Articles by Eyton J. Shalom, M.S., L.Ac

Acupuncture Articles

Psychosomatic Illness and Acupuncture

Psychosomatic Illness and Acupuncture There is a very interesting report recently in the Guardian newspaper on the recent dramatic crisis between the USA and Cuba which, apparently, involves a case of mass psychosomatic illness and brings to mind the fact...

Insomnia and Sleep Disorders

The Treatment of Insomnia and Sleep Disorders With Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine Insomnia and Sleep Disorders are treated successfully by Acupuncture, Chinese Herbal Medicine, Nei Gung or Mindfulness Practice, and the development of good Sleep Culture. This is so...

Trigger Point Acupuncture and Dry Needling

I am reprinting this article on Trigger Point Acupuncture and Dry Needling that I wrote way back in the year 2009, for my dear friend Anthony Carey, M.S., the owner of Function First here in San Diego. Function First is a system of corrective exercises first developed...

Acupuncture Meridians

What are Acupuncture Meridians? Acupuncture “meridians” are the pathways through which our body's Qi (pronounced "Chee") energy  flows, as described in the seminal medical text the Nei Jing around 200 B.C.E.. But the term meridian, coined by the Jesuit Priests who...

Can Western Medicine Explain How Acupuncture Works?

I was recently responding to this question on Quora: "How does Western medicine explain acupuncture." and wanted to share my response and to expand upon it. Can Western Medicine Explain How Acupunture Works? Western Medicine, or more exactly, Western Science, because...

Why Chinese Women Don’t Use Tampons—Its About Qi

Why Chinese Women Don't Use Tampons---Its About Qi The reason why Chinese Women Don't Use Tampons has to do both with the lack of a tampon 'culture' which, in the USA was created by marketing from tampon companies, but also because of the shared cultural context...

Cupping Therapy for Myofascial Pain

Cupping Therapy for Myofascial Pain is an integral part of Classical Chinese acupuncture  and is very useful for myofascial pain and sports medicine b/c it breaks up adhesions in the fascia and brings new blood to the area when capillaries are deliberately ruptured.....

Summer in Chinese Medicine

The discussion of Summer in Chinese Medicine  begins with a book written in somewhere between 400 and 200 B.C.E., called the Huang Di Nei Jing, called The Yellow Emperor's Inner Classic of Medicine. This is the Old Testament of Classical Chinese Medicine, our oldest...

Menopause Natural Treatment: Ayurveda and Chinese Medicine

In Chinese Medicine and Ayurveda Menopause Natural Treatment begins with the premise that menopause, and andropause, like puberty, like the transitions that occurs around ages 2, 5, and 36, are just that, transitions, not diseases. Change is hard on human beings....

Heartburn Medication Linked to Increased Risk for Dementia

Proton Pump Inhibitors Linked to Higher Dementia Risk: What Are The Alternatives? We face a national epidemic of Dementia as baby boomers who have spent years on Heartburn Medication like Prilosec, Protonixx, and Nexium,  hit their 60's and 70's, while at the same...

Dry Needling and Acupuncture for Neck Pain

Acupuncture for Neck Pain: A recent article in Time magazine has this byline: Acupuncture Actually Works for Neck Pain Pain, Study Says. Acupuncture Actually Works for Neck Pain I love the qualifier "actually" in this context, as if, after 40 years of acupuncture in...

Dry Needling for Shoulder Pain

Dry Needling for Shoulder Pain What is Dry Needling for Shoulder Pain? Dry Needling is a style of myofascial anatomy-based acupuncture to relieve trigger points pioneered by Janet Travell, M.D., author of "Myofascial Pain and Dysfunction: Trigger Point Manual" (and...

The Effect of Hot Weather on Anger

Here is a link to a post on my old blog about the effects of hot weather on anger and the relationship between the feelings of frustration, anger, irritability,  even rage, and the sensations of heat in the body itself.  There is a link in the other article to an...

Allergies and Sinusitis in Autumn

People suffering from allergies and sinus conditions in the Autumn in San Diego dread the dry heat that wafts in from the desert during the “Santa Ana” conditions. This movement of air from the east brings with it dust, pollen and other un-pleasantries like agrarian...

Cupping for Pain and in Sports Medicine

Thanks to Olympic Gold Medalist Michael Phelps' massive performances in the Rio Olympics while covered in purple cupping marks, the art of Cupping for Pain and in Sports Medicine has received a lot of buzz  (see NY Times Wellness Blog Article on Cupping). I use...

GERD: Chinese Medicine vs. Bio-Medicine.

From today's New York Times, more short sightedness about the unwise use and overuse of drugs in primary care. http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/06/25/combating-acid-reflux-may-bring-host-of-ills/ As many as four in 10 Americans have symptoms of gastroesophageal...

Huang Di Nei Jing Su Wen: The Yellow Emperor’s Inner Classic

I am very excited to have just received my copy of the new, comprehensive and annotated translation of the seminal text of Chinese Medicine, The Yellow Emperor's Inner Classic. I have studied this text before in various incomplete or limited translations, but this is...

Moxabustion to Strengthen the Immune System

In Chinese medicine moxa-bustion is done in summer and autumn to prepare for winter. Moxabustion warms the channels and stregnthens the organ complexes, especially the Adrenal-Digestive axis. Directions for Home Moxabustion. Please do moxa safely and at your own risk....

Acupuncture

Acupuncture is an essential component in the treatment of all pain conditions. Here is a brief outline of pain conditions that I have personally had enormous success treating. Acute Pain: Sports’ Injuries Ligament and Joint Capsule Sprains Muscle and Tendon Strains...

Uterine Fibroids and Heavy Bleeding Treated with Moxabustion

Chinese Medicine excels at the all-natural treatment of Woman's Health. Here is a verbatim email recently from a patient of mine, T., who suffers from Uterine fibroids, heavy bleeding, and PMS. Hey E! Amazing.... I awoke with my period this morning and had no idea it...

Healing Eczema with Integrative Natural Medicine

Disease occurs in individual human beings. Your and my unique characteristics of body and mind are the particular terrain from whence our imbalances grow. Disease is always easier to treat if the terrain is healthy, and often impossible to treat successfully if it is...

Acupuncture in Cancer Treatment

There have been many advances in the early detection and treatment of cancer. While the standard medical care for cancer is effective, the treatments are aggressive and cause numerous unwanted side effects as well as a lowered immune system. Acupuncture has received...

Cupping Articles

Cupping Therapy for Myofascial Pain

Cupping Therapy for Myofascial Pain is an integral part of Classical Chinese acupuncture  and is very useful for myofascial pain and sports medicine b/c it breaks up adhesions in the fascia and brings new blood to the area when capillaries are deliberately ruptured.....

Dry Needling for Shoulder Pain

Dry Needling for Shoulder Pain What is Dry Needling for Shoulder Pain? Dry Needling is a style of myofascial anatomy-based acupuncture to relieve trigger points pioneered by Janet Travell, M.D., author of "Myofascial Pain and Dysfunction: Trigger Point Manual" (and...

