Treating Dampness with Diet

by | Jul 29, 2014

A State of High Humidity In the Body Fuzzy thinking, loose stools, fatigue, and aching joints - all of these things can arise from excess dampness in the body, according to Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). If you missed the post explaining how...
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Dampness: That Special Muzzy Feeling

by | Jul 10, 2014

A patient came in the other day and wrote this down on her intake: Head full of soggy cotton balls. Head full of soggy cotton balls? Yep. I  knew exactly what she was talking about. It's that muzzy, tired feeling, as if...
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Acupuncture for Addiction and PTSD

by | Jul 02, 2014

When treating addiction and/or Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), the most common treatment involves inserting tiny needles into the ear. Ear acupuncture (also known as auricular acupuncture) has been used successfully to treat a wide range of complaints, and has a strong...
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Wet Hot Summah in Maine: A Traditional Chinese Medicine Romance

by | May 17, 2014

Imagine This...  It's late June, and it’s a hot summer day in Maine. Since you have the whole day to yourself, you decide to drive to the coast. You grab some snacks and your iPod, hop into your car, unroll...
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Maintain A Healthy Flame

by | May 16, 2014

Stay Healthy in the Summer Months Because the summer is the apex of yang energy (therefore, hot!) the fire element can easily get out of whack, especially if you already have a constitutional imbalance. Here are some suggestions on how...
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How to Recover From 3 Helpings of Cheesy Scalloped Potatoes

by | Apr 25, 2014

Lauren Eats Way Too Much On Easter Sunday: A Parable My husband's side of the family celebrates Easter, and they do it well. Everyone arrives in their dapper best and crowds the kitchen to catch up on the past 6...
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Kicharee/Kichari

by | Apr 11, 2014

Kicharee is one of those perfectly-balanced meals that is great for all people, regardless of their constitution.  High in protein, easy to digest, and a great food for detoxification, kicharee is an all-season dish that you can enjoy anytime, including...
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The Qi Sensation: What Should Acupuncture Feel Like?

by | Apr 08, 2014

does acupuncture hurt

Does Acupuncture Hurt? Stop thinking about hypodermic needles. No, really... stop it. An acupuncture needle is as similar to a hypodermic needle as an earthworm is to a python. Associating the two types of needles can breed unnecessary anxiety that...
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Roasted Dandelion Root Mocha

by | Mar 04, 2014

A Liver-Lovin' Sippin' Tea! Feeling irritated? Stagnant? Angry? Explosive? Honestly, I can't recommend this tasty beverage enough. Dandelion root (pu gong ying) can quickly cool liver heat , and can act as a great substitute for alcohol or coffee. It's...
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5 Ways To Help The Liver Be the Best Liver It Can Be

by | Feb 28, 2014

Since we know that the liver qi is easily constrained, here are 5 suggestions to help you keep it flowing freely. If you have absolutely no clue about what I'm talking about, read this. 1. Know that anger and frustration...
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