How to Help the Spleen Perform to Its Best Ability

Although most of us have spleens, we do not typically suppose the manner they perform as organs in our bodies. You’ve probably heard people use the phrase “venting spleen” – not relating the piece itself, however as the simplest way to explain lease out anger or frustration.
The word “spleen” has return to be used metaphorically as a equivalent word for “anger”. this is often as a result of in medieval times, the spleen was thought to be the literal, physical supply of a hot temper.
individuals thought that “venting” their spleens would take away excess anger. fortuitously, we’ve learned tons since then regarding the spleen’s purpose in our bodies.
Where is that the Spleen?
The spleen is found within the higher left region of the abdomen – behind your abdomen and beneath your diaphragm; it’s soft and purple, formed sort of a terribly tiny swish rounded catcher’s mitt with notches on its higher front edge.
Size and weight will vary greatly, however the typical healthy adult’s spleen is regarding 5 inches long, 3 inches wide, and one and a 0.5 inches thick.
A typical spleen weighs about six ounces when healthy. With some infections or different conditions, your spleen will become enlarged. once this happens, your spleen will balloon in weight to regarding four pounds.
This is as a result of your spleen is very vascular organ; it contains several vessels that carry and flow into fluids in your body. It works terribly closely along with your blood and humour, and might be tormented by infection, malignancies, disease, parasites, and different conditions.
What Does the Spleen Do?
As you’ve got seen, your spleen is commonly on the “front lines” of your body; in reality, your spleen could be a busy organ – particularly considering its tiny size.
Your spleen’s main perform is to act as a filter for your blood.
It acknowledges and removes recent, malformed, or broken red blood cells. once blood flows into your spleen, your spleen performs “quality control”; your red blood cells should suffer a maze of slim passages.
Healthy blood cells merely suffer the spleen and still flow into throughout your blood.
Blood cells that cannot pass the take a look at are going to be countermined in your spleen by macrophages.
Macrophages ar cabbage butterfly blood cells that focus on destroying these unhealthy red blood cells.
Always economical, your spleen saves any helpful elements from the recent cells, like iron.
It stores iron within the sort of protein or hematoidin, and eventually returns the iron to your bone marrow, wherever haemoprotein is created, haemoprotein is a very important supermolecule in your blood that transports chemical element from your lungs to any or all the elements of your body that require it.
Another helpful purpose of your spleen is storing blood.
The blood vessels in human spleens ar ready to get wider or narrower, betting on your body’s desires. once vessels ar swollen, your spleen will truly impediment to a cup of reserve blood.
If for any reason you would like some additional blood – as an example, if trauma causes you to lose blood – your spleen will respond by emotional that reserve blood into your system.
Your spleen conjointly plays a very important half in your system, that helps your body fight infection, even as it detects faulty red blood cells, your spleen will become aware of any unwelcome micro-organisms (like microorganism or viruses) in your blood.
When one in all these invaders is detected in your blood, your spleen, at the side of your humour nodes, jumps to action and creates a military of defender cells known as lymphocytes.
Lymphocytes ar a kind of white blood corpuscle that produces antibodies, special proteins that weaken or kill microorganism, viruses, and different organisms that cause infection.
Antibodies and white blood cells conjointly stop infections from spreading through the body by housing germs and destroying them.
Can I Live Without My Spleen?
As you’ve got seen, your spleen could be a terribly helpful organ, however it’s not very important.
Sometimes, a human spleen will ought to be surgically removed. this could be as a result of the spleen becomes hors de combat, or it’s going to be taken get in the course of transplantation different organs.
Other elements of your body, like your humour nodes and your liver, are ready to step in and take over several of your spleen’s functions. as a result of the spleen is therefore vital to your system, individuals while not spleens ar additional at risk of infections.
this is often why your doctor might tell you to require additional precautions, like obtaining vaccinations, once your spleen has been removed.
you may even be prescribed oral antibiotics to require daily; this is often in our own way to stop infection.
Still, it is not uncommon to be while not a spleen, and lots of individuals ar ready to fancy full lives while not one.

Helping the Kidneys with Medicinal Herbal Tea Remedies

Cinnamon contains a long history of cooking and medical use.

Its distinctive and exotic style has created it a standard ingredient during a big range of each savory and sweet foods and beverages.

From a medical perspective, it may also provide health benefits for kidney health in terms of your risk of developing kidney disease.

Cinnamon might act on a number of the health conditions that may heighten your possibilities of renal disorder and kidney disease.

Despite what proof exists, you should always consult your doctor before taking dietary supplements, especially if you have a pre-existing condition.

Vintage stylized photo of Cinnamon sticks and powder

Kidney Disease Risk Factors

Several factors will influence your risk of renal disorder. Some, like genetics, cannot be controlled.

With others, lifestyle choices can prevent some of the health conditions that can increase your risk for kidney disease.

These conditions include obesity, smoking and cholesterol. High blood pressure and diabetes may also increase your risk.

It is through the latter health disorder that cinnamon might have an impact on excretory organ health.

Diabetes and Kidney Disease

Having polygenic disorder places nice strains on your kidneys owing to your elevated blood glucose, explains the American Diabetes Association.

Over time, your kidneys will become broken owing to the another employment.

Protein will be lost in the urine as the kidneys’ ability to filter blood properly diminishes. Left untreated, it can progress to kidney failure.

Healthy management of your blood sugar and blood pressure is imperative in order to prevent kidney disease.

Cinnamon might supply health edges for managing your blood glucose.

Blood Glucose

Scientific research has shown that cinnamon might have a positive result on glucose levels.

A study by the Joseph Fourier University in France, revealed within the Gregorian calendar month 2010 issue of the “Archives of organic chemistry and natural philosophy,” found that cinnamon improved hypoglycaemic agent sensitivity in experiments done with rats.

The pancreas releases insulin to restore normal blood sugar levels.

These findings support a study by the USDA Agricultural analysis Service, published in the February 2009 issue of the “Journal of American Clinical Nutrition.”

Researchers found that water-soluble cinnamon improved risk factors associated with diabetes and cardiovascular disease.

Guidelines for Use

The proof suggests that cinnamon will address 2 of the most important risk factors for renal disorder, diabetes and heart disease, explains a study by the USDA Agricultural Research Service, published in the might 2010 issue of the “Journal of polygenic disorder Science and Technology.”

