CHINESE DIETARY PRINCIPLES:
According to Traditional Chinese Medicine it is Qi, or energy, which is responsible for moving and transforming the food we eat. The Stomach rots and ripens the food and the Spleen transforms and transports the refined Food Essence up towards the Lungs while the Stomach sends the rest of the food down to the Small Intestines. In Chinese Medicine the Spleen extracts Food Qi from food and this forms Blood in the Heart with the assistance of the Original Qi from the Kidneys. The Spleen is therefore the central essential organ for the production of both Qi and Blood.
When we overeat, eat too many hard to digest foods or eat improperly combined foods that food may become stagnant and accumulates instead of being dispersed and transformed. Undigested food can obstruct the Stomach and prevent the Stomach Qi from descending. Such accumulated stagnant food causes stagnant Qi, rebellious Stomach Qi, Stomach Heat and/or Dampness. This results in belching, sour regurgitation, nausea, etc. It may also give rise to or aggravate other conditions such as Blood stagnation and accumulation of Phlegm.
Chinese dietary principles are very old and do not take into account the great changes that have occurred in the growing and production of food in the past few decades. Modern food is subject to considerable chemical manipulation and a great many of the food additives can obviously be a cause of stomach problems and other disorders.Chinese Medicine says that the Qi comes from the purest part of the foods — the flavor or aroma. Its ability to supplement Qi is directly proportional to this aroma. Chinese dietary theory also maintains that food should be freshly made and eaten within 24 hours.
THE NATURE OF FOOD ACCORDING TO CHINESE MEDICINE:
• These include raw vegetables, salads, fruit, cold drinks and ice-cream. An excessive consumption of these foods will tend to create Cold in the Spleen and Stomach and ensuing epigastric pain.
• If food or drink has been stored in the refrigerator it should be allowed to heat up to room temperature before being consumed. This is especially true for persons who tend to be Spleen Qi deficient. Such persons should eat fruit and salads which have been warmed up to room temperature.
• These include curries, spices, lamb, beef and alcohol. An excessive consumption of these foods produces Stomach Heat which may manifest as burning epigastric pain.
Sugar and Sweets:
• An excessive consumption of these may tend to produce both Dampness and Heat in the Stomach and Spleen Qi deficiency. When eaten with hydrogenated oils and sugars which are extremely dampening chocolate tends to foster Damp Heat.
Greasy Foods, Fried Foods and Dairy Foods:
• An excessive consumption of these foods leads to the formation of Phlegm or Dampness in the Stomach.
• Citrus fruits are sweet and sour and these two flavors in combination tend to be very dampening according to Chinese Five Element theory. Persons with a tendency to Dampness should be careful not to combine citrus fruits with other foods and not to overeat them.
• Drinking coffee exhausts the Kidney Yin and Yang and causes Spleen Qi to be lost.
THE PRINCIPLES OF FOOD COMBINING:
Proper food combining is based on the following principles:
1) That the stomach cannot be both acid and alkaline at the same time because acid and alkaline digestive juices will neutralize each other.
2) Fruits require an alkaline digestive environment.
3) Proteins require an acid digestive environment.
4) Starches require an alkaline digestive environment.
What happens if we violate these principles?
The best way to describe what happens if we violate these principles is by way of an example. Suppose we eat a protein such as meat with a starch such as potato. The body must provide aciddigestive juices to digest the meat and alkaline digestive juices to digest the potato thereby neutralizing each other’s digestive juices. This results in neither food getting properly digested. On the contrary most of the protein, being in the stomach for so long putrefies and most of the carbohydrate ferments. Foods that have been putrefied or fermented generate toxic acids in the body. The putrefaction and fermentation is experienced as gas, flatulence, heartburn and acid indigestion.
What happens if we follow good food combining practices?
Improper food combinations, food additives, polluted water, air and stress cause the body to become toxic and acidic. Fruit as well as vegetables have the unique ability to neutralize the acids that build up in our systems. By eating high-water content foods, properly combined foods and eating fruit correctly puts us on the road to better health by promoting better digestion, assimilation and elimination.
• Fruit should not be eaten with protein because fruit acids inhibit the secretion of hydrochloric acid and thus interfere with protein digestion.
• It is best not to combine fruits with vegetables (especially cooked vegetables), proteins or starches because if such a combination of foods is eaten the digestion of the fruit will be delayed and subject to fermentation. All fruits go well with sprouts and we may also combine fruit with lettuce and celery.
• We can eat acid fruits with nuts or cheese.
Acid fruits are: blackberries, grapefruit, lemons, limes, oranges, pineapples, plums, pomegranates, raspberries and strawberries
• Melons are best eaten alone.
• Wait 20-30 minutes after eating fruit before eating other foods.
• Dried sweet fruits should be used sparingly. Use but one kind at a meal – in small amounts. They should be combined only with sweet fruit and/or lettuce and/or celery.
• Citrus fruits are best eaten at monomeals or at bimeals of oranges with grapefruits, pineapple, strawberries, etc.
• It is better not to combine them with starches such as breads, pastas, grains, potatoes, carrots, beets, squash, peanuts etc.
• It is better not to combine them with proteins except with nuts or seeds
.Non Starchy Vegetables (High Water Content Foods):
• Non starchy vegetables do not need their own specific digestive juices. They will break down in either acid or alkaline digestive mediums.
• It is OK to eat protein (but only one type at a time) with non starchy vegetables.
• Examples of non starchy vegetables are: asparagus, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, celery, chard, collards, corn, cucumber, eggplant, endive, escarole, green beans, kale, kohlrabi, lettuce, okra, parsley, spinach, sprouts, summer squashes, sweet pepper, tomatoes, watercress and zucchini.
Nuts and Seeds:
• Concentrated foods such as nuts and seeds should be eaten with or as part of a vegetable salad. The water content of the salad vegetables offsets the lack of water in nuts and seeds.
• Nuts and seeds are protein-fat foods. Fats are slow to digest and their presence with protein makes nuts particularly slow-digesting. Delayed digestion encourages fermentation and putrefaction.
• After eating nuts three hours should elapse before eating fruit.Avocado:
• Avocado combines well with starches, such as whole grain bread, with all cooked or raw vegetables, and with fruit such as papaya, mango, banana, and orange. Do not combine avocado with protein.
Lettuce and Celery
• Lettuce or celery may be combined with fruits (except melons).
• Lettuce is an excellent combination with more concentrated foods of lower water content such as pecans, sunflower seeds, walnuts, sesame seeds, filberts and pine nuts.
• All vegetables should be soaked at least three hours or overnight to activate the enzymes in them–otherwise they are indigestible.
• The best sources of calcium are: raw sesame seeds, all raw nuts, kelp, dulse, all leafy greens, and concentrated fruits such as figs, dates and prunes. Most fruit contains ample calcium.
• The very nature of a typical sandwich is that it combines a protein with a carbohydrate and therefore it wastes a great deal of digestive energy. Properly combined sandwiches on whole-grain bread, using tomato, avocado, and cucumber, with lettuce or sprouts as fillings are energizing. Always toast the bread lightly to break down the glutens and make it more digestible.
• The following fruits and vegetables contain all the amino acids not produced by the body: carrots, bananas, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, corn, cucumbers, eggplant, kale, okra, peas, potatoes, summer squash, sweet potatoes and tomatoes.
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Professor Ming Hu from the University of Houston - pharmacy is developing and testing an ancient Chinese herbal medicine formula, first described in AD 280, to improve cancer therapy. Hu believes that Xiao Chai Hu Tang can protect people taking the chemotherapy drug Irinotecan from a deadly side effect: severe late-onset diarrhea.
