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18Dec/09Off

Ginger healing: hair loss, common cold and flu

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In western culture, I don't see ginger as a common food but more for seasoning . But in Chinese or Asian community, ginger plays a very critical role in cooking. It's because of both its great culinary and medicinal value. It's commonly used for seafood cooking especially steaming fish in order to get rid of the fishiness. Its medicinal value is even more important. Chinese use ginger to heal many diseases. Ginger root is the major one we always use, but ginger skin, ginger leaves and even dried ginger all have different medicinal uses.

Chinese consider cold or flu to be an attack of "coldness" inserting our skin and other organs and reach the inside our body. The property of ginger is "warm" (yeah, it's spicy so you can tell), which helps open up the tiny pores of skin again to release the "coldness" that got us sick. So whoever starts to get a cold or flu, just make some hot tea with ginger boiled and drink it. It's going to help a lot. There's always a typical recipe we use in our own family - hot ginger coke. You boil a can of coca-cola with a few slices of ginger and then drink it before going to rest. It works pretty much every time for us.

Very few people know that hair loss and alopecia can be healed by ginger as well. It's also based on the theory of refreshing the pore on the skin. There are few ways of healing alopecia and hair loss with ginger:

1. Ginger skin (dried by baking) and Ginseng 30 grams each.  Grind them into powder. Cut some ginger slices to smear the hair losing area with the powder. Do it every other day.

2. Grind a piece of fresh ginger, heat it up and smear it on the head 2-3 times. Make sure you don't burn your skin though.

3. Probably the easiest way: Cut a few slices of ginger and smear some alcohol (like brandy) on your head. About 2-3 times a day. Or another way is put a few slices of aged ginger into a glass of alcohol for 2-3 days, then smear these ginger slices onto the area of alopecia or hair loss every day, normally 2-3 weeks hair will grow again.

There are even more complicated ginger uses for hair loss, I just provided these three ways. I hope it helps certain people. Ginger still have plenty of medicinal uses. And since it's a pretty easy thing to find in the market, I'll try to bring up some more uses later on.

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.