Posts by eytonshalom

Roasted Chickpea Nut Breakfast Cookies

Posted by on Jan 16, 2017

A favorite snack in South Asia from Afghanistan to Burma is dry roasted Chickpea, known in India by many names from gram, to black gram, to bengal gram, to channa, to dhaliya, to pottu kadalai and many more. This is the same bean known as Hummus in Arabic (whether whole or mashed into paste with tahina), Garbanzo in Spanish, and Ceci in Italian. When I lived in Tamil Nadu, especially in Chennai, it was fun to hear the roasted chickpea vendors banging their giant pans with the edge of their metal spoons to create an attention grabbing bell-like sound...

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Winter Jing Tonic Cabbage Soup

Posted by on Jan 15, 2017

Winter Jing Tonic Cabbage Soup   Winter  is the ideal time to nourish what Chinese Medicine calls the Kidney energy, associated with the deepest level of body energy, Jing/Essence.   Winter Storage in Chinese Medicine Winter is the season in ancient Chinese philosophy associated with storage, when the essences of the previous year are distilled into wisdom. Not surprisingly, even in European literature and poetry, winter, then, is a metaphor for old age, if is the final season in the cycle of birth and death. The goal of life is wisdom, the goal of the agricultural year is to...

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The Spiritual Qualities of Vata in Winter

Posted by on Dec 14, 2016

Late Autumn and Early Winter are the times of year dominated by Vata dosha in Ayurveda. The warm rays of the Sun are at their minimum around Winter Solstice. The darkness of night time is at its maximum. And what is darkness if not the unknown? And what stimulates fear, if not the unknown. And is not death the greatest unknown of all, that all humans are naturally afraid of. And which month symbolizes death? Spring is growth and life and new things green. Summer is the accomplishment of all that Spring started. Autumn is the harvest, but also...

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Vitamin B-12 Deficiency

Posted by on Dec 14, 2016

Vitamin B-12 Deficiency   is very common in people over 50, and in people who use drugs that reduce stomach acid, and also that take the antidiabetes drug Metforman. I find Vitamin B-12 supplementation very valuable in the treatment of neurological disorders, even when there is not a frank deficiency, especially when they are aggravated by stress. I have one patient who I treat with Chinese Herbal Medicine for peripheral neuropathy that is secondary to multiple back surgeries for herniated discs, in which the sciatic nerve pain improved but neurological pains and allydynia appeared. This 60 year old man...

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Chinese Medicine and Eratosthenes

Posted by on Sep 28, 2016

People can be so surprised there was advanced Chinese Medicine in 200 B.C.E.; but why, when Eratosthenes in Greece was computing the circumference of the earth and devising a method for finding prime numbers in 240 B.C. People did not just become smart and civilized in Europe after the microscope and telescope were invented….The development of medicine is a long process that has occured everywhere humans have grown. And the wisdom of ancient peoples, whether neolithic hunter-gatherers practicing trephination, modern hunter-gatherers and rural dwellers getting medicines from plants, to ancient civilizations like China, India, and Persia with advanced written...

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Ayurvedic Summer Cabbage Salad with Beet and Onion

Posted by on Sep 11, 2016

Ayurvedic Summer Cabbage Salad with Beet and Onion I am a huge fan of cabbage salad. When I was a strict vegetarian it must have been its hearty quality and chewy texture that appealed. Now that I am an omnivore, I value cabbage both for its delicious, slightly sweet taste, and for its high fiber low calorie ratio. Its a great balance for the heavy quality of meat. That’s why historically cole slaw pairs with deli sandwiches or hamburgers, and sauerkraut pairs with sausages and hot dogs. Raw Sauerkraut, which is a cinch to make at home, and ridiculously expensive...

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Why Chinese Women Don’t Use Tampons—Its About Qi

Posted by on Aug 27, 2016

Why Chinese Women Don’t Use Tampons—Its About Qi The reason why Chinese Women Don’t Use Tampons has to do both with the lack of a tampon ‘culture’ which, in the USA was created by marketing from tampon companies, but also because of the shared cultural context between Chinese culture and Chinese medicine. Chinese people have basic notions of hot, cold, Qi and Blood, that come from Chinese medicine and philosophy. It is why they want their food fresh and hot with lots of vegetables. What a Chinese chef once called “wok Qi.” Remember Toxic Shock Syndrome? Where super bacteria...

