Nutrition and Recipes

Eating for the season: TCM and Fall

View Autumn through the lens of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), and discover how to adapt your diet and lifestyle to enjoy this season in optimal health. 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

Eating for your Traditional Chinese Medicine Diagnostic Pattern

Mason Jar Salad for healthier eating based on TCM 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

Eating for the Season: TCM and Spring

Updated January 2023 View Spring through the lens of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), and discover how to adapt your diet and lifestyle to enjoy this season in optimal health. TCM considers your health within the broad context of all the factors that affect your life, including the changing seasons. The gifts (and challenges) of Spring Read More

Bone Broth as Traditional Chinese Medicine

In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) food is medicine We forget how easily we can make homemade healthy food, and, with the invention of the freezer, store it for extended periods of time.  Making your own broth not only tastes better, but gives you control over what goes into it.  Have you read what is actually 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

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

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

A girl and her cast iron skillet

When the day came for me to pack up all of my earthly belongings ,and escape to college, I commandeered my grandmother’s cast iron skillet. Ok, maybe not commandeered. It was more like she was conveniently getting rid of old pans, and I may have taken them. This particular pan is now dating close to Read More

Congee Recipe: Great for the winter!

Congee Recipe Great for the winter! Especially if you are feeling sick or weak. It can be eaten for breakfast/lunch/dinner. Ingredients: ½ cup Jasmine rice½ cup Sushi short-grain rice (glutinous)Chicken broth or vegetable broth2 cups Water In a pot put 1 cup of rice (the ½ cup jasmine rice plus ½ cup short-grain sushi rice) 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