You are not alone! Most women I talk to are ashamed or embarrassed to tell me how long they’ve been on the pill. They want to go off of it, but they are afraid their PMS symptoms will get worse (than they already are), their period will be so unpredictable that they won’t know when it’s coming, or their hormones will be so out of whack they’ll be an emotional basket case! (Sound familiar?) In Chinese medicine, the Liver becomes easily stressed thus producing things like irregular periods, horrific PMS symptoms and mood swings. And, yes, you guessed it, one of the ways the Liver becomes stressed is...
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Do you struggle to fall asleep and stay asleep? Do you wish you had a nighttime routine that you actually look forward to? Here are a few tried-and-true tips to increase your Mr. Sandman luring abilities: 1) Eat a SMALL snack before bed such as one or two of the following: whole grain crackers, cheese, turkey, fig, date, apricot, banana, small glass of milk (soy, hazelnut, almond or hemp milk are great alternatives). Those of us who are night owls also tend to be what we call “Yin deficient” in Chinese medicine. All these foods nourish the Yin, which help our bodies calm down and rest at night. 2)...
What do a garden hose and acupuncture have in common? (Hint: It’s not a bad joke.) Every molecule in the universe is made up of energy (thanks, Einstein!). That includes every cell in our body. Essentially, we are all little balls of energy walking around on the planet. The Chinese word for energy is Qi (pronounced “chee”). According to Chinese medicine, disease is caused by a block or stagnation of energy or “Qi” in the body. Picture a garden hose. (Stay with me…) When there’s a kink in the hose, water cannot flow freely. Pressure builds on one side of the kink and is completely absent on the other...