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About Blood deficiency

 

Blood isn’t just platelets and plasma; it is our vitality. Blood carries the story of our ancestry. Asian medicine definition of blood is a bit different than that of Western medicine. Blood nourishes every aspect of our body from the skin and muscles to the brain and the organs. Blood is vital and symbolic and carries meaning within its movement through capillaries, veins, and arteries.

I am fascinated by how an imbalance in blood and circulation can be linked to so many health imbalances. Deficient and/or stagnant blood is behind so many illnesses. Improving the quality of one’s Blood and circulation can assist in managing and preventing a vast array of physical, emotional, and psychological imbalances. It’s not just quantity, but the quality of Blood circulating through your system that helps give us vitality, focus and rosy cheeks. When Blood is abundant you feel alive, nourished and well connected in mind and spirit.  Nourished Blood allows joy and laughter into our lives and builds and maintains meaningful relationships. When Blood is deficient a person can experience may symptoms.

Symptoms of Blood deficiency

  • anemia

  • anorexia

  • anxiety

  • blood loss

  • brittle and dry nail, hair and skin

  • cold limbs or a deep cold

  • depression

  • dream disturbed or restless sleep

  • dryness

  • easily awakened

  • easily startled – boo!

  • exhaustion

  • feeling of weakness in the limbs and muscles

  • irritability

  • lack of warmth – both physically and emotionally

  • mood swings

  • nervousness

  • nervous laughter and laughter at inappropriate times

  • numbness, tingling, limbs and extremities ‘going to sleep’

  • pale complexion

  • pale nails

  • palpitations

  • sadness

  • scanty or absent periods

  • sensation of cold

  • skin conditions – some eczema and vitiligo, and dry skin

  • slow growing hair and nails

  • slow healing and recover

  • slow mental thought

  • weak immune system

What is blood deficiency?

There are two common types of blood deficiency: low circulatory volume and low iron, as in cases of anemia. Low blood volume and deficient iron may or may not exist together

What are some causes of blood deficiency?

There may be an inability to absorb nutrients, a loss of blood, or an inability to produce healthy blood cells. Genetic patterning, constitutional weakness, and weakness of organs and tissues can also cause blood deficiency. Our sources of nourishment are air, food, and our innate energetic capacity. If there is a compromise to any of these, then the vitality of the blood may be compromised. Digestion is also important. If someone is malnourished or not absorbing food properly, this will affect the state of the blood.

Why do we become Blood deficient? 

Here’s a quick look at the reasons we might become Blood deficient

  • Irregular eating habits

  • Lack of adequate rest or sleep

  • Constitutional (born with it) factors such as weak Heart, Kidney, Lungs or Spleen

  • Mal nourishment

  • Excessive blood loss including excessive menstrual flows

  • Pregnancy, labor and nursing

  • Weak digestive system

  • Excessive mental and emotional overwork or stress

  • Excessive physical labor

Fortunately, there are many ways to nourish Blood, but let’s look first at Blood’s functions.

 

HEART - The Heart is the ruler of the Blood. It physically pumps the Blood and enlivens it with Qi, and uses it to house the mind (Shen), keeping us warm physically and emotionally, and we are calm and clear. Our Shen is nicely snuggled up and housed in our Heart, when it is nourished with abundant Blood we respond appropriately to our environment.  It allows us to build meaningful relationships, be calm, experience joy and to feel rooted and to be able to adapt. When the Shen is unsettled or not anchored with Blood emotional problems arise. Symptoms may include: anxiety, nervousness, dream disturbed sleep, mood swings, depression, sensation of floating out of the body, inability to root or ground, speech disturbances like stuttering, palpitations or irregular heart rates, breathlessness, exhaustion, insomnia and an inability to form rewarding relationships. In extreme cases there may be irrational behavior, hysteria, insanity, manic disorder and delirium. We definitely want our Shen anchored.

