In spring, all creatures take advantage of energy that was stored during the fall and winter months. New growth can be seen moving upward and outward, both emotionally and physically, via the reappearance of plants and animals, as well as our own emerging perspectives on life. Spring is the season linked to the Wood element, … Continue reading Oriental Medicine & Spring Expansion
Seasonal allergies can cause a great deal of discomfort with non-native plants and trees, temperature changes, and winds carrying pollen. As far back as the 2nd century BC, East Asian medicine (EAM) techniques such as acupuncture, herbs, and dietary recommendations have been used to provide relief from the environment and create balance in the body. Today we know that acupuncture can modulate levels of cytokines and anti-inflammatory mediators as well as regulate the immune system’s overall response when too weak or overly active. EAM has a very low risk of side effects when performed by a licensed practitioner.
Athletes and exercise enthusiasts can improve the quality of their workouts and recovery capabilities by following Oriental Medicine guidelines.
In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) the energetic organ systems associated with the summer includes the Heart, Small Intestine, Pericardium, and Triple Burner (san jiao). The Heart is associated with laughter, joy and the kinds of emotional activity we see in family gatherings and outdoor events. Physically the Heart governs blood circulation and sweat is its … Continue reading TCM Summer: Keeping Cool in Hot Times
February 10, 2013 is Chinese lunar New Year and is the Year of the Snake. Use snake-like wisdom to recommit to your New Year's Resolutions.