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The Traditional Chinese Medicine word on GORD

Sarah George Acupuncture & Natural Health

yinyangfoodsLast semester I researched gastro-oesophageal reflux disease (GORD) for my Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) masters program. Here’s a summary:

What causes GORD?

GORD affects around 25% of the adult population on a regular basis. The disease is characterised by heartburn and gastric acid reflux. Standard care for GORD includes medications such as proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) and prokinetic drugs although their success rate is relative to the cause of the individual’s condition and these medications are often associated with complications from long term use.

GORD has been linked to a variety of genetic, dietary and lifestyle factors. An Iranian study identified that GORD was significantly more likely to occur in individuals who had:

  • a higher pickle consumption
  • psychological distress
  • dyspepsia
  • halitosis
  • nightmares
  • restlessness
  • took aspirin
  • a family history of GORD.
  • smoking caused an increase in the prevalence of GORD however this was not significant (p=0.055).
  • Other studies have shown…

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Eat Your Greens!

Love my fresh greens!

Craig Swogger, Acupuncturist

I’d like to make a simple recommendation that can go a long way toward improving your health: eat your greens. There are very few things health practitioners agree on more than this simple tip.  Why? Because no other foods, or supplements, contain the vitamins and minerals (and the substances you need to USE them) at the high concentrations that greens do.

Take kale for instance. Kale is a super-food. It contains more nutrients per ounce than any other common vegetable, fruit, or green. It’s been found to contain dietary fiber, protein, thiamin, riboflavin, folate, iron, magnesium and phosphorus, and to be a very good source of vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin K, vitamin B6, calcium, potassium, copper and manganese. In fact, one cup of chopped raw kale has 1.5 times the vitamin C, and 2 times the vitamin A that your body needs for the day! And, steamed kale…

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The gifts of Crystal Energy

crystal elixir2-The earths vibrational energies are held in each rock, these amazing energies can be released in water, Alcohol, glycerin and vinegar.

Crystal elixirs and essences go by many names: gem waters, gem elixirs, gem tonics, gem essences, crystal waters, crystal essences, crystal tonics, and more. However, do not be confused. They all mean the same thing.

We could use any of the names above and be correct. Gems are simply cut and polished crystals, so we could really use either word – gem or crystal. And the tonics, elixirs, and essences are all essentially water. So any of the terms used above is apt. They are all good. They all describe the same thing: a water-based essence contains crystal energy.

Just for consistency and ease of use, we will use the term “crystal” because there are many more crystals than gems. And while the word “water” or “essence” is probably more technically accurate, we prefer the word “elixir” from the Arabic “al iksic” which translates as “miracle substance.” For as you will learn, they truly are miracle substances.

We have many crystal Elixirs for sale in our shop, but you might want to try to make them at home too.. Here is an easy recipe

Take 1 small bottle of still spring water and empty into pint glass, preferably 2 days before full moon and place together in the water:
Sapphire* (star sapphire works best but is rare + expensive)
Place glass in a windowsill and leave for 3 days and nights to infuse, after which remove crystals
Decant into an indigo bottle.

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Thai Cucumber Salad

The bounty of the summer harvest is now beginning. It is time to enjoy all the wonders our crops have to offer. Today I harvested some beautiful tomatoes and 12 cucumbers. Tonight’s menu for dinner will be BLT’s and Thai Cucumber salad.





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Thai Cucumber Salad

3 large cucumbers, peeled, halved lengthwise, seeded, and cut into 1/4-inch slices

1 tablespoon salt

1/2 cup white sugar

1/2 cup rice wine vinegar

2 jalapeno peppers, seeded and chopped

1/4 cup chopped cilantro

1/2 cup chopped peanuts


  1. Toss the cucumbers with the salt in a colander, and leave in the sink to drain for 30 minutes. Rinse with cold water, then drain and pat dry with paper towels.
  2. Whisk together the sugar and vinegar in a mixing bowl until the sugar has dissolved. Add the cucumbers, jalapeno peppers, and cilantro; toss to combine. Sprinkle chopped peanuts on top before serving.