Move the Qi, Relieve the Pain

Move the Qi, Relieve the Pain

The most common reason for back pain, or pain anywhere in the body, is stagnation of Qi along the meridian system. There is an old Chinese saying which is also the motto of my acupuncture school, “Where there is stagnation there is pain… And where there is pain there will be stagnation.” (In Chinese pinyin: Pu tong su tong… Tong su pu tong.)

 

Autoimmunity: Early Detection Can Change Your Future

Autoimmunity: Early Detection Can Change Your Future

There is a good chance you will find some degree of autoimmunity in any random person off the street - one out of five Americans currently suffer from autoimmune disease.  Their immune system loses the ability to determine self tissues from non-self tissues and launch deliberate attacks against them.  This can come in many forms such as diabetes, multiple sclerosis, or rheumatoid arthritis, to name a few. Some simple tests can help you stop or slow the progression.  If you have concerns about your status or have a family history of autoimmune disease, this article is for you!

Are You Overweight? Or Mostly Just Inflamed?

Are You Overweight? Or Mostly Just Inflamed?

By far one of the most common questions I get is if I can help with weight loss.  It seems to be something that most people want to do at some point in their lives, but also something that people want to see happen quickly and without a great deal of effort.  Perhaps that is just human nature.  But what I see going on out there is that people will tend to start down some particular path, usually involving a gym membership or a fancy piece of equipment, only to lose faith in their program after a month or so with very little to show for it in the end!  It can be very frustrating and bad for morale in general to fail time after time with something so important as one’s health and/or positive self image. So what gives?  Why is it so tough sometimes to lose the weight and keep it off? 

Amazing Japanese Cheesecake Recipe

Amazing Japanese Cheesecake Recipe

I'm sure the recipe name sounds like I'm over-hyping it a bit, but seriously this cake is the most delicious cake* I've ever had.  (*Not sure what the official criteria is of a cake, but this is cake in my book).  Made with everything you'd expect in cake, but with only 2 tablespoons of cornstarch in place of flour!  It's incredibly moist, almost mousse-like, with a light sweet flavor.  My husband took one bite and said, "This is special."  As in - stop the presses.  This is so good.