Posts by Eyton Shalom, M.S., L.Ac.

Trigger Point Acupuncture and Dry Needling

Posted by on Sep 19, 2017

I am reprinting this article on Trigger Point Acupuncture and Dry Needling that I wrote way back in the year 2009, for my dear friend Anthony Carey, M.S., the owner of Function First here in San Diego. Function First is a system of corrective exercises first developed by Pete Egoscue, and refined by Anthony, whose Master’s degree is in Kinesiology, the study of how muscles function. The Trigger Point Problem: Shortened Muscles and Fascia Muscles function by moving, but they move, only by virtue of contraction. The Trigger Point problem arises when muscles are in states of constant contraction, as...

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Are Colonics Useful?

Posted by on Sep 10, 2017

On the issue of Are Colonics Useful?–from the standpoint of Classical Chinese Medicine  Colonic “Irrigation”, High Colonics, and Colon Cleanses are a disaster. Better Ways to Treat Your Colon They are exactly the wrong way to treat our guts, which are like soup cooking on a flame, not like sewers.  Our colons are, first of all, self cleaning. Secondly, if you want to get your colon working optimally, the best way is to give it a rest with gentle fasting. Another factor, the major factor, is diet. Stop eating junk, start eating freshly made food rich in vegetables and...

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Epazote Mexican Herb to Relieve Gas

Posted by on Aug 29, 2017

Epazote Mexican Herb to Relieve Gas is popular as a fresh herb in southern Mexican cuisine. It is most famously used in black beans, and is said to have a “carminative” effect. Carminative herbs and spices are medicines that, in the terms of European herbology prevent the development of gas in the gut. Carminative herbs and spices also help people that find it difficult to expel gas, and instead suffer painful bloating in either the stomach or intestines. As such Epazote can be a kitchen herb useful for people with IBS, and in general is an excellent culinary herb...

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Toxins, Sweating, Mindfulness

Posted by on Aug 20, 2017

Toxins, Sweating, Mindfulness is a response to an interesting brief article today in the newspaper health section about Toxins and Sweating, that discusses whether toxins are released by sweating. The answer, by the way, is no, you cannot sweat out toxins.  Sweating may feel good, especially,  for example, when the result of exercise, which has a million reasons for making you feel good. I know I exercised well when I break a sweat, it gives me a certain psychological gratification, and that does make me feel good. But the sweating itself is simply loss of fluid and electrolytes, which...

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Cold Causes Stagnation Heat Causes Movement

Posted by on Aug 13, 2017

From today’s newspaper comes this cool article about a fruitcake that has survived, in nearly edible condition (probably actually edible, as all that is reported is a slightly rancid butter smell), for 100 years at the South Pole in Antarctica. Which brings to mind one of the cardinal teachings in Chinese Medicine.  In Chinese Medicine Cold Causes Stagnation Heat Causes Movement. Cold preserves, and heat metabolizes. This essence of Yin and Yang is actually the application of Yin Yang theory from Chinese Philosophy in Classical Chinese Medicine Physiological Cold and Heat versus Pathological Cold and Heat in Chinese Medicine Theory When...

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Why Its Harder to Lose Weight When Your Older

Posted by on Aug 10, 2017

Good information in THIS  NY Times Health section article on why its harder to lose weight when you are older. I am always fascinated by the elegant way in which Chinese Medicine and Ayurveda describe, in their own terms, what Western Science describes in its terms and view, which is, “through the microscope. Chinese medicine says clearly that at 6×6 (Chinese culture loves conceptualizing various things and processes in terms of groups of numbers that imply a secondary concept….here, that our grow occurs in groups of 6 years), another words, at age 36, our need for food declines, as...

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Arsenic in Rice

Posted by on Jul 31, 2017

Arsenic in Rice and heavy metal toxins in foods and medicines in general is a genuine problem.   Organic Heavy Metals in Soil   Some soils are naturally rich in minerals, including, unfortunately toxic minerals, like organic arsenic and lead.  Arsenic is not only deadly in high doses, but regular consumption of arsenic at low doses, from a food like rice, is highly carcinogenic, carrying even greater risk for children.   Inorganic Arsenic from Pesticide and Fertilizer   Inorganic Arsenic, even more toxic than naturally occurring organic Arsenic is found in soil that has been contaminated with arsenic from...

