Category Archives: Chinese Herbs

How to Obtain the Magic Healing Power of Herbs: If Only You Are Willing to Wait

When I was in college, I took a course on child education. We did an experiment with two children to test how patient they can be and what their motivation is when it comes to rewards. Our subjects were twin girls at the age of 5. They didn’t know why they were coming in or what was going to happen. Our experiment began with separating the twins into 2 different rooms. One room had our subject Stacey, and the other had her sister Valerie. They couldn’t see, or hear each other between the room which validated that they won’t copy each other and there are no other influences. This experiment we were testing is called the marshmallow test. By tempting the child with a marshmallow on a plate you explain that if they are willing to wait 10 minutes without eating the marshmallow, you will be rewarded a second marshmallow at the end of the 10 minutes. But if the subject eats the marshmallow before the 10 minutes are up, there will not be a second marshmallow.


The experiment began when the instructors explained the rules to the girls in their separate rooms and the instructors placed the giant, delicious marshmallow in front of them and then left the room. We were able to monitor them through a tinted window but they weren’t able to see us. We watched the instructors leave the room and as they did, the girls’ eyes were locked on the marshmallows. Stacey would try and distract herself, avoiding the temptation by poking the marshmallow, looking at other things, playing with her fingers. 5 minutes have gone by and she is still avoiding the temptation. She would lie on her hands just staring at the marshmallow, until the 10 minute mark hit and the instructor came and congratulated her with praise for being patient and gave her a second marshmallow. Now as for Valerie, the minute the instructor walked out, Valerie was poking and prodding the marshmallow, all her focus was on that marshmallow. She would sit and pick it up lick at it but not eat it, then place it back on the plate. As far as 7 minutes into the experiment the temptation was too much and she was ready to chow down on the delicious treat, which we could see she thoroughly enjoyed. At 10 minutes the instructor came in and asking, “What happened to your marshmallow?” as Valerie shrugged with innocence. And she clearly didn’t get a second marshmallow.


With two opposite results, we found that some kids have the patience to wait to reap the benefits of a greater reward while others want what they want then and now getting the satisfaction when they please. This shows in their personality where Stacey is more introverted, patient, and shy and Valerie more boisterous, extraverted, and is confident in what she wants. Now you may be asking what does this story has to do with herbs?


More and more over the years, patients ask me about our herbal treatments, how it works, what the process is and the most prominent question is, “how long is this going to take?” For years this question asked over and over again and the answer is always, “I don’t know.” So many factors go into the healing process it is impossible to know the exact amount of time it will take for you to get better, and anyone who is in the health care profession that claims to know how long a treatment will take or how long it will take for you to heal then they are obviously lying and fabricating the idea that your problems will go away fast which it doesn’t.


When it comes to health and specifically herbal treatments, time is your enemy or your friend whichever way you want to look at it, but time is a major factor. Everyone expects magic herbs that will all of a sudden heal their ailment in a moment’s notice. But the reality of it is this, whatever time it took you to acquire this ailment or illness is about the same amount of time it will take to cure it or even longer!


Unless you like the concept of western medicine where they will cure your symptoms by giving you magic antibiotic pills that will make things worse in the long run but take care of your current symptoms right away then go for it! There is your “magic” cure. But when it comes to herbal medicine, the herbs work to build your immune system to work with your body, not against it, and after years of mistreating, years of poor eating, and years of bad habits, it will take a long while to build that immunity back.


The herbs start by detoxifying the body. If we have to put a time frame on it, usually 3 months is about when the detoxification process is at its peak, that is if you are eating right, exercising, drinking water, sleeping well, not in stress, and taking the herbs to detox on a regular basis. In 3 months any one of the factors I mentioned can be interfered with so that time gets extended to 5-6 months. Right there you are at 6 months into the healing process.


The second part of the process is building your immune system back up. If you are still continuously making the better, healthy choices then your immunity builds up to heal whatever your health problems are. But if you are still in the detoxification process than it will still take longer for you to build the immunity.

As time drags on you are wondering, will I ever get better? The answer is up to you! It is your choices, your habits, and your willingness to achieve optimal health. You are the one that wants to get better, so work toward it! For examples sake you won’t simply get a marshmallow just because you asked for it! It requires patience.


Patience is a rather difficult virtue to obtain this day and age. Everything is so fast paced, fast food, fast cars, fast commercials, fast schedules who has time to be patient? You’ve got better things to do rather than work with your ailment or illness. But it is that very mindset that gets you in trouble in the first place. Have you ever had a project where you worked through it real fast but the outcome of the project was only half –assed and not as great as it could have been if you were to take time and do it right? The same applies to health. The more you tend to your health and the more time and effort you put into it, the more likely you will get better fully.


It’s easy to fantasize that there is a magic cure that can make things better right away, but with patience, you will find that when you work toward improving yourself, let the herbs take its course, and let time heal your wounds then and only then will you achieve optimal health. The old saying goes, good things will come to those who wait. Just wait…and you will get the marshmallow, maybe even two!
-Shaila

You Are What’s Important To You

Your health is a reflection of how you take care of yourself. When I got married to Kaz, he made a funny joke that, “I better not get fat.” In return, he better not become bald (please don’t tell my husband). I kept mind of it, I love myself, and the chances that I will get fat isn’t a worry. I knew that if I became fat, it was because I didn’t take care of myself, I didn’t eat right. Growing up, we only ate at home. Eating out was unheard of, and having a snack meant eating fruit or vegetables. That was my upbringing and although here and there I do eat out and snack on junk food, it isn’t a bad habit. I learned to stop and do my best to stick with our Bland Diet Sheet. Is food important to you? I think the new sensational food fads are over rated. You will constantly hear of new findings in science about diets, and diet interventions. I don’t believe in special diets like the protein diets or all fruit diets or even juicing. If weight is the problem, stop eating bad and create a balanced meal. Start changing your life style. Science has nothing to do with our eating habits, it is our own discipline. And when you don’t feel well do something about it.

