Small Intestine 4, a Fire point

Small Intestine 4 is the source point of this Fire element organ, the yang pair to the Heart. Summer is the time of the Fire element and you may be more likely to find yourself experiencing physical and emotional symptoms related to the Small Intestine during this season. As the source point, SI-4 represents the essence of this organ and its purvue.

The primary functions of the Small Intestine according to Lonny Jarrett’s book, The Clinical Practice of Chinese Medicine, are:

“1. Sorts pure from impure by burning away mundanity and empowering transformation in all aspects of being

2. Abstracts essential yang from acquired qi

3.. Communicates heart essence into the world

4. Empowers the virtues of listening and intuition”

If your Small Intestine is feeling the heat of the season, you may:

*experience digestive upset or malabsorption

*have difficulty making decisions

*feel uncomfortable extending yourself into the world

*feel disconnected from your heart or unable to connect with others’ spirits

*experience anxiety, panic or overwhelm

*have difficulty trusting your intuition

Particularly during this 2020 summer of Covid-19, your Small Intestine may be feeling overwhelmed by its duties. If you are having trouble settling your spirit, determining the right choices for yourself, or getting your digestion on course, come in for acupuncture, speak with a counselor, reach out to loved ones, dive into activities that put you in touch with your spirit, eat foods that are cooling and grounding for you, and spend time in nature.

Bonus tip: Qi Gong movements that rotate the medial wrist inward (such as shown here) activate the functions of the small intestine.


Salmon Burgers with Pickled Cucumbers from Bon Appetit

Heart-healthy salmon + cooling cukes and greens make this a refreshing and satisfying meal for summer. Serve with sweet potato fries to ground anxiety that may be arising during these fiery months that are associated with the heart in Chinese medicine.

4 servings, original recipe here

The food processor is your friend when making these salmon burgers, but the key is to make sure the salmon isn’t too smooth when processing so the patties can hold their shape.

JUNE 2017


  • 1½ pounds boneless, skinless center-cut salmon, patted dry
  • 5 scallions, green parts finely chopped, white parts thinly sliced
  • 1 1-inch piece ginger, peeled, finely grated
  • 1 garlic clove, finely grated
  • 2 tablespoons plus ⅔ cup mayonnaise
  • Kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon toasted sesame oil
  • 4 teaspoons unseasoned rice vinegar, divided
  • 3 medium Persian cucumbers, shaved lengthwise
  • ½ serrano chile, very thinly sliced crosswise
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • ¼ cup (or more) vegetable oil
  • ½ cup rice flour
  • 2 cups tender herbs, such as torn mint and/or cilantro leaves with tender stems
  • ¾ cup trimmed watercress
  • 2 teaspoons toasted white sesame seeds (optional)
  • 4 brioche buns, lightly toasted


  • Cut salmon into 2″ pieces. Transfer one-third of salmon (about 8 oz.) to a food processor and process, scraping down sides, until mixture is very smooth and paste-like. Add remaining salmon and pulse 4–5 times until pieces are no bigger than ¼” (be careful not to make it too smooth). Transfer to a large bowl.
  • Mix in scallion greens, ginger, garlic, 2 Tbsp. mayonnaise, and 1 tsp. salt; toss to combine. Form mixture into 4 patties about ¾” thick. Transfer to a parchment-lined rimmed baking sheet and cover with plastic wrap. Chill at least 1 hour or up to 3 (you’ll want to chill the patties so that they hold their shape before getting cooked).
  • Meanwhile, mix sesame oil, 1 tsp. vinegar, remaining ⅔ cup mayonnaise, and a pinch of salt in a small bowl; set aside until ready to use.
  • Toss cucumbers with a pinch of salt in another small bowl. Massage with your hands for a few minutes, squeezing lightly to expel water; discard cucumber liquid. Add chile, sugar, and 2 tsp. vinegar to bowl; toss to coat. Chill until ready to assemble burgers.
  • Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high until oil begins to shimmer. Remove salmon patties from fridge right before cooking and sprinkle with flour just to coat the outside (you won’t need all of it). The patties will be a little loose but you can always pat them back together with your hands before they hit the pan. Working in batches and adding more oil in between batches if needed, cook patties until golden brown, about 3–4 minutes on each side (you don’t want to overcook).
  • Toss herbs, watercress, sesame seeds, if using, scallion whites, remaining 1 tsp. vinegar, and a pinch of salt in a medium bowl. Build burgers with buns, patties, reserved special sauce, herb mixture, and pickles.

Easy Breezy Chia Pudding

Everyone is obsessed with chia seeds, and for good reason! They are packed with antioxidants, omega 3 fatty acids, fiber, protein, calcium, and iron. They also have a good balance of essential amino acids.

When mixed with liquid they plump up to a jelly-like consistency. You can use them in baking, toss them in smoothies, or whip up this chia pudding for an easy, delicious, gluten free breakfast.

Chia Pudding Recipe:
-3 tbsp Chia Seeds
-3/4 cup non dairy milk (we used almond)
-1 tsp vanilla
-Splash of maple syrup or honey

-Combine all ingredients and soak overnight for a quick grab and go breakfast, or let soak on your counter for about an hour
-Top with fresh fruit (optional)

For more nutrient packed recipes, take a look at our recipes page.


Here for you

It’s so good to be in the clinic and serving our community safely. We are immensely grateful for our caring, responsible patients. Thank you for helping us keep Blue Heron open and safe for you. You may not be able to see our smiles, but we are so happy to see you!

We’ve got masks on, disinfectant ready & look forward to seeing you in the office if you haven’t been in yet. Acupuncture, massage or combo of both! Virtual appointments are also available and encouraged if you prefer not to come into the office.

