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Mushrooms are phenomenally versatile organisms.  Some are delicious, some are remarkable medicine, and some are both. When it comes to mushrooms to lower cholesterol, you can have your mushroom and eat it too! How can mushrooms lower cholesterol? Mushrooms are inherently good at lowering cholesterol due to their high fiber and protein content.  Mushrooms make great protein substitutes for high cholesterol foods.  For example in Asian cuisine, mushrooms are often mixed in a meat dish which reduces the amount of meat that is eaten and adds flavor. Shiitake Mushrooms Shiitake mushrooms in particular have cholesterol lowering abilities as medicinal mushrooms.1  This ability to reduce cholesterol is due to eritadenine, a component of shiitake. Eritadenine helps to increase the excretion of

Traditional Chinese Medicine is a term that refers to medicine practices developed in China and other parts of Asia.  Traditional Chinese Medicine generally covers many types of modalities including acupuncture and moxibustion, Chinese Herbal remedies, Tui Na or Chinese Medical Massage, as well as other manual therapies including gua sha (spoon massage or coining) and cupping. In China, the term Chinese medicine (in Chinese it is called Zhong Yi 中医) often refers to the practice of Chinese herbal medicine.  Although it can also refer to the entire practice of Chinese medicine. While acupuncture refers to acupuncture and moxibustion. Some of these therapies are performed only by experienced physicians, such as prescribing complex herbal formulas or doing acupuncture. But others are

Green tea is well known for its health properties.  Recently, it has become popular for its antioxidants, which have been purported to reduce heart disease and cancer rates.  Traditional Chinese medicine practitioners sometimes will add green tea to an herbal formula, primarily for headaches. In Chinese culture, green tea is the staple drink.  Unlike in the West, in China people will refill their tea cup many times with water, using the same tea leaves. Not only is refilling the cup efficient and cost effective, by doing this one is drinking more of the antioxidants from the tea. The majority of the caffeine is extracted from tea within 30 seconds of brewing.  So the refills have very little caffeine in them,

Chinese herbal remedies have been used for centuries for many conditions and to boost overall health.   For many conditions the combination of acupuncture and herbs is the most effective approach.  I almost always use herbs when treating acne, eczema, psoriasis, and other skin conditions. The current Chinese pharmacopeia contains more than 5000 herbs and medicinal products.  A pharmacy will most often contain 500-1000 of the most commonly used herbs.  Some of the herbs are only used in the region they are grown and are not easy to find elsewhere. Chinese herbs are most often combined into formulas rather than given as a single herb.  This approach produces synergy, the combination is more powerful than any one herb. The herbs are

Mosquito bites are annoying, no doubt about it. When travelling to a hot humid place, such as the jungles in Peru, Southern China, or even right here with my New York City acupuncture patients, mosquito bite itching can be troubling. Herbs can he very helpful for reducing itching.  One of the best and easiest herbal formulas to use for itching is called Yin Care. Yin Care is a topical wash used for itching and inflammation of the skin.  The herbs such as she chuang zi and di fu zi work to calm itch while sheng di huang and jin yin hua reduce inflammation. Use about a dime size amount and rub on effected area.

This is the second post on herbs for traveling.  This one focuses on altitude sickness. Peru was our first high altitude trip.  In Peru, we went to the Canyon del Colca, the towns on top of Canyon de Colca are at 3700 meters.  At this height, altitude sickness is an concern. We had come from Arequipa, a colonial city in the Mountains, resting at about 2300 so there was some time for our bodies to adjust. We took a 6 hour bus ride over dirt roads with the locals and their smaller farm animals, chickens and a baby lamb. There, on top of the Canyon de Colca, we met Remijio, our guide for the three day hike.  Remijio made walking

Pompholyx eczema is a specific type of eczema on the hands and feet that causes vesicles, itching, and often fissures.   This can occur on the palms and fingers in the hand and the soles of the feet.   Acupuncture and Chinese medicine can help relieve the itching, swelling, vesicle, and inflammation in pompholyx eczema. The goal is to regulate the underlying imbalance causing the eczema, which can lead to long term improvement. It is called also called dyshidrotic eczema because people with this condition often experience excess sweating from the palms of the hands. Chinese herbs are thought to regulate the immune system to treat pompholyx eczema. Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine Imbalances for Pompholyx Eczema The goal of acupuncture