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.

Visit YourKampo – An online Chinese herb medicine prescription service.

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

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Did You Know How Chinese Medicine Treats Hot Flashes?

Do You Know How Chinese Medicine Treats Hot Flashes?

How TCM Sees Hot Flashes in Menopause and Its treatment

Are you suffering from frequent hot flashes because of menopause?

The symptom is prevalent among older women between 45 and 55 years of age. Besides the hot flashes, if you experience night sweats, virginal dryness, sleeping difficulty, mood swing, and loss of sex drive, you are more likely to be having menopause disorder.

Don’t feel alone if you are experiencing the symptoms because, according to a study, 85 % of postmenopausal women have experienced a menopause-related symptom in their lifetime.

The frequency and the duration of hot flashes are different for people, but they should be the lowest possible. In general, hot flashes in menopause can keep for 5 to 10 years.

In Traditional Chinese Medicine’s point of view, menopause disorder is primarily caused by an imbalance of yin and yang in your body, called “Yin Deficiency.” “Yin Deficiency” is the state where yin(a negative side) is losing its power, but yang( a positive side) remains its power, and the imbalance makes heat in your body. 

Here’re four types of yin yang states in which you probably see yourself if you suffer from hot flashes. Each class has different symptoms and different advice.   

Type1 (Yin Deficiency Fire) for hot flashes:

Symptoms: hot flashes on the upper body, red face, sweaty, dizziness, vertigo, ringing in ears, sleep disorder, feeling heavy body, thirsty, red tongue, and little tongue moss.

Advice:
・Avoid spicy and fried food, spices, ginger.
・Recommended food: sesame, honey, corn, cucumbers, watermelon, lotus seeds.
・Drink jujube tea or goji berry tea
・Press “LV3” pressure point (See the picture below) 3 mins before sleep

Type 1 for hot flashes - Yin Deficiency Fire

Type2 (Yin & Yang Deficiency):

Symptoms: hot flashes on upper body, sweaty, slim/slender, anxiety, numb on hands and feet, sleep disorder

The treatment is quite tricky if you are this type, so you are better off visiting an acupuncturist near you to get the proper advice. You may be seeing improvements by changing your diet and trying natural Chinese herbs.

Here are some natural remedies:
・Recommended food: peanuts, walnuts, yams, lamb & mutton, and ginger
・Drink goji berry, jujube tea, and lotus tea
・Pressing “UB23” pressure point in the morning for 3 mins

Type 2 for hot flashes - Yin & Yang Deficiency

Type3 (Qi & Yin Deficiency):

Symptoms: hot flashes in the evening, red cheeks, shortness of breath, cold intolerance, night sweats, loss of appetite, fatigue, constipation or diarrhea, tongue with teeth marks

Advice:
・Belly breathing for 5 – 10 mins twice after waking up and before going to bed
・Recommended food and beverage: mushrooms, yams, goji berry tea, ginseng tea with honey, etc.
・Pressing “Zusanli” pressure point three times a day

Type 3 for hot flashes - Qi & Yin Deficiency

Type4 (Heart & Spleen deficiency):

Symptoms: irritation, dizziness, sleep disorder, waking up middle of nights, fatigue, shortness of breath, pale face, dark color of a tongue but the light color of tongue moss

Advice:
・Avoid food that makes your body cool, such as tomatoes, bananas, cucumbers, crabs.
・Refrain from spicy, fried, cold, and raw food.
・Eat meat(beef, chicken, pork), yams, rice, jujube
・Pressing “Zusanli”, “Sp10”, “UB23 UB21”  acupressure points

Type 4 for hot flashes - Heart & Spleen Deficiency

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 hot flashes in menopause.

Visit YourKampo – An online Chinese herb medicine prescription service.

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

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Natural Ways to Get Rid of Bad Breath

Oh, bad Breath… Have you ever talked to a person who has really bad breath? Pointing out someone’s bad breath is actually hard because it may hurt his/her feelings. With that being said, you can be the one who has bad breath because no one has told you about it.

What causes bad breath? In Western medicine, the main reasons for bad breath come from cavities, gum disease, bad digestion, tonsillitis, sore throat, rhinitis, smoking and drinking alcohol, eating a lot of spicy food, etc.

