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Chinese Nutritional Therapy

An old Chinese saying states “The best doctor treats the problem before the problem becomes the disease” (see The Three Doctors). Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) has a number of direct treatment protocols and disciplines to treat health disharmony. We use Tuina and massage, Acupuncture, Herbs and medications, and medical Qi Gong exercises. TCM has been practiced in Asia for over 5,000 years. To emphasize its health preventative importance, the ancient Chinese only visited doctors for preventative care. If they became ill, the doctors were not be paid.

One of the most important elements of these preventative treatments or consultations was nutrition advise. Nutritional knowledge in China has been accumulated since at least 6,000 years. Humans have existed on our planet for about 200,000 years and we are probably the only animals that rationalise everything about our lives. This is no different when it comes to food and what we eat and the most important “Why we eat”. This knowledge is changing in modern times because of the powerful influence of advertising. Modern research does not seem to be helping either because its research which is expensive is usually funded by private sources. It tends to break down each food into its constituent nutrients and explores the benefits of each nutrient without reference to the others or the whole food. For example, a food manufacturer can then state that vitamin C which is researched as healthy, is an ingredient of the product and therefore the product is healthy.

Chinese Nutritional Therapy is based on the accumulated knowledge of the nature, benefits and safety of individual whole foods and the effect they have on the principals of Yin and Yang balance and harmony. The deepest truth of life is the inner meaning of Yin and Yang, and like Yin and Yang, the nature of life also tends to be both harmonious and balanced. Even when we observe events that could be conceptually classified as negative or conflicting, are only stages in the accomplishment of further harmonisation. This is the reality expressed in the Tai Chi diagram.

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Tonifying Your Qi with Food

Qi (pronounced “chee”) is defined as the vital energy of the body, it is responsible for all energetic aspects of life and  living activity perceptible and imperceptible. It functions to protect, warm, hold, transport and transform, metabolism, hold the organs and muscles in place, maintain fluids, maintain the energetic function of all organs, the whole organism. When there is poor nutrition, chronic illness or severe diseases, Qi of the body can become deficient and is also affected by our ancestral constitution or genetic makeup. It also tends to decline with age.

Everything in existence contains or is motivated by Qi, for example the earth beneath your feet, your computer, your flesh and blood, to the most immaterial aspects like light, heat, movement, nerve impulses, thought and emotion.

Life is a meeting of Qi. A healthy and happy human being is a dynamic and harmonious combination of all the aspects of Qi. It is in a continuous state of flux, transforming endlessly from one aspect of Qi into another type of Qi. You cannot destroy it because it was always there. You can only change its manifestation.

In order to talk about the relationships between the various aspects and manifestations of Qi within a given context, Chinese philosophy employs the concept of yin and yang.

The main symptoms that identify a deficiency of Qi in the body are shortness of breath, breathlessness, feeble breathing, weak voice, spontaneous sweating or sweating on slight exertion, loose stools or diarrhoea, tiredness, weakness, fatigue, lethargy, poor appetite, urinary incontinence, pale complexion, desire for hot drinks, cold skin, cold limbs, aversion to cold. Some of these symptoms may be part of other clinical pictures but in the main they are signs of Qi Deficiency and may benefit from foods that tonify Qi.

Logic dictates that we advise complex carbohydrates in vegetables and unrefined grains as a good source for energy (Qi). We also advise eating small meals frequently. Avoid cold foods or foods straight from the fridge. Raw foods will not help you tonify Qi even in hotter countries.

Foods to avoid include processed sugars, large heavy meals and rich foods.

Warm Qi Tonics
dates artichokes brown sugar malt syrup
butter lamb molasses eel
ham pearl rice artichoke beef
grapes reishi mushroom sunflower seeds chicken
chestnuts coconut milk green beans quinoa
sweet potato mustard greens shrimp oats
ginger cinnamon garlic onions
cherries dates barley malt rice syrup


Neutral Qi Tonics
yams carrots shiitake mushroom celery
potatoes string beans freshwater fish beets
turnips papaya winter squash okra
apricots raisins pearl rice barley
black beans kidney beans currants carob
vanilla coconut artichokes cheese
nutmeg oysters goose brown rice
peanuts almonds tapioca cashews
pecans honey maple syrup cornmeal
hazelnuts rye parsnip pumpkin
Cool Qi Tonics
watercress lettuce banana buckwheat
tofu summer squash ocean fishes apples
avocado corn millet yogurt
clams cottage cheese wheatberries crab


A great start to the day for someone wishing to tonify Qi might be

  • A bowl of rice porridge flavoured with some honey and dates

To demonstrate the comprehensive nature of Chinese Nutritional Therapy let’s take a closer look at the kitchen herbal food Garlic.

