Orange is the pumpkin
Yellow is the corn.
Brown is the turkey
with stuffy galore.
Red are the cranberries,
Green are the peas.
Five delicious colors to please,
With family and friends
is the best Thanksgiving,
-You may feel guilty for overeating, but if your meal is balanced with different colors and five flavors,
you can be sure you’re at least getting the nutrients you need. The pigments and flavors are rich in antioxidants and flavonoids necessary for your body.
To read more about adding colorful nutrition to your meals read here.
Have you been wondering about whether or not you should take Turmeric because it was recommended by your doctor, or you have seen it advertised?
What is Turmeric?
Turmeric is an Indian spice and can be used as an herbal supplement. It contains Curcumin, the primary chemical constituent that gives it its anti-inflammatory properties along with its yellow color. It widely used as one of the spices in curry powder. It has become very popular, and is widely recommended as a dietary aid for inflammation and pain. Some people have questions about it, and they wonder whether or not they should be taking it. It may help if I break down its uses, and clarify when it wouldn’t be appropriate for someone to take it.
In Chinese Medicine this herb is called Jiang Huang (Turmeric Rhizome) or Yu Jin (Curcuma root). Jiang Huang has flavors that are spicy, bitter, and has an energetic warming affect on the body. Yu Jin on the other hand is spicy, bitter, but cold.
What is it used for?
This herb helps blood circulation, and breaks up coagulation that may be the cause of pain related to traumatic injury, arthritis, angina, and it helps speed healing. It moves Qi-energy of the liver, which means that it protects the liver from toxins, has antioxidant qualities, lowers cholesterol, reduces menstrual pain, and decongests the liver. The bitter and warming qualities improves joint swelling, shrinks uterine tumors, dissolves gallstones, and improves ligament flexibility.
The cold qualities of Yu Jin clears heat from the body, and it has anti-bacterial, anti-fungal actions.
How to take it?
Dosage as a single herb is 1/4 to 1/2 tsp. daily. It is best when taken along with cinnamon bark (Rou Gui) or cinnamon twig (Gui Zhi) for dysmenorrhea, or joint pain such as in the shoulders. It is usually added as an adjunct herb to enhance effects for relieving menstrual pain in an herbal formula such as Bupleurum and Dang Gui (Xiao Yao Wan) for instance.
Is it good for everyone?
This herb is not for you if you have blood deficiency without stagnant Qi-energy or blood stasis.
This means you don’t experience localized pain of a deep, sharp and piercing nature, and inflammation that is worse at night, that is swollen, or you don’t have palpable solid, immobile masses, dark complexion, purple lips, fragile dry hair and skin, a purple tongue with purple spots.
If you feel weak, exhausted, have a pale complexion, experience light thin menstrual blood flow during your periods, dizziness, pale tongue or pale conjunctiva this herb is not for you.
Use caution if you are taking an anti-coagulant, anti-platelet medication.
I hope this helps?
Turmeric Latte Recipe
1 1/2 C water, almond milk, coconut milk, or rice milk
1 Tbsp. almond butter
1 tsp. organic honey
3/4 tsp. ground turmeric
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp. ground ginger
1 tsp. vanilla extract
pinch of sea salt
pinch of ground black pepper
1 drop turmeric essential oil
Mix all ingredients until smooth. Warm in a small pot. Pour into a mug, sprinkle with cinnamon and Enjoy!
*How Herbs are Prescribed in Chinese Medicine
*Let me start by saying that using herbs and spices in your cooking for flavoring is not necessarily the same thing as taking them as an herbal supplement. Although, there may be some dietary value, there is not necessarily a therapeutic value that comes with potency and dosage. The spices and herbs found in your spice isle of the supermarket are going to be of a different quality, grade, and concentration than that found in an herbal tea or supplement. Chinese Herbalists use high quality pharmaceutical grade herbs with high potency and bio-availability along with correct species identification. The dosage matters as well. In addition, herbs aren’t typically given singly, they are compounded together in a balanced formula that may include anywhere from two to ten or more herbs. This way each herb works in a synergistic manner, and counteracts any negative affects. This is much safer than taking only one ingredient long term. As an example, you will find quite often that fresh ginger (Sheng Jiang), honey-fried licorice (Zhi Gan Cao), and red dates (Da Zao) are added to formulas to protect your stomach, and to harmonize all of the ingredients together. Chinese Angelica Root (Dang Gui) is often combined with Ligusticum (Chuan Xiong), and White Peony (Bai Shao) to nourish blood, regulate the movement of blood, and sooth PMS symptoms and pain without causing too much thinning of blood, hemorrhage, or blood stasis and coagulation. The flavors of bitter, sweet, spicy, salty, or sour as well as the energetic temperature of hot, warm, cooling, cold, have beneficial qualities on the body. The herb’s flavors and temperature are taken into consideration when choosing an appropriate herbal remedy per one’s constitution. Curcumin (Yu Jin) is spicy, bitter and cooling on the body. Thus, it may not be for everyone. You would need to consult with an expert herbalist that can evaluate your constitutional pattern of disharmony and recommend an appropriate herbal formula.