Moxibustion and Cupping

oxibustion is the burning of cones made from the processed fine leaves of the Mugwort plant on Acupuncture points, or on broad areas of the body to achieve specific healing effects. Moxabustion is warm, and as heat is an energy source, it is a way...

Cupping for Pain and in Sports Medicine

Thanks to Olympic Gold Medalist Michael Phelps' massive performances in the Rio Olympics while covered in purple cupping marks, the art of Cupping for Pain and in Sports Medicine has received a lot of buzz  (see NY Times Wellness Blog Article on Cupping). I use...

Chinese Medicine Articles

Insomnia and Sleep Disorders

The Treatment of Insomnia and Sleep Disorders With Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine Insomnia and Sleep Disorders are treated successfully by Acupuncture, Chinese Herbal Medicine, Nei Gung or Mindfulness Practice, and the development of good Sleep Culture. This is so...

Cold Causes Stagnation Heat Causes Movement

From today's newspaper comes this cool article about a fruitcake that has survived, in nearly edible condition (probably actually edible, as all that is reported is a slightly rancid butter smell), for 100 years at the South Pole in Antarctica. Which brings to mind...

Is Daily Sweating Important for Health?

Someone asked me the other day, "Why is daily sweating important for health?" My response was, "Is it?" I don’t think there is any scientific evidence that sweating is especially beneficial for health. I have seen claims made, but I have not seen hard core research....

Lipedema and Chinese Medicine

Lipedema and Chinese Medicine. Lynette wrote in and asked, "Can you explain what excess a body with Lipedema has. Are they damp diseases! feedback most welcomed for myself and my support groups!" Lipedema is a a disorder of the adipose (fat) tissue that occurs almost...

Roasted Chickpea Nut Breakfast Cookies

A favorite snack in South Asia from Afghanistan to Burma is dry roasted Chickpea, known in India by many names from gram, to black gram, to bengal gram, to channa, to dhaliya, to pottu kadalai and many more. This is the same bean known as Hummus in Arabic (whether...

Winter Jing Tonic Cabbage Soup

Winter Jing Tonic Cabbage Soup   Winter  is the ideal time to nourish what Chinese Medicine calls the Kidney energy, associated with the deepest level of body energy, Jing/Essence.   Winter Storage in Chinese Medicine Winter is the season in ancient Chinese...

Vitamin B-12 Deficiency

Vitamin B-12 Deficiency   is very common in people over 50, and in people who use drugs that reduce stomach acid, and also that take the antidiabetes drug Metforman. I find Vitamin B-12 supplementation very valuable in the treatment of neurological disorders,...

Twelve Ways to Heal Eczema Naturally

Twelve Ways to Heal Eczema Naturally Here are twelve ways to heal eczema naturally that I have developed over 24 years of specializing in the natural treatment of skin disorders with Chinese Medicine and Ayurveda. One of my first cases in the clinic as a student was a...

Diet and Lifestyle in Ayurveda and Chinese Medicine

An article today in the Guardian about a village in Sardinia  with a high incidence of centenarians, despite high levels of obesity and tobacco consumption got me pondering about the role of  Diet and Lifestyle in Ayurveda and Chinese Medicine. The main point being...

Ayurvedic Hibiscus Summer Tea

Ayurvedic Hibiscus Summer Tea drink is meant to be drunk cool or room temperature. Hibiscus, the leading ingredient in Ayurvedic Hibiscus Summer Tea, also known as Sorrel in Caribbean English (unrelated to the leafy green known as Sorrel, or Rumex Acetosa), and...

Grass Fed Meat and Milk in Ayurveda and Chinese Medicine

Grass Fed Meat and Milk in Ayurveda and Chinese Medicine: Grass fed is meat and milk as our ancestors ate it. Our hunter gatherer ancestors obviously did not drink milk, as they did not yet practice animal husbandry. But they were certainly not vegans or vegetarians,...

Qi, Sweating, and Fear

What Is Qi What the Chinese call Qi , and what Ayurveda calls Prana, is the Vital Life Force that moves things, quite literally, and also that creates growth and decay. Qi and Prana are what moves things quite literally on so many levels.  Its only a living body that...

Menopause Natural Treatment: Ayurveda and Chinese Medicine

In Chinese Medicine and Ayurveda Menopause Natural Treatment begins with the premise that menopause, and andropause, like puberty, like the transitions that occurs around ages 2, 5, and 36, are just that, transitions, not diseases. Change is hard on human beings....

Heartburn Medication Linked to Increased Risk for Dementia

Proton Pump Inhibitors Linked to Higher Dementia Risk: What Are The Alternatives? We face a national epidemic of Dementia as baby boomers who have spent years on Heartburn Medication like Prilosec, Protonixx, and Nexium,  hit their 60's and 70's, while at the same...

Winter and Sleep in Chinese Medicine: Kidney Qi

Winter and Sleep in Chinese Medicine: Kidney Qi Winter and Sleep In the Classics of Chinese Medicine Its Winter. Classical Chinese Medicine has this to say about it. "Go to sleep early, but get up LATE, after the sun has risen." Makes total sense because as an animal...

Peanut Allergy and Infants

I happened upon an article in the Guardian newspaper describing  how giving peanut products in small amounts to infants under twelve months who are at risk of developing peanut allergy (those with eczema)  may prevent peanut allergy in future..  As someone who...

Ginger Root In Ayurveda and Chinese Medicine

Ginger Root in Ayurveda and Chinese Medicine There are no panaceas in medicine, but if there were going to be one, it would have to be the humble Ginger root. Ginger is called "Vishabhesaj" in Ayurveda, which Ayurvedic physician Vasant Lad translates as "universal...

Bone Marrow Soup, Part 2: Winter

Bone Marrow Soup, Part 2: Winter In cold weather its natural to crave warm food. And the alchemical transformation of solids into liquids, of vegetables and meats or bones into soup, is a way of liberating the essence of these foodstuff into a substance that is much...

Bone Marrow Soup in Winter: Part 1

Bone broth, or what we call bone marrow soup in Chinese Medicine is just the rage right now, and for good reason. Extracting the essence of solid things, like bones and root vegetables, into liquid, or bone marrow soup, is the fastest way to nourish our own deepest...

Food Coloring and Hyperactivity

Food Coloring, ADD, and Environmental Toxins in Chinese Medicine   As I mentioned in this previous post, Environmental Toxins are considered one of the Miscellaneous Causes of Disease in Chinese Medicine, the other Causes of Disease in Chinese Medicine being...

Nuts as Weight Loss Aid

This news does not surprise me, as in Ayurveda nuts are in the category of Rasayana--foods that promote health and longevity. They benefit the deepest  layers of the body, Ojas, commesurate with what Chinese Medicine calls Jing or Essence. As such you will find nuts...

Autumn in Chinese Medicine

Autumn Fall utumn in Chinese Medicine is the time of falling, hence its secondary name. Spring up, Fall down.  In fact we even use the word autumn to describe a period in the human life span, the autumnal years, a period of beautiful maturity that...

