Jin Gui Shen Qi Wan Benefits

Benefits of Jin Gui Shen Qi Wan

I want to discuss Jin Gui Shen Qi Wan benefits at this time. This formula is one of the most major classical formulas to help your lower back pain so that you can do gardening or go travel without pain in your lower back.

What are the ingredients of the formula?

Jin Gui Shen Qi Wan Benefits

The principal herb is Rehmannia root. Rehmannia is one of the best single Chinese herbs to restore kidney and adrenal gland function as an adaptogen.

It nourishes blood and tonify the essence of the kidney. This herb soothes stress and gives energy, and even restores the immune systems as well.

Catalpol is one of the principal components of Rehmannia, and it has the benefits of lowering blood sugar, anti-inflammatory, anti-virus, etc.

It is often prepared with other botanicals, including Licorice Root, Ashwagandha, and vitamin C.

Ingredients:

  • Rehmannia – Shu Di Huang
  • Chinese Yam – Shan Yao
  • Chinese wolfberry – Gou Qi Zi
  • Morinda – Ba Ji Tian
  • Asiatic dogwood fruit – Shan Zhu Yu
  • Epimedium – Yin Yang Huo
  • Asian Water Plantain – Ze Xie
  • Tree Peony – Mu Dan Pi
  • Poria – Fu Ling
  • Psoralea fruit – Bu Gu Zhi
  • Chinese Cinnamon – Rou Gui

What are Jin Gui Shen Qi Wan benefits?

This formula is to supplement kidney yang. The yang of the kidney is the root of the yang for the whole body.

Yang energy allows us to be active, vital, and assertive and is responsible for function, warmth, and movement.

Who Can Take Jin Gui Shen Qi Wan?

Who can take Jin Gui Shen Qi Wan

A person who is very weak and sensitive to cold is suitable for this formula. In our body, the energy of yang go surrounds the whole body.

Yang energy works to warm the entire body while passing through a passage called the meridian.

However, when the energy is stagnant or lacking, the power to warm the body will be insufficient, and cold sensitivity will occur.

You can say that cold sensitivity depends on the work of Yang Energy.

The cause of lack of Yang energy may be due to aging, weak constitution, or weakness due to postoperation, etc.

This Yang energy-deficient has the characteristic that the whole body gets cold.

Other symptoms:

  • Chronic Lower back pain
  • Chronic Fatigue
  • Impotence
  • Frequent urination at night
  • Anemia
  • Pale face
  • Low libido
  • Constipation, etc

Where can you get the Chinese Herbs?

Chinese medicine 4

YourKampo.com is the new Online Chinese prescription service.
First, you answer 3 minutes long questionnaire about your chief complaints and general questions like your digestions, sleep disorders, etc.
Then, our specialist diagnoses your condition and chooses the best Chinese herbs out of 100 herbs.
Here is the link that you can go and get your best Chinese herbs for you.

Conclusion

In conclusion, Jin Gui Shen Qi Wan benefits those who are very weak in Kidney Yang energy.

Firstly, please understand the formula benefits.

Secondly, please try this formula if you have such symptoms.

Finally, I hope it helps those who are suffering from Kidney yang deficiency symptoms.

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5 Natural Ways To Ease Period Cramps

5 natural ways to ease period cramps

I want to discuss how to ease period cramps naturally at this blog. It is for those who suffer from period cramps every month but don’t want to take medications. I hope it helps those who suffer from it in natural ways to ease period cramps.

What are period cramps?

natural ways to ease period cramps

Several western diagnoses of period cramps are endometriosis, PMS, fibroid, ovarian cyst, pelvic inflammation disease (PID), and adenomyosis.

Please take a look at it and don’t self-diagnosis it.

Make sure you go to the Gynecologic doctor to ensure you don’t have such diseases. So, if you have severe menstrual pain, please see a gynecologist.

What are the causes of Period cramps?

The causes of period cramps

Inside the uterus, a “bed” is created called the “endometrium” to raise the baby.

If you are not pregnant, it will be peeled off and taken out of the body with blood.

This “bed-making” and “cleaning” are repeated in a cycle of about 28 days.

The time of “cleaning” is menstruation, and the pain felt at that time, such as the lower abdomen and lower back, is called “period cramps.”

The following are possible causes of menstrual cramps.

  1. High Prastagrandins Secretion
  2. Narrow uterus entrance
  3. Cold sensitivity of the body
  4. Stress

1. High Prostagrandins Secretion

During menstruation, you secret prostaglandins, which contract the uterus and push the peeled endometrium out of the body as “menstrual blood” along with blood.

Excessive secretion causes excessive contraction of the uterus, causing period cramps in the lower abdomen and lower back.

In addition, this type of prostaglandin increases pain, which can cause headaches and back pain.

2. Narrow Uterus Entrance

narrow uterus entrance

It is a common cause for young women and women who have never given birth.

Because the uterus entrance is narrow, it is difficult for menstrual blood to flow smoothly, making you feel pain.

When you experience childbirth, the uterus exit widens, which may reduce period cramps.

3. Cold sensitivity of the body

cold sensitivity of the body

When the body is cold, blood circulation occurs, and prostaglandins stay in the pelvis, causing more pain.

When menstruation begins, the body temperature drops anyway.

On top of that, the blood vessels contract due to prostaglandins, resulting in poor blood circulation, and the body is cold.

4. Stress

stress

Stress upsets the balance of hormones and the autonomic nerves, causing poor blood circulation.

It also reduces the ability to regulate body temperature, making it easier for people to be cold and causing menstrual pain.

What can you do in natural ways to ease period cramps?

  1. Hot bath with essential oil
  2. Exercise
  3. Food
  4. Acupuncture points
  5. Chinese Herbs

1. Hot bath with essential oil

Taking a bath with epsom salt

Heat increases the blood flow and helps to reduce pain or inflammation.

  1. Prepare 100 degrees of hot water in the bathtub.
  2. Put some Epsom salt in it. Epsom salt is magnesium sulfate and promotes even more blood circulation.
  3. Put 2-3 drops of essential oil like lavender or geranium.
  4. Soak in the tub for 20-30 minutes until you sweat. It promotes sweating and reduces pain.

2. Exercise

To raise your body temperature, you have to increase muscle mass.

We recommend Squats that train large muscles such as the thighs and buttocks at home.

In addition, it is essential to take breathing while doing exercise.

3. Food

There is food that makes your body warm and cold.

Please refrain from food that makes you cold, and eat more food that makes you warm.

Foods that warm you: Root vegetables such as

  • ginger,
  • green onions,
  • garlic, and
  • burdock
  • black foods like sesame
  • black beans
  • azuki beans, etc

Foods that cool you down:

  • Vegetables from hot areas such as
  • tomatoes and
  • cucumbers.
  • Sugar
  • artificial sweeteners,
  • butter,
  • margarine,
  • snacks,
  • chocolate, etc

4. Acupuncture

There are acupuncture points to increase the body temperature and help for period cramps. Let’s press and hold 30 seconds each every day to promote more circulation.

Location: Located 3-4 fingers above the malleolus of the inner ankle.

Efficacy: It works well for women, such as poor circulation, irregular menstruation, and period cramps.

SP6

SP6 is the natural ways to ease period cramps

5. Chinese Herbs

In Traditional Chinese Medicine perspectives, period cramps are considered blood stasis & cold in the uterus.

There are natural Chinese herbs to warm the uterus and regulates blood stasis.

Tao Hong Si Wu Tang

This formula nourishes and moves blood. It is especially effective in treating menstrual blood stasis.

It opens the meridians to eliminate blood stasis and promotes the complete discharge of the endometrial lining.

Gui Zhi Fu Ling Wan

This formula is for blood stasis in the lower abdomen, fixed abdominal masses with period cramps, tenderness, and tension.

Cinnamon and Poria combination warm the uterus and regulates blood circulation to reduce period cramps.

Where can you get the Chinese herbs?

YourKampo.com is the new Online Chinese prescription service.

First, you answer 3 minutes long questionnaire about your chief complaints and general questions like your digestions and sleep disorders, etc.

Then, our specialist diagnoses your condition and chooses the best Chinese herbs out of 100 herbs.

Here is the link that you can go and get your best Chinese herbs for the period cramps.

