Gentle Warriors – Grow & Thrive

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Grow and Thrive is a nutritive tonic containing food-based ingredients. It is an impressive formula because of its dual action as both nourishing and strengthening, boosting the capacity of the spleen and stomach to digest and assimilate food. It fosters robust growth by promoting the adequate assimilation and smooth passage of food through the digestive tract. In so doing, it strengthens the spleen, lung and kidneys, and harmonizes the stomach, supporting healthy growth and development.

Underlying most of the challenges facing infants and young children is the immaturity of their digestive functions. After breathing, the second act that a newborn baby engages in is to suckle the mother’s breast, which activates the entire digestive system. It is vital to preserve and protect the fragile integrity of a child’s stomach and intestines during the first year of life and until age seven or eight, as this is how the developing body builds up its life force, or Qi (“chee”).

In Chinese Herbology, the early life of the child is dominated by the activity of what is referred to as the Middle Burner: the Qi of the spleen and stomach. Until a child is about one year of age, he or she is mostly stomach – a small, jolly, energetic eating machine. As this Middle Burner-dominated being grows beyond the first year, other functions awaken, such as manipulating, exploring walking and talking. But all these behaviors develop from the center: the Middle Burner.

Grow and Thrive also supports the vigor and capacity of the lung, heart, kidney and liver, which depend upon the Qi generated by the Middle Burner.

There are certain circumstances requiring caution in determining if your child needs to go to the doctor’s office, however. If your child is experiencing any of the following, you should call your pediatrician:

  • Acute constipation or diarrhea
  • Nausea with vomiting
  • High fever (102° F or above)
  • Dehydration

Next week, we’ll explore Gentle Warriors’ Windbreaker formula, which can be prescribed in tandem with Chest Relief for certain ailments.

If you’re looking for natural & effective medicine for your children, call or click here to book online.

 

* Article Source: Gentle Warriors Pediatric Formula Guide

Gentle Warriors – Quiet Calm

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Because of their natural openness, sensitivity and responsiveness, babies, toddlers and even older children are more likely than adults to become stressed out when they are tired, hungry, frustrated or overexcited. While enthusiastic toward new experiences and learning, children have a limited tolerance for the stressors of daily life. Sometimes all it takes is a little support – a break, a nap, a snack, a cuddle. Other times, they need an extra boost to get them back on track – and that is where Quiet Calm comes in.

The mind and nervous system of a young child are rapidly changing along with the rest of their bodies. Many youngsters have not yet learned how to adjust smoothly to the flux that surrounds them and the enormous changes that are occurring internally. Though healthy, robust children appear outwardly tough and resilient, their immaturity and inexperience make them vulnerable to overstimulation and information overload. Often, but not always, tantrums, crying spells, nightmares, agitation, irritability and anxiety are harbingers of the normal and expected evidence of growth: teething, hormonal surges, sudden hungers and food cravings, meeting new people, adapting to playgroups and babysitters, urges toward independence, and fears surrounding separation, peer group pressure, school rules and achievement all conspire to upset the apple cart of daily life for the little one.

Any interruption of routine, enjoyable or not, expected or not, can undermine a child’s equilibrium, resulting in mood swings and hypersensitivity. It is especially challenging for older, verbal children who are beginning to recognize and delight in their own competence and power to suddenly be unable to accomplish a task, or even know what it is that will satisfy them – they need help in recovering their usual attitude of cheerful curiosity, and a sense of ease within themselves. The additional expectation for young, school-age children to sit quietly at their desks, self-consciously focus their attention and not be distracted by nearby activities adds another challenge to their capacity to cope with stress.

Quiet Calm is safe and sound. It is neither a sedative nor a tranquilizer, but rather a nurturer of the brain and marrow. It assists children in cultivating their self-regulating capacities and maintaining their emotional equilibrium, working in the following ways:

  • Helps to alleviate occasional mood swings, crying spells, gloominess.
  • Eases occasional agitation, anxiety, timidity, anger.
  • Aids in maintaining healthy memory, concentration and focus.
  • Helps relieve occasional difficulty falling or remaining asleep.
  • Helps relieve occasional difficulties with the sinuses, throat or ears.

