Salted kumquats

Salted kumquats

Kumquat is excellent for moving qi in the chest and stomach, clearing stagnation that causes coughing, likely with some phlegm, and improving a poor appetite. Obviously these qualities make kumquats really good to have on hand with a respiratory pandemic going around – not as some miracle cure, but as a small balm for the 85% of those who catch it, but will be fortunate enough to weather their illness at home.

Eating for Respiratory Health

Eating for Respiratory Health

Years from now I hope we’ll all look back on the great quarantine staycation of 2020 with nostalgic memories of how we learned to do more with less, turn our social networks into circles of mutual aid and concern, and catch up on sleep and cuddle-naps with family in a time of social distancing. But that is then. And this is now. And its panic-fucking-weirdos-hoarding-basic-necessities go time, fam.

Eating for Digestive Health

Eating for Digestive Health

General Principles of Happy Digestion in CM: Warm and well-cooked dishes: think soups, porridge, oatmeal “Warm” here means two things, actually: the physical temperature a food is served at, and also its thermal nature. Things like ginger and garlic are warm-hot in nature, regardless of…

Understanding and Preventing Covid-19 in CM

Understanding and Preventing Covid-19 in CM

In CM, diseases may arise from internal or external causes. Internal causes include things like overstaying one’s welcome in an emotion, over or under eating, or preexisting organ or channel dysfunction. These tend to be long-standing disharmonies in comparison with shorter-lived exterior conditions, but, they…

Dance Yourself Sane

Dance Yourself Sane

Music creates mood. We may think of this as recent knowledge; for instance, I came of age singing En Vogue’s “Free your mind… and the rest will follow.” Later, when I moved from gateway genres like hip-hop and R&B straight into the hard stuff (disco,…

Femstrual cramps

Femstrual cramps

East Asian medicine really excels when it comes to treating disorders of menstruation – or as I will always call it, femstruation, because what the fuck do men know about bleeding and living to tell the tale? But I digress. In my teens and 20s,…

Fighting a cold: Early stage

Fighting a cold: Early stage

So you’ve caught a chill. You feel tired, awash in body aches, and even pulling on a sweater and beanie, you’re still cold. There’s nothing you can do now, except crawl into bed and hibernate for days, right? Wrong. Here are five things you can…

Fighting a cold: Late stage

Fighting a cold: Late stage

I got an SOS text from a friend last night, asking me how to revive her MIA immune system in order to vanquish a lingering cold. Mostly when people ask me this, the culprit is “working through it” rather than resting. And mostly I can’t…

Two Tang poems on homesickness

Two Tang poems on homesickness

When I moved to Maryland I was so excited about starting my PhD research that I didn’t give much thought to the new climate I would be moving into. But, halfway through my first winter here, homesickness has set in hard and fast. A curious,…

Sore throat remedies

Sore throat remedies

I’m sure you’ve felt it before. The slight scratch, or tickle, of an early stage sore-throat – all too often a warning sign of worse to come. I wish there was something I could do to head this off at the pass, you think. Fortunately…