Chinese medicine has a strong emphasis on using food as medicine and utilizing nature's resources as healing agents for the body. Today the focus is on nourishing the yin aspects of the body. Yin in nature is feminine, containing, dark, passive, interior, substance, contraction, and in the body includes the blood, body fluids and tissues. Yin is moisturizing and has an effect on the quality and radiance of hair, skin, and nails. Nourishing yin has the benefit of preventing and treating: premature aging, low back pain, dizziness, floaters in the eyes, dry cough, dry skin, dry eyes, constipation and dry stools, hot flashes, insomnia, night sweats, and memory loss.
If you use the internet and are on social media, then you are probably aware of the fact that it is breast cancer awareness month. I would like to use this opportunity to share some wisdom from Chinese Medicine, as it is predominantly a preventative medicine, and the best way to treat anything is to prevent it.
The Fall equinox is upon us; the days are becoming shorter, the air is getting crisper, and we are energetically moving into the season corresponding to the natural element of Metal. Metal is transformative and is all about letting go of old negativity and patterns. Autumn is when the leaves change colors and fall to the ground, which is also a good time for us to let our old leaves go too. There is no point in clinging onto our old leaves, as it is part of the natural cycle; new leaves will grow soon enough in their place.
When the simple act of walking becomes a part of your daily routine, it can completely transform your health. Throughout time, walking has been lauded as an activity that greatly improves both mental clarity and physical health. Famous thinkers like Beethoven, Dickens and Darwin included walking in their daily routines without compromise. Hippocrates said, “Walking is a man’s best medicine,” and modern research agrees.
Being connected energetically, spiritually, emotionally, and physically to the universe around us is not only essential for our sanity, but is also is essential in order to manifest our dreams and our true desires.
Being connected means knowing that as spiritual beings, we are all connected. Our physical bodies and our egos are separate, but the soul aspect of our being is all encompassing, meaning it fills the inside and the outside of our bodies. Instead of the body wearing the soul, it is more the soul wearing the body.
Most people are confused and misguided on the true cause of heartburn, or acid reflux. This is not your fault, as our culture tends to focus on providing relief from a symptom rather than fixing the root of a problem. We see advertisements all over the place for antacids, so we think that if an antacid will provide relief, and because acid is coming up, this must mean that the body is producing too much acid. However, this is very rarely the case.
Oil Pulling. A lot of people have been talking about it lately, and there’s a good reason why. It’s amazing for your oral health, but also benefits the whole body as well. It is an ancient Ayurvedic practice that aids in the detoxification and cleansing of your mouth and body, and has been around for quite some time.
Suffer from headaches and migraines? Acupuncture is wonderful for finding relief, and it is one of my favorite things to treat. I’ve seen people walk in with throbbing headaches, and then walk out pain free after an Acupuncture treatment.