Posts Tagged "Chinese Medicine"

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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The Way of Heaven at the Winter Solstice: Practical Idealism

Posted by on Dec 19, 2012

It has forever struck me as odd, if not delusional, that anyone would think the  human mammalian body is magically not subject to the cycles of solar, lunar, and terrestrial energies that cause trees to drop down their leaves in  Fall; that cause our cousins the bears to hibernate and be still across long winter, or to purge their intestines of accumulated gases by first eating the plant called “skunk cabbage” on waking in spring; that cause the crocus to be the first to shoot up flowers in late February, and that lead to the ultimate explosion of blue...

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Wakame Sea Vegetable with Turnip, Pear, and American Ginseng

Posted by on Dec 5, 2012

    Wakame is a delicate, mild tasting, low calorie sea vegetable with a succulent texture. A favorite food in Japanese and Korean cuisine, it is traditionally cooked in miso soup, served on its own as a cold side dish (sunomono), or cooked with foods like kabocha squash. It can be adapted into American cooking in salads, soups, stews, as a side dish, and even added into raw sauerkraut. It compliments grains from barley and quinoa to rice and millet. Wakame looks black in the package, but turns a delicate green color when cooked, brighter if blanched briefly in...

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Winter Wisdom: Chinese Medicine

Posted by on Nov 1, 2012

Winter Wisdom of Chinese Medicine The Nei Jing/Yellow Emperor’s Classic of Internal Medicine, which presents the cutting edge medical wisdom of its time, is full of brilliant advice for both prevention and cure.  Chapter 2 describe how to adjust our lifestyles to match the natural rhythm of the  seasons.   Winter is the season for “storage” in Chinese Medicine.  It is the storage of winter that allows for the “bursting forth” of Spring. As in nature so in humankind. Storage of what?  Storage of Qi, Blood, Yin, and Yang.  How? To store means to hold on to what you...

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GERD: Chinese Medicine vs. Bio-Medicine.

Posted by on Jun 26, 2012

From today’s New York Times, more short sightedness about the unwise use and overuse of drugs in primary care. http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/06/25/combating-acid-reflux-may-bring-host-of-ills/ As many as four in 10 Americans have symptoms of gastroesophageal reflux disease, or GERD, and many depend on P.P.I.’s like Prilosec, Prevacid and Nexium to reduce stomach acid. These are the third highest-selling class of drugs in the United States, after antipsychotics and statins, with more than 100 million prescriptions and $13.9 billion in sales in 2010, in addition to over-the-counter sales. But in recent years, the Food and Drug Administration has issued numerous warnings about P.P.I.’s, saying...

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Human Microbiome Project Validates Ayurvedic and Chinese Medicine Thinking

Posted by on Jun 19, 2012

“I would like to lose the language of warfare,” said Julie Segre, a senior investigator at the National Human Genome Research Institute. “It does a disservice to all the bacteria that have co-evolved with us and are maintaining the health of our bodies.” http://www.nytimes.com/2012/06/19/science/studies-of-human-microbiome-yield-new-insights.html?_r=1&hp Finally scientists are, sort of, starting to understand what Chinese Medicine and Ayurveda have always understood–that the body is a garden, not a machine. But until they fundamentally alter their mindset, their solutions will still tend to be overly focused on what and under focused on why. For example, applying healthy bacteria from outside the...

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Huang Di Nei Jing Su Wen: The Yellow Emperor’s Inner Classic

Posted by on Feb 25, 2012

I am very excited to have just received my copy of the new, comprehensive and annotated translation of the seminal text of Chinese Medicine, The Yellow Emperor’s Inner Classic. I have studied this text before in various incomplete or limited translations, but this is the first complete and fully annotated translation by someone with both native level English and classical Chinese proficiency, along with excerpts from all the major commentaries, monographs and articles by Chinese and Japanese scholars over the past 1600 years. Familiarly known as the Su Wen, or Inner Classic, this text, like the Torah in Judaism,...

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Importance of Diet in Chinese Medicine

Posted by on Feb 5, 2012

Over the millenia Chinese physicians developed a very effective and scientific (empirical) model for assessing health and disease. Practitioners assess a person’s health by feeling the quality of the pulses at each wrist, and by observing the color and form of the face, tongue, body, voice, and manner of expression. This information gleaned from looking, touching, listening, and smelling (The Four Pillars of Diagnosis) is integrated with an elaborate series of questions (asking, or The Ten Questions) about digestion, elimination, sleep, mood, body temp, pain sensations, menstrual cycle, relationships, work habits, living habits, and prior health history that, considered...

