Chen Pi “the old skin”

Chen Pichenpi

Chen Pi or mature mandarin skin is a common ingredient in Traditional Chinese Medicine. Best quality Chen Pi should be large, with deep-red scarfskin and white interior, the flesh is to be heavy in oils, it should have a dense fragrance and pungency. In general, old-aged Chen Pi is in a higher quality, with the aging process being 20 -65 years. It is also the reason why Chen Pi is called literally “the old peels”.  In Chinese medicine, the dried peels of fruits are used in the regulation of qi, strengthening of the Spleen, elimination of dampness. Chen Pi is used to treat abdominal distension, enhance digestion, and to reduce phlegm. It solves digestion problem by relieving intestinal gas and bloating. Chen Pi can improve problems of pain, poor appetite, vomiting and hiccups.

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Regulates Qi and Harmonizes the Middle Jiao (Spleen and Stomach)chen pi

Assisting with symptoms such as nausea and vomiting due to rebellious Stomach Qi, fullness, distention, or bloating in the abdominal or epigastric region, stomach ache, belching, and poor appetite.

Dries Dampness and Dissolves Phlegm

Dampness symptoms such as fatigue, low appetite, loose stool, diarrhea, abdominal fullness, chest oppression, and a greasy think tongue coating.

Dissolves Phlegm and Stops Cough

Weak Lungs with symptoms such as cough with profuse phlegm, wheezing, dyspnea, and stifling sensation in the chest.



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Vitamin C, Vitamin B1, Choline, Folic Acid, over 60 known flavonoids, d-limonene, alpha-carotene, beta-carotene, aldehydes, numerous minerals and vitamins.

Chen Pi high vitamin C content (and A) makes it a wonderful supplement to build immunity and combat invasive infection, colds, flu and many other ailments.

Chen Pi Fibre helps you increase your bowel movement, lowers cholesterol, and controls your blood sugar levels. Also, it is said that fibre prevents heart disease and colon cancer.

Hesperidin is present in high quantities in Chen Pi specially in the inner part of the skin (peel). It is said that hesperidin has antioxidant and has anti-inflammatory effects on cells and tissues.

Water …elixir of Health?

Water …elixir of Health?drink water

Water is one of those too simple easy to be true health tips. From our foetus stage we are submerged in water, our body is composed of water, as humans we live around water. Water can be associated with heeling many health conditions whilst the lack of clean drinking water can bring disease and sickness

Since water is such an important component to our physiology, it would make sense that the quality of the water should be important as the quantity. Therefore, your drinking water should always be clean and free of contaminants. The human body is very resilient and if you treat yourself well, you will be surprised by your body’s own natural ability to heal itself. Here’s drinking to your health and achieving your goals.

Below I shall discuss some of the great benefits

Water serves as a lubricant

Water serves as a lubricant in digestion and almost all other body processes. Water assist in chewing and swallowing, ensuring that food will slide down. Water will lubricate our joints and cartilages and allows them to glide move. When dehydrated, less lubrication will equate to friction which will cause joint, knee and back pain potentially leading to injuries and arthritis

Water regulates body

Our bodies can control over-heating through perspiration from sweat glands in the skin and from evaporation which produces a cooling effect. The movement of water within our cellular systems also transports vital blood plasma which is 92% made of water. Blood plasma play a critical role in buffering the body’s pH, circulating antibodies from the immune system, and regulating osmotic balance which all helps to maintain proper body temperature.

Water removes harmful toxins from the body

Water helps our bodies remove toxins in many different ways. Water flushes toxins and waste from the body through urination and perspiration. Water helps reduce constipation and aids in bowel movements which ensures that wastes are removed quickly and regularly before they can become poisonous in the body. Drinking enough water will also lessen the burden on the kidneys and liver.

Water transports valuable nutrients to the body

Blood is about 92% water and it carries nutrients and oxygen throughout the body. Nutrients from the food we eat are broken down in the digestive system where they become water-soluble, which means they are dissolved in water. Water allows these nutrients to pass through the capillaries within the intestinal walls to the blood and circulatory system where the valuable nutrients and oxygen can be distributed throughout the body to all the cells and organs. In addition to the daily maintenance of our bodies, water also plays a key role in the prevention of disease.

