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Health and Wellness in the Lunar and Solar New Year

The New Year:  a Turning Point in Health and Wellness In Western culture, we mark the New Year as a time for new beginnings, conscious change and renewal.  It’s a time to leaving behind whatever challenges, excesses and regrets we may have had about the past year.  For many, the New Year is time for a fresh start on improving

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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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Nothing to Fear But Fear: The Water Element in Five Element Acupuncture

Fear and Fearlessness: The Water Element in Five Element Acupuncture The Water Element in Five Element acupuncture theory embodies the season of Winter and the will to endure through hardship, both in nature and in the human spirit. A robust Water Element within gives us the resolve to face unthinkable fears that threaten our basic survival. The legendary phrase, “Nothing

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Ten Things I Love About Chinese New Year

Why Settle for One New Year When You Can Have Two? The Chinese New Year, also called the Lunar New Year, is based on the cycles of the moon, adjusted to keep it in sync with the solar calendar. The creation of this lunisolar calendar dates back to the earliest dynasties in Chinese history, but it has been adopted by

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Winter & the Water Element in Five Element Acupuncture: New Video

Winter & The Water Element:  Elusive, Impenetrable, Hidden The frozen landscape of Winter appears barren and lifeless, covered with an ocean of snow. Life has gone underground, hibernating. This is the season of the Water Element – elusive, impenetrable and hidden. The Inner Spirit of Water: Potency & the Will to Survive Everything in Winter is concentrated down to essentials,

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Messengers of Healing: How Pain Pushes Us Beyond the Ordinary

 Pain Is the Wake-Up Call Nearly everyone who shows up for Five Element acupuncture arrives with a “symptom,” typically pain. Understandably, it takes something extraordinary and often disagreeable – like an injury or illness – to compel us to seek treatment. Pain has a way of getting our attention, very quickly. What We Resist Persists No matter the symptom —

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Javelina Stew, Yucatan Style

This great Mexican stew makes me dream of warmer climes.  It works well with pork or chicken, if you haven’t been out hunting javelina lately.  (I used pork shoulder.)  Roasted garlic, chipotle chiles in adobo and achiote paste give it a mellow depth of flavor.  The stew is moderately spice without excess heat.  Plantain and sweet potato gives the stew

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Fear, Anxiety & Survival in Dark Times

Winter & the Water Element in Five Element Acupuncture The qualities of the Water Element in the human body/mind/spirit allow us to overcome fear, heal anxiety, and survive through the most difficult life challenges.  In Five Element acupuncture, Winter embodies the qualities of the Water Element. Winter, Water & the Will to Survive There are many kinds of Winters. First,

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