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December 1, 2019

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February 5, 2019

Congrats! You made it. Today is the first day of Spring (according to the Chinese calendar). I know we’ve been in a cold snap lately, but, take heart! The buds are preparing for Spring!!

If you made New Year’s resolutions that didn’t quite stick, or if you were waiting to move towards manifesting new growth, today might be the best day of the year to pause, check in, and reflect on how you want to grow!

Chinese New Year is known in China as “Spring Festival.” This day triggers a mass migrati...

June 29, 2016

Flowers always help my heart feel connected to love. Whether I’m happy, or sad, or depleted, or joyful, I often turn to flowers to meet my needs for beauty and comfort and for that feeling of being “plugged-in” and part of the world.

I think it’s because flowers spring forth from the humility of the earth and represent creativity and perseverance to me. Plants never question if they should grow or not. They just keep reaching towards the light.

As we head into summer, the season of peak perf...

April 1, 2016

One of my patients recently told me, “I love it when you burn that stuff on my arm but I wouldn’t know how to tell people that you use fire in your practice.”

 

First, let’s talk about fire. The “fire” I’m using is a relatively mild form. If you’re picturing a flame thrower, forget about it! As in the picture above, I’m actually using a lighter to light a narrow stick of incense so that I can then use the incense to gently ignite a small pyramid of Chinese herbs pressed together and set atop...

December 5, 2015

 If you can’t join me for the winter workshop I'm offering, which will provide guidance on how to warm up to winter, maintain your energy, and take advantages of winter’s gifts, but are struggling with the weather shift and feeling chilly, consider contacting me for a free consultation to see if acupuncture might be able to help you. Few people know that acupuncture actually can help heat you up and restore your energy!  

 

I use moxibustion (moxa) with many of my patients who are chall...

December 5, 2015

 We had a lucky streak of warm weather (though I was very worried about global warming during all of October and most of November!), but it appears that winter is starting to settle in.

 

I know; this is bad news for most of you. I’m sorry to say it, but it’s true! Winter is coming, and winter is a natural component of the cycle of the year.

 

Many of my patients struggle with winter. It’s a difficult season and there are evolutionary reasons for the fear that arises during this time of year....

March 10, 2015

Last week was still so cold. At the Farmer's Market, I purchased the following vegetables: potatoes, beets, cabbage, onions, rutabegas, leeks, turnips, and with much excitement the first of the non-root vegetables, kale!

 

Pretty quickly, our weather in the Northeast has shifted into springtime. There are bare legs and tshirts on the sidewalks now. I looked at all of the root vegetables and brassicas, which normally I would roast, and thought oh no, that sounds too heavy for this new warmer...

February 23, 2015

 

 

Salt is a natural detoxifier. I've written elsewhere on this blog about the therapeutic properties of salt. One of the many ways to use salt is to take a lovely salt bath. 

 

Between now and March 31, 2015, Acupuncture with Monica is offering a free winter wellness kit as a thank you to all new patients. This cute and friendly gift includes bath salts, an unrefined sea salt sample, and a tasty sea salt chocolate bar. Book an appointment today and claim your winter wellness kit! 

 

If you wan...

January 8, 2015

 

Speaking of eating only whole foods, here’s an exercise to start your new year off right. Take 10-20 minutes to sit quietly and reflect on how you feel. What feels complete to you? What are you wanting to work on?

 

During the New Year, we often set off full-steam ahead on self-improvement projects. But remember that winter in Chinese Medicine is the time of “storage,” a time to conserve our energy so that we can spring forward in springtime!

 

Set aside what you want to improve and focus on...

December 21, 2014

 

The associated “flavor” of Winter in Chinese Medicine is salt. Salt has a grounding and descending energy in the body. It helps move energy into your core and into the lower portion of your body, as is appropriate in winter. In Chinese medicine, winter is the season of "storage," the time of year in which we are focusing on consolidating and conserving our energy so that we can spring forth when springtime finally arrives again.

 

If you’ve ever heard someone referred to as the “salt of the...

December 19, 2014

Monica’s Magical Vegan Split Pea Soup with Miso

 

This is another version of the Warming Vegan Split Pea Miso Soup with Kale I posted about recently. 

I like to cook dishes from memory, and I enjoy improvising with whatever ingredients I have on hand. Below is my Monica-memory-version of how to cook this soup.

 

I like to keep it simple and not worry about measuring much. If that kind of thing makes you crazy, try the actual recipe with ingredient amounts before delving into the impromptu versi...

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