Everyone can relate to the feeling of being stuck in a negative mindset. These funks are usually brought on by emotional triggers, past experiences that are difficult to move on from, or chronic worry and anxiety from everyday stress. Over time, these can really take a toll on both your mental and physical well-being, and
In Chinese herbal medicine and dietary theory, herbs are classified as having either warming (yang) or cooling (yin) effects on the body. When the root of a health problem is seen as cooling, a warming herb can be introduced to balance the body’s yin and begin the healing process. Warming herbs are especially important to
Winter has arrived in full force, and with all the party-planning, gift-giving, and resolution-making, our stress levels can shoot through the roof. Paired with the chilly temperatures and seasonal affective disorder, which affects up to 20% of the population, winter can be an especially difficult season. Tuning into the season’s Chinese medicinal element is one
Why spend hundreds of dollars on reference books and study guides when the option of digital learning is literally in the palm of your hand? These smartphone and tablet applications provide tons of valuable information for anyone with an interest in acupuncture — whether you’re just beginning to study or are already a learned practitioner.
On September 22nd, we said goodbye to summer and entered into the autumn equinox. Fall is often thought of as a transition period between the warm, carefree days of summer and the chilly, indoor months of winter that are rife with work and responsibilities. During this few-month transition period, trees shed their leaves and get
In Chinese medicine, the element associated with the season of summer is fire. Fire at the Spirit Level Summer is a time of expansion, when people realize their fullest selves and are engaged in lots of activity. As the element of summer, fire manifests itself in our lives as joy, laughter, excitement, and love. Just
While many Pacific Northwesterners make a habit of avoiding stinging nettles when they’re out hiking or in the park, this plant has a lot more to it than its spiky exterior. First recorded as a medicine in ancient Greece and Rome, stinging nettle has helped many generations reduce swelling, combat allergies, and more. Stinging nettle,
Acupuncture is an ancient Chinese healing technique that can bolster your health in many ways. While many people are familiar with acupuncture’s physical benefits, such as relieving tension and combatting back pain, you may be less versed in how this therapy can bolster your mental health. If you are interested in using acupuncture to foster