Author Archives: Amanda Johnson

One Breath at A Time

  Eckart Tolle says “one conscious breath” constitutes meditation. In other words, there are endless spaces we can create during our day for meditation that may be far more effective then trying to sit for 20 minutes, wrestling with the monkey mind. Meditation can happen at any minute of our day, and we can build […]

The Origin of Dis-ease

  In the holistic approach of Chinese medicine, we are ultimately looking at the root cause of why the body is manifesting symptoms.  The framework to understand disease from a Chinese medicine perspective is what we will briefly explore today.  It’s important to understand that influences from any and all categories can be influencing your […]

Organs Have Emotions Too

  Emotions have an impact on our health. Whether we’re feeling our heart bursting with joy, or our stomach in knots over anxiety, emotions are as much a part of our health picture as the status of our knee’s cartilage. In Chinese medicine there is a connection between disharmony in specific organ network systems and […]

Winter Rituals

Ah, yes. The freezing fog, the squirrels running frantically around (no one does frantic like a squirrel), the bare trees, and the little patches of ice tell us that winter has arrived. Winter is a quiet time, where all around us in nature things are slowing down, decaying, and hibernating. So, too, should the human […]

Feast Recovery 101

There are ways to make your Thanksgiving more nutrient dense, more digestible, and less of a sleep-for-3-hours-afterwards event. However, since it’s the day before the big event, you’ve probably already made your plans, and prepped. It’s too late to change course now, sailors, so we are going to talk about recovery from the great feast […]

Bringing Back Playtime

There is a lot to be said about how structure and routine serve us. We have clean teeth, pay the bills, keep our jobs, have meals to enjoy, and have tidy houses due to adhering to routines. In the quest for health, regularity with workouts, eating, and mindfulness practices are all of great importance. However, […]

Breath of Life

  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 […]

Stories of the Lung

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 […]

Spleen Rehab

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 […]

Heal Yourself With Food: Three Steps to Treat Fatigue and Qi Deficiency

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 […]