Inspired by the seasons


Hello Everyone, 

Spring is finally here. Not only does it bring so much beauty and color to our lives, but it also brings renewal and change. 
The energy of springtime is upward and outward as well as forward. This movement is beautifully demonstrated outside in nature, just look out the window, or go on a nice long hike in the woods. Everything is in bloom, in growth, in action. There's so much light and life going on that we can draw on this Spring energy and use it for healing, for recreating our own little worlds. 
Nature affects us - what is on the outside is mirrored on the inside. 

How is springtime manifesting in your life? What do you want to change? What do you want to achieve? How are you going to achieve that?
Do you have a plan? A goal? A project percolating in your mind? If so, Spring is the perfect time to execute it and to begin putting visions and plans into action. 

Here at Hunt Valley Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine, the creativity is at its peak. After a few months of complete full stop, I am finally emerging with new plans and new ways of being. I have taken a few steps in redesigning my business: 

  • In an effort to focus more on what I do best in life, I have decided to terminate my contracts with BCBS and Cigna. Therefore I will no longer be accepting insurance. This will free up a lot of my time to be creative with other aspects of my lifework. This will happen gradually, roughly around mid June for Cigna, and the first week of July for BCBS. This period will give us enough time to discuss moving forward case by case. 

  • Stay tuned, In edition to personalized sound healing sessions, I will start offering healing sessions for groups of 5 or 6 people. 

  • You may not know this already, I have been offering virtual international healing sessions via Skype, or Zoom. I initially started these sessions for distant friends and family members, I've gotten some great feedback and decided to open up the possibility to a wider audience. I often start the session with a meditation, then we go over the pressing issues for healing. I have also offered herbal consults. 

  • Please bare with me, my work hours are set up so that I can sustain my practice and be fully present with you. I want to pay attention and stay present to nourishment so we all flourish together. 

  • My herbal line, Hummingbird Potions has a new release: Immune, A Maitake Mushroom Tincture. Maitake, like many other mushrooms, is a powerful antioxidant, according to research, it fights cancer and tumors, helps maintain a healthy blood sugar levels, and great for hormonal support. 

  • My online calendar simplifies my life, not only for scheduling but also for accepting payments. That's right, you can pay as you schedule.

  • I will start accepting new patients this summer. I love your referrals, they are most welcome, it's the best compliment you can give me, and the best way to grow. 

Spring is windy, please  wear a scarf, protect yourself from the wind. Many acupuncture points on the neck have the word "wind" as part of their names, that is because these are potential points where the wind can enter the body causing injury, like the common cold, or neck pain. Wearing a scarf and covering these points help prevent these injuries. 

Forgiveness Meditation: 
Forgiveness is another appropriate spring activity.
Meditate on it. 

Set the intention for forgiveness meditation.
Create a quite space, you can light a candle if you wish.
Sit in a comfortable position with your back erect. If you are sitting on a chair, make sure your feet touch the ground. Or you can sit in the lotus position.  
Start by inhaling deep parallel breaths along your spine. 
Center in your heart. 
Below are 3 steps in sentences. Repeat each sentence until you feel calmness in yourself, this may take a few sits. I suggest focusing on one step at a time:

~I forgive myself for all the ways I hurt myself, intentionally or unintentionally by thoughts, words or actions. 

~I ask for forgiveness from all of those whom I have hurt, intentionally or unintentionally by thoughts, words or actions. 

~I forgive all of those who have hurt me. 

I am smiling while I am writing this, also the picture of the lilac is from my garden, the aroma is intoxicating! May you have a great spring. See you soon. 

On behalf of,

Hunt Valley Acupuncture & Chinese Herbal Medicine

Paw Paw Jam

Late summer is a lot about bounty, processing and transformation. Pawpaw foraging adventure took five hours between driving and walking with our buckets to the pawpaw forest. It was a rainy humid day that felt both hot and a little breezy at the same time. I love forest bathing, I consider that to be a natural therapy, breathing fresh air, listening to the sounds of the forest and exploring the changes and what the flora and fauna are up to. iPhone tucked away and on silence except for occasional picture taking.

