April 27, 2017
April 27, 2017—Every cycling enthusiast know that the repetitive motion of cycling and sitting in the same position for a long time can take its toll on one’s neck, shoulders, back, tail bone, knees, wrists, and forearms. Especially if you are biking long distances … [Read more...]
January 26, 2017
January 28, 2017—the second New Moon after the Solstice, marks the beginning of the Chinese New Year, also known as the Lunar New Year. According to Chinese element philosophy, this year’s Rooster will be a Fire Rooster. Whether you believe in the accuracy of horoscopes or not, the animals of the Chinese Zodiac possess attributes that we can all learn from … [Read more...]
January 17, 2017
Habits are the small decisions and actions we perform every day. They are behaviors wired so deeply in our brains that we perform them automatically. We create morning routines like waking at the same time, exercising or meditating, and showering before we get dressed; we eat breakfast and then drive the same route to and from work. And we do theses things without really thinking about them … [Read more...]
September 23, 2016
THE METAL ELEMENT - AUTUMN
The energy of Autumn more than any other supports our letting go so we might become open to receive the pure and new. In Chinese medicine, metal is the element associated with this season and the qualities attributed to the metal element are firmness, rigidity, persistence, strength, and determination. The positive emotion attributed to the metal element is catharsis (emotional release) which is essential for renewal. When we release what no longer serves us, we create space for stillness and open ourselves to positivity and light; regaining insight for what is most precious in our lives … [Read more...]
September 23, 2016
Chinese medicine is all about the movement of energy within holistic systems. Its aim is to support the healthy interaction and connection at the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual levels.
Classical Chinese medicine describes energy (Qi), that flows through channels (meridians) deep inside the body and at the surface. When the body is internally balanced and in harmony with the external environment, Qi flows smoothly through the meridians to nourish the organs and tissues. If an obstruction occurs in one of the meridians, it will affect all the others.
The organ networks are identified by the role they play in the body; each network is defined by the physicality of the organ and corresponding tissue … [Read more...]
September 7, 2016
What exactly is a “healthy” weight?
The short answer is that it’s a weight that lowers one’s risk for health problems.
One popular measure of healthy weight is the Body Mass Index (BMI), which measures body fat (Don’t we like numbers in Western culture!).
The formula to determine BMI goes like this … [Read more...]
JULY 22, 2016
Are you generally healthy, active, and eat a diet rich in fresh fruits and vegetables?
Do you find yourself putting on unwanted pounds despite your efforts to stay trim?
Have you tried acupuncture to help you maintain a healthy weight?
Auricular acupuncture, (acupuncture addressing 5-specific points in the ear) has been studied and may be effective in reducing Body Mass Index (BMI) in overweight people… [Read more...]
MAY 7, 2016
A healthy glow and youthful looking skin is not just a matter of appearance. Healthy skin is also an indication of inner wellbeing. How do we keep our skin healthy throughout the hot, dry summer months? Chinese medicine understands that healthy skin starts from the inside out.
Skin is the largest organ in our body. It protects us from the elements, helps us process important nutrients such as vitamin D, and also releases toxins from within. In fact, the condition of our skin tells us a lot about the state of our health, including our rate of metabolism, digestion, and levels of stress. Chinese medicine practitioners “read” the skin to get valuable information about the overall state of wellness when evaluating a patient… [Read more...]
APRIL 18, 2016
Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is a disorder with symptoms that can impact every aspect of a person’s life. The unpredictable nature of the symptoms can be socially isolating; abdominal pain, inflammation, constipation one day, and possible diarrhea (IBS-D) another can make daily life miserable and diagnosis difficult. Although IBS is common in the general population, few seek medical care for their symptoms.
The exact causes and manner of development of IBS are unknown. It is a complex functional motor and sensory disorder. IBS symptoms may result from a disturbance in the way the gut, brain, and nervous system interact. Anxiety and Stress does not cause IBS, however, because of the connection between … [Read more...]
MARCH 17, 2016
Spring is often the tipping point for people whose immune systems are stressed or overtaxed. The sudden arrival of flowers, grasses, pollens from trees, and other seasonal environmental changes create the perfect storm for symptoms such as hay fever, asthma, and digestive disorders.
These “allergy” symptoms are an indication that our immune system cannot keep up with the sudden burst of activity in the natural world. In Traditional Chinese Medicine philosophy, our bodies are attuned to the energy of the seasons. In the springtime, if we are in a state of balance, we experience a burst of energy that mirrors the natural world around us … [Read more...]
FEBRUARY 29, 2016
Uncovering the root cause of health issues is essential for effective and lasting treatment and all too often, bad posture is a significant factor when it comes to aches and pains! Correcting postural problems can improve or mitigate many discomforts including a reduction in headaches, insomnia, back and neck pain, anxiety, digestive disorders, cardiovascular disease, and other imbalances.
P= Power and Productivity. According to social psychologist Amy Cuddy “People with high power poses have increased feelings of dominance, risk-taking, and power as well as reduced anxiety.” Sitting upright can actually reinforce self-confidence and make you feel more alert, concentrated and productive … [Read more...]
Workshops and Lectures Natalie Miner, L.Ac., C.SMA, offers a variety of presentations for your association, organization, office, or company. She presents free 45-minute keynotes on the following topics: Eastern and Western Medicines — alternative or integrative? How to … [continue reading]