Our goal with Xiao Chai Hu Tang is to allow more people to benefit from treatment with irinotecan, which is often the drug of last resort for patients with late-stage or metastatic cancer. "
Ming Hu, the Diana SL. Chow Drug Discovery and Development Professor at University of Houston.
The clinical use of irinotecan is severely limited by severe diarrhea that results in poor quality of life, hospitalization, and even death.
Hu and her colleagues Romi Ghose, associate professor of pharmacy at UH and Song Gao of Texas Southern University, received $ 996,162 from the National Cancer Institute to investigate the effectiveness of the ancient formula. They will also work with Lijun Zhu of Guangzhou University of Chinese Medicine in China to determine the agent's effectiveness in a clinical trial.
Irinotecan is undoubtedly a powerful weapon against cancer, but many who take it develop severe late-onset diarrhea, probably caused by SN-38, the active metabolite of the drug. In the intestine, SN-38 can damage intestinal cells and affect their renewal.
"Intestinal cells have UGT enzymes that detoxify the active metabolite of the drug, but we found that SN-38 can also inactivate and reduce UGT enzymes in the intestine. This creates a vicious cycle. About 1 in 5 patients will fall into this vicious cycle, which it leads to discontinuation of therapy, decreased efficacy, or even death, "Hu said. She has shown that Xiao Chai Hu Tang protects UGT enzymes and reduces severe diarrhea, and with the new grant will develop it further, for testing and approvals.
Xiao Chai Hu Tang is actively used in China, Japan, and Korea for liver protection. This is the first case in which it has been shown to protect the gut from SN-38 (the active metabolite of the drug irinotecan), making UGT enzymes more resistant to the impact of SN-38.
"Our long-term goal is to develop experimental therapies and / or nutritional complementary approaches to reduce severe late-onset diarrhea so that patients can maintain their chemotherapy," Hu said.
Xiao Yao San is a blend of herbs used for centuries in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). Traditional Chinese medicine practitioners believe that Xiao Yao San works by clearing stagnation in the liver to improve the flow of qi (energy). Stagnant liver qi is said to affect the blood and contribute to stress / mood swings, pain, irritability, constipation, abdominal pain, premenstrual syndrome (PMS), and irregular menstrual periods.
Xiao Yao San can be mixed by hand with the herbs themselves, but it is also sold as a dietary supplement. Although the blends may vary, the herbs that are most frequently combined in Xiao Yao San are:
Chai Hu (Radix Bupleuri)
Bai Zhu (Rhizoma Attraylodis Macrocephalae)
Fu Ling (Poria)
Dang Gui (Radix Angelicae Sinensis)
Bai Shao (Radix Paeoniae Albae)
Sheng Jiang (Rhizoma Zingiberis)
Bo He (Herba Menthae Haplocalycis)
Gan Cao (Radix Glycyrrhizae)
A variation called Jia Wei Xiao Yao San contains all eight herbs with the addition of peony bark and gardenia fruit.
Although there is limited scientific research looking at the effectiveness of Xiao Yao San for therapeutic reasons, and most of what does exist are animal studies, there are a handful of diseases and conditions for which the herbal blend appears promising.
An animal study published in Phytotherapy Research suggests that Xiao Yao San may help alleviate depression by enhancing amino acid metabolism and altering the intestinal microflora.
An evidence-based review published in Complementary and Alternative Medicine included 26 randomized controlled trials involving 1,837 people with depression. The studies compared Xiao Yao San with a placebo and different antidepressants, and also looked at it as an adjunct to antidepressants.
The review concluded that Xiao Yao San appeared to improve the efficacy of antidepressants.
Post-traumatic stress disorder
In 2009, researchers found that Xiao Yao San reduced stress-induced anxiety behaviors in rats. A later study linked this effect to allopregnanolone, a neurosteroid, a natural hormone derived from progesterone identified as a key player in the development of PTSD.
Again, using stress-induced rats, the researchers found that Xiao Yao San not only reduced anxiety behaviors, but also increased brain levels of allopregnanolone.
The anti-inflammatory compounds in Xiao Yao San may be key to its beneficial impact on PTSD, according to a 2017 study. Researchers found that these compounds, previously shown to alleviate depression, impact neurobiological pathways associated with PTSD symptoms. .
Additionally, a 2017 study found that the blend counteracts oxidative stress using pathways similar to those of the antidepressant Prozac (fluoxetine), a common treatment for PTSD.
Research investigating Xiao Yao San's effect on stress is limited to rodent studies. The stress hormone cortisol impacts neurons in the hippocampus, the part of the brain responsible for concentration, memory, and mood. A study in rats found that Xiao Yao San appears to protect against this.
Xiao Yao San is traditionally used to soothe a "sour" stomach. Current research suggests that the herbal blend helps relieve functional dyspepsia, better known as chronic indigestion.
According to a review of 14 studies published in the Journal of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, Xiao Yao San can help relieve stomach discomfort, nausea, bloating, and belching associated with indigestion.
The researchers noted that the herbal preparation appears to work just as well as prokinetic drugs, drugs that increase intestinal motility, such as Motilium (domperidone) and Reglan (metoclopramide).
A 2018 review of Chinese herbal remedies for indigestion also confirmed these results and suggested that Xiao Yao San was more effective than prokinetic drugs.
Formulas based on the Xiao Yao San formula:
The famous immunological effects of ginseng have been confirmed and defined by a recent study. Ginseng is believed to have beneficial effects against human diseases, and its active components, ginsenosides, may play critical roles in its diverse physiological actions.
Researchers writing in BioMed Central's open access Journal of Translational Medicine have shown that the herb, much used in traditional Chinese and other Asian medicine, does have anti-inflammatory effects.
What are the powers of ginseng? Ginseng roots contain multiple active constituents including ginsenosides, polysaccharides, peptides, polyacetylenic alcohols and fatty acids that have been shown to have different effects on carbohydrate and lipid metabolism as well as on the function of neuroendocrine, immune, cardiovascular and central nervous systems in humans.
Previous studies have shown that ginseng and its active components are potent immunomodulators. Their immunomodulatory effects are mostly due to its regulation of cytokine production and phagocytic activities of monocytes/macrophages and dendritic cells, as well as activation of T- and B- lymphocytes.
Ginsenosides, the steroid saponins, are major biologically active compounds of ginseng . Over 30 ginsenosides have been identified to date. Studies indicate that ginsenosides and their metabolites are responsible for many of the diverse physiological actions including the anti-inflammatory effects of ginseng .
Allan Lau led a team of researchers from the University of Hong Kong who identified seven ginseng constituents, ginsenosides, which showed immune-suppressive effects.
He said, “The anti-inflammatory role of ginseng may be due to the combined effects of these ginsenosides, targeting different levels of immunological activity, and so contributing to the diverse actions of ginseng in humans”.
The scientists treated human immune cells with different extracts of ginseng . They found that of the nine ginsenosides they identified, seven could selectively inhibit expression of the inflammatory gene CXCL-10.
Lau concludes, “Further studies will be needed to examine the potential beneficial effects of ginsenosides in the management of acute and chronic inflammatory diseases in humans”.
Uniquely, the researchers were able to holistically test the ginseng extract's immune effects by using sophisticated purification technologies to identify individual constituents and define their bioactivity using genomics and bioactivity assays. After that, they reconstituted them back into a whole extract with definable individual ginsenosides for re-confirmation of effects. This potentially opens up a vigorous methodology to study medicinal herbs with state-of-the-art technologies.
