Ever wonder why you frequent the loo between 3pm – 5pm? According to Chinese Medicine ‘Qi’ flows through the bladder meridian during this time period encouraging the elimination of liquid waste. It’s also a good time for learning and exercise.
Do you avoid pasta and rice dishes due to that heavy sedated feeling that often follows? Then why not give ‘quinoa’ a go?
Quinoa (keen-wah) is one of the most perfect non-animal sources of protein on the planet and an excellent alternative to rice, oats and wheat. It’s high in amino acids, calcium, magnesium, iron, copper and B vitamins which makes quinoa highly nutritional and branded as a superfood. It looks and feels like a grain but it’s not, it’s classed as a “Pseudo-Grain” and is a relative of leafy green vegetables like spinach and Swiss chard.
What more quinoa is the only plant source of complete protein. “Complete” means that it contains all 9 of the essential amino acids that are crucial to human function and health.
Today I test-drove my husbands mushroom risotto recipe using quinoa instead of rice and it was delicious! Here’s the recipe;
Quinoa Mushroom Risotto
Ingredients: (for 2 people)
3 x Tablespoons Sunflower Oil (oil is important for the body and lubricates the joints)
1 x chopped onion
1 x chopped garlic clove
1 ½ cups chopped mushrooms
1 cup quinoa (avail at Coles & health food stores)
3 cups vegetable or chicken stock
1 egg yolk
60mls pouring cream
Heat oil on a saucepan, add onion and garlic and cook until soft
Add mushrooms and cook until soft
Pour in quinoa, toss around with other ingredients for about a minute
Add 1 cup of hot stock, stir and wait for all liquid to be absorbed.
Add 2nd cup of stock, stir and wait for liquid to be absorbed . . . . then add 3rd cup of stock and same again.
Crack an egg yolk into a bowl (discard the egg white), add pouring cream and whisk for a few seconds then pour into saucepan with quinoa mixture. Cooking’s done!
Serve with shavings of Parmesan cheese and a few fresh basil leaves, yum!
Dr Mehmet Oz is a high profile Cardio-Thoracic Surgeon, Vice-Chair and Professor of
Surgery at Columbia University. He also directs the Cardiovascular Institute and Complementary Medicine Program at NewYork–Presbyterian Hospital. Here’s what he had to say about Energy Medicine . . . .
“The reason I’m so excited and passionate about alternative medicine is because it is the globalization of medicine. Alternative medicines, deal with the body’s energy—something that traditional Western medicine generally does not. We’re beginning now to understand things that we know in our hearts are true but we could never measure. As we get better at understanding how little we know about the body, we begin to realise that the next big frontier in medicine . . . is energy medicine. It’s not the mechanistic part of the joints moving. It’s not the chemistry of our body. It’s understanding for the first time how energy influences how we feel.”
I really love Dr Oz’s approach and the terminology he uses such as; “the globalization of medicine”. To me this statement recognises the role and contribution that each segment of medicine has to offer . . . eastern, western, modern, alternative medicine etc, etc. There are more and more doctors opening up to new ways of helping patients through various forms of energy medicine, Dr Bruce Lipton (author of “Biology of Belief“) is an excellent example, as is Dr Charles Krebs (author of “A Revolutionary Way of Thinking“). Both these books are worth a read and you can find out more about them by clicking on the links provided. There is also an increasing number of Doctors choosing to setup their medical clinics in partnership and collaboration with Naturopaths, Kinesiologists, Nutritionists etc. So in spite of some recent negative publicity about alternative medicines (from the scientific / medical sector), there are some really positive things happening in our communities with health prevention and health care. Things are looking up people.
Many people believe that digestion problems such as heartburn, reflux and indigestion are a result of too much stomach acid. Acid insufficiency however is a much more common cause of these type of issues. The stomach is intended to be an acid environment so the use of antacids can perpetuate the problem. One potential remedy is the use of digestive enzymes. Kinesiology can be very helpful in identifying the solution for your body. A manual muscle test would be used to determine what your body wants in order to digest food effectively. This muscle test is like a ‘truth detector’ and will show us exactly what you need, it may not be digestive enzymes at all. It could be a remedy to do with your body’s electricals, emotions, nutrition or something structurally. If you would like to get to the bottom of your digestive concerns please come and see me. I’m available Saturdays at Chirn Park Health Group.
How long has it been since you’ve walked barefoot across some cool grass, or a sandy beach? This simple act of connecting with the earth is known as ‘earthing’ or ‘grounding’ and has various therapeutic benefits on our health.
