Kokin Healing Blog

At the Kokin Healing Center, we’re all about education. We love to empower our patients to learn how to take good care of their bodies; and we’re always learning ourselves. In that spirit, the Healing Blog is a place for us to teach and to learn. We hope you enjoy these posts and share them with friends, family and colleagues.

Happy Holidays! It’s the season to take care of yourself!

Jan 4, 2024

Hydrate: First thing in the morning, drink warm water. The body goes through a detox process overnight and the water helps to flush out toxins. Water also helps hydrate the digestive tract for the smooth intake of food throughout the day.

Eat Healthy: Cut out processed food! Read the ingredients and make sure you recognize them. Natural foods that are colorful and high in fiber are good for digestion, mood, and the immune system.

Be in Nature: Just taking a walk outside counts as exercise. It also stimulates deeper breathing. Picture yourself in a natural setting with beautiful scenery, what’s the first thing that you do? Do you take in the view with a deep breath? Me too. Quiet moments often afforded by time in nature are an important step towards meditation, which is one of the best things we can do for our health!

Chinese Medicine: Acupuncture is one of the best tools for rebalancing energy and harmonizing the body, especially during the holiday season when there is additional stress. It is useful for the prevention and treatment of injuries and diseases as well as maintaining good health. Herbal medicine, vitamins, and teas are incredibly effective in fighting illness. Treat yourself to an appointment today and remember acupuncture gift certificates are another great way to give the gift that keeps giving!

Marin’s Curried Lentil Soup

This soup was first featured during my favorite culinary conference, Healthy Kitchens, Healthy Lives. It’s high in protein and fiber, and is perfect served hot or room temp! Make it spicy with extra red pepper flakes, or keep it mild! HINT: heating the aromatic spices before adding the stock brings out their flavor and medicinal antioxidant properties!

Serves 8

1 small diced onion
Olive oil as needed
2 carrots, chopped
2 celery stalks, chopped
1/2 cup dried apricots, chopped
1 garlic clove, minced
1 tsp. each: Kosher salt, coriander, cumin, turmeric, red pepper flakes (optional)
1/4 tsp. fresh ground pepper
French green lentils and red lentils, 3/4 cup each
6 cups vegetable stock

  1. Saute onion in oil until browned
  2. Add carrots, celery, apricots, garlic, and spices, and saute for 5-8 minutes on medium heat
  3. Add lentils and vegetable stock
  4. Simmer for about 1 hour until green lentils are soft (red lentils will dissolve and thicken the soup)
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Meet Marin L. Kokin, L.Ac.

Marin — acupuncturist, nutritionist, and owner of the Kokin Healing Center — is beloved by her patients. Read about patients that have found success at the Kokin Healing Center in Calabasas.