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Why the green plum (Qingmei)?
There are thousands of varieties of plums worldwide today, which have been cultivated for thousands of years. One of these many varieties is called the green plum (Qingmei), very popular in China, Japan and Korea. The Chinese had realised early on that green plums are both food and medicine. In traditional European folk medicine too it is known that the green plum -Qingmei- regulates digestion in a natural and gentle way. The plum’s positive effect is such that it has even been granted an officially approved ‘Health Claim’. A number of plum packets can thus include this indication : “Dried plums contribute to normal intestinal function.”
Green plums (Qingmei) aid digestion
Green plums (Qingmei) contain a range of vital substances.
They accelerate the peristaltic movement in the intestine, have an antiseptic effect and promote the digestion of protein. This digestive effect is due to the pectins and cellulose, among others. Stimulation of the intestines thereby increases intestinal movement and boosts digestion. In addition, pectins help to detoxify heavy metals and to lower cholesterol levels. Since persistent constipation increases the risk of colon cancer almost twofold, these tasty fruits can at the same time effectively protect against tumour disease. Therefore, researchers at the above-mentioned A & M University believe that eating prunes regularly could be part of a dietary strategy that reduces the risk of cancer in the long term. Last but not least, umeboshi is also an effective home remedy for bad breath, which is often caused by acidosis of the body.
Plums contain many B-complex vitamins, such as vitamin B1, which strengthens the nerves, reduces stress and increases energy levels. Because zinc and copper are also effective against nervous restlessness, irritability and depression, plums contribute not only to physical health but also to mental well-being.
Plums reduce the risk of osteoporosis
Currently even more difficult at the time of the pandemic: coping with allergies with a mask and sneezing attacks. Treat pollen allergy now with acupuncture!
Pollen allergies are bothersome and take away the joy of nature. Drops, sprays or tablets against hay fever bring short-term relief of the typical symptoms, but long-term use of them has undesirable side effects.
In case of hay fever, acupuncture is used more and more often, which brings the immune system back into balance with the help of fine needle pricks on the meridians (channels). The good effect can be seen in our daily practice.
According to modern traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), hay fever is a weakness of the lungs. The flow of life energy in the upper respiratory organs is blocked as a result. For the therapy to be successful, an acupuncturist must strengthen the function of the lungs and spleen and drive away the pathogenic factor “wind”. He does this by placing needles on immune-activating points on the collarbone, upper arm, wrist and thumb.Practical information on the treatment of hay fever with acupuncture
The ideal is to come for acupuncture treatments 2-3 weeks before the expected start of the hay fever season. An additional ear acupuncture or an individually tailored Chinese medicinal herb recipe promises even more success. After one year, it is advisable to repeat the treatment in order to ensure long-term success.