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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


Tips Keeping Healthy in the Fall Season

Ever since the Summer Solstice on June 21st the sun has been gradually waning. The Autumnal Equinox on September 23rd signifies the middle point of this process. Even thougth the weather has been warm, the yang (the bright, forceful, warm energy of nature) has been slowly moving inward, into the dark womb of the world to hibernate for the winter months. And as the yang of the Northern hemisphere moves inward so do we. These past few weeks have been the dog days of summer, time to bring the harvest in, wrap up summer projects and set things in order. The Jewish new year, Rosh Hashanah began on September 13th to mark the end of one agricultural season and the beginning of the next. A friend told me that one’s house is cleaned for the celebration, which seems a fitting way to mark this transition into the coming season. It’s time to sweep out the hearth before lighting the fires that will carry us through the long night. Continue reading


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Eating Healthy on $4/day: The Food Stamp Budget Adventure, Part 1

A couple of months ago the Multnomah County Library approved my proposal to teach a nutrition class designed to use local resources for eating healthy on a budget. I was thinking accessibility. Knowing the importance of eating whole foods and fresh fruits and vegetables I also knew how costly they could be. They don’t call it “Whole Paycheck” for nothing. So, I wanted to challenge myself to answer the question, “Is it possible to eat healthy on a limited budget?” Continue reading

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Achoo! – Tips to Weather a Longer Allergy Season

Pollen is in integral part of the web of life, but it is also what wreaks havoc on the immune systems of millions of people every year. With short, warm and dry winters, and early springs and summers allergy season has become longer and more intense in recent years. I’ve seen a growing number of people in the clinic suffering from itchy eyes and runny noses. People who have had allergies in the past have worsening symptoms, and people who did not suffer before suddenly find themselves sneezing. Continue reading