BUSTING OUT ALL OVER!
The question is, after it has finished "busting
out", will you be too bushed to care? I am talking about
a silent problem called Adrenal Insufficiency. It results from
overconsumption of kidney energy. The kidney meridian can be
depleted by sex hormones and adrenalin rushes – fear,
stress, anger, etc. The adrenals, the glands which sit
directly above your kidneys, are responsible for pumping
adrenalin – energy – into the body. When the adrenals
reach the end of the supply of adrenalin, you are too weak to
do anything. This is the point at which you need acupuncture
and a kidney tonic such as Liu-wei-di-huang wan. Failure to
pay attention to your adrenals will spiral you down to
something called Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, in which the
adrenals are so spent that you are unlikely ever to get them
back up to normal levels.
If you ask Western Medicine what causes adrenal insufficiency,
you will be told that the most common cause is low-grade,
constant stress coupled with too little activity. So if you’re
sitting at a computer all day and the stuff on the screen is
driving you nuts and threatening your job and you go home and
flop on the couch in front of the TV, you are begging for
trouble. It can also be brought on by high-level and constant
stress – running from one task to the other coupled with
insufficient sleep and too little recreational activity. In
Chinese terms, this is a yang deficiency which results in a
weakening of the body’s protective shield of radiant energy.
The kidneys and adrenal glands are called the "root of
life" because they store the body’s precious supplies
of primordial energy.
The symptoms are: a growing sense of being so fatigued that no
amount of sleep helps; weepiness for no reason; temper
tantrums; inability to take more than little tiny steps;
sensitivity to cold; and ultimately no desire even to get up.
You may also experience aches in the body, headaches, and the
feeling that there is a large bowling ball in your stomach.
Some people report being able to "feel" their heart
and knowing it is huge.
What do you do now? 1) acknowledge that you have a problem.
The worst thing you can do is to insist on continuing to drive
yourself when your adrenals are signaling "out of
gas." This is a good metaphor for the problem. If your
car tells you the tank is empty, you fill it. You don’t
insist that the engine run another two hundred miles without
fuel. 2) See your acupuncturist for balancing treatments and
Liu wei di huang wan, the only known herb that will treat the
problem. 3) Take aspirin for the aches and pains. 4) If you
are not already taking it, start taking vitamin E. 5) You can
begin taking DHEA and Pregnenolone; if you are already taking
them, up the dosage and see if it helps. Too much pregnenolone
in the system will cause blemishes on the face. This is not a
case of "if 25 mg are good, then 50 are better". Be
careful. 6) Go to bed! Early. Let your body rest. 8) Pray or
meditate, sending energy to your adrenals. 7) Be patient and
wait. A full-blown case of AS usually takes about 90 days to
recover. 8) Consider taking yang tonic herbs on a gradual
basis and as prescribed – Rehmannia (Shu-di-huang),
Dioscorea (Shan-yao), Cornus (Shan-zhu-yu), Hoelan (Fu-ling),
Moutan (Mu-dan-pi), Alisma (Ze-xie), Adyranthes (Niu-xi),
Plantago (Che-guan-zi). These may be combined with deer horn,
deer antler, cistandre curculigo, epimedium, cynomorium,
morinda, fenugreek, and cusanta for impotence and aging in
AND NOW – TO YOUR
The news from the FDA is that certain allergy medications,
Claritin™ among them, will be dropped from the
"prescription" category and sold over the counter.
There is a debate going on over whether this is bad news (for
the medical doctors) or good news for the consumer. Actually,
it is bad news for both. San Diego has come out of the first
wave of allergies brought on by that little yellow stuff
(mustard) that blooms along Highway 52 and on the freeway
embankments, but you’ll still be sneezing and sniffling with
other stuff. The answer is not antihistamines. They aren’t
good for you. You are probably deficient in Gamma linoleic
acid – GLA for short – and it is found in an inexpensive
herbal called Black Currant Seed Oil. If you will start using
Black Currant Seed Oil, you will find, after several weeks,
that your allergies have disappeared. Keep taking the GLA and
the allergies will not be back.
THE BIG "C"
Since a man named Veblin wrote a book called The Theory of
the Leisure Class, we have all known that certain things
make us appear to be better, more-successful, etc. than we
really are. In Veblin’s day, everyone wanted to have pale
skins because only field servants were tanned. Now, everyone
wants a tan because it means you do not have to work (usually
wrong) and spend your days by the pool (also wrong). What many
of you are doing is using tanning booths. I beg you to stop.
They are far more dangerous to your skin than the sun. Too
much sun exposure is ultimately bad: 1) your skin will age. If
you combine the sun and smoking, you’ll look like you’re
wearing a leather suit. 2) cosmetic surgery, should you wish
to have it, may be impossible. 3) You may induce cancer in
your skin. Some of it is a mild variety which is easily
handled. The top-of-the-line is melanoma, which can be fatal.
Melanoma appears as a black spot on the skin, irregular in
shape, and raised on the edges. It will grow. Do not wait –
go to an oncologist. There is a new cancer drug, Gleevec,
which seems to have potential for certain forms of cancer.
Don’t sunscreens help? Yes
and no. If you are going to plaster yourself with tanning
lotion and broil yourself on the beach for hours, nothing is
going to protect you. These things have to keep being
reapplied and you must put on protective headgear.
Recipe: Ginseng and Dang-gui-ten Wine
This is one of the most
commonly used tonics for general vitality. It is primarily a
blood and qi which is very effective for weakness and lack of
Grind all of the herbs to a
powder or break into pieces as small as possible. Place them
in a wide-mouth jar, then pout in rice wine, good quality
vodka, gin, or other alcohol until there is about 1 inch of
fluid above the settled herbs. Cover the container and store
it in a dark place, and shake it once daily.
Strain after two weeks and
bottle for use. Dosage: 1 ounce once or twice daily.
Gensing (ren shen) 6 grams
Atractylodes (bai zu) 6 grams
Poria (fu ling) 6 grams
Licorice (gan cao) 6 grams
Prepared rehmannia (shi di huang), 6 grams
Ligusticum (chuan xiong) 6 grams
Angelica (dang gui) 6 grams
White Peony (bai shao) 6 grams
Cinnamon Bark (rou gui) 6 grams.
Astragalus (huang qi) 6 grams