Dr. Dawna Ara, DACM

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Goji Berry & Rose Latte

Goji Berry & Rose Latte

Goji berries are one of the most well known Chinese herbs in the US. Used for over 2000 years in China, they were first mentioned in the Shen Nong Ben Cao Jing, the oldest known book on Chinese herbs in 200 BC. They are prized for their ability to tonify blood and yin without causing stagnation. Consumed daily in China as a food and herbal medicine, goji berries are revered for their anti-aging properties. They are used in many beauty tonics.

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The Yin & Yang of the Holiday Season

From pumpkins and spooky Halloween decorations to Hanukkah candles, Christmas lights and hot cocoa, the holiday season is a lively time of year. Traditionally this is the time to spend with loved ones, give thanks for all that you have and indulge in comfort food. As a child, my excitement came from watching holiday cartoons and anticipating the arrival of Santa and presents.

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Hot Cocoa with Immune Boosting Herbs & Mushrooms

Taking my herbs is something I look forward to every day. Not only do they help me to think clearly and feel good, but I’ve learned how to make them taste delicious.

Here I have homemade hot cocoa with collagen for skin and joint health and a homemade immune tonic with astragalus and mushrooms to keep me well throughout the fall and winter season. This warm and cozy drink is very calming and I look forward to drinking it as my day winds down. No, you cannot taste the herbs.

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Autumn Food & Cooking

Autumn Harvest

As we move deeper into the autumn season, the foundation of our diet should be foods that are bountiful, local and ripe. Just as we rotate our wardrobe for the seasons, we should be rotating our diet as well. Most of us wouldn’t wear shorts and a tank top in the snowy winter, nor would we wear a heavy coat on a hot summer day. As such, we should reserve cold and raw foods for the warmer months, and eat warmer and cooked foods during the colder months.

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What Is Chinese Medicine and What Can It Do for Me?

Chinese Medicine is an ancient health system aimed at bringing the entire body into balance. It is an intricate system that includes the use of acupuncture, herbs, and dietary therapies. Acupuncture is the insertion of tiny needles into specific points on the body. Disease in Chinese Medicine is said to take place as soon as Qi or Life force gets “stuck” or “stagnates” in the body. A skilled acupuncturist carefully chooses points that will help move the qi in its proper direction and allow it flow freely.

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