Posts Tagged "Immune Stregnthening"

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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Keeping Naturally Cool in Summer

Posted by on Jun 26, 2009

Are you keeping naturally cool in summer? In Classical Chinese Medicine summer is the season of maximum “yang,” a time of extreme heat, light, and activity; in summer our energy circulates centrifugally; it is closer to the surface and our radial pulse wave rises to the surface, just as it does when we fight off an external attack . It is a time of extremes. Extremes can be dangerous We can choose our response–do we seek respite from the heat and dry gently, with shade and fluids, or drastically, with freezing air conditioning and ice filled “Big Gulps.” Summer’s...

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Boosting The Immune System: Lung Qi and Yin

Posted by on May 19, 2009

The Chinese Medicine view of the immune system combines notions of both nature and nurture. Jing, translated as Essence, is inherited from our parents, depleted by the very fact of living, depleted badly by bad living, added to by meditation, foodstuffs, and herbs. Jing is the deepest level of the body’s energies, the source of all Yin and Yang in the body. (In the most general terms, which therefore are neither elegant nor explicative, Yang is function and Yin structure). There is also the concept of “pre-natal” qi, which combs from our parents. The medical student who gets drunk...

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