A Healthy Heart In Chinese Medicine

The organs in Chinese medicine are more than just a physical representation. The organs include not only their physiological function, but also their mental, emotional, spiritual and elemental qualities that align with nature and the seasons. Let’s explore the heart.

The heart season is summer, and heart is considered the most yang: hot, bountiful and abundant. Yang is what is bright, moving, outward, hot and loud. Yin is what is more inward, still, dark and cooler. The color of the heart is associated with red, the climate is heat, the flavor is bitter and it’s paired organ is the small intestine (many urinary issues are due to “heart fire” heat descending). The sense aligned with heart is the tongue, and the vessels associated with heart are the tissues. The heart sound is laughing, and the emotion is joy. The heart houses what is known as the shen, which is the mind and spirit. You can see a person’s shen in a healthy complexion and radiant eyes that are clear and bright. The heart is in charge of circulation and keeps the tissues well nourished. It is also associated with mental clarity, memory and strength. The motion of this fire element is upward, like a flame. Many who have this element dominant in their personality have red hair that is curly or spikes upward. The heart is also connected to speech. An imbalance in heart energy can result in stuttering, speaking excitedly or talking excessively.

A healthy heart energy exudes a sense of joy, fun, enthusiasm, action, warmth, charisma and fun. These people are the “life of the party,” and love to have a good time with friends and to be the center of attention. When the heart is balanced, sleep is sound and one is well rested.

On the other hand, when there is an overabundance of fire this can result in restlessness, anxiety, sweating, excitability and symptoms such as palpitations, irregular heartbeat, insomnia, disturbing dreams, mouth sores, thirst, red face, constipation and dryness. This person might shrink if not in the limelight and would constantly seek attention and need activities that produce a lot of excitement. He or she might have trouble being introspective and could not be alone. “Overjoy” is an imbalance of heart energy and is likened to manic behavior. A dominant fire may also be extremely sensitive to heat. A lack of the fire element, on the other hand, can result in a lusterless complexion, low energy, inertia, depression, feeling cold, low libido and the personality may lack warmth. This type may seem cold, frigid, lack drive and may be prone to addictions.

How to help your heart stay in balance? Red foods have been shown to help the heart biochemically; foods such as hawthorn berries, strawberries, cherries, raspberries, tomatoes, watermelon, peppers and goji berries keep your heart happy with lycopene and anthocyanin, antioxidants and beneficial vitamins. Other helpful foods include garlic, cayenne, cilantro, basil, magnesium (found in leafy greens, nuts and soy) and green tea. Also try ginseng, jujube dates, reishi mushrooms, dong quai, seaweed and schizandra berries. Calming activities such as walking, tai qi, or qi gong help calm the shen.

It is best not to self-diagnose, so see your healthcare provider to see if those foods are right for you. You don't want to assume you have too much of one element and end up eating the wrong foods. A Chinese medical specialist can give you a proper diagnosis as far as the Five Element theory goes to see which element is dominant in you, and they can treat your condition with acupuncture, herbs and offer advice for beneficial changes in diet and lifestyle.

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March is my birth month and is also a time of reflection of the past year and the future. What have I accomplished? Who have I helped? How can I do more? I love my career choice because natural medicine helps thousands of people without causing harm. Unfortunately for some it is not affordable. I understand that because I have been there before.
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Eczema Be Gone!...Testimonial

I am sharing this testimonial about the redox gel, a product I use daily myself and one that my patients adore with the hope that you to will get relief from a skin condition or ache that has been plaguing you. I have tested this product in my clinic and several of my colleagues have done the same.We see significant improvement in a wide range of health concerns in 9 out of 10 people! This is far better results than most drugs, surgery and even some holistic therapies can provide! Even better... it is safe, non toxic, and native to the body, so there is absolutely no fear of interactions or allergic responses. I'm over the moon about the Redox gel!
Testimonial: I am so thankful for the Redox gel..!! It has helped me with my Eczema, Rosacea, and with my knee discomfort and swelling. My Rosacea is so much lighter. I have been using the Redox gel every morning on my Rosacea for about 6 months now. You can hardly see it on my left cheek and it is much lighter on the right cheek. I am thrilled with the improvement...!!!

