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Welcome to July!!

Ahhh, how wonderful is summer? The long, hot days and warm summer nights mean being outside and enjoying all that nature has to offer. It is the most Yang of the seasons and ruled by fire. The organ is the Heart and the emotion is Joy - so it is a perfect time to celebrate the outward and expansive energies of this season and be joyful in life and all the things you do.

This month we have some exciting things happening! We have the first in a series of articles featured in Chinese Medicine Digital Magazine, the first fully digital magazine for TCM practitioners and patients around the world. It is available on iTunes here. Awesome! We also have some guest writers and a few intriguing interviews coming up, so stay tuned. This month we conclude our series on the Liver with the emotional aspect - anger. We have a discussion on vaginal health as seen in TCM, and ten foods to boost your metabolism. We hope you enjoy and are having a wonderful summer!

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Here Are This Months Articles...

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Loving Your Liver with Chinese Medicine

Loving Your Liver with Chinese Medicine - Part 3

The Liver & Anger

By Emma Suttie, D.Ac, AP

Ever see a really impressive display of anger? Someone losing it in the lineup at the bank, an exasperated parent yelling at a child having a tantrum in the grocery store, or someone, after being on a plane for a bazillion hours being told that they have missed their connecting flight and that the airline has lost their luggage. Yeah, we've all seen that. And it is most of our instincts' to back a way a few steps because of how powerful that anger can be. That, my friends, is your liver talking.

Now in the West, this doesn't make much sense. The liver, we are taught, is the body's filter, making sure that we stay clean and toxin free. But in Chinese medicine, each of the organs has an emotional component, which is just as important as its physical functions in the body, and the emotion of the liver is anger. Below is a list of the organs and the emotions associated with them in Chinese medicine.

The Liver - Anger

The Lungs - Sadness & Grief

The Spleen - Over thinking & Worry

The Heart - Joy

The Kidneys - Fear

Now these outbursts of anger are not the liver in its normal state, they are obviously a liver terribly out of balance. It is of course normal to experience emotions like anger, but as we know in Chinese medicine, it is when those emotions are unexpressed or repressed that things can build up and in the case of the liver, if left long enough, can cause a Chernobyl like effect. And nobody wants that.

So how do you not let it get there, you may ask? Well, it is interesting to me that of all the life skills that are most useful to us, none of them to be taught in the place where it would be useful to acquire them - school. Emotional wellness is vital to our health and wellbeing and yet, most of us are at a loss at how to deal with them.

In Chinese medicine thinking, the emotions are a cause of disease. Now this may sound ominous, but let me clarify. HAVING emotions is not a cause of disease and that is an important distinction. It is emotions out of balance, and they become imbalanced when we do not express them freely, or worse, when we do not express them at all.

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Let's Talk About Your Lady Parts

Let's Talk About Your Lady Parts
A Discussion About Vaginal Health in Chinese Medicine

By Emma Suttie, D.Ac, AP

It may seem a bit saucy to write about something that most people don't like to think about. They like to talk about it even less, but, 52% of us have them, and I think it is in our best interest to know what is going on with them and keep them healthy. And when I say "them" I mean specifically the vagina (we can cover the other lady parts later). Men, I don't want to lose you here, you need to know this too. Have a mother? A sister? Daughter? Wife or girlfriend? Then knowing some basic information about vaginal health and disease will benefit you and all the ladies in your life.

GYNAECOLOGY IN CHINESE MEDICINE

Gynaecology in Chinese medicine has a long history. The earliest writings on the subject date back to the Shang dynasty, which was between 1500-1000 BC. As a result, Chinese medicine is extremely effective for dealing with the gamut of gynaecological problems women face. It was because of terrible problems with my periods as a teenager that I found Chinese medicine and after years of being told "I would just have to deal with it", acupuncture and herbs resolved them after a few months of treatment. So, I am speaking from experience, mine and the many, many women I have seen in clinic.

The way that Chinese medicine looks at gynaecology, and really the entire body is completely different than what we are used to in the West, so this is probably a good place to start. Chinese medicine believes that puberty is a particularly important time for a young girl and problems she experiences in these years will have lasting effects throughout her life. Living in a cold, damp climate can invade the body and cause problems, excessive physical labour as a young person, and experiencing many emotional upsets are all factors that can contribute to problems both during puberty and later in a woman's life.

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10 Best Foods to Boost Your Metabolism

10 Best Foods To Stimulate Your Metabolism

By Emma Suttie, D.Ac, AP

Our culture seems to be obsessed with our weight. We all want to be slim, but what about being healthy? Well, I hope we all want that too. If we could manage both, wouldn't that be ideal?

The metabolism plays an important part in both of those factors. The metabolism is defined as the sum of the physical and chemical processes that allow foods to be broken down to release the energy that we need for all of our body's processes. It is basically how your body breaks down foods so that you can get the energy you need to do all of your daily activities. Now the speed and efficiency at which the metabolism does this varies by individual. You have probably heard someone who has struggled with their weight say that they have a slow metabolism, and someone who seems to eat constantly and not gain a pound refer to their fast metabolism. A slow metabolism simply means that the foods you eat are being broken down at a slower rate, and less efficiently, causing you to gain weight.

