What is cupping and how does it work?

What is cupping and how does it work?

“I’ve been doing it for a while,” Phelps said, after racing through the semi-final of the 200-metre butterfly event. Cupping is a form of alternative therapy and acupuncture, which is currently under the spotlight at the Olympics.
It involves, as the name suggests, a series of glass or plastic cups being placed on the recipient’s skin. The cups are heated and come into effect upon cooling; the air trapped between the cup and skin contracts, creating a suction-like effect that pulls the skin upwards, drawing blood to the surface to increase blood flow and give the resulting marks their deep crimson-purple colour. At times, vacuum pumps can be used along with the cups to aid the process of suction.
The marks can last from anywhere between a few days to more than a week, but who came up with the idea in the first place?

Origins of cupping


Hailing from the east, the origins of cupping have been pinned to ancient China, where the practice was deemed to be a medical treatment serving as a form of healing and recovery. 3,000 years ago, cupping had an even greater significance to some Chinese practitioners, who would say that it, “helps open up channels of qi, or the body’s life force”.
It has roots in the Middle East too, with the practice of Hijama(the Arabic word for wet cupping) in the Muslim world well-documented. Hijama is slightly different to traditional cupping in that it involves a small skin incision and was endorsed by Greek physician Hippocrates.

Why are Olympic athletes using it?

Cupping therapy aids recovery, acting as a deep tissue massage, a form of rehabilitation, and a way of reducing pain. In a competition where quick recovery is pivotal to enhancing performance, athletes like Phelps are trying such methods. more questions about cupping, please check Cupping FAQs


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Why are Olympic athletes covered in spots?Cupping Therapy in Rio Olympics

You wouldn't need to have an eagle-like eye to notice the black purple circular marks on Phelps' back as he exited the pool. They're not a result of a tattoo mishap or a secret symbol only known to members of the US Olympic swim team. According to The Washington Post, the circles came from cupping, a technique used by trainers who attach suction cups to pull blood to sore and injured areas to speed healing.



Cupping therapy treatment is used by Olympic athletes to treat sore muscles. 
Here's how it works. 



It's a form of therapy in traditional Chinese medicine.that is used for health purposes such as treating congestion, reducing soreness and increasing blood flow.
The aim is to balance one's "chi" or vital energy. Practitioners believe that sickness or injury happens when too much energy is concentrated in one part of the body.
Cupping helps to redistribute that energy. 


Cups are placed on the section of the body in need of repair to create suction. The cupping therapy has been practiced in China for more than thousand years to draw out toxins, mobilize blood flow, alleviate muscle pain,soothe sore muscles and even help cure insominia and improve sleeping quality.

拔火罐是一种中医疗法。拔火罐通常借助热力排气吸附在皮肤上。这种疗法能排毒,促进血液流动,缓解肌肉酸疼,甚至改善睡眠。 
traditional Chinese medicine(简称TCM):中医

最传统的拔火罐是真正用火点燃,
现代也用抽气法。
拔火罐的在西方有大批粉丝. 



"What Are the Purple Circles on Michael Phelps? Cupping Has an Olympic Moment!"

菲尔普斯身上的紫圈圈是什么东西? 拔火罐在奥运会亮相了。


Michael Phelps接受采访说

"I have done it for awhile but I haven’t had bad ones (marks) like this awhile though," Phelps, who in 2015 posted an Instagram photo of himself receiving the therapy, told reporters on Monday. "That’s where I hurt the most," he said of the marks on his shoulder.

“I’ve done it before meets, pretty much every meet I go to,” Phelps said on Monday. “So I asked for a little cupping yesterday because I was sore." 

参加比赛我会去拔罐,基本上每次都会去拔。昨天我就去了,因为我身体有点疼。

And it’s not just Phelps sporting the patches either. U.S. gymnast Alex Naddour, 25, and Belarusian swimmer Pavel Sankovich are also fans of the procedure. Naddour posted a selfie with a big cupping mark on his shoulder last week,According to Naddour, the marks are as a result of something, “better than any money I’ve spent on anything else”. while Sankovich, 26, posted a photo on Instagram in June saying, "This kinda Saturday morning. Cupping is a great recovery tool."

