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Healthy Foods for Fall

traditional chinese medicine foods for fall

The season of fall brings cooler weather and shorter days. As with any season, the world adjusts accordingly. Plants begin to go dormant, animals begin scrounging for food to store to get them through the upcoming winter months and humans start winterizing everything.

As fall descends on the land, it reminds us we need to start cutting back on the numerous cooling foods that are consumed during the summer months. Things like raw foods, salads, juices and fruits should be decreased because they can create too much cold in the body, according to traditional Chinese medicine. continue reading »

Five Reasons to Get Acupuncture for Low Back Pain

Statistics show eight out of 10 people will experience low back pain at some point during their life. Seeking medical treatment for back pain is very common. Typically back pain is fleeting and can be easily resolved with rest, heat and an occasional anti-inflammatory like ibuprofen. However, once the damage is done, the recurrence of back pain can be as high as 50 percent. Part of this is because as we age, things like muscles and tendons become less flexible and pliable. It is also very well known in the United States, people are too sedentary and this leads to excess weight gain that can create added pressure on the body, especially the low back. continue reading »

Maca Root Demystified

Classical Chinese medicine has a long history of studying herbs with adaptogenic properties. These are gifts of nature that works with our immune system to better adapt and maintain balance with our environment. Balance is key to health, and something I will share with you more in future blogposts.

Maca is an herb superfood that has a long tradition of adaptogenic qualities, and a gift from the Peruvian highlands. It’s one of the ingredients in my JingPro Adaptogenic Protein Powder. Check out this blogpost for an honest assessment of Maca root and its benefits for fertility and optimal health. And with any new herbal adventure, be sure to ask your knowledgable practitioner if Maca is right for you, and how to utilize it.

Long traditions of tasty soups for Post Partum recovery

When I was recovering from major fractures in my leg and hip, I was nurtured back to health by my mothers homemade lugaw.

It’s the Filipino version of congee , or rice porrige , with lots of chicken bone, root vegetable, ginger and green onion. She made a big pot of  early in the morning, and I helped myself morning, noon, and evening. I never grew tired of it – it was so nourishing, and I know it was made with love. So when my father broke his foot a month later, and we were both on crutches, my mom happily made this soup for us. She is a retired nurse with 40 years of experience, including orthopedics and emergency room – and this was the medicine that got us both “back on our feet”!


Check out these recipes for soup for post-partum recovery. These are valuable health traditions passed on from mother to daughters throughout Asia. And based on my experience recovering from a bad accident – home made soups are among the best medicines of all.

Acupuncture becoming mainstream

Excellent summary of the trajectory of acupuncture in the US

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