Curried Potato, Chick Peas, and Eggs – (Vegetarian)

  • 1 can chick peas, drained
  • 3 Tbsp cooking oil
  • 1/2 Cup chopped onion
  • 1 Tsp minced garlic
  • 2 Tbsp curry powder
  • 1/4 Cup water
  • 1 1/2 Cups water
  • 8 oz. potato, cubed (small)
  • 1 Tsp salt
  • Black pepper or hot pepper to taste


Heat oil in a frying pan.  Add onion and garlic.  Saute for a few minutes until golden brown.  Mix curry powder with 1/4 cup water and add to onion and garlic in pan.  Cook until thick, stirring continuously.  Add potato and stir until curry mixture coats potato.  Simmer for 10 minutes.  Add 1 1/2 cups water, chick peas, salt and pepper.  Simmer until water is reduced and mixture has thickened.

Add more salt and pepper to taste.

Serve over rice or with naan bread. 


TCM Notes:

Overall, this meal is slightly warm and has both yin nourishing and yang nourishing energy.

Eggs are yin in nature.  They tonify the yin and blood of the body and lubricate dryness.  They are slightly cool in temperature.

Chick peas are sweet and moderate in nature.  They regulate the Spleen and Stomach and promotes detoxification.  Chick peas are good for treating diarrhea.

Potatoes are neutral in temperature and are used in tonifying the Spleen.  Potatoes also harmonize the Stomach and lubricate the intestines.

Curry powder contains a natural anti-inflammatory ingredient, curcumin.

Acupuncture as an Essential Health Benefit

Starting in 2014, most health plans will be required to offer a comprehensive package of items and services to patients, known as “essential health benefits” (EHB). Under the new law, EHB must cover certain specific services including emergency services, maternity and newborn care, prescription drugs as well as preventive and wellness services, among others.

If you are a consumer or acupuncturist in support of acupuncture treatments being included as part of an EHB, you should send an email showing your support for acupuncture to:

Department of Human and Health Services:

The window of opportunity for you, the public, to voice your opinion to the government about how you feel is between now and January 31, 2012.  Act now!

Below is a link with some more information on acupuncture and EHB:



Barefoot Running? Refresh Your Feet With the Sciaticare Ball!

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There’s somewhat of a craze going on right now about barefoot running and how great it is for the feet.  Barefoot running is somewhat of a misnomer (thanks in part to the loose interpretation of the term by marketing and advertising execs) in that some of the so-called “barefoot runners” are not really barefoot.  The better terms used for barefoot running is minimalist running, or natural running.  The runner wears minimal cushion beneath the soles of their feet, but only to protect from road debris and small particles that can damage skin.  Some benefits of barefoot running show persons experiencing lower magnitude impact thus erasing back pain and knee pain after just a few months of exercise.

There is no doubt that running barefoot can build foot and lower leg strength.  But, it can also be hard on the feet for the first few weeks of adaptation.  To ease the transition from standard shoes to the minimalist style of footwear, we have some tools that are sure to help you maintain your foot health with any type of footwear.

The foot is a complex structure built to withstand enormous forces from impact on a multitude of surfaces.  The muscles, tendons, and ligaments that hold and support the dynamic shape of the foot allow for weight distribution, balance, and propulsion.  Since the plantar side of the foot is the part that strikes the ground in most activities, it  is important to keep this impact zone healthy and supple.  One excellent way to do this is to schedule regular foot treatments, such as massage, acupuncture, and/or foot reflexology.  (As you may already know, there are plenty of nerve endings in the foot that can be stimulated and balanced through these types of therapies.)

Benefits of having regular treatments to you feet are:

  • early detection of structural problems
  • stimulate nerve endings and “wake” them up
  • improve balance and proprioception
  • prevent/treat tendinitis
  • prevent/treat ligament strain
  • improve circulation
  • reduce edema and swelling

To help you make the transition from standard running shoes to minimalist shoes (or barefoot), August Point Wellness offers the Sciaticare Ball.  The Sciaticare Ball is our multipurpose therapy tool created by a massage therapist and acupuncturist.  It can be used as a standalone treatment or in conjunction with your current health care.  Use the Sciaticare Ball to massage the plantar side of the foot.  Roll your feet over the Sciaticare Ball to firmly massage the deep musculature under the entire foot.  Use it every day after you run.  Spend just 5 minutes rolling the Ball under the three arches of the foot and enhance your foot health and recovery.  Feel your feet rejuvenate themselves.  

