December 12, 2018 2 min read

Let's break it down. 

  • Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is not actually a medicine. It includes an umbrella of many different practices: Acupuncture, Acupressure, Chinese Herbal Medicine, Tai Chi, and dietary therapy. It dates back to more than 4,000 years, it is rooted in the ancient philosophy of Taoism. 

What happens when you go to see an Acupuncturist or Chinese Herbalist? 

  • Pulse Check. 
    When you go to TCM doctor, there is usually a touching of the wrist to find your pulse. This not only tells the doctor if your blood circulation is good or not (is your skin warm or cold?) but also, how strong is your pulse (does your body deliver nutrients well?) 
  • Say AAAHH. 
    As grimy as this might feel, looking at your tongue in the mirror is something that really helps understand what's going in your body, today. There is an entire ancient repository of tongue patterns that help your TCM doctor understand what's going on, so dont' be afraid. Stick it out!
  • Taking a Holistic Approach.
    The good thing is, you've noticed something seems to be off and a quick fix isn't going to do fo the trick. Your TCM doctor will want to know your entire medical history, and any dietary practices you have. And finally, what are you dealing with? TCM is very holistic. For example, when treating headache, your doctor won't look at your head. So spill the beans! Tell us everything and we can help you understand what's going on. 

What are the really pretty basic things one should know about TCM?

  • Acupuncture.
    Acupuncture needles are placed on specific Acupuncture Points, designated sites along the skin where the channels of Qi (vital life source) come closest to the surface of the body. These points are stimulated to encourage the circulation of Qi and Blood. This is especially helpful when Qi gets stuck, due to stress, high inflammation, etc. and may suffer from all sorts of ailments as a result!  
  • Chinese Herbal Remedies. What do they do?
    Depending on your current balance (or in-balance), Chinese Herbal Blends are designed to focus on the health of Qi, Moisture, and Blood. Taking a truly holistic approach, each blend is comprised of various herbs, each addressing more than just one part of your body.
    And why doesn't everyone have the same reaction? Because your unique body has it's own stuff going on, but the herbs can balance you, just in the way YOU need! While truly magical, these herbal blends also taste very bitter. These plants are here to work.

How does Sun for Soul fit in all of this?

  • Healing for the Modern Lifestyle. 
    Our current products are introducing an everyday approach to incorporating traditional healing herbs in your every foods. We want to make this easy, fun, and DELICIOUS! Our blends boast healing herbal formulas crafted by Dr. Sun, and blended with ingredients designed for everyday consumption. 
  • What is our mission?
    Beyond the brand, our mission is to inspire you to drop in and listen to your body. We want to inspire you to adopt a natural and holistic approach to taking care of yourself, starting with practicing awareness and balance in everything you do. 

Thanks for staying here til the end. Hope to see you with some Sun soon, xo!

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