Posts Tagged ‘acupuncture’


Posted: 18/10/2013 by zandtao in Health
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I woke up this morning feeling good about my glands. Yesterday I was completely disturbed, the previous night had been disrupted, and in a sense I felt out of control. The grass was being cut so it was noisy and I rushed off to the beach, and then had a herbal massage. I went to sleep before midnight – a rarity, and woke up with the chickens – as I would like to.

Today is the last acupuncture treatment, and tomorrow I start the diet. I feel as if I am somewhere near the last hurdle – but in truth dealing with glands will always be with me. I compare this with probiotics. At a certain stage I felt that I had those yooi under control, but they slipped back out of balance on occasions – see tag cloud probiotics. When I look back at this blog the battle with the yooi is ongoing, rather than just one skirmish and then over. It will be the same with the glands – see tag cloud glands.

Feeling good about the glands today, I wanted to write about them and put them in perspective. Apart from the young Danish ranter I have never heard them discussed in mb circles – or the plant-based diet circles. On reflection this seems rather strange as quite clearly all people age and go through menopause or andropause. Perhaps there is an assumption that these healthy diets just deal with any glandular problems, and that assumption is not that unreasonable. Let’s consider mb. The mb I don’t deal with is balancing the yin-yang, and this hormone balance problem is about excess yin. So maybe mb could be excused, except that it appears that the mb church does not recognise it as an issue. One way of healing the lymphatic system is by a plant-based diet so you might argue that it is covered there. But in truth I don’t accept either explanation. With regards to me hormones are swept under the table and not talked about.

This last part is worth considering. The droop. This is what men get up in arms about – the droop. Maybe some talk about it, maybe some worry about it, and perhaps they talk about it with doctors? When you look online about andropause, reading between the lines the issue is the droop – the balance between testosterone and oestrogen and the health consequences of that. The reduction in the production of testosterone with ageing might be a strong trigger but it is my contention that the glands are a much wider problem that needs addressing. Look at my own case. There has been a long history of flus and “cold and damp” – see tag cloud flu. This coldness Chinese medicine (TCM) recognises as excess yin in men, and that is what I have had treated with acupuncture. The disrupted sleep patterns that might well be considered as “normal retirement” and “ageing” might be rectified through hormone balance. Yet again when the establishment pill-dropping and slashing cannot handle the problem, it says the problem does not exist – I think of my migraines that I had for years with no solution except knockout drops.

So this brings me to the point of this blog, healing the glands is an additional stage in the Zandtao Healing plan. For those who start healing early in life this hormone issue might well not apply, a healthy lifestyle would probably handle the hormones. But for those who come to diet later in life I suspect hormones will be an underlying condition. By the time we take on a diet our health has deteriorated usually leading to a recognised disease – in my case GERD. But once we get through the main stages of healing:-

natural eating

then this underlying condition has a chance to come out. Once we recognise the imbalance then we can start healing.

In my case because the imbalance was marked I needed acupuncture – strong treatment. But there are other methods of dealing with it:-

Massage – especially herbal.
Detox diet
Continued Zandtao Healing Plan esp exercise

When I look at this there is nothing new, apart from the acupuncture and the sauna my lifestyle would have created the hormonal balance. But remember my 7 years are not up yet – August 2014 will be 7 years from when the diet started.

I have also picked up some stop-gap measures:-

Zinc improves the immune system
Nibbling pumpkin seeds for prostate – benefits here
Cherries for serotonin
Seaweed for the thyroid
Hoi for ageing

For men don’t get sucked into the hormones = droop scenario, and ignore the possibility that glands have a wider impact on your health. Recognise that hormone imbalance might be an underlying condition that comes to the forefront as part of the 7-year healing process and be prepared to handle it. Above are some of the techniques for doing so.

This is not a small issue. The disease aspect for me was flu but that is not the real issue. This year the first flu was mid-July, and off-and-on I have been dealing with it since. Unless I had discussed this with others my life would have appeared the same but it was not. My quality of life has been down because I have not been meditating, and Chi Gung has been a struggle; mind and energy are not working well. Transpose that to those who don’t try with their health. Hormones are not making them ill so they are not an issue, this is an acceptance of a lowering of quality of life – continuous sleeping and disrupted nights. THAT is significant. Be glandularly conscious.

