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The San Jiao According to Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM)

The San Jiao, or Triple Burner, is one of the most conceptually complex and controversial systems in TCM. Many TCM authorities debate whether the San Jiao consists of an actual “form” (organ), or if it is a conceptual framework to describe a function. The San Jiao is believed to be part of the six Yang Read More

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Summer Salad Recipes

Easy to prepare and enjoy after spending time outside with friends and family. Use ingredients fresh from the nearest farmstand! Simple Pressed Cucumber Salad Ingredients Instructions Overnight Cucumber Salad Ingredients Instructions Tomato Salad Ingredients Instructions Source: Healing with Whole Foods, P. Pitchford, North Atlantic Books; 2002

Summer Soup

Summer Soup Recipe

While you may think it’s more appropriate for colder months, sipping a warm soup in Summer can help the body stay hydrated and also induce gentle perspiration to keep the body cool. You can add slightly cooling (in nature, not temperature) foods and herbs to balance the warm temperature of the soup.   This simple summer Read More

The Spleen and Stomach According to Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM)

According to Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), the Spleen and Stomach are related to that elusive fifth season of Late Summer. TCM, the Five Elements and Late Summer The Five Elements (Water, Fire, Wood, Metal, Earth) are qualities of nature that are foundational to the theory of TCM. The theory of the Five Elements is systematically Read More

The Heart and Small Intestine According to Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM)

According to Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), the Heart and Small Intestine are related to the Season of Summer. TCM, the Five Elements and Summer The Five Elements (Water, Fire, Wood, Metal, Earth) are qualities of nature that are foundational to the theory of TCM. The theory of the Five Elements is systematically applied to symptomatology, Read More

The Liver and Gallbladder according to Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM)

According to Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), the Liver and Gallbladder are related to the Season of Spring. TCM, the Five Elements and the Liver The Five Elements (Water, Fire, Wood, Metal, Earth) are qualities of nature that are foundational to the theory of TCM. The theory of the Five Elements is systematically applied to symptomatology, Read More

Eating for the Season: TCM and Winter

Winter is a time for hibernation and internal reflection Winter is the end of a natural cycle. Many may equate winter with death. However, even within nature, there is an emphasis on yin. During Winter, aspects of receptiveness, introspection, and storage become dominant. Cold and darkness drive one to seek warmth, and there is a Read More

Eating for the season: TCM and Fall

Autumn is a vibrant time of year, when Nature puts forth a final energetic release with an explosion of color and crisp air, in preparation for a time of rest.  Leaves change color and fall to the ground, showing us the beauty of letting things go. Plants give their final harvest, animals start to store Read More

The Lung and Large Intestine according to Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM)

According to Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), the Lung and Large Intestine are related to the Season of Fall. TCM, the Five Elements and the Lung The Five Elements (Water, Fire, Wood, Metal, Earth) are qualities of nature that are foundational to the theory of TCM. The theory of the Five Elements is systematically applied to Read More

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