Showing posts with label chinese health practices. Show all posts
Showing posts with label chinese health practices. Show all posts

Monday, June 2, 2014

Food as Medicine: Healing with Whole Foods, Herbs and Medicinal Mushrooms



This class will teach us how to use herbs, whole foods and medicinal mushrooms to build and balance our life-force energy, regenerate our internal organs, strengthen our immune system, and prevent disease. The topics covered will include: food cures for common ailments such as digestive and immune system disorders, respiratory and cardiovascular problems, allergies, pain management, etc.; the effects of food on mood and emotional well-being; the extraordinary health benefits of mushrooms such as Reishi, Shitake and Maitake (and recipes to prepare and use them); the importance of seasonal eating in Asian medical traditions; healthy weight loss; and longevity-promoting foods and detoxification. Drew will assess participants individually to help each of us design a personalized diet and herbal program.
A WEEKLY COURSE
(3 sessions) Thursdays, July 24–August 7, 8–10pm
14SHN58T  
Members: $105 / Nonmembers: $115 
Early Bird rate $95/$105 by May 29

Saturday, May 31, 2014

Is Inadequate Vitamin D Implicated in Fibromyalgia, Multiple Sclerosis, and Parkinson’s?



Is Inadequate Vitamin D Implicated in Fibromyalgia, Multiple Sclerosis, and Parkinson’s? (via PRWeb)
It has been known since 1922 that Vitamin D is vital for bone health. Dr. J G Moellendorf, DC, ND, LCP notes that recent research shows its importance in many other body functions. Vitamin D is a relatively safe and inexpensive treatment for fibromyalgia…

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

The Gerson Program Saved My Mother's Life

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I am posting this blog in honor of my Mother who passed away 2 years ago. It would have been her 85th birthday.

In 1978 while I was still in high school my mother developed breast cancer.  I had no idea what detoxification was or how it worked.  The nutritional program that she decided to use to help her overcome her condition was the Gerson Program.  The main strategy of this program is detoxification which treats existing conditions and can prevent disease.  My mother taught me how to do a coffee enema when i was a freshmen in college.  I bet Sigmund Freud would have a field day with that one. Now in my 18th year of private practice detoxification as a healing strategy is the most important part of my practice.
Below is a brief video of Charlotte explaining the history of the Gerson Program.


Sunday, October 20, 2013

Professor Drew's Lecture on Chinese Medicine (video)


The Five Tastes According to Chinese Medicine


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Research is now backing up oriental and alternative medicine.  Sixty percent of MD’s practice some form of alternative medicine, whether meditation, nutrition, acupuncture, etc.  Doctors are now prescribing vitamins such as folic acid, 

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Professor's Drew’s Workshops & Seminars


THE TAO OF HEALTHY LIVING
Introduction to Chinese Herbs and Healing Foods
The Tao’, translated as “The Way”, are the many tools used by the great masters of oriental medicine and modern nutritionists to promote health and longevity. In this class we will explore strategies of healthy living based on oriental medicine and modern nutrition. Healthy Living includes herbal medicine, a balanced diet, nutritional supplements and internal exercises for stress reduction.

4 WEEKS TO WELLNESS - THE FIVE ELEMENT WELLNESS PROGRAMS



Drew’s Coaching Programs consist of an Initial Consultation($225). In this consultation you will be assessed according to Oriental Medicine i.e., pulse, tongue, and two extensive health assessment forms. Based upon this information, Drew will create an individualized program for you which includes

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

WORKSHOP: THE ART of HEALING WITH FOOD - THE ASIAN HEALING DIET


Learn the Art of the Chinese Healing Diet.


Confucius (551-479 B.C.) once said...'the path to your friend's heart and love goes from your cooking.'

A Chinese proverb tells us that 'eating good food can bring harmony and closeness to the family and relationships.'


In 625AD,  the first Chinese Diet Classic was published by Sun Shu Mao a Chinese Physician, his book is entitled 'One Thousand Ounces of Gold Classics'. he created food cures for such conditions as thyroid issues, night blindness, liver diseases and much more. Many of these food cures and healing diets are still being used today. Macrobiotics and many of the modern healing diets that you are familiar with have all drawn from this ancient wisdom to heal disease in the modern clinic. 



Monday, October 7, 2013

Top Ten Ways To Prevent and Treat Colds & Flu



Hello Everyone.  It is that time of year again. Below are my top ten ways to treat colds and flu.

1. Eliminate Foods That Are Mucus Producing.  In the fall and winter months the climate is very damp which is can be conducive to breed germs.  Even if you are living in a dry climate you can still be damp internally which is why   we need to control our internal environment by avoiding foods that can create 

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

INTRODUCTION TO ORIENTAL DIAGNOSIS



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Oriental diagnosis is an ancient medical art of reading the body to determine health.  The condition of the internal organs are apparent by looking at external features, such as the face, tongue eyes and ears. This class will provides a step-by-step introduction to the  methods of assessment, and diagnosis Oriental medicine. 

