Qi is the universal energy in all living things. Gong is what we achieve with steady practice. Qigong is most commonly known as a wellness exercise. But at Mind Heart Healing, it is the core of our work. Without the practice and discipline of Qigong, there is no understanding of this vital force, and the source of true healing. Qi is what runs through acupuncture meridians, and what is moved in any bodywork. Qi is what we receive from herbal medicine, and how nature replenishes us.
Acupuncture & Acupressure
Using thin, disposable, sterile needles, acupuncture taps into our body’s energetic pathways called meridians. Practiced for thousands of years in China and now around the world, acupuncture is a safe, alternative way to treat chronic and acute conditions. At Mind Heart Healing, needle technique is important. If one understands how to elicit the body's Qi, a gentle hand is just as effective as strong stimulation. Our practitioner listens to the body and feels the natural ebbs and flows of the meridians. A non-force approach is inline with the Taoist practice of Wu Wei, and the foundation of Chinese Medicine.
Acupressure replaces needles with manual hand pressure on points along the meridian. Acupressure works well on sensitive areas and is highly effective for children. It is also a good skill to know for self care.
Some common conditions treated by acupuncture:
- Immune Support
- Menopause Symptoms
- Low-back Pain
- Irregular Menses
- Digestive Disorders
- Whole-body Detox
- Respiratory Support
- Cancer Support
Essential Oils & Herbal Medicine
Plant medicine has been practiced throughout the world by all the ancient civilizations, and is a healing modality that is older than acupuncture. Essential oils can help treat physical conditions, but its real power is its ability to heal the Spirit. Negative emotions can thwart our body's ability to heal, and in some cases be the cause of specific symptoms. Anxiety, depression, grief, trauma, and even addiction are modern terms used to describe what ancient healers knew were really maladies of the Spirit. When plants are distilled, the process captures its energetic or essence of its spirit into a pure oil. When the appropriate oil is applied onto specific areas of the body, it can help with calming, releasing, or healing negative emotions.
Chinese herbal medicine comes from East Asian indigenous plants. But there are many similar and unique herbs in Europe and the Americas. Used for centuries, and refined by Master herbalists both modern and ancient, an herbal formula comprised of several plants, and organized in a Confucius hierarchy, can be used to treat specific and broad ailments. Each plant element has its purpose, and is organized by its temperature, color, taste, and affinity to the whole or part of a body system. Chinese herbs come in extracts, tinctures, pills, and when necessary a raw, custom blend may be required.
Need we say more about how important proper nutrition derived from real food is to one's health? Heavily processed food is dead matter that cannot nourish our vital force. Eating with the seasons, and relying more on specific energetic properties of foods is the first defense against disease. Dietary changes are common, and once the body is nourished, cravings fall to the wayside, metabolic diseases disappear, and our improved energy and skin tone are signs of better health.
When a condition is chronic, diet and lifestyle changes may not be enough. A prescription of nutritional supplements and herbal remedies may be necessary to help patients with additional healing support. We rely on natural, non-synthetic remedies which may include materials derived from plants, minerals, and selective animal sources.
Some of the earliest mentions of essential oil use can be found in the bible. The use of frankincense and myrrh was brought from the East for Mary after the birth of Christ. Frankincense, also a Chinese herb named Ru Xiang is used to invigorate blood, reduce swelling, and heal flesh. A wonderful herb for a mother after childbirth.
Doctor Max Gerson (1881-1959) mostly treated cancer patients that were sent home to die. He put his terminally ill patients on a special diet high in antioxidants to help fight their disease. Many of his patients were weakened by the effects of conventional cancer treatments, and the only intervention was food. Dr. Gerson used a combination of raw juice, liver, and coffee enemas to nourish and detox the body. More about Dr. Gerson can be found HERE.
Chi Nei Tsang
"Developed by the White Cloud Taoist Monks in ancient China, Chi Nei Tsang is a holistic approach to the healing touch modality. It integrates the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual aspects of our being." ~Giles Marin
Chi Nei Tsang is more than a simple belly massage. It is a school of energetic training using a form of applied Qigong. The term Chi Nei Tsang means: "working the energy of the internal organs." Chi Nei Tsang is a deep, gentle massage using pressure to release congestion or constriction of tissue or fascia that surround and affect the primary organs. Negative emotions, stress, physical trauma, and surgery are often the catalyst to these entangled tissues. The resulting symptoms can lead to pain that radiates to the extremities or low back, shallow breathing that induces more stress, and even conditions like infertility.