SIGNS OF EFFECTIVE AND INEFFECTIVE DIGESTION

  “Good Digestion, Good Sleep, Good Prognosis.”  --Old Chinese Medical Adage:   The digestive tract is the inner core of the body. Good digestion is one of the foundations of health. Our body’s very cells are built from the food that we eat and the oxygen that...

SIGNS OF EFFECTIVE AND INEFFECTIVE DIGESTION

  “Good Digestion, Good Sleep, Good Prognosis.”  --Old Chinese Medical Adage:   The digestive tract is the inner core of the body. Good digestion is one of the foundations of health. Our body’s very cells are built from the food that we eat and the oxygen that...

The Nature of Vata Dosha and How to Pacify It

The way to prepare dishes that pacify Vata Dosha is to first understand what Vatta embodies. Vata dosha is the manifestation of Air and Space in our human bodies. Air and Space in its pure state is cold and dry. Air only becomes warm due to the effects of fire from...

Healthy Summer Fruit Tart

A Healthy Summer Fruit Tart is a nutrient dense food full of fiber, vitamins, minerals, flavanoids, antioxidants, and protein, with high amounts of life force from fresh ripe, organic ingredients, and without what's bad for you--white sugar, artificial stuff,...

Goji Berries in Chinese Herbal Medicine

I got to thinking about Goji Berries in Chinese Herbal Medicine  recently, when someone wrote in to ask whether Goji berries are best eaten raw or cooked? The following is my response to the following question sent in. Eyton, I received a box of dried fructus lycii,...

Are Goji Berries Best Eaten Raw or Cooked?

The people ask: are Goji berries best eaten raw or cooked? This is my response to the following question sent in. Eyton, I received a box of dried fructus lycii, (goji berries)from a friend and on the back of the box it says ‘this product needs to clean and cook...

Come in from the Cold Ayurveda Winter Tea

Tonight it was quite cold for San Diego and I walked to my friend's house and then we went out again, so when we came back in I made an Ayurveda winter tea.  We put on a small kettle and I placed in the tea pot: Fresh Ginger Slices, 5 Cloves 4 Cassia Twig 1 inch,...

Winter Wisdom: Chinese Medicine

Winter Wisdom of Chinese Medicine The Nei Jing/Yellow Emperor's Classic of Internal Medicine, which presents the cutting edge medical wisdom of its time, is full of brilliant advice for both prevention and cure.  Chapter 2 describe how to adjust our lifestyles to...

Juiced Watermelon with Lime, Ginger, and Salt

Alternative to Iced Drinks in Hot Weather Protect the Agni/ Yang in Summer: Juiced Watermelon with Lime, Ginger, and Salt The other day was quite hot (for SD!), and I swam at the beach after walking down from the top of Torrey Pines, and got home overheated and...

Summer Raw Beet, Sardine, and Pasta Salad

Summer is a time when even cold dry (Vata) types or cold damp (Kapha) types can have little more raw foods. One of the ways to make raw foods more compatible for cold types with weaker digestive energy (Agni/Spleen Qi) is to have it in small amounts with other foods...

Heaven Mountain Goji Berry

Goji Berry Super Food Lots of foods are super foods, in terms of anti-oxidant or anti-biotic value, like cabbage, nettles, and onions. One that has received a lot of well deserved hype are "Goji Berries" or Gou Qi Zi in Chinese Medicine and Culture. Gou Qi Zi are...

Baked Butternut Squash and Black Bean Stew

Cooking Methods in Chinese Food Medicine: From Warm to Hot to Very Hot One of the aspects of Food Medicine we pay attention to in Chinese Medicine is the cooking method itself. Each method of cooking adds relative values of heat to the dish being prepared. Steaming...

Importance of Diet in Chinese Medicine

Over the millenia Chinese physicians developed a very effective and scientific (empirical) model for assessing health and disease. Practitioners assess a person’s health by feeling the quality of the pulses at each wrist, and by observing the color and form of the...

Dandelion and Chicory Greens: Vegan Fast Food

My idea of fast food: real food, made easily. Too many of my vegetarian and vegan friends are what I call "grilled cheese vegetarians." Though they avoid meat, they also seem to avoid green vegetables and eat lots of bread and soy cheese or vegan sausages. I was on a...

Top Ten Foods to Lower Cholesterol

In my San Diego acupuncture and Ayurveda practice I see a lot of patients with high cholesterol whose doctors want to or have put them on Statin drugs. Some of them are even on multiple versions.But statin drugs are not without a frightening array of risks-- pain,...

Eden Foods Bisphenol-A (BPH) -free cans

The only brand I know of that has BPH- free cans is Eden, a company that has been operating out of Ann Arbor, Michigan, since the 60's. Still, I always recommend if you use any canned beans, always wash them really well. You don't know what is in the liquid they are...

Green Tea Health Benefits

Green Tea Health Benefits   Some info from a workshop a few years ago at Halcyon Tea shop in South Park, San Diego on green tea health benefits from the perspective of modern science. In fact Oolong and Pu-erh tea also have enormous health benefits, and even...

Winter Seasonal Eating

Winter Seasonal Eating In Chinese Medicine and Ayurveda winter seasonal eating is common sensical. Just as its natural to eat and drink cooling things in summer, winter is the time we maintain body heat with warming foods and herbs....

Burdock Root Detox Drink

Burdock Root for Detoxification in Chinese Medicine and Ayurveda Burdock Root Detox Drink is a decongesting, heat clearing, detoxifying beverage that clears toxic heat and dampness, called Pitta and Ama in Ayurveda. While cleansing toxins from the body, it also...

Arugala, Purslane, Mizuna Green Salad with Feta and Fava

Boy the Hillcrest, San Diego Farmer's Market has gotten better and better as more and more people are understanding the value of Organic, Locally Grown Produce. In fact, anyone with four square feet of land, or even one or two wine barrels* and some decent sun can...

Fasting in Ayurveda and Chinese Medicine

Fasting in Ayurveda and Chinese Medicine Fasting in Ayurveda Ayurveda believes that light fasting can greatly benefit your health. Light fasting healthfully stimulates the digestive fire of your entire gut, from your salivary glands to your large intestine, including...

Eczema and Psoriasis Herbal Remedy: Skin Cleanser

Skin Cleanser Herbal Formula for Eczema and Psoriasis One of my favorite Chinese Herbal Formulas for the treatment of Eczema and Psoriasis is made by one of my esteemed herbal teachers, Dr. Huang, M.D. Dr. Huang was a professor of Herbal Medicine and Dermatology...

Steamed Nettles with Basmati Rice

For a vegetable that grows on land, nettles sure make a broth that tastes like the sea. In San Diego we have had rain lately, so the Nettles are up and happy and large and green, and already starting to flower, so I have seized the day, and marched into the canyon at...

Healing Eczema with Integrative Natural Medicine

Disease occurs in individual human beings. Your and my unique characteristics of body and mind are the particular terrain from whence our imbalances grow. Disease is always easier to treat if the terrain is healthy, and often impossible to treat successfully if it is...

What Is a Healthy Digestive Tract

What Are the Signs of a Healthy Digestive Tract? A healthy digestive tract is marked by "good appetite, good digestion and good elimination." This will produce a clean tongue coating, a postive feeling after eating, and regular, easy, productive elimination. What is...

