Category Health Care

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 […]

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 […]

Acupuncture Research and Fertility

There is a growing amount of research that supports the notion that acupuncture used in conjunction with in-vitro fertilization may increase the outcome of pregnancy. Randomized, controlled, double-blind studies are the current gold standard for research trials, and as you might imagine, they are difficult to produce with something like acupuncture. The RCT standard was […]

Meal Planning Saved Our Busy Nights

If you’re like our family, there are ebbs and flows of busy periods in your life. During the busiest periods it can be hard to keep up the basics of self care; namely eating well, exercising, and sleeping normal hours. Sometimes a few simple adjustments to the weekly routine has helped us to maintain our […]

Movement is Life

Movement is life! While I have long subscribed to this belief personally, it wasn’t until I began practicing Chinese Medicine that I began to value the idea as truth. When I was a child, I helped my Dad fix the car on the weekends. I’m not sure how much help I was, but I enjoyed […]

Pain Management with Chinese Herbal Medicine

Luckily the FDA, CDC, and many primary care physicians are recognizing the benefit of referring patients for acupuncture to treat acute and chronic pain. Since the discussion began in earnest in 2015 to reassess our current conventional practices in treating pain in the United States, acupuncture, mindfulness based meditation practices, chiropractic care, and specific movement […]

Asparagus Frittata

Ingredients: 1/2 pound of asparagus 8 medium eggs 1/2 cup milk 1 large garlic clove 1-2 tsp fresh lemon thyme about 1/4 cup of chevre pinch of pepper 1/2 medium yellow onion 1 T butter Instructions: Preheat your oven to 350. Rub a pie plate thoroughly with butter — make sure to get both the […]

The Lost Art Of Wasting Time

In such a productivity driven culture, we often find that psychologically we’ve equated a sense of self and accomplishment with our work achievements. Smartphones, social media, constant access to email and text, and side hustles outside of our regular jobs reinforce the cultural expectation that we need to be constantly available. If you are unfamiliar with […]