Who We Are
Five Seasons TCM is a BIPOC-women-owned boutique wellness brand. We are here to share and modernize the knowledge of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) food therapy through educational content, functional products and its' avant-garde aesthetic.
I. Promote, educate and inspire a TCM lifestyle.
II. Provide access to high quality, sustainable, and curated products, inspired by the East Asia.
III. Showcase the authentic knowledge of using food as medicine.
IV. Amplify the voices of the asian community, practitioners, and talents.
Thank you for taking the time to read my words and explore Traditional Chinese Medicinal foods on this website; so much effort, passion, and love has poured into this entity.
Growing up in Shanghai, China, I was immersed in the culture of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). Bone broth with a blend of seasonal herbs was part of a daily meal; cooling herbal teas could be found on the street sides, all summer long; TCM vocabulary is in our everyday language…The integration of TCM into daily living is so natural that in many cases, we don’t even realize it. Only after I moved to the United States nine years ago, did I gradually recognize the benefits of TCM foods and its’ eating philosophies. I wholeheartedly found the lack of this knowledge in the U.S. a shame. At the same time, it frustrated me to see how poorly translated and misunderstood TCM foods were (and continues to be), both in China and the rest part of the world! The precious wisdom in diet and wellness has not been modernized well to suit our lives in the 21st century.
As a chef, nutritionist, practitioner, and a Chinese individual, it is my passion and mission to share my understanding and perspective of TCM foods and nutrition. With the help of a group of passionate and talented individuals, I am able to create this hub for TCM food therapy. I truly believe it is beneficial for people across all cultures and backgrounds.
Five Seasons is a place for education. It is a place to explore a better way of eating. It is a place to learn to understand our unique bodies in a holistic, flexible, and loving way. Hope you can learn a thing or two here. Don’t hesitate to reach out if you have ideas, questions, or a pair of helpful hands.
Love and peace,
We are always looking for talented personalities to work and grow with, and are currently seeking: recipe developers, recipe writers and photographers!If you are interested in joining the team, interested in contributing content, or want to learn more about our current opportunities, please introduce yourself!
Xuenie Zhang | Co-founder
Growing up, Xue Nie has always turned to Traditional Chinese Medicine for long-term healing. She loves that TCM facilitates the correction of imbalances in her body. It has allowed her to enjoy her favorite Szechuan Spicy Fish dish “Shui Zhu Yu” 水煮鱼, guilt-free. She goes through jars of herbs and takes great pride in the meals that plaster smiles across her family’s faces. Xuenie graduated early from New York University magna cum laude in 2019 and has since been working at LVMH in Finance & Accounting. She is passionate about guiding people to live a healthy and happy lifestyle by sharing the wonders of Chinese medicinal ingredients.
Kai Yim, M.S., L.Ac | Co-founder, Founding Editor, In-House Acupuncturist
Kai grew up with much of the medicine in her household, but largely rejected most of it for lack of understanding. Her homecoming to TCM began after college while she lived in China and Hong Kong, and searched out solutions for her chronic eczema. She learned that Chinese herbal medicine and food therapy were crucial to her healing.
Today, she is a board certified practitioner of Acupuncture (NCCAOM) and Oriental Medicine. She can be found treating patients at Oak Point Health & Vitality in Queens.
As an American-born Chinese, the golden thread of her life has been weaving two opposing perspectives into one functional paradigm: eastern philosophy and the western lifestyle.
Cassie Zhang | Photographer
Cassie is a photographer who has her roots in Shanghai, China. From an early age, she has had a keen interest in the culinary arts. Many of her younger years were spent alongside her mother, experimenting with new techniques in baking and cooking Chinese cuisine. She is currently pursuing her Masters in Photography at the School of Visual Arts.
Xingqi Liu | Videographer
Xing Qi's connection to Chinese medicine runs back to her grandfather. A few days prior to our interview with Xing Qi, she was having bouts of heart burn. She called her grandpa, whom is a Chinese medicine doctor himself, and he shared a simple remedy: to mix ginger with black pepper and place it inside belly button. And to her amazement, it worked!
With her unique talents we're able to bring fresh perspectives of TCM through her videography work.
Natalie Chen | Digital Marketing Intern
Natalie had a Cantonese upbringing, exposing her to Chinese medicinal cooking. She came to us wanting to understand more while being able to develop and flex her marketing abilities.
During her time interning with us, she landed a full-time position in the PR world, and we can now call Natalie our public relations professional!
Sanna Chen | The SEO Goddess
This Brooklyn-born babe is one of our obsessive tea drinkers! We love her for her strong advocacy for traditional Chinese medicine and her interest in herbal medicine. Outside of her full-time career, she supports us with her professional talents of SEO and digital marketing.
Ariel Binns | Social Media Outreach Intern
Spending most of her adolescence in Chinatown Manhattan, Ariel became exposed to Chinese herbalism, and became intrigued by its deep health benefits. Now, as a college student, she hopes to become a dermatologist who also uses TCM to treat skin disorders. When she is not helping us with outreach, she also models.
Elizabeth Patrick | Social Media Intern
Elizabeth is no stranger to Chinese medicine; as an athlete she uses acupuncture to keep her body recovered and strong! She is a college student who is an aspiring acupuncturist, dabbling with the dream of pairing her passion for food with her fascination for TCM philosophy.