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Letha Hadady's Asian Health Secrets

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Natural Flu Fighters
By Letha Hadady, D. Ac.

Have worries about catching the flu kept you from enjoying friends or work? Your supermarket, Asian grocery, and a number of health websites have potent weapons against flu. Protect yourself and family daily: Wash your hands, objects you handle, and fresh fruits and vegetables with water and one drop of mild soap and Australian Tea Tree Oil or vinegar. Even organic produce is sprayed with pesticides and may be handled by infected people. Germs can live in the wax used to protect foods. To clear sinus congestion all day, gently swab the inside of each nostril with a Q-tip moistened with one drop of essential eucalyptus oil. You can breathe better by rubbing on to your chest a few drops of aromatic Kapha Massage Oil LH1001 or other anti-kapha organic essential oils products from Himalayan Wisdoms International.

Enjoy a cup of hot basil leaf, cinnamon, or raw ginger tea between meals to increase resistance and prevent hypothermia. Especially after being in cold weather, peel and thinly slice 1/2 inch of raw ginger into a mug then add the juice of 1/2 lemon and hot water. Ginger improves digestion, breathing, and soothes sore throat. Lemon has vitamin C to enhance your vitality.

Amla, a dried cherry sold as pills or powder in East Indian groceries, provides one of the highest food sources of vitamin C. Add 1/4 teaspoon of amla powder per cup of tea. It is recommended by Ayurvedic doctors for acid indigestion, bloated abdomen, thinning hair, and skin rashes.

Chinatown groceries, herb shops, or Chinese herb websites sell deliciously sweet Extractum Astragali made with raw honey and astragalus (huang qi) a strong immune booster. For an energizing treat, break open the ampule container and use the straw provided. You can sweeten drinks with it. But do not heat the honey because cooking destroys its enzymes.

Flu Away is an instant beverage made by Yin/Yang Sisters available online at www./ Add 1-2 foil-wrapped packets of the powdered herbs to water or juice one to three times daily. It contains honeysuckle flower, forsythia bark, vitex, and licorice to soothe sore throat, fever, and cough. Chinatown aficionados also recommend Breathe Free and Gorgeous You by the same company.

Reishi (ling zhi) the famous antibacterial, antiviral "immortality mushroom" is recommended for preventing everything from cancer and heart trouble to flu. Reishi, shiitake, enoki, and oyster mushrooms, among others contain polysaccharides known to prevent illness. For convenience, take pills or use a liquid extract daily between meals. See for current research and for pills, extracts, and cooking instructions..

Most health professionals recommend garlic as an antimicrobial. Mash fresh garlic into salad dressings or roast garlic with vegetables. If you hate the smell, consider using a garlic oil capsule as a suppository. It kills intestinal parasites and yeast infections.

After being exposed to flu germs, disarm them fast. Health expert, Gary Null, recommends placing a drop of essential oil of wild oregano under your tongue, holding it there a few minutes, then drinking a glass of warm water. He says oil of oregano kills flu germs on contact. It tastes spicy and kills bad breath too. Null also recommends taking ten drops of colloidal silver by mouth and spraying it into the nose to kill flu germs.

Commonly used Chinese herbs for flu symptoms are honeysuckle flower (broad-spectrum antibiotic), isatis (ban lan gen) anti-inflammatory antibiotic, forsythia bark (antiinflammatory) and licorice root, which soothes the throat and reduces cramps. Popular Chinese remedies include Flu Away instant beverage, Gan Mao Ling pills, Gan Mao Ching (andrographis), and Isatis Gold pills. While using any flu medicine or herbal antibiotic, be sure to increase your intake of acidophilus or add 1/4 teaspoon of turmeric powder to a cup of yogurt to balance your digestive tract. Otherwise, you may develop indigestion. Good luck and don't cough or sneeze on anyone.

Letha Hadady, D. Ac. "the best-known blonde in Chinatown" Newsday, L.A. Times is the author ofASIAN HEALTH SECRETS: THE COMPLETE GUIDE TO ASIA HERBAL MEDICINE(Three Rivers Press) and teaches Asian herbal medicine classes and walking tours through The Renfield Center of Nursing Education, Beth Israel Medical Center and the New York Open Center in Manhattan.

