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Sun Safety: Guide to Sunblock

June 25, 2014

Bask in the sunshine. Boost your Qi. Absorb Vitamin D. But stay safe. Not only do you not want to soak up all the good stuff the sun provides, you want to protect against skin cancer, sunburns, and sunspots/aging. We’re starting to hear some creepy stuff about sunscreens and sunblocks—that maybe using sunblock doesn’t also prevent skin cancer. Turns out that SPF 50 you were putting on only prevents sunburn,

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Here Comes the Sun: What You Need to Know About Sun Exposure

June 23, 2014

We just celebrated the solstice—the day with the longest amount of sunshine all year—but for most of us, summer is just getting into full swing, as we talked about last week. This week, I want to dive into—from a Chinese Medicine perspective—what the sun is, what it does, and how we can best take advantage of all its good qualities without taking on damage. This probably won’t come as any

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Best Patio in the Twin Cities

June 20, 2014

People might say Minnesota has two seasons: winter and construction, as the old joke goes. But it could also be Winter and Patio Season, in my mind! After talking this week about celebrating summer as the time of the Heart, doing what you love, and cultivating joy, I had to share a spot that is one of my favorite places in the whole wide world, and I don’t even care

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Treat Your Body Right This Summer

June 18, 2014

On Monday we talked about what summer means to our bodies and hearts. And because we tend to have our best energy in the summer, our actions should support our increased vitality. Of course, that means we’re most likely spending more time outside, getting fresh air, exercising, visiting with friends, watching the sun set. It’s important to embrace this time of year, because all of those things (among others) feed

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Summer, According to Chinese Medicine

June 17, 2014

It might already feel like it’s here, based on where you’re living and how many patios you’ve visited so far this year. Or it’s coming very, very shortly. So it’s time to talk about how Chinese medicine views this glorious season! Not surprisingly, Chinese medicine views summer as the most extroverted, energetic, and vital time of year. The days are long, flowers are in full bloom, and life just seems

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Three Home Remedies to Ease Acid Reflux

June 13, 2014

OK, so—you may be struck with a case of heartburn or reflux and can’t get to the clinic. Or you need more instant relief. Or you may need to supplement ’til you’re feeling tip-top. Here are three tried-and-true home remedies for you! Raw Celery This is my absolute favorite. Raw celery is so fantastic. I eat two to three stalks of it when heartburn strikes, and it really takes care

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Fabulous Friday: Kim Kardashian Gets Facial Acupuncture

June 6, 2014

Well, you know if Kim Kardashian is doing something, that means it’s really something, right? Right? Well, Chinese medicine practitioners didn’t need Kim to validate what we already knew, but her endorsement certainly can’t hurt our cause. Obviously, we’re not privy to the reason Kim Kardashian was having facial acupuncture, but there are a few applications for facial treatments: acne (as we discussed earlier this week), sinus congestion, and TMJ, for

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What Your Acne Tells You

June 4, 2014

Where does your acne occur? Wherever it pops up can tell you something about what your body is reacting to. Acne around your mouth is usually a sign of digestive imbalance or sensitivities to foods or chemicals. It stands to reason: the mouth is the opening of your digestion. If you have acne on your forehead, that can also be a sign of digestive imbalance, liver imbalance, or too much

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Acupuncture for Acne

June 2, 2014

Or, the subtitle: Why I might stick needles in your face—and you’ll thank me. People who struggle with acne would do anything to get rid of their acne. It’s so frustrating, bothersome, and can be so public. You are essentially wearing your health on your face all the time, which can be very stressful, which can cause more acne…it’s a vicious cycle. Well, there’s acu for that. One of the

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West Meets East When It Comes to Herbs

May 30, 2014

Well, there is just nothing more fabulous than seeing Chinese medicine—and specifically Chinese herbs—gaining more traction in the Western medicine world, especially in a hospital! Imagine my joy when I saw this headline in the Wall Street Journal: “A Top Hospital Opens Up To Chinese Herbs as Medicine.” Acupuncture is much more commonly accepted in Western medicine, as it is practiced in some hospitals, and it has been gaining traction

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You’ve Got An Excuse? I’ve Got a Reassuring Reason To Pick Up the Phone.

May 28, 2014

People will put off the new, the scary, the intimidating. They’ll build it up in their head before they even have a clear picture of what they think they’re afraid of. They’ll create barriers to stay in their safe zone—even if that zone is full of pain or discomfort or general bummer feelings. It’s what we do to protect ourselves against risk. But once you get the information you need,

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When You Should Call An Expert

May 26, 2014

People are often unsure when they should call an expert, especially when it comes to Chinese medicine, so I thought I’d create a few little guidelines to help you decide if it’s time. (Short answer: It’s always a good time to improve your health and well-being, of course!) But there might be some other nagging signs that it’s time to change course for addressing a health issue. First Sign If

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The Herb That Can Safely Increase Your Sex Drive

May 23, 2014

It’s Fabulous Friday, and today to wrap up libido week, I want to share with you an awesome herb that basically says exactly what it does: Horny Goat Weed (also called Epimedium, or in Chinese, yin yang huo). I kid you not. It’s my favorite herb name in the entire materia medica. The story goes that an ancient herbalist noticed that there was a certain goat who was willing and

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Six Things You Can Do To Increase Your Libido

May 21, 2014

On Monday, we talked about how most women have better sexual energy than they think—it’s their assumptions about sexual energy that have been wrong—and this is awesome news to most of my patients. But let’s say that your partner’s needs or desires enter the picture and your drives don’t quite match up. Maybe you want to be more sexually active even if your drive is considered normal. There are tons

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You Probably Don’t Have Low Libido

May 19, 2014

Libido. It’s a loaded topic. I often say that about half my job is that of a sex therapist. A lot of people—a lot of women, specifically—don’t know what’s normal for sexual desire. Here’s how I know: One of the questions on my intake paperwork asks whether you have high or low sexual energy. When I first started reviewing this paperwork, I was shocked how many women indicated they felt

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