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The Buddhist Triangle

There are many acupuncture points in addressing anxiety issues.  Most famous one is called “YinTang” which is located in the midpoint between the eyebrows. Another one is “TaiYang” which is right on the temples, between the outer edge of the eyes and the hairline. I’ve written about these points many times previously. Beside these points, many doctors in China use the Buddhist triangle points in treating anxiety and depression.

buddhist triangleThe Buddhist triangle is situated on your wrist. As shown in the picture, three points–Lung 9, Pericardium 6, and Heart 7– form a triangle on the palmar side of the wrist. Three of these points form a potent combination to reduce anxiety and calm the nervous system.  

Lung 9 (On the radial crease of the wrist where the radial artery pulsates): As the ‘source point’ of the Lung meridian, this point opens up the blockage of the entire Lung meridian. This point makes breathing easier, reduce phlegms, eliminate asthmatic conditions, and warm cold hands and feets. Since the Lung is directly associated with “grief and sadness,” opening up Lung 9 will alleviate overall feeling of sadness, depression, heaviness of the heart.

Pericardium 6 (On the palmar aspect of the forearm, about 1.5 inches above the crease of the wrist, between two tendons): PC 6 opens the chest, protects the heart, calms the spirit, relieves nausea and vomiting. This is an extremely popular and useful point. It is very helpful in treating insomnia, melancholiness, and repressed emotions.

Heart 7 (On the ulnar crease of the wrist between two tendons): Called ShenMen (meaning the gate of spirit), HT7 is the source point of the heart meridian. This point is widely used in treating insomnia, amnesia, cardiac pain, palpitations due to fright, mania, epilepsy, and even stupor. HT7 is “the” point for emotional issues, especially excessive anxiety and worry.

A gentle but firm pressure on these triangle points for 4-5 seconds each, twice a day, may provide a significant relief in dealing with anxiety, depression, frustration, eating disorders, pent-up anger, and other repressive emotions. You can use blunt side of a ballpoint pen in pressing these points.  

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Anxiety Level Has Really Shot Up

If you find yourself becoming more anxious lately, please know that you are not alone. In fact, anxiety seems to be a national epidemic or a global pandemic.

More Americans suffering from stress, anxiety and depression, study finds–CBS News, April 17, 2017

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Citing a recent study conducted by NYU Langone Medical Center, CBS reported that more Americans than ever before are stressed, depressed, and anxiety-ridden. The lead manager of the study said: “Mental illness is on the rise. Suicide is on the rise. And access to care for the mentally ill is getting worse.” http://www.cbsnews.com/news/stress-anxiety-depression-mental-illness-increases-study-finds/   This news story attributed the major reason for increasing anxiety to economic/financial worries. Even though financial issues are certainly one of the biggest concerns in anxiety, I think their conclusions are shallow and limiting.

Another interesting story on high level of anxiety was published by The Guardian on April 16, 2017. Will Hutton, principal of Hertford College and Oxford, wrote: We live with an epidemic of anxiety. In 1980, 4% of Americans suffered a mental disorder associated with anxiety. Today half do. The trends in Britain are similar. A third of Britons will experience anxiety disorder  at some stage in their life, with an explosion of reported anxiety among teenagers and young adults. Anxiety, depression, self-harm, attention deficit disorder and profound eating problems afflict our young as never before. Hutton concluded that only fundamental social change can defeat the anxiety epidemic. I can’t agree with him more.

If you believe that anxiety is prevalent only in western countries, think again. The Times of India said one out of every four Indians suffer from anxiety disorders, while 10% of the  Indian populations are clinically depressed (Oct 6, 2013). The rest of the world may not be that much different from these statistics.

How can we not be trapped in anxiety in the midst of increasing terror-attacks, social unrest, economic uncertainties, political shenanigans, information overloads, and crazy weather patterns? Clearly, all of us are being challenged at many different levels.

 

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My Personal Experiences & Who Needs Detox?

For the past five years, I’ve done this program every spring. Somehow, I’ve felt that it was exceptionally difficult this year. This time around, I embarked on this program immediately after an overseas trip, and I was fighting a massive flu simultaneously. Regardless, I stood strong on my resolve and carried through 21 days.

Highlights of my experiences were:

  • Day 2: Massive headaches, nausea, body aches, eye pains (all of these are herxheimer reactions when the body is dumping toxins)
  • Day 3-7: Excessive sleepiness, dry mouth, skin eruptions.
  • Day 8-10: Sugar cravings, especially for carbohydrates.
  • Day 11-21: Increased bowel movements, increased urination, do not feel hungry, aversion to all forms of sugar including sweet fruits.

