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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

The Fall season

View Autumn through the lens of TCM, and discover how to adapt your diet and lifestyle to enjoy this season in optimal health. Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) considers your health within the broad context of all the factors that affect your life, including the changing seasons. The forces of Autumn create dryness in Heaven and Read More

Self-Massage for Sinus Congestion

Massage is a great way to alleviate sinus congestion There are many natural ways to address sinus congestion. Including, but not limited to: acupuncture, NAET Allergy Elimination, herbal medicine, Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), massage, essential oils, and saline sinus cleanses. Each has its own benefits. Acupuncture, NAET Allergy Elimination, and herbal medicine address both the Read More

Mason Jar Salad for healthier eating based on TCM Diagnostic Pattern

Eating for your Traditional Chinese Medicine Diagnostic Pattern

Easy, Healthy Lunch the Traditional Chinese Medicine Way The practice of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is based on determining the TCM Diagnostic Pattern for each individual at the first visit, and adjusting it with every subsequent visit. Your unique TCM Pattern guides the recommendations and treatments you receive from your Licensed Acupuncturist. You can also Read More

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Homemade Chai Tea for Digestive Relief

This is one of my favorite teas. It’s great for soothing an upset digestive system, and I love the way it tastes. It is perfect for cold days to warm and nourish the body. “Chai” is a Hindi word that comes from the Chinese word for tea, “cha.” Chai has a long history rooted in Read More

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Integrative Treatment Options for Long-Term COVID-19 Symptoms

Long-Term Effects of COVID-19 The COVID-19 pandemic has infected more than 20 million people and caused hundreds of thousands of deaths in the U.S. Most people who recover from COVID-19 return to normal health, but some suffer long-term effects which range from mild to severe and can last weeks or months after recovery from the Read More

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Chinese Herbal Medicine for the Immune System

How can Chinese Herbal Medicine help your immune system? In Western medicine, having a strong immune system is the key to resisting illness and maintaining overall health and well-being. There is lots of advice on ways to boost the immune system, from foods to supplements to lifestyle recommendations. Where to start? How to choose? Chinese Read More

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Reiki Distance Healing

What is Reiki? Reiki is both a way of being and a form of energy healing. For more about the benefits of Reiki, check out our Reiki page, and also see below under Sources/Resources. Reiki can be effective at helping with stress, anxiety, and pain, among other things. Why Distance or Absentee Healing? There are Read More

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What credentials should you look for in a licensed acupuncturist?

You’ve heard that Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and acupuncture can be beneficial for a broad range of health conditions, and are considering giving it a try. How do you know who to call? To help you feel confident about choosing the best practitioner for you, we’ll explain the credentialing for acupuncturists, Chinese herbalists, and practitioners Read More

Reiki precepts

Reiki Precepts

The Reiki Precepts The best way to utilize the precepts is to sit quietly in meditation and contemplate one at a time. Recall them multiple times a day. What comes up for you? Here is one version of the precepts in English, followed by the original Japanese. See how it feels to pronounce the Japanese Read More

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In Vitro Fertilization: Acupuncture and Fertility

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), 1.7 percent of all infants born annually in the United States are conceived using assisted reproductive technology (ART) which includes in vitro fertilization (IVF). (1) CDC statistics also state that 12% of women in the U.S. aged 15-44 have used infertility services. (2) Acupuncture and TCM for Read More

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Defining Discipline & Commitment Within Reiki

Take a deeper look into the Reiki Precepts and you will find discipline and commitment. The Reiki precepts in Japanese (with English translation) Kyo dakewa (today only) Ikaru na (do not anger) Shinpai suna (do not worry) Kansha shite (be grateful) Gyo o hageme (practice diligently) Hito ni shinsetus ni (Show compassion to yourself and Read More

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Ticks & Lyme Disease: How to Avoid & Treatment Options

Lyme disease is on the rise. It is defined as a bacterial disease transmitted by infected ticks. According to the CDC, Lyme disease is the fastest growing vector-borne, infectious disease in the United States. Since 1982, the number of reported cases annually has increased 25 fold. Along with the diagnosis of Lyme disease there are Read More

Herbal Medicine for Allergies

Understanding Allergies and Allergic Reactions An allergen is a foreign substance that causes your immune system to react. Dr. Devi Numbudripaud, the creator of NAET Allergy Elimination, has expanded on the definition of an allergen to include “anything that causes an adverse reaction in an individual, that does not cause a reaction in a healthy Read More

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What is Chinese Herbal Medicine?

