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Andrey Scherbakov about chinese painting wu xing [13 Jul 2011|01:10pm]


More information about wu xing painting you can find here http://usinart.ru/englis/ 
Pictures of Andrey Scherbakov  - here http://usinart.ru/shherbakov-andrej-portfolio/

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yin/yang question [10 Sep 2010|05:21pm]


i have a question about yin and yang balance that i can't seem to find information about. i hope this isn't a problem asking here...

basically, i am a 26 year old female. i was born without a right kidney, though my left kidney supposedly functions normally. i didn't even know i was missing one until i was 15, and have so far shown no signed of abnormal functioning. the way i found out about my missing kidney was that when i was 15 i was diagnosed with gall bladder disease, and my gastroenterologist encouraged that i have it removed. so now i'm missing a kidney and my gall bladder.

this must affect my body's ability to balance itself. i feel that i show lots of signs of being terribly yin. i'm quiet, passive, tired all of the time, and i don't even feel like socializing. i have no fire to me. it's difficult to get out of bed. i'm almost consistently anemic despite taking iron supplements.

does missing a kidney affect my bodys ability to attain a gate of vitality (situated between the two kidneys)?

i'd love to visit an herbalist some day but at the moment i don't really have the money so any suggestions or book/website recommendations would be wonderfully helpful to me.

thank you for your time!
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acupuncture and massage therapy [29 Jun 2009|04:06pm]

I recently completed schooling to become a massage therapist, and I feel like the next best step for me would be to go back to school to learn acupuncture. Are there any acupuncturists in this community that are also massage therapists, or have studied massage? Which did you do first? Do they complement each other in your practice? Did your knowledge in one help you when you went to school for the other?

I asked a similar question in _massagetherapy a few days ago but wanted to get the other side of the coin.
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Write a letter! [14 May 2009|11:38am]

At the end of this month HR 646, The Federal Acupuncture Coverage Act of 2009 will be voted upon. This Act will provide for coverage of acupuncture services under Medicare and all Federal Employees' Health Benefits programs.

Passage of HR 646 would mean that 25 million people who could receive acupuncture as a part of their covered health plan.

The best medium with which to write in support of HR646 is an old-fashioned one--handwritten, paper letters. Note that the deadline for letters to be submitted is approaching fast! All letters should be submitted to the AAAOM National Office no later than May 20, 2009.

American Association of
Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine

PO Box 162340
Sacramento, CA 95816

916-443-4766 Fax
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Hello - future Acupuncture student [13 Mar 2009|04:34pm]


I just found this community.

I've been in practice for 22 years as a licensed massage therapist and NMT, and just got the "call" to consider acupuncture school.

I'm now located in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and applying to the Southwest Acupuncture College here.

I'm looking at beginning a part-time program in September 2009.

I'm now 45 years old, and hope to be complete by the time I'm 50.

I'd appreciate thoughts, suggestions, connections - especially if you've been to the school and/or are in New Mexico.

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Watery Horror... [04 Feb 2009|12:20pm]

Hello to everybody in this forum...  :-)

Like most of us here, i am seeking a solution to my troublesome problem.. hyperhidrosis or excessive sweating.

My palms and feet sweat a lot most of the time especially during warm period, a condition which makes me as a candidate for stinky feet contest..

I actually planned to get ETS surgery but was advised not to go through because of its "unimaginable" side effects.

For this reason, i am resorting to alternative medicine, where i am now focused into acupuncture.

My question is, how effective it is? is acupuncture for this condition permanent? are there really  "point/s" in the body responsible to halt the excessive sweating?

I will appreciate any comments or suggestions from this group.

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[24 Jan 2009|11:18am]

Hi everyone, I'm starting to learn about the food aspect of Traditional Chinese Medicine. But, I'm a little confused about which foods are cool and which are warm. I'm finding a lot of contradictions. One source will tell me sweet potatoes, corn, almonds, etc are warm yet others will say cool. Is there any sort of 'official' list or reliable source for that stuff?

