The Basics

  • The Basics

    Spring, the Awakening of Nature

    Reading Time: 2 minutes Spring in Traditional Chinese Medicine is characterized by the rise of Yang energy. The sun warms the earth and nature awakens. It is the start of a new cycle. A similar process takes place in ourselves. New plans are set in motion and our body is waking up. Spring is associated with the Wood element and with the Liver and the Gallbladder meridians. The Liver The Liver stores the Blood which moistens the eyes and sinews, and regulates menstruation. The Liver smoothens the flow of Qi which affects emotions like irritability, anger, depression, and premenstrual syndrome. The Liver houses the ethereal soul (Hun) which is responsible…

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    Seasonal Changes

    Reading Time: 2 minutes Acupuncture can help many health conditions, but did you know that it can also be useful at preventing diseases? In China, over a hundred years ago, people only paid their acupuncturists when they were healthy. If you fell ill, the acupuncturist would treat you free of charge until your health returned. For almost three thousand years, Chinese medicine practitioners have been offering their patients a few annual appointments to strengthen their vital forces and immune system. This actually constitutes the very foundation of this holistic and preventive medicine. Over the millennia, seasonal protocols have been put in place and tested to prevent the onset of diseases…

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    What is Acupuncture?

    Reading Time: 3 minutes Acupuncture, an Ancient Wisdom Acupuncture is an alternative medicine that has been around for a long period of time and some say that it is four to five thousand years old. Acupuncture is part of the five branches of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), with Chinese medicinal herbs, Chinese diet, Tui Na massage, and energy exercises such as Qi Gong and Tai Chi. Acupuncture is a holistic approach which means that it treats the person as a whole, taking into consideration not only the physical symptoms but also the mental, emotional, social, and environmental factors. It acts on the Qi, the energy which circulates in the body…