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Dang Gui


Dang Gui is one of those important and powerful herbs in the Chinese herbal system. It is known as a “women’s ginseng,” though many men are prescribed it as well. Most famously and importantly, it known as a superior blood tonic, and that is one reason women take it regularly. Another important function is to promote the smooth flow of Blood around the body, especially in the abdomen and pelvic basin. Men and women benefit from improved movement. Dang Gui is very widely used to help establish, support and maintain healthy menstrual balance in women. It also eases pain and has a gentle sedative (calming, relaxing) action. It has a similar effect on women as ginseng has on men and is a worthy regular herbal to take to boost overall health and wellbeing.

Its flavour is Pungent and Sweet and its nature is warming,

Tonifies the Blood. Reduce Dysmenorrhea and help with irregular menstruation. Lubricates the Intestines. Relieve constipation. Promotes circulation and dispels Bi Pain.

Is it possible to buy online safely – yes – its even available in regular health food shops



James O’Sullivan 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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This article is not intended to diagnose or assess. The information provided is not to be considered a substitute for consultation with a qualified health care practitioner or doctor. Please see a qualified practitioner if you need help. It cannot replace your GP’s advice. Always consult your GP if you are suffering or suspect you may be suffering from any medical condition.


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Small Flowering Willow Herb


Small Flowering Willow Herb plant comes from Central and Eastern Europe. It is also commonly known as the hoary willowherb or smallflower hairy willowherb. The herb is a wild-growing perennial with characteristic pink flowers. The herbal raw material of the Small Flowering Willow Herb is the whole herb of the flowering plant.

A member of the evening-primrose family (Onagraceae), Small Flowering Willow Herb can be found growing worldwide. Its common name willowherb comes from its willow shaped leaves and in some areas it is known as fireweed for its ability to reclaim ground that has been disturbed by forest fires.

Small Flowering Willow Herb has a long history of use in medicine. Today, you will also find a number of cosmetic products contain Epilobium for its medicinal benefits.

The three main health benefits of Small Flowering Willow Herb are:

Anti-inflammatory – Small Flowering Willow Herb is traditionally used to treat an enlarged prostate due to its anti-inflammatory properties. This quality has also proven it to be a beneficial remedy against: gastrointestinal disorders, kidney and bladder disorders, rectal bleeding, menstrual disorders, cystitis, urinary infections, diarrhea, mouth lesions and irritable bowel syndrome. Some users have also found the plant to help combat against urinary incontinence.

Astringent – As a topical application, Small Flowering Willow Herb can help soothe skin disorders, including: minor burns, skin rashes, ulcers and skin irritations.

Antioxidant – The high levels of antioxidants found in Small Flowering Willow Herb also contribute to fighting bacteria commonly caused from skin conditions and internal disorders.

Longevity – Taking Small Flowering Willow Herb has been shown to help slow down the aging process.

This herb is used for the production of cosmetics for acne and seborrheic skin, such as face creams, tonics and hair rinses.

How To Use Small Flowering Willow Herb?

Infusion

1-2 tsp of Small Flowering Willow Herb pour 200ml of boiling water. Leave to infuse covered for 10-15 minutes, then strain. Drink 2 x daily one glass in the morning and evening before meals.

You can also use the Small Flowering Willow Herb infusion for rinsing greasy hair and for bathing.

Skin Tonic

50g of Small Flowering Willow Herb pour 200 ml of boiling water. Leave to infuse covered for 15 minutes. Strain. Wash the face and cleavage with a chilled brew.

TCM says.

Cultivates Qi, Blood and Jing, Promotes longevity, stops pain, regulate menstruation, clear Heat,



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Strengthen your Back and Knees Soup

This is a soup to strengthen the knees, spine and back.

The lower back and knees are the areas of the body related to the Kidneys according to traditional Chinese medicine and as such when suffering from chronic pain and weakness of these areas can indicate a disharmony in the Kidneys. This traditional soup recipe contains ingredients used to strengthen the Kidneys, and reinforce the knees and back. It also helps to resolve Damp which slows healing in the back and knees. It also helps to circulate Qi and Blood, and is high in silicon which is essential for the strength of the bones and connective tissues.

This soup can be used to aid healing after an injury or surgery, or to maintain health of the lower back and knees.

