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Weight loss with Chinese Medicine – lose weight and keep it off for good!

Weight loss with Chinese Medicine – lose weight and keep it off for good!

How to lose weight and fight obesity with Chinese Medicine

Weight loss with Chinese medicine wisdom means you can finally reach your feel-good weight and maintain it. The added benefits are that you’ll not just reach your desired weight, but you’ll also feel more energised and self-confident.

How many times have you tried a diet but failed for different reasons? Maybe you lost some weight but then put it back on again? Are you ready to quit trying yet another diet? Maybe you belong to the group of people who have tried a bunch of different diets and could write a book about the experience.

The restrictions and varied advice from internet “experts” include everything from: cutting out carbohydrates, drinking 3 litres of water per day, to eating low-fat products. The short term results are often accompanied by feelings of frustration and disappointment.

How Chinese medicine views overweight and obesity

Being overweight is often linked to incorrect eating habits from the perspective of TCM. An excess of strong cooling foods such as large amounts of raw foods, dairy products, tropical fruits, fruit juices and sweets, weakens our spleen which belongs to the earth element in TCM. The spleen is responsible for transporting and transforming the food we eat to nourish our system and to keep our “digestive fire” burning. The stronger it is, the better our metabolism.

If our spleen is weak, the transformation process can no longer be completed as the body fails to transform the dampness in the body and therefore stores it as additional body weight. Consequently, it promotes the formation of dampness and phlegm. As a result, we feel tired, listless and we’ll suffer from indigestion and heaviness. If this condition persists, water retention, cellulite, swollen face and hands in the morning and obesity can result. We also speak here of a weak spleen-Qi in Chinese Medicine.

Another reason why losing weight does not work can also be stagnation in the body. In this case, it’s the liver that is usually affected as it tends to stagnate under stress, time pressure, recurrent anger, lack of exercise and regular intake of alcohol and deep-fried and grilled foods.

Fortunately, there is a range of foods that strengthen our spleen, and help to move and drain dampness-phlegm and eliminate stagnation. In addition to that we can achieve a lot by avoiding unfavourable habits.

9 Top Tips for Weight loss with Chinese Medicine wisdom

1. Don’t skip any dishes
Eating regularly, and ideally at similar times, is important to keep your blood sugar level balanced. This will prevent any cravings for sweets and other unhealthy foods and keep your “digestive fire” burning. It will also produce Qi to keep your metabolism burning calories and fat. 

Therefore, never skip meals to save calories as it is counterproductive. Often I hear people telling me that they are not hungry in the morning. That ́s a result of a weak spleen-Qi. After eating small quantities in the morning for several weeks, the sense of hunger will come back.

2. Excessive drinking without thirst
In TCM it differs for each single person how much water intake is healthy. From the point of view of TCM, the spleen has the ability to absorb excess liquids, which we consume through our food. However, if the spleen is weakened then too much water will not be excreted via the kidneys but stored in the tissues. People suffering from a weak spleen-Qi should not drink more than 1.5-2 litres per day. If you are not feeling thirsty, you should drink less.

3. Drinks for eliminating dampness and strengthening the spleen
Barley water is a wonderful drink to eliminate dampness from the body. Every day about half a litre of it can help the body excrete the existing damp-phlegm and to dissolve stagnation.
As an ideal thirst quencher and to strengthen the digestive strength, I recommend hot, boiled water. This can be drunk in the long term and helps to dissipate the moisture and thus detoxify the body.

4. Avoid dietary products
Light products, reduced-fat foods and diet products often contain flavour enhancers and artificial sweeteners that increase appetite, are difficult to digest and strain digestion. They are often found hidden on the ingredients list under E numbers, maltodextrin, oligofructose and sodium nitrite.

5. Avoid bread
Bread is difficult to digest and produces dampness. As a result it won’t be completely digested and stores the remains as dampness in the body. Many people experience gas, bloating and soft bowels after consuming it. The more moisture the bread has, the worse the impact.

