Tuesday, March 2, 2021

Kidney Essence Deficiency

Lack of energy, lower back pain or weakness, frequent urination especially in the evening or during the night, increased thirst during the night, insomnia, waking very early in the morning (3 or 4 am), poor memory, tinnitus, early menopause, period problems, lower libido, impotence, pain in the soles or heels of the feet, puffiness at the ankles or knees. Other symptoms associated with Kidney Essence deficiency may include: joint pain, weakness in arms & legs, or early grey hair.

If you are experiencing these symptoms in earlier or middle age, it’s important to take extra care of your Kidneys. This extra care can also help reduce signs of aging and prevent dementia.
Kidney Function & Your Ears
The Kidneys and the ears have a strong internal relationship from a physical and pathological aspect. This means that the Kidneys are one of the major organs that send energy to the ears to support ear function through the Kidney Channel. Therefore, the health of the Kidneys can reflect the health and functioning of the ears.
The kidneys also deal with bone health.

Top Ten Anti_Wrinkle Foods In TCM

 Bird’s Nest

This Chinese delicacy is exactly what it sounds like --- the edible abode of birds called swiftlets who fashion their nests from the male’s saliva. Available as a food or supplement in Chinese grocery stores or by mail order, bird’s nest is considered one of the most precious nutritional aides for beauty and rejuvenation.
Then its specific wrinkle smoothing properties come from its action on the skin and lungs, and its ability to moisturize and support the body’s healthy immunity. Modern research has found that bird’s nest contains epidermal growth factor, a water soluble glycol protein, as well as vitamins and minerals.
Chinese Dates (Jujube Fruit)
This is a fruit (not a candy) that’s often called Chinese dates. Its medicinal value has been recognized in China for 4,000 years, and even though there’s an old saying that “three dates a day keep old age away.” Its special function is to nourish the digestive system, but its ability to generate energy and blood nourishes the skin, promoting a healthy glow and smoothing wrinkles. Rich in antioxidants and minerals, it’s the ideal fruit (fresh or dried) to moisten dry skin and lips. Make sure to take pits out of dates before preparing them. Just use a scissors or small knife to cut it open and take the pits out.
Black Sesame Seeds
Those little black seeds you may know best from the outside of bagels are anti-aging wonders that in TCM terms nourish the internal organs, the blood and body fluids in general. As such regular long term consumption of black sesame seeds is especially good for wrinkles resulting from dry skin conditions. From a Western point of view, they’re rich in plant protein, vitamin E and linolenic acid, all essential for healthy, wrinkle-less skin.
There’s a reason peanuts are a staple in Chinese cooking. TCM literature refers to peanuts as “ever-live fruits” – meaning they have an anti-aging effect when eaten regularly. Peanuts fight wrinkles by nourishing the lungs and strengthening the stomach and spleen. Western nutritionists have recognized the value of peanuts, which are rich in readily absorbable amino acids, with a protein concentration (about 30%) nearly equal to chicken, eggs, and red meat. Though they contain fat, peanuts actually help lower cholesterol levels. One caution: Make sure any peanuts you eat are fresh, because old or spoiled peanuts can contain carcinogenic toxins. Choose high quality, organically grown peanuts.
Black Soy Beans
There is a traditional Chinese text called Yian Nian Mi Lu that focuses on anti-aging secrets --- and it raves about how soybeans benefit the facial complexion. Black soybeans especially promote tissue growth, replenish bone marrow, tonify deficient organs, and moisture the body according to TCM. As is well known in the West, soy is one of the best plant sources of protein, rich in natural estrogens known as isoflavones, essential fatty acids including Omega 3, vitamin E, and several important minerals. For best results, choose the black beans, or soy products made from black beans.
Pig’s Skin
It may not be most Westerners’ idea of a healthy food, but the Chinese discovered long ago that pig’s skin is an “herb” that nourishes Yin, relieves irritability and is used effectively for dry and wrinkled skin based on the concept of ancient Chinese medical theory that “like heals like.”
According to modern science, pig’s skin (fresh or dried) contains basic nutrients that our skin needs in order to delay wrinkle formation. It has abundant protein, mainly gelatinous protein and fibrous protein (collagen fiber and elastic fiber.) It’s also rich in minerals, and vitamin B1 and B2. The fat content of the pig’s skin is only half that of pork meat itself.
