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What is Multiple Sclerosis and How to Manage MS with TCM & Acupuncture

Multiples Sclerosis is autoimmune disease,  Traditional Chinese Medicine & Acupuncture are very helpful to improve these condition.

 

Rocks Balanced Traditional Chinese Medicine
Rocks Balanced

 

Dr.Tan’s Case and Testimony

 

Mr. M- a healthy 50-year old Caucasian gentleman—first visited my office Art of Wellness Acupuncture a few years ago. As an attorney, he had been working very hard to support his two daughters, who were both in college. About four months ago, the onset of serve lower back pain along with tingling in his left leg changed his life completely. He saw several doctors, had a number of x-rays and an MRI which revealed a moderate bulging disk on L4-L5. He tried different pain pills, NSAIDs, and underwent three months of physical therapy, none of which had helped. Recently, he had been experiencing numbness and weakness in his left leg, and was suffering from depression due to his inability to carry on with daily work and regular activities. When he talked to me, I noticed that he constantly rubbed his eyes. I asked if he felt any abnormalities in his vision. He answered yes, and that he had periodic occurrences of blurred vision. When I suggested that he showed me how he walks, I noticed his poor balance. He tended to fall on his left side because his left leg did not seem to follow his motion. Then I checked his knee and ankle reflex and found that they were excessively active. I was almost certain that the condition that made him suffer so much in the last few months was not a simple bulging disk or sciatica; it was a disorder of the central nervous system-Multiple Sclerosis. Immediately, referred him to a neurologist and suggested that he have a brain and cervical MRI. Two weeks later, he came back to my office with a confirmed diagnosis of Multiple Sclerosis.

Mr. M. is just one of 200 patients who are diagnosed with MS every week in the United States. There are about 400,000 people in the U.S. and 2.5 million patients who are suffering from this disease in the world.

 

Cause of MS

MS is an autoimmune disease in which infections or environmental changes can confuse the body’s defense system. Sometimes a foreign antigen mimics a group of the body’s own proteins. When the immune system response by mounting an attack against these foreign invaders, it inadvertently destroys the foreign antigen along with any similar antigens, including the body’s own tissues.

 

A recent study shows that a virus called adenovirus type 2 looks remarkably similar to the composition of the protective covering around the spinal cord and parts of the brain—the myelin sheath cells. The attacks of the immune system of this virus along with the mistaken attack on the myelin sheath is believed to be the ultimate cause of multiple sclerosis。

 

Common symptoms of MS

  1. numbness or tingling, usually in the leg or arm
  2. muscle weakness
  3. dizziness
  4. spasticity
  5. pain (moderate to severe)

    Neuron surrounded by mylin sheath near brain
    Neuron surrounded by mylin sheath near brain
  6. Ataxia
  7. Tremor
  8. Slurred speech
  9. Blurry, double vision or blindness
  10. bladder malfunction
  11. bowel dysfunction
  12. sexual dysfunction
  13. depression
  14. euphoria
  15. cognitive abnormalities
  16. fatigue

Most commonly, MS first manifests itself in a series of attacks followed by complete or partial remission as symptoms mysteriously lessen. These symptoms, however, will return later after a period of stability. This is called relapsing-remitting (RR) MS.

Treatment of MS

Unfortunately, there is no cure for MS yet. In Western Medicine, the treatment focuses mainly on decreasing the rate and severity of relapse. Beta interferons, anti-cancer drugs (to weaken the immune system), and steroids are commonly used for the treatment of MS. These medicines can reduce the number of MS lesions, delay the progression of the disease, and provide symptomatic relief for the patient.

 

In TCM, a condition called “Wei Syndrome” with symptoms similar to MS, was documented 2000 years ago in a classic Traditional Chinese Medicine book called Emperor Classic Medicine. Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine has been involved in the treatment ever since. MS patients who have tried acupuncture report improvement in pain, spasticity, numbness and tingling, fatigue, depression, anxiety, and bowl, bladder function.

 

Maintaining a healthy lifestyle is very important for the MS patient. This includes:

  1. Getting enough time to sleep and rest. Go to bed early
  2. Exercise regularly. Tai Chi and Yoga are very good to help patient relax, balance and with muscle strength
  3. Balanced diet, a lot of vegetables and enough protein from white meat
  4. Stress management
  5. Daily meditation and positive thinking
  6. Staying connected with friends and joining a support group
  7. How to reduce and prevent inflammation 
                                   

Patient Story- Gilly

I was diagnosed with Relapsing Remitting MS in 1991 and I had no idea what a crazy, unpredictable journey I was about to embark on.

I woke up one morning, tried to get out of bed but my legs were like jello, I had no balance and had double vision.

I was given a spinal tap and MRI and lesions were detected on my brain & cervical spine.

When first diagnosed, my neurologist put me on one of the few FDA approved medicines for MS which don’t cure the disease, but delay the progression. For that I inject myself daily and have done so for 17 years

For the first 7 years after being diagnosed, I experienced relapses (flare up of symptoms) on average twice a year. The treatment for relapses was a 5 day course of steroids administered through IV, followed by 12 days of oral steroids.

The relapses affected my motor skills the most, especially walking but after a treatment of steroids, I was almost as good as new.

