Okay. This is going to be a very long post. I want to do more than just sharing the things I’m hauling – I also want to spread the good word on oils.
Okay. This is going to be a very long post. I want to do more than just sharing the things I’m hauling – I also want to spread the good word on oils.
I’ve always done this ever since I was little. I would lose myself into the pages of Harry Potter for hours as I watch my inhales and exhales, witnessing how the story affects them from moment to moment. I guess it’s a way to remind myself that I’m still living in a muggle world. Otherwise, it soothes me to whiff the smell of fresh print and feel the grainy textures of paperback. I never knew until recently that this is considered meditation.
Like most folks, I’ve always had this notion that meditation is what only Buddhist monks, yogis, and new age hipsters do. Unless you’re still living in the cavemen era, you’ll realize there’s a mindfulness movement going on on a global scale. Everyone from Bill Gates, Hugh Jackman, Keanu Reeves, Gisele Bundchen, Hillary Clinton, Ariana Huffington to the hedge-funders of Wall Street practices meditation as part of their daily lives, not to mention how the body of research on the health and brain-boosting benefits of meditation just keeps growing – you fear less, stressed far less easily, happier overall, focus better, become more resilient, can better tame the demons in your head, and best of all: You grow a thicker and bigger brain1.
Thing is, you don’t have to find a specific place of total quietness to start meditating. Heck, you might already be doing it without knowing it.
Meditation is simply a state of consciousness where you place your attention onto something. While you’re at it, you consciously shift from the immediate and random thoughts that arise, observe how they fleet, and come back to that something. This usually involves focusing on your breath – inhaling slowly, belly rise, exhaling even more slowly, belly falls. Don’t think about your muffin top – just breathe like you don’t exist and it’s just you, your breath, and your spirit.
Another way to meditate is just walking. It’s something I love to do everyday while I was living in SF. You just sync your footsteps with the rhythm of your breaths and, if it makes you feel better, take pleasure in visualizing yourself catwalking on a VS runway.
For me, the easiest way to meditate is to let yourself feel the brief tingles, gentle rubs, and other little sensations of things that are presently around you. It’s convenient because you can sense things anytime, anywhere, if only you truly attend yourself to the present moment. Even in the most humid forest your skin can feel where the tiniest winds is blowing, and buried in the sandiest beach you can still sense the cool air each time you lift your feet.
As a Christian, I know that that inner calm in me is actually the Holy Spirit2, so to me meditation isn’t about “emptying the mind”. In fact, it’s the opposite: You let things come as they are and learn to become compassionate about it. Out of surrendering and letting the spirit overflow you you become more open, more accepting, and less judgmental. Out of contemplating its presence as a lifestyle you just get better at keeping calm and carrying on, because you know there’s always someone who has your back.
But I digress. Back to the point: Meditation is really that simple, so simple that it’s almost unbelievable to see that it can transform well beyond your daily habits – it changes your very being.
To get into that Zen-like state right now, there are a few places to start:
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It’s the most essential element of life, but we often overlook its healing powers for our overall health. Instead, we go out of our way to seek out exotic cleanses and expensive pills to replenish ourselves.
I’m one of those girls who cannot completely forgo my six-inch platforms for the modest flats. Despite my 5’6″ stature, sometimes I just want to get my head in the clouds like a wandering giantess, or a runway model, floating effortlessly among the sea of well-heeled strangers. In the name of fashion, every girl who’s gone through a glitzy evening in heels would understand this.
In general, I believe women want to give that illusion of long, beautiful legs (plus the pronounced buttocks and angled torso) to feel more confident in our stature. The truth is, men don’t even notice the difference; and above everything else, they look for a pair of happy feet first thing in a woman they see as mate potential.
There’s a lot to tell bystanders about you just by how you take care of your least noticeable parts, or at least what you think are the least noticeable parts, such as your hands and feet. I am guilty for one, as I move around in a pretty ugly (and often painful) pair of feet. I’ve been torturing my tootsies since puberty with super-tall pairs of footkillers at least four times a week. Before I knew it, I was walking around with the regular foot pain.
For one thing, driving around in high heels is, quite literally, a pain in the butt. Ever since I received my black Civic last October, I’ve learned to keep a stash of heels in the backseat while steering in a glam dress for some glam event. Look beyond the car window and you’ll see I’m actually hitting the brakes in a pair of Havainas flip-flops. Then I’d heave a deep sigh as soon as I reached my destination. Lest the fashion police catches me, I’d switch to a Manolo to go with the gown I’m wearing.
