Foods to Eat to Help Depression

Many have heard the question posed what came first, the chicken or the egg? But how does that concept apply to Depression? It’s well-known that when we’re depressed, our motivation and interest in maintaining a healthy and balanced Diet subsides in the same way our energy does. Harvard Medical Students positioned that same question in relation to Depression; what came first, depression or a poor diet? continue reading »

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Opioid Addiction: What Is It and Why Is It Prevalent Today

Opioids. A word all too common to today’s society. Since the late 1990s, the number of opioid-related deaths has increased dramatically, having taken the lives of nearly 64,000 Americans each year.

The opioid epidemic is considered to be the deadliest crisis in United States history and overdoses have also become the leading cause-of-death in people under the age of 50 in the United States. continue reading »

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Traveling the Energetic Highway: What Are Meridians?

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is a system that seems quite foreign to many in the Western world. However, this medical system has been around for over 3,500 years, in comparison to the Western Medical system, which has been around since the 19th century. One of the concepts of TCM is that of the Meridian or energetic pathways. This article will explore this concept a little more deeply. continue reading »

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Coronavirus & TCM: Staying Healthy at Home

 

Navigating stay at home orders, working from home, schooling from home and the myriad other new things that are now a daily part of life is stressful. It can be easy to get overwhelmed with each new development and all the unknowns that surround our lives because of the coronavirus outbreak. 

Traditional Chinese Medicine offers something old and grounding to turn back to during this time.

The idea that supporting mental health is a significant factor in supporting physical health is a central tenet of Traditional Chinese Medicine.  Beyond Acupuncture and Herbal remedies, TCM takes a holistic approach to health that includes simple things you can do each day to foster physical health through supporting that mind body connection. Here are six things you can incorporate into your daily routine to mitigate stress and stay healthy right now.

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It’s possible to get Acupuncture again, here’s what to consider ~

 

As the country moves toward reopening, reintegrating Acupuncture treatments into your life will become an option again.

Just as businesses and community members are weighing their own personal choices amidst changing state guidelines, it is a personal choice whether or not you feel safe to visit an Acupuncturist. As you weigh this choice, here are a few things to keep in mind.

First and foremost, it depends on our state regulations as to when an Acupuncturist will be allowed to reopen their doors. I have been deemed “essential,” and I have been treating patients safely, all along!    I see only one patient at a time, and all precautions and cleaning and safety measures are in place.  I wear a mask and you wear a mask.

From there, it is up to each practitioner to decide in what manner we would like to reopen. If you’re interested in receiving treatment again, please reach out to me to see what policies I’m adopting as I integrate the ongoing nature of the coronavirus pandemic into my business.  You can fell safe and secure to get back on track with your Acupuncture treatments, as all safety measures are in place.
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Eastern vs. Western: How the Medical Practices Differ

Almost everybody knows there are two very unique ways of treating disease and maintaining health. But not everybody knows how these two methodologies differ from one another. And depending on where you live in the world, there may be one that is more prominent than the other. Both systems have their pros and cons. So let’s differentiate between the two. This is the battle between Eastern and Western medicine.  Let’s get ready to rumble! continue reading »

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The Flu & You – How Can TCM Help?

Traditional Chinese Medicinal clinical studies have suggested that using Acupuncture as a preventative approach to colds and flu can reduce the incidence of upper respiratory tract infection and shorten the duration of the illness. Acupuncture and Chinese medicine work by rebalancing the body’s systems, regulating the body’s healing energies, and enhancing the Immune System.

Even though germs, bacteria, and viruses are everywhere—in the food we eat, the air we breathe, and the water we drink—according to Chinese Medical theory, they do not cause disease. Illness occurs when our Wei Qi (Protective Qi) and our Meridian Organ systems are weak and out of balance. When this occurs it creates a hospitable for germs, bacteria, and viruses to thrive, leading to a cold, the flu, or worse. continue reading »

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Germ Theory: 101

Why do some people always catch a cold, and others don’t?
Viruses, germs, and bacteria are everywhere. They are in the food we eat, the air we breathe and the water we drink, but not all of them are bad or harmful.

Think of the Immune System as your body’s security detail. The cells, tissues, and organs that comprise it help repel foreign invaders like harmful bacteria, parasites and other microbes that can cause infections. Disorders of the Immune System range from everyday annoyances like mild seasonal allergies to serious illnesses like leukemia. Stress, lack of sleep and other common conditions can contribute to a weakened Immune System, which can make you vulnerable to infections. continue reading »

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Meridian Point: Large Intestine 4

Large Intestine 4 is one of the most important and influential acupoints in the entire body. The Chinese name for Large Intestine 4 is “He Gu” meaning union valley or converging valley. The point is located on the hand in the web between the thumb and index finger, also described as the depression where the index finger and thumb bones part. This area of the hand is often described as “valley like” hence the name converging valley. continue reading »

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Successful Herbs to Move Liver Qi

We often say in Traditional Chinese Medicine that the Liver is the system most easily susceptible to stress. Stress knots the Qi (energy) and makes its flow stagnate – this happens most quickly in the Liver energy system. The Liver, in TCM, is in charge of the smooth flow of Qi throughout the body. This means that if Qi flow is impaired (ie, by stress), the Liver organ system will suffer. Likewise, if the Liver energy system is weak or stagnant (from lifestyle choices, diet, trauma, emotional stress, illness or genetic factors), Qi flow throughout the body may be impaired. continue reading »

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