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Happy June!!

As we slowly slip into summer, the weather becomes warmer, the days longer and people are happily out and about, sitting on patios, soaking up the sun. This month we continue our series about the Liver where we talk about nutrition focussing on foods that your Liver will love. We continue the nutrition theme with a list of the best Yin foods. These are beneficial to add to the diet in the warm spring and hot summer months to help hydrate and combat the heat. The recipe is a delicious drink using water chestnuts. And last but not least, the importance of self love. <3

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Loving Your Liver with Chinese Medicine

Loving Your Liver with Chinese Medicine - Part 2

The Liver & Nutrition

By Emma Suttie, D.Ac, AP

He that takes medicine and neglects diet wastes the time of his doctor.

~ Ancient Chinese Proverb

In this second instalment of the Liver series, we will cover how the foods we eat can heal and support the liver. The spring is the time when liver energies are at the fullest, so this is the perfect time to eat foods that support the liver as well as detoxify, letting go of things we don’t need to make room for the new things that will nourish and heal us.

In spring we begin eating less than we did in winter, consuming lighter foods and cleansing the body of the excess fats and heavier foods eaten in winter. Spring is a time of renewal and growth, a time of expansion and expression. Spring is when we introduce newly grown greens and sprouts, salty foods and pungent herbs which support the liver and help to cleanse the body.

Cleansing the body is especially beneficial in spring not only because of the liver’s function of filtering toxins, but emotionally as well – emotions like frustration, impatience and anger are associated with the liver and a cleansing of the body and emotions allows us to clear out old residues and enables us to see more clearly and move forward in life with renewed passion and purpose.

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The Best Yin Foods

The Best Yin Foods

By Emma Suttie, D.Ac, AP

One of the things that I love about Chinese medicine (and there are so MANY things I love about it) is how practical it is. Staying healthy is really about lifestyle, and a big part of that is that the foods we eat are the best medicine. Got a fever? Eat some cucumber or watermelon. Have the chills and can’t get warm? Try eating some lamb, or a handful of cherries. The ancient Chinese had a vast knowledge of foods and their healing properties which is why nutritional therapy is one of the building blocks of Chinese medicine and still used by practitioners today. Food is the best medicine.

Each food in TCM is seen to have a thermal property – warming, cooling or neutral. Conversely, the body can also be hot, cold or balanced, or neutral and certain illnesses introduce heat or cold into the body, so in Chinese medicine we eat cooling foods for excess heat, or warming foods for excess cold. Today, we will look at foods that nourish the yin / cold / water aspect of the body and are particularly beneficial if you have an excess of yang, fire or heat. But how do you know if you have excess heat? Below is a list of symptoms that point to an excess of heat or yang.  If you have many of these, you might want to introduce some Yin foods into your diet to help clear the Yang and build Yin.

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Aging and Illness

Self Love, Baby

By Emma Suttie, D.Ac, AP

Treating patients every day is an interesting look into the human condition. When I started my acupuncture schooling, I thought I was getting into medicine, but really, I was getting into a career that would teach me about people. Their struggles, their pain, their sicknesses were what I would see every day at work. In my first few years as an acupuncturists I was amazed at the things that people would tell me in our sessions. I was amazed at all the difficult things that people were dealing with in their lives. It was humbling, and helped me to be more empathetic to the humans that I encountered inside and outside of work.

On the way to work in the morning, when everyone looked so tired and grumpy, I would sit on the subway and imagine what was happening in the lives of all these people who often looked so exhausted, like they hadn’t been living life, it had been living them. Based on the things that my patients were telling me on a daily basis, I knew that everyone was dealing with hard things, and that although this is a part of life, it is so important to not only be kind to others, but it is supremely important to be kind to ourselves. We all need a little self love, baby.

Eating properly, exercising, drinking clean water and getting enough sleep are what we all know we need to be healthy, but they are only one part of a much larger picture. How you feel, and how you treat yourself are just as important, and these are the parts that are most often neglected. Most doctors aren’t going to tell you to be kinder to yourself because its good for your health. There is no test that can be ordered that will determine that you are deficient in self love. But, I can tell very quickly when someone comes into my office if they are in need of self love. And the interesting thing is that this is sometimes the cause their illness.

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Quote of the Month

As rain falls equally on the just and the unjust, do not burden your heart with judgments but rain your kindness equally on all.

