One of the things that I love about Chinese medicine (and there are so MANY things I love about it) is how practical it is. Staying
healthy is really about lifestyle, and a big part is that the foods we eat are the best medicine. Got a fever? Eat some cucumber or
watermelon. Have the chills and can't get warm? Try eating some lamb, or a handful of cherries. The ancient Chinese had a vast knowledge
of foods and their healing properties which is why nutritional therapy is one of the building blocks of Chinese medicine and still used by
practitioners today. Food really is the best medicine.
Although the bleeding technique is not exceedingly common is the modern acupuncture clinic, in certain cases, it can be a quick and
simple solution to chronic health complaints. As Henry McCann points out, "modern research shows that experienced acupuncturists utilise
the therapy frequently…Unfortunately, amongst modern Western practitioners of Chinese medicine bloodletting seems to be rarely utilised"
(McCann, 2014). Bloodletting has many functions according to Chinese medicine, mainly quickening the blood and transforming stasis and
clearing heat, as well as numerous secondary functions (McCann, 2014). I would like to share an exemplary clinical case from my own
practice to demonstrate the effectiveness of this incredibly useful technique.
Q:I have osteoporosis. What are the best natural treatments to strengthen my bones?
A: Scientific studies indicate that calcium supplements can help prevent and slow osteoporosis.
Calcium supplementation at the recommended doses appears to be able to reduce bone loss in postmenopausal women in every bone site
except the spine.
You need vitamin D, as well, because the body cannot absorb calcium without it. Research shows that adding various trace minerals—such
as zinc, copper, and manganese—to the calcium and vitamin D seems to further improvement. Essential fatty acids, such as fish oil and GLA
from evening primrose oil, may also enhance the effect of calcium. Additionally, it is a good idea to take a multi-mineral supplement
because calcium competes with the absorption of other minerals. I recommend you consult a nutritionist to determine a proper
supplementation regimen. Please note that if you have a history of kidney stones, consult your physician before taking calcium
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