[ Journal of Translational Medicine 2009, 7:34
In the fight against this pandemic caused by the coronavirus COVID-19, research and testing continues at a frantic pace in order to find effective treatments. Around the world, different research institutions and companies have been working to discover new drugs and create new therapies.
And this is the case of the drugs used in the last decades to fight malaria; according to a recent publication in the magazine ChemRxiv (Liu & Li, April 2020) the coronavirus COVID-19 probably has a mechanism of infection similar to the plasmodium of malaria. In other words, our famous virus could act on the lungs and cause pneumonia not in a direct, but indirect way. And it is that, according to the authors, it seems that this virus, like the malaria parasite, directly infects red blood cells (erythrocytes), attacking the 1-Beta chain of hemoglobin and dissociating iron, and porphyrin, from which it probably gets energy to replicate the virus. Furthermore, said attack on hemoglobin, responsible for transporting oxygen and carbon dioxide in the blood; it makes it transport and exchange less and less. This causes the cells of the lungs, where this oxygen-carbon dioxide exchange occurs, to undergo an extreme reaction of poisoning and inflammation; which results in the typical images of lungs with crystallized carbon dioxide so characteristic of many seriously ill patients infected with COVID-19.
The artemisinin molecule, produced in the Artemisia annua plant, is currently recommended by the WHO to combat malaria in ACT (Artemisinin Combination Therapy) format. In addition, in recent years the enormous potential of this molecule, and derivatives, to combat other diseases, such as cancer, autoimmune, inflammatory or parasitic diseases, has been discovered. In addition to the excellent safety index of this plant and its minimal side effects, all these elements make Artemisia annua and its main molecule artemisinin, optimal potential candidates to combat or at least increase recovery rates from this disease.
Different scientific articles published in the last decade have shown the great potential of the molecule. In fact, it has been shown both in vitro and in vivo (Zhang & Gerhard, 2009; Klonis et al., 2011) that the potent activity of artemisinin is dependent on the digestion of hemoglobin. In fact, the heme group (formed by iron and porphyrin) when released by the breakdown of hemoglobin, by a parasite or virus, is the most relevant physiological mediator of artemisinin cytotoxic activity not only against malaria but also against cancer. .
Finally, it has also been seen that Artemisia annua, the molecule artemisinin and its derivatives, exert effects as a stimulator of the immune and anti-inflammatory system (Luo, et al., 2019; Sun, et al., 2019; Zhang, et al., 2019 ). Furthermore, its antiviral properties have been described for various types of viruses (Hahn et al., 2018; D'Alessandro et al., 2020; Ou et al., 2020; Wang et al., 2020) including other types of coronaviruses such as MERS-CoV and SARS-CoV (Nature Plants, March 2020).
The World Health Organization (WHO), in a recent statement on May 4, did not reject the use of this medicinal plant as a prevention and cure treatment for COVID-19, but did ask that clinical trials be carried out beforehand to prove its effectiveness. The WHO added that "medicinal plants such as Artemisia annua are being considered as possible treatments against COVID-19 and their efficacy and side effects should be examined." In fact, the WHO supports scientifically proven traditional medicine and promotes activity in research centers to select natural medicinal products.
In recent weeks the prestigious German research center Max-Planck has started clinical trials to see the potential of both the Artemisia annua plant and the artemisinin molecule against COVID-19. In addition, the Californian pharmaceutical company Mateon Therapeutics announced in April that in its in vitro antiviral detection program they had selected the molecule artemisinin, as one of the two most powerful candidates to inhibit the multiplication capacity of the COVID-19 virus. The intense speed race to find possible treatments to combat this pandemic has sparked a renewed interest in medicinal plants that have been used and studied for decades, such as Artemisia annua; But establishing its efficacy and safety through rigorous clinical trials is crucial.
Along with the bold yet delicate taste that shiitake, maitake, cordyceps and reishi mushrooms add to soups and other dishes, these gourmet delicacies are prized as herbal medicines. Traditional Asian healers have used them for centuries to strengthen the immune system and promote longevity. Recently, an Extract from a different mushroom altogetherâ, from the Coriolus (Coriolus versicolor) mushroom --was identified as a possible ally in the fight against cancer. While mushrooms other than these may well have specific health-promoting actions, they haven't been as thoroughly researched for medicinal purposes.
Shiitake (Lentinus edodes) mushrooms are low in calories and are a good source of potassium, phosphorous, iron, selenium, Protein, Vitamin D2 (ergosterol, a plant sterol that is converted to vitamin D when exposed to ultra-violet rays), thiamin, riboflavin, and niacin, as well as all essential Amino acids, enzymes, fiber, and nucleic acid derivatives. In ancient China, herbalists utilized shiitake for a host of ailments including colds, flu, headaches, measles, gastrointestinal distress, and liver problems, as well as for improving circulation and increasing vitality. Ancient physicians prescribed shiitake to boost chi, or life energy. Now, shiitake are a subject of intense research, and the medicinal capabilities attributed to the shiitake mushroom are so prized that it is now among the most cultivated of the worldâ€™s edible mushrooms.
Maitake (Grifola frondosa) mushrooms are also packed with nutrients and have long been used in Traditional Chinese Medicine. They are rich in minerals such as calcium, magnesium and potassium, vitamins B and D2, and niacin, as well as amino acids and fiber. Maitake mushrooms contain a protein-bound polysaccharide compound called beta-glucan, which has been identified as an active constituent responsible for its immunity-enhancing, anti-tumor properties.
Reishi (Ganoderma lucidum) mushrooms also contain beta-glucans and are one of the few known sources of another polysaccharaide group called triterpenes, which are also thought to have potential immunomodulating, anti-tumor, and Antioxidant activities. Reishi varieties also contain vitamins including D2, minerals, and unsaturated fatty acids. Reishi mushrooms have also been touted for immunity-enhancing and regulating activities.
The Coriolus versicolor mushroom contains one of the most-studied mushroom extracts. Since the early 1970s, more than 400 studies have evaluated the extract, PSK (polysaccharide krestin), for its anti-cancer properties. Another polysaccharide found in the Coriolus mushroom, called PSP (polysaccharide peptide), also appears to have cancer-fighting properties. And, like Maitake, PSK extract is high in immune-boosting beta-glucan.
Another medicinal mushroom, the cordyceps species, also contains immune-boosting beta-glucans and triterpenes. The cordyceps grows out of caterpillar larvae in the Himalayas, and has been used in traditional Chinese medicine to treat cough and wheezing and to reduce fatigue and calm nervousness. Although the cordyceps species has been touted for its potential to enhance physical performance, scientific evidence does not support these claims.
All of these healing mushrooms contain polysaccharides, powerful compounds that help in building immunity. Polysaccharides and other compounds in mushrooms may also lower cholesterol, reduce the risk of dangerous blood clots, prevent heart disease, treat diabetes, relieve bronchitis and sinusitis, and possibly fight cancer cells and increase the potency of cancer treatments.
