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Your Intestines Are A Major Detox Organ

We are on the final month of the five major detoxification organs: Liver, Kidney, Lungs, Skin and Intestines. The intestines are vital organs in the gastrointestinal tract of our digestive system. Their functions are to digest food and enable the nutrient released from that food to enter into the bloodstream. Our intestines consist of two major sections: the small intestine and the large intestine.

My busiest time for treating the intestines is when most people celebrate with all the barbecue meats, beers, pops, tons of fruits and massive weight gain or fatigue. It’s time to clean out yeast and detox the five major organs. You are what you eat, what goes in must come out.

>p? All I care about is your poop and pee. It is a pound of poop a day or base it on your body weight of every 12 pounds is one ounce of poop, if you weigh 160 pounds you need 1 pound. Start by eating fiber such as: green vegetables (4 cups cooked) and low fructose fruits of (2 cups), Haiga Rice or whole grains. Please note to not add too much fiber too quickly, it can promote intestinal gas, abdominal bloating and cramping. Increase fiber in your diet gradually over a period of a few weeks. This allows the natural bacteria in your digestive system to adjust to the change. Also, drink plenty of clean water. Fiber works best when it absorbs water, making your stool soft and bulky. If your tongue is really coated white especially in the mid to back of the tongue, it’s Candida. You must take the Taifu Plus and E15 (extra strength detox) to help clear it out of your system.

Digestive problems are known as a Pixu condition. Food allergies may develop when food is not digested properly and causes fermentation activated by yeast in the bowel. This process further increases the amount yeast in the digestive tract. The increase level of yeast causes the increased permeability of the wall of the intestine (leaky gut syndrome). The yeast then enters the blood stream and settles in the different parts of the body, including the lungs, the vagina, the kidneys, and the brain, and other organs. This can cause problems such as yeast infection of the vagina (candidiasis); allergy, sinus infections, asthma, meningitis, and chronic fatigue are common examples.

Eating food high in sugar or food turning into blood sugar rapidly enhances this problem. Food high in sugar causes fermentation, resulting in an increase of yeast population in the digestive tract. It causes the blood sugar to rise initially and drop rapidly to under the normal healthy level. The drop of blood sugar causes the production of serotonin to go down and causes depression or mania. The decrease of serotonin causes the production of histamine, asthma and headaches.

Eating too much sugar at one time causes the immune system to be weakened and increases the chance to get polio. It’s a cause and effect, a vicious cycle. To cut the habit, say no to sugar, salt, oils (deep fry) and fats. Take the Taifu Plus with the Pu-erh Tea to aid digestion and if you need to consume alcohol start by taking Tie Guan Yin Tea (hangover tea) with the Taifu Plus and E15 Pills. It has to be moderation and only once in a while.

In Chinese culture family is most important. Well known part of our culture is an ethnic of hard work, discipline and excellence. If you want to live for a long time, all you really have to do is change your lifestyle a bit – it’s all a choice. Take a moment and review these few months of teachings of the Five Major detoxification, make a shift and increase your life expectancy by 5-10 (good) years. Enjoy life and keep on living. You are my family.

Love, Juli

Your Kidneys and Traditional Chinese Medicine

In our April 2017 newsletter, I spoke of the five major detoxification organs which include: the liver, kidney, lungs, intestine and skin. I focused mainly on the skin and the Lungs. It recognizes the link between the skin and lungs as an overreaction to allergens.

In Traditional Chinese medicine, the liver and kidneys are the organs that “age” us. For this reason, almost all longevity herbs used in Chinese medicine are liver and kidney tonics. Without a clean, efficient liver and healthy kidneys, toxins and waste products are not filtered out of the blood, which then becomes heavier and more sluggish. This causes poor circulation and reduced oxygen and nutrient carrying capacity. As a result, tissues fed by the blood are undernourished which leads to spleen

deficiency. This month, I want to share with you about how to take better care of your Live and Kidneys.

Liver detoxification methods:

A) Eat a lot of organic vegetables and fresh local fruits every day. It’s suggested four cups of cooked vegetables and 2 cups of fruits. To prevent any female menstrual concerns it s not allowed to have any cold or raw fruits or cold drinks 2 weeks prior or during it’s menstruation. During the two weeks prior to the mensuration is Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS). Women beware.