The way I see it, I don’t want to put up the enormous pressure any longer. At least, not as often as I’d like.
Here’s the cold hard truth, girls: Whenever you’re strutting your stuff with the extra height, you are essentially putting your entire body weight on the two little bones sitting underneath your big toe – just as it is shown on the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital (RNOH)’s recent x-ray video above.
I know right. Why in our right minds do we put up with that amount of pain and discomfort in the first place, much less for the whole day?!
“If a woman wants to wear really high heels on weekends or a night out or even at work because they make her look good, she’s going to wear them,” said Ohio State’s podiatrist Alan Block to Today. “Fashion is going to win, so I think the message needs to be just don’t wear them all the time and for everything that you do.”
Podiatrists have warned us girls about the hazardous effects of wearing high heels for years. As much as I hate to admit it, I was always quite ignorant about this. The moment I think of Victoria Beckham, I convinced myself that walking in heels is just like anything else I can come close to perfect – you just have to practice. But since I’m pretty active and running a lot, some weird stuff have came up over the last five years since I’ve taken up the sport. I thought tight hips, ankle sprains and ingrown toenails just mean I don’t stretch enough post-workout, but the leading cause behind these conditions is my habitual wearing of super high heels.
Here are some of the other related conditions Dr. Consuelo H. Wilkins, M.D. listed on her article for The St. Louis American:
A quarter of ALL the bones in the average human body rests in the feet, so naturally, any form of foot issue means serious business.
Women’s Health also covered the skinny on wearing heels yesterday, which I think is a must-share since we’re on the topic. Turns out you’re not just inducing foot pain, but pretty much the rest of your body as well:
• Normally, your feet act like spring-loaded, weight-distributing shock absorbers, cushioning your skeleton from crazy amounts of pounding. Jam these engineering marvels into high heels and … ouch. You’ve shifted much of your mass onto the balls of your feet and your tiny, delicate toe bones.
• The higher the heel, the bigger the impact: One study found that four-inch stilettos can up the amount of pressure on the front of the foot by 30 percent or more.
• Your heel-to-toe transition becomes abrupt, forcing you to swap your natural stride for a staccato walk. Strutting like this all the time could usher in bone and nerve damage (not to mention blisters and ingrown toenails).
Ankles and Calves
• Wearing heels forces your ankles to bend forward, a movement that could restrict circulation in your lower limbs. If you’re a perennial high-heel wearer, this could eventually spell spider veins.
• Walking in heels also stiffens your Achilles tendons, which anchor your calf muscles to your heels, causing your calves to bunch up. If you’ve had your tall pumps on all day, you might have trouble walking naturally when you first kick off your kicks. (You can work to offset this stiffness by flexing your feet—shoeless—several times throughout the day.)
• Over time, stiletto devotees can develop chronically taut (and shortened!) ankle and calf tendons, making walking—even in flats—painful.
• Another pro shock absorber, the knee is the largest joint in your body. It’s built to take a licking, but frequent high-heel use can put extra stress on the inner sides of the knees, fast-tracking the wear and tear that leads to osteoarthritis.
• To keep from keeling over in stacked shoes, you have to thrust your hips forward, arch your back, and push out your chest. That familiar sexy stance works the outer hip muscles and tendons hard (and not in a good way).
• In order to sashay around in heels, your spine needs to sway unnaturally, a process that stresses your lumbar erector spinae muscle. Result: sore lower back.
• As with your other body parts, your back needs a break. If you wear high pumps one day, don cushioned flats the next. Or save your spikes for special nights out—and never walk around in them for longer than a few hours at a time.
With all things considered, my vanity is still keeping me from throwing away all the heels in the cupboard. Some of them are really comfortable to walk in for up to a whole day, particularly the chunky pumps and wide-toe platforms. The rest I just can’t bear to throw away, even though I never wear them anymore (that’s three or more years of collecting dust). The one thing I changed after I had my most recent fallen toenail, which I’ve experienced about ten times now, was placing my loafers and flip flops right by my doorstep.
It’s just logic: A solid foundation is a prerequisite to a healthy body, and for the record, uncomfortable shoes and activities just don’t mix. I learned the hard way (a really bad back pain and lots of blisters later) that if my base of support isn’t happy, then the rest above won’t be.
