Tag Archives: Digestion

Patient Profile: Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)

June 12, 2016

Swimsuit season is upon us, and there’s nothing worse than feeling bloated from irritable bowel syndrome when you’re at the beach. As a Traditional Chinese Medicine practitioner who specializes in digestive health, I am very excited to write to you about all the things that Chinese medicine can help with when it comes to digestive issues. Western medicine has largely failed on this front, but Chinese medicine has the diagnostic

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Three Essential Herbs for Travel

February 24, 2014

Hello hello! Having just returned from an early spring break, I’ve been thinking about what I do to stay healthy when I travel so I can share it with you. With this wretched winter, you’re probably ready for your own spring break! But one of the worst things ever is finally getting to take that beach vacation, or traveling for work for a big conference or presentation, and getting sick

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Fabulous Friday: Abdominal Massage for Better Digestive Health

January 31, 2014

So, after all the talk this week about getting things moving, I have a great recommendation that you can do at home for free that will help with not only constipation, but also bloating, upset stomach and diarrhea. Here goes: Lie down in a comfortable position. Make sure it’s nice and warm, and that the lights are down low. Take several deep breaths to relax so that your intestines can

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Why Fiber + Water + Exercise Doesn’t Always Equal Good Digestive Health

January 29, 2014

If you’ve ever experienced constipation, you know how frustrating it can be. And the advice you get is to drink water, eat more fiber (or take a fiber supplement), and exercise more. That’s it. And if you’ve ever had stubborn constipation you know that sometimes that just doesn’t bring relief. In Chinese medicine, we look at it this way: Sometimes you just don’t have the energy to push it out.

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Five Ways to Get a Flatter Stomach Without Crunches

January 27, 2014

Put away the As Seen on TV AbRollers. Get up off the floor. There are a few ways to flatten your stomach without doing mind-numbing crunches. I promise! The added bonus is that you will improve your digestive flow in the process. Here are five easy ways to get rid of bloating—and look trimmer, too. 1. Cut out sugar—even the fake stuff. Sugars ferment in your gut and cause bloating.

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What We Can Learn From Miley Cyrus’ Tongue. No, Really.

January 22, 2014

In 2013, you probably got a good chance to take a look at Miley Cyrus’ tongue. Maybe more than you were hoping for. Normally, a healthy tongue is nice and pink. Did you happen to notice that Cyrus’ tongue is sporting a SERIOUSLY white coating on it? Wow. Here’s what I can tell you just from looking at her through the TV screen: She’s got some serious Dampness built up

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How Do You Know if a Cleanse is Right for You?

January 22, 2014

Cleanses: First of all, you really, really, really need to speak with a practitioner before you do any of them. If you are on certain medications or have a weak constitution, it’s really not a good idea. Cleanses can be depleting and can take a lot out of you if you do them improperly. There are a wide variety of cleanses and supplements at co-ops, but you should also have

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I’m Not a Big Fan of Cleansing. Here’s Why I Did One Anyway.

January 20, 2014

So, here’s the thing: I’m really not a huge fan of cleansing because it’s a very American way to do things. Essentially, what we’re saying is, “Let’s eat super terribly, and then once or twice a year, we’ll try to reverse what we’ve done.” That doesn’t exactly mesh well with the Eastern philosophy of “Your body is a garden and you want to take care of it.” But, I’ve also

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You Can Make A Change. I Can Help.

January 6, 2014

Ahhh, Happy New Year! I hope you had some time over the holidays to relax and recharge. So, how many of you made a resolution—or maybe based on our holiday posts, you created a year in review and set some intentions instead. This is a common time of year to think about change. And as we all know from failed attempts at improving diets, getting to the gym, or de-cluttering

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Fabulous Friday: Pumpkin

November 2, 2013

The costumes have been retired, the candy counted and sorted…Halloween has wound down. Except for those pumpkins on your porch. Seems like a waste to just toss them if you haven’t carved into them yet! Well, for Fabulous Friday, I’ve got a few uses for you. Why We Love It: Pumpkin is a digestion superfood in Chinese medicine. Pumpkin helps strengthen your qi, as well as your lungs, stomach, and

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Gut Feelings

October 23, 2013

Digestive problems really are the pits. For one, they can impact almost every area of your life and be quite debilitating. (Ever wonder if it’s worth going out to eat because you might get sick? Leave early from social gatherings because of another stomachache?) And for two, you’ve likely been told the answer to your problem is to either ride it out, eat more fiber, or drink more water. And

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Minnesota Monthly profiles Healing InSight owner, Senia Tuominen

August 1, 2013

  Acupuncturist Senia Tuominen talks about the fine art of getting needled BY KATIE DOHMAN Senia Tuominen says she always feels a little better about life when she bites off a little more than she can chew. Which is probably why she’s just opened a brand-new Chinese medicine clinic on Grand Avenue in St. Paul and simultaneously planned a trip to bike the Alps. Senia treats all manner of disease

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