NOT ALL CALORIES ARE CREATED EQUAL

Another factor is calories. Not all calories are created equal. 500 calories of raw vegetables is processed by the body a lot differently than 500 calories of chocolate cake. So the types of foods we eat are also important. Some foods take more energy to digest than others, and burn more calories as you digest them. Simply the act of chewing foods like fruits, vegetables, whole grains and very lean meats can increase your caloric burn significantly. The fibre and protein in such foods take so much effort to digest that there are way fewer calories left over for your body to store. Eating softer, easier to digest foods (like processed foods) take very little energy to digest and therefore there are many calories available that your body stores as fat. So, increasing the efficiency of your metabolism with the foods below as well as adding more fruits, vegetables, grains and lean meats and fish to your diet will help you feel and look amazing.

Here is the list of the 10 best foods to stimulate your metabolism...

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Quote

Quote of the Month

The meaning of life is to find your gift. The purpose of life is to give it away.

~ Pablo Picasso

Inspiration

Inspiration

The Gulabi Gang
Rural Women in Pink Saris, Wielding Bamboo Sticks in Pursuit of Justice

The Gulabi Gang is an extraordinary women’s movement formed in 2006 by Sampat Pal Devi in the Banda District of Uttar Pradesh in Northern India. This region is one of the poorest districts in the country and is marked by a deeply patriarchal culture, rigid caste divisions, female illiteracy, domestic violence, child labour, child marraiges and dowry demands. The women’s group is popularly known as Gulabi or ‘Pink’ Gang because the members wear bright pink saris and wield bamboo sticks. Sampat says, “We are not a gang in the usual sense of the term, we are a gang for justice.”

The Gulabi Gang was initially intended to punish oppressive husbands, fathers and brothers, and combat domestic violence and desertion. The members of the gang would accost male offenders and prevail upon them to see reason. The more serious offenders were publicly shamed when they refused to listen or relent. Sometimes the women resorted to their lathis, if the men resorted to use of force.


Go to the Gulabi Gang Website...

Acupuncture & Chinese Medicine in the News

Acupuncture & Chinese Medicine in the News

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The Price of Freedom: UTC's Veteran Entrepreneur Program

Therapeutic Gardening for Vets, Feeding the Hungry, Chinese Medicine and More

Could Chinese Herbs be the Answer for your Health?

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If you would like to read about the latest scienntific studies involving Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine, please see our "Current Research" page to find all the latest. :)

Recipe of the Month with NourishU

Recipe Of The Month with NourishU

Goji Berries for Health & Longevity

Gougi / Goji berry is one of the most popular Chinese herbs used in Western countries since the beginning of the 21st century. It is commonly known as wolfberry. Goji is the modern name, the direct translation from the Chinese name枸杞.

The gougi plant is a perennial scrub which can produce large amount of berries after a couple of years and can grow to as tall as two meters. The health benefits of the berries are well known to the West, but not so much for the leaves of the young plant and the root of the very old plant.

The gougi leaves are called gougicai which means gougi vegetable in Chinese. They are cool in nature and bitter in taste. They can strengthen the body's constitution, promote essence (Jing in Chinese medicine), clear internal heat and wind, improve vision, and promote liver, lung and kidney health. It is a very popular summer vegetable in the southern provinces of China.

Goji Berry & Pork Liver Soup

THERAPUTIC EFFECTS

Promotes liver health, improves vision, reduces liver heat, promotes blood and improves overall health.

INGREDIENTS (3 to 4 servings)

  • • Gougicai 枸杞葉 - 320gm
    • Pork liver豬肝 – 160gm
    • Pork豬肉 – 80gm
    • Gogi berries – one handful
    • Egg- 2
    • Ginger – 3 slices

DIRECTIONS

  1. Remove leaves by holding the top of each stem with one hand and put it between the thumb and the index finger of the other and then push leaves downward from top to bottom. The leaves will fall off easily. But be careful to avoid the small spikes on the stem when doing it. You can protect your hand by wearing a glove. Rinse the stems and leaves separately.

  2. Put the stem to boil with about 6 to 8 cups of water for 10 to 15 minutes, remove stems and discard.

  3. Rinse pork and liver and cut into thin slices. Soak and rinse goji berries.

  4. Bring the water to boil again. Add ginger, liver and pork to cook for about 5 minutes.

  5. Add gogi berries and leaves and bring to boil for another 5 to 10 minutes.

  6. Beat eggs, turn off heat and add eggs to the soup and stir slowly. Add salt to taste and serve.

USAGE

No limitation. But avoid consuming dairy products at the same time because dairy hinders the effects of goujicai.


Read full article on Goji Berries Healing Properties..

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