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WHAT DOES A DOULA DO?

The word “doula” comes from ancient Greek, meaning “a woman who serves.” A doula today refers to a professional trained to provide emotional, physical and informational support to women throughout their pregnancy, birth and the early postpartum period. End of…

THUMP YOUR THYMUS TO STAY HEALTHY

I like this definition I found for stress:¬†your body’s way of responding to any kind of demand, caused by good or bad experiences. When people feel stressed, their bodies react by releasing chemicals into the blood. Your system prompts your…

5 HERBS TO BOOST YOUR IMMUNE SYSTEM

In Chinese medicine we ascribe herbs to different categories based on taste, temperature, action and channels the herbs enter. Herbs that help to modulate the immune system can be in various categories. There are two main categories of Tonify Qi…

TCM FOR MENSTRUAL PAIN

Many women believe that a menstrual cycle with cramping, distention and heavy flow is normal.  In Chinese medicine these are not normal symptoms and signals a disruption of flow of the qi & blood. The organ related to the free…

TCM FOR MIGRAINE HEADACHES

In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) all maladies are diagnosed according to organ channel patterns. There are many different types of headaches and must be differentiated according to symptoms. When giving a family history, a patient often points to other family…

SPIRIT, MIND AND BODY IN TCM

In TCM the spirit, mind and body cannot be separated. The spirit is called the “Shen” and resides in the Heart. Giovanni Macicocia describes the Shen as “the capacity to extend” outwards, to project outwards, to relate, to communicate with…

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