Ashwagandha. Lately, it’s been everywhere–from the pages of Vogue to the vitamin shelves at your local pharmacy. But this adaptogenic herb has a history way older than that. In fact, it’s one of the most important herbs in the Ayurvedic medicine tradition which has been around for more than 3,000 years! If you’re really trying to get the Ashwagandha experience, it’s time to skip the capsules and mix-ins in favor of the real thing.
When you go to clean your ears, what do you reach for? The classic, a trusty q-tip? Or maybe you’re into ear candles to melt the wax out.
Unfortunately, both of these methods are problematic. Herbal ear oil, on the other hand, has been done for thousands of years in Ayurvedic medicine to help keep the ears and jaws clean and healthy.
Some people say that age is just a number–what really matters is how old you feel on the inside. But according to TCM, age is actually pretty important. There’s an ancient Chinese text called the Huang Di Nei Jing, and it lays out the stages of life for both men and women. And all of these stages correspond to certain ages. So cute phrases aside, age really does matter when it comes to your health and TCM.
No matter what an Instagram influencer might tell you, you don’t actually need to buy an expensive juice cleanse or mysterious detox tea to flush out your body. Our organs were made to keep our bodies clean. But that doesn’t mean our detoxing organs can’t use a little help now and then. If you’re feeling like your body needs a reset, you can focus on supporting those organs and systems that are already working hard to remove toxins. Here are some recipes to get you started…
Chances, you probably think of rice and beans as relatively basic (if not boring!) foods. But if you’re familiar with TCM at all, you’ll probably know that food is medicine. In fact, an entire ancient medical textbook was written about it and outlines the Five Natures and Flavors of Food. The Five Flavor theory doesn’t stop there, though. It also includes something called wu gu, or the Five Grains: Wheat, Brown Rice, Millet, White Rice and Beans. So why does all of this matter? Well, each grain is connected to an organ – read on to find out how these grains can help your health.
Do you know what the difference between herbal teas, decoctions, and tinctures is? As it turns out, the difference is actually pretty minor. But that small difference can have major results. Here’s what you need to know about herbal tinctures, decoctions, and everything else in between!
If you’ve ever heard of Purslane, you probably know it as an annoying succulent-type weed that will grow pretty much anywhere, in any conditions. But it’s actually an edible succulent that is loaded with vitamins and nutrients. Plus, it’s delicious! It’s been eaten around the world, raw or cooked, for hundreds of years. And we’re predicting that it’s going to be a major culinary trend very soon. So read on to learn everything you need to know about this wonderful weed that can help with everything from inflammation to infection.
It seems like there’s a life hack for everything lately–even your brain. In some ways, our brains are pretty complicated. But did you know that they can also be hacked if you know what you’re doing? If you’re looking to feel better, be happier, and have healthier relationships, here’s what you need to know about targeting and boosting your happy chemicals with Eastern medicine.
All of a sudden your face gets red, you start to sweat, and you feel like someone just cranked the thermostat all the way up–but everyone else in the room is fine. You’re having a hot flash, and you’re not alone. Did you know that 3 in 4 American women get hot flashes when they go through menopause? In fact, hot flashes are almost seen as the symbolic symptom of menopause, the 12 months of a woman’s life after her final period as her levels of reproductive hormones naturally decrease. But just because they’re common doesn’t mean you have to suffer through them. Luckily, there are science-backed ways to deal with hot flashes with Eastern medicine.
By now, most of us know the drill when it comes to a typical visit to the doctor. But when your doctor is a Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) practitioner, the process is a little different. After all, Western medicine and Eastern medicine are two completely different beasts. They understand the body, sickness, and health in very different terms. So it makes sense that a visit to a TCM practitioner won’t be the same as a trip to your primary care provider’s office. In an attempt to demystify eastern medicine like TCM, here’s what you can expect to be asked by your TCM practitioner.
Summer’s here, and chances are that you’ll be heading to the beach or lake to hit the sand and soak up some sun soon. But if you’re not careful, all that salt, sun, and sand can turn you into a crispy lobster by the end of your fun day out! Stay safe, cool, and protected by following these simple Eastern medicine tips for your next beach day.
When was the last time you took some time to take care of your eyes? If the answer is not recently, you’re like most people because many people don’t realize how hard eyes actually work. And they stand up to some pretty tough conditions. UV rays from the sun can damage your eye tissue and increase the likelihood of cataracts. Pollen, mold and dust can give you allergic conjunctivitis. Too much screen time can cause chronic dry-eye. Even high blood pressure can be bad news for your eyes! Clearly, it’s important to keep an eye on your eye health. Here’s how you can keep your peepers healthy with some gems of wisdom from Ayurveda and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM).
We all know about Sunday Scaries – that feeling of dread and anxiety that creeps up as the weekend comes to a close and a new week looms on the horizon. They can suck almost all of the fun out of the last day of your weekend! Everybody’s Sunday Scaries are a little different. For some people, they hit right as you wake up and realize you this was your last morning without an alarm set for a few days. For others, that dread slowly grows throughout the evening as you figure out exactly how many emails you’re going to have to face the next day. And for some people with non-traditional schedules, Sunday Scaries aren’t even on Sunday! We might not be able to get rid of Sundays, but we can definitely ditch the Scaries. Here’s how to use some Eastern medicine wisdom to transform Sunday from sour to sweet and make the most of your 48 hours of freedom.
From bloating and mood swings to fatigue, the signs of hormonal balance are frustrating to deal with. You might recognize them as symptoms of PMS or Menopause, which are natural changes in your hormone levels but they can also be signs of unnatural hormone fluctuations that can be bad for you in the long run. Unfortunately, hormonal imbalances are more common than you might think. But luckily, they’re treatable! And with a little help from Eastern medicine, you can find safe, natural ways to get your hormones back into balance. Here’s how.
Whether you have an anxiety disorder or not, panic attacks can happen to anyone. They tend to be quick (they’re generally over in 10 minutes or so), and aren’t always triggered by a specific event. Some people think they’re having a heart attack, but in reality there’s no danger of dying from a panic attack. Of course, that doesn’t mean that it doesn’t feel like it! Panic attacks, for lack of a better word, suck. But luckily, there are tried-and-true methods for dealing with them. Here’s a few tips from Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) that can help prevent panic attacks and stop them when they happen.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
It’s so close, we can ALMOST taste it. After over a year of quarantining, working from home, social distancing, and masking, a post-COVID world is almost a reality. And if you’re like us, you want to get your revenge. You know how after a bad breakup, you hit the town with your best friends dressed to the nines with a fresh blowout and mani? Well, we’re almost ready to break up with COVID. Yup, it’s time for post-COVID revenge glam. We’ve spent the last year in sweatpants and no makeup, so it’s time to put your best foot forward and emerge like a phoenix from the ashes. Here’s our best tips, tricks, and hacks from Eastern medicine to have you looking glam, gorgeous, and ready to get your revenge.
Ok, so you’ve heard about trendy Turmeric and maybe you’ve even added it to your cooking or to your supplement regimen. But it can be kind of tough to make sure you get the most benefits from the turmeric you eat. Unfortunately, it’s not the kind of thing where you simply consume more to get more benefits. If you eat too much, it can upset your stomach. Plus, the really powerful nutrients in turmeric, like curcurmin, aren’t easily absorbed into your body. So how do you get the most out of your turmeric? Simple! You ferment it. Read on to learn how.
We’ve got bad news–chronic illnesses are going up. Across the world and in the US, more and more people are being diagnosed with incurable diseases like asthma, cancer, and diabetes.Thanks to advances in healthcare, we’re living longer. But that also means that we’re facing new issues as we age. Western medicine doesn’t have an answer to chronic illnesses and in many cases they’re considered incurable. So to deal with the symptoms and effects of chronic illness, people are turning to the East.
Sick of popping pills and relying on pharmaceuticals to solve your problems? You’re not alone. While it may seem that modern problems require modern solutions, we can still use some of the same remedies our ancestors relied on to help us with stress, sleep and even hangovers!
Has the last year just absolutely killed your motivation and drive? You’re not alone. What with COVID, quarantine, and working from home, it’s easy to feel like you’ve lost your mojo.
