Red Ginseng Date Rice – Serves 2 (Vegetarian, Vegan)

  • 2 scoops rice (automatic rice cooker measuring cup)  It turns out to be about 1 and 1/4 cups rice, if you don’t have a rice cooker.
  • Water to boil rice
  • 2 Tsp dried red ginseng (pulverized)
  • 6 dates (chopped)
  • 1/4 Tsp Salt
  • 2 Tbsp Chives (chopped)
  • Extra Salt to taste


I use an automatic rice cooker.  It’s quick, easy, and I can do other things while the rice is cooking and not worry about the rice being undercooked or overcooked.  It always comes out right.  That being said, the 2 scoops of rice pertains to the little scoop that usually comes with a rice cooker.  (If you make rice the old fashioned way, just add ginseng, dates and salt to the pot once the rice comes to a boil.)

Put the ginseng in a mortar and crush it into small pieces.  If the ginseng is dried enough, it will break apart quickly with little force.  Slice the dates into thin pieces.  Put ginseng and dates into rice cooker and make recipe for “2” according to your rice cooker.  Add salt and let rice cooker do its job.

When rice is done, mix it all together to distribute dates and ginseng evenly.  Top with chives.  Add salt to taste.  Serve.


TCM Notes:

Overall, this red ginseng date rice is nourishing, warming and boosts the body’s own yin, yang, and qi. It is energetically balanced and a great dish for the winter time and helping one to support the immune system during cold and flu season.

Ginseng is called Ren Shen, translated “man root” in Chinese, because of the way the roots resemble the shape of a man.  Ginseng is known for its properties of tonifying the body’s overall qi.  Red ginseng is generally considered more warming than white ginseng.  Ask your acupuncturist about the different types of ginseng and how they can benefit you.

Dates, called Mi Zao in Chinese, are an iron-rich food and used in cases of mild constipation.  Dates can also help rid the body of toxins from alcohol.  Dates tonify the yin according to TCM.  Dates have a high sugar content and should be monitored in diabetes patients.

Chives, also known as garlic chives (or Chinese chives), are great for expelling colds.  Chives open the pores and allow sweating.  Chives are also great for stimulating digestion.

Celery Lentil Soup – Serves 2 (Vegetarian, Vegan)

  • 2 Cups Water
  • 1/3 Cup Dried Lentils (You may use pretty much any color Lentil bean you like.  I use brown)
  • 1/4 Cup Chopped Onion
  • 2 Celery Stalks (finely chopped)
  • 1 Cup Potatoes (either finely chopped or pureed.  I puree mine for thicker soup.)
  • 4 Salad Tomatoes (halved)
  • 1 Garlic clove (minced)
  • 2 Tsp Lemon Juice
  • 1 Tsp Ground Cumin
  • 1/2 Tsp Turmeric
  • 1/2 Tsp Salt
  • 2 Tsp Canola oil
  • 1/4 Cup Cilantro (chopped)
  • 1/2 Tsp Scotch Bonnet Pepper (finely chopped)  This ingredient is for adding extra spicy flavor
  • Extra Salt and Pepper to taste


Put first 8 ingredients into large pot.  Bring to boil.  Cover and lower heat.  Simmer for 20-25 minutes, stirring occasionally.  Lentils will start to break up and soften.  (If you like, you can cook until most of the lentils are soft and leave some of the lentils slightly firm.)  Turn off heat.

Put spices and oil into a small saucepan.  Stir continuously over medium heat for 2-3 minutes until spices brown slightly.  (Be careful not to burn the spices!)  Add to soup mixture.

Stir pot with soup and spices.  Now, add salt and pepper to taste.

Pour into bowls and garnish with cilantro (and scotch bonnet pepper).  Serve.


TCM Notes:

The herbs and spices in this dish are great for regulating digestion.  Energetically, the cooling effect of the celery and lemon balance the warming effect of the turmeric, cilantro, and cumin.


Turmeric is an herb also known as Jiang Huang.  It invigorates blood stagnation caused by cold from deficiency.  It also moves qi in the epigastrium and abdomen.  This herb is also good for gynecological disorders. (Materia Medica, Bensky)

Cumin is also known as Xi Hui Xiang in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM).  Cumin harmonizes the Stomach, stops pain, and warms the abdomen.

Cilantro is usually the leaf, while the seed is known as coriander.  In TCM, cilantro resolves the exterior, enhances appetite and digestion.

Inversion Ankle Sprain – Why Treat the Muscles If I Twisted My Ankle?

Any athletic activity requiring footwork allows for the potential of ankle injury.  Even walking doesn’t remove one from the chance of twisting an ankle.  For those that injure an ankle, treatment should be administered as soon as possible.  Improper treatment, or lack thereof, can cause poor healing and leave the ankle more susceptible to repeated injury.