I have also been using the Redox gel on my Eczema. As soon as I feel the itch and the little bumps I put on the the Redox gel and instantly the itch stops. Last week (February 6, 2017), I had a new breakout on my back that has been reoccurring each winter. I put on one dose of the the Redox gel in the morning and forgot to put on more (because I didn’t feel the itch). The next morning I woke up felt a tiny itch and couldn’t believe how smooth my skin was.....!! After only one tiny bit of the Redox gel the morning before...!! (OTC medications were not helping) I love this stuff.......

The other day I burned my forehead with my curling iron......... it hurt like crazy. I put on the the Redox gel and the discomfort was gone instantly...!! I have put it on 2 to 3 times for 2 days and it is healing beautifully.....!!

And lastly........ a year ago I re-injured my knee, just getting out of a chair. I twisted it wrong and boom, I was in so much discomfort. My knee was sooooo swollen. I put on the the Redox gel three times initially and didn’t see much improvement. I put it on two more times before I saw relief in the level of discomfort. I put it on two more times before bed and it finally helped so much and also the swelling went down. I kept using it that week only when I needed it. My knee continued to get better each day. I went from walking with a cane, and propping it up on a pillow when in bed and sitting, to not having surgery...!!! The Redox gel got me through a very rough time. My knee isn’t perfect, I am careful with what I do. But, I didn't have surgery...!!! I am grateful for the Redox gel......!!!! Thanks, Christina......!!!

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Give Your Heart Some LOVE

Show Your Heart Some LOVE

Oriental medicine (OM) nutrition combines ancient wisdom with modern science. OM nutrition is a holistic approach, which aims to balance all five flavors within most meals with one or two flavors being emphasized for therapeutic purposes. OM nutrition for a hypertension emphasizes bitter flavors, sour flavors and energetically-cooling foods.
OM theory states the bitter flavor benefits the heart in moderation but an excess is harmful as it has a drying effect; for example, coffee is bitter. In moderation coffee acts as vasodilator increasing circulation but in excess it can raise blood pressure and has a diuretic effect. Modern scientific research has discovered while the human genome has 25 bitter taste receptors 12 of these are expressed in the human heart.

Foods with bitter flavors include: romaine lettuce, dandelion, arugula, rye. Foods that combine bitter with pungency include: citrus peel, radish, scallion and white pepper. In OM nutrition the pungent flavor can help disperse phlegm (e.g. plaque). Foods that combine bitter with sweet include: asparagus, celery, tomatoes, lettuce, quinoa and papaya. Lemon rind is bitter and sour; vinegar is also bitter and sour.
Bitter flavors have a yin, or cooling effect, clearing heat in the body while encouraging a descent of Qi, which aids in the draining of fluids. For example, celery contains the phytochemical phthalides which relaxes arterial wall tissues to increase blood flow and thereby reduce blood pressure. The fiber, magnesium and potassium in celery also help lower blood pressure and regulate fluid balance. Caution: according to OM, those with a lot of dryness and/or bone disease should moderate their intake of bitter flavor.
A tomato a day keeps the doctor away! The combination of lycopene, vitamin C and E, potassium and folic acid in tomatoes make it a power food for heart health. The bitter flavor of tomatoes come from the seeds; to reap the full benefit of tomatoes eat the seeds too. Heirloom tomatoes in season have the most flavor, find the tastiest tomatoes at your farmer’s market or trying growing your own.
Summer is the season of the heart according to Chinese medicine, meaning it is the season most likely to bring our hearts out of balance if we are exposed to excess heat, which can then create and/or exacerbate internal heat. During the summer OM nutrition recommends drinking and eating foods that cool the body and heart such as green tea, cucumbers, watermelon and lemon.

