Entries by Marie Oliver

Chinese Medicine and Sciatic Nerve Pain

Sciatica is a painful condition which begins in the lower back and radiates down one or both legs sometimes into the feet. It is caused by pressure on the sciatic nerve which extends from the lower back down the back of the leg. Sciatica is usually cited as the result of a structural issue; a […]

Anxiety and Chinese Medicine – continued

Last week I spoke about the effectiveness of Chinese Medicine when treating anxiety. Acupressure and acupuncture help to balance the body’s vital energy which affects the body, mind, and spirit.  Each yin organ energy pathway is associated with an emotion.  When an acupressure practitioner takes pulses during a session she/he determines where the energy imbalances […]

Treating Anxiety and Depression with Chinese Medicine

Anxiety and depression are mood disorders that are extremely common in our present society.  The symptoms of anxiety can range from mild discomfort to debilitating fear.  Doctors will prescribe an array of medications to treat anxiety and depression but many of these meds have undesirable side effects. Traditional Chinese Medicine can be quite effective in treating […]

The Energy of Fall

In ancient China and Japan peopled structured their lives to live in harmony with nature; their practices and eating habits changed with the change of seasons. Living as part of the natural world, they maintained balance and optimal health. The fall season is associated with the metal element “which governs organization, order, communication, the mind, […]

Maintaining Health During Autumn

Now that the weather has finally changed it’s time to prepare for autumn.  In nature, the energies begin to pull back and go deeper into the trees, shrubs, and earth. In our bodies, our vital energies also begin to circulate deeper into our organs to protect us from the cold. To maintain health and balance […]

The Psychological Aspect of Indian Summer in Chinese Medicine

The ancient Chinese believed that to be healthy we should align our energies with those of the current season. Indian Summer (late August till September) is harvest time in nature when there is great abundance. It is a time to gather and distribute the bounty of the earth. The earth element, which is the most […]

Protecting Against Heat Exhaustion

The heat waves we’ve been experiencing these last few weeks can cause us problems unless we plan our outdoor activities carefully.  Heat exhaustion can drain your energy, create dehydration and physical exhaustion. Those most easily affected are people over 65, children under 4 years old, people who are ill, obese, or those taking medication. Heat […]

Chinese Medicine in Late Summer

The weather in late summer is usually hotter and heavier with humidity than the rest of the season. Dampness is associated with the earth element which is most active this time of year. Late summer is a time for slowing down and gathering in. The earth element gives us the ability to nourish and care […]

The 24-hour Organ Clock of Chinese Medicine

Every so often I like to revisit the 24-hour meridian clock.  It has valuable information on how our energy cycles throughout our body during a day. “In Traditional Chinese Medicine, it is believed that each organ has its point of highest energy and lowest energy.” The 24-hour Meridian Clock shows the times when each meridian […]

The Value of Living in the Present Moment

“Unease, anxiety, tension, stress, worry- all forms of fear- are caused by too much future, and not enough presence. Guilt, regret, resentment, grievances, sadness, bitterness and all forms of non-forgiveness are caused by too much past, and not enough presence.” – Eckhart Tolle   “The secret of health for both mind and body is not […]