9 Ways To Boost Your Immunity Naturally

With autumn just around the corner, so is the cold and flu season. Therefore now more than ever it is important to boost your immunity naturally. Your immune system never rests, it is constantly searching for cells that show signs of infection or cancerous changes. It doesn’t only stop sniffles away – it also protects you against potentially deadly diseases like H1N1 flu or cancer. Having a healthy lifestyle, with plenty of sleep and exercise, good stress control, healthy, nutritious diet and regular hand washing routine are best protective tactics that you can adopt. Continue reading

Fight cold and flu with tea!

It’s cold and flu season upon us. Everyone seems to be coming down with cold, flu or viral infection this time of the year. If you are looking for a natural and effective home remedy to fight an infection off, then look no further than ginger-brown sugar and cinnamon combo!Ginger, cinnamon and brown sugar are a traditional Chinese home remedy used to relief cold and flu symptoms. Continue reading

Indigestion – have you overindulged this Christmas?

Have your eaten too much?

Christmas is nearly over and New Year is just around the corner. It’s time for family get-togethers and parties with friends filled with delicious food and festive drink.

Eating large, fat meals (as you do during the celebration time!) often leads to indigestion, manifesting itself with: feeling of fullness, discomfort, belching, abdominal pain and bloating. Add to this a substantial dose of alcohol and you have a perfect recipe for wrecking your digestive system.

Are you already stuffed with stuffing, packed with chocolate and overflowing with mulled wine?

Since we still have few more festive days to come here are few simple tips that will help you get back on track and help your body recover from effects of overindulgence. Continue reading

Ease neck pain and stiffness (cervical spondylosis). It’s easy!

Cervical spondylosis (also known as neck arthritis) is a general term for age-related wear and tear affecting the spinal disks in your neck. As the disks dehydrate and shrink, signs of osteoarthritis develop, including bony projections along the edges of neck bones (bone spurs). Cervical spondylosis most often causes neck pain and stiffness.

This condition is very common and it worsens with age. It usually affects people in their 40s and over, however, patients with cervical spondylosis in their 20’s and 30’s are frequent nowadays, too.

Why does it happen? The reasons are simple:
– Sitting in front of computer for a long periods of time
– Stress
– Lack of knowledge of how to regulate and balance the symptoms when they start to appear Continue reading

Five Elements: Late Summer

Late summer is a hot and humid rainy season. This transitional season frequently starts out quite warm in mid-July, but then becomes cooler in August. Late Summer is the energy of the Earth. It’s time when Earth’s fruits and vegetables are ripening and getting ready for harvest.

From TCM point of view dampness and heat are among six pathogenic factors that affect our bodies. As ‘dampness goes into Spleen’ minding Spleen during late summer is the priority.

The nature of dampness is sticky, heavy and turbid. It is difficult to eliminate.
Once dampness combines with the heat and enters Spleen it leads to many digestive problems such as:
– Stuffy, distending feeling in the stomach area Continue reading

Five Elements: Summer

Stay healthy this summer following simple Chinese Medicine rules

The Five Elements are one of the pillars of the Oriental culture; they are: Wood, Fire, Earth, Metal, and Water. Each element corresponds with different season, stage of growth and internal organs in human body.

Summer is the energy of Fire, which represents joy, laughter, passion, love and growth. It’s the season of growth and maturation, warmth, activity and relationships. Our gardens are blossoming, fruits and vegetables are growing, animals are getting ready to have offspring.

According to Chinese Medicine there is a strong connection between the nature and human body. Health is defined as a harmonious balance of all five elements. To nourish it we should follow the changes of natural environment and seasons, keep in balance with the nature and avoid the invasion of exogenous pathogenic factors (wind, heat, dampness, dryness, cold and summer heat). Continue reading

Rose Buds Are a Girl’s Best Friend

Traditional Chinese Medicine Rose buds, known as Mei Gui Hua (玫瑰花) in China, are young flowers of Chinese rose. You can find them in health stores or in any Asian market in Dublin. Despite being quite ubiquitous and known to be a love symbol, most people don’t realise what healing properties these little mighty flowers have. In fact, rose bud is a medicinal edible food with many health benefits, especially for women. Being quite fragrant and mild in nature, they are ideal for nourishing liver, soothing stomach and spleen, promoting the circulation and unblocking the stagnation of Qi and blood. Rose buds for women’s health Rose buds are a fantastic herb for women, since they are very effective at: 1) Treating gynaecological issues, like: PMS Menstrual cramps Irregular menstruation Leucorrhoea (vaginal discharge) Menopause Acute mastitis In TCM view, sweet-bitter in taste, and warm in property are best in regulating Qi … Continue reading

Healing Lotus Seeds

Lotus seeds, called Lian Zi (莲子) in Chinese, were brought to China 2,000 years ago and now are commonly used in food, mainly Chinese soups and desserts, as well as medicine. In Buddhist traditions, the “Sacred Lotus” is a symbol of vitality and purity.   Oh-So-Young! Lotus Anti-Aging Properties Lotus seeds contain the anti-aging enzyme L-isoaspartyl methyltransferase, which helps to repair damaged proteins, according to the Kushi Institute, a macrobiotic website. Due to that many cosmetic companies are including the seeds in their anti-aging blends. Daike Tian states that they contain kaempferol, a natural flavonoid which prevents inflammation, which helps repair aging gum tissue.

15.5 Acupuncture Benefits

Have you ever wondered what acupuncture benefits are?

But, does acupuncture work?

You might have heard that apparently Sandra Bullock gets acupuncture 3 times a week! It’s in her contract and studios have to pay for it!
Elle McPherson has it done regularly, too. She claims: “I do choose to look after my body from a Chinese medicine perspective, which promotes and maintains wellness rather than treats illness”. Jennifer Lopez dropped 15lbs with help of acupuncture and Chinese herbs. Jennifer Anniston does it, Angelina Jolie does it, Sean Connery, Madonna, Oprah, Lucy Liu, Kim Kardashian..the list goes on and on!

So is it just another fad you might ask?

Absolutely, not! Acupuncture has been invented 5,000 years ago, and practiced since over 3,000 years, which makes it one of the oldest practicing forms of medicine known. World’s largest population – over 1.3 billion Chinese people can’t be wrong! Continue reading