Licensed Acupuncturist
Traditional Japanese & Chinese Medicine
Health & Wellness Educator
January 1, 2009

Happy 2009! Although the sun is starting to appear, we’re still in Winter, the season of securing and storing. In Chinese medicine, Winter is a season associated with the water element, which is reflected in the kidneys and bladder organs. And this season is all about keeping them warm and nurtured so they can do their jobs. That’s why keeping cozy is more than just nice, it’s important for your health.

Ready to nurture? Try these tips:

  • Eat simply, especially soups and stews to renew and conserve your strength. (Less energy digesting leaves more energy for your immune system.)
  • Feature salty flavors like miso, seaweeds, millet and barley to nourish Water energy.
  • Also feature bitter flavors like watercress, turnips, asparagus and quinoa, which balance Water and Fire (Summer).
  • Take time for quietude and reflection, reflecting nature in your body.
  • Wash your hands frequently and avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth.
  • Wear scarves around your neck. In Chinese medicine, cold pathogens are said to enter from the base of the neck, so keep this area protected from wind and cold.

Preventative measures now can mean a better transition to Spring. According to Chinese Medicine, colds caught in the Fall that weren’t fully-resolved go into hiding and reappear as allergies in the Spring.

Food as Medicine: The Magic of Miso

miso soup

Feel like you’re getting a cold? Reach for the miso. The following recipe is more than delicious – it can stop a cold dead in its tracks. Drink the soup and wrap yourself in a big blanket to induce a little sweating. Sweating is key because it means your body has opened the pores and kicked out the pathogen. After that, stay dry, rest, and you should be back to normal the next day.

Miso Soup


  • 3 cups water
  • 1 1/2 Tablespoons Miso Paste (fermented soy bean paste, sold in the refrigerated section)
  • 2 scallions, chopped

Boil water and then dissolve the miso in 2 teaspoons of the water. Bring the rest of the water back to boil in a saucepan. Add the dissolved miso and scallions. Simmer for 5-10 minutes. Enjoy.

Note: Miso with scallions was written about in 300 a.d. by a renowned Chinese herbalist, Ge Hong.

Getting Ready for Spring

We are excited to announce the first in a series of upcoming events:

Getting Ready for Spring (And Everything You’ve Ever Wanted to Ask about Chinese Medicine)

February 2nd, 7:00 – 8:30 p.m.

Want to learn more about Chinese medicine? Stop by our office for some immune tea, ideas on how to transition from Winter to Spring and a demo on burning Japanese-style moxa at home for immune support and maintaining vitality. Tracy will be happy to help you find the acupuncture points you need most. She’ll also take questions, so e-mail them to her ahead of time.

Requested donation: $10*

Please R.S.V.P. to Tracy via email or give her a call at 503.481.6702.

* 50% of the proceeds will go to the Acupuncturists Without Borders Veterans Project

Welcome the Year of the Ox

It’s Coming! Chinese New Year is January 26th.

In preparation for the Year of the Ox, think about clearing some of your office, home or car clutter. Rearrange a space that feels stagnant. Or add a wind chime in your doorway to catch the coming Wind of Spring. All are great ways to acknowledge and honor this transition.

Wishing you a happy and healthy Chinese New Year,


Tracy Thorne Wellness
1235 SE Division Street, Suite 115
Portland, Oregon 97202

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