Category Thompson Family Acupuncture Clinic

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 […]

Sound Healing in Chinese Medicine: Tuning Forks

Sound in Chinese medicine is a potent healing modality. The vibration created with sound can be used therapeutically to treat pain. Tuning forks are tools that create sound and vibration. Acupuncture points (or acupoints) reside on the meridian channels of the body. Tuning forks can be placed on the acupoint locations,transferring these vibrational frequencies to […]

Part 2: Are you thinking about what you would like to do a little (or a lot) differently in 2020?

At the end of the year, for the last three years, I’ve sent out this 5-page intention workbook. It is a small offering with a heartfelt thank you for continuing to choose me as one of your healthcare providers. I know the words ‘intention workbook’ may not appeal to some of you. Think of it […]

Simplest Hardest Qigong Exercise

Several years ago I was introduced to the Qigong teachings of Wang Fengyi after a friend traveled to China to study with a disciple of his. There are no books that teach how to do the qigong that he taught; it is all through oral transmission. In fact, my friend and a handful of other […]

Listen To Your Garden: Winter is a Disco Nap.

Many of us struggle to maintain good spirits at this time of year. We feel tired, unmotivated, and anti-social, and we feel like something is wrong with us for feeling that way. Advertising and social media give the impression that everyone else is living in the glow of holiday cheer while we are hiding at […]

Home Herbal Medicine Cabinet: Cold and Flu Remedies

Cold and flu season is here, and we at Stick Out Your Tongue are here to help you navigate the waters of home remedies for colds and flu prevention. Chinese medicine has a lot of advice for how to avoid or quickly overcome a cold or flu. You do not have to suffer for weeks […]

Bone Broth In Chinese Dietetics

By Kyle Rhodes             Bone broth is definitely one of those trendy foods we hear so much about across food blogs and nutritional platforms, but how is it seen in Chinese medicine? Broths have been used in Chinese cooking for millennia, not only for nutrition but for healing as well (which, as we know, are […]

A Little Tender Loving Care for your Lungs going into Fall and Winter

In Chinese medicine, the Lung (the delicate organ) is easily damaged by “dry evil,” which is generally at its height in Autumn. Dryness wreaks havoc on Lung Qi. Your lungs are responsible for the infusion of Qi throughout the entire body. Therefore, the health of your lungs is not just about the organ, it involves […]

Nutritional Support for Vegetarians with Blood Deficiency and/or Anemia

There is quite a bit that we can do to support and even overcome blood deficiency with nutrition based on Chinese medicine. Sometimes if it is severe or has been going on for many years, it is also helpful to seek out the care of an acupuncturists to pair with your home-based nutritional focus.