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 […]

With the opioid crisis still in full force, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHR) has put together a Pain Management Best Practices Inter-Agency Task Force, whose mission is to determine whether gaps or inconsistencies in acute and chronic pain management exist, and to propose recommendations to address those gaps. This report is currently open […]

When you work in a busy health care clinic with multiple practitioners, there are times when you can see public health trends clear as day. Aside from the waves of viruses that roll through during the winter months, one of the more common trends observed is magnesium deficiency. Magnesium is responsible for over 300 biochemical […]

  Eckart Tolle says “one conscious breath” constitutes meditation. In other words, there are endless spaces we can create during our day for meditation that may be far more effective then trying to sit for 20 minutes, wrestling with the monkey mind. Meditation can happen at any minute of our day, and we can build […]

The benefits of acupuncture in regards to pain management are well known, both in research data and within our culture. Often new patients arrive with some sort of pain condition, willing to try acupuncture as a last resort. While acupuncture intervention is helpful at any stage of an injury, it is best to get in […]

  In the holistic approach of Chinese medicine, we are ultimately looking at the root cause of why the body is manifesting symptoms.  The framework to understand disease from a Chinese medicine perspective is what we will briefly explore today.  It’s important to understand that influences from any and all categories can be influencing your […]

Happy Chinese New Year! Today we leave the year of the earth dog, and move into the year of the yin earth pig. For those of you that are fascinated by other cultures, and especially horoscopes, reading up on the forecast for the yin earth pig year can be a truly fun experience. I love […]

I know what you’re thinking: Eating before bed is a terrible idea! In general, eating large meals right before bed is a concept both Eastern and Western medicine agree upon. The movement of food through our digestive system is helped along by the things we naturally do during the day, such as being vertical and […]

  Emotions have an impact on our health. Whether we’re feeling our heart bursting with joy, or our stomach in knots over anxiety, emotions are as much a part of our health picture as the status of our knee’s cartilage. In Chinese medicine there is a connection between disharmony in specific organ network systems and […]

I’m testing out recipes that combine some of the key elements of Chinese medical nutrition for the winter season. In winter it is a great idea to eat black foods (the color associated with the kidney and bladder organs), and the flavors bitter and salty that help to consolidate, store, and descend qi. Warming foods […]