But how do you get it back? Well, when it comes to motivation, perception is reality. It all starts with you. It can feel impossible to get back on track, but it’s not! Here’s how to get out of a slump and start to feel like yourself again with a little help from Eastern medicine.
If you’ve got cold feet, and it’s not your wedding day, you may just think to throw on a pair of socks and call it a day. That said, if you notice that your feet or your hands (or both) continuously feel cold, something’s got to give! IT can be uncomfortable and even painful at times.Here’s what you need to know about the Eastern and western perspectives on poor circulation and cold extremities so you can warm up.
This year has been stressful for all of us, and kids and teens are no exception. Separation anxiety and social anxiety in our kids can easily be brushed off as kids being too sensitive or needing to grow out of their attachment. But when kids are worried or anxious all the time, it might be something more.
It might seem strange, but kids can have anxiety disorders just like adults do. But while an adult might just go to therapy and take prescription meds to help with their problems, it can be harder to find ways to cope with anxious children. Here’s what you need to know about identifying anxiety in your child and finding natural ways to treat it.
Who’s ready for summer? June 22 marks the first day of summer, but the transition from spring starts a little bit earlier. As the days get even warmer and longer, you can feel the changeover begin. But how do you make the most of this time of transition and change? We pulled together some Eastern medicine wisdom to give you 4 tips for transitioning from spring to summer in a safe, healthy, and fun way.
Okay, so you’re a yogi or maybe you just meditate. Perhaps you’ve started using a Gua Sha tool. Now what? There are so many things from Eastern medicine that have become major parts of life over here in the western world. But most of us have only begun to scratch the surface of what awesome life hacks and health tips eastern medicine has to offer. So if you’re looking for more ways to incorporate eastern wisdom into your life, try these 3 methods ASAP and see for yourself how much they’ll change your life!
Ok, so you’re no newbie to Eastern medicine. Maybe you were the first one of your friends to get into yoga, or you love your weekly acupuncture appointments. You’ve got a meditation app on your phone and a gua sha stone on your bathroom shelf. So what’s the next step? What should Eastern medicine practice should you try next? Whether you’ve never heard of them before or if you’ve been considering one or more of them, we’re breaking down Pranayama, Cupping and Moxibustion.
Remember how the Beach Boys sang about good vibrations? Or maybe you’ve recently heard some podcaster talk about “vibing high.” If you’re wondering what exactly all of that means, we’re here to break it down. After all, you need to know what “vibes” are before you can get good ones! Fortunately, it’s all fairly simple to take control of situations to give off good vibes and hopefully receive some in return. Here’s how.
You probably associate sipping soup with cold winter days, but soup is a staple for hot weather in Traditional Chinese Medicine. In fact, food in general is a major treatment in TCM. That’s because the foods and beverages we consume can alter our yin, yang, and qi energies, making a big difference in how we feel. When all of our energies are in harmony and we’re in balance with the natural world, we feel healthier and happier. So before you write off summer soups, read on to find out how they can help keep you cool and healthy in the dog days of summer.
The COVID-19 pandemic has affected pretty much everything, and mental health issues are no exception. The rate of anxiety and depression has quadrupled in the US during the pandemic! Previously, only about 10% of US adults reported dealing with these issues. Now, that number has skyrocketed up to 40% of the adult population. If you’re one of those 40%, you might be looking for ways to treat and manage your anxiety. Most people turn to prescription meds to help combat feelings of worry and fear along with the physical symptoms of an anxiety disorder. But have you considered other options? Here’s the low-down on how anti-anxiety medications work and whether natural alternatives might be a better option for you.
Let’s face it – everyone has bad breath at one point or another. But most of the time, it’s because you ate your weight in garlic bread or you forgot to brush your teeth one morning. But when bad breath becomes a daily occurrence and you notice that gum and mouthwash don’t fix the problem, it means something is up. Bad breath, officially known as Halitosis, can be caused by a lot of things. Certain foods, smoking cigarettes, not brushing your teeth well enough, and gum disease can all make your breath stink. In Eastern medicine, bad breath can be much more than just a sign that you need to change your electric toothbrush’s batteries. It can be a sign that something else is going on. Here’s what you need to do to say goodbye to bad breath once and for all.
Dreading Spring because the season brings lots of annoying allergy symptoms back into the mix? You’re not alone. As anyone with allergies will tell you, there are no permanent fixes for your allergic reactions–you just have to hope you eventually grow out of it. And if you’re not into OTC allergy meds that make you feel sleepy and loopy, you might feel like you’re out of luck. But that’s where Eastern medicine comes in. Practiced for thousands of years, Eastern medicine traditions like Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and Ayurveda have their own methods for dealing with allergies and helping to soothe your symptoms. Here’s what you need to know.
Did you know 7% of kids between the ages of 3 and 17 have been diagnosed with anxiety, according to the CDC? And those numbers keep growing. In fact, a national survey found that there’s been a 20% increase in anxiety diagnoses in the last decade. For comparison, depression rates only went up by 0.2%. That’s why anxiety is the biggest mental health problem that teenagers in the US are facing right now. So what are the causes of this, what should you look out for and how do you help your child or teen through it all? We’re breaking it down.
Is your stomach not feeling quite right? Gut problems are notoriously tricky. Often, they can be tough to diagnose, hard to treat, and just plain uncomfortable to have.
But there’s always more than one way to approach a problem. That’s why we decided to compare Eastern medicine and western medicine when it comes to 3 common gut health issues: acid reflux, constipation, and IBS. Whether you’re coming from an Eastern perspective or a western perspective, this list just might help you find some relief.
Hate bad hair days? Us, too. If you can’t take another day of having dull, lifeless hair that never seems to grow, you may be tempted to buy a fancy new shampoo or try a trendy hair treatment. But before you do that, give Eastern medicine a chance. For centuries, people in Asia have used traditional knowledge to keep their hair healthy, shiny, and thick. Here are some of the best tips, tricks, and techniques from eastern medicine to ward off bad hair days once and for all.
Feeling down? There’s so much going on in the world these days that it can be hard to always stay positive, even if you’re normally the happy-go-lucky type. And it’s ok to feel sad, frustrated, or just low sometimes. But when it feels like you’re always down in the dumps, something has to change. In Eastern medicine, the mind and the body are connected, so your emotions can actually be caused by problems with your physical health. That means there are things you can do and foods you can eat that will boost your mood and turn that frown upside down. Here’s your mood-boosting eastern medicine checklist with the best tips and tricks from Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and Ayurveda.
Do you have afternoon energy slumps or daily headaches from staring at screens, or maybe another slightly annoying health issue you’ve been ignoring? As humans, we’re adaptable but sometimes we even adapt to things that can be bad or harmful to us. Here’s the thing–you’re not supposed to be used to those things. They’re not inevitable. They’re actually messages from your body that something is wrong! But what if you listened to your body instead and gave it what it needed? In the long run, you’d be a lot happier and healthier. Here’s how to start listening to your body and prioritizing proactive wellness so that you can stop little bad things from becoming big bad things.
Craving some comfort food? Meet congee. Sometimes sweet, often savory, congee is a staple of Asian comfort food cooking. Sometimes called jook or rice porridge, congee is a delicious, filling and easy to make meal that is endlessly customizable. And these days, it’s popping up on more and more menus across the US. Keep reading to learn everything you need to know about congee!
7 powerhouse herbs, 1 immune-boosting tincture. Let’s unpack the ingredients that make up one of our most popular products, our readywell Tincture. This immunity-boosting herbal supplement is chock-full of herbs used for centuries in Eastern medicine that have been scientifically proven to help you boost your immune system and up your energy levels.
So with further ado, let’s check out each of the carefully-chosen ingredients in readywell.
Let’s face it – there are many reasons why you may not be sleeping as well as you’d like. Whether you’ve had too much coffee or you’re stressed out about work, chances are you may have considered turning to prescription drugs to help catch up on some Z’s. It goes without saying that if your insomnia stops you from getting a good night’s rest, something needs to change. But is popping an Ambien the right move? Are there alternatives you should consider first? Spoiler alert: alternatives may do the trick!
