Chinese Medicine Wellness

  • A How To Guide to Acupressure: What is it? How does it help? Alternatives to pressure.

    Acupressure: What the heck is it? Acupressure is a technique using gentle pressure from your fingertips on points on the body to bring you back into balance. Acupressure is the method that acupuncture evolved from. It is pretty easy to learn and safe to practice. So…just to clarify how do I do this? All you have to do is figure out what point you want to do, find it on your body, and apply gentle pressure at that point with your fingertip. How long do I hold the point for and how many times a day? In an ideal world you would hold it 3 to 5 minutes, 2-3x a…

  • Castor Oil: Why and how you would use it.

    Here are some simple guidelines when it comes to castor oil packs. There are practitioners who go much deeper into castor oil and who have written plenty of books (if you want to dive deep into this) and who have lots of best practices and guidelines to follow. In my practice I have found that these rules can hold people back from actually using the castor oil pack. So these are some general guidelines I think about when it comes to using it.  External castor oil is a great way to help the body soften scar tissue (I have heard people refer to it as scar tissues’ enemy, because it’s…

  • 2 Natural pain and anti-inflammatory remedies you can do at home 

    The two top things I recommend in my practice for my clients’ who are in pain as homework are: Want to learn more about simple things you can do at home to take care of yourself? Sign up here for my newsletter to get tips right in your inbox.  *Disclaimer* None of these statements have been evaluated by the FDA and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease or health condition. This article is meant solely for educational purposes. Please consult a qualified healthcare practitioner before using herbal products, particularly if you are pregnant, nursing, or on any medications.

  • Why would a child need to come in for a Chinese Medicine appointment?

    Children grow and change incredibly fast. Because of this their qi can get out of balance quickly causing numerous imbalances, but that also means they go back into balance quickly. Children respond incredibly to Chinese Medicine. The most common things kids come in for a Qi Wellness appointment for are: excessive temper tantrums, anxiety, digestive issues, nightmares, building immunity, delayed development, working through emotional life changing events (divorce, death, moving, etc.), and illnesses that won’t go away or keep coming back again and again.   Other things children come in for are ADD and ADHD issues, growing pains, sleeping issues, jaundice, and any other imbalance that pops up.  Qi Wellness sessions…

  • How to deal with excessive temper tantrums naturally.

    Temper tantrums with children are a totally normal part of the maturation process. However, when they get out of control and they become unmanageable I have found in my practice that, from a Chinese Medicine perspective, it is a liver imbalance.  I’ve seen a number of children where temper tantrums are multiple times a day– to the point where the parents have a hard time taking their child into public, or the child is now large enough that it becomes a safety concern for the parents or both. In these cases working with the liver qi has been essential and has calmed the situation drastically back to ‘normal’ maturation temper…

  • Flower and gem essences and why they are a great natural remedy for kids

    Flower and Gem essences are gentle liquid plant/gem preparations containing the energetics of a plant/gem. They are similar to homeopathic remedies in that they do not contain any physical plant or gem constituents.  Dr. Edward Bach, who is referenced for creating flower essences said, “These remedies cure, not by attacking disease, but by flooding our bodies with the beautiful vibrations of our Higher Nature, in the presence of which disease melts as snow in the sunshine.” Kids change incredibly quickly with energetics. Flower and Gem Essences are very gentle and safe and children respond to them incredibly quickly whether they’re having emotional imbalances or physical imbalances. So consider trying a…