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Beating Influenza with Soup

Here’s a really great soup to treat the colds and flues that seem to be so prevalent this year.

Boil 10g yellow soybeans in water for 15 minutes; add 30g parsley and boil again for 15 minutes. Drink the soup and stay in bed to perspire.



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Seborrhoeic Dermatitis


Seborrhoeic dermatitis is characterized by a red, greasy, scaly rash that is usually found on the face, especially around the nose, forehead, chin and in the eyebrows.

Other common sites include the armpit, groin and the skin over the breast bone (sternum) in the middle of the chest.
While the precise cause of Seborrhoeic dermatitis is not known for sure, it often seems to be related to an overgrowth of the yeast organism Candida Albicans in the system. If the rash is itchy, then this is a bit of a clue that Candida may be the underlying factor.

Nutritional Supplements.

Taking a B-complex supplement each day can sometimes benefit seborrheic dermatitis. Another useful natural approach is vitamin B6 cream (10mg of B6 per gram of cream). One study showed that B6 cram could be quite effective in controlling seborrhoeic dermatitis.

Chinese Nutritional Therapy

According to Chinese Nutritional Therapy, you can take either or both of these to treat this condition.

1: Bamboo Soup

  • Boil 100g Bamboo shoots & 2 cloves of garlic in 1lt water. Simmer for 15 minutes, Season with white
    and black pepper.
  • Drink in evening
  • Eat Bamboo shoots

2: Chinese Cabbage Drink

  • When the condition is active.
  • Squeeze 1 to 2 Chinese cabbages to obtain the juice, warm it.
  • Drink the juice twice a day for 10 days.


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Insomnia and Chinese Medicine


When you are fatigued and grateful that the day is over. You think that nothing is going to keep you awake tonight or at least that’s what it is supposed to feel like. You rest your head on the pillow it last nights sleep pattern repeats again, that internal activity that has kept you awake for so many nights. You have to endure a constant inner tête-à-tête where you spiral over the same exasperating thoughts, most of which seem unrelated when all you need is some sleep.
We live in stressful times, and sleep disturbance is a complaint frequently encountered in the Traditional Chinese medicine clinic where Western medicine offers little in the way of reprieve. Sleeping pills and antidepressants can help some people, but generally, drug therapy causes drowsiness, interferes with the quality of sleep, and can cause rebound insomnia unless ever higher doses are taken. In my clinical experience, patients suffering sleep disturbance have responded very well to acupuncture and herbal homeopathic remedies.

To practitioners of Western analytical tradition, it seems baffling that acupuncture points on the surface of the body could affect the psychological wellbeing of people. Unlike Western medical thought, Chinese Medicine does not accept the mind-body duality that has influenced Western scientific thinking since Descartes. It also does not agree with the notion that consciousness is merely the product of chemical interactions in the brain. Chinese medical theory grew out of the insights of ancient Taoist philosophers, who believed that all the phenomena of nature and mind were interconnected. They were manifestations of one essence, Life Energy or Qi. Interestingly this concept is embraced by modern physics where matter and energy are seen as two aspects of one reality – E = mc2.

According to Chinese Medicine insomnia is generally considered to be associated with the Heart, Kidneys and Liver organs. Mental activity and consciousness reside in the Heart, which pumps blood, but is also the seat of awareness and higher consciousness. The view is that if the Heart is agitated or deficient the “Shen” or spirit consciousness cannot root and sleep will be affected. This is because there is too much heat in the Heart which can be a result of weakness in the Kidneys caused by fire and water being out of balance. The Heart is the organ of fire, whilst the Kidney is the water organ. Water normally subdues fire, but if the Kidneys are weak then there is not enough water and the fire gets out of control. With this form of insomnia the acupuncturist will act to sedate Heart fire and nourish the Kidneys.

Chinese doctors recognise that Insomnia can take many forms. Moreover each individual is unique requiring a distinct treatment approach. Another common form of insomnia is where the individual has no difficulty falling asleep but often wakes during the night and remains restless. This is considered to be due to Liver Blood deficiency and results in the “Three Hun” being deprived of their residence forcing them to wander at night causing restless sleep. The Three Hun are that spiritual part of man which ascends into the Divine at the end of life. Those suffering from Liver Blood deficiency will often have a dull pale complexion, pale lips and an aversion to sunlight. Once again acupuncture can be very effective, and the individual will also be advised to follow a diet which nourishes Liver Blood.

Acupuncture has an tremendously calming effect and it can correct many of the imbalances which cause insomnia without any harmful side effects. Besides improved sleep people often experience a greater sense of well-being and an overall improvement in health and energy.