Moreover, pigskin has a cell structure similar to our own skin, with a very compatible kind of protein (large cell protein.) All of these qualities make pig skin an important food for delaying the skin aging process, for softening and beautifying the skin, and for reducing and preventing wrinkles. You probably don’t need to find a Chinese market to get pig’s skin or pig’s feet. They’re usually available from any local butcher.
Walnuts are another time-honored Chinese “treasure” for nourishing the complexion and smoothing facial wrinkles. They’re actually an ingredient in many ancient Chinese herbal formulas for beauty. They’re actually an ingredient in many ancient Chinese herbal formulas for beauty. Walnuts are also recognized in the West as a beneficial food. They’re rich in cholesterol lowering unsaturated fats and omega-3 fatty acids, the antioxidant carotene, vitamins B1 and B2, and a number of other anti-aging substances.
You’ll do well to eat a handful of walnuts every day, perhaps by using this ancient Chinese way of getting started with walnuts as a beautifying food: Eat one piece each night, before going to bed, for five days. On the sixth day eat two and continue adding one every five days until you reach 20.
Cherries are energizing foods that beautify the skin by nourishing the spleen and stomach (the middle Jiao.) Because of their high iron content, they’re a wonderful skin smoothing fruit that also improves skin color as they enrich the blood. They’re so effective that besides eating them, you can simply crush cherries and apply the juice directly to your face.
If your daily sweet treat uses honey, you will find over time that your will power is heightened, your body is “enlightened,” your aging process has slowed down and your face is less wrinkled. Honey tonifies energy and calms the five internal organs. It’s a superb skin nourisher, and its unique antibacterial and anti-viral function helps protect the skin.
Honey is rich in vitamins, amino acids, organic acids, complex carbohydrates, hormones, proteins, fructose and glucose, any of these nutrients are easily absorbed by the skin, making honey an excellent food for nourishing the skin, as well as improving skin function and regeneration.
TCM considers honey an herb as well as a food, and you can enjoy its anti-wrinkle benefits in supplement form if you don’t care to include it as part of your meals. One way is to simply swallow a teaspoon of honey every morning on an empty stomach, like (very sweet) medicine. Or mix a teaspoon of honey and teaspoon of vinegar in 6 ounces of water and drink half that mixture at a time. Be sure to use only pure, organic honey.
Honey can also be used as a great facial mask. Combine ¼ teaspoon of honey, 3 drops of olive oil, and ½ teaspoon of pearl powder. Mix it well in the palm of your hand with some water and apply it to your face once every other day. Wash it off warm water after 20 minutes. You’ll see amazing results the very first time you use it.
If sugar intake is a concern for you, try substituting royal jelly for honey. It’s not sweet and it’s less sticky. This is an especially beneficial food for women with a low sex drive and wrinkled skin. Use it as you would use honey but with low dosage. ¼ teaspoon daily.
Caution: Some people are allergic to bee products. If you know or suspect that you have an allergy, don’t use honey or royal jelly, or any other bee product. If you get a surprise allergic reaction from either (such as rashes or wheezing) stop using and see a physician.
This is a mushroom that has long been used in China for general skin beauty, either as a food or a supplement. Its fluid generating properties make it an excellent food choice for dry, wrinkled skin. But it’s a do-all food that nourishes lung Yin, increases energy, and benefits the blood, the brain, the heart and the body’s immune system. Its yin-nourishing function makes it especially beneficial for those with dry, wrinkled skin who also suffer bouts of irritability or who are going thru menopause. It’s rich in vitamin B and minerals, including iron, sulfur, phosphate, magnesium, calcium and potassium.
You’ll see tremella in already prepared form with sugar added form at health food stores or Chinese supermarket. Better to buy actual mushrooms (they’ll be cultivated, not wild) at a Chinese market.
One convenient way to prepare them is as follows: Soak 2 ounces of tremella mushrooms overnight. Then section them by hand into small pieces, throwing away the yellowish part at the bottom. Simmer slowly in 75 ounces of water (about eight full coffee mugs) for two and a half hours. Or use a pressure cooker, adding 5 measuring cups of water, keeping to a mid-boil going for about 30 minutes. When its cooked, add two teaspoons of honey and let cool.
Keep cooked tremela in a glass jar in the refrigerator, eating about ½ measuring cup worth till it’s finished.

