Feel the Energy

Many people have heard about acupuncture and acupressure for pain relief but few have heard about deqi the important signal that the therapy will relieve the pain, and fewer people have actually felt the healing feeling called deqi (literally “feel the Qi”).

I have developed a powerful method to stimulate the feeling of Qi Energy. Though you may be familiar with this acupoint, read on and try the following suggestions to stimulate the Great Eliminator also known as Large-Intestine-4. The Chinese name for this acupoint is Hegu, which means Joining Valley. 

GREAT ELIMINATOR Acupoint

Many people know that this acupoint can relieve pain, especially headaches. It also aids bowel movements, eliminates congestion in the head, and excels at eliminating pain. This point boosts the immune system’s ability to eliminate colds and flu. It is also used to reduce fever, relieve pain, clear the skin, stop spasms, diminish tension, clear a stuffy nose, and decrease toothache. A nickname in the West is ‘The Dentist’s’ point because it can stop tooth pain and moisten the throat and tongue.

To Find

LI-4 is in the web of the thumb but how it is pressed changes the energy feeling
The energy point is found by holding the thumb against the fingers.

The name Joining Valley informs you how to position the hand to get the most powerful energy response by joining the thumb to the hand, making a mound with a valley.

Another name for the point is Tiger’s Mouth. Hold the hand out in front of the body with the thumb at the bottom. Open and close the space between the thumb and hand so the thumb acts like a tiger’s lower jaw; the acupoint is deep in the tiger’s mouth.

On Yourself

The best way to locate GREAT ELIMINATOR on yourself is to place your palms on your stomach. As you close the space between your receiving hand and thumb, notice the mound of flesh on the back of the hand and the crease in the mound.

Press from the end of the crease toward the bone in the hand.
To press LI-4, start from the end of the crease toward the bone in the hand.

Locate GREAT ELIMINATOR at the end of the crease, near the middle of the mound. Keep the thumb against the hand as you press. Place your pressing thumb on the end of the crease, massaging the mound of muscle against the bone of the hand. Feel the muscle roll around under your thumb.

Massage the muscle against the hand bone to feel for sore spots. What does the muscle feel like? Does it feel hard? Does it feel soft? Does it feel like stringy strands? Can you feel lumps in the muscle?

On a Partner

Also called the headache or toothache point
Release energy on another’s hand.

A simple way to locate this acupoint on a partner is to grasp your partner’s right hand with your left hand, using your right thumb to press GREAT ELIMINATOR. Hold your partner’s thumb against the hand, look for the crease in the mound, and press gently into the crease. Stroke back and forth along the hand bone to zero in on the acupoint. Remember some people are quite tender here.

Helpful Hints

Important: Press this spot into the bone of the hand, slowly sliding the tip of your pressing thumb along the bone. Slide along the hand bone toward the index finger for a short distance and then toward the wrist. Slide back and forth until the most sensitive spot can be felt. Press firmly on this spot. This point may be sensitive.

Sensitivity can make it easy to find, but you will have to work slowly to achieve an energy sensation. When the point is not sensitive, you will have to press harder to find it, but it will be easier to get the energy sensation.

Energy Feeling

Moving Qi can be easy at this acupoint if you take your time. Stop and hold the acupoint. Does energy move outward from the point? It may travel to another spot in the hand or up the arm of the hand being pressed.

The Qi sensation may be felt around the elbow or even the shoulder or head. When you increase pressure, the Qi sensations become stronger. If you increase the time the point is pressed, then more varied sensations may be felt.

More Information

The GREAT ELIMINATOR acupoint has more names than most points. In the West this acupoint has been called Large Intestine 4 or Colon 4 (Co.4). Colon 4 is the most well-known of all acupoints, but is often misused by the non-professional. People often know the Chinese name, Hegu (sounds like “ha goo”) or Hoku, even though they have no knowledge of other acupoints.

The first character he means ”to join, to unite, meeting, adjoining.” The second character gu means “a mountain pass or a mountain valley.” Translation of Hegu, “Joining Valley,” reveals the secret of how to press this acupoint for the strongest energy response. Hegu, Joining Valley, also evokes associations of the great river valley of China. Ancient Chinese history recorded how people cultivated and civilized areas along the Yellow River. This great river basin and vast flood plain provided fertile ground for producing food. The Yellow River floods also brought great destruction at times. Another danger to the farmers living in the valley came from nomadic herdsmen.

