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What does Eastern medicine say is the significance of teeth?

I'd like to know what Eastern medicine says is the physio-pyschological connection where teeth are concerned. More specifically, I have beautiful, perfectly straight white teeth. However, I recently started noticing that the edge of my teeth by my gums are eroding. It started on the side teeth, but is now on the front teeth, as well. Because even the erosions are white (though the ones on side are a bit discolored), no one else has yet commented. I floss, brush, & don't smoke or drink a lot of coke or citrus beverages (though I do drink a lot of tea). Is there some sort of emotional, psych. problem with which I need to deal, that might make my gums healthier?

I think it would be better to get advice from a dentist!  (+ info)

Do middle eastern girls get body odor earlier than others?

Hello, i have a friend who is from iraq and she has three daughters. the youngest of them is 8 years old and smells pretty much when she sweats. i talked with her mother and she said, that the older two, who are 10 and 13 years old, developed body odor as early as the youngest girl. Do arab and middle eastern girls start to smell earlier and to show also other signs of puberty than other girls?

wow um maybe it was just there family. dont jump to conclusions  (+ info)

Where is a Middle Eastern Market in the Kansas City area?

I just moved to the KC area not too long ago from Austin, TX. I don't care where in KC it's at, I just want a Middle Eastern market.

Although known for its' railroads, the stockyards, the sports and skyscrapers, the history of Kansas City began along the banks of the mighty Missouri River. In what is now called the River Market area of KC, the historic City Market still offers many shopping opportunities. Today's City Market is built on the site of the original which opened in 1858. The current buildings were built in 1939 and restored in 1990. Everything from organically grown peaches picked the previous day to ethnic foods and farm fresh produce can be found here. The open air stalls of the Farmer's Market fill with fresh fruits and vegetables, herbs, and fresh baked goods each Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday. One hundred and forty four stalls are booked in advance by farmers with standing reservations. Farm fresh goods, however, are just one of the things offered to the public in the River Market area at Fifth and Walnut just north of today's downtown district. The Missouri River is just blocks away and the historic steamship Arabia museum is located within the district.

Ethnic cooks who seek the special ingredients necessary to make that special dish can find what is needed at several ethnic grocery stores and markets in the River Market district. Three of the top ethnic grocers in the area cater to generations of cooks who seek speciality items hard to find elsewhere. The top three are the Hung Vuong Vietnamese Market, Al Habashi Middle Eastern Groceries, and Carollo's Italian Grocery.

At Hung Vuong, customers can buy the fresh produce, special spices, and other items that figure prominently in classic Vietnamese cooking. Although not as well known as other Oriental style cuisine, Vietnamese foods are delightful, rich in taste and delicious. Those unfamiliar with what goes into a good Vietnamese dish can dine at the adjacent Hien Vuong Restaurant to develop at taste for Vietnamese foods. Both the market and restaurant are within the River Market area.

If falafel and chick peas are more the taste sought, try Al Habashi Middle Eastern Groceries on Main. The best of the Middle East lines the aisles of this store that makes the customer feel as if he or she has magically traveled abroad. Whether cooking a curry, a gyro, or other Middle Eastern favorites, this is the store where cooks can find the ingredients needed to make the taste authentic. A large clientele of those native to Middle Eastern natives patronize this shop for a taste of home.

Italian grocerys were once a staple market in any area with a large Italian or Italian-American population but they are more difficult to find today. More than one Italian grocery can be located in the river market region but the best of the best if Carollo's Italian Grocery. Traditional products - including virgin olive oils imported from Italty - can be found here. This shop is rich in the sights and smells of the past. Products found here are "the real deal" - no chain store, name brand imitations but rather quality ingredients that will go into the pot to produce authentic Italian dishes.

A visit to the River Market area and City Market offers a variety of shopping experiences. Artists often show their works here, especially on Sundays. Many other unique shops and markets are in the vicinity but food - fresh or ethnic - is the most common category shopped for here.:-)  (+ info)

Places to Vacation on the Eastern side of the USA with a toddler?