The Spleen & Candida Overgrowth

The spleen is the largest organ of the lymphatic system. It detoxes the blood as it replenishes red blood cells, and stores white blood cells and plasma. A weakened spleen is notorious for causing a lot of digestive issues. It's the number one cause for bad bacteria or candida overgrowth developing within the body.

What Is Candida?
Candida Albicans is the most common type of yeast infection found in the mouth, intestinal tract and vagina, and it may affect skin and other mucous membranes. If the immune system is functioning optimally, this type of yeast infection is rarely serious. However, if the immune system is not functioning properly, the candida infection can migrate to other areas of the body, including the blood and membranes around the heart or brain. (1)
Candida is a fungus that aids with nutrient absorption and digestion, when in proper levels in the body. When it overproduces, the typical candida symptoms may appear. In the digestive tract, left unchecked, it breaks down the walls of the intestinal lining and penetrates into the bloodstream. This releases by-product toxins and other toxins from your system, causing leaky gut syndrome.
When you body’s natural pH balance is upset, the candida can grow out of control, creating a systemic problem. Good healthy bacteria and a properly functioning immune system are essential when fighting this stubborn infection.
Candida Overgrowth Syndrome, or COS, is the term used when candida has grown out of control in your body. Make no mistake: This is a chronic health condition. Individuals that have never experienced a serious yeast infection can find they have developed new sensitivities, allergies or intolerances to a variety of foods. These foods include dairy, eggs, corn and gluten.
9 Candida Overgrowth Symptoms
Candida overgrowth can be difficult for a physician to diagnosis. This type of system yeast infection presents different ways, in different people. Below are nine of the candida symptoms to watch for if you are concerned you have candida, or candida overgrowth syndrome.
1. Chronic Fatigue
If you have fatigue or exhaustion that you simply cannot shake, regardless of the number of hours you sleep, you may have chronic fatigue syndrome. The disease is characterized by fatigue that lasts a minimum of six months and is often accompanied by other symptoms, including headaches, joint pain, difficulties with memory and concentration, and sore throat. Often one of the candida symptoms is chronic fatigue. While a candida infection is not the only cause of chronic fatigue syndrome, many physicians believe it heightens the risk of CFS.
2. Mood Disorders
One of the reasons it can be difficult to diagnosis candida is that so many of the candida symptoms are common to other conditions, including mood disorders. Individuals with candida overgrowth may experience dramatic mood swings, anxiety, irritability, depression and even panic attacks.
3. Recurring Vaginal and Urinary Tract Infections
When an individual experiences recurring infections in the urinary tract or vagina, candida may be at the root of the problem. It is important to realize that candida can be sexually transmitted, and partners can spread it back and forth. For women, reduce the risk by avoiding tight-fitting underwear or pantyhose and avoid hot baths during an active infection. (6)
4. Oral Thrush
Oral thrush is actually a yeast infection, caused by the same strain of candida that affects other mucous membranes, including the vagina. Most often caused by the use of prednisone or other oral corticosteroids as mentioned above. Left untreated, it may spread through the body including the digestive tract, lungs, liver and heart valves.
Oral candida is communicable; newborns can get thrush during birth, children can get it from sharing toys with other children, and adults can pass it back and forth through the saliva. (7)
5. Sinus Infections
As with many of these other candida symptoms, sinus infections are common today, and it can be difficult to pinpoint the root of the cause. Candida does affect the sinuses and can result in a persistent cough, post-nasal drip, an increase in congestion, seasonal allergies, and general flu-like symptoms. If you experience consistent problems with your sinuses, it’s time to check for a candida infection!
6. Intestinal Distress
Ongoing intestinal distress is a sign you have a candida infection. Persistent flatulence, burping, bloating, constipation or diarrhea, and stomach cramps may be caused by a lack of healthy bacteria in your digestive tract.
When yeast overtakes the intestines, healthy bacteria are undermanned, and cannot fight off the infection alone. Many individuals experience dramatic relief of chronic intestinal distress when effectively treating a candida infection.
7. Brain Fog
Along with mood changes and chronic fatigue, brain fog is often overlooked as a sign of candida. However, candida overgrowth can cause a lack of focus, poor physical coordination, difficulty in concentrating on tasks and poor memory.
8. Skin and Nail Fungal Infections
Athlete’s foot and fungus in the toenail are common yeast infections, which stem from the same breed of candida. Continued infections may be a sign that you have a systemic candida infection.
9. Hormonal Imbalance
A hormonal imbalance is one of the signs of candida that presents in many other health conditions. However, it is important to recognize how an infection can cause early menopause, PMS, a low sex drive, migraines, endometriosis, water retention, mood swings and an inability to lose unwanted pounds.
Whilst in the midst of candida overgrowth, your body becomes inflamed, causing the yeast to grow and spread beyond the digestive tract. One of the byproducts of candida actually can mimic estrogen, leading to a serious hormonal imbalance.
There are many possible causes of candida including a diet high in sugar, refined carbohydrates and alcohol that help yeast to grow.
How To Treat
Stay away from whole grains and sugar and use starchy spleen carbs (sweet potatoes, squash of all kinds, lentils, and mung beans) use stevia in place of sugar and take 1 to 3 teaspoons of manuka honey a day, cup of barley tea, also add sour foods and probiotic rich foods for the liver so that you can cleanse your system, this includes vinegar, sauerkraut and kimchi, and bitter foods for the large and small intestine like kale, arugula, cinnamon, ginger, turmeric, romaine lettuce, and start taking a probiotic supplement at twice or triple the normal dose for any where between 30 and 90 days. For 10 to 14 days take anti-fungals like oil of oregano or grapeseed extract or garlic also stick to warm foods not cold and add some bone broth into the mix.

