Many of the modern gut-health issues that we hear of today (IBS, leaky gut) are misdiagnosed in western medicine as only due to diet, stress, lack of physical exercise, or adrenal fatigue.
In Traditional Chinese Medicine, we are always looking at the holistic pattern of the patient. You give us the puzzle pieces and we can help you put them together. As a rule of thumb, any amount of consumption (in the extreme sense) can be harmful. (Learn more about this in our gut health online course)!
In Western medicine, gut health foods tends to focus on improving gut bacteria and quality of the gut microbiome. While gut inflammation and leaky gut are common diagnoses for those with gut health issues, it only focuses on the gut and not all of the other qualities we look to understand in TCM.
Gut health is becoming increasingly popular these days and in due time. Many of the chronic ailments our modern society is experience includes a tendency to be stressed, which impacts sleep, then impacts our digestion, and in turn affects the home in which our food is meant to transform into nutritive goods for our body. In Chinese Medicine, the gut represents the Stomach/Spleen network or otherwise the Earth Element.
The Earth Element is considered one of the most important elements because it acts as the foundation for all things to grow well. Fermented foods is to heal the gut is as fertilizer is plant soil.
Let's work together to learn how to improve gut health. That's okay - me too (once upon a time). I too did not understand what iced-cold coffee would do to my spleen. I also ate fried foods on a regularly basis, at school and out with friends. At the time I thought it was normal to (TMI alert) poop once or twice a week.
You can improve your gut health with natural bacteria through a selection of foods. Here are some TCM-approved recommendations that you should try to incorporate everyday
4. Find foods with Chitin - (read research article here) based on TCM super herb Chuan Tui, it has shown to boost health gut bacteria. can reduce inflammation, may be good for weight loss and preventing constipation can moisturize and protect your skin from drying
To help you learn more about your gut health, we are launching our Gut Health Online Course.
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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.