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Gan Mao Ling (Code #15683)

The Heart
By Letha Hadady, D. Ac.

The heart, according to TCM, is like a king that rules over the entire body. It's steady strong rhythm underlies blood circulation as well as mental and emotional balance. When we are anxious, our heart races; when depressed, its beat becomes irregular. Energy and circulation suffer from rich foods or confused emotions. Even memory and mental clarity depend on a strong heart and good digestion. Remedies that support circulation and digestion are often warming stimulants such as tea. A time-honored gift for this season (Autumn-Moon Festival) is Ti Kuan Yin, a delicious oolong tea named after the beautiful Goddess of Compassion. Its caffeine content is slightly higher than green tea, which makes it a good energy boost for mid morning (when the heart tends to lag) or mid afternoon instead of coffee. The best way to serve oolong tea is in the yixing tea pot that was designed especially to bring out its color and flavor. The yixing tea set includes a small bowl, the pot and several tiny cups. Fill the bowl with boiling hot water to warm the tea set. Pour out the water. Fill the tea pot with tea and add hot water. Steep for no longer than one minute and pour the strong tea into the cups. Take time to enjoy the aroma, take a sip, and slowly finish several cups. Follow this tea only with water not food and the aftertaste will stimulate you a long time. Never use soap to clean the tea pot. Just rinse with water. The tea will cure the pot to improve flavor. Another heart gift is Chinese Iron Balls. They are heavy and make a nice clanging sound when rotated in your hands. But their use goes far beyond their calming effects. By slowly rotating the balls first one direction than the other in both hands, you exercise the acupuncture meridians that lead stiffness, pain and congestion away from the chest. That action soothes and strengthens the heart. Can you think of a better thing to do while stuck in traffic?

The Eyes

Chronic blurry vision and early glaucoma and cataracts. Dim vision, floaters or spots in front of the eyes, glaucoma and cataracts, according to TCM, are all influenced by poor blood circulation that fails to nourish the optic nerve and surrounding muscles. Some authors, such as Dr. Bernard Jensen, suggest that cataracts are the result of poor calcium absorption. That can lead to impaired circulation near the eyes. Unlike anti-inflammatory herbs such as prunella or chrysanthemum used to reduce eye redness or antiseptic herbs that reduce infection, sticky discharge, and conjunctivitis, which we discussed last week, herbs that strengthen weak vision are healing to the liver. Some cooling, moistening blood building herbs are also useful for hot flashes, hypertension, and burnout. They improve mood and sleep because they take the edge off your nerves. You can feel the tension deep behind your eyes relax. The basic recipe for improving weak vision is simple: Herbs that increase moisture and blood (also called yin building herbs) are added to herbs that increase circulation at the eyes. Bringing better nourishment to the eye area reverses eye fatigue, strengthens eye muscles, and reduce dryness. With cataracts, the lens becomes opaque as it becomes dry. One famous traditional formula for cataracts is made from equal parts of lycium fruit, rehmannia glutinosa, astragalus seed and bat guano. (No kidding.) To modify this recipe, I cook the first three ingredients overnight in a crockpot full of water. With each cup of the resulting brew, I replace the guano with its vitamin equivalent--10,000 units of vitamin A and 800 units of vitamin D. We usually take herbs that treat vision between meals. They are relaxing during the evening. Ming Mu Di Huang Wan (Bright Eyes Rehmannia pills) is recommended for dry eyes, redness and itching, poor vision, excessive tearing, glaucoma, and cataract. The formula contains rehmannia, dioscorea, haliotis sea shell, cornus fruit, dong quai, chrysanthemum flower, lycium, two forms of paeonia, alisma, tribulus fruit and poria. The blood-building herbs including rehmannia, dong quai, and lycium are carried to the eyes by chrysanthemum. Excess inflammatory acid is carried away by diuretics alisma and poria. The usual dosage is 10 pills three times daily.


Q.I just turned 51; as the days, months and years go by my metabolism seems to get slower and slower. I have tried many types of herbs and I had my thyroid checked and nothing seems to be wrong there. I have cold hands and cold feet and I don't seem to be going through the menopausal stage. I've had tonsillitis, appendix, tubal ligation, hysterectomy, gallbladder operations. Is there an answer to this? My metabolism getting slower and slower? Please help! Thank you so much!

