Saturday, October 6, 2007

Motion Sickness Shiatsu Treatment




For motion sickness—although it sounds strange, both the eat­ing of salted plums (umeboshi) and the placing of one taped on the navel are beneficial in treating this condition.



Pancreas/Spleen



The pancreas is a large gland situated at the back of the abdominal cavity, behind the stomach and between the duodenum and the spleen. The pancreas has two func­tions. It produces various enzymes neces­sary for digestion and it produces hormones which are released into the bloodstream. These include insulin and glucogon, which are essential to normal carbohydrate meta­bolism, as well as newly discovered hor­mones related to digestion.



In traditional Chinese medicine, the functions of both the pancreas and the spleen are considered as one system. That is why we have grouped pancreas and spleen togeth­er here.
The spleen is an organ also lying within the abdominal cavi­ty. It is situated under the edge of the ribs on the left side. Its size and shape are about the same as your cupped hand. The spleen is the largest organ in the lymphatic system, which includes the lymph nodes located throughout the body. Blood flows through the spleen where blood-cleansing cells are located. Old blood cells, abnormal cells, and foreign par­ticles in the blood are removed from circula­tion here. Blood flow leaves the spleen and continues on to the liver.



The spleen also plays an important role in the production of antibodies, which are part of the body's resistance to infection.