ACUPUNCTURE HELPS RESOLVE BINGING DISORDERS

By Rev. Marie Regis, M.S., L. Ac.

Binging: An addictive process

As with any addiction, the process of binging is an attempt to numb against painful recurring feelings. Its relief is very temporary, and is often followed by frustration, guilt or shame.  What is needed is an awakening: a clear realization of the destructiveness of that behavior, a sense that we deserve better, and faith and vision that a far greater quality of life is there for us.

Acupuncture’s effect on the mind

Anyone who has experienced acupuncture will tell you that it has a relaxing effect, regardless of the condition being treated. Classical Acupuncture developed, over centuries of research and practice, many protocols for treating mental and emotional problems.. Here are a few issues I have treated successfully in my clinic:

  • Anxiety and PTSD, panic attacks
  • Recorring nightmares
  • Depression 
  • Eating disorders
  • Alcohol and drug addiction
  • Obsessive-compulsive disorders
  • Difficulty concentrating, ADHD
  • Prolonged difficulty with loss
  • Hoarding disorders

How it works

Acupuncture is based on Chinese medical theory. It sees the spirit, mind and body as  inseparable. The harmonious flow of the Qi (life force)  is key to the function of the muscles, internal organs, immune, hormonal and nervous systems.  Chronic emotional problems can create illness over time, and vice versa.  Acupuncturists stimulate points along the energy pathways to create specific effects on these internal systems, thereby altering the biochemistry and fostering an experience of greater mental and physical well-being.  

Healing includes a process of deepening awareness. Acupuncture helps facilitate this in different ways, depending on your unique needs at the time. It can:

  • Help us be more aware of our emotional experience
  • Improve our ability to focus so we can think clearly and stay on track
  • Bring awareness to unproductive attitudes we have towards ourself, or towards the outer world
  • Support our feeling grounded and centered
  • Calm the nervous system
  • Improve memory and cognition.

Patient responsibility

Healing comes from within. Your readiness, openness to change, and participation is always key. A number of bad habits probably caused us to develop our problems. I will gently guide you identify these one by one, so you can make the changes needed, at your own pace.

Creating True Peace Meditation Series

“If we cultivate the seeds of compassion, we nourish peace within us and around us… Peace is there for us in every moment. It is our choice.”   Thich Nhat Hanh

Join us as we learn practices to calm our busy minds and ease our emotions; we explore simple breathing techniques and affirmations taken from Taoist and Buddhist traditions; bringing harmony to our mind-body helps us BE the Peace we want to create in our family and community. The Buddhist practices are drawn for Thich Nhat Hanh’s book “Creating True Peace: Ending Violence in Yourself, Your Family, Your Community, and the World”. I look forward to creating sacred space and PEACE with you!  Blessings,     MarieB

WHERE:  14 Vanderventer Ave, Suite L3C, Port Washington NY 11050

WHEN:   7:30 to 8:45 p.m. Wednesdays June 19th, July 3rd, July 10th 2019 (we skip June26th)

 FEE:    $60 total for all 3 classes, payable on the first day of class or $25 per individual class

PLEASE REGISTER IN ADVANCE AS SEATING IS LIMITED. THANK YOU!  

You may email or call Marie at 516-455-2206 to register

Learn Qi Gong and feel vibrant again! Starts June 7th

In keeping the Spirit and Vital Soul together, are you able to maintain their perfect harmony? In gathering your vital energy to attain suppleness, have you reached the state of a newborn babe?.. Tao Teh Ching, by Lao Tzu

Five Animal Frolics Qi Gong 

with Marie Regis, L.Ac.

Learn a set of five gentle exercises that support physical and emotional health and help you feel grounded and energized. The five animals are the Deer, Bear, Tiger, Crane and Monkey. This ancient practice regulates the nervous and cardiovascular systems, reduces muscle tension and improves sleep quality. And it’s FUN! It is attributed to Hua To, a famous Dr. from the Han Dynasty (3rd century A.D.). No previous experience necessary.

Five classes, 1 1/2 hours each – $25 per class or $100 paid on or before June 7th (by cash or check)

Classes meet Fridays June 7, 21, 28, and July 7th, from 10 to 11:30 AM. Location to be determined, in or near Port Washington.

Please Register by emailing or texting me at 516-455-2206.

I look forward to sharing this wonderful practice with you!  

