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Spring is the time for a liver cleanse!

By Cindy Black / March 16, 2010 /

As the snow and ice melt around us, plants that have been hibernating all Winter begin pushing through dirt, rock, cement, and pavement, to start the cycle of regeneration again. This action of pushing up through the hard soil and reaching for the sun relates to the Wood element in Chinese Medicine. Trees and perennials…

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Accidental Aromatherapy

By Cindy Black / March 8, 2010 /

I have worked with my partner, Andrea Butje, for more than a decade on our company, Aromatics International*. This is a company devoted to providing essential oils for Aromatherapy. After pouring many gallons of essential oils, you’d think I know how to make a therapeutic blend – think again! I love the essential oils, which is…

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Check out your drugs

By Cindy Black / March 1, 2010 /

Looking for information about the drugs you are taking? Drugs.com is a comprehensive website for looking up almost any drug on the market – over the counter or prescribed. I use this site to check on side effects and/or adverse effects of medications that my patients are taking. You can also use this site to…

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Treat Your Feet

By Cindy Black / February 22, 2010 /

Warm foot soak! A simple warm foot bath feels especially luxurious on these cold winter days! Recently, I treated myself to a fabulous hot foot soak. Some simple things are just too good to be true, this is one of them! I used a regular dish pan, filled it with hot water (you know, not so hot…

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Why Acupuncture?

By Cindy Black / February 15, 2010 /

Wondering what acupuncture can treat? The World Health Organization has wondered too. Over the years, the WHO has met to review the validity of acupuncture. Meeting in 1998 to review controlled clinical trials of acupuncture performed around the world, the WHO created the following list of diseases that have been clinically proven to respond to…

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Iron Tiger

By Cindy Black / February 12, 2010 /

February 14, 2010 marks both the Chinese and Tibetan New Year: The Year of the Iron Tiger. Wondering what it means? Me too. So, I searched around and found the most complete assessment and explanation at the Digital Tibetan Buddhist Altar. I hope you enjoy the post as much as I did. Seems like this is going…

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Tao Te Ching

By Cindy Black / February 8, 2010 /

Tao Te Ching Eight The highest good is like water. Water gives life to the ten thousand things and does not strive. It flows in places men reject and so it is like the Tao. In dwelling, be close to the land. In meditation, go deep in the heart. In dealing with others, be gentle…

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Consistency is Over-Rated

By Cindy Black / January 29, 2010 /

That is my thought today as I reflect on how long it’s been since my last post. I have been imagining myself at confession, “Forgive me, it has been 16 days since my last post…” Sometimes it seems all I can do is inhale. After 16 days of inhaling, you’d think it would be time…

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cell salts

Cell Salts

By Cindy Black / January 13, 2010 /

What are cell salts? Cell salts are also called biochemic tissue salts, or mineral salts. Cell salts were discovered and named as the science of biochemistry was sprouting in the early 1800’s – primarily in Europe. A German medical doctor, Dr. W. H. Schuessler (1821-1898) is considered the originator of cell salt theory and practice.…

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