Actresses Gwyneth Paltrow, Jennifer Aniston and pop star Justin Bieber, Lady Gaga have also been photographed with the distinctive large circles on their backs and chest.

However, while the therapy dates back to ancient Egyptian, Chinese, and Middle Eastern cultures, it has been less popular among more skeptical Western medical societies. 
"There is no scientific rationale for expecting any health benefit from cupping," the American Cancer Society said in a statement on Monday.
However, Jessica MacLean, acting director of the International Cupping Therapy Association, said she has seen a 20 percent increase in purchases of cupping therapy equipment and a 50 percent increase of healthcare practitioners seeking out their cupping certificates over the last three days.
MacLean, who receives cupping therapy daily and has been performing the procedure on people for 24 years, said she saw a similar trend after the “The Karate Kid” movie was released in 2010, which featured the therapy briefly.

“Every time we see something like this happen in the media, it piques people’s attention,” said MacLean. "When people get the treatment and they recover really fast, they don’t care about the scientific evidence - they just care that it works."
What's cupping and how does it work?


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Who is the biggest winner of Rio Olympic Game? 奥运最大的赢家是谁



31-year-old Phelps led the US team win Olympic gold metal, 
and became 19th Olympic Gold metal winner.
Attentive audience found his body has a lot of dark marks on his shoulder, 
at first glance, we thought it was bruised after being hit, 
and when you look closer ......
Actually these are cupping marks.
The British "Daily Mail" had reported that cupping therapy has been Phelps' favorite treatment for injury hurt.

31岁的菲尔普斯带领美国队取胜,而他也就此成为奥运“19金王”。
  细心的观众发现他的身上有很多圆形的一块一块的深色印记,初看以为是被打后的淤青,再仔细看……
这其实就是拔完火罐后的印记。
  此前英国《每日邮报》就曾报道,菲尔普斯最喜欢的疗伤方式,就是我们中国人最熟悉的拔火罐。
Fellow U.S. swimmer Natalie Coughlin, also a winner of multiple gold medals, has shown herself using the therapy on social media.

Lots of Olympic athletes have cupping marks, no wonder many people said that it seems the Traditional Chinese Medicine is the biggest winner of the Olympic game.

不少运动员身上都有拔罐的印记,难怪有网友说,看来这次奥运最大的赢家是中国老中医。

拔火罐为啥这么火?中国中医药报揭秘拔罐与运动员之间的"特殊关系"!


拔火罐为啥这么火?中国中医药报揭秘拔罐与运动员之间的"特殊关系"!


最近在里约奥运会赛场,除了运动员的飒爽英姿,还有一个“中国印”成了赛场上亮丽的风景线,并成为各国媒体报道的焦点,迅速火爆社交媒体,大家有没有被它刷屏呢?外国运动员身上这些圆圆的,颜色或浓或淡的印记,就是拔罐留下的。


8月9日,菲尔普斯在比赛中。当日,在2016年里约奥运会男子200米蝶泳决赛中,美国选手菲尔普斯以1分53秒36的成绩夺冠。 新华社记者费茂华摄

在世界体坛,菲尔普斯不是第一个体验拔火罐的外国选手,但肯定是最大牌的一个。如今,“美国飞鱼”已经成了外国选手中的“头号拔罐粉”,他在自己的个人社交平台上多次发过带有“拔罐印”的照片,甚至在其最新宣传片《Rule Yourself(掌控你自己)》中,还专门有镜头记录了他进行拔火罐的过程。






菲尔普斯在接受真空罐治疗

在菲尔普斯的推广下,美国体操队也爱上了拔火罐。




拔罐,这种源自中医传统外治领域的非药物疗法,以其简验效廉的特征,已征服了众多奥运明星。除了治病之外,拔罐与运动员之间的关系,很多人其实并不了解。下面就一起来涨姿势吧!针对运动员,拔罐有这几大法宝:

