How to explain the keen interest of modern people in the ancient Eastern teachings about he alth?
How to explain the unflagging interest of today's stressed city dwellers in Eastern teachings about he alth? A disappointment in classical medicine? Ordinary curiosity? Faith in miraculous potions?
If we discard the esoteric halo, we have a very modern philosophy of he alth in its essence. Even in ancient times, Chinese healers came to the idea of the need for an integrated approach to he alth issues. It makes no sense to regulate the nervous system and psyche in isolation from solving physical problems, you cannot treat cholecystitis or hypertension without taking into account the condition of the intestines or muscle tissues - in this case, drug treatment will only give a temporary improvement.
ACUPUNCTURE: BLOCKING STRESS
Everyone is well aware of how stress affects the body and nervous system, but few people have a real opportunity to timely and regularly turn off for a while from the frantic pace of life. Moreover, returning to this rhythm is fraught with new stress. Chinese medicine offers to relieve stress with the help of an ancient invention - acupuncture (acupuncture). A huge advantage of acupuncture is that during the sessions there is a complex restoration of the central and autonomic nervous systems. All energy points have a complex effect, simultaneously normalizing the emotional background, hormonal balance, and the activity of the heart and blood vessels. Moreover, any active acupuncture point, no matter what organ it is associated with, simultaneously relieves stress.
“My favorite point, literally blocking stress, is called Shen-men - “calmness,” says a specialist in Chinese medicine, Dr. Igor Roganin. This is a double point. Finding it is quite simple - it is located in a triangular fossa at the top of each auricle. Even if you actively massage this place with your thumbs at the moment of tension, you will immediately feel that you are becoming calmer. Another well-known calm point is the famous "third eye", a depression in the center of the forehead. Massage it in a circular motion, connecting your index fingers, 10-12 times in one direction and the other - and you will feel a decrease in tension. However, a more stable result is achieved during an acupuncture session, since the microneedle allows you to hit exactly the desired nerve node. To create a longer effect, it is recommended to resort to the application method, when the microneedle remains at the Shen-men point, quietly hidden in the auricle, for two to three weeks, constantly sending impulses of calmness and confidence to the brain. The advantage of this method is that, unlike the popular "Golden Earring" technique, the point is not destroyed, it continues to function normally.
MASSAGE: RELEASE STRESS
A sedentary lifestyle, which affects 90% of the adult population, or physical inactivity, can cause a serious malfunction in the body. And it's not just about the accumulation of excess weight and an increase in body fat. The accumulation of toxins, the weakening of the cardiovascular system, oxygen starvation of tissues - all this is a consequence of the fact that with a lack of movement, the activity of blood circulation decreases. Residual muscle tension also interferes with normal blood circulation. Gradually accumulating spasms (for those who work at the computer, the collar zone and upper shoulder girdle are most vulnerable) keep the muscles in constant hypertonicity. And an unrelaxed muscle continues to consume energy, pulling it from other areas, creating an oxygen and energy imbalance in the body.
The famous Chinese qigong complex will help relieve tension, normalize blood and energy circulation (Domashniy Ochag wrote in detail about this system in the January issue) and massage. However, traditional European techniques based on the transverse grip of muscles are in this case less effective than the Eastern concept, according to which continuous movement is directed along the muscle fibers. Particularly appropriate when working with residual muscle tension and tissue hypoxia is the therapeutic Chinese massage Tuina, the technique of which allows you to detect and overcome the smallest muscle stagnation.
FOOD: ENERGY RECHARGING
Unhe althy diet is one of the main traps for the he alth of modern man. And it's not just a noticeable increase in the proportion of carbohydrate foods with a high glycemic index, which in itself is fraught with obesity and diabetes. The problem is exacerbated by the lack of fresh products, and therefore, fiber, provitamins and trace elements that cannot withstand deep freezing, canning and long-term storage. As in many traditional he alth systems, in Chinese medicine it is customary to treat any food as a medicine or, if you like, a dietary supplement. But besides this, and even in the first place, food products are valuable for the Chinese as a source of vital energy "qi", which tolerates thermal or chemical treatment even worse than vitamins and microelements. “Having received a normal and even excessive dose of calories, but without an energy component, a person experiences chronic fatigue, drowsiness, his immunity weakens,” says Dr. Roganin.
