Carqueja (Baccharis Trimera)


carqueja☯ Pungent (xīnlà 辛辣) flavor and warm (nuǎn 暖) thermal nature and is affiliated with the  Liver, Spleen, and Stomach meridians.

Active Compounds: Carqueja is a perennial plant characterized by its green stem. It is found in South America. It belongs from the Asteraceae family.  The plant contains up to 20% flavonoids, including quercetin, luteolin, nepetin, apigenin, and hispidulin[ 318 ]. These are considered the main active constituents[ 318 ]. Studies have shown that hispidulin has a particularly beneficial effect upon the Liver, though it is more effective when used in combination with the whole plant

Clinical Usage and Indications:

  • Resolves Damp:  relieves fluid retention, as it has a diuretic effect, promoting the elimination of the liquid retained in the body and reducing swelling;
  • Strengthens the Spleen/Pancreas, regularizes Spleen dysfunction, it is a natural aide for diabetes, having the ability to lower blood sugar levels, and is believed to lower blood pressure
  • Tonify Stomach: is used for reducing stomach acidity, gastritis, indigestion, heartburn, and inflammation, and as treatment for ulcers among others. Stops vomiting, due to Stomach Coldness. Carqueja strengthens intestinal function and also has a history of use as an agent to expel intestinal worms.
  • Antioxidant  to boost defence systems against stress and neuro degeneration, also It has antiviral activity
  • Benefits Heart: decreases blood pressure in people diagnosed with hypertension, also decreases cholesterol due to the presence of saponins in its composition, which helps prevent cholesterol absorption
  • Detoxify Liver: carqueja is used primarily to treat Liver diseases, to strengthen intestinal function, and to help purge obstructions of the Liver and Gallbladder (Gallbladder stones) detoxifying the liver, as it contains flavonoids in the composition that exert a protective function of the liver
  • It has also shown an in vitro inhibition of HIV virus replication in T-cells, which seems to be mainly due to the substance 3,5-dicaffeoylquinic acid which is found in the plant.This substance is a potent inhibitor of HIV at dosages as low as only 1 mcg/ml (1)

Directions: Make a tea with the branches.

Precaution: Do not use during the flowering period as it may contain fungi.

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Açai berry (Euterpe Oleraceae) (Ā sà yī 阿萨伊浆果)

☯  Sour (suãn 酸) and astringent (Sin 涩) flavor, and cold (Lěng 冷) thermal nature and its affiliated with Kidney and Liver meridians.


❊  Active Compounds: Açai powder is a rich source of protective antioxidants, omega fatty acids, amino acids, and dietary fiber. The açai berries’ nutrient content is mostly preserved in the freeze drying process. Among many findings, anthocyanins, proanthocyanidins, and other flavonoids were found to be the major phytochemicals in açai berry. The total content of anthocyanins was measured as 3 mg per gram of dry weight. The concentration of total proanthocyanidins was calculated as 13 mg/g dry weight. Other flavonoids homoorietin, isovitexin, scoparin, and taxifolin deoxyhexose, along with several other unknown flavonoids were also detected. In addition components including fatty acids, amino acids, steroids, minerals, and other nutrients were founded. This fruit comes from a palm tree known by the Brazilians as “the tree of life”. Was introduced at the Western market around the year 2000.

  Clinical Usage and Indications:

  • Clears Heat, stop thirst, and due to its astringent property also arrests hemorrhaging
  • Very powerful antioxidant properties (higher than cranberry, raspberry and blueberry) that play a role in our cellular protection system, helping to keep cells strong agains the invasion of free radicals associated with disease and aging. Consumption of acai pulp and acai juice actually increases antioxidant concentration in the blood, which shows that the nutrients are effectively absorbed by the human body
  • The pigment red or orange corresponds to carotenoids, anthocyanins, licopene, ficobiliproteins, and bioflavonoids
  • Tonify Stomach.  Promotes a clean digestive system due to the powerful detoxification capacities in the human body besides being a good source of dietary fiber
  • Anti-inflammation properties: have been found cyclooxyrgenase (COX)-1 and (COX)-2 inhibitor activity on the fruit
  • Protects DNA from damage,
  • Supporting an anti-aging process. Açai berries may contribute to an ability to slow or reverse typical processes of aging related to oxidative damage and also improves mental function
  • Moves Qi. Blood vessel vasodilator: improving overall blood circulation, and relaxing the blood vessels, polyphenols in açai berry have the ability to act was vasodilators, preventing blood clots
  • Benefits Kidneys helping on osteoarthritis and arthritis improving in range of motion
  • Suppresses the grown of cancer due to the very high content of vitamin C and elegiac acid, an immune system boosting combination. Is thought that açai phytochemicals can stop the process of carcinogenesis on a molecular level, killing off tumorous cells before they multiply. Açaí is not a cure for cancer but play a potential role in the fight

