Acupuncture – other methods
Here some of the different methods used in treatment is described. The list is not exhaustive but it is meant to give an idea of the possibilities:
Moxa is made of Chinese mugworth. By burning this herb it produces a very powerful and penetrating heat. The heat can be utilized therapeutically to stimulate acupuncture points, muscles and joints. The heat is used to add heat or spread stagnation, but also in the initial stages of colds.
The terms used in Chinese medicine will be cold conditions, such as Yang Xu, Shi Cold, obstruction based on cold and damp. Moxibustion can strengthen and move both Qi and Blood.
There are several techniques and tools for moxibustion. The most commonly used is a moxa roll where the glow at the end of the roll is kept a few centimeters above the skin. You can choose to heat either a single point or a larger area of the body.
Moxa can also be used to heat the needles. With this treatment a very gentle but penetrating heat is achieved. Moxa is also used rolled to a cone placed directly on the skin, on a slice of ginger or in a special box depending on the effect required.
Another kind of ‘moxa’ treatment could be to tape garlic to a certain acupuncture point. An example of this could be at the point Kidney 1 under the foot and where the desired effect could be to stop nosebleeds.
TDP / IT Lamp/ Bio Spectrum Lamp
Unlike normal infrared lamps and therapeutic appliances using microwaves, the TDP lamp (also called the IT lamp or Bio Spectrum Lamp) has a round plate coated with a mineral layer consisting of 33 different minerals that are essential to human beings. The lamp is also called a “moxa lampe” because it often replaces moxibustion treatment in China.
When the lamp is heated to a certain temperature, the minerals are put into motion and radiate their own specific electromagnetic waves of 0.002-0.050 mm within the infrared spectrum that is absorbed through the skin. This electromagnetic field complies with the body’s own electromagnetic field and penetrates into the depths and has a harmonizing effect. That way the imbalances found in the body will be turned into balance and tissue and organ functions will be restored. The lamp is placed 20-40 cm from the skin and you just lie and relax and enjoy the warmth.
The TDP lamp is known as an effective treatment for a wide range of disorders. Menstrual pain, infertility, impaired sperm quality, pelvic infections, pain relief, arthritis pain, joint problems and esophageal inflammation.
Bio spectrum treatment has been proven to be completely free of carcinogenicity and can not cause any form of physical deformity or genetic changes. No adverse effects of treatment have been demonstrated.
Can TDP be used on all clients?
Yes! There are no limitations in age or gender. The treatment is painless – the lamp just emits a pleasant warmth.
Strengthening of the immune system
Bio-spectrum treatment improves the immune system and causes a significant increase in the number of white blood cells. The special frequency that the TDP lamp emits stimulates the thymus and the bone marrow and trials have shown that the body’s defense against disease increases by 60% when treated with the TDP lamp.
Gua Sha is a widely used technique in Asia where you scratch or rub the skin hard with a smooth stone or horn. The effect is similar to using vacuum cups but is more moving and draining. In the treatment one seeks to create a “Sha” rash, a redness in the skin, as the idea is to emulate sweat and thereby drag underlying stagnation to the surface where it will spread more easily.
This simple but highly effective tool is the foundation of a whole science, built over years of experience with scratching techniques.
This method is also known as vacuum therapy. I use cups in different sizes and materials depending on the diagnosis and the area being treated. In Chinese Medicine the use of cups is used to move Qi and Blood in the meridians and to exert pathogenic factors such as Wind, Cold and Moisture.
Examples of use:
-Lung problems such as invasion of Wind-Cold and asthma.
-Bi (pain) syndrome caused by Wind / Cold / Moisture.
-Acute or chronic back pain.
-Digestive problems such as diarrhea and vomiting.
-Picture – apart from the cup at the bottom right where vacuum is made using the rubber cap, the cups shown are intended for fire. A burning piece of cotton is used to get the air out. The degree of vacuum / suction is adapted to the individual.
Chinese herbal medicine
This branch of Chinese Medicine is very extensive and the underlying knowledge is built over a very long time, but is also further elaborated by scientific research. A good example is medical mushrooms where the effect is very well documented – not least in relation to the treatment of cancer. In Denmark and Western Europe mainly plants are used for herb medicine but traditionally parts of animals have also been used. One of the consequences of that has been the poaching endangered animals, for example the Siberian tiger because parts of the animal is known to be good for the man’s virility. Only herbal remedies that fulfill all CITES critiria are used.