 

LUNGS - Move the Blood through their descending and dispersing function. Each breath you take helps to regulate your Heart’s beating and to move Qi, Blood and Fluids to organs and the extremities. Need better circulation? Practice breathing exercise like Qigong, Yoga or T’ai Chi and move your body.

 

LIVER - Regulates the volume of Blood circulating at any given time in the body.  During exercise or times of need, it releases more. During times of rest, it pulls it back in to cleanse the Blood.  If it’s deficient, the Liver will not have adequate amounts of Blood to move and this may lead to stagnation.  Deficiency of Liver Blood will also mean the skin, hair and nails aren’t nourished and moistens or will fail to thrive.

 

SPLEEN - Holds the Blood. One of the Spleen’s major functions is to hold things in their place. When it comes to Blood, the Spleen holds the blood in the vessels. A failing of this function can mean easy bruising, prolapse, incontinence and varicosities.

As you can see, it is quite the refined system and if at any given time an organ system chooses to not play its part, and Blood becomes deficient, the system will start to tumble and problems will start to manifest. If any of these organs are weak or lacking in their required substances, deficiency will arise.

Tips for building Blood

 

Eat healthy food - The basis for Blood is the refined Qi of food. The higher the quality of food, the faster the recovery will be. Eating animal and bone broths is the first place to start. Protein is hydrophilic. The way that it pulls fluids quickly increases circulatory volume. Animal products can build Blood fast. Please make wise choices with sustainably raised, GMO and hormone free. Darker meats and organ meats are the most building. Anyone with blood deficiency needs good, clean protein that is digestible.

 

Bone broth - Marrow stock is deeply nourishing and quickly builds the Blood, Qi, Yang and Fluids.  I sometimes toss in egg shells into the stock pot (incredible for ligaments and Blood).

 

Eat chlorophyll rich foods - This category is huge, with good reason, we are meant to eat a lot of chlorophyll rich foods and they build the blood quickly. Chlorophyll rich foods include dark leafy greens (COOKED kale, chard, dandelion, etc.),  macro-algaes (seaweeds), micro-algaes (spirulina, etc.), nettles and cereal grass (wheat and barley grass).  Eat it if it’s naturally green.

More Blood building foods

**are my top favorites

  • **gelatin

  • **nettles

  • **wheat grass

  • black beans

  • eggs

  • all animal proteins including organ meats **Liver pate
  • Blackstrap molasses one of my favorite ways to rebuild quickly. 1 tsp of blackstrap, 2 x a day with vitamin C.

  • cherries, apricots, berries, dates-soaked in ghee with spices are great for building energ

  • lentils and legumes – they are high in protein, B vitamins, folic acid

  • blood-colored foods such as beets and pomegranate juice

     

Eat with joy - Part of nourishing Blood is the willingness to be open to receive nourishment and to feed yourself well.  Although supplementation may be called for in some cases, it is not the same thing as actually enjoying meals where you taste the food and allow it to replenish you.

Improve your digestion - The basis of Blood is food, but even if you eat well you could have problems building Blood if your digestion is weak. It might be that you need prebiotic and probiotic foods or to eliminate some foods like gluten that can slow or hinder the system.

Avoid foods that deplete Blood - Sugar, excess salt, unhealthy fatty foods, processed and refined foods, chemical laden foods.

Nourish Blood after times of blood loss - Rebuild after any type of blood loss, including menses. I recommend women learn to include specifically building foods after their cycle to rebuild so you don’t feel exhausted. A life time of bleeding or child bearing without proper rebuilding can lead to issues later in life.

Cook in cast iron - a simple way to increase your iron intake.

 

Take a nap - Proper rest is important for nourishing and rebuilding Blood and Qi. Napping in the early afternoon is particularly beneficial, giving your Liver and Spleen a chance to revitalize the Blood.

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Bone Broth

Bone broth (or technically, stock) is a mineral rich infusion

made by boiling bones of healthy animals with vegetables,

herbs and spices. You’ll find a large stock pot of broth/stock

simmering in the kitchen of almost every 5-star restaurant for

its great culinary uses, but it is also a powerful health tonic

that you can easily add to your diet.

