Monday, April 9, 2018

A Drop Of Ying And Yang: Your Spine-Nose and Sinus-Colon Congestion Connections

Nose Diagnosis

According to Oriental Medicine, the bridge of the person's nose corresponds to his / her spine.

I always thought I had a cute turned up nose.  However, now I realize the connection between my lower back curved too much, my stomach imbalance, my 2nd toe being longer and my pig eating habits.  

Crooked nose? 
Check your back muscles and meridians / organs passing through the back.
It is all connected.  For example, a congested colon pulls on muscles and pushes/pulls on other organs, affecting the spinal alignment..  And don't disregard your emotions which may rack havoc!  For example, my lower back gets bent when I go through some stress, so I need to physically straighten it with the exercise right away.   

Imagine a string puppet, who has strings running in place of meridians.  Now you can clearly envision how pulling on one string will affect the shape of his other parts.

There is a lot more info one can diagnose by looking at someone's nose: color, nostrils size, etc.

Stuffed sinus? 

Remember, the pain indicates poor energy / circulation.

Large Intestine Meridian is  yang and is paired with the Lung Meridian (yin). 

When the colon (large intestine) is congested, the energy pushes up to the nose and sinus.
(I  have felt many times my nose clearing up after a bowel movement).  

The large intestine meridian starts at the outside corner of the index finger nail ( on both sides of our body), along the arm and shoulder, the gum, over the top lip, extending all the way to the outside of the nose.  (Check the picture of the Large Intestine Meridian  )  

Don't forget that a few meridians cross the colon.  Think how important having a functional colon is to your health!

If you are still not grasping the meridians concept, think of how radiators permeate heat.  The same with our internal organs - they perform needed functions and generate energy.

The information in this post will be added to Balancing Health According To Yin and Yang

Stay well!


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Monday, March 5, 2018

Getting Off Addictive Pain Medications


I'm writing this post to worn about the dependence on addictive pain drugs and to share the experience of getting off them.

I heard recently of someone's mentioning that the feeling of depression she felt after getting off the pain medication taken for just 1 day! was worse than the pain itself.  

Memories started overflowing my mind this morning, and I had to release them: of my mom refusing morphine for the unbearable pain from the colorectal tumor, and my own experience.

I was given morphine after my unfortunate C-section.  I was appalled when I discovered that!   Being on that drug, I remember still feeling pain and inability to concentrate.  My fear was for my baby - I did not want any more drugs entering his precious body.  Therefore, I only took 1/2 extra strength Excedrin.   

Recently, I got to know someone, who was on Methadone for the last 20 years.  She was determined to get off this drug, even though. she still had many ailments, physical and old deep-seated emotional scars (since the age of 6-7!). 

Our emotional scars become physical: the anger may effect the liver, for example.  I do not really want to give more examples here, to create negative ideas in anybody's head.  However, if you need to read more on this subject, check my post Essential oils for emotions.

The lady has been on her path of ridding off of medications. I really felt for her and wanted to give her my all. 

A nutritional change, incorporating living foods, as well as the physical and emotional support were a must for her. 

She had MANY, and I mean MANY health issues accumulated over the years as a consequence of  taking medications and having surgeries. It is a cascading effect!

I find therapeutic grade essential oils most effective in balancing health.
Here are a few of the  therapeutic grade essential oils / blends and products we used to support my friend in her quest.  

  • Valor   (my personal favorite) - for emotional and physical support
  • Valerian - for nervous system support
  • Deep Relief - (another personal favorite, so diversified use) for healthy tissue support
  • Juva Flex - for liver support
  • Breath Again - for lung support
  • DiGize and Digest & Cleanse - for digestion support
  • Frankincense - a powerful emotional and physical booster
  • Ningxia Nitro - for an energy boost
  • Slique Tea - Ocotea Oolong Cacao
  • Peppermint, Thyme, Lavender and others
She drank chaga tea, green juices, herbs, made fermented drinks, aloe and adhered to living foods.

What a transformation!  

When you have a strong desire, there is a result!  

One thing, I wish, she made a homeopathic remedy from the methadone. But... 

The results? 
She is off methadone and continuing on her quest for reclaiming her health! so that she can enjoy being with her grandchildren and children.

Love, awe and respect to you, my good friend! 




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Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Balancing Health According To Yin and Yang


I am so fascinated with the Oriental flowing system of Yin and Yang (expanding and contracting).