Chrysanthemum tea is a very popular summertime tea in Asia because it is so well known for its cooling properties; it is helpful for headaches, dizziness, high blood pressure, chest pain and also fevers. You can add chrysanthemum flowers to your morning green tea and in the evening combine it with chamomile tea for extra cooling benefits!
OM nutrition cautions against overdoing cold foods and drinks. Too much cold inhibits the digestive process. Drinking warm beverages and soups, as well as eating foods with a little pungency (chili pepper, garlic, ginger) causes the body to perspire slightly which naturally cools the body.
For those who happen to have hypertension plus a lot of dryness: dry skin, dry eyes, dry mouth and thirst, constipation and even hormonal deficiencies can benefit from increasing their healthy fat intake. Many nutrients are fat soluble, the body uses cholesterol to make hormones, bile and vitamin D. Healthy fats nourish yin in OM nutrition theory. Some Americans who suffer from hypertension are also thin with an underlying yin deficiency, such as those with the onset of hypertension that coincides with menopausal symptoms. Sources of healthy fats include: nuts, seeds, avocado, olive oil, flaxseed oil and fish.
Eating beans, peas and grains are high in potassium, magnesium, fiber and are high in choline which is vital in lowering hypertension and boosting fat metabolism. Whole grains are also a good source of niacin and vitamin E and are recommended for healthy arteries, especially those that are slightly bitter such as: rye, quinoa, amaranth and oats.

K2 is the only nutrient in the world that will remove calcium from the arteries. K2 activates the matrix GLA protein (MGP) that removes calcium out of soft tissues like arteries and veins.
The ten year, 4,800 subject Rotterdam Heart Study demonstrated that participants who ingested the greatest quantities of K2 experienced a 57% reduction in death from heart disease than people who ingested the least. DID YOU KNOW? There are over 25 published studies confirm that vitamin k2 can prevent arterial calcification, and those deficiencies are correlated with increased arterial calcification. Returning k2 levels to normal reverses arterial calcification, especially at prescriptive doses of 320mcg. MegaQuinone K2 -7 is the ONLY 320 mg pharmaceutical grade, all natural vitamin K2 with published safety studies. MegaQuinone is available at Carolina Holistic Health in Simpsonville SC.
This along with some of the changes listed above can literally eliminate heart disease!

Thermography is an excellent diagnostic tool to consider using for the detection of inflammation in the arteries which can lead to blockages.

Exercise is also an important player in maintaining heart health. At Carolina Holistic Health we recommended 20-30 minutes a day of low impact exercise such as walking, hiking, biking, yoga, Tai Chi and swimming.

Here is a helpful yoga pose: Tree pose

Tree pose is a standard balancing pose that can be adapted based on your skill level. It focuses on the small intestine meridian and increases abdominal circulation. Tree pose can also calm and relax the mind and nervous system, bringing more self-awareness. To do this pose balance on your left leg, put your right foot flat against your left inner thigh and extend your arms over your head with your palms together.

Helpful Acupressure point: Heart 7

Location: With palm facing up, on the inside of the wrist, on the little finger side of the crease where the hand meets the wrist. Massage for 60 seconds at least 3 times a day.
Function: Promotes a calm mind, alleviates anxiety, stimulates memory, and corrects insomnia. Also useful in alleviating hysteria, sadness, fear and fright, heart palpitations, and shortness of breath.

Try this OM Nutrition Recipe for Heart Health:

5 Flavors Chickpea Salad for Healthy & Happy Heart
15 oz cooked organic chick peas (1 can)
1/2 c cup cooked quinoa or 1 cup brown rice (warm)
4 stalks celery, minced
6-12 cherry tomatoes, chapped in 1/2 or 1/4
8-12 Romaine lettuce leaves, chopped
2 TBSP red onion, minced

Toss with dressing made with:
2 TBSP olive oil
1 TBSP lemon juice + a little lemon zest (organic is best)
1 tsp grated ginger
1/2 tsp honey or agave
1-2 garlic cloves (minced or pressed)
1/8 tsp Himalayan or Sea salt (or to taste)
fresh ground black pepper (to taste)


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7 Ailments Acupuncture Easily Treats

7 Ailments Acupuncture Easily Treats

Do you ever feel your life's a ride that won’t ever stop? How many nights do you wait for Mr. Sandman to magically appear? How often do you truly take time for yourself? Do you have aches and pains almost daily? Are over-the-counter or prescription medications controlling your life? When was the last time you actually felt at peace? If any of these questions resonate with you, then it might be time to look at Traditional Chinese Medicine and acupuncture for an answer. People in Asian countries have known the magnificence of acupuncture for thousands of years. Traditional Chinese Medicine is growing in popularity in the United States and here are some reasons why you might want to consider utilizing it also.