6. Avoid foods that produce dampness
As explained in the beginning, Chinese medicine considers that accumulated dampness is a factor that causes weight gain. Dampness within the body is produced when we are eating too much, too greasy and the wrong foods and when we are under stress. As a result we can become overweight, and so therefore, we must eliminate this dampness.

Foods and ingredients to avoid include: White sugar and sweets, ice-cream, noodles and bread, overconsumption of raw foods esp. salads, tomatoes and cucumbers.

Furthermore, avoid fruits like: Pineapple, kiwi, rhubarb, lemon, banana, kaki, mango, papaya, watermelon and honey melon lead to dampness.

Drinks that weaken the spleen: Cold drinks, soft drinks, fruit juices, algues and soy products.

The same applies for cow milk products like: yogurt, cheese and others.

Instead you should consume more vegetables, nuts, seeds, and fish which are abundant in calcium.

7. Start your day with a cooked breakfast
Do you love your yogurt bowl with fresh fruits in the morning? Do you often catch colds and feel tired despite having a healthy breakfast? Maybe this “cold” combo in the morning is completely wrong for your organism.

The most active time period of the stomach and spleen is between 7 and 11 am, according to the Chinese organ clock. Therefore, the most important meal of the day is breakfast. The ideal breakfast is a warm cooked meal that will fuel your digestive fire, and provide a good basis for the metabolism throughout the day.

Finally, If you belong to the group of people who skip breakfast, you may expect a weakening in your spleen.

8. No snacking in between
Many diets recommend five or more meals a day. Studies show that this leads to weight gain. In order to burn fat optimally, three meals a day are better with 4-5 hours between them. In addition to that, the blood sugar level is much better balanced (does not apply to diabetics). Eat more wholesome foods because they simply fill you up longer.

Be patient and you will get there

Instead of going on a crash diet, a diet change is better. You will be supplied with all nutrients and the metabolism of the body will not be slowed down, as it is the case with radical diets. Weight loss with Chinese Medicine will not only help you achieve your desired weight, but will also help you maintain it and avoid the yo-yo effect.

Get in touch with me if you want to lose weight and learn more about your metabolism and which foods are good and bad for you. I offer individual nutritional consultations in combination with herbals and acupuncture for a safe and efficient weight loss.

Acne and Pimples – Finding relief with the right Diet and Chinese Medicine

Acne and Pimples – Finding relief with the right Diet and Chinese Medicine

Acne and larger pus-filled pimples that are sometimes even painful and itchy can indicate a profound imbalance in the body. The specific areas of the face and body where the acne is found, can indicate precisely which organs have fallen into disharmony. The most affected areas are the face, chest and upper back.

Periods of hormonal changes, stressful times, bad nutrition, climate and lifestyle changes or inner emotional conflicts can all lead to outbreaks. As a result, women and men who are affected often experience shame, low self-esteem and despair when the acne and blemishes persist long-term.

Even humidity and hot weather can create skin issues and a new outbreak of pimples.

Sometimes, skin care products help to reduce the severity however, improvement in nutrition and other internal factors is essential for profound healing of acne and pimples.

Your emotional health affects acne

Acne is most commonly present during adolescence, a period with psychological instability. But, also after this life span it can affect women and men in all kinds of ages.

Jacques Martel explains in his book “Le grand dictionnaire des malaises et des maladies” the related emotions and inner conflicts that are often seen with acne.

According to him, the face relates to our individuality and the harmony between what I live internally and what is happening externally. The face is that part of us that faces others first, the one that allows us to be accepted or rejected. Thus, acne is often associated with a lack of acceptance of oneself. It can relate to feelings about ourself or others of:  irritation, criticism, resentment, rejection, fear, shame or insecurity. In some cases the affected person may even find herself ugly or disgusting. The inner lived conflict is manifested by a revolution of pimples. Instead of experiencing liberty and movement in life, the person withdraws herself in her inner world, feels stuck and frustrated. She may even be afraid of losing her face when telling someone what she feels and fears the judgments someone could make about her.

