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Fall is here, do you feel the shift?

For some, fall feels like a breath of fresh air and motivation; for others, the colder weather and end-of-year busyness make staying on top of training goals a challenge.

If you’re one of the latter, don’t fret! In this season’s newsletter, we’re focusing on tips and herbal tools to help you avoid pain and injuries, perform better and crush your training goals this fall.

What’s the Difference Between Lotions and Liniments?

Got sore muscles? Aching joints? Slow-healing injuries? An herbal topical remedy might be in order. Herbal topicals (like lotions and liniments) are powerful tools for managing pain and enhancing physical performance. But with so many different products on the market, how do you choose the right one?

Head to the blog to learn more about the differences between lotions and liniments, when to use each, and how to choose the best formula for your needs.

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Healing at Home

Train Smarter with Acupressure

Your time spent in the gym or on the field is just one aspect of a healthy training plan. How you warm up, cool down, rest and recover matters, too. Try pressing these acupoints before and after your next workout or training session to make even better progress:

  • Large Intestine 10: Strengthen Arms
  • LI 10 is a powerful (and often tender) acupoint near the elbow. It is a commonly used point for boosting Qi/energy, enhancing arm muscle function, and increasing overall arm strength. Find it here.

  • Gallbladder 31: Strengthen Legs
  • Use GB 31 to give your legs extra power. This point works by targeting the hip and thigh muscles, improving their flexibility and function, and promoting stability and balance in the lower body, which can be especially beneficial for athletes and individuals aiming to enhance their leg strength and performance. Find it here.

  • Urinary Bladder 23: Strengthen Low Back
  • A strong and flexible lower back is crucial for reaching your training goals and staying injury-free. Stimulating UB 23 can help – this point is thought to support the Kidney meridian, which, in Traditional Chinese Medicine, is associated with the vitality and stability of the lower back muscles. Find it here.

  • Stomach 25: Strengthen Core
  • This abdominal point supports the digestive organs and muscles of the abdominal region, which helps enhance core strength, stability and overall abdominal muscle function. It can be particularly beneficial for improving posture and overall physical performance. Find it here.

    Herbal Spotlight: Conditioning Formulas for Training Success

    3 Phases of Healthy Training

    From herbal liniments that help alleviate muscle soreness to tonics that promote endurance and recovery, herbal medicine offers a powerful – yet natural – way to optimize your training and conditioning. Whether you're seeking increased stamina, reduced inflammation, or improved recovery, integrating herbal remedies into your regimen can provide that extra edge needed to achieve your training goals and maintain your peak physical form.

      Phase 1: Protect and Health with the Beginner Conditioning Formula

      Starting any new sport or exercise routine can be tough on your body. Our Beginner Conditioning Formula is designed to support athletes and individuals who are new to conditioning to acclimate to the physical changes of training and heal common beginner injuries.

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      Phase 2: Strengthen and Support with Intermediate Athletic Conditioning Formula

      If you regularly practice an impact or contact sport, your body needs added support to heal from repetitive strain and stress. The Intermediate Athletic Conditioning Formula uses nourishing herbs to strengthen the muscles, bones, skin, and connective tissue that are vulnerable to injury at this stage.

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      Phase 3: Enhance and Endure with Advanced Athletic Conditioning Formula

      Withstand ongoing, repetitive impact trauma and strain – and come back stronger – with the help of our Advanced Athletic Conditioning Formula. This formula is a powerful conditioning tonic that supports the advanced athlete so you can maintain your training progress and reach higher goals.

      Because this formula is designed for the seasoned athlete, there is little focus on healing injury. Start with the Beginner or Intermediate Conditioning Formulas to manage minor training injuries and trauma before moving on to this advanced formula.

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    Plum Dragon’s Herbal Kitchen

    Make Your Own Abundant Justice Training Tonic Wine

    In fall, it’s normal for the cooler (more Yin) weather to leave you feeling stiff or slower than usual.

    Avoid losing progress on your training goals with this invigorating Abundant Justice Training Tonic Wine, an ancient external formula from the Shaolin Si Mi Fang Ji Jin. Apply this formula to muscles and joints to boost circulation, enhance conditioning and training efforts and strengthen your musculoskeletal system through the colder months.

    Order Abundant Justice Training Tonic Wine Herb Pack

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    Meet the Author

    Kate Downes is a Chinese medicine practitioner (MSAOM, NCCAOM, Dipl.OM) and wellness writer. Through her educational content for Plum Dragon Herbs, Kate hopes to help others gain a better understanding of the wonders of Chinese herbal medicine so they can be empowered in their own quest for natural, vibrant health.

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