Also... does anyone have any recommendations for acupuncture or holistic medicine schools/programs?
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Introduction [01 Jan 2009|08:32pm]

Hi everyone, I just joined and so I thought I'd post a bit of an introduction. I'm 28 years old and have been seeing a chinese herbalist natropath for around 5 months primarily to fall pregnant. In the meantime recently I'vebeen taking fertility drugs which have totally screwed up my immune system (I'm so sick and it's just cold after cold after infection after blah blah) I can't seem to just 'get better'. The person I'm seeing right now is a little too far away and quite expensive and so I'm going to go do a different person who JUST does Chinese Medicine. I've had accupuncture once before, but it freaked me out a little. I read in one of the recent posts about someone else who felt this was a control issue for them, and I believe it's a simliar thing for myself. I like to be in control and the needle thing just *shudder* makes me feel really ill and sick when I'm lyingo n the table. (I did feel great afterwards though, if I could just do the mind over matter and get over the needle thing I'd be fine)

ANYway. The fertility drugs arn't working for me, and they make me very ill. (I have Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome) and so I've decided to stop taking them and take a year of two off trying to get pregnant - get my body healthy again. Problem is, I'm just SO TIRED ALL THE TIME, I have sinus issues (they get blocked very easily), and my skin is very dry. I can't shake this cold/sinus thing I've had for weeks now and so I'm contacting the Chinese Medicine place nearby me tomorrow (hopefully they'll be back at work after the New Year) and hopefully they can sort me out. Give me some herbs to feel better, or recommend foods I should and shouldn't be eating. I steer away from sugar and I don't eat dairy products as it just aggrevates my sinus.

Anyway, if anyone felt like commenting then please do - otherwise I look forward to sharing and reading about the community :)

Oh, and also if anyone has any recommendations for books that are easy to read on the subject of Chinese Medicine, yin and yang etc, please let me know. I was considering one called Wood becomes Water , has anyone heard of it?

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[11 Dec 2008|03:07am]

during my last session I had some sort of panic attack - did not enjoy it and it was compounded by the fact that I realized I couldn't get off the table easily as I was full of needles, some of which were attached to the electric controller.

for me I think it was a control issue. I once had a similar attack while in an airplane during a horrible winter storm. the fact that I couldn't control the plane or get out of the plane freaked me out.

I haven't had a panic attack since that flight and that was over ten years ago, until this one on the table in the acupuncturist office.

maybe she will let me hold the controller next session so I can shut if off if i need too, then, I can slide slowly off the table.

has anyone ever experienced this type of reaction b4?

i really am loving the benefits of the treatment, but I don't want to go thru sweaty palms & anxiety again...
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The skin of the lotus seed? [21 Nov 2008|02:30am]

The energetics and nutrition of the skin interests me. There are the white/off-white seeds and mottled light brown ones, and the former seems to predominate. I know the brown are harvested riper than the white.

If the skin contains oxalate I'd love to know that too.

My texts don't cover the skin and google is just a mess.

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Kiai Chi Gong Workshop with master song Park [06 Nov 2008|05:23pm]


Come join Kiai Master Song Park for a practice session of Kiai Chi Gong's 8 Foundations. Kiai Chi Gong is a simple system of self-healing exercises that combine movement, body positions and stances, breathing, and sound based on Oriental Medicine and Kiai Jitsu Theory. The exercises are grouped to open all parts of our body while moving in the six directions.  In 8 Foundations all the primary vowels are used in order to activate and harmonize all the energies and elements of our body.
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question [29 Oct 2008|07:31pm]

How important is it that one gets completely off of western drugs while taking Chinese medicine? More specifically, with autoimmune diseases?
For example, I have started taking Chinese medicine. Before that, I was on alot of immune system supressants- I mostly got off of those, but prednisone, which messes with the liver, cannot be taken off immediately because it causes problems with the liver's ability to make steroids.
And also, lisenopril which causes blood vessels to relax.

I will ask my doctor, of course but I am curious about the opinions here as well.

Thank you, everyone!
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question... [18 Oct 2008|04:41pm]

My mom has been seeing a great Acupuncturist for about 4-6months and when she started treatment for her arthritis and low kidney function the doctor said she couldnt have any coffee, alcohol, pork, blue back salmon, chicken and some other things that i forget.

all those are easy to not have since she never eats any of them EXCEPT the chicken. and when i asked her why exactly chicken was bad? she didnt know but she asked him the next time and he didnt really give her an answer, just said he's been telling people not to eat those things for many years.

so i was wondering... does anyone know why in TCM treatment you wouldnt be allowed to eat chicken?? Im curious and so is she what is bad about it or why you dont eat it. anyways, we dont eat a lot of chicken but we really only eat white meat for the most part, so when we do eat meat its on the list of ones we do eat.
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new to needles [09 Oct 2008|07:56pm]

hello, i'm new to the community and new to acupuncture.
I am actually now on my 4th treatment and thus far I am loving it...

