Category Walla Walla

Chicken Soup To Ward Off A Cold

It is cold and flu season again. I find it is nice to have a few nutritional tricks up your sleeve to boost immunity. This soup is best utilized when someone in your family first starts showing signs of a cold or flu. You can also make it preventatively, if you find yourself surrounded by […]

Letting Go and Saying Hello

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

Cupping Therapy for Colds and Flus

One of the first introductions to cupping therapy that I had as a patient was in college. I developed a cold that progressed quickly into a strong cough with a nice chest rattle within 24 hours of getting sick. I was worried since two months before I had struggled with pneumonia, and didn’t want to repeat the […]

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 […]

Yin Yoga: supporting mental and physical resiliency

  Resiliency is key when it comes to stressful times. Often described as a plasticity, resiliency is our ability to bend with stress, but resume our original shape after the stress passes. Resiliency is not only a physical phenomenon, but a mental one as well. Psychologists have been teaching mindfulness techniques for decades to enhance […]

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 […]

Painful Periods? Chinese Medicine Can Help

For years I thought that having a painful period (dysmenorrhea) was what every woman went through. Women grow up with a general cultural consensus that periods equal pain; you just have to take painkillers, feel miserable, and wait it out. Needless to say I was elated when acupuncture and Chinese herbs gave me a new […]