TCM method to fight fever from flu 实践中医退烧

In the past week, all my kids got sick because of the flu that is floating around my eldest son’s school. All had fever, but different other symptoms. I gave plenty of fluid to them when they had fever including water, rice or millet conge. This is always a good practice.

My eldest son was the first one to catch the flu. He had a mild fever and abdominal pain, then the fever was gone. One week later the fever was back with 101.5F. He was tested flu positive, and had to stay out of the school for two days. For him, I tuina his back with my index and middle fingers with the spine in between from the neck all way to the butt. This is one direction massage from top to bottom along the Bladder Channels for 45 minutes to one hour. Then let him sleep. The fever went away.

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Think twice before any surgery on your body

Our body is the single most important wealth everyone owns. Treat it nicely and responsibly. Every single part of our part is there for some reason and benefits ourselves in one way or another. Think twice before removing it by surgery. The most common examples are tonsil and gallbladder, which more and more studies realize their function and contributions to keep a healthy body. Tonsil is the first protection in fighting cold or some respiratory diseases. Without it, the bacteria/viruses/xie qi will go directly to respiratory organs, and often cause more severe symptoms. The gallbladder is even more important to our body. It stores and excretes bile, which helps our body to break down the fat in the food. In acupuncture, gallbladder channel is one of the major 12 channels in our body. Without it, the negative effects are apparent. For example, people who removed it will never be able to enjoy bacon.

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the scientific 7-minute workout 七分钟健身操

Recently I read an article in New York Times: the scientific 7-minute workout. It includes jumping jacks, wall sit, push-up, abdominal crunch, step-up onto chair, squat, triceps dip on chair, plank, high knees running in place, lunge, push-up and rotation, side plank. Do each for 30 seconds with 5 seconds in between. If you are using a smartphone, there is the scientific 7-minute workout app, which shows the exercise in order with time-counting for you. The order of the exercises is important. It seems simple enough but scientifically proved effectiveness. If you think it’s easy to do, try it and you will find out. The most important thing is the persistence to do the exercise every day to have a positive effect in your health.

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Milk: overconsumed “healthy food”

For decades, milk has been promoted as an essential daily food for good bone health, and the USDA’s dietary guidelines suggest 3 cups a day for an adult. I was shocked to see people drink it like drinking water when I first came to the states. Is that too much? More and more scientific studies suggest yes to this question. Milk may have some benefits for certain people but its effects are certainly exaggerated for other purpose than bone health. Little evidence shows the linkage between milk consumption and reduced risk of fractures, which is the main argument of  USDA’s recommendation. In contrast, more and more researches indicate the opposite effect to one’s health, e.g. too much milk consumption associated higher risk of certain cancers (fatal prostate, ovarian cancers etc.), a higher risk of fracture esp. in women, and even an even increased risk of death in some study.

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Kidney channel of foot shaoyin 足少阴肾经

Here is about kidney channel I learned last weekend. There are total 27 points in each kidney channel. The primary functions of the Kidney are storing essence, dominating water, the two lower yin (the anus and urethra), bones, bone marrow, brain, and hair. It opens into the ears, and controls the emotion of fear, and is represented by black color. The Kidney and the Bladder are a fair of Zang and Fu, and interiorly-exteriorly coupled with each other.

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about this site

This site is mainly used to share healthy daily life tips. I love Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), and believe that there is an alternative way to help our body overcome diseases in most cases, especially chronic diseases, other than taking western medicines, which often have bad side-effects on our body. I also use this website to promote healthy life habit so that we reduce our risk to get sick and to record my learning path of TCM.

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Eggs: more beneficial nutrients than cholesterol fears

Eggs were once discouraged by American Heart Association (AHA) because of their cholesterol-rich yolk since 1970s. Since then, egg, the popular nutritional food in Chinese diet, was considered off the limits by many people, and on the black-list of healthy food.  Fortunately, clinical studies do not support this claim. In contrast, research results show that dietary cholesterol from eggs, shrimp and other animal foods only modestly affects blood cholesterol. A recent study even found that consuming an egg a day is not bad for heart for most people. Now eggs have off the condemning-list of the AHA. The beneficial nutrients in egg yolks such as protein, riboflavin, folate, vitamin D and B12 may counter the effects of cholesterol.

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