Why am I so Hot? Heat in Chinese Medicine

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In acupuncture, one of the goals is to balance heating and cooling aspects of the body.  Now, as we move past the hottest summer on record, most of us are thankfully packing away thoughts of the heat of the summer along with it.

Not so fast for some people. Heat, in this case, refers not only to the environmental temperature but also your body.

Heat and Cooling in the Body

Our bodies possess qualities of heating and cooling. Health problems can occur if the heating and cooling goes out of balance.  That’s why some people are always hot and sweat … Read More

Chinese Medicine Antioxidants

Traditional Chinese Medicine has a long history of promoting longevity and anti-aging therapies. Recently, research shows that Chinese medicine therapies such as herbs, acupuncture, and tai ji all have antioxidant capabilities.

Oxidative stress can be understood as an imbalance between the creation of reactive oxygen species (ROS) and the body’s ability to detoxify through antioxidants and other mechanisms.[1]  Health in TCM is based upon the idea of balance which can be understood as a homeostatic state.[2]

Herbal Antioxidants

chinese herbs 1 copyTraditional Chinese medicine has long focused on longevity and improving health for those with age related diseases such as arthritis, joint Read More

5 Things You Should Do (at Home) to Improve Your Digestion

blog constipation- 3Digestive health is central to feeling good and preventing illness. Unfortunately, many people have sub-par digestion include symptoms like bloating, gas, abdominal pain, and lots of other uncomfortable symptoms that stop you from feeling good.

In addition to acupuncture there’s a lot you can start doing today to help yourself feel better.

5 things you should do to improve digestion

1. Acupressure at the acupressure point Stomach 36 can help reduce IBS symptoms. This point is one of the most important and frequently used acupuncture points. This point helps to stimulate gastric motility and can be used to treat all … Read More

What is Qi?

blog acupuncture for itch 1The idea of qi has both mystical and practical aspects.  In Chinese philosophy, qi (pronounced “chee,” and is sometimes spelled “chi.”) is an energy that is in all things in the universe and comprises the building blocks of the universe.  Trees, rocks, and mountains all have a specific type of qi. It is the universal energy present in all of nature.

In Chinese medicine qi is the body’s energy is a very practical concept. Qi is the energy we use to keep us healthy. It allows us to work, grow, exercise, and reproduce. Imbalances in the qi can lead to … Read More

Balance as Health: Yin and Yang

One of my secret indulgences is watching food television programs. In a recent international baking competition, the American team created a cake based on the theme of yin and yang. It occurred to me that what started as a Chinese philosophy has now become a part of the world’s vocabulary, but few people understand this concept in the context of Chinese philosophy and medicine.


Origins of Yin and Yang

Originally, the terms yin and yang referred to the two faces of a sun-bathed mountain. They called the sunlit face yang and the shady side yin. Philosophers observed that while these … Read More

Too Many Painkillers Maybe Causing Your Headache

pain killersMany people with chronic headaches take pain killers almost daily. A report from the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence in the United Kingdom states that taking too many pain killers is actually making your headaches worse. The guidelines define overuse of pain medication for more than 15 days out of the month.

Types of chronic headaches include migraine headaches, tension headaches, and cluster headaches among others. What happens is the nervous system becomes accustom to the medication, which makes it require more and more medication for relief. But taking more of the medication may actually lead to another … Read More

Samuel Lewis Alban Gurman Birth Story

By Hannah & Joe

Desktop day 1Plans are made to be broken. Knowing this, when anybody asked us if we had a birth plan, one of the staples of contemporary childbirth, we always said we just want him to be healthy. But the truth is we had more plans than we were willing to admit.

It was assumed that we would have a natural childbirth following the traditions of Hannah’s family. When Hannah was six months pregnant, we started a Bradley childbirth classes, which reinforced our assumptions and underlying suspicions of medicalized birth in the United States. These assumptions shaped our decision … Read More

Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine for Atopic Eczema

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The itch in atopic dermatitis can take over your life. It is so intense, those with atopic eczema of wake up scratching. And after your scratch, the skin becomes more inflamed, itchy, dry, and lichenified.

Most people with atopic eczema have a family history eczema, hay fever, and asthma. Allergies to foods, mold, or irritant substances may cause a flare in the condition (1). Atopic eczema is increasing rapidly in industrialized countries. Atopic eczema is treated most often with topical steroids that suppress the inflammatory response. Unfortunately, steroids also have many side effects.

Acupuncture and Chinese medicine can help reduce … Read More

What is Chinese Herbal Therapy?

Yesterday, an acupressure student of mine asked “What is Chinese Herbal Medicine?”. This is a good question that deserves a proper explanation.

Chinese herbal therapies have been used for centuries for improving health and treating disease. Chinese herbs work to bring the body’s systems back into balance so the body can heal itself, naturally.

The Chinese herbal pharmacy consists of over 500 herbs. Herbs are taken as combinations of 5-15 medicinal substances, which is called an herbal formula. Each formula is tailored to correct the specific imbalance that is the cause of the illness.

The herbal formula can be taken … Read More

Mushrooms for Lowering Cholesterol

Mushrooms are phenomenally versatile organisms.  Some are delicious, some are remarkable medicine, and some are both.

When it comes to mushrooms to lower cholesterol, you can have your mushroom and eat it too!

It is important to consult your physician before beginning a mushrooms products particularly if you are taking cholesterol medication.

How can mushrooms lower cholesterol?

Mushrooms are inherently good at lowering cholesterol due to their high fiber and protein content.  Other mushrooms have phytochemicals that help to reduce high cholesterol.

Mushrooms make great protein substitutes for high cholesterol foods.  For example in Asian cuisine, mushrooms are often mixed … Read More