Different herbal formulas can balance different imbalances – if the system is too cold you can use a warming formula and if too hot a cooling formula can be used. For a stagnated condition a formula that spreads stagnation can be used etc.
As mentioned, follows as a logical consequence that a formula is only balancing for a period – when, for example, a cold state is no longer cold, the consuming of warming herbs must be discontinued otherwise you may be too hot! Therefore, it is important that a thorough diagnosis has been made based on Chinese Medical Principles and that changes in this diagnosis are continuously monitored so that the treatment strategy can be adapted and the correct herbal formula are used.
I have spent several years studying Chinese herbal medicine. First with an education in the use of pre-mixed recipes (2011). Then a full 2.5-year education at Southern College of Chinese Medicine in Lund, Sweden (2016). In 2018 I enrolled in Sharon Weizenbaums ‘Graduate Mentorshop Programme’ – I expect to graduate in 2021.
Dietary supplements (orthomolecular medicine):
Getting the appropriate supplement of vitamins and minerals can be crucial to our health. A good multivitamin tablet is almost to be considered a necessity as the available fruits and vegetables no longer contain the same amounts of vitamins and minerals as they did in earlier times. Several studies have shown that the content in just a few seasons has fallen drastically. It is of great importance that the bio accessibility of a dietary supplement is high. I typically recommend grants from the NDS product range where a patented method for increasing bio-opacity is used.
In addition the combination of minerals is important. For example for the use of calcium supplements it is crucial that in addition to vitamin D, magnesium is also in the ratio 2: 1 – otherwise the calcium can cause atherosclerosis and increase the tendency for drug seizures simply to name some of the side effects.
All vitamins and minerals also influence on our body temperature – and here we move into Chinese medicine to look at vitamins and minerals, but also on food and herbs. Briefly described different foods or vitamins / minerals affect our body in a cool, warming, firming or relaxing way. C vitamin is known to have a cooling effect, why it can balance a `hot` condition. That is why we experience that vitamin C has a soothing effect on an inflammatory state with fever.
When this knowledge of `temperature` is used, the use of subsidies will be better adapted to a diagnosis based on Chinese medical principles.
The following is a list of the most common vitamins and minerals and their “energetic” aspects as you will say in Chinese medicine.
Overall the action of most vitamins is to strengthen or regulate Blood and Qi. The Chinese way of considering blood is a bit different for Western medicine, though. Chinese ‘Blood’ is therefore written with a capital letter. Qi is the term of energy. When organs are mentioned below they are also capitalized to indicate that it is the Chinese medical way of considering the organs.
Vitamin A: Primary action is to nourish and cool the blood. Additional effect is to benefit bones and eyes.
B vitamins: The general action of B vitamins on the nervous system is described in Chinese medicine as facilitating stagnation of Liver Qi. Most B vitamins also nourish the Blood. B6 and choline help dampen inner Winds; B5 and B6 exert Moisture derived from Liver and Gallbladder.
Vitamin C: Cools Heat and is therefore beneficial to infections.
Vitamin D: Can be used as a Kidney-tonic, strengthens / nourishes Jing (Essens) and the bones.
Vitamin E: Supports Kidney Yang and nourishes Liver Blood.
Vitamin K: Astringent effect on bleeding. Influences the intestines and helps the Lungs to control Qi.
Bioflavonoids: Exploits Heat, especially Liver Heat and remedies stagnation of the Blood.
Beta carotene: Moves Qi, eliminates Qi stagnation and reduces Heat.
Minerals: In general they usually strengthen Yin and the Kidneys. Some also nourish the Liver. A lot of the minerals nourish tendons and bones and can generally be seen as a support for the deep structures and processes in the body. They are important for proper growth, development and fertility.
Calcium: Nourishes Yin and Bones. Generally calming for the Mind (Shen).
Chrome: Strengthen Qi and Blood. Strengthens the Spleen.
Cobalt: Nourishes Qi and Blood.
Copper: Drains Moisture and Moisture/Heat conditions. Strengthens the Spleen.
Fluorine: Is to be considered a toxin.
Iodine: Exploits Heath, especially from the Liver.
Iron: Nourishing effect on Yin and Blood, cools and spreads Blood and is energetically cool to the body.
Magnesium: Supports Yin and Calms the Mind (Shen). Strengthens and stabilizes the Heart’s Qi.
