Blog posts in: Liver imbalance

 For years, I’ve been aware that wind stirs up frustration in me like nothing else.And apparently, I’m not the only one!Everywhere I go, people have been mentioning how edgy they get when the wind picks up. “I just want to punch someone!”, one usually delightful woman admitted. Chinese Medicine documented thousands of years ago the imbalances that can occur when we’re exposed to wind, and I want to give you a little insight into this...

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, it was my first time living somewhere where we actually had a change in seasons.  Never before had I experienced...

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 bits; but soon more, and then more, until it’s virtually an explosion in green! In the past, at the beginning of the growing season I would traipse off to Farmer’s Market, only to be disappointed that there was no...

It’s finally proven: Acupuncture helps stress I just got back from my regular acupuncture treatment with a colleague in town with whom I do trades.As usual, about 10 minutes into the treatment I found myself riding on those notorious waves of euphoria that acupuncture is so well known for while the stress just dissolved.As my body sunk deeper and deeper into the treatment table and I felt the relaxation that I can somehow only ever...

(post update: This was written before I went paleo…you can still make it by just subbing steamed cauliflower for the beans!) You’ve all had hummus, right?   Well as an acupuncturist who’s somewhat fanatical about the benefits of eating dark leafy greens to benefit our liver, especially in the spring which relates to the liver—and especially kale—I am delighted to share this recipe with you. Because thanks to my new Kale recipe book, I have...

Have you ever made a frittata?   I learned a recipe for a simple frittata using artichoke hearts several years ago, and I’ve been making it over and over again ever since.    Some people think that as an acupuncturist and a healthy eater, I must not eat very interesting or yummy food.  This recipe proves that you can eat like an acupuncturist and still feel satisfied and fulfilled!   It’s not only a great...

Does this sound like you? “One day my right shoulder hurts, then the next my left hip.  Then suddenly, my wrist will hurt for no reason.  I’ve had X-rays done at various times and nothing is ever ‘wrong’”. To an acupuncturist, this is a classic case of Liver Qi Stagnation. While western medicine doesn’t recognize the connection between pain and our liver, (or stress and the liver, for that matter) it is well documented in...

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 the Wood Season.  Therefore, many patients begin seeking acupuncture in the spring for increased or exacerbated symptoms related to Wood...

  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 stuff. :-) Western vs. Chinese “Liver” When acupuncturists use the word “liver”, we sometimes mean the actual organ as recognized...

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 beginning of growing season, I traipse off to Farmer’s Market, only to be disappointed that there’s no “good stuff” yet. ...

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 season and into the Wood, the energy is about to take its most dramatic turn of the year, and everything...

  The most frequent imbalances I treat in my acupuncture practice are those due to stress. More accurately, these imbalances are not just due to stress – stress IS the imbalance. In other words, stress is both the cause and result of, liver imbalance.  Which means that it’s not sufficient to just “handle the stress well” and write it off as not a big deal, because it’s inseparable from the body imbalances which come with...