Work in progress 11/19/2016
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Some basic facts:
At the acupuncture school they say that stress first attacks the Lungs and Weiqi “Defensive Qi” or in the west, the respiratory system and Immune system of the body. Lungs in Chinese medicine touches the outside world, and is first organ vulnerable to external pathogens like wind, cold, heat, dampness, dryness, allergens, and viruses.
My first TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine) doctor Amy says The number #1 cause of health issues is stress, and it is important to reduce it. There are several ways she says we can reduce stress:
1. Diet: a diet low in salt, low in fat, low in sugar, good carbohydrates, protein, and anti-oxidants.
2. Acupuncture: acupuncture to open blocked channels from the stress and dis-ease.
3. Nutrition and herbs: these repair the channels.
4. Healthy Lifestyle: exercise, including meditation, Qigong, Taijiquan (Tai chi), proper sleep, good bowel movement, etc.
Amy says to maintain your roads (acupuncture channels), reduce the stress that damage them. She compares disease as to a avalanche that blocks the road. Diseases like ulcers, cancer, and others affect different people in different ways. Certain types of food are more suitable to different body types.
So in order to help the different issues, a person needs to identify their body type and avoid certain foods.
As of 11/19/2016 the movement is growing to legalize marijuana. In California, Oregon, Washington, Alaska, Colorado, Washington D.C., Nevada, and Maine, it is recreational. It is legal for medical use in 17 other states. Its uses should be cautioned. It is our view that taking one herb in excess continually builds toxins. It can create many unwanted symptoms and can make you lethargic. Please consult a herbalist on how to use other herbs to balance the side-effects if you decide to use for recreation. There is a fine line between use and abuse. Example product “Balance the Herbs”. for instance was designed for users of marijuana to counter the withdrawal symptoms of marijuana. Chinese formulas like Bu fei Tang can help tonify the lungs from the drying effect smoke does to the lungs, and Gui Pi Tang, a spleen formula can help the spleen and blood. Many folks who have Liver Yang feel relaxed from marijuana as they are highly productive, use movement, and action. Something like Xiao Yao San, or Liver formula can be used for stress and smooth out Qi stagnation in those with Liver Yang. Talk to a Chinese herbalist about it.
Drugs to Spirituality:
Coping with Stress
Other Addictions: Sex and Porn addictions, Gambling Addictions.
Chinese medicine and Marijuana