Introduction to Acupuncture – Part 1

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) has been around for thousands of years. Although the first recorded history of TCM dates back over 2,000 years, it is believed that the origins of TCM go back more than 5,000 years (Micozzi, 2011). Chinese medicine was arrived at observing the patterns in the natural world.  It suggests that since […]

New ways to love carbs! – Part 1

How many different diet plans have you heard of and read in the past where you’ve been asked to eliminate carbohydrates- without a clear distinction between the ‘good’ vs. ‘bad’ carbohydrates – either completely or limit it to a minuscule amount in your diet to lose weight? I am sure plenty. Right? And, when you […]

Why do we fall ill?

Why do we really fall ill? Is diet, exercise and maintaining a healthy lifestyle sufficient for protecting ourself from illnesses or life threatening diseases? Ever wondered if there are factors beyond these that might be affecting your health and well being. I have seen friends and family members who have blamed themselves for their illnesses. […]

The ‘Low-Fat’ Fad

For years, we have tried to reduce fat consumption without a clear distinction between good vs. bad fats in hope of better health. “ Eating a low-fat, low –cholesterol diet” has been the mantra for decades and millions of us have tried to follow this advice hoping to lose weight, prevent heart disease and other […]

Life at 75

In today’s day and age when it is hard enough to fathom what will happen in the next minute, attempting to predict what my life will be like at the age of 75 and above is highly difficult. But I do think that it is important, as it will allow me to plan for my […]

General dietary guideline for a Pitta predominant person

This dosha usually gets aggravated in the summer time and hence Pitta persons should focus on a diet that cools, is sightly heavy and a little dry. Foods that are sweet, bitter and astringent are better suited for them and they should avoid sour, salty and pungent tasting foods (for example too much yogurt and […]

General dietary guideline for Vata predominant person

Since Vata predominant people are usually talkative and have sporadic bursts of energy, they should mainly focus on a diet that calms, strengthen, grounds and nourishes. Vata usually goes in an imbalance or is aggravated in fall and early winter, hence foods that are warm,sour and salty are recommended Vata persons are uncomfortable in the […]