Come see us for allergies, stress, fertility, pain relief, and more.

Online schedule is up or call us. 💕

Coming in? Here are the basics to keep in mind:

*Wait for your practitioner to text you before entering the building.

*Wear a face mask. Please bring your own if you have one to help us maintain our supplies. If you do not, we will supply one.

*We cannot accommodate family members in the lobby or treatment rooms (unless you are a parent staying with your child during treatment).

*Unfortunately, we cannot see you in the clinic if you exhibit cold or flu symptoms. If you have a cold, flu or coronavirus, schedule a virtual herbal consult – herbs are incredibly effective for such conditions. If you think you have allergies, discuss with your practitioner prior to scheduling.


Ready to dress up your cook out?

Easy, nutritious additions to your burger, hot dog, salad or bowl:

*grilled, spiced carrots

*steamed kale (steam in veggie or chicken broth and add salt, pepper and a splash of lemon for extra flavor)

*stirfried shiitake mushrooms (add soy sauce and sesame seeds for extra pizzazz)

*roasted eggplant (generously salt and pat dry with paper towels prior to cooking to reduce water)

*sunflower or pumpkin seeds

*soaked and toasted walnuts and pecans

*grilled zucchini and squash

Use local, grass fed, and/or hormone and antibiotic-free meat when possible. If shopping at Whole Foods, Step 4 is their best quality meat. Enjoy!

essential oils

Essential oils for summer

In Chinese Medicine, the season of Summer represents the heart. It is a time of socializing, celebration and fun. However, since times have felt more restrictive lately, we find that many of our patients are experiencing anxiety, agitation, restlessness and low spirits.Here are our favorite essentials oils to lift your mood.

🌱Neroli: This oil lifts the mood. It clears the heart of palpitations, shock and insomnia.

🌱Orange: This oil is an anti-depressant. It’s a happy, inviting oil that calms the heart.

🌱Rose: This oil represents the heart. It’s all about liberation, enjoying the moment and being present.

🌱Sandalwood: This oil settles the mind. It’s great for calming anxiety, restlessness, and is an ally for moments of panic.

Here are our favorite, safe methods for enjoying essential oils:

🤲🏾 Rub 2-3 drops in your palms and inhale. Continue inhaling for 5-10 minutes.

🤲🏾 Rub 1-2 drops on your chest and step into the shower for an instant oil diffusion.

🤲🏾 Place a few drops into your favorite essential oil diffuser while you clean, cook, work, or study.

~ Laura Marion, L.Ac.

immune support

Dry Brushing

Do you dry brush?

We hope you are all taking some time to practice self-care, whatever that may be for you. Dry brushing is one of our favorite self-care activities. It is an ancient practice that has been used across many different cultures to remove dead skin and increase circulation. Dry brushing along the related channels stimulates the immune and lymphatic systems. This facilitates your lungs’ detoxifying function via the skin and keeps other channels engaged and open. The skin is the largest organ in the body and plays a huge role in daily detoxification.

Benefits of dry brushing:

✨Promotes lymphatic flow/drainage

✨Boosts immunity

✨Improves blood circulation 

✨Exfoliates the skin 

✨Reduces cellulite 

✨Boosts energy 


✔️Choose a brush with natural fibers.

✔️Brush in long firm strokes moving in the direction towards your heart.

✔️Begin at the feet and brush upwards.

✔️Avoid brushing broken skin.

✔️Take a shower after and follow with a moisturizer.

Check out our website for more tips or call (843) 937-6890 to book an appointment. Acupuncture, massage and lymphatic enhancement are all excellent ways to support your immune and lymphatic systems!



Have you heard of ELDOA? We are so honored Sarah King, classically trained acupuncturist, Pilates teacher and ELDOA instructor, is offering this form of exercise and healing for Blue Heron’s patients! (She also does a ton of work with us behind the scenes but we’ll focus on her offerings for YOU here.) Having attended Sarah’s classes and her Level I ELDOA Teacher Training, I have been blown away by how quickly effective these exercises are for chronic tension and pain. Bonus points: you feel great afterward because they also retrain your brain and nervous system.
ELDOA was developed by a French osteopath and consists of specific movements to target particular levels of the spine, strengthening your alignment, mobility, flexibility and core. Read more “ELDOA”

we are now seeing patients coronavirus

Now seeing patients

Our doors are open for you! We are available for office and virtual appointments. Please call so we may help find the best option for you.

Having been deemed an essential business, we have studiously examined and procured disinfecting products, dialogued amongst our team, and prepared new protocols to keep our clinic safe for you and our practitioners.

To help us provide care for you during this unprecedented time, please comply with the following protocols:

*Wait for your practitioner to text you before entering the building.

*Wear a face mask. Please bring your own if you have one to help us maintain our supplies. If you do not, we will supply one.

*We cannot accommodate family members in the lobby or treatment rooms (unless you are a parent staying with your child during treatment).*Unfortunately, we cannot see you in the clinic if you exhibit cold or flu symptoms. If you have a cold, flu or coronavirus, schedule a virtual herbal consult – herbs are incredibly effective for such conditions. If you think you have allergies, discuss with your practitioner prior to scheduling.

We look forward to supporting you with this medicine and our hearts!

herbal medicine


Ginger is an excellent food grade herb to consume regularly during these days of coronavirus. The spiciness of ginger helps open the lungs and dissolve phlegm as well as support the body’s circulation. We say it releases the exterior, which equates to opening the pores so your body is more readily able to expel pathogens it encounters, including viral ones.

Ginger is a common folk remedy to reduce nausea, and luck would have it that this is also true for Chinese herbal medicine as well. Read more “Ginger”