Dietary Dilemmas…

This time of year, at our clinic here in Vero Beach Florida, we get a lot of queries about weight loss as a New Year’s resolution.

Dietary modification can be very difficult, as is the feeling of being overweight. Many fad diets may promise instant and significant weight loss results, but most of them rely on depriving your body of certain key nutrients and disrupting the natural function of your body’s metabolism.

There are many fad diets that promise to help you lose weight in almost no time at all. After two or three weeks on the diet you find yourself losing enough to be able to brag to your family and friends about it, and you’re so optimistic that this new lifestyle will be your ticket to a smaller waistline that you start to browse the stores for new clothes.

As you continue to lose weight for another couple of weeks something unforeseen happens: you start to feel sluggish, you begin craving something that your diet absolutely forbids you to have, or the general sense of optimism begins to transform itself into a feeling of constriction, frustration, and even dietary imprisonment.

You may decide to have just one snack, or spend just one day eating whatever you want with the intention of going back to the diet the following day. What happens then is that you feel such satisfaction from that treat that the entire effort falls apart and you put the weight back on in practically no time at all.

Does this scenario sound at all familiar?

These five herbs make a harmonious blend of function and taste. From an Oriental medical point of view they are essential in keeping the body in balance because they provide nutrients people often lack, acting not only as medicine, but as also nutritional supplement.

  1. Millet: A well-balanced diet should consist of whole grains instead of refined grains like white rice and pasta, and millet is a beneficial and delicious staple of this category of food. This non-glutinous grain is over 10-percent protein, has high amounts of fiber and B-complex vitamins, and because it isn’t an acid forming food, is easy to digest.
  2. Asparagus: When losing weight, it’s important to favor chlorophyll-rich foods, including asparagus. Asparagus is a nutrient-rich vegetable packed with folate, vitamins A, C, and K, and fiber. Asparagus also contains a carbohydrate known as inulin (not to be confused with insulin) that promotes healthy bacteria in the large intestine – which in turn promotes a healthier digestive function.
  3. Pomegranates: Eating a balanced diet to lose weight should include eating fresh fruits, and pomegranates are a wonderful example of a healthy, nutritious fruit that has antioxidant properties and will help prevent cancer. While the benefits of drinking pomegranate juice have gained a lot of attention recently, you will be more likely to lose weight by eating the fruit fresh to increase your fiber intake and keep the calories down.
  4. Pine Nuts: Pine nuts are the edible seeds of pine trees and are considered an essential ingredient in the tasty Italian mixture pesto. Chinese medicine uses pine nuts to improve gastrointestinal tract and digestive functions, and pine nut oil is even used for appetite suppression. Pine nuts and other nuts are a tasty part of a well-balanced diet intended for weight loss.
  5. Green Tea: It has been found that consuming large amounts of coffee and caffeine can lead to food cravings, increase one’s appetite, and induce stress-related eating. Green tea is a wonderful alternative to coffee in that it does provide a little caffeine but also contains beneficial antioxidants. So drink up!

A healthy diet also includes lean proteins like chicken breast, legumes such as lentils, and other whole grains, fruits, and vegetables. While fad diets may promise a large amount of weight loss in a short period of time, there’s almost a guarantee that you will put that weight back on-and then some!

Eat five smaller meals a day, avoid processed foods, chew more slowly, and incorporate more healthy foods into your diet-starting with these five.

Yours in good health

Robert & Cindy Kienitz

www.atlantic-acupuncture.com

772-217-0990

Mindful Eating…

Several years ago, before Cindy and I relocated to Vero Beach FL, we conducted a series of Weight Management workshops in conjunction with the University of North Carolina, Wilmington. The workshops were eight weeks long and the participants received acupuncture and psychological counseling as well as training in Qigong, walking therapy, Chinese dietary therapy, cooking classes and classes in mindful eating. At the end of one of the workshops one of our participants had this to say.

“When I faced my own obesity several years ago, I knew I had to do something that would really look at the prime cause of my weight problem. Instead of turning to the old diet answers (“the light is better here”), I asked myself HOW I was eating my food. And I was horrified at my answers to this question.

I considered food as a throwaway commodity, something to get through to get on with the next thing in life. I gulped, shoveled and barely chewed food. I overate at every meal and I had no thoughts about the origins, effort or sacrifice that went into each bite.

