Tag Archives: Thompson Family Acupuncture Clinic

Acupuncture And Chronic Illness

People come to acupuncture for the first time for a wide variety of reasons with an equally vast array of expectations. Sometimes individuals struggling with chronic illness arrive in an acupuncture office with the explicit goal of addressing their chronic illness. More often, these individuals come with hopes to manage pain or another adjacent symptom […]

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 […]

Hearty Winter Squash Vegetable Soup

Ingredients: 6 medium tomatoes, cored and roughly chopped, or one large jar stewed tomatoes 5 cloves garlic, minced 1 head kale, roughly chopped 2 medium onions, diced 5 small carrots or 2 large carrots, cut into 1/2 rounds 3 celery ribs 1 small butternut squash, peeled, seeded and cut into cubes 6 cups vegetable or chicken […]

Post Partum Nutrition: How to Eat Well For You and Your New Baby

In the United States, I find we spend a great deal of time educating women about pre-and perinatal nutrition to foster a healthy baby, but as soon as they give birth, women enter a wasteland of information on how to properly rebuild themselves after the process of growing a small human. If you’re a woman considering […]

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, […]

How I Overcame Depression

Today I feel inspired to share a more personal story with you. For most of my childhood, through early twenties, I struggled with depression. A number of physicians wanted to put me on antidepressants. I chose to avoid them, because I felt that I had some concrete reasons for feeling blue. But then that blue feeling […]

Bare Pantry Pesto With Asparagus Zoodles

Ingredients: (Makes 6-8 servings of pesto) 1 packed cup of fresh basil leaves 1/2 cup olive oil 1/4 cup walnuts 1/4 raw pumpkin seeds 2 tablespoons parmesan (this was all we had in the house) pinch of salt Other common substitutes for a bare pantry pesto are to only use walnuts or only use pumpkin seeds. In […]

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 […]

Beet Kvass: Nurture Your Spleen and Stomach

I don’t fault anyone upon hearing about fermented beet juice to go – “Eww!” Many of us were raised on slimy, canned beets and were forced fed them for dinner – so who on earth would you want to willingly ferment and drink beet juice?! I first discovered Kvass on a weekend camping in central […]