Ah, spring time. Beautiful buds appear on trees, flowers pop up with enthusiasm from the ground, and the temperatures begin to show hints of summer to come. In nature, spring is a time of fresh starts, renewal, and growth. The same should be true in ourselves. Winter was a time of rest, going inward, and […]

If your family has a hard time eating their veggies, this is a great soup to sneak in some secret vegetable matter. Plus it utilizes the black foods of winter, to support your kidneys during the winter season. Ingredients 2 cans (15 ounces) black beans or four cups rehydrated black beans 2 T olive oil 1 […]

Early spring is known for remarkable shifts in weather. One minute it could be a brilliant, mild sunny day, and a moment later winds drive in a hail storm that last for only 20 minutes. Some spring days will take you on an adventure through all four seasons in a 24 hour cycle. This is […]

This is an easy favorite for breakfast, lunch or dinner. We often make it on a Sunday to have 6 servings to eat throughout the week. Ingredients: 8 eggs 1/3 cup milk or alternative milk 2 T olive oil 1/2 onion, thinly sliced 1-2  garlic cloves, minced cherry tomatoes kale cut into thin ribbons sliced cremini mushrooms […]

I must admit, I am usually quite elated when a teenage patient walks through our doors seeking help for menstrual problems. Mostly because I know how much her life will change when she begins to have a regular, easy period without pain. Chinese Medicine is so very effective at treating menstrual irregularities, especially if one […]

Ingredients: 1 cup shredded gruyere cheese 1 T thyme, leaves removed from stem and minced 1 T rosemary, leaves removed from stem 1 clove garlic, minced 2 small sweet potatoes, scrubbed, and sliced to 1/4 of an inch thickness 1 small yellow or sweet onion, cut in half and sliced into 1/2 inch thickness 1-3 […]

In a previous post, we covered the bigger picture of depression, including a number of factors that may contribute to depression. In this post, we’ll look at how Chinese Medicine views depression; including common symptoms and suggestions for each primary pattern. Of course, every individual’s presentation is different and acupuncture and herbal therapies are customized […]

The experience of depression is a complicated and highly individualized experience. Over the years, I’ve seen a number of articles (both research and non-research), blog posts, and opinion pieces on the main solution to or cause of depression. Most of these articles and research pieces capture one piece of the puzzle, but inadequately address the […]

While at the grocery store the other day, the clerk looked at my sweet potato pile and remarked “Wow, I haven’t had a sweet potato in years. I really should start cooking again.” While my household burns through a sack of sweet potatoes every week, I wasn’t surprised by the lack of that beautiful root […]

There’s nothing quite as frustrating as when you think you are doing all the right things for your health and still don’t feel the way you would like. You are exercising, eating well,  and even getting massage, acupuncture, or other self-care. Still, you have nagging health issues. Maybe your digestion is not quite right, your […]