I get this question a lot, and rightfully so. It is really important, but like most things in Chinese medicine the answer is "it depends". This is because acupuncture is a individual based system, not a disease based systems. We don't treat diseases we treat humans. So instead of treating headaches, we treat your headache, which is different than your cousins headache, which is different than your soccer coaches headache. This can be really difficult to explain and understand in a world where diseases are the focus. If the M.D. diagnoses you with migraine headaches, you most likely will receive the same treatment as everyone else with migraines, this is because they treat the disease and not the individual. Treating the disease can be very handy in emergency situations where there isn't time to divulge in the details of the individual, but isn't very effective for long term solutions. This is where Chinese medicine excels.
So... what does Chinese medicine treat? I will answer it this way: our job as acupuncturists is to stimulate the bodies own natural resources or healing abilities. Therefore what acupuncture treats is really only limited by the bodies own healing resources, and that is different for every individual. Whats awesome is that our bodies have this innate desire to be healthy and a huge capacity for healing, and acupuncture is able to tap into this and remind our bodies how to heal.
This means, theoretically Chinese medicine can treat any disease, but not necessarily every person. Different people can have different capacities for healing. It is also on the patient to improve their chances of healing, by eliminating barriers that block their body from healing (i.e. diet and lifestyle). This is hard for people to understand, because our brains like lists, and definitive answers, yes and no... welcome to Chinese medicine. It is a completely different way of thinking. If you have a specific question about a problem you are suffering from, even if you have never heard that acupuncture can treat it, bring it to your acupuncturist.
This picture doesn't do this pie justice. It was so good. I couldn't stop eating it.
*Start sugar pie pumpkin before you begin pie*
Ingredients for pie crust
1/2 cup whole golden flax
1/4 cup coconut flour
1/2 cup shredded coconut
2-3 tablespoons cubed grass-fed/ raw butter
Instruction for pie crust
* Grind flax
* Grind shredded coconut
* Mix all dry ingredients together
* Add egg and cubed butter
* Butter your pie dish really well
* Press pie crust into pan
Ingredients for pumpkin pie
1 sugar pie pumpkin
1/4 cup maple syrup
1 heaping tbs pumpkin pie spice
1 tbs arrowroot
1 tea salt
2 tea vanilla
1 cup cream cheese or coconut milk
Instructions for pumpkin pie
* Cut sugar pumpkin in half, scoop out seeds and roast cut side down at 375 for 30-60 mins. Its done when you can easily put a fork in it and it feels soft. Remove from the oven and let cool while you prepare the rest.
* Scoop out pumpkin and combine all wet ingredients, use a blender so its a bit frothy
* Combine dry ingredients
* Combine the wet and dry ingredients
* Bake in the oven at 350 for 40- 6o mins. The edges should be firm and the center a little wiggly.
I served it with some homemade raw and coconut milk ice cream.
It was a sunny, cool fall morning with a fog still heavy in the air. We started with ground work. Asking him to work out his stiff muscles and pay attention to my requests. After a little coaxing he was happy to be working again. An ex barrel racing horse, worked hard and long. Now he is just being asked to trot and walk and stretch out his legs, he obliges. With the saddle on i ask him to bare with my inexperience and stick with me. I don't have plans to show him or race him, all i want is to feel comfortable on him so we can ride trials and i can see the forest from his eyes. Horses are a mighty animal, fierce and strong but under the hands of a knowledgeable rider they are safer than any ATV and much more peaceful. My goal is to be that rider.
This morning was my first official riding lesson. Pete did great. Hes such a good boy. Its amazing how working with another animal, getting over your fears and theirs can boost your confidence. I could tell how proud he was of himself.
Human beings fate has been intertwined with horses and all other animals for that matter, for centuries. We need each other. He was just as proud of his hard work as i was. I could see the spark in his eye return after a few requests to do tasks he forgot, and remembered. My friend and trainer kelsie was there boosting my confidence and his. Making me feel like i could sit out those little hiccups, where normally i would doubt myself. Wonder what i was doing wrong. Why he wasn't turning or trotting when i asked him. Doubt would creep into my mind. This is why i love farming so much. The tasks i do on this farm translate into so many other parts of my life. What, from the outside, appears as just a woman and her horse is actually a deep spiritual journey. How to overcome our fears and build confidence and faith in ourselves. I love that he helps me with that.