 

Bone broth is a traditional food that your grandmother likely

made (and if not, your great-grandmother definitely did).

Many societies around the world still consume broth regularly

as it is highly nutrient dense food.

 

Bone broth is an excellent source of minerals and is known to boost the immune system and improve digestion. Its high calcium, magnesium, and phosphorus content. Bone broth also supports joints, hair, skin, and nails due to its high collagen content. In fact, some even suggest that it helps eliminate cellulite as it supports smooth connective tissue. It also improves brain health and remineralizes teeth.

 

Bone broth is also helpful to have on hand when anyone in the family gets sick as it can be a soothing and immune boosting drink during illness. It is very high in the amino acids proline and glycine which are vital for healthy connective tissue (ligaments, joints, around organs, etc). The Paleo Mom has a great explanation of the importance of these two amino acids:

Glycine is required for synthesis of DNA, RNA and many proteins in the body. As such, it plays extensive roles in digestive health, proper functioning of the nervous system and in wound healing. It aids digestion by helping to regulate the synthesis and of bile salts and secretion of gastric acid. It is involved in detoxification and is required for production of glutathione, an important antioxidant. Glycine helps regulate blood sugar levels by controlling gluconeogenesis (the manufacture of glucose from proteins in the liver). Glycine also enhances muscle repair/growth by increasing levels of creatine and regulating Human Growth Hormone secretion from the pituitary gland. This wonderful amino acid is also critical for healthy functioning of the central nervous system. In the brain, it inhibits excitatory neurotransmitters, thus producing a calming effect. Glycine is also converted into the neurotransmitter serine, which promotes mental alertness, improves memory, boosts mood, and reduces stress.

Proline has an additional role in reversing atherosclerotic deposits. It enables the blood vessel walls to release cholesterol buildups into your bloodstream, decreasing the size of potential blockages in your heart and the surrounding blood vessels. Proline also helps your body break down proteins for use in creating new, healthy muscle cells.

 

Homemade is best of course and it is incredibly easy to make

There is no comparison to the store-bought versions which often contain MSG or other chemicals and which lack gelatin and some of the other health-boosting properties of homemade broth.

In selecting the bones for broth, look for high quality bones from grass fed cattle or bison, pastured poultry. Since you’ll be extracting the minerals and drinking them in concentrated form, you want to make sure that the animal was as healthy as possible.

Save leftovers from when you roast a chicken, duck, turkey, or goose. You can purchase from a local butcher, especially one who butchers the whole animal. Local farmers who raise grass fed animals (ask around at your local Farmer’s Market) Online from companies like US Wellness Meats (they have grass fed Tallow in bulk- they sell pre-made high quality broth) or Tropical Traditions (high quality beef, bison, lamb and chicken bones from them at good prices) Here is a recipe for broth which is an adaption of the recipe in Nourishing Traditions.

 

Bone Broth Ingredients

2 pounds (or more) of bones from a healthy source 2 chicken feet for extra gelatin (optional)1 onion 2 carrots 2 stalks of celery 2 tablespoons Apple Cider VinegarOptional: 1 bunch of parsley, 1 tablespoon or more of sea salt, 1 teaspoon peppercorns, additional herbs or spices to taste. I also add 2 cloves of garlic for the last 30 minutes of cooking.You’ll also need a large crock pot to cook the broth in and a strainer to remove the pieces when it is done.

Bone Broth Instructions:

I usually aim for 2 pounds of bones per gallon of water. This usually works out to 2-3 full chicken carcasses. If possible I’ll also add 2 chicken feet per gallon of water (completely optional!). You’ll also need some organic vegetables for flavor. These are actually optional but add extra flavor and nutrition. If you are using raw bones, especially beef bones, it improves flavor to roast them in the oven first. I place them in a roasting pan and roast for 30 minutes at 350. Then, place the bones in a large crock pot (I use a 5 gallon pot). Pour (filtered) water over the bones and add the vinegar. Let sit for 20-30 minutes in the cool water. The acid helps make the nutrients in the bones more available.