B) Take bitter teas with DL Pills to stimulate liver bile (Liver Flush) and to decongest the liver. The liver and the kidneys do a great job of filtering out the bad stuff and getting rid of it through our feces(poop) and urine(pee). The more it stinks the more toxic it is inside. Our newest pill #2 is meant to stabilize the liver yang (fire). It is used primarily if the eyes energy is weak, redness or swelling around the eyes. Another symptom of liver congestions is pain in the right side below the rib cage or any acid or indigestion. Liver fire also creates cravings and for women it is used for PMS (2 weeks prior to period). As you flush it is best to eat the rice congee with ginger as an intestinal cleanser in the morning. The fiber excretes the bile with stools to be eliminated. Otherwise, the toxins stay in the large intestine for too long and sticks to the intestinal wall. Bitter teas are usually prescribed, and it is recommended to take quarterly, each quarter of the year for 2 weeks. Especially if you tend to enjoy your alcohol or are regular restaurant eater.

Kidney detoxification method:

The method of promoting kidney detoxification is very simple, as long as every day you drink 6-8 8 ounce cups of clean water, the toxins from urine can be discharged. It is recommended to use a better water filter that removes fluoride, chlorine, heavy metals and more. Unfortunately, with our often busy life style, drinking clean water is not a needed life habit, rarely people drink enough water.

The signs of Kidney deficiency includes weakness and soreness of lower back, weakness in knees and legs, pain in heels, losing hair, bad teeth, tinnitus, Spermatorrhes, impotence, irregular menses, dizziness, blurred vision and premature aging and frequent urination or lack of urination. The word deficient is lack of or laboring. What can it be? Therefore we must watch what we eat or drink and know what herbs to take. Any time a deficiency is there it has caused an effect to our internal ecosystem.

There is so much conflicting information about food and diet that it becomes nearly impossible to know what the ‘best food’ to eat really is, or if certain foods are ‘good’ for you or ‘bad’ for you. In Chinese medicine, there are not ‘good’ foods or ‘bad’ foods; there are appropriate foods for each individual and inappropriate food for a specific individual, just as there are appropriate herbs for each individual depending on what their health needs are.

The woman who tells her age is either too young to have anything to lose or too old to have anything to gain.

Our health is a reflection of how we take care of ourselves. It is a lot of work but it is worth it.
Love, Juli

Detoxification Organs

We are on the final month of the five major detoxification organs: Liver, Kidney, Lungs, Skin and Intestines. The intestines are vital organs in the gastrointestinal tract of our digestive system. Their functions are to digest food and enable the nutrient released from that food to enter into the bloodstream. Our intestines consist of two major sections: the small intestine and the large intestine.

My busiest time for treating the intestines is when most people celebrate with all the barbecue meats, beers, pops, tons of fruits and massive weight gain or fatigue. It’s time to clean out yeast and detox the five major organs. You are what you eat, what goes in must come out.
All I care about is your poop and pee. It is a pound of poop a day or base it on your body weight of every 12 pounds is one ounce of poop, if you weigh 160 pounds you need 1 pound. Start by eating fiber such as: green vegetables (4 cups cooked) and low fructose fruits of (2 cups), Haiga Rice or whole grains. Please note to not add too much fiber too quickly, it can promote intestinal gas, abdominal bloating and cramping. Increase fiber in your diet gradually over a period of a few weeks. This allows the natural bacteria in your digestive system to adjust to the change. Also, drink plenty of clean water. Fiber works best when it absorbs water, making your stool soft and bulky. If your tongue is really coated white especially in the mid to back of the tongue, it’s Candida. You must take the Taifu Plus and E15 (extra strength detox) to help clear it out of your system.

Digestive problems are known as a Pixu condition. Food allergies may develop when food is not digested properly and causes fermentation activated by yeast in the bowel. This process further increases the amount yeast in the digestive tract. The increase level of yeast causes the increased permeability of the wall of the intestine (leaky gut syndrome). The yeast then enters the blood stream and settles in the different parts of the body, including the lungs, the vagina, the kidneys, and the brain, and other organs. This can cause problems such as yeast infection of the vagina (candidiasis); allergy, sinus infections, asthma, meningitis, and chronic fatigue are common examples.

Eating food high in sugar or food turning into blood sugar rapidly enhances this problem. Food high in sugar causes fermentation, resulting increase of yeast population in the digestive tract. It causes the blood sugar to rise initially and drop rapidly to under the normal healthy level. The drop of blood sugar causes the production of serotonin to go down and causes depression or mania. The decrease of serotonin causes the production of histamine, asthma and headaches.