Whether you’re suffering from occasional stomach pain or diarrhea, your digestive woes may be caused from something called leaky gut syndrome (LGS). Basically, it’s like the scapegoat of intestinal problems and western medical practitioners don’t know much about it. That said, more and more research is coming out about it. Apparently, leaky gut syndrome can be an early warning of autoimmune diseases and type I diabetes, and it may even cause mental health issues like anxiety and depression. This doesn’t necessarily mean that you’re SOL if your gut is giving you problems, though. Fortunately there are some tips & tricks from Eastern medicine that can help get you back on track.
Inflammation is like the boogeyman. It’s absolutely everywhere, showing up as a symptom for everything from depression to osteoarthritis. But unlike some other symptoms, inflammation is invisible. You can suffer from it for years without even knowing! Fortunately, we’re sharing how to recognize inflammation’s subtlest signs, and how to help make the pain go away with some tips and tricks from Eastern medicine.
Is your digestion off? Let’s face it – whether you’re dealing with the occasional stomachache or something more significant, no stomach issue is fun. While probiotics have grown in popularity in the West because of their positive effects for the entire body, that doesn’t necessarily mean that they’re a one-size fits all solution. In fact, your probiotic levels may already be higher than you think depending on what your diet consists of. Eastern medicine relies on food as medicine and as such, a balanced diet is ideal. That said, there are many Eastern herbs that can help with stomach issues. So, which is right for you – probiotics or herbs? We’ll break it down.
Wondering if those herbs are actually still good? Whether you use dried herbs to cook with or you take herbal supplements, it can be tricky to know how long they’re good for. The “best by” date for herbs and herbal supplements can depend on a lot of things, including what kind of herbs they are, how they are preserved, and how they’re stored. We’re sharing what you need to know, from what you should look out for to how to properly store herbs to begin with.
Usually when we try to make ourselves more beautiful–whatever that means to you–it has to do with the “outside” of yourself. Putting on a face mask, applying SPF every day, or using a Vitamin C serum are all external things you do to make yourself more beautiful and healthy-looking. But what if we told you that real beauty came from the inside? That’s right, your gut can help you get that “glow from within” look that everybody’s dying for. Here’s the 411.
Most people think that eating right and working out is good enough to prevent illness, but for most people, doing the minimum isn’t going to cut it–especially if you have a chronic illness or health problem that runs in your family. It’s better to try and prevent the pain and illness rather than simply treating the problems as they come up. Valuing prevention over treatment has always been a cornerstone of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), and here in the West we could learn a few lessons from that.
Everyone gets bloated. Sometimes it’s after a big meal, or during your time of the month. Whatever the reason, bloating is uncomfortable and can stop you from feeling the best in your own body. Luckily, just because it’s natural doesn’t mean it’s unavoidable. Here’s the best advice from eastern medicine on how to get rid of bloating and discomfort, ASAP.
Let’s face it–after 2020, we all need and deserve a little extra DIY TLC. And if you’re like us, seeing your friends, visiting family, and going to restaurants without stressing over 6 feet aren’t the only things you’re missing. For those of us who consider ourselves globetrotters, this pandemic has taken away one of our favorite pastimes–traveling. So we put this list together so you can do some much-needed self care while taking inspiration from some of our favorite destinations around the globe.
Looking to start fresh in 2021 and get rid of some toxic baggage? You’re not alone! There’s no denying that the word “detox” is a little overused right now. From teas to detox our guts, to face creams and masks to detox our face, and even foot baths to detox our feet it seems everything needs a detox. But the principle is still solid. Detoxifying, or removing negative and toxic elements, is a great goal that we can all focus on. Here are some tips and tricks to purge your entire life.
You’ve probably heard of the circadian rhythm, right? It’s the West’s version of our internal body clock. Basically, this clock responds to the lightness or darkness that we’re exposed to, and that helps guide our energy levels, sleep, eating habits and more. But the circadian rhythm isn’t the only body clock around. In fact, Traditional Chinese Medicine and Ayurvedic practice both follow body clocks that tell us the best times to eat, rest, exercise, be social, and more!
If you’re new to Eastern medicine and traditional Chinese therapy, you might think that the herbs and ingredients used in TCM are weird, unfamiliar, and hard to find in your local supermarket. And for some ingredients, you’d absolutely be right! But a lot of people would be surprised to know that many herbs and ingredients from TCM are probably already in their pantry, let alone their grocery store!
Have you lost your train of thought during a meeting recently or blanked on the name of the latest podcast you were binge listening to? If this type of memory lapse seems to be happening more and more often, know that this is a natural part of the aging process but you don’t have to settle for slower cognition and a less sound memory. From incorporating new habits into your routine to supplementing your diet with certain herbs, Eastern medicine can help you preserve and restore your memory.
Feeling achy and stiff? Maybe you have a wonky knee that acts up when it’s raining, or your wrist tends to hurt when you’ve been typing all day. If you’re familiar with arthritis, then you know that western doctors can’t always offer much help. Generally, most Western medical practitioners try to treat arthritis with painkillers, anti-inflammatories, and physical therapy. Luckily, Eastern medicine has been treating arthritis and joint pain for centuries, so it’s a great option for someone looking to work alongside or instead of western treatments.
Let’s face it: gassiness is normal. Sometimes it’s stinky, sometimes it’s loud, but at the end of the day, gassiness, farting, and bloating is a normal thing that all of our bodies do. But sometimes, normal gassiness turns into constant and repeat bloating and discomfort. When that happens, it’s time to figure out what’s making you uncomfortable and how you can fix it. Depending on who you ask, there’s a couple of different answers to this question.
Food is an incredibly important part of TCM. Some foods can change the levels of Yin and Yang in our bodies, while others can directly stimulate certain organs and bodily systems. Since TCM is all about seeking balance in our bodies and minds, knowing the right foods to eat to shift that balance is key to finding physical and mental harmony.
Let’s face it, overthinking is pretty common. And it’s really hard to deal with! In Western medicine, we give names like “anxiety” and “insomnia” to problems related to racing thoughts and overthinking. But being told that you have insomnia or anxiety doesn’t do much to actually help you with your problem. Eastern medicine approaches things a little differently. Instead of naming the results of your overthinking, Eastern medicine looks at the root problem–your racing thoughts and overactive mind.
If you’re reading this, you’re probably constipated right now or have been recently. You’re not alone – 2 out of 10 Americans deal with this tricky situation every year. Normally, most people poop anywhere from a few times a day to a few times a week. There’s no set number of times you should sit on the porcelain throne, because it depends on a lot of different things. So how do you know when you have a pooping problem? When you’re struggling to poop and you notice a big change in your number of visits to the restroom, that’s an indication that something isn’t right.
Remember when coconut oil was the new miracle food? People used it for everything–taking off their makeup, moisturizing their hair, and even gargling it! Now, that last one might sound a little weird. But oil pulling, as the practice is known in the West, actually comes from a traditional Ayurvedic practice to keep the teeth, tongue, and gums healthy and clean. Keep reading to learn more about a quick and cheap addition to your dental routine that will keep your oral hygiene in tip top shape!
Let’s face it–2020 could have been better. A lot better. But it’s a new year, and that means a fresh start. So if you’re like a lot of people right now, you’re probably hoping and praying that 2021 will be different. And it can be. There’s one thing you can do to almost guarantee that 2021 will be your best year yet. And that thing is (drumroll please): practicing gratitude. Yup. That’s it. Be more grateful and your whole world will change.
As we get older, our short term memory gets worse–it’s a natural part of aging! But just because it’s natural doesn’t mean it’s inevitable. In fact, if you exercise your brain and keep your body healthy, you can slow down and even stop memory loss! To help prevent memory loss, western doctors suggest staying active, challenging your brain with puzzles, sleeping enough, and opting for a protein-rich diet. But like many things, Traditional Chinese Medicine has its own view and treatments for memory loss.
In TCM and Ayurveda, energy comes from balance. We have to keep our bodies and minds in harmony to keep feeling our best. If you’re having trouble with fatigue and, you should incorporate fresh, healthy food into your diet, get enough rest, avoid working too much, and move your body in a way that makes you feel good. But for those days when you need a little extra pep in your step, here are some tips and tricks from eastern medicine proven to boost your energy.
