Tuesday, September 29, 2020

Staying Healthy with Natural - CBD Cannabidiol and Why It is Helpful

 This is hard to believe, but our bodies were made to heal themselves.  

Years ago, before "technology", and probably until mid 1900's, nature provided us with herbs, natural things to help us stay healthy, and take care of body problems.  People often grew their own plants, herbs, vegetables and made their own remedies for family and friends.  I remember my grandmother who lived in Cleveland, Ohio.   She had a small garden in her back yards, and a very small "chicken coop".  When we went to visit her, she often gave us specials foods she grew to "make us strong".   My family moved to rural Ohio and we lived on a 100 acre farm, which is still in the family.  We had a chicken coop, cows, sheep, pigs.  And a large garden that we grew all our fruits and vegetables.  We kids never bought lunch in school, so all we really knew about food was what came from our farm.  The first time I ate "regular food" was when I left home, joined the US Navy.  And oh my, I wondered what was "wrong" with all the food.  Then I got an apartment and bought groceries for the first time, and was sure I bought the wrong foods, or they were "bad".   Nothing tasted as good as what we grew on the farm.  

Also, "back then", there were herbs that grew around nature that suddenly turned "illegal", including hemp plant.  The cows, animals grazed in the pastures, at the few hemp weeks that might be in the grass.  They processed the hemp, and then we drank cow's milk, ate the animals, and the hemp went into our bodies.   There is a part of our bodies, cannabinoid receptors, embedded in the cell membranes that are responsible for regulating multiple processes that we experience daily, including mood, appetite, memory and pain sensation. When we lived our "natural" lives the hemp plants CBD we got from animals kept these replenished.  But since hemp became illegal, we rare get CBD from anything.  Unless we buy it.

The first time I used CBD oil under my tongue, I was amazed at how "well" I felt.  I had trouble getting up in the morning because of arthritis, and when I took the CBD, in a few minutes the pain was helped so much.  My neighbors were amazed to see me out walking in the morning, riding my bike, because mornings were always so difficult for me.

CBD is NOT always  marijuana.  There are two kinds of CBD.  The CBD you can now buy over the counter is made from hemp.   Marijuana also has CBD.  The difference is that marijuana CBD has a small amount of THC, but hemp CBD has such a tiny amount it doesn't show in urine tests.  

CBD is most helpful for bones, aches, muscle pains.  It is calming, helps anxiety,  helps sleep.  

It is not really helpful for nerves, but THC is.  

But you do have to be careful about purchasing CBD.  Anybody can grow it.  You need to know how it is grown and handled, and tested for quality.  I bought my first CBD tincture and topical cream from Sisters of the Valley in California.  They are a very spiritual group, compassionate, and when you visit their web site, you can see how they handle growing their hemp.  They "bless it" often.  They "sage it" instead of using pesticides.  They have ceremonies around  harvesting it, and making the products.  And they have a link so you can check the testing results that are required in California and for selling online, by mail.  

If you are taking pills, drugs, prescriptions for arthritis, muscle pain, stress and anxiety, difficulty sleeping, try CBD.  Use it topically if you have an area that would benefit from rubbing it on.  Or take a few drops under your tongue, leave for a few seconds, then open your mouth slightly and breathe under your tongue so it gets absorbed and into your system.

CBD from Sisters of the Valley is one of the best self-help products you can use.

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Sunday, September 27, 2020

Chinese Medicine for Body Health and Wellness -What Are Meridians and How to Move Qi Flow

 Chinese medicine has been around for centuries.  It is "natural", and helps the body to heal itself.  

A basic Chinese Medicine definition of the meridians of the body is that they are a network of 'energy channels.  There are six pairs of meridians (12 total major meridians), each affecting a corresponding Yin/Yang organ.  The meridians function as a network, much like a highway system, that can be mapped out throughout the entire body. They are similar to the circulatory system in western medicine, but it needs to be emphasized that meridians are non-physical.  According to Chinese medicine, as long as Qi flows freely through your meridians and your organs work in harmony, your body can remain healthy. This means that when your body's meridian system functions well, you are well. Yet due to a number of causes like excess stress, your body's meridians can become clogged or even blocked.

Acupuncture is used to determine where the qi flow is blocked in meridians, and the needles are used to unblock the qi so it flows again smoothly.

