July 20, 2012

Never Give Up

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Never Give up No matter what is going on Never give up Develop the heart Too much energy in your country Is spent on developing the mind instead of the heart Develop the heart

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December 20, 2011

Sulfured versus Unsulfured Herbs

Sulfur Dioxide:

Sulfites are widely used in dried fruits and wine. Dried apples and apricots are typically packaged with 500 to 1,000 ppm (parts per million) of the substance. While both of the above industries are required to disclose sulfur content, the herb industry is not. In fact, herb distributors who consider their herbs completely natural may be unaware of the high amounts of sulfur used to whiten their herbs during processing and then preserve them.

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February 23, 2011

Exam Study Tips – Herbal Medicine Classes

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“My study methods have evolved. I find that the more I study herbs, the way in which I do it evolves. Most days I memorize the list on the ‘Herb List’ (main summary sheet of pinyin names) and I study three herbs that are new to me. Each day I also review quickly the herbs I studied in the days before. I have each herb written on an index card. A few days before the test, I start shuffling those cards and putting them into their categories. After I feel like I know at least a few things about each herb on the list, I start shuffling those cards and, giving myself an hour, I try to say at least three things about each herb that comes up in the shuffle.

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January 29, 2011

A Comparision: Chinese Ginseng, Codonopsis, American Ginseng & Siberian Ginseng

There are many types of Ginseng, and they all have fairly different properties. The two most famous types of Ginseng are American and Chinese.  First off, American Ginseng (Xi Yang Shen) and Chinese Ginseng (Ren Shen) are sort of opposites in the Ginseng world even though they are in the same plant genus (Panax), because the American version is cooling and the one from China is warming. This makes a huge difference. Another close relative is Siberian Ginseng (Ci Wu Jia), which is mildly related to Chinese and American Ginseng because they are in the same plant family, but they do not share the same genus.

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May 7, 2010

Unlock the Mysteries of the Asian Grocery Store

There are many exotic fruits, vegetables, spices and herbs with tremendous healing benefits that are available at Asian grocery stores and many health food shops.  By getting to know them, you can increase the ways that you take care of your health.

Asian Spices & Herbs:

  • Fennel ‘Xiao Hui Xiang’
  • Anise ‘Da Hui Xiang’
  • Ginger ‘Sheng Jiang’
  • Turmeric ‘Jiang Huang’
  • Lemongrass
  • Galanga root
  • Cinnamon 'Rou Gui' or 'Gui Zhi'
  • Cardamon ‘Bai Dou Kou’
  • Albizzia Flower ‘Happy Flower’ or ‘He Huan Hua’
  • Barley tea ‘Gu Ya’
  • Rose flowers ‘Mei Gui Hua’
  • Rose Hips 'Jin Ying Zi'
  • Goji berries ‘Gou Qi Zi’
  • Dried yam ‘Shan Yao’
  • Jujube dates ‘Da Zao’ or 'Hong Zao'
  • Reishi mushroom ‘Ling Zhi’
  • Licorice ‘Gan Cao'
  • Seaweeds ‘Hai Zao’
  • Lily bulb ‘Bai He’
  • Pearl powder ‘Zhen Zhu Mu’
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March 13, 2010

Beautiful Skin – Cosmetic Ingredients to Avoid

In the Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act, the United States government defined cosmetics as products for cleaning, beautifying, promoting attractiveness or altering appearance.  They were not defined by their ingredients, but rather what they were designed to do. Unlike drugs, cosmetics are largely unregulated. They are not required to be tested by the FDA or by any other governmental entity before they are released on the market.  In other words, they are tested on consumers when we buy the product.  The following is a brief discussion of five common harmful cosmetic ingredients.

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