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“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...

Beating the Winter Blahs

Winter is the season of the “Kidney-Adrenal” energy system according to Traditional Chinese Medicine. The TCM Kidney-Adrenals (not the same as your physical kidneys, please note) are the foundation of all life energy the body. So winter is a time to focus inward,...

5 Food Tips for Stress and Anxiety

1) It’s not just WHAT we eat, but HOW.  Many of us rush around trying to meet obligations and deadlines, and a strict diet can definitely become one more stressor, one more thing to be hard on ourselves for. Step One can be just scheduling in enough time to sit...

A Good Read – “When Things Fall Apart: Heart Advice for Difficult Times”

“As one of Pema Chodron’s grateful students, I have been learning the most pressing and necessary lesson of all: how to keep opening wider my own heart.” – Alice Walker A generous friend once left me a copy of When Things Fall Apart: Heart Advice for...