Chinese Incense, Natural Incense Aromatherapy

Chinese IncenseChinese Incense has played an integral part in Chinese life, the importance of  incense culture in China is well documented and even today incense plays an important role in day to day life,  incense is indispensable when preforming rituals, celebrations or ancestor worship,

As well as its uses in rituals incense has evolved over the last 5,000 years to become an important part of Chinese Remedies, with quality natural incense is being used in Chinese Herbal Medicine… as incense aromatherapy.

Aromatherapy Incense used in Chinese medicine is a combination of herbs, rare aromatic woods and resins these are carefully blended together to create an aromatherapy incense that is most often  used to balance your mind and body, the exotic scents  lifting your spirit to a higher level – reducing stress…

This premium incense used in Chinese Medicine is made from a mixture of natural ingredients carefully selected from the same traditional sources Chinese Herbalists have used for centuries, the natural ingredients are chosen for their purity and healing properties.

In ancient times only Emperors and Royalty had access to this premium incense as many ingredients like Frankincense and Myrrh were once valued more highly than gold,  even today Alosewood another  popular ingredient in Chinese Incense and also used  Chinese Herbal Medicines is  highly sought after, because of this popularity Alosewood in all its forms carries a very  high price tag.   If  it is top quality.

Most quality Alosewood originates from Vietnam or Indonesia as well as various other South-East Asian countries, Due to the high cost of Alosewood and the profits to be made, a few countries are attempting to commercially and sustainably grow the varieties of Hardwood Tree that are needed to create Alosewood,  there aim of course is to produce  Alosewood on demand for commercial reasons, but it will also if successful ensure an on-going sustainable supply of Alosewood for Chinese Medicines and Aromatherapy Incense.

Today quality natural Chinese Incense is not common out side of China, but it is becoming quite easy to buy premium  Online Incense once you know what to search for and are familiar with the ingredients that should be in all quality natural Chinese Remedies Incense and of course what ingredients such as artificial scents and colouring  that should not be used in making premium incense.

Chinese Incense Ingredients :

  • Alosewood or Agarwood
  • Sandalwood
  • Frankincense
  • Cloves
  • Musk
  • Benzoin Resin
  • Spikenard

All these ingredients are chemical free and non toxic, combined these ingredients create an exotic naturally scented aromatherapy incense. Chinese Incense of this quality is healthy and safe to use, an incense that will reduce your stress levels as it relaxes and balances both mind and body.

 

Chinese Remedies Using Food Therapy

Food Therapy

Healing Foods.

In ancient China, the Chinese people had to take  full responsibility for their own health care using traditional Chinese medicine. There were no laws or regulations dictating that the government was responsible for the nation’s health care for a very long time. In due course, utilizing healing foods gave rise to the development of holistic health practices in the form of food therapy, and these practices were used by citizens belonging to all economic classes.

Food Therapy.

The Chinese have always held a strong reverence for nature and frequently turned to natural resources for disease prevention, natural healing  and pain relief. Food was one particular aspect of nature that the Chinese people came to depend on for their therapeutic practices. In fact, food therapy was not even considered to be a medical art for many years; it served as a core aspect to daily wellness in Chinese living. Since these ancient times, however, food that cures has developed a far more pivotal role in people’s lives both in the West and in China.

Superfoods.

Food therapy using superfoods is not only about eating healthy, it is a form of natural medicine using good nutrition to boost your all your body’s system’s it has a positive effect on your hormonal system, cardiovascular, circularity, digestive and immune system, creating a natural balance that allows your body to heal its self and prevents many diseases from occurring in the first place.

Superfoods List :

10 superfoods easily found in your local supermarket …

1) green tea.

2) brown rice.

3) bananas.

4) salmon.

5) spinach.

6) avocado.

7) spirulina.

8 – turkey.

9) oats.

10) walnuts.

In Chinese medicine today, food is viewed as much more than something we consume to acquire energy. Food cures a variety of mental and physical imbalances in Chinese doctrines. It is only quite recent that the Western world “discovered” the validity of these food therapy practices and began putting them into good effect.

Holistic medicine has been gaining more momentum in the world of Western medicine, especially in the past twenty years. While most people have a basic understanding of what holistic health is, many are completely unaware of food therapy.

Food Cures.

Food therapy, in essence, means just what it sounds like: it integrates the use of healing foods that cure in order to bring about some form of physical relief or healing in the patient that is being administered to.