When you think of cinnamon, it probably brings to mind the smell of scented candles in the fall and coffee shops selling chai lattes, but did you know that cinnamon isn’t just for candles and lattes? It’s also known for having a slew of health benefits. Western doctors are beginning to prescribe it more and more for issues like hyperglycemia and diabetes. But when it comes to Eastern medicine, cinnamon has been used for thousands of years to treat a much wider range of illnesses and health problems.
Things like stress, depression, prescription drugs, chronic illness, and not getting enough sleep can all lower your libido. It’s something people have been struggling with for centuries, so don’t feel bad if your sex drive is low, too. And luckily, TCM has a long history of finding cures and aids for boosting the libido.
When your Qi becomes blocked or slows down, we call this Qi stagnation. This can cause slow blood flow, leading to lots of health issues. In TCM, most imbalances in the body and mind are related to stagnant Qi in one way or another. Figure out which might be your problem and how to remedy it.
Eastern medicine thinks about insomnia pretty differently than western medicine does. In the West, we lump everyone who can’t sleep together, calling them insomniacs. But in Eastern medicine, your categorized based of of what’s causing you to be unable to sleep. The two main groups are sleeplessness caused by too much of something (Qi, Heat, Phlegm, Yang, etc.) which may harass the Heart, and sleeplessness caused by too little of something. Here, we break down a few of the different types of insomnia that TCM recognizes.
Do you ever go to the farmer’s market or grocery store and see something in the produce aisle that looks like it came from an alien planet? Well, one of those far out fruits and veggies just might be on this list. We’ve rounded up some of our favorite Asian fruits and vegetables that you’ve probably never heard of. They’re nutritious, delicious, and can even pack a healing punch.
Pop quiz–do you know what your Spleen is and what it does? If you said that it was a moon shaped organ that filters your blood, you’d be right. It also works as part of your immune system, hunting down and fighting off bacteria and germs that could get you sick. But if you said that the Spleen was way more than just an organ that filters blood and kills germs, you’d also be right! In Eastern medicine, the Spleen does so much more than digest your food and maintain your immunity.
Known as Xue in Chinese, blood flows throughout the body bringing warmth and nourishment. In this sense, blood is a kind of Qi. In TCM, blood is responsible for good circulation. If your blood is undernourished or not circulating well, you might notice you can’t sleep very well or you’re feeling anxious. Here’s how you can naturally nourish or build your blood to operate at your peak performance!
By making small, sustainable changes you can get to a happier and healthier you. Sure, you can try to make big, sweeping resolutions, but if you’re like us and your new year’s resolutions usually end up forgotten and abandoned by mid-February, try out these baby steps to a better you. They’re small changes you can make throughout the year that will hopefully bring you mental clarity, physical strength, and the emotional peace to make it through whatever 2021 has to throw at us.
While both Eastern and Western medicine utilize herbs, they have a slightly different approach and philosophy behind them. Immune-boosting herbs have an exceptional role in fighting off sickness, preventing illness in the first place, and creating an overall sense of well-being, but how do herbs actually boost your immune system? Do they work as well as what TCM suggests? What herbs should you stockpile or run from? Learn more…
Growing older means lots of things, and one of those (unfortunate) things is bodily aches and pains. And you might not always know why you’re sore or hurting in a particular spot– sometimes, aches just pop up. But with the body, everything has a reason. Aches and tenderness are your body’s way of telling you that something is up. So when you notice you’re in some pain, make sure to listen, because these are 6 things your body aches are telling you
When was the last time you got a good night’s rest? If you can’t quite remember, you’re not alone in your sleeplessness. If your philosophy is that you’ll “sleep when you’re dead,” you might want to rethink your philosophy. When we don’t get enough sleep, it can affect our skin, weight, heart health, and mental health. Getting enough hours of good sleep is key to staying happy and healthy. So whether your quality or quantity of sleep is less than ideal, we have a few gems of wisdom from Ayurveda to help you out.
While mindfulness can be great for one’s mental health, what if there was a way to bring the benefits of this mindset into our daily diet? Luckily, with a little bit of help from the wisdom of ancient eastern medicine, the art of mindful eating can revolutionize how we approach our food. By adding several mindfulness techniques to your eating routine, you can better choose and regulate what goes into your body, you will also begin to enjoy what you eat more often.
Wellness is a buzzword that’s been thrown around a lot recently, particularly in 2020. As the desire for a more well-rounded life continues to grow, so does the idea about achieving that balance. So, by default, we have experienced a firsthand shift in what “wellness” actually means. There’s a new definition of wellness that spiritual gurus and mindfulness-frontiers are creating for us, and it has a lot to do with Eastern medicine practices.
A good night’s rest is one thing we can sometimes take for granted, but after a couple of nights of lackluster snoozing, you’ll likely be grumpy, lacking focus, and feeling pretty blah. Instead of waiting until you’re desperate for zzzs, take a look at how Eastern medicine preps you for getting consistently good sleep…
How long does it usually take you to ditch your New Year’s resolutions? While they’re made with good intentions, life gets in the way! We miss a kickboxing class because a meeting ran late, or we stay up late finishing a project and need that latte or risk being a zombie at work. So here are our suggestions for Eastern Medicine inspired New Year’s Resolutions for 2021 that you might actually stick to.
The days are shorter, and the cold is closing in. TCM winter foods are exactly what you should be eating for an energizing diet this time of year. They keep your skin looking fresh by adding hydration-packed nourishment, and they infuse your organs with magic. Well, not really magic, but the perfect combination of ingredients to keep you healthy during the cold. Let’s talk about what Eastern medicine thinks about eating with the seasons and managing your diet in the winter.
Holidays are stressful, and everyone knows it. Add in the overeating, and most of us are a hot mess come January. Thankfully, we’ve got some natural tips to help get you back to (and possibly better than) your normal self. From herbal remedies to energy work, check out these Eastern medicine based techniques for relieving all that stress.
Oh, the battle to reclaim the youthful vibrancy of your skin that time has stolen. However, what if the answer to smooth skin wasn’t the latest product on store shelves – but rather the ancient wisdom that has led thousands to unlock the keys to youth in unexpected ways? For thousands of years, men and women have discovered the secret weapon for fighting aging through the mysteriously practical art of Eastern medicine.
Ho Ho Ho and a bottle of rumchata. Raise your hand if you plan to knock back a few cocktails this holiday season, because 2020 amirite? Who are we kidding, every holiday deserves a festive libation or three but this year things may feel a little more “extra” than usual. Nobody wants to do the walk of shame to the sofa with a migraine after a long night of drinks so here’s a few ideas to make sure you are feeling fairly close to 100 the day after.
Aside from the obvious signs of sleep deprivation, like irritability, dark circles, sleepiness during the day, and packing on a few extra pounds, there are a few other lesser known signs that could be signaling it’s time to rest up.
Remember during the first COVID shutdown when everyone was watching Tiger King and making banana bread? With COVID-19 rates rising, another shutdown is looking more and more likely. Of course, it depends on where you live, but most cities and large towns will probably be facing another round of self-quarantine for up to 6 weeks. Here are a few tips and tricks to get through another quarantine without befriending your volleyball a la Tom Hanks in Castaway.
Dark circles under the eyes are the bane of any woman’s (or man’s) existence. They make you face appear dark and sullen, and they definitely don’t add that vibrant or youthful glow that everyone seems to want. While often a dead giveaway for lack of sleep, the reason why we experience dark circles under the eyes is often due to a combination of factors and how that’s viewed in the East and in the West can be quite different…
When you were a kid, did your mom ever tell you to bundle up before you go outside in the winter so you don’t catch a cold? Ours did! But does this old wives tale have any truth behind it? Turns out, it depends who you ask. In Western medicine, when it comes to the cold and flu, germs make you sick, not the weather (The germ theory). But, while cold weather may not directly cause you to get sick, there’s evidence that it might make it easier for you to come down with the sniffles.
Have you ever seen a candid picture of yourself where you thought you were standing up straight but you actually look like Quasimodo’s cousin? All the time we spend sitting at our laptops, hunched over our phones, and curled up in front of the TV tends to give us pretty bad posture. Poor posture can also cause back pain, neck problems, heartburn, and even constipation. And if you follow Eastern medicine, you know having slouchy posture can seriously mess up your Qi.
We’ve all heard, read, and seen more about COVID-19 than many of us would have ever wanted to. But as cases continue to rise, many are asking “Is there anything I can do to prevent catching it?!” One of the answers to fighting the daily battle of life in Coronaland can be found in boosting your body’s natural immunity.