Nutrients, Vitamins & Inflammation

The information you’re reading is information I learned regarding injuries acquired by athletes and more pre and post surgery. I hope you find it interesting.

Recipe For Reducing Inflammation
  • Fish Oil Plus Olive Oil
  • Raw Mixed Nuts
  • Avocados
  • Flax Oil
  • Ground Flax and other seeds
  • Selenium (200mcg daily): Evidence shows that areas of Africa with high levels of selenium in the diet have lower susceptibilities to many viruses. This may be due to selenium’s effects on glutathione, an important and necessary component of an effective immune response.
  • Vitamin D (2000-4000iu daily): Studies show that high serum levels of vitamin D seems to protect against any tendencies of respiratory viruses to trigger more severe consequences (such as acute respiratory distress).
  • Andrographis: Long known in traditional Chinese medicine as an effective natural medicine against respiratory infections, Andrographis has also been shown to inhibit processes inside the cell that are corrupted by the virus in its attempts to reproduce itself.
  • Stinging Nettle Root: A well known herb for prostate wellness, the root of the herb Urtica dioica contains a lectin with known antiviral qualities that has in fact been shown to be effective against similar strains of Coronavirus.
  • Elderberry: Long known for its anti-viral properties, elderberry may help block attempts by the virus to enter the cell by inhibiting an enzyme used to drill through the cell membrane.
  • Other foods to consider: Leeks, onions and garlic contain ‘monocot mannose binding lectins’ and because of this quality may help block coronavirus. Media and so-called experts have been stating that ‘garlic is ineffectual’ but it seems they are ignorant of these attibributes.
Recipe For Promoting Inflammation
  • Omega 6 fats, vegetable oils (corn, sunflower, cottonseed and soybean, etc.)
  • Most processed foods
Other Nutrients and inflammation
  • Tumeric; 1 tsp per day, 400 - 600 mg extract 3 times per day
  • Garlic; 2 - 4 whole cloves per day, 600 - 1200 mg extract per day
  • Bromalain; 1 cup pineapple per day, 500 to 1000 mg daily
  • Boswellia; 300 mg 3 times per day
NSAIDS (ibuprofen, naproxen sodium, celecoxib, etc.)
  • NSAIDS might hinder injury healing, best reserved for acute phase (5 days post injury)
Protein Intake: 1 gram per pound of body weight
  • Men: 2 palms, Women: 1 palm; with each meal (lean meats, lean dairy, eggs, vegetarian proteins, or supplements
Carb Intake: maintain stable insulin - unprocessed each meal
  • Vegetables and Fruit: 1 to 2 fists of veggies or fruits with each meal
  • Starches: Men: 2 golf balls, Women: 1 golf ball of minimally processed carbs with each meal (whole oats, yams, beans, whole grain rice, quinoa, etc.)
