"Building your Blood" May/2021
A common health trend these days for many people includes reducing the amount of red meat they consume for various reasons. It thus becomes quite surprising when their acupuncturist may suggest they eat small amounts of red meat combined with a variety of vegetable on a regular basis. The main reason for this recommendation is to build and produce adequate amounts of Blood (xue) within their system. Quite simply, this stems from red meat containing blood itself, along with strengthening the flow of Qi (vital energy).
"Working with Yin and Yang" April/2021
The Yin Yang Theory provides understanding about the characteristics and tendencies of Yin and Yang energies. We know that they contain an element of their opposite, where within each lies a seed of the other that could sprout at any time. They are independent, yet never fully separate - as Yin cannot exist without Yang and vice versa. Yin energy represents the more feminine, soft, yielding, internal, receptive and calming aspects of life. It forms the basis of the nervous system, bones and bodily fluids. Whereas yang represents the more masculine, hard, firm, external and active aspects of life. It is associated with igniting physiological and mental activation.
"Revitalize Your Life Force Energy (Qi)" March/2021
Various situations negatively impact the flow of Qi,
causing it to become deficient or stagnant rather
than remaining in a harmonious state. Without
consciously realizing it, the energetic body picks
things up throughout the day that need to be
released, otherwise they build up and produce
negative effects. This may manifest in feeling out of sorts, unusually
fatigued or angry for no apparent reason. A current example
is having to deal with the emotional, mental and physical distress
stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic. Other causes of qi
disharmony include: accidents, insufficient nutrition, extremes in
temperature as well as a prolonged bouts of emotional imbalance
such as depression.
Chinese medicine works to regain balance and wellness through cleansing, cultivating and renewing the flow of qi.
"The Life Energy of Your Eyes" February/2021
We learn from Chinese medicine that one’s eyes are a reflection of the quality and quantity of their shen – the spiritual aspect of being that controls and regulates life. Within this paradigm, eyes which are bright, sparkling, clear and responsive indicate a strong and ample shen substance. Strong shen leads to higher levels of realization and spiritual acu-ity, along with enhanced insight and strength of conviction. And quite importantly, a strong and bright shen promotes being more present in the moment and having the mental acuity for making important life decisions.
"Welcome in the Year of the Ox" January/2021
2020 was the Year of the Rat which won’t occur again until 2032. The Year of the Ox is approaching as
it begins February 12th and ends on January 31st. In general, it is related to the element of earth, the
energy of yin and the season of winter. Although just like the previous year, this one is directly related to the metal element. Moreover, it is specifically applicable to those born in 1913, 1949, 1961, 1973, 1985, 1997 and 2009.
Diligence, dependability and honesty are the qualities traditionally associated with the ox, along with robustness and determination. This includes having great pa-tience and desire to make progress through consistent effort. In this vein, one stays true to their ideals in understanding how things need to take place without being influenced by others. This allows people to achieve their goals through applying inner strength with clear vision – along with a set plan containing detailed steps required to move forward successfully. These qualities are coming forth at the perfect, most opportune time in terms of triumphing over the current COVID challenges.