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Sweet September...

Welcome to fall. :)

Fall is a wonderful time of year when our energies turn inward and we prepare for winter. Time to get out the socks and warm sweaters and for some of you, time to enjoy the beautiful fall colours. This month there is a lot happening! We are still putting together the podcast and are excited about launching, we will keep you posted... We are also introducing many new products in the Chinese Medicine Living store this month that we have been working on, we hope you will love them. This month we talk about living with the fall season according to Chinese medicine, acupuncture points to boost memory and why you need your intuition. We also have a delicious congee recipe that is perfect for the cooler weather and excellent for the spleen. Yay!

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Here Are This Months Articles...

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Living With The Seasons - Autumn / Fall

By Emma Suttie, D.Ac, AP

Autumn is the season where the hot summer days gradually become shorter, and the leaves begin to change, presenting us with their beautiful colours before they fall off the trees to prepare for the coming winter. There is a cold in the air that signals us to start putting away our summer clothes and get out warmer clothing for the coming cold weather. We also begin to harvest and gather the brightly coloured foods that grow at this time of year like pumpkins and squashes, so they can be put away for winter. It is the time of year that we go from the relaxed and carefree attitudes of summer to the more serious and introspective energies associated with autumn.

In Chinese medicine, autumn is associated with metal and the lungs. This season governs organization, setting limits and protecting boundaries. In autumn we move from the external, expansive nature of summer to the internal, contractive nature of autumn. It is a good idea to finish up any projects you started in spring or summer and enjoy the results of all your hard work. It is also a good time to begin new projects that focus more on the internal – cultivating body and mind and becoming more introspective. The energy of the lungs is “letting go”, so autumn is a good time to be mindful to let go of anything we may be holding on to so we can make room for new experiences that will help us to learn and grow.

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Acupuncture to boost memory

Six Acupuncture Points for Better Memory

By Emma Suttie, D.Ac, AP

Many people suffer with memory loss, and acupuncture happens to have many protocols to help increase your memory as well as your ability to focus and think more clearly. Of course, one of the reasons that acupuncture is so effective is that the thorough intake and diagnostic process means that each person is having the treatment tailored to their specific and unique imbalances. But, there are certain organ systems and meridians that tend to govern our ability to remember and our cognitive function. The spleen affects for short term memory, concentration and our ability to think analytically. The kidney is responsible for short term memory and how we retain information. And the heart influences our long term memory and how quickly and efficiently we are able to access information stored in our brains (and elsewhere). In Chinese medicine theory the Shen or spirit is what governs our consciousness, emotions and thinking. Disturbances in the Shen (which are very common) will manifest with symptoms like insomnia, restlessness, anxiety, an inability to focus, unclear thinking, poor memory and forgetfulness.

Below are six acupuncture points for better memory. If you are not able to get to an acupuncturist, not to worry, you may use acupressure (putting pressure on the points instead of using needles) to stimulate them. A good way to do them is in order from the bottom of the body moving upwards (this is how they are ordered here) and press on each on both sides of the body (bilaterally) for about 30 seconds each. The Du 20 and Si Shen Cong points are not bilateral. You may do this set a couple of times a day to help improve your memory and be able to think more clearly, and I think we can all use a little more of that!


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Why You Need Your Intuition

Why You Need Your Intuition

By Emma Suttie, D.Ac, AP

I am presently reading a book about people who healed themselves of cancer either without conventional Western medical treatments like chemotherapy and radiation, or after their doctors and oncologists had sent them home to die. It was written by a researcher, lecturer and consultant in the field of integrative oncology.

The book was given to me by my patient, who is at the moment healing from pancreatic cancer. The book was one of the main reasons that he sought out what some people call "alternative medical treatments" but what I simply call medicine. These included reiki, acupuncture, Chinese herbs and massage therapy. He was using these treatments in conjunction with chemotherapy, both to combat the side effects and build his immune system while receiving chemo, as well as to build up his body and regain health after the chemo was finished. I am happy to say that he is doing extremely well and that his tumour markers are back to normal levels.

So far the book details many of the common threads that are shared between all the people who managed to heal their cancers without conventional treatment (or after conventional treatment failed), and one of them is intuition. This was surprising to the author as intuition is not something that can be understood in scientific terms, but when she started seeing that cases of what they sometimes call "spontaneous remission" occur, she thought that someone should investigate and see if there was anything that could be learned from the many people who had had this experience.

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Quote

Quote of the Month

The tree which moves some to tears of joy is in the eyes of others only a green thing that stands in the way. Some see nature all ridicule and deformity...and some scarce see nature at all. But to the eyes of the man of imagination, nature is imagination itself.