I cook this in my crock pot in the garage because sometimes the smell of the bones are overpowering.

Beef broth/stock: 48 hours Chicken or poultry broth/stock: 24 hours Fish broth: 8 hours During the first few hours of simmering, you’ll need to remove the impurities that float to the surface. A frothy/foamy layer will form and it can be easily scooped off with a big spoon. Throw this part away. I typically check it every 20 minutes for the first 2 hours to remove this. Grass-fed and healthy animals will produce much less of this than conventional animals. I add the vegetables at the end or the last day. Rough chop and add the vegetables. Add any salt, pepper, spices, or herbs, if using. During the last 30 minutes, add the garlic and parsley.

Remove from heat and let cool slightly. Strain using a fine metal strainer to remove all the bits of bone and vegetable. Vegs can be eaten if using bigger bones (easy to separate).  When cool enough, store in a size glass jar in the fridge for up to 5 days, or freeze in 1 cup serving size for later use.

Using bone broth as the liquid in making soups, stews, gravies, sauces and cooking rice or grains. It can also be used to saute or roast vegetables.

In times of illness this is great to drink until you start feeling better as it supports the body but is very easy to digest so the body’s energy can go to healing. In cases of stomach bugs or vomiting, bone broth often calms the stomach very quickly and helps shorten the duration of the illness. If you aren’t already, make bone broth a regular part of your kitchen routine. It’s health boosting and easy… you can’t afford not to!

Modified from wellness mama

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So they say the new

60 is 50

but is this what your prostate is saying???

About the prostate

The prostate is a walnut-shaped gland that wraps around the urethra, the tube that urine flows out of. The prostate is part of the male reproductive system. The prostate gland starts out small and has two main phases of growth. It doubles in size during the teenage years, then continues to grow again after the age of 25 throughout the rest of a man’s life.

An excessively enlarged prostate results in a disease known as benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH). Eventually, an enlarged prostate can clamp down on the urethra and restrict the flow of urine from the bladder.

BPH impacts men of at least 40 years of age, but most common are those 50 years of age and older. As men grow older, their hormone levels change, especially levels of testosterone, estrogen, and a by-product of testosterone called dihydrotestosterone (DHT).

A few studies have shown that changes in the balance of these hormones may trigger some prostate cells to abnormally grow and divide.

This leads to problems such as:

  • Frequent urination

  • Difficulty in voiding

  • Urinary leakage

  • Urinary tract infection

 

What are the 5 warning signs of prostate cancer?

  • A Noticeable burning while urinating or during ejaculation.

  • A frequent need to urinate

  • Blood in urine or semen

  • Pain in the bones

  • Erectile dysfunction

  • Difficulty starting or stopping a stream of urine

Best Foods for Prostate Health

Green tea can help reduce PSA levels. Mushrooms can help reduce prostate tumors. Pomegranates can help slow prostate cancer growth. Pumpkin seeds help reduce an enlarged prostate. Salmon has powerful cancer fighting antioxidants.Tomatoes help reduce prostate cancer risk. Turmeric is the #1 cancer fighting spice.

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Enlarged prostate treatments

There are several treatment options for an enlarged prostate. You can take alpha-blockers such as terazosin (Hytrin) or tamsulosin (Flomax) to help relax the prostate and bladder muscles.

You can also take dutasteride (Avodart) or finasteride (Proscar), a different kind of medication for reducing BPH symptoms. These block the hormones that cause the prostate to grow.

Combinations of these two different types of medications may also be recommended. Your doctor might also recommend surgery to remove the extra prostate tissue. One common surgical procedure for BPH is known as transurethral resection of the prostate (TURP).

There are also natural remedies that may work to combat enlarged prostate symptoms. If you do want to try any of these natural remedies, it is always a good idea to work with a skilled practitioner trained in herbal medicine working along the side of your doctor.

