Food for thought: Home remedies for combating Abdominal Pain

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Abdominal Pains:

*Remember if the pain persists, please see your primary care physician*

Simplest causes of abdominal pain:

  1. Pathogenic cold: This can occur in two ways: Catching a cold (cold by nature) or Overeating raw or cold food

Common symptoms include: Strong cramp-like pains, scanty and runny stools, cold feet and hands, aversion to cold

*These symptoms may be relieved by covering the abdomen and applying warmth and ingesting hot or warming foods.

  1. Blocked digestion of food:

Common symptoms: abdominal pains accompanied by heartburn, indigestion, lack of appetite, possibly diarrhea.

*These symptoms may be relieved by having a bowel movement. If the poor digestion is due to a weak Stomach/Spleen then the cramps may grow worse when you are overtired or hungry.

  1. Psychological distress:k.a. Anger, Worry, Frustration all block the free flow of qi in the body. In turn, these emotions weaken the Liver, Spleen and Stomach causing bloating and abdominal pains.

Below are a couple of simple recipes you can do at home to help combat abdominal pains:

Garlic and Ginger Broth:

2 garlic cloves, peeled and crushed

2 tsp. (10 grams) minced fresh or dry ginger

4 tsp. (20 grams) brown sugar

2 cups (500 mL) water

Combine all ingredients in a small saucepan. Boil for 15 minutes over a low flame.

Drink the broth hot to warm, as often as you would like. Eat the garlic and ginger pieces.

Ginger Vinegar:

*Kept in many Chinese homes for emergency treatment of abdominal pains*

½ cup (100 grams) fresh ginger, thinly sliced

1 cup (250 mL) rice wine vinegar

Place the ginger and vinegar together in a bottle. Cap the bottle and store. (The longer the vinegar is stored the better. Ideally you should leave it for a month, but a few hours will do in an emergency.)

Take 2 tsp. every morning on an empty stomach.

*Sometimes garlic is added for a richer brew. In this case use ½ cup of ginger, ½ cup of Whole garlic cloves and 2 cups of vinegar. Add the garlic whole.

Cinnamon Water:

1 tsp. (5 grams) ground cinnamon

1 glass warm water

Dissolve the cinnamon in the water. Drink slowly. For maximum effectiveness this remedy should be taken three times a day.

Sesame, Walnut and Ginger paste:

¾ cup (150 grams) sesame seeds

¾ cup (150 grams) walnut meats

¾ cup (150 grams) dried ginger, chopped

¾ cup (185 mL) honey

Grind the sesame seeds, walnuts and ginger into a medium-grained powder, using

preferably a stone grinder or a pestle. Roast the powder in a dry frying pan or wok

for 2 minutes, or until it begins to brown. Transfer the powder to a small bowl. Mix

with honey while still hot.

Take ½ cup (100 grams) of paste on an empty stomach whenever you suffer from

abdominal cramps and pains.

Hot salt compress:

1 cup (250 grams) rock salt

Dry cloth towel or muslin bag

Heat the salt in a dry frying pan or wok. When the salt starts to crack, transfer it to a dry towel or cloth bag. (If you are using a towel, fold it to create a pouch for containing the salt)

Apply to your abdomen for five-ten minutes while lying down. Repeat 3 times a day (reusing the salt)

Source: The Healing Cuisine of China: 300 recipes for vibrant health and longevity by ZHUO ZHAO & George Ellis

Food for Thought: Combating that Nagging Cough

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Suffering from a nagging cough that just won’t quit? Try these natural remedies to knock out that cough for good!

Daikon, Ginger and Scallion Soup: *Popular for treating coughs as well as clearing nasal congestion, and counteracting body aches, weakness and lethargy due to colds*

3 cups (750 mL) water

1 medium daikon, cut it into 1/2 inch slices

1 tablespoons (15 grams) sliced fresh ginger

6 white heads of scallion, sliced

Bring the water to a boil in a medium saucepan. Add the daikon to the water. Continue to boil over a medium flame for 20 minutes, or until the daikon is soft (you should be able to push a chopstick or toothpick through the daikon slice with ease)

Add the sliced scallion scallion and ginger to the pot. Reduce the flame to low. Simmer for another 10 minutes, or until two-thirds of the water has evaporated. Remove from heat. Consume hot.

Daikon and Tangerine Peel Soup: *For treating a thick-mucous cough*

1 cup (250 mL) water

1 small daikon, cut it into 1/2 inch slices

1 organic tangerine peel, cut it into 1/2 inch slices

3 slices ginger

1 tsp (5 grams) white pepper

In a small saucepan, bring the water to a boil. Add the daikon, tangerine peel, ginger and pepper to boiling water. Continue to boil over a medium flame for 10 minutes.

