Posts by eytonshalom

Irritable Bowel Syndrome Treatment: Acupuncture, Ayurveda, and Chinese Herbal Medicine

Posted by on Jun 16, 2016

What is Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)? Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is a functional disorder of the Large Intestine (Colon) intestines that causes diarrhea and/or constipation, abdominal pain and/or cramps, bloating, and gas. Most people with IBS that I have seen in the past 24 years have bloating and pain, and many have constipation and diarrhea that alternates like a see-saw.  Others will have diarrhea on a regular basis with occasional constipation, while still others have constant severe constipation with only rare diarrhea. The abdominal pain is often compared to menstrual cramp pain, while some will describe a different kind...

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Educate Your Immune System

Posted by on Jun 7, 2016

Educate Your Immune System: Why Sterile Environments Are Associated with Auto-Immune Disease There is so much evidence now that since our immune systems are programmed to fight pathogens, that when we create hyperclean environments with silly products such as anti-bacterial counter top cleansers and hand soaps, when washing your hands with soap and water is already a sufficiently anti-bacterial process, ( and on top of things, when these antibacterial products are made with toxic petroleum-based products such as synthetic perfume fragrances that act as endocrine system disrupters (pthalates)) that we then create a situation where the immune system, out...

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Grass Fed Meat and Milk in Ayurveda and Chinese Medicine

Posted by on May 11, 2016

Grass Fed Meat and Milk in Ayurveda and Chinese Medicine: Grass fed is meat and milk as our ancestors ate it. Our hunter gatherer ancestors obviously did not drink milk, as they did not yet practice animal husbandry. But they were certainly not vegans or vegetarians, as the term hunter implies. The meat our neolithic ancestors ate was wild game from which our modern goats and cows descend. But humans have been drinking milk in various cultures of Africa, South Asia, and the Near East for 10,000 years of so, long enough for our guts to adapt to this...

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Triphala Ayurvedic Herbal Digestive

Posted by on Apr 23, 2016

This is an old article if mine from The Jade Dragon , an online journal of Chinese and Asian culture and medicine.  I have reprinted it here in its entirety.     Triphala: A Powerful Tonic for the Digestive System By Eyton Shalom, M.S., L.Ac. Triphala literally means “three fruits.” Made of equal proportions of the three powerful Ayurvedic herbs of Amla, Chebulic Myrobalan, and Belleric Myrobalan, Triphala is revered in Ayurvedic medicine for the cleansing and nourishing benefits it imparts. It helps cleanse and tonify the entire digestive tract, and helps detoxify the liver, intestines, and blood. This formula also...

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Qi, Sweating, and Fear

Posted by on Apr 20, 2016

What Is Qi What the Chinese call Qi , and what Ayurveda calls Prana, is the Vital Life Force that moves things, quite literally, and also that creates growth and decay. Qi and Prana are what moves things quite literally on so many levels.  Its only a living body that can move, that can walk, that can breathe, whose blood circulates, that can think, all processes involving literal physical movement, whether on the gross level, as with walking and breathing, and on a smaller, even microscopic level, in the case of the enzymatic processes in the cell involved in...

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Menopause Natural Treatment: Ayurveda and Chinese Medicine

Posted by on Apr 1, 2016

In Chinese Medicine and Ayurveda Menopause Natural Treatment begins with the premise that menopause, and andropause, like puberty, like the transitions that occurs around ages 2, 5, and 36, are just that, transitions, not diseases. Change is hard on human beings. Moving from one city is a stressor. Even traveling on a plane to Hawaii for a wonderful vacation has certain elements of stress. Its always nice to come home. But what if you carried “home” with you, wherever you were, whatever stage of life you were in. How Change Affects the Body Mind in Ayurveda:Vata In Ayurveda change...

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Heartburn Medication Linked to Increased Risk for Dementia

Posted by on Mar 22, 2016

Proton Pump Inhibitors Linked to Higher Dementia Risk: What Are The Alternatives? We face a national epidemic of Dementia as baby boomers who have spent years on Heartburn Medication like Prilosec, Protonixx, and Nexium,  hit their 60’s and 70’s, while at the same time medical researchers are now showing that heartburn medication is linked to increased risk for dementia and other cognitive problems.  Here is today’s Harvard Health Letter letter reporting on the latest research Research published online on February 15 in JAMA Neurology showed that there may be an association between chronic use of PPIs and an increased...

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Jewish Style Sweet and Sour Vegan Cabbage

Posted by on Mar 3, 2016

Jewish Style Sweet and Sour Vegan Cabbage Cabbage is one of nature’s miracle foods. You don’t have to buy exotic foods like Goji berry to have a healthy diet. Goji berries are great, and are used in Chinese medicine as food medicine and in medicinal formulas for problems of weakness and poor eyesight. But cabbage is one of the most nutritious vegetables on the planet and stands up to rough treatment like pickling and salting as well as being wonderful in salads and slaws and soups and sautes. This recipe is based on my grandmother’s Jewish style sweet and...

