Chinese New Year is the most important holiday in China for good reason. Each new year brings new energies and opportunities. The celebration begins the day after the first new moon between January 21 and February 20 each year and lasts until the following full moon. These 2 weeks are a time of welcoming and aligning with the new energies. This year, the Chinese New Year falls on Feb 1st and festivities continue through Feb 15th, 2022. Each year has a corresponding element and animal of the Chinese zodiac.
This is the year of the water-tiger year that holds a lot of promise for an exciting, productive year. This indicates a new beginning, a fresh start, and it’s a year made for bold action. The Tiger is known for its power, daring, and ability to do everything on a grand scale.
This water-tiger year is in gear to be a faster-paced, more passionate year after a slower year of the Ox (2021) and a very challenging year of the Rat (2020). The tiger has been sleeping, awaiting his time for action. 2022 has great potential to be a year of change because of the energy of the tiger: brave, self-assured and ready to pounce. Individually we might be inspired to embark on new adventures, such as travel or moving, or starting a new business. Collectively, there may be an energetic shaking off of stagnation brought on by the past couple years of the pandemic. It will be a year of exploring new ideas, and not shying away from challenges. If energy is not allowed to flow (individually and/or collectively) there may be some restlessness or unpredictable behaviors. It is also important to balance the aggressive energy of the tiger with times of rest. Even tigers take cat naps. This is a water year, so the yin energy of the water can help to balance the fierce fiery nature of the tiger. continue reading
Navigating stay at home orders, working from home, schooling from home and the myriad other new things that are now a daily part of life is stressful. It can be easy to get overwhelmed with each new development and all the unknowns that surround our lives because of the coronavirus outbreak.
Traditional Chinese medicine offers something old and grounding to turn back to during this time.
The idea that supporting mental health is a significant factor in supporting physical health is a central tenet of traditional Chinese medicine. Beyond acupuncture and herbal remedies, TCM takes a holistic approach to health that includes simple things you can do each day to foster physical health through supporting that mind body connection. Here are six things you can incorporate into your daily routine to mitigate stress and stay healthy right now.
Here is a wonderful article about smart swapping out our standard american diet for a more nutritious diet.
Healthy fats, like avocado can be a good swap
Food plays such a important role in Health. Click here: https://experiencelife.com/article/9-healthy-food-swaps/
Many thanks to Experience Life Magazine & Robin Asbell
Do you smoke? If so do you know it makes you more liable to get COVID-19 & also for it to turn serious?
Chinese Medicine (TCM) sees Smoking as Dryness & Heat. TCM sees the Lungs needing to have the right amount
of moisture & not be Hot. Western Medicine knows that smoking lowers your immune system.
Here at East-West Acupuncture Clinic in Portland, Oregon, we are proud of our Stop Smoking Program which has
helped hundreds of people to kick the habit (since 1980). It’s perfect for the person who really wants to quit for themselves.
Acupuncture releases Endorphins which helps to cut cravings which helps patients to refrain from smoking. For more
information please see our website.
Well, here we are about a month into the Covid-19 outbreak in the US. I think by now everyone knows that hand washing,
social distancing, staying home (esp if sick) & not touching our face are important. What I don’t hear much of is trying to
build our immune function. A strong immune function will fight this virus strongly. Yes, once again, pay attention to getting
enough sleep, eating a nutritious diet (lots of veggies best organic), getting exercise & going outside in Nature, I do want to
add a couple of things to that list, first meditation or Qi Gong/Tai Qi are known to benefit the immune system. Did you know
that deep, slow belly breathing actually calms you down, which makes your immune system work much better. Finally, a positive
attitude can go a long way in these stressful times.
Free & Easy which is also called Rambling Powder is the most prescribed formula
in the USA. Why? Well, it’s a great Chinese Herbal Formula for premenstrual tension.
This might manifest as moodiness, breast distension, bloating and generally feeling
out of sorts especially the week before menses. It can be a miracle for patients who have this pattern which is called Liver Qi Stagnation usually caused by physical and/or emotional distress. Yes, this formula can be great for women but it’s good for men too. Another key indicator is tenderness under the ribcage (esp on the right), and a wiry (like a guitar string) pulse. The main herbs are bupleurum a cooling, drying herb that relaxes the Liver (actual lab results say it can detoxify the Liver), Dang Gui a warm moistening herb which nourishes the Liver & Blood & White Peony also moistens is slightly cooling & relaxes the Liver. Finally, White Atractylodes & Poria help to strengthen the digestive system & build energy. Overall, this is a well-balanced formula that can help with stress, PMS, Digestive Problems & much more.
It goes without saying our Diet is so important to our Health. Many people
say well a good Diet is so expensive, well let me tell you losing your Health
is much more expensive. Remember to read labels, the term Natural is meaningless.
Look at the amount of sodium & sugar in products. Try to buy Organic if possible.
If you can’t here are the lists of the Clean 15 & the Dirty Dozen from the
Environmental Working Group
If you can eat Organic besides no pesticides in general Organic Produce has more vitmanis, minerals, phytochemicals that are beneficial for us
The Clean 15 list includes produce that is least likely to be contaminated by pesticides.
EWG’s Dirty Dozen:
|High pesticide residue score
||Apples, apple sauces, blueberries, grapes, greenbeans, leafy greens, pears, peaches, potatoes, plums, spinach, strawberries, raisins, sweet peppers, tomatoes, winter squashes
EWG’s Clean 15:
|Low to moderate pesticide residue score
||Apple juice, avocados, bananas, beans, broccoli, cabbages, cantaloupes, carrots, cauliflower, celery, corn, eggplants, grapefruits, lentils, lettuce, onions, oranges, orange juices, peas, prunes, summer squashes, sweet potatoes, tofu, tomato sauces, zucchini
There are Three Free Therapies. They are Good, Clean Diet, Exercise & Relaxation.
Relaxation is the therapy that is rarely done. Are we all too busy with work, family
& friends to spare 5-10 minutes a day? Here are some ideas for relaxation.
Going to a Happy Place
Smell the Flowers
ways we can do this:
PS: The price is right! The results can be wonderful
There are Three Free Therapies we can all do to enhance our physical, mental & emotional health.
We will start with Exercise, here is a picture of my favorite which is Zumba. Did you know that
Exercise releases serotonin (like Prozac) maybe that’s why we feel better after working out.
A combination of aerobic & anerobic exercise is best, but the best thing to do is find something
that is fun to do. Then stick with it. Remember, stress ages us & can make us sick, Exercise like
Acupuncture relaxes us & helps relieve stress.
I’m sure you have heard about the Opioid Epidemic in the media. Well, here’s an
interesting development in this is the recognition that Acupuncture can be a viable
natural alternative to pain meds. Did you know Consumer Reports June 2017
recomends Acupuncture for Low Back Pain? Well it did along with other natural
treatments. A far better alternative than powerful pain relievers that only treat
symptoms & not the root of the pain (so it keeps coming back)