When you are able to diagnose, you are able to help friends, family and customers with valuable advice as you will be able to recognize which organ(s) may be imbalanced (hopefully) before it causes a problem.

**Saturday & Sunday: October 25 & 26**
**10AM - 4PM**
**1133 Bway between 25 & 26**
**Room: 1023**
**$175.00** ($!5 material fee)


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Students will gain a working familiarity with meridians and diagnostic points during a full day hands-on workshop on Sunday. Yin/Yang is the Way of heaven and earth, The fundamental principle of the myriad things, The father and mother of change and transformation, The root of inception and destruction – Su Wen, Yellow Emperor’s Classic.

THIS IS A MUST FOR ANY HEALING PRACTICE

  1. Increase Clinic Outcomes
  2. Get a Better Understanding of Your Clients Imbalances
  3. Determine if Your Treatments Are Working
  4. Be Able to Choose the Right Herbs or Foods for Your Clients Based on Their Pulse and Tongue
Saturday & Sunday: October 25 & 26
10AM - 4PM
1133 Bway between 25 & 26
Room: 1023
$175.00 ($15.00 material fee)

To Your Health; 
Professor Drew












Monday, September 16, 2013

Food as Medicine: Healing with Whole Foods, Herbs and Medicinal Mushrooms


Reishi Mushroom
This class will teach us how to use herbs, whole foods and medicinal mushrooms to build and balance our life-force energy, regenerate our internal organs, strengthen our immune system, and prevent disease. The topics covered will include: food cures for common ailments such as digestive and immune system disorders, respiratory and cardiovascular problems, allergies, pain management, etc.;the effects of food on mood and emotional well-being: the extraordinary health benefits of mushrooms such as Reishi, Shitake and Maitake (and recipes to prepare and use them); the importance of seasonal eating in Asian medical traditions; healthy weight loss; longevity-promoting foods; detoxification; and much more. Drew will assess participants individually to help each of us design a personalized diet and herbal program.

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Dr. Shen's Hair Tonic



He Shou Wu

Long ago, old Mr. He became lost in the forest. Years later, those who found him were astonished. The old man's hair had turned from white to black. In order to sustain himself, he lived on the root of the common wild vine Polygoni Multiflori. Today, the plant bears his name, He Shou Wu (Old Mr. He) . In the West this root is known as Shou Wu or FoTi.


Modern day doctors of Oriental Medicine use this herb to strengthen the Blood and the Jing in order to treat alopecia, prevent premature hair loss or greying, and to regulate excessive aging. Dr. Shen's Shou Wu Pill contains only five years old or older, export grade (the highest) He Shou Wu (90%). Small amounts (5%) of premium Poria are added to enhance digestability and absorbtion. Chuanxiong (5%) is added as a messenger herb, to invigorate the He Shou Wu and direct the action of the formula upward to the head.


Friday, August 9, 2013

Top Ten Ways to Reduce Stress


1. Cordycepts are a therapeutic fungus found at the high altitudes in China and are one of the most valued medicinal fungi in Chinese medicine.  Research dating back to 1843 suggests the use of cordyceps to help strengthen and rebuilding the body after exhaustion or long term illness.  It is used by athletes to rebuild after a heavy workout. 

2. Ashwangandha known as a classic rejuvenating herb in Indian medicine, ashwagandha has been shown to enhance adaptability to both physical and chemical stress.  For instance, mice pretreated with ashwagandha and subjected to physical stress showed increased endurance, it can prevent stress induced ulcers.

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Tongue Diagnosis in Oriental Medicine


PROFESSOR DREW'S CLASSROOM


This is the first in a series of articles explaining the theories, the herbal formulas and diagnostic tools used in Oriental Medicine to heal. The medical application of tongue diagnosis is very old.  The earliest records are inscriptions on bones and tortoise shells unearthed during the Yi Dynasty; the first dynasty of the Bronze Age. Ancient Chinese physicians developed a special way of approaching the diagnosis of diseases through four types pf physical examination:  inspection, questioning, smelling, and listening.  In addition to taking the pulse, palpation of the abdomen, and tongue diagnosis an inspection of the features of the tongue to aid in disease diagnosis were very important.

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Why You Should Start Oil Pulling Today





Hello Everybody,
This is a great daily health practice.  Something I have been doing for the last 2 years.
Why You Should Start Oil Pulling Today.
 By Morgan Potts (see bio below)
Oil pulling is an ancient Ayurvedic method for detox and rejuvenation. It’s a simple practice, with quite remarkable results. Many have heard of it, but never actually dove in to try it. It definitely has a mystical and exciting vibe around it, which made me eager to try. But what exactly is it? What does it do?

