Traditional Asian Medicine Coming Along Nicely In The Modern Age

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How exciting! Traditional Asian medicine continuing to help people thrive:

New Mom Soups

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Today’s post is a link to a wonderful site listing Eastern medicine soup recipes to boost the health of brand new moms or anyone wanting some healthy soup.

Check out this most excellent site here

Researching Myrrh

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Did you know that there are literally hundreds of herbs that make up the Chinese medicine materia medica? Myrrh is just one of our herbs.

Interested in learning more about the history of myrrh as medicine? Check out what someone from my alma mater is learning about myrrh here.

Traditional Chinese Medicine Going Mainstream


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Check out the latest example of how TCM is becoming more mainstream medicine every day.

Chinese herbs at the Cleveland Clinic


My Herb Company Has A Sense Of Humor

Celebrating Chinese New Year

Vegetarians and Chinese Herbal Medicine

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silk worms, a photo by moners12 on Flickr.

When hearing the term, traditional Chinese herbal medicine, most people assume that herbal medicine means medicine from plants. On the contrary, traditional Chinese herbs also include animal sources as well as minerals.

Most of my vegetarian/vegan patients are concerned enough to ask if there are any animal products in the herbal formula they are going to take. it’s wonderful that they think to ask! So, if you don’t want any animal products in your herbal formula, make sure that it doesn’t include any of the following-

Bai Hua She- mulitbranded krait
Chan Tui- cicada shell
Di Be Chong- field cockroach
Di Long-earthworm
Dong Chong Xia Cao- dead silkworm fungus
E Jiao- donkey skin
Ge Jie- gecko
Hai Ge Ke- clam shell
Hai Piao Xiao- cuttlefish bone
Hou Zao- gallstone
Ji Nei Jin- chicken gizzard
Jiang Can-dried silkworms
Long Chi-fossilized teeth
Long Gu- fossilized bone
Lu Rong- deer velvet and horn
Mu Li-oyster shell
Niu Huang-cow gallstone
Sang Piao Xiao- praying mantis case
She Tui- snake skin
Shi Jue Ming-abalone shell
Shui Niu Hiao- water buffalo horn
Shu Zhi- leech
Wu Ling Zhi- flying squirrel feces
Wu Shao She- black tailed snake
Yu Nao Shi- fish bones
Zhen Zhu Mu- mother of pearl shell

Did You Know To Eat This With That?

PTDC0004Food combining is not a new idea. People combine different foods to maximize the effects of taste, texture, color, fat burning capabilities or to maximize nutritional capabilities. In TCM (traditional Chinese medicine),  we combine foods to maximize the foods’ effects on qi, blood, yin, yang, body fluids, hot, cold or effects on the different organ systems. Did you know, however, that you can also combine foods to minimize the potentially negative effects of certain foods? It’s true!

How do you minimize the potentially negative effects of high-temperature broiled, fried or grilled meats? Add rosemary to the meat while it is cooking. High temperature cooked meats create substances called heterocyclic amines (or HCAs for short). HCAs have been linked to cancer including colon and breast cancers. Rosemary has two great antioxidants: rosemarinic acid and carnosol that both go after and detroy HCAs.

Try adding rosemary to your next meat marinade and know that you are doing something preventively GREAT for your health!