Some of the most commonly used food sources include herbs, meat proteins and minerals like fossilized bones. The food cures can cure many illnesses ranging from skin conditions like acne and premature aging, mild discomfort from headaches, and menstrual cramps of women, to kidney stones and even cancer. Whatever the source of the problem may be,

Chinese medicine fully adheres to the conviction that food cures what ails you. There are no extreme side effects resulting from the implementation of food therapy, and it works.

Chinese Remedies Using Moxibustion

Traditional Chinese Medicine

What is “moxibustion” . if Chinese medicine is new to you, it is unlikely that you have heard the term, much less understand what it means.

The idea of using moxibustion therapy may confuse you even  more.

This article will delve into the concept of moxibustion therapy and help you to acquire a basic understanding of what it is and how it works and why you would use it.

To start off, what exactly does the word moxibustion mean? Moxibustion itself denotes the use of something called moxa wool, which serves as a cautery agent on the skin by igniting it. Now we will take things a step further here.

What is moxibustion therapy, and what kind of situations is it generally used for.

Moxibustion Therapy

Moxibustion therapy is a therapeutic approach that is considered to fall under the category of holistic treatments. Moxibustion therapy involves the direct application of heat to various points of the body that are in need of remedial attention.

The source of this external heat comes out of the moxa wool when the practitioner rolls it out and around on the patient’s skin surface.

Chinese method is used in conjunction to ancient scientific practices that have been used for thousands of years in the diagnosis and treatment of illness. In the process of rolling out this moxa, the heat that is generated will cause the body to react in such a way that it inhibits or eliminates the presence of disease.

Using Moxibustion therapy on a regular basis over an extended period of time has been proven to truly make a difference in the health of many patients.

Moxibustion Acupuncture

Moxibustion acupuncture is an extended form of basic acupuncture that utilizes what is primarily referred to as Yang energy (the core masculine property, aka “Heat”).

The process of moxibustion therapy is intentionally used to treat and cure common colds.

This form of holistic treatment is not recommended to those who have been diagnosed with a prominent presence of Heat in the body. Moxibustion therapy has always been considered to be a completely safe form of treatment over the centuries.

There are many uses for acupuncture including acupuncture for weight loss or acupuncture to quit smoking.

Traditional Chinese Medicine

Chinese Herbal Medicine

Traditional Chinese medicine is an incredibly fascinating subject, it is based on common sense practical theory and is largely a preventative medicine that has stood the test of time… though  for people in the West Chinese medicine is often cloaked in mystery and mythology and has suffered badly from over hyped claims of its effectiveness

This has on occasion led to unrealistic expectations from people desperate for a cure or quick fix to their own entrenched health problems, we as patients often fail to take into account that Chinese Medicine  is largely a practical holistic form of natural health care that requires time to be effective and to re-establish a balance in your bodies systems,  plus long term active participation by the patient is needed to gain full benefit from each form of Traditional Chinese Medicine.

Chinese Medicine is not a quick fix, it is a slow but steady process of energy adjustment.

Some of the most commonly recognized areas of traditional Chinese Medicine include… Tui Na Massage, Chinese herbal medicine, Acupuncture or Cupping (acupuncture dates back to the Shang Dynasty) Aromatherapy Incense and Food Therapy.

Chinese Herbal Medicine

All of these practices tie into a single common model for ancient Chinese Herbal Medicine, and that model is the natural balancing your bodies systems which includes balancing the energies of Yin and Yang so they work in harmony. When your bodies systems are in balance you have a far greater resistance or immunity to disease and illness.  This concept is also known through other names, such as Qigong and taijiquan or the “Five Elements”.

However, all of these terms define the same common law of balanced living.

Traditional Chinese Medicine was only very recently documented into a universal system; this  occurred just 70 years ago under the direct jurisdiction of the People’s Republic of China.

Ancient Chinese Medicine

This form of ancient Chinese medicine provides a name and purpose for every organ of the human body, as well as channels or meridians  along which the energies flow and nourish our internal organs, when this flow of energy is disrupted or blocked we become tired and sick. Every aspect to traditional Chinese medicine is centered upon the balance of these energies in the body and how to retain them or re-establish them when balance is lost. It is said that imbalance of either the Yin or Yang energies are revealed directly through the type of  illnesses in the body and how it is affecting specific organs

Curing these illnesses is accomplished by way of thorough assessment and diagnosis by a certified practitioner. This process involves the practitioner and patient discussing all perceived health issues. Once the practitioner has pinpointed the source of an individual’s problem (which can be anything like acne, a minor headache, cancer or even mental disorder), then the patient can move forward to the process of treating their condition.

