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9Sep/09Off

Chinese herbal decoction for Conjunctivitis (sore eyes)

An inflammation of the conjunctiva (the mucus membrane lining between the inner eyelid and the front of eyeball), conjunctivitis causes discomfort, redness and a discharge. Most likely the causes are either infection or allergies. Infection usually caused by the bacteria spread the contact of hand to eye, or from a virus associated with a cold, sore throat, measles or flu. Allergic reactions are usually cuzed by cosmetics, contact lens cleaning solutions, or pollen. Regular hand washing is definitely good to prevent infection, while keep ourselves away from the allergens will help on allergies.

Traditional Chinese medicine treats conjunctivitis and sore eyes with a decoction of a single-herb tea made from Xia Ku Cao (Prunella Spike-Self-Heal, Prunella vulgaris or Self-Heal, 夏枯草in Chinese).

Action: Clears heat from the liver, thereby reducing heat and toxins in the blood.

Use: Prescriptions, or single-herb tea, or soups

Remarks: This is considered to be a fabulous general tonic during the summer when heat stress of the liver generates a range of symptoms, such as headache, dizziness and sore eyes. It's antibacterial and specific for treating for red, painful and swollen eyes.

In a lot of Chinese supermarket, you can find sweetened Xia Ku Cao herb tea in bottles, or packet powder for instant tea as well. It's very popular and common especially during the summer.

(sources: Chinese Herbal Medicine made easy by Thomas Richard Joiner, Streetwise Guide: Chinese Herbal Medicine by Wong Kang Ying and Martha Dahle)

5Sep/09Off

Hand Acupressure for cough and sneezing, part 2

So in the last post we talked about the stimulation of an acupoint on the wrist can help relieve sneezes and cough caused by cold, flu and allergies. Now we'll continue with a reflexive area that's very popular  for healing many oral and bronchus illnesses.

Reflexology on hand or foot usually works the best when doing it for a long period of time. If cough and sneezes become annoying chronic symptoms, we definitely need to heal the disease first. Other than that, objects stuck in the throat or coughing non-stop are also quite common. Especially senior people always swallow their saliva inappropriately and stuck those spit in the throat, causing annoying cough. If that happens, slightly slap on the person's back and see if it helps. If not, massage hard on the "oral and bronchus" reflexive area between thumb and index finger. (See diagram) Massage hard a few more times and rub the back at the same time.

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4Sep/09Off

Hand Acupressure for cough and sneezing, part 1

The symptoms of cold and flu are mostly fever, cough and sneezing. To cure flu or cold, enough rest and nutrition awareness are most needed. However, in order to stop those annoying coughs and sneezes, we can stimulate the relevant acupressure point called "Tai Yuan" on your wrists.

Most acupoints or acupressure points for healing cough and sneezes are mostly on the face and neck. Someday other than foot acupressure and hand acupressure, I'll talk about acupressure points over the other parts as well.  In the mean time for hand acupressure, we just need to know "Tai Yuan" is also an effective acupoint for relief of cough and sneezes. To find "Tai Yuan", bend your wrist and you see the inner wrinkle of the wrist. Touch it and you can feel the pulse. Use a lighted cigarette as heated source  to approach that point for 3-7 times without burning your skin. Or use a pointy device to stimulate 7-10 times. If there are no device at all, massage that point until the area around that point feels the heat.  When doing stimulation of "Tai Yuan", make sure you bend your wrist outward to make it easier to find and approach the acupoint. See the diagrams below:

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We'll continue to talk about the reflexive area to relieve cough, sneezes and nose bleeding tomorrow in part 2.