The Fire Within Acupuncture & Wellness
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5. Famous former NBA forward Grant Hill received acupuncture to help his legs and boost his energy. Grant Hill said “it doesn’t hurt .. they treat the whole body .. they look for the cause of the problem and fix that.”.
6. Wang Qun an Olympic swimmer from China used cupping to prepare for her race at the 2008 Bejing Olympics.
7. Kobe Bryant – On 1/5/13 the NBA superstar took to twitter and posted a picture of his leg with acupuncture needles in it along with the tweet “Acupuncture therapy. Whatever it takes #mambatweets” I am not a big fan of Kobe but I am always happy to see Chinese Medicine getting good press.
8. Fullback, Tony Richardson – Richardson, considered on of the best fullbacks in NFL history had a distinguished career with the Vikings, Chiefs and Jets. He successfully used acupuncture for injuries and credited his acupuncturist for his quick healing time.
Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine has a very very long history of effectively treating pain and speeding the recovery process. Even conservative organizations like the Canadian Army are using acupuncture to treat chronic pain and PTSD in injured soldiers. Acupuncture benefits for athletes include: pain relief, faster recovery, improved circulation, muscle relaxation, better sleep and improved energy. Like many others, and for the same reasons, athletes are fans of acupuncture and the other treatments offered by Traditional Chinese Medicine as a way to treat injuries and a multitude of other health concerns.
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People in our lives don’t always behave the way we wish, and certain behaviors can trigger uncomfortable responses in us. Please remember they didn’t get into our mind and create the buttons that have been pushed. Taking responsibility for our own feelings and reactions is mastering our own ability to respond. We need to learn consciously to choose then react.
Resentment and forgiveness needs to be addressed together. Forgiving doesn’t condone a person’s behavior; rather forgiveness takes place as a simple decision and has nothing to do with the other person at all. True forgiveness allows us to set ourselves free from holding on to the pain of another’s behavior - simply an act of releasing ourselves from the negative energy. Forgiveness doesn’t mean you are allowing the painful behavior or actions to continue in your life, but rather forgiveness is about letting it go; you forgive them and release them.
Take a stand and set healthy boundaries. This is the most loving thing you can do – not only for yourself but for others too. I truly believe there are no mistakes in this life. When our hearts remain closed and we feel sad, depressed, lost, angry, resentful, shame, or abandoned its hard to see anything good. Yet, when our hearts are open it’s as if so much of that negativity disappears and we’re able to release the old thoughts and reawaken to joy, love, happiness, and freedom. For each of us, there’s always joy inside, and we need to know how very perfect we are, as we are.
No matter how much chaos is going on around us; no matter how many things may be going wrong or not the way we envisioned; no matter what our bodies may be doing at the moment, we can always just love and accept ourselves. The truth of us – the very truth of our being - is that we are eternal. We have always been and we always will be. That part of us goes on forever.
As we accept and love ourselves exactly as we are, it makes it easier to go through the so called difficult times. We’re no longer fighting ourselves, we’re accepting. We’re cherishing ourselves and becoming tender. We’re comforting ourselves and making it easier.
Look in a mirror and say, “I love and accept you, just the way you are…”
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When dry climates prevail, it is important to know how to offset their effects. When a person has a dry condition, it is usually related to the lungs and could be caused by imbalances in the diet, excessive activity, adverse climate, and/or organ malfunction. The major symptoms of dryness in the body are thirst, dryness of the skin, nose, lips, and throat, and itchiness; those who are chronically dry also tend to have a thin body type.
To counter dryness in the body in any season, foods which moisten can be emphasized: soybean products, including tofu, tempeh, and soy milk; spinach, barley, millet, pear, apple, persimmon, loquat, seaweeds, black and white fungus, almond pine nut, peanut, sesame seed, honey (cooked), barley malt, rice syrup, milk and dairy products, eggs, clam, crab, oyster, mussel, herring, and pork. Using a little salt in cooking also moistens dryness.
Dairy and other animal products are more appropriate for those whose dryness is accompanied by weakness, frailty, and other signs of deficiency. The dry person's condition is frequently a result of inadequate yin fluids in the body, and therefore many of the remedies for nourishing the yin also treat dryness.
The Lungs in Harmony and Disease
The lungs receive the Qi vital force of the air and mix it with the Qi extracted from food. This combination of Qi and associated nutrients is then distributed throughout the food and is of particular importance in protecting the surfaces of the body (including the mucous membranes and interior surfaces of the lungs) from viruses, bacteria, and other invading pathogens. The strength of the lungs depends on their Qi.