Specifically, mushrooms may help to:
Improve risk factors for heart disease, such as lowering blood pressure and cholesterol. Shiitake and maitake mushrooms contain polysaccharides called lentinan, which may have potential cardio-protective effects, such as cholesterol lowering properties; and other polysaccharides found in reishi and a variety of other mushrooms also may have additional cardio-protective benefits. Several studies in animals have shown the potential of these mushrooms for improving blood pressure and cholesterol levels. For example, in a 1987 study done with rats with high blood pressure, those fed a diet containing shiitake and maitake mushroom powder for nine weeks experienced a decrease in blood pressure and cholesterol levels while no differences in cholesterol levels were seen in control groups. However, the cholesterol decrease was seen in HLD-cholesterol (â€œgoodâ€ cholesterol) and triglycerides, and the mushrooms did not seem to affect LDL-cholesterol (â€œbadâ€ cholesterol) levels in the rats. (1) In a similar experiment in 1989, hypertensive rats fed maitake mushrooms for eight weeks experienced a significant reduction in blood pressure but no changes in cholesterol levels compared to control groups; and those fed shiitake mushrooms for eight weeks showed significantly lower cholesterol levels but no change in blood pressure compared to the control group. (2) A 1996 study compared the levels of cholesterol, phospholipids, and triglycerides in cholesterol-fed rats with or without fortification with 20% maitake mushroom powder. In the maitake-fed rats lipid levels were consistently lower, and the weights of extirpated liver and Fat pads were significantly less. Researchers concluded the maitake mushroom powder appears to alter lipid metabolism by inhibiting the accumulation of liver lipids and the elevation of serum lipids, but further research is needed to determine whether the effect is the same in humans. (3) Another animal study in 2001 found rats fed maitake, shiitake or enokitake mushroom fiber for four weeks showed lowered serum total cholesterol, higher fecal cholesterol excretion, and improved LDL (â€œbadâ€ cholesterol) levels compared to the control group. (4) Other mushrooms, such as the oyster mushroom (Pleurotus ostreatus), have also been the subject of studies that indicate cholesterol lowering effects in animals. However, studies are needed to determine the efficacy of medicinal mushrooms for lowering cholesterol and blood pressure in humans.
Treat diabetes. The fruiting bodies of maitake mushrooms contain polysaccharides that appear to have a hypoglycemic effect, possibly by activating insulin receptors, which may be beneficial in regulating type 2 diabetes. Preliminary clinical evidence indicates maitake mushroom extracts may help to reduce symptoms of type 2 diabetes, including reducing blood sugar levels. In a 2001 study, diabetic rats and control groups were fed diets containing either 20% maitake or control diets for 100 days. After 10 weeks, fasting glucose levels were significantly lower and insulin levels were significantly higher in the group fed maitake compared to the control diet alone. (5) And in a 2002 study of insulin-resistant mice, a water-soluble extract of maitake mushroom (FXM) was shown to be as effective as the conventional diabetic medication glipizide. (6) A 2007 study in humans had similar findings when testing oyster mushrooms. In the six-month study, 89 diabetic patients included oyster mushrooms in their diets for 21-day periods (7 days with mushrooms, 7 days without mushrooms, 7 days with mushroomsâ€”the quantity of mushrooms was not described). Blood pressure levels, plasma glucose levels, and other factors were measured at the start of the study and after each 7-day period. Eating oyster mushrooms seemed to reduce systolic and diastolic blood pressure, as well as significantly lowering blood glucose levels. These levels increased when mushroom was withdrawn and decreased again after restarting eating mushrooms. (7) Also in 2007 in Taiwan, a randomized, double-blind, Placebo-controlled study evaluating the efficacy of an extract of Agaricus mushroom (Agaricus blazei Murill) found that using the extract in conjunction with the conventional medications metformin and glipizide was more efficacious than conventional medications alone. In the study, 72 diabetic patients aged 20 to 75 who had diabetes for more than one year and had been treated with the conventional medications for more than six months were enrolled and randomized to receive either mushroom extract or placebo daily for 12 weeks. At the end of the study, the group receiving mushroom extract showed significant improvement in Insulin resistance compared to the control group, and there was a 20% increase in plasma concentration of the glucose-regulating Hormone adiponectin in the treatment group compared to a 12% decrease in the control group. (8)
Fight cancer. The immunomodulating effects of medicinal mushrooms have been touted for their ability to strengthen the immune system during cancer treatment, improve survival rates and inhibit the spread of the disease. The Coriolus mushroom has shown particular promise in combating breast, lung, stomach and colon cancers; the maitake mushroom and cordyceps mushroom also have shown positive anti-tumor activity. PSK extract has been used as an adjunct to chemotherapy to improve response and survival rate in cancer patients. Hundreds of studies, most of which have been in Japan, have demonstrated this potential use of medicinal mushrooms and their extracts. A 1993 study showed that when PSK was combined with conventional surgery and radiation for lung cancer patients, those receiving the PSK extract had a 5-year survival rate of 39% for stages 1 and 2 and 22% survival rate for stage 3, compared to survival rates of 16% for stages 1 and 2 and 5% for stage 3 without the PSK. (9) A 1997 study found that when used as an adjunct to cancer therapy, PSP seems to improve immune function by increasing white cell, natural killer cell, and antibody levels. (10) A 1998 review of studies evaluating PSP to treat cancer, patients with esophageal, gastric, and lung cancers taking PSP while also undergoing radiotherapy or chemotherapy concluded that PSP helped to alleviate side effect symptoms and prevent decline in immune status. (11) A 2000 review of the Japanese studies of PSP and PSK done since the 1970s found PSP significantly improved quality of life, pain relief and enhanced immune status in 70% to 97% of patients with stomach, esophagus, lung, ovary and cervical cancers. The review also found that PSK and PSP boosted immune cell production, ameliorated chemotherapy symptoms, and enhanced natural killer cell production and function. (12) However, a 2008 review of the immunomodulating effects of mushrooms indicates the majority of studies evaluating the beneficial effects of mushrooms have been of low quality and lack standardization. The researchers claim no scientific basis exists for the use of mushrooms or mushroom extracts in the treatment of human patients, but say there is significant potential for higher-quality studies to understand the potential of mushrooms to treat humans. (13)
Preliminary research indicates the beta-glucan found in maitake mushrooms also has anti-tumor activity. The research suggests that maitake mushrooms can prevent metastasis of experimentally induced tumors as well as prevent tumor occurrence in normal cells. (14-16) The immune-enhancing and anti-tumor properties of cordyceps and reishi mushrooms, which are likely due to the beta-glucan and triterpene polysaccharides, also are studied for their potential to treat cancer. Studies in animals with cancer have shown that cordyceps mushrooms improve immune response, reduce tumor size and lengthen survival time. (17-20) A preliminary study in 36 patients with advanced-stage cancers found that taking cordyceps orally after chemotherapy treatment for cancer may improve quality of life and cellular immunity. (21) A 2003 study found that a specific reishi mushroom polysaccharide extract, Ganopoloy, stimulates immune function in advanced cancer patients. In the study, 34 patients with advanced-stage cancers took 1,800 mg of Ganopoly three times a day before meals for 12 weeks. Patients in the treatment group showed increases in interleukin-2 (IL-2), IL-6, Interferon-gamma, and natural killer cell activity. However, there was a concommitant decrease in IL-1 and tumor necrosis factor-alpha. (22) A 2005 review of studies indicates reishi mushrooms seem to inhibit proliferation of several human cancer cell lines in the laboratory, including, lung, liver, breast, prostate, cervix, and bladder, as well as lymphocytic leukemia. These extracts also seem to have direct cytotoxic activity against human breast, liver and cervical tumor cells, mouse sarcoma. (23) Further high-quality research is needed to establish safety and efficacy in humans.
Relieve viral infections, such as common colds, flu, bronchitis and sinusitis. A 2004 review of the beneficial effects of edible mushrooms found the immune-enhancing properties of mushrooms help to protect against cold, flu, and infections by inhibiting viral replication. However, research is lacking in this area. Studies are needed to determine the potential use of mushrooms and their extracts to treat viral infections.