My friend and I ventured into the forest, walked about two miles until we spotted the first cluster of pawpaw trees. Pawpaw trees are indigenous to North America, they have big leaves, thin trunks and look fragile. It seems that they love to live in the company of each other more than other plants. As a matter of fact, if you decide to grow them in your garden then you’d better have at least three of them for cross pollination. They bare a fruit that has a flesh that resembles custard, and it tastes like a cross between bananas, mangos, and pineapples!! The fruit has medicinal value, mostly from what I read about it is that research reveals that the fruit contains properties that can rid of cancer cells. Pawpaw fruit is fragile and doesn’t travel well, which is the reason why it is not very well known even in the areas where it grows. There is a small window to harvest the fruit before it turns to mush and the critters start munching on it. The flesh of the fruit varied in flavor and color depending on the tree.

I collected enough fruit to make jam, cheesecake, and to share with friends and family.

Making Pawpaw Jam:

I wanted to bring the Pawpaws to my friend Zanti and make jam with her because it’s more fun like that. This process took another few hours.

I had looked up several recipes on Pinterest but Zanti and I decided to let the alchemist within create the recipe and it was a delightful pure success:

3 lbs of pawpaws

1 cup of sugar

1 tbsp of ginger

1/4 cup water

2 oz Rye Whiskey

Peel and cut out the pawpaw flesh, this is a very tedious job, thats why its better to do with friends. Get rid of the seeds (or collect them for planting)

Add all the ingredients together and simmer gently until the jam thickens.

Pour in sterilized jars and seal with paraffin.

This yielded six 4 oz jars.

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Autumn Equinox

Equinox is here today officially announcing the arrival of Autumn. The gift of the season is simple yet powerful and one that we all grapple with= Balance.

What does balance mean? 

Balance is the ability to be witness to both the profound and profane in life all at the same time. To be with ugliness yet stay receptive instead of shutting down to life. Staying receptive means that our ability to let go of what doesn't serve is healthy. Healthy letting go means that we are not holding on to values and views or things, or relationships that don't serve us or the collective anymore. 

In Chinese Medicine, the Lung and the Colon are associated with the season of Autumn. 

When we become balanced then we become inspired and our hearts ♥️ can be spontaneous and love in the moment. 

Happy Balance everyone!


Autumn by the reservoir 2017

Boosting your immune system naturally.

Life is full of surprises. Some surprises— even the good ones—can be stressful and taxing on your health and wellbeing. Taking good care of yourself is very rewarding and prepares you to stay healthy while facing what life brings.

Here are a few steps to boost your immune system:

  1. Sleep: make sure you are getting at least 7 hours of uninterrupted sleep.

  2. Meditate! Sit still at least 15 minutes each day.

  3. Nutrition: eat a variety of whole foods that includes fresh vegetables, fruits, healthy fats, and protein. Buying everything locally and directly from farmers as often as possible ensures freshness and maximizes nutrient content.

  4. Limit your refined sugar intake, and avoid artificial sweeteners altogether—they are food for cancerous cells.

  5. Manage your portions and eat slowly, stopping eating before you are full. Eat sitting down and with friends or family. Fast during the daytime one day a week! Fasting gives your digestive system a break, and your tissue a chance to regenerate and you body a chance to heal. 

  6. Exercise: seriously, get your steps in! Walk at least 20 minutes each day.

  7. Dress appropriately for the weather! 

  8. Stay Informed. Question vaccinations before saying yes to them. This is a loaded and charged topic. I strongly recommend visiting the National Injury Vaccination compensation program and read up on the various injuries and long-lasting side effects that occur due to vaccination, some of which are irreversible.

  9. Supplement what your body is missing, vitamins, minerals, anti-oxidants, water... certain mushrooms, like Reishi and Chaga can help boost your immune system. 

  10. Schedule time to relax and enjoy life. Express gratitude; love and forgive more, complain less. 

  11. Receive regular acupuncture and zero balancing treatments to help keep you in balance. 


Solar Eclipse 2017

Hello everyone!

