Spring/Wood Element

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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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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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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Cellular and Genetic Changes from Meditation, and Why that Matters for Keeping your Liver (and you!) Happy.

February 14, 2014

I promised in my last post on the Wood element that I would write on the cellular affects of meditation, and why it is such an important practice for all of us to be doing. Especially as we begin to head into wood element season — the element notorious for, shall we say, being a […]

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An Acupuncturist Makes Dinner. Mushroom Spinach Goat Cheese Salad: Yummy your way to SuperImmunity!

March 14, 2013

(UPDATE: Since going paleo I no longer eat cheese. Booooo! :-( This sure was yummy though!) Every acupuncturist knows that as we head into spring, it is more important than ever to keep our livers happy.  Acupuncture theory states that the spring season is related to the Wood Element (more on this in the coming […]

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Uh-MAZing Beet Recipe for Beet-Haters! An Acupuncturist’s Dream for Nourishing your Liver

March 21, 2012

People love hating beets. I do admit, they can go either way…if not cooked right, they have a taste that can be a little, well, bad. But I just tried a new recipe this week that has me fanatical over this humble red root. Because beets are so wonderful for nourishing your “liver blood”, and […]

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Liver Imbalance: Acupuncture and: Headaches, Migraines, Digestive Problems, Insomnia, Stress/Agitation and More!

March 14, 2012

Liver related symptoms get exacerbated in the Wood Element Season of acupuncture theory As I wrote about in my “chive” blog, it is common as an acupuncturist to see an increase in each season of symptoms related to the organ that is associated with that current season.  According to Chinese Medicine, Spring is associated with […]

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When Eating Beef and Eggs can Help Balance your Liver

May 4, 2011

  Because according to Chinese medicine we are still in the season related to the liver (Wood), I am continuing to focus my posts on various things you can do to help keep your liver balanced.  Don’t worry…soon enough we’ll be in the season related to Fire, and you’ll get to hear some completely new […]

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The Stoplight that Never Turned Green… Keeping Your Liver Calm & Happy in Spring

April 13, 2011

You know the drill…you’re driving along, you’ve got somewhere to be, and just your luck, you’re hitting EVERY RED LIGHT. As if that isn’t bad enough, the lights seem to be turning green particularly……  slowly  …..  today  ….. Winter Turns to Spring — in its own good time… When I moved here to Fort Collins […]

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Foods to Eat to Balance your Liver this Spring: A Seasonal 5 Elements Approach

April 6, 2011

Like every season, it is easy to figure out what foods will be beneficial for us right now by looking out at nature. And what do we see sprouting up all around us? Green!  Just little, little bits; but soon more, and then more, until it is virtually an explosion in green! Usually, at the […]

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Why I am Dressed like that in the Clinic? ~or~ Keeping my Wood Element Happy!

April 2, 2011

  OK, well you may not exactly see me dressed quite like the picture to your left …but what you will likely notice when you come in for your treatments is that I will not always be dressed in my usual business/professional clothes. Why is this?  Because I’m wanting to practice what I preach, and […]

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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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Feel Aggravated in Windy Weather? Here’s the Why and What to Do!

March 10, 2010

All around town; in my classes, with friends, and in the clinic, people have been mentioning how edgy they get when the wind picks up. Chinese Medicine documented thousands of years ago the imbalances that can occur when we’re exposed to wind, and I wanted to give you a little insight into this phenomenon so you can…uhhh, weather the upcoming windy Spring with a bit more stability.

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Feeling the Grumpies Coming On? Well, You’re not Alone

March 6, 2010

Feeling more irritable lately? Getting bothered by the silly little things? Well you’re not alone! Already this week people are beginning to report an increase in their levels of irritability and frustration. Get ready, because that time of year is just around the corner. As the days become longer and we move out of Water […]

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