Today we receive mixed signals from doctors about how to treat common colds and flu. The fear of widespread antibiotic resistance has many people avoiding the doctor altogether when they get sick. Left with over the counter medicines to treat symptoms so that we may continue working or school, it often can take up to two weeks for a cold to resolve. Chinese herbs and Acupuncture can be a valuable resource in the prevention of colds and flu and can also help us recover from them quickly and easily.
It is possible to use Chinese medicine to prevent the infections of colds and flu altogether or when caught early, to prevent them from turning into full-blown infections. Studies have shown that certain acupuncture points are effective in boosting the immune system. Herbal medicine can be prescribed to enhance your immune system. When people around you are getting sick, taking preventive herbs will increase your ability to fight off illness and remain healthy.
Yu Ping Feng San: https://www.eqilibrium.net/en/yu-ping-feng-san.html
Five Mushroom Formula: http://www.eqilibrium.net/en/five-mushroom-formula-peoples-herbs.html
Panax Ginseng: http://www.eqilibrium.net/en/ginseng-ren-shen-pian-en.html
If you do happen to catch a cold or the flu, Chinese herbs can help lessen the severity and speed the recovery time of illness. If you take action at the first signs of a cold or flu, such as sore throat, earache, fatigue or body aches, herbal medicine will help to relieve symptoms and repair your immunity so that your body can fight off the infection.
Commonly used flue and cold treatment formulas:
Yin Qiao San: http://www.eqilibrium.net/en/yin-qiao-san-pian.html /
Herbal Sentinel Yang: http://www.eqilibrium.net/en/herbal-sentinel-yang-giovanni-maciocia.html
Herbal Sentinel Yin: http://www.eqilibrium.net/en/herbal-sentinel-yin-giovanni-maciocia.html
Expel Wind Cold: http://www.eqilibrium.net/en/expel-wind-cold-giovanni-maciocia.html
Expel Wind Heat: http://www.eqilibrium.net/en/expel-wind-heat-giovanni-maciocia.html
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It is common knowledge in Chinese medicine that it is possible to recover from an illness and be stronger for it. Using acupuncture and Chinese herbs during the recovery stage of infection is a good way to ensure you are completely over the infection and that your immune system is intact and ready to fight off the next bout of sickness that makes its way through your home or work environment. Symptoms like lingering cough or phlegm or an irregularity in your elimination are common complaints after a severe bout with the flu.
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The Benefits of an Alternative
Chinese medicine was developed to treat many different illnesses, but made particular advancements in its medical history when doctors began to look specifically at the treatment of viral and bacterial infections. Now, the ancient wisdom of Chinese medicine is combined with what modern acupuncturists know about viral infections such as the flu. Complimentary and alternative medicine is receiving a lot of attention right now because of the fear of a wide-spread flu outbreak. With the benefits of vaccines uncertain, people are wisely looking for other ways to protect themselves against serious illness during the cold and flu months. It is our hope that, after reading this article, you now know that it is easy to use Chinese herbs as an effective way to prevent and treat colds and flu.
Chinese health includes phytotherapy of Traditional Chinese Medicine for the treatment of Wuhan coronavirus
The formulas below can be used for any respiratory infection, be it 2019-nCoV, pneumonia or the flu.
People who have been in contact with potential patients and whose immune system is weak are recommended "Yu Ping Feng San", adding Astragalus (Astragalus Membraneceus).
Plant-based health protocol for the early stage of the disease
When the virus has already been incubated and the infection is installed, showing the first symptoms, the Protocol advises, among other solutions, a modification of the formula "Huo Po Xia Ling Tang" together with the preparation "Xiao Chai Hu Tang".
For the middle phase it is advisable to add the formula "Huang Lian Jie du Tang".
“TCM-cured patients of novel coronavirus infection discharged from hospital”. Source: Xinhua| 2020-02-03 20:35:14|Editor: huaxia.
“TCM plays key role in treatment”. By Wang Xiaodong in Wuhan | China Daily | Updated: 2020-02-07 08:11.
“100 more traditional Chinese medicine workers dispatched to Wuhan”. Source: Xinhua| 2020-01-27 21:13:37| Editor: huaxia.
“Chinese Herbal Medicine Treatment Protocols for Wuhan Pneumonia”. Shelley Ochs. TCMinBeijing. Enero, 2020.
TCM Principles for Weight Loss
In TCM, no matter what therapeutic approach is applied, there are always guidelines behind it. These basic principles are derived from different diagnostic theories, such as the eight principles or organs (zang fu) theory. According to the TCM understanding of obesity, the underlying principles for weight loss treatment are:
1. Harmonize the stomach to promote fat digestion
Hawthorn helps promote digestion.
A majority of obese people consume an excess amount of greasy foods such as sweet cakes and fried meats. The stomach will have trouble digesting these foods, and thus they will be detained in it. Symptoms such as distention in the gastric and abdominal areas, backward flow of stomach contents into the mouth, foul breath and a greasy coating on the tongue may be present. Herbs like hawthorn, malt and radish (seed) can be used to promote the secretion of digestive fluids and help the digestion of fatty materials in the stomach.
2. Activate the blood to remove the stasis
Chinese angelica helps promote blood flow.
High levels of lipids (fats) in the blood that lead to sclerosis of blood vessels are regarded as a phenomenon of blood stasis in TCM. Methods of activating the blood flow and removing blood stasis not only promote the blood flow, they can also help to lower the lipid content in the blood and decelerate the sclerosis process. Herbs most commonly used in this way are Chinese angelica, Szechuan lovage, red sage root, red peony root and notoginseng.
3. Relieve chest stuffiness to eliminate phlegm
Trichosanthes (gua lou) helps the lungs get rid of phlegm evils.
From a TCM viewpoint, fatty tissue is a kind of turbid phlegm. The excessive phlegm associated with obesity leads to shortness of breath during exercise, chest oppression and dizziness. In more severe conditions, when both phlegm and heat evils accumulate, individuals will present with an impulsive, easily provoked temper, high blood pressure, a distending headache and insomnia. A yellow and greasy fur usually covers the tongue. Herbs like trichosanthes (gua lou), Chinese chive bulbs, peel of various citrus fruit, mandarin orange peel and trifolicate orange enhance the lungs to disseminate and liquefy the phlegm evils.
4. Remove the stagnation of the liver and gall bladder
Capillary Artemisia (yin chen) helps with proper functioning of the liver and breakdown of fats.
The liver plays an important role in qi (vital energy) circulation, as well as the enhancement of food digestion and blood flow. The gall bladder secretes bile and aids in the digestive process. Proper functioning of the liver and the gall bladder assists the break down of fat. Herbs most commonly used to assist this process include capillary Artemisia (yin chen), zedoary rhizome(e zhu), turmeric (jiang huang) and cassia seed (jue ming zi). This type of treatment is effective for individuals who suffer from a fatty liver and gall stones.
5. Induce diuresis (excretion of urine) and eliminate dampness
Indian bread (fu ling) helps induce diuresis.
Obesity involves the disorder of fluid metabolism. When there is dysfunction of distribution or excretion of body fluids, symptoms can present such as swollen eyelids, edema (retention of fluid in the tissues), obesity or other conditions. Inducing diuresis (excretion of urine) is a direct way to promote the elimination of excessive dampness. Herbs most commonly used in this way are wax gourd, water-plantain (ze xie), Indian bread and plantain seed.
6. Induce purgation by promoting bowel movements
Rhubarb (da huang) is commonly used to promote regular bowel movements.
An obese body gathers too much turbid waste and fatty tissues. The large intestine is usually under-functioning and constipation can also add to the problem. Promoting regular bowel movements reinforce excretion and eliminate body wastes. Herbs commonly used to promote regular bowel movements are rhubarb, bushy knotweed (hu zhang) and fleeceflower root (shou wu).
