March Is Stomach Month

This week let’s continue with the year-long series of: The Organ of the Month. March is the month when you can do something spectacular for your stomach.

Here are some factoids about wonderful stomachs- Did you know that your stomach produces a new layer of mucus every two weeks so that it doesn’t digest itself? Other creatures’ stomachs are equally interesting. For example, did you know that ants have two stomachs? One stomach keeps food for the ant while the second stomach holds food to be shared with other ants. Lastly, did you know that when you blush, the lining of your stomach also turns red?

So, with such an interesting organ in your body you might ask, “What can I do that is nice for my stomach?”

Ginger tea made from the fresh root is very good for your stomach in most instances. Find the fresh roots at your local supermarket, cut out two medium-sized pieces and put them into boiling water for 10 minutes. After 10 minutes, throw away the two used pieces of ginger. What’s left is the ginger water (tea) and you can drink it hot or cold- whatever your preference.

A second good thing for your stomach is the third exercise in this video. Check it out
here.

Doing Something Good For Your Urinary Bladder

Sphinx by tarnalberry
Sphinx, a photo by tarnalberry on Flickr.

Remember the blog entry back in November (find it here) that talked about how each month had a special connection to a particular organ in the body? Well, February is the month most closely connected to the urinary bladder. Here’s a little factoid about your urinary bladder- did you know that on average the human urinary bladder can hold 2 cups of fluid when full but the urge to urinate starts when the bladder is about a cup full?

There are many things you can do on a regular basis to help maintain good urinary bladder health. In TCM (traditional Chinese medicine) we always consider using acupuncture, herbs, supplements, food and exercise as the ways to positively change health. The sphinx pose in yoga is a wonderful, gentle way to do something good for your urinary bladder this February.

Check out the link below to Yoga Journal’s step by step directions for this pose. And remember, consider your yoga level and overall health condition before attempting the pose. If you have any questions, call the office. No pain necessary to benefit!

The sphinx pose by Yoga Journal

Guess What Month November Is?

Pears by Marshed
Pears, a photo by Marshed on Flickr.

Each month of the year has a connection to a particular organ of the body according to traditional Chinese medicine. Simply speaking, each month provides a chance for you to do something nice for that organ. November is lung month and as you might have guessed from this entry’s picture, pears are a nice thing to do for your lungs.

Take your favorite type of pear and core it. Fill the center with honey and steam until soft. The next step: enjoy!

This recipe is particularly good for lungs that feel dry, if you have a dry cough, if you live in a dry climate that dehydrates you easily. (Get the idea that pears hydrate?) They are also good anytime after a cold or if you just have a persistent cough.

Here are the other months of the year and their organs:

January-gallbladder
February-urinary bladder
March-stomach
April-large intestine
May-small intestine
June-san jiao (I know- what the heck is a san jiao? Use this month to do something great for your lymph system)
July- kidney
August-spleen
September-liver
October-pericardium (considered a separate organ in TCM)
November- lung
December-heart