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the powerful chrysanthemum tea benefits for your health

The powerful chrysanthemum tea benefits for your health

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Chrysanthemum are beautiful flowers with many healing properties. They are a type of daisy, named after the greek words of “gold” and “flower” .  They were first cultivated in China hundreds of years ago and they have been used for medicinal purposes in Traditional Chinese medicine, such as having a “cooling” effect on the body.  If you also enjoy making…

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how to stay warm with Chinese medicine tea

How to stay warm with Chinese medicine tea

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Last fall, I was staying at a Daoist temple, on top of a mountain in China. Unfortunately, by November, the air was getting super cold and humid at the same time. Although I would add on many layers, the piercing cold would still penetrate through the clothes and blankets, I was freezing, especially at nighttime. Honestly, without any heater, the…

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What is moxibustion and how can you use it for your health?

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When I was training Tai chi and especially the fire Tai chi (it really should simply be called Kung Fu) for 6 or 7 hours a day at the Five Immortals temple in China, the one thing that totally saved my life…ok my knees…, was moxibustion. Our knees were so sore from all the intensive training, that we needed moxa…

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What a Daoist temple taught me about life

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Last September, I came up to the top of a mountain in China, to live in a Daoist temple for a couple months. Beyond learning how to live with the temple rules, training qi gong, meditation, water and fire tai chi forms, learning about Daoist medicine, Daoist principles and spirituality, I learned so much more to life while staying in…

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