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Will Power: the Water Element in Five Element Acupuncture

The Will and Its Power: What the Water Element in Five Element Acupuncture Can Teach Us Most of us think of will power as something desirable. It’s a positive character attribute that we both admire in others and seek to strengthen in ourselves.  Will power gives us the determination to stick with our goals. But what is the will, and how

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Food & Recipes

Healing Thyroid Disorders: Four Key Nutrients for Thyroid Health (Part II)

Thyroid Health & Nutrition Part I of this article on healing thyroid disorders covered the basics of thyroid health and thyroid disorders.  It explained why autoimmune dysfunction is often a root cause of thyroid disorders.  And, it discussed how thyroid disorders can be prevented, and why nutrition, lifestyle and stress have such an impact on thyroid health.  Part II will

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Acupuncture

Healing Thyroid Disorders: Nutrition and Wellness (Part I)

Understanding Thyroid Disorders The thyroid gland is a key part of the endocrine system, the network of glands that regulate the body’s hormones. Thyroid disorders are common, especially among women, and dangerous to long-term health. A poorly functioning thyroid can put the person at risk for other, serious health conditions, such as infertility and cardiovascular disease. Thyroid disorders are chronic,

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Chinese Herbal Medicine

Potent Partners: Mushroom Nutrition and Chinese Herbal Medicine

Mushroom Nutrition and Medicine, East and West Don’t underestimate the lowly mushroom! There’s far more to mushroom nutrition than you may think. Even the common button mushrooms at the grocery store are packed with valuable nutrients. Wild and specially mushrooms are prized for culinary use across traditional cultures East and West – porcini, morels, chanterelles, truffles, maitake, shiitake, oysters and

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Acupuncture

Change Your Mind: Worry, Obsession and the Earth Element in Five Element Acupuncture, Part II

Thinking and Over-Thinking: the Earth Element in Five Element Acupuncture Information overload is the source of many maladies in the Information Age, discussed in Part I of this blog post on the Earth Element in Five Element acupuncture. Distracted thinking, worry and obsession are so widespread and habitual that they are almost invisible and appear to be a “normal” state

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Food & Recipes

5 Chinese Herbs in Your Kitchen—And How to Use Them

Most modern-day Westerners don’t realize that many medicinal herbs are also foods, or that certain foods possess medicinal qualities. Nutritional therapy has historically played an important role in Chinese herbal medicine and continues to do so today. Many ordinary Chinese people continue to pass along folk knowledge of the medicinal properties of common foods, herbs, and seasonings used in everyday

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Health Tips

Zero Balancing and Kundalini Yoga: Healing and Transformation through Movement, Part I

Energy and Anatomy in Zero Balancing and Kundalini Yoga Guest author:  Jamie Carmody; Jamie teaches Zero Balancing and Kundalini Yoga in San Antonio, Texas. Zero Balancing and Kundalini Yoga: the Biomechanics of Self –Evolution Zero Balancing and Kundalini Yoga (as taught by Yogi Bhajan) are compatible systems of healing and self-transformation – technologies of self-evolution.  “Self-evolution” is  equivalent to self-transformation, self-growth. Both

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Food & Recipes

Food and Your Mood: 7 Key Nutrients for Mental Health

Many people are unaware of the impact that nutrition has on mood, emotions, and cognition. Just by changing the foods you eat, you can elevate your mood and improve mental clarity.  Eating a nutrient-dense whole foods diet provides your mind and body with the metabolites it needs for healthy brain function. While evidence for the impact of food on mental

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Acupuncture

Antidepressant Withdrawal: Can Mind-Body Therapies Help?

Depression is widespread in present-day society, and is commonly treated with antidepressants.  As discussed previously, research suggests that mind-body therapies, including acupuncture, can help relieve depression.  But what about antidepressant withdrawal?  What happens when someone is ready to stop their medication? Antidepressants are widely used and still on the rise globally. As of 2013, antidepressants are among the most commonly prescribed medications

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Acupuncture

Acupuncture for Depression: Research and Treatment

Depression is one of the most common mental illnesses, affecting 6.7% (more than 16 million) of American adults each year. Unfortunately, standard treatment options are limited and they are not always effective. Acupuncture for depression offers a safe alternative treatment option, either as a stand-alone practice therapy or combined with antidepressants.  It can mitigate the side effects of antidepressant medication. Acupuncture

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