Entries by Marie Oliver

Treating Adrenal Exhaustion with Chinese Medicine

Adrenal fatigue often occurs when we are experiencing prolonged periods of excessive stress. During this time the adrenal glands produce excessive levels of cortisol to aid in the flight or fight response of the body. Since most of the time we are responding to everyday deadlines or relationship stresses, we are not physically fighting or […]

The Pericardium Meridian- Summer Energy

We’ve talked about three of the energy pathways most active in summer, the fire element. The fourth pathway or organ meridian is Pericardium. Though the pericardium (the sack around the heart) is not considered an organ in western medicine, it has an important role in Chinese Medicine. The Pericardium Meridian protects the heart both physically […]

Tips for Optimum Health during Summer

The season of summer is one of maximum energy and heat. It is represented by the fire element. Nature is in full bloom as the energy moves outward. It is also a time for us to be more outgoing and enjoy being with friends and spending time outdoors. The fire element rules the heart, mind, […]

The Energies of Summer – Triple Burner Meridian

There are four energy pathways associated with the summer season. I’ve spoken in detail of the Heart Meridian and the Small Intestine Meridian. Today I want to discuss the Triple Warmer Meridian. The Triple Warmer or Triple Burner Meridian is a concept unique to Chinese Medicine. There is no corresponding organ related to this in […]

The Energies of Summer – Small Intestine

During summer, the time of the fire element, there are 4 meridians that are active inside our bodies instead of two. We’ve already spoken of Heart Meridian, there is also Small Intestine Meridian, Pericardium Meridian, and Triple Warmer Meridian. Today I want to discuss the partner of heart, Small Intestine Meridian. The small intestine is most active […]

The Heart Meridian and Summer

Since the heart meridian is so important, I’d like to talk a little more about it before discussing the other summer meridians. The warm weather of summer encourages us to be physically active outdoors.  It is a time to enjoy the weather and our friends.  Summer is a time for laughter, vacations, and fun. The […]

The Energies of Summer

Though technically it isn’t summer until the summer solstice on June 21st, we can feel the shift in the weather with the longer days and the warmer weather. The summer has begun.  This season represents abundant energy, expansion, growth, activity, and creativity. In Traditional Chinese Medicine, summer is ruled by the fire element, the color […]

The Five Element Theory of Traditional Chinese Medicine

Together with the Yin-Yang theory, the Five Element Theory forms the basis of Traditional Chinese Medicine theory, diagnosis, and treatment.   Traditional Chinese medicine was based on an observation of man in his environment.  In early times Chinese doctors identified patterns of continuous change and transformation in the universe and how these changes also occurred […]

Take Time to Recharge

We’ve spoken about the progression of the seasons with winter being the time to rest and conserve our energy and spring a time of activity and expanding our energy. If you are a person who was unable to rest and recharge during the winter months, you may be feeling worn thin by now. When our […]

Myofascial Release and Chronic Pain

Myofascial Release is a hands-on bodywork technique that can help in reducing chronic pain and improve range of motion.  It accomplishes this by utilizing gentle sustained pressure into tight restricted muscles and fascia (connective tissue). “Tight inflexible fascial restrictions can pull on muscles and other structures with up to 2000 pounds of pressure per square […]