Food is highly important for our own existence. For survival needs, people everywhere could eat the same food, to be measured only in calories, fats, carbohydrates, proteins, and vitamins. But people of different backgrounds or cultures eat very differently. You might say that different cultures have different food choices. (The word choice is used here not necessarily in an active sense, granting the possibility that some choices could be imposed rather than selected.) We see how food habits change and seek to explore the reasons and consequences. You are what you eat! What may work well for one may be bad for others.

The Chinese diet has a long, complicated history, based on thousands of years of Chinese medicine. Chinese culture is based on the philosophy of “yin” and “yang”, as well as the “Five Elements.” From medicine, and martial arts, to dance, and cooking Chinese culture is built on a foundation of balance, harmony, contrast, and adapting to change.

Part of that balance can be implemented with food. Each organ is tied to an element and a taste. For example, bitter is tied to the heart and fire. Sweet: spleen/earth, sour: liver/wood, spicy: lungs/metal, salty: kidneys/water.) In building a healthy meal, all five of these tastes should be incorporated. That is said to keep the body in balance, which in turn protects it from disease.

Love,
Juli

No Reset Button For Carpal Tunnel

Since it’s creation in the early 60’s, video games have been seen as a common hobby for both kids and adults alike. Often branded as a hobby for “nerds” or nonathletic individuals, video games have grown into something more than a standard at home activity.

Competitive gaming (Esports) once seen as an underground community, has grown to a now multi million dollar industry and even has articles in ESPN branding video games as a now, legitimate sport. Sponsors such as Redbull, Gatorade, and even the phone company HTC now offer contracts to competitive gamers making this once childhood fantasy, a reality. As a competitive gamer myself I’m happy that Esports has grown to such heights. Even I know however, these companies won’t just sponsor anyone.

I follow and play a game know as Super Smash Brothers Melee. Since it’s existence in 2001, this game’s competitive community is now bigger than ever. With it’s fast paced movement and style, people always ask the question. “How can a player move that quickly?” When tested, top professionals such as Adam “Armada” Lindgren and Aziz “Hax$” Al-Yami can average up to 900 inputs per minute. What may look like common “button mashing” to the average viewer are actually precisely timed inputs to make the players character move so quickly and efficiently. Inputs are the amount of times a player taps a button to cause an action in the game. With each match lasting around three to four minutes and played in sets of 3 and 5, one can imagine the toll it can take on ones hands by moving so quickly. I mentioned earlier how the game has been played for over 15 years with new and old players still going strong. As for the older players however, the toll of using such quick reflexes for years, is finally catching up to them.

Hax$ first got onto the world’s radar in 2008 by placing 9th at his first major tournament. At just 14 years old, he proved to be a rising star placing within the top 8 at almost every tournament (Participants ranging from 300-1,000+). In January 2015 seven years after making his debut he was forced to take his first hiatus from the game due to a nagging hand injury. An injury that would later develop into Carpal Tunnel syndrome.

Carpal tunnel syndrome causes numbness, tingling, and other problems in your hands due to pressure within the nerves of your wrists. The name strives from the area that your tendons run through and connect to your wrists. There are many causes for it as it has links to arthritis, diabetes, and even pregnancy. Unfortunately for Hax$ he developed carpal tunnel due to the excessive and repetitive inputs from his fingers causing his carpal tunnel to swell up and make the tunnel tighter. Seeing it as just a nagging hand pain, Hax$ took a hiatus from the game to ice and rest his hands. Three months later he returned to the scene for no more than a handful of tournaments before he found the pain coming back. Concerned about the constant pain, Hax was then diagnosed with Carpal tunnel syndrome and spent over half a year icing his wrists, not touching the game at all, and even wearing a splint to help heal his tendons before they got worse and his nerves would develop long term damage. Finally after months of treatment Hax$ returned in April and got 3rd at his first National since his diagnosis proving he could still hang with the best. This also however may mark the end of the road for Hax$ as he announced that his hands were in so much pain during the tournament he has no choice but to get surgery. It was a success but we all question when and if he may return to full time competition again.

Hax$ isn’t the only one concerned with retirement from their profession. Players all around the Esports community have expressed concern about their own hand pains and there are even talks of having on sight doctors at tournaments. Much like the NFL’s concerns with concussion/brain damage from excessive head trauma, Esports competitors although just playing a game, are at more health risk than one might think. I fear the day I develop such injuries, but when and if I do, I’ll remember the story of Aziz “Hax$” Al-Yami and the precautions I shall take.

It’s always good whether you’re a gamer or not, to ice, stretch, and flex your tendons throughout the day. A simple exercise you can do to strengthen your hand is to wrap a rubber band around your finger tips and stretch each finger 5-10 times. Take breaks often, and take time to flex and extend your wrists. Make sure your hands stay in a neutral position when typing on a computer, also keep your hands fresh and loose and this will definitely be better for you in the long run. So remember, video games are fun for everyone, just remember to give your hands a break, they deserve it more than you know.