There are some things you can do for yourself to help your qi flow smoothly.  For centuries, and even now, Chinese people often keep jade rollers and gua sha tools in their "medicine cabinet" to help with health problems.  You can use your fingers to feel your body, for example moving your fingers down your arm from shoulder to wrist, and if you feel an area where there is discomfort or pain, that might mean the qi is blocked there.  It does not mean that your arm is "in trouble", it means the meridian it is related to is being affected.  

Any easy procedure anyone can do is to feel an area of their body slowly and carefully, and when you find an area that is tender or painful, use a jade gua sha tool to gently scrape the area.  Use the gua sha tool edge to scrape downwards a few times, mindfully and carefully.   Then use a jade roller to complete the process, again rolling downward, for example if the area is on your arm, roll from shoulder to hand direction.

 When I traveled to China every year, my Chinese doctor met me at the airport.  While we were in the taxi going to the hotel, he would scrape my neck with the gua sha tool, then use the jade roller to help me get over the 12 hour jet lag from USA to China.  It helped so much.  After almost a day of travel, his treatment helped me to get up the next morning "ready to go" and not waste a couple of days getting over jet lag.

I personally use a jade roller often to help my qi flow more smoothly.  If I feel a sore spot, I scrape with gua sha tool, the use the roller.  I also do qigong, tai chi daily, so the gua sha tool and jade roller are part of my wellness program.  On a day when I am not feeling very well, I start with the jade roller, then do the qigong, and start to feel better so I can continue with tai chi.  

More information about meridians, jade health tools, acupuncture and improving health naturally in future posts.

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Thursday, September 24, 2020

When Health Problems Change Your Life - Help Yourself Get Better Naturally with Chinese Medicine Tools

 Many of us have health problems that change our lives.  Some are caused by accidents: bones break, organs get damaged, nerves and brain injuries very dramatic changes.  And more.  Cardiac problems like heart attacks, bleeding, valvular changes.  Pregnancy may cause permanent damage to ovaries, uterus, and chemistry.  Stokes cause brain, nerve damage.  Aging can cause many problems, too: osteoporosis and falling and breaking bones; brain, heart, and all over the body changes.

Here in USA, most people rely on their physicians for help with body disease, changes, problems.  One of the first treatments is medicine.  If you watch advertisements about medicines, you probably are aware that there is as much information about dangers, side effects as there is about how it will help.  But when we experience these lifestyle changes, we are eager and anxious to get treatment.  We NEED it!

A patient who "needed" levothyroxine took it as directed.  The lab tests showed that it helped because the TSH and other thyroid lab results showed improvement.  But the patient felt horrible.  Although she is hyperthyroid, the levothyroxine made her feel and behave like she was hypothyroid.  She lost weight, had high anxiety, insomnia, rapid heart rate.  One day she felt like she was "going crazy" and stopped taking it.  She started feeling better, but something had happened:  she had a stroke she did not realize she had until she lost feeling and control of parts of her body, her limbs, and a leg and foot that was so severe she had to use a walker to get around.  When she had a brain MRI, it was discovered that she had a stroke, and the blood was clotting on her brain, causing the nerve problems.  The recommendations she got from her doctors made her very reluctant to try: more medicines.  

Some people believe that USA medical treatment and medicine today is "all about profits, money".  They really want the help, but terrified to take the medicines.  

Our next few posts will be about what traditional Chinese medicine practices can do to help people with health problems who want an alternative, who feel "intuitively" that there is also "something else" than can help.  It is probably best to try the Chinese medicine alternatives when you are doing  what your regular doctors recommend, then adding the alternative to see how it works for you before stopping what doctor recommends.  And you may feel better when you use the health tools.  If it does help, your doctor will notice, too.

Chinese medicine is about your "qi flow".  When your qi is blocked, it does not flow and this is what causes medical problems.  A Chinese medicine trained doctor will do a "pulse diagnosis" to determine what qi is blocked and needs to be repaired.  Acupuncture is used for this.  There are Chinese medicine tools that traditionally Chinese people kept in their "medicine cabinets" to use instead of taking drugs.  These will be discussed in next blog posts, so check back to learn more about what you can do to help heal without American medicine.

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Tuesday, June 18, 2019

I Can't Wear My Jade Bangle Bracelet!

Yesterday I burned the inside of my wrist near my hand when I was removing a hot pan while grilling shrimp in the oven.  I immediately ran outside to my aloe vera plant and tore off a piece with a lot of juice in it and rubbed it on the burnt area.  It felt better, but in a few minutes it started feeling painful again.  I rubbed more on it.  I usually keep the piece I bring inside until I use all the gel in it to make sure I'm getting a good dose.  The burnt area stopped hurting, but it was turning brown and swelling.  When my jade bangle bracelet bumped it, it really hurt.  And it knocked off some of the healing scab. 

