Posts Tagged "Green Living"

Environmental Working Group: Toxin Free Environment and Chinese Medicine

Posted by on Mar 25, 2014

The Environmental Working Group is one of the best Environmental Research and Advocacy non-profits out there, fighting for the right to a Toxin Free Environment. Their website is chock full of consumer guides for: Toxin Free Body Care Products Toxin Free Cleaning Product Toxin Free Home Guide Toxin Free Cosmetics Pesticide Guide for buying fruits and vegetables Toxin Free Sunscreens The Best Water Filters In Chinese Medicine causes of disease are divided into Internal Causes, External Causes, and Miscellaneous Causes. Internal Causes are how our emotions make us sick, External Causes are infectious disease, and Miscellaneous Causes are environmental...

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Autumn in the Nei Jing Su Wen Chinese Medical Classic

Posted by on Oct 22, 2013

Autumn in the Nei Jing Su Wen Chinese Medical Classic The essence of Chinese Medical Philosophy, which underpins the practice of Acupuncture and Herbal Medicine, is the need to live in harmony with nature, what the classics call “heaven and earth.” Heaven, because the sun and moon and weather all come from the sky (ndeed, when we think of each of our four seasons we think as much about what the sky looks and smells like–from the cold crisp nights of winter when the smell of snow is in the air, to the moist balmy days of spring, to...

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Autumn in Chinese Medicine

Posted by on Oct 22, 2013

Autumn Fall Autumn in Chinese Medicine is the time of falling, hence its secondary name. Spring up, Fall down.  In fact we even use the word autumn to describe a period in the human life span, the autumnal years, a period of beautiful maturity that is also verging on decline. In Autumn the celestial Qi, which is another way of describing the effects of the sun, moon, stars, and of course the weather (that in turn is a function of the effects of the sun in terms of the seasons), recedes in Autumn from its full bloom of summer....

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Allergies and Sinusitis in Autumn

Posted by on Oct 17, 2013

People suffering from allergies and sinus conditions in the Autumn in San Diego dread the dry heat that wafts in from the desert during the “Santa Ana” conditions. This movement of air from the east brings with it dust, pollen and other un-pleasantries like agrarian pollutants from the Imperial Valley. At its best the Santa Anas are simply dry, at their worst, dry, windy and very hot. Allergies and sinus conditions are worsened by this weather. What can you do? Acupuncture My first line of treatment for allergies is acupuncture and cupping. Acupuncture can help nip respiratory allergies (allergic...

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SIGNS OF EFFECTIVE AND INEFFECTIVE DIGESTION

Posted by on Oct 14, 2013

  “Good Digestion, Good Sleep, Good Prognosis.”  –Old Chinese Medical Adage:   The digestive tract is the inner core of the body. Good digestion is one of the foundations of health. Our body’s very cells are built from the food that we eat and the oxygen that our lungs extract from the air around us. If our digestion is weak, incomplete, or damaged, our bodies do a poor job of assimilating  the nutritive elements found in our foods. Poor digestion can be a function of several  factors: an inborn weakness in the digestive tract due to bodymind type;  the...

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The Nature of Vata Dosha and How to Pacify It

Posted by on Aug 21, 2013

The way to prepare dishes that pacify Vata Dosha is to first understand what Vatta embodies. Vata dosha is the manifestation of Air and Space in our human bodies. Air and Space in its pure state is cold and dry. Air only becomes warm due to the effects of fire from the sun or other stars, and on earth from the fire of the sun or volcanic activity, whether above or below ground (hot springs). Air is naturally dry, and only becomes moist when it carries molecules of water in it, in fact, key point, notice that the air...

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Are Your Bladder Infections from Factory Farmed Meat?

Posted by on Jul 30, 2013

  Chinese Medicine excels at the treatment of bladder and other Urinary tract infections. I am yet, thank God, to meet a Urinary infection that did not respond to Chinese Herbal Medicine formulas such as Ba Zheng San/Dianthus Formula, or Si Miao Wan/Four Marvels Formula. Perhaps because of their non-wide spread use the bacteria have just not caught on yet. But what I really think is that thanks to the fact that Chinese Herbal Formulas combine from 5-15 medicinal substances in one prescription, that the bacteria have no defense; its like attacking an enemy with an artillery barrage, a...

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Junk Mail Adverts Dumped on Your Sidewalk Adding to Your Stress?