~Bryan

Surviving Mosquito Season

Seattle has definitely hit the record high for rainfall, the endless soggy weather for winter 2015-2016.

Spring is now upon us, trees are blooming, the grass is growing and so are those runny noses, swollen red eyes from allergies.

Allergies are miserable and frustrating. Pollen, aches and pain have arrived again and the scariest of all is the warm weather, which puts small creatures like the mosquito is back in action. Mosquitoes that hibernate need warm weather to become active, while mosquitoes that spend the winter as eggs need rainfall to flood the eggs and make them hatch.

Since Mosquitos loves me and my kids, those tiny bites are brutal. They itch like crazy, then turns into a big red inflamed patch. Takes days to clear up. Finally bouncing around the chair itching the bite I use Ultra Potent Ping On Ointment – an effective mosquito repellent and stops itching. Before you get out there, apply the Ping On Ointment so you won’t itch, it’s that season. I have noticed a lot of media about different virus that is from mosquito like dengue fever and Zika Virus.

Dengue fever is an acute infectious disease caused by a virus and transmitted by the yellow fever mosquito. It usually occurs in tropical or subtropical climates. Varies the Zika Virus spreads through mosquito bites.

Using traditional Chinese diagnostics and herb therapy, the results are better than using modern drug therapy (no specific therapy).

Let’s prevent all the itching and the virus transmission (that is why I recommend Ping On Ointment).

In Wellness,
Juli

Emergency Heart Pills

Whether it’s finding that special gift for your heart-throbbing love or finding the last receipt for your tax return, we have just the thing to stop the over exertion of your heart:

The Suxiao Jiuxin Wan better known as “Emergency Heart Pills” are an herbal base stress and anxiety reliever. For those who have an increased risk of heart attacks or for those who cardiovascular issues, these pills will help slow the heart rate allowing the over exertion to subside. Pretty impressive.

The Emergency heart pills can also significantly improve heart function and decrease heart palpitations or chest pain. These effects will not only be handy for emergency lifesaving situation but also for every day stress. It is also reported that it contains no toxicity or side effect. Love your heart and save it from unnecessary stress!

Constipation: Traditional Chinese Herbal Cure

Constipation is a common and often distressing problem. Constipation is a symptom with many causes. These causes are of two types: obstructed defecation and colonic slow transit. About 50% of patients evaluated for constipation at hospitals have obstructed defecation. This type of constipation has mechanical and functional causes. Causes of colonic slow transit constipation include diet, hormonal disorders such as hypothyroidism, side effects of medications, rarely heavy metal toxicity and those with kidney disease, heart problems, bowel obstructions or inflamed colons.

Women and people over age 65 are especially affected, about 42 million people at a time, or 15% of the population, have constipation. But it’s probably not news to most people that almost everyone suffers from it from time to time. Because constipation is a symptom, not a disease, effective treatment of constipation may require first determining the cause. Treatments include changes in dietary habits, laxatives, enemas, biofeedback, and in particular situations surgery may be required.

Let’s talk about Taifu Pills, the naturally occurring stimulant laxatives that are sufficiently safe and gentle for general use involve one basic category of chemical compounds, known as Anthraquinone. The Anthraquinones often occur in plants in the form of glycosides. These compounds are found in Rhubarb root (the prominent Chinese laxative), Senna leaf and pod (a Middle Eastern laxative), Cascara Sagrada (a North American laxative), Buckthorn (also known as Frangula; a European laxative), and Aloe (known worldwide). The use of laxatives to treat acute constipation has been mentioned throughout the literature of the world’s various herbal traditions. Acute constipation may occur as the result of a disease or a change of diet.  In the history of Chinese medicine, use of Rhubarb for acute constipation is firmly established in relation to the “yangming” phase of a disease; this is where the body fluids become dry as the result of a feverish condition; the intestines become dry, and the person suffers from constipation. Mirabilitum (Ingredient in E15 Pills) is often used along with rhubarb in the Chinese treatments for acute constipation. Emodin is the most widely occurring Anthraquinone in medicinal herbs. Valuable medicinal aspects of Emodin have been proclaimed on the basis of laboratory research, including: potential cancer prevention activity (blocking the growth of newly transformed cells); antiviral activity; antioxidant properties; gastric ulcer protection; liver protection; promoting blood circulation; inhibiting autoimmune attack; and benefiting the kidneys (inhibiting undesired proliferation of cells). Rhubarb root is a dominant herbal therapy in China for treatment of nephritis and prevention of renal failure.

Colonoscopy was developed as a routine diagnostic tool during the 1970s and it was soon found that many people had a black or dark brown intestinal wall; the condition was named Melanosis Coli.

A debate over the significance of Melanosis Coli in relation to Anthraquinone use soon arose, and it persists to this day. On the one side, many doctors have interpreted this condition as one of simple staining of the intestinal wall by Anthraquinone residues, and viewed it as a harmless and reversible condition. Other doctors have seen it as more than just staining, as possibly involving significant damage to the colon wall, and considered that it might be a precursor to more serious intestinal problems, such as colon cancer. The majority of articles written about Melanosis Coli indicate that the condition arises after years of frequent use of Anthraquinone laxatives and is not associated with harm. Our Herbal products are made with the respect geared towards prevention of illnesses and today my goal is to continue to educate my patients with the art of Chinese Traditional Healing. We at Hen Sen Herbs are referred as Healers and the Art of Healing is not lost.

