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A Psychotherapy You’ve Likely Never Heard of

ISTDP (Intensive Short Term Dynamic Psychotherapy) is a unique model of experiential psychotherapy that less than 1% of therapists in the world practice. ISTDP’s therapeutic approach and interventions were specifically designed for patients whose traditional therapy did not work.  ISTDP has its roots in psychoanalytic theory. It uses a special way of looking at the causes of suffering and how to attain long-lasting healing (from what is usually a lifetime of...

Smooth Sailing: How to Make Long Flights a Breeze

Last week we spoke with about summer travel here: Traveling This Summer? With the season winding down, it's time to start thinking about returning to our regular routines. But before we do, let's talk about something important: Long Flights. We all know they can be uncomfortable, so what can you do to make them a bit more bearable? Swelling and pain in the limbs after a long journey is a common experience for many...

Don’t Let the Heat Beat You! Helpful Tips for Safe Summer Exercise

Summer arrives suddenly, often before you even realize it! Today, as I am writing this, the outside temperature is 33 °C, but the humidity is over 60%, making it feels like 38 °C (based on the heat index chart below). Even in my room, the temperature is around 30 °C but the humidity is more than 70%! According to data from the World Health Organization, between 2000 and 2016 the number of people exposed to heatwaves...

Six Sex Hormones Needed for Women’s Wellness

The female body is a beautiful and complex system. Without proper levels of hormones in the body, women can experience many negative physical challenges to reproductive health. Here is a breakdown of six key female sex hormones that play unique, integral roles in reproductive and endocrine physiology: 1. Follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH): ·Stimulates the growth and development of ovarian follicles. ·Helps in the maturation of eggs. 2. Luteinizing hormone (LH): ·Works in conjunction with FSH to play a...

TCM Tips for a JOYFUL SUMMER

Joy, as an emotional state, is seen as a manifestation of the Heart's Qi or energy in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). From a TCM perspective, joy is not just happiness, but a feeling of deep satisfaction that comes from living a meaningful life. When we experience joy, ___: o the heart's Qi expands. o we feel light, open, and connected. o it helps to regulate the heart's rhythm. o our blood circulation improves. o it supports the...

Support your child’s digestive system with Tuina (massage)

Pediatric massage is an external Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) therapy which stimulates certain acupuncture points or bodily areas in children to alleviate and prevent pediatric conditions by facilitating the flow of qi and blood while simultaneously optimizing the organs' functions. Chinese pediatric massage is useful for treating children up to 8 years of age. However, the younger the child is, the more effective pediatric massage can be. For supporting children’s gastrointestinal issues,...

Kid’s Diarrhea in Summer

During summer in Shanghai, the weather is hot and humid. Many mothers are noticing changes in the color, shape, and frequency of their kids' stools. These stools are thin and watery, with an increased frequency. How does TCM understand this and what methods can help kids? Why Are Kids More Prone to Diarrhea in Summer? Pathogeny: Improper feeding: such as excessive consumption of raw, cold, sweet, and greasy foods, and excessive lactation. ...

Chiropractic Treatment: A Solution to Neck Problems

Have you ever experienced neck pain or discomfort? There’s been a tremendous increase in these issues over the past two decades. Ideally, the spine forms a healthy cervical curve in the neck. However, we’re beginning to see a straightened neck or a forward-curved spine in the neck. Much of this comes from our daily patterns, such as bending forward to look at phones and computers. As people are using their phones...

Unlocking the Healing Powers of Acupuncture

Introduction Acupuncture is a traditional Chinese medicine practice that has been in use for thousands of years. It involves inserting thin, sterilized needles into specific points located on different meridians to balance the body’s energy, stimulate healing, and promote relaxation. In this comprehensive guide, we will explore the various benefits of acupuncture, the reasons why people might be hesitant to try it, and the different techniques and practices associated with this...

Real Self-Care for Mother’s Day: Setting Boundaries

  Dear Mothers, As Mother's Day approaches, you will probably receive lots of kind messages and gifts.  It may seem as if this is the only day you are seen and validated. Strong family bonds usually are a good sign. However, when they are "too close for comfort”, you often get tangled up in enmeshment in which your identity becomes wrapped up in meeting others' needs. Your life goals are thwarted, which...