The above principles aim to expel excessive evils contributing to obesity. Several principles are usually combined in real practice. However, if individuals are under-functioning in the spleen and kidneys, then tonifying treatments should be considered. They help to build up the qi (vital energy) inside the body as well as facilitate expelling evils.
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Seasonal allergies and Tradicional Chinese Medicine
If you suffer from seasonal allergies, that familiar tickle in your nose and throat that signals the arrival of spring pollen very soon; sneezing, mildly congested or a runny nose, or perhaps some mild burning of your eyes or itchiness of your skin. All these symptoms, from a Chinese Medical point of view, point to the climactic influence of the spring season - Wind.
Chinese medicine views seasonal allergic rhinitis symptoms as being primarily caused by the pathogenic influence of wind. Wind is qualified by symptoms that occur quickly, are rapidly changeable, affect mostly the upper part of the body, and occur at a very surface level - for example, mucous membranes and skin.
From the perspective of Chinese medicine, those of us with underlying deficiencies, often of the spleen, kidney, or lung, are especially susceptible to invasion by wind, and, therefore, conditions like seasonal allergies.
Luckily, there are many natural options to help relieve allergy symptoms.
Chinese herbal medicine is A very effective choice, and can be combined with acupuncture for faster results.
One of the most effective TCM formulas is AllerEase; Formula explanation:
In Chinese medicine, people who contract airborne allergies, ipso facto, suffer from a defensive qi vacuity. Since the defensive qi issues from the middle burner, this defensive qi vacuity is mostly due to a chronically vacuous and weak spleen failing to engender the lungs and defensive qi. Because of the close recipirocal relationship between the spleen and kidneys, there may also be a kidney qi vacuity. In either case, external wind evils may take advantage of this vacuity to enter the body where they obstruct the lungs’ diffusion and downbearing. Because the patient’s spleen is habitually vacuous, there is a tendency to phlegm dampness. This phlegm may be hidden or deep-lying, meaning that, during ordinary times, it is not apparent. However, whenever the lungs’ diffusion and downbearing of fluids is inhibited, this phlegm backs up and spills over, thus becoming apparent as mucus.
Therefore, this formula is based on the saying, “The spleen is the root of phlegm engenderment; the lungs are the place where phlegm is stored.” Within it, Codonopsis, Astragalus, Coix, and Disocorea supplement the lungs, spleen, and kidneys, the three viscera which govern water metabolism in the body. Terminalia and Schisandra secure the lungs and specifically stop runny nose. Ledebouriella and Schizonepeta relatively gently dispel wind evils from the exterior while not damaging the defensive qi. Flos Magnoliae and Mentha open the orifices and free the flow of the nose, thus relieving nasal congestion. Periostracum Cicadae dispels wind and stops itching. Platycodon guides the other medicinals to the lungs and also transforms phlegm. Dry Ginger warms the lungs and transforms phlegm. The combination of Coix and Alisma seeps dampness via urination and, therefore, helps Atractylodes eliminate dampness. Licorice harmonizes all the other medicinals in the formula at the same time as helping fortify the spleen and supplement the qi.
Thirty-three patients with wind cold allergic rhinitis and an underlying lung-spleen vacuity were given a single course of treatment with this formula and then followed for six months. In six cases, their symptoms disappeared and did not recur for the full six months of the study. In 23 cases, their symptoms recurred after more than three months but less than six months. However, repeat treatment was able to eliminate their symptoms. Only four cases got no effect. Thus the total effectiveness of this formula was 87.8%.
One of the most ancient TCM formulas used for allergies is Yu Ping Feng San:
CLINICAL STUDIES AND RESEARCH
1. Prevention of respiratory tract infection: According to one study, Yu Ping Feng San was evaluated for its effect in preventing recurrent respiratory tract infection in 32
children who have had a history of frequent infections. The treatment protocol was to administer Yu Ping Feng Pian for 14 weeks prior to winter. The study reported an
overall effectiveness of 96.9%. Furthermore, the study noted that there was an increase in IgA, but no significant changes to IgG or IgM.8
2. Allergic rhinitis: According to one study, the use of Yu Ping Feng San was associated with good results to treat 495 patients with allergic rhinitis characterized
by deficiency of the exterior. Of 495 patients, the study reported significant improvement in 293 cases, improvement in 120 cases, and no effect in 79 cases. The
rate of effectiveness was 84. Information was unavailable on 3 individuals who did not complete the study.
3. Immunostimulant: Administration of Yu Ping Feng San has been associated with increased immunity. According to one study, the use of this formula increased IgG and IgA in mice. Another study reported that the use of this formula for 2 to 3 months increased NK cell count and activities.
4. Antiviral: According to one in vitro study, Yu Ping Feng San has demonstrated inhibition on the replication of influenza A viruses.
Another of the most basic formulas used during allergy season is Jade Screen ( based on Yu Ping Feng San). This formula is incredibly simple and elegant: expels wind (Ledeboureilla root), supports the lung system (Astragalus root), and supports the spleen system (Atractylodes). The simplicity of this formula also makes it highly adaptable for each individual patient's presentation.
Jade Screen™ is a formula specifically designed to treat the manifestations of allergic rhinitis. The problem is becoming more and more common, partly because of an increasing genetic predisposition to allergy and partly through heavy atmospheric pollution in cities. Although this formula contains the classical prescription “Jade Wind-Screen Decoction” (Yu Ping Feng San), its main emphasis is not on tonification but on expelling Wind and restoring the diffusion of Lung-Qi to stop sneezing and nasal discharge. In addition to herbs which expel Wind and target the nose, there are three herbs which are included for their anti-allergy effect: Dan Shen, Wu Wei Zi and Wu Mei.
A deficiency of the Kidneys is often at the root of atopy (the tendency to allergic diseases such as atopic eczema, allergic asthma and allergic rhinitis). The formula is aimed primarily at treating the Manifestation (i.e. Wind in the nose) rather than the Root. To treat the Manifestation and the Root simultaneously, the formula could be combined with the Herbal Sentinel (Yang or Yin).
Nasal irrigation with saline can be extremely effective at washing allergens out of the nasal passageways and preventing an immune response. Additionally, the saline helps to moisturize the nasal membranes and control swelling. Goldenseal and/or grapefruit seed extract are great additions to the traditional saline wash.
One of the best choices for effective and side effect free treatment is acupuncture. Acupuncture works incredibly well because it not only relieves current symptoms, but also balances the immune system and corrects underlying deficiencies to help prevent symptoms from recurring. Regular treatments are most effective during allergy season, ideally starting acupuncture therapy a few weeks before symptoms hit their peak.
Supplements can also be of great support to your system this time of year. Quercitin can help to normalize the histamine reaction, Bromelain thins mucous and reduces nasal passage swelling and inflammation, and good quality probiotics help to normalize large intestine and gut function and, therefore, support the immune system as a whole.
Remember, there's no reason to suffer this season. Try some of the many natural options available to you to find relief from allergy symptoms!
Qi is no longer a strange word to many in the West, thanks to people like Dr. David Eisenberg. His book, titled “Encounters With Qi,” describes his experience as the first American physician allowed to visit China after President Nixon’s efforts to open communication between the United States and China.
Definition of Qi
First, it means the energy that circulates around us. For different seasons, different qi is dominant. For example, there is wind for the spring, heat for the summer, dampness for the late summer, and dryness for the fall. In the winter, we feel there is a cold qi in the air.
