Over the last decade, scientists have made some new discoveries that support the ancient practice of meditation offers many advantages for modern living. Among other things, they've found that meditation can alter brain waves to reduce stress, improve mood, increase feelings of well being, stimulate creativity, and benefit overall health.

A Hong Kong study has found that qigong, a meditation and exercise treatment protocol commonly used in traditional Chinese medicine, can naturally reduce the symptoms of fatigue and depression.

woman heart tummyHaving good bowel health is arguably the single most important thing you can do to maintain your overall physical wellbeing. Obviously having good bowel health is one of the main ways to nourish the body and remove toxins. It also is a main way the body makes hormones and wards off disease. But new research shows that not only does the gut influence how we digest and abosrb nutrients, eliminate toxins, produce hormones, and fight infections, it also plays a very big role in our behavior and mood, including influencing sleep.

woman sleepingGetting restful sleep may seem like an impossible dream in our non-stop, go-faster, and do more world. But getting good sleep consistently is under your control more than you think, and it doesn't always require having to take harsh chemicals. A much safer and natural approach, with potential for longer lasting effects, involves having good "sleep hygiene". This may sound far-fetched and undoable when you're exhuasted and wide awake in the middle of the night or early in the morning. But with some lifestyle changes and a bit of discipline, adopting some of these simple guidelines can help make good sleep a nightly reality.

RhubarbRadix et Rhizoma Rhei (also known as rhubarb root or Da Huang) is a herbaceous perennial plant in the knotweed family Polygonaceae that is closely related to edible rhubarb. While it is commonly used as an ornamental garden plant, it is one of the key herbs used in Traditional Chinese Medicine to restore metabolism, dispel stasis, and eliminate toxins, particularly those that have accumulated in the intestines. It considered a "yin-within-yin herb" that pushes out the old to create the new, expeling old filth in order to quiet the five yin organs.

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