Blog

News

Optimizing Digestion with Traditional Chinese Medicine

6

Digestive health is always a hot topic. With new information coming out every day about what trendy foods to include in your diet - it can be difficult to navigate the endless options at the grocery store. The Traditional Chinese Medicine perspective on nutrition relies on tried-and-true traditions of food as medicine. Diet culture is SOLD to us and does not have true, vibrant health at the center of its motive. Their marketing is designed to pinpoint your pain (sluggish digestion, low e…

Read more…

Immune Mastery For Kids!

4


When your child grows - so does their immune system!

Not surprisingly, their immunity is impacted by many of the same factors that influence our adult immune systems. You have probably heard that kids are supposed to play, get dirty, and be exposed to germs throughout their development. Remember, germs are not the enemy!

As a parent, you would do anything to protect your child from sickness because it is so hard to see them uncomfortable. But being afraid of germs…

Read more…

Navigating Mental Health Naturally

5
What are your emotions telling you about your life and your body?

When your emotions arise - how do you respond? Mental health is becoming more discussed and destigmatized. Chinese Medicine is a profound system that considers the emotional, mental, and spiritual components of the whole person when diagnosing and treating. Chinese medicine looks at the quality of the emotions and ties them to both nature and the human.

Did you know that anger is associated with the spring? It …

Read more…

How to Lower Your Toxic Load (and Why You Should Care)

2

What is “toxic load?” It’s not meant to scare you!

Toxic load is the accumulation of harmful substances within the body from a variety of sources. So where do toxins come from?

-external environment
-internal environment
-personal care products
-food
-water
-drugs
-medications.
...to name just a FEW!

Toxins are not always visible but don't be afraid. The more you know the more you can make informed decisions. 

Your body has entire sy…

Read more…

How to Fortify Your Immune System So Sickness Doesn't Scare You 

1

When you hear “immune system” the first thing you probably think of is sickness. The immune system’s job is to fight pathogens and keep us healthy. In Western medicine there is a focus on disease treatment and less on prevention.

But do you only think about immune function as it relates to only sickness?

Chinese medicine perspective on immunity focuses on a person’s constitutional strength versus the strength of a pathogen. In TCM the Wei Qi is the defensive qi, ass…

Read more…

Understand & Align With Your Menstrual Cycle

3

This may come as a shock to you but discomfort and pain during your menstrual phase is common but it is NOT NORMAL.

According to Traditional Chinese Medicine your period is a vital sign. Pain, discomfort, emotional disturbances are a clue about what is out of balance.

A licensed Acupuncturist helps you get to the bottom of your symptoms. We don't gloss over the fact that you are doubled over with cramps, cry monthly from frustration, or have an entire week of he…

Read more…

Chinese Nutrition Therapy for Summer...What to Eat to Beat the Heat!

We are right in the middle of summer with some HOT days ahead, so it’s more important than ever to prioritize proper nourishment and hydration. Drinking lots of water is a great place to start, but there is more you can do! 

Did you know that the water found in fruits and vegetables is more bioavailable and more easily digested than the water you drink from your faucet/bottle/filter? This means that the foods you eat can make a BIG impact on your level of hydration.

TCM (Traditional Chinese Medi…

Read more…

Six Ways to Make a Smooth Shift into Spring

We have moved through the deep, nurturing, restful energy that Winter brings and now are shifting to the expansive, driving push that comes with Spring. We see this upward and outward energetic movement reflected in the flowers that bloom straight through the snow. This same energy is at play within our bodies too, affecting our Liver and Gallbladder organ systems most strongly. Symptoms like irritability, PMS, depression, anger, headache, high blood pressure, tendon injury, bloating, reflux, …

Read more…

Why Acupuncture?

As an acupuncturist, by far the most common question I am asked is "What can you use it for?" The answer is, truly, just about everything. Acupuncture is a component of Traditional Chinese Medicine which uses a completely different medical model to diagnose and treat disease than Western medicine. A basic concept of TCM is that physical disease, pain, and emotional/mental disharmony can be attributed to an imbalance of the body's natural healing energy that flows through pathways within the bo…

Read more…

Feed Your Soul! (with Vegan Queso)

I found myself thinking today as I was doing some meal prepping for the week, "If the people who think vegans only eat leaves and twigs could see this food, they'd be shocked!" Among the meals on my counter were zucchini chickpea scramble, mini veggie frittatas, creamy potato kale soup, and vegan queso.

Every single meal is whole food based, gluten free, vegan, and organic!!! I am feeling very blessed to be surrounded by such nourishing and healing food, and wanted to share these delicious re…

Read more…