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a Valentine to heal and manifest all things of the heart
We have your heart on top of mind this Valentine’s Day!
Acupuncture is known not only for relief of physical pain, and improvement of general health, but also for that of the mind-emotions and spirit. In Acupuncture medicine the mind-emotions and spirit are one. The heart is the emperor of the body, and it is in charge of the mind, thus it is considered the heart-mind or Shen.
The heart is responsible for the feelings of love, forgiveness, and joy.
The heart protector is the Pericardium that surrounds the heart. It protects the heart from emotional distress. It is the gate keeper allowing the heart to be open or closed. Sometimes we are out of balance, and our heart is too wide open to someone who may not be good for us, or it is too closed off not letting love inside.
The Pericardium meridian is used more often than the heart meridian to help balance the mental-emotional-spiritual aspects of ourselves. Taking care of the Mind-Heart-Shen can help with conditions of heart like heart palpitations, insomnia, vivid dreams, cardiac pain, broken heart syndrome, anxiety, manic behavior, fear of meeting people, shyness, poor memory, or clouded thinking.
For a day like Valentine’s Day, it is good practice to express and share our love with our loved ones and significant other. It can be a time to focus on healing our heart and moving forward.
Heal and Manifest all Things Related to the Heart
use the Pericardium Meridian.
Pericardium 2-Heavenly Spring. Located 2 inches below the axillary line (armpit) between the 2 heads of the biceps brachii.
Pericardium 3-Crooked Marsh. Located medial to the bicep tendon at the elbow.
Let me share a couple Acupuncture Points found along the Pericardium Meridian. These acupoints help to:
- Bring Harmony between a heart that is too wide open and one that is too closed.
- Balance the water (fear) and Fire of intimacy.
- Cleanse and release old emotional wounds and heartbreak.
- Invigorate the spirit of fire for warmth, connection, communication, and love.
Massage gently in a clockwise fashion for 30 seconds to one minute. Breath nice and slow bringing the air into your lower abdomen expanding your ribcage and exhaling slowly making the laughter sound of HA HA HA!
If you are feeling like you need a bit more help, come in for acupuncture to heal and manifest all things related to the heart!
With love and healing,
Dr. Michele Arnold-Pirtle
Sound Healing Research Support
Scientific research and medical use of sound healing
Various forms of sound frequencies have been used in Western medical settings for years. Sound for medical healing is continually researched.
What makes vibrational tuning forks and Tibetan Bowels unique is that they are acoustic, not plugged in. You can use them in your own home. The frequencies are harmonious, and the vibration produced feels good, and the sound can be calming or energizing.
Take a look at the following references for the medical use of sound and light.
- For tumor reduction:
Wan GY, Liu Y, Chen BW, Liu YY, Wang YS, Zhang N. Recent advances of sonodynamic therapy in cancer treatment. Cancer Biol Med. 2016;13(3):325‐338. doi:10.20892/j.issn.2095-3941.2016.0068
Sonodynamic therapy (SDT) is an emerging approach that involves a combination of low-intensity ultrasound and specialized chemical agents known as sonosensitizers. Ultrasound can penetrate deeply into tissues and can be focused into a small region of a tumor to activate a sonosensitizer which offers the possibility of non-invasively eradicating solid tumors in a site-directed manner. In this article, we critically reviewed the currently accepted mechanisms of sonodynamic action and summarized the classification of sonosensitizers. At the same time, the breath of evidence from SDT-based studies suggests that SDT is promising for cancer treatment.
McHale AP, Callan JF, Nomikou N, Fowley C, Callan B. Sonodynamic Therapy: Concept, Mechanism and Application to Cancer Treatment. Adv Exp Med Biol. 2016;880:429‐450. doi:10.1007/978-3-319-22536-4_22
Sonodynamic therapy (SDT) represents an emerging approach that offers the possibility of non-invasively eradicating solid tumors in a site-directed manner. It involves the sensitization of target tissues with a non-toxic sensitizing chemical agent and subsequent exposure of the sensitized tissues to relatively low-intensity ultrasound. Essentially, both aspects (the sensitization and ultrasound exposure) are harmless, and cytotoxic events occur when both are combined. Due to the significant depth that ultrasound penetrates tissue, the approach provides an advantage over similar alternative approaches, such as photodynamic therapy (PDT), in which less penetrating light is employed to provide the cytotoxic effect in sensitized tissues. This suggests that sonodynamic therapy may find wider clinical application, particularly for the non-invasive treatment of less accessible lesions. Early SDT-based approaches employed many of the sensitizers used in PDT, although the manner in which ultrasound activates the sensitizer differs from activation events in PDT. Here we will review the currently accepted mechanisms by which ultrasound activates sensitizers to elicit cytotoxic effects. In addition, we will explore the breath of evidence from in-vitro and in-vivo SDT-based studies, providing the reader with an insight into the therapeutic potential offered by SDT in the treatment of cancer.
Yang Y, Tu J, Yang D, Raymond JL, Roy RA, Zhang D. Photo- and Sono-Dynamic Therapy: A Review of Mechanisms and Considerations for Pharmacological Agents Used in Therapy Incorporating Light and Sound. Curr Pharm Des. 2019;25(4):401‐412. doi:10.2174/1381612825666190123114107
As irreplaceable energy sources of minimally invasive treatment, light and sound have, separately, laid solid foundations in their clinic applications. Constrained by the relatively shallow penetration depth of light, photodynamic therapy (PDT) typically involves involves superficial targets such as shallow seated skin conditions, head and neck cancers, eye disorders, early-stage cancer of esophagus, etc. For ultrasound-driven sonodynamic therapy (SDT), however, to various organs is facilitated by the superior… transmission and focusing ability of ultrasound in biological tissues, enabling multiple therapeutic applications including treating glioma, breast cancer, hematologic tumor and opening blood-brain-barrier (BBB). Considering the emergence of theranostics and precision therapy, these two classic energy sources and corresponding sensitizers are worth reevaluating. In this review, three typical therapies using light and sound as a trigger, PDT, SDT, and combined PDT and SDT are introduced. The therapeutic dynamics and current designs of pharmacological sensitizers involved in these therapies are presented. By introducing both the history of the field and the most up-to-date design strategies, this review provides a systemic summary on the development of PDT and SDT and fosters inspiration for researchers working on ‘multi-modal’ therapies involving light and sound.
