Five Elements

Overview of the 5 Elements of Acupuncture Theory: Can You Guess Your Elemental Type?

June 21, 2018

During acupuncture treatments as well as out and about when I’m giving talks, people are usually fascinated when I start talking about the 5 Elements of acupuncture theory, because they reveal so much about what makes us tick, as well as the health issues we’re likely to encounter. This video covers a very basic overview […]

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Summer is Here! Time to Nurture your Heart Fire

May 20, 2018

We’ve arrived!  The sun is bright!  The days last seemingly into the night and a playful feeling fills the air. Most of us long all year for summer, and finally, finally, it is here.  We are energized, invigorated, and connections and fun with loved ones is the norm. What is it about this season of […]

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Ready, Set…WOOD SEASON! Acupuncture Advice for Staying Balanced in Spring

March 15, 2018
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“And the day came, when the risk it took to stay tight in a bud, became more painful than the risk it took to blossom” – Anaïs Nin Looking out a window of my acupuncture clinic, I see a flat watercolor blend of dull browns and grays — for most members of the plant kingdom, […]

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Wood Element/Spring & Acupuncture Theory VIDEO: Tips to Keep Your Wood Element Balanced as we Head Into Spring

March 10, 2018

As you watch this video, if you suspect you’re a Wood type because you see these qualities in yourself…remember!…it doesn’t mean that you’re like this all the time, or even that you ever display the extremely imbalanced traits that I discuss here. Those who are very unbalanced in their element display the most exaggerated traits […]

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An Acupuncturist’s Insight: What your Impatience/Agitation and What I Saw in My Garden Have in Common

March 4, 2018
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  Wake up, it’s Spring! Last week, I stepped into my garden for the first time since fall. Low and behold, there, shooting up like little explosive fireworks, were my Chives! In little 5 inch tall bundles, they announced the arrival of Spring. But doesn’t it seem early for this? And then the acupuncturist in […]

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The Depths of the Water Element will Keep you Balanced this Winter

December 31, 2017

It’s the midst of winter and all is elusive…the days are short and dark, the fields barren.  Not much occurs on the surface, and when we are in rhythm with the patterns of nature, our lives reflect this dormancy as well.  In this time of rest, and especially in our do-ing culture, it is all […]

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Water Element Video: Stay Balanced in the Depths of Winter and Through the Mystery of the Unknown

December 20, 2017

Many women come for acupuncture to help them make it through the dark winter with higher spirits and energy. Winter relates to the Water Element, but any time we find ourselves suddenly thrown into the unknown — such as in disasters, crises, or serious illness — we’re thrown into a “water time”, where our ability […]

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Is Your Jing Depleted? A Chinese Medicine Concept you may Want to Know About

December 18, 2017

What is Jing, and why does it matter for my health? Jing is a concept that I don’t talk about much in the acupuncture clinic, but according to Chinese Medicine, it has everything to do with the elemental season we’re in now: Water.  It is all wrapped up with the kidney energy; and for those […]

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Fall/Metal Element Video: Finding Fulfillment & Balance Through Quieter Times

October 15, 2017

In this 5 Elements video I discuss the Metal Element, related to the season of the Fall. It includes just a few correlations related to the Metal element — mostly focused on the emotional/spiritual aspects of Metal — and gives a few tips on how to draw on the gifts of the other elements to […]

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Late-Summer Season/Earth Element of Acupuncture VIDEO: Receiving and Nurturing for Yourself & Others

September 9, 2017

Hello and welcome to Earth Element Season! — an extra season that we recognize in Chinese medicine called “Late Summer”. Since what we do/eat now will have one of the biggest impacts on whether we have a vibrant, or a tired and sick cold season ahead, it’s crucial that we do as much as possible […]

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Summer/Fire Element VIDEO: Are You Stuck in, or Can’t Get Into, Your Own Fire Element?

July 7, 2017

Welcome to Summer, the Fire season, and my latest video in my 5 Elements series!  This one focuses on the Fire element, and while there’s way too much to say about each element to fit into a short helpful video, I cover three vital aspects and functions of the Fire energy, and leave you with […]

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Out of the Wood and Into the Fire: Tips for Keeping your Fire Element Balanced This Summer

June 19, 2017

We’ve made it through the Wood season! According to Chinese Medicine, we’re entering the season related to the Fire Element, which corresponds to the Heart and to Summer.  As opposed to the Wood season, which was all about setting goals, independently forging ahead through whatever blocked our dreams from coming to fruition, and steadfast discipline; […]

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Don’t Throw Those Dandelion Greens Away!: There’s Powerful Medicine for Springtime in Those Garden Weeds

May 6, 2017
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“A weed is just a plant whose virtues have not yet been discovered” –Ralph Waldo Emerson We’ve all seen ’em, we’ve all got ’em, right?  Those pesky, durable flowers that sprout up from everywhere in our gardens and driveways.  The typical response from most people is to either yank them out and throw them into […]

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Metal Season: The Time for Learning about Letting Go — but that what’s of Value Remains

November 5, 2016

  The air is pungent with the quieting of the seasons. Everywhere around us we feel the downturn of energy, as leaves shine their last dying blasts of color before departing this world for their fall into the earth. Now is the time of letting go, of releasing—of bringing inward the scattered energies of the […]

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Acupuncture Tips from the Earth Element for Staying Balanced in Late Summer

August 21, 2016

The end of summer is upon us, and the bounty of the earth’s harvest is pouring in. The long, playful days of summer have past, yet the air is still warm and the leaves are nowhere near falling. Traditionally, this was the season for building our stores of nourishment for the coming months, and hours […]

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3 Tips for turning the added impatience and agitation of the Wood Element Season to your advantage

April 15, 2016

If you’ve been following my last couple posts, then you know that we’re headed into Wood Season, and it can be a time of being challenged with increased impatience, agitation, irritability, and anger. This is because the Wood element, associated with the Liver, corresponds with these emotions. While this can mean more struggles for many […]

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Balancing your Wood Element with Benevolence: Is Your Internal Wood energy a Leader or a Fighter?

April 5, 2016

 Lead with benevolence Those of you who’ve been around the block with me for a few years have heard me talk about how essential it is in the Spring to have clear goals, and to be moving towards them with ambition.  This is because according to Chinese Medicine and acupuncture theory, we are in the […]

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Do You Feel the Wood Element Energy Rising Already?: Tips for Staying Sane as we Move from Winter to Spring

March 30, 2015

Every year, it’s either my acupuncture patients, or the plants in my yard (sometimes both) which alert me to the fact that the wood element energy, associated with the liver, is starting to rise up around us. Because it seems to be raring its nasty little head earlier than usual this year, I wanted to […]

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Acupuncture Jing Meditation–5 Minute Meditation for Greater Strength, Vitality, and Joy!

January 7, 2015

The past few weeks I’ve been focusing on our Jing, which is stored in our Kidneys, and is related to the Water Element in Chinese Medicine. This week, I’m going to teach you a simple, pleasurable meditation exercise that you can do outside the acupuncture clinic, to increase your kidney function, build your vital Qi […]

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The Fire Element, Robin Williams, and Suicide/Depression

August 15, 2014

In the wake of Robin William’s death, and the utter sadness I know so many of us share over the loss of this beautiful spirit, I felt moved to write a post from the perspective of the 5 Elements—explaining how depression fits in, what it means that we’re in the middle of the Fire element, […]

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