Tag Archives: Chinese Medicine

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. […]

What Worry Can Teach Us

Worry can teach us a great deal about ourselves, but it can also undermine our health. Worry in East Asian Medicine is the emotion of the earth organ pair, the spleen and stomach. These organs are considered the central pivot of health, since they start the digestive process. How does worry impact our health? Worry […]

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 […]

Experiencing Springtime mood swings? You’re not alone.

If you are noticing moods that seem to shift as quickly as the weather this spring, you’re not alone. Just as the weather exhibits volatile swings between sunshine, torrential downpours, and even hail storms, the energy of spring can similarly influence our emotions. Spring brings us the return of growth, renewal, and the expansive energy […]

Cupping Therapy for Colds, Flus, and Lung Health

The Olympics showed the world that cupping therapy is a great tool to help relieve muscle soreness, pain, and to improve recovery after athletic training; but cupping therapy can do so much more. Cupping therapy’s other main uses are to stimulate the immune system, protect respiratory health, and to facilitate detoxification. We’ll talk about cupping […]

How to Cultivate Yin and Hydration in the Heat of Summer

We’re now a couple weeks past the summer solstice, and many of us are enjoying the extra daylight hours and the hustle and bustle of summer play. The solstice marks an important time for our health. It  marks the longest day of the year -a time that is considered peak ‘yang.’ Yang represents activity, heat, […]

Home care for healthy connective tissue

Athletes, weekend warriors and those of us who engage in less physical activity all can suffer from aches and pains related to our muscles, tendons and ligaments. Many of our daily activities encourage our muscles to tighten, like sitting at a computer, carrying heavy objects, or standing in place for long periods of time. Treatment […]

Reflecting Autumn

“When we allow time to honor reflection in the autumn, we are aligning with the flavor and nature of the season.”

Bitter is the flavor of the heart, not necessarily sadism

This past week a vast number of online news and gossip sources have referenced an Austrian study that seems to have linked a love of bitter flavored foods such as black coffee, beer, and kale to having psychopathic, sadistic, and Machiavellian tendencies. If you managed to miss hearing about this study, you can read more […]

Build Your Kidney Qi: How to exercise in winter without damaging your kidneys

If you’re a regular reader, you know that winter is the season to strengthen your energetic reserves, and build your vitality by slowing down as presented in the post Winter: The Season of the Kidneys. Chinese medicine has specific recommendations for when  to exercise during the winter months, which I cover in the post: Exercise According […]