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Acupuncture Meridians

Posted by on Jun 6, 2017

What are Acupuncture Meridians? Acupuncture “meridians” are the pathways through which our body’s Qi (pronounced “Chee”) energy  flows, as described in the seminal medical text the Nei Jing around 200 B.C.E.. But the term meridian, coined by the Jesuit Priests who first learned Acupuncture in China in the 17th century, reflects a mechanical western mode of thinking. Meridians are lines drawn on a map. And energy does not flow in lines on maps, lines merely denote locations. Its not such a critical difference for the receiver of acupuncture, but it is an important difference for those of us practicing...

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Smoothies for Pitta Dosha

Posted by on May 23, 2017

Smoothies for Pitta Dosha: People who are Pitta dosha dominant can certainly have more cooling food, as well as raw food that is cooling such as cucumber lettuce and leafy cruciferous veggies sweet fruits coconut flesh, water, and milk milk, butter, ghee And Pitta dosha is, like Vata, pacified by the sweet taste. So in summer or warm weather, such as late Spring, early Fall, or closer to the equator, Pitta can be much more liberal about smoothies, , even vegetable ones, especially emphasizing a healthy combination of spices, and protein. Ayurveda does not recommend eating fruit with food,...

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Smoothies for Vata Dosha in Summer

Posted by on May 21, 2017

Smoothies for Vata Dosha in Summer: Eating with the Seasons Smoothies for Vata Dosha in Summer is part two of . In Ayurveda we eat with the seasons, so  you can have more raw in Summer when Pitta is elevated in everyone,  than in cold or rainy weather such as the monsoon season in India or Winter anywhere. But if you are Vata dominant, and even for everyone’s digestion, what you should never put in your smoothie is ice. Let your smoothie be cool, not freezing cold. Does blending the raw fruit or veggies make it less elevating to...

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Is Daily Sweating Important for Health?

Posted by on May 19, 2017

Someone asked me the other day, “Why is daily sweating important for health?” My response was, “Is it?” I don’t think there is any scientific evidence that sweating is especially beneficial for health. I have seen claims made, but I have not seen hard core research.  But sweating is certainly used in some cultures, and to a small extent in Ayurvedic Panchakarma therapy for SOME doshas. Some folk sweat more easily than others when its hot or when they exercise, some folks sweat with anxiety, especially in the arm pits and hands, but even all over, some folk don’t...

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Can Western Medicine Explain How Acupuncture Works?

Posted by on May 18, 2017

I was recently responding to this question on Quora: “How does Western medicine explain acupuncture.” and wanted to share my response and to expand upon it. Can Western Medicine Explain How Acupunture Works? Western Medicine, or more exactly, Western Science, because Western Medicine is only sometimes Science based, may never be able to “explain” how Acupuncture works. But in a way, while potentially interesting, its almost the wrong question. What is much more interesting is enter the world of Chinese language and philosophy and find out how Chinese Medicine explains it. All systems have cultural reference points and bias. Western...

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Mindfulness, Vata Dosha, and Commuting

Posted by on May 5, 2017

Mary, from Canada writes, “How should I counter the movement aspect for a vata? I am vata dominant and must travel daily to and from work about a 45 min drive and 20 min walk. I find the walk relaxing and during my car ride I listen to soothing personal development like Eckhart Tolle but cannot deny that my anxiety has increased since this new job and all this travel. Also, travel for family occasions such as Christmas is across the provinces. I practice daily meditation on my yantra mat, yoga, consistent sleep, have eliminated caffeine (I don’t drink...

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Ayurvedic Kitchari

Posted by on Apr 7, 2017

What is Kitchari? Kitchari is a Sattvic, light, easy-to-digest, cleansing, detoxifying food that is excellent once a week, at the change of seasons, or any time you feel like giving your digestive system a break. It is also just a normal one-pot-dish you can have for dinner. What is Sattva and What Are Sattvic Foods? Sattvic foods, or more exactly, a Sattvic diet, is a diet that is light and easy to digest and that aids a “spiritual” lifestyle whose goal is “purity, wholesomeness, and virtue.”  Sattivc foods are fresh and full of prana, nutrient dense,  keep Agni stimulated,...

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Vegan, Gluten-Free Thumbprint Cookies with Jam

Posted by on Mar 14, 2017

Vegan, Gluten-Free Thumbprint Cookies with Jam Low-Sugar, Vegan Thumbprint Cookies are fun to make! Kids love making them and eating them. A great way to get nutrient dense nuts, seeds, and legumes into the diet. I grind my pumpkin seeds and roasted chickpeas in my coffee grinder. Low sugar and high in protein and healthy fats. See here for more info on ingredients and how to… Here are a few recipes that are variants on the theme of my previous post, linked above. Recipe for a Small Batch of Vegan, Gluten-Free Thumbprint Cookies with Jam 3 tbsp Roasted Chickpeas...

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