Tuesday
Sep252007

Victor’s Lung Qi

In January of 2004, our son Victor was born.  On the day of his birth, it was all bliss until he started to turn blue and began to have breathing complications.  Immediately he was brought to the nicu where he was hooked up to a respirator followed by a nasal tube.  It wasn’t too long before he could breathe normally on his own and we were reassured that he would be o.k..  Fortuneately we could take him home after one week in the hospital.

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About two weeks after he was home, he caught the RSV virus, a dangerous virus that causes normal cold symptoms in adults but can be lethal in infants.  We stayed overnight in the hospital one more time.  I was a wreck-reliving all the machines, wires, and beeps.  Luckily it was only one night for observing.  At that time I vowed to breast feed for at least a year and to regularly treat his Lung Qi.

Every organ in our system has its own energy or qi associated with it.  (Keep checking this blog because in the next couple of weeks I will be describing terms I commonly use).  Anyway, there are certain points on the body that can tonify or strengthen Lung qi. 

  1. Lung 1, the point on the chest underneath the collar bone, is specifically a point associated with the lungs.  Massaging this area strengthens the lungs.
  2. REN 17, is a point in the middle of the nipple line.  I would rub this area horizontally between the nipples.  This point is called the “sea of qi” and an excellent point for respiratory issues. 

  3. I would roll the skin on his back between my fingers along his spine to strengthen all the organs for an overall tonifying effect.

Because Chinese Medicine is never about one organ, and children always have digestive insufficiencies I would rub his stomach and other points on his legs to strengthen the digestive system.

So, three years later, I can’t say for sure if these techniques spared Victor from a life time of lung qi deficiency.  I can say that we bonded through touch and intention. And mostly I felt empowered to be actively participating in his health and wellness.

Thursday
Sep202007

B Defensive and stop recurrent colds

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Happy Fall!  Fall weather is approaching quickly.  Along with fabulous foliage and comfort food, it’s cold season.  Yu ping feng san a.k.a. jade windscreen powder is a classic herbal formula known for its ability to strengthen immunity and prevent colds.

Qi, pronounced "chee", is your vital life force.  Protective qi is the outermost layer of qi that acts as a barrier to pathogenic factors.  Hectic schedules and sleep deprivation can weaken our protective qi and make us vulnerable to colds.  Not to mention the little ones are constantly bringing home bugs from school or day care. This safe and effective formula can strengthen the protective qi for everyone in the family.

A condensed liquid form of herbs, otherwise know as a tincture, makes it simple to add a few drops to o.j. in the morning.  Who knows?  Perhaps one day they’ll be fortifying o.j. with Yu Ping Feng san in addition to Calcium and vitamin D.

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