Not all supplements are created equal!
U.S. adults surveyed in Dec. 2014 said “taking vitamins” was in their top five wellness habit plans for 2015. Yet, many supplement have flowing agents which suppress your natural killer cells, a key component of your immune system. As the vitamin and supplement industry grows into one of the fastest growing industries worldwide, it’s time for the big companies to come clean about the ADDITIVES in dietary supplements. (1)
What is this smoothie fruit doing on the stove, you ask?
Great question. Let me explain.
As a Licensed Acupuncturists, I have to admit, I have developed some pretty quirky habits. Even after all these years, my family members still give odd stares when I do these things.
For example, I avoid ice water like the plague!
Once while attending a Chinese medicine conference in Austin, on a hot day, a group of us Acupuncturists sat down together to share lunch. As the waiter arrived to pour freezing cold ice water into our glasses, each of us stopped the gentlemen and said, “Please, no ice!”.
Not the norm, right?
See, Acupuncturists spend a lot of time learning about the digestive system and cold foods and drinks are constricting to the body. Simply put, cold drinks hamper the digestive process. Our internal body temperature is hot by nature, and cooling it off suddenly with cold foods and cold drinks hampers digestion. By the third day of the conference we had trained the staff to bring room temperature water to our lunch table. However, they did give us odd stares as this practice seemed entirely nuts since the outside temperature was 90 degrees.
Besides reducing the cold foods we eat, Acupuncturists have a funny habit of looking at our tongues in a mirror whenever we have the opportunity. We do this because it is the only organ we can actually see (without surgical intervention). The tongue can tell us a tremendous amount about what is going on inside our bodies. It can tell you if you body is deficient in some area, or excess in another. It can tell us whether we are digesting food well and tell us about various organ systems and even if we are overly stressed.
Another quirky habit I have, (which my family gets a total kick about teasing me about) is my morning smoothie. This reason is, I actually warm up the frozen fruit in a sauce pan rather than use it frozen. As I mentioned cold drinks and foods can damage the digestive system. In the morning, the first thing going into your body should be warm food or a warm drink. This helps jump start your digestive system. Try it. You will notice warm foods improve your metabolism and overall digestion. If you’re trying to lose weight, this is one of the most important things you can do to start your day.
Although I like experimenting with a variety of smoothie recipes this is one of my favorites.
Warm fruit in coconut milk (frozen blueberries, raspberries, mango, pineapple or any fruit of your choice)
3 Tbsp. Organic Kelp protein powder
large handful of organic salad greens
Mix up in a strong blender and you good to go!
Drink at room temperature or even slightly warm.
In the business world when economic times get tough a business that weathers the storm is a true survivor. A standout, that must have incredibly popular products that make people come back for more even when unemployment is high and people are unwilling to spend. A business that survives must have proven itself worthy of providing great products at a fair price. Products that people simply can’t do without. When a business does this for 70 to 100 years or more we are all impressed. The stamina, the fortitude and adaptability to survive for so many years must mean this business has some incredible products which we all crave. Ford Motor Company and Kodak come to mind, some of the oldest American businesses.
But what do you think about a business that has survived providing the same products for 341 years? It is truly unheard of in America. We have only been an independent nation for 240 years and no single business has survived since revolutionary days. Yet, a Chinese herb pharmacy called Tong Ren Tong is still in business after 341 continuous years. They still sell Chinese herbs, just as they did in the year 1669. In fact, in Beijing they operate from the same location since 1702 !
They are a household name in China, Hong Kong and much of Asia. They operate pharmacies, drug retailers and various joint ventures throughout 13 countries in Asia. Wouldn’t you be a household name if you were 345 years old? The picture above is me standing in front of their Hong Kong store. (No pictures were allowed inside)
Tong Ren Tang was the supplier of medicinal Chinese herbs to the royals of the Qing Dynasty, from 1669 until their collapse 1911. They have succeed in weathering the storms of Chinese government takeovers, communism and now globalization and prescription medications. Tong Ren has been successful for hundreds of years because Chinese herbs work, it’s as simple as that. Chinese herbs worked 300 hundred years ago and they work today for all kinds of illnesses. Whether your buying ginseng or reishi mushrooms Tong Ren has the herbs and they know how to prescribe them for everything from the common cold to cancer.
When you have incredibly popular products that work well, are needed by the masses and provide real value at a fair price your business will survive regardless of the economic times and government takeovers. Chinese herbs have proven to be that commodity. Chinese herbs are medicine that continues to heal people, even centuries after they were first introduced.
Originally from China, Goji berries have been used in Chinese
Medicine and are considered one of the best Chinese herbs to boost your energy. This little red berry is packed with vitamins, minerals and even iron.
Traditional Chinese Medicine uses goji berries for many ailments including back pain, low energy, dizziness and to improve eyesight. Goji berries can be found at most natural foods grocery stores today but can get a bit pricey. If you love this little berry like I do you may want to consider buying a goji plant. I’ve found goji berries can grow in many climates and is a wonderful plant to have in your yard or even a patio container. Add the little red berries to a bowl of cereal or oatmeal or enjoy them as a snack. This Chinese herbs is a healthy addition to any diet and will give you a boost of energy every time you eat a handful. Concentrated granules of goji berries are a great way to use this Chinese herb in shakes and smoothies or as a delicious cup of tea. Goji concentrate is available from Pacific Herbs at www.PacHerbs.com.
I hope you are having a fantastic start to the New Year!
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University of Arizona College of Pharmacy Researchers and the UA Cancer Center say a compound found in cinnamon is a potent colorectal cancer preventor.
