Introduction to Chinese Herbs and Healing Foods
More than half of all US adults are over weight. Weight gain is not only affects are appearance but is a serious health issue. Adults who are overweight are at a greater risk for cardiovascular disease, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and type 2 diabetes. According to Chinese Medicine with its roots in Taoists ideas of natural harmony, being underweight or overweight are both expressions of imbalance.
HEALING THROUGH MOVEMENT
Internal Exercises, Tai Chi & Qi Gong are a healing system of postures and breathing designed to heal the body and prevent disease. These simple exercises have been practiced by the Taoist physicians for centuries and have recently been proven by science to reduce blood pressure, improve weight loss, increase energy, and strengthen the immune system. This workshop will teach you exercises that are so simple and easy that anyone can do them in just minutes a day.
THE 5 ELEMENT SERIES
How we digest our food and assimilate key nutrients plays a large role in determining our energy levels and overall health. According to Oriental medicine, the Spleen plays a central role in digestive function. Chinese herbologist Drew DiVittorio will share herbal and dietary approaches addressing such symptoms as poor absorption, candida, parasites, acid reflux, dysbiosis, food sensitivities, blood sugar imbalances and irregular bowel movements. He will also discuss the role of some degenerative diseases and the strategies for a safe and effective bowel restoration program.
According to traditional Chinese medicine the liver is the main organ involved in detoxification and removing stagnations. It is especially active in the spring, so it is vitally important to clean out excess impurities in the body when the weather is warm. A weak liver or long-term low-level exposure to toxins such as heavy metals and pesticides has been linked to depression, immune deficiencies, migraines, food and environment sensitivities, skin condition, neurological disorders, and certain types of cancer. You will learn about herbs and foods that cleanse and strengthen the liver and how to design your own detoxification program.
According to Chinese medical theory, the heart houses the ‘mind’ and is the resident of the Spirit (Shen). The Heart balances and controls all mental and emotional activity, consciousness, thinking, memory, and sleep. Therefore, any imbalances in these areas are seen as functional disorders of the organs, especially the Heart.
According to Chinese Medicine, the Lungs are in communication with the Autumn season. The Lungs are the roots of our Qi (life force energy). They are the resident of physical strength, their glory manifests in the skin and they regenerate themselves from the environment to feed the entire body. When in harmony, the lungs control our exterior immune function protecting us from colds, flu and other environmental toxins. They also assist the heart with circulation of the blood and support our metabolism. In this workshop we will discuss the disharmonies of Autumn including skin conditions, environmental allergies, sinus infection, chronic bronchitis, asthma, and thyroid disorders. We will also discuss herbs, food cures, and exercises to heal the Lungs.