I am finding that it is really helping with the symptoms of my chronic illness (MS) mostly with the fatigue.
I am incredibly relaxed and replenished when I leave.

I do wonder about something bizarre that occurred this last time around and what say you all about what exactly is happening.
(I am amazed by this domain of alternative medicine so I'm all about research and knowledge)

actually the appointment before last I have the full (30 some needles I am thinking) starting at the crown of my head all the way down to my ankles on the back side.  Upon hook up to the electro-stim, my gluts spasmed and my leg jumped up off the table a wee bit.  this day was post traumatic medical procedure so I'm thinking my body was on edge already.  as I was lying there after the stim was turned down, i kept feeling as if i were falling (similar to when you are falling asleep).
freaked me out a little but then a friend mentions this is a good sign (as does the acupuncturist).  it means the qi is flowing.

so last night i get the needles placed on the front of my body, ankles, mid calf and in the fold of my thumb and index finger, just below the wrist and one other near there.  I was feeling random pricks elsewhere where no needle was inserted.  along with an ache in my left leg just below the knee, on the outside.  does this mean blockage?  

would love to hear from any of you who have found acupuncture more successful in treating symptoms of chronic illnesses along with traditional medicine or on its own? 

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How many treatments? [08 Oct 2008|05:48am]
Im thinking of trying acupuncture.
Im curious on how many treatments is usually needed, as my economy will be bad the next ½ - 1 year so im wondering if i should start now or if i should wait untill i can afford more treatments.
My problems that i want help with is mixed: Trouble sleeping, post traumatic stress, hair loss, menstrual cramps, skin breakouts (not that bad anymore).  And anxiety, depression, but its more because of my lifesituation so i dont think it would help with that.

How often is treatment needed, is it once per month or more or less?
And how many does people usually need?
I know its not the same for everyone! I just would like to know if its about 5, 10, or 40 cause i have no idea :-)

Does acupuncture trigger any bad emotions or memories? Im by myself and pretty miserable already so its important that it wont be to bad, i cant handle some. I heard that other kind of treatments can have that effect so i was wondering if acupuncture could to.

Thanks in advance :-)
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Some Help? [01 Sep 2008|12:04am]

[ mood | contemplative ]

Hopefully theres people in here who are pretty familiar with TCM.
I am new to it, but after witnessing what it has done for my mother and her arthritis... I know i must try it. Im planning to see a TCM doctor in the near future, but since healthcare obviously doesnt cover it I have to wait a month or so and put some money aside for it.

anyways, I think Ive figured out what I have. I believe its called Kidney Qi or Yin. From what Ive gathered they are the same thing? correct me if Im wrong.

anyways, I have severe anxiety that onset from out of no-where about 2 years ago. it was so bad back then that I literally did not leave the house for about 3 months. I sought western medical treatment which i obviously hope to not need forever since i dont know what these little pills i take contain.

also, another symptom i have that can be both anxiety and kidney qi related i think is that I ALWAYS have to pee. I mean constantly. I will pee and then about 5 minutes later I need to pee again. sometimes, Ill pee and Ill get up and still feel like I have to pee. I know I dont have any infections. for sure. aside from when I first wake up in the morning its always clear.

I do drink a lot but i dont think its enough to constitute peeing as much as i do.

I actually dont know what Im asking for.... advice on how i could go about treating symptoms like this for the next month until I go in for acupuncture? or advice in general about it?

Thanks :)

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Schools for TCM? [06 Aug 2008|06:19pm]

Are there any databases for schools that teach TCM? Thanks so much!
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5 element vs. TCM [11 Jul 2008|01:50pm]

Can anyone tell me that has experience of getting treated for both which worked for them? Or any practitioners that can give me an idea of what the difference is? I know a lot about TCM as I'm almost in my 3rd year, but was wondering how 5 element is different, better, worse etc. Thanks for any info, off opinons welcome. :)
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Piles/hemorrhoids [26 May 2008|03:16pm]

 A friend of mine recently had a baby and now she has the most awful case of piles - she's been told she may need surgery.  She'd like to avoid going back into hospital again (the birth was somewhat horrific) and she's wondering if there's any remedy that works - she's tried the usual anti-imflammatories, ointments etc.  Doe acupuncture help?

Thanks in advance.
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Checking out a few schools... [25 May 2008|10:03pm]

 Im thinking about going to Samra University of Oriental Medicine in Los Angeles, CA. anyone here have any experiences of this school or heard anything about it? thanks
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