Water in Traditional Chinese Medicine

waterWater in Traditional Chinese Medicine

What is the one ingredient that is found in absolutely every part of traditional Chinese herbal medicine? It’s water, of course. Water is essential to life, but the ancient understanding of water can inform our own lives.

Water as an “Element”

Water is one of the five “elements” in Traditional Chinese Medici ne, along with wood, fire, earth, and metal. Water is the winter element that feeds the new growth, the “wood,” of spring. Not surprisingly, it is associated with the kidneys.

However, the “kidney’ in Traditional Chinese Medicine is not just a physical organ. It is a set of energies that become emotions that in turn become physical objects, all associated with human reproduction and development. The kidneys are the governing organ of the sex organs. Their energies create vaginal fluids and semen, as well as, of course, urine. But they are also the governing organ of “development,” including bones and hair, and the govern the body’s ability to make and detect sound.

Surely this quaint ancient theory does not have any bearing on the modern understanding of health, does it? We invite you to judge for yourself.

The Surprising Importance of Hydration from Head to Toe

Keeping adequately hydrated by drinking enough water with electrolytes is essential to life, but it is also essential to some unexpected aspects of healthy living. Here are just a few reasons we need water in ways that are predicted by Traditional Chinese Medicine.

  • The hair on your head and the skin on your scalp are regenerated by stem cells. Some of these stem cells differentiate into melanocytes, the cells that make the natural color in your hair. Some of these cells differentiate into hair follicles, which generate the hair itself. The two groups of stem cells communicate by hormones and chemical messengers that they send through the tiny capillaries and intercellular fluid in the scalp. If the color-making cells can’t communicate to the hair-making cells, guess what happens? Gray hair. Regular hydration is important to maintain your natural hair colour.[1]
  • The voice In older adults, in particular, tends to shimmer and jitter when the body is dehydrated. Dehydrated people cannot hold a sound so that it blends into other syllables. Their voices have a reduced resonance and a higher frequency (but not in a good way). Drinking water helps to restore the voice. Steam inhalation is useful, too. Voice problems may be prevented by using a nebulizer that provides pure water in tiny droplets.[2]
  • The human body ordinarily keeps almost all of its calcium in the bones and just a tiny amount of calcium in the bloodstream to power muscles and nerves. Dehydration can be a cause of hypercalcemia, too much calcium in the bloodstream.[3]
  • In Traditional Chinese Medicine, the “kidney” (which is a concept more than a physical organ) also governs the knees. You won’t find dehydration listed as a trigger for attacks of knee arthritis (or gout in the ankles and toes), but that is the experience of many people who have to manage these diseases.[4]

How Much Water Is Enough?

Some health-minded people are so intent on staying hydrated that they walk around making sloshing sounds. The best amount of water isn’t more, more, more.  Healthy hydration keeps water consumption in balance with the amount of water that the body uses, no more and no less.

Infants and disabled people are especially susceptible to dehydration because they can’t get their own fluids to drink. Older children are especially susceptible to dehydration because their bodies keep less water in the interstitial fluid around their tissues. The most common precipitating event that leads to death from dehydration is diarrhea. If you get diarrhea, keep hydrated!

It takes as little as 1.2 liters (5 cups) of water a day to keep hydrated. Drinking 3 or more liters of water a day is actually associated with poorer health outcomes, not better.[5] (If you happen to live in the Australian Outback or some other desert, of course, you may actually need more water—but you probably won’t have a longer lifespan as a result of drinking it).

The key is what else is in the water. Water that contains just a little sodium, the ion found in table salt, can keep your body hydrated up to twice as long as water that does not.[6] Almost any natural beverage contains at least a little sodium, even orange juice, whole (full-fat) milk, and tea.  Caffeinated and carbonated beverages are not dehydrating.[7] Tea, in particular, including tea with milk, does not dehydrate.[8]

Hydration Isn’t All About What You Drink

Traditional Chinese Medicine tells us that mastering the “water” element, however, is not just about drinking water and other beverages. The kidney is a yin vessel that stores a property called jing, or essence. This is the set of instructions that the body follows to make its densest structures, such as bone.