- William Blake

Inspiration

Inspiration

Fierce Grace - Ram Dass

When Harvard expelled faculty members Richard Alpert and Timothy Leary in 1963 for LSD experimentation, Alpert, the son of a wealthy Boston lawyer, traveled to India, met his guru the Maharaji Neem Karoli Baba, affectionately know as Maharaji, and returned to the United States as Ram Dass, or "Servant of God.” Since then, Ram Dass has continued to teach, inspire and serve others for more than three decades. Named by Newsweek as one of the Top Five Non-Fiction Films of 2002, RAM DASS - FIERCE GRACE offers an engrossing, poignant meditation on consciousness, healing and the unexpected grace of aging.

Now in his seventies, Ram Dass remains best-known for his 1971 classic bestseller Be Here Now, a book which sparked a generation’s quest for expanded consciousness and meaningful spirituality. The film weaves vivid archival footage from hippiedom's glory days with intimate glimpses of Ram Dass today, as he continues to remake his life since suffering from a stroke—or in his words, “being stroked”— in 1997. While the illness might have broken others, it has provided Ram Dass with a new passion: using an unexpected, uninvited challenge as a tool for spiritual transformation, and using what he learns to help others face issues of aging, death and dying.

"When I first met Ram Dass 25 years ago," says filmmaker Mickey Lemle, "one of his messages that touched me was that we are both human and divine and that we must hold both simultaneously. He would explain that if one goes too far in the direction of one's humanity, one suffers. If one goes too far in the direction of one's divinity, one runs the risk of forgetting one's zip code. So his stories and teachings were funny, self-effacing, and with an extraordinary grasp of the metaphysical. In form and content his stories are about living on those two planes of consciousness, and the tension between them. His explorations took an uninvited turn, when he suffered a massive stroke. Now, he has been forced to live his teachings in a way he had not expected.”

Against the vivid backdrop of half a century of social, cultural, pharmaceutical and spiritual history, RAM DASS - FIERCE GRACE is a lively chronicle of a life well lived and a portrait of a spiritual teacher who has reshaped his physical limitations into an act of fierce grace.

Watch the Fierce Grace trailer...

Acupuncture & Chinese Medicine in the News

Acupuncture & Chinese Medicine in the News

More People are Turning to Acupuncture

Boost Meory with Acupuncture & Ginseng

What You Need to Know About PCOS & Chinese Medicine

China's Bloody Health Care Battle

TCM Remedy for Weak Kidneys and Liver Heat

Acupuncture for Chronic Pelvic Inflammatory Disease

Put a Needle to Osteoporosis

Under the Skin: Acupuncture is Used to Treat More than Just Pain

Cleansing the Body of Toxins the TCM Way

Dr. Oz & Roizen: Amazing Acupuncture

How Acupuncture Can Cure Common Health Problems

Wellness: Healing the Patient Instead of Attacking Disease

Traditional Chinese Medicine & Sports to Boost Tourism in Beijing

Acupuncture Bill with Readshaw Language Changes Awaits Governor

International Students Eye China, and Not Just for Language This Time..

Acupuncture Pain Management for Chikungunya

Doctors Finally Getting the Point of Acupuncture

Acupuncture Used to Treat Many Conditions in Pets

Acupuncture Boosts Energy for Chronic Fatigue Patients

Chinese Medicine Complements Western Approach to Healing

Chinese Herbology - A Natural Approach to Healing

Acupuncture Helps Cancer Sufferers

Tuina Massage Needle Free Alternative to Acupuncture

My Story: Scar Relief Therapy

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If you would like to read about the latest scienntific studies involving Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine, please see our "Current Research" page to find all the latest. :)

Recipe of the Month with NourishU

Recipe Of The Month

Chicken and Corn Congee

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 Chicken Legs (or breasts if you like)
  • 1 cup white rice
  • 8 cups water
  • 1 can corn (fresh corn is always better if you can manage it)
  • 4 cloves garlic, smashed
  • 3 small leeks, chopped (only the whites)
  • 1/4 cup green onion, finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup fresh coriander (cilantro) leaves, finely chopped
  • 1 tsp rice wine vinegar
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce

DIRECTIONS

  1. Put rice in a bowl, cover with water and let soak for 1 hour, then rinse until the water runs clear. Drain.
  2. In a large soup pot combine chicken, green onions, leeks, garlic, cilantro and 7 cups of water. Bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat to a simmer and cook until the chicken is fall-from-the-bone-tender, 1 to 1 1/2 hours. Remove the chicken and set aside to cool.
  3. Add rice to pot along with 2 cups of water (you want approx. 8 cups total). Bring to a boil and simmer stirring often until a porridge consistency. Add soy sauce and rice wine vinegar during cooking to taste. Shred chicken into bite sized pieces and discard skin and bones. Add 1 can corn and chicken to pot after 1 hour and simmer on low heat for another 30 mins, stirring constantly so the rice doesn't burn. Serve and garnish with some chopped green onions & cilantro. Add a few drops of soy sauce to taste.

Read full article on congee and why its so awesome..

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