by Cathy Margolin, LAc, Dipl, OM
It was strange to my Taiwanese friend, but to me it was just another normal conversation. We were enjoying a summer barbecue when the 40-something-year-old women began comparing menopause symptoms...
Editor's Note: Menopausal symptoms can cause severe discomfort, and disrupt many women's lives. Chinese medicine has a long history of using herbs and foods to moderate symptoms related to menopause.
Jeremy Rothenberg, LAc
Jeremy Rothenberg, a nationally certified diplomate in oriental medicine and a nationally licensed acupuncturist, says that amid increasing doubts about the safety of prescription sleeping pills, acupuncture and Chinese herbs have been found to provide a safe and effective treatment for insomnia and sleep disorders...
Editor's Note from Julia Sanfilippo: Good quality sleep is a crucial aspect to overall health and well-being. Jeremy's article cites some great sleep studies involving the side effects of sleeping pills versus the use of acupuncture and Chinese herbs to naturally treat sleep disorders. This article is great for people who like to see statistics and evidence that Chinese medicine does indeed work!
by Mika Ono, Yuan Wang, & Warren Sheir
Congees (rice porridges) are a staple in East Asia. This congee features perilla seeds (a.k.a. Beefsteak plant seeds or "zi su zi" in Chinese), which are used in traditional Chinese medicine to ease coughs and asthma...
Editor’s Note: This rice-based meal is easy to digest and is recommended when a person is feeling sick or experiencing chronic conditions. By adding your herbs, spices, or other foods, you can tailor your congee to fit your specific needs. More articles about food therapy, nutrition, and diet can be found on our Holistic Nutrition page.
by Michele Collins, RH, MPH and
Garren M. Brannon, RD, LDN
Each season nature gives us important clues as to what is happening within our bodies and how to best adjust to the changes that are happening in the external environment. Ignoring the lessons of one season can make it harder to adjust without experiencing the illnesses and health issues associated with that season. Learn the types of ailments you are more susceptible to during spring, and how you can use nature to guide food and herb choices as you move into summer.
by Dr. Gowthaman Krishnamoorthy, BAMS, CCN, FSM
a. The most effective and well practiced home remedy is applying coconut oil processed with fresh curry leaves. This should be strictly applied on the scalp and hair for 90 days. Gently massage with this mixture for 15-20 minutes helps in reducing the hair fall...
Editor's Note from Julie Cerrato: Premature graying and hair loss can be quite devastating for men and women. Ayurveda points to one key rejuvanative fruit to help with both of these challenges, amalaki (amla). Dr. Krishnamoorthy offers some excellent home remedies with amla and other Ayurvedic herbs and oils to keep hair healthy and help prevent and reverse graying and hair loss. Namaste.
Editor´s Note from Sonica Krishan: This is a wonderful video about Diabetes Remedies and Diabetes Holistic Treatment. How to care for your Diabetes naturally through ayurveda. Tips for taking care of your diabetes and remedies and recipes for food and herbs. The holistic treatment for Diabetes includes the individual to include mind, body, and spirit. Diabetic solutions and remedies and holistic treatment.
by Karen Vaughan, LAc, Registered Herbalist (AHG)
Many women respond to single herbs or single formulas in their quest to get pregnant. A strong overnight infusion of red clover, or red clover mixed with nettles and oatstraw has pushed many women over the brink from infertility to fertility. This seems to work best when a little extra nourishment is needed in an otherwise healthy woman...
Editor's Note from Kath Bartlett: Infertility is a complex condition to treat with Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) requiring additional, specialized education beyond the general masters degree training in Chinese medicine we receive in acupuncture colleges. Herbal therapy is a must, so a skilled and knowledgeable herbalist must be sought...
by Brigette Mars
Brains will sprout new connections between cells as long as the environment challenges or stimulates. The saying, “Use it or you lose it” applies to brain power as well as other aspects of our lives. Neurotransmitters are chemical messengers the brain uses to communicate...
Editor's Note: The brain is dependent on glucose to function properly. There are several exercises to help sharpen your memory: (1) take mental pictures, blinking your eyes as if they are the lenses to a camera taking a snapshot of your environment, (2) group items together, (3) link the new with what you know and (4) learn to relax, stress and anxiety can make it harder to remember.
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