Manganese: Nourishes both Yin and Jing.
Molybdenum: Nourishes Blood and Yin. Energetically cooling especially in relation to the Blood.
Phosphorus: Nourishes Kidney Yin and Jing.
Potassium: helps to filter water and Moisture from the system. Energetically cooling and helps to remove Moisture from Liver and Gallbladder.
Selen: Nourishes Yin, secures Jing and calms the mind (Shen).
Silica and silicon: General Kidney tonic and especially strengthening for the bones.
Sodium: Strengthening for Kidney and Liver. Softens accumulations (an action added to the salty taste).
Sulfur: Nourishes the Liver as well as both cools and nourishes the Blood.
Zinc: Beneficial to Jing, Blood and Bones.
A large part of us have been or are constantly in treatment with Western medicine or we use different types of analgesic on a regular basis. Like the list of vitamins and minerals and how they affect the body energetically, it is interesting to be aware of the energetic side effects of conventional medicine. Note that the list is not exhaustive and that within a category of medicine there might be some variations.
If you want a deeper analysis of the side effects of the medication you use from a Chinese medical entrance, feel free to ask. As my client your drug consumption and side effects are included in your diagnosis and is incorporated in the treatment strategy.
ACE inhibitors: Lung Yin Xu, Heat in the Blood, Gastric Fire, Liver Fire
Antibiotics: Energetically Cool and moisture-forming (Lungs, Intestines, Spleen), Causes Spleen Qi Xu, Spleen Yang Xu, Heat in the Blood, Blood Xu, Moisture.
Antidepressants: Heat-forming (Heart and Liver). Causes Liver Wind, Blood Xu, Spleen Xu, Heart Qi Xu, Liver Fire, Stomach Fire, Rebel Stomach Qi.
Antihistamines: Blood Xu, Liver Fire, Stomach Fire, Rebel Stomach Qi.
Aspirin and NSAID: Warm and proliferative impression (Lungs, Kidney, Liver, Blood) Causes Blood Xu, Heat in the Blood, Liver Fire, Expands and Spreads Qi, Rebelic Stomach Qi.
Beta adrenoceptor promotes: Heart Qi Xu, Lung Qi Xu, Lung Yin Xu, Heat in the Lungs, Liver Fire.
Beta blockers: Spleen, Heart, Lung and Kidney Qi Xu and Yang Xu.
Andrenocartical hormone: Heat-forming medicine that causes Lung Qi Xu and Yin Xu, Spleen Xu, Blood Xu, Moisture, Moisture/Heat, Heart Fire, Stomach Fire.
Bronchial dilators: Warm and spreading effect that affects the Lungs.
H2 antagonists: Blood Xu, Kidney Qi Xu, Spleen Qi Xu, Rebellious Stomach Qi.
Immunosuppressants: Blood Xu, Heat in the Blood, Liver Fire, Heart Fire, Stomach Fire.
Calcium antagonists: Spleen Qi Xu, Heat in the Blood, Liver Fire, Stomach Fire.
Cholesterol lowering (statins): Liver fire, Stomach fire.
Carpidopa: Blood Xu, Heat in the Blood, Liver Fire, Liver Wind, Heart Fire, Rebellious Stomach Qi.
Sodium Valproate: Blood Xu, Stomach Fire, Liver Fire, Heart Fire.
Nitrates: Heart Fire, Liver Fire, Rebellious Stomach Qi,
Opiods, analgesic: Lung Heat, Heart Fire, Liver Fire, Heat in the Blood, Rebellious Stomach Qi.
Paracetamol: Liver Fire.
Psychotrophic medication: Blood Xu, Heart Qi Xu, Qi Xu, Liver Fire, Liver Wind, Stomach Fire, Rebellious Stomach Qi.
Sulpha: Blood Xu, Lung Yin Xu, Moisture-Heat in the Large Intestine, Liver fire, Heat in the blood, Rebellious Stomach Qi.
Antifungal: Blood Xu, Spleen Xu, Rebellious Stomach Qi.
Diuretics: Qi Xu, Yin Xu, Rebellious Stomach Qi.
Estrogen: Kidney Qi Xu, Spleen Xu, Heart Qi Xu, Liver Qi Stagnation.
Sources: ‘Recipes for self-healing’ by Daverick Leggett. ‘The Prescribed Drug Guide’ by Dr. Stephen Gascoigne.