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January 25, 2020

The Chinese New Year & Looking Forward to Spring

"Hence, yin [qi], yang [qi], and the four seasons, they constitute end and begin of the myriad beings, they are the basis of death and life." -Su Wen, Chapter 2 as translated by Paul Unschuld

Sure enough, we’re moving from the deep, quiet of winter toward the time of impulsive Spring. Soon, here in Berkeley, we’ll see spring onions poke out of the earth– an excellent medicine for lingering winter colds that ripple through homes and schools through February and March.

The ancient Chinese calendar accounted for this shift by starting the new year later than the Gregorian calendar: the year starts not in the depths of the dark days of winter, but as the days are getting longer and the earth is warming up again, getting ready to allow plants to explore the surface of the world with their bright, waxy spring leaves.

Acupuncturist and Chinese Astrologist Narrye Caldwell explains, “There’s the usual mistake westerners make of assuming that January (which …

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November 4, 2019

Part II: Balancing Methylation Through Diet

When looking at methylation disorders, a lot of emphasis is placed on health challenges that come with hypomethylation or not methylating enough

Learn more about how to balance methylation through dietary habits, liver supplements, and a healthy lifestyle at AIMC Berkley.

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October 17, 2019

Local Organic Herbal Medicine in the AIMC Pharmacy

Our AIMC Herbal Pharmacy is continuing to expand its inventory of local, organic herbs and products, including native California plants in our traditional Chinese Herb Pharmacy.

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September 12, 2019

Supporting Vitality into the Fall

Fall marks the transition from the yang, bright, active time of year to the yin quiet, dark time of year. Now is the time to begin storing reserves and vitality for the winter to come.

Fall marks the transition from the yang bright, active time of year to the yin quiet, dark time of year. Now is the time to begin storing our reserves and vitality for the winter to come.

Believe it or not, according to the ancient Chinese lunar calendar, we are already full swing into the season of Autumn!

The shift from summer into fall is important because it marks the transition from the yang bright and active time of year to the yin stillness and darkness time of year. The temptation to continue to living a Summer lifestyle in Fall can be easy here in California, when it is still so sunny out. However, now is one of the most crucial times to begin conserving ones energy for …

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August 21, 2019

Part 1: Methylation and Why It Matters

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This critical process occurs billions of times every second to control the genetic expression of virtually every cell in the body.

Methylation is a critical process that occurs billions of times every second to control the genetic expression of virtually every cell in the body.

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July 9, 2019

Hydration

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We all think hydration is simple, right? Just drink plenty of water. But staying well hydrated also means our bodies need to actually ABSORB all the water we’re drinking.

We all think hydration is simple, right? Just drink plenty of water. But staying well hydrated also means our bodies need to actually ABSORB all the water we’re drinking. Imagine a dry, cracked piece of earth in the desert. When it rains, that earth is so parched and hard that it cannot absorb any water. It all runs off the surface.

Our bodies are the same. If we don’t “prepare our soil” properly, all the water we drink just runs right through, and our tissues are still parched and dry. In TCM, we use yin tonics- herbs that are moistening and demulcent, in order to help moisten the body on a deep level and help it to “hold” the water. On a cellular level, yin tonics …

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June 12, 2019

Eating the Bloom and Bounty of Summer

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With Summer, season of Fire upon us, we only need to step out our doors to see the reminder everywhere: Summer is the season of Flowering.

With Summer, the season of Fire upon us, we only need to step out our doors to see the reminder everywhere: Summer is the season of Flowering. We see this in the beauty of our gardens and the bright wildflowers that are still so alive in our local hills. The Nei Jing tells us that the movement of Summer is growth and flowering. Of all the parts of a plant, flowers pertain most to the Fire element. They are light and yang in nature, they lift and brighten our spirits and bring us joy. Flowers in TCM are mostly used to affect the upper parts of the body, where the shen (spirit) resides. Their fragrance is opening and moving.

Many of our local flowers can …

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October 5, 2018

Eight things I learned about Qigong: Continued from August 13th blog post*

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*See August 13th blog post I practiced Qigong for two months. Here are eight things I learned. for the four previous things I learned about this practice.

5. Prepare to let go
2017 was a tough one. It marked the end of a relationship, the second year of a move and finally admitting to myself that I wasn’t happy working behind a desk. Then, during the last few months of the year, a blow of chronic illness quite literally brought me to my knees. For a couple long months I cobbled together all that I could to get through each day, and at night, I fell apart again and again and again. Cutting my losses, I filed for disability, packed my bags and booked a plane …

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August 29, 2018

Laugh So You May Flourish

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Fellow students, acupuncturists, and health enthusiasts: I have one question for you, when was the last time that you laughed? I don’t mean the respectful chuckle you show your boss, or the polite giggle offered to strangers in conversation. I mean knee slapping, gut clenching, tear-jerking laughter that takes physical resistance to be held back. If the last time you remember such a guffaw is childhood, I encourage you to incorporate laughter into your daily routine. The health benefits are immense and it’s truly one of the most satisfying expressions of emotion a person can feel!

Laughter may appear to be a cause and effect phenomenon. First comes the happy or funny event, and then a smile or laugh follows. However, the “Facial-Feedback Hypothesis”, a long-held …

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