House Plants & Qi Energy

Improving Qi Energy Through Houseplants Houseplants: everybody’s latest obsession. My living room now showcases quite a few plants that I can count on (to not die). And, in fact, they thrive without much fuss! They bring joy and add some class to the décor. Along with standing in the corner looking beautiful, my favorite houseplants … Read more


Biohacking to fit your needs Image: Xero shoes I have a love-hate relationship with so-called “biohacking.” I realize that I do fall for a lot of it, and some techniques (like Intermittent Fasting) have made my life even better. I still don’t wear a FitBit or an Aura Ring, but I did buy a pair … Read more

Kidney Energy and Menopause

How menopause affects kidney energy Menopause. The oft spoken about, rarely understood transition between life phases. It is defined as the time when menstruation/periods ceases. That means an entire year without a period. Traditional Chinese Medicine views the kidney energy as sustaining the metabolic process and decreases naturally as we age. When the balance of … Read more

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Strengthening Our “Wei Qi” (Protective Qi)

Did your grandmother ever chase you around admonishing you to dry your hair before going to bed, rather than let your wet hair hit the pillow?  Were you told never to walk outside barefooted? Were you ever scolded for not covering your neck in the winter?  What about drinking too many cold beverages?  In TCM, … Read more

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Mushrooms and Their Incredible Medicinal Benefits

Here at ERCA, we are stocking our shelves with many types of mushrooms. Perhaps you have checked out the fascinating documentary on Netflix called Fantastic Fungi. Watch it, and you will learn about how mushrooms provide communication between trees and aid in their healing. The Brains of the Forest Mushrooms are known as the brains … Read more

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Dispelling 3 Acupuncture Myths

Acupuncture is one of the oldest and most widely used medicines in the world, and we still have misconceptions about it. At ERCA, one of our goals is to educate you about acupuncture. I am happy to debunk these myths, so that we can spread the word to even more people about just how useful … Read more

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Meditation on May

This time last year, COVID-19 had changed the world. The clinic was closed, and my mind overflowed with worries. Would the clinic survive?  Will my landlord still expect rent?  Should I spray bleach on my groceries? Baking sourdough bread, riding my bike, and doing jigsaw puzzles were not cutting it for stress relief. In an … Read more

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2020 Has Had Its Ups and Downs For Us

Looking back on 2020, ERCA had its moments. Like most of you, we are still waiting for this rollercoaster of a year to actually end.  My fifteen minutes of fame arrived when I received a call from CNN.  They were doing a piece on the Pandemic and its effects on Main Street. **By the … Read more

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3 Steps to Synchronize With Spring

Phone rings: “Uhh, yeah, do you guys have a program for detoxing? I mean, not like the detoxing from drugs or alcohol….just, like, ya know, from eating too much processed food: Gluten, Beer …  Probably too much red meat too, come to think of it. Should I do that cleanse with the lemon juice and cayenne pepper for 6 … Read more

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