The “energy kidney” also consolidates the mysterious energy called chi that governs over our lives from birth to death. It is specifically related to our ability to pro-create, physical growth through childhood, and transition in to old age. Someone with a compromised water element will not have the vitality and endurance necessary throughout our lives to endure, especially during stressful times of change.

You can’t tackle life’s challenges if you aren’t physically hydrated. But you become “spiritually hydrated” by conquering fear, anxiety, and specific phobias. When we master the fluid challenges of our daily lives, we overcome fear. And when we overcome fear, we master the energies of water, unleashing vital energy to make us healthier from head to toe.

Drinking water, tea, and other healthy beverages won’t automatically result in mastery of the watery aspects of human vitality. A great deal of healthy hydration really stems from emotional health, not just diet. But getting at least those 5 cups, 1.2 liters, of water every day is a healthy start to hydration. If you drink water, you have some of the physical sustenance you need to master your life energies. And if you master your life energies, you will keep your water intake and use in healthy balance.

 

[1] Hsu YC, Li L, Fuchs E. Emerging interactions between skin stem cells and their niches. Nat Med. 2014 Aug;20(8):847-56. doi: 10.1038/nm.3643. Review. PMID: 25100530.

[2] Alves M, Krüger E, Pillay B, van Lierde K, van der Linde J. The Effect of Hydration on Voice Quality in Adults: A Systematic Review.J Voice. 2017 Nov 6. pii: S0892-1997(17)30389-2. doi: 10.1016/j.jvoice.2017.10.001. [Epub ahead of print] Review. PMID: 29122414.

[3] Fernandes LG, Ferreira NR, Cardiga R, Póvoa P. Severe hypercalcaemia and colon ischaemia: dehydration as an unusual cause? BMJ Case Rep. 2015 Mar 25;2015. pii: bcr2014208809. doi: 10.1136/bcr-2014-208809.

PMID: 25809432.

[4] Abhishek A, Valdes AM, Jenkins W, Zhang W, Doherty M. Triggers of acute attacks of gout, does age of gout onset matter? A primary care based cross-sectional study. PLoS One. 2017 Oct 12;12(10):e0186096. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0186096. eCollection 2017. PMID: 29023487.

[5] Kant AK, Graubard BI. A prospective study of water intake and subsequent risk of all-cause mortality in a national cohort.Am J Clin Nutr. 2017 Jan;105(1):212-220. doi: 10.3945/ajcn.116.143826. Epub 2016 Nov 30.

PMID: 27903521.

[6] Sims ST, van Vliet L, Cotter JD, Rehrer NJ. Sodium loading aids fluid balance and reduces physiological strain of trained men exercising in the heat. Med Sci Sports Exerc 2007;39:123–30.

[7] Grandjean AC, Reimers KJ, Bannick KE, Haven MC. The effect of caffeinated, non-caffeinated, caloric and non-caloric beverages on hydration. J Am Coll Nutr. 2000 Oct;19(5):591-600. PMID: 11022872.

[8] Ruxton CH, Hart VA. Black tea is not significantly different from water in the maintenance of normal hydration in human subjects: results from a randomised controlled trial.Br J Nutr. 2011 Aug;106(4):588-95. doi: 10.1017/S0007114511000456. Epub 2011 Mar 30. PMID: 21450118.

 

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DISCLAIMER

The information and reference materials contained here are intended solely for the general information of the reader. It is not to be used for treatment purposes, but rather for discussion with the patient’s own physician. The information presented here is not intended to diagnose health problems or to take the place of professional medical care.

Thanks and graduate for reading this blog if you would like to discuss your individual needs, please feel free to email info@roddsanchez.com.au or 02 8213 2888. 

Rodd Sanchez Sydney acupuncture and Chinese medicine 

Derma Microneedle Roller

192 Needle Derma Microneedle Roller Skin Therapy 

 

  What is derma roller?

Derma rollers have become increasingly popular over the last decade, and many people use them for all sorts of skin-related problems, such as acne, scars, cellulite, stretch marks, anti-aging, wrinkles, and even hyper-pigmentation. A Derma skin roller is a small barrel-like roller with around 200 tiny micro-needles that, when rolled on the skin, create tiny punctures, pushing the pores open for a short period of time. The body reacts as if it has been damaged, releasing growth factors that stimulate the production of collagen and elastin, forming new, healthy skin. The roller can be used on almost any part of the body, except for the most of sensitive location such as the eyelids and lips.

