5 steps to take herbal medicine safely

5 steps to take herbal medicine safely

Herbal and natural medicine can be very helpful for so many concerns. Unfortunately, exaggerated media often plays up the potential harms of natural medicine, but herbal medicine has been used for millennia and is generally extremely safe. It’s actually one of the safest forms of medicine we’ve ever had and herbs are the number one type of medicine people still use around the globe today. 

That doesn’t mean all herbs are safe. Some do have side effects and some are very toxic. There are a few simple safety precautions you’ll want to think about when using herbs and natural remedies. Watch the video to learn more:

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Natural Remedies for Pain and Inflammation

Natural Remedies for Pain and Inflammation

Whether its shoulder or knee pain, headaches, joint pain, menstrual cramps, back pain, or IBS gut pain, chronic pain can be very difficult to live with.

In todays video I discuss pain, the bodies inflammatory response, and some natural remedies we can use to get some relief. Unfortunately, many people live with chronic pain. Listen in to learn what you can do.

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Chinese Medicine for Yoga Online is here!

Chinese Medicine for Yoga Online is here!

I am SO delighted to finally open registration to Chinese Medicine for Yoga Online!!

During many of the yoga trainings I've offered, I've heard from students and teachers who want to incorporate Traditional Chinese Medicine into their yoga and their life.

So I created this course: Chinese Medicine for Yoga.

This course is designed to provide an overview of Traditional Chinese Medicine theory and the associated meridian system.

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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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The Life Changing Power of Ayurveda

The Life Changing Power of Ayurveda

My dear friend and Ayurvedic practitioner Talya Lutzker, asked me to speak in her online wisdom interview series all about Ayurveda recently. We had a lovely conversation all about how to find more consistency, calming and grounding in your life. Talya is a total gem, and I'm happy to share the interview with you here!

You’ve probably heard the buzz about Ayurveda and the genuine difference it’s making in people’s lives. Ayurveda is not just the latest fad. It's a time-tested system from ancient India, and its rising popularity comes at a needed time. A time when our society is desperate for more accessible, honest health care.

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Wellness Wednesday :: Seasonal Practices for Spring

Wellness Wednesday :: Seasonal Practices for Spring

Did you know this is the best time of year to get the heaviness of winter moving again? Right now in the northern hemisphere its spring. New green leaves are popping up around us and everywhere there’s new growth.  During the spring there is a gradual moving up and out. Spring is a time when we move from the internal focus of winter to the expansiveness of summer.

In the Chinese system this is the time of the wood element - its a time to find clarity around our direction and vision. A time when we can invite more creativity into our lives, and a time we can release stuck emotional patterns.

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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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Wellness Wednesday :: Remedies for Depression

Wellness Wednesday :: Remedies for Depression

Depression and low moods affect so many people so I put together a few suggestions and herbs that may help you find more emotional balance.

There are many factors that contribute to a low mood. First, its important to assess whether there could be physiological reasons why you’re feeling the way you are. Thyroid problems, lack of sleep, problems with blood sugar, and low iron or nutrition can all contribute to the symptoms and signs that look like depression. 

There are many studies that now show anti-depressant medications have very low efficacy especially in cases of low to moderate depression. In fact, we now know that mental illness is really not just a psychological or chemical issue in your brain. Depression is actually just a symptom that something else in your system is out of balance.  

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Radical Vitality with Talya Lutzker and Jennifer Raye

Radical Vitality with Talya Lutzker and Jennifer Raye

A few months ago I had the honor of being interviewed by my dear friend Talya Lutzker. Talya is an amazing human and her light shines through in this interview.

A few things we talk about:

  • How gut health directly affects your emotional wellness and positive state of mind 
  • How to protect and nourish your primary energy centers 
  • Healing tips and food therapy strategies for improving your mood and gut health 
  • Which herbs and practices naturally enhance your vitality 
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