Is there anything better than a hot cup of chai on a chilly Winter’s day? This popular beverage from India traditionally incorporates black tea, aromatic spices, milk and honey, and is already a powerful digestive and immune tonic in its own right. However, add in some extra immune boosting herbs from the Chinese medicine pharmacopoeia and you have a recipe for a deliciously therapeutic superdrink!
Throughout the year, nature provides us with the appropriate foods to protect us from the climate, support our health, and keep us in balance. Becoming aware of seasonal foods and seasonal eating habits can attune us to the natural cycles of nature, and our bodies.
Read on to learn about how to eat in harmony with the changeable energy of Autumn, and how this can help protect your "Lungs" - the organ system associated with Autumn in TCM and the organ most vulnerable to illness during 'flu season' (click here to learn more about your amazing Lungs).
The theories of Chinese medicine suggest that each season relates to a different organ system. Autumn is the season of the Lungs. It’s the time of year when people are easily affected by environmental influences, and great changes are taking place in the weather and plant life around us.
The lungs are called the “delicate protective organ” in TCM because they are the only organ that comes into direct contact with the external environment. This can make them vulnerable to the environmental influences which can lead to colds, the flu, or allergies. Read on to learn more about our magnificent Lung 'organ system' according to TCM, and what you can do to keep it healthy and happy.
If you asked the average person how Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) keeps you healthy, they would probably answer that it involves acupuncture needles. That is a good start – but TCM is so much more than needles.
TCM is a complex understanding of how Qi (loosely translated as energy, or life force), affects your health. Qi flows through meridians passing through points which can be used to regulate and control that flow. When the flow of Qi increases, decreases or its quality changes, your health is affected. The most common way to manage the flow of Qi is with acupuncture needles. But TCM actually incorporates a wide range of therapies that complement each other to bring about health and harmony. In this blog post you will learn three ways to keep yourself healthy using TCM principles at home. By using these techniques in your daily life, you can be in charge of your health.
Now that Summer is here, and the weather is getting warmer, we often become more active and participate in a variety of outdoor activities.
An ideal Summer diet according to TCM is light and filled with fresh foods with high water content, and brightly coloured summer fruits and vegetables.
There are certain foods, flavours, cookings styles and ways of eating that will help your body feel wonderful this season. Read on for more.
Summer is finally here! Here are some healthy eating tips to help you make the most of the season.
Since the weather is wonderfully warm, Chinese medicine says you need light, cooling foods to help keep you balanced. Juicy peaches, sweet watermelons, tomatoes hot off the vine…The right foods are easy to find. One trip through your garden or a walk through a farmer’s market and you’ll have the perfect summer meal. But unfortunately, they don't tend to be the foods that we crave when we've been working and playing hard. Often, craving calories in the form of a burger, BBQ, or ice cream, beats craving fresh food like cucumber and salad. And afterward you probably feel full, bloated and hot.
Fortunately there is a solution. It is possible to eat well, have energy and avoid feeling bloated. The trick is in the timing. With an easy tweak to your natural summer diet, you’ll feel fantastic. Read on to learn how.
When it comes to fertility, there is a lot of focus on what women can do to improve their chances of falling pregnant. But, as they say, it takes two to tango! It is just as important for the father-to-be to look after his health and make sure his reproductive system is in top shape for a successful and healthy pregnancy to take place.
There are many things that men can do to boost their fertility and increase the likelihood of conception with their partner.
As a new mum, you may barely have enough time to eat, let along cook – and what you do eat might compose of whatever is easy and quick rather than something deeply nourishing and healing. I remember in the early days with my son, being so caught up in looking after his needs that I would very often forget about my own, only realising when I was absolutely starving, exhausted and needing a hit of sugar 'fast'!! This is not a good scenario as proper nutrition is the most effective way to restore your energy, heal your body and give your beautiful baby a healthy start in life, especially if you are breastfeeding. I'd like to share some tips that I found helpful in my journey and that will help you to embrace this magical time feeling replenished and revitalised.
Nature has a wonderful way of providing us with what we need, when we need it. This is especially true when it comes to the foods available each season. Autumn brings with it a bounty of fruits, vegetables, and herbs that nourish the body and support health and well-being. Being aware of seasonal foods and attuning your diet to your body’s needs is a great way to live in harmony with the rhythms of nature.
The harvest season is a time to prepare your body for the cold winter ahead. Your diet should shift toward richer, denser foods that will provide you with extra energy and warmth. Consider increasing your intake of protein, fats, and whole grains but be sure to keep up your exercise program, to control weight gain.
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