2. For mood, anxiety, and mind.
Goldsby TL, Goldsby ME, McWalters M, Mills PJ. Effects of Singing Bowl Sound Meditation on Mood, Tension, and Well-being: An Observational Study. J Evid Based Complementary Altern Med. 2017;22(3):401‐406. doi:10.1177/2156587216668109
Poor mood and elevated anxiety are linked to increased incidence of disease. This study examined the effects of sound meditation, specifically Tibetan singing bowl meditation, on mood, anxiety, pain, and spiritual well-being. Sixty-two women and men (mean age 49.7 years) participated. As compared with pre-meditation, following the sound meditation participants reported significantly less tension, anger, fatigue, and depressed mood (all Ps <.001). Additionally, participants who were previously naïve to this type of meditation experienced a significantly greater reduction in tension compared with participants experienced in this meditation ( P < .001). Feeling of spiritual well-being significantly increased across all participants ( P < .001). Tibetan singing bowl meditation may be a feasible low-cost low technology intervention for reducing feelings of tension, anxiety, and depression, and increasing spiritual well-being. This meditation type may be especially useful in decreasing tension in individuals who have not previously practiced this form of meditation.
3. For pain relief.
Lim E, Lim R, Suhaimi A, Chan BT, Wahab AKA. Treatment of chronic back pain using indirect vibroacoustic therapy: A pilot study. J Back Musculoskelet Rehabil. 2018;31(6):1041‐1047. doi:10.3233/BMR-171042
Objective: This 12-week pilot study examines the efficacy of applying low frequency sound wave stimulation (between 16-160 Hz) through both hands and feet on relieving pain and improving functional ability in patients with chronic back pain.
Results: At week 12, significant reductions in pain sensation and pain-related disability were observed, with mean reductions of 3.5 points in P-VAS and 13.5 points in the PDI scores. Sixty-five percent of the participants had a reduction of at least 3 points on the P-VAS score, while 52% participants showed a decrease of at least 10 points in the PDI score. Significant improvement was observed in the SF-12 physical composite score but not the mental composite score.
Conclusions: The preliminary findings showed that passive application of low frequency sound wave stimulation therapy through both hands and feet was effective in alleviating pain and improving functional ability in patients with chronic back pain.
4. For determining fractures. Useful for physical trainers!
uning forks in determining fractures. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5076288/
5. Other references from the pioneers in the field of sound therapy.
Angel, Barbra (Romanowska, Barbara). (2014). Tune & Heal: In-depth cellular music therapy, Simple techniques for healing the Body, Mind, and Spirit with Sound. Translation Polish to English: Blaszczak (Sendi), A. and Choi, C. Ed. Johnston, D. and Larson, D. Published on Create Space.
Beaulieu, John (2010). Human Tuning: Sound Healing With Tuning Forks. Biosonic Enterprises, Ltd. New York.
Maman, Fabian. The Role of music in the twenty-first century. Redondo Beach, CA.: Tama-Dõ Press, 1997.
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Using Acupressure for Future Hope and Happiness in 2022
Each new year we look forward to a new beginning. To a brighter future. Many of us will make New Year’s resolutions to start the new year in the right direction. Our intentions are to make up for any mistakes we made during the previous year in hopes not to repeat them. We also aim to put into action those things we have put on the back burner by procrastinating. By learning from our mistakes, setting goals, organizing, planning, and putting those steps into action we will experience personal growth. This may be on an emotional-mental level, physical level, or more spiritual.
- Many of us would like to see ourselves improve our relationships
- Feel good, and be healthier
- Become more physically fit, and lose weight
- Be a better person by being more thoughtful, conscientious, generous, patient, and understanding.
- Maybe we would like to excel in school, or to succeed in our career.
- We would like to enjoy financial abundance and freedom
- Perhaps there are hobbies to try, or places we want to see.
In a nutshell, let us give thanks for what we have had this past year while looking forward to the future.
There are ways you can help yourself do just that. Acupressure is one of the ways to help yourself on an emotional-spiritual level.
There are two acupuncture points that I would like to share with you.
- Liver #13 called Chapter Gate (Zhang Men). This is located below the tip of the 11th rib. Think of it like a gate opening up, or the turning of a page in a book to a new chapter. It helps recycle the old stuff enabling a new transition in life. It allows you to breath as it benefits the diaphragm, and ribcage. If your mind feels stuck, this is a great point to activate.
- Liver #14 called Gate of Hope (Qi Men). It is located on the inferior ridge of intercostal angle about 4″ lateral from center, and 3.5″ below the tip of zyphoid process. *This is an alternative location used in Classical Five-Element Acupuncture. Use this point when you feel resigned, like you want to give up. When you are feeling like there is no growth, no fulfillment use this point. It brings hope for the future. It opens up the consent to healing, and to getting well. It empowers the quality of aspiration.
Together these acupuncture points will help change your perspective when needed, and will bring the feeling of hope, and growth needed for a new beginning and for a bright future.
Rub each point in a clockwise direction for up to a minute each. Then gently tap 5 times up and down.
Rub each point twice daily in the morning, and before bed.
Happy New Year 2022!
Dr. Michele Arnold
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