According to the Tantra and the search for soma, many different substances can be used as “soma” if it is administered appropriately and at the proper time.
Ayurveda from India and Chinese medicine are both unique medicine models that are independent from each other. As a practitioner of both modalities, it is interesting to compare and observe the influences they have had upon each other. One of those instances is China’s search for soma.
There is historical evidence that these two cultures had communication with one another during the 3rd century BC. At that time India had already produced many literary texts, some already hundreds of years old. These included texts on religion, astrology, and medicine such as the Charaka Samhita ( चरक संहिता) on the science of Ayurveda. [Read more…] about The Search for Soma: How Ayurveda influenced Chinese Medicine
Obstetrics and gynecology, woman’s reproductive health, in Chinese medicine is a vast and complex subject with a history that can be traced back some 3000 years.
It is a science that continues to evolve to fit into the paradigm of western culture. Historically Chinese medicine and Western medicine existed on opposite sides of the spectrum, Chinese medicine with a more macroscopic view of the body, and western with a more microscopic observation of disease.
In terms of women’s reproductive health, Chinese medicine considers certain organs and their functions of utmost importance. Such as the Spleen (pancreas) for creating blood, the Liver for circulating Qi and blood, the Kidneys for storing essence (vitality and longevity), and the Heart for regulating the mind. There are also a few extra meridians that are not associated with an organ, that are specific for reproductive health, such as the Chong (penetrating) vessel, the Ren (directing) vessel, and the Dai (girdle) meridian.
Herbs have been used as an extension of diet and during pregnancy for time immeasurable throughout many cultures. And they are often safer and more effective than pharmaceuticals.
And there is the continual debate on whether herbal medicinals are safe to consume while pregnant. As a clinical herbalist I have my extensive list of herbs contraindicated during pregnancy, pulled from the American Herbal Products Association’s (AHPA) Botanical Safety Handbook, Second Edition.
This debate creates a dilemma for pregnant women [Read more…] about How to Safely Use Herbs During Pregnancy
Peppermint (Mentha Piperita) oil and tea is a powerful herb that can help with numerous conditions—from headaches to nausea to weight loss.
Peppermint (Mentha Piperita) throughout history is a highly regarded herb for soothing digestion. In clinical studies, Peppermint demonstrated significant effects in the treatment of nausea, specifically postoperative symptoms. Not only is it an antinauseant/antiemetic and digestive aid, but Peppermint is also a potent analgesic.
The essential oil* of peppermint has long been applied topically to the forehead and temples for the treatment of headaches. [Read more…] about Peppermint Helps with Headaches to Weight Loss