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There are m,any reasons why we are against capitalism, in Healthcare especially. Have we lost sight of basic humanity, and become a society of “every man for himself”? If that’s the case, I can’t help but be depressed about the whole thing — enough so that it makes me wonder why I’m in the business that I’m in.
Avalokiteshvara, the Bodhisattva of Compassion, meditating deeply on Perfection of Wisdom, saw clearly that the five aspects of human existence are empty*, and so released himself from suffering. Answering the monk Sariputra, he said this:
Body is nothing more than emptiness,
emptiness is nothing more than body.
The body is exactly empty,
and emptiness is exactly body.The other four aspects of human existence —
feeling, thought, will, and consciousness —
are likewise nothing more than emptiness,
and emptiness nothing more than they.
All things are empty:
Nothing is born, nothing dies,
nothing is pure, nothing is stained,
nothing increases and nothing decreases.
So, in emptiness, there is no body,
no feeling, no thought,
no will, no consciousness.
There are no eyes, no ears,
no nose, no tongue,
no body, no mind.
There is no seeing, no hearing,
no smelling, no tasting,
no touching, no imagining.
There is nothing seen, nor heard,
nor smelled, nor tasted,
nor touched, nor imagined.
There is no ignorance,
and no end to ignorance.
There is no old age and death,
and no end to old age and death.
There is no suffering, no cause of suffering,
no end to suffering, no path to follow.
There is no attainment of wisdom,
and no wisdom to attain.
The Bodhisattvas rely on the Perfection of Wisdom,
and so with no delusions,
they feel no fear,
and have Nirvana here and now.
All the Buddhas,
past, present, and future,
rely on the Perfection of Wisdom,
and live in full enlightenment.
The Perfection of Wisdom is the greatest mantra.
It is the clearest mantra,
the highest mantra,
the mantra that removes all suffering.
This is truth that cannot be doubted.
Say it so:
gone fully over.
So be it!
In Daoism the heart Sutra is an essential part of Quanzhen daoism, but Quanzhen daoism itself through for instance taiji (polarisation) practice tries to negate the concept of not self or shunyatta by developing a constructive lifestyle that does focus on Jing (constructive essence (behavioral)) through ritualisation of body form and behavior. To understand this aspect of Chinese medicine views on health and even spirituality or personality development or agency is not an easy feat.
Sunyata is often misunderstood to mean that nothing exists. This is not so. Instead, it tells us that there is existence, but that phenomena are empty of svabhava, a Sanskrit word that means self-nature, intrinsic nature, essence, or “own being.” In daoism the postion is held that the self-so (ziran) nature of things is the cause of health and transmission of one health state to another.
Although we may not be conscious of it, we tend to think of things as having some essential nature that makes it what it is. So, we look at an assemblage of metal and plastic and call it a “toaster.” But “toaster” is just an identity we project onto a phenomenon due to the tasks it performs. but the artificiality of the function in regard to its form makes the nature of the object arbitrary. There is no inherent toaster essence inhabiting the metal and plastic. this inherent toaster essence is in the want to combine stuffs to perform a certain act.
A classic story from the Milindapanha, a text that probably dates to the first century BCE, describes a dialogue between King Menander of Bactria and a sage named Nagasena. Nagasena asked the King about his chariot, and then described taking the chariot apart. Was the thing called a “chariot” still a chariot if you took off its wheels? Or its axels?
If you disassemble the chariot part by part, at exactly what point does it cease to be a chariot? This is a subjective judgment. Some might think it’s no longer a chariot once it can no longer function as a chariot. Others might argue that the eventual pile of wooden parts is still a chariot, albeit a disassembled one.
The point is that “chariot” is a designation we give to a phenomenon; there is no inherent “chariot nature” dwelling in the chariot. The same trick can be applied to a human being. but what daoism does it reverses the proces, it actually enhances the function and form of things so that they beceme so intrinsically self-so linkerd that they self-so are maintained, live forever. In doing so they follow the propositions set out by the Huangdineijing , now some 26oo years ago. It still is the essential principle from which Chinese medicine ought to be understood. Health is not generated by what one ingests, but in how one shapes oneself and how one ingests.