Conclusion

In conclusion, period cramps can be caused by High Prastagrandins Secretion, Narrow uterus entrance, Cold sensitivity in the body, and Stress.

Firstly, please understand the mechanism of period cramps due to these causes.

Secondly, please try these five natural ways to ease period cramps to see if your symptom goes away.

Finally, I hope it helps those who are suffering from these annoying symptoms.

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Did You Know Why Your Feet So Cold Easily?

How come are my feet getting so cold easily?

Did You Know Why Your Feet So Cold Easily?

Do You Know Why My Feet So Cold Easily?
How Come Are My Feet Getting So Cold?

Do you have such symptoms?  

  • My feet so cold easily, no matter what
  • I can’t sleep because my hands and feet are cold
  • After I take a shower, my feet get cold right away
  • I have to wear multiple layers
  • I have constipation or diarrhea
  • No matter what I do, I can’t lose weight

If your feet so cold quickly and easily, it is cold sensitivity, and if you keep ignoring these symptoms, eventually, you might be getting a serious condition.  

Here I would like to discuss what cold sensitivity is and how to treat it to prevent severe conditions. 

What is Cold Sensitivity?  

Cold sensitivity happens when you have poor circulation down to the capillary blood, which is the small tiny blood vessels in the tips of hands and feet.  

No matter what the environment, even in the summertime, you get cold hands and feet with this condition.

The causes of Cold sensitivity

Daily lifestyle is significantly involved in poor circulation.  Let’s take a look at the main causes.  

Lack of Exercises

Lack of Exercise leads to cold sensitivity

If you don’t exercise, your body’s metabolism slows down, and it causes poor blood circulation. Also, muscle mass is critical because you won’t create heat and warm up your body well.  

In particular, women have less muscle mass than men, so it is more difficult to generate heat, and they tend to be sensitive to cold.  Because women have periods every month, the uterus and ovaries block blood flow and lose blood, resulting in poor blood flow that can’t reach the extremities.  

Improper Clothing

Wearing light clothing such as skirts in colds weather makes your body cold.  Also, Tight clothing cuts disturb blood circulation.  

Age

Aging causes cold feet and sensitive to cold

Older people feel cold because they cannot generate heat due to aging. Their muscle mass and the organ function lower; for example, frequent urination, stiff shoulder, and back pain should be released by warming your body.  

Diet

Eating junk food makes your body cold

Eating too many cold foods and sweets, fast foods, snacks, causes your body cold.  

And lack of minerals and vitamins with unreasonable dietary restrictions can cause your blood to become muddy and poor circulation.

Stress

Stress ruins your nervous system and blood circulation

Excessive stress causes insufficient blood flow and causes poor circulation. In addition, if stress and pressure ruin you for a long time, the autonomic nerves get imbalanced and lose control of your body temperature.  

The Autonomic nerves play a big role in controlling body temperature in the body. When you are hot, it expands the blood vessels to let the body temperature down, and when you are cold, it shrinks the blood vessels so that the body temperature keep the same.

However, nowadays, people live in an environment with AC, our feeling of “hot” and “cold” becomes dull and does not work well. It constricts the capillaries and causes cold sensitivity.

Smoking

Smoking constricts blood vessels leading to poor circulation and cold feet

Smoking rapidly constricts blood vessels and reduces blood flow, leading to coldness.

Constipation / diarrhea

The digestive problems also lead to lower blood flow and coldness.  

Thyroid Hormone Imbalance

People who have thyroid hormone imbalance like hypothyroidism or Hashimoto disease tend to get cold hands and feet.  Also, When you have menopause, your women’s hormones are lowering, and you lose control of the body temperature.  You get cold feet even though you have hot flashes (Heat Sign).  

Iron deficiency anemia

Women tend to get deficient in iron. Mainly, they lose blood from menstruation, so they must take more iron than necessary. If this condition persists, it will eventually lead to anemia. 

Anemia is a condition in which there are few red blood cells in the blood, and the red blood cells play a role in carrying oxygen, resulting in fatigue, dizziness, and cold feet.

Traditional Chinese Medicine Perspective

Traditional Chinese Medicine perspective for cold sensitivity

There are five types of diagnoses that give you cold feet and cold sensitivity.

  1. Cold in the middle burner, Spleen & stomach (digestive organs)
  2. Liver Qi Stagnation
  3. Blood Stasis
  4. Kidney Yang Deficiency
  5. Blood Deficiency

Cold in the Middle Burner

Because the digestive systems like the spleen and stomach create the post-natal energy from food, it has to be consistently warm.  However, if your stomach gets cold, you also get diarrhea, fatigue, low appetite occur with cold feet.  

Liver Qi Stagnation

In Traditional Chinese Medicine, the liver is the organ that regulates Qi (energy) and stores blood.  It is easily affected by stress.  Once Liver energy gets stuck, it disharmonized blood circulation causing cold hands and feet.  It is also associated with irritability, depression, abdominal distention, constipation, etc.  

Blood Stasis

When your body temperature goes down, the body’s metabolism also goes down and creates stasis of the blood and poor circulation. Blood stasis signs are heart palpitation, nerve pain, dizziness, red faces, dark circles under eyes, purple lips, etc.

Kidney Yang Deficiency

Spleen creates post-natal energy, and Kidney Yang energy facilitates the function of Spleen.  Yang is like fire, and if there is no fire, symptoms occur such as the cold lower back, fatigue, frequent urination, etc.  

Blood Deficiency

Blood is warm and moist, and Qi (energy) carries blood.  Once there is no blood, it’s no energy to bring blood to the end of the limbs.  Also, it’s associated with dizziness, fatigue, dry skin, etc.  

Solution of Cold Sensitivity

Now, how to improve poor circulation to improve cold sensitivity? 

Incorporate them into your daily life to improve your sensitivity to cold. 

  1. Soak in a tub with hot water
  2. Exercise
  3. Diet
  4. Massage
  5. Acupuncture
  6. Chinese Herbs

Soak in a tub with Hot water

Taking a bath warms your body

Soaking your body in the bath instead of taking a shower is one of the best ways to improve your sensitivity to cold.

Let’s take a bath in about 100 °F of the water. It’s a good idea to soak in hot water for a little longer until you sweat slowly.

The parasympathetic nerves work to widen blood vessels and improve blood circulation. Let’s relax and warm from the core of your body.

Exercise

Exercise promotes metabolism and blood circulation

To improve blood flow is to promote metabolism. Exercise is the most effective way to boost metabolism. It doesn’t have to be complicated. Light walking is fine.

In your daily life, it’s enough to walk a little more or do a simple stretch. In particular, stretching before bedtime will improve blood circulation, increase body temperature, and help you sleep well.

Please try while moving your body a little more in your daily life.

Diet

Eat more warm food to increase blood circulation

Some foods warm the body and cool the body. Try to eat more foods warm it to improve blood circulation and coldness.

Foods that warm you: Root vegetables such as ginger, green onions, garlic, and burdock make you warm.

These vegetables grow in cold regions. And black foods like sesame, black beans, and azuki beans are also warm you up.

Foods that cool you down: Vegetables from hot areas such as tomatoes and cucumbers are cool vegetables. Sugar and artificial sweeteners, butter, margarine, snacks, chocolate also cool you down.

However, be aware that just because you are cold does not mean eating only warm foods. Try to eat a well-balanced diet. When you eat cold foods, I recommend cooking them like soup or miso soup rather than eating them raw.

Warm drinks: black tea, roasted green tea, oolong tea, cocoa, ginger tea

Drinks to cool your body: coffee, green tea, juice, water, milk

Massage

Fingernail massage stimulates acupuncture points to promote circulation

Fingernail massage: Massage at the corner of the fingernail improving blood circulation throughout the body, reduces stiff shoulders, relieves tiredness and tiredness, and raises body temperature.

These points are actually acupuncture points called Jing Well points, which effectively improve immune systems and increase body temperature.

  1. Grip the corner of the nail by the other side of the thumb and index.
  2. Press until you feel sore, and hold 10 seconds.
  3. Do all five fingers and repeat 2-3 times a day.
  4. Do it every day

Acupuncture points

There are acupuncture points to increase the body temperature and help for cold sensitivity. Let’s press and hold 30 seconds each every day to promote more circulation.

