6 February

Late Winter and Our Bodies

In the classical Chinese view of the body, humans are likened more closely to ecosystems or plants, rather than machines as is the dominant narrative in “Western” culture. An interesting article (click here) about the body as machine theory shows how Americans are starting to unpack our conceptions of the body and self, turning to […]

5 January

Flu Season Tips

You may have noticed the especially strong flu season this year. Even with the flu shot, our bodies need all the help they can get to stay in top flu-avoiding form. Here are 7 ways to boost your immune system at this critical time of year: Try to get 8 hours of sleep per night […]

6 October

Beating the Common Cold with Foods in Chinese Medicine

It’s that time of year again when the common cold becomes more common. The best medicine is prevention and there’s a lot you can do at home. Getting plenty of rest, moving your body in a way that brings you joy, breathing mindfully, staying hydrated and eating well are all great ways to maintain health […]

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 […]

7 December

How to Stay Active in the Dreary Months

First of all, I must state that I think I have a different relationship with the cloudy, rainy weather than most people I know. Growing up in North Dakota, winter meant sub-zero temperatures, high winds, and snow drifts as tall as minivans. So when I experienced my first winter in Oregon, I was absolutely in […]

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 […]

7 March

Get Allergy Relief by Healing Digestion

What does your gut have to do with seasonal allergies? It’s that time of year again! When the sneezing, sniffling, and burning eyes of seasonal allergies have you reaching for the allergy pills and eye drops. But did you know you can greatly relieve if not banish your allergy symptoms by fixing your gut? It […]

9 February

Podcast: Staying On Track With Healthy Eating

This month, as we find ourselves walking along the path from our New Years Day to the celebration of the Chinese New Year in just a few weeks, I thought it would be a good time to discuss what many of us have set out to practice in our annual resolutions: healthy eating. I have […]