Other cultures likewise offer different viewpoints on the nature of being human.
(on shunyata: http://buddhism.about.com/od/whatistheself/a/Sunyata-Or-Emptiness.htm, from this text i reworked some part of the text into a counter argument)
In Daoism a minimalist approach to life is propagated: talk less, sleep less, own less, eat less etc. Huangdineijing says that a lifestyle like that produces health and happiness. So what is this minimalism thing? It’s quite simple: to be a minimalist you must live with less than 100 things, you can’t own a car or a home or a television, you can’t have a career, you must live in exotic hard-to-pronounce places all over the world, you must start a blog, you can’t have children, […]
The study of medicine and martial arts in China depends on the study of history. Fifty year ago, a rare and unusual sword was found in a tomb in China. Despite being well over 2,000 years old, the sword, known as the Goujian, did not have a single trace of rust. The blade dr
In Chinese Medicine study of Confucianism and Daoism and their classics are indispensable to understand its conceptualization of nature, the body, disease and health. Study of Organisation is likewise important, for instance the form of democracy Daoists are being organized in. It reveals their view of the body, among other things. The news is this: China Taoist Association elects new head—Li Guangfu was elected chairman of China Taoist Association (CTA), the CTA announced Monday after its four-day national congress ended.
Mindfulness is at the root of Asian styles of life experience for the adult person. In fact Mindfulness was considered one of the tools to achieve adulthood. Both Confucianism, Daoism and Buddhism developed styles of Mindfulness. The first focus’ on aesthetics and morality, the second on finding and developing the root of life and everlasting life, and the third to find the mental calmth to accept suffering as a normal thing of life. Both Daoism and Confucianism did not accept the four noble truths. Therefore in the IOC program we offer alternative forms of mindfulness. Still it is interesting to investigate how mindfulness became part of modern therapy. It has become a way to accept suffering as a hope for natural curing.
the following link points to an item about Dr. Daniel J. Siegel on what makes mindfulness so beneficial to our health, psyche, and overall quality of life.
from www.health.cmi.com, USA
Acupuncture reduces intestinal inflammation in patients with Crohn’s disease, reverses tissue damage, and improves the quality of life. Until now, how acupuncture achieves these results has gone unanswered. Researchers sought to solve this mystery and came up with concrete answers. With the help of immunohistochemistry, researchers discovered how acupuncture works for these patients.
Crohn’s disease is an inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) characterized by abdominal pain, diarrhea, intestinal obstructions, abdominal masses, fatigue, nausea, mouth ulcers, and many other disruptions of the gastrointestinal system. Demographically, it disproportionately affects Scandinavians and Ashkenazim Jewish people. Crohn’s disease often affects the colon, anus, and terminal ileum (the distal aspect of the small intestine connecting to the cecum). Deep intestinal ulcerations with a patchy distribution throughout the gastrointestinal system help to distinguish Crohn’s disease from ulcerative colitis. Crohn’s disease has a serpiginous distribution of inflammation whereas ulcerative colitis has a contiguous distribution of inflammation.
Acupuncture and moxibustion have been shown to improve CDAI (Crohn’s Disease Activity Index) scores in modern research. CDAI scores are a method of measuring clinical responses to medicine and medical procedures by quantifying responses and remissions of Crohn’s disease. The researchers note that studies show that acupuncture improves CDAI scores, quality of life, increases hemoglobin levels, and reduces CRP levels for Crohn’s disease patients.
CRP (C-reactive protein) is determined by a blood test and quantifies inflammation levels. High levels indicate inflammation, often due to infections and chronic disease. The research demonstrates that acupuncture significantly lowers CRP levels for Crohn’s disease patients. With the help of an Olympus flourescent microscope, the researchers learned how acupuncture and moxibustion induce a powerful anti-inflammatory response in human patients with Crohn’s disease.
A confirmation of acupuncture and moxibustion’s benefits became apparent in a before and after intestinal biopsy comparison. Prior to acupuncture and moxibustion, patients had a significantly elevated level of giant, multinucleated cells in granulomas. Inflammatory and necrotic cells infiltrated the center of the granulomas. The mucosa epithelium was either damaged or completely absent. Lymphocytes infiltrated the lamina propria and intestinal glands were damaged. The glands contained necrotic, inflammatory, and multinucleated giant cells. After acupuncture and moxibustion, significant improvements were documented. The researchers note that the “intestinal mucosal epithelium was intact, the intestinal glands were reorganized, and less inflammatory cells infiltrated.”