SP6

SP6 works for women’s issue and poor circulation

Location: Located 3-4 fingers above the malleolus of the inner ankle.

Efficacy: One of the acupuncture points that work well for women, such as poor circulation and irregular menstruation, is especially important for poor circulation.

KD1

KD1 is effective for poor circulation

Location: Slightly closer to the foot’s arch, in the dent created when the finger is bent.

Efficacy: This Acupuncture point is effective against poor circulation such as blood and essence, cold feet, and swelling.

LV3

LV3 improves coldness from blood flow.

Location: In front of the first and second toes. The point is where the big toe and 2nd toe bones meet.

Efficacy: This acupuncture point improves coldness from blood flow. In addition, because it belongs to the flow of energy called the liver meridian, which is closely related to the parts of the body that we are overworking, such as the liver, muscles, eyes, physical fatigue, psychological stress, and eyes.

Chinese Herbs

Chinese Herbs for Cold sensitivity

Huang Qi Jian Zhong Tang

This formula is a major tonic for people who have a cold stomach. The primary ingredient is Yi Tang, which is sweet and excellent for reconstructing the middle burner. So, people who have fatigue, cold feet, low appetite, cold stomach, low immune system, etc., are suitable for this formula.

Chai Hu Shu Gan Tang

It is a primary formula for treating Liver Qi stagnation patterns such as Abdominal pain, Cold feet, rib pain, irritability, anxiety, etc. Bupleurum root is the primary ingredient of this formula and helps spread energy to relieve stress and blood circulation.

Jin Qui Shen Qi Wan

This classic formula is used to supplement Kidney Yang. Kidney Yang is the source of energy for creating heat in the body. Once you have depleted Kidney Yang, you have cold symptoms such as cold lower back with pain, cold feet, fatigue, frequent urination at night, etc.

Conclusion

In conclusion, cold feet are one of the body’s signs that you might have future severe problems like low immune systems, fatigue, physiological and psychological issues.

  • Cold feet
  • Pain
  • low immune system
  • fatigue
  • Neck tension
  • Low back pain
  • frequent urination
  • anxiety

Firstly, please understand the causes of cold feet.

Secondly, please try these remedies at home to see if your cold feet go away.

Finally, I hope it helps those who are suffering from cold feet.

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How to Treat Tinnitus With Traditional Chinese Medicine

How to Treat Tinnitus With Traditional Chinese Medicine

Tinnitus, ringing in the ears, is one of the common symptoms that a lot of people suffer from. Based on a study, over 50 million Americans in which nearly 15 % of the population experience some form of tinnitus. It can happen to anybody but elderly people are more likely to get it.

In general, there are two types of tinnitus
・ low pitch and ear being blocked
・High pitch and buzzing sound

In either type, it really bothers as it leads to other health issues such as lack of focus, dizziness, sleep disorder, fatigue, etc. 

In traditional Chinese medicine, there are 3 body types in which people tend to get tinnitus.
・Liver Qi Stagnation
・Damp-Phlegm
・Liver & Heart Deficiency

Each type has different symptoms, causes and advice.

Type 1 – Liver Qi Stagnation

Symptoms: high pitch tinnitus,  sensorineural hearing loss, irritability, nervous system disorder, feeling stuck in a throat, bloated stomach, brain fog, sleep disorder, loss of appetite, feeling bitter in a mouth, irregular period cycle

Causes: stress, overwork, overthink, depression, lack of exercise

Advice
・Reduce stress by doing regular exercises, yoga, feeling nature, etc.
・Meditate and belly breathing10 mins before going to sleep. www.calm.com.
・Recommended food: Citrus food(orange, lemon, lime), celery, radish.
・Recommended tea: rose tea, orange peel tea.
・Pressing LV2, LV3 for 3 mins when you feel tinnitus.

Liver Qi Stagnation, tinnitus

Type 2 – Damp-Phlegm

Symptoms: low pitch tinnitus, feeling heavy body, oily skin, throat mucus, fatigue, loss of energy, watery stools, white and sticky virginal discharge, 

Causes: Unhealthy diet, living in a humid area, sitting all day, lack of exercise, 

Advice:
・Avoid greasy, sweet, cold, raw, and processed food.
・Eat warming meals, gut friendly foods.
・Avoid caffeine-containing beverages.
・Regular exercises such as jogging, yoga, etc.
・Recommended tea: black tea, corn silk tea.
・Pressing ST40 when you feel tinnitus

Damp-phlegm, tinnitus

Type3 – Liver & Heart Deficiency

Symptoms:  frequent tinnitus, frequent urination at night, vertigo, forgettable

Causes: Primarily AGING

If you are this type, it is usually difficult to get the tinnitus healed therefore it’s very important to change your diet and lifestyle as well as trying the following below. 

Advice:
・Tips from Type1 and Type2.
・Go to an acupuncturist near you.
・Try natural Chinese herbs.

liver & heart deficiency for tinnitus

Other general remedies: 
・Avoid loud noise – A lot of musicians suffer from tinnitus because they are exposed to loud music on a daily basis. Moreover, listening to music on earphones also causes tinnitus. 
・Rest well – The most common reason for tinnitus is coming from stress so it’s extremely important to reduce it as much as possible. If you feel the stress comes from work, managing work hours is key. In addition, meditation also helps to reduce stress.

You are not sure which type?

If you are not sure which type you are, please visit YourKampo to get a free consultation for finding the root of what’s causing your tinnitus from the perspective of traditional Chinese medicine.

We will not only provide you the recommended Chinese herb but also general advice on diet and lifestyle for healing your tinnitus. 

Please feel welcome to comment if you have any questions about this post.

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About Author: Satoru Ozawa – Doctor of Oriental Medicine, an acupuncturist, and a Chinese herb specialist.

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Do Strong Headaches Caused By Digestive Problems?

Do Strong Headaches Caused By Digestive Problems?

Do Strong Headaches Caused By Digestive Problems?

Can Digestive Problems cause Headaches?
Can Digestive Problems cause Headaches?

Do you believe that Headaches Caused By Digestive Problems?

  • Do you have headaches every day? 
  • How about constipation, diarrhea, bloating, or gas?  

You might think these symptoms are not related to each other, yet they are.  

This article is for those suffering from headaches every day and who might have the cause of digestive problems like constipation or diarrhea. 

Headaches can be coming from the autonomic nervous system imbalance

Headaches can be coming from the autonomic nervous system imbalance
Headaches can be coming from the autonomic nervous system imbalance

In our human body, there are 206 bones, 600 muscles, 900 ligaments, 4,000 tendons. 

And, approximately over 7 trillion nerves are connected.  

One of the nervous systems is called the autonomic nervous system.  

What is the autonomic nervous system? 

The Autonomic Nervous system can be divided into the Sympathetic nervous system, also known as fight or flight response.

The parasympathetic nervous system is also known as the rest and digest response.  

It is involuntary control of the body tissues, so you can’t control it. 

It arises from the central nervous system, which is our brain and spinal cord.  

What are the functions of the autonomic nervous system? 

First of all, sympathetic nerves and parasympathetic nerves arise from the spinal cord segments.  

The sympathetic nervous system prepares for activity.  

  • Provide more glucose
  • Increases the heart rate
  • Dilates the pupils
  • Prevents activities for digestive systems

On the other hand, the parasympathetic nervous system conserves body energy.

  • Increase gut motility
  • Stimulate digestion
  • Slow down the heart rate

A lot of parasympathetic nerves arise from the brainstem and the spine.  

The Vagus Nerve is one of the major parasympathetic nerves.  

Headaches Caused By Digestive Problems due to vagus nerve
The Vagus Nerve is one of the major parasympathetic nerves.  

It ritually targets most organs and tissues and carries information like pain, temperature from the throat, inner and outer ear, and near the back of the head.  

It also receives information from the internal organ in the neck, chest, and abdomen.

And, it controls muscles in the throat that function for speaking and swallowing.  

  • Tightening the airways
  • Slowing down the heart rate
  • Stimulates digestion
  • Dilate intestinal blood flow

Thus, vagus nerves are easily affected by digestion or stress.  

For example, when you are stressed out, anxious, or depressed, your vagus nerves get irritated, causing digestive problems such as stomach upset, constipation, diarrhea, bloating, or gas. 

How Headaches Caused By Digestive Problems? 

