Home Health Packs!

The weather induced sniffles and the rapidly approaching holiday madness has inspired me to get together a Home Health Pack. This pack has got what you need to get you through cold and flu season as well as a few home health essentials. Limited quantity available so come and get ’em soon! Here’s what I have for you.

Home Health Pack includes:

One box Yin Qiao San. (12 vials) – enough for whole family to use. This is indicated for common heat/type colds. Symptoms include fever, body aches, chills, sneezing, sore throat. To be taken at first sign of cold.

One Box Salonpas plasters(40 sheets) – external pain relieving patches good for arthritis, muscle aches and bruises.

One vial Ching Wan Hung (burn cream) – Or what I like to call “Magic Sauce”. This sesame based ointment treats all types of minor burns and skin issues. Perfect for cooking burns, insect bites, sunburn, etc. Seriously, magic.

One Bottle Bao He Wan teapills – Exactly what the Acupuncturist ordered for Holiday Feast madness. This herbal formula is used for indigestion and bloating due to over indulgence. Perfect to pass around the post turkey table.

One Large Bottle Lavender Bath Salts – Handmade oraganic bath salts. Lightly scented bath salts to warm you up and chill you out.

One trial size By Nieves Vitamin C Serum – the ultimate skin beautifier! Jam packed with nutrients this serum is the go to for many skin issues.

Each home health pack is $50.00. Spread the health!

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Pot Roast and Seasonal Tune Ups!

It’s hard to believe that fall will be here on Friday. Seems like summer just got started here in the Bay Area! Yet there is a definite change in the light and leaves. With this seasonal change  often comes flu bugs, allergies, emotional changes, sleep disruptions and subtle hormonal shifts. These next coming weeks are the perfect time to come in and boost your qi and blood with acupuncture and moxibustion. At Green Apple we will be giving seasonal tune-ups for the next month. Get your immune system ready!

As well, it’s the perfect time to make my favorite fall dish. Pot Roast. Just like my mama used to make. This hearty stew will get your body and your soul ready for all that fall has to bring. Using high quality, grassfed beef can enhance your immunity, build your blood, enrich iron and mineral levels and give you a mega dose of vitamin b’s. Plus there is nothing better than coming home and smelling the slow cooking of an awesome stew. This is my mama’s recipe so nothing is exact but it sure is good. Enjoy and hope to see you in the next few weeks!


  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1 (3-pound) boneless chuck roast
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 cups coarsely chopped onion
  • 1 cup dry red wine
  • 4 thyme sprigs
  • 3 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 2 cups water or homemade beef broth
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 4 large carrots, peeled and cut diagonally into 1-inch pieces
  • 2 pounds Yukon gold potatoes, peeled and cut into 2-inch pieces

Prep: Heat oil in large dutch oven. Brown meat over med-high on all sides about 5-8 minutes until nice and browned.  Remove meat. Add onions and saute for 5 mins, deglaze pan with either one cup red wine or water. Return meat to pan. Add thyme, garlic, broth, and bay leaf. Bring to boil then lower to simmer. Cover and simmer for 1 1/2 – 2 hours until beef is nearly done. Add carrots and potatoes simmer additional hour or until veggies are tender. Shred meat and serves with veggies and cooking liquid. Yum.


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Quinoa Salad with Cucumbers & Mint.

August marks the first month in which Chef Christie Morisoli gives us a lesson in cooking with Chinese Herbs. Each month a medicinal herb will be featured in a super yummy and healthy recipe. This is just another way to incorporate health lifestyle choices into our everyday routines. Food  can taste great and be good for you. So go ahead and eat your medicine!

Mint: Cooling and spicy in nature mint has antibacterial properties, soothes the digestive tract and can be used externally to treat skin conditions like eczema.

Cucumber: Cooling and comprised of mostly water, cucumbers are great for edema and summer heat related issues. Also used often as a skin soother.

Quinoa Salad with Cucumber and Mint

Yield 6 sides.

