Author Archives: Amanda Johnson

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 […]

Healthy Roadtrippin’

It’s August, and you may be trying to squeeze in a few more adventures before the bells toll for the start of school, and a more structured routine arises for you and your family. Or you may just be trying to escape to cleaner air and more cooling waters! Either way, this time of year […]

Building Yang in Summer

  In modern times, most people are expending more energy than they are cultivating. Whether you are a “type A” personality, or not, the culture of America is often one that celebrates achievement, corporate ladder climbing, material accumulation and status. This constant “pushing” of energy depletes our Kidney system, the savings bank of our body. […]

HOW TO CULTIVATE YIN AND HYDRATION IN THE HEAT OF SUMMER

Originally posted on Stick Out Your Tongue:
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…

What you didn’t know was causing your foot (and back) pain

  If you’ve ever had foot pain – whether it has been diagnosed as a heel spur, plantar fasciitis, a neuroma, or arthritis, you know it can be a real bear. Foot pain can seem to linger, with nagging sensation that prevents you from comfortably going through your normal day, as well as sidelining you […]

Core Competency for Back Health

Low back pain is one of the most frequent ailments that comes through the door at Thompson Family Acupuncture clinic. We treat low back pain from various etiologies: old sports injuries, motor vehicle accidents, to over-use from labor jobs and under-use from desk jobs. Regardless of what brings on the back pain, core strength and […]

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 […]