Just wondering if anyone had any suggestions on places to visit on the eastern side of the usa?
We have a 16 month old child that will be going and we will be driving as well.
So any suggestions with beautiful views and stuff will be nice.
Also good indoor activities as well as outdoor activities.

Miami is great, theres the beach and the drive to
Orlando isn't bad ... if you can afford it you can take your tot to ride dumbo and the tea cups.  (+ info)

Anyone in Southern California know of a place to get Middle Eastern Spices?

I am specifically looking for something called "7 spices" or something that is used in Lebansese/Middle Eastern cooking?

In the LA area, there are tons of shops in the Armenian, Arab, and Persian communities. You should go to one of them and ask them for what you are looking for or explain it to them and they will either tell you what it is or they have it or if they dont have it.  (+ info)

What does Eastern medicine say about curing a common cold?

Yes, I have a cold, and I'm doing everything Western medicine says may help - over-the-counter medicines, lots of fluids, and alternative treatments like vitamin C, chicken soup, echinacea , and zinc (though the Mayo Clinic website isn't very positive about those alternative treatments).

I'm curious if Eastern medicine - or just any non-Western medicine - has any other suggestions about curing a common cold?

Yes, however, the terminology is not the same.
What it says is the lack of wei qi or defensive energy which is responsible for the immune system. It is believed that external pathogen influences of cold and wind on a weakened system can result in catching a cold.

First approach is to use Yin Qiao or Gan Mao Ling. There are other products such as Shuang Huan Lian that can help. However, the real benefit is the ability to strengthen immune system through systematic (including diet, exercise, meditation, acupuncture, massage, and herbs) to balance and nourish your body.   (+ info)

Is it possible to adopt any babies or toddlers from Middle Eastern countries such as Afghanistan or Iraq?

Is it at all possible to adopt a baby or toddler from a Middle Eastern country like Iraq or Afghanistan or another Middle Eastern country? Is there any information or websites out there about this?
I just know that these countries have experienced a lot of distress and war so I was curious to know if there are any babies/toddlers available there for adoption. I'm from America and not Muslim, but I'm looking to adopt a child internationally.

true in many situations the family takes in the child...

but what the other poster said is very true.... since "adoption" as it is in the USA does not happen in those countries, you can't really adopt..... the culture there is that children have a plot in life, and if they are left without parents, then someone else cannot become their parent...

this is all explained on the USA travel web site (the gov site mentioned above)

adoption is part of our culture, but no all the countries of the world...  (+ info)

What web site gives schools for equine massage?

I want to continue my education in equine(horse) massage. And I would like to attend a school in Florida close to Cape Coral. I have already completed schooling for massage on people.

Hello! It is a wonderful field. Here are some websites that you may want to explore. E - mailing them or calling them could help you to find other courses:

Equine Massage therapy association:

This school has a campus in Florida and courses in Equine massage: http://www.heritage-education.com/cp_massage.htm

Fort Meyers, Fl http://www.equitherapies.com/massage.html

Gainesville, FL http://lorienstable.com/services/

Home Study course: http://www.massageawareness.com/Gww-MassageAwareness/DisplayPage.aspx?pageid=207

Oregon: http://bridgecreekranch.com/classes.php

South Carolina courses: http://www.equinemmt.com/

This site has information on human and equine massage and referrals for good schools:




http://www.equinemassage.ca/ Vancouver area

http://www.treetops.on.ca/ New Brunswick


http://www.equinemmt.com/ South Carolina

http://www.greatstrides.org/ Maryland -

Good Video to learn equine massage

Courses and Online courses

http://www.equinemassagecollege.com/ Colorado

Equine Massage therapist in Surrey, BC

http://www.equissage.com/ Courses near Washington, DC
in Virginia

Massage therapy Book for Horses:

For Horse and Dog massage:

http://bridgecreekranch.com/ Oregon with help with Equine diet as well

Story on equine massage and massage therapist, Vicky White

If you check these sites and e-mail them for the information that you are looking for - for you or your horse - you should be able to get the help that you are looking for.

