Entries by Marie Oliver

Living in Harmony with the Fall Season

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) considers man part of nature.Therefore, if you live in an area of changing seasons, the changes taking place in nature are also being mirrored inside of you. To maintain health and prevent illness during fall, TCM recommends that we eat foods which grow locally this time of year and prepare for […]

The Energy of Autumn – Traditional Chinese Medicine

The Autumnal Equinox occurred on September 23rd this year. With the passing of the equinox, we begin to sense the dance of the subtle energies transforming summer into autumn. The nights are cooler, the days are shorter. The beautiful greenery of summer fades and the warm reds, oranges, and browns of fall emerge. Fall is […]

Supporting the Spleen Meridian during Indian Summer

During this beautiful time of year when the earth element, represented by the spleen and stomach meridians is most active, it is important to support these energies for optimal health. I’ve spoken quite a bit about the stomach meridian, so I would like to focus on the spleen energies for today. The Daoist philosophy, which […]

Chinese Medicine Tips for Indian Summer – continued

The ancient Chinese believed that to maintain good health one should live in harmony with the seasons of nature. During this time of year, the intense heat and brightness of summer give way to a cooler, less intense autumn. It is a time of transition from leisure to more serious pursuits. Children are back in […]

Chinese Medicine Tips for Indian Summer

Indian Summer (late summer) is the season of the earth element. It is a time to slow down and observe the abundance created during summer. It is also a time of self-reflection and self-awareness. With self-awareness, we can be cognizant of our needs and nourish ourselves. When our needs are met, we have the surplus […]

Tips for Staying Healthy in Summer

Though we are almost 2/3 through the season of summer, we still have hot, humid weather ahead of us. Staying hydrated and not overdoing activity during the hottest part of the day is important to avoid heat exhaustion. Some other important tips to stay safe are: Wear lightweight, light-colored, loose-fitting clothing Protect against sunburn Wear […]

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 […]