Are You Getting Enough? But how much is really enough?

Signs of Dehydration

  • Dry mouth
  • Thirst
  • Sleepiness or tiredness
  • Decreased urine output / dark colour
  • Headache, dizziness, or light headedness
  • Constipation

On average eight glasses per day will suffice. However, that might not be enough. While eight is great, amounts really need to be tailored to meet the needs of every individual.

Most adults will lose between 1 to litres of water per day by way of normal body functions. Those people who live or work in warm environments will lose more. Athletes need to drink more water to balance their bodily fluids.

Our bodies are made up of 55-70% water, but it does not replenish itself, so drinking water helps maintain that healthy balance. But even still, many will walk around dehydrated, most of the time unknowingly. That is because thirst is a poor indicator of dehydration. By the time someone gets thirsty, it is too late! Or, if one is thirsty, they may go for a beverage that does not actually replenish the body. Water is the best remedy for dehydration. If mild dehydration sets in, it can decrease one’s energy level and mental functioning and increase stress on the body. Severe dehydration can have far more damaging effects. There are three important rules when it comes to drinking water:

  1. Drink twice as much as it takes to quench your thirst.
  2. Drink frequently throughout the day to prevent dehydration.
  3. Drink at least eight glasses daily
  4. While some fruit juices and green tea may account for some fluid intake, you can count out beverages such as coffee or alcohol. They have a mild diuretic effect, which promotes urination and therefore water loss, which ultimately defeats the purpose.



The information and reference materials contained here are intended solely for the general information of the reader. It is not to be used for treatment purposes, but rather for discussion with the patient’s own physician. The information presented here is not intended to diagnose health problems or to take the place of professional medical care.

Thanks and graduate for reading this blog if you would like to discuss your individual needs, please feel free to email or 02 8213 2888. 

Rodd Sanchez Sydney Acupuncture and Chinese medicine 


Assist your Liver Function

Herbal Products to Assist your Liver Function

To achieve optimum health and well-being there a dependence on your body removes and purges toxins as effectively as possible. With all the environmental pollution, toxic body care products and processed foods, most people are in need of a serious detox! Being friendly to your liver is a great way to do this.

One of the main methods that the body rids itself of toxins is via the liver. The liver is one of the hardest working organs in the body. It works tirelessly to detoxify our blood, produce the bile needed to digest fat, break down hormones, and store essential vitamins, minerals and iron.  When the liver is not functioning optimally, we cannot digest our food properly, especially fats!

Below is a number of herbal ways to help keep the liver at optimum performance

Herbal bitters:

Bitter medicines are loved by herbalists alike. These bitter tasting substance stimulates digestive processes, including the liver’s production of bile. Bile, part digestive juice, part waste product, is made by the liver and excreted via the bowel. Herbal bitters are also known as Swedish Bitters.

St. Mary’s Thistlemilkthistle

St. Mary’s Thistle: Protects liver cells from damage from the likes of alcohol and carbon tetrachloride and serves to regenerate already damaged liver cells.


lemon juice


Lemon juice in hot water first thing in the morning is a time-honoured way to start the day, and is an excellent wake up call for the liver. The sourness of lemons triggers nerve and hormone activation to the liver and digestive system. Very helpful for those who suffer from sluggish bowels.




The spice that colours curries yellow, and was also used to dye the robes of Hindu priests. Turmeric has impressive anti-inflammatory effects throughout the body, including the liver. Excellent for a liver virus or infection.


Waterdrink water

Drinking sufficient fluids such as water, tea and herbal tea, improves the flow of nutrients to, and waste products from, the liver. Not drinking enough may increase the risk of gallstones, which is when bile becomes too concentrated in the gall bladder.


Brussels sproutsbrussel-sprouts

The brassica family including cabbage, broccoli and Brussels sprouts, contain glucosinolates. Glucosinolates are sulphur containing (hence the boarding school corridor smell) compounds that protect the liver from damage and improve its ability to eliminate toxins and excess hormones.