My friends suggested I try acupuncture. I was recommended to Dr Tan because he had studied MS in China. *

Dr Tan has been monumental in my life. He has given me treatments for a multitude of injuries I’ve suffered over the years due to frequent falls and is an expert in pain relief. He treats me for stress relief which contributes my general wellbeing. Dr Tan is very knowledgeable about Western medicine and MS treatments so I always ask his opinion.

I’ve been diagnosed with MS for 21 years and feel fortunate that Dr Tan has been treating me for a large part of that time. Although I partake in Western medicine, I know that Western medicine only treats the symptoms but Eastern medicine treats the cause of the symptoms.

My MS has progressed to the stage that I now use a wheelchair full time.

I go to acupuncture for preventative care. My immune system needs extra help especially during cold & flu season.

I am very aware that MS is a ‘designer’ disease, and no two people have the exact same symptoms. I would encourage anyone with MS to avoid stress, keep up a healthy immune system and try to stay positive and happy, because your emotional state affects your physical being.

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How to Sleep Better with Acupuncture and TCM

By Qineng Tan, L.Ac., Ph.D.

Do you suffer from insomnia or do you have trouble falling asleep and staying asleep? Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) offers many solutions on how to sleep better without sleeping aids. TCM stresses the importance of getting a good night sleep. Chinese medicine has tools such as; exercise, Chinese herbal medicine, acupuncture, and meditation all which can help you get a good sleep so you can function at the highest potential throughout the day. Below you will read about TCM and the history it provides in regards to sleep and the many tips that can help you get the best sleep tonight.

 

History of Sleep with TCM

Sleep is a part of the interplay of yin and yang: yang energy is dominant when we are awake and active, and yin energy rules sleep. Night is yin; daylight is yang. This is all in keeping with the holistic, universal nature of TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine) theory. Our bodies are designed to work with the movements of the earth, sun, and moon. When a person experiences insomnia, either hard to fall asleep or wake up often then difficult to fall back to sleep, there is a lack of balance. The body is out of sync with its environment. The yang energy is taking over, or not interplaying with yin appropriately.

Sleeping and Chinese Medicine
Sleeping and Chinese Medicine

In TCM terminology, “Shen” is the spirit, the energy which controls our mental activities and thought. During sleep, Shen “hides” in the organs – predominantly the Heart and the Liver – resting, so that it can function with sharpness during our waking hours. Insomnia, in TCM, is often viewed, then, as a problem of the Heart system, or the Liver system. If one of these major organs is unable to “house” the Shen, then the Shen will wander restlessly, causing sleeplessness.

Protective Qi cycles through the body continuously, but it follows different paths along the meridians at different times of the day and night.  During the day, protective Qi, which fights off pathogens, moves through the yang meridians, and during the night, it flows through the yin meridians. If you find yourself waking up at a particular hour in the middle of the night every night – or feeling sluggish at one particular time every day – it is probably related to some deficiency of Qi in that area.

Between the hours between 1:00 and 3:00 a.m. the liver meridian is actively supplying Qi to the liver system so that it can clean toxins from the blood. Then, between 3:00 and 5:00 a.m., the freshly cleaned blood and energy is being delivered to the organ systems. It is especially important to be sleeping soundly during that time.  The liver does all the heavy lifting of cleaning and detoxifying the blood and therefore, the whole body. If the liver is stinted of its full rest and rejuvenation, night after night, we can be left feeling truly sick and tired.

Sleeplessness may be the central problem for some people; for others, it’s just a part of the big picture. Many people have gone so long without restful sleep that they have become used to it and just consider it their new “normal.” When you come in to Art of Wellness for a visit, our doctors will ask many questions to get a sense of what kind of sleep problems you’re having, including other symptoms that may be related to the same root issue.

  •      Having trouble falling asleep may be related to an excess condition of the liver and/or gall bladder.
  •      Waking easily and then having trouble falling back to sleep may point to a deficiency of the Heart Yin or too much internal heat.
  •      Nightmares may indicate a gall bladder meridian problem, while repetitive, literal dreams (about work, for example) might indicate a heart/spleen problem.

Sleep problems can be related to other conditions, such as depression, menopause in women, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, and cardiovascular disease.

 

How to Make Winter A Time of Rest and Renewal

Getting a good night  sleep is always important, but in the Wintertime. Nature and our bodies are really asking us to rest more, and more deeply, than we do during other times of the year.  This is a time for the body to store energy. If we go at a frantic pace, and behave the same way we do in the middle of summer, we will become depleted.

Unfortunately, our current culture does not necessarily support this idea. It seems we are asked to do more and be more than ever during the rush of the winter holiday season. It really is vital to prioritize “doing less” in order to preserve good health.

People with sleep problems seek tips for help. The practices in acupuncture and TCM help you to be calm. Visit the link and read some TCM tips for sleep.

