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

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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.

Sayonara till next post.

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

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

 

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

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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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