In health, lung Qi energy is characterized by its ability to consolidate, gather together, maintain strength, and unify against disease at every level, including cellular immunity. The personality of those with strong lungs is influenced by this Qi: They seem unified, hold onto their direction, create order, and are effective at what they do. How well we "hold on" and "let go" can be expressed in terms of emotional attachment. The colon is the yang organ paired with the lungs, and its obvious function is releasing what is no longer needed. In Chinese healing traditions, this release is on emotional and psychic levels as well as physical.
Attachments as an Indicator of Lung Vitality
Those with healthy lungs tend to hold onto their principles and keep their commitments, but when it comes time to let go of an object or relationship, they sense this and it without without emotional repression, feeling the associated grief and sadness, but soon resolving it. In comparison, those with weak lungs may experience loss with confusion and attempt to stifle their sadness, never completely letting go. At the same time, they can be disorderly and either lose their possessions easily or else hold onto them with unreasonable attachment.
Resolving Grief and Sadness
Grief is the emotion associated with the lungs and colon. Grief that is expressed and resolved strengthens the internal basis of heath, but repressed grief causes long-term contraction in the lungs, which interferes with their function of dispersing nutrients and Qi; ultimately, the lungs become congested with undistributed matter. Virtually everyone with lung and colon problems, regardless of the source of the problem, has unresolved sadness that needs to be cleared. Understanding the inward nature of this emotion offers a clue to working with it.
The contracting force of grief, if used constructively, clears repression: it encourages us to look within, to identify unresolved sorrows, and to transform them by simply being mindful of them. Sharing such feelings with others can also help dissipate them. By focusing internally, one heals those areas where deep illness may otherwise develop. Turbid emotions and thoughts can be cleansed by long, deep breathing. The expansive quality of pungent foods, the flavour that first "enters" the lungs, can assist in clearing grief.
The Physical Indications of Lung Vitality
Before assessing lung vitality, it is useful to consider three additional relationships:
- The lungs are said to "open" to the nose; this means that the sinuses, bronchioles, air passageways, and the nose itself are all influenced by the lungs.
- The health of the skin, including the mucous membranes and their inherent immunity, reflect lung health.
- The amount and quality of mucus relate to the lungs.
The individual with healthy lungs maintains a light, moist, protective coating on all mucus membranes; in conjunction with well-nourished and energized skin, this wards off extreme weather influences as well as viruses and other pathogens. Such a person is protected against infectious diseases like colds and flus and has good immunity in general.
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Spas, Dentist and Doctors’ offices are inundated with offers that promise to beautify and bloom up your cheeks, reduce the appearance of lines, and smooth out tired skin.
Few are regarded as “natural” and fewer considered holistic and gentle. Botox injections and fillers use various forms of the “botulinum toxin” to temporarily paralyze muscle activity; most clients are unaware of the bruising, inflammation and weeks of tenderness that can result.
A recent study lead by Dr Michael Lewis of the School of Psychology, Cardiff, Wales examined the idea of facial feedback on 25 people who had regular Botox injections. His findings presented: “People who became less happy because their “smiling faces” were less “smiley” than before, thus affecting how they see the world.”
What does your Face Reveal about your Health?
Have you considered using your constitution to aid in healing lines – using treatment that builds upon itself but also addresses the underlying internal cause of dull, slack skin?
Chinese medicine believes that the face reflects both the body’s overall health and quality of Spirit. Your forehead, nose, chin, right and left cheek: each of these five facial zones gives you a clue to what is happening inside of your body.
Your Forehead: Corresponds to the element of fire. Associated with the heart and small intestine organ network, as well as the mind and spirit.
Your Nose: The element of earth, indicating a connection to the stomach, spleen and pancreas, as well as worry and stress.
Your Chin: Related to the water element, which is internally connected to your kidney and bladder organ network, including the hormonal system and glands.
Your Right Cheek: Associated with the metal element, meaning your lung and large intestine network, including repressed sadness or holding on to ones past.
Your Left Cheek: Connected to the element of wood, or the liver-gallbladder network. Problems with this part of the face may also reveal emotional issues, such as anger or depression, since the liver and gallbladder network includes the nervous system.
What is a Constitutional Facial Acupuncture Treatment?
