While Cat’s TCM Notes is not a veterinary medicine site, I have nonetheless learned quite a lot about health and TCM from my pets. When my German shepherd was diagnosed with COPD a number of years ago I had just graduated from AOMA. I was … Continue reading →
Last week I gave a talk on patient care practices for transgender, gender-fluid, and non-gender conforming patient populations. The following guidelines are based on my own experience treating these patients. I’m not the definitive expert, but I believe I have enough … Continue reading →
Walking out of school with student loans and needing to make money is very Not Fun. Many of us are cash-poor right out of school and that makes things difficult because you really do need money to make money. The … Continue reading →
I am really, really tired of the Keep Calm stuff and I bet you are too, but in this case it’s really poignant. Your first task in starting your own business (after the resting-after-you-graduate part) is to understand that you … Continue reading →
Ok, it’s not really smoke on the water, it’s smoke in the air. I walked out of my house yesterday and smelled what I thought was a goofy neighbor firing up the grill. Nope. Bastrop is on fire. Again. Smoke from … Continue reading →
I learned all about sciatic pain and low back pain in school. From a TCM perspective you look for injury, treat any Kidney deficiency, cup the back, put needles into Bl 23 and Gb 30 and/or Huanzhong, needle Bladder 40, … Continue reading →
Euphoria, relief, terror, urgency. These were the four emotions that cycled through, overlapped, and generally disturbed my shen once I finally graduated from TCM school. I was so relieved to be done with school and yet the realization that there … Continue reading →
Did you know that in Chinese medicine acupuncture and herbs are considered extreme interventions? True story. In many parts of the world where Chinese medicine is practiced the first thing a Chinese doc will prescribe to you to resolve a given condition is often diet, exercise, and qigong/meditation/tai chi.
By thinking of food as medicine instead of food as emotional numbing tool or food as entertainment you can heal a lot of physical problems. Shifts in food perspective can heal you and in a broader scope it can heal the planet.
I’m not bagging on meat eaters. If you hunt, raise your own critters and eat them, if you know someone personally who does this for you, then you’re better off than most. What I AM bagging on is agri-business, which is high on cruelty and exploitation, high on chemical additives and hormones, and doesn’t give a damn about you other than your ability to hand over your money.
If you’re not vegan, I challenge you to give it a try for just one day a week and pay attention to how you feel both mentally and physically. There are a lot of options for a plant-based diet now that will fill you up, make your tastebuds happy, make you a healthier person, and will give your healing practice a whole new boost of energy too. When your diet is clean your energy will be clean and patients will start responding to you in a whole new way.
We learn in Chinese medicine that moms should rest for a month or more – and I mean really rest in a 24×7 style – after the birth of their babies. That might seem kind of silly from a Western cultural perspective, … Continue reading →
If you hold a conversation with me for more than about five minutes you will often hear me talk about stress and how it’s killing us. I talk about it, write about it and recommend mindfulness meditation to just about anyone … Continue reading →