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March 13, 2016

I found this recipe a year or so ago and love it for its simplicity.  This is modified from the original which I found on the Faithful Provisions website, because she adds things such as dry milk and gelatin for thickener, which I found that you really don't need. I do...

March 13, 2016

Gui Zhi Fu Ling Wan is a famous Chinese herbal formula to move blood stasis and increase lymphatic drainage. It is also used for softening and resolving lumps and masses, especially in the female reproductive organs.  Some symptoms that may indicate that this formula w...

March 13, 2016

I recently returned from Hawaii and had the pleasure to stay with my mother-in-law's partner, who is part Hawaiian.  He grew up on the Big Island (Kona side) and has many tales of how it used to be.  

When he grew up, things were a lot different and he tells stor...

March 13, 2016

The Liver is the second organ and is a very important one. The Liver is full of yang that can get riled up very easily. It contributes greatly to our emotions and often a Chinese Medicine practitioner will address the Liver when people complain of irritability, anger,...

March 13, 2016

As time has gone on, we have backed ourselves into a corner in how we deal with bacteria that cause us illness as well as products that we use to keep our homes, clothes and bodies clean.  Antibiotic resistant bacteria is a scary topic because it leaves us feeling so v...

March 13, 2016

Drinking 2 glasses of water after waking up will help activate internal organs. Drinking 1 glass of water before a meal improves digestion. Drinking 1 glass of water after taking a bath lowers blood pressure. Drinking 1 glass of water before bedtime will help prevent h...

March 13, 2016

Ginger has been used for centuries as a digestive aid. As a warm, drying herb ginger was traditionally used to warm the stomach and dispel chills.  Eventually, it was added to remedies to modify their action and reduce the irritant effects on the stomach. Ginger is sti...

March 13, 2016

I posted something recently about tips and tricks to prevent the flu and cold but sometimes you don't beat it and you just have to get through it. My tips for this are to keep warm, gargle with salt water, rest as much as possible, and stay hydrated. If you need to go...

March 13, 2016

I found this article in the Huffington Post and thought that it was a great description of Qi and some of its finer points. It is often hard to explain to people what qi is, because for me, my understanding of it is not only on an intellectual level but also on an ener...

March 13, 2016

As I mentioned before, in Chinese medicine the organs are not just the physical organ, they encompass an emotional and spiritual aspect. They are referred to as the Zang-Fu Organs. Zang means solid and Fu means hollow. So, logically enough, they are divided into Solid...

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