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, […]

8 May

Mental Health: Depression

Our bodies are amazing at telling us when something is out of balance and needs to be restored. We come down with a cold when we’ve been working too hard, we get heartburn when we eat types and amounts of foods that don’t agree with our digestion, we feel a pit in our stomach when we go along […]

13 February

Astrology & Relationships

Relationships. Without them, most of us feel that something vital and necessary is missing from our lives, and what we yearn for above all is a relationship with someone who makes us light up and come alive. However, as so many of us have discovered, this is easier said than done. Why? Why is this so difficult? After all, […]

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 […]

17 September

Discover How Meditation Can Affect Your Brain

Meditation is something I’ve been intrigued by for a while. I’ve heard about how it could reduce stress, lower anxiety, and overall just increase my quality of life. I’ve tried getting into a rhythm of being regular with it, but I never lasted longer than a couple of days. Fortunately, all of that changed when […]

15 March

Five simple tools for stress management

Increase your overall ability to effectively manage stress by including these five tools in your wellness plan! Eat Healthily – More than 1,400 chemical changes occur as stress hormones, such as cortisol, deplete important nutrients including vitamins B and C, and magnesium from the body. A balanced, varied diet provides your body with the nutrients […]

4 March

Walking for mental clarity

One of the many ways that walking promotes health is that every time you take a step, you are activating the acupuncture point just below the ball of the foot called Yongquan (Bubbling Spring). Yongquan is the starting point of the Kidney meridian. This point calms the mind, stabilizes emotions, and improves memory. It also […]

18 February

Acupuncture for PTSD

Acupuncture has been getting more attention as a treatment for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), particularly from post-combat military veterans. There are good precedents for the use of acupuncture to treat post-traumatic stress disorder. Walter Reed Medical Center, a military hospital, is investigating acupuncture as a viable treatment for returning veterans. The results from acupuncture have […]

5 February

Acupuncture for mental health

Winter can be a time filled with sadness, self-reflection, loneliness and anxiety. And everyone deals with major upheavals or emotional distress at some point during the course of life, which may cause depression, panic attacks, or disruptions in sleep and eating. Acupuncture can help alleviate symptoms associated with depression and anxiety by treating the root […]

31 January

Acupressure for poor concentration

During these dark Portland winter days, I have many patients complaining about brain fog. With the cold damp weather and short days, it’s no wonder that so many people are feeling that their mental acuity has declined. Here is a short, easy acupressure protocol to help improve your concentration throughout the day.  Massage the acupuncture […]