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Chinese Medicine

Posted by on Jan 7, 2012

Traditional Chinese Medicine, sometimes called TCM, or just Chinese Medicine,  is a complete medical system that has diagnosed, treated, and prevented illness for over 2300 years. Imagine, for a moment, that  the medicine of Hippocrates, the father of western medicine, circa 600 B.C.E., had undergone continuous evolution from the time of Socrates, through the Roman empire, the Middle Ages, the Renaissance, the Age of Reason, right up through the Scientific and Computer ages. Imagine that during this time a highly educated, literate upper class of physicians had compiled a massive written system in which thousands of case studies and...

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Winter in the "Nei Jing", the Yellow Emperor’s Classic of Chinese Medicine

Posted by on Dec 23, 2011

To stop for a moment and meditate on the passage of time, to feel time moving inside you, is to practice the value of the winter season, when movements appear underground, when earth’s energy has gone downward and inward. The sun too is on holiday low in the horizon, and cool Venus appears triumphant in a dazzling triangle alongside Jupiter and the waxing and waning Moon in mid-winter. To stop for a moment and meditate on the passage of time, to feel time moving inside you, is to practice the value of the winter season, when nature’s In the...

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Hormonal Acne: Treatment with Chinese Body-Mind Medicine

Posted by on Jul 10, 2011

Hormonal Acne Many women, especially young women, suffer from what can be termed hormonal acne. Hormonal acne typically, but not exclusively, occurs sometime during the 7 days prior to the onset of bleeding, known as, the pre-menstrual phase of the menstrual cycle. This is the stage during which both estrogen and progesterone have suddenly, and rather drastically, plummeted. Lutenizing hormone is also at an all-time monthly low, and FSH is slowly climbing out of its monthly trough found around day 21. (Counting begins with the first day of bleed; so day 1 of the menstrual cycle is the first...

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Staying Healthy with the Seasons: Fall in Chinese Medicine and Ayurveda

Posted by on Oct 23, 2010

Fall, the Hinge Between Summer and Winter In Chinese medicine, Fall and Spring are seen as the “hinges” between Summer and Winter. The seasons are a kind of love dance between heaven and earth. In Summer, Gaia (Mother Earth) opens like a flower, her energies are at their maximum, she flourishes and reaches up to embrace her cosmic lover. In Winter, she withdraws, taking her energies back into the core of her being. It is a time of maximum Yin, whereas Summer is a time of maximum Yang. A Time of Wind Fall and Spring, like hinges, are full...

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Eczema and Psoriasis Herbal Remedy: Skin Cleanser

Posted by on Mar 31, 2010

Skin Cleanser Herbal Formula for Eczema and Psoriasis One of my favorite Chinese Herbal Formulas for the treatment of Eczema and Psoriasis is made by one of my esteemed herbal teachers, Dr. Huang, M.D. Dr. Huang was a professor of Herbal Medicine and Dermatology specialist in a hospital in China specializing in Skin Disorders. Skin Cleanser is designed specifically for psoriasis, eczema, and other obstinate forms of dermatitis, using a combination of new, scientifically validated herbs for skin ailments, with a traditional formula that has been in use since the 2nd century. It is thought that the herbs in...

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Path of Pregnancy: Morning Sickness Natural Remedies

Posted by on Feb 25, 2010

One of the plagues of pregnancy is morning sickness, which is a partial misnomer, in that some women get it throughout the day or even in the evening. Chinese Medicine conceives of this problem as disruption of the Stomach Qi, which should normally be flowing downward, but in this aberrant case goes instead upward in “rebellion.” When that happens there is nausea and/or vomiting. What disrupts the normal flow of Stomach Qi is the naturally occurring dampness of pregnancy, as evidenced by the typical “slippery” pulse that 99% of pregnant women have. Ayurveda would describe this as an increase...

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Uterine Fibroids and Heavy Bleeding Treated with Moxabustion

Posted by on Jan 27, 2010

Chinese Medicine excels at the all-natural treatment of Woman’s Health. Here is a verbatim email recently from a patient of mine, T., who suffers from Uterine fibroids, heavy bleeding, and PMS. Hey E! Amazing…. I awoke with my period this morning and had no idea it was coming! No swelling/bloating, no growth of the fibroids with the hormone flow, no irritability, no cramps or back ache! Just a slow, deep deep brick red flow right now! TCM and herbs………….wow! Im always so damn impressed!… T’s previous visit she was having such heavy bleeding on Day 2 of her period...

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