Seasonal Depression & the Water Element

Winter is upon us! It’s that time of the year when the cold air lingers and the sun hides behind snow clouds. We pack ourselves in layers and seek warmth under blankets.  Our mood shifts in winter too. The gradual change from summer to winter parallels decreasing happiness. This effect is often referred to as […]

Prepare for Spring with the Wood Element

In Chinese medicine, we use nature’s five elements (fire, earth, metal, water, and wood) to guide us in diagnosis, treatment, food and herbal therapy, and lifestyle suggestions. The five elements also represent relationship and interaction. The more in harmony we are with each element, the more we life a life of ease. As with any […]

What’s in an almond

The bad. The good. The East. The west. The magnificent almond! This nut is considered a high-grade food in Chinese medicine due to its nutritional content and the way it supports our qi (overall energy).  In 2011, the almond gained in popularity due to its creamy milk. Since then it has stayed at the top of […]

2022 Chinese Lunar New Year

On Tuesday, February 1, 2022, we enter the Year of the Yang Water-Tiger. This Chinese Lunar New Year marks the first of a sixteen day celebration. During these sixteen-days, we celebrate moving into a new energetic year. The Chinese Lunar New Year is also a time to celebrate leaving winter and welcoming spring! Each year, […]

5 Flavors for Healing with Food, Herbs & Spices

“Let food be thy medicine, and let medicine be thy food.” Hippocrates Everyone struggles with their relationship to food. Choosing what to eat can be challenging, frustrating and overwhelming.  Once you begin to show signs of discomfort like constipation, hot flashes, fatigue, and food allergies or food sensitivities, your relationship with food becomes even more […]

The Effects of the Bitter Flavor

My Experience with Bitter Coffee How do you relate to the bitter flavor? Do you crave it from your coffee, love it in dark chocolate or perhaps, need it from your Brussel sprouts? I have a love hate relationship with the bitter flavor. Its taste is striking and distinct, yet harsh and brass at times […]

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