  • The nature of garlic is warm
  • Its flavour is pungent
  • The meridians or channels are lung, spleen and stomach
  • Other: protein, fat, carbohydrate, vitamins and mineral
  • Throughout Chinese medical history garlic has been called the “penicillin in the earth”. In earliest Egypt and India soldiers ate garlic to keep healthy and boost their courage in battle. In World War II the British government shipped tons of garlic to the infantry to cure the soldiers’ wounds. Its effects include: destroying parasites, detoxifying, removing indigestion, and strengthening the stomach. It is used to treat food stagnation, cold-pain of the stomach and abdomen, diarrhoea, dysentery, carbuncles, furuncles, swelling, whooping cough, snake-bites and insect-bites.
  • Because it has a warm nature, garlic is especially good to eat in the winter.
  • More on garlic here.

The Active Health Foundation Chinese Nutritional Therapy Course

This course is developed to include a detailed study of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and the accumulated knowledge on the properties of foods and their practical application in nutritional modification for various disharmonies and conditions. The student will gain a thorough understanding of the principles of nutrition, the essentials of nutritional assessment and the functions of specific foods. The student will be able to apply Chinese nutrition and the use of Chinese herbs in food applications for specific Zang Fu (Internal Organ) disharmonies.

Topics covered:

  • History of Chinese Nutrition Therapy
  • The principals of traditional Chinese medicine
  • The Energetic characteristics of Food
  • Constitutional Types of People
  • Compare Chinese Nutrition with Western Nutrition
  • TCM View of Nutrition
  • Food Groups and Their Properties: Animal Products, Grains, Vegetables, Fruits, Beans, Nuts and Seeds
  • General Plant Families
  • Eating with the Seasons Guidelines
  • Foods by the Five Elements: Wood (Liver), Fire (Heart), Earth (Stomach), Metal (Lung/Large Intestine), Water (Kidney),
  • Cooking with Chinese Herbs
  • Congee Recipes
  • Practice Cases

If you would like more information on this course when it becomes available, enter your details here.

The Health Benefits of Ginger


My students would have heard me advocating the benefits of “Ginger Soup” during a cold or flu, especially when it’s at that stage of the itchy throat before it have had time to penetrate deeper into the body. It’s not my recipe but I’m passing on here as so many people have benefited from it.

Ginger is a medical herb used for centuries as a spice and also for its therapeutic qualities. The underground stem, the rhizome, can be used fresh, powdered, dried, or as an oil or juice. Ginger is part of the Zingiberaceae family, as are cardamom, turmeric and galangal.
What are the therapeutic benefits of ginger?
Below are examples of some scientific studies on ginger and its current or potential uses in medical treatment.

Inflammation of the colon or large intestine

Ginger Root Supplement administered to volunteer participants reduced inflammation in the colon within a month. This was the findings of a study carried out at the University of Michigan Medical School. Experts say that inflammation of the colon is a precursor to colon cancer.

Muscle pain caused by exercise

Ginger has excellent anti-inflammatory properties and can bring relief to those sore muscles post exercise. Float some ginger essential oil into your bath to help aching muscles and joints. A study by Patrick O’Connor, a professor at University of Georgia published in The Journal of Pain that ginger benefited muscle pain when those muscles were subjected to strenuous exercise.

Nausea caused by chemotherapy

Dr Julie Ryan, lead researcher at the University of Rochester Medical Center presented a study findings at the American Society of Clinical Oncology meeting in Orlando, Florida, in 2009 that ginger supplements administered alongside anti-vomiting medications can reduce chemotherapy-induced nausea symptoms by 40%. Dr. Ryan said “By taking the ginger prior to chemotherapy treatment, the National Cancer Institute-funded study suggests its earlier absorption into the body may have anti-inflammatory properties.”

Ovarian cancer

Researchers from the University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center found that ovarian cancer cells, when exposed to a solution of ginger powder resulted in their death in every single test as reported at the American Association for Cancer Research annual meeting in Washington D.C., 2006.