Pour into a bowl and allow to cool. Take the soup twice a day, after lunch and dinner.

Daikon Juice: *Drank warm or hot to relieve coughing*

4 cups (800 grams) fresh daikon, grated

1 TBSP (15 grams) brown sugar

Thin cotton towel or cheese cloth

Place the daikon in a thin cotton towel and squeeze in order to obtain the juice. Mix the juice and brown sugar in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium heat. Remove from the flame and allow to cool. Drink the juice 2x/day, warm or hot, to relive coughing.

Daikon, Ginger and Pear Juice: 

1/2 cup (100 grams) fresh daikon, grated

1/2 cup (100 grams) fresh ginger, grated

2 TBSP (30 mL) fresh pear juice

1 egg white

Place the daikon in a thin cotton towel and squeeze to extract 2 TBSP of juice. Repeat with the ginger.

Mix the ginger and daikon juice with the pear juice and egg white. Drink it cool once a day.

Jujube Tea:

5 Jujube (Chinese Dates)

1 TBSP (15 grams) minced fresh ginger

1 TBSP (15 grams) brown sugar

2 cups (500 mL) water

In a small saucepan, add all the dry ingredients to the water. Boil over a low flame for 15 minutes. Consume warm.

Garlic Juice: *Keep in the fridge until a cough remedy is needed*

1-2 cups (200-400 grams) fresh garlic cloves

1 cup (250 mL) water

1 tsp. (5 grams) white sugar

Peel and squeeze the garlic in order to extract the juice. Transfer to a clean bottle or jar and refrigerate.

When you need to use a cough remedy, boil 1 cup of water. Mix 1 TBSP of garlic juice and the sugar into the hot water.

Take 2x/day, morning and evening, until the cough has cleared. Drink the mixture hot.

Source: The Healing Cuisine of China: 300 recipes for vibrant health and longevity by ZHUO ZHAO & George Ellis

Seeing is believing!

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This is SO cool! So many of us who have tried acupuncture and FELT the ‘De Qi’ Sensations at different acupuncture points along the body know that the acupuncture points exist, but now we can SEE it with this New CT scan technology.

Check it out!

Article: Acupuncture Points Getting’ Real

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Food for thought: Home remedies for combating The Common Cold

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In Chinese medicine there are two types of common cold:

Wind-Heat: Symptoms include a blocked nose that does not run, sore throat, thick yellow or green nasal discharge, thirst, sweating, aversion to heat and are often accompanied by a headache. Wind-heat conditions are treated by using diaphoretics with cooling or cold characteristics.

Wind-Cold: Common in the winter and spring. Symptoms include: runny nose, sneezing, no sweating, inability to get warm under covers, aversion to cold, excessive build up and/or discharge of sinus congestion, typically white in color. Wind-cold conditions are treated by using warm diaphoretics- or sweat inducing foods. What you eat during a cold has a huge impact on how the cold will progress.

Remember the following when combating a cold: -Drink plenty of warm/hot water, such as teas, throughout the day -Eat only light and easily digestible foods -Liquids including congee, soups and broths should form the bulk of your diet -Refrain from fish, meat and fats- specifically lamb, beed, pork and chicken after taking a diaphoretic (ginger, scallion, etc.) to induce sweating -Eat plenty of fruit, especially oranges, kiwi, tomatoes, apples and pears -Consume green veggies and salads -Avoid spicy ingredients until after your cold symptoms have disappeared

During the initial stages of a cold, when you just start sneezing and your nose begins to run- try these nose drops!

Garlic OR Daikon Nose Drops: (If garlic is too powerful use daikon juice instead)

2 fresh garlic cloves, peeled or 1 TBSP (15 grams) fresh daikon, grated 1/4 cup (60 mL) water at room temperature Press the garlic cloves to extract the juice. Mix the garlic juice with water- the proportion should be 1 part garlic or daikon juice to 10 parts water. Apply the juice as nose drops.

When your nose is blocked- try this natural alternative to over-the-counter meds!

Scallion inhalers 1 white head of scallion, slice lengthwise Place the scallion slices directly under your nostrils. Inhale deeply. Continue breathing deeply until your nasal passages are freed.

When you feel a cold coming on- try this sweat-inducing soup!

Ginger and Scallion Soup 2 cups (500 mL) water 2 TBSP (30 grams) fresh ginger, sliced 2 TBSP (30 grams) white head of scallion, sliced In a medium saucepan, bring the water to a boil. Add the ginger and scallion and simmer over a low flame for 15 minutes, or until the ginger is soft and its smell has spread through your kitchen. Drink hot before bedtime. Stay away from the cold and especially cold drafts.