The researchers carefully mapped the biological mechanisms regulated by acupuncture and moxibustion that achieved successful clinical results. What they discovered was that acupuncture and moxibustion induce a homeostatic response on the cellular level. Acupuncture and moxibustion relieved intestinal inflammation by regulating the ratio of inflammatory response cells. Proinflammatory Th17 cells and anti-inflammatory Treg cells were restored to normal levels and intestinal inflammation subsequently reduced. The researchers note this “study shows that moxibustion and acupuncture can reduce the number of Th17 cells and downregulate the expression of Th17-related molecules IL-17 and RORγt and increase the number of Treg cells and upregulate the expression of Treg transcription factor FOXP3 in the intestinal mucosa of CD (Chron’s disease) patients.” They add, “The present study showed that moxibustion and acupuncture can regulate and restore the balance between Th17 and Treg cells in intestinal mucosa of patients with CD.”
The randomized study compared the results of acupuncture and moxibustion against a sham-placebo control group to ensure the validity of the results. Imaging, endoscopy, and histopathological exams confirmed the results. The research team shared the exact acupuncture and moxibustion procedures used to achieve clinical success. First, let’s look at the cellular changes induced by acupuncture and moxibustion. Next, we go over the exact acupuncture and moxibustion treatment protocol that helped the patients.
Citing Hovhannisyan et al., the researchers note, “An imbalance between Th17 and Treg cells constituted a key step in the disruption of intestinal homeostasis and is one of the major contributors to the development and progression of CD (Crohn’s disease).” TH17 (T helper 17) cells exert proinflammatory responses while Tregs (regulatory T cells, suppressor T cells) exert anti-inflammatory responses, especially in the case of auto-immune disorders. Crohn’s disease, which is often understood as an autoimmune disease, is characterized by unregulated proinflammatory responses. The study documents that acupuncture and moxibustion regulate the cells thereby balancing proinflammatory and anti-inflammatory responses.
The RORγt protein promotes differentiation of cells into proinflammatory Th17 cells. TH17 cells secrete proinflammatory cytokines including IL-17, which creates powerful proinflammatory responses. This causes neutrophils to migrate towards infections as part of the inflammatory cascade. Acupuncture and moxibustion downregulate IL17, RORγt, and TH17 cells.
The researchers add that “Th17 cells are the major contributor to inflammation in CD (Crohn’s disease)” and IL-17 is positively correlated with Crohn’s disease severity. This study demonstrates that acupuncture and moxibustion “reduced the number of TH17 cells and inhibited the expression of TH17-related molecules IL-17 and RORγt in the intestinal mucosa. It also increased the number of Treg cells and the expression of Treg-specific transcription factor FOXP3, thus restoring the ratio of the two cell types.”
The researchers note that “a reduction in the number or function of Treg cells might be a major cause of the pathogenesis of Crohn’s disease. Tregs can suppress intestinal mucosal inflammation induced by innate or acquired immunity. FOXP3 and IL-2 promote the differentiation of Treg cells. Reduced numbers of Treg cells and deficiency in their function can cause damage in the intestinal mucosa, resulting in CD (Crohn’s disease).” Tregs can inhibit the proliferation of Th cells and subsequent production of inflammatory factors although they may differentiate into Th17 cells in other instances. Research demonstrates that reduced Tregs and FOXP3 in the bloodstream are correlated with Crohn’s disease. Moreover, the ratio of Treg to Th17 cells both in the intestinal mucosa and peripheral bloodstream is reduced in patients with Crohn’s disease. The researchers note that “restoring the balance between these cells is essential for the treatment of intestinal inflammation in CD.” Acupuncture and moxibustion restored the balance between these cells and testing also revealed significant positive patient clinical improvements.