Oh dreaded dandruff. Itchy and embarrassing, who knew little white flakes could cause such a problem. Dandruff is among the most common scalp disorders, with almost half of the population experiencing it at some stage in their life. So how do you get rid of it and make sure it’s gone for good? Eastern medicine may have the answers.
In the blink of an eye, the sun began to set sooner, the leaves changed clothes, and we all started praying that our pre-pandemic winter clothes still fit following lockdown. While the winter may not be your favorite season, there are still plenty of opportunities for you to create new habits and routines that help you prepare your body, mind, and soul for the winter months. Borrowing from the magical world of traditional eastern medicine, here are some of our favorite methods for preparing for a cozy winter.
Eastern medicine can tell you a lot about your pee, which ultimately reveals a lot about your overall health. While Western medicine looks at your urine too, Eastern medicine evaluates it much more thoroughly. The color, odor, viscosity, and other qualities can serve as an excellent indicator of underlying health issues.
Let’s be honest, this year has given us no lack of reasons to be stressed out. Fortunately, there is a secret weapon in the battle against the stress that can take a toll on our body, mind and soul: adaptogens. These sneaky additives, when combined with a daily diet and routine, can make a huge difference in how you feel and respond to the crazy world all around you!
Even though it feels like it was just March yesterday, the holidays are here. Sure that means fun Friendsgivings and a rocking NYE party (though who knows that that means this year), but it also means midnight amazon cart filling and houseguests up in your space. For many of us, it’s both equal parts fun and chaos, and that up and down is stressful. Here’s how to chill out naturally (without too many eggnogs) this holiday season and beyond.
Hair issues are the worst – and not just for women. If you’ve noticed your hair thinning or getting patchy, it may cause panic. Our hair is such a big part of our identity that even small changes can make a big impact on our confidence. However, have you ever wondered if your hair’s condition is a way that your body is attempting to get your attention?
Not all sleep troubles are same. Some people struggle to fall asleep, while others can’t stay asleep. Then, there’s the uber busy, modern day person who just can’t get enough sleep. If you’re looking for a solution to your sleep-related woes, eastern medicine may have some solutions for you. Read on to learn more about what causes problems with sleep and 5 natural remedies from Eastern medicine to help you rest up.
Have you ever walked into an acupuncture office and noticed a unique smokey smell? That’s the result of a TCM practice known as moxibustion. And while it may smell (and look) unusual, it can have lots of benefits for both your physical and mental health.
Don’t you hate it when you get gifts that aren’t really right for you? It’s okay. You can admit it. We’ve all received them and likely regifted them. It’s the thought that counts though, right? To help cut down on the gift-giving regret, here’s a list of untraditional (and healthy) gifts that your friends and family will actually appreciate.
What can you tell about someone from their nails? To most people in the west, you can’t tell much other than the fact that someone just got a manicure, but in Eastern medicine, a person’s nails speak volumes. Eyes might be the windows into the soul, but nails could be the windows into your health!
Struggling to get pregnant and looking for alternatives to help you conceive? You’ve likely spoken with your doctor, your friends, and heavily consulted google. But, if you’ve tried all the go-to things and haven’t had success, people around you might be starting to tell you about Eastern medicine, and there’s good reason why.
More than 70million Americans have trouble sleeping, so if you’re having problems drifting off to dreamland, you’re not alone. There are so many things that can prevent you from getting to sleep or staying asleep, but getting resolution is key to avoiding health problems related to lack of sleep (like weight gain, high blood pressure, heart disease, or depression). So read on to learn more about what could be causing your problems sleeping and how eastern medicine can help you hit the snooze button.
Many Westerners are familiar with the general concept of Eastern medicine, but most don’t know how they actually work as they lack a full understanding of what Traditional Chinese Medicine really is. To anyone who has never felt the relief from a precisely placed acupuncture needle, here’s a breakdown of how Eastern Medicine is a combo of both an art and a science.
While we all have days when we might feel a bit under the weather, having a bit better understanding of how our bodies work and why we may be feeling a certain symptom can go far in helping us feel better and move along with our day. When a less-than-stellar symptom strikes, do you immediately run for an over-the-counter solution? For many individuals, relief is coming from an unexpected place – traditional Chinese medicine.
Have you ever had a sudden craving for a particular food or beverage? Perhaps you’ve been minding your own business when, out of nowhere, you really had the urge to drink something sweet like lemonade. Or maybe you had an odd craving for broccoli or tomatoes when you didn’t even feel that hungry. These cravings may seem random and inconsequential, but they can actually tell you a lot about your body.
In the West, it’s a common practice to treat all your symptoms and ailments with prescription and over-the-counter drugs. That’s all well and good, but now, health communities and medical experts are shifting their focus to gut health. Why? Because experts are discovering more and more just how closely your gastrointestinal (GI) tract — or “gut” — is tied to your overall health.
When you think of Tai Chi, you probably think of a group of old people moving in slow motion in the park. At least that’s what most Westerners think of. It wasn’t that long ago that yoga was thought of similarly. Reserved for those who were thought of as too weak to do other exercises, or for hippies, yoga used to not be taken seriously at all. But the times changes and the value of the practice proved itself and now everyone does yoga. Tai Chi is poised to become a household name just the same.
Find yourself feeling anxious lately? You’re not alone. Anxiety affects millions of people worldwide and can range from occasional and mild to nearly debilitating. While Western Medicine has focused heavily on pharmaceutical treatments, Eastern cultures have practiced natural methods for years. One common go-to is Valerian Root, but why is that and how is it used?
It’s a question you’re asked every day, but we have all become so accustomed to answering “good” or “busy” that we likely don’t even think about what the real answer is. The answer becomes de facto. Maybe because we don’t want to be real with the world. Or, maybe because we don’t want to be real with ourselves.
Do you need two hands to count how many workouts you fit into a week? If that’s you, then you’re probably obsessed with your health. While taking care of yourself should be a top priority, there are tons of things we do on a daily basis that are really bad for us, like dwelling on negative thoughts or not drinking enough water. When it comes to true health and happiness, balance is key. Below are a few things to keep in mind to make sure you’re keeping your overall health in check.
With crisp, autumn weather moving in soon, it’s the perfect time to add a healthy dose of bone broth to your diet. You may have heard about bone broth as it’s gained more popularity in the states, but did you know it’s been a source of healing and great nutritional benefits for eons? Seriously, Chinese Traditional Medicine dates way back. In fact, the first written records date back so far, you’ll be amazed—we’re talking to the third century B.C./B.C.E.
Are you a high-strung young professional who sets insane expectations for yourself both in your career and personal life? You know who you are, and we’re talking to you. Take a deep breath and read on to learn how you can lead a healthier life by achieving balance.
You come home from a busy day at work only to be greeted by a pounding headache as you walk through the door. What’s your next move? If you’re like many Americans, your instincts might tell you to pop an Advil and get on with your day. In the West, we readily depend on drugs to address the symptoms of our health issues, whereas Eastern medicine emphasizes a wholistic approach to keep the body healthy and happy preventatively.
Do you wake up on the wrong side of the bed often? Then you’re probably not getting enough shuteye. If you’re used to getting by with minimal sleep, it’s time to change that! Quality sleep is beneficial for your overall health and well-being. Read on to learn some eye-opening facts about sleep and what you can do to restore restfulness back to your life.
When some hear the term “meridian” mentioned in Eastern and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), they start to zone out. Like most concepts not native to our own culture, some find it hard to grasp what meridians are and how that plays a role in health and wellbeing.
Here’s the 101 meridian breakdown to (hopefully) answer all your questions and demystify meridians once and for all.
If you’re one of the 10 to 15% of Americans suffering from irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), or you think you’re experiencing symptoms, then you’re probably well aware that there’s no surefire cure. But that doesn’t mean you have to just deal with — there’s a lot you can do to reduce symptoms so you can keep living your life to the fullest.
If you’ve ever taken the time to research the health benefits of herbs, you’ve probably read about tinctures, capsules, herbal teas, and even eating herbs raw. While they’re all good for you, it’s difficult to grasp exactly how they differ and why you may prefer one method over another.
