What Happened When I Got My First COVID Vaccine (And Why I’m Still Glad I Got Vaccinated)

~~~~~ COVID vaccines are a hot topic, aren’t they?  Questions of the day include but are not limited to: Do you get one, will it have side effects, does it really work, and why can’t they make it easier to just get the vaccine already? And, of course, the big one: will I end up … Continue reading What Happened When I Got My First COVID Vaccine (And Why I’m Still Glad I Got Vaccinated)

Holistic Healthcare: What To Do To Get The Most Out Of Your Acupuncture Treatment

~~~~~ If you’ve never tried acupuncture (or even if you have and had a great experience), did you know that there are ways to make the most of your treatment?  Holistic healthcare plans are generally not passive constructs; if you take a bit of initiative too, then your results will be that much more tangible … Continue reading Holistic Healthcare: What To Do To Get The Most Out Of Your Acupuncture Treatment

Holistic, On Mother’s Day (Vulnerability & Healing Principles For The Day)

~~~~~ How do you feel on Mother’s Day?  Are you one of the fortunate ones who enjoys this holiday, either because you love your mom dearly and can enjoy it with her, or you love being a mom and happily anticipate being celebrated?  Or are you someone who shuts down as the day approaches because … Continue reading Holistic, On Mother’s Day (Vulnerability & Healing Principles For The Day)

Valentine’s Day Approaches: A Health Coach’s Guide To Loving Yourself

~~~~~ Valentine’s Day is one of those holidays that you either love or hate.  If you’re in love, a romantic, and in sync with your partner, it’s a great one.  If you’re unhappily single, miserably married, or the anniversary of your bitter divorce falls on February 14th (true story: I knew someone in graduate school … Continue reading Valentine’s Day Approaches: A Health Coach’s Guide To Loving Yourself

Jade Instruments And Ancient Traditions: Chinese Beauty Treatments That You Will Love

~~~~~ You may have read some of my articles about beauty, beautiful skin, and traditional Chinese medicine (TCM).  This is one of my favorite topics and readers seem to like it a lot too.  When there’s a new post on skincare and Chinese beauty secrets the response is swift.  People want to learn about all … Continue reading Jade Instruments And Ancient Traditions: Chinese Beauty Treatments That You Will Love

Harry Potter, Herbology, and Chinese Herbs: How Learning to Love Herbal Study is Good for Me and Great for my Patients

~~~~~ Before I started my program at AOMA Graduate School of Integrative Medicine I was fairly typical in that I thought of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) as being pretty much a case of going to my wonderful acupuncturist, getting needles put in me, and feeling much better afterward.  In reality, this was a limited perspective … Continue reading Harry Potter, Herbology, and Chinese Herbs: How Learning to Love Herbal Study is Good for Me and Great for my Patients

Holistic Health Coach: What To Expect When You Are Ready For Change (Part I)

~~~~~ Take the story of your life–the outline that you were given at birth, the narrative that has been embellished over the years, the tales you tell yourself–and ask yourself what is working and what could be changed.  What new details would you like to add?  In what way does health and wellness factor into … Continue reading Holistic Health Coach: What To Expect When You Are Ready For Change (Part I)

Fibromyalgia Relief and Ancient Chinese Medicine: Tai Chi, Acupuncture, and Tui Na

~~~~~ Fibromyalgia—in a word—hurts. To the 5 million-plus sufferers who know this condition intimately, it is a case of Tolstoy’s “every happy family is alike and every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way” when it comes to symptoms, presentation, and effects on quality of life. The common link, of course, is muscle pain. … Continue reading Fibromyalgia Relief and Ancient Chinese Medicine: Tai Chi, Acupuncture, and Tui Na