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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

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The Kidney and Bladder according to Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM)

Updated December 2023 According to Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), the Kidney and Bladder are related to the season of Winter. TCM, The Five Elements and the Kidney 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

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

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? Use 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