by Thomas Garran
Albizia julibrissin (åˆæ¬¢) is a commonly used herb in Chinese medicine to calm the spirit. Both the flower and bark are used, and they are both used to calm the spirit, but they also have some differences...
Editor’s Note: Albizia is one of my favorite herbs to use clinically. Patients with depression notice a sense of calm and inspiration. Acupuncture helps a lot with depression as well, but if I had my back to the wall I'd pick albizia.
See how easy and pain free getting acupuncture is. Weight loss can easily be treated through acupuncture, herbs, and proper nutrition. Obesity has become a serious issue in most Western countries...
by Dr. Gowthaman Krishnamoorthy, BAMS, CCN, FSM
Pain is common among all members of family irrespective of their age, job, food habits, race, etc. Here we discuss the causes, prevention and management of muscular pain using the holistic approach of Ayurvedic medicine, herbs, yoga, diet and Ayurvedic therapies...
Editor's Note: Millions of people worldwide suffer from severe joint, muscle and skeletal pain. Dr. Gowthaman Krishnamoorthy clearly outlines Ayurveda's view on the origin, management and prevention of pain. Using Ayurvedic purification and key daily lifestyle, diet and exercise tools, one can begin to reduce toxin accumulation, manage and perhaps prevent the onset of bodily pain.
by Andres Vergara, LAc, MAc & Michele Collins, RH (AHG), MPH
In Chinese medicine, the spleen and kidneys play an important role in metabolism. We are not referring to the literal and anatomical kidneys and spleens alone. These organs are actually the gross manifestations, two of five of the essential processes or functions our whole selves cycle through on the physical, emotional, and spiritual levels. The spleen represents the function of transformation and digestion and it, working in partnership with the pancreas and stomach, are responsible for converting food and water into fuel and energy that the body can use to sustain itself...
Editor´s Note from Julia Sanfilippo: This is a great article that explains metabolism and weight gain from a Chinese Medicine perspective. The functions of different organ systems are discussed, along with herb and food recommendations to nourish and balance the body.
by Dr. Ram Mani Bhandari
The modern science are engaged in researching the products and formula for anti ageing property. Based on the most recent scientific findings, one of the techniques of antiaging, for both women and men, is herbal treatment. The total blueprint of herbal anti aging treatment is in Ayurveda...
Editor's Note from Sonica Krishan: This is another wonderful article by Dr Ram Mani Bhandari wherein he specifies that the objective of herbal anti-aging treatment is to aim for a healthy aging mode, and to maintain both mind and body working at optimum level, so the treasures of old age can be relished with peace of mind and vitality. He shares with us the goodness of Ayurveda herbs like turmeric, aamla, neem, ginger, cloves etc that are a great aid that help to keep your skin soft and supple and thus keeping early aging at bay. Please read on...
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.
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