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Androgenetic Alopecia

Androgenetic Alopecia: Exploring causes and psychological effects of pattern-baldness with a Western and Chinese Medicine approach.

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Ginger Foot Soak Instruction

Ginger foot soak, a simple, great home care remedy for aches, pains, and colds (the kind with runny nose and aches). This lifesaver was taught to us by Dr Lillian Chang LAc, our teacher and founder of WMI.

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What you need:

A pot of boiling water (about 6 quarts)

Knife

Two handfuls of fresh ginger

Half a handful of turmeric if you have pain

A plastic container you can fit your feet in

Two hand towels you don’t mind getting discolored

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Instructions:

Chop ginger into small slices. I even grate some as well. Add to boiling water and simmer 5-10 minutes. If you have pain add the turmeric. Ginger moves the blood and turmeric gets rid of pain. Turmeric will color your skin and towels orange.

Pour the ginger water into plastic tub and add some water to even out tempe...

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Four Pillars of Health

Four pillars of health

In Chinese Medicine there are four pillars of health. A good practitioner will start from top and work down, guiding the body to heal itself. Chinese Medicine is all natural, using your body’s immune system to help heal itself. There are no side effects or complications from complicated drug interactions. It may take longer, but the benefits are well-worth it!

Freedom

1. Perspective/spirituality/emotions

When the spirit is calm and the heart taken care of, health will persevere.

2. Food and nutrition

What we put in our bodies is incredibly important. What our bodies need and do not need affects the function of organs, blood, qi, and essence.

Books I recommend: The Tao of Food by &  “Healing with Whole Foods” by Paul Pitchford.

healing with whole food One suggested diet change: ...

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Wart Care

WARTS:

Warts are a common contagious skin condition, a benign skin tumor, caused by the human papilloma virus (HPV). The virus can cause warts anywhere on the body and the most common are known as: common warts, flat warts, contagious warts, plantar warts and, venereal warts. In classic Chinese literature they are known as “one thousand day sores” (qian ri you).

Diagnosis:

Liver blood dryness, (wind or toxic pathogen attacks) or Kidney essence/Qi deficiency, with Phlegm and Blood deficiency.

Etiology:

  • Worry and depression injures Liver. Liver deficiency and blood dryness fail to nourish tendons. Wind evil enters in skin and muscle and give rise to warts.
  • Local trauma allows virus to invade the body when the immune system is deficient...
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Mother Roasting: Post-Partum Mother’s Box

Mother Roasting:

In most of America we do not have a culture that helps women through the process of women-hood. Menstruation is taboo, and most images we see of birthing involve screaming, crying, and panic. The wonderful process of birth is not treated with the respect, support, or the compassion that is needed. I have created a wonderful warming product and some informational material that I hope will help create a holistic culture to support women and the community, to give insight, confidence, and pleasure to the wonderful miracle of life.

What is Mother Roasting? A worldwide practice of warming moms immediately after giving birth and in the weeks that follow. It is very important to seal the gateways, which have been opened by birth, and to keep wind and cold from entering.

In cultu...

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