It’s Allergy season again. What’s that you say? “I thought that was in the spring”. Actually any season can be allergy season. Fall is the season of the Lung and this is the perfect time to be addressing your allergies.
Did you know that Miso Soup with Scallions is an ancient Chinese herbal remedy for colds? In 300 AD famous herbalist, Ge Hong, writes about Miso Soup with Scallions in a book called, Bei ji zhou hou fang or Emergency
Ward Off the Winter Chills You know that scarf your Aunt Betty gave you for Christmas several years ago? You tossed it on the shelf in your closet and forgot about it! It is one of the best things you
Herbal Tonics need not be bitter teas or handfuls of pills. In fact, one of the best ways to nourish and tonify is by creating foods and treats one can enjoy. The following recipe is adapted from Rosemary Gladstar’s
Put the Jingle Back in your Jing this winter. We are all born with an intrinsic energy known as Jing. Jing, or Essence, is a Chinese term for the fundamental energy of life. Jing is stored in the Kidneys
The concept of QI or vital energy is central to Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). Qi changes its form according to its location and function. The lungs are associated with Wei Qi. Fall is the time to nourish and strengthen the
Bean Sprout and Wood Ear Salad If you have one nearby, visit an Asian market and get the ingredients below. Things will be less expensive there. The sprouts and
There are many reasons a heart can break. It could be a literal break, as in a heart attack or a cardiovascular illness. Or, it could be a metaphorical break—at the end of a relationship, or after the death of
So the sun is finally shining after months of Northwest gloom and drizzle and you’re more than ready to get out there and do some gardening, play some volleyball or tennis, hike in the Gorge, ride the Portland bike paths.
About one mouthful in three of the food you eat directly or indirectly benefits from honey bee pollination. Honeybees pollinate over $20 Billion in crops every year. Commercial production of many specialty crops like almonds and other tree nuts, berries,
Spring is Liver time, and a good time to give your liver a little extra attention after a long winter. Beets are a good food to assist your liver and continue to nourish your kidneys as winter ends and spring
“I have this theory that chocolate slows down the aging process…. It may not be true, but do I dare take the chance?” – Katherine Hepburn Can you show love without using chocolate? Chocolate, cacao. It was considered the food
Fermentation may be the oldest method for preserving food. It adds intense and complex flavors to whatever is fermented. Fermentation is used in creating many modern foods such as yogurt, bread, sauerkraut, kimchee, pickles, salami, beer, wine, cider–even chocolate and
Thanks to a friend, Tim Delano, I was reminded of a nearby natural area. I actually had tried to visit it 30+ years ago. I think the Nature Conservancy was thinking of acquiring or had just acquired it. It was
During the cold dark days of winter, is it hard for you to get up in the morning? Do you experience a drop in normal energy levels in the afternoon and feel a need for more sleep? Is it difficult
We all have heard it for decades. Heart disease is caused by elevated blood cholesterol and the only accepted therapy is prescribing medications to lower cholesterol and a diet that restricts fat intake. The latter, the experts have insisted, will
Deviled Eggs Eggs have been unfairly demonized because they contain large amounts of cholesterol. However, dietary cholesterol doesn’t necessarily raise blood cholesterol and eggs have never been proven to cause harm. If anything, eggs are among the most nutritious and
In the late spring I decided to make a tincture from dandelion root, leaf and flower. My friend and acupuncture colleague Carol offered to let me come out to her farm and dig all the dandelions my heart desired.
I have lots of patients who come in with neck and shoulder tightness, forearm and wrist pain and or back pain. Particularly if they have an office job where they spend a lot of time in front of a computer
Using the energy of the each season to nourish you. This is winter. Even though it feels like spring is coming many know it is still clearly winter. Here in the Willamette Valley we’ve had our usual variation of weather