I love the story of the blind men deciphering an elephant.  Each man touched a part of the elephant, and therefore could not see the whole picture.

Similarly, when you look at the light split into many visible colors, you realize, it's not just white. 

If just one of the lights in the decorative lights garland does not work, the whole garland will not light up.     

Therefore, every situation and condition needs to be addressed from many angles and relationships.

“The whole is greater than the sum of its parts”  coined Aristotle. 

Stay well!




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To apply the Yin and Yang principles, for example,  we would address internal organs in couples.

Yang                Yin
 organs             organs
-----------        ------------------------

Lungs      -->  Large intestine
Heart       -->  Small intestine
Kidneys   -->  [urinary] bladder
Spleen      -->  Gall bladder

Circulatory system

Blood - red, active  (yang)
Lymph - clear, slowly gathering used body fluid from periphery, and taking back to the heart (yin)

Our body

Front of our body (digestion and respiratory), solids, liquid and air - yang, warm, downward
Back                       (vibrations, nervous system) - yin, cool, upward

"Following a meridian in the normal flow direction is strengthening, while tracing in the opposite direction will calm and sedate the meridian."
A good example of applying the yin / yang principle would be taking care of mold.  Mold grows in humid (yin) condition.  To get rid of it, you need to change the environment to dry (yang).

I always understood this, as it makes a lot of sense. 

This concepts applies to the Candida overgrowth (sinusitis, yeast infection, pneumonia, etc.)   For example, for sinusitis, directly inhaling therapeutic grade essential oils instead of breathing in steam (humidity)  would be supportive of the dry environment.

Importance of our mouth - the pivot of the body functioning.

Circulatory, digestive and nervous systems all gather at the mouth.  By talking (or not), we exercise our conciseness and freedom. 

Triple Heater
Complaining of low energy?  Looking for a pill, lol?
No - you need to fix your prized apparatus.

In Oriental Medicine, Triple Heater is a system of organs transforming and regulating energy and water movement inside us.   It includes respiratory, digestive and excretory systems, all connected by the skin (our largest organ).   Emotionally, it corresponds to our feelings of sympathy and  mental state.

Why is it called triple? It corresponds to 3 parts of our body, or in other words - the whole thing! 
It is interesting to compare the Triple Heater to a Vermont Dr.Jarvis's concept of the digestion as compared to an elevator moving down - the energy of the food being transformed (or the heat in the body moving down).

There is an interesting relationship between the kidneys and skin, for example.  Both excrete a liquid.  Interesting enough is that when both the kidneys and the skin are overloaded with toxins, a person easily gets skin problems.  Therefore, a logical solution here is to cleanse the kidneys, not the symptom skin condition..

Kidneys health is essential to the health of skin, bones, and sexual organs

The kidneys are the size of your ears!  
They filter our blood toxins and wastes, 100 quarts of liquid a day! of which only 1 1/2 quarts are eliminated, the rest returns to the blood stream. 
Overload, they return back what we put in. 

Heavy meat diet induces contraction of the kidneys and overloading them with toxins.  This forces the heart to pump harder.  Blood pressure rises to aid the kidneys to push down the liquid.

Adrenal glands sit right on top of the kidneys, and according to Oriental medicine, control the sexual function.  

Dark interior of the bones - poor kidneys.

The kidneys and skin both eject liquid waste, the skin through the perspiration, and both liquids are very similar in chemical composition.  When the kidneys are overloaded, the skin takes on this function.  (pimples, etc.)

Other symptoms of poor kidneys due to overly meat consumption - high cholesterol, swollen thighs, feet, general body swelling, bags under the eyes,  urine, color of the body and face.  

Consuming too much salt induces thirst and therefore more water consumption.  The urine becomes dark brown from excess salt, for one effect of excess salt is liquid retention.

Only excessively Yang people suffer from bladder problems, and such cases experience tenderness along the middle line in the back of the leg.  


Instinctively, we are constantly trying to balance ourselves - with the foods we eat, our life styles, emotions, nutrition, weather, etc.,  IF WE ARE PAYING ATTENTION TO OURSELVES.  

Medications and surgeries are not balancing.  

A good example is high blood pressure.
It is interesting to note that when your kidneys are not balanced, your heart might have to pump harder to move the blood.

