Chinese medicine is, at its core, a preventive medicine. Many Chinese medicine texts begin by giving guidelines on how to stay healthy before addressing how to treat disease.

Here are some ideas to help you stay healthy.

Supplements, herbs & acupuncture
If you want to enhance immunity and help calm your nervous system, I have the herbs and supplements in stock! I’m happy to prescribe them in conjunction with an immune-boosting acupuncture session or as an herbal consult either via Zoom.

Please know that I am monitoring the situation closely, disinfecting the office and washing my hand meticulously. I am monitoring the California state and Marin public health recommendations and will continue to offer health care services in accordance with local and statewide regulations.

Relax and bolster your immune system with this cacao shroom latte

Get cozy with a decadent vegan immune-boosting, spirit-calming beverage made with Gathering Thyme’s Mushroom Alliance.

Take 1 teaspoon of Mushroom Alliance, blend with 1 tablespoon powdered raw organic cacao, 1 teaspoon maca powder, 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon powder, and 12 oz. of warm plant milk. If you have a frother, use it to blend. If not, a whisk or good old-fashioned spoon should do the trick!

This recipe is shared courtesy of Chelsea Hutchinson, owner of the now closed Bol Superfood Cafe in Mill Valley.  If you’re ever in Massachusetts, go visit the flagship Bol of Love, which is still open and serving delicious and healthy food!

Practice social distance and support local businesses
Trying to minimize your exposure to other humans but still support local businesses? Order through their websites!

Getting your groceries delivered? United Markets offers a grocery delivery service through their website. Mollie Stone and Mill Valley Market both deliver through Instacart.

Wash your hands
Yep, scrub those hands. Wash them a lot. First thing when you get home, after you use the restroom, before and after eating, and after touching any public spaces. Make sure you scrub all the areas shown in the graphic

Skin starting to crack from all the scrubbing? Make sure that you’re using a soap without sodium laurel sulfate (SLS), which can act as an irritant.

Dr. Bronner’s and Everyone are sodium laurel sulfate-free soap brands that are widely available.

For dry, over-washed hands, I recommend Happy Healer All-Purpose Balm, handmade by local herbalist, Sara Romero.  It is my go-to after a long day of hand-washing in the clinic.  Apply throughout the day and right before you go to bed to restore the integrity of your dry hands.

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