It’s always easy to get everything to keep you healthy through food. Here are the top 7 “superfoods” other than veggies that can change your life. 1. Nuts You might be eating nuts daily because of their benefits. Almond is calcium, fibre, and protein-rich nut. It contains magnesium and zinc, essential to keep your bodily conditions under regulation. Cashews are the next set of powerhouses that offer a healthy dose of protein, fibre and antioxidants to reduce the risk of chronic illness. We consume peanuts in the form of peanut butter spread- it is a protein-rich nut that offers the highest protein. Walnuts are also the best nuts for protein, with a good amount of protein, manganese and copper. Pistachios rank the healthiest nuts that improve motor function and reduce inflammation and stress. 2. Whole Grains Grains are naturally a source of complex carbohydrates, vitamins, fibre and minerals that helps in maintaining a healthy diet, lowering the risks of heart disease, diabetes and even certain cancers. Which all are whole grains? - Barley - Brown rice - Oatmeal - Buckwheat - Quinoa - Millet - Popcorn - Whole-wheat bread, pasta or crackers If you’re not sure about the whole grains ingredient in a product, check the presence of “whole grains” on the package. 3. Dark Chocolate Many of you might not like the bitter taste of dark chocolate. It is a source of antioxidants. Many studies show that cocoa improves blood flow, decreases oxidized LDL cholesterol and even reduces the risks of heart disease. Try to buy dark chocolate with around 80-85% cocoa content. Eat only 100 grams and do not consume it daily. 4. Legumes/cereals Legumes are the best plant-based sources of protein. They’re highly nutritious with zinc, copper, phosphorus and vitamins. There are around 16,000 varieties of legumes in the world. What are the common legumes that you can consume? - Beans - Peas - Kidney beans - Soybeans - Lentils - Navy beans Legumes are low in fat, and no cholesterol helps you control weight. 5. Yogurt/curd Though it’s a dairy product, most yoghurts contain added ingredients such as sugar and artificial flavours, but unsweetened yoghurt offers many health benefits. Yoghurt provides every nutrient you require- calcium, vitamin B and even minerals. Consuming it every day increases your immune system. 6. Fish & meat Fatty fish contain vitamin D and Omega-3 fatty acids to regulate serotonin levels in the body. The best fish to eat are salmon, cod, mahi-mahi, mackerel, sardines, tuna, shrimp, and oysters. Meat contains iron and magnesium. Common Red meats: Beef, Lamb, Veal, Goat, Bison. White meats: Chicken, turkey, goose 7. Berries Berries have antioxidants that can improve your skin and hair. They are juicy, containing a lot of water and no calories. Types of berries: blueberries, strawberries, cherries, goji berries, bilberries, acai berries, raspberries, blackberries, cranberries, mulberries, gooseberries. Bottom line Start eating the above foods and add extra energy to your healthy diet.
As discussed in our previous blogs, Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) has been practising back at least 2,500 years to 200 BC. According to several studies, TCM aims to correct the imbalances in our body mainly, addressing the external environment and stimulating a healing mechanism. What are the major branches of TCM? - Acupuncture - Moxibustion - Qigong - Herbal medicine - Massage - Cupping therapy The main organs focused on during TCM treatments are Kidneys, Heart, Spleen, Liver, Lung, Gallbladder, Small intestine & large intestine. Traditional Chinese treatment includes a combination of herbal medicines, therapies and treatments such as acupuncture, moxibustion, cupping or massage. Let us discuss the benefits of TCM treatments. - Reduces Chronic Pain and Headaches TCM treatments that reduce the pain are acupuncture & acupressure. Studies have proven that acupuncture can relieve chronic headaches and other symptoms related to injuries when combined with other treatments. - Balances Hormones and Improves Fertility Chinese herbal medicine contains compounds (antioxidants & anti-inflammatory) that can improve the body healing abilities and help in hormone balancing. TCM therapies like acupuncture help in treating hormonal imbalances. Massage therapy induces relaxation, raising the energy level helping people improve their living quality and sleep patterns. - Protects Cognitive Health Chinese herbs can protect brain health, reduce stress and regulate the body immune response. Multiple studies suggest that various treatments in TCM benefit cognitive health for various disorders like dementia and Parkinson's disease. - Lowers the Body Stress Response Acupuncture is very helpful for managing stress. A study published in the International Journal of Behavioral Medicine shows the effect of tai chi in treating stress and anxiety! It causes a positive effect on people dealing with depression. TCM is a complementary health approach. Visit Xiehe medical centre for more information regarding TCM treatments!