For me, the results of this workshop were nothing short of amazing. I began to slow down as I ate, genuinely appreciating my food. I had a new respect for food, its origins and the efforts behind its production. I began to tune in to my own body and my own hunger and to learn to stop eating when my hunger was satisfied (instead of using the empty plate as a signal to stop eating or worse, get second helpings). Slowly, I began to recapture control over my eating and make choices about when to stop.

All of this had a profound effect on my weight. Slowly, two to four pounds a week disappeared. It was as if my body was saying to me, “You finally got it right.” And through it all, it hadn’t been so much that I changed WHAT I was eating it was a change in HOW I was eating. “

 If we disconnect mind from stomach, the mind doesn’t receive signals of repletion. Normally, as the sensation of taste, smell and food texture reach the brain, they contribute to our feeling of satiation. But, when the mind is disconnected and disenfranchised, it’s difficult to feel satiated.

There are two distinct types of overeaters: The ‘Gourmet’ and the ‘Let’s get on with it’ eaters. We need to find a healthy balance between the two.

The ‘Gourmets’ need to learn that they cannot have three, five-course-gala meals every day and the ‘Let’s get on with it’ eaters need to add more festiveness and mindfulness to meals.

10 Tips for Mindful Eating

At home, eat only at a designated place, which supposedly is your dining table. Whenever you eat, sit down. Standing, walking or driving while eating fosters the habit of mindless eating.

  1. Eat at scheduled times as often as possible, people tend to sacrifice their scheduled eating time for unscheduled activities.
  2. When you eat, let that be the only activity you do. This obviously precludes multitasking such as writing checks, reading, watching TV or talking on the phone while eating.
  3. Have rituals around your meals, such as beginning and ending meals with thanks or a moment of meditation. Meals are family-time, talking about the day’s events is a good way to reaffirm you connectedness.
  4. Mind the presentation, a little garnish goes a long way to help appreciation.
  5. Attend to the quality of your food, not the quantity.
  6. Eat slowly and chew the food at least 30 times per mouthful, learn to savor.
  7. Take the next bite only after you’ve swallowed the food that was already in your mouth.
  8. Until you develop a strong mind-stomach connection, eat with full awareness and concentration, which is, mentally registering the whole process from picking the food up, putting it into your mouth, chewing it and swallowing it down.
  9. In order to develop proper control over eating, mindfulness about eating or any other behavior, you have to be totally non-judgmental. You can’t criticize, chastise and dislike yourself and still be able to observe yourself accurately. When negative emotions or any type of emotional excitement gets hold of a person, his or her faculty of self-observation is significantly compromised.

Additionally, we know from our studies of Traditional Chinese Medicine that the mind and body are connected in such  way that any mental emotional state affects the body and that  always includes the digestive system.

Bon Apatite,

Robert & Cindy Kienitz

The Three Treasures

Wisdom and treasures of the East are said to have been bestowed during this Holiday season. In addition to gold, frankincense and myrrh we offer these three treasures.

Treasure One: Eat

You have control of the food you eat and the water you drink. We are not talking about going on a diet, you already tried that and, well, we don’t need to go there. Taking control of your food is simply that, you grow it or buy it, you prepare it and you enjoy it.

Eat close to the source of your food. Fresh fruits and veggies, whole grains and organic protein sources whenever possible. Don’t give control of your food to fast food outlets and prepackaged, preprocessed pseudo foods. If you have concerns over the price of organic foods, remember that those costs are greatly offset by not purchasing the unwholesome, empty calories of fast and processed foods.

One of the other keys to controlling your food is intake. “A little bit of everything and not too much of anything” is our mantra when it comes to food. Avoid food preferences and restrictive diets that take the fun and adventure out of eating

Treasure Two: Move

Daily movement is not an exercise program, exercise programs fall under the same heading as “going on a diet.” What we are talking about is, get up and; walk, dance, skip, bike, practice Yoga, do Qigong, swim…just M-O-V-E !

Start out with small bits of time and work your way up to at least 20 minutes a day, every day for the rest of your long and healthy life. Vary what you do a few days a week especially if you get bored easily, otherwise stick to a routine and try to move at the same time of day each day, within twenty-one days moving will have become a habit.

Treasure Three:  Breath

Daily deep relaxation is not taking a nap, although that might also be a good idea on occasion. Quiet mindfulness can be meditation, receptive prayerfulness, or just sitting and breathing.