Love, Juli

What You Didn’t Know About The Way You Eat May Be The Cause Of Your Digestive Problem

Digestive disorders are extremely common, not only in the United States, but also in any parts of the world where modern Western way of living dominates. Unless you have your own farm (by the way, that’s one of my dreams), grow your own vegetables and fruits, raise your own livestock, our access to high quality 100% organic foods are very limited. If you are lucky enough, you may have a resource to acquire high quality food on the daily basis without worrying about your bank account. But your busy lifestyle may prevent you from preparing and eating the kind of food you should be eating. This is why many people end up dining out more than they should, or eating store-bought processed foods. It has become normal part of daily life to eat the food on the run or consuming food while you are working. And not surprisingly, a stressful lifestyle causes you to crave for richer, saltier and sweeter unhealthy foods. I must admit, I am certainly guilty of this problem.

According to Traditional Chinese Medicine, the way or the spirit in which food is eaten is very important. While eating, you must focus on the activity of eating without any distraction. Worrying and stressing will cause the harm to your body. You should also take your time and really enjoy your meal. Too much talking can disrupt digestion. For example, my kids tend to talk too much, asking me so many question while I am trying to eat. I found myself very stressed and not enjoying the food at all. It may sound counter-intuitive, but I believe eating alone slowly in silence is so much better for your digestion than busy talking or being distracted by others. So, I trained my kids not to even bother me while I eat after long day of work. I usually get bombarded with their stories and questions afterwards, but that’s okay.

Returning right back to stressful work or physical activities will greatly inhibit the digestive process. Again, I am very much guilty of this crime. I’ve struggled so many years. And I’ve definitely noticed my digestion has become very weak over the years because of eating while at work or stressing right after eating (or maybe I am just getting old.) My solution is to skip a lunch. No eating at work. Period. But, to be honest that’s not working out quite well either. It seems that “Stress” somehow gives you permission to do whatever is harmful to your digestive system – like eating junk snacks while working, or drinking alcohol after work (to release stress). I guess you already know what I am talking about here. We all know it’s bad for you, but can’t seem to control or break this habitual pattern.

Traditional Chinese Medicine views the chronic digestive disorder as the result of food stagnation. The word ‘Dampness’ is often used to describe the food stagnation. Feeling of fullness in the stomach, bad breath, acid reflux, belching are the symptom of this Dampness in the digestive system. One of many causes of Dampness (food stagnation) is the diet mainly consists of Cold foods. Eating raw foods like salad or fruits is a typical example. Many patients here at Hen Sen Herbs claims that they eat very healthy because they eat nothing but salads and other raw foods. They believe that raw food contains much more live enzymes to aid digestion, which true, and no argument there. However, what they do not understand is that our digestive system is like ‘Fire’ that cooks the food to break down into small bits our body can convert into energy. Just imagine a pot full of cold foods (inside of your tummy) being cooked by Fire (energy to breakdown foods). It will take a lot longer and a lot more energy to breakdown foods into small digestible pieces. So, consuming Cold foods is like a pouring water into Fire. It immediately puts strain on your digestive system and causes food stagnation. If your body is young and strong – full of Fire, or living in the very warm climate, your body can handle Cold foods without a problem. But, if your health is less than ideal, or living in the cold climate, you should definitely avoid Cold foods altogether. Watermelon is the typical example. It should be consumed when your body is overheated during very hot weather. Cooling property of the watermelon effectively cool off your body. However, if you do this when the weather is cold, the Fire (digestive system)will be put out immediately. It will result in harming your digestive system, and you will be more susceptible to the common illness. Worrying about eating more enzyme rich foods is understandable. But if you are harming your digestive system with Cold foods (not to mention drinking Cold beverages), your body’s ability to produce enzymes is greatly compromised. So, your focus should be first to protect and reduce the strain on your digestive system with warm easily digestible foods so that it can function at an optimal level. In order to compensate for the loss of enzyme from cooking, fermented food should be always be added to your regular diet. Look at any traditional diet of countries with highest longevity. Fermented foods are always a staple of their diet. Even a hamburger come with tiny slice of fermented food tucked in between the buns: the Pickle. Unfortunately, the amount of fermented foods that average Americans consume is way too low, and typical American foods are too acidic or hard to digest.

Fire Energy required for digestion.

Fire Energy required for digestion.

There are so many other factors you should consider when it comes to maintaining a healthy strong digestive system. With so much information is available online, and it can be very confusing. And, many of them are misleading. So, be very careful. If you really want to learn about your health and digestion., go find someone who is 100 years old or older, and study how he eats, sleeps, exercises and everything about his lifestyle. I bet you will learn so much more about digestion and health overall than just reading research papers. If you can’t find such a person, next closest person you can depend on is experienced Chinese herbalist who have acquired wealth of historical knowledge complied by past great herbalists over many centuries. You need someone who understand the truth about human health. The truth that withstand the test of time. In other words, what was good for human health centuries ago should still be true today, and will be true centuries from now. So, stop chasing current fad diet or reading scientific researches that deals with only small aspect of human health. Good luck.

P.S. If you are too lazy to cook healthy meals or actually dread eating healthy food. Make sure to take Taifu Plus regularly. It will help break down nasty hard to digest junk out of your system. Less strain on your digestive system, better it is for your overall health!