“A beautiful face is clear, allowing the spirit to shine through,” says Mary Elizabeth Wakefield, champion and teacher of constitutional facial acupuncture protocol in New York, NY – “The system is based on Oriental Medicine, acupuncture with resonance.”
Constitutional acupuncture facial renewal will offer a safe, effective option to those who seek the benefits of reduced aging in the face and neck where fine lines and sagging skin are erased, deeper lines and muscles are naturally uplifted and minimized and skin radiance/facial tone are enhanced.
How does this work?
Constitutional facial acupuncture is a combination of acupuncture and an organic process that includes Chinese herbal masks, jade rollers and moisturizers.
Acupuncture involves the insertion of fine needles into muscles, acupuncture points and facial lines to stimulate circulation and move Qi (energy). This enhances the blood flow to the area, transporting nutrients and oxygen to these cells.
The body interprets the needles insertion as “positive injury”, a micro-trauma which turn stimulates collagen and elastin production. As the face is nourished, the muscles tighten, the body reabsorbs the signs of aging, the face lifts itself, becomes more vibrant and your Spirit is greatly improved.
What is Microcurrent/Facial Rejuvenation?
A safe, non-needle, therapeutic electrical current used to facelifts and promote improved health. A more youthful appearance is created through facial muscle rehabilitation, enhanced tissue healing and energy balancing.
How does this work?
Microcurrent facial rejuvenation is a combination of microcurrent stimulation, herbal masks, essential oils, diets and lifestyle advice, body and ear acupuncture.
Local therapeutic electrical stimulation creates a current of energy that carries messages to recovering tissue cells to direct healing. It takes several days for tissue cells to decode messages and begin regeneration of collagen and elastin and for muscle balancing to occur.
You may notice an improved shine, or Shen (Spirit), an uplifted feeling as well as a smoothing of wrinkles and a sense of well-being.
Your first visit includes both a consultation to develop a customized treatment plan specifically for you, including your first facial treatment.
Generally 12 visits are recommended (at a price of $150 per session), coming twice per week. Thereafter we will revisit your goals and provide tune-up treatment on a bi-weekly to monthly maintenance schedule.
Since pregnancy and into my mid-thirties, I’ve discovered a lot of blackheads appearing over the bridge of my nose, chin and cheeks. After trying many facials and expensive techniques, I have a wonderful blog post on how to naturally remove blackheads – ladies it truly works!
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AcuDetox / NADA Protocol
The National Acupuncture Detoxification Association (NADA) protocol takes place in a group setting. It consists of the insertion of small acupuncture needles into five points on the outer surface of a person’s ear (auricular acupuncture). The needles remain inserted for 30-45 minutes. Acudetox can reduce the symptoms associated with addiction recovery including withdrawal symptoms, cravings, and anxiety. Other chronic stress conditions such as PTSD, depression and anxiety have also responded favorably.
A brief history of NADA
• In 1973, H.L.Wen, MD discovered that acupuncture delivered at certain points on the ear relieved opiate withdrawal symptoms as well as post surgical pain. Doctor Wen published these results in the Asian Journal of Medicine. Acupuncture for addiction was primarily developed in the 1970’s at Lincoln Hospital in South Bronx, New York, as part of a methadone detoxification program. After receiving acupuncture treatment the patients in the program reported being more relaxed and less depressed. The use of acupuncture resulted in an overall reduction of withdrawal symptoms.
• In 1974 Doctor Michael Smith, psychiatrist and medical director of the Lincoln Hospital Detox program, began working with the acupuncture clinic. It was discovered that manual insertion and manipulation of needles was more effective than electric stimulation. The daily use of acupuncture with addicted patients resulted in a reduced need for alcohol and heroin.
• In 1978 acupuncture replaced methadone as part of the detoxification program at Lincoln Hospital.
• In 1985 the National Acupuncture Detoxification Association (NADA) was founded by Doctor Smith and others to continue education and training of the NADA protocol.
Why is NADA Important?
"If how you respond makes you stronger when you face the stresses of life, Acudetox offers this rapid fundamental change within.. Humans are not naturally equipped to respond to life with spontaneity, flexibility, and resilience - so learning and integrating these traits can take years of Psychotherapy. Treatment with medications never evolves these qualities. If we have these qualities, its because we've learned them. Something pushed on us and through trial and error we pushed back until one time it worked. This is how NADA protocol/Acudetox and rapid fundamental change works." ~Dr Bailey
Where has NADA Currently Visited?