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

Why Diets Won’t Work

For thousands of years, the concept of balance from Chinese philosophy kept Chinese communities from straying from the traditional diet. There were always periods of shortage and periods of wealth. When food was available, it was prepared according to the recommendations of Chinese medicine.
During the Cultural Revolution, from the 1900’s there has been a dramatic shift in the way people grew and imported food, as well as eating habits. Cereal consumption shot up in 1952 and so did “junk” food consumption. The proportion of energy intake from fat tripled, and by 1982 China saw its first significant rise in the number of overweight people and those stricken with diet-related cancers. We must look back to wisdom for guidance.

Many weeks ago I watched a movie called “Mr. Church” which tells the story of a unique friendship that develops when a little girl and her dying mother retain the services of a talented cook. This movie inspired me to start cooking at home, using fresh herbs and spending more time in the kitchen. Nothing beats a home cooked meal. It really reminds me of how my grandma raised us, dinner was always served on time and every dinner was served with pride. There wasn’t any need of going out to eat. It would be my wish to have a farm and a family chef. In the teaching of I Ching, the element Earth is to seed our lands to grow crops and to create life. It is the cycle of life. In the month of March we celebrate Earth Day. So plant those seeds, celebrate our lives with great crops, and create those great healthy meals with friends and family.

A new car needs an oil change, when was the last time you had an oil change? Schedule your quarterly health check and share your recipes. Find your passion in cooking and start with the book The Joy of Cooking and get inspired by watching Mr. Church.

Love,
Juli

The Importence of Folk Medicine

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.

Love, Juli

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The Chinese New Year 2017

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.

You Need More Than An Oil Change For Good Health

When was the last time you had an oil change? Even a new car needs an oil change when the time comes. And with an old car, not only does it need an oil change, but a full tune up, and at times parts need to be replaced and fixed. Our body is much more complex than a car and the truth is that physical illness comes from neglect and eating the wrong food. More and more people are taught to eat with a mind set of “why can’t I?” and begin following nonsensical trends. Not everyone has the same biology, which means everyone reacts to different allergens and substances differently. If a food that is scientifically suppose to have great benefits but in return has been prepared uncooked or has been eaten too much, it can cause side effects. That effect can sometimes cause a long term health disease. A great example would be Chia Seeds. Due to the high concentration of Omega -3 fatty acids, and gelatinous properties it has can act as a blood thinner. Since it is a high fiber and rich seed, it can cause gastrointestinal problems. Be aware, and don’t have a monkey see monkey do attitude.

I am learning every day. A very wise man has recently explained to me that “you don’t need to fall into every mud puddle to know it is dirty.” That goes for the usage of marijuana, alcohol, and following unbeneficial trends. We are now told that, it is good for us, but history and other informational sources have shown that it can have toxic effects on our body. How can we say things like smoking marijuana frequently and drinking a glass of red wine once a day is ok, when we know that smoking cigarettes can cause Lung Disease or Cancer and alcoholic drinks can cause Alcohol Liver? Please be more knowledgeable and think twice of the consequences. My rule is this, what is not given to a baby or child doesn’t mean that it is good for us. Your biology stays the same throughout your whole life. Learn to say STOP.

What can we do to give ourselves an oil change? Take Taifu Plus and E15. A prominent ingredient in the E15 is Po Xiao which improves disease resistance. Huang Lian, another ingredient in E15 will help relieve heat toxicity. There is no secret to life, what goes in must come out. Time and time, one will get their blood or hair analyzed and when the results return it may show that they are low in iron or Vitamin D. So naturally, you take more supplements. In Chinese Traditional Herbal teaching, internally, if a main organ isn’t working properly, it will lower your body’s processing and functioning abilities. If one neglects eating the right food, it will hinder your body’s ability to receive good, natural nutrients. Instead of supplements, we spend time with patients and help educate the patient on how to prevent illness from the start. Starting with consuming a plant-based diet, eating living cultured food, and eliminating processed food will help alkalize the body naturally and provide the body the nutrients that it needs to heal. What goes in must come out.

With Love,
Juli

What To Eat When It’s Cold Outside

The holidays are the most joyous times of the year. Get into the holiday spirit in a big way and round up family and friends to go to events and be very active. Spend time in creating healthy foods like simple vegetable dishes, cultural foods that your grandparents made, make it memorable. Often the holiday seasons brings stress, emotional turmoil, rich foods, and late nights. All of these can affect your health and well-being. Let’s make a good change.

