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.
On Feb 10th, we enter into the Year of the Snake in the Chinese Calendar.
It is that time of year – flu season. And it seems to be particularly common these past few weeks – sick kids home from school, missed work days, long lines outside of public health clinics. So how to stay healthy this winter?
If you have gone outside at all today, you know that it is HOT. It seems most of the country has been experiencing particularly hot weather this summer. And while the heat can be good, it is also important that you take the necessary precautions to help your body naturally stay cool, particularly by paying attention to what kinds of food and drink you put into your body. Here are a couple tips from Traditional Chinese Medicine.
Spring has…at least for the time being…sprung. And while springtime brings warmer weather, more sunshine, and a chance to be outside, it also brings its own energetic challenges, which we should all be aware of!
There are, of course, many many Chinese herbs that you have probably never heard of – plant, mineral, and animal products that exert a therapeutic action in the body. However, there are many herbs that appear in your everyday life, whether you know it or not! Read on for some information about the therapeutic actions of these common herbs, and perhaps then Chinese Herbal Medicine won’t seem quite so distant from what you already know and understand.
Gwa sha, which literally translates as “Scraping Sand” refers to scraping the skin with a rounded surface to create transient (temporary) therapeutic petechiae (red marks). Clinically, the most common device used to perform gwa sha treatments is a specialized spoon that looks like a Chinese soup spoon. The acupuncturist scrapes along certain channels on the skin with the edge of the spoon – if the treatment is indicated, tiny small raised red dots appear along the affected area of the skin. The treatment draws out metabolic waste and toxins that are congesting the area, leading to more normal circulation of blood and nutrients in the body.