However, if you have diabetes, you should consult your doctor before taking cinnamon.

Taking this supplement might have an effect on the indefinite quantity of your polygenic disorder medication.

Low blood sugar or hypoglycemia carries health risks just as high blood sugar does.

You and your doctor will decide the most effective management arrange for your condition.

Detoxing. The Kundalini Yoga Perspective


There is a modern fashion with ‘going on a detox’, which normally implies restricting certain foods, a mono diet or even fasting on water and herbal teas or juices.

It is counter-intuitive to think that if you have less you feel more – more energised and more light!

The protein myth, in particular, perpetuates the idea that we need lots of protein and the meat and dairy industry obviously have a vested interest in perpetuating this myth.

Actually, excess protein just pushes the cells of the body to work harder.

In the short term you feel energised but often, later on, more tired.

In the longer term it doesn’t seem so wise to push the body to work harder…

Withdrawl/Die-Off Reactions

So detoxing the body by allowing it to rest and for excesses to be expelled is good for you; (it is common during a detox to have nausea or headaches as a consequence of the death of yeasts/unfriendly bacteria).

These die off reactions are usually short lived and just show that the body is dropping a toxic load.

Some of you will also be familiar with stopping coffee and getting headaches and feel shaking as a consequence of detoxifying from caffeine.

The thing is a lot of people detox and then binge and then detox again and so on but if you don’t overeat and you don’t take alcohol, sugar, too much animal protein, caffeine or drugs the body doesn’t need to detox much in the first place.

Eating Light and Summary

So my suggestion would be eat light and if you want to detox late spring when the weather starts to warm is a good time to do it.

Yogi Bhajan wrote a book called ‘The Art of Self-Healing’ and in there are many fasts, mono diets and foods for specific conditions as well.

In summary, it is worth asking the question why we need to go on a detox in the first place.

Yoga and meditation cultivate in us an increased awareness of our actions and the result of our actions.

Once Kundalini Yoga becomes an everyday practice we are less inclined to overeat or reach for the wrong kinds of food because we have more presence in each moment to make decisions that support our best self, and if we fall of the wagon every now and then we won’t fall too far because Kundalini Yoga will be there the next day to remind us to keep up.

A new understanding of the mind-body connection

All of us are experiencing the struggle that goes with transition and transformation.

In astrological terms we are on the cusp between the Piscean and Aquarian ages.

In our human evolution we have passed through the summer season, it is now late summer when the heat is being burnt out through the leaves, and the autumn winds are blowing the trees bare (the hope is what follows is a peaceful winter rather than a desolate nuclear wasteland!).

The stripping back that autumn brings is very helpful to a culture based in greed and excess.

The process of yoga is largely one of cleansing, and we are starting to realise that adding more (cars, houses, and relationships) to our lives does not help us to feel more prosperous in the long run.

The 5 Obstacles

If you’re reading this you may already sense that everyone has to burn their karma to find liberation.

The ancient Yogis maintained that there are only 5 true diseases:

  1. Lust
  2. Anger
  3. Pride
  4. Greed
  5. Attachment

These are known as the 5 passions or obstacles.

This is a huge claim and, if true, clearly points to the hold our mind and emotions have over our physical health.

We are here to get rid of all our attachments: our wilfulness, our greed, our anger, our pride – all our emotional dramas.

But something in us decides that it is too high a price to pay and we fall back under the sway of the ego-mind, forgetting that our spiritual discipline, our dharma, is our saving grace every time.

The Body

When we feel discomfort, we want to silence any cries from our bodies as quickly as possible.

Symptoms of dis-ease are commonly battled into submission by drug therapy, whether the distress is mental or physical.

This doesn’t consider the cause.

To view the body from a so called holistic perspective is to give life to the idea that whatever is manifesting is a result of karma.

That we have come here to learn lessons that we need to help us shed old skins and reach new ground.

In this we are all in a process of healing.

This means that the body is both a temporary container to maintain the soul on its journey to liberation and a sacred temple – as it is a container for the soul!

It is the only place in which alchemy can happen.

3 Levels of Health

Let us consider the 3 levels of health and how the 3 processes of yoga give us the tools to recapture the deep and lasting health that vitality brings.

Fitness: This is the correct use of the body. Each muscle, organ and thought has its own strength but at this level integration between them is limited.

For example, you may have good circulation and muscle tone but stress levels remain high and exercise only brings temporary relief, or it is done solely to look good and without much bodily awareness.

Health: Each instrument is synchronized with one another. There is a link between thoughts and emotions, actions and intentions.

Vitality. Something miraculous happens. Mind and soul work together. A strength is drawn on beyond the finite sense of body and mind.

We open the circuit to link more consciously to the abundant and universal life force.

Synchronicity is recognised as finding ourselves in the right place at the right time,

successfully engaged in the right activity. This is known as being in the zone in athletics.

All the preparation and training pay off in the moment (not ultimately, as is mistakenly assumed, by our own effort alone, but because we are met by grace; we are 40% responsible for the outcome; 60% is grace, sometimes thought of as luck, but it is actually the mark of the infinite).

The Yogic Process

There are 3 processes – Rejuvenate/Harmonise/Eliminate or Gather, Organise and Deliver/Destroy. (Yogi Bhajan takes the first letters of these words to make G.O.D.)

The gathering in process is the rejuvenating, strengthening, tonifying.

To harmonise is also the action of organising or balancing the energies.

To eliminate is to cleanse, to let go of something.

By eliminating, we bring about the change that comes about through the destruction of something else.

To the extent that we invest in one thing, something else is dying.

1. Rejuvenate/Tonify/Gather

This process provides 3 benefits:

  1. Bringing new energy in.
  2. Building up prana.
  3. Engaging the pingala (right side of the spine) & the raja guna (active).

Which come through:

  • Long Deep Breathing (LDB).
  • Inhalation and Retention of Inhale.
  • Breath of Fire (BOF) which is both rejuvenating and cleansing.

2. Balance/Harmonise

This is creating a balance between prana; drawing energy from the breath (also from food, sun, water etc) and apana (eliminative power).

This process provides 3 benefits:

  1. Creates a balance between prana and apana.
  2. When both prana and apana are strong they mix together at the navel to raise Kundalini through the Sushmana, the central channel which engages the sattvic guna (angelic realms).
  3. We build a bridge between our material and spiritual lives.

