Posts Tagged "Winter"

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: http://www.nytimes.com/reuters/2012/10/25/business/25reuters-novartis-vaccines.html?hp 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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Baked Butternut Squash and Black Bean Stew

Posted by on Feb 16, 2012

Cooking Methods in Chinese Food Medicine: From Warm to Hot to Very Hot One of the aspects of Food Medicine we pay attention to in Chinese Medicine is the cooking method itself. Each method of cooking adds relative values of heat to the dish being prepared. Steaming and boiling are the mildest. Then, in degree of heat imparting come croc-pot slow cooking/stewing, stir frying, baking, and finally, the hottest–deep frying. That may explain in part why baked and deep fried goods are so satisfying–life is a process of warm biochemical or energetic transformations–qi and blood are warm, and baked/deep fried goods...

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7 Steps for a Healthy Winter from the Yellow Emperor

Posted by on Dec 23, 2011

Practical Advice for Winter from the Yellow Emperor’s Classic 1)In winter, get plenty of rest, more than your normal amount. Cast away Puritan guilt and Cowboy pride about getting by on lack of sleep. Leave martyrdom to the religious fanatics. 2)In Winter cultivate meditative lifestyles, do Tai Qi or Yoga in a warm sunny room, meditate every morning for 15 minutes or more, be kind to your friends and loving to your family. Winter is dominated by the water element, and water is soft. 3)Conserve your sexual energy a little more in winter, depending on your age and constitution....

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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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Sea Vegetables for Health- Cleanse Lymph and Build Kidney Qi in Winter

Posted by on Dec 22, 2011

Sea Vegetables for Health Wild vegetables grow all over the earth and in the water. Dandelion greens, nettles, burdock are a few of the valuable and highly nutritious land vegetables that are easy to grow most anywhere. Sea vegetables also grow both North and South. I do not know about the tropics, but all over the far north from Scotland to Nova Scotia to Siberia and Japan people have been harvesting plants from the sea since ancient times. Lots of us are familiar now with the seaweed salad at the sushi bar. Sadly, most of the time what you...

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Ayuvedic Dietary Guidelines to Prevent Colds and Flu in Winter

Posted by on Dec 22, 2011

Ayurvedic Dietary Guidelines to Prevent Colds Cold Foods/Warm Foods. Avoid cold foods like ice cream and yogurt. Some yogurt is fine at noon, but not at night. Follow the general Ayurvedic advice to drink liquids room temperature or warm/hot. If you drink milk, drink it hot, simmered with ginger root, cardamom, or clove. Mediterranean Sage Tea is excellent for warming up after being out in the cold. Get it at Greek, Persian, or Arab markets. Fruit: Stick to apples, pears, and other stone fruits. Persimmins and  dried fruits like dates. Stewed fruits like cranberry sauce and apple sauce are...

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Natural Cranberry Sauce with Dates and Saffron, Low Sugar

Posted by on Dec 13, 2011

It seems silly to buy canned cranberry sauce with a ton of sugar and the bonus of toxic Phtalates, when it is so easy to make it homemade. Takes literally minutes. Boil water, add cranberries and sweetener. Simmer 15 minutes. Voila! Ingredients 1 bag cranberries. Water, enough to cover the berries1/2 cup raw sugar, I like coconut palm sugar–avail at Whole Foods4 Medjool dates, pitted and chopped a bit, but any dates will do.5-6 strands saffron…again, Whole Foods has a pretty cheap good brand3-4 cardamom pods, crushed. You could use orange juice in place of the water if you...

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Winter Seasonal Eating

Posted by on Dec 24, 2010

Winter Seasonal Eating In Chinese Medicine and Ayurveda winter seasonal eating is common sensical. Just as its natural to eat and drink cooling things in summer, winter is the time we maintain body heat with warming foods and herbs. ————————————————————————————- Warming Foods and Herbs: Turnip, Rutabaga, Parsnip, Sweet Potato, Butternut and Acorn Squash, Kabocha Squash, Daikon Radish, Lamb, Chicken, Tempeh, Onion, Garlic, Scallion, Ginger, Cumin, Fenugreek, Black Pepper, Curry Powder ————————————————————————————- Balance heavy foods like meat and cheese with lightly steamed or sauteed non-starchy vegetables like kale, collard greens, dandelion, bok choy, cabbage, brocolli, cauliflower, burdock, mushrooms Make heavy...

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Teff n’ Quinoa Gluten Free Pancakes Recipe

Posted by on Jan 26, 2009

  Teff n’ Quinoa Gluten Free Vegan Pancakes Recipe Autumn and Winter are ideal times for the warming, grounding quality of of pancakes. But why use pre-packaged, over-salted, sugary, low-fiber pancake mixes whose pre-ground grains may or may not be fresh, when it’s so easy to make it yourself. Here is today’s recipe– spicy like my mom’s spice cake, low-fat, naturally sweet without sugar, and with as little salt as you want.. If you like salt, add some! You control what goes in to the mix. So use some quality sea salt if you need to. Trader Joe’s has...

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Winter Cleanse Soup with Burdock, Dandelion, and Kombu

Posted by on Jan 10, 2009

Winter Cleanse Soup with Burdock, Dandelion, and Kombu Most everyone overeats around the holidays, its hard not to; food is one of life’s great pleasures; sharing it with people you love is even greater. So, at the end of December, when you have eaten too much, and too richly, take a few days and rest your digestive tract which has been working overtime. Here is a cleanse method especially suitable for winter, in that it preserves the integrity of the digestive fire and body’s warmth, and is in soup form, which is ideal for this season. It’s a cleanse...

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Immunity Boosting Foods and Recipes for Winter

Posted by on Jan 3, 2009

Although winter is a time of colds and flus, in Ayurveda it is actually considered the best season for improving immunity. One reason is that our digestive fire, Agni, is higher in cold weather, so we are better able to absorb the heavier foods that can nourish us at our tissue’s deepest levels (dhatu). Immunity Boosting Foods Immunity boosting foods are those that are full of Prana– freshly made and well prepared, organic, easy to digest, and pure. Tailored to our individual body-mind type (prakruti), age, and the season, they fill the body with Prana without creating toxins (ama)....

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