As I said, the vagus nerve carries 75% of parasympathetic nervous function. 

It travels from our brainstem to the intestines, including other organs and glands.  

The Vagus nerve runs right behind the Sternocleidomastoid muscle (SCM) and right in front of the scalenes muscles in the neck.  

In addition, the spinal accessory nerve also goes to the SCM and upper trap muscles.  Once it is irritated, it can cause muscle tightness.

Neck muscle tightness which is irritated by vagus nerves, causes headaches because a pinched nerve occurs when a nerve is irritated or compressed by the tightness of the neck.   

Traditional Chinese Medicine for Headaches Caused By Digestive Problems

Traditional Chinese Medicine for Headaches
Traditional Chinese Medicine for Headaches

From a Traditional Chinese Medicine perspective, the digestive system and headaches are highly related because the stomach meridian starts from the eyes and goes through the head and the digestive systems.

the stomach meridian starts from the eyes and goes through the head and the digestive systems

Pain is called stagnation of Qi (energy) and blood in the meridian and the channel. 

When you have bloating, gas, constipation, or diarrhea, it affects the meridian that goes to your neck and head. 

Blockage of the meridian also radiates to the head causing tension headaches.

The left side of the neck stiffness mostly indicates the digestion system because the spleen and stomach are located on the left side. 

The pain on the left side of the neck is a sign that your digestion system is unbalanced or not working well. 

That is why in TCM, we check your neck if you have bloating, gas, constipation, or diarrhea together. 

How to treat Headaches from Stomach Problems?

Now, I would recommend you do these five things at home to get rid of the headaches.

  1. Acupuncture point
  2. Meditation
  3. Heat Pack
  4. Diet
  5. Chinese herbs

Acupuncture point for Headaches

PC6 is the acupuncture point for balancing the nervous systems
PC6 is the acupuncture point for balancing the nervous systems

PC6

Firstly, there is an acupuncture point called PC6.  This point works to regulate autonomic nervous systems and helps the digestive systems at the same time.

It is located 2 inches away from the palmer side of the wrist and finds the most tender spot. 

Let’s press on the area for 20 seconds 3 times every day.  

Meditation

Meditation helps soothing Stress
Meditation helps soothing Stress

Secondly, The Autonomic Nervous system controls heart rate, blood pressure, and the mental response to stress.

Meditation helps our mind rest and reduces the feeling of anxiety.

Why don’t you meditate 20 minutes before going to bed?

Visit Calm.com, meditation.com to guide you on how to meditate.

Heat Pack on the neck for Headaches

Heat improves blood flow to unblock the meridians for pain
Heat improves blood flow to unblock the meridians for pain

Thirdly, to get rid of headaches naturally, I recommend you put a heat pack on your neck.

Heat regulates circulation and releases the tension of the muscles.

And, there is a microwavable heat pack that covers the base area of the head and shoulder muscle.

You can put it on the microwave, heat it, and put it on your neck and shoulder for 20 minutes each time.

Do it 3 – 4 times a day if you want.

Change your diet

Healthy diet is a key to have a good digestion
Healthy diet is a key to have a good digestion

Fourthly, eating well is one of the best remedies to become healthy.

Eating greasy, fried food and drinking dairy milk makes your stomach upset more. 

They are not accessible on your stomach.  

  • Eat more vegetables
  • Avoid eating spicy food
  • Avoid eating greasy fried food
  • Avoid drinking dairy products like cow milk
  • Eat more fermented food like tofu, miso, etc

Please make sure if you have bowel movements every day and stool suppose to be not too soft and hard. 

Bloating and gassy stomach is another sign of indigestion.  

Thus, make sure to be aware of your body’s signs.  

Chinese Herb for Headaches Caused By Digestive Problems

Taking natural Chinese herbal medicine supports reducing pain in the head and digestive problems
Taking natural Chinese herbal medicine supports reducing pain in the head and digestive problems

Finally, taking natural Chinese herbal medicine supports reducing pain in the head and digestive problems at the same time.

Chai Hu Gui Zhi Tang

This formula treats digestive problems like constipation or diarrhea with muscle tension, especially neck, shoulder, and upper back, accompanied by headaches.  

It mainly contains Bupleurum root, Pueraria root, and cinnamon twig.  

  • Bupleurum root is a Chinese plant root and is famous for headaches and muscle tension.  
  • Pueraria root is also known as kudzu that releases muscle tightness and headaches.  
  • Cinnamon twig warms the channels and meridians for pain. 

Conclusion

In conclusion, the vagus nerves and neck tension can cause bothersome headaches accompanied by digestive problems.

  • Autonomic Nervous Systems (Vagus nerves)
  • Neck tension

Firstly, understand the mechanism of the autonomic nervous systems.

Secondly, please try these remedies at home to see if your headaches go away.

Finally, I hope it helps those who are suffering from headaches from digestive problems.

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How to solve stubborn constipation with Chinese herbs?

How to solve stubborn constipation with Chinese Herbs?

In the previous blog, I talked about what Chinese herbs are excellent for constipation.  So, in this blog, we would love to talk about how to solve stubborn constipation with some of the best Chinese herbs.  

Is it true?  Can Chinese herbs get rid of constipation? 

Is it true?  Can Chinese herbs get rid of constipation?
Is it true?  Can Chinese herbs get rid of constipation?

“I don’t go to the bathroom every day.”

“I have bloating and gas all the time.”  

I have heard these complaints from many patients who don’t have bowel movements regularly, especially women.  Ultimately, getting rid of stool in your intestines every day is one of the most important aspects to become healthy.  

The most common constipation treatments are a fiber-rich diet, hydration, and magnesium in the modern world.  

However, even though people get these treatments, sometimes they don’t work.  

One of the reasons is HEAT in the intestines.  

How to check the Heat in the system?

Why don’t you look at your own tongue.  

  • Red tongue
  • Red-tip of the tongue
  • Greasy yellow coating
  • Cracks on the tongue

If you have one of these signs, you might have heat in the intestines.  

Tongue Diagnosis
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First, I want you to imagine that you are alone in the desert.  Next, your body easily loses fluids and gets thirsty.

Eventually, you might not want to move anymore.  As a result, heat dries out your body.  

Heat dries out the land
Heat dries out the land

Thus, same thing happens in your intestines if you have heat.  

There are two different types of Heat causing constipation in Traditional Chinese Medicine.

  1. Excess Heat 
  2. Deficient Heat

Excess Heat in the intestines

Excess Heat is mostly associated with inflammation. 

Other symptoms are red eyes, thirsty, dry mouth, bad breath, swelling, pain, burning sensation, dark-yellow urination, and irritability.  

Deficient Heat in the Intestines

On the other hand, deficient Heat happens when lack of nutrients in the body, or essences. In traditional Chinese medicine, the body is balanced with Yin & Yang. 

First of all, yin is like water, and Yang is like fire.  When you are lack water, you get heat signs called Yin deficient heat because you have no function to cool your body. 

Most likely, it’s a chronic stage when you have deficient heat.  Other symptoms are night sweats, thirsty, fatigue, low appetite, and scanty urination.  

Where is the Heat coming from?

Where is the heat coming from?
Where is the heat coming from?

I would assume you briefly understand how we diagnose the constipation.  

You might wonder where is the heat coming from.  

Several reasons why you get heat in the systems such as stress, diet, age, side effects from the medication, and lifestyle.  

Stress (Liver Qi Stagnation)

Stress is always one of the main reasons why you get constipation.  In traditional Chinese medicine, we diagnose Liver Qi Stagnation.  As you know, Qi is the energy.  Yet, what is the liver?  

In TCM, It’s not the same as the liver in Western Medicine. 

The liver controls the functions of the body like muscles and tendons, regulates energy (Qi). It is also associated with the autonomic nervous system (emotion).  In addition to these, this organ also stores blood.  

Why don’t you imagine that you have a soccer ball?

Pressure in the ballon creates Heat
Pressure in the ballon creates Heat

And, I want you to pump the air in it as much as you can until the air won’t go anymore.  Because of the pressure inside the ball, it creates heat, then eventually it will be burst.  the same thing happens in your body.  

Once this phenomenon happens in your body, most likely you get irritability or anger as well.

Diet (Food Stagnation)

Of course, when you eat too much, food stagnated because you can’t digest food properly. 

