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TCM Dietary Recommendations

Guide to Stabilized Glucose

How to Cook Raw Herbs

A Comparison of Diagnostic Modalities (PDF)

Home-Grown Remedies for the Peak Oil Crisis (PDF)
by David Melly, L.Ac
    California Journal of Oriental Medicine Vol. 19 No 1
    Spring/Summer 2008

Dietary Guidelines to Stabilized Glucose Levels

  1. Do not skip breakfast.
  2. Eat a high quality protein based breakfast (no "protein bars").
  3. Eat every 2-3 hours. Do not wait until you are hungry.
  4. Snack with low glycemic foods such as nuts, seeds, hard-boiled eggs, veggies.
  5. Avoid all fruit juices and carrot juice.
  6. Never consume high glycemic fruits or other foods without a source of protein.
  7. Avoid all adrenal stimulants (as listed below).
  8. Eat a well balanced diet consisting mostly of vegetables, quality grains and lean meats.

Avoid Adrenal Stimulators

  • Concentrated sugars
  • Caffeine (decaffeinated still has some caffeine)
  • Nicotine
  • Alcohol
  • Allergic foods
  • Partially hydrogenated fats
  • Artificial sweeteners
  • Overtraining
  • Inadequate sleep

Other Important Lifestyle Aspects

  • Exercise in Aerobic Heart Range
  • Relaxation

Instructions for Boiling Herbs

Ideally the pot you use to boil the herbs should be made of Pyrex, ceramic, or earthenware because metals can interact with the herbs to change their quality and value.

Boil only one bag at a time. Each bag should be boiled twice before the herbs are discarded. When boiling herbs you want to add enough water so as to be able to cover the herbs. Then bring the water to a boil and reduce the heat to a simmer for 30-40 minutes. Strain the liquid into a container and leave the herbs in the pot to repeat the process for the second boiling. Mix the tea from the second boil in with the tea from the first more concentrated boil.

From the total amount of tea collected from the 2 boilings drink 1/2 of it over the course of the first day and the second 1/2 over the second day. Usually patients will drink 1/4 in the morning and 1/4 in the evening. Repeat the process with each bag of herbs.

Drink the tea warm. It is best to drink the tea 1/2 hour before or 1 hour after meals. The tea can be refrigerated for up to 2 weeks usually. Uncooked herbs are good for 3 months.

If you experience any adverse reactions to your herbs, please discontinue them and call me. If you start to catch a cold or flu, discontinue your herbs and call me. And if you feel really good from the herbs you can call me too.


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