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Posts by Cindy Black

Kidney Acupressure points on the ankle

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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5 Elements of Self-care

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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Move Qi, relieve pain

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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Guiding and Yielding – the Art of Meridian Massage

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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Gallbladder removal and Gallbladder Meridian

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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5 points to clear brain fog

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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Room to breathe

Taking a deep breath

Make space for the lungs To fully inflate during an inhale, the lungs need room to expand. The rib cage lifts and opens a bit upon inhalation, while the diaphragm moves down toward the abdomen. When we breathe, these two actions create space for the lungs to inflate. There is always room for more air!…

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Supporting the Lungs with Meridian Massage

Lungs

Lungs are the “Tender Organ” The Lungs are vulnerable to fluctuations in temperature, air quality, and airborne pathogens. Because they are so vulnerable to outside conditions, the Lungs are said to be the most tender Organ in Chinese medicine. Lungs are the Yin Organ pair to the Large Intestine The Yang partner of the Lungs…

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12 Meridians of Chinese Medicine

Lung meridian

Qi flows in meridians Qi (energy) flows through specific pathways called meridians. Chinese medicine mapped the pathways of the 12 meridians thousands of years ago. On these pathways, over 350 points (also called acupressure points, acupuncture points, acupoints) were identified. Points are specific locations on meridians where the Qi can be accessed. The 12 Meridians:…

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Acupuncture points contraindicated in pregnancy

Acupuncture points contraindicated in pregnancy

Acupuncture points and pregnancy Why are some points contraindicated during pregnancy? This is a very common question and concern. There is no absolute, 100% agreed upon list of these points in modern times. However, knowing the reasons for traditionally contraindicated points has guided my work. Listen to a recording of this post: Based on what…

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