The back represents our past, habits, old fears and anxieties. When it is on the upper back, it represents repressed anger or irritation that needs to be relieved. On the chest, it represents the future and what is planned for me.

As a result, we need to give our inner emotional wellbeing as well the needed attention for healing our skin.

Acne as seen by TCM

According to Chinese medicine, acne results from heat in the lung or stomach meridian and / or blood heat and stagnation in different energy pathways. As more heat is present, pimples can become redder, itchier and more inflamed.

Another important factor can be phlegm. A clear sign of phlegm is seen if the skin shows thick pimples, boils, swellings and fluid-filled blisters.

In this article, I would like to show you which symptoms can be seen at the different disharmonies of acne and blemishes and which simple nutrition changes can help to relieve symptoms.

Lung heat symptoms

  • dryness of mouth and nose
  • predominance of acne near the nose and lower cheeks
  • sometimes slight itching
  • often red tongue in the first third with a thin yellow coat, pulse may be rapid and floating

Disorder in the chong- and ren mai with blood heat

  • excessive emotional disturbances
  • chin, jaw and chest area are mostly affected
  • sometimes excessive hair growth
  • skin gets worse before menstruation and better when period sets in
  • may experience fullness of stomach or nausea
  • may experience premenstrual symptoms (PMS)

Stomach heat symptoms

  • constipation or dry stools
  • foul breath
  • aversion to heat
  • pimples around the mouth, shoulders and back
  • slight sweating
  • large appetite
  • increased thirst and a preference for cold drinks
  • normal or redder in the centre of the tongue with yellow, sometimes sticky coating, pulse may be rapid and forceful

Blood heat and blood and qi stagnation symptoms

  • emotional trauma and disturbances
  • long persisting severe acne with often scar tissue
  • dark red and inflamed eruptions which resemble pustules
  • flushed face
  • strong aversion to heat
  • dark urine and dry stools
  • red tongue with often redder tip and dry yellow coating, rapid pulse

All of these imbalances can be seen as well with dampness-phlegm. If this is the case you will also see:

Dampness-phlegm symptoms

  • deep, thick and fluid-filled pimples
  • swollen pimples
  • oily skin
  • thirst with no desire to drink
  • purple or red tongue with a greasy or sticky coating
  • pulse may be slippery or wiry

Diet and lifestyle changes for relieving acne and pimples

Most importantly when suffering from acne is to change the nutrition and lifestyle habits to reduce heat in the body. As seen above, heat and sometimes in combination with dampness are the causing reasons for acne. Consequently, you need to avoid foods that produce heat and eat more foods that cool down the heat. In addition to that dampness-phlegm causing foods need to be cut out. Luckily, there is a variety of foods that can be easily consumed every day.

Avoid foods that produce heat

  • chocolate and cacao
  • spices like cinnamon, pepper, piment, chilli, ginger and ginseng root, anise, rosemary, muscat, fennel seeds, fenugreek seeds, tabasco
  • onions and garlic
  • vinegar
  • lamb, mutton, sheep, goat, deer, sausage
  • overconsumption of meat
  • deep-fried, grilled and smoked foods
  • foods containing sulfur
  • shellfish especially shrimp
  • horseradish and leek
  • chai tea
  • alcohol especially red wine and high-percentage alcohols
  • coffee – also see my article “Coffee – Is it good or bad for your health?”

The best results are seen when you cut off these foods for at least 10 weeks and then continue to eat them very scarcely.

Other heat producing factors

  • stress and time pressure
  • suppressed and excessive emotions produce heat especially anger, frustration, sadness and dissatisfaction affect the skin health
  • eating too quickly
  • lack of sleep and going to bed too late (after 11pm)
  • hot weather

Foods that help to reduce heat

  • steamed and cooked dishes, soups and stews
  • rice, also see my article and recipe for a “Congee” 
  • amaranth, quinoa, millet (high content of silicon), polenta
  • small quantities of duck
  • steamed and cooked vegetables
  • watercress, radishes
  • sage, melissa
  • chamomile, orange flower and rose flower tea
  • peppermint and dandelion (be careful when suffering from digestive problems and a general feeling of cold)
  • apple and pear compote
  • berries like strawberry, blueberry, currant, cranberry, gooseberry
  • fresh sprouts such as nasturtium
  • small amounts of quark, sour milk, sour cream and kefir
  • legumes (be careful if you suffer from digestive problems)

