Rupesh Chhagan LAc   
In my blog, I will cover all the topics that get me jazzed about life, from nutrition to poetry, from meditation to rock climbing. I hope it will be a source of information, entertainment, and inspiration.

Blog Category: Food

December 15, 2010

» Eating in the Winter
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Winter is when the Qi (energy) draws inward and slows.  The sun sets earlier, the temperature drops, and the creatures of the earth switch to modes of storage, conservation, and reflection.  The following chart is a guideline on how to eat in order to stay in tune with the shifting season.

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December 10, 2010

» Blood Deficiency (aka Xue Xu)
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The concept of Blood in Chinese Medicine is not the same as the biomedical understanding of blood.  The actual word used is xue (pronounced “shway”).  In the context of the body, Blood (xue) points to qualities of nourishment, receptivity, softness, relaxation, ease, and being.  Contrast this with qualities of transformation, activation, tension, dynamism, effort, and becoming which are associated with Qi (energy).

The strategy for building Blood through nutrition is twofold:

  1. Increase the body’s ability to digest nutrients: tonify the Spleen Qi and reduce Dampness foods, tonify the Kidney Qi
  2. Add the necessary nutrients for building blood

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July 13, 2010

» Dog Days of Summer
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A sizzling vapor hovers over the scorched asphalt.  Drops of oil try to evaporate, then hang limp in the hot, sticky air.  He peeled the shirt away from his chest, sweat circles pooling along his sternum and belly.  His steps along the East Austin sidewalk dare anyone to get in the way.

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