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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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.

If you are interested in them, visit YourKampo – An online Chinese herb prescription service.

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.

Visit YourKampo – An online Chinese herb prescription service.

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

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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.

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

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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.

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

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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.

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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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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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