If you suffer besides heat symptoms as well from dampness-phlegm you need to

Reduce foods that produce phlegm-dampness

  • overconsumption of raw foods esp. salads
  • drinking while eating
  • excessive drinking without thirst
  • white sugar and sweets (one of the most seen reasons!)
  • honey, sweets and ice-cream
  • noodles and bread
  • wheat bran, wheat sprouts
  • tomato, cucumber
  • yogurt, cheese and other milk products
  • cold drinks, soft drinks, fruit juice
  • pineapple, kiwi, rhubarb, lemon, banana, kaki, mango, papaya, watermelon, honey melon
  • dried fruits
  • algues
  • shellfish
  • soy sauce, tofu and other soy products
  • agar-agar
  • mineral water, wheat beer
  • too many eggs (more than 4 per week)
  • overconsumption of coconut milk
  • greasy foods
  • red meat
  • salt

Other dampness-phlegm producing factors

  • stress
  • fast food
  • smoking
  • drugs especially marijuana
  • humid and hot weather

Eat more reducing dampness-phlegm foods

  • eat small quantities of bitter salads like arugula, chicory, radicchio
  • basil, parsley, cardamom, curcuma, caraway seed, oregano and majoram
  • celery, black radish and cabbage
  • adzuki beans, kidney beans
  • all mushrooms especially mu-err and shiitake
  • apple and apricot
  • sardines

Clients who are suffering from acne and pimples are often very impatient to see quick results. It’s important to mention here that the longer the acne already persists the longer it will take to see results. Therefore, when the acne already exists for more than six months and has entered deeper layers, I use in my practice Chinese herbs and acupuncture to relieve symptoms quicker.

Many people suffering from acne and pimples have deep emotional conflicts which produce heat in the body. Besides the emotional aspect, stress and constant time pressure can lead to excessive heat in the body as well. Consequently, it should be looked for relaxation exercises or therapist and coaches who can help to adequately express emotions.

Do you have more questions?

Please contact me if you are interested in an individual consultation and treatment. You can also leave a comment below if you have further questions and feel free to share your experience. Do you have other tips for improving acne? Then let us know about it!

 

References

Acupuncture Case Histories from China; Chen Jirui, M.D. and Nissi Wang, M.Sc.;

Le grand dictionnaire des malaises et des maladies; Jacques Martel;

Mit der 5-Elemente-Ernährung zur Wohlfühlfigur; Barbara Temelie;

Die 8 außerordentlichen Gefäße in der traditionellen Medizin; Barbara Kirschbaum;

Menopause Hot Flashes & Sweating: 6 Natural Ways To Control It

Menopause Hot Flashes & Sweating: 6 Natural Ways To Control It

What is menopause?

In the years before and after the last menstruation, women are in their menopausal years. It indicates the transition from the life phase, in which women can have children, to the phase of life in which no pregnancy is possible.

Menopause usually begins in the mid-40s. The ovaries gradually produce fewer hormones, ovulation is less frequent and consequently, fertility decreases. An indication: the menstrual bleeding is more irregular. The cycles are often shorter at first, later often longer. Finally, the menstrual bleeding ends completely.

The very last menstrual period is called menopause and the timing varies greatly for all women. In some women, the period stops at the age of 45 or earlier. Others do not experience menopause until the mid-50s. Years can go by until the hormonal change is complete.

Menopausal symptoms

There are many women who come through menopause relatively easily and have little or no problems. Menopause is not a disease but a normal life phase. However, because the level of the female sex hormones, progesterone and oestrogen, changes during this time, symptoms can appear such as: sweats, hot flashes, vaginal dryness, sleep disorders, mood swings, restlessness, period cycle changes, and a change in weight may occur. How likely and how strongly women suffer from menopausal symptoms is very different in each case.

