#AtoZchallenge — Reflection on April 2013 A to Z Challenge

May 10th, 2013

Huzzah! I successfully completed the April 2013 Worldwide A to Z Blogging Challenge. Every day except Sunday last month, I blogged using a successive letter of the English Alphabet. Thanks to my beloved wife Tonya (an expert and avid blogger and talented novelist http://www.tmycann.com/ who is a veteran AtoZer) for kicking my degreed journalist and professional writer butt into gear and got me started and hooked on regular blogging!

Right now I have begun my first book about the JingWakening and my remarkable health and lifestyle transformation. After 1 year I have lost 105 pounds and I truly do feel great!

One picture is truly worth...

One picture is truly worth…

The JingWakening weight loss and systemic health improvement lifestyle can work for you as well.  Call 414-258-2090 to make your first appointment at Jing Well Acupuncture to begin today. Namaste!

 

#AtoZchallenge — Z is for Zen

April 30th, 2013

Anyone who knows me or meets me knows I am fiery, intense with a big heart and a big energy.

Zen and Fury

Zen and Fury

But the Yin to that Yang is my intense appreciation of Zen.  Zen, a school of Mahayana Buddhism, that asserts that enlightenment can be attained through meditation, self-contemplation, and intuition rather than through faith and devotion and that is practiced mainly in China, Japan, Korea, and Vietnam. Also called Zen Buddhism.

A moment of Zen

A moment of Zen

I meditate every day. These days, I live a walking meditation “My Life Is My Prayer” that seeks to always find the Zen in every moment. Like the flawed human I am, I fail most of the time. But I will never give up. I love the journey and I treasure my exploration of Zen. I suggest you explore Zen as well.

Hey Hi Ho… whaddayaknow? I finished the AtoZchallenge for 2013!

 

#AtoZchallenge — Y is for Yin Yang Theory

April 29th, 2013

Yin and Yang Theory

The theory of yin and yang is the most fundamental concept of traditional Chinese medicine. One of the major beliefs of TCM is that all things in the universe are either yin or yang. However, there are no absolutes: nothing is ever all yin or all yang, but a balance between the two forces. For example, when day changes into night, it is an example of a yang object changing into a yin object; when winter turns into spring; it is considered a changing from yin to yang.

These forces are opposite and yet complementary, and share an interdependent relationship ­ without yin, there would be no yang, and without yang, no yin.

Yang is generally associated with items or concepts that are bright, warm, and in motion. Yin is generally associated with objects or ideas that are dark, still and cold. Any given frame of reference can be divided into opposite factors, i.e. a yin side and a yang side. For instance, a human body can be divided into exterior and interior sections; the temperature can be divided into hot or cold; time can be divided into day or night; animals can divided into hot-blooded or cold-blooded, and so on.

The following are some of the more well-known examples of yin and yang:

Yin Yang
Female Male
Night Day
Moist Dry
Cold Hot
Winter Summer
Death Birth
Small Large
Solid Hollow

The Yin-Yang Symbol

The yin-yang symbol is a representation of the philosophy of traditional Chinese medicine. The symbol consists of a circle, divided by a curved line into a black (yin) and white (yang) side. The curve symbolizes the constant change of balance between yin and yang. Each side contains a small circle of the opposite color. This demonstrates the belief that nothing is never really all yin or all yang; there is some of yang in yin, and vice-versa.

Applying Yin and Yang to Chinese Medicine

Each organ in the body has an element of yin and yang within it. Some organs, such as the liver, are predominantly yang; others, such as the kidneys, are yin. Even though an organ may be predominantly yin or yang in nature, the balance of yin and yang is maintained throughout the body, because the sum total of yin and yang will be in balance.

It is important to note that the body is not always in an exact balance of yin and yang. Even when the body is healthy, there may be subtle shifts from one state to the other. When a person gets angry, for instance, the yang state may dominate; when that person has calmed down and resumed to a peaceful state, yin may become dominant.

In traditional Chinese medicine, illness is believed to be caused by an imbalance of yin and yang in the body. In an excess of yin, the yang qi would be damaged, leading to the development of a cold disease. Excess of yang will likewise damage yin qi and lead to a heat disease being developed.

Basic treatment of these diseases is aimed at replenishing depleted yin or yang, and it is through this process that the balance of yin and yang is re-established. Traditional Chinese medicine practitioners attempt to determine the exact nature of the imbalance, then correct it through a variety of approaches, including acupuncture, herbal remedies, exercise, and changes in diet and lifestyle. As the balance is restored in the body, so is the person’s health.

– The above article courtesy of the fine folks at Acupuncture Today magazine.