The important thing is to stop the continual dialogue your mind wants to have with you about every subject under the sun. To simply sit and focus on the breath is an excellent starting place, but going down to the beach, sitting on the sand and watching the waves with no agenda will also work wonders on your mind and spirit.

Again, you want to start with small bits of time and work your way up to twenty or thirty minutes a day, every day, for the rest of your long and healthy life.

Regardless of your constitution and general state of health the Three Treasures will enhance your life. Over time they will help to lower your blood pressure and cholesterol, regulate your blood sugars, raise your metabolism, enhance your immune system, relieve stress, help you sleep more soundly, clarify your mind and bring you into closer contact with your divine self…AND IT’S ALL FREE !

                 The Three Treasures are some of the best ways to take charge of your health and help you to realize that you are ultimately accountable for your health. This in turn allows us to help coordinate your ongoing wellness in partnership with you. This is a unique approach to wellness that asks that you be a fully engaged and fully informed participant and allows us to offer you clear lifestyle choices and true medical alternatives for the rest of your long and healthy life.

Wishing you the happiest of Holidays and a wonder-filled New Year,

Robert & Cindy Kienitz

Atlantic Acupuncture

900 20th Place

Vero Beach Florida 32960

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How to Beat the Winter Blues

Even in Vero Beach, in the middle of Florida, winter is the season when nature sleeps, and everything experiences the slowing of natural processes. Especially in our bodies, inactivity leads to an accumulation of toxins, carbon dioxide and a drop in our immune systems. People are more inclined to colds, flu, poor circulation, and lower vitality in the winter months.

To avoid the winter blues, Chinese medicines advice is: go to sleep early and wait to let the sun bathe the house before rising from bed, dress warmly, engage in physical exercise, refrain from eating cold and raw foods and reduce salt to protect the kidneys. Chinese medicine links the winter season to the kidneys, the adrenal glands, and the bladder. All winter vegetables are valuable this time of year and an increase in foods with bitter flavors, found in foods such as rhubarb and kale, and eating seasonally available foods is one of the surest ways to good health.

Positive Activities for a Positive Mood

The best way to regulate your mood is through eating a proper balanced diet and practicing a good exercise program. These are a few specific measures you can take to maintain a positive outlook all through the winter:

  1. Eat smaller meals, more frequently, and drink more liquids.
  2. Avoid dairy, alcohol, coffee, sugar, and fatty foods. Excessive spicy foods are also not recommended, but a certain amount of pungency is beneficial.
  3. Begin your day with a 20-minute brisk walk in the fresh air.
  4. Get at least 8 hours of quality sleep every night. Take a 30-minute walk 1 hour before bed, not for exercise, but to help you sleep more soundly.
  5. Movement is essential for proper metabolism and energy circulation. Consider learning and practicing some form of Tai Chi or Qigong exercises; these exercises in particular are very effective in balancing energy. However, any exercise will be beneficial in keeping your energy up and avoiding stagnation.
  6. Don’t try to do too much in one day. Over planning is an energy-depleting activity. Try making only one or two items a priority every day. This way you can build on success instead of failure.

Fire Up Your Vitality with Ginger Tea

Since ancient times, Chinese physicians have regularly consumed ginger tea to keep their vitality fired up. Not only will ginger tea give you a boost with its pungent taste; it also has many significant healing properties. Besides its popular application for digestive distress, ginger has been found to contain geraniol, which may be a potent cancer fighter. It also possesses anti-inflammatory properties that help relieve pain, prevent blood clots, and inhibit the onset of migraine headaches.

How to make fresh ginger tea:

Cut a 2-inch piece from a fresh ginger root. Thinly slice this piece. Bring 4 cups of water to boiling in a saucepan. Add the ginger and reduce heat to a simmer. Cover for about fifteen minutes. Strain the tea and serve.

We hope you will be able to integrate these strategies into your winter program. I invite you to visit often and share your own personal health and longevity tips with us.

Yours in Good Health,

Robert & Cindy Kienitz

Four Fall Foods…

As the autumn temperatures begin to drop here in Vero Beach Florida, we may notice a change in the foods our bodies crave. The desire for an ice popsicle just might be replaced by a yearning for a warm bowl of soup. In Chinese medicine consuming foods that correspond to each season is a way to create harmony and balance in the body. Fruits and vegetables contain the most concentrated nutrients and flavor when they are consumed in season. Autumn is the perfect time to try new produce that is packed with delicious phytochemicals to keep your taste buds and health in shape throughout the entire season!

