Chinese Medicine Wisdom for Summer Wellness

Chinese Medicines teaches us that optimum health comes with being in total harmony with the cycles of nature, so with each new season, it’s important to adapt your lifestyle in order to deeply align with the healing energies each season has to offer. Summer wellness is important because according to Chinese medicine, this is the time we restore our reserves that keep us healthy and strong all through the winter months. So if you suffer from frequent colds and winter blues, now is the time to invest in your health, and it may be easier than you think.

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Natural Cold Remedies and Tips to Recover Quickly

Having a cold is no fun, however, there are plenty of natural cold remedies and tips that will nip a cold in the bud, or make it less severe and speed up the healing process. It’s a good idea to have these remedies on hand so you can begin treating your cold as soon as you feel like you might be getting sick.

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Timeless Teas – The Art of Aged Tea

Just like fine wine, there are certain varieties of tea that age beautifully, accentuating or transforming their flavor and increasing their value. While most teas have a shelf life of about a year, after which the flavor becomes dull and stale, specific varieties of white, oolong and pu’er tea taste even better with time. Artfully aging high-quality tea bestows tea leaves with astonishing depth of flavor and complexity, as well as the special essence of time that the soul savors with delight. In order to be considered “aged” tea must be at least 5 years old but can be aged upwards of 50 years if stored in good condition.

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The Four Pillars of Optimum Health

Many clients come to Arogya perplexed by a health issue. “I exercise, I eat healthy food, I just don’t understand why is this happening…” When looking at health, food and exercise are essential, however, they are not the whole picture. In fact, there are four main areas of our lives that contribute to our health and well-being, and we must take them all into account.

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New Year Resolution: Overcoming Sugar Cravings

Happy New Year! It’s that time of the year!  The beginning of a new time.  A time for reevaluating our past year and making new goals, new resolutions, and new commitments. Many of us make resolutions about health and wellness, which can be particularly daunting after weeks of holiday feasting. One of my goals every year is cutting back my intake of sweets and overcoming sugar cravings, which I found to be a very daunting task, but along the way, I’ve learned many important things about our relationship with sugar and tips on how to say no to sugar.

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Holistic Solutions for Sleep

In the early 1900s, the average American slept 9 hours a night.  Fast forward a hundred years to today and we are finding the average American sleeps between 6-7 hours on a weeknight and 8 hours on the weekends.  In that short time, we haven’t evolved to need less sleep, so what is happening with those vital 2 to 3 hours of rest, relaxation and restoration?  And where have these hours?  We have replaced a good night’s rest with a combination of coffee and other stimulants, late nights glued to computer and televisions screens, and other unhealthy sleeping habits that can result in insomnia.

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Staying Healthy and Vibrant During Late Summer

As the summer sun continues to shine and the summer squash in our gardens become overly abundant, we find ourselves in a special time of the year.  In the Chinese system, late summer or sometimes called Indian summer, is a brief but important time.  Each one of the seasons is associated with an element and the late summer season is associated with the Earth Element. Late summer is a time to celebrate the beginning of the harvest and the richness of earth’s bounties as we prepare for the autumn.  As this is a transition period, it is very important to stay centered in one’s self and grounded to the earth.  

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Chaga

Chaga Tea: a Powerfully Medicinal Mushroom Tea

Pat Lewis, a landscaper from Portland Maine, is a friend of ours who always gives us a unique gift: wild-crafted chaga mushroom. Working in the wilds of Maine, he often comes across this highly medicinal mushroom. The first time he gave us some pieces of of this dark, wood-like mushroom, we had never seen it before, and didn’t quite know what to do with it. However, after researching and experimenting, chaga tea has become a beloved medicine in our home.

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Cupping

The Ancient Art of Cupping

This year’s summer Olympics brought cupping, the traditional healing modality often used in Chinese medicine, into the limelight. Gold-medalist swimmer Michael Phelps, among other Olympians, sported the telltale circular red marks that cupping leaves on the skin. In response, dozens of articles in all the major news sources featured articles about cupping, which has helped raise public interest in this powerful and ancient healing technique.

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