Tips to Get Ready for Spring Allergy Season

  1. Cleanse your liver and gallbladder by drinking warm lemon water first thing upon waking up. You can replace lemon with organic apple cider vinegar also. This helps with the liver detox and bile secretion.

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2. Eliminate all phlegm-producing foods–especially dairies (including yogurts), peanuts, citrus, and fried foods as all of these tend to produce massive amount of mucus in the body. Extra phlegm in the lungs and upper respiratory tract will certainly make your allergy a lot worse.

dairy products3. Cleanse your nostrils with neti-pot daily. During the peak allergy season, do it at least twice a day. Neti pots are an ancient tradition of rinsing nasal passages with salty water. Daily rinsing helps remove mucus and offending allergens so that you can breath better. neti-potWhen using neti pots, make sure that you use either boiled or distilled water (Note: DO NOT USE unboiled tap water). For salt, use non-iodized sea salt, 1/4 teaspoon for 1 cup of water.

 

4. Take probiotics and digestive enzymes to take care of your small intestine and colon. Chronic digestive disorders like Irritable Bowel, food allergies and sensitivities, and Crohn’s will give rise to phlegm in the digestive tract that can exacerbate the body’s ability to deal with allergies. Also, introduce huge amount of fiber in your diet so that you eliminate regularly.

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5. Augment Your Lung Capacities with Qigong exercises.

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Here is a simple exercise you can do to help your lungs. Sit straight, staying relaxed, breathing evenly. Now cross your legs, exhale, bend forward at the waist as much as possible. It’s best to do this exercise sitting on the floor, however, sitting on a chair is ok too.

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Using your hands to support yourself, raise your body upright, inhale, then holding your breath for 10 seconds. Exhale while bending forward, then change your leg positions. Sit straight and repeat inhaling and hold your breath for 10 seconds. Repeat this action five times. This exercise not only regulates the qi of the lungs, but helps promote and reinforce the function of the lungs.

6. When your allergy makes you seriously sick, take: Allerplex by Standard process, Antronex by Standard Process (these two are very effective in preventing you from getting major allergy symptoms), Albizia by Mediherb, Jade Screen or Jade Screen with Xanthium by Golden Flowers jade screen(Note: all of these herbs and supplements may not be available unless you ask your practitioner. I am highly suspicious of Standard Process products being sold on Amazon). 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It’s NOT pollens, It’s Your Immune Functions

For sake of discussion, let’s talk about allergic rhinitis, or hay fever–the epitome of the spring allergy– from a western medical perspective. This allergic rhinitis is a classical example of compromised immunity. Basically, the immune system has a immune functionshyper response to a strong pathogen (pollen, an abundance of cat dander, etc) and this causes a rapid physiological changes resulting in itchy eyes and throat, sinus congestion, sneezing, asthma and even diarrhea.  Exposure to an allergen would cause a massive release of IgE antibodies which attach to white blood cells known as mast cells. These cells are mostly located in the lungs and upper respiratory tract, the lining of the stomach and the skin. When these cells are stimulated, they release a number of chemicals including histamine which produce the allergic symptoms.

So you’ve been told that antihistamines are the answers to your allergy symptoms. Well, antihistamines work well in suppressing the symptoms but not the root cause of weak immune functions.

Traditional Chinese medicine, on the other hand, views allergic rhinitis as a reflection of weak and imbalanced energy in our organs, especially the lungs, the spleen, the liver and gallbladder, and the kidneys. If we can augment the energy flows of those organs, our immune functions can dramatically increase. Acupuncture clearly helps to deal with balancing these organs. Chinese herbs and some nutritional supplements can be of tremendous help also. But you want to do more, get really ready for the brutal allergy attacks, don’t you?

Get Prepared, Spring Allergy Season Is Here Already!

Two weeks ago early in the morning, when I opened the sliding door of my kitchen, I clearly smelled a peculiar scent of tree pollens. Since I’ve suffered from spring allergy for so long, I am well aware of this particular scent. Even though all the trees still appeared to be same as few months ago with their dry, naked, and brownish bodies, I can assure you that trees and plants are ready to germinate and pollinate by now. how-to-prepare-for-spring-allergies-1073x715The spring allergy season can start rolling as early as February, so it isn’t too early to start preparing for the allergy season. If you wait until allergy season hits, pollens will be everywhere, symptoms can hit you really hard. Here are a few things I personally have undertaken for years to get ahead of the curve of the spring allergy.

What You Need to Do to Reduce Inflammation on the Wrist

Common-Sense Version

While more advanced stages of carpal tunnel may require more aggressive treatment, perhaps surgery, most cases can be treated naturally.

  1. Reduce or eliminate foods that cause inflammation

I’ve been saying for more than a decade that if we, as a species, can eliminate three food items, majority of human diseases will simply go away. Here we go one more time: Stay away from Sugar, Wheat, and Dairies(including yogurt if your inflammation is severe).