Saw palmetto

Saw palmetto is an herbal remedy that comes from the fruit of a type of palm tree. It’s been used in alternative medicine for centuries to relieve urinary symptoms, including those caused by an enlarged prostate. Saw palmetto is safe to use, but minor side effects can be upset stomach and headache.

 

Stinging nettle

You’ll know if you’ve accidentally touched the common European stinging nettle: The hairs on its leaves can cause a sharp jolt of intense pain. But stinging nettle may have some benefits when used as a medicine. Nettle root is thought to improve some BPH symptoms, and is commonly used in Europe. However, a 2007 review concluded that more studies were needed. Sometimes nettle is used in combination with other natural BPH treatments, such as saw palmetto. Side effects from nettle are usually mild, including upset stomach and skin rash.

 

Foods to treat BPH

The role of diet in the prevention of BPH and in treating its symptoms continues to be explored. A recent study in China looked at the effects of diet on BPH symptoms. Researchers found that men with diets high in fruits and vegetables, especially leafy, dark vegetables and tomatoes had less BPH, less symptoms of BPH, and were less likely to have worsening of their BPH. Researchers believe it’s not just one nutrient, but rather the combinations found in a healthful diet and lifestyle, that are beneficial.

 

Going the natural route

It’s important to remember that just because a supplement is labeled “natural” doesn’t always mean it’s safe, healthy, or effective. Remember that the FDA doesn’t regulate herbal remedies like it does prescription and over-the-counter drugs. That means you can’t be totally sure that what’s listed on the label is inside the bottle. This is why it is important to work with a skilled practitioner and to be very cautious when buying on line or in a store.

If you are like most men looking for ways to shrink your prostate, you probably have symptoms of an enlarged prostate, otherwise known as benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH). Symptoms of BPH can include nocturia (nighttime urination), urinary hesitation, a urine stream that stops and goes, a weaker urine stream, and not being able to empty your bladder completely. While these symptoms do not threaten your health (besides risk of infection from not emptying your bladder), they do greatly affect your quality of life and can indicate that your prostate health is not optimized.

Before you run out in search of ways to shrink your prostate, be aware that size itself doesn’t necessarily matter. You can have an enlarged prostate without the symptoms of BPH, while another man with a normal size prostate may experience advanced urinary symptoms. Whatever your case, your goal should be to improve your prostate health through natural methods, and this in turn will help you to make positive changes in your prostate and urinary health.

The best plan for maximizing your prostate health involves eating the right foods, maintaining a healthy weight, exercising daily, and managing your hormones. It is also important to manage your stress level and take steps to fight inflammation. You can improve your prostate health and prevent other prostate health problems (such as prostatitis or even prostate cancer) down the road.

A Mediterranean style diet is one of the best diets for prostate health. It includes eating oily fish rich in omega-3 fatty acids (like salmon, tuna, herring, and anchovies). This diet also allows you to indulge in other healthy fats like the ones found in seeds, nuts, olives, and avocados. You should eat a lot of vegetables, because men who eat a lot of vegetables have a decreased risk for BPH. Look for cruciferous vegetables (think broccoli, cauliflower, kale, and cabbage) as well as vegetables with a high vitamin C content.

Avoid or limit foods that harm the prostate like spicy foods (which can exacerbate pain and other symptoms of prostatitis), fried foods, processed foods, white bread products, sugar, artificial sweeteners, dairy foods, and red meat. Cut out salty foods and limit your alcohol intake. You also should limit caffeinated beverages like coffee, and soda, which can worsen your urinary symptoms.