Fat Intake: 1/3 fat intake coming from each type 1:1 omega 3:6 ratio
  • Fats: Men; 2 thumbs, Women 1 thumb of avocado, olive oil, mixed nuts, flax seeds with each meal, 3 - 9 g of fish oil should be added to diet
  • High Omega 3 and mono fats, some with each meal
  • Meals every three to four hours
Vitamins/minerals for recovery
  • If you’re deficient in any of the following vitamins you need to supplement your diet. Vitamin A, Vitamin B, Vitamin C, Vitamin D, Calcium, Copper, Iron, Magnesium, Manganese, Zinc
Recent Studies Have Shown the Following Makes A Big Improvement for Injury Healing
  • Vitamin A: 10,000 mg a day for 3 weeks
  • Vitamin C: 2,000 mg a day for 3 weeks
  • Copper: 4 mg a day for 3 weeks
  • Zinc: 30 mg a day for 3 weeks
  • Arginine: 7 g 2x/day: Stimulates protein synthesis, collagen deposition, wound healing
  • Glutamine: 7 g 2x/day; Stimulates immune cell action, gut cell turnover, collagen synthesis
  • HMB: 1.5 g 2x/day; Inhibits muscle protein breakdown, collagen deposition
Chronic Pain
  • Glucosamine - chrondroitin - hylauronic acid; Have been shown to be affective in osteoarthritis but not acute injury.
  • Natural Eggshell Membrane; New study showing significant reduction in joint pain and increased ROM in clinical and active people. Recommended dose 500 mg per day.

When Antibiotics Fail

 When anti-biotics fail......keep calm and inhale!

A Essential Oil Formula that protects, grounds and inspires. Essential oils represent the essence, core of the plant. Plants have been on this Earth millions of years compared to human beings and have had more time to adapt to climate changes, viral and microbial attacks . The Gingko Biloba tree , for example, has been on this planet about 4 million years.
From a purely energy viewpoint, essential oils carry a certain frequency and vibrancy that boosts our immune system. The immune system should be seen as a holistic network, grid or matrix that connects every cell, tissue, organ and physiological system of the body.
Session 1
1. Juniper Berry - 15 - 18 drops
2. Clove Bud - 15 drops
3. Oregano - 10 - 15 drops
4. Thyme - 15 - 18 drops
5. Tea - Tree - 15 drops
Session 2
1. Lemon - 15 drops
2. Grapefruit - 15 drops ( exclude when patient is medicated )
3. Clove Bud - 10 drops
4. Frankincense Carterii - 15 drops
5. Hyssop - 10 drops
None of these oils to be used when pregnant. For pregnant women : Lemon, Grapefruit, Lavender
Optional is Frankincense ( The king of essential oils )
Any carrier oil - 8 oz bottle. SHAKE WELL !!!
A good Essential Oil Company : Rocky Mountain Essential Oils
Massage over chest upper back and spine.

How To Use Pearl Powder

Pearl and diamond facials have been a standard in many spas. They have been used for quite some time for beauty purposes.

