Asian Secret #22 A Date a Day…

Plump Jujubes

Also called Jujubes or Chinese Dates, the health benefits of eating dates regularly are common knowledge across greater Asia. Making conributions to heart health by increasing red cell counts and improving blood circulation, its not hard to understand why dates have been eaten for centuries across much of the world.

Women benefit a lot from consuming dates, except during menstruation, which is when boosting your blood circulation isn’t ideal. My girlfriend loves snacking on sweet dates during tv time and always reminds me to eat some. Often you’ll find red dates cooked in soups in China, but also in tea ceremonies in Japan. They are also candied and sold as a street snack in many East Asian countries.

Medicinal Massage in China

~Pure Relaxation~

What is the first thing you think of when someone suggests getting a massage? For those who haven’t tried a genuine massage, it probably sounds dirty, but don’t let the negative press fool you. Massage is genuinely useful and even plays a substantial role in Traditional Chinese Medicine techniques. After a long week of work on my computer or dealing with university stress, I find that a professional body massage really helps. If you play sports regularly or receive an injury, a mix of acupuncture and light massage can bring your muscles back to their healthy state much faster[*]. People with poor circulation can get blood moving again with regular medicinal massage too. My mother often reminds me of the benefit her legs received in 2008, the last time she was in China.

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