In the cold winter months, people desire to eat more food. This increases gastric acid and poses a threat to the gastric mucosa. Chronic stomach problems like ulcers and even stomach bleeding. The rule of thumb is to only eat 70% full and no later than 6pm. Give your stomach at least 3-4 hours to digest before bedtime. Generally, the digestive system enters an active stage in winter and that’s why dietary reinforcements are usually more effective than in other seasons, stomach problems also often occur due to cold air, eating unsafe foods like hot pots, and stimulating spicy foods.

Also, cold food should be avoided to reduce stimulation of gastric fluids, especially at breakfast. As most of the organs are still in a state of sleep, eating cold foods may result in contraction and poor blood circulation in the digestive system, leading to indigestion. There goes your cup of orange juice in the morning!

Warm or relatively hot foods, however, can help stimulate blood circulation and wake up the organs. Wearing a belly belt, or covering the stomach, can also help protect the stomach from the cold. Warming fruit with hot water, or briefly boiling it, before eating is a good alternative if you must eat it. Generally, the antioxidant like polyphenol in fruit won’t be damaged at 100 degrees Celsius. Boiled fruits will effectively nourish organs, move bowels and promote digestion, as well as reduce possible stimulation in the stomach.

And since immunity decreases with cold temperatures, we should also be aware of infectious digestive ailments with typical symptoms like diarrhea and vomiting. Uncooked foods are the first group recommended to be crossed off the menu.

As for patients with chronic stomach problems like inflammation or ulcers, it is essential to quit smoking, drinking and eating other stimulating foods as well as avoid bad moods and fatigue. It is also advised to take precautionary herbs to stop relapses of stomach problems.

Stay hydrated. Water helps your body cleanse toxins and fight germs. With furnaces blasting, lots of party foods, and alcohol, your personal water table needs all the help it can get. Remember, caffinated beverages and alcoholic drinks actually take water out of your system.

If you stay cautious of what you eat and how you prepare foods, learn to read ingredients, you will have much better intestinal health. You are what you eat. Eat wisely and drink smart.

Enjoy this holiday with good health,
Juli

Taifu Plus Helps During The Holidays

With the Holidays around the corner, we need to focus on better eating habits, emotional eating and sleeping patterns. During this season, Taifu Plus is often used, as our Holiday Foods are mostly meats, a pound of butter in each dish and plenty of sugar that will definitely lower your Serotonin that contributes to depression and Candida over-load.

Have you ever wondered what Taifu means? Taifu means doctor. My father created the Taifu pills back in the 1950’s. He created them as a Digestive Aid understanding that something from the environment, some kind of toxin was a contributor of diseases. Perhaps more importantly for our current concerns, other than what we eat that causes problems, the bigger concern points to emotional contributions to the development of diseases, the need and the want, simply the “I can’t live without” addiction. CE has been created to balance the Liver and Spleen, the organs that reflect emotions.

In Traditional Chinese Medicine, we warn that irregular eating habits undermine the digestion and aggravate existing problems. Lack of nourishment can cause dizziness and fatigue called Spleen deficiency. The most common symptom is loss of appetite; some people feel dizzy, weak, get headaches and feel chest pains. Women are more likely to suffer than men.

Every year as we go through the change of season from Autumn to Winter. These winter months attribute to higher chances of flu, as our kids bring it home it continues to spread throughout the whole household. If it’s a virus, cook up the Cold and Flu regimen add a few slices of fresh ginger root and sweat it out. As I was growing up, grandma would perform Gua Sha she calls it a change of season and if our eyes are weak and pale face she’ll apply Kwan Loong oil and use a jade to scrape the illness away.

What is Gua Sha? Gua Sha is used to treat as well as prevent the common cold, flu, bronchitis, asthma, and pain both acute and chronic. It is also used to detoxify the body, and fevers as the scraping brings the excess heat and toxins to the surface of the body to be released. If you have coughing, we quickly combine Gua Sha with Cupping. Cupping can heal your cough and clear your lungs.

We sleep late, eat late, eating foods that is way too rich that we shouldn’t, drink all that we shouldn’t and finally it’s the stress that we put our self and others. For this coming holiday season, my gift to you is to start a new tradition.: focus on yourself, get plenty of sleep by going to bed early, eat less and spend quality time with your family and friends. Money can’t buy health and surround yourself with lots of great moments. Take great care of yourself and you may like it. I love it.

With love,
Juli