November 22, 2017


“I would maintain that thanks are the highest form of thought; and that gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder.”


Gratitude is the perfect remedy to uplift your spirit this holiday season.


Tamara Graf

October 25, 2017

May I be healed and be a source of healing

“May I be at peace.

May my heart remain open.

May I awaken to the light of my own true nature.

May I be healed and

May I be a source of healing

for all beings.”

― Quote author: Ann Marie Chiasson

Image author: unknown

July 8, 2017

Tea and Healthy Bones

Reposted from the email newsletter of Henry McCann, DAOM, LAc & Candace Sarges, MAc, LAc:

“Aside from water, tea is perhaps the most frequently consumed beverage in the world.”


All tea comes from Camellia sinensis, a plant native to the southwest of China. Originally Camellia plants grew as very tall trees but today the plant is grown to the size of a bushy shrub to make leaf harvesting easier. Some varieties of tea such as Puerh are still harvested from wild trees that are centuries old, growing in ancient forests alongside camphor trees. Right now as I sit writing this I’m sipping a Puerh tea aged and fermented for the last 18 years that was harvested from such a forest.


“Tea has numerous health benefits and originally was consumed as medicine rather than daily leisure beverage.”


In Chinese though we say that food and medicine are of the same origin and tea is no different! Modern research has confirmed numerous benefits from regular tea drinking and a study published this past March reconfirmed something people may find surprising – tea drinking is good for your bones.


This study found, “beneficial effects of tea consumption on [bone mineral density], especially in the lumbar spine, hip, [and other locations].” What is particularly interesting about this study is that it was a meta-analysis, in other words it pooled information from numerous other published articles and included information on over 12,000 participants. To read the original study please click here.


The exact reasons for the benefit to bone health is yet unknown, but we do know that tea is high in polyphenols, in particular catechins and epicatechins. These compounds have been shown to have significant anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant properties.


Tea is also a good natural source of fluoride, which may explain why tea drinking is associated with greater dental health (with the exception of possible cosmetic staining of the teeth) and lowered risk of oral cancers. While the full reasons for why tea is healthy are still being discovered, there seems to be general consensus that it is.”


Go enjoy a cup!

May 26, 2017

Hot cup of the golden Turmeric milk!


1 cup Coconut or Almond milk.
1 1/2 teaspoon Coconut Oil
1/2 teaspoon Turmeric
1/4 teaspoon Cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon Ginger

Pinch of Black Pepper
1 teaspoon Honey, Maple Syrup


Sweetened with a teaspoon of honey or maple syrup to taste with a pinch of Black pepper which increases the absorption of the Turmeric.
Heat the oil in the sauce pan add the spices then whisk in the milk and simmer for about 3 to 5 minutes over medium heat until hot. Do not boil. Drink and enjoy while hot.


Turmeric contains tons of nutrients, especially antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds plus it tastes just delicious! This warm golden milk highlights Turmeric’s bold earthy flavors perfectly mixed with a bit of sweetness. Enjoy this gluten & dairy-free beverage during the day as instead of caffeine or tea. Try a cup before bedtime as an alternative to a snack. Drinking this warm, soothing beverage will make drifting off to sleep easy on your mind and belly.

March 24, 2017

To be well or not…Digestion is the question.

My recent experience with “being sick” was a great reminder of this physical body’s functions and limitations. This experience also reinforced one of the first things I learned when I was in school studying Chinese Medicine.

“The digestive system is our fuel tank. It is the mechanism through which foods are transformed into energy and nutrients are processed to feed every part of body right down to the cellular level.”

I have not been sick in more than nine years. My body told me to stay in bed. I was so surprised at how agreeable I was to this suggestion. I slept more than not for a day or two. I had little energy to read or engage in much moving about. Every part of my body wanted rest. Even eating was fatiguing. Just a small amount of soup and I was ready to go back to bed. WOW! This is a clear example of how much energy is required for digestion. That in itself is what inspired me to write this in hopes of instilling the importance of the strength and integrity of our digestive system as it relates to our whole being.

I’m sure many of you already know about the importance of eating “clean and healthy foods” for Heart health, minimizing sugar and carbohydrates in monitoring blood sugar etc. But did you know that anxiety, depression, fatigue and insomnia (to name a few) can also be related to digestion? Not to mention chronic pain, inflammation, immune deficiencies and premature aging.

