Entries by Marie Oliver

Treating Shingles with Chinese Medicine

I have a friend who is suffering from complications from shingles, so I wanted to research what Chinese Medicine has to offer for this condition. Shingles is an infection of a nerve and the skin surrounding it, which is caused by the same virus as chicken pox. Shingles usually occur in people over fifty but […]

Treating Chronic Inflammation with Chinese Medicine

In today’s deadline riddled, multitasking society, chronic inflammation seems to be an all too common occurrence. Though inflammation is a normal response to toxins, infections and foreign bodies; chronic inflammation can predispose an individual to various medical conditions. These conditions include: allergies, reflux, diabetes, heart disease, ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder) and inflammatory bowel disorders. […]

Supporting Bladder Energy During Winter

In past blog posts, I’ve spoken about the connection between bladder meridian and back pain.  Balancing the energy of the bladder meridian will help to relax tight back muscles and promote a state of deep relaxation. During the winter season, the energies are very strong in the kidney and bladder meridians.  It is especially important […]

Bladder Meridian and Back Pain

I’ve spoken of the Bladder Meridian being the longest and most influential since it crosses all the other meridians.  During winter the energies are most active in Bladder and Kidney Meridians.  This is the time of the water element.  When the Bladder Meridian is out of balance both physical and emotional symptoms can occur. Some […]

Living in Harmony with Nature during Winter

This is the time of year when nature is seemingly dormant.  Trees have lost their leaves, plants have shriveled and faded, and many animals hibernate.  Nature is pulling back its energy to rest, restore and renew to prepare for the activity of spring. We are also part of nature.  What happens inside our bodies is […]

The Energies of Winter – Bladder Meridian

The bladder meridian is the longest meridian in the body. It runs the entire length of the spine and has two parallel trajectories on either side of the spine. The bladder meridian runs through all the other meridians and so has an influence on them.  This meridian begins in the inner corner of the eye […]

The Energies of Winter

During the season of winter, the energies of nature are pulled back down into the earth.  Trees lose their leaves, flowers, and shrubs cease growing and go dormant. Many animals hibernate to conserve their energy when the abundance of food in nature is reduced. We are part of nature and it is also important for […]

Maintaining Health in Winter with Chinese Medicine

The ancient Chinese believed that living in harmony with the seasons of nature could prevent disease and promote health.  Winter is the most yin season when the flow of energy is cold, damp, slow and inward.  The days are shorter, and darkness comes early. The organs associated with winter are the kidneys and bladder. Today, […]

Treating Kidney Stones with Chinese Medicine

Kidney stones is a condition which has become much more prevalent in recent times.  A New York Times article by Laurie Tarkan on October 28, 2008, cites that urologists in some parts of the USA are reporting a noticeable increase in kidney stones, especially in women and children.  Recent statistics reported that 12% of men […]