Directions: Take 2 g. of capsules or 1 oz açai berry powder mixed with water. The inconvenient with açai berries is that they cannot be dried and transported due to the high fat content which inhibits the drying process. Açai juice is the best way to enjoy the nutritional benefits.

☢  Precaution: Açai berries can sometimes interact adversely with chemotherapy drugs since they contain antioxidant properties. it is best to consult with the oncologist before consumption.

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Pomegranate (Punica Granatum) (Shi Liu 石榴)


☯ Sweet (tián 甜), slightly bitter (kú苦), and astringent (Sin 涩), neutral (zhōng xìng 中性) thermal nature and is affiliated with the  Lung, Spleen, Stomach and Large Intestine.

Active compounds: Pomegranate is packed with poluphenols, a powerful antioxidant that helps protect the body’s cells from free-radical damage (the stuff that is linked to certain cancers, inflammation, and signs of aging)., they are also a great source of potassium, an important electrolyte for healthy muscles, Pomegranate fruit has a leathery rind (or husk) with many little pockets of edible seeds and juice inside. It’s very rich in tannins.

Clinical Usage and Indications:

  • Spleen:  induce astringency, stopping prolonged diarrhea, dysentery. Pomegranate husk/rind (shi liu pi) treats rectal prolapse, vaginal discharge, leukorrhea, hematuria vaginal. For chronic diarrhea due to Spleen-Yang deficiency combine pomegranate peel with Bai Shu (Atractylodes rhizomes), Dang Shen (codonopsis roots)  and Fu Ling (poria-cocos mushrooms). For prolapse of the rectum combine pomegranate peel with Huang Qi Radix Astragali) and Sheng Ma (Black Cohosh Rhizome).
  • Stomach:  kills intestinal parasytes, tapeworms (It also is used topically for ringworm), abdominal pain. The dried ripe fruit (with seeds removed) is used in Tibetan medicine to restore weak digestive heat, to correct indigestion and loss of appetite. For taenia or roundworms combine pomegranate peel with Bin Lang (Areca nuts). Treat dry throat, coughs and thirst due to Stomach-Yin deficiency. For a sore dry throat the seeds are crushed, water is added and the mixture simmered, strained, cooled, and consumed. For a persistent cough, eat the seeds, that is the fruit of one almost ripe pomegranate before bedtime
  • Large Intestine:  astringes the Intestines and stops diarrhea.
  • Tonifies Kidneys Essence: pomegranate husk/rind (called shi liu pi) is used to treat spermatorrhea and premature ejaculation, uterine bleeding, due to kidney
  • Lung: the dried ripe fruit (with seeds removed) is used in Tibetan medicine to treat Wind-Cold and disorders of the Lungs
  • Anti-inflammatory and anti-infection: A 2012 clinical trial of about 100 dialysis patients suggested that pomegranate juice may help ward off infections. In the study, the patients who were given pomegranate juice three times a week for a year had fewer hospitalizations for infections and fewer signs of inflammation, compared with patients who got the placebo The recommendation is to take those seeds and the skin of the fruit, crush them together, add salt, and cover them with water, then steam them. When done, no time indicated, they say to drink the decoction three time a day.
  • Nourishes Yin: Promote regeneration of body fluid, quenching thirst.
  • NCCIH (National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health) funded studies are investigating how pomegranate extracts may affect arthritis.

Directions: Pomegranate is made into capsules, extracts, teas, powders, and juice products.

