Chinese Medicine

Be well this summer.

We are big on learning from nature about how to be well. Part of this is taking note of what each season, uniquely, has to offer us in learning to live our lives with more ease. Here we are in summer; the season of the heart. For some of us, it’s this time of year that we look forward to – we can’t wait for it. It’s the best time of the year. For others … Read More

26 things your acupuncturist wants to know about you.

    I’m often speaking to my family members when they mention something in passing that has me pause and say, “Did you tell your acupuncturist about that?” Usually the answer is, “No, I didn’t think to tell him/her.” Chinese medicine practitioners are whole health practitioners. So, even if you’ve come to see an acupuncturist because of a shoulder injury or for anxiety, that doesn’t mean that what’s happening in other parts of your body … Read More

White-flag Winter: 5 tips for wintering well

Despite the nuttiness of our winter temperatures so far here in the mid-Northeast, it’s still winter. There’s no denying it when the sun sets early and rises late. It’s a signal from mother nature to slow it down. Many of us are better at staying busy and running on adrenaline or coffee, however a failure on our parts to move toward some semblance of hibernation in winter creates unnecessary suffering in the future. This can … Read More

Podcast – Wellness Unlocked: Simple Fertility

Do the words simple and fertility actually go together? We think they do, and we realize this is not necessarily an easy or pretty topic. So, you’ll have to tune in to see why we’d name an episode with these two words together. This is an episode all about fertility – how we define it, the good – the bad – and the ugly. So no matter whether you have babies, want babies, are having … Read More

The art of being thoughtful.

If you live in the MD/DC/VA Metropolitan area you’ve possibly noticed a bit of a subtle shift in the weather… a bit more heavy feeling with the humidity and cooler evenings. And if you are a friend of the farmer’s markets like we are you may have also noticed an abundance of juicy produce including peaches, tomatoes, plums and so much more. All this signifies a special time of year that in Chinese Medicine we call … Read More

Summer lovin’

This weekend happens to be the 4th of July. I am not going to get into the history of the holiday or the political, social and/or economic issues surrounding how we feel about our independence and freedom here in the USA and what it all means. I deeply respect that as a country we have a lot to be thankful for and oh-so-much work to do to be in wholeness together as a diverse culture … Read More

Spring Cleaning – It’s not just for houses!

If you and I have anything in common then it might feel like suddenly amidst the melting snow and bright sunshine there is some hope for energy and an internal sense that things are moving again. I find that during winter time I tend to look around at my home, my laundry pile, my to-do list… I look inward to all of the “I want to’s” and then I peak outside, notice how chilly I … Read More

Some things you might not know about boosting your immunity.

Ba na ba na ba na ba na ba nananana…I ain’t afraid of no flu. Well, actually most people are a bit afraid of the flu! Here we are in cold/flu/sniffle/bronchial gunk/sinus infection season. Everyone’s favorite! There are advertisements for flu shots everywhere, reminders for hand-washing and plenty of masks for all at your favorite ER or drop-in clinic. For some people this is a terrifying time of year; the fear of getting sick in … Read More

Loss: my greatest teacher.

We are settling more deeply into autumn with each day which is a season particularly associated with grief and awe in Chinese medicine. These two expressions are energetic matches as it is our capacity to know something is valuable that leads to our expression of grief when something is lost. In loss, the preciousness of what we value is illuminated and can inspire us to move forward after the loss with greater intention and respect … Read More

Fall into fall; 5 tips for an awesome autumn

It’s official – we are in autumn! I even broke out my for real autumn-winter wear boots this week. In Chinese medicine we take it seriously that us humans are a true reflection of nature, and this includes the seasonal changes too. Thus, one of our measures of “health” is how well we weather the weather. In the treatment room we tend to take note of how people do from season to season, looking for patterns that illuminate … Read More