Eileen T. Dube, MAc, MS-PREP, LAc, DiplAc (NCCAOM)
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What do my tongue and pulse tell you?

This is one of the most common questions that I am asked. In Chinese medicine, we look for ‘patterns of disharmony’. Which basically means we try to understand how your body, mind and/or spirit may be out of balance. While Western or allopathic medicine diagnose you using tests like blood work and MRIs, we use [Read more →]

January 8, 2014   Comments Off on What do my tongue and pulse tell you?

Winter: Time of Maximum Yin

From the Winter 2010 Newsletter:

taijiThe cycle of the seasons moves us from the hottest days of summer to the coldest days of winter.  As the familiar TaiJi circle reminds us, yin (cold, dark) and yang (hot, light) are always transforming into one another.  In winter, [Read more →]

January 8, 2014   Comments Off on Winter: Time of Maximum Yin

Sinus Congestion?

As we all huddle close and indoors in winter, we are more likely to share viruses of all sorts.  I have been seeing lots of colds, flus and the resulting sinus issues… congestion and even sinus infections. Does this sound like you or someone you know?  [Read more →]

January 7, 2014   Comments Off on Sinus Congestion?

The Season of Your Will

From the Winter 2011 Newsletter:

In Chinese medicine, each season has physical, emotional and spiritual elements that influence our lives. Winter’s spiritual aspect is the will.  When we think of having a strong will, we might think of that ‘willful’ toddler who simply will not let go of that favorite toy or any idea that they have settled on.  But as we age, [Read more →]

November 19, 2012   Comments Off on The Season of Your Will

Harvesting Our Days

From the Autumn 2011 Newsletter:

As our Fall chores begin and we prepare to go within, I invite you to take a moment to let go and breathe.  In traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), autumn is the season governed by the lungs (as well as the yang partner organ, the large intestine). Each organ in TCM has emotional, spiritual as well as physical aspects.  On the physical level, the lungs in TCM include what we typically think of as our lungs but there are some differences as well.  The lungs govern the skin and serve as the first line of defense for our immune systems.  So it is not uncommon to see an increase in allergies, asthma, and skin disorders in autumn, especially in people who [Read more →]

November 12, 2012   Comments Off on Harvesting Our Days

Is Your Immune System Ready?

Ah those cool, crisp days of our New England autumns!  It is the time of year when we harvest the delicious fruits and vegetables that we planted in the early days of spring and cared for over the hot (and often very humid) summer.

Autumn is also the time that the weather can be unpredictable.  Cool nights and warm, dry days usually alternate with cold, damp and rainy weather.  The kids are back to school, vacations are a pleasant memory, and we tend to stay indoors more and more as it gets colder.  This sets the stage for being more likely to get a cold or the flu.

So how does one protect oneself?  One key is to build good strong defense system… let me introduce you to your wei qi.

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October 7, 2012   Comments Off on Is Your Immune System Ready?

What’s that feeling?

The other day a new patient returned and shared with me an experience I have heard so many times, although never expressed quite like this… Perhaps you can relate to this as well? “After I have a treatment, it feels like… ‘acuphoria’!”  I thought it was such a wonderful expression that I immediately told her that I was going to ‘steal’ it!  I simply love this new word.  And as promised (and with her permission), I am stealing it… but only to share it with you!

What is this acuphoric feeling?  I believe there are many things at play here.   [Read more →]

April 26, 2012   Comments Off on What’s that feeling?

Venturing outdoors?

Carefree Youth

I grew up in a very different era… perhaps you did too.  I would spend the entire day outside, [Read more →]

August 15, 2011   Comments Off on Venturing outdoors?

The Heart of the Matter

“In Taoist tradition, it is said that when the yang and yin essences of the parents unite at the moment of conception, the star seeds of the shen are scooped up in the ladle of the Big Dipper and poured down into the heart of the developing embryo.”[1]

All ‘organs’ in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) are energetic as well as physical and encompass body, mind and spirit as one. They often have some unique properties that we don’t normally associate with the organs the way we are used to thinking of them.   TCM theory views the heart in its own way… it is more than simply the organ that moves blood in our bodies. [Read more →]

March 25, 2011   Comments Off on The Heart of the Matter