SPRING!

At this time of year many people tend to do “spring cleaning” in the home, so I thought it would be fun to share some information about the importance of spring cleaning to help keep our mind and body happy and healthy. According to Chinese Medicine, the Liver and Gallbladder are the internal organs associated with spring. This article will provide background and discuss the importance of taking special care of these vital organs throughout […]

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Winter

One of the foundations of Chinese Medical theory is the concept of human beings living their lives in harmony with the seasons. Each season corresponds to specific organs and tissues and their function within the human body. Since we are now deep into Winter, I would like to share the principle thoughts relating to this cold, quiet season. Winter is a time for rest. Just as the trees and plants are dormant and conserving their […]

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Addressing the Pain of Sexual Assault

Something has been nagging at me to write this article for some time now, tapping me on the shoulder, whispering in my ear so to speak. According to RAINN.org, https://www.rainn.org/statistics “Every 109 seconds, an American is sexually assaulted. And every 8 minutes, that victim is a child. Meanwhile, only 6 out of every 1,000 perpetrators will end up in prison”. The known statistics are overwhelming, and sexual abuse is the most under-reported crime. Every time […]

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Autumn, Letting Go & Receiving

The change of seasons presents an excellent opportunity for self reflection, introspection, and renewal. The Five Element Theory of Chinese Medicine associates all energy and substance to five elements: wood, fire, earth, metal and water. Each element corresponds to a particular season. Autumn is characterized by the Metal element. At this time of year, we take the ripe fruits and vegetables from our gardens. We pick the jewels which we carefully planted in the spring, […]

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Acupuncture

Over the years I have been asked many questions about acupuncture, such as, how does acupuncture work? Are you putting needles into nerves? Do I have to believe in it? Well, how does acupuncture work? I honestly don’t think anyone truly understands… Let’s begin somewhere near the beginning, but please understand that this information is a drop of dew on top of an ocean. Most of the acupuncture points are located along channels, or meridians, […]

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Loving Intention

“When you have the courage to open your heart completely to love, a miracle happens. You start perceiving the reflection of your love in everything. Then eating, walking, talking, singing, dancing, working, playing – everything you do becomes a ritual of love.” – Don Miguel Ruiz Well put. I thought Don Miguel Ruiz’s words would be an appropriate way to begin this article about the Fire element that shines throughout the summer months, highlighting love […]

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Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture: Moxibustion

Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture: Moxibustion Hmmm, what’s this? According to the book, “Chinese Acupuncture and Moxibustion,” China entered the clan commune period between about 100,000 and 4,000 years ago. Ancient literature tells us that this time period is the origin of acupuncture and moxibustion. Yes, the stone age, at this time acupuncture “needles” were made of stone, not for inserting of course! Fu Xi is credited for the creation of the therapeutic techniques with stone […]

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Spring!

Spring.  At this time of year many people tend to do “spring cleaning” in the home, so I thought it would be fun to share some information about the importance of spring cleaning to help keep our mind and body happy and healthy.  According to Chinese Medicine, the Liver and Gallbladder are the internal organs associated with spring, and so this article will provide background and discuss the importance of taking good care of these […]

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Transition to Spring

March begins the transition from Winter to Spring, which is traditionally a time of year when food stores for winter run low, and less heavy meals are eaten. People would naturally go through a digestive cleansing process prior to the next growing season. According to Chinese medical theory, the transition between each season relates to the Earth element, digestion, and taking good care of ourselves and others. In this article we will ponder how to […]

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Women’s Health

Women’s Health Chinese medicine and acupuncture addresses a wide variety of health conditions at their root cause. It’s primary purpose is to facilitate regulation, restore balance and nourish. The following outline briefly describes a few areas of women’s health in which Chinese medicine and acupuncture treat well: • Menstruation: Color, amount and consistency of menstrual blood is as equally important as regularity (between 27 and 32 days). Pain, cramping, digestive upset, headaches and extreme emotional […]

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