Health Tips for Spring

Welcome Spring!
We all love spring! Spring is all about growth and lots of energy! Let’s be sure to take wonderful care of our health during this change in seasons. Here are some tips based on Chinese medicine to keep in mind for the coming weeks:

1. Stay Active. Spring is the season of growth, stimulation, wind, and movement. This is pure Yang energy. This energy can’t be controlled or contained. We want our body to adapt to this environment. We need to activate our internal yang energy to keep up with the external yang environment. This may speak to some people to get on their bike and start riding, or to others to go out for a nice long walk with friends or dog. The important thing is to stimulate blood circulation. The blood will bring oxygen to every muscle and to every tissue in the entire body. Along with this, focus on breathing into your diaphragm with balanced and rhythmic full breaths. The simple practices of breath and movement activates the internal yang energy to flow and balances the body with the changing season.

2. Less Sleep, Less Rest. The sun is rising earlier and the days are gradually getting longer. Our body needs to fall into harmony with this change. As said before, spring is the season of movement and change. If we continue to sleep longer hours or rest for continued periods of time, our body doesn’t adapt to the environmental change happening and our internal yang energy will become blocked, thus giving rise to problems. You may find though by keeping more active that you won’t fight getting out of bed in the morning and will have more energy throughout the day.

3. Eat […]

New Year’s Rejuvenation Soup

New Year’s Rejuvenation Soup 
Ingredients
• 10 cups chicken, beef, or vegetable broth
• 1-2 bunches of scallions
• 1-3 garlic cloves
• 1 large piece of ginger
• 1 block of tofu
• 2-8 celery stalks
• 1/8 teaspoon of red pepper (optional).

We named this soup “rejuvenation soup” because the soup simply helps rejuvenate the body and bring it back into balance. “New Year” was added because it brings up the idea of a fresh change or a new start, as well as, letting us know the time of year when it may be best for us to eat.

However, we can eat this soup anytime to help promote a healthy immune system, strengthen the body when fatigued, and support the body when ill. This soup will fill us up, but won’t bog us down. It saves for 2-3 days and tastes just as good reheated.

The Broth can be made several different ways, including from bouillon, from premade stock, or from scratch. We find 10 cups of stock to be an adequate amount of liquid to give this soup a nice balance. We prefer low-sodium broth. Many store-bought broths and bullion are loaded with too much sodium. Salt in Chinese medicine guides the Qi towards the kidneys, which is good in certain situations, however, for this soup, we want to gently increase Qi through strengthening the digestion, while encouraging the Qi to flow through the body, muscles, and out to the skin. We also try and stay away from unnecessary additives and preservatives that can be found in some bullion and store-bought stocks. You can use any type of broth you want, play around with the different broths and flavors!

The scallions and garlic gently aid the Qi to flow throughout the body, […]

Wellness Kits

Our new Wellness Kits are available to purchase at our clinic.

While living and studying in China, Pam and myself were amazed that health and preventive medicine was deeply rooted in the Chinese culture. In fact, many of our friends and colleagues were intimately familiar with many common herbal remedies to treat the common cold and flu. It seemed like everyone knew that when they felt the “gan mao” or “common cold” coming on, they know exactly what to take and what to do. It was just normal part of life. We often heard simple recommendations that we even pass on today in our clinic like: have a sore throat, drink lots of water, or have body aches, chills and fever, go sleep. And all over the city, grocery stores and pharmacies would have large bins of various herbs and teas for sale specifically for the season. This was our inspiration to provide wellness kits for our patients and the public. It is to provide everyone the necessary herbs and information to fight and prevent colds and flu at home and before it becomes a problem.

Our Wellness Kits contain many common teas and formulas to help fight and prevent illness during the upcoming cold and flu months.

1. Isatis Root Granule (Ban Lan Gen) Tea
“Preventative For Exposure to the Common Cold and Flu Tea”
Use: Take as prevention and during the initial onset of the cold & flu.
2. Yin Qiao Jie Du Wan Pills
“Initial Onset of Cold and Flu Symptoms Formula”
Use: Body aches, cough, fever, headache and sore throat due to colds, flu and respiratory infections.
3. Huo Xiang Zheng Qi Wan Pills
“Stomach Flu Formula”
Use: Abdominal pain, constipation, diarrhea, food poisoning, nausea and vomiting.
4. Golden Jin Sang Zi […]