 

Handful of nuts and a small glass of milk before bed
Handful of nuts and a small glass of milk before bed

Top 20 Tips For Creating Calm so That You Can Get A Good Sleep

  1. Choose carefully how many social commitments you make. You don’t have to attend every gathering – only the ones that are meaningful to you. If it feels more like an obligation than fun, make a plan to stop in, extend your greetings, and then leave early. This way, you won’t overeat, drink too much, and you can still get to bed a reasonable hour
  2. Don’t exercise too vigorously close to bedtime. An evening walk, or gentle program of Tai Qi or yoga will help you work out excess energy with stimulating you further
  3. Deep breaking techniques: using you lower abdomen, inhale deeply. Hold it for about 5 seconds, and then exhale slowly through your mouth. Repeat ten times. Deep breathing exercises not only relax your mind, but they help to dispel negative Qi from the body before bed
  4. Create an oasis of calm in your bedroom, with good ventilation, restful colors and no devices. Set a time, half an hour to hour before going to bed, when you will discontinue watching TV or looking at your computer and phone. The light stimulus from the screen is not helpful for falling asleep. Reading a book, writing in a journal, coloring in a coloring book, are all activities that help you wind down for the night.
  5. Change your eating habits: many people wake up around 3 AM and find it difficult to fall back asleep. This may be cause by low blood sugar level due to the over activity for the adrenal gland. For a better sleep, try to balance your blood sugar level daily by eating small portions of food about every 3 hours and drinking a glass of warm, low fat milk or eating a handful of nuts—such as raw walnuts or almonds, before bedtime. It helps to balance your blood sugar. Waking up in the middle of the night can be caused by fluctuating insulin levels – the result of too much sugar or alcohol in the evening.
  6. Keep your feet warm by soaking them in hot water for 15-20 minutes before bedtime. Also, massaging the bottom of the feet can help to stimulate key kidney points. Give a good, fast rub to the center of your soles for a few minutes to warm them while getting into bed.
  7. Stimulating acupressure points just before bedtime can be helpful. Use your thumb or fingertip to apply moderate pressure and rotate clockwise for 2-3 minutes.
  8. Shen Men, called the “Spiritual gate” point, releases heart fire, excitement, anger, irritation and anxiety.
  9. Tai Chong, a liver point can help alleviate insomnia due to excessive heat or stagnation in the liver, which can cause feelings of depression, stress, sadness.
  10. Take off any constricting clothing (underwear), and wear loose, comfortable pajamas for bedtime.
  11. There is an old saying: “sleep like the crescent moon.” Sleeping in a fetal position on your right side puts your heart above your liver, which helps drain blood, giving the heart some relief and extra nourishment to the liver. It also helps food move through your digestive system properly.
  12. Keep away from interruptions: Turn off your phone after dinner or keep a note book by your bed. If you keep thinking about sometime important to do, write it down.
  13. Listen to calm and relaxing music
  14. Sleep and wake at the same time every day, yes that includes weekends. Do not stay in bed for too long even when you do not have to go to work. Your body needs to have a regular sleep-wake cycle in order to function at its maximum

    Shen Men Point
    Shen Men Point
  15. Reduce the water temperature for baths and showers: when the water temperature is well about body temperature, your body heat increases. Then when you get out of the water, your body heat decreases. Try to avoid such fluctuation of the body temperature.

    Tai Chong Point
    Tai Chong Point
  16. Keep your bedroom simple and clean: limit the number of electronic devices such as TV’s, computers from your bed room
  17. Do not play video games at night
  18. Obey the 20-minute rule: if you do not successfully fall asleep in twenty minutes, get up and do something else until you feel tired and ready to sleep again.
  19. Waterfall Meditation. In this exercise, imagine yourself at the base of a waterfall. As you breathe in and out, picture the water gently raining down on you, trickling down each route until the tension inside you releases, allowing your entire body to enter a peaceful and relaxed state.
  20. Oneness Meditation. Just as in the Waterfall exercise, picture yourself standing beneath a waterfall. This time, however, instead of relaxing parts of your body one section at a time, allow your entire body to relax simultaneously. Let the image of the water wash away any stress or anxiety that burdens you.

 

If you have tried all of these things are still not sleeping well, please come see us to find the underlying problem. Acupuncture and herbs can help address and correct deeper issues that are affecting your ability to find rest and peace. If you find you are experiencing insomnia or any other sleep disturbance, seek out solutions. Left unaddressed, a sleep problem can become chronic and debilitating. Talk to us, so we can help you pinpoint and fix the problem with lifestyle adjustments, acupuncture treatments, and herbal formulae.

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Happy Chinese New Year: Year of the Pig


Happy Chinese New Year: Year of the Pig

Qineng Tan, Lac., PhD.

Chinese New Year is a Chinese festival that celebrates the beginning of a new lunar year on the traditional Chinese calendar. Observances traditionally take place from the evening proceeding the first day of the year to the Lantern Festival, held on the 15th day of the year. The first day of Chinese New Year begins on the new moon that appears between January 21st and February 20th. In 2019, the first day of the Lunar New Year will be on Tuesday, February 5th, initiating the Year of the Pig.

Entering 2019, Year of the Pig, the fortune of the 12 zodiac will change accordingly. The following will explain the fortune of each zodiac for 2019. It will give you a general idea of what to pay attention to on your own fortune. Remember these fortunes are predictions. Adjust your lifestyle and daily habits to achieve the most benefit.

“Rat”

Birth year: 1912, 1924, 1936, 1948, 1960, 1972, 1984, 1996

Entering 2019, the fortune of the Rat is better than that of the previous year. Both career and personal life will be much better than last year, and the fortunes of wealth and health as well. This year, the Rats should adjust their own situation with the steady and rising fortune to plan for the future. Business is proactive, and wealth is good. Be yourself and be comfortable with your feelings. Regular exercise and a physical checkup are required this year.  

Career:

The Rats career in 2019 is bright, and it is a year of great development. This year, you will encounter many new opportunities and valuable assistance from others. Therefore, pay attention to the people around you; they are likely to be the supporters that will help take your career to the next step. However, although there are decent people who help each other, you mustn’t slacken. Work harder, seize opportunities, and constantly improve yourself. With your own effort and the help of fine people, you will make great achievements in your career this year.

