Cold feet and hands are not as harmless as you might think and, in my opinion, have nothing to do with the blood circulation. I really enjoyed a CD from Dr. Michael O’Brian who said that we should just prick our finger and see whether there comes blood or not. As long as there is blood coming we have circulation. He explains then that the lack of enzymes causes the liver to not function as it should which causes the coldness. We need the enzymes! All cooked, microwaved, and processed foods do not contain them. We need them for the absorption of vitamins and minerals.
I believe the main reason for cold hands is tension in the neck and shoulder area. Through this area runs a meridian with the name Triple Warmer. The name says it all… this meridian warms three areas of our body. A balanced Chi-flow in this meridian warms our body, skin, all of our organs and supports the digestive system. What is a meridian? To be brief, a meridian is like a channel for the flow of the life-energy: Chi, Prana, Life-force. Any injury or stress to the areas through which this meridian passes will affect the Chi-flow negatively. Along the meridians there are Acu-points which are utilized by therapists to stimulate and balance the Chi-flow, using either fingers or needles.
A stressful life causes tension in the shoulder and neck area. This blocks or impedes the Chi-flow. It can be very difficult to get rid of this tension as it is prone to re-establish itself daily if life changes are not made to remove daily stress.
There are various therapies available to help release tension: Tai Chi, Yoga, Acupressure (finger) and Acupuncture (needles), Reflexology, Massage and other therapies can help eliminate tension and bring about healthy flow of Chi energy throughout our meridians. I learned from one of my grandsons that wearing a vest with magnets in the shoulder area will relax and soften the muscles. He had been so tense in the shoulders that he squeaked when I tried to massage him. A year later, his shoulders were relaxed and the muscles soft. Questioning him he said that he had worn a vest with magnets all year long.
Quite by accident I found that the Himalayan Goji Drink helps too. I have always suffered from cold hands, and 18 months ago I started drinking the Himalayan Goji Drink. Because I’m very healthy, at first I noticed a raised energy level, better mental focus, better sleep, better skin, healthier spleen, and better digestive system. One year later a lady surprised me by saying, "Oh, your hands are so warm”. I had not even noticed the change due to the fact they were comfortably warm.
Raynaud’s Syndrome is one problem that occurs by the small blood vessels that bring blood to the fingers and toes, constrict, caused by cold and/or stress. I recently read that in November of 2005, it was found that an impotence drug brings relief for Raynaud’s Syndrome. These drugs improve in general the circulation. In my opinion the Goji berry, called the "happy berry” could be helpful too. The berry helps to be more relaxed in daily life situations. I noticed that stress just doesn’t affect me any more.
As a self-help tool, you can massage the outer rim of your ear (don’t be too tender with your ears … you have to feel the pressure) and when it hurts anywhere, keep massaging. You can also sit down, become very quiet, and just consciously breathe into and relax the tense shoulder area as often as you have time.
Anna-Christine Doehring is a Certified Practitioner. She owns Energy All Around Therapies and has clients in Canada, USA, Germany, and Spain. She can be reached at 250-756-2235, www.energyallaround.com.