Category Chinese Medicine

Autumn Reflections

As the days darken with rain and night falls early, our moods often wax nostalgic. Nostalgia brings bittersweet memories, warmth, and reflects to us our values. When we allow time to honor reflection in the autumn, we are aligning with the flavor and nature of the season. Autumn represents the season of the lung and […]

Why use Chinese herbal medicine?

I often get asked about the difference between using acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine for health. This is a great question! While acupuncture is probably the most common modality in East Asian medicine utilized in the Western World, Chinese herbal medicine is starting to find a more prominent footing in our modern Western world. Acupuncture […]

What Does a Virtual Appointment (Telehealth) Look Like?

Hello Everyone! I have been navigating the abrupt change in moving my clinical practice to the virtual world. In the past few weeks, I have learned at least 8 new computer programs, and how to navigate more apps than I can count. At times it has been exciting to learn new skills, and others, truly […]

Immune supportive Meal Plans

Earlier this week we sent out an update regarding the Coronavirus, and suggested the best course of action is to practice good personal hygiene (just like the CDC recommends), and to support our immune system through nutrition. To support the immune system, it is useful to reduce overall inflammation in the body. Typical inflammatory foods […]

Mushroom Thyme Soup (Dairy Free and Immune boosting)

Mushrooms, especially shiitake have a healthy dose of selenium, which plays an important role in the health of your immune system. This antioxidant helps lower oxidative stress in your body, which reduces inflammation and enhances immunity. Ingredients: 1/2 pounds cremini mushrooms 1/2 pound oyster mushrooms 1/2 pound shiitake mushrooms one medium yellow onion 3 T olive oil 2 […]

Reducing Springtime Mood Swings With Dietary Tidbits

Early spring is known for remarkable shifts in weather. One minute it could be a brilliant, mild sunny day, and a moment later winds drive in a hail storm that last for only 20 minutes. Some spring days will take you on an adventure through all four seasons in a 24 hour cycle. This is […]

Did You Know You Can Use Food To Balance Your Hormones?

From a Chinese medicine perspective, seeds are little packages of Jing. The Chinese character for Jing, 精 has two meanings wrapped into it. One part of the character describes Jing as vitality and the other essence. Together they impart the description of something that is so refined and yet so subtle that it is essentially a distillation […]

Lunar New Year 2020: Metal Rat

On January 25, 2020 we honored the Lunar New Year and the incoming symbol of the Metal Rat! The symbol of the Rat will be with us until the next Lunar New Year celebrated in February 2021. In this article I will outline the symbols surrounding 2020, their meaning and give you themes and tips to consider while working with the energy of the Metal Rat.

How to Treat Seasonal Allergies with Acupuncture

If you live in the Pacific Northwest, you may be starting to feel the early twinges of springtime allergies. In a previous post, “Spring time allergies? Start Treating Them In the Winter,”  I discussed how the ideal treatment plan for seasonal allergies is to treat the allergies for a full season before your trouble season (roughly […]

The Budding of Spring

            Almost two weeks ago, January 25th marked the Chinese New Year in 2020 as well as the first month of Spring. It is hard to imagine that Spring is taking shape when snow blanketed the region only last week, and it still feels as if we are shrouded in interminable darkness. Shovels and winter […]