Healing Rotator Cuff Injuries with Acupuncture and Guasha

Disclaimer: The following advice is meant for educational and informative purposes only. If you are suffering with a rotator cuff pathology, please see a licensed healthcare practitioner.

What is a rotator cuff?

A rotator cuff is comprised of four important muscles known as the supraspinatus, infraspinatus, teres minor and subscapularis. These muscles help bind the head of the humerus to the glenoid fossa of the scapula. Each rotator cuff muscle has a unique function in maneuvering the shoulder and arm. They are as follows:

When one or more of these muscles is torn, injured, tense or inflamed, you are sure to experience symptoms like shoulder pain, neck pain, limited range of motion, neuropathy (radiating pain, tingling and numbness), difficulty sleeping due to pain, and many other issues.

The muscles of the rotator cuff are involved in many movements, and such actions like brushing your hair or lifting and rotating your arm. However, even movements involving your neck could irritate the pain.

Sometimes the rotator cuff disorder is due to a sudden physical trauma, which tears one or more of the rotator cuff muscles. I personally tore my rotator cuff during a “trust fall”—someone fell forcefully on my right forearm, and I felt my Supraspinatus “pop.” You might recall a pop happening before your symptoms manifested. The location of the pop is likely the muscle/ligament that was torn. Even if the tear was only on one side, both shoulders, or the opposite shoulder can exhibit symptoms.

These tears are especially common in sports, which is reflected in the alternative names for rotator cuff tendinitis: Swimmer’s Shoulder, Tennis Shoulder, Pitcher’s Shoulder. Moving your arms repeatedly over head, a pictured below, can be an origin of rotator cuff injury, too.

In foreground, a woman is exercising, extending and abducting the left arm  with a pink barbell held in right arm. In the background, there are other women, in the same posture.
Photo by bruce mars on Pexels.com

However, a slow build up of tension and inflammation, as well as poor posture, can also irritate the rotator cuff. Tension in the muscles of the neck can compress the vertebrae and impair the flow of qi and blood. The rotator cuff muscles are innervated by nerves that exit the cervical vertebrae. Those of us that have long sessions of looking at our phone are very likely to experience chronic rotator cuff issues, for this reason. Constantly staring down at screens will stress the cervical nerves.

…When myofascial pain is referred to the shoulder joint, the infraspinatus, Supraspinatus, and sometimes the levator scapula muscles are its most likely muscular sources. (Page 556)

Travell, J. G., Simons, D. G., & Simons, L. S. (1999). Myofascial pain and dysfunction: the trigger point manual: Vol. 1:Upper half of body. Baltimore: Williams & Wilkins.

Just being stressed out can cause your shoulders to scrunch up, so the origin of rotator cuff issues is can definitely be psychogenic in pathogenesis. To further complicate matters, tension in unrelated parts of your body, like the hips, can exacerbate the issues in your arm. This can really make sleeping difficult, as one struggles to find the right position to rest without pain.

A rotator cuff tear can seriously change your life. Sometimes people undergo surgery to repair the rotator cuff, but there are alternatives that can help you avoid such interventions. Even after rotator cuff surgery, therapies like Acupuncture, Qi Gong, and Herbalism can help reduce shoulder inflammation and improve your quality of life.

An Acupuncturist’s Approach to the Rotator Cuff

In Chinese Medicine, there are several important meridians that travel through the shoulder. They are as follows:

  • Large Intestine-Yangming Meridian
  • Lung-Taiyin Meridian
  • Pericardium-Jueyin Meridian
  • Sanjiao-Shaoyang Meridian
  • Heart-Taiyin Meridian
  • Small Intestine-Taiyang Meridian

These meridians traverse the neck and head, the shoulders, and extend into the fingers (they even go inward and connect to the internal organs and other meridians). If you’ve suffered from a rotator cuff tear, you might have noticed how the injury afflicts your forearm, fingers and wrist. Tingling and numbness, sudden surges of pain, popping and crunching, are a few of the common symptoms you might experience. The trajectories of these symptoms can mimic the meridians and also the dermatomes associated with the nerves that exit the cervical vertebrae.

Many painful points on the arm can arise after a rotator cuff tear, as the glenohumeral joint is not being “held” properly. This injurious posture can obstruct the flow of qi and blood, as the nerves and blood vessels are cramped by the constricted muscles. Indeed, Thoracic Outlet Syndrome or carpal tunnel syndrome can be an unfortunate sequelae of a rotator cuff tear. This is why it is important to maintain and care for your shoulder injury.

A general index of points that are proximal or resting on the rotator cuff muscles are as follows:

  • Supaspinatus – Sanjiao 15
  • Infraspinatus – Small Intestine 10, 11, 12
  • Teres Minor – Small Intestine 9
  • Subscapularis – Heart 1

Interestingly enough, the Small Intestine, Sanjiao and Heart meridian are all Fire meridians! The Fire element relates to upward movement, the emotion of joy, the bitter flavor,

Distal pain often follow the trajectories of the meridians, rather than simply corresponding to the individual muscles. So, even though your tear is in your Supraspinatus or your Teres Minor, you might develop pain at your wrist, or your elbow, and not at the expected point of trauma. If you examine the photos of the anatomy model pictured above, you might see lines that parallel your own pain patterns.

Two very effective ways of remedying the rotator cuff are acupuncture and guasha. Acupuncture, applied at trigger points in the muscles of the shoulder and arm, can help unbind points of tension and relax the muscles. Acupuncture applied to trigger points is often rebranded as “dry needling,” but, rest assured, that dry needling is a form of acupuncture, and it is safe when performed by a board certified, licensed acupuncturist.

Guasha, otherwise known as Graston or IASTM (Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization), can be used to reduce adhesion and vent inflamed myofascial tissues. Its approach is similar to cupping, insofar that it moves stagnant blood, but it relies on applied pressure instead of vacuum and suction.

Guasha can be explained as creating transitory therapeutic petechia associated with increased surface micro perfusion, increased up regulation of the genetic expression of heme oxygenate-1 (HO-1), stimulation of the immune system and evidence of pain reduction and anti-inflammatory effect that is sustained over time.

Nielsen, A. (2014). Gua sha: a Traditional Technique for Modern Practice. London: Elsevier Health Sciences UK.
Marks from Guasha. You can see the inflammation follows the trajectory of the Large-Intestine Yangming Meridian, Sanjiao-Shaoyang meridian, and the Lung-Taiyin meridian.

Focus on the Opposite Side

As the injury progresses, the unaffected side will take on greater physical burdens, which then worsens the afflicted side—it’s a vicious cycle that all unilateral injuries are notorious for. In treatments and therapies, it can be helpful to begin with the unaffected side. The arms can translate problems very readily, and if the scapula becomes unstable, there is increased likelihood that it will tug on the cervical vertebrae, the clavicle, or other anatomical structures. Take care in all movements.

Exercising the Rotator Cuff after an Injury

New symptoms can arise out of no where, so it’s important to work very gently and slowly when doing any new workouts. The Merck Manual recommends that work outs that “push objects away” like push-ups should be avoided, and those that “pull objects closer” should be encouraged. It lists Upright Rows, Downward Lateral Pulls, and Bench Press as therapeutic healing exercises, when done with proper care and guidance. Talk to your doctor or therapist about the right movements for you.

You Can Heal Your Rotator Cuff

Injuring your shoulder can be frustrating and even debilitating. If you are suffering with a rotator cuff injury, I encourage you to reach out to an acupuncturist or massage therapist in your community. They will definitely be able to help relieve your pain with the aforementioned techniques. And, if you are in or near Austin, Texas, I would be glad to discuss how I could be of service to you.