Second, it refers to the energies that manifest inside our bodies. We can feel them. Blood and fluids circulate in the body as if there is wind moving them around. Some people feel coldness in their extremities, sometimes to the point that they have to wear socks to sleep.
Some people feel heat as if they are having a fever, menopausal hot flashes, or the heat that follows chemotherapy for breast or prostate cancer. When people have too much dampness in the system, it manifests as swollen joints, a thick greasy coating on the tongue, diarrhea, or a sense of heaviness in the body.
Third, qi means emotions. When someone is very angry, we say this person has a “sky-rocketing anger qi,” and when a person is very happy, we say he is bathed in the joyful qi. Indeed, the emotions are forms of energy, and therefore forms of qi.
Fourth, it means the air. When people breathe, we say they breathe in qi and breathe out qi.
Fifth, it means the energy that maintains the functions of every organ. Therefore, the heart has the heart qi, the liver has the liver qi, the blood has the blood qi, and the digestive system has its qi. When it moves in the right direction, sufficiently, and with balanced properties, we have a healthy body and a peaceful mind.
Trouble With Qi
When qi is in trouble, the body gets sick and becomes dysfunctional. For example, when qi moves in the wrong direction or becomes rebellious, people may feel nauseous and short of breath, or they may vomit, wheeze, and cough.
When qi is collapsing, people may have trouble controlling their bowels and bladder, or have prolapsed organs. When the properties of qi are out of balance, people experience all kinds of symptoms, including chills, fever, tremor, swollen joints, night sweats, high blood pressure, depression, mania, or agitation and anxiety.
Qi circulates in every level of our bodies, from the surface to the inside; it reaches everywhere and leaves nothing untouched. It moves inside channels that we call meridians. The structure of meridians is still too microscopic to be visible using modern technology.
But the forefathers of Chinese medicine had the technology or the natural ability to visualize and map this energetic level of human existence. They discovered that if we experience emotional distress, our internal energy is affected, causing blockages and misdirected qi.
If the condition is not corrected, it may cause further damage by developing into severe pain, a tumor, blocked arteries, cancer, or degenerative changes, and the like. As you can imagine, the human body has many places where energy can get blocked.
When qi is deficient, it may cause weakness, slow metabolism, aging, and organ failure. And when it finally disappears, we die.
Therefore, to promote good health, prevent illness, and slow down the aging process, we must take good care of our qi.
There are two kinds of qi. One is inherited from our parents at the time of conception. It is called prenatal qi and is mostly stored in the kidney meridians. Prenatal qi is used in reproduction and then passed to offspring. The second is postnatal qi, which is mostly obtained from food and air, thanks to the functioning of the lung and spleen meridians.
To maintain prenatal energy, protect, preserve, and replenish it as much as you can. To maintain postnatal energy, one should eat a healthy and balanced diet, avoid excessive eating or drinking, sleep well, and adopt a moderate level of physical exercise. Consider meditation and appropriate qigong practice. Managing one’s emotional stability is the key to keeping the energy channels open and energy flowing smoothly.
Herbal remedies, when used properly, can help, in particular, to supplement deficient qi. Acupuncture can be an effective tool to help unblock the energy channels, redirect and facilitate energy flows, and balance energy properties when it is used skillfully based on a thorough and accurate evaluation.
So ask yourself, “Did I take good care of my qi today?”
Herbal formulas to complement Qi:
HE SHOU WU
YU PING FENG SAN
Cordyceps is a rare and exotic medicinal mushroom, known in China for centuries. One that reportedly
has a number of far reaching medicinal effects. Most people in the West have come to know this rare
herbal medicine in only the last twenty years or so. During that time, modern scientific investigation into
its seemingly miraculous range of healing powers has proven what Chinese practitioners have noted for
centuries: That it works well in combating a myriad of medicals problems.
Much of what is known about Cordyceps sinensis we owe to the research of Dr. Georges Halpern, a physician and professor emeritus with the University of Hong Kong, and author of several books about Cordyceps.
Research suggests that Cordyceps may improve the BIO ENERGY status of animals humans. This would happen because Cordyceps improves the internal balance mechanism, thus making the utilization of OXYGEN more efficient. These properties may account for the overall physical enhancement, the added endurance, and the anti-fatigue effects which are seen in humans using the Cordyceps supplement.
1. Cordyceps Improves the Respiratory Function
Several scientific studies have demonstrated the benefits of Cordyceps sinensis in alleviating the symptoms of several respiratory illnesses including chronic bronchitis and asthma (Reference 2, Chapter “Effects on the Respiratory System”, pages 429-432). In a double blind, placebo controlled study with 30 elderly volunteers Cordyceps significantly improved the maximum amount of oxygen these people were able to assimilate (Reference 4).
2. Cordyceps increases cellular Oxygen Absorption by up to 40%
(Lou Y, Liao X, Lu Y. Cardiovascular pharmacological studies of ethanol extracts of Cordyceps mycelia and Cordyceps fermentation solution. Chinese Traditional and Herbal Drugs 1986;17(5):17-21,209-213) Chronic obstructive pulmonary diseases improvement of 40% after Cordyceps supplement. (Wang WQ. J. Administration Traditional Chinese Med 1995;5 (supp;):24)
3. Cordyceps Improves the Functioning of the Heart
Numerous studies have demonstrated the benefits of Cordyceps sinensis on heart rhythm disturbances, such as cardiac arrhythmias and chronic heart failure (Reference 2, Chapter “Effects on the Cardiovascular System”, pages 436 – 441).
An even more vigorous study was conducted using “in vivo” mouse model induced acute Pulmonary Edema (Pneumonia) which causes systemic lack of oxygen, acidic body, and death. Research results show that animals taking Cordyceps had a significantly greater survival rate of 20% mortality vs. 80% mortality in 30 minutes. This is a startling 400% improvement. (From Wan F, Zhang S. Clinical observations of fermented Cordyceps sinensis (Cs-4) in antitussive, expectorant, and antathematic effects. Collection on the Basic Medicinal and Clinical Studies of Submerged Culture Cordyceps sinensis. Beijing, Nanchang, China:Jiangxi TCM/IMM, 1985:35-39)
4. Cordyceps Helps Maintain Cholesterol
Four excellent studies have demonstrated that Cordyceps sinensis helps to lower total cholesterol by 10 to 21% and triglycerides by 9 to 26%. At the same time it helps to increase HDL-cholesterol (“good cholesterol”) by 27 to 30% (Reference 1, Chapter “Effects on blood lipid metabolism and arteriosclerosis”, pages 299 – 301).
Blood Cells – Improves Blood Cell Viability & Function.
Genetic – Promotes DNA Repair
Liver Protection - Improves Liver Functions, helps with Hepatitis and Cirrhosis Sub chronic and chronic hepatitis on related liver diseases are more prevalent than most people think. Liver is the living filter of the human body, cleaning the blood and all other fluids of impurities. There is no way for you to survive, much less feel healthy, without a functioning liver.
