Is Fermented Cold Liver Oil (FCLO) a healthier alternative to fish oil supplements?

Everyone and their mother has heard about the benefits of fish oil supplements; omega-3 fatty acids are important to decrease inflammation among other things, and DHA/EPA are essential during pregnancy for brain development in the fetus. But, new studies are showing that isolated polyunsaturated fatty acid/omega-3 rich fish oil, may not be the best form to take this supplement.   Fermented cod-liver oil (FCLO) is whole-food alternative to fish oil supplements. It is a cold-processed oil that is made from the [...]

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Chinese Sports Medicine Continues to Evolve with Acutaping

Chinese medicine for athletics has been in the news a lot recently due to the Olympics. One of the newer ways that TCM has been used to benefit athletes is through the use of acutaping. Acutaping is a new therapeutic tool that establishes a connection between acupuncture and kinesio-taping. The major difference between kinesio-taping and acutaping, is the different approach to the placement of the tapes. In the latter, a more holistic approach to placement is taken, and the [...]

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Chinese Medicine Relationship with the Heart and Summer

In Chinese Medical philosophy, the summer season is associated with the heart organ. In TCM, the heart signifies not only the physical organ that pumps blood and lies within the chest cavity, but also the spirit, or “shen,” which houses the mind. In the spirit of the season, it’s important for all of us to be reminded of how to care for this powerful yet delicate organ. According to the National Institute for Health and the U.S. Department for Health [...]

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Ankle Sprains and Trauma – What Herbs and Acupuncture Can Do

Nothing says summer like beach volleyball… but nothing says ANKLE SPRAIN like competitive sports on an uneven playing surface! Beach volleyball players are notorious for getting ankle injuries, but the good thing is that Traditional Chinese Medicine can easily help with both the acute and chronic stages of pain from the injuries! In the acute stages of any ankle sprain or strain, there is redness, swelling and pain. You might think that the infamous RICE (rest, ice, and elevation) are [...]

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Tips for Increasing Lactation and Breastfeeding with Herbs and Diet

As any mother doing research knows, breastfeeding their children is an important and superior feeding method over formula. Formula continues to have lists of recalls, breastfeeding offers immunity to your child prior to them developing their own, breastfeeding has all natural nutrients for brain and body development, breastfeeding is obviously less expensive, near zero chance of allergic reactions or sensitivity to breastmilk opposed to different formulas. Seems easy enough, only problem is many woman are finding it difficult to [...]

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When Alternative Medicine Works

It’s not something that medical doctors believe in, but then, if alternative medicine did not work, it wouldn’t have the hundreds of thousands of followers it has today. There are various forms of alternative medicine – some are based on herbal remedies, some use massage and relaxation therapy to cure, and yet others try to restore the energy balance of the body. They work because the people who trust in them believe that they will work. However, even if [...]

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Using Herbs to Help Treat Fibroids

Here is our latest question! Gaye asks: Hi I have subserosal fibroids and they cause pelvic pain as well as backache. Is there any herbal remedy to stop the pain and reduce the size of fibroids? I have no kids and planning to have in the future. Well I should start by mentioning that those with fibroids should be under the care of a physician, however it is obviously your choice to treat them however you want and if you elect to not [...]

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Herbs for Health, Vitality & Longevity

Its time to bring in the New Year and what better than to resolute Health, Long Life, and Vitality while steering free of colds and keeping your hair color! I have some herbs along with some preparations to achieve such goals this year! I have some Chinese Herbs and some Western Herbs for you to use, and I will try to give you some tips on some of the easier herbs to aquire (local health food stores). A New Year’s Resolution [...]

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Wayside ‘weeds’ with Wondorous Ways – Part II

Lets get to the next weed with some powerful effects. This is part 2 of this blog post Health, Fist Aid, and Detox Weeds Part I. This is also an extension of the article on weeds found here- 3 Weeds You Should Cultivate. I want to talk about Chickweed today. A nice thing about these herbs I am talking about is they are really weeds. Chickweed even grows quite abundantly here in the desert of Las Vegas, Nevada. In fact [...]

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Western Hysteria Against Herbs Reaches Epidemic Proportions

Thought this a great read: “A mass epidemic of hysteria against common plants use for health purposes has emerged over the past year. Local outbreaks are reported occurring in all parts of the United States. MD’s and former regulatory officials seem hardest hit. The hysteria seems to be fueled by physicians and reporters untrained in the proper use of plant medicines responding to reports of specific isolated problems attributed to herbs, and then jumping to false, excessive and unwarranted conclusions based on limited or erroneous information. [...]

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