Financial: 

In 2019, financial fortune is generally optimistic. Because the career is good, the income from business will naturally be good. But, what you should pay attention to is not to think that because wages can rise and you should invest. This year, it is recommended that you choose a stable investment method, such as insurance and bonds. Stocks should not be selected first; otherwise there may be easy failure of investments, resulting in no return.

Personal Life:

In 2019, the Rats personal life will take a pleasant upward turn from past fortune, and the development of emotional fortune shows a good trend. This year you will flourish like a peach blossom with new ability to meet new people and be outgoing. In addition, a successful career will give you a full-fledged enthusiasm to pursue your own love, and it is natural to obtain a considerable part of the recognition from your lover. This year, you will not lack in the confession and attraction of your perspective partner. Be yourself.

Health:

Rats can expect a flourishing career if you pay special attention to your health, and avoid sleepless nights. In addition to paying attention to your own body, pay special attention to the health of your loved ones this year, and urge your loved ones to do regular physical checkups to prevent diseases. In addition, when you go out, pay attention to your personal safety. Avoid places sparsely populated, or go with someone.

“Ox”

Birth Year: 1913, 1925, 1937, 1949, 1961, 1973, 1985, 1997

After the fortunes of the 2018; Year of the Dog, entering into 2019; Year of the Pig, the fortune for the ox will be strong. In 2019, the ox will be in favor by the two stars of “Zhengyin” and “Tianyi”, which will favor a good fortune. This year, whether in business, wealth or health, the fortune is good. Although emotionally, there may be less good fortune, but it will not be too bad and will be relatively stable. This year, the ox can take advantage of the upward trend of this fortune.

Career:

“Zhengyin” is the star of business, and it is affected by the “Zhengyin” the star of luck. The ox will discover improvement in the New Year. For the working class ox, this year you can do practical things in the company and gain the appreciation and recognition of leaders. For the oxen who are business owners; this year’s fortune is also very good. The “Zhengyin” star’s care will make the ox more trustworthy. Together with your hard work and with help from these stars, this year the ox can meet significant partners in business that will help expand the company’s production and its operation.

Financial:

This year’s financial fortune for the ox is relatively good. Since the career of the cattle has a great chance of promotion and salary increase, the wealth will be good. There will be changes from last year’s wilting momentum, and you might have a little extra unexpected fortune on its way. However, it is still recommended that when you are investing, seek stability and do not ask for more. If you invest in some projects with low returns and low risks, there is a high probability that money will not be lost. If you choose an investment with a high-return and high-risk you may not

Personal Life:

Entering 2019, the love life for the ox is unremarkable but in a stable state. Pay attention to maintaining your relationships, care about each other more in daily life, rather than ignoring the feelings of your partner because of busy work, or venting bad emotions on your partner when frustrated from work. Communication is the best solution. It is more difficult for a single ox to have a sensational opportunity this year, but it is recommended that you find a suitable partner among your friends. Long-lasting relationships are also suitable for the ox.

Health:

It is a good year for health. Although if you are not physically well, this year you may not see much physical change, but keep in mind fortunes are only predictions, they are not absolute. The key is that you must pay more attention to your own health including regular medical examinations, treatment, and maintenance.

“Tiger”

Birth year: 1914, 1926, 1938, 1950, 1962, 1974, 1986, 1998

Entering 2019, Year of the Pig, Tai Suesui has cycled around to meet the tiger this year. This year’s fortune is not too stable, there is much turbulence. “Broken” has the meaning of destruction and ruin, which means that this year is a tiger’s unsatisfactory fortune. Especially in terms of wealth and health, the tigers will be more affected. This year, different tigers may have different levels of difficulty and money consumption. The tiger should pay more attention to these areas. In terms of health, the tiger people will face some diseases, although it is not a serious illness, but it is easy to linger. 

Career:

In 2019, compared with the prosperous career in the past, this year you will most likely deal with a relatively bigger challenge. You may have a conflict with a colleague or a boss based on conflicting personalities, which may cause stress. It is recommended that you try to cope with differences in character. Do not take offense; if you engage in a challenge with them, you might be regretful.

Financial: 

Due to poor fortune this year, work might be less than satisfactory, which may greatly affect the trend of the wealthy tiger this year. The tiger is afraid of resigning at work, because it may cause a period of no pay. It is more difficult to find a satisfactory job. Consider the fact that this year’s tigers may find it difficult to spend money wisely. Reduce your spending and pay attention to how cash flows; this will become more important for tigers. Therefore, it is recommended that this year that tigers control emotional interference and continue to work hard to achieve steady growth of income.

Personal Life:

This year’s love fortune is relatively rough. A tiger that is unsatisfactory in their career performance will easily bring negative mood back to their family. Therefore, in 2019, a tiger might experience often quarrel with their partner and vent frustrations at work. It is recommended that the tiger do more practical things in the company, do not bring negative mood from work home, and treat the people closest to you with a gentle and kind attitude.

Health:

In 2019, because the tiger was high by the misfortune of Tai Suesui, some health issues may occur. Chronic pain and diseases and some old problems are lingering. Although it has been cured for a while, it is always difficult to break the roots. It is recommended that the tigers pay more attention and spend more time on health care this year.

