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Dr. Aimée Derbes, LAC

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119 8th Street, Suite 205
Brooklyn, NY, 11215
United States




At my offices in Brooklyn (serving Gowanus, Park Slope) and Manhattan (Flatiron), I see patients who are dealing with chronic pain (back pain, neck and shoulder pain, knee pain, hip pain, and ankle pain), headaches + migraines, digestive issues (IBS, colitis), infertility, stress, insomnia, PMS, women's health, and autoimmune conditions (Lyme, Hashimoto's, thyroid conditions, and many more).

Why you're so tired...and what to do about it

Aimée Derbes

How are you feeling right now? Totally energized, enlivened, full of vitality? Never been better?

“That sounds real nice, Aimée, way,” you might be thinking. “I’m feeling pretty tired. Like, I’ve been dragging myself through the things I need to do each day. I can’t think, I feel like I could sleep 11 hours per night and still be tired, and I definitely don’t have enough energy to exercise.”

Maybe you have been feeling exhausted, or tired and wired, for a while now. Read on for the East Asian medicine understanding for why you’ve been so fatigued, and what you can do to support your energy. 

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You can trust your lungs.

Aimée Derbes

I guide people in a self-healing practice called breathwork in private sessions and groups (next one is October 12), but I certainly didn’t always trust my breath, my lungs. When I was a kid, we were definitely not on the same side and had a rather stormy relationship, with me often pouting due to the sting of betrayal.

But we can learn a lot from our lungs. Lungs know how to take in what we need and let go of what we don’t. Automatically, without fail. Here's the story of how I learned to trust my lungs and allow them to heal me.

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The Earth Phase is the center of it all

Aimée Derbes

Today, we’re taking a deep dive into how certain physical issues, thought patterns, and behaviors all connect, how they can show up in your health and in your life, and how to shift your energy and health to something that looks more like...

Feeling truly nourished. Living in integrity. Allowing things to cycle through to fruition, harvest, and completion. Feeding your appetite for new experiences and perspectives. Easily digesting, assimilating, and integrating of foods and ideas. Living from a bottomless well of energy that is constantly being replenished. Giving and receiving support in balanced exchange.

Sounds amazing, right? That’s what the earth phase, one of the five in Chinese five phase theory, looks like when it’s in full, glorious, energizing balance, and it’s the foundation and center of your best possible health and life. 

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If I can take care of myself, then so can you.

Aimée Derbes

With apologies for any bubble-bursting, amazing health is not going to just magically happen to you. I’m so sorry. While your body is almost miraculously designed to preserve health, the modern world is filled with all kinds of toxic nonsense that our bodies are working hard to keep at bay, and it simply doesn’t have the energy to do everything.

How we spend our days determines our long term health, and also what kind of reserves we have in place when we’re faced with an unexpected health issue. But you don’t need to completely overhaul your entire life -- some tweaks and adjustments to the little things can provide so much support for your health! 

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How to balance your summer problems

Aimée Derbes

I've been thinking about all the things that tend to fall out of balance in the summer, and how you can help yourself by using seasonal foods, drinks, and lifestyle choices. We can get all kinds of summer problems, usually from too much heat throwing off our systems and causing our health conditions to flare up. We can also suffer from not enough Fire.

Read on for some empowering, DIY info on foods that address whatever may be out of balance in your own personal Fire, and, remember, it doesn't have to ben endlessly complicated : food can really be enough!

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The summer of love : it’s not about your heart, but your pericardium

Aimée Derbes

What if your heart doesn’t need to be healed, because it’s already whole? How does it feel, knowing that, at your core, there’s nothing broken, nothing that needs fixing? It’s just your pericardium that needs a little support, so that it can allow your heart to express its perfection.

The pericardium is the one reading the room, evaluating what’s safe for us, how much openness, if any, is appropriate in any given situation. The pericardium, not the heart, yanks up the drawbridge when it feels threatened or unsure about another person. The pericardium absorbs all the pain from physical and emotional stress, so that none of it reaches the heart, and in the process, forms our own particular patterns of shielding and armoring. Our pericardium does everything it can to protect us from feeling our pain.
But if this is the case, what do we do when the gatekeeper is impaired?

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