Acupuncture Articles

Ailments of Spring: Sciatica, Neck Pain, and Headaches

Posted: March 31, 2015

While sciatica, neck pain, and one-sided headaches certainly occur throughout the year, the transition between winter and spring often see an increase in the frequency and/or severity of these symptoms.  Spring time, the season associated with the Wood element, governs the smooth, agile movement of both our joints and our qi (or life force).  Symptoms…

Spring: The Season of Wood

Posted: March 31, 2015

The Wood element is expressed by the spring-time energy of vigorous movement and growth. The rushing water in Jane Mudd's painting in our reception room exemplifies the increased color, sound and movement that we experience as we leave the quiet, dark of winter. I am delighted to display this painting in our reception area as…

Healing Foot Pain: Warming the Kidney Channel

Posted: January 10, 2015

When foot pain feels like something is inside the foot or like a sock is bunched up under it and is made worse by walking, the diagnosis is often Morton's neuroma.  This is an enlargement or thickening of nerve tissue that often occurs between the third and fourth toes.  This type of pain is usually…

Bone Broth for Deep Nourishment

Posted: January 8, 2015

In addition to being a tasty way to improve soups, bone broth is an excellent to nourish the body.  Filled with minerals, bone broth can also be sipped by the cup in times of illness and depletion.  Use bones from grass-fed, hormone-free, antibiotic free animals.  Susie's Grass-Fed Lamb sells five pound bags of bones at…

Yogic Rest with Your Cell Phone

Posted: January 2, 2015

Rest and rejuvenation - these are issues that come up in talking with patients about how to support Kidney qi, the energy that protects our deepest reserves.  Finding the time and place to rest in a manner that is truly renewing is a challenge for many.  So, I was delighted when one of my patients…

Heavenly Yogi Tea Recipe

Posted: December 5, 2014

My favorite tea to serve at winter gatherings is Heavenly Yogi Tea. The scent of ginger, cinnamon and cloves simmering on the stove is a great way to welcome to your guests in from the cold. It is also good for your lung health, keeping colds and flu at bay. And it tastes great! The…

Late Winter Light

Posted: November 13, 2014

On the Chinese calendar, winter begins during the second week of November, making the solstice the middle, not the beginning, of the season.  Many find this "makes sense" to them as they notice that winter "feel"  like it begins in November and also because marking the darkest part of the season as the middle or…

Clear Your Space: Clear Your Mind and Body

Posted: November 5, 2014

Attention to detail with emphasis on beauty, clarity and intention is an expression of the Metal element and is well-demonstrated in feng shui.  Feng shui has become well-known in western culture as the ancient Chinese art of placement within living spaces.  The shape of a house, the arrangement of rooms within, and the placement of…

Three Tips for Staying Healthy This Fall

Posted: October 2, 2014

Tips for staying well in the fall focus on staying warm and nourishing the respiratory system to avoid to avoid colds and flu. DIET: Pungent or savory, is the flavor associated with Metal.  Pungent and savory foods, such as garlic and onions, strengthen the Lung meridian and keep the lungs warm and moist, protecting them…

Autumn- The Season of Metal

Posted: October 1, 2014

At the beginning of each season I change the piece of art hanging in the waiting room of my office.  During Autumn I display a photograph of the Badlands, by photographer and medical doctor, Char Adkins, to represent the Metal element. Some of the attributes of Metal include the Lung and Large Intestine, reverence, and…

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