Articles and Q&A's

October 2014

Preparing Your Body to Fight the Winter Bugs

With fall and winter just around the corner, now is a good time to get your body prepared to fight the cold and flu bugs that we will inevitably encounter. In addition to making sure you stay well-hydrated (preferably by drinking water) and eating a diet rich in vegetables and fruits, there are certain supplements that can be considered to help boost and balance our immune systems.
September 2014

Bugs In Your Belly

The landscape of our gut gives epic meaning to the term, “internal conflict”. At any one time, the healthy human gut carries approximately 100 trillion micro-organisms in the intestines. This number is 10X greater than the total number of human cells in the body! The majority of these micro-orgnisms are bacteria, and because they are perpetually active, some scientists even view them collectively as an “organ” in the body, processing and releasing important nutrients and byproducts into the gut.
September 2014

4 R's For Gastro-intestinal Health

Optimal gastro-intestinal (G-I) health is a key component of overall wellness. The common saying, “You are what you eat” is very true. For centuries, the ancient Chinese believed that “All wellness and ailments originate from the central gut”. Dysfunction of the GI tract has been linked to various disease states including immune disorders, respiratory problems, mental acuity, energy level, mood, weight control, skin, joint, blood, and of course stomach and intestinal problems.
September 2014


Q: Every time my haemorrhoids flare up, I’m frustrated by the itching and the pain. Is there anything natural I can use to help with the symptoms or even to prevent the flare ups?
August 2014

Give Your Brain a Boost

Nobody likes to be forgotten, and, definitely, nobody enjoys forgetting. Regardless of your age, a healthy brain and nervous system are crucial to creating and maintaining our valuable memories. However, as we age, we need to help our bodies along by eating healthy, exercising our brains, and considering appropriate supplements to maximize our brain function and continue learning and remembering.
August 2014

Insect Bites

Q: I develop huge swellings when I get bitten by mosquitos and other insects. Is there anything I can do to reduce the itchiness and swelling?
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July 2014

Mushrooms for Life

Growing up in an Asian household, we always thought that mushrooms were simply tasty foods, especially shiitake mushrooms which can add a savoury touch to so many dishes. Maitake mushrooms are particularly tasty when simmered in a hot-pot broth. But, I’m not here to give you a cooking lesson…at least not this month! For us, we realized the importance of mushrooms for their medicinal purposes when our uncle was diagnosed with 4th stage cancer and our father, Dr. Henry Cheng, put him on the Yunzhi mushroom (aka. Coriolus or Turkey Tail) as a part of the integrative approach he took to conquer his cancer.
July 2014

Mental Exhaustion and Memory

Q: Is there anything that can help my mental exhaustion and memory?
Brain in Head image courtesy of smokedsalmon /
June 2014

Topical Pain Control

I’ve tried all sorts of creams and ointments and nothing seems to take away my body and joint aches. Can you suggest other options? A: A prescription, compounded topical pain-gel is your best bet. Pain is a subjective sensation or a communication between the site of pain and your brain. We want something that can interrupt this message.
May 2014

Achy Breaky Body

Pain. What a terrible 4-letter word. However, living pain-free may be more within reach than you think. Without trivializing it too much, pain is a perceived sensation with many potential causes. It is a subjective feeling triggered in the nervous system by a physical stimulus such as a blunt or shearing force, a chemical, a poke, a pinch, etc. So, we can feel “pain” when we get a trivial paper cut or, more seriously, suffer a car accident, shingles outbreak, pinched nerve, severed limb, etc. In a way, it is an evil game of “telephone” between the trigger site and your brain. Imagine if we can somehow interrupt this telephone game; the message would be lost and you will not have that sensation of pain anymore. Sound too good to be true? Read on.
May 2014

If You Don't Snooze, You Lose

Sleep. For many of us, that is easier said than done. But everyone needs sleep. No matter how much coffee or Red Bull you drink, there comes a time when your body just needs to crash. The reason is that your body needs this down-time to reorganize, purge, and detoxify. For example, your energy stores need to be replenished, the toxins built-up in your brain and nerves during the day need to be cleared, brain pathways from the day’s learning need to be sorted and reinforced.
Woman in sleeping gesture image courtesy of Michal Marcol /
May 2014


Q: Summer is just around the corner and it is time for me and my girl friend to get ready for our bikinis. Is there a homeopathic preparation that works like the HCG that I used to get on line? A: HCG has been publicized by TV and radio talk shows as a weight reduction miracle. Cloverdale Pharmasave compounds a homeopathic mixture called Metabolic Syndrome Mix that works the same way if not better than HCG.
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