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The Help You Beat Cancer Blog
There have been many studies showing the benefits of drinking green tea in helping to both prevent cancer and to help in various ways during its treatment. Over the coming months I will be highlighting and discussing many of these in this blog.
I will also be detailing why from the perspective of Chinese Medicine, green tea is very important in helping to treat cancer.
But before we can get to all of that, I would like to talk about one particular green tea which is worthy of an extra mention ...
Matcha is a tea from Japan which is made from finely ground green tea leaves.
It is centuries old. The traditional Japanese Tea Ceremony centers around the preparation and consumption of Matcha tea.
Buddhists in Japan have also used it for hundreds of years to help them focus during their meditations.
As you can see from the picture below, it is not simply brewed like a regular cup of tea, but after being measured into a cup, it is whisked to produce a frothy foam topping.
My book "Chinese Medicine Can Help You Beat Cancer" often refers to the great healing and health enhancing benefits of performing Qi Gong exercises daily.
These exercises are commonly performed by people who have developed cancer in China. Many of these people have nothing but endless praise for the good healing and strengthening effects that it brings them.
There are lots of good demonstrations on YouTube of my favourite style of moving Qi Gong exercises - The Ba Duan Jin (8 Pieces Of Brocade). A selection of some of these can be found below.
If you have a copy of my book, have read all about how brilliant Qi Gong is, and are now eager to start practising it; then take a look at the clips below. Pick one of them, copy the exercises and start to repeat them every day...
(If any of the links above stop working, then please let me know in the comments section and I will find some replacements for it).
This is taken from my book "Superior Health : The Secrets Of The Chinese And Eastern Way".
( Reading Time – Approximately Three To Four Minutes ).
In past blogs I have written about how essential it is to maximize your energy to keep all your organs functioning at their highest levels. This will produce the optimum in physical, mental and emotional well being.
It also empowers your body to carry out the necessary functions, repairs and maintenance which will help prevent many ailments or any weaknesses that can allow disease to occur.
There are many methods used in the East to cultivate and gather energy in the body. In this blog update, we will focus on just one of them, the use of Eastern style breathing techniques. Breathing is free and when performed correctly can produce great improvements to your overall health.
Unlike our current Western habit of shallow and unproductive breathing, these Eastern techniques will strengthen our lungs and train us to breathe in a much more beneficial, energy enhancing and healthy way.
In the West, unnatural shallow breathing has come about from several different reasons…
(1) We are spending more and more time inside; working at desks in our homes and offices, playing computer games, watching television or using the internet.
Often is the case, that these practices damage our posture. They cause us to slouch or lean over desks or keyboards, cramping and squashing our lungs up, preventing them from opening fully, and inhaling and exhaling properly.
It is very easy to see the importance our lungs play in our well being from this type of action. We easily become tired and our brains seem to slow and falter. Our whole bodies seem to become sluggish. During this activity, if you take a break and go outside or stand by an open window and breathe deeply, you will find within a matter of a few short minutes, that you become fresh, alert and awake again. Once the oxygen and energy have been pushed back into your blood stream and circulated around your body everything livens back up.
(2) Our modern world has also played a significant part in lung disorders and weaknesses which inhibit deep breathing. Much of our food has become so overly processed and full of chemicals that our bodies our unable to digest them properly. This leads to a build up of phlegm and toxins in the blood stream and the lungs. The activity of the lungs to inhale oxygen will be impeded by this.
Apart from the phlegm and toxins to be found in the modern foods we eat, the lungs have also become burdened by fumes, unnatural gasses and environmental pollution in the air we breathe.
(3) The Western habit of bottling up emotions leads to the lungs becoming over tight, this stifles the energy and air as it moves through them.
As young children when we had a problem we roared crying, throwing our arms in the air and letting everything go. Then we would quickly get over it and become happy again.
However as we aged we were criticized, ridiculed and made fun of for crying and expressing our emotions. So rather than letting them be over and done with, we started to hold them inside. Storing them up, where they would cause pain, obstruction and future illness.
This rigidity from incorrect upbringing stays with some people as they travel through their lives. Because of this it has become very easy to spot a stressed person. One of the first things you will notice about them is that they are holding themselves tensely and barely breathing. Apart from the long term damage that this is doing, in the short term, their brain won’t be able to receive enough oxygen, which will stop it from thinking clearly and will only further escalate their problems and mental stress.
(4) Another damaging habit we have developed, which is most likely to be the biggest culprit behind poor breathing habits in the West, is the fashionable obsession of having a big chest and a tiny waist. This has led many self conscious male and female teenagers to pull and hold in their abdomens while puffing out their chests during their developing years. This habit eventually becomes a permanent fixture and impedes deep full breathing.
