Immunity + Lung Health Class + Clinic! Special Event November 19

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The fall is a great time to take extra care of our lungs - this is when cold and flu season starts and the dry, windy weather kicks up allergies, coughs and other lung issues. For all of us in the Bay Area the awful fires this year have layered on a heavy burden of toxic smoke and breath-taking sadness, fear and shock. With my colleague Erin Wood of Erin Wood Acupuncture and Herbs, I'm offering a special afternoon class and treatment clinic at Vibrant Health and Wellness in downtown San Leandro. Learn herbs, foods, essential oils and breath work to help restore your lungs and prevent and treat cold and flu. After the workshop, we'll relax into a community style acupuncture treatment to boost your immunity and help you breath easy (needle free options available!)

Space is limited, $30 including samples and treatment. RSVP here.

Vibrant Health and Wellness in downtown San Leandro is home to an intimate upstairs workshop space. There is some parking including handicapped spaces behind the building, and lots of free street parking. The workshop will be held up one flight of stairs with a bathroom on the same level as the class. We will be using essential oils during the class. Call or email with any questions and I hope to see you there!

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Pop-up sale at Inkblot Gallery, Friday July 14, 6-9 pm

Photo collage by Denise Cicuto

Photo collage by Denise Cicuto

My friend and colleague Denise Cicuto is a gifted photographer, and as part of her deep work in the wisdom of the Five Elements over the last two years, she has created a photographic project evoking the embodied alchemical transitions of five elements through the year. I'll be joining Denise at the opening reception to share the first two available Healing Anointing oils we've created based in these elemental studies - Wood and Fire. These ready-to-use aromatherapy blends offer powerful healing for body, mind and spirit.

Join us at Inkblot Gallery, 933 Central Avenue, Unit B, Alameda, California 94501, part of Alameda Artwalk.

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TCMTalk February 1: Year of the Fire Rooster!

Denise and I are back with a new episode of TCMTalk! It will be available on our YouTube channel on February 1. We'll be sharing insights and celebrations for renewal as we mark the Lunar New Year celebrated in China, Vietnam, Korea and other Asian cultures, as well as by practitioners of Traditional Chinese and Traditional Asian medicine from all backgrounds.

We'll no longer be broadcasting live on Periscope, but we still want your ideas and questions! Contact us via social media (facebook + twitter) checkout our resources on Pinterest and of course watch our episodes on our YouTube Channel. You can also email us at TraditionalChineseMedicineTalk {at} gmail.com

Happy New Year!

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Join me at special events this month!

I have two great events coming up in November! Join me at the Manzanita Wellness Center in Berkeley for a Fall & Winter Wellness Open House, Sunday November 6 from 2-5 pm. Sample healing modalities from the Manzanita Collective including moxa, acupuncture, energy reading, massage, DIY medicine making and acu-yoga, and I'll be there offering seasonal facial treatments. My treatments are free, but I'll be collecting doations for the Standing Rock Medic & Healer Council. They are the folks on the ground providing health care to water protectors in Standing Rock in their struggle against the Dakota Access Pipeline. I'll also be donating a portion of the proceeds from all sales that day, and fellow healers are collecting warm winter hats, mitts and coats which will join a package going to the Water Protectors.

The following weekend, I'm co-hosting the second annual Opal Street Center Holiday Faire! I'll be joined by an amazing list of makers, healers and herbalists for a holiday sale. I'll be offering facial acupressure massage demos at 4:30, 5:30 and 6:30, and some special products I only offer at in-person events. Enjoy hot herbal bevvies and snax and get all your shopping done. Saturday, November 12 from 4-7 pm, 3947 Opal St. in Oakland.

I hope to see you!

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TCMTalk for October - Holistic Halloween Survival

This month Denise and I doing a special Hallowe'en Perispook, focused on surviving the sugary onslaught that's starting to rev up! Our fave acupressure, herbal support, essential oils and dietary strategies for keeping your balance as we head into sugar season.

Tune in live on Thursday, October 13 at 4 pm PST on Periscope  or watch the replay on our Youtube channel. You can find links to everything we discuss on TCMTalk on our Pinterest Board.

If you have questions, join us live or email us at TraditionalChineseMedicineTalk@gmail.com

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TCMTalk for September - Immunity, the energy of fall, and what's wrong with the world?

I'll be sharing more in written form in an upcoming blog post, but join me tomorrow on Periscope starting at 4 pm PST for TCMTalk live video chats. My colleague Denise is traveling this week, so I'm scoping solo. Learn more about my favourite essential oil and herbal helpers for the season, and some of my unfiltered thoughts on why we all need to slow.the.hell.down.

