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. 

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

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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.

Visit YourKampo – An online Chinese herb medicine prescription service.

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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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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.

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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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