Chinese Medicine sees movement as key to health and balance. Movement happens on many levels: physically, emotionally, spiritually, and mentally. Any one of these levels can have a profound effect on the other. They are all interdependent.
So to stay healthy, you have to know what moves you, what inspires you, and practice whatever brings you joy. I am a very visual person, and I constantly inspired by the beauty of the world around us. I'll be posting what moves me with #photoblog as often as possible. To healthy movement, inspiration, and passion:)
What's the best food to start your day, and when is the best time to eat breakfast?
According to Chinese Medicine, the best time to have your morning meal is from 7:00-9:00 AM. This is the high functioning time of the Stomach. The Stomach, according to Chinese Medicine, functions much like we know it to - it breaks down food, making it accessible to the Spleen to be used as nutrients for the body. The Spleen and Stomach together create each person's "post-heavenly qi" (with the lungs) which provides energy for the whole day.
From 9:00-11:00 the Spleen is working at peak function, and eating should be complete by this time. The Spleen isn't an organ system that's given much thought by most westerners, but according to ancient knowledge, the stomach and spleen work together to digest and assimilate food. The Spleen transforms nutrients and transports appropriately.
What's the best way to prep the Stomach and Spleen (and the rest of your body) for health throughout the day? A glass of warm (not too hot, not to cold) water, about 5-10 minutes before you start breakfast. Having this upon rising moistens the stomach and gently replenishes and revitalizes the body's fluids, which are essential for good health.
The Stomach, in the classic texts, is said to require a wet environment in order to do it's job, and the Spleen's work requires that the temperature not be too cold. Ice water, for example, is taboo in Chinese medicine, for it injures the qi (energy) of the Spleen.
A glass of warm water, followed by a congee or grain porridge is the ultimate way to set you up for health for the rest of the day. This is also very easy for the body to assimilate. I like to add soaked seeds and nuts, as well as fresh berries in the summer time, making it as delicious as it is healthful.
Hello, dear reader! So sorry that it has been quite a while since my last post, and I have been busy with my Acupuncture practice, studying Chinese herbs, and moving into a new home in Philadelphia. I was encouraged to blog today by a client; she reminded me of the importance of sharing the positive benefits of Acupuncture, and so I'm relating two experiences from this week that reminded me why I love the healing practice of Acupuncture.
This first was a retired gentleman, suffering from depression and anxiety. After the very sad news of Robin William's passing this week he was determined to seek help. He sent me an email the day after his treatment saying that he had slept peacefully, and was feeling better. After just one treatment. I was heartened by his response and I think even he was a bit surprised, but Acupuncture can go a long way in helping those suffering from depression and anxiety.
The second new patient was a middle-aged woman who had been thinking of coming to see me for over a year, but had postponed her visit because of a less than positive experience with another Acupuncturist. Her main reason for coming in was "feeling off-balance" and "not like herself." She was experiencing high stress at work, and has been developing numerous food sensitivities and allergies in recent years.
After her treatment, she said she felt "lighter." She was more relaxed, and calm. I spoke to her on the phone this morning, and in her words "I feel like myself again."
If you feel like you haven't "felt like yourself" in a while, it is probably time to seek stillness, balance, and tap into the spark that makes you who you are. Acupuncture can help.