Since I didn’t fully trade comfort over style (and I believe you’re not ready to toss out all your heels from the shoe rack as well), I have no choice but to show my foot a little extra TLC while keeping my toes on those extra inches on a regular weekend. It took time for me to discover the practices that work for me to ease the pain, because there’s actually plenty of solutions to foot problems other than the following four I’m sharing. In any case, I hope you find them useful:
1. Get a regular foot and body massage.
Massages work like magic, especially for pain relief, tension release, and an overall sense of wellbeing. Aside from getting pampered by the pre-massage foot bath, (only available at selected parlors), I usually get out from my two-hour sessions feeling a lot lighter. Traditionally, the Chinese believe that pressure points on the foot directly stimulates specific parts of the body, much as the tDCS technique affects nerve cells. So whenever you get your fix at the reflexology parlor, you’re essentially stabilizing blood flow all across your body. Excellent blood circulation is the foundation to fluidity in your strut, so book a session at your local parlor right now.
2. Adopt a yoga routine.
Some months ago I felt a terrible pain on the back of my foot, even when I was only wearing ballet flats. The same thing happens during my runs: My calves were so tight and every stride felt heavy. When striding forward was supposed to release stress, it became quite stressful – thanks to my wearing high heels regularly and flexing the muscles I don’t need to contract. Since then I realized how important stretching is to balance the body’s energy. Even though I’ve had no professional guidance to yoga, certain poses, such as the Pigeon and the Cobra, do feel orgasmic when most of my daily hours are spent on stressing specific musculature of the legs. The goal of yoga here is to increase your range of motion so that when you walk or run or swim, you’re really using every part of your body as effectively as you can.
3. Make your flats a statement piece.
Lately I’ve been investing more on comfortable flats that would go with anything I wear, which is usually a set of basics and adorned with little-to-no accessories. Arguably boring, I know, but no matter what kind of simple look I styled myself up, the first thing people would notice is usually these ultra comfortable yellow flats by Aldo. Initially I just thought these would be the perfect pair to go with the usual T-shirt and jeans. I even remember it was an impulse buy. But over time I realized the pair fits almost anything I wear, not to mention they’re much less boring than the standard nudes. The best part of all? I can even run on them and still look good.
4. Rely on a healthy body image.
For years, girls have always had a ranging degree of trouble with their body image. Today, thanks to mass-media brainwash, it’s as if the pressure to look and act and behave a certain way is so strongly embedded within our collective unconscious that we don’t second-guess to “edit” ourselves. Somehow we listen to others’ opinions more about ourselves than maintaining our own stance, for approval or otherwise.
While I don’t claim to have a consistently healthy body image, I believe that ultimately we have more power over ourselves than others do against us. I admit I wear heels often because I want to do the whole fake-it-till-you-make-it thing so I can feel less insecure. After all, forcing yourself to stand up straight does make you look at least five pounds lighter and a hundred times more confident than you really feel inside. But hey, I never felt good refusing to eat pork just to get along with a certain social circle, or the countless times I pretend it’s effortless to walk in stilettos even though I’m excruciating inside. To be brutally honest, I do have a desire to live up to the modern alpha-female expectations – perfect job, perfect body, perfect household and perfect everything – which obviously no one can measure up to because the word ‘perfect’ does not exist within the human vocabulary, much less in the distorted images made up by human beings.
At some point there is a line you have to draw that says, “Enough is enough.”
Let go, stretch out, and make your statement instead. No one is telling you that you need heels to look good.
Hello everyone~ If you haven’t already know, today is the official World Suicide Prevention Day, an eventful day annually held during the last decade through an effective collaboration among the International Association of Suicide Prevention (IASP), the World Health Organization (WHO), as well as the World Federation for Mental Health. Every year in September, a day is chosen to help raise the awareness of the increased number of victims worldwide who are struggling to fight against their demons.
This year, IASP have set their focus on combatting the social stigma attached to suicide among families and friends who have lost a loved one, addressing that it’s a huge barrier to break down until the isolated can feel the comfort of opening up about their pain. At large, the pressure of being alienated by society prevents those who are at risk from discussing their problem and seek help, and statistics only keep showing higher rates of suicides around the world (with more lives lost than war and homicide combined) that can very well be prevented if each one of us play our part in encouraging a non-judgmental environment and embrace our differences.
