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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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

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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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by | Jan 18, 2014

True story: About a month ago, on a Saturday, my partner and I woke on the wrong side of the bed. We were feeling fed up with the brutal sub-zero temperatures, the freezing rain, and the 4 feet of packed...
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The Winter of Our Discontent?

by | Jan 17, 2014

Wintah' in Maine. Is it me, or does it seem like winter has been going on for, like, 10 months now?  Twice in the past week I've had to take a steaming hot shower then jump...
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Acupuncture Research: The Down and Dirty on the Double-Blind

by | Dec 31, 2013

Before we get into the nitty gritty, please know that this post will make more sense if you have read Is Acupuncture...Real Medicine. Read it, if only for the great story of your *calm* acupuncturist, Lauren, getting super pi**ed off and...
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Is Acupuncture…Real Medicine?

by | Dec 30, 2013

Acupuncture? Or Quackupuncture? It's a complex topic, and most definitely a controversial one, and depending on who sits next to you on a flight out of Portland -  it can be a conversation that ignites as soon as it begins....
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