Five Seasons a Year for Better Health

The ancient Romans were among the first to carve up the year into quarters (four seasons), which has been widely adopted by Western countries*. But not every culture in the world divides a year into four seasons like that in modern Western countries. Different cultures have different ways of separating a year into seasons. A year may be divided into five seasons or more. Continue reading “Five Seasons a Year for Better Health”

10 Ways to Care for Your Menopause

Menopause is the time in women’s lives when menstrual periods stop permanently and they are no longer able to bear children. Menopause occurs 12 months after the last menstrual period and typically between 49 and 52 years of age. Menopause occurring before 45 years old usually indicates there is a health issue(s), diagnosable or un-diagnosable by Western medicine. Normal periods may reoccur after health problems are cured before the age of 48. Continue reading “10 Ways to Care for Your Menopause”

7 Ways to Care for Your Kidneys

  1. Eat foods that nourish the Kidneys. for almost everybody, both men and women, Chinese yams are the best food for the Kidneys. They nourish the Kidneys, as well as help with lower back pain. Another food good for the Kidneys is chestnut. If you have Kidney problems, do not have raw, cold, very spicy, oily foods or drinks, such as cucumbers, watermelons, persimmons, ice water, spicy chili, and deep-fried foods.
  2. Massage the Yong Quan acupressure point on the soles of your feet. It lies on the Kidney meridian and directly affects circulation to the kidneys. It is especially helpful to massage this point after soaking your feet in warm water for 15 to 30 minutes if you don’t have heart disease, diabetes, or any other serious illness. Soaking your feet in warm water helps both the Kidneys and the body with circulation.
  3. Protect the body from cold, especially in winter. In Traditional Chinese Medicine, cold moves to your Kidneys once inside your body. Keep your lower back, where Kidneys are located, and your feet, warm. In winter, eat more warming foods, such as cooked radishes, walnuts, sweet potatoes, black beans, lamb, and chicken.
  4. Kegel exercise. This is an exercise you can do almost anytime and anyplace. Relax the whole body and breathe naturally. Contract your anus as you inhale and relax your anus as you exhale. Repeat 30 times or so. This exercise may also prevent or heal involuntary urination.
  5. Lower back exercise. Move your lower back and waist often to stimulate circulation to the Kidneys.
  6. Swallow saliva. Stay calm and breathe naturally. Your tongue touches inside of your bottom teeth. Move the tip of your tongue left and right to generate more saliva. Once your mouth is filled with saliva, slowly swallow it a tiny bit at a time. Imagine the saliva slowly moving down the torso to the Kidneys and the lower abdomen. Saliva is treated as a precious body fluid that nourishes the Kidneys and whole body in Taoist doctrines.
  7. Avoid physical and mental stress, such as a high-pressure job or heavy physical exertion.

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10 Habits that Damage the Heart

The heart is an organ that pumps blood for the movement of blood throughout the body via the circulatory system, supplying oxygen and nutrients to the tissues and removing carbon dioxide and other wastes.

In Traditional Chinese Medicine, the heart system also includes the brain and the heart meridian besides the organ heart.

The heart is so important to the body that we die when the heart fails to pump blood. Taking special care of the heart is vitally important to our life. But many people are unknowingly damaging their hearts, making the heart disease the number one killer of our precious life. Continue reading “10 Habits that Damage the Heart”

10 Mistakes Keeping You from Living a Long, Healthy Life

  1. Waiting until your golden years to start taking care of yourself.

Many people let themselves become overwhelmed by daily activities and never learn how to properly take care of their body. Taking good care of the body should begin when we are infants, or better yet before our mothers even get pregnant. When a couple is well prepared and their bodies are well nourished before and during pregnancy, their newborn infant will be healthy and strong. The earlier we start taking care of our bodies, the less our bodies become ill, the less life energy our bodies waste fighting illnesses, and the longer our bodies live. Continue reading “10 Mistakes Keeping You from Living a Long, Healthy Life”