Unfortunately, as we age, this inadequate breathing pattern tends to worsen, our breathing becomes more and more shallow, eventually breathing through just the top two lobes of the lungs. These can hardly supply the needy oxygen and energy demands of the body; which will inevitably, if not corrected, not just reduce our standard of living and happiness, but also increase our likelihood of illness and even hasten our demise.
To rectify our breathing we can learn and use the Eastern methods of abdominal and complete breathing.
The exact details of these will be clearly explained in parts 2 and 3 of this series of articles.
These proper breathing techniques will also help to alleviate and reduce symptoms of many lung disorders; including conditions such as asthma, emphysema, bronchitis, sinus and nasal congestion, and even excessive sneezing and yawning. The mind too will receive a boost from the extra oxygen and energy it gets, helping to relieve and reduce mental and emotional conditions such as depression and low moods.
Taken from my book "Superior Health : The Secrets Of The Chinese And Eastern Way."
( Reading Time – Approximately Three To Four Minutes ).
Before we learn the complete breathing technique let’s examine some of its benefits …
(1) It increases the amount of oxygen and energy being delivered to your blood. By breathing correctly, you can add extra litres of air with every inhalation. This enhances and refreshes every single part of you. Your organs, tissues and muscles will have more power and ability to do their jobs.
(2) Your mind, which requires the most oxygen of all organs, will feel more awake, alert and calm. This allows you more control of your emotions. You will have more power and awareness to be in charge of them, rather than them leading you.
With all that extra oxygen flooding your brain you should find that your mood is generally more happy and uplifted too.
Also you will find that your concentration, memory and thought processing will all become more sharp and heightened.
(3) Your immune system will have access to a full reserve of energy. And when the body is threatened by bugs, it will easily have enough power to be able to make all the white cells it requires. White cells are the bodies defenders and when it has enough energy to create a big army of them, you will be much more successfully defended against any bacteria, colds or flu.
(4) Your energy levels will be increased, giving you more general get up and go. As your lungs have more capacity and can breathe more easily, you will be fitter and be able to do more. Your levels of stamina will excel.
(5) As you require less energy from food, you will have less cravings and can more easily reduce your sugary food intake if required. This will help you lose excess fat and manage your body weight more effectively.
The actual massaging effect involved in correct breathing also massages the abdomen; helping to push food down through the digestive organs and also drawing energy into them. This is again good for weight loss.
(6) This action also massages the kidneys, and more importantly the adrenal glands. These are the most important producers of hormones in the body. This can stimulate them, clean them and help them make more hormones to heal, regenerate and power up all parts of you.
The kidneys are of particular importance to the lungs. One of the hormones produced in the glands that sit on top of them is cortisone. Anyone who has asthma is aware of the importance of this substance, as most of the inhalers they sometimes depend on during asthma attacks contain the very same stuff. In Chinese Medicine, when a practitioner treats asthma, they will treat the lungs, but will also strengthen the kidneys and therefore the natural production of cortisone.
(7) This type of breathing also benefits the heart. Firstly it oxygenates the heart muscle. Then it packs blood with lots of oxygen thus reducing the amount the heart needs to get to cells, so the heart doesn’t have to work as hard.
Through this breathing, the lungs also act like a bellows forcefully pushing blood through them and around the body; again easing the workload of the heart.
(8) Lastly the other big effect from complete breathing is the full exhalation.
What most of us are unaware of is that the lungs are one of the main components of the bodies waste disposal system.
Every time you exhale, you are getting rid of significant amounts of fluids, carbon dioxide and other toxins from the blood. The blood filters absolutely everywhere through your body, gathering toxins and waste from cells, and also holding any improper or undigested particles coming from the digestive organs.
When you breathe the lungs put oxygen into your blood and take away this waste. You can easily see the amount being removed from your lungs by breathing on a mirror or a piece of glass. You can quickly see the moisture condense and build up on it. At the same time with this moisture, gas particles are also being emitted into the air. You take around 15 to 20 thousand breaths every day. Now if you start to multiply that by what you see on the mirror after only a few breaths, you can see the huge amount of waste that is being cleared from your body through your lungs. If you are not breathing deeply the waste is not being removed but is instead starting to build up in your blood making it and you more toxic.
But by breathing deeply you significantly increase the amount of waste leaving your body. It will clean your blood and all parts of you, leading to a much healthier and thriving system.
As you can see from the above list of benefits, the more deeply and effectively you can breathe, the more healthy your system will become on all levels: the body, the mind and the spirit.
Part 3, the final part in this series of articles, will give you complete details of the actual Eastern complete breathing method.