Happy Thanksgiving! I hope everyone reading this has the ability
to be surrounded by family and friends this Thanksgiving. I love
this holiday as I think it is wonderful to have a day declared for
giving thanks for all we have and all that has been. I know many
people are facing extraordinary circumstances on a day-to-day
basis. I hope this Thursday offers you some time for laughter, joy
and freedom from anything that has been weighing on you.
I hope we can all take some time this week, and every day for
that matter, to solely focus on the joy in our lives and embrace
all the goodness that we have in our lives, freeing us in those
moments from any stress. It has been said that laughter is the best
medicine and I am a firm believer in this theory!
Hopefully you blessed and able to sit down to a lovely
Thanksgiving dinner this Thursday shared with those you care for
Herbology and Thanksgiving
As you are eating, it may be fun to know some comparisons to
foods from a Chinese herbology perspective.
Many people snack on scallions and dip as a pre-dinner snack.
Green scallions are called cong bai in Chinese herbology. Cong bai
can be used in treating certain types of colds.
You may drink a glass of ginger ale with your dinner. Ginger is
called sheng jiang and may be used to treat various conditions
including abdominal conditions and symptoms such as nausea.
Another favorite dish many people enjoy eating during
Thanksgiving dinner is sweet potatoes. If you substituted them for
Chinese yams you would be eating an herb called shan yao. Shan yao
is used for all ages, from infancy to elderly. Shan yao is an herb
that is very helpful in treating many conditions including
abdominal conditions and childhood developmental issues.
In Chinese herbology, many foods have medicinal properties. So,
this Thanksgiving, I hope you have an extra smile as you drink your
sheng jiang-ale and snack on your cong bai, knowing the fun
correlation they have with Chinese herbology.
Happy Thanksgiving, I hope it is a joyous day for you and your
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