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What is Blood in Chinese Medicine?

By Cindy Black / August 15, 2018 /

Blood is the home of Qi in the human body. Blood is the “Mother of Qi,” meaning that without Blood, there is no Qi. Blood in Classical Chinese Medicine is much more than the red liquid of western science. Physically, Blood nourishes, lubricates, and warms. When our skin, tendons, ligaments, and joints are saturated with…

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Yoga inversions

By Cindy Black / May 2, 2018 /

Yoga swing makes inversion easy When I began my serious practice of yoga I was in a lot of pain. My right shoulder stuck in place, any movement or pressure was incredibly painful, my neck was tight and sore, and let’s add in some chronic right hip pain. And that was just my physical self…

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Go plant a tree

By Cindy Black / March 30, 2018 /

Trees of my life My father taught me how to plant trees. Dig a big hole Carry the tree from the roots Make sure there is plenty of soft soil around the roots Give it plenty of water When you plant the next tree, give it enough room to grow Keep watering it until it…

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How does acupressure work?

By Cindy Black / February 26, 2018 /

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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Steam Inhalation Basics

By Cindy Black / January 14, 2018 /

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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Herbal tea to relieve dry throat

By Cindy Black / January 11, 2018 /

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

Meridian Massage Book Review

By Cindy Black / January 3, 2018 /

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 on the ankle

By Cindy Black / December 28, 2017 /

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

By Cindy Black / December 14, 2017 /

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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