Do not give up on healing, and your shoulder will feel as good as new. Just remember that it takes time, and there are highs and lows. Be patient, be persistent and be kind to your body.

A list of all the Sabian Symbols

From day to say the sun moves through the zodiac, degree by degree. This measurement of time has given us our calendar. The zodiac has helped humanity understand the nuances of seasonal development for eons. The following list was created to assist astrologers and those interested in astrology in understanding the specific energies emanating from a particular zodiacal degree. Interpretations can be quite varied, so take time to meditate on the degrees which relate to your natal planetary placements.

It might seem odd at first, but it can be very helpful for introspection. If you need your natal chart generated or if you’ve got questions, feel free to ask.

1º Aries (1): A WOMAN HAS RISEN OUT OF THE OCEAN, A SEAL IS EMBRACING HER.
2º Aries (2): A COMEDIAN ENTERTAINING THE GROUP.
3º Aries (3): A CAMEO PROFILE OF A MAN IN THE OUTLINE OF HIS COUNTRY.
4º Aries (4): TWO LOVERS STROLLING THROUGH A SECLUDED WALK.
5º Aries (5): A TRIANGLE WITH WINGS.
6º Aries (6): A SQUARE BRIGHTLY LIGHTED ON ONE SIDE.
7º Aries (7): A MAN SUCCESSFULLY EXPRESSING HIMSELF IN TWO REALMS AT ONCE.
8º Aries (8): A WOMAN’S HAT WITH STREAMERS BLOWN BY THE EAST WIND.
9º Aries (9): A CRYSTAL GAZER.
10º Aries (10): A TEACHER GIVES NEW SYMBOLIC FORMS TO TRADITIONAL IMAGES.
11º Aries (11): THE RULER OF A NATION.
12º Aries (12): A FLOCK OF WILD GEESE.
13º Aries (13): A BOMB WHICH FAILED TO EXPLODE IS NOW SAFELY CONCEALED.
14º Aries (14): A SERPENT COILING NEAR A MAN AND A WOMAN.
15º Aries (15): AN INDIAN WEAVING A BLANKET.
16º Aries (16): BROWNIES DANCING IN THE SETTING SUN.
17º Aries (17): TWO PRIM SPINSTERS SITTING TOGETHER IN SILENCE.
18º Aries (18): AN EMPTY HAMMOCK.
19º Aries (19): THE MAGIC CARPET OF ORIENTAL IMAGERY.
20º Aries (20): A YOUNG GIRL FEEDING BIRDS IN WINTER.
21º Aries (21): A PUGILIST (BOXER) ENTERING THE RING.
22º Aries (22): THE GATE TO THE GARDEN OF ALL FULFILLED DESIRES.
23º Aries (23): A WOMAN IN PASTEL COLORS CARRYING A HEAVY AND VALUABLE BUT VEILED LOAD.
24º Aries (24): AN OPEN WINDOW AND A NET CURTAIN BLOWING INTO A CORNUCOPIA.
25º Aries (25): A DOUBLE PROMISE REVEALS ITS INNER AND OUTER MEANINGS.
26º Aries (26): A MAN POSSESSED OF MORE GIFTS THAN HE CAN HOLD.
27º Aries (27): THROUGH IMAGINATION, A LOST OPPORTUNITY IS REGAINED.
28º Aries (28): A LARGE DISAPPOINTED AUDIENCE.
29º Aries (29): THE MUSIC OF THE SPHERES.
30º Aries (30): A DUCK POND AND ITS BROOD.

1º Taurus (31): A CLEAR MOUNTAIN STREAM.
2º Taurus (32): AN ELECTRICAL STORM.
3º Taurus (33): STEPS UP TO A LAWN BLOOMING WITH CLOVER.
4º Taurus (34): THE POT OF GOLD AT THE END OF THE RAINBOW.
5º Taurus (35): A WIDOW AT AN OPEN GRAVE.
6º Taurus (36): A BRIDGE BEING BUILT ACROSS A GORGE.
7º Taurus (37): A WOMAN OF SAMARIA COMES TO DRAW WATER FROM THE WELL.
8º Taurus (38): A SLEIGH WITHOUT SNOW.
9º Taurus (39): A CHRISTMAS TREE DECORATED.
10º Taurus (40): A RED CROSS NURSE.
11º Taurus (41): A WOMAN SPRINKLING FLOWERS.
12º Taurus (42): A YOUNG COUPLE WALK DOWN MAIN- STREET, WINDOW-SHOPPING.
13º Taurus (43): A PORTER CARRYING HEAVY BAGGAGE.
14º Taurus (44): ON THE BEACH, CHILDREN PLAY WHILE SHELLFISH GROPE AT THE EDGE OF THE WATER.
15º Taurus (45): A MAN WITH RAKISH SILK HAT, MUFFLED AGAINST THE COLD, BRAVES A STORM.
16º Taurus (46): AN OLD TEACHER FAILS TO INTEREST HIS PUPILS IN TRADITIONAL KNOWLEDGE.
17º Taurus (47): A SYMBOLICAL BATTLE BETWEEN ‘SWORDS’ AND ‘TORCHES’.
18º Taurus (48): A WOMAN AIRING AN OLD BAG THROUGH A SUNNY WINDOW.
19º Taurus (49): A NEW CONTINENT RISING OUT OF THE OCEAN.
20º Taurus (50): WISPS OF CLOUDS, LIKE WINGS, ARE STREAMING ACROSS THE SKY.
21º Taurus (51): MOVING FINGER POINTS TO SIGNIFICANT PASSAGES IN A BOOK.
22º Taurus (52): WHITE DOVE FLYING OVER TROUBLED WATERS.
23º Taurus (53): A JEWELLERY SHOP FILLED WITH THE MOST MAGNIFICENT JEWELS.
24º Taurus (54): AN INDIAN WARRIOR RIDING FIERCELY, HUMAN SCALPS HANGING AT HIS BELT.
25º Taurus (55): A LARGE WELL-KEPT PUBLIC PARK.
26º Taurus (56): A SPANIARD SERENADING HIS SENORITA.
27º Taurus (57): AN OLD INDIAN WOMAN SELLING BEADS.
28º Taurus (58): A MATURE WOMAN REAWAKENED TO ROMANCE.
29º Taurus (59): TWO COBBLERS WORKING AT A TABLE.
30º Taurus (60): A PEACOCK PARADING ON THE TERRACE OF AN OLD CASTLE.

