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All About Acupressure


Acupressure is a form of touch therapy that utilizes the principles of acupuncture and Chinese medicine. In acupressure, the same points on the body are used as in acupuncture, but are stimulated with finger pressure instead of with the insertion of needles. Acupressure is used to relieve a variety of symptoms and pain.


One of the oldest text of Chinese medicine is the Huang Di, The Yellow Emperor’s Classic of Internal Medicine, which may be at least 2,000 years old. Chinese medicine has developed acupuncture, acupressure, herbal remedies, diet, exercise, lifestyle changes, and other remedies as part of its healing methods. Nearly all of the forms of Oriental medicine that are used in the West today, including acupuncture, acupressure, shiatsu, and Chinese herbal medicine, have their roots in Chinese medicine.

One legend has it that acupuncture and acupressure evolved as early Chinese healers studied the puncture wounds of Chinese warriors, noting that certain points on the body created interesting results when stimulated. The oldest known text specifically on acupuncture points, the Systematic Classic of Acupuncture, dates back to 282 A.D. Acupressure is the non-invasive form of acupuncture, as Chinese physicians determined that stimulating points on the body with massage and pressure could be effective for treating certain problems. Outside of Asian-American communities, Chinese medicine remained virtually unknown in the United States until the 1970s, when Richard Nixon became the first U.S. president to visit China. On Nixon’s trip, journalists were amazed to observe major operations being performed on patients without the use of anesthetics. Instead, wide-awake patients were being operated on, with only acupuncture needles inserted into them to control pain. At that time, a famous columnist for the New York Times, James Reston, had to undergo surgery and elected to use acupuncture for anesthesia. Later, he wrote some convincing stories on its effectiveness. more »

Side Effects and Precautions of the Red yeast rice extract


Native to China, red yeast rice extract is the byproduct of Monascus purpureus Went (red yeast) fermenting on rice. Part of the Monascaceae family, Monascus purpureus is identified by its ascospores. The color of the mycelium is initially white, but soon changes to pink and then yellow-orange due to an increase in acidity and the development of hyphae. They explain that as the culture ages, it is characterized by a dark crimson color at the substratum.

General use

Documented as early as 800 A.D., Chinese red yeast rice was used in the preserving, flavoring, and coloring of food and wine. However, in addition to red yeast rice’s culinary properties, it was soon discovered that red yeast rice possessed medicinal properties as well. The ancient Chinese pharmacopoeia, Ben Cao Gang Mu-Dan Shi Bu Yi, published during the Ming Dynasty (1368– 1644), recorded a detailed description of red yeast rice and its manufacture. According to the pharmacopoeia, red yeast rice promotes blood circulation and stimulates the digestive system and spleen. Recent studies of red yeast rice indicate that it contains substances similar to those found in cholesterol-reducing (statin) prescription medications. In addition, research indicates red yeast rice may contain other cholesterol-reducing and be itself an agent useful in lowering cholesterol

Lachesis- General use

Not all products used in alternative healing come from plants. Lachesis is the venom of the bushmaster snake, Lachesis mutus. It is used in homeopathic medicine. L. mutus is a tropical snake that lives in the jungles of Central and South America, growing to a length of 12 feet (3.6 m). It is the largest poisonous pit viper in the Western hemisphere, and second in size in the world only to the king cobra. L. mutus is related to the familiar North American rattlesnake. A large bushmaster can have fangs more than 1 in (2.5 cm) long. Its venom is deadly and kills rapidly by inhibiting nervous impulses or slowly by interfering with blood clotting and accelerating the destruction of red blood cells. The bushmaster is also called the surucucu (sometimes spelled surukuku).

General use

Homeopathic medicine operates on the principle that “like heals like.” This means that a disease can be cured by treating it with substances that produce the same symptoms as the disease, while also working in conjunction with the homeopathic law of infinitesimals. In opposition to traditional medicine, the law of infinitesimals states that the lower a dose of curative, the more effective it is. To achieve a low dose, the curative is diluted many, many times until only a tiny amount remains in a huge amount of the diluting liquid.

In homeopathic terms, fresh L. mutus venom was “proved” as a remedy by Constantine Hering around 1830. Although born in what is now Germany, Hering is considered to be the founder of American homeopathy. In 1827 he went to Surinam, South America, to conduct biological research for his government. In experimenting with lachesis venom in an attempt to find a homeopathic inoculation for smallpox, he accidentally poisoned himself with a small amount of venom. This led him to his “proof” that lachesis was a homeopathic remedy. Ever the curious scientist, Hering later accidentally paralyzed his right side by continuing to test higher and higher doses of lachesis on himself.

Lachesis is used in homeopathy to treat a wide range of symptoms. These fall into the following general categories of:

• menstrual and menopausal complaints

• throat and mouth complaints

• fear, paranoia, and associated mental complaints

• nervous system complaints

• circulatory complaints

All these complaints exhibit certain patterns or modalities that indicate they should be treated with lachesis.

These symptoms may:

• worsen after sleep and upon awakening

• worsen in the spring

• worsen after drinking hot beverages, taking hot baths, or direct exposure to the sun

• worsen if touched or if the body is constricted by tight clothes

• worsen with alcohol consumption

• produce surging waves of pain

• move from the left side to the right side of the body

• result in a mottled, engorged, congested face

• result in a very sensitive neck

• improve from eating

• improve from the onset of bodily discharge

• improve from exposure to cold and fresh air

In homeopathy, certain remedies are thought to be especially effective in people with specific personality and physical traits. The “lachesis personality” tends to be egocentric, self-important, unstable, and jealous. They may be possessive. This personality type often talks about doing great things, but rarely follows through. Physically, lachesis types tend to be overweight and bloated. They often have red hair and freckles.


