Read Our Article in Chinese Medicine Digital Magazine

Chinese Medicine Living will be collaborating with Chinese Medicine Digital Magazine by contributing eight articles for the next eight issues. This month is the first article titled - Love Your Spleen. Keep a look out for the next issue and our next article. :)

The magazine is so far only available for iPad (but is coming out on android soon), you can get it here in iTunes

Chinese Medicine Digital Magazine in iTunes

Here is the cover for this issue. Awesome!! Watch out for our next article in their next issue.

CMDMag Issue 7 Cover

Chinese Herbs Never Looked So Good.

By Emma Suttie, D.Ac, AP

Yes, I said Chinese herbs. Yes!

I have been taking the superfood tonic Ancient Wisdom for many months now and am amazed at how it makes me feel. I am also impressed by its beautiful packaging (it really is gorgeous), and the company's modern approach. The other thing that is still amazing to me is that this is really the new face of Chinese herbs.

As a kid I was used to coming home from the acupuncturists' with many tidy paper packages filled with raw herbs to be cooked up and consumed to help me heal and keep me healthy. Every time I was sure I was going to throw up as the taste (and smell) was so bad I thought I wasn't going to be able to get it down. But, every time, I did get it down, there was no throwing up, and I felt almost instantly the effects of these powerful plants and organic bits.

Now, the herbs I take come in a beautiful glass jar with a polite scoop and can be made into delicious recipes that look like this. Can I get a hallelujah? This makes me happy from the inside out. They have really come a long way.

Imperial tonics - ancient wisdom

There are certainly still times that I like to kick it old school and cook up some herbs for something specific that is going on, but for my hectic life, a scoop of this in my smoothie or a tonic bar or two in my lunch makes a big difference.

Here is the recipe for these delicious tonic bars if you would like to try to make them. I swear its Chinese herbs. For real. :)

Tonic Bars

Rich, Chocolate Bars for On-The-Go Tonics.

Infuse your tonics into a base of maca and cacao for a superfood alchemy ready to go anywhere. An excellent snack, you will find these bars rich and packed with the energy and power you need to get through your day.


  • 1 cup of Cacao powder
  • 1 cup of Cacao butter
  • 1 cup of Maca
  • 1 cup of Agave
  • ¼ cup of Hemp seeds or nuts (optional)
  • ¼ tsp of Sea Salt
  • 6 scoops of Ancient Wisdom


  1. Melt cacao butter in a dehydrator along with agave syrup.
  2. Combine dry ingredients in a separate bowl. Stir-in melted cacao butter and agave.
  3. Spread onto a flat baking pan, smooth and slice into rectangular bars. Let harden in the fridge.


Imperial Tonics formulated Tonic Bars are the perfect medium to infuse your daily superfoods into. Add tinctures, break open capsules and mix-up various powders to create a personalized chocolate bar.


Tonic Herbs: Ancient Wisdom, Cordyceps, Deer Antler, Gynostemma, Eucommia & Ginseng

Superfoods: Tococtrienols, Bee Pollen, Cacao Butter, Lucuma, Matcha & Hemp Seeds

Herbs: Holy Basil, Chaga, Ashwagandha and Cat's Claw.

Get creative, empower your health!

Tonic Bars - Ancient Wisdom

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Ancient Wisdom is a Tonic Superfood that combines the Royal Family of Chinese Tonic Herbalism: Duanwood Reishi Spores, Astragalus IV, Goji LBP-40, Schizandra & He Shou Wu in a standardized and concentrated form. Ancient Wisdom is designed to increase assimilation, effectiveness & efficiency of these superior tonics to aid in tonifying the energies of one's life. Ancient Wisdom comes as a one-month supply, 60 servings of standardized extract in powdered form, formulated to be taken twice daily and guaranteed to produce a noticeable impact on your health, well-being and life.

Traditional Chinese Medicine + Modern Fashion = Awesome

Have You Seen This Dress?