The northern mountains proved to be a natural obstacle against invading bandits, who used the mountain passes to access the riches of China along the Yellow River. The reason the Chinese built the Great Wall was to ‘head them off at the pass.’ Defending mountain passes helped eliminate the threat of invading tribes. Hegu stimulates the immune system to defend against invading microorganisms, thus the nickname GREAT ELIMINATOR.

Key Concepts to Remember about GREAT ELIMINATOR

Location: On the hand, in the middle of the triangular web between the thumb and index finger

To find: First massage the web with your fingers, checking for tenderness. Then, hold the thumb against the side of the hand. Notice the crease in the mound. Press at the end of the crease into the mound against the hand bone of the index finger Energy feeling (deqi): Up the arm to the elbow, shoulder and head and/or toward the fingers

Use: Promote longevity. Detect difficulties with and improve Yang functions, including sensory organs, immunity and skin

Pain: All types (especially in the upper body, for example, for headache and toothache)

Conditions: Constipation, diarrhea, rash, fever, common cold, sinus problems

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The Energy Method

Read here to learn the Chinese theory and practice of moving energy called Qi. To experience the energy click the “Feel the Energy” tab.

The Theory of Qi Energy

Pain is blocked energy called injured Qi, whereas the feeling of energy flowing in the body is called “Got Qi” (DEQI sounds like “duh chee”).

DEQI  is defined as the experience of bodily sensations following the application of therapeutic pressure, acupuncture, or heat. The changing moving sensations can feel like tingling, numbness, aching, and soreness. After a while a subtle, glowing, flowing feeling along the length of the body may be noticed.

If at first you do not feel energy sensations (deqi) when your acupoints are pressed, keep trying. It may be that you need more practice at finding the points, or it could be that your Qi system has atrophied due to inactivity. When not used, the energy system will atrophy like other body systems.

Just as playing and exercising keep muscles strong, and reading and learning keep the mind sharp, exercising your energy points allows you to feel stronger energy sensations. When you begin exercising after months of inactivity, muscles will complain and refuse to work. Then as you persist, you become stronger until what was once difficult becomes easy. It takes knowledge and practice to develop skill.

A Chinese proverb implores, “Bugs do not nest in a busy doorway.”

Does it feel tingly, heavy, less sharp or less sore? Do you feel something moving in your body? It may feel subtle. It may radiate a short or long distance. You may experience a tingling, glowing, flowing feeling.

You may feel currents—some warm and some cold. Rubbing and pressing will remove the stagnant energy, which helps to restore proper circulation of blood and lymph. When you rub gently, stagnant energy is dispersed, often resulting in the reduction of pain.

Some people do not experience energy sensations the first time they try; about half the people who try these methods will experience energy within minutes; a quarter will take days of practice. Some may never experience the energy sensations described at this site.

A Chinese sage once said, “The journey of a thousand miles begins with the first step.” The first time something new is tried, thoughts of failure, doubt, and confusion sometimes surface. “What if I can’t do it?” Not all people can feel Qi. It is a sense. Just as some people are color blind, some people can not feel energy sensations, even with the proper herbs and acupuncture.

Do not expect too much at first. Energy sensations are quieter than pain. Keep looking, massaging and exploring your body. You are most likely to feel energy sensations while pressing powerful acupoints known since ancient times. Four of the most famous acupoints are described at this website. Those of you who explore these acupoints may experience energy sensations at all or some of these acupoints.

Energy sensations (deqi) are different than nerve sensations. Modern scientists in Japan and China have studied energy sensations extensively. In Acupuncture: A Comprehensive Text, translated and edited by John O’Conner and Dan Bensky, it states, “It was found that the perception of the conduction of the needle sensation was rather slow …” (page 108).

Nerve Sensations Are Felt Instantaneously.

When you hit your elbow a certain way, your hand feels numb with “pins and needles.” What has happened is a pinched nerve between the bones of the elbow caused the predictable sensation in the hand. The body feels normal elsewhere, except from the point where the nerve was pinched toward the extremity. This is a law that can be applied when locating nerve damage. It is said nerve damage is found between the altered sensation and the central nervous system.

When you provoke an energy sensation (deqi), the tingling feeling can travel toward the center of the body or toward the extremities. In contrast, when you hit a nerve, the instantaneous feeling is felt only in the direction of the extremity; recall hitting your funny bone. In this way you can tell the difference between an energy sensation and a nerve sensation.

Also, the energy sensation felt when pressing on a painful point or an acupressure point varies from one place to the next and from one person to another.