Complexul osteo-articular carpian este astfel alcătuit
încât să permită efectuarea mişcărilor de flexiune-extensiune,
adducţie-abducţie şi circumducţie. Cum aceste articulaţii
sunt, în general, articulaţii plane, fiecare în parte
permite mişcări de alunecare de mică amplitudine.
Mişcările articulaţiilor mâinii se produc simultan; atât în
articulaţia radiocarpiană cât şi în cea mediocarpiană.
Toate aceste mişcări se realizează printr-o deplasare „în
etaj” a segmentelor regiunii; al doilea rând carpian (distal)
se deplasează pe primul rând (proximal) iar acesta alunecă
pe antebraţ. Deoarece primul rând carpian se găseşte între
cele două suprafeţe articulare, reprezentate de-al doilea
rând carpian în partea inferioară şi de antebraţ, în partea
superioară, el a fost comparat, ca rol mecanic, cu un
adevărat menise.

Flexiunea-extensiunea. Flexiunea este mişcarea prin
care palma se apropie de faţa anterioară a antebraţului.

Extensiunea este mişcarea prin care dosul mâinii se
apropie de faţa posterioară a antebraţului. In flexiune,
primul rând carpian se înclină pe oasele antebraţului.

Axul mişcării trece prin osul semilunar. Al doilea rând carpian
se mişcă pe primul. Mişcarea se execută împrejurul unui
ax transversal care trece prin osul capitat. Flexiunea se
petrece mai cu seamă în articulaţia radiocarpiană, pe când
extensiunea în cea mediocarpiană. în mişcarea de extensiune
se produc fenomene analoge, dar de sens contrar,
şi anume: primul rând carpian se mişcă pe oasele antebraţului,
iar cel de-al doilea rând pe primul. Limitarea mişcărilor
este făcută de ligamentele palmare şi dorsale şi, în special,
de tendoanele muşchilor flexori şi extensori ai degetelor.
Adducţia-abducţia. Adducţia sau înclinarea ulnară
este mişcarea prin care marginea ulnară a mâinii se înclină
către marginea respectivă (ulnară) a antebraţului. Abducţia
sau înclinarea radială este mişcarea prin care marginea
radială a mâinii se înclină către marginea radială a
antebraţului. Mecanismul acestor mişcări este de o mare
complexitate şi încă nu pe deplin elucidat.

Majoritatea autorilor au în vedere totuşi următoarele elemente:

  1. mişcările de înclinare ulnară şi radială au loc în ambele articulaţii, adică atât în cea radiocarpiană, cât şi în cea mediocarpiană.
    Aceste mişcări se execută împrejurul unui ax
    antero-posterior care trece prin centrul osului capitat.
    Celelalte oase carpiene basculează în jurul acestui centru.
    Astfel, în mişcarea de abducţie, rândul proximal al carpului
    se deplasează medial (ulnar) în aşa fel încât scafoidul
    ajunge la mijlocul suprafeţei radiale, iar semilunarul
    trece sub ulnă.

Limitarea abducţiei se face de către ligamentele laterale. în mişcarea de adducţie, semilunarul
se înclină în afară, iar scafoidul depăşeşte cu 1 cm poziţia
sa iniţială.

2. Mişcările de adducţie-abducţie sunt însoţite
de mişcări accesorii de flexiune-extensiune, care se
produc în jurul unui ax transversal ce trece prin centrul
osului capitat. în abducţie, rândul proximal al carpului
se deplasează înainte (flexiune), pe când în adducţie, miş-
carea este inversă; rândul proximal se deplasează înapoi

3. Mişcările de adducţie-abducţie sunt Însoţite
de mişcări foarte reduse de rotaţie în jurul unui ax
longitudinal, astfel că înclinarea radială atrage cu sine o
uşoară pronaţie, iar cea ulnară o uşoară supinaţie.

Mişcarea de circumducţie.

Rezultă în urma executării succesive a mişcărilor de flexiune, abducţie, extensiune, adducţie sau invers. Această mişcare nu reproduce un cerc perfect, ci o elipsă, deoarece flexiunea şi extensiunea sunt mai ample decât înclinarea laterală. Rotaţia mâinii este imposibilă în articulaţiile mâinii; ea se face prin
pronaţie-supinaţie, în articulaţiile radio-ulnare.

What Does Wellness Look Like?

As you’ve discovered, there are many definitions of health, wellness, and well-being. But without a doubt, they all agree that it’s about living a life that you feel is satisfying, meaningful, and rewarding.

Several years ago, two researchers, Gianni Pes and Michel Poulain, started examining communities around the world in which people lived measurably longer lives…so long in fact, that many include the largest group of men over the age of 100!

Pes and Poulain drew blue concentric blue circles on the map around those geographic areas in which the communities were located. They referred to these areas as “Blue Zones.”

These hot spots of people who live long, healthy lives are found in Japan, Italy, Costa Rica, Greece, and California.

In 2004, Dan Buettner, a National Geographic Fellow and bestselling author, explorer, educator, producer, and public speaker, teamed up with National Geographic and worked with Pes and Poulain to bring the blue zones lessons to a wider audience. Buettner first described the blue zones in articles for the New York Times and National Geographic. Both articles were among the most popular for those publications. Since then, he has continued his work through his Blue Zones organization, which he founded, and whose mission is to “Help people live longer, better lives.”

The following videos introduce you to some of the people and the lifestyles they lead that contribute to their long-lived well-being.

Longevity Secrets From Blue Zones’ Dan Buettner

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