Speaking in metaphor this morning, can't ignore the solar eclipse that will sweep the country today. 
We can't see the darkness without putting it in the spotlight, may the sunlight shine on all of us so we may see the shadow of our darkness and learn a lesson or two about what matters to living- life and death, of letting go of what's outdated, of love and hatred, beauty and despair, wisdom and fear, anger and the hope of renewal. 
Wishing for all the return of the often abandoned uplifting heart warming joyful spontaneity of the heart. 
Enjoy ☀️ Rabab Al-Amin
Solar Eclipse 2017.

The weather forecast from an acupuncture point perspective.

I feel your frustration. Everyone is just about had it with this cold weather here in Maryland. It's March 26 and the temperatures still drop to the low 20s F. This might be OK in Canada or the Berkshires but here in Maryland, we expect to be eating fresh Asparagus from our gardens by now… and that isn't happening.

Here's the weather forecast from an acupuncture point perspective:

LR 8 Crooked Spring is an acupuncture point: Winter within Spring is an invitation to build more resources and dip deeper into what really matters. It could possibly mean that we need to be ready for something that requires more energy than the usual. Please take advantage of these extra cold days to restore your body & mind, and be ready for Spring… because it's coming.. sooner or later.

GB 43 Valiant Stream: Also Winter within Spring. This point is about springing new life with so much power and resilience that allows for flexibility while growing your new project, your ideas, your vision, etc… 

This is really a good time to exercise balancing Yin & Yang. The part of us that is frustrated and wants to spring forward is Yang and the part that is calling for more rest and quite is Yin. Start increasing your Yang activities but be mindful of getting proper rest as well.  Be careful because too much quite time at this transition between the two seasons may lead to dampness and stagnation. Too much activity may lead to exhaustion of resources and rigidity. Use your energy wisely!




Dr. Miriam Lee's recipes for cancer, anemia, and hypertension.


Dr. Miriam Lee's soups for better health.

The following recipe is by Dr. Miriam Lee, an esteemed acupuncturist and teacher for the treatment of cancer. This recipe is a basic stew and if all the ingredients are unavailable it still has great benefit.

Miriam Lee's Bean Soup Treatment for Cancer

Ingredients and Measurements:

 10 tblsp Brown rice                                       

 1 tblsp Black beans                                   

 1 tblsp Pinto Beans                          

 1 tblsp Corn or cornmeal                

 1 tblsp Azuki Beans               

 1 tblsp Barley                              

 1 tblsp Pine Nuts                            

 1 tblsp Millet                                    

 1 tblsp Mung Beans                      

 1 tblsp Buckwheat                  

 1 tblsp Split peas                   

 1 tblsp Oats                             

 1 tblsp Soya beans                           

 1 tblsp Peanuts (nip removed)         

Chinese Herbs:

Add 12 grams of each of the following: Qian-shi (Euryale seed), Mai Men Dong (Ophiopogon root), Bai Guo (Ginkgo seed) with the skin removed, Bai He (Tiger lily bulb), Lian Zi (Lotus seed), Shan yao (Dioscorea batatas), Fu Ling (poria cocos).

Preparation: Simmer the entire contents in 18 cups of water. As soon as it comes to boil, reduce heat and simmer for another 2 hours. (Do not use too high a flame as this will destroy the nutrients.) Consume over a period of 3 days. Keep unused portion in the freezer. Continue this food therapy for many months.


The next recipe is one of the best tonic broths for people with multiple deficiencies. It is one of the best treatments for weak and anemic conditions. You can opt to cook 9 grams of astragalus root, 3 to 4 grams of dang quai, 9 grams of codonopsis root and 9 red jujube dates with the broth to enhance its effects.

Miriam Lee's Bone Marrow Broth

For general weakness, lowered immune system and anemia

Boil 2 pounds organic pork spare ribs in water with 2'‘3 TBS. rice vinegar for several hours. At the beginning of boiling, skim off the gray foam. Add about 6 two inch pieces of fresh ginger to neutralize the meat toxins.