~ Buddha



Cue is a Connected Lab-In-A-Box for On-Demand Health Testing At Home

The quantified self and quantified health trends frequently overlap — but few startups are quite as tightly screwed into that sticking place as Cue. Not yet anyway.

This San Diego-based startup, which was founded back in 2009 in the midst of the swine flu peak and has attracted more than $1 million in backing from an undisclosed U.S. angel investor, is building a hybrid electronic-mechanical-chemical connected device that it says will enable people to quantify their health at a molecular level.

And, with the help of the corresponding smartphone app, use the resulting data to tweak their lifestyle for the better — whether that’s to identify the most fertile times in their cycle to help them try for a baby. Or push their body to recover faster after a particularly punishing workout. Or identify a vitamin deficiency and tweak their diet to compensate.

The scenario they sketch for Cue is that people are going to be able to run their own ‘before and after’ experiments at home to quantify whether a particular fitness routine or diet is actually having a beneficial result on their own body.

There’s no external lab in this diagnostic loop requiring the user to send off samples. Rather the Cue device itself is the lab, and it lives at home — connecting to your smartphone by Bluetooth to feed data into the Cue app.

Cue’s makers dub it a “deep health tracker” — since it’s actually tracking the user’s health on a molecular level, rather than more remotely monitoring signals like heart rate or blood pressure.

Read Article on TechCrunch Here...

Acupuncture & Chinese Medicine in the News

Acupuncture & Chinese Medicine in the News

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Cosmetic Acupuncture in the News

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Chinese Herbal Medicine Fights Breast Cancer

The Benefits of Corriander - The Wonder Herb

Acupuncture & Herbs Enhance Fertility Treatments

Acupuncture for Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID)

Acupuncture Specialist Headed for Nepal

Constitutional Acupuncture: The Future of Medicine?

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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 with NourishU

Chinese Water Chestnut

When I was growing up, Chinese water chestnut was one of the most popular street foods sold by food vendors. They are white in colour after the skin was peeled and sold strung together on a long stick. Most people and children like water chestnut during the hot summer because they are juicy, crunchy and very refreshing and they have a delicate flavour and are mildly sweet in taste. It is best to eat them after being peeled and chilled in water (to prevent them from turning brown) in the fridge. They are definitely a much healthier alternative than other snacks such as lollypops or ice cream cones.

Chinese water chestnut is widely used in oriental cuisines. It can be sliced thinly to add to salads, stir-frys, vegetarian/meat stews or desserts. They can also be finely chopped and added to meat balls or stuffing to give them a softer texture and some crunchiness. Water chestnuts are ground into powder to make pudding, a popular dessert for dim sum lunch. The powder can also be used as thickener to add to soups, desserts, and sauces or glazes to give them a transparent look.

The healthful effects of water chestnuts are that they are cold in nature, sweet in taste and act on lungs and stomach. Water chestnut can clear heat, relieve indigestion, promote urination, relieve hypertension, cure sore throat and hemorrhoids, stop coughing and clear phlegm. They are also effective in helping children to relieve skin rashes from measles. Nowadays, water chestnut is found to be good for people wishing to lose weight because it has almost zero fat, releases water retention and is high in potassium. It is also used as a beauty food to promote better skin.

Sugar Cane and Water Chestnut Drink


  • skin rashes
  • measles


This recipe is for reducing internal heat and can help to alleviate pain during a measles outbreak. It can also be used regularly to detoxify the spleen, prevent rashes and for clearing internal heat during the spring and summer seasons.

INGREDIENTS (4 to 6 servings)

  • Fresh/Dried Rhizoma Imperatae 鮮茅根 – 60 gm (optional)
  • Carrot – 450 grams
  • Water chestnut – 300 grams
  • Sugar cane  – 500 grams


  1. Chop sugar cane into small pieces. Cut carrots into thin slices. Wash water chestnuts. You can either keep or remove the skin as you wish and crush them open with the back of a knife. Rinse the fresh root.

  2. Put all ingredients in a big soup pot half full of water (about 3 liters) and cook over medium heat for one and a half hours to about 6 cups of water is left.

  3. Strain and drink tea. The water chestnuts can also be eaten if desired.


Can be drunk regularly for the whole family

Read full article on Water Chestnut Healing Properties..

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