Benefits I’ve Experienced

 

  • weight gainExcellent lipid panel: My cholesterol level went down to 130 mg/dL from 200 mg/dL (I did blood work right before and after the program)
  • Weight loss especially around the midsection (I lost only 4 lbs as I am kind of under-weight; most people lose 7-15 lbs)
  • Clearer skin and a far less hair loss
  • No sugar cravings
  • No more bloating and gas
  • Better sleep
  • Much higher energy
  • Most importantly, emotional stability and positive attitudes

 

Who Needs Detoxification?

fatty-liverI can say with conviction that everyone needs to detoxify their body regularly as we all are continuously exposed to external and internal toxins. This program will be extremely helpful for those who have: blood pressure issues, fatty liver, kidney malfunctions, frequent urinary tract infections, food and environmental allergies, digestive issues including ulcer or irritable bowels, hormonal disorders, anxiety and moodiness, arthritis, chronic fatigue, and sleep disorders. Well, I think that covers pretty much everyone.

 

 

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The 21-day Purification/Weight Loss Program

Known to be one of the most effective weight loss/detoxification program, the Standard Process 21-day protocol has been around for decades. Unlike numerous weight-loss programs that promote a quick weight loss–most people gain back their weights plus many extra pounds, this program truly “resets” one’s metabolic rates and make people adopt completely different eating patterns.

The dietary modifications throughout the Standard Process program consist of:

  1. unlimited fresh or frozen vegetables and fruits and preferably twice as many vegetables as fruits (nothing else is allowed for the first 10 days)
  2. at least 64 oz of water a day.
  3. After day 10, ½ cup of cooked lentils or brown rice along with a small portion of protein (poultry or fish) is allowed.
  4. Participants consume a protein–based shake as 2 or 3 times per day.
  5. Supplements designed to cleanse the liver, kidneys, small and large intestines.

For detailed explanation of the program, please visit: https://www.standardprocess.com/Products/…/Patient-Purification-Program-Guide

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The whole program is designed to release toxins gradually and safely. Regardless how much we try to eat clean and healthy, our bodies are loaded with toxins. Naturally occurring toxins that build up in the body can contribute to:

  • Food cravings and weight gain
  • A stuffy feeling in the head
  • Fatigue or difficulty sleeping
  • Indigestion and other temporary gastrointestinal upset
  • Reduced mental clarity
  • Low libido
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Do you want to Detox your body?

Amazing Benefits of 21-day Detoxification

I just finished a 21-day detoxification/purification program. Although it was a tough battle, the benefits were so huge that I’ve decided to write about my personal experiences. Hopefully, the readers will be encouraged to try this well-structured, scientifically-proven, and truly transformative program. If you suffer from chronic bloating, fatigue, brain fog, joint pains, hot flashes, irregular bowel movements, moodiness, poor sleep, sugar cravings, cannot-lose-weight-no-matter-what, this program is for you.

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How to Proceed with Towel Exercise

Just like all other physical exercises, this exercise program needs consistency and persistence. In the beginning, some pain and uneasiness are expected, especially when you have tight sacrum and shoulders. If you cannot withstand for five minutes, it’s OK as you can gradually increase the length of time. Do not continue if pain persists, but the level of uneasiness will decrease dramatically as the spine adjusts itself during the course of 5 minutes. Chronic neck pain can be reduced by placing the towel underneath the cervical spine. You can also put the towel under the upper and mid thoracic area to release tightness on the upper spine and shoulders.

Do not rise up quickly as this exercise. After the exercise, roll to your side, and sit up slowly to make sure your “adjusted” spine position will withhold.towel exercise

The developer of this exercise claimed that this exercise will optimize one’s metabolism by letting the spine adjust itself to an optimal position (hence losing weight), strengthen one’s core (lose the belly fat), improve digestive functions, calm the central nervous system, and strengthen one’s hormonal production.  In a nutshell, there’s no reason not to do this exercise if you have lower back pain.

Please share with me about your experiences with this exercise program. I am particularly interested in the effects of this exercise in weight control.

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How to do Towel Exercise

Things You Need for This Exercise

  • A large towel
  • A strong string, rope, or sturdy rubber bands
  • A flat surface
  • Five minutes of your day (three times a day for acute lower back pain)

Here’s How It Works  

  1. Roll the towel as tight as you can so that it is 15 inches long and 4 inches thick 
  2. Tie the towel with the string or rubber bands to keep it well-woundtowel (1) 2
  3.  Lie on a flat surface (hardwood floor is best, a yoga mat or blanket on the floor is OK;  not on a bed or a mattress)
  4. Place the towel in the lower part of your back, below the navel line
  5. Align your legs with your shoulders and try to touch the big toes together, looking inward
  6. Stretch your arms upward and downward by placing your pinky fingers togethertowel 3
  7. Close your eyes and relax for five minutes. The position looks like this.towel 4