Newsletter > August 2005
Points Newsletter - August 2005
Benefits of Tea
By Heather Schiffke
use of tea began between four and six thousand years ago.
Today, tea is the most commonly consumed beverage in
the world (after water) and with good reason. In addition to being a
delicious, low-calorie beverage, research has shown that tea has
numerous health benefits.
What is tea? We tend to call many beverages “tea”.
Technically, tea is the dried and processed leaves of Camellia sinensis,
a tree indigenous to Asia. There is also herbal tea - which is not
really ‘tea’ at all, but rather an herbal infusion or tisane made from
various herbs. Herbal teas may be consumed simply as beverages or for
their medicinal properties. Herbal decoctions, as are dispensed from Tao
of Wellness, differ from herbal infusions in that they are cooked for a
longer period of time and are formulated and consumed specifically for
their medicinal, rather than culinary, properties.
Taoist Concept of Food
summer during my childhood, I had a very bad
toothache that began around noontime. By 2:00
p.m., my toothache was so severe that I was
begging for an acupuncture treatment. My mother
told me that I had too much 'fire' and proceeded
to go to our garden to get some herbs. I watched
her wash and blend the herbs into a thick juice.
The taste was miserably bitter. She proceeded to
say that the bitter taste is good for quenching
the fire and that I must drink the whole cup.
Reluctantly, I drank the whole cup and managed
to fall asleep right afterwards. When I woke up
two hours later, not only was my toothache
completely gone, I felt a sense of coolness and
well-being throughout my whole body.
Jin Shin Do
By Brian Puterman
words Jin Shin Do can be interpreted as “the way
of the compassionate spirit”. The concept
central to this practice is that at the core of
our being there exists a whole consciousness, a
type of unity, an innocence and innate goodness.
This form of bodywork is based on the belief
that all disease, sickness and symptoms are a
reflection of the imbalance in an individual’s
energy system or Qi. Jin Shin Do can be applied
to the physical and emotional body as well as
the spirit. This healing art is designed to
replenish and harmonize the vital Qi energy of
the body. Iona Teenguarden developed Jin Shin Do
in 1972 by blending Traditional Chinese
Medicine, Western psychotherapy and Taoist
Philosophy. Jin Shin Do combines the “five
elements theory” with the use of the eight
Herbs for Improving Cognitive Function
Medicine May Offer Relief for Skin
Indicates Acupuncture May Be Effective
ASK THE DOCTOR
Q: Is it safe to have an acupuncture treatment
while I am breastfeeding?
There is nothing that contraindicates acupuncture when breastfeeding. At the
Tao of Wellness Clinic, we work with women trying to get pregnant,
throughout pregnancy, and while breastfeeding. There are certain points that
are cautioned or contraindicated during pregnancy, but these are strongly
noted and any licensed acupuncturist will be aware of them.