A.It is normal for metabolism to slow as we age, but I don't like the cold hands and feet you describe. That can indicate weak digestion or low adrenal energy. Some people eat too many cold raw foods and salads. Some eat so much garlic that circulation feels stuck in the chest. Try to avoid extremes in diet. A digestive remedy such as Xiao Yao Wan (pills) may be useful. It contains warming ginger along with herbs such as bupleurum and dong quai that help circulation and poria, a diuretic, to reduce water retention. It makes digestion smoother and easier. Many of your surgeries are located in the digestive center. Surgery cuts through energy found in meridians. That might contribute to weakened digestion and elimination. Try a warming circular abdominal massage with Po Sum On oil and drink some of the following digestive tea. For water retention in the middle--bloated abdomen and indigestion-simmer a handful of poria (fuling) along with a handful each of atractylodes (baizhu) and licorice root. Simmer the three ingredients in a quart of water for 20 minutes and pour some over your favorite oolong tea. Another slimming tea that starts the day with a bang is Bojenmi. Drink only one or two cups daily. It contains hawthorn to reduce cholesterol.

HAWTHORNE (Fructus Crataegi): Hawthorn berries strengthen digestion and stimulate heart action. The herb can help tired, stressed people get through the day. It's a main ingredient in Bojenmi slimming tea recommended to reduce cholesterol. Hawthorn helps clean up plaque. One traditional recipe called Yu Zha Chongji made of fragrant solomonseal rhizome (Polygonati Odorati) and hawthorn (Fructus Crataegi) is recommended for decreasing blood lipids and preventing hardening of the arteries. In China it is used for coronary heart disease, angina pectoris and high triglycerides. You might simmer in a covered enamel or earthen pot equal parts of the two herbs in three cups of water for one hour. Add up to a tablespoon to a little water three times daily after meals. You might enjoy adding a handful of each herb to a bottle of brandy. Steep it for three weeks. It makes for cheerful digestion.

Chinese Herbs for a Beautiful Complexion
By Letha Hadady, D. Ac.

You're about to leave for a meeting but you glimpse a humongous blemish. Do you run for a scarf, camouflage the zit, or skip the appointment? Being a skin fanatic can ruin your day. However, it is also a tool for self-knowledge.

Over the years, I have applied traditional Chinese herbal medicine to solve beauty problems. Using Asian diagnosis, you can turn complexion issues into a means of preventing deeper problems. A healthy, glowing complexion can result when cells get adequate oxygen. Appearance and vitality can improve by addressing digestion and breathing. Pungent, bitter, and sour-tasting herbs and foods that clear blemishes help us to cleanse naturally.

Facial redness, acne, and fragile capillaries improve with a diet made up of 60% raw foods, which supply oxygen. Hot spices, caffeine, and rich foods can increase blemishes. White rice (cooling), fish, soy, fresh vegetables and fruits, seaweeds, nuts, raw seeds, and five to ten cups daily of green tea are cleansing. An excellent daily complexion tea is alfalfa, dandelion, and peppermint. The best raw juices for blood-cleansing are fresh parsley, cucumber, carrot, endive, apple, and pineapple. If complexion problems persist after changing your diet, the specific suggestions that follows may help you.

Moistening, laxative yellow vegetables--squash, pumpkin, and carrot, high in vitamin A--will help you cleanse. Green vegetables especially watercress--high in chlorophyll and oxygen--can improve liver function. Anti-stress supplements include 60-100 mgs daily of zinc. For smooth energy and prevention of stress-related blemishes and wrinkles, take six to nine gotu kola capsules spaced throughout the day. Daily herbs for excess digestive acid include aloe vera, peppermint, alfalfa, and dandelion. One quarter cup of aloe gel added daily to juice or tea will prevent bad breath and cramps while it cools angry blemishes. Aloe is alkaline, laxative, and diuretic.