Whether you enjoy apple picking or perusing through a pumpkin patch, you will fall into health with these tasty picks!

An Apple a Day Keeps the Weight Away

These shiny gems are not just for your teacher anymore! A recent USDA-funded study assigned 160 women from ages 45 to 60 to eat dried apples daily for one year. The results demonstrated a 23% drop in LDL cholesterol and lower levels of C-reactive protein and lipid hydroperoxide. The women dropped an average of three pounds, despite consuming the extra calories from the dried apples. This miracle fruit may be enjoyed raw, dried, or baked, but limit the apple pies if you want the full benefits.

Tasty Tip: Chop a crispy apple into your hot oatmeal and sprinkle with walnuts and your favorite spices for a boost of fiber and heart-healthy omega three fatty acids.

Brussels Sprouts Defend from Cancer and Disease

You may want to rethink feeding Fido your Brussels sprouts under the table! Countless studies link Brussels sprouts to cancer prevention and protection from disease. Chock full of vitamin A, C, E, and powerful antioxidants, it is time to invite these mini cabbages back to your dinner table. Their cardio protective and anti-inflammatory benefits make them a perfect fall side dish. You may also want to try a variety of cabbages for their digestive health benefits. Studies demonstrate that cabbage contains a multitude of nutrients that benefit our stomach and intestinal linings.

Delicious Dish: For a colorful meal, shred red and green cabbage together. Then add some sesame oil, lemon juice, and your favorite spices. Enjoy with baked fish for a wholesome meal packed with phytonutrients and flavor!

Root Your Way to Health

If you love to chomp on bright orange carrot sticks or savor the terrific taste of turnips, you will be happy to take advantage of the root vegetables that are staples of the fall season. Tasty tubers like sweet potatoes, yams, cassava, and taro pack a punch of potassium, fiber, beta-carotene, iron, and folic acid, supporting a healthy immune system. Baking, roasting, or adding these delicious roots to stews is a great way to enjoy these nutrient powerhouses. Make a mélange of roasted beets, turnips, rutabaga, and parsnips for a low-fat side dish that will keep your belly—and taste buds—satisfied.

Chew on This: Beets contain powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, thanks to betalains, the pigment that gives them their deep red hue. Grate raw beets into your favorite salad or steam and serve them with lemon juice and a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil for a tasty side dish.

The Perfect Pear for an Antioxidant Boost

In season through October, this juicy and sweet fruit comes in a variety of colors and textures. This fragrant fruit is a member of the rose family and is a great source of copper and vitamin C, which can help protect our bodies from free radical damage. To enjoy the full antioxidant benefits of pears, it is best to eat them ripe. How to tell if it is ripe? Check the neck! Gently press your thumb against the neck. If it yields to slight pressure, it should be ready to eat. Pears are also an excellent source of dietary fiber, which has been shown to promote colon and cardiovascular health.

Mouthwatering Meal: Add a chopped pear to a warm bowl of quinoa, sprinkle with toasted sunflower seeds, and drizzle with honey.

Yours in good health,

 

Robert Kienitz, D.Ac. DTCM

 

Atlantic Acupuncture and Island Wellness Clinics

www.atlantic-acupuncture.com

772-217-0990

The Eyes Have It…

Zheng Guang Xia is a Chinese medical category that includes Macular Degeneration and other “loss of vision with no abnormal appearance of the eye” diseases. Some of the other conditions that fall within this category are glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy and degeneration of the optic nerve.

Macular degeneration is the deterioration of the central portion of the retina, the inside back wall of the eye, that records the images we see and sends them, via the optic nerve, to the brain. The retina’s central portion, known as the macula, is responsible for focusing central vision in the eye, and it controls our ability to read, recognize faces or colors, and see objects in fine detail.

If one compares the human eye to a film camera, the macula would be the central and most sensitive area of the film. When it is in good health, the macula collects highly detailed images at the center of the field of vision and sends them through the optic nerve to the brain, which interprets them as sight.  If the cells of the macula deteriorate, images are not received correctly and the center of the focal field becomes distorted and eventually nonexistent. In the very early stages, macular degeneration does not affect vision, but later, if the disease progresses, people experience wavy or blurred vision in the center of the visual field. If the condition continues to worsen the blurred area becomes darker and larger and eventually central vision may be completely lost.