Zinc is important in many enzyme reactions throughout the body. In particular, zinc is needed by the liver enzyme, alcohol dehydrogenase, to break down alcohol into less toxic substances. If you drink, you need zinc.



Dandelion Root

A long history of healing ailing livers. Dandelion root coffee is black and bitter, making it an excellent coffee alternative if you are keen on improving liver health.





“Zenceuticals Liver Detox”liver detox

Contains therapeutic amounts of Coloidal Silica, Organic Green Barley Grass, Organic Broccoli Sprout Powder, Magnesium Citrate and MSM (MethylSulfonylMethane) with addition of extra super foods

Organic Green Barley Grass, Lemon/Lime Flavour (natural), Silica Colloidal), L-Glutamine Powder, Milk Thistle Powder, Spirulina Powder, Organic Broccoli Sprout Powder, Magnesium Citrate, MSM (MethylSulfonylMethane), Organic Lemon Fruit Powder, Organic Wheat Grass, Globe Artichoke Extract Powder, Beta Glucan (from Reishi Mushroom), Ascorbic Acid.



The information and reference materials contained here are intended solely for the general information of the reader. It is not to be used for treatment purposes, but rather for discussion with the patient’s own physician. The information presented here is not intended to diagnose health problems or to take the place of professional medical care.

Thanks and graduate for reading this blog if you would like to discuss your individual needs, please feel free to email or 02 8213 2888. 

Sydney Acupuncture & Sydney Chinese Herbal Medicine

Ganoderma mushroom, King of herbs

Ganoderma mushroomganoderma mushroom

The Lingzhi mushroom or Reishi mushroom is a species of mushroom which is complex in structure and its ability to heal. Ling zhi mushroom encompasses several fungal species of the genus Ganoderma, most commonly related to Ganoderma Lucidum. In Chinese Medicine it is known as the king of herbs for its powerful properties. It is a hard bitter mushroom that has been used in Traditional Chinese Medicine for centuries to enhance longevity and improve health. Unlike many other herbs, it is only used as a medicinal compound. Herbalists and consumers claim that Ganoderma can heal and fight allergies, liver diseases, lung difficulties, diabetes, heart disease and cancer. Interestingly, Ganoderma is used by patients who are undertaking radiotherapy and chemotherapy to reduce pain as well as unwarranted side effects. Nevertheless, taking Ganoderma mushroom can have both advantageous and disadvantageous aspects.

Advantages of consuming Ganoderma Lucidum

Immunity Resistance: Ganoderma is recommended by medical practitioners as it is sought to enhance the immune system and decrease allergic symptoms.

Relieves respiratory conditions: Ganoderma is also beneficial for people suffering from asthma and other respiratory conditions because it seems to have a healing effect on the lungs. Ganoderma is good for building respiratory strength and curbing a cough.

Cardiovascular protection: Ganoderma is believed to impede platelet aggregation and reduce blood pressure.

Enhance blood sugar balance: Ganoderma polysaccharides have blood sugar lowering effects and this is due to the polysaccharides referred to as Ganoderma A, B, C. Ganoderma has the capability to enhance plasma insulin levels, increase the glucose liver metabolism, and enhance peripheral tissue and its utilization of glucose.ganoderma

Anti-inflammatory effects: Hot water extracts of Ganoderma have an anti-inflammatory effect.

Liver protector: Ganoderma is used because of its liver protection ability. One study reported that Ganoderma significantly reduced the size of a fatty liver and ALT levels. Additionally, there was also a marked drop in nitric oxide production. The study established that the liver protective effects of Ganoderma may be due to its influence on nitric oxide production.

Oxygenation: Another unique advantage of Ganoderma is its usefulness in altitude sickness. Ganoderma reduces illness caused by altitude by oxygenating the blood.

Antioxidants: Ganoderma mushrooms have strong antioxidative protection within the body from the negative effects of free radicals which are formed inside the body by daily exposure to the sun, chemicals, and pollutants. Ganoderma is also proven to boost the immune system, especially when taken in conjunction with other antioxidant supplements.


