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.
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.
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.
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) suggests that there are three main causes of infertility: deficiency syndrome, stagnancy syndrome and heat syndrome.
When you are deficient this means your hormones are not properly influencing the sexual and reproductive functions.
When you are stagnant your body is preventing the sexual and reproductive organs from functioning despite normal hormone levels and a normal ability to respond to hormones. This has the impact of restricting circulation to tissues.
The heat syndrome may be associated with an infection or inflammatory process. It can produce abnormal semen quality leading to male infertility, while gynecologic infections can cause female infertility by blocking the passages, altering the mucous membrane conditions or influencing the local temperature.
All three syndromes can be treated with Chinese herbs, acupuncture or a combination of both. These traditional Chinese approaches can also, and are often, combined with Western medicine in treating infertility.
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For my first herb post I figured I would start with one of my favorite herbal formulas right now, Da Qing Ye (Isatidis Folium) aka Isatis Leaf and Ban Lan Gen (Isatidis Radix) aka Isatis stem. This Herb is fantastic at warding off febrile diseases. One of the main febrile diseases we see in America is the Flu(any kind of flu). This plant can be taken internally and is thought to have antibacterial, antiviral, antipyretic, and anti-inflammatory actions. These herbs can also be applied externally to combat mumps. A beautiful formula is Ban Lan Gen Chong ji, patients come in with fever and sore throat start taking this tea and usually see quick improvement with their symptoms. It can also be used preventatively. This formula was used in China when they experienced the SARS outbreak and has become a staple in many household medicine cabinets. The formula can use the stem, the leaf, and usually a variety of different plants that accentuate the effects. Please feel free to check out the blog post below on it.
*You can usually find this formula online and easily obtain it. Of course anytime you feel sick I highly encourage you to see a DAOM or Naturopath and get prescribed the proper dosage based on your symptoms and your size. While most herbs are very safe it is highly recommended you see a professional when looking into herbs. Lucky for you getting in to see a DAOM is usually same day and doesn’t require insurance. Most apts are very inexpensive ranging anywhere from $45-$100, and this usually includes an acupuncture treatment and herbs. *