Seasonal Cycles :: Release into Fall

Seasonal Cycles :: Release into Fall

According to Traditional Chinese Medicine this season is related to the metal element and the Lung and Large Intestine. The Lung is considered the most sensitive organ and is very closely connected to immunity so this time of year is a great time to boost the immunity to protect the lung. The Large Intestine is also important this time of year so doing a colon cleanse or a cleanse that has a focus on fiber which will help to clean out the intestines can also be beneficial.

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What is Cupping and How does Cupping Work?

What is Cupping and How does Cupping Work?

Recently, the practice of cupping received an uptick of interest in popular culture so I thought I would provide some general information on the practice here. I use cupping on patients in my Chinese Medicine practice and I've personally received plenty of cupping myself! 

The use of cupping therapy has been used for thousands of years in a wide variety of cultures and traditions around the globe. According to expert accounts, almost every traditional medical system has a healing modality that is similar to "cupping". 

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Teacher Interview :: Dr. Saraswati

Teacher Interview :: Dr. Saraswati

In today's interview I speak with Dr.Saraswati. In particular, Dr.Saraswati works primarily with women. We get into some interesting areas of discussion including some great practices for women who are experiencing menopausal changes and for women of all ages who want to keep their hormonal health at optimum. We even chat a bit about yoga for fertility. And if you're a teacher this isn't one to miss either!  

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Wellness Wednesday :: How to Build the Blood

Wellness Wednesday :: How to Build the Blood

Do you have low energy, paleness and/or menstrual irregularities? You may have deficient blood.

According to Traditional Chinese Medicine the blood is a very important fluid in the body. Blood is a yin fluid; it helps us to feel grounded and present.

There are many ways we can boost the blood which will give us more energy, and a greater sense of vitality. Check out the video below to learn more.

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How to Soothe and Rebuild the Nervous System

How to Soothe and Rebuild the Nervous System

There are so many ways we can destroy our nervous systems. And when we have a fried nervous system our whole being can feel out of whack. We can feel tense, anxious, not grounded and stressed.

In this video I cover four strategies to soothe and rebuild the nervous system.

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What are the five elements in Chinese Medicine?

What are the five elements in Chinese Medicine?

The five elements are used within the medical system of Traditional Chinese Medicine to describe cycles or patterns that exist in nature, in health, and in disease.

The five elements are five phases of a cycle and each element describes a point where energy changes direction. All elements are connected. Some elements nourish each other and some elements control each other. We can see these cycles clearly when we look at the movement of the seasons. Each element also has a related color, sound, smell, emotion and even internal organs.  

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What are Meridians?

What are Meridians?

In my private medical practice people ask me all the time "What are meridians? and how do they work?" According to ancient medical systems like Traditional Chinese Medicine our bodies have an energetic or subtle body. This subtle body is made up of meridians, nadis, or channels. These channels act as pathways where Qi, Prana and blood flows. They vary in size and importance and they comprise an invisible lattice that connects all organs and transmits information related to every process in the body and mind.

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The Meaning of Yin and Yang and how to use them in your cooking

The Meaning of Yin and Yang and how to use them in your cooking

The terms yin and yang are used within Taoist and Chinese philosophy to describe how opposite forces are connected and interdependent in the natural world. The modern world creates extreme oscillations between these two polar opposites. Many people are swinging between yin and yang states and cannot find balance due to lifestyle, diet and emotional highs and lows.

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