The dream of building a Chinese Medicine school of global standards is finally fulfilled in the Philippines. And, it came true because of two reasons: we have the heart-warming support of the Missionary Sisters of the Immaculate Conception of the Mother of God (SMIC) and we have a committed team of fully credentialed and adept Chinese Medicine specialists, Western Medicine doctors, and well-respected leaders in other allied health professions.
Faculty Spotlight: Sr. Shengrong Liu, Dean of the Institute
Sr. Regina Liu: Helping Couples Have Babies Through the Natural Medicine of Acupuncture
Editor’s Note: We would like to feature our Dean of the institute, Sister Regina Liu, who was recently featured in one of the leading parenting magazine in the country.
Nestled in Panay Avenue, close to Roces Avenue, in Quezon City, there is a convent under the Missionary Sisters of the Immaculate Conception of the Mother of God (SMIC) where one of the nuns is an acupuncturist. Her name is Sr. Regina Liu (her Chinese name is Shengrong Liu). This unassuming woman is behind a number of happy pregnancies, ones that were deemed unlikely, even impossible. She doesn’t have to tell me. I can see it in the number of babies’ pictures lining her shelves. Sr. Regina Liu has helped countless couples conceive through the ancient healing medicine of Acupuncture.
Below is our Q&A with her. Read on and find why you or any of your friends who are trying to conceive should consider acupuncture as an alternative.
In Chinese medicine, what causes infertility? How is acupuncture a remedy for infertility?
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is a complete medical system which includes: acupuncture, Chinese herbs, oriental massage, nutrition and exercise. Medical communities throughout the world are integrating this medicine into their healthcare systems. The TCM emphasis is placed on understanding and treating the underlying cause of each individual’s imbalance.
It is very different from Western medicine in that it is holistic rather than specific. In Western medicine, the emphasis is on specialization. That’s why if you have an eye problem you see an eye doctor. If you have a heart problem, you see a heart specialist. In TCM, the entire body is related and individuals are treated uniquely. In the case of infertility, there may be many possible causes. However, as an acupuncturist, I don’t just look at the reproductive system. The reproductive system is related to the whole body, to your environment, to your work, and to your stress levels.
I’ll give you an example. In TCM, the kidney, the liver and the spleen are all related to your reproductive system. Did you know that your liver controls your emotions and your blood flow? Your kidney doesn’t just have to do with your urine and bowel movements, it also has to do with the flow of energy in your body.
Another factor in reproduction is your body’s essence. There is such a thing as the body essence that you inherit from your parents, your body essence that is established before birth (pre-heaven) and your body essence after birth (post-heaven or what you could call nutrition and environment). The essence that you inherit from your parents gets consumed by your body as you grow older. The only way to restore it is through nutrition.
Acupuncture is the insertion of fine needles into the body to stimulate and balance the flow of Qi (or Chi), which is the body’s natural energy or life force. These points have been mapped by the Chinese over a period of two to five thousand years. Recently, electromagnetic research has confirmed their locations.
Acupuncture is a way to tap your body’s natural channels of energy (or Chi) to stimulate your own body’s healing. TCM theory explains that either an imbalance or a blockage of the energy (Chi) circulating through the body causes pain and disease. Acupuncture allows Chi to flow to areas where it is deficient and away from areas where it is excessive. In acupuncture, we simply stimulate points in your body that will release hormones or any of your body’s natural chemicals so that they can do their job more effectively. That’s why it’s a very natural way of doing things. Nothing is introduced to your body. Your body produces its own medicine.
An article by Sr. Shengrong (Regina) Liu about Fertility. Check the Link: http://www.acupuncturetoday.com/mpacms/at/article.php?id=33209
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