Recovering from Illness

The big news all across the world has been eye-opening, sad, confusing, hyped-up, bogged down, maddening, rebellious, all lies, all truths, and every other adjective in our vocabulary.  What is right?  What is wrong?  Who do we believe?  Can we trust doctors?  Do we invest in social media posts?  Should we take medicine?  Stay inside? …

A Native Plant for Male Health

One constant in every human’s life is aging; we are growing older and changing from the minute we are conceived.  While getting older can be fun for a while, there becomes a point where our hormones may shift and become, um, less fun than it was when we were legally able to drive, go to…

Another Herb for you to Digest

Yes, tomorrow is 4/20, but we are going to dive into another green plant where the seeds are actually helpful!  Read below to see how this inexpensive and widely-used herb that may be stashed away on your spice shelf can be used for more than a seasoning. With everyone eating at home, experimenting more in…

The Detached Observer Part Two

In my previous post, I talked about the importance of disassociating with mental and physical sensations to help prevent illness (or out-of-balance-ness) from ensuing.  With current events swirling through the news, the social media, supermarkets, and just about every inch of our world, it’s critical that we put aside our ego-self and truly learn how…

The Detached Observer

A couple of weeks ago, I walked into the shala to do my Ashtanga yoga practice at Mysore Phoenix to find this whiteboard message: Don’t over-identify with sensations of the body. Or the mind. Given that many responses are based off of feeling and/or thoughts, I felt this message intriguing… maybe even challenging.  Is the…

Debunking Detoxing

I just Googled “detox” and in 0.59 seconds, it spewed back 378,000,000 results and showed detoxification to be ‘alternative medicine’.  Is something that our bodies are made to do really an ‘alternative’ path?  With all of the recent hype around detoxing – whether it’s through pre-made powdered shakes, juices, skin therapy, infrared spas, foot baths, colonics, or…

A Look into the Supplement Aisle: Glucosamine & Chondroitin

There are over 600,000 total knee replacements performed each year in the United States.  That’s about 1,644 surgeries EVERY DAY.  Over the years of listening to clients and friends talk about their aches and ailments, knee pain is usually right at the top of the list.  Whether it hurts to squat, lunge, run, or simply…

A Chance to Lean into the Unknown

Stand up for yourself. The reason we seek out help in others is because we don’t have enough present awareness shining on our weak points.  We don’t have enough light to brighten it up ourselves. Or so we think. What are comments we hear from others?  What is it that sparks something in us to…

Dry Needling vs. Acupuncture

As I get closer to rounding out my 4-year stint of Acupuncture school, I have become more and more confident about this form of medicine.  It often consumes my thoughts as it has totally shifted how I perceive the world and our role in it; needless to say, my passion to share Chinese Medicine with…

The Effects of Hormonal Birth Control

If drinking a glass of water everyday had these risks and symptoms, would you still drink it? Headaches, vaginitis (inflammation of the vagina); weight gain; acne; breast pain; viral infection such as sore throat or flu-like symptoms; stomach pain; painful periods; mood swings; nervousness or depressed mood; back pain; nausea; dizziness; pain. Pain in your…