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A Cold Farang in Thailand

Posted: 08/10/2013 by zandtao in Health
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This is a long one, and I am being pre-emptive in writing this blog as I am still undergoing treatment. The symptoms are the flu – see tag cloud flu. It came to a head in July and August this year, I got the flu for a week in July and then for a week in August – long discussion here. Suffice it to say I have had flu problems all my life. Recent flu has usually occurred in the rainy season, I developed supersoup if I got wet.

What was particularly irritating was that I am on a healthy diet, and that turns out to have disguised the problem – Dottie’s underlying conditions. In the addendum to the above blog the acupuncturist was talking about balancing the body – I assumed yin and yang, but sometimes acupuncturists don’t always discuss in terms of yin and yang. She might have been talking about hormones – the endocrine system. Whatever, she did say that my problem was caused by andropause – the male menopause.

Now understanding hormones is something I have just passed by in life. There was one circumstance. When I was in an extremely stressful relationship eczema flared up all over the place leading to blood on the sheets as I scratched when sleeping. Begrudgingly the doctor offered cortisone and begrudgingly I accepted. On reflection I am not sure whether I was wrong as the eczema was dreadful, but the after-effects of the cortisone treatment stayed with me a while – maybe even contributing to the current imbalance?

Now I am suffering from hormonal imbalance because of my age. It has given me a cold body that left me vulnerable to flus, can you believe it – a Cold Farang in Thailand? Fortunately this acupuncturist immediately diagnosed the problem as andropause and began treating it. This treatment has greatly helped but in the realisation of the hormonal imbalance it has become a problem that I dont know how to deal with. Fundamentally I don’t know what it is.

Below there are some authoritative quotes about hormone imbalance. They helped me on my way to this current understanding. I freaked at the hormone imbalance, what was I to do? My diet was good, and all that I read said do my diet – well mostly. Why was it happening? It had been a build-up. Coping with GERD and then the gradual renewal of my body with the diet had disguised the hormonal problem.

In a man of my age hormones means testosterone and the droop vis-a-vis the old Farangs in Thailand chasing the suais. So I’m up in the air about my desires and testosterone. But hormones are not just testosterone – see endocrine system, and I began to settle. There is the thyroid, and key in the thyroid was cold intolerance – my cold and damp body. The key is hormonal balance, and this is something I had lost. Perhaps my diet should have given me balance, maybe it would have in time – maybe. But it taught me a big lesson, I don’t feel food is enough hence why I wrote the “Zandtao Cancer Programme?”, significant in this being healing has to include energy (Chi Gung and Acupuncture) and meditation, the 3 tenets of Zandtao:-

Improving the mind

Harmonising our energy

Taking care of our bodies


My last acupuncture programme made me feel uncomfortable, affected my sleep, and I struggled with the teaching. It is school hols so I have gone for 5 more treatments – she had asked me to do that before. In the interim I had settled within my body (a sauna and taking zinc tablets as well) so hormones were not screwing me up, I have had one treatment (of the 2nd five), and balance has gone a bit – less than before. My plan is to finish the 5 treatments, and then do a detox. I remember the Danish ranter talking of the lymphatic system – the endocrine system appears to fit in with that; my usual diet of 3 days fruit and 6 days veg should do the trick. At least I hope so.

This stuff is not good. I have struggled to meditate, the Chi Gung is but a memory, and some of my diet is slipping. All of this is because the hormones have disturbed my meditation. Between the acupuncture courses I gained strength and discipline, but with the second course that has gone a bit again. However I feel confident that once the treatment has finished my discipline will bring me back on song – gradually.

I now realise that routines of old men I have known well (in my family) have been affected by hormones, of course men don’t have hormones they just have the droop and viagra fixes that!! Fascinating stuff – hormones and old men.


