Green tea reduces excess fiery Yang energy

Green tea reduces excess fiery Yang energy
Green tea reduces excess fiery Yang energy & blood toxins

Friday, April 29, 2011

How can I strengthen my immune system ?

...simply put...by detoxing regularly, one's Immune System is naturally allowed to strengthen !
Two guys take the same train to work and sit next to each other in the same polluted air conditioned office. They breath the same air. Yet why does one get colds and flu more often than his mate?

One reason is difference in immunity levels. He who gets sick often and takes longer to recover, has weaker immunity. A strong immune system fights infections, enables faster healing without antibiotics. An immune system that is strong also means you have a higher probability of living a VERY long life free of infections and  diseases such as heart problems, cancers of any sort, diabetes etc ( regardless of your genetic "destiny" ).It helps to study nutrition !


Chinese medicine strategy to reduce toxins for permanent health
Chinese medicine has an interesting insight.
When  yin - yang, hot - cold chi energies are balanced, your body functions optimally and immune systems is at its strongest state to fight off invading infections and heal wounds quickly. Flu and colds occur less. You automatically recover from chronic illness such as asthma, rashes, headaches, pimples  ( acne ), diabetes & hypertension. Cancer has a harder time invading.

Toxins weakens immunity
Toxins create excess fiery yang energy ( chi / qi ) buildup which disturbs this natural Yin Yang balance. Too much yang Qi energy in the body causes an imbalance which weakens the immune system, the ability to fight / heal from chronic illnesses. In other words, toxins weaken the immune system, making it easier to fall sick, succumb to infections, pimples ( acne ), rash, ulcers, abscess, boils, sore throats. 
Removing toxins automatically restores the immune system allowing it to overcome infections and heal quickly. This is the medical strategy used in Chinese herbal medicine that has been tried and tested for thousands of years.


Toxins cause Inflammation
Western medicine is increasing using the  term " inflammation ". This corresponds to Chinese medicine jargon - "excess fiery yang chi energy ".. if think about it, doesn't inflammation remind you of flame and fire. Inflammation is now directly linked to Cancer, Heart problems, Diabetes and Arthritis. Read this <<

Antioxidant herbs remove toxins 
In modern  medicine, inflammation is linked to cancer, heart problems premature aging, diabetes and many other chronic diseases....  goggle for evidence. Western medical view is beginning to discov what Chinese medicine knew all along ...  that inflammation is the source of many chronic maladies TCM has been employing antioxidant herbs to detox the body and remove inflammation causin toxins long before  " antioxidant " became a word in the West in the 1950s.
Detoxing is antioxidant action and some oxidants ( aka free radicals) can be thought of as toxins,  


To restore balance :                                                     
1) eat less fiery ( yang ) foods                                                                                          
2) eat more cooling ( yin ) foods to de-tox  and restore balance

What factors affect immunity ?
1. Duration and intensity of stress experienced
2. Your emotional response to that stress
3. Diet
4. Sleep and rest
5. Constipation and ( lack of ) sweating
6.  steroid based medications and other immuno suppressive medications ( arthritis medicine )
7. Too much Yang chi, too little Yin chi energy in your body
7b. Eating too much Yang chi foods ( see below)
8. Blood pH that is chronically acidic ( lower than pH=7 )
9. A strong immune system protects you against cancer


In other words ...
  • Prolonged exposure to physical & psychological stress weakens immune system.
  • Inappropriate response to stress ( worry, fear,depression, suppressed anger ) weakens immunity.
  • Eating wrong foods inhibits immunity, disturbs the yin-yang balance
  • Not eating right foods inhibits immunity, disturbs the yin-yang balance
  • Insufficient sleep weakens immunity
  • Yin Yang chi energy imbalance makes you sick easily

How does diet affect immunity ?
Normal metabolic process produces byproducts natural toxins. Together with ingested toxins such as Pesticides, food colorings, preservatives, artificial sweeteners, taste enhancers, caffeine, medications, alcohol, cigarette smoke, environmental pollution etc, they suppress the body's ability to fight off infection and heal rapidly. ie inhibits the immune system.
                                                       .... read more about how toxins weaken immune system here:



Also, another culprit is processed white sugar, it suppresses the immune system. Just one glass of sugar laden soft drinks or fruit juice  ( with added sugar) forces white blood cell count to drop sharply within an hour.

