The heart. Our hardest working organ. It beats 100,000 times per day pumping nutrients, oxygen and hormones through every inch of our body. You’ve heard of ways to keep your heart healthy, like exercising regularly and maintaining a healthy diet, but did you know that incorporating acupuncture into your lifestyle can dramatically reduce your risk of heart disease?? Acupuncture is becoming an increasingly common therapy to treat or prevent heart disease, the number one cause of death in America.
Research shows that acupuncture helps to lower high blood pressure, promote the healing of heart-related conditions like myocardial ischemia. Acupuncture can also assist with lowering cholesterol by optimizing the body’s digestive capabilities so that the healthy cholesterol (HDL) functions more efficiently and effectively to rid the body of the unhealthy cholesterol (LDL).
Because it has no known side effects and does not lead to dependence, acupuncture can be your natural first line option in the battle against heart disease. So in the spirit of American Heart Month and Valentine’s Day, show your heart some love and get some acupuncture!
From the bottom of our hearts!
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Eat your heart out…
Say “I love you” by giving your loved ones some heart healthy food. Here is a simple and guilt free dessert that is both heart strong and delicious.
2 tablespoons sweetened dried cherries or sweetened dried cranberries
1 tablespoon plus 1 1/2 teaspoons honey
In a large nonstick skillet, stir together the cranberry juice, cinnamon, and allspice. Add the pears and cherries. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Cook, covered, for 5 minutes, or until the pears are just tender-crisp. Transfer the pears with the cut side down to a serving plate. Leave the liquid in the skillet.
Cook the liquid for 2 1/2 to 3 minutes, or until reduced to a scant 1/4 cup, stirring frequently. Remove from the heat. Stir in the honey. Spoon over the pears. Let cool completely, about 20 minutes. Turn the pears several times to coat with the sauce, or transfer the pears to plates and top with the sauce.
Hawthorne berry, also known as Shan Zha, is a Chinese herb that improves heart health and digestion. Many chinese herbal remedies have been proven effective in treating the physical ailments that afflict people around the world. Traditioal Chinese Medicine offers some herbal remedies for elevated cholesterol that are worthy of consideration when analyzing various treatment options.
Here is a simple tea to make with Hawthorne Berry / Shan Zha:
Place 6 g of hawthorn berries in a cup, fill the cup to the brim with boiling water ,and then place a saucer over the top of the cup allowing the mixture to steep for 15 to 20 minutes. Drink the tea when it is tepid or slightly warm, either eating or discarding the berries as you prefer. To get the full benefit of this herbal remedy, drink two cups daily for six months to a year.
Chinese New Year starts today and is an important time for reflection, rejuvenation, and new beginnings! After the ferocity of last year’s Tiger, the new Rabbit year will allow us to catch our breath and calm our nerves. Remedy NYC wants to help you achieve this by alleviating stress & anxiety, relieving pain, and bringing back balance and harmony to your body. We can help you look forward to a peaceful, languid and enjoyable 2011.
Remedy NYC sends you abundant health, immense love and growing prosperity in the upcoming year!
Here is a recipe for a popular Chinese dish often served at new years dinners:
1) Finely chop the Chinese cabbage and scallions. Put them in a mixing bowl.
2) Add the soy sauce, salt, cornstarch, and pork. Mix well with a spoon.
3) Drop 1 teaspoon filling on each wrapper. Fold the wrappers into half circles. Moisten the inner edges with water. Press the wrappers together to seal.
4) Pour 2 quarts of water in a large pot and bring to a boil. Drop in the dumplings and cover.
5) Pour in a cup of cold water when the water starts boiling again. Repeat this step two more times. When the water boils for the third time, the dumplings will be done.
6) Mix 1/4 cup soy sauce with 2 tablespoons white vinegar. Serve as dipping sauce with your steamed dumplings. ENJOY!
Symbolism in Food
Food is very important in Chinese culture, especially during the new year celebrations. Here is a short list of some foods typically eaten during the festivities and what they represent:
*Bamboo shoots – wealth
*Black moss seaweed – wealth
*Dried Bean Curd – happiness (note: fresh tofu is not served because the color white symbolizes death and misfortune in Chinese culture).
*Chicken – happiness and marriage (especially when served with “dragon foods,” such as lobster. Family reunion (if served whole)
*Eggs – fertility and wealth
*Fish served whole – prosperity
*Chinese garlic chives – everlasting, a long life
*Lychee nuts – close family ties
*Noodles – longevity and endless good fortune and good luck
*Oranges – wealth
*Peanuts – longevity
*Pomelo – abundance, prosperity, having children
*Seeds – lotus seeds, watermelon seeds, etc., having many children
*Tangerines – luck
We don’t believe in dieting resolutions. By the second week of January, most of us are feeling guilty for having tossed our resolutions out the window. Instead of wilting under a restrictive diet (whether it be no carbs, no sugar, no fat), why not empower yourself with acupuncture and chinese medicine?