Stubborn, deep acne pimples do not necessarily improve with washing. You may require stronger anti-biotic and blood-cleansing herbs. LIEN CHIAO PAI TU PIEN, a Chinese herbal pill, is made up of anti-fever, anti-biotic, and laxative herbs such as honeysuckle flower, forsythia, and rhubarb. The dosage is four pills taken twice daily. Some people take them along with SHESHE CAO capsules (Oldenlandia diffusa) for carbuncles, boils, and stubborn acne. Chinese antibiotic herbs have been used with confidence for generations. While using them, take acidophilus to re-balance your digestive flora.

Dandelion and honeysuckle flower tea is especially useful for chronic itchy rashes and ecsema. Simmer a handful of each herb in one quart of water for twenty minutes and drink one to three cups daily. This laxative brew is gentle enough for children and animals when used in small doses.

Dark circles under the eyes often result from fatigue and allergies. One fine remedy for both is nettle tea. Once a friend sat in my apartment suffering from her cat allergies. I gave her a cup of hot nettle tea and she was amazed--no more choking, tearing, and coughing. Eventually, her allergies and dark circles were eliminated by drinking an afternoon pot of nettle tea along with her daily zinc supplement.

Herpes is social dilemma. Not only is it sexually transmitted, it is always made worse with sugar, caffeine, and stress--which frequently accompany dating. My clients have reported the best results by taking high doses of certain Chinese herbs when they anticipate stress, rich eating, and PMS. LUNG TAN XIE GAN pills is a highly effective Chinese treatment for the itch and pain of herpes as well as headaches, constipation, a yellow vaginal discharge, nervous rage and hyperthyroid mania. The pills contain gentian gardenia buds, skullcap, clematis, alisma, and licorice, along with Angelica senensis, which regulates digestion. The dosage is anywhere from eight to fifteen pills, depending on the problem, taken three times daily. Avoid hot spices, caffeine, sugar, and stimulants.

Warts can be a nagging problem. I have known people who have gotten rid of genital warts, by using daily doses of homeopathic Thuja 200c twice daily between meals. It may take as long as a year to remove them with a homeopathic remedy, but it spares you the surgery.

If you choose to have surgery for any reason or if you get cuts, bruises, or insect bites, YUNNAN PAIYAO, a wonderful Chinese herbal pill containing several forms of tienchi ginseng, will help you to heal in no time. It increases circulation. Take the tiny red pill that comes with the capsules just before surgery or for deep or hemorrhaging puncture wounds. Follow with up to four capsules of Yunnan Paiyao daily for up to one month to eliminate bruises, swelling, and pain of dental work and surgery. This remedy will not interfere with sedative medications. The Chinese People's Army swears by Yunnan Paiyao for gun shot wounds. A billion soldiers can't be wrong.


The End of Weightloss
by Letha Hadady, D.Ac.

Most of us want to be thinner. Over 50% of Americans are considered to be overweight despite the fact our total fat consumption has decreased over the past decade. Overweight is damaging to health. In 1900, the three major causes of death were flu, diarrhea and tuberculosis as compared in 1999 to cancer, heart trouble and stroke. The causes of life-threatening illness have turned from germs to stress and diet. We need to eat to live longer and better: We need to feed our brain, muscles, bones, and nerves not just reduce our waistline. I addressed our national weightloss problem in two interviews I did 3/24 (keyword: "Asian Health Secrets") and 3/29/2000 (keyword: "Personal Renewal") on

A congressional debate held this March, sponsored by the Department of Agriculture, faced-off diet book authors situated in two camps--the high-protein, high-fat diet versus the low protein fruit, vegetables and carbohydrate diet as the ideal weightloss solution. Battle lines were drawn between a cardiologist (Robert Atkins), an internist (Dean Ornish), a biochemist (Barry Sears) and a cardiac surgeon (Morrison Bethea). You wonder if any of them can cook worth a darn.

The "pig wild" high-fat, high-protein group, lead by Atkins, believes we should eat all meats, including fat ones such as bacon, lamb, shrimp, and duck; cream and most cheeses; and reduce daily carbohydrates to 20 grams or one tossed green salad daily. Fruit, bread, grains, starchy vegetables and skim milk are to be avoided.