Peace,   Marie

More about 5 Animal Frolics:

Hua To’s Five Animal Frolics Qi Gong is one of the oldest Qi Gong systems, dating back 2,000 years. it’s originator, Hua To is one of the most famous physicians in Chinese Medicine. This system of exercises supports flexible and strong muscles and tendons, promotes blood flow and revitalizes the internal organs. As we practice, we embody the strength of the bear, the ferocity of the tiger, the suppleness of the deer, the playfulness of the monkey, the centeredness of the crane. Numerous versions of this practice have evolved over the centuries. This version includes hand positions, sounds and postures that express qualities of these five animals. Students are encouraged to have their own unique experience of the spirit and “feel” of each animal as they practice.l

About my teacher, Master Jeffrey Yuen

This version was taught by Taoist Master Jeffrey Yuen, an 88th generation Daoist Master of the Jade Purity Tradition. Immersed in the practice and study of Daoism and the Classics of Chinese Medicine since early childhood, Mr Yuen offers unparalleled knowledge of the rich traditions that fully integrate the physical, psycho-emotional and spiritual. Jeffrey is internationally recognized as a Master of Classical Chinese Medicine, Daoism, Acupuncture, Chinese Herbology, Tai Chi, Essential Oils and Qi Gong.

To purchase the DVD of Jeffrey Yuen’s Five Animal Frolics class please go to: http://daoisthealingarts.com

Parkinson’s Disease: Nutritional factors

By Marie Regis

PARKINSON’S DEFINITION According to conventional medicine, “Parkinson’s disease is an idiopathic, slowly progressive, degenerative disorder of the Central Nervous System characterized by four main features:

  1. Slowness and poverty of movement
  2. Muscular rigidity
  3. Resting tremor
  4. Postural instability..”

(Taken from the book “The Treatment of Modern Western Medical diseases with Chinese medicine”, by Bob Flaws and Phillippe Sionneau)

Parkinson’s includes severe depletion of Dopamine.

According to Chinese medicine, this disease can be caused by constitutional weakness, aging, longstanding illness, physical taxation, chronic emotional problems and poor diet. Emotional trauma can lead to a decline in Dopamine levels. Dopamine is a pleasure hormone; therefore doing things that bring us joy may bring back Dopamine.  Dopamine makes us feel nourished, and that life is worthwhile. It also reduces pain.D

  • DETRIMENTAL FOODS and EATING HABITS
  • Eating sugar depleats Dopamine and Serotonin levels. It also weakens the digestive system, which is where 80% of the Serotonin is produced. Serotonin is a mood regulating hormone.
  • Skipping meals and eating a lot of cold or raw foods will weaken digestion, which makes the stomach unable to digest protein in particular
  • A vegetarian diet is problematic for many people in that it often leads to amino acid / protein deficiencies. This will lead to an insufficiency in neurotransmitters that are important to brain health
  • Caffein intake in combination with a stressful lifestyle can add to the physical taxation mentioned above.
    • Alcohol and drugs leach out Mg, leading to increased acidity / oxidative stress in the body
  • HELPFUL FOODS
  • Dopamine is found in flesh, meat. 
  • Dark leafy greens are alkalizing and high in many minerals and B vitamins
  • Legumes are very important: velvet beans esp., Fava beans. These beans have high amounts of Tyrosine to build back Dopamine
  • Mushrooms are high in nutritional value. They are a great source of fiber and protein, as well as B vitamins, copper, potassium, selenium and vitamin D
  • Quinoa has all essential amino acids. The Chinese use Buckwheat (not as high as Quinoa) to build Dopamine
  • Our Dopamine can become deficient because the stomach isn’t able to digest it. The easiest thing to digest meat are enzymes found in fruit: Pineapple (bromaline), apricots, figs, jujube have enzmes. We stew meat with figs in meditarreanian cooking. Cook the meat with the fruit, so body can easily get the raw material. Helps with depression- trouble managing  pain, the pleasure principle. 
  • GABA: Epinephrine and Norepinephrine relate to the flight or flight response. Fear shuts down the pleasure principle and reduces pleasure hormones. GABA is antagonist to the fear hormones. Foods high in GABA include: seeds (sunflower seeds) and shellfish, shrimp, halibut, grouper. 
  • Antioxydants can help reduce  the fight and flight response
  • Adequate concentration of Mg is very important for Ph balance. Low Mg can lower dopamine. Diet can affect alkaline-acid balance (7.2-7.3 is balanced). Increasing acidity means increasing Sympathetic Nervous System activity (flight or flight). Increasing alkalinity leads to increased Parasympathetic Nervous System activity (Digestion, healing, immunity). *Note that testing is not accurate in blood tests because Mg stays in cell. A swab from the tongue could measure it..

This is by no means a comprehensive list of foods that are either beneficial or harmful to people with Parkinsons. Please consult with your physician regarding any possible interaction between supplements and medicine prescribed to you.

Introduction to Meditation SPRING Series

DATES: March 5th, 12th and 19th 2019 from 1:30 – 3:00 P.M.

WHERE: Roslyn High School, 475 Round Hill Rd., Roslyn Heights NY 11577

CONTACT: Roslyn High School Continuing Education at roslynschools.org or call 516-801-5091 for more information and to register.

MEDITATION BASICS: Learn EASY meditation and mindfulness techniques from a variety of traditions, so you can finally LET GO.. and enjoy life fully