Let me confess: I’ve done a little write-up for this post and moved it to the trash can on the subject earlier, but later decided I should do this before the day ends. I was inspired by “Prison Break” star Wentworth Miller’s openness when he told TMZ about his personal experience, and thought that in reality, celebrities and everyday people alike are equally vulnerable. Here’s what Miller shared about his experience:
The first time I tried to kill myself I was 15. I waited until my family went away for the family and I was alone in the house and I swallowed a bottle of pills. I don’t remember what happened over the next couple of days but I’m pretty sure come Monday morning I was on the bus back to school pretending everything was fine.
I felt compelled to share my experience by Miller’s revelation because I realized somebody else of another social status have experienced the same thing I have experienced. To write this post, I was also driven by one of my life’s most inspirational figures, Saddleback Church founder and author of 2002 bestseller “The Purpose Driven Life” Rick Warren, who took four months off to cope with the loss of his youngest son, Matthew Warren, as well as the stigma that followed before he started preaching to his 20,000-member congregation again. His comeback sermon heralded his newfound hope in his life and his conviction to remove stigma of mental illness, as he brought people back to the heart of Christianity: “God knows what it’s like to lose a son.”
What I want to say out of this post is this: It can happen anytime, to anyone – but you don’t have to do this.
Growing up, I used to think that people who take their own lives are just plain stupid. Life was freely given for us to fully enjoy, and it’s just stupid to kill your own joy because there is not one good enough reason in the world for you to do that.
Flashback to a couple of years ago, and that killjoy is the person I’m facing in the mirror everyday.
I’ve finished all six bottles of Eu Yan Sang’s Gold Label Bak Foong Pills last week. So yesterday, I switched to using this bottle of Wuji Baifeng Wan (烏雞白鳳丸). It’s just another name for Bak Foong, by the way, which literally means “white phoenix”.
I touched upon it briefly on a post from two years ago, so my 6-week journey with Eu Yan Sang was part of my larger intent to reconnect with TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine) and discover how incorporating them into my life again can be healing for me.
On the post, I’ve enlisted three of the many herbal formulas that my mother has long prescribed me to take, one of which is the Wuji Baifeng Wan. Over the years, I’ve been on an on-again, off-again relationship with each of these three, and now I just want to take things slowly at a time.
I felt it missing to leave off without learning more about the remaining ingredients on the Gold Label Bak Foong Pill. Not that I’m memorizing everything listed on the Li Shi Zhen’s Materia Medica or anything (and Jay Chou has a namesake song for it ;)), but I’m just interested in the confident claims of the Bak Foong formula’s efficacy in healing major governing systems of the human body – the nervous and the endocrine systems – also known as my double-edged swords whenever my perfectionistic tendencies kick in.
What I’ve found is that Chinese herbs weren’t made to be consumed separately. Organic as they are, Eastern pharmacologists prescribe concoctions of them to tend the particular ailment of the patient, instead of giving isolated drugs that has gained enough proven and anecdotal evidence on their effects to treat the ailment.
This might explain why there is very little clinical evidence in the healing effects of one particular herb or another – because most research began with a theory in mind and then followed by an isolated component of the subject to see if the theory applies. Whether it does or doesn’t in the end, researchers still needs years of trial-and-errors to see whether the conclusion of this study applies to a different set of variables in another study, not to forget the different methodology and procedures that have to factor in.
In a nutshell: TCM is difficult to identify and discriminate from their prescribed formulas, so consuming each herb in isolation will not give you the same effect as if you consume the whole concoction together.
As advanced Western medicine keeps conducting lab experiments to further their understanding on medicinal properties of a single vitamin or a trace mineral, the Eastern counterpart has only kept on applying time-tested practices, perhaps starting them from an even earlier age than the previous generations did. Up to this day, they continued to address a wide array of maladies using organic treatments to best solve the ever-growing problems in medicinal science.
The 7 herbs I’ve previously covered are:
But now I’ve compiled my notes on all 19 ingredients of Eu Yan Sang’s Gold Label Bak Foong Pill into a complete slideshow below. Have a look:
One of the world's oldest medicines to boot, the recognition of honey as a remedy can be traced back to antiquity. With its high antioxidant content and potent antibacterial, antifungal, and antiseptic properties, the sweet stuff has long been used to relieve dry coughs and ease bowel movements, as well as a daily tonic to promote a healthy immune system, much as modern-day Olympic athletes adopt it to enhance their performance and delay fatigue. From a cosmetic standpoint, traditional Chinese women believe that regular consumption of honey helps to achieve a clearer eyesight and a rosier complexion. Unlike simple sugars, the qi-restoring, skin-smoothening au naturale sweetener is low on the glycemic index. This helps in maintaining blood sugar levels steady throughout the day.