Lots of garlic – usually 8 or 10 cloves ground in a mortar then poured in a pan.
Buai – Chinese umeboshi – 5 or 6 – cheap here
Miso – better – started using Dtao giao when ran out
Honey to balance the plums
Seaweed for thyroid

Boil and drink


The hormone imbalance starts to occur naturally at 20 “In men, the symptoms of aging are often the result of a growth hormone and testosterone decline. After age 20, a man’s growth hormone falls about 14% for every 10 years. By the time he reaches 40, he’s lost almost half the growth hormones he had at 20-years-old and by the time he reaches 80, men are left with just 5% of their original growth hormones. These imbalances can happen at any age.” from here. Over the last 6 years I have improved my diet with an accompanying improvement in health, but now that I have almost completed the 7 years hormonal imbalance has hit.

In Michael Rossoff’s movie and Dan Reid “A Complete guide to Chi Gung”, it is recommended to decrease the amount of ejaculation. But I am convinced that that is not all of it.
“Since fat cells manufacture estrogen (a powerful hormone), it is crucial for men to maintain normal weight to have balanced sex hormones. Excess fat can lead to an excess of estrogen in men. When you see a man with a beer belly and breast-buds (female-like development of breasts), he probably has an estrogen excess made by fat cells. This may be the reason that overweight and obese men have a higher incidence of prostate cancer and benign prostatic hypertrophy (BPH). In males, higher levels of dihydrotestosterone, a hormone derived from testosterone, is associated with BPH and possibly prostate cancer; increased levels of estrogen also appears to play a role in the development of BPH.

Other non-sex-hormone factors can create imbalances in the sex hormones. An excess or deficiency of the thyroid hormone will change sex hormone levels; replacing the sex hormone in any quantity will not correct the problem until you have compensated for the thyroid function. Changes in liver function can also cause a shift in the relative amounts of various hormones, because the liver processes most sex hormones. Many menopausal-aged people, both men and women, still have normal or even high levels of the circulating sex hormones. Additional mammalian hormones in this instance are inadvisable, because they can create an excess of hormones with the associated problems. Faulty liver function, as evidenced by high cholesterol levels, contributes to inadequate transformation of hormones. Improving liver function is a key step in normalizing hormones and the body’s response to hormones (it is possible to have adequate hormone levels and still have symptoms of deficiency or excess if the liver is not working properly).

Remember that overall good health is critical to the body’s production of hormones. Inadequate nutrients from diet is a major factor in hormonal imbalance. Excess alcohol, refined carbohydrates (sugars), and “trans” fats will all have a negative effect on hormone levels.” from here. Here is a reasonable sales pitch from the same site “From the findings (BZ of a consultation), a unique protocol of natural supplements, herbs, nutrition, acupuncture, and/or allergy elimination can often remedy the condition and create profound improvements in health (refer to Testing and Treatment for more details). Even though most natural hormone balancing supplements are safe, professional guidance and monitoring is suggested in order to make sure the right treatment is being given at the right time in the right dose.” It is this protocol I am seeking.

“The most significant hormone imbalance in aging men is a decrease in free testosterone, while estrogen levels remain the same or increase precipitously. As men grow older, they experience a variety of disorders relating to the dual effects of having too little testosterone and excess estrogen. The result is a testosterone-estrogen imbalance that directly causes many of the debilitating health problems associated with normal aging (1-12, 28).” from here.

Possible solutions:-

Oestrogen increases as testosterone decreases so “Consume 400 mg of indole-3-carbinol to help neutralize dangerous estrogen metabolites. Cruciferous vegetables, such as broccoli and cauliflower, can also stimulate the liver to metabolize and excrete excess estrogen.” My consumption of these veg is good, maybe look at buying indole-3 carbinol temporarily.

And it could be the thyroid:- “Hypothyroidism in Men:

When men possess low thyroid hormone levels, meaning an underactive thyroid gland and low metabolism, men experience such symptoms as:
Hair Loss
Dry Skin
Weight Gain
Cold intolerance”

I definitely have cold intolerance.

• Selenium: The highest concentration of selenium is found in the thyroid gland, and it’s been shown to be a necessary component of enzymes integral to thyroid function.14 Selenium is an essential trace mineral and has been shown to have a profound effect on the immune system, cognitive function, fertility in both men and women, and mortality rate. I have enough selenium. (I was not able to buy idole-3 carbinol or selenium).

Yoga exercises for the thyroid, those that mess around with the neck. Have had stiff neck and shoulder issues before.

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