In this overstimulated world we live in, it’s easy to become stressed and overwhelmed. With mini-computers now at our fingertips in the form of cell phones, we are constantly connected to the world. The chime of a text message or a jingle from a FaceBook post make it challenging to get complete down-time even when we can manage to squeeze in a few moments to recharge. Add the ever-increasing commute times and dense traffic on the roads and you’ve got a recipe for stress and anxiety. But fear not! We have several historically proven options to help you put your world on simmer and breathe easier.
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.
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?
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...
Society has taught men that “manly” means their health must be unfaltering and that if they ignore a health problem, it will go away. Let the men in your life know you love them by helping them take care of their health and telling them they are still a superhero in your book even if they are struggling with a health issue...