  • 2 cups water
  • 1 cup quinoa
  • 1 English cucumber
  • ½ bunch fresh mint
  • 6 oz. feta cheese
  • 1 small shallot
  • ½ Tbl. Dijon mustard
  • 1 Tbl. red wine vinegar
  • 3 Tbl. lemon juice (approx. 1 lemon)
  • ¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • salt and pepper to taste


1.  Place water and quinoa in a stock pot and bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer, cover and cook until water is absorbed, about 15 minutes.

2. Meanwhile peel, seed and cut cucumber into ½ inch dice.

3. Trim and thinly slice the fresh mint.

4. For the dressing, finely chop shallot and add to small mixing bowl. Combine Dijon, red wine vinegar and lemon juice to shallots. Gradually add olive oil whisking until emulsified. Season with salt and pepper.

5.  Once quinoa is cooked, fluff with a fork and transfer to a large bowl to cool.  After it has cooled slightly, toss the quinoa with vinaigrette, cucumber, mint and feta cheese.

6. Season to taste with salt and peper and enjoy!


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In-Home Care for Seniors & Hospice

GAA is excited to announce our new In-Home Acupuncture Care for seniors and hospice populations. I have been enamored with seniors since I was child. There is nothing more enriching for me than to sit with a cup of tea, pour over vintage photos and recall golden years with a sassy old timer. While romancing the past may be a gift for the aged, often our “Golden Years” are tainted with major aches, pains, and the eventual reality of our bodies giving out. Chinese Medicine is a safe, non invasive and effective way to tackle the  hurdles of everyday living. The damage of our youth finally catching up with us, and the emotional roller coaster of confronting our mortality can take a major toll on our health and wellbeing. With our new in-home Senior Program & hospice care we address such issues and strive to help make these transitions peaceful.


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Beat the Heat with Watermelon Gazpacho!

It’s the second day of summer and the heat is on–even here in San Francisco!  A great and easy way to cool our jets is to incorporate some yummy summer foods into our diet. Watermelon gazpacho is an ideal summer meal giving you an instant cool down while rehydrating your system and tastes awesome.  Watermelon by nature is sweet and cooling. It has properties that release summer heat, influences the heart, bladder and stomach and can ease urinary difficulty, edema, and canker sores. Feel free to add energizing spices if the heat has you feeling sluggish. A pinch of cayenne pepper can add energy boost and some freshly grated ginger can help with any digestive issues the heat may have brought on. Here ya go!

  • 1 large tomato, pureed
  • 1/2 serrano chile
  • 2 cups cubed fresh watermelon
  • 1 teaspoon red wine vinegar
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons minced red onion
  • 1/2 cucumber, seeded and minced
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh dill (or basil), plus more for garnish
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • Pinch ground cumin

Whirl together tomato, chile,  half of the watermelon and cucumber. Add onion, vinegar, oil–whirl again. Add rest of watermelon and herbs. Enjoy!!


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A hot bath a day keeps the Doctor away?

Every morning when I wake up I have about 10 minutes before I remember that there is a world of chaos out there. We, as a country, and as a people are in some serious times. I try and limit my daily intake of news and newsy related items but it can be difficult when you want to maintain some sense of the world. It feels like the entire planet is suffering from PTSD and it can be overwhelming and very stressful. This type of living strains our relationships, makes us sick and pulls us away from living a meaningful life. At the risk of sounding a little Oprah, I feel like it’s of the upmost importance to get back to living with meaning. Taking care of our health is an essential step in stress management. And so is a good bath. That’s why all month long free lavender bath salts are my Stress Management gift for you. Come in, get your acupuncture, and get your Zen on.

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Green Apple Acupuncture’s New Website

Welcome to the new Green Apple Acupuncture website! Here I’ll be able to keep you posted on the latest news in acupuncture as well as my whereabouts on any given day. As always, feel free to drop me an email or call me with questions about services or to make an appointment.


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