Monthly Archives: April 2011

Jasmine tea attack

Jasmine tea is usually sold in tea bags.  If one has normal blood pressure and a low blood sugar level, do not drink jasmine tea on a regular basis.  If one boils just two jasmine tea bags in a regular … Continue reading

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Miracle cures of ancient China

Anecdotes of miracle cures abound in ancient Chinese popular literature.  Some are now explainable by modern medical science while others remain medical mysteries. During the Warring States period (403-221 B.C.), a famous doctor named Bian Que used a stone needle … Continue reading

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Rolling pin, baseball bat and golf ball

In my previous essays I mentioned using a rolling pin or a baseball bat to ease muscle tension in the upper legs.   Roll the pin or the bat up and down the outer thigh to ease leg stiffness.  To alleviate … Continue reading

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A Chinese herbal formula used by the Viet Cong

During the 30 years of war in Vietnam, the Viet Cong spent a lot of time living in jungles and forests without being stricken by malaria and rheumatism.  The Viet Cong fighters took traditional Chinese herbal decoctions to ward off … Continue reading

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Some multiple formulas for single maladies

In Chinese medicine, there may be several formulas to remedy a single malady.  For example, there are three formulas for acute bacterial diarrhea, and two formulas for acute enteritis.  A decoction of Scutellaria baicalensis, Radix paeoniae rubrae, and Glycyrrhiza uralensis is used … Continue reading

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Foods that clash and antidotes

There is a sub-branch of Chinese medicine that studies the effects of food combinations and foods that have antidotal effects.  The Chinese almanac often contains a chart showing foods that “clash,” the effects of such a “clash”, and the antidotes.  … Continue reading

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A Shaolin formula for muscle and bone

Here is a Shaolin formula to strengthen tendons and to continue bone healing.  It consists of 19 ingredients ground together to make into pills.  The ingredients are Angelica chinensis, Ligusticum chuanxiong, Paeonia lactiflora (peeled), Rhemannia glutinosa (roasted), Eucommia ulmoides, Acanthopanax … Continue reading

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