In this short video Dr Dzung Price describes how grounding activates the kidney meridian (via the K1 acupuncture point just below the ball of each foot) which in turn feeds into our adrenals, revitalises our energies, reduces inflammation and helps with blood thinning and cardiovascular health. Enjoy!
Many people suffer from hay fever symptoms at this time of year, are you one of them? Take a look at this helpful article from Anna McRobert ( one of my mentors and Kinesiology Instructors) http://annamcrobertblog.com/?p=284
Have you ever noticed how our faces age much faster than the rest of our body? Regardless of how much we exercise and live a healthy lifestyle?
Something about this sad fact didn’t make sense to me so being the curious girl I am, I started searching the web for answers.
My investigations led me to “facial exercise”, commonly referred to online as Facercise and Face Yoga. The concept behind this makes heaps of sense to me. You see we have about 57 muscles on the face and if we don’t strengthen and tone them – they’ll start to sag, just like the muscles on on the rest of the body do if we don’t exercise them.
So I’m intrigued and I am going to test drive some of these techniques. Take a look yourself, there may be something in this for you (click on the hyper-links in this post).
In traditional Chinese medicine, emotions and physical health are intimately connected. Sadness, nervous tension and anger, worry, fear, and overwork are each associated with a particular organ in the body. For example, irritability and inappropriate anger can affect the liver and result in menstrual pain, headache, redness of the face and eyes, dizziness and dry mouth.
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Kinesiology is a holistic therapy and a fusion of ancient medicinal practices and modern day scientific breakthroughs. Kinesiology draws largely on the understandings of Chinese medicine and as such the emotions and their related organs (and meridians) are taken into account and addressed as part of each person’s treatment plan.
When a client comes to see me, whether it be for; physical pain, skin problems, health concerns, learning difficulties or goals they want to achieve . . . the first correction (or help) their bodies ask for is often Emotional Stress Release (ESR). So even when the issue at hand is of a physical nature (e.g. back pain), ESR is the starting point for healing in the body.
Dr Terrence J. Bennett described this technique in his book ‘Neurological Reflexes Technique’ in 1956. When we experience stress (emotional or physical) our bodies go through a series of biochemical changes. We may forget an individual stressful incident but our bio-computer stores the information and remembers it every time we encounter a similar situation. The result is a cumulative effect that leads to being stressed almost continually.
ESR aids in rebalancing our emotions and releasing pent-up mental or emotional energy in a safe way. The physical effects of ESR include a general sense of lightness and relaxation and a lifting of mental fog. Relationships which are under stress can be helped immensely. Children respond to ESR quickly and easily. After ESR at times even vision seems clearer and hearing appears to be more acute.
If possible find a place to sit quietly for a few minutes where you won’t be disturbed (if this is not an option that’s ok, you can do this technique anywhere).
Think about the stressful issue or situation.
Assess your stress level on a scale of 0 – 10.
Close your eyes and place your hand across your forehead (you may feel some pulsing under your fingers and palm).
Breath deeply into your belly for a few minutes while thinking about the stressful situation. Picture all the details (sounds, smells, colours) and really focus on the feelings and emotions that arise. Also notice how your body feels, do any parts become tense or painful?
After a few minutes (or once pulsing has subsided) start to think about and visualise the situation as you would like it to be. Play it like a movie in your head and notice the sounds, smells, colours. Also notice how it makes you feel physically and emotionally.
Now reassess your stress level on a scale of 0 – 10.
ESR activates special reflexes (called NV points or GB 14 points) which bring more blood to the frontal lobes of the brain. Front brain thinking is creative, when blood is directed here we tend to find new ways of looking at old problems, new possibilities and alternative solutions. Back brain thinking is the survival response mode. Here we generate automatic reactions based on the alarm and vigilance responses as well as on past experiences.
Use ESR whenever you are emotionally stressed (e.g. prior to exams, a job interview, an athletic event, resolving old hurts, recent misunderstandings or confrontations).
You can use ESR for past, present and future stress events. The right side brain is timeless it can be used as a kind of ’time-machine’ as you hold your ESR points. As you mentally revisit the past or envision the future while holding the ESR points the brain can de-stress whatever is ‘on-line’.
ESR can be done anywhere. When sitting at your desk, overwhelmed and bombarded with demands for instant decisions, take a moment for ESR. Put your hands on your forehead. Let everything flow over you. In a minute or two you’ll have more clarity and be able to take appropriate action. If you are a person who makes lists, now is the time to pick up a pen and make notes as any new ideas come to mind. You will find the panic, overwhelm and nervousness you felt before have gone. You can move calmly and confidently through your day.