FINALS! Just the word can trigger a stress response for many people. Most of us have experienced some level of test anxiety in our life whether it began at an early age, kicked up in High School when preparing for college admittance exams, or in college when trying to earn the challenging A. But all of that stress can actually hinder our ability to focus on the minute details required for a successful grade.
In 2006, Acupuncturists Without Borders (AWB) launched their Military Stress Recovery Project with a single clinic using acupuncture to treat veterans. Ten years later, the program has grown to more than 30 affiliated clinics across the country, one of which operates just across the Bay in San Francisco under the name BAYVAC (Bay Area Veteran’s Acupuncture Clinic). Bamboo Pharmacy is thrilled to be a sponsor of this unique program and we recently dropped by to see their clinic in action and to share some of our herbal formulas.
Sometimes called “chi gung” or “chi kung,” qigong is an exercise method that incorporates both moving and still meditation, massage, and even meditation using sound. Part of the 3,000-year-old traditional healing system in China, the effectiveness of qigong has benefited millions of people for thousands of years along with acupuncture and herbal formulas. As language and cultural barriers continue to fade between the East and West, our world becomes smaller and healing methods like qigong are welcomed into our part of the globe.
Summer has started a few weeks early in the San Francisco Bay Area and we feel like we’re under a heat lamp! We like to stay cool with our Berry Smoothie Popsicles. Great for adults or kids alike, these cool treats are not only tasty, they’re healthy, too! Antioxidants, Vitamin C, calcium, plus probiotics make this tasty treat too good to say no to.
We love a good cup of tea, and with the thousands of articles talking about its health benefits, what’s not to love? But with more than 3000 varieties of tea, how do you choose what’s right for you? According to legend, the story of tea began in China in 2737 BC. The Chinese herb Master Shen Nong (“Divine Farmer”) was sitting beneath a tree boiling water for drinking when some leaves from the tree blew into the water. Shen Nong decided to try the accidentally created infusion, and a grand tradition was born. The tree was Camellia sinensis, from which we gather our tea leaves for the tea we drink today.
What’s so “super” about superfoods?
Super FoodsWe’ve all heard the term “superfood,” but what does it really mean? What makes a food “super”? Unfortunately, there’s no legal or medically recognized definition for the term, but many nutritionists would agree that a superfood is a nutrient-packed powerhouse full of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and polyphenols. These foods will typically have multiple health benefits and are often low in bad fats and sugars. A cheat to help spot the nutrient packed fruits and vegetables at the grocery store?
Many of the herbs used in our formulas can only be sourced from China where medicinal herbs have grown naturally for thousands of years. During a recent visit to China, I had the privilege of visiting the city of Bozhou in Anhui province. Bozhou is home to arguably the largest Chinese herb market in the world, where they grow nearly 165,000 acres of herbs with 1 million people engaged in the planting, processing, and distribution of herbs. I was in Bozhou with our head herb master/buyer Mr. Zhang, who travels more than 300 days out of the year meeting with farmers, inspecting crops, and collecting herb...
Ginger is native to tropical Southern Asia (India? China? No one really knows!). What we do know is that it was used as a tonic for common ailments by Arabic, Indian and Asian healers as far back as 5,000 years ago, and as a cooking spice long before that. It has an exotic refreshing taste, perfect to sip in this all-natural homemade soda. This recipe is based on...
For many of us, going to the gym isn’t something that seems like fun after a long day. Dancing however, doesn’t feel like work when you’re moving and shaking to the beat, which probably explains the popularity of Zumba (the chiseled abs aren’t hard on the eyes either). If you’d rather not dance in spandex, that’s fine. All kinds of dancing are great exercise, but before you put on those dancing shoes check out these facts about the many physical and mental health benefits...