Caution should be taken when combining this remedy with over-the-counter or prescription medications. Be sure to communicate with your Oriental Medicine practitioner regarding all medications your child is currently taking or has recently taken.

Stay tuned for next week’s post about Grow & Thrive – a nourishing digestive aid!

If you’re looking for natural & effective medicine for your children, call us or click here to book online.

 

* Article Source: Gentle Warriors Pediatric Formula Guide

Gentle Warriors – Chest Relief

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If your little one is experiencing bronchial irritation or congestion, then try Gentle Warriors Chest Relief.

Whether it’s due a lingering cold or flu, virus, allergies, or a bronchial infection, the chest can tighten as phlegm builds up in the lungs, causing a disruption to the energy (Qi) and overall balance of health. Bronchial issues can be further aggravated or triggered by drafts, change of position, fatigue, cold or hot foods and liquids, fluctuations in temperature or humidity, dryness or thirst. If symptoms are allowed to continue for a prolonged period of time, this can lead to dryness in the lungs and cause respiratory health to stagnate or weaken. Reinforcing the energy and moisture of the lungs supports a healthy respiratory system, providing adequate lubrication and robust immunity.

This prescription remedy balances the energy of the lungs, soothes the throat, relaxes the chest, gently dispels phlegm, supports expectoration, and replenishes moisture in order to restore bronchial and respiratory health. Chest Relief is often combined with other Gentle Warriors remedies as indicated by other symptoms. It’s important to communicate all your child’s symptoms with your practitioner so the most appropriate combination of formulas can be prescribed.

There are certain circumstances requiring caution in determining if your child needs to go to the doctor’s office, however. If your child is experiencing any of the following, you should call your pediatrician:

  • Dehydration
  • Shortness of breath or rapid breathing
  • Extreme weakness

If you’re looking for natural & effective medicine for your children, call or click here to book online.

Next week, we’ll explore Gentle Warriors’ Quiet Calm, a soothing formula that supports the nervous system.

 

* Article Source: Gentle Warriors Pediatric Formula Guide

Introducing Gentle Warriors for Your Little Ones

Gentle Warriors Formulated by Harriet Beinfield, LAc, and Efrem Korngold, LAc, OMD, co-authors of the best-selling book Between Heaven and Earth: A Guide to Chinese Medicine, Gentle Warriors Pediatric Formulas is a unique line of Chinese herbal prescriptions that should be in every parent’s medicinal arsenal!

There are 11 medicinal tinctures, providing safe and effective pediatric care for all manner of health situations. All are mild-tasting, low-alcohol, liquid extracts that are easy for children to swallow – though adults benefit from them as well! These formulas support and protect the welfare of children, addressing many of the most common childhood disharmonies.

The importance of building health in early childhood cannot be over-emphasized. In these early years, the digestive system is of prime importance. Chinese Medicine practitioners have understood for centuries that the activities of the stomach and spleen dominate physiological and psychological processes during infancy and early childhood. Children consume large quantities of food and fluid while eliminating substantial waste, meaning their metabolisms are highly active while their other systems – respiratory, digestive, nervous and immune – are not yet mature. This makes them vulnerable to imbalances as their little bodies struggle to keep up with their fast growth. This commonly results in stomach upsets, excess mucus, irregular bowels, rashes or excessive sweating, temperature changes, sleep disturbances, restlessness and/or irritability. If left unchecked, these conditions can lead to weak overall defenses, loss of mental focus and emotional imbalance. The Gentle Warriors Pediatric Formulas are designed to combat all these imbalances, supporting your child’s overall health and wellbeing.

Each Wednesday for the next 11 weeks, we will be dedicating a blog post to a different formula, going in depth on its uses and benefits. This Wednesday, we’ll explore Gentle Warriors’ Chest Relief formula. Stay tuned!

If you’re looking for natural & effective medicine for your children, call or click here to book online.

 

A bit more about the company behind the remedies: Kan Herb Company manufactures exclusively in the United States in order to assure quality control at every level of the manufacturing process and ensure that the high-grade Chinese herbs used retain their potency and purity. Each and every batch is then rigorously tested for quality and safety.