See you there! You can always watch archives of all vids from TCMTalk (including Denise's great September scopes on acupressure, cupping, gua sha and more) on our Youtube channel, and follow us on twitter, facebook and pinterest for links to everything we talk about and what's coming up.

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TCM Talk in May: Passion, Desire & Sex!

Join Denise from Cicuto Acupuncture and myself on Thursday May 5th and 19th at 4 pm PST on @tcm_talk on Periscope. This month we'll be discussing Passion, Desire & Sex - everything from Traditional Chinese Medicine theory about Yin and Yang; the herb called "Horny Goat Weed"; qi gong for healthy reproductive system; acupuncture, herbs and essential oils for conditions like painful intercourse and erectile dysfunction and much more! 

Send your questions to us at: traditionalchinesemedicinetalk@gmail.com 

Here are the lyrics to a hit madrigal from 1595, full of double-entendres about the month of May:

click to hear a recording of the madrigal!

click to hear a recording of the madrigal!

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Periscoping for the Holidays Continues!

Denise and I are continuing our holiday themed broadcasts withe a new series of mini-scopes, this Thursday, December 3 at 4 pm PST (tune in for the final one in this series on December 17!).

This Thursday, we'll be talking about gifts! We'll share our fave pics for wellness and natural health gifts, how to sidestep the insanity of over-consumption at this time of year, and talk about giving back - introducing you to some of the groups working to bring the healing power of acupuncture and Chinese Medicine to people who need it most.

We'll be scoping from my account, @SFHerbalKitchen. If you'd like to join in live, we'll be starting at 4 pm PST this Thursday, December 3. Go to www.periscope.tv/sfherbalkitchen to watch, or download the Periscope app to watch on your phone. You can also find links to everything we talk about and suggest, including recipes and products, on our Periscope Pinterest board, at www.bit.ly/PeriscopePins. Links to archives of the broadcasts will be there too, so you can watch anytime.

See you Thursday!

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Happy, Healthy Thanksgiving!

Denise and I are back with a burst of mini scopes, this time all about surviving and thriving through the next holiday here in America - Thanksgiving!

We'll do a series of quickie scopes, covering Thanksgiving Food, Travel Tips and Handling Holiday Stress, with some recipes, DIY and herbal health products you'll want to have on hand, and more.

We'll be scoping from Denise's account, @cicutoacu. If you'd like to join in live, we'll be starting at 4 pm PST this Thursday, November 19. Go to www.periscope.tv/cicutoacu to watch, or download the Periscope app to watch on your phone. You can also find links to everything we talk about and suggest, including recipes and products, on our Periscope Pinterest board, at www.bit.ly/PeriscopePins. Links to archives of the broadcasts will be there too, so you can watch anytime.

See you Thursday!

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Opal Street Center Holiday Fair! Saturday, November 14, 4-7 pm

I'm super lucky to be part of the inaugural Opal Street Center Holiday Fair! The Opal Street Center is a beautiful healing space in Oakland, right near the intersection of 40th and Broadway. The normally tranquil space will be humming with activity as I join almost a dozen other herbalists and makers featuring handmade remedies, body care, botanical jewelry, succulent gardens and more! I'll have holiday specials like gift sets, and some special products just for Opal Street. We'll have music, snacks and drinks, and I'll be doing facial massage demos using my luxurious serums, all evening long. Happy holidays and see you there!

Some of these makers can only be found at in-person events like the Holiday Fair!

 

Erin Wood, L.Ac  www.erinwoodacupuncture.com
Sage Staggs, L.Ac belly balms & uplifting mists www.sagestaggs.com
Linda Kim, L.Ac handmade herbal remedies for common ailments  lindakimacupuncture.com
Impressed by Nature handmade pressed flower & leaf jewelry www.beimpressedbynature.com
Summer Sequoia Tallow Balms and Candles www.summersequoia.com
Preserved DIY Fermentation Kits www.preservedgoods.com
Mermaid Medicinals Salves and Tinctures
Vanda's Gardens air plant terrariums
Celeste Zolezzi Art Prints, Magnets and Buttons celestezolezzi.tumblr.com
Taproot Medicine Strong Woman Herbal Iron Syrup  www.taprootmedicine.org
Pixie Plants by Tanya Stiller  Bay Nut Truffles, Lick your Lover Lube, and Herbal Bitters

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