Out of thousand acupuncture points, Yingtang is the most powerful acupuncture point. This point helps for anxiety and emotional balancing. It is located at the glabella (3rd eye Chakra spot) - the midpoint between the two eyebrows. Ying Tang point is also known as ‘Hall of Impressions’ or EX-NH-3. You might have noticed many people massage this point to relieve headaches. Studies proved that this point helped to normalize neuro-chemical activities. It can calm the general pain, psycho-emotional disorders and benefits the nasal defects. Effects of Yingtang- (Hall of Impression) Acupuncture Points, - Stress & Anxiety - Insomnia - Agitation/Restlessness/irritability Yingtang treatment used for, 1. Frontal headache 2. Eye wrinkles 3. Sinus pain 4. Nasal Congestion 5. Rhinitis Method of Yingtang (you can try this at home) : - Find the Yintang point with your middle finger between your eyebrows. - Place the other finger on top of your middle finger. - Massage the point both clockwise and anti-clockwise for 1or 2 minutes while closing your eyes, breathing deeply. It allows you to loosen your muscle and relax. Yingtang Acupuncture Treatment To get the whole experience of Yin Tang, you must consult an expert TCM practitioner. How does it work? - Acupuncture therapists pinch up the skin (midpoint between your eyebrows) and needle transversely in the lateral direction. You will have the needle at this point for 10-20 minutes. How long will this acupuncture treatment take to fix the issues? Generally, acupuncture is not an immediate result treatment. The therapist creates a tailored plan for each patient after the first session. 3-5 treatments show significant changes in the symptoms. Are there any risk factors associated? As you all know, acupuncture treatments carry fewer risk factors. You can consult your therapist if you’re going through health disorders like bleeding disorders. To know more about the Yintang acupuncture treatment, contact us today.
Moxibustion is a traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) therapy practiced for more than 2,500 years to cure disorders. Its origin is in China, then spread to Japan and other countries. Like all TCM therapies, this method helps to balance a consistent flow of energy (qi). Techniques: How to do Moxibustion? It is performed by burning small cones of dried herbs on specific points (used in acupuncture) of the body. Acupuncture and moxibustion combine for the treatment of several diseases. Moxibustion therapists can do it either directly or indirectly. In a direct approach, the therapist keeps cones on points and ignite one end of the cone (moxa) to burn it slowly. Once your skin turns red, the therapist removes the cone. In the US, generally, therapists use indirect Moxibustion that offers a smooth penetration of warm sensation into the skin without any discomfort. In this case, practitioners place the moxa on the acupuncture needle and ignite it to burn on the needle. Then transfer the heat to the point through it. The name of Artemisia Vulgaris herb (mugwort species) used to make Moxa is ‘ai’ or ‘aicao’ in China. Common illness treated with Moxibustion Generally, TCM recognizes six factors that influence disharmony in the body and trigger diseases. They are heat, cold, dryness, dampness, summer heat, and wind. Moxibustion is used for “cold” conditions, and moxa warms the body’s energy channels, promoting the flow of (qi) energy. The ailments include, - Cold and flu - Digestive problems - Joint pain - Blood circulation issues - Obstetrical conditions - Gynecological problems - Sports injuries - Tiredness - Arthritis It’s quite interesting to know that moxibustion can heal menstrual problems and rotate fetuses to a normal position. Health Benefits of Moxibustion Researches found moxibustion as an effective treatment for various conditions. This treatment may be useful for people who have not seen adequate improvement with other treatments. It can relieve pain without medications. It is an adjunct to various treatments. Let’s check out some top benefits : - Reduces Hot Flashes - Stimulates Blood Circulation - Boost Immune System - Help in Primary Insomnia - Improve cardiac functioning What is the recovery time for the disease? The mostly healing process may require 2 to 5 sessions for mild problems. Are there any side effects to Moxibustion? Moxibustion has limited side effects. Some of them include, - There might be scarring after the process. - Patients who are allergic to smoke will find the treatment disturbing. In fact, there are smokeless moxa sticks available in the market. As always, it is suggested to look for experienced Chinese medical practitioners for the treatment. Get the best results with our experts at Xiehe Medical Center.