When a cold is in its early stages and accompanied by a headache- try this warming remedy!

Garlic and Scallion Congee 3 cups (750 mL) water 1/2 cup (100 grams) white rice 3 garlic cloves, finely minced 2 tsp. (10 grams) minced scallion, white heads only In a medium saucepan, bring the water to a boil. Add the rice, return to a boil, then lower the flame and simmer for 20 minutes, covered, stirring occasionally. When the rice has cooked down to a gruel, add the garlic and scallion. Cook for 5 more minutes over a low flame. Consume hot once a day, as part of a meal. Wear heavy clothing or get under the covers to maintain the heat of the congee within your body.

For Wind-cold symptoms, try these sweat-inducing remedies right before bed:

Ginger and Pear Soup 2 cups (500 mL) water 1 pear 1 TBSP (15 grams) sliced fresh ginger 1 TBSP (15 grams) sliced scallion, white heads only 2 eggs, beaten Bring the water to a boil in a small saucepan. Cut the pear in half, do not peel it. Add the pear, ginger, and scallion to the water. Return to a boil, cover the pan, and reduce the flame to low. Simmer for 20 minutes. In the meantime, thoroughly beat the eggs in a glass or ceramic bowl. When the broth is ready (when the aroma of ginger spreads through the kitchen) pour the decoction into the bowl containing the two beaten eggs. Mix and drink the decoction while it is still hot, then get under a heavy quilt or thick blanket to start sweating. Take this remedy once per day for 3-4 days, or until the cold goes away.

Ginger and Onion Rice: 1 tsp. (5 grams) sliced fresh ginger 1 scallion, including roots and green tops 1 cup (200 grams) rice 6 cups (1.5 Liters) water 2 tsp. (10 mL) rice vinegar Put the ginger, scallion, rice and water in a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil, then reduce the flame. Simmer on a low flame with the lid half-covering the saucepan, stirring occasionally. Cook for 25 minutes, or until the rice has become a gruel. Stir in the vinegar. Cook for another minute or two. Divide into four portions. Take one portion, hot, then get into bed or cover up with a warm blanket. Take this remedy 2x/day while the cold persists.

For Wind-heat symptoms, try these cooling  remedies right before bed:

Peppermint and Scallion Broth 20-30 fresh peppermint leaves, or 2 heaped teaspoons (10+ grams) dried peppermint 2 or 3 crushed white heads of scallion 2 cups (500 mL) water Place all ingredients in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil, then reduce the flame. Simmer for 15 minutes, or until half the water has evaporated. Drink hot or warm.

Ginger Tea 1 cup (250 mL) water 1/4 cup (50 grams) fresh ginger, thinly sliced 1/4 cup (50 grams) brown sugar 1 tsp (5 grams) green tea leaves Bring the water to a boil in a small saucepan. Add the ginger and sugar. Turn the burner off and wait for 1 minute, then add the tea leaves.  (The green tea leaves contain Vitamin C so waiting 1 minute post-boiling ensures the vitamin is not destroyed by the heat). Steep for 5 minutes before drinking. *You can add 1/2 tsp vinegar to enhance the tea’s warming and detoxifying effect *Recommendation: eat some rice congee immediately after taking this tea

Watermelon and Tomato Juice: *best in the summer for hot and dry colds* 2 pounds fresh watermelon 2 pounds fresk tomatoes Thin cotton towels or cheese clothes Chop the watermelon and tomatoes into small pieces, keeping them separate. Put them separately into thin cotton towels. Twist each to extract the juice. Mix the juices in equal proportions, Drink at room temperature, slightly cooled but not cold, as often as you like *also combats dehydration, quenches thirst, relieves indigestion and lack of appetite* Source: The healing Cuisine of China: 300 recipes for vibrant Health and Longevity by ZHUO ZHAO & George Ellis

How to stay healthy when your family and friends are all getting sick!

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Did you know that Acupuncture is EXCELLENT for building up your immune system and knocking out the common cold and associated symptoms before they get a foothold in your body and wreak havoc on your body and mind?

It’s true! Getting acupuncture regularly will help boost your Defensive Qi (Wei Qi) in your body, helping you stave off illness and recover faster when you do get sick. Check out this newsletter by Licensed Acupuncturist, Jessica Chen, that goes into depth about wind-cold and wind-heat invasions AKA the common cold and ways to prevent them this flu season!

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Remember these tips to staying healthy while all your coworkers and friends are calling out sick!