Digestive disorders are extremely common, not only in the United States, but also in any parts of the world where modern Western way of living dominates. Unless you have your own farm (by the way, that’s one of my dreams), grow your own vegetables and fruits, raise your own livestock, our access to high quality 100% organic foods are very limited. If you are lucky enough, you may have a resource to acquire high quality food on the daily basis without worrying about your bank account. But your busy lifestyle may prevent you from preparing and eating the kind of food you should be eating. This is why many people end up dining out more than they should, or eating store-bought processed foods. It has become normal part of daily life to eat the food on the run or consuming food while you are working. And not surprisingly, a stressful lifestyle causes you to crave for richer, saltier and sweeter unhealthy foods. I must admit, I am certainly guilty of this problem.

According to Traditional Chinese Medicine, the way or the spirit in which food is eaten is very important. While eating, you must focus on the activity of eating without any distraction. Worrying and stressing will cause the harm to your body. You should also take your time and really enjoy your meal. Too much talking can disrupt digestion. For example, my kids tend to talk too much, asking me so many question while I am trying to eat. I found myself very stressed and not enjoying the food at all. It may sound counter-intuitive, but I believe eating alone slowly in silence is so much better for your digestion than busy talking or being distracted by others. So, I trained my kids not to even bother me while I eat after long day of work. I usually get bombarded with their stories and questions afterwards, but that’s okay.

Taifu Plus for digestive aid.

Taifu Plus for digestive aid.

Returning right back to stressful work or physical activities will greatly inhibit the digestive process. Again, I am very much guilty of this crime. I’ve struggled so many years. And I’ve definitely noticed my digestion has become very weak over the years because of eating while at work or stressing right after eating (or maybe I am just getting old.) My solution is to skip a lunch. No eating at work. Period. But, to be honest that’s not working out quite well either. It seems that “Stress” somehow gives you permission to do whatever is harmful to your digestive system – like eating junk snacks while working, or drinking alcohol after work (to release stress). I guess you already know what I am talking about here. We all know it’s bad for you, but can’t seem to control or break this habitual pattern.

Traditional Chinese Medicine views the chronic digestive disorder as the result of food stagnation. The word ‘Dampness’ is often used to describe the food stagnation. Feeling of fullness in the stomach, bad breath, acid reflux, belching are the symptom of this Dampness in the digestive system. One of many causes of Dampness (food stagnation) is the diet mainly consists of Cold foods. Eating raw foods like salad or fruits is a typical example. Many patients here at Hen Sen Herbs claims that they eat very healthy because they eat nothing but salads and other raw foods. They believe that raw food contains much more live enzymes to aid digestion, which true, and no argument there. However, what they do not understand is that our digestive system is like ‘Fire’ that cooks the food to break down into small bits our body can convert into energy. Just imagine a pot full of cold foods (inside of your tummy) being cooked by Fire (energy to breakdown foods). It will take a lot longer and a lot more energy to breakdown foods into small digestible pieces. So, consuming Cold foods is like a pouring water into Fire. It immediately puts strain on your digestive system and causes food stagnation. If your body is young and strong – full of Fire, or living in the very warm climate, your body can handle Cold foods without a problem. But, if your health is less than ideal, or living in the cold climate, you should definitely avoid Cold foods altogether. Watermelon is the typical example. It should be consumed when your body is overheated during very hot weather. Cooling property of the watermelon effectively cool off your body. However, if you do this when the weather is cold, the Fire (digestive system)will be put out immediately. It will result in harming your digestive system, and you will be more susceptible to the common illness. Worrying about eating more enzyme rich foods is understandable. But if you are harming your digestive system with Cold foods (not to mention drinking Cold beverages), your body’s ability to produce enzymes is greatly compromised. So, your focus should be first to protect and reduce the strain on your digestive system with warm easily digestible foods so that it can function at an optimal level. In order to compensate for the loss of enzyme from cooking, fermented food should be always be added to your regular diet. Look at any traditional diet of countries with highest longevity. Fermented foods are always a staple of their diet. Even a hamburger come with tiny slice of fermented food tucked in between the buns: the Pickle. Unfortunately, the amount of fermented foods that average Americans consume is way too low, and typical American foods are too acidic or hard to digest.

There are so many other factors you should consider when it comes to maintaining a healthy strong digestive system. With so much information is available online, and it can be very confusing. And, many of them are misleading. So, be very careful. If you really want to learn about your health and digestion., go find someone who is 100 years old or older, and study how he eats, sleeps, exercises and everything about his lifestyle. I bet you will learn so much more about digestion and health overall than just reading research papers. If you can’t find such a person, next closest person you can depend on is experienced Chinese herbalist who have acquired wealth of historical knowledge complied by past great herbalists over many centuries. You need someone who understand the truth about human health. The truth that withstand the test of time. In other words, what was good for human health centuries ago should still be true today, and will be true centuries from now. So, stop chasing current fad diet or reading scientific researches that deals with only small aspect of human health. Good luck.

P.S. If you are too lazy to cook healthy meals or actually dread eating healthy food. Make sure to take Taifu Plus regularly. It will help break down nasty hard to digest junk out of your system. Less strain on your digestive system, better it is for your overall health!