* Article Source: Gentle Warriors Pediatric Formula Guide, published by Chinese Medicine Works (San Francisco, CA).

Take the stress out of the Holidays

The holidays are a big part of the fall and winter months. This is often a time to reconnect with family and loved ones, to attend social events, and celebrate your beliefs.

­Unfortunately, it can also be a time of extra commitments, nonstop activity, and pressure to get it all done. This can result in a lot of stress both mental and physical.

Everyone feels stressed occasionally, but when it continues for a long time or gets overwhelming it can take a real toll on your health. The immune system is particularly sensitive to the effects of stress, which means that ongoing stress can leave you vulnerable to colds, flu, and other illnesses.

The good news is that you can take charge of the stress in your life. One way to do that is to set realistic expectations for the holidays. Spend some time thinking about what’s important to you. Rather than concentrating on making everything “perfect,” try to focus on enjoying yourself whether that means spending time with family, volunteering to help others, or taking a vacation.
Another good strategy is to set boundaries. Don’t take on more than you can handle, say “no” if you have to, and ask for help if you need it.

Other ways to beat stress include:

Eating right: Remember to eat plenty of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains, and try to keep your Stress free Holidayintake of sugary holiday treats to a minimum.

Rest: Get plenty of sleep, even if you have a lot to do, to keep your body and mind healthy and energized.

Meditation: Take a few minutes during the day to sit quietly and simply focus on your breathing.

Exercise: Try to work exercise into your schedule. It’s a natural energy and mood booster. Yoga is an excellent choice this time of year.

Talking to someone: Share your thoughts and feelings with a friend or a counselor. Expressing yourself may make you feel better and you might even find solutions to stressful situations.

Vitamins and herbs: Be sure to take a daily multivitamin, and consider taking extra vitamin C to help strengthen your immune system. Herbs such as ginseng can help you adapt to stress and valerian can soothe and calm your mind.

Additional methods include treatments such as acupuncture and massage, which can help relax both mind and body. With a little preparation and adding some new coping strategies, you can make this year’s holiday season happy, healthy and stress-free!

Say Hi Inside

This simple meditation suggests that you “smile” to all of your internal organs and glands. It is a way of saying “thank you” to your body for working 24 hours­­­, 7 days a week!

Focusing your attention and smiling in this way can calm the autonomic nervous system, revitalize the internal organs, and increase the flow of blood and Qi.

 

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Below is the Inner Smile Meditation for the main Meridian Organ Systems:

Choose a quiet spot and keep warm throughout the meditation. Sit comfortably at the edge of a chair, feet flat on the ground with your back straight. Breathe deeply and relax. Clasp your hands together, left hand on bottom and right hand on top, palms touching, and rest them in your lap.
Close your eyes and feel a connection between the soles of your feet and the ground. Focus on the midpoint between your eyebrows. Place the tip of your tongue on the roof of your mouth, just behind your front teeth. Put a smile on your face and journey down to the wonderfully amazing body that keeps you ALIVE, ALERT & ACTIVE!

Heart-See your heart as a vibrant red color. Focus the energy of “joy” into your heart. Feel it pulse with love. Breathe in and exhale with the sound of HAW.

Lungs – Radiate the feeling in your heart to your lungs. Picture your lungs as pure white. Focus on letting go of sadness and grief. Exhale with the sound of SSSSSS.

Liver – Keep the feeling spilling over into your liver, which is just under your ribs on the right side. Picture it as a vibrant grass-green. When exhaling, let go of anger and frustration with the sound of SHHHH.

Spleen- Continue to the left, under the ribs. Shine a vibrant yellow color into this organ. When you exhale, let go of over-thinking and worry, and use the sound of WHOO.

Kidney – Focus your attention on your lower back, just below and under your ribs. Imagine a deep blue-purple light. Breathe in courage and exhale fear. When you exhale, use the sound of WOOO.

It’s all right if you don’t know the exact locations of your organs. Just bringing awareness to your organs is benefit enough. Your body will love you just the same.

Perform each exercise 9 times, twice a day. These exercises can affect your body and mind, so it is advisable to consult with your healthcare provider before beginning any new exercise routines.

