Tao Te Ching – Beauty

"Tao Te Ching", Calligraphy by Gia-F...

When Beauty is recognised in the World
Ugliness has been learned;
When Good is recognised in the World
Evil has been learned.

When people see some things as beautiful,
other things become ugly.
When people see some things as good,
other things become bad.

from the Tao Te Ching by Laozi

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Chu Yung Tea Free Trial

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I still have to pay £ 38 for the following

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Hatha Yoga 1 -Easy Ground Work – Full 43 Minute Class

www.yogayak.com for more classes. This mat based Hatha Yoga flow is gentle and perfect for a “lazy” yoga day. Diane leads you through a gently active sequence that awakens your body without any strain, leaving you calm and refreshed. Duration 43 min Teacher: Diane Jacobs

Chi Qong Heaven and Earth

Like Tai Chi, but more bite-sized and symmetrical – which is good news for the knees. Most Tai Chi clases are over-subscribed, so the teacher can end up going round the group checking each individual, leaving some pupils standing on one ( often bent) leg for prolonged periods, instead of the fluidity one would expect from doing the form without interruption. Chi Qong by contrast mostly has the body weight evenly distributed on both legs.

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Yarchagumba Tea

cordyceps sinensis

click for an article on use and harvesting in Nepal

Yarchagumba, which literally means summer plant and winter insect in Tibetan, is a rare and unique herb that grows in the meadows above 3,500 meters (11,483 feet) in the Himalayan region of Nepal. Yarchagumba Tea’s chief ingredient is Cordyceps sinensis, known as caterpillar fungus. Caterpillar fungi are the result of a parasitic relationship between the fungus and the larva of the ghost moth. The fungus germinates in living organisms (in some cases the larvae), kills and mummifies the insect, and then the cordyceps grows from the body of the insect. It is known in the West as a medicinal mushroom and its use has a long history in Traditional Chinese medicine as well as Traditional Tibetan medicine and regarded as a life saving tonic and a remedy for headache, toothache or any other disease.

Medicinally it is also considered potent at strengthening lung and kidneys, increasing energy and vitality, stopping hemorrhage, decreasing phleg, used for impotence, backache, to increase sperm production and to increase blood production, used specifically for excess tiredness, chronic cough and asthma, impotence, debility, anemia, to build the bone marrow, for shortness of breath, asthma, impotency, emission, soreness of loins and knees, dizziness and tinnitus, to strengthen the immune system of tumor patients who have received radiotherapy, Chemotherapy or surgery, and as natural Viagra.

Almost 50% of the annual supply of yarsagumba comes from Dolpa, one of the poorest regions of Nepal. It can be bought in teabags, combined with other ingredients, from local supplier, Everest Herbs:

Chamomile flower (Matricaria chamomilla)
Cordyceps/Yarchagumba (Cordyceps sinensis)
Cinnamon leaf (Cinnamomum tamala)
Ginger (Zingiber officinale)
Gurjo/Tinospora Guluncha (Tinospora cordifolia)
Lemongrass (Cymbopon flexuosus)
Mint leaf (Mentha arvensis)
Mulberry leaf (Morus alba)
Shilajit – Purified (Asphaltum)

Please note that nevermindthebotox.com is not involved in the Yarchagumba trade.

Some science – Abstract from article: The Scientific Rediscovery of an Ancient Chinese Herbal Medicine: Cordyceps sinensis : (Stanford University School of Medicine, California, Shanghai Medical University, China, Emeritus, University of California, Armana Research, Inc., Gibsons, British Columbia, Canada)

This review presents Cordyceps sinensis (Berk.) Sacc., a fungus highly
valued in China as a tonic food and herbal medicine. The extant records show the continued use of C. sinensis is now centuries old. The major chemical, pharmacological, and toxicological studies on C. sinensis and the various derived, cultured, fermented mycelial products currently in use are reviewed from the English and Chinese literature. Preclinical in vitro and in vivo studies and clinical blinded or open-label trials in to date over 2000
patients are reviewed. These studies show the main activities of the fungus in oxygen-free radical scavenging, antisenescence, endocrine, hypolipidemic, antiatherosclerotic, and sexual function-restorative activities. The safety of
the fungus, its effects on the nervous system, glucose metabolism, the respiratory, hepatic, cardiovascular, and immune systems, immunologic disease, inflammatory conditions, cancer, and diseases of the kidney will be reviewed in the second part of this article to be published in the winter issue of this journal.

