Articles by Melissa Sokulski:

Foraging in freezing weather uncovers bounty of wild edibles

(NaturalNews) As the temperature drops and snow begins to fall, many foragers put their baskets away until the first whispers of morels in spring. On closer inspection there is much for a forager still to find. Trails are lined with winter edibles which...

Beat summer heat with watermelon, a Chinese herb

(NaturalNews) Though we often think of Chinese herbs as dark brown strong-tasting teas, when we look deeper we find the ancient Chinese also acknowledged and documented the tremendous healing power of fresh food. Watermelon is not only a delicious summer...

Nutrient-rich wild fiddleheads are a spring delicacy

(NaturalNews) Fiddleheads, or the curled young fronds of a fern, are high in nutrients and are considered a spring delicacy. Fiddleheads are high in vitamins A and C, omega 3 and 6 essential fatty acids, and fiber. Only available at the beginning of...

Rejuvenate your liver this spring with dandelions

(NaturalNews) Early spring is the time of year to find dandelion greens emerging from the ground. Though many people try to banish dandelion from their lawns, dandelion is a valuable medicinal plant in both Eastern and Western herbal traditions. In both...

Traditional Chinese Medicine eases people into spring without allergies

(NaturalNews) Spring is full of warmer weather, beautiful flowers and more time outdoors. Many of us enjoy these signs of spring, but some find them intolerable due to seasonal allergies. Prescription and over-the-counter medications are widely available,...

Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine strongly protect us from colds and flu

(NaturalNews) Cold and flu season is upon us. Traditional Chinese Medicine has effective time-tested techniques which boost immunity and protect us from colds or the flu. Points can be needled and herbal formulas can be given to balance the body's energy,...

Sinus issues respond powerfully to Traditional Chinese Medicine

(NaturalNews) Sinus issues and infections are a problem for many people. As the nose becomes congested from cold weather, allergies, a cold or the flu, infection and inflammation often occurs. Acupuncture points, herbs, and lifestyle suggestions can...

Easy to make herbal oils soothe muscles and rejuvenate skin

(NaturalNews) Medicinal herbs can be used in many ways: dried and decocted as tea, infused in alcohol as a tincture, steeped in vinegar or honey. Herbs can also be steeped in oil and rubbed into the body for healing. When medicinal herbs are steeped...

Flax, Fenugreek and Fennel strongly protect lungs and large intestine

(NaturalNews) In Traditional Chinese Medicine autumn is the season which corresponds to the metal element: the lungs and large intestine. Fall is a wonderful time of year to strengthen and rejuvenate these organs. Signs that the lung and large intestine...

An apple a day keeps cell phone and other radiation at bay

(NaturalNews) Common foods such as apples, buckwheat, and sunflower seeds strongly protect and detoxify us from radiation. We are constantly exposed to radiation from cell phones, computer screens, power lines, airline travel, and microwaves. Not only...

Cinnamon, Ginger and Onions Strongly Protect Us from Colds and Flu

(NaturalNews) In the fall as the weather gets cooler ailments tend to affect our Lungs in the form of coughs, sinus issues, colds and flu. In Traditional Chinese Medicine autumn relates to the metal element which corresponds to the Lungs. The taste that...

Pumpkins Remedy Seasonal Ailments

(NaturalNews) In Traditional Chinese Medicine, autumn is represented by the metal element, which corresponds to the Lungs and Large Intestine. Weakness in this element shows up as ailments in the Lung and Intestines: allergies, asthma and constipation....

Build Strong Teeth From the Inside Out

(NaturalNews) According to Chinese medicine, the Kidneys store essence (jing) and control growth, development and reproduction. In the Five Phase Theory of Chinese medicine they correspond to the Water element and reflect the winter season, cold climate,...

Avoid High Grocery Bills and Enhance Health with Abundant Wild Foods

(NaturalNews) Organic greens like spinach and kale can be expensive at the grocery store or farmers market. Add a pint of fresh berries and an omega 3 supplement like flax or fish oil, and the grocery bill rises. Throw in fresh tropical fruit, organic...

Protein Powders and Drinks Contain High Amounts of Heavy Metals

(NaturalNews) Many common brands of protein powders and protein drinks contain high levels of arsenic, cadmium, lead and mercury according to the most recent issue of Consumer Reports magazine. All fifteen different powders and drinks tested contained...

Powerful Medicinal Mushrooms Grow Wild throughout North America

(NaturalNews) The West is catching on to what the East has known for thousands of years: mushrooms are beneficial to health. They increase immunity, provide vital nutrients, and have been shown to fight cancer. Many of the most powerful medicinal mushrooms...

Safe Nutritious Purslane Proves as Powerful as Western Drugs

(NaturalNews) Many plants which grow wild and are considered weeds are not only edible, but are also delicious, nutritious, and even medicinal. Wild purslane (Portulaca oleracea) which most consider a weed is actually a green vegetable with the highest...

Chinese Clock Holds Key to Liver Health

(NaturalNews) Stress of modern living and our standard American diet, which includes alcohol, fried food and fast food, strain our health, especially our Liver. Stopping eating by 7 pm may be the best thing we can do for our health. Looking to ancient...