We all have our fair share of imperfections, which can make it difficult to love yourself at times. Sure, learning to appreciate your body despite its faults and fractures is a huge step forward, but actively improving your self-image is something we’ve only recently begun to grasp in the West. In Eastern and traditional Chinese medicine, loving yourself isn’t such a new thing — it plays a huge role in establishing and maintaining a healthy body and sound mind. And, in that sense, it puts the power and responsibility in your hands.
Have you taken a good look at your tongue lately? Believe it or not, you can determine a lot about the state of your overall health just by taking a peek inside your mouth. Practitioners of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) have used the tongue for hundreds of years as a roadmap to pinpoint specific health issues and determine an overall health diagnosis.
Growing up in societies with a western mindset can make it difficult to understand and accept alternative practices, like acupuncture or herbal remedies, which are rooted in Eastern medicine. But that’s all changing. As chronic conditions and a quest for a healthier everyday life push Westerners to search for alternative options to improve their quality of life, what they find is Eastern medicine. It’s focus on preventative and comprehensive health and wellness are all the rage, but it’s nothing new.
Do you look forward to a good soak in a hot bath? Well, keep that habit up, because bathing — or more specifically, hydrotherapy — has great health benefits for your body. Hydrotherapy is a form of alternative medicine used to treat conditions like inflammation and chronic pain. While the health benefits of a hot bath are nothing new, not everyone realizes what all you can do for your body with a tub of hot (or cold) water.
What’s the best way to fight off the common cold? Better yet, how can you prevent catching a cold in the first place? There are some natural methods based on Eastern medicine you should try, ranging from herbal formulas to teas with anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties. These tips for fighting off the common cold aren’t quite like the home remedies you may have grown up with, but they’re not too far off, either. Try these next time you feel the onset of a cold or think you’re experiencing symptoms.
So maybe you’ve been practicing meditation for a while and deserve a prize (like all that peace and zen isn’t enough!) or maybe you want to meditate, but could use a little boost to get in to it. Either way, we’ve got some recommendations. If you’re already a pro, you can skip this first section, or you can use the info to help convince your friends to join you 😉.
With the increase of COVID-19 cases across the country, more Americans are taking an interest in how to boost their immune system. While the rekindled interest is certainly a positive outcome of the pandemic, immunity should be an ongoing focal point of your health. Here are a few natural changes you can make to boost your immune system so you can lead a happy, healthy life.
Here’s a harsh truth: Smoothies are exceptionally delicious, but they can be deceitfully bad for you. For starters, they’re high in sugar, and since smoothies are liquids, you get the calorie intake without the benefit of feeling full. That doesn’t bode well if your end goal is to lose weight. So does that mean you should shun smoothies forever? Not necessarily. Read on to learn more about smoothies and how, with some moderation and effort, you can still enjoy them and stay healthy.
Stress is pretty much unavoidable in the modern day, especially lately. And while we all know it’s bad for us, how does it affect you, exactly? It can cause a host of issues, including everything from memory loss to depression and anxiety. While we could dive into the different types of stress and how we each have different triggers and sources of stress in our lives, learning how to deal with stress is just as helpful.
Have you ever been caught off guard by your own smell? We’ve all been there. You might chalk it up to a bad day, or try to forget about it in hopes that your perfume or cologne might mask the scent, but you’re actually doing yourself a disservice by disregarding how your body, well, smells. Your body’s odor actually says a lot about what’s going on behind the scenes in regards to your health. So, if you think something’s up with your odor, then listen your nose!
Around 90 percent of Americans consume at least 300 milligrams of caffeine everyday, making it the most widespread addiction in the nation. While addiction may sound like a strong word to use when talking about coffee, the reality is your body does become dependent on it, and cutting out the habit can be tough. Read on to learn more about the health benefits of switching from coffee to tea and how you can make the transition seamlessly — without the headache.
Did you know that around 10% of Americans — or 31.6 million people — have some form of eczema? If you’re one of the 30 million Americans who has eczema, then you’ve probably sought out medicine or a cure, and often the treatments available just don’t cut it. That’s why many are turning to Eastern medicine for relief. To give you some perspective on how Eastern Medicine can help, we discuss the condition a little more in depth below and provide some tips.
Since the quarantine came into effect in March, many of us are feeling the strain from the new norm. Continual social distancing and all the time indoors with crappy lighting is really starting to get old. Now that it’s summertime, thoughts of BBQs and long days at the beach are likely on your mind, but should you lean into that? Although you should still observe the CDC’s social distancing guidelines, spending time outdoors — and with your loved ones — is very much important. Here are some tips on how you can enjoy your life and still be safe!
Are your lips perpetually chapped? If so, you’ve probably run the gamut when it comes to chapstick. But really, chapstick isn’t doing that much to keep your lips moist in the long run. If anything, chapstick is a great temporary measure to keep your lips from cracking, but if you’re constantly greasing up your mouth, there’s a chance you may have deeper health issues at work.
As long as there have been humans, we’ve been slowly learning more about the mind, body, and spirit and how best to care for it. Each part of the world has had its own processes, discoveries, and practices. The two most notable holistic approaches come from China (TCM) and India (Ayurveda). Get the full picture on how these two holistic medical practices stack up against one another- from foundational concepts to treatment plans.
In ancient Chinese text, Huang Di Nei Jing says that a woman’s Qi, your vital energy, moves in seven-year cycles. By the age of seven, a young girl’s Qi is overflowing – manifesting itself through the growth of hair and permanent teeth. At fourteen, the life-force of Qi causes the onset of puberty (we don’t have to explain THAT!) and through her furtive 20’s, a woman’s body flourishes. But when a woman reaches about age 35, her Qi reaches its summit.
Herbal therapy has been used for centuries in Asia, where the practice of incorporating the right herbs into food and drink is considered fundamental therapy for many chronic and acute conditions. With hundreds of herbs used regularly, the possibilities are infinite, especially as a TCM expert or herbologist will likely give you a concoction specific to you. With that being said, there are a few tried and true listed below.
“Mindfulness? I can’t even focus on everything I need to.” That’s what most people think about taking the extra time to meditate or be mindful, but it’s also proof that you probably need to make the mental space for yourself. Mindfulness is all about bringing us out of the chaos and hustle of our busy lives (and minds) and zeroing in on the present moment. It helps to reduce anxiety and stress, boost focus, and help us live in the present instead of worrying about the past or future.
Essential oils are mega popular for keeping your home smelling fresh (and covering up the fact that your dog is way overdue for a bath). But what makes these oils so…essential? High-quality essential oils actually contain the essence of medicinal herbs, and include the natural benefits drawn from them.
We all know that Eastern Medicine is a great way to balance body, mind and soul, but what many people don’t know is that it can also greatly aid in fertility. Integrated with Western medicine, a wanna-be mother can get a truly comprehensive approach to their fertility plan. Studies have shown that Eastern Medicine and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) help to improve reproductive health by stimulating ovulation in women who have irregular periods, no period, or polycystic ovarian syndrome, the leading cause of hormonal dysfunction in American women.
Summer’s almost here, and depending on where you live, you might be feeling the heat already. If you love the warm weather, then that’s probably your cue to swap out your jeans for boardshorts and hit the beach (or the nearest swimming pool). But, before you dive into that sweet summer mindset, you should prepare your body and mind with these TCM tips so you can stay healthy in the heat!
Breakups suck. Whether you initiated it, or never saw it coming, there’s nothing fun about losing someone you cared about. But, before you try to bury your feelings in a tub of of ice cream (or three martinis), try to think of this as a time to be selfish and invest in you. In Eastern Medicine, the focus is on finding balance in your mind, body, and spirit. Take a few tips from these ancient practices to get good with yourself again.
We’ve fallen into a culture of hustle. Where being stressed is somehow equivalent to a first-place medal. At the end of the day, not a single one of us actually wants more stress in our lives (unless you’re a glutton for self punishment), so it’s time to work smarter, not harder when it comes to being productive.
Let’s cut to the chase, ladies (because let’s be real, we’re not getting any younger here) – Chinese beauty gurus have been ahead of the trends for hundreds, and in some cases thousands, of years. So what’s the secret to youthful, acne-free, radiant skin? We’ve rounded up 7 of the best and most effective Eastern Medicine beauty secrets of the summer.