  1. Decrease repetitive movements on the wrist

   Avoid lifting and holding heavy objects, or take breaks as often as you can.

  1. Reduce computer keyboard activities

   Use soft rolls or towel under the forearms to reduce the pressure on the wrist.

Non-Common-Sense Version

  1. Take Blackstrap Molasses

A few tablespoons of blackstrap molasses per day will do a wonder in reducing pain and numbness on the wrist. This nutritionally “sweet” syrup contains a number of nutrients that restore wrist function including magnesium, calcium, and Vit B. bkstrap molasses

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2. Vit B Complex

Many individuals with carpal tunnel have been found to be deficient of certain B vitamins. Taking a Vit B complexes can help restore normal nerve function in your wrist and even reverse nerve damage.

3. Castor Oil Pack

Castor Oil is a powerful natural remedy in reducing inflammations anywhere in our body. It has been proven to be very effective in restoring wrist movement and functions, while lessen the severity of numbness and pain. Apply liberally to your wrist at least once a day with a hot damp towel wrapped around the wrist and hand.castor oil

  1. Apply Acupressure on the Four Acupuncture Points
  • Large Intestine 4-Located in the muscle belly between the thumb and the first finger. li4Use the opposite thumb and index or middle finger to perform a slow, sustained pinching motions to the muscle belly. Hold the pressure gently but firmly for 1-3 minutes.

 

 

  • Large Intestine 5Located on the lateral side of the wrist slightly backwards (posteriorly) between the base of the thumb and the head of the radius bone. Use your opposite thumb, index or middle finger to apply gentle pressure to this area for 1-3 minutes.LI5gddtet9

 

 

 

 

  • Lung-8 (Lu-8)

Located on the lateral side of the wrist slightly forwards (anteriorly on the palm side of the hand) between the base of the thumb and the head of the radius bone. Use your opposite thumb, index or middle finger to apply gentle pressure to this area. Hold gentle but firm pressure for 1-3 minutes. You should feel a decrease in hand numbness while applying the pressure.lung 8

 

  • Pericardium 7 (Pc-7)

Located in the middle of the palm side of the wrist, at the wrist fold lines between the flexor tendons. Use your opposite thumb, index or middle finger to apply gentle pressure to this area. Hold gentle but firm pressure for 1-3 minutes. You will feel a slight decrease in hand numbness while applying the pressure.pericardium7

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If none of these work and you still experience unbearable pain, it’s time to make an appointment with an acupuncturist or a physical therapist.

Ming Mu Beans to Protect the Heart

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Drinking a bowl of cold sweet Ming Mu (or Mung) bean soup everyday is a Chinese habit during the hot summer – it’s a delicious dessert and a “cold” (yin energy) treat to cool down your system in the heat.

Beans are among the super-nutritious foods, and Ming Mu beans especially should be considered as a superfood as they are rich in protein, fiber, good carbohydrates, calcium, phosphorus, iron, and Vitamins A, B and D.

According to Traditional Chinese Medicine, since Ming Mu beans are “cold” (yin), they help dispel internal heat, clear away toxins, promote urination and relieve hot weather related diarrhea, and skins rashes. Ming Mu Beans are also good for calming the nerves, reinforce the Yuan Qi (Source Qi), relieve tensions around the eyes, improving the eyesight, and nourish the skin.

  1. Where to Get Ming Mu Beans

         Local Asian grocery stories. If you are too lazy to make a trip to the stores, you can  order it from Amazon.           mingmu beans 

2. How to Cook Ming Mu Beans

Wash the beans, bring them to a quick boil, reduce heat and simmer for 10 minutes. Done. The soup is clear and green. You can chill the soup in refrigerator and drink the soup and leave the beans.

The second method is for a stronger detoxification. Soak washed beans in hot water for 20 minutes. Then, boil the beans until they are soft and liquid is cloudy. Then eat the beans and the soup (season with a pinch of salt). You can also add honeysuckles(also available on Amazon), then cook for few more minutes. Honeysuckles tea is excellent in alleviating bronchial infections, clear the sore throat, and manage consistent coughing also. Mixing Ming Mu beans and honeysuckles are pretty powerful in purging damp heat from the body.

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This helps dispel toxins as these beans are highly diuretic. Eating Ming Mu beans regularly can help relieve high blood pressure, high cholesterol and hardening of the arteries. If you add honeysuckles in the beans, you can add a small amount of honey to alleviate bitter taste. 

However, if you are “cold” (too much yin energy), suffer from cold extremities or frequent diarrhea, don’t overdo these beans. They can aggravate the cold and cause other ailments. Also, make sure not to take the beans in less than half an hour before or after taking your medications, and /or herbal supplements.

You will be pleasantly surprised to find out how delicious these Ming Mu beans are.

