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Articles: Health and Healing

Combining Eastern and Western Medicine in the Treatment of Headaches - Part 2

Catherine Kurosu, MD, LAc, October 22, 2018

Other non-pharmacologic methods of treating chronic headaches have been recommended by the American Academy of Neurology. These include relaxation training, thermal biofeedback combined with relaxation training, or cognitive-behavioral training. All of these methods strive to decrease muscle tension that may contribute to the onset of the headache. This tension is usually found in the upper back and neck. More >>

Combining Eastern and Western Medicine in the Treatment of Headaches - Part 1

Catherine Kurosu, MD, LAc, October 15, 2018

Twenty-three years ago, when Louise was pregnant for the first time, her truck was broadsided and jettisoned over an embankment. The force of the crash caused a severe neck injury and sent Louise into preterm labor. Her daughter was born eight weeks early, but grew from a sweet baby into a beautiful young woman, as though the accident had never happened. More >>

Thoughts on Eastern and Western Medicine for Optimal Health

Catherine Kurosu, MD, LAc and Aihan Kuhn, CMD, OBT, October 8, 2018

When people think of Chinese medicine, they most commonly think of acupuncture. When they think of acupuncture, they instantly think of back pain. It is true that back pain is the first ailment for which Western countries accepted Eastern solutions. However, there is a vast array of different conditions for which all components of Eastern medicine can be used. More >>

The Beauty of Simplicity

Dr. Aihan Kuhn, CMD, OBT, October 1, 2018

We live in a very complex world. Many of us are overloaded with information, technology, apps, consumer goods, foods, clothing, stuff, activities, and events. Because of this, many of us feel overwhelmed, and don’t remember how to breathe anymore. Others may even feel they need to acquire more. More >>

Tai Chi Dosage, and Making Tai Chi “Fit” into your Life

Peter Anthony Gryffin, PhD, MS, July 30, 2018

There is an amazing array of research studies supporting the benefits of tai chi and related exercises for a wide range of conditions. Metarobic theory explains how and why from a medical perspective, but there still remains the question of why some studies show conflicting results particularly in the field of cancer. More >>

Let’s Heal Depression with Qi and Dao

Dr. Aihan Kuhn, CMD, July 9, 2018

Being a holistic doctor for so many years, I have seen many patients suffering with depression. How do I help them recover from depression? It is all about Qi and Dao: balancing their energy with “Qi,” and restoring their beautiful minds with the “Dao”. More >>

Defeat the Flu with Daily Qi Practice

Dr. Aihan Kuhn, CMD, February 26, 2018

This winter, every day we hear that some people suffer from flu or even die from the flu. This has caused major fear in the public. It is a big thing that we need to address, but how to prevent it is more important. Flu shots only work for some people. Tama-Flu also only works on some people. What we need to do is to learn to prevent getting sick by strengthening our immune system with daily qi practice. "qi" is vital energy in the body; "gong" is practice to gain the skill.  More >>

The Importance of Yin and Yang in Physical Degeneration

Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming, October 10, 2017

We cannot stop our physical degeneration, but we can slow this degenerating process down by providing proper care to our body. According to Chinese qigong, to slow down our aging process, we must maintain the strength of our physical body (yang) and also learn how to increase the storage of inner energy in our qi body (yin). More >>

Brain Aging and Brain Antiaging

Dr. Aihan Kuhn, CMD, September 20, 2017

Many holistic health practitioners use their knowledge and experience with the brain, mind, and awareness to guide patients to heal themselves in their healing work. In my practice with natural healing and natural medicine, I have seen many miracles; it is as if anything is possible if you put enough effort, intent, and energy into the work. The many cases of healing from cancer are especially important examples of the power of this mind-body approach. More >>

The Way to Wise Living OR Common Sense Practice

Dr. Aihan Kuhn, CMD, July 24, 2017

Common sense means "common knowledge everyone should have." But unfortunately, many people today don't seem to have it. Why is this? We live in a dynamic world. Modern people are dynamic, and the flow of information is dynamic. We all assume we are smart and do things in a smart way. But we often lose our common sense to distraction, stress, illness or physical ailments, and emotional distress. Our focus is often on others—their successes, problems, and points of view. We often forget to pay attention to ourselves. More >>

A Healthy Diet Can Help Prevent Depression

Dr. Aihan Kuhn, CMD, July 17, 2017

A healthy diet can play an important role in preventing and healing depression. A vegetarian or partial vegetarian diet is more effective in the healing process because of the avoidance of animal products. More >>

