Acupuncture and acupressure or Shiatsu

 

Chinese medicine is more than 2000 years old. Based on ancient tradition, it has continually renewed itself. The oldest text is Nei Jing, compiled between 300BC and 100 BC by unknown authors, is known as the Bible on Chinese Medicine. Written in archaic language, it is often unclear.  Without the commentaries of later eras, it would be unintelligible. Contemporary interpretations and clarifications, based on Qing dynasty (1644-1911) texts are used today. Out of a complex medical system, only the bare essentials of acupuncture technique have reached the West. Still it remains strong and effective medicine.

The concept of Yin and Yang remains central to Chinese thought. In each person are signs which represent health when balanced, and the physicians job is to restore balance. Meridians are channels or pathways that carry chi and blood through the body. Because the meridian system unifies all parts of the body, it is essential for the maintenance of harmonious balance.

There are 14 major meridians which correspond to the 5 Yin and 6 Yang Organs and to the Pericardium which is considered an independent organ. Disharmonies in an organ may manifest themselves in the corresponding meridian. The goal of all treatment in Chinese medicine  is to rebalance those aspects of Yin and Yang whose harmonious proportion and movement have become disordered.

Shiatsu is a traditional Japanese technique, thousands of years old, involving finger pressure applied to the feet and palms of the hands to bring the vital chi energy into harmony. This ancient therapy might help to prevent illnesses and to relieve pains. It can be done as a do-it-yourself technique, or by a professional shiatsu therapist.

  • In shiatsu, presure is applied on some of the body’s 354 acupressure points for short periods, as a treatment working on the meridians of the body to put our chi or life energy into balance. The technique is based on the principle that physical and mental health are related to the energy that flows through channels or “meridians” along the body, connecting the internal organs to our emotions. Acupressure points are located along these channels. The pressure applied can give effective relief to backaches caused by tension and muscular cramps. As with any other medicine or remedy, especially if you have chronic or intense pains, you should consult a physician to find out if these alternatives are right for you.

Read more: http://www.faqs.org/oc/Overcoming-Backache/Relieving-shiatsu.html#ixzz3Ij4KSQMT

The latest research on Meridians is that they carry light within the body and with the new energies coming in as light information, they can be seen as out connection to the universe.

“Bonghan channels are also being compared to fiber-optic channels in the body. These channels may be able to carry an extremely high density of information far beyond the limited, one-way signals of the nervous system or the diffusive information carried by hormones in the blood stream. A 2004 paper describes how biophotons, produced by animal tissues, may be emitted by DNA molecules to produce a laser-like coherent light capable of carrying an enormous volume of information through the Bonghan channels. The idea that acupuncture channels conduct light has already been substantiated by Russian research published as early as 1991. They found that the light-conducting ability of the human body exists only along the meridians, and can enter and exit only along the acupuncture points. This finding has been confirmed by a 1992 study in the Journal of Traditional Chinese Medicine and a 2005 study in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine where moxibustion and infrared thermography were used to trace meridian pathways.” (Acupuncture Today.com)

This is a BBC documentary on Acupuncture:

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Reiki


Reiki is a healing system developed by Mikao Usui – The Founder Of Reiki. It channels universal energy though the hands to effect changes in the body of the receiver. It is not religious, anyone can be attuned to do it. Initially it was given by a master trained by Mikao Usui and his followers. Nurses may know it as therapeutic touch, others as hands on healing. Anyone receiving reiki will notice it initially as heat. Reiki uses a number of symbols, shown in the video, which effect healing energy at a distance.

The discovery in physics of Field Concept by Michael Faraday and James Clerk Maxwell in the early 19th century helped explain how this might be possible. Each charge creates a disturbance or condition in the space around it and the other charge feels a force. So the concept of fields that create forces that interact with each other, was born. Most of us in the 20 years have begun to see ourselves as fields interacting, sending energy to others or reading each others’ thoughts. Our experience exists outside the Newtonian system.

The energy flows through the chakra system. It is important to open the chakras and increase our energy flow, the more energy that we have flowing, the healthier we will be. Illness in the system is caused by a blockage in the flow of energy which leads to disease.

Reiki06There are basically 5 symbols used in the Usui Reiki treatment technique. These symbols do not hold any special power in themselves, but the symbols were devised as teaching tools for the Reiki students to use while giving treatments or passing attunements.

1. Sei Hei Ki (The Harmony Reiki Symbol)
The symbol is intended for purification and used for cleansing, protection, emotional healing and mental healing purposes. Using Reiki for healing and cleansing, is done by the Harmony symbol. It symbolizes harmony, however this symbols will refuse to negotiate for an unfair outcome. This symbol is considered as a protective shield of armors, it gives courage to the disheartened, and helps the playing field. It is used for getting rid of addiction and expelling negative energies.

2. Cho Ku Rei (The Power Reiki Symbol)
This symbols is intended as a light switch. Its purposes are accelerated healing, increased power, manifestation and healing catalyst. The power symbol is used to increase power, and decrease the amount of power when it is used in reverse. It looks like a coil, meant to expand and retract the flow of ki energies.

3. Hon Sha Ze Sho Nen (The Connection Reiki Symbol)
This symbol intention is timelessness, and distant spiritual healing, healing karma and spiritual connection are its purposes. This symbol is best known for its extension powers, it is used when a practitioner is sending Reiki over a long distance. This symbol indicates shapeshifter, which can slip through time and space. This symbol is also called Pagoda, due to its tower like appearance.

4. Raku (The Completion Reiki Symbol)
This symbol is used for grounding, other purposes involve Kundalini healing, chakra alignment and hara connection. This symbol is solely used during the final stage of Reiki attunement process, it is intended for grounding and sealing the newly awakened Reiki energies. The symbol looks like a lightening bolt, which is drawn downwards from heaven to the earth.

5. Dai Ko Myo (The Master Reiki Symbol)
The master Reiki symbol is intended for enlightenment. Empowerment, soul healing and oneness are its purposes. This symbol represents ‘all that is Reiki’, or the ear of the Reiki. It is rarely used for any particular purpose, other than representing ‘Reiki is love and available to everyone’.

These were the 5 important Reiki symbols used for healing. These symbols intention is what the practitioner tries to focus on when using them, that helps to energize the symbol.
By Pragya T
Read more at iBuzzle: http://www.ibuzzle.com/articles/reiki-symbols-for-healing.html

Brennan, Barbara Ann,(1987) Hands of Light, a Guide to Healing through the Human Energy Field, Bantam Press

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