Category Archives: Chinese Medicine (TCM)

How does Green Tea Contribute to Weight Loss?



Green tea can lead to effective fat loss while preserving muscle, turning you into a lean fat burning machine.

Green tea catechin ECGC keeps levels of the fat burning hormone norepinephrine high so you  lose weight by burning more fat.  Green tea inhibits the enzyme that breaks down this hormone.

Green tea causes increased excretion of dietary fat by decreasing lipase enzymes in your digestive tract responsible for fat digestion. Although you may eat foods containing fats, you will not break them down as readily and they will not be source of calories because you will excrete them.

Green tea decreases your appetite by causing the release of CCK (cholecystekinin), an appetite suppressing hormone.

Green tea  contains theanine which has positive effects on mood and creates a state of alert relaxation.

Green tea contains caffeine which acts as a stimulant, a mood elevator and a mild diuretic. Caffeine is mildly thermogenic.  Thermogenic foods increase the amount of calories burned.

By: Dr Nalini Chilkov

Spring is the Time to Take Out the Trash!

Spring Cleaning Never Felt So Good!

The stagnation and stillness of winter are passing and it’s time to get your blood moving again!

You are a mammal, and just like bears slow down and hibernate over winter, our metabolism also slows down during the cold months and starts to rev back up in spring.

It’s the perfect time to attune to nature and move the stagnation out of your body with exercise, saunas, steams and hot herbal baths and teas.

Here are a few easy steps to detoxify your body as Spring takes hold:   

1. Sweat!
Go for a brisk walk or run, or do some challenging yoga. Sweat it out!

2. Take a hot bath.
Add a cup or two of magnesium-rich epsom salts and a few drops of lavender oil or put a few mint and chamomile tea bags in the bath and take a cleansing and relaxing soak.

3. Drink a cup or two of hot ginger root tea before you exercise or get into the bath. The naturally spicy oils will cause you to break into a cleansing sweat, clear your lungs, stimulate your digestion and your lungs while dialing down inflammation, all at the same time!

But don’t stop there. Do some spring cleaning at your home and office and get rid of toxic cleaning chemicals and old cans of paint or solvents. Clean out your closets and drawers and get rid of dust and mold in your environment.

Take Spring cleaning to a whole new level – revitalize your body and your environment!  

Lower Your Body Burden of Toxic Chemicals

Do a 14 Day Detox!

Our kit comes complete with instructions and all the ingredients you need to get going. This is a very easy and powerful process!

If you are not quite up to that, just eat light and clean.

For two weeks, eat all organic fruits and vegetables, a little olive and lemon, and a serving of healthy protein, such as beans, tofu, fish or chicken. Protein shakes are also a great way to get your protein while eating clean.

Take 1 Detox Packet twice daily for a month.  

You will have given your body a clean sweep. Consider doing it the whole season. Or once every season. That is what I do!

And if you need something really simple:

Take 1 cap Detox Antiox with each meal to support your body’s own natural capacity to remove toxins.

Always consult your healthcare provider first as detox nutrients can interfere with many medications.

Don’t miss this opportunity to clean the toxins out of your body and start fresh this spring!

By Dr Nalini Chilkov

How To Recognize Cancer | Healthy Woman Checklist Part Two

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In Part 1 of 16 Signs of Women’s Cancers I discuss important reasons why every woman must take control of monitoring changes in her own body. Because of the staggering statistic that one on three women will be diagnosed with cancer in her lifetime, it is important to recognize the signs of cancer early. Here we continue our 16 Point Healthy Woman Check List.

Become the authority of your own body. Recognize changes early. This may save your life and will certainly give you the opportunity to incorporate natural therapies and an integrative approach to your health care.

How to Recognize Cancer continued from Part 1

Symptoms of many cancers are often characterized by having a fixed location and by their persistence. This means the location doesn’t change or travel and move around, and the symptoms do not come and go.

