dietary advice

Tomato and basil soup | A summer recipe

2 tbsp cup olive oil
1 onion chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 rib celery, finely chopped
1 carrot, finely chopped
800 kg of very ripe tomatoes, roughly chopped
1/3 cup water
1 cup packed fresh basil leaves, rinsed and patted dry
Salt and freshly ground black or white pepper

In a medium saucepan, heat 1tbsp olive oil over medium heat.
Add the chopped onions, 2/3 of the minced garlic, the chopped celery and chopped carrot and saute until tender, 5 to 7 minutes, stirring […]

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Foods to help with qi and blood stagnation

What is qi and blood stagnation
Qi and blood stagnation can occur anywhere in the body. We are going to concentrate on the liver because that is the most common organ affected. The liver is very sensitive to emotions. Even mild arguments can upset it. Over time all the the everyday upsets and stresses build up and become deep rooted within the body. The liver becomes less able to cope and bounce back. It becomes “stagnated”. […]

Damp in Chinese medicine

What is damp?

Too much damp in the body is one of the most common pathologies seen in the modern Chinese medicine clinic. Pathogenic damp manifests itself in a plethora of ways. They can range from gastrointestinal complaints and oedema to aching bones and chronic cough plus many in between.

Normal physiological fluids of the body include tears, sweat, normal nasal mucous, intestinal fluids as well as the fluids that […]

Chicken and quineoa soup recipe


A bowl of chicken and quinoa soup
This is one of mine and my husbands favourite soups. It is so adaptable. You can add or subtract any kind of vegetable you want in it (I usually just throw in what ever is in the fridge). You can add more stock to make it more of a broth or less stock to make […]

Acupuncture and Chinese medicine in the treatment of Alopecia (Hair Loss)

Alopecia is the unexpected experience of hair loss leaving the skin bald. There is generally no antecedent of associated inflammation or symptoms. It is a chronic condition which may occur at any age. Sometimes the condition may spontaneous resolve. Often there are relapses. It can be of great concern to patients for cosmetic and psychological reasons.

Common forms of alopecia

The three most common forms of alopecia are:

Hair growth cycles

To understand alopecia we must familiarise ourselves with […]

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Chinese medicine dietary advice – Foods to nourish our kidneys

Sun Si Miao, a famous physician from the Tang dynasty maintained that “Doctors should first understand the cause of disease, then treat it with diet. Medicine should only be used if diet fails”. Our everyday diet can go a long way in preventing and aiding in-balances within the body.

Possible signs & symptoms of kidney yin deficiency

It is commonly known that to maintain our vitality we must supplement and boost our kidney yang. This […]

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Chinese medicine dietary advice – Autumn foods

Autumn traditionally is the season of harvest. Our bodies begin to harvest and gather energy for the colder months and moving it down. Yang which is dominant in summer starts giving way to yin which is dominant in winter. Autumn is the season for clearing any excess heat from the body, and then start warming it from the inside in preparation for the colder months. This may sound contradictory, but summer heat saps strength, whereas […]

By |March 12th, 2010|Categories: Food, Health preservation|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Chinese medicine dietary advice: foods to eat in Summer

Summer is full of heat. The environment is hot, and the body is hot. Signs of excessive heat can include a red face, red tongue with maybe a yellow coat, heat exhaustion, fever, skin eruptions, nose bleeds, constipation, excessive dreaming, and restlessness.

Foods to be aware of during Summer
Red meat and chicken can increase internal heat so avoid over consumption in Summer. Zucchini, citrus fruits, soy products, kelp, white or green vegetables are good for clearing […]

By |November 21st, 2009|Categories: Food, Health preservation|Tags: , , , , , , , , |0 Comments