TCMTalk for 2017 - Holistic Healing for The Times We've Been Given

“I wish it need not have happened in my time," said Frodo.
"So do I," said Gandalf, "and so do all who live to see such times. But that is not for them to decide. All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.”

― J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring

This quote has been front of mind for me many times in my life, but never more so than in the months leading up to and following the American presidential election of 2016. These are grim days for those of us committed to a vision of world filled with diversity, with mutual care, with celebration, with love of our planet, and commitment to the future we leave for generations to come. Angelica & Peony and my work in the world is about healing - so even though being a potion maker and an acupuncturist may not seem inherently 'political,' it absolutely is.

Coming to the United States in my late 20s from Canada via Israel, I encountered a country without universal public health care for the first time. I was shocked to treat people as an intern at TCM school who would ask for herbs to treat serious infections. "I want you to see an MD, you may need antibiotics." or "I'd like you to have some tests so we can rule out some things" to be told "I don't have insurance, I can't afford to go to the doctor, that's why I'm getting treatment for my pneumonia at a student clinic for acupuncturists." I also vividly remember one of my first patients, a woman in her 70s with a severe heart condition. She was desperate for help to get back on her feet so she could return to work before she got fired. Every acupuncturist and healer I know has suffered with their patients for whom crushing economic and social realities stand in the way of health and well-being.

Denise and I have spent time discussing how we can contribute to what is and must become a growing national and global movement for the human future. As well as our personal activism, we are dedicating this year's episodes of TCMTalk, our video series about Traditional Chinese Medicine and holistic healing, in support of activists - all of us.

Join us through the year as we explore the energy of each season with a special focus on connections to activism and resilience, and ideas for self and other care to help us all stay as sane and healthy as we can. We begin at the beginning with Spring! Denise explores the element of the season, Wood, how to find balance, and common issues that we can be especially prone to at this time of year. Kirsten gets specific with her best advice for getting good sleep - especially when faced with imbalances in the Wood Element characterized by stress, anger and waking in the middle of the night.

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Denise and I will also be combining our activism and our healing at a great event on April 30th - Karma Clinic. We'll be offering Element balancing aromatherapy acupressure treatments, using unique essential oil healing blends that we've developed over the past year. All proceeds go to benefit Planting Justice. See the schedule for the day and book now with Energy Matters.

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Friday Roundup - October 16

What I've been reading, writing, thinking about and indulging in this week

Toxic Beauty Companies: It's October, which among other things, is 'Breast Cancer Awareness Month.' There's been lots of great discussion in recent years about the problem with 'pinkwashing.' This searing indictment from Peggy Orenstein is one I reread every October. This year Breast Cancer Action, an organization I got to know through my volunteer work at the Charlotte Maxwell Clinic, is raising the roof about an especially egregious 'pinkwash.'

Cosmetic companies donate products to people in treatment for breast cancer, and those products both CAUSE cancer and even interfere with treatment. If you're as horrified by that as I am, sign the BCA petition here, and of course, kick those toxic products out of your own bathroom, purse or gym bag! Breast Cancer Action believes 'Breast cancer is a social justice issue and a public health crisis' and I agree!

Homemade hotsauce: I love hot sauces and fermented pastes of all kinds. But a lot of my favorites have junk in them that I'd prefer to avoid. (oh Oyster Sauce, we have to break up!) This week I snagged some organic red jalapenos and in just a few minutes, whipped up my own completely natural and additive free chili paste. I've been having it on everything and have to make more! I used this recipe from Nom Nom Paleo, but made it a little chunkier than her 'sriracha' version. I also succumbed to the hype and bought some Red Boat Fish Sauce, the 'champagne of fish sauce' Honestly, it's not hype - this stuff is incredible!

Busy, busy bee! That's me! Fall is bringing me lots of opportunities and I'm working hard to share the word about Angelica & Peony. I'll be at the Patchwork Show  on October 25 in Jack London Square, and I'm excited to announce I'll be at the Opal Street Center on November 14 for a festive herbalist and maker fair with an amazing group of healers, more deets soon. My friend and colleague Denise Cicuto L.Ac and I have been having so much fun doing Periscope live broadcasts together, that we're going to make it a regular thing - catch us Thursday, October 29 at 4 pm PST for our next installment (and email or comment if you have questions about Chinese Medicine, natural health, gynecology or skin care that you'd like us to tackle!)

Have a great weekend!

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