Cold and flu remedies, passages of seasons, how fatigue sets you up for illness.
Do you have a vampire in your life? Does someone drain you physical, mentally and emotionally? Stay strong, protect yourself with natural medicines. Here is a fun, informative podcast Letha did with the number one psychic phenomena website NightWatch.
Holidays and vacations bring together friends, family and sweets. Don’t worry too much about weight gain at those times just add a few slimming foods, herbs and treatments from Feed Your Tiger. You will feel better and enjoy more. The book divides us into 4 energy/addiction types: Dragons, Bears, Tigers and Cranes. Each have positive qualities and are subject to associates illnesses. So it pays to be prepared by using the best diet suited to your type. What sort of addiction do you reach for when under stress? Salty, sweet, spicy hot, alcohol, cigarettes, or junk foods?
How exciting! It’s time for my winter herbs. I will make a warming, stimulating, stress-reducing, heart tonic vodka for after dinner using Rhodiola (AKA golden root, artic root) Rhodiola rosea is a remarkable herb used to strengthen the nervous system, fight depression, enhance immunity, increase our capacity for exercise, enhance memory, aid weight loss, increase sexual function, and improve energy levels. It has long been respected as a powerful adaptogen that increases the body’s resistance to illness as it normalises healthy body functions. In 77 A.D., the Greek physician Dioscorides documented rodia riza in his classic medical text De Materia Medica. The Vikings used the herb to enhance physical strength and endurance, while Chinese emperors sent expeditions to Siberia to bring back “the golden root” for medicinal preparations. Chinese herbalists use rhodiola year-round as a tonic that strengthens the heart muscle and helps normalize its action. Tribes in central Asia considered a tea brewed from Rhodiola rosea to be the most effective treatment for cold and flu. Mongolian physicians prescribed it for tuberculosis and cancer. Modern research has proven rhodiola’s many benefits. It is a popular plant in traditional medical systems throughout Eastern Europe and Asia, with a reputation for stimulating the nervous system, decreasing depression, enhancing work performance, eliminating fatigue, and preventing high altitude sickness. I use rhodiola as a heart, mood, and energy tonic—a delicious after dinner liquor that I make at home.
During autumn and winter, I add a warrior (1/4 tsp of arjuna herbal powder, a heart tonic) to my morning tea. Arjuna was the devoted disciple of Sri Krishna the god of love. Before the battle of Kurukshetra, Krishna offered Arjuna the help of either his entire army or himself. Arjuna choose Krishna as his charioteer. Krishna guided Arjuna and the Pandavas to victory. His advice forms the base of the Bhagavad Gita. Sri Chinmoy writes: “Arjuna is the ascending human soul. Sri Krishna is the descending divine Soul. Finally they meet. The human soul says to the divine Soul: “I need you.” The divine Soul answers: “I need you too for my self-manifestation. You need me for your self-realisation.” Arjuna says: “O Krishna, you are mine, absolutely mine.” Sri Krishna answers: “O Arjuna, no mine, no thine. We are the Oneness complete, within, without.” Arjuna tree bark is also the most important Ayurvedic astringent herbal tonic for a healthy heart. It protects against heart weakness and heart failure and reduces harmful cholesterol. A strong heart protects against fatigue, chronic pain, and depression.
[pro-player width=’350′ height=’300′ type=’video’]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VUcxs9dBu98[/pro-player] Autumn requires herbs and health foods that support energy, vitality, breath, and immunity. Reducing stress and fatigue, we protect against everyday symptoms of depression. This video suggests several health food store herbs and supplements to help keep you comfortable and well.
If you google “posturology” you will find athletic coaches in the USA, Canada and Europe who are training athletes to reach their full potential. In Clearwater, Florida, the aims are different. People in pain are being helped and their body structure reeducated. Paul St. John is a “neurosomatic educator” who works with body alignment. His view is that form and function are interdependent. His school gives seminars around the country and many of the referrals to their pain clinic in Clearwater come from dentists, who need to find successful ways to reverse jaw bone loss. Doctors, massage therapists, chiropractors, and others are coming to realize a cure cannot take place unless posture is addressed.
I will never forget walking through a park in Shanghai and seeing several Tai Chi masters doing their thing. It was about 4 in the afternoon and everything was quiet. One man did the slow tai chi movements low to the ground, another spun round like a top, and a third floated into the air light as a monkey. They were all doing the same move at the same time each with their separate styles. This woman looks like a warrior, her style of tai chi. A recent study has found that the graceful, highly beneficial movements and breathing of tai chi reduce fibromyalgia pains. I am not surprised. Tai chi grounds excess erratic harmful energy and mood, supports digestion, breath, and reduces weakness in the center, the core of our vitality. It builds health and therefore improves circulation, mood and in many other ways it reduces physical and mental pain. In New York, I will teach with my favorite tai chi master Sharon Smith this fall a class on qi gong and bone strength. Tai chi and qi gong, which are Chinese exercise, dance, and healing arts, help us to achieve wellness in the best possible style.
Shilajit, a major Ayurvedic rejuvenation tonic, is refined from an exudate pressed out from layers of rock in the Himalayan mountains. Shilajit is composed of humus and organic plant material that has been compressed by layers of rock. The active principle of shilajit is fulvic acid. Shilajit is a balanced general tonic comprising useful mineral and organic constituents that is taken to help digestion and with the assimilation of foods. Shilajit is often used in combination with other specific plant decoctions to, for example, support respiratory and genitourinary functions. Shilajit is also known as Mineral Pitch or Black Asphaltum, is a rich source of natural occurring minerals. Shilajit has been widely used in India, Tibet, China, Pakistan, middle eastern countries and Russia for common ailments to tonify the immune system.
Chinese medicine values Astragalus menbranaceus root, a member of the vetch family, as a major health-giving, energy-enhancing herb. Known as a Qi-tonic, it is recommended for chronic weakness, fatigue, low immunity, and abnormal or excess sweating. It is sweet in flavor and very nourishing. Most of us, who shop in Chinatown herb shops or groceries, buy the dried sliced root. You can simmer a handful of the slices in a quart of water for thirty minutes and have a refreshing, tasty beverage best used between meals. Recently, I heard some exciting research about astragalus that was news to me: It is rejuvenating because an enzyme increased by astragalus called telomerase prevents DNA strands from collapsing and dying. That way the genetic material in the DNA is not lost. In other words, astragalus helps maintain vitality and life itself in the cells. Here is an excerpt from an upcoming book of mine that gives a lot more information about astragalus. ASTRAGALUS: Adaptogen, Energy and Immunity Booster Do you have tired legs, weakness, excessive sweating? Worried about Cancer? Astragalus is an inexpensive, natural energy tonic and a great rejunvenator!
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