Chrysanthemums are in bloom! This month I’ve been gathering this years harvest of these medicinal organic flowers and I’m delighted to offer them as a mild tasting gentle calming tea.
Chrysanthemum morifolium, this Chinese sourced herb, is not just admired for its bright colors but also for its remarkable medicinal qualities. It is known best for its beneficial effect on sleep and relaxation. Its cooling quality is good for the eyes, headaches, and allergies. It is also a gentle liver cleanser. Stop by my office for a cup of tea to taste its mild soothing flavor!

Healthy Aging and East Asian Medicine

What limits us from living indefinitely? Is there a way to preserve life sustaining Qi reserves?                                                                                      

It is known in fundamental science, that the human life span has a natural limit. In East Asian Medicine aging is viewed not by age, but by the amount of Qi reserve within the complex of all the body systems. There are several influential factors that determine longevity and the preservation of life sustaining Qi.
In ancient times without the knowledge known now as the Human Genome, Eastern Medicine scholars viewed longevity by the relative quantity or manifestation of Qi in the body.
Qi, also known as the essential life giving force, permeates every cell, tissue, and organ, and is also the trigger to signal a cell to thrive.
Inherited qi, also called Prenatal Qi, influences how much Qi a person is born with.This is set by family genetic patterns and fetal health during prenatal and neonatal life. These  conditions vary from person to person and sets the stage for the quality and quantity of Vital Qi as part of your health map. It also influences the potential for good health throughout the course of your life.

Blood Sugar Blues

Common symptoms of Blood Sugar Related Problems include: chronic muscle and joint pain, insomnia, mood swings, weight gain, hypertension, and digestion symptoms

Pre diabetes also related to Insulin Resistance or Metabolic Syndrome is one of the most common conditions that progresses with aging. It is most notable by a gradually increasing belly size. It has a good track record for causing some of the most common digestive health problems and increases the risk for chronic debilitating diseases. With a few key strategies you can change your metabolism and prevent its progression. Do you have a persistent growing belly that is getting harder to get rid of? Is your waist line getting in the way?
Fatigue after meals is one of the most common signs of a blood sugar problem. This is often because the amount of carbohydrates you are eating is not being supported by its partner “insulin” to help control the gradual decline of sugar. Or you are just eating too many carbs for your insulin to keep up with. There should be a steady rhythm between eating carbs, burning it as fuel, with insulin regulating its pace and effectiveness.Without carbohydrates as fuel, fat is the alternative fuel that converts into energy. Over time, too much sugar overwhelms this dance between carbs and insulin. Then communication stops and the rhythm between burning fuel and creating energy causes rogue levels of high blood sugar. Persistent higher levels lead not only to adult onset diabetes but also to more pain, inflammation, mood fluctuations, and dementia. Read More