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A family Oriented Wellness Center Serving the Community Since 1972
A family Oriented Wellness Center Serving the Community Since 1972


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It has been long known in the history of human civilization the benefits of healing soups. But perhaps more specifically, the benefits of utilizing bone marrow in soup stocks. In recent years, gastronomy experts and culinary masters have re...ignited interest with this ingredient by creating new and innovative dishes, and even the famed Anthony Bourdain has called the "Roast Bone Marrow and Parsley Salad" at London's St. John restaurant his "Death Row Meal."

But in looking at the classics, none comes more front and center than Vietnamese Pho Noodle Soup. It's truly in a category onto itself, very simple, very beautiful, and nothing quite like it. In the Asian traditions of medicine it is said that consuming marrow soup stocks is deeply nourishing to the kidney jing, it helps strengthen bones, restore pliability to the joints and tendons, and replenishes exhausted energy. So even though we may do our best to do some regular exercise and also to consume tonic herb formulas to boost our energy, it is still very important that we try to do our best to also consume the types of foods that have a deeper more nourishing quality, Pho Noodle Soup is definitely on that list of longevity foods.

My strongest recommendation for those of you who live in the Twin Cities area, is "Vietnam Star Restaurant" in Maplewood, Minnesota. This is a family restaurant with a genuinely warm and friendly staff, not to mention the most excellent Pho Noodle Soup. Definitely something that should be on everyone's radar.

Author: Mr. Brian
Greer's Health & Wellness ©

#Pho #Longevity 

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For our selection of premium teas, and for all of you Oolong Tea lovers, this is one of the staff favorites. This is a perfect end of the day tea, guaranteed to put you in your happy place every time. : )

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Cooking with Basil is perfect this time of year, as it helps expel and stave off chill, as well as helps us to strengthen and regulate our external Defensive Qi which helps keep our immune systems strong. This is important when we begin to get into the kind of weather where we're not sure exactly what to always wear when going out, because it's not hot outside, but it's not necessarily cold either.... So there can be a danger for catching a slight chill even when we think it's nice outside, and this can make our energy a little sluggish as a result. So here's a lovely recipe for "Stir Fry Thai Chicken w/ Basil." Vegetarians can substitute extra mixed vegetables in place of chicken, it still comes out really wonderful. : )

Stir Fry Thai Chicken w/ Basil


2 cups jasmine rice (uncooked)
1 qt water
3/4 cup coconut milk
3 tbsp soy sauce
3 tbsp coconut vinegar
1 1/2 tbsp fish sauce
3/4 tsp red pepper flakes
1 tbsp olive oil

1 onion (sliced)
2 tbsp ginger root (fresh, minced)
3 cloves minced garlic
2 lbs boneless chicken breast halves (skinless boneless chicken breast halves cut into 12 inch strips)
3 shiitake mushrooms (sliced)
5 green onions (chopped)
1 1/2 cups fresh basil leaves (chopped)

1) Bring rice and water to a boil in a pot. Cover, reduce heat to low, and simmer 20 minutes.

2) In a bowl, mix the coconut milk, soy sauce, rice wine vinegar, fish sauce, and red pepper flakes.

3)In a skillet or wok, heat the oil over medium-high heat. Stir in the onion, ginger, and garlic, and cook until lightly browned. Mix in chicken strips, and cook about 3 minutes, until browned. Stir in the coconut milk sauce. Continue cooking until sauce is reduced be about 1/3. Mix in mushrooms, green onions, and basil, and cook until heated through. Serve over the cooked rice... enjoy!

#StirFry  #CoconutMilk  

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Why is Acai Berry important? Regular consumption of antioxidants becomes increasingly important the older one becomes. Our bodies over time produce less and less of the natural antioxidant enzyme "Superoxide Dismutase" (SOD). Producing less... of this antioxidant enzyme allows for toxin to begin accumulating within the tissues and organ systems. So as it happens, one of the keys to longevity and graceful aging is keeping our blood clean, and aiding the elimination of toxic accumulation out of our bodies. This is why herbs and supplements such as Goji Berry, Schizandra Berry, and Acai Berry are indispensable, they just make us feel good. So it's Goji's in my tea... wonderful.

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Shou-Lao Tea & Herb's Basic Recipe for:
Schizandra/Goji Tea ©

This tea is based upon the virtue and tradition of the "100 Days Of Schizandra." It likewise rests upon the story of how in the Legendary Taoist Master Li Qing Yuen's younger years, he encountered of a very old Taoist Master who very easily out walked him. His longevity secret was that he consumed a tea/soup of goji berries every day. ...This he told Li Qing Yuen, would help him attain a new state of vigor. These two herbs taken together provide for excellent mental clarity and Yin Jing energy, the material basis for longevity and good health.

The Legend of Taoist Master Li Qing Yuen reports that he passed away at the ripe old age of 252 years old. Although his exact age has been disputed, scholars have definitely placed him as having lived more than 120 years of age... not bad. All accounts of him however describe him as being very active, with a bright intelligence, and as having fathered constitutionally very strong and healthy children even into his later years. This is the reason why Taoist Longevity Herbalists to this day can be found creating and refining formulas based upon unbroken lineages of Taoist herbal tradition, the implementing of the empiricism of those traditions, and through recalling the rules and idioms the great masters of the past espoused throughout their life and teachings.

This tea is considered highly anti-oxidant, anti-inflammatory, is said to cleanse the blood when taken everyday, restore complexion, aid in clearing the skin, help to drain excess water retention, and also will help to gently move digestion. This tea taste very wonderfully sweet and delicious when consumed warm, and when it is cold it tastes like fruit juice.

Schizandra Berry... 0.8 oz.

Goji Berry............. 0.8 oz.

Tangerin Peel....... 0.2 oz

Chinese Licorice.... 0.1 oz. (3 Slices)

Lightly simmer in 40-50 fl.oz. water for 25 minutes


Author: Mr. Brian
Greer's Health & Wellness ©
(Picture, Li Qing Yuen 1927, Sichuan China).

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"100 Days of Schizandra"

In practice, the Taoist Longevity Traditions of Herbology believe that before one begins a tonic herbal program, the first step is to begin the consumption of Schizandra Tea for 100 days, and if one happens to skip even one day, even if is the 99th day, that one should again start from day one.

Completing the 100 Days of Schizandra is said to restore the complexion, and... completely purify the blood. Modern research has demonstrated Schizandra's ability to quell inflammation, and in light of the tradition of the "100 Days of Schizandra," we can now say that this regimen allows the body the opportunity to break inflammatory patterns. The strictness of not missing even one day arises from the empirical knowledge that the body will begin to slip back into its negative patterned responses even after missing one day. Those who have completed this regimen are very surprised at its wonderful positive results, as a big difference is felt even after the first few days.

Schizandra Berry in this sense is a superior way to cleanse the liver, as one is able to clean the liver every day. One can consume it without the negative detox side-effects of other liver cleansing herbs which send the toxin to the bowel. When this happens much of the toxins are again reabsorbed into the body through the bowel, oftentimes producing headache and irritability before they again end up in the liver. With Schizandra the toxin within the liver is effectively expelled and sent directly to the kidney, and passes through the urine without any negative detox effect. It is no wonder why proponents of the Longevity Traditions made the good habit of consuming this herb on an everyday basis.

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