What causes hot flashes and sweats during menopause?

The reason for hot flashes and sweating in menopausal women is probably the fall in oestrogen levels. This oestrogen deficiency causes an increase in stress hormones such as adrenaline. It is believed that a sudden increase in such stress hormones can lead to heat attacks and sweats.

Menopause relief for hot flashes and excessive sweating

Many women struggle with recurring hot flashes with strong sweats during menopause. Most of the time, a heat wave suddenly spreads over the face, neck and upper body. The face reddens and it follows a sweat that lasts a few minutes, then it often sets in a chill. Even at night, some women sweat increasingly during menopause. This can disturb the sleep as well. As a result, some women experience psychological and physical discomfort.

Is there a way out? Read on for some natural remedies and lifestyle tips that can help you to get it under control.

Hot flashes and excessive sweating: What you can do

Nutrition

Avoid spicy and deep-fried foods and don’t consume:

  • anise
  • fennel
  • cardamon
  • oatmeal
  • ginger
  • turmeric
  • nutmeg
  • thyme

as they are considered to have warming and heating properties according to Chinese medicine.

Eat more cooling foods like:

  • zucchini
  • spinach
  • eggplant
  • tomat0
  • watermelon
  • radish
  • cabbage
  • cucumber
  • sprouts
  • soy products

Your preferred cooking method should be steamed and boiled in water.

A very efficient way to reduce heat and sweating in the body is eating regularly “Congee”:

Congee – Health benefits and how to make this rice porridge

Coffee and alcohol only in moderation

Caffeine and alcohol can lower the oestrogen level and thus irritate the temperature controller. Anyone who has hot flashes and sweats should, therefore, reduce their coffee and alcohol consumption.

Check my article: Coffee – Is it good or bad for your health?

Herbs and medical plants

There are some herbs which can help to relieve hot flashes and sweating. These include, for example, lycopodium which is rhythm-strengthening, cooling and reduces anxiety and restlessness. Ribes nigrum (black currant) has hormone regulating effects and also helps with other menopausal symptoms. Sage is antiperspirant, cooling and balancing while strengthening the feminine aspect (Yin).

Please note that herbal medications can have interactions with other medications. Therefore, please consult an herbalist.

Breathing exercises

Breathing is vital. The body is nourished with fresh oxygen and carbon dioxide is exhaled from the body. But not only that, your breath also changes depending on your mood: If you are stressed, you breathe rather quickly and flat. If you come to rest, the breath slows down again. Deep and proper breathing is therefore important to reduce stress hormones and promotes good health and well-being.

6 Breathing Exercises to Relax in 10 Minutes or Less

Hot/cold showers

Many menopausal women find relief with alternating shower temperatures between hot and cold. At first, you need to start with a warm shower. Then put cold water on the bottom of the foot and bring the shower up the outer leg and back on the inside. Then repeat on the other side as well as the arms with the same procedure. After warming up with a hot shower, repeat the cold showers twice more. The treatment should end with a cold shower.

The right clothes

When suffering from hot flashes and sweating, the right clothes are important and a sweat proof undershirt can do miracles. Wear two to three thin garments over each other. You can then quickly take off a jacket or sweater during a hot flash and have a pretty women’s undershirts on. If you get cooler, put the other things back on.

About the author Carina Greweling

She is a state-approved naturopath from Germany who studied after her exam Chinese medicine, craniosacrale therapy and Bach flowers and deepened her knowledge of meditation and yoga while she was living in India. She offers in her practice in Paris tailor-made treatments and is specialised in women’s health. In regular workshops and yoga retreats she proposes to gain deeper knowledge and inspiration about a healthy body and mind. She also gives online consultations.

Endometriosis and Diet – Foods to avoid and what you should eat more of to help relieve symptoms

Endometriosis and Diet – Foods to avoid and what you should eat more of to help relieve symptoms

What is endometriosis?

