Posts by Eyton Shalom, M.S., L.Ac.

Cold Causes Stagnation Heat Causes Movement

Posted by on Aug 13, 2017

From today’s newspaper comes this cool article about a fruitcake that has survived, in nearly edible condition (probably actually edible, as all that is reported is a slightly rancid butter smell), for 100 years at the South Pole in Antarctica. Which brings to mind one of the cardinal teachings in Chinese Medicine.  In Chinese Medicine Cold Causes Stagnation Heat Causes Movement. Cold preserves, and heat metabolizes. This essence of Yin and Yang is actually the application of Yin Yang theory from Chinese Philosophy in Classical Chinese Medicine Physiological Cold and Heat versus Pathological Cold and Heat in Chinese Medicine Theory When...

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Why Its Harder to Lose Weight When Your Older

Posted by on Aug 10, 2017

Good information in THIS  NY Times Health section article on why its harder to lose weight when you are older. I am always fascinated by the elegant way in which Chinese Medicine and Ayurveda describe, in their own terms, what Western Science describes in its terms and view, which is, “through the microscope. Chinese medicine says clearly that at 6×6 (Chinese culture loves conceptualizing various things and processes in terms of groups of numbers that imply a secondary concept….here, that our grow occurs in groups of 6 years), another words, at age 36, our need for food declines, as...

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Arsenic in Rice

Posted by on Jul 31, 2017

Arsenic in Rice and heavy metal toxins in foods and medicines in general is a genuine problem.   Organic Heavy Metals in Soil   Some soils are naturally rich in minerals, including, unfortunately toxic minerals, like organic arsenic and lead.  Arsenic is not only deadly in high doses, but regular consumption of arsenic at low doses, from a food like rice, is highly carcinogenic, carrying even greater risk for children.   Inorganic Arsenic from Pesticide and Fertilizer   Inorganic Arsenic, even more toxic than naturally occurring organic Arsenic is found in soil that has been contaminated with arsenic from...

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Acupuncture Meridians

Posted by on Jun 6, 2017

What are Acupuncture Meridians? Acupuncture “meridians” are the pathways through which our body’s Qi (pronounced “Chee”) energy  flows, as described in the seminal medical text the Nei Jing around 200 B.C.E.. But the term meridian, coined by the Jesuit Priests who first learned Acupuncture in China in the 17th century, reflects a mechanical western mode of thinking. Meridians are lines drawn on a map. And energy does not flow in lines on maps, lines merely denote locations. Its not such a critical difference for the receiver of acupuncture, but it is an important difference for those of us practicing...

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Smoothies for Pitta Dosha

Posted by on May 23, 2017

Smoothies for Pitta Dosha: People who are Pitta dosha dominant can certainly have more cooling food, as well as raw food that is cooling such as cucumber lettuce and leafy cruciferous veggies sweet fruits coconut flesh, water, and milk milk, butter, ghee And Pitta dosha is, like Vata, pacified by the sweet taste. So in summer or warm weather, such as late Spring, early Fall, or closer to the equator, Pitta can be much more liberal about smoothies, , even vegetable ones, especially emphasizing a healthy combination of spices, and protein. Ayurveda does not recommend eating fruit with food,...

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Smoothies for Vata Dosha in Summer

Posted by on May 21, 2017

Smoothies for Vata Dosha in Summer: Eating with the Seasons Smoothies for Vata Dosha in Summer is part two of . In Ayurveda we eat with the seasons, so  you can have more raw in Summer when Pitta is elevated in everyone,  than in cold or rainy weather such as the monsoon season in India or Winter anywhere. But if you are Vata dominant, and even for everyone’s digestion, what you should never put in your smoothie is ice. Let your smoothie be cool, not freezing cold. Does blending the raw fruit or veggies make it less elevating to...

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Is Daily Sweating Important for Health?

Posted by on May 19, 2017

Someone asked me the other day, “Why is daily sweating important for health?” My response was, “Is it?” I don’t think there is any scientific evidence that sweating is especially beneficial for health. I have seen claims made, but I have not seen hard core research.  But sweating is certainly used in some cultures, and to a small extent in Ayurvedic Panchakarma therapy for SOME doshas. Some folk sweat more easily than others when its hot or when they exercise, some folks sweat with anxiety, especially in the arm pits and hands, but even all over, some folk don’t...

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Can Western Medicine Explain How Acupuncture Works?

