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Winter Health Suggestions

Posted on November 11, 2018 at 7:25 PM

Winter Health Suggestions:

    We are into the coldest part of the year and this corresponds to the time of the year when we want to focus on the Kidneys.

    At this time of year it makes sense to rest and sleep more. Sleep is the best way to restore and preserve Kidney Yang, the underlying motive force of the metabolism. It makes sense to do less activity at this time of the year and to conserve energy. This is a regeneration time and a preparation for the coming new year and warmer months. If you think about the hibernation behaviors of other mammals, you will see what I'm describing here.

    For those who suffer from allergies and respiratory infections in the spring time, this is also a good time to begin strengthening your system in preparation. Acupuncture, Qigong and herbs are very useful in this regard.

    Focus on warming foods at this time of year and try and eat more legumes, meats, soups made from bones, eggs and nuts. All of these will benefit the Kidneys. Bones are considered to contain Kidney essence and yin and will strengthen your Kidneys and physical structure. All of the foods that are egg-like/seed-like, that contain life essence food, that new life will germinate from, are considered good for the Kidneys. The therapeutic flavor of the Kidney is "salty" and you may notice a craving towards more savory flavors at this time. A little salt is good, but be prudent.

    Dried seaweeds (nori) are also very good for the Kidneys.

    Remember to dress warm, protect the warmth of your lower back where your Kidneys are situated and where your foundational Source Qi is located. Protect the back of your head and neck and upper back as well- a particularly vulnerable area that we in Asian medicine consider the area where cold will enter the body and cause illness.

    Acupuncture and herbs are very useful for a number of ailments including those we most associate with this time of year with the onset of cold weather, when fatigue sets in and as we participate in holiday indulgences: respiratory infections, arthritis, influenza, headaches, insomnia and digestive issues. If you are someone who suffers from a weak immune system and battle chronic sinusitis or bronchitis during these months, there are herbal formulas that are quite effective at boosting immunity.

Warming Ginger Tea for Energy and Improved Digestion:

This recipe is good if you are cold and tired. It also helps the digestion during this time of feasting.

Ingredients:

1 large piece of ginger root

1/2 lemon

2 TBSP of honey

Take a ginger root and cut it into 1/8" thick slices.

    In summertime place these slices in the sun and dry them thoroughly. They will absorb the Yang Qi.

At this time of year place them on a cookie sheet and leave them in the oven over night to dry out a bit.

    Fill a small pot with water and place 4 slices of the dried ginger in the water.

    Bring to a boil and steep for 20 minutes.

    Pour into a hot mug and add honey and lemon to taste.

    You may use fresh slices of ginger, but the dried ginger has a more pronounced warming quality and will help warm the interior and the organs. Ginger tea is particularly good for digestion, for helping to resolve phlegm, for calming inflammation, and its good for helping to ward off a cold at the initial onset. Ginger, citrus and honey all have anti-microbial properties.


    If fending off a cold, add the sliced-up stocks of two scallions to 6 fresh ginger root slices and boil for 20 minutes, add honey and lemon, then drink.

    Take a hot shower, put on several layers of clothes and get into bed and sweat. When the sweat subsides, change to dry clothes.

    Thank you to Mike Ishii, L.Ac.  www.stonewellacu.blogspot.com/

Treating Colds and Flu

Posted on December 29, 2017 at 8:10 AM

Cold and Flu Natural Remedy


Getting a cold or the flu? Here is an inexpensive and easy tea that can help-


Getting a cold and if you are not feeling up to going to your local licensed acupuncturist for treatment and you do not have any Chinese herbs on hand? Here is an easy and inexpensive way to help yourself and your family. This is a great tea that I devised many years ago and have recommended it to all my patients and family.


THYME TEA PROTOCOL FOR COLDS and FLU:


You will need:-

Dried thyme

Honey

Fresh lemon

Cayenne


1) Take about an 1/8th of a teaspoon of dried thyme and let it steep for about 10-15 minutes in 2 cups of hot boiled water. After steeping, strain off the thyme and put the water into a mug

2) Then add a pinch of cayenne pepper, about a tablespoon of honey and the juice of a lemon

3) Drink the tea fairly quickly

4) Go take a hot shower

5) Dry off quickly (so that the pores of the skin stay "open"), put on a thick terry cloth robe and get into bed and (hopefully) sweat. Sweating allows the *pernicious influence to leave the body via the skin,

6) It is advisable to stay warm and eat lightly and avoid ALL dairy products (makes phlegm)


This tea can be taken throughout the day as well to help strengthen the body's defenses. Thyme tea has often stopped or shortened the duration of a cold or flu. *Traditional Chinese Medical (TCM) Principle states that colds and such are considered an "external pernicious influence." and that such influences can be "released" by the body from the inside out by sweating them out.


This treatment is one of many herbal and nutritional protocols, based on Chinese Medical Principles, which are easy and inexpensive to use.


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