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Chinese medicine

An Introduction to Chinese Herbal Medicine

Whether it’s because COVID is keeping people at home, or whether there’s an increasing interest in natural health solutions, interest in Chinese herbal medicine in booming. What exactly is Chinese herbal medicine? What makes it so special and effective? ...

“Free and Happy Wanderer”: Traditional herbs for depression and stagnation

Spring is Liver time, according to Chinese medicine. Time of the Wood element, which means sometimes we can get physically and mentally ‘stiffer’ at this time. The Liver is often out of balance in modern times. If so, we can feel emotionally depressed,...

Emotions and Your Body: A (mostly) Traditional Chinese Medicine view

What, if anything, do our emotions have to do with our physical health?  In recent years, Western medical researchers have increasingly acknowledged the links between emotions and physical symptoms. Since I first studied cognitive neuroscience, the neurobiology...

Spring Health Tips and Recipes

Spring is a time of re­birth, cleansing, and renewal. In Chinese medicine, Spring is the time of the Wood element, or ‘Liver’ energy system (TCM ‘Liver’ is not the same as your physical liver organ). The ‘Liver’ circulates energy...

Simple Winter Recipes

Winter Warming Breakfast Cereal   This quick breakfast can warm you from the inside out, strengthen the foundation of your body’s energy, and having you ready to face the cold weather outside! Chinese Medicine agrees with the adage that breakfast is the most...

Eat your greens! Easy, super-healthy dressing

Having a delicious dressing in the fridge makes eating healthy veggies easy, which will help you stick to your cancer prevention or other healthy eating plan! Not to brag, but I often get compliments on my salad dressings! 🙂 I use it on all veggies, not just raw, cold...

Two Anti-Anxiety (vegan, gluten-free) recipes

I’ve chosen and adapted two vegan, gluten-free recipes below, for their anti-anxiety ingredients (based on the Traditional Chinese Medicine analysis of these foods). Mung Bean and Kale Soup (serves ~6) 1 tablespoon refined organic coconut oil 20-25 small crimini...

Treating Colds, Flus and Coughs with TCM: A ridiculously well-kept secret

As the temperatures continue to change suddenly, one of winter’s challenges is fending off the colds and flus that makes their rounds in our communities. Most people don’t realize how effective Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is for preventing and...