1. Insomnia / Restless Sleep

Acupuncture can address imbalances in your body that may contribute to your inability to get a good night’s sleep. The needles can actually encourage the brain to produce the chemicals that help you relax and sleep better. If you have difficulty falling asleep, you wake up frequently or you toss and turn a lot, acupuncture might just be the missing link.

2. Anxiety / Depression

Thousands of people in the U.S. suffer from depression and anxiety. And while there are many amazing therapists available to talk to, psychotherapy may not be enough. Also, many of the prescription medications available have terrible side effects. This is where acupuncture and Chinese herbal formulas can help. Acupuncture can actually start to relieve symptoms of depression and anxiety in as few as two treatments without any harsh side effects.

3. Allergies

Runny nose? Sneezing? Watery, itchy eyes? Does this sound familiar? Seasonal or otherwise, allergies can be debilitating. But multiple studies have shown that allergy symptoms can be decreased and sometimes even eliminated with the use of regular acupuncture treatments. Immunity begins in the gut and acupuncture treatments for allergies will focus on the energetic meridians that support your immune system.

4. Migraines

For those who suffer from these monsters, life can be a toss of the dice. Migraines can come on without warning and can be completely devastating. And yet again, the pharmaceuticals that most migraine sufferers are prescribed can lead to harsh side effects. Acupuncture can reduce the frequency and intensity of migraines over time.

5. Menstruation Issues

Many women suffer monthly from menstruation problems. It can be that the period is irregular, painful or so heavy that it leads to anemia and fatigue. There can also be mental-health effects associated with periods such as depression and anger. Over-the-counter medications only mask the symptoms. To treat the root of the problem, give acupuncture a try. Once again, it’s all about balancing your body. That’s how acupuncture works to regulate menstrual problems.

6. Chronic Pain

Pain is the number one reason why people turn to acupuncture, and for good reason. If you’ve tried everything else and got little to no relief, acupuncture may be right for you. But remember, chronic pain took time to develop and it will also take time for acupuncture treatments to work. Many people get some relief immediately, but acupuncture works on a cumulative basis, so commitment to the process is a must.

7. Preventive Medicine

Did you know that acupuncture’s main function is to help keep you healthy? If not, then you’re not alone. While acupuncture may not be known for preventive care, it should be. Waiting until there is an injury or illness will only cause the treatments to take longer. Using acupuncture preemptively will help you fight off illness and let you recover more quickly. That’s reason enough to give it a try.

Now that you know how acupuncture and traditional Chinese medicine can help you, what are you waiting for? Get healthy in 2017.


Fountain OF Youth ~ Rejuvenation & Detox Starting 1/9/17

Program Starts January 9, 2017!
This is a Complete Holistic Detoxification & Rejuvenation Program!  Learn multiple techniques in holistic & energy healing, mindful eating, meridian balancing and all-natural supplements.  In this 8-week program you will reveal to yourself the body, life and mindset that you have always dreamed of. Experience relief from physical discomforts, elevate to youthful energy and stamina, increase metabolism for dynamic weight loss, anti-aging, and increased mental clarity.

In this 8-week Program you will receive-

1.       2 Cases of ASEA ($320) – This is the world’s first and only Redox signaling molecular supplement.  Four nobel prizes have been given in the last 30 years for Redox research! This supplement is vital to the body’s natural process of cellular regeneration and boosts Glutathione in the body 500%.

2.       2 RENU 28 ($90) – Sister product of ASEA, this restorative gel accelerates the efficiency and resiliency of your skin cell reproduction for repair of damaged skin and effectively reducing physical discomfort for a more youthful look and increased comfort.

3.       Ionic Foot Detox ($160) – (4 Sessions) The energetic flow of ions through the body and out the largest pores in the body at the feet, create a powerfully effective detoxification of all of the organs of the body including the removal of harmful heavy metals.

4.       Sun Salutation and Customized Merdian Exercises ($100) – These simple, but whole body stretching routines unblock and restore the energetic flow in our body and mind for increased vitality, peaceful, focused thoughts, and improved organ function.