The price tags may be sky high but the benefits have been seen by many who prefer jewel based beauty products. Recently, the product that has been making the news is pearl powder.
Pearl powder for skin has been in usage in China for thousands of years. The empresses of China who are famed for their pearly complexion used to use pearl powder on their faces.
This ingredient has recently taken the beauty world by storm when it was mentioned as an ingredient in many Asian cosmetics.
Even though you are doubtful about the worth of using an extremely expensive product, let me assure you that the pearl powder benefits are numerous.
And what’s more, the usage of it is quite economical. It is natural as well as effective.
The pearl which cannot be used for jewelry is ground and turned into fine flour like powder which is then mixed with creams and facials as a beauty product.
From where can you buy pearl powder?
There are many brands selling pearl powder for internal and external use. You can get it in various forms, capsules, cream, and powder.
You will have many brands to choose from. Make sure that the one you choose has 100% pearl powder written on it. It can be purchased in malls or through Amazon.
You will most likely find them in capsules which you can empty into a container. If you don’t find it, shop it online there will be many more options.
How can you use pearl powder?
Pearl powder for skin can be used in many ways. Once you get the powder in hand, you can use it one of these ways we have listed below.
1. Make a face mask
This is the most common way people use pearl powder, they turn it into a face mask. It actually helps soothe your skin and reduce any signs of redness or acne marks you had.
With continued usage, almost all your marks will start to disappear. Pearl Powder will smoother your skin, make it look pearly, shining and it’ll be soothed.
No, you can use pearl powder with milk or simply some rose water. This is a mask that many uses and is good for the skin. It’s a very simple mask.
All you have to do is open a capsule and then empty the pearl powder of one capsule. Then to this powder, you slowly start adding rose water until the mixture resembles a thin paste.
Then slowly cover your face with this paste. After you apply the paste, you have to wait for ten minutes before you can wash your face.
Once you wash your face you will immediately see how smooth your skin will feel.
2. Use as a finishing powder
As you can see, pearl powder uses are numerous. You can use the pearl powder in the capsules in place of your regular finishing makeup powder.
So once you do you make up like you normally do. You can put the pearl powder onto a tray and then use a thick but soft make up to brush to brush the powder all over your face.
You will see that it will set on your skin flawlessly both for the fair and dark complexion. The powder is so fine you won’t even feel that it’s there nor will others notice.
It’s actually like those famous mineral makeups that blend into your skin.
These type of mineral powder reduces the shine on your face and gives a great matte look, something like a bronzer. You will see how beautiful it is and so much better than your normal powder.
3. Swipe
You can literally swipe anything with pearl powder, like use it in place of normal Fullers Earth in a face mask.
And you can actually use it instead of any other face mask that you’re been using.
You can use it daily for makeup, like in place of the finishing powder, a bronzer, etc. Or use it as a cream before you go to bed.
You can also drink pearl powder mixed with water. It has been claimed that it calms the body and gives healthy skin. You can sprinkle it in smoothies to heal headaches and melasma.
A teaspoon of pearl water that is mixed with warm pure water can be drunk thrice daily. This is the maximum dosage. Recently pearl powder has revived the stamp of beauty superfood.
Benefits of pearl powder
Pearls, which are so beautiful and precious are composed of very essential components. Pearls are said to contain about 40-80% of calcium according to quality.
They at the same time have magnesium some amino acids and few minerals. Research has shown that these are the components which a female body is always deficit in.
It helps with osteoporosis by increasing calcium in the body. And it really helps during your periods, to stay calm and not give into those bloody cravings, you get me, girls?
Apart from that, pearl powder is used in medicine to cure diseases like constipation, infection or if you are having ulcers in your mouth.
Pain caused by sores and ulcers are slowly healed by consumption of pearl powder.
Pearl powder when applied on the skin boost the growth of cells and your cells rejuvenate faster.
The collagen which helps to keep skin firm is also regenerated making your skin tight.
It is also an anti-ageing powder and diminishes signs of aging. If you have any blemishes to acne spots that will also be reduced.
Skin that has been damaged by the sun can also be healed by it, as well as fine line air wrinkles that are due to the sun.
Your skin tone will become more even and there will be no pigmentation or discoloration. The big pores will be reduced and skin will become more youthful, I can say.

How To Make Affordable Rose Water

 To make rose water for the Pearl Powder mask I recommend using a few drops of geranium essential oil in place of rose essential oil added to a pint of fresh water. Its equally effective and much less costly to purchase.

Kidney Essence Deficiency

Lack of energy, lower back pain or weakness, frequent urination especially in the evening or during the night, increased thirst during the n...