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Blockage Theory

A blockage in my healing system means that where the Chi or bioelectricity has a hard time passing through a nerve or meridian. We can detect it by hand with pressure or palpate with touch. Most blockages may result in pain or be uncomfortable when pressure is applied. A blockage area is an area of high resistance and physically can be knotty and lumpy. Anywhere the bio signal or Chi travels with difficulty within the body means there is a blockage.

According to the feedback system theory, each organ has its own loop for circulation and functioning. This loop consists of three basic components; a control center, receptor and effector. The control center determines the value of some aspect in the body called a controlled condition, which should be maintained. In our bodies there are hundreds of controlled conditions; heart rate, blood pressure, blood glucose level, acidity of the blood, body temperature and breathing rate. The control center receives informative signals about the status of a controlled condition from a receptor, and then determines the appropriate course of action if needed to maintain homeostasis. The receptor monitors changes in the controlled condition, and then sends the information called input to the control center. Any stress that changes a controlled condition is called a stimulus. For example a stimulus such as exercise, which increases body temperature, will cause thermal receptors to send input to a control center located in the brain. An effector will then receive a signal from the control center called the output, and produce an appropriate response of effect. In other words when you exercise your brain which is the control center signals for increased secretions by your sweat glands which are the effectors. When the sweat evaporates from the skin, then the body temperature can drop down to normal.

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An Zhen – Palpation Diagnosis

TCM has four major methods of examination to diagnose disease and use in clinical practice: inspection, auscultation and olfaction, interrogation, pulse taking and palpation. These four diagnostic methods are called Four Diagnostic Methods. Inspection diagnosis in the practice of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is the observation of the patient by the doctor. It is the collection of data regarding the spirit seen in the eyes, the body shape and color, the body of the tongue, including fur, excretion, and secretion. The doctor can then follow this information to understand the disease and condition of the patient.

The auscultation and olfaction technique involves listening to the patient’s voice to see if it is irregular, such as too strong or too weak. Listening to the respiration determines the breathing condition and ascertains if there is bronchial wheezing, shortness of breath, dyspnea, or sighing. The auscultation diagnosis also includes listening to whether the cough is heavy or light. Olfaction is a method to understand the meaning of a particular body scent or odor of a patient.

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Treatment of Parkinson’s Disease with Energy Healing

By Aimee W. De Barbieri Lic. Ac

According to the Parkinson’s disease Foundation 1 to 1.5 million Americans suffer from Parkinson’s disease, and each year approximately 40,000 more Americans are diagnosed with this illness. Parkinson’s disease is a disorder most commonly affecting people over the age of 50 and is characterized by hypokinesia, the slowing down of movements. When we consult our neuroscience textbooks we find that most patients with Parkinson’s have lost more than 80% of the dopamine-utilizing neurons in their substantia nigra. Anatomically locating this influential part of the brain becomes important as we look to clinically treat and restore function in this area.

The characteristics of Parkinson’s are related to an increased inhibition of the thalamus by the basal ganglia causing a paucity of movement, whereas decreased basal ganglia output leads to the opposite, an excess of movement. According to the neuroscience and anatomy textbooks Parkinson’s disease is considered a basal ganglia disorder due to the degeneration of neurons that extend from the substantia nigra to the basal ganglia. Our treatment focuses on this degenerated area.

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Guinea Pig Class Featured on Front Page of Local Paper

A story on our Walpole Guinea Pig Class was featured on the front page of the Walpole Times this week. In the story is one of our patient turned practioners, Kelty Kelly, who attends Cathy Greene’s weekly class held in Walpole. To read the entire article, click the following link:

Tapping into healing powers of Tong Ren

Cathy’s class is held in Walpole MA on Wednesday’s at 7:00pm at:

Ripley Greene Chiropractic Wellness Center
869 Main Street, Suite One
Walpole MA

For additional information on the Walpole class, please call 508.668.5228.

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Tong Ren Electrical Therapy

Electrical stimulation is a Western technology commonly used in physical therapy. The TENS machine uses low voltage electricity to stimulate muscles and tendons. Some small TENS are used to stop the pain from muscular injury. This tiny machine can be carried on the body. The difference between the physical therapist’s and the acupuncturist’s approach is the connection. The physical therapist uses rubber electrodes, some use the self adhesive TENS electrodes and others use the rubber electrodes with conductive gel. Both of these electrodes conduct with the skin. When the low voltage of electricity is passing through the skin from the rubber electrodes, the muscle will jump with the current of frequency from the TENS. This is electrical stimulation to the muscle. Later, the rubber electrodes add a magnet becoming rubber magnetic electrodes. This method uses electricity and the magnetic field together.

In acupuncture, using the lead wire from the TENS connects with the acupuncture needles immediately. This technique uses needle stimulation and electrical stimulation at the same time. It is much stronger then using the rubber electrodes and has more of a healing effect. Most patients believe in the TENS from physical therapy but not acupuncture, even though they use the same machine. That is from their educational background not their common sense. In modern acupuncture many acupuncturists like to use this method. Especially for treatment of muscle tightness and tendon problems, this technique can release tension.

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Pi Gu Fasting

Pi Gu is the ancient Chinese way of fasting. According to TCM history, it is a Taoist practice used for the attainment of immortality. When people practice Chi Gong they can go into the Pi Gu condition. In this training, this condition can result in people not needing to eat for extended periods without being hungry while also having increased energy.

Pi Gu translates from Chinese as “stop eating grain.” Some the English translations use “Bi Gu.” Pi and Bi in Chinese are the same written but sound different. Pi Gu in China is derived from Chi Gong practice and slowly leads to a cessation of eating. People wanting to enter the Pi Gu condition need to practice Chi Gong then go into the Pi Gu State. When people are in the true Pi Gu state, they will not feel hungry and will stop eating food. They learn to eat the Chi instead of food.

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