 

For more information, please refer to Mantak Chia’s book, Taoist Ways to Transform Stress into Vitality.

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Dr. Dazey’s Immune-Boosting Stew

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Food is powerful. It not only gives us sustenance and energy to go about our days, but it also has healing powers that can help strengthen organs, fortify Qi energy, and even boost our immune system. When we enjoy foods that grow with the season, and eat the foods our bodies need (like warm foods such as stews in winter), we can make strides towards living a healthier life.

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 medium yellow onions, chopped
  • 1/4 lb (1 larg clump) maitake mushrooms, chopped
  • 1/4 lb shiitake mushrooms, de-stemmed and chopped
  • 1/4 lb oyster mushrooms, chopped
  • 3 medium carrots, chopped
  • 6 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 whole butternut squash, peeled and chopped into 1-inch cubes
  • 1 large turnip, chopped
  • 1 1/2 cups cabbage, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon allspice
  • 2 quarts vegetable stock or chicken bone broth
  • 14.5-ounce can of diced tomatoes, juice included
  • 6 sprigs thyme
  • 6 pieces astragalus root, sliced lengthwise for easy retrieval, or 1/2 cup in a simmering bag
  • 2 cups of kale, chopped

Instructions

  1. In a large pot over medium heat, heat the oil and then add in the onion, mushrooms, and carrot. Saute, stirring occasionally, for 5 minutes or until the veggies begin to soften.
  2. Add in the garlic and saute for another minute or two.
  3. Add in the butternut squash, turnip and cabbage, as well as the salt and spices. Stir to mix it all up.
  4. Pour in the broth, tomatoes (juices and all), astragalus root and the thyme. Stir and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium and simmer for 10-20 minutes.
  5. Add in the kale, stir and simmer for an additional 10 minutes. once the kale is fully wilted, the soup is ready.
  6. Discord the thyme sprigs and astragalus root before serving and add in a bit more salt and pepper if needed.
  7. Let cool slightly and then ENJOY!!

 

This recipe was found in Bastyr University’s Health Feature, Fall 2016. And at the following url: https://bastyr.edu/sites/default/files/images/insidebastyr_fall16.pdf

Your Body as a Garden

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The concept of gardening gives us an excellent illustration for the theories behind Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) and acupuncture. Imagine you are a gardener whose job it is to help a garden thrive. To help nature along, you must provide necessities such as water and fertilizer.

You must make sure plants receive the right amount of sun, and you must weed out any undesirable elements. Gardening takes time and effort, but the reward is a beautiful, healthy garden, abundant with flowers and vegetables.

One of the philosophies underlying Chinese medicine is that we are not separate from nature. Nature’s constant motion – its flowing seasons and cycles – coincide with our body’s natural rhythms. When we engage in gardening, we strive to be in harmony with nature’s rhythms. This allows us to reap a bountiful harvest. Life flourishes when the elements of air, water, light and earth are balanced.

There are basic principles of gardening that you can apply to facilitating the health of your body: 

Fertilize: Just like plants need fertilizers, we need food in order to re-energize our bodies. In general, a healthy, balanced diet is made up of unprocessed, organic foods such as grains, fruits and vegetables.

Water: Our bodies are made up of 70% water. We need its life-giving force to cleanse our bodies of toxins, to regulate body temperature and to aid digestion and circulation.

Sunshine: Just like plants, we also need sun’s energy to grow and thrive. Sun provides our bodies with Vitamin D, which promotes strong bones, supple muscles and a healthy immune system.

Weeding:  Weeding your garden is vital to keeping the soil clean and disease free.  Our body also needs cleansing. One of the easiest ways to cleanse our body is sweating through exercise.

Your goal is to learn how to cultivate and support your inner garden. Your acupuncturist’s goal is to help balance your inner ecosystem so that it can flourish—and you can enjoy health and harmony.

Your body is just like a garden, and you and your acupuncturist are the gardeners. He or she will work closely with you to strengthen and balance your internal garden. By taking your entire self into account, your practitioner can help identify—and weed out—any imbalances that could cause problems.

