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Foods Have Energy: Chinese Energetics Of Food Part 2

In part one we discussed the qualities of yin/yang and temperature in regards to food.  In part two we will discuss the qualities of the 5 flavors and the 4 directions. In Chinese Medicine the 5 flavors are pungent, sweet, sour, salty and bitter.  The SAD (Standard American Diet) consists primarily of just 3 of […]

Foods Have Energy: Chinese Energetics of Food, Part 1

We are taught about protein, carbohydrates and fat in the western diet.  Compounds such as fiber, vitamins and minerals are also familiar to most of us. As a dietitian I educate, assess and discuss food choices with people daily.  What is not taught in the western education is that foods and herbs have energetic properties.  […]

How to Treat Colds & Flus with Chinese Medicine

Colds and Flus season is upon us. Cold formulas should be based on your symptoms: • Headache or no headache • Sore throat or no sore throat • Sneezing or no sneezing • Runny nose or stuffy nose • Cough or no cough • White, yellow or god forbid green turbid phlegm • Stiff neck […]

Do You Know What You Are Really Eating?

I was reviewing a dietary record of a patient last week and she is gluten sensitive.  She reported that she ate a chicken sandwich but without the bun from Burger King.  So I printed out the ingredients in that “Chicken breast” that she consumed.  She was surprised.  She stated “well it looked like only a […]

Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine for Fibromyalgia

Fibromyalgia Syndrome (FMS) affects an estimated two percent of the population. It is diagnosed when there is a history of widespread pain in all four quadrants of the body for a minimum duration of three months, and pain when pressure is applied to at least 11 of 18 designated tender points on the body. In […]

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