Traditional Chinese Medicine or TCM is all about balance. In this ancient system, the key to health is to move through the world in such a way that our bodies can remain in homeostasis, in balance. This idea connects to sleep patterns, what we eat and ultimately the flow of Qi, or energy, throughout the body. For that reason, healthy eating in summertime, according to TCM, is all about using cooling foods to balance out how hot it is outside. In other words, we can find homeostasis from the inside out. continue reading
The Qi (Chi) Life holds the key to abundant health!
Dr. Michele Arnold-Pirtle’s new book
“It is my personal mission to spread the potential health benefits of nature’s plant medicines. Food, Herbs, spices, and essential oils can be used to cultivate a wellness lifestyle to enjoy a healthier, happier life-longer!
This is a small book with a lot of impact! If you want an easy to follow guide with simple natural ways to stay healthy, then this book is for you!
This book includes
- Commonly used Acupressure points
- Chinese Medicine healthy food rules
- Harmonize the liver and gall bladder naturally
- Congee, an Asian rice porridge for detoxification or illness
- Natural blood thinners and pain relievers
- Information about using Cannabinoid (CBD) oil.
Learn about Chinese Herbal Teas for improved blood flow, and analgesia
The following is an excerpt:
We use herbs that are concentrated granules of raw herbal ingredients boiled in an aqueous solution. They are free from preservatives, additives, and colors. They are certified pharmaceutical grade using GMP (Good Manufacturing Practices). The powder is mixed with warm water and drunk as a medicinal tea.
They also come in other forms of administration such as honey pills, capsules, tablets, or alcohol or glycerin extracted tinctures.
Where to buy
Herbal Formulas can be prescribed and purchased from your local Acupuncturist.
Xue Fu Zhu Yu Tang (Drive out Stasis in the Mansion of Blood Decoction).
TCM Diagnosis: Blood stagnation, especially of the upper body, head and chest.
Action: Nourishes and moves blood, a natural analgesic alternative.
Indications: Pain Acute, Severe, after Trauma, aggravated by wrong movement, fixed localized pain, occasional stabbing pain aggravated by certain postures or movement, and pain is worse at night, a natural alternative to aspirin.
Bio-medical or common disease names: acute endometritis, retained placenta, pelvic inflammatory disease, endometriosis, cirrhosis of the liver, intestinal obstruction, coronary artery disease, angina pectoris, rheumatic valvular heart disease, hypertension, post-concussion syndrome, migraine, menopausal syndrome, urticaria, psychosis.
Ingredients: Dang Gui (Chinese Angelica), Chuan Xiong (Szechuan Lovage Root), Sheng Di Huang (Prepared Rehmannia), Chi Shao (Red Peony), Tao Ren (Peach Pit), Hong Hua (Safflower), Chuan Niu Xi (Cyathula Root), Jie Geng (Platycodon, Balloon Flower Root), Zhi Ke (Bitter Orange Peel), Chai Hu (Bupleurum, Thorowax Root), Gan Cao (Licorice Root). Plus add turmeric-curcumin (Yu Jin), cinnamon bark (Rou Gui), Bai Shao (White Peony), and Gan Cao (Licorice).
How to Take: Take Before meals. In severe cases can increases dosage 50-100%, then reduced as treatment takes effect.
Contraindicated in pregnancy, excessive menstrual bleeding, bleeding diathesis, or hemorrhagic disorder. For women, stop taking during your period unless otherwise directed. Caution in patients taking anti-coagulants.
*Women being treated for menstrual problems may notice heavier, more painful periods, expulsion of clots, for one or two cycles as the stagnation is moved, and they are encouraged to continue formula for several cycles.
Dr. Michele Arnold is a doctor of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine (D.A.C.M.). She has been in private practice for over 18 years. She brings together both experience, and research for you to find out what to eat to stay healthy, how to use essential oils, herbs, and acupressure according to the balanced principles of Chinese Medicine.
Disclaimer: The products and information mentioned here have not been evaluated by the FDA. The products and methods recommended are not intended to treat, diagnose, cure, or prevent illness or disease. It is not a substitute for medical advice.
Traditional Chinese medicine says aligning your diet with the seasons is one of the best ways to stay healthy. Mother Nature provides exactly what we need to be healthy. Paying attention to the fruits, vegetables and herbs that grow during different seasons in the region where you live is a great way to incorporate the philosophies of traditional Chinese medicine into your own life and access greater healing. continue reading