Precaution: This herb should not be taken during the early stages of diarrhea and dysentery. When using it for parasites, it should not be taken with oils or fats to minimize absorption of the toxin into the system. Some people may be allergic to pomegranate. In rare cases, people who have eaten pomegranate fruit for many years have developed an allergic reaction that causes their tongue or face to swell. Overdoses of this fruit can cause problems including vomiting, dizziness, chills, temporary or permanent vision problems. Certainly eating large amounts of the skin are known to be poisonous. Knowing this, is recommends the rind as an anti-diarrhetic and the use of it for dysentery. Do so carefully because the skin can cause serious gastric irritation, even in small amounts.

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Cabbage (Brassica Oleracea Capitata) (Juǎn Xīn Cài 卷心菜)


☯ Sweet (tián 甜) and pungent (xīnlà 辛辣) flavor and cool (liáng 涼) thermal nature and is affiliated with the Spleen, Stomach and Large Intestine meridians.

Active compounds:

Contains, protein, vitamin B1 (thiamine), B2 (riboflavin), vitamin B3 (niacin), vitamin B5 (pantothenic acid), vitamin B6, vitamin B9 (folate), vitamin C, vitamin K, calcium, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, potassium, sodium, zinc, and fluoride. Cabbage is considered the best vegetable for colon cancer prevention. Its vitamins enhance the protective action of mucous membrane on the Stomach wall, and suppress gastric and duodenal ulcers

Clinical Usage and Indications:

  • Clears Heat, relaxes stools
  • Subdue Common Cold with fever, dysphoria, thirst, dry stool or constipation. Best cooked with Sheng Jiang (ginger) and brown sugar, to moisten the intestines and clear Heat
  • Balances Spleen, Stomach and blood
  • Moves Qi. Improving circulation, benefiting the joints and alleviating acute pain. Clears the meridians removing toxins that might block the Qi and blood around the joints, strengthens the bones and loosens the joints
  • Detoxify. Treats Erysipelas. The stock can be used with Mung bean sprouts. Grind to a paste for topical use
  • Promotes digestion helping Stomach and duodenal ulcers, preventing gastrointestinal diseases

Directions: Cabbage can be eaten raw, as salad, as juice (good for intestinal ulcers),  or cooked. However, with the symptoms mentioned above, it is best if eaten cooked or at room temperature for your salad, not cooled. Cabbage can be fried, boiled and steamed and used in many dishes that suit desires. Cabbage is a great vegetable in that it can be used with most other vegetables in a stir fry. Heat for 5 to 7 minutes on low Heat. You can add pepper to taste.

Prevention: Those suffering from thyroid gland problems, abdominal flatuance and excessive intestinal gas should not eat too much cabbage.


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Fighting Through Cancer: Carrot (Hú luó bo 胡萝卜)


aaSweet (Gan) flavor and neutral thermal nature. Acts on Spleen, Liver, and Lung meridians.

Active compounds:

Among all vegetables, carrots contain the most ß-carotene, which is an antioxidant more powerful than vitamin
E. Not only does it defy aging and promote gastrointestinal functions, ß-carotene also effectively fights against cancer. The potassium succinate in carrots reduces blood pressure while its dietary fibers ease constipation. Helps night blindness

Clinical Usage and Indications:

  • Strengthens spleen. Promotes digestion. Poor digestion with undigested food, fullness of epigastrium and abdomen, and irregular bowel movements: Cook with brown sugar making a soup or cook with radish to make a dish.
  • Protects against cancer, arthritis, and autoimmune disease
  • Tonifies liver improving eyesight. Blurred vision and night blindness due to liver deficiency. Cook with pork fat or with pork liver.
  • Descends Qi, stops cough. Cough due to Lung Heat and whooping-cough. Drink fresh carrot juice, decoct with Da Zao (black jujube)
  • Clears Heat, Inducing detoxification. Carrots are very good at cleansing internal heat. Measles or incomplete eruption of measles, and fever. Cook with Bai Ji Li (Fructose Tribuli Terrestris), Hu Sui (coriander). Make a tea to promote eruption of measles.
  • Experimental investigations indicate that carrot extract acts to lower blood sugar providing benefit to sufferers of diabetes

Directions: It is best to boil or stew them with oil because with the raw ones the vitamin A is not easily absorbable. Eat either raw or cooked. Pound to get juice.

Precaution: It is not recommended for those with Spleen or Stomach Deficient Cold. Carrots are rich in beta-carotene however excessive intake would make the skin yellow.

