Blog: Hope Brock, L.Ac., MSOM, BSN

The Earth Element is the fertile soil that allows plants to grow and flourish to provide nourishment and sustenance; it gives protection and shelter as well as stability and substance.

Earth contains water, creates boundaries to define continents and carries us through space with stability. Earth represents safety, protection, and our home base.

Being centered, calm, and balanced, feeling at home, and having a sense of harmony and peacefulness are the essence of a healthy Earth energy. For example; creating a comfortable home, cooking for oneself, cooking for your family- are all essential facto...

Food for Thought: You Are What You Think

The mind-body connection is much stronger than we think, as our thoughts and emotions stimulate the production of certain chemicals that influence our physical and emotional health. For example, serotonin and dopamine are two chemicals that our brain releases when we’re experiencing happiness or euphoria. A similar process occurs with negative emotions, but instead of making the body well, they cause pain and other ailments that prevent us from feeling healthy.

Have you ever thought about how the way you think might affect your health and body? We’re ofte...

Our Heart

In Chinese medicine, every organ has a function and responsibility. These functions are not all physical; they are psychological and spiritual as well. The heart has a special importance as it is the ruler of all the other organs, and when the body is healthy and balanced, the heart is a kind and benevolent ruler.

The theory is that the heart is the center of perception itself, our self awareness. Therefore, the ability to connect with others, have meaningful relationships and live a fulfilling life is the essence of a happy, healthy heart. The path to joy is living with wisdom and pur...

February 16, 2018, we celebrate Chinese New Year and begin the Year of the Yang Earth Dog. What does this mean for you?

January 1st is in the middle of winter, and is only about a week after the winter solstice. The solstice has the shortest amount of daylight and longest night, and it is the most yin day of the year. Everything is still frozen, and if it's not actually frozen, in winter, the energy goes down into the ground to rest and recharge for the active growing season that starts at the beginning of Spring. The start of Spring is the start of new growth.

Defining the Year

Every year is eit...

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