October 31, 2011

Chinese Herbal Medicine - Chrysanthemum Flower (Ju Hua)

Yellow Crysanthemum Flower
Today we'll talk about Chrysanthemum flower (flos chrysanthemi), or Ju Hua as it is known in China. In traditional Chinese medicine this herb's properties are bitter, sweet and slightly cold, and it goes to the Liver and Lung channels. 

Yellow Chrysanthemum has a beneficial action on headache and eye complaints. It has long been used as an eye tonic and can help relieve red, painful, dryness or excessive watering of the eyes. It is also used for blurry vision, dizziness and spots / floaters in front of the eyes. Combined with Goji berry (Gou Qi Zi) and Rehmania Six to make a great formula called Qi Ju Di Huang Wan.

Chrysanthemum is also used to clear headaches and fever associated with colds and flu. It is known to aid in releasing toxins from the body. Great together with Mulberry leaf (Sang Ye) in a great common cold / cough formula called Sang Ju Yin.

Its actions are antibacterial, antifungal, antiviral and anti-inflammatory. It also may help lower blood pressure and relaxes blood vessels.

Some practitioners say, yellow chrysanthemums, the Golden Flower, are symbols of long life and will bring you good luck.

Ju hua cha - chrysanthemum flower tea is commonly consumed in China almost as much as green tea, due both to its medicinal effects and its excellent taste!

When you pop in to well4ever  you can have a cup of chrysanthemum tea with us, and if you want to make some at home we have ready made bags of 50g Chrysanthemum flowers for £3.50

Chyrsanthemum Tea

Thanks to Ange for words and pics :)

October 30, 2011

Well4ever Clinic Putney: Autumn Health - Herbs at Home

Autumn is filled with colour, mystery and awe-inspiring beauty. The little woodland creatures are hard at work preparing for the colder months, and so should you be...

Ginger has a strong antimicrobial action that can help fight colds and flu. It is beneficial for throat infection and has anti-inflammatory properties. read more...

October 25, 2011

Mushrooms in London - some more pictures

Ok, these are just absolutely brilliant looking pics taken by our very own Ange in and around Putney and Barnes Common on her way home from clinic, you gotta admit, the girl has skills, can anyone top these? 

October 24, 2011

Mushrooms in London - more of your pics

Some really nice ones here, check them out

found on the west coast of Zealand seaside in Denmark

spotted by Julianne in Richmond park

If you have some cool pics of mushrooms you've seen around the way, feel free to share them with us :)

October 23, 2011

Mushrooms in London - your pics

Ok, so as promised i'm publishing pics you've been sending me, not all actually taken in London,  but why not open it up to all fungi worldwide right? see if you can identify them and vote for your favorites:

spotted in a cemetery in the Faroe Islands

Stonegrove park in Edgware, north London

October 09, 2011

Well4ever Clinic Putney: A Very BIG Thank You

Well4ever Clinic Putney: A Very BIG Thank You: Hello everybody, We wanted to say a HUGE thanks to everyone who came down to Well4ever on Friday the 30th of September to join us in the 'World's Biggest Coffee Morning' for Macmillan Cancer Support.

Beautiful sunshine 28C , happy smiles and delicious cakes made for a fun event for everyone!      read more...