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Submitted by Michelle N. Soucy on November 22, 2017
This year has been a tough transition into winter for many people. According to the traditional Chinese calendar, winter started on the same day we turned our clocks back. This abrupt time change combined with the temperature change from an unusually warm and summer-like autumn to a cold and now dark winter seems to have taken its toll on everyone.  Winter colds and coughs, short days, work and... more
Submitted by Michelle N. Soucy on September 19, 2017
According to Chinese Medicine, at the end of August we enter into a fifth transitional season, called late summer. This season, which shifts us from summer into fall, is associated with our digestive system and the Earth element. This also happens to be the time that we New Englanders are still raking in the bounty of summer crops, such as tomatoes, eggplants and cucumbers. As a result, many of... more
Submitted by Michelle N. Soucy on November 8, 2016
Do you get sick often? When you get sick do you end up on antibiotics for a sinus infection or on asthma medications for a nasty cough? Are your kids running around all winter with runny noses or a cough? Maybe you’re like me and you just hate to suffer with even the tiniest cold or cough? Well you might be surprised to learn that there is a lot that acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine can do... more
Submitted by Michelle N. Soucy on February 11, 2016
Making and drinking homemade chicken broth or bone broth is one the most common suggestions I give to patients. Either sipping a hot cup of homemade bone broth or eating it in a soup, gravy or stir-fry is one of the best things you can do to improve and maintain your health on a daily basis. In fact homemade broth is a nutritional and culinary staple in Chinese cooking (and in many other cultures... more
Submitted by Michelle N. Soucy on January 7, 2016
This is an excellent and effective remedy for very early stage colds with sneezing, chills or body aches. If you usually feel a winter cold coming on before if fully hits you, then this easy to make tea is a must have in your home remedy collection. How do you know your catching a cold? Maybe you just don’t feel yourself. Maybe you just can’t get warm or your neck and shoulders are suddenly a bit... more
Submitted by Michelle N. Soucy on June 25, 2015
You wake up and throw together your usual morning power smoothie—kale, chia seeds, frozen berries, banana, almond milk, protein powder and some ice cubes. You head to the gym, jump on your bike or head outdoors for a run or walk. You shower and head to work with your lunch salad in hand. You're trying hard to drop the excess weight so you have another salad for dinner when you get home. You’re... more
Submitted by Michelle N. Soucy on October 27, 2014
For those on a gluten free diet, finding good bread is an ongoing mission. The full line of overpriced and terrible prepackaged breads at the grocery store will turn any casual baker into a committed one. As I embarked on my journey into gluten free baking, I found it quite easy, forgiving and way yummier than store bought gluten free products. Having had to go gluten free for myself and dairy... more
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Submitted by Michelle N. Soucy on September 30, 2014
Autumn has arrived in all its perfect glory this year. The cool crisp air, the rolling hills of apple orchards and pumpkins, the kite flying breeze and the brilliant reds, yellows and oranges of our trees here in Massachusetts. The harvest season has peaked and as we turn the corner we see the hints of winter-to-come—the slowing of activity and life and the waning of light and heat. In Chinese... more