Acupuncture isn’t a “quick fix.” It does provide you with the tools and knowledge needed to nourish the garden from within. Your participation in the process is essential. After all, you wouldn’t simply plant seeds in the ground and expect them to bloom unattended. It’s the same with your health. Working with your acupuncturist and committing to long-term care can create positive changes for your overall health.

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How Sweet it is…

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Sucrose, or sugar as it is commonly known, is currently the most popular sweetener used in the food market today. On a daily basis, the average person obtains almost 20% of their calories from sugar alone. On average, that’s 150 pounds of sugar every year.

When ingested, sugar is broken down into compounds that provide quick energy for the body, affecting metabolism and appetite.

Sugar may seem like a “sweetie,” but it may be doing more harm than good. Sugar can be addictive, and too much can cause unhealthy weight gain and hasten tooth decay. It also affects the brain by offering a false rush of energy, and then lets you down, lower than where your energy levels were. Sugar can affect the spleen’s ability to release blood cells and platelets which can raise insulin levels resulting in diabetes, hypoglycemia, and even high blood pressure.

Sugar disrupts the delicate balance of minerals in the body, such as magnesium and zinc, and can block the absorption of calcium, leading to stiff, “arthritic” joints. Also, a high sugar diet can cause the body to become a breeding ground for bacteria that thrive on sugary foods.

A sugar-free diet doesn’t mean that you will never be able to eat sweets again.
There are alternatives to sugar. Here is a list to start with:

Molasses – Has more calcium ounce for ounce than milk, more iron than eggs, and more potassium than any other food. It’s also rich in other vitamins and minerals.

Honey – All natural, made with the goodness of bees. Honey has antiseptic and antibiotic properties.

Sucanat – Made from dried and granulated cane juice.

Date Sugar – Made from dried, ground dates.

Stevia – A natural sweetener made from the stevia rebaudiana leaf. Tests have shown that stevia regulates blood sugar and lowers high blood pressure. In South America, people who suffer from hypoglycemia and diabetes have used it with great success. It’s also said that stevia can aid in mental alertness, improve digestion and even inhibit tooth decay.

Barley Malt or Brown Rice Syrup – Made from cultured rice and water and barley sprouts.

The world is still a sweet place. Now you have healthier choices.

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Devil in Disguise

Woman holding pile of white pills in her cupped hands

Painkillers are being abused like never before.  The media likes to sensationalize the use of prescription pain meds being sold in dark alleys by neighborhood thugs and resident riff-raff.

But what about the gentleman who just purchased the drugs legally from his local pharmacy, as prescribed by his doctor.  Is he in any less danger than the guy who obtains his through the black market?

You can argue that in the short-term he is, since he is taking the drugs as prescribed and in the proper dosage.  But how about over the long haul?

When you are injured, signals are sent from the injury site to the brain to register pain.  Pain is useful in that it alerts us to some form of tissue damage or bodily crisis.  The logical course of action would be to address the situation and correct the underlying root cause.

If you set a heavy box down on your foot, you create pain.  Remove the box, and the pain goes away.  Some things just make too much sense.

Instead, we are in effect encouraged by doctors to strap the box on, walk around with it for a lifetime, and guzzle painkillers to make up for the difference.  It sounds silly when described this way, but it is no less crazy than swallowing pain meds every day while living with chronic pain.

So what’s the big problem with taking painkillers?

First, as with any medication, painkillers come with a whole slew of side effects.  Any drug, especially when used chronically, takes a toll on the body, particularly the liver and kidneys.

Beyond that, pain medications override your body’s internal warning system.  What would normally be a signal to back off or slow down in order to avoid risking farther injury, is no longer present.  So the chances of exacerbating an injury are elevated when taking painkillers.

In addition, pain meds are not corrective.  When pain and symptoms arise due to meridian system imbalances, the only correction is an acupuncture treatment.  When artificially masking the symptoms with painkillers, the underlying cause is left to fester and become worse.  Not only do these types of medicines not fix anything, they can actually contribute to making the problem worse.  In essence, they do nothing more than help your body deteriorate more comfortably.

So to be at your best, ditch the painkillers and get acupuncture, which brings health with no side effects!

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