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Fun & Helpful Articles Written by Dr. Ambrose and Fremont Acupuncture Colleagues
The ancient Chinese observed the patterns of nature to achieve greater understanding. Modern science dissects nature in order to better understand it. But both ancient China and modern science used the scientific method of observation, hypothesis, and trial and error through experimentation. The theory of Yin and Yang, which dates back as long ago as the I Ching, is the theory of complimentary opposites, and of relativity; which is seen through out nature and within the human being.
There are many different forms of the Yin and Yang symbol, but the underlying principles remain the same:
Be Yin when nature is yin; sleep before 11pm and don't expose yourself to bright lights or screens once the sun has set. The body secretes certain hormones only after dark, such as melatonin; a powerful sleep aid and antioxidant. Also, be Yang when nature is Yang. Wake up once the sun has risen. This will help regulate your adrenal hormones to help you wake up full of energy in the morning.
To the left you will see part of an ancient Taoist diagram with a large red circle; this circle represents being and non-being. In other words, oneness or non-duality.When the Taiji and Wuji began moving, it created Yin and Yang; the nature of opposites.
As you can see the second circle down shows a Yin and Yang symbol represented by black and white in equal proportions. Yet, there remains a small red circle in the center between Yin and Yang. This is because Yin and Yang are the same; they are both taiji and wuji, being and non-being; they are both created by oneness.
At Fremont Acupuncture, we balance the Yin and Yang within the body using acupuncture, herbs, and life style recommendations. I'm here to teach you to live a healthy life style, while correcting the imbalance your body may already have suffered: emotionally, physically, and spiritually.
Wishing you the Best in Health! And remember to live in harmony with the patterns of the natural world!
Garlic has been used for thousands of years to improve health and performance. The armies of ancient Rome, the Egyptian laborers, and the Olympian athletes of ancient Greeks all used garlic to increase strength and endurance. Hippocrates used garlic as a cleansing agent and for abdominal and uterine growths. The chief physician of Nero's Roman army, said that it cleans the arteries, which science has shown to be true!
In fact, most studies done on garlic proves it lowers high blood pressure and reduces high cholesterol levels! Its amazing to learn just how accurate ancient medicine was! Traditional Chinese Medicine, is no different. It also uses garlic as a medicinal herb.
Garlic or xie bai, as it's called in Chinese, also is used for cardiovascular health. According to the Materia Medica of Chinese Herbal Medicine: it unblocks Yang Qi in the chest, disperses turbid phlegm stagnation, and warms the chest. Let me translate the poetry of Traditional Chinese Medicine:
Garlic is full of antioxidants too! It's a great medicine and food, not only for high blood pressure and cholesterol, but also for the prevention of cancer!
You can increase the number of antioxidant compounds by cutting it up and letting it sit for a few minutes before eating it. The chopped up garlic, which is still alive, begins to regenerate its antioxidant compounds as it attempts to grow and heal itself. You'll be able to cook it and maintain more of it's medicinal qualities with this method.
Plus, there are so many delicious ways to eat garlic too! Slice it into thin pieces and add it to a sandwich or wrap. Make garlic wine; especially good for the common cold. Or just, dice it up and swallow the garlic raw with your meal. The less you cook your garlic, the greater its health benefits!
Wishing you the Best in Health!
About The Authors
Dr. Reyna Ambrose L.Ac, has always had an interest in natural healing and has studied various forms of alternative medicine for over ten years. She holds a Doctorate degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine and she continues to study every day. She is dedicated to facilitating patients rediscover their health potential.