Chinese Herbal Medicine for Bladder Infection or Antibiotics?

Chinese Herbal Medicine for Bladder Infection or Antibiotics? Bladder Infections (a.k.a. Cystitis, or Urinary Tract Infection, or UTI,) are common, affecting about 5% of women each year. They rarely lead to Kidney infections, or other problems, and in many cases will...

Teff n’ Quinoa Gluten Free Pancakes Recipe

  Teff n' Quinoa Gluten Free Vegan Pancakes Recipe Autumn and Winter are ideal times for the warming, grounding quality of of pancakes. But why use pre-packaged, over-salted, sugary, low-fiber pancake mixes whose pre-ground grains may or may not be fresh, when...

Immunity Boosting Foods and Recipes for Winter

Although winter is a time of colds and flus, in Ayurveda it is actually considered the best season for improving immunity. One reason is that our digestive fire, Agni, is higher in cold weather, so we are better able to absorb the heavier foods that can nourish us at...

Ayurveda Articles

Smoothies for Pitta Dosha

Smoothies for Pitta Dosha People who are Pitta dosha dominant can certainly have more cooling food, as well as raw food that is cooling such as cucumber lettuce and leafy cruciferous veggies sweet fruits coconut flesh, water, and milk milk, butter, ghee And Pitta...

Is Daily Sweating Important for Health?

Someone asked me the other day, "Why is daily sweating important for health?" My response was, "Is it?" I don’t think there is any scientific evidence that sweating is especially beneficial for health. I have seen claims made, but I have not seen hard core research....

Ayurvedic Kitchari

What is Kitchari? Kitchari is a Sattvic, light, easy-to-digest, cleansing, detoxifying food that is excellent once a week, at the change of seasons, or any time you feel like giving your digestive system a break. It is also just a normal one-pot-dish you can have for...

Ayurvedic Summer Cabbage Salad with Beet and Onion

Ayurvedic Summer Cabbage Salad with Beet and Onion I am a huge fan of cabbage salad. When I was a strict vegetarian it must have been its hearty quality and chewy texture that appealed. Now that I am an omnivore, I value cabbage both for its delicious, slightly sweet...

ProPita Tea by R-U-Ved

ProPita Tea is a delicious blend of cooling herbs and spices that makes a naturally refreshing summer tea, whether drunk hot in the morning or room temperature/cool during the day. I  love to brew a quart of ProPita tea in the hot weather with two bags, brewing it...

Triphala Ayurvedic Herbal Digestive

This is an old article if mine from The Jade Dragon , an online journal of Chinese and Asian culture and medicine.  I have reprinted it here in its entirety.     Triphala: A Powerful Tonic for the Digestive System By Eyton Shalom, M.S., L.Ac. Triphala...

Menopause Natural Treatment: Ayurveda and Chinese Medicine

In Chinese Medicine and Ayurveda Menopause Natural Treatment begins with the premise that menopause, and andropause, like puberty, like the transitions that occurs around ages 2, 5, and 36, are just that, transitions, not diseases. Change is hard on human beings....

Ayurvedic Winter Spice Churna

Ayurvedic Winter Spice Churna are "masalas" (spice mixtures) used to boost immunity by improving digestion and stimulating Agni digestive fire. They are used year round, but can be especially good in Winter and also for Ama/toxin accumulation. They can be tailored to...

Winter and Sleep in Chinese Medicine: Kidney Qi

Winter and Sleep in Chinese Medicine: Kidney Qi Winter and Sleep In the Classics of Chinese Medicine Its Winter. Classical Chinese Medicine has this to say about it. "Go to sleep early, but get up LATE, after the sun has risen." Makes total sense because as an animal...

Smoothies for Vata Dosha

Smoothies for Vata Dosha--Part One A reader had this comment recently about Smoothies for Vata Dosha, after reading this article about Raw Veggies or Salad for a Vatta Dominant Person. Are Smoothies Better than Juicing for Vata Dosha? "I see that the key here is to...

Ginger Root In Ayurveda and Chinese Medicine

Ginger Root in Ayurveda and Chinese Medicine There are no panaceas in medicine, but if there were going to be one, it would have to be the humble Ginger root. Ginger is called "Vishabhesaj" in Ayurveda, which Ayurvedic physician Vasant Lad translates as "universal...

Strategies to Pacify Pitta in Summer Heat

There are many ways to pacify the Pitta which becomes elevated with the oppressive heat of summer. Some are good for you, like cooling teas and juicy cooling fruits, others are unhealthy, like air conditioning, especially turned down low, which attacks the surface of...

Ayurveda: Vegeterianism or Not

Does Ayurveda propose  vegetarianism and a vegeterian diet for all? Many modern Ayuvedic physicians, especially those teaching in Europe and the West, espouse lacto-vegeterianism as the ideal diet for everyone. But is this an accurate reflection of the Ayurvedic texts...

The Effect of Hot Weather on Anger

Here is a link to a post on my old blog about the effects of hot weather on anger and the relationship between the feelings of frustration, anger, irritability,  even rage, and the sensations of heat in the body itself.  There is a link in the other article to an...

R-U-Ved ProVata Tea

R-U-Ved ProVata Tea A simple way to take the edge off of the cold, windy, dryness of the late Autumn early Winter Vata season is with Ayush's R-U-Ved ProVata Tea. I have no stock in this company, and get nothing but good karma for recommending their fine products. You...

Vata in Winter

I would like to talk about one of my favorite teas to pacify Vata in Winter: R-U-Ved ProVata Tea. First, though, lets just talk about the relationship between what happens to Vata in Winter and the qualities of the elements Air and Space, or Wind and Ether (as in...

Anu Thailam Ayurvedic Nasal Oil

nu Thailm is the name of a wonderful Ayurvedic Nasal Oil that is a very effective remedy for allergies, sinusitis, some headaches, and head colds.   Thailam is the word in the South Indian Dravidian languages like Tamil, Malayalam, Kannada, and...

Autumn in Chinese Medicine

Autumn Fall utumn in Chinese Medicine is the time of falling, hence its secondary name. Spring up, Fall down.  In fact we even use the word autumn to describe a period in the human life span, the autumnal years, a period of beautiful maturity that...

Allergies and Sinusitis in Autumn

People suffering from allergies and sinus conditions in the Autumn in San Diego dread the dry heat that wafts in from the desert during the “Santa Ana” conditions. This movement of air from the east brings with it dust, pollen and other un-pleasantries like agrarian...

Your Ayurvedic Dosha and Mindfulness Meditation

Great article in the New York Times called The Morality of Meditation about recent science research into the practice of Mindfulness Meditation. Research done by neuroscientists and psychologists into the effects of  Mindfulness meditation show "mounting scientific...

Healthy Living for Vata in Autumn: Tips/Template

Health Tips for Vatta   The core of health in Ayurveda and Chinese Medicine are Lifestyle and Diet. You cannot cure with a drug or herb what you have created with a lifestyle. You must correct what is wrong and use the herbs. Here is a template for a health lifestyle...