1、扶正祛邪保护运动员免疫系统

赛前生病是教练和运动员最不愿意看到的,因为这都会或多或少影响运动员的状态发挥,所以预防工作尤为重要。南京市中西医结合医院针灸科副主任中医师戴奇斌介绍,中医认为:“正气存内,邪不可干。”疾病的发生、发展过程,就是人体的正气与外邪相争的过程,若正气盛,邪不得侵,则病退;若邪气旺,正不胜邪,则病进。拔罐疗法能激发经络之气,振奋衰弱的脏腑机能,提高机体的抗病能力,同时,通过吸拔作用,能排吸出风、寒、湿邪及瘀血,发挥扶正祛邪的作用。对于游泳、跳水、体操等运动项目的运动员来说,容易受凉,他们拔罐最重要的原因之一就是祛除体内的寒气。



现代研究表明,拔罐疗法可增强白细胞和网状内皮系统的吞噬功能,增强机体的抗病能力。在背部两侧强力拔罐,拔罐前后,比较白细胞的吞噬菌指数及血清补体效价,都明显提高。背部膀胱经走罐,能明显提高正常人红细胞免疫功能。另外,拔罐疗法由于有很强的负压吸附力量,使局部毛细血管破裂,局部瘀血,引起自身溶血现象。释放组织胺、5—羟色胺等神经介质,通过神经体液机制,刺激整个机体的功能,能有效地调动免疫系统,对治疗运动员过敏性疾病、免疫功能低下所造成的低热不退等,都有较好的疗效。拔罐疗法能促进肺部血液循环,改善支气管分泌和纤毛运动等作用,从而加速呼吸道炎症的消除。在肺俞、风门穴拔罐,能改善呼吸道的通气功能和换气功能,常用于防治风寒咳嗽、慢性支气管炎、哮喘等病。

2、疏经通络调节神经兴奋性

武侠电影中经常会有打通任督二脉的镜头,这样的人会功力大增。对于运动员而言,如果经络不通,功力也会大减。南京市中西医结合医院针灸科李广林中医师介绍说,中医认为:“经脉者所以决死生,处百病,调虚实,不可不通。”经络是人体气血运行的通路,使人体各部分的功能保持相对的平衡与协调。如果经络气血功能失调,会出现气滞血瘀、经络阻隔、不通则痛等病理改变拔罐能激发和调整经气,疏通经络,并通过经络系统而影响其所络属的脏腑、组织的功能,使百脉疏通,五脏安和,达到“通则不痛”的疗效。因此,拔罐对于缓解一些运动员的疼痛症状有一定的作用。

很多运动员在奥运赛场会出现两个不利于比赛的状态,一个是过度兴奋,一个是慢热,兴奋度太低。这也是教练比较在意的问题。这个问题用拔罐的方法也可以帮助调节,为什么这么说呢?现代医学研究认为:拔罐疗法是一种负压机械刺激作用,这种刺激可以通过皮肤和毛细血管的感受器,经过传入神经纤维至大脑皮质,反射性地调节兴奋和抑制过程,使整个神经系统趋于平衡。拔罐疗法具有双向调节功能,针对人体病理特征来进行良性调节。当身体处于兴奋状态时,拔罐可使其转为抑制;当身体处于抑制状态时,拔罐可使其转为兴奋。


有的运动员如果过于紧张、疲劳或者热身运动不充分,可能会出现肌肉痉挛,拔罐疗法能通过肌肉牵张反射直接抑制肌肉痉挛,又能通过消除疼痛病灶而间接地解除肌肉痉挛。拔罐可刺激某一区域的神经,调节相应部位的血管和肌肉的功能活动,反射性地解除血管平滑肌的痉挛,获得比较明显的止痛效果。

