21 September

The Fall, And How To Adjust To One’s Landing

Fall is both a season and a verb describing movement, a change of direction, and sudden action. Herodotus observed, “People are most likely to be seized with maladies during changes; changes of anything, but especially of the seasons.” According to the Huananzi, “Autumn wind brings frost, retreat, decline….The grasses and trees retrench to their roots, […]

7 September

Keeping a Routine in Autumn

According to the seasonal patterns of Chinese medicine theory, autumn is the time of year that it is most important for us to keep to a routine. Many people find that getting back to a routine helps them reign in the wild and crazy times they had throughout the summer and to settle themselves into […]

14 December

Five Tools for Beating the Winter Blues

Every winter I work with a group of people who experience depression, low energy, and fatigue during the fall or winter months. I too have seasonal affective disorder every fall for a few weeks, but I see others struggle with much longer, more severe symptoms. Here are five steps to help feel better when the […]

24 September

Chinese Medicine & Stroke Recovery

While I was studying Chinese medicine at the Seattle Institute of Oriental Medicine (SIOM), I had the privilege of studying under Daniel Altschuler, L.Ac., Ph.D. Daniel studied Chinese medicine in the traditional way, he spent 15 years apprenticing with a master practitioner in Taiwan, Dr. Lee Chen-Yr. While his area of expertise is in adjunct […]

26 August

About Pediatric Acupuncture: How acupuncture can help your kids

Pediatric acupuncture is a gentle, safe, and effective treatment for children of all ages. Exposing children to acupuncture can encourage and support healthy behaviors from a young age—healthy behaviors that can last through adulthood. Young people often don’t have much control when it comes to their medical care. But an acupuncture appointment is different. I […]

25 August

Postpartum Care for the New Mother

You worked so hard to have the baby. Now your bundle of joy is finally here and you realize that the real work has just begun! As a recent mother, I understand the challenges of the immediate postpartum period, and I am happy to say that acupuncture, acupressure, and herbal medicine can be of great […]

10 March

Getting Help for Seasonal Allergies

Allergies in the Pacific Northwest Spring arrived in Portland several weeks earlier than usual this year, right on the heels of a very mild winter. I love to see Portland in bloom, and I’m not alone; so many people are out enjoying this unseasonably sunny weather. But the downside to this temperate weather is a […]

27 December

Acupuncture for andropause

In an effort to better describe the diagnosis and treatment of male-specific health issues that arise during mid-life, a new term has been coined in the medical community–andropause. Though it is often referred to as “male menopause,” andropause is more than the male equivalent of menopause, as it presents its own unique set of symptoms, […]

18 December

Eating well during menopause and andropause

Good nutrition remains a cornerstone of good health, no matter what stage of life we are in. During major life transitions such as menopause and andropause, your dietary needs tend to change. Eating well is an art that should bring you as much pleasure as nourishment. Yet somehow this art can become complicated rather quickly. […]

12 December

Acupuncture for menopause symptoms

As women enter the autumn of their reproductive years, major physiological changes occur that may give rise to symptoms of menopause. Like a plant going through many changes with the cycle of the seasons, it is natural for a woman in her middle years to cease menstruating on a regular cycle and to experience mild […]