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The Health Benefits of Peppermint Tea

The Health Benefits of Peppermint TeaPeppermint tea is abundantly found as a wild herb in many parts of Europe. It is widely used for the manufacture of a variety of things like candies, ice cream, chewing gum, soaps and shampoos. But it is most commonly used for making peppermint tea. This tea is made by bringing natural spring water or distilled water, boil it and pour it over fresh peppermint leaves. This is then allowed to steep for about seven minutes. The strong minty flavor and aroma of this tea is because of high concentration of menthol present the peppermint plant. Peppermint tea is very beneficial to the health of its users. The benefits include:

1.Helps to cure problems of the stomach.
Peppermint is considered as a stomach healer. Intake of peppermint tea helps to cure problems of the stomach like frequent diarrhea, constipation, irritable bowel syndrome, stomach aches and nausea. Peppermint tea is preferred over other forms of peppermint and is mostly used to relieve stomach related problems.

2.Helps to enhance body immunity.
Peppermint tea helps to relieve symptoms of common cold and flu. It contains healthy vitamins, such as Vitamin B, and minerals like potassium Peppermint Tice Tea -  Health Benefitsand calcium. Ma combination of all these nutrients in peppermint tea helps improve the general immunity and resistance of the body. Intake of this tea helps to control mild attack of respiratory diseases like asthma and prevent future illnesses due to viral or bacterial attacks.

3.Helps to reduce levels of stress.
The aroma and flavor of peppermint helps to relieve mental stress. Conditions of mental stress hamper good sleep during the night. Intake of peppermint tea helps to improve such conditions and results in better sleep.

4.Treats problems of bad breath.
People suffering from problems of bad breath can benefit form peppermint tea. Experience of many people has proved that regular and continuous use of peppermint tea can remove the problem of bad breath permanently.

5.Helps in weight loss.
Regular intake of peppermint tea helps to reduce appetite. Crave for food intake is thus reduced helping in weight loss.

6.Helps to alleviate many other common ailments.
Intake of peppermint tea helps to treat muscle aches, chronic pain, controls flatulence and helps to treat diverticular disorders.

Peppermint tea is easily available at all stores and is affordable for all. So the next time you prepare your grocery, remember the many health benefits of peppermint tea and add it to you list.

 How Prepare Peppermint Tea

Preparing peppermint tea using dried peppermint leaves (if you have your own peppermint plant, lay the leaves on a tray and let them dry in the sun for 24-48 hours until they become crunchy):

  • add 2 tablespoons of dried leaves to a cup of hot water
  • cover
  • steep for 10-20 minutes
  • strain

To enjoy the health benefits of peppermint tea even more, add a little honey or freshly squeezed lemon juice to your tea.

To store fresh peppermint, wrap the leaves in a damp paper towel, place in a plastic bag and keep in the refrigerator. This will keep it fresh for a few days.

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How Your Tongue Can Detect The State of Your Health

The tongue is one of the most important diagnostic areas in ancient medical traditions. What makes the tongue such a great diagnostic tool? In Chinese medicine, the tongue is a “map” of the internal body. Like the face, the tongue is divided into five-element

Wonder if you’re coming down with a cold? Stick out your tongue and say “Ah!” Or at least give it a glance. Your tongue is one of the easiest ways to check in with your health status. The tongue is such an important diagnostic tool for Chinese medicine practitioners that it merits a full article.

How Chinese medicine uses the tongue to interpret your health
The tongue is one of the most important diagnostic areas in ancient medical traditions. What makes the tongue such a great diagnostic tool? Your tongue, containing water, electrolytes, mucus, and enzymes, is a very sensitive organ and its appearance changes with many physical changes in the body. In Chinese medicine, the tongue is a “map” of the internal body. Like the face, the tongue is divided into five-element zones that correspond to your internal organ networks.

Get in front of the mirror and look at your tongue right now. The tip exhibits the fire element; behind the tongue tip is the metal element; both right and left sides the wood element; in the center towards the back is the earth element; and the very back of your tongue is the water element. Now that you know what element is where, how do you translate what your tongue is telling you?

Signs and symptoms
Here is what you want to see: A normal tongue should be pink, muscular without tooth marking or discoloration, and have a very thin clear coating that exhibits proper salivary secretions. Monitor your evolving health level by noticing color, shape, and coating changes in specific zones.

Tongue Color: When the color becomes deeper — going from pale to scarlet to purple — it means that there is increasing heat in the body. Heat may mean inflammation, infection, or hyperactivity of the organ network. When the tongue’s color becomes lighter — from pink to pale to paper white — it indicates cold, which can mean anemia, pathogenic cold factor, or low energy and function of the corresponding organ network. I treat patients with low immune system function, sometimes due to chemotherapy or chronic fatigue syndrome, and many of them exhibit a pale tongue indicating low energy.

Tongue Coating: The thickness and color of the coating, or a lack of coating, can indicate different issues. When the coat of your tongue becomes thick, it is frequently a sign of imbalance in the digestive system. When the coat turns thick and cruddy, it generally points to decreased immune system with Candida (yeast infection). When the coat turns yellow, it often signals infection or inflammation in the body. A peeling coat is usually a sign of damage or weakening to certain systems of the body.