Digestive disorders are extremely common, not only in the United States, but also in any parts of the world where modern Western way of living dominates. Unless you have your own farm (by the way, that’s one of my dreams), grow your own vegetables and fruits, raise your own livestock, our access to high quality 100% organic foods are very limited. If you are lucky enough, you may have a resource to acquire high quality food on the daily basis without worrying about your bank account. But your busy lifestyle may prevent you from preparing and eating the kind of food you should be eating. This is why many people end up dining out more than they should, or eating store-bought processed foods. It has become normal part of daily life to eat the food on the run or consuming food while you are working. And not surprisingly, a stressful lifestyle causes you to crave for richer, saltier and sweeter unhealthy foods. I must admit, I am certainly guilty of this problem.

According to Traditional Chinese Medicine, the way or the spirit in which food is eaten is very important. While eating, you must focus on the activity of eating without any distraction. Worrying and stressing will cause the harm to your body. You should also take your time and really enjoy your meal. Too much talking can disrupt digestion. For example, my kids tend to talk too much, asking me so many question while I am trying to eat. I found myself very stressed and not enjoying the food at all. It may sound counter-intuitive, but I believe eating alone slowly in silence is so much better for your digestion than busy talking or being distracted by others. So, I trained my kids not to even bother me while I eat after long day of work. I usually get bombarded with their stories and questions afterwards, but that’s okay.

Returning right back to stressful work or physical activities will greatly inhibit the digestive process. Again, I am very much guilty of this crime. I’ve struggled so many years. And I’ve definitely noticed my digestion has become very weak over the years because of eating while at work or stressing right after eating (or maybe I am just getting old.) My solution is to skip a lunch. No eating at work. Period. But, to be honest that’s not working out quite well either. It seems that “Stress” somehow gives you permission to do whatever is harmful to your digestive system – like eating junk snacks while working, or drinking alcohol after work (to release stress). I guess you already know what I am talking about here. We all know it’s bad for you, but can’t seem to control or break this habitual pattern.

Traditional Chinese Medicine views the chronic digestive disorder as the result of food stagnation. The word ‘Dampness’ is often used to describe the food stagnation. Feeling of fullness in the stomach, bad breath, acid reflux, belching are the symptom of this Dampness in the digestive system. One of many causes of Dampness (food stagnation) is the diet mainly consists of Cold foods. Eating raw foods like salad or fruits is a typical example. Many patients here at Hen Sen Herbs claims that they eat very healthy because they eat nothing but salads and other raw foods. They believe that raw food contains much more live enzymes to aid digestion, which true, and no argument there. However, what they do not understand is that our digestive system is like ‘Fire’ that cooks the food to break down into small bits our body can convert into energy. Just imagine a pot full of cold foods (inside of your tummy) being cooked by Fire (energy to breakdown foods). It will take a lot longer and a lot more energy to breakdown foods into small digestible pieces. So, consuming Cold foods is like a pouring water into Fire. It immediately puts strain on your digestive system and causes food stagnation. If your body is young and strong – full of Fire, or living in the very warm climate, your body can handle Cold foods without a problem. But, if your health is less than ideal, or living in the cold climate, you should definitely avoid Cold foods altogether. Watermelon is the typical example. It should be consumed when your body is overheated during very hot weather. Cooling property of the watermelon effectively cool off your body. However, if you do this when the weather is cold, the Fire (digestive system)will be put out immediately. It will result in harming your digestive system, and you will be more susceptible to the common illness. Worrying about eating more enzyme rich foods is understandable. But if you are harming your digestive system with Cold foods (not to mention drinking Cold beverages), your body’s ability to produce enzymes is greatly compromised. So, your focus should be first to protect and reduce the strain on your digestive system with warm easily digestible foods so that it can function at an optimal level. In order to compensate for the loss of enzyme from cooking, fermented food should be always be added to your regular diet. Look at any traditional diet of countries with highest longevity. Fermented foods are always a staple of their diet. Even a hamburger come with tiny slice of fermented food tucked in between the buns: the Pickle. Unfortunately, the amount of fermented foods that average Americans consume is way too low, and typical American foods are too acidic or hard to digest.

There are so many other factors you should consider when it comes to maintaining a healthy strong digestive system. With so much information is available online, and it can be very confusing. And, many of them are misleading. So, be very careful. If you really want to learn about your health and digestion., go find someone who is 100 years old or older, and study how he eats, sleeps, exercises and everything about his lifestyle. I bet you will learn so much more about digestion and health overall than just reading research papers. If you can’t find such a person, next closest person you can depend on is experienced Chinese herbalist who have acquired wealth of historical knowledge complied by past great herbalists over many centuries. You need someone who understand the truth about human health. The truth that withstand the test of time. In other words, what was good for human health centuries ago should still be true today, and will be true centuries from now. So, stop chasing current fad diet or reading scientific researches that deals with only small aspect of human health. Good luck.

P.S. If you are too lazy to cook healthy meals or actually dread eating healthy food. Make sure to take Taifu Plus regularly. It will help break down nasty hard to digest junk out of your system. Less strain on your digestive system, better it is for your overall health!

– Kaz Isogai

How To Get Through Food Poisoning

It is pretty scary. One minute you could be enjoying your favorite food like juicy scallops, tuna drenched in mayonnaise, or a creamy potato salad. Then, oddly enough, you begin to feel that upset stomach creeping up on you. You get feverish, start to feel weak, uncomfortably and clammy, then all of a sudden you’re over a porcelain bowl, hurling up that once delicious dinner, and feeling absolutely sick. For anyone who has had food poisoning, this is no exaggeration (believe me I’ve been there). Food poisoning is a silent monster due to the fact that it hides in your food or water, containing all kinds of gross bacteria, nasty parasites, disgusting viruses, and toxins that can be odorless and invisible to the human eye.


