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The dark winter months combined with the stress of the holiday season, can cause many of us to loose sight of some of the good in our lives. We can easily become inundated with stress or fall into a winter depression. Now is a good time to consider creating a practice that will help retrain […]

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I am posting an article by my teacher and world-renowned Qi Gong Master Liu He of the Ling Gui Qi Gong School with a few explanations written by me. Nourish Your Kidney Yin As we enter the Winter season, people may experience more yin depletion. Master Liu He advises all students at this time to […]

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The holidays can be an extra hard time for anyone with food sensitivities or allergies. It may feel overwhelming to try to tackle a gluten free Thanksgiving, but there are many options out there. Option one: would be to get creative and try to find multiple recipes that…

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What is yin?  Yin is a very large concept in Chinese medicine. You may have seen the classic yin-yang or tai ji symbol depicting the balance between yin and yang. Yin makes up the shadows, night, anything damp or wet, dense substances, and cold. Women are considered more yin. Yang makes up the opposite: sunlight, […]

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Autumn represents a shift from the busy rush of harvest to the slower paced introversion of the colder months. The last big push to harvest wraps up. The weather gets colder. Autumn weather can make us naturally inclined to drift off into introspection, memory, and nostalgia.  If we are not careful, these wanderings down memory lane […]

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Garlic, Oregano Chicken Soup to ward of a cold or flu:  It is cold and flu season again. I find it is nice to have a few nutritional tricks up your sleeve to boost immunity. This soup is best utilized when someone in your family first starts showing signs of a cold or flu. You can […]

Selecting local squash to fuel my spleen-pancreas at our downtown farmers market

What is qi?  Qi (pronounce chee) is essentially our energy. The Chinese character for qi represents steam rising off of rice, and many scholars translate it as the substance without form that we get from our food and nutritious beverages. Our qi circulates through our body giving life force or energy to our muscles, our organs, […]

The ideal food therapy is fun in the kitchen--aside from creating delicious nutrition.

Food Therapy For Blood Deficiency What does healthy blood do?  The concept of ‘blood’ in Chinese medicine encompasses a little bit more than our physiologic understanding of blood in the Western scientific world.  It also applies to the the denser, more fluid aspect of our bodies, as well as the vigor or vitality of our actual […]

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Fall at Bennington Lake, Walla Walla As I write this, some children have already gone back to school. A second wave will start right after Labor Day weekend, and college students will be in class by the end of the month. Parents, teachers, and students know the drill.…

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The backbone of Chinese medicine is learning how to use your food as your first line of defense against illness and imbalance in your body. In this way, your food is your first go-to medicine. If food alone does not correct the issue, then you need to add in stronger interventions such as acupuncture, Chinese […]

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