Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Pumpkins and Herbs for Sexual Health

Bright orange pumpkins really brighten up our world, don’t they? 

But pumpkins are not only visually pleasing, they also appeal to our sensual centers.

Studies have found that certain smells can arouse one’s sexual desire. As it turns out, the smell of pumpkin pie is among them, along with black licorice and vanilla. To spice up your love life, I’m going to address some of your questions about low libido, and share with you a few tricks and treats to rekindle the flame of passion.

In Traditional Chinese Medicinesexual health is the function of the yang – fire energy – of the kidney-adrenal system. Yang energy may wane due to unhealthy dietary or lifestyle factors, or become blocked by negative emotions. When this happens, there is a deficiency of the fire that sustains healthy sexual energy.

For women, love – the emotional connection from the heart – is often the first thing that’s needed to reignite the sexual fire. Reconnect with your own emotions, have open and honest communications with your partner, schedule time for fun, play and intimacy, and find ways to make yourself feel sexy and desirable. Take care of your body, wear clothes that make you feel attractive – and make some pumpkin pies!
As for the majority of men, physical fitness and relaxation is often what’s needed to increase sexual function and bolster confidence in the bedroom.

Try the following Kidney Qigong to increase your sexual desire and to experience relaxation.

Generally speaking, pungent, spicy foods – garlic, onions, chives, cinnamon, ginger, peppers, coriander, and cardamom – can activate arousal centers and increase blood flow to the lower body.

Also, the amino acid arginine (also known as L-arginine) can help maintain immune and hormone functions to ensure a healthy sexual appetite and performance. Arginine-rich foods include red meat, fish, poultry, wheat germ, grains, nuts and seeds, and dairy products. 

Additionally shellfish such as oysters, clams, mussels, shrimp and scallops contain a rich supply of zinc, which is also essential for manufacturing hormones and enhancing sexual libido.

Within the arsenal of Chinese herbal libido tonics, tribulus terrestris, also known as Puncture Vine, stands out as one of the most popular for improving sexual function. Traditionally used in Chinese herbal formulas for liver, kidney, and cardiovascular conditions, tribulus has been found in animal studies to enhance testosterone release and increase endurance and strength.

Another of my favorite sex and longevity tonics is Morinda Root. It’s traditionally prescribed for a wide range of issues, from low libido in women to impotence in men, as well as high blood pressure, weak digestion, respiratory problems, and immune dysfunction conditions. The herb also has been found to increase energy and boost stamina and endurance. You can find these two herbs in health food stores, online, or from acupuncturists.

I hope you find these tips helpful.

And now that you know pumpkin pie can help spice up your sex life, it’s time to make one for your beloved. 

May you and your family live long, live strong and live happy!

– Written by Dr. Mao

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

5 Min Meditation to wash away anxiety, sadness and pain

While the act of meditation is fairly simple — close eyes and focus on your breath — it can be helpful to use guided imagery.

Try the following 5-Minute Quick Forces of Nature Meditation to quiet your mind so that you can begin to see more clearly the best direction forward for your life.

You can do this meditation anywhere, so long as you’re able to put the “back in five minutes” sign on your head. I often meditate in bed at the start of the day, while sitting in my parked car before heading into the office, or in the evening as I relax on the couch or enjoy a hot bath. The only consideration is to choose a location and a point during the day where you can sit still and undisturbed for five minutes … and then begin.
Close eyes and focus on your breath.

Take a few slow, deep breaths in through your nose and out through your mouth. Mentally set the intention to release all negative noise and mind-inspired banter with each exhalation of your breath. With each breath in, welcome calm, cool thoughts.
Imagine that you’re lying down in the middle of a vast, beautiful field on a bright, sunny day.
The field extends for miles all around you and for as far as you can see are wild flowers and blades of bright green grass. Feel the ground underneath you and allow gravity to pull the weight of your body deep down into the earth.
As you continue to breathe, visualize a stream of liquid white light, as bright at the sun, pouring down from the clouds above and in through the top of your head.
Let it wash away any racing thoughts or negative noise you may have swirling around. With each slow and steady breath, allow the liquid light to fill every corner of your mind until you feel still, quiet and calm.
Imagine now, a gentle breeze blows across your body and moves the stream of light down through your throat and into your heart.

Visualize a pool of white light filling up your heart. Feel it wash away any feelings of anxiety, anger, sadness, pain or fear. As these feelings are washed gently away, your heart begins to glow and grow with brilliant white light. As you continue to breathe, the light that’s pooled in your heart moves down into your belly, releasing any tension you hold there. It then travels down into your pelvis, breaking up and dissolving all negativity or pain you may be carrying between your hips.
On your next breath, the flow of white light drops down into the base of your spine, sending sparks in every direction. 