Good luck with this! My horses love massage!  (+ info)

What insurance in Eastern Ohio will pay for a breast pump?

Hi Im moving to eastern ohio and want to know which companies will pay for (with medical reason) a breast pump after delivery. Last time i delivered i could get a rental with a child in NICU but the thing was GROSS!

health-quotes.isgreat.org - here is my health insurance plan. As I remember they can provide such a service.  (+ info)

What is this middle eastern rice pilaf type dish?

I had a friend in high school who was middle eastern. Her mother used to make this AMAZING rice pilaf type dish that was delicious. It was super dark in color, although the rice she used was white (I think it was either long grain rice or basmati rice). I know it had carmelized onions, browning sauce, and chicken thighs in it but that's all I can remember about it. They also served it with plain yogurt. Any ideas? I can't find this recipe anywhere.

Chicken Biryani Recipe - Secrets of Making a Perfect Biryani
Chicken Biryani is by far the most popular Indian rice recipe around the globe.

Biryani and Pulao are the two types of Indian rice recipes that form an integral part of any formal or even informal lunch or dinner. The main difference between the two is the cooking technique.

Biryani, is made from par boiled rice, which is then assembled with the other ingredients, sealed and put on "dum" (put on a very low heat, so that all the flavors inside the pot amalgamate well) for at least 45 minutes.

Pulao on the other hand, is made by tempering the rice in desi ghee (clarified butter) and spices. Exactly measured water is added to the rice. For 1 cup of rice 2 cups water is used. If using a pressure cooker, for every 1 cup of rice 1 and 1/4 of water is sufficient.

Use only good quality basmati rice for the best flavor and appearance. The key to making a good biryani lies in the way you par boil the rice. I cannot stress enough that never over cook the rice.

As far as the list of ingredients goes, please try to use all the ingredients. Each spice, contributes to the overall flavor. Most of the spices will be easily available at any supermarket or definitely at an Indian store.

Please don't get intimidated by the long list, most of them are spices used in a small amount. The onions have to be deep fried to a light brown color (this are called "barista"). Desi ghee (clarified butter) is also very essential.

There are two ways of making a chicken biryani, one is called Pakki biryani, in which you cook the meat separately and then layer it with the rice, seal and cook on a very low heat.

The other method is Kachi biryani, in which you marinate the meat, place it at the bottom of the pot and cover it up with par boiled rice, seal and cook on a very low heat.

This recipe is the layered chicken biryani in which chicken is cooked separately.

Making a chicken biryani is a lengthy process BUT totally worth it. Plus you make biryani only occasionally so do put your heart into making it and I promise it will turn out fabulous.

This recipe will easily serve 4-6.

So lets us begin.

The Ingredients required for a chicken biryani are

* 7-8 Onions (very thinly sliced and deep fried until light brown)
* 10-15 Cashews (fried in a little desi ghee/clarified butter)
* 1 Kg Chicken on the bone cut into 12 pieces
* 1 cup yogurt
* 2 Tsp Garlic paste
* salt to taste
* 500 gm Basmati Rice (washed and soaked in salted water for at least half an hour)
* 3-4 Tbsp oil
* Oil for frying the onions
* 6-7 cloves
* 2 (1 inch) Cinnamon
* 4 green Cardamoms
* 3 Bay leaves
* 1/4 Tsp Caraway seeds (shahi jeera/black cumin seeds)
* 4 large Tomatoes (chopped finely)
* 1/4 Tsp of mace powder
* 1/4 Tsp of grated Nutmeg
* 1 Tsp Coriander powder
* 1 Tsp red Chili powder (to taste)
* 1/2 Tsp Turmeric powder
* 2-3 green Chilies (to taste, chopped)
* 1 Tbsp Ginger (chopped)
* 1 Tbsp Garlic (chopped)
* 6-7 dried, pitted prunes
* 1/2 cup of milk
* a few strands of Saffron (kesar)
* 3-4 Tbsp Desi ghee (clarified butter)
* 2 cups of fresh green Coriander (chopped)



Marinate the chicken pieces in 1 cup yogurt, 2 Tsp garlic paste and little salt, for a good 8 hours.


