Author Archives: Ja'Nelle Jefferson

Dry Itchy Skin, Eczema: Tips and a Chinese Medicine Perspective

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Four plus years of managing the personal care department at a large health food store, I learned a lot about caring for skin naturally.  It also exposed me to a lot of people with skin care woes.  The most common being eczema and itchy painful dry cracked skin. My recommendations are based on trial and error over those years. no … Continue reading

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Keeping warm in Frigid Weather: Common Spices in Traditional Chinese Herbal Medicine

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In honor of Chicago’s negative 20 degree Fahrenheit temperatures today, I’d like to share with you my favorite category of Chinese herbal medicine, Herbs that Warm the Interior.  They are my favorite because I’ve always loved food and cooking and almost all of the herbs in this category are common spices!

Black Pepper, aged dried ginger, cloves, cinnamon, fennel, and

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Chinese Food Therapy?!

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Chinese Food Therapy?  Sounds like my kind of medicine!  In all seriousness, Chinese food is designed to be medicinal.  Fried Rice is cooked twice for optimal digestion, veggies are quickly stir fried to retain color and nutrients, sauces are designed to increase yin fluids – sweet and sour, or yang energy – hot and sour, etc.

One of the ways

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Does Acupuncture Hurt?

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When I tell people I am an acupuncturist, the first question they ask is, “does acupuncture hurt?”  Then even when I assure them that it doesn’t, they look at me skeptically.

So here is a little illustration I found to help explain why.  Acupuncture needles are extremely thin and flexible.  (They also come in sterile sealed packages and are used

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Fish Oil, Multivitamins, and Chinese Medicine

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Not surprising if you know me, my first blog is not based on Chinese Medicine!  

After people get to know me and find out my experience in the natural health field, they often ask me for product recommendations.  Recently I was asked to recommend Omega 3 and Multivitamin products and I’ve decided to share them here along with my

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