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5 Best Foods for Colds & Flu in Chinese Medicine

5 Best Foods for Colds & Flu in Chinese MedicineBy Emma Suttie, D.Ac, AP

The changing of the seasons, especially the transition from warm to cold weather makes everyone more susceptible to colds and flu. The good news is that nutritional therapy is one of the pillars of Chinese medicine and contains a huge arsenal of foods for combating colds and flu. There are also a great many foods and herbs that build the immune system which will help you get over your cold or flu, as well as make sure that you get through the rest of cold and flu season with the best health possible. Below are the most effective foods for dealing with colds and flu in Chinese medicine. Remember, Chinese medicine has been around for thousands of years, so these have been used for a long time and they really work. More...  

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Living in Harmony with Winter

Living in Harmony with WinterBy Kumiko Yamamoto DAOM. L.Ac. Dilp.O.M.

After a long and intense summer this year, we are finally welcoming the winter. Winter gives us a wonderful opportunity to embrace quietness and self-reflection and to rebuild our vitality of mind and body before the rebirth of spring. The seasons have a profound effect on our health. By living in harmony with the seasons, we can stay healthy, help our healing process, and cultivate gracefully for a long and happy life. More...


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Ask Dr. MaoQ: I have been treated for diverticulitis. My doctor has put me through several tests and we are waiting for the results. How should I eat and manage my lifestyle?

A: I recommend you wait until all the test results are in and your primary physician makes a specific diagnosis before you begin any additional treatment protocols.

In the meantime, I suggest you go on a soft, liquid diet. Avoid meat and preservative products. Also avoid cold raw foods, including raw salads. Do not eat any oily fried foods and drink plenty of water. Eat foods rich in fiber and complex carbohydrates. A good breakfast would be oatmeal or rice porridge. Soups are also good, but do not eat the canned kind. Instead, prepare a nice mixed vegetable soup with no heavy spices, and blend it before eating. You should avoid all spices in general because they irritate the intestinal lining. Do not eat corn, popcorn, or other small bitty foods that might get captured in the diverticula.


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