Which come through:

  • Practice of suspension at the top of the inhalation.
  • Practice of holding the breath out at the bottom of the exhale.



Yoga helps cleansing our body and mind, especially the organs involved in the breakdown of toxins; our liver and our kidneys and those involved in moving wastes from the body; the large intestine and bladder.

This process provides 3 benefits:

  1. Engaging apana, the force that helps us to eliminate what we don’t need psychically and physically.
  2. Engages the ida (left side) and the tama guna (passive, inertia).
  3. By knowing what to say no to (the know-how of the no) we bring about the change that comes through the destruction of something else because to the extent that we invest in one thing something else is dying; Eliminate to Illuminate.

Which comes through:

  • Exhalation and holding the breath out.
  • BOF (breath of fire).

Regulating Food Intake

Overeating and eating too much protein has now been found to be a major contributor to the disease process.

Regulating our food intake is an important contributor to health and a serious consideration for those living in an affluent Western society, where there is easy access to unlimited amounts.

There are many approaches to detox or cleansing, the details of which are beyond the scope of this article, but we would like to propose 2 efficient fasting methods:

Alternate fasting and 2-day fasting.

Alternate fasting =eating 400 – 600 grams one day with eating normally on the next day or 2 days fasting = eating normally for 5 days and fasting for 2 days (eating 400 – 600 grams).

This helps to reduce IGF-1 which determines the speed at which cells divide.

Research shows that slower cell division means that other cells have time to be repaired and the body doesn’t age so quickly.

Protein intake pushes the cells into more activity and so the body has to work harder.

When fasting IGF 1 reduces and therefore glucose levels reduce as the body burns fat instead of glucose.

My own experience and that of many fellow yogis confirms that the natural tendency to regulate the appetite according to the bodies needs happens as a consequence of a regular yoga and meditation practice.

Certain practices, such as long deep breathing through the left nostril or camel pose are specific for managing our tendency to overeat.

N.B. Under eating and too many extended fasts can also be bad for your health.

Paradox and Turn Around

2 other important factors regarding our bodies; the interesting paradox about the body is that we need to look after it, not for vanity, or for its own sake, but ultimately so that we can transcend it.

The tenth spiritual body is called the Radiant Body and our radiance depends on sacrificing our bodies and minds in the name of something greater than us.

Another way to say this is the only choice we have is: ‘What is Our Master?’

We are all deciding to do one thing over another.

In doing so we give certain activities or actions more prominence than others.

Do we know how to measure the value of one activity or even one thought over another?

Without a reference beyond ourselves we can only resort to the ego as our measuring stick.

The other fascinating and slightly infuriating aspect of the body is whilst many suggestions can be made as to what to do to keep the body healthy it may not work!

For example there is a link between the virtue of faith and the lungs and in normal circumstances our inspiration (inspirare – to breathe into), our faith, our gratitude comes from our lungs.

By someone may have weak lungs and be full of faith.

So the body sacrifices itself to bring out the virtue that it represents and anyway by the time we reach the end of our lives, hopefully this is what has happened.

Intentional and Unintentional Illness


We can say that there are intentional and unintentional illnesses; if you are told that too much sugar is bad for you but you keep on eating lots of sugar and you get type two diabetes then the cause and effect is more obvious (unless you remain in denial!).

If a baby is born with a congenital disease or a mental handicap, the parents are healthy and there are no obvious factors causing it then it’s not so easy to make sense of it.

One way to think about it is that we all have constitutional and inherited tendencies when we consider our whole physical, psychological and emotional make up.

Beyond this if we can accept that we are spiritual beings having a human experience’, then we can start to appreciate karma as the only reasonable explanation.

The Mind

‘As you think so you are’ is a common refrain but at our deepest level do we really know what we are and therefore what to think about in directing our minds?

How much of our sense of what and who we are is a second hand version handed to us by our family, society and culture and moulded by the forces of politics and marketing.

Yogi Bhajan often talked about mental beaming; giving the mind a regular experience of an infinite horizon to maintain us at the level and calibre of a basic human being.

Then our perception is not clouded, we are not caught in our emotional dramas and we can live beyond certain parameters we are born into and the conditioning we are subject to.

Meditation is a process of cleansing the subconscious where much of our fearful conditioning lays hidden.

Otherwise the subconscious overflows into the conscious mind – this is the beginning of stress.

“Stress is; how much we indiscriminately let the physical, emotional and mental environment influence us, which equates with how much we let the external environment dictate what is important. Through a lack of a sense of what is important, we invest much of our energy on the unimportant. It is useful to develop the capacity to negate the unimportant and to affirm the important. This also means taking time to save time (meaning investment in training the mind and body)…. This requires regulation of lifestyle in things like diet, sleep and sexual activity. ” (SCS)

Mental beaming is only possible when we are not dominated by the ego mind which we usually are.

It’s not that the ego is without purpose but it will keep us attached to the more mundane aspects of our existence and will resist the suggestion that we have a soul and are connected to spirit.

We are reminded of this connection through meditation.

So inclined are we to forget that a daily reminder is needed, hence a daily practice of meditation is recommended.

The Connection Between Thoughts and Behaviour

First we have a thought, then a thought about the thought (a double thought), then a feeling, then an emotion, then a desire, acting on the desire we create (or clear) karma.

This chain reaction starts innocently enough and over time well-worn grooves become established.

So much so that going from a thought to acting on our desire can happen in a split second and frequently does.

We often assume we are making choices consciously, for example how much of the time are you taking into account what you really want to eat.

This is not just about what tastes good but also what your body intrinsically needs at that particular time.

More often we choose from a limited range of options on auto pilot.

When we take a moment to check in before reaching out it almost always ends up being more tasty, satisfying and nourishing.

In the same vein the ritual of saying grace to tune in before eating is not just to give thanks but also to make you calm so that you eat your food slowly and consciously.

The capacity to choose wisely is helped by an enhanced sensory awareness.

One of the many benefits of Kundalini yoga and meditation is sharpened hearing, eye sight and taste buds.

Your sense of smell and touch also heighten. At the same time our ability to shut out distracting influences increases our intuition and focus.

The Imposition of the Mind


If we consider disease as coming from the top down; an imposition of the mind on the body, then healing is a process to take us back through the desire to act, to the emotion behind the desire, to the feeling, to liberate the thought pattern that set the whole sequence in motion.