1º Gemini (61): A GLASS-BOTTOMED BOAT REVEALS UNDER-SEA WONDERS.
2º Gemini (62): SANTA CLAUSE FILLING STOCKINGS FURTIVELY.
3º Gemini (63): THE GARDEN OF THE TUILERIES IN PARIS.
4º Gemini (64): HOLLY AND MISTLETOE BRING CHRISTMAS SPIRIT TO A HOME.
5º Gemini (65): A RADICAL MAGAZINE, ASKING FOR ACTION, DISPLAYS A SENSATIONAL FRONT PAGE.
6º Gemini (66): WORKMEN DRILLING FOR OIL.
7º Gemini (67): AN OLD-FASHIONED WELL.
8º Gemini (68): AROUSED STRIKERS ROUND A FACTORY.
9º Gemini (69): A QUIVER FILLED WITH ARROWS.
10º Gemini (70): AEROPLANE PERFORMING A NOSE-DIVE.
11º Gemini (71): NEWLY OPENED LANDS OFFER THE PIONEER NEW OPPORTUNITIES FOR EXPERIENCE.
12º Gemini (72): A BLACK SLAVE-GIRL DEMANDS HER RIGHTS OF HER MISTRESS.
13º Gemini (73): WORLD FAMOUS PIANIST GIVING A CONCERT PERFORMANCE.
14º Gemini (74): TWO PEOPLE, LIVING FAR APART, IN TELEPATHIC COMMUNICATION.
15º Gemini (75): TWO DUTCH CHILDREN TALKING.
16º Gemini (76): A WOMAN ACTIVIST IN AN EMOTIONAL SPEECH, DRAMATIZING HER CAUSE.
17º Gemini (77): THE HEAD OF A ROBUST YOUTH CHANGES INTO THAT OF A MATURE THINKER.
18º Gemini (78): TWO CHINESE MEN TALKING CHINESE (IN A WESTERN CROWD).
19º Gemini (79): A LARGE ARCHAIC VOLUME REVEALS A TRADITIONAL WISDOM.
20º Gemini (80): A CAFETERIA WITH AN ABUNDANCE OF CHOICES.
21º Gemini (81): A TUMULTUOUS LABOR DEMONSTRATION.
22º Gemini (82): DANCING COUPLES CROWD THE BARN IN A HARVEST FESTIVAL.
23º Gemini (83): THREE FLEDGLINGS IN A NEST HIGH IN A TREE.
24º Gemini (84): CHILDREN SKATING ON ICE.
25º Gemini (85): A GARDENER TRIMMING LARGE PALM TREES.
26º Gemini (86): WINTER FROST IN THE WOODS.
27º Gemini (87): A YOUNG GYPSY EMERGING FROM THE WOODS GAZES AT FAR CITIES.
28º Gemini (88): SOCIETY GRANTING BANKRUPTCY TO HIM, A MAN LEAVES THE COURT.
29º Gemini (89): THE FIRST MOCKINGBIRD OF SPRING SINGS FROM THE TREE TOP.
30º Gemini (90): A PARADE OF BATHING BEAUTIES BEFORE LARGE BEACH CROWDS.

1º Cancer (91): ON A SHIP THE SAILORS LOWER AN OLD FLAG AND RAISE A NEW ONE.
2º Cancer (92): A MAN ON A MAGIC CARPET OBSERVES VAST VISTAS BELOW HIM.
3º Cancer (93): AN ARCTIC EXPLORER LEADS A REINDEER THROUGH ICY CANYONS.
4º Cancer (94): A CAT ARGUING WITH A MOUSE.
5º Cancer (95): AT A RAILROAD CROSSING, AN AUTOMOBILE IS WRECKED BY A TRAIN.
6º Cancer (96): GAME BIRDS FEATHERING THEIR NESTS.
7º Cancer (97): TWO FAIRIES (NATURE SPIRITS) DANCING ON A MOONLIT NIGHT.
8º Cancer (98): A GROUP RABBITS DRESSED IN CLOTHES AND ON PARADE.
9º Cancer (99): A SMALL, NAKED GIRL BENDS OVER A POND TRYING TO CATCH A FISH.
10º Cancer (100): A LARGE DIAMOND IN THE FIRST STAGES OF THE CUTTING PROCESS.
11º Cancer (101): A CLOWN CARICATURING WELL-KNOWN PERSONALITIES.
12º Cancer (102): A CHINESE WOMAN NURSING A BABY WHOSE AURA REVEALS HIM TO BE THE REINCARNATION OF A GREAT TEACHER.
13º Cancer (103): ONE HAND SLIGHTLY FLEXED WITH A VERY PROMINENT THUMB.
14º Cancer (104): A VERY OLD MAN FACING A VAST DARK SPACE TO THE NORTHEAST.
15º Cancer (105): A GROUP OF PEOPLE WHO HAVE OVEREATEN AND ENJOYED IT.
16º Cancer (106): A MAN STUDYING A MANDALA IN FRONT OF HIM, WITH THE HELP OF A VERY ANCIENT BOOK.
17º Cancer (107): THE SEED GROWS INTO KNOWLEDGE AND LIFE.
18º Cancer (108): A HEN SCRATCHING FOR HER CHICKS.
19º Cancer (109): A PRIEST PERFORMING A MARRIAGE CEREMONY.
20º Cancer (110): VENETIAN GONDOLIERS IN A SERENADE.
21º Cancer (111): A PRIMA DONNA SINGING.
22º Cancer (112): A YOUNG WOMAN AWAITING A SAILBOAT.
23º Cancer (113): THE MEETING OF A LITERARY SOCIETY.
24º Cancer (114): A WOMAN AND TWO MEN CASTAWAYS ON A SMALL ISLAND OF THE SOUTH SEAS.
25º Cancer (115): A LEADER OF MEN WRAPPED IN AN INVISIBLE MANTLE OF POWER.
26º Cancer (116): GUESTS ARE READING IN THE LIBRARY OF A LUXURIOUS HOME.
27º Cancer (117): A VIOLENT STORM IN A CANYON FILLED WITH EXPENSIVE HOMES.
28º Cancer (118): INDIAN GIRL INTRODUCES COLLEGE BOY-FRIEND TO HER ASSEMBLED TRIBE.
29º Cancer (119): A GREEK MUSE WEIGHING NEW BORN TWINS IN GOLDEN SCALES.
30º Cancer (120): A DAUGHTER OF THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION.

1º Leo (121): UNDER EMOTIONAL STRESS, BLOOD RUSHES TO A MAN’S HEAD.
2º Leo (122): AN EPIDEMIC OF MUMPS.
3º Leo (123): A MATURE WOMAN, KEEPING UP WITH THE TIMES, HAVING HER HAIR BOBBED.
4º Leo (124): A MAN FORMALLY DRESSED STANDS NEAR TROPHIES HE BROUGHT BACK FROM A HUNTING EXPEDITION.
5º Leo (125): ROCK FORMATIONS TOWER OVER A DEEP CANYON.
6º Leo (126): AN OLD FASHIONED ‘CONSERVATIVE’ WOMAN IS CONFRONTED BY AN UP-TO-DATE GIRL.
7º Leo (127): THE CONSTELLATIONS OF STARS IN THE SKY.
8º Leo (128): GLASS BLOWERS SHAPE BEAUTIFUL VASES WITH THEIR CONTROLLED BREATHING.
9º Leo (129): A COMMUNIST ACTIVIST SPREADING HIS REVOLUTIONARY IDEALS.
10º Leo (130): EARLY MORNING DEW.
11º Leo (131): CHILDREN ON A SWING IN A HUGE OAK TREE.
12º Leo (132): AN EVENING LAWN PARTY OF ADULTS.
13º Leo (133): AN OLD SEA CAPTAIN ROCKING ON THE PORCH OF HIS COTTAGE.
14º Leo (134): CHERUB-LIKE, A HUMAN SOUL WHISPERS, SEEKING TO MANIFEST.
15º Leo (135): A PAGEANT MOVING ALONG A STREET PACKED WITH PEOPLE.
16º Leo (136): BRILLIANT SUNSHINE JUST AFTER A STORM.
17º Leo (137): VOLUNTEER CHURCH CHOIR MAKES SOCIAL EVENT OF REHEARSAL.
18º Leo (138): A CHEMIST CONDUCTS AN EXPERIMENT FOR HIS STUDENTS.
19º Leo (139): A HOUSEBOAT PARTY.
20º Leo (140): AMERICAN INDIANS PERFORM A RITUAL TO THE SUN.
21º Leo (141): INTOXICATED CHICKENS DIZZILY FLAP THEIR WINGS TRYING TO FLY.
22º Leo (142): A CARRIER PIGEON FULFILLING ITS MISSION.
23º Leo (143): A BAREBACK RIDER IN A CIRCUS DISPLAYS HER DANGEROUS SKILL.
24º Leo (144): TOTALLY CONCENTRATED UPON INNER SPIRITUAL ATTAINMENT, A MAN IS SITTING IN A STATE OF COMPLETE NEGLECT OF HIS BODY.
25º Leo (145): A LARGE CAMEL CROSSING A VAST AND FORBIDDING DESERT.
26º Leo (146): AFTER A HEAVY STORM, A RAINBOW.
27º Leo (147): DAYBREAK – THE LUMINESCENCE OF DAWN IN THE EASTERN SKY.
28º Leo (148): MANY LITTLE BIRDS ON THE LIMB OF A LARGE TREE.
29º Leo (149): A MERMAID EMERGES FROM THE OCEAN READY FOR REBIRTH IN HUMAN FORM.
30º Leo (150): AN UNSEALED LETTER.

