How to increase proteoglycan to prevent and improve the knee pain
The important point to increase proteoglycan is bending and extending the knee joints. The recommended exercise to increase proteoglycan is walking 10 minutes 3 times a day. You don’t need to walk continuously 30 minutes, so even if you don’t have much physical strength, you can continue.
When you walk, lifting your knees as high as possible and walking with wide strides make the production of proteoglycan more efficient.
If you are not used to exercise, the following method helps you get motivated and continue the walking.
Fig. 5 shows the result of 2 weeks walking exercise that a 70s woman who had severe knee pain tried. You can see that after just 2 weeks walking exercise, there is not much red part and there is more blue part. That means her proteoglycan increased. Actually it seems like it became not so difficult to climb up and down stairs and to bend her knees though the knee pain was not completely gone.
What is the difference between people who has a lot of proteoglycan and people who doesn’t?
I think the importance of proteoglycan was understood.
Now why do some people have more proteoglycan and some people doesn't?
Proteoglycan increases or decreases due to the difference of the casual lifestyle.
The difference of the casual life style is if you bend and extend your knee in your daily life or not.
Bending and extending the knee increase the blood flow of the knee, and more oxygen with blood is brought to the knee. The cartridge cells are activated by the oxygen, making more proteoglycan.
3 conditions decrease Proteoglycan
1. Weight gain – The more your weight is, the more the risk to break down the cartridge increases because of more burden to the knee. Breakdown of the cartridge causes the loss of the function as sponge, the difficulty of absorbing oxygen and nutrition, and lowering the metabolism of the cartridge, resulting in being difficult to make proteoglycan.
2. Over 40 years old – degeneration of the cartridge of the knee progresses from 40s gradually, leading to being difficult to make proteoglycan.
3. Female –Female’s cartridge tends to degenerate twice as many as male’s. Estrogen that is a female hormone has a function to protect the cartridge. Decrease of estrogen due to menopause makes the cartridge easy to damage, resulting in being difficult to make proteoglycan.
I usually have my patients do home therapy using a penny and a nickel, called 6 Cents Treatment. This treatment regulates the energy flow of your body influencing the diseased area like acupuncture treatment. The acupuncture points to place a penny and a nickel are called Extraordinary Vessel points. There had been classical 8 points and 4 combinations in the extraordinary vessel points, and 4 more points were added. I choose 2 or 3 points and have my patients tape the coins on the points.
The frequency of treatment is once or twice a day, and if you have problems with pain, you can do this treatment when you feel pain. The duration is 30 minutes. If the marked black dots for the treatment fade off, mark them by yourself before they are completely gone. Penny is often dark and rusty, so try to use a shiny penny or make it shiny before using it. This treatment is usually applicable for 2 weeks.
The treatment is very simple, but if you forgot, please refer to the following.
How to do 6 Cents Treatment
You can also use magnets and moxa (heat therapy) on these points. When you want to use them instead of coins, please let me know.
If your edema is hard and you don’t have any internal disease, there is a possibility of a generalized (both sides and all of the body) edema called idiopathic edema occurring from an unknown cause.
A typical edema usually occurs related to some abnormality of internal organs such as kidney, heart or liver, but this type of edema occurs without such abnormality.
Idiopathic edema is a disease that the mesh between the blood vessels and the cells becomes larger, leading to the leakage of more fluid from the blood vessels to the cells.
The characteristics of idiopathic edema are:
There is no specific medicine for idiopathic edema. It is important to reduce the stress you are holding.
About 70% of long lasting cough is caused by cough-variant asthma and atopic cough.
Cough-variant asthma is a type of asthma in which the main symptom is a dry, non-productive cough, but there is often no typical asthma symptoms like wheezing or shortness of breath. Coughing lasts longer than 8 weeks and sometimes a year. It is caused by the contraction of the smooth muscle in the bronchi.
Atopic cough's main symptom is a dry, non-productive cough and it lasts longer than 8 weeks like cough-variant asthma, but it is caused by over-sensitivity of the sensory nerve in the throat.
Coughing tends to increase at the following period of time
Cough-variant asthma and Atopic cough:
When starting to fall into a doze and a few hours before waking up.
Sinobronchial syndrome (complication of Chronic bronchitis and Sinusitis, wet cough and nasal mucus) :
From when you get up throughout the morning
In Eastern medicine, cough-variant asthma and atopic cough are considered as Lung deficiency or Ja in Lung, and sinobronchial syndrome is considered as Kidney deficiency.
Possibility of unexpected diseases if you have chronic cough at the following period of time,
Coughing after meal: Reflux esophagitis (acid reflux)
1 to 2 hours after going to bed: Cardiac Insufficiency
Retraction of the Nipple
In the case that the nipple originally pointing outward became retracted into the breast, there is a possibility that the nipple was pulled by a tumor in the breast.
In addition to retraction, the nipple sometimes directs sideways or downward, pulled by a tumor.
If such abnormal changes in the nipple happen within a few months, there is a possibility of breast cancer.
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