The origins of Chinese herbal medicine can be traced back at least 5,000 years For as long as man has had an illness, they have looked to the earth for remedies. Many turn to Chinese herbal medicine as a natural and holistic approach to health care. It is trusted by people from a wide range Read More

Eating for the Season: TCM and Spring

Updated March 7, 2022 Spring is a time of rebirth, renewal, regeneration, and growth Time to awaken from your winter hibernation and brush off the cobwebs. Like most animals, humans tend to slow down during the colder months and in the process pack on a few extra pounds. As the first ambitious flowers of spring Read More

The Emotional Aspects of The Heart According to Chinese Medicine

The Emotional Aspects of The Heart According to Chinese Medicine “A merry heart maketh a cheerful countenance: but by sorrow of the heart the spirit is broken.” Proverbs 15:13 In almost every culture there is a thought process that the heart holds emotion or the mind. Hence sayings like “follow your heart”. The Chinese culture Read More

What is Auricular Acupuncture?

Auricular Acupuncture Traditional Chinese Medicine is nearly 4,000 years old. The Yellow Emperor’s Classic of Internal Medicine, one of the first written texts of Chinese Medicine, made mention of auricular acupuncture around 500 B.C. However, with technological advances and growing research, TCM has transformed into a much gentler and specific healing system. In the 1950’s Read More

Your Immune System and Traditional Chinese Medicine

Why do some people get sick at a drop of a hat, and others go years without a sniffle? It all comes down to immunity. People with a stronger immune system tend to be sick less often. How do you get a strong immune system? Traditional Chinese Medicine and acupuncture are one of the many ways to keep your immune system strong.

Reiki Precepts: Show Compassion

This is probably one of the more challenging Reiki precepts: “Show compassion to yourself and others.” It is very easy to show compassion to others, but for many it is more difficult to show compassion to yourself. What do Reiki precepts truly mean? Compassion isn’t just loving, or even unconditional love for that matter. Showing Read More

Acupuncture and TCM for the treatment of Insomnia & Depression

Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine have a long history of treating depression and insomnia. Treating Depression and Insomnia Depression is one of the most common mental disorders. It can have many complicated influencing factors, such as loss of interest and sleep disorders including insomnia. Approximately 70% of patients with depression have symptoms of insomnia. In Read More

Acupuncture, Traditional Chinese Medicine, and NAET Allergy Elimination for Allergies

Allergies are a cause of chronic illness for many According to the CDC, allergies are the 6th leading cause of chronic illness in the U.S. with an annual cost of over $18 billion. More than 50 million Americans suffer from allergies each year. There is no doubt that allergies are on the rise affecting men, Read More

Type of Reiki Taught & Practiced at CCHW

Calandra Center for Health & Wellness offers the Traditional Japanese style of Reiki, which is distinct from the Usui-Hayashi-Takata lineage most commonly taught in the West. Traditional Japanese Reiki focuses on self-development, and offers a very broad understanding of the system of Reiki.  We understand that some people may resonate more strongly with the Usui Read More

Attunements in Japanese Reiki

Attunements (also known as reiju) are one of the five basic elements of Traditional Japanese Reiki (1) Developing Spiritual and Mental Focus  Spiritual and mental focus is the most important part of your journey. The development of spiritual and mental focus is achieved through contemplation and use of the Reiki precepts, meditation, and chanting. The Read More

Alternative Treatment Options for IBS

Irritable Bowel Syndrome or IBS is a common disorder that affects the colon and can cause disruption to everyday life. What are the alternative treatments for IBS? There are several ways to manage this condition, ranging from pharmaceuticals to simple changes in diet and lifestyle. However, many do not realize that Chinese herbal medicine, acupuncture, Read More

Acupuncture: So Much More Than Just Sticking People with Needles

Acupuncture is becoming more main stream. However, many people still do not know the entire scope of Chinese medicine, which includes so much more than just inserting a needle. Acupuncture treatment for a variety of illnesses The practice of Chinese medicine starts with a diagnosis. This is not the type of diagnosis that you would Read More

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Acupuncture for Fertility

The treatment of infertility in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) differs greatly from conventional medicine.  Depending on where you are on your journey you may be working with your gynecologist or a reproductive endocrinologist (RE).  A RE specializes in the treatment of infertility, and therefore has a lot more tools to be able to treat it. Read More

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Reiki Energy Healing

History and Styles of Reiki Energy Healing Technique: Usui Reiki Ryoho – Reiki Energy Healing Western Version There are two styles of Reiki energy healing: the most commonly taught and practiced form of Reiki in America was passed down from Mikao Usui (Usui Sensei) to Hayashi Chujiro who then passed it on to Hawayo Takata Read More

Acupuncture for Pain

There is one thing that almost everyone has experienced at least once in their life. No. I am not talking about taxes. I am talking about pain. Whether it was chronic pain or acute pain, chances are you have experienced at least one.  Alternative medicine for pain relief Once you have pain, how do you Read More


The Many Dimensions of the Kidney in Chinese Medicine

When speaking to a practitioner of Traditional Chinese Medicine or acupuncturist, you may hear terms like “your kidney is deficient,” or “you need to be nourished.”  To the average person, these phrases make absolutely no sense. However, to an acupuncturist, it gives us detailed information into the complexity of your body, and how to balance Read More

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Arm Pit Detox?!