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Anger and Fear: How Our Nervous Systems Make Us Sick

Posted by on Feb 25, 2016

Anger and Fear: How Our Nervous Systems Make Us Sick   Chinese Medicine attributes a minimum one third of disease as due to the effects of excessive amounts of emotions like anger and fear, but also sadness, grief, worry, on our bodies via the nervous system. This also includes the effects of chronic, habitual low levels of anger and fear, another words how our nervous systems make us sick, because the minute you have an emotional state you also have a nervous system response and a cascade of phsyiological responses to that nervous system response. In both Chinese Medicine...

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How Emotions Create Disease

Posted by on Feb 19, 2016

How Emotions Create Disease (When Unprocessed) We know from Chinese Medicine and Ayurveda, and we should understand from Science based Anatomy and Physiology, that, not only are the mind and body a “continuim”, but more accurately stated, Mind and Body are indivisible, and really the same thing. The brain, and the central nervous system that grows out of it, is physical body. What you do with the brain, which in the modern West we call “the Mind” is a sort of non-physical, or meta-physical expression of the material brain. And what we do with our brain, from playing poker...

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Indian Style Tri-doshic Okra Masala

Posted by on Jan 26, 2016

Indian Style Tri-doshic Okra Masala Here is one of my favorite Okra recipes: Indian Style Tri-doshic Okra Masala. There are many ways to make Okra. Iraqi’s cook it with onion and tomato. My friend Mrs. Mehdi with onion, cumin, and black pepper. My Persian friend adds pomegranite molasses and ground lamb with allspice and cumin. While my recipe, below, is designed especially to pacify Vatta and Pitta, in fact cooked Okra pacifies all three doshas, so with some slight modification that I describe after the recipe, you could adapt this dish even if you had a strong Kapha elevation....

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Ayurvedic Dental Hygiene

Posted by on Jan 7, 2016

Ayurvedic Dental Hygiene A lot of the lifestyle practices recommended in Ayurveda, including Ayurvedic dental hygiene, happen to also be common practices in India culture, especially in rural areas which are more traditional When it comes to Ayurvedic dental hygiene the starting point is simple, ALWAYS rinse your mouth out with water after eating, swishing and swooshing the water around in your mouth so as to remove all the food particles. When I lived in Tamil Nadu, in South India, the restaurants all had sinks along a wall somewhere making it easy to wash your hands before and after...

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Ayurvedic Winter Spice Churna

Posted by on Jan 7, 2016

Ayurvedic Winter Spice Churna are “masalas” (spice mixtures) used to boost immunity by improving digestion and stimulating Agni digestive fire. They are used year round, but can be especially good in Winter and also for Ama/toxin accumulation. They can be tailored to all three doshas, Vata, Pitta, and Kapha. The following Ayurvedic winter spice churna is a tri-doshic mix of spices, suitable for Winter, but that will not aggravate any one dosha and pacifies them all, because it is a mix of bitter, pungent, and sweet spices. Someone with a strong Pitta elevation with symptoms of burning in the...

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Winter and Sleep in Chinese Medicine: Kidney Qi

Posted by on Dec 22, 2015

Winter and Sleep in Chinese Medicine: Kidney Qi Winter and Sleep In the Classics of Chinese Medicine Its Winter. Classical Chinese Medicine has this to say about it. “Go to sleep early, but get up LATE, after the sun has risen.” Makes total sense because as an animal you don’t want to waste your valuable energy heating your body up against the cold morning, when you can wait for the sun to do its job first. Its also about respecting the biorhythms of the biological clock. Kidney Qi in Chinese Medicine: Metaphor for the Deepest Levels of Vitality Winter...

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Diet and Nutrition in Chinese Medicine: Wakame Sea Veggie to Nourish Kidney Yin and Cleanse Lymphatics

Posted by on Dec 13, 2015

Diet and Nutrition in Chinese Medicine: Nourish Kidney Yin and Cleanse in Winter with Sea Veggies Winter and the Kidney Qi in Chinese Medical Theory In winter the Qi enters the Kidneys, the physically lowest of the Zang/Solid internal organs, and the energetically deepest. Energetically deepest because the Kidneys are the root of all Yin and Yang in the body, and as such governs growth and development from conception, but also reproduction after puberty. Grow, development, and reproduction are very deep foundational aspects of the body’s energy, and in the case of reproduction this means that the Kidney’s Qi...

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