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Ancient Chinese Healing Traditions

Cupping Therapy | Ancient Chinese Tradition

Cupping Therapy | Ancient Chinese Tradition

Pumpkin has been sick for days.  Yesterday morning I looked into his eyes when he woke up to see red and drippy infected eyes staring back at me.  I’ve never seen him look this bad.  I knew it was really bad when he agreed to see a doctor (this macho guy rarely sees one).  We knew we wouldn’t be happy to walk out of any old doctors’ office carrying a slip of paper with a written prescription of the latest antibiotic.  So we sought out a holistic doctor instead.  We found Acupuncture and Cupping Therapy, ancient Chinese Healing Traditions.

Dr. Vincent Xie has a practice of Ancient Chinese Traditions, which includes acupuncture, cupping therapy, and herbs.  I’ve never seen these practices done before… so I excitedly whipped out my iphone without asking Dr. Xie, hovered, and snapped away.  Pretty soon, he was going very slow, to make sure I could capture my shots :-).

As you can see in the picture above, he uses an alcohol soaked cotton ball lit on fire to create heat inside the glass cup, which causes the suction.  (Suction evidenced by the purple spots all over my honey’s back!)  He got so close to Mark’s skin with the fire, it made me so tense.  Mark swore it didn’t hurt.

Cupping Therapy | Ancient Chinese Tradition

Cupping Therapy | Ancient Chinese Tradition

The idea is for the suction action to draw out the impurities in the body (from food preservatives, chemicals, metals, etc.)  I could see his back scrunch up inside the cup immediately after it was placed.

Then there was acupuncture…

Acupuncture | Ancient Chinese Tradition

Acupuncture | Ancient Chinese Tradition


Yikes… right in his neck!

And also in his hands…

Acupuncture | Ancient Chinese Tradition

Acupuncture | Ancient Chinese Tradition

The doctor left Mark like that for about 25 minutes, coming in twice to stimulate (twist) the needles.  I pretty much watched in horror.  But Mark didn’t flinch an inch when Dr. Xie was placing them or twisting them – and swears he didn’t even feel them.

While the doctor was twisting, I asked him if these treatments were still the main focus of doctors’ practices in China.

“Yes,” he said.

That made me happy.  I don’t know why.  Maybe it’s just nice to know that some things never change.  Or that it gave me a feeling of validation for these practices mostly overlooked in America.  Or that pharmacy drug peddling  isn’t corrupting medicine there.

After the treatments, Dr. Xie gave Mark two bottles of different herbs to take for the flu symptoms.  And then we were done.  We walked out wondering what the next few hours and days would bring.  Hopefully, at least, a less purple back…

Cupping Therapy Damage

Cupping Therapy Damage

But, truly, I want to be a believer that there are natural alternatives to chemically laced drugs that really do long-term damage to people.  It really is depressing to hear commercial after commercial promote these ridiculous prescriptions that may cause suicide or may cause anal leakage. Really?  Is that what we want?  Is that what we’re buying?  I don’t downplay all prescriptions – Mark would be in a wheelchair if he didn’t take his gout prescriptions from time-to-time (we’ve been able to ween him off quite a bit).

This morning, I looked into Pumpkin’s eyes when he woke up to see clear whites around his eyeballs!  It felt good.  I rubbed my hand over his purple circles (now just slightly red) and thanked them :-)  We’re keeping our fingers crossed that he continues to get better.

P.S.  I wonder if he’ll mind all these pictures of him here?  ;-)

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What I Love About Teeccino Herbal Coffee

Teeccino Herbal Coffee

Teeccino Herbal Coffee

There’s not too much I don’t like about being Mormon, but not drinking coffee is one thing!  I was a coffee drinker before I converted five years ago.  Not the kind that had to have her coffee every morning, but the kind that really enjoyed it with dessert. Especially cold, windy days called for a visit to Starbucks or Peet’s to get a cafe latte, and an iced Americano was a favorite treat on hot summer days.  Breaking the habit was hard.  Very hard.  Even today when a roasting pot wafts my way, I am delighted with its distinct smell and fight the urge to have a cup.  But today, my friends in similar quandaries – or those who are just trying to give up coffee for other reasons, I have great, great news.  It’s called Teeccino Herbal Coffee.

