EPSOM SALT for that special someone

February is here, and you know what that means, Valentine’s Day is right around the corner! Whether you’re brainstorming the perfect gift, or planning to spend the occasion relaxing on your own, here are a few healthy ways to show that special someone
(and yes, that someone can be you!) your whole hearted love and affection

Pink Rose BouquetThis Valentine’s switch from sweet to salty…Epsom Salt that is! Even on days of celebration, our bodies can feel tense and anxious. An Epsom salt bath is a fantastic way to unwind and reduce stress, but what’s more! The Magnesium in Epsom salt helps to: -ease muscle tightness and aches
-reduce stiffness and soreness in joints
-draw out harmful toxins from the body
-calm the nerves, and promote a more restful sleepPLUS! Baths are another way to hydrate (and after an especially dry winter, just drinking water may not be enough to replenish your body). And in the spirit of Valentine’s, try pairing Epsom salts with your favorite scent! From a Chinese medicine perspective, Rose scent soothes the nervous system and helps trigger the brain into relaxation mode. Whether floral, ctirus, or earthy, etc. Find what scent makes you happy? Brings you comfort? And add a few drops of your favorite essential oil to the tub for an uplifting, emotional boost!

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Welcome the Year of the Wood Horse:


Sturdy and strong, the horse is a definite symbol of leadership. In Chinese tradition, this sign is success and performance oriented, always making efforts to improve and overcome challenges. In the year of the horse, personal and professional goals abound! But that’s not all…Truest of trailblazers, this animal reaches their target in the quickest, most cunning, most resourceful way. The horse marks a year of adventure and entertainment, and finding yourself right where the action is! And since the wood element is associated with Spring, now is the time to shrug off winter doldrums and get back outside. Spring is the season of new growth and new opportunities, and your achievements this year will result from experiencing life to the fullest!


Winter Wellness: Stay Healthy this Season!

With Winter comes rain and cold temperatures.
It is especially important to keep yourself dry and warm.
Start today by incorporating cinnamon into your diet! From a Chinese medicine perspective, cinnamon has a warming effect on the body. It dilates blood vessels and helps promote circulation, this can sooth a sneezing fit or stop a pesky runny nose. It also has antibacterial and antiviral properties, that can relieve a sore or ticklish throat at the onset of a cold.

CinnamonAccording to this study from NIH, cinnamon may also improve blood glucose levels and help type 2 diabetes! This season, spice things up with some Good Earth or Chai tea (not latte), or simply add a dash of cinnamon to your regular morning coffee!

But what about those holiday sweets?
Sugar and alcohol will increase dampness and inflammation in the body,
this can cause mucus, and puffiness, and just plain old feeling awful.
Help compensate for holiday sweets by incorporating vinegar into your diet!
From a Chinese medicine perspective, vinegar’s sour flavor acts as an astringent to tighten tissue and help reduce inflammation (mucus, and puffiness). One of my favorite new products is a Cinnamon-Pear Balsamic Vinegar, available locally at Amphora Nueva in Berkeley, CA. Try pairing this vinegar with persimmon slices, or adding it to sparkling water for a non-alcoholic cocktail! For more product details and recipe ideas, visit their site!

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Celebrate with Chrysanthemum

Chrysanthemum Floral Tea

The holidays are nearly here!
Help reduce discomfort from your favorite holiday foods, by celebrating this season with a cup of Chrysanthemum!

In traditional Chinese medicine, Chrysanthemum is often used to treat respiratory infections. It is naturally rich in Vitamins A, B, and C, which boost the immune system to help fight bacteria growth. Indulging in sugar can give your head that “heavy fog” feeling, but a cup of Chrysanthemum tea can help relieve sinus and head congestion. It’s anti-viral properties will also be a great defense against the cold and flu season.

Chinese medicine also shows that drinking Chrysanthemum can boost digestion, especially of oily and greasy foods. Plus! This floral tea can help cleanse the liver from alcohol consumption and remove toxins from the blood. Stock up now! And balance this season’s sugar, rich food, and alcohol intake, by regularly drinking Chrysanthemum tea, and drinking an additional 1-2 cups before holiday dinners & events!

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Benefits of Wolfberry

Also known as Goji berry, Wolfberry is rich in Vitamins A and C which can help prevent colds. Stay strong this Fall and Winter season, by incorporating wolfberries into your diet.

WolfberryYou can mix into your morning cereal, or eat as a snack between meals. You can add its sweet flavor to salads, or blend its vibrant red color into soups or stir fry! I like using wolfberries instead of raisins.

From a Chinese herbal perspective: 
Wolfberry is beneficial because it boosts the adrenal glands.
Adrenal glands help regulate your immune systems, and help keep your body’s reaction to stress in balance. If you are working long hours, be sure to keep some wolfberries in the office for a late night snack instead of drinking caffeine. They can be purchased at any natural health food store.
What are others saying about Wolfberry? According to WebMD, people have used Goji berry to treat a number of common health concerns such as diabetes, high blood pressure, fever, and eye-problems. For more information, and to leave questions or comments CLICK HERE!