After 2 hours let broth cool down and then skim the fat off the top. Add more water. Then begin boiling again with 2 pounds of soy bean sprouts (the long ones from Chinese market) for 2 more hours.

Remove bones and fat when cool. Freeze in small containers. Add herbs if desired.

This can be used as soup stock. Drink 2 bowls a day.


Mung Bean Soup for Hypertension 

Dr. Miriam Lee would routinely sell patients with hypertension a pound of green mung beans. These are a famous heat-clearing, detoxifying and acid neutralizing food in both China and India.

She would recommend that a patient pour a cup of boiling water over two or three tablespoons of mung beans in the morning.

Cover a let steep for 20 to 30 minutes. Drink the broth and save the beans.

Repeat this process mid day and evening using the beans that are saved from each preparation. In the evening, one should also eat the beans.


Meditation: Keep It Simple.


Meditation is something that has a reputation of being easier said than done. There are thousands of CDs, books, DVDs, etc designed to help guide you through this activity… and while they may indeed help you reach a level of relaxation, they fail to help you achieve any spiritual depth, which is the most fulfilling benefit of meditation. People often think they’ve quieted their mind using these tools, but let’s face it- it’s not possible to completely shut off the mind, simply because its job is to keep wondering from one thing, to another, to another…

The meditation I practice is very simple. Through years of experience trying different methods and techniques, I’ve found that rather than aiming to quiet your mind through meditation, the ultimate goal should be free yourself of any relationship to the thought or content within your mind. Keep it simple!

Follow these simple steps with sincerity & dedication, and you’ll discover a whole new way of relating to not only your mind, but the world at large:

Set a time frame to sit with ZERO distractions.
Set an attainable, realistic goal. For example, if you say you’ll meditate for 15 minutes then it is important to see that through. It’s okay to start small!

Sit still with your back straight and upright.
Pay attention
Have no relationship to the content of your thoughts.


Superfoods for Cancer Prevention in Every Aisle


Nearly everything in the produce aisle can help you prevent cancer, but there are items throughout the supermarket that can protect your health and the health of your family.

Produce Aisle Picks

Cantaloupe – A great source of carotenoids, plant chemicals that act as antioxidants shown to reduce the risk of lung cancer.

Kale and Cabbage – Cruciferous vegetables are widely considered to be one of the healthiest food choices you can make. Included in this family of vegetables are broccoli, cauliflower, radishes, brussels sprouts, kale, cabbage and bok choy. Cruciferous vegetables are high in vitamins, fiber, and potent anti-cancer phytochemicals.

According to the American Institute for Cancer, there is solid evidence that links cruciferous vegetables and protection against cancer. Studies have shown that this vegetable group has the ability to stop the growth of cancer cells for tumors in the breast, uterine lining, lung, colon, liver and cervix. Studies that track the diets of people over time have found that diets high in cruciferous vegetables are linked to lower rates of prostate cancer among men.

It is recommended that we eat 3-5 servings of cruciferous vegetables per week. It’s best to eat these veggies raw or only lightly steamed so they retain their cancer fighting phytochemicals.

Freezer Aisle Pick

Edamame (soybeans) – These cancer-fighting beans contain phytoestrogens, that may help prevent estrogen-driven cancers by binding to estrogen receptors. They are also good for the men of the household since evidence suggests the isoflavones found in soy products may help fight prostate cancer.

Cereal Aisle Pick

Whole Grains – Oats have the highest proportion of soluble fiber of any grain. Fiber is rich in antioxidants, helps fight colon cancer, and the phenolic compounds in whole grains may help reduce the risk of certain gastrointestinal cancers. Pick cereals high in folate, fiber and/or flaxseed.

Beverage Aisle Picks

Orange Juice – This favorite breakfast beverage is a powerful source of folate which has been linked to lowered risk for gastrointestinal and pancreatic cancers.

Green Tea – Lower in caffeine than coffee, it is rich in antioxidants that can help prevent prostate cancer and possibly bladder cancer.

