Why Do You Look At My Tongue? It’s a common inquiry for Chinese Medicine practitioners. Maybe not in the first visit, but as patients become more familiar with their practitioner, the question usually arises in some form or another: Why do you look at my tongue? What are you finding? Does it really change? Most […]

As an acupuncturist I treat a lot of pain conditions. Whether from athletic injuries, or just living life actively, pain can be a hindrance. Some of the more popular questions I field in my practice are: How can I heal faster?, How do I keep my body in good shape for as long as possible?, […]

This is a delightful French summer vegetable soup that uses many of the July-August veggies for a flavorful, nutrition packed and colorful soup. You’ll add a heaping tablespoon of the French version of pesto (pistou) to each bowl as you are ready to serve. First make the Pistou: 1 large garlic clove, pinch of salt […]

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 that we get from our food and beverages. Our qi circulates through our body giving energy to our muscles, organs, and immune system. The classical texts say […]

  Resiliency is key when it comes to stressful times. Often described as a plasticity, resiliency is our ability to bend with stress, but resume our original shape after the stress passes. Resiliency is not only a physical phenomenon, but a mental one as well. Psychologists have been teaching mindfulness techniques for decades to enhance […]

By this point, the term “good fat” has gone mainstream. People are once again delving into avocados, nuts, seeds, and butter after the long reign of low-fat, high carbohydrate diet that ruled the common kitchen paradigm. The work of Ancel Keys (poor research turned into even worse blanket advice about the dangers of dietary lipids) […]

Worry can teach us a great deal about ourselves, but it can also undermine our health. Worry in East Asian Medicine is the emotion of the earth organ pair, the spleen and stomach. These organs are considered the central pivot of health, since they start the digestive process. How does worry impact our health? Worry […]

You already knew chocolate had super powers, but this one can convince any doubters. Feel free to play with this recipe, it’s quite forgiving! Remember, this is a refrigerator chocolate bark, the coconut oil can not withstand room temperature without melting into a beautiful chocolate puddle. Ingredients: 1/2 cup virgin coconut oil (melted if it’s […]

There is a growing amount of research that supports the notion that acupuncture used in conjunction with in-vitro fertilization may increase the outcome of pregnancy. Randomized, controlled, double-blind studies are the current gold standard for research trials, and as you might imagine, they are difficult to produce with something like acupuncture. The RCT standard was […]

We’re now a couple weeks past the summer solstice, and many of us are enjoying the extra daylight hours and the hustle and bustle of summer play. The solstice marks an important time for our health. It  marks the longest day of the year -a time that is considered peak ‘yang.’ Yang represents activity, heat, […]