Dr. Dawna Ara, DACM

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Warm Carrot Soup for Better Skin

Carrot SoupCarrots are one of the oldest cultivated vegetables. A staple in most cuisines, the white, yellow and purple varieties were first cultivated in Afghanistan around 3000BC. The modern, sweeter and bright yellow and orange varieties were created in the Netherlands around the 16th century. 

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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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The Power of Belief

Photo by Dede Flemming

When people find out I’m an acupuncturist one of the first things they say to me is whether or not they believe in acupuncture. I often hear people say things like, “Oh fantastic! I’m a real believer in acupuncture!” Or they politely say they think acupuncture is a bunch of hocus pocus hogwash.

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Rediscover Your Love For Biking

Every kid loves to ride their bike. Seriously, have you ever seen a grumpy kid riding their bike? No, they all have humongous smiles on their faces. They can ride for hours and hours laughing and smiling and breathing fresh air until the sun goes down and their mom calls them home for dinner.

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Why I Don't Expect MDs To Understand Alternative Medicine

I hear it all the time from my patients. It’s a very predictable story. A patient goes in to see their MD because they have this annoying ailment that won’t go away. Their MD prescribes medication and tells them to come back in a month. For whatever reason, the patient doesn’t want to take the medication, they prefer to try a more natural approach to heal their ailment.

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Magic Pill For Weight Loss Just Discovered

Now that I got your attention I am going to tell you that there is no magic pill for weight loss. Believe me, I would have found it by now if there was one. There is no magic diet, no magic exercise routine, nor a magic surgery. I wish I could tell you that acupuncture is the magical missing link but alas, it is not the answer either.

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Natural Ways to Keep Your Skin Hydrated

Suffering from dry skin? How about an itchy dry throat? The recent weather changes in Southern California have been a great conversation starter but have left me (and I’m sure some of you) with dry and irritated skin. In Chinese Medicine Fall is the time of the metal element which rules the Lung and Large Intestine meridians.

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