In my blog I will discuss everything TCM.  Questions my patients ask, new research, answers to questions I receive online, my clinic experiences… Feel free to send questions to me on the topic of Traditional Chinese Medicine and I will answer to the best of my knowledge.

 Wei Qi is like our shields.  When it is strong, we remain healthy and well, despite the barrage of pathogens we encounter.  When it is weak, we easily catch colds and our asthma and allergies are triggered.

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“Dammit, Jim! I’m a Doctor, not a Magician!” ~ Bones, Star Trek

The Lung is the domain of Wei Qi, or Defensive Energy. It is the Energy that circulates on the exterior of the body, protecting us from nefarious, airborne substances in our environment.

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WE ARE WHAT WE EAT, or, as I prefer to put it, WE ARE WHAT WE DON’T EXCRETE.

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The Number One Way to Help Me Help You

As my partner in helping you achieve ideal health, your job is to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Every disease can be categorized as a Traditional Chinese Medicine Pattern of Imbalance. This is my job:  gathering all the information the body is expressing by way of signs and symptoms, synthesizing that information into the Pattern(s) of Imbalance it describes, and using acupuncture and TCM herbs to restore balance to the system.  This holistic medical system is extremely effective, and is limited by one major component:  diet. Science continues to pump out evidence that a plant-based diet can not only delay the progress of major disease, but can reverse that progress.  We are what we eat, or, as I prefer to put it, we are what we don’t excrete.  A diet rich in fruit, vegetables and grains pumps our bodies full of antioxidants, nature’s cleaners.  Evidence shows that consuming animal-based foods adds toxins to the body, increasing our incidence for developing major diseases. In Traditional Chinese Medicine, dairy products cause Pathogenic Dampness in the body.  Meat and egg products are generally considered to add Heat.  When we add Heat to Dampness, we get Damp-Heat, better known as inflammation.  Inflammation is the culprit responsible for most of the diseases that kill us:  cancers, heart disease, hypertension, diabetes, etc.  It is also the root cause of conditions that make our lives more difficult, such as auto-immune diseases (asthma, allergies, eczema, rheumatoid arthritis, Lupus, etc.), osteoarthritis and chronic pain. With Traditional Chinese Medicine methods, we can help with all of the above conditions.  What would it be like if we were able to remove... read more

The recent development of the technology of Probiotics has had me consider their categorization of Flavor and Property according to TCM principles.

 

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Series: Probiotics – Spleen Qi Troops

Traditional Chinese Medicine categorizes all medicinal substances by their holistic effect on the body. Each herb, each type of food is described by both its Flavor and its Property.

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Being a ‘meditator’ doesn’t require one to live in a yurt, to be into aromatherapy, to appreciate the music of Cat Stephens, or to be able to say ‘Namaste’ without irony.  Meditation is simple, secular, and largely scientifically validated.

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Meditation: Is it Weird?

I’m often asked what I think of meditation. If I could have all my patients take on one thing I believe would most benefit their health, it would be to adopt a daily meditation practice.

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Only recently are we discovering some long-term deleterious effects of our overuse of antibiotics.  We are learning that in killing off the harmful bacteria, the good bacteria would also be sacrificed.
In this series, I will be explaining how probiotics relate to the Traditional Chinese Medicine theories of health and balance, and how I’ve been able to effectively incorporate their use in my practice.

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Series: Probiotics – Send In the Cavalry!

It was 87 years ago that Sir Alexander Fleming stumbled across the invention of Penicillin, launching humanity into an unprecedented era of disease eradication. The short-term results were astoundingly positive!

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With this sticky, viscous substance in our Lung system, we become more prone to catching lingering coughs, colds, and flus, to developing allergies, asthma, and a worsening of other chronic lung conditions.

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Ensuring a Strong Immune System

By theory of Traditional Chinese Medicine, there are 5 seasons correlating to the 5-elements. The elements of Wood, Fire, Earth, Metal, and Water correspond respectively with the seasons of Spring, Summer, Late Summer, Autumn, and Winter.

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In the hands of a licensed practitioner, acupuncture is a powerful tool to get you back to your physical activities quickly.

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Acupuncture for Injury Rehab

The most energetically active part of the year, Yang Within Yang, has just come and gone. The summer solstice brought us the most hours of sun of any day of the year. According to TCM theory, this is the time of year of the fullest expression of vitality, where the most active energy is available for use.

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