What is one thing you can do when you are: getting angry during a conflict, frustrated with unchanging circumstances, feeling overwhelming grief, or struggling with pain and suffering in your body? Deep, centering breathing. No one has to know you’re doing it, you don’t have to leave where you are. Yet, the simple act […]

I love this time of year, when the hard squashes are abundant at the farmers market, leaves are starting to turn color, and the air is crisp. It is on autumn weekends that I like to make this hearty lasagna.

What nourishes you? What sustains you? What fills your cup to the point of overflowing and how can you travel to that well-spring often? Maybe a few times a year, we might think about taking a weekend off and doing something that feels delicious to the soul. Truth is, we all need to replenish more […]

Ingredients: 2 sugar pie pumpkins (or approximately 5-6 cups of pureed pumpkin) 1 large yellow onion 4 cups vegetable stock 1 can coconut milk 1 T olive oil 1 T ground cumin a pinch salt 1 tsp black pepper 1-2 tsp red chili pepper flakes lime wedges for serving Instructions If using fresh pie pumpkins, […]

The air is crisp and fresh, the Farmer’s Market is bountiful with harvest, and the leaves are starting to shift their palette. It must be Fall in Walla Walla! In Chinese Medicine, that means the time of the Lung & Large Intestine functional organ system has arrived. In this post, we are going to focus […]

I’ve been experimenting with new squash, sweet potato, and pumpkin recipes to support the spleen/pancreas and stomach in the season of late-summer. These veggies are helpful in supporting these organs according to Chinese medicine. Paired with aromatic spices and sour flavored foods is the perfect trifecta for supporting, nurturing, and strengthen these organ systems during […]

The Olympics showed the world that cupping therapy is a great tool to help relieve muscle soreness, pain, and to improve recovery after athletic training; but cupping therapy can do so much more. Cupping therapy’s other main uses are to stimulate the immune system, protect respiratory health, and to facilitate detoxification. We’ll talk about cupping […]

The air has turned just a little cooler, the leaves are beginning to turn golden, and although it is just the very start of Autumn, it is the perfect time to strengthen the immune system. 1. Increase Vitamin D Vitamin D has been in the spotlight recently for its immediate effect on the immune system. […]

With every passing year, there is more scientific literature on the connection between the gut and seemingly unrelated organ systems. There’s the gut-brain connection, the gut-pain connection, and the relationship between immunity and gut health. For example, did you know the majority of serotonin (the “feel good” chemical) production comes from your gut? What that […]

by Lindsey Thompson · in Acupuncture, Chinese Medicine, Digestion, Health Care, recipes · 1 Comment 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 […]