5.       Far Infrared Light Sauna ($120) – (4: 30 min. Sessions) The Sauna produces the same infrared light as the Sun which is required for all living things.  It penetrates into the joints, muscles, and tissues feeding oxygen flow, increasing circulation and removing impurities such as heavy metals.

6.       Ear Seeds ($240) – (8 Treatments) Using weekly Acupressure on the microsystem of the ear, multiple system imbalances will be addressed such as: weight loss, stress and fatigue.

7.       Access Bars ($640) – (8 Sessions) This is a gentle, yet dynamic energy clearing of touching specific points on the head to facilitate clarity, non-judgement, and freedom from negativity.  The worst case scenario is that you will feel completely relaxed after your first session, the best case scenario is that your whole life will change.

8.       Thermography ($400) – (Before & After Half Body Imaging) A totally non-invasive clinical imaging procedure for detecting and monitoring a number of diseases and physical injuries by showing the thermal abnormalities present in the body. Has been known to detect breast cancer up to 8 years earlier than mammography.

9.       Mindful Eating Education ($100) – We will discuss and provide handouts on the benefits of increased purified water intake, vegetable juicing, increased plant-based eating, the benefits of smoothies and shakes, saliva pH, and the foods you should avoid and/or eliminate for increased energy and vitality.

10.   Vegan Protein Shakes ($60) – 2 canisters of your choice of flavors. Includes multiple vitamins and minerals as well as probiotics.

11.   Calendar of activities and suggested meals – each participate will receive their FOUNTAIN OF YOUTH calendar to schedule all of your sessions & treatments.

Total Package Cost $2,230 (discount if you join with a friend= $2,007 each)

WE ENCOURAGE ACCOUNTABILITY PARTNERS! Join with a friend and you both receive 10% off. Space is limited.

THIS IS GOING TO BE AN AMAZING, LIFE-CHANGING EXPERIENCE FOR YOUR MIND, YOUR BODY, & YOUR SPIRIT.  We intend for you to choose to gift this experience to your beautiful Self.  You deserve it!

Abnormal Cell Healing Testimonial

Carolina Holistic Health is proud to offer Asea redox technology and Electro Sound Lymphatic drainage at the clinic. These therapies when combined can have a profound positive effect on the body. Carolina Holistic Health does not make any medical claims and the identity of the patient in the testimonial has been kept private. The nature of her disease has also been described but not named in an effort to prevent making medical claims...the rest of the testimonial is in her words.

ASEA & Electro-Lymphatic Therapy have changed everything for me. I am 53 yrs old. In January of this year, I was diagnosed with Chronic LL (a serious disorder of the blood and lymph). Three months after, I was also diagnosed with Lymphedema on my right side. The Lymphedema was the most troublesome as my right leg felt like it weighed a ton, my right elbow was painful and my right hand and fingers were very heavy and often painful. As the "medical" field provided no hope or help for either condition, I began to research online alternative and natural options for my conditions. I found that for both disorders, rebounding on a mini trampoline helped move our lymphatic fluids. I purchased one and use it faithfully every day as it does help. Also was recommended to have lymphatic drainage done so I was beyond blessed when I found Christina @ Carolina Holistic Health in Travelers Rest, SC. I felt relief immediately after my first therapy session! She also recommended ASEA to me. I figured that it certainly wouldn't hurt to try it. If one doesn't try....one will never know. Also, I'm reaching for more time on this earth and will not go the Chemotherapy route! By day 5 of drinking the ASEA, I was astounded and extremely excited about all of the changes. Prior to drinking ASEA, I was sleeping 12-14 hours a day, had no energy at all....getting up was an effort...food was of no interest...things that I used to do and enjoy, didn't happen....night/day sweats....very foggy and did not retain or track well in my head at all. ASEA changed ALL of those things for me. It truly is something that I cannot describe. A complete 360 of the prior 6 months of my life. I can only say that... to me it is a miracle drink. I have life again! I am forever grateful to Christina...her wisdom...her knowledge...her caring and for giving me hope. And yes, also, the whole ASEA team of doctors and staff. MM~7/22/16