cupping

I am overjoyed to see the mainstream media buzzing with discussions about cupping therapy and the telltale marks sported by many of the 2016 Olympic athletes. These marks are called ‘sha’ in East Asian medicine. They are not actually bruises as many would like to call them, but I’ll explain that in a moment. This […]

Sesame:walnut balls ingredients

By Tara Gregory The root of all Chinese medical theory is the concept of yin and yang. When the yin and yang of the body are in balance, there is health and vitality. When they fall out of balance, symptoms and illness arise. Everything in our body can be broken down into a category of yin […]

Orthorexia

By Sara O’Byrne Many of us want to eat healthier. Our doctors tell us to eat healthier. Social media is overwhelmed with healthy diet tips and you are currently reading a nutrition blog – great! But what happens when healthy eating goes too far, when healthy eating becomes an unhealthy obsession? This blog post discusses […]

Electrolyte Beverage

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, […]

Version 2

By Stephanie Grant, LAc Healthy breathing is perhaps the simplest, significant change we can make to improve our health. Deep, full, slow breathing teaches the body to be calm, improves mental clarity and focus, and nourishes our tissues. In Chinese medicine, the breath supports the lung organ system, allowing us to feel inspired and full of life. The […]

Veggies

By Sara O’Byrne A few months ago I sat down at a bar and ordered some food while watching a basketball game. The couple next to me and I struck up a conversation and they were surprised to learn I’m an acupuncturist – because I was eating bar food. I don’t make bar food a […]

Hand heart

Bitter is the flavor of the heart. The flavor that descends the fire of the heart, a heart blazing out of control, a heart damaged by too much heat. Bitter as a flavor has many unsung hero-like qualities that I discussed in last year’s post: Bitter Is The Flavor Of The Heart…. Bitter in concept […]

Clemantis

Today I feel inspired to share a more personal story with you. For most of my childhood, through early twenties, I struggled with depression. A number of physicians wanted to put me on antidepressants. I chose to avoid them, because I felt that I had some concrete reasons for feeling blue. But then that blue feeling […]

Bare Pantry Pesto

Ingredients: (Makes 6-8 servings of pesto) 1 packed cup of fresh basil leaves 1/2 cup olive oil 1/4 cup walnuts 1/4 raw pumpkin seeds 2 tablespoons parmesan (this was all we had in the house) pinch of salt Other common substitutes for a bare pantry pesto are to only use walnuts or only use pumpkin seeds. In […]

Eight Pillars

Ancient Chinese Wisdom applied to Modern Health What are the building blocks of health? Across centuries and cultures people have asked this important question. Most cultures eventually come to the same conclusion about how to protect and build good health. The Chinese wrote the Eight Pillars of Good Health. It matches with what most cultures […]

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