How to use dermaroller (if you don’t want to bleed)

1) Use dermaroller to roll on your skin vertically for 10 times, horizontally for 10 times to form + shape. Then roll another 20 times with
different directions to form x shape, like the below picture.
2) Apply oil on your skin.
How to use Derma roller (if you want to roll harder with long needles roller until bleed a lot) :
1) Apply lidocaine 10% spray for 30 seconds to numb your skin to prevent the pain later. Click here for the info of lidocain 10% spray.
2) Use Derma roller to roll on your skin for 10 times per direction to form + shape and x shape, like the below picture.
3) Wash away the lidocaine from your face with water.
4) Apply oil on your skin.

How many time I can dermarolling in a month?
It is depend on how fast your skin can heal/recovery. Normally if you roll harder with longer needles causing a lot of bleed, you will need to wait 3 days to let the redness disappear and you will need to wait another 4 days to let the blackness disappear, so total 7 days that you need to wait. You can derma roll again only when all redness and blackness disappear, because if you dermarolling too many times on redness / blackness scars, it will cause hyperpigmentation appear. So 1 week can roll 1 time only if you plan to roll harder until bleed. Laser treatment also can do only 1 time per month right? Because worry hyperpigmentation appear.

 

What length of dermaroller should I use?

  • 2.5mm or 3mm is for body skins like legs, ass, stomach which have thicker skin.
  • 1.5mm or 2mm is for removing the sink inside scars like ice-pick, pitted / boxcar, rolling scars, wrinkles.
  • 1mm is for dark black scars, hyperpigmentation, pigmentation.
  • 0.2mm to 0.75mm are used to make the beautiful skin become more beautiful, or used to make the skin more easy absorb the nutrition of cream products.
How many sessions that A dermaroller can be used?


30 to 50 sessions. You can use it until the head of needles no longer sharp.
How long it takes to removes all my deep scars completely?
10 months if you dermarolling without apply any cream. 7 months if you dermarolling + revitol / dermagist cream (it is based on 10 days per session).

Should I use derma-roller or derma-stamp?

Derma-roller head is bigger. Derma-stamp head is smaller. So it is better you use dermaroller if you have many scars on big area on
your face, because you will need to spend long long time if you use small head derma-stamp on big area. You can use derma-stamp
on the small area which derma-roller cannot reach, for example the nose area and near the eyes area.

Can I use dermaroller without apply any oil?

Yes, you can use dermaroller without apply oil. Actually the purpose of applying cream is just to faster the scars removal progress.

 

 

Dermaroller

DISCLAIMER

The information and reference materials contained here are intended solely for the general information of the reader. It is not to be used for treatment purposes, but rather for discussion with the patient’s own physician. The information presented here is not intended to diagnose health problems or to take the place of professional medical care.

Thanks and graduate for reading this blog if you would like to discuss your individual needs, please feel free to email info@roddsanchez.com.au or 02 8213 2888. 

Rodd Sanchez Sydney acupuncture and Chinese medicine 

foot soak

foot soak 1The idea of a foot soak in a basin of healing herbal infusion is more than relaxing, it is powerful medicine. There are masses of tiny capillary endings on your feet that can aid in the transportation of goodness to the rest of the body. It is a simple technique which only uses a few tools, which include a comfy chair, warm water, bucket, herbs in which to enjoy the treatment.

For most a foot soak are seen as a lesser somewhat superficial treatment, but technically is actually very powerful medicine. It is medicine for the masses which is so simple yet effective for serious conditions like edema, cold feet, neuropathy, high blood pressure respond rapidly to herbal foot bath. The key is to treat the condition properly with the correct herb.

Chronic conditions need to be kept to a schedule. One single foot soak treatment will not fix the problem. Regular foot soaks in conjunction with acupuncture, massage, herbal medicine and exercise work best.

This is a basic procedure, not a recipe. I haven’t included specific measurements but have instead described the process and what to look for as you’re working. You can use either fresh or dry herbs. The trick is to know your herbs and know your condition.

We happy to be able to bring a special blend of Tibetan foot soak herbal mix. At present we only have the herbal soaks for in house application but we shall have lots more soon

Herbal ingredients:

Du Yi Wei

Actions: Activate blood and stop bleeding, dispel wind and alleviate pain.

