Cupping: a healing modality in Traditional Chinese Medicine that uses small cups to suction the skin to disperse and break up stagnation by drawing congested blood or energy to the surface.
Pain results from the congestion, stagnation, and blockage of energy, fluids, lymph, phlegm, and blood. Cupping is a method of breaking up the blockage to restore the body’s natural flow of energy.
How is cupping therapy done?
The cups are made from plastic, glass, bamboo, or silicone.
There are primarily three cupping techniques: dry, wet, and flash.
What are the benefits of cupping therapy?
Are there any side effects of cupping?
The cup’s vacuum suction can break small capillaries in the tissue, causing purple or red circles on the treated area. This process promotes the healing mechanisms within the body. The circles can last for a few days.
If you are curious, what a cupping therapy session looks like, refer to YouTube to watch a session for free.
If you would like to experience a cupping therapy session, many acupuncture, massage therapy, and alternative medicine offices offer this service.
Herbal medicine: the practice of using herbs and herbal preparations to maintain health and to prevent, alleviate, or cure disease.
Herb: any plant or plant part used for its therapeutic value.
How is herbal medicine different from pharmaceutical medications?
What is the difference between herbal medicine and western medicine?
A large portion of this website is dedicated to herbal medicine. Each herb’s page provides a brief description, its medicinal properties, incorporation recommendations, and resources.
Qigong: an ancient Chinese exercise and healing technique that involves meditation, controlled breathing, and movement exercises.
Tai Chi: an ancient Chinese discipline of meditative movements practiced as a system of exercises.
What is the difference between Qigong and Tai Chi?
What are the health benefits of Qigong and Tai Chi?
Qigong and Tai Chi are often offered at community centers, hospital networks, spiritual centers, and gyms.
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM): Views the human body as a small universe of interconnected systems, including physical elements as well as subtle energies.
TCM focuses on the balance between yin and yang, which are the forces that exist in humans and all things within the Universe. A healthy person is in harmony with these two forces. A dis-eased person is unbalanced between the two forces.
What is TCM founded on?
What are the healing modalities of TCM?
In the United States, it is more common to visit a separate practitioner for the different healing modalities within TCM.
Grounding: connecting with the Earth both physically and spiritually
Earthing: direct contact with the Earth’s surface through standing/walking barefoot or sitting/laying on the ground. There are also conductive systems such as bedsheets and floor mats that facilitate the transfer of energy from the Earth into the body
These words are often used interchangeably.
However, they have slightly different definitions.
What is the difference between grounding and earthing?
What are the benefits of grounding?
Grounding helps emotional stability by calming the mind. It helps one to deal with traumatic or stressful situations and crises.
What are the benefits of earthing?
Earthing restores and stabilizes the bioelectrical circuitry that governs our physiology and organs, recharges and thins our blood, enhances immune function while decreasing inflammation and pain.
Earthing has existed as long as humanity has. Humans used to walk barefoot and live in homes with earthen floors. The disconnection from the Earth and its benefits were only discovered when we went without them through shoes, sidewalks, streets, and flooring.
Holistic Medicine: treatment of the whole person, taking into account mental and social factors, rather than just the symptoms of a disease.
Words often associated with holistic medicine: alternative medicine, complementary medicine, and integrative medicine.
Alternative Medicine: modalities of healing or treating a disease that is not included in the traditional medical curriculum of the U.S. and Britain.
Examples: chiropractic, acupuncture, traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), herbal medicine, Ayurveda, homeopathy, naturopathy, massage therapy, yoga, meditation, holistic nutrition, nature therapy, animal therapy, color therapy, massage therapy, play therapy, music therapy, art therapy, dance therapy, biofeedback, Reiki, Qigong, and Tai Chi.
Complementary Medicine: when a patient under a western medicine treatment plan uses alternative medicine modalities for additional support.
Integrative Medicine: when a patient has both western and alternative medicine within their treatment plan.
Holistic medicine describes the approach holistic practitioners have regarding disease and infection.
Alternative medicine is the all-encompassing term for the healing modalities not taught or utilized within western medicine.
What is the difference between western (allopathic) medicine and holistic medicine?
The treatment model of western medicine is to identify the disease or infection by observing the symptoms. The goal is to eliminate the problem through medication or surgical procedures. The healthcare provider is focused on a specific illness, body part, or symptom. The role of the patient is passive.
The treatment model of holistic medicine is to identify what caused the disease or infection and to fix the root cause. Infection and illness occur when the body is out of homeostasis (balance, stable equilibrium) for too long. Depending on the patient, specific foods, herbal supplements, physical exercise, spiritual practices, and stress-management tools are prescribed. The healthcare provider is focused on the whole body. The patient is actively involved in their healing.
Western medicine does not address the root cause of disease and infection, which means that the same issue can occur again within the person.
What is the difference between complementary medicine and integrative medicine?
Complementary medicine is when a person is under the care of a Western doctor with a western treatment plan but may receive alternative medical treatments for added relief.
Integrative medicine is when a person is under the care of a provider who uses both western and alternative medicine to create their treatment plan.
Hippocrates is known as the father of medicine and lived in the 4th century B.C.
Germ theory emerged in the late 1800s, which created an entirely new model of medicine.
Today, more and more people are recognizing the flaws of germ theory-based healthcare and are starting to take responsibility for their health.