Natural Acne Solution! WATER

Between 75 and 90 percent of the human body is made up of water. To stay healthy
your skin needs moisture, not drinking enough can lead to dry skin (even wrinkles).
Water helps flush toxins! Moderate dehydration can also lead to constipation,
and when the body is unable to eliminate waste through its normal channel (the colon)
it can seek alternate routes through the skin causing acne.
I recently treated a patient for lower back pain, and I noticed acne around her chin area. For this particular facial area, lack of water is a key factor that provokes acne. In addition to acupuncture treatment, I recommended drinking
2 to 3 liters of water (4 to 6 16oz. bottles) per day. And although this patient did not originally seek treatment for acne, I could see her back pain decrease,
and as an added bonus, her skin start to clear! 
For simple ways to boost your water intake and tackle problem skin, look below!  


Beat the Heat(stroke)
Preventing heatstroke can be as simple as staying hydrated.
In the Summer, when temperatures rise and people are generally more active,
drinking water is essential to replace what your body loses through everyday functions.
But why are so many people not drinking enough?
Here are the most common responses I get from patients:

1.“I don’t like the taste.” Solution:Add a slice of lemon or lime to your water.
Boosts flavor and vitamin C, and from a Chinese medicine perspective
sour flavors can balance the sweets in your diet that cause inflammation.
2.“It runs right through me.” Solution:Add electrolytes such as Pink Himalayan salt.
Electrolytes help your body tissue absorb water more efficiently.
A pinch of pink salt avoids extra calories in energy and sport drinks,
and helps you hydrate without having to frequent the restroom.
*added bonus: pink salt will not raise your blood pressure!

Heatstroke Prevention

Water keeps your body temperature normal, lubricates and cushions your joints, and helps get rid of unwanted wastes through bowel movements, urine and sweat. Stay Happy, Healthy and Hydrated this summer, by preventing early signs of dehydration:     

- Increased thirst and Dry mouth: drink water before you feel thirsty,
  and try carrying a bottle around for quick access.
- Dizziness and Fatigue: be sure to drink water during and after physical activities.
- Decrease in urine, and urine is more concentrated (deep yellow/amber color):
  decrease coffee/caffeine intake, causes body to excrete more fluids.

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Following a snowboarding accident, Jen had to set aside her welding tools.
But as acupuncture treatment helped to alleviate her back pain, Jen could resume
the metal artwork that she shares with you today.

Say Hello to ZOA

Photo by Albany_Tim, Sculpture by Flux Foundation  Lead Designer: Rebecca Anders, Metal Team Lead: Jen Jackson

Photo by Albany_Tim,  Sculpture by Flux Foundation
Lead Designer: Rebecca Anders,  Metal Team Lead: Jen Jackson

“Zoa, Flux Foundation’s large-scale metal sculpture for Burning Man last year, is about to go on a little bay area tour, following a winter upgrade project. I’d love to share her with you – there are 3              family-friendly opportunities to see her in fiery glory.”
                                                                               -Jen Jackson
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Spring is in the Air!

Birds are chirping, Bees are buzzing
. . .and People are sneezing!
Some simple changes to your morning routine
will help you welcome Spring (without the sniffles)

1)    Shower Before You Sleep: Leaving your house in the morning with wet hair keeps your head and neck area cold. This can actually cause sneezing, because your body is trying to release the tension and restriction that is brought on by cold temperatures. To stay warm and relaxed in the morning, try to shower before you go to sleep!
2)    A Dash of Cinnamon: Sneezing fits can cause tension and even pain to the neck and lower back area. With its warming effects, cinnamon can help relieve this discomfort – as well as stop a pesky runny nose – so spice things up with some Good Earth tea, or simply add a dash of Cinnamon to your regular morning coffee!


How Classical Chinese Medicine

Can Help You Get the Most Out of Summer

Summer is here! For most of us in the Northern Hemisphere, summer begins on June 21, which kicks off rising temperatures and long summer days. But as we know, too much fun in the sun can take its toll on our skin and overall well-being, leading to signs of aging and other health ailments.

Here are a few natural, healthy tips to help feel and look younger and more vibrant along the way.

Cool It Down — But Not Too Much. Here in the US, ice is plentiful, which means summers filled with ice-cold drinks, ice cream and other frozen treats. A little bit of cooling down is good, but too much can lead to stomach aches and diarrhea. According to Classical Chinese Medicine, it is best to eat ice-cold foods in moderation, and always try to balance something cold with a bit of ginger, which can be easily added to ice cream, ice tea, lemonade, and other summer treats.

Quench Your Thirst. We all know not to get dehydrated on hot days. But what is the best way to quench your thirst without all the sugar? Try adding just a splash of fruit juice to lemonade, ice tea or water. The best way to hydrate is to drink mineral water, which has electrolytes that carry precious fluids directly into your cells instead of simply through your body.

Eat Light. Skip all the heavy carbs and savor a wide variety of light salads to help you cool down and keep off the pounds. Here is one of my favorite fast and easy fruit salad recipes to enjoy with your next meal. From a Chinese Medicine perspective, the white part of the watermelon rind helps hydrate the body and relieves thirst without many calories.


Focusing on the growing interest in complimentary medical care, Dr. Wonson has written a book that is designed to teach you how to be more self-aware of making the best health choices and to ultimately be in charge of your own health.


Have a joyous and fun-filled summer! To learn more about how Traditional Chinese Medicine, including acupuncture and herbal medicine, can help reverse the aging process for you, call my office at 415.544.9104 or email us.