The holidays are fast approaching and we all will be tempted by high-sugar, high-fat treats. On average, people gain 7 to 15 lbs over this time of the year. Not only that, but this high sugar intake depletes our immune systems, leaving us more vulnerable to seasonal colds and flu’s.
Ode to the Gallbladder
“You who do so much
to help me digest fats and such,
occasionally seem to be quite unhappy,
causing me to feel more than a little crappy.
As a Doctor of Oriental Medicine, I prefer to seek natural alternatives to pharmaceuticals for myself and my family, and I love helping patients do this as well, in order to reduce or eliminate their need for drugs. But this is not always possible with every patient, condition or medication.
You’ve heard of yoga and its wonderful benefits, right? And meditation, of course. And many people are familiar with the slow, martial arts type movements of Tai Qi (“tie chee”). But, have you heard about Qi Gong (“chee gung”)? In fact, Tai Qi is one form of Qi Gong, of which there are many forms and lineages that have been passed down through the millenia in China.
First thing every morning, I partake in a lovely 20 minutes of rejuvenation with the Five Tibetans. They wake me up gently, work out my kinks, get my blood flowing and my energy moving. I really enjoy my daily practice with them, and you can too…