In a (coco)nut shell:

To oil pull, simply swish your choice of unrefined, high quality oil in your mouth; similar to the way you would use a mouthwash. My favorite is coconut oil. This can be done anywhere from five to 20 minutes. The process attracts and removes bacteria, toxins, and parasites that live in your mouth or lymph system, and also pulls congestion and mucus from your throat and loosens up your sinuses, which is amazing! With the help of your saliva, all these scary undesirables bind with the oil, ready to be disposed of. Pulling also helps re-mineralize your teeth and strengthen your gums by thoroughly cleansing the area. This sounds good, right? But how exactly do you do it?

Traditionally, oil pullers used virgin sesame oil. The reason I prefer to use raw coconut oil is because it has antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, and enzymatic properties. This provides the added benefit of killing any unwanted bacteria that may be residing in the mouth, while leaving behind healthy probiotic strains. A perfect exchange!

To start, scoop ½ to 1 full tablespoon of oil into the mouth; if it’s cold, allow the oil to melt. Now push, swirl, and pull the oil between your teeth, around your gums, and allow it to touch every part of your mouth except your throat. You don’t want the oil getting in contact with your throat because it’s now carrying somewhat toxic material. No gargling!

Have fun with it, though! Hum a little song, or practice deep breathing through your nose. Allow this to be a sacred time. Enjoy the feeling of cleansing, the relaxation with the absence of talking. There’s nothing quite like the feeling of smiling with a mouth full of oil. Something about it just feels so right!

Once your time pulling is over, spit into the trash or toilet, but never the sink — the oil could solidify and clog your drain. Now rinse your mouth out with clean water two or three times. Finally, drink a glass of water and relax. You should be feeling fresh and rejuvenated.

Why You Should Start Oil Pulling Today
February 27, 2013 4:09 PM ES popular reason for oil pulling is to find relief from congestion in the sinuses and throat. It is unbelievable how quickly this happens! Immediately after rinsing, you will find yourself blowing your nose and clearing your throat. I have worked with people struggling with chronic sinus congestion who experienced relief unlike anything else, after oil pulling only once! Their condition improved and the congestion eventually went away completely.

I began pulling to benefit my gums and teeth, which used to be extremely sensitive. My gums strengthened, and teeth became much whiter! It also proved to be beneficial to my skin, which cleared up dramatically, and became bright and almost glowing. Swishing with coconut oil has also proven to be beneficial to those with skin disorders such as psoriasis, and is great for anyone who wants to detox and begin taking better care of their immune system.

Oil pulling can be done at any time of the day, but for a more thorough detox, its best to do this in the morning, before eating or drinking. If you are having a hard time fitting oil pulling into your routine, I’ve found a nice time to do this is while in the shower. This way, you aren’t counting the clock until the minutes are up; simply spit when your shower is done.

I hope you enjoy this healing, divine and sensual experience as much as I do. Love the oil. Love the process. Happy pulling.

Morgan Potts is a certified holistic health nutrition coach living in Rochester, NY. She is passionate about nutrition, its impact on happiness, and effect on the mind. Eating meals rich in unprocessed, whole and nutritious foods has renewed her life with feelings of health, vibrance and energy. With a specific focus on balance, conquering anxiety, and living with mindfulness, she teaches us to really slow down and experience life. 
Morgan received her training at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition in New York, where she learned traditional nutrition philosophies and lifestyles. She works both locally, and over the phone with people from around the world. If you are interested in working with Morgan, talk with her today!


 Price List
Extra Virgin Organic Cold Pressed Coconut Oil

5 gal $189 - WE HAVE STOCK! PLEASE CALL! 
Two 30oz jars $37.98
One 30oz jar $21.00 

$13.90 per jar for 120 (30oz – 12 cases)

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Monday, June 10, 2013

Calming the Spirit: Stress Reduction with Chinese Herbs and Practices


Over the course of centuries traditional Chinese medicine developed the use of specific exercises, foods, herbal formulas, and meditation methods to address a wide range of ailments and to foster overall emotional and spiritual health.
In this class, we will draw from this rich tradition to learn some simple but powerfully effective techniques to reduce stress and “calm the spirit.” In each session we will practice ancient Taoist movement, breathing, and meditative exercises that have recently been scientifically proven to help control blood pressure, reduce weight, balance energy, and calm the nervous system.
Even minutes a day of practice can confer noticeable results. We will also explore herbs, foods and specific exercises that can help alleviate such conditions as depression, insomnia and anxiety as well as help us release negative emotions.
A WEEKLY COURSE
(3 sessions) Thursdays, June 13–27, 8–10pm
13SHC49T
Members: $90 / Nonmembers: $100
New York Open Center
212-219-2527
22 East 30th Street
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Drew DiVittorio, Dipl (NCCAOM), board-certified in Traditional Chinese Herbology by the National Commission for the Certification of Acupuncturists and Oriental Medicine, is currently an associate professor at the University of Bridgeport Acupuncture Institute and maintains a private practice in NYC. He is a popular speaker on nutrition and Chinese herbalism at venues around the nation.