Tag Archives: Seasons

Seasonal Affective Disorder

March 1, 2017

Having a bit of the blues toward the end of February? Especially when it’s cold and gray outside? That’s not all that abnormal. But how can you tell if it’s developing into something more serious? Watch this segment of Twin Cities Live to learn the symptoms of Seasonal Affective Disorder, and how acupuncture can help!

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Tips to Help Cure the Winter Blues

February 22, 2017

February. Even with the recent unseasonably warm temperatures, 1 in 10 in Minnesotans are struggling with winter.  The decreased intensity and hours of the sunlight stay constant regardless of the early thaw. The winter blues and its’ more incapacitating big brother Seasonal Affective Disorder make it feel like the last few months until spring stretch on forever. Common symptoms of Seasonal Affective Disorder are: Low energy and oversleeping. Irritability, depression, and

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Food Therapy Month Continues: Eating With the Seasons

August 25, 2014

Just like our seasons, our digestive fire is prone to changes as the weather changes. Our digestive fire is strongest in the summer, because we derive a lot of energy from sun. It begins to wane in the fall. And, not surprisingly, it’s lowest in wintertime. Then spring rolls around, the world wakes up, and so does our digestive fire. One of the issues of our culture is that we

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The Best Safe Sunblocks

June 27, 2014

All right, so we’ve been really digging the sun this week, right? I wanted to share with you some of my favorite sunscreens and sunblocks with you! I have two basic guidelines for picking sunblock: 1. No oxybenzone (watch out for this in lip balms containing SPF too!) 2. If “fragrance” is listed in the the ingredients, there’s no limit to the type of chemicals in the entire formulation. Scary,

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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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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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Fabulous Friday: Liver (Hang With Me Here)

March 21, 2014

I know what you’re thinking: We’re going to talk about an organ on Fabulous Friday? But, truly, what the Liver does is so fabulous, so incredible—it deserves its day in the sun. Thanks to Chinese medicine, we have a rich understanding of its role as the most critical organ in our health. In contrast, Western medicine doesn’t talk much about the liver unless you have an enzyme issue or it’s

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Tips to Transition into Spring—With a Spring in Your Step

March 19, 2014

You feel neurotic. Lethargic. You don’t know where your life is going. You’re frustrated. But it’s spring—or almost spring. What can you do to move with ease through this spring season? In Chinese medicine, spring is the time where we’re moving from this really deep, introspective winter time, and our energy is rising upward and moving outward, toward the extroverted summer time. But we’re used to watching TV, and darkness,

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Five Signs Spring Is Messing With You

March 17, 2014

There might still be snow coming down, but it’s been disappearing at a pretty good clip these days, and I feel confident spring is coming. Not just because it’s actually noted on the calendar, but also because I’ve been hearing so much at the clinic that people are feeling so frustrated and tired, even if it is sunnier and warmer and lighter out later into the evenings these days. Does

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Fabulous Friday: Make Your Own Herbal Formula!

March 7, 2014

So, this week we’ve been talking all about herbs. And, as you can see, there is a lot that goes into perfecting an herbal formula and treating your symptoms or illness! But not all of the herbal treatments are through-your-practitioner-only. This one, for Fabulous Friday, is over the counter—your kitchen counter! This formula is something you can make if you came down with a cold. Especially because the weather is

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How to Have an Awesome Autumn

October 30, 2013

Autumn is a time of change and redirecting our energy. The trees are aflame, Honeycrisp apples are in season, and we’re slowing the pace after our busy summers. In Chinese medicine, autumn is a transition from the energizing season of summer to a more introspective time of the year. Our natural energy begins to decline, moving inward and downward. You may notice that you want to go to bed earlier

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