Contributed by: Bridget Fujioka Stress is an all too common occurrence in our daily lives, and now with the holidays around the corner, we experience the feeling even more. But, why is stress such a common occurrence and how do we cope with it? To understand how to manage it, we must first understand how stress works. Stress is a
by Erin Kumpf In Chinese theory, the passing of seasons is a reflection of the oscillation and interchanging of yin and yang: from the utmost yang (the brightness and heat of mid summer) to the utmost yin (the quiet, inward, solitude of winter.) We are now deep into to winter. Energetically, winter is associated with slowing down, of storage, and
by Erin Kumpf Mmmm…there is nothing like waking up after a good night’s sleep, right? That refreshed, ready-to-conquer-the-world feeling that propels us into the day with gusto. Well, that is a dwindling luxury that most of us cannot afford due to normal life circumstances: a demanding job, a late-night feeding for your newborn, or a task list a mile long
Did you know that Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) affects approximately 1 out of every 10 people?  Yes, it’s true. And, did you know that there is no diagnostic test for IBS? That is a condition diagnosed by certain signs and symptoms and based on exclusion?  Yes, that is also true! There is also no single cure or treatment
by Erin Kumpf LA.c MSTOM SPRING IS HERE. (I know you are as excited as I am about this statement.) As we move from the uber YIN, cold, retracted, inward and downward flowing, introspective season of winter (dominated by the Kidney energy and WATER element) we are beginning the transition into the season dominated by the LIVER and WOOD energy.
by Erin Kumpf, L.Ac. The New Year: the time is almost upon us once again. As 2014 draws to a close, we can reflect upon and take inventory of all the good that has come our way, all the goals we had set and actually accomplished, and maybe those things that didn’t make it to our 2014 list of accomplishments.