July/August 2012

Welcome to Yang-Sheng!  《養生》欢迎您!

Yang-Sheng (Nurturing Life) is an E-magazine and a network for all healthcare professionals of preventive medicine, practitioners of  mind-body exercise (such as Qigong, Tai Chi, Yoga, Reiki, mindfulness and meditation), health seekers, and spiritual cultivators. It promotes philosophy and methods of self-healing, positive mind and health preservation, and shares knowledge and experiences with those who are interested in the subjects and their applications in everyday life.
Yang-Sheng merges traditional life-nurturing knowledge with modern scientific research and clinic evidence, and combines ancient wisdom with our own experience to support our daily practice and well-being,  and to reach true meaning of health in body, mind and spirit… Your contribution, participation, sharing and suggestions are truly appreciated.

Yang-Sheng magazine will be published bimonthly in 2012.

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Highlights of Yang-Sheng – Vol 2, No. 4



[From the Editor 编者的话] — Editor-in-Chief Christina Barea-Young welcomes everyone to a new issue of Yang-Sheng with the theme “Food as Medicine’, and invites you to sample the “menu” of articles and taste the recipes.  Awaken your taste buds to the blossoming warmth of summer. Feel the Fire energy rising lifting the Heart to fullness. Express the Unconditional Love of the Fire element and enjoy the energy of transformation.

[Featured Article 精选文章]How Traditional Chinese Food Therapy is an Important Part of Yang Sheng — by Dr. Helen Hu — One of the many benefits of YangSheng include a slowing down of the aging process. This article explains the importance nutrition has on the Three Treasures: jing, qi and shen and how it relates to anti-aging.

[Tales from the Dao 道的传说] Hearing of An Immortal- An Excerpt from The Zhuangziby Solala TowlerA delightful story from a Daoist Classic which cleverly highlights the achievement of an immortal.



[Daoist Stories 道家故事] The Black Pearl and The White Pearl by Peter Deadman — A children’s fairy tale on the harmony of yin and yang, and its implication for daily well-being practice.



[Research Update 科研动态] Recent Reviews on Studies of Nutritional Therapy & Health * Policy Interventions to Promote Healthy Eating * Nutritional Support in Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) * Fish Consumption, Dietary Long Chain N-3 Fatty Acids, and Risk of Type 2 Diabetes * Beyond Overweight: Nutrition as an Important Lifestyle Factor Influencing Timing of Puberty* Oral Nutritional Interventions in Malnourished Patients with Cancer* Research Advances at the Institute for Nutritional Sciences at Shanghai, China * The Omega-3 Fatty Acid Nutritional Landscape: Health Benefits and Sources* Effectiveness of Agricultural Interventions That Aim to Improve Nutritional Status of Children* Consumer Response to Healthy Eating, Physical Activity and Weight-Related Recommendations* Salt & Hypertension: Is Salt Dietary Reduction Worth the Effort.





[Scientific Qi Exploration 气的科学探讨] The Relation Between The Fu (Yang) and Zang (Yin) Organs — by Marty Eisen PhD — Dr. Eisen continues his in-depth discussion of Traditional Chinese medical theory with a summary of the function of the ZangFu organs and the yin-yang relationship between them. Each paired organ system includes a handful of common energetic pathologies and syndromes.

[Qi Cultivation & Dao 炼气与道] Integrating Theory with Experience: Medical Qigong for Healing and Health Care;  An Exploration on the State of Mind by Guang-Cheng Sun and Jill Gonet – Qi flow is intrinsically linked with the mind. In this article, we are introduced to the different states of mind which can deepen our experience with qi. The idea of a “Xuan” state of mind, here translated as a “stable” mind, is linked with the interactions of yin and yang. Quiet your mind and let the qi flow within.

[From the Doctor 医生之窗] Real Food is Good Medicine by Nadia Linda Hole, MDPulling from the wisdom passed down through generations, Dr. Hole shares her insight on why eating food from the Earth is so important. What is Real Food, and how is our health improved by our food choices? The answers lie within.