First, let’s analyze the lower leg and foot.  The muscles that move the ankle are located in the lower leg.  These muscles are called extrinsic muscles of the foot, since they control the foot from outside of the foot itself.  The gastrocnemius, soleus, tibialis anterior/posterior, peroneus group, etc. are incredibly powerful muscles and help one to walk, jump, and run.  These large muscles in the lower leg are responsible for the gross motor movement of the ankle and foot.  The muscles in the foot, or intrinsic muscles, are responsible for finer movements.  These intrinsic muscles play a large part in supporting the arches of the feet, providing movement for the toes, and relaying spatial information.

Both the extrinsic and intrinsic muscles relay information to the brain about proprioception, or spatial positioning.  This idea is important, because after ankle trauma, such as an inversion ankle sprain, the “sensors” which send proprioceptive signals back to the brain can be injured.  During the actual ankle inversion injury, tendons and ligaments can get stretched.  The body reacts to these rapidly stretched sinews by strongly contracting musculature supporting the ankle.  Why?  It’s an inherent protection mechanism from further damage.  By tensing the muscles around the ankle, the body tries to avoid possibility of more violent damage.  The chance for reoccurence of injury is when these proprioceptive sensors do not return to normal function after trauma.

So, now, the injury is here.  The soft tissues around the lateral malleolus are swollen, bruised, and stretched.  Some people will apply ice to reduce swelling.  Some will apply heat.  (We’re not going to go into the ice vs. heat argument here.)  But, many will do no more than administer thermal treatment and believe that time and “walking it off” will fix everything.  Poor rehabilitation methods can leave the tendons and ligaments damaged and stretched.  They can also leave the muscles in spasm, thereby giving the person a feeling of weakness and instability in the ankle.

Since the scope of this article is treatment of musculature for ankle injury, discussion of the mechanics of injury and other forms/areas of treatment will not be found here.  But, the reader should note that this article focuses on treatment of the muscles of the lower leg and foot.  The ideas found here are extremely important when rehabilitating any type of ankle injury and can be applied to any treatment regimen.

What muscles should be treated in the case of an inversion ankle sprain:

  1. Peroneus Group – The peroneus muscles of the lower leg are made up of 3 (and sometimes 4) muscles.  These muscles are also called Fibularis (longus, brevis, tertius, quartus) and run down the lateral side of the lower leg.  They are generally responsible for dorsiflexion and eversion of the foot.  Basically, when you “roll your ankle” these muscles try to pull your foot back to a neutral position.  Pain from these muscles are located  anterior, posterior, and inferior to the lateral malleolus.  If you are still having pain in these areas well after your ankle sprain, look to treat these muscles.
  2. Anterior Tibialis – This muscle is located on the front of the lower leg and is heavily used in foot activity.  The job of this muscle is to dorsiflex the foot with some slight inversion.  It has a tendency to be tight and easily fatigued from overuse.  Pain from tight anterior tibialis can be felt on the anterior portion of the ankle and in the big toe.  If there is pain on top of the ankle well after the ankle sprain, look to treat this muscle.
  3. Extensor Digitorum Longus – The EDL muscle aids in dorsiflexion and eversion of the foot.  This muscle assists the peroneus group in their function.  It is located underneath and slightly lateral to the tibialis anterior muscle.  Due to its deep position in the foot, it is sometimes missed during treatment.  Pain in the anterior portion of the foot can be caused by tightness in the extensor digitorum longus.
  4. Extensor Digitorum Brevis/Extensor Hallucis Brevis – These are two intrinsic muscles of the foot that should be treated after inversion ankle sprain.  These muscles are located on the top of the foot, just anterior to the ankle joint.  They dorsiflex the toes and you can usually see them contract when doing so.
  5. Other Supporting MusclesSoleus, gastrocnemius, flexor digitorum brevis, are other muscles that can also be treated during a rehabilitation phase of ankle sprain.

Why should one treat the muscles in an inversion ankle sprain?  As stated earlier, the “sensors” that tell the brain one’s orientation in space can be damaged in an ankle sprain.  When these proprioceptive sensors are injured, the brain can get mixed signals as to where the foot is, relative to the body and to the ground.  It is important to give these sensors (or stretch receptors in the muscle) the best opportunity to “unstretch” or return to normal function and sensibility.  By treating the muscles surrounding the ankle, these proprioceptive signals can reset themselves and bring back the kinesthetic awareness of the feet.  Another reason for treating lower leg muscles would be to reduce/prevent inflammation of the tendons as they pass over the and around the ankle joint.  The abnormal tension due to tight musculature in the calves can increase the stress on the ankle joint and cause tendonitis.

Treatment of the lower leg and foot musculature along with the damaged ligaments and tendons should be initiated soon after trauma occurs.  Alternative and complementary medical care such as acupuncture and massage therapy are beneficial as both can reduce recovery time and assist in the healing process.  Alternative treatment modalities can also provide effective, drug-free, natural care, which is easily incorporated into any Western medical recovery program, if necessary.

