Sunday, March 21, 2010

Clostridium difficile and Chinese Herbs

Clostridium difficile (C-diff) is a hospital related diarrhea. Recent reports suggest that it is surpassing MRSA infections. Western medicine is having more trouble treating this problem. We know that:
• Clindamycin resistant outbreaks of C-diff were identified in U.S. 1989 through 1992
• Ciprofloxin and Levaquin resistance C-diff was reported in 2005
How can Chinese herbs help? We know from research that certain herbs can treat C-diff. These herbs* have been identified as:
• Anemone pulsatilla (Bai Tou Weng)
• Artemisia (Ai Ye)
• Camellia (Lu Cha)
• Cassia seed (Jue Ming Zi)
• Coptis (Huang Lian)
• Gingko leaf (Yin Xing Ye)
• Rhus chinensis (Wu Bei Zi)
It would be in the best interest of patients to integrate Chinese herb therapy when fighting problems such as C-diff or other antibiotic resistant organisms.

*The herbs with the exception of Rhus Chinensis, can be found by looking up the Chinese name at

Saturday, March 6, 2010

Wontons and Potstickers Recipe

An easy way to make wontons or potstickers is to buy the wrappers in the supermarket and make the filling.
1/2 pound shrimp
1.5 pounds ground pork
green onions
fresh ginger
sesame oil
soy sauce
square wonton wrappers

1). It a small blender grind the ginger and green onions. Add to the ground pork.
2). clean the shrimp
3). boil water. cut two celery stalks in half. Add to the boiling water and cook for two minutes. Then remove and grind. Squeeze the water our and add to the meat
4). chop the shrimp and add to the meat
5). add sesame oil, salt and soy sauce. Mix with your hands.
6). wrap the mixed meat in the wonton wraps. Put a small amount in the center. fold the wrap in half then wet the edge and pinch closed. Any extra can be frozen.

For Wonton soup: add oil, soy sauce, salt, vinegar, and chopped green onions. Bring the water to a boil and add the wontons, boil for a few minutes and add more water. Bring to a boil again. do this four times. Serve as soup.

For Potstickers: Place potstickers in a shallow pan with some water in it and cook until all the water is gone.

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Heartworm herbs

I recently bought from another company some Empirical Heartworm support herbal product. I decided to look up some of the ingredients on your web site and did not find a thing. So tell me, did I waste my money on this stuff> If it isn't to much of a bother, I will list some of the ingredients for you.....
Bing Lang ( Semen Arecae)
Wu Mei (Fructus Mume)
Shi Jun ( Fructus Quisqualis)
Fu Ling (Poria) etc
Please if it isn't too much trouble tell me if this stuff is real.
Thank you. -Virginia S.

A: Some of these herbs are used for parasites in Chinese medicine but not specifically heartworm. I don't know if it will work. You should ask the other company what research they have that supports their claim.