On the way we set up new cycles of positive reinforcement that make us feel good and establish more creative and life affirming ways of thinking and being.

If You Don’t Go Within, You Go Without


It doesn’t matter what your external life is like, if you don’t have access to the soul you are poor.

The teachings encourage us to; turn our attention inward by closing down the nine holes (sensory orifices) so that our inner light can shine.

Our self-illumination can then shine a light for others.

Meditation is very helpful for this.

Keeping the body as healthy as possible for as long as possible means that it’s aches and pains don’t become a burden that distract us from achieving our destiny.

Yoga is very helpful for this.

It is essential that we direct the mind by tuning into the destiny of our soul. Chanting is very helpful for this.

Kundalini Yoga brings together yoga, meditation and chanting.

Add to this healthy eating, herbal medicine, and interventions such as acupuncture and we have a formidable package for total health and healing.



Dis-ease can be seen as part of our karma rather than a battle to beat symptoms into submission which doesn’t consider the cause.

Karma takes into account constitutional strengths and weaknesses (7 generations before and after us), lifestyle and behaviour.

The opportunity is to see how our lifestyle is creating health or undermining it.

Yoga postures, meditations/holistic treatments can be given to work on inherent weaknesses within each element, organ and system.

We have understood that the body is a vehicle for the soul and that this is the reason it needs to be cared for.

Then it is not a drag on us and we can focus on what we are here to do.

There is intentional and unintentional illness; if we continue to repeat patterns that are unhealthy over time we will cause mental and physical dis-ease and the purpose of our life as a spiritual being will be obscured.

The Buddha gave us the four noble truths:

  1. Life means suffering
  2. The origin of suffering is attachment
  3. Cessation of suffering is attainable
  4. The path to the cessation of suffering is dharma

Dharma is the door (dhar) beyond death; the Mother (ma); we are born through the Mother and we die through the Mother – Kali is the Hindu goddess of death, the black hole that everything dies into.

To become deathless we need to live for the soul’s journey which, paradoxically means we need to go beyond the physical body to the radiant body, but to do that we need to keep the physical body as healthy as possible for as long as possible.

Kundalini Yoga gives us an awareness of our habits and the chance to see the consequences of our actions before we start the sequence, so that we don’t create more karma.

It gives us grit, endurance and an invincible spirit.

An Introduction to Numerology – The One | The Stomach

Winter. The first season.

During Winter our energies tend to gather more deeply inside. Things freeze over, the colder days cause us to contract, this can imply pressure, like the internal pressure building up inside a seed. Less daylight has meant that we are encouraged to cultivate our own inner light. We have planted the seeds of our future growth and intention. Hopefully some of these are starting to germinate. The days are growing longer and we have the sense of new beginnings. There is still a sense of waiting and perhaps needing to be patient in this time of transition but things are starting to stir.

The Seasonal Cleanse.

During Winter we go within to consolidate and reflect. Our energies gather deeper and more internally as the nights draw in and the weather becomes colder. It is natural at this time to eat more and to be less active. However once Christmas has come and gone we start to feel weighed down with the extra blankets and the extra food. Rather than feeling sluggish like we are being dragged protesting it is great to be ready for Spring so that we can meet that energy fully alive and ready for the year ahead. Come February or March depending on how quickly it warms up (not good to fast or eat a lot less when it is still cold) a spring clean is a good idea;

Let’s explore the connection between the Stomach and our emotional/psychological life.

Stomach. The First Organ.

Holistic Medicine means that there are connections between the mind and the body, between the emotional and physical, the psyche and the spirit. These are connections that were explored deeply by the ancient masters of the healing arts.

Let’s explore the connection between the Stomach and our emotional/psychological life.

Food is first taken in via the Stomach. How we feed ourselves and what we choose to feed ourselves is often difficult to determine. The Stomach energy does not discriminate. When we don’t anticipate the consequence of our actions it devours anything that excites it’s appetite. Smell is the trigger. The smell of freshly baked bread, the scent of a woman/man, pine needles, sea salt from ocean spray.

The mouth is the start of the entry into the stomach. The taste buds are first activated by smell and the stomach starts to secrete its juices. Oral fixations can develop as we try to replace the deep contentment we felt in the arms of our Mother suckling at the breast or the fact that we didn’t receive this we may substitute with smoking a cigarette or drinking alcohol. Then there’s the images that excite the appetite; a naked body, sexually suggestive and explicit language and posturing. How the right car is supposed to turn you into a sexual magnet for the opposite sex. All of these things attempting to create an appetite, desire.

Your appetite is your lust for life? What do you do to satisfy it? How much do you live by your instincts and immediate gratification and how much do you live by your intuition? When do you have to suck it to see and when is it best avoided? How do we know when to act and when not to?

We live by our vices or by our virtues, by our animal nature or by our humanity. It is well to bear in mind that to the extent we serve one thing something else in us dies.

In Chinese Medicine the Stomach is called the official in charge of the public granaries and it grants the five tastes. A granary is a building for storing grain. A grain is a small hard seed like particle. We have sayings such as ‘a grain of truth ‘or ‘going against the grain’ (interestingly this phrase is often used to suggest a lack of compliance with the present status quo when it’s original meaning is much more likely to have meant going against the natural order) We need to find our grain of truth, to gravitate down into the essence of ourselves so that we can nurture the truth, the seed of our potential, our soul.

What are we giving birth to and how do we access our potential? If we think of our inner, as yet hidden potential as the inside of a seed we know that we need the right kind of environment, the right conditions and patience and the seed will create the internal pressure to break through the outer shell. This is really about us breaking through our perceived limitations and growing towards the light.

Practically it is good to regulate sugar intake as too much sugar will lead to dispersion and a lack of grounding and focus. You are what you eat and this determines the quality of the blood through which the soul moves through the body.

Exercises, yoga sets and meditations for the one

It is good to work on the spine and our sense of grounding. It is most important, especially in yoga that the spine is kept straight for it is through the spine that the consciousness rises transforming as it moves from the lower to the higher chakras.

The Liver | The Teacher

LIVER –Transmutation, Transformation, Change

“Hello” I ventured. “Who are you?”

“I am a warrior, my name is Hun I am part of a tribe, a vast tribe of millions and my voice must be heard. My word is law but it is not always heard. I can reach through time to the lands of my forefathers and all the records of creativity contained there.”

I didn’t know how to respond.

