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.