Tag Archives: Chinese Medicine

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 […]

Year of the Yin Earth Pig

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 […]

Chinese Herbal Medicine 101

I’m often asked about the safety, efficacy, and benefit of using Chinese herbal medicine. Chinese herbal medicine maintains a historical longevity beyond most practices of herbal medicine. Chinese herbalism is older than the practice of acupuncture–over 2000 years. It is also one of the few herbal practices that did not receive persecution until the Cultural Revolution […]

Restore Your Vitality in Winter: Tis the Season

Winter is my favorite season from a Chinese medicine viewpoint. It is the time of year to rebuild and strengthen the foundation of our health. This means it is the season to invest in ourselves. When we take the time to build our reserve of vitality during the winter, it ensures that we have all […]

Entering the Season of Late-Summer…In December

I know what you’re thinking…Late-summer in December? This is actually a transition season that happens four times a year. In Chinese medicine, the seasons of Late-summer is the last 18 days of each season and is the season associated with the spleen/pancreas and stomach. These organs are also known as the central pivot of health […]

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 […]

Reduce Springtime Mood Swings With These Dietary Tidbits

Early spring is known for remarkable shifts in weather. One minute it could be a brilliant, mild sunny day, and a moment later winds drive in a hail storm that last for only 20 minutes. Some spring days will take you on an adventure through all four seasons in a 24 hour cycle. This is […]

Depression: A complex condition worth looking at the big picture

The experience of depression is a complicated and highly individualized experience. Over the years, I’ve seen a number of articles (both research and non-research), blog posts, and opinion pieces on the main solution to or cause of depression. Most of these articles and research pieces capture one piece of the puzzle, but inadequately address the […]

Postpartum Depression: How Acupuncture Can Help

One of the things I wish we talked about more openly is that many women struggle with postpartum depression. It is common. I hope that we can all agree that there is no shame in experiencing it. There are many ways to get help with postpartum depression. In acupuncture, there are a few indicators pre-delivery […]

WHAT I WISH I HAD KNOWN ABOUT WOMEN’S HEALTH AND ACUPUNCTURE WHEN I WAS YOUNGER

As a teenager and well into my early twenties, I frequently suffered from dysmenorrhea– or painful periods. Everyone told me it was normal. Many of my matriarchs confided in me that  they had debilitating cramps when their cycles started and well through their school years– painful enough to send them home from work and school. […]