Tag Archives: Chinese Medicine
Why use Chinese herbal medicine?
I often get asked about the difference between using acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine for health. This is a great question! While acupuncture is probably the most common modality in East Asian medicine utilized in the Western World, Chinese herbal medicine is starting to find a more prominent footing in our modern Western world. Acupuncture […]
Did You Know You Can Use Food To Balance Your Hormones?
From a Chinese medicine perspective, seeds are little packages of Jing. The Chinese character for Jing, 精 has two meanings wrapped into it. One part of the character describes Jing as vitality and the other essence. Together they impart the description of something that is so refined and yet so subtle that it is essentially a distillation […]
Simplest Hardest Qigong Exercise
Several years ago I was introduced to the Qigong teachings of Wang Fengyi after a friend traveled to China to study with a disciple of his. There are no books that teach how to do the qigong that he taught; it is all through oral transmission. In fact, my friend and a handful of other […]
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 […]