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Celebrating Autumn! The Metal Element

“The three months of Fall are called the period of tranquility of one’s conduct…Soul and spirit should be gathered together in order to make the breath of Fall tranquil…all of this is the protection of one’s harvest. In the autumn all things in creation approach their harvest, perfection and completion.”  Lao Tzu: Tao Te Ching . . .

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The Five Branches of Traditional Chinese Medicine

The five branches of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) that maintain and restore an individual’s harmony with nature include: Acupuncture, Herbs, Massage (Tuina), Qigong (energetics and exercise), and Chinese Dietary Medicine. Acupuncture uses very fine needles to regulate Qi (Yang energy) and Blood (Yin fluids), produced by the internal organs, which flow through the 12 meridians. . . .

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Traditional Chinese Medicine & Fertility

How long will I have acupuncture treatments?  Typically 3-6 months, 1-2 weekly visits. However, treatment terms inevitably vary patient to patient depending on schedules. Shall I bring my male partner also?  Sure.  Even if your male partner has not had a Western diagnosis of fertility-related problems, TCM treatments (traditional Chinese medicine) contribute to his good . . .

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Fertility: Food, Herb, Supplement Concepts in Traditional Chinese Medicine

Jing Foods:   (for sperm/egg quality) Royal Jelly, bee pollen Chicken/duck eggs, fish eggs(roe, caviar) Seeds/nuts Oysters (boosts zinc for sperm) Seaweeds/algae (good for thyroid too) Artichokes, nettles, oats, raw organic milk Yin Foods: (cooling, nourishes fluids/blood) Water Barley/millet String beans, asparagus, seaweeds, dark leafies, cucumbers, water chestnuts, asparagus, celery, romaine, squash, apples, pears Dark . . .

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Natural Bug Repellant

This all natural deet-free bug spray is locally handcrafted here on the Central Coast by Botanica 805, a small-batch, modern apothecary business.  This blend uses pest deterring  organic essential oils that are not only effective against pesky critters, but smells great! Bug Off| 4 oz:  $16 Ingredients:  Distilled water, organic watch hazel, organic essential oils . . .

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