Chamomile: a Healing Herbal Powerhouse

Ahhh.. chamomile...the humble herbal tea is actually a powerhouse of healing. This delicate flower is a potent calming and anti-inflammatory herb that can be used for tummy aches, anxiety, sleep, and pain. It is super versatile, extremely gentle, and delicious to...

How to Schedule Acupuncture Sessions During IVF

Acupuncture is a very effective supporting treatment for women undergoing IVF (in vitro fertilization), making the process more comfortable, less stressful, and increasing odds for success. Some studies show more than double the chances of conception for couples...

Make Your Resolutions Work for Your Element

Use the 5 Element System to Help You Make More Productive Resolutions Confession time: I love New Year's resolutions. I find the process of imagining the coming year and writing lists of things I would like to accomplish very, well, fun. What can I say, finding the...

Acupuncture and Moxibustion for Breech Babies

Towards the end of pregnancy, most babies will rotate into a head down position in preparation for birth. Breech, or head-up position, occurs in 3-5% of pregnancies at term, and typically indicates a cesarean birth. There are many techniques mothers can use to...

Yin and Yang in East Asian Medicine

The theory of Yin and Yang is one of the central philosophies in East Asian medicine, and a guide for diagnosis and treatment in acupuncture, herbal treatment, and Asian styles of massage.  It is a way of looking at nature and the human body as pairs of opposite, but...

Cider-Glazed Carrot and Quinoa Salad

Packed with vitamin A and beta-carotene, carrots are a great way to have fresh vegetables in your diet year round.  With winter drawing to a close, but the bounty of spring not yet upon us, thankfully the humble carrot is available fresh year round.  This recipe is...

Fertility, Emotions, and Acupuncture

As any woman who has struggled to conceive knows, emotions are a key part of the pregnancy puzzle.  Fertility problems are stressful, and often cause a woman to feel anxious, depressed, or inadequate.  Depression and emotional turmoil can delay or even prevent...

Herbal Recipes to Fend Off Colds and Flus

As the temperatures turn from cool to cold, and sniffly noses and coughs are all around, having a few protective remedies up your sleeve can help you resist those contagious bugs.  There are many herbs and spices that will help the body fight off a cold, especially if...

Squash Soup

One of my favorite parts of fall is the arrival of winter squashes in markets and shops.  I love to see all the colors, shapes, and textures of this hearty vegetable.  From the humble acorn to the sophisticated butternut, squashes always make for delicious and hearty...

Protecting the Skin in Autumn

According to Eastern medicine the metal element is associated with the skin, and with the Autumn season.  As cooler winds hit at this time of year, the skin becomes susceptible to dryness, itching, and other irritations.  The metal element, like the skin, represents...