Download full article and more from Everest Herbs in Nepal (PDFs)

ngredients below for more information )
Chamomile flower (Matricaria chamomilla)
Cinnamon leaf (Cinnamomum tamala)
Ginger (Zingiber officinale)
Gurjo/Tinospora Guluncha (Tinospora cordifolia)
Lemongrass (Cymbopon flexuosus)
Mint leaf (Mentha arvensis)
Mulberry leaf (Morus alba)
Shilajit – Purified (Asphaltum)

Viruses, Allergies and the Immune System by Jan de Vries

Why are problems such as viruses, allergies and post-viral syndrome increasingly prevalent today? Is it true that a simple allergy might develop into a serious degenerative disease? What part does the immune system play in these processes – and how can it be affected by lifestyle? Jan de Vries places a strong emphasis on the importance of diet and the effects of food additives and drugs. Did you know that schizophrenia can be treated through diet? Or that the lives of hyperactive children – and their parents – can be returned to normal by eliminating even a single item from their food intake? It has even been proven that diet and allergies can have an influence on crime. Together with other well-known nutritionists from around the world, the author has studied this phenomenon in detail and includes some illuminating case histories in this book. In the complex world in which we live, “Viruses, Allergies and the Immune System” is a book for those who wish to increase their awareness of the hidden dangers to good health and take the necessary precautions to protect themselves and their families.
About the Author
Trained as a pharmacist, Jan de Vries turned to alternative medicine early in his career. His most influential teacher was the world-renowned Swiss doctor, Alfred Vogel. Jan de Vries now divides his time between clinics in Scotland, Northern Ireland, England and the Republic of Ireland. Treatments at the clinics include:

Acupuncture (Cosmetic – currently only available at the Edinburgh clinic)
Acupuncture (Traditional)
Acupuncture (Western)
BioResonance Feedback
Chiropody & Podiatry
Cranial Sacral Therapy
Electromagnetic Lamp Therapy
Herbal Medicine
Holistic Physiotherapy
Hot Stone Massage
Hypnosis & Psychotherapy
Live Blood Analysis
Massage Therapy
Naturopathic Medicine
Vodder MLD
Weight Loss Clinic

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There's lovely isn't it

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Ruth Jones, writer and comedienne, and star of Little Britain and Gavin and Stacey says : ‘I wish I was more like Nessa’

“There’s very little of me in Nessa – I wish I was more like her.” She continued: “I worry all the time about what people think of me, but Nessa doesn’t care at all. If people don’t like her, that’s their problem! ”

“People love her. Some see her merely as an old slapper, but I don’t think she’s that easy to define.

“She’s actually a very strong-minded person. She has a heart of gold and will always defend her friends in a fight.

“And she has this self-assurance that’s very attractive. Nessa’s a huge enigma who has led this life you can’t believe.

“There’s also this wisdom about her that people are drawn to. She’s deeply philosophical, a Barry Buddha!”

O, what’s occurrin’?
“She’s got a real soft side to her, Nessa,” Ruth insists. “She is incredibly accepting of people’s faults. She says, ‘I’ve been judged myself, both inside and out, and it’s not nice.’”

“All my life I’ve had this belief that other people are better than me. It’s only now that I’m starting to realise I’m all right, that I’m not bad at what I do, actually. It’s a shame it’s taken me until 42 to realise that. I wish I’d thought of it a bit earlier, because it wasted a lot of time.”

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Tennis over 40

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Exercise is a natural way to retain your youthful looks. If you like racket sports then tennis, especially doubles, is an ideal choice. Join a local tennis club for opportunities to meet new and hopefully like-minded friends. Playing outside exposes you to invigorating fresh air and sunshine. Even moderate but regular play will tone your arms, back and legs. You won’t believe those taut thighs after a few months! And a few sets will de-stress you and make you laugh through the mis-match of effort and outcome. Laugh lines are far more attractive than frown lines.

The benefits for a person over 40 years of age playing Tennis three hours per week at moderately vigorous intensity :

Increases energy levels, optimism and self-esteem.

Is mentally challenging as requires alertness and tactical thinking.

Burns calories; strenghtens muscles; improves heart function.

Physical Benefits
Aerobic fitness by burning fat and improving your cardiovascular fitness and maintaining higher energy levels.

Anaerobic fitness by offering short, intense bursts of activity.

Acceleration skills through practice in sprinting, jumping and lunging.

Powerful first step by requiring anticipation, quick reaction time and explosion into action.

Speed through a series of side-to-side and up and back sprints to chase the ball.

Leg strength through hundreds of starts and stops which build stronger leg muscles.