Synthesized vitamins and even vegetables and fruits grown in greenhouses on fertilizers will not help the cause: the body needs “live” energy.” Let's be realistic: it is difficult to follow the Chinese food system in everything, which provides for as many as 24 food seasons, choosing the optimal diet for every two weeks of the lunar year. Yes, this is not required. But it is quite realistic to reduce the share of semi-finished products and canned food in the family diet, use more natural and whole grain products. There is nothing specifically "Chinese" in these attitudes, they are the same for all he althy eating systems.
Chinese fight against obesity
If the Japanese are slender largely due to high technology, the Chinese, as you know, have been slender for many centuries, which is a considerable merit of their traditional medicine. Moreover, according to Dr. Roganin, modern Western (including Russian) doctors are quite capable of treating “in Chinese” better than the Chinese themselves. At least Russian patients. The examination begins with the fact that the doctor will definitely conduct a diagnosis by pulse and make sure that there are no serious diseases that prevent the stimulation of increased metabolism. He will reveal the type of physique and the type of obesity (they, it turns out, are also different) and understand which organs and systems need stimulation, and which need to be inhibited. Chinese healing philosophy is all built on the need to find harmony: between fast and slow, between condensed and rarefied, and so on. So, having got to a good "Chinese doctor", you can not be afraid that we treat one thing and cripple another.
Then the specialist helps to create a slimming mindset in the patient and proceeds to influence the points using the acupuncture method. Moreover, these are not always needles - in some cases, according to Dr. Roganin, cauterization with wormwood cigars works much better. And from Western medicine here is psychotherapy and a clear explanation of the essence of the method, which, you see, is also important. In general, acupuncture is an amazing method. In good hands, it helps the body to “remember” its ideal state and restore the level of metabolism that corresponded to this state. (Details - on the website: www.ves-figura.ru) Another amazing discovery in Chinese medicine of our time is that the role of the spleen, this “great dumb” organ, whose function in the adult body until recently, is important in the regulation of carbohydrate metabolism remained not entirely clear. Chinese doctors even introduced the term "spleen and pancreas deficiency syndrome" as the cause of a metabolic disorder leading to an increase in excess weight.
By the way, from the point of view of Chinese medicine, the prevention of the state of the gastrointestinal tract and normal metabolism is the most important condition for the he alth of the body as a whole. “In my practice, there was a case,” says Dr. Roganin, “when a patient came with a problem of hypertension. After diagnosing, I found out that the source of the problem is a clogged intestine. After drinking a course of colloidal silver, the patient practically got rid of high blood pressure, although we didn’t even deal with this problem directly, it was enough to normalize the state of the gastrointestinal tract.”
The value of breathing to maintain the balance of all internal organs and vitality in general has been appreciated by the Chinese for several thousand years. There are several he alth systems that are built around breathing exercises, such as the Chinese Wushu breathing exercises, from which an entire martial art subsequently developed. But with all the variety of exercises, the essence of "internal alchemy", as deep breathing was called in Taoist treatises, remains unchanged. During normal - "surface" - breathing, up to 2/3 of the volume of the lungs are filled with poor oxygen - air that was not brought out during previous exhalations. In order for the air to be completely renewed, it is necessary when breathing to expand not the chest, but the muscles of the diaphragm and abdominal press (this is how professional singers breathe). In this case, oxygen penetrates deeper into the lungs, and then into the blood.
The respectful attitude of the Chinese to the "correct" breathing and special sets of breathing exercises is confirmed by the findings of modern medicine. Deep blood oxygenation prevents the formation of blood clots and hypertension, promotes self-regulation of the body, normalizes metabolism, which indirectly promotes weight loss, stimulates mental and higher nervous activity (including sleep).