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Why Chinese Herbs Do (Or Don’t) Work For You

By Jamie Koonce @charcuterielove

Why Chinese Herbs Do (Or Don’t) Work For You

To explain this, I’m going to use an analogy of baking a cake.

Let’s say you want to bake a delicious chocolate cake and decorate it with an ornate chocolate icing with cherries on top.  To make your delicious chocolate cake, you would have to start out with a moist cake mix that is baked to perfection — not dry, cracked, lumpy, or full of big air pockets.

Only in the final steps of the cake making process would you need to apply the icing and the cherries.

But let’s say instead of baking a moist and spongy chocolate cake, you wanted to skip ahead to applying the icing and the cherries because you’re in a hurry and just don’t have to time for the preliminary cake baking steps.  So in order to save time and money, you decided to grab an old, rotten gym shoe out of the dumpster, and use that in place of the chocolate cake mix.  I don’t care if you have the skills of Rachel Ray or Martha Stewart, that cake is not gonna taste good no matter how much icing and cherries you put on top of it.  It’s still gonna taste like an old, rotten gym shoe from the dumpster!

Your nutrition, sleep, physical activity, and your thoughts are like the chocolate cake mix.

Chinese herbs, as well as some nutritional supplements used wisely, are like the icing and the cherries on top of the cake.  If you’re throwing junk food down the hatch, not exercising, feeling guilty about it or blaming others for it, and not getting enough sleep, no herb or supplement is going to help you much.  It’s going to be like throwing icing and cherries inside a rotten gym shoe and trying to make it look pretty.

Get your lifestyle in line, and then think about using herbs and supplements.

If you take this simple piece of advice, you’ll really feel the benefits when you use supplements like Chinese tonic herbs, medicinal mushrooms, shilajit, ashwagandha, ubiquinol, astaxanthin, probiotics, and seasonal formulas for preventing seasonal allergies and the common cold.  You will rarely (if ever) get sick because your body will know exactly what it needs.

This is how I got rid of asthma, allergies, and migraine headaches.

I stopped throwing grain down the hatch because my body is not a grain silo.  I then trained my body to predominantly use glycogen and fatty acids for fuel instead of sugar, and I repaired my gut microbiota with probiotics and fermented beverages such as kefir, kvass, and kombucha.  Lastly, I strengthened my immune system with Chinese tonic herbs, including cordyceps and bu zhong yi qi tang.  This is not what the doctor, the TV, or Self Magazine will tell you to do, but it works.

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