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Broccoli (Xī lán huā 西兰花)


☯ Sweet (tián 甜) and pungent (xīnlà 辛辣) flavor, cool (liáng 涼) thermal nature and is affiliated with the Lungs, Liver and Large Intestine meridians.

Active compounds:

Broccoli contains ß-carotene and glutathione that fights against cancer. It adds brilliance to the skin and defies aging on cellular level. Its chlorophyll helps prevent arteriosclerosis. Broccoli also contains vitamin C, vitamin A, vitamin K (enhance cognitive function and improve brainpower), and fiber. One cup of broccoli provides 150 percent of daily vitamin C and 20 percent of fiber required .Contains beneficial amounts of phytochemicals that repair the DNA, block the development of cancer cells and support the immune system due to their antiviral, antibacterial and anticancer properties. Broccoli has been proven to prevent the development of prostate cancer as well. It is one of the best brain foods for the high amount of vitamin K and choline, it will help keep your memory sharp. Broccoli is high in compounds called glucosinolates, it can slow the breakdown of the neurotransmitter, acetylcholine, which we need for the central nervous system to perform properly and to keep our brains and our memories sharp. Low levels of acetylcholine are associated with Alzheimer’s

Clinical Usage and Indications:

  • Nourishes Yin promoting purgation by moistening and nourishing the intestines. Dry stool or constipation of weak constitution, old aged or due to Intestinal dryness. Blanch broccoli and eat around 250 g a day
  • Clears Heat, relieving restlessness. Promotes reproduction of body fluids and stop thirst
  • Tonifies Liver and promote eyesight. Dizziness, blurred vision due to Liver Heat or Liver Yin deficiency
  • Cools Liver and Blood and purifies it, on epistaxis and hemafecia take 250 g broccoli and make a soup. Cook only 2 – 3 minutes
  • Prevents anemia, and arteriosclerosis and osteoarthritis

Directions: Eat steamed, roasted, stir-fried, or raw. Do not overcook broccoli, though Sulforaphane is Heat resistant, only one-third of its vitamin C is left when it is subject to strong Heat (Sulforaphane is a molecule within the isothiocyanate group of organosulfur compounds. It exhibits anticancer and antimicrobial properties in experimental models).

Precaution: Hemophilia patients and those with blood clotting or bleeding disorders should not eat it broccoli.

♨︎ Cream of Broccoli with Cauliflower


6 flowers whole broccoli
6 flowers whole cauliflower
Juice of 1 lemon (optional)
Pepper to taste
Herbs to taste (parsley, chives, basil, oregano)

Sea salt to taste
1 liter of water
2 tablespoons flaxseed


In saucepan put water, broccoli, cauliflower, herbs and salt. Cook until tender flowers. Put everything in a blender, blend until creamy. Serve warm (if you want to add drops of lemon). Once ready add the black pepper kingdom and flaxseed, then drizzle with a little olive oil.

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Cancer Update from Johns Hopkins:


After years of telling people chemotherapy is the only way to try (try being the key word) to eliminate cancer, John Hopkins id finally starting to tell you there is an alternative way.

Cancer Update from Johns Hopkins:

  1. Every person has cancer cells in the body. These cancer cells do not show up in the standard tests until they have multiplied to a few billion. When doctors tell cancer patients that there are no more cancer cells in their bodies after treatment, it just means the tests are unable to detect the cancer cells because they have not reached the detectable size.
  1. Cancer cells occur between 6 to more than 10 times in a person’s lifetime.
  1. When the person’s immune system is strong the cancer cells will be destroyed and prevented from multiplying and forming tumors.
  1. When a person has cancer it indicates the person has nutritional deficiencies. These could be due to genetic, but also to environmental, food and lifestyle factors.
  1. To overcome the multiple nutritional deficiencies, changing diet to eat more adequately and healthy, 4-5 times/day and by including supplements will strengthen the immune system.
  1. Chemotherapy involves poisoning the rapidly-growing cancer cells and also destroys rapidly-growing healthy cells in the bone marrow, gastrointestinal tract etc, and can cause organ damage, like liver, kidneys, heart, lungs etc.
  1. Radiation while destroying cancer cells also burns, scars and damages healthy cells, tissues and organs.
  1. Initial treatment with chemotherapy and radiation will often reduce tumor size. However prolonged use of chemotherapy and radiation do not result in more tumor destruction.
  1. When the body has too much toxic burden from chemotherapy and radiation the immune system is either compromised or destroyed, hence the person can succumb to various kinds of infections and complications.
  1. Chemotherapy and radiation can cause cancer cells to mutate and become resistant and difficult to destroy. Surgery can also cause cancer cells to spread to other sites.
  1. An effective way to battle cancer is to starve the cancer cells by not feeding it with the foods it needs to multiply.


