Holistic Health: Some Thoughts For Therapists Regarding Self Care

~~~~~ While it may be common for psychotherapists to undergo therapy themselves, my question after reading a recent article on therapist burnout (“Demand for Counseling Soared […] “) is whether or not acupuncture and other modalities of Chinese medicine are on the radar for these hard-working professionals.  I have had several therapist patients, as I … Continue reading Holistic Health: Some Thoughts For Therapists Regarding Self Care

On Stay At Home Orders And Shifting Sands: Thoughts, And Some Questions For You

~~~~~~ Where do you stand on the matter of shelter in place orders?  Here in Austin, Texas, we were told to remain at home in mid March. Here and now, like everyone else, there are some who are determined to go out and take full advantage of the relaxed standards surrounding the mandate to stay … Continue reading On Stay At Home Orders And Shifting Sands: Thoughts, And Some Questions For You

Living With The Seasons According To Chinese Medicine: Spring Tips For Health And Happiness

~~~~~ Living with the seasons–in tune and in synch with weather changes and harvesting patterns, for example–can make you healthier and happier.  There’s a reason why going with the flow is good idea–it conserves energy, for one thing.  It’s a strategy for the long haul that works.  As a practitioner of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), … Continue reading Living With The Seasons According To Chinese Medicine: Spring Tips For Health And Happiness

Find An Acupuncturist: How To Find The Best Chinese Medicine Practitioner For What You Want To Accomplish

~~~~~ Finding the right acupuncturist for you can be a bit of a challenge. One question that I get asked a lot by people who contact me after reading my blog posts is about how to do just that.  They want someone with sterling credentials.  They may be leery of needles or herbal medicine and … Continue reading Find An Acupuncturist: How To Find The Best Chinese Medicine Practitioner For What You Want To Accomplish

Sending Your Daughter or Son Off to College: Some Healthy Advice For You And For Them

~~~~~ Holistic health is my second career; as some of you may know, I was a professor and spent a good two decades of my life in academia before coming to traditional Chinese medicine (TCM).  I’ve taught at a range of schools, from outstanding small liberal arts colleges to large research institutions.  As the first … Continue reading Sending Your Daughter or Son Off to College: Some Healthy Advice For You And For Them

Men’s Health & Why It’s On My Radar (Thoughts From a Holistic Practitioner)

~~~~~ Guys like to pretend that they are invulnerable.  Cultural messages tell young men certain stories and life experiences etch them in stone.  This might be useful on a surface level.  In reality, that tough facade of robust masculinity covers factors that lead men to compromised health, a life that may not be as full … Continue reading Men’s Health & Why It’s On My Radar (Thoughts From a Holistic Practitioner)

Referrals: On Finding, Creating, and Nourishing Meaningful Networks (And Why You, The Patient or Client, Should Care About This Subject)

~~~~~ In theory, the process of putting together the perfect lineup of healthcare practitioners could actually flow just the way you set up your Pinterest boards. Sure, you wade through some duds and, yes, there are going to be days where you lose the entire afternoon searching for just the right pin to add to … Continue reading Referrals: On Finding, Creating, and Nourishing Meaningful Networks (And Why You, The Patient or Client, Should Care About This Subject)

Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome: Reclaim Your Body, Become Your Own Best Advocate

~~~~~ One of the more interesting things that I remember from student clinic was hearing about what different interns attracted into their treatment rooms.  Some of my friends got all the infertility cases.  Other folks saw one chemo recovery patient after the next.  Still others saw the allergy cases.  And me?  I had my regular … Continue reading Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome: Reclaim Your Body, Become Your Own Best Advocate

Got Stress? (It Doesn’t Do a Body Good But There are Ways To Resolve It)

~~~~~ Do you feel like your blood pressure is rising?  Maybe you can’t sleep, or you experience road rage (if you are in Austin, surely you experience road rage) or your stomach is tied in knots or maybe you just feel exhausted and worn out and frizzled.  Maybe you’re always on the verge of tears. … Continue reading Got Stress? (It Doesn’t Do a Body Good But There are Ways To Resolve It)

So You Really Want to Improve Your Health Practices: How to Begin and How to Sustain the Momentum

~~~~~ Are you bored with your wellness routine?  Or maybe you get sick a lot with little but annoying things, like colds that just don’t leave or gut health issues that aren’t severe but still are irritating.  Maybe you are a little less toned than you want to be or you find that you have … Continue reading So You Really Want to Improve Your Health Practices: How to Begin and How to Sustain the Momentum