The "yogi diet" fruit and veggie group, headed by Ornish, recommends heart-saving proteins made up of beans and legumes, as well as fruits, vegetables, and grains. To be avoided are all the meats in Atkins' list as well as fish, chicken, oils, dairy products, sugar, alcohol and any processed products that contains more than 2 grams of fat per serving. The confrontation sounds like the nursery rhyme: "Jack Sprat could eat no fat. His wife could eat no lean." Which one is right? What are you going to do? It pays to look the two diet options directly in the eye: Who do you really want to look like?


The beef and bacon group is populated by hot-tempered folks with plenty of liver spots and dark circles around the eyes. Eating meat we ingest the animal's hormones, chemical additives and slaughter-anxiety. Depriving the body of carbohydrates naturally leads to an acid condition called ketosis, in which the body draws upon fat as fuel. Unfortunately, ketosis can also wither muscles and waste nerves for people who are under stress. Ketosis leads to bad breath and mood swings as the body feeds upon itself. According to Andrew Weil, high fat and high protein foods also tend to crowd out protective nutrients such as minerals found in fruits and vegetables.

If you spend time with heavy protein eaters you may notice inflammatory symptoms such as blemishes, blood-shot eyes, head hair that is thinning around the face, and dark circles under the eyes indicating multiple allergies. Each time you eat an animal protein the body's immune system has to register a "not me." That cow, chicken, egg, fish, pig or whatever is "not me." Vitality and immunity eventually get tired.

Heavy protein eaters have been known to show signs of chronic fatigue, poor digestion or starvation as well as gout and high cholesterol. Research is currently underway at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas to see if the high-protein, low carbohydrate diet increases the risk of kidney stones and bone loss. Drs. Shalini Reddy and Chia-Ying Wang, both assistant professors of internal medicine, say the results will be out by early 2001.

Add a high protein diet to a high-stress lifestyle and you are in for it. According to Brown University professors Kevin Vigilante and Mary Flynn in their book, LOW-FAT LIES HIGH-FAT FRAUDS, "The (high-protein) diet's only salvation is that people can't tolerate it for very long--not long enough for the increase in the risk of heart disease or cancer that long-term use of such a diet could bring." This diet can lead to congestion, excess acid, and pain.


The high carb fruit and veggie group tends to look starved and peeked. You wonder if their zest for life resembles stale beansprouts. They look beautifully slim and squeaky clean, but can they deal with stress such as Life in the Big City? It takes drive, endurance, and mental acuity to compete at work and raise a family. How can we enhance physical beauty and animal magnetism while eating a chilled-out low protein diet? How can we revitalize our sex life? If you have weak digestion, this diet can lead to low energy, hypoglycemia, and depression.

Another weightloss option that no one mentioned is a raw foods diet. I have met people who have lost up to 100 pounds after eating a diet of sprouts and mostly raw or lightly steamed vegetables. However, it takes a strong digestion to cope with raw food diets. Sprouts are excellent live foods packed with beautifying vitamins and enzymes. However, they increase constipation, headaches and gout if digestion is weak. You have to make sure that digestive energy is strong enough to cook your food internally. Add warming spices and herbs such as ginger, pepper, cardamom, mint, and dried orange peel to speed digestion. Add parsley, dandelion, and laxative herbs, including aloe vera gel in tea to help eliminate excess acid.

Either high or low protein diet can reduce calories. Reducing calories and stepping up exercise keeps weight off. No one diet can work for everyone. Besides, eating only to lose weight is boring, boring, boring. I vary my diet according to the season. During hot weather, I enjoy lots of salads, vegetables, raw fruits, seeds, nuts, and fish. In cold or humid weather, I enjoy warm cooked foods and barley soups with digestive herbs such as dried orange peel and cardamon added. Pungent spices including clove and ginger and tonic herbs such as tang kuei can be added to soups. Chinese and tienchi ginsengs simmered in water for thirty minutes or taken as powders or pills lift energy. Have you ever noticed how you reach for fattening foods when you are tired or bored?

A varied diet that is sensitive to individual needs and tastes is ideal. How can you observe your individual dietary needs?


Tongue diagnosis has been used by Asian herbal doctors for centuries in order to determine a patient's individual needs. Your vital energy and metabolism shows on your tongue.

If you are weak, tired and have a pale scalloped tongue, indicating slow metabolism and weak energy, animal fats can hamper digestion to make you feel stuffed. If you have a pale tongue, eating more carbs can push you into hypoglycemia.

