Herbal Tonics for Digestion

Digestive disorders can be simple like flatulence or gas, or they can be much more serious, such as Crohn’s disease. But regardless of the severity of the disease, there is no doubt digestive disorders affect far more people than they should, especially in the United States. A recent survey reports nearly 74 percent of all Americans are living with digestive issues. Most people don’t report it to their doctors either, because they assume it is normal to have gas, bloating or abdominal pain. But these symptoms can be indicators of much more serious underlying problems. continue reading »

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Five Reasons to Get Acupuncture for Migraines

Migraine headaches are a bit of mystery to the medical world. This ailment tends to be poorly understood and frequently undiagnosed and under-treated. According to the Migraine Research Foundation, this neurological disease affects nearly 39 million Americans. Migraines are characterized by severe, throbbing pain usually found on only one side of the head. Migraine headaches can also be accompanied by visual disturbances, dizziness, nausea, vomiting and extreme sensitivity to light and sound. These types of headaches can last from four hours to several days. Because modern medicine doesn’t completely understand this neurological phenomenon, the typical treatment is somewhat hit or miss. continue reading »

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Red lentil stew recipe

This is a recipe I make often, sometimes as a stew and sometimes as a soup. I hope you like it!

 

Healthy lentil stew

 

1 cup of red lentils, picked and rinsed.

1/4 of chopped onion

lime juice

1 teaspoon of cumin

1 teaspoon of chili pepper powder

1 teaspoon of  freshly ground pepper

1 tablespoon of olive or grapeseed oil

1/2 pound of fresh spinach

1/2 pound of firm tofu, cubed.

1 cup of tomato paste (or fresh tomatoes, blended)

3 cups of vegetal broth or water

Himalayan salt

 

Sauté onion and garlic in oil at medium heat, then add cumin and chili powder, stir in tomato paste,  and cook a few minutes. Add broth, water, red lentils, and diced carrot, and simmer for 30 minutes. Add diced tofu and salt to taste, adjust the liquid.  (e.g. more water to get a more soupy, less water for a stew type of meal) Add about a half pound of spinach at the very end.

Squeeze a few drops of lemon juice to taste.

 

Recipe modified from  cooking.nytimes.com

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It’s All In Your Head: Headaches and TCM

There are four main types of headache: tension, cluster, sinus and migraine. And, there are varying triggers for these headaches, such as food, stress, hormones, dehydration and weather. Fortunately, eliminating the triggers and finding natural ways to prevent and help an ongoing headache are possible. continue reading »

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Acupuncture for Harnessing Willpower

Harness your willpower with acupuncture

Ever had one of those days or weeks where you just can’t pull yourself out of bed in the morning? Or perhaps you just can’t say “No!” to the dessert tray. Regardless of the activity, willpower is what keeps some people disciplined. But it doesn’t make you a bad person if you have dessert with every meal, buy more shoes than you really need or take longer to get going in the morning. It just means your willpower isn’t strong. And just like any other habit, that can be changed. continue reading »

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