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Hi there,

Happy Independence Day! Holidays are often the most difficult times to stay on-track with healthy diet and moderation, and celebrations like the 4th of July can be particularly challenging! Eating loads of junk food and drinking to excess can be enjoyable in the moment but will leave you feeling miserable the next day and possibly for several days afterwards. This month's newsletter article suggests a GREAT summer cookout menu that is both healthy and yummy. And don't worry! If you overindulge during your festivities this week, the AOMA Clinics are open every day but Sunday -- we'd be more than happy to help you recover!

In this issue:

  • Summer Cookout at Tara's House, A TCM Perspective
  • Meditation & the 5 Senses: How to Enhance Your Meditation Practice
  • Blog Throwback: July 2017
  • AOMA Herbal Medicine Corner: Meditation-Enhancing Tools
  • AOMA in the Community
  • What's coming up @ AOMA?
  • TCM Eating for the Season
  • Celebrating AOMA's 25th Anniversary

In good health,

Stephanee Owenby
Director of Clinical Business Operations

Summer Cookout at Tara's House, A TCM Perspective

It’s that time of year when family and friends come together to celebrate with a good, old fashioned cookout. The problem is these emotionally nurturing gatherings can often leave one feeling overheated, bloated, and requiring an extra day of recovery. Luckily, there are simple modifications to classics you can use to naturally balance your menu and your belly. 

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Meditation and the Five Senses: How to Enhance Your Meditation Practice

Meditation is a mind-body practice that allows one to calm their mind from the fast pace and stresses of life. Soothing our five senses can help us more easily enter a meditative state. AOMA staff have compiled five items that will help aid in each sensory aspect of your meditation practice.

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AOMA Blog Throwback: July '17

ED: The Effects and Prospects of TCM by Jing Fan

Erectile dysfunction (ED) has become a global health issue with a high prevalence and considerable impact on the quality of life of sufferers and their partners. Learn about how TCM can help in this amazing educational article by AOMA clinician Jing Fan.

AOMA Herbal Medicine Corner

Meditation-Enhancing Tools

Most of the meditation tools mentioned in the great blog post above are available at both AOMA Herbal Medicine locations in North and South Austin. Helping yourself relax by way of incorporating all the 5 senses will help you have a deeper meditation experience. We hope you consider enhancing your meditation practice with some (or all!) of these tools.

  • Singing bowls
  • Meditation cushions & zafus
  • Essential oils & burners
  • Incense & burners
  • Salt lamps
  • Candles
  • Crystals
  • Mala beads
  • Herbal tea ingredients

July Sales: Visit AHM North or South this month to receive 20% off these items!

  • July 2-7: Jewelry
  • July 9-14: Incense & burners
  • July 16-21: Statues
  • July 23-28: AOMA logo clothing
  • July 30-Aug 4: Crystals
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Community Wellness Hour

What's coming up @ AOMA?

Southwest Symposium 2018

Earn all your CEU's for the year in one weekend right here in Austin! SWS 2018 will be held on AOMA's campus along with a 25th Anniversary Gala on Saturday September 22nd. Join us for the fun and learning!


TCM Eating for the Season: Healthy Foods to Cool You Down (VIDEO)

Summer is the best season for fresh produce! Check out this video about cooling TCM foods and learn how to eat to support your body during these hot summer months.

Some cooling TCM summer foods to look for:

  • Mint
  • Eggplant
  • Cucumber
  • Watermelon
  • Strawberries
  • Tomatoes
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Celebrating AOMA's 25th Anniversary

A Message from Dr. Mary Faria, CEO & Acting President

It has been such an honor to have the opportunity to work with Dr. Edmond and the fabulous AOMA team! What a wonderful and amazing journey and accomplishment; 25 years of providing and training practitioners at the Masters and Doctorate level to provide some of the best integrative care in the country! I have been most impressed with the strong commitment to AOMA’s mission and vision and the high quality of the faculty at AOMA. Many of the faculty members trained at some of the best Medical Schools and Universities in China. Many faculty recognized nationally and internationally.

Over the last 25 years AOMA has been building a strong foundation to ensure our community can receive holistic healthcare. Care for mind, body and spirit. I know AOMA will continue to make great contributions and continue to be strongly committed to its mission to transform lives and communities through education, patient care, leadership, and research in Chinese and other integrative medicines.

Indeed, very exciting times for AOMA and for the community we serve!

Mary Faria, PhD, FACHE