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Autumn
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Autumn and the Metal Element: Return to the Root

The Beginning of the End Autumn and the Metal Element, in Five Element acupuncture, begins to bring us full circle in the annual cycle of life.  The natural movement of nature in Autumn is to fall away, die back and return to the root. The cycle of life is endless, but we may think of a seed in Winter as

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dehydrated lamb stew
Food & Recipes

Paleo Dehydrated Lamb Stew – Recipe for Backpacking & Camping

Paleo Trekker’s Favorite Dehydrated Lamb Stew Ever wish for home cooked nutrient-dense meals in the outdoors?  Want to avoid those expensive freeze-dried backpacking meals?  Prefer to eat Paleo on the trail, or facing food sensitivities? All you need is a little patience, a dehydrator and your favorite stew recipe.  We use one of our own favorite recipes to make dehydrated

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Immune Wellness
Acupuncture

Immune Wellness: Health Tips and Strategies

An Ounce of Prevention for Immune Wellness The cold and flu season is here!  The old adage, “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” definitely applies to immune wellness.  The most important thing that you can do for immune wellness is to strengthen your body’s ability to respond to stress before you become ill. Healthy lifestyle habits are vital

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Earth element
Acupuncture

Center of Life: the Earth Element in Five Element Acupuncture

Nourishment, Vitality, Harmony Planet Earth feeds us and heals us.  The ancient Chinese understood that human beings are part of the web of life, and Earth is the source of all nourishment and vitality.   The Earth Element in Five Element acupuncture theory is regarded as the center of the Five Elements.  Everything is born from and returns to the

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Kids Jumping Lake
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Traveler’s Diarrhea: Natural Treatment and Prevention

Health Risks of Vacation Travel If you have been vacationing internationally, or even camping and backpacking this summer, beware of traveler’s diarrhea!  You may find yourself returning home from holiday with an unwanted companion in your digestive tract.   Traveler’s diarrhea afflicts 30% to 70% of international travelers.  It is a common symptom of infection with one of several intestinal

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healing the heart
Acupuncture

Healing the Heart in Five Element Acupuncture (Part II): the Fire Element

Healing the Heart: the Fire Element and Summer Part I of this article explained how the Heart in Five Element acupuncture is understood differently than in Western medicine, opening the door to new ways of caring for and healing the Heart.  Part II will delve more deeply into the connection of the Heart to the Fire Element, and will explain

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Chinese character heart
Acupuncture

Healing the Heart in Five Element Acupuncture (Part I): the Heart East & West

The Heart in Eastern and Western Medicine The Heart in Five Element acupuncture is understood in a fundamentally different way than in Western medicine.  Embracing this understanding can help us heal the heart, physically and emotionally. The heart in popular Western culture has long been understood as more than a mere biological pump.  It is widely regarded as the seat

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eating healthy
Food & Recipes

Nutrition for Menopause: Five Foods to Include and Three to Avoid

Prevention and Treatment with Nutrition for Menopause Menopause, the permanent end of menstruation, is a natural transition in every woman’s life.  Nutrition for menopause can help prepare the body for changes that come with age.  Better nutrition in the years leading up to menopause (called “peri-menopause”) can help every woman sail through this time of shifting hormones, both preventing problems

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Image of a woman receiving acupuncture on her back as a treatment for chronic back pain.
Acupuncture

Acupuncture for Menopause: Easing a Natural Transition

Balancing Body and Mind with Acupuncture for Menopause Menopause, the permanent end of menstruation, is a natural transition that all women experience as the body ages.  For many women, menopause is a time of renewed creativity and expanded personal identity.  But, the changes comes with some discomfort.  About 70% of women experience uncomfortable symptoms during the years leading up to

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Spring and the Wood Element: Restoring Health

Spring and the Wood Element: Rebirth and Renewal No matter how dark and cold the depths of Winter may seem, life surges forth in Spring. The shift can seem miraculous. As long as the earth turns, light and warmth return. For all living things, including humans, Spring is a time of renewal, birth and growth. The ancient Chinese observed the

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