Chinese Medicine

Cook this: Gluten-free, Vegan Walnut & Goji Berry Saute

When I was in acupuncture school we had a class on Chinese Medicine dietetics. I called it ‘Chinese Home Cooking.’ My herb professor hosted this class at his home, and his wife would cook samples of all of the meals we discussed. Each meal would be made with a specific intention for addressing imbalances. Many of them contained super-foods such as goji berries that are a…

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Celebrating Chinese New Year February 19th, 2015 (Guest Post)

By Tara Gregory LAc Setting Your New Year’s Intentions: A Second Chance How are your New Year resolutions going? Have you even had time to set any yet? I really enjoy the idea of celebrating the New Year. A time to reflect on the previous year and set clear intentions for the coming year. But if you are anything like me you may not have…

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Chinese Medicine tips to stay healthy this Fall (Guest Post)

By Tara Gregory, LAc Tara works at Dr. Samantha’s clinic in Portland, Evergreen Natural Health Center. She is available for appointments Tues and Fri 11-7 and every other Saturday. In Chinese Medicine fall represents the transition season from the height of yang or active energy of summer into the passive or yin energy of winter and it is associated with the Metal element and the Lung organ network. Just…

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Prevent motion sickness with Chinese Medicine

By Tara Gregory LAc Summer is in full swing and for many people summertime goes hand in hand with vacations and out of town adventures. Day trips are planned to discover new hiking spots or swimming holes in the mountains. Longer road trips also become more common in the summer, taking time off to visit out of town relatives. Unfortunately, for some people these summertime…

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Spring Asparagus, Snap Pea & Quinoa Salad (easy!)

Spring Asparagus, Snap Pea, and Quinoa Salad Serves 4-6 Living in tune with the cycles of the seasons is a lifestyle recommendation made in Chinese Medicine to help achieve a state of balance and health.  In addition to regular acupuncture treatments, one of the best ways this can be achieved on a daily basis is through diet. Eating what is fresh and in local abundance…

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The Season of Spring in Chinese Medicine

By Tara Gregory LAc In Chinese Medicine emphasis is placed on living in tune with the seasons of the year in order to experience health, wellbeing and to prevent disease. Each season is related to one of the main organ networks or meridians and has its own unique associations that can be seen both in the externally in natural world and also within our bodies. Spring has always…

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Chinese Medicine and Winter

At the heart of Chinese Medicine is the idea that to stay healthy we should also be in harmony with nature and the natural cycles of the environment.  Winter is all about storage, rest and restoration.  Ever wonder why you feel more tired in the winter?  According the the Chinese it’s because you’re supposed to in order to recharge for the bounding energy of the…

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Does Acupuncture Hurt?

  It may seem counter-intuitive that needles can be comfortable and relaxing. However, it is true. But still, does it hurt? Typically, no. First, you need to know that acupuncture needles are very different from medical needles used to give injections. Those needles are designed with a hollow core, so they can push substances through to the person. Necessarily, the needles are thicker to accommodate…

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Chinese Medicine and Fall, the Season

By Sarah May In the fall when the weather starts to get cooler, I notice that I am suddenly drawn back into my kitchen again.  Roasting squash, simmering soups, and baking fruit pies is nourishing to both body and soul….. It turns out this is not a coincidence, and fits into the teachings and energetics of Chinese medicine very well. In TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine)…

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