Cinnabar Talk – Spring Detox

ImageLiving by the Seasons is key to health and longevity. When move with cycles, we increase our energy, when work against them we lose energy.
Summer – Full Expansion – Heart, Increase Connections and Creativity
Fall – Introspection – Protect Lungs, Build Immunity
Winter – Hibernation – Building Reserves Tonify Kidneys
Spring – Detoxification – Cleanse Liver & Gallbladder, change unwanted patterns

Spring is Best time to:
⦁    Drop excess weight (Dampness), lean down after hibernation
⦁    Cleanse Liver and Gallbladder, even if have no symptoms
⦁    Start a new project or goal
⦁    Let go of what no longer serves you
⦁    Increase movement

Spring Diet
⦁    Higher percentage of raw foods (especially in warmer climates), sprouts, young greens, and a more vegetable-based diet.
⦁    Dandelion, watercress, arugula, mung beans, seaweeds
⦁    Lightest meals and simplest cooking of the year.
⦁    Quickly sauté or steam vegetables so that they are partially raw. Focus on sweet and pungent flavors while limiting salty and heavy foods.

Herbs for Spring
Wu Wei Zi (schizandra berry)
⦁    Safe long-term liver detoxifier and protector.
⦁    Beauty benefits. Plumps up and hydrates the skin.
⦁    Increases sexual fluids and sensitivity.
Milk Thistle
⦁    Safe long-tern liver detoxifier

Liver Cleansing Broth
1 head of cabbage
2 celery sticks
2 carrots
1 onion
2 russet potatoes
Chop and put in a big pot. Cover with water. Bring to a boil and simmer for 45 min.
Add 1 bunch parsley and 1 clove garlic and simmer an additional 5 min. Strain and serve.

Recommended Treatments and Packages
(discounted prices with Heather’s Program)
⦁    Endermologie ($75), Slimming Package ($99)
⦁    Schizandra (Wu Wei Zi), Shu Gan Wan (Liver detox), Qing Dan Hua Shi Pian (stones), Jiang Dan Gu Chun Pian (cholesterol)
⦁    Slimming Package ($99), Ear Magnets ($15)
⦁     Weightloss Pills
Allay soreness, protect against injuries
⦁    Acupuncture ($70), 60 min massage ($70)
⦁    Yunnan Paiyao
Increase Stamina, build muscle and strength
⦁    Acupuncture ($70)
⦁    Deer Antler Drops, Ant Drops


Daikon Radish; Antidote to the Modern Diet

Mild and tasteless when eaten raw, shockingly stinky when cooked, and delivering a bite when sprouted, the Daikon Radish is something you should consider adding to your diet.

Lai Fu Zi (Daikon Radish seed) is an herb used in TCM to reduce food stagnation particularly from starchy foods. It also resolves Phlegm and descends the Qi for cases of excess cough. It is boiled into a tea or can be cooked with grains.

Daikon Radish is an important medicinal in Chinese Food Therapy for its unique qualities.

Unlike red radishes, Daikon is cooling and mild in taste, yet retains the phlegm resolving quality. The radish can be grated or sliced in a salad, pickled, or cooked in soup. The seeds can be sprouted and are often used in sushi.

Any condition exacerbated or caused by eating rich foods, excess phlegm, or food stagnation benefits from Daikon radish. For example: acne, obesity, diabetes, bloating, diarrhea, cellulite, etc. It is also a great addition to a detox regimen. A therapeutic dose when using food as medicine is to have it at least once daily.

Boost Your Immunity – Yu Ping Feng San

Yu Ping Feng San is a classical Chinese Formula to strengthen the Wei (Defensive) Qi. The name translates as Jade Screen Formula and it does more than just strengthen our defenses against pathogens.

Cosmetically it tightens pores. Emotionally it helps us maintain clear, strong boundaries. And spiritually it builds our natural defense against psychic attack.

The original formula contains just three herbs but it is often modified for the individual. The three herbs are:

Huang Qi (Radix Astragali Membranaccei) – A Spleen qi tonic with special function to raise the yang qi, strengthen qi and blood, stabilizes the Wei qi, and promotes urination. This is a key herb in strengthening immunity.

Fang Feng (Radix Saposhnikoviae Divaricatae) – Which reduces both internal and external Wind, and Wind Dampness.

Bai Zhu (Rhizoma Atractylodis Macrocephalae) – Another Spleen qi tonic that dries dampness and stabilizes the Wei qi.