Astragalus is known for helping to treat the common cold and prevent several seasonal allergies. But the ancient Chinese probably don’t know that it was also proven to extend to length of telomeres – a term my psychology instructor at the Academy once said to underline – and your long, stringy telomeres are the DNA molecules in your chromosomes that protect your genetic code while your body keeps undergoing cell division. This makes the astragalus, to a degree, preventing you from cancer. The herb is traditionally used to improve the immune system.
Who knew that animal poops are healthy? Banned in the States, waste of the presently-endangered flying foxes is claimed to fortify the liver and spleen, at least, in traditional Chinese medicine. Normally used to administer gynecological disorders, the dry-fried dung is believed to improve blood circulation during stasis, invigorating sluggish blood flow and alleviating abdominal pain.
Like in some of the previous herbs we’ve covered so far, the warming corydalis has long been used to reinvigorate the qi energy flowing in the the blood. The herb’s thick and heavy texture helps alleviate the symptoms of blood stasis through the heart and liver channels, such as chest pains. Scientists have also learned that the herb has anti-tumor properties and, to a certain degree, prevents breast cancer.
It is said that St. John’s wort benefits the spleen, the liver, and the kidneys – widely taken in the West to treat depression and other anxiety disorders. Clinically shown to possess antiviral, antioxidant, antibiotic, and anti-inflammatory properties, the leaf helps to relax muscle cramps, alleviate pain, heal wounds, ward off cold, and notably increase blood circulation around the pelvic area to treat menstrual cramps. Traditional health practitioners also claim that they also help in treating gastrointestinal problems due to its warming effect on the body.
Motherwort is central to conditions of the heart that are caused by excessive anxiety. The cooling, blood-thinning, anti-inflammatory tonic is traditionally used for women for the absence of menstrual periods, as well as for slowing down fast and irregular heartbeat, overactive thyroid, and disturbance from intestinal gas. The stasis-dispelling plant, a star remedy for attending infertility symptoms, also works as a laxative, and was also found to inhibit the growth of breast cancer cells.
Commonly referred as the “female ginseng”, Eastern medicine practitioners have been using the antioxidant-packed Angelica root as a vitality tonic due to its potent factor in replenishing the qi energy flowing in the the blood, resulting in an improved blood circulation and a fine-tuned immune system, as well as a substantial degree of neuroprotection. Clinically, the dried herb have slowly gained worldwide attention because of its healing powers to treat various conditions, namely anemia, extreme fatigue, immune system disorders, several cardiovascular diseases, chronic bronchitis, and hepatitis.
Also well-known for restoring qi energy in the blood, the Eucommia bark has been shown to have particular beneficial effects on the bloodstreams circulating the liver and kidneys. Known as a yang supplement that strengthens bones and sinews, relieves lightheadedness, reduces high blood pressure, and alleviates chronic pain, among its myriad of yin-stabilizing, health-promoting effects, the Eucommia bark extracts, thanks to its phytoandrogenic and phytoestrogenic activities on the human body, also encourages an all-around hormonal balance.
The fungus is best known for its all-around calming properties, particularly nourishing the nervous system and treating overall weakness. Closely associated with the heart and spleen, Poria promotes urination and drains loose stools out of your system to prevent excess fluids from taking up the whole body, as well as inhibiting bacterial growth that normally leads to appetite loss and diarrhea.
Recommended for symptoms caused by inflammation throughout the body, the polygala root chiefly attends to lung conditions, such as asthma and chronic bronchitis. In mild colds, the soothing herb is claimed to cause sweating and increase saliva, as well as easing bowel movements. Polygala root is also a warming agent that fortifies heart and kidney functions by restoring balance of energy levels in the blood, treating conditions such as heart palpitation, insomnia, and other depressive syndromes.