Finally, the light extends down through your legs and runs out through the soles of your feet. Imagine that it carries with it any and all negative thoughts or feelings that have gotten stuck within your body. As you continue to breathe, the light slowly drains out of your body and sinks into the earth.
Imagine now that you stand up in the middle of the field. Notice as you slowly begin to walk forward that you feel lighter, brighter, more joyful and free, and that you’re actually radiating white light. A halo of light extends several feet out and in every direction around you.

As you move through the rest of your day, know that as you continue to radiate pure light, you will positively influence everyone you come into contact with, and also, you’ll be protected from any dark feelings or thoughts that try to return.

Written by Rebecca Rosen from mindbodygreen

Friday, October 18, 2013

Should you should skip Bananas?

The ancient ayurvedic texts say that bananas are clogging because they carry “madhu rasa” and “guru guna” – in other words, a sweet taste and heavy aftereffect. But what does this mean? Another way to understand this would be through other fruits, such as the orange or the apple. These fruits also have “madhu rasa” or sweet taste, but in addition they are also characterized by an “amla rasa” or sour taste. 

In Ayurveda, the sour taste is known to support digestion and metabolism more because it carries more “agni” or digestive properties in it. The sweet taste is said to be made up of the water and earth elements, while the sour taste is known to be made up of water and fire elements. So the sweet taste is considered to be heavy, but the sour taste has some inherent fire to it that supports metabolism.

That’s why fruits that carry a little sour taste are not clogging. Clogging? It means they don’t make toxins or “ama” – the first kind of toxins result from semi-digested food, heavy food that the body cannot break down properly and gets to sit in your body without being processed. This is one reason why people tend to eat a banana for lunch, it helps them feel full because it is heavy and sits in the stomach giving a feeling of satiation, while all it is doing is not getting digested! 

Long term consumption of bananas will results in severe imbalances. The micro and macro channels will carry semi-digested residues not only of banana but of overall food, because the regular consumption of bananas will dampen metabolism overall and affect the proper digestion and absorption of all food items. This is the “rasa” or taste based answer to your question.
There is a property called “prabhava” in Ayurveda that concerns the post-digestive effect of any food item, long after it has been completely physically digested and assimilated. The ayurvedic texts explain that the “prabhava” of banana is also channel clogging. You may have food items that are clogging on an initial physical level, but not ultimately, this is an exceptional make-up and very healthy for all body types. For example, the pomegranate fruit is initially clogging due to its sweet and cold initial properties, but as it goes deeper into the stages of metabolism and digestion, it has actually a channel opening “prabhava” which makes it a unique medicinal fruit.

Some findings show that bananas are good to consume because modern nutrition evaluates all food materials based solely on nutritional facts. They determine the physical nutritional benefits in terms of fat, sugar, minerals, and other properties, and they are not able determine whether that material is good for one and not another. The Ayurvedic way of understanding encompasses nutritional facts but also goes beyond, because every individual’s condition is different, digestive and metabolic fire levels are different, and particularly, an individual may have a chronic condition where toxic residues or “ama” may be particularly unwelcome.
 Ama or toxic build-up from semi-digested food is considered to be the seed of all diseases, and the last thing one would want to do is to consume anything that can even remotely clog the macro- or micro- circulatory channels. Channel health and care is primary, because channels are detox pathways but they also nurture and nourish us by delivering life-supporting materials. So under no circumstances does one want to delay detox, or delay the delivery of the nutritional substances to are targeted to reach specific organs and organ systems.
Ironically, small bananas somehow have less channel-blocking after- effect. They also tend to be more aromatic. Aromatic principles are always channel opening. So if you must have bananas, favor the really small ones, but by all means, avoid the large ones if you want to maintain healthy and clear channel pathways.


Friday, October 11, 2013

Natural anti-inflammatory drink

Next time you want relief of aches, pains and stiffness, consider trying a natural anti-inflammatory drink using turmeric. 

Yogi Bhajan served it to us after 12+ hours of yogaand it truly worked like magic.

Anti-Inflammatory Golden Milk (1 serving; suggest at least doubling it to enjoy the benefits of a few cups)

  • 1/8 tsp Turmeric (you can use raw turmeric root)

Boil water and turmeric in small saucepan over medium-high heat for 8 minutes (the turmeric must be fully cooked.)  

Meanwhile, bring milk and almond oil (if using) to boil point in a separate saucepan and remove from heat.

Combine the two mixtures and add honey to taste when the drink cools down. Never heat up honey.

Please also try PURE BLISS DETOX plus 'poor man's chelation therapy.