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Spruce Essential Oil

By |September 17th, 2016|

Spruce Oil is an amazing essential oil for Fall time.  It helps to nourish and strengthen the Lungs (Metal Element).

It helps to allow clarity and focus, to realign ones self with Source/Universe/God, to reconnect with our passions (nature, painting, skateboarding, etc) to let go of the old(grief) to allow the new, and embrace our environment regardless of our surroundings.

Spruce essential oil can be diffused, applied to the skin with a carrier oil (I recommend Jojoba […]

Fall – Season of the Lungs

By |September 17th, 2016|

The theories of Chinese medicine suggest that each season relates to a different organ system. The Fall is the season of the Lungs. It’s the time of year when people are easily affected by environmental influences. Great changes are taking place in the weather and plant life around us. Some people refer to it as the “flu season.”
The lungs are called the “delicate protective organ,” because they are the only organ that comes into direct […]

What are Michael Phelps Purple Dots About?

By |August 8th, 2016|

You’ve been watching the Olympics and you notice something.  What are all these round purple marks on Michael Phelps and your other favorite Olympians?

The round circular marks are known as cupping.  Cupping is a form of Ancient Chinese therapy that is utilized for a plethora of ailments.  Most commonly it is used for pain or discomfort and alleviating toxins from the body.  The circular marks you see, known as “cup marks” are an indicator of […]

Small Intestine Smoothie

By |August 1st, 2016|




Small Intestine Smoothie

1” Ginger

½ cup Papaya

2 Carrots

1 tbsp Cinnamon

3 Figs

2 sprigs Basil

2 tbsp Coconut Oil (or Hemp Oil)

1 cup (or more) of Coconut Water or Water


Blend for 2 minutes.

Consume in the a.m.

Drink slowly.

Foods Your Small Intestine Loves

By |August 1st, 2016|

The Small Intestine loves easy to digest warm and cooked foods. Too many raw, cold foods can inhibit its function. Food when eaten should also be consumed slowly and in moderate amounts.


Purple & Orange Sweet Potatoes






Cooked Peaches, Apples & Pears


Herbs & Spices

Black Pepper
Honey (in small amounts)



Chicken (in small amounts)
Turkey (in small amounts)


Why Your Small Intestine Is More Important Than You Realize

By |August 1st, 2016|

The Small Intestine is an organ of summer time. Which means its energy is heightened this time of year. It’s important to nourish and utilize the energy of the Small Intestine especially in the summer.




Physically the Small Intestine is a semi-permeable barrier that plays an important role in digestion. The outer surface of its barrier is composed of a mucous layer and is colonized by beneficial bacteria and elements of the immune system.


The Small Intestine […]

Healthy Spring Diet

By |May 11th, 2016|

Healthy Spring Acupuncture Diet
Follow these tips for a healthy spring diet that supports your liver.
Overeating taxes your liver.
Sprouts, wheatgrass, spinach, kale, cilantro and dandelions are particularly good foods in the spring.

Asparagus and Avocado are highest in the phytochemical glutathione.  Glutathione is the primary ingredient necessary for phase 2 enzyme, which is the liver’s main detoxification outlet.

Sour is the flavor associated with spring, however sour flavors are only recommended for […]

Welcome Spring in Chinese Medicine

By |May 11th, 2016|

Welcoming Spring & Chinese Medicine

With the official start of spring, there’s no better time than now to consider using popular forms of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). As mother nature comes out of its state of dormancy, flowers will begin to blossom, trees will develop leaves, and the snow-capped landscape will be replaced with flowing green grass. This massive change comes with some unwelcome side effects than TCM may prove useful in treating.

While cold and flu […]

Healing Your Digestion With Chinese Medicine

By |June 5th, 2015|


In Chinese medicine the root of wellness is directly correlated with a healthy digestive system. Our digestive systems is connected with our immune system, therefore being able to absorb all vital nutrients and eliminate excess waste products are necessary for the health of the body’s organs, tissues, muscles, nerves, blood and vessels. If you are unable to absorb your food, your body is unable to nourish or heal itself, which leads to disease. We get […]

7 Ways To Alleviate Arthritis

By |May 14th, 2015|


Arthritis is a condition characterized by painful inflammation and stiffness in the joints. According to the Centers For Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 52.5 million U.S. adults suffer from either arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, gout, fibromyalgia, or lupus. If you have arthritis, you should try the following tips to alleviate your symptoms.



#1) Maintain a Healthy Weight

The first step in reducing the pain and inflammation of arthritis is to manage your weight. Individuals who are overweight will experience […]