1º Virgo (151): IN A PORTRAIT THE BEST OF A MAN’S FEATURES AND TRAITS ARE IDEALIZED.
2º Virgo (152): A LARGE WHITE CROSS-DOMINATING THE LANDSCAPE-STANDS ALONE ON TOP OF A HIGH HILL.
3º Virgo (153): TWO GUARDIAN ANGELS BRINGING PROTECTION.
4º Virgo (154): BLACK AND WHITE CHILDREN PLAYING HAPPILY TOGETHER.
5º Virgo (155): A MAN BECOMING AWARE OF NATURE SPIRITS AND NORMALLY UNSEEN SPIRITUAL ENERGIES.
6º Virgo (156): A MERRY-GO-ROUND.
7º Virgo (157): A HAREM.
8º Virgo (158): A GIRL TAKES HER FIRST DANCING INSTRUCTION.
9º Virgo (159): A EXPRESSIONIST PAINTER MAKING A FUTURISTIC DRAWING.
10º Virgo (160): TWO HEADS LOOKING OUT AND BEYOND THE SHADOWS.
11º Virgo (161): A BOY MOULDED IN HIS MOTHER’S ASPIRATIONS FOR HIM.
12º Virgo (162): A BRIDE WITH HER VEIL SNATCHED AWAY.
13º Virgo (163): A POWERFUL STATESMAN OVERCOMES A STATE OF POLITICAL HYSTERIA.
14º Virgo (164): A FAMILY TREE.
15º Virgo (165): A FINE LACE ORNAMENTAL HANDKERCHIEF.
16º Virgo (166): CHILDREN CROWD AROUND THE ORANG-UTANG CAGE IN A ZOO.
17º Virgo (167): A VOLCANIC ERUPTION.
18º Virgo (168): TWO GIRLS PLAYING WITH A OUIJA BOARD.
19º Virgo (169): A SWIMMING RACE.
20º Virgo (170): A CARAVAN OF CARS HEADED FOR PROMISED LANDS.
21º Virgo (171): A GIRL’S BASKETBALL TEAM.
22º Virgo (172): A ROYAL COAT OF ARMS ENRICHED WITH PRECIOUS STONES.
23º Virgo (173): A LION-TAMER RUSHES FEARLESSLY INTO THE CIRCUS ARENA.
24º Virgo (174): MARY AND HER WHITE LAMB.
25º Virgo (175): A FLAG AT HALF-MAST IN FRONT OF A PUBLIC BUILDING.
26º Virgo (176): A BOY WITH A CENSER SERVES NEAR THE PRIEST AT THE ALTAR.
27º Virgo (177): ARISTOCRATIC ELDERLY LADIES DRINKING AFTERNOON TEA IN A WEALTHY HOME.
28º Virgo (178): A BALD-HEADED MAN WHO HAS SEIZED POWER.
29º Virgo (179): A MAN GAINING SECRET KNOWLEDGE FROM AN ANCIENT SCROLL HE IS READING.
30º Virgo (180): HAVING AN URGENT TASK TO COMPLETE, A MAN DOESN’T LOOK TO ANY DISTRACTIONS.

1º Libra (181): A BUTTERFLY PRESERVED AND MADE PERFECT WITH A DART THROUGH IT.
2º Libra (182): THE LIGHT OF THE SIXTH RACE TRANSMUTED TO THE SEVENTH.
3º Libra (183): THE DAWN OF A NEW DAY REVEALS EVERYTHING CHANGED.
4º Libra (184): A GROUP OF YOUNG PEOPLE SIT IN SPIRITUAL COMMUNION AROUND A CAMPFIRE.
5º Libra (185): A MAN TEACHING THE TRUE INNER KNOWLEDGE OF THE NEW WORLD TO HIS STUDENTS.
6º Libra (186): A MAN WATCHES HIS IDEALS TAKING A CONCRETE FORM BEFORE HIS INNER VISION.
7º Libra (187): A WOMAN FEEDING CHICKENS AND PROTECTING THEM FROM THE HAWKS.
8º Libra (188): A BLAZING FIREPLACE IN A DESERTED HOME.
9º Libra (189): THREE OLD MASTERS HANGING IN A SPECIAL ROOM IN AN ART GALLERY.
10º Libra (190): A CANOE APPROACHING SAFETY THROUGH DANGEROUS WATERS.
11º Libra (191): A PROFESSOR PEERING OVER HIS GLASSES AT HIS STUDENTS.
12º Libra (192): MINERS ARE EMERGING FROM A DEEP COAL MINE.
13º Libra (193): CHILDREN BLOWING SOAP BUBBLES.
14º Libra (194): IN THE HEAT OF THE NOON, A MAN TAKES A SIESTA.
15º Libra (195): CIRCULAR PATHS.
16º Libra (196): AFTER A STORM, A BOAT LANDING STANDS IN NEED OF RECONSTRUCTION.
17º Libra (197): A RETIRED SEA CAPTAIN WATCHES SHIPS ENTERING AND LEAVING THE HARBOUR.
18º Libra (198): TWO MEN PLACED UNDER ARREST.
19º Libra (199): A GANG OF ROBBERS IN HIDING.
20º Libra (200): A JEWISH RABBI PERFORMING HIS DUTIES.
21º Libra (201): A CROWD UPON A BEACH.
22º Libra (202): A CHILD GIVING BIRDS A DRINK AT A FOUNTAIN.
23º Libra (203): CHANTICLEER’S VOICE HERALDS THE RISING SUN WITH EXUBERANT TONES.
24º Libra (204): A THIRD WING ON THE LEFT SIDE OF A BUTTERFLY.
25º Libra (205): THE SIGHT OF AN AUTUMN LEAF BRINGS TO A PILGRIM THE SUDDEN REVELATION OF THE MYSTERY OF LIFE AND DEATH.
26º Libra (206): AN EAGLE AND A LARGE WHITE DOVE TURNING INTO EACH OTHER.
27º Libra (207): AN AIRPLANE SAILS, HIGH IN THE CLEAR SKY.
28º Libra (208): A MAN IN DEEP GLOOM. UNNOTICED, ANGELS COME TO HIS HELP.
29º Libra (209): MANKIND’S VAST ENDURING EFFORT TO REACH FOR KNOWLEDGE TRANSFERABLE FROM GENERATION TO GENERATION. KNOWLEDGE.
30º Libra (210): THREE MOUNDS OF KNOWLEDGE ON A PHILOSOPHER’S HEAD.

