The second episode of Jill Blakeway’s new podcast GCH (Grow.Cook.Heal.) is now available, along with program notes and recipes on her website! Jill reflects on why it can feel good to hold on to resentment, but even better to learn how to forgive and also chats with three guests. Read
by Sasha Lipton
About two years ago, seemingly overnight, something within my body changed. I went from having skin that was consistently smooth and clear to being excited anytime there were only a handful of blemishes on my face. New pimples were appearing on what seemed to be a daily basis, but they were concentrated solely around my mouth; mainly on the sides of my chin and around my lips. After visiting countless doctors in an attempt to understand what was happening with my skin, it seemed that they were all suggesting the same remedy: birth control or oral antibiotics. Read
Taoism is one of the many ancient philosophies of Asia – it’s sometimes called a religion, but really it’s more of a philosophy – and one thread of Taoist thought for 2,000 years has concentrated on the idea that the happiest and best way to live is in harmony with the natural flow of energy in the universe. Read
It looks a bit like a water lily and is the national flower of India.
It’s a symbol of purity in both the Buddhist and Hindu traditions.
It’s prized for it’s healing properties throughout Asia.
It’s the lotus plant! Read
If there’s one Asian herb that everyone has heard of, it’s ginseng – Panax ginseng to give it it’s full name. It’s often thought of as a stimulant, although Ginseng is actually more sophisticated than that. In traditional Chinese herbology, we use it to strengthen digestion, improve lung function, reduce anxiety, and increase energy. Read
Whether you’re feeling under the weather or the grey days are making you gloomy, we have some tips to winter-proof your body, mellow your mood and soothe aches and sniffles.
Moving from the freezing cold outside into overheated conditions inside can play havoc with your skin leaving it dry and flaky. Using a good quality moisturizer is important. We like this all natural one by Evan Healy , which is available in our office. However it’s also important to moisturize from the inside out and for that we suggest you pick foods rich in magnesium, essential fatty acids, vitamin C and beta-carotene, which will make you less prone to dryness. Beans, broccoli, salmon and other fatty fish, oranges and carrots all contain ingredients that will help hydrate your skin.
Colds and Flu
I find Chinese medicine to be particularly good at preventing colds or speeding up the time it takes to recover from one. Last week I was due to record an interview, about acupuncture, with Katie Couric for ABC News, when I came down with a cold and a sinus infection. My face was swollen and puffy, my voice was hoarse and I felt achy and tired. This was not how I wanted to face the TV cameras, so I prescribed myself some herbs and the YinOva team gave me lots of acupuncture and I managed to shed my symptoms within 48 hours. Check out this article on our blog, which tells you how to stop a cold in its tracks.
Do you have weather-predicting joints? Lots of people, particularly those with arthritis, complain that their joint pain gets worse when it’s cold and damp. Modern research suggests that the reason for this is that the fluid around the joints gets thicker when it’s cold leading to stiffness and pain. Chinese medicine has recognized this for hundreds of years and there are great herbal formulas to treat the kind of joint pain that reacts badly to winter weather. Moxibustion combined with acupuncture is a great treatment for this. Here is a video of YinOva acupuncturist, Anne Brunn, demonstrating how moxibustion works.