practitioner and client being in a heightened or meditative state of consciousness. Nuad Bo'Rarn is recognized to be a practical application of the Buddhist concept of 'Metta,' or loving kindness. Nuad Bo'Rarn demonstrates the 'Four Divine States' of mind that are discussed in Buddhism: compassion, loving kindness, vicarious joy and equanimity. This form of healing work allows for the fulfillment of the Buddhist teaching of bringing higher ideals into everyday life and activities. Furthermore, this style of healing work has always placed an emphasis on the mind/body connection and has been utilized as a tool in the treatment of emotional and spiritual disorders.

Stretching and extending the range of motion of the client's body are an important part of Thai massage. The stretching often takes the form of double or assisted Yoga. Once the client has relaxed deeply, the practitioner, with a heightened sensitivity, stretches the client to his or her comfortable limit.

A vital aspect of the theory underlying Thai Medicine is the importance placed on the abdominal region. According to Thai Medicine, all the major energy p A vital aspect of the theory underlying Thai Medicine is the importance placed on the abdominal region. According to Thai Medicine, all the major energy pathways of the body have their origin in the abdominal region in the vicinity of the navel. Therefore, the abdominal massage is a crucial component of the healing benefit of this medicine.

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Teas From Plants Around You And Their Benefits

All teas unless specified are brewed with 1 teaspoon dry material or 2 teaspoons fresh material to 1 cup of water. Always steep. This means pouring hot water over material and letting set for 5 - 15 minutes. Always dry leaves and roots out of the sun, in dark airy places. Then store in airtight containers.

Persimmon Tea: The leaves when dried and crushed make a fine strong tea. Rich in Vitamin C, it is an excellent healthy drink. Can be used all year round

Sassafras Tea: Boil fresh roots after washing, until water turns reddish brown. Can be sliced and dried for later use. Claimed by some to be a blood thinner, a blood purifier, to help bronchitis, a stimulating spring tonic. Mostly it is used for pure enjoyment.

Birch Tea (Wintergreen): Black, yellow and white birch. Dried leaves can be used year round. A large handful of fresh leaves steeped in hot water and drink 1 to 2 cups a day for rheumatism and headaches. Said to reduce pain of passing kidney stones, and a fever reducer. Used cold can be used as a refreshing mouthwash.

Blackberry/Raspberry Tea: The dried mature leaves of these brambles make a good tea. Used to help control diarrhea, as a blood purifier and tonic. Use all year round.

Blueberry Tea: The dried mature leaves are steeped until cool and drunk 1 to 2 cups per day as a blood purifier and tonic. Also used to help inflamed kidneys and increase the flow of urine. This tea can be used all year round.

Alfalfa Tea: The dried and powdered leaves and flower heads make a very nutritious tea, but it is somewhat bland. We suggest mixing them with normal teas to stretch them and add nutrition. Its vitamin content was the reason it was used. Used all year round.

Wild Strawberry Tea: Use dried leaves normally. Pour several cups boiling water over a handful of fresh leaves in the evening. Cover and let steep overnight. Strain water and reheat in the morning. Believed to help with a multitude of things, from stomach troubles, eczema, diarrhea, etc. According to experts, it is much more healthful than purchased coffee or teas. Use all year round.

Wild Rose-Hip Tea: A handful of these steeped for 10 minutes, then strained, make a healthful tea. Can be used dried or fresh in season. Instead of boiling, place a handful in cool water overnight, then stain and reheat in the morning. Use all year round. Strong Vitamin C content. Helps with Colds and the flu and can be beneficial for a sore throat.

Sweet Goldenrod Tea (Anise): Can use dried or fresh leaves or flowers. Makes a very flavorful tea. Pure enjoyment only, and great for all year round

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Chinese Wisdom: Quote of the Day

"Past scholars studied to improve themselves;

Today's scholars study to impress others."

Confucius