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  • How TCM Can Help You Avoid “Fifty-Year-Old-Shoulder”

    How TCM Can Help You Avoid “Fifty-Year-Old-Shoulder”

    Joint pain can be a huge burden, especially as we age. One of the most common issues people face as they approach their 50s is what some TCM practitioners call “fifty-year-old-shoulder.” Also known as frozen shoulder or impingement syndrome, this shoulder pain can be extremely aggravating and keep you from doing the tasks and activities…

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  • Chinese Herbs for Acid Reflux

    Chinese Herbs for Acid Reflux

    There’s nothing worse than enjoying a delicious meal only to be interrupted by the uncomfortable burn of acid reflux. But don’t give up all your favorite foods just yet – Chinese herbs for acid reflux can help! It’s true, this common condition can turn any meal into an uncomfortable ordeal. But the key to enjoying…

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  • TCM and Nutrition: Eating for the Seasons

    TCM and Nutrition: Eating for the Seasons

    In Traditional Chinese Medicine, each season is more than just a change in weather; it’s an opportunity to align our bodies and live in tune with nature. With late summer – the “fifth season” of TCM – upon us, now is the perfect time to rethink what we put on our plates and eat in…

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  • Chinese Herbal Cures for Summer Sport Injuries

    Chinese Herbal Cures for Summer Sport Injuries

    Summertime is here – and it’s the prime season for outdoor activities. Whether you’re exercising outside, playing sports, or just enjoying some time in the sun with friends and family, enjoying the summer and staying active also helps you maintain your best health. But, all that extra exercise can come at a cost. Increased activity…

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  • Chinese Herbs for a Restorative Postpartum

    Chinese Herbs for a Restorative Postpartum

    For expecting moms, pregnancy and preparing for your baby is just the beginning of your new life as a mother – and your new body.  In the weeks that follow the birth of your baby, you are also reborn as a new version of yourself. While this is an incredible transition, it can come with…

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  • 10 Natural Topical Treatments for Joint Pain

    10 Natural Topical Treatments for Joint Pain

    If you’ve ever struggled with joint pain, you know how it can turn even the simplest daily tasks into aggravating challenges. Reaching for an over-the-counter pain reliever is a common first step for many arthritis and joint pain sufferers, but if you’re reading this, you might be curious about natural alternatives. The good news is…

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  • Chinese Herbs for Stroke Recovery and Prevention

    Chinese Herbs for Stroke Recovery and Prevention

    A stroke is a serious medical event with some potentially serious consequences. But did you know that taking quick, restorative action after a stroke can help reduce the lingering effects of stroke? Or that there are ways you can reduce your risk of stroke – including taking Chinese herbal medicine? While modern medicine has made…

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  • Best Chinese Herbs for Adrenal Fatigue

    Best Chinese Herbs for Adrenal Fatigue

    These days, trying to stay on top of a successful career, a clean home, a vibrant social life, and healthy habits can feel impossible. We burn the candle at both ends to try to have it all, which leaves many of us feeling burned out. As a result, conditions like adrenal fatigue are skyrocketing. Feeling…

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  • The Best Chinese Herbs for Gout

    The Best Chinese Herbs for Gout

    Gout, a painful form of arthritis, is becoming increasingly common worldwide. In fact, over 8.3 million Americans suffer from this burning toe pain every year. Thankfully, Chinese herbs for gout offer a safe and natural way to ease the pain. The usual treatments for gout often involve medications, which can have side effects and don’t…

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  • Joint pain can be a huge burden, especially as we age. One of the most common issues people face as they approach their 50s is what some TCM practitioners call “fifty-year-old-shoulder.” Also known as frozen shoulder or impingement syndrome, this shoulder pain can be extremely aggravating and keep you from doing the tasks and activities…

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