Vata Dosha

Here is a quick guide to Healthy Living for Vata Dosha in Autumn. The foundation of health in Ayurveda and Chinese Medicine are Lifestyle and Diet.  To build a temple you have to make the foundation first. Here is a template for a lifestyle that will keep Vata dosha...

Vata Dosha, Fear, Anxiety, and ADDH

Vata Dosha, Fear,  Anxiety, and ADDH Vata dosha is the dosha whose nervous system responds to stressors with fear. Anxiety is the cascade of physical and mental responses, or symptoms, that occur when our sympathetic nervous system has been activated by the flight...

Summer Raw Beet, Sardine, and Pasta Salad

Summer is a time when even cold dry (Vata) types or cold damp (Kapha) types can have little more raw foods. One of the ways to make raw foods more compatible for cold types with weaker digestive energy (Agni/Spleen Qi) is to have it in small amounts with other foods...

Ayurveda Summer Tea–Ayush Brand ProPita Tea

Ayurvedic Summer Tea One of my favorite Ayurveda Summer Teas is Ayush Brand ProPita Tea. This is a naturally cooling tea that is mildly relaxing. Because it combines energetically cooling herbs and spices like Tulusi, Sandalwood, and Cardamon,  with sweet spices like...

Ayurveda Summer Tea Ayush ProPita Tea

My favorite herbal tea for hot weather is Ayurveda Summer Tea Ayush ProPita Tea. Ayush ProPita tea is a naturally cooling tea that is mildly relaxing. ProPita tea combines cooling herbs and spices like Tulsi,  Sandalwood, and Cardamon,  with sweet soothing spices like...

Safe Neti Pot Use

Below is an article from NPR about a recent death in Louisiana suspected to be from Neti Pot use with tap water. Before anyone gets too freaked out, let's look at the facts.1. There is no proof; it is a suspected case of one.2. The people live in Louisiana, a state...

Common Cold in Ayurveda

Common Cold in Ayurveda Common Cold in Ayurveda is called Pratishyaya and is seen in most cases as an aggravation of the Kapha dosha., being as it most often involves increased amounts of liquid discharge, build up of phlegm, and the sensation of feeling chilled....

What is Ayurveda?

Ayurveda, the Science of Life Ayurveda is the traditional health care system of India, originating in the ancient Vedic civilization of 3,000 B.C.E.  Ayur-Veda meansScience of Life. It is a natural, preventive approach to health care, that emphasizes 1) a diet...

Vegan Turkish Lentil Soup

Vegan Turkish Lentil Soup: The other day I found some very lovely Turkish Yellow lentils at the Middle Eastern food store. Here in San Diego, I get my Middle Eastern groceries at either North Park Produce, in City Heights, or out at Heritage International Market in El...

Lassi Summer Yogurt Drink

Lassi Summer Yogurt Drink is made from blending yogurt, or kefir, with water and spices, or fruit. While many Indians, especially vegetarians, eat yogurt with spiced foods at lunch time,  and drink yogurt mixed with water, during the day, year round,  it is especially...

Winter Papaya Salad with Toasted Black Sesame

Winter Papaya Salad with Toasted Black Sesame Papaya is one of the few fruits (the other being banana) that are recommended with other foods. Papaya is especially good with proteins, due to its high levels of the digestive enzymes papain and chymopapain, which act...

Summer Raw Cabbage Salad a.k.a. Cole Slaw

I am a huge fan of cabbage. When I was a strict vegetarian it must have been its hearty quality and chewy texture that appealed. Now that I am an omnivore, I value cabbage both for its delicious, slightly sweet taste, and its high fiber low calorie ratio. In fact...

Ten Day Ayurvedic Detox Cleanse

Here is a Ten Day Ayurvedic Detox Elimination Diet I first described for use in Spring, when it is desirable to melt some of the Ama (Toxins) and Kapha dosha that build up naturally in winter. But, this is safe enough to also use in Winter, especially after the...

Healing Eczema with Integrative Natural Medicine

Disease occurs in individual human beings. Your and my unique characteristics of body and mind are the particular terrain from whence our imbalances grow. Disease is always easier to treat if the terrain is healthy, and often impossible to treat successfully if it is...

Ayurveda in the Integrative Treatment of Cancer

Ayurveda, like traditional Chinese Medicine, is interested in addressing the root cause of diseases, and not just their symptoms. Relieving symptoms is very important, but medicine is much more profound when used to promote health and longevity, too.According to...

What Is a Healthy Digestive Tract

What Are the Signs of a Healthy Digestive Tract? A healthy digestive tract is marked by "good appetite, good digestion and good elimination." This will produce a clean tongue coating, a postive feeling after eating, and regular, easy, productive elimination. What is...

Vegan Nopalitos (Cactus Leaves) with Tofu, Shitake, and Dill

Many people are very concerned with cleansing and "toxins". Right now Whole Foods has a gigantic post-holiday display across from the dairy aisle with all the ingredients for a radical purgative cleanse. But if people ate a balanced diet, they would not need military...

Cafe la Blanca Simple Vegan Vegetable Soup

On a recent trip to Mexico City I stayed in the historic district across the street from a sweet little restaurant that became my nightly haunt. A relic from the '50's, Cafe La Blanca served a lovely, mild, easy-to-digest vegetable soup that calmed my nerves and...

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Epazote Mexican Herb to Relieve Gas

Epazote Mexican Herb to Relieve Gas is popular as a fresh herb in southern Mexican cuisine. It is most famously used in black beans, and is said to have a "carminative" effect. Carminative herbs and spices are medicines that, in the terms of European herbology prevent...

Smoothies for Pitta Dosha

Smoothies for Pitta Dosha People who are Pitta dosha dominant can certainly have more cooling food, as well as raw food that is cooling such as cucumber lettuce and leafy cruciferous veggies sweet fruits coconut flesh, water, and milk milk, butter, ghee And Pitta...

Smoothies for Vata Dosha in Summer

Smoothies for Vata Dosha in Summer: Eating with the Seasons Smoothies for Vata Dosha in Summer is part two of   https://bodymindwellnesscenter.com/smoothies-for-vata-dosha/ . In Ayurveda we eat with the seasons, so  you can have more raw in Summer when Pitta is...

Ayurvedic Kitchari

What is Kitchari? Kitchari is a Sattvic, light, easy-to-digest, cleansing, detoxifying food that is excellent once a week, at the change of seasons, or any time you feel like giving your digestive system a break. It is also just a normal one-pot-dish you can have for...

Vegan, Gluten-Free Thumbprint Cookies with Jam

Vegan, Gluten-Free Thumbprint Cookies with Jam Low-Sugar, Vegan Thumbprint Cookies are fun to make! Kids love making them and eating them. A great way to get nutrient dense nuts, seeds, and legumes into the diet. I grind my pumpkin seeds and roasted chickpeas in my...

Roasted Chickpea Nut Breakfast Cookies

A favorite snack in South Asia from Afghanistan to Burma is dry roasted Chickpea, known in India by many names from gram, to black gram, to bengal gram, to channa, to dhaliya, to pottu kadalai and many more. This is the same bean known as Hummus in Arabic (whether...

