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VP TALKS with Rui Pedro Loureiro

Growing up in Portugal, Six Senses Visiting Practitioner, Dr. Rui Pedro Loureiro, always felt drawn to Chinese culture. As a martial arts student, he developed a passion for Chinese philosophy and knowledge. Years later, he attended his first Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) training in Portugal and fell in love with this ancient healing art. Currently he is the Clinical Director of Chinese Medicine at Hospital St. Louis in Lisbon and has run his own private clinic for almost 20 years.

TCM has developed over thousands of years. Acupuncture needles have been found dating back to 6000 BCE. One of its core beliefs is that it is more important to get a holistic picture of a person rather than focusing solely on the disease to get to the source of a problem.

We can find an example of taking a more holistic view with the issue of pain management, which has been a growing area of practice for Dr. Rui Pedro as more and more people struggle with this issue. When your neck hurts, the problem could actually be in your low back or your pelvis. He repeatedly sees cases where the location of the pain is often not the source of the problem. Whereas western doctors will focus on the site of pain, in TCM the diagnosis goes a step deeper to underlying patterns. At his clinic at Hospital St. Louis, he’s treated patients to prepare for surgery with acupuncture and sometimes, this pre-treatment has cured the problem and the patient no longer needed the surgery.

For Rui Pedro, pain is an alert from the body that something is not right. This is a puzzle that involves a deep review of the organ systems, emotions, diet as well as an analysis of the tongue, which can be “read” by a trained TCM practitioner to reveal the body’s underlying imbalances. Then, acupuncture points along the body can be chosen which would be most beneficial for resolving the issue.

Healthy Until 100

In TCM, Jing energy is your longevity energy. It was given to you by your parents and it’s the source of your biological clock. This energy is stored in your suprarenal glands, which are on top of your kidneys. When this energy is completely spent, that is the end of life. We use up a little bit of this Jing energy every day by moving around, working, doing all the things we do. What TCM teaches, though, is that you can take in energy from outside of your body by eating good food, drinking plenty of clean water, being outside in the sunshine, breathing fresh air, and getting good rest to minimize your use of your Jing energy to make it last longer.

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Three Tips from Dr. Rui Pedro for Longevity:


Hydration

Your hydration level is key. It seems so simple but research has shown that pain levels are higher if the body is not hydrated. Dr. Rui Pedro recommends one liter for every 30 kilograms of body weight to get enough water so your body can function optimally. Hydration is a simple thing that can yield great results. Go grab a glass of water after you finish this article!

Good Sleep

Sleep is the regenerator of the body. One important issue is sleep posture. Most people sleep on their sides but in order to do that and maintain good spine alignment, you need three pillows – one under your neck, one between your legs, and one under your arm. This can be complicated and unreasonable. The simplest posture for a straight spine is flat on your back without a pillow. Although it may seem awkward at first, give it a try. No more crunched shoulders when you awaken!

Fresh Air

Getting at least 30 minutes in the sunshine and breathing fresh air is crucial every day. Even if you must stay indoors, open a window or walk out onto a patio if you have one and breathe in some fresh air and feel the sun on your face and skin. You will be able to recharge your body’s batteries and replenish your energy stores.

BIO

Dr. Rui Pedro Loureiro has spent over 16 years in clinical practice and has treated countless people both in Portugal and in the United Kingdom. Currently, his clinic, Cura Pura is in various parts of the country, through partnership protocols with other health institutions.


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