About Lao Xian’s Teahouse
Welcome and thanks for coming!
A restful stop along the way,’ there’s always something going on at Lao Xian’s teahouse. In the early morning, Chi Kung, a cup of tea, and quiet preparation for the day ahead; healing and health consultations throughout the day; and in the evening, more Chi Kung, another cup of tea, and a sip of quiet appreciation for another day.
Your hostess is Lao Xian—a Chinese name meaning ‘Ancient Immortal.’ At Lao Xian’s Teahouse, Kitty Bradshaw embodies the spirit of Lao Xian, and in practical and inspiring ways, offers helpful insights that can heal the body and nourish the spirit.
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About Kitty Bradshaw
Herbalist, Acupuncturist, Health & Wellness Coach
Kitty is a licensed acupuncturist (L.Ac.) with an advanced clinical degree in Oriental Medicine (O.M.M.). Her deep understanding of Chinese medical herbs, combined with her intuitive abilities to diagnose and treat difficult problems, has helped many people regain and maintain their health. Kitty’s holistic approach to healing combines acupuncture, acupressure, herbal medicine, diet and nutrition, Facial Rejuvenessence, and Chi Kung.
Getting Ready for Fire Season
It’s June, the third month of Spring; the time where the energy (Chi) - inside and outside of you - begins its shift from the Wood element to the Fire Element. The temperatures are rising, the air is getting dryer - the conditions that support fire.
From an Oriental Medicine point of view, this metaphorical thinking points out that to stay healthy over the next few months, your organs need to be balanced so that they’re able to deal with conditions caused by heat: primarily your Heart and Kidneys. Heart is the organ associated with Fire energy, and Kidneys with Water.
The Heart is most affected during summer, and consequently the Kidneys have to work hard to keep things cooled down, because Water regulates Fire.
Back to the Center
The first few weeks of June are also a good time to pay attention to your digestion. As one season is close to becoming the next, a re-centering takes place. During this transition time - about three weeks prior to the equinox or solstice - the energy (Chi) grounds itself before moving into the seasonal phase. This coming back to center, or rooting, is an attribute of the Earth element, which affects the Stomach and overall digestive processes. Then, after the equinox, you’ll find that your body and mind are more affected by the Fire energy.
So what are some health issues to be conscious of during the summer Fire season?
(Remember: Heart is the Fire organ).
Clearly fire is a good thing. It is a foundational element of life. And, we all know the damaging effects that out of control fire causes.
Oriental Medicine is a very effective way to enhance the Fire power in your body while simultaneously strengthening the organs that regulate it. The result: a healthy, balanced body and mind, “firing on all pistons.”
Read our article Staying Healthy in Summer to find out some simple things that promote summer health and happiness.
About Kitty Bradshaw
Acupuncturist and Herbalist
Kitty Bradshaw practices Oriental Medicine at Bainbridge Island Oriental Medicine (BIOM) in a calm, relaxed, spa-like atmosphere on Bainbridge Island, Washington, where she offers: acupuncture, Chinese medicinal herbs, healthy eating consultations, and Chi Kung.
Kitty has a deep understanding of Chinese medicinal herbs, and combined with her ability to diagnose and treat difficult problems, has helped many people regain and maintain their health.