Detox Materia Medica

Healthy Detox Recipes

Chinese Medicine Deep Detox Stew

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40 minutes prep time  |  Makes 4 bowls

A traditional stew to enhance immunity and support heart health.Makes: 4 bowls

15 shiitake mushrooms 1 oz. black fungus 3 cloves garlic 4 tbsp. sesame seeds 2 tbsp. sesame oil 2 burdock roots, chopped 2 oz. dry hijiki seaweed 1 bunch bok choy, chopped 1 small can lycii berries 6 tbsp. white miso 2 leeks

Soak the shiitake and black fungus in a bowl of cool water, just enough to cover, for 20 minutes or until soft. Then slice thinly, saving the soaking water. In a soup pot, sauté the garlic, leeks and sesame seeds in the sesame oil for 5 minutes. Add the burdock and hijiki and sauté for 5 minutes more. Add mushrooms, fungus, soaking water, another 6 cups water and bring up to a simmer. Then add the bok choy, lycii berries, and white miso. Let simmer for several minutes to allow the flavors to blend.

Cold Defense Cleanser

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20 minutes prep time | Makes 2 drinks

Make this broth the minute you feel a cold coming on. Drink in small sips.

Makes: 2 drinks

In a saucepan, gently simmer: 1 and one half cups water 1 tbsp. honey 1 tsp. garlic powder One half tsp. cayenne 1 tsp. ground ginger 1 tbsp. lemon juice.

Remove from heat, and add 3 tbsp. brandy.

Is It Time For a Spring Cleanse?

A spring cleanse is a real breath of fresh air for your body after a long winter. It’s one of the best ways to quickly shed winter weight and increase your energy levels. Hippocrates, “the Father of Medicine,” Galen, Paracelsus and other great physicians throughout history prescribed detoxification. It was even practiced by Plato and Socrates. Cleansing has been helping people heal for over 20,000 years! Fact:  At least 20% of the food supply is contaminated with pesticide residues. The average American gets about 68 exposures to these toxins each day!  We are just beginning to see the far-reaching implications on hormonal health, specifically on hormone-driven cancers like that of the breast, testicles, and prostate; infertility problems in men and women; endocrine disorders; and earlier and earlier puberties for young American girls.

Body signs that you may need a detox: A yes answer to two or more of these symptoms should alert you to signs of toxic overload.

—body odor, bad breath or a coated tongue —frequent candida infections or UTIs (Urinary Tract Infections) —poor digestion, heartburn, constipation with intestinal bloating or gas —unusual fatigue; relying on stimulant pick-me-ups like sugar and caffeine to get through the day —cellulite collecting on your hips, thighs or tummy

You should be drinking at least 3 glasses of mixed fresh vegetable or fruit juices every day of your cleanse.Fresh fruit and vegetable juices have a powerful effect on the body’s recuperative powers because of their rich, easily absorbed nutrients and life giving enzymes.  Enzyme-rich fresh fruit and vegetable juices literally pick up dead, decaying material in the body and carry it away.  Note: Avoid caffeine, sugar, dairy foods and alcoholic drinks for the duration of your cleanse. They contribute to lymphatic stagnation.

I usually recommend a 3 to 5 day diet plan because it’s the easiest to fit in most people’s busy lifestyles. For the best results, I recommend following your detox with 1 to 4 days of a diet of 100% fresh foods. You can begin on a Friday and detox for a long weekend. For people who want to go on a longer, more intense detox, detox spas and centers where you will receive professional guidance are the best choice.

-Sarah

January Herb of the Month- Goldenseal

Goldenseal root:Hydrastis canadensis. One of the most popular, thus one of the most endangered, herbs on the American market today. Today’s common uses: One of the top five selling herbs in the U.S. It works both internally and externally. It’s a classic herb to take at the first signs of a cold.

Traditional Herbal Medicine uses: Widely used by Native Americans for digestive problems, hepatitis, tumors, fevers, catarrh, eye infections, mouth ulcers, and gonorrhea. Native Americans introduced goldenseal to European settlers around 1760, where it was used for cuts, scrapes and skin infections. Goldenseal’s ‘golden age’ came during the Civil War, where it was $1 per pound, as expensive as ginseng, and widely used to treat battle wounds. It gained a reputation as a panacea, a “poor man’s Ginseng.” It was gathered to the point of near extinction, still a problem today.

Therapeutic parts: root and leaf.

Delivery forms: tincture, capsules, tea, skin wash, douche, poultice, gargle, ear drops. Key compounds: The main compounds in goldenseal are the highly active, synergistic alkaloids berberine, canadine and hydrastine. Berberine and hydrastine have strong antibiotic action, and help the liver and gall bladder through bile secretion. Goldenseal is very high in cobalt and silicon, high in iron, magnesium, zinc and vitamin C, significant amounts of chromium, phosphorus, potassium, selenium, and vitamins A, B1, B2, and B3.

Safety precautions: Avoid during pregnancy because of uterine muscle stimulation. Helps childbirth during labor, by stimulating uterine muscles. Extended use can weaken good intestinal flora. Use as needed and supplement with acidophilus.

Works in synergy with: 1) For detoxification: with licorice rt., chaparral, burdock, pau d’ arco, echinacea, vitamin C, garlic, kelp, alfalfa, dandelion, poria mushroom, ginger, prickly ash and buckthorn bark. 2) with myrrh, for the stomach. 3) echinacea, coptis root, myrrh, capsicum, marshmallow and yarrow as a first aid, front line defense responder.

November Herb of the Month- Evening Primrose

Evening primrose- Oenothera biennis Today’s common uses: Evening primrose GLA (gamma linolenic acid) positively affects sex hormone response and balance. It should be a key part of any hormone program to control PMS, menopausal problems, infertility, and prostate problems for men. It also prevents hardening of the arteries and lowers cholesterol. A primary herb for skin beauty, hair loss and soothing breast soreness. An excellent preventive remedy for hangovers and cell damage from drugs and alcohol. As an EFA source, evening primrose helps even serious degenerative diseases like M.S. and muscular dystrophy. GLA from evening primrose is important for increasing prostaglandin production to treat many problems caused by low essential fatty acids: eczema, fibocystic breast pain, rheumatoid arthritis, diabetic neuropathy (nerve damage of legs, feet, arms and hands of long-term diabetics). Traditional Herbal Medicine uses: Native Americans used it for digestive problems, coughs and sore throats and wounds, and as a staple food. They made a tea from the roots for obesity and bowel problems.

Common doses: 2 to 3 500mg gelcaps daily for hormone problems; 2 caps daily for EFA related problems.

Key compounds: A GLA (gamma linoleic acid) rich herb to enhance prostaglandin balance which helps regulate blood clotting, decrease inflammation, stimulate hormone production, and regulate PMS-related water retention. The oil has 74 percent linolenic acid (LA) and 8-10 percent gamma linolenic acid (GLA).  High in tryptophan, to promote healthy sleep patterns.

Can be taken during pregnancy precisely because the body requires more essential fatty acids during that time.

Works in synergy with: 1) for PMS and cramping, combine with dong quai and vitex. 2) Or Try Evening Primrose Pearls.

Note: There are a number of GLA rich herbs available - borage seed, black currant, arugula, sea weed, ginger are all worthy sources, but in my experience, Evening Primrose oil, is by far the most effective for hormone related problems for both men and women.

-Sarah