Traditional Chinese Medicine Remedies at Home!

Schisandra

Posted by Tara (West Point, Virginia) on 09/14/2013
5 out of 5 stars

Schisandra : In chinese medicine it's called Wuweizi (Five-Flavored Seed). This is because it's bark and flesh are mixtures of sweet, sour and salty flavors and its kernel tastes pungent, bitter and salty hence five flavors in one herb. It is used for asthma and cough, excessive perspiration, night sweats, diarrhea, seminal emission and vaginal bleeding.

I was having a very heavy period and as soon as I had a cup of tea the bleeding was minimal. You can purchase instant schisandra online as a tea to drink. Many women use this tea in China for menopause and PMS.


Tcm Theory

Posted by Richard (Toronto, Canada) on 10/08/2007

I have a diploma in Acupuncture and Chinese medicine and just thought that I would share some Chinese medicine theory with you. According to Chinese medicine, one way to remove bad energy (Chi), also known as anything that ails you--pain, fatigue, insomnia, headaches etc--one way is using cold showers. It forces the blood (a mixture of good and bad energy) to rise to the skin, and the bad energy (toxins) goes out (similar in theory to heat transfer); accelerated breathing due to the cold water pulls "good Chi" in, and a person feels rejuvinatated afterwards. As far as better skin, hair, breathing, etc, in Chinese medicine, the "channel" that contains the lungs also contains the skin and hair. The Lung Channel is the first line of defense against illness, therefore, anything that "tonifies", or strengthens, the Lung Channel also strengthens the immune systems; the strength of which is demonstrated by the condition of the skin and hair. Cold showers, used properly, are a tonic for the entire body.


Tongue Diagnosis

Posted by David (Adealide, Australia) on 03/02/2011

From my research white or yellow or dirty tongue indicates a heavy bacterial issue. Those with this issue usually have it persitently along with bad breath. I have suffered from this all my life. I have just had a deviated septum repair. I was hoping it may relieve my symptoms. But I now have the flu which make the tongue condition worse. Many old remedies dont kill the bacteria. Normal toothpaste also. My conclusion?The sinus's and or nasal cavity in these people are slightly defective. Advances in knowledge may find the problems in the future. I know people who dont practice oral hygiene at all and never have bad breath and always have a nice healthy tongue colour. Im going to try Thera Breath toothpaste and oxyd-8 to complete my research. they show good reviews but I am always sceptical.Cheers


Posted by David (Adealide, Australia) on 03/02/2011

From my research white or yellow or dirty tongue indicates a heavy bacterial issue. Those with this issue usually have it persitently along with bad breath. I have suffered from this all my life. I have just had a deviated septum repair. I was hoping it may relieve my symptoms. But I now have the flu which make the tongue condition worse. Many old remedies dont kill the bacteria. Normal toothpaste also. My conclusion?The sinus's and or nasal cavity in these people are slightly defective. Advances in knowledge may find the problems in the future. I know people who dont practice oral hygiene at all and never have bad breath and always have a nice healthy tongue colour. Im going to try Thera Breath toothpaste and oxyd-8 to complete my research. they show good reviews but I am always sceptical.Cheers


Posted by Jojo (Brookyn, Ny) on 11/30/2010

With the orange peel are you suppose to chew it or drink it as hot tea?


Posted by Diane (Berkeley, Ca) on 11/30/2010

It is dried, and used in soups or teas.


Posted by Jojo (Brookyn, Ny) on 11/30/2010

With the orange peel are you suppose to chew it or drink it as hot tea?


Posted by Diane (Berkeley, Ca) on 11/30/2010

It is dried, and used in soups or teas.


Posted by Laurie (Belleville, Ont, Canada) on 03/22/2010

Hello Kevin, You stated that "Yellow means heat is inside " but didn't say how to treat this. I've only recently come up with a yellowish tongue and would like to get rid of it... any ideas?


Posted by Laurie (Belleville, Ont, Canada) on 03/22/2010

Hello Kevin, You stated that "Yellow means heat is inside " but didn't say how to treat this. I've only recently come up with a yellowish tongue and would like to get rid of it... any ideas?


Posted by Kevin (Vancouver, BC) on 07/22/2009

I am an acupunturist. Usually a white tongue or coating mean cold is inside.

Yellow means heat is inside. I know these terms seem a bit out there but using the idea of yin and yang is or cold and hot is more sophisticated than trying to figure out a single cause when the body is an orchestra or functions.

So for a white toungue one would suggest Hot or warming food. For example ginger or cinnamon or cayenne. I would also suggests other tonic herbs like ginseng but only if there is not thick coating. A thick coating means excess or too much and so to build that would make it worse. You need to decrease the thickness. This is done by taking herbs that help to clear dampness usually bitter ones or astringent like orange peel for example.

There is a whole study of toungue coating and colour out there that is foundational to chinese diagnosis. Your toungue is a great indicator of health.

So to recap white toungue means cold so get warm and the toungue will change. Literally and with warming food. DO not eat ice cream or drink cold drinks with a cold tongue.


Posted by Kevin (Vancouver, BC) on 07/22/2009

I am an acupunturist. Usually a white tongue or coating mean cold is inside.

Yellow means heat is inside. I know these terms seem a bit out there but using the idea of yin and yang is or cold and hot is more sophisticated than trying to figure out a single cause when the body is an orchestra or functions.

So for a white toungue one would suggest Hot or warming food. For example ginger or cinnamon or cayenne. I would also suggests other tonic herbs like ginseng but only if there is not thick coating. A thick coating means excess or too much and so to build that would make it worse. You need to decrease the thickness. This is done by taking herbs that help to clear dampness usually bitter ones or astringent like orange peel for example.

There is a whole study of toungue coating and colour out there that is foundational to chinese diagnosis. Your toungue is a great indicator of health.

So to recap white toungue means cold so get warm and the toungue will change. Literally and with warming food. DO not eat ice cream or drink cold drinks with a cold tongue.