3、活血化瘀,消肿止痛

对于竞技运动来说,运动员跌打损伤是很常见的事情,也难免会出现红肿热痛的症状,甚至有瘀血。南京市中西医结合医院运动保健咨询门诊李靖教授介绍说,中医认为,气血“内溉脏腑,外濡腠理”,是构成人体的基本物质,人体的一切组织都需要气血的供养和调节才能发挥功能。若气血失和,则脏腑组织的功能活动发生异常,而产生一系列的病理变化。拔罐疗法具有调和气血,促进气血运行的作用。刺络拔罐疗法能够活血祛瘀,通络止痛。这是因为拔罐能加快静脉回流,有利于水肿、血肿的吸收。拔罐疗法能够促进炎症介质的分解、排泄,消除无菌性炎症,达到镇痛作用,尤其是刺络拔罐法的止痛效果尤为突出。在拔罐疗,对局部皮肤有温热刺激,能使局部的浅层组织发生被动充血,局部血管扩张,促进局部血液循环,加速新陈代谢。局部血液循环的改善,可迅速带走局部堆积的炎性渗出物及致痛物质,从而消除肿胀和疼痛。

4、调节肠胃,预防水土不服

李靖介绍说,对于参加奥运会的运动员们来说,绝大部分都是客场比赛,有的甚至要飞跃万里,所以,难免出现水土不服的症状,这些问题会直接影响运动员们正常水平的发挥。如何调理肠胃呢?拔罐疗法通过调节脏器的运动和影响消化酶等途径而发挥作用的。当胃肠蠕动亢进时,吸拔腹部和背部的脾俞、胃俞穴,可出现胃肠蠕动的抑制状态。吸拔腹部穴位能加强和调整胃液分泌功能,并能促进腹腔血液循环,从而增强消化和吸收功能。对于便秘、腹泻等疾患都有较好的疗效。

不过,中医专家提醒,刚拔完火罐后的几个小时是不能洗澡或者下水游泳的,宜适当保暖,“刚拔罐结束会‘腠理’,也就是西医讲的毛孔是张开的,与肌肉血管有通联,这时如果游泳反而会影响伤势的恢复。几个小时后,‘腠理’会自己慢慢闭合,这个时候再游泳或者洗澡就没有什么影响了。”

那么,拔罐疗法是如何发展起来的呢?

中国中医药报社文化传播中心主任王敬介绍道,拔罐,也叫拔火罐,在我国历史悠久,远古时候中国人即会用动物的犄角(如牛角等)制成筒状,用于吸伤口内脓血和治疗痈疽,故拔罐法古称“角法”。

历史很悠久

拔罐疗法的记载最早见于湖南马王堆汉墓出土的《五十二病方》,书中即有以角治疗痔疮的记载。唐代拔罐疗法已成为一门比较完整成熟的学科。纵观历史,汉、晋、唐、宋、明代虽然在罐器制作与选材以及吸附方法等方面都有所发展,但在临床方面仍以治疗疮疡外科疾病为主。清代拔罐疗法在各方面均有长足发展。

拔罐方法多样,除了留罐以外,闪罐和走罐也是常用的方法。闪罐即在某一部位如穴位、病灶点进行反复吸附并立即使之脱落的一种手法。走罐指罐体吸附肌肤后,用手握着罐体在皮肤上进行移动,以皮肤上出现红、紫、黑色斑为度的一种手法。

疗法广受欢迎

拔罐疗法的预防保健作用又包括健康保健预防与疾病防变两类。拔罐在临床治疗方面,从单纯吸拔脓血治疗疮疡外科疾病发展到现在能治疗内、妇、儿、外、骨伤、皮肤、五官等科数百种病症,尤其用于治疗落枕、肩颈部疾病、感冒、咽喉疼痛、头痛疾病。拔罐还广泛用于日常保健,像减肥、预防消化不良、缓解疲劳等,效果非常明显。因为它具有操作容易、无副作用等优点,深受广大群众喜爱。

拔罐疗法作用部位是体表皮肤,皮肤是机体暴露于外的最表浅部分,直接接触外界,且对外界气候等变化起适应与防卫作用。皮肤所以具有这些功能,主要依靠机内卫气的作用。卫气出于上焦,由肺气的推送,先循行于皮肤之中;卫气调和,则“皮肤调柔,腠理致密”。健康人常做背俞穴、足三里等穴位的拔罐,可增强卫气,卫气强则护表能力强,外邪不易侵表,机体自可安康。若外邪侵表,出现恶寒、发热、鼻塞、流涕等表证即感冒及天热中暑,及时在肺俞、大椎、中府等穴处拔罐,常可收到立竿见影的作用。