Winter Jing Tonic Cabbage Soup

Winter Jing Tonic Cabbage Soup   Winter  is the ideal time to nourish what Chinese Medicine calls the Kidney energy, associated with the deepest level of body energy, Jing/Essence.   Winter Storage in Chinese Medicine Winter is the season in ancient Chinese...

Ayurvedic Summer Cabbage Salad with Beet and Onion

Ayurvedic Summer Cabbage Salad with Beet and Onion I am a huge fan of cabbage salad. When I was a strict vegetarian it must have been its hearty quality and chewy texture that appealed. Now that I am an omnivore, I value cabbage both for its delicious, slightly sweet...

Pomegranate Coconut Water Pitta Pacifying Summer Drink

Pomegranate Coconut Water Pitta Pacifying Summer Drink is a low sugar herbal fruit beverage that is strongly Pitta pacifying and cooling to the body perfect for replacing electrolytes in Summer hot weather and hard exercise.  Coconut water is a very traditional hot...

Ayurvedic Hibiscus Summer Tea

Ayurvedic Hibiscus Summer Tea drink is meant to be drunk cool or room temperature. Hibiscus, the leading ingredient in Ayurvedic Hibiscus Summer Tea, also known as Sorrel in Caribbean English (unrelated to the leafy green known as Sorrel, or Rumex Acetosa), and...

Jewish Style Sweet and Sour Vegan Cabbage

Jewish Style Sweet and Sour Vegan Cabbage Cabbage is one of nature’s miracle foods. You don’t have to buy exotic foods like Goji berry to have a healthy diet. Goji berries are great, and are used in Chinese medicine as food medicine and in medicinal formulas for...

Indian Style Tri-doshic Okra Masala

Indian Style Tri-doshic Okra Masala Here is one of my favorite Okra recipes: Indian Style Tri-doshic Okra Masala. There are many ways to make Okra. Iraqi's cook it with onion and tomato. My friend Mrs. Mehdi with onion, cumin, and black pepper. My Persian friend adds...

Ayurvedic Winter Spice Churna

Ayurvedic Winter Spice Churna are "masalas" (spice mixtures) used to boost immunity by improving digestion and stimulating Agni digestive fire. They are used year round, but can be especially good in Winter and also for Ama/toxin accumulation. They can be tailored to...

Smoothies for Vata Dosha

Smoothies for Vata Dosha--Part One A reader had this comment recently about Smoothies for Vata Dosha, after reading this article about Raw Veggies or Salad for a Vatta Dominant Person. Are Smoothies Better than Juicing for Vata Dosha? "I see that the key here is to...

Ginger Root In Ayurveda and Chinese Medicine

Ginger Root in Ayurveda and Chinese Medicine There are no panaceas in medicine, but if there were going to be one, it would have to be the humble Ginger root. Ginger is called "Vishabhesaj" in Ayurveda, which Ayurvedic physician Vasant Lad translates as "universal...

R-U-Ved ProVata Tea

R-U-Ved ProVata Tea A simple way to take the edge off of the cold, windy, dryness of the late Autumn early Winter Vata season is with Ayush's R-U-Ved ProVata Tea. I have no stock in this company, and get nothing but good karma for recommending their fine products. You...

Ginger Root Tea Recipe for Winter

Here is a great ginger root tea recipe for cold weather in Winter or Late Autumn. A basic principle in Chinese Medicine and Ayurveda is that life is a warm process. Its a process of warm transformation of cold air and raw food stuffs into warm, 98.5 degree blood and,...

The Nature of Vata Dosha and How to Pacify It

The way to prepare dishes that pacify Vata Dosha is to first understand what Vatta embodies. Vata dosha is the manifestation of Air and Space in our human bodies. Air and Space in its pure state is cold and dry. Air only becomes warm due to the effects of fire from...

Healthy Summer Fruit Tart

A Healthy Summer Fruit Tart is a nutrient dense food full of fiber, vitamins, minerals, flavanoids, antioxidants, and protein, with high amounts of life force from fresh ripe, organic ingredients, and without what's bad for you--white sugar, artificial stuff,...

Daikon Radish: Detoxify and Promote Digestion

Daikon Radish is a great soup or salad vegetable. It is spicy, and acts as a digestive by stimulating digestive fire, just as the small radishes that Mexicanos eat with corn and meat do, but it is more aromatic, especially when boiled, than the small radishes and not...

Come in from the Cold Ayurveda Winter Tea

Tonight it was quite cold for San Diego and I walked to my friend's house and then we went out again, so when we came back in I made an Ayurveda winter tea.  We put on a small kettle and I placed in the tea pot: Fresh Ginger Slices, 5 Cloves 4 Cassia Twig 1 inch,...

Winter Wisdom: Chinese Medicine

Winter Wisdom of Chinese Medicine The Nei Jing/Yellow Emperor's Classic of Internal Medicine, which presents the cutting edge medical wisdom of its time, is full of brilliant advice for both prevention and cure.  Chapter 2 describe how to adjust our lifestyles to...

Juiced Watermelon with Lime, Ginger, and Salt

Alternative to Iced Drinks in Hot Weather Protect the Agni/ Yang in Summer: Juiced Watermelon with Lime, Ginger, and Salt The other day was quite hot (for SD!), and I swam at the beach after walking down from the top of Torrey Pines, and got home overheated and...

Summer Raw Beet, Sardine, and Pasta Salad

Summer is a time when even cold dry (Vata) types or cold damp (Kapha) types can have little more raw foods. One of the ways to make raw foods more compatible for cold types with weaker digestive energy (Agni/Spleen Qi) is to have it in small amounts with other foods...

Ayurveda Summer Tea–Ayush Brand ProPita Tea

Ayurvedic Summer Tea One of my favorite Ayurveda Summer Teas is Ayush Brand ProPita Tea. This is a naturally cooling tea that is mildly relaxing. Because it combines energetically cooling herbs and spices like Tulusi, Sandalwood, and Cardamon,  with sweet spices like...

Ayurveda Summer Tea Ayush ProPita Tea

My favorite herbal tea for hot weather is Ayurveda Summer Tea Ayush ProPita Tea. Ayush ProPita tea is a naturally cooling tea that is mildly relaxing. ProPita tea combines cooling herbs and spices like Tulsi,  Sandalwood, and Cardamon,  with sweet soothing spices like...

Late Winter Arugala for Kapha

Arugula is one of those green leafy vegetable that is so delicious both raw and cooked. It lends a nutty and spicy taste to other milder greens, and serves as a fine foil for feta cheese, walnuts, pumpkin seeds, and dried Turkish apricots (those plump dark...

Baked Butternut Squash and Black Bean Stew

Cooking Methods in Chinese Food Medicine: From Warm to Hot to Very Hot One of the aspects of Food Medicine we pay attention to in Chinese Medicine is the cooking method itself. Each method of cooking adds relative values of heat to the dish being prepared. Steaming...

Dandelion and Chicory Greens: Vegan Fast Food

My idea of fast food: real food, made easily. Too many of my vegetarian and vegan friends are what I call "grilled cheese vegetarians." Though they avoid meat, they also seem to avoid green vegetables and eat lots of bread and soy cheese or vegan sausages. I was on a...