Research clinical trials on 33 patients with Hepatitis “B” and on another 8 patients with cirrhosis taking Cordyceps supplement showed 71.9% improvement on “Thymol Turbidity Test” and 78.6% improvement in” SGPT Test” both of these are enzyme test showing improving functions of the liver. (Zhou LT, Yang YZ, Xu YM, Zhu QY, Zhu YR, Ge XY, Gao JD. Short term curative effect of cultured Cordyceps sinensis (Berk.) Sacc. Mycelia in chronic hepatitis B. China J Chinese Materia Medica 1990;15(1):53-55)
5. Chronic kidney diseases improvement
(3) Chronic kidney diseases improvement of 51% after only one month with Cordyceps supplement.(Jiang JC, Gao YF. J Administration Traditional Chinese Med 1995;5(suppl):23-24)
6. Cordyceps Reduces Tumor Size in Cancer Patients
Several clinical studies have been conducted in China and Japan with cancer patients (References 1 and 2). The studies were done with CSE (Cordyceps sinensis mycelium) using a therapeutic dose of 6 grams per day (= 4 capsules twice daily). In one study with 50 lung cancer patients administered CSE in conjunction with chemotherapy, tumors reduced in size in 46% of patients. A study in cancer patients with various types of tumors found CSE (6 g/day for over 2 months) improved subjective symptoms in the majority of patients. White blood cell counts were maintained and tumor size was significantly reduced in about half of the patients. Researchers in Japan reported that CSE enhances the general reactivity of the immune system in individuals with cancer. To discover this, they subcutaneously injected mice with cancerous (lymphoma) cells and then orally administered CSE. This lead to a reduction of tumor size and prolongation of the host survival time. CSE also improved the antibody responses.
7. Immune System
Increases NK cell activity, makes more MUSCLE – Increases Power, builds better/younger cells.
Recharge the Protective Army of NK cells – Your body’s ability to fight infections and tumors depends on the availability of Natural Killer (NK) Cells. These are essential first lines of defense for our body’s protection mechanisms commonly known as the Immune System.
Several scientific studies of Cordyceps have especially focused on Natural Killer (NK) cells and Cordyceps effect on them and cancer formation. One such in-vitro study demonstrated Cordyceps adding significant enhancement of NK cell activity in normal individuals as well as leukemia stricken individuals. (Liu C, Lu S, Ji MR, Xie Y. effects of Cordyceps sinensis on in-vitro natural killer cells.
Chinese J Integrated Traditional Western Med (Chung-Kuo Chung His I Chieh Ho Tsa Chih) 1992;12(5):267-269) showed that natural Cordyceps enhanced the NK cell activity of normal patients by 74% and increased the NK activity of leukemia patients by 400% and similar improvements of NK cell activities was found in big melanoma cancer (Xu RH, Peng XE, Chen GZ, Chen GL. Effects of Cordyceps sinensis on natural killer activity and colony formation of B16 melanoma. Chinese Med J 1992;105(2):97-101)
8. Improvements in the Immune System
The improvements in the Immune System were so impressive that Dr. Zhu at the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine 1998 stated: “Because of the above profound influence on immune functions, natural Cordyceps products have been used in many clinical conditions in patients with altered immune functions.”
The First Anti-Aging Supplement Known to Mankind
It’s An Anti-Aging Fighter with clinical research proof in controlled studies which showed that elderly patients suffering from fatigue and some senility related symptoms reported. (1) Improvements in the reduction of fatigue 92%, of feeling cold 89%, in dizziness 83%, after taking Cordyceps for 30 days. Patients with respiratory/breathing problems felt physically stronger and some were able to jog for 600 ft. (Cao A, Wen Y. J Applied Traditional Chinese Med 1993;1:32-33)
10. Cordyceps Protects against Free Radical Damage
Several studies have shown that Cordyceps sinensis protects against the damages caused by free radicals, and as such has powerful antioxidant properties (Reference 1, Chapter “Äntisenescence and Oxygen-Free Radical Scavenging Activity”)
11. Cordyceps Reduces Fatigue
Several studies with animals have demonstrated that Cordyceps sinensis increases the cellular energy production and oxygen supply. A double blind, placebo controlled investigation showed a marked reduction in fatigue in elderly patients when they were given three grams of Cordyceps daily. In another study, Cordyceps sinensis improved shortness of breath and reduced fatigue in patients suffering from chronic heart failure (Reference 1, Chapter “Improvement of physical performance and quality of life”, pages 293 – 295).
12. Cordyceps Helps Discomforts from Tired Legs
Several studies have shown that Cordyceps sinensis improves the flow of blood in the body by relaxing the smooth muscles of the blood vessels allowing them to expand. Cordyceps also improves the functioning of the heart and lungs (see above). Cordyceps therefore prevents or reduces the contraction of blood vessels which interferes with the flow of blood vessels in the legs, the main cause of tired legs (Reference 2, Chapter “Effect on the Cardiovascular System”, pages 436 – 441).
13. Endurance & Stamina
Reduces muscle Soreness, Enhances Recovery, Promotes Better Oxygen efficiency,
Increases ATP Synthesis, Promotes Faster Energy Recovery, Reduces Fatigue, Improves Physical Function, Provides More Stamina.
15. Cordyceps Improves Stamina and Athletic Performance
Several studies with animals have shown that Cordyceps sinensis increases the cellular energy production and oxygen uptake ( Reference 1, Chapter “Improvement of physical performance and quality of life”, pages 293 – 295). A study with mice demonstrated their improved swimming capabilities after six weeks of Cordyceps supplementation compared with a control group (Reference 3, page 260).
16. Cordyceps radically increases cellular energy
Cellular energy, which is also known scientifically as the ATP/IP ratio. Cordyceps has been clinically proven to increase cellular Bio-Energy by as much as 55% (Reported XU C.F et al in ZHU J-S, Halpern GM, Jones K. The Scientific rediscovery of a precious ancient Chinese herbal regimen: Cordyceps sinensis: Part I. J Alt Comp Med 1998;4(3):289-303.)
17. Cordyceps Combats Sexual Dysfunction
Three separate Chinese double blind and placebo-controlled studies with over 200 men with “reduced libido and other sexual problems” showed remarkably similar results. On average, 64% of the Cordyceps sinensis users reported significant improvement at the conclusion of the experimental period compared with 24% of the placebo group. In another double blind, placebo controlled study conducted with 21 elderly women with similar complaints, 90% reported improvements of their condition following the use of Cordyceps, compared with none in the control group (Reference 1).
18. Hormones – Adrenal Thymus, Mitochondrial energy.
Dramatic Natural Improvements are seen in endocrine hormone levels, in fertility, and in Sexual Libido for men and women.
19. Sexual Function
Improves Libido and Quality of Life in Men & Women, Fights infertility, Increases Sperm Count, Increases Sperm Survival.
(1) Research on animal studies shows cordyceps increases natural sex hormones(Wan F, Guo Y, Deng X. Chinese Traditional Patented Med 1988;9:29-31)
(2) Prevention and improvement of adrenal glands and thymus hormones, and infertile sperm count improve by 300% after cordyceps supplement.(Huang Y, Lu J, Zhu B, Wen Q, Jia F, Zeng S, Chen T, Li Y, Xheng G, Yi Z.. Zhongchengyao Yanjiu 1987;(10):24-25)
(3) Human clinical studies involving both men and women of 189 patients with decreased libido and desire showed improvement of symptoms and desire of 66% (Wan F, Guo Y, Deng X. Chinese Traditional Patented Med 1988;9:29-31) and
(4) Another double blind study by the Institute of Materia Medica in Beijing, China showed a woman improvement of libido and desire at 86%. (JIA-SHI ZHU, M.D., Ph.D. The Journal of Alternative & Complementary Medicine, Vol.4, Number 3, 1998, pp.289-303)
(5) The most dramatic physical proof came from Fertility Study (Guo YZ. J Modern Diagnostics Therapeutics 1986;(1):60-65) involving a clinical research of 22 males showed that cordyceps supplement increased clear evidence of 33% increase in sperm count, decreased 29% incidence of sperm malformations, and a 79% increase in survival rate after 8 weeks of cordyceps supplement.