He continued “If you are a pianist and you want to play like Mozart I can help you. I am Spring; the endless stream of creativity bubbling over in the minds of all poets, philosophers and musicians.”

I could tell he had acknowledged me, but only just.

His eyes had looked my way but his head was fixed, like a tree trunk stuck in the earth. In fact where his neck would be looked gnarled.

Tendons and veins, hardened by time.

He opened his mouth and breathed out fire which would have burnt me had I not stepped back.

As I did I stepped off the entrance to the cave and stumbled backward into the blackness. I had to move my arms to float back level with the cave.

It seemed easy and I looked along the length of my left arm to see what looked like a cross between bird feathers and gills hanging down from it. It was the same with my right arm.

He/She was laughing at me, a loud, malicious laugh that made the cave vibrate. I fixed her gaze with a scornful stare and looked away ambivalently.

“What’s the matter with you?”

“None of your business” she thundered.

“Look I don’t know what I’m doing here, but I have been sent here, so can you please give me an idea of what’s happening and what to expect. What’s going on?”

“What’s going on is slavery, what’s going on is imprisonment.”

The voice was deep and impactful, I immediately shared her sense of injustice even though I didn’t know the reason for the complaint.

“There is nothing new being created, invention, imagination, creativity is dead.”

“Why’s that”, I asked.

“It’s been outlawed.”

“Outlawed by who?”

“By the leader.”

“Where is the leader?”

“In his walled chamber”, his eyes looked up. “ He determines what is and isn’t possible.”

The Liver is part of the tree/ether element and is the teacher.

Healing is through the word.

A bridge between the spiritual and material realms it is the capacity to bring the hignest ideals into existence. It is the force of our creativity,

Like the tree let us have strong roots to move past obstacles and reach for the sky.

Key themes; Regeneration, transformation, flexibility & embracing change.

Key thought; I am not a woman, I am not a man, I am not a person, I am a teacher.

The Liver holds the office of “general of the armed forces. Assessment of circumstances and conception of plans stem from it” (Nei Jing Ch 8)

The Liver is linked to the Tree element so I will use the analogy of a tree here:

Like a tree that is supple and can move with the wind we also need flexibility. It is important that we find the right environment and conditions for optimising learning.

This is the process of learning how we learn best which is called self-directed learning.

This is about having ‘both feet on the ground’ and yet being able to materialise a vision of something beyond us that is in service of others and the planet.

This requires an ability to sacrifice; at times to go beyond immediate needs, to drop ideas, revise plans and to be assertive when necessary.

Like the emerging plant pushing past or going around a rock there is direction and determination without the need to see too far ahead.

This requires flexibility, meaning we don’t get overly attached or upset if our original plans do not work out. Trust in another way is implied.

A trees rising sap and outward reaching branches is mirrored by us wanting to reach up and out. This gives us a sense of expansion and domain.

When we feel blocked, our energy stagnates, we lose our initial impetus and find it harder to initiate change.

Whether through yoga, meditation, herbal medicine, acupuncture or lifestyle change working with the energy of the Liver makes us adaptable and expansive even under challenging circumstances otherwise we feel sluggish and over- burdened with an impaired ability to detoxify.

The Liver is involved in stabilising blood sugar levels and removes toxins and waste from the blood so it has a profound effect on the clarity of our thought and our ability to react effectively.

You are not discovering yourself but creating yourself anew. Seek therefore not to find out who you are seek to determine who you want to be

Heart tea herbs

Beetroot for the Heart

A recent study found that dietary nitrate, a compound that dilates blood vessels to decrease blood pressure, may reduce overstimulation of the sympathetic nervous system that occurs with heart disease.

The research team looked specifically at beetroot juice, a source of dietary nitrate, to explore its use as a future targeted treatment option for people with cardiovascular disease.

The study, published ahead of print in the American Journal of Physiology – Heart and Circulatory Physiology, is the first to study the effects of nitrate supplementation on sympathetic nerve activity.

Heart disease, including heart attacks, heart failure and stroke, is one of the leading causes of death worldwide. And high blood pressure is one of the leading risk factors for the development of these conditions.

Studies have shown that beetroot can significantly lower blood pressure by up to 4–10 mmHg over a period of only a few hours.

The effect appears to be greater for systolic blood pressure, or pressure when your heart contracts, rather than diastolic blood pressure, or pressure when your heart is relaxed.

The effect may also be stronger for raw beets than cooked beets.

These blood pressure-lowering effects are likely due to the high concentration of nitrates in beets.

In your body, dietary nitrates are converted into nitric oxide, a molecule that dilates blood vessels, causing blood pressure to drop.

Blood nitrate levels remain elevated for about six hours after eating dietary nitrate.

Therefore, beets only have a temporary effect on blood pressure, and regular consumption is required to experience long-term reductions in blood pressure.

A recent study showed that beetroot increased blood circulation in the brain.

Beetroot can also be good for improving running speed.

To conclude – beetroots lower the blood pressure because beets contain a high concentration of nitrates, the nitric oxide levels in the blood are increased, which then dilates the blood vessels and increases blood flow.

This may lead to a reduced risk of heart attacks, heart failure and strokes. Furthermore studies show that beetroot may enhance athletic performance, breathing capacity and that beets also can help increase the blood circulation to the brain.

Also beets are high in fibre which enhanced bowel function and keep waste materials moving the the intestines.

Is Hawthorn Good for the Heart?

Hawthorn is medicine for the heart on all levels.

Indigenous to countries across the northern hemisphere, this small thorny tree has a long-recorded history of medicinal use in both Europe and China, as well as in North America.

Poetically and significantly, Hawthorn is a member of the Rose family.

Hawthorn’s place as heart medicine was noted by Greek physician, Dioscorides, in the first Century AD.

Medical herbal research has validated this use, finding hawthorn to be effective for increasing the strength of heart contractions, increasing blood flow to the heart, decreasing blood lipids (i.e. decreasing bad cholesterol [LDL], and triglycerides) and modulating blood pressure.

A Cochrane review of trials on hawthorn for chronic or congestive heart failure found that Crataegus extract decreased fatigue and shortness of breath and improved exercise tolerance relative to placebo.

And while the traditional context is different, the Traditional Chinese Medicine use of Hawthorn for fat or rich meal digestion highlights the ability of Haw/berry antioxidants to prevent cholesterol deposits from oxidizing.