NADA protocol was offered to 9/11 survivors and emergency personnel from 2001-2007; post hurricane Rita, Katrina; military stress recovery; currently The Alberta floods – set up in Calgary & High River, in the treatment of PTSD, Anxiety Disorders, and depression.
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Collaborating with Colleagues in order to become trained in NADA protocol was life-changing for me. I realized how using 5 points on the outer surface of the ear, in a group setting could be so profound; so relaxing, so deep.
I personally would like to bow with gratitude to both Caroline Mandrusiak, NADA Instructor, at Spirit Gate Consulting, Gabriola Island, BC; and Heather Thompson, NADA co-founder of YARP (YYC Acupuncture Relief Project) & R.Ac. Conscious Path Chinese Medicine.
YARP (YYC Acupuncture Relief Project) was founded by 2 gutsy groups of acupuncturists who dearly wanted to make a difference in the affected communities during the Southern Alberta flooding June 2013. Together, a handful of women came together and organized the YYC Acupuncture Flood Relief grass-root project.
It didn't take long before the CAAA - our regulatory College - sent out the call, and a wave of over 85 acupuncturists heard their call, and joined forces to volunteer for this cause to help make a difference.
Its the feedback over the past 100+ days that tells you auricular acupuncture is making a difference in the community: local celebrities, and politicians are coming out; radio stations, TV and newspapers are all publishing on the outstanding work the acupuncture community is providing.
Caroline Mandrusiak, certified NADA protocol instructor has been called to train acupuncturists, not once but twice in Southern Alberta, and when you hear that over 1,100 people have been treated in High River, Calgary, and Siksika it certainly warms the heart. Their testimonials will bring tears to your eyes, knowing you got to play a hand in it all.. just by volunteering with your Colleagues!
I recently had the pleasure of listening to 3 amazing women - Jessica Machuk, Vanessa Ebertz, & Heather Thompson - speak of their initial collaboration, client feedback, and what it meant to them. I was tearing up while being pulled in by their story, and suggest if you haven't heard it.. You should.
Training takes place over the course of a 30hr in-class instruction/discussion, and is followed up with a 40hr practicum.
Many of us have decided to not only volunteer with YARP, but to also start helping our own communities too! This photo was taken in Airdrie, AB during the Bert Church High School Wellness Fair:
Contact us for details at The Fire Within Acupuncture & Wellness for upcoming NADA acupuncture sessions: (403) 808-3427
My hope for each of you, is to try NADA for yourself, in a communal environment... At least one time! It is an amazing opportunity to heal and shed the armour, remove those heavy stressors, and experience something that can be deeply relaxing!
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Looking For Natural Methods to Help You in Your Labour?
Many women are unaware that acupuncture can be beneficial in labour. Position of the baby, fatigue and irregularity of contractions can all impact labour progression. Acupuncture has a positive affect in many ways. By stimulating the uterus, and decreasing the sympathetic nervous system (our fight or flight response) acupuncture can help:
• Increase fetal activity encouraging the baby into a better position
• Improve the efficiency of blood traveling back to the reproductive system
• Improve the delivery of hormones, such as oxytocin, to receptor cells
• Regulate contractions allowing the body to make better use of each contraction
• Encourage a more rapid progression through labour.
• Positively influence the digestive system improving fatigue and decreasing nausea
• Increase a woman’s natural endorphins to support her in her labour.
Reasons to Call:
• Your water has broken but labour is slow to start
• You are experiencing a slow progression from early labour into active labour causing fatigue
• Nausea preventing you from taking in food or fluids and causing fatigue
• Poor fetal position causing irregular or painful contractions
• Stalled labour or lack of progression
• Support in coping with pain
Common questions and thoughts that arise regarding acupuncture in labour are:
1. Where do you put the needles?
There are a few points located on the lower back that are used in labour but the majority of points are located on the external extremities and on the ear.
2. Would I have to lay still to have acupuncture in labour?
No. We work around positions that are the most comfortable for you.
3. How long will you stay?
Depending on what stage of labor we are attending we can be there anywhere from 1 to 3 hours and sometimes more! Generally we say in early labor expect us to be there 1 hour however in more active labour expect 2-3 hours.
Affirmations for Labour
"My baby and I live in a harmonious world
We are both totally in tune with the rhythm and flow of life.
Birthing is a normal and natural part of life and we will make the process easy for each other.
Our love for each other erases any fears that may come up.
We breathe together in perfect harmony.
My pelvis opens in perfect Divine right order.
