In Chinese Medicine, each organ system in the body is associated with a particular emotion, and also a particular “element” (or force at play in the natural world.) The organ system associated with grief, loss, and sadness, is the Lung. I don’t need to tell you what organ system is most often associated with COVID-19 infection.
Just as plants in nature are starting to dry out and wither, so does the skin this time of year.
Almost all of us have been susceptible to emotional eating at one time or another. Food provides nourishment when we are feeling down – even if that isn’t the kind of nourishment we need at that moment. Food is a comfort, eating can be something to do to fill a void, and the act can be mindless or tied to hundreds of emotions and identities and stories we tell ourselves about who we are.
There are many herbs used in Chinese Herbal Medicine that can help to stoke our internal fire, and help to warm us up from the inside out!
My suggestion it to do a “Detox Lifestyle Overhaul”, which involves making a number of small health choices that you can then choose to continue or stop, after you see how they serve you for one month. Here are my suggestions for a January Detox:
Though many of us don’t want to admit it, fall is just around the corner. You can feel it in the air early in the morning, before the last days of summer sun break through. While fall brings many wonderful things – crisp cool air, changing leaves, yummy root vegetables, and the routine that many miss during the summer, it also brings colds and flus and runny noses as the weather gets cooler.
From a Chinese Medicine standpoint, when we are too fixated on being healthy, that balance we strive for gets thrown for a loop. When we are too fixated on balance, we become unbalanced.
If you are into health and nutrition at all, you’ve probably heard about the many nutritional benefits of Kale. But I bet even you don’t know all the reasons why you should be sure you are including this nutritional powerhouse in your diet!
Ok, folks, it is that time again. Time to make some New Years Resolutions and try to stick to them. Guess what? Acupuncture just might be able to help. Here are some of the most common resolutions that people make, and how acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine can help you stick to them!
This post is copied from our older, original blog. Original post date 10/15/2012. By Marcie Bower, Lic.Ac. When I was 2 years old, mushrooms were my favorite food. Weird taste for a 2 year old, yes, but a wise one! Mushrooms are increasingly shown to have numerous health benefits, from boosting immunity to fighting cancer … Continue reading Mushrooms