Monthly Archives: February 2013

How To Fight The Cold And Flu Season

Have you noticed all the coughing from your neighbors, friends, family or co-workers? When we’re suffering from sore throats and runny noses, we might be thinking that we’re at the end of a cold or flu and then the runny nose, sore throat and fever returns. Hopefully you have already heard from me that you can take the Gum Wall tea, UPR and D12 to help your symptoms stop and not progress. Here are a few tips to survive the common cold or influenza:

5 Tips to Survive The Cold And Flu Season:
1) Dress Warm – make sure to keep your neck and torso warm by wearing a sweater or vest and scarf
2) Do not take a shower if you have a fever. You need to sweat, but do not stay wet. If you sleep and wake up sweaty, change your clothes and remember to keep warm.
3) If you have a fever eat lightly. Try to stick with Congee, or rice portage or soup.
4) Rest well – even if you start to feel better, do not overdo it.
5) If you know you’re not feeling well 100%, then avoid going to a party or around a large group of people.

For a few years now, the herbal formulas have been reformulated according to the changes of weather, environment, and the virus itself. Prevention is the first step to avoiding the common cold or flu. Turning to Hen Sen Prevention Cold and Flu Regimen can help you get through the flu season. We carry other cold and flu remedies including throat and cough lozenges. While we try to formulate our Cold and Flu herbs to keep up with the times, it is important to know if they are able to help at yours stage of illness. If your symptoms continue and become worse, you may need a to consult Juli for a specific prescription of herbs. We consider symptoms worse if you have been sick for more than three days after trying the Cold and Flu Regimen, see that your tongue is coated white, have had a fever over a few days and phlegm of yellow or green. Visit Hen Sen Herbs for information on the Cold and Flu Regimen and to purchase the herbal Pills and the Teas.

Kindness Challenge: a letter from Juli

My son brought home a school project called, “The Great Kindness Challenge” with 50 things on the check list. His his challenge is to perform as many kind deeds as he can in a week. Here are the first 5:

1. Smile at 25 people
2. Slip a nice note in your Friend’s Backpack
3. Compliment 5 people
4. Pick up 10 pieces of Trash on Campus
5. Make a New friend

Doesn’t that make you wonder? Can a five-year-old kid do it? Can you take the challenge?
Instead of a school edition, make it your edition or Juli’s edition! And don’t forget the most important part: have fun. The Great Kindness Challenge is built for anyone to participate as a school or individual. Here is the website for more inspiration on how it works: And don’t forget to be kind to yourself!


Chai Hu

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In the Yang or Cool category of herbs, Chai Hu works to reduce heat in the body found in the Liver.  Cooling Herbs treat symptoms caused externally and internally like fever, sore throat, chills, rashes and eye problems.

The Literal English Translation of the Herb is, “Kindling of the Barbarians.”

Other names for Chai Hu are:

      – Botanical Name: Bupleurum scorzoneraefolium

– In Japanese: Saiko

– Korean: Siho

– English: Hare’s Ear Root

Chai Hu is used to treat heat in the Liver that causes chills, fever and vomiting caused by external sources like viruses.  It does this by reducing the heat in the Liver, the Yang. This can also alleviate symptoms caused by internal imbalance like vertigo, chest pain, irritability and menstural irregularity.

While reducing the heat in the Liver, Chai Hu raises the heat or Yang in the Spleen and Stomach. Basically, it balances the Qi of the Liver and Spleen, reducing symptoms caused by the imbalance like bloating, nausea and indigestion. By raising the Yang of the Spleen, symptoms like hemorrhoids, prolapse of the uterus and anus are alleviated.


– When combined with Huang Qin, Chai Hu helps the Liver and Gall Bladder to reduce Damp Heat in the body. Damp heat can cause dry throat, constriction or pain in the chest.

– With Bai SHao, Chai Hu treats vertigo, menstrual irregularity, and problems in Thorax and Costal (space between your head and abdomen, your chest organs and ribs).

– Used with Zhi Ke, Chai Hu reduces chest constriction, pain, loss of appetite and constipation.

– Qiang Huo and Fang Feng are combined with Chai Hu to treat dampness and deficiency in the Spleen that causes the body to feel weighed down, soreness and pain in the limbs, and a dry throat.

– Qing Pi is combined with Chai Hu to treat pain caused by blocked Qi in the Liver.

– Bo He helps Chai Hu treat symptoms caused by obstructed and deficient Liver: irregular menstural cycles, depression, or feeling weighted down in the chest.

– Gan Cao and Chai Hu are used to treat hepatitis.

Cautions: May need to use smaller doses if it causes nausea or vomiting.

She Is Ugly. She Is Bitter. And She Even Smells A Little. People Think I Am Crazy. But I’m In Love With Her!!

