Summertime Heart Openers from TCM and Yoga

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In yoga, we are often reminded to work toward “opening the heart”. Doing so opens up the chest by creating greater space in the ribcage for the lungs and the heart. It also means allowing for the sharing of love and compassion. In the same way, Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) relates to both the physical […]

Loving your Liver

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The premise behind Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine is that we have energy in our body called “Qi”. TCM believes that every organ has its own Qi Energy. The organ/qi that is associated with the spring is the Liver. Since spring is a good time for rejuvenation and change, it is a good time to […]

Fall: Letting Go With Breath

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One of the key principles of yoga is a focus on breath. Of course we know that breathing is vital to living. In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), “Qi” (pronounced “chee”) is often translated as “energy,” but sometimes also as “air” or “gas” or “life.” The original character for Qi was three wavy lines, like the […]

Chicken Soup for the Traditional Chinese Medicine Soul!

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An important herb in traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) is astragalus root, called Huang Qi in China. It’s used to strengthen the body’s immune system, known as wei qi in TCM. Astragalus root can be found dried in Chinese herbal shops or some natural health food stores. If you don’t have access to astragalus, you can […]