Early to Bed, Early to Rise – Coping with Winter

TweetMany patients have reported recent concerns that they are “too tired at night” and “can’t get out of bed in the morning”. While certainly extreme fatigue could be a potential sign of illness, it is even more common to feel this way simply due to the change from Fall to Winter. In Chinese Medicine, Winter is a time of “yin” within the yin-yang cycle. During yin time, the focus is on darkness, hence the shortened number of daylight... Read More

Staying Healthy This Season

TweetSeasonal changes affect the body’s environment. As we move gradually from Winter to Spring, patients are still coming in with colds/flu. Good lifestyle and hygiene habits are proven to reduce your risk of getting sick. Wash Your Hands – Studies have shown that one of the main reasons that we catch colds and flu in cold weather is that we are indoors and in closer vicinity to others. Protect yourself by washing your hands regularly and... Read More

Thoughts on Winter, Which is Still Here

TweetWinter is still hanging on. The weeks of rain, wind, and colder temperatures are reminders of that. Staying indoors and sleeping are more appealing as our bodies try to keep warm, and cravings for certain foods may also be at the forefront of our minds. In Traditional Chinese medicine, each season has an organ that belongs to it. Winter is the season of th Kidneys, which holds the essence of our being and the root of our energy. Winter is also... Read More

More Tips for Summer!

TweetHere are more tips to stay cool this summer: Wear lightweight clothing the lighter the colored clothing (white,being ideal) the more sunlight is reflected away from you. Darker colors absorb the light and heat. Sunburn can happen very easily if you are not careful. Dilute one part Tea Tree Oil with ten parts of olive oil or coconut oil and spread freely over the affected areas. This is soothing and pain-relieving and to reduce blistering and... Read More

Remedies for Heat Exhaustion

TweetThe summer heat can sneak up on you (or during the most recent heatwave, just knock you over!). This time of the summer it is common to experience dehydration, sunburn and actual exhaustion! Children under four, people over 65, and those who are overweight, already ill, or taking medications can be especially affected. Symptoms of heat exhaustion can include heavy sweating, paleness, muscle cramps, tiredness, weakness, dizziness headache and... Read More

Healing Soups to Fight Colds/Flu

TweetThe weather is so temperamental and, with all these temperature ups and downs, many of my patients are coming in with colds and flu! Soups are a great way to prevent and treat seasonal illness. To read more, there is a great article in the Yoga Journal called Healing Soups. Here is a great recipe for an immune boosting soup: Immune Boosting Soup* If you need an extra immune boost, the article recommends using 1/2 the total garlic you desire... Read More

Walnuts: A Great Fall Food

Tweet I’m glad to see the walnut getting its due attention In this recent New York Times article (which also includes a delicious recipe for Bulgarian Cucumber Soup With Walnuts!). In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), walnuts have a multitude of health benefits. They tonify the kidneys which, according to TCM, are responsible for maintaining brain functioning. Walnuts strengthen muscles by nourishing the blood, relieve asthma by warming the lungs,... Read More

Late Summer: The Fifth Season

TweetLate Summer is the fifth season in Traditional Chinese Medicine. While it is a short season, it is, in many ways, the most important, as it represents the transition from the expansive yang energy of spring and summer to the quieter yin energy of fall and winter. This is the point at which all seasons converge. As Paul Pitchford writes in Healing with Whole Foods, Late Summer represents “the instant where the pendulum reverses its swing.” The... Read More

It’s Hot Out There!

TweetHope you’re enjoying a beautiful weekend and staying cool! This is definitely one of the hottest weekends we’ve had in New York this summer. When the temperatures soar like this, it’s important to stay hydrated. Sipping water with lemon or cucumber is a refreshing way to cool off. Be careful too if you go out in the sun—wear your sunscreen! You might also want to make sure not to leave food out for too long in direct light.... Read More

Picking the Best Summer Fruit

TweetI don’t know about you, but I hate it when I buy a beautiful piece of fruit from the market, only to bite into it and want to spit it right back out. When a fruit is too ripe or not ripe enough, it’s a major bummer. On their Healthy Bites blog, Self magazine staffers offer a guide to choosing the best summer fruits: Apricots: Plump, pretty firm, velvety skin, even in color with a deep yellow, pinkish hue. Store in fridge. Peaches:... Read More