In addition, you might get other symptoms like burping, heartburn, bloating, and gas.  

Age (Yin Deficient Heat)

Yin is like water.  Water is the vital essence.  As you age, you lose the essence. 

Therefore, this is mother nature and you can’t avoid it.  

How to solve the heat with Chinese Herbs?

How to solve the heat with Chinese Herbs?
How to solve the heat with Chinese Herbs?

Now, I would like to explain how to treat Excess Heat and Deficient heat with Chinese herbs.  

Constipation from stress

Chai Hu Jia Long Gu Mu Li Tang

Chai Hu Jia Long Gu Mu Li Tang is a classical Chinese herbal formula used to clear heat and as a sedative. 

It treats a variety of internal and emotional patterns, especially those whose symptoms are fullness in the chest, irritability, and palpitations. 

This formula contains Huang Qin, a Chinese skullcap, which clears heat from the lower body.  And, Da Huang is one of the major herbs for purgative.  

Constipation from food stagnation

Bao He Wan

Bao He Wan is intended to treat acute upset of the digestive tract with belching, acid reflux, a full feeling in the stomach, bloating, nausea, abdominal cramping, and constipation from overeating, poor food, or hangover. 

One of the chief herbs is Shan Zha which is Chinese Hawthorn fruit, and it has the function of dispersing and moving the stagnation of food, and clear heat.  

Constipation from Age

Ba Xian Chang Shou Wan

Ba Xian Chang Shou Wan is for chronic disorders and aging marked by significant yin deficiency in the lungs and kidneys.

This formula nourishes Yin and the essence to lubricate the dryness in the intestines.

Its primary pattern signs and symptoms are accompanied by typical yin deficiency heat patterns such as weakness in the lower body, tidal fever, dry mouth, dry skin, dizziness, night sweats, hot palms, and soles, tinnitus, and constipation from dryness. 

Conclusion

In conclusion, two kinds of heat can cause stubborn constipation that you might be suffering from a Chinese medicine perspective.

  • Excess Heat
  • Deficient Heat

Firstly, Check your tongue and notice other symptoms associated with your constipation.

Secondly, please open your mind to utilize one of the best remedies from over 1,000 years of medicine from China.

Finally, I hope it helps those who are suffering from stubborn constipation.

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6 Body Types of Infertility and Its TCM Treatment

6 Body Types of Infertility and Its TCM Treatment

Having a baby can be a precious time of life, but according to the study, one out of eight couples in the U.S has trouble with infertility. 

As a solution, a vitro treatment, one of the most famous infertility treatments, costs between $12,000 ~ $15,000, which is not affordable for most people.

Infertility happens when productive organs of women and men because of women and men. The cause of infertility may vary from lifestyle to diet.

In traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), there are 3 conditions in which women need to get pregnant.

Good condition on a productive organ.

Smooth energy flow (chakra) in body.

Appropriate temperature of body and womb.

This article explains about six body constitution types in which women can have infertility, symptoms, causes, and natural remedies for each body type from the perspective of TCM.

Unlike the vitro treatment, these natural remedies are cheap and easy, to begin with.

1. Kidney Yang Deficiency:

Symptoms: Irregular cycle of menstruation, tiny amount of blood when menstruation, light color of menstruation blood, clear virginal discharge, cold intolerance on lower ab, loss of energy, fatigue, pale face, dark circles around eyes, loss of sex drive, frequent urination during sleeping time, loose or soft stools.

Causes: congenital factor, too many sexual intercourses, overworking, staying up late frequently, abortion in past, overdose of pills, drinking cold beverages and eating raw food a lot, smoking tobacco, overdrinking

Improvement tips
・Refrain from cold food, cold beverages, and raw food
・Reduce frequency of sexual intercourses
・Avoid staying up late and rest well during work
・Recommended food: black beans, black sesame, walnut, okra, shrimp, oyster. Black-colored foods are considered to be good for a reproductive organ.
・Tea: black bean tea, jujube tea + goji berry tea
・Pressing KD23 & KD1 pressure points for 5 mins

Body Type 1 for infertility - Kidney Yang Deficiency
Body Type 1 for infertility – Kidney Yang Deficiency

2. Kidney Yin Deficiency:

Symptoms: Irregular cycle of menstruation, pale red or pink of menstrual blood, little amount of menstrual blood,  hot feet, sleep disorder, night sweats, dry mouth, ringing in ears, hair loss

Causes: congenital factor, too many sexual intercourses in a short period of time, high fever, eating spicy food daily, overworking, staying up late often, psychological trauma

Improvement tips:
・Avoid eating spicy and fried food
・Recommended food: black beans, black sesame, walnut, okra, shrimp, oyster, soy milk, cucumbers, tomatoes, white sesame, watermelon, honey. 
・Pressing KD23, KD1, KD3, SP6 pressure points for 5 mins

Body Type 2 for infertility - Kidney Yin Deficiency
Body Type 2 for infertility – Kidney Yin Deficiency

In Type 1 & 2, it is usually hard to improve infertility even if you change your diet and lifestyle. We recommend taking Chinese herbs as well.

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3. Qi & Blood Deficiency:

Symptoms: little or a lot of amount of period blood, yellow or clear period blood,  late-cycle of the period, vertigo/dizziness, pale face, fatigue, sleepy, sleep disorder, loss of appetite, dry skin and hair, brain fog, cold intolerance

Causes: crash diet, unhealthy diet, over-workout, weak stomach, overworking, after surgery, convalescence

Improvement tips
・Avoid unhealthy crash diets.
・Refrain from sweet, fried, greasy, cold, and raw food
・Avoid cold beverages and hot drink beverages instead
・Eat steamed or grilled salad 
・Recommended food: yams, spinach, carrot, potatoes, mushrooms, chicken, pork, mutton & lamb, honey, grape, peach.
・Recommended tea: jujube tea, black bean tea, ginseng tea
・Pressing REN4, REN6, ST36 pressure points for 5 mins.

Body Type 3 for infertility - Qi & Blood Deficiency
Body Type 3 for infertility – Qi & Blood Deficiency

4. Liver QI Stagnation:

Symptoms: irregular menstrual cycle, dark period blood, period clots, bloated stomach before menstruation, irritability, depression,

Causes: A lot of stress, negative thinking, overthinking

The best approach to this type is to reduce your stress as much as possible.

Improvement tips:
・Talk your problems to family, friends, or therapists.
・Go hiking or beach to feel nature.
・Exercise regularly.
・Meditation 10 mins after waking up and before going to bed. www.calm.com
・Recommended tea: mint tea, jasmine tea, rose tea
・Pressing LV3, LV2 pressure points for 5 mins.

Body Type 4 for infertility - Liver Qi Stagnation
Body Type 4 for infertility – Liver Qi Stagnation

5. Blood Stasis:

Symptoms: heavy period pain, dark purplish-red period color, period clots, bloated stomach before period, purplish lips.

Causes: Emotional problem, eating cold, sweet, and dairy products daily, lack of exercise, living in a cold area.

Tips for Type 5 come is

Improvement tips:
・Tips from Type4
・Refrain from eating sweet, cold, and dairy products.
・Recommended food/drink: onions, black beans, hot wine
・Recommended tea: rose tea, ginger tea
・Pressing LV3, LV2 pressure points for 5 mins.

Body Type 5 for infertility - Blood Stasis
Body Type 5 for infertility – Blood Stasis

6. Damp-phlegm:

Symptom: late-period cycle & sometimes never comes, a lot of virginal discharge and sticky, loss of appetite, loose stools, pale face, fatigue, vertigo.

Causes: Living in a humid area, unhealthy diet, lack of exercise

The main way to improve infertility in Type 6 is to change diet.

Improvement tips
・Avoid eating cold products, sweets, snacks, raw salad & fruit.
・Do regular exercises such as jogging, yoga, stretching
・Recommended tea: corn silk tea
・Pressing LV3, LV2 pressure points for 5 mins.

Body Type 6 for infertility - Damp-phlegm
Body Type 6 for infertility – Damp-phlegm

Once again, the reason for infertility is coming from both women and men, so please don’t blame each other so much.

With that being said, the next post is about the men so stay tuned.

Even if you try natural remedies and don’t see any improvements, you may want to try natural Chinese herbs. We can help you find an effective Chinese herb for your infertility.