-Drink warm beverages: If you drink Iced coffees- switch to hot coffees or better yet, switch to teas! Teas have many herbal properties that can help combat illness. Take MINT for example- mint tea can soothe a sore throat!

Eat warm foods: Stews and warm meals are great for the cold, winter months. Avoid eating cold foods such as salads and stick to warm root vegetables and heartier foods. Try to avoid spicy foods or greasy foods and excess sugar intake- which will all produce phlegm and exacerbate any cold symptoms.

Keep your neck covered: Now that it is officially scarf season I’m sure you are noticing many people sporting cute and stylish scarves with their winter outfits- but fashion benefits aside, scarves do hold a higher value to your health! Wearing a scarf will protect the back of your neck- which in Chinese Medicine is considered your wind-gate- the entrance way that pathogenic factors such as wind-cold and wind-heat use to enter into your body. It is important to keep this area covered when you are out facing the elements this winter to avoid getting sick.

Get regular Acupuncture treatments: To build your immune system, make sure to get regular acupuncture treatments prior to, and during the fall and winter months or changing seasons. Make sure that as soon as you feel the slightest tinge of a cold or sore throat coming on- you call your acupuncturist and book an appointment PRONTO! It can mean the difference between being sick for another couple days or catching a full on cold and being out of commission for weeks!!

*Remember there are many stages to the common cold and your acupuncturist can help aid a faster recovery, regardless of what stage you are in*

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Did you eat too much today? Use Acupressure at home to help relieve that bulging belly!

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Food is our first line of therapy. It can help keep you healthy and aid in relieving many of the issues and diseases many of us battle daily. But on a day like Thanksgiving, we can’t help but feast on a delicious, hearty (and sometimes not so healthy!) meal amongst friends and family. Overeating savory and sweet dishes can damage the Spleen (SP) and Stomach (ST) functions and cause food retention in the Stomach, leaving you feeling bloating, exhausted and uncomfortable. But why?

The Theory:
Organ
Spleen: “Rules transformation and transportation”
Stomach: “The sea of food and fluid”
Main Functions
– Primary organ responsible for digestion
-Extracts pure nutritive essence from food which is then used for the production of qi, blood and body fluids
-Transports blood, qi and body fluids through the body
 -Responsible for receiving and ripening ingested food and fluids
-ST qi and fluid decomposes ingested food into materials to be further digested in the small intestine

What damages the Spleen and Stomach functions?

– Poor lifestyle habits including an improper diet (eating too fast or eating while worrying)
-Excess eating of raw foods, raw vegetables, cold salads, processed and refined grains,  white potatoes, sugars, and fried foods
-Constant worry, anxiety and over-thinking
-Too much exposure to a damp environment or damp weather
-A genetic predisposition
-Medications such as prolonged antibiotic and steroid use

How can you tell if you have Food Stagnation?

Signs and Symptoms
Why? What is happening?
-No Appetite
-Fullness/Distension of Epigastrium (Relieved by Vomiting)
Food obstruction in the Stomach prevents Stomach Qi from descending
-Sour Regurgitation
-Belching
– Nausea & vomiting
-Halitosis (bad breath)
Fermented food in Stomach
Tongue: Thick Coating (white or yellow)
Indicates an Excess condition
Pulse: Full, slippery
Indicated Heat and Food Retention

The good news? You can help reverse it!

While you are sitting watching Football or Christmas movies with family and friends, you can massage specific Acupuncture points on your body to help relive these symptoms.
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Points
Actions
CV13
Subdues rebellious ST qi- especially in the case of food stagnation
CV10
Stimulates descending of ST qi, relieves food stagnation
ST21
Stimulates descencing of ST qi, regulates the Stomach and stops pain
ST25
Eliminates food stagnation, regulates and facilitates intestine function
ST44
Resolves stagnant food and clears heat, eliminates fullness, promotes digestion
ST45
Resolves stagnant food and calms mind
PC6
Stimulates descending of Stomach Qi, harmonizes the Stomach
SP4
Resolves stagnant food, Soothes the stomach
 stomach points

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Massage these points by rubbing the area with your index finger or thumb. You can push on ST45 (near the toenail bed) using your fingernail to stimulate the point.

You can also try these Abdominal Massage Techniques to stimulate your Stomach points and help relieve food stagnation symptoms:

We hope you have a Happy Thanksgiving!

Come in for a weekend treatment to get back in balance and de-stress after the Black Friday Madness! Open 7 days a week!

The Crystal Series: Vanadanite

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Today’s featured Mineral is Vanadanite!

Vanadanite vibrates strongly on the navel chakra, aiding in Creativity.