That meant I had to remove my jade bangle.  And as you know, I wear a jade bangle bracelet all the time.  It hurt pulling the bangle over the wrist,  I washed the bangle in cool water with a little soap to remove anything that got on it during this disgusting event.

All evening, I kept missing wearing my jade bangle bracelet.  My arm just didn't feel "right".  I not only missed the bangle, I missed the qi energy from it. It has good green veins, almost imperial green with qi energy related to the liver for health and wellness.  And some hues of lavender.  Also most of it is white color jadeite, with qi energy related to lungs for spirituality, compassion, dealing with grief and sad memories (a friend had sudden cardiac failure that affected his entire body, and had to have both his legs removed, and I am heartbroken over this).

This morning the burnt area was quite "ripe" and I couldn't comfortably wear my jade bangle.

But I do have a collection of jade bead bracelets.

8mm Burmese jadeite bead bracelet
The Burmese jadeite bead bracelet feels wonderful.  I can lightly feel it, I know it's there but it is so close to my wrist that it doesn't touch the burned area.  (No, I am not going to show you the ugly burn!)

Since it felt so lightweight, I added a second jade bead bracelet:

The two together felt even better.  When I started blogging about this, the second one kept hurting the burn, so I removed it and am wearing only one, for comfort, for the jade and qi energy.  

Sometimes customer ask me if they should also have a jade bead bracelet to "go" with their jade bangle.  If you are thinking about that, it's probably because your body is feeling the need for the qi energy from a "little extra jade".  There's a lot of reason to have one, two or more jade bead bracelet. You can use them as a "spacer" for occasions you want to wear two jade bangle bracelets on the same wrist.  You can wear them on the wrist that you don't wear your jade bangle on so you have jade on each wrist.  You can wear one if you hurt your wrist and the bangle hurts when you wear it.  And ov course if you love jade bead bracelets, you should certainly have one to wear.

My jade bead bracelet moves slightly and near the burn.  I believe the jade qi energy will help the burn heal faster and better.  

What a good excuse to have and wear a beautiful jade bead bracelet!

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Sunday, May 26, 2019

Rose Quartz Face and Eye Masks, Rollers and Eggs. What is Rose Quartz Good For?

Rose quartz is becoming more popular and people want to experience it.  Rose quartz costs more than jade, but we purchased a few pieces to try them ourselves, and offer them to you a reasonable price.  

Set of Rose Quartz Facial and Eye Mask, roller, and egg

Rose quartz facial masks are helpful for facial health and wellness. 

Rose quartz facial and eye mask

 The rollers can be used on face and body.  

Rose quartz facial and body roller

The rose quartz egg is often held during meditation, dealing with stress, as well as a "yoni" kegel exercise product.  

Rose quartz egg for meditation, women's health

Rose quartz is related to the Water element, and the Heart Chakra. The energy is related to Love, Gentleness, Emotional Healing, Stress and Spirituality, Unity with the Divine, according to culture and alternative health (reference "Book of Stones").

The quartz is genuine and natural. The quartz is stored in a cool space, avoiding too much heat, cold, and light shining on it.

Rose quartz is not only beautiful, it makes you feel very good!

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Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Ying Yu Jade "Yoni" Eggs to Help Vaginal Atrophy - Naturally!

Vaginal atrophy can not only be painful, but also may lead to more serious medical problems.

Vaginal atrophy (atrophic vaginitis) is thinning, drying and inflammation of the vaginal walls due to your body having less estrogen. Vaginal atrophy occurs most often after menopause. For many women, vaginal atrophy not only makes intercourse painful, but also leads to distressing urinary symptoms.

The good news is that vaginal atrophy can be reversed.  Big Pharma options include topical and oral estrogen.  Of course, there are side effects.  And using estrogen cream vaginally can be messy.

So how can you help treat vaginal atrophy naturally?  Ying Yu Jade eggs.

Ying Yu Jade genuine and natural jade eggs and ben wa balls to help vaginal atrophy

I traveled to China to meet with a Chinese medicine doctor to "get through" menopause.  My hot flashes were so intense, I felt like I would burn through the earth.  When I went to China with my Chinese qigong teacher who lived in Beijing to learn the basics of Chinese medicine, the doctor told me he could help me get through menopause in a few weeks.