Researchers at Columbia University found that certain components of ginger can alleviate symptoms of asthma as reported at the American Thoracic Society International Conference 2013 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Liver damage

Liver damage is associated with certain popular painkillers such as Acetaminophen or “Tylenol” or “paracetamol”. Researchers from the National Research Centre in Egypt reported “Our results demonstrated that ginger can prevent hepatic injuries, alleviating oxidative stress in a manner comparable to that of vitamin E. Combination therapy of ginger and acetaminophen is recommended especially in cases with hepatic (liver) disorders or when high doses of acetaminophen are required.”

High blood pressure

Researchers from Chiang Mai University in Thailand found that cassumunar ginger extract was more effective than prazosin hydrochloride in reducing blood pressure in hypertensive laboratory rats.

Dysmenorrhoea (painful menstruation)

researchers from the Islamic Azad University in Iran found that Ginger can help reduce the symptoms of pain in primary dysmenorrhoea (period pains). The researchers found that the 82.85% of the women taking the ginger capsules reported improvements in pain symptoms compared to 47.05% of those on placebo.


Researchers from VALI-e-ASR Hospital in Iran found that ginger powder is as effective in treating common migraine symptoms as many pain killers that are common for treating migraine.


Poor appetite or Spleen Qi Deficiency (TCM). Eating fresh ginger about one hour before lunch has been shown to improve a poor appetite and help us get those essential nutrients for everyday life. Its also good at helping to reduce flatulence!

Optimum Absorption of Essential Nutrients

Ginger improves the absorption and assimilation of essential nutrients in the body.

Post Surgery Nausea

Eating a piece of raw ginger dipped in honey helps to overcome nausea after energy saping surgery.

Nose and throat congestion

Drink some ginger tea to release congestion from these areas and the ginger will also keep you warm during times when there’s a nip in the air. Ginger clears the ‘micro-circulatory channels’ of the body, including the sinuses that tend to flare up at certain times.


In Ayurvedic texts ginger is considered the perfect herb when you want to induce a little zest in the bedroom. Add some ginger root to a bowl of soup to spice up your lovelife.

Side Effects are rare but they need to be mentioned here.

  • Diarrhea
  • Heartburn
  • Stomach upset
  • Mouth irritation

James O’Sullivan from Galway is a credible and engaging speaker, a people friendly practitioner and lecturer of Integrated Medicine, serving his patients, his students and the public with the positive benefits of both Conventional Western Medicine and Traditional Chinese Medicine. He is a respected author and has appeared on many public media.

The Three Brothers

I love this story as it exemplifies how we should view traditional Chinese medicine and the part it plays in the healthcare of oriental peoples for over 4,000 years.

There was a famous Chinese doctor, who lived some 4,000 years ago. He was celebrated for his skills and knowledge of medicine and his ability to heal even the most fatal disease. He cured the emperor’s son who was believed dead, in a miraculous exhibition of his skills. The emperor asked why he was so much better than is two brothers, who were also doctors.

He replied, my first brother heals sickness before it even develops, so his methods and skills appear unseen and he is known only within our village. His practice involves giving advice on food, exercise and lifestyle to keep his patients well. My second brother deals with illnesses while they are chronic or minor, preventing sickness from getting worse and returning the body to health. He cares for his patients through acupuncture and herbs to rebalance them back to good health when they become ill. I treat diseases when they threaten to destroy the person. This requires several medicines, skill and knowledge in their use. For this reason my name has become famous throughout the kingdom, yet I am simply a surgeon who is called upon when all else fails. My first brother has the knowledge to deal with illness before they arise and my second brother is able to treat them at an early stage and prevent them getting worse. Though my fame has spread throughout the land, their knowledge is greater.

The first two brothers is how traditional Chinese medicine works with preventative dietary and lifestyle advice, acupuncture and herbs. The third brother who was the surgeon is how modern western medicine works. Today we need to have all disciplines available to holistically treat the various health disharmonies in people’s lives. Keeping healthy is surely one of the most important elements of a happy life. Before a person becomes ill, we need to treat with appropriate diet, exercise and lifestyle. When a person becomes ill, we need to treat with acupuncture and herbs first and only when these methods are not enough, we should use western medicine which includes surgery and powerful drugs with their equally powerful and harmful side effects.

James O’Sullivan from Galway is a credible and engaging speaker, a people friendly practitioner and lecturer of Integrated Medicine, serving his patients, his students and the public with the positive benefits of both Conventional Western Medicine and Traditional Chinese Medicine. He is a respected author and has appeared on many public media.