Did you know that the CDC (Center of Disease Control) found that 1 out of 6 people get food poisoning each year in America? That’s like 48 million people getting sick from their food! Infectious germs can contaminate food at any point of processing or production. Contamination can also occur at home if food is incorrectly handled or cooked. So, when you buy food at the grocery store and bring it home, you’re often gambling on the fact that it’s safe to eat. It’s insane how many different diseases can cause food poisoning. Take a guess at how many different diseases can cause food poisoning. That’s right, 250! Some of the most common diseases that are caused by bacteria are: Salmonella, E. Coli, Listeria, Botulism, and Norovirus. Salmonella specifically sucks, because cookie dough rocks and it is just so tempting!


So, how do you know if you have food poisoning? Oh trust me, you’d know. The most common symptoms that occur while suffering through food poisoning are nausea, vomiting, watery diarrhea, abdominal pain/cramps, and fever. None of that sounds fun. Symptoms can start within hours after eating the contaminated food or they may begin days or even weeks later! The fact that food poisoning can linger in your system for that long is just horrifying, Sometimes if food poisoning is not treated immediately it could cause even worse symptoms – that’s right it could get worse. Imagine frequent episodes of vomiting, bloody vomit or stools, diarrhea for more than three days, extreme pain or severe abdominal cramping and a fever higher than 101.5 F. Never mind, don’t imagine that because that is really gnarly. But can you see how bad it can get?


Lets talk about treatments, as I mentioned before sometimes symptoms of food poisoning are immediate or can be dormant until it sneakily strikes a week later. So what can you do about it? Well luckily Hen Sen Herbs sells an all-natural supplement called Seirogan, which is touted to be effective! So, now you’re probably wondering, “Hmmm, okay, but, what is in it and what makes it so effective?”

Seirogan

The most active ingredient in Seirogan is Beechwood Creosote, which contains medicinal properties as an expectorant, antiseptic, astringent, and an anesthetic. This means that it specifically treats stomach-aches, diarrhea, food poisoning, vomiting, water contamination, soft stool, regulating stomach and intestine conditions, and pulpitis caused by tooth cavity aches. Sounds like just the thing when you are feeling miserable with an unruly stomach.


Let’s look at a bit of history to demonstrate its effectiveness. Believe it or not, this natural remedy dates back to 1902 when Mr. Saichi Nakajima obtained the license for drug sales for Chuyu-Seirogan from The Osaka Prefecture Government. Seirogan originated from Japan and during the Russo-Japanese War of 1904-1905 the Royal Japanese Army was the first to use Seirogan as a gastrointestinal medication due to the contaminated water and other diseases that come with war. For over 100 years, let me say that again, 100 YEARS, Seirogan has been a common gastrointestinal solution for many across Asia and now here. Pretty amazing huh?

So what did we learn? All in all food poisoning is highly unpleasant. Although food can easily be contaminated, it is essential to keep yourself safe from food poisoning.

Some precautions to take while eating or making food are:

1. Always wash your hands before cooking,
2. Wash your food,
3. Check labels for expiration dates,
4. Keep food in the fridge if it needs to stay cold, don’t eat food that smells, looks, or tastes bad (use your senses!),
5. Buy food locally, and be aware of any food warnings and recalls.

Food can be enjoyable, as long as you take the necessary precautions to keeping yourself healthy from food poisoning. Thanks for reading 🙂

– Shaila Suleman

Yunnan Paiyao – The Miracle Pill

Yunnan Paiyao - The Miracle Pill

As many of you may already know, one of our best selling products at Hen Sen Herbs is the Yunnan Baiyao capsules, plaster, and powder. But what you may not know is the many healing qualities it possess, and the fascinating history that comes along with it.

For those who are asking “What is Yunnan Paiyao?” Yunnan Paiyao is an old Chinese remedy that was used as first-aid for any kind of traumatic injury or internal bleeding. Whether someone has a small cut, bruise, swelling, a serious wound from gun shots, an internal injury from car accidents or fighting, or bleeding from surgery and stomach ulcers. One may simply pour the Yunnan Paiyao power on to the cut and/or swallow the power or capsules.

This medicine was developed by Qu Huangzhang in 1902. Yunnan Paiyao is so strong that it is designated as one of two Class-1 protected traditional medicines. To claim on its effectiveness, In the Taierzhuang Battle of 1938, between Chinese and Japanese forces, army commander Wu Xuexian was seriously injured in his right leg. The French hospital in Kunming (capital of Yunnan) recommended amputation to save Wu’s life. Wu turned to Qu for help, and to everyone’s surprise, recovered without the need for an amputation. Yunnan Paiyao gained the reputation as a miracle remedy. After the death of Qu, his wife, Liao Lanying, donated the secret prescription to the government.

Yunnan Paiyao has many healing properties but most general use is to treat bleeding. The powder is sometimes applied to a narrow open bleeding wound in an attempt to “lacquer” the edges together, one must be able to hold together the edges of the wound long enough that the blood does not wash away the applied powder. Other uses in internal medicine include bleeding of the gastrointestinal system, stomach ulcer, stomach cancer, tuberculosis, bronchiectasis, lung cancer, nose bleeds, and chronic sinus inflammation. Yunnan Baiyao has also claimed to promote normal blood circulation, reduce inflammation and swelling, and alleviate pain. It is suggested for menstrual disorders such as dysmenorrhea, amenorrhea, or excessive menstrual bleeding.