Herbal Medicine

Sleep disturbances sometimes require a combination of therapies. In addition to acupuncture, Chinese herbs or Chinese herbal homeopathic remedies are combined to have dramatic effects. An excellent Chinese herbal formula is called Suan Zao Ren and our homeopathic remedy is infused with the potent balancing energies of this formula.

Western Nutritional supplements

We can never forget that medicine progresses and the following are three nutrients that have been shown to benefit suffers of insomnia:

  1. Magnesium: This mineral is known as ‘nature’s tranquilliser’ and has a calming relaxing effect on the body in general. It is particularly helpful if your sleep is being disturbed by cramps as it is a muscle relaxant.
  2. Theanine: This amino acid comes from green tea and not only helps maintain a calm alertness during the day but also a deeper sleep at night.
  3. Tryptophan: Your body needs this amino acid in order to make serotonin, the relaxing and calming brain neurotransmitter. Tryptophan occurs naturally in fish, whole grains, chickpeas, almonds, eggs, bananas, dates and organic dairy

What can you do to keep your energies in balance?

  1. Starting about 3 hours before bed, try to unwind and slowly reduce your activities. Stop all technology, phone, computer, TV.
  2. Turn down the lights and start a mediation routine to allow the mind to quiten. Breathing in I am aware I’m breathing in, breathing out I’m aware I’m breathing out. Living in the now so to speak. This will permit your body to relax and let go of the day. Your pulse will slow, your heart rate will balance, and your body’s functions will move to the rest position.
  3. Take a warm to hot shower right before getting into bed. This will heat up your body and in 10 minutes or so after the shower, when you cool down, your body will understand that it’s time to stop and rest.
  4. Lower the thermostat. Creating a cool environment will accommodate the transition to balance, as the sun goes down and the body slowly adjusts to night’s cool.

Finally, your visualization for night-time should be the character of the “Bear” who hibernates during the dark and yin time of year. try being a bear. Bears and other animals can sleep for six months at a time. They slow their heart rate and metabolism down during times when food isn’t plentiful and just chill. Surely you could give yourself 6-8 hours of the same!



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Better Sleep with these Foods


These 8 foods are rich in nutrients that have been shown to improve sleeping pattersn and they are also excellent for overall optimum health



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Chicken Bone Broth


This simple dish is probably one of the most nutritious and energy rich soups you will ever eat. I’m recommending that every house, should have a good old-fashioned reliable stock or broth in the kitchen. Choose only free-range organic meat, bones, vegetables and herbs.
This nutrient rich dish is the perfect boost for modern stress and the affects it can have on our bodies and minds. It will also nourish our constitutions and immune system providing us with that prevention against future ailments and disorders.


It’s also delicious and great tasting.


Bone broth is crammed with nutritional powerhouses, such as glucosamine, chondroitin, essential minerals and gelatine. Take a look at the ingredients and discover that bone broth is simple and inexpensive to make. The cider vinegar used in this recipe helps to release more minerals from the bones.
The recipe below can be altered to suit whatever leftovers you have in the kitchen. Other broths can be made using whole, raw chicken.

To prepare this wholesome nutritious, chicken broth full of essential nutrients, I recommend a heavy-bottomed stock pot and a fine mesh sieve or cheesecloth. You can use kitchen leftovers and scraps, such as carrot peelings, onion ends, celery leaves and bits of leek, which may have been kept in a large plastic bag in the freezer.

Ingredients

  • 1 Roast Chicken Carcass leftover
  • Vegetable leftovers (onion trimmings, celery leaves, carrot peels, garlic etc)
  • 2 Bay Leafs
  • 1 Tablespoon Cider Vinegar

Instructions

  • Pick the chicken carcass clean of useable meat and keep for another dish.
  • Add the chicken carcass, vegetable leftovers and bay leafs to the heavy-bottomed stock pot.
  • Pour filtered water over contents to cover.
  • Add cider vinegar.
  • Simmer for a minimum of 4 hours and up to 12, adding more water as needed or desired.
  • Skim any scum that rises to the top.
  • Strain solids from the broth through a fine mesh sieve or cheesecloth.
  • Bottle and reserve the stock.
  • The broth should gel, but it is not necessary.

Traditional Chinese Medicine Nutritional Healing

Nature: Warming

Organ: Spleen and Kidney

Vital Substances: Qi, Blood and Essence

This warming dish Invigorates the Kidney, Strengthens DNA, Supports the Digestive System and Builds Blood. It is perfect in Autumn/Fall/Winter when we are susceptible to cold. Always serve hot and with hot food, but not spicy.


Drink every day for maximum benefits



James O’Sullivan from Galway is a credible and engaging speaker, a people friendly practitioner and lecturer of Integrated Medicine, serving his patients, his students and the public with the positive benefits of both Conventional Western Medicine and Traditional Chinese Medicine. He is a respected author and has appeared on many public media. #jamushur


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