Natural Fixes for Insomnia

Insomnia is a very common issue in the modern world. In the US alone, more than 3 million cases are reported per a year. It can't be cured from a western medicine perspective. Most cases of insomnia are related to poor sleep habits, depression, anxiety, lack of exercise, chronic illness, or certain medications. Symptoms can range from difficulty falling or staying asleep and not feeling well-rested.

From a Chinese Medicine perspective, sleep is primarily regulated through three organs. They are the heart, liver and lung. As long as all three organs are balanced, sleep can be easily regulated. There are solutions through herbal formulas such as Suan Zao Ren Tang and Huang Lian E Jiao Tang. It can also be achieved through calming points with acupuncture. But more often than not, some simple food therapy is all that is needed. The following 3 solutions are suggested.

1. Fresh Aloe Vera Juice- Drink a half cup prior to sleep (This is from the perspective of nourishing yin, especially useful if your secondary symptom associated with insomnia is heat sensation)

2. Suan Zao Ren Congee (Sour Jujube Seeds)- Mix 30g of Sour Jujube Seeds, 10g of Wu Wei Zi (schisandra fruit), and make congee. This particular congee is useful if the secondary symptom associated with insomnia is a restless mind. Have it once a day, hour prior to sleep. (Congee is made with rice and double/triple the amount of water. For example 2 cups of rice will be made into congee with at least 4-5 cups of water. Boil, and simmer until the rice is no longer grainy and the water is absorbed)

3. Bai He Congee (Lily bulb)- Mix 30g of lily bulb, 80 grams of Glutinous rice. Chop the lily bulb up, mix the ingredients and make congee. Add a bit of crystal sugar in the end for flavor. Take twice a day warm, morning and night. This particular recipe is good for dryness. It is especially useful if stress and irritability are secondary symptoms associated with the insomnia.

Natural Fat Loss Tea

As the name suggested above, the tea is aimed at reducing excess adipose (fat) tissue.  The lotus leaves and hawthorn fruit can reduce fat and inflammation.  The Job's tears can fortify the spleen (a primary digestive organ in Chinese Medicine theory).  It encourages digestive functions.  The tangerine peel will also further boost digestion.  

Yi Yi Ren (Job's tears) 10g

Shan Zha (Hawthorn fruit) 10g

He Ye (Dried lotus leaves) 20g

Ju Pi (Tangerine peel) 5g

 

Recipe for Firm and Youthful Skin!

The ancient Chinese has always understood food as a primary form of medicine. The following recipe is especially useful for people who desire a more youthful look to their skin due to dryness. This is a traditional recipe that serves great as dessert. Not only does it bring moisture to the skin, it also promotes digestion. An ideal treat in low calories that everyone will enjoy.

Ingredients:

A. Yin Er (White Fungus)-Make sure to purchase ones without sulfite. You may find it in local Asian grocery stores or from your acupuncturists/herbalists.

B. Lotus Seeds

C. Goji Berries

D. Dried Long Gan Fruit (optional)

Directions:

1. Soak 2 big pieces of fungus in water for half hour or until soft

2. Cut the fungus into small coin size pieces

3. Put fungus, handful of lotus seeds, goji berries, (dried long gan fruit if desired) into pot full of water

4. Boil then simmer on low fire for 2 hours

5. Add in desired amount of brown sugar for flavor and dissolve

6. Enjoy!