  1. Sugar substitutes like NutraSweet, Equal, Spoonful, etc are made with Aspartame and it is harmful. A better natural substitute would be Manuka honey or molasses, but only in very small amounts. Table salt has a chemical added to make it white in color Better alternative is Bragg’s aminos or sea salt.
  2. Milk causes the body to produce mucus, especially in the gastro-intestinal tract. Cancer feeds on mucus. Cutting off milk and substituting with unsweetened soy are starving milk cancer cells.
  3. Cancer cells thrive in an acid environment. A meat-based diet is acidic and it is best to eat fish, and a little other meat, like chicken. Meat also contains livestock antibiotics, growth hormones and parasites, which are all harmful, especially to people with cancer.
  4. A diet made of 80% fresh vegetables and juice, whole grains, seeds, nuts and a little fruits help put the body into an alkaline environment. About 20% can be from cooked food including beans. Fresh vegetable juices provide live enzymes that are easily absorbed and reach down to cellular levels within 15 minutes to nourish and enhance growth of healthy cells. To obtain live enzymes for building healthy cells try and drink fresh vegetable juice (most vegetables including bean sprouts) and eat some raw vegetables 2 or 3 times a day. Enzymes are destroyed at temperatures of 104 degrees F (40 degrees C).
  5. Avoid coffee, tea, and chocolate, which have high caffeine Green tea is a better alternative e and has cancer-fighting properties. Water-best to drink purified water, or filtered, to avoid known toxins and heavy metals in tap water. Distilled water is acidic avoid it.
  6. Meat protein is difficult to digest and requires a lot of digestive enzymes. Undigested meat remaining in the intestines becomes putrefied and leads to more toxic buildup.
  7. Cancer cell walls have a tough protein covering. By refraining from or eating less meat it frees more enzymes to attack the protein walls of cancer cells and allows the body’s killer cells to destroy the cancer cells.
  8. Some supplements build up the immune system (IP6, Flour-essence, Essiac, anti-oxidants, vitamins, minerals, EFA’s etc.) to enable the bodies own killer cells to destroy cancer cells.. Other supplements like vitamin E are known to cause apoptosis, or programmed cell death, the body’s normal method of disposing of damaged, unwanted, or unneeded cells.
  9. Cancer is a disease of the mind, body, and spirit. A proactive and positive spirit will help the cancer warrior be a survivor. Anger, un-forgiveness and bitterness put the body into a stressful and acidic environment. Learn to have a loving and forgiving spirit. Learn to relax and enjoy life.
  10. Cancer cells cannot thrive in an oxygenated environment. Exercising daily, and deep breathing help to get more oxygen down to the cellular level. Oxygen therapy is another means employed to destroy cancer cells.
  11. No plastic containers in micro.
  12. No water bottles in freezer.
  13. No plastic wrap in microwave.

Johns Hopkins has recently sent this out in its newsletters. This information is being circulated at Walter Reed Army Medical Center as well. Dioxin chemicals cause cancer, especially breast cancer. Dioxins are highly poisonous to the cells of our bodies. Don’t freeze your plastic bottles with water in them as this releases dioxins from the plastic. Recently, Dr Edward Fujimoto, Wellness Program Manager at Castle Hospital, was on a TV program to explain this health hazard. He talked about dioxins and how bad they are for us. He said that we should not be heating our food in the microwave using plastic containers. This especially applies to foods that contain fat. He said that the combination of fat, high heat, and plastics releases dioxin into the food and ultimately into the cells of the body. Instead, he recommends using glass, such as Corning Ware, Pyrex or ceramic containers for heating food. You get the same results, only without the dioxin. So such things as TV dinners, instant ramen and soups, etc., should be removed from the container and heated in something else. Paper isn’t bad but you don’t know what is in the paper. It’s just safer to use tempered glass, Corning Ware, etc. He reminded us that a while ago some of the fast food restaurants moved away from the foam containers to paper the dioxin problem are one of the reasons.

