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Spring is almost upon us! In addition to beautiful weather, sunshine and flowers, spring brings seasonal allergies. For people suffering from allergies, the congestion, runny nose, itchy eyes and sneezing can be debilitating!
Luckily, Chinese medicine has a treatment for seasonal allergies that treats both the “root” and “branch” of the disorder. TCM looks to the lung channel as the culprit of allergies. The lung is the body’s first line of defense against external pathogens. This concept is similar to catching a cold/flu, and seasonal allergies are treated in the same manner. Since seasonal allergies are so closely tied with the external environment, they are viewed as an external invasion. If the lung is not strong enough to ward off foreign invaders, the body becomes more susceptible to seasonal allergies.
10 Years in Practice: A Reflection
Happy New Year, everyone! 2019 signifies my 10th anniversary as an acupuncturist. I cannot believe it has been a whole decade. As I gear up to celebrate my 10th year, I am very reflective on my experience thus far. I remember that when I first started practicing acupuncture, I couldn’t wait to have more years “under my belt”. The beautiful thing about practicing acupuncture and Chinese medicine is that the longer we practice, the MORE insight and knowledge we gain. I am slightly restrained in my celebration, as I hope that 10 years is merely the beginning of a very long practice. [Read more…]
Traditional Chinese Medicine recognizes the cycles of nature and the importance of living in harmony with them. TCM identifies winter as Yin because yin is cold and during the winter months, living things become more inactive. An introspective, restful approach with meditation is needed to store energy in preparation for the coming spring’s burst of new life.
Winter and the Water Element
Winter is guided by the water element, which is associated with our Kidneys, adrenal glands, and Bladder. The kidneys are especially important as they are the root source of energy /Qi within the human body. During the winter months, eating warm foods is ideal. Nourishing options include:
Pair this diet with room-temperature water to stay hydrated while keeping warm. Slow moving yin exercises are also recommended including Yoga, Tai Chi, and stretching.
Acupuncture for Well-being During Winter
Acupuncture helps the body cope with the changes brought by winter. It can help ward off viruses and germs and shorten the length of common colds and similar winter illnesses. Acupuncture strengthens our root energy/foundation in which good health and a strong immune system is built upon.
LI 4 is an important acupuncture point to pay attention to this winter. It regulates the defensive Qi (the Qi that protects the body from getting sick) which protects our body from getting sick. It also helps with headaches, nasal congestion, and ear aches. Applying pressure
LI4 is located on the hand between the thumb and index finger. Squeeze the thumb and the index finger together and press at the highest point of the bulge in the muscle, level with the crease.
It is good to apply pressure on this acupuncture point to activate the healing energy that it provides!
Stay healthy this winter by planning for the changes nature brings. Contact Michigan Associates of Acupuncture and Integrative Medicine to schedule an appointment.
Immune Broth: makes about 4 quarts | prep time: 15 minutes | cook time: 90 minutes
Whether you’re under the weather or just looking for an immunity boost, this is a great go-to broth. Here I introduce you to burdock root. It’s loaded with potassium, iron, magnesium, and ever-important zinc. In the olden days, physicians used burdock root as a blood purifier, and clearly science has shown they were onto something. Here I combine burdock with shiitake mushrooms, ginger, and garlic to create a delicious earthy broth that’s full of antiviral, antimicrobial, and anti-inflammatory goodness.
Rinse all of the vegetables well, including the Kombu.
In a 6-quart or larger stockpot, combine the fennel, onion, carrots, celery, sweet potato, parsley, shiitakes, burdock root, thyme, garlic, ginger, kombu, peppercorns, and bay leaf. Add the water, cover, and bring to a boil over high heat. Decrease the heat to low and simmer, partially covered, for at least 90 minutes, or until the full richness of the vegetables can be tasted. As the broth simmers, some of the water will evaporate; add more if the vegetables begin to peek out.
Strain the broth through a large, coarse-mesh sieve (use a heat-resistant container underneath). Stir in the salt, adding more to taste if desired. Let cool to room temperature before refrigerating or freezing. Store in the refrigerator for up to 5 days or in the freezer for up to 6 months.
Variation: For an extra immunity and anti-inflammatory boost, add 3 (1-inch) slices of fresh turmeric root or 1½ teaspoons ground turmeric during the last 30 minutes of cooking.