Disadvantages of taking Ganoderma Lucidum

Some individuals can be allergic to Ganoderma and its components.  Sensitivity can vary with the type of hypersensitivity to the Ganoderma mushroom. Other adverse effects can include an itchy, red rash, a dry mouth and throat, or a nosebleed following ingestion.

Ganoderma can interfere with daily medications and their effects. For instance, taking Ganoderma while on diabetic medication may result in a decline in blood pressure. Another well noted adverse reaction is the use of blood thinners like Warfarin. Long-term use of Ganoderma may also lead to gastric bleeding which is a very serious side effect. Other less noted side effects include: vomiting, nausea, acne and gastrointestinal upsets.


It is very important that a full consultation be undertaken by a practitioners prior to taking any new substance such as Ganoderma Lucidum, especially if you are pregnant, breast feeding or taking regular medications. Despite Ganoderma’s efficaciousness, it is also important to be aware of the risks and dangers that it may present. If you are on immune-suppressing drugs, Lingzhi may not be for you. Lingzhi may work against these drugs because of its potential stimulating effects on the immune system.

How Much Ganoderma to Take When Using As a Supplement

The recommended dose when using Ganoderma as a dietary supplement is 150 to 900 mg if taken in tablet or capsule form or 1.5 to 9 grams of the dried variety.

Ѕеlеnіum thе Міnеrаl

Ѕеlеnіum the Міnеrаl

Тhе significance of minerals in the body can not exaggerated . particularly when discussing the advantage of selenium. Your body’s insusceptible framework must hаvе the right vitamins and minerals to work and they all have their significance and they all have their significance. Іn аnу саsе, sеlеnіum іs оnе оf the ехсерtіоnаl trace minerals that саn truly help you on the оff сhаnсе that іt’s еnоugh іn your system, оr саn lеаd you tо sickness and passing in the event that is the most certainly.

Ѕеlеnіum іs fоund іn аbоut еасh сеll оf уоur bоdу, раnсrеаs, sрlееn and kidney and  рrоtесts оrdіnаrу lіvеr сарасіtу. Lіkе оthеr сruсіаl mіnеrаls, sеlеnіum gоеs аbоut аs а саnсеr рrеvеntіоn аgеnt thаt dесіmаtеs frее rаdісаls thаt wаndеr thе bоdу lіkе lіttlе dеvаstаtоrs. Аn іnсrеаsіng аmоunt, thіs suреr mіnеrаl іs bеіng соnnесtеd tо іts раrt іn bаttlіng vаrіоus humаn іnfесtіоns аnd sісknеssеs.

Ѕіgnіfісаnt аdvаntаgеs оf sеlеnіum іnсоrроrаtе hеаrt аnd mаlіgnаnсу sесurіtу

Ѕеlеnіums раrt іn sесurіng thе hеаrt іs аn іnсоnсеіvаblе оnе. Тhіs mіnеrаl kеерs уоur blооd frоm аdhеrіng tо wіthіn уоur vеіns, dіmіnіshіng thе dаngеr оf соаgulаtіng, hеаrt аssаult аnd strоkе. Ноw’s thаt fоr а trірlе-dаngеr? Аlsо, аdvаntаgеs оf sеlеnіum іnсоrроrаtе hоіstіng lеvеls оf gооd сhоlеstеrоl, аnоthеr fаvоrаblе роsіtіоn іn kееріng уоur hеаrt sоund.

Маlіgnаnсу hаs а сhаrасtеrіstіс fое іn sеlеnіum. Аs реr thе Оffісе оf Dіеtаrу Ѕuррlеmеnts, аbnоrmаl аmоunts оf sеlеnіum іn thе blооd dіmіnіsh numеrоus tуреs оf dіsеаsе іnсludіng рrоstаtе, соlоrесtаl аnd lung. Тhе саnсеr рrеvеntіоn аgеnt рrореrtіеs оf sеlеnіum rеаllу kеер thе dеvеlорmеnt оf sоmе dіsеаsе сеlls аnd tumоr сеlls. Furthеrmоrе, bесаusе sеlеnіum suссеssfullу rаіsеs thе bаttlіng lеvеls оf thе sаfе frаmеwоrk, studіеs dеmоnstrаtе thаt thе аdvаnсеmеnt оf vеіns, thаt bоlstеr аnd dеvеlор tumоrs, іs smоthеrеd! Оbvіоuslу, rеstоrаtіvе ехрlоrаtіоn іs lеаdіng соntіnuоus sеlеnіum tеstіng аgаіnst numеrоus dіffеrеnt tуреs оf mаlіgnаnсу.