People with very advanced macular degeneration can be considered legally blind. Even so, because the rest of the retina is still working, they usually retain their peripheral vision which is not as clear as central vision but there is still some vision.

At Atlantic Acupuncture we treat macular degeneration and other visual conditions with Traditional Chinese Medicine at our Vero Beach office using both herbal medicine and acupuncture.

The Chinese medical understanding is that disharmonies of the liver and kidneys cause or exacerbate conditions like macular degeneration. We have found that herbal medicines made up of substances like celosia, chrysanthemum, gentian and prunella can be used in combination with other herbs to nourish the eye and stop the degeneration of the macula. If caught in the early stages we have been able to restore the central vision and in later stages we have been able to arrest the deterioration of the macula. These herbs and formulas that regulate the liver and kidneys harmonize and balance their functions to restore visual health.

Acupuncture is also very effective in the treatment of disharmonies of the eye. Acupuncture points with names like pupil bone hole, eye window, eye ascension, bright eyes and tear overlook all have the function or stimulating the flow of Qi and blood to the eyes, optic nerve and brain. Scientific studies in China and other Asian countries focusing on these acupuncture points have verified that they do indeed increase vascular dilation and blood flow to the eyes and specifically the macula.

Although the use of Chinese medicine for degenerative eye diseases is not a quick fix, there is nothing in conventional medicine that compares to the safety and efficacy that Chinese medicine has for the treatment of degenerative eye diseases.

Yours in good health,

Robert Kienitz, DTCM

 

Happy Anniversary!

We are celebrating our first year anniversary at our Vero Beach clinic and wanted to thank all of our wonderful patients and friends for your continued support throughout the year!

Our mission statement is:

“Atlantic Acupuncture is dedicated to the health, welfare and education of you, our patients and friends. Our goal is to help you arrive at a state of optimal health in all aspects of your life… physical, mental and spiritual.”

We blend many of the goals of our mission statement by offering Acupuncture, Chinese Herbal Medicine, Qigong and over twenty years of clinical experience with nutritional and dietary counseling and sports medicine to enhance every aspect of your lives in every state of health.

We are committed to offering you our services at the lowest possible cost in order to keep your health care affordable. Our office visits and therapy sessions are kept at a flat rate of sixty dollars per session; this is our everyday cost of services not a “package deal” price.

We have also expanded our office hours to make our services more available to you. We now have Saturday appointments and are available for after hour’s care, by appointment, if needed.

In addition to offering Cindy’s weekly Qigong classes, we will continue to offer other opportunities throughout the coming year for you to explore the various aspects of traditional Chinese medicine.

Our intention is to help you be the best you can be at every stage of your long and happy life.

Yours in good health,

Cindy & Robert Kienitz

Traditional Chinese Medical Psychiatry

For the fourteen years prior to relocating to Vero Beach, Dr. Robert closely collaborated with a Ph.D. Psychologist developing and refining Dr. Robert’s approach to TCM Psychiatry. In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), it is understood that emotional and physical health are closely allied and are, in fact, wholly interdependent. Illness arising from an organic or somatic source will eventually lead to or create an emotional or psychic response, for instance, chronic pain of any type is always followed by a depressive state.

The converse is also true. Chronic depression eventually leads to a breakdown of the immune system and metabolic decline that can lead to conditions that range from an increased susceptibility to colds and flu to obesity and heart disease.

In TCM, some of the relationship, between mental emotional and physiological states can be loosely summarized as follows;

Anxiety and depression tend to damage the liver or can be the result of liver disease.

Grief and sorrow tend to injure the lungs and can be due to lung injuries like asthma and bronchitis.

Obsessive compulsive thinking and behavior tend to damage the spleen and stomach or can be the result of a dysfunctional digestive system.

Fear, fright and paranoia suppress the function of the kidneys or can be caused by repression of the kidneys and adrenal function.

Too much of any emotional condition, especially in sudden bursts, tends to injure the heart. Even a pleasurable emotion can injure the heart. A weakened heart can make every emotional fluctuation a dangerous proposition.

Since emotion in excess is potentially responsible for a wide variety of disease condition, the Taoist sages have always counseled emotional moderation. The “middle way” is one of the fundamental concepts in Taoist philosophy but is often misunderstood in the West. The middle way is not Prozac; the Taoists did not advise that we live in an emotional vacuum in order to preserve the health and harmony. The lack of emotional outlet is as potentially devastating as the any one of the emotional excesses listed above.