You can further diagnose underlying problems by analyzing the regions of your tongue; these show you which organ network is affected.

1. Tongue tip

Fire: Cardiovascular System

The fire element zone, which corresponds to the heart-small intestine network, is located at the tip of the tongue. This includes matters of the heart, both emotions and the physical health. In Chinese medicine, the spirit is said to reside in the heart network. Stress and anxiety will show up as red color and red dots on the tip of the tongue. Increasing heat signs means hyperactivity in the heart network due to stress and tension.

2. Sides of your tongue

Wood: Liver Network

The sides of your tongue display the wood element. Teeth markings on the sides of the tongue usually mean stagnant energy in the liver network. You may also notice a bluish-green or purplish hue or spots in this zone. Dark spots may indicate more serious problems. On several occasions, I’ve noticed purple spots in the wood zone in patients that suffer from low energy, discomfort, distension around the lower ribs, and swelling in the abdomen.
3. Behind the tongue tip

Metal: Respiratory and Immune System
The band-like area across the tongue and just behind the tip is the metal element zone, which corresponds to the respiratory and the immune systems. When this area turns reddish, or when red pin-sized dots occur, it usually means a respiratory infection is on its way or is settling into the body. Paleness in the metal zone may reflect a weakened immune system. In rare fungal infections of the lungs, there may appear a brownish black coating over this zone, which was the case with several of my patients who suffer from lesions in their lungs.
4. Center of the tongue

Earth: Digestive System

This area is the earth element zone, and it is related to the stomach-spleen-pancreas network. Problems of the digestive system most often show up here in the center of the tongue. G.E.R.D. — stomach and esophagus acid reflux that keeps many people awake at night — may be seen with redness and a yellowish coating in the center of the tongue. Subtle changes in this area may indicate digestive problems that have not surfaced yet; observe this area and take prophylactic steps if necessary.
5. Back of your tongue

Water: Kidney-Bladder Network
The back of the tongue reflects many of the body’s functions, but is mainly the domain of the water element, or kidney-bladder network, which includes the hormonal system and sexual glands. The two large, elevated papilla on the back of the tongue are a normal part of the taste buds. What you should look for is color and coating. For example, when I see a thick yellow coating at the back-center of the tongue in my female patients, I know that they are very likely to get a bladder infection. I tell them to immediately start drinking 8 to 12 glasses of filtered water a day, take 5,000 mg of vitamin C, and to drink cranberry juice or take its extract — this regimen will typically help prevent a bladder infection. More often than not, those who didn’t follow this preventive treatment will call me a few days later with an infection.

Your body alerts you to imbalances in many more ways than just your tongue. Ideally, you should confirm your findings from your tongue with observations from others, such as the eyes, face, and nails. You can learn more in Secrets of Self-Healing, which contains in-depth information on this subject.

You can keep all five elements balanced in your body with a specialized combination of 44 traditional Chinese herbs that support healthy function of the bodily systems, the Five Elements of Health Formula.

I hope this article helps you translate your tongue! I invite you to visit often and share your own personal health and longevity tips with me.

May you live long, live strong, and live happy!

-Dr. Mao askdrmao.com

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What Your Tongue Says About Your Health

The Map of the Tongue

Look at your tongue and you will get a lot of information about your health.   The shape, color, size, and coating variations all tell a story about your health.  

As a Naturopathic Doctor, many have asked why I look at their tongues after I have conducted an Iridology reading.  In this blog entry I will explain this ancient method of analyzing health problems by observing the tongue.

The shape and size of your tongue tells if you are over hydrated or dehydrated.  Too much water and your tongue is puffy.  If your tongue is small, and short you may be deficient in fluids.

The color is also important.  If very red, you have too much heat.  If pale, you are anemic or have a cold coming on.  If it’s purple, you have some stagnation in some inner organ.

The color and coatings may vary on different parts of the tongue.  If the tip is red, here is a problem with your heart.  If the sides of the tongue are different, you may have a liver problem. Just  beyond  the tip, your lungs may be acting up.  The center of the tongue tells a story about your stomach or digestion, and the back of the tongue relates to your kidney.

The thickness of a coating tells how severe your illness may be.  A thin coating indicates a mild pathogen; wile a very thick coating implies a deeper problem.

If the coating is dry you need fluids, if it is moist, you may have poor water metabolism.  The color of the coating also tells a story.  If it is white you have a cold condition, if yellow or brown, you have excess heat inside the body.  If gray or black see a doctor soon as you have a serious condition.

Remember drinking red wine, coffee, food dyes, or orange juice can change the appearance of coating on the tongue.  Changes occur slowly unless you have a high fever, cold or flu.

The location of changes tell where in your body you have a problem that needs attention.  For those of you contemplating tongue piercing,you must realize that the underside of the back of the tongue is controlled by the brain.  Piercing may cause emotional changes and depression. 

Most important is the location of some tongue changes.  As the diagram at the top of this blog indicates, you will have a clue as to what part of your body may be having some problems and what holistic method is best to remedy it.

If you are thinking of a tongue piercing, you must note that the underside of the back of the tongue is the location of the brain.  Piercing this spot may cause emotional and depression changes.  

 

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