Aihan Khun

Stress and Health

Dr. Aihan Kuhn, CMD, November 10, 2014

We live with different life styles, have different personalities, have different occupations, and come from different cultures. We are all different, but we can also be happy with who we are, what we do, how much we have, and with whom we associate with. More >>

Natural Healing for Depression

Natural Healing for Depression

Dr. Aihan Kuhn, CMD, September 23, 2014

It was heart-breaking news to hear that we lost one of our favorite entertainers, Robin Williams.  Thankfully his humor will stay with us forever. After learning how he passed, I wanted to address the danger of depression and offer some healing guidance. More >>

Qigong for Strengthening and Massaging the Internal Organs

Qigong for Strengthening and Massaging the Internal Organs

Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming, June 9, 2014

Your internal organs are the foundation of your health. Most deaths are due to the malfunction or failure of the internal organs. In order to be healthy and avoid degeneration, your organs need to have the correct amount of Qi circulating smoothly through them. More >>

Qigong for Arthritis

Qigong for Arthritis

Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming, May 19, 2014

In the United States, May is “National Arthritis Awareness Month.” There are two major types of arthritis. According to the Arthritis Foundation, osteoarthritis or degenerative arthritis, which is the most common chronic condition of the joints affecting approximately 27 million older Americans. Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a disease of the immune system and attacks the synovium (a thin membrane that lines the joints) causing inflammation and pain. (RA) affects approximately 1.5 million Americans. More >>

What are the Possible Types of Back Pain?

What are the Possible Types of Back Pain?

Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming, March 24, 2014

Back pain can be caused by an overstretching or other trauma to the back muscles and/or tendons. A tearing or inflammation of the ligaments in the spine can also cause back Pain. However, the most common and serious cause of back pain is spasm of the muscles in the lower back area brought on by spinal disease, injury or degeneration. More >>

The Standing Brocade Exercises 6, 7, and 8

The Standing Brocades Qigong: Exercises 6, 7, and 8

Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming, November 25, 2013

The kidneys, which are beneath the two major back muscles, are the residence of original jing (yuan jing). When the kidneys are healthy and strong, your original jing is retained and strengthened. Only when your kidneys are strong will they be able to generate original qi (yuan qi) and enliven your body. More >>

The Standing Brocade Exercises 4 and 5

The Standing Brocades Qigong: Exercises 4 and 5

Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming, November 18, 2013

Five weaknesses refer to illnesses of the five yin organs: heart, liver, spleen, lungs, and kidneys. The seven injuries refer to injuries caused by the seven emotions: happiness, anger, sorrow, joy, love, hate, and desire. More >>

How Do the Chinese Treat Arthritis?

How Do the Chinese Treat Arthritis?

Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming, May 13, 2013

The best way to treat arthritis is to prevent it from happening. However, if it has already occurred, then the appropriate course is to prevent it from getting any worse, and then to rebuild the strength of the joint so that it can resume functioning normally. Generally speaking, if a case of arthritis has already reached the stage of serious physical damage, special treating is needed before any rebuilding can proceed. More >>

Healing in Traditional Chinese Medicine: Acupuncture

Healing in Traditional Chinese Medicine: Acupuncture

Dr. Aihan Kuhn, CMD, December 17, 2012

Acupuncture is one of the oldest, most commonly used medical procedures in the world. It has become the biggest part of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) in the United States in the years since 1972 More >>

Outdoor Martial Arts—A Guide to Training without Sunburning

Outdoor Martial Arts—A Guide to Training without Sunburning

Susan Lynn Peterson, Ph.D., July 11, 2011

The image of martial arts students training outdoors is pervasive. From Beijing parks to the Shaolin Temple, from Hollywood and Hong Kong movies to "Kung Fu Panda," the romance of outdoor training captures our imaginations. That attractive image may have some justification. Modern psychologists speak of the outdoors as a cure for "nature deprivation disorder." More >>

The Standing Eight Brocades Qigong: Exercises 1, 2 & 3

Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming, January 17, 2011

The standing set of the Eight Pieces of Brocade Qigong is more popular than the sitting set, so there are more versions of it. You should not worry about which version is better or more accurate, because the basic principles are the same. More >>

The Sitting Eight Brocades: Exercises 1, 2 & 3

Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming, January 10, 2011

It has been nearly one thousand years since the Eight Pieces of Brocade were created. It does not matter which version you are training, the basic principles and theory are the same, and the goal is consistent. Remember that the most important thing in the training is not the forms themselves, but rather the theory and principle of each form, which constitute the root. More >>