Acupoints Release Healing Energy

Specific points on the body, called acupoints, known since ancient times, will easily release golden healing energy for reducing pain and improving health. An acupoint is usually the most tender spot in an area.

These acupoints become hypersensitive when corresponding parts of the body need help. However, it is interesting to note, even when acupoints are surprisingly hypersensitive with dark disease energy, you might not notice these points if you were not looking for them. This website describes in detail four acupressure points that warn of disease and supply the body with golden healing energy.

Self-healing Massage

Listen to your body as it “talks” about injured Qi (pain), while you look for points to release golden energy. It is natural to rub, hold, or press where it hurts. Pain will teach you all you need to know about your body’s energy system. This works best in a place where you will not be disturbed, so you can relax as much as necessary, while listening to your body and locating energy points. While learning, prefer the places on your body that you notice easily release golden energy.

If you have a sore or painful place on your arm or leg which is easy to reach, start there. Otherwise, start examining your neck and shoulders. Rub and press painful spots until you find that the pain subsides as you hold them. Rub and press gently at first. Slowly rub all around the most tender spot.

After finding all of the sensitive spots in the area, press on the most tender spot. Press for about one minute. Press hard enough to feel the pain but not hard enough to cause tension in your body. Press into that gray area between pleasure and pain where the most energy can be released. The appropriate pressure will reduce the pain, which will release golden energy. It seems curious, but the best golden energy points are usually not very sore at all.

If at first you do not succeed, try, try again! Keep exercising your energy system. If you are having trouble feeling energy, try using fewer stimulants and relaxants including painkillers, alcohol, and coffee. They are numbing and result in the disruption of Qi.

For more about acupressure massage and other healthy ideas visit my blog: MichaelTurk.com

 

How to Relieve Pain

Pain is a message from your body that something is wrong. Your body needs help! You may have been told when something hurts, “Don’t touch it,” “Leave it alone,” or “Ignore it. It will go away.”

This way of thinking is not good for your health. Your body communicates in many ways. Pain communicates that your help is needed now and guides you to the points that will relieve the pain.

Touch your pain, feel your pain with your hands—not just your mind. Rub and press when it feels good to do so, but stop what you are doing when it does not feel good. Do not aggravate your pain; get in touch with the place and the surrounding tissue. Rub for awhile.

If it does not aggravate the pain, try pressing. If rubbing aggravates the pain, then stop rubbing. Find another painful place nearby.

First, lightly rub the area where it hurts, moving the skin around in circles or gently pressing and stroking. Then massage the area to feel the tissue.

Look for tissue changes and all tender spots. Finally, feel for the most painful points. Take your time, especially if the tissue feels hard and congested or if the pain is too intense.

Make big circles to increase the circulation while you feel for other tender points. If it is tender, massage at that level of pressure. You may find lumps or bumps. Often you will feel painful rope-like muscles. It is common to find surprisingly painful places previously unknown to you.

After surveying the area, find the most painful point. Then press and hold it without moving. Relax and get comfortable. It may take time for your finger pressure to make a change.

Hold the point and remain still until the pain changes. If it gets worse, reduce the pressure. If the pain gets better, keep holding while sensing the other changes.

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A Student Feels the Qi

A student in a moxibustion for practitioners class explains the sensation she experiences during a 14 minute treatment for her shoulder pain.

The ancient classics state feeling a qi sensation is necessary for effective relief of pain. Listen closely for her descriptions of the sensations she feels.

She reports feeling the heat on her skin as “hot, but sort of cool hot,” then she feels a sensation distant from the heated spot and she reports “the energy flow has changed.”

Later she reports feeling the sensation “downward into the muscle.” Further on she feels the sensation “down at an angle towards the center of my spine.” Half way through she report feeling less pain.

Finally she gets up and demonstrates increased range of motion in her shoulder and she reports energy release down her arm.

I call the alternate heating and pressing on an acupoint “Moxa-Pressure” a technique I have taught for over 20 years. Recently, I have improved the method making is easier and safer to relieve pain quickly.

A Book Is Born

I’ve been busy since my last post March 4th. Had a lot to learn about publishing on Amazon’ Kindle, more about that later, but I did it with a little help from my friends. So, I am proud to announce my new ebook Moxibustion for Pain Relief, which introduces an ancient Chinese method of relieving pain that is finding favor with pain suffers today. Moxibustion soothes the acupoints to stimulate circulation and pain reducing hormones. Heating acupoints is a soothing way to relieve pain and it is fast and effective.