10 Superfoods that Lower Blood Pressure

10 Super foods to Lower Blood Pressure

High Blood Pressure also known as Hypertension is a major risk factor for heart attacks and strokes. It effects almost 25% of the population in the developed world, which gives us the first major clue as to its cause. There are many factors that contribute to Hypertension, including poor diet, stress, poor exercise habits and genetics.
There are so many people on prescription medication and this article does not encourage people to change this unless they consult with their doctors. To manage high blood pressure, prevent or reduce it, we can engage in many simple and natural behaviours. This article focuses on the benefits of certain foods or as they have become known “Superfoods” that can help with this killer condition. A Superfood is a food that contains essential nutrients that have a powerful effect of body health and are commonly prescribed in nutritional healing. Many superfoods have been shown reduce blood pressure in just 2 weeks, when combined with regular walking. The superfoods mentions in this article have also been shown to improve your sleep and reduce headaches.

Purple Potatoes

These delicious veggies served boiled (not deep fried or topped with fatty sauses) have been shown to benefit your heart. They are rich in potassium and contain a blood pressure-lowering compound called kukoamines. Studies show that people who consume purple potatoes twice a day for a month lowered their blood pressure by 3%-4% without gaining weight. The blood pressure reducing effects are likely due to the high concentration of antioxidants found naturally in potatoes. Antioxidants protect your body from “free radicals”, which are little molecules in our bodies that can damage healthy cells.


Eating just 3 kiwis a day may naturally lower blood pressure according to a 2011 study, as opposed to eating an apple a day. The 8 week study found that individuals who consumed the kiwis had significantly lower systolic blood pressure than those who ate an apple a day. Kiwis are rich in the antioxidant Lutein, which helps deal with free radicals which are often linked to high blood pressure. Generally Kiwis are one of the most antioxidant rich fruits, as reported by the Journal of the American College of Nutrition along with grapes, and wild blueberries.

Hawthorn Berries

Hawthorn have been shown improve the amount of blood pumped out of the heart during contractions, the nutrients help widen the blood vessels, and increase the communication of nerve signals. Research also shows that hawthorn benefits people in lowering their high have blood pressure. A compound in hawthorn called proanthocyanidin has an effect of relaxing blood vessels away from the heart.

Hibiscus Tea

Hibiscus Tea has been used to treat high blood pressure in both African and Asian traditional medicine. In 1996, researchers in Nigeria confirmed this ancient knowledge by showing that hibiscus flowers reduced blood pressure. Soon after, researchers in Iran showed the same benefit. After measuring the blood pressure of 54 hypertensive adults, the researchers gave them 10 ounces of either black tea or hibiscus tea for 12 days. Average blood pressure decreased slightly in the black tea group, but decreased a significant 10 percent in the hibiscus group.


Garlic with its anti-inflammatory and antiviral properties, can treat coronary heart disease by clearing arteries. Garlic relaxes your arteries and lowers blood pressure with the gas it produces in the stomach. Eating one garlic clove a day can significantly reduce your blood pressure in as little as three months. You can also use garlic powder in preparing recipes or take a garlic supplement.


Apples are rich in potassium and phosphorus and are low in sodium. Apples with honey have long been used to reduce blood pressure problems. Potassium has been found to reduce the risk of heart attacks. By eating an apple or two a day, sodium in the tissues is reduced and replaced by potassium and blood pressure comes down.


One banana a day can provide a dose of potassium, helping to reduce blood pressure and deflect cardiovascular diseases. Bananas have a high content of potassium, which is also known to reduce the risk of stroke. Salt should be avoided by people suffering from Hypertension, and bananas are low in sodium.

Dark Chocolate

Dark chocolates contain cacao which helps to dilate the blood vessels causing reduction in blood pressure. It is necessary to use chocolates which contain at least 70% cocoa powder. Eat one tiny square of dark chocolate daily for three to four months. Becareful because chocolate is high in calories so consume only small quantities without causing weight gain. Select the chocolates that are less in sugar and without milk to get maximum effect.


Watermelon is important for cardiovascular health as it contains the carotenoid phytonutrient called Lycopene like tomatoes, which has anti- inflammatory and antioxidant health benefits. Citrulline present in watermelon helps the smooth muscles around the arteries to relax and ensures free flow of blood through it therefore reducing blood pressure.


