Author Archives: Amanda Johnson

Mindfulness: a key to unlocking your health

The resources available for what it means to be healthy and how to achieve wellness can be overwhelming. There are many hands in the pot that filter information received by the general public. This can lead to confusing and often contradictory information. One week red meat is the cause of heart disease, the next it’s […]

Re-Freshing Your Movement Routine

  Now that New Year’s resolutions are 4 months behind us, whether you’ve kept on track with your wellness goals, or you have run into some boredom, it’s time to refresh things! Working out does not have to be work, tedious, or have a specific structure (i.e. 20 minutes of jogging, or 10 reps of […]

Calling Men! What You Didn’t Know Chinese Medicine Could Treat

  It is a well known statistic that women seek healthcare more often than men. This certainly doesn’t mean women have more health concerns than men. There’s been more of a push in the healthcare field to reach out to males, in hope we can treat ailments early for better quality of life. Many men […]

Spring Cleaning

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 […]

Chinese Medicine and Depression

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 […]

Cheesecake for breakfast, you say?

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 […]

5 sneaky things that may be sabotaging your health

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 […]

Attitude of Gratitude

The holidays have passed and now we can take a collective deep breath. Whether the holidays are a time of running around, or a rejuvenating break from work, the end of the calendar year can be a blur. While January is culturally a time of “re-starts” and resolutions, it’s important to remember that, in the […]

Recovering from injury

Whether you consider yourself an athlete or just a proud user of your human body, getting injured is the pits! Sometimes even the smallest roll of the ankle can become a longer term nuisance. Chinese medicine has wonderful tools to get you back in the game of sport or game of life. The earlier you […]

Climbing mountains with Tai Chi

When I was traveling for 6 months after graduate school, I had nothing but the pack on my back, and a sense of adventure. I was out of my normal mode of activities and training. However, no matter where I was, I had a consistent 3-5 days of tai chi practice per week, anywhere from […]