Posts Tagged "chinese herbs"

Keeping Your Cool In Heat of Summer

Posted on Jul 10, 2012 in Health and Wellness, Life Coaching

Summer is the time of the Fire Element in Chinese Medicine, so naturally we need to be aware of dangers of becoming overheated.  These presents a particular challenge to our Cardio-Vascular system as the Heart is a Fire organ and sensitive to excess heat.  Think prevention of  high blood pressure, heart attacks and heat stroke.  Summer can also be very challenging for women going through menopause.  Consider seeing an Acupuncturist to help balance the excess heat and suggest appropriate Chinese herbal remedies. A few common sense guidelines can help your body adjust first and foremost Stay Hydrated with plenty of water and moisture containing vegetables and fruits.  Bitter greens (kale, chard, spinach, wild greens, sprouts, basil, mint etc) in particular help to clear heat and detoxify the liver. Avoid exercising at noon or when the temperature is high, choose to exercise in the early morning and focus on a lighter routine when the temperatures are on ie gentle stretching, swimming, tai chi, restorative yoga, dao-in, walking instead of running. This is a great time for cleansing with fresh vegetable and fruit juices, salads, steamed vegetables etc. Here is a tasty, refreshing summer salad recipe, enjoy! California Summer Salad Serves Four ½ lb of Asparagus 1 bunch baby carrots 1 bunch baby beets 1 bulb of fennel thinly sliced (save some of the green tops to add to salad) ¼ lb sugar snap peas or snow peas 1 red and 1 yellow mini bell pepper Pea sprouts Fresh basil Assorted wild salad greens Small amount of paper thin sliced red onion or shallot Sunflower or pumpkin seeds raw or roasted for garnish Clean the asparagus, baby carrots, beets and fennel with scrub brush, lightly peel if needed leave a little of the top on for appearance. Steam each individually for 2-5 minutes until tender and still al dente. Cool in ice water and pat dry. Slice some of the carrots and beets in half for interest. Slice the peppers very thin, wash the basil and assorted greens. Make a Citrus Vinegarette such as: Cilantro Lime Vinaigrette 3-4 tsp of fresh lime or other citrus juices 1-2 tsp of champagne or apple cider vinegar 6 TBSP Extra virgin olive oil ½ tsp coriander ½ tsp cumin ½ tsp lavender flowers (dried) 1-2 cloves pressed garlic Salt to taste Fresh pepper to taste 1 tsp honey (Optional a little grated jalapeno pepper) Wisk all together. Drizzle over salad. Make a bed of the greens and arrange the other vegetables on top attractively. Sprinkle with seeds and serve. You can also serve homemade garbanzo or canelli beans marinated in an olive oil vinaigrette to added to the salad at the...

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Beat the Summer Heat

Posted on Jun 18, 2012 in Acupuncture, Health and Wellness

Acupuncture and Chinese herbs can help keep you cool and collected during the long hot summer months. Acupuncture points like Hegu (LI 11 and 4) can reduce fever and body temperature.  Points such as Lu 7 and Ki6 nourish the body fluids, adjust and cool the lungs. Chinese Herbs such as Ju Hua (Chrysanthemum flowers), Jin Yin Hua (Honeysuckle flowers) and Lotus seeds all clear heat and nourish body fluids.  For more extreme cases of dryness, thirst, irritability, dry, red eyes or pink eye, insomnia there are many classical formulas to nourish yin and blood while reducing heat and fire such as Rehmannia Six or Eight and Glehnia Combination. Foods that help hydrate and reduce the heat in addition to increasing water intake are: mung bean sprouts, celery, carrot, water chesnut, bamboo shoots, lotus seed, goji berries, tofu and most fruits and vegetables.  Although beware of excessive fruit consumption which can imbalance your blood sugar and cause loose stools in persons with weak digestion. Visit us at Goldlake Acupuncture in Scottsdale for a session to chill out or an herbal formula to help your body cope with the heat better. 480-710-8458 New Patient June Special initial visit $25 off when you mention this post.  ...

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Auto-Immune Disorders and Asian Medicine

Posted on Jan 17, 2012 in Health and Wellness

With over 22 million Americans affected by autoimmune disorders such as rheumatoid arthritis, Hashimoto’s thyroiditis,multiple sclerosis, systemic lupus, celiac disease and type 1 Diabetes we need to begin to look outside the box of conventional approaches to managing inflammatory disease.  While infections and environmental toxins may trigger these diseases medications such as immuno-suppressive drugs and steroids often lead to further complications and weakening the immune response to other health issues such as cancer and chronic fatigue. Asian Medicine which includes Acupuncture, Chinese Herbal Medicine, Nutritional therapy, Chi Exercises, Meditation, Health Coaching and Seasonal Cleansing may not only alleviate symptoms but provide a path to recovering one’s health.  Some of the benefits include: decreased fatigue, increased energy, better sleep and digestion, reduced stress and improved mood. Weekly or bi-weekly Acupuncture can reduce inflammation, decreasing symptoms such as joint pain, fatigue, weight gain, insomnia, depression and anxiety.  Oriental Nutrition principles incorporate many now known anti-inflammatory foods such as ginger, green foods, wild fish, ginger, garlic, turmeric, green onions and health oils such as sesame and flax. Tai Chi and Chi Gong exercises increase energy, immunity, improve mood, decrease stress hormones and strengthen bones, balance and coordination to mention a few of the many benefits. Seasonal cleansing with diet adjusted to fit individual needs by a qualified health professional, Chinese herbs, light exercises, sauna, dry brushing and herbal or coffee enemas are safe, inexpensive and effective ways to eliminate toxins which cause illness. Over my 25 years of private practice I have seen patients with everything from Rheumatoid Arthritis to Hashimoto’s, Graves Disease, Iritis, Lymphedema and the gamut of Auto-Immune diseases make nearly miraculous recoveries.  “I feel so much better” is the comment I hear daily from my patients. As the Yellow Emperor said it so well “It is better to dig a well before one is thirsty, forge weapons before going into battle, avoid conflict before it has begun and prevent disease before it starts.”  We can prevent many diseases by creating our best health through a natural unprocessed diet, exercise, cleansing and eliminating toxins and keeping our stress level low.  Having a regular maintenance program which includes Acupuncture, herbal tonics and medicines can prevent costly and painful serious illness and disease....

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Improving Immunity Naturally

Posted on Nov 29, 2011 in Health and Wellness

My patients often ask me about whether or not to take a flue shot.  Have you considered what you can do to improve your immunity naturally?  As we frequently read about the many side effects of drugs, why not take advantage of the natural herbal medicines?  Empirical studies on herbs such as Radix Astragalus, Reishi mushroom and Cordyceps have been shown to increase T and B Cells, RBC and WBC counts.  One famous formula I often recommend is the “Jade Windscreen” formula has Astragalus as the primary herb and is my personal favorite to strengthen immunity and prevent colds and...

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Research: Zizyphus Combination Induces Sleep

Posted on May 27, 2011 in Health and Wellness

 Research: Sun Ten Zizyphus Combination Induces Sleep. Suan Zao Ren (sm. zizyphus) has binding affinity for receptors for serotonin, 5-HTP and GABA.

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