Coughs, Colds, Breathing Problems

Susan Lynn Peterson, Ph.D., January 3, 2011

The ability to breathe freely is crucial to the practice of the martial arts. Here are some combinations that can help with breathing problems due to a recent cold or hay fever. Note that a commonly accepted guideline for exercise during a cold or the flu is the “neck up or neck down rule.” More >>

Chinese Herbs

Good Herbal Habits

Susan Lynn Peterson, Ph.D., October 11, 2010

Are you still reading, still thinking about trying herbs? Have you decided you’re willing to take responsibility for your own herb use? Here are some good herbal habits; habits that will help keep you safe. More >>

What a Martial Artist Should Keep in the Medicine Chest

Susan Lynn Peterson, Ph.D., September 20, 2010

Injuries happen in the martial arts. Most martial artists have a first aid stash: aspirin or something similar, ice packs, bandages, some kind of muscle rub, and perhaps power drinks to boost energy. Western herbs can make a valuable addition to this stash. More >>

Qigong Can Help Heal Arthritis

Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming, May 17, 2010

Over the last four thousand years, Chinese medicine has developed many of its own methods to treat arthritis including Qigong exercises, acupuncture, massage, and herbal treatments. More >>

May is National Arthritis Awareness Month

Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming, May 10, 2010

According to The Arthritis Foundation, arthritis is one of the most common diseases in the United States. Rest, exercise, eating a healthy, well-balanced diet, and learning the right way to use and protect your joints are well-known keys to living with any kind of arthritis. More >>

The Importance to Your Health of Deep Abdominal Breathing

John Loupos, April 12, 2010

The all too common tendency to breathe in a manner that is shallow, or constrained, is one of the great banes of modern man. Habitual shallow chest breathing is a major precursor for cardiovascular problems, not to mention respiratory problems, as well as a host of other health issues. More >>

Treating Thyroid Problems with Natural Medicine

Treating Thyroid Problems with Natural Medicine

Dr. Aihan Kuhn, CMD, December 21, 2009

Thyroid problems are very common in the United States. The thyroid hormone influences almost all of the metabolic processes in your body. More >>

Balance Between Work and Rest

Xu Xiangcai, May 26, 2009

Throughout history mankind has had to work and struggle against nature in order to survive. In doing so, however, one must work within the limits of his or her tolerance and must rest to release tension caused by work. More >>

Coping with Jet Lag

Coping with Jet Lag

David W. Grantham, April 13, 2009

As a pilot for Continental Airlines traveling the globe, I thought it would nice to share with you some ideas about coping with a common problem called jet lag. More >>

Spine loosening and flexing

Learn How to Move Your Spine

Jeff Rosen, September 4, 2008

Three days before my college graduation, I had the misfortune to be a passenger in a Subaru that broad-sided a Lincoln Continental. At the hospital, the doctor asked me what I did for my scoliosis. "What scoliosis?" I asked, unsure whether it was a spine or a liver problem. More >>

Foot Organ Correspondence

Self Qigong Massage, part 2

Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming, April 30, 2008

Although many of the purposes of self-massage are obvious, from the view of Qigong, its functions are wider and more profound. Let's review these purposes so you have a clearer understanding of the "why" of this practice. More >>

Hands Organ Correspondence

Self Qigong Massage, part 1

Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming, April 13, 2008

Self-massage is a natural human instinct to soothe the mind/spirit and ease discomfort in the body. There are many examples of this. If you accidentally get hit with a hard object, you naturally rub the hurt place to lessen the pain and also to keep a bruise from forming. More >>

How to Avoid Common Injuries in Your Martial Arts Training

Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming, April 1, 2008

Injuries to the hands are common in the martial arts. This occurs because almost all martial artists condition their hands to increase their power and destructive potential. More >>

Ankle injuries

Dealing with an Injury - Training Wisely

James C Yang, February 11, 2008

One thing that intense athletes of all types experience at one time or another is an injury -whether it is just a minor muscle strain or a complete Achilles tendon rupture. More >>

Videos and Podcasts...

Episode 1

Episode 1.
Chinese Martial Arts Definitions

Episode 2

Episode 2.
Retreat Center Interview PART 1

Episode 3

Episode 3.
Retreat Center Interview PART 2

Episode 4

Episode 4.
Northern and Southern Chinese Styles

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