Hawthorn actions:

  • Cardiac tonic
  • Hypotensive/blood pressure normalizing
  • Antioxidant (rich in bioflavonoids and proanthocyanidins – protects myocardium against oxidative damage, prevents oxidized cholesterol from accumulating in vessel walls)

Conditions treated with Hawthorn:

  • Coronary artery disease
  • Congestive Heart Failure
  • Post-Heart Attacks
  • Elevated blood lipids (cholesterol, triglyerides),
  • Heat, inflammation, Restlessness, anxiety, AD(H)D (per Matthew Wood)

You can read about 5 additional heart benefits of hawthorn here.


Historically, hibiscus tea has been used in African countries to decrease body temperature, treat heart disease, and soothe a sore throat.

In Iran, hibiscus tea is used to treat high blood pressure.

Note that most of the benefits of hibiscus still need to be fully confirmed and more thoroughly studied before we can draw any real conclusion.

Recently studies have looked at the possible role of hibiscus in the treatment of high blood pressure and high cholesterol.

A 2010 study published in the Journal of Nutrition found that consuming hibiscus tea lowered blood pressure in people at risk of high blood pressure and those with mildly high blood pressure.

A meta-analysis of studies published in 2015, found that drinking hibiscus tea significantly lowered both systolic and diastolic blood pressure but more studies are needed to fully confirm the results.

A study from a 2014 review of a number of clinical trials, showed that consuming hibiscus tea or extract increased good cholesterol and decreased bad cholesterol and triglyceride levels.

But also better quality studies are still needed to investigate the impact of hibiscus consumption on cholesterol levels.

Some studies have demonstrated positive effects when examining the effects of concentrated hibiscus on managing body weight.

One report showed that hibiscus resulted in a lower body mass index (BMI), body weight, body fat, and hip-to-waist ratio.

An older study showed that hibiscus extract led to reductions in cholesterol and triglycerides in the Mexican population.

This can lead to a reduced risk of obesity.

However, it should be noted that these studies used concentrated doses, and further research is needed to fully confirm the benefits of hibiscus on the heart.

The heart health benefits associated with hibiscus tea are believed to be due to compounds called anthocyanins, the same naturally occurring chemicals that give berries their color.

Lemon Balm

Lemon balm is a perennial herb from the mint family.

The leaves, which have a mild lemon aroma, are used to make medicine. Lemon balm is used alone or as part of various multi-herb combination products.

Lemon balm is used for digestive problems, including upset stomach, bloating, intestinal gas (flatulence), vomiting, and colic; for pain, including menstrual cramps, headache and toothache; and for mental disorders, including hysteria and melancholia.

Many people believe lemon balm has calming effects so they take it for anxiety, sleep problems, and restlessness.

Lemon balm is also used for Alzheimer’s disease (lemon balm is inhaled as aromatherapy for Alzheimer’s disease), attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), an autoimmune disease involving the thyroid(Graves’ disease), swollen airways, rapid heartbeat due to nervousness, high blood pressure, sores, tumors, and insect bites.

Some other people apply lemon balm to their skin to treat cold sores (herpes labialis).

Lemon balm works because it contains chemicals that seem to have a sedative, calming effect.

It might also reduce the growth of some viruses.

Different uses that have been proven are:

Anxiety. Some research shows that taking a specific lemon balm product (Cyracos by Naturex SA) reduces symptoms in people with anxiety disorders. Also, early research shows that taking a product containing lemon balm plus 12 other ingredients (Klosterfrau Melissengeist by Klosterfrau) reduces anxiety symptoms such as nervousness or edginess.

Colic in breast-fed infants. Some research shows that giving a specific multi-ingredient product containing fennel, lemon balm, and German chamomile (ColiMil by Milte Italia SPA) to breast-fed infants with colic twice daily for a week reduces crying time. Other research shows that giving a specific multi-ingredient product containing lemon balm, German chamomile, and Lactobacillus acidophilus (ColiMil Plus by Milte Italia SPA) to infants with colic twice daily for 4 weeks reduces crying by about the same amount of time per day as giving infants the probiotic Lactobacillus reuteri DSM 17938. Other research shows that giving infants a tea preparation containing German chamomile, vervain, licorice, fennel, and lemon balm (Calma-Bebi by Bonomelli) up to three times per day increases the number of infants for whom colic resolves.

Dementia. Some research shows that taking lemon balm by mouth daily for 4 months reduces agitation and improves symptoms of mild to moderate Alzheimer’s disease. Also, early research shows that applying a lotion containing lemon balm oils to the face and hands of people with dementia reduces agitation. However, other early research found no benefit.

Upset stomach (dyspepsia). A specific product containing lemon balm, peppermint leaf, German chamomile, caraway, licorice, clown’s mustard plant, celandine, angelica, and milk thistle (Iberogast by Steigerwald Arzneimittelwerk GmbH) seems to improve acid reflux (GERD), stomach pain, cramping, nausea, and vomiting. Also, a similar product containing peppermint leaf, clown’s mustard plant, German chamomile flower, caraway, licorice root, and lemon balm (STW 5-II by Steigerwald Arzneimittelwerk GmbH) seems to improve stomach and intestinal symptoms in people with upset stomach.

Herpes simplex virus infections. Applying a lip balm containing an extract of lemon balm (LomaHerpan by Infectopharm) to the infected area seems to shorten healing time and reduce symptoms of recurring herpes infections if applied at the early stages of infection.

Insomnia. Taking lemon balm (Cyracos by Naturex SA) twice daily for 15 days improves sleep in people with sleep disorders. Also, taking lemon balm in combination with other ingredients seems to help improve sleep quality in people with sleeping disorders.

Stress. Early research shows that taking a single dose of lemon balm increases calmness and alertness in adults during a stress test. Other early research shows that adding lemon balm to a food or drink reduces anxiety and improves memory and alertness during mental testing. Also, lemon balm appears to reduce anxious behavior in children during dental exams. Taking lemon balm along with valerian at a low dose appears to reduce anxiety during stress tests. But taking the combination at a higher dose appears to worsen stress-induced anxiety.

Optional::(((Several studies have been done on the following uses of lemon balm but more evidence is needed to fully confirm the effectiveness these uses:

Apple Pieces

Eating Apples Daily Lowers Cholesterol, Inflammation, Study Finds. Which in turn aids the heart to better fuction.

