Building Protective Qi with TCM

Everybody gets sick at some point in their life. For some, it’s just a quick weekend thing. For others, it can last for several days and even weeks. Why do some people always get sick whenever there is a bug going around and others don’t? It all comes down to immunity. People who have a stronger immune system, tend to be sick less often. Those with compromised or weak immune systems, seem to get sick at the drop of a hat. There are many things that can be done to strengthen the immune system though. And Traditional Chinese Medicine is probably one of the best and least invasive ways to boost the immune system, not just during the winter months, but all year long. continue reading »

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Hummingbirds Make the World Go Round!

Big news! I am thrilled and delighted to introduce my new logo. I hope you love it as much as I do!!

The logo beautifully represents elements that are meaningful to me. It is a public declaration of who I am, what I believe in, and what my intentions are for my acupuncture practice.

The Image

This spring, I lost a dear friend to lung cancer. I found myself feeling her presence through the birds, clouds, trees, and sparkles on the water. For sure, I will always miss her physical body and the joy of laughing, walking, and working together. But I know from my spiritual practice that we are more than our bodies. Soon after her death, I was watering the manzanita daisies and a hummingbird flew back and forth through the stream of water. It then perched itself on a nearby fence just a few feet from me to bathe in the spray—it was magical! It brought me such joy. I knew immediately my logo was a hummingbird!

According to spirit animal wisdom, the hummingbird represents the lightness of being and the enjoyment of life. Isn’t that perfect? That is my wish for anyone I meet, whether I am at work or out and about in the world.

The Colors

In creating the hummingbird image, I felt it was important to include the vibrant colors of the Five Elements of Chinese Medicine as they represent health and balance.

Earth yellow – connection
Metal white – inspiration
Water blue – intuition
Fire red – joy
Wood green – growth

The Sparkle

You’ll also notice a sparkle burst. Life’s sparkle was essential to acknowledge in some way. The magic of the “aha” moment. The glittering of the sun on the water. That divine inspiration. God. Love. Miracles. Healing. All good things. Sometimes we need a reminder of an outer sparkle to remember our inner sparkles! 

I regularly talk with my patients about the upward healing spiral that can start with acupuncture. It can often be the first step on the path towards health and vitality. My hope is that the hummingbird logo inspires you to continue on that path. And may it bring you joy, ease, and a smile.

I would love to hear from you! Do you love hummingbirds? Any good stories from a fluttering visitation? Please feel free to email me any hummingbird magic!!!

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Ssshhhh: Organ Sound Vibration

Did you know shushing someone might actually may be beneficial to your health? There are six healing sounds known to Taoist qi gong practice that vibrate specific organs and promote emotional and physical well-being.

It has been shown sound vibrations promote healing and provide a type of massage to the organs. Six main organs that benefit from this sound vibration include the liver, heart, spleen, lungs, kidneys and triple burner. These are known as yin organs in Traditional Chinese Medicine and are associated with wood, fire, earth, metal and water. The key to vibrational healing is a relaxed attention to the organ to release stuck energy and emotion. It is not even necessary to voice the sounds; a whisper will do or even a mental rendition of the sound. There are many methods of qi gong practice for sound healing. You can explore more on YouTube or seek a qi gong teacher for more specific practice. continue reading »

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Easy Does It Meditation

There is a large variety of meditation to choose from. It isn’t all just sitting cross-legged with your eyes shut. Let’s explore types of meditation.

Types of meditation include Buddhist practices, transcendental, zen, mantra, chakra, sound, guided and active. How can someone choose where to start? Think about the type of person you are overall, the amount of time and dedication you have, and where your interests lie. What do you intend to get out of meditation? continue reading »

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Fermented Foods and Intestinal Health

fermented food for digestive healthThe modern world is changing every single day. Because of this constant state of change, our bodies are frequently having to adjust. We have a food supply being degraded and depleted of nutritional content, which in turn, causes our bodies to become depleted. Our soil and water is contaminated with antibiotics and deadly fertilizers. All of which become part of the food chain we rely upon. Because of this, antibiotics are failing and superbugs like MRSA are on the rise. Lack of nutrition and the overuse of antibiotics are just a couple of the things wreaking havoc on our intestinal health. But there are ways to combat this and keep the gut healthy. continue reading »

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