From the perspective of Oriental Medicine, there’s a strong correlation between your digestion condition and the bad breath. 

Here’re 3 constitution types and natural remedies for each type.

Type1(Stomach Fire):

symptoms: Stomach burning, bloated stomach, constipation or diarrhea, swollen gum

If you do the following more than often, you are more likely to be this type.
・Overeating and over drinking
・Hungry even after eating
・Drinking alcohol 
・Eating a lot of spicy food

If you are this type, your stomach holds heat, and changing your diet can dramatically improve bad breath.

You should refrain from greasy food, spicy food, alcohol, cigars. Carrots are recommended food because they make your stomach cool down. Carrot juice or smoothies is a good way to consume more of the carrots. If you don’t like carrots, watermelons and green beans are other options.

Type2(Damp-Heat):

symptoms: symptoms from Type1, yellow urine, smelly stools, fatigue, unthirsty

Type2 is worse than Type1. If you live in a humid and hot area, you have a higher chance to become Type2 than those who don’t. In this type, the stomach energy is weak because of diet. 

In order to bring your stomach back to normal, you should avoid eating greasy food, spicy food, cold food & beverages, sweet food, smoking cigars and drinking alcohol a lot. Dairy products make humidity in your stomach in which you need to avoid so it is better off refraining from them. As a solution, your diet should contain a lot of vegetables and fruits.

If you like drinking tea, oolong tea, kombucha tea and orange peel tea are recommended.

Type3(Liver Fire Rising):

symptoms: red eyes, Vertigo, Flash, Dry mouth, Dry eyes, Headache, sleepy all the time, irregular menstrual cycle, little amount of blood when menstruation

The main causes for Type3 are the following:
・Staying up late
・Having a lot of stresses
・Worrying too much
・Thinking too much

As a solution, you should standardize your lifestyle, exercise regularly such as yoga, stretching light-weight workout, and refrain from alcohol.

Avoiding greasy food is a must in this type and consume cucumbers, potatoes, yams, watermelons more. For tea, goji berry tea and rose tea are recommended.

Which type do you think you are?

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 an effective Chinese herb for your bad breath.

Visit YourKampo to answer our 3 mins questionnaire about your symptoms and get the Chinese herb delivered to your home.

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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What Causes Dehydrated Skin and What to Do with it

What Causes Dehydrated Skin and What to Do with it

Have you ever wondered what causes dehydrated skin?
Have you ever wondered what causes dehydrated skin?

Have you ever wondered what causes dehydrated skin?

Especially for women, you may have experienced itchy skin, scars from scratching your skin, and trouble for makeup from dry skin.

If you think you were born that way, don’t lose hope because there are reasonable solutions.

It usually gets better by moisturizing your skin using serum, milky lotion, cream, etc.

However, internal care is as critical as external care.

Here’re two types of dehydrated skin from Oriental Medicine’s perspective and remedies for each type. 

Type1(Blood Deficiency): 

This type is the most common among women. if you see the following symptoms, you are this type:
・dry skin and scalp
・pale face
・cold intolerance
・fatigue
・tired eyes / red eyes
・loose nails
・insomnia
・vertigo
・brain fog
・little amount of menstruation blood

Here’re the main causes of this type:
・Losing blood because of menstruation
・Slow recovery of lost blood in your body
・Thinking too much / Worrying too much
・Over-work 
・Staying up late more than often
・Over-eating and over-drinking
・Unhealthy diet (Eating a lot of cold, raw, and sweet food)

If you see yourself in Type1, changing your diet can be the best solution to improve your dehydrated skin.

Consume less cold, raw, and sweet food and eat more of these recommended foods: carrots, beef, chicken, lamb & mutton, black sesame, black beans, seaweed, goji berries, etc.

If you love drinking coffee, it is better off switching to jujube tea or black bean tea.

Avoid over-exercise but walking for 30 mins, doing yoga, stretching can be suitable instead. 

Type2(Blood Heat): 

A lot of men are this type but also women.

Type2 symptoms are the following: 

・Having a slight fever during day time (Morning to noon)
・Irritation
・Flash
・Craving for cold food and beverage
・Yellow urine
・Constipation
・a lot of blood when menstruation

Here’re the main causes of this type:
・A lot of stresses
・Eating a lot of fried, greasy, and spicy food
・Drinking too much alcohol and smoking cigars
・Staying up late more than often
・Working outside 
・Sweaty
・Lack of hydration

As a solution, you need to keep your body cool.

