Keep your skin young the Chinese Medicine way

What causes wrinkles? In TCM the Lung and Spleen govern the health of our skin. (Note: The definition and function of the Lung and Spleen in TCM is different than the biomedical definition and function). The Spleen governs the production of qi and blood of our body, and the Lung carries this nourishment to the… Continue reading Keep your skin young the Chinese Medicine way

How your skin issues tell you what going on inside your body

We often hear “don’t trust first impressions.” While that is true, we can often pick up many clues about people from first meetings. Chinese facial mappings are a great example of this. Problems on a specific area of your face may contain clues of the internal cause. Chinese facial maps associate different parts of the… Continue reading How your skin issues tell you what going on inside your body

The Myriad Uses of Aromatherapy

The sense of smell is often said to evoke vivid memories and emotions. This is because when you breathe in the fresh food at your local supermarket, the scents go directly to the limbic system of your brain (the part responsible for memories and emotions). The stimuli from your other senses (taste, site, touch and… Continue reading The Myriad Uses of Aromatherapy

How acupuncture can treat Bell’s Palsy

Imagine waking up one morning to discover one side of your face feeling numb and heavy. You are unable to close your eye or even smile. This condition, called Bell’s Palsy, is a dysfunction in the facial nerve that causes muscle paralysis on one side of the face. A stunning 40,000 Americans wake up with… Continue reading How acupuncture can treat Bell’s Palsy

Why You Should Avoid High SPF Products

It’s that time of the year to soak in the sun! But hold on! Before you go out, make sure you have the safest and most effective sunscreen on. Here are some quick points about which sunscreens to buy, and which ones to ditch. 1. Avoid sunscreens higher than SPF 50. Sunscreens higher than SPF… Continue reading Why You Should Avoid High SPF Products

How to treat your cuts and wounds

We have all suffered from small cuts, burns and wounds that are painful and are slow to heal. What I believe should be in everyone’s medicine cabinet is Yunnan Baiyao, a traditional Chinese medicine product that gained it’s popularity during the Vietnam War. Soldiers who suffered gunshot wounds and trauma would take this pill as… Continue reading How to treat your cuts and wounds

Why you should use coconut oil

While in India, I partook in Panchakarma – an ancient Ayurvedic health treatment. It was here that I discovered the versatile uses of coconut oil! Your Hair Coconut oil is great for deep-conditioning your hair. According to a study, it “reduces the protein loss remarkably for both undamaged and damaged hair when used as a pre-wash… Continue reading Why you should use coconut oil

Be an Informed Consumer

We were inspired by the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health’s (NCCIH) recent “Be an Informed Consumer” campaign. When taking charge of your health, it is important to research the safety and effectiveness of products and modalities. Here are some important questions: What are the differences between “conventional,” “complementary,” “alternative,” and “integrative” medicine?” – Conventional: Medicine… Continue reading Be an Informed Consumer