category: Mind-Body Medicine

TCM and Brain Health

May 02, 2021

If we want to know how acupuncture can help improve brain health, it is important to first understand how the brain is viewed in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). When I first started studying acupuncture, I struggled to reconcile my existing knowledge of common Western medicine theories with those of classical Eastern medicine. I was often […]

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Managing Anxiety

May 01, 2021

Anxiety is certainly at the top of our minds during these unprecedented times. Life is unpredictable and uncertain – this creates anxiety and stress in people. But when there are collective world experiences that bring greater uncertainty in our daily lives, this can fuel and perpetuate our anxieties even further. During these times of heightened […]

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A healthy gut means a healthy brain, and that means a healthy you!

May 01, 2021

Have you ever experienced that sensation of butterflies in your stomach?  Or feeling a pit in your stomach when you are upset or stressed?  These are simple ways we can see the gut-brain axis (GBA) in action.  Our digestive system is known as our second brain because it has its own nervous system, called the […]

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Successful Life and Aging Starts With Movement

March 01, 2021

Movement is medicine. Wrong. Movement is life. Movement is what separates us from plants. While they exogenously produce chemicals to keep predators away, we have the freedom to move. In our most primitive form, we had the flight or freeze response—that is something that we share with other mammals. The fight response emerged later as […]

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How to Boost Your Psychological and Physiological Immune System

January 05, 2021

It matters.  We may find ourselves challenged in many practical ways right now, but I think this collective pause also challenges us in many ideological ways as well.  This particular time has made me think of what is in my radar. In the constraints of this pandemic, whether it be tent cities, empty shopping malls, […]

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Racism & Me

June 24, 2020

By Dr. Tabrizi BA, DC, DO As someone who likes to make sense of things, the world is a difficult place right now. On the topic of systemic racism, I neither want to preach nor project, but can only speak from my own experience. I could easily be accused of making a judgement error. That […]

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Keep Calm, Wash Your Hands, and Clean Your Cellphone

April 13, 2020

Our brains are primed to notice everything going wrong. The diagnosis of athletes and celebrities, and being out of toilet paper. In times of fear, our brains like certainty and can send us on the search for more information. Yet research shows that being obsessed with the news can create anxiety and stress that can […]

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Soothe Your Stress Levels in an Epsom Salt Bath

April 13, 2020

As we work together in our time of self isolation to flatten the curve,  I invite you to consider an Epsom salt bath is one simple solution to help ease heightened stress levels for you and your loved ones! Heightened stress levels in the body causes a depletion of the body’s magnesium levels.  An Epsom […]

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Health is a State of Action

December 30, 2019

In saying ‘when you do better, you know better’, there must be an acknowledgement that doing requires an expenditure of energy. As we head into resolution season, there are some important things to know about the brain and its correlation with energy if we are to maximize and properly allocate our energetic resources. First, the […]

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The Lens and Aperture of Depression – Mind and Body

November 29, 2019

Depression is multi-faceted in how it affects our bodies and lives. It affects our mood, our cognition, our relationships, and our pain, and generally affects our desire to move and participate in our environment. While I think it is important to understand that sometimes depression is a normal reaction to a life challenge, it occurs […]

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