Traditional Chinese Medicine

In China, traditional medicine has been in practice for thousands of years. In fact, the Chinese consider it to be more than just offering a cure for illness. Ancient Chinese medicine is regarded as a way of life, a form of balanced healthy living.

Traditional Chinese medicine offers its own holistic solutions in all areas of life, including aspects to the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual bodies. At its core, traditional Chinese medicine is made up of various cultural and philosophical beliefs that mostly abstain from scientific measure or models.

In some cases this has lead to credibility problems among western doctors who due to their upbringing and training expect every treatment to be scientifically proven and measured in an explainable way. they make no allowances for the fact it s not always possible or necessary to measure every result… if the positive results have been proven over time…

On a recent trip to China I consulted with a Chinese Doctor regarding a recurring neck problem, after showing me what I had to do to improve and eventually cure the problem … His parting words of wisdom were ” there are three simple key ingredients for good health”

  1. Good Sleep, sleep on your side with the lower leg straight and upper leg pulled up towards your chest, this ensures your spin is supported and allows your muscles to totally relax as you sleep.
  2. Good Diet, a low protein diet is best.
  3. Exercise, Tai Chi or Yoga they both improve posture plus  muscle and breath fitness

Sounds so simple and realistic it is almost certain to work… Putting sound advice like his into practice in the busy world we live in is often is our number one handicap to maintaining good health!

So instead of taking responsibly for our own decisions and health care many of us  go in search of unrealistic  quick fixes in the form of pharmaceuticals, which often create more problems, It should be noted that Chinese medicine takes time to work and for some it entails a dramatic change of lifestyle and diet, but once in place Chinese medicine is a reliable and well researched form preventative health care.

Chinese Herbal Medicine In Modern Society

Traditional Chinese Medicine

Chinese Herbal Medicine :

Though originating from China.  Chinese herbal medicine is  in common use throughout East Asia.

With each  country developing their own version as they utilize locally sourced herbs and adapt the  herbal remedies to their own cultural sensitivities.

The use of Traditional Chinese Herbal Medicine to treat a variety of medical conditions has been researched and documented for many centuries both in Asia and western countries where acceptance is growing.

Most  Chinese herbal medicine alternatives are of course  predicated on the use of herbs but some Chinese remedies are made with a combination of herbs and animal parts.

Herbs are used in various combinations tailored to treat individual patient symptoms.

Generally a qualified acupuncturist / herbalist will design  Chinese herbal remedies that utilizes at least  one or two main ingredients but it can be up to five ingredients that target your specific ailment.

One ingredient would be used to remove harmful toxins, while the other ingredients acts as a stimulant to provide necessary nutrients and minerals.

The aim of the  Chinese herbalist is to restore the  natural balance within your system, improving our immunity and resistance to illness.

Traditional Chinese Herbal Medicines – consist of :

  • herbal medicine
  • acupuncture
  • food therapy
  • massage
  • qi gong
  • tai chi
  • cupping
  • tui na
  • fengshui

Chinese Herbal Medicines v’s Western Medicine :

Traditional Chinese  medicine is used in a very different manner or philosophy than most Western medications.

While Western medications are based entirely on science resulting in pharmaceuticals designed to treat your symptoms.

Chinese herbal medicine in most cases are used to promote a healthier immune system.

The aim is  to prevent diseases from developing  in the first place, Chinese herbal medicine offers you a more Holistic preventive approach to  your health care.

Traditional Chinese  medicine promotes the use of several different natural ingredients often these are boiled together for several hours  to create an easily digested herbal tea.

Whereas Western medicines heavily rely on one specific ingredient to treat symptoms – even though these treatments are often effective the benefits can be over shadowed by side effects.

Chinese herbal medicine makes use of many different parts of the herb itself, such as roots, flowers, stems and leaves in various combinations – with very few if any side effects, though the benefits from natural remedies will take longer to take effect.

In China Traditional Medicine is often seamlessly combined with Western Medicines and both methods of treatment are often taught to Chinese  medical students.

At the end of their training Traditional Chinese doctors are qualified to prescribe pharmaceuticals and to carry out minor surgery.