No. I am not talking about my wife. She would probably kill me if I describe her as such. So, am I having an affair with another women? Absolutely not! I am talking about one of my favorite vegetables, Bitter melon. Bitter melon is one of a kind vegetable. It is a bumpy ugly vegetable. And it’s very bitter. Not many people like the taste of it. I must say it’s an acquired taste. But once you get past that bitter taste. You will come to love this vegetable. Plus, it has some great health benefits that you cannot ignore. Here are some: Antibacterial, Antiviral, Anticancer activity, Lower blood sugar, Lower triglyceride levels, Detoxifies and cleanse blood, Reduces inflammation. If you are interested learning more about it, just google “Health benefits of bitter melon”. You will find tons of information.

Now let me show you how to cook bitter melon the right way. I promise you will be in love with her too.

Recipe: Stir Fried Bitter Melon With Fermented Black Beans

Ingredients for stir fry bittermelon


• 2 Medium size Bitter melons (about 7 – 8 inch long)
• 2 – 3 oz side Pork (Salt it lightly)
• 2 Teaspoons full of dried fermented Black Beans
• 1 clove of Garlic (sliced)
• 1 thick slice of Ginger (julienned, about 1 inch long)
• 1 Tablespoon of Vegetable oil
• 1/4 Teaspoon of Salt
• 1 Teaspoon of Soy Sauce
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1. Soak the fermented Black Beans in 1/4 cup of hot water.
2. Slice the Pork 1.5 to 2 inch wide. Then lightly salt it.
3. Cut the Bitter Melons in half (long way) and scoop out the seeds with spoon. Discard the seeds.
4. Slice the Bitter Melon in 1/4 inch thick.

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Cooking Instruction:

1. Heat up a Wok and add Vegetable oil.
2. Add Garlic and Ginger to the Wok when the oil is hot.
3. Add the Pork when the Garlic turns golden brown, and cook it until well browned.
4. Add the Bitter Melon and cook for a minute while stirring and tossing the Bitter Melon every 10 seconds or so.
5. Add the Black Beans (soaked and softened in the hot water). Make sure to add the hot water used to soften the bean. It will help prevent the Bitter Melon from sticking to the wok.
6. Cover the Bitter Melon with a lid that fits inside the wok, and steam cook for 3-4 minutes.
7. Water will most likely evaporate after 3-4 minutes, so keep adding the water until desired softness of the Bitter Melon is achieved.
8. Add Salt and Soy Sauce to season it. And cook for a minute while giving it a several turns to blend.

ready to serve


How To Find Your Secret Power To Better Health

Dear Readers,

We talk a lot in this newsletter about the power of the mind and body to heal and grow. Some of you might not believe it, and some of you may have experienced it yourself. The truth is, everyone has the power to change. The key is to find your secret power. Let me tell you about two people who have done it.

One man felt he didn’t have time to work out. He was experiencing heart burn every day, and had a hard time sleeping through the night. His job required a lot of overtime, so he didn’t have time to exercise or eat a good meal. He was stuck. Someone he knew from his young partying days got in touch with him. Turns out, the former overweight friend had become a trainer at a gym. He had changed his diet and felt better than ever. He invited the man who felt stuck to try a work out at the gym. Finally, on Saturday morning, he did. And, he found his secret desire to compete. You see, the gym kept a score of everyone’s time to complete repetitions of lifting weight, and how much weight. So, the stuck guy found his secret power to better health: competitiveness. It helped him make working out a priority. And then, it helped him get serious about eating healthy.

A young professional woman wanted to feel strong and healthy. She drank 5 cups of coffee a day, skipped breakfast and ate something quick for lunch and usually a big dinner. But, she had trouble keeping a healthy weight. She tried a few diets but didn’t stick to any of them because she didn’t see any improvements. Finally, she decided to try something simple: make small changes to her diet and see what worked. instead of following a diet someone else made up, she experimented with her own. Breakfast became a new priority. And, to her surprise, she felt more energy during the morning and afternoon. Then, lunch got some attention and she no longer rushed with a quick snack, but ate a healthy meal. Pretty soon, she started to feel better energy levels all day and stopped drinking more than one cup of coffee. She found her secret power to better health: believing in herself.

It’s so easy in the American culture to get stuck in the idea that we don’t know what is the best thing for us is. We have hundreds of people telling us what to do. In Traditional Chinese Herbal Medicine, they focus on balance inside and out. Exercise is key to good health just like proper nutrition. When one is out of balance, it can affect the other.

The secret power to better health is giving yourself time to find out what motivates you. It’s easy and fun: try something new. If you want to get in shape or lose weight, try joining a friend at their gym or exercise class. Want to eat healthier? Try taking a cooking class to make new healthy meals, and host a dinner for friends to show off what you learned. And, don’t forget to have fun!