Should be taken longterm.

Alternative Cancer Treatment Support for my Dog

Disclaimer: This is my experience as a layman in caring for my dog who had cancer. It is not intended as medical or professional advice.

Our dog, Virginia, had a recurrent liposarcoma (cancer of the fatty tissue). We were able to extend her life for many years. The following is what worked and didn’t work for her.

We found Virginia on the side of a back country road in Virginia starving to death. With some local investigation we discovered that it was a common practice to dump unwanted animals along with the trash at the dumpsters there. When she was about 5 Virginia developed an autoimmune disease. I personally believe that it was the combination of the autoimmune condition with having her inoculations always injected on the side of her neck that led to the first formation of a tumor right at the site where she would get her shots. (Most vets will vary the place where they inject.)

Virginia underwent a total of 3 operations over 5 years. We elected not to do radiation.

What Worked:

Diet: We made homemade food for Virginia. Typically it was thinly chopped vegetables such as zucchini, yellow squash, sweet potato, carrots, celery, etc. as the base. Then meat was added to comprise 10-20% of the food. Sometimes a little whole grains were added. It was cooked like a stew with “No Chicken Broth” added to make it more soupy. We would often make a big batch and freeze some of it when we were too busy to cook more often. She ate twice a day. She was part beagle and a master beggar so she did get an occasional unhealthy treat.

Supplements: She was about 40 lbs.
daily vitamin, usually “Missing Link.”
1/2 tsp. of Ursolic acid 2x a day in her meal (purported in other countries to shrink tumors)
1 capsule of Hydrazine Sulfate 2x a day in her meal (purported in other countries to slow tumor growth)
Chinese Ginseng in tablet form, 2 tablets 2x a day (strengthens the Qi without strengthening the pathogen)

The following are other ideas from a knowledgeable Naturopath:
Vitamin B 17 (laetrile and amygdalin)
Powdered Greens: Earth and VitaMineral Greens , Doc Broc’s Power Plants
Graviola leaf and steam – said to attack only the cancer cells
Sprouts – especially cruciferous (broccoli, etc.). Always lightly steam to remove anti-digestive elements.

What didn’t work:
MMS, “Miracle Mineral Solution”, also known as “Master Mineral Solution” and “Miracle Mineral Supplement”. Someone had recommended this as an anti-cancer supplement. Her health went downhill immediately from taking this product.

TCM Parasite and Colon Cleanse

Recovering health requires efficiently letting go of what is no longer useful and saying goodbye to unwanted guests. Accomplishing this on a physical level facilitates releasing emotional attachments and regaining clarity. Harboring one type of bacteria or virus or excessive yeast in the system predisposes the individual to invasion by another because the body is already weakened. There is a myth in the U.S. that you have to travel abroad to get parasites, but we have some right here too. The  following are common ways parasites are spread:

  1. having pets
  2. drinking or swimming in water containing parasites
  3. travel
  4. raw and undercooked foods
  5. physical contact, especially amongst children
  6. overuse of antibiotics (kills beneficial flora and leaves intestines more vulnerable)

Chronic constipation, excess mucous (dampness), and Spleen Qi deficiency (weak digestion) also will predispose you to parasites. I do not advocate getting rid of your dogs or not eating sushi. It is important to know the risks involved in certain activities and take the proper precautions. This may mean doing a yearly parasite cleanse, for example. And putting your pets and family members on one as well.

Common symptoms of parasites

  1. constipation, bloating, a belly that never goes away
  2. anemia, malabsorption, food intolerances
  3. fatigue, irritability
  4. chronic fatigue, low immunity
  5. mental fog, teeth grinding
  6. skin itching, acne

It is important to follow a balanced detox program. This means that you don’t want to annihilate your own body while trying to clear it of parasites and excess congestion. For example, excessive and too frequent fasting can weaken your digestion. As can excessive intake of cold, raw foods. What constitutes “excessive” varies according to the individual.

Simple Detox Diet
An effective cleanse can be accomplished simply by avoiding processed foods, sugars, dairy, white breads, and fried foods. (I don’t count quality dairy as an unhealthy food, but it  does contribute to mucous formation). Make half your diet vegetables. Make your only sweets whole fruits. Eat whole grains, healthy oils, real salt, and lean organic meats. drink plenty of water. Coconut and papaya have anti-fungal and anti-parasitic actions.