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Perseid Meteor Shower: Five Elements in Ayurveda and Chinese Medicine

Posted by on Aug 12, 2016

Tonight’s annual Perseid meteor shower got me thinking about the power of cold and the theory of dosha and the five elements in Ayurveda and Chinese medicine.. Chinese medicine describe life as a warm process of transformation of food and oxygen into energy.  This is a kind of movement, the breakdown of things from one into another, from food and air into blood and Qi and waste product. This is what fire does in nature, as well, it breaks things down, it turns wood into smoke and ash. The transformative nature of Agni, which lives in spades in Pitta...

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Cupping Therapy for Myofascial Pain

Posted by on Aug 9, 2016

Cupping Therapy for Myofascial Pain is an integral part of Classical Chinese acupuncture  and is very useful for myofascial pain and sports medicine b/c it breaks up adhesions in the fascia and brings new blood to the area when capillaries are deliberately ruptured.. Olympic swimmer Michael Phelp’s circles in the attached article are quite dark b/c of all the tension or Qi and Blood stagnation in his sinews from the olympian demands made on his muscles and fascia. In Chinese medicine we also do “sliding cupping therapy” which affects a wider distribution of the skin, muscle, and connective tissue...

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Twelve Ways to Heal Eczema Naturally

Posted by on Jul 25, 2016

Twelve Ways to Heal Eczema Naturally Here are twelve ways to heal eczema naturally that I have developed over 24 years of specializing in the natural treatment of skin disorders with Chinese Medicine and Ayurveda. One of my first cases in the clinic as a student was a newborn baby from Israel with scalp eczema. I treated him with Chinese herbal medicine alone, which the mom took and he got through her breast milk. He was all better within three weeks. I am still in touch with the mom, who returned to Israel, and 24 years later she reports...

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Diet and Lifestyle in Ayurveda and Chinese Medicine

Posted by on Jul 21, 2016

An article today in the Guardian about a village in Sardinia  with a high incidence of centenarians, despite high levels of obesity and tobacco consumption got me pondering about the role of  Diet and Lifestyle in Ayurveda and Chinese Medicine. The main point being this, leaving aside DNA, which is a big part of health and wellness, what Chinese Medicine calls your “Pre Natal Qi” (another words, the Qi you were gifted by your parents at conception, akin to being born with a savings account, your “Post Natal Qi” , which is the money you deposit or withdraw from that...

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ProPita Tea by R-U-Ved

Posted by on Jul 16, 2016

ProPita Tea is a delicious blend of cooling herbs and spices that makes a naturally refreshing summer tea, whether drunk hot in the morning or room temperature/cool during the day. I  love to brew a quart of ProPita tea in the hot weather with two bags, brewing it strong (leave the bags in), and  when it cools down mixing it at a 50-50 ratio with mineral water and a dash of lime juice for a drink that is mentally and physically uplifting during the overheated summer months. R-U-Ved ProPita Tea Ingredients R-U-Ved ProPita Tea contains the Pitta pacifying Indian...

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Summer in Chinese Medicine

Posted by on Jul 14, 2016

The discussion of Summer in Chinese Medicine  begins with a book written in somewhere between 400 and 200 B.C.E., called the Huang Di Nei Jing, called The Yellow Emperor’s Inner Classic of Medicine. This is the Old Testament of Classical Chinese Medicine, our oldest text, studied and learned from by the physicians of Chinese Medicine without a break to the current era. The ideas below are primarily from this text, so when I refer to Chinese medicine I am referring to the teachings of the Nei Jing that those of us who practice Classical Chinese medicine still adhere to....

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Pomegranate Coconut Water Pitta Pacifying Summer Drink

Posted by on Jul 13, 2016

Pomegranate Coconut Water Pitta Pacifying Summer Drink is a low sugar herbal fruit beverage that is strongly Pitta pacifying and cooling to the body perfect for replacing electrolytes in Summer hot weather and hard exercise.  Cooling Foods in Chinese Medicine and Ayurveda Coconut water is a very traditional hot weather drink in South Asia.  Coconut water has two things going for it in summer. One, it is very cooling to the system. Its hard to describe in scientific terms what that means, but in common sense terms just think of the phrase “cool as a cucumber.” If you cut...

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Ayurvedic Hibiscus Summer Tea

Posted by on Jul 5, 2016

Ayurvedic Hibiscus Summer Tea drink is meant to be drunk cool or room temperature. Hibiscus, the leading ingredient in Ayurvedic Hibiscus Summer Tea, also known as Sorrel in Caribbean English (unrelated to the leafy green known as Sorrel, or Rumex Acetosa), and Jamaica (Ha-mai-ka) in Mexican and Honduran Spanish, is a deep red flower that makes a naturally cooling beautifully red colored tea, notable for its refreshingly sour, slightly astringent flavor. It is brewed and drunk at room temperature any time of year at meal time, as a cooling refreshment between meals especially in the hot weather, and is...

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