If you have a dry red tongue or chronic thirst, indicating dehydration, inflammation and a fast metabolism, the best foods for you are cooling and high in antioxidants, iron, B12 and B6 such as green vegetables, dark colored fruits such as blueberries, cherries and strawberries, tea and easily digested low-fat proteins. Eating a heating diet of meats and oils could lead to circulation troubles including heart discomforts, headaches, and arthritis. Eating what's right for you makes your slimming diet a longevity diet.


As important as individual differences are when choosing a diet, another very important factor is food-combining. Many people give them selves indigestion because they eat the wrong thing at the wrong time. Never mix fruit with starch or grains. It leads to indigestion gas bubbles. Eat fruit-if at all-once daily with tea. Avoid fruit, bread, and sweets if you have candida yeast (with or without a vaginal discharge) or abdominal pain and bloating. Hops used to make beer mixed with grains or pasta increases yeast, pain and bloat.


A long-life diet would be easy to digest, nourishing and contain minimal pollutants. In Japan, there are more people aged one hundred or older than anywhere else. They drink pots of hot (slimming) green tea. They eat primarily white rice, fish, seaweeds, fruits, vegetables, seeds, nuts, a cleansing dietary fiber called konnyaku, and soy products including fermented soy tempeh, which tends to balance over or under-production of estrogen. Hot tubs and Sake also help to reduce stress. Japanese people are careful about how they eat not just what they eat. Ohasi, who founded over 100 health institutes internationally once told me, "Americans eat a pound of steak yet they still do not feel satisfied. In Japan, we serve a little portion of meat and lots of vegetables beautifully prepared and served with candles and music as a gift to our family and friends."


Weightloss involves more than eating less. If you do not strengthen digestion, pounds will creep back. No diet can provide energy, vitality, beauty and freedom from addictions unless you have good digestion. Start by using the following digestive remedies to bring your cravings and energy back on track. After digestive comfort and mood swings have improved, you can begin with cleansing, weightloss herbs. However, if you begin slimming while you are still weak, you could easily fall back on addictions, depression, exhaustion and mental fog.

East Earth Trade Winds in Redding, California ( carries Chinese teas and well-known Chinese patent remedies such as XIAO YAO WAN. That combination of ginger, mint, and digestive and blood-enhancing herbs reduces bloating, nervousness and depression. It is especially recommended for PMS binging and womens' issues. Other balancing digestive formulas from East Earth Trade Winds include a combination of two remedies--SPLEEN/STOMACH QI along with LIVER QI. Together, the herbal formulas improve energy and absorption. They enhance mental clarity because they balance blood sugar. Do you feel spacy, tired or angry if you don't eat? You may need these digestive formulas.


Beware of ma huang (herba ephedra). This Chinese herb speeds metabolism for overweight people with under-active thyroid. However, it is too stimulating for most people. If you are easily excitable, insomniac or have hypertension, avoid ma huang completely.

A weightloss tea is easy to use because you can drink it all day. I recommend at least six cups daily of green, white or oolong teas for slimming. I also recommend Bojenmi because it contains hawthorn--One cup daily.


In my online health practice, a surprising number of people have described their excess weight as "emotional protection." Obese people have said, "my weight protects me from my parents." Single women have told me, "Damn, I've lost weight. Now I have to think about dating." One smoker who gave up cigarettes for sweets said, "my diet is a smoke screen to protect me." For one timid overweight woman, I recommended HOMEOPATHIC PULSATILLA. Pulsatilla in its homeopathic form (6x or 30C strength) is usually recommended for sadness, excess complaining, mucus congestion or grief. In her case, the 30C strength homeopathic pulsatilla helped her to feel less claustrophobic. She could socialize and stop hiding from people because of fear of ridicule.

Herbal energy tonics help you to develop the determination necessary to lose weight. For example, NETTLE CAPSULES usually recommended to prevent allergies, can lift vitality and slow depressed eating. Dosage can be a total of 10 or 12 daily taken throughout the day.