Zang Chang Pu

Actions: Warm the stomach, diminish inflammation and relieve pain

Hong Hua

Actions: Activate blood and dredge meridians, dispel stasis and alleviate pain.

Hong Jing Tian

Actions: Activate blood and stop bleeding

Qiang Huo

Actions: Release exterior and disperse cold, expel wind-damp and alleviate pain

Ai Ye,

Actions: Warm meridians and stop bleeding, dispel cold

Sheng Jiang

Actions: Disperse wind-cold, warm the middle Jiao

Ku Shen

Actions: Clear heat and dry dampness, purge fire and remove toxicity

External use only

Preparation:

place 1-3 teabags into a foot basin and add 5-8 cups of boiling water. Steep and wait until it cools down to 40 Celsius. Soak your feet for 20-30 minutes. Keep adding hot water during soaking.

Precautions:

Avoid foot soak if you have open wounds, bleeding disorder, infection, burns, or if you are hungry or within 30 minutes of a meal.

Avoid using this foot soak herbal formula if you are pregnant, have metastatic cancer or other situations that you should not move blood.

Be cautious on children.

 

DISCLAIMER

The information and reference materials contained here are intended solely for the general information of the reader. It is not to be used for treatment purposes, but rather for discussion with the patient’s own physician. The information presented here is not intended to diagnose health problems or to take the place of professional medical care.

Thanks and graduate for reading this blog if you would like to discuss your individual needs, please feel free to email info@roddsanchez.com.au or 02 8213 2888. 

Rodd Sanchez Sydney Foot Soak

Lumbar Spine & Disc Forces during Exercise: Rian Kenny

Lumbar Spine & Disc Forces during Exercise

When we hear about ‘Disc Herniation’ we usually associate such a thing with the lower back or lumbar spine, a common mechanism has been shown in clinical studies to be flexion of the lumbar spine (repeated or prolonged) and also some degree of twisting although this alone is not thought to be as damaging as flexion. Stuart McGill, Ph.D., author of the book “Low Back Disorders,” concluded that repeated or prolonged spine flexion is the primary mechanism leading to lumbar disc herniation.

The disc on the left is healthy with no damage to the outer fibres allowing the centre (nucleus pulposis) to stay central and provide good support to the vertebra above and below the joint. The centre disc is showing early signs of outer fibre damage and as we can see this allows the nucleus to ‘bulge’ outward toward the spinal cord and nerve roots. The disc on the right is showing a complete herniation or prolapse of the nucleus through the annulus fibres which have been catastrophically damaged, this results in spinal nerve root and central cord stenosis which can present with extreme pain locally and radiation or referral, most commonly down the legs.

The Discs themselves act as ‘shock absorbers’ between the vertebrae and are made up of outer fibres (annulus fibrosis) which is dense tough connective tissue almost ligament like in its make up and a jelly like centre which provides some spring (nucleus pulposis) which is well hydrated and allows shock absorption throughout the spine. A herniation of the discs usually results from damage to the outer fibres of the disc and subsequent ‘bulging’ of the nucleus pulposis, which is referred to by many names; slipped disc, bulging disc, herniation, prolapse all depending on the degree of damage (As seen Above)

Now that we have an understanding of the disc and what it does we can look at how the damage seen above can and usually does occur. Physics determines that when we move our spine the disc (due to its spongy make up) moves in between the vertebra and for the sake of this article we are going to have a look at the effect flexion of the spine has upon the disc.

We can see that when the spine is placed into flexion the nucleus of the disc if forced backward, toward the spinal cord, if we look back it was concluded that repeated or prolonged spine flexion is the primary mechanism leading to lumbar disc herniation. So if we apply this to exercises such as the squat and the deadlift we are placing an even greater load upon the spine and the discs with the added resistance, which results in a greater force upon the nucleus and a more detrimental effect on the outer fibres of the disc, which can result in a failure of these structures leading to possible herniation or protrusion of the disc.

It is fairly common to see people perform a squat (at the base of the squat) or deadlift (during the initial phase of the lift) with some degree of lumbar flexion or reverse of the normal courve, if this is occurring every time the exercise is performed we are exposing our lumbar spine and discs to an extremely forceful and repetitive damaging stimulus, which can and most likely will result in either the centre disc as seen above or even worse the disc on the right.

