Astragalus

Apr 13, 2012 by

Astragalus (Astragalus membranaceus) is a traditional Chinese herb used as a powerful immune enhancer and energy booster. Astragalus is a member of the pea family native to China, Asia and parts of the U.S. The root is used as a Qi replenisher (Qi is our life force or vital energy), to prevent illness and aids in the recovery of infections. The Chinese consider Astragalus as a “warming” tonic herb that works without adding heat to the body, it actually can cool a fever. Astragalus is a valued digestive tonic (good for the spleen),diuretic, adaptogen (helps us handle stress) and can heighten our immune system. Great for colds and flu as it also works as an antiviral by boosting our bodies own natural defenses. Many studies have been done with this herb’s ability to protect...

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Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM)...

Apr 11, 2012 by

    Traditional Chinese Medicine or TCM has been an herbal tradition dating back to 200BC. It is based on the concepts of Yin and Yang, the five elements, and how nature (our environment) effects our health. The Chinese believe that everything has Yin and Yang aspects, which are opposites like day or night. They look for patterns of disharmony when assessing one’s health with ill health being a result of a deficiency or excess between Yin or Yang.  Here are some aspects of Yin vs. Yang. Yin           Feminine, Substance, Material, Conservative, Quiescent, Conserves inner  Vitality, The Earth & Moon, Night,  Water and  Viscera (internal organs) Yang       Masculine,  Function, Activity,  Aggressive,  Active, Protects Body Strength, The Sky & Sun, Day, Fire and Somatic(structure-muscles, bones)   The five elements corresponds to the five natural...

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