Five Seasons Healing

Cooking with Salty and Bitter Foods to Prepare for the Winter Season

Preparing for Winter with Warming Foods

In Traditional Chinese Medicine, each of the five seasons (Spring, summer, late summer, autumn, and winter) is associated with a specific element. As fall begins to turn to winter, we transition from the element of metal to the element of water. As Paul Pitchford explains in Healing with Whole Foods, in order to “unify” with …

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10 Tricks and Tips for Easing Pregnancy, Labor, and Postpartum

10 Helpful Hints for Pregnancy, Labor and Postpartum

—from the Prenatal Yoga Center Please enjoy this list of 10 healthful hints for pregnancy, labor and postpartum. Much of this information is gathered from friends, students, hands-on experience, mentors and teachers. I strongly believe in learning from others, so please feel free to pass this along to all your friends! Olive Oil on Baby’s …

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How to Treat Seasonal Depression with Self-Care, Acupuncture, and Herbs

Treating Seasonal Depression with Traditional Chinese Medicine

Clinically referred to as Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), the winter blues can weigh you down during the dark months of the year. An estimated ten million Americans (two-thirds of them women) suffer every year. Symptoms include depression, irritability, headaches, fatigue and lethargy, increased appetite, carbohydrate cravings, difficulty concentrating, and decreased libido. In the Western world, …

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Promoting Healthy Hair Post-Partum with Herbs, Acupuncture, Diet, and Aromatherapy

Post-Partum Haircare

After giving birth, when hormone levels return to normal, new moms often experience many physical and emotional changes. One of the most frustrating is hair loss. Just as you’ve gotten used to enjoying the thick, healthy hair you had during your pregnancy, it starts to fall out, sometimes in clumps! There’s no need to panic, …

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Treating Moodiness and Anxiety Using Acupuncture, Herbs, Diet, and Lifestyle Changes

Treating Moodiness and Anxiety the Natural Way

Despite the bright, hopeful energy of springtime, many people may find themselves suffering from moodiness, frustration, and anxiety, as these feelings are tied to the health of the liver qi, the system associated with this season. Because of our renewed sense of energy and eagerness to push forward, many of us may notice our limitations …

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