New research suggests eating cinnamon may help prevent colorectal cancer, at least in mice.
Previous research has linked this spice to blood pressure reduction and blood sugar control.
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) has used both the cinnamon tree bark and cinnamon tree branches for over a thousand years.
The bark of the tree is known as Gui Zhi and used in Chinese herbal formulations as a warming and dispersing herb. It helps protect against catching a cold and it can facilitate at warming the Qi, or energy of the body.
Researchers at Arizona College of Pharmacy found the compound that gives cinnamon its distinctive smell and flavor, cinnamaldehyde, also seems to protect rodents against colorectal cancer.
“This is a significant finding,” UA Cancer Center researcher Dr. Donna Zhang, said in a press release. “The next steps are to see if the spice alone can protect against cancer, and see if results can be replicated in people.”
“Can cinnamon do it, now that we know pure cinnamaldehyde can?” he said. “And can we use cinnamaldehyde or cinnamon as a weapon to go after other major diseases, such as inflammatory dysregulation and diabetes? “
Chinese herbs like cinnamon have always been used in TCM with other herbs in synergistic combinations. Using this Chinese herb or any others as a single herb should only be done under the care of a professional trained in Chinese medicine or herbal medicine. In TCM, Chinese herbs are most often combined to enhance or create an entourage effect for the desired action and to minimize any potential side effects. Should you have any questions about cinnamon or other Chinese herbs, get in touch with Cathy at Pacific Herbs for a free consultation at 877-818-9990.
Congratulations go out to Professor Tu for her 1972 discovery in processing the Chinese herb Artemisia (Qing Hao) now recognized with a Nobel Prize in Medicine.
Her work at the Academy of Traditional Chinese Medicine in Beijing, China has saved thousands from malaria deaths in the last forty plus years.
Before Professor Tu studied an ancient Chinese text regarding the cooking of the root artemisia, the herb was not successful at curing malaria patients. Maybe she read about the prominent physician and alchemist named Ge Hong (284-364 CE) who wrote a formulary called Zhou Hou Bei Zhi Fang (Prescriptions within Arm”s Reach for Use in Emergencies). Many of the formulas in that book are still in use today. He was the first to mention qing hao, (Artemisia Annua) as a treatment for malaria. Professor Tu’s cooking discovery led to chemical constituents in artemisia to be viable and produce a therapeutic effect against deadly malaria. Quercetin has since been identified as the most therapeutic constituent but there are over 30 chemical constituents in the roots of artemisia. (See below)
Could honey be the next natural cure-all?
I usually only write about Chinese herbs but I’m making an exception today. This is exception is due to the fact that raw manuka honey is derived from a very note worthy medicinal plant. I’m speaking of course about the Tea Tree plant. Native to New Zealand, this plant is also the source of Tea Tree Oil, which deserves a blog all its own. (Although admittedly not a Chinese herb.)
What is so great about Manuka ?
Pure Manuka honey has a thousand uses. An energy boosting and savory sweet treat is usually the first use that comes to mind.
But first, how do we get bees to make honey from only Manuka flowers?
It has been said, If you’re going to really succeed in your business,
you have to stand for something important.
And the toughest part of all that?
Well, for me, truthfully all of it is tough.
Have you ever asked yourself, “Who am I to do this?”. . .(I’m still asking!)
“Who am I to help the sick, the aging, the dying and
set them on a path toward wellness?”
If you’ve ever asked this same question then please keep reading.
There is no SKINNY PILL! Sorry if this shocks you.
If you are shocked by the above sentence, you may also be surprised to learn
Garcina Cambogia is NOT Chinese Medicine!
I hope you don’t think Chinese Herbs and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is a magic
formula for weight loss. It can certainly help, but there is no magic pill.
Don’t waste your money on Garcinia cambogia.
Pacific Herbs is celebrating summer
with a 72 hour – 20% OFF sale. (code: summer15)
Pacific Herbs has BIG NEWS!
We’re excited to share all our BIG NEWS.
During my recent trip to China I was lucky enough to be introduced
to an incredible Chinese doctor who saw a need for tested, pure, authentic
Chinese herbal medicine. This incredible woman has won many distinguished awards
from the Chinese government and medical associations.
In the picture below I’m standing next to Dr. Zhou.
I was incredibly honored and inspired to meet a revolutionary woman who’s DONE IT!
From a 12 year old farm worker with little or no education, to a distinguished Medical Doctor
and Chairman of the Board.
Dr. Zhou Jialin’s dreamed this new Chinese herb pharmaceutical factory into existence. Her dream began 30 years ago and science and technology has made it a reality. The computer testing equipment alone costs millions. I can honestly say I was blown away! video here
Dr. Jialin’s integrity to produce the safest, cleanest herbal extracts has been vital to her success.
There is so much to tell, I hardly know where to begin. Our first video tour is ready. Watch it here!
You can see a pictures of the brand new, state-of-the-art facility on the
She is a shining example of how a small dream can become a reality, helping millions.
She is truly an inspiration to us all, to BECOME our dreams and revolutionize health care.
Our other EXCITING announcements: New iSleep packaging has
arrived packed with tasty granules from TianJiang Pharmaceutical
and no unnecessary fillers. Try it today!
(Same great taste with the same efficacy and formula as our previous package.)
Thank you for indulging me in a long news update.
Please feel free to pick up the phone if you have any questions on safe use of herbs.
Call me, I offer phone consults Noon- 5 PST – 877-818-9990
Looking forward to helping you BE WELL and enjoy the summer.
Cathy Margolin L.Ac., Dipl. OM – Founder of Pacific Herbs
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