#AtoZchallenge — X is for Xi Cleft Points

April 27th, 2013

From the book: “Acupuncture, Meridian Theory and Acupuncture Points”

The Xi (cleft) Points are the places where the qi of the meridian is deeply converged. Each of the 12 regular meridians has a Xi (cleft) Point on the extremity, as do the Yinwei, Yangwei, Yinqiao and Yangqiao Meridians, 16 in all. Xi (cleft) Points are located below the elbows and knees except for Liangqiu (St.34) which is superior to the knee. They constitute another group of important points apart from the Five-shu Points.

Early records of Xi (cleft) Points date back to Zhenjiu Jiayi Jing (A Classic of Acupuncture and Moxibustion). Xi (cleft) Points are used for treating acute disorders of their related internal organs as well as of the areas supplied by the meridians. Needling these points can regulate the circulation of qi and blood in the diseased areas.

The Sixteen Xi (Cleft) Points Indications
Kongzui (Lu.6) hemorrhoid bleeding, hemoptysis, shortness of breath
Wenliu (L.I.7) toothache, common cold, hemorrhoids
Liangqiu (St.34) epigastric pain
Diji (Sp.8) acute diarrhea
Yinxi (H.6) cardiac pain, insomnia and mental mania
Yanglao (S.I.6) blurring of vision and tinnitus
Jinmen (U.B.63) infantile convulsions and systrema
Shuiquan (K.5) dysmenorrhea, prolapse of uterus
Ximen (P.4) cardiac pain, palpitation, hypochondriac pain
Huizong (S.J.7) pain in the heart area, enteritis
Waiqiu (G.B.36) mania with emotional excitement and insanity with emotional depression
Foot-Zhongdu ( Liv.6) hernia, uterine bleeding
Fuyang (U.B.59) acute diarrhea. sciatica, numbness, lumbar pain
Jiaoxin (K.8) orchialgia. amenorrhea, night sweating
Yangiiao (G.B.35) chest pain, numbness of the lower extremities
Zhubin (K.9) relieving pathogenic qi, hernia and beriberi

They also have the function to alleviate acute pain of the internal organs. For example, puncturing Liangqiu (St.34) for acute gastric pain; Kongzui (Lu.6) for acute bronchial hemoptysis; Shuiquan (K.5) for dysmenorrhea; Ximen (P.4) for cardiac pain and furuncle; Foot-Linqi (Liv.6) for swelling and pain of the testis, etc. The Xi (cleft) Points can also be used to treat acute sprain, points being selected from meridians passing through the injured area.

Clinically, combination of the Xi (cleft) Points and the Eight Influential Points can often enhance the therapeutic effect of the acupuncture treatment, e.g. Liangqiu (St.34) and Zhongwan (Ren 12) for severe epigastric pain; Kongzui (Lu.6) and Shanzhong (Ren 17) for cough and hiccup with difficult breathing.

Observation of Xi (cleft) Points can sometimes be of help in diagnosing acute disorders. Often there is a reactive spot at a Xi (cleft) Point when a particular organ or meridian is affected, e.g. tenderness can be felt at Ximen (P.4) in case of acute pleurisy; or at Liangqiu (St.34) in case of acute mastitis.

Dr Joe regularly uses Xi Cleft points in his effective acupuncture treatments. Call to schedule yours today. 414-258-2090.

#AtoZchallenge — W is for Wakey-Wakey

April 26th, 2013

Wakey-Wakey! This is your life calling. Time to take charge of your actions. Wakey-Wakey! This is your body calling. Time to honor God’s gift to you, not abuse it.

The first JingWakening success story.,

The first JingWakening success story.,-mind

Obesity is an American epidemic. It is second only to stupidity in its destructive impact on this country. Why is stupidity number one? Because it is only mass stupidity that willingly and eagerly consumes processed garbage masquerading as food, toxic sickening fast food, poisonous and life-threatening GMO frankenfoods, as well as tons and tons of chemically treated artificial non-food snacks, candies, soft drinks, energy drinks, and desserts.

Fat Jing No More!

Fat Jing No More!

If I can do it, you can do it!

The JingWakening lifestyle is a sane commitment to health in a country ruled by an insane corporate-controlled food-distribution system. NO FAD DIETS! NO QUICK FIX WEIGHT LOSS YOU YO-YO GAIN BACK ALL THE WEIGHT!

I am writing an E-Book with complete details of my system and my successful return to healthy life and healthy weight. But the basics are:

  1. 60 carbs per day.

  2. No processed foods.

  3. No fast foods.

  4. No frankenfoods.

  5. No desserts except within the 60 carbs.

  6. No fried foods.

  7. Lots of green vegetables.

  8. Daily moderate exercise.

  9. Regular Acupuncture.

  10. Daily Chinese Herbal Formulas to boost metabolism and tonify major organs.

  11. Daily whole food nutraceuticals to give your body the nutrients we no longer get from corporate foods.

  12. No synthetic vitamins.

  13. No fad diets.

This can be you, easily, with daily discipline and commitment to your body, your temple.

Fat Jing No More!

Fat Jing No More!

WAKEY-WAKEY!