August Point Wellness also offers another great product, the Sciaticare Penetrating Muscle Rub.  The Sciaticare Penetrating Muscle Rub is a unique formula based on traditional herbal Chinese Medicine.  Great for muscle strains, tendon sprains, bone bruises, and fractures, this warming rub can work wonders for your feet as well as your entire body.  For those aching, sore feet and calves, rub the Sciaticare PMR into the skin and allow the natural herbs and oils to deeply penetrate into the skin without any harsh chemicals or artificial ingredients.  Another benefit of the Sciaticare Penetrating Muscle Rub is the herbal formula’s antifungal and antibacterial properties.

For more information about the Sciaticare brand, please visit the August Point Wellness website.

New Year’s Resolution – Add a Few Spiritual Goals

It’s that time again.  Time to dust off those old rollerblades, grease the chain on that bicycle, or dig out the workout videos.  Many a new year’s resolution is to get more exercise.  But, there is more to life than attainment of physical goals.  The attainment of spiritual goals are also important to a healthy, fruitful life.

I view the individual person as having three bodies:  physical, mental, and spiritual.  Obviously, the physical body is the one that represents you as a space occupying entity.  It is what people visually see of you.  Next is the mental body, which is how your brain sees you based upon your preconceived notions, sensory inputs and interpretation of data collected.  The mental body makes up  the conscious and subconscious activity of the mind.  Essentially, the mental body is what your mind sees, imagines and expresses (or limits) itself (and others) to be (and to do).  The spiritual body is the third part and some would say the most enigmatic.  The spirit is something that is not tangible or bound by the physical world.  Hence, it cannot be defined in the concrete terms much desired by those who cannot believe what they cannot see.  (My description of the spiritual body cannot amount to more than just a sample of its vastness, but I will try to touch on some simple concepts for the purpose of this blog.)

The spiritual body, or inner spirit, is what I consider the core of our existence.  We all have a higher purpose, or yearning within oneself.  The inner spirit of a person is that compelling desire inside to do something (or be something) that for some, may defy logic or principle.  It is a constant, undying voice inside oneself which emanates from the most altruistic place.  Hearing that voice and following its sound can bring joy, fulfillment and true happiness.

Another way to think about the inner spirit is as a guide.  Imagine you are in a forest walking from point A to point B.  You traverse a narrow footpath and occasionally wander off to see things that your mental and physical bodies are interested in.  But, you soon find yourself lost and hence, pull out your trusty compass.  The compass aids and guides you back towards the path again.  This compass is your spiritual body and the path is your purposeful, virtuous life.

Now, in case your new year’s resolution list is lacking some spiritual goals, you can still add them.  To use the previous analogy, your spiritual goals are markers on your path to help guide you on towards your meaningful life‘s destination.  Spiritual goals will serve as a gentle push to lead you back to familiarity when you stray too far.

Nourishing the spirit is a wonderful part of living a healthy, compassionate, and more aware existence.  By setting goals and following your inner spirit, you will align your physical and mental bodies as well.  The synergistic effect is a more centered, focused, and complete person.

Here are a few ideas to help you brainstorm about your spiritual goals for 2012:

  1. Meditate 10 minutes a day.
  2. Remind yourself daily that you are precisely where you need to be at this moment in your life.
  3. Resolve a few personal conflicts with family or friends.
  4. Make amends with someone that has been upsetting you.
  5. Volunteer your time and energy to a charity once a quarter.
  6. Donate to a worthy cause this year.
  7. Do something that connects you to humanity and benefits the greater good of your community, society, and/or the world.

Good luck in your spiritual endeavors for 2012 and I hope to see you somewhere along the spiritual path of your life!