Posted by on Jun 18, 2013

Junk mail adding to your stress? All those newsprint ad thingies in rubber banded plastic you never asked for littering your driveway, front door, or sidewalk bugging you? Here is a  San Diego Free Press article  on what to do. The number to call to stop the San Diego Union Tribune weekly advert that is delivered on Fridays in North Park at least is 1-800- 533-8830 STAR 6 to get a live human being. from the article: “… In San Diego there are a few more companies that are likely sending junk mail your way.  Opt out via the...

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Paxil Side Effects: High Blood Sugar

Posted by on Mar 8, 2013

Today’s NY Times article, unreported side effects of drugs which describes a new way of testing for unwanted affects from drugs via internet searches by users, is great news, because one of the safety issues with drugs is that when the FDA goes about its approval process, it tests just the drug alone; what it does not do is test the drug in the real life situation it will find itself in, which in the majority of cases would appear to be in combination with other drugs, especially in people over 40. “The popular anti-depressant, paroxetine*, causes high blood...

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Sulindac, Clinoril, and Taking Ownership of Your Health

Posted by on Mar 5, 2013

Today’s NY Times ( Generic Drug Damages Case)  has a sad article about a law suit involving a woman who is now legally blind after taking a prescription pain drug, Sulindac, and almost dieing. Sulindac, or Clinoril, is an NSAID, or non-specific anti-inflammatory drug in the same family as Ibuprofen, and was prescribed by her M.D. for her shoulder pain. What kills me, first and foremost about this case is, why in heaven’s name did this woman’s M.D. not have her try  Ibuprofen first, which is comparatively safe for short term use? Why give a prescription NSAID, which practically...

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Daikon Radish: Detoxify and Promote Digestion

Posted by on Feb 23, 2013

Daikon Radish is a great soup or salad vegetable. It is spicy, and acts as a digestive by stimulating digestive fire, just as the small radishes that Mexicanos eat with corn and meat do, but it is more aromatic, especially when boiled, than the small radishes and not as hot. Daikon is used in Chinese Medicine Nutritional therapy to balance heavier foods that are high in harder to digest animal protein and fat, like beef or pork. Beef and pork, which are are also neutral and cool in natural temperature, easily produce toxic dampness when eaten in excess, because...

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Instant Relaxation Stress Busters

Posted by on Dec 6, 2012

Stress busters you can reach for any time. Dial down stress before an important meeting,calm yourself while driving, keep cool when faced with situations or people you find irritating or scary. These proven breathing, body-scanning exercises work. One Minute Relaxer Place your hand on your belly beneath your navel so you can feel it rise and fall as you breathe. Take a long slow deep in-breath through you nose. Notice the sound of the air in your throat. Hold you breath for a count of three. Exhale forcefully through your mouth with pursed lips. Repeat 5 times. Two Minute...

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Dr. Wickermasinghe’s Ayurvedic Detox Tea for Colds and Flu

Posted by on Nov 1, 2012

Drink a quart or more a day of this delicious detox tea  if you are fighting off a cold or flu. You can also take this if you are already sick, to get better more quickly, and to prevent secondary infection in throat, sinus, or lungs. Do not use if you have a raging sore throat or high fever. Do use especially if you feel cold and have clear mucus or phlegm. This is a delicious tea made from ordinary kitchen spices that is a powerful remedy for common colds and flu. I learned it in Sri Lanka, from...

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Healthy Living for Vata in Autumn: Tips/Template

Posted by on Oct 15, 2012

Health Tips for Vatta   The core of health in Ayurveda and Chinese Medicine are Lifestyle and Diet. You cannot cure with a drug or herb what you have created with a lifestyle. You must correct what is wrong and use the herbs. Here is a template for a health lifestyle for Vatta. In real life, we are all bi-doshic, (some few are tridoshic) so this must be adjusted by your Ayurvedic consultant to accomodate your primary and secondary doshas….   *establish a regular routine of food, exercise, rest, and sleep *do an Ayurvedic self-massage with warm sesame oil...

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Vacation Time in Ayurvedic Medicine

Posted by on Oct 10, 2012

In the Vedas, the oldest known Indian religious texts, it says, “Go find a quiet place.” This admonition  occurs in the context of what you must do to know God.  It is noteworthy that what it does not say is to go to a temple, the places in which the Gods were worshiped in ancient India.   Ayurveda, which is from the youngest of the four “Vedas” (these religious texts, somewhat like the Talmud of rabbinic Judaism, address topics from religion to  agriculture to marriage to music to medicine) defines itself as the science of life; it describes, among...

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