Is Caffeine Killing Your Ki Energy?
Kick Your Caffeine Habit With Knock-Out Herbal Remedies
By Richard Hackworth, Ph.D., Lac.
If you need a dose of morning coffee to kick start your day you may be
undermining the peaceful balance that comes from advanced martial arts
training and dramatically lowering your ability to develop Ki energy.
Overloading your body with caffeine can cause insomnia, anxiety attacks,
impatience, mood swings and the caffeine “Jitters”. But quitting cold
turkey can cause headaches, constipation and irritability in many caffeine
drinkers. So what can you do?
The best way to eliminate caffeine from your diet is to cut back slowly,
beginning with food items such as chocolate and cocoa then moving on to
the drinks such as soda and coffee. Some herbal teas like green tea, black
tea and guarana tea all are high in caffeine too.
Herbalist such as ShimKiDo Grandmaster Seok Kyu Lee of the Korean Martial
Arts Instructors Association say that the best plan for eliminating
caffeine is to prepare ahead of time. One way to do this is to use herbs
such as Nettles which help build up the adrenals and kidneys which are
weakened by caffeine. Herbs like oat straw are a great way to strengthen
the nervous system. Take up to a quart of either one each day. Take them
separately or alternate them day to day and at the end of 45 days you
should be able to completely Kick you caffeine habit.
Hapkido Grandmaster Yong Ki Song also suggests milk thistle seed tincture
(not capsules) for strengthening the liver. He says that Bitters, like
gentian, dandelion roots and artichoke leaf can also be used. He suggests
taking them no more than 30 minutes before a meal to support the liver and
ease digestion problems.
When you feel you are ready to begin your new caffeine free lifestyle for
improved Ki energy mix your coffee with peppermint infusion (not tea).
Increase the amount in each cup over about a 4 day period. It will give
you that wide awake energetic feeling without the jittery feeling or Ki
draining side effects of drinks containing caffeine.
About the Author: Richard Hackworth is a professional self-defense
instructor and natural medicine research specialist. He has been featured
in over 1000 magazine articles worldwide and conducts training for public
and private groups. For information on his upcoming workshops check out
the calendar section of Natural Awakenings Magazine or contact him at
http://ma_success.tripod.com and [email protected]