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Did You Know What’s The Best Chinese Herbs For Constipation?

What Chinese herbs are excellent for constipation?

What Chinese Herbs are excellent for Constipation? 

What Chinese Herbs are excellent for Constipation?
Constipation is one of the most bothersome symptoms all time

Do You Know What’s The Best Chinese Herbs For Constipation?

Eat well, sleep well and poop well.

These are the primary keys to become healthy. 

Without these, you won’t be able to live a good quality of life.  

However, because modern people eat badly, sleep poorly, and don’t have a bowel movement every day, natural Chinese herbs have the potentials to help people suffer from this bothersome problem, called constipation.

Because the “gut” is the second brain, if you don’t go to the bathroom every day, you might get a foggy brain and be unable to concentrate, even giving you anxiety and depression. 

So, your intestines have to be clean, and your gut bacteria need to be well-balanced, which is called gut flora. 

More gut flora is in the small intestine than the large intestine.

In the stool, there is 30% gut flora contained.

In traditional Chinese Medicine, there are several causes why the stool is stuck in the intestine and won’t move.  

There are two types of constipation like excess and deficiency. 

Excess constipation happens in the acute stage.

However, deficient constipation occurs in the chronic stage when you lack something that you need in your life.  

Excess Constipation

  • Food Stagnation
  • Heat

Deficient Constipation

  • Qi, Blood, Yin deficiency
  • Yang deficiency

Food Stagnation

Because you have indigestion in your digestive system, the food you ate stuck in the intestines, and the intestines won’t move it.  

Heat

There are several reasons you get heat in the intestines, such as stress, diet, etc.  

Due to Large Intestine heat, stools get dried out, hard, and challenging to pass.  

Deficient Qi, Blood, Yin (Essence)

Qi is the energy of the body and carries the blood. 

If you don’t have enough Qi, you have no energy to push the stool and gives you bowel movement.  

Yang deficiency (Cold-induced)

Yang is like fire, and yin is like water. 

When yin and yang are balancing with each other, you are healthy.

However, when you are lack yang (vital energy), you will get cold-type symptoms like frequent urination, low energy, low back pain, and constipation. 

Because if Yang-Qi is deficient, you can no longer warm the body fluids or moisten the intestinal tract.

As a result, Yin-Cold gels in the intestines get blocked the peristalsis movement.

Chinese Herbs

Based on the Oriental Medicine diagnosis, we select the different herbs for constipation.

For example, when you have no energy to have a bowel movement, we prefer nourishing herbs.

On the other hand, when you are in acute constipation, we choose the purgative formula.

Niu Bang Zi 

Single Chinese herbs that clear Wind-Heat - Niu Bang Zi (Burdock seeds)
Single Chinese herbs that clear Wind-Heat – Niu Bang Zi (Burdock seeds)

The English name of the Niu Bang Zi is Fructus Arctii, also known as Burdock seeds.

It disperses wind heat, benefits the throat, relieves toxicity, vents rashes, and moistens the intestines. 

Wind-Heat toxins where there is also Internal Heat causing constipation.  

Da Huang

Single Chinese herbs that purgative - Da Huang
Single Chinese herbs that purgative – Da Huang

Da Huang, also known as Rhubarb Root, is also called Greater Yellow Root. 

It is a potent purgative to activate Blood Circulation and resolve stasis. 

The action of this herb helps to drain Heat, purges excess, reduces Damp and Blood Heat, invigorates the Blood, and removes stagnation. 

Fire dries out the intestine causing constipation, so this herb helps cool down the intestines – constipation leads to other toxic symptoms such as acne.  

He Shou Wu (Fo-Ti)

Single Chinese herbs to nourish blood and Yin - He Shou Wu (Fo-Ti)
Single Chinese herbs to nourish blood and Yin – He Shou Wu (Fo-Ti)

He Shou Wu, also known as Fo-Ti, is a powerful herb to nourish Blood and Yin.  

It moistens the intestines and unblocks the bowel so that it helps for blood deficiency constipation.   

In addition, this herb also helps to replenish hair for premature gray hair and loss of hair because the blood is the nutrient of the hair.   

Dang Gui

Single Chinese herbs that nourish blood and yin - Dang Gui
Single Chinese herbs that nourish blood and yin – Dang Gui

Dang Gui is a primary Chinese herb for women’s disorders, which nourishes blood and yin. 

It moistens the Intestines and unblocks the bowels. 

Blood has a moisture function in the intestine, and if you have a lack of blood in your system. 

It works for Dry Intestines due to Blood Deficiency.  

There are more Chinese herbs for constipation. I want to explain more next time.

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Are you really tired all the time?

really tired all the time

Are you really tired all the time?  

Are you really tired all the time?
Are you really tired all the time?

Even though you have slept well, are you feeling tired from the morning?  

Do you have symptoms like tiredness all the time, heavy body, lethargy, depression, and irritability? 

If you can’t keep up with anything you want, you might have one of the major medical conditions called adrenal fatigue syndrome.  

Adrenal fatigue syndrome is the most common cause of chronic fatigue.  It develops from stimulating the adrenal gland too much for a long period of time so that the gland won’t be able to secrete cortisol by itself and boost up your energy.

As a result, your energy goes down rapidly and makes you feel tired all the time.

Causes of Adrenal Fatigue

The adrenal glands are organs that fight for stress. When you feel stress, you may not be aware of it.

But, the adrenal glands secrete large amounts of cortisol to cope with the stress.

If it’s a short period, there’s nothing wrong with it. But, if you get stressed out for an extended time, the adrenal glands become exhausted.

Consequently, you won’t be able to secrete the sufficient amount of cortisol you need.

Thus, cortisol plays a significant role as an energy booster. One of the functions of cortisol is to control mental and physical stress.

In addition, cortisol also raises blood sugar, produces energy (resulting from raising blood sugar), raises blood pressure, controls psychological and physical stress, and suppresses inflammation and allergies.

The symptoms of adrenal fatigue syndrome

  • Easy to get tired
  • I can’t get up in the morning.
  • Easy to get cold 
  • Inflammation is likely to occur in various parts of the body and is difficult to heal.
  • Depression, poor memory, and poor concentration.
  • Hives, dermatitis, rhinitis, and asthma 
  • Arthritis and rheumatism develop
  • Palpitation 
  • Insomnia

Nutrients of the hormone” are needed to restore adrenal function and allow sufficient secretion of its own cortisol.  

To synthesize cortisol, protein, vitamin C, vitamin B, Zinc, vitamin E, vitamin A are required.  Most patients with adrenal fatigue are deficient in these nutrients due to long-term stress-induced digestive and absorptive disorders and increased demand for nutrients due to stress.   

One of the essential nutrients is vitamin C.  The organs with the highest levels of vitamin C in the human body are the brain and adrenal glands.  In other words, these organs are the ones that need the most vitamin C.  

Unlike other animals, humans cannot synthesize vitamin C in the body. When you are stressed out, more vitamin C is consumed to synthesize cortisol, and it depleted vitamin C out of the adrenal gland. 

Nutritions for Adrenal

Proteins

Fish contains omega 3 which help to nutrient adrenal gland
Fish contains omega 3 which help to nutrient adrenal gland

We want to eat good foods for the adrenal glands as “good quality proteins” and “good quality fat,” which are materials for hormones and tissues.  You can choose chicken, pork, and grass-fed beef.  When you want to eat fish, choose blue fish such as horse mackerel, sardines, and saury, containing omega 3 (n-3) fatty acids.   

 In addition to the blue-backed fish listed above, flaxseed oil and sesame oil, which contain α-linolenic acid, which is also a type of omega-3 fatty acid, are recommended as high-quality fat.  “When eating unheated foods such as dressings, omega 3 oils are mainly fine, but they are fragile against heat and easily oxidized. When you cook, coconut oil or olive oil, rich in heat-resistant medium-chain fatty acids, is recommended.  

Vegetables

Vegetables help detoxification and nutritions for fatigue
Vegetables help detoxification and nutritions for fatigue

The liver is an amazing organ that detoxifies harmful substances such as heavy metals. However, since people get tired of the liver due to stress, they could not detoxify toxins. Then, they spread to each organ and cause inflammation, including adrenal glands.  Let’s eat plenty of flavored vegetables, herbs, and spices such as garlic, onions, ginger, and cilantro, which are said to have a detoxifying effect.

