Zócalo Wellness

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Marie Kondo, Alternative Medicine, and the Process of Healing Deeply

Last month in the middle of a health crisis I realized something surprising: Marie Kondo knows a lot about healing.

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The Necessity of Time with Chronic Conditions: Healing PCOS and Low Back Pain

A long-term patient of mine has been using traditional Chinese medicine to address two chronic conditions with incredible results: polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) and low back pain. The results have been remarkable. This is her story.  Continue reading

Getting Care After a Car Accident

With all the snow and ice we’ve been getting this unusually cold winter in Portland, I thought I’d write about what resources you have in the case of a car accident. Acupuncture and traditional Chinese medicine is very effective in healing both acute and chronic injuries, but motor vehicle accidents (MVAs) require some additional steps in order to access coverage for care, steps that most people don’t know about in advance. 

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Happy Spring! Time to Plant Your Seeds

Monday marked the beginning of the Chinese new year, the year of the Fire Monkey, and with it the beginning of spring in the Chinese astrological calendar. February 1st is also the day of Brigid, or Imbolc, a pagan holiday marking the coming of spring. “…Brigid represents the light half of the year, and the power that will bring people from the dark season of winter into spring…” Continue reading


Star Wars and Traditional Chinese Medicine: A Force By Any Other Name

The Star Wars franchise re-awakened this winter and with it my love for that epic story. After watching Episode VII twice, scouring the internet for the back story and plot hole explanations, and re-watching the original trilogy, I started wondering, “What is it about the Force and the Jedi that has such a powerful hold on my imagination?” I’m an acupuncturist, that’s what. Continue reading

When the Days are Short, Time for Slow-Cooking

We live in a society obsessed with summer. Always doing, always consuming, these are the ways of the warm months. But, in winter, our biological mandate is to slow and sleep. It is to stock up, turn inward, tell stories, and celebrate abundance. As we near the solstice and enter the time of winter festivals and holidays it’s a good time to remember the year and re-imagine the next. It is a time to plant seeds deep in the earth for them to sprout when the sun returns.

It’s also a time for slow-cooking. Break out the crockpots! Continue reading

Decolonizing Your Diet: The Food Stamp Budget Challenge, Part 2

My apologies for the long lag time since Part 1 of this topic. As is the case with most experiments it didn’t go as planned, but I did learn a lot of unexpected things and it took awhile to digest them all. The big take-away?

Healthy eating is simpler than we think. We just have to change the way we think.

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