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Traditional Chinese Medicine

By | 2018-06-14T23:54:05+00:00 July 22nd, 2016|Fitness & Exercise, Student Life, Taoism & Qi Cultivation, YSU Community Clinic|

When you hear someone talking about “Traditional Chinese Medicine” you probably think about acupuncture, or how much needles freak you out. And while acupuncture is a big part of TCM, there are many other aspects that make up the medicine. In today’s “In Caring Hands” we’re highlighting four practices within Traditional Chinese Medicine.

Tai Chi

Tai chi is a centuries-old mind and body practice. It involves gentle, dance-like body movements with mental focus, breathing, and relaxation.


Cupping therapy is an ancient form of therapy in which a local suction is created on the skin; practitioners believe this mobilizes blood flow in order to promote healing. Suction is created using heat (fire) or mechanical devices (hand or electrical pumps).


Acupuncture is a technique in which practitioners stimulate specific points on the body—most often by inserting thin needles through the skin.


The Chinese Materia Medica (a pharmacological reference book used by TCM practitioners) describes thousands of medicinal substances—primarily plants, but also some minerals and animal products. Different parts of plants, such as the leaves, roots, stems, flowers, and seeds, are used. In TCM, herbs are often combined in formulas and given as teas, capsules, liquid extracts, granules, or powders.

Interested in learning more about TCM?  Follow us on Facebook for up to date news articles about the medicine! You can also see if Traditional Chinese Medicine is right for you by making an appointment at the YSU Blount Community Clinic OR by checking out our “In your Element” community classes series. Right now we’re featuring Andrew Eng’s Hip Hop Qi Gong!

Traditional Chinese Medicine: In Depth – information from the National Center for Complementary Medicine and Integrative Health
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Tips for the Holiday Weekend

By | 2018-06-14T23:54:06+00:00 July 1st, 2016|Fitness & Exercise, Food & Nutrition, Health & Wellness, YSU Community Clinic|

Monday July 4th not only marks Independence Day, it also marks the second official week of summer! With warmer temperatures and longer days spent socializing, it’s important that you don’t forget about your health.

According to the Five Element Theory, summer is associated with the Fire element. Fire is the most active, lively and warming of the elements. It is represented in our body through circulation, warmth, consciousness, sleep, emotions / spirits, love, the nervous system and memory. It also corresponds to the heart (yin energy) and the small intestine (yang energy.)

To keep your fire element harmonized it is important that you eat foods and partake in activities that help keep the body cool and balanced. Below are four tips  that you can easily incorporate into your daily routine.

Tip #1 Eat more watermelon

In Traditional Chinese Medicine, watermelon is classified as having a cooling nature. It is used to detoxify the body, quench thirst and relieve irritably caused by summer heat.

Tip #2  Add lemon to your water and meals 

While sour in taste, lemon, like watermelon, also has a cooling effect on the body. Lemon helps replenish fluids (specifically yin), harmonize the stomach and aid in digestion.

Tip #3 Wake up earlier and go to sleep later 

For those of you who are not early birds or night owls, this tip can be difficult. However, by waking up earlier and going to sleep later, you will be able to benefit from the sun’s nourishing rays, which are most bountiful during the summer.

Tip #4 Meditate

Through meditation you are able to strengthen your mind body connection, and lose feelings of stress, anxiety and anger, all of which weaken the fire element.

The heart is the “seat” of mind and therefore, its highest expression is love. So love yourself by staying healthy this summer and for life.

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In Caring Hands: A Month-long Profile of the YSU Blount Community Clinic

By | 2018-06-14T23:54:06+00:00 July 1st, 2016|Fitness & Exercise, Food & Nutrition, Health & Wellness, YSU Community Clinic|

Being the top-rated Acupuncture Clinic in West LA is both an honor and responsibility we take seriously. All this month we are going to share with you stories of the great people and transformations happening in the YSU Blount Clinic.   If you don’t already know why there is a patient waitlist or just want to get to know us a little better, follow each story and share with others who could benefit.  Whether you’re a prospective student or looking to live a healthier life, don’t miss these amazing stories.

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Tai Chi and your Workout Regimen

By | 2018-06-14T23:54:06+00:00 February 9th, 2016|Fitness & Exercise, Taoism & Qi Cultivation, TCM Today|

The practice of Tai Chi dates back to the 15th century, and is an fundamental part of YSU’s MATCM and DAOM programs. Tai chi is great for reducing stress as well as improving balance, strength, and mobility which is why 2.3 million people of all ages have added Tai Chi to their workout regimen. Check out this article in the LA Times to learn why you may benefit from adding Tai Chi to your weekly routine.

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Five Element Theory – Exercises

By | 2018-06-14T23:54:07+00:00 October 13th, 2015|Fitness & Exercise|

In the “Five Element Theory” the Fall season is associated with the Metal element. Keep your metal element harmonized through healthy breathing exercises, yoga and Qigong. We want to know…What’s your favorite Yoga and/or Qigong pose(s)?

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