General body coordination and timing since you have to move into position and then adjust your upper body to hit the ball successfully.

Gross motor control through court movement and ball-striking skills which require control of your large muscle groups.

Fine motor control through the use of touch shots like angled volleys, drop shots and lobs.

Agility by forcing you to change direction during a during a typical tennis point.

Dynamic balance through hundreds of starts, stops, changes of direction and hitting on the run.

A fun and physically demanding sport that is tantalisingly difficult to master.

Increase in bone strength and density through high impact.

Conditioning effects which promote overall health, fitness and resistance to disease.

Depending on frequency and intensity potential for weight loss.

Improvement in eye-hand coordination through constant assessment of the timing between the on-coming ball and the proper contact point.

Flexibility due to the constant stretching and maneuvering to return the ball.

Psychological Benefits:
Sense of camaraderie being part of a team or doubles play.

Social aspect – interacting and meeting with other like-minded people with a common interest.

from Tennis Love by Ivy Green

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Emotional Healing

In Emotional Healing, world-renowned alternative health expert Jan de Vries turns his attention to the myriad of mental and emotional conditions that he has seen dramatically increase amongst his patients in recent years.

This important new addition to the Jan de Vries Healthcare series offers practical advice on how to cope with emotional effects of unhappy relationships and broken marriages, suggests ways of eradicating depression and suicidal thoughts, reveals how to combat feelings of resentment and jealousy, and advises on how to avoid the health pitfalls linked to modern working life, such as stress and anxiety.

The book pinpoints effective ways in which to overcome feelings of guilt and trauma that arise from unfortunate situations such as road accidents. It also explores the wealth of complex emotions related to degenerative diseases, such as cancer, multiple sclerosis and muscular dystrophy, and offers helpful tips on how to cope at such times.

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Facial Acupuncture, an Ancient Wrinkle-Busting Alternative

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Charmaine Shepherd and Laura Garland November 19, 2008 – Press Dispensary – With facelifts falling out of favour and concerns about long-term effects fuelling a Botox backlash, many beauty-conscious Brits are searching for a more holistic approach to banish lines and ward off wrinkles. Qualified acupuncturist Charmaine Shepherd has teamed up with health and beauty therapist Laura Garland to offer facial revitalisation acupuncture – the so-called ‘acupuncture facelift’ – at the Jan de Vries Clinic in Edinburgh, and is reporting astonishing anti-ageing results.

Facial acupuncture has been widely used in China for centuries to prevent the onset of facial lines, with fans claiming that regular treatment delays the signs of ageing by relieving muscle tension and dealing with underlying health concerns that could be causing skin problems. A-listers from Madonna and Gwyneth Paltrow to Cher and Lucy Liu are already reported to be devotees of the ancient therapy.

Charmaine says: “Since the time of Confucius, the Chinese have promoted health and beauty in tandem, believing that your physical condition is reflected in your skin. There are usually underlying symptoms that cause dark circles and puffy, wrinkled or pigmented skin. Acupuncture creates a balance in the whole body to address any health problems and slow the signs of ageing.”

Charmaine and Laura begin with a full assessment of a patient’s lifestyle, health and wellbeing using Chinese medicine diagnostics, including facial interpretation, before devising a personal course of treatment.

Very fine needles are inserted into specific acupuncture points to stimulate the production of collagen, increase the blood flow to the face to boost the supply of oxygen and nutrients, and help smooth out fine lines and reduce bags, dark shadows and age spots.

Laura complements the acupuncture treatment with moxibustion, a traditional Chinese medicine technique involving burning an infusion of herbs to stimulate acupoints and promote the body’s ability to heal. She then uses lymphatic drainage, acupressure and low level laser treatment to bring vitality and glow to the skin. A custom-made treatment is also created for each client using pure essential oils and organic botanical extracts.

Many patients report sleeping better, having higher energy levels and better overall health – as well as younger looking skin. For the best results, the treatment should be performed weekly for six sessions, after which monthly maintenance is recommended. Sessions are priced at £90.

Laura says: “The wrinkle-smoothing effects of Restylane and Botox wear off, but facial acupuncture, moxibustion and lymphatic drainage help transform the skin from the inside out. Patients can appear years younger after just a few sessions, and they feel healthier too. So forget facelifts, chemicals and expensive creams – using needles to treat the face results in beauty that’s more than skin deep.”

For further information, please contact:
Charmaine Shepherd, acupuncturist, Jan de Vries Healthcare
Tel: 0131 558 7000
Email: charmaine@acuhealthuk.com
Site: www.acuhealthuk.com

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