My book covers the history and health benefits of moxibustion, especially the moxa stick first written about in 1717 in China, wherein it was called the Grand Ultimate Divine Needle, or simply, The Magic Needle. The needle magically relieves pain when the burning tip of the needle is suspended over the sore spot; the needle never touches the skin.

Patients often comment, “I find the moxa therapy as beneficial as acupuncture, but less uncomfortable than needles. The moxa feels soothing and relaxing.”  See a recent post Moxibustion for Pain

The idea for this ebook came while researching a textbook for massage therapists on the use of the moxa stick. I discovered some famous teachers and practitioners who used moxa therapy in China and in the West. This surprised me in view of how little moxibustion is used by acupuncturists today. Yet, acclaimed sages praised it, often noting the burning moxa stick method is quick, safe, and effective in relieving pain. I want to raise awareness of the 300-year anniversary of the moxa stick coming in 2017.

No cure-all for chronic pain has been discovered; however, when one treatment fails to work, I try another. Moxibustion does not relieve all types of pain; however, trying it is a wise practice because most pain can be benefited. Examples and case histories are included in this book.

I have developed and currently teach a moxa-pressure technique that soothes and relieves most pain. Regular treatments have a lasting reduction in chronic pain.

Oh yes I wanted to tell about MY PAIN in publishing my book Moxibustion for Pain Relief, as an ebook on Amazon. It is expensive and that make me want to save money, do-it-myself, but ouch. I have avoided tinkering with HTML code since my first website.

However, I could not publish my book without proper formatting and I knew what that meant because in my youth I programmed with several computer codes. My book would need HTML formatting and I knew I could edit the HTML code myself, but I have avoided coding for the last 20 years. Because of a barrier I firmly planted in consciousness, my coding days were over.

So if I wanted this book published inexpensively, I would have to confront and accept HTML code. At least it’s easy to work with. Coding in the early days of computers was tedious and brain straining as was the rest of the brainwork required as a systems engineer so I was looking forward to no more coding in the healing arts.

However after starting my alternative medical career in 1983, I saw the need to write a relational database to run my office. I knew I could do it but it would be a painfully long time in my life. So when that was over, I said ‘never again.’ Oh well HTML isn’t that bad with a good software editor.

And a book is born; Moxibustion for Pain Relief tells the fascinating story of the spread of the moxa stick from east to west and the benefits this type of therapy can achieve.

Learning Chinese Medicine

Back to school last weekend in San Francisco to study the ancient Chinese medical writings with internationally renowned scholars, Elizabeth Rochat and Ken Rose for a post-graduate program called “Teaching From the Roots.” This weekend we cultivated the qi of knowledge. Future classes promise more in depth study of the acupuncture-moxibustion classics.

We are studying the ancient texts to expand our knowledge of the way acupuncture was practiced two thousand years ago by exploring the Classical Literature of Chinese medicine.

While attending, I have met people who are experts in fields of knowledge that I know very little about. I have been studying the ancient Chinese medical classics since the late 70’s, now I can discuss these writings with others who have interest in their teachings. We are trying to understand how the ancient masters practiced, especially areas of our medicine not much taught these days.

Since the time in ’69 when I first read the Dao De Jing, I have learned to read and write many Chinese characters. Years ago I studied the Chinese characters to help me understand the names of the acupuncture points. Chinese medical terms and concepts are often translated using many different English words. Knowing the symbolism inherent in Chinese characters gives me a better understanding of what that term means.

Discussions are in depth and cover much material new to me. I know a little bit, my fellow teachers know a little also—even the course instructors admit to a deficiency of knowledge that designing and teaching this class will help them gain. So Dear Reader, if you are practicing medicine, alternative or orthodox, and are interested in understanding what ancient Chinese teachers had to say about Chinese medicine, this is the class to join. New people are still joining.

Natural Healing

I am reviewing my interviews and teaching videos taken over the last thirty years.

Here are two interviews, one old and one new.

The earliest video, an interview by Rosemary Broccoli in 1986.

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Michael Turk answers Rosemary Broccoli’s first question, “Michael, how was it you became interested in Oriental medicine?” More of the interview will be posted soon.

Recently, I was interviewed while demonstrating Moxa-Pressure, a technique I developed to quickly relieve many types of pain.

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The following videos of classes are being reviewed for short lessons to publish.

  • I taught three workshops on Acupressure for Headaches, Points for Pain, and Using Chinese Herbs in 1989.
  • In 2006, I demonstrated prenatal massage and taught acupressure massage at the Pacific Symposium.
  • My favorite video in 2007 was a class on the Origin of Chinese Symbolism.

