Strawberries by anoop_gkris
Strawberries, a photo by anoop_gkris on Flickr.

Yum and double yum! This weekend I had my first fresh strawberries of the season. Is there anything more felicitous for spring?

While you may be eating your strawberries because they are lip-smackingly good, you are also doing yourself a wonderful favor nutritionally. Strawberries are high in vitamins C and E, beta-carotene and anti-arthritic phyto-chemicals. They are an excellent source of soluble fiber. Not only do they guard against anemia but they also help prevent gout, arthritis, kidney issues and cancer.

All that and delicious to boot? Yes!

Shaolin 8 Brocade Qi Gong

As a few of you know, this past weekend I began the 13 month process of becoming a medical qi gong teacher. Your first question may be, what is qi gong? Your second question may be, what does that mean for me when I come for an office visit?  -Excellent questions!

VERY simply stated, qi gong is a system of breathing and exercise designed to benefit both physical and mental health. This definition is a good starting place to explore qi gong. Eventually, there will be regular classes available through the practice but right from the start there are qi gong “moves” that will benefit you. Some of you have already been prescribed qi gong when you’ve come for a visit to the office. If you’ve ever received a set of exercises to do specifically to help change your chief concern(s), that’s a part of qi gong! It’s been around for thousands of years. It’s one of the four pillars of TCM (traditional Chinese medicine) treatment.

This weekend we learned about the Shaolin 8 Brocade qi gong. There are many interpretations of this type of 8 Brocade. It’s one of the most popular forms of qi gong.

Take a moment to watch the video of one of the interpretations and don’t hesitate to ask how 8 Brocade can benefit you the next time you visit.



Jennifer Aniston And Chinese Medicine Cupping

Celebrities using traditional Chinese medicine are everywhere these days.

Check out the video of Jennifer Aniston


Cultivate Contentment

Tissues - 012/365 by Jason Webber
Tissues – 012/365, a photo by Jason Webber on Flickr.

A sad soul can kill you quicker than a germ. ~John Steinbeck

This Is NOT A Glass Of Milk (From A Cow)! But You Might LIke It Just As Much

Homemade almond oat milk by Haus of Gloi
Homemade almond oat milk, a photo by Haus of Gloi on Flickr.

In Chinese medicine there is an imbalanced state of health that we call damp accumulation or if it’s thick enough, phlegm retention. It doesn’t sound pleasant does it? When you visit an acupuncturist it’s one of the things we’re checking into about you.

If your health challenges do include damp (ask your acupuncturist if you don’t know!) it is very likely that you’ll get the “Let’s-see-if-things-improve-if-you-cut-out-dairy” talk. “CUT OUT DAIRY?!?!?!?” is the most popular response to that followed by a close second: “What about getting enough calcium in my diet?” Your acupuncturist knows quite well that if they suggest no dairy that they are about to get the stink eye at best and maybe threats to their overall safety at worst (usually cheese is the sticking point) but they will suggest it anyway because the possible benefits to your health could be life changing.

And be prepared, there are delicious milk substitutes that have a higher daily value percentage of calcium than milk and green leafy veggies often trump those numbers as well.

So, let’s look at the numbers for one cup of each….

  Milk Almond Soy Flax Rice
Calcium 28%DV 45%DV 45%DV 30%DV 30%DV
Protein 8g 1g 6g 0g 1g
Fat 7.7g 2.5g 3.5g 2.5g 2.5g
Calories 149 60 90 50 120

Hopefully, these numbers will give you the courage to go out and try something new. Just remember to always consider any allergies you might have to a new substance.

Have fun!

Dr. Oz And Acupuncture

If I had a nickel for every time one of my patients reported seeing Dr. Oz talking about acupuncture I’d be a rich acupuncturist! As it is, thanks are definitely in order to him for furthering the cause of TCM (traditional Chinese medicine).

Check out his website with all of the articles concerning TCM here.