Regular consumption of raisins (three times a day) may significantly lower blood pressure, according to research, among individuals with mild increases in blood pressure, especially when compared to eating other common snacks. The results of the small study were presented recently at the American College of Cardiology’s 61st Annual Scientific Session. This is the first controlled study to scientifically support raisins’ blood pressure-lowering effects compared to alternative snacks.

If you are experiencing the symptoms of high blood pressure, it is recommended to check your blood pressure regularly. If you have very high blood pressure, you must see your doctor, who may prescribe medication. Try these superfoods to reduce or prevent high blood pressure. Making essential lifestyle changes along with taking these Superfoods for high blood pressure will provide better results at a faster rate.

James O’Sullivan from Galway is a credible and engaging speaker, a people friendly practitioner and lecturer of Integrated Medicine, serving his patients, his students and the public with the positive benefits of both Conventional Western Medicine and Traditional Chinese Medicine. He is a respected author and has appeared on many public media.

The Benefits of Rosebud Tea

The Benefits of Rosebud Tea

“The sounds of the tea being made invite the peach blossoms to peep in through the window”. ~ Uson, quoted in Sasaki Sanmi, Sadô Saijiki

Rosebud tea, the name itself conjures up thoughts of beauty and serenity. This infusion of Rosebud and rose petal tea has been prescribed as part of Chinese medicine for more than 5,000 years. Many benefits are recorded, including easing depression, soothes the nerves, benefits circulation and reduces indigestion. These claims have not been substantiated by main research.
Rosebud tea is considered a miracle herbal particularly for women. Often called, “the lady’s tea”, rosebud tea has remarkable health benefits for women. Roses provide an excellent natural treatment for PMS and menstrual cramps. It reduces breast tenderness and even balances endocrine disorders. It stabilises emotional ups and downs and balancing the mind.


Rosebuds, rose hips from the stem of the plant and rose petals have high levels of vitamin C in raw form, according to a report filed with the Food and Drug Administration. When you acquire yours be sure to check the vitamin C levels as it can be reduced through some processes. Vitamin C boosts the immune system, promotes healthy skin and bones and helps the body absorb iron.
Rosebud tea is high in other antioxidants called catechin polyphenols, particularly epigallocatechin gallate, known as EGCG. Antioxidants are molecules that help protect our body from free-radical damage, which can cause cancer. EGCG has also be shown to kill cancer cells without harming healthy cells surrounding them.


Rosebud tea contains natural caffeine. In the, we see that there is less caffeine in rose tea compared to coffee. One 8 oz. serving of rose tea contains anywhere from 30 to 60mg of caffeine, while a traditional cup of coffee contains more than 100mg of caffeine. According to Medline Plus, caffeine gives a boost of energy while stimulating the central nervous system. It also boosts the body’s metabolism.


Rosebud tea allows a more radiant complexion. A cup of rosebud tea a day can help reduce aging and keep you beautiful for years. Roses have beautifying benefits for the skin, they help remove dark spots and increase pore stability, which means less clogging and PH level issues. An overly acidic epidermal PH causes breakouts, rosebud tea improves oily skin conditions for better looking skin.

Putting some rosebuds into your home steam regime leaves your skin kissable soft, toned and glowing while relieving any signs of skin stress. Just drop a hand full of dry rose buds into a bowl of hot water. Cover face over bowl with a towel for 10 minutes. After you’ve steamed, dip a cotton ball into the bowl and use the toner liquid to removing impurities.

The Perfect Cuppa

Use 2 Tablespoons of organic dried rosebuds.
Add boiling water and seep for 20 minutes – the longer the steep, the more beneficial the effects of the tea. Flavour with organic raw honey and enjoy.
Rosebud tea has a very sweet, floral and tranquil aroma and fragrance that still fills the room even hours after brewing. This calming tea is an wonderful refresher to elevate your day!

