Author Archives: Lindsey Thompson

Acupuncture And Chronic Illness

People come to acupuncture for the first time for a wide variety of reasons with an equally vast array of expectations. Sometimes individuals struggling with chronic illness arrive in an acupuncture office with the explicit goal of addressing their chronic illness. More often, these individuals come with hopes to manage pain or another adjacent symptom […]

WHAT I WISH I HAD KNOWN ABOUT WOMEN’S HEALTH AND ACUPUNCTURE WHEN I WAS YOUNGER

As a teenager and well into my early twenties, I frequently suffered from dysmenorrhea– or painful periods. Everyone told me it was normal. Many of my matriarchs confided in me that  they had debilitating cramps when their cycles started and well through their school years– painful enough to send them home from work and school. […]

Chicken Soup To Ward Off A Cold

It is cold and flu season again. I find it is nice to have a few nutritional tricks up your sleeve to boost immunity. This soup is best utilized when someone in your family first starts showing signs of a cold or flu. You can also make it preventatively, if you find yourself surrounded by […]

Key Foods To Eat This Autumn For A Strong Immune System

In East Asian medicine, food is itself medicine. Food theory runs on two important principles. One, specific culinary ingredients will nourish the organs directly associated with the current season. Two, by nourishing the organs of the season, you are also strengthening and preparing your body for good health in the following season. This takes seasonal eating […]

Cupping Therapy for Colds and Flus

One of the first introductions to cupping therapy that I had as a patient was in college. I developed a cold that progressed quickly into a strong cough with a nice chest rattle within 24 hours of getting sick. I was worried since two months before I had struggled with pneumonia, and didn’t want to repeat the […]

Nutrition Video Series Has Arrived!

Two years in the making, our Chinese nutrition video series has arrived just in time for the season of Late-Summer. Late-summer is one of the most important seasons to support our immune system, our overall energy, and our physical health. Why? Because it is the season of the stomach and spleen/pancreas. These organs are the […]

Soup Au Pistou

This is a delightful French summer vegetable soup that uses many of the July-August veggies for a flavorful, nutrition packed and colorful soup. You’ll add a heaping tablespoon of the French version of pesto (pistou) to each bowl as you are ready to serve. First make the Pistou: 1 large garlic clove, pinch of salt […]

Using Food As Medicine: Treating Qi Deficiency

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 that we get from our food and beverages. Our qi circulates through our body giving energy to our muscles, organs, and immune system. The classical texts say […]

What Worry Can Teach Us

Worry can teach us a great deal about ourselves, but it can also undermine our health. Worry in East Asian Medicine is the emotion of the earth organ pair, the spleen and stomach. These organs are considered the central pivot of health, since they start the digestive process. How does worry impact our health? Worry […]

HOW TO CULTIVATE YIN AND HYDRATION IN THE HEAT OF SUMMER

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, […]