- Matt Van Dyke, L.Ac. EAMP1405 Fraser St. # 1
Bellingham, WA 98229
Matt combines knowledge, experience, professionalism, humility and genuine caring to greatly assist in the restoration and maintenance of health. His clinic is orderly, comfortable and clean! Matt doesn’t rush anything, asking thoughtful questions and he listens with his full focus. Matt is gentle in technique and spirit, and interacting with... Read more »
I feel fortunate to have found Matt and his services. He is very knowledgeable and caring. I see him for acupuncture and herbal support. I have had 2 surgeries in the last year and felt pretty out of whack. Since the treatments started I can sleep 6-7 hours without waking... Read more »
After years of struggling with significant and debilitating lack of energy and trying what felt like everything under the sun with little success, I am back not only to my old self, but to my younger self as well! This after only a little more than a month receiving acupuncture... Read more »
I starting seeing Matt Van Dyke about three months ago because of a pain issue. I didn’t know much about acupuncture, but had heard that it’s helpful with pain. I chose him from my insurance company’s coverage list.
Acupuncture did help that pain, but I very quickly realized that it... Read more »
Sorry it’s taken me so long to write you, but just wanted to thank you for your great work. What 5 doctors, over 6 prescriptions, a CT and at least 4 months of working with them couldn’t do, you fixed me up wonderfully in 3 wks. Amazingly my... Read more »
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During the summer solstice your yang energy reaches its peak. It is important to harness the peak of this yang energy, because as summer shifts into fall yang energy will decline. This great abundance of yang energy will translate throughout your body because during this season you are active and growing.
According to five element theory, during the summer the organ that receives extra energy is the heart. When the seasons change so do the organs we should focus on in the body. You should focus on the heart during summer. Feed the heart heart-nourishing foods and make sure to remain active so the heart receives positive energy. continue reading
The organs in Chinese medicine are more than just a physical representation. The organs include not only their physiological function, but also their mental, emotional, spiritual and elemental qualities that align with nature and the seasons. Let’s explore the heart.
The heart season is summer, and heart is considered the most yang: hot, bountiful and abundant. Yang is what is bright, moving, outward, hot and loud. Yin is what is more inward, still, dark and cooler. The color of the heart is associated with red, the climate is heat, the flavor is bitter and it’s paired organ is the small intestine (many urinary issues are due to “heart fire” heat descending). The sense aligned with heart is the tongue, and the vessels associated with heart are the tissues. The heart sound is laughing, and the emotion is joy. The heart houses what is known as the shen, which is the mind and spirit. continue reading
While the flu is actually not a season, we have become programmed to think of it as the months of November through March. On average, the flu hospitalizes thousands every year, especially the young and elderly. There are also a number of deaths related to the flu, mostly due to people already having compromised immune systems.
The flu, also known as influenza, is a highly contagious respiratory infection that is caused by a number of viruses. To date, there are approximately 26 to 30 different known strains of the flu virus. This is one of the reasons the flu vaccine has only mild efficacy. The flu vaccine itself, typically only covers five to seven strains of the flu. Symptoms of the flu include fever, coughing, a sore throat, fatigue, muscle aches, pains, runny nose and watery eyes. continue reading
As the school year kicks back into gear so should the healthy habits that you and your children have before practiced. Notice how I said “practiced,” because we all know during the summer-vacation months we tend to indulge a little. Maybe you have had one too many backyard barbecues, or three too many trips to the favorite ice cream shop down the street. Whatever your summer vice may be don’t worry about it, you can regain those healthy habits from before and introduce them into your children’s lives! continue reading
Although sun protection is extremely important to protect against harmful UV-rays and to prevent skin cancer, next time you pick out your sunscreen, consider what you’re buying. Many common sunscreens actually contain chemicals that can be harmful to your body.
Chemicals to avoid in common sunscreens:
- Retinol palmitate
- Padimate O/PABA
- Nano or Micronized mineral particles
There are several and easy ways to make effective and natural homemade sunscreen. continue reading