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Holistic Highs: Expanding our Service Menu November 10, 2017

I’ll admit, I’m a little bit high as I write this. No, we haven’t added any new “herbs” to our Chinese herbal pharmacy. I know you’re curious about that. The high I’m on is a natural one….the type that comes from gently breaking open areas of my body that were previously stuck, congested and painful. My drug of choice: Thai massage from Erin Gebhardt, licensed massage therapist. For years our patients have been asking us to offer massage therapy alongside…

We’re Growing Our Family September 3, 2017

When you’re shopping for office furniture in smallish-town Daytona beach and you randomly meet another acupuncturist who is also shopping for office furniture, it piques your interest. After all, there aren’t an abundance of acupuncturists wandering around Volusia County shopping for office furniture. Not at the same time at least. True story. Fast forward one year later… that same acupuncturist expresses interest in volunteering her time at our free veterans clinic on Thursday nights. Yes please! If you’re a veteran…

A Revelation about Meditation August 12, 2017

Picture this: an inner city public school system plagued by behavioral issues, low attendance, poor academic performance and limited resources to deal with all of this. This same school system implements one simple technique into the school day and monitors the effect over a 4-year period of time. The result: a 79% decrease in suspensions and a noticeable increase in attendance and academic performance. True story. So what’s your guess….More security on campus? Nope. Hiring teachers with more qualifications and…

Don’t Forget To Eat Your Meds May 22, 2017

Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food. — Hippocrates, father of medicine, 431 B.C. Jorge and I are at the tail end of our annual whole foods cleanse, and every year I repeat the same pattern. The week before our cleanse starts, I grieve all the birthday cake we won’t get to indulge in, the happy hour cocktails I can’t unwind with, and the convenience food that I can’t grab on the go. The first week of…

Loosening the grip of anxiety March 23, 2017

A week or so ago, I found myself enveloped and ambushed by lists. Mind you, these were lists I had made myself. I had a grocery list in my back pocket, a home to-do list on my iPhone, a work to-do list taped to my desk, a gift list gaining strength in my purse…and I’ll stop there before I really embarrass myself. I consider lists to be a brain-dump of sorts: a place to dispose of ruminating thoughts so that…

People, Wake up! But First, Sleep. January 31, 2017

As someone who is prone to motion sickness, I can’t help but make the following comparison: on a global, national, community and personal level, 2016 left me feeling dizzy and nauseated. As the Chinese New Year approaches, I’m ready to release that white-knuckled grip that kept me hanging on to the roller coaster of 2016. Are you? The Chinese New Year is upon us and is based on the lunar calendar cycle, which repeats every 12 years. Each year is…

Your Tongue Doesn’t Lie November 15, 2016

I could lie to your face and tell you that I’m the perfect picture of health. I could say that, because I’m a Chinese medicine practitioner, I take all the preventative measures needed to ensure a disease-free, balanced life. I could tell you that I didn’t sneak some of my daughter’s Halloween candy this year, but my tongue doesn’t lie. You would be able to see the evidence in my tongue coating, what we refer to as the “fur”. It…

The Earache Trifecta: How To Relieve Your Child’s Ear Pain August 23, 2016

If you are a parent, or your throat feels scratchy just reading the words “back-to-school” and “flu season,” then pay attention, because what I have to share today will save you some tears, precious time and hard-earned vacation days. During the last school year including the corresponding cold/flu season, our daughter told us that her ear hurt at least 3 times. Want to know how many times she went to the pediatrician or received antibiotics? Zero. Want to know how…

Let’s Face It July 12, 2016

I’m embarrassed to tell you how many times I suffered a severe sunburn as a Florida teenager. They say when you fly too close to the sun, you’re going to get burned, but neither burns nor blisters could deter me from my vain attempt to earn a summer tan. I wisened up after losing track of how many patients, friends and family members have had skin cancers and pre-cancers removed from their bodies. Is my daily skincare routine even effective…

5 Reasons Why Kids Love Getting Acupuncture April 5, 2016

If you have kids, know any, want some or are one, you’ll want to hear this. Perhaps you think that kids and needles go together as well as ice cream and hot sauce. And if your only idea of a needle is the kind used to extract blood from your vein or inject vaccinations, then we get why you feel this way. We get why kids feel this way. Needles = pain = get me out of here! As a…

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