Other benefits include:

* Boosting the immune system
* Protecting the body from free-radical damage
* Defending against stomach & liver distress
* Improving blood circulation
* Relieving pain in the knees
* Aiding in the healing of wounds
• Provide Vitamins A,B,C,E,K
• Prevent & Lighten the Wrinkles
• Relieve Menstrual Pain
• Protect Stomach & Liver
• Improve Blood Circulation
• Ease Constipation
• Treat Endocrine Disorders
• Acne & Moisturize Skin
• Reduce Body Fats
• Reduce Fatigue
• Soothe Nerves
• Relieve Clogged Skin Pores
• Relieve Pain in Knees & Waist
• Maintain Health in the Uterus
• Aid in Healing Wounds
• Relieve Indigestion

Bath time or shower

Don’t forget that you can also use rosebud tea as part of your bath or shower. Just make tea as above and soak your loofah sponge or flannel and rub in to enjoy a calming bath time.

“What inspires me is the simple truth that tea, like love, has no boundaries. It is available everywhere and within the reach of everyone. It is simple and pure. All you need is hot water and the patience to linger a few moments while the tea leaves dance.” – Nini Ordoubadi

James O’Sullivan from Galway is a credible and engaging speaker, a people friendly practitioner and lecturer of Integrated Medicine, serving his patients, his students and the public with the positive benefits of both Conventional Western Medicine and Traditional Chinese Medicine. He is a respected author and has appeared on many public media.

The Health Benefits of Garlic

The humble Garlic is a powerful yet simple herb that promotes active health and nutritional healing, while strengthening our prevention against health disharmony. It has credible health benefits for a number of illnesses because of several unique compounds it contains, especially allicin. Garlic also contains small amounts of vitamins A, B, C and E, and the minerals potassium, phosphorus, calcium, sodium, and iron. It is very easy to source with a plentiful supply in most countries. It is a herb that is easily incorporated in your food or it can also be eaten on its own. Fresh garlic is preferred but dried garlic or powder are just as effective and have a long shelf life in our home cupboards.

The health food store may recommend garlic dietary supplements for prevention of heart disease, cancer, and diabetes. Garlic is most commonly taken for high cholesterol, heart disease, and high blood pressure and to prevent certain types of cancer, including stomach and colon cancers. Garlic may help in weight loss.

How to take garlic?

The recommended dosage for adults is no more than one clove two or three times a day and that children have one quarter to one half a clove, once or twice a day. Garlic cloves can be eaten cooked or raw. They may also be dried or powdered and used in tablets and capsules. Raw garlic cloves can be used to make oils and liquid extracts.

As well as making your dinner taste wonderful, this tasty herb has some astonishing health benefits. When taken for its medicinal use, garlic can help to treat a wide variety of ailments. We have included 11 of the most amazing health benefits of garlic in this article.

1. Immunity: Garlic supports the immune system and helps to fight coughs, congestion and chest infections. Consider garlic during winter as an immune booster to ward off colds and flu. Dip a clove of garlic in honey if you feel the first signs of a cold.

2. Cardiovascular disease can benefit from taking garlic. Garlic has been shown to benefit LDL cholesterol and reduce the aortic plaque deposits that gather on the wall of veins. Studies have shown the incredible benefits of taking garlic in relation to heart disease.

3. Hyperthyroid conditions: Garlic makes a very effective treatment for hyperthyroid conditions, due to the high levels of iodine it contains. Taking the recommended dosage garlic has been shown to significantly improve this condition.

4. Impotency: Garlic is prescribed by many therapists to improve Impotency with good effect. The prescription is take 1 clove twice daily for a few months.

5. Fungal and bacterial vaginal infections are treated with garlic. Allicin is released when garlic is crushed. Allicin is a sulphuric complex that is a natural antibiotic. Garlic is reputed to have been used by soldiers in battle to treat infected wounds.

6. Garlic is an excellent source of vitamin B6 which is needed for a healthy immune system and the efficient growth of new cells. Vitamin B6 can also assist with mood swings and improve your emotional health.

7. Cancer: Garlic has been taken to prevent multiple types of cancer. Bladder cancer, prostate cancer, breast cancer, colon cancer and stomach cancer have all been shown to have their tumors reduced when treated with garlic. Vitamin B6 is said to have cancer fighting abilities.

8. Diabetes: Garlic regulates blood sugar as it enhances the level of insulin in the blood. This may assist in the control of diabetes. Be sure to seek medical advice if you believe the use of garlic could help your condition.

9. Scurvy is treated by vitamin C and garlic contains good levels of vitamin C too.

10. Pregnant women who eat Garlic can assist babies to gain weight while they are in the womb. Next time you have a baby prepare to eat garlic unless you have a history of large babies.

11. Garlic is reputed to scare hungry vampires away! There has not been much research on this question but it is worth mentioning here as an excuse to smile which does benefit health.