Protect Your Heart During the Summer with Ming Mu Beans

The weather of this summer has been nothing but usual: record-breaking burning hot days, and non-stop rain with high humidity forecasted for the next few weeks. These crazy weather patterns seem to be universal all around the globe. Our precious Heart, heart health 638x403which has been under so much stress due to an extremely volatile and chaotic energy surrounding this planet, is the most vulnerable during the summer months. Chinese medicine considers Ming Mu beans as one of the most effective remedy in protecting our heart during the summer season.  

Nutrition and Diet for Arthritis

Like all other autoimmune diseases, the exact cause of arthritis, especially Rheumatoid arthritis is unknown to medical world.

Major culprits of autoimmune conditions are believed to be: poor nutrition and/or food allergies; exposure to the pollutants and heavy metals that contaminate our air, soil and water; overgrowth of pathogens such as bacteria, virus, mold-fungus-yeast and parasites; and toxic vaccinations and medical drugs.

Any of these can cause certain parts of your body, like your joints, to be unrecognizable to your body’s own immune system so that the body’s immune system attacks them as “invaders”. The sad part is that once one autoimmune condition sets in, another autoimmune disease almost always show up.

Nutrition response testing offers a systematic and extremely precise protocol in determining the deepest cause of a body’s autoimmune state.

Having said that, let me introduce several tips to avoid and/or minimize arthritic conditions.

  • Avoid Wheat, Sugar, and Dairies as they cause INFLAMMATION throughout the body. Actually, we avoid these three food groups, most of diseases will get better quite dramatically, in a short period of time.
  • Avoid greasy or spicy foods as they tend to create “dampness and heat” in the body that negatively affect the joints and cartilages.
  • Bone Broth, made of either organic chicken or organic beef (with marrow) as these are filled with collagen, numerous minerals and vitamins, and amino acids.
  • Ginger – A natural anti-inflammatory, available as powdered extracts in capsules as well as alcohol-based extracts. Follow the dosing directions on the label. Or make tea by combining one-half teaspoon of grated ginger root with eight ounces of boiling water. Cover and steep for 10 to 15 minutes, then strain and add honey to taste.
  • Fresh pineapple – Bromelain, an enzyme in pineapple, reduces inflammation. Be sure the pineapple is fresh, not canned or frozen.
  • Cherries – Recent research has shown that tart cherries are an excellent source of nutrients that may help to reduce joint pain and inflammation related to arthritis.
  • Fish – Cold-water fish such as salmon and mackerel contain omega-3 fatty acids, which help keep joints healthy as well as reduce pain and swelling. If you don’t care for fish, consider supplementing your diet with fish oil capsules.
  • Turmeric – Another natural anti-inflammatory. Look for an extract of whole turmeric, in health-food stores; follow the dosage directions on the label.

Nutrition and Diet Tips for Anxiety and Depression

Whether it is anxiety or depression, when it comes to any physiological and/or emotional issues, I need to repeat myself: Stay away from three food items: Sugar, Wheat, and Dairies. All these foods create empty heat in the body, dampen the body, and block the energy flow. Just removing these foods for even one week can make a huge difference in one’s emotional landscape.

Foods Helping Anxiety/Depression

Asparagus, avocados, and berries

Garlic, onion, cinnamon, and honey

Cashews, walnuts, and sunflower seeds

Chamomile tea, and green tea

Oysters, and grass-fed beef

Nutritional Supplements Recommended for Anxiety/Depression

Fish oil

Vit D, Vit B12, Vit C

Calcium

Probiotics

5HTP

Theamine(GABA)

St. John’s Wort

Valerian Root

L Tryptophan

Note: I have successfully used the following Standard Process products in treating anxiety/depression patients:

B6-Niacynamide, Mineral Tranquilizer, Orchex, E-Poise, Zymex, Livaplex, and Calcium Lactae.

Nutrition and Immune Power

Nutrition response testing can determine the most important nutritional needs to combat against cold, flu, or sinus issues. Often, immune challenges are closely associated with the intestines and digestive organs, reflecting the importance of the large intestine meridian in Chinese medicine. For sinus issues, the biggest culprit is found to be over-growth of yeast, mold, and fungus. Combined with acupuncture, nutritional support can provide rapid and lasting results to combat against sinusitis and other immunological challenges.

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Food Items to Stock Up during Winter

Ginger:

Make a ginger tea with a touch of organic honey and a few pine nuts. Ginger tea can accelerate the recovery process of cold and flu.

Garlic:

Use garlic profusely in cooking.

Lemon:

A warm lemon tea with a bit of honey can be a powerful tonic to strengthen your immunity.

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Oregano:

Oregano leaves have been used extensively to boost one’s immune functions. Spraying oregano extract into the nostrils can alleviate sinus pressure almost immediately.

Bone Marrow:

Bone marrow soup (usually made from ox tail bones) is known to be a superb tonic during the winter season throughout Asian countries.

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