Your diet is better off having foods that make your body cool, such as pears, cucumbers, bananas, kiwifruits, yams, etc.

In both types, try additional remedies:
・Avoid eating spicy food
・Avoid taking a shower for a long time
・Moisturizing your skin all the time

Even after you try these remedies and don’t see any good results, you may want to consider trying natural Chinese herbs. If you want to try them, please visit YourKampo and get the effective Chinese herb for your dehydrated skin. 

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Say goodbye to PMS! Natural Remedies in Oriental Medicine Way

Say goodbye to PMS! Natural Remedies for PMS in Oriental Medicine Way

Say goodbye to PMS! Natural Remedies in Oriental Medicine Way

Say goodbye to PMS! Natural Remedies in Oriental Medicine Way
Say goodbye to PMS! Natural Remedies in Oriental Medicine Way

If you are a woman, you probably have experienced the effects of PMS once in your life as a study shows up to 90% of women experienced it, and 10% of them had severe one (PMDD).

PMS often occurs prior 1 – 2 weeks to menstruation, and it not only negatively affects mental health but also work-productivity.

If you have the following symptoms, you are probably experiencing PMS. 

・Headache
・Acne / pimples
・Flushing
・Vertigo
・Joint pain
・Bloated Stomach
・Dry mouth
・Breast pain
・Swelling
・Irritation
・Fatigue
・Nervous
・Anxiety
・Depression
・Craving for sugar and salty food
・Getting emotional for no reason
・Brain fog
・Insomnia

In the perspective of Oriental Medicine, PMS is triggered by an imbalance of hormones.

As we look different from others, our constitution type is different as well. 

Here’re constitutional types and natural remedies for each type.

Type1 (Liver Qi Stagnation): 

symptom: bloated stomach, breast pain, anxiety, dark blood when the period

If you see the symptoms above, your energy flow (called “Qi” in Oriental Medicine) in your body is stuck and should be more smooth to relieve your PMS.

Relaxing your body by exercising lightly, meditating, and having citrus fruits like oranges and lemons in your diet are effective natural remedies. 

If you are a tea drinker, rose tea is recommended. 

Type2 (Liver Fire Rising):

Symptom: Irritation, anxiety, depression, vertigo, loss of appetite, bitter taste in the mouth, early menstruation.

If you are this type, you may suffer from mental health issues.

The effective way is to stretch your body, especially your hamstring and side of your body.

We recommend eating tomatoes, cucumbers, bananas, celery, carrots, apples, and eggs in your diet.

Goji berry tea is good for this type.

Avoid alcohol and stop smoking if you do. 

Type3 (Qi & Blood Deficiency):

Symptom: dizziness, light headache, insomnia, pale face, fatigue, tiny amount of period blood

You may have a weak stomach which causes a lack of energy in your body.

As a natural remedy, you should consume less cold, raw, processed food instead of warm food.

The recommended food for includes yams, white rice, meat, mushrooms, and beans.

In addition, keeping your lower ab warm is essential to recover your stomach.

Type4 (Blood Deficiency):

Symptom: itchy skin before period, hard to fall asleep, tiny amount of period blood, late menstrual cycle.

It is the most common type, iron deficiency.

As a solution, you are better off avoiding spicy food.

Drinking coffee prevents absorbing iron in your body, so drink jujube tea instead.

Your diet should contain iron-rich food such as black sesame, black beans, walnut, spinach, beef, chicken, lamb, and mutton.

The following natural remedies are recommended for all types:

  • Avoid alcohol and caffeine-containing beverages.
  • Consume less salty, sweet, greasy, dairy, processed food.
  • Do moderate exercises such as jogging, walking, and yoga.
  • Minimize your stress by doing your hobbies.

Even if you try these natural remedies and don’t see any improvements, I recommend you trying natural Chinese herbs.

If you are interested, you can visit YourKampo to get the right Chinese herb for PMS.

Your health should be a top priority in your life.

Having PMS is probably the most common symptom among women.

