Have you been feeling sick beyond belief? Who has time to sit and be miserable with the cold and flu? Seeing that we will be experiencing another three weeks of more freezing cold winter weather, it is a great idea to help prepare yourself with a remedy that can kick that nasty cold and make you feel better in less than three days.
Our tea regimen is guaranteed to help clear a sore throat, ease that stuffy nose feeling, relieve headaches from sinus congestion, and hydrate your body when you are experiencing a fever.
Gum Wall Tea and Lok Wo Cha are the perfect combination of herbs to help with the cold and flu symptoms and leave you feeling so much better.
Follow these instructions to help create this perfect cold fighting tea!
1. Pour 3 cups of water into a small saucepan and bring to a boil and add 1 box of the Gum Wall Tea and 1 box of the Lok Wo Cha
2. Cook on low-medium heat for 15 minutes with the lid on (very crucial part, this makes a difference on how the tea will taste…I know from experience so trust me on this.)
3. After 15 minutes just let the tea steep for an extra 5 minutes
4. Strain into 2 separate cups; drink 1 cup in the morning and 1 cup at night.
5. Add 1 slice of fresh
ginger root if you are feeling any nausea or fever for good measure.
Repeat these steps for 3 days and watch as you start to feel better! Seriously it is so simple and you’ll be glad your tried it.
Stay warm, eat light, and take good care of yourself!
As a Traditional Chinese Medicine practitioner I will examine things like the color and shape of the tongue, the relative strength of pulse-points, the smell of the breath, the quality of breathing or the sound of the voice and at times examine and feel the area of pain or discomfort. Each herbal formula is created differently, it depends on the overall health of the patient and how deep set the illness is. There is no one herb, formula or medicine that will work on every patient. It is very individual. Like composing a musical masterpiece, it takes time and patience, it is art from the heart. Making each day a masterpiece, we must realize that spiritual and emotional healing, like physical healing, is gradual and best taken one small step at a time.
Chinese herbs are not only used to relieve physical ailments, but also to restore Shen (Spirit). In the Chinese Medical Tradition, Shen lives in the Heart, where it retires to sleep during the night. Modern life is so busy. We can be consumed with distractions: taking kids to activities, watching TV, browsing on phones or tablets. It’s easy to lose our sense of self. But we know when that happens. That’s our cue to reconnect — body, mind and spirit (soul). Mind is attached to the body, and a pure mind creates a good soul. In making a new start, connect with yourself and your loved ones to renew your spirit. How can you do this? Learn something new and share it with friends and family. Practice Cupping, Gua Sha and the use of Herbs. It is believed that the smallest of details or actions can have a ripple effect that can change the world, and together we can build a strong village.
Are you interested in Folk Medicine? I believe there is great need and urgency to pass on these teachings before it becomes a lost art. How about a common cold that has been lingering and getting worse? You can help yourself or family with a treatment of Gua Sha, Cupping or Ginger Tea. Start taking care of your family or friends, and learn the basic skills. Come take my Gua Sha and Cupping class, so we can take care of each other. Call me or simply sign up with Shaila.
Kung Hei Fat Choy
May Prosperity Be With You
The Chinese New Year is a celebration of family tradition, cultural foods and happiness. My greatest memories of this holiday are of the shared stories behind the tradition. Family tradition is knowledge that has been and continues to be passed down through the generations by visual and oral means, rather than via book learning or google searches. There is no gender divide in the role of passing on this knowledge, although it would be correct to say that it is mostly done by women and grandparents, who adopt the role of care givers in most traditional households.
Every culture in the world has their own folk medicine tradition and various herbal remedies for treating illnesses and diseases. Folk medicine is a compilation of formulae used by the general public to treat certain conditions without reference to a complete system of medicine. In some publications, folk medicines are called “secret formulae.” As a practitioner of Traditional Chinese Medicine, many patient complain about the bitter taste of the herbs, but such taste can be acquired or developed. Here in the United States, we are spoiled by our pallets. If it doesn’t taste good, we won’t want to eat it, and we salt before we taste. We have to train our kids early on that bitter is good and that it can bring healing. In addition, many conventional physicians have no knowledge or understanding of Chinese Herbs, Cupping, or Gua Sha, so these treatments are automatically assumed to be ineffective or outright bad. This is in part because TMC isn’t science proven by lab rats or clinical studies, it is proven and experienced by humans.
According to Chinese tradition, one cannot achieve a state of good health without first creating a harmonious relationship with Nature or Tradition. If you feel you’ve lost control of your health or other important parts of your life, Chinese New Year is a wonderful time to regain your balance. In the West, the New Year often brings a renewed focus on diet and exercise. In the East, however, the Chinese New Year brings a renewed perspective of the whole person: body, mind and spirit. In traditional Chinese medicine, we think of health and wellness in terms of balance. Everything — physical, emotional, mental and spiritual — is connected. Your physical well-being impacts your spirit. When I see patients who have been in chronic pain for many years, their quality of life has been severely impaired. This impacts their spirit. Many lose the sparkle in their eyes, and brightness in their voices. Disease is perceived as a disharmony (or imbalance) in the functions of the interaction between the human body and the environment. Therapy is based on which “pattern of disharmony” can be identified. It is also known to be the most difficult aspect of practicing TCM.