Acupressure on hands

By activating the flow of Qi with pressure to specific points, acupressure relieves pain and balances the entire energy system. Acupressure works with the energetic system of Chinese medicine. There are 12 pathways where the energy (called Qi “chee”) flows through the entire body.  These pathways are called “meridians” or “channels”. Meridians and Acupressure Points…

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Clear your head! Steam inhalation for sinus congestion coughs, or stuffy nose is very effective. To get great results, all you need is: Hot water A bowl A towel One drop of essential oil. Watch the video below for simple steam inhalation instructions: Steam Inhalation is Simple! This is a great way to stay healthy…

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Herbs in jars

Best herbs to soothe your throat There are many herbs to relieve a dry throat. This list of three favorite herbs to ease a dry throat is a place for beginners to begin. I have used each of these herbs at different times. Slippery Elm – (Ulmaus fulva) – slippery elm tea is made from…

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Meridian Massage, Opening Pathways to Vitality

Mark Vrooland is a Shiatsu Practitioner in Rotterdam. He has a wonderful blog, “Happy Hara.” – I am honored that he reviewed my book, Meridian Massage, Opening Pathways to Vitality. Below is the interview, copied by permission: Cindy Black, author or Meridian Massage: “Find your own unique expression of Qi” by Mark Vroonland Cindy Black, a…

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Kidney acupressure points 3, 4, 5, 6

4 Kidney points on the ankle There are 27 acupressure points on the Kidney meridian. These four Kidney acupressure points are close together on the inner (medial) ankle. Each point can be used for local ankle pain and, each point has specific uses. Let’s explore both the location and uses of each of these Kidney…

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Self-care redefined The 5 Elements of Chinese medicine express themselves in our body-mind-emotion-spirit. Imbalances within ourselves are eased by taking a little time to care for ourselves. Using the wisdom of the 5 Elements, we have access to innovative possibilities for self-care. Below is a short list to get you started: Earth -Nourishing, giving and receiving…

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Relieving pain can be that simple. Qi (energy) is the basis of the physical structures of the body. When the Qi is plentiful and flowing, we experience ease of movement. Abundant and flowing Qi manifests as supple and toned muscles and flexible joints. Qi flows through pathways called meridians. Because Qi is energy, it is…

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hands-on massage

Responding is the key Chinese medical theory is the science of Meridian Massage. But how do we actually “do Meridian Massage?” That is the art, and it will be unique to every practitioner. Guiding and Yielding This simple principle has become the basis of all that I do within my self-care practices, and my work…

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Funny surgeon

Remove the Gallbladder, keep the meridian The gallbladder itself is a physical organ that can be surgically removed. The Gallbladder meridian is one of 12 energetic pathways, called meridians, in Chinese medicine. Meridians are not removed by surgery because they are purely energetic pathways. Joint pain and the Gallbladder Meridian Qi (“chee“) is the energy…

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Better focus using acupressure points Brain fog, fuzzy mind, tired in the head – all of these symptoms can be relieved with acupressure. Chinese medicine offers us many acupoints that “clear the mind.” 5 Acupoints to Clear the Mind 1. Du (Governing Vessel) 20 2. Four Extra points Si Chen Cong These five acupressure points…

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