Baby and I surrender to the process in ecstasy.
We have time to relax, to let go and to even nap, it is all perfect, even pleasurable.
When it is time to push, the raw power within me will exert itself and my baby will slide out with ease.
All is well, we are both safe, all is well, we are both loved by Life." ~ Louise Hay
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Lychee from Chinese Li Zhi He is translated as 'Gift for a Joyful life', and surely lives up to its name. Besides being a superfruit, lychee contains vitamins and minerals that promote a healthy diet, fight against various diseases and is known for treating skin care, child growth, and strengthening the body.
It's structure is a dupe; oval, heart-shaped or nearly round, and the fruit has a close resemblance to Longan and Rambutan fruits:
Medicinal Properties of Lychee
It is sweet and warm in Nature, and is known to influence the Liver and Stomach meridians/channels in TCM (traditional Chinese medicine). Its function is to regulate the Qi and stop pain - abdominal and epigastric pain due to Liver Qi stagnation, PMS pain, and post-partum pain due to Qi and Blood stagnation.
Lychee can also disperse Cold and stagnation - hernia and testicular pain due to Cold in the Liver channel - for example.
The fruit is delicious to savor, and within the pulp there is a single, glossy-brown nut-like seed, but the seeds are poisonous and should not be eaten. Under the care of a trained herbalist, the seed of lychee contains astringent properties which can be utilized for intestinal tract problems and freeing the body of intestinal worms.
Lychee contains soluble fiber which controls bowel problems and keep the stomach free from toxic compounds and help to clean the colon.
It is believed that the Emperor of the Tang Dynasty would dispatch royal guards some 600 miles to pick lychee in an effort to woo his concubine, to entice her with the sweet fragrant flesh of the lychee fruit. Today, the lychee fruit in China as a result of such legend, is now a symbol of romance and love.
Li Zhi He (Lychee) normalizes the blood pressure and heart rate thereby protecting against stroke and coronary heart diseases. 1 glass of lychee juice daily normalizes the heartbeat. Lychee contains the second highest degree of polyphenols which promotes heart health. The anti-oxidant present in lychee improves immunity, slows down the advancement of cataracts and protects against cardiovascular disease.
Lychee is a great source of vitamin C - a vitamin that the body does not produce naturally. Vitamin C is helps the body to fight heart disease and cancer, is good for our bones, tissue and skin, and therefore is a very important vitamin to our overall health.
Through the high content of vitamin C the fruit benefits those suffering from colds, fevers, and sore throats.
Lychee keeps the digestion strong, maintains a clean stomach, improves appetite and cures heartburn and burning sensation in the stomach. It also enhances the energy levels in the body and contributes to the well being of the family.
There are no known contraindications.
Lychee berry Smoothie
- I cup of fresh lychee fruit
- 1 pear
- 1 cup of frozen strawberries
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Eyes of the Dragon
Longan is a tropical tree fruit and belongs to the family, lychee. It is native to Southeast Asia, including southern China, Malaysia, Indonesia, and Vietnam. and is highly used in Chinese medicine herbology.
Commonly known in Chinese as Long Yan Rou, it literally translates as "dragon eyes." The Longan berry has an syrupy sweet, and slight peppery taste. When fully ripened, the freshly harvested outer shell is rough and bark-like and is easily cracked allowing one to squeeze out the inner, opalescent fruit which is similar to an iris with the hard lacquered black dark pit faintly showing in the center.
As a botanical, Longan berries are sold pitted and dried and they have a golden brown iridescent color. In order to more easily extract the seed from the rough outer skin and the pit from the fruit, they are lightly heated and smoked.
The Medicinal Properties of Longan
Longan berries are one of the three or more "super fruits" used as tonics in Chinese medicine. Two others would be Jujube Date (Hong Zao) and Goji Berries (Gou Qi Zi). A wonderful snack I've recommended to Clients with diabetes and chronic constipation is kind of Chinese trail mix with Longan berries, lycii berries (goji berries), fennel seeds, almonds, and hemp seeds.
Longan works as a blood tonic and as a tonic for the Spleen and Heart, for low energy and with special benefit for the mind and improving the memory.
It is indeed a powerful brain-nourishing food. It is high in glucose, and the brain relies on a steady supply of glucose for thought energy. The skull and brain usually contain about a third of the blood of the entire body. So it is easy to understand how glucose-rich Longan berries are used to counteract brain fatigue, anxiety, insomnia and poor memory. It is an essential herb to give to anyone but especially the aged who are prone to memory lapses, dementia and possibly Alzheimer's as well. In this regard it is useful for anyone who thinks a lot and may experience occasional brain fog. Despite their high sugar content I have prescribed both Longan berries and lycii berries to diabetics who found that they both actually helped regulate blood sugar.
