Posts Tagged "Immune Stregnthening"

R-U-Ved ProVata Tea

Posted by on Jan 17, 2014

R-U-Ved ProVata Tea A simple way to take the edge off of the cold, windy, dryness of the late Autumn early Winter Vata season is with Ayush’s R-U-Ved ProVata Tea. I have no stock in this company, and get nothing but good karma for recommending their fine products. You can easily make your own, too, though the tea bags are so convenient, especially with travel. R-U-Ved ProVata tea  is pro-Vata in the sense that it promotes balanced Vata; that is, it reduces Vata. We reduce, or pacify our doshas, because their natural tendency is to increase when our lifestyle, diet,...

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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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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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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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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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Healthy Summer Fruit Tart

Posted by on May 16, 2013

A Healthy Summer Fruit Tart is a nutrient dense food full of fiber, vitamins, minerals, flavanoids, antioxidants, and protein, with high amounts of life force from fresh ripe, organic ingredients, and without what’s bad for you–white sugar, artificial stuff, preservatives, things with no life force, like frozen fruit and pie crusts off the shelf of Cost Co. Traveling in Europe one of the things you might notice is that the pastries are sweet, but not sickeningly so. In particular the fruit tarts  are slightly sweet, but not so much that the flavor of the fruit comes second. Something I...

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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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Should I Get the Flu Vaccine

Posted by on Oct 25, 2012

From today’s NY Times: Switzerland and Italy have banned four of the current flu vaccines made by major drug international Novartis. pending further testing for side affects. But the larger issue, in my opinion, on this specific vaccine, is that the scientists making them each year can only make an educated guess on which strain of the flu virus will appear that year. Wrong strain and the vaccine is useless. If you look closely you will find that the odds are not that great. So given the potential for side affects,  and the reality that we don’t really...

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Anchor the Yang: Chinese Medicine, Acupuncture and Moxabustion Therapies for Summer Solstice

Posted by on Jun 25, 2012

The Chinese and Indian View: Life is a Passage Through Cycles   In Chinese Medicine (as also Ayurveda)  a fundamental concept is to prepare for what is ahead. This is not just generalized prevention as in eating a healthy diet or sleeping well, but is specific to how we relate to the passage of time.   Chinese Medicine sees life as cyclical: a  series of transitions, changes, phases,  and cycles; as a continuous movement between the forces of yang and yin, rather than as a linear progression of fixed events. The hard thing about living is dealing  with change. Cycles...

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The Seven Essential Attitudes in Mindfulness Practice- Lesson1

Posted by on Jun 12, 2012

Mindfulness Practice Lesson 1: Non Judging My favorite book that I recommend to my Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine patients for learning Mindfulness Meditation, which I think is invaluable as a tool for stress management and to address the underlying nervous system issues that lurk beneath a lot of diseases from pain to digestive complaints,  and beyond that, for personal growth, is Calming Your Anxious Mind, , 2nd edition, by Jeffrey Brantley, M.D.  Pick up a used copy on Amazon. In this book Brantley outlines the 7 attitudes that one cultivates in a mindfulness practice. Notice I say practice, because...

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Heaven Mountain Goji Berry

Posted by on May 20, 2012

Heaven Mountain Goji Berry is one of Nature’s Super Foods Lots of foods are super foods, nutrient dense and full of anti-oxidant or anti-biotic value, like cabbage, nettles, and onions. One that has received a lot of well deserved hype are Goji Berries and Heaven Mountain Goji Berry is my favorite source for quality. Gou Qi Zi are packed with all kinds of phytochemicals such a beta-carotene, zeaxanthin, betaine, polysaccharides (LBPs), trace minerals, Vitamins B and C, and even linoleic acid.. They have proven anti-oxidant value. Heaven Mountain Goji Berry in Classical Chinese Herbal Medicine Historically, Goji Berries were...

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Moxabustion to Strengthen the Immune System

Posted by on Jan 26, 2012

In Chinese medicine moxa-bustion is done in summer and autumn to prepare for winter. Moxabustion warms the channels and stregnthens the organ complexes, especially the Adrenal-Digestive axis. Directions for Home Moxabustion. Please do moxa safely and at your own risk. If you don’t feel competent please don’t do it. This is one of those American legal warnings: USE MOXA AT YOUR OWN RISK. BY PEFORMING MOXA AT HOME YOU ARE TAKING FULL RESPONSIBLILITY FOR ITS SAFE USE. THANK YOU. Light a moxabustion stick and hold it close enough to your skin so as to feel heat gently and without...

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Korean Summer Rice with Job’s Tears, Shitake, and Hijiki

Posted by on Aug 10, 2011

In Korea, Job’s tears “barley” (Coix lacryma-jobi in Latin, YiYiRen in Mandarin Chinese, Hato Mugi in JapaneseUiin in Korean)– is cooked in with rice during the hot, humid summer months to help alleviate the effects of the hot weather and to remedy the excessive things we sometimes do to cool off from the heat. In Summer our digestion is actually weaker than in winter. This seemed counter-intuitive to me, until I studied Ayurveda. Ayuveda explains that in winter, our digestive fire increases, in order to protect us from the cold. This would explain why the best time to take...

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