Diagnosis of Illness and Therapeutic Principles

 

The general TCM approach to any illness involves diagnosing and correcting the imbalance within the meridian system, the Zang fu organ network, and the vital substances. The treatment methods usually include Acupuncture, Acu-tap, Moxabustion, Herbal medicine, and Qigong exercises to restore flow and balance.
In making a Zheng or pattern diagnosis, Chinese medicine physicians pay close attention to the constellation of each patient’s emotional and physical complaints, his or her preferences (dietary, climactic), constitution (genetic and postnatal contributions), and prevailing emotional expression and coping style. The history is supplemented with Chinese medicine pulse and tongue diagnosis. Although often called the “pattern” or “syndrome,” the Zheng diagnosis is not merely a collection of symptoms, but reflects the location and stage of pathogenesis created by interaction between the stressor or pathogen and the body’s defense and regulatory systems. The diagnosis also aims to identify the global character of the conditions as either predominantly extreme or incomplete, yin or yang, hot or cold, interior or exterior.
The interaction of parasympathetic (yin) and sympathetic (yang) nervous systems can serve as a simplified example of yin-yang character in physiological processes. As a generalization, anxiety states can result from both excess of yang or deficiency of yin, but mixed excess-deficiency states are often observed. Since pattern diagnosis reflects the individual characteristics of the patient as they influence illness manifestation and progression, patients with the same Western diagnosis may present with different patterns. Likewise, patients with different Western diagnoses may present with the same pattern.
Once Dr. Robert makes a diagnosis, he will typically use acupuncture and herbal medicine together. As the treatment is applied, the practitioner monitors the changing manifestations of a pattern to assess success of the treatment and to adjust the strategy if needed. Herbal medicine, acupuncture and Qigong are used according to a two-level treatment approach: (1) to relieve the acute physical and psychological symptoms (e.g., insomnia, heart palpitations, acute anxiety, or gastrointestinal distress); and (2) to correct the patient’s unique underlying disharmony that has led to the somatic and psychological symptoms.

Joy, anger, anxiety, obsession, sorrow, fear and fright are the seven affects which are natural human responses to the environment. Chinese medicine regards the seven affects as capable of influencing the functions of the bowel and visceral organs. This is called, “internal damage by the seven affects,” or simply, affect damage.

Especially vulnerable is the free coursing function of the liver. Impairment of free coursing can lead not only to disturbance of qi dynamic, secretion, and discharge of bile but also to emotional disturbances such as depression, rashness impatience and irascibility.

The organs and channels are potentially damaged by excessive emotions but it is not a TCM concept that the emotions are stored or generated in or by organs. Further, these normal responses to the environment only become pathological when they are unrelieved. For this reason, when someone has suffered from emotional problems for a long time, there are often signs of heat, which may be in the liver, heart, lungs or kidneys.

In the seventy-seventh chapter of the Nei Jing Su Wen on “the Five Failings of Physicians” it is stated, “The fourth failing occurs in counseling. When a physician lacks compassion and sincerity, when a physician is hasty in counseling and does not make the effort to guide the mind and mood of the patient in a positive way, that physician has robbed the opportunity to achieve a cure. So much of an illness begins in the mind and the ability to persuade the patient to change the course of perception and feeling to aid in the healing process is the requirement of a good physician.” This is, in fact, the basis for TCM “dialogue therapy” which generally is initiated during the inquiry stage. Also, modern TCM, as it is taught in many schools in China, now incorporates both psychoanalytic and behavioral therapies.

Whether the table before me is real or illusory and whether it is only an idea in my mind or is occupying objective space was never seriously considered by Chinese philosophers. No such epistemological problems are to be found in Chinese philosophy (save in Buddhism which is from India, not China), since epistemological problems arise only when demarcation between subject and object is emphasized. And in the aesthetic continuum of Taoist, Confucian and other schools of Chinese philosophy, there is no such demarcation. In it these schools the knower and the known are one. This also explains why the language used in Chinese philosophy is suggestive and rather than articulate, because it does not represent concepts through deductive but rather abductive reasoning.

The philosopher only tells us what he sees and because of this, what he tells is rich in content through terse wording. This is the reason why his words are suggestive rather than precise.

Jade Dragon Tai Chi and Qigong…

Here on the Treasure Coast of Florida, in beautiful Vero Beach we are blessed with a number of practitioners and teachers of Qigong and Tai Chi Chuan.

