The Seed of Longevity

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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:

  • Heart health
  • Liver and kidney function
  • Mental acuity
  • Vision
  • Hearing
  • 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 😉

Food Therapy for Cough and Phlegm

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asian pearThat’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.

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Know Someone with Erectile Dysfunction?

Good News! In most cases it can be reversed without taking that little blue pill. But it will take some lifestyle changes on your part.

Studies have shown that impotence is often the first red flag that your arteries are becoming blocked, and artery blockages are commonly caused by the overconsumption of meat, eggs, and dairy products, which are high in cholesterol and saturated fat,” says Dr. Neal Barnard of the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine. “Animal products increase the amount of cholesterol in the blood. This cholesterol enters the blood vessels and creates plaque on the interior walls, which narrows the passageway for blood flow,” Barnard says.

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Do You Want to Battle Cancer the Holistic Way?

In the link below it gives you multiple healing clinics throughout the world that focus on battling chronic diseases including cancer through a holistic approach.  You don’t have to fight caner alone, and Chemo and Radiation are not the only way to combat this. Many people have had much success fighting chronic disease with the assistance of complimentary medicine.

http://foodmatters.tv/resource/healing-clinics

A Vegan Lifestyle Can Save Your Life

Hi and welcome to my site. First things first, I am very passionate about helping people become educated on healthy lifestyle choices and expanding their knowledge on how nutrition and Tradition Chinese Medicine can truly benefit ailments. I think a great place to start on encouraging people to educate themselves is to mention the China Study done by Dr. T. Colin Campbell.

To save you from all the boring details the basics behind the China Study examines the relationship between the consumption of animal products and chronic illnesses such as coronary heart disease, diabetes, and cancer. Dr. Campbell studies multiple regions throughout china over a 20 yr span. He concludes that people who eat a whole-food, plant-based/vegan diet i.e. avoiding all animal products and reducing their intake of processed foods can avoid, reduce or reverse the development of numerous diseases. The poorest regions who couldn’t afford animal products had nearly no form of these diseases whereas the wealthier regions who consumed animal products on a daily basis had chronic diseases and a higher rate of cancer. If you are one who enjoys reading I highly suggest getting the book The China Study, if your more of a visual person there is  documentary on Netflix called “Forks over Knives” that’s does a fantastic job describing this study.

Thank you for visiting my page and I look forward to bringing you a lot more info on these subjects. In the meantime please take some time to check out these sights and educate yourself more on how a diet consisting of whole foods can prevent and even reverse sever diseases.

http://www.thechinastudy.com/

http://www.forksoverknives.com/category/success-stories/

https://www.drmcdougall.com/health/education/health-science/stars/stars-video/jessica-bowen/