Chive Blossome Vinegar (Yang tonic)

Feeling tired, cold, sluggish, or just plain blah? These may be signs that you’re be running low in Yang, which is the energy that warms us up and gives us the oomph to get up n’ go. Fortunately, there are simple things we can do to boost our Yang, including eating a humble spring vegetable […]

Something You Can Trust

Uncertainty. Even the word makes me squirm. I much prefer knowing what to expect—like how long it will take to get somewhere or when I’m going to have company. When I’ve got the facts, I feel more relaxed and can breathe easier. And then there are those times when tragedy hits, and there’s just no […]

Turning Point

A string of bells jingled as we opened the door, announcing our arrival. My heart raced, and my stomach tightened as I imagined what my first acupuncture treatment would be like. The last thing I wanted was to be stuck with a bunch of needles (especially after being poked and prodded by so many doctors […]

Leaving the Nest

For the first time in over 2 years, I felt like I was making headway. I felt good enough to finish my art courses, and I finally got my high school diploma. I also started cooking my own meals, and I even left the house occasionally with Mom, but something still wasn’t right. Even though […]

Sweet Relief

It had been over a year and a half since the day I got sick… The fever and nausea finally started to subside (hallelujah!), but I still felt queasy and bloated, and I didn’t have the energy to get out of bed—much less leave the house. I had already been to 14 doctors, and I […]


I lay there in the dark, strategizing how to get to my landline on the other side of the room. Eventually, I mustered up the strength to roll over, and then I slid off the side of my bed onto the carpet. It took about half an hour to crawl-rest-crawl my way over to my […]

Coming to a Head

Graduation was just around the corner, and I had one thing on my mind—to move to the city and become a hairstylist. It was a dream I’d had since I was five years old. I’d spend hours giving my mom “free hairdos” in my imaginary salon. Here’s one of the first of many “tickets” I […]

How it All Began

I remember the moment I got sick. It was a snowy Maine night in December of 1991, halfway through my senior year in high school. I was playing pool with my boyfriend in his parents’ garage—smoking Camel cigarettes and listening to The Doors on cassette. It was my turn to take a shot when a […]

Table Talk

Digestion goes far beyond what you put in your mouth. For example, have you ever noticed how much harder it is to take in food when you’re surrounded by clutter and noise? Or how about when you’re in a bad mood? According to Chinese medicine, your thoughts, emotions, words, and environment all get digested—right along […]

Rooted Joy

Not to be a party pooper, but I think enthusiasm is overrated. Don’t get me wrong. I’m all for genuine joy and elation. But there’s also this other kind of enthusiasm that we paint on our faces when we want folks to like us or we think we’re being polite. You know, like when you […]

Three Ways to Boost Your Blood (and why it’s so important)

The other day, I hit a wall. I was laying on the couch, surrounded by papers and dirty lunch dishes, trying to organize my to-do list. I was so tired I couldn’t think straight, and everything felt much more overwhelming than it needed to be. “I don’t know what to do with myself!” I whined […]

Extra Strength Grounding

If you’re feeling frazzled or scattered these days, it’s totally understandable. The events of the past week (on top of the last year) are enough to throw anyone for a loop. This calls for some extra strength grounding. In this video, I’ll show you how to harness the deep stillness of the Water Element, amplified […]