Disconnected. The way we treat our bodies today is far from holistic or rooted in intention.
On my own personal quest to finding a way to being well and self-discovery, I have been introduced to many different services and offerings that claim to bring XYZ relief.
Without understanding the CONNECTION to the ailment itself, can you honestly say you are making the best decision when it comes to self-healing?
New-age products and spiritual systems are flooding the wellness space, offering alignment and restoration for the many disconnected bodies we see today.The problem with many of these new offerings is the tendency to combine multiple ancient traditions.
Naturally, we are far more globalized than our ancestors thousands of years ago. But in the span of a century, are we going to demolish what was studied and crafted for thousands of years?
As a mentor has once said, "Mixing two traditions is to not understand the tradition in the first place."
This speaks true to the birth of Sun for Soul. Before I launched our first product, I was distinctly appalled at some of the "adaptogenic" powders I found in the market. I remember calling my dad (Dr. Sun) from my tiny Brooklyn apartment - super worked up about the ingredients I saw in one of the well-established-powder-touting-products, selling for 90$ a jar claiming Yin benefits.
Okay - fine, the Yin word becomes popular because this fan-based company is selling popular powders so people are catching a desire for Yin. But doesn't that then falsely educate or suggest to consumers what "Yin" actually means?
Yin is inner, feminine, fluidity, nutritive; Yang is outer, masculine, fire and dry, and expansive. In Ancient Chinese Philosophy, the Yin-Yang system is used to describe the opposite yes interconnected forces seen in the natural world.
I read the ingredients of this $90 Yin powder to Dr.Sun. Listed were a combination of chinese herbs for qi support, ayurvedic herbs for blood strength, and other indigenous herbal ingredients to North America.
He quickly responded with: well those additional non-chinese herbs are duplicative and can create too much "heat" for the body. Maybe it will be too hot for some people, causing constipation, dry mouth, sleeplessness.
So why is a "Yin" product now being sold with herbs for heat when this is completely contradictory?
I knew I had to respond to the market with something that was based on thousands of years of practice with the intention of actually keeping it that way.
So what's the bottom line? While the interest in self-diagnosis for balance has been on the rise, the way I see many people who navigate the "vitamin" world is similar to navigating the "chinese herbal" world. Specific vitamins do bring very targeted benefits, in Chinese medicine, one cannot simply "amazon" search herbal ingredients to achieve the same effects because it doesn't work this way.
If you are seeking a way to embark on a way to improve your vitality using a traditional ancient practice, I encourage you to join my mission with Sun for Soul. We take a holistic approach that respects the original teachings of Traditional Chinese Medicine, which practices a formulaic approach to herbal healing.
If you are interested in learning more about how to balance your body using Traditional Chinese Medicine, feel free to say hello!
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.
- Jennifer Sun