Got a cold? Herbs can help

herbal ingredients 1Most people think that Chinese medicine is used only for chronic health problems, but it can be very effective for acute problems, like relieving and preventing colds. In fact, Chinese medicine has been relieving and preventing colds for thousands of years.

Herbs can help relieve your sore throat, coughing, headaches, fatigue, chills and fever. The key is using the right formula at the right stage of your cold. Before taking Chinese herbs, ask your acupuncturist or Chinese medicine doctor which one is right for you.

Gan Mao Ling– Gan Mao Ling translates to the common cold pills. This herbal … Read More

Acupressure to stop your eye twitching

Eye twitching is annoying.   A fluttering eye will buzz on and off throughout the day causing distraction and frustration.  Sometimes, the fluttering can be quite strong leading to total closing of the eye and impairing your vision.

Most often eye twitching is caused by stress, fatigue, use of alcohol, or irritation of the eye.  In some, the eye twitch becomes chronic which is called benign essential blepharospasm.   Benign essential blepharospasm not only is annoying but can lead to periodic trouble seeing.

In a very small number of individuals, chronic eye twitching is a sign of  a neurological condition.  If the … Read More

Chinese herbs for 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 … Read More

Boost your Qi with Kidney Three

Because it helps to boost the energy in the body, KI 3 can help with many different conditions. In the last post, I wrote about kidney 3 for back pain, but it can also help with many symptoms like fatigue, insomnia, and sometimes PMS and reproductive health.

It works best for people with too little qi or energy, but it does not move stagnated qi as well as LI 4 or SP6 does.

KI 3 is located just behind the inside ankle bone.  To boost KI 3, gently massage in a small circle.  The point should feel warm and relaxed.  … Read More

Amazing Acupressure for Cramps, Stomach Problems, and Energy

Stomach 36 (ST 36) is one of the most important and commonly used acupuncture points.  The Chinese is Zu San Li, meaning literally “three leg miles.” This is because you can rub this point for extra energy when you have been working all day.

ST 36 can be used for diseases of the abdomen, chest, and face because these are the areas through which the stomach channel runs.

Where is Stomach 36 located?

Location: To locate ST 36 find the bump on your bone about one inch below the knee. This bump is called the tibial tuberosity. ST … Read More