Category Chinese Medicine

Breaking News!

(Well, not yet..but hopefully really, really soon.) On Wednesday, November 8th, the acupuncture community held its first-ever Congressional briefing on Capitol Hill. The event was attended by over 50 members of the Senate or House of Representatives. Both Republicans and Democrats were in attendance, making it a rare bi-partisan event. The purpose was to bring […]

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. […]

Zucchini Anyone?

It’s the end of the vegetable harvest and if you’re like most Walla Wallans, you have an abundance of squash and zucchini spilling out of drawers and stacked precariously on counter tops. After all the tomatoes have been canned or made into sauce and frozen, what to do with all the gorgeous courgettes?? A dear […]

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 […]

Letting Go and Saying Hello

Chinese Medicine follows the wisdom of the natural rhythms. One of the earliest books on Chinese Medicine, the Nei Jing, offers specific examples of how to stay healthy as the seasons change. At the very heart of it, this medicine is about prevention and empowerment. There are so many small steps we can take in […]

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 […]

Acknowledging Grief

Occasionally, we find someone who speaks directly to our own hearts. A piece of writing or poetry that could have streamed forth from our own experience. Such is the following piece by dear friend and fellow acupuncturist, Sara Bowes. I wanted to share this tender writing today and move into a piece on the season […]

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 […]

What’s Up With The Tongue Viewing?

Why Do You Look At My Tongue? It’s a common inquiry for Chinese Medicine practitioners. Maybe not in the first visit, but as patients become more familiar with their practitioner, the question usually arises in some form or another: Why do you look at my tongue? What are you finding? Does it really change? Most […]

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 […]