A sample treatment of ankle sprain that I may use in my clinic would be:

  • Acupuncture – LV3, SP10, Peroneus longus/brevis/tertius Motor Points (MP), ST36, Anterior Tibialis MP, Extensor Digitorum Brevis MP, Extensor Hallucis Brevis MP, Soleus MP.
  • Massage Therapy – Lower Leg Tui Na and Massage for Posterior and Lateral portion of lower leg.
  • External Liniment/Rub – San Huang San poultice during first 2-3 days after injury.  After first 72 hours, Sciaticare Penetrating Muscle Rub applied over  muscles as well as over swelling and inflammation.  Patient would apply Sciaticare PMR daily and massage into area to promote circulation and healing.  Application of Sciaticare PMR before any rehabilitation exercises would be recommended as well.

Notes:  Attached are a couple of video links showing some simple self-massage and tui na techniques to assist you in the rehabilitation of your inversion ankle sprain.

Disclaimer:  If you need to seek outside medical attention, please do so.  A second opinion couldn’t hurt.

Sciaticare Penetrating Muscle Rub – PRODUCT


August Point Wellness is proud to offer a natural alternative to Ben-Gay, Tiger Balm, Icy Hot, etc.  Under our daughter brand Sciaticare, we introduce to you the Sciaticare Penetrating Muscle Rub.

The Sciaticare Penetrating Muscle Rub, or PMR as we like to call it, is a balm (or salve) based on traditional herbal medicine from ancient China.  This externally applied balm helps to warm the local area, relieve pain, improve circulation, and speed healing.  It can be used on muscle strains, tendon/ligament sprains, bruises, edema, arthritis, and other musculoskeletal aches and pains.

The PMR was originally created by Dylan Jawahir, L.Ac., L.M.T. to aid in the treatment of sciatic pain and piriformis syndrome in our clinic.  After an acupuncture and tui na session, the PMR was applied to the treated area to speed healing, reduce pain, and assist in shorter recovery time.  The Sciaticare PMR ingredients were selected based upon the traditional Chinese Dit Da Jow medicines that have been used for thousands of years by monks training in various kung fu styles.  These kung fu practitioners needed to heal their injury quickly in order to continue training.  As you can see, the Sciaticare Penetrating Muscle Rub has a broad application, treating much more than just sciatica.

At August Point Wellness, we also use the PMR with Tui Na deep tissue massage techniques.  The PMR balm is easy to work with and the jojoba oil is easily absorbed into the skin.  For deeper penetration, the PMR can be massaged into the skin and a heating pad or other warming device placed over the affected area.

You can purchase the Sciaticare Penetrating Muscle Rub directly from us at August Point Wellness, or online at:

To learn about the ingredients of our Sciaticare Penetrating Muscle Rub, below is a small guide:

  • Natural Beeswax – (Cera Alba) skin protectant, moisture barrier, binding agent
  • Jojoba Oil – (Simmondsia Chinenis) antibacterial, antioxidant, excellent absorption rate into skin
  • Cajeput – (Melaleuca Leucadendra) antiseptic, antifungal, alleviates muscle and joint pain, arthritis
  • Camphor or Zhang Nao – (Cinnamomum Camphora) invigorates blood and alleviates pain; for injuries from falls, fractures, contusions, sprains and swelling
  • Cao Wu – (Radix Aconiti Kusnezoffii) alleviates pain and reduces swelling
  • Chuan Wu – (Radix Aconiti) reduces swelling and alleviates joint pain, arthritis
  • Dang Gui Wei – (Angelicae Sinensis Radix Cauda) invigorates blood, reduces swelling
  • Fu Zi – (Aconiti Radix Lateralis Preparata) alleviates pain, invigorates blood
  • Hong Hua – (Carthami Flos) invigorate blood, reduce swelling, alleviates pain
  • Menthol – (Mentha) antibacterial, alleviates pain, antipruritic
  • Mo Yao – (Commiphora Myrrha) promotes sore healing, reduce swelling, alleviates pain
  • Mu Gua – (Chaenomelis Fructus) relaxes muscles and sinews
  • Ru Xiang – (Olibanum) invigorate blood, reduce swelling and alleviates joint pain, arthritis
  • San Leng – (Sparganii Rhizoma) alleviates pain
  • San Qi – (Notoginseng Radix) stops bleeding, reduce swelling and alleviates pain
  • Su Mu – (Sappan Lignum) stops bleeding; for injuries from falls, fractures, contusions, sprains and swelling
  • Yan Hu Suo – (Corydalis Rhizoma) invigorates blood, alleviates pain

NOTE:  The Sciaticare Penetrating Muscle Rub is contraindicated for use during pregnancy.