The Chinese New Year Celebration at YSU on Sunday Feb 18th, 2018 was a great success! Thanks to Yo San University Student Association, volunteers, performers, students, alumni, staff and all the guests!
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 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!
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.
While it doesn’t feel like winter here in SoCal, it won’t be until March 20th that it is officially spring. So with that in mind, check out what Yoga Journal (and contributor YSU Professor Carolyn Cohen, L.Ac.) have to say about staying healthy during the winter months.
An integral part of our curriculum at YSU are our Qi Cultivation courses, which include a number Tai Chi classes. Research cited in this New York Times article shows that Tai Chi can help improve sleep and reduce inflammation.
Going through a hard or frustrating time? Sometimes it can be difficult to accept the obstacles life throws your way. Read what Hua Ching Ni has to say about life’s negative circumstances, and perhaps begin to see a new perspective on where you are. What do you take from this message that can inspire you?
“Watching the blossoming flowers. In Spring, Summer, Autumn, and even Winter, flowers are blooming. They take their support from the weather, continuing to bloom despite inclement weather. No human individual need be withered by the negative circumstances in life. Let your life blossom like those flowers, in the sense of the fullness of your spirit and fullness of your life strength.”
—Hua Ching Ni