Qi gong: Vitalizing Body, Mind, and Spirit

Our bodies respond not only to physical medicines but also to the more subtle energetic realms that provide the “juice” or “qi” [CHEE] that sustains our lives. Without this enlivening force, our bodies would be nothing more than sacks of bones...

Herbal Allies to Build the Immune System

Cold and flu season approaches . . . are you waiting for a germ to “catch” you? In reality, we do not “catch” viruses and bacteria. Every day we are surrounded and covered by billions of microbes. A bacteria or virus invades, or overgrows, only...

Herbal Allies For Healthy Digestion

How often have you pushed yourself away from the dinner table with a sour taste in your mouth or an ache in your belly? If you are like most Americans, you may not eat at a table – many of us eat our meals in cars, driving 65 miles an hour and chewing at the...

Cranberry Juice Treats Cystitis and More

Long touted as a folk remedy for cystitis, recent research explains why cranberry juice helps both treat and prevent bladder infections. Cranberries block E. coli, the most common bacterial cause of bladder infections, from attaching to the bladder wall.1,2 Elderly...

Inflammation and Chronic Disease

Judith Boice, N.D., L.Ac. You likely are very aware of the symptoms of acute inflammation. After falling on your knee, for example, you may experience pain, swelling, redness and heat in the area where you landed. These acute inflammatory symptoms are designed to...

Fats and Oils

Essential fatty acids Despite its maligned media image, fat is one of several vital nutrients in our diet. We need fats for many important functions in the body. Cholesterol, for example, is the building block for all of our reproductive hormones. Cholesterol and...