Chinese medicine for April Allergies

April allergies can be cruel.  Headache, itchy eyes, sneezing, and scratchy throat are overwhelming.   Chinese herbal formulas are very effective for reducing the runny nose and stuffiness, headaches, and itchy eyes,

Nasal Symptoms and Sinus Headache

For people with hay fever and sinus symptoms like sneezing, runny nose, and sinus headache the overall most effective formulas is called Bi Min Gan Wan, the nasal congestion formula.  This is a mild formula that helps to reduce headache, nasal congestion.

Itchy Eyes

In Chinese medicine, itchy eyes from allergies is generally from heat.  The herbal formula best for itchy eyes form heat … Read More

What is Chinese Herbal Therapy?

Yesterday, an acupressure student of mine asked “What is Chinese Herbal Medicine?”. This is a good question that deserves a proper explanation.

Chinese herbal therapies have been used for centuries for improving health and treating disease. Chinese herbs work to bring the body’s systems back into balance so the body can heal itself, naturally.

The Chinese herbal pharmacy consists of over 500 herbs. Herbs are taken as combinations of 5-15 medicinal substances, which is called an herbal formula. Each formula is tailored to correct the specific imbalance that is the cause of the illness.

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Traditional Chinese Medicine Treatment of Perioral Dermatitis

Perioral dermatitis is a condition of the face that causes troublesome bumps, dry skin, irritation, and a red rash around the mouth. Those with perioral dermatitis (POD) know that it affects more than just the skin causing worry and anxiety about your appearance, what you use on the skin, what you are eating, and anything that may be causing this upsetting dermatitis on the face!

Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine are powerful natural treatments for perioral dermatitis and have been used for thousands of years to treat skin conditions.

Perioral Dermatitis in Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine

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Natural Remedies for the Common Cold

I have often written about herbal remedies for treating common colds.  Today, I will expand on the two most common herbal formulas I use for preventing common colds: Ling Zhi and Gan Mao Ling.1.  Ling Zhi (ganoderma or Reishi): This Chinese herb is a mushroom that has powerful immune boosting properties.  We say it can boost the body’s qi, or energy. It can also be effective for fatigue and poor digestion.

This herb is best for preventing colds.  Now, the change of seasons, is the perfect time to begin taking Ling Zhi. When the seasons change it is

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How to Cook Chinese Herbs

Cooking Chinese herbs is easy.  But it does take some time.  Many people like to take the time to cook herbs as it gives them an opportunity to take part in their healing process.

It is good to get a Chinese herbal pot.  You can buy a ceramic Chinese Herb cooking pot for under $10 or you can use an electric Chinese herb cooking pot, which costs about $50-80.

If you cannot find a ceramic pot use glass or pyrex.

I would recommend against stainless steel because I have seen it become stained from herbs.  Also, metals may interact … Read More

How Chinese Herbs are Prepared

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.

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Cooling Herbal Tea for the Summer

It is officially hot here in New York City.

Chinese medicine has many remedies to cool down and reduce the risk of heat conditions in the summer.  One of my favorite secrets is a cooling herbal tea made of chrysanthemum flowers and gou ji berries.

The Summertime Eight Treasures tea is also another way to cool the body down.  This tea has a couple more herbs like yi yi ren and bai zhu to drain dampness as well.  Good to humid environments like NYC.… Read More

Herbal Remedy for Mosquito Bites

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 … Read More

Preventing Montezuma’s Revenge with Chinese Herbs

Anything with the word “revenge” can’t be good.   Commonly called Montezuma’s revenge, traveler’s diarrhea is a common illness for adventurers.

Traveler’s diarrhea was a concern of mine when we were trekking in Peru.  I’ve always known that I had a sensitive stomach when traveling, and I remember getting sick when in other countries.  I wanted to try to avoid it on this trip.

I was still in graduate school during my Peru trip, and I did not have that much experience with treating traveler’s diarrhea.  I asked my favorite teacher, Dr. Kejian Xiao, who is a master herbalist about what … Read More

Chinese herbs for Altitude Sickness

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, … Read More