It is extremely important to note that when we are squatting or deadlifting that to reduce injuries, proper form should be stressed before increasing weight loads!! Physical restrictions whether it be joint restriction, muscular restriction or a biomechanical issue may affect the way in which you can perform a squat/deadlift or any other exercise for that matter, need to be addressed before you can squat as deep as you want to or perform a perfect deadlift.

If you find that you flex your lower back when you squat or deadlift firstly; lower the weight and see if there is any improvement and secondly; get assessed by your chiro or physio to check for any physical limitations your body may need addressed before you are able to progress with the exercise!

Take Home Tips:

  • When performing any exercise aim to maintain the normal curve in your spine
  • Stress proper form over increase in weight to reduce risk of injury
  • Get checked out to make sure you aren’t putting yourself at risk of injury and possibly address some of the reasons why your are flexing the lower back (of which there are many!!)
  • Following these tips you will probably find your lower back isn’t aching after a workout and in the long run you wont run into any more serious injuries!

 

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Principal Chiropractor (Tuesday & Thursday )

Natural Health Practice

How does Gua sha therapy work?

Gua sha therapy

Gua sha therapy as practiced in by the practiionwrs at Sydney Acupuncture clinic is a technique from traditional Chinese medicine which is believed to aid healing and stimulate blood flow. According to practitioners, Gua sha can be used to remove unhealthy elements from the body, especially targeting injured areas.

Gua sha therapy has been indicated and promoted for any condition which presented with blood stasis internal or external resulting in pain. Whilst investiaging the Chinese medical litriture an array of conditions can respond  to gua sha therpy which include  headaches, igraine, neck, shoulder, back, and knee pain, as well as acute diseases such as fever, flu, asthma and bronchitis in children and adults. Gua sha is also effective in chronic disease including hepatitis.

How old is Gua sha?

The earliest reported use of Gua sha as a medical treatment in China dates back around 2,000 years. The literal meaning of Gua sha therapy  is “scrape rash”. The term appears to originate from an ancient text of Chinese medicine, Shang Han Lun, which is believed to be as old as 220 CE.

The Gua sha technique was soon transferred to south eastern countries like Vietnam where it became popular almost instantly. Multiple variations of Gua sha exist in Asia . Some variants of this ancient Chinese medical technique use different tools from a coin through to spoons, cow horns. Using oil or balm as lubrication, pressure is applied to the affected area using a implement.

Technique

 

As the translation suggests, Gua sha involves scraping the body. Commonly, a lubricant is applied to the area which is to be treated using Gua sha therapy , after which, pressure is applied in strokes using an edged instrument. Even though the most common scraping instruments are metal caps, the instrument can be anything from a ceramic Chinese soup spoon to coins- and even animal bones!

The instrument is pressed down firmly on skin and then moved/ stroked down along muscles or along acupuncture meridians. The strokes for Gua sha are typically four to six inches long. These strokes, however, may result in small capillary rupture, these are not causing internal bleeding or bruising as opposed to what people believe. Since the strokes do not because what can qualify as bruises, the marks also disappear in a considerably short amount of time.

 

Other names for Gua Sha therapy 

Graston Technique (GT) is a “trademarked” therapeutic manual method for diagnosing and treating disorders of the muscles, skeletal and related con

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Gua Sha therapy by Rodd Sanchez

nective tissue condition s. The Graston Technique was initialised by David Graston which uses a collection of stainless steel instruments of particular shape which practitioners to rub / scape over muscles in order to sense and resolve adhesions in tendons and muscles.  Practitioners must be licensed in order to use the Graston Technique name, but results are very similar to tradition GuA Sha

 

Instrument assisted soft tissue mobilization (IASTM) is a popular treatment for myofascial restriction. IASTM uses specially designed instruments to provide a mobilizing effect to scar tissue and myofascial adhesions.

 

 

How is cupping different from Gua sha?

Even though both techniques are essentially used to remove toxins from the body and stimulate blood flow, there are a few differences in the way in which these techniques are performed. Cupping makes use of heat or suction to create a vacuum within a cup which is placed on lubricated skin. The purpose of this suction or heat is to open any blocked passages of nutrients within the body.