The American Cancer Society classifies prostate cancer as the most common form of cancer among U.S. men. According to recent projections, of the 232,090 new cases to be diagnosed, about 30,350 men will die from prostate cancer. If you are a man over the age of 40 and prostate cancer runs in your family, it is extremely advisable to monitor your Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA) levels. A PSA blood test measures the level of a protein released by prostate cells. This reveals the possibility of prostate growth (hyperplasia), but it does not always mean that cancer is present. Since PSA levels may fluctuate with infection and lab errors, usually more than one test over a period of time is done to confirm your PSA level. Digital Rectal Exam (DRE) and ultrasound are other ways to evaluate the prostate. However, only biopsies can truly determine whether the growth in the prostate is benign or malignant.

The prostate gland lies at the base of the bladder surrounding the urethra (urinary tract from bladder to penis). The swelling of the prostate puts pressure against the bladder and urethra, thereby affecting the smooth flow of urine. Abnormal patterns of urination such as higher frequency at night, burning sensation, difficulty, blockage and dribbling are common symptoms and signs of prostate enlargement.

 

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) approach to Prostate Care

TCM associates hyperplasia of the prostate with kidney deficiency. After the age of 40, one’s vital energy in the kidney system decreases, resulting in the disturbance of sex hormones. This process also decreases one’s sexual energy, which affects the function of the prostate and the circulation in this region. Throughout the ages, in order to compensate for the decline of prostate function, men in China have used regular acupuncture treatments to improve the circulation and energy in the prostate.

To enhance the effect of acupuncture, they have also used Chinese Formulas to replenish the kidney essence. In fact, we have had many successful cases of normalizing elevated PSA levels in patients with prostate conditions. Kidney essence nurtures the prostate. As the prostate is revitalized, it is capable of self-regulating toward normal functioning and maintaining a balance of growth and non-growth. This is the balancing property of Chinese medicine.

Diet and Lifestyle Recommendations

Nutrition experts have expressed concern that pesticides and herbicides in animal products may trigger cancer growth. This may be another good reason for you to eat more fruits and vegetables that are organic and avoid saturated, high-fat animal products and snacks that contain hydrogenated or partially-hydrogenated oils. These diet and lifestyle recommendations may help prevent this pervasive cancer and help invigorate your body.

 

5 WAYS TO SUPPORT THE DIGESTIVE SYSTEM

Often one of the first questions I ask is “how is your digestion?” Proper digestion is central to good health in Traditional Chinese Medicine.  Good gut health will lead to deeper sleep, increased energy, and better mood. Stomachs that are working harmoniously can reduce bloat and upset stomach, and ease digestive issues. I truly believe the key to good digestive health is through keeping the Middle Burner operating at 100 degrees. Ask me at your next visit if you have not heard me talk about the stomach being like a crock pot. Sometimes, though, we all need a bit of extra support - and that's where Chinese herbal medicine can help.

I have many favorite formulas but this one is all about the stomach.  In this formula there are herbs that help “descend” food in the case of overeating, and half of which help to remove “dampness” and “heat” and treat “deficiency”.  This formula was traditionally used to support people with chronic digestive issues.

Here are 5 reasons to always keep this formula on hand:

1) Gut reset

We get it - it’s easy to let your health get sidetracked.  It might start by grabbing a salad-to-go, followed by ordering a pizza for dinner, and the next thing you know, you start to feel bloated and lethargic.  It’s time for a hard reset.

2) Travel

Travel can throw off our routines.  Those of us who try to eat healthy most days can find that more difficult when we travel.  Vacations often lead to more eating out, throwing off the digestive balance. 

 

3) Holiday season is almost here!!!

The time of year for over indulging.  The herbs in this formula help move food, preventing food stagnation, you can take them after a big meal to help ease the discomfort. 


4) In place of your usual “Over-the-Counter” support

As a community, we’re starting to think more critically about what we’re consuming.  Is it plant based? Is it made of whole foods? Is it GMO and does it have additives? Again, taking after eating to support the digestive system and move the food you consume down through the digestive system.

5) Bloating

In Chinese medicine theory, bloating is (again) a result of stagnant food.  Keeping food moving helps to reduce stagnation. However, if your bloating is related to the premenstrual phase of your cycle, other formulas may be a better fit - that’s typically the case of Qi stagnation and moving the Qi will move your digestive system.