1º Scorpio (211): A SIGHT-SEEING BUS FILLED WITH TOURISTS.
2º Scorpio (212): A BROKEN BOTTLE AND SPILLED PERFUME.
3º Scorpio (213): NEIGHBOURS HELP IN A HOUSE- RAISING PARTY IN A SMALL VILLAGE.
4º Scorpio (214): A YOUTH HOLDING A LIGHTED CANDLE IN A DEVOTIONAL RITUAL.
5º Scorpio (215): A MASSIVE, ROCKY SHORE RESISTS THE POUNDING OF THE SEA.
6º Scorpio (216): A GOLD RUSH TEARS MEN AWAY FROM THEIR NATIVE SOIL.
7º Scorpio (217): DEEP-SEA DIVERS.
8º Scorpio (218): THE MOON SHINING ACROSS A LAKE.
9º Scorpio (219): A DENTIST AT WORK.
10º Scorpio (220): A FELLOWSHIP SUPPER REUNITES OLD COMRADES.
11º Scorpio (221): A DROWNING MAN IS BEING RESCUED.
12º Scorpio (222): AN OFFICIAL EMBASSY BALL.
13º Scorpio (223): AN INVENTOR PERFORMS A LABORATORY EXPERIMENT.
14º Scorpio (224): TELEPHONE LINEMEN AT WORK INSTALLING NEW CONNECTIONS.
15º Scorpio (225): CHILDREN PLAYING AROUND FIVE MOUNDS OF SAND.
16º Scorpio (226): A GIRL’S FACE BREAKING INTO A SMILE.
17º Scorpio (227): A WOMAN, FILLED WITH HER OWN SPIRIT, IS THE FATHER OF HER OWN CHILD.
18º Scorpio (228): A PATH THROUGH WOODS RICH IN AUTUMN COLORING.
19º Scorpio (229): A PARROT LISTENING AND THEN TALKING, REPEATS A CONVERSATION HE HAS OVERHEARD.
20º Scorpio (230): A WOMAN DRAWING ASIDE TWO DARK CURTAINS THAT CLOSED THE ENTRANCE TO A SACRED PATHWAY.
21º Scorpio (231): OBEYING HIS CONSCIENCE, A SOLDIER RESISTS ORDERS.
22º Scorpio (232): HUNTERS SHOOTING WILD DUCKS.
23º Scorpio (233): A RABBIT METAMORPHOSED INTO A FAIRY (NATURE SPIRIT).
24º Scorpio (234): CROWDS COMING DOWN THE MOUNTAIN TO LISTEN TO ONE INSPIRED MAN.
25º Scorpio (235): AN X RAY PHOTOGRAPH.
26º Scorpio (236): INDIANS MAKING CAMP (IN NEW TERRITORY)
27º Scorpio (237): A MILITARY BAND MARCHES NOISILY ON THROUGH THE CITY STREETS.
28º Scorpio (238): THE KING OF THE FAIRIES APPROACHING HIS DOMAIN.
29º Scorpio (239): AN INDIAN WOMAN PLEADING TO THE CHIEF FOR THE LIVES OF HER CHILDREN.
30º Scorpio (240): CHILDREN IN HALLOWEEN COSTUMES INDULGING IN VARIOUS PRANKS.

1º Sagittarius (241): RETIRED ARMY VETERANS GATHER TO REAWAKEN OLD MEMORIES.
2º Sagittarius (242): THE OCEAN COVERED WITH WHITECAPS.
3º Sagittarius (243): TWO MEN PLAYING CHESS.
4º Sagittarius (244): A LITTLE CHILD LEARNING TO WALK.
5º Sagittarius (245): AN OLD OWL UP IN A TREE.
6º Sagittarius (246): A GAME OF CRICKET.
7º Sagittarius (247): CUPID KNOCKING AT THE DOOR OF A HUMAN HEART.
8º Sagittarius (248): DEEP WITHIN THE DEPTHS OF THE EARTH, NEW ELEMENTS ARE BEING FORMED.
9º Sagittarius (249): A MOTHER LEADS HER SMALL CHILD STEP BY STEP UP THE STAIRS.
10º Sagittarius (250): A THEATRICAL REPRESENTATION OF A GOLDEN HAIRED ‘GODDESS OF OPPORTUNITY’.
11º Sagittarius (251): THE LAMP OF PHYSICAL ENLIGHTENMENT AT THE LEFT TEMPLE.
12º Sagittarius (252): A FLAG THAT TURNS INTO AN EAGLE THAT CROWS.
13º Sagittarius (253): A WIDOW’S PAST IS BROUGHT TO LIGHT.
14º Sagittarius (254): THE PYRAMIDS AND THE SPHINX.
15º Sagittarius (255): THE GROUND HOG LOOKING FOR ITS SHADOW ON GROUND HOG DAY.
16º Sagittarius (256): SEA GULLS FLY AROUND A SHIP LOOKING FOR FOOD.
17º Sagittarius (257): AN EASTER SUNRISE SERVICE.
18º Sagittarius (258): TINY CHILDREN IN SUNBONNETS.
19º Sagittarius (259): PELICANS, DISTURBED BY THE GARBAGE OF PEOPLE MOVE THEIR YOUNG TO A NEW HABITAT.
20º Sagittarius (260): IN WINTER PEOPLE CUTTING ICE FROM A FROZEN POND, FOR SUMMER USE.
21º Sagittarius (261): A CHILD AND A DOG WEARING BORROWED EYEGLASSES.
22º Sagittarius (262): A CHINESE LAUNDRY.
23º Sagittarius (263): IMMIGRANTS ENTERING A NEW COUNTRY.
24º Sagittarius (264): A BLUEBIRD STANDING AT THE DOOR OF THE HOUSE.
25º Sagittarius (265): A CHUBBY BOY ON A HOBBYHORSE.
26º Sagittarius (266): A FLAG-BEARER IN A BATTLE.
27º Sagittarius (267): THE SCULPTOR’S VISION IS TAKING FORM.
28º Sagittarius (268): AN OLD BRIDGE OVER A BEAUTIFUL STREAM IN CONSTANT USE.
29º Sagittarius (269): A FAT BOY MOWING THE LAWN.
30º Sagittarius (270): THE POPE BLESSING THE FAITHFUL.