GEJIE DA BU WAN, a Chinese patent pill remedy from is usually recommended for people who feel chilled and urinate too frequently. A heating stimulant and sexual tonic, it facilitates other pleasures besides eating. BU ZHONG YI QI WAN pills are recommended for general weakness, recovery from illness, fatigue and aching joints. It works well for people who have chronic diarrhea and malabsorption from weakness. Taken with lots of slimming tea, aloe vera gel added to vegetable juice and daily salad greens, these stimulant herbs can reduce fat food cravings.


The end of weightloss is to become slimmer and live better. The weightloss regime you choose can greatly affect your beauty, vitality, mood, and longevity. Digestive, cleansing and slimming herbs can give you a new life as you reduce impurities and strengthen metabolism. They can help you to overcome addictive cravings and mood swings as well as to reduce cholesterol and cellulite. We store more than calories in fat. Did you ever think about how may chemical poisons and bad memories are also stored in fat?





Introducing Letha Hadady....


Letha Hadady, D.Ac. stars in ASIAN HEALTH SECRETS, an informative and entertaining Winstar video shot in New York's Chinatown. Newsday has called Letha "The best-known blonde in Chinatown." The's reviewer wrote: "Want to take charge of your health naturally? Sit down, relax, and soak up some Asian Health Secrets with Letha Hadady, the 'Martha Stewart of herbs.' Stroll with her through a Chinese market and see the herbs, teas, and foods that can help common problems from arthritis to high blood pressure, and even aid weight loss and depression safely and gently."

Letha Hadady is the author of PERSONAL RENEWAL (Three Rivers Press). Amazon's reviewer wrote: "Letha Hadady extends a wise, helpful hand and walks us through her vast store of alternative medicine knowledge." PERSONAL RENEWAL, an enthusiastic One Spirit Book Club selection, has a foreword by Dr. Bernard Jensen, the 91 year old doyen of the American natural health movement.

Letha is also the author of ASIAN HEALTH SECRETS: The Complete Guide to Asian Herbal Medicine (Crown 11/96, paperback Three Rivers Press), a Washington Post and One Spirit bestseller. The book has a foreword by H.H. the Dalai Lama. ASIAN HEALTH SECRETS, a modern classic in alternative medicine, has been widely praised as a "concise, well written, easily understood explanation of the Asian theories about our health" and dubbed on, "Chinese medicine for dummies."

Letha's most recent television appearances include, FOX's Donny and Marie; MSG Channel's Metro Holistic ; WNBC, Today Show; Discovery Health, featured Letha's walking tour of New York's Chinatown. Other guest appearances have included CNN's, Burden of Proof , ABC's The View, NBC's Extra and B. Smith With Style. Letha is the most visible woman herbalist and acupuncture expert in the United States. As B. Smith (NBC's B. Smith with Style) says, "Letha makes Chinese medicine easy to use."


About Letha Hadady

"She is blonde, busty and windswept."
-Joan Rivers

"Letha has a lot of information to share and she looks so young."
-Barbara Walters, "The View"

"Letha Hadady is America's foremost herbalist"
-Gary Null

"Letha Hadady is a blessing to those she touches. Her contribution is not only the advice she has to offer; I feel her book is a treasure of knowledge for the personal self."
-Dr. Bernard Jensen, foreword to PERSONAL RENEWAL.

"I am confident that this book by Letha Hadady on Asian herbal medicine will bring the ancient knowledge of the great cultures of Asia to a larger public."
-H.H. Tenzin Gyatso, the Dalai Lama, foreword to ASIAN HEALTH SECRETS.

"I love Letha's books! They make Chinese medicine easy to understand."
-Barbara Smith, "B. Smith with Style"

Daily News,"The tall, slender herbalist found her calling after a life threatening illness. . . Her encyclopedic knowledge of herbology is evident."

Newsday, L.A. Times syndicate,"Hadady sees her role as an ambassador between curious Americans, trying to overcome their ignorance of alternative medicine, and Chinese herbalists, who are uneasy about opening their customs to the scrutiny of outsiders."

New York Post,"Letha unearths the wisdom of the ancients."

Newsday,"the best-known blonde in Chinatown."

The San Francisco Chronicle,"the nation's leading expert on natural Chinese remedies is leading a quiet, lady-like revolution to bring herbal medicines from the Far East and elsewhere into everyday use in American homes."

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