Author Archives: Dennis von Elgg

The King’s Brew: Just a Teahouse Away

In 2737 BCE Emperor Shen Nong allegedly took the first sip of tea after a few leaves landed in his small cauldron of boiling water. Intrigued by the aroma, the curious emperor bravely sampled the brew. Thus a new beverage … read more >

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Keeping Yourself in Good Health

By offering acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), I work with a large and varied community of people in Berkeley, Oakland, East Bay and the San Francisco Bay area. Most of my patients have goals of either healing themselves or … read more >

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From Forest Floor to Dietary Treasure: The Shiitake

Shiitake (she-tah-kee) is a type of wild mushroom native to Japan, China, and other areas in Asia. The mushrooms are small, grayish-brown and usually grow on the trunks of dead trees. Shiitake mushrooms have been a staple of Asian cuisine … read more >

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Summer Foods to Keep You Hydrated and Happy

In Chinese Medical theory, water is Yin. It supports coolness and stillness. With the Yang of summer’s warmth and activity, Yin can be consumed and damaged. So to maintain balance in our ability to perform both physically and emotionally, it is important … read more >

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How to Make a Delicious Congee

In China congee (or jook) is a common morning meal, often served with dumplings or buns and green tea. It is a fantastic way to reintroduce food into the stomach after the 10-hour fast through the night. The Chinese materia … read more >

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