Diet and Nutrition in Chinese Medicine

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Chinese Herbal Chicken Bone Broth for Recovery from Bronchitis

Posted by on Dec 2, 2015

Chinese Herbal Chicken Bone Broth for Recovery from Bronchitis, Colds, Flu and Pneumonia Not counting the home made Chicken soup I grew up with, made by my grandmother and mother, I discovered Chinese Herbal Chicken bone broth in 1991, when I was in my second year studying Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture and was going to school full time, while also working full time as an apprentice in two very busy San Diego Acupuncture Clinics under the world renowned Acupuncturist and Chinese Herbalist, the late Alex Tiberi, may his soul be blessed, and the other under Orthopedic Specialist Mark Kastner....

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Ginger Root In Ayurveda and Chinese Medicine

Posted by on Mar 30, 2015

Ginger Root in Ayurveda and Chinese Medicine There are no panaceas in medicine, but if there were going to be one, it would have to be the humble Ginger root. Ginger is called “Vishabhesaj” in Ayurveda, which Ayurvedic physician Vasant Lad translates as “universal medicine.” That is both because of its wide applicability, its common use in medicine and kitchen, and its value for promotion of health. One of the basic rules for promoting longevity and wellness in both Ayurveda and Chinese medicine is to promote good digestion. In fact, this is a tenant of health promotion in just...

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Bone Marrow Soup, Part 2: Winter

Posted by on Jan 24, 2015

Bone Marrow Soup, Part 2: Winter In cold weather its natural to crave warm food. And the alchemical transformation of solids into liquids, of vegetables and meats or bones into soup, is a way of liberating the essence of these foodstuff into a substance that is much closer to blood, which is the destiny of all food, than foods as solids themselves. That is why when you are sick in China, India, or even Europe and the USA when I was a kid, your mom gave you easily digested liquids and solids like tea and dry toast, or chicken...

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Bone Marrow Soup in Winter: Part 1

Posted by on Dec 17, 2014

Bone broth, or what we call bone marrow soup in Chinese Medicine is just the rage right now, and for good reason. Extracting the essence of solid things, like bones and root vegetables, into liquid, or bone marrow soup, is the fastest way to nourish our own deepest essence, called Jing in Chinese medicine.  In Ayurveda this is called nourishing the deepest level of the tissues, or dhatus.  Like builds like in Chinese medicine and Ayurveda, so that the minerals and building blocks locked into the deepest recesses of an animal, its bones, and a plant, its roots, are said...

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Spices in Ayurveda and Chinese Medicine: Protect Your Agni in Summer

Posted by on Jul 9, 2014

Spices in Ayurveda and Chinese Medicine can be used to preserve what Ayurveda calls Agni–the metabolic fire that is what makes us warm blooded and that is associated with health, strength and vitality.  Chinese Medicine calls this physiological fire Yang or Ministerial Fire.  Agni and Yang are the basis of all the transformative forces in the body and mind, from the cellular level of utilizing oxygen and nutrients, to the gross level of chewing food, and on the mental level the digestion of experience and creation of wisdom through learning. Curiously, Agni and Ministerial Fire are damaged by the...

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Food Coloring and Hyperactivity

Posted by on Mar 28, 2014

Food Coloring, ADD, and Environmental Toxins in Chinese Medicine   As I mentioned in this previous post, Environmental Toxins are considered one of the Miscellaneous Causes of Disease in Chinese Medicine, the other Causes of Disease in Chinese Medicine being Internal Causes, or diseases caused by the emotions, and External Causes, or air and water borne infections. As you can imagine, though the category heading “Miscellaneous” sounds kind of minor, its actually a huge category including errors in Diet, Lifestyle, and Physical Trauma, the last including bites from venomous insects and snakes. In the modern, urban world, we are...

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