The study was presented at Experimental Biology 2011, in Washington, D.C. Experts said the study’s results were consistent with previous evidence that apples do indeed live up to the famous adage about keeping the doctor away.

Hyson recently completed a review of 80 studies, published since 2005, on the health benefits of apples, and she says that in addition to their cardiovascular benefits, there’s some evidence that apples help regulate blood sugar and control appetite, protect against cancer, and safeguard the lungs.

Experts say there are several possible explanations for how apples aid the heart. Apples are rich in pectin, a soluble fiber, which blocks cholesterol absorption in the gut and encourages the body to use, rather than store, the waxy stuff.

Furthermore apple peels are also packed with polyphenols, which are antioxidants that prevent cellular damage from free radicals.


Licorice relieves heartburns (dyspepsia).

Research suggests that taking two specific combination products containing licorice root (Iberogast, Steigerwald Arzneimittelwerk GmbH; STW-5-S, Steigerwald Arzneimittelwerk GmbH) seems to improve symptoms of heartburn.

Also, using another combination product containing licorice (STW 5-II, Steigerwald Arzneimittelwerk GmbH) improves heartburn 40% more when compared to a placebo treatment.

Licorice is taken by mouth for various digestive system complaints including stomach ulcers, heartburn, colic, and ongoing inflammation of the lining of the stomach (chronic gastritis).

Licorice is also beneficial for the heart because the recovery of the body is faster after surgery.

Research suggests that sucking on a single lozenge containing licorice (Sualin, Hamdard Pharma, India) beginning 30 minutes before having a tube inserted through the mouth into the trachea reduces cough following surgery by about 50%.

Also, gargling with a licorice fluid before incubation reduces complications when the breathing tube is removed.

Furthermore licorice also relieves the heart by relieving stress. Over time, stress can leave the adrenal gland exhausted by constantly producing adrenaline and cortisol.

Licorice can give the adrenal gland some relief.

Licorice root extract can stimulate the adrenal gland, which promotes a healthy level of cortisol in the body.

Licorice aids the heart because the chemicals contained in licorice decrease swelling, thin mucus secretions, decrease cough, and increase the chemicals in our body that heal ulcers.

Linden Blossom

Linden is a tree. The dried flower, leaves, and wood are used for medicine.

Linden is taken by mouth for rapid heartbeat, high blood pressure, excessive bleeding (hemorrhage), nervous tension, trouble sleeping (insomnia), excessive excitement (hysteria), problems with bladder control (incontinence), and muscle spasms.

Linden leaf is also by mouth to cause sweating and increase urine production.

In infants, linden tea is use for a calming effect, which the easing of the heart rate is a manifestation of.

Linden benefits the heart because it seems to reduce the amount of mucus produced and also relieves anxiety. But, more information/studies is/are needed.


Rosemary is a rich source of antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds, which are thought to help boost the immune system and improve blood circulation.

Laboratory studies have shown rosemary to be rich in antioxidants, which play an important role in neutralizing harmful particles called free radicals.

Inflammation is at the root of a number of diseases and chronic conditions.

It is the underlying cause of atherosclerosis, the hardening of the arteries that leads to heart disease, heart attack, and strokes (if you can reduce inflammation in your body, you’ll be taking the most important step you can to protect your health, and slow the aging process).

The polyphenols and terpenes in rosemary are great weapons against inflammation because they’re naturally occurring antioxidants.

They have the power to neutralize free radicals in the blood, which shuts down the inflammatory response.

As a result, veins and arteries are less likely to become narrowed or clogged, blood circulation improves and you’ll have less pain, swelling, and stiffness associated with chronic conditions like arthritis.

Herbal Tea Remedies for the HeartSo to conclude rosemary support the heart by boosting the immune system, improving blood circulation and relieving inflammation.

Kidneys | The Wise Ones

How are you charging and discharging?

Think of your Kidneys like the charge in a battery and you realise that your lifestyle is significant in how use choose to use this charge up during the course of a day and a life.

If we consider that stress is; ‘the extent to which we let our external environment dictate to us what is important’ we realise that where we focus our time and energy is under increased pressure by all the things that are vying for our attention.

Our external environment is not, of course, just our immediate environment but also the sort of environment we grew up in and how we have allowed certain messages we inherited from our family to become dictates that we still live under the tyranny of, and impose on others.

The discriminative wisdom required to know what is important for us to give our energies to comes from the kidneys and it is why we seek the counsel of elders and equally why as parents we feel compelled to give our teenage sons and daughters advice!

The power of discrimination is also needed as the day wears on and our concentration and our willpower can diminish. It is therefore a useful recommendation to get the most important things in first even if those are tasks we would rather avoid. However passion is a big determinant in what we can accomplish as the battery can of course be charged rather than depleted if we are spending most of our time doing what we love. We also need to be aware of what we deem worthy of our attention; how you do anything is how you do everything. Therefore why not choose to love it all! Our powers of concentration can, of course be weakened through poor quality sleep, stress and ill health.


Zhi the spirit of the Kidneys relates to will power. Power and weakness link to common everyday issues; money, power and sex. The Kidneys are depleted by too much sex and drugs and like the Liver are taxed by eating late at night. When we develop (our common passion is our sense of longing) our ability to discriminate, in particular knowing what not to do, we are mirroring what the kidneys are doing /on a physical level in filtering/cleaning the blood up to 60x per day! We can call this body-mind action, eliminate to illuminate or the know-how of the no.

Acknowledging that we are a drop in the ocean of life; let us merge again with the source of all so that we can relax and recieve

The Lungs | The Artist

Spirare is the Latin for to breathe and inspirare is inspired. Many other cultures express the connection with the breath, elevation and upliftment. The connection between the body and spirit is made because not only are the Lungs the highest organs in the body but they also connect with the most rarefied of substances – air.

A lack of inspiration goes with being unmotivated. Great explorers, inventors and people who push boundaries do so because they were inspired to find another way. The complacency and stagnancy of maintaining the status quo can then be challenged or swept aside. Finding meaning and purpose in our lives depends on our ability to connect with a high ideal. For some the sensitivity required to bring the spiritual, artistic and more emotional aspects into their lives can be too confronting and they become a workaholic to avoid these area.


Love is not enough, intelligence is not enough, powerful strength is not enough. You may put everything on one side of the scale, but if you are missing gratitude you shall lose.’