Posted by on May 18, 2017

I was recently responding to this question on Quora: “How does Western medicine explain acupuncture.” and wanted to share my response and to expand upon it. Can Western Medicine Explain How Acupunture Works? Western Medicine, or more exactly, Western Science, because Western Medicine is only sometimes Science based, may never be able to “explain” how Acupuncture works. But in a way, while potentially interesting, its almost the wrong question. What is much more interesting is enter the world of Chinese language and philosophy and find out how Chinese Medicine explains it. All systems have cultural reference points and bias. Western...

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Mindfulness, Vata Dosha, and Commuting

Posted by on May 5, 2017

Mary, from Canada writes, “How should I counter the movement aspect for a vata? I am vata dominant and must travel daily to and from work about a 45 min drive and 20 min walk. I find the walk relaxing and during my car ride I listen to soothing personal development like Eckhart Tolle but cannot deny that my anxiety has increased since this new job and all this travel. Also, travel for family occasions such as Christmas is across the provinces. I practice daily meditation on my yantra mat, yoga, consistent sleep, have eliminated caffeine (I don’t drink...

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Ayurvedic Kitchari

Posted by on Apr 7, 2017

What is Kitchari? Kitchari is a Sattvic, light, easy-to-digest, cleansing, detoxifying food that is excellent once a week, at the change of seasons, or any time you feel like giving your digestive system a break. It is also just a normal one-pot-dish you can have for dinner. What is Sattva and What Are Sattvic Foods? Sattvic foods, or more exactly, a Sattvic diet, is a diet that is light and easy to digest and that aids a “spiritual” lifestyle whose goal is “purity, wholesomeness, and virtue.”  Sattivc foods are fresh and full of prana, nutrient dense,  keep Agni stimulated,...

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Vegan, Gluten-Free Thumbprint Cookies with Jam

Posted by on Mar 14, 2017

Vegan, Gluten-Free Thumbprint Cookies with Jam Low-Sugar, Vegan Thumbprint Cookies are fun to make! Kids love making them and eating them. A great way to get nutrient dense nuts, seeds, and legumes into the diet. I grind my pumpkin seeds and roasted chickpeas in my coffee grinder. Low sugar and high in protein and healthy fats. See here for more info on ingredients and how to… Here are a few recipes that are variants on the theme of my previous post, linked above. Recipe for a Small Batch of Vegan, Gluten-Free Thumbprint Cookies with Jam 3 tbsp Roasted Chickpeas...

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Lipedema and Chinese Medicine

Posted by on Jan 31, 2017

Lipedema and Chinese Medicine. Lynette wrote in and asked, “Can you explain what excess a body with Lipedema has. Are they damp diseases! feedback most welcomed for myself and my support groups!” Lipedema is a a disorder of the adipose (fat) tissue that occurs almost exclusively in women and involves abnormal swelling of the legs and hips all the way down to the ankles where the fat forms a ring just above the ankle. It is unrelated to obesity, and can be seen even in women with anorexia.   This poorly understood disorder is due to accumulations of fat...

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Is Breast-Feeding Really Better-Well Blog New York Times?

Posted by on Mar 4, 2014

Is Breast-Feeding Really Better? or, “To breast-feed or not to breast-feed, is that even a question?” Besides the obvious emotional factors, in which the baby gets to feel and smell and taste her mother in moments of such closeness they were used in Renaissance Art in Italy as one of the preferred ways of showing the Christian Diety, Joshua of Nazareth, as a suckling infant, Madonna with Child (note: the mother in this depiction comes before the infant),   besides all that psychological stuff that, even without Freud, but with common sense  it seems obvious could contribute to creating...

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Chinese Herbal Medicine and Acupuncture for Acute Compartment Syndrome

Posted by on Feb 27, 2014

Interesting article today in Scientific American on acute compartment syndrome, a potentially devastating injury that can even lead to amputation of a limb, and that also gives a glimpse into the role of the fascia in organizing the tissues of the body. Releasing the fascia is a big part of what myo-fascial acupuncture does. And when i treat people with soft tissue pain involving restrictions of the circulation, such as in Raynaud’s disease, but even just if their hands and or feet are cold to the touch or reported as cold, I almost always use a Chinese medicine herbal formula...

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Ayurveda: Vegeterianism or Not

Posted by on Feb 26, 2014

Does Ayurveda propose  vegetarianism and a vegeterian diet for all? Many modern Ayuvedic physicians, especially those teaching in Europe and the West, espouse lacto-vegeterianism as the ideal diet for everyone. But is this an accurate reflection of the Ayurvedic texts and of Ayurvedic medicine in history? In fact, the modern idea of vegetarian diet and vegeterianism as the ideal in Ayurvedic medicine  betrays a number of influences, ranging from the respect in India for all things foreign that is the result of colonialism and feelings of inferiority (indeed the popularity of Ayurveda in the west as led to an...

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