Category Chinese Medicine

Bedtime snacks for Insomniacs

I know what you’re thinking: Eating before bed is a terrible idea! In general, eating large meals right before bed is a concept both Eastern and Western medicine agree upon. The movement of food through our digestive system is helped along by the things we naturally do during the day, such as being vertical and […]

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 […]

Chinese Herbal Medicine 101

I’m often asked about the safety, efficacy, and benefit of using Chinese herbal medicine. Chinese herbal medicine maintains a historical longevity beyond most practices of herbal medicine. Chinese herbalism is older than the practice of acupuncture–over 2000 years. It is also one of the few herbal practices that did not receive persecution until the Cultural Revolution […]

Grain Free Yin Yang Cookies (chocolate and vanilla) For the New Year

Happy New Year’s Day! Today I felt inspired to test drive a new cookie idea. I am eagerly trying to think of new ways to use black sesame seeds in cooking this winter, since they are one of the fantastic black foods that support the health of our kidneys. I used the taiji or yin-yang […]

Turmeric Chai Oatmeal

We are about to enter the last 18 days of the season, which is considered the transitional season of late-summer. This transitional season is the time of the stomach and spleen/pancreas and is the best time of the year to reboot your digestive system. This spiced oatmeal uses gently warming spices to support your digestive […]

Chinese Herbs for Women’s Health

The word is out: Acupuncture is incredibly helpful for treating pain. The best kept secret that should be let out? Chinese herbal formulas are incredibly helpful for women’s reproductive issues. I know. It’s a pretty big claim. I say it with the caveat that I do not believe there is one thing that works for […]

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 […]

Recipe ideas for a gluten-free or dairy free Thanksgiving

The holidays can be an extra hard time for anyone with food sensitivities or allergies. It may feel overwhelming to try to tackle a gluten-free and/or dairy free Thanksgiving, but many options exist to help your meal come together. Option one: keep all your favorite recipes and simply swap out regular flour for a tried […]

SLOWING DOWN FOR AUTUMN: THREE HEALTH CHANGES YOU CAN START TODAY

Autumn represents a shift from the busy rush of harvest to the slower paced introversion of the colder months. The last big push to harvest wraps up. The weather gets colder. Autumn weather can make us naturally inclined to drift off into introspection, memory, and nostalgia.  If we are not careful, these wanderings down memory lane […]

Strengthening the Lungs & Immunity

Chinese Medicine follows the wisdom of 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 many small steps we can take in our daily […]