Also, he pointed out that plastic wrap, is just as dangerous when placed over foods to be cooked in the microwave. As the food is nuked, the high heat causes poisonous toxins to actually melt out of the plastic wrap and drip into the food. Cover food with a paper towel instead.

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Brazilian Feijoada


1 pound black beans

1/2 pound pork ribs

1/2 pound bacon

2 onions finely chopped

6 cloves garlic finely chopped

2 smoked sausages cut in big chunks

1 Tsp ground pepper

6 bay leaves

Soak the beans overnight first then cook with bay leaves for 45 minutes over a medium heat, add garlic, onions, pork ribs, bacon, and sausages. Simmer for about one hour or until the met fall of the bone. Serve with rice, slices of orange and finely chopped spring greens and onions.

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Beans, Kidney Bean, Black, Red (Chi Xiao Dou 红小豆,芸豆)


Sweet flavor and warm thermal nature. Acts on Spleen, Large Intestine, and Small Intestine meridians.

Active compounds:

Beans are mainly composed of saccharides and proteins. They are rich in saponin which is an effective antioxidant. Contains fiber, iron, vitamin B9 (folate, magnesium, potassium (pinto beans), molybdenum and vitamin B1 (thiamin) (black beans), vitamin E and they are strong antioxidant.

Clinical Usage and Indications:

  • Promotes body fluid and clean dampness, invigorating spleen. Used for edema, beriberi, dysuria due to spleen-deficiency. For diarrhea: mix with carp making a soup. To clear Damp-Heat: decoct with Bian Dou, Yi Yi Ren. Grind to powder. Make a tea
  • Tonifies kidneys helping when kidney is deficient. Lower back pain, knee pain, infertility, seminal emissions, blurry vision, ear problems: Combine it with rice to makeit a complete protein
  • Detoxifies expelling toxins, draining the pus. For appendicitis: Use with Pu Gong Ying, Yi Yi Ren, Gan Cao to making a tea. For dysentery, hemorrhoid bleeding, use with Ma Chi Xian (purlaine). Decoct to make a tea. Add a small amount of vinegar
  • Strengthens and nourishes blood, disperses Blood-Stagnation: If grounded into powder and rubbed on the body when one has a blood problem manifesting as itchy spots. Mix with water and put it on those places
  • Lowers high blood pressure
  • Red beans promote lactation among women after giving birth

Directions: In a bean salad, in scrambled eggs, in a burrito, with rice, in a soup, or just by itself. Place 50 grams of red beans, 50 grams of pearl barley and one liter of water into a pot, then let it cook over a low flame. In 50 minutes, drink the liquid soup and eat the beans. A bowl of this wonder gruel in the morning will help expel dampness from the body. Some onions (yángcōng) and garlic (da suan) can be added as well as salt to taste.

Precautions: Pregnancy. Do not use for long term.

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Apple Cider Vinegar (Cu 苹果醋)


Sour and bitter flavor, and warm thermal nature, acting on Liver, Stomach meridians.

Active compounds:

Apples are a good source of pectin, a soluble fiber similar to the fiber that is the oat bran. Apple cider is an acid, which assists in  the digestion of protein, which in turn is needed for the production of inulin. Insulin is necessary for converting glucose to energy – the energy required to maintain an active, fat burning metabolism. The acetic acid in apple cider vinegar improves the absorption of iron from food, which is responsible for attracting the oxygen essential for burning energy in the body, increasing in this way, the energy consumption in the body making it a supportive food for weight loss.

Clinical Usage and Indications:

  • Aids digestion, helping on gradual weight loss
  • Disperse Blood stagnation,
  • Arrests bleeding, hematemesis, epistaxis, anal bleeding,
  • Detoxifies, genital itching
  • Treats jaundice

Directions: incorporating apple cider vinegar into your daily diet leads to gradual weight loss. Add 1 to 2 teaspoons of apple cider vinegar to a glass of water and drink before meals three times a day. Use in salad dressing as well.

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