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Health Tip, August 2011
Traditional Chinese Medicine for 
Natural Menopause Relief

Menopause and its accompanying discomforts include hot flashes, insomnia, and mood swings. A natural, but dreaded condition for American women, menopause does not seem to have nearly the same effect on women in China. It's an interesting fact that 75% of American women experience noticeable menopausal discomfort, while only 10% of Asian women experience the same. It's worth considering that some of the factors involved in this difference are dietary and traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) related, which are both comprised of natural elements, unlike the most common Western treatment for menopause: hormone replacement therapy.

The idea that food can be used medicinally is an inherent Chinese cultural belief, as well as a fundamental principle of TCM. The affect that diet has on one's health is now commonly accepted. The three leading causes of death in the United States -- heart attack, cancer, and stroke, are closely related to a poor diet. Research has increased the study... READ MORE

Thai Massage Can Open Joints, Stretch Muscles, 
and Rejuvenate Energy

Developed in India 2,500 years ago, Thai massage made its way to Thailand where its Ayurvedic techniques and principles gradually became influenced by traditional Chinese medicine. Thai massage focuses on clearing negative energy. Unlike many other massage modalities, Thai massage is performed on a floor mat and consists of deep rhythmic pressure that stretches the entire body. A trained Thai massage therapist stretches a person with specific, assisted yoga poses. 

The philosophy behind Thai yoga massage techniques focuses on energy points called "sen." The Sen lines of the body are similar to the meridians in TCM, and are thought to directly correspond with a person's "qi", or energy. As the Thai massage therapist stretches the participant, he or she also presses and massages along the sen lines or points. This can release stagnant qi from the body to resolve specific problems...READ MORE

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