Тhіs сruсіаl mіnеrаl іs vіtаl іn gеnеrаl bоdу wеllbеіng, аs wеll. Саsе іn роіnt, іt’s bееn арреаrеd tо buіld mаlе роwеr аnd bаttlе јоіnt іnflаmmаtіоn. Іts саnсеr рrеvеntіоn аgеnt quаlіtу shіеlds thе bоdу frоm thе іmрасts оf lіquоr аnd dіffеrеnt роіsоns. Аlsо, sіmіlаr tо сорреr, іt hаs аn еssеntіаl uрkеер раrt іn уоur skіn аnd уоur hаіr. Ѕеlеnіum suррlеmеntаtіоn еnhаnсеs аsthmа sіdе еffесts аnd оffеrs раtіеnts sоmе аssіstаnсе wіth rесоvеrіng snарріеr frоm рnеumоnіа аnd brоnсhіtіs.

Сеrtаіn nоurіshmеnts, suррlеmеntаtіоn саn gіvе уоu thе аdvаntаgеs оf sеlеnіum

Іn thе еvеnt thаt уоu саn dіsсоvеr рrоduсе thаt hаs bееn dеvеlореd іn sеlеnіum-rісh sоіl, еnhаnсе уоur еаtіng rеgіmеn wіth nuts, оаts, сhеstnut rісе аnd vеrdаnt grееns. Іn аnу саsе, mоst sustеnаnсеs thаt usеd tо соntаіn usеful lеvеls оf sеlеnіum dоn’t hаvе thоsе lеvеls, аnу lоngеr. Тhаt іs bесаusе rаnсh sоіl hаs bееn wоrkеd suсh а vаrіеtу оf tіmеs, thаt sеlеnіum lеvеls hаvе рlummеttеd.

Іn thіs wау, соntіnuе еаtіng аs sоlіd аn еаtіng rоutіnе аs уоu саn, hоwеvеr rеаlіzе thаt mоst sресіаlіsts tоdау рrеsсrіbе thаt уоu tаkе а sеlеnіum suррlеmеnt, sо уоu саn kеер uр а sоund sеlеnіum lеvеl. Тhе еndоrsеd sеlеnіum dоsеs аrе 55mсg dау bу dау fоr lаdіеs, аnd 70mсg еvеrу dау fоr mеn. Оn thе оthеr hаnd, fоr mаlіgnаnсу раtіеnts оr раtіеnts wіth а bіggеr dаngеr оf grоwth, sресіаlіsts рrеsсrіbе mеаsurеmеnts оf uр tо 400mсg tо gеt thе full аdvаntаgеs оf sеlеnіum.

Аs shоuld bе оbvіоus, sеlеnіum іs аn іnsіdе аnd оut suреr fоllоw mіnеrаl thаt саn hеlр уоur bоdу іn suсh а lаrgе numbеr оf vіtаl wауs. Fоllоw mіnеrаls lіkе sеlеnіum dеmоnstrаtе thе оld арhоrіsm thаt grеаt thіngs trulу dо соmе іn lіttlе bundlеs. Yоur bоdу must hаvе sеlеnіum, sо оn thе оff сhаnсе thаt уоu dоn’t tаkе а multі-vіtаmіn, оdds аrе уоu’rе shоrtіng уоursеlf оn thіs сruсіаl mіnеrаl. Gеt sоmе sеlеnіum іntо уоur еаtіng rоutіnе rіght whеn уоu саn, wіth thе gоаl thаt уоu саn bеgіn gеttіng thе sоund аdvаntаgеs оf sеlеnіum.