“Rabbit”

Birth year: 1915, 1927, 1939, 1951, 1963, 1975, 1987, 1999

Entering 2019, there is relatively good fortune awaiting the rabbit. “Strength” is the key word for the rabbit in 2019.  With the help from “Tianxi” creating luck and the “Peach Blossom” creating flourishing aspects, the rabbit will be envied in aspects of the fortune, whether it is in personal or career, it will be peaceful and smooth. 

Career:

In 2019, the rabbits not only have the blessing of “Tianxi” luck star, but also the “Yuede” reliable people will come to take care of the rabbits. There may be an opportunity of promotion in your company. It is recommended that you pay more attention to the maintenance of the relationship with your boss, and do not miss the opportunity from helpers. For the rabbits that are still in school, you will have more progress in your studies, and your thinking will be extraordinarily clear. It is suggested that rabbits pursue the situation and strive to make more planning and substantive efforts for future careers and life path this year.

Financial: 

In 2019, it is a year of prosperity for the rabbits. This year you will have very good fortune, but this is also due to the strength of the rabbit’s career. In addition, the “Tianxi” nobles sit in the town this year, a rabbit’s wealth is also quite good. It is recommended that rabbits choose some low-risk financial products to invest. Of course, in terms of investment, it is recommended that the rabbits do their homework. If you can see the right ones, you will know how to fight, and you will have a good return.

Personal Life:

The rabbits’ personal life for this year is good. For a single rabbit, this year you can get a more stable relationship. For the rabbits that already have a partner, that relationship between you and your partner can be strengthened this year, so that understanding between you too grows even more. A rabbit that is married but not pregnant may have good news for your family.  It is suggested that the rabbits will have a good emotional fortune this year to repair emotional trauma brought by the bad emotional fortune and lay a good foundation for the future happy life.

Health:

Due to the influence of the “Twisting” evil star, the health of the rabbits this year is not very good. In addition to paying attention to their own physical health and disease prevention, rabbits need to pay attention to safe travel this year. Be sure to have a sense of safety, strengthen security, especially in bad weather and may consider avoiding travel.

“Dragon”

Birth year: 1916, 1928, 1940, 1952, 1964, 1976, 1988, 2000

The dragon’s fortune was not ideal in 2018. In 2019, the fortunes of the dragons will be better. Especially in terms of career and love, the Dragon has a very good fortune in these two aspects this year. It is recommended that the Dragons seize opportunities. Other aspects of the fortune, although not top-notch, but relatively stable, there is no big wave. 

Career:

This year, the Dragon has been guarded by the two nobles of “Long De” and “Yue De” in their career, and there are signs of promotion. No matter what industry the dragon is engaged in, they can absorb energy, broaden the network, create cooperation opportunities and enhance their own capabilities. When you have difficulties in your work, you should position yourself, set goals, ask yourself what you want, what you can achieve, and don’t make decisions blindly. For the dragons who are leading, this year is also very important. Establishing a good relationship with your coworkers will make business more comfortable and personnel management more convenient.

Financial:

The Dragon’s financial fortune in 2019 was relatively stable. Although great fortune was rare, there was no financial disaster. If you have an investment project, be careful during this year, remember to think twice before you do it, and be conservative, especially in March, September, and December of the lunar calendar. If your work is related to medical care and pets, there are great opportunities for profit, so don’t give up after difficulties, there will be a lot of room for growth, and wealth will come.

Personal Life:

This year, the dragon has a lot of peach blossoms leading to new love, and the chance of good relationship has increased dramatically. This is a good thing for single people. The single dragon has a great probability to meet his/her own fate this year. If the opportunity comes, you must take good care of it and avoid timidity. For the dragons with partners, this year you can have a good relationship with your partner and get your partner’s caring attention. But don’t ask for it, love needs to be conserved.

Health:

This year’s health fortune is not clear, and the physical condition can be good or bad. Changes in academics, life, and work will put some pressure on the body, and it will be easily upset, with problems such as insomnia, anxiety, and depression. In severe cases, it will affect your normal life, study, and work. It is recommended that the dragon keeps calm and relaxed, do not care about the views of others, and do your best to be calm.

“Snake”

Birth year: 1917, 1929, 1941, 1953, 1965, 1977, 1989, 2001

Because the Snake is struck by the misfortune of Taisui this year, the overall fortune of the snake was rather rough, and it is not destined to be a smooth year. Due to the infesting of the stars in the health, the health status of the snakes is prone to problems this year. The snakes must pay more attention to their eating habits and work habits.  Do not ignore small problems.  However, this year, the snake people have signs of good luck in their careers, and the possibility of rising in career is big. 

Career:

This year, the career of the snake is quite good. The good luck future star in the career house is a good sign for success. This year, whether it is at work or study, the snake will be a strong competitor. This year, snakes should improve their personal abilities, such as obtaining relevant certificates and improving their competitiveness at work. At the same time, the snake must work harder at work, which will play a positive role for the Snake

Financial:

In the 2019, the Snake’s financial fortune is relatively general. In this year, there should be no large unexpected income, and there is no big loss foreseen. This year, the Snake can concentrate more on his/her career and get a positive job through his/her work. At the same time, it is understandable to make some solid investments, and it is easier to produce some small amounts of money for yourself. However, it is not appropriate to make major spending decisions this year, such as buying a house, investing in major sums, etc. In general, it is necessary to practice balance.

