Consider This Therapy before Knee Surgery

Mark down a new health breakthrough for the ancient therapy known as acupuncture. Osteoarthritis of the knee is the most common form of joint pain in the world. The answer, for many, is knee replacement surgery. But what if acupuncture could be used instead?

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Try This Chinese Healing Technique for a Better Life

“Qi” is the essence of life that flows through nature and our bodies. Most of Chinese medicine is fixated at realigning the flow of Qi to restore health. One type of massage that is very popular, and very soothing is called “Tui Na.”

First, a quick look at the concept of Qi. Meridians are the energy channels that the Qi flows through. Continue reading

The Chinese Answer to Cholesterol

Traditional Chinese Medicine marches to the beat of a different drummer than Western medicine, so it has different ideas about high cholesterol and what natural remedies you can use to lower it. On that note, let’s take a look at health secrets from the Far East. Continue reading

Meet a Pungent, Warming Herb from Deep within China

Here is a piece of health news about a highly useful Chinese herb. It’s called “psoralea” and it lives and grows in Asia, particularly Vietnam and China. Its Chinese name is “bug u zhi” and it is linked to the flow of “Qi” through kidney and spleen. It can exert powerful effects on a body that is out of whack.

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Six Tips to Better Breathing

Here I enter the vault of health secrets within Chinese medicine. Here I pull forth six ways you can distribute oxygen efficiently throughout the body. This is essential in maintaining your health, and avoiding what many people believe is the world’s biggest cause of disease: oxygen deficiency. Continue reading

For Staying Healthy, the Royal Liver Rules

You may think that your brain rules your body, but you can make a strong philosophical argument that the liver really rules your physiology. Yes, the brain is the prime minister that administers the nervous system and many important bodily processes, but the liver is the royal organ that loyally maintains the body’s inner workings. So you’d be wise to keep your liver happy if you want to be healthy. Continue reading

Restoring Sexual Function Using a Traditional Chinese Medicine Approach

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) takes a holistic approach to improving sexual performance. By boosting your “essence of life,” TCM rebalances your internal forces and restores libido in ways that acknowledge the interconnections of all the aspects of your health.

TCM views the human body as an organic whole. As such, the various parts of the body are inseparable in structure; individual organ functions are related to and influenced by the function of other organs, the mind, physical actions and the environment. Nothing is viewed as separate. Although many Westerners have difficulty grasping TCM’s strange vocabulary, its techniques are of great benefit. Continue reading

Secrets of Anti-Aging Adaptogenic Herbs

BEVERLY-HILLS – Adaptogenics address the whole body to create internal balance, increasing or decreasing functions as necessary. They can be taken as tonics for a lifetime without side effects. There are three basic aspects of the human condition being balanced known as Chinese medicine’s three treasures.

This candle metaphor describes these three treasures. The wax body of the candle is Jing, which is the body’s physiological energy foundation or reservoir. The flame is Qi or Chi, the body’s daily functioning energy. Shen is the light from the candle’s flame depicting one’s spiritual and emotional tone.

There are several adaptogenic herbs from traditional Chinese medicine that can be used as tonics safely and economically to maintain youthful vigor and health. Because virtually everyone can benefit from the Reishi mushroom it will be discussed here.

One should consult a practitioner of Chinese or Ayurvedic medicine, or a qualified herbalist while furthering one’s understanding of other herbs for long term self application.

The Reishi or Ganoderma Mushroom

Traditionally, Reishi is considered the master longevity herb that benefits all three treasures of Chinese medicine.

Reishi also has immunomodulatory characteristics. This means that if anything is lacking in any system, such as the immune or endocrine system, this herb acts to stimulate and increase that system as needed. Conversely, any overproduction or excess is toned down to maintain proper balance.

Some benefits of Reishi observed in modern science are anti-bronchitis, expectorant, anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, antioxidant, antitumor, antiviral, lower blood pressure, bone marrow nucleated cell proliferation, cardiotonic, central relaxent, killer cell enhancer, immunomodulatory, anti-HIV, liver protective and detoxifying, radiation protection, anti-ulcer, white blood cell and hematoglobin blood increase.

Making Your Tonic

When ordering, make sure you get mushrooms that are organically farmed or picked wild far away from highways or factories. Pesticides and synthetic fertilizers must be avoided. Mushrooms are like sponges, and they’ll soak up whatever poisons there are in the soil.

Teas are the most common means of ingesting tonic herbs. After bringing the water and mushrooms to a boil, how long you simmer depends on the cut of mushrooms.

The rule of thumb is to pour out the liquid after at least a half hour or more, then add some water and boil further until the liquid no longer changes color or has a bitter taste. You should make enough for a week at a time. This is not a quick tea arrangement.

Many think tinctures are even better. You can use 100 proof vodka, which is 50 percent alcohol, or pure grain (drinkable) alcohol mixed 50 percent with distilled water. Put enough mushrooms in a large jar to fill it at least one-third to half way.

Then pour in the alcohol/water solution or vodka to just below the top of the jar. Seal and shake gently. Store in a cool dark space, and gently shake once every day for a month. You tincture is ready. A couple of droppers a day should suffice and last a long time. By the way, this is how to make any herbal tincture.

You can use teas while your tincture solution brews if you wish to start taking advantage of Reishi’s benefits right away.