.......The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition published a study...... showing that ingesting 100 grams of simple sugar lowers white blood cell activity for up to five hours..... 
Read more here
As well even honey and fruit sugars will  have a negative effect, especially if consumed daily  in large  quantities.  This is the reason why some enlightened  nutritionist say " Eat you fruits, but juice your vegetables"  A simple glass ( 250ml) of organic home made orange juice may contain up to 4-6 oranges.... Good for vitamin C, but too much sugar !


What are typical symptoms of mild excess toxins/ fiery energy ?
  • itchy eyes or nose
  • sore or scratchy throat or tonsils
  • ulcers in mouth, tongue,gum, insides of cheeks
  • cold sore outbreak
  • gum aches - inflammation
  • gum infections / abscess beneath teeth and other carbuncles
  • low grade fever or feeling warm even in cool room
  • frequent headaches
  • nosebleed
  • constpation  not moving bowels DAILY
  • darker than normal yellow urine
  • pimples ( acne, bad skin ) or boils
  • rash
  • hemorrhoids
  • frequently succumbing to colds and flu
  • hot temper
  • tongue turns reddish, the normally ( healthy) thin white coating is not visible
    do not inspect tongue immediately after a meal or alcohol, as these will be incorrect reading
  • Mastitis - inflammation of breast in breast feeding / lactating  mothers


What are additional symptoms of  large excess of toxins / fiery energy ?  
  • Cuts, scratches, abscess, boils and wounds take longer time to heal
  • Lingering cold or flu that takes weeks to go away
  • Cancer - the immune system is too weak to fight off cancer cells

What can you do to improve your immune system ?
1. Work in a less stressful environment ( stress produce chemical that suppress one's immunity)
2. Deal better with stress ... do you really need to worry about everything ?
( Stress creates internal  fire)
3. Eat more Yin ( more below) foods to remove excess fiery heat yang energy
4. Get enough sleep to enable body to absorb nutrients and repair cells
5. Sleep before 11pm to allow the natural body cycles operate at optimum level to self repair
6. Sleep / wake up at same time daily
 (lack of sleep creates MASSIVE internal fire )
7. Alkalise your blood by eating more alkaline form foods ( mineral water, green veggies, Apple Cider Vinegar), and reducing acid forming food intake... research this in Google


What diet changes can I make to strengthen my immune system ?
1. Drastically reduce sugar intake ( soft drinks, chocolate, sweets & lollies, cakes )
2. Eat less " fiery " foods, ie.  heat producing Yang foods
3. Eat more "cooling"  foods ie. cool producing Yin foods
4. Less alcohol, it poisons the body
5. Stop smoking, reduce sugar and fat intake


Why more Yin and less Yang foods?
To prevent your body from becoming too fiery
Eating too much Yang( fiery) foods produces more toxins in your body which inhibits the immune system.
Increasing Yin food intake corrects the imbalance.
Aim to achieve 50-50% Yin Yang balance for optimum health.


Which hot / yang foods must I eat less of ?
  • Any food cooked at high temperature : roasting, broiling, BBQing, grilling or deep frying
  • All spicy foods:  curry, onion, garlic,onion, chillies, wasabi, coriander spice
  • Pepper, ginger whilst spicy, are not as fiery as chillies
  • Coffee, especially the dripped kind ( as beans are roasted )
  • Chocolate ( ie. roasted cocoa beans) especially dark chocolate ie 50% or more cocoa
  • Lamb, Beef ( chicken, pork, fish are cooler)
  • all hard liquors : whiskey, brandy, vodka
  • Honey, Bee Pollen, Royal Jelly
  • Chips or roasted nuts
  • Sugar of any kind including fructose and HFCS
  • Ginseng, Cinnamon are very fiery
  • Asthaxantin a powerful antioxidant (good) but is VERY fiery,  so don't take too much
  • Krill Oil ( which contains Asthaxantin )  -  so don't take too much