1º Capricorn (271): AN INDIAN CHIEF CLAIMS POWER FROM THE ASSEMBLED TRIBE.
2º Capricorn (272): THREE STAINED-GLASS WINDOWS IN A GOTHIC CHURCH, ONE DAMAGED BY WAR.
3º Capricorn (273): THE HUMAN SOUL, IN ITS EAGERNESS FOR NEW EXPERIENCES, SEEKS EMBODIMENT.
4º Capricorn (274): A GROUP OF PEOPLE ENTERING A LARGE CANOE FOR A JOURNEY BY WATER.
5º Capricorn (275): INDIANS – SOME ROWING A CANOE AND OTHERS DANCING A WAR DANCE IN IT.
6º Capricorn (276): TEN LOGS LIE UNDER AN ARCHWAY LEADING TO DARKER WOODS.
7º Capricorn (277): A VEILED PROPHET SPEAKS, SEIZED BY THE POWER OF A GOD.
8º Capricorn (278): BIRDS IN THE HOUSE SINGING HAPPILY.
9º Capricorn (279): AN ANGEL CARRYING A HARP.
10º Capricorn (280): AN ALBATROSS FEEDING FROM THE HAND OF A SAILOR.
11º Capricorn (281): PHEASANTS DISPLAY THEIR BRILLIANT COLORS ON A PRIVATE ESTATE.
12º Capricorn (282): A STUDENT OF NATURE LECTURING REVEALING LITTLE-KNOWN ASPECTS OF LIFE.
13º Capricorn (283): A FIRE WORSHIPPER MEDITATES ON THE ULTIMATE REALITIES OF EXISTENCE.
14º Capricorn (284): AN ANCIENT BAS-RELIEF CARVED IN GRANITE REMAINS A WITNESS TO A LONG- FORGOTTEN CULTURE.
15º Capricorn (285): IN A HOSPITAL, THE CHILDREN’S WARD IS FILLED WITH TOYS.
16º Capricorn (286): SCHOOL GROUNDS FILLED WITH BOYS AND GIRLS IN GYMNASIUM SUITS.
17º Capricorn (287): A GIRL SURREPTITIOUSLY BATHING IN THE NUDE.
18º Capricorn (288): THE UNION JACK FLIES FROM A NEW BRITISH WARSHIP.
19º Capricorn (289): A CHILD OF ABOUT FIVE CARRYING A HUGE SHOPPING BAG FILLED WITH GROCERIES.
20º Capricorn (290): A HIDDEN CHOIR SINGING DURING A RELIGIOUS SERVICE.
21º Capricorn (291): A RELAY RACE.
22º Capricorn (292): A GENERAL ACCEPTING DEFEAT GRACEFULLY.
23º Capricorn (293): A SOLDIER RECEIVING TWO AWARDS FOR BRAVERY IN COMBAT.
24º Capricorn (294): A WOMAN ENTERING A CONVENT.
25º Capricorn (295): AN ORIENTAL RUG DEALER IN A STORE FILLED WITH PRECIOUS ORNAMENTAL RUGS.
26º Capricorn (296): A NATURE SPIRIT DANCING IN THE MIST OF A WATERFALL.
27º Capricorn (297): A MOUNTAIN PILGRIMAGE.
28º Capricorn (298): A LARGE AVIARY.
29º Capricorn (299): A WOMAN READING TEA LEAVES.
30º Capricorn (300): DIRECTORS OF A LARGE FIRM MEET IN SECRET CONFERENCE.

1º Aquarius (301): AN OLD ADOBE MISSION.
2º Aquarius (302): AN UNEXPECTED THUNDERSTORM.
3º Aquarius (303): A DESERTER FROM THE NAVY.
4º Aquarius (304): A HINDU HEALER.
5º Aquarius (305): A COUNCIL OF ANCESTORS.
6º Aquarius (306): A MASKED FIGURE PERFORMS RITUALISTIC ACTS IN A MYSTERY PLAY.
7º Aquarius (307): A CHILD BORN OUT OF AN EGGSHELL.
8º Aquarius (308): BEAUTIFULLY GOWNED WAX FIGURES ON DISPLAY.
9º Aquarius (309): A FLAG IS SEEN TURNING INTO AN EAGLE.
10º Aquarius (310): A POPULARITY THAT PROVES TO BE FLEETING.
11º Aquarius (311): DURING A SILENT HOUR, A MAN RECEIVES A NEW INSPIRATION WHICH MAY CHANGE HIS LIFE.
12º Aquarius (312): PEOPLE ON A VAST STAIRCASE, GRADUATED UPWARDS.
13º Aquarius (313): A BAROMETER.
14º Aquarius (314): A TRAIN ENTERING A TUNNEL.
15º Aquarius (315): TWO LOVEBIRDS SITTING ON A FENCE AND SINGING HAPPILY.
16º Aquarius (316): A BIG-BUSINESSMAN AT HIS DESK.
17º Aquarius (317): A WATCHDOG STANDING GUARD, PROTECTING HIS MASTER AND HIS POSSESSIONS.
18º Aquarius (318): A MAN BEING UNMASKED AT A MASQUERADE.
19º Aquarius (319): A FOREST FIRE QUENCHED.
20º Aquarius (320): A LARGE WHITE DOVE BEARING A MESSAGE.
21º Aquarius (321): A WOMAN DISAPPOINTED AND DISILLUSIONED, COURAGEOUSLY FACING A SEEMINGLY EMPTY LIFE.
22º Aquarius (322): A RUG PLACED ON A FLOOR FOR CHILDREN TO PLAY ON.
23º Aquarius (323): A BIG BEAR SITTING DOWN AND WAVING ALL ITS PAWS.
24º Aquarius (324): A MAN TURNING HIS BACK ON HIS PASSIONS TEACHES DEEP WISDOM FROM HIS EXPERIENCE.
25º Aquarius (325): A BUTTERFLY WITH THE RIGHT WING MORE PERFECTLY FORMED.
26º Aquarius (326): A GARAGE MAN TESTING A CAR’S BATTERY WITH A HYDROMETER.
27º Aquarius (327): AN ANCIENT POTTERY BOWL FILLED WITH FRESH VIOLETS.
28º Aquarius (328): A TREE FELLED AND SAWED TO ENSURE A SUPPLY OF WOOD FOR THE WINTER.
29º Aquarius (329): BUTTERFLY EMERGING FROM A CHRYSALIS.
30º Aquarius (330): MOON-LIT FIELDS, ONCE BABYLON, ARE BLOOMING WHITE.

1º Pisces (331): A CROWDED PUBLIC MARKET PLACE.
2º Pisces (332): A SQUIRREL HIDING FROM HUNTERS.
3º Pisces (333): A PETRIFIED FOREST.
4º Pisces (334): HEAVY CAR TRAFFIC ON A NARROW ISTHMUS LINKING TWO SEASIDE RESORTS.
5º Pisces (335): A CHURCH BAZAAR.
6º Pisces (336): A PARADE OF ARMY OFFICERS IN FULL DRESS.
7º Pisces (337): ILLUMINATED BY A SHAFT OF LIGHT, A LARGE CROSS LIES ON ROCKS SURROUNDED BY SEA AND MIST.
8º Pisces (338): A GIRL BLOWING A BUGLE.
9º Pisces (339): THE RACE BEGINS: INTENT ON OUTDISTANCING HIS RIVALS, A JOCKEY SPURS HIS HORSE TO GREAT SPEED.
10º Pisces (340): AN AVIATOR IN THE CLOUDS.
11º Pisces (341): MEN TRAVELLING A NARROW PATH, SEEKING ILLUMINATION.
12º Pisces (342): AN EXAMINATION OF INITIATES IN THE SANCTUARY OF AN OCCULT BROTHERHOOD.
13º Pisces (343): A SWORD, USED IN MANY BATTLES, IN A MUSEUM.
14º Pisces (344): A LADY WRAPPED IN FOX FUR.
15º Pisces (345): AN OFFICER DRILLING HIS MEN IN A SIMULATED ATTACK.
16º Pisces (346): IN A QUITE MOMENT, A CREATIVE INDIVIDUAL EXPERIENCES THE FLOW OF INSPIRATION.
17º Pisces (347): AN EASTER PROMENADE.
18º Pisces (348): IN A HUGE TENT A FAMOUS REVIVALIST CONDUCTS HIS MEETING WITH A SPECTACULAR PERFORMANCE.
19º Pisces (349): A MASTER INSTRUCTING HIS DISCIPLE.
20º Pisces (350): A TABLE SET FOR AN EVENING MEAL.
21º Pisces (351): A LITTLE WHITE LAMB, A CHILD AND A CHINESE SERVANT.
22º Pisces (352): A PROPHET BRINGING DOWN THE NEW LAW FROM MOUNT SINAI.
23º Pisces (353): A ‘MATERIALIZING MEDIUM’ GIVING A SEANCE.
24º Pisces (354): AN INHABITED ISLAND.
25º Pisces (355): THE PURGING OF THE PRIESTHOOD.
26º Pisces (356): A NEW MOON REVEALS THAT IT’S TIME FOR PEOPLE TO GO AHEAD WITH THEIR DIFFERENT PROJECTS.
27º Pisces (357): A HARVEST MOON ILLUMINATES THE SKY.
28º Pisces (358): A FERTILE GARDEN UNDER THE FULL MOON.
29º Pisces (359): LIGHT BREAKING INTO MANY COLORS AS IT PASSES THROUGH A PRISM.
30º Pisces (360): A MAJESTIC ROCK FORMATION RESEMBLING A FACE IS IDEALIZED BY A BOY WHO TAKES IT AS HIS IDEAL OF GREATNESS, AND AS HE GROWS UP, BEGINS TO LOOK LIKE IT.

