The COVID-19 Vaccine: A Chinese Medicine Perspective

The COVID-19 vaccine has generated quite the conversation in the media, politics, scientific community, and within our homes. From questioning if the vaccine is safe, the motivations behind the passing of protocols, and if one would experience potential side effects – it would make sense if you were feeling overwhelmed and in analysis paralysis of […]

Support for Spring and the Wood Element

According to traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) and about a gazillion other nature-based systems of healing, Spring is the optimal time for birthing/rebirthing, creativity, cleansing, and nurturing growth. But what does that mean, exactly? It means that this season provides us with the upward rising, forward moving energy we need to face challenge and opportunity – […]

Recipe for Spring: Ginger Lemon Tea with Mint

Spring brings with it vibrant awakening energy and flourishing blooms beginning all around us. With the increased energy surging through nature and the air, we tend to forget about the lingering reminder of Winter when the chillier mornings and evenings are amongst us. What better way to support your system (and specifically your liver!) during […]

The Art of Letting Go: Autumn and the Metal Element

For me, this has been a year of letting go. Letting go of the way I want/hope/wish things would be, of the way I sometimes feel they should be. Letting go of the visions I hold for my life and my attachment to them. Even letting go of once-important friendships that were — in truth […]

Recipe for Late Summer: Stuffed Dessert Dates

Did you know that it’s possible to feed your sweet tooth without having all the refined sugar and additives, too? Dates are one way to nourish your Earth Element without completely hijacking your blood sugar!  I’ve created a simple outline for kitchen staples and recipes within my book to support each element throughout each season. […]

Immune Balance and Resiliency During COVID

By James Yardley, LAc. & Mindi K. Counts, LAc. I don’t know about you, but I want to do everything I possibly can to avoid contracting COVID. And if I do contract COVID, I want to do everything I can to make it as mild of a sickness as possible and to coax it to […]

Shadows of Caregiving: Compassion Fatigue & Burnout

Co-Written by Mark Reeves and Mindi Counts March 3rd is National Caregiver’s Day! And with caregiving comes its shadow: Compassion Fatigue and Burnout. Did you know: Mark, Inner Ocean’s manager, alongside his husband Nate, run a host home for adults with developmental disabilities? John, one of Inner Ocean’s acupuncturists worked for years inside a group […]

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