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Pregnancy, Sciatica, and Acupuncture

Severe sciatica can be devastatingly painful. In the middle of my 31st week of pregnancy, baby decided to snuggle herself right up onto my sciatic nerve! After spending Thanksgiving limping, and even crawling at times due to intense pain, I decided I should practice what I preach, and initiate some self care. I asked for help from my friend and fellow acupuncturist, and was just amazed at the results!!

We began treatment with the intention of encouraging the baby to reposition herself so she...

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The Truth About Commercial Baby Formula…..and How to Make it Yourself!

Before I share any info here, I want to start with a disclaimer: This is NOT meant to shame or place guilt on mothers who cannot nurse. This is simply meant to clear up confusion and provide answers for moms everywhere. I truly believe that every mother does the absolute best that she can for her child(ren) with the resources and knowledge she has, and I honor that to the highest level. I know how emotionally, physically, and mentally upsetting it can feel to not be able to breastfeed a...

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Teething Survival Tip: Chamomile Ice Pops!

Teething....that scary T-word is spoken of among parents with dread and fear. It can be a time of frustration, pain, and sleepless nights. I am super stoked to tell you, it doesn't have to be that way!!! I have an arsenal of tips and tools for teething survival. One of my favorites that can easily be done at home is Chamomile Teething Ice Pops. These little treats are healing and fun for kids, and they provide a cooling sensory experience!!!


Chamomile Teething Ice Pops

*Makes 2 trays of...

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My Secret Weapon for Teething...

As a first time mom, I remember hearing lots of horror stories about teething. No sleep, endless crying, and not much can be done to help. Being an advocate for natural medicine, I certainly wasn't going to reach for Orajel or another over the counter product, but I also wasn't willing to accept misery as my only other option. I began researching, and came across Tender Teeth, a Chinese herbal formula for teething. OH MY GOD AM I GLAD I DID SOME RESEARCH!!! This stuff is a literal lifesaver....

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My Child is Sick… Now What?

Kids get sick. That’s just a fact of life. So what can we do as parents to support and nurture our children’s bodies as they work hard to heal? Here’s a list of some do’s and don’ts for when sickness strikes.

  • Remove all processed sugar from diet
    • Why: Sugar feeds pathogens, so by removing sugar you lessen the ability for the sickness to proliferate.
  • Remove all dairy from diet
    • Why: Dairy creates dampness, or mucus, in the body. Removing dairy will reduce...

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2 Common Food Questions...Answered!!

I get so many questions about food. The level of confusion, frustration, and guilt that exists around the subject of food can be really overwhelming, and it’s part of my mission to clear things up. Here are two of the most common questions I get...answered! 

What age should my child start eating solids?

The digestive system of a young child is very sensitive, and is the foundation of health. Around 6 months, a child can begin playing with and exploring new tastes, textures, and...

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How Your Child's Emotions are Linked to Digestion


Western medicine is beginning to realize what Chinese medicine has known for thousands of years....that unprocessed emotions and stress are reflected in the physical body. Chronic disease in adults can often be traced back to roots in unprocessed trauma, grief, fear, and stress.

When it comes to children, it’s possible to catch these patterns early. Children will often act out or become inconsolable when they are in digestive distress. We know this is true of colicky infants. We...

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5 Reasons Why Digestion is the KEY to Paediatric Health

There are many truths that act as the foundation of Pediatric Chinese Medicine. This sentence is perhaps one of the most important.

In Chinese medicine, the Spleen is thought to govern the entire digestive process as well as absorption of nutrients. As this quote suggests, children have inherently weak Spleens for many reasons.

Before being born, a baby’s digestive system does not need to perform its function because baby gets all the nourishment it needs from the mother (through the...

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How to ALIGN with the Life YOU Desire for Your Family

I had a thought today. (Fair warning, this gets a little woo woo toward the end....so get ready )

I often hear parents say things like:

My child will NOT eat vegetables.
I could never get my daughter to drink tea.
‍Sitting still for any length of time just isn’t possible for my son.

All of these are beliefs that we as parents have, on some level, accepted as truth.

My thought today was this: What if we could DECIDE to make something else true?

In asking this question, I already know the...

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What Does an Acupuncturist Do When Her Daughter Gets Sick?

Once my daughter Raven got sick for the first time (at almost 14 months old). She had what we call in Chinese Medicine a "wind cold"....runny nose with clear discharge, congestion, fatigue, and a low fever. Here's what I did to help her kick it as quickly as possible.

1) Reframe: the first thing I did was take a moment to frame this sickness as an opportunity for her immune system to learn and be strengthened. Often parents get down on themselves thinking they did something "wrong", or spend...

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