It happens twice a year, we set the clocks ahead one hour and then months later we set them back one hour. For many, springing ahead or falling behind is no big deal. However for some, waiting for the body to adjust to the change can be a challenging couple of weeks. During daylight savings time, it is not uncommon to experience fatigue, insomnia, sluggishness or generally feeling “off.” I am sure this all sounds very familiar to many people this week! So why is this one hour so dramatic? A Chinese Medicine explanation is that the Earth element is imbalanced. To begin, according to Chinese Medicine there are five elements {known as the Five Phase Theory} that manifest within…


If you have had a treatment with me, then chances are, I have asked to look at your tongue. I am sure half my patients are thinking to themselves; what does that have to do with anything? While the other half are hoping their breath does not smell. No, I am not testing your manners. Looking at the tongue provides fruitful amounts of diagnostic information. How is the tongue a diagnostic tool? I like to think of the tongue as the only part of the body that is partially exterior and partially interior. It really is fascinating, we can see the tongue on the exterior, but it also has an immediate connection to the interior! Because of this amazing quality, the tongue can be used…


Wednesday, September 23rd marks the first day of autumn, or as I like to think, the first day of the metal season. In Chinese Medicine, each of the five seasons are represented or embodied by one of the five elements; Wood, Fire, Earth, Metal, Water. Autumn is the season of the metal element, and so the way I think of metal relating to autumn is through the harvest. People with metal personalities are the doers, they are the people in our lives who get things done. Looking to hire a new assistant or project manager? Hiring a metal personality will be the best decision you could make! Metal personalities like to make lists, and above all, they love to cross…