Recipe by Rebecca Katz – one of our favorite professional chef’s who share their healing talents through recipes and food.
Web site: www.rebeccakatz.com
Here in Michigan we are awaiting a winter storm. It will be cold, with a dark sky & a blanket of ivory over everything.
In Chinese Medicine, this time of year reflects the Kidney energy, which is the body’s deepest and most vital energy source. The Kidney energy is literally in our DNA and is the energy we are referring to when we speak about genetics and epi-genetics. It’s our ancestors, our parents, our blood line, and our souls destiny.
In more concrete terms, this time of year is a time to go within. A time to honor who we TRULY are, as spirits inside bodies. Contrary to January 1 in the United States, this is NOT a great time to be making resolutions and starting over. Who has the energy? Rather it is a time to go within and LISTEN to what your spirit is truly speaking to you.
Here are some simple steps to going within and LISTENING to what your spirit has to offer you.
It’s that time of year again! That time where EVERYONE seems to be getting sick with the common cold, flu and worse. Conventional medicine has few options to treat these maladies and we all suffer through the runny nose, sneezing, fatigue and sore throat. But you don’t have to!
No one really has the time to get sick. For me, the thought of getting a cold is like striking a raw nerve. So, I want to share my tricks to avoiding and beating our winter-time illnesses.
Here are some remedies that I have found to be helpful (for me): [Read more…]
This recipe from epicurious.com is one of our favorite winter soups – so much so that we often double it. We partially puree it with an immersion blender and freeze the leftovers.INGREDIENTS
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 cups chopped onions or thinly sliced leeks (whites only)
1 cup thinly sliced celery
2 teaspoons Italian seasoning
Coarse salt and ground pepper
3 (14.5 ounce) cans reduced-sodium vegetable or chicken broth
1 (28 ounce) can diced tomatoes, with juice
1 tablespoon tomato paste
8 cups mixed fresh vegetables, such as carrots, corn, green beans, lima beans, peas, potatoes and zucchini (cut larger vegetables into smaller pieces)
Heat oil in a large stockpot over medium heat. Add onions or leeks, celery and Italian seasoning; season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring frequently, until onions are translucent, 5 to 8 minutes.
Add broth, tomatoes and their juice, tomato paste and 3 cups water; bring mixture to a boil. Reduce heat to a simmer and cook uncovered 20 minutes.
Add vegetables and return to a simmer. Cook uncovered until vegetables are tender, 20 to 25 minutes. Season with salt and pepper, as desired.
Pour remaining soup in small batches into bowl of a food processor; carefully puree until smooth and return to saucepan. Stir in cream; season with salt and pepper. Garnish with the reserved mushrooms, and serve hot. Yields 8 servings.
The holiday season came quick this year. Most of us welcome the diversion of holiday television commercials, Christmas lights and enjoy indulging at holiday and work parties. However, the residual effects of the holiday’s can play havoc with our physical and emotional health and well-being! While we are having fun and falling into indulgence mode, it is important to set into place tools that will help create a healthy foundation after the holiday’s are over!
Here are a couple tips to get started:
Full Spectrum Lighting. This season we have seen many days without sun! Many people find themselves struggling with the effect of limited natural light. We get up and it is dark and when we get out of work, it is often dark as well.
We may find ourselves feeling fatigued, a bit blue wanting to sleep more than normal. Many people turn to full spectrum lighting to help them get that natural light that is often only replicated by sunlight. [Read more…]
As the cold comes down and leaves a white blanket on the earth, I affirm that life is beautiful.
The trees have shed what no longer serves them and are going bare. Releasing their outward extension of life and going within, getting quiet and still.
With this sweet serene landscape, I become one with the earth.
Letting go of anything external in my life that holds no true value to my spirit.
Letting go of a busy hectic pace that the fall held and feeling the calm rush over.
Sparking a fire within me, to bring warmth to my soul and to everyone on the planet.
Sparking a heart that beats with love and peace for all creatures.
Although life may seem unbalanced and chaotic, I am part of a divine plan.
I am a divine being called to take action and make a difference to reduce the pain and suffering of all people.
And my light increases the light in the world. Person by person. Candle by candle.
In times of darkness, my divinity shines even more brightly.
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