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Chinese New Year 2022 – Year of the Tiger

Chinese New Year 2022 - Year of the Tiger

Chinese New Year is the most important holiday in China for good reason. Each new year brings new energies and opportunities. The celebration begins the day after the first new moon between January 21 and February 20 each year and lasts until the following full moon. These 2 weeks are a time of welcoming and aligning with the new energies. This year, the Chinese New Year falls on Feb 1st and festivities continue through Feb 15th, 2022. Each year has a corresponding element and animal of the Chinese zodiac.

This is the year of the water-tiger year that holds a lot of promise for an exciting, productive year. This indicates a new beginning, a fresh start, and it’s a year made for bold action. The Tiger is known for its power, daring, and ability to do everything on a grand scale. 

This water-tiger year is in gear to be a faster-paced, more passionate year after a slower year of the Ox (2021) and a very challenging year of the Rat (2020). The tiger has been sleeping, awaiting his time for action. 2022 has great potential to be a year of change because of the energy of the tiger: brave, self-assured and ready to pounce. Individually we might be inspired to embark on new adventures, such as travel or moving, or starting a new business. Collectively, there may be an energetic shaking off of stagnation brought on by the past couple years of the pandemic. It will be a year of exploring new ideas, and not shying away from challenges. If energy is not allowed to flow (individually and/or collectively) there may be some restlessness or unpredictable behaviors. It is also important to balance the aggressive energy of the tiger with times of rest. Even tigers take cat naps. This is a water year, so the yin energy of the water can help to balance the fierce fiery nature of the tiger. continue reading »

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A Medicine Woman’s Prayer

” I will not rescue you. For you are not powerless.  I will not fix you. For you are not broken. I will not heal you. For I see you, in your wholeness.  I will walk with you through the darkness as you remember your light.”  I do not know to whom I aught to  give honour to for writing this prayer, but it resonates deeply with me and I have made it my own.  I came across this prayer several month ago and I kept feeling complelled to share it and say a few words about it. I frequently say to my patients, “you are the healer and I am the facilitator.”

As a practitioner of Oriental Medicine I often work with patients who have had long standing chronic issues and in many cases throughout the years I have been the last resort.  Whether its been a few days or years, sickness can be draining and exhausting on top of any other symptoms being experienced.  Sometimes symtoms or disease labels can become an identity.  Whether your experience is everyday aches and pains or a terminal diagnosis I want to remind you that you are powerful and you are more than a set of symptoms or a disease label.  You are more than what has happened to you.

You are not broken.  I know sometimes it can feel that way.  Not to long ago I had someone tell be that their life was a “dumpster fire.”  When things aren’t working the way we want or the way they should, we can often feel very broken.  I’ve always been interested in how the body worked and long before I was on a path to becoming a practitioner I remember reading that everything the body does is the most adaptive thing it can do given the circumstances.  That thought was radical to me at the time.  I remember thinking, ” you mean that cancer is adaptive?”  I have found out that indeed this is true—everything our bodies do is the most adaptive thing it can do given the circumstances.  Whether you call it treatment, care, intervention or anyother name, the goal of all medicine is to change the circumstances with the hope of creating a more adaptive response in the body.  You are not broken, your body is full of healing wisdom.  What we experience as a symptom is an expression of that healing wisdom.

You are whole.  No matter what, if you are here reading this, there is wholeness in you.  Over the last several years I’ve found an interest in “Internal Family Systems Therapy” (IFS) also called ” Self Therapy.”  In the paradigm of IFS the purest most authentic part of who we are is known as “Self.”  Self is seen to be always whole, no matter what has happened to us.  Self is characterised as compassionate, calm, curious, connected, confident, courageous, creative, and clear.  You are whole, which means you lack nothing.  A big part of my job as a practitioner is to remind the body of its innate wholeness and wisdom.  To remind the body of its healing power.

I will walk with you through the darkness as you remember your light.  I always sign my e-mails with the parting phrase “with you every step of the way.”  Healing is a journey.  Journies take many forms, and it is important to know, you don’t have to walk your healing path on your own.

I love practical application.  Its nice to have a nice sounding prayer, but I like results, and I’m guessing you do to.  So, here are some provacative questions to ask yourself.

*In what ways am I giving my power away?

*What does power even mean to me anyway?

*When was the last time I felt powerful?  What kind of experience was that for me?

*What does living in my power look like for me?

*When was the last time I felt really whole?

