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...

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...

The 5 Elements at a Glance

Throughout the history of medicine, healers have classified qualities of health and disease according to 'elements'.  Hippocratic medicine had the '4 humors' of earth, air, fire, and water that corresponded with the 4 seasons and qualities of emotion, colors, and type...

New Research Shows Acupuncture Benefits Depression

Currently, 1 out of every 10 people reports symptoms of depression, and nearly half of these are considered cases of major depressive disorder.  Previous studies have demonstrated acupuncture's ability to relieve mild depression and to help those who only have mild...

Acupuncture Lessens Side Effects of Chemotherapy

Cancer patients who receive chemotherapy treatment for their condition must withstand numerous side effects of the drugs, which interfere with work, daily and family life, and quality of life.  Some side effects, including nausea and vomiting, and chemo-induced...

Acupuncture for Endometriosis

Acupuncture received a nod from the New England Journal of Medicine recently, citing research showing that acupuncture treatment is linked with a decrease in symptoms due to endometriosis. This condition can be frustrating to patients and practitioners, because...

Diagnosis in East Asian Medicine

East Asian medicine operates in a very different paradigm from conventional medicine. A Western medical diagnosis is typically a determination of the factor causing the patient’s symptoms, but what an individual patient is experiencing is irrelevant to the diagnosis....