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A 5-Point Prescription for Midsummer Health

A 5-Point Prescription for Midsummer HealthBy Albert Vaca, L.Ac.

As we reach the midpoint of summer, hereís a quick reminder that healthy habits are within our reach.

Water: It does a body good

The body is made up of 60% water. Proper hydration of cells in your body means higher nerve conductivity in your cells, better circulation, and improved release of toxins from your tissues. Proper hydration helps to suppress appetite, aiding weight loss. It nourishes your skin, especially important when youíre spending all day in the sun. More...  

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Meridian Lines: Pathways to Prevention

Meridian LinesBy Jaseng Center for Alternative Medicine

The meridian lines in the body are the main pathways through which chi, or life force energy, moves and flows. In fact, all of nature, including humanity, is dependent upon this vital force.

When chi is flowing smoothly, all of life's processes operate rhythmically and harmoniously. Therefore, in Oriental medicine, sustaining this pure chi energy is more important than anything else in order to keep the body strong and healthy. Our body has three major systems: the circulatory, nervous and meridian systems. More...


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The Effect of Liu Wei Di Huang decoction on PI3K/Akt Signaling Pathway in Liver of Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus (T2DM)Rats with Insulin Resistance

A Chinese Herbal Decoction, Reformulated from Kai-Xin-San, Relieves the Depression-Like Symptoms in Stressed Rats and Induces Neurogenesis in Cultured Neurons

Forsythiae Fructus Inhibits B16 Melanoma Growth Involving MAPKs/Nrf2/HO-1 Mediated Anti-Oxidation and Anti-Inflammation

Ask Dr. MaoQ: Iíve been suffering from insomnia for more than 10 years now. Itís catching up with me now and has affected my family life in a lot of ways, especially with my children. I want to do more things and activities with them and it has shortened my temper and patience because I am tired all the time and sometimes I get depressed from lack of sleep.

A: Insomnia, especially of such a prolonged duration has wide ranging effects on the body. Your observations about your temper, energy level, and depression are correct; these are symptoms of shifting hormones and energy patterns in the body as it is continually deprived of rest.

In Traditional Chinese Medicine, nighttime is Yin Time and it is during this time that the body regenerates and the energy patterns recycle. For proper sleep to occur the mind needs to be restful, the spleen heart and liver play a key role in adequate and restful sleep. When excessive anxiety, worry and overwork effect the spleens inability to generate blood this affects the heart blood and the mind is restless and cannot fall asleep. Anger and irritability affect the liver and cause liver fire disturbing the mind and thus causing insomnia. More...

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