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Holistic Health: Feeling great this fall and winter

According to traditional Chinese medicine, which includes acupuncture, herbs and nutrition, winter is the time to nourish and recharge the kidneys and adrenals. Taking nature’s cue, this is a time for rest, energy conservation, and restoring your resources.

Winter is the time for reflection on the year past and anticipation of the year to come. This is a time when we are the most susceptible to draining our energy if we do not observe this way of life. So slow down and lighten your commitment and responsibility load.

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Holistic Health: Four steps to your perfect diet

You don’t have to look far to find a dietary recommendation for almost anything: blood type, body type, gender, race, region – you name it, it probably exists. With all of this “noise,” how can you determine the right plan for you and your family? Perhaps asking that question differently is the key.

Instead of “the right plan,” perhaps the question should be “the plan that makes me feel best and is the best fit for my life.” Read more >> about Holistic Health: Four steps to your perfect diet

Holistic Health: Preparing for cold and flu season

Start NOW to prepare and prevent cold and flu in your house!

September marks the one-two-punch of back-to-school and fall. For those with kids, get ready to have both fun and new viruses introduced into your household. Combine that with the official start of cold and flu season, typically in late fall, and you have a recipe for lots of used tissues and missed work or school days. Read more >> about Holistic Health: Preparing for cold and flu season

Holistic Health: When getting pregnant doesn’t go as planned

In my fertility practice, I see everything from young women or couples planning ahead to couples at the height of the infertility roller coaster. Chinese medicine has been addressing women’s health and fertility issues since 200 C.E. (1) The patients I see enjoy the benefits of acupuncture, herb and supplement therapies and diet and lifestyle plans. Although each man, woman and couple are unique, there are some common sets of advice for those aiming to expand their family.

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Holistic Health: You are what you think

We have all heard the saying, “you are what you eat.” But it would be just as accurate to say “you are what you think.”

One of the most common issues I encounter with patients is negative self-talk. An internal dialogue filled with negativity and pessimism is toxic to your mind and body. In addition to acupuncture and herbal therapies, diet and lifestyle recommendations comprise a large part of Chinese medicine. This toxic internal dialogue falls squarely in the lifestyle category. Read more >> about Holistic Health: You are what you think

Holistic Health: Tackling stress

Stress is everywhere we look. As a society, we rarely have a moment to just relax and do nothing. If we do, we tend to feel like we are slacking off, as if a moment in the day not filled is wasted. This mentality and way of living takes a huge, and measurable, toll on our bodies both physically and mentally. Read more >> about Holistic Health: Tackling stress