Eat your Medicine! Chinese Medicine Nutrition spotlight:✨🔦✨
Da Zao - aka Jujube - aka Chinese Red Dates
Da Zao / Chinese Red Dates are used in TCM herbal medicine to nourish the blood, tonify the Spleen. It's often added to formulas to help harmonize the other herbs and protect the body from side effects.
If you've been diagnosed by a practitioner as having qi & blood deficiency, you can eat your medicine! And it tastes delicious!
This is a particularly good herb for bodies that go through monthly menstruation.
I've been enjoying Da Zao by adding it to oatmeal. Tips:
❗️The dates need to be cooked.
❗️Remove the pits before cooking.
→ Cook them with your steel-cut oats in the insta-pot or via stovetop.
→ If using flaked oats, simmer the dates in a bit of water first for 20min.
Da Zao is excellent for boosting fertility, softening the cervix before labour, supporting uterine muscles, and nourishing postpartum.
Chinese Dates are less sweet than the dates we usually get in the grocery store, so it's easier on the blood sugar. That being said, they're not recommended for everyone's constitution - so it's always wise to talk to your practitioner first.
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You can read a research study report here: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5637148/
Food really is medicine.
#foodismedicine #eatyourmedicine #lovewhatyoueat #nourishyourself #dazao #chinesereddate #jujube
FULL MOON IN ARIES
Tomorrow’s full moon is FULL ON, and I've got two mantras to help you through it - keep reading 🔻!
Aries is a fire sign and rules the head. It's why you might be feeling like this right now: 🤯
Or... partially why. In addition:
Mars, a fiery planet that's retrograde in Aries right now, is squaring Saturn - MEANING: You want to go forward but you're being forced to slow down. It's like trying to hit the gas pedal with the brakes on. 🤦♀️
Inside the body, this stop and go energy inside inside us, from a Chinese medicine standpoint, stagnates the Liver qi - MEANING: it creates pent up frustration & heat which does all sorts of un-fun things to the body: headaches, muscle tension, sore necks, etc.
The energy has to go somewhere, and if it can't go where you want it to go today due to circumstances beyond your control, instead: do some cardio exercise, shout in your pillow, punch the air, cry, or dance like nobody's watching (even if they are) 💃🏼
And now... your MANTRAS:
1) “I check my ego at the gate."
2) “Patience...(aaaaand more patience)."
You may not love these mantras 🤣[I made no promises that this would feel good 😉]
If you're a human, you have an ego. It's not a bad thing. But an ego that's too big or two small isn't in highest service of yourself nor others. Having an honest and balanced relationship with the ego is what we’re especially called to do right now.
And transits aren't all 'bad'. Positive aspects of this one include:
It can spark ACTION. The urge to DO something - to work though some of the themes that have been plaguing you this last month.
And if you're someone who has a hard time speaking up for yourself (ie ego too small) then you might get that surge of energy to speak up or assert your boundaries.
Personally, I always feel so much better during full moons than new moons. With the moon the ruler of my cart, a full moon seems to give me a burst of creative energy that I love.
In the spirit of ego, here's a selfie at the end of an epic week last week where I was feelin' surprisingly perky 🙃 👍🏾
Hang in there this week. We'll get through this.
As a Chinese Medicine Practitioner, I am often asked about 𝗦𝗘𝗫.
People want to know if Chinese medicine can do anything for sex drive.
Yes... but it's complicated.
First of all, it’s normal to have a sex drive and it’s normal not to have a sex drive. 𝙄𝙩’𝙨 𝙣𝙤𝙧𝙢𝙖𝙡 & 𝙝𝙚𝙖𝙡𝙩𝙝𝙮 𝙩𝙤 𝙬𝙖𝙣𝙩 𝙨𝙚𝙭, 𝙖𝙣𝙙 𝙣𝙤𝙧𝙢𝙖𝙡 & 𝙝𝙚𝙖𝙡𝙩𝙝𝙮 𝙣𝙤𝙩 𝙩𝙤 𝙬𝙖𝙣𝙩 𝙨𝙚𝙭.
Put another way: 𝗬𝗼𝘂 𝗮𝗿𝗲 𝗻𝗼𝘁 𝗯𝗿𝗼𝗸𝗲𝗻 𝗶𝗳 𝘆𝗼𝘂 𝗱𝗼𝗻'𝘁 𝘄𝗮𝗻𝘁 𝘀𝗲𝘅. 𝗡𝗼𝗿 𝗱𝗼 𝘆𝗼𝘂 𝗵𝗮𝘃𝗲 𝗮𝗻𝘆𝘁𝗵𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝘁𝗼 𝗯𝗲 𝗮𝘀𝗵𝗮𝗺𝗲𝗱 𝗼𝗳 𝗶𝗳 𝘆𝗼𝘂 𝘄𝗮𝗻𝘁 𝘀𝗲𝘅 𝗺𝗼𝗿𝗲 𝗼𝗳𝘁𝗲𝗻 𝘁𝗵𝗮𝗻 𝘆𝗼𝘂 𝘵𝘩𝘪𝘯𝘬 𝗼𝘁𝗵𝗲𝗿𝘀 𝗱𝗼.
There are many factors that, to use terms in Emily Nagoski’s book, either activate your 'Sexual Excitation System' or your 'Sexual Inhibition System' when it comes to your sexual response.
For the Chinese Medicine Curious, here’s what I’ll share...
Sex involves multiple different organ systems in TCM:
The Liver. The meridian encircles the genitals. And when you’re super stressed, the Liver qi stagnates. For some this puts on the brakes, whereas others enjoy using sex as a way to get their Liver qi flowing.
The Kidney system. It governs our reproductive organs. If we are experiencing adrenal burnout or a deficiency in yang qi, we may find it harder to get aroused.
The Heart. The Heart is related to anxiety, so whether it’s anxiety in general or performance anxiety specifically, if this system is out of balance then essentially the communication between your Heart & genitals gets short circuited.
And yep, we’re humans who sometimes have #allofthethings going on at once!
So yes we can use TCM (that's acu +/or herbs) in some ways to increase drive & sensation during orgasm. We can also enhance sperm & egg quality, and assist those experiencing vaginal dryness for menopausal or other reasons.
But first and foremost, it’s time to normalize your baseline when it comes to who you are and what you’re into or not into*. (*ALL abuse situations aside. No abuse should be ’normalized’. Ever.)
Love and acceptance of self is always the #1 place to start.
#sexpositivity #sexpositive #sexeducation #sexualhealth #selflove #pleasure #selfcare #bodypositive #feminism #sexualwellness #bodypositivity #acupuncture #torontoacupuncturist #chinesemedicine #tcm #tcmlove #aculove #acupuncturerocks #chinesemedicinewoman #sexandchinesemedicine