There are many aspects to holistic medicine because it addresses the body, mind, and soul. This website, Revive Report, is entirely focused on holistic medicine and how to apply it’s principles to your life. I recommend you explore this site to further your exploration and research.
Meditation: a practice where an individual uses a technique, such as mindfulness or focusing their mind on a particular object, thought or activity, to train attention and awareness, and achieve a mentally clear and emotionally calm and stable state
Mindfulness: is the ability to be present, to be in the here and now, fully engaged with whatever you are doing (not thinking about the past or the future)
Why should I meditate?
The majority of thoughts are repetitive and negative, not serving a purpose, but a programmed subconscious loop in the brain. The constant dialogue in your mind is draining energy from you in this present moment. Incessant thoughts take you to the past (which no longer exists) or the future (that does not exist yet). While your thoughts are in the past or future with regret, guilt, shame, worrying, or planning, you are missing the full experience and joy of right now.
All we have is the present moment. To truly be present now means you are devoting all your attention and energy to the experience that is currently happening. This leads to more loving interactions and deeper connections with others and the world around you. When you stop focusing on the past and future, depression, stress, and anxiety disappear.
How do I meditate?
Sit in a comfortable position with your spine straight and hands on your lap. It is common to sit cross-legged on a cushion or blanket, and a chair is an option as well.
What is the difference between silent and guided meditation?
Silent meditation has no facilitator verbally guiding the meditation and is done in silence.
Guided meditation involves a facilitator verbally guiding the meditation, sometimes accompanied by calming music.
What kinds of meditation are there?
The difference between vipassana and mindfulness is the intention.
Vipassana’s goal is through awareness one will ultimately see their true nature.
Mindfulness is based on stress relief, relaxation, and the ability to be present.
How do I stop thinking when I meditate?
Your brain does not automatically stop thinking when you sit down to meditate. It is easy to expect that you should be in complete stillness and peace when you meditate. Just as you don’t learn how to play an instrument in a few lessons, meditation takes consistent practice.
Thoughts still come, perhaps regularly. Do not judge them or try to silence them. Just observe as you would clouds floating by in the sky.
What is the difference between prayer and meditation?
Prayer is when you talk to God/Source/the Universe/your Higher Power.
Meditation is when you listen in stillness or are tuning in to a higher vibration of consciousness and connection.
What are the benefits of meditation?
My favorite app for meditation is Insight Timer, and it is free! The app provides a timer for silent meditation and has thousands of guided meditations that vary by time and theme.
Yoga: a mental, physical, and spiritual practice that originated in ancient India, specifically within Hinduism.
In Sanskrit, the word yoga means union.
In the West, we tend to focus on Hatha yoga or physical yoga, but there are 8 different components of yoga.
The 8 Limbs of yoga (as listed in Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras)
Hatha yoga or physical yoga is part of the third limb, asana.
What types of physical yoga are there?
There are other types of yoga classes available beyond this list.
I listed the ones I find to be the most common.
What are the benefits of yoga?
There are many benefits of yoga that have been proven through scientific research:
What is the difference between yoga and pilates?
Yoga is a physical, mental, and spiritual practice that’s ultimate goal is to experience liberation and enlightenment. However, many yoga classes today only teach the physical aspect.
Pilates was invented in 1920 to gain flexibility, strength, and body awareness without building bulk. The main goal of Pilates is to strengthen the stomach, improve posture, stabilize and elongate the spine, and develop balance and overall strength.
Ultimately, the main difference is the intention behind each practice. Yoga is rooted in spirituality while pilates was created for physical fitness.
The first time yoga was written about was in the Indus-Sarasvati civilization in Northern India over 5,000 years ago. Yoga was discussed in the Rig Veda. The Veda was a collection of texts containing songs, mantras, and rituals used by Brahmans (Vedic priests).
The first systematic approach to yoga was published by Patanjali and called the Yoga-Sûtras sometime between 101-200 AD.
In the late 1800s, yoga was first introduced to the West.
Yoga did not become an accessible group practice in the United States until the mid-1900s.
My favorite YouTube channel for free yoga is Yoga with Adriene.
YouTube and your local library are both excellent free resources.
Channeling: to serve as a medium for (a) spirit
Medium: a person who mediates communication between (a) spirit and living human beings
How does a person channel?
Channeling occurs when a person quiets their mind and allows themselves to become an empty vessel that spirit can communicate through. When a person is channeling, the words that are spoken through them are not their own, but a non-physical entity’s.
A person quiets their mind when they meditate. When there are no thoughts or attachment to anything, there is stillness. It is within this stillness that a person can open themselves for a spirit to come through.
Channeling can be done through the non-physical entity speaking directly through a person and automatic writing. Most well-known channelers today have an entity speak through them. Automatic writing is a common way to begin channeling.
What is automatic writing?
Automatic writing is when you quiet the conscious mind (normally through meditation) and allowing your unconscious mind to write, this allows for (a) spirit to give guidance or answer a posed question.
What is the difference between a channeler and a psychic?
A channeler serves as a medium for (a) spirit to communicate through. The person is not the one communicating or giving information.
A psychic is a person who uses their own abilities, specifically an extra-sensory perception (ESP) to acquire information and knowledge.
There are four main types of psychics:
Our connection to something bigger than ourselves has always been held together with channelers.
All three texts are full of prophecies, commands, and instructions from an entity outside the person who is literally writing.
To explore channeled videos and books,
YouTube & your local library are both
excellent resources that are free!