中医常说:“不通则痛,痛则不通。”经络气血通达则人体健康,经络气血不通则人生百病。拔罐可疏通经络,在相应病所即经络不通之处拔罐,可使阻塞的穴位、经络得以开通,气血得以通达。所以,颈椎病、肩周炎、腰疼腿痛等痛症病人拔罐效果颇佳。

拔罐疗法可以内病外治。拔罐刺激脏腑俞、募穴为主的体表穴位,可以治疗一些内科常见病症包括气管炎、支气管哮喘、胃肠疾患、胆绞痛等,也可收到较好疗效。

治病机理有这些

现代医学认为,拔罐治病原理有二:

一是改善全身血液循环,拔罐可使局部皮肤充血、毛细血管扩张,血液循环加快;另外拔罐的吸附刺激可通过神经—内分泌调节血管舒、缩功能和血管壁的通透性,增强局部血液供应而改善全身血液循环。

二是自家溶血现象,拔罐可使吸附部位毛细血管破裂,继而局部出现血液凝固,但不久即崩溃而引起自家溶血现象,随即产生一种新的刺激素即一种类组织胺的物质,随体液周流全身,刺激全身组织器官,增强其功能活动。自家溶血是一个延缓的良性弱刺激过程,可以刺激增强免疫机能,提高机体的抗病能力。

* 家庭拔罐注意事项

拔罐时,尤其要注意起罐后的处理。起罐后一般无需进行特殊处理,被吸附部位局部可涂上润肤剂,以防干裂疼痛。天寒时,体弱患者注意拔罐处的保暖,以免受风寒。拔罐后2小时内,拔罐吸附处皮肤忌用凉水。起罐后应让患者饮用一杯矿泉水或温凉开水,以补充津液以增强活血通络、托毒外透之功效。起罐后若被吸附的皮肤表面出现水珠、黄水、红水等,可用干净棉球或纸巾拭干。若皮肤上出现水疱,可让其自行吸收,或用消毒针或一次性针灸针刺破,用医用棉球擦干,局部涂上紫药水即可。

作者:杨璞 江苏省南京市中西医结合医院、王敬 中国中医药报社文化传播中心主任

东方针灸罐疗诊所有着27年针灸临床经验的刘医师和四十多年罐诊罐疗临床经验的王老师提供有效的针灸和罐诊罐疗服务。可网上预约:http://www.Oclinic.ca 或来电咨询:416-800-3978


Oriental Acupuncture Clinic has cupping therapy, acupuncture and moxibution therapy to treat all types of issues, including chronic pain, infertility, digestion problems and allergies.
Cupping therapy starts at $30 at Oriental Acupuncture Clinic
Oriental Acupuncture Clinic Mr. Jin Wang is a cupping therapist with 40 years clinical experience.  Book appointment with Jin Wang at http://www.Oclinic.ca 


蓝瘦,香菇!秋天肩颈伤痛高发,神奇针灸改善肩颈疼痛,效果惊呆了!





不良习惯导致肩颈疾病
低头玩手机抬头玩电脑,长期保持同一个坐姿……总感觉肩颈部硬硬的,好像三山五岳背上身,不舒服,怎么扭还是不舒服,蓝(难)瘦(受),香(想)菇(哭)!
这都是不良生活习惯造成局部气血循环不畅,肌肉肌腱僵硬,颈部区域淤血堆积,从而引发肩颈疼痛。另外,睡觉落枕、疲劳过度、受到风寒也会导致肩颈疼痛。
很多人对肩颈酸痛、沉重并不重视,最多偶尔扭扭脖子、甩甩肩膀。殊不知肩颈是人体最脆弱的部分。