Want to give this a try or have some on hand when in need of a little support? Text or call and we can go over a personal plan for digestive needs.

 

Support Your Spleen

In Traditional Chinese Medicine the Spleen organ can be more closely equated with the pancreas, rather than the western spleen, whose main function is simply to store blood. The TCM Spleen is responsible for digesting food and converting it into energy, similar to the way the pancreas releases insulin to allow the body’s cells to absorb ingested glucose, providing the cells with energy. Unlike the pancreas, however, the TCM Spleen is also responsible for providing warmth and vitality to the body, providing energy for immune function and the mental energy to produce industrious and creativity work.

The Spleen belongs to the Earth Element and its main season is late Summer and early Fall, right around the time that students dust off their backpacks and head back to school. Unfortunately, periods of prolonged Stress, unhealthy or irregular eating habits, cold weather, cold food and mental overwork (such as studying for exams or spending long hours in class) can tax and damage the Spleen, causing a condition called Spleen Qi Deficiency. This condition is characterized by loose stools, fatigue, decreased immunity and weakened digestion, such as bloating and gas. In order to protect the Spleen, prevent Spleen Qi Deficiency and optimize digestion, the following guidelines can be followed:

1. Eat warm, cooked meals: Food that is warm and cooked decreases the work of the digestion system, which must warm up food and break it down. Precooked and warmed foods, such as soups, stews and curries, are more easily absorbed and create less work for the Spleen. Avoid raw, cold foods, which are more difficult to digest.

2. Promote digestive fire: Having some raw ginger before or during meals or adding warming spices such as black pepper, ginger, cardamom and cinnamon to food helps increase the Spleen’s ability to digest food properly. Eating pungent foods such as onions, leeks, fennel and garlic also help increase the body’s digestive fire.

3. Eat slowly and mindfully: Taking the time to relax during meal times and properly chewing food reduces the amount of work that the digestion organs must do in order to break down food. Relaxing the mind and body during meal times activates the “rest and digest” parasympathetic nervous system, which optimizes the body’s ability to properly digest food.

4. Eat frequent meals: Small, frequent meals are more easily digested than large, heavy ones. Proving the body with energy in the form of food every few hours or so prevents blood sugar crashes and weakness.

5. Eat carbohydrate--rich vegetables: Seasonal, well-cooked root vegetables such as winter squash, carrot, rutabaga, parsnip, turnip, sweet potato, yam, pumpkin, and legumes such as garbanzo beans, black beans and peas are easily digested and nurturing to the digestive system.

6. Stimulate the Spleen: The TCM Spleen is stimulated by sweet taste, as is the pancreas, which is stimulated to release insulin by rising blood glucose levels. However, too much sweet taste will damage the Spleen over time (consider how elevated blood sugar can cause insulin resistance). Small amounts of sweeteners and cooked fruits can provide a little bit of stimulation and energy to the Spleen, aiding in digestion and mental power. Add some rice syrup, barley malt, molasses, stewed cherries and dates to your snacks or for small desserts after meals.

7. Eat small amounts of protein: If Spleen Qi deficiency is already present, eating small amounts of protein frequently can help regenerate the Spleen’s ability to digest and absorb food and provide energy and strength to the body. Eat fatty fish, beef, chicken, turkey or lamb. Try to avoid dairy products except for organic butter and raw goat’s milk. Vegetarians can add more legumes, grains and non-animal sources of protein to their diet.

8. Practice mindfulness and other centering exercises: The Earth time of year is a time of centering, unity and harmony. Practicing mindful meditation or deep breathing exercises (breathing slowly and intentionally into the abdomen) help relax the body, reduce stress, mental exhaustion and burn-out, which are common at this time of year.

Reference: Pitchford, Paul. (2002). Healing with whole foods: Asian traditions and modern nutrition: 3rd edition. North Atlantic Books: Berkeley, California.

