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The Benefits of Qi Gong

Qi gong is a fundamental component of Traditional Chinese Medicine and consists of mindful posture and graceful movement coordinated with the breath. The name of this system of healing is comprised of two Mandarin Chinese words: “qi” which means energy flow and “gong” which means skill or achievement. Qi gong has been practiced for many […]

The Challenge of a Healthy Heart

The heart is the monarch of all organs. It pumps blood every moment of our lives, nourishing our living tissue with nutrients and oxygen. Pumping is caused by a flow of electricity through the heart that cyclically repeats itself. Nurturing the heart nurtures the body as a whole. This is a challenge in today’s society […]

How Stress Causes Aging

We intuitively know that stress is harmful. Recently, however, science has proven this to be a hard fact. An overdose of stress can harm us down to our genetic makeup. The cells in our bodies are continually replicating to replace old or worn-out cells. Our genetic material is stored within chromosomes in each cell, and […]

Loosen Up

It is normal for us to feel tension in our bodies now and then, but when the tension does not seem to ever go away, it can affect our quality of life. It can give us chronic pain that makes it difficult to sleep, exercise, or just maintain our patience with people we meet. It […]

Restoring the Tendons

Tendons are cords of fibrous tissue  that connect muscles to bones in the proximity of joints. When your muscles contract, it is the tendon that transmits the force. In the context of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), the tendons empower one to utilize one’s will to direct the exertion of muscular strength. They    are crucial to […]

Protect Your Thyroid

Who would have thought that a small butterfly-shaped gland in the throat could be so crucial to our health and survival? This gland, the thyroid, is controlled by hormones from the pituitary gland, which is located near the mid-brain. When stimulated by these pituitary hormones, certain cells in the thyroid release two important hormones of […]

Improve Strength & Endurance Naturally— at Work and at Play

Active people of all kinds are continually seeking methods and supplements to increase their performance. It seems that every month there is something new and/or improved on the market. However, one need not look to the future for results. Chinese Olympians have long utilized Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) to naturally enhance strength and endurance, as […]

A Healthy Liver Maintains Chi Flow & Filters Toxins

The largest internal organ in the human body, the liver resides in the upper right quadrant of the abdominal cavity. Its left and right lobes  are held in place by ligaments. Within each of the lobes are lobules that contain vascular channels called sinusoids through which blood flows. The liver is essential for carbohydrate, fat […]

Chinese Medicine Studies Shen, or Human Consciousness

Another year is about to end,  and we are reminded of the significance of a healthy mind while confronting the inevitable challenges that we face collec-tively and individually in life.  For centuries, Chinese medicine has incorporated emotional or mental states in the concept of Shen, the human consciousness. All organ systems work to support the […]

Tuina (Push-Grasp) Bodywork

Tuina, literally translated as push-grasp, is an ancient system of massage that withstands the test of time. From 2300 B.C., The Yellow Emperor’s Classic of Internal Medicine records tuina among the five major therapies of the time. Oracle bones dating back to 1700 b.c., show that tuina was used to treat children’s diseases and adult […]