Personal life:

The snake was also unsettled in love in 2018, and there was no big wind or wave. For a single Snake, this year’s peach blossoms are relatively dying, and you can temporarily focus on improving your own abilities, and not seeking out true love. For a Snake with a partner, the original enthusiasm gradually cools down with time, and there is only a plain truth left, but there are some contradictions in the plain truth. This year, pay attention to the problems existing with your partners, and promptly communicate and solve them. Do not delay with silence, leading to more and more contradictions, resulting in an unmanageable situation.

Health:

This year, the snake house has a “disease” star in the health arena.  You need to direct more attention to your health. Snakes that have long stayed up late, have poor eating habits, and have irregular lifestyle should pay special attention to getting rid of their bad habits. At the same time, the snakes must pay special attention when going out this year to avoid accidents and protect their personal safety.

“Horse”

Birth year: 1918, 1930, 1942, 1954, 1966, 1978, 1990, 2002

Entering the Year of the Pig, the Horse’s fortune has a strong reversal compared to last year. This year, there are a lot of good luck in business and love. The Horse who works hard at ordinary times will become more and more comfortable in this year’s work and achieve better work results. The emotions of the Horse also present good fortune, and there are much good news coming. 

Career:

The Horse’s career this year has a fierce drive from two-star intertwined. ‘Ji Xing’ has a steady stream of work and learning motivation for the Horse. However, the appearance of the evil star also makes the Horse too strong in their work this year, often too eager to express themselves, and neglect the importance of teamwork. Therefore, it will bring bad colleagues to the Horse, and it will be easy to provoke the right and wrong in the work.

Financial:

Since the Horse had a good fortune in career this year, this will bring a lot of monetary fortune; such as salary increases and bonuses. At the same time, the Horse may also gain much more money in terms of investment and part-time work. However, this year, the Horse should pay attention to investing in financial management in a timely manner. Do not get too emotional because of some income at the beginning, and do not invest in some products with higher risk and higher capital. At the same time, you must also pay attention to friends around you. Don’t be influenced by them and follow them blindly, otherwise there will be danger of misuse of money.

Personal Life:

The Horse’s personal life fortune is going very well. Single Horses show their charm easily in various social places, to attract some love for themselves, but the Horse should enhance their discernment, do not bring some rotten peaches for themselves, affecting the quality of love in the future. For the horses who are in love or married, this year’s relationship is very harmonious. Even if there are occasional disagreements, as long as they are resolved through timely communication, your relationship will get better and better.

Health:

This year, the Horse should pay more attention to their health, especially the cardiovascular and neurological diseases. Some Horses are working hard and have a poor health due to their heavy workload and long-term continuous work. Long-term work pressures and other external pressures will also have a certain impact on the spirit of the Horse. Therefore, it is necessary to exercise more, and go out and relax.

“Sheep”

Birth year: 1919, 1931, 1943, 1955, 1967, 1979, 1991, 2003

In 2018, the Sheep was conflicted with misfortune brought by Taisui, so the energy flow for Sheep was unfavorable, and the fortune was also sluggish. When entering the Year of the Pig, the Sheep will get rid of the interference of the old Taisui, and the fortune will gradually turn sunny, getting better and better. This year, the Sheep have the opportunity to make new breakthroughs in their careers and personal life. In terms of work, it is getting better and better, and the position is rising step by step. In terms of love, this year, the sheep people have many opportunities to show their charm in the face of other people and to win the favor of the people. 

Career:

This year, the sheep people may have great progress in their careers. The Sheep are suitable to accept some personal training, improve their professional ability and create higher competitiveness for themselves. However, the Sheep who are in the workplace should pay more attention to the relationship between colleagues try to get along well with colleagues, and add good working relationship with others. In addition, this year is also suitable for entrepreneurs. For those who have entrepreneurial ideas, they have to catch the opportunity. As long as they keep on their goal, they will definitely make progress.

Financial:

Last year, the sheep was conflicted by Taisui, and spent a lot of money needless.  Even though the wallet is empty now, it doesn’t matter. This year, due to good business fortune, the wealth of the Sheep will increase step by step and income should keep growing. However, for investment and financial management, the Sheep should not be willing to act alone, be good at listening to the opinions of your friends, and make a long-term plan for investment and wealth management.

Personal Life:

This year, the Sheep’s personal life is also bright. Single Sheep have the opportunity to reunite with former lovers. The single Sheep and former lover are likely to rekindle and start a new relationship. For the sheep people who already have a partner, this year may have a lot of contradictions with the partner, but be careful  deal with their temper in time, to avoid giving others the chance to break your relationship.

Health:

This year, pay more attention to your health and be careful about accidents and personal safety. Long-term work and hard work may bring greater mental stress to the Sheep. This year, the sheep should spend more leisure time to ease the pressure of work. Even if you work hard, you should develop good habits to avoid personal injuries.

“Monkey”

Birth year: 1920, 1932, 1944, 1956, 1968, 1980, 1992, 2004

In 2019, is not a favorable year in some aspects for the Monkey.  Monkeys should watch out carefully on doing things this year, avoiding rumors and causing unnecessary conflicts. And this year’s health aspects of monkeys if paid attention too will avoid serious illness, but there will be many minor illnesses, especially colds, flu and other minor diseases, take precaution. In addition, the monkeys’ economic fortune this year is not particularly stable, so this year the monkeys should not turn around large sums of money. In terms of personal life, the Monkey may not be successful, which means that the single monkeys should not push too hard this year. If there is no suitable partner, you should take more time for yourself.