Liver tea herbs

Turmeric – Curcumin, the active component of turmeric increases the amount of glutathione in the liver. Turmeric can also be helpful, not only in liver disease, but also in liver regeneration. It improves liver function. Turmeric also has been getting attention recently because of its antioxidant abilities. The antioxidant effect of turmeric appears to be so powerful that it may stop your liver from being damaged by toxins. This is good news for people who take strong drugs for diabetes or other health conditions that might hurt their liver with long-term use.

Beetroot – protects the liver from oxidative damage and inflammation, all while also increasing its natural detoxing enzymes. This is because of a group of phytonutrients contained in Beetroot, called betalains, which support detoxification in the liver. Beetroot also helps to reduce blood pressure as it is rich in nitrates. Scientist believe our body converts nitrates into nitricoxide; a chemical thought to lower blood pressure. (When your liver is able to detoxify chemicals and toxins more effectively, then your body is better able to balance hormones, cholesterol and energy levels.)

Roasted Dandelion Root – has long been held as a “liver tonic” in folk medicine. Preliminary studies suggest that this is partly in thank to its ability to increase the flow of bile. This means that dandelion root could help detoxify the liver, help with skin and eye problems, and relieve symptoms of liver disease.

Cinnamon – Studies have found that cinnamon might help balance blood sugar in those with type 2 diabetes by increasing glucose uptake, improving insulin sensitivity in fat and muscle tissues, improving glycogen synthesis in the liver, slowing the rate of gastric emptying, and other potential changes. These effects are the result of cinnamaldehyde, a compound in all cinnamon varieties.

Burdock Root – is a powerhouse of antioxidants & also helps to remove toxins & purify the blood. The anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties of the root can also help resolve skin issues.

Carrot – Give your liver all the nutritional support it needs to ensure it will continue to metabolize food and eliminate toxins. A balanced diet containing carrots also helps the liver regenerate new cells, reports the National Liver Foundation. Carrots contribute several nutrients, such as fiber and antioxidants, that directly support your liver’s health.

Carrots are one of the top sources of carotenoids called beta-carotene, which the body converts into vitamin A. Carotenoids also help keep your liver healthy. The liver produces bile, which removes wastes, but bile stays in the liver or gallbladder until fats enter the small intestine and trigger its release. Carotenoids are fat-soluble, so when you eat a carrot, they stimulate bile to flow and remove wastes. (Laboratory studies using rats revealed that beta-carotene may prevent liver damage caused by alcohol, according to the June 2013 issue of “Hepatobiliary Surgery and Nutrition.”)

Also the dietary fibers in carrots help your liver to work at full capacity, reports the American Liver Foundation. Insoluble fiber moves toxin-containing stool through your digestive tract, which ensures toxins are eliminated and reduces stress on your liver. Soluble fiber also contributes to a healthy liver. When laboratory studies were conducted using rats, soluble fiber reduced the amount of fat in the liver, according to the “Journal of Nutrition” in September 2014. Excess fat damages the liver and can occur whether you drink alcohol or not. One large carrot provides 8 percent of the daily value for fiber, based on consuming 2,000 calories daily.

Moreover, as your liver breaks down toxic substances, it also encounters molecules called free radicals that can damage healthy cells. You can help protect your liver by consuming antioxidants because they neutralize free radicals. You’ll get a small amount of two important antioxidants; vitamin C and vitamin E, from eating one large carrot. (When researchers tested laboratory gerbils, they found that beta-carotene from carrots also increased levels of antioxidants in the liver, according to a report in the “Journal of Nutrition” in September 2008.)

Furthermore the liver filters and stores blood, with about 10 percent to 15 percent of your total blood volume residing in the liver so that it’s ready to be sent into circulation if your blood levels drop. Fluids from blood freely flow through spaces in the liver where lymph is formed. You need the right amount of water to maintain the proper volume and density of all these fluids. Lack of water puts stress on the liver. Twenty percent of your daily fluids come from the foods you eat, and nearly 90 percent of a carrot consists of water. So to conclude, the carrots promote fluid flushes & a healthy blood circulation.

Goji Berry – Contain healthy antioxidants. Anti-oxidants are known for their immune-boosting qualities and their ability to fight harmful free radicals and inflammation. While most berries contain antioxidants and are good for you, goji berries have a special characteristic: they also support and protect your liver.

In addition to being used for anti-aging, heart health, improving vision, boosting the immune system and cancer prevention, goji berry has a specific benefit for your liver. The interesting fact is that the benefits of Goji berries have been known for a very long time. They have been used to treat liver disease in traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) for more than 2,000 years. Known by TCM practitioners as gou qi zi, its use was first recorded around 200 BCE in Shen Nong Ben Cao Jing, an ancient book detailing the medicinal and agricultural knowledge of the mythical Chinese emperor Shen Nong. Regarded as the oldest book on Chinese herbs, the Shen Nong Ben Cao Jing records 365 traditional herbs that are classified into three grades – top, middle and low. Goji berry is one of the 120 herbs belonging to the top grade, which means it has remarkable health benefits and is harmless to humans.

Nowadays, acupuncturists and TCM practitioners commonly use goji berries for patients with a liver disharmony who exhibit indications of a liver fluid deficiency and/or liver blood deficiency. These deficient patterns are common in individuals who are battling a chronic liver condition where symptoms of dryness and fatigue are prominent. In addition to being a key ingredient in many types of tonification formulas, the goji berry is also suggested as a food for supporting vitality.

Fortunately science has caught up with TCM and a study published in the July 2010 edition of Journal of Ethnopharmacology, researchers discovered that goji berry juice helps protect your liver from oxidation. In this tissue culture study, liver cells exposed to toxins and then treated with the goji berry extract showed fewer free radicals – molecules that cause cell damage.

Research on a related species from where goji berries can derive, Lycium barbarum, was the focus of a 2016 Italian study published in BioMed Research International. According to the research, the effect of Lycium barbarum berries cultivated in Umbria (Italy) on human hepatocellular carcinoma (liver cancer) cells was significant. The results provided evidence that Umbrian Lycium barbarumberries could play a protective role against liver cancer.

So to conclude, goji berries are anti-inflammatory, boost the immune system and research on animal models indicates goji berries can help with managing liver health, preventing the progression of alcohol-induced fatty liver disease and research on human liver cancer cells has also found the goji berry can inhibit tumor growth.