Summertime Eight Treasure Tea

8-treasure-teaIn my last post, I discussed Chinese medicinal recipes for Summer. This post covers a seasonal tea which helps keep you healthy during the Summer months.

Every season has its own nature.  The summer is hot and humid, which can tax our qi.  As I’ve written before, Chinese medicine has always valued the importance of disease prevention.  In fact, it is said that the best physician does not treat disease, but prevents disease before it occurs.

The changing of the seasons is an optimal time for promotion of health and wellness through the Eight Treasure Tea.  This tea is … Read More

Chinese Medicinal Recipies for Summer

Herbs as food, and food as medicine

Healthy Fruits and VeggiesHerbs and spices not only for their good taste but also for good health. Food therapy is an essential part of Chinese Herbal medicine. In addition to the tradition’s emphasis on maintaining a healthy diet, many of the ingredients in herbal formulas come from plants that are also cultivated for food, such as fermented grains, cinnamon, Chinese dates, wolfberries, Chinese yams, lotus plant, among others. In fact, almost all whole foods have some medicinal properties. The difference between a “food” and a “medicine” is the dosage.

Food Therapy

Chinese medicine physicians learned the … Read More

Herbal Soup Tonic

In Chinese medicine, the sum of the whole is more powerful than the parts. Often herbs are combined together which make them more effective.  That is why herbs are most often prescribed in combination formulas.

Chinese medicinal cooking also takes advantage of combined ingredients for more powerful effects.  The tonic soup Ching bo leung, is a mild tonic and is meant to improve overall health and energy.  It has 7 herbs which are combined to boost the digestive energy and overall health.

Here is how to make this delicious soup.

Ingredients:

15 g yi yi ren

30 g bian … Read More

More than Just Acupuncture and Herbs

Chinese medicine is more than just what I do in my office, Acupuncture, Acupressure, and Chinese herbal formulas.  There are many practices which prevent illnesses and maintain health that you can do on your own.

Here are some I often recommend to my patients and my readers.

Food as Medicine
Eating healthy is the best way to prevent illnesses.  Here are some articles which share Chinese medicine dietary therapies and philosophy of food choices.

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A Rainy Day Ginger Beef Soup

april-showersYesterday was really April Showers here in New York City.  I was soaked to the bone when I got home from my office.  But, I was really excited to see that my wife had made ginger beef noodle soup for dinner, just the right thing to warm me up and fend off any colds from the storm.

Food is the best medicine

You’ve probably had this experience too.  Coming home in a chilly rain storm, you can feel the cold coming on.  It starts with an ache in your neck, the sniffles, and a slight fever and chills.  This delicious … Read More

Five Essential Stretches for Neck Pain

After sitting down at my computer for a few hours I often notice a nagging neck_mpain in my neck. More than the automatic updates, the random pop-ups, or the crashing of my computer, I attribute it to sitting for long periods of time without getting up to move and stretch.

An ancient Chinese medicine saying states, “When qi moves freely, there is no pain. When qi stops, pain occurs.” Qi, the body’s energy, must circulate for good health. When its flow is impeded, pain and disease occurs. (Here is a more detailed explanation of acupuncture and pain). The details … Read More

How to Eat Healthy and Create Harmony

Da Fo- Big BuddahThe first book of Chinese medicine written over 2000 years ago, called the Huang Di Nei Jing Su Wen (The Yellow Emperor’s Inner Cannon), is obsessed with disease prevention.  The book is full of stories of a time when people lived longer lives without diseases.  The secret to staying healthy was the ability for people to live in harmony with the natural world.

I think for the modern world, this is more important than ever.  We are so removed from the natural world some people barely even step outside.  Only from the garage to the parking lot, and to … Read More

Diet and Acupuncture for Crohn’s Disease and Ulcerative Colitis

One million Americans suffer from Crohn’s disease and Ulcerative Colitis. They experience frequent diarrhea with pain and urgency, intestinal bleeding and bloody stools, cramping, and abdominal pain. Chinese medicine and acupuncture have been used to treat these symptoms for over two thousand years.

About Chinese Medicine

Chinese medicine views the body as a network of interconnected organs and channels. The channels transport qi (often translated as energy) and other substances through the body. When the qi is sufficient and moves freely, there is health and wellness. Diseases occur when there is an imbalance in the body. The acupuncture and diet … Read More

Food for the Winter to beat colds and flus

Do you feel under the weather when the temperature to plummet? Here are some easy recommendations from the Chinese medicine pantry to help you ward off the nasties’ of the season.

Use ginger in your soups, teas, and stir-fries. Aromatic and warming, ginger infusions are particularly good to drink after getting caught in cold, wet weather. Just a few slices of fresh ginger will go a long way.

Use cinnamon in your oatmeal to warm the kidneys and digestive organs on an everyday basis.

Keep carrots around the house. Often called baby ginseng because of their ability to increase qi, … Read More