As I publish these videos I will give background information.

Post your questions about health and healing using ancient Asian healing arts.

Feel Your Qi and Relieve Pain

Published in the Lotus Guide. Chico, CA. January 2012

Today qi is commonly referred to as energy, yet qi is a mystery to modern science. In Chinese philosophy, qi is a subtle substance that pervades space; in Chinese medicine, qi is a physical sensation described as the feeling of something strange moving in the body experienced by patients who receive acupuncture or moxibustion.

Scientists and scholars may disagree about the existence of qi, but traditional Chinese medical dictionaries all agree the sensation of qi felt during acupuncture indicates a successful response to insertion. Some scholars discuss the question: Is qi matter or energy? And is that even the question?

What is qi? Is it matter, energy, spirit, or something else? And how will knowing what it is help explain the concept of qi? Sometimes authors look to the Greek words pneuma or psyche. Pneuma is a name for “air inside the body” and psyche is a term for ‘spirit’ used to distinguish between “living and non-living things.” When qi, an eastern concept, is compared to western concepts such as ether, energy, or spirit, these different concepts cannot be substituted for the true meaning of qi in Chinese philosophy.

I will use the Chinese pinyin spelling ‘qi’, rather than try to find a good English word to translate the term qi.

To get a better idea of the term qi, examine its use in the well known 5th century BCE humorous story from the Liezi that tells about a man from the state of Qi (same sound, different tone and character) who was worried the heavens might collapse and fall into pieces depriving him of food and sleep.

A friend consoled him with, “Heaven is only an accumulation of qi; that same qi is everywhere. Why then do you worry about a collapse of heaven?”

The man said, “If it’s true that heaven is an accumulation of qi, why don’t the sun, moon, and stars fall down to earth?”

His friend replied, “Those bright lights are only shining masses of condensed qi. Even if they did fall they wouldn’t hurt anybody.”

The man continues to question and his friend continues to give answers until a sage declares, “What does it matter? One cannot know when the end will come. Why then worry if the world will be destroyed or not?”

Here qi seems to be a subtle substance found everywhere. This is not the complex theory of qi found in traditional Chinese medicine. A fundamental theory of ancient medicine is the theory of that many types of qi form a complex interacting system found everywhere in the human being.

The next author Xun Zi (312-230 BCE) makes a distinction between qi and life, two agents of change. He then explains the role qi plays in the lives of people and the power people have in controlling the qi in their lives.

Xun discusses the concepts of qi, life, awareness, and judgment stating all can change the world. The subtle qi of water and fire changes things but has no life; furthermore, some living things have awareness but only people possess judgment. Therefore people have qi, life, awareness, and judgment. Judgment is the power to distinguish and influence change.

All ideas and theories are in the head, but the experience of qi is in the body. Patients receiving the traditional Chinese method of acupuncture experience qi regularly. Though the sensation can be uncomfortable, it is a favorable sign. Patients say qi sensations feel like they are radiating, tingly, achy, heavy, and various other sensations. The qi sensation changes with the diagnosis and how the needle is inserted.

Erica D. says, “Sometimes it feels like a small energy bomb shooting sensations like beams toward distant parts of the body.”

 

Acumoxa for Pain Relief

Published in the Lotus Guide. Chico, CA. July 2011

Acumoxa Treatments: Pain Relief Without Needles

Acumoxa quickly reduces chronic pain by soothing acupuncture points with heat, rather than stimulating with needles

What Is Acumoxa?

Acumoxa is a method of treating disease developed by ancient Chinese doctors along with acupuncture and acupressure therapy. Moxibustion is the therapeutic use of heat to treat pain and weakness. The herbs called moxa come from a number of plants; they are processed for easy burning. About 300 years ago, acumoxa became popular with the invention of the moxa stick, called the “grand ultimate divine needle” or “magic needle.” The needle-shaped stick of moxa is held over the acupoints without touching the skin. Applying and removing the heat as needed is easier to teach and use without injuring tissue. Magic needle moxa therapy–noninvasive, nonscarring, and nonblistering–is most effective in relieving muscle pain and arthritis. Acumoxa is not a cure-all some health problems are relieved entirely, while others cannot be helped at all. From China, its popularity has spread to Korea and Japan, where it is a favored method of self-care. Today many smokeless methods of heating acupoints are available.

