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  • Dry Brushing in Eastern Medicine

    Dry Brushing: What’s The Deal With This Viral Beauty Trend?

    in Ayurveda, Beauty / / 0 comments

    A-listers from Miranda Kerr to Chrissy Teigan are all doing it. But what the heck is dry brushing, exactly? Believe it or not, this viral beauty trend is actually pretty old. In fact, we’re talking ancient. It comes from the Ayurvedic practice called garshana and it’s been practiced by people for thousands of years. Here’s what you need to know about this old-made-new beauty ritual.

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  • Summer TCM Recipes - Watermelon & Mint

    3 Cool Herbs For Summer And Delish Recipes To Make With Them

    in Seasonal, TCM / / 0 comments

    It’s getting HOT, kids are out of school, and backyard BBQs are in full swing. That’s right, it’s officially summer. But as temps get higher, you’ll want to balance out that heat with some cooling foods. According to Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), different foods can have one of five different temperatures: hot, warm, neutral, cool, and cold. The goal of TCM is to keep ourselves balanced and in harmony with nature, so it’s a good idea to stock up on cold and cooling foods during the sweltering summer. In TCM, food that has cooling or cold properties is chock-full of Yin energy. That means it’s associated with things like the moon, the earth, women, coldness, darkness, and rest. Foods with yin energy help to get rid of the extra heat and dryness that comes along with during the summer months. Keep cool in the heat of summer with these 3 herbs.

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  • Deal With Post Covid Emotions With Eastern Medicine

    Back to Normal: Dealing with Conflicting Feelings the TCM Way

    in TCM / / 0 comments

    Live concerts, brunch with friends, in-person work out classes — after a year of WFH and social distancing, it’s almost time to go back to “normal.” But if you’re the type of person who has had a nightmare about showing up to the grocery store without a mask, you’re probably–understandably–a little anxious about everything opening back up. It’s normal to feel conflicted, overwhelmed, or confused about how to feel about all of this. But have you thought about what kind of impact those conflicting feelings will have on your mental and physical health? In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), your emotions directly affect your physical health, so it makes sense that conflicting feelings of anxiety and relief can wreak havoc on your body. Here’s a quick breakdown of how it works, plus ways you can help deal with it.

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  • Sleep in Eastern Medicine

    Getting Enough Rest? Probably Not. Here’s What To Do Instead

    in General Wellness, TCM / / 0 comments

    If you’re like most people, chances are you’re not getting enough rest. Have you ever sat on the couch all day but still felt like you barely relaxed? That’s because, weirdly enough, not all rest is created equally. There’s different types of rest that our bodies and minds need to feel our best. Western Medicine says that we need 7-9 hours of sleep plus a half hour or so to get to sleep so that we can get into the deep sleep that allows our body to make repairs. Eastern medicine has a less “numeric” take on rest. Sometimes the kind of rest we need is sleep. But sometimes it’s a Netflix marathon, or a long drive, or a coffee date with your best friend. Here’s what you need to know about the different ways to rest up with eastern medicine so you can refuel and take on the world!

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  • Eastern Medicine For Pets

    Eastern Medicine For Four-Legged Friends: Does It Work?

    in General Wellness, TCM / / 0 comments

    Have western veterinarian methods led to a dead end for your four legged friend? Believe it or not, Eastern medicine might be able to help. The health wisdom from Traditional Chinese Medicine can help everyone in your family, possibly even including your pets.There’s not much research on it yet, but plenty of holistic veterinarians and adventurous pet owners can testify to the fact that TCM treatments like acupuncture and herbal remedies make a big difference for their dogs and cats. Read on to learn more!

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  • Swap Western Pills for Eastern Medicine

    4 Easy Eastern Swaps For Western OTC Medications

    in General Wellness, TCM / / 0 comments

    Whether you have a headache from partying too much the night before, you’re stuffy from a cold, or you’re doubled over with period cramps, it seems like there’s an over-the-counter medication you can take for almost everything. But sometimes, these OTC meds aren’t the best solution to our problems. If you’re looking for a more natural way to deal with everyday problems like headaches, heartburn, congestion or period pains, Eastern medicine has got you covered. Here’s 4 easy swaps for western meds from TCM and Ayurveda.

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  • Crohns in Eastern Medicine

    How to Control Crohn’s With TCM

    in Condition Related, TCM / / 0 comments

    Did you know that nearly 800,000 Americans struggle with the painful inflammatory bowel disease known as Crohn’s disease? Despite the large number of people with Crohn’s, little is known about it in the western medical world. Researchers and doctors don’t know why it happens, who will get it, or how to manage the symptoms. Though it’s been around for at least 30 years, there still is no cure. Like western medicine, Eastern medicine traditions like Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and Ayurveda don’t have a cure for Crohn’s. But these medical practices, sometimes called Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) do offer some ways to manage symptoms, ease pain, and encourage remission of this unpleasant chronic disease. Read on to learn more.

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  • Eastern Medicine Herbs For Self Love

    9 Herbs For Self-Love

    in Condition Related, General Wellness, TCM / / 0 comments

    OK we get it, “self-love” sounds cheesy. We’re not trying to be a self-help book, but self-love is actually super important. It’s not just for new-age hippies–it’s for everyone! In western culture, we’re taught to be very hard on ourselves. We strive for perfection, and when we fall short, it can be hard not to be super critical. But there’s bad news–perfectionism can literally hurt you. Perfectionists have higher rates of chronic pain and issues like fibromyalgia. Being self-critical is also strongly related to high levels of stress, which tends to lead to chronic illness. So here’s some herbs that will help you take care of your body and mind.

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  • Traditional Chinese Medicine - Acupuncture

    What To Expect During Your First Visit To A TCM Practitioner

    in General Wellness, TCM / / 0 comments

    Ok, so you’ve scheduled your appointment with a Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) doctor – now what? Whether you’re going in just for a preventative check-up or because you’re not feeling well, it can be a little nerve-wracking if you don’t know what to expect. A visit to the TCM practitioner isn’t exactly like going to see a western medical professional. From the examination to the diagnosis and more, here’s what you can expect on your first visit to a TCM practitioner.

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  • Virtual Acupuncture

    Virtual Acupuncture Appointment? Here’s Why It Makes More Sense Than You’d Think

    in General Wellness, TCM / / 0 comments

    At a time when nearly everything can be virtual, from concerts to doctor’s appointments, it still might seem far-fetched to schedule a virtual visit to an acupuncturist. After all, the service they’e most well-known for has to be performed in person. That said, virtual acupuncture appointments aren’t as crazy as they sound. In fact, acupuncture is about way more than just needles. So even if you can’t get to your acupuncturist’s office during COVID, there’s no need to worry. You can still get plenty of the benefits from acupuncture without ever leaving your living room. Here’s how.

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