肩颈疼痛是如何造成的?
《黄帝内经》云:西风生于秋,病在肺,俞在肩背。秋寒渐深,易伤肺俞,而肺俞在肩背部,病邪会乘虚而入。肩颈堵塞,经络不通,寒湿得不到疏导,易引起肩颈疼痛。
万病之源源于血,百病之由由于气,中医上讲:气不足则血不畅,血不畅则水不流,水不流则毒不排。肩颈就像人体的十字路口,是气血供应头部的主要通道。颈部有任脉、督脉两条大动脉,是阳气路径的通道,容易堵。经络不通畅,是致病的关键。




肩颈疼痛有什么严重后果呢?
肩颈疼痛是会引起肩周炎、颈椎病,具体症状有:头痛、失眠,气色差、手臂麻木,记忆力衰退,听视力下降,消化不好,胸闷、心情烦躁等等。




自检肩颈问题,就三招!
低头下巴去找锁骨
仰头下巴找天花板
侧头让耳朵找肩膀
以上动作若能灵活做到,说明颈椎是健康的。
特别提醒:颈椎强直人群低头很难靠近锁骨,但仰头和左右侧头却没问题。




秋季肩颈养护,艾灸当先
春伤头、夏伤脏、秋伤肩背、冬伤四肢。故秋天养护肩颈势在必行。
平时可做甩手操缓解肩颈不适,双腿微曲站立,目微闭,双手展开,稍用力将两臂前后甩动,每天坚持30分钟以上。以提高气血能量,疏通经络,调节放松身心。而想要全面地改善肩颈问题,艾灸必不可少。   
艾灸通经活络、祛湿散寒、行气活血、消淤散结,可疏通肩颈血液循环,对大脑供血不足引起的头痛、失眠有明显改善,可舒缓、改善肩颈椎问题,提高人体免疫力,疏通肩颈经络,驱除疲劳,提升精气神。
具体艾灸穴位如下:
【肩髎】【肩髃】【大椎】【肩井】【天宗】 【曲池】  




艾灸小贴士
1、用隔物艾灸仪坚持艾灸(详情可致电东方针灸诊所416-800-3978);
2、艾灸时间45到60分钟左右,温度控制45到50度左右;
3、配合《艾灸经络穴位图解》找穴位更精准,有助于艾灸效果。
冰冻三尺非一日之寒,肩颈问题的改善,需从生活习惯着手,配合艾灸长期理疗。不仅限于艾灸,东方针灸或罐疗都是治疗颈椎病有效可行的治疗手段,多伦多东方针灸诊所刘医师来自三代中医针灸世家,本着27年丰富的针灸临床经验仁心仁术为广大患者服务。诊所地址:1920 Ellesmere Rd.Scarborough(Ellesmere/Bellamy) 医务大楼内二楼206室,电话:416-800-3978 也可网上预约:http://www.orientalacupuncture.ca/p/book-appointment.html
或手机短信预约:416-655-1311

【Oriental Acupuncture】TDP Infrared Heating Therapy for Pain and Inflammation relief

The TDP lamp is a  far-infrared heating device. The premise of the lamp is that the far infrared (below visible light) emissions increases microcirculation and loosens fascia to accelerate the natural healing processes of the body. The TDP lamp is used as a therapeutic substitute for moxibustion, a traditional Chinese therapy. It is used by acupuncturists, Asian bodywork therapists, and other medical professionals.  It is a medical device which comes under Food and Drug Administration(FDA) Class II for temporary relief from pain and arthritis.

BENEFITS OF MINERAL TDP Infrared Heating Therapy:

1. Relieves Muscle Pain, Joint Pain, Inflammation and Soft Tissue Injuries
TDP lamp increases blood circulation, which aids in muscle relief by emitting 33 essential minerals into your body. The absorbed energy promotes micro circulation and metabolism, helps improve the immune system. Good for people with sore muscles, arthritis, bursitis, back ache, tennis elbow and joint pains.

2. Relaxes Muscle and Improves Range Of Motion
TDP lamp causes the muscles to relax, which will improve range of motion and help insomnia. Lots of treatments have shown that the mineral heating lamp provides several key health benefits for massage therapy.


3. Comfortable and Relaxed Feeling – Great for harsh winter & elderly
This mineral heating lamp generates a kind of thermo-magnetic heat. The heat of the TDP Mineral Lamp penetrates into the region of the body which creates a very comfortable and relaxed feeling.