Go through the following Cancer Cues Checklist every month:

Here are 16 Signs of Women’s Cancers That You Must Not Ignore
continued from Part One

  • Skin Changes Follow the ABCDE guidelines for recognizing skin cancers
    Asymmetry: melanomas tend to be asymmetrical while benign lesions are more rounded and symmetric. Borders: Benign lesions are usually regular and flush with the skin while melanomas may have irregular and/or raised borders.Color: Melanomas may be tan, black or brown and often include regions of red, white and blue.
    Diameter: In general, melanomas are larger than 6 mm in diameter.
    Evolution: Changes in physical appearance of melanocytic growths are often observed over time and skin marking should be monitored for changes. Because the changes may be gradual, it is a good idea to photograph any suspicious marks, including a ruler or coin for size comparison. This allows for direct comparison of images taken at different times.
  • Changes inside your mouth Early warning signs of cancer of the mouth and tongue may appear as white patches or tender raw ulcerated areas that do not heal. See your dentist for a complete oral exam. Smokers should pay extra attention to changes in lining of the mouth, the lips and tongue.
  • Persistent Fatigue: Fatigue is one of those vague symptoms that women with busy lives, juggling family, marriage, children, household and career might think is normal. Pay attention to what is reasonable and normal for you. Don’t compare yourself to anyone else. If fatigue is ongoing, talk to your doctor. Whatever the cause, your health and well being are compromised and you need care and support.
  • Persistent Changes in Lymph Nodes: Lymph nodes are the outposts of our immune system Although they are also found deep in the trunk, you can see and feel the lymph nodes near the surface of your bodies in the areas around your neck and under our chin, at the base of the skull, under your arm pits and in the groin. Swollen lymph nodes often signal the presence of infection. However this usually lasts only a short period of time. Even if only one lymph node is persistently swollen or tender for over one month see your health care provider for an exam to discover the cause.
  • Persistent Upper Abdominal Pain combined with Feelings of Depression is a common presentation of pancreatic cancer. The pain may be dull and easy to push into the background. And depression is such a common symptom in women we may think it is normal. If it is not normal for you, seek care.
  • Low Back Pain: A dull and persistent ache in the low back or sensations similar to labor pain may signal ovarian or uterine cancer. See your physician for a complete exam.
  • Unexplained or Persistent Fever: Do you have a fever for no apparent reason? Do you find yourself hot, sweaty, fatigued with no obvious signs of infection, cold or flu? A fever of unexplained origin may signal many different diseases, including many cancers. If you have a fever that persists for more than 7 days, even if it comes in waves and tides, see your health care provider to discover the cause.
  • Persistent Cough: If you have a cough, even a mild one, that lingers and is there day after day, this may be a sign of lung or throat cancers. While you have allergies, acid reflux or be suffering side effects of medications, if you experience even a mild cough for a period of 3-4 weeks that just does not go away, get a thorough medical exam. If you are coughing up blood, seek care right away.
  • Persistent Changes in Bowels If you find that you are experiencing ongoing constipation, diarrhea, gas and bloating, feelings of pressure, blood in your stools, changes in frequency and ease of bowel movements, feelings of pressure in the lower abdomen you may have uterine, cervical, ovarian or colorectal cancer, the most common cancers of the lower body in women.
  • Persistent Digestive Upset: Feelings of indigestion, nausea or upper abdominal discomfort, feelings of fullness and pressure, being unable to swallow or keep food down, vomiting after eating or coughing up blood may be associated with cancers of the throat, esophagus, stomach, liver, gall bladder or pancreas. Because these symptoms are also associated with common less serious conditions, they are easy to ignore. It is always best to get a complete, thorough and thoughtful medical exam when symptoms linger for 3-4 weeks. If bleeding is present, seek care immediately.
  • Pelvic Pain: Pain in the area below the navel may be associated with endometrial (uterine) cancer, ovarian cancer, cervical cancer, vaginal cancer and colorectal cancer. This pain will be persistent and not change with your monthly menstrual cycle. You may also experience pain with sexual activity and intercourse or during bowel movements.
  • Unexplained Persistent Pain in any fixed location may be a sign of cancer. Do not ignore it.

Parts 1 and 2 offer you a 16 point Healthy Woman CheckList to review each month. Use it. Save Your Own Life. Share this list with your mothers, sisters, daughters, aunts, grandmothers and woman friends.