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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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What You Need to Know About Qi

One of the basic foundational theories of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is that vital energy, called qi (pronounced chee), flows through the body. This qi is what fuels the body functions that are necessary to maintain life and health. It also helps carry blood and nourishment to the various organs in the body. In a perfect world, our qi flows uninhibited within us. Unfortunately, there are lots of things that can cause qi flow to become hindered or blocked. In TCM, we call this...

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9 Simple and Healthy Snack Ideas for Kids


 

Every parent has found themselves feeling like a short order cook at some point in time.
Children, though small, tend to have voracious appetites!!! It can be a struggle to keep up with their demand for food, especially when you are focused on providing healthy choices.

Some days, we are able to stay ahead of their hunger with lots of fresh, whole-food meals and snacks. Other days, it just doesn’t happen.

Here’s a list of healthy, tasty, AND convenient kid-friendly snack...

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Helpful Tips for Picky Eaters

 

Hippocrates was right on the money when he said, “Let food be thy medicine”. However, as much as we as adults may know this is true, it can be challenging to turn this ideal into reality with our children. Food refusal is arguably more common now than ever before, and can make mealtimes stressful and emotionally charged for parents and kiddos alike. So instead of waging World War III with your 5 year old over a bite of broccoli at dinner, check out these tips: 

Keep...

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How to Stay Healthy This Fall

A change of season is a time of great importance in Chinese Medicine. We are going from hot, external, expansive, yang energy to cool, internal, yin energy. In Autumn, the Lung and Large Intestine are the organs that are energetically affected. This can manifest as a weakened immune system, cough, colds, allergies, depression, or constipation. If you find yourself noticing these symptoms coming up as the season shifts, come on in for a tune-up treatment to help your body re-balance...

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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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