If taking garlic supplements, ask your health store for a product that contains Allicin as it can be destroyed in some processes.

How does garlic help in weight loss

Allicin which is rich is garlic is according to researchers acts to suppress the appetite and aid in weight loss. Eating garlic, a person eats less as it acts as an appetite suppressant as it gives the brain signals of satiety when it is eaten. Garlic ahs an effect of increasing the body’s metabolism. Garlic is supposed to stimulate the nervous system to release the hormone, Adrenalin, which increases metabolism. If you are looking to lose weight then, active metabolism can in turn help you to burn calories and lose weight.


Studies show that consuming 900 mg garlic/day (equivalent to one half to one clove of garlic) could decrease total serum cholesterol levels by approximately 9%.

Composition and nature of garlic

There are over 200 nutrients contained in Garlic, including the volatile oil with sulphur-containing compounds allicin, alliin, and ajoene. It also contains the enzymes, allinase, peroxidase and myrosinase. Allicin is a powerful antibiotic and is also responsible for its characteristic strong odor. Ajoene helps as an anticoagulant. Garlic also contains citral, geraniol, linalool, Aphellandrene and B phellandrene. Some of these nutrients are found in some members of the onion family.


It is suggested that a normal adult should not eat more than 3 cloves a day. Please do not consume high doses of garlic as it can be harmful to your health and you should never take more than the recommended dosage.
Garlic is so effective because its nutrients and active properties enter directly into the blood stream. In addition when you sweat, garlic will leave your body through your pores. If you eat large doses this can increase body odour.

Garlic Breath, Friends and Family

If you are the only one taking increased doses of garlic, then your family and friends will thank you if you also chew a sprig or three of parsley after each garlic dose is recommended to combat the lovely aroma of garlic breath.

James O’Sullivan from Galway is a credible and engaging speaker, a people friendly practitioner and lecturer of Integrated Medicine, serving his patients, his students and the public with the positive benefits of both Conventional Western Medicine and Traditional Chinese Medicine. He is a respected author and has appeared on many public media.

Sports Nutrition Poster

NEW! Poster for Sports and Active people. Its so important today for sports and active people to have the correct nutritional guidance. This poster is based on the Swiss Olympics Team’s nutritional pyramid. It displays specific details at a glance. Hanging it on the wall or behind a door, it looks great and you can consult it when you want to know what olympians are suggested to eat.

Sports Nutrition

By James O’Sullivan in Qi Points

2 pages, published 8/29/2013

Its so important today for sports and active people to have the correct nutritional guidance. This poster is based on the Swiss Olympics Team’s nutritional pyramid. It displays specific details at a glance. Hanging it on the wall or behind a door, it looks great and you can consult it when you want to know what olympians are suggested to eat.

One Man’s Food is Another Man’s Poison

In order to attain your smiling body, it’s important to realise that variety is not only eating different foods on different days of the week, it may also be about eating different foods from others, including family or friends, when you suffer particular conditions. One man’s food is another man’s poison, so goes the quote from Laucretius who lived circa 99 B.C. – 55 B.C.

I can agree with Laucretius, not only because of the traditional Chinese medical holistic approach to nutrition but because I see it frequently in my clinic. There is no single natural food that commonly harms or heals, this is demonstrated when we compare the diets of two patients of mine.

Our first patient case is Patrick an endurance event athlete. His diet is vegan, he thrives on a plant based diet that includes sprouted grains nuts, seeds, beans, vegetables and fruit. his body needs no meat, eggs or diary to be able to run, canoe, bike and swim hundreds of miles, sometimes through some of the most difficult terrain.

Our second patient case is Tomas who is an multi disciplined bodywork practitioner, who is qualified in osteopathy, acupuncture and nutrition. Tomas has a diet that consists mostly of fish, eggs, meat and low-starch vegetables. He has a condition called Ankylosing Spondylitis, which causes severe inflammation of the spine and joints, in particular the sacroiliac joint. Tomas reduced all starch foods because it has been shown that Ankylosing Spondylitis is triggered by pathogenic bacteria in the gut called Klebsiella that requires starchy foods like beans and whole grains to grow and multiple. A vegetarian diet would have been impossible for Tomas and he is now able to enjoy an active life without the debilitating pain of his condition. Tomas would have severe pain when he eats the incredibly healthy and healing foods for Patrick. This contrast between these two diets is perfectly captured by Lucretius’s belief that one man’s food is another man’s poison. Only you can figure out which foods heal
your body.