Its getting close to Halloween and for many that means high fructose laden candy and itchy polyester costumes. For my family it means the celebration of harvest, the coming of winter and the remembrance of loved ones. This is when we begin to see the cold hand of Autumn touch nature. This is a time of death. Like most other holidays that were once about family and connection and had deep meanings, we have sensationalized and turned this time for reflection into a gimmick. Halloween isn't about the stuff, its actually about losing the "stuff". This is when crops are dying, animals are culled that wont survive the winter, wood, food and supplies are being harvested and stored, leaves are falling, the days are getting shorter, animals are scurrying to gather their food for winter, and the thermometer drops outside to make baking inside comfortable. This is my favorite time of year.
I made this cake to satisfy that sweet tooth craving and it has some pumpkin pie spices in it. I made sweet cream to top it off with, you don't need to do that.
1/4 cup raw cacao powder
1/2 cup golden flax seed, whole
1/4 tea of baking powder
1/2 cup of chocolate chips (i like these chocolate chips, they are soy and gluten free)
5 oz cream cheese
1/4 cup maple syrup (I actually only used 2 tbs and it was pretty good but needed the sweet cream)
1 tbs vanilla
1/2 cup almond butter
2 tea pumpkin spice blend i like this if you want to make your own pumpkin pie spice blend
1/4 tea of baking powder
* grind the flax seed in your coffee grinder
* combine all the dry ingredients in one bowl
* in another bowl place the cream cheese with the other liquids and blend
* add the liquids to the dry ingredients and mix
* butter pan really well
* pour the mixture into a cake pan, i used a bunt pan because i think they are neat, but any glass, stainless steel, clay or porcelain baking apparatus will work.
* bake in oven at 350 for about 30 mins- 1 hour, it took about 45 mins in my bunt pan but i kept checking it, its done when a knife comes out clean. Don't overcook it.
This recipe is an adaptation of a few different recipes.
Its great for when you are craving something grain like.
1/2 cup whole flax seed (i like the golden)
1/8 tsp baking powder (optional it makes it thicker)
4oz cream cheese (make your own)
Maple syrup or honey
Blackberries (or other fruit in season)
* Grind flax seed- i use a coffee grinder
* Crack the eggs into a bowl with the cream cheese and vanilla blend them together- i use my immersion blender
* Add the baking powder to the flax
* Mix flax with the liquid mixture
* Warm a pan over medium heat with some butter or coconut oil
* cook till light brown brown on both sides
* Top with warmed berries, butter and maple syrup or honey
A really easy late summer/fall meal. A blend of bitter greens balanced by the sweetness of the sweet potato. Its hard to make eggs look good on camera but trust me it is a really good fall meal.
* Sweet potato (the ones that are orange inside)
* Winter or spring lettuce mix (the ones that are more bitter.) You could even use some of the wild greens that are more bitter, like dandelion if its in season.
* Squash, zucchini or any other veggies that are in season
* Sour cream- make it yourself or if I don't have some on hand I like Wallaby sour cream
* Butter- if you cant make it yourself a good brand is Kerry gold
* A few eggs, I usually do 2 or 3 for myself but my husband does 4 or 5
* Poke a few holes and throw your sweet potato into the oven at 350-375, for (depending on the size) about an hour
* Cook your bacon and save the grease either in a jar or another pan, this is what we will fry our eggs in
* Throw your chopped up veggies into the pan you cooked your bacon in, there should still be some oil left in the pan, you can add some coconut oil if you need to. Cook until done ( i like mine a little brown and crispy)
* When the sweet potato is done, throw your eggs to fry in the pan with the bacon grease.
* While the eggs is cooking dress your sweet potato. Butter, sour cream, veggies, bacon, and on top the salad greens.
* Take the egg and put it on top of the sweet potato and greens. It will wilt the greens and take out some of the bitterness.
Milking Buffalo. She is such a good girl. She gives really sweet, high butterfat milk. MMmmm it is so good.
Happiness can be found, even in the darkness of times, if one remembers to turn on the light. - Albus Dumbledore