And it worked.  The Chinese medicine doctor did a very intense acupuncture points diagnosis, that took about 30 minutes.  Then he wrote a prescription for me of Chinese medicine herbs that were unique to my physical condition.  I took it to the pharmacy, and they prepared the boiled herbs, packaged it in small bags that I would ingest one each day.  Within 10 days I was feeling much better.  I refilled the medicine before I left China.  In 7 weeks, I no longer had those awful menopause symptoms.   I was so impressed with the treatment, I went back to the doctor a year later for treatment for my fibromyalgia.   That's when I learned about jade being used for centuries as part of Chinese medicine.  My lack of estrogen was causing vaginal discomfort, and the doctor was amazed that I did not know about using jade eggs and/or ben wa balls, as Chinese and Asian women have used for centuries.

I did kegel excersise and noticed improvement.  More moist and intercourse much easier and enjoyable. 

I wanted to sell these in the USA because we had not heard about this wonderful, natural treatment for vaginal atrophy.  The doctor took me to a jade carver in northeast China, 16 hour train ride from Beijing.  He told the jade carver I wanted to buy natural, well made jade eggs to sell in USA, and he made me a good supply. 

Ying Yu Jade was the first web site to sell these jade eggs and ben wa balls here in the USA.   We still sell only genuine and natural Chinese jade eggs, "yoni" eggs and ben wa balls.  There is a video on Ying Yu Jade web site about using jade eggs.   And when you purchase a set, you receive a page of basic kegel instructions.  And since I appreciate and advocate for women's wellness, they are priced reasonably.  You get the best quality classic Chinese jade that has good qi healing energy.

I use these myself, and know that they work well to strengthen the vaginal muscles and increase moisture.  If you to have vaginal atrophy, start with the smallest eggs, then when that is comfortable in your vagina, move up to the medium size.  When you can comfortably use the large jade egg, you will be able to enjoy intercourse again. 

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Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Balance Yourself: The Yin and Yang of Life with Music, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

My astrological sign is Gemini.  And I have lived my life as a Gemini, almost like being two of me inside one body.  One of my characteristics is that I am always quite busy, and that's a reason I blog on JadeBlogger, but rarely on this blog.  Busy, busy, busy, but always take time in the morning for yoga, taiji, qigong and meditation.

I prefer natural therapies to big pharma medicines.  With chronic pain from fibromyalgia, restless leg, getting up in the morning is painful and difficult.  I often wonder how I will get through the morning doing what I want to do, let alone how to get through the entire day.  I have found that my "placebo" of using cognitive behavior therapy for pain and depression works much better and faster than drugs.  In the mornings when I'm getting ready for the day, I play my Pandora radio "Queen" station because it has the right kind of music for me to sing along, and dance along with to loosen up.  When the smile is on my face, I know I am ready to face the day. My "theme song" is Stealer's Wheels "Stuck in the Middle with You".  The smile stays on my face and inside of me when I know there are "clowns to the left of me, jokers to the right" and I am content with being "stuck in the middle" with my loved one.

That's the "yang" part of what I need.

The "yin" part is the Pandora radio station Yoga or Meditation.  "Gratitude and Joy" is what I need and I get it listening to one or more of the parts.

In the early evening, as the sun sets, I go outdoors and walk 1-2 miles.  That is my cognitive behavioral "mood lifter".  The sky, trees, lake are so awesome and beautiful, my spirits are lifted and again, the smile is external and internal. 

Cognitive behavioral therapy is how you can re-think a situation, and use your brain to determine what you need to improve your life.  Like a placebo that has no real medicinal value, but you feel better after taking it, using your "brain placebo" can help you to feel better, body mind and spirit.

Jade as my business gives me access to all the yin and yang and good qi energy by working with, touching, holding jade.   Chinese medicine often uses Chinese "river jade" as a health tool to help balance your qi energy.   The "river jade" has colors that form naturally from water where the jade was formed.  And it relates to the colors of the five meridians of you that need to be balanced and have your qi flowing smoothly.  I choose the jade bangle bracelet that has the qi energy I need most. 

How do you find the best jade for you?  When you browse the jade photos, the ones that appeal to you most, perhaps even make you drool a little while you look at it are the ones that are "medicine" for you.

"Yin and Yang" light and dark color Chinese "river jade" is medicine you wear on your wristGreen for overall health and wellness, and veins of "hong" yellow/red for heart, spleen meridians

And who wouldn't prefer to wear "medicine on your wrist" rather than take a drug with side effects.

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