I offer my patients a balanced variety of foods that they can check and record in their dietary diary over three months. It’s an important way for everyone to see the clinical picture of which foods increase their healing potential and which foods cause internal disharmony. I only advise on supplementing the diet with natural herbs and whole food vitamin & mineral supplements. If we look at the diets of the Sardinians of Italy and the Okinawan islanders of Japan, the longest living humans on earth, we will see that they all enjoy proteins, carbohydrates and fats in a healthy balance and eat a lot of plants.

James O’Sullivan is a credible and engaging speaker, a people friendly practitioner and lecturer of Integrated Medicine, serving his patients, his students and the public with the positive benefits of both Conventional Western Medicine and Traditional Chinese Medicine. He is a respected author and has appeared on many public media.

What Beautiful Women Eat

People will always be attracted to beauty and have a desire for it. Theres nothing wrong with looking good, in fact when we look in the mirror and see the beauty both inner and outer, our overall wellbeing improves. Staying naturally beautiful and what you eat is closely related. Many foods that people eat everyday not only contain nutrients that the body needs, but they can also maintain beauty and health. When Chinese medicine is added to some foods, they  have a delicious flavor and curative effects, which help maintain beauty.

Here are some recipes that also have Chinese medicine.

1. Porridge with red date and chrysanthemum:

Ingredients: 50 grams red date, 100 grams rice, 15 grams chrysanthemum
Add these ingredients into a pan with water, boil until it becomes a dense porridge. Then add some red sugar to taste. This porridge is beneficial for the spleen, blood, liver and eyes. Consumption of this porridge for a long time can prevent illnesses and maintain one’s beauty.

2. Lotus porridge:

Ingredients: 30 grams lotus, 30 grams Qianshi, 50 grams Yiren rice, 10 grams longan, honey
Soak lotus, Qianshi and Yiren rice in water for 30 minutes. Cook these ingredients and the longan into porridge over low heat, and then add some honey to taste. Longan can help re-energize people; lotus is beneficial for the spleen and stomach; Yiren rice and Qianshi are good for the spleen. Medical research has shown that Qianshi is abundant in Vitamins A, B, and C, while honey contains collagen and enzymes which stimulate the growth of cells and accelerate metabolism. This porridge is the perfect medicinal food for beauty, having the effect of eliminating wrinkles and whitening the skin.

3. Beauty porridge for enriching the blood

Ingredients: 3 grams Chuangong, 6 grams angelica, 2 grams safflower, 4 grams Huangshi, 100 grams Geng rice and chicken soup
Wash the rice and soak in water. Put sliced angelica, Chuangong and Huangshi in a small cloth bag. Put the bag and the chicken soup in a clay pot and boil. Add the rice to the soup and cook into porridge. Last, sprinkle green onion slices, MSG and ginger slices over the porridge. This porridge has enriches the blood. Long-term consumption of this porridge can help women regulate menstruation, enrich the blood and maintain one’s beauty. Take it once a day for 15 days as a treatment period.

4. Beauty tea

Ingredients: 500 grams ginger, 250 grams black tea, 100 grams salt, 150 grams licorice, 25 grams clove and 25 grams Chenxiang
Mash all the ingredients into a powder. Take 15 grams to 25 grams for each dose. Fry them or make them into tea early in the morning. It can be drunk several times a day. The tea is good for recovering the spleen, strengthening the stomach, enriching blood, soothing the nerves and curing depression. Long-term use of this tea can whiten and soften the skin and reduce wrinkles.

5. Porridge with white fungus and cherry

Ingredients: 50 grams white fungus, 30 grams cherry, sweet osmanthus and rock sugar
Boil the melted rock sugar and white fungus for about 10 minutes, then and add the cherry and sweet osmanthus. This porridge has the effect of recovering energy, enriching the blood, whitening the skin and maintaining one’s beauty.

James O’Sullivan is a credible and engaging speaker, a visiting lecturer to Beijing University of Chinese Medicine, a people friendly practitioner of Integrative Medicine at Galway Smiling Body Acupuncture Clinic, serving his patients, his students and the public with the positive benefits of both Conventional Western Medicine and Traditional Chinese Medicine. He is a respected author and has appeared on many public media.

(Source:, Translated by Women of China)