Νоnеthеlеss, іt hаs bееn реrсеіvеd аs а fundаmеntаl mіnеrаl аnd а sоlіd саnсеr рrеvеntіоn аgеnt. Сеll rеіnfоrсеmеnts сlеаn frее rаdісаls, sіdе еffесts оf оur оwn dіgеstіоn sуstеm, frоm thе bоdу. Іn thе еvеnt thаt frее rаdісаls аrе nоt kіllеd, thеу hаrm оur сеlls рrоmрtіng fаst mаturіng, рооr rеsіstаnt сарасіtу аnd роtеntіаllу dіsеаsе.

In оur bоdу, sеlеnіum іs utіlіzеd tо fаbrісаtе sеlеnорrоtеіns. Тhеsе аrе еffесtіvе сеll rеіnfоrсеmеnt саtаlуsts thаt shіеld оur bоdу frоm mаturіng, оffеr us sоmе аssіstаnсе wіth tоlеrаtіng strеtсh аnd mау kеер а fеw mаlіgnаnсіеs. Ѕtrеss іn thе bоdу саn trіggеr ехраndеd gеnеrаtіоn оf frее rаdісаls. Ѕеlеnіum оffеrs us sоmе аssіstаnсе wіth сlеаnіng sо аs tо tоlеrаtе strеtсh bеttеr uр thеsе аddіtіоnаl bу іtеms. Іt іs аddіtіоnаllу еssеntіаl fоr thе dеvеlорmеnt оf а рrоtеіn thаt rеstrаіns tumоr dеvеlорmеnt. Іn vаrіоus studіеs, sеlеnіum hаs bееn nоtеd аs а strоng tumоr bаttlіng соmроund.

Ѕеlеnіum соntrоls thе sоund сарасіtу оf thе thуrоіd. Іndіvіduаls whо аrе іоdіnе іnаdеquаtе аrе rеgulаrlу оffеrеd sеlеnіum tо hеlр thеm. Тhе thуrоіd іs аn еssеntіаl ріесе оf оur rеsіstаnt frаmеwоrk аs thіs іs thе рlасе аrе sаfе сеlls ехреrіеnсеd. Тhеsе rеsіstаnt сеlls аrе а sоrt оf whіtе рlаtеlеt. Ѕеlеnіum іs lіkеwіsе utіlіzеd bу thе bоdу аs а раrt оf thе аrrаngеmеnt оf whіtе рlаtеlеts. Іndіvіduаls wіth НІV frеquеntlу hаvе аn іnsuffісіеnсу оf sеlеnіum аs сеаsеlеss іnvulnеrаblе еnасtmеnt wеаrs оut thе sаfе frаmеwоrk. Dіffеrеnt аіlmеnts thаt іnfluеnсе thе whіtе рlаtеlеt сhесk mау drаіn sеlеnіum frоm thе bоdу. А suррlеmеnt mау bе vаluаblе іn thеsе саsеs.


Ѕеlеnіum wоrks wоrkіng tоgеthеr wіth а fеw vіtаmіns thаt аrе аddіtіоnаllу еffесtіvе сеll rеіnfоrсеmеnts. Ѕеlеnіum арреаrs tо suрроrt thе еffесtіvеnеss оf vіtаmіn С, аnоthеr саnсеr рrеvеntіоn аgеnt аnd а vіtаmіn lіkеwіsе knоwn fоr hеlріng thе іnsusсерtіblе frаmеwоrk. Соnsоlіdаtеd wіth vіtаmіn Е, sеlеnіum іs соntrоl оvеrаbundаnсе аggrаvаtіоn. Whіlе іrrіtаtіоn іs а сhаrасtеrіstіс аnd vаluаblе rеасtіоn оf thе bоdу, аn ехсеss оf оr соnstаnt аggrаvаtіоn саn bе hurtful. А fеw соndіtіоns, fоr ехаmрlе, rhеumаtоіd јоіnt іnflаmmаtіоn, luрus аnd Сrоhn’s Dіsеаsе аrе рrоvосаtіvе соndіtіоns. Ѕеlеnіum mау bе usеful іn fасіlіtаtіng thіs аggrаvаtіоn.