Acupuncture Point Dress
Acupuncture Point Dress

By Emma Suttie, D.Ac

Have you seen this dress? Well I have, and it is awesome. Those are meridians and acupuncture points on the dress if it isn't immediately obvious. : ) I was instantly intrigued and suspected the designer was a lover of Chinese medicine. I am very happy to announce that her Chinese medicine inspired designs will now be featured in the Chinese Medicine Living store. The designers name is Holly Renee, and her company is called Shenova Fashion and I would like to warmly welcome her.

To learn a bit more about what inspires her and how this and her other fashions came about I sat down and asked her a few questions...


How did you get the idea for this dress?


The idea for this dress came from looking at the ancient point location maps in my TCM textbooks. I thought it would be really interesting to position it on the body in such a way that would be as anatomically proportional as possible. I like the idea of making clothes that are not only fashionable but educational as well. I wanted to do a spin on a classic little black dress and make it special.


What is your experience with TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine)?


My first experience with TCM was in Hong Kong in 2005 when I saw an herbalist and he seemed to know everything about me even though I told him nothing! I was utterly amazed and intrigued. When I went back to the states I bought all the books I could get my hands on and started studying on my own and looking into schooling. I ended up attending the Acupuncture and Integrative Medicine College in Berkeley. I spent about three years there and enjoyed the intense challenge, but eventually my heart tugged at me to follow my childhood dream of becoming a fashion designer. I think perhaps what happened was that after years of tonic herbs and treatments my inner self really was able to come alive, like peeling layers off an onion, and my true core emerged. I finally felt I had the energy to "go for it"!


How did you get into fashion design?


I have always been a very visual person. I began designing my own clothes at age 13 for concerts and events then even had my first fashion show at age 15. I had an intense passion for it ever since then.


How did Shenova Fashion get started?


Shenova started out of my own search for something to wear that I liked. I felt frustrated with the choices in locally made or eco-fashions, nothing I saw was edgy enough! Also, there was a serious lack of interesting "smart" prints. I wanted something different. I wanted prints that meant something, had a sense of spirit, and told a story.  I've always been a huge fan of digitally print fabrics because they can be a canvas. Since I had a background in design I started "photowhizzing" with my designs and found an amazing local printer here in SF that does incredible photo quality work. I enjoy playing with the surface design of how patterns look on the body, almost like projections.


Check out Holly's amazing designs in the Chinese Medicine Living store and show your love! -

The AcuPoint Dress

Acupuncture Point Dress

The Nebula Yin Yang Space Opera Gown

Nebula Yin Yang Space Gown

Ginseng Print Dress

Ginseng Print Dress

5 Elements Maxi Dress

5 Elements Maxi Dress

Yin Yang Space Skirt

Yin Yang Skirt

We are super happy to have Holly's awesome designs in the store, and she is working on more and they will be coming shortly so keep checking in! Until then, you can see all the amazing Chinese Medicine nerd things we have in the store. :)

Celebrating Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine Day - The Love Gallery

Happy AOM Day!! Today - October 24th - is National Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine day. It is a day to celebrate! I know that Acupuncture and Oriental medicine is something I live, eat and breathe every day, and I do love it. Deeply. Passionately. Profoundly. So, for all Acupuncture and Oriental medicine has given to me, I wanted to show it how much I (and many people around the planet) love it too.

To celebrate, I have decided to put together a love gallery with photos of everyone who wanted to share their love of acupuncture and Chinese Medicine. Thank you everyone!!! <3

I Love Acupuncture AOM Day

Billy from San Francisco, CA

I Love Acupuncture AOM Day

Michelle & Emma, Sarasota Florida

I Love Acupuncture AOM Day

Darrell & Jeannette, Manitoba Canada

I Love Acupuncture AOM Day

Cappy & Nancy, El Valle Panama


Susan, Emma & Patricia, Planet Earth

I Love Acupuncture AOM Day

Zach, The Planet Neptune

I Love Acupuncture AOM Day

Ali, Medicine Hat Alberta

I Love Acupuncture AOM Day

Michael, Montreal Canada

I Love Acupuncture AOM Day

Anonymously Awesome.


Annie from Sarasota, Florida.
Cheers to that!! <3

I Heart Acupuncture

What are you going to do to show your love today? :)