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The Empowered Spirit Show

Jan 24, 2018

A Lifestyle Approach to your Body, Mind and Spirit with Foti Sardelis.


Here we are at the beginning of the year and many people are looking for ways to improve their overall health and well being including mind, body and spirit.


I think they all go together.  This becomes a more holistic approach to our healing.


My experience shows it not just about one thing.  We need to integrate all our health practices.


We are in the season of winter and for many, winter can be quite challenging.


In this next episode, we will begin to look at ways in which we can create this kind of balance.


My guest on this subject is actually one of my healers.  Someone I call upon instead of a “doctor”.


Foti Sardelis is the owner of Anthos Acupuncture & Herbal clinic in Birmingham Alabama which he founded in 2016. He is a graduate of UAB and Texas Health and Science University (THSU) in Austin TX.  He holds a Bachelors in Philosophy from the University of Alabama in Birmingham (UAB), a Bachelors of Science from the Texas Health and Science University, a Masters in Oriental Medicine, is certified by the National Certification Commission of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine and  is a member of the association for the advancement of Oriental Medicine in Alabama (AOMA). He has experience with a wide range of health concerns including pain, fertility, stress, and allergies.


Foti answers these questions for us.


  1. What is Traditional Chinese Medicine?

A lifestyle and holistic approach to your body and the world and how we interact.

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  1. What is acupuncture?

Acupuncture entails the use of needles inserted at specific points on the body. The points are located on pathways of energy flow connected to all the internal processes of the viscera. The needles stimulate or reduce the flow to restore balance.


  1. Does acupuncture hurt?

Yes and no.  Listen to the podcast to get the full answer!



  1. What are the five elements in Traditional Chinese Medicine?

The Five Elements are aspects of Qi. These are Wood, Fire, Earth, Metal, and Water. In the poetic language of the Five Elements, health is a harmonious balance of all the elements. The Qi of the elements waxes and wanes in daily and seasonal cycles. Each one of us is a unique and characteristic blend of the influences of all the elements.


  1. Why is the winter so hard to maintain our health?


Winter is all about the Element of Water

Meridians: Kidneys, Bladder

The Water energy is a strong generative force centered in the lower belly. When the Kidney Qi is strong, a person is fearless, determined, and can endure many hardships in pursuit of their goals. Persevering by will power is characteristic of those with strong Kidney Qi. Longevity is also considered to be associated with healthy Kidney Qi, signified by large, elongated ear lobes, like those of the Buddha. 



Water Imbalance

When the Kidney Qi is weak, there can be problems with water metabolism, urination, fertility, or sexuality. This person could be anxious, fearful, and withdrawn, and in more severe cases, phobic.

Kidney Qi declines with aging. There may be diminished hearing or ringing in the ears. In menopause, the Kidney yin declines, which is associated with classic signs of heat and dryness – hot flashes, night sweats, dry skin and mucous membranes. Kidney yang weakness is associated with cold – cold extremities, cold back and belly, declining sexual vigor, urinary frequency or incontinence.


The color of the Kidney is black, like the night, or like black ice. When the Kidney Qi starts to weaken, dark circles or pouches appear under the eyes. The Kidney Qi rules in the winter, a time when living things are contracted with cold. Like a seed deep in the cold ground, Qi is dormant, waiting for the time to sprout.