Dark Chocolate: A Tonic for Qi & Blood

When a patient has symptoms of a pale tongue, low energy, pallor, fatigue and muscular weakness, I tend to suspect a deficiency of qi and blood. My favorite food-medicine for less severe qi & blood deficiencies is dark chocolate. Dark chocolate is high in iron, fats, fiber and xanthines like caffeine and theobromine. High quality dark chocolates with 70%+ cocoa solids are ideal. This percentage guarantees that you’ll get a significant amount of dense mineral nutrition. I believe that the iron and fats of dark chocolate are good for building blood, while the xanthines help to move blood and increase energy. The fiber itself is good for the  regulating the intestinal system, improving bowel movements and any stasis in the middle jiao. When the intestines are clean, there are less toxins proliferating in the colon. This reduces autoimmune activity, improving energy reserves.

A 100 gram bar of dark chocolate with 70-85% cocoa contains (1):

  • 11 grams of fiber.
  • 67% of the RDA for Iron.
  • 58% of the RDA for Magnesium.
  • 89% of the RDA for Copper.
  • 98% of the RDA for Manganese.
  • It also has plenty of potassium, phosphorus, zinc and selenium.

—https://authoritynutrition.com/7-health-benefits-dark-chocolate/

Qi relates to the fundamental energy we are born with and the caloric energy that we generate as we consume & metabolize food, as well as the oxygen we breathe. Blood is the fluid of the heart, and is responsible for nourishing & moistening the muscles, tendons and other body tissues. There is a saying that “blood is the mother of qi.” This could be likened to the fact that blood relies on iron, which is needed for oxygen transfer throughout the body. Symptoms of hypoxia can arise in anemic persons, as the lack of iron could inhibit qi from reaching the distal extremities. Qi moves blood, so if there is a lack of one, it feeds into the pathos of the other.

Iron helps red blood cells deliver oxygen from the lungs to cells all over the body. Once the oxygen is delivered, iron then helps red blood cells carry carbon dioxide waste back to the lungs to be exhaled. Iron also plays a role in many important chemical reactions in the body.

—http://www.medicinenet.com/iron-page2/supplements-vitamins.htm

If blood isn’t moving, then that means the erythrocytes (red blood cells) are sitting around with lots of carbon dioxide… Perhaps this leads to inflammation, pain and autoimmune reactions in tissues, from muscles to bones. I believe Qi gong, tuina, reiki, acupuncture and herbal therapies could really benefit the person who is fatigued due to blood disorders like this. The vibrational, energetic and manual therapies can help to move the blood, and the herbal and nutritional therapies could restore the person’s qi and blood.

Cacao beans (an herb nonetheless).

So, choose any dark chocolate you like, and let your blood cells rejoice.

5 Awesome Apps for Acupuncturists, Bodyworkers & Herbalists

For each patient there are many dimensions and parameters to consider as a holistic healer. On the one hand, L.Acs, Dipl. OMs and ABTs are taught  ancient diagnostic philosophies for identifying syndrome patterns (yin/ yang deficiency, liver qi stagnation, spleen qi deficiency, etc.). By scrutinizing the patient’s tongue and pulse, acupuncturists are afforded a plethora of biological information that can direct herbal prescriptions and enhance acupuncture protocols, without even vocalizing or subjecting a patient to inquiry. Yet, as we integrate Eastern and Western medicine, it becomes necessary to have the ability to easily read laboratory tests, remember point locations, herbal indications, and so on. It is a lot to ask of one human’s brain!

Thankfully we have our handy phones and tablets. The following apps have been absolutely pivotal to maintaining a good understanding of all the variables affecting my patient. Enjoy~

1. A Manual of Acupuncture

This is an amazing app that is essential for any acupuncturist or student of acupuncture. It is clean and well organized. The diagrams are very informative, and if you’re a fan of the book, then you’ll be pleased with the digitization.  The video examples are extremely informative, too. I don’t think you’ll be disappointed with this one.

Download here:

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/a-manual-of-acupuncture/id472969769?mt=8

 

2. Eastland Herb – Chinese Herbal Medicine: Materia Medica, Formulas & Strategies. By Dan Bensky et al.

This app is a fantastic addition to any TCM herbalist’s arsenal. Every digital entry of the herbal specimens mirror the physical book’s information, but it is organized in such a way that makes it easily searchable, and about 20 lbs lighter! If you enjoy high quality reference material, with well integrated knowledge of both herbal singles and the popular formulae that use them, this is a great app for you. My favorite part about the literature is the well researched history of each herbs

Download here:

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/eastland-herb-chinese-herbal/id737380894?mt=8

 

3. AnatomyMapp

One of my favorite books for bodywork and tuina is The Trail Guide to the Body. It is incredibly informative, full of fantastic tips for understanding the body’s anatomy in a biological and holistic sense. The author worked diligently to illustrate the body in very organized segments, from the head to the toes. The muscle groups, their functions, nerve connections, insertion and origins are detailed scrupulously investigated and detailed. This app is similar to the Deadman app, as it streamlines a lot of data and makes it accessible in a clinical setting. I highly recommend it.

Download here:

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/anatomymapp/id510119487?mt=8

4. LabGear

LabGear is an app that makes the effective herbalist much more powerful and ensures a greater level of security and care for the patient. As we all know, herbs are filled with biochemicals that are often used as the basis for prescription medicine and pharmaceuticals. When herbs and drugs are combined, many interactions can occur, and without proper administration, the health of a patient can be affected. With LabGear, an herbalist can easily read and understand the CBCs, hormone panels, liver panels and so on. Combined with Eastland herb’s app, and its biochemical information,  you’ll be ensuring a better practice for both you and your clients.

 

Download here:

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/labgear-medical-lab-tests/id350942163?mt=8

5. Essential Anatomy 5

While BodyMapp and A Manual of Acupuncture offer excellent 2-dimensional resources for point location, Essential Anatomy 5 presents a 3-dimensional perspective, which affords both practitioner and patient the ability to perceive what tissues, vascularization, tendons, nerves are being pierced of manipulated. When a patient can literally see the pathway of nerves, lymph and blood, it becomes easier to explain concepts of Qi Stagnation, Blood stagnation and how pain along particular meridians manifests. Moreso, it enhances our understanding of a body’s holistic interconnectivity. A great addition to your app arsenal.

Download here:

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/essential-anatomy-5/id596684220?mt=8

 

I hope these apps help you as much as they have helped me in my practice. I will continue to search and document useful tools for your knowledge. It takes a lot of resources to maintain the overwhelming about of medical data that exists presently. By expanding our toolkit, we ensure the best for our patients.