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

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Home Remedies for Bloated Stomach

Do you always feel your stomach bloated?

The bloated stomach makes you uncomfortable and causes burping and farting that make people around you uncomfortable unless they are friendly people.

If you feel a bloated stomach all the time, this blog post is for you, and you may be able to learn the cause and home remedies of it.

From the perspective of Oriental Medicine, two main reasons can trigger a bloated stomach: Diet and stress.

If your diet always consists of fried, spicy, cold, raw, processed, and dairy food, you need to consider changing because your digestion system gets weak from it.

Once you have a dysfunctional digestive system, you are more likely to get a bloated stomach.

In addition, stress and anxiety also can be a factor in the bloated stomach.

If you are not good at dealing with stress, take extra care of your mental health.

Here’re some home remedies that you can try to strengthen your stomach, handle your stress and overcome your bloated belly.

・Consume less fried, spicy, cold, raw, processed, and dairy food.

・Avoid cold beverages and drink room temperature or hot beverages.

・Eat fiber-rich food like oatmeal, yam, and miso-soup. 

・Drink orange peel tea and jujube tea.

・Meditate 10 minutes a day. Using the Calm app is suitable for meditation.

・Exercise and stretch regularly.

If you try those home remedies but do not see any improvements, you may want to try Chinese herbs. Visit YourKampo to answer a 3 mins questionnaire about your symptom and get the right natural Chinese herb delivered to your home.

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Did You Know Drinking Plenty Of Water Is A Myth?

The Myth of Drinking a lot of Water From Oriental Medicine's point of view

Myth of Drinking a lot of Water From Oriental Medicine

Myth of Drinking a lot of Water From Oriental Medicine
Myth of Drinking a lot of Water From Oriental Medicine

Many celebrities have said on TV and media that they have been drinking a lot of water daily. 

Beyonce, who is an award-winning singer, drinks at least a gallon of water with lemon a day. 

A supermodel, Karlie Kloss, quotes, “I LOVE drinking water. It’s perfect for you too. Did you know you are supposed to have at least 32 ounces before lunch??”

Yes, drinking water is essential to us as humans, and the lack of water in our bodies causes many health issues. 

However, that’s not always the case in the perspective of Oriental Medicine. Some need to avoid drinking a lot of water. Having excessive moisture can cause water intoxication, kidney failure, etc. 

If you are in the following three categories, you are better off staying away from drinking gallons of water. 

Type 1(Damp-Phlegm): 

Symptom – congested throat, heavy body, loss of energy, headache, swollen, rash, diarrhea or constipation, foul-smelling stools, joint pain, cold intolerance, period pain, virginal discharge

If you are this type, you have old accumulated water in your body, so you need to detox. 

Some tips are to exercise regularly to get sweat, humidify your room, and drink corn silk tea or black soybean tea.

Type 2 (Spleen Qi Deficiency): 

Symptom – loss of appetite, indigestion, loss of energy, fatigue, cold intolerance, hypothermia, soft stool & diarrhea, pale face, heavy menstrual bleeding, but the blood color is bright red.

People with Type 2 are weak in digestion and energy, so drinking a lot of water makes your stomach even worse. It may trigger chronic diarrhea, water intoxication, vomiting, etc. As a solution, they should drink hot beverages like Ginseng tea, eat foods that make your body warm such as potatoes, yams, beef, pork, chicken, beans, mushrooms, and avoid fried food & processed food. 

Type3 (Kidney Yang Deficiency):

The symptom is feeling heavy on the lower body, cold intolerance on hands and feet, shortness of breath, lower back pain, poor hearing, loss of hair, loss of sex drive, Electile dysfunction, virginal discharge, and an irregular menstrual cycle.  

If you currently have these symptoms, you are losing energy on organs, and it is usually hard to improve your condition even if you change your lifestyle. I would recommend trying Chinese herbs. Visit YourKampo if you are interested in Chinese herbs.

Instead of drinking a gallon of water, here’re some tips for hydrating yourself (Apply to all types).

  1. Drink a cup of plain hot water in the morning right after waking up.
  2. Drink 1 between 3 pm to 5 pm
  3. 0.3~0.5 gallon should be enough
  4. Avoid cold water

You have to know your own body and shouldn’t rely on what your favorite celebrity says about health.

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