So when the heart is weak, it does not pump blood well to extremities, hence cold hands. Salt is another culprit of retaining liquids.


Too much of one kind of food not only harms its associated organ, but also weakens the organ it controls in the "Destruction" cycle.  Thus:
Too much salt in food endangers the heart, and the pulse hardens, sours make their appearance and the complexion changes.  
Too much bitter food endanger the lungs, and the skin becomes withered and the body hair falls out.
Too much pungent flavor in food endangers the liver, and the muscles become knotty and the finger and toe nails wither and decay.
Too much sour flavor in food endangers the spleen and stomach, and the flesh hardens and wrinkles and the skin become slack.
Too much sweet flavor in food endangers the kidney, and the bones ache and the hair on the head falls out.

We can balance a flavor by a controlling  flavor.
For example, I noticed that people from the warm climate add salt to their sweet fruit.  Similarly, I sometimes eat a lot of dulse

sour flavor - counteracted by the pungent flavor
bitter          -  by salty
sweet          -  by sour
pungent      - by bitter
salty            - by sweet

Healthier emotions create healthier internal organs, healthier organs support healthier thinking.  Our internal and external organs and systems are not independent of each other.  For example, your hair is a record of your health.

When we eat plants, cereals and vegetables, "plants become blood and then flesh.
When we eat meat, the process is reversed, the flesh becomes blood", as we decompose meat, burn dead matter

When we eat plants, cereals and vegetables, "plants become blood and then flesh.
When we eat meat, the process is reversed, the flesh becomes blood", as we decompose meat, burn dead matter. " This process is too fast", compared to assimilation if plant food.
This is why people who eat a lot of meat have high fever - your body's reaction to burn toxins.
From Healing ourselves by Naboru Muramoto

What does it mean in terms of using essential oils?

All essential oils have properties of being hot (yang) or cold (yin), heavy or light, and are  balanced by many constituents, and properties.  On top of that, they have energies in the range of our internal organs.  My favorite, at times of balancing, are blends.   But not always.

Some, like Valor and En-R-Gee may be applied to feet, shoulders, and other areas to cover the flow of meridians!  Harmony is another balancing blend.  

Each therapeutic grade essential oil corresponds to a different emotion or a feeling/memory it might evoke. 

Meridians---Primo-Vascula System as Presented by Bong Han Kim

Pain anywhere in the body is caused by stagnation ( blockage )

Note:  Even though there are many theories, I put our intuition above all.

Note2.  Emotions, a clean colon, live food, personality, circumstances, constitution, life style, etc. - all of these need to be taken into consideration.  (My loving father always knew about a clean colon and helping others.  My courageous mom encouraged me at the toughest times. - these lessons in life are invaluable!)

Most of the information in this post is from various Oriental medicine books such as Healing Ourselves by Naboru Muramoto and other books.

P.S. I find this post very informative on balancing nutrition: (the info on yin and yang foods is gone, sorry, but this info on the trees below is interesting too.)

"The big ones have maximum energy while those that sit up near the streams are also the best.

Trees have different characteristics. Some are hotter or warmer and others are cooler or colder. With constant practice, you are able to distinguish each species from the others.

The different characteristics of trees:

  • Cypresses and cedars have the ability to lower the temperature and can feed Yin energy.
  • Willows fight the dry winds and eliminate excess moisture from the body, reduce blood pressure, strengthen the urinary tract and bladder.
  • Elms can calm the mind and strengthen the stomach.
  • Maples fight the dry winds and help reduce any pain.
  • – Carobs help eliminates internal heat and balance conditions of the heart.
  • – Banyan trees or Bengali figs purify your heart and help eliminate moisture in the body.
  • – Cinnamons can remove the cold from the heart and the stomach.
  • – Fir trees help absorb bruises to reduce sweating and heal bone fractures.
  • – Hawthorns help in digestion, strengthen the intestine and fight low blood pressure.
  • – Birches help lower body temperature, eliminate body moisture and detoxify the body.
  • – Prunes feed the spleen, the stomach, the pancreas as well as calm the mind.
  • – Figs help eliminate excess heat in the body by increasing salivation, it also nourishes the spleen, and helps cure diarrhea.
  • – Knees help strengthen the bladder and relieve urinary problems in women

Keep in mind that small trees don’t have enough energy to accommodate you while gigantic trees may drown you with their energy.

It’s best to select one that is medium sized and robust."