Wilderness Quest – Fear & Worry in Chinese Medicine

 

I am going on a Wilderness Quest. Why? Because the forest and mountains call me.

When I first read about the wilderness quest, a twelve days retreat including four days and nights spent solo in nature, my heart said YES! so fast I did not have time to question it. The fear came later.

Spend time alone in nature? Solitude? Sleep under the stars? Sign me up!

I am going with a teacher whom I have a high regard for. I chose to go with her because she is one of the most organized person I know. I figured if I am going to spend four days in the wilderness by myself, with a tarp and a sleeping bag, and fasting, I want to go with someone I trust, is detail oriented, organized and really knows her stuff. Bonus: her cookies are awesome!

Once I said yes, the fear started creeping in.

Who am I kidding? 4 days in the wilderness on my own? (more…)

What’s that Ringing in My Ears? 5 Tips to Manage Tinnitus

Tinnitus is a condition where you hear a high or low pitch sound in your ears. The sound can be a ringing, buzzing or whooshing sound and some people complain that it sounds like as if there is a cricket in their ears.

The sound can be constant or intermittent. At best, it does not affect your lifestyle but when it is severe, it can impeded your life as it can affect your hearing and might interrupt your sleep. Some of my patients have noticed that it is worse on cloudy days.

Many people suffer from tinnitus but do not seek help early. By the time patients come to see me, they have been suffering for years.

Tinnitus in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) (more…)

Depression – World Health Day 2017

Imagine this, I am at my aunt’s home celebrating my grandmother’s 80th birthday. Everyone is in a joyous mood. We talked, we laughed and although we normally see each other at least once a month, we still have no idea what is really going on in each other’s lives except for our achievements. It is all surface talk.

In the Chinese culture, one does not talk about their emotions. We talk about work, children’s achievements, behaviors and good deeds. Individuality and personal characteristics are not discussed.

In many Chinese families, discussing your emotions is often considered irrelevant and meaningless. If you feel sad or angry, your parents will probably tell you to “buck up” and “don’t take things so personally.”

When you live a life where you are not free to openly express your emotions, it can lead to depression and anxiety. Depression can affect everyone from all walks of life, different cultural backgrounds and all ages.

We all experience changes in our mood. We can be energetic, irritable, sad or happy but for the most part, these moods do not last long and will not affect our daily lives. For people who suffer from severe mental conditions like severe depression or bi-polar disorder, they find it hard to go about their daily lives.

World Health Day is on April 7 this year and the focus is on depression. (more…)

Cleanse? Detox? 5 Tips To A Healthy Liver

Lemon water in the morning? Put a whole bunch of kale, asparagus and turmeric in your smoothies? Cabbage soup? (Remember when that was the trend?)

I am often asked if a detox is a good idea. Many people want to do cleanse after overeating and drinking excess alcohol during the holidays or while on vacation.

Spring is the time for rebirth and renewal. While it is a good time to do a 7 or 10 days detox after a long winter, my belief is developing habits and choices that are healthy throughout the year is more beneficial for your body.

Spring and Liver in Chinese Medicine Theory

In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) theory, every organ has its season and the organ that is predominant in spring is Liver.

Liver in TCM

The liver helps to ensure the smooth flow of Qi in our body. When your liver is not functioning well, you can feel stagnated, angry, irritable and frustrated. When your liver is out of balance, your menstrual cycle can be irregular or painful. Hence developing healthy habits can have a positive impact on your liver health in the long term.

To learn more about the functions of the liver, check out this blog.

5 Tips To A Happy & Healthy Liver

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Endo What?! – Endometriosis in Chinese Medicine

Does any the following sound familiar during your period?

  • Painful cramps
  • Pelvic Pain
  • You crave sugar and/or salt. Where’s the chocolate covered pretzel?
  • You carry around the hot water bottle like it’s your best friend
  • You are so tired you lie in bed all day watching Netflix

Many women suffer from painful periods and sometimes the pain can be so debilitating that they have to take days off work or school.

Many of my patients and friends suffer from painful periods yet they do not openly talk about it or seek help due to the stigma and taboo related to our menstrual cycles.

How well do you know your sister’s period? Do you share your cycle with your girlfriends? Which of your girlfriends have an IUD? Does the Diva Cup work for them?

Endometriosis (more…)