Meet Iva Lim Peck of Integrated Center For Oriental Medicine in Plano
Today we’d like to introduce you to Iva Lim Peck.
Iva Lim, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
I was born in Singapore. At the age of one month, we moved to Malaysia. We grew up in poverty in a third world country. There were eight of us and thinking back now, I don’t know how our mother did it and how she managed to feed us with all natural, healthy foods. What seem to be the fad today, like bone broth and organic foods were our normal diet. The healthy nutrients we had were from our home or local grown vegetables, eggs, good cuts of bones and organ meats, which were the cheapest sources of protein.
Growing up, I remember my mother would give us different natural remedies. I had no clue why, until I studied Chinese medicine. There were many that I still endorse in my own life as well as for my patients.
Seasonal Affective Disorder, also known as SAD, is a form of depression that affects people all throughout the world. Most commonly experienced during fall and winter months, the symptoms of SAD include depression, hypersomnia, lethargy, difficulty concentrating, negative thoughts and decreased social interaction. Higher levels of anxiety are experienced at the end of the summer season as those who suffer from this ailment start to anticipate the coming months of less sunshine and increased symptomatology. continue reading
Many people like to add walnuts to food to add some zest and a little crunchy kick, but walnuts are much more than a flavor additive, as they are chock full of healthy properties and have been used in Asia as an overall health tonic and brain booster for years. Let’s take a nutty look at walnuts. continue reading
Traditional Chinese Medicine looks at things differently and while it may be a little confusing, there is usually some common ground that can be found upon examination and explanation. One such area is the idea of the mind. The mind in Traditional Chinese Medicine is commonly referred to as the shen. continue reading
In the world of Traditional Chinese medicine, the lung is probably the organ whose TCM functions overlap the most with its Western functions. Respiration, the immune system and the skin are all systems heavily influenced by the lung, both in acupuncture and in Western medicine. continue reading
As an acupuncturist, I am constantly assessing. Before my patients answer a single question, I am taking in cues as to what types of imbalances might be going on. In five-element acupuncture, the five major organ systems are the kidney, liver, lung, heart and spleen. When any of these systems are out of balance, certain physical, mental and emotional issues can manifest. Even if you aren’t experiencing a specific health issue, however, you will likely display particular personality traits that fall within these five organ systems. In the five-element world, the lungs are connected to the element of metal. continue reading