Here’s why I love Teeccino Herbal Coffee:

  • It’s not coffee.  There is no coffee, whatsoever, in it.
  • It smells as good as coffee.
  • You brew it in a coffee pot just like coffee.
  • It has the same texture and consistency of coffee.
  • It tastes strikingly similar to coffee.
  • You add your normal creamer and sweetener as you would with your favorite cup of joe.  (I use raw milk and Stevia)
  • It tastes great hot and cold.
  • It’s mostly natural, containing barley, carob, and a variety of other nuts, figs, and fruits to simulate the coffee taste.
  • I can drink it.  And I do… oh, I do.  Lots and lots.
  • There is no caffeine.
  • It’s non-acidic.
  • It restores an alkaline balance in your body.
  • It’s safe before, during, and after pregnancy.
  • It’s good for you!
  • It’s GLUTEN FREE!!!!

The one thing I cannot say is that it’s not ADDICTING.  Because I happen to think it is.  I start a pot in the morning, drink several hot cups, chill the rest, and have an iced-coffee dessert, or two, at night.  Mmmmmm.  I am in love.  So, so in love.  Maybe just slightly less than with my husband.

It comes in light, medium, and dark roasts in a huge variety of flavors from Vanilla Nut, to Chocolate Mint.  I’ve been sipping the Mediterranean Java, which I hear is a little sweeter than some from the Maya collection, which more exactly imitate the true taste of coffee.

Some things to know:

  • Despite there being Barley in it, it IS Gluten Free.  A study confirms that BREWED teeccino does not contain gluten.
  • The makers of Teeccino only deal in fair trade.  (yay)
  • Teeccino does not taste EXACTLY like coffee.  But it is a DARN good alternative!
  • You can buy a whole Teeccino sampler pack before committing to a one-pound bag.  Free shipping.
  • This is VERY hard to find in stores.  I did not see it at Whole Foods or Trader Joes, but I did find some at a local no-name health food store by my house.  I do believe Sunflower Markets carry it.
  • The best place to buy is from Amazon.  A one pound bag is normally about $10.  You can buy a 3-pack for about $22 on Amazon.  Buy that book you’ve always wanted at the same time to get your total up to $25 and get free shipping :-)
  • You can drink it now, and thank me later :-)
Brewed Java Teeccino

Brewed Java Teeccino


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Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple Cider Vinegar | Good For Cleansing Hair

I’m nearing the end of my second week in my Infertility Workshop and part of is to start switching out personal care products with natural alternatives.  This process excited me because it’s something I already started doing years ago – but have still been hanging on to certain things.  My shampoo and conditioner.  Ugh!  Is there not any good natural alternatives out there?  I just need some suds or I feel like I’m not getting my hair clean.  Also, my hair is very tangly, so I need a great working conditioner.  To go without has just never been an option.  Until…

Apple Cider Vinegar!!!  Woot!!  I couldn’t believe it, either.  It sounds nast, doesn’t it?  I figured it wouldn’t hurt to try, so I did, without much expectation.  In fact, my a’natural aunt was just telling me a couple of months ago that this is what she used in her hair for conditioner – she said it really makes her hair soft, shiny, and clean.  So when it came up as an alternative in my infertility course, I thought for sure I had to at least give it a try – being fully prepared to hop back in the shower and use conditioner.

Okay, so I get out of the shower and start brushing my hair… and the brush combed right through – no snags or tangles.  My hair actually smelled good, not gross, not like when I was putting it on my hair (make sure you rinse it out well).  My hair feels like it’s been stripped of all the nasty gunk it has accumulated over time, that I didn’t even realize was there until the Apple Cider Vinegar got it so clean.  I think I used more than most mixes call for, but I used one part vinegar to three parts water and mixed together in a bottle that has a squirty thingy on top so I could squirt right into my hair.

Being brave with this product now, I also decided to use it in lieu of my fabric softener – which is another thing I haven’t been able to give up yet.  Traditional fabric softener is SO toxic.  I’ve tried using lavender and other essential oils, but my clothes just weren’t as soft as I like them to be.  I am now officially giving up traditional fabric softener and using apple cider vinegar alternatively.  Made my clothes and blankets super soft, and left them smelling good.  I only had to plug my noise as I poured it into the load :-)  I just put it in with the wash, in the liquid fabric softener space.  A couple of tablespoons.

Do a Google search and you’ll find tons of ways to use vinegar in lieu of toxic chemicals – weed killer, cleaner, food cleanser, to name a few.

Do you have any alternative ways you use vinegar?  Please share… :-)

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