Thursday, August 25, 2011

Is Gua Sha Replacing The Facelift?

Is Gua Sha Replacing The Facelift?
Anti-Aging Expert and Inventor of Gua Sha Facial, Dr. Ping Zhang Says Yes

Men and women searching for the proverbial fountain of youth may not have to go under the knife or endure painful, costly injections in their quest for younger looking skin. Dr. Ping Zhang, an expert in anti-aging Traditional Chinese Medicine, a renowned acupuncturist, a certified herbalist, and massage therapist with more than 20 years of clinical experience specializing in facial rejuvenation acupuncture, acupressure and Chinese Herbal Medicine, recommends Gua Sha – a traditional Chinese treatment that is used to reduce wrinkles, sagging, dark circles and more.

Gua Sha (pronounced GWA-SHA) is a Chinese technique that includes the use of a small medicinal board tool to gently massage, manipulate and stimulate certain energy points along the face and body to promote Qi (energy) flow and remove toxins. Its beauty benefits include reducing the appearance of wrinkles, sagging, dark eye circles, puffy eyes, age spots, discolorations and an overall dull complexion.

Dr. Ping Zhang is the inventor of the anti-aging facial Gua Sha, namely, the Nefeli™ Gua Sha Facial which entails performing a restoring function to awaken the skin’s own healing ability to regenerate, firm and lift the whole face. It activates the inner vitality of the face in multiple levels: the facial fascia, the facial muscle, the different skin levels – all will be stimulated to create the youthful appearance of facial contours, smooth out winkles and lift sagging from neck and jaw line. Dr. Zhang’s techniques activate the acupuncture needle points and more without using needles. The health benefits include the promotion of lymph drainage, detoxing the channel system, restoring the normal Qi and blood flow of the facial area

From an anti-aging perspective, it is not just a skin deep treatment for temporary effect. It is an energy workout to promote youth and balance from within. The technique must be performed with cream and its effect is optimized when combined with herbal infusion designed for the technique allowing the nutrients and healing power of the specialty beauty and medicinal herbs from the cream to be unleashed and delivered. Dr. Zhang’s specially designed Herbal Infusion system for Gua Sha is made for the treatment and proven to be very effective supported by years of clinical experience.

For optimal results, use the Gua Sha with Nefeli’s natural herbal skincare and special healing creams to lubricate and penetrate the nutrients into the deep skin layers to enhance treatment effectiveness.

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About Ping Zhang:
Dr. Ping Zhang is a pioneer in anti-aging Traditional Chinese Medicine in the US, a renowned New York State Licensed Acupuncturist, a national Certified Herbalist with a PhD in Oriental Medicine, and a New York State Licensed Massage Therapist with more than 20 years of clinical experience specializing in facial rejuvenation acupuncture, acupressure and Chinese Herbal Medicine. As the first recipient of a PhD in Oriental Medicine in the US, Dr. Zhang is a pioneer in the field of Traditional Chinese Medicine anti-aging and facial and body rejuvenation. She designed and taught the first ever graduate level course in the U.S. on Traditional Chinese Medicine facial and body rejuvenation for New York College for the Health Professions. She is the author of the books ‘Anti-Aging Therapy: How to Clear Away Wrinkles and Rejuvenate Your Face’ and ‘A Comprehensive Handbook for Traditional Chinese Medicine Facial Rejuvenation’ which are published and sold internationally.

President and Founder of Nefeli™, Dr. Zhang created and developed the Nefeli skincare products based on the ancient eastern philosophies and practices in conjunction with the evidence supported by modern science. Each product is specially formulated with a precise and unique combination of the natural ingredients to best draw out their maximum medicinal powers. Dr. Zhang teaches and lectures on TCM facial and body rejuvenation techniques for TCM and medical professionals and students around the world.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Put a Stop to Heartburn Naturally

Deliciously sweet with musky undertones and a soft, butter-like consistency, it is no wonder the Papaya was reputably called the ‘fruit of the angels’ by Christopher Columbus. Once considered quite exotic, this tropical fruit encourages digestion, eases indigestion and is known to relieve heartburn by many cultures. The papaya fruit can now be found in markets throughout the year. Although there is a slight seasonal peak in early summer and fall, papaya trees produce fruit year round.

Indeed, this once very exotic fruit has some very powerful nutritional benefits. This low calories sweet and refreshing fruit is loaded with vitamin A and harbors more vitamin C than the well renowned orange. It also contains vitamin E, foliate, and potassium.

‘Medicinally, papayas are remarkably different from other fruits in two significant ways. First, along with cherries, they are warming in thermal nature, rather than cooling or neutral like most other fruits. Second, the enzyme papain, which aid digestion, is found in high levels in unripe papayas and their seeds. Papain is used in commercial meat tenderizers to break down proteins,’ Writes Rebecca Wood in The New Whole Foods Encyclopedia. So, if you are one of the many like myself that can’t make it throughout the day without popping antacids, this fruit is for you!
Papaya contains two very important enzymes, papain and chymonpapain, which help and aid to digest protein in the body. Of the two enzymes, papain is the most abundant and most active enzyme, which breaks down proteins and soothes the stomach by promoting a healthy acidic environment. T
hese enzymes are the most concentrated when the fruit is picked green as after ripping and picking the enzymes diminish.

Some of the most amazing benefits of papaya: it’s a great natural digestive aid as well as it promotes digestive health. More benefits include the medicinal use of papain for defibrinating wounds in hospitals, prevents scar deformation, helps the inflammatory process in the acceleration of wound healing, and for those of you around the water it is used in the treatments of jellyfish and insect stings.

Many experts, such as Dr. Lytton-Bernard, have claimed rejuvenating properties fro papaya, especially for the control of premature ageing. It may be that it works simply because a poor digestion leaves the body without correct nutrients. Thos who find it almost impossible to digest anything frequently find that papaya used regularly, either in tablet or juice form, marks the turning point in the climb back to vitality and good health. Papaya has many amazing properties that are outside the scope of this particular article, but more can be found at this very insightful website

Some cautions to be aware of would include not eating the unripe papaya as it may lead to uterine contractions, which would make this an off-limit fruit for many pregnant women whom suffer with heartburn. Stomach upset or nausea may occur. If these effects persist or worsen, contact your doctor promptly. An allergic reaction to this product is unlikely, but seek immediate medical attention if it occurs. Symptoms of an allergic reaction include rash, itching, swelling, dizziness, or trouble breathing. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist. If you have any of the following health problems, consult your doctor before using this product: stomach problems (e.g., absorption problems, lack of enzymes that digest food), pancreas problems (e.g., pancreatitis), any allergies. Liquid preparations of this product may contain sugar and/or alcohol. Caution is advised if you have diabetes, alcohol dependence or liver disease. Ask your doctor or pharmacist about the safe use of this product. Papaya must not be used during pregnancy. All check with your doctor before starting something new.