Career:

In terms of career the limelight is flourishing. Therefore, monkeys will have good performance in their careers, especially in large projects, which will play a decisive role. Therefore, make full use of this year to explore your options, show more performance, and have a big breakthrough in the workplace. But control your mood; don’t let small undesirable things bring immeasurable consequences.

Financial:

In terms of wealth you have good fortune this year. As long as they are willing to work hard, this year is definitely a good year for the monkeys. However, pay attention to the fact that due to the impact from Taisui, fortune is not stable. It is recommended that monkeys do not have too much hope in short term investment, as to avoid losing money when the fortune drops sharply.

Personal Life:

The personal fortune of the monkeys this year will be bleaker. Due to the intrusion of the “Ground” star, this year’s monkeys are more depressed and they are not happy enough to go out to meet friends. Most time they rather to be alone, which on the one hand reduces the chance to meet new people.  It is recommended that monkeys can consciously go out and be active.

Health:

There may not be major problems with the health of monkeys, but they may need deal with minor health issue constantly.  This year, the monkeys have a “bitter” star, which will make the monkeys’ health a little turbulent. Therefore, it is recommended that monkeys pay more attention to their bodies and prevent the small problems becoming big ones. At the same time, maintaining a happy mood is also the good way to ensure health.

“Rooster”

Birth year: 1921, 1933, 1945, 1957, 1969, 1981, 1993, 2005

The bad luck of Taisui in 2018 has passed; entering 2019 you will see a big improve. In terms of work, roosters can make good progress. In financial fortune, there is a good potential, so the Rooster may accumulate a lot of wealth this year. In terms of personal life, the Roosters are more mediocre this year, but the blunt happiness should also be cherished. Because this year’s career is better, the Roosters may work too hard that might cause great harm to health.  

Career:

In the business, Roosters are in a relatively good position. Although at work you will face some challenges, these challenges are not invincible, but may be a springboard. Therefore, grasp job opportunities in this year and show your strength. Don’t cover up your own light, you will find unexpected gains.

Financial:

In 2019, the fortune for Rooster is a big turnaround from 2018, the financial fortune in this year is considered good. Beside regular income, the Rooster may gain unexpected bonus from work or investment. This year, the estate fortune for Rooster is very good too. It is recommended that the Roosters respect and honor elders in order to not destroy good luck.

Personal Life:

The personal fortune for the Roosters is slightly dull compared to other fortunes. This year, there is not a big development between the Rooster and his/her partner, and it will be a quiet year. A Rooster, who has a lover, can be more understanding of each other’s habits and temper, and will have a tacit understanding for the future. Single Roosters have a lot of chances to encounter new love this year. As long as they are confident, they can match with one or two different partners throughout the year. It is recommended that the Roosters improve their temperament this year this will allow, the Roosters will be able to assert themselves when they encounter their favorite partner.

Health:

The Roosters may be very busy due to work, which can lead to a certain degree of degraded health. It is recommended that the Roosters keep a work play balance.

“Dog”

Birth year: 1922, 1934, 1946, 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006

Entering the Year of the Pig, the Dog’s overall fortune is very good. There are two big stars, “Ming Su” and “Tai Chong”, which can help the Dog navigate difficulties in their lives. The nobles help each other, but they must also believe in their own efforts. They cannot rely on the nobles because they are only a limited assistance. They cannot rely on external forces and neglect their own efforts. In addition, “Tai Chong” also has a positive impact on personal fortune, which means that the dog will have a major breakthrough in their relationships this year. If you are healthy, there are not too many problems, but you should pay more attention to diet and beware of sign from your body in daily life. Pay attention to the seasonal exchange to prevent allergies and flu. If you have a career, there may be a small change, but it will not affect you too much.

Career:

There is not a big change for the Dog’s career, but you should not invest new emotion into it. You should do research before investing, and carefully observe whether the partners are reliable before making a deal. In fact, this year, it is not recommended that owners vigorously develop new businesses. Instead, you should be down-to-earth, diligent, work hard, and be careful when handling business.  In this year, the dog will feel a lot of pressure from work. This may make the Dog lose confidence, and then there will be a setback in business. At this point, you should take a break, learn to decompress, adjust your mindset, and then meet the new challenges of life with a better mental outlook.

Financial:

There may be a small problem this year. Dogs should not be confused when they are managing money. When investing, take advantage of opportunities and catch opportunities. They must be careful for how much they invest; otherwise they will have an economic crisis. You should not be too opportunistic, Dogs should be down-to-earth, rely on their own efforts to make progress.

Personal Life:

Dogs may have a big breakthrough in their personal life this year. It is a Dog who needs to catch the opportunity to see the potential partner this year. This year’s opportunity for the dog to achieve a good relationship is still very big, as long as they follow the role and not let their emotions drive them.

Health:

This year’s “sickness” star may bring many frustrations and difficulties to the dog. For those who are suffering from chronic disease, this year is definitely a sad year in health. The dog should work on correcting underlining problems and have regular physical check up. Resting more and maintain a happy state of mind in order to survive this year.

