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Harriet Beinfield

Harriet Beinfield, L.Ac, is a licensed acupuncturist, author, and educator practicing Chinese medicine for 40+ years. She is the co-author of the widely read Between Heaven and Earth: A Guide to Chinese Medicine and many articles. She is on the Advisory Board of the University of California San Francisco School of Medicine's (UCSF) Osher Center for Integrative Medicine. She is also on the Editorial Board of the peer-reviewed journals, Explore: The Journal of Science and Healing and Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine as well as the popular magazine Natural Health. She has lectured nationally and internationally. She is engaged in the active practice of acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine at the San Francisco clinic Chinese Medicine Works.

Harness The Power Of The Season According To Chinese Medicine

Harness The Power Of The Season According To Chinese Medicine

Within the cosmology of Chinese medicine, human beings are regarded as microcosms of the natural universe. We are subject to the same cycles that occur in nature. Autumn follows on the tail of the harvest, signaling that it is time to prepare for winter. It is a time to eliminate what is unnecessary and become aware of what is essential.

The Winter Season, A Chinese Medicine Perspective

The Winter Season, A Chinese Medicine Perspective

How can we adjust our psychic and body rhythm to suit the season? What happens within us is mirrored by the natural world around us. During the frost of winter, plants submerge their lifeblood into their roots, animals thicken their hides, and ponds harden into ice. This is a time of apparent quiescence and stasis, yet beneath the surface is the hidden activity of gestation and germination that will bring forth renewal in spring.