Category Walla Walla

Celebrating Vegetables

Summer’s finally here! The season of bounty and abundance, especially in regards to vegetables. Each week, the tables at the farmer’s market are expanding with bounty. It’s naturally a time to celebrate fresh, local produce. Here are some recipes if you need inspiration. Zucchini & Cherry Tomato Tango 3 TBSP extra virgin olive oil 1 […]

The Mystery of Blood Deficiency

Blood deficiency is a common pattern that underlies many ailments in Chinese Medicine. It can be a key factor in resolving chronic pain issues, insomnia, anxiety or depression. It can also be an important factor in many other ailments such as constipation, menstrual irregularities, headaches, migraines or forgetfulness. Nourishing the blood to treat these ailments […]

Three Treatments To Treat Seasonal Allergies

Many of our patients are coming in noticing that airborne allergens are particularly strong this year. If you are noticing strong allergy symptoms or first time seasonal allergy symptoms and have not tried acupuncture for them, now is the time to start.  In East Asian medicine, there are three excellent treatment modalities to help you minimize […]

The Names of Acupuncture Points

As an acupuncturist, I often hear a variant of the question: “Whoa! What does that point do?” This usually occurs when a point being needled elicits a unique or strong sensation or feeling. I often respond with a smile and tell the patient a little story. Story-telling has been used throughout human history as a […]

How does acupuncture approach healthcare?

Acupuncture and East Asian medicine provides a valuable addition to your healthcare routine. Many patients try it for the first time due to pain that won’t resolve, or because a friend recommended it. Not knowing what to expect, patients are often surprised that acupuncture can treat a wide variety of health concerns, and is a […]

Soba Noodles with Peanut Sauce and Bitter Greens

This is one of our favorite spring recipes. The natural sweetness of both the buckwheat noodles and peanut sauce pairs beautifully with braised bitter greens. With the farmers market back this weekend, we can get a grand braising mix and rapini from our local farmers. Ingredients: 1-2 packages buckwheat soba noodles. Note: most sold in […]

Eat Local

It’s that time of year! Fresh produce is abounding in our little valley town. While indulging in delicious asparagus may already be happening, the season promises much more to come. There are a few reasons why eating local is a great idea. First off, supporting local farmers is an efficient way to boost the local […]

Pulled Pork Lettuce Wraps

Ingredients: Pulled pork: Pulled pork recipe inspired by Nom Nom Paleo’s Slow Cooker Kalua Pig Recipe. We like to swap out the bacon with paprika. See her original recipe here: 5 pound pork butt 1-2 T paprika 5 garlic cloves, peeled coarse sea salt Lettuce wraps: 1 head butter lettuce (it makes the best wraps) […]

Pediatrics & Chinese Medicine

Acupuncture is becoming a familiar word in medicine and healthcare, but it is not yet as common in Pediatrics. Chinese Medicine has been a family medicine from the start, treating pediatric and geriatric patients, as well as adults. Thompson Family Acupuncture Clinic embraced this history in its name so as to encourage all members of […]

Tendons and Ligaments

Spring is the season of the liver and gallbladder in East Asian medicine, and since these organ systems are considered in charge of the tendons, ligaments, and connective tissue of the body, we often see connective tissue related pain increase in the spring. These organs are also related to every joint in the body. Common […]