A headache will be the primary symptom of various internal imbalances connecting your physical and mental health issues. TCM considers the head as “the confluence of yang”. All the organs of the body connect to the head. According to Traditional Chinese Medicine, there are approximately 720 combinations of headaches. And your headache will be unique! It’s essential to diagnose the reasons for your headache because wrong treatment makes your health more worse than before. So, why is Traditional Chinese medicine so helpful for headaches? TCM practitioners find the underlying disharmony pattern for the headaches. Painkillers may relieve headaches temporarily. But identifying the root cause is the ultimate goal in Traditional Chinese medicine. Most therapists combine acupuncture with herbal medicines for recurrent headaches. Let’s brief quick remedies for headaches: Food for Headaches (Migraines) Some food is generally migraine-inducers like chocolate, alcohol, cheese, and processed meat. Most Common food and beverages that relieve migraines: - Sunflower seeds - Brown rice - Broccoli - Salmon - Olive oil - Watermelon - Apples and berries - Sweet potatoes Mental Health & Headaches Stress and anxiety can cause headaches. When you’re stressed, it will create imbalances in your energy flow and trigger serious health issues. How can you deal with stress? You can practice Meditation, Exercise, or walking. Keep a proper diet and exercise for your well-being. Types of Headaches
- Tension headaches: Pain at the temples or back of the head or neck
- Cluster headaches: Sharp pain in one side of the head.
- Sinus headaches: Common in people who have sinus.
- Rebound headaches: Headaches caused by the usage of painkillers or drugs.
- Migraine headaches: Strong pain for a while (often lasts between four & seventy-two hours)
Have you ever noticed a celebrity or athlete with circle-shaped marks on their bodies? If you are familiar with Traditional Chinese Medicine, you must have heard of Cupping therapy, in which the therapist puts cups on your skin to create suction to pull blood into the skin and remove toxins. The suction force from cupping expands and breaks open blood vessels under the skin. The cupping area is like an injury in your body. It sends more blood to stimulate healing in that particular area. People use this therapy for various health issues such as headaches, inflammation, pain, and relaxation. Mostly, the cups are glass, bamboo, metal, ceramic, or silicone. At Xiehe Medical Center, we have therapists experienced in performing cupping for you in Dubai. In this blog, we will discuss the best cupping therapies available. Two different methods of cupping therapy: - Dry: Dry cupping therapy is also known as ‘fire cupping therapy’ when the therapist uses flammable substances like herbs, alcohol, or paper cup to set them on fire. When the fire goes out, they put the cup on your skin. As the air cools, it creates a vacuum and causes your skin to redden as your blood vessels under the skin expand. Some therapists leave cups for around 3 minutes and then remove them. - Wet: Wet cupping is known as ‘hijama’, where the practitioner places cups on the skin. And practitioner uses needles to puncture the skin before cupping. After suction, the practitioner removes the cups and uses pressure to speed blood flow before placing the cup again over the locations for several minutes. There are various other cupping processes like needle cupping, massage cupping, facial cupping, and water cupping. Needle cupping- It is a combination of acupuncture and cupping. Massage cupping- In this method therapist moves the cups after creating the suction. Facial cupping- In this process, they place silicone cups to detoxify & rejuvenate the skin. Water cupping- Each cup filled with warm water inverted onto the skin for suction. After the session, you will have round bruise marks on your body for a few weeks. Cupping therapy will not be painful with our experienced therapists. We have experts who can offer you healing for your ailments. You can consult us for your queries and concerns.
Traditional Chinese Medicine organizes natural phenomena into five categories, fire, earth, water, wood, and metal. These five elements encompass the concept of the entire universe connecting to natural properties. It is often said that every person has a component of each element in their bodily constitution. Let’s briefly discuss each of the five elements. The Five Elements-
Do you know Traditional Chinese medicine is around a 3,500-year-old medicine system? It is used for ailments based on the philosophy that the human body is in a state of balance- both connecting internally and outside the world. The imbalance in the body create physical ailments. That is the basis of Chinese medicine and its practices. You might wonder traditional Chinese medicine is just about drinking some herbal potions! It is not true; traditional Chinese medicine has specific branches, such as tai chi, acupuncture, cupping, and massage. Don’t think it is just acupuncture and herbs; there's a lot more to it! Let’s get into some interesting facts about Chinese medicine:
- Traditional Chinese Medicine work based on the philosophy of body-nature balance.
- Most drugs/ medicine you take in TCM are from herbs.
- TCM believes that Qi (vital energy) is essential for the overall health of human beings.
- Two popular TCM treatments to reduce pain are acupuncture and acupressure.
- There is no fixed recipe for TCM. Practitioners adjust the medicine recipe according to the patient physical condition.
- Traditional Chinese Medicine treatments are still recommended as complementary or preventative treatment methods.