Endometriosis is a disease that occurs when the uterine lining appears outside the uterine cavity. This can be within the uterine musculature, but also outside the uterus. As a result, it’s possible to find uterine tissue throughout the whole body, reaching from the ovaries, fallopian tubes, intestines, lungs, diaphragm and even as far as the brain. 

This stray tissue reacts to hormonal cycles like the normal endometrium, meaning it bleeds during menstruation. Therefore, the type of symptoms that affect each individual largely depends on the location and the amount of tissue.

High levels of oestrogen and low progesterone levels are often detected in women with endometriosis. Normally the troubles lessen or even vanish after menopause as the body produces less hormones in particular, oestrogen.  

What are the symptoms?

Women between 25 – 45 years are mostly affected but it can already develop in the teenage years. In approx. 50% of cases, there are no complaints and women are often diagnosed with endometriosis during a check-up after suffering infertility.

In circa 50% of the other cases, women with endometriosis often report symptoms like:

  • back pain especially in the lower back
  • lower abdominal pain or bloating
  • mild to extremely painful periods
  • infertility
  • pain during intercourse
  • cyclic or chronic pelvic pain
  • inter-menstrual bleeding
  • excessive bleeding
  • blood in the urine or stool
  • pain during bowel movement and urination

The symptoms experienced can be cyclical in their pattern. Endometriosis is divided into stages I-IV of severity and, in the worst case, can lead to intestinal obstruction, adhesions, bloody cysts, inflammations and ectopic pregnancies. It can widely affect a woman’s quality of life and relationships as well as her sexual life.

What causes endometriosis? 

There are various theories for the causes of endometriosis and it is still not fully understood by Western medicine. Besides retrograde menstruation, a weakness of the immune system and trigger factors, such as hormonal and vegetative components are considered.

Several toxicological factors can promote the disease like plasticisers, pesticides, insecticides, heavy metals and other parameters.

A genetic predisposition can be seen as well and often several women in the same family lineage are affected.

Another important factor is diet. Endometriosis relates in particular to oxidative stress caused by smoking, malnutrition, and chemical dyes and additives in foods. Women with endometriosis absorb significantly fewer antioxidants like vitamin C + E, vitamin Bs, copper, zinc and selenium. Often low vitamin D levels are detected.

Diet and endometriosis 

The diet for endometriosis calms the immune system: to reduce inflammation, ease pain, promote healthy gut flora, lower oestrogen levels and to achieve normal hormonal levels.

Foods you should avoid

Meat rich in arachidonic acid like duck, beef, pork, lamb, mutton, veal, venison, goat and turkey. Omega-6 polyunsaturated fatty acid is associated with oxidative stress and is said to increase inflammation. Avoid as well meat from factory farming as they use antibiotics and growth hormones to accelerate weight gain and your system can be affected by both.

Alcohol reduces levels of vitamin B which is needed for a proper liver detoxification.

Dairy foods like cheese, milk, yoghurt, butter, ice cream, condensed milk and any other product that contains milk powder. Dairy is known to be one of the most inflammatory food sources and should be cut off for a certain period of time. 

Hydrogenated fats (also called trans-fatty acids) like stick margarine, bakery products, processed foods, crackers, fast foods and fried foods. These unhealthy fats can increase inflammation and have an impact on the liver’s health and are really hard to digest.

Oestrogen and phytoestrogen-rich foods like soy milk, soybeans, tofu, tempeh any other soy product. Garlic, multigrain bread, flax seeds and flax seeds bread, sesame seeds, walnuts, chestnut, almonds, pistachios, red wine, dried fruits, red meat, animal fats and especially hormonally treated meat. Many women with endometriosis have an oestrogen dominance and should lower their intake of foods rich in these.

Best foods to consume

Eat plenty of foods rich in omega 3 fats like hemp seeds, seaweed, chia seeds, salmon, mackerel, oyster, anchovies, sardine, shellfish, cod liver oil (also rich in vitamin D) and caviar. Omega 3 fats are said to have anti-inflammatory effects.

