Congee – Chinese Rice Porridge for Health & Well Being

Congee (pronounced KON gee), also known as jook or juk, is a classic Chinese breakfast dish; I like to think of it as the Chinese version of oat meal and more. It can also be used during convalescence from illness or during acute diseases. It’s a very nourishing and easily digestible food which can help enhance immunity, strengthen digestion and … Continue reading

Chicken Soup

Many cultures see chicken soup as a nurturing food to help heal everything from the flu or a cold to restoring health post-partum.  I see chicken soup as a collage that is endlessly changing each time I make it – lots of colors and options; have fun and experiment as you make it. The making is part of the healing. You can … Continue reading

Why I love acupuncture

I think it’s important to know why your (potential) acupuncturist does what they do for a living so here is my story. As I was progressing through my forties I started experiencing less than perfect health and mentally consigned this to “getting older”.  I started exercising more and experimenting with supplements to improve this but pain from arthritis, other nagging … Continue reading

The Power of “I don’t know but I’ll find out”

One of the things I love about my patients is that they are always teaching me things too; it’s a healthy exchange. A new patient today reminded me of something I learned years ago while a business consultant.  It’s the power and simple beauty of being able to say as the “expert” that “I don’t know” in answer to a … Continue reading

‘tis the season for…stress!

It’s that time again…December.  The child within us remembers the sense of magic we felt as children during the holidays and we so want to recreate that each year for our families and ourselves; it’s also not a bad distraction for those of us who aren’t winter lovers.  So we add in a whole new level of expectations and obligations … Continue reading

Do you carry stress in your shoulders and neck?

I am seeing lots of people this week experiencing neck and shoulders that are either tight or tight and painful while also mentioning stress.  Most of us tend to carry stress in our shoulders and neck just like the physical burden it is. For each patient I have seen with this condition I give them an acupuncture treatment tailored to … Continue reading