Every year, millions of parents take their children to the pediatrician for ear infections, and most of them end up going home with antibiotics. In fact, ear infections are one of the most common reasons kids see doctors and the leading reason kids get antibiotics.
Chines Herb Qing Hao/Artemisiae Herba also known as Wormwood has been shown in medical research to kill cancer cells. Scientists are researching the effects of Wormwood and Iron on the destruction of breast cancer cells. In the study, researchers are reporting that the plant kills iron-enriched breast cancer cells but doesn’t harm many healthy ones. Artemesinin’s destructive properties are triggered by higher than normal levels of iron in cancer cells. The Research is there, but why is this info not more readily available to the public?
To read more on the research of this herb, I’ve attached some links:
So as I sit in my Herb class listening to my teacher tell the stories of his old days in China I’m usually intrigued and floored when I hear about something as simple as a seed as being the secret to looking and feeling young. Chinese medicine never ceases to amaze me, but the way my Professor tells his stories can literally put you in the moment. He mentions of the “younger” ladies who would always get asked “why are you yelling at your father”? “That’s not my father, that’s my son!” ß Now if this sentenced didn’t just make you go “hum?” Then I don’t know what will. See the secret to staying looking young in China is a tablespoon of black sesame seeds 1-2x daily. It’s a beauty staple in Asia. The women take the sesame seeds their whole life, their skin hardly wrinkles, their hair stay long thick dark and beautiful, while their son’s and husbands continue to age. I know I’ve seen an article or two on why or how do Asian women tend to not age? Well who knew on a Thursday afternoon sitting in Herb class the secret would be revealed to me. Of course it’s not just for antiaging but also has an array of other health benefits.
“Taking black sesame seeds can heal all the chronic illness after 100 days, improve skin tone on body and face after 1 year, reverse gray hair after 2 years, and regrow teeth after 3 years.”
says the Materia Medica of Herbal Medicine, the largest and most comprehensive medical writings in the history of Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM).
This herb is also known as Hei Zhi Ma (Sesami Semen Nigrum) and related experiments show that the content of vitamin E contained in this herb is the highest in all foods of plant origin. It is well known that vitamin E can promote cell division and delay cell senescence. Long-term use can counteract or neutralize cell senescence and then delay aging and extend life expectancy.
Some other health benefits associated black sesame seeds are it improves:
Liver and kidney function
Hair and skin
According to Chines medicine aging is the result of a deficiency of blood and jing in the liver and kidneys. Jing also called Essence is your life force, you are born with all the Jing you are going to get and you can supplement it throughout life with healthy lifestyle and food. When your blood or Jing becomes deficient this is when the aging process starts to take over. Have you ever wondered why some people are fully functional at 90 yrs old look great and still have life in them? Then you see some people at 60 yrs old, broken hips, look 90, their body and mind have just aged horribly? This is due to the way we treat our Essence. Supplement your Jing with good foods and a healthy lifestyle (your body will thank you for it yrs from now)
Also a tablespoon 1-2x a day of black sesame seeds couldn’t hurt 😉
That’s right you read that correctly food therapy not hot tea therapy 😉 This usually works well when trying to help the kiddos out, I find it easier to bribe them with a sweet treat then to try to force them to sip on hot tea (Maybe that’s just my kids though) 😉 There are a few foods that are really good for cough (whether it be a dry cough or a cough with phlegm) One of my favorites to cook for my kids is Asian Pear (for dry cough) and you can add the herb Chuan Bei Mu (for cough with yellow phlegm) on top. Chuan Bei Mu is only beneficial for yellow phlegm, which we call Heat Phlegm in Chinese Medicine. Because this herb is cold in nature it would not do well with Cold Phlegm aka white bubbly phlegm.
Did you know that remedies for your child’s most common ailments may be no further than your own two hands? Yes, acupressure can be your go-to remedy for a host of conditions, such as cough, constipation, sleep problems, and earaches. The great thing about acupressure is that once you learn some basic points and techniques you will have an effective and gentle treatment method on hand for whenever your little one gets sick. Acupressure can be used in place of acupuncture to get the same effect. Children are especially easy to treat with acupressure because their energies are still very pure and unburdened by years of toxicity. With children a small amount of acupressure can have a great therapeutic effect.
Bai Hua She She Cao (Oldenlandia diffusa) an herb prevalent in East Asia and Southern China, is used in traditional Chinese medicine to clear “heat” and to eliminate “toxins”. It is used in combination with other herbs for the treatment of hepatitis, and tumors of the lung, liver, stomach, and rectum.
Today’s post is short simple and right to the point. If you are a nature lover like me this herb is for you.
Zi Hau Di Ding also known as Chinese Violet or Viola Herba is a very beneficial herb. It has been shown to reduce hot painful swellings and also relieve the toxicity of venomous snake bites. Now before you read anymore into this let me be very clear I still whole-heartedly believe in being treated with anti-venom. I am normally all about the herbs and while this herb is very beneficial in an emergency situation like this I still highly suggest getting treated with an anti-venom as soon as you can.
But if you find yourself in an emergency situation where you or someone you know is bitten by a venomous snake this herb is really good at drawing out the toxins and buys you some very valuable time.
If bitten by a snake Zi Hua Di Ding can be taken orally, just chew it up, drink some water, and swallow; and also applied externally to the bite site (chew up and apply topically).
Viola Herba is also just as good at reducing toxicity in spider bites or skin infections. So if you are out enjoying nature and you come across one of these instances you’ll be good to go because you already have Zi Hua Di Ding in your First Aid Kit 😉 You can usually find this herb online from many different distributors or picked fresh from nature.
Don’t have time for a cold to consume your life (who does)? Most people know cold symptoms can last up to a week if not treated properly so we usually just mask the symptoms with over the counter supplements and try to ride it out. Unfortunately most people have no idea that there is actually a really effective treatment for the common cold. This is where acupuncture and herbs come into play. With a treatment from an Acupuncturist the cold can usually be treated and released from your body within 1 hr.
High Cholesterol and High Blood Pressure (HBP) is becoming a more common thing throughout Western Society. I’m sure we all know someone in our life that is dealing with this. Unfortunately and truthfully it is not only due to our genetics but more so caused by our diet. If you’re tired of popping a million prescription pills and want an alternative answer please continue reading.
There are so many SUPER BENEFICIAL HERBS out there that I think I‘m going to start an “Herb of the Week”. This is one of the main reasons I wanted to start this blog. So many people think that they have to deal with their issues in silence or if they do speak up they will have to take a prescription with horrific side effects. This isn’t always necessary, a lot of issues we deal with can be handled with beautiful herbs that Mother Nature blessed us with.