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Are You a Water Person?
The Chinese water graphic Water symbolically represents fluidity, or the ability to "go with the flow." Hence, if you're person who is like water you will be yielding, flexible, and easy-going. You may also be timid, fearful and "wishy-washy" at times. This is why an excess of fear is thought to be harmful to the kidneys and bladder, the organs logically associated with the water element in Chinese medicine.

The kidneys do more than eliminate waste water, however. They also regulate pH in the blood and maintain fluid and mineral balance. This helps explain to how the kidneys in Chinese medicine also came to be associated with the bones. Weak kidneys create weak bones. This is because waste acids can't be flushed efficiently from the body causing mineral loss from the bones.

When excess water and water-like personality tendencies are too strong in the body, the Chinese Kidney Activator TCM formula (Qu Shi) will help to eliminate excess water from the body. This formula is helpful for edema, scant or clear urine, heavy sluggish feelings, bladder infections and burning urinations.  It can also help people who are timid , fearful and indecisive.

When there is a loss of water - quality in the body , creating brittleness and stiffness, the Chinese formula KB-C TCM (Jain Gu) will strengthen both the kidneys and the bones.  This formula not only aids chronic urinary problems, it is also builds the bones. It is helpful for spinal misalignment, chronic backache (especially in the low back), weak knees and ankles, arthritis and osteoporosis. It is also helpful for people who lack "backbone" or have become so hardened, inflexible and rigid in their thought processes that they can no longer flow with the changes in their lives.

To find out which formula and program is best for you-->

Test Your Constitution

Using TCM Chinese Herbs
When using Chinese Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) formula pick the one that most closely matches your profile and use it first along with suggested supplemental products for your constitution. After that area improves, you can try another formula or program if you have another strong imbalance.  Each product in the TCM concentrate line has been carefully prepared from the extract of the whole, powdered herb. Learn more here about the processing of TCM herbs.

Additional Help and Information
If you clearly fit one of these five patterns, you can try one or several of the Chinese formulas recommended for that type. If you want to learn more about Chinese TCM herbal medicine, contact us online. You can also consult some of the following resources:

Ancient Herbs: Modern Times by Steven H. Horne
TCM: Ancient Wisdom for Modern Health, DVD featuring Steven Horne by Tree of Light Publishing
The Comprehensive Guide to Nature's Sunshine Products by Tree of Light Publishing
Tree of Light Publishing is also developing a course in Traditional Chinese
Medicine (TCM) which will be available in September 2006.


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