Tag Archives: food

Pain Bagnat

August 15, 2012



This recipe doesn’t really have much to do with Chinese food energetics, but as a New Englander, I often think local and in season trumps any sort of theoretical knowledge, no matter how old it may be. Besides, even according to the acupuncturist’s calender of dos and don’ts, August is “earth time,” damp and plentiful, […]

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Salad While You Can

August 3, 2012

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For most of the year, I’m not a huge advocate of “the salad.” I see people ordering icy cold plates of lettuce and raw peppers in January and I can’t help but cringe. But, when we finally hit summer’s muggy humid heat, when bare feet become the footwear of choice and gardens offer up endless […]

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Summer Hangover Soup

July 13, 2012



It’s mid-summer. Let’s talk heat stroke, shall we? This is the one area you don’t need to have a deep philosophical understanding of Chinese medicine to get. I mean, when you’re hot and feel kind of sick from it, you’d probably love to dump some excess heat. Typical reactions to the malaise, nausea, headache and […]

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Atkins on Toast

July 11, 2012

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Finally we have a decent study that proves not all calories are created equal. The study, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, examined how three popular diets affect metabolism and weight loss. Specifically it put the standard low-fat, high carb diet so beloved by cardiac surgeons, against an Atkins’- like high fat, […]

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On Food and Pyramids

April 25, 2012


garlic, chilies, cinnamon, ginger and black pepper are warming

Here’s another acupuncture myth- we’re all health nuts. To some extent, that’s true, although I’ve known many an acupuncture student who lived off of pizza and beer. When it comes to health, from a Chinese medicine perspective, it isn’t necessarily your everyday salad+athletica nervosa affair. It calls for moderation, including all these so-called health habits. […]

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