An introduction to Gut Health Food Therapy and how to support the Spleen/Stomach with herbs and medicinal foods
This five week Gut Health course is inspired by the principals of Traditional Chinese Medicine, always finding ways to balance the Spleen/Stomach network our inner Yin-Yang. We cover the basics of What is Gut-Health in TCM and how to eat for the seasons. You will learn how to identify signs of your own body imbalance (IBS, Leaky Gut, Bloating, Painful distention, etc.) and how to restore harmony with healing foods.
Week 1: Gain an introduction to the 5 elements theory of Chinese Medicine, common TCM diagnostic techniques, and how to apply self-diagnosis techniques at home to learn about your body type. Discover the 5 different tastes, how these different foods can affect the gut, which foods to eat when and what tastes to focus on during seasonal changes
Week 2: Learn how to identify gut-health imbalance, what are the different types of stool in TCM, and how can identify patterns of heat, cold, wind, or damp patterns in the body.
Week 3: Learn about the TYPE of gut-imbalance and how can you choose the right foods and herbs for you to restore balance. Learn how seasonal routines are important in changing health regimens and the association of the Gut to the Late Summer (Earth) element
Week 4: Live cooking demo! We share 10 ancient healing recipes from the Sun family's kitchen and introduce every-day ingredients that are commonly used for seasonal healing in Chinese Medicine Kitchens. We talk about traditional fermented foods and when to use fermented foods vs when to avoid.
Where: in the comfort of your home and on Zoom!
How: All classes will include traditional chinese medical information in presentation formats. All materials will be provided to you after each class. Session recordings available upon request.
Who: All classes will be taught by me (Jennifer Sun) with guest appearances from Dr. Sun. If you are interested in this class and would like to attend this at a later time in the year, please email me.
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.