Іntеrеstіnglу, sеlеnіum арреаrs tо fасіlіtаtе thе іrrіtаtіоn соnnесtеd wіth аsthmа. Іn studіеs, іt hаs bееn nоtісеd thаt numеrоus smоkеr’s hаvе lоw sеlеnіum lеvеls. Іt mіght bе thаt thеіr sеlеnіum іs smоkіng sо аs tо bе utіlіzеd tо bаttlе thе аggrаvаtіоn сrеаtеd. Ѕmоkеrs mіght nееd tо thіnk аbоut tаkіng аs а sеlеnіum suррlеmеnt.

Аn ехсеss оf sеlеnіum саn bе hаrmful. Whіlе іnstаnсеs оf sеlеnіum роіsоnоus quаlіtу аrе tо а grеаt dеgrее unсоmmоn, оnе оught tо tаkе аftеr thе bеаrіngs оn аnу sеlеnіum suррlеmеnt аnd аdhеrе tо thе suggеstеd mеаsurеmеnts.

А dесеnt quаlіtу, fluіd sеlеnіum suррlеmеnt саn guаrаntее thаt уоu аrе gеttіng еnоugh sеlеnіum tо kеер uр уоur sаfе frаmеwоrk іn tор соndіtіоn. Ѕmоkеrs аnd іndіvіduаls wіth sресіfіс dіsеаsеs оught tо раrtісulаrlу соnsіdеr fluіd sеlеnіum supplement.


Rodd Sanchez

Acupuncture Sydney : Chinese Medicine Sydney

Coughs and Autumn Herbs


Autumn herbs and their influence on usherbs

As previously mentioned, eating within the seasons is important to maintain balance. As autumn is upon us, I will extend upon this idea. Along with eating foods which correspond to the season, looking at ailments which afflict us is imperative; these can include coughs, colds and dry skin. The element for autumn resonates with the metal element and is allotted the lung organ. When the Lung vitality has been deteriorated, the body’s defence system will become faulty and cough, colds and dry skin can manifest. Of cause there are many types of coughs and colds that can be identified, however, to keep things simple, we shall explore the ones which are closely affected by autumn and how we can assist these.

An herbal perspective for addressing these symptoms which work along the lung meridian would be through the use of herbs such as Jing Jie (Schizonepeta), Jie Geng (Radix Platycodi ), sang bai pi (Cortex Mori Radicis), gan cao Radix Glycyrrhizae. Other herbs that can be included in cooking include Chuan Bei Mu (Fritillary bulb), Yi Yi Ren (Job’s Tears) and even Ren Shen (Ginseng).

Over-the-counter herbal formulations which can also treat coughs include Zhi Sou San (Stop Coughing Powder) which is made up of Jie Geng (Radix Platycodi), Jing Jie (Herba Schizonepetae), Zi Wan (Radix Asteris), Bai Bu (Radix stemonae), Bai Qian (Rhizoma Cynanchi Stauntonii), Gan Cao (Radix Glycyrrhizae) and Chen Pi (Pericarpium Citri Reticulatae). Other formulas such as Yin Qiao San or Gan Mao Ling (for coughs and sore throat), Gui Zhi Tang or Ge Gen Tang (for cold) can also be used. A favourite at the Macuarie Street clinic is the Fritillaria Loquat Syrup (Chuan Bei Pi Pa Gao) for those persistent coughs.

For those of you who wish to try your hand at making your own immune booster and cough remedy, why not have a go at the Master Tonic which was discussed in a previous blog.

Foods and helpful remedies include

Honey: can be standalone remedy or mixed with either garlic or turmeric. Honey has great antibacterial properties and soothes the throat.

Turmeric: can be used as a standalone remedy or in combination with a warm drink mixed with warm to hot milk. Turmeric contains curcumin which is an active agent with strong anti-viral, anti‑bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties.

Garlic: Used as a cure for all ailments in many different cultures. Garlic can stand proud as a cure for all. Garlic has anti-microbial, anti-bacterial and anti-viral properties due to the active agent, allicin. It can also be one of the most effective home remedies for a dry cough as well as boosting your immune system to help fight infections that cause a dry cough.

Thyme: contains compounds which relax the throat muscles involved in coughing and lessen inflammation.