*What does it mean for me to live my life with the identity of being whole?

*What does it mean for me to “shine my light”?

*What is one excuse I’m willing to give up?

*What is one thing I know I need and want to do in order to propell me forward in my journey?

You are awesome.  You are awesome for taking the time to make an investment in asking yourself some deep questions and sitting with some uncomfortableness as the authentic wholeness of who you really are shines through and the excuses and powerlessness fade away.

Here are some affirmations to help you move forward:

  • I choose life
  • I  choose to connect with the healing wisdom inside of my body
  • I can
  • I’m open to the next step

With You Every Step of the Way!

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Successful Tonics To Boost The Kidneys

The kidneys in Traditional Chinese Medicine are a vital energy system. They are the root of all yin and yang in the body, and they store our essence. They govern growth, reproduction and healthy progression through the different cycles of life. They play a role in healthy aging and preventing lots of age-related decline. They also control the bones, the low back and the knees. On a mental-emotional level, the kidneys are associated with fear – an imbalance in the kidney energy often leads to irrational or pervasive fear. On a spiritual level, the kidneys are the source of our Zhi, or will-power – our drive to succeed, to thrive and to be alive.

So a weakness in the kidney energy can create any number of problems in the body. An accurate diagnosis of a kidney weakness requires evaluation by a practitioner of TCM, but most people can benefit from some kidney tonification, particularly if trying to get pregnant, when healing from a chronic illness and after the age of 65. Chinese Herbs are safe and effective when prescribed by a licensed practitioner. Below are some of the most common tonic herbs we prescribe in TCM to nourish the kidneys.

Shu Di Huang (Rehmannia Root, Chinese Foxglove Root): Shu Di Huang tonifies and nourishes the yin aspect of the kidneys. It also strongly nourishes the blood energy of the body. Shu Di Huang is used in many herbal formulas for insomnia, hot flashes, night sweats and anxiety.

Gou Qi Zi (Chinese Wolfberry Fruit, Goji Berries): Gou Qi Zi nourishes the yin and blood of both the Kidneys and the Liver. It benefits the essence stored in the kidneys, and has a specific function of brightening the eyes. It can be used in the appropriate formulas for issues such as weakness in the low back, trouble sleeping, dizziness, blurry vision, nocturnal emissions and infertility.

He Shou Wu (Polygonum, Fleeceflower Root): He Shou Wu is another herb to nourish the yin and blood of the liver and kidney. It has a specific function of nourishing the hair to prevent premature thinning and graying. It can also be used in formulas for chronic constipation, dizziness, vertigo, blurry vision, infertility or weakness in the low back and knees.

Rou Cong Rong (Broomrape Stem): Rou Cong Rong strengthens the yang aspect of the kidneys, or the source of warm, fiery energy in the body. As such, it is used in formulas for infertility, impotence and urinary disorders such as urinary dribbling or incontinence. It also has a function of moistening the intestines and can be used for certain types of chronic constipation.

Rou Gui (Dried Cinnamon Bark): Rou Gui also strengthens the yang of the kidneys, and warms the kidneys and the channels. It is used in formulas for symptoms such as a deep feeling of cold, cold limbs, weakness in the low back, impotence, frequent urination, chronic pain worse in the cold, wheezing and certain types of menstrual pain.

Most of these herbs need to be prescribed by a licensed practitioner of Chinese herbal medicine. If you want to nourish the kidneys on your own, consider adding Shan Yao (Chinese Yam) into your diet, and picking up some Goji Berries at your local health store. You can also incorporate kidney-nourishing foods into your diet, such as fish, seaweed, miso, kidney beans, black beans and bone broth.

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The Bladder in Chinese Medicine

In Traditional Chinese Medicine, the bladder is one of the six yang organs, paired with one of the six yin organs. The yin organs store vital substances (such as Qi, blood, yin, and yang), whereas the yang organs are more active and have a function of constantly filling and emptying. The bladder is a perfect example of a yang organ. Its main physiological function is to remove water from the body in the form of urine. To do this, the bladder uses Qi (energy) and heat from its paired yin organ, the kidneys.

Obviously urination is an essential component to the functioning of our bodies, and as such, the bladder plays a vital role through its filling and emptying of urine.