The acrid brown cyperus, a sedative recently proven to have neuroprotective effects, works to restore liver and spleen health, and generally prescribed for regulating qi and bloodflow. Like its menstrual-regulating cousins, the antioxidant-packed, anti-inflammatory herb is effective in treating blood stasis, a condition usually resulted from emotional depression. Aside from its soothing properties, dosing on cyperus might help in treating stomachaches, indigestion, feelings of stuffiness, chest pain, and in expecting women, inhibiting uterus contraction.
The smoky, yet fragrant cardamom has a warming effect on the body, particularly on pathways around the stomach, the spleen,and the kidneys to promote a steady flow of qi. Active ingredients in black cardamoms work to dispel internal dampness caused by a stagnant bloodflow, which happens during intense emotional distress, as they ease intestinal movements and gastric bloating. Rich in antioxidants, the popular spice promotes good appetite and is claimed to be effective in preventing morning sickness, nausea, vomiting, chest pain, and other symptoms of miscarriage during pregnancy.
Historically, the Chinese enjoy them for its yin-restoring benefits on the liver, kidney, and large intestine channels, and no doubt for its toothsome bittersweet taste. Rich in healthy fats, the blood-replenishing herb is often taken to ease the bowel and prevent constipation, while others use it to treat a wide range of conditions that indicate yin deficiencies in the blood, including dizziness, impaired hearing, and blurred vision.
Commonly referred as the Sichuan lovage rhizome, the pungent perennial plant is marked for having therapeutic effects on the liver and the gall bladder. The tonic works to increase vitality by reactivating qi energy in the blood from stagnation, a normal case in menstrual disorders. Aside from increasing vitality and blood flow, the lovage rhizome is generally prescribed as a pain relief from headaches, mild colds, sore throat, and general feebleness.
Dubbed as the king of all herbs, ginseng affects all too many bodily systems that Eastern medicine practitioners have long consumed a portion of it like a daily multivitamin. Among the many benefits, ginseng has been shown to eliminate chronic fatigue, lower blood sugar, improve cognitive functions, increase appetite, prolong athletic endurance, and, for some, is effective as a caffeine alternative. Known to amp up and keep up energy levels, the therapeutic effects of ginseng is so extensive that it’s the most widely-researched herb in the Western world. The rich root also contains phytoestrogens, which might help restore hormonal balance.
A blood-replenishing, qi-bolstering herb, the pilose deer antler strengthens bones, muscles, and tendons. Rich in amino acids and lecithin, the rare essence, also noted as an aphrodisiac, treats general weakness and other symptoms associated with impotence. Active with its detoxifying properties, the anti-aging velvet improves the immune system, increases athletic stamina, and restores vitality of all bodily functions.
Atractylodes is a warming, qi-building agent for the spleen, the stomach, and overall immune system functions. Claimed to be effective in warding off the common cold, the tonic also help in dispelling abdominal pain, bloating, diarrhea, chronic fatigue, fluid retention, and improves digestive functions, as well as regulating the appetite. When paired with regular exercise, the anti-cancerous properties in atractylodes might aid proper muscle growth and in developing endurance. Marked as a pregnancy herb, the bitter roots are often recommended to prevent stomach, cervical, and uterine tumors from growing.
Long reckoned as the blood sugar level-controller, the anti-microbial cinnamon works to fight against bacteria and fungi in order to ward off the common cold during the chilly months of the year. Within the scientific community, multiple studies have shown that the acrid spice, which is also a yin tonic, improves insulin sensitivity in diabetic patients, as well as reducing hypertension, aiding digestion, relieving chest and other pains, and reviving sexual drive.
“It’s hard to be women – we have more clinical problems as we age,” sighed my mother once while she was packing for her annual appointment with her gynecologist in Singapore. “So it’s wise for you to start taking care of yourself now.”
Ever since puberty, I’ve never felt the cramps girls usually feel when they’re having their periods, but there’s a bigger price to pay for that convenience: Huge PMS. I believe I go 10 times more anxious than my usual temperament. Discomfort and pain occur psychologically rather than on my physiology.
On the other hand, I also believe that 6 weeks wasn’t enough to judge whether the white phoenix is really effective on regulating these roller-coaster moods, and by that, I mean reclaiming regular periods once again.
In the meantime, I’m making an effort to remain consistent with the same formula by Tong Jum Chew, which was further infused with black-bone chicken and other additional herbal ingredients that claim to boost women’s health. It’ll be a while till I can get my hands on the bottles by Eu Yan Sang again, which my mom usually gets in Singapore.
What about you? Do you consider incorporating TCM into your life?
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