Acupuncture and Herb Clinic

Seasonal Notes



Solstice literally means “Sun Stop.” No kidding! Sometimes we wonder where the sun is in southern Oregon! Actually, “solstice” refers to the position of the sun on the horizon. It seems to linger. But as the sun pulls the Earth back into its orbit, the position of the sun begins to change to our perspective, and daylight hours slowly increase.

The most beautiful stars are in the winter sky. Turning off outside lights helps reveal their true splendor. In fact, I rarely use my outside lights, and then only briefly. Indoors, I turn to soft lamps or candles as evening draws into itself, which allows my body to start producing melatonin in preparation for sleep. Although we cannot truly hibernate as some animals do, we ought to be sleeping longer hours during the winter.

At this time of year, it is also wise to consume only cooked vegetables, heavier meats, and warm beverages. This promotes our gastric fire to keep digestion happening, and it helps to protect our bodies from the host of colds and flus roaming our public spaces!

Seasonal Remedies

Here are some items to keep on hand during cold and flu season.  All are available at our clinic.

  • Congaplex
  • Gan Mao Ling
  • Cold and Flu Shoo Brew Tea (made in our clinic)
  • In case of cough: cough drops or cough syrup


The care I have received at Raven's clinic has made an almost unbearable situation bearable and allowed me to hold a job and continue on with my life. She and her staff work with you at any time you need them. They are amazing.

    Frances Cole