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*Vanadanite contains secondary lead deposits so it is important that you handle this crystal responsibly and wash your hands thoroughly after use.

Energetic Influence of Vanadanite:
– Strong spiritual grounding energy
– Promotes deep peace within oneself
– Regulates any type of hormonal imbalance
– Aids with age-related issues such as menopause, bladder dysfunction
– Helps shield against radiation from computer screens and other electronic devices
– An excellent healing stone that is said to be good for breathing difficulties such as asthma or other lung problems.
– Clears writer’s block
– Mentally stimulates and Helps with organization
– It gives you drive and determination, along with the vitality needed to sustain you while taking action

The Crystal Series: Opals

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Today’s featured stone is Opal!

The “stone of happy dreams and changes”. It helps center the mind and is particularly soothing for children and those who have always slept badly or had recurring nightmares with no apparent reason. Opals also relieve any issues a child may have with an invisible or imaginary friend, and is especially helpful before sleep if the child wishes the friend to go away at bedtime!

It is also a water-stone, with the perfect vibration to connect with the spiritual forces of water.

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Energetic Influence of Opal:
– Beneficial for the health of the eyes, hair, nails and skin
– May be used in treatments to clarify and strengthen the eyesight & treats disorders associated with the eyes
– Balances the body’s water content, overcoming dehydration or alleviating water retention
– Believed to disperse infections, purify the blood and kidneys, and to regulate insulin production
– Helps reduce fever
– Stimulates memory
– Energetically stabilizes neurotransmitter disturbances, such as Parkinson’s Disease
– Aids in OBGYN issues: female hormones, PMS and menopause, and provides comfort and ease during childbirth

Spiritual Influence of Opal:
– Supportive stone, dedicated to healing and strengthening the emotional body- for those seeking honest self-reflection
– High internal energy brings thoughts & feelings to the surface for examination
– Teaches one to take responsibility for one’s feelings while clearing past wounds, fears and resentments
– Facilitates the letting go of negative behaviors and soothes the emotional body, helping one feel more in control
– Assists one in becoming more positive and loving, more creative and spontaneous.
– Enhances cosmic consciousness and raising one’s level of intuition and insight.
– Traditionally used to invoke visions, increase lucid dreaming
– Attracts angelic energies and increases communications with the Divine
-Great for venturing into dangerous place and works as a shield to keep from absorbing other people’s negative thoughts and energies
– Promotes a sense of calm security, easing stress and depression
-Antidote to restless thoughts and racing minds that rehash the past or anticipate the future

 

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The Crystal Series: Green Fluorite from the Rogerley Mine

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Today’s featured gemstone is Green Fluorite from the flats in the Rogerley Mine!

This gemstone is dark emerald green in color with a strong blue-purple daylight fluorescence, and an even stronger purple-white fluorescence under long wave UV light.

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Energetic & Spiritual Influence of Green Fluorite:
-Fosters growth and healing
-Grounds and absorbs excess energy
-Aids access to intuition
-Heightens mental abilities, assisting in rapid organization and processing of information
-Brings mental clarity and stability to an otherwise chaotic situation
-Allows mental and physical coordination
-Dissipates emotional trauma
-Absorbs negative energy
-Calming effect
-Gives courage
-Used as a bridge for personal growth to be accomplished
-Brings up issues from the subconscious mind, allowing the heart to heal
-Strengthen bones and teeth
-Ameliorates pain associated with arthritis

The Crystal Series: Citrine

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Today’s featured Crystal is Citrine!

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Energetic Influence of Citrine:
– Opens the higher mind to accept joy in one’s life
– Releases anger & negative feelings, deep-seated fears and destructive tendencies
– Helps with overcoming depression
– Reduces sensitivity to criticism and inspires creativity and self-expression
– Raises self-esteem, aids in letting go of the past allowing one to move forward
optimistically, enjoying new experiences and explorations
– Powerful purifier of one’s will center
– Provides courage and fortitude

Yellow Citrine:
– Brings the power to solidify new interests and new relationships
– Helps you see things in a different light
– Adds clarity, optimism and new meaning to your life and relationships
– Aids in establishing good communications

Light Yellow: Helps you focus on the needs of the person or group you are getting to know
Dark Yellow: Helps aid decisiveness, precision, or persuasiveness

Gold Citrine:
– Brings success, enthusiasm, happiness, and power

Light Gold: Brings cheerfulness and contentment
Dark Gold: A deeper, more pronounced sense of devotion and commitment, providing us with a mature enthusiasm and ability to share a lifelong commitment of care and love.

For more detailed information on Citrine, please visit The Crystal Vault