Relaxation Tips to Deal with Stress

This is Part 5 in the series All About Stress. See Part 1 – Connection between Stress and Health, 2 – Telltale Symptoms of Stress, 3 – What Causes You to Stress, and 4 – What to Change to Experience Less Stress. Stress is inevitable.  Even if...
Strengthen Your Body During Summer

Strengthen Your Body During Summer

With summer already in full swing, it is time to use summer’s warmth to strengthen your body, increase Yang, remove interior cold and dampness that lead to the common cold, and improve your constitution. Below is an introduction to the summer warming method...
Acupuncture as alternative to HRT for Menopause

Acupuncture as alternative to HRT for Menopause

Menopause, and associated symptoms of hot flashes, insomnia, mood swings, is something most women will face as they get older.  Many will try Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT). Some will try to suffer through. Others might try herbal remedies (as discussed in my...
TCM on the Evils of Cold Soda

TCM on the Evils of Cold Soda

This is the first in a 2-part series on the evils of drinking cold soda, namely ice cold Coca-Cola. See the second part. This week’s acupuncture lecture was on XiaoKe, literally ‘wasting thirst’ syndrome, but now most commonly used to refer to...
Replacing Mental Health Drugs with Acupuncture

Replacing Mental Health Drugs with Acupuncture

In this week’s Gossip Girl episode (Season 4, Episode 21), cousin Charlie decides not to take her medication.  From the context, I gathered that the medicine was for a mental health condition, perhaps anti-depressants, anti-psychotics, anti-anxiety, or something...
[Video] Useful TCM Herbal Medicines

[Video] Useful TCM Herbal Medicines

The last video from our class field trip to the Hangzhou TCM museum shows some plant and herb-based medicines. Judy discusses a few that enhance longevity, nourish Yin, dispel dampness, and are locally produced here in Zhejiang. Ginseng for tranquilizing liver...
Wolfberries: TCM Superfood

Wolfberries: TCM Superfood

Following up my previous post about uncommon TCM superfoods, wolfberries or gouji berries (枸杞) are another food that has huge health properties associated with it.  Among the benefits of eating wolfberries are: Help to prevent the onset of diabetes Ease constipation...
Functional Food: Millet

Functional Food: Millet

When was the last time you had millet?  That was probably my reaction too, ‘uh…I know I’ve seen it, but can’t say I’ve ever eaten it.’  Well, maybe you should. According to TCM, millet is cooling, noted as a yin (cold, dark, female,...