Herbal medicine is a major component of traditional Oriental medicine, a comprehensive health care system used for over 3,000 years in China and throughout the world today that includes acupuncture, herbal medicine, and spiritual exercises. It is the oldest, professional, continually practiced, literate medicine in the world. It is estimated that there are between 30-40,000 books on Chinese medicine written before the turn of the century. Since then, thousands more books and articles in professional journals have been written and published.
Chinese medicine views the body as a dynamic, interrelated whole possessing a vital energy or life force called Qi (pronounced chee) Health depends on the free flow of this energy and the interplay of the body, mind and spirit. When disease occurs, specific herbs are chosen to rebalance the energy and allow the body to heal itself.
"You must drink 8 bottles of water per day to stay healthy." No Thank You, I’ll drink my tea.
Everyone is on this water kick. I need to drink 8 bottles of water per day. "That’s 48 bottles of water per week", as Lewis Black stated in his HBO special, "you need to bring a burro to the store with you just to carry all of those bottles. The health benefits of drinking that much water have never be clearly defined. However, the health benefits of tea have.
There are natural compounds in tea leaves called polyphenols. Polyphenols are natural plant antioxidants. Antioxidants have been shown to prevent damage caused by free radicals to DNA and other molecules.
Drew on Detoxification:
In 1978 while I was still in high school my mother developed breast cancer. I had no idea what detoxification was or how it worked. The nutritional program that she decided to use to help her overcome her condition was the Gerson Program. The main strategy of this program is detoxification which treats existing conditions and can prevent disease. Now in my 14th year of private practice detoxification as a healing strategy is the most important part of my practice.
How does detoxification work and why is it so important?
Inflammation is a Secret or Silent Killer. As we know from the research over the past several years, there is a surprising link between Inflammation and heart disease, cancer, alzheimer’s and many other diseases.
This was the cover of Time Magazine back in February 2004. The article explains the link between chronic illness and inflammation as follows:
Most of the time inflammation is a life saving procedure that allows the body to fight off infection from bacteria, virus and parasites. (Yes even in the industrial world we are constantly being bombarded by pathogens). The instant any of these potentially deadly microbes slip into the body, inflammation marshals a defense attack that lays waste to both the invader and any tissue it may have infected. Then just as quickly, the process subsides and healing begins. Every once in a while, the whole feverish process doesn’t shut down on cue. In any event, the inflammation becomes chronic rather that transitory.
A few years ago I was interviewed along with Warren Levin and Leo Galland for a book on Asthma, titled, Breathe Again Naturally and Reclaim Your Life. The author, Mimi Weisberg, presents many different points of view on the causes and treatment of Asthma according to Oriental Medicine and Nutritional Biochemistry.
My interview for the book focused on the theories and treatment of Asthma according to Oriental Medicine. The theory I discuss in the book dates back to the Hun dynasty (220AD). It is a classical text, the Shang Hun Lun (Treatise on Cold Induced Disorders), written by one the Great Masters and Physicians of Oriental Medicine, Chang Chong Ching.