Acupuncture was administered at the following acupoints:
The acupuncture needles were 0.30 mm x 25 – 40 mm. Needle depth was between 20 – 30 mm and manual acupuncture techniques were used to elicit the de qi response. Needle retention time was 30 minutes. Both acupuncture and moxibustion were administered three times per week for 12 weeks for a grand total of 36 acupuncture combined with moxibustion sessions.
Moxibustion was administered at the following acupoints:
Moxa cones of a 16 mm height and a 17 mm diameter were placed atop of an herb cake. Two moxa cones were burned on the herbal cakes place atop of each acupoint. The herbal cakes formed from a paste made from a fine herbal powder mixed with maltose and water. The paste was used to form the 28 mm diameter x 5 mm height cakes made primarily of the following herbs:
Patients with Crohn’s disease are often treated with corticosteroids, immunosuppressants, aminosalicylates, and anti-TNF-alpha medications. This research demonstrates that acupuncture combined with herb-partitioned moxibustion is another helpful treatment regime for patients with Crohn’s disease. In addition, the research has measured how acupuncture and moxibustion affect cellular responses and secretions to reduce intestinal inflammation for patients with Crohn’s disease. The Healthcare Medicine Institute offers an acupuncture continuing education course on the treatment of colitis, Crohn’s disease, and chronic appendicitis. This includes acupuncture and herbal medicine protocols. The online course is accepted by the NCCAOM for PDA credit and in the USA and Canada for acupuncture CEU credit.
Zhao, Chen, Chunhui Bao, Jing Li, Yifang Zhu, Siyao Wang, Ling Yang, Yin Shi et al. “Moxibustion and Acupuncture Ameliorate Crohn’s Disease by Regulating the Balance between Th17 and Treg Cells in the Intestinal Mucosa.” Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine (2015).
Bao, Chun-Hui, Ji-Meng Zhao, Hui-Rong Liu, Yuan Lu, Yi-Fang Zhu, Yin Shi, Zhi-Jun Weng et al. “Randomized controlled trial: Moxibustion and acupuncture for the treatment of Crohn’s disease.” World journal of gastroenterology: WJG 20, no. 31 (2014): 11000.
Z. Hovhannisyan, J. Treatman, D. R. Littman, and L. Mayer, “Characterization of interleukin-17-producing regulatory T cells in inflamed intestinal mucosa from patients with inflammatory bowel diseases,” Gastroenterology, vol. 140, no. 3, pp. 957–965, 2011.
– See more at: http://www.healthcmi.com/Acupuncture-Continuing-Education-News/1478-acupuncture-anti-inflammatory-crohn-s-disease-discovery#sthash.J3BBJekU.dpuf
The IOC is actively pursuing an awareness of what it means to be a human through its program of Transcultural Healthcare studies as well as through its program of alchemy based Chinese medicine and gongfu sports studies. All too often we warn against the effects of genetic alteration for future generations, or political or consumerist controlling of humanity through technology. To us it has become clear we need to seriously rethink the format of our future societies to prevent massive social unrest and degradation of mental and physical health. According to an Oxford University study, 47% of US jobs could be automated within one to two decades.
Antiaging in science is a hot topic. In Chinese medicine it has been at its center for over 2500 years. In its founding theories it states that it is not normal that people grow old, get decrepit and die. It is normal for people to grow old, very old, thinking about 150 to a thousant years of age. Behavior alters the on and off switches of your gene expression. Exercise behavior does so too. Our Daoland research program is concerned with gen-expression behavior by natural means. Here are some sites that concern themselves with anti-aging too, but in a simplified fashion of science: http://www.heales.org/nhs/index.php/links.
Thee site Heales.org is managed by the young researcher Sven Bulterijs and friends, who take an eclectic, almost Holist approach to science by combining and recombining evidences from different strands of research into one picture. What is missing in their views is a transcultural vision. that is a pity!
In the study of Transcultural Healthcare it is important to have resources to study the beliefs about life and existence, however imprecise these sources are. Most sources, such as on the internet are compiled with the care and love of natural enthusiasts. Not always there is good understanding of the intricacies of individual cultures and languages. But they offer good starting points for your own critical research.Religion is another form of science. From a relativist standpoint no science can be more truthful then an other. A science only is as good as its self chosen results. Take this: Internet Sacred Text Archive Home