Pomegranate Juice – Extremely antioxidant-rich, this juice helps prevent colon and prostate cancer.

Soy Milk – Made from soy beans, soy milk works the same way as edamame to fight cancer.

Household Aisle Pick

Sunscreen – Lather on the SPF each and every time you go out in the sun to block exposure to ultraviolet rays.

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Tackle ADD & ADHD With Acupuncture

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People with ADD or ADHD generally have trouble concentrating and paying attention. Symptoms include difficulty following directions and boredom or frustration with tasks. Those with ADD or ADHD also tend to move constantly and can be impulsive, not stopping to think before they act.

Behaviors typically associated with ADD and ADHD can interfere with the ability to function at school, at work and at home. If you struggle with attention deficit disorder (ADD) or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), you can include acupuncture as one of the treatment methods that are beneficial in managing ADD and ADHD. Research indicates that when treating ADD or ADHD, a multidisciplinary approach is most effective; including behavioral therapy, exercise, dietary changes and medication.

These behaviors are generally common in children, but they occur more frequently and are more severe in those with ADD or ADHD. ADD or ADHD is not exclusive to children. It continues as people age and, in some cases, obvious symptoms do not manifest until later. As time passes, people struggling with ADD or ADHD may have difficulty with time management, organizational skills, goal setting, employment and may have problems with relationships, self-esteem, and addiction.

Treatment for ADD and ADHD

Treatment for ADD or ADHD is best managed when families and academic and health professionals work together to meet the unique needs of the person with ADD or ADHD. Coordinated efforts can help them learn to focus their attention, develop their personal strengths, minimize disruptive behavior, and become more productive and successful.

Acupuncture is an excellent addition to any ADD or ADHD treatment plan, as it is used to help the body restore balance, treating the root of the disorder, while also diminishing the symptoms of ADD or ADHD. Acupuncture can help improve focus and attention, reduce fidgeting, lower hyperactivity, augment mood management techniques and enhance concentration.

If you would like to learn more about how acupuncture can be incorporated into your wellness plan for ADD or ADHD call for a consultation today!

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Acupuncture for Integrative Oncology Support

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There have been many advances in the early detection and treatment of cancer. While the standard medical care for cancer can be effective, the treatments are aggressive and cause numerous unwanted side effects in addition to a lowered immune system. Acupuncture has received much attention as an adjunctive therapy in cancer treatments addressing many of the symptoms and side effects that come up during and after chemotherapy, radiation, biological therapy and surgery.

How Does Acupuncture Help?

According to the National Cancer Institute, acupuncture may cause physical responses in nerve cells, the pituitary gland, and parts of the brain. These responses can cause the body to release proteins, hormones, and brain chemicals that govern a number of body functions. It is proposed that, by stimulating physical responses in these areas, acupuncture positively affects blood pressure and body temperature, boosts immune system activity, and causes the body’s natural painkillers, such as endorphins, to be released.

Acupuncture takes a holistic approach to health care and is particularly useful in providing pain relief, reducing the impact of side effects, accelerating recovery and improving overall quality of life.

Areas where acupuncture has provided the most help include:

  • Nausea and Vomiting

  • Dry Mouth, Night Sweats and Hot Flashes

  • Stress, Anxiety and Fatigue

  • Pain Management

  • Increasing White Blood Cell Count

Relieving Nausea and Vomiting

The strongest evidence of the beneficial effect of acupuncture has come from clinical trials on its use for relieving nausea and vomiting. Several types of clinical trials using different acupuncture methods showed acupuncture reduced nausea and vomiting caused by chemotherapy, surgery and morning sickness.

Boosting the Immune System

Human studies on the effect of acupuncture on the immune system of cancer patients showed that it improved immune system response, including increasing the number of white blood cells.

Improving Pain Management

In clinical studies, acupuncture reduced the pain levels for some cancer patients. In one study, most of the patients treated with acupuncture were able to stop taking drugs for pain relief or to reduce their doses.

To learn more about how acupuncture can safely and effectively be incorporated into an oncology treatment plan call for a consultation today.

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