Ingredients:

  • 1 litre chicken stock, made from broken chicken bones
  • 2 small handfuls Pearl Barley or Coix Seeds (yì yĭ rén)
  • 2 small handfuls black beans (cooked)
  • 1 onion
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 2 sticks celery
  • 1 large carrot
  • Black pepper
  • Dash of rice wine

Note: Coix Seeds or Chinese barley are used in Chinese herbalism for clearing dampness, especially when this relates to joint pain, and can be cooked in the same way as pearl barley. Shaoshing rice wine is a popular Chinese cooking wine. Both are available from Chinese supermarkets.

Instructions:

Prepare your stock. Add barley (or coix seeds) and celery and simmer for 45 minutes. Add chopped onion and garlic and cook for another 10 minutes. Add carrot and cook for a further 5 minutes, or until all ingredients are cooked. Add the cooked beans, a dash of rice wine and a good amount of black pepper. Cook for another couple of minutes, then serve.

This soup can be frozen for later use.



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Monkey Mind

Monkeys and Racing Minds


This week I went to the wildlife park on my own without children, grandchildren or significant other. I usually go to visit the monkeys first as I’m a “Monkey”, a Fire Monkey in the Chinese astrology chart, according to my birth date. I sat in front of them and watch their antics. I don’t like to eat food or drink water in front of animals as it encourages them to beg, the monkeys especially! I watched the busyness of these seemingly fun loving creatures. They are just one bundle of activity. I watch the monkeys screech and seemingly fly around, swinging from branches, poles and the cage mesh. Sometimes my mind feels like that, a mess of undisciplined thoughts with no stop sign. If I sit there long enough I notice that eventually they sit down in a corner or on a branch. They may even find themselves a grooming partner. I could fall asleep at times like this.

I wander over to the giraffes and watch these graceful animals glide as they walk. One of them sat down and grazed on some hay. I had never seen a giraffe sit down before, they become so awkward getting into the seated position and her baby sat next to its mother. I sat down to observe this awkward beauty. My mind felt relaxed and I stayed ages just enjoying their relaxed mood.

Just hanging out!

As I left the tranquillity of the zoo, I looked at my watch and as if a switch was turned on, I began “my real life” again. “I better move as the traffic is about to start building up and if I make it to the ring road in 10 minutes I could save myself an hour in traffic. If all goes to plan I could be home for 6ish, prepare and eat something and finish off that lecture for next Friday by 8pm, I think there’s a good movie on at 9pm! Ah I’ll get a Chinese take away instead and that way I’ll be able to sit down and relax early, now where did I park my car”?

Sound familiar? Every living creature on this planet of ours is connected in some way. We are all connected to the different moods in our immediate environment. If we connect with happy, calm and tranquil people, places and things, we will find it easier to attain their qualities ourselves. This goes in some way towards our better health, movement, freedom and wellbeing.

Today I find regular mindful meditation helps to build resilience to “stress” and calm the “Monkey Mind”. Its a natural cost effective habit, a good habit, a zen habit. See more about my mindful suggestion here.


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Hung Tsui Ying

Hung Tsui Ying (Eunice) L. Ac. (China) is qualified in Acupuncture, Tuina Chinese Medical Acupressure, Chinese Patent Remedies, Ear Acupuncture, Facial Rejuvenation.

You may have seen Eunice on TV3 or read about her practice in national papers.

Fertility: When it comes to making babies, it pays to prepare and Eunice is particularly known for her fertility treatments.

Cosmetic Acupuncture: Eunice is the leading lecturer in Cosmetic Acupuncture in Ireland and the UK. She is said to “bring Spring back to the face” with her treatments.

Children: Eunice has many recommendations for her patient approach to Pediatric conditions.

Eunice also lectures for College of Integrative Acupuncture, the College of Naturopathic Medicine and Active Health Foundation.

Clinical Internship

Eunice has completed nine (9) medical internships at various affiliated hospitals of Beijing University of Chinese medicine, Zhejiang University in Hangzhou and Nanjing University of TCM, China. The internships included working with the best doctors and professors of medicine within the various departments of these university affiliated hospitals covering acupuncture, internal medicine, oncology, gynecology  infertility, dermatology, pediatrics  traumatology and cardiology as well as Tuina Physical Therapy, including sports acupuncture and Tuina.

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