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August 29, 2019

My acupuncturist and I were recently talking about compost. 

I carry my kitchen scraps to a friend’s backyard every week or so to compost them. Compost piles might look fairly inert, apart from any surface activity, but it’s actually the underneath, the unseen layers, where all the action is. 

Beneath the pile of freshly-added scraps, microbes and bacteria are breaking down waste into soil. Gradually, gradually, everything melts and crumbles back into nutrient-rich earth.

While composting mig...

August 15, 2019

This spring, I learned that it takes one thousand, one hundred, and fifty two bees (1,152!!!!) to make just one pound of honey. The average bee makes only 1/12 a teaspoon of honey in its lifetime. To make one pound of honey, TWO MILLION flowers must be visited by the worker bees!

Sweetness is a special commodity that our culture tends to take for granted. We have corn syrup and beet sugar and cane sugar and coconut sugar and honey and maple syrup and agave nectar and stevia and all sorts o...

September 1, 2017

I recently went to a potluck at a friend of a friend’s house. This was someone I vaguely knew from my neighborhood but wasn’t well acquainted with.

When I arrived, the host greeted me with a warm hug, and said, “Welcome Home.”

I was profoundly moved by this greeting! My eyes filled with tears.

It was the end of a busy day and though I was coming to the potluck from the place I live (my technical home), I had been in motion all day long, and not always as present as maybe I would like to be.

So...

November 14, 2016

We tend to think of letting go as a big dramatic process, and sometimes it is. Letting go can mean letting go of a job, a relationship, or a story of blame or victimization that has been fueling your rage for years on end!

But, often, letting go is a process less fit for the stage, and it looks like a series of micro-choices. It really is the little things that contribute so powerfully to our health. I emphasize these day-in-day-out choices with my patients.

We can let go of the candy offere...

October 1, 2015

 The weather is starting to shift and several of the people I help have come in coughing, with chest pain, or with burning tight throats. Yuck! Nobody wants to get sick, but these seasonal transitions often take us by surprise.

 

In the Chinese Medicine calendar, we’re moving from heavy, sweaty, damp humidity (the Earth season)--remember that? it may seem like years ago but was just a few weeks ago!--to the Metal season, which is dry, dry, dry. The plants are starting to constrict, leaves ar...

May 14, 2015

 Spring is the perfect time of year to lighten up your cooking! An abundance of vegetables are starting to make their way to the farmer’s market. One of the most nutrient-dense vegetables is kale, and it’s dark leafy green friends. In the winter I tend to sauté kale in oil, but in the spring and summer I love to eat it “raw” in salad form, or sometimes in smoothies.

 

But kale is a thick, fiber-rich food, so those of us with bloating or poor digestion should be careful. I have some modificat...

May 13, 2015

 The “sour” flavor in Chinese Medicine is associated with Springtime. Foods classified as “sour” include vinegar, lemon, tomatoes, pineapple, oranges, and olives. Sour foods in Chinese Medicine have an “astringent” property. Astringent means that these foods help to pull together fluids in the body. So if you’re having loose stools or lots of sweating, these foods can help pull those fluids together for you.


Having a few more sour foods during this time of year can help you pull together y...

May 1, 2015

 In the name of the newness and regeneration that Spring brings, I am happy to announce that I now offer acupuncture packages!

 

 

The “Stairway to Wellness” package is a series of 5 acupuncture treatments on a weekly basis. As a bonus, you will also receive additional time with me at each appointment to receive nutrition counseling. The nutrition counseling sessions will focus on addressing your specific eating concerns from within the framework of your personal health goals. I do not have o...

January 7, 2015

 

Salt is a much-bemoaned ingredient today. Many of us are on low-sodium diets. But whole sources of salt (miso and unrefined sea salt) are so much different, chemically and nutritionally, from processed (refined) salt, that a reasonable amount of these quality salty foods can actually improve our health.

 

Miso is a fermented soybean paste traditionally made with whole soybeans, koji (a carefully-produced mold spore that aids in the fermentation process), salt, and often grains as well. If t...

January 4, 2015

The last few editions of my newsletter have had a focus on food! In part because I really love to eat, and in part because many of my patients have asked for nutritional advice and recipes.

 

You might think that acupuncture has nothing to do with eating wisely, but nutrition is actually one of the “five branches” of Chinese Medicine. Chinese Physicians have traditionally offered treatment through these five modalities:

 

  • Acupuncture

  • Moxibustion (the burning of a Chinese herb on speci...

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