Chinese Health Gem of the Month: Lowering Your Blood Pressure
By Rene Ng, AP, L.Ac.
In China, high blood pressure is one of the major health issues, especially since it is tied not just to stress, but to the high fat content in many Chinese dishes. For example, in Shanghai, food is often served dripping with oil. This is because they believe oil makes the food taste better. Also, Chinese culture tends to be stress-centric, much like that in the United States.
One of the most common folk remedies used to address high blood pressure is found in goldfish. People with high blood pressure often sit in front of a tank filled with goldfish and just spend time watching them swim. The smooth, silky and swaying movements of the goldfish calm down turbulent energy in individuals, especially those with high blood pressure. Soon, the biorhythm in the person staring at this tank will mirror that of the smooth swaying in the goldfish. But if you are to practice this folk remedy, make sure it is the fan-tail goldfish, not a tropical fish, koi fish or another domestic fish that makes quick, snappy movements.
These days, due to to technology, we have the ease and luxury of software that produces extremely realistic goldfish aquariums, along with noise of the water. These software aquariums are incredibly real-looking—the HD versions, in particular—and can save the hassle of actually maintaining a live goldfish aquarium.
Rene Ng, AP, L.Ac., is a popular board-certified, licensed Acupuncture Physician and Chinese Herbalist in Sarasota. He is also a four-time winner of Sarasota’s “Favorite Acupuncture Physician” and “Favorite Anti-Aging Practitioner” awards. For more information, call 941-773-5156, email RNG@ChineseMedicalSolutions.com or visit ChineseMedicalSolutions.com.