Health Benefits of Ginger

The name for fresh ginger in TCM is Sheng Jiang and its medicinal uses were first recorded in 500 CE by Tao Hong-Jing in his Miscellaneous Records of Famous Physicians, which indicates that its use far predates Mr. Hong-Jing’s work. This spicy root has too many benefits to list, but we’ll give it a try…

Say Hi Inside

This simple meditation suggests that you “smile” to all of your internal organs and glands. It is a way of saying “thank you” to your body for working 24 hours­­­, 7 days a week! Focusing your attention and smiling in this way can calm the autonomic nervous system, revitalize the internal organs, and increase the…

Your Body as a Garden

The concept of gardening gives us an excellent illustration for the theories behind Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) and acupuncture. Imagine you are a gardener whose job it is to help a garden thrive. To help nature along, you must provide necessities such as water and fertilizer. You must make sure plants receive the right amount…

How Sweet it is…

Sucrose, or sugar as it is commonly known, is currently the most popular sweetener used in the food market today. On a daily basis, the average person obtains almost 20% of their calories from sugar alone. On average, that’s 150 pounds of sugar every year. When ingested, sugar is broken down into compounds that provide…

Devil in Disguise

Painkillers are being abused like never before.  The media likes to sensationalize the use of prescription pain medications being sold in dark alleys by neighborhood thugs and resident riff-raff. But what about the gentleman who just purchased the drugs legally from his local pharmacy, as prescribed by his doctor.  Is he in any less danger…