The point is to choose various kinds of vegetables.  Phytochemicals, which are contained in pigments, aromas, bitterness, have antioxidant and anti-allergic effects. Indeed, they are useful for protecting liver function. We recommend you to eat vegetables in as many colors as possible.

Vitamin & Minerals 

In addition to other vitamins, the Vitamin B complex, which makes large quantities in hormone production, is a nutrient that people with adrenal fatigue tend to lack.  Let’s eat brown rice, pork, eggs, shellfish, and seaweed that contain vitamin B complex. In particular, folic acid, a type of vitamin B, is an important component for hematopoiesis and making new cells, such as shellfish, eels, etc.  It’s a good idea to actively take green and yellow vegetables, such as brussels sprouts, cabbage, carrots, celery, green beans, kale, spinach. 

Similarly, people with adrenal fatigue tend to be a lack minerals as well.  They have weak intestines, and it can lead to inadequate absorption of minerals.  It would help if you had all the nutrients, such as zinc, magnesium, and calcium. These minerals regulate the immune system, help enzymes for hormone metabolism and relieve irritability.

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) Perspective

In Traditional Chinese Medicine, we consider the adrenal glands as a Kidney.  The kidney in TCM is an organ to store prenatal energy that your mother gave you.  Once your pre-natal energy is depleted, it isn’t easy to replenish it.  To gain or restore the energy, you have to get it from the digestive system.  

Qi (energy) can be divided into two, prenatal and postnatal.

Pre-natal energy

  • The energy that you are born with
  • The energy that deletes by the age
  • The energy that store when you sleep at night
  • The energy that damaged by stress

Post-natal energy

  • Energy after birth
  • The energy that you gain from food
  • The energy that also damaged by the environment & stress

Chinese Herb

There are natural Chinese herbs to tonify Kidney energy (Pre-natal), nourish essence, and harmonize digestive systems (Post-natal) to replenish the energy.

Rehmannia (Di Huang)

Dried Rehmannia is a Chinese herb for Adrenal glands
Dried Rehmannia is a Chinese herb for fatigue

Rehmannia is one of the best single Chinese herbs to restore kidney and adrenal gland function as an adaptogen. It is thought to nourish blood and tonify the essence of the Kidney. This herb soothes stress and gives energy, and even restores the immune systems as well. It is often prepared in combination with other botanicals, including Licorice Root, Ashwagandha, and vitamin C.

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How to Prevent a Fatty Liver Disease with TCM.

How to Prevent a Fatty Liver Disease, a.k.a “Silent Killer

Nobody voluntarily wants to become overweight. Some people tend to get a lot of fat on their bellies. But do you know it is also stored on their liver as well? That’s called “Fatty liver”.

Fatty Liver Disease is a condition where excess fat builds up in the liver, making it difficult for the liver to function. 

FLD is the most common chronic liver condition in the U.S and about 25% of adults in the U.S.

The reason it is called “Silent Killer” is because there are no or few symptoms and slowly but surely the excessive fat can be stored meanwhile. 

The causes of fatty liver vary, but people with high BMI tend to get FLD based on a study

Here are some of the risk factors:
・High cholesterol
・Metabolic syndrome
・Type 2 diabetes
・Liver cirrhosis
・Hepatitis

If you think this only applies to overweight people, you are wrong. Even a slim person can have FLD from his/her unhealthy diet and lack of exercise. 

In addition, people who drink a lot of alcohol on a daily basis have a higher probability of getting FLD.

Symptoms:
・Loss of appetite
・Nausea / Vomiting
・Bloated belly
・Pressure on your liver

If you see the symptoms above for a long time, you are better off seeing a doctor for a blood test or UCT.

Symptoms, causes and risk factors of fatty liver disease

You can prevent and improve FLD by changing your unhealthy diet and exercise. 

Please see the following tips:
・Overeating and overdrinking
・Avoid eating until you feel full
・Avoid high-calorie food, snacks, sweets.
・Eat more steamed or strewed food
・Eat fiber-rich food such as oatmeal, avocado, okra, strawberry, orange
・Put more vegetables in your daily meal
・Drink 0.3 ~ 0.5 gallons of water on a daily basis
・Eat meals in proper order.
Vegetables -> Meat -> Rice/Noodles/Bread
・Exercise regularly. If you are overweight, you need to exercise more regularly like a 1-hour exercise 4 days a week.
・Tea – Oolong tea & puer tea (Heping decomposing fat), Hawthorn tea(Helping digestion), and rose tea(helping to keep calm) are recommended.

advice for fatty liver disease

Preventing FLD is very important to have a healthy lifestyle.

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How to Treat your Fatigue with TCM

Feeling Tired All the Time? How to Treat your Fatigue with TCM.

Needless to say, all of us wish to have amazing days without fatigue. However, it is hard to achieve especially during COVID-19. Once you have fatigue, you always feel tired and sleepy even after having 6-7 hours sleep. Fatigue comes from many reasons such as lifestyle factors, physical and mental conditions, and COVID-19 aftereffect. 

In Traditional Chinese Medicine’s point of view, there are several body types in which you can get easily tired but most people can be categorized into two types.

Here’re the two body types and symptoms and remedies for each type.

Type1: (Spleen Qi Deficiency)

Symptoms: sleepy, sleepy after eating, loss of energy, loss of appetite, bad digestion,  bloated belly, watery stools, pale face, slim / slender, 

Causes: Unhealthy diet, overworking, thinking too much, after surgery, after childbirth, lack of exercise, crash diet

The following is the list of unhealthy diet:
・Overeating and overdrinking
・Fast eating
・Not chewing food enough before swallowing
・Eating spicy, greasy, cold, raw, fried, processed food
・Drinking alcohol
・Eating dinner 1 hour prior to sleep

TCM remedy:
・Avoid raw salad, fried food 
・Avoid cold beverage and drink hot beverage instead
・Avoid overeating and overdrinking
・Spend more than 20 mins to finish meals
・Recommended food: potatoes, yams, mushrooms, eggs, pork, and chicken
・Light exercise such as stretch, yoga, 30 mins walking or 15 mins jogging
・Pressing “Zusanili” for 3 mins three times a day
・Use moxibustion home kit at home 

Type2: (Spleen Dampness)

Symptoms: sleepy even after sleep, tired all the time, dull body, brain fog, loss of energy, easy to get swollen feet, loss of appetite, bloated stomach, burping, constipation & diarrhea, joint pain, virginal discharge. 

Causes:
・Living in a humid area
・Eating a lot of dairy food, fried food, greasy food, sweet, cold food
・Having excessive amount of water (a gallon of water)

If you are type2, you have an unnecessary amount of water in your body and need to detox it.

TCM natural remedies:
・All tips from Type1
・Drinking corn silk tea, red bean tea.
・Pressing “zusanili” and “UB40” for 3 – 5 mins before going to sleep

Treating your fatigue with TCM is a great way because it is natural.

Even if you try the natural remedies and don’t see any improvements, you may want to try natural Chinese herbs. We can help you find the effective Chinese herb for your hot flashes in menopause.

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How To Get Rid Of Bad Jaw Pain From Chinese Medicine

The jaw is also known as TMJ (Temporomandibular Joint), is like a sliding hinge that contributes to opening and closing or grinding your mouth like speaking or eating something. I think you have felt the Bad Jaw Pain before, and you know how it feels.

I want to talk about the mechanism of jaw pain and how to manage one of the most bothers of pain in a lifetime.

Anatomy of the jaw

Anatomy of TMJ and bad jaw pain

The TMJ is between the temporal bone and the mandibular bone, lower jaw bone.

There is an articular disk in the joint that works for the cushion and the prevention of friction.

And, there are ligaments and muscles around the joint such as temporal, lateral pterygoid, SCM, and masseter muscles.

The TMJ is a joint that moves back and forth. When you open your mouth is closed, the disc is between the mandibular condyle and the mandibular fossa.

However, when you open your mouth, the disc moves anteriorly with the mandibular condyle.

What causes TMJ pain?

Bad Jaw pain from Vagus Nerve

If there is an abnormality in the articular disk, such as pain when you open your mouth is opened, difficulty opening the mouth wide, and a clicking sound when the jaw moves, it is caused by muscle stiffness in the neck.