Not only does Yunnan Paiyao help humans but it is also used to help animals as well. Many veterinarians use Yunnan Paiyao as a natural medicine for dogs that are afflicted with cancers that are linked with bleeding, like internal hemangiosarcomas. Sometimes the treatments for cancer, chemotherapy, and drugs may increase bleeding tendencies. It is believed to work by activating the platelets, which are the small blood components that help make blood clot. Blood clots are the first step in a scab. Yunnan Paiyao taken by mouth has been shown to decrease liver bleeding in lab animals. Similarly, it has been shown to decrease bleeding times in ponies who took it orally, the same was shown for rabbits. It also works when the powder is applied to a bleeding surface.

In conclusion Yunnan Paiyao is a magical pill. Its many healing properties can cure almost anything, from a paper cut to surgery. Yunnan Baiyao is a great “just in case” product to have. The history behind Yunnan Paiyo proves its effectiveness, and it is safe to use for animals. As you can see Yunnan Paiyao is the best naturopathic pill to use.

– Shaila Suleman

How To Live An Allergy Free Life

When I was a kid, I suffered a bad case of asthma. Fortunately, it was never a life and death situation, but severe enough to prevent me from having a normal life. The attack occurred often in the middle of the night in bed. I remember myself being on my knees, my elbows and head down to the pillow, wheezing and coughing, trying to cough out a mucus mess from my lungs all night long. It was miserable. Not to mention, getting a decent amount of air into my lungs was a struggle. My condition began to improve significantly as I was seriously getting into sports activities during middle school.

I thought to myself, “Building stronger lungs from high aerobic activities must be the key to defeating asthma.” So, I kept at it. However, my allergy conditions like, runny nose, itchy eyes, eczema all got worse during the same period. And they persisted throughout my teen age years and into my late twenties. There was a time I even had to use nasal spray just to keep my runny nose from dripping onto everything I touched. My nose and eyes were always red, my lips were so dry, chapped and swollen that I couldn’t even open my mouth wide to eat. I know now, and I sort of knew back then, that bad eating and drinking and smoking habits had something to do with my terrible health. But what I didn’t know was that all of my allergy symptoms including asthma (I didn’t know asthma was also allergic reaction) were triggered by the substance called Histamine.

Histamines play an essential role in the body’s immune response in a number of ways. For example, they trigger the mucus-producers—called “goblet cells” to create more mucus. The goal of the mucus production is to create a wetter, more fluid environment, so that allergens can be trapped and carried away from the body.  Many people suffer from allergy symptoms like a runny nose, watery/itchy eyes on the daily basis because of our body’s defense mechanism. In the case of asthma, histamines overreact and produce far more mucus than needed. They are also responsible for the inflammation which exacerbate the constriction of the airway.

Many people are allergic to certain foods, most notoriously peanuts, as well as airborne allergen like dust, mold and pollens. If your histamine tolerance level is very low you must stay away from them as much as possible. However, what I found was quite surprising to me. It turned out that most of the food we eat regularly have a certain level of histamine in them. Some of the food contains high level of histamine, and some have low levels. And some foods cause our body to release histamine as they enter our digestive system. Another fact I found about histamine was quite shocking to me. The level of histamine increases as the food gets stale. It means that the left-over meal that has been sitting in the refrigerator for a few days has much higher level of histamine compared to a freshly prepared meal. So, the left over dinner for tomorrow’s lunch is not recommended if your allergy symptoms are severe. So let’s take a look at list of commonly consumed foods that contains higher level of histamine.

 
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Histamine-Rich Foods

Fermented alcoholic beverage, especially wine, champagne and beer; sauerkraut, vinegar, soy sauce, kefir, yogurt, cheese, sour cream, butter milk, dried fruits (apricots, prunes, dates, figs, raisins), most citrus fruits, walnuts, cashews, and peanuts, avocados, egg plant, spinach, tomatoes.

Histamine Releasing Foods:

Alcohol, bananas, chocolate, cow’s milk, nuts, papaya, pineapple, shellfish, strawberries, tomatoes, wheat germ, artificial preservatives and dyes.

Low-Histamine Foods:

Freshly cooked meat, poultry, freshly caught fish, gluten-free grains (rice, quinoa), mango, pear, watermelon, apple, kiwi, cantaloupe, grapes, fresh vegetables (except for the ones listed above).

You may not have obvious allergic reactions to histamine rich foods if your histamine tolerance level is high. But, remember that inflammation from histamine can cause other symptoms like headaches/migraines, difficulty falling asleep, sluggish digestion, nausea, fatigue, abnormal menstrual cycle and many others. So, please pay close attention to your body’s response to certain foods or allergens. In many cases, outcomes from histamine reaction are subtle and often benign. But they may accumulate and turn into something serious if you don’t take care of it early.

For those who suffer from chronic allergy conditions, we have herbal pills called AE. Many people have reported back to me during severe allergy season that their allergy symptoms were so much better with regular intake of AE. As for me, my digestion improved overnight because of AE. It took me a while to figure out that my entire digestive system was inflamed and swollen because of the histamine rich foods. Bloating, indigestion, sluggishness, tightness around the abdomen are no longer an issue. Even inflammation in anal area is gone. Thus, no pain. (For those who are new to our newsletter, I wrote an article about my battle with hemorrhoid and the solution in the past issue. You can view the past issues at www.hensenherbs.com/resources/newsletter-archive)

 -Kaz Isogai