However, the bladder system in TCM has far more influence in the body than just over fluid transformation and excretion. As mentioned above, each yang organ is paired with a yin organ, and the bladder is paired with the kidneys. The kidneys are one of the most important energy systems in TCM, they store some of our deepest levels of energy, being the root of all yin and yang in the body and hold our essence. The kidneys often exert an effect on the bladder system when there is a weakness, this means that sometimes problems with the kidney energy can be detected and treated sooner by treating the bladder or the bladder channel. An example is low back pain. The kidneys in TCM govern the low back and the knees. The bladder meridian runs down the length of the back in not one but two trajectories on either side of the spine. Most forms of low back pain can be treated with bladder points on the back, as well as bladder points on the backs of the legs.

In acupuncture, one of the most essential aspects of the bladder channel is treating the back. The bladder channel runs from the inner canthus of the eye, over the top of the head, down the neck and the back on either side of the spine, through the sacrum and down the back of the leg to the knee. Then the channel travels back up to the top of the back and begins its downward trajectory again, tracing another trail down the length of the back, more lateral than the first. It then continues down the back of the leg to the outside of the pinky toe. The bladder channels trajectory makes it a powerful channel for treating most kinds of neck, back, sacral, hamstring, calf and achilles pain. It is particularly helpful when there is a pain condition affecting more than one of these sites.

Every energy system in TCM exerts an effect on both the physical body and the mental/emotional self. The kidneys are associated with fear – this means excessive fear will weaken the kidneys, but irrational fear can also be a symptom of a kidney imbalance. As the bladder is linked to the kidneys, it can be used to support the kidneys in treating fear. When the bladder itself is out of balance, there may be negative emotions such as jealousy, suspicion and inability to let go of grudges.

To take care of the bladder, make sure you drink plenty of non-caffeinated, non-sugary beverages throughout the day to optimize its water transforming function. Eating a kidney-nourishing diet will also help the bladder energy. To keep energy flowing optimally through the bladder meridian, make sure to stretch! Create a daily stretching routine that includes stretches for the whole posterior portion of the body. You might think about including foam rolling, massage, myofascial release, cupping, gua sha or tuina.

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Food as Medicine? Remedy Foods Put to the Test

When you are feeling under the weather, few things are considered more comforting than homemade chicken soup. Food-based health remedies have been used for thousands of years. With modern research and technology, have these foods been proven beneficial to the immune system?


More than just a potent flavor in cooking, garlic has long been valued as a medicinal powerhouse. Garlic was used as a remedy for a wide range of illnesses in ancient India, Egypt, Rome, China, and Japan. The ancient Roman text Naturalis Historia lists 23 uses for garlic, including protection against toxins and infections.

Garlic’s impressive reputation remains strong in modern times. Garlic contains minerals (calcium, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorous, and zinc), vitamins (B1, B2, B5, B6, C), and enzymes that contribute to the overall nutrition that is vital to our health.

Shiitake Mushroom

Traditional Chinese herbalists have known about the medicinal properties of shiitake mushrooms for more than 6,000 years. Emperors of China are said to have eaten this mushroom in great quantities to slow the onset of age.

Modern research shows a connection between the shiitake mushroom and immune system support. A 2014 study found that those who ate shiitake mushrooms every day for four weeks demonstrated increased immunity through an “increase in cell numbers and activation and increased secretory immunoglobulin A (SIgA) production.”1

How can a tiny fungus be so powerful? These small mushrooms are packed with folate; niacin; pantothenic acid; and vitamins B2, B6, and C. They are also a source of minerals, including magnesium, manganese, phosphorous, potassium, and zinc.

Grandma’s Chicken Soup

When you have a cold, a steamy bowl of Grandma’s chicken soup is the best medicine, at least according to Grandma. Is it the warmth, extra hydration, and a dash of TLC that make us feel better? Or do the soup’s ingredients help give the immune system the support it needs?

A study by the American College of Chest Physicians points to the soup itself. “Chicken soup may contain a number of substances with beneficial medicinal activity,” the study found.2

While broth and stock have both been purported to have medicinal properties, interest in old-fashioned bone broth has increased recently. For a traditional bone broth, the bones are simmered at least 24 hours to release minerals from the bones into the broth.

According to Sue Howell, DVM, of the Standard Process veterinary technical support team, bone broth is an excellent source of minerals, such as calcium, phosphorous, and magnesium. Bone broth also keeps joints healthy, improves poor appetite, increases white and red blood cell production, and supports the immune system.

It looks like Grandma was right … again. Sometimes old wives’ tales and family remedies are handed down for a reason. And when it comes to seasonal immune system challenges, nutrition can be your best defense

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