Yoga for Narcissists?

Interesting dialogue on Yoga in the NY Times today. Its kind of harsh to refer to current American yoga that way, but its not entirely untrue; after all its a rather narcissistic...

Kale with Pomegranate Molasses and Cumin

Kale with Pomegranate Molasses and Cumin One of my favorite ways to cook Kale is inspired by the classic Linguine with Broccoli that you find at Southern Italian restaurants. Their method is really simple--olive oil, garlic, lemon, parmesan. I take the olive oil and...

Common Cold in Ayurveda

Common Cold in Ayurveda Common Cold in Ayurveda is called Pratishyaya and is seen in most cases as an aggravation of the Kapha dosha., being as it most often involves increased amounts of liquid discharge, build up of phlegm, and the sensation of feeling chilled....

Baked Butternut Squash and Black Bean Soup

One of the aspects of cooking that Chinese Medicine pays attention to is method. Each method of cooking adds relative values of heat to the dish being prepared.Steaming and boiling are the mildest. Then, in degree of warming-ness comes stir frying, followed by...

Vegan Turkish Lentil Soup

Vegan Turkish Lentil Soup: The other day I found some very lovely Turkish Yellow lentils at the Middle Eastern food store. Here in San Diego, I get my Middle Eastern groceries at either North Park Produce, in City Heights, or out at Heritage International Market in El...

Vegan Kabocha Squash Soup for Autumn

Vegan Afro-Indian Kabocha Squash Soup for AutumnThis is a wonderful pureed vegetable or pureed veggie soup, depending on how you serve it, that is based on an African ground nut (pea nut) and squash soup I tasted way back in 1984 at The Prophet restaurant in...

Lassi Summer Yogurt Drink

Lassi Summer Yogurt Drink is made from blending yogurt, or kefir, with water and spices, or fruit. While many Indians, especially vegetarians, eat yogurt with spiced foods at lunch time,  and drink yogurt mixed with water, during the day, year round,  it is especially...

Indian Lemonade 2

Years ago when I lived in the small village of Kanadukathan, http://www.wikimapia.org/#lat=10.175599&lon=78.7842035&z=16&l=0&m=b in Tamil Nadu, India, I learned from my friend Lakkuman to put Cumin seed in the drinking water. Water is by nature cooling, and there we...

Lime Rose Lemonade for Summer

Lime Rose Lemonade for Summer, made from Lime juice and scented with Rose Water  is a very refreshing Ayurvedic drink that's quick and easy. You can enjoy it during any hot weather, in summer or late summer, and anytime your Pitta dosha feels elevated. Lime Rose...

Rose Scented Limeade for Summer

There are so many lovely beverages to enjoy rather than drinking sodas full of phosphoric acid and high fructose corn syrup, linked in studies to lower bone density and diabetes, respecitively. Here is a very refreshing drink you can enjoy in summer that will cool you...

Nearly Tridoshic Cucumber Avocado Summer Soup

Cucumber Avocado Summer Soup2 cups chopped cucumber, peeled if non-organic1 cup avocado1.5 cups plain yogurt or kefir1-2 tbsp fresh bell pepper 3-4 tbs fresh cilantroSalt and Pepper to tasteAyurveda This is a lovely creamy cooling summer soup that in Ayurvedic terms...

Azuki Beans in your Oatmeal!

Oatmeal with Azuki Bean (Oat and Bean Congee)Beans in Oatmeal? How is it possible?Soft, mild tasting Azuki beans have a long history of use in Japan and South Asia in sweet foods and deserts. In Chinese medicine they are considered grounding and balancing, and...

Winter Seasonal Eating

Winter Seasonal Eating In Chinese Medicine and Ayurveda winter seasonal eating is common sensical. Just as its natural to eat and drink cooling things in summer, winter is the time we maintain body heat with warming foods and herbs....

Staying Health with the Seasons: Winter

Staying Healthy with the Seasons: WinterHototogisu kata Did a cuckoo cry?Niwa no to akerya I open the doorKoyoi no sora nya And look out in the garden-- Tsuki bakai There is only the moon Translation by Kenneth Rexroth, 1958, from 100 Poems from the Japanese.In the...

Halcyon Tea Company

Now that their web site is up and running http://halcyontea.com/teas/index.php, I wanted to again mention Halcyon tea, a lovely little tea shop in San Diego with excellent quality teas of all types: Ooolong, Pu-erh, Green, Black, Scented, and Herbal. (As well as a...

Turnips and Parsnips and Parsnips and Turnips and Pears!

One of my favorite places for home cooking in San Diego's years past was Mr. Zia's Afghan restaurant, on 30th St. in North Park. Mr. Zia became a friend, and even took me to the Afghani mosque during Ramadan. For those of you in San Diego, his son Khaled owns a...

Arame Salad for Autumn

One of my favorite sea vegetables is Arame (Eisenia bicyclis), which grows wild, in the unpolluted waters off the coast of Ise, in Japan. Arame (pronouced Ara-may), besides having a sweet name, has a mild flavor and lovely texture. It can be added to soups and...

Vegan Afro-Indian Kabocha Squash Soup for Autumn

Vegan Afro-Indian Kabocha Squash Soup for AutumnThis is a wonderful pureed vegetable or pureed veggie soup, depending on how you serve it, that is based on an African ground nut (pea nut) and squash soup I tasted way back in 1984 at The Prophet restaurant in...

Autumn Baked Root Squash Stew

Ingredients:* Butternut Squash, 1 small* Parsnip, 1* Sweet Potato, 1* Kidney beans, cooked, 4 ounces* Ground beef or Lamb or cubed Tofu or Tempeh, 8 ounces* Yellow raisins, 2 tablespoons* Turmeric, 1/2 teaspoon* Allspice, 2 tablespoons* Bay leaves, 5* White pepper,...

Rose Water in Summer

Chill Your Mood: Rose Water in Summer.   The Reason for Rose: Pitta Fire in Ayurveda and Liver and Heart Fire in Chinese Medicine Rose water and rose essence has been used for millennia to take the edge off of heat in Summer. Heat in both Ayurveda and Chinese...

Rose Water for Elevated Pitta

An elegantly simple herbal remedy for Pitta excess is Rose. Rose is cooling and relaxing; just think of your feelings when smelling a deep red rose on a late June night under the moon. If you have never had that experience, its not too late to start.Walk into any...

Burdock Root Detox Drink

Burdock Root for Detoxification in Chinese Medicine and Ayurveda Burdock Root Detox Drink is a decongesting, heat clearing, detoxifying beverage that clears toxic heat and dampness, called Pitta and Ama in Ayurveda. While cleansing toxins from the body, it also...

More on Yonah Schimmel’s Knishery on Housten St. in NYC

Best 100-Year-Old Microorganism Lactobacillus delbrueckii subsp. Bulgaricus Yonah Schimmel Knishes Bakery, 137 E. Houston St. (betw. Forsyth & Eldridge Sts.), 212-477-2858 From the Blog Jewniverse "Several years ago, we were privileged to overhear a conversation...

