One week after being treated at the New York College of Health Professions by Dr. A Li Song, Dean of the Graduate School, I was back for my second visit on my road to better health. I felt completely at ease putting my body into Dr. Song’s knowledgeable hands once again. As before, Song looked at my tongue and spoke to me about how I was feeling.
Listening intently to my description of my week of pain, not sleeping and numerous other maladies, Dr. Song decided that my treatment of acupuncture should be combined with another healing remedy, herbal medicine. I was impressed when she asked me if I minded if she conferred with her associate at New York College of Health Professions, Dr Yun Li, a specialist in Herbal Medicine. Like Dr. Song, Dr. Li is an MD from China with a vast knowledge in Oriental Medicine as well as being a Certified Herbalist and licensed in acupuncture.
Dr. Song and Dr. Li worked together harmoniously for my treatment.
Dr Yun Li came in to speak with me and Dr. Song. Li looked at my tongue as well and took my pulse on both wrists. It was decided that while Dr. Song worked her magic with her hands and needles performing acupuncture and acupressure Dr. Li would work on a herbal remedy in a pill form for me to take home to use.
This time Song used acupressure and acupuncture on my back working down from my shoulder blades. As Song carefully felt for tender points to place the needles she explained to me what organ the area she was touching represented. It seemed like my kidneys and heart needed a lot of work.
Slowly she placed the needles. As with my first treatment the needles caused no pain just sensation through my body and at certain points as if being buzzed with energy zaps. The needles were doing their job. Song finished by placing needles in my ear lobes and left me to rest for about 30 minutes. Soon Song came back to remove the needles. As she removed each one she slowly applied a little acupressure and massage helping to sooth my pains.
Dr. Li came back to speak with me about herbal treatment. It was very interesting learning about my body in the holistic approach of treatment from these two brilliant doctors. They explained to me about how natural healing uses the Yin/ Yang approach in order to balance the organs and energy, chi, in the body.
Five major organs in the body belong to five specific elements in nature.
The goal of natural healing is to harmonize the five organs, or elements, in order for the body to function correctly.
- Kidney equals water
- Liver equals wood
- Heart equals fire
- Lung equals metal
- Spleen equals earth
We discussed how my kidney is insufficient, common as we age, but that women tend to feel it more. With the kidney yin being water it means that my kidney is hot and effecting the heart. When the kidney water is not nourished enough it leaves the liver root dry and undernourished or under functioning. The doctors agreed that they needed to cool my heart fire down while nourishing the kidney water to balance the yin and yang in my body. Getting yin and yang balanced will harmonize the body to work as a well functioning mechanism.
The New York College of Health Professions has a very good and amazing herbal clinic. Acupuncture treatment is commonly followed with a herbal consultation and pills prescribed for individual patient to completely balance the body gradually. Dr. Li created a prescription for me after our herbal consultation.
Dr. Song brought me into the College’s amazing herbal pharmacy. There was my personalized herbal supplement prescribed by Dr. Li waiting for me; Tian Wang Bu Xin Den. The mission for them was to use this traditional Chinese medicine to nourish my heart blood and yin. This would help calm my heart fire, mind and spirit in order to move energy to create balance for better sleep and more energy. Eagerly I took my prescription home ready to have it do its job, looking forward to sweet dreams and new energy.
Balance thyself with good energy; never be afraid to dance!
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