Consume foods rich in vitamin Bs like sunflower seeds, green vegetables, fresh green herbs, whole grains, nutritional yeast, trout, tuna, salmon, egg (prefer free-range and eat in moderation). A diet rich in vitamin B and omega 3 fats has shown to lower pain in endometriosis and to regulate cell growth.

Choose organic foods over conventional foods to lower your intake of pesticides and chemical herbicides which can affect hormonal balance. Organic foods often contain higher levels of minerals and vitamins.

Consume more foods that balance oestrogen levels like carrots, spinach, broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, red cabbage, Brussels sprouts, green cabbage, wholemeal cereals. Eaten regularly they support a healthy oestrogen level in the body.

Add more foods that support healthy liver function like leafy green vegetables (kale, spinach, mustard greens, etc), artichoke, dandelion, milk thistle, chicory, peppermint, olive, and green fresh herbs. Keep in mind that the liver’s health is crucial for having balanced oestrogen levels. 

Consume enough magnesium which you find in whole grains, almonds, legumes, pumpkin and chia seeds, quinoa, mackerel, salmon and leafy green vegetables. Magnesium is a muscle relaxant and can help to ease pain. Furthermore, it helps in energy production and is important for our endocrine system.

Have a diet which is rich in antioxidants Therefore, increase your intake of red and blueberries, goji berries, beans, prune, spinach, pecan, walnut, apple, green tea, mackerel, salmon, sardine and herring. Foods rich in antioxidants will increase the levels in your blood and binds free radicals and consequently prevents cell damage. 

Fermented foods like kefir, sauerkraut, pickles, kimchi, miso and kombucha. They support a healthy gut bacteria and as a result strengthen the immune system to fight again inflammation. 

Turmeric also called curcuma has powerful anti-inflammatory properties and also supports a healthy liver.

About the author Carina Greweling

She is a state-approved naturopath from Germany who studied after her exam Chinese medicine, craniosacrale therapy and Bach flowers and deepened her knowledge of meditation and yoga while she was living in India. She offers in her practice in Paris tailor-made treatments and is specialised in women’s health. She is passionate about a healthy body and mind and proposes in regular workshops and yoga retreats to gain deeper knowledge and inspiration about a healthy body and mind. She also gives online consultations.

Some literature links and references

Diet and endometriosis risk
https://www.rbmojournal.com/article/S1472-6483(13)00007-2/fulltext 

Evaluation of the Relationship between Endometriosis and Omega-3 and Omega-6 Polyunsaturated Fatty Acids
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3614254/ 

Endometriosis and Fertility
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5351695/ 

Anti-inflammatory properties of curcumin, a major constituent of Curcuma longa
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19594223

Lewis, Randine. The Infertility Cure. New York: Little, Brown and Company, 2004

 

Vegan Broccoli Soup with Cashew Butter

Vegan Broccoli Soup with Cashew Butter

The health benefits of broccoli

Spring is all about those wonderful green veggies, and the nutty, rich flavour of broccoli makes for the perfect invigorating meal. Broccoli is full of beta-carotene, selenium, vitamin C and zinc, and is, therefore, a powerful immune system booster and helps protect the body against springtime illnesses. It is also rich in phosphorus, magnesium, vitamin B6 and E. This vegan creamy broccoli soup is indulgent, a treat for your taste buds and a gift to your body.

Broccoli and its properties in Chinese medicine

  • has a cooling effect
  • specifically strengthens the liver, lungs and spleen
  • helps the spleen to build up the blood, e.g. with anaemia, dry eyes, photosensitivity, brittle nails
  • expels pathogenic dampness, e.g. for oedema 
  • benefits vision health, e.g. shortsightedness, conjunctivitis, red eyes
  • is recommended for cancer prevention as it is rich in phytonutrients which support the body to rinse off these substances that can cause cancer
  • cools liver heat and helps to relieve sudden severe headache

Broccoli soup ingredients

  • 2 cups chopped broccoli florets
  • 1 cup vegetable broth
  • 2-3 leaves fresh basil
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp cashew butter
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper

How to make it

1. In a saucepan, heat olive oil over medium heat. Add the broccoli and sprinkle with 1 tsp salt. Then saute for two minutes.