Cold Beet Borscht Soup for Summer

Cold Beet Borscht Soup for SummerLet's call this a soup, even though I grew up drinking it out of a glass, and at Yonah Shimmel's Knishery in New York (est.1910) they were still serving it on tap, for $1.25, along with home made Kefir, in little plastic institutional...

Arugala, Purslane, Mizuna Green Salad with Feta and Fava

Boy the Hillcrest, San Diego Farmer's Market has gotten better and better as more and more people are understanding the value of Organic, Locally Grown Produce. In fact, anyone with four square feet of land, or even one or two wine barrels* and some decent sun can...

Summer Raw Cabbage Salad a.k.a. Cole Slaw

I am a huge fan of cabbage. When I was a strict vegetarian it must have been its hearty quality and chewy texture that appealed. Now that I am an omnivore, I value cabbage both for its delicious, slightly sweet taste, and its high fiber low calorie ratio. In fact...

Raw Beet Salad Morrocan and Provencal Styles

Raw Beet Salad Beets are super high in betacyanin, a phyto-nutrient associated with their deep red color. Unfortunately, according to what I have read, this anti-cancer chemical is destroyed by cooking. Though Ayurveda and Chinese Medicine do not at all advocate for a...

Pu-erh Tea: One of Nature’s Super Foods

I think the term "super food" can be really misleading, as if something as complex as health could just come out of a bottle. In reality, "super food" is a marketing term invented to increase sales. The fact is, promoting health and wellness is a function of an...

Steamed Nettles with Basmati Rice

For a vegetable that grows on land, nettles sure make a broth that tastes like the sea. In San Diego we have had rain lately, so the Nettles are up and happy and large and green, and already starting to flower, so I have seized the day, and marched into the canyon at...

Ten Day Ayurvedic Detox Cleanse

Here is a Ten Day Ayurvedic Detox Elimination Diet I first described for use in Spring, when it is desirable to melt some of the Ama (Toxins) and Kapha dosha that build up naturally in winter. But, this is safe enough to also use in Winter, especially after the...

Warming Baked Root and Squash Stew: Vegan or Not

One of the things we look at in Chinese Dietary Therapy is, what are the effects of particular cooking styles on the "energetic" quality of the food; here energy refers to the warming characteristics of the dish. Whereas steaming and quick boiling are mild, and...

Beet Root and Daikon Winter Rice Pullao

Winter makes me want to cook, and brings out my love of warming spices. Today I wanted rice and vegetables, and all I had in the house was a large red beet-root, and a daikon radish. So I made Beetroot and Radish Pulao, a really simple and delicious dish. Vegetables...

Keeping Naturally Cool in Summer

Are you keeping naturally cool in summer? In Classical Chinese Medicine summer is the season of maximum "yang," a time of extreme heat, light, and activity; in summer our energy circulates centrifugally; it is closer to the surface and our radial pulse wave rises to...

May and June Gloom Vegan Odessa Borscht

Samuel Clemens' remark that the coldest winter he ever spent was summer in San Francisco, could be modified to include May and June in San Diego, when morning and afternoon cloud cover keeps the air cool and moist. The clouds typically burn off by afternoon, but...

Boosting The Immune System: Lung Qi and Yin

The Chinese Medicine view of the immune system combines notions of both nature and nurture. Jing, translated as Essence, is inherited from our parents, depleted by the very fact of living, depleted badly by bad living, added to by meditation, foodstuffs, and herbs....

Stinging Nettles: Soup and Medicine

Stinging Nettles: Soup and Medicine When I was a teenager, I was enthralled by the story of Milarepa, "Tibet's Greatest Yogi," who, after a great career as a murderously vengeful black magician, had a change of heart, and transformed himself, in part by great...

Vegan Mung Dal with Vegetables for Ulcerative Colitis

Here is a dish I gave to one of my patients Mark. M. a few years back who had a very successful outcome. Mark had been following drug therapy for about 6 months with limited improvement. We then followed a course of acupuncture/moxabustion for 9 months and herbal...

Healing Ulcerative Colitis

Ulcerative colitis is a form of inflammatory bowel disease that affects the large intestine. It should not be confused with Irritable Bowel Syndrome. Ulcerative colitis is characterized by the presence of inflammation and ulceration in the intestinal mucosa. The chief...

Baked Roots and Squash Stew: Vegan or Non-Vegan

This is an excellent warming slightly sweet slightly spicy stew that can be made purely vegan, or in a traditional mid-eastern style with ground beef or lamb. Making it with meat is more warming and tonifying, suitable for Vata, but unnecesary for Kapha, or Pitta...

Teff n’ Quinoa Gluten Free Pancakes Recipe

  Teff n' Quinoa Gluten Free Vegan Pancakes Recipe Autumn and Winter are ideal times for the warming, grounding quality of of pancakes. But why use pre-packaged, over-salted, sugary, low-fiber pancake mixes whose pre-ground grains may or may not be fresh, when...

Winter Barley & Bean One Pot Tridoshic Vegan Stew

IngredientsBarley, 3/4 Cup, Cooked till SoftPinto Beans, 1 Cup, CookedOne Head Beet Greens, or 1 small bunch of Kale or SpinachTurnip, 1 Small, SlicedRed Onion, One Medium, SlicedRaisins, 1 tbsp2 tsp crushed Garlic1 tbsp Coriander powder1 tsp Cumin powder1/2 tsp...

Winter Barley & Bean One Pot Tridoshic Vegan Stew

IngredientsBarley, 3/4 Cup, Cooked till SoftPinto Beans, 1 Cup, CookedOne Head Beet Greens, or 1 small bunch of Kale or SpinachTurnip, 1 Small, SlicedRed Onion, One Medium, SlicedRaisins, 1 tbsp2 tsp crushed Garlic1 tbsp Coriander powder1 tsp Cumin powder1/2 tsp...

Vegan Chick Pea Miso Soup or Its Seafoody Cousin

Of the general food remedies for winter, nothing approaches soup. Soup is warming and makes vegetables and protiens delicious and digestible. At the same time pushing hot fluids in winter keeps mucus membranes and bronchial passages hydrated, while loosening phlegm .A...

Vegan Nopalitos (Cactus Leaves) with Tofu, Shitake, and Dill

Many people are very concerned with cleansing and "toxins". Right now Whole Foods has a gigantic post-holiday display across from the dairy aisle with all the ingredients for a radical purgative cleanse. But if people ate a balanced diet, they would not need military...

Winter Cleanse Soup with Burdock, Dandelion, and Kombu

Winter Cleanse Soup with Burdock, Dandelion, and Kombu Most everyone overeats around the holidays, its hard not to; food is one of life's great pleasures; sharing it with people you love is even greater. So, at the end of December, when you have eaten too much, and...

Immunity Boosting Foods and Recipes for Winter

Although winter is a time of colds and flus, in Ayurveda it is actually considered the best season for improving immunity. One reason is that our digestive fire, Agni, is higher in cold weather, so we are better able to absorb the heavier foods that can nourish us at...

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