Chinese Medicine

How to Make a Chrysanthemum Compress

Known as Ju Hua in Chinese, chrysanthemum is one of my favorite herbs.  It is a yellow or white flower that is similar to chamomile, in fact they are in the same family. Drinking chrysanthemum tea has several benefits and, as I explain above, the flowers can be used as a compress as well. Owing to antimicrobial […]

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Home Remedy for Dry Cough

This time of year it seems like most people are over the hump of cold and flu season but many people still have coughs that linger for weeks on end.  Dry coughs especially can be hard to recover from without the proper support.  There are herbs you can take and acupuncture is important too, but […]

Farmers’ Market Haul – March 2nd, 2014 – Los Feliz Market

The Los Feliz Sunday Market is one of my favorites.  It’s quiet and small, but still has most everything I need.  I used to live within walking distance but it’s still just a short drive away so I end up there most Sundays.  The only thing they don’t really have is a meat vendor, but […]

Farmers' Market Haul

My Holistic Cold & Flu Season Routine

It’s the season for getting sick and it seems to be hitting everyone but me.  Friends, family and almost every patient that I treat are complaining of symptoms, from common colds to stomach flus to sinus infections, plus everything in between.  Even when I seem to be interacting with mostly sick people, I don’t get […]

My Holistic Cold & Flu Season Routine

Making Bone Broth at Home

I’ve already told you about all the Amazing Benefits of Bone Broth, so of course I have to let you know how to make it yourself! As an acupuncturist, drinking bone broth is one of the single most frequent nutritional suggestions I make to my patients. I drink it myself every morning. While I believe […]

How to Make Your Own Healing Bone Broth

20 Amazing Benefits of Bone Broth

While many commercial broths available today are only made with skin and may contain MSG, bone broth has been a staple of many cuisines throughout history and across the globe. This is largely because of its economic value (using every part of the animal) but more importantly because of its nutritional value (delivering many essential […]

20 Amazing Benefits of Bone Broth

Dietary Advice from a Licensed Acupuncturist

You may have read my PIVOT Nutrition Advice series, but for those looking for a more simple way to understand the dietary advice an Acupuncturist would give you, I’ve made this simple graphic.  These are the sort of things I tell my patients each day, but condensed down to be a bit more digestible.  Chinese […]

Dietary Advice from an Acupuncturist

Nutritional Advice Series: Balance is the Root of Wellness

Chinese Medicine associates health with living in balance, with few extremes.  This will mean different things for different people depending on their constitution, environment, medical history, allergies and sensitivities. But whatever lifestyle and diet you build for yourself, I suggest you find something you really feel like you can live with.  Crash diets don’t often […]

Balance

Molasses Longan Granola

I love to use molasses because it is one of the healthier sweeteners.  A byproduct of making refined sugar, it contains concentrated nutrients from sugarcane such as Iron, Manganese, Copper, Magnesium and Potassium.  The molasses pairs wonderfully with the longan, which is an asian fruit and a Chinese herb that is very good at calming […]

Whole Lemon and Ginger Tea with Honey

Between the farmers market and Chinese medical school, I get a lot of different recipes relayed to me in short little snippets, usually no more than 15 words or so.  Off the top of my head I think of the Sweet Pickled Carrots and Daikon or the Okra and Miso Marinara, both of which the farmer I work […]

Whole Lemon and Ginger Tea with Honey

Farmers’ Market Find: The Amazing Jujube

The jujube is truly a special fruit.  In its fresh form it’s often called a Chinese apple, which you can find in season for only a few months of the year, right about…now.  It starts out as pale green color and turns a golden brown as it ripens, then eventually deep red when it has […]

The Natural Goodness of Ginger

Ginger has been used for thousands of years in chinese medicine to treat stomach disorders like persistent nausea, motion sickness, morning sickness, loss of appetite or anorexia.  But it also treats mild lung disorders, like upper respiratory tract infections, bronchitis or a simple cold and cough. It is anti-bacterial, which explains why ginger is always […]

Sweet Basil and Mint Iced Tea

Last year when I went to San Francisco to visit my friends Rose and Kim, Rose made sweet basil and mint iced tea for a picnic we had in golden gate park.  It was simply wonderful and refreshing to drink while spending a beautiful summer day outdoors. You may not think of basil as an […]