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Chinese Medicine and Courage: Cultivating the Liver and Gallbladder

  The internal organs of the human body are responsible for more than just physiological functions in Chinese Medicine. A robust or deficient organ can lead to different mental emotional states. This is often a confusing topic in Chinese Medicine when explained to people raised in Western culture however, it is not an entirely foreign […]

Drinking Vinegars for Spring

  {photo credit } Vinegar was used as medicine for thousands of years in China and Europe. Historically people would create curative beverages involving mixtures of culinary herbs, spices, water, and vinegar. The famous Hippocrates used a mixture of honey and vinegar in his medical practice to treat coughs. Drinking vinegar was called switchel […]

Morning Sickness and Chinese Medicine

{Image by (link to  Most women suffer from morning sickness, or nausea and vomiting, during pregnancy. The condition is extremely common, up to 80% of women experience nausea, vomiting and or dry retching in their first weeks of pregnancy. Knowing it is a common symptom of pregnancy is a small comfort however to […]

Japanese-Inspired Asparagus Avocado Salad

Asparagus Avocado Salad ½ bunch tender asparagus, trimmed and cut in half (about 2 cups) 1 whole avocado 2 cups mixed greens Dressing: 2 Tbsp black sesame seeds 1.5 tsp sesame oil 1.5 tsp rice vinegar 1.5 tsp maple syrup   Instructions: Fill a pot with at steamer insert with water just below the steamer […]

Shiitake Pak Choi Side

Ingredients:  100 g (about 10-12 )shiitake mushrooms, sliced 1 tsp light colored soy sauce 1 T minced garlic 1 T avocado oil 3 Pak Choi Instructions:  Pull apart the leaves of the pak choi and wash thoroughly. In a skillet or wok heat the avocado oil over medium heat. Once the oil is shimmering, add […]

Happy Holidays!

Happy holidays from us at Stick Out Your Tongue and Thompson Family Acupuncture Clinic! Here’s to seeing the light slowly return with each passing day. May your holidays be filled with warmth, good conversation, good company, good cheer, health, and the light to shine on all that you love. Much love to each and everyone […]

Celeriac Leek Soup

This autumn my husband and I have become enamoured with celeriac. That somewhat frightening knobby, gnarly root ball that appears in CSAs and grocery stores in late autumn, packs a large amount of flavor. If you are unfamiliar with celeriac, it is also known as root celery or celery root and is related celery. The root […]

Bitter is the flavor of the heart, not necessarily sadism

This past week a vast number of online news and gossip sources have referenced an Austrian study that seems to have linked a love of bitter flavored foods such as black coffee, beer, and kale to having psychopathic, sadistic, and Machiavellian tendencies. If you managed to miss hearing about this study, you can read more […]

The Wet Sock Treatment To Stop A Cold In Its Tracks

Originally posted on Stick Out Your Tongue:
? I know what you’re thinking.  Wet socks sound like some sort of medieval torture protocol, or a easy way to ruin a beautiful day. While it may seem weird and equally unappealing, this is a simple treatment that can help alleviate cold and flu symptoms right as…

The Earth Pair: the Stomach and Spleen/pancreas Meridians

Originally posted on Stick Out Your Tongue:
The Earth Yin-Yang Pair:  The Spleen/Pancreas and the Stomach  *note: the Spleen in Chinese medicine is responsible for the tasks of both the pancreas and the spleen as we know them in Western science. Some think it was mistranslated as spleen, but the roles attributed to the ‘Spleen…