Category Thompson Family Acupuncture Clinic

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 […]

Bringing Back Playtime

There is a lot to be said about how structure and routine serve us. We have clean teeth, pay the bills, keep our jobs, have meals to enjoy, and have tidy houses due to adhering to routines. In the quest for health, regularity with workouts, eating, and mindfulness practices are all of great importance. However, […]

Don’t be shy…Stick Out Your Tongue

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 […]

Butternut Squash Lasagna

I love this time of year, when the hard squashes are abundant at the farmers market, leaves are starting to turn color, and the air is crisp. It is on autumn weekends that I like to make this hearty lasagna.

The Importance of Self-Care

What nourishes you? What sustains you? What fills your cup to the point of overflowing and how can you travel to that well-spring often? Maybe a few times a year, we might think about taking a weekend off and doing something that feels delicious to the soul. Truth is, we all need to replenish more […]

Cumin Lime Pumpkin Soup

Ingredients: 2 sugar pie pumpkins (or approximately 5-6 cups of pureed pumpkin) 1 large yellow onion 4 cups vegetable stock 1 can coconut milk 1 T olive oil 1 T ground cumin a pinch salt 1 tsp black pepper 1-2 tsp red chili pepper flakes lime wedges for serving Instructions If using fresh pie pumpkins, […]

Stories of the Lung

The air is crisp and fresh, the Farmer’s Market is bountiful with harvest, and the leaves are starting to shift their palette. It must be Fall in Walla Walla! In Chinese Medicine, that means the time of the Lung & Large Intestine functional organ system has arrived. In this post, we are going to focus […]

Butternut Squash Quinoa Turkey Chili

I’ve been experimenting with new squash, sweet potato, and pumpkin recipes to support the spleen/pancreas and stomach in the season of late-summer. These veggies are helpful in supporting these organs according to Chinese medicine. Paired with aromatic spices and sour flavored foods is the perfect trifecta for supporting, nurturing, and strengthen these organ systems during […]

Cupping Therapy for Colds, Flus, and Lung Health

The Olympics showed the world that cupping therapy is a great tool to help relieve muscle soreness, pain, and to improve recovery after athletic training; but cupping therapy can do so much more. Cupping therapy’s other main uses are to stimulate the immune system, protect respiratory health, and to facilitate detoxification. We’ll talk about cupping […]

7 Tips for Building Immunity Now

The air has turned just a little cooler, the leaves are beginning to turn golden, and although it is just the very start of Autumn, it is the perfect time to strengthen the immune system. 1. Increase Vitamin D Vitamin D has been in the spotlight recently for its immediate effect on the immune system. […]