Contgade gua sha rary to what most people believe, both cupping and Gua sha are completely painless as long as the technique is performed by a skilled professional. If you live in Sydney or Sylvania and would like to be treated using Gua sha or cupping, contact Rodd Sanchez.

Sydney Gua Sha Therapy & Sylvania Gua Sha  Therapy

 

 

 

 

 

DISCLAIMER

The information and reference materials contained here are intended solely for the general information of the reader. It is not to be used for treatment purposes, but rather for discussion with the patient’s own physician. The information presented here is not intended to diagnose health problems or to take the place of professional medical care.

Thanks and graduate for reading this blog if you would like to discuss your individual needs, please feel free to email info@roddsanchez.com.au or 02 8213 2888. 

Rodd Sanchez Sydney acupuncture and Chinese medicine 

Tennis Elbow

Tennis Elbow is an injury to the muscles that extend the wrist and fingers. The site of injury is typically a bony bump on the outside of the elbow (lateral epicondyle) where these muscles attach.tennis elbow

A typical tennis elbow sufferer will experience pain mild to very server) when performing even simple tasks like gripping or resisted wrist/finger extension. Pain can also be present when the muscles are stretched. Tenderness could be felt directly over the bony aspect (epicondyle) but there maybe active / trigger points in the wrist muscles also .

Tennis Elbow can be caused by repetitive damaged to the muscle tissue at the point it anchors to the arm bone at the elbow. It occurs when large forces are applied to an area which the healthy tissues can not handle. Some of the common causes for tennis elbow include,

  • Unaccustomed hand / fore arm use. eg painting, excessive typing, excessive repetitive gripping or wringing activities
  • Poor forearm muscle strength or tight muscles

In some cases clients will develop Chronic Tennis Elbow which is when the soft tissues in poor health, which are easily injured. Inflammation follows the injury, which leads to swelling and elbow pain.

There is also evidence that longstanding forearm muscle imbalances can distort your elbow joint position and result in chronic tennis elbow pain. This results in decreased ability to perform normal elbow activities and reducing elbow and grip strength.

Tennis Elbow can be clinically diagnosed by history taking and using some confirmatory clinical / physical tests, which can give a provisional diagnosis. An ultrasound scan or MRI are the best tests to identify any tendon tears or inflammation

 

Stretching Exercises

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Wrist Flexion Stretch: Stand at a table with your palms down, fingers flat, and elbows straight. Lean your body weight forward. Hold this position for 15 seconds. Repeat 3 times.

 

 

Wrist Extension Stretch: Stand with the back of your hands on a table, palms facing up, fingers pointing toward y our body, and elbows straight. Lean away from the table. Hold this position for 15 to 30 seconds. Repeat 3 times.20170220_175208 20170220_175200

 

 

Strengthening Exercises

  1. wrist flexion exercise: Hold a can or hammer handle in your hand with your palm facing up. Bend your wrist upward. Slowly lower the weight and return to the starting position. Do 3 sets of 10. Gradually increase the weight of the can or weight you are holding.
  2. wrist extension exercise: Hold a soup can or hammer handle in your hand with your palm facing down. Slowly bend your wrist upward. Slowly lower the weight down into the starting position. Do 3 sets of 10. Gradually increase the weight of the can or weight you are holding.
  3. wrist radial deviation strengthening: Put your wrist in the sideways position with your thumb up. Hold a can of soup or hammer handle and gently bend your wrist up, with the thumb reaching toward the ceiling. Slowly lower to the starting position. Do 3 sets of 10.
  4. forearm pronation and supination strengthening: Hold a soup can or hammer handle in your hand and bend your elbow 90°. Slowly rotate your hand with your palm upward and then palm down. Do 3 sets of 10.20170220_175150 20170220_175148
  5. Sit at a table with your forearm resting on the table. Hold a rolled up towel or small ball in your hand. Squeeze the towel in your hand and hold for 10 seconds. Release and repeat 10 times. Switch and do the other arm.

6.Sit in a chair holding a towel with both hands, shoulders relaxed. Twist the towel with both hands in opposite directions as if you are wringing out water. Repeat 10 times then repeat another 10 times in the other direction.

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