Category Archives: Wellness

Chinese herbs for wellness, chronic diseases and prevention.

Binge Drinking | Kidney Liver Imbalances TCM

A Web Site Visitor Asks:

My husband has, in the past (and up until a month-and-a-half ago), been a binge drinker and occasional-to-frequent user of marijuana.  At one point, I was concerned that he may have been addicted to both.  He has, thankfully, sworn off both as of a month-and-a-half ago and seems to be sticking to his resolution very well this time.  Although he had a recent medical work-up done and the doctors found nothing wrong with either his liver or kidney, I am convinced he has done some harm to both.  His symptoms are: occasional diarrhea, bad breath, gets angry easily, pain in the ribs whenever he gets angry or stressed, lack of sexual desire.  I am wondering whether I should get him the Free & Easy Wanderer formula or should I start him off on Peaceful Warrior for 2 months and then switch to Free & Easy Wanderer?

Thanks and please let me know if you require additional information.

I think your deductions are dead on, and you did not have to waste all of those years in Oriental medical school! The Peaceful Warrior will last about 6 weeks, and then you could make the switch. I would suggest that you consider utilizing Sustained Essence and Yin Valley formulas to address the Kidney Deficiency, as he does have a lot of heat indications. The 3 can be used together at one time.

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Ma Huang: quite literally a miracle?

A website visitor asks:

Do you have a product with pinyin: ma huang? The ingredient helped with my energy level, my appetite and my sex drive and was quite literally a miracle. Then I think it was taken off the market. Now I am reading it is back with specific parts of the plant removed. Is it still effective? It seems if the FDA is requiring the active compound to be removed it will no longer be useful. I am confused and looking for a solution.

In traditional Chinese medicine, ma huang was not used an energy stimulant, it was used for lung and breathing problems. The misuse of the herb as an energy stimulant is what led to it being removed. You would do better to utilize Qi tonics such as our Sea of Qi formula and benefit your health rather than utilizing ephedra this way. It is said that using stimulants is like stealing vitality from your future health; ask anyone with adrenal fatigue. By utilizing a Qi Tonic, you are actually helping to build your energy and support the organ systems that help you maintain healthy energy levels.

Oh! I like that reasoning! That makes perfect sense! Thank you!! I will go find the appropriate Qi  tonic and be grateful to hang onto the healthy energy I have!
Thank you so much. grins

Is Hawthorn Leaf or Berry Better to Use?

A Visitor to the website asks:

Hello, I was thinking about incorporating
Hawthorn into my diet, I was hoping if I could ask you some general questions.

 1. I am thinking of using a tea or powder, which one would be the most effective way to avail the benefits of the hawthorn berry? ( I don’t want to use a tincture)
2. Also, which is better the leaves and the flower or the berry?
 Thanks again

Hi,
They are both considered gentle Heart tonics, but the berry tends to be used more with digestive issues, and the leaf and flower more as a cardio-tonic; I use both in our Blood Mansion formula. You will need more than a tea bag to experience the tonic effects, but a tea would be best of the leaf and flower. The berry powder can be incorporated in to foods easily.

Kindly,
Catherine

Herbal Cure for Diabetes

Website visitor asks:

I am looking for a cure for diabetes; are there herbs that will reverse the condition? Thank you.

Hi,

I do not know from what you are saying if you are type 1 or type 2 diabetic, or how long you have been diagnosed with diabetes. I practiced at a hormonal clinic where they tested patients, and we were able to reverse pre-diabetic insulin resistance levels and bring them back to normal alternating Temple of Health and Restore the Middle Way formulas each 6 weeks on a regular basis for 6-8 months.

For diabetics who are insulin dependent, the two formulas have helped to maintain balanced sugar levels for my patients, but not reverse the condition. It would be unethical of me to suggest a “cure” for diabetes, but there are certainly herbs that can address blood sugar imbalances and help you move towards wellness.

Kindly,

Catherine Browne, LAc, MH, DiplAc

Chinese Herbs for Hair loss and Hypothyroidism

Website Visitor Inquires:

I have a serious hair loss problem since the last 10 years. I had been hypo thyroid since last 13 years. I have very scanty hair especially in the front and cover it up with concelers.I had tried tropical solutions and vitamins, but did not see much improvement. Want your recommendation on Chinese herbs/medication that would help me to
regrow hair and stop hair loss.

Hi,

I have had a lot of positive feedback from customers and patients over the years in regards to the benefits of Return to Spring formula and hair loss. It is important to first understand how they work, and that you have realistic expectations of tonic herbs.
http://www.agelessherbs.com/chineseherbsfor/hypothyroidismhyperthyroidism.html

First, hair loss and premature graying is generally attributed to Kidney Deficiency in Chinese medicine, but there are countless other possibilities for your hair loss. Hypothyroidism is also often attributed to Kidney Deficiency, so there is a good chance that this is the reason for your hair loss.
http://www.agelessherbs.com/hairlossremedy.html

Instead of viewing Chinese herbs as some type of potion that will magically re-grow your hair, realize that you are restoring Kidney (TCM)  health, and therefore your hair will grow normally. Restoring Kidney health in Chinese medicine takes time and you will not likely see improvement in one or two months. A lot of people start seeing some improvement in 3 months, but it will take many more months to benefit from the full potential of the herbs.

Kindly,
Catherine Browne, L.Ac, MH, DiplAc

Kidney Failure Dialysis and Chinese Herbs

Website visitor asks:

My mother has chronic kidney disease and the doctor wants to do dialysis. They also said she has to much phosphorus in her body which limits her food choices. What vitamins/herbs would be good for her to take and to strengthen her kidney function.

Hi,

I am so sorry to hear about your mother. I have had the opportunity to assist quite a number of patients in clinic who were in kidney failure or approaching kidney failure, and they responded very well to acupuncture.

Supplements are another thing all together in this situation, as you never want to overstress the kidneys when they are failing; the time for herb tonics would be years before this stage when symptoms of imbalance begin to appear. I wish that I could pull some miracle out of my hat for you, but this has gone beyond a self treatment situation. You may be able to find a local licensed acupuncturist who also prescribes herbs who can work together with your mothers prescribing physician to work out a smart plan for her.

Kind Regards,
Catherine