Making Barista (fried onions) for chicken biryani

Slice the onions very thinly (almost paper thin) using a sharp knife. Heat oil in a pan or kadai.
Separate the sliced onions using your finger tips. Put the onions in the oil and reduce the heat to medium-low.

Keep stirring the onions, so that they get evenly browned. The trick is to evenly and slowly brown the onions. If the flame is very high the onions will burn on the outside and remain watery on the inside.

Once a uniform color is obtained, drain on thick layer of kitchen paper, so that maximum oil is soaked. Keep these aside.
As they cool down, the onions will become crispy.


Boiling the rice

Boil the rice. For this take a BIG vessel (deep and wide), put lots of water in it, tip in the soaked rice along with 1 stick cinnamon, 3-4 cloves, 2 green cardamom, 1/4 tsp of Shahi jeera (caraway seeds) and more salt.

Remember that you should boil the rice in lots of water and salt (pretty much like a pasta). The rice should absorb the salt otherwise the biryani will be tasteless. Boil on a high flame and let the it boil vigorously on high flame for about 5-7 minutes.

You have to par cook the rice (meaning 3/4 cooked and rest will get cooked later). Do not over boil the rice. To check if the rice is done you can take a grain of rice out and press in between your thumb and forefinger. If the grain breaks into 3 parts, it means your rice is cooked just right. Now strain the rice and spread it out on a flat tray or surface, so that it cools faster.


Preparing the chicken

Heat oil in a deep pan, add the remaining bay leaves, cloves, cinnamon and green cardamoms. When they crackle, add the ginger, garlic and chilies. Saute for a minute and add the marinated chicken, along with the marinade. Cook on a medium heat till all the water dries up (water from the chicken and yogurt).

Add the tomatoes, 1/3 of the fried onions, all the powdered spices, salt and cook till all the water from the tomatoes dries up. If the chicken is cooking too quickly then either cook on a high flame to fasten the evaporation or remove the chicken pieces aside.

The chicken should be just cooked and dry (because it will get
cooked further in the final step and if any water is left in it the rice will become soggy).

Once done, sneak a taste, adjust the seasoning. Mix in the dried prunes.


Make saffron milk

In 1/2 cup of warm milk crush a pinch of saffron strands and put some whole strands. Wait till it turns yellow. Keep on one side.

Final STEP Assembling the chicken biryani

Use a deep heavy bottom pan with a lid.

First spread some desi ghee at the bottom of the pan.
Second a layer of rice, followed by a layer of chicken. Now sprinkle a generous handful of chopped coriander and fried onions.

Repeat the layers with rice being the top most layer. Sprinkle the leftover onions and all the cashews.

Pour the milk and saffron on the top using a spoon, evenly covering the whole area.

Once all layers are set, take melted desi ghee and with a spoon pour it around the rim of the vessel and a little on the rice.
Close the lid and seal.

There are 2 ways to seal the lid in order to prevent the steam from escaping.

1) Take a large foil, cover the pot/vessel with it and place the lid on top.

2) Take some dough made from whole wheat flour. Roll it into a thin strip and stick it going around the rim of the pan half on the lid and half on the pan in order to seal the whole pan.

Keep this pot on a very low heat for 45 minutes. Place this pan on top of a cast iron tawa (on which chapatis are made) or another heavy bottom pan in order to prevent the bottom layer of rice from getting burnt.

After 45 minutes turn off the heat. Let it stand for 5 minutes and open.

Enjoy the delicious chicken biryani!!!

Note:- Please don't eat the bay leaves and the other whole spices. They are used to add flavor. You can remove them to one side.
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