You’re all in. You’ve joined #TeamHolisticWellness and you’re ready to try adding medicinal herbs into your diet. But where to start? Medicinal herbs have been used for thousands of years in Eastern Medicine to treat all kinds of illnesses. So whether you’re trying to get pregnant, ease IBS symptoms, or just get glossier hair, there’s likely an herbal treatment for you.
Excessive time indoors definitely triggers your wanderlust, and with all the quarantining and social distancing going on, you’re probably booking your next big trip already. But, before you hop on a plane anytime soon, you need to plan accordingly — and we’re not just talking about your itinerary.
Raise your hand if you’re going stir crazy after too many days cooped up indoors? Even if you live someplace where things are starting to open, life is likely still far from normal. So, how do you make the best of a not-so-fun situation? We’ve 7 natural tips to alleviate common struggles in the era of COVID-19 so you can continue living a happy and healthy life.
If you’re one of the unlucky few who gets headaches regularly, you know the plight. While there’s unfortunately no magic trick to instantly knock out migraines or bad headaches, holistic TCM treatments have been known to have powerful success rates.
90% of women are likely to experience hot flashes, poor sleep, or depression during menopause. If you’re looking for a more natural way to ease your symptoms of menopause, Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) might be the right option for you as it assesses conditions from the root issue and can recommend physical treatments, herbal remedies, diet, and lifestyle changes specifically to fit your needs.
These days, we’ll do whatever it takes to preserve our youthful skin. This process might include creams, tinctures, or maybe a facial at a spa. But one of the new hit trends, collagen, is actually one of the oldest tricks of TCM.
There are a lot of things we don’t understand about lupus yet, but one thing’s for certain: it isn’t a one-size-fits-all disease. Because lupus can look totally different for everyone, it can be frustrating and overwhelming to find solutions to your symptoms. While there’s no magic cure for lupus (yet!), TCM does offer some natural treatments.
It’s coming. That time of the month. It’s almost time for your period and the PMS is setting in. The super fun surge of estrogen and progesterone is about to throw your body for a loop. While every woman’s experience can look different, the general consensus is that it sucks. Luckily, Eastern Medicine offers up these eight ways to find relief.
Time to break out breezy fabrics and ditch the thick socks…spring is in full effect! In eastern medicine, each season brings more than just environmental shifts. There are unique energetic influences affecting the way we feel, what we eat, and health issues to protect against. Follow these holistic guidelines to thrive this spring the natural way.
From the way we use tech in every aspect of work and home life, to physically suffering for fashion, there are some complicated modern stressors which can result in some pretty painful physical tension. In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) one of the best ways to ease pain and restore balance to the body is through the use of pressure points. All you need are steady hands and an understanding of the important points (no needles required!).
Yeah, beauty is pain, but it’s not supposed to feel like rubbing sandpaper on your face. If you tried that new skin scrub expecting a rejuvenating facial but ended up with raw, red, and worse looking skin than what you started with, we feel your pain. With the hundreds of exfoliating options out there, though, how are we supposed to know which ones are actually going to fix our skin?
It has long been believed by Eastern medicine that there is a real connection between the gut and the rest of the body’s organs, but recent research suggests that certain bacteria found in the gut can affect one’s mental state, leading to mood, cognition and behavioral issues as well. What Traditional Chinese Medicine has known for millennia; Western medicine is just getting on board with.
You can’t find your phone again and you have no idea if you actually took your vitamins this morning. We all have those days where your brain just doesn’t want to cooperate. While there are all kinds of tricks to get your brain back on track, at the end of the day it’s been shown adjusting your diet has actually makes the biggest impact.
So, what’s with all the buzz behind Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM)? Over the last decade, it’s holistic approach to therapy and medicine has piqued our Western curiosity as attitudes health and wellness have shifted toward comprehensive care.
Do you know the two B’s of edible beauty? Mung beans and pearl beads. Yea, we know, doesn’t sound sexy, but they’re actually some of the best-kept beauty secrets for boosting collagen, internal glow, and youthfulness.
Seems like there’s a new strain of flu, virus, or infection popping up all the time these days, right? We want you to be prepared with holistic strategies to strengthen immunity and keep yourself healthy the natural way. Here are diet and lifestyle adjustments from TCM you can make to support a strong immune system.
Have you ever heard the phrase “lost in translation?” Although it’s more of a linguistic term, you could definitely apply it to our ability (or inability) as Westerners to accurately interpret and understand Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) concepts.
The COVID-19 pandemic has shaken up our way of life and forced us to take stock of how we care for ourselves and our communities. By this point we all know that social distancing and proper hand washing are must dos, but there are other ways prevent infection and strengthen immunity. Here are a few natural ways to help you stay healthy in this Coronavirus era.
Be it a tension headache after one of those days or that nagging knee pain that keeps creeping in, we all have aches and pains that need addressing. The holistic methodology behind TCM considers not just the physical pain, but also the underlying cause, and the effect is has on your mind and spirit when making diagnoses and designing treatment plans for pain.
Whether you think it’s cool or crazy, there’s one word that comes to mind when people hear the word ‘acupuncture’. Needles. Believe it or not, this ancient holistic wellness treatment is more involved than just a few pokes with needles. As one of the main treatments of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), acupuncture has been used for thousands of years to help treat many different kinds of conditions and promote general wellness.
Given COVID-19, aka the Coronavirus, began in China, it’s no surprise that more and more treatment information comes out of the region each day. While scientists and medical teams are working hard to find a cure, no definitive answers have been given, but there have been some learnings.
We love cycles and routines — probably because so much of what we do and experience in life is influenced by seasons. Seasons are cyclical in nature, so they have a lot of say in our choices and decisions, like the clothes we wear, the places we visit, and the plans we make on a day-to-day basis. They also have a significant impact on our health.
Whether it’s coronavirus or a particularly rough flu season you’re looking to avoid, sometimes it’s best to just stay home. If you’re quarantined, or self-isolating in your home to avoid a virus or other illness, you have to be prepared.
Noticing some fine lines in the mirror? Wrinkles can seem to pop up overnight, causing us to wonder how we suddenly got so old. But time isn’t the only suspect. ..
New information on the development of the coronavirus is coming to light every day. The scientific terminology can be overwhelming and sifting through the terribly incorrect advice (drinking bleach or hoarding toilet paper is never the answer) is annoying.
Autoimmune disorders are on the rise at an alarming rate with roughly 50 million Americans suffering from these disorders. Since scientists haven’t figured out what actually causes most of them, prevention of them isn’t possible and currently available treatment options can lead sufferers wishing for better solutions.
Let’s be real: High blood pressure is nothing to scoff at. It’s also not that uncommon in Americans. According to the American Heart Association, nearly half of U.S. adults have high blood pressure, but enough doom and gloom — if you (or your family) have a history of high blood pressure, how can you manage it naturally?
We all have those days; energy is low, motivation is nowhere to be found, and you just feel eghh. Ever notice how on those days you eat things like fried-chicken, feel gross at the end of the day, and you’ve probably rubbed your yuckiness off on coworkers and family?
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) dates back 2000 years but that doesn’t mean it’s outdated. Its approach to holistic healing is as effective today as it was 2000 years ago.
Those who are follically challenged might be suffering from hair loss, bald spots, or complete loss of hair. This can be caused by hormonal imbalances, reactions to medication, lack of proper nutrition, or simply genetics.
Even if you consider yourself to be pretty zen, we all have days when it all hits the fan and our emotions get the best of us. Whether work stress is overwhelming you, your family is causing chaos, or you’re going through a hard loss, sometimes all we need is to remember to breathe.
You are what you eat goes the well-known adage, and Chinese Medicine agrees. You can help restore balance by avoiding certain foods and eating more of others.
Why You’ll Actually Want to Eat Soybeans, Sesame Seeds, and Pig’s Feet (Hint: Your Skin Will Thank You)
Face masks, cleansers, and other topical treatments are great for beautifying the skin, but when it comes to achieving that glow, nothing can beat a nutrient-packed diet.
Like most things in TCM, the ultimate goal of consuming herbs is to bring your body an overall sense of balance and stability. That said, there’s a lot of ways you can take your herbs, from infusing them with hot water to swallowing them whole.
