• Lethargy & Apathy in Summer?

Spleen Cleaning

Lethargy & Apathy in Summer?

Welcome to the world of the Spleen in Chinese Medicine. What has this seemingly insignificant organ got to do with my health, life and well-being?

The organs of summer (fire) are the heart and small intestine and later in the season, the Spleen and Stomach (earth). The Spleen and Stomach are […]

  • Summer: Chinese medicine concepts of food and energy

How To Stay Healthy In Summer

Chinese medicine concepts of food and energy

Summer is a yang season, a time for expansion, with the energy moving up and out with a lively brightness. Warm weather and long days promote energy and activity. Summer is a time of abundant foods, being the best time to get as much variety into the diet […]

By |May 1st, 2017|Categories: Dietary, Seasonal||2 Comments
  • How Fruit and Vegetables are different in Chinese Medicine!

A Fruit Is Not A Vegetable!

When I ask my clients about their diet, they tell me they eat healthy – “Alex, you don’t have to worry about my diet as I eat lots of fruit and vegetables”. However, when I examine the details of their diet, they eat a lot of fruit and salad and relatively few cooked vegetables, […]

  • My Hay Fever Symptoms Are Getting Worse, What Can I Do? - Ask Alex The Acupuncturist

My Hay Fever Symptoms Are Getting Worse, What Can I Do?

Ask Alex The Acupuncturist
Question From A Client:
At this time of year in Northern Arizona, I usually get mild hay fever symptoms, but over the years I feel it has become much worse. I seem to have become more sensitive to everything – pollen, dust, pet hair! Is there anything I can do other than […]

  • Lets Talk about ‘Low Carb Diets’ - Ask Alex the Acupuncturist

Lets Talk about ‘Low Carb Diets’

Ask Alex the Acupuncturist
Question from a client:
I steadily lost about 8 pounds over the 5-months I was on the carb diet. I went from NoCarb to LowCarb to SlowCarb. So when I came home last summer, I put back most of it back on – by eating carbs! My host kept making the most amazing spaghettini carbonara […]

  • A Chinese Medicine Perspective on Cooked vs Raw Foods

Cooked vs Raw Foods

A Chinese Medicine Perspective on Cooked vs Raw Foods

Ever wondered why Chinese people prefer to eat cooked food, drink warm water, and talk about how raw salad, fruit and juice are too ‘cold’ and not good for digestion?

The answer lies with better understanding how digestion works from a Chinese medicine perspective. Chinese Medicine sees life […]

By |August 22nd, 2011|Categories: Dietary, General, Seasonal||2 Comments
  • The Wisdom of Porridge 粥

The Wisdom of Porridge 粥

This article is primarily about helping you prepare, make and enjoy tasty porridge. On a higher level, I would like to help you see this humble ‘soggy meal’ in a different light. Let’s explore the health ideas behind porridge and to seek out an appreciation and respect for the dietary wisdom of our ancestors.

If […]

By |August 10th, 2011|Categories: Dietary||0 Comments
  • Autumn: Chinese Medicine Concepts of Food, Energy & Seasonal Living

How To Stay Healthy In Autumn

Chinese Medicine Concepts of Food, Energy & Seasonal Living
The three months of autumn are in charge of withering and of decelerating the momentum of growth. Autumn is traditionally known as the harvest season, a wonderful time for reaping the benefits of the long, warm growing season provided by spring and summer. It is the […]

By |July 5th, 2011|Categories: Dietary, Seasonal||5 Comments
  • Winter: Chinese medicine concepts of food and energy

How To Stay Healthy In Winter

Chinese Medicine Concepts of Food, Energy & Seasonal Living
Winter is the season of retreat and rest, when the yin (night, female, cold) is now dominant and yang (day, male, hot) energy moves inward. The trees have lost their leaves; the animals hibernate through the long, dark winter days. Winter is a time of stillness […]

By |July 4th, 2011|Categories: Dietary, Seasonal||4 Comments
  • Spring: Chinese medicine concepts of food and energy

How To Stay Healthy In Spring

Chinese medicine concepts of food and energy
By Alex Tan
Spring is the time for get up and do. It is the season of activity. A time of stirring after the cold of winter. It is the season of wind, both in the environment and in our bodies. Spring is the season to eat foods with […]

By |July 3rd, 2011|Categories: Dietary, Seasonal||8 Comments
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