Because of this, there is a massive amount of pressure goes to the joint and causes inflammation and pain.

Neck tightness is related to stress, which is one of the primary reasons you get jaw pain.

Stress

When you live your life, you will face many difficulties, for example, job interviews, important presentations, or even relationships, and so on.

Sometimes, you feel overwhelmed and stressed out. Sometimes, you might not be able to sleep well the day before the event.

Stress comes at such times. Pressure like this and the autonomic nervous system are highly related to each other.

The autonomic Nervous System & Stress

The autonomic nervous system is associated with the sympathetic and parasympathetic nerves, which activate when stressed out and relaxed.

Significantly, the vagus nerve is attached to internal organs like the stomach, heart, lung, and neck.

When you are stressed out too much, it gets overactivated and sympathetic dominant.

You will get stomach upset, raise the heartbeats, sometimes have difficulty swallowing, and neck stiffness.

Neck stiffness

From a traditional Chinese medicine standpoint, stress & digestion and neck are highly related to each other.

The right side of the neck is associated with the Liver organ related to Stress, which is called Liver Qi Stagnation.

The other possible symptoms of Liver disorders are irritability, anxiety, rib pain, menstrual disorders like cramping, irregular periods, etc.

The left side of the neck is Spleen and Stomach, which are the digestion systems.

Neck pain and bad jaw pain

What can you do to get rid of Bad Jaw Pain?

  1. Try putting on a mouth guard at night.
  2. Press Acupuncture points that release jaw pain. WHO recommends acupuncture treatment for Bad Jaw Pain.
  3. Try putting a heat pack on your neck for about 20 mins 2–3 times a day.
  4. Try natural Chinese herbs. Here is the link that you can try and prescribe the right Chinese herbs YourKampo

1. Wear a mouth guard at night

When you are stressed out, you might grind your teeth at night, which is one of the symptoms of the Liver disorder (Liver Qi Stagnation).

So, a mouth guard helps to reduce the tension on the jaw.

2. Press Acupuncture points.

There are Acupuncture points that you can press by yourself to reduce the tension on your neck and jaw.

SJ 5 

San Jiao 5 is the point to release the SCM muscle, which is attached from behind the ear to the collar bone.

San Jiao 5 is 2 inches away from the dorsal side of the wrist, and you can find the tender spot. Press and hold the area and try to open and close your mouth.

If you feel the release, the point is the right spot.

LV3 

Liver 3 is an excellent point to alleviate the tightness of the trapezius muscle between the big toe and 2nd toe. Again, you can press and hold for 20 seconds.

3. Apply a heat pack to your neck

Heat alleviates the tension because it increases blood flow. There is a microwaveable heat pack. So, apply it for 20 minutes twice or three times a day.

4. Try natural Chinese herbs to reduce stress and Bad Jaw pain.

There are natural Chinese herbs to release muscle layer, joint pain related to stress.

Chai Hu Gui Zhi Tang is a traditional formula that treats muscle tension, joint pain associated with the digestive system, and psychological issues like irritability.

Ingredients: Chai Hu, Dang Shen, Zhi ban Xia, Gui Zhi, Huang Qin, Bai Shao, Shang Jiang, Da Zao, and Gan Cao

Conclusion

In conclusion, these four health tips can help your bad jaw pain.  

Firstly, please understand the mechanism of jaw pain.

Secondly, please try this formula if you have such symptoms.

Finally, I hope it helps those who are suffering from annoying symptoms.

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How Was Chinese Medicine Actually Introduced In Japan?

How Was Chinese Medicine Actually Introduced In Japan?

How was Chinese Medicine Introduced in Japan?

Chinese medicine was introduced to Japan from China after the 5th and 6th centuries.
Chinese medicine was introduced to Japan from China after the 5th and 6th centuries. 

Chinese medicine was introduced to Japan from China after the 5th and 6th centuries. 

At that time, Ancient Japanese doctors brought many Chinese prescription herbs, drugs, and medical books. 

After that, They performed medical treatment (diagnosis and treatment) according to traditional Chinese medicine until the Muromachi era. However, after that, it developed independently in Japan. 

It has evolved and established medicine that adjusts Japan’s climate, the constitution, and the lifestyle of the Japanese people.  

Kampo used in modern medicine can be said to be “Japanese unique medicine” protected and developed as traditional Japanese medicine.  

Main features of Kampo medicine (Chinese medicine)

  1. Natural science and traditional medicine accumulation of treatment experience of ancestors
  2. Harmonize the whole body by uniting the mind and body
  3. Focus on the constitution and characteristics of the individual and look at the symptoms. 
  4. Use “Chinese medicine,” which is a mixture of Chinese herbs based on natural products.  Since one Chinese formula contains multiple ingredients, we can expect that they are effective for various symptoms.  

Western medicines are usually made from a single active ingredient. They have a strong effect on a single symptom or illness, such as lowering blood pressure, killing bacteria, or relieving fever or pain.  

In western medicine, the basis is emphasized by the test and patient complaints.

The results of the tests are used to search for possible illnesses and to consider treatment methods.  Therefore, western medicine is good at illnesses that appear clearly in test results.  

On the other hand, Chinese herbal medicine contains multiple active ingredients in one formula, so it is a significant feature for various symptoms. 

In addition, Kampo emphasizes the patient’s complaint and constitution and prescribes based on the results. 

Therefore, we are good at treating symptoms derived from the constitution (functional dysmenorrhea, poor circulation, weak constitution, etc.) and disorders that do not appear in the examination (symptoms of menopause).  

A significant feature of Chinese herbs is that one formula can improve multiple illnesses as well as symptoms. 

For example, “Du Huo Ji Sheng Wan” is effective for low back pain and frequent urination, but it may improve multiple symptoms such as tiredness and swelling feet.  

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Do You Know What Chinese Herbal Medicine Is?

Do You Know What Chinese Herbal Medicine Is?

What is Chinese Herbal Medicine (Kampo)?

Chinese herbal medicine (Kampo) combines multiple herbal medications such as plants and minerals in nature in principle. 

Through the experience of treatment of thousands of years from the ancient Chinese doctors, it has confirmed which herbal medicines are combined to obtain what kind of effect and whether there are any harmful bodies.

It has been systematized as a Kampo prescription.  

The fundamental part of the current Kampo preparations, which is made by utilizing the blessings of nature. 

As a formulation that makes full use of the latest technology, it is processed to bring out herbs’ medicinal properties and make them easy to take and store.

What is a single herb? 

Single Chinese Herbal Medicine
Single Herbs work different purposes

Herbal medicine is the process of plant leaves, flowers, buds, stems, branches, roots, fungi, minerals, insects, and other substances that have been considered adequate over a long time into easy-to-use convenient storage and transportation.  

Chinese herbal medicine is a remedy that is used by mixing them. 

The characteristic of Chinese herbal medicine is the combined effect of Chinese herbs.  

Even though it is a plant, the parts used differ depending on the plant, such as flowers, fruits, seeds, roots, stems, bark, and leaves. 

For example, “Tao Ren 桃仁” is peach seeds, “Ge Gen 葛根” is one of the roots of Kudzu, and one of the big beautiful flower’s root part called “Shao Yao 芍薬.” 

In addition, mushrooms are also herbal medicines, such as “Fu Ling 茯苓.”  

Other than plants, minerals include calcium sulfate “Shi Gao 石膏” and animal-derived oyster shells such as “Mu Li 牡蠣” are used as Chinese herbs.  

Since Chinese herbs (Kampo) are made from single herbs and natural, many people think it is safe because there are no side effects. 

However, Chinese herbs also have side effects.  In some cases, it may cause an allergic reaction. 

In rare cases, serious side effects and allergic reactions may occur, so consult a medical institution immediately if you think something is wrong.  

Recently, Chinese herbal medicine has been verified by the evaluation method of western medicine, and its effectiveness has been proved. 

Chinese medicine is becoming more and more evidence-based medicine, not just traditional medicine based on experience. 

Modern Chinese medicine is attracting people worldwide, and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) has also established a department to study alternative therapies. 

Also, at the US Gastroenterology Week (DDW), an article on the effects of Chinese herbs was published, which has been attention to many doctors. 

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