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Articles: Health and Healing

Aihan Khun

Stress and Health

Dr. Aihan Kuhn, CMD, November 10, 2014

We live with different life styles, have different personalities, have different occupations, and come from different cultures. We are all different, but we can also be happy with who we are, what we do, how much we have, and with whom we associate with. More >>

Natural Healing for Depression

Natural Healing for Depression

Dr. Aihan Kuhn, CMD, September 23, 2014

It was heart-breaking news to hear that we lost one of our favorite entertainers, Robin Williams.  Thankfully his humor will stay with us forever. After learning how he passed, I wanted to address the danger of depression and offer some healing guidance. More >>

Qigong for Strengthening and Massaging the Internal Organs

Qigong for Strengthening and Massaging the Internal Organs

Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming, June 9, 2014

Your internal organs are the foundation of your health. Most deaths are due to the malfunction or failure of the internal organs. In order to be healthy and avoid degeneration, your organs need to have the correct amount of Qi circulating smoothly through them. More >>

Qigong for Arthritis

Qigong for Arthritis

Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming, May 19, 2014

In the United States, May is “National Arthritis Awareness Month.” There are two major types of arthritis. According to the Arthritis Foundation, osteoarthritis or degenerative arthritis, which is the most common chronic condition of the joints affecting approximately 27 million older Americans. Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a disease of the immune system and attacks the synovium (a thin membrane that lines the joints) causing inflammation and pain. (RA) affects approximately 1.5 million Americans. More >>

What are the Possible Types of Back Pain?

What are the Possible Types of Back Pain?

Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming, March 24, 2014

Back pain can be caused by an overstretching or other trauma to the back muscles and/or tendons. A tearing or inflammation of the ligaments in the spine can also cause back Pain. However, the most common and serious cause of back pain is spasm of the muscles in the lower back area brought on by spinal disease, injury or degeneration. More >>

The Standing Brocade Exercises 6, 7, and 8

The Standing Brocades Qigong: Exercises 6, 7, and 8

Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming, November 25, 2013

The kidneys, which are beneath the two major back muscles, are the residence of original jing (yuan jing). When the kidneys are healthy and strong, your original jing is retained and strengthened. Only when your kidneys are strong will they be able to generate original qi (yuan qi) and enliven your body. More >>

The Standing Brocade Exercises 4 and 5

The Standing Brocades Qigong: Exercises 4 and 5

Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming, November 18, 2013

Five weaknesses refer to illnesses of the five yin organs: heart, liver, spleen, lungs, and kidneys. The seven injuries refer to injuries caused by the seven emotions: happiness, anger, sorrow, joy, love, hate, and desire. More >>

How Do the Chinese Treat Arthritis?

How Do the Chinese Treat Arthritis?

Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming, May 13, 2013

The best way to treat arthritis is to prevent it from happening. However, if it has already occurred, then the appropriate course is to prevent it from getting any worse, and then to rebuild the strength of the joint so that it can resume functioning normally. Generally speaking, if a case of arthritis has already reached the stage of serious physical damage, special treating is needed before any rebuilding can proceed. More >>

Healing in Traditional Chinese Medicine: Acupuncture

Healing in Traditional Chinese Medicine: Acupuncture

Dr. Aihan Kuhn, CMD, December 17, 2012

Acupuncture is one of the oldest, most commonly used medical procedures in the world. It has become the biggest part of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) in the United States in the years since 1972 More >>

Outdoor Martial Arts—A Guide to Training without Sunburning

Outdoor Martial Arts—A Guide to Training without Sunburning

Susan Lynn Peterson, Ph.D., July 11, 2011

The image of martial arts students training outdoors is pervasive. From Beijing parks to the Shaolin Temple, from Hollywood and Hong Kong movies to "Kung Fu Panda," the romance of outdoor training captures our imaginations. That attractive image may have some justification. Modern psychologists speak of the outdoors as a cure for "nature deprivation disorder." More >>

The Standing Eight Brocades Qigong: Exercises 1, 2 & 3

Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming, January 17, 2011

The standing set of the Eight Pieces of Brocade Qigong is more popular than the sitting set, so there are more versions of it. You should not worry about which version is better or more accurate, because the basic principles are the same. More >>

The Sitting Eight Brocades: Exercises 1, 2 & 3

Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming, January 10, 2011

It has been nearly one thousand years since the Eight Pieces of Brocade were created. It does not matter which version you are training, the basic principles and theory are the same, and the goal is consistent. Remember that the most important thing in the training is not the forms themselves, but rather the theory and principle of each form, which constitute the root. More >>

