Emptying the Heart: Daoist Alchemy and Neiguan

“The heart is called empty, for emptiness has nothing to do with impressions already gathered, but with what is going to be received.The heart is alive, and it possesses knowledge; it knows, and from knowing makes distinctions. To make distinctions is to know all parts of the whole at once.” (Xunxi, Jie Bi, 300BC) Wow, if

When to see your Acupuncturist

When to see your Acupuncturist So, a patient walked in and I asked how he was doing – “Well, if I was doing well I wouldn’t be here.” I hear that sometimes, but did you know you don’t have to be sick or in pain to come in for a visit? So here is a little snippet

Acupuncture for Chronic Pain Research

Article: Acupuncture for chronic pain: individual patient data meta-analysis “Patients receiving acupuncture had less pain for back and neck pain, osteoarthritis, and chronic headache respectively. These results were robust to a variety of sensitivity analyses, including those related to publication bias. Acupuncture is effective for the treatment of chronic pain and is therefore a reasonable referral

Pediatric Acupuncture Research

This month Medical Acupuncture Journal focused the entire journal to pediatric Acupuncture. Here are a few PDF links to the research! Acupuncture and Integrative Medicine for Pediatric Gastroesophageal Reflux and Functional Dyspepsia “reduction of nausea and reported reductions in pain… successfully weaned off proton pump inhibitors. The patients in this cohort tolerated acupuncture very well.” Acupuncture as

Pediatric Tuina and herbs for common conditions

Our baby, Oliver, has just turned 10 months today!! It brings such joy and has breathed a new-found respect for Chinese Medicine and all that it has to offer. Like all parents I want to make sure he is healthy, happy, and safe. He just cut his 3rd tooth and boy, oh boy was it looking rough

Avoid the Flu that’s here

Oh Portland! It’s flu season over here! Want to avoid all that cough, sinus, and headache stuff? Come in for a treatment at the very first sign! Make an appt here: KimBoldrini.net/contact What are the symptoms of this flu? It begins with a sore throat, then sinus congestion, onto deep cough, then dry asthmatic cough. It


100 million Americans are diagnosed with borderline to high cholesterol. Annually, 800,000 thousand Americans die from heart disease, stroke, and cardiovascular diseases. Despite the abundance of education on the topic, many Americans are surprised and confused on their diagnosis. Many report eating a seemingly low-cholesterol diet and being physically active. Many undergo drastic diet changes

Acupuncture to Treat Chronic Lymphoedema

Just came across two Acupuncture research publications from my former hospital, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (MSK). The research was initiated because of the lack of treatment for lymphoedema in women post breast cancer surgery with removal of lymph nodes in the armpits. Having formerly worked in the breast cancer surgery department at MSK I

Are you new to Chinese Medicine/acupuncture?

What is a treatment like? Normally a treatment consists of a one and a half hour session. There is an intake with tongue and pulse reading, general questions, and palpation. I will work on a treatment plan for the issue at hand as well as any underlying ailments. I use treatment tables for your comfort.

I Ching: throwing coins to follow your path

Not quite Hansel and Gretel but almost…  The I Ching [Yi (E) Jing] is also known as the Book of Changes. It is likely written in 2000-3000 BC and is one of the bases for Daoism. I find it a wonderful help in guiding me through some of life’s questions. It is meant to assist

Healing ourselves of the Flu epidemic

The flu season is amongst us. The media reports hit on increasing hospitalizations and nation-wide death tolls, 59 of those being pediatric. However, only 23.3% of those hospitalized are positive for the flu.7 So why the hysteria? In the times of mass hysteria, informing yourself is key. Peter Doshi, a researcher whose graduate thesis from

Essential Oils

In our latest class we discovered the wonder of using acupressure and essential oils to clear inflammation and stagnation before and instead of needles! If you get emotionally upset, have PMS signs try Citrus on your liver/gallbladder area. (Do not apply citrus before going into the sun). I am attaching some great handouts so you

Flu season prevention

Todays topic focuses on a recently-asked question about flu season prevention tips and Chinese herbal recommendations. Influenza is an exterior pathogen that is carried thru the wind and enters either thru the skin (wind-cold) or the nose and mouth (wind-heat). Wind-Cold enters thru the skin and impairs the function of the lung and affects the

Why antibiotics are NOT the answer to viral infections

Every illness starts with a cold, a common cold, runny nose, sore throat, head ache, chills, fever, body aches. There are generally two kinds of colds: one that creates sore throat (wind heat) another that creates runny nose (wind cold). If the cold is not properly treated, it will go further into the body. Proper

Nutrition input

Comprehensive Nutrition information! Want to know what to eat and how the foods you’re already eating will help? I can’t think of a better more comprehensive list. Click here! MEATS Five element differentiation Wood-chicken Fire-lamb Earth-cow Metal-venison Water-pig Beef: neutral, sweet, Sp & St Qi & Blood Tonic Lamb: warm, sweet, Sp, Ki, Qi Tonic,

Blood deficiency

Functions of blood: Nourishes the body Moistens the tissues (eyes, tendons, ligaments, skin, hair, tongue) Provides material foundation for mind (anchors the mind so it can flourish) If one does not have enough blood the mind can become restless, anxious, sleepless, irritable, and dissatisfied. Symptoms such as numbness, dizziness, and palpitations can occur. As well,


These are some papers I have written during my graduate studies at World Medicine Institute. I am including them for your educational pleasure: Atherosclerosis: The link between sugar, stress, high cholesterol, and the formation of atheromas (plaques). Androgenetic Alopecia: Exploring causes and psychological effects of pattern-baldness with a Western and Chinese Medicine approach.

Four Pillars of Health

            Four pillars of health In Chinese Medicine there are four pillars of health. A good practitioner will start from top and work down, guiding the body to heal itself. Chinese Medicine is all natural, using your body’s immune system to help heal itself. There are no side effects or

More on the Eight Spiritual (Extraordinary) Meridians

More on the Eight Spiritual (Extraordinary) Meridians.  I love the spiritual (extraordinary) meridians, and I have been introduced to some great resources. –This is a wonderful PDF excerpt from a conversation with Jeffrey Yuen, world reknowned Chinese Medicine practitioner and educator: Jeffrey Yuen discusses eight Extraordinary Spiritual Meridians —Article of how the ying qi cycle is used

The 12 Main Meridians

Chinese Medicine  is based on an intricate system of meridians. These meridians are similar to energy highways or rivers flowing throughout our body. There are 12 main meridians and eight extraordinary/spiritual meridians. The eight extraordinary meridians are spoken about here.     The 12 main meridians are: Lung Large Intestine Stomach Spleen Heart Small Intestine

Auricular Acupuncture

Good time to discuss Auricular Acupuncture. Auricular acupuncture is a microsystem, meaning you can treat disorders of the whole body on one section of the body. Ear seeds, generally made from Vaccaria plant seeds, are used for continual stimulation of acupuncture points. These are great for chronic pain, de-stressing, mood disorders, release of addiction cravings, weight loss,

Eight Spiritual (Extraordinary) Meridians

The Eight Spiritual (Extraordinary) Meridians are meridians that flow deep within the body, act as reservoirs of qi and blood for the main meridians (filling and emptying as needed), circulate jing around the body, circulate defensive Wei Qi to increase immunity, and provide a connection between the 12 main meridians. The eight extraordinary meridians help