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Research Update: Meditation and Brain Health

In terms of brain health, what exactly is “cortical folding,” or “gyrification,” and how does it increase your mental capacity? These questions may seem to address complex issues best left to neuroscience, except for one simple practice that directly relates to them: meditation. Researchers have been studying the effects of meditation on the brain for decades, and have come to some importantconclusions that may offer further motivation and inspiration for regular—and certainly for aspiring—practitioners of this time-honored healing art.

How to Avoid a Detox Crisis

In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), the Fall season is one of the most optimal times to engage in a cleanse for greater health and wellness. This transitional season offers the opportunity to lighten and energize your system in order to build health and maintain necessary vitality during the cold winter months.

Healing Retreat Draws MDs, Cancer Patients and Students from Across the US

I recently led a meditation, transformation and healing retreat at EarthRise IONS Retreat Center in Sonoma County, Calif. The event drew people from across the country, including medical doctors, acupuncturists, cancer patients, counselors, students of integrative medicine, and those interested in learning more about meditation and healing.

Empowering Cancer Patients

When it comes to integrative cancer treatment, I always emphasize the importance of “patient-driven medicine.” Patient-driven medicine is what true integrative medicine is about. It embraces the principle of equality between patient and doctor, and each treatment program is tailored to the patient’s individual needs, desires and comfort level, with a focus on non-biased and holistic, comprehensive protocols.