“Pig”

Birth year: 1923, 1935, 1947, 1959, 1971, 1983, 1995, 2007

In 2019, is the birth year of the Pig. It is called the set of Taisui. Pigs generally have tough fortune throughout the year, and the disaster is unpredictable. Pigs must be cautious in 2019. The ancients had words of where Taisui would be heading, and there was no blessing. This year fate is fluctuating, the twists and turns of work are persistently, accidents are constant, and it is easy to lose confidence and become cynical.  There are also big twists and turns of emotions. There is a tendency to break wealth, and health conditions are not ideal. In general, pigs must act cautiously in 2019.

Career:

Pigs will have more performance opportunities in the workplace this year, especially in front of the leadership of middle and high-level staff. If you can catch the opportunity, your career will flourish. However, due to the impact of Taishi, pigs will have extreme personal thoughts, and mood will fluctuate, and interpersonal relationship will be more challenged. Employees should act in a low-key manner and focus on their own work. Don’t exaggerate your ability.

Financial: 

The Pig’s fortune is in crisis because of the misfortune of Taishi. In addition to the unstable income, there may be financial disasters. Be careful about big investment, such as housing purchases, vehicle purchases, and home appliance purchases. Savings this year may be reduced, and the pressure of finances will be larger. However, Pigs must withstand the pressure; never give up on your financial goal.

Personal Life:

In terms of personal life it is a crucial period for love. If you want to create a stable relationship, both sides should be willing to put in the work. If you want to receive something, you must give out something first. Don’t just think about yourself. You need to take care of your partner’s needs so as to avoid irreparable consequences on your relationship. It is necessary to leave more space for the other party, avoid suspicion, keep your emotions stable, and do not pressure your partner. If you really want to break up, then you should say goodbye kindly, and just move forward.

Health:

Affected by multiple factors, It may not be an ideal year for the Pigs’ physical condition. It is not a safe year to travel for Pig. Be very careful when you drive.  As stress builds up, the quality of sleep will also be affected.

 

Welcome to the Year of the Pig. You have my best wishes in 2019!

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Helpful Tips to Heal Burns Naturally

Step 1. Place burn under fresh, clean water until the burning sensation subsides.

Step 2. Dry gently. Pour olive oil/sesame oil directly on the burn.

Step 3. Generously sprinkle fine ( not course) salt on the oil and let sit for 5-10 minutes. If you still feel the burning sensation, or pain repeat steps 1-3 again.

Step 4. Once the burning sensation or pain stops, wash off the salt and lightly dry . Apply Art of Wellness burn cream 1-4 times a day directly on burn and let completely dry.

 

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Traditional Chinese Medicine VS. Opioid Crisis

The opioid crisis is a serious issue in the U.S. Why are so many people addicted to painkillers when they could be pain free naturally?
In this newsletter, Dr Tan discusses the healing benefits of Traditional Chinese Medicine and how to get off opiates.

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) vs Opioid Crisis
By Dr. Qineng Tan, L.A.c, Ph.D.

Pain killer abuse, also known as ” the opioid crisis”, is sweeping across America. Painkiller abuse is not only  the number one substance abused in the entire world, but it is also the most easily accessed substance via our Western health care system.  The US makes up 5 percent of the world’s population and consumes approximately 80 percent of the world’s painkillers. According to the Center for Disease control & Prevention,  Every day, more than 115 people in the United States alone die after overdosing on prescription pain relievers. This is a serious public health crisis that also effects both social and economic welfare. The Centers for Disease control and Prevention estimates that the total “economic burden” of prescription pain killer misuse alone in the United States is $78.5 billion a year, including the cost of healthcare, lost productivity, addiction treatment, and criminal justice involvement. When people are prescribed pain killers, most think they are doing the right thing by taking them because they are being prescribed by a trusted physician, but what people do not know, is that there is another solution to their pain relief that is completely natural. That solution is traditional Chinese medicine (TCM). In 2012 a study published by NIH Public Access ( Arch Intern Medicine. 2012 October 22; 172 (19) ) concluded  “Researchers discovered acupuncture is effective for the treatment of chronic pain and is therefore a reasonable preferred option”.
Why not use a method that has been around for thousands of years and is one of the safest, most permanent solutions to pain? If your house had a hole in the roof, what would you do to deal with that hole? Would you cover the hole with a tarp for a temporary fix hoping no rain will eventually come through, or would you repair the roof entirely so you have no further damage to the inside of your home? Now, think of painkillers as the tarp. The painkillers will mask whatever problem or pain you have at that moment, but does not permanently fix the underlining issue.

Why is acupuncture and TCM such a better alternative to painkillers? TCM is safe, effective, non addictive, and helps patients successfully  participate in other aspects of therapy so they can completely rid any pain in their body. Acupuncture stimulates the central nervous system when you are receiving treatment for pain. Not only can stimulating acupoints help your body to heal, but it can also activate the part of your brain that governs serotonin levels and trigger the release of endorphins, which are the body’s natural pain-killers.
At Art of Wellness, each of our doctors has more than 30 years experience to help with almost all kinds of chronic and acute pain conditions caused by arthritis,back and neck disorder, herniated discs, spinal degeneration, sciatica, whiplash, rotator cuff injuries, bursitis, joint pain, tennis/golfers elbow, carpal tunnel, hip pain, headaches/migraines, post operative pain, and more. Here at Art of Wellness, our goal is not only helping your pain, but also bringing you back to good health with the teamwork between you and us.
You don’t have to suffer from chronic pain or rely on pain prescription pills for temporary relief. You can live your life much healthier, happier and longer.

You have my best wishes!

 

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