Parasite and Colon Cleanse
In addition to a clean diet, you will want to take herbs to kill parasites and their eggs and to remove compacted buildup from your colon. There are many herbs that kill parasites. The most commonly used are: clove, the green hulls of black walnut, pumpkin seeds, wormwood, and turkey rhubarb root (Da Huang). There are many formulas on the market and we sell one at our clinic.

A good probiotic or fermented foods are essential to take as they will help to rebalance the intestines. Digestive enzymes are also helpful to strengthen your digestion to avoid future issues.

Transitioning into Autumn; Metal Element

Achieving and maintaining optimal health involves strengthening our bodies in preparation for the seasons. This is a tradition that goes back to the Yellow Emperor some 2,500 years ago or more in the Huang Di Nei Jing.

Autumn belongs to the Metal Element. Energy begins to turn inward and sincerely evaluate what is of value and what needs to be discarded. The organ systems of Metal are the Lungs (representing holding on) and Large Intestine (letting go).

Emotional & Spiritual
Having a healthy lung and large intestine system means you easily keep commitments and stand by your principles. You sense when it’s time to let go of something and allow yourself to fully feel the sadness and grief. Then you let it all go and  move on.

Dysfunctional Metal relates to unresolved sadness and grief. Fall is an ideal time to release unhealthy emotional attachments. This involves taking time each day to go within. It is greatly facilitated by sharing with friends or a counselor. Getting acupuncture and energetic bodywork done greatly speeds up the healing and releasing process. In conjunction, the following dietary guidelines are very helpful.

Cook with lower heat, for longer periods of time. Also use less salt. The intention during the fall is to increase moistening and pungent foods.

moistening foods: seaweed, apples, pears, chard, papaya, pumpkin, and white fungus.

pungent foods: dakon radish, radish, ginger, arugula, watercress, onion, garlic, fenugreek, fennel

Purity is a key Metal concern, on a physical and emotional level. Keeping the Lungs and Large Intestine clear is key for optimal health. In TCM, detox is gone about in a more balanced way so as to avoid weakening the body.

To detox the Lungs a simple formula is to make a tea of Fenugreek and Fennel seeds and drink daily. This helps clear excess mucous as well as clearing impurities.

To detox the Large Intestine we recommend doing a colon/parasite cleanse once a year. We sell an anti-parasite and colon cleansing formula containing pumpkin seeds, black walnut bark (green hulls), clove, wormwood, and other herbs. Rhubarb root (Da Huang) is an excellent herb to detox the intestines when used in minute amounts over a period of time. Excessive use of detoxifying or purgative herbs weakens the Spleen and digestion, which is counterproductive. This also applies to excessive or too frequent fasting, or excessive raw foods when not appropriate.

There is nothing worse for the Lungs and Large Intestines than a sedentary lifestyle. The Metal element requires exertion on a regular basis for proper functioning. Exercise forces you to expand the lungs, facilitates peristalsis, and helps release emotional stress.

Read More on the 5 Elements and Chinese Food Therapy: Healing with Whole Foods by Paull Pitchford

Rejuvelac; the Cheap Probiotic

Rejuvelac is a simple and inexpensive way to introduce probiotics into your diet. It also contains a high level of enzymes which aid in digestion

As with all ferments, make sure to use sterile equipment.

2 cups whole wheat berries, rye, spelt, kamut, or quinoa
1 qt of water

1. You have 2 options. You can simply soak the grains, or you sprout them if you have a sprouter.
a. If you don’t have a sprouter: Cover the grains with water and let soak for 24 hours.   Drain and rinse.
b. If you have a sprouter: Cover grains with water and let soak for 8 hours. Drain and rinse and allow to sprout until the grains develop a “tail.” Rinse every 8 hours during this process. When the grains are sprouted do a final rinse.

2. Place grains in an open mouth jar. Fill with 1 qt of water. Cover jar with cloth or sprout screen.

3. Let stand for 1-2 days. When the water becomes cloudy and starts to bubble it is ready. Pour out the rejuvelac and refrigerate.

4. Refill the jar with another 1 qt of water. Repeat the process.

5. When second batch of rejuvelac is ready, pour out and refrigerate. Compost the grains.

Drink a small amount with meals. Excessive intake will cause loose stools.

Further Reading:
Wild Fermentation: The Flavor, Nutrition, and Craft of Live-Culture Foods, by Sandor Ellix Katz
Healing with Whole Foods, by Paul Pitchford