This is regrettably not the case in every community and I am frequently asked by nonresident clients about how they too can enjoy the benefits of Chinese Internal Arts if there are no teachers nearby.

The first thing that comes to most people is to go online and find instruction on You Tube or other internet resources but there are some inherent problems with learning Qigong in this way.

The nature of Qigong in general is to raise the Yang Qi. Yang Qi is the motive or metabolic aspects of one’s “bio-energy”. Yang Qi is brought up in the body either by increasing the actual amount of Yang Qi with herbal medicines or by guiding Qi from the lower part of the body to the upper part.

This can lead to an overabundance of Yang Qi and the problem with an overabundance of Yang in the body is that Yang Qi is hot in nature and an excess of heat in the body can lead to headaches, dizziness, high blood pressure and a propensity to anger and aggression. This is especially problematic with the continued use of martial Qigongs.

A drawback to Qigong as a vehicle to spiritual cultivation is similar, the novice tends to become so enamored of the art that too much time is spent in practice and again an overabundance of Yang Qi causes the same excess heat symptoms of headache, dizziness and visual distortion.

The other problem with this type of practice is that it usually demands strict control of the breath. Whenever the natural breathing pattern is changed, the body’s entire physiology and psychology changes. Unless those changes are monitored closely by someone experienced in what changes can and should be expected and unless that person is able to intervene if the changes become pathological, there is the very real potential for permanent mental and physical damage.

The aforementioned problems can be greatly reduced or eliminated if the student is under the expert and watchful eye of a very experienced teacher.

Jade Dragon is the one system of Qi Going that I, as a physician and practitioner, can endorse for just about anybody regardless of his or her medical model. The system is so balanced that in the decades that I have been prescribing it to patients, I have never once had any negative feedback associated with it. It is also so easy to learn, that it is one of the few Qi Gong systems that can be taught via DVD. One to one instruction is best, and that goes for the Jade Dragon Qi Gong as well. But, the Jade Dragon DVD was developed by a doctor for his patients, and as such is quite unique in the realm Qi Gong DVD instruction.

The same is true of Jade Dragon Tai Chi, another component of the Jade Dragon family of internal martial arts. Both the Tai Chi and Qigong forms are available on the same DVD and were written and produced by myself. I make myself available for questions and critiques of your form via email or video and have had wide success with this manner of teaching.

The DVD and written manual are available for $40.00 which includes shipping and handling. I highly urge you to take advantage of this beautiful Qigong and Tai Chi system and I look forward to assisting in your learning experience.

 

Yours in Health,

Robert Kienitz, DTCM

With Offices Everywhere…

Although our physical office is located in Vero Beach Florida, we have many nonresident patients who rely on our services in a variety of ways.

People from as far away as California to the west and Europe to the east, take advantage of our superb diagnostic skills, dietary information and medical prescriptions.

Diagnosis in Traditional Chinese Medicine is based on the “four examinations”, these are; inquiry, looking, listening/smelling and touching. Of these, the last three were developed during a period of history when the majority of the population was medically illiterate and had difficulty understanding the signs and symptoms of disease or articulating that information to medical professionals.

Today, we still utilize the arts of looking, listening/smelling and touching but because modern people are medically literate (often more so than some of their healthcare providers), we are able to do most of our diagnostics through inquiry, that is, question and answer.

Dietary therapy at its simplest is to “eat a little bit of everything and not too much of anything” with the emphasis on “a little bit and not too much”.

For individuals with a particular physical complaint, we can prescribe foods that will enhance the healing process, retard the development of disease and regulate the digestive and immune system functions. We generally advise adding or omitting certain foods and keep to commonly available foods instead of prescribing esoteric and hard to find items like “Mongolian fish lips” or “fermented hens teeth”.

The majority of complaints that people have that are not musculoskeletal in nature (and even some of those), are remedied with prescription herbal medicines. Once we have arrived at a diagnosis, we can have the proper herbal medicine delivered to your door within one to three days. The nature of Traditional Chinese Medicine is that as people get healthier, their herbal medicine changes. We are able to make those changes seamlessly and continue uninterrupted herbal therapy as you progress to optimum health.

We look forward to your contacting us via email or phone and allowing us to help bring you to your highest and best.

Yours in good health,

Robert Kienitz, DTCM

772-217-0990       info@atlantic-acupuncture.com