Acumoxa Today

Chronic pain has become an epidemic that is disabling millions of Americans. New ways to treat pain have not slowed the increase in the number of people suffering. Americans are now turning to ancient Asian methods for self-help methods such as acupuncture and acupressure massage. Acupressure and acumoxa provide many of the benefits of acupuncture–especially pain relief–without using needles.

A History of Healing

Time-tested moxa has been relieving pain and curing disease since the Stone Age. A survey of 33 premodern acupuncture texts–published over a 2,000 year period–reveals a cluster of health complaints for which moxibustion is beneficial; myofascial pain, infectious diseases, inflammatory disorders, and female problems.

Conditions Benefited

Myofascial disorders: Arthritis, tendonitis, low back, and sciatica

Infectious diseases; Bacterial dysentery, hepatitis, chronic bronchitis, and UTI

Inflammatory disorders: Bronchial asthma, simple goiter, diabetes, indigestion, acute mastitis, and hemorrhoids Recuperative: Stroke, adrenal depletion, incontinence, prolapsed anus or uterus

OB/GYN: Irregular menstruation, dysmenorrhea, abnormal bleeding, and leucorrhoea

An Ancient Healing Recipe

Printed in the Lotus Guide. Chico, CA. July 2010

When the young woman walked into my acupuncture office, I knew something was wrong. Her complexion was as pale as impending death, her walk was slow and deliberate, and when she sat down she lowered herself as if sitting on a pile of rocks. This initial evaluation informed me of the challenge ahead. The intake form confirmed it, “How long since your last healthy bowel movement?”

“I’ve had unrelenting diarrhea for the last year. It has left me weak and exhausted. The urgent need to relieve myself has interfered with my ability to work. Leaving my station at a moment’s notice is unacceptable.”

The form read RN for occupation, “I see that you’re a nurse. Have you tried Western medicine?”

“I am a nurse and my boyfriend practices alternative healing. It’s not an infection and I’ve visited many natural healers. Nutrition and herbs have not helped me and I don’t want to use drugs to mask the symptoms, but sometimes I use them for temporary relief.”

I asked the usual questions to fill out her chart notes. As I pressed her acupoints to check on the condition of her energy system, a thought came to me. Her medicine would be the oldest formula for difficult problems mentioned in an ancient Chinese classic.

Remembering this recipe does not appeal to some people, I said, “Tell me, for the next six weeks, what are you willing to try no matter how difficult or unappealing it sounds?”

“I will try anything natural that causes no harm.”

“The medicine is something you cook up yourself with common ingredients found in the supermarket. For the next few months I want you to cook these foods for eight hours in ten cups of water and eat the soupy medicine for breakfast and avoid the foods on this list.”

She looked at the list of ingredients for the medicinal soup, “Doesn’t over cooking destroy nutrients?

“No” I replied, “with time, different nutrients are released. Chinese medicinal herbs are cooked for hours.”

“It doesn’t sound very appealing, but I will try it.”

The next week she came in with a fire in her eyes that had been absent the week before. She reported her bowel movements had started to firm up, “Though the porridge didn’t taste good to me, within minutes of eating the first bowl, I felt good inside, better than I have felt in the last year. It feels so good eating the medicinal soup. I don’t want to eat anything else! Is it okay to eat it exclusively?”

“Yes, that’s okay. I’m sure once your internal organs are healthy, your appetite for other foods will return, but be careful with the list of foods I advised you to avoid.”

During her acupressure treatment, the acupoints that report on the internal organs were still sensitive, but I detected an overall energy improvement.

In the following weeks, her bowel movements became easy, painless, and solid; her symptoms of fatigue and soreness faded with each day. Now that going to the bathroom ceased to be urgent, she returned to work with pleasure.

Some of the most difficult health problems can be cured with ancient medicine.

This soupy ancient medicine is also the most popular breakfast in the world. The Chinese call it congee, but it has many names in Asian cultures. Chinese herbalists do not consider it to be like ordinary cooked rice. Extended cooking changes it into something entirely different. Try congee for colon problems:

Raisin-cinnamon Medicinal Rice

1/3 cup rice
3 cups water
1/3 cup raisins
2-3 sticks cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon sea salt

Directions: Place all ingredients in a crock-pot or a slow cooker. Cook on high for one hour and then lower the heat setting. (The high setting can cause the liquid to evaporate.) Cook 6 – 10 hours. It should be like porridge. Don’t ever stir while cooking. After it is cooked, gently stir for consistency. Patients report it is delicious for a breakfast, snack or dessert.

Chinese herbal medicine is the oldest continuously practiced medical science in the world.

Pain’s Healing Secret

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