2. Add vegetable broth and boil about ten minutes – until broccoli is completely cooked.

3. Then add black pepper, basil, and cashew butter. Transfer to the blender and mix until smooth and creamy.

You can add fresh parsley and basil. Enjoy!

 

This article originally appeared on artoflivingretreatcenter.org/blog

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fibroid Diet – Best and Worst Foods and Drinks for Shrinking Fibroids

Fibroid Diet – Best and Worst Foods and Drinks for Shrinking Fibroids

Fibroids: What are they and how are they detected?

Uterine fibroids, also called myomas, are benign tumours which mostly appear on the inner and outer wall of the uterus in the pelvic cavity. These tumours can be as small as a sunflower seed and can grow bigger than a sweet melon. Some women have just one fibroid, whereas others have multiple at a time. These bulky masses can even enlarge the size of the uterus if left untreated.

Symptoms of fibroids

Some women don’t show symptoms at all, only to discover the fibroids during a pelvic exam or prenatal ultrasound at the doctor. Depending on the size and location of the fibroids, they can cause symptoms such as:

  • pain in the pelvis or lower back
  • pressure or fullness in lower abdomen
  • bleeding between periods
  • pain during sexual intercourse
  • heavy menstrual bleeding with clots
  • spotting or bleeding between periods
  • prolonged menstruation
  • miscarriages
  • difficulty getting pregnant
  • cramping
  • urge to urinate
  • frequent urination

Foods and drinks to avoid when you have uterine fibroids

Avoid oestrogen rich foods when suffering from fibroids

As the hormone oestrogen stimulates development of the uterine lining, too much of it can promote the growth of fibroids. Therefore avoid foods that have high levels of oestrogen, such as:

  • soy milk
  • soy beans
  • tofu and tempeh
  • flax seeds
  • sesame seeds
  • peaches and strawberries
  • walnuts, peanuts, almonds and pistachios
  • dried fruits
  • rye bread
  • red meat
  • animal fats
  • all hormonally treated meats from factoring farming

Following an anti-oestrogen diet helps to regulate levels of oestrogen in your body and supports the process of treating fibroids.

These foods should be eliminated from your diet

  • refined carbohydrate e.g white bread, etc.
  • hydrogenated and refined oils like margarine, fried foods. etc.
  • white sugar
  • alcohol
  • dairy products
  • highly salted foods
  • fruit juices
  • caffeine
  • processed meats
  • artificial sweeteners like aspartame and acesulfame potassium

Foods and drinks that shrink fibroids

The best organic foods to eat when suffering from fibroids are:

  • fish, oysters, mussels and clams
  • modest consumption of eggs
  • consume several times a week lemons and limes
  • vegetarian foods rich in iron like spinach, pumpkin seeds, quinoa, broccoli, apricots, amaranth
  • beets
  • cooked whole grains
  • green leafy vegetables to help the liver detox
  • legumes such as black beans and lentils
  • beta-carotene rich foods like carrots, sweet potatoes, leafy greens and butternut squash
  • fresh culinary herbs like basil, chives, parsley, etc.
  • herbal teas with liver relieving properties like milk thistle, artichoke and dandelion
  • herbs like bladder wrack and Irish moss
  • essential fatty acids like olive oil, pumpkin seed oil, etc.

Another very efficient way to support the treatment of fibroids, and improve common symptoms which go with it like weight-gain, digestion problems, cysts and menstruation problems , is to regularly consume congee, a rice porridge. You can find more information and the recipe in my article: “Congee – The Healthy Rice Porridge to Boost your Health”

The correct diet to support your natural therapy

Eating the right diet can support you in the fight against fibroids, and help lessen the symptoms. If there is no damage or danger of the size and location of the fibroids, they can be treated in my practice. I work with an emphasis on non-surgical treatment using acupuncture and Chinese herbs accompanied by an individual recommended diet. Please contact me to learn more about that.