Digestion is a corner stone of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). In fact, in ancient China treatment began with dietary therapy because food was not viewed differently than medicine.  Whole schools of thought were developed in the 12th century stressing “the importance of Preserving Stomach-Qi” as the most important treatment method. Zhang Jie Bin, one of the most important doctors in the history of TCM wrote, “The doctor who wants to nourish life has to tonify stomach and spleen.”

Current research has now begun to validated this ancient knowledge, verifying that diet does play a major role in our health. We now hear more often from many nutritionists and doctors that eating whole, organic, unprocessed food is the single most important thing we can do to improve our overall health. I will not dispute this. However, this is only half of the equation, digestion is the other less focused on issue.

Western science is “discovering,” what we have known for thousands of years and this science is giving us tools in the form of information to educate our patients of the critical importance of digestive health.

The condition and strength of our digestive system dictates the absorbability of nutrients from the food we eat. The source of indigestion lies in the disruption of our digestive network system.  This network system is responsible for processing the food and nutrients that form the basis of the body’s constituents and is also responsible for distributing these constituents. When this basic and essential activity is impeded or weakened by over-consumption of food, eating irregularly, eating poor quality de-natured foods, eating under stress, over use of antibiotics etc., we are left with an inefficient transformation mechanism, diminished absorption, the formation of gas, and the retention of undigested material. Without a healthy, well-functioning digestive tract, even eating the best foods and taking the best supplements will do you little good because your body, in this weakened state, struggles to process the vital nutrients locked away in your food. The fact is, that you cannot fully assimilate what you eat.

Thankfully within the body of Traditional Chinese Medicine there are very clear understandings of various digestive imbalances and health issue as well as a full range of treatment modalities including: healing cuisine, herbs, acupuncture to name a few.

“I believe that by combining the knowledge western science is discovering with the wisdom of Chinese Medicine, we have great opportunities for long term healing.”

There is so much more to say on this subject so I will leave it at this, and give you time to “Digest.

Until it’s time for another course, please feel free to write or call with any questions.

~Tamara Graf

January 16, 2017

A day of Yin

Join us for a day of Yin Yoga in the Chinese New Year! Mastering the art of stillness, allowing for awareness and peace in times of challenge and change.

Saturday, January 28th, 2017

10am – 4pm

“Deeply nourish the Yin within.”

$89/per person which also includes lunch.

This event is limited to 15 participants – hurry and sign up now!

Located at: Yoga for Health Education

1200 West 11th Street, Suite 106, Traverse City, MI 49684

Call: (231) 922-9642

Spend the day nourishing yourself with practices that strengthen your Yin and experiences that help establish balance for overactive lives; to regenerate the body, cultivate inner peace and restore harmony to your whole being through: Yin Yoga, Qigong breath and other quiet practices for mental and physical well-being.

Hosted by: 

Tamara Graf, RAc. DIPL. C.H., National board certified in Acupuncture and Chinese Herbology

Libby Robold, Yhe director, Yoga therapist & Ayurvedic Health Counselor, certified by the National Ayurvedic Medical Association

Michael Robold, Yhe director, yoga teacher and natural foods chef.

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October 19, 2016

The guiding principal of Traditional Chinese Medicine

I am honored to live in Leelanau County, surrounded by gorgeous natural beauty, rolling hills, protected lands and lots of water. Here’s some photos from the area for you to enjoy. Nature provides us the opportunity to recognize our inter-dependence and our inter-connectedness with it.

According to Chinese philosophy man is a microcosm or hologram of the natural world with structural and functional characteristics, corresponding to those of its immediate environment and nature as well as to those of the Universe.

Just as we a a microcosm to the greater universe, Parts of our human body can be viewed as microsystems, or holograms, representing the greater whole. The larger map of our body can be mapped out onto a smaller regions of our body, such as your limbs, hands, feet, face and ear. As a practitioner, I am able to utilize the microsystem on various areas of the body to re-establish balance in the greater whole.


Northern Michigan Nature Photography seen here provided by local Mother/Daughter artists and photographers: Raquel Jackson of Rockwell Art & Design and Char Davis of Dancing Frog Press. Please contact for permission to use. All Rights Reserved. ®


October 19, 2016


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