Keep the Kidneys Strong All Winter Long with Traditional Chinese Medicine

(NaturalNews) According to traditional Chinese medicine, when the seasons change different organs become vulnerable as our bodies shift to keep balanced. In winter, the water element predominates which corresponds to our kidneys and bladder. There are...

Ancient Wisdom for Modern Health: Pumpkin Seeds Expel Parasites

(NaturalNews) In ancient China, people used an herb called Nan Gua Zi - pumpkin seeds - to expel parasites, especially tapeworm and roundworm. Today parasites may be more of a problem than commonly thought. In Healing With Whole Foods, Paul Pitchford...

Wild Burdock Root Cleanses Blood, Clears Acne and Speeds Weight Loss

(NaturalNews) As the days get cooler and wild plants seem few and far between, Burdock (Arctium lappa) can still be found in large quantity. Burdock root is a versatile vegetable and one of the finest healing herbs known to cleanse the blood. In Healing...

Easy-to-Make Fermented Vegetables Boost Immunity and Improve Health

(NaturalNews) Eating fermented vegetables can be one of the best things for overall health. Fermentation is an excellent way to preserve food, ensuring fresh vitamin-rich food all winter. It also infuses the body with beneficial microflora which can...

Acupuncture: Traditional Chinese Medicine Effectively Treats Insomnia

(NaturalNews) Insomnia is a common condition in which people have difficulty either falling asleep or staying asleep. It is listed by the World Health Organization as a condition which has been shown to be treated effectively by acupuncture (1). Acupuncture,...

Keep Your Heart Strong and Healthy with Traditional Chinese Medicine

(NaturalNews) Traditional Chinese Medicine offers ways to keep the Heart healthy and strong, even when a person does not have typical symptoms of heart disease. Heart health is fundamental to whole body health. Many people have a family history of...

Use Traditional Chinese Medicine to Prevent or Recover from Swine Flu (H1N1)

(NaturalNews) There is a lot of fear of Swine flu (H1N1) this season, but Traditional Chinese Medicine has effective techniques both to boost immunity and recover from flu, which are thousands of years old. In Chinese Medicine, flu and colds are considered...

Urban Weeds Treat Urban Ailments

(NaturalNews) There is a belief in herbal medicine that plants tend to grow where people need them. Whether this is true or mere coincidence, a strong case can be made when one looks at what medicinal herbs grow wild in cities, and what types of ailments...

From Headache to Jaundice: Sky-Blue Chicory Cures Liver Ailments

(NaturalNews) This time of year beautiful sky-blue flowers are blooming all along city roadsides, fields and waste areas. Chances are, this gorgeous flower is chicory (Cichorium intybus), and not only is it edible, but it has a long tradition of medicinal...

Mulberries Treat Insomnia, Arthritis, and More

(NaturalNews) Mulberry (Morus) trees are ripe with fruit all across the US right now. These tasty berries are not only delicious and nutritious, but are used in Chinese medicine to enrich the blood and yin, treating conditions such as dizziness, tinnitus,...

Common Backyard Weed is True Healer

(NaturalNews) Plantain is easy to recognize by the flower stalks played with by children: one has a long stem with a little green bundle on top that they use to wrap and snap off, the other a long green stalk of seed pods that children enjoy pulling...

Acupuncture Clears Seasonal Allergies

(NaturalNews) While the best thing about spring may be open to debate: the warmer weather, beautiful flowers, picnics; the worst thing is nearly always unanimous: seasonal allergies. Prescription and over-the-counter medications are widely available,...

Acupuncture Treats Peripheral Neuropathy

(NaturalNews) Neuropathy, or Peripheral Neuropathy, is defined as having numbness, tingling or pain in nerves apart from the spine or brain, often in the hands and feet (1). It is a fairly common symptom, occurring in people with spinal injuries, diabetes,...

Coltsfoot Cures Cough Naturally

(NaturalNews) In the spring, dandelion flowers cover yards and roadsides. Look more closely and you may find some of these yellow flowers are actually Coltsfoot (Tussilago farfara.) Both these flowers have long traditions of healing, both in the East...

Breastfeeding Protects Hearts of Mothers

(NaturalNews) Breastfeeding has long been known to be good for mother and baby. La Leche League International lists many benefits, including that breast-milk is easy for the baby to digest, and has natural antibodies protecting the baby against bacteria...

Burdock Provides Nourishment and Natural Healing

(NaturalNews) Much maligned for the burrs that cover children's clothing and get caught in dogs' fur, this misunderstood weed is actually a highly valued plant for both food and medicine. Burdock (Arctium lappa and Arctium minor) is easily recognizable,...

A Sign of Spring: Wild Edible Garlic Mustard Returns

(NaturalNews) A sure sign of spring is the return of green plants. Garlic mustard (Alliaria officinalis or Alliaria petiolata) is not only one of the first spring greens to appear, it is also edible and delicious. Garlic mustard is widespread: it grows...

East and West, Dandelion is Best

(NaturalNews) It is the time of year to find dandelion greens emerging from the ground. Dandelion leaves are found in basal rosettes, and will stay this way even when it puts up its flower stalk. The leaves are hairless and sharply toothed (the name...
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