You’re curious now. Right? Like so many others I tried to use “natural” deodorants. Or, as I lovingly refer to them “hippie deodorant”.   They didn’t work! I would have to reapply multiple times a day. As someone that is an acupuncturist, Reiki practitioner, NAET practitioner, and massage therapist my pits are frequently up close and Read More

What can Acupuncture and NAET Allergy Elimination do to Help Arthritis?

Arthritis is a painful and oftentimes debilitating condition that’s characterized by inflammation within one or more joints. According to the Centers For Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 1 in 2 people will develop osteoarthritis of the knee by the age of 85. There are several different types of arthritis Types of arthritis include osteoarthritis, rheumatoid Read More

Benefits of Some of the Foods You See on Thanksgiving

Every year during the holidays I tell myself. I am going to not gorge myself. Every year, I fail. Miserably. Everything is just too delicious, and these dishes only make their way onto the table once a year. My biggest challenge is not the food choices, it is the over eating. Which can be easily Read More

Teri’s Cold and Flu Medicine Cabinet

What is in Teri’s Medicine Cabinet for the Cold/Flu Season?     Honey Gardens:  Apitherapy Honey Wild Cherry Bark Syrup     Honey Gardens: Apitherapy Raw Honey     Bi Yan Pian     Vicks     Breathe essential oils     On Guard essential oils     Eucalyptus essential oils     Peppermint essential oils     Coconut Oil Pull     Grape Fruit Seed Extract     Garlic pills     Gan Mao Read More

Apples Apples Everywhere

Fall is my favorite time of year The waking to the crisp temperatures, the food that comes into season, not feeling like your hippie deodorant failed just by walking to the mailbox.  In all seriousness though one of my favorite annual activities is to go apple picking. There is a beautiful orchard that my husband Read More

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Reiki and the Catholic Church

Let’s just be honest. When people hear the word Reiki some automatically think one of two things: “This is woowoo”, or “This is against my religion.” Someone recently asked me, “How does Reiki effect my Christian Religion and belief system?” What a wonderful question! I love questions. It says to me that you are at Read More

Super Easy Escarole and Bean Soup Recipe

It’s soup season! Hooray! We are constantly recommending dark green leafy vegetables in Chinese Medicine. Want to cleanse the liver? Eat dark green leafy vegetables Want to nourish the blood?  Eat dark green leafy vegetables Want to increase breast milk production?  Eat dark green leafy vegetables Iron deficient? Eat dark green leafy vegetables Constipated? Eat Read More

Springtime Liver Cleanse

Updated March 1, 2021 Springtime is the perfect time for a liver cleanse Check out this one-week liver cleanse for Spring! Then read on to learn more about how Traditional Chinese medicine works holistically with the seasons and seasonal changes to help you achieve and maintain optimal health. We include a few springtime health tips Read More

Miso Soup & Dashi

Dashi (or broth) 2 (4-inch) square pieces kombu– highly nutritious seaweed or kelp 2 1/2 quarts water 1/2-ounce bonito flakes or katsuobushi, about 2 cups (fish flakes usually tuna)… I tend not to use them.. Directions Put the kombu sauce pan, cover with the water and soak for 30 minutes. Set the saucepan over medium heat Read More

Pumpkin Recipe

Pumpkin / Squash / Sweet Potato Recipe This recipe is great for a couple of different things. It is fast, simple, and delicious. I, like my grandmother, do not tend to measure anything. I go by taste and sight. The benefits: Pumpkin is good for the lung and phlegm. Ginger is very warming, aids in Read More

Benefits of Pumpkin

Pumpkin Nutrition Pumpkin is loaded with Beta-carotene Pumpkins are not just for carving. The pumpkin’s bright orange color is a dead giveaway that it is loaded with an antioxidant called beta-carotene. Beta-carotene is one of the plant carotenoids converted to vitamin A in the body. Other orange squashes are similarly gifted. Current research indicates that Read More

Dietary Recommendations for Lung Disorders

Dietary Recommendations for the Lung THESE RECOMMENDATIONS ARE NOT A SUBSTITUTE FOR YOUR DOCTOR’S RECOMMENDATIONS OR PRESCRIBED MEDICATIONS Traditional Chinese Medicine perspective on the Lungs Any word denoting a TCM Organ System is capitalized to make it clear that a system, not a single organ, is being referenced. Healthy Lungs maintain a light, moist, protective Read More