 

 

 

Tuina Techniques

Have you heard about Tuina? Tuina loosely translates to “push grab,” and it is an ancient form of bodywork that is still practiced today in China. Now it is rising in popularity in the United States & Europe. I was introduced to tuina when I began studying at integrative medicine many years ago, at AOMA Graduate School of Integrative Medicine. I took courses on Tuina and even completed a thorough internship focused on tuina therapy. When I combine tuina with cupping, guasha and medical Qi gong, the pain experienced by clients seems to melt away. Tuina is a wonderful treatment for people who have a fear of acupuncture. 

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Tuina has specific techniques such as:

  • Yizhichan Tui – working with one thumb
  • Na – grasping 
  • An – pressing with the finger or palm
  • Mo – rubbing with the palm
  • Rou – kneading 
  • DiAn – acupressure with the knuckles
  • Gun – rolling 
  • Zhen – vibration
  • Cuo – foulage (twisting)
  • Mo – wiping
  • Tina – lifting and grasping
  • AnRou – pressing or kneading
  • Boyun – kneading with the forearm
  • Ji – striking 
  • Pai – patting
  • Dou – shaking
  • Yao – rotating 
  • Ban – pulling/ stretching joints
  • Bashen – pulling and extending for traction

This list of techniques was sourced from Dr. Xiangcai Xu’s book “Chinese Tui Na Massage: The Essential Guide to Treating Injuries, Improving Health and Balancing Qi”. 

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Tuina has helped me in my own recovery, too. I was experiencing a lot of pain in my hip, lower back and neck since a hip & shoulder injury I endured a few years ago. I’ve received treatments of all sorts, but mostly Tuina & Acupuncture. Combined and with self applied techniques I’ve learned, my body is pain free and more flexible. 

Chinese massage therapy (referred to as tuina) is commonly defined as the ancient healing art of fingers and strength [24]. Tuina has been practiced in China for over 5000 years [25]. It is a well-respected treatment modality known to be helpful and safe for a wide range of conditions. For these reasons, it is rapidly gaining international favor [26]. Tuina involves a wide range of technical manipulations conducted by a practitioner’s finger, hand, elbow, knee, or foot applied to muscle or soft tissue at specific body locations. It incorporates many of the principles of acupuncture including the use of acupoints. For instance, tuina often uses manual techniques such as pushing, rubbing, kneading, or high-intensity, high-frequency patting to clear energy blocks along specific meridians associated with particular conditions —http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4228121/

Check out that research article above to learn more about how research is being conducted on Tuina’s effect on lower back pain. It looks like very promising data will manifest. I’ve seen wonderful transformations of patient’s posture and health. I personally think all you need is a single treatment to become a fan of Tuina. 

If you’re in Austin, Texas, feel free to book an appointment. If you’re far away, we can do a call and I can show you how to treat yourself with acupressure and tuina! I think you’ll really enjoy this amazing technique of Traditional Chinese Medicine. 

What does it mean to be AOBTA-C.P.?

The letters behind my name stand for American Organization for Bodywork Therapies of Asia, and C.P. means Certified Practitioner.

“The American Organization for Bodywork Therapies of Asia is a national not-for-profit professional membership association of the practitioners, instructors, and schools/programs of the various Asian Bodywork Therapy (ABT) Forms.

The AOBTA® was formed in 1989 when a number of associations and representatives of the various Asian Bodywork Therapy professions decided to unite into a single organization.” — About AOBTA

To become a Professional member who can acquire certification from this reputable organization, one must complete a 500 hour curriculum of the following :

160 Hours Asian Bodywork Technique and Practice
100 Hours Traditional Chinese Medical Theory
70 Hours Observed Clinical Practice
100 Hours Western Anatomy & Physiology
70 Hours Other: Must include first aid, CPR, business, legal & ethics courses.  May include Tai Chi, Qigong, massage, etc.)

For comparison, Naturalhealers.com expresses that “a common requirement for states with massage licensing criteria is the need for 500 to 600 hours of training.” Take confidence that this AOBTA-C.P. got a graduate level experience to achieve a similarly rigorous certification.

I got my training and education in Tuina from AOMA, Graduate School of Integrative Medicine. The amazing Dr. Fan works there as a Tuina specialist and teacher. I learned from him, and conducted my clinical internship with him. I continue to study alongside many TCM practitioners as an Acupuncturist intern, too. Soon I will also offer that modality, but I urge you to try tuina, guasha, cupping, medical qi gong and tai chi.

 

 

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Treatments are performed with clinical expectations and parameters, but eclectic diagnostics like pulse and tongue observation are used to generate treatment plans. The treatment is tailored toward the individual, and is not a routine. I work with you, and we make a plan together to achieve true healing. You are encouraged to bring any relevant medical results (i.e. x-rays, lab results, etc.).

If you are curious about the healing techniques,  read more about them by clicking here.

Things New Patients Should Know

  • New patients are asked to fill out in-take forms regarding the chief complaint & the history of their health.
  • Treatments are done one-on-one, though if the patient desires a relative or friend be present, that is acceptable.
  • Treatments can be booked by calling or texting 512-216-4325.
  • Many of the techniques require direct access to skin, so patients are asked to wear loose clothing, or outfits that are easy to change out of, so that a clinic gown can be worn. [Note: This is completely at the discretion of the patient, and I will gladly respect your style and adapt the treatment to your clothing choices. No changing is required.]
  • Acupuncture, Cupping and Guasha can produce hematoma (bruising) and petechiae, which manifests as a redness on the skin’s surface. These marks go away quickly and are indicative of inflammation held in the fascia and muscles. If you’ve ever got questions about these marks, please contact me.
  • If you are needle sensitive, we won’t have to use needles. We can use acupressure and other techniques.
  • Insurance is not accepted.
  • A single treatment can be very effective, but in order to completely resolve an issue, more treatments are possibly necessary.
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Some questions can only be answered by experiencing a treatment. Call 512-216-4325 or visit the online booking page to schedule a free phone consultation or your first treatment.

What are some of my techniques?

What are some of my techniques?

TUI NA

Tui na  is an ancient technique defined by strong and precise pressuring & manipulation of specific tissues and points, which regulate the harmonious flow of qi in every body.  Combining knowledge of modern anatomy with Traditional Chinese Medicine, careful stimulation of specific acupuncture meridians are assessed and focused upon throughout the treatment. The entire body typically achieves complete relaxation, as the individuated treatment relieves aches, soothes nerves, and promotes detoxification in the brain, heart, spleen, lungs, kidneys and liver.  It provides great relief to overworked muscles and sore joints.

GUA SHA

Gua Sha is a powerful technique for releasing wind-bi from the muscles, purging inflammation and moving stagnant qi from sore spots like the shoulders and neck. The muscles in our body can build up and retain inflammatory substances that perpetuate chronic irritation. Gua Sha breaks apart the densely knotted muscular tissue and vents the blood, promoting relief while dispersing excessive body heat. Oil and a metal / horn tool are used to dredge the microfibers of muscle, which provoke a colorful response from the skin. The marks typically remain for no longer than one month.

CUPPING

Cupping uses glass or plastic cups to create vacuums on the flesh. This pressure helps draw out stagnant blood from muscles, which can build up due to tension and poor posture. Regulating the flow of blood and qi through cupping can improve energy, motivate circulation and reduce pain. The result often looks like a crimson moon has been stamped onto the skin. Marks typically disappear within one month or sooner.