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Did you know that the tongue is a window to your inner health?

Tongue examination is one of the principle
diagnostic tools used in Traditional Chinese Medicine. Each of the major aspects of the tongue such as body color, shape, and coating indicate something about your inner health and the function of your organs.

A normal tongue is light red in color, no cracks with a moist thin white coat.

Below are some common examples of what to look for when viewing your tongue in good lighting.

* The tongue body color reflects the yin organs (heart, liver, lung, kidney and spleen), also the blood. If you have a pale tongue it could suggest a blood deficiency or your body runs on the cold side. Red tongue could mean heat and or stagnation inside the body. When blood flows through the body easily everyone is happy.

* We also look at the shape of the tongue along with the texture of the tongue. Here we're looking at excess, deficiency, wet and dry. One example is having cracks down the center of tongue and if in the stomach area could indicate dryness in the stomach. We also see a lot of teeth marks on the side of the tongue both suggest disturbance in the digestive systems.

* The tongue coat indicates heat or cold. For example if you have no coat with a red tongue this is usually heat, if deficient heat it shows up as hot flashes and or night sweats, if excess heat could be a fever. White thick coat reflects internal cold.

Here are some suggested dietary and eating practices.

Pale/white coat:
EAT MORE: sweet potato, soup, lightly cooked vegetables and easily digestible protein such as legumes and wild fish. Avoid eating in front of the TV or while looking at your phone! Eat regular meals at the same time every day and always have breakfast and chew your food well.
AVOID: raw, cold foods and iced beverages until digestion improves. Try cutting out wheat & dairy. No sugar is the key.

Red tongue/yellow coat:
EAT MORE: onion, cinnamon, basil, oregano, sage, adzuki beans, celery, and lettuce.
AVOID DAMP FOODS: milk products, sugar, alcohol, fatty & fried foods.

Dry/cracked tongue:
EAT MORE: warm water instead of cold, oats for breakfast, brown rice, millet, barley & barley water, mushrooms, flax seed and healthy fats.
AVOID: packaged foods, large meals and overeating, cigarettes (drying to the stomach & lungs).

Red tipped tongue
EAT MORE: bitter/sour foods such as celery, spinach, cucumber, and green apples.
AVOID: stimulants, stressful television shows, fried foods, excess meats, cheese, eggs, peanuts & alcohol.

Do you want to know more about what your tongue is telling you about your health.

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12 Cell Salts

Cell Salts stimulate the body’s natural healing mechanisms to satisfy mineral imbalances. In his biochemic theory, Dr. Schuessler, the discoverer of Cell Salts, states that deficiencies in these minerals are the source of common health problems and the Cell Salts derived from these minerals give the body what it needs to treat illness and be well.

I have a PDF file at the bottom of the page that has an more

information and is a good reference to have printed.

It is 12 pages

What You Need to Know

  • Cell Salts are made from the minerals that cells require.

  • Cell Salts bring balance and health to muscle tissue and overall cell function restoration.

  • Formulated in homeopathic microdoses, making them safe for the whole family including children two years old and older.

  • Safe to use with other medications.

  • Available in quick-dissolving tablets.

  • On-the-go!

A single dose of any one Hyland’s Cell Salts can also be added to 8oz of your or your child’s water bottle and sipped throughout the day.  Hyland’s Cell Salts give families the flexibility and assurance of safety to treat minor health issues quickly and effectively. Cell Salts will not react with other medications and can complement a healthy living plan. Remember to follow all label directions.

The History of Cell Salts

Dr. Wilhelm Schuessler, a German doctor, established the theory of Biochemic medicine in 1873. Dr. Schuessler combined the principles of biochemistry with homeopathy to give us the 12 safe and natural Cell Salts, each derived from one of the 12 inorganic mineral compounds most important to our cellular health.

Cheryl Boston

916-223-6151

720 Sunrise Ave. B108

Roseville, Ca. 95661

Cheryl@rosevilleacupuncture.com

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