Without a doubt, thankfulness is a fundamental component of a healthy and happy life. In fact, many would argue that it is the foundation upon which everything is built.
With the holidays fast approaching, my thoughts wander over all that we have accomplished together this year, as well as where we are going in the next.
I would like to personally thank each and every one of you for supporting and enjoying the services at our clinic, as well as developing and improving yourselves this year. It has been a great joy for Masako and I to see so many people raising their standards and enjoying a better quality of life.
In meeting and treating hundreds of patients per month, I am often asked what the key to good health is. And time and again I reply, “Gratitude.” Thankfulness for everything in life that supports us, nurtures us, and makes living so great is the secret! Please don’t forget it!
Thank you for a wonderful year!
Ben & Masako
Yi Yi Ren / Job’s Tears
Cool in temperature and bland in taste, Job’s Tears are perfect to clear heat and detoxify the body. It promotes urination and strengthens the digestion to drain excess dampness from the body. Perfect for those will edema, diarrhea, swollen arthritic joints, tumors, indigestion, and skin problems. Eat in a soup, porridge, or drink as a tea. Grinding them into a powder and mixing it with aloe vera for use as a facial mask is great for acne.
Neutral in temperature and sweet in taste, Black sesame is great for strengthening the Liver and Kidneys, harmonizing the blood, lubricating the intestines, restoring hair color, nourishing the Yin of the body, and promoting lactation. It is a great food for those with constipation, premature balding or graying of the hair, chronic arthritis, joint inflammation, and cough. Grind and add to cereal, porridge, cook with rice milk, or powder and mix with honey into small candy-like balls... not matter how you eat it, you get the life long benefits of this great food.
Go Qi Zi / Gou Ji Berries
Sweet and sour in taste, neutral in temperature, this superfood is perfect for nourishing the Yin and blood, strengthening the lungs, benefiting the liver and kidneys, stopping dry cough, and improving eye health. Enjoy this tasty berry for health and longevity especially if your suffering with vision decline, dry skin, eyes, etc., anemia, lower back pain, impotence, tinnitus, dry cough or diabetes. Add them you your trail mix, cereal, rice porridge, or steep as a tea.
Ben is an author, speaker, and coach who is often sought for his expertise in traditional Asian medicine and martial arts.