[East West Perspective 东西方之观点] Summer foods for Fire Elementby Christina Barea-Young A Five-Element perspective on the Summer season, the foods that nourish the Fire Element and common symptoms of being out of balance during the Heat.

[Ancient Wisdom, Modern Kitchen 古代智慧、现代厨房] The Color Purple Yam Dessert Recipe & Breathe-Easy Fritillaria Pear by Yuan Wang, Warren Sheir, Mika Ono – Two delicious recipes to cool off during the summer. The Purple Yam recipe includes photos for every step in the process. The Pear recipe is perfect for addressing the dry cough often associated with the dry heat of summer.

[Cycle of Harmony 和谐周期] Simple Foods to Nourish Your Blood by Jing Jin – Black beans, carrots, spinach, peanuts, red dates, and red beans are served up by Jing Jin to nourish our Blood and enhance our youthfulness.

[Seasonal Harmony 季节的和谐] Foods for Late Summer by Ellasara Kling – Wondering what to cook to help cool off and still get plenty of energy? Try some of the original recipes included in this article: A Hawthorne Berries, red dates & honey tea,  watermelon salsa, bean sprout sauté, or a lime, cucumber and mint cooler. Refreshing!

[Research Update 科研动态#2] Mind-Body Medicine Research Update compiled by Kevin ChenMeditative Therapies for Reducing Anxiety — a systematic review of RCTs * EEG Source Imaging During Two Qigong Meditations * The Effect of Qigong on Menopausal Symptoms and Quality of Sleep for Perimenopausal Women* Diaphragmatic Breathing Training Program Improves Abdominal Motion During Natural Breathing in Patients with COPD  * A Randomized Trial of 8 Form TaiChi Improves Symptoms and Functional Mobility in Fibromyalgia Patients * A 1 Year Randomized Controlled Trial Comparing Mind Body Exercise (TaiChi) with Stretching & Toning Exercise on Cognitive Function in Older Chinese Adults at Risk of Cognitive Decline* The Theoretical and Empirical Basis of Meditation as an Intervention for PTSD * Meditation Increases the Depth of Information Processing and Improves the Allocation of Attention in Space* The Psychological Effects of Meditation.

[Quantum Healing with Dr. Lu] The Spirit of Food by Nan Lu, OMDOur food resources are more than just fuel for our body, they are nourishment for our soul. In this article, Dr. Lu describes the importance of selecting foods that are nutritionally whole so that they may enhance our wellness from body to soul.

[Food as Medicine 食疗] Beans, Beans and More Beans! By Phoenix Liu, PhD This simple little food packs quite a punch. The bean and all its closest relatives in the legume family are an easy way to get protein, iron, and folic acid. In addition, they provide support to our Kidneys. Dr. Liu also guides us through the 5 aspects of eating: What to eat, How it’s prepared, How much to eat, How often to eat and the Mood present while eating.

[Meditation in Motion 动中冥想] Spirituality in Taiji by Eric Borreson – Taiji (Taichi) is more than just a physical exercise to promote health (or become better at martial arts). It’s effect on our mind and the effect of our mind while practicing are mutually dependent on each other. Mr. Borreson eloquently expresses the link between mind and body while moving through Taichi.

[The Daily Daoist 日常道家] Healing Food: Chinese Breakfast Porridge by Jessica SommarDelicious recipes for this simple yet nourishing breakfast meal. Based on the wisdom of the body, energetically and physiologically  Ms. Sommar entices us to try a healthier alternative for breakfast.

[Experience Exchange 经验交流] Incredible Stress Relief: The Ice, Water, Gas Method by R. Melvin McKenzieNature knows best, in this case water is our teacher. Learning how to melt and become moving like water allows us to enhance our practice and go within. Coach Melvin guides you step by step through a meditation to connect with the powerful energy of water.

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