Two of the most common women's health related topics that float through the Sun clinic:how do I manage the side effects of birth control and how do I deal with this burn-out.
"I'm taking birth control because my doctor said this is the only way to control my period."
I'm at a loss of words with how our Westernized society does not offer more natural options to help women with monthly care. When I hear this I see myself stretching out my hands in offering, cupping a bowl of herbs from the earth that know exactly how to heal and help all women for this. Traditional Chinese Medicine offers personalized, gentle, and natural ways to restoring a woman's cycle, which arguably is one of the most fundamental homeostatic functions to the female body. More on this later.
After spending half my post-college life working in corporate, halfway through my career, I noticed this working style was literally burning me out.
It burnt me out.
What happens when you leave a pot of water on the stove for too long and there's no more water? It's also burnt out. The same is happening to your body.
In Chinese Medicine, this effect could also be described as excessive heat, rising heat, or more technically, Yin deficiency, which results from literal liquids burning out inside of your body.
In Traditional Chinese Medicine, we know there always needs to be a balance of Yin and Yang. So the very concept of burn out is quite relevant to Chinese medicine. More on the importance of Yin-Yang balance on my other post here.
Yin, is the feminine, the inside, the dark side to the moon, the blood between our vessels nourishing us. So when Yin is replenished, one can say there is nothing left to nurture us, we're depleted.
The way Traditional Chinese Medicine honor's Women goes far beyond the practices of Western medicine and most of modern day society. There are various pre-menstruation rituals, seasonal food practices, cultural teachings, and a whole slurry of herbal medicines dedicated specifically to each phase of a woman's life.
Especially when it comes to Food as Medicine, functional food therapy places a heavy emphasis on blood strength, Yin nourishment, pre and post-natal nutrition, and so much more.
A healing that truly honors all women, a medicine that know's we're not the same, yet can offer a healing and helping hand for whenever she's in need.
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My earliest memories of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) began in the living room of my childhood home, where my dad, Dr. Sun, held his first Acupuncture space. At a young age, I saw the myriad of herbs he would pull together for his patients. Our basement was an apothecary, our kitchen filled with my pieces from my Operator set, and the living room served patients. After immigrating to New York City from Shanghai in the 1970s, my parents, like many other immigrants of New York, left everything they ever knew, to build a brand new life from scratch.
As a first generation American-born-Chinese kid growing up in NYC, it was hard to understand why my parents didn't pack me Capri-suns and Fig Newtons in my lunchbox. Instead of letting me wear short-shorts and slurp Ralph's Italian ices all Summer long, I was taught to always drinking warm water no matter what, make sure my feet were never freezing cold, and to listen to my body and treat it well.
While having practiced Chinese Medicine for a lifetime with my dad, it wasn't until a few years ago that I truly started to feel like I wanted to step into this world and be a champion of this beautiful, complex, and deeply connected world of ancient healing and wisdom. My friends and family were all beginning to seek holistic and alternative forms of health, and they would come to me and I would send them to my dad.
My turning point came when I saw the wellness industry seem to explode with all sorts of Qi Balancing, Yin Boosting, He Shou Wu touting products for this-that-and the other. Appalled by the lack of direction consumers face today in navigating "what wellness products should I take and why", I felt the need to step up and bring clear and medically supported guidance in navigating the natural way to being well.
I am making a step towards building a lineage of Traditional Healers and continuing the legacy that my dad, Dr. Sun, has created. This is inspired by a life long learning of my own culture and heritage that came thousands of years before me. And together we will learn, appreciate, and share the wisdom of Traditional Chinese Medicine.
Welcome to a world of inspiration: here to teach you how to listen to your body, feed it what it needs, and give you the tools to understand how to rebalance the yin to your yang with everyday foods.
Modern Chinese Wellness, from my family to yours.