How Can 33 Essential Minerals of TDP Mineral Lamp Help Your Body?

When the Mineral Lamp is heated to a certain temperature, it emits the FIR (far infrared) energy, resulting in many therapeutic benefits.
The emitted FIR energy penetrates up to 3½ inches, and stimulates micro circulation, delivering higher levels of oxygen and nutrients to the injured cells, while eliminating toxins and cellular waste.
The TDP Mineral Lamp features a plate coated with a formulation of 33 minerals for your body. The heated mineral plate emits deep-penetrating, far-infrared waves. This natural energy is identical to that generated by our own bodies, and is naturally absorbed into our tissues.

TDP Infrared Heating Therapy has been proven to relax muscles, reduce stiffness, inflammation and more! At Oriental Acupuncture Clinic, our therapists usually combine the Acupuncture、Massage、Cupping therapy with TDP infrared heating therapy when it's needed, and for the best treatment results. Call Oriental Acupuncture Clinic at 416-800-3978 or Text 416-655-1311 for your free consultation for any kind of pain conditions. 



Jarry Liu: Chinese Acupuncturist since 1989

唐代药王孙思邈的养生之道

孙思邈是唐代杰出的医学家和养生学家,著有医学专著《千金要方》,被后世尊奉为“药王”。除了治病救人,孙思邈还非常重视养生,提出了“善养性”、“治未病”、“消未患”等养生要旨,而他自己活到101岁的高寿。养生最重视的是气血充足通畅,人之有生命来自气血的运转,人之死是因为气散血停,气血阻而生病,气血虚亏而生殆神弱。由此可知,万病皆源于气血充足通畅与否。孙思邈有言:“口中言少,心中事少,腹里食少,自然睡少,依次四少,神仙诀了。”寥寥数字,道出了最简单易行的养生道理。

如何让气血充足且运行通畅呢?很多人会服食大量补气血活筋络的药食,其实,补气血不如养气血,通筋络就是多运动。下面列出“四少一多”,供养生爱好者参考。

1.少说话,以防损伤肺气:现代社会处处需要沟通,工作中免不了随时接打电话、汇报请示,下了班很多人也喜欢聚会聊天、唱唱卡拉OK。然而,成天说个不停会伤气,尤其是肺气和心气。正所谓“日出千言,不病自伤”,消耗肺气容易使体内元气不足,外邪乘虚而入。因此,适当放慢语速、少说些话,可保护、收敛肺气,给身体“节能”。
2.少思虑,避免气机郁结:当前社会节奏快、竞争压力大,不少人背负重压,心事重重,甚至吃不下、睡不着。正所谓“思则气结”、“多思则神殆”,思虑过度容易导致气机郁结不行,进而引起疾病。不妨顺应自然,不要反复纠结一些小事,更不可钻牛角尖,抱着乐观的心态解决问题。
3.少吃点,避免心气不足:随着物质生活改善,人们吃得越来越好,很多人甚至以“吃货”自居。然而,《古乐府》三叟诗中提出,“量腹节所受”是老人长寿的因素之一。现代医学和营养学家也证实,吃“七分饱”有助养生。吃太多容易导致气滞,使心气不足,增加肠胃负担,还会导致肥胖、高血脂等问题。要做到七分饱,必须细嚼慢咽,在“似饱非饱”时马上撂筷子。
4.少赖床,以防气血不畅:许多上班族平时工作累,周末喜欢睡懒觉;也有人因工作压力、生活琐事等心烦意乱,夜不能寐。中医认为,睡眠的目的在于调整阴阳平衡,睡多睡少对身体都没有好处。最好保持规律的作息,睡前不宜运动,也不宜大喜大悲,可以适当静坐、散步,或听点舒缓的音乐等,使身体渐入佳“静”。
5、多运动。运动升阳气,帮助气血通畅。孙思邈还说过:“养生之道,常欲小劳。”睡得太多、缺乏活动,会引起气血运行不畅,导致筋骨脆弱,脏腑功能减退。