Holistic Care



Believe it or not, according to the Chinese solar calendar, we’ve just passed into winter, and with that, we’ve also entered into the time of the year where the water element is the strongest. In Five Element theory, every element has with it an associated emotion, taste, special type of energy, and organ. The water element has a close relationship with the Kidneys, which in Chinese medicine are the seat of long life and fertility, so let’s dive in (pun intended) and get to know this precious organ and its meridian.

The Kidney Channel

The Kidney Channel begins on the sole of the foot at a point poetically named Gushing Spring, or ‘Yong Quan’ in Chinese. From there, it travels up the inside of the calf and thigh, up through the genitals and uterus, through several other organs before finally ending on the bottom of the tongue, although its points terminate just below the collarbone.

Effectively, the kidneys are considered to be to source of all life in Chinese medicine. The Qi of every other organ system in the body depends on flourishing Kidney energy to function properly. Indeed, the Kidneys are Read More

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Learn about the Lung Meridian – The organ of the Fall Season

The Lung Meridian: Gateway to Life and Vitality

The lung meridian is often the first meridian studied in acupuncture school.  Why?  Lungs are vital for life.  The breath is the first thing that happens when you are born, and when the breath ceases it indicates death. Chinese medicine never differentiated the physical body, the mental, emotional or spiritual self.  Each organ contributes different functions in all these areas.  The lung organ, and its corresponding meridian plays a role in the immune system, skin health, and emotional well-being. Read More

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What Do You Feel in the Pulse?

Ever wondered why we feel your pulse using three fingers?

Your pulse is really a way for us to connect to your heart, quite literally.  Your life force, through your Blood, is being pumped through your body.  By taking a moment to connect and listen, we try to understand what is going on within your body.

So, pulse 101.

Pulse diagnosis is a vital diagnostic tool in Chinese medicine. By feeling the pulse at three specific locations on each wrist we gain a wealth of information about the your overall health.

To feel the pulse, we use the index, middle, and ring fingers on the radial pulse, beginning with the index finger on at the wrist crease. Each position represents a different system in your body. And, it isn’t just about the rate, but many different qualities can be noticed and provide valuable information.  Read More

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Why are you looking at my tongue?

You may have had this experience; you came in for your first appointment at the Acupuncture clinic.  You and your provider have talked in depth about what brought you in, and about a whole lot of other things that seem kind of unrelated.  Then they ask you, ‘Can you show me your tongue?’

What?  Really?

Why do acupuncturists look at tongues? The simple answer is that the appearance of the tongue tells us a lot about your health! The more involved answer is that as practitioners of Chinese medicine, we believe that if one part of the body becomes diseased, other parts of the body will show signs of disease as well. Essentially, the tongue is a mirror for what is going on inside the body – past and present. Read More

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