However it is not only the glucose of Longan berries that make them a superior blood tonic. They are high in blood-enriching iron content, reportedly 20 times that of grapes and 15 times that of spinach! Iron is an important blood nutrient which carries oxygen from the lungs to the cells of the body. This is obviously important for maintaining youthfulness and vitality (both being therapeutic claims for Longan berries). However they have a special benefit for women in that they add luster and beauty to the skin and their iron-rich "red-blooded" properties enhance female attractiveness and serve as a special tonic for sexual vitality. Those individuals who have iron sensitivity need not worry because the iron is organically present and the body will be better able to regulate its usage.
Longan berries have a generally calming effect, which apart from relieving symptoms of anxiety and sleeplessness, contributes to an overall feeling of calm.
Finally, Longan berries are very beneficial for the skin, hair and eyes.
Longan berries are a longevity power food and one needn't wait until developing symptoms of anemia, fatigue, anxiety, insomnia and memory problems before having them prescribed by a medical herbalist.
You can purchase them dried, in bulk (they are reasonably priced) and keep them on hand as occasion demands. You can purchase them fresh from Chinese markets, and right now your Local supermarket! Or, you can discuss with your traditional Chinese medicine doctor about the perfect formula for your inner landscape.
The one contraindication from eating too many of them, described as a "damp Spleen" which in Chinese diagnostics means a swollen and bloated fruit belly. As with any food, moderation is key!
Chinese Trail Mix
Although this isn’t available commercially, it’s easy to make, delicious to eat, and is oh so good for you.
Mix equal parts (more or less) of the following:
- jujube dates
- longan berries
- lycii berries (goji berries)
Jujube dates: The delicious large red jujube dates tonify both Qi and Blood, treating poor digestion, weakness, low energy, nervous exhaustion, insomnia, diarrhea from Coldness and poor appetite, digestion and memory. Nourishing to the Spirit, they calm and stabilize emotions when feeling irritable, sad or crying for no reason. They are added like licorice to sweeten and harmonize other herbs in a formula. After cooking the dates in a tea or soup, eat them for their full medicinal value (remove pits first). They help weight gain and help malnourished children thrive.
Longan berries: These delicious berries quickly tonify Heart Blood (like no other herb I know), alleviating palpitations, anxiety, forgetfulness and insomnia, particularly due to overwork or from excessive thinking, studying, reading or talking (all of which use a lot of Heart Blood and blood sugar in the brain – these berries are high in glucose and sucrose, which quickly replenish blood sugar).
Lycii berries (Gou Qi or goji berries): This small, red, sweet-tasting berry tonifies Blood and Yin of the Liver and Kidneys, treating anemia, dizziness, poor eyesight, night blindness, blurred vision, sore back, knees and legs, impotence, seminal and nocturnal emission, tuberculosis and peri/menopausal complaints. Very high in beta-carotine, it promotes regeneration of liver cells, inhibits fat deposits in liver cells, lowers cholesterol, prevents artherosclerosis and enhances immunity. I always toss them in my hot cereals, soups or oatmeal cookies (instead of raisins), and frequently give them to patients as a snack. It is one of the best herbs to include in Kidney tonic formulas.
Walnuts: The Chinese use walnuts to tonify Yang, strengthening the Kidneys and alleviating low back and knee pain and frequent urination. They also warm the Lungs and help the Kidneys to “pull down” Lung Qi, treating chronic cough or wheezing due to Deficient Lungs and Kidneys (this type of cough or wheezing is determined when it’s harder to inhale than exhale, there’s dribbling of urine upon sneezing, or there are accompanying symptoms of low back ache, frequent urination and/or night time urination).
Walnuts also act as a mild laxative, particularly in the elderly, anemic or those with Kidney Yang Deficiency. Constipation that doesn’t respond to normal herbal laxatives in people who are tired, anemic, cold, have clear, frequent urination, low back pain, low sex drive, lowered metabolism and/or edema of the legs usually respond to walnuts since they lubricate the intestines and provide enough heat and energy to move the stools. Walnuts also increase body weight and dissolve stones in the urinary tract. In paste form and applied externally, they treat dermatitis and eczema.