Which cooling / yin foods must I eat more to detox?
  • Yin foods ( listed below) cooked no higher than 100 degrees - boiling, steaming, stir frying
  • Green or Jasmine Tea (moderate detox effect, to be consumed  at least once a day on EMPTY stomach 1 hour after a mean or 30mins before )
  • Chrysanthemum tea ( moderate detox effect )
  • Mung Bean soup ( strong detox effect)  >>>  how to make mung bean soup
  • Dried mandarin peel ( Chen Pi )
  • Honeysuckle
  • Bean sprout (cooked )
  • Dandelion ( not roasted type has moderate detox effect  )
  • Bitter Melon / Bitter gourd - see photo
  • Cucumber- raw
  • Celery- eat the veggies, better still drink the juice !
  • Watermelon, Apple, Kiwi fruit, Peach
  •  .... most fruits except durian, longan, lychee and cherry
  • Mushroom
  • Water chestnut
  • Pear - western or chinese are BOTH cooling in nature
  • Green leafy veggies : Lettuce, Choy Sum, Bok Choy, Kai Lan, Spinach, Cabbage
  • Mineral water with high Magnesium content such as San Pelligrino or  Evian
    ... they have a strong alkalizing effect
  • Chicken  & fish ( boiled, steamed ... not roasted or deep fried, not BBQed )
  • Boiled or poached eggs ( not fried )
  • Black tea is mildly Yin enhancing
  • Huang Qi herb ( Astragalus membranaceus )
  • and many other  prescribed Chinese herbs that are "cooling" or Yin enhancing


Is there a weekly regimen to ensure my Yang and  Yin energy are balanced?
Yes there is !
Our modern  lifestyle tends to make us accumulate more fiery yang energy  than cooling yin, we need to constantly adjust to maintain the balance.  In addition to many herbs , many Taoists , who are pretty serious about extreme health &  longevity, practise the following :
  • Mung bean soup once weekly even if you feel ok, but don't  don't have it everyday if healthy
  • Mung bean soup immediately on detecting early signs of cold/ flu Eg. sore throat, sniffles, itchy eyes etc, ... continue until symptoms improve
  • Mung bean soup immediately when gum aches, mouth ulcers start
    ... continue until symptoms disappear
  • Traditionally, pregnant women in China are generally told not to drink Mung bean soup. They may use other foods or herbs  for detox.
  • 1 -2  cups Chrysanthemum tea or Green tea  or Chinese Jasmine tea every day ( avoid if you have an upset stomach )

How to make Mung bean soup < < < < click here
Do this and many chronic symptoms will improve automatically and in a natural way.


Additional information:
More examples of cooling ( ie. detox ) Yin enhancing herbs:
  • Dandelion ( pú gōng yīng,  蒲公英) a  liver detox herb used in China and Europe
    Best to choose unroasted kind, as roasting changes therapeutic value
  • Burdock ( niú bàng , 牛蒡 is a detox herb widely used in China
  • Honeysuckle ( jīn yín huā, 金银花 ) is a detox herb widely used in China
  • Ban lan gen - available in powder form, taken as a drink, good for upper body fire ( heat )
  • Arrow root ( particularly good for sore throat)
  • Lotus seed heart
  • Shi Gao ( Gypsum - Calcium Sulphate is a mineral )
  • etc etc...more later
* Dandelion, Burdock and Honey suckle are traditional herbs also widely used in European Naturopathy for hundreds of years and is somewhat consistent with Chinese medicine in detox strategy. In fact Dandelion & Burdock is a favourite old time beverage in UK !
>> Please consult a licensed and trained Traditional Chinese Medicine practitioner before consuming any herbs you are not familiar with.

Patent herbal pills ( click on the picture to enlarge )