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Chinese Medicine Living Newsletter 07

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This month I want to talk about inspiration. Inspiration has always been very important to me. It is the fuel that allows me to do all the things I do and renews my faith that there are amazing things happening in the world and that the forces of good are alive and well. This is one of the reasons that it was important to have an inspiration section in the newsletter so that I could share things that inspired me every month in hopes that they might do the same for you.

This month I heard about a teacher who has found an amazingly creative and pragmatic way to teach his students to be compassionate, kind, loving beings and at the same time teaching them the skills theat they will need to save the world. This incredible man is John Hunter and the game is called World Peace. There is a documentary about it which is called World Peace and Other Fourth Grade Achievements. I hope it will inspire you as much as it inspired me. :)

This month our article High Blood Pressure? Eat More Celery is featured on, and in their newsletter for August. Awesome!

Here Are This Months Articles...

Summer Food & Preparation According to Chinese Medicine

By Emma Suttie, D.Ac

To fully embody summer, Chinese medicine suggests that we embody yang - expansion, growth, light and outward expression, activity, brightness and creativity. Summer is a time of luxurious growth. To be in harmony with this season it is best to wake early and soak up the summer sun just as the plants do. Have your work, play and all the things you do be joyful and fill you with a sense of happiness and peace. This is a season to allow the bounty of the outside world feed and nourish us.

One of the joys of summer is having an unlimited variety of brightly coloured fruits and vegetables so you can enjoy creating beautiful meals using many colours and textures, as well as creating gorgeous floral arrangements for your home and table which nourish the eyes as well as the body.

Cooking should be light, like steaming or sautéing to keep the vitality of the food while adding a bit of spicy or pungent flavour to nourish the heart, the organ representing summer. When sautéing, use high heat for a very short time, and when steaming or simmering do so quickly so food retains its nutrients. Use more water for cooking in summer and less salt.

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Living With The Seasons - Summer

Loving Your Spleen in Chinese Medicine

By Emma Suttie, D.Ac

One of the most common things I see in my practice is problems with digestion. Interestingly, this isn’t usually the reason that people come to see me, but when I am going through the medical history, it usually comes up. The sad thing is that most people live with digestive problems when in TCM they are relatively easy to fix with a little treatment ,nutritional counselling and some tips on how to help support and strengthen our digestions.

Now, a lot of people think of the spleen as in the western medicine spleen, part of the immune system and responsible for the production of white blood cells (lymphocytes) and removal of old red blood cells. It is not the same as it is in TCM. The spleen in Chinese medicine is paired with the Stomach, and both are the main organs of digestion for the body. The difference is that they not only digest food, but also stimulus and information – everything that comes into the body through our sense organs.

What you learn your first year in Acupuncture school when learning TCM theory, is that we live in a Spleen deficient culture. We are constantly taking in information, and that information has to be processed by, you guessed it, the Spleen. We eat in front of the TV (taking in food, and stimulus at the same time), we are constantly looking at our mobile devices on the road and wherever we go, and we are always multitasking. Never doing just one thing at a time. And thus, we are overloading our poor Spleens.

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The Thyroid in Chinese Medicine

By Emma Suttie D.Ac

The thyroid is a small butterfly shaped gland that wraps around the trachea (windpipe) in the throat. The thyroid’s function is to secrete hormones (thyroxine) that help regulate heart rate, blood pressure, body temperature, and the rate at which food is converted into energy. Thyroid hormones are essential for the function of every cell in the body. They help regulate growth and the rate of chemical reactions and our body’s metabolism. Thyroid hormones also help children grow and develop.

The thyroid uses iodine, a mineral found in some foods and in iodized salt, to make its hormones. The two most important thyroid hormones are thyroxine (T4) and triiodothyronine (T3). Thyroid stimulating hormone(TSH), which is produced by the pituitary gland, acts to stimulate hormone production by the thyroid gland. The thyroid gland also makes the hormone calcitonin, which is involved in calcium metabolism and stimulating bone cells to add calcium to bone.

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Alan Watts Says

The meaning of life is just to be alive. It is so plain and so obvious and so simple. And yet, everybody rushes around in a great panic as if it were necessary to achieve something beyond themselves.



Inspirational Film of the Month :)
World Peace and Other Fourth Grade Achievements
World Peace and Other 4th-Grade Achievements interweaves the story of John Hunter, a teacher in Charlottesville, Virginia, with his students' participation in an exercise called the World Peace Game. The game triggers an eight-week transformation of the children from students of a neighborhood public school to citizens of the world. The film reveals how a wise, loving teacher can unleash students' full potential.

Watch the extended trailer of World Peace and Other Fourth Grade Achievements.

Watch John Hunter's moving TED talk. It was voted most influential TED talk of 2011. :)

John Hunter puts all the problems of the world on a 4'x5' plywood board -- and lets his 4th-graders solve them. At TED2011, he explains how his World Peace Game engages schoolkids, and why the complex lessons it teaches -- spontaneous, and always surprising -- go further than classroom lectures can.

Acupuncture & Chinese Medicine in the News

Acupuncture & Chinese Medicine in the News

Why Acupuncture is Giving Skeptics the Needle

4 Ways the Eyes Reflect Liver Problems

China to Regulate TCM Market

5 Best Complements to Acupuncture

Effects of Acupuncture for Cancer Pain and Quality of Life - A Case Series

The GP's Who Say Wacky Alternative Cures like Herbs, Hypnotism and Indian Massage AREN'T Hokum

Acupuncture Reduces High Blood Pressure

Acupuncture's Popularity for Medication-Free Pain Relief Grows

What is Acupressure and What Does it Do?

Acupuncture for Frequent Urination During Pregnancy

Go Under the Needles for a Beautiful You

Does Acupuncture Work?

Recipe of the Month with NourishU

Recipe Of The Month with NourishU

Daikon - The Cancer Fighting Radish


  • Daikon – one (large)
  • Salt – 2 spoonfuls
  • Rice vinegar – one bottle
  • Organic cane sugar – one cup or to taste


  1. Wash daikon (with skin) with a vegetable scrubber and rinse clean.
  2. Cut out the top and bottom part, cut daikon into a few large sections and then cut each section diagonally into eight or ten pieces.
  3. Put all in a stainless steel pot or container and add salt. Toss daikon to mix with salt for about 5 minutes.
  4. Transfer all with juice to a glass container and add sugar and then vinegar to cover the daikon.
  5. Shake well until all sugar is dissolved and put it in the fridge. The daikon is ready to eat in a week.


Use a clean fork to take out the required amount each time to prevent contamination. Use the vinegar separately for cooking or use it to cure mouth sores by drinking a small cup.

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