Echinacea

Coughs, Colds, Breathing Problems

Susan Lynn Peterson, Ph.D., January 3, 2011

The ability to breathe freely is crucial to the practice of the martial arts. Here are some combinations that can help with breathing problems due to a recent cold or hay fever. Note that a commonly accepted guideline for exercise during a cold or the flu is the “neck up or neck down rule.” More >>

Chinese Herbs

Good Herbal Habits

Susan Lynn Peterson, Ph.D., October 11, 2010

Are you still reading, still thinking about trying herbs? Have you decided you’re willing to take responsibility for your own herb use? Here are some good herbal habits; habits that will help keep you safe. More >>

What a Martial Artist Should Keep in the Medicine Chest

Susan Lynn Peterson, Ph.D., September 20, 2010

Injuries happen in the martial arts. Most martial artists have a first aid stash: aspirin or something similar, ice packs, bandages, some kind of muscle rub, and perhaps power drinks to boost energy. Western herbs can make a valuable addition to this stash. More >>

Qigong Can Help Heal Arthritis

Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming, May 17, 2010

Over the last four thousand years, Chinese medicine has developed many of its own methods to treat arthritis including Qigong exercises, acupuncture, massage, and herbal treatments. More >>

May is National Arthritis Awareness Month

Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming, May 10, 2010

According to The Arthritis Foundation, arthritis is one of the most common diseases in the United States. Rest, exercise, eating a healthy, well-balanced diet, and learning the right way to use and protect your joints are well-known keys to living with any kind of arthritis. More >>

The Importance to Your Health of Deep Abdominal Breathing

John Loupos, April 12, 2010

The all too common tendency to breathe in a manner that is shallow, or constrained, is one of the great banes of modern man. Habitual shallow chest breathing is a major precursor for cardiovascular problems, not to mention respiratory problems, as well as a host of other health issues. More >>

Treating Thyroid Problems with Natural Medicine

Treating Thyroid Problems with Natural Medicine

Dr. Aihan Kuhn, CMD, December 21, 2009

Thyroid problems are very common in the United States. The thyroid hormone influences almost all of the metabolic processes in your body. More >>

Balance Between Work and Rest

Xu Xiangcai, May 26, 2009

Throughout history mankind has had to work and struggle against nature in order to survive. In doing so, however, one must work within the limits of his or her tolerance and must rest to release tension caused by work. More >>

Coping with Jet Lag

Coping with Jet Lag

David W. Grantham, April 13, 2009

As a pilot for Continental Airlines traveling the globe, I thought it would nice to share with you some ideas about coping with a common problem called jet lag. More >>

Spine loosening and flexing

Learn How to Move Your Spine

Jeff Rosen, September 4, 2008

Three days before my college graduation, I had the misfortune to be a passenger in a Subaru that broad-sided a Lincoln Continental. At the hospital, the doctor asked me what I did for my scoliosis. "What scoliosis?" I asked, unsure whether it was a spine or a liver problem. More >>

Foot Organ Correspondence

Self Qigong Massage, part 2

Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming, April 30, 2008

Although many of the purposes of self-massage are obvious, from the view of Qigong, its functions are wider and more profound. Let's review these purposes so you have a clearer understanding of the "why" of this practice. More >>

Hands Organ Correspondence

Self Qigong Massage, part 1

Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming, April 13, 2008

Self-massage is a natural human instinct to soothe the mind/spirit and ease discomfort in the body. There are many examples of this. If you accidentally get hit with a hard object, you naturally rub the hurt place to lessen the pain and also to keep a bruise from forming. More >>

How to Avoid Common Injuries in Your Martial Arts Training

Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming, April 1, 2008

Injuries to the hands are common in the martial arts. This occurs because almost all martial artists condition their hands to increase their power and destructive potential. More >>

Ankle injuries

Dealing with an Injury - Training Wisely

James C Yang, February 11, 2008

One thing that intense athletes of all types experience at one time or another is an injury -whether it is just a minor muscle strain or a complete Achilles tendon rupture. More >>

Videos and Podcasts...


Episode 1

Episode 1.
Chinese Martial Arts Definitions

Episode 2

Episode 2.
Retreat Center Interview PART 1

Episode 3

Episode 3.
Retreat Center Interview PART 2

Episode 4

Episode 4.
Northern and Southern Chinese Styles


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