This level of acceptance of both disciplines doesn’t extend to the training of Western doctors when they choose to study  Traditional Chinese Medicine as well as western medicine…

Chinese Herbal Medicine – Application:

Chinese herbal medicine can be produced in a number of ways.

Raw herbs can be crushed for use in powders and ointments, they can be boiled to be used a variety of  herbal teas or tinctures, and can be used as a salve or plaster to be applied directly to your skin for deep tissue pain relief or treatment of open wounds.

Traditional Chinese herbal medicine is based on the belief that the human body needs to be in balance to remain fit and  healthy the balance is affected by opposing forces known as yin and yang, which simply put relates to the body’s internal temperature.

By employing various Chinese remedies including the  use of herbs, Chinese herbal medicine is able to maintain the body’s temperature balance and in turn our builds our resistance to disease.

Chinese Herbal Remedies :

Tastes of herbs are used in Traditional Chinese herbal medicine to identify their properties and uses.

The five different tastes :

  • salty
  • bitter
  • sour
  • sweet
  • pungent

all these tastes have a unique set of characteristics that can be used to revitalize the body’s energy levels.

- A bitter smelling herb can be used to increase bowel functions.

- Pungent herbs can be used to increase overall blood flow.

- Sweet tasting herbs can be used to better bring bodily functions into harmony.

Traditional Chinese Medicine :

More and more people are taking control of their own health care and turning to alternative remedies  like Chinese medicinal herbs as they have grown cynical and weary of Modern Medicine due in part to its almost total reliance on Pharmaceuticals.

Chinese Herbal Medicine as an Alternative ?

Chinese Herbal Medicine when used with common sense and care with the guidance of a supportive Family Doctor or Chinese Herbalist can be a very effective form of health care…

Where necessary you should combine the diagnosis techniques of modern medicine (x rays, blood tests… etc) with treatments alternative medicine (use Traditional Chinese Medicine to treat any illness when possible)

This combination of both disciplines – can ensure a high level of  natural  health care we should all strive for…

Chinese Medicinal Herbs To Promote Good Health

Traditional Chinese Medicine

Chinese Medicinal Herbs :

Chinese medicinal herbs have been used in Traditional Chinese Medicine for  centuries  providing effective treatment for a multitude of  medical conditions.

Though western Doctors continue to look upon Chinese herbs as alternative  medicine – many of today’s  Modern Western Treatments are based on  Chinese medicinal herbs.

China  employed the use of Traditional Chinese Medicine as part of the national health-care system in the 1950s.

Traditional Chinese Medicine is partly based on the use of Chinese medicinal herbs which was developed by Chinese Herbalists over hundreds of years.

China being such a large land mass enjoys an impressive range of  medicinal herbs that grow in varying climates and regions with in the country.

Many of these herbs have been collected and utilized in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) – through the years their uses have been tested, documented and logged by both ancient and modern herbalists.

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) still refer to these archives and proven ancient practices today in their modern day medical treatments.

Traditional Chinese Medicine is based on the concept that the world ( and everything in it) is essentially created and nurtured using an energy called qi or sometimes called chi.

Qi translates to energy flow, sparked by natural qualities such as air and gas.  Chinese believe that the disruption or blockage of qi is what causes health problems, so Chinese medicinal herbs are one of the methods used to balance and Restore The Energy Flow.

Chi can be disrupted by :

  • poor diet
  • lack of sleep
  • bereavement
  • working to excess
  • stress
  • excess alcohol or drugs
  • extreme exercise
  • no exercise

A balanced lifestyle and healthy diet will help to maintain your internal energy or chi and ensuring good health.

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is also based on the premise that each individual body is a universe all unto itself.

When our bodies internal balance is interrupted by external factors such as  listed above intervention is needed.

In Chinese medicine these conditions are described as having an excess of either… metal, wood, fire, earth and water,  resulting in an imbalance of your body’s systems.

Chinese medicinal herbs are often used in conjunction with Tui na and acupuncture or food cures to counteract the external factors and restore the body to a healthy balanced state.

Chinese medicinal herbs or a specific diet have long been considered to be the primary treatment for internal medical problems within China.

Herbs are used in combination to build the body’s defenses against external factors, and uses herbs from animal, mineral and marine sources to produce the desired effect.

While traditional Chinese medicinal herbs are still generally treated with suspicion by many Western physicians, Chinese Herbal Medicine is  widely practiced in a diverse range of countries, used by both traditional and modern medical specialists as a holistic alternative to conventional medical treatments.