Growing up, you probably only visited your doctor when sick or once a year before school to update those vaccinations and get a wellness check. While this is a standard method of addressing health for many Western people, it looks very different for those who follow the practice of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM).
From colic to lice, we can always count on our kids to challenge us in unexpected ways. If you’re wary of over medicating your child or in search of more holistic treatments, Traditional Chinese Medicine can help. TCM lets parents treat many common childhood ailments at home, with all-natural solutions that are both safe and effective. Here, we’ve shared some of our favorite TCM remedies for kids.
You know how they say pregnant women glow? That’s because we are radiant when we’re both physically healthy and happy. Knowing that our inner and outer beauty are intrinsically connected, it only makes sense that the foods we eat can have a big impact on our skin’s appearance.
You’re probably familiar with the phrase “Your body is a temple.” The saying itself is trite, but its significance and import are still clear: Listen to your body and treat it well if you want to live a happier, healthy life. But have you ever wondered how to do that exactly? Learning to read and listen to your body takes time and patience, and no one really teaches you how.
Adaptogens are a great way to help your body manage both physical and mental stress — and they’re all the rave in health and wellness communities. So, are they just another passing trend or do they really live up to the hype? Here’s what you need to know about these natural herbal remedies so you can harness the benefits.
If you’re an urban dweller, you’re constantly surrounded by sirens, smog, and probably smug attitudes, too. While all that might become less impactful as you get used to it, the stress and environmental pollutants can take a toll on your mind and body over time. In fact, many studies have shown that people born and raised in cities have higher rates of psychosis, anxiety disorders, and depression.
“Tai Chi? That’s like Yoga isn’t it?” This is a very common misconception when talking about Tai Chi. This response, along with the more dismissive “Oh, That’s just waving your hands around” is what some people in the West think. This article will attempt to give you an idea of just how complex, enjoyable and beneficial practising Tai Chi really is.
We all want to live long and prosper, right? Well, some people in certain regions of the world have really figured out how to do that. Ever heard of “Blue Zones?” These are the geographic areas where people live the longest and healthiest.
Have you ever had your heart broken and wondered why you felt actual physical pain? We’ve all experienced it and it happens for a variety of reasons. You may feel tightness in your chest followed by shortness of breath and dizziness that doesn’t make sense because it’s just your emotions, right? Wrong. There’s actually a connection between your emotions and your organs.
Have you ever noticed that when the sunny summer days drift away that you start to move a little slower? Even if you’re excited for a little sweater weather, getting out of bed can be more difficult and finding the motivation to go outside on gloomier days can be nearly impossible. So, as the cold, blustery air moves in, here are a few TCM approved ways to cope.
Allow us to introduce you to Tiger Balm. This herbal remedy is said to be a cure-all ointment. With a powerful, yet distinctly familiar smell (think icy hot), it can relieve aches and pains quickly and it helps rebalance your Qi (pronounced “chee,” but we’ll talk more about that later) with it’s tingling sensations that encourage an increase in blood flow.
The days get shorter, the cold whisks in and chills you to the bone, and you? You might just feel like hibernating until the seasons change again. Winter blues. They’re real. While this phrase may sound like just another old wives tale, we’ve learned that the winter blues affect many people every year.
It’s that time of year. The temperatures have dropped, and the heat is on full blast. You’re probably equally dreading that heating bill and the cold weather. While no one loves the look of those bills, we can all agree that what’s worse is the effects that dry heat can have on your body.
Remember those big, circular welts all over Olympic champion Michael Phelps’ back? If you’re like many Western people, that was probably the first time you’d ever heard of cupping even though it’s been used for hundreds of years in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) to help many conditions.
Looking for an easy, at-home facial designed to mimic the results of a facelift? Gua sha facials might do the trick. Fair warning, whatever you do, don’t search “gua sha pictures” online. You’ll find images of bright red, bruised backs and will likely be very afraid of getting anywhere near a gua sha tool. Traditional gua sha and gua sha facials are two very different practices.
Got a green thumb and want to plant your own herbal garden? Or just want to know more about the herbal supplements you’ve been taking? You’ve come to the right place! Herbal teas, tinctures, lotions, and supplements have been used for thousands of years in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM)…
If you’re like most people with Shingles, you’re likely unsatisfied with your current treatment regime. As more and more Westerners are affected by Shingles, the outcry for more effective treatment has led many to explore Eastern medicine as many find more relief from these alternative treatments.
Holistic…or is it wholistic? You might have heard this term used at your yoga studio, at your chiropractor’s office, or maybe from that cheesemonger at the farmers market. But what does it actually mean and why should you care? And do you spell it with a ‘w’ or not?
You know the glow we’re talking about. Sun-kissed cheeks, bright eyes, radiant skin, and feeling so refreshed that it just makes you look healthy and, well, glowing! The good news? You don’t have to wait for your tropical summer vacation to get that summer glow all year round.
Needing extra infusions of coffee after tossing and turning yet again? Insomnia is one of the most common sleep disorders for adults. Studies have shown that 40% of people have experienced insomnia at some point while between 10%–15% of adults have chronic levels of insomnia. While being groggy and needing extra under-eye concealer is already unpleasant, sleeping less than seven hours a night can pose serious problems for your overall health and wellbeing.
Did you know anxiety disorders affect 40 million adults in the United States every single year? That’s 18.1% of the population. While medication and cognitive behavioral therapy are two of primary methods of treatment, there are lifestyle, diet, and mindset adjustments that can aid in reducing feelings of anxiety.
You got seven hours of sleep every night this week but still wake up feeling tired. The day seems to drag on, it’s hard to focus, and your energy is constantly low. Sound familiar? Lack of quality sleep is a problem for many of us, but before you pop another sleeping pill, consider trying a more natural approach.
Did you know that tea is the most widely consumed beverage in the world aside from water? As an art and custom, drinking tea is also thousands of years old. Since it’s so steeped in tradition (no pun intended), there’s a lot of ground to cover when it comes to learning about the health benefits of tea and its use in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM).
Who doesn’t want a head full of hair so luscious that it makes shampoo commercials envious? Glossy, bouncy hair is not only stylish, but a sign of health and general wellness. So, if you want that locks to flow beautifully, some fancy shampoo won’t do the trick.
You know the old saying, “An apple a day keeps the doctors away”? According to many believers in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), the old wives’ tale isn’t far off from the truth. In TCM, food is viewed as nature’s medicine and each item fits into the overall energetic and nutritional system.
Looking to work with a Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) practitioner for your holistic healthcare but not sure where to begin? Choosing the right TCM practitioner for you is a serious consideration involving many factors. Learn more about the TCM certifications, experience, specializations, and other concerns to keep in mind when picking your TCM practitioner.
Jade rollers are one of the latest Asian beauty products to hit the United States, but is it just another fad or are there serious skin benefits in store? Discover the truth about jade rollers and how you can incorporate them into your skincare routine with a few simple steps!
Flu season is coming, is your immune system ready? The top two months out of the year you’re most likely to catch a cold or flu are February and December. While there’s no true way to guarantee avoiding a cold, developing and maintaining a strong immune system is a good first step.
Herb treatments are one of the core pillars of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and have been used for centuries to treat disease and chronic conditions ranging from heart conditions and blood pressure to mental health or the common cold. TCM practitioners will often suggest patients add certain herbal teas, tinctures, or supplements to their diet to help improve overall health.
Many of us know green tea as a tasty drink, but did you know green tea can be a key element to better skin and health? Believe it or not, green tea isn’t just another beauty industry fad. This emerald tea has been used for centuries by practitioners of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) for its many health and wellness benefits. Get the scoop on what’s so great about green tea and how to incorporate it into your daily routine.
Your plane tickets are purchased, and your suitcase is packed, but have you taken the time to prepare your mind and body to travel? The side-effects of your next trip could weigh more heavily than you might realize on your overall health and wellness. Lucky for you, we’ve rounded up a list of the best practices rooted in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) to help you get ready to travel, from the inside out.
You got seven hours of sleep every night this week but still wake up feeling tired. The day seems to drag on, it’s hard to focus, and your energy is constantly low. Sound familiar? Lack of quality sleep is a problem for many of us, but before you pop another sleeping pill, consider trying a more natural approach.