Winter/Water Element

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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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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Acupuncture Helps Keep Emotions Up when Dreary Days Bring you Down

February 15, 2012

  Many people coming for acupuncture suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder, otherwise appropriately known as SAD. For people with SAD, cloudy days bring cloudy emotional states, including depression, low energy, and fuzzy thinking. For those people, dark days can literally be dangerous…places like Seattle, where there are an unusually high number of dreary days, have […]

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Success Stories from the Wintertime Acupuncture Clinic

January 8, 2012

We’re in the middle of winter, and that means in my acupuncture clinic I am commonly treating issues which have to do with the kidneys and bladder, the two organs associated with the Water Element, according to Chinese Medicine. Those issues can be obvious, such as frequent or difficult urination; or they can be mysterious […]

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It’s Almost THAT time of Year Again…are you prepared?

March 2, 2011

  And of what time of year am I speaking? Wood time.  The season, according to the 5 Elements theory of Chinese medicine, related to the Liver, to the energy of discipline, “getting it done”, frustration (when things don’t happen with the ease or timeliness that we would wish), and to a great VISION for […]

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Cozy Winter Recipe: Jool’s Favorite Beef Stew (or as I like to call it “Knock Your Socks Off Stew)

January 2, 2011

Since I wrote an article in my newsletter for my acupuncture patients on Sunrise Ranch Grass-fed beef, I thought I would include my latest favorite recipe which does include beef. This recipe is loaded with veggies that will build up your Qi and Yang and keep you fortified and toasty during our cold weather.  Also, […]

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Spend Time Near Water to Keep Yourself Balanced During Dry Winters

December 7, 2010

While the warm weather we’ve been having here in the Rockies has been lovely, a lack of snow and rain can actually be detrimental to our health if we do not take time to balance what is missing. We are not yet officially in the season associated with Water, but it is just around the […]

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When